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Virtually all lifeforms in the universe are parasitised by another, even those of the cosmic voids. One example is the “Planesite”, a tick-like creature that feeds on super-massive organisms like Stellar Worms and World Turtles, growing so large that they are capable of becoming planets in their own right. Truly colossal Planesites may themselves become infested with other, smaller Planesites.

The majority of a Planesite’s life is spent dormant, aimlessly drifting in space until it happens to cross paths with a potential host. They are hardy beasts, but even with a life expectancy of a few billion years the wait can be and often is fatal. The high mortality rate is countered by sheer numbers; Planesites don’t reproduce in the truest sense --they cannot spare the energy-- but rather any chunks broken off a living creature is able to regrow into a new Planesite. Coupled with their natural resilience, a cataclysm that would fell a normal planet would instead ‘spawn’ thousands more Planesites, all without even killing the original.

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Scale in space is kinda annoying. The *intent* here is that the planet-sized parasites are on an incredibly tiny portion of the Stellar Worm -- i.e., the foreground is only the size of a pixel of the background, and the rest of the Worm appears clean only because it's so unfathomably huge that the trillions and trillions of "little" hitchhikers are invisible.
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FrustratedInExcelsis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Out of morbid curiosity, what would happen if one of these things crossed paths a regular, non-living planet? Would it just ignore it or would it attempt to "parasitize" it would a similarly-sized living being?
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
neat concept!, hoping for your art on a alien World Turtle soon because world turtles are interesting.
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InkGink Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool!
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Awesome
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AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
What would happen if a sapient species found a planetsite floating in space?  Specifically, would such a creature be useful in some way?
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
A dormant planesite could potentially be colonized, provided you don't arrive via a ginormous (and appetizing) spacecraft, nor ever EVER break the ground in any way, nor attempt to move it anywhere near another planet. Planesites ignore anything that isn't a possible host.
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Lycoris12345 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist
Really cool! :)
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again awesome, I hope there will be more :D
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SaoirseRanekaera Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's pretty creative, and I like the comic-bookie coloring
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking awesome! I love the stellar worm in this.
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Gusindor Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow, very cool!

Is there any particular reason the different specimens look so different?
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Different growth stages, roughly following planetary formation. The mostly-molten one is a 'baby' that hasn't fully developed a crust, the large spherical ones are 'adults' graduating into proper planets. The latter have new spidery legs as their original drill bits can no longer support their weight.
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Gusindor Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
That's awesome! It's impressive how much thought you put into stuff like this.
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thedragonitus Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
are you building a sort of "cosmic bestiary?"
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Hopefully. At least the World Turtle, maybe some other stuff...
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