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Toci 1 - The Augean Dung Fields by Tapejara Toci 1 - The Augean Dung Fields by Tapejara
Here we can see a Cacanian in its natural habitat. For a full sketch of the creature, click the link here: tapejara.deviantart.com/art/To…

When it was first discovered, there was debate as to how much surface area the Augean Dung Fields actually occupied. Some sources state that it was a big as the state of Vermont, others as Lake Michigan. As of 2014, it was agreed that technically, the field itself is roughly the size of Vermont. However, because the rivers that border it, excessive content can drift downstream as far as the length of Lake Michigan.

The average depth of the field is an average of three meters. Growing out of it is a specific selection of trees and grasses. The fauna is also limited in these extreme toxic conditions. One will mostly encounter blugs and skinlegs crawling through the dung and ornitoads living in the branches of the scattered plants. The largest residents are the ones who created it: the Cacanians. By constantly burrowing through their own filth, they ensure that nutrients are evenly distrubted and that the field itself doesn't solidify.

The 10 cm long blugs shown above are known as Fire Blugs. Evolving within the field has allowed them to develop a toxin that makes them unedible for most predators. Their bright red and yellow coloring serves as a warning. Unfortunately for one of them, Cacanians are immune to the toxin as long as they consume another plant that provides an antidote. The Fire Blugs feed on other plants and smaller blugs.

The Augean Dung Fields release a considerable amount of methane in the atmosphere of Toci1. This is having a noticeable impact on the climate and the quality of the surrounding air. Thankfully, several species of plants exist to help regulate the methane quantity.

The plants portrayed above are a few of the extremists that can survive the field's toxicity.

Anaconda Hands are the tallest trees and the tallest plants of the field. They branch out into five main sections that ressemble a human hand holding a small object. Growing up to 12 meters, they are ideal shelters for animals hunted by the Cacanians.

Hydrapuffs are weeds that reproduce with drifting seeds. Leaping Cacanians can sometimes brush against their flowers, helping the spreading of their seeds. Their stems have a similar structure as bamboo and provide a limited supply of clean drinkable water.

Spongegrass is a generic term used to describe different species of plants that grow within the dung itself rather than from the ground 3 meters below. Their texture is spongelight and they are eaten by the Cacanians among other life forms.
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Methelina Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The face of the creature looks like a skinless clitoris)
but anyways looks fresh and funny)
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:icontapejara:
Tapejara Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's odd, I was aiming for an earthworm...
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:iconmethelina:
Methelina Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
))
But locks on another target )
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
heres some fitting music for this area www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W6EWz…
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:icontapejara:
Tapejara Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty much, except the fecal matter doesn't become a monster
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