Another of the bizarre discoveries of Dr. Alter inhabiting the extreme depths of subatomic space, X. chimaera displays a tangle of writhing stalks stemming from a gelatinous central node.
Each of the stalks terminates in a unique, function specific organ. Though no two specimens are identical, and the purpose of most organs is unknown, many examples of X. chimaera exhibit diverse variations upon the following functional elements:
~ grasping and/or adhesive organs. These range from pincher-grabbers to sticky cilia-covered masses
~ ‘touch’-sensory organs. In one specimen (pictured above), researchers found what looked like a human fingertip, complete with prints
~ organs resembling various types of eye in form & function. Though demonstrably sensory in nature, these organs obviously cannot serve in the perception of light as we know it.
~ stingers, cutters, smashers, or other means of defense & attack
~ lures employed to attract prey. These organs frequently resemble macroscopic fruits & vegetables
Though these types are found on many specimens, Alter’s notes stress the great diversity of chimaera morphology. Not all chimaerae exhibit the same means of locomotion: aetheric ‘wings’, flagella, and more have been observed.
Following his disappearance in the Summer/Fall of 1939, a strange document was discovered in the desk of Dr. Hans Peter Alter of Miskatonic University’s Biology Dept. It was a simple anatomical diagram of the kind one would expect among the professional effects of a renowned man of science. Clearly related to subject 20.XI.19, the document stands out for two particular reasons.
This bizarre organism floats through the nanosphere on delicate ‘wings’. With these vascular structures X. fur, known as the lesser butterfly, both eats and breathes.
The reproductive method of X. fur is ingenious and unique. It captures and ingests the globules of other organisms, then slowly converts the foreign genetic material to match its own. Through a process of forced and controlled mutation, the globule becomes a viable egg of the butterfly. Once conversion is complete, the egg, now an entirely different species than before, is ejected to develop on its new course.
Though many of the strange lifeforms revealed by Dr. Alter and his team in those feverish months of research pose no threat to macroscopic organisms, an alarming number can harm us in ways we are presently powerless to combat.
The ‘worm’, as it is often called, swims within the bloodstream of mammals, burrowing into red blood cells, where it hunts hemoglobin. The semi-rigid segments nearest the mouth each sport three spines, which serve as a kind of lateral line to detect aetheric disturbances created by organic molecules. When shai-hulud grows too numerous within its host, that individual may suffer shortness of breath, weakness, and an unhealthy pallor.
Below we see another crypto-microbial monster, X. devorans, the devourer.
This organism displays from four to seven ‘mouths’ around the circumference of its barrel shaped body. Devorans uses the cilia-like appendages at either ends of its length to counterfeit the biosignature of common prey, attracting would be hunters. Once another microbe has come close enough to investigate, the devourer uses its fearsome mouths to clutch its victim. Most digestion occurs on the exterior surface of the organism. As devorans’s quarry breaks down, creating a nutrient-rich soup, the cilia sweep the atomized remains into its true mouths, which are located at both ends of the barrel.
This was a Saturday double dip on monster drawings. I should have been working, but I had a quiet house and I wasn’t going to waste it!
One of the most bizarre microbes yet documented by researchers using the revolutionary aether field nanoscope is HP 1939. The true nature of ‘the enigma’ is unknown: though superficially artificial in morphology and behavior, no known process of manufacture could produce the apparent complexity of HP 1939 on this scale.
HP 1939 can best be described as a unique type of benign and self-stabilizing carcinogenic cell. The enigma inserts strings of diverse code into the DNA of nearby cells, which then create a finite number of copies of themselves. This apparently genetic information, though legible to most species of all biological kingdoms, does not employ the four nucleotide bases of the canonical code, but rather a complex, almost syntactical system that varies from one specimen to another. Many of the amino acids produced by this ‘enigmatical’ code are unknown elsewhere in the catalogue of terrestrial life.
After a brief period of replication, the altered cells form a cluster around HP 1939. Once the microbe has entered its chrysalis, as it is fancifully known, it ceased interaction with the host and begins faintly emitting a complex but regular electromagnetic signal.
The means of reproduction of this fascinating organism remain a mystery to researchers.
Continuing our catalogue of exotic microfauna, here is Hawley’s crab, also called Hawley’s manta ray.
In the plate above a fully grown specimen can be seen preparing to ingest a gyron. Gyrons form the entire basis of the organism’s diet. Contrary to scientific consensus and popular opinion, gyrons are neither indestructible nor innumerable. Indeed, Hawley’s crab is but one of several known species which threaten the fabric of reality by feeding upon its most basic constituent.
Hawley’s crab is very tiny indeed. Recall that Dr. Meno demonstrated in his seminal Cats, Atoms, Gyrons, Aether, and the Universe that the span of a gyron is only 10-35 the length of a salami.