Sweet noodles are slow-growing marine algae that thrive only in nutrient-rich sediments at the dim limits of the photic zone. Sweet noodles are photo-synthetic and manage to acquire sufficient nutrients from the sediments in which they grow, despite their lack of true, functional root systems. The organism is widely distributed, but grows sparsely, with individuals seldom found close together. The mechanism of this alopatry is unclear, and biologists are curious both about how it works, and why the organism demonstrates the behavior in the first place.
Sweet noodles are included in this report for only one reason—they taste good. In fact, they are arguably the best tasting, most popular indigenous food species on the colony world. Poseidon's biochemistry is distinctly lacking in compounds that humans find sweet. The sugars common in the planet's plants can be nutritious, but they are not very flavorful, and refining them does not help. One of the few exceptions to this apparent rule is the sweet noodle. The organism has a fleshy texture and citrus flavor most akin to Terrestrial lychee nuts, and is a favorite treat among natives, old and young alike.
The algae is naturally rare and so difficult to find growing wild, and its alopatric behavior and eccentric habitat make it difficult to cultivate. Oddly, the flavor quickly fades after the organism is harvested, and so it is usually picked just before it is eaten. Consequently, though there is a growing interest in the dish in the finer eateries of the larger settlements, the market is mostly unsupported.
What little sweet noodle a village successfully cultivates is saved for special occasions, picked fresh and served still chilled from the depths. Native children love sweet noodles, and it has become a
tradition across the archipelago to serve the algae in place of birthday cake.
Length Weight Frequency Resource Value
Threat Level Attacks
Distribution includes but may not be limited to the Pacifica Archipelago
Nutrient-rich sediments within the lower photic zone
Up to 2 meters
2.2 to 4.5 kilograms
High; the algae is a valued native treat, and just about the only indigenous sweet on
THORIXIROW (Vepres vepres)
Thornrow is a hardy, fast-growing shrub that bristles with long, formidable thorns. The stem of the plant is dark red, and the stringy, compound leaves are yellowish green. The stems and branches grow in densely packed tangles, protecting the leaves and small flowers from hungry herbivores. The plant grows in large patches that become impenetrable thickets for all but the smallest animals.
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