Life Cycles and Distinguishing Features of the Oneirozoa

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   Life Cycles and Distinguishing Features of the Oneirozoa
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    - By B'vhex Do'Nomartha


In the academic realm of extraplanar studies, considerable effort is often devoted to examination
of exomic phenomena (Tegalt, Hrumbok, Armitage et al), but relatively little focus is usually
expended upon studies of other planar flora, fauna, or phenomenae.  While some inroads have been
made in specialty areas such as that of the Astra (or Astreia, as per Kx'arnat et al), the majority
of inner and outer planes, as well as fundamental and gulf planes, have been significantly lacking
in academic scrutiny or examination.  Although certain recent works have begun to describe the
general phenomenae of the Oneiric plane (Gelthaum et al), virtually no academic submissions have
been made regarding the unique fauna of the inhabitants of that realm.  This work will attempt to
establish some of the basic characteristics and observed habits of one particularly elemental group
of inhabitants of the Oneiric - the collected group of life-forms known as the Oneirozoa.

It must be preemptively asserted that there is some confusion regarding whether the Oneirozoa
should be classified as separate life-forms, being as they primarily diverge from a common unit
(that of oneirhetoi), or indeed whether all of them are life-forms at all, as they appear to be
composed mostly of energy in the vast majority of their forms.  Gelthaum et al posit that
oneirhetoi and derivatives should in fact be classified as phenomenae, but this work shall attempt
to sidestep such classification battles and merely record the observed information regarding the
entities or observed interactions in question.


Primarily composed of plasmatic energy components, the small, plankton-like creatures we designate
the Oneirhetoi appear to be independently sentient, but this cannot be confirmed per the null
hypothesis of the Qalvaarg Supernal Sentience Test (Qalvaarg et al).  It is possible that the
movements of Oneirhetoi may be entirely due to the influences of third-party energies; however,
substantial evidence as gathered by Experiment 1-A (see Appendix A), appears to indicate with a
confidence level beyond that of statistical significance that oneirhetoi do possess some degree of
awareness and mobility, however limited.  Our estimation is that oneirhetoi possess individual
sentience comparable to that of a simple animal, although certain behaviors common to animals such
as self-preservation were noted to be distinctly absent (see Annotation 1-B).  Environmentally, the
oneirhetoi seem to float aimlessly throughout most of the environments in the Oneric, moving from
scape to scape without disturbing the integrity of each scape boundary.  Scape inhabitants seem
unaware of indiviual oneirhetoi but may become cognizant of large groupings, particularly those
that form a derivative classification (see Parts 2 through 4).

Rudimentary material analysis suggests that Oneirhetoi are composed primarily of non-oneiric
energies, although they do possess some degree of oneiris; the primary suspendance mechanism
appears to be pure ectoplasm, though a surprisingly complex system of interrelated energies
composes a fascinatingly robust internal ecosystem of unexplored function.  For additional details,
see Experiment 1-C and collateral damage reports 1 through 4.

Most interestingly, oneirhetoi appear to possess the ability to aggregate into larger groups,
similar to slime molds, that resemble utterly distinct organisms.  Initial attempts to determine
whether or not aggregated oneirozoa could be broken down into their constituent oneirhetoi proved
inconclusive (see Experiment 1-D and obituary reports for Hulbar, Gomad et al).


The most elemental and simplest form assumed by the aggregation of oneirhetoi (hereafter referred
to as manifestation, per Qalvaarg et al) is that of the Pathoneiros.  Pathoneiroi have the most
diversity of the the oneirozoa, taking wildly different shapes and appearances for each
manifestation.  In some occasions, pathoneiroi manifested as small, quick bipeds with a startling
array of toothed limbs, while on other occasions assumed merely indistinct cloudlike shapes of dark
colors and discordant auditory presentations.  Pathoneroi most commonly appear in scapes associated
with distress and phobic phenomenae, although this link may be correlative-only (see Appendix B).
After aggregating scape data and cross-referencing with the results of behavioral observations as
categorized via Qalvaarg, our tentative conclusion is that pathoneiroi may be animated by base
concepts such as terror or pain.  As a result, attempts to communicate were inconclusive (see
Experiment 1-D) although numerous vocalizations and other phenomenae potentially communicative in
nature were recorded.  Also noteworthy was the observation from Hulbar that although the pathoneroi
appear to be animated by unpleasant energies, they are immune to their effects, and we nominate his
contribution to the record as worthy of posthumous regard.


The next most evolved manifestation of the oneirozoa is that of the Ethoneroi.  Unique among the
oneirozoa in that their manifestations are uniformly solid, the ethoneroi appear to have
anthropoid-level sentience, as Y'glar et al were able to conduct conversation for several minutes
before the events of Experiment 1-F.  Based on recorded data as shown in Appendix C, the Ethoneroi
at least appear to meet the fundamental criteria for the Qalvaarg Supernal Sentience Test, and we
assign them a tentative rating of 3-J.  However, the effects of reflective and solipsistic scapes
prevent us from making this statement authoritatively (see Appendix F).  As with the pathoneroi,
the ethoneroi appear to be conceptually animated, but unlike the pathoneroi their animating
influences appear to be idealistic or belief-oriented in nature.  See Experiment 1-E for an example
of interactions with an ethoneroi which appeared to embody the concept of conformity, and
Experiment 1-F as an example of the results for introducing opposed concepts via memetic

Visually, the ethoneiroi appear anthropoid in appearance, although primarily composed of
non-organic matter such as Au or C (see Appendix F for additional notes).  The fluidity and erratic
movement patterns common to oneirozoa are still present, however, and extreme care should be taken
when discussing subjects of antithetical relationship to an ethoneros' animating schemas (see
Experiment 1-F and obituary reports for Y'glar et al).


The last manifestation observed is that of the Logoneroi.  This particular manifestation proved
elusive and highly rare, with only one observation recorded (see Appendix G and the results of
Experiment 2-A).  Like non-aggregated oneirhetoi and pathoneroi, logoneiroi appear to be primarily
energy-based, although with high infusions of ordered energies similar to that evinced by Echeloids
(see Appendices H and K).  Visually, logoneiroi appear to commonly take the form of free-floating
geometric shapes, although they appear to experience no difficulty with locomotion or
independently-leveraged action (see Experiment 2-B and Appendix I).  Sentience tests also proved
inconclusive, although thankfully with significantly less vigorousness as compared to other
oneirozoa (see Appendix I and collateral damage report 5).  Though experimental evidence is sparse,
our tentative conclusion is that logoneroi continue the trend evinced by pathoneroi and ethoneroi
of conceptual animation, though of what type is unclear.  The geometric visual presentation
suggests a highly ordered and complex animating principle, potentially that of scientific or
fundamental insight, but this is mostly speculation.

Although independent confirmation of biosymbiotic establishment could not be confirmed, Y'glar
reported an unsuccessful bonding attempt which produced feelings of mutability and velocity. 
Although the importance of ability to manipulate oneiric energies can be assumed, it is also our
tentative conclusion that introspective, meditative, and philosophical capability are important
determinants for bonding capability.  Additionally, Y'glar reported a sensation of "feeling
unacceptably physically slow", which may indicate a requirement for sufficient agility or rapidity
among biosymbiotic aspirants.


Through the use of techniques as popularized by Ocamorian, Ta-Mudel, Lyst'alar, and Kauvit (see
Appendix A), further study of oneirozoa may prove to be a fascinating and actionable endeavor. 
Additional experiments involving transmission of oneiric mutability and cathexis have yielded
promising initial results (see Appendix L and associated works by Ta-Mudel et al), and direct
physical observation may yield even greater potential avenues for research and development.  It is
our recommendation that despite the hazards involved, additional research should be conducted into
both oneirozoa and oneiric phenomenae in general.

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