|Species Type: Semi-sentient Invertebrate|
|Biological Traits: Reproductive, semi-sentient, Spice-producing.|
|Planet of Origin: Arrakis|
|Average Lifespan: Unknown|
|Average Size: 200 metres long, around 20-30 wide.|
Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.
Species OverviewLiving beneath the desert sands of Arrakis, supposedly able to grow to four hundred metres in lenghth, the Sandworm, known to the Fremen tribes as Shai-Hulud, The Old Man of the Desert, was a force of nature to be reckoned with. A long, towering, invertebrate creature, the Sandworm was a mighty beast of biblical proportions, with a gaping, tooth filled, black hole of a mouth and a monstrous disposition of protecting its home. It lived primarly under the sands of Arrakis, but would rise, on occasion, above them, creating a terrifying spectacle.
The sandworm was worshipped as a mighty god-like entity by the Fremen, the Sandworms were in fact the cause of Spice creation, as their young worm
|Shai Hulud, The Biblical Sandworm.|
The sandworms biology was as simplistic as that of the earth worm. Their thick outer skin was arranged into segments, below which was a thinner layer of membrenous skin. Since this skin was extremely delicate, the Fremen, who possessed a unique relationship with the worms, used Maker Hooks to move the outer skin away, exposing the fragile skin. This meant that the worm would not submerge itself beneath the sand, and the Fremen rider could manouver the hooks to make the worm move.
Sandworm Effects on ArrakisThough they appear equipped to live in it's environment perfectly, the sandworms were in fact brought from another world, and introduced to Arrakis sometime before the year 1,200 B.C., in their larval form, Sandplankton and Sandtrout. The sandtrout, once on Arrakis, began to encyst all the available water on the surface, slowly making the planet undergo the process of desertification. Once the planet was dry, the sandtrout could advance into sandworm form. This was the sole reason for Arrakis' dryness.
|Size comparison of a sandworm to a human.|
The Life of a SandwormClose study of the sandworms by several sources revealed that that their lives are split into three cycles. The cycle begins with the pre-larval stage, in the form of the Sandplankton. Then they grow into Sandtrout, and finally, if lucky, some will develop into miniature Sandworms and then adult sandworms.
SandplanktonLittle is known of the first stage of a sandworm's life, as the tiny sandplankton.
SandtroutMore is know about the sandtrout than the sandplankton. The small, mollusc larvae-like creatures had the ability to link themselves together in vast numbers, and encyst all avialble free water on the surface. This process created deserts, and eventually made Arrakis dry and desolate. The sandtrout were also responsible for the creation of spice, a superb food source for the adult sandworm. Whilst encysting the water, the trout released numerous chemical gases below ground, which eventually became unstable, exploding on the surface in a huge shower of water, sand, and spice. The water evaporated, and so harmed no worm.
SandwormFor the lucky few sandtrout who survived, the next stage of the lifecycle, that of the sandworm, was the reward. The tiny sandtrout expanded over many years to form the titanic sandworm, but some, however, were captured before maturity, and contained by the Fremen. The
|Possible internal anatomy of a Sandworm.|
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