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Vargr corsair bands from Gvurrdon first encountered the Oegongong during the great expansion period known as the Gvurrdon Hvaek. Records from that period (circa -2650) indicate the first Vargr visting Lloursouth believed the Oegongong to be two different and distinct species: one a buoyant flyer born in the water, the other a water and land dwelling scorpion. Only later did the Vargr realize that the filyer and the amphibian were, in fact, one creature with a triphibain life cycle.

The Oegongong is an hermaphroditic triphibian omnivore originally native to Lloursouth, but now found on several worlds throughout the Gvurrdon sector. Hatchling crawl on land when they first emerge from their egg cluster. The hatchling immediately seek out water—wallowing periodically in the shallows, while developing gills. As the hatchlings grow, they spend more and more time in the water and less and less on land.

Immature adult Oegongong stay in the water using a biological form a electrolisys to generate hydrogen from the water; the generated hydrogen fills bubble-like sacks on their back. During this period in the Oegongong's life an egg-cell mass begins production inside the body, causing it to swell.

After a time, the hydrogen sacs make the Oegongong buoyant enough to float just below the surface of the water. The sacs continue to expand until they become huge and balloon-like with enough lift to pull the Oegongong from the water into the air as a free-floating adult, its body swollen with a great mass of egg-cells.

As the adult drifts over land, egg-cells are dropped periodically to the ground over a period of several days. With a fewer egg-cells in its body, the adult becomes lighter, drifting higher into the atmosphere until ultimately the balloon sacs expand and burst, killing the Oegongong.

When the egg-cells strike the ground the zygote material mixes and fertilized the eggs, which then begin development. The jelly-like eggs are covered with a gummy, black, sticky mass that cements them firmly onto rocks, foliage, or tree trunks. Many ground animals consider the eggs to be a great delicacy, eliminationg most of the thousands of eggs normally produced.

For its size, the Oegongong has a stinger that is especially potent and painful. The stinger is capable of an unlimited number of stings, which means an attacking Oegongong can potentially kill any animal if it can sting it enough.

In addition, an Oegongong will eat or attempt to eat almost anything so that many animals (particularly the smaller ones) steer clear of them. The tough rubberlike exoskeleton of the Oegongong makes it generally undesirable food for all but the largest carnivores. Also, the Oegongong's stinger is active throughout its three life-stages, which further discourages other animals from disturbing it. On the worlds where it flourshes, the Oegongong generally has few natural enemies.

Adult Oegongong with their hydrogen sacs present a considerable hazard to flying vehicles: a collision causes a damaging explosion.

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises and by permission of the author.
– Challenge No. 27, Joe D. Fugate, Sr.
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