Originally designed as a pet for some clades of cephalopod provolves, and designed primarily for aquatic environments. These organisms are based on the conch genome, modified with symbiotic bionano that grows into and with the shell. The intellect of the conchoid grows as the animal ages and increases in size. The juveniles have low level sentience comparable to baseline conches, but older conches are ordinary to very high level sapient beings, some with abilities exceeding those of many superbrights. There are rumors that one or more ancient conches may have spontaneously ascended.
Text by John B
Initially published on 24 September 2001.