The great ice of the Cryogenian nearly killed all the sons of Bios. Vendos was frozen solid for millennia.
By the blessing of Aegis-bearing Mithra he survived
As the ice melted he awoke to a new world
And so as the ice melted the sons of Metazo rebuilt. So began the Ediacaran
And so in this age there were three great animal groups: the sponges below, the comb jellies above, and the sons of Vendos in the middle.
Among the sons of Vendos there were Bilater, Cnider, and Isomeres
His kin was great, but when the extinction happened only the smallest most primitive of his sons survived
And so his only sons are the sons of Placus
This is the chronicle of Cnider
Twas the norm among Zoophytes to start as Planula and settle down to start a colony.
Cnider settled down and made a big change. Radial Symmettry. Unsatisfied with Isomeric budding he went anarchic
Cnider abandoned his Ostia to focus on digesting great prey instead of filter feeding
Cnider made a covenant with Luna. By her blessing he bore two sons on the full moon: Anthus and Anaxydros
To this day the sons of Cnider and the daughters of Nettle bear children by the light of the moon
Anthus was traditional while Anaxydros was innovative
Anaxydros begat Pompom and Meduson
Pompom became the ancestor of the stalked Jellyfish, among his sons there was Meduson
Meduson budded off a new city that floated in the sea, and so became the ancestor of the jellyfish
At first Meduson floated aimlessly. He just picked up what he could find.
He drifted through the sea, but soon he had an idea. He pumped his body and swam wherever he wished
The sons of Anthus multiplied across the seas. Among them are the Anemones and the Corals. With their Zooxanthellae and Zoochlorellae they farm across the seas
Meduson begat Diplos and Jelly
Jelly begat the two great lines of jellyfish: the Cubozoans, the box jellyfish who have eyes, and the Scyphozoans, the “True Jellyfish”
The sons of Scyphos were numerous each polyp bore a myriad children
Cubos was a caring father. He bore few children and acted as a great father to them
We pray to Cubos for fatherhood
He built a great priesthood, 24 eyes
Each polyp produced only a single Medusa. So the alternation of generations ceased in his line
Diplos believed in lean manufacturing and a simple business model, he simplified himself removing his mesoderm.
Diplos settled on a rock and built a single polyp.
Then he built some more from it
Diplos grew rich and prosperous through lean manufacturing. His prosperity so great the prophet Haeckel saw
Diplos bore two sons: Hydros and Paras
Hydros kept to the traditions of his fathers and built a great city of his own
Paras was a lazy lout. He lived in his brother’s city and stole from him.
Soon Hydros kicked Paras out of his city. And so Paras released a horde of Jellies
Among his countless sons there were Polypodius and Buddenbrock
The sons of Polypodius live in eggs and eat them from the inside. They emerge as polyps and bud off a million jellies.
Buddenbrock simplified himself further. And so he became a long ball of cells, like Volvox-Choan before him. No mouth, no stomach, no tentacles. Stingers on the outside and amoebas on the inside ready to consume all.
He writhed through the sea and whenever he touched a city his skin stung it and his army of amoebas invaded.
Myxos son of Buddenbrock was even worse. He made spores to spread himself and lived every cell for himself, cells only cooperated to build spores. This is the fate we must all avoid. For we share most of our genes with Myxos.
The sons of Myxos cause whirling disease today. A curse upon our fisheries
The sons of Hydros built great cities
The sons of Hydros were numerous
Meduson bore many children, all were jellyfish. Among them the Sowerbii the clan from the Yangtze who spread to all lakes and rivers.
Anaxydros begat Anthus and Siphonifer
The sons of Siphonifer took upon themselves many great forms, they built great empires
Among the sons of Anthus there were the Fire Corals and the Hydra and many more who built great cities
And so this is the story of the sons of Cnider and the sons of Isomeres.
They who dominated the Ediacaran
But soon their reign would come to an end, and the sons of Cambrius would conquer Terra