has space monsters scheduled for FreeOrion v0.7.
Before then, I'd like to start brainstorming ideas for various types of life that could populate the galaxy, both monstrous and otherwise. I'm primarily interested in non-planetary life, although the lifecycles of space creatures or organisms could include some star or planet-based stages as well.
This isn't meant to be a discussion about races or species that players would control as a standard planetary population, although I don't want to rule out player control of (non sentient?) space lift from being part of the game, as this could be quite fun.
This also is meant as a conceptual ideas for various types of life discussion, rather than a discussion about what properties the life might actually have in gameplay. That said, I wouldn't object to there being a few types of space life that have no real gameplay purpose, and which are there mainly to give the universe some "personality" or to make things seem more alive and interesting.
So, what sorts of things might live in space between systems, floating around in systems, surrounding planets or asteroid belts, or surrounding stars?
It's generally assumed, given the roadmap, that there will be some varieties of space monsters. Presumably this includes space amobeas, dragons, or squids. What sorts of interesting story or lifecycle properties might these sorts of creatures have?
What about less animal / monster-like life?
I've been pondering "wispy tendrils" or "gossamer starstrands" or similar, which would be long, delicate web- or moss-like lifeforms that could be present in some systems.
Plant-life called "star ferns" or "cloud tree colonies" could show up growing in various system...
"Mineral Lichen" could grow on asteroids...
"Space Barnacles" could be a nuisance if not dealt with, though wouldn't really be "monsters".
"Wave Divers" might be fish-bird creatures that feed on space krill in a system, neither of which are generally threatening enough to be considered a space monster. The divers probably need a better made up, vaguely marine-sounding name... Something sounding like "cetacean".
Some of the names are a bit generic sounding, which is unfortunate. To avoid that, if there are at least two or three varieties of something, there can be two or three names for the varieties with interesting-sounding (but meaningless) words added to the names, like "crested", "whip-tailed", "humpback", "spiny", or "fringed". So we could have "whip-tailed space barnacles", "spiny star ferns", or "crested cloud tree colonies", etc.
Any other ideas or suggested details?