The curious Schism has long provoked debate over its diet. Most scientists believe its head is purpose built for sifting through mud for insects and worms. Wading through shallow freshwater bodies, it is thought to be a grazer. With its stooped posture, it is perfectly designed for bottom-feeding.
Oh. It seems the Schism's diet may indeed incorporate, uh, other elements. As the scythe-like appendage opens to engulf potential prey, we see that it serves another purpose. However, this may simply be a defensive mechanism for fending off predators or competition.
Without eyes, the Schism likely has a sharp sense of smell. That, or it senses vibrations in the ground, or potentially has electroreceptors in its “snout” similar to the lateral lines of a shark.
This fascinating creature, the Asphyxia relies on multiple legs for movement. This would allow it to easily climb many surfaces, leading researchers to believe it is either subterranean, or a tree-dweller. It is also possible that the Asphyxia is the larval form of another creature, much like a caterpillar. When questioned on what this adult form might be, one scientist remarked, “I’d rather not consider such a possibility.”
Here we can see where Asphyxia gets her name. She sure could save herself a lot of trouble by not covering her own mouth! Whether this is a defensive behavior is unknown. Since the animal is rearing up into an attack posture, some have speculated that it’s a reflex response similar to that of a shark rolling its eyes back to protect sensitive parts while biting. Of course, not much biting could occur when the mouth is covered.
Considering the anatomical structure of the Asphyxia, several questions remain. Is this the female of the species? No reports of “males” have been confirmed. Also, it’s not certain whether it is, in fact, a single organism. Several smaller individuals may be working in concert for the greater good of their “pack” or “herd.”
Within the ecology of Demon's Souls, many creatures are extremely dangerous, and display fearsome appearances to match their disposition. The Adjudicator remains somewhat of a curiosity, being a strange, bloated toad-like thing with a long tongue and what seems to be a golden crown atop its head... with a bird nesting within the crown.
Similar to the tongue found on a chameleon, the Adjudicator’s tongue appears to be able to extend out multiple lengths of its body. Typically such a physical feat is achieved by folding the tongue in on itself multiple times within the mouth. However, considering the animal’s bulk, some have suggested that the tongue in fact is attached somewhere much deeper, within the belly.
The crown-like crest on the top of its head probably serves to attract mates. Usually, females would be impressed by how brightly the crest glows, or perhaps how elaborate the ridges are at the top. Some observers have reported colored displays to impress the opposite sex as well. As for the bird sitting on top, one possibility is that, like an elephant or a hippopotamus, the Adjudicator exists in a symbiotic relationship with local birds. Usually in these cases, the birds perch on the larger animal and pick annoying parasites from the hide, thus providing relief for the animal, and lunch for the bird.
Detailed observation of the Iron Maiden and its lesser cousin, the Regenerator, has been difficult, as researchers refuse to go anywhere near them. While the overall physical appearance doesn’t at first seem sufficient to drive away a potential researcher, in the words of one scientist: “I can still hear that thing breathing when I’m lying in bed with the covers pulled up!”
Hmm, yes. Indeed, the behavior of these animals could certainly be classified as “unsettling.” The ragged breathing, some have speculated, is due to a congenital obstruction of the airways, as when asleep, these animals have displayed quite loud snores. Also, it’s possible they’re really cold all the time, since they don’t wear clothes and don’t have hair.
The Iron Maiden’s spiky protrusions don’t seem to serve much of a defensive purpose, and so might work like a spider’s hairs, sensing tiny vibrations and motion in the air around it.
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