Another thing to note is that documentation of this run is mostly going to take the form of picture dumps - the grendels rarely do anything interesting enough to warrant special notice.
There's another thing worth noting about this picture. I'm not certain how many minds this is going to blow (if any), but I certainly didn't notice that the blue thing that occupies most of this picture was in fact a lung - a real, organic lung. I didn't even notice that was there until I first started testing out the standalone Bridge/Engineering agent that's being used in this run. I always assumed the lung was the green, animated thing that looked like a bellows. Turns out, that's just part of it.
Metallophagus Grendels can eat machinery, but since most agents classified as that cannot be picked up, most of them dismiss machines and just eat the more portable gadgets. As such, the intelligence core is mostly safe from becoming somebody's lunch.
Funny thing is, sometimes it does cooperate and disintegrate something, but it's never the plants themselves - I think it's usually a water droplet or a nut. Since I really can't be bothered to remove these, I'm just going to leave them there until they die out on their own.
Apparently, whatever drew the first female down there was attractive enough to make the other females in Engineering follow her. The spigot plants have really gotten nuts, much to the detriment of the local Tumbleslink population (according to their code, their seeds won't sprout in the presence of Spigot Plants). Not sure what the grendels think of it, though. They're probably more interested in the carrots.
It was around this time that the older grendels started hitting breeding age. This male is the second oldest one on the ship at this point (the eldest is one of the two at the bridge). I also seem to have an uncanny ability to snap pictures at the wrong times (this is the second time this post that featured a grendel shivering with his eyes closed).
Note to self: Write a 255 (exception) script for the Whirlies. This error message has popped up so many times now it's not even funny. Speaking of the Whirlies, I found out that they're actually edible despite appearances - not that the meal benefited the unfortunate grendel who sampled one. Metallophagus Grendels can't digest critter meat (or other organic matter such as seeds) all that well.
To wrap up the post, here's a final roll call:
|Grendels in the Bridge: 2|
|Grendels in the Corridor: 1|
|Grendels in Engineering (Upper): 2|
|Grendels in Engineering (Lower): 3|
The total amount of grendels currently in the world is eight, forming the initial population of Gen 1s. Speaking of population, I hope those females in Engineering return to the upper levels on their own - down there, they won't be contributing much to the gene pool. However, if they stay down there much longer I'm probably going to forcibly reintroduce them to the males on the upper floors.
So far, so good.