Inspired by the TV series "Walking With Dinosaurs" and English naturalist David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries, I've been wanting to make a series of short and relaxing videos in which I get up close and personal with some of the game's alien creatures. Today I recorded the first of these.
The planet Erberastrivelu is covered with lush green vegetation which is fed by persistent gentle rains. It is home to many medium sized herbivores. One of the most numerous of these is Rohidatus swolis, a calm herbivore with a medium-pitched whooping call that creates a chorus which can be heard no matter where you are on the planet. In one of the highland regions, I discover a small family group of these animals and find they are part of a much larger herd. They do not seem too concerned by my presence, nor are they bothered by the pair of much larger elderly Euiumpo neciare on a nearby hill.
As I walk among the herd, a pair of faster moving twin-tailed and twin-horned Xifrixuri swolis canters over the hill and joins the group. Towards the end of the video, the landscape is swept by one of the planet's frequent freezing rainstorms. A number of the animals respond to the storm by laying prone, perhaps as a way to conserve body heat, until I inadvertently disturb them by getting too close, which prompts them to voice their screeching alarm call while running to the safety of the rest of the herd.
The viewer may notice that, at the 2 minute and 20 second mark, it's clear that the animal movements do disturb the grass around them - a nice addition by the game's developers.