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Alien Spawner

This “hole in the ground” can usually be found on the edge of a forest, where it will connect itself to the tree roots and use them to acquire liquids to grow. I can also be found near natural springs or lakes and even in dry areas, as long as it can reach the ground water.
Once it matures, it will launch three slime balls which we call Collectors. As the name implies, these will collect resources for the Spawner to consume.

As a defense system, it will always have three Collectors stored. These will launch once it detects movement. It is believed the black orbs growing on the green slime are some kind of sensory system.

When it has consumed a certain amount of resources, it is capable to spawn a much larger slime ball which we call a Searcher. This new spawn will seek out a large liquid source to transform itself into a beacon for other alien life forms to be attracted to a the planet it is on.

Alien Collector

A collector is a best described as a floating slime ball that spawns from a Spawner, it will collect liquid, gas or mineral resources by enveloping them. Once this has been done it will take it back to the Spawner where it will be converted.
Collectors can also grow on their own in areas where a Spawner can’t grow with the use of a Seeder. Once it has matured it will start collecting resources.

If it can't find a Spawner, it will start consuming the resources by itself and will grow in size. Because of this size increase its speed will slow down, but it will also get thougher at the same time. Nothing like a Searcher, but still much tougher then a normal Collector.

When it has consumed enough resources, it will start to gradually mutate into the Searcher slime ball. This process is much slower without a Spawner, but in some areas it is the only option

Alien Seeder

A Seeder is very rare. But in some areas that are even too hostile for the Spawner, this alien will be the only option in such an area. It will seek either minerals, liquids or gas and once it finds a good spot it will drill into the ground and extend its tentacles to get to the source.

A Seeder is very small, about the size of a small bird, making it very easy to destroy. However spotting them is close to impossible. When they are searching out a resource or spawning a Collector, they are close to invisible. Only if you look very closely and know where it is, you could spot it. Their visibility has been measured at around 10% of the visible spectrum. Light will even pass trough and won't even cast a shadow.

In the following picture you can see the 3 stages it will go trough. I've made them fully visible, in the background you can see how we normally perceive them:

The only time they are completely visible is when they drill into the ground. And during the time they are spawning a Collector, it and the growing Collector will become more visible as the Collector grows. Just before the release of the Collector it will be about 25% into our visible spectrum. And will become fully visible once it releases the Collector, after that it will go back to 10% visibility.

As long as there are resources to spawn Collectors, it will continue to do so. If the well is dry (so to speak) it can detach itself and continue the search for the next resource spot.