They are ancient. Wanna say they've been around since the mesozoic, but I'm not sure? There are three or four species, and that's an Alligator Gar, the largest. Despite appearance, alligator gar are harmless, unless you mess with them. They can survive out of the water for long periods of time, they have two sets of teeth they aren't afriad to use, their scales can slice you open, their heads are almost completely solid bone, i believe their flesh is inedible, and their eggs are poisonous. They're very hard to kill. Stress is about the only thing that does it. The only predator they have is us (because Trophies).
They're also critically endangered. Here in texas during the summer, our creeks and bayous dry up and they get stranded. Wildlife services fly around looking for them, and when they find them, they net them and carry them back to the rivers. Every single one is important for their survival.
Just the other day I was on board the burger 'Skylink' bus which I call Skylinx because of the colour and I realised that Skylynx was a pun name! Sky + lynx. It is a space plane plus a lynx and lynx = link!!! I was astonished by this sudden revelation!
And because the Dinobird and the Lynx links together to form the Shuttle with booster mode.
I knew Windblade is a massive literal fan reference. She's the Fan Chosen figure. She has fans in her wings. She has a fan in her sword. She has a fan as a hand held weapon. Her name is a reference to a fan...
But in all this time, it never dawned on me that she herself is an Optimus Prime fan.
A mention of T-Wrecks in another thread just made me realise that if you say the name out loud it sounds like T-Rex!!!!
The name always bothered me for not making sense!!! I get it now.
It's amazing how some seemingly obvious things remain hidden until you say it out loud. I follow this amazing artist who has an OC named Annie Mae. I've followed hin for years across multiple platforms. He's easy to find, because he calls his OC concept setting "The Annie Mae Project."
For years, I never noticed the pun, until one day last year, I happened to randomly say it aloud.
I've known it for years, it slipped to the back of the mind (Orion = Hunter, Pax = Peace)
I was reminded it of it this morning by a conversation I read on the 2005 boards trying to name the smaller robot with POTP Nemesis Prime. Someone suggested Nemesis Pax, which is loosely Enemey of Peace, which isn't bad. That reminded me of the Orion Pax definition which led me to wonder if you'd heard it.