Imagine, if you will, a hypothetical world much like our own, but overseen by a mysterious cosmic entity. While our world's rich diversity of life arose naturally through sheer chance, here it would get a head start - thanks to the Observer - with an introduction of a small selection of already-evolved lifeforms from Earth. These introduced organisms would then be allowed to evolve entirely on their own, in isolation, for hundreds of millions of years, until their descendants resembled them barely at all. Now imagine if some of those colonists were highly specialized animals which would never have the means to exploit as many varied niches anywhere else due to competition from other species. Imagine an entire world where the only land animal present is a bird - a world without reptiles, amphibians, or mammals. It would be an experiment in natural selection on a scale never before seen.
This is Serina - the world of birds.
Serina is an ongoing, chronological world-building exercise and speculative evolution project that explores the natural history of a fictional terraformed moon, two thirds the size of Earth and orbiting a large gas giant in the habitable zone of an alternate solar system, populated by only a handful of organisms including grasses, sunflowers, ants, crickets, guppies, and - most notably of all - a single land vertebrate: the domestic canary. Our journey to this strange world will take us from the very beginning and then progress steadily along though the eons as the world's newly introduced life adapts to and evolves to suit its strange, new and ever-changing environment.
It would be here that the experiment by a powerful but distant creator would take shape. Left to its own devices for countless millennia, a magnificent new biosphere would form from the founding components into something incredible and new.
It was to be a world truly "for the birds" - but not in a bad way.
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