Yes, I know I've created two different questions that resulted in a Plop or Chomper predator, respectively. However, given that Plops and Chompers are among the most common monsters in Alendyias, it makes sense that there'd be some sort of predator-prey relationship, but I can't determine what that relationship would be.
Plops and Chompers-Shared Traits:
- Both can grow by consuming matter
- Both can eat practically anything
- Both have a large evolutionary stage
Toughness: Due to enamel shell, Chompers can take harder hits and can actually bite and chew things, while Plop can only engulf
Legs: Chompers have legs, which enables them to run and jump, while Plop can only glide over substrate. Also, these same legs end in suction cup feet, which enable them to climb up smooth surfaces. Plop can't go up smooth surfaces.
Spewage: Due to their close-ended digestive system, Chompers excrete waste from their mouth. Often, they do this as an attack called 'spewage.' This may poison and disorient a Plop.
Color vision: Like birds and some reptiles, Chompers are tetrachromats-while Plops see like slugs, Chompers have excellent color vision, can focus in on interesting sights, and can see about as far as a raven.
Avian intelligence: Like ravens, Chompers are capable of social behavior, even forming social hierarchies, and they can use tools (they've been observed picking up sticks with their flexible tongue and probing for fellow monsters, such as Plop), problem-solve, and plan for future events. Basically, they're a raven inside of a walking, chomping egg-monster.
Flexibility: As a mass of slimy, amorphous rubber, Plop are pretty hard to chew, smash, or slash. Hitting them with a hammer, for example, does nothing. As a result, very few creatures prey on them. They are also capable of altering their solidity, enough to slip under a doorway or flow into a glass bottle.
Speed: Plop can keep up with a jogging or speedwalking human, which is pretty fast for a slime or pseudo-slug. This is compared to a Chomper's max speed of 10 mph, which I'm sure is remarkably slow by comparison.
Climbing: Plop can't do slick surfaces like ice, glass or glazed pottery, but they can glide or climb up trees, bricks, textured stucco, weathered stone, and so forth, which Chompers cannot do as their feet do not adhere properly to rough surfaces.
Engulfing: Plop cannot bite or chew, but they can use their flexibility to engulf a creature, then excrete acid from their interior to dissolve the unfortunate victim.
Manipulation: Plop have a long, red, fleshy and flexible tongue they can use to manipulate objects, as well as four orb-tipped feelers they can use to whack enemies. Getting hit by one feels about the same as being hit by a tennis ball.
Cephalopod Intelligence: If Chompers are like ravens, Plop are like octopi. Solitary yet intelligent, with complex problem-solving capability, Plop swarm merely to take advantage of a large food source, not cooperating so much as seeking the same thing (ie. food).
For more information on Plops and Chompers, please check here and here.
With that all done, my question is simple: What Would The Predator/Prey Relationship Be Between Plops and Chompers?
The best answer will take into account both monster's Enchantments, namely Calcification and Rubberizing, as well as the advantages both monsters have over each other, to determine who would prey on who.
The best answer should also take into account both monster's physiology. Given a Plop's speed and engulfing ability, for example, it should be possible for them to engulf and digest a Chomper's legs, which would leave them pretty much helpless. The best answer should also account for this scenario, as determining how well that would work for Plop will likely determine which one of these two monsters will be predator.
EDIT: Why would Plops and Chompers come into conflict?
Plops and Chompers both eat refuse, but they prefer meat. They both seek out and congregate in places where carrion, garbage, or discarded food can be found, so they often encounter each other and compete for food. And, due to monsters being infused with Chaos Magic, like attracts like, so Plops and Chompers tend to prioritize monsters as a meat source, especially their oh-so-common rivals.