Near the surface of the vast oceanic plains, another species of early Cyanophyta was taking it's first steps on the path of life.
Brought to the surface aloft plumes of warm volcanic water, much of the population found itself in unfavourable conditions. However several colonies, through providence and serendipity, arrived in mineral-rich flows, fed by the rising water. With the challenges and limitations of it's new habitat, the species began to develop new methods of coping and producing energy. The slow engine of evolution eventually lead to a marked increase in the efficiency of the species ability to photosynthesise, primarily through an increase in the surface area of the cell. As time went on, the species began to spread across the surface of the equatorial oceans, tingeing sections of the sea an eerie pale cyan.
1 Mutation Point spent to evolve photosynthesis as an efficient primary method of energy production.