ARBYFISH: An Overview

        ArbyFish are considered to be the oddest and most eccentric creatures in the known universe. Arbyfish constitute between 2% to 99.9% of the mass of universe on any given day, due to their love of toying with temporal physics. Their bizarre qualities originate from genetic mutation, eating habits, and interaction with each other. All ArbyFish inherited their genes from a small, black cat that used to live on the Moon, but now lives in Japan. All of them have their hobbies, which they obsess about constantly. They also have a nigh unto invincible quality about them, being that they believe they're invincible, and so they are. Either that, or any pain, death, or other harmful force looks at one, thinks to itself about what is standing in front of them for awhile, then meanders off in another direction. There are also different colors of ArbyFish, each having their own language, culture, and preferred living conditions. All ArbyFish understand each other perfectly.


        The ArbyFish look like a cross between a small, flattened harp seal and a forward-facing fish. They have circular, forward set eyes that are normally brown on the outside and black in the pupils. They have an oval nose, which is black. The oval is pulled down to a rounded point and is located slightly beneath and in-between his eyes. They have black whiskers that jut out at weird angles and which are really annoying if an ArbyFish sits too near someone's ear.
        Their heads are basically part of their torso, the head being the larger part of their body. They go from large and wide at the head and slim down at where their upside-down heart shaped tail connects to their body.
        ArbyFish flippers are attached in the front sides, slightly higher than the mid-point of their body, and are long enough to reach the top of their nose when standing up and looking forward. They usually let their flippers hang apart when they are in a standing position. Their flippers also curve down at the ends, coming to a blunt point.
        There is nothing really sharp about ArbyFish appearance, other than the piercing gaze of their eyes.

Some Average Dimentions: (Source: Arby)
Height: A little over 8 inches from tip to tail (20 cm)
Width of head(looking from the front): 3 in (8 cm)
Body width at attachment point of tail: 4/5 in (2 cm)
Head with(from the side): 2 in (5 cm)
Tail attachment(from the side): 1/2 in
Eye diameter: 3/10 inches (1 cm)
Wingspan(flipperspan): 5_1/2 inches (14 cm)
Flipper length: 2 inches (10_1/2 cm)
Flipper width(at attachment point): 1_1/2 inches (3_1/2 cm)
Whisker length(when laid out straight): 2_1/2 inches (6 cm)
Tail lenth(diag. from attach. to end of bump): 2 inches (5 cm)
Tail width(longest horizontal line): 2_1/2 inches (5 cm)
ArbyFish have a checkered fishing-net like pattern on their backs and an off-white underbelly. Their underbellies are colored very lightly toward the shade of their backs. It is very rare to see an Arbyfish without a pattern on their backs, because many of the ArbyFish judge each other by the intricacies of their posterior design. Not that they would berate them out loud for being simple-backed, they would just mentally note it for future reference.

        The age of an ArbyFish is rather difficult to calculate,  especially with the Black and Purple ArbyFish. The easiest way to find out is to ask them, but they will probably give you an estimate, usually to one significant figure. It would be very difficult to go back in time and witness the birth of most ArbyFish that you might meet because they live for billions of years, and therefore give you a _REEEEAAAALLLLY_ rough estimate.
        Another major cause of confusion with the exact age of ArbyFish is their "Shroom Day" as Green ArbyFish call it, or "Dump Day" as it is known by the Brown ArbyFish. It is the eighth day of the week by the ArbyFish calendar, being after Sunday, but before Monday. All ArbyFish experience this phenomenon, where they get to move around and do stuff while the rest of the universe sleeps through it.
        This is a source of discontinuity for those who do not observe 'Shroom Day,' but interact with the ArbyFish. One day the non-ArbyFish party would see a grassy hill in front of their house, then the next day they would find a fifty-foot high, carved marble monument to the joy of swiss cheese where the hill used to be.
        They also observe 'leap' 'Shroom Days', along with many other holidays that disobey linear laws of temporal physics.

Colors of ArbyFish:

        There are thirteen colors of ArbyFish, the most common ones being the green ones. Green is the main color stem of ArbyFish that came from the original Arby mutation, Arby himself being a green ArbyFish. The other colors are Grey, Blue, Brown, Red, Orange, Purple, Violet, Turquoise, Yellow, White, Black, and Pink, going from
most numerous to least numerous. There are also rumors of rainbow and translucent Arbyfish, but these have never been substantiated, and are said not to form groups or clans, and therefore they don't count. According to ArbyFish lore, one day Arby was very bored and he released spores from the Moon right before he went into cryogenic
stasis. The spores matured in different environments, creating the clans as they now stand today.


    The Green ArbyFish are what you would call your common 'Garden' variety ArbyFish. They make up about 60% of the ArbyFish species.
They are widely known throughout the universe by a few people on most of the planets. They came from forests, swamps, grassy knolls, and other green areas. They are really common only in color. Though most Green ArbyFish still live in their original habitats, many of them have migrated into other ArbyFish clans' habitats, and are accepted in all. They act the way they want and don't really subscribe to any traditional way of life.
   They have a variety of hobbies, mostly concerned with growing things, but they will often times work odd jobs for people who ask nicely. Among the favorite plants of the green ArbyFish are mushrooms, fungus(the fuzzy types), mold, moss, lichen, poison ivy, deadly shrubs, itching hedges, and bramble bushes.
   The Green ArbyFish spoken language is similar to a cross between dialects of Australian, British, Scottish, and Irish. They will use these modes of word modification in any language they encounter, not just English. Which is very odd, considering that some countries like to hire them to interperet languages with very specific word structures. Many wars started. Very bad.
   The traditional Green greeting is to greet from yourself, to the person in front of you, refering to the person in front of you as 'you,' then to the rest of the people, refering to the first other person by third person(her-him-it,) then the rest of them by their names. After you get to the last person, you greet him again and go back along the line of people until you get to yourself. It is then an option to greet the entire group, if it flows, and has the proper number of syllables.
        For example, a greeting to a single person would go like  "'`Ello' says I to you to me and you back in return."
        to group of two it would go something like, "'`Ello' says I to you to him, to him to you to I."
        to group of six would be like,  "'`Ello' says I to you to him to Froop to Hayken to Charlie to Quincy, to Quincy to Charlie to Hayken to Froop to him
                                                       to you to I, and all of you again, you see, so now we 'ave said '`oie'."
    When Green ArbyFish are speaking publically, it can take years or even centuries to welcome the entire crowd. Green ArbyFish greetings have been banned by most of the other social ArbyFish groups, as have Black and White greetings.
    The Grey ArbyFish are now the most common non-green ArbyFish. They make up about 20% of the ArbyFish species. They matured whilepassing through   cloud systems, jumping between the clouds and floating around. They are fond of borrowing books from ground-dwellers because it is boring where they live.
    Their most prominent characteristic is their re-working of languages. It is proper grammar for them to always put the words of their sentences in alphabetical order from A to Z. There is also a band of younger Grey ArbyFish who have set out on reforming the Grey language, putting their books in alphabetical order from Z to A. Any other animal but an ArbyFish will find them totally incomprehesible.
    Their hobbies unclude reading, arranging things in alphabetical order, and writing seemingly formless poetry.
    Grey ArbyFish never really greet anybody, they just walk up to them and converse with them... if they ever want to.
        The Blue ArbyFish are primarily water ArbyFish, and constitute precisely 8% of the ArbyFish species. They matured in liquid environments: oceans, swimming pools, liquid nitrogen, iced tea, etc. As mentioned before, they constitute precisely 8% of the ArbyFish population... no more, no less. As a matter of fact, when one part of the ArbyFish population increases or decreases, so do they, spontaneously, often in the middle of water polo games they so enjoy playing. Given how rapidly the ArbyFish population changes from one moment to the next, the average lifespan of a Blue ArbyFish is approximately 30 minutes.
        They don't care, though. All they ever do is muck about in the water, having a good time. They are born sportsplayers and gamemasters, being capable of mastering _any_ system that could be thought of as a game in under ten seconds, leaving them the rest of their small lives to enjoy it.
        If one ever finds a Blue ArbyFish, and wishes to harness this innate talent for the good of mankind, one has to hold the system or problem in front of them and quickly convince the ArbyFish that it's _really_ fun, before he disappears from existence.
        Blue ArbyFish can be greeted traditionally by splashing them with a little water. They will probably splash you back with a great deal of water, so don't greet them traditionally while wearing formal attire.
        The Brown ArbyFish are underground ArbyFish. They form 3.75% of the total ArbyFish population. They love the dirt, adore it, bathe in it, eat, sleep, and dream dirt. Dirtcakes for breakfast, dirtclods for lunch, and dirty laundry for dinner. Everything they do has something to do with dirt. They rarely make appearances above ground, due to the fact that they abhor the sunlight. They will always wear dark black sunglasses, and thick black radiation suits with heavy breathing masks when visiting the surface. Their dress makes them rather disconcerting to people who happen to bump into them, and are a major cause of extraterrestrial paranoia among human beings.
        They speak in very low tones that vibrate well through the rock and dirt. If you meet a Brown ArbyFish that is mumbling so low that you can't understand him, shove a clod of dirt in his mouth. This process filters the sound just right to raise the pitch of its voice. The same effect can be reached by talking to them with your own head stuck in the ground.
        The traditional Brown greeting is to slap a fist-full of mud in the mouth of the person that you are greeting. This is what usually has to happen anyway, if you want to speak to them above ground.
        The Red ArbyFish matured in lava, some near the top in volcanoes, some deep in the mantle near the core. They swim around through it. These ArbyFish like it hot. 2.75% of the ArbyFish are red. They are short-tempered ArbyFish and like to relieve their tension by pelting people with lava rock from the edge of their calderas. Red ArbyFish like playing card-games, causing small earthquakes, and playing dodge-ball with lava-spheres.
        The traditional Red greeting is to go up to the person you want to say hello to, and punch them right in the nose.
        The Orange ArbyFish are fruit ArbyFish. They form 1.35% of the universal ArbyFish population. They live in tropical zones and will mature inside of fruit. The spores went into the ground water and were taken up through the root system, until they got to the outer twigs and stayed there until the plant blossomed and grew fruit, at which time they shifted into the fruit. That raises the question, "What's worse than finding an ArbyFish in your orange?" to which the
answer is: "FINDING _HALF_ AN ARBYFISH IN YOUR ORANGE! MWHOOHAHAHAHAA!" Or maybe finding a whole one is worse...
        The traditional Orange greeting is to belch three times in quick succesion, then slap the forehead of the person being greeted.
        The Purple ArbyFish are temporal ArbyFish. They form 1.15% of the ArbyFish in the universe. They like to hang around subways and sell assorted goods, such as flowers, blenders, and gravitational field surgery kits.
        They do not subscribe to any specific law of temporal physics. They have their own logic that defines how they move through time. The Purple ArbyFish see things that happened in the future as having as much or more impact on the present as things that will happen in the past, but the past has more influence on the future than the present. The past influences the future into changing the present, which in turn influences the past, therefore the universe started in the future and came to the past by way of the present and ended up in the future. That way, each of the time frames have a good bath with a scrub brush before... after... or while they have... will... or are getting to their grandmother's house for Christmas breakfast. Time is bumpy; you need a fine ship to sail it.
        The Purple ArbyFish can move themselves through time however they think that they can. They can anchor themselves to someone else's view of time, or they can make up their own way of doing it.
        Purple ArbyFish are calm-demeanored, and can be mistaken for depressant drug-addicts if you didn't know them.
        Purple ArbyFish greet each other by presenting the other with a gift taken from the present... their present... our past... whatever.
        The Violet ArbyFish are incessantly happy ArbyFish. Their happiness is more toward the excited side of it. They matured in theme parks with thrill rides, like Magic Mountain or Six Flags. They make up one percent of the total ArbyFish population.
        The Violet ArbyFish greet each other with a high five and a 'YEAHHHHHH!'
        The Turquoise ArbyFish, like the Violet ArbyFish, are incessantly happy, but more towards the contented side of happy. They instead matured in theme parks with large amounts of water. Sea World, for example. They make up one percent of the total ArbyFish population.
        The Turqoise greeting is a simple "Hello."
        NOTE: The Violet and Turqoise ArbyFish are all twins. When they started forming, they split and went their separate ways. They both went to a theme park of some kind, and the type that they went to determined their exact shade. Most ArbyFish tend to keep as pure of a color as they can, but Turqouise and Violet ArbyFish tend to have
a lot of 'off' shades. They range from extremely happy, to pleasantly content, to slightly excited.


        The Yellow ArbyFish are star ArbyFish... as in the middle of. Remember how the Red ArbyFish like it hot? Well, their environment is like a cold day on the dark side of the Moon compared to these guys. Preferring to exist at temperatures upwards of three million degrees, they constitute 0.85% of the total ArbyFish in the universe. The spores that found these stars either matured very quickly, due to the immense energy found there, or they were blown away by the solar wind, leaving them to float elsewhere. Another interesting fact is that their ego is unmatched by anything and everything else that ever has or will exist. Their hobbies include: basking in their own presence, creating solar flares, and throwing parties dedicated to their own greatness.
        A traditional Yellow greeting is creating a supernova, to show off their own power and grandness to a new person. They will then have to find another star to live in if they don't like the gravitational disturbances caused by a neutron star or brown dwarf.
        The White ArbyFish are pure evil. It is very advisable to stay away from them at all costs. They make up only .10% of the ArbyFish in the universe.
        They are ArbyFish who stayed in the top part of the clouds, not going to the ground level while maturing. They hate all things,
and will sit in meditation for their whole lives, plotting the destruction of the universe. The only reason they don't carry out their plot is that they know it would make some people very happy and it would be better just to let them live out their lives in pain and misery. They will wear silky, white, flowing capes. They will speak in very calm, refined accents until the moment they're about to do something really nasty to someone. Other ArbyFish don't really notice that the White ArbyFish are evil.
        There is little interaction between them and the outside world, and they don't do a whole lot anyway, so they don't have much of a recorded history. Behind every evil madman/woman, though, there has always been a white ArbyFish lurking on their sholders. They just don't let themselves be seen by anybody else besides who they have decided would be capable of causing pain and misery.
        Their hobbies include: meditation, plotting, torture, and knitting.
        The traditional White greeting consists of lunging at the other's throat with a knife.
        The Black ArbyFish are spacefaring ArbyFish. They are the most powerful of all ArbyFish, and the most benevolent. They impulsively do good wherever they go, and are known as heroes throughout the universe. They have the ability to manipulate energy, gravatational fields, time, and they read minds. They are the least common, forming .05 percent of the total ArbyFish species.
        They are also very finicky about their liquid intake, being that they drink only from Klein bottles. Most establishments don't carry that kind of glass, so they tend to carry their own around. Never let a waitress/waiter attempt to refill their glasses, or bad things may happen. Simply show them a source of liquid and they'll muddle it out.
        The Black greet each other traditionally by a little contest of wills. The first attempts to manipulate gravity to crush the second, and the second tries to crush the first in that same manner. They both try to keep themselves from being crushed by willing the space around them to expand. The first has sucessfully greeted the second when a klein bottle has formed between them. They then go somewhere together to quench their thirst.
        The Pink ArbyFish, also known as AbryFish, more than likely matured around kittens, puppies, or in patches of sugar cane. Their hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting, and being generally pleasant and nice to each other. They are no longer found in this universe because of the fact that all other ArbyFish hated them. There was a massive war, the only war in ArbyFish history, and the Pink ArbyFish were eradicated due to their good natured cuteness.
Most ArbyFish denied that they were cute at all. If you ever asked about a Pink ArbyFish, they would hesitate, but quickly respond by telling about how the Pink AbryFish were the most foul creatures in ArbyFish society, and then go on about the war.
        The war was won because the AbryFish were so numerous. The ArbyFish sent out cards inviting all the AbryFish to a family reunion out in the middle of space. The AbryFish, not wishing to refuse the invitation, went to this particular point out in space. The vacuum of space wasn't what killed them, since ArbyFish don't really _need_ any atmosphere to survive in. The immense gravity well that was created from the compounded mass in a single area, crushed them all into a single point of matter, effectively destroying them.
        In their minds and history books, Pink ArbyFish were a bad tempered, ill willed, plotting, devious, evil part of their kind. ArbyFish really don't like to talk about them and it's more likely to be struck by lightning on a clear day while being hit by a live, flying woodchuck than to have it come up in a conversation. Speaking of which, a favorite pastime of some Arbyfish is standing outside on a clear day and attempting to get themselves struck by lightning while hitting themselves with a live, flying woodchuck.
        The traditional Pink greeting goes like this:
                The greeter hands the greeted a box of chocolates.
                The greeted eats the entirety of the contents of the box.
                The box is handed back to the greeter.
                They both then dance about in a circle and pick flowers.
                They hand each other the collection of flowers.
                The second nods to the first.
                The first nods to the second.
                They both smile at each other.
                The greeting is done.
        Other ArbyFish found this arcane practice too disgusting to just sit by idly and let it continue. This was one of the acts that fueled the fire of the war waged against them.

        Approximate ArbyFish color distribution out of 10,000 ArbyFish:


        Estimated number of ArbyFish in existance: 4.213666256 X 10^27

        Aproximately 4,213,666,256,000,000,000,000,000,000

           Green: 2,528,199,754,000,000,000,000,000,000
           Grey: 842,733,251,200,000,000,000,000,000
           Blue: 337,093,300,500,000,000,000,000,000
           Brown: 158,012,484,600,000,000,000,000,000
             Red: 115,875,822,000,000,000,000,000,000
          Orange: 56,884,494,460,000,000,000,000,000
          Purple: 48,457,161,940,000,000,000,000,000
          Violet: 42,136,662,560,000,000,000,000,000
        Turqouse: 42,136,662,560,000,000,000,000,000
          Yellow: 35,816,163,180,000,000,000,000,000
           White: 4,213,666,256,000,000,000,000,000
           Black: 2,106,833,128,000,000,000,000,000
           Pink: None or very few 100 to 500 at most.

        These all developed within about 22,000 years.

        There were twenty-two generations of them, as far as anyone can figure, since ArbyFish release 18 spores once in their lifetime and it takes them about 1000 years to develop to that point.
        All of the descriptions are in general and there are exceptions to every case. The percents and numbers are estimated, barring any temporal tampering, and judged by the most commonly used continuities.

More information will be found sometime within the next four temporal constants at this website: arby://


At least, that's what they tell us... ^_^