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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-07-30 01:20 PM
Grim, has multiple layers of background material, and the monster has a symbolic value, just as Godzilla was a symbol of the atom bomb. I approve. Go to Comment
Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-08 09:05 PM
"Put that in you pipe and smoke it, John Galt!"


I love the conflict origin of this one, that this is channels the 99% rage and the conflicts behind wealth distribution. If you were to add more to this sub, I would tell more the chimera's story rather than to develop the physics of the chimera. Though I do like Omega Draco's ideas.

The teaser was awesome. Go to Comment
Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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valadaar's comment on 2012-08-01 01:18 PM
A very odd creature that fits well into the theme. Nicely done! Go to Comment
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Kassy's comment on 2012-07-30 10:18 AM
A thouroughly enjoyable read. Well written and presented, well done to you both.

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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 02:39 AM

Dr. James Wooden


11:00 a.m., Sydney, Crown Center, Press Conference


With an air of self-assurance, Dr. James Wooden strode in, smiled and seated himself. In a charcoal black suit, Dr. Wooden conveys the image of a true gentleman.


“Welcome to the Press Conference on Project Chimera. As everyone here is well aware, now farming has to be done predominately either with animal or human labour. Also, the radical movement is gaining momentum and causing major disruptions to our lives.  Now, I ask all of you, what do we do about them? Well, my answer is that we create something that will simultaneously address these two problems…  Now, is there any questions?”



18/05/3031


Finally, those walking monies have given me the funding for my Project Chimera! Imagine the fame I will get when I create the perfect animal that will solve the two most pressing problems of humanity at the moment.


19/05/3031


What specimens of DNA should I use to create my Chimera? Let me see, grizzly bear for its strength and ability to sustain mob attacks, the Tasmanian devil so that it will have a rapid reproductive cycle, snakes so that it would have a means to quickly immobilise those pesky radicals and yes, the giant squid from Japan that has that delicious gene with the propensity to mutate, why then my Chimera can continuously breed with other species, creating unique offsprings. Who knows that those walking monies won’t take the fancy to getting their special pet Chimera and give me follow-up funding on project extensions?


10/01/3032


Curse those radicals, here I thought this ghost town of Alice Springs would be the perfect place to set up my research compound and all my Aboriginal ‘assistants’ have escaped in the confusion as well. I know, I will move to Bourke in New South Wales, surely there the opportunities to ‘recruit’ more Aboriginal ‘assistants’ are plenty as well.


08/11/3032


Those ethnical guidelines that scientists are supposed to uphold are damn nuisances. What’s the difference between a non-lethal venom that will paralyse someone so that they can be killed and a lethal one that directly kills? Damn hypocrites


~ excerpts from a partially recovered personal diary of Dr. James Wooden found at the site of the destroyed research compound at Bourke, NSW


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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 10:13 PM
A fair enough comment and one that we haven't really thought about. On the living area, though, was thinking that the chimeras would be kept in already existing mansions/compounds of the rich. The up-keeping part potentially might be problematic in a resource poor world like you say. Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-01 07:39 PM

Yep, that was the motivation for creating the Chimera, as an all-purpose beast for 'humanity'. As for its primary weapon, the other Moon is more suited to answering this, we split the work such that I'm focusing more on the background world and the scientist while he's focusing more on the monster itself and the plot hooks though of course, there are ideas that come off and build on each other.

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Dossta's comment on 2012-07-31 03:07 PM
Gotta love the mutated monstrosities. If I'm reading this correctly, the creature was intended both to help farm resources and to put down violent protests? What does it use as its primary weapons -- the claws or its tentacle-enhanced muzzle? Go to Comment
Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-07-31 12:28 AM
Had he lived, no doubt Dr Wooden would have been able to control the birth rate and only produce as many of the creatures, and variants, as he wished. He was reckless, however, being in love with his own ego, and did not foresee some "difficulties."

As far as the resources required, I imagine that the rich would perceive that as a problem of too many poor. They would be more than willing to take whatever they desired by force to maintain their own comforts while "encouraging" the poor to die off (a bit like Zardoz, I suppose.) Go to Comment
Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-08-01 07:47 PM
Being as large as it is, the claws would be quite effective weapons on their own. It can also use its tentacles to help hold onto prey while its massive jaws render flesh or its special fangs inject a painful and paralyzing poison. Go to Comment
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-08-06 06:50 PM
I love those ideas! Go to Comment
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OmegaDraco's comment on 2012-08-06 02:45 PM
The beast would have a massive source of food: humans. As grizzly as it sounds, huddled masses of the poor would probably be the first targets. An average human or three is probably a decent meal for a chimera. As for housing, the snake DNA would suggest burrowing a tunnel to sleep in (or possibly sleeping in water). The other genetic instincts would probably concur with tunnels. If allowed to live on instinct alone, the chimera would likely live in caves or tunnels (sewers perhaps), be fiercely territorial, and form large nests that could house dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of chimera as the local food source (population) allowed. Go to Comment
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OmegaDraco's comment on 2012-08-06 02:56 PM
I love the rampant exponential growth. The chimera has lots of potential. I mentioned most of my thoughts in my reply above. In my humble opinion, the chimera might be better suited to be setting-independent. The futuristic "rich vs. poor" and "dying planet" settings seem like they could be completely independent of the chimera. But that said, breeding a hideous monster to protect rich people is pretty sweet.

Lastly, I would give armor plating to the brood mother (the original chimera) and maybe some other cybernetic enhancements. This would make her nearly unstoppable while her offspring are still able to be killed. In my mind, rich people with big labs breeding big monsters would have big fail-safes in place. Armor plating, mounted lasers, muscle augmentations, "adamantium" claws, or any face-palm worthy B-movie monster ridiculousness would make the compound-destroying rampage more believable. In addition, it would make for an epic boss fight. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-07-30 02:10 PM
I like it, though i do have one problem with the history of the Chimera. Animals require lots of resources (food, shelter, etc) to keep. And, with resources running out, people simply wouldn't be able to keep animals. And no one would even consider breeding a such a big beast as the Chimera Prototype MK-XXIII. Such a beast, even before it went on an unforeseeable rampage, would require lots of resources, especially if its constantly spawning more creatures, that, in turn, require resources. A creature like that would need a huge,+30 foot high living area, which would require either metal (which they wouldn't have in a resource-less world) or wood (which they also wouldn't have).
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Apocalyptic Vampires
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Murometz's comment on 2014-01-18 10:07 PM
What madness this? :P Go to Comment
The Pocket Realm of Brocschtal
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-06-25 08:14 AM
A very good piece of work, if I was to offer some advice to improve it I would add a few interesting NPC locals, and just because this is how I roll, something really hideous and unexpected from the locals, like using criminals as bait for ghoul hunters, or some local superstitions about how to repel ghouls, or how to avoid them. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-06-25 04:02 PM
Do those injured by ghouls become ghouls or is it just supersition that makes those wounded by ghouls be hanged? Go to Comment
The Pocket Realm of Brocschtal
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-06-25 09:49 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2012-06-26 02:51 PM
I think it an interesting realm, but it feels very artificial.

To me the behaviour of the humans seems odd. Given this type of threat, I would expect quick consolidation into heavily fortified camps, with constantly posted guards. They may have started out idyllic, but the humans I know would rail against this quickly. Ghouls would not be entering people's houses in the middle of the night unless they already cut through defences. Those outside fortified walls would be being plain silly, or kept out by those with walls - not once the nature of the threat became clear.

Why would they not burn every corpse? I would expect this would prevent ghoul reproduction pretty quickly.

Its cool, but the population's reaction to its situation seems off to me.



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valadaar's comment on 2012-06-26 08:16 PM

Np - i personally hate those types of people. I can't my head around some of those beliefs and such defeatists bring my blood to a boil. :)


 


Also, having read much of game of thrones recently, my head is filled with characters of brutal pragmatism.

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