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The Hemangini Flying Squirrel
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Phaidros's comment on 2012-01-27 02:03 PM
The natural consumers of Hemangini nuts I presume? This nicely anticipates a question regarding the trees: if you have naturally evolved plants using metal, it is very likely you have an ecosystem that uses metal. These squirrels can crack the metal nuts, are in turn hunted upon by silver foxes and copper falcons, who are in turn hunted by iron wolves or mithral eagles, etcetera. Of course, any species that literally eats money is in big trouble - though I can imagine a rogue setting some of these squirrels free in the vault of someone who did not pay the protection money.... Go to Comment
The Hemangini Flying Squirrel
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Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:27 AM


Yes Virginia, speculative biology goes beyond flora. I do wonder whether the ecosystem could truly support a metal creature as active as a squirrel, however. They'd almost certainly be restricted to groves of Hemangini trees.


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Roack's comment on 2012-02-04 08:15 AM


A great, humorous post, and a wonderful nuisance animal. The image of a squirrel, its eyes shimmering with hunger and teeth gleaming with the brightness of steel, gnawing away at someone's chainmail.


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The Hemangini Flying Squirrel
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-05 01:06 PM


Update: I never meant to suggest that they lived off of metal alone. I tried to change the write up to suggest that metal was only a part of their diet.  But the point was to make an amusing counter part to the tree. 

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The Hemangini Flying Squirrel
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Aramax's comment on 2012-11-18 02:49 PM
always need cute and fuzzy anoyances 4/5 Go to Comment
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montreve's comment on 2012-02-01 02:02 PM


For 100 words both of these submissions are great, gives an interesting new potential for a world whose primary resource is metal rather than stone/dirt. I would have liked to see what these submissions would have been in more than 100 words.


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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2012-01-31 11:39 PM


Awesome, clever, flavorful, and with some good potential. Fear the squirrels. 


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Sivvers
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-01-22 12:02 PM


Not things to be messed with.


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Phaidros's comment on 2012-01-22 08:28 AM
Truly good space-zombie variant. And the background story is great too. The only things I wonder about is whether the wireless network the crystals form can be interrupted or even be hacked, and whether it is possible to cure an infected person. Go to Comment
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Phaidros's comment on 2012-01-23 11:01 AM
A new question: do I read it correctly that cold-blooded creatures do not "activate" the srpores? If there are cold-blooded aliens, than these might carry spores without knowing it (or so they say...) Meanwhile, survivors of these zombies might become quite paranoid about dust and glittering particles. Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2012-01-22 12:58 PM


Sci-fi p-zombies. The interview log really added to this, taking an already well-thought-out idea and giving it an even more interesting "face of the enemy" as it were.


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Dozus's comment on 2012-01-23 07:05 AM


Oh, I like this one. They are on face a space zombie, but the depth and characterization make it something different entirely.


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Murometz's comment on 2012-03-01 11:09 PM


I marvel at stuff like this, because I can't write it. Engrossing!!


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Sivvers
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-22 10:18 AM
Thanks, as for your questions. Those things would be up the GM I suppose, but the way I envisioned it was that there was no cure (of course clever PCs could come up with one) and that yes the network could be disrupted be something like a solar flair emp, or any other large source of radiation. As for being Hacked or snooped, why not. I also flirted with the idea of the sivver using a psionic energy or the Force depending on the setting. Go to Comment
Sivvers
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 04:17 PM
Yes, the spores as they are written would not become active in any animal with a body temperature below 32 degrees C? What above fish or filter feeders like clams and oysters, might laying dormant in these food stuffs be a means of transmitting infections.
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 05:14 PM
DId that fix it? Go to Comment
Sivvers
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-06-16 04:37 PM
I would imagine that the sivver molecules would have to have a great deal of catalytic activity to direct the formation of new sivver molecules with the host. So they could also direct the folding or re-fold existing proteins. Perhaps that could be a sivver infection biomarker, when nitric oxide synthase or calcineurin is folded incorrectly (I just want to pick molecules that bound non-carbon molecules)

As for the crystal lattice, I am willing to suspend disbelief enough to imagine a clear shiny crystalline molecule that actually has complex molecular structure containing both high energy and low energy bonds and when exposed to a relatively small amount of ambient energy becomes polar when the those low energy bonds break. But indeed there is more fiction in here than science and certainly more fiction than engineering. Go to Comment
Sivvers
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valadaar's comment on 2013-01-22 06:08 PM
This is quite well done sir!
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Silveressa's comment on 2012-02-29 11:00 PM


Wow, very indepth and complete, I was expecting something shorter, but it just kept going, with mroe and more useful info to paint a complete picture of these parasites. (whcih is a good thing by the way.)



Very veristile and quite nasty, they make for a great take on "space zombie" and excellent example of non carbon based life forms that are truly alien in their outlook and goals.



The multiple  evolutionary options are a nice touch, and they can be easily adapted to a fantasy setting with minimal effort.



Excellent stuff, and sure to show up in my upcoming space campaign!

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Sivvers
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Ted's comment on 2012-01-23 04:32 PM


Axel, I have a small request. Can you edit the formatting of the summary for this sub so it's not spaced so far at the top and bottom on the main page? It's nothing huge, it's just irking me in the same way that an image that stretches your screen horizontally does.


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