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Sivvers
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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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Sivvers
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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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Sivvers
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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
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Space)
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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Sivvers
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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
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Space)
valadaar's comment on 2013-01-22 06:08 PM
This is quite well done sir!
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Sivvers
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Space)
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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Sivvers
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Ted's comment on 2012-01-27 06:21 PM
Yes. Thank-you! Go to Comment
Sivvers
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Space)
Kassy's comment on 2014-06-16 10:32 AM
4.5/5

Really well done and an enjoyable read. Go to Comment
Sivvers
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-15 11:44 PM
I like the flavor a lot! Zombies that sweat crystals. And extra points for not making it a simple virion or bacterium that does the dirty work. The biology backstory is pretty good, too. I don't like to imagine anything coming out of a deep-sea vent that isn't a horrible monster.

Are they like prions? Saying something is a crystal is sort of like saying that it is stackable in a grid, and nearly all proteins are can be forced into a crystalline pattern (that's how X-ray crystallography works). But at the same time, you can have really simple proteins direct massive behavioral changes (mad cow disease), so that works.

Also, it strikes me as sort of weird that crystals have an EMP profile when crystals are just lattices of ionically balanced molecules. No polarity. Go to Comment
Sivvers
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Dossta's comment on 2013-06-17 04:45 PM
Definitely well done -- glad I finally had a chance to give this one a read. I personally enjoyed the informative part of the article far more than the combat and research logs later on. That was probably because they used a lot of words to repeat information you'd already given. If you shortened that section and tightened up the narratives a little, it would be a stronger piece.

That's a pretty minor nitpick, though. I loved the evolution of these guys, the different approaches you thought of for treating them, and the intriguing possibility for them to gain sentience. Well done, sir! Go to Comment
Unit/Mission Network
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-02-01 11:37 PM
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Unit/Mission Network
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Chaosmark's comment on 2012-01-22 12:39 PM


Minor flavor. Definitely usable, since communication is essential for any group of soldiers.


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valadaar's comment on 2014-10-23 08:28 AM
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The Tyrant of the Mind
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-01-09 08:06 PM


You've got the spirit of the thing, I approve.


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The Tyrant of the Mind
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Dozus's comment on 2012-01-10 01:13 PM


A fine foundation. I can envision a lot springing from this.


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The Tyrant of the Mind
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valadaar's comment on 2013-04-28 09:23 PM
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