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 within 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. But also the word crystal, in addition to biochemecial definition, just means something that looks like quartz.Go to Comment
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.
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Excellent stuff, and sure to show up in my upcoming space campaign!