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    159 KB Create a Species: Scifi Edition II Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:07 No.16397318  
    Hello there, elegan/tg/entlemen. A few days ago, we used a tried-and-true voting formula to create a rather badass scifi species. I'm down for giving it another go.

    >I offer a series of possible choices or request input. Respond with one of the possible choices or your own input respectively, with "dice+1d100" in your email field. The person who rolls the highest number within five minutes gets selected and then I state the next phase.

    I've never played this game at this time of day before, so let me know if you're interested. If no one is, I'll come back tonight.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:08 No.16397328
    I am interested.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:09 No.16397335
    You do not appear to have given any possible choices.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:10 No.16397345

    I was waiting to see if there was interest. There apparently is, so...

    Let's start by determining how smart the creature is.

    >Mindless: a stimulus-response machine. Little to no central nervous system.
    >Animal: capable of limited learning and invention.
    >Sentient: knows that it exists. Possibly a tool user.
    >Sapient: smart enough to invent a true language and progress technologically.
    >Superintelligent: their minds our greater than our own.
    >Hyperintelligent: they think on a higher plane, above and beyond human comprehension.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:10 No.16397349
    for the next 20mins i'm interested.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:12 No.16397359
    rolled 97 = 97

    >> OP 09/23/11(Fri)11:13 No.16397367
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:15 No.16397388

    Forgot to put "dice+1d100" in your email field.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:16 No.16397398
    rolled 96 = 96

    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:18 No.16397413

    Well, I guess we default to the only actual roll. The creature is in the octopus/elephant/chimpanzee range of intelligence. Not a civilization-builder, but no mindless beast.

    Next question is where they came from:

    >Natural: spawned by evolution, or some other natural process.
    >Artificial: created by a technology-using life form.
    >Transnatural: they started out natural, but have been artificially modified.
    >Other: please specify.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:19 No.16397423
    rolled 84 = 84

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:20 No.16397427
    rolled 46 = 46

    I like the sound of transnatural. Uplifted animals.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:21 No.16397428
    rolled 54 = 54

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:22 No.16397436
    rolled 9 = 9

    Arcane: Produce of magic / willed into existence byhyperintelligent species.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:23 No.16397446
    rolled 86 = 86

    Created by an actual living God.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:25 No.16397454
    rolled 48 = 48

    Aaaand we're making Orks.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:27 No.16397474

    Let's use both of these, since they're close. The species is artificial, created from the ground up, by a being with incomprehensible power. Their creator is so powerful, that they may or may not be visibly artificial.

    For an artificial species, function dictates form. Why did this cosmic being create them?

    >Labor (he needed a cheap mining/construction/etc force)
    >Exploration (he sent them out into the universe to learn things and expand his own knowledge base)
    >War (he made them to destroy his enemies)
    >Worship (he wanted someone to pray to him)
    >Boredom (he made them just to see if he could)
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:29 No.16397490
    rolled 91 = 91


    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:29 No.16397493
    rolled 76 = 76

    Worship - but he doesn't want their prayer. Rather, he wants them to conduct the prayers of others to him.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:30 No.16397497
    rolled 36 = 36

    Their function is beyond our comprehension?
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:31 No.16397504
    rolled 28 = 28

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:31 No.16397507
    Exploaration, sort of. They were created as ambassadors of peace.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:32 No.16397509

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:32 No.16397514
    rolled 52 = 52

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:34 No.16397530
    rolled 77 = 77

    A creature who's existence defies physics
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:37 No.16397552

    Assuming that the Ork comment was meant to mean "war," these two highests can be reconciled. They ruthlessly and violently convert other beings to the worship of their creator. Or, at least, to punish the heretics or those who defy his clergy.

    He sounds like a real nice guy...

    These creatures are sentient, but not sapient, so they can't invent technology or culture of their own. How do they interact with others?

    >They have a basic AI that allows them to interact with the faithful; they can learn and use simple sentences, etc.
    >They have an adcanced user interface that mimics true intelligence (like the Vi's from Mass Effect).
    >They don't speak. Once they've appeared, it means war is already declared.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:39 No.16397560
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:40 No.16397566
    rolled 65 = 65

    Orks are already an alien race. You do not need to make them again.

    Mimic true intelligence.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:40 No.16397573
    They don't speak.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:42 No.16397582
    rolled 14 = 14

    Woops, forgot my dice, because I had to retype my kaptcha.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:44 No.16397593
    rolled 74 = 74

    They need some way of accepting surrender from unbelievers, some way of recognizing that people have converted to the True Path and that it is therefore no longer necessary to keep killing them.

    They mimic true intelligence, but they can't formulate new thoughts or sentences. They simply use conversation trees to interact with people, meaning that in any given situation, they have a limited number of canned, pre-programed reactions which they can deploy. If they want to convert you, they simply run pre-recorded sermons created from mixing and matching paragraphs.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:46 No.16397597

    They have a true self awareness, but they're not very smart. They can exchange information with other beings through a cleverbot-like virtual personality.

    Now, if these things are violent missionaries, they need some means of getting around. How they do this?

    >They have built-in spaceflight capability.
    >They can make/use spaceships.
    >They rely on other beings to ferry them from world to world.
    >They are teleported to different worlds by their mighty creator.
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:47 No.16397607

    Barely missed you, but my explanation of 16397566 is exactly what you suggested, so its all good.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:49 No.16397624
    rolled 7 = 7

    >They are teleported to different worlds by their mighty creator.
    Sounds good to me.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:51 No.16397635
    rolled 61 = 61

    The faithful must serve by spreading their God's Missionaries.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:51 No.16397636
    rolled 76 = 76

    Hm, dice disapprove it seems.
    How about portals are opened from their 'holding' world to, or near to, the desired area then?
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:53 No.16397648
    >They rely on other beings to ferry them from world to world.

    Make 'em parasites.

    As the original creator of this manner of creature creation, I approve.

    Although the only ones I manages were the Zxyxy and the snake people.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:53 No.16397654
    rolled 18 = 18

    My roll.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:54 No.16397656
    rolled 96 = 96

    Inbuilt capability.
    Like a swarm of Jehovah's Locusts.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)11:56 No.16397681
    rolled 10 = 10

    An in-built ability to open portals through with they can poor through like Jehovah's Angry Marines?
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:57 No.16397689

    Worshippers bring these beings with them to convert new populations. At least one group of worshippers has portal technology that allows them to quickly bring the creatures from one world to another (this technology could have been invented by mortal scientists, or "gifted" to them by their god).

    Okay, we know more or less what the purpose of these things is now. Let's decide what they actually look like.

    What sort of stuff are they made of? Their creator is a godlike superalien, so pretty much anything goes.

    >Synthetic (they're made of metal and plastic, like a traditional robot)
    >Organic (they're flesh and blood, like a natural creature)
    >Biomechanic (a combination of both of the above)
    >Exotic Matter (they're made of some weird, non-atomic material with bizare properties)
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)11:58 No.16397697

    Hey there, Bio. Did I ever tell you how much I loved CorpQuest?


    Sorry man, too late.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:00 No.16397714
    > poratal in the sky opening
    > angry semi-intelligent conversion/extermination units fall through it
    > bury half the planet under them and open a standardized interaction with all citizens at once

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:02 No.16397728
    rolled 29 = 29

    Exotic matter.
    If they're not going to be orcs, I want them to be FUCKING TERRIFYING.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:02 No.16397733
    rolled 62 = 62

    They are made of godsperm, a flexible nanopaste that can form rudimentary shapes.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:03 No.16397738
    rolled 74 = 74

    Nanomachines that mimic biological functions.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:05 No.16397750
    rolled 49 = 49


    Agh. I'm picturing a cross between Giegeresque Xenomorphs and the Thinman.
    It is very, very creepy.
    I wish I could into art.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:07 No.16397765

    They're made out of a versatile nanogel that can form different shapes. Rather like a shoggoth.

    Do they have any limits on their amorpheousness?

    >They can only change between a handful of programmed forms.
    >They can create new forms on the fly, but are limited by their constituent materials.
    >They're not cohesive enough to become solid, so they just flow in different directions, maybe sprouting pseudopods or the like.
    >They're consummate shapeshifters, like DS9's Changelings.
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:08 No.16397775
    rolled 85 = 85

    Because smiling creepy xenomorph nightmare fuel is less fucked up that nanosperm.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:09 No.16397781

    I'm a drawfag, so I can illustrate the creature at the end.


    In their assumed forms, this would pretty much have to be the case.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:10 No.16397793

    New question has already been asked, but don't despair; if they have a number of pre-designed forms, those could be gigeresque and smiling.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:11 No.16397799
    rolled 16 = 16

    Imitation only. They naturally mimic the rough forms of the creatures they meet.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:12 No.16397807
    I would suggest that they don't have pre-designed WHOLE forms, but they have a limited number of pre-designed PARTS types which they can combine in many different combinations to create whole forms.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:14 No.16397818
    Programmed forms.
    One of which is a sad neckbeard who only manages to roll high when it is too late to count.
    Like, every time.
    No roll, because I'm being funny, and just our luck it would be the high roll that counts.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:20 No.16397851

    They can mimic other creatures, but not perfectly.


    This does seem to be a problem. Okay, change of rules; you now have ten minutes after each question.

    What fuels these creatures?

    >They need to eat food, with the forms they plan to immitate effecting their choice of diet.
    >They eat food, but only certain materials; their shapeshifting actually has a fairly small chemical range.
    >They have perfect conservation of mass, but they need energy; food is just something to burn.
    >They have perfect conservation of mass, and they absorb energy from non-food sources (photosynthesis, being plugged into the wall, etc).
    >They have a battery that eventually runs out.
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:23 No.16397881
    With a dark, slick, xenomorph-esque exterior to every form. And often just a bit thinner in build and extremities than the species they imitate.
    And their best (poor) rendition of that species' friendly expression, like a grinning rictus for humans.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:25 No.16397889

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:28 No.16397910
    rolled 71 = 71

    Battery, that is 'divinely' charged for bringing new worshipers into the fold.
    Otherwise they must consume unbelievers for fuel and mass.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:28 No.16397912
    rolled 63 = 63

    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:34 No.16397956



    The godsperm is charged at the creature's birth, and eventually loses energy. To keep themselves alive and to repair damage, the creature must consume the needed materials, many of which can be found in the bodies of delicious nonbelievers.

    They can only go for so long on meat, though; eventually, unless the feeding is truly excellent, they will need to return to have their batteries recharged.

    Speaking of which, how do these creatures reproduce?

    >They make more of themselves internally, requiring a great energy source to charge the youngs' batteries.
    >They are created in divinely-inspired factories build by the worshippers.
    >Only the god can make more of them.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:34 No.16397957
    rolled 99 = 99

    As mass from the consumption of non-believers increases, they divide to retain a suitable size relative to the race they are imitating and interacting with (killing/preaching).
    As damage is dealt or power runs low, they merge together to retain function and size.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:36 No.16397976
    Let's hear it for managing to per-emptively answer the next question as it's asked!
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:42 No.16398010

    Even if you don't beat 99, high rolls can be added to the finished product as long as they aren't contradictory.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:44 No.16398026
    rolled 45 = 45

    I imagine they must exist as pools of creepy material in the temples of the fully converted. Taking shape if non-believers appear or threaten. Imagine vast lakes of them on the creator's holding world for them.

    Oh god. That's why their transportation method opens a portal. So they can literally pour into a world in a torrent. Splashing to the ground and rolling across it until they find forms to imitate, then proceed with the preach-or-kill interaction routine.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:45 No.16398035
    Chocolate Rain
    Some stay dry and others feel the pain
    Chocolate Rain
    A baby born will die before the sin
    Chocolate Rain
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)12:51 No.16398083

    These go together rather nicely. For added evil, let's say that they need genetic material from the species they want to immitate, and they can only store one genome at a time. A drop of blood will do, but ignorant worshippers might throw them an entire living sacrifice just to be sure.

    Since they have limited batteries, we can also infer that the temples include power plants to juice up the growing nanogel before it can split off and form new units.

    So, size and shape seem to be variable, but everything they turn into is made from a shiny, black, bio-synthetic material. Presumably, they can easily regenerate wounds.

    What weaknesses do these things have, besides starvation?

    >The body of nanogel has to be a certain size to retain its purpose; break it into small enough pieces, and it dies.
    >Extreme temperatures will kill the nanites.
    >Certain chemicals and pathogens can kill the nanites.
    >Some type of electromagnetic field or vibration can repel the thing.
    >More than one of the above (please specify)
    >Other (please specify)
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:54 No.16398103
    rolled 97 = 97

    It needs to maintain a certain size to remain functional and extreme cold causes it to be rendered temporarily inoperative. These combined mean that one of the best ways to destroy them is to freeze and shatter them.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)12:54 No.16398106
    Nanotech IS prone to overheating...but EMPs work too. Magnets (FUCKING, HOW DO THEY WORK) are also a problem.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:00 No.16398149
    rolled 8 = 8

    As a godly T-1000, they are nigh unkillable by most mortal means.
    However, they are incredibly weak againt other godly & cosmic powers, and somewhat vulnerable to forms of psionic machine-control.
    Their greatest weakness though, is that they are only imitating sentience, They can be confused and avoided easily enough, and a perceptive person can manage to safely navigate their conversation trees to avoid combat and be considered a 'believer' where they truely are or not.
    Avoid true believers that might see through your ruses, or take them out first.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:01 No.16398154
    rolled 34 = 34

    Blast you roll higher!
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:05 No.16398184

    Their master has somehow manage to solve the nanite overheating problem; fire doesn't do much to them. However, this has led them vulnerable to heat loss. Since small pieces of the nanogel lose their functionality, you can freeze and shatter them.

    If you happen to not be Samus Aran, you can also trick their dialogue-tree into thinking you're a believer. That won't help you if you meet on the battlefield, but in other situations it might.

    These creatures are practically unstoppable if you aren't properly equipped.

    Only question left that I can think of: what is their name?
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:12 No.16398240
    rolled 27 = 27

    Individual nanites are extremely hardy, but can be killed by extreme heat. Larger forms are able to dissipate heat across their mass, making them even harder to destroy.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:12 No.16398243
    I'm terrible at names. Someone else is gonna have to take this one.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:13 No.16398248
    rolled 88 = 88

    Wibbly-Wobbly Gooey-Wooey Balls
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:14 No.16398256

    Though this is obviously the made-up informal name
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:16 No.16398271
    rolled 33 = 33

    The Variable Host. They refer to themselves as a collective, 'we' 'us' etc...
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:16 No.16398277
    rolled 29 = 29

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:17 No.16398280
    rolled 58 = 58

    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:17 No.16398281
    rolled 9 = 9

    Fuck roll higher!
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:17 No.16398282
    The god needs no names for his own creations.

    The worshippers call the nanogel the "godsperm," and often refer to individual units as "seeds" or "children."

    The nonbelievers used to have a wide range of ominous names for these horrors, until a mysterious time traveler who once aided them coined the term "wibbly wobbly gooey wooey balls." Since then, the name has stuck, especially among underground resistance members seeking to make light of their predicament.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:18 No.16398286
    rolled 3 = 3

    Every one of their forms has gigantic nuts
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:19 No.16398293
    Flee, before those WWGWBs get here!
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:22 No.16398319

    These other names also work.


    A unique, extremely powerful being sought to be worshipped as a god. Since his own creations lacked true sentience, and thus were capable of only hollow immitations of worship, he set out to convert lesser races to his own worship.

    The godsperm is a gel made of highly advanced nanomachines, produced by the alien god in his inner sanctum. This gel can form into individual creatures called the Variable Host (or "Todesboten" in the dominant language of the believers). In its normal state, the gel is a shapeless blob, capable of only limited movement. However, the instant it gets its hands on some DNA, that changes.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)13:28 No.16398365
    I should have known.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:29 No.16398371

    When blood or flesh falls into the godsperm, the nanites form a structure based on the genetic code. Black, glistening, and bio-mechanical in appearance, the forms assumed by the godsperm are comparable in size, shape, and general anatomy to the DNA donor. The imitation isn't perfect; some features are universal to all Variable Host forms, and they often appear as disturbing as relatable. Human-based forms have a really creepy grin.

    The nanogel has a rudimentary intelligence, with a programmed dialogue tree. Its a very advanced tree, but its still all preprogrammed; a prolonged Turing Test can reveal this. The purpose of these forms is to spread the faith of the alien god to new populations, accompanying missionaries of the faithful as "angels," living proof of the god's providence.

    The creatures have two practical functions. One: they serve as repositories for divine knowledge and ritual, giving long sermons and storing "divine" technical data that can be given to the cultists as needed. Two, they are terrifying weapons against those who refuse to be converted.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:35 No.16398419

    The creatures are stronger, faster, and tougher than their gene donors, and are capable of interfacing with machinery and digesting living creatures. Their biosnythetic composition is extremely light, hard, and durable, so their claws can penetrate steel. Unlike most nanotechnology, they have a distributed cooling system that protects them from overheating; you'd need to throw them into the sun or keep a sustained plasma beam on them before they'd start to lose mass.

    They do have weaknesses, though. Cutting them into small pieces will render that mass inert, and low temperatures can freeze them solid. A cryonic weapon, followed by a concussive attack, can freeze and shatter them into harmless shards. Some forms of technopathy can also theoretically effect them, though their firewalls are godly. Their greatest weakness is their lack of true intelligence; they can be outwitted, either tactically, or in conversation.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:38 No.16398447

    The godsperm is kept in chambers in the temples of the faithful, where special machines recharge their batteries (the vodesboten can eat organic material for mass and a little energy, but they still can't go for too long without recharging at the pool, or going into sleep mode). It takes a lot of energy to assume a different form, so they can only switch DNA templates back at the temple.

    The temples also have a portal system, allowing the godsperm to literally flow from world to world.
    >> Xenogenitor 09/23/11(Fri)13:39 No.16398459
    Awesome run, /tg/. This is probably my best one yet. I might have some drawfaggotry later today.
    >> Anonymous 09/23/11(Fri)14:00 No.16398634
    You have a good one, and take pride in the lack of sleep I have. I originally was about to go to sleep when this thread appeared.

    Rock on, Xenogenitor.

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