Ex Post Human
Tentative designation, Combat biomorph project outline:
Author: Cipher Anaphylaxis
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The Lamia is a hypothetical exotic combat-specialized biomorph engineered around a novel system of decentralized and redundant biology, which is described in following. Note that much of this dossier is written in present-tense, mostly because I’m an optimist.
Morphologically, it appears to be a four-armed human torso seamlessly attached to a flattened, elongated lower body, measuring between 4.5 and 5 meters in length from head to tail. Additionally, the morph possesses sixteen tentacle manipulators between 1 and 1.75 meters in length. Six of these are clustered equidistantly around the body just below the ‘waist’ of the morph, and the other ten are spaced along the narrow dimension of the tail, five to each side. These tentacles are smooth and featureless, having no hooks or suckers, and end in a smoothly rounded tip. Also worth noting are its many integrated skin pockets, allowing for an array of weapons, tools, and other such things to be easily carried and concealed.
Although the morph possesses skin reinforced with durable bioweave armor, able to act as a switchable grip surface and laced with distributed sensory nodes, the most novel feature of the Lamia is a high degree of internal homogeneity. Functional tissue types consist only of the skin, muscle, the self-pumping circulatory system, hardened neural tissue, and approximately have a dozen specialized micro-organs that condense necessary body functions into as few differentiated systems as possible, which are redundantly distributed throughout the entire body.
While the upper half of the Lamia mimics human appearance, internally it shares almost no similar biology. There is no brain in the morph’s skull – mental processes are distributed between a network of further redundant neural nodes throughout the body, many of which are biological subprocessors designed to assist in managing the staggeringly complex body plan of this morph. Indeed, apart from the eyes and ears, the skull is largely cosmetic, as it is designed to be able to fold and compress, along with the rest of the ‘skeleton’ of the upper part of the morph, in order to squeeze through narrow spaces.
In terms of skeleton, the Lamia is a vertebrate, possessing bony human arms and a long, flexible, and extraordinarily durable spine that runs the length of its body. Furthermore, there are multiple areas within the morph where an endoskeletal armored shell surrounds and protects several clusters of vital organs and neurological systems.
The result of all of this engineering is that it is an evasive and versatile combat platform with no single point of failure, and that it is capable of sustaining massive amounts of physical trauma before its combat viability is compromised. Most parts of the morph can be physically severed from one another and not only survive, but potentially continue to function independently for hours after before being rejoined to the rest.
Biomods, Cybernetics and Nanosymbiotes
Many systems are incorporated into the base organism out of further benefit to its intended role.
In addition to robust biology, computer implants and ego backup systems, the Lamia is designed to have mesh inserts integrated into every single one of its neural nodes and subprocessors, which allow all parts of the morph to remain in communication in a swarm-like manner even if parts of the morph are physically severed from one another.
On a less novel level, the morph integrates symbiotic medichines and respirocytes as standard equipment, as well as an accelerated neurochemical architecture to maintain more cohesive cognition in spite of distributed consciousness.
One new modification will also developed specifically for this project to allow several types of biopolymers to be created and broken down within tissue layers, including compounds for shock hardening against impacts, ablative protection against energy and thermal damage, and myomer fiber strengthening to permit the morph’s tentacles to be stiff and muscular enough to function as mobility-enhancing limbs without difficulty under higher gravities.
The integration of a chameleon surface into the morph’s skin would be a useful capability, but potentially prohibitively difficult to integrate, given the level of functional overcrowding already present.
The Lamia represents an exceptionally exotic and complex design project, and many of the features it integrates are unprecedented and will need to be engineered from scratch. As such, the first iteration of this platform will be created as a Pod morph, and substitute cybernetics for some crucial aspects of its design. Later iterations will incorporate new developments to become increasingly biological until the Lamia may be firmly considered a biomorph.
Version 1 was completed ahead of schedule, only a week after work was begun. The design process went favorably with almost no setbacks, and aside from anticipated difficulties with integrating an all-biological nervous system, preliminary testing has found that the morph functions as intended. Further testing and documentation is required.