Making the Sathar creepier; or the Worm Inside

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jedion357
September 12, 2017 - 8:04am
What if they put an immature worm 4-6 inches long down the throats of prisoners to grow inside ala Alien? Of course the method of doing this to drals and vrusk is different. Or dral and vrusk characters are immune to it. 

They also use hypnosis to make the victim forget the experience although they may have nightmares about something growing inside.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
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jedion357
September 12, 2017 - 8:09am
So this would not be an actual Sathar but a gen-engineered Sathar that is a killing machine similar to the xenomorph in Aliens. It's relationship to the Sathar is obvious as well. 

Should be a series of symptoms the PC can begin to recognize and cope with situation ala surgery - not automatic death sentence. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
September 12, 2017 - 8:28am
Militia assault scout sent to assist Trans Travel's LV-426 Leviathan Class star-liner. A dozen passengers have fallen I'll and the sickness seems to be spreading.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
September 12, 2017 - 8:53am
The creature's body is worm snake like, the head looks very Sathar like. The mouth looks like that if the cybo slug (mouth appenages of the cybo slug),  no appendages on the body. It spits acid as it's special attack. 

The cybo slug mouth fingers are actually elongated and can envolelope a characters head and the creature vomits a worm into the victims mouth for reproduction. This process takes 10 minutes and full grown worm can do this once every 20 hours. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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rattraveller
September 12, 2017 - 7:11pm
Look to Starship Troopers 2 (not the best of the series) for some ideas here. The plot was a group of MI who were slowly taken over by a new type of bug.

Vrusk digestion is not too different from Human or Yazirian just a different way of ingestion.

Dralasite digestion on the other hand is much slower and any organism needs to be small and durable. Something like a cyst with a hard outer shell that once inside the Dral breaks open and begins to grow.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
September 12, 2017 - 9:48pm
I was thinking in terms of a throat to put the worm down.

alright vrusk are vulnerable.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Tchklinxa
September 13, 2017 - 4:09am
Like it just watched the alien movies again... maybe brain ones also. Could be native critters from their Homeworld or bio engineered. Could be bio bot wormees too that are used to take over or sabatoge equipment like computers or robots on ships or on colonies... probably a ship system repair unit for the Sathar that they modified into a weapon.
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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jedion357
September 13, 2017 - 7:57am
So original thought was an actual Sathar putting a worm down a prisoner's throat and hypnotizing them to forgetit happening. If these worms are reprodocing alien face hugger style then no actual Sathar are needed. So what about the hypnotism? Needed not needed? 

I suppose the first crop of victims can be hypnotized and sent out as time bombs to disrupt Frontier society.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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rattraveller
September 13, 2017 - 4:01pm
I would go with hypnotism just because that is what Sathar do and because that is way creepier to have been taken and have somethng done to you and then made to forget it than someone sneaking some worms in your food.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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Tchklinxa
September 13, 2017 - 7:33pm
I vote hypnotized because Sathar like the stealth factor. Just think just 10 people infected could grow expediently quickly in a colony of the Core 4... xenomorph dral could be a acid spewing, acid immune eating absorbing beasty... mouthed acid spitting limbs. 
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Shadow Shack
September 13, 2017 - 8:40pm
I don't see why it would have to be different for Drals & Vrusks, what matters is the xenomorph gets introduced to the innards where it gestates and grows.

The differences would be how the chest-burster develops: the "standard" slug would come from humans, the yazirian-born slugs would have improved night vision and be (more) tempermental, vruskan-born slugs would have extra limbs and be ambidextrous, and drala-slugs would have elasatic abilities.
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JCab747
September 14, 2017 - 12:48pm
A creepy Sathar biomonster sounds good.
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jedion357
September 14, 2017 - 3:08pm
I'm thinking a star liner where a passenger(s) were infected, had their memories wiped and sent on their way as a time bomb. Bad stuff begins to happen. PCs are either on the star liner or are militia sent to deal with it.

Once the worm rips out and is mature it can "face hug" and implant 1 worm per day

Once these worms mature they can also implant one worm per day.

things could get ugly fast.

since the bio-engineered worm will not have an actual sathar along at this point lets say that it secretes a chemical that absorbs through the skin and  mucus membrains (of the mouth) and prevents the formation of memories thus 80% wont remember the implantation, just have a headache. PCs get a INT save to remember after the 80% roll.

I'm thinking that the militia arsenal on the assualt scout should be well stocked and detailed.

I'm thinking that its time likes these that we need to "let ole painless out of the bag"

So big questions:

Gestation period in stomache? before gut bursting?
(my thoughts on chest bursting is 1- unneccessary since it can go out through the guts below the rib cage, 2- it could be a table 1-3 it comes up the throat 4-6 out the anis 7-9 out the gut and 10 a good old fashion chest bursting. lots of damage for throat and anis, massive damage for gut and instant death for chest bursting. these results are for human and yazirian. for dral it simply eats its way out and does moderate damage for vrusk its always the equiv of a chest bursting and 95% die)

and how long till maturation?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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rattraveller
September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
jedion357 wrote:
I'm thinking a star liner where a passenger(s) were infected, had their memories wiped and sent on their way as a time bomb.

Isn't that how the Blue Plague started?
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
September 14, 2017 - 4:10pm
rattraveller wrote:
jedion357 wrote:
I'm thinking a star liner where a passenger(s) were infected, had their memories wiped and sent on their way as a time bomb.

Isn't that how the Blue Plague started?


Not sure, if it is, perhaps its fan cannon? Not sure East Land went into that much detail on the Blue Plague.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Sargonarhes
September 19, 2017 - 7:50pm
Wasn't there already something from the dreaded Zebulon's Guide that had some kind of puppet master slug on some Sathar agent's back that had Sathar DNA? Either method takes a lot mpre effort, but the puppet master Sathar would get more results faster.
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iggy
September 19, 2017 - 8:39pm
Yes, the comment in the time line about new sathar parasite, "110FY A human assassin fails in his attempt to shoot Queanee Kloonanu, chairman of the Council of Worlds. A small bioform is found attached to the human's back. Scientific studies show it to be some kind of intelligent, parasitic organism with the same genetic make-up as Sathar specimens. Authorities believe it to be a new Sathar method of controlling agents. See-through apparel becomes fashionable almost immediately."

I used this as inspiration for the Jurak Hangna article, "An SP on Hakosoar" in Frontier Explorer issue 12.
-iggy