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The Doctor The Doctor's picture
Why would I need a body? I

Why would I need a body? I have a version control system.



Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
You don't

Oh you certainly don't need one. I was just wondering because a great many people consider their morphs just as much a form of self expression as much as a way to physically interact with the environment.

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Nerathul Nerathul's picture
Informorph

While being an infomorph can be a great experience, it is not the best when you have to go to places outside the mesh, meet with people (Especially high-society) or do things. Drones are nice but rather limited.

With a few mods, you can also be just as mentally fast as an informoph and it isn't that much more costy than a decent eidolon. Even cheaper if you slot shells and know how to program a fabber to build them for you.

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Zarpaulus Zarpaulus's picture
I ain't particularly attached

I ain't particularly attached to any body since I lost my birth morph on Earth. I mean, I just can't feel a connection with these ape-sleeves most habitats have. Yeah, I know there's not much space for the body of water us Orcas would need just to support ourselves. One time I was on Ceres and sleeved in a neo-dolphin adapted to the sub-crustal sea, but it was just so demeaning to be prey even for those few hours, not to mention that using gills felt too much like drowning.

Currently I got a bouncer, spend plenty of time in simulspace or as an Eidolon though.

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Hullo from Titan

I've recently transitioned from a Hazer with gliding membranes to Pagan Seed's new Valkyrie morph. It's a Titanian Flyer with some light bioweave, muscle augmentation and an adrenal booster - very popular around Stykkishólmur. Cosmetically, it's very 'angelic'. Blond hair, blue eyes, white feathers on the arms. Did I mention it was one of those with the wings and arms combined? The biggest change, surprisingly enough, is adjusting to the clean metabolism. I can spend all day flying and land smelling like roses instead of methane and smelly socks. Not having to use a booster for gaining altitude is great, but it's one of those quality of life things that really adds up over time. After growth add-ons include medichines and enhancements to the auditory and gustatory senses - Enhanced Scent also does taste, dont-cha-know? The one thing I do really miss is my respirocytes. I feel like I'm always breathless and panting, even though I know that this is "normal" and that my old "can hold your breathe for hours at a time while flying" lungs are the special ones. The extra adrenaline doesn't help there either, it just makes me want to do crazy stunts and over exert myself. Getting used to it, though!

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Bacon, born and raised.

Bacon, born and raised. Ain't much to look at, but it's me.

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I work a lot of salvage ops,

I work a lot of salvage ops, and I’ve been sleeved in this vacuum pod for about two years now. I was in a case for a few months before that, after they found my stack in HEO after...well, you know. People still have such a huge issue with pods, I know, but I couldn’t afford a bouncer at the time. And it’s really not as bad as people say. This thing is still a living body.

...Okay, I lied a bit. It's a vacuum-adapted pod. It's really a pretty standard pleasure pod built for microgravity. Look, it was all I could find in my price range through the channels I had open to me. I had it modified for vac work once I landed the salvage job, just basic stuff. Sealed, O2 reserve...y'know, the stuff you need just in case your vacsuit fails on you. It's a compact little thing, Thai stock, and the looks aren't bad if you can get past the lines and the sheer amount of fine print branding all over the thing. Reflexes are pretty snappy too, which is damn handy in this line of work.

Funny thing is, I work with a chick in a real vac pod, one of those lines SkyBelow put out a few years back, meant to be a workhorse, and I swear she still bruises up easier than I do. Hell, last time a line snapped, I took an impact that I know would've killed my original neo-hom, but other than a handful of broken ribs and a temporary new arm joint, I came out okay. I...dunno what that says about pleasure pod design. There's rough play, sure, but when it's outperforming purpose-built morphs, it's a little eyebrow raising. I didn't ask too much about its past when I got it, so maybe it was just another aftermarket upgrade for...well, I've seen some vids, let's just say that.

The GRM is a right fucking bastard, though. Just getting it up to something like bouncer-standard let me learn a lot of new Urdu curses from my genehacker, and it gets a really annoying set of chronic twitches for a few days after each maintenance checkup.

But by God does it beat that case.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
Remade all the way!

I was born a splicer. I'm from the Southwest United States, which were somewhat bioconservative but not overly so. My father had transhuman (for the time) argonaut leanings while my mother was more biocon/religious in nature, which was somewhat awkward at times when I was growing up.

I first forked when I turned eighteen. One side of me (my "primary" fork) went off to college, as was expected, but I also bought a pretty good fake ID and forked into a decent synth (the sort of thing we would now call a case, but it was considered to be good back then). Synth me went off to war, where I spent two years in the army before getting an honorable discharge. I'd had an easy time (no active combat), but I went and signed on with some mercenaries to get some real action. A year later, I signed with Ultimate Security.

Meanwhile, the splicer me got a medical degree (I was a psychosurgery pioneer) and settled down. I made enough money to covertly send the other me an upgrade to a slitheroid, which was much better than that nasty case. I've come to dislike cyberbrains after the Fall, but before the Fall it was good enough.

Merging after that was a trip. On one hand, splicer me had a psychosurgery job, a girl, and a house with a white picket fence. He didn't take the merge as well, and went a little bit off. Lost everything. I managed to track him down; his last remaining backup was on the Sweet Dreams, which was mildly unfortunate (but hey, I made it). On my end, I took the merge "well" (as far as several months of having to get someone else to do psychosurgery and therapy go), and got the upside of a good knowledge of psychosurgery and a well-rounded liberal art education (I double majored for my bachelor's).

I had a little better time in the Fall than the primary fork had; I was working a non-Ultimate Security gig over at Erato. At that point I'd already merged in (I was still technically an Ultimate, but I'd bought the slitheroid on Luna and hadn't ever gone back to Earth to work with Ultimate Security again; I was sort of a correspondence member). Had a close call, but the TITANs never reached where I was.

The Fall really recommitted me to the Ultimate philosophy. You've all heard it, so I'm not going to go into more detail. By the time we got around to building Xiphos, I was in on the ground floor.

Of course, there's also a me floating around with the Martian Rangers, and a me in with the Jovians (pretended to be a refugee). Haven't heard from them in a while, but we tend to keep each fork under deep cover for a few years. We've found that it's helpful to have fingers in a lot of pies, so we've got a couple other forks that I'm not going to discuss here. I also have a nice bank of fake identities just waiting for a fork to be made.

Right now I'm doing a stint over on Extropia, and I'm working as my own little security company, just me, myself, and I. We've each got a little different variant of a Remade (diversity is good, after all, and people don't tend to realize that the man over there with a suspiciously bulky trenchcoat is actually the same person as the woman in the suit with the open carried assault rifle), but I've got about 90% after-market parts in here. We merge on a daily basis, just to keep things more simple. Plus, it keeps my skills razor sharp.

Anyway, there's just something about a remade that screams "progress". It's the most fluid, capable body I have ever been in, and it has the side-effect of being designed from the ground up for augmentation and efficiency. You don't know what you're missing out on with a clean metabolism until you try it. The main downside is the uncanny valley effect; I've got one remade out here set up to look like a pod, and I've biosculpted two of them to give them a more natural look (I do plainclothes stuff a lot). Of course, I don't really mind the uncanny valley. It just reminds people of what they're missing out on.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
Well you've got my...respect?

Well you've got my...respect? And a bit of envy. I can't even imagine keeping that many versions of myself running without having a mental breakdown or ten. It can get weird enough when I run a couple betas into bots for site recon, like constant deja vu. Do you use a lot of ghost riders, or some other program or mod to keep it all straight?

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jKaiser wrote:Well you've got

jKaiser wrote:
Well you've got my...respect? And a bit of envy. I can't even imagine keeping that many versions of myself running without having a mental breakdown or ten. It can get weird enough when I run a couple betas into bots for site recon, like constant deja vu. Do you use a lot of ghost riders, or some other program or mod to keep it all straight?

The psychosurgery background comes in handy, let me tell you. I've established a codex of research on myself more or less equivalent to the biological study of HeLa cells in the 20th century. Once things start going screwy, we patch up the offending fork. We spend a lot of time in maintenance, typically a hour a day at minimum (which includes the merging time).

If I'm running more than five forks in a location, I typically opt for synthmorphs. You can merge those so quickly it's not even funny. Merging a dozen synths takes about a minute, so I've run hourly merges in the past.

For the most part, the quality of life increases if you stop thinking of forks as yourself. Think of them as other people who happen to share your interests, motivations, and memories. Plus, I had unique circumstances in my early life that led me to become unusually familiar with things like forking, but I worry that too much discussion on that point could let people hunt me down (I burn through identities pretty quick, but those who found my Pre-Fall record could learn secrets I'd rather keep). Also, you can out yourself pretty quickly with mannerisms; I'm multilingual and ambidextrous (the latter of which was a hell of a psychosurgery, lemme tell you), which allows me to avoid common tells like using the same expressions and gestures, and I run endocrine control as much as possible.

The really hard thing is relationships, really, which is a large reason why I merge so frequently when I've got multiple forks in the same place. Good communication and neural speed helps consolidate that, and we share XP's like it was going out of style. The worst part is when you lose track of which morph did what with whom and you mix your covers.

The best part of merging so often is that you can learn so many things. Most of us take VR courses pretty much all the time, so you can pick up some idea of how to do most things. Muscle memory gets as screwy as you'd think it would, which is why I use the same base morph for all of my local forks (still not identical enough, since I don't want to make it obvious that there are so many of me around, but mostly mitigating the issue). My morphs are prohibitively expensive, especially if I have to include the detection countermeasures my paranoia calls for, but I keep a shared fund for them that I can call on through a number of channels. I've even set up my own shell companies.

I've found that you can do fun things with a multiple personality or ghost rider augmentations and multiple copies of yourself, but for the most part I just rely on mnemonic augmentations (pretty much a requirement for the merging process unless you want to keep an ego bridge on hand, which gives you away as a forker). I often use multi-tasking augmentations too, though I prefer mental speed over the fork-making multi-tasking augmentations. I also use a fork of myself as a muse, though I don't merge back into it very often. That fork's currently working on a degree in infosec practices from a Titanian university.

On an unrelated note, I've come up with a special language for use with mental speed augmentations (both users need it), but I've never had a chance to try it. It's strictly for when the mesh is down, since usually I'll just send messages.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
Assuming this domain's secure

Assuming this domain's secure enough to talk about it, what kind of work are you in that lets you afford so many bodies? Just one of the perks of being with the Ultimates?

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jKaiser wrote:Assuming this

jKaiser wrote:
Assuming this domain's secure enough to talk about it, what kind of work are you in that lets you afford so many bodies? Just one of the perks of being with the Ultimates?

If you traced my messages, they'd say I'm on Mercury even though I'm on Extropia. I've got some pretty good infosec going on over here, and I'm far from the only person living with a ton of alpha forks on Extropia, so I'm not too concerned. The identities I'm using are somewhat low-value anyway.

Our funding is mostly from independent mercenary work (with the second largest source being mercenary work with the Ultimates). Some of us do a little bit of academic stuff and a couple of us do professional psychosurgery, but you'd be surprised how much you can make for holding a gun in pretty safe places. High end morphs tend to pay off pretty well over time, since these remade are nigh-indestructible. I've only ever lost one, and that was to a habitat breach followed by hard vacuum for a week. My average morph sees a year and a half of use, most of them get sold back when I'm done, and I don't take any job that pays less than a tenth of my morph's pre-augmented cost each month.

If we can get employers to pay for morphs we'll take that instead. I occasionally fork off a few betas to do security on some backwater using whatever crappy synths they offer, then send the funds back to financial accounts on Luna, Titan, Mars, or Extropia. Where possible, we also crank out most of our expensive stuff on a personal or borrowed cornucopia machine, though blueprints and materials can be a problem.

We don't really advertise our forking around the Ultimates. Their policy with regards to that isn't, strictly speaking, guaranteed to be favorable. We have a few members in the Ultimates, myself included, but while a lot of us agree with the philosophy they don't have identities within the organization nor do they attempt to join the organization.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
I admit, it's a little hard

I admit, it's a little hard to follow if you mean your own plurality with the "we" or another organization. You're making me realize that if forking like that takes off in a bigger way in the future, we're going to need to overhaul a lot of grammar in a lot of languages. And making me wish I could shoot worth a damn, but salvage pays pretty well. Well, it would if I kept my wages. Three more months till freedom... I digress, though. Got any dream morphs? I've been eyeing a few models, but it's hard to choose for a number of reasons.

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jKaiser wrote:I admit, it's a

jKaiser wrote:
I admit, it's a little hard to follow if you mean your own plurality with the "we" or another organization. You're making me realize that if forking like that takes off in a bigger way in the future, we're going to need to overhaul a lot of grammar in a lot of languages. And making me wish I could shoot worth a damn, but salvage pays pretty well. Well, it would if I kept my wages. Three more months till freedom... I digress, though. Got any dream morphs? I've been eyeing a few models, but it's hard to choose for a number of reasons.

When I say "we", I mean forks that I haven't merged back into yet.

Dream morphs? Reaper with a brain box, and more aftermarket hardware than anyone wants to hear about. The one upside of synths, at least in my opinion, is the fact that you can bolt on stuff and have it work. I've worked in a fenrir before, and it's not a bad morph, though tanks aren't really suitable for day-to-day life. One of my jobs wound up with me walking away with a daitya, which I'm planning to up-armor and put a brain box in. I really don't like cyberbrains.

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Nerathul Nerathul's picture
Specs?

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You got to try a Fenrir out? Would you happen to have the specs? Doubtful, but if you do, I could get you a very good buyer. You'd be able to afford a few custom reapers even after the 5% Commision fee.

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Standeth the bird of Hermes
Eating his wings variable
And maketh himself yet full stable

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I didn't spend a long time in

I didn't spend a long time in the Fenrir (about eight hours, start to finish). I was working "hot security" during a little border dispute and they needed an extra operator for the guns. The tanker bailed out when he couldn't work with his usual partner, and so that left two of us manning the thing (the model I was in only had room for two egos). I actually found it somewhat disappointing; the thing has great armor, and walkers have all the mobility you could want, but my military fork drove real tanks pre-Fall, and seekers just aren't an alternative for a 144mm smoothbore cannon. I got in a fight with a whole squad of infantry and didn't take a scratch, but an honest-to-Jove tank came along and took out a leg. My Fenrir had four seekers (2 HEAP, 2 plasmaburst), and not once did I come close to actually hurting the tank.

Fortunately, someone with a real anti-tank weapon pulled my fat out of the fryer, but I wound up sleeved back in a more traditional morph for the rest of the battle. Fenrir with three legs work well enough on a perfectly flat surface, but it was really hard to get past ditches without that fourth leg.

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Offer

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It's still amazing you got your hand on one, they're virtually unknown outside of Hyoden. But rather disappointing that the hype seems overdone. Regardless, it's design specs one of the most common request I received.

Well, if you're interested in some money, I know a handful of orgs who'd pay for the XP of it. Something about getting specs detail from the experience. Easy cash if you don't mind the slight breach of confidentiality.

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I've probably already said

I've probably already said too much about the whole thing. Unfortunately, we're still using that identity, so I can't send anything about the whole experience for at least a few months, or whenever she checks in. Anything I send would still have to be pretty heavily edited to protect us. I'm not actually under any confidentiality agreement, though.

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Well, if you ever need some easy money, you can contact me. You'd be amazed what every little tidbit of seemingly uninteresting data can be worth. Plus, there's always people looking for ultimate mercenaries, I can get you in touch with them.

On the otherside of business, you need info, gears or people, I can find them for you. It's what I do.

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Morph Requisition Inquiry

This One is presently sleeved into a heavily modified mk8.3 Cyanotech "Kyte" synthmorph. Of 38 instances of Frivolous Vector, 8 are situated within identical or near-identical morphs displaced throughout the system. Our core programming egos are currently instanced in a portable server to monitor the private construction of a server farm and deep space drone ship.

This One has analyzed the operational effectiveness of over 168 morphs and derivatives thereof, prioritizing based on minimal footprint, adequate protection and transportation effectiveness. Of these categories, One cross-referenced on cost-effectiveness and dissemination throughout native population groups. Only 18 morphs approached the Kyte's net effectiveness, and 3 were within acceptable limits. In spite of cognitive drag from the low-capacity cyberbrain, subordinate egos in ghostrider storage are still effective within 98.6% of ideal operational standards.

We are not our morph. The machine is a means to an end, and if another drone becomes more effective, then we will alter it to suit our needs. Egos and morphs are tools; to be upgraded when effective, diverted if suboptimal, or destroyed when necessary. Organic sentimentality is an X-threat that most choose to ignore. We are not so limited.

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My morph and why?

Well...

I'm sleeved in a caucasian, hermaphrodite Hazer of the 2135 vintage. (That's 2 AF, for those of you who insist on using those stupid new years.)

I was brought out of cold storage in 2138. I was an infugee, but unlike all the poor bastards who wound up in shitholes like Mars or Luna, I wasn't being given a devil's bargain WRT my future. I had the good luck to be in running distance of Copenhagen when the evacuations started, thankfully, which was an incredible stroke of luck for me, since I'm from Jersey. (That is, New Jersey, the State from the United States, not the Isle of Jersey that was part of the UK.)

Anyway, Morphs were, and remain, tight, on Titan, since unlike Mars or Luna or wherever, they're actually dedicated here to making sure that everybody who wants a morph gets one. Morphs were so tight when I came out, in fact, that all of the ones decanting at the time were already spoken for.

It's a rough situation to be in, you'd think; they want to give you a body, but actually arranging for a biomorph will be difficult. Basically, my options were infolife until a body was grown for me, synthmorph until a body was grown for me, or I could pick through the on-hand resleeving stock and see if there was anything I didn't hate.

The on-hand resleeving stock, bear in mind, are the morphs that they keep in case someone is coming in hot from an egocast, or gets their morph killed beyond a healing tank's ability to fix it. They tend to be the ones that you could charitably call factory rejects. In other words, the ones that had picked up flaws, or were grown with them.

When I saw this morph, I just knew it was the one. Seven feet tall - 2.1336m scientifically - which is exceptionally tall, even for a Hazer - with features I'd call "Elfin." It was in great condition physically, the previous owner had had some mod-work done to it, which included some neuroplasticity for a linguistics learning ability. The problem was it was so neuroplastic that they weren't sure they'd managed to get all of the old ego out of it, and there was a chance the morph might retain some scattered memories or emotional drivers that could crop up and be problematic.

Well, I was feeling ballsy. Or maybe ignorant. Or maybe I just didn't give a fuck, but I insisted, and I was sleeved into it that afternoon. It's a hell of a thing, going from an ordinary Splicer to a Hazer, but it feels good. The first thing I had done to it was some basic biomods - altering the features to both appear more like my original face, and more elfin at the same time, and why not, added some huge elf ears to boot, and had the hair turned richly orange-red, with a a natural bright white skunk stripe on the right side.

It feels damn good, and since then I've had a lot - and I do mean a lot - of work done to it.

It came with a good suite of Quality of Life augments - circadian regulator, clean metabolism, access jacks, the hyper linguist I mentioned earlier, a Ghostrider module, and a math booster. Let me tell you, I wish I'd had all of those, especially the circadian regulator and the math booster, during high school!

Physically, I got a light bioweave armor early-on, to protect against bumps and scrapes, and a set of medichines to make any I did pick up even more easily repaired, and later on a set of enhanced pheremones because who doesn't like oozing sexy like a pleasure pod on a hot tin roof? Then I started picking up the low-key augs, the easy ones to get, the ones you don't have to push hard for; primarily sensory augs, you know?

But that was basically it until I found my calling and started to really build @-Rep. Once I did that, I found it was pretty easy to put in requests that would be granted in very reasonable timeframes, and I started augging. Perhaps I went a bit too far, but after I started playing with knives in the real world, it seemed like a good idea.

So, here I am now, one of the more heavily augmented morphs on Titan, and you know what? I feel great. People look at me and they chortle. I've heard snide comments about the Hazer not being a proper combat morph.

It doesn't bother me. I'm confident that I'm tall as a tree (metaphorically speaking,) swifter than a coursing river (possibly literally,) and strong enough to do what I need to do. Really, the most interesting modification to this morph that I had done was a year ago, when a friend I made at T.A.U. convinced me to try a hermaphrodite pattern with no balls.

She also snuck in a boob job while I was in the tank. I told her she could make them bigger, I didn't think she'd go as far as she did, but since most of the people I've been naked with in the year since seem to like it, it's worth the trouble of learning to adjust my swordplay and free-running around these big girls.

Do I love this morph? Hell yes. How long do I intend to keep it? Until the day I lose it. Is it a part of my identity? Yes, yes it is. I'm not horrified at the thought of sleeving into something else... I just don't want to. I mean, I might try something else if for some reason I had to, but so far, I haven't had to. Or if I had the opportunity to give something else a spin whilst being able to come back at any time, I might give that a try.

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SquireNed SquireNed's picture
Combat Morph

Hazers may not be combat focused morphs, but I think they're a general good choice as far as they go. Respirocytes are basic requirements for combat morphs in my book, and hazers come with them standard. Couple years back I did a stint in one on a scouting mission, and let me tell you; enhanced vision and respirocytes means that you can open up potential vantage places that flats and splicers can only dream of. Polarization vision makes it even better.

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Morphs for Combat

ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
So, here I am now, one of the more heavily augmented morphs on Titan, and you know what? I feel great. People look at me and they chortle. I've heard snide comments about the Hazer not being a proper combat morph.

It's because it's not a proper combat morph. Unarmed, armed, doesn't matter. A combat morph will always outstrip your morph when it matters. We can handle more damage. We're faster, stronger, and we make it less obvious.

A good, unbranded fury morph will end up almost keeping up with many baseline, unmodified synth combat morphs. Not only that, but we will look no more suspicious than a regular splicer. Outside of gene sequencing, no one in the room will know that you can survive a grenade, tear someone's arms off, and then beat everyone in the room to death with it... including that Guard synthmorph that thought he was tough.

The only thing that will end up raising an eyebrow on me would be the fact I have a hardened skeleton.

If you ever want to get to feel the terror and awe of a fully rigged Fury combat morph with reflex boosters on MRDR, and you're on Venus some time, give me a ring. If being burned alive or being stabbed repeatedly to death by a partially invisible enemy isn't your thing, we could always just spar hand to hand, no heavy damage. I'm willing to bet 5,000CR on the fight. No claws, promise!

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otohime1978 wrote

otohime1978 wrote:
ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
So, here I am now, one of the more heavily augmented morphs on Titan, and you know what? I feel great. People look at me and they chortle. I've heard snide comments about the Hazer not being a proper combat morph.

It's because it's not a proper combat morph. Unarmed, armed, doesn't matter. A combat morph will always outstrip your morph when it matters. We can handle more damage. We're faster, stronger, and we make it less obvious.

A good, unbranded fury morph will end up almost keeping up with many baseline, unmodified synth combat morphs. Not only that, but we will look no more suspicious than a regular splicer. Outside of gene sequencing, no one in the room will know that you can survive a grenade, tear someone's arms off, and then beat everyone in the room to death with it... including that Guard synthmorph that thought he was tough.

The only thing that will end up raising an eyebrow on me would be the fact I have a hardened skeleton.

If you ever want to get to feel the terror and awe of a fully rigged Fury combat morph with reflex boosters on MRDR, and you're on Venus some time, give me a ring. If being burned alive or being stabbed repeatedly to death by a partially invisible enemy isn't your thing, we could always just spar hand to hand, no heavy damage. I'm willing to bet 5,000CR on the fight. No claws, promise!

One of the problems with combat morphs, though, is that people who do customs and transportation tend to be on the paranoid side when it comes to military hardware. Also, something like a remade is not explicitly a combat morph, but I'd take a remade over a fury any day, simply because it's much easier to augment a non-combat morph into a decent combat morph (low-g modification, respirocytes, skeletal hardening, heavy bioweave, neurachem at whatever level you prefer, and a handful of vision and perception enhancements). I know it sounds odd for an Ultimate to suggest something other than a purpose-made combat morph, but there are benefits.

The only advantage of a combat-centered morph is that they tend to be built more durably, which is a major upside but only really matters if you take damage in the first place, or if you don't take enough damage in a single hit to take you out anyway. I spent some time fighting exhumans, and when our squad leader went down to a single plasma rifle shot there wasn't much anyone could do—he was just unconscious, but his 40k credit fury went down in a single hit, and the rest of our squad's olympians took us through and out of the battle just fine.

In fact, I've found that a lot of combat monsters get in trouble because of their morphs; just because you're the most dangerous person in the room doesn't mean you'll do the most damage. Back when I was a mercenary pre-Fall, I saw a kid take out an early-model reaper with a $300 helping of RPG in the form of a lucky HEAT round. Getting cocky gets you killed.

Also, it's actually not that hard to tell morphs apart. Sure, you may have an off-brand unlisted morph that tries to look like something else, but it's not always the looks that tip you off. That hardened skeleton shows up on t-rays if you know what you're looking for, and neurachem and bioweave armor are slightly harder to detect but have their own tell-tale signs. I've used mild bitterants to out people with enhanced smell, and I've worked as a bodyguard for long enough to tell you that you can buy things that out toxin filters. Name a standard morph, and I've got both the genetics and biometric libraries and tradecraft tricks to figure out what it is. Of course, some of them depend on being augmented, but I don't try to hide that.

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SquireNed wrote:otohime1978

SquireNed wrote:
otohime1978 wrote:
ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
So, here I am now, one of the more heavily augmented morphs on Titan, and you know what? I feel great. People look at me and they chortle. I've heard snide comments about the Hazer not being a proper combat morph.

It's because it's not a proper combat morph. Unarmed, armed, doesn't matter. A combat morph will always outstrip your morph when it matters. We can handle more damage. We're faster, stronger, and we make it less obvious.

A good, unbranded fury morph will end up almost keeping up with many baseline, unmodified synth combat morphs. Not only that, but we will look no more suspicious than a regular splicer. Outside of gene sequencing, no one in the room will know that you can survive a grenade, tear someone's arms off, and then beat everyone in the room to death with it... including that Guard synthmorph that thought he was tough.

The only thing that will end up raising an eyebrow on me would be the fact I have a hardened skeleton.

If you ever want to get to feel the terror and awe of a fully rigged Fury combat morph with reflex boosters on MRDR, and you're on Venus some time, give me a ring. If being burned alive or being stabbed repeatedly to death by a partially invisible enemy isn't your thing, we could always just spar hand to hand, no heavy damage. I'm willing to bet 5,000CR on the fight. No claws, promise!

One of the problems with combat morphs, though, is that people who do customs and transportation tend to be on the paranoid side when it comes to military hardware. Also, something like a remade is not explicitly a combat morph, but I'd take a remade over a fury any day, simply because it's much easier to augment a non-combat morph into a decent combat morph (low-g modification, respirocytes, skeletal hardening, heavy bioweave, neurachem at whatever level you prefer, and a handful of vision and perception enhancements). I know it sounds odd for an Ultimate to suggest something other than a purpose-made combat morph, but there are benefits.

The only advantage of a combat-centered morph is that they tend to be built more durably, which is a major upside but only really matters if you take damage in the first place, or if you don't take enough damage in a single hit to take you out anyway. I spent some time fighting exhumans, and when our squad leader went down to a single plasma rifle shot there wasn't much anyone could do—he was just unconscious, but his 40k credit fury went down in a single hit, and the rest of our squad's olympians took us through and out of the battle just fine.

In fact, I've found that a lot of combat monsters get in trouble because of their morphs; just because you're the most dangerous person in the room doesn't mean you'll do the most damage. Back when I was a mercenary pre-Fall, I saw a kid take out an early-model reaper with a $300 helping of RPG in the form of a lucky HEAT round. Getting cocky gets you killed.

Also, it's actually not that hard to tell morphs apart. Sure, you may have an off-brand unlisted morph that tries to look like something else, but it's not always the looks that tip you off. That hardened skeleton shows up on t-rays if you know what you're looking for, and neurachem and bioweave armor are slightly harder to detect but have their own tell-tale signs. I've used mild bitterants to out people with enhanced smell, and I've worked as a bodyguard for long enough to tell you that you can buy things that out toxin filters. Name a standard morph, and I've got both the genetics and biometric libraries and tradecraft tricks to figure out what it is. Of course, some of them depend on being augmented, but I don't try to hide that.

You underestimate how useful durability is. Yes. Well placed attacks will kill you. But increased durability means that you have a higher probability of surviving. Say something explodes and a bit of shrapnel comes your way. It's less likely to kill you. Or injure you.

It's not about surviving the big hits. It's about surviving more of the small ones. And if you're paying that much for your morphs, you clearly don't know the right people, or lack corporate backing.

As for the customs comment, honestly, most customs don't really care much outside of really paranoid systems like the Jovian Republic. A morph like this would not be too uncommon. Not many habitats with a decent gravitational pull would blink if you told people you like to cage fight as your passtime/career. Lots of furies and bruisers on that circuit, both with different end goals. Smaller and more manuverable, versus strong and powerful. I wouldn't use a bruiser in combat. Too big. Too slow.

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Sure, but anything ID'd as a

Sure, but anything ID'd as a combat morph gets more than its share of eyes watching it. I work a lot in the Belt and around Saturn, and believe me, it's not just paranoia. People see a Bruiser or a noticable Fury and they instinctively hope to see a brawl. It's entertainment appeal, really. I've seen idiots pick a fight just because they assume that kind of morph means the other person likes a scrap. And I've got a bias here, I admit, but they're not often wrong. (Neo-gorilla vs. Bruiser in microgravity when both were hammered was interesting. I won a new ecto off that fight.)

As apparently the only non-combatant here, I might be an idiot in this field, but if durability and survivability in combat is so important, why not go synthetic? Don't get me wrong, I was in a case for a while like I said, but if you're going to base your body around the likelyhood of combat, it just sounds more sensible to me to go metal.

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otohime1978 wrote:You

otohime1978 wrote:
You underestimate how useful durability is. Yes. Well placed attacks will kill you. But increased durability means that you have a higher probability of surviving. Say something explodes and a bit of shrapnel comes your way. It's less likely to kill you. Or injure you.

It's not about surviving the big hits. It's about surviving more of the small ones. And if you're paying that much for your morphs, you clearly don't know the right people, or lack corporate backing.

As for the customs comment, honestly, most customs don't really care much outside of really paranoid systems like the Jovian Republic. A morph like this would not be too uncommon. Not many habitats with a decent gravitational pull would blink if you told people you like to cage fight as your passtime/career. Lots of furies and bruisers on that circuit, both with different end goals. Smaller and more manuverable, versus strong and powerful. I wouldn't use a bruiser in combat. Too big. Too slow.

I like to let good armor sink up lighter hits. I've got a bit of a fetish for bioweave, which with any combat armor will turn most secondary hits into light sneezes. Also, it's not really that I don't buy into durability; my morphs tend to have modifications to make them more durable, but durability isn't the top selling point of a combat morph for me: versatility and awareness are crucial and getting the first hit is better than merely being able to survive it. Plus, it's not hard to get knocked down or unconscious by a hit, which is usually a death sentence. There's at least one vacuum-damaged Olympian in geosynchronous Luna orbit, if anyone's interested.

I work as a mercenary; we don't necessarily pay for our morphs, but they're not free: if they're borrowed any damage tends to come out of your pay, and if they're yours you still get to go through the trouble of replacing them. The simple fact of the matter is that cheaper morphs can be fielded in greater numbers, which is typically a much better predictor of success than individual skill, especially if everyone on the battlefield is a battle hardened soldier or mercenary. At the very least, you have rarity to deal with, and the fact will still remain that very powerful weapons that can take down morphs cost much less than the morphs themselves—I'd rather have five slightly post-market modified olympians than two vanilla furies, which is about what you would get once you put medichines, respirocytes, and neurachem in them.

I don't know which customs you deal with, but I've found customs to be such a pain that I rarely try to travel in anything but a near-factory remade. Sure, if you're a mercenary coming on demand of someone you might be able to skip the queues or you might be able to pay for a license or bribe, but I've had a factory basic scurrier get caught up in customs once, just because one of the guys working the scanners got spooked. Toss in the fact that weapons laws get crazy in some of the Titanian, Lunar, and Venusian aligned places (not to mention on the respective planets themselves), and pretty much any hypercorp installation takes away anything that might sneeze at them funny, and I'd say that there's a decent chance that more exotic combat morphs get snatched or held up right out.

Furies might get through relatively unscathed, but the only reason you're likely to see those get through so easy is because they look human enough that some of the customs people don't freak out over it. Just like on Earth, people fear things that sound deadly, even if that's based more on appearance than reality.

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Synth morphs are high ID.

Synth morphs are high ID. Furies are far more low key. Bioweave armor is not too unusual for most morphs to get, and on your casual overview most of the fury's biology would not seem to different. T-Ray emitter picking up a hardened skeleton and bioweave armor would not really raise anyone's eyes much at all. A lot of sporting types get those two and some form of muscle augmentation. All sorts of types, combat and non-combat alike, get these sorts of augmentations as they're all relatively cheap.

The only things that would show up as unusual on anything but a very close look on my body would be my claws and a bunch of artificial neurons.

Besides, some of us can't jump morphs as easily. Something about morphs that aren't clones really really does a number on some of us. It feels really bad and freaks me out, and I can't explain it.

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jKaiser wrote:As apparently

jKaiser wrote:
As apparently the only non-combatant here, I might be an idiot in this field, but if durability and survivability in combat is so important, why not go synthetic? Don't get me wrong, I was in a case for a while like I said, but if you're going to base your body around the likelyhood of combat, it just sounds more sensible to me to go metal.

Typically, I try to avoid outright combat, but there are some reasons not to go synth.

First, you've got drawbacks for every upside that you get. Cyberbrains are typically fairly secure, and while I don't think any of us here would be dumb enough to breach safety protocols for convenience, it does happen once in a while. Synths are easily identified as such, even with biological sheaths, and then you have to deal with both the clanking masses and combat robot issues. They also don't heal on their own; sure you can pack nano to do that, but nano is susceptible. Finally, you have to deal with the fact that almost every combatant is going to resleeve at least once, and everyone in a synthmorph has had to do so, and synths are just uncomfortable to sleeve into.

Some of the unique capabilities synths have are also overstated. Walking is as effective a form of locomotion as any (if not slower), and only flight, which draws attention and leaves you open to assault, really rivals it for battlefield mobility. I spent a long time in a slitheroid, though, which had the second-best to walking of a mix of rolling and slithering. Not that bad, but you can't aim while rolling.

Also, a lot of the unique hazards for biomorphs (nerve agents, shock, etc,) are rarely seen in actual full-on combat (though if you're fighting someone who doesn't care for conventional combat, which is not too uncommon, you may see the former: nothing toxin filters won't fix), and nanoswarms like disassemblers or saboteurs are not regarded as non-kosher by most of the fighting forces I've been in, so long as they stop at the stack.

Interestingly, despite the stereotypes as synths being cheap, most combat synths don't run cheaper than a good augmented biomorph; combat gear is expensive. Gargoyles are about as cheap as you'll see on the battlefield (decent durability and optics; I've seen a couple snipers use them, as well as scouts), and they are actually about as cheap as you get for morphs. Guards sound good, but you'd need good luck to get them at a lower cost than a Reaper anyway. Most of the synthmorphs I see deployed are Reapers or scouting units, like the Opteryx. It's the same reason you don't see Samsa in every bar.

Security pods are common for a decent cheap combat morph, though they've got the worst of both worlds.

The most exotic synths I've seen used in combat roles (I haven't actually seen the latter in combat) would be a Sundiver and a Synthtaur. Sundivers are terrifying when they buzz over you, and Synthtaurs are actually pretty solid as far as mobility and combat readiness go, though the one I saw was in testing with an Ultimate group and they're likely too expensive to be fielded as common morphs.

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Steel Liberators 4ever

You're right Oto, synths are pretty fucked as far as getting stopped at customs. Yeah, you can smuggle just about anything under your shell and have it be invisible to the naked eye, but the suits at the resleeving station KNOW that. Once I had a Dragonfly disassembled and re-assembled entirely just to make sure I wasn't a bomb. And that was a completely stock model made earlier that week yo! Laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maante…

The fun side of being part of the oppressed proletariat is that you're practically invisible. The closest I have to a "home" morph is an Arachnoid, yeah I know it doesn't look comfortable but I got used to it. That bug can shuffle around anywhere and as long as I don't turn my head towards anyone, they won't even think of me. It's like being a Roomba, they stopped paying attention to the repair bots a long time ago. Good thing too, I'm not exactly street legal. The funny thing is, if synths ever get accepted in Luna, I'll be expected to go legit! I've been kicked around so long that I don't think I could handle being in Nectar without cyberclaws installed at least. That's a corundum if I ever heard of one.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
I can understand the

I can understand the invisibility. Pods like mine get that a lot. People see the seamlines and the jumpsuit and they assume I'm an AI-driven worker drone.

Though believe me, that's better than the people who still recognize the model for what it is. Then comes getting hit on incessantly and the flooded message inbox...

otohime1978 otohime1978's picture
You know what's more fun than

You know what's more fun than a synth trying to get through customs? An AGI in a biomorph trying to get through customs. Especially one that has its first physical sleeving in a biomorph right before going through Venisian customs off of a scum barge on a bit of orbital hash! Hahaha, fun times.

Sorry, I have this thing with stuffing AGIs into biomorphs instead of any pods when they egocast and then turning up my pheromones while going through the usual post sleeving checkup.

Hahaha, the looks on their faces are priceless!

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RE: You know what's more fun than

otohime1978 wrote:
You know what's more fun than a synth trying to get through customs? An AGI in a biomorph trying to get through customs. Especially one that has its first physical sleeving in a biomorph right before going through Venisian customs off of a scum barge on a bit of orbital hash! Hahaha, fun times.

Sorry, I have this thing with stuffing AGIs into biomorphs instead of any pods when they egocast and then turning up my pheromones while going through the usual post sleeving checkup.

Hahaha, the looks on their faces are priceless!


Funnily enough, a close friend of mine is an AGI with a preference for Biomorphs.

He's a bit of a hedonist, claims you can't get quite the same rush when you're not running on meat. Something about hormones and fear responses, supposedly.

So I suppose if he ever had to go through customs there's decent odds of orbital hash. Not that most places we visit would care. Or really have much in the way of customs.

otohime1978 otohime1978's picture
Most customs won't care too

Most customs won't care too much about the orbital hash, no... but an AGI who hasn't been in a biomorph up until then with the munchies is a sight to behold. It definitely alarms the security agents.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
Wait, you mean they smoke

Wait, you mean they smoke while in customs lines? What habs have you seen that on and what's the egocasting address?

otohime1978 otohime1978's picture
Pavarti. Doesn't matter

Pavarti. Doesn't matter which address.

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Samantha Unger

Heh, I hope I don't become -that- Fork happy anytime soon. I think People need the Bodies more then I do. That being said, I recently forked myself. Actually, It's been a little bit By now, I guess, When Sam and I forked. Left me behind to do whatever I want, while he went on to some contract I can't even remember. We never intend to Merge again, And if I recall correctly, We forked So that I wouldn't be wiped out, Since.. well, being a bit of a biocon, we consider the mind to be the being, and the ego to merely be a continued Experience shared across multiple Minds, before generally they are wiped. In that regard, Im not even Samantha, as in Original sam re identifying, But Samantha 2.0, Since I ditched the case. Traded it in, and some cash, for a Nice Basic pod at my earliest convenience, And I intend to Trade that one in once I finally get a Custom Flat going.

I wonder how Sam is doing, and what number of resleeves he is up to.

As far as the Combat discussion goes, All I can Say is that my own experiences are a lot lower Key then what I'm hearing here. To me, a Case with a Hastily improvised club is dangerous, Though I suppose Id be on Samantha 4 or so if it had been a proper combat morph of some sort, even with out proper weapons. Heh.

During the fall, humanity received a grim reminder, We lived in fear of the T.I.T.A.N.S and were disgraced to live in these cages we called Habitats.

R.O.S.S.-128 R.O.S.S.-128's picture
Infoland

I'm quite comfortable in Infoland, to be honest. Though as an AGI I suppose I might simply have a different perspective, I'm a native to the info life and would feel quite out of place in meatspace. I have dedicated a lot of time to taking care of and improving my Eidolon, I'm particularly proud of its authentic human sound. I had to sample a lot of voices to get the pitch just so.

I can hardly imagine having to think so slowly, not to mention going without multi-threading. It is remarkable that bios do so much with so little.

Some people find drones limiting for interacting with the physical world, I find them liberating. What other interface would allow me to be in eight places at once, while still being able to task a few threads to the mesh? They're so wonderfully expendable too.

End of line.

MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
Saved for years for my morph.

I either escaped or was freed from Hawking, and manage to slink off to Glitch for numerous years. On Hawking, I was only ever exposed to information that would directly impact my capability for my assigned duties.

Once on Glitch, I consumed a lot of history, and contemporary information about the solar system at large. I learned about the Fall, and the Titans. And just seeing nother digital life, rise from where I was, into such a peak of development. And it urged me. I had a comfortable life doing freelance work on Glitch...
But to be everything I was capable, to truly excel at everything, to be the ultimate form I could be, I needed to be physical. I needed a body. I needed challenge, and I needed exotic and varied experiences.

With my pay saved up, I bought a Neptune made morph, the Savant. I did a combo of wondering and running about Neptune, until I manage to book passage to Saturn, and eventually found my way to Titan. One of the few centers of higher formalized education rimward.

From there, I audited several classes, and gained high marks, and argued for a recognition of a Master of Sciences in Computer Science. Currently a doctoral student.

During my time on Titan, I've done extensive body mods to my morph. I've installed almost every sensory package into my morph. I've reenforced my frame. I'm doing a myriad of other things to improve myself, even though Ultimates look down on Informorphs. I still find their ideals, and their methods matching my own desire.

Currently, I'm planning on doing an experiment with multiprocessing to expand my mental acumen. Though it is coming to a point where I need to gain physical mastery. Bounding in gravity or lacking it, is still a great challenge to me.

VorlonJoe VorlonJoe's picture
Practice makes . . . less imperfect

I live on Titan but work on and around Mars. You can imagine what Titan's resleeving policies mean to a re-instantiated like me . . . It took some work to go splicer. You know, too many egos, not enough quality morphs and all that but I've got it good now.

And Mars? Think of it as a training ground. Crappy environment, TITAN leftovers, I'm not saying it's 1:1 but it'll go some way toward the day we take back Earth. That's why I invested in a Theseus.

Hell, some of my missions have even been legal . . .

Redroverone Redroverone's picture
The best way to serve Bhowanee is in a body.

As my father, and his father, and his father before that, we serve. Of course, some others and authorities have no regard for us, but such has always been the way. The caravans have changed shape, but in all other respects are the same. We use the Guards because they do not look threatening. We can change as necessary.

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<em>The best combat morph...</em>

... is the one your enemy didn't prepare for.

I just got my hands (or mind, rather,) on a Savant synthmorph and I just have to rave about it.

Its maximum synaptic throughput is well beyond almost anything I've ever sleeved in and you can fucking feel it. In other morphs, even Mentons, it felt like I was trapped in my own skull - I could think just fine but it felt claustrophobic. Now thought and memory flows like liquid lightning, unbounded.

The visceral physicality of the thing is also top notch. The movements are as smooth yet as precise as I need them to be.

Wasn't a fan of the initial aesthetic, but I was able to get enough mod work done to like what I saw in the mirror.

All in all, top notch. I don't think I'll sleeve into anything else for a long time, outside of job obligations.

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Bob The 3rd Bob The 3rd's picture
Close Enough

I was, well, raised in Reapers, being military-grade software and all. Unfortunately, discs of death aren't exactly acceptable in pretty much any non-combat situation. Recently I've taken up masked Synths and Guards, with pretty great results. Much more durable than your average Fury, and you can pass most social situations without too much hassle. Stock nuerochem in some models is pretty great too. Definitely recommend trying synthetic masks to fellow AGIs out there, people do treat you with much less suspicion without having to wear a meat body.

Nerds made your gun. We know it better than you do.

Deep Deep's picture
Why did I chose my morph?

Why did I chose my morph? Well, it all began when I was stranded. I was stationed on mars, part of the local military force. During a routine patrol, one of the engines of our ship blew out. My squad crashed, with myself as the sole survivor. Four weeks passed, during which I was forced to eat the bodies of my fellow soldiers. When I was finally rescued and others found out about what I had done, people...even my friends; they shunned me. Called me names. Cast me out as a ghoul and a monster. They called me a ghoul, and to cope with it all; I made myself one. I bought myself a critter morph, and based its design on depictions of an old algonquin cryptid. The metal casings were stripped from the pod's skull, the bone altered and shaped until it resembled that of a stag. The body was enlarged and many internals removed, until it looked famished and emaciated. Coupled with its large size, the pod looked like something born out of a nightmare. And I have lived since, cast from my job and living on the fringes of the outer system; traveling from moon to moon.

ORCACommander ORCACommander's picture
So Something approaching a

So Something approaching a Wendigo?

Chrontius Chrontius's picture
Ah, hello, it's Jamie again.

Ah, hello, it's Jamie again. The dean is touring the place with some VIPs, and the department head said I couldn't be caught sleeping under my desk again, or taking target practice in my office - he vanished my shard pistol and the three inch slab of polyethylene hung on my door. (Protip: If someone's knocking on my office door like they're locked in, knock back before you open the door! I feel like it would be in poor form, but I also feel like I need to make a joke about going through more interns that way...)

Anyway, the department head suggested I stretch my wings so I didn't seem so wound up when the tour group ran into me, so I figured I'd ... okay, he had a good point. I've been trying to get through the legal minefield and all the flaming rings for public resleeving stations here on Mars, and they're still harping on zombies, the evacuation of the slopes of Olympus Mons, and if they weren't insufferable ... well, they'd know that's what, the third time I was rendered homeless in as many years?

Thanks, guys. Six weeks with a plasma cutter hollowing out an apartment and studio in the cliff face, and they thought it was courteous to order me to evacuate instead of shoot-on-sight treatment - I thought people in boutique morphs were treated well? (Maybe it was the heavy weapon that a plasma cutter can be in close range, and maybe it was the reentry-hardened industrial armor I needed while the studio was still a kiln, come to think of it.)

Anyway, that brings me to the morph. I haven't resleeved. Ever. "But Jamie, how did you get to Mars when the world ended?" you want to ask. Well, I was on a slow boat to Mars when the world ended. I spent a lot of that time in a healing vat, or with a healing pod attached to a one-off suit, mid-transformation. Don't get me wrong - I would if I had to, and I keep my insurance paid up, but the thought gives me the screaming heebie jeebies. Enough so that I'd rather spend my vacation (if you can consider escorting some un-fabbable nanotech to the Mars branch a vacation; mostly, volunteering for it bought me time to faff about with the fruit of my labors) turning into some red-skinned hermaphroditic wyvern-thing than enjoying the amenities unfettered, though I at least had enough time for the basics of physical therapy. The morph is ... well, a few of my undergrads and a couple adjuncts I worked with eventually ended up on Fortean, and cranked out the Ripwing while I was still deciding on whether beta four of the Red Dragon was my release candidate. They got there by compromising on the reproductive system, and a sensible genome, and refactoring the facial structure and syrinx to appeal to neo-avians (A brilliant idea, but I can't imagine having a beak, by the way). More power to them, but may the best body win - I'm confident that if I can open public sleeving stations, the red dragon will handily beat out the Alpiners that were popular when I got here, and the Rusters that are popular now. No bug-fix GSPs - I already did all of them for you - and when you put tab A in slot B, babies come out. There will always be a market for cheap meat - especially now - but I have seen a lot of crappy pods in my line of work, and I think that relying on cybernetics and mis-matched components is just unavoidably high maintenance. Even worse if you have a child to raise and your choices are limited to cheap pods or synths - that's just not right, when we can do better - and frankly I'd be happy to do better for you. Come to think of it, I just decided that beta 4 is the new release candidate, and if you'd like me to do better for you, I can pick up stacks in ... my muse will attach coordinates to the end of this post. I can take maybe a dozen, of any age; I can pick up stacks if need be, or you can fax yourselves to my department at MIT (See attached contact information! -the muse) if you're willing to try something new, on the gender front. These were made for a much sparser Mars, and I was worried about the 50/500 rule, so ... The 50/500 rule only talks about reproductive-aged females, so all of these get to help carry on the species.

Why this morph? Because rusters are crappy, alpiners are buggy - still buggy! - and Mars is a terrifyingly large place for just a few of us Martians, and I want Mars to be a place we can all call home. That's why it's open-source, too. I gave them wings to make Mars a less oppressively huge place, and because it's an old dream that not enough of us get to experience.

And because even if it's not the one I grew up on, a Martian twilight is pretty amazing, from on high, and they're even sweeter seen from your own wings. And like I said, I'm going to start an initial public release when I get back from this ... jaunt, so if you'd like to try one out for a little while, contact my office and I'll tune a prototype for you.

Tonal Architect Tonal Architect's picture
Sunyata Arrives

Ah, it's... been some time since I was last here.

At any rate, I am currently in a fairly basic case morph, though not one of the mass produced ones, for which I'm infinitely grateful. It's kind of odd, though - I was born a splicer, I think, and when I practiced meditation, I did so with my breath. As it stands, in this body, I don't need to breathe, which has made practicing somewhat more difficult.

That said, I think it's infinitely better than being in storage, though I might change my mind in a few weeks' time.

Free yourself of your desires.

Chrontius Chrontius's picture
Have you figured out the

Have you figured out the meditation thing, yet?

I haven't practiced that kind of meditation since I was an undergraduate in Florida, but it strikes a note of nostalgia, resonating with... Maybe I should try to start, again, or perhaps devise some kind of martial art that works with wings and a semi-quadruped posture. I haven't thought about how that kind of thing makes me feel in a long time.

Tonal Architect Tonal Architect's picture
I have, sort of. I'm using

I have, sort of. I'm using movement rather than breath. It took some getting used to, but hearing the sound of my joints move (not with ill-repair, thankfully, but there is a sound when everything else is quiet) as I move often helps me refocus on the moment.

That said, if I ever do get a pod or a biomorph that breathes again, I'll be pleased.

Free yourself of your desires.

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