hey there, I'm Reap's. I'm a writer, and I like to create. a lot. I was wondering, seeing as you're the only one who is recent besides N, who I've already tried helping, do you midn if I pick your brains? I generally don't do much here, though I'm active, at least, once a month. this is actually my first time back since a few weeks. at least, seriously.
so, without further ado, do you mind if I pick your brains over various subjects, including: armerments, protective gear, survival goods, ways to take the fight to the Undead, and various Zombie book ideas in my head.
before, however, you respond, know that I do like crossing lines, and specifically, I have an idea including something along the lines of the Neomorph and the standard Biter Zeke.
anyway, thanks, here's hoping I didn't miss your activity.
alright then. sorry for the late responce. I was AFK for a good while, then had to shut off.
anyway, first bit to flesh out, I was thinking for the Zekomorph, the biter is more of a first stage, and when it dies, it dissolves into a pile of eggs, each of which contain thousands of these flies, which bite a unlucky person, then infect them with either a Neomorph or Xenomorph embryo. it also could be my own idea, the Agilimorph. anyway, thoughts? should there be some limits? what about a major group of people (such as more health than normal) that are completely immune?
oh, the Agilimorph is my own creation, it's basically Xenomorphs with colors and extreme mutations, all while keeping a more streamlined feel, as well as having the ability to infect without using Facehuggers.
they are also on my blog posts, if you wanna check them out, as I've got a few of them. they're not written down, at least, the majority aren't, but the basic ones are.
and I'm sorry if this seems rude, but are you okay? your comments are short, and are... sparse, barely even long enough to get the basic principle across.
god, no, I'm a terrible artist. and besides, eahc Aste looks pretty different than the rest. for instance, the Gatherer, the most common type, looks like a Galosh, a type of winged demon from Scarescape. long story short, they all look entirely different, but I don't think they'll be involved. anything else?
wow, I misspelled mor than I got right. I'm amazed you could understand it. long story short, yes, but this is more... a different means of producing Xenomorph's in the first few waves. it's not replacing their main means, just supplementing.
well, for a desciprtion of the Zeke, there is nothing different to mark them as a incubator of a different purpose. as for the Xenomorphs, they're the same as well, roughly, I will say that more types have been added, such as the Brute and Brawler, and the Crawler.
as for the Agilimorph, they are basically colorful Xenomorphs that have a variety of standardized features, such as wings for the Gatherers, a Red draconic-looking Agilimorph that besides the wings and color is more beefy than a standard Xenomorph.
if you'd like a full list of them, basically list all the colors you can think of, then assign something to them, such as green being the Hivemind, and Blue being the Builder. White is spreader, Black is Prowler, brown is Youngling, Red is gatherer, Purple is a mixture of Red and Blue, basically a winged version of the blue units, gold is the Hunters, Silver are the warriors, Bronze are usually Acid, Copper are Cryogenics, such as freeze based attacks, steel, iron, that kind of coloration, tends to be a Brawler/melee unit.
I could go on forever, but each has a set of variations that make it more powerful than a standard Xenomorph, and some are basically just a shorter head, and six legs. like the Prowler.
literally everything you need to know about the Agilimorph is that they're mutated, colorful Xenomorphs.
wow, okay, seriously, why are you two talking so LOUDLY?
\the wings are a shared Genetic Trait of the Gatherers, because it enables them to travel much farther distances than normal.
and as for the Royal Facehugger, the Agilimorphs don't use Facehuggers at all. they use Spreaders, a bleached-bone white unit similar to a Prowler, with two extra legs in its chest that can be use to grapple and preform fine manipulation on non-resisting foes. as well, their tail is designed to nick people and inject a single embryo, which burrows undder the skin and quickly makes its way to the chest.
so, that solves everything.
how did you even start on Facehuggers? I mentioned that there were forms in the Spreader catagory that are NOT facehuggers?
and what about alien species? Humans can't be the only ones Encountered by the Xenomorph Parasite? what about Ikrans, from James Camerons Avatar? at this point, first off, we're still deciding if we want Xenomorphs or Agilimorphs.
to summarize, because I'm going to be working on other projects for a while, the Agilimorphs are meant as a secondary idea to the Xenomorph. so, which should we use, the Xenomorph, which would simplify, or the Agilimorph, which would take more time and be a little more complex?
For them to actually be able to fly, they'd be weak as hell on the ground. Their entire biological structure would have to be geared toward flying, essentially. Hollow bones, low mass, stunted forearms (if they existed at all), with the primary upper limbs being dedicated wings.
The biggest they could be is roughly the size and mass of an albatross. And they'd be shaped a lot like one if you still wanted them to be able to fly.
Just giving something wings doesn't make it able to fly; the entire body has to be designed with flight in mind. Which is why birds are shaped the way they are.
As for the actual threat that a xenomorph (like we see in the movie) would pose in reality? Not much of one. The only reason they pose any real threat in the films is because the characters in the film routinely make the stupidest choices possible, because at the end of the day, they're fighting animals. Animals that are fast, sure, and that possess the thinking capacity of a really smart parrot, but just animals, and not particularly durable ones, either (gunfire from a 9x19mm handgun was able to penetrate the most heavily "armored" portion of their body). Wouldn't want to fight one in close quarters, sure, but you wouldn't want to fight a pack of rabid dogs in the same circumstances, and aside from the blood, they pose about the same threat as a large, highly vicious dog, or other land predator of similar size.
I understand that, and that's why I created the Agilimorph, enhanced thinking capabilities for certain units, highly specialized forms, wide variety of forms. for instance, the Gatherer looks similar to a Wyvern, which looks similar to a bird. the only difference is that they don't have feathers, instead using huge, sometimes up to six, wings in order to maintain flight. in actuality, in order to hunt, they use their strong legs to pick up prey, swinging around with their poisonus tails to kill a foe.
but that's what they look like. that's not what they are. instead of hunting, these units gather materials, similar to a Wyvern in that it picks it up with its legs, but have you ever seen the Glinthawks of HORIZON: ZERO DAWN? they pick up felled machines and drag them off to a more secure location in the Banuk Regions, seeing as they're weak physically. they're, both in purpose and styling, vultures. and, seeing as they're Mechancal, they need to follow no rules except power and the rules of robotics. and even then, they are entirely unique.
so, my question is this: could, with proper atmosphere, conditions, and evolution time, a creature from, for instance theJurassic period make it all the way into the same ability of a Wyvern? this isn't meant to assume reality, it is meant to pose a question about "given the right conditions"
besides, the Gatherer isn't the main threat, they flee in a fight, actually.
instead, units such as the Prowler, Spreader, Warrior, and the like serve as fighters and the bulk force. Gatherers are, in essence, the winged manual labor. they are not meant as some sort of near-divine unit with unthinkable physiology. they're not dragons. they're not birds. they're, in every way, a Gatherer.
as for size, I have not set on a specific size for all of them, there very well could be modifications to the general idea to make it the size of an Albatross.
and what, do you think I'm two? of course something with wings needs to be shaped properly. Da'Vinci didn't crack flight by sticking a pair of wings onto some idiot human. it just isn't feasible.
but, to answer your statement, did you see or review ALIENS: Covenant? in it, they revealed that a Synthetic named David made the Xenomorphs, and, simply put, they're meant to Eat. in fact, while being the mental equivalent of a really smart parrot, even a Ant could kill someone if they kept doing the exact wrong thing. I could even write a rather comical scene where a group of idiots with guns try to kill a sole ant who just completely ignores them as they shoot each other in the foot, then the hand, then whoever can still shoot makes them gory messes.
not meaning to be insulting, its just that you take this as literally as you would the Zombie Pocky. I, however, take this a step above.
going to the previous statement of "given the right conditions," what if there was a alien planet, throwing out a random idea of a Pandora-like ecosystem, that had all the right conditions for a base species to form, one that, in a way, was a Wyvern. this was discovered and infected, rising a Gatherer from its carcass.
as for the Prowler, you need not look any farther than the Thanator, a panther with six legs native to Pandora, and a serious threat.
what if it was infected? what sort of creation would come from it? what would it be capable of?
I'll leave you with that long, Long statement, and with a brief summary. do not take this so literally, as the original creation could very well be from a alien planet with a whole host of different Ecology.
and as a sidenote, you've said nothing of the means of producing this abomination.
so, what do you think about the means of infecting someone with the Agilimorph Parasite?
and as for the bit you put in, yes, its a HORROR MOVIE. that means the characters make bad decisions. its not, like, some sort of totally realistic idea, its just a movie, and so we need not take anything from it. and where would a book be if the main characters all die?
That's where you're wrong. A horror piece doesn't demand that the characters make bad decisions. It's simply the easiest scenario to write as an author, since most writers put surprisingly little thought into the actual meat and potatoes of what they're writing.
I'll use the example of action movies. In your typical action movie, the hero doesn't triumph because he's exceedingly clever, or capable, or competent in most cases. He triumphs because the bad guys are exceedingly incompetent. Think... say, the bad guys from Die Hard. Or Stormtroopers in Star Wars. There's a huge disconnect between what we're told by the media and what it shows us as an audience. The bad guys in Die Hard constantly had no idea how to coordinate as a group, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, and fought in hand to hand with the technique of a geriatric who'd never thrown a punch. Yet, in the movie, we're told they're a highly capable, highly competent, die-hard bunch of professionals. But we're shown something completely different as an audience. When the police show up, they're even more hapless than the villains, and act essentially as little more than redshirts to show how scary the villains are.
John McClane doesn't win because he's that much better than the villains. He wins in the end because - when you really examine what's going on - the villains are total buffoons.
Now, Die Hard can get away with it because it's a dumb, cheesy blockbuster action movie. But it serves to highlight perfectly well the elements of storywriting that I'm talking about. And in anything else, it'd be monumentally poor writing.
An author doesn't have to make the protagonists continually make stupid choices. To do something else though requires a clever author who's willing to do the thinking and background research on what they're depicting. A villain or antagonistic force that is threatening because the protagonists without fail make monumentally retarded decisions isn't scary. It just means the author can't figure out how to write competent protagonists and antagonists.
Also, Aliens wasn't strictly a horror movie. It was a Vietnam allegory dressed an action sequel to a horror movie (Which is why the writing is so heavyhanded. Still a fantastic movie, though, despite the writer of the screenplay being unable to figure out how to make the xenomorphs a threat to people that acted with a modicum of common sense).
well, unlike that screenplay writer, I do this whenever I can. still, doesn't mean I'm good enough at it.
and I notice how you're blowing a hole out of the loosest strut.
but, without getting too far into that, I'm going to say this: help me.
if you really have all these great ideas and point-blank statements that eat into the meat and potatoes (sorry if the spelling sucks on this, hasty as all bloody hell) of why things are as they are, then you should do something with them. not saying help me do my work for me, but help me with fleshing out characters. I'm still in bloody high-school, and I'm no child prodigy. hell, I've been stuck on the same research paper for over a Month! so, help me where you can, and we'll both benefit.
that's all I can say for the day, most likely. got a busy work schedule for today.
and what about all the other statements? for instance, why are you not blowing holes out of using mythical creatures? what about that? and you said nothing of the fact I didn't use any real-life examples to compare it to, hell, I referenced more movies than I referenced anything else!
and if I'm wrong about this, please tell me, but I've got an idea for how to solve that flight crisis.
see, a Wyvern is heavy. that's just how they're described. so, long story short, do these things:
hollow out the bones, make the bones out of a lightweight, durable material. take Carbon Fiber, it's remarkably strong, light, and has plenty of uses besides the fact it could (maybe?) be used as bones.
wings always need to be more efficient, reduce drag. Wings are the special sauce of flight, without them or some serious propulsion, you're not going anywhere. and then you'd only be able to steer with extreme propulsion. so, make the wings larger, thin them out. also, why do Wyverns have to be these spiky fuckers, like a fucking Cactus? even if you can be a Barrel Cactus in a pair of fairy wings, it ain't gonna fly. as well, why do they need poison? those evolutionary traits could easily be repurposed, such as Embryo injection? and finally, sure, they need muscle, but make it better at its goddamn job, please.
As a long time contributer I would like to thank you for contributing so many World War 2 weapons to the wiki. I myself added some but thanks to you we have many more. Also, do you think you can do the thing you've been doing on the pages you are making with our older pages?
Thank you because I am a huge weapon/war/zombie fan and one day plan to become a weapon historian, so its important to know more info and you seen to look like the person to get it. Also how are you with vehicle knowledge.