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    It's noted in the Distant Worlds product that aberrants have a negative effect on biotech, that being one of the reasons why the Aberrants stuck on the Chromatic homeworld can't just hijack a ship and leave.

    But, what about uncorrupted novas? We know that during the Nova age, a number of genetic projects were undertaken, without any obvious issues. So could an uncorrupted nova (someone not leaking Quantum flux) be close to biotech without causing problems?

    Note: I'm not saying could they operate it. that's pretty clearly a no, given the different sources of power. But would say, an Eden Nova be able to walk around a living city without things getting sick and mutating all over the place.

  • #2
    Originally posted by NewK View Post
    It's noted in the Distant Worlds product that aberrants have a negative effect on biotech, that being one of the reasons why the Aberrants stuck on the Chromatic homeworld can't just hijack a ship and leave.

    But, what about uncorrupted novas?
    The issue is not Corruption, the issue is Quantum Flux.

    We know that during the Nova age, a number of genetic projects were undertaken, without any obvious issues. So could an uncorrupted nova (someone not leaking Quantum flux) be close to biotech without causing problems?
    Biotech -- in the ├ćon sense -- intrinsically relies on Psi. Even if it doesn't replicate psion powers, it relies on having a solid psi template, which is why psions are able to use biotech far more effectively than neutrals can. Prosaic genetic engineering is not the same thing.

    Quantum Flux by its very nature disrupts a living being's psi template, which is what causes Quantum Flux Diseases. The same effect is what makes it challenging or dangerous for novas to use biotech.


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    • #3
      The biotech created by Novas during Novas era is considered hardtech, same way as cloning and replacement organs.
      In all cases, bioware re- fers to the exotic noetic bioware that the psion proxies (and particularly Alex Cassel of Orgotek) introduced. (...) All other technology is referred to as hardtech, including biological technology produced through genetic engineering, such as cloned organs or vat-grown polymers.
      Aeon, page 267


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      • #4
        So, in that case, presuming friendly novas (such as Eden) how would they go about protecting the equipment of their friends? Would merely refraining from over use help? Or would it only be safe for novas using dormancy to spend any real time around such equipment?

        Alternately, would it be possible to design noetic biotech to be less vulnerable to being around such entities.

        (Quantakenetics are obviously one answer, but being that they're rather light on teh ground right now...)

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        • #5
          So, do the novas on Eden create/emit Quantum Flux? That seems to be the point an answer would pivot on.

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          • #6
            Yes. They are actually a living Quantum Flux Zones, but they keep most of the flux in their bodies.

            The issue with Noetic biotech is that it requires formatting, and formatting to a quantum flux zone (in the case a Nova) would damage it.

            Non formatted biotech would not be damaged by the presence of the Nova or even the nova using it.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mateus Luz View Post
              Non formatted biotech would not be damaged by the presence of the Nova or even the nova using it.
              Not on the short term, at least.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by IanWatson View Post

                Not on the short term, at least.
                Considering a very stable Nova of low quantum.

                The Novas in Eden are stable but their quantum in high enough to leak and change their bodies, so extended presence in Eden would probably cause damage to all biotech, even if it takes years.


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                • #9
                  Superiors and Talents count as baselines/neutrals for making or using biotech, right?


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                  • #10
                    Yes, because Superior is not that full of quantum flux. Just a little bit...


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                    • #11
                      Figure that Biotech on Eden would be a little like a ship made from carbon steel in the ocean (which is corrosive). It could function normally but would generally require extra care and repair due to a "hostile environment."

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