Redesigning the Hyperbright...

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
Redesigning the Hyperbright...

...and possibly other morphs if you guys like this idea.

The Hyperbright is one of my favorite morphs from a sheer narrative viewpoint. It's extremely thematically cyberpunk to me, body boosted to the extremes but suffering from cut corporate corners and requiring drugs to stabilize it... that reminded me so much of classic cyberpunk stories. I'll leave it to folks like FV to analyze it's actual usefulness (I have a feeling it's square in the "awesome but impractical" category), but the morph alone is practically a plotline.

I just...look, I hate criticizing other artists, but the MRG illustration is just...impractical.

So I took a crack at it, whipping up two additional variations based on the text in the books and my own modification, possibly an aftermarket set of cyberware.


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I'll readily admit that cranial bone crests is not an easy design challenge to address, so the MRG art at least managed to avoid it looking ridiculous. But if those are bony crests, unyielding, the fish fin look is going to mean that any rigid headgear like helmets, any headsets, a standard vacsuit helmet, or possibly even some ego bridges or other gear are unwearable (and any hairstyle beyond a buzzcut is going to look...interesting.)I tried to keep these versions in the spirit of the write-up, while keeping it pragmatic. I omitted the "brightly colored" note for clarify, though.

Anyone got any other ideas for this morph, or suggestions for other redesigns? I'm not as free for requests as I was last year, sadly, but I'll tackle any interesting concepts if I think it would make a good portfolio piece or be fun otherwise.

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Impractical is very seldom a

Impractical is very seldom a concern in EP. I would expect any fabber to be able to customize a helmet to match any head type, and a smart vacsuit's deployable smartmatter helmet would adjust automatically, because they are quite literally one-size-fits-all affairs.

That said, all of those look like good candidates for variant hyperbright designs. What does worry me, though, is hyperbrights operating in vacuum - their suit had better have cooling facillities built in to their helmet to wisk that heat away and keep their heads cool!

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True enough, though my

True enough, though my thinking is that you don't always have time to wait for a fabber. In a disaster, you want to be donning the nearest spacesuit in that case, whether its the smartsuit you wear all the time or the nearest hab-standard suit to the brothel you're patronizing. It just seems very short-sighted to me to design a biomorph that can't use basic gear without special accommodations when its otherwise optimized for micro-G.

I would assume any modern vacsuits are more than equipped with internal temperature regulation, probably synced with your mesh inserts and muse for your morph's particular needs. Doubly true for anything operating near a gas giant or inside a Sol-Earth orbit. Though that probably means that vacsuiting in a hyperbright means the AC is on full blast at all times, which has to be...irritating.

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jKaiser wrote:True enough,

jKaiser wrote:
True enough, though my thinking is that you don't always have time to wait for a fabber. In a disaster, you want to be donning the nearest spacesuit in that case, whether its the smartsuit you wear all the time

If you wear a smartsuit all the time, you are literally one combat turn away from a full enviroseal. Two, if you actually took off the belt, say, to get it on with someone.

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or the nearest hab-standard suit to the brothel you're patronizing. It just seems very short-sighted to me to design a biomorph that can't use basic gear without special accommodations when its otherwise optimized for micro-G.

I would imagine that emergency vacsuits have large bubble helmets for exactly this reason. Or, you know, survival bubbles instead of emergency vacsuits.

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I would assume any modern vacsuits are more than equipped with internal temperature regulation, probably synced with your mesh inserts and muse for your morph's particular needs. Doubly true for anything operating near a gas giant or inside a Sol-Earth orbit. Though that probably means that vacsuiting in a hyperbright means the AC is on full blast at all times, which has to be...irritating.

A couple of solutions present themselves immediately to me.
1: Improved Temperature Tolerance (Cold). Now your Hyperbright is perfectly comfortable with the AC on full blast.
2: Improved Temperature Tolerance (Heat). Now your Hyperbright can take the heat its overclocked brain produces.
3: Design the suit in such a way as for the helmet cooling to establish a physical connection with the Hyperbright's heat sinks and pump ultracold liquid through the connecting material, thus directly cooling the veins/fins/heat sink, without discomforting the rest of his head.

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I like the designs they look

I like the designs they look good.

I'd probably add some blue/grey tint to the skin for the uncanny valley effect.

but it is better now.

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Chernoborg Chernoborg's picture
I generally don't have an

I generally don't have an issue with the MRG picture though he seems pretty built for a intellectually oriented morph. The crests are part of a cooling system for the highly modified brain but it doesn't quite say how it does so. The MRG crests look like fish fins and maybe they have a similar structure, such that they can fold flat along the skull when not needed. Another way to cool the brain would be to increase the airflow around it in the sinuses. The crest may be like those found in the lambeosaurine dinosaurs, a hollow tube that snakes it's way through the skull. The visible crest could run from the nose to the top of the head , I'm thinking like Mr. Incredible in profile. The single ridge example is closest to this, just carry the line all the way to the nose.
If you don't mind going off canon, there are numerous examples of mammals using enlarged ears as a method of heat disposal. Elephants, jackrabbits, and fennec foxes all have big ears that are highly vascular for that purpose. It wouldn't be a stretch to modify human ears to do so as well, or just use a transgenic splice this is Eclipse Phase after all!

As for illustrations that don't work for me? the Savant pic from Rimward has kind of bugged me. For a morph about not mimicking the human form to have essentially a human torso and arms seems counter the point. Also, the Samsa morph as a giant cockroach ( I do get the reference!) isn't the insectoid terror I was expecting. This probably has more to do with my trying to visualize it before the MRG came out- kind of a blend of praying mantis and the Garthim from The Dark Crystal. It's not that they're in any way bad art! Either one is waaay better than anything I've done.

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jKaiser jKaiser's picture
Good points. I was actually

Good points. I was actually thinking on the savant myself earlier, so I might take a crack at that. As for the samsa...

Well, I fucking love roaches. And a while back I did a concept for one of White Wolf's best mini splats ever, the wereroaches. Maybe something like this for the samsa? jack-kaiser.deviantart.com/art/Rose-Peterson-The-Unclean-368284327

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Personally, I always imagine

Personally, I always imagine the Hyperbrights as having a singular, swept crest that flowed from the forehead, back basically parallel with the skull, terminating round about where the parietal meets the occipital (um... the lambdoid suture? I can't remember my anatomy). The cooling flutes (maybe not the best word) would run more horizontally across the crest, with each fairly visible from the front.

I'm fairly sure the Hyperbrights are based off of Reynolds' Conjoiners, and that is the kind of crest that I always imagine Skade having.

I can't draw, so I can't really show you what I mean, though.

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I love the format of the OP image. More like that please :D

Whilst not any better for for vacsuits, the picture that jumped into my head when I first read the Hyperbright description was a predominately horizontal crest extending back from the coronal suture (I think that's the connection you were talking about, CodeBreaker), in the manner of Marginocephalia clade dinosaurs, specifically the Brachyceratops or Avaceratops.
That way you can use it to keep your coffee hot when working on difficult problems :D

jKaiser wrote:
Well, I fucking love roaches. And a while back I did a concept for one of White Wolf's best mini splats ever, the wereroaches. Maybe something like this for the samsa? jack-kaiser.deviantart.com/art/Rose-Peterson-The-Unclean-368284327

Much Better.
The samsa in the MRG is less of a insectoid killing machine and more a... well, it's a Thri Kreen.
The only thing I'd do is thin the torso and/or lengthen the limbs, to increase the impression of agility.

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If you don't mind going off canon, there are numerous examples of mammals using enlarged ears as a method of heat disposal. Elephants, jackrabbits, and fennec foxes all have big ears that are highly vascular for that purpose.

Justification for Elf-ears! Yay :P

I know it's not really what was being asked, but what I'd really like to see isn't actually redesigned morphs, but rather normal humanoids with custom augmentations or cosmetic mods - there's a lot of potential for variety there which hasn't really been touched on.
For a specific example, it'd be really nice to have an image showing some of the different ways Carapace Armour could look.

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CodeBreaker wrote:I'm fairly

CodeBreaker wrote:
I'm fairly sure the Hyperbrights are based off of Reynolds' Conjoiners, and that is the kind of crest that I always imagine Skade having.

Damn, you totally beat me to this point...by, like, four days. But yeah, I had the same thought when I saw the art, especially the one on the upper right. Totally looks like how I always pictured Skade too.

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I do plan to do some more

I do plan to do some more morph designs when my schedule/inspiration permits, but for now, have something I feel is missing from the books: exsurgents!


Fullsize - To scale with the skeleton under the Jelly.

I blame spending a break watching a Dead Space playthrough for inspiring these, heh. I feel like the books should have more illustrations of the sources of horror. Sure, there's no shortage of vivid descriptions, but if you have monsters in your RPG, I know I get a lot of my ideas from looking through the bestiaries and getting at-a-glance gists of the critters I can throw at my poor players.

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That's super cool!

That's super cool!

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Holy crap, those are amazing?

Holy crap, those are amazing! Do you intend to do more?

Also, any chance you'd be willing to break those up into the three individual drawings so we can show them to players without spoiling the other two?

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Individually split up

Individually split up versions: http://imgur.com/a/pqiMP

And I might do more. I like doing little one-off concept bits to fill out the evenings after doing my contracted work. And I love drawing biological monsters.

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Awesome, thanks for that. I'd

Awesome, thanks for that. I'd love to see your take on shifters, snappers and whippers.

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