Uplifted Morphs

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Uplifted Morphs

It's that time of the week again, more Morphs from CB Industries, ready to be used in any Eclipse Phase game, and balanced to the Morphs we already have. This week we focus on Uplifts, however for now I have left out and flavour text. Not in a very creative writing mood today, will see about updating them tomorrow with some flavour.

Uplifted Morphs

Thick Skin (New Gear) (Cost: Low) – Provides 0/5 Armour ratings without changing the appearance, texture or sensitivity of the morphs skin. This armour is cumulative with worn armour.

Ursus (Bear)(BioMorph)
One of the newer species of Uplifted animals to be accepted under the constantly broadening umbrella of Transhumanity, the Ursus' are uplifted bears of almost all types, from Brown and Black to Polar and Panda. All feature human levels of intelligence, as well as being modified to be capable of bipedal movement and human like hand dexterity.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Smell, Adrenal Boost, Claws, Hibernation, Thick Skin
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 50
Wound Threshold: 10
Advantages: +5 COO, +10 SOM, +5 to one other aptitude of the players' choice, Bite Attack (2d10, use Unarmed Skill)
Disadvantages: Fast Metabolism
CP Cost: 50
Credit Cost: Expensive (40,000)

Neo-Feline (BioMorph)
Neo-Felines are uplifted big cats, including lions, panthers and tigers. Featuring human level intelligence while retaining their native reactions and speed, the Neo-Feline line is a favourite among many Uplifted quadrupeds who want some bang for their buck.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell, Enhanced Vision, Claws, Prehensile Tail
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 35
Wound Threshold: 7
Advantages: +10 REF, +5 SOM, +5 to one other aptitude of the players' choice, Bite Attack (1d10 +5, use Unarmed Skill), Quadruped (Movement Rate 6/30)
CP Cost: 35
Credit Cost: Expensive (30,000)

Neo-Kitten Variant (BioMorph)
A smaller version of the Neo-Feline, instead based on the larger domesticated cats that positively plagued Earth before the Fall, the Neo-Kitten is the Morph of choice for the few such uplifted animals that managed to escape the ruin of the home world.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell, Enhanced Vision, Prehensile Tail
Aptitude Maximum: 25 (SOM 20)
Durability: 20
Wound Threshold: 4
Advantages: +10 REF, +5 COO, Quadruped (Movement Rate 6/30), Small (-10 to hit in combat), Limber (1)
CP Cost: 25
Credit Cost: Expensive

Neo-Canine (BioMorph)
For time immemorial humanity has relied on domesticated wolves for a variety of roles, slowly but surely breeding favourable traits into the species and unfavourable ones out, a trend that continued during the emergence of transhumanity and its venture into space. Although the first attempts at Uplifting focused on primarily on chimps and cetaceans, as soon as the technology was proven to be functional many research teams turned their attention to man’s' best friend. These uplifted canines tend towards the larger breeds, particularly ones that showed substantial intellect before any modifications occurred such as German Shepherds, Retrievers and Rottweilers.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 35
Wound Threshold: 7
Advantages: +5 INT, +5 REF, +5 to one aptitude of the players' choice, +20 to Perception, Bite Attack (1d10 + 5, use Unarmed Skill)
CP Cost: 30
Credit Cost: Expensive

Alpha Variant (BioMorph)
This larger, more advanced variant of the Neo-Canine Uplift is specially modified to better suit the security detail that many of their owners tend towards. Featuring a more complete implant suite, a more durable frame and increased pain tolerance, many security teams find these Uplifts extremely valuable while performing their duties.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell, Enhanced Pheromones, Bioweave Armour (Light), T-Ray Emitter, Medichines
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 40
Wound Threshold: 8
Advantages: +5 INT, +5 REF, +5 to one aptitude of the players' choice, +20 to Perception, Bite Attack (1d10 + 5, use Unarmed Skill), Pain Tolerance (1)
CP Cost: 40
Credit Cost: Expensive (30,000)

Arachnoid [Pod]
Arachnoids are a pod design bioengineered from stocks of the large spider species of Earth. Although the intelligence levels of such creatures where far below the required for full Uplifting some research teams had success in partial uplifting techniques, the results of which tend to inhabit these mass produced pods. They have also developed a small foothold with certain Martian groups, who find their ability to handle rough terrain with ease vital in the mountainous terrain that makes up their range.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Mnemonic Augmentation, 360 Degree Vision, Built-In Spindle, Carapace Armour, Grip Pads, Implanted Nanotoxins, Puppet Sock
Movement System: Walker (8/40), Hopper (6/30)
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 40
Wound Threshold: 8
Advantages: +10 REF, +5 COO, +5 SOM, 8 Limbs (Arms/Legs), Bite Attack (1d10 + 4, use Unarmed Skill), Web Attack (Immobilising, use Exotic Weapon (Web) Skill), +20 Climbing, +30 Exotic Weapon (Web) Skill
CP Cost: 45
Credit Cost: Expensive (40,000)

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The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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CodeBreaker wrote:
Ursus (Bear)(BioMorph)
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Enhanced Smell, Adrenal Boost, Claws, Hibernation, Thick Skin
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 50
Wound Threshold: 10
Advantages: +5 COO, +10 SOM, +5 to one other aptitude of the players' choice, Bite Attack (2d10, use Unarmed Skill)
Disadvantages: Fast Metabolism
CP Cost: 50
Credit Cost: Expensive (40,000)

Yay! Time to hurt my players!



CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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The Doctor wrote:
CodeBreaker wrote:

Yay! Time to hurt my players!

Bears are fun. Bears wielding Plasma Launchers are plain dangerous.

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kylleran kylleran's picture
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I support the right to arm bears!

Brian Cross
Posthuman Studios

GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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Partially Uplifted Bear, Plasma Launcher, a Fury on top with a heavy rail pistol and an axe.
Bear Cavalry - EP Style.

browwiw browwiw's picture
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Excellent, you just populated YiffHab for me.

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GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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Not if i write it up first on Darkcast. *zoom*

nick012000 nick012000's picture
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I don't think any of these animals possess the mental capacity needed to be uplifted. At best, you'll wind up with a race of brain-damaged drooling idiots, by the standards of transhumanity.

Ravens, Octopi, Dolphins, and primates are all very smart animals; the likes of dogs, cats, bears, and spiders really don't compare. Especially spiders, which are basically biological robots operating on fixed instructions.

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CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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nick012000 wrote:
I don't think any of these animals possess the mental capacity needed to be uplifted. At best, you'll wind up with a race of brain-damaged drooling idiots, by the standards of transhumanity.

Ravens, Octopi, Dolphins, and primates are all very smart animals; the likes of dogs, cats, bears, and spiders really don't compare. Especially spiders, which are basically biological robots operating on fixed instructions.

I will grant you that Spiders may have been a leap and I will probably change them to be Pods instead of uplifts, and perhaps Bears was a small reach. However Canines and Felines have shown fairly surprising amounts of intelligence, and we have no idea what level Uplift technology is at. If you are going to claim Raven intellect over Canine then you would have to lay out the differences between the two. The only real difference we have observed, at least to my knowledge, is extensive tool use. Both have social learning dynamics, both seem to utilize base language skills in some way, and as far as I am aware both fail the standard mirror test (I know the Magpie has been shown to understand its own reflection, but the Raven is capable of doing so).

If humanity is at the point where they can manipulate Avian intelligence (which is, physically, really quite alien to our own) then I see no problem in the Uplifting of many mammalian species which have demonstrated only slightly lesser intelligence.

EDIT: Also note that there is canonical evidence that Uplift technology is a mature science and is capable of some fairly advanced things. Page 88 of Sunward, on what is going on in Clever Hands. They are uplifting Lizard brains. Lizards! If Lizards can be uplifted, most mammals can.

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TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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CodeBreaker wrote:

EDIT: Also note that there is canonical evidence that Uplift technology is a mature science and is capable of some fairly advanced things. Page 88 of Sunward, on what is going on in Clever Hands. They are uplifting Lizard brains. Lizards! If Lizards can be uplifted, most mammals can.

Especially since reptiles don't posses the higher order brain functions that birds and mammals have (ie they don't possess the ability to retain memory just instinct).

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Your body is a temple. Maintain it.
Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.

nick012000 nick012000's picture
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I think those lizards might be "uplifts" the way the Smart Monkeys and Smart Rats in the corebook are: smart animals, but nowhere near human.

As for the differences between cats, dogs, and ravens: Ravens can manufacture tools (and, other than humans, are the only animal species known to have this capability). Ravens can distinguish humans from one another with facial recognition. Cats and dogs can't do either.

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CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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nick012000 wrote:
I think those lizards might be "uplifts" the way the Smart Monkeys and Smart Rats in the corebook are: smart animals, but nowhere near human.

The language that has been used so far when describing the two has been quite clear. When referring to Smart Animals (Which have cognition equal to that of a young child. They are quite intelligent themselves) "partially uplifted" is almost always used. Uplifted on the other hand hand almost always refers too fully Uplifted creatures. I understand that this might be viewed as arguing semantics, but as far as I am concerned the language is quite clear.

And on tool use among animals, Ravens are far from the only other creature other than man that has shown such abilities. Examples are quite far reaching. Chimps are the obvious case. Otters are another. Elephants have shown fairly advanced problem solving skills, as have Octopus. Dolphins are quite habitual tool users, they have been observed making themselves sleeves that go over their beaks (out of sea sponges and the like) so they do not cause abrasions when digging in sand.

And as far as I am aware Dogs are one of the few species that are capable of recognising human faces. If I remember correctly they are in fact the only other species that is capable of determining our emotions by what they see on our faces. The only species that even looks if I remember right.

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TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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There are several species in the animal kingdom that aren't uplift but could quite easily be (you pointed out elephants which are one of the smartest animals on land). That being said there could be a whole line of second generation uplifts from partially uplifted candidates.

Example:
You take a dog and uplift it's children to get partially uplifted individuals (making sure not to make them sterile like most other uplifts). They would hit sexual maturity in about 2-5 years (sorry I'm not a dog expert) and then you can uplift their children to being fully uplifted animals.

This would mean that while Cetaceans, Octopuses, certain Avians, and certain hominids could be 1st generation uplifts, while other candidates would be 2nd generation (most mammals, avians, and sea life with higher brain functions like squid) and need to be uplifted from partially uplifted candidates. Taking this idea you could then have 3rd generation uplifts (other vertebrates, and other lifeforms with brain functionality), and maybe even 4th generation uplifts (other creatures in the animal kingdom).

I would argue that currently in EP that 1st Generation uplifts are obviously available, and 2nd generation are just around the corner (maybe 1-2 years out). 3rd Generation would be at least another 5-10 years away, and 4th generation may require additional advancement in technology before it is possible (maybe with Factor help (forced or not) (I smell an idea for a campaign)).

Jovian Motto:
Your mind is original. Preserve it.
Your body is a temple. Maintain it.
Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.

nick012000 nick012000's picture
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I think you misunderstood. Ravens don't just use tools, they make tools. They actually take a piece of the environment, and manufacture a tool from it. That dogs are capable of interpreting human gestures to some degree isn't terribly surprising; it's pretty much what they were bred for for the last, what, hundred thousand years or so? They're not capable of recognizing the image of a person as being the same as another image of that person; ravens can.

Most of the perception of canine intelligence is probably because we anthropomorphise them too much, and project our own emotions and intelligence onto them.

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CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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nick012000 wrote:
I think you misunderstood. Ravens don't just use tools, they make tools. They actually take a piece of the environment, and manufacture a tool from it.

As other animals do. Elephants for example have been known to mould bark and vegetation into shapes (by chewing) and using that as a cover for water holes, succeeding in dramatically reducing evaporation. In what way is that not the manufacturing of a tool? Captive primates have shown the same inventiveness, manufacturing primitive flint knifes (well, pointy bits of flint anyway) by hitting larger pieces against stone blocks and using the flakes.

And on canine facial recognition, I imagine you are using the experiment they did in Washington with Crows as the basis of their facial recognition abilities? The same experiment has been conducted with dogs, to similar results (Until the dog was able to tell the difference through its other senses). There have also been experiments using different images of a dogs owners, against different images of people the dog did not know, and the study found that in general the dog spent a longer amount of time investigating those images that showed its owner. I agree that many people over estimate on the intelligence of canines, but in the same way I also believe that others do not give them enough credit.

And anyway, the starting intelligence is, at the moment, a moot point. The language used in Sunward is quite clear. People are, somehow, uplifting Lizards. If such an ability is within the reach of researchers then Canines/Felines/most other mammals would not provide that large a challange.

I guess we shall see when Hotfix is released. Its due to have a section on Uplifts.

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TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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While a canine (or feline for that matter) may not have facial recognition, they do have scent recognition. The perfect example of this is dogs can identify very quickly a infrequent (but relatively common) individual (ie a friend) and will develop a unique relationship with that individual over time (like a child develops a relationship with friends of their parents). An example of this is my friend's dog where every time I come over (once in a blue moon) the dog expects a belly rub from me the second I come in the door. The dog doesn't do this for anyone else (he has other quirks for other friends). The dog clearly doesn't know it is me till I'm in side the house (as he barks at all visitors to the house) but the second I'm in the door, he instantly falls on his side and offers his belly for a rub (which I indulge him with). If that isn't recognition I don't know what is.

Jovian Motto:
Your mind is original. Preserve it.
Your body is a temple. Maintain it.
Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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browwiw wrote:
Excellent, you just populated YiffHab for me.

I was going to add a single uplifted raven in a splicer to the residnts of Yiffhab in my game. As a fleshy (if the Angst Technologies archives are still around, this was the subculture that Webmonkey was part of) he decided to really find out how the other half lived... the residents of Yiffhab were understandably upset by this development until they realized that the raven was only half playing a joke on them.

The sociology student from TAU trying to make sense of this for his masters' thesis spaced himself after his advisor raked him over the coals by accusing him of fabricating the whole thing.



The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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CodeBreaker wrote:
Bears are fun. Bears wielding Plasma Launchers are plain dangerous.

Nope. :D



GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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Soo... Cuttlefish. What about them? Neo-Cuttlefish anyone? They're like octopi, only cute.

Still would love to hear a Word of God err... the Prometheans about the capabilities on uplifts, since it still seems vague.

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Or giant squid and octopi, for that matter. Massive uplifted kraken.

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browwiw wrote:
Or giant squid and octopi, for that matter. Massive uplifted kraken.

Who live in the sun with the Space Whales.

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CodeBreaker wrote:
browwiw wrote:
Or giant squid and octopi, for that matter. Massive uplifted kraken.

Who live in the sun with the and feed on Space Whales.

There. I corrected it for you :P

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I was thinking more of roaming the crushing depths of the Europan ice oceans like dark gods.

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I love octopi.

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GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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bakho wrote:
Who live in the sun and have epic battles with the and feed on Space Whales.

Fix'd more. :P

Besides: I love them moar.

In other News: Tonight on Cracked.com: Giant Squid

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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browwiw wrote:
Or giant squid and octopi, for that matter. Massive uplifted kraken.

Giant squid are already written up as morphs. It would not be terribly difficult to turn them into Kraken (or Skyrunner).



Zoombie Zoombie's picture
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If you can't uplift uplift an animal, why not just made them bigger, then stick a cyberbrain in there? Like a pod. It won't be a classical uplift, but for transhumans who want to try life on the wild side, it could work.

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nick012000 wrote:
I think you misunderstood. Ravens don't just use tools, they make tools. They actually take a piece of the environment, and manufacture a tool from it. That dogs are capable of interpreting human gestures to some degree isn't terribly surprising; it's pretty much what they were bred for for the last, what, hundred thousand years or so? They're not capable of recognizing the image of a person as being the same as another image of that person; ravens can.

Most of the perception of canine intelligence is probably because we anthropomorphise them too much, and project our own emotions and intelligence onto them.

TBRMInsanity wrote:
While a canine (or feline for that matter) may not have facial recognition, they do have scent recognition. The perfect example of this is dogs can identify very quickly a infrequent (but relatively common) individual (ie a friend) and will develop a unique relationship with that individual over time (like a child develops a relationship with friends of their parents). An example of this is my friend's dog where every time I come over (once in a blue moon) the dog expects a belly rub from me the second I come in the door. The dog doesn't do this for anyone else (he has other quirks for other friends). The dog clearly doesn't know it is me till I'm in side the house (as he barks at all visitors to the house) but the second I'm in the door, he instantly falls on his side and offers his belly for a rub (which I indulge him with). If that isn't recognition I don't know what is.

To be fair, animal intelligence cannot be accurately quantified by direct comparison. While dogs are not tool-wielding animals, it should be noted that they do not possess the organs necessary (prehensile fingers, toes or tail) to do so. While dogs cannot identify quite well by sight, it should be noted that they can identify any being succinctly by smell... and are fully capable of discerning someone they know even if measures are taken to fool them (changing the soap you use or jumping into garbage before going near your dog is about as effective as wearing gag glasses with a fake moustache to hide from people... they can pick up individual scents). They also do not have the ability to discriminate as many colors as humans can (our eyes are trichromatic, while theirs are dichromatic) nor do they rely on their eyesight to as great a degree, which lends to the primary reason they are poor at identifying things with sight.

And to further drive the point, let's put it in context: is a quadriplegic or paralyzed person less intelligent because they are incapable of using tools? Is a person with limited or nonexistent eyesight less intelligent because they cannot identify people visually? Intelligence is a very difficult thing to quantify.

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TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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I was interested in one definition of intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to observe an event (either first hand, second hand, or third hand (ie through a recorded media)), store that experience, and use the experience to effect a future, similar event in your favour. This means any creature with the ability to have short and long term memory (ie most birds and mammals) have the ability to use intelligence and thus are candidates for uplifting (at least within the first two generations). Animals like reptiles who's brain is more based on instinct will need modifications to their brain structure before they can gain intelligence (as it is defined above).

Jovian Motto:
Your mind is original. Preserve it.
Your body is a temple. Maintain it.
Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.

CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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I decided to update the Morphs with the small blurb I ended up doing for all of them. Also changed the Arachnoid to a Pod (with the redone implant list to go with it).

And earlier it was suggested that bears are not intelligent enough to be uplifted, and while I believe I successfully argued otherwise that in general most animals could be uplifted, I have recently learned that bears would potentially be a candidate for early uplifting. Many bear biologists supposedly believe that many species might have an intellect comparable the great apes that are so commonly lauded for their own intellect. Evidence cited often includes;

The fact that they are omnivores – Omnivores often tend to be smarter than other more specialised eaters because they must be capable of identifying and remembering multiple different food sources and strategies for obtaining them. Bears have shown evidence of having an extremely detailed memory of their territories, being able to keep a complete map of which food sources are available and when.

They seem to show social learning patterns – Bears across a large area tend to develop different methods for obtaining similar food sources. When they come together they have shown evidence of transferring these different methods through example.

There are some examples of bears making use of tools – Polar bears are renowned for using chunks of ice as projectiles to stun walruses. I have read some limited reports of other bears using rocks for similar feats. They have also shown themselves to be capable of using their own bodies as tools, although I am unsure of the accuracy there

Basically, Bears are badass.

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TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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CodeBreaker wrote:
I decided to update the Morphs with the small blurb I ended up doing for all of them. Also changed the Arachnoid to a Pod (with the redone implant list to go with it).

And earlier it was suggested that bears are not intelligent enough to be uplifted, and while I believe I successfully argued otherwise that in general most animals could be uplifted, I have recently learned that bears would potentially be a candidate for early uplifting. Many bear biologists supposedly believe that many species might have an intellect comparable the great apes that are so commonly lauded for their own intellect. Evidence cited often includes;

The fact that they are omnivores – Omnivores often tend to be smarter than other more specialised eaters because they must be capable of identifying and remembering multiple different food sources and strategies for obtaining them. Bears have shown evidence of having an extremely detailed memory of their territories, being able to keep a complete map of which food sources are available and when.

They seem to show social learning patterns – Bears across a large area tend to develop different methods for obtaining similar food sources. When they come together they have shown evidence of transferring these different methods through example.

There are some examples of bears making use of tools – Polar bears are renowned for using chunks of ice as projectiles to stun walruses. I have read some limited reports of other bears using rocks for similar feats. They have also shown themselves to be capable of using their own bodies as tools, although I am unsure of the accuracy there

Basically, Bears are badass.

Along those line if you see what a bear can reason out when it has something between itself and food. I've seen a bear work out a door handle to raid a cabin.

Jovian Motto:
Your mind is original. Preserve it.
Your body is a temple. Maintain it.
Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.

Colin Chapman Colin Chapman's picture
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Nice work, mate, though I really want to see an Elephant-based morph now. :)

Colin

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GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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And here is a new creation of mine. The Dakuwanga

While there are no Shark Uplifts, some Neo-Dolphins or atavistic transhumans craved for a combat-morph, suited for Aqua-Habitats or Europas oceans. Darwin's Children, Inc. gladly delivered and presented the Dakuwanga, a gengineered shark. Most of them are designed to look like various species of reef shark, but some hammerhead and great white germlines also made it into production as a Limited Edition. The brain was heavily modified to house a transhuman mind, nevertheless still many users of the Dakuwanga feel „dumbed down“ by the morph. DCI reacted accordingly with the „SmartShark“-Package, which includes a Cyberbrain and Mnemonic Augmentation.
Implants:
Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Neurachem (Level 1), Enhanced Smell, Toxin Filters, Enhanced Hearing, Gills, Electrical Sense, Polarization Vision

Mobility System: Swim (16/58)
Aptitude Maximum: 30 (15 for COG)
Durability: 50
Wound Threshold: 10
Advantages: +5 REF, +5 COO, +10 SOM, +5 to an aptitude of your choice, +40 Swimming Skill, Bite Attack (2d10; AP-2)
Disadvantages: Uplift, Scarce
CP Cost: 115
Credit Cost: Expensive (minimum 100,000)

http://www.firewall-darkcast.com/wiki/dakuwanga

Enigma32 Enigma32's picture
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I'm currently running an EP game right now set before the Fall (in the days and weeks leading up to it). One of the major factions I introduced was Oceanic Colonists, who've settled the ocean floors. Among them, they actually have an uplifted sharp morph.

Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Echolocation, Enhanced Smell, Circadian Regulation, Gills, Temperature Tolerance, Lateral Line, Swim Bladder

Mobility System: Swim
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 40
Wound Threshold: 9
Advantages: Armor 1/2, +10 REF, +10 SOM, +5 any one attribute of choice, +40 Swimming, +20 Intimidation, Tough (Level 1)
Disadvantages: Social Stigma x2 (once because it's an uplift. Again because it's a shark), Scarce
CP Cost: 95
Credit Cost: Expensive (50,000+)

Outside of uplifting, I introduced undersea colonists for one reason - in the second game, set after the fall, they're going back to those large, undersea cities. Can you say "Rapture?"

"If we succeed, we're geniuses for doing it. If we fail, we're stupid for trying it. If we succeed beyond our goal and our dreams, we're insane for reaching so high and getting there."

GreyBrother GreyBrother's picture
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Its kinda silly and yes a MLP:FiM inspired thing, but i just couldn't keep myself from doing it.

Here comes the Equus!
The Equus Morph was created by a barsoomian group of primitivists. It is basically a horse with fine manipulators on the hooves and the current color palette only supports single-color morphs.
An anarchist variant was also created and spread into the mesh. The blueprints are usually called "Binky" an obscure reference, lost to time.

Implants: Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Mnemonic Augmentation, Direction Sense, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Vision, Adrenal Boost, Enhanced Respiration, Wrist-Mounted Tools, 360° Vision

Mobility System: Walker (10/40)
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 40
Wound Threshold: 8
Advantages: +10 Freerunning
Disadvantages: Zero-G Nausea, Large Target
CP Cost: 45
Credit Cost: Expensive (40.000)

http://www.firewall-darkcast.com/wiki/equus

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
We are about to field test

We are about to field test this morph in my campaign. If no replies are logged to this thread, you may safely assume that we killed ourselves and were reinstantiated from last week's backup in cold storage.



Smokeskin Smokeskin's picture
While true uplifting - taking

While true uplifting - taking an animal brain and upgrading it for intelligence - might be difficult for some species, shouldn't it be reasonably simple to just gengineer in a human brain?

base3numeral base3numeral's picture
Ursus morph calls for Bear Uplift

I'm very happy that CodeBreaker has put the time in to create the Ursus morph, and feel the need to contribute: Bear-uplift. (which is basically an altered ape uplift, so now we can put bear egos in ape bodies)
You are used to living far from other sentients, only occasionally interacting directly with the rest of transhumanity. Work as an artist, chef, warden, or, if not uncomfortable with crowds, bodyguard, was rudely interrupted a decade ago. Now, in most situations, you have to cope with crowds, ceilings, and food that just isn't right. Post Fall a significant number of bear uplifts have taken up the hulder lifestyle, or occupy themselves as long haul shippers.
Advantages:
+ 10 Intimidation skill
+ 10 Scrounging Skill
+ 10 Swimming skill
+ 10 Unarmed Combat skill
Predator trait
Disadvantages:
Social Stigma (Uplift) trait
Maybe Solitary or Poorly Socialized? If so, tack on Brave or Hardening (Isolation).
Common morphs: Ursus, Titanian Hulder, Neo-gorilla (some of the power, better handling in micrograv)

Strength in depth...

The Fleet

Brome Teks Brome Teks's picture
I think we all know what

I think we all know what uplifted otters would be like... http://imgur.com/Te2YXvZ

That could be an amusing mini-faction: Some uplifted otters escaped from a SomaTek project and have made it their goal to enact revenge on them for the restrictions they placed on their morphs (That they have since jailbroken). A small army of militaristic space-otters.

I sexually identify as an attack helicopter.

... Don't judge me, the morph just really spoke to me on a deeper level.

Chrontius Chrontius's picture
I always imagined otters -

I always imagined otters - "the best of the second-tier" - being uplifted by the outer rim powers to prove there's a business model that doesn't include slavery.

But I do like the idea of the escape and revenge plot. :D

LuisCarlos17f LuisCarlos17f's picture
Why there are uplifted pigs

Why there are uplifted pigs but not canines or felines?

* What do you think about a "biopunk" swamnoid with living insects or antropodes? (bees, ants, termites, cockroachs!). Being controlled by a IAG who keep a bunker o stronghold.

The Master Confucius said: “The noble man is in harmony but does not follow the crowd. The inferior man follows the crowd, but is not in harmony.” (Anaclet 13:23).

Chrontius Chrontius's picture
Why there are uplifted pigs

Why there are uplifted pigs but not canines or felines? Because they're hard. Pigs are smarter than dogs, and no less social. Felines are self-reliant, but have little to no social intelligence. I'm about to go to bed, but there's resources on comparative animal intelligence that you might be interested by.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
Some of it also has to do

Some of it also has to do with the human-ish structures of the animals. Uplift canines could come into play with psycho-social dynamics that we would consider to be ill-fitted for sapients (or, of course, we could remove them entirely, but in doing so we would have to change a lot of things). Uplift felines could have similar issues.

Gnomesgold Gnomesgold's picture
If you're arguing that thumbs

If you're arguing that thumbs are needed to be uplifted you need to check your hominid privlege.

Just because you can't hear the screaming in space, doesn't mean you shouldn't be scared.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
Gnomesgold wrote:If you're

Gnomesgold wrote:
If you're arguing that thumbs are needed to be uplifted you need to check your hominid privlege.

Thumbs are easy. It's really the brain that turns out to be the hard part, plus making sure that the metabolism can support the size increases (and if not, figuring out ways to increase the uplift's size). Of course, the size increases may be unnecessary and undesirable, but most uplifts that come from smaller creatures (e.g. Neoavians) tend to be increased in size to make them more comfortable in interactions with transhumans.

Gnomesgold Gnomesgold's picture
Right. But the idea that you

Right. But the idea that you have to make tools to be upliftable strikes me as just wrong.

Whales don't make tools, yet they are uplifted. Pigs don't either... but I think they got uplift treatment as well

Just because you can't hear the screaming in space, doesn't mean you shouldn't be scared.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
Gnomesgold wrote:Right. But

Gnomesgold wrote:
Right. But the idea that you have to make tools to be upliftable strikes me as just wrong.

Whales don't make tools, yet they are uplifted. Pigs don't either... but I think they got uplift treatment as well

Tool use isn't a prerequisite.

The two big things are being in a golden zone for uplifting in terms of size and physical resilience as well as having a neurological pattern that indicates that uplifting could lead to sapience. A third limiter is that it's somewhat unpleasant to uplift something that won't fare well in human society (feline and canine society does not necessarily lend itself well to compatibility with the human model if all persons involved are sapient).

Chrontius Chrontius's picture
Brome Teks wrote:I think we

Brome Teks wrote:
I think we all know what uplifted otters would be like... http://imgur.com/Te2YXvZ

That could be an amusing mini-faction: Some uplifted otters escaped from a SomaTek project and have made it their goal to enact revenge on them for the restrictions they placed on their morphs (That they have since jailbroken). A small army of militaristic space-otters.

I'd say it's more like this. At least in this setting. ;)

SquireNed wrote:
Gnomesgold wrote:
Right. But the idea that you have to make tools to be upliftable strikes me as just wrong.

Whales don't make tools, yet they are uplifted. Pigs don't either... but I think they got uplift treatment as well

Tool use isn't a prerequisite.

The two big things are being in a golden zone for uplifting in terms of size and physical resilience as well as having a neurological pattern that indicates that uplifting could lead to sapience. A third limiter is that it's somewhat unpleasant to uplift something that won't fare well in human society (feline and canine society does not necessarily lend itself well to compatibility with the human model if all persons involved are sapient).

Well then - giant otters tick literally every box. Golden zone? Check. Inherently social? Check. Complex communcations? Check. Fare well in human society? Probably. I can't find the reference, but I've heard rumors of resource wars going on between uncontacted human tribes in the Amazon basis and romps of giant otters, (in the form of sabotage campaigns, not outright combat) which cause me to seriously stop and consider the reasoning necessary to figure out that "If I dig a hole here, which I must do without being crushed to death, then these tall pink things that can't communicate will stop fishing here and retreat to their last holt with their romp." That implies a serious amount of abstract reasoning, social intelligence, intuitive leaps, and implications.

Really, they're only maybe 50,000 years behind H.sapiens in this race, and I hope we help them catch up before they're wiped out. Both in-game, and for-real.

SquireNed SquireNed's picture
I'd uplift otters any day.

I'd uplift otters any day.

LuisCarlos17f LuisCarlos17f's picture
I feel suspects the absence

I feel suspects the absence of uplifted canines and felines isn't casuality, but there are reasons about background. (They were created secretly for the war).

Uplifted mamals shouldn't be too difficult. The first step would be to create a "improved pet", a hybrid dog-monkey or cat-ape, and later the hybrid humanoid-transgenic mammal.

Other option is adding a cyberbraind to a transgenic animal. (is the term for that "cibrid"? in adition to biobot and pod), biological brain with robot body is "biocore".

* Could be (pod or biocore) morph be created with vegetal tissues to try avoid exurgent virus?

The Master Confucius said: “The noble man is in harmony but does not follow the crowd. The inferior man follows the crowd, but is not in harmony.” (Anaclet 13:23).

MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
There should totally be a

There should totally be a Honey Badger uplift and morph!

They're an amazing creature. The only criteria they dont match is inherently social, but that didnt stop the Octopi.

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