Beast Infection Weapon

Cataclysm Statistics

Class: Technology
Cost
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Build Time: -
Support Req.: 0 SUs
Maneuverability: none
Acceleration
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Max Velocity: 0 m/s
Hit Points: -
Repair Rate: -
Sight Radius: -
Firepower: -
Coverage: -
Mass: -
EMP Stun: -
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Salvage Points: -
Repair Droids: -
Nav Lights: -
Leech Points: -
Required Tech:
Infection Weapon

Upgrade Tech:
none
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Weapons: Mult.: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
Infection Beam ? special 10,000 m 120 s
Info

"Ship's Engineer's Report 1.2- With the CLEE-SAN and their science team lost, my engineers are now analyzing the subversion entity we have codenamed 'The Beast.' The Beast seems to infect vessels with a kind of particle beam that layers the target with techno-organic robots. Once these entities make contact with a compatible surface they begin to absorb material and infiltrate the target structure. When they make contact with organic matter, they use the mass to form a neural control network that then takes control of the ship. Each beast cell functions like a bio-mechanical virus. It's capable of using and subverting living cells in much the same way that it subverts and uses non-organic technology. More studies need to be done ... but we are engineers, not biologists. Analysis of the infection attack indicates that the Beast particles ride the charged plasma beam and then coat the target. The charged nature of the beam allows it to jump from target to target. Infection per shot seems based on the mass of the target ships. Again, more qualified analysis is desperately needed if we are to find a counter to this beam."

The Beast doesn't build and acquire technology like human forces. Left entirely alone with no contact with other races, the Beast wouldn't be able to produce any ships at all. It must have "parts" to add to itself.

The infection beam can undermine the systems of a targeted ship and turn control of the ship over to the Beast. The beam's effects can even jump from ship to ship -- one shot can easily infect an entire squadron of fighters in tight formation.

The Beast infection beam has limited power. Larger ships can't be turned by it. Command and Super Capital ships stuck by the beam aren't subverted; instead they're damaged by the beam's destructive qualities.

Ships struck with the beam can be incorporated into the Beast, eventually being added to the list of ships the Beast can construct. First, however, the Beast must reverse-engineer the ship to research its basic and upgraded technologies for the Beast's own use.

Another way for the Beast to infect an enemy vessel is to use the Cruise Missile.

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