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#1 Syntax Error

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 12:48 PM

EDIT: PLEASE NOTE THE XENOCIDE NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET FOR EVERY ITEM OR UNIT IN THE GAME, REFERENCES TO NAMES WHICH ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF ATARI OR OTHER COMPANIES BY INDIVIDUAL PROJECT MEMBERS IS NOT CONDONED BY THE PROJECT AND THE PROJECT DOES NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUCH ACTIONS. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD REFER TO ENTRY NAMES AGREED TO BY THE PROJECT, AND IF SUCH A NAME DOES NOT YET EXIST THEY SHOULD USE A SUBSTITUTE IN [BRACKETS]. THANKS!

The studied specimen was completely inoffensive and even very weakened by the conditions of detention (we go improved these conditions now that we know "what" to hold) it seemed completely deprived of personality, unable to show the least emotion and especially particularly insensitive with the pain, which would explain the cases brought back by agents [ X-Corp ] of sectoid wounded to died during a combat but still able to fight.

The sectoïd is able to see in the most complete darkness grace an unknown ocular pigment in the "animal kingdom" but present in certain bacteria. Your men will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters sectoïds, you will be surely interested to know that the electro-flare can dazzle them.

Studied sectoid was unable to make the least sound and did not seem to perceive the surrounding noises, but he can perceive the most negligible vibrations.

The most astonishing was in its behavior during the interrogations, several of my colleagues smelled themselves badly and had to leave suffering of violent headaches, the others did not seem inconvenienced by this "faintness". Then i have decided to use the helmet that my colleagues of the Zone 51 have sent, this helmet is able to collect cerebral waves in a radius of 2 meters, i ask to my colleagues to leave and i have myself threaded this helmet. I must acknowledge well that this test was paying...

The helmet collected well the cerebral waves of the sectoïd, i have received those in pictures and impressions: this race came well from marshy planet, rather young, the sectoïds evolved in an aquatic environment but also terrestrial, i have seen very dense fog what explains this extraordinary faculty to see in the darkness, i have felt moist heat, other pictures show that the sectoïd lived in organized groups, some sought food while the others built some kind of pyramids of which i don't know the function. I have also seen of tanks in which bathed sectoïds at various stages of maturity.

The observed specimen was not produced in a natural way, it would seem that the sectoids have all the same genome. The seen tanks explain the absence of genitals
organs. The cloning process used seems able to produce great quantities of sectoids very quickly ready to use...

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 07:24 AM

hhmmm....what person do you write in?

you should make it natural, so cut the "our", "your", "him" (especially him, if they are cloned :))

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 08:53 AM

Huh? :huh?:

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 10:26 AM

I think he means that the description should not be in first-person? So instead of saying "I decided to use the helmet" you would word it as "researchers who used the helmet".

I can see this both ways. The interrogation reports could be written either as a 3rd person report (Our researchers have determined the following...) or as a 1st person, using the head researcher (My team has extracted the following from our captive...).

I suggest using the 3rd person version for now, but in future versions we might consider names for everybody, including researchers and engineers. I think it would be nice to track when each person was hired, and the most senior person becomes department head. Then their name could be inserted as a variable into these texts, as they report to you their findings. But that's all v1+ for now.

While I'm not too hot on our guys having a telepath helmet to learn things, some might wonder how we learn this info as well. Personally I say we should suspend disbelief and accept that the researchers "have their ways", rather than try to explain all the details. The more detail you provide, the more you need to support it.

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 11:04 AM

I wrote it with first person to be more realistic and i think we must write every texts like that.
With the name of the scientist, the name of the lab, ...on the report.

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 05:01 PM

yeah, but look at all the other ones. :) they are 3rd person.

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 06:47 PM

Also, if you really want it to be realistic, it won't even be in third person... Real formal research reports, as a rule of the thumb, are not supposed to have references to the researchers (EG, we, our, etc). But that format is really dry, so I guess third person is a reasonable balance between realism and readability (as well as writablity... It'd kill me if I had to rewrite all my CTDs to the report format...)
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Posted 07 December 2003 - 05:50 AM

All right, i will correct it last week-end.

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 07:47 PM

I won't go through all the little problems until after you get the basic concept nailed down. You should probably write it third person for now, although 1st person is an interesting idea. For now the 3rd person viewpoint can be explained as a report from the base commander.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 04:34 AM

Here it is...


The studied specimen was completely inoffensive and even very weakened by the conditions of detention (these conditions will be improved now that we know "what" to hold) it seemed completely deprived of personality, unable to show the least emotion and especially particularly insensitive with the pain, which would explain the cases brought back by agents [X-Corp] of [sectoids] wounded to died during a combat but still able to fight.

The [sectoïd] is completely able to see in the most complete black with an unknown ocular pigment in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Your men will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters [sectoïds], you will be surely interested of knowing that the [Electro-flare] can dazzle them.

The studied individual was unable to emit an articulated sound and seemed not to perceive the surrounding noises, but he can perceive the most negligible vibrations into the air.

Its behavior during the interrogations were rather astonishing, several of researchers were smelled badly and had to leave the part, victim of violent headache, others did not seem at all inconvenienced by this "faintness".

It would seem that this specimen is able to produce cerebral waves influencing mental higher alive beings in the immediate surroundings and to even move small objects on short distances, the studied individual was very weakens, the psychic effects was decreased considerably.

[ Sectoïd ] comes well from a planet covered with marsh, this race, in the beginning, moved in aquatic environment but such a terrestrial. The extraordinary capacity of the [sectoïd] to be seen in the black comes from the misty environment in which it lives naturally. The [sectoïds] live in hierarchical groups and build megalithic structures of which we are unaware of the function.

Actually, the specimen observed had not been produced in a natural way and it would seem that the [sectoids] have all the same genome, the absence of genital organs is explained by the process of cloning out of tanks used which seems able to quickly produce great quantities of individuals close with employment.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 06:55 AM

I have some minor adjustments for it. Just some lines.

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The [sectoïd] is completely able to see in the most complete black with an unknown ocular pigment in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Your men will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters [sectoïds], you will be surely interested of knowing that the [Electro-flare] can dazzle them.
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would be better like this imo.

The [sectoïd] is able to see in the most complete black with an unknown ocular pigment in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Combat teams will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters [sectoïds], an [Electro-flare] can be used to dazzle them in those situations.

Just to remove the your and you part since it is not written to a commander but as researched facts.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 07:40 AM

My english is not very good and i agree with your modification.
Anyone else?

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 06:37 PM

How about these changes? Mostly grammatical. The text was a little unclear at times too.

The studied specimen was completely inoffensive and even very weakened by the conditions of detention (these conditions will be improved now that we know "what" to hold) it seemed completely deprived of personality, unable to show the least emotion and especially particularly insensitive with the pain, which would explain the cases brought back by agents [X-Corp] of [sectoids] wounded to died during a combat but still able to fight.


The studied specimen was completely inoffensive and even very weakened by the conditions of detention (these conditions will be improved now that we know "what" to hold). It seemed completely deprived of personality, unable to show the least emotion. Especially extraordinary is the ability to restrain pain, which explains the cases brought back by [X-Corp] agents with severly wounded [sectoids] still able to fight.


The [sectoid] is completely able to see in the most complete black with an unknown ocular pigment in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Your men will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters [sectoïds], you will be surely interested of knowing that the [Electro-flare] can dazzle them.


The [sectoid] is able to see in the most complete darkness with an ocular pigment unknown in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Your men will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat during night counters with [sectoids]. An [Electro-flare] can be used to dazzle them in these situations.


It would seem that this specimen is able to produce cerebral waves influencing mental higher alive beings in the immediate surroundings and to even move small objects on short distances, the studied individual was very weakens, the psychic effects was decreased considerably.


It would seem that this specimen is able to produce cerebral waves influencing mentaly higher beings in the immediate surroundings and to even move small objects on short distances. The studied individual was very weakened, the psychic effects were decreased considerably.


[ Sectoïd ] comes well from a planet covered with marsh, this race, in the beginning, moved in aquatic environment but such a terrestrial. The extraordinary capacity of the [sectoïd] to be seen in the black comes from the misty environment in which it lives naturally. The [sectoïds] live in hierarchical groups and build megalithic structures of which we are unaware of the function.


The [ Sectoid ] comes from a planet covered with marsh. This race at first lived in an aquatic environment which explainins the skin between the fingers and toes. The extraordinary capability to see in the dark comes from the misty environment in which it lives in naturally. The [sectoids] live in hierarchical groups and build megalithic structures whose functions we are unaware of.


Actually, the specimen observed had not been produced in a natural way and it would seem that the [sectoids] have all the same genome, the absence of genital organs is explained by the process of cloning out of tanks used which seems able to quickly produce great quantities of individuals close with employment.


Actually, the specimen observed had not been produced in a natural way and it would seem that the [sectoids] all have the same genome. The absence of genital organs is explained by the process of cloning in tanks which are able to quickly produce great quantities of individuals shortly after employment.

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Posted 29 December 2003 - 10:25 AM

Voilà


The studied specimen was completely inoffensive and even very weakened by the conditions of detention (these conditions will be improved now that we know "what" to hold). It seemed completely deprived of personality, unable to show the least emotion. Especially extraordinary is the ability to restrain pain, which explains the cases brought back by [X-Corp] agents with severly wounded [sectoids] still able to fight.

The [sectoïd] is able to see in the most complete black with an unknown ocular pigment in the animal kingdom but present in certain bacteria. Combat teams will have to redouble prudence at the time of combat of night counters [sectoïds], an [Electro-flare] can be used to dazzle them in those situations.


The studied individual was unable to emit an articulated sound and seemed not to perceive the surrounding noises, but he can perceive the most negligible vibrations into the air.

Its behavior during the interrogations were rather astonishing, several of researchers were smelled badly and had to leave the part, victim of violent headache, others did not seem at all inconvenienced by this "faintness".

It would seem that this specimen is able to produce cerebral waves influencing mentaly higher beings in the immediate surroundings and to even move small objects on short distances. The studied individual was very weakened, the psychic effects were decreased considerably.


The [ Sectoid ] comes from a planet covered with marsh. This race at first lived in an aquatic environment which explainins the skin between the fingers and toes. The extraordinary capability to see in the dark comes from the misty environment in which it lives in naturally. The [sectoids] live in hierarchical groups and build megalithic structures whose functions we are unaware of.

Actually, the specimen observed had not been produced in a natural way and it would seem that the [sectoids] all have the same genome. The absence of genital organs is explained by the process of cloning in tanks which are able to quickly produce great quantities of individuals shortly after employment.



If it's the last modification, Breunor could upload the text in the asset list.

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Posted 30 December 2003 - 09:36 AM

Your third paragraph is contradictory. Sound IS vibrations in the air, so it can hear both or neither. If its skin is super sensitive to vibration, it could "feel" a person walking nearby without hearing them. There's a concept pic of the [sectoid] in this thread, notice the web ear design. That isn't a final part of the design, but you could say that the [sectoid] appears to hear different frequencies than humans.

The concept also has a mouth, but doesn't necessarily have vocal cords. Are you familiar with the Basenji? It's a dog with no vocal cords, but it can still whine/yodal instead of bark. So maybe the [sectoid] can make a squeaking/chirping sound of some sort, and its hearing picks up really high frequencies. It was less responsive to lower frequencies.

I would also leave out the ability to levitate objects, that's not an aspect you see in the game, you'd expect that a fully healthy [sectoid] would use it in combat. The mind powers is good, you could say that several otherwise healthy researchers complained of various ailments while near the alien, and one even acted in such a strange manner that he was asked to leave the area, which allowed him to fully recover. Due to this apparent effect, the alien was more heavily sedated and the remaining side effects experienced by the researchers disappeared.

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Posted 30 December 2003 - 12:35 PM

Damned this f...ing Sectoid have hears now!

You have perfectly understood: the [Sectoid] can feel the air vibration like bats but can't "hear" the sound and it can shout but not talk because doesn't have vocal cords(it doesn't not need to talk).

And the ability to levitate objects is introduced for fun.
I don't think we should explain every details about every alien species, let the player imagine his own explanation.

(Sorry, but my english is not good enough to make sentences like yours)

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Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:23 PM

Don't worry about the grammar, we're all a team and help each other out. It's the ideas that count hear the most. So we're saying the same thing in different ways-they can hear, but just not the same frequencies we can hear. Like a dog whistle, we can't hear it but it would drive a sectoid nuts! Or like the sounds a whale or dolphin makes, just not underwater?

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 10:41 AM

excuse the fact that alot of this makes no sense. just some ideas randomly orderd, i dont even understand some of it!

SPECIFICATIONS:
WEIGHT:___________________ [wieght]
SIZE:______________________ [size]
DAMAGE TYPE:____________ N/A
TYPE:_____________________ ALIEN LIFE FORM
POWER:___________________ N/A
ACCURACY:_______________ N/A
RANGE:___________________ N/A
FIRE RATE:________________ N/A
OTHER:___________________ N/A

(The [SECTOID] is a weak but highly intelligent life form. reminiscent to the aliens described from alien abduction accounts.)

This extremely frail but highly intelligent bipedalalien life form is highly similar to the human form in some aspects although it is also very different in others. The subject shows very little response to anything and seems almost emotionless with no sense of pain, happiness or anger as far as we can tell. However, isolation from its own kind has obviously changed its behaviour. The subject showed no sign of aggression at all, allowing for extremely close examination. But when confronted by a potential threat or an endangered [SECTOID] it seems to change behaviour rapidly using telechanetic abilities to attack nearby threats. This life form behaves exactly like a bee, functioning with others in a hive like fashion, with amazing efficiency but a total lack of emotion. The [SECTOID] has an extremely developed brain resulting in the oddly shaped cranium. The lack of genetalia and the large head that is not made of seperate plates suggests that this creature is not born as we are or any way we can think of therefore it is possible they are genetically modified.
The similarities between the appearance of this life form and the descriptions given by victims of alien abductations leads us to believe that the race in question is highly active in human experiments and research into our genetic structure, which is worrying as they could be making clones to infiltrate society.



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Posted 08 January 2004 - 12:01 PM

Clones? Oo.. what if there is a alien controlled cloned civilian that's armed in all the missions you shoot down a craft that's heading on infiltration missions. That would be cool! This really explains how the aliens really are able to infiltrate the governments.

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 04:12 PM

I know its nothing new just a collection of existing ideas i just want to check it doesn't conflict with anything.

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 04:35 PM

Nice, but wasn't Syntax Error working on a sectoid? You and him should co-opt your two texts like boxershorts and Tzuchan (sp?).
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Posted 08 January 2004 - 04:48 PM

yeah i saw that, seems like he had stopped, i was planning on a first draft then getting his draft and merging the best bits.
to be quite honest that forum didn't have many great ideas flying about.
we need input to make something good. seems like only the high rankers are intrested in giving their views

Edited by Kamikazee, 08 January 2004 - 04:49 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:37 PM

well my comment as a low ranking peon is :D

It is very good, Interesting read, It let me read between the lines without leaving much in question. I think your on the right track

but

you should have really consulted syntax error by adding comment to his thread so that members don't have to search across multiple threads for any information on the subject & because many hands make light work ect. ect..

edit.. also there is a good chance he's put it aside for a bit so that he can come back to it with a fresh view and added research material

Edited by RustedSoul, 08 January 2004 - 07:39 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2004 - 09:47 PM

It is a good idea to keep all the ideas in 1 thread as mentioned, so with a wave of the Mod Wand, consider thyself merged!

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 11:11 AM

look people im a good guy, i wasnt trying to steal his work or anything i wanted to work on my own for a while get my own ideas etc then i was going to post in this forum and begin working with SE

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 02:03 PM

Don't worry, we weren't trying to say you were stealing someone else's work, we were just saying that you both should work together to make the final Sectoid CTD better than one of you could alone. You both have great ideas regarding the sectoid.
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Posted 09 January 2004 - 06:41 PM

Did someone mention my name? :D

Hey, looks like you got some pretty neat ideas here. Somethings that concern me tho...

But when confronted by a potential threat or an endangered [SECTOID] it seems to change behaviour rapidly using telechanetic abilities to attack nearby threats.


first off, some grammer mistake, but let's not get into that until we've hashed out the idea. The "telechanetic" in the sentence, is it supposed to be telekinesis? I'm not too sure putting this in is a good idea, since they didn't have that ability in the original. Might be fun to explore in V1+ tho... Also, sectiods, while we can let them have telepathy for group mind purposes, I remember that only the leaders up had psionic abilities... Perhaps we could put that during the study, empatic abilities were noticed and it is suspected that ranking members of the group mind can exert stronger mental influences...

Like the clones bit. Keep it up!
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Posted 09 January 2004 - 07:46 PM

X-Wars Episode II: Attack of the [sectoid] clones!
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Posted 10 January 2004 - 12:29 AM

Don't worry Kamikazee, nobody's accusing anyone of anything. It's just best to keep work on each area together. The two of you can have totally different ideas that go in opposite directions, that's fine. Someone else could have a third idea about the text, that's cool too. The goal is to get ideas out here where we can all discuss them. We don't have a deadline when a single idea must be picked, I'd rather see various ideas develop to maturity. Then we can pick one or even take the best from each if that's possible. Member X might have the best idea for a text but because someone else "is working on it", they don't speak up and we all miss out.

As to TK and otehr telepathic powers, why not keep it to "the alien and researchers almost seemed to share thoughts at times... I felt like I was being watched even when it couldn't see me" type of observations, rather than objectively measured effects like moving objects. You could hint at the leader research by saying something like, "the alien seemed to be waiting for something to happen, or for a command from someone higher up its command chain. It reminded me of some worker bee waiting for directions from the queen" or something along those lines. That could lend itself to the idea of the lack of emotion or response to outside stimuli-it's looking inward, waiting for that other voice to explain what to do next...

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Posted 10 January 2004 - 04:30 AM

Hey! Everyone can re-write my texts, they are not copyrighted, if Kamikaze want to incude his ideas, he can!
(I have to much work for this moment to continue to write)

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Posted 10 January 2004 - 05:36 AM

^_^ it's all good baby, just suggesting the one thread method

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Posted 10 January 2004 - 09:18 AM

wot i meant by telakenetic was psi attacks. must have typed the wrong word sorry

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Posted 10 January 2004 - 09:20 AM

as for the grammar, wot do you expect i done this text in about 3 minutes

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Posted 10 January 2004 - 11:16 AM

heres an rtf
the telecanetic thing is now psionic attck
ive added more about its appearance and its habitat etc.

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 11:28 PM

Thought i'd give the sectoid CRT a go before I spotted this section, but having found it, ive rewritten using some good idea's found here. Let me know what you think, or if you can use any of it.

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 11:10 AM

Its good I likes it. I am currently planning a rework opf all my entries so any suggestions (mainly your rtf) will be incorporated. Nice to see people are copying my formatting , im so proud :)
Its very good some good new points and a different edge on some of the things i was trying to say, it will be very helpful thanx.
As for the headings, great idea, im kinda dissapointed i didn't use em. they make the entry much easier to take in but they do make it look a bit essay ish.
Hopefully i will have all my rtfs reworked by the end of the week, next wednesday at the latest. so get any other ideas to me soon so i can use them!

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 12:51 PM

I don't know if this one is supposed to be done-done or just sort-of-done, but I thought this was a really cool read:

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 02:38 PM

Text is looking good guys, I added the rtf to the list along with renaming these little guys to the new name system. I'm excerpting a portion of the text for the xnet viewer for now, and will have that running in a few days. Beats my filler text of "intergalactic bobble-heads, bent on galactic conquest!" :D

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 06:48 PM

Which rtf have you taken Breunor?

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CURRENT TEXT – REVISED

GREY

Overview
The Grey is a physically weak but highly intelligent life form. They are as vulnerable and susceptible to injury as humans (if not more so), but their natural psionic abilities make their battle formations, like their society as a whole, incredibly effective.

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The Greys are relatively easy to keep alive and contained due to their small size and low deviation from current life on Earth. Their small bodies require very little nutrition, which can be easily provided through a series of injections directly into their blood stream. Their physiology seems to be well suited for our planet, though they prefer moist, warmer climates. They are also almost completely harmless and passive when unarmed and separated from their chain of command and fellow Greys. Hence, they are not violent or dangerous captives, facilitating extremely close examination, and requiring little advanced containment equipment.

The Grey’s large eyes allow it to see well in the dark, but they do not reflect light like nocturnal life on earth. It’s hearing is virtually non existent, it can only feel loud sounds since it lacks hearing mechanism. This creature is unable to communicate by sound and can only make a screeching noise. The Alien has an extremely developed brain resulting in the oddly shaped cranium. The lack of sexual organs and the large head that is not made of separate plates suggests that this creature is not born as we are or any way we can think of, therefore it is possible they are genetically modified.

Psionic Ability
Further to our autopsy reports, we are now able to confirm that Greys communicate through a basic form of telepathy. Without advanced psionic amplification equipment, this is limited much like oral communication, in terms of range and potency. Standard Grey communication involves communicating in concepts and ideas with each other, however the speed of communication and not needing to have line of sight provides a quasi–hive mind setup, with each being acting as a node within its group and passing information down the line.

With psionic amplification equipment, Greys are capable of communicating with groups or directing their psionic powers into more aggressive and disturbing forms.

“… unfortunately, Sgt. Thompson’s role in the assault mission was to provide a base of fire for troops advancing on a UFO crash site. The abandonment of his position led to a lack of suppression support which probably resulted in the above average casualties mentioned. Thompson still refuses to discuss the incident, and following concerning CAT-scan results from the medical team, he has been removed from active Condor duty.”
Excerpt from report filed on UFO112/5 by mission commander Captain McWerth

Society
Due to its telepathic ability, its society indeed behaves much like a hive mind with amazing efficiency but a total lack of emotion. This efficiency is accentuated by their profound sense of logic; individual Grey call signs seem to be based on a binary sequence. As an example of their hierarchy and co-ordination, when confronted by a potential threat or a fellow endangered Grey, an individual will change behaviour rapidly, either using it’s Psionic abilities to mentally attack nearby threats, or adopting a “fight or flight” response in conjunction with other Greys, with the original individual acting as a temporary controller or commander. Hence These creatures are able to form, dissolve and adapt command chains instantly. We still, however, believe there is group of permanent high-ranking Greys operating somewhere.

Function and Role
As part of the Alien threat, Greys function as scouts and observers due to their intelligence, large capacity for science and technology, good communication network, and incredible ocular acuity. The similarities between the appearance of this life form and the descriptions given by victims of alien abductions leads us to believe that the race in question is highly active in human experiments and research into our genetic structure, we should be wary of any progress they might have made in genetic mutations and cloning technology.

Operating in lightly armed research vessels, they should be considered a reasonable threat to any operation.

Edited by Azrael, 23 October 2004 - 08:38 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2004 - 11:14 PM

Now I like that--excellent. That bit-by-bit overview is totally friggin' awesome. I never even thought about that. Think we should give the other Alien CTDs that same treatment?

One thing: I notice the mention of its badly-proportioned head getting in the way of possible childbirth. Er, while that might be an issue, perhaps there could be some way to reword that a bit.

"The Gray appears to have a largely-erratic bodily structure, not seeming to have any easily-determined evolutionary path. X-Corps researchers have determined that, simply through observation of the race's strange physical properties, the Grays are not the products of natural growth. All indications point to potential genetic modulation, or pre-planned, external development phases."

Er, something a bit like that. Just an idea. Great work so far!

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Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:26 AM

One thing: I notice the mention of its badly-proportioned head getting in the way of possible childbirth. Er, while that might be an issue, perhaps there could be some way to reword that a bit.

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Actually, it doesn't say that, it says that the structure of the heads suggests that it was not born as we are. some other way.

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Posted 22 October 2004 - 03:18 PM

er, yeah--guess I picked up on it the wrong way. My bad. ^_^

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Good, so, any more suggestions?, anyone? should we consider this as completed :naughty: ?

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The Greys are, relatively easy to keep alive and contained due to their small size and low deviation from current life on Earth.

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Don't think you need a comma there. Besides that I think it's pretty much done ^_^

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The Greys are, relatively easy to keep alive and contained due to their small size and low deviation from current life on Earth.

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Don't think you need a comma there. Besides that I think it's pretty much done ^_^

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How the...? Fixed, thanks Hailfire22, for the sake of space, updated post #40.

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is that a threat ? :P

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CURRENT TEXT - REVISED - SET TO STANDARD LAYOUT

GREY

The Grey is a physically weak but highly intelligent life form. They are as vulnerable and susceptible to injury as Humans are (if not more so), but their natural psionic abilities make their battle formations, like their society as a whole, incredibly effective.

The Greys are relatively easy to keep alive and contained due to their small size and low deviation from current life on Earth. Their small bodies require very little nutrition, which can be easily provided through a series of injections directly into their blood stream. Their physiology seems to be well suited for our planet, though they prefer moist, warmer climates. They are also almost completely harmless and passive when unarmed and separated from their chain of command and fellow Greys. Hence, they are not violent or dangerous captives, facilitating extremely close examination, and requiring little advanced containment equipment.

The Grey’s large eyes allow it to see well in the dark, but they do not reflect light like nocturnal life on Earth. Its hearing is virtually non existent; it can only feel loud sounds since it lacks hearing mechanisms. This creature is unable to communicate by sound and can only make a screeching noise. The Alien has an extremely developed brain resulting in the oddly shaped cranium. The lack of sexual organs and the large head that is not made of separate plates suggests that these creatures are not born the way we are or any other way we can think of, therefore it is possible they are genetically modified.

We are now able to confirm that Greys communicate through a basic form of telepathy. Without advanced psionic amplification equipment this is limited much like oral communication, in terms of range and potency. Standard Grey communication involves communicating in concepts and ideas with each other, however the speed of communication and not needing to have line of sight provides a quasi–hive mind setup, with each being acting as a node within its group and passing information down the line.

With psionic amplification equipment, Greys are capable of communicating with groups or directing their psionic powers into more aggressive and disturbing forms.

“… unfortunately, Sgt. Thompson’s role in the assault mission was to provide a base of fire for troops advancing on a UFO crash site. The abandonment of his position led to a lack of suppression support which probably resulted in the above average casualties mentioned. Thompson still refuses to discuss the incident, and following concerning CAT-scan results from the medical team, he has been removed from active field duty.”
Excerpt from report filed on UFO112/5 by mission commander Captain McWerth

Due to its telepathic ability, its society indeed behaves much like a hive mind with amazing efficiency but a total lack of emotion. This efficiency is accentuated by their profound sense of logic; individual Grey call signs seem to be based on a binary sequence. As an example of their hierarchy and co-ordination, when confronted by a potential threat or a fellow endangered Grey, an individual will change behaviour rapidly, either using it’s psionic abilities to mentally attack nearby threats, or adopting a “fight or flight” response in conjunction with other Greys, with the original individual acting as a temporary controller or commander. Hence, these creatures are able to form, dissolve and adapt command chains instantly. We still, however, believe there is group of permanent high-ranking Greys operating somewhere.

As part of the Alien threat, Greys function as scouts and observers due to their intelligence, large capacity for science and technology, good communication network, and incredible ocular acuity. The similarities between the appearance of this life form and the descriptions given by victims of alien abductions leads us to believe that the race in question is highly active in human experiments and research into our genetic structure, we should be wary of any progress they might have made in genetic mutations and cloning technology.

Operating mainly in lightly armed research vessels, they should be considered a reasonable threat to any operation.

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 09:33 PM

This text is needed for Alpha6, I need some thoughts on it, anyone? :)