Whew, it's been a while since I've gone line-by-line through a text. I must be getting out of practice! I tried to bulk up the text with some new ideas while I was at it.
oh, by the way, writing this I came across an interesting idea that is so probable and easy-to implement that perhaps it should be discussed: if the aliens detect bases through the brain-waves of its inhabitants, shouldn't the probability of detection actually be proportional to the number of people there?
This is a neat idea. So overall, an Alien searching for X-Corps bases would sift out all the fear and terror that is found in the civilian population and zero in on locations that emote strong feelings of resolve and hatred towards Aliens? Maybe this is a V1+ issue, but what if we tied the chance of detection to how many base modules a base has?
Neural Shielding Facility
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Base Facilities/Neural Shielding Facility
With our recently gained awareness of psionic technology, a large vast? array of new applications is becoming available. The latest of these is the Neural Shielding Facility, something that nobody thought necessary before.
I don't think "something that nobody thought necessary before" really conveys the danger that the X-Corps faces if their bases are detected. Maybe:
"With our recently gained advances in psionic technology, a vast array of new applications is becoming available. The latest of these is the Neural Shielding Facility, designed in response to the frightening realization that Aliens may be able to pinpoint the location of our bases by our thought patterns alone."
Alien forces can use long-range detection of the human brain waves emitted by larger numbers of people in order to locate areas of high population. X-Corps bases, even those with few people, also appear to be detectable, perhaps through some sort of typical brain-wave patterns involuntarily induced by X-Corps training. Once this was realized, it became obvious that some way of masking our bases from the Aliens' prying minds had to be found.
Um, since this text could use a bit more bulk, I think I'm just going to write some of my ideas out:
"Alien forces have used long-range psionic detection of human brain-waves to locate areas of high population, but we are only now realizing the sophistication of their techniques: to a degree, the Aliens also seem to be able to detect the content of such thought patterns. X-Corps bases, even with relatively few people, also appear to be detectable, perhaps through some typical brain-wave patterns involuntarily induced by X-Corps training, or by the fact that X-Corps personnel exude defiance towards the Alien incursion instead of the usual terror exhibited by civilian populations. As we became aware of this gaping hole in X-Corps base security, we turned to advances in psionic technologies to discover a method by which we could mask our bases from the prying minds of our foes."
This newly developed installation uses the special enzymes from the Psionic Amplifier in a large array powered by the base's energy systems and set up in a cancellation grid. This special arrangement, instead of trying to actually block the brain waves as the name implies, picks up the brain waves emitted from within its sensory area and sends out similar but phase-shifted waves, greatly reducing the original wave's strength through negative interference. By masking the psionic signatures of our bases this way, the probability of detection is greatly reduced, according to calculations.
"Powered directly from the base's central energy system, the newly developed Neural Shielding Facility harnesses a large array of subunits containing the same special enzymes found in the Psionic Amplifier to constitute a cancellation grid. This particular arrangement forms a superstructure that, instead of blocking brain-waves as the name implies, actually phase-shifts brain waves emitted from within its sensory area, greatly reducing the original wave's strength through negative interference. By masking the psionic signature of our bases in this manner, the probablility of detection by enemy forces should be greatly reduced, according to our calculations."
The power consumption of the Neural Shielding Facility is rather high. Also, the delicate technology involved requires constant technical service, resulting in high maintenance costs. However, considering the possibility of remaining unnoticed by the Aliens, and consequently lower risk of an attack, it is highly advisable to build at least one Neural Shielding Facility in every existing or future X-Corps base.
This part might be a bit wordy... maybe: "However, the tactical advantage of secrecy cannot be taken lightly. Considering that remaining unnoticed by Alien forces prevents potentially costly base attacks, building at least one Neural Shielding Facility in each X-Corps base is highly recommended."
On that note, I think it would be UBER COOL to have base attacks incur damage expenses. So, if the Aliens attacked a base and destroyed a lot of the interior, there would be a large cost assessed to cover repairs to the base.
Edited by Astyanax, 26 September 2005 - 10:54 AM.