At first, scientists couldn’t understand what drove this creature so fast and so deadly. Nany things contributed to this, its [alloy] skin and bones, the silicon based body and cybernetic hovering device, not to mention the deadly toxic that it injects into it’s victims to increase the alien army by an additional Spawn.
The Spawn autopsy that X-corps members have recovered during mission has proven to be very unique in terms of its physical body. Its bones have been ruthlessly replaced with an exoskeleton made out of [alien alloys], and even the skin has been covered with a fairly thick layer of said material. It is this tough coat that has made it a vicarious enemy to face in the wild.
Its new bones are highly flexible, an incredible feature when weighted. It is so heavy that, generally put, if you did the same with a human being (assuming it was technically possible), he would simply collapse under the sheer weight of the [alloys]. However, these problems don’t seem to affect the spawn at all, and has proven to be an effective and very fast fighter in combat.
The outer layer of [alloy] is very well made. The different parts of the shell fits perfectly over each other, and in the same time, allows the body to breathe. Scientists were very amazed, when they removed the plate and discovered that there was no real skin behind it. The strong metal is acting like a very sophisticated skin, and it does in no way hamper the Spawns body motion.
Another weird thing that confused scientists in the start of the experiments was that the part of the Spawn body that isn’t made of implanted [Alien Alloys] isn’t made of carbon: its Silicon based. It’s is much tougher then carbon, but a lot heavier. Scientists have theorized for quite some time that this was actually possible, but the Spawn is the first creature to have this implanted.
The combined weight of silicon and [alien alloys] should have brought down this beast a long time ago – or at least made it very slow. It also seems that it have actually been a slow killer once, before all the cybernetics have been inserted in the body. So why is this slow predator so quick? The answer is quite simple. The aliens knew that the Spawn is slow because it’s heavy. So what do they do? They mount a anti gravity device straight into its body to cut down its actual weight. And we have all seen the fruits of their labour: a fast killer that kills everything, everywhere.
But the properly weirdest and most chocking thing of the entire Spawn would be the claws. Not only are they razor sharp, but they also contain a highly deadly toxin that it injects into its victim. The toxin is made of a special slimy substance that contains a virus similar to the Earth HIV: A virus that takes control of the white blood-cells in the body, and actually destroys the bodies immune defence. But unlike HIV, it happens very fast. In just a few splits of a second, it has taken over the defences of the body, and the brain will go into a panic mode. In this trance of kamikaze, the victim will attack their friends, seeming as though they were mad. In such a state victims are, not surprisingly, nicknamed “Zombies”, for their characteristic dead look.
It is not the only effect of the toxin, however. Along with the virus, a special type of RNA is blasted into the body, and this will then control the RNA of the human victim. What this process does, is simply horrifying. Scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason for this, but inside the human host a new Spawn will form. After very little time, during the Zombie stage, it will have grown to full size, and discard of the rest of the now dead victim. Shooting at the Zombie will not yield any good results either. It will bust open the Zombie, and the inside Spawn might not be fully grown, but it will be just as deadly. The only result of blasting the Spawn when it is in the Zombie mode is, that it will be fairly confused at first.
“It was quite fun when we got to test this ‘zombie’ thing. We had quite a few idiots hanging around the lab thinking they were scientists, and neither of us real scientists will miss them.” ~ Chief of Science Department Jason Morseyear
Edited by mikker, 03 December 2004 - 04:24 PM.