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On Earth, many mammals (including humans) reproduce by combining chromosomes via mating. Then, the fertilized egg is fostered and protected until fully developed into an offspring. In fact, all mammals reproduce sexually, they all combine their gametes (chromosomes are within the gametes, be sure to mention them) to form the embryo, actually they form another type of cell which I don’t know the word in English.
X-Corps research conducted on alien reproduction was more than a surprise though. It is clear that the alien invaders do not follow this reproduction pattern, as most of the aliens captured by X-Corps field operatives are unable to reproduce for multiple reasons (were born without reproductive organs, had their reproductive organs removed etc) Don’t say that the research was a surprise, the research itself is not a surprise; the results are a surprise. What reproduction pattern? You have only mentioned that of the mammals, there are many other species as well and other reproduction patterns, but anyways you cannot generalize the Alien reproductive methods, you have to be a little specific on this, specially since you have a wide range of Alien species; the Vipers reproduce by laying eggs, they can actually reproduce; Terror discs cannot reproduce cause they are not alive, but are Aliens anyway and you have to mention them, even to say that since they are robots they cannot reproduce (yes, sometimes we have to be that specific ).
Our troops have recently managed to capture an Alien Reproduction Chamber during a ground assault operation, consisting of various devices that our operatives in the field could only describe as 'incubators'. A very fitting description it seems, as the devices consist of a nutrition-rich liquid in which fetuses in various states of development were suspended. The liquid seems to ensure a rapid growth of the embryos inside. We have so far been unsuccessful in removing the liquid from the containers without upsetting the balance; it seems the liquid requires a constant addition of energy by the incubator device. The design of these cells strongly suggests that the aliens that use this process depend completely on laboratory reproduction. This factory-line system could generate thousands of alien clones in a short period of time. Don’t have it be “thousands of alien clones in a short period of time”, that’s a bit too much IMO, they could literally run us over, “hundreds” or maybe even “dozens” is careful enough. Also, IMHO you should have the Aliens reproduce from Mars itself, the Aliens later could bring here the growing embryos, but the whole process would take place there, that would save us a few problems. The information could be gathered from the embryos’ containment devices and data from computers. But to be honest I don’t like the idea of having several Alien Reproduction Chambers laying around Alien bases.
Unfortunately, the device seems to be easily modified to fit human body parts or even entire human bodies. Many humans and body parts have been found, many with strange genetic mutations and deformations, meaning the aliens use this technology to clone abducted humans. Many of the clones also posses an unknown DNA structure, most likely a mix of alien and human DNA, although some of the human clones seemed to be forming perfectly. It is thus possible that this complex process could eventually be adjusted for human reproduction, or even creation of alien-human hybrids. In the past many thousands of people have claimed to have been abducted by aliens, sometimes frequently. The truth is far more horrific. Humans are abducted, examined and observed, and the specimens that are genetically better have their genetic material extracted. Women have human-alien hybrid fetuses implanted, and then obtained several months later. This is something I am totally against, please don’t take it personally, I just don’t like the idea of having Humans be able to reproduce by these machines. The commander would most likely to have the devices produce endless troops (“who cares about ethics???, the damn things are going to kill us all if we don’t stop them!, gimme more troops!!” –Xcorps Commander), also, it practically eliminates the need for Ventriculants, these creatures are used for reproduction, but with these chambers, they are not needed at all, it has to be fixed that.
Further research has also shown that these incubators also have a device that plants cybernetic implants in the brain of the freshly cloned aliens. With a specific procedure, these components upload racial memories and all scientific, technical or combat information into the blank mind of the reproduced creatures. I like this, I’ve thought of this before, but we’ll see about this when we sort out the thing with the rep. chambers
The possibility of using these devices in order to provide rapid production of X-Corps soldiers has been rejected due to a variety of problems, both technical and ethical. Scrap ethics, they don’t count in a war for the planet itself, if the problems are technical, be more precise about which are they, because it’d be in contradiction with para 4, where you state that they can be easily modified to fit Humans.
”Sergeant Spoons: Johnson, Granger, take position left of the door. Olli, Carter, right. Jackson, Meeko, you go in when I give the mark"
Granger: Command Acknowledged, Squad Leader, we're moving in.
Johnson: All set, Sir. Ready to proceed.
Sergeant Spoons: Green to go, move in
Carter: Damn, what the heck is this room?
Olli: Big tanks with floating alien bodies… and embryos! Ugh!
Meeko: Oh Gosh… it’s that rookie who went missing last week!”
Ground Assault Team Alpha - Mission Log, April 29 2001. AKA "Dark Thursday" The game actually starts in 2012
Not bad for the first draft, keep it up!
Edited by Azrael, 19 December 2004 - 12:56 AM.