Bioweapons for Lacepulp / Lacepunk?
Mechanical contraptions are typival of VSF, thus to give 'Lacepunk' (18th C., the time of the 'Lace Wars') an atmosphere / character / 'feeling' clearly different from 'Steampunk' (2nd half of the 19th C.) I'd see *biological* rather than mechanical experiments. 'Frankenstein' is early 19th C., and clearly antedates the 'Victorian Science Fiction' period. (For Carnevale, so much the more as the Doctors of the Ospedale are *medicine* doctors, physicians rather than physicists, biologists but not mechanics http://vesper-on.com/index.php?option=com_ninjaboard&view=topic&id=59&post=666&Itemid=5&lang=en#p666.)
The GW Tyranids bioweapons
are silly, firstly because they seem to imply that the Tyranids have absorbed genes for swords, pistols and guns
! But chiefly because they are *held* in 'hand'. Now bioweapons are living organisms
, actually ectoparasites of the wielder. They have to be fed -totally, in oxygen as well as in nutriments- just in the same way as an embryo is fed through the placenta. Thus bioweapons would not be held but pulled on *like a glove* and root themselves in the forearm of the wielder through a dense network of tendrils. Like the 'Witchblade' http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/w/wichbla3.jpg . http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/4000000/Witchblade-comic-books-4030584-1024-768.jpg
, but of bone (for the blade) and flesh (for the 'body') with a -rather disgusting- network of tendrils instead of the vambrace.
Such a biowepon could be the cephalothorax of a giant spider put on like a glove
-with the mouth and the poisonous chelicerae, and the 8 limbs; spiders produce their silk -sometimes thrown like a retiarius' net- and for some throw a cloud of venomous hairs, with their abdomen, but 'bioengineered' why they could not do it with their front half?
These to arm a human; but variations are unlimited. think of a brainwashed human slave, or a gorilla, with the 'unfolding' mouth of the super-vampires of 'Blade 2' + the 'biting tongue' of the 'Alien' creature... The Carnevale
rhino, rather than flexible pipes and other 'steampunk' looking additions, could carry on his back a 'biocannon' -the head of the 'spitting' termite http://www.lerako.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/IMG_5289.jpg
, but the size of a little barrel, and orientable on 270° ...
Many other possibilities spring to mind, for instance:
- a hypertrophied Bombardier Beetle 'fire gland'
(close combat fire-thrower): if attached to the back of the hand, leaves the fingers free for other uses, if underhand can be combined with the following type,
-'erectile / retractile' bone sword
(along the forearm) or 'interdigital' claws
-actually attached as a fingerless mitt for free humans) -of *hardened* bone, 'hypercrystallized', silicon-impregnated, with transmuted diamond edges and point; coated with poison or injecting venom...
- praying mantis
whole arm (the spikes poisonous, in addition: the venomous, exodigestive gland of a spider's chelicera inside each?) on a bioconstruct, or extending the arms of a 'free human',
- The venomous octopus of Octopussy
would be spectacular worn as a glove, but would desiccate too fast: the venom gland would have to be inside a 'regressed parasitic version /part' of an aerial organism, arthropod (spider cephalothorax?) or vertebrate (eagle claw?) -covered anyway with giant cnidocytes; but of course the stinger can be projected up to 1 yard at blinding speed....
Bioweapons are living organisms, and thus have to be kept alive, fed in nutriments and oxygen, even if 'turned down' to a 'dormant 'state. When carried by animals or 'controlled' bioconstructs (such as the shackheads
of the Monster Blood Tattoo universe)
they can be set in place permanently
But if to be used by 'free' humans, how to maintain them when not in use
? Maybe in some physiological liquid, the feeding tendrils then functioning also as (inefficient but sufficient, the parasite being as 'inactive' as a snail by dry hot weather) gills? Then, a pig could easily and without harm support more than half a dozen of 'sleeping' parasitic bioweapons.Biocontructs in miniature
Gary Hunt Amazons: praying mantis girls
Mainly in the context of 'Playing Malifaux in the 18th C.'
I posted links to miniatures usable as bioconstructs on TMP http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=251127
and on the 'SYW Pulp' thread here http://passageoflines.50.forumer.com/syw-pulp-t363901-42.html#p11408268