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Bio-weapon in stasis?

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Re: Bio-weapon in stasis?
Post by Loren Pechtel   » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:39 pm

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FriarBob wrote:
jchilds wrote:Chapter 2 of Heirs of Empire mentions bio-scanners being incorporated into every mat-trans installation to prevent its transmission.

Loren Pechtel wrote:
Exactly. If the weapon were to get loose somehow the world is a goner but the people can safely mat-trans out.


IF they're not infected.

(And if they trust the scanners.)


The infectious agent is deleted from any matter transmission. Whether it's in a body or not shouldn't matter--this should be a cure.

(Note that the same thing applies to any known infectious disease--the biofilter/matter transmitter should be a standard means of treating infection.)
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Re: Bio-weapon in stasis?
Post by rakenan   » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:56 pm

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I think it's safe to assume that the 5th Imperium is working really hard to find some way to stop the bio-weapon, and that all efforts to reclaim found 4th Empire technology have "make sure you don't bring back the bio-weapon" as pretty much the Prime Directive.

Given the bio-weapon's self destructive nature, there can't be much of it left even in stasis, particularly since stasis is not self-sustaining and nearly all stasis capsules have long since collapsed and released any bio-weapon contamination to die out soon afterward.

When you add in the safety mechanisms installed on matter transmitters, saying the 5th Imperium is "living on borrowed time" is a gross exaggeration. There is very likely no viable bio-weapon left to release, and if there is any left, it is certainly only in a tiny number of potential remaining sources. Then those sources have to not be handled safely and the infection has to find its way through the 5th Empire's anti-bio-weapon defenses.

Doesn't mean it couldn't make a good story, of course. Stories are written when the colossally unlikely becomes real. But it's certainly not some sort of ticking time-bomb unless RFC wants it to be.
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