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Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/9/2011 10:13:39 PM   
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Silvermist (Nanocloud)


Description: such poetic name was given by human explorers which discovered this threat and became its first victims.
Silvermist is the cloud of the microscopic nanomachines that have only one goal – kill and consume all organic life in the galaxy. Nobody knows who created this plague. Is it an ultimate weapon of the ancient race? Or is it a cure against deadly disease? Who knows…

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Silvermist can be found on the barren planets with ruins or ancient science stations. In the beginning of the game all nanomachines are inactive. When scout visit object with Silvermist infestation nanomachines awake and destroy explorer ship if they catch it.
Nanocloud is very adaptive and has extremely resistance against all types of weapon (they can absorb ~90% of damage) except an ion cannon. Ion cannon can turn off the nanomachines and damage from ion cannon slows Silvermist.
A single ship is an easy victim for this creature. When the ship begins to fire nanocloud quickly approach to the ship and cover it. The nanomachines disable all ship systems and begin consume it. Nanocloud can restore hitpoints using ship materials. When Nanocloud eats the ship entirely it grows. And its hitpoints grow too like other space creatures. When its hitpoints reach certain value silvermist can divide in 2 new Nanoclouds (like a bacteria).
Nanocloud can move between the stars using hyperspace but very slowly (~4000-6000). Unfortunately it is invisible for simple sensors only advanced sensors can see it at the long distances. When Nanocloud reach the colony it infects entire population very fast. There is no cure against it so you lose colony in any case. The planet with Silvermist infestation becomes unsuitable for next colonization (the planet becomes zero quality). The consuming of the colony creates a few new Silvermist that go to the new sources of the organic materials.

P.S Unfortunately I don’t have enough talent to create art for this creatures but I think it maybe looks like this (shot from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still (2011))




P.S.S Sorry for some mistakes in the text. English is not my native language. If you have question about my creature I will try to answer and explain as I can.

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/9/2011 11:40:33 PM   
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Shneaky last minute creature....but what a good one!  Oh and welcome to the forums WiZz, I like the idea of making the ion weapons have another purpose.

If a nanocloud gets onto a planet, what can the population do to destroy it? Is it just ion cannons on ships that can remove the "infection"?


Edit: It's shneaky for me anyway - it's almost midnight here in the UK and just a few mins to go until the deadline for the contest!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 6:34:09 AM   
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quote:

If a nanocloud gets onto a planet, what can the population do to destroy it? Is it just ion cannons on ships that can remove the "infection"?


I thought about it. Maybe it will be better that player has a chance to save a planet. I had another idea for Silvermist infestation. Nanocloud infects a part of the population and then they rebel against troops which loyal to the player. If the loyal troops fall in the battle then Nanocloud kills entire population.

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 8:10:26 AM   
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Don't you think it's too hard to spot and identify? Currently fog of war looks like "mist" :)

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 8:38:38 AM   
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Thats how i visualize it



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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 9:07:25 AM   
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Great picture! Thanks

My creature can be found in many places. I think the creators of Silvermist worked with the nanotechnologies not only in one place, right?
When Silvermist had awaken it begins to travel between the stars consuming materials (not only organic) and reproducing itself. If players don't get situation under their control, Silvermist can become a great danger for entire galaxy. 



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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 9:53:51 AM   
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It reminds me to the the Greenfly threat in the book of  Alastair Reynolds

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/10/2011 8:28:54 PM   
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I want to add some new information about my creature

Intelligence report about an origin of Silvermists.
Firstly, we suggest that Nanocloud was an ultimate weapon of the ancient race. We were right. There is no malfunctions in the firmware of the nanomachines. They were created as a weapon, they aren't unsuccessful experiment in medicine or heavy industry. Secondary, we found similarity of Silvermist technology with technology of Ancient Guardians. Silvermist never attacks stations or ships of Ancient Guardians and when their ships come close to the Nanocloud, it became inactive and can be easily annihilate.
Thirdly, Shakturi ships, colonies and stations have same immunity for Nanoclouds like Ancient Guardians. Was Silvermist first try to stop Shakturi invasion but unsuccessful? Nobody knows. Ancient Guardians and Shakturi are silence and other races got a giant problem...

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 6:52:48 AM   
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Let me be the first to congratulate you WiZz!
Job well done!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 7:39:00 AM   
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Yeah, this idea sounds promising, it might even win!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 10:05:56 AM   
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Congratulations  Wizz !!!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 12:26:21 PM   
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О_О...

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 12:54:30 PM   
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Haha, your creature post was your first post on the forums, just hours away from the deadline...AND YOU WON!! You must be pleased

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 1:03:30 PM   
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You never can imagine how much

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 1:49:18 PM   
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Grats.

I did not read most of the entries of the creature contest, but what I like about this one is that it kicks some life into ion weapons. Something that has always been "add a couple of weapons and a couple of defenses" to me. Something I have given extremely little thought.

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 4:58:26 PM   
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It really is a cool idea!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/22/2011 6:54:01 PM   
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Congrats, WiZz. This looks awesome! Great idea and I can't wait to get my bottom kicked by this thing! 

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/23/2011 10:13:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Igard
Congrats, WiZz. This looks awesome! Great idea and I can't wait to get my bottom kicked by this thing! 


Exactly... the Shakturi will not be taking over the universe... this thing will!

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RE: Creature Contest: "Silvermist" - 10/23/2011 11:07:51 PM   
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well done WiZz

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