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Altrants. That's the word we use in Clement Sector to describe humans that have been altered to be different than the average baseline humans. In the setting book, we have altrants that have been engineered to better handle low gravity, those created to better handle high gravity, and those created to better handle tainted atmospheres. There is one group of altrants engineered to live underwater.

So...are there other altrants you'd like to see added to Clement Sector? How else do you think humans would be altered?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
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modularity. for example an altrant that is modified, not in whole to live in this or that atmosphere, but rather to utilize "implants" (however defined) designed to a specific atmosphere.

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high temperature high-pressure capable. bio-resistant/immune. high-metabolism high-speed.
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and of course the basic entertainment versions.
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Are there any altrants modified better for vacuum?
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Are there any altrants modified better for vacuum?
Honestly, I felt like an altrant able to survive vacuum would require a higher tech level than the Clement Sector setting has.
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Honestly, I felt like an altrant able to survive vacuum would require a higher tech level than the Clement Sector setting has.
At least the altrants could be more resistant to the effects of vacuum on the human body, to allow for longer exposure to vacuum before irreversible damage happens.


What IŽd like to see, though, is an altrant adapted to low-g, micro-g and zero-g environments - primarily by slowing or eliminating the loss of muscle mass and bone density that happens to humans in such environments.
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Honestly, I felt like an altrant able to survive vacuum would require a higher tech level than the Clement Sector setting has.
Look into the mechanisms whales use to store oxygen and adapt to altrants.

Easily doable at the genetic engineering level you have...
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Altrants. That's the word we use in Clement Sector to describe humans that have been altered to be different than the average baseline humans. In the setting book, we have altrants that have been engineered to better handle low gravity, those created to better handle high gravity, and those created to better handle tainted atmospheres. There is one group of altrants engineered to live underwater.

So...are there other altrants you'd like to see added to Clement Sector? How else do you think humans would be altered?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
You could do something along the lines of Bujold's quaddies from the Vorkosigan saga - humans modified to live in zero-G with feet modified for grasping.

Maybe a failed attempt at super soldiers - how do you raise 2,000,000 genetically engineered killers so they don't either get into trouble and kill loads of civilians off-duty or decide they really want to settle down and raise a family instead of conquering the galaxy?

What about the morality of breeding or engineering a servant race?

Some sort of attempt at super-intelligent ubermenschen - q.v. Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek, or maybe an attempt at something like a mentat. How might society react to them? What could possibly go wrong?

Trying to engineer for psi-sensitivity. Maybe somebody's campaign BBEG could be a super sensitive or have a sensitive sidekick. Who might do something like this?

Variants on the servant race - stronger, better administrators, better programmers, empathetic counsellors etc. Who might have designed these and why? What do the rest of society think of them?

Clones made for organ harvesting, like on Never Let Me Go. Who might do it, who might condone or sanction it? If your party discovers a clone of a VIP that will pass biometric scans - especially one the original can't legally admit to the existence of - what shenanigans might they get up to?

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I appreciate the suggestions folks. However, at this point, the book is finished.

I'm happy to say that some of the things that you mention in those last few posts are already in the book though. If all goes well, the book will get released in its PDF form in three weeks or so.
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