I've just been reading an interesting article on the spread dynamics of invasive species www.pnas.org/content/103/2/374.full I thought it could make for an interesting topic to discuss how the alien threat in Phoenix Point might spread around the globe, and whether that spread might follow standard spread patterns for invasive species, or whether they might deviate from the norm.
The red mist being used as a trigger for mutation of native earth species in particular begs a few questions:
- How would that mist be affected by global weather patterns?
- How will it react to changes in temperature?
- Will it have a point where it changes physical state, becoming liquid or even solid?
- Will high temperatures cause it to burn away?
- And to that end will arctic or arid regions be inhospitable to it?
- How will it respond to changes in air pressure?
- Will it lose effectiveness at high altitudes?
- Will high wind speeds cause it to dissipate?
And then, will there be other ways in which the alien menace may spread?
- Can it be passed from host to host, if so by what means?
Will natural selection cause some individuals, and eventually species, to gain an immunity? - (Presumably this is possible in order to create a valid game world as not every human has turned, and for the survival of humanity we require the survival of other species). We've seen regularly within our own world that some species as a whole are very successful in resisting chemical or biological agents; rats, aphids, bacteria, humans...
- Will mutated species still require their own food chain in order to survive?
- Will mutated species then compete with each other?
- Would a mutated fox still hunt a mutated chicken?
- Would a mutated lion compete with mutated hyena?
- Will there be a reason why a mutated species might attack a non mutated one, other than competition for resources? Grey squirrels out compete red squirrels with regard to food sources, they don't actively seek to exterminate them.
EDIT - Hopefully improved readability (this forum really doesn't like my phone)
- This week I have been mostly playing Chaos Reborn.