"Naya is the quarian."
Thu Apr 2, 2015 22:24

"And she'd very much object to being called an 'it'!" said the Guardsman, laughing. "Only TB goes by 'it'. Quote-- 'I am an artificial life form. Biological sex or gender has absolutely no meaning for me'." The Guardsman mowed through a basket of garlic bread before speaking again. "Like I said, TB usually lives in Naya's enviro-suit computers. She's a quarian-- a humanoid race that comes from a planet named Rannoch. Unfortunately for her race, their immune systems are extremely weak compared to other life forms. Now, there's two reasons for this. Firstly, Rannoch has no insect life. This restricts how viruses and diseases can spread so everything evolved to be symbiotic: quarians adapt around diseases instead of fighting them head-on. Secondly, they've been living in aseptic environments for hundreds of years. There was a big geth uprising on Rannoch-- the geth were used as slaves but their AI eventually gained sentience, see-- and the quarians lost the Morning War. Since they couldn't just colonize any old planet because of their weak immune systems, they travelled around the galaxy in a massive armada while living in bacteria-free suits. A minor infection could actually spell doom for them," explained the Guardsman. He took a big gulp of water and poured himself another glass.

"Fortunately, Terabyte and Naya get along very well. It lives in her suit, making minute adjustments to the atmosphere she's breathing to slowly build up her immune system. According to their numbers, Naya should be able to roam HQ without her suit in five to six years. That being said... I've never actually seen Naya's face. It's really weird to say this, but that's the truth. She wears an opaque visor over her face; you can only kinda see her eyes glow behind it. It's so weird. "

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(( What they actually look like.))

  • "Okay, that looks pretty cool."Iximaz, Thu Apr 2 20:09
    Rina examined the picture for another moment before catching on to what the Guardsman said. "Other partner? Desdendelle mentioned a quarian or some such. Is that him? Or her? Or it, I suppose I... more
    • "Naya is the quarian." — SeaTurtle, Thu Apr 2 22:24
      • Rina held up her hands in apology.Iximaz, Thu Apr 2 22:41
        "Sorry, I'm totally unfamiliar with Mass Effect ," she said. "I really ought to look into it, though, I've heard it's good." She finished off the olives and watched sadly as the garlic bread... more
        • The Guardsman's brow furrowed.SeaTurtle, Sat Apr 4 13:48
          "Hmm.. that title tells me something. It's the one with the tripod mechs with heat beams that are eventually defeated by bacteria, right? That's an advertisement for bacteriological warfare if I've... more
          • "Ooh, I do like lasers."Iximaz, Sat Apr 4 18:21
            Rina grinned. "Especially sharks with frickin' laser beams and automated laser monkeys. Those are fun. Shame I tend to get missions in fantasy continuua; I've never worked with anything more... more
            • "Pfft. Bows."SeaTurtle, Sat Apr 4 22:38
              "You get absolutely no armour penetration with a primitive thing like that," said the Guardsman, "unless you're using a super-heavy pull. Go for a crossbow instead: a quarrel can easily punch though... more
              • "Well, Sues tend to not wear armor."Iximaz, Sun Apr 5 07:48
                "And even if they did, my longbow's got a ninety pound draw to it. There's not much it can't pierce." Rina did look thoughtful, though. "I do know how to shoot guns thanks to my dad, and I was... more
                • The Guardsman cracked his knuckles.SeaTurtle, Sun Apr 5 13:07
                  He was waiting for someone to ask him this question. He pulled his trusty notebook from his pocket again and opened it to a dog-eared page labelled "D.E.W". He carefully turned a few pages and... more
                  • "Staser pistol, mark two," Rina repeated.Iximaz, Sun Apr 5 17:07
                    "Gotcha." She looked longingly at the picture of the staser rifle, mark seven, making a mental note to keep an eye out for one anyway. That sounded pretty sweet. It would certainly be nice to have... more
                    • "Ugh. Long day."SeaTurtle, Sun Apr 5 18:41
                      The Guardsman picked at a chicken wing. "Naya, Terabyte, and I were called on four times today. The first three were pushovers but the fourth one was a real piece of work. She was this ninja-Suvian... more
                      • "Wow, and here I thought field agents had it rough," she said, shaking her head. "There go any future plans of joining the DIA after the DMS gets too rough. At least in the fics, you can anticipate... more
                        • "Seriously. Laser spanners are rare but useful-- and that ice gun sounds totally sweet. And what are the odds, eh? Two near-identical Suvians, two near-identical plots... All of this happening right... more
                          • "I did manage to nab one of the laser spanners and the ice gun, but I gave them to my brother. He's in the DoSAT and loves that kind of stuff, and I was kind of hoping it would make breaking the news ... more
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