trooogdooor wrote:How would you feel about:
a) Humans being somewhat genetically refined over the past 1000 years of genetic "repair", and keeping this (permanent... DNA-level) improvement into the post-apocalypse period? I feel that this would mesh nicely with the "untraditional", non-dystopian, sort of verdant and hopeful feel of the game, and the somewhat non-grimdark vibe of lush, overgrown cities etc...
Naturally healthy, beautiful, tall, powerful, intelligent, strong-boned, long-lived humans. But still more-or-less human, with a few oddities.
b) Humans using neuro-surgical implants, such as "Switch". That would be a technology which civilized factions would be able to maintain. Haussmans which assist with tasks, but are fused into the body.
(cyborg add-ons, in other words)
matthew wrote:That definitely has merit. The original intention with the virus was that the reason that some were resistant to it was because they had had so many genetic modifications that their DNA wasn't as affected.
So yes, it would make perfect sense to do that.
We should be keenly aware of what amazing, heroic, godlike beings we have lurking amongst us.... even now, today. They are rarities today. Lucky flukes. But after 1000 years of maximizing our own genetics, we would unlock the staggering potential of humanity.
The human species regularly produces behemoths taller than 7 feet, more powerful than Arnold, capable of punching through walls. Today, it's rare. It raises eyebrows.
But imagine a world where this is normal. Healthy. Where people selfconsciously stride around like Thor or Hercules. Not even proud to look that way. Because that's just what people look like.
A world where a hundred generations have selected to correct genetic misfortunes like a propensity for acne, or for messy teeth, to the point where these are simply uncommon. A world where people are born without knowing about Multiple Sclerosis or Alzheimers. Where cancer rarely happens. Where noone has to have astma. Where people just generally are healthy and beautiful.
Mind you, still healthily terrified out of their minds of an environment filled with monsters, bandits and aliens. Still full of sorrow for their many lost dead, and for the peril to their entire species. But just not afraid of having deformed children, or of suddenly developing parkinsons. Where we can feel confident that while everything around us is treacherous, our bodies are truly on our side. Where we feel like heroes.
Just a random example. Today, one of the most common surgeries is Appendectomy. But a few people today are born without an appendix, it serves no purpose anymore. It's a vestige from a bygone time in the past, when the organ served a purpose, but now it does nothing. That's an example of something that the humanity of DP would simply be born without.