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Okay, so here's the idea. I present a what if, you tell me what you think, the discussion rages. Then, when I get a chance, I'll post a picture and a little short-short story. Sound good?

Submitted for your approval:
Thousands of years after our current civilization falls, virtually all living humans are the descendants of the subjects of genetic engineering experiments. The GM in this case involved the addition of electrocytes. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric…) The electric organs run down the torso, which means a normal-sized adult can't produce the wattage of an electric eel (which is 6 feet long and can produce up to 500 volts). Only very large people can actually kill someone with bioelectricity. But even children can use electrolocation when swimming. On land, the same sense works through touch, and skilled healers can detect and cure neurological problems. Skilled torturers can do the same, but in reverse, usually in tandem with inquisitors, who can feel when someone is telling a lie (they had better be careful to drain their victim first, though).  A battery of several people holding hands can build up enough charge to blow a hole through an enemy's chest (a swinging chain is the preferred weapon), and some clever artisans have been experimenting with magnetized materials.
But the most ground-breaking use of human electrogenisis came when someone realized that by holding a long piece of metal, electrosense can be much improved, so much so that it is possible to pick up radio signals. And a sufficiently large battery, by pulsing electricity through a similar antenna, can TRANSMIT radio signals...
How can the Emperor's army keep track of a pesky band of republican agitators, who seem to be able to communicate from one side of the kingdom to the other? And when someone sneaks an antenna into the very heart of the Imperial Court, the feudal system might just fall apart completely.

So what do you think? Are there any other applications of human electrogenisis? Biological or physical limitations I haven't thought of? Let the comments role!

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Boverisuchus's avatar
As usual with me, if it dont involve animals, I am rather disinterested...

However, maybe the genetic manipulation has created a range of electrically receptive animals. I had this idea once for a long-billed platypus with electricity generating organs in its bill, I guess they would be some sort of agitational muscles.