I wrote something about aliens in the synopsis of the main story ... somewhere.
Well, here's the first visualization of the species from outer space in a more or less confusing layout.
• BEWARE: Poor English!
The creature description is for hardcore geeks only!
HemiCorpora (sg. HemiCorpus; meaning "Half-Body") are an alien life form with collective memory. It usually appears as shapeless mass with changing aggregate states. The original form of the mass is plasmatic and reaches into the 11th dimension (called Copia Gravis). The mass can only manifest in lower dimensions by partial decay that creates liquid or solid states (called Copia Modica). The decayed parts of the mass are able to adapt various alternating shapes that are called Manifestations (if able to survive on their own) or Phantoms (if they need a connection to the Copia Gravis). The alternating shapes of the mass can only be distinguished by their level of stability.
This sheet shows the first stable variation of the mass, called Corpus Dimidiatum (adult). The Corpus Dimidiatum ["halved body"] (or common HemiCorpus) has no real metabolism and no digestive organs. Under normal circumstances this would mean the creature dies if it's disconnected from the mother mass, because it cannot obtain energy to survive or to keep up the high cohesion necessary to hold the molecules of its body together. The creature was able to gain stability by implanting itself into animals or human beings where it drains electric, thermic and magnetic impulses created by the brain of the host directly. In addition, it doesn't need to spend energy to keep up cohesion. Instead, its body dissolves and becomes part of the plasmic fluid in the cells of the host. If the HemiCorpus has fully adapted to the host it's almost impossible to detect it any longer. The HemiCorpus is able to reunite its molecules and to manifest into its Husk Form outside the host's body where it's able to survive for a short period of time.
• If you're still willing to keep on reading you're a bigger geek than I expected.
May this science babble cleanse you!
Full name: Corpus Dimidiatum+ (adult)
Colloquial name: Pocket, Husk
Derivate of: Copia Modica (manifestation)
Composed of: Jubelium* derivates (NnHhAnKk)
Shadow mass: ca. 3000 kg
STRUCTURE (from Angiomacula to Allopedes)
Angiomacula ["spot container"] (A): The anterior part of the HemiCorpus or what could be recognized as "head" of the creature. It includes the main nucleus (or brain) (2). The Angiomacula can survive on its own. All other parts of the body can be considered appendixes.
└ Promacula ["fore-spot"] (1): The upper part of the central nervous structure. It creates the main substance of the Angiomacula and covers the main nucleus.
└ Macula Divina ["divine spot"] (2): The central part of the nucleus. Extremely dense filament structure. It could be considered as the main part of the brain where all filaments originate. The Divina Macula controls all elements of the body. If it is damaged the creature cannot replicate or transmute any longer and its molecules dissolve.
└ Pallium Dentatum ["dentate coat"] (3): Wrinkled and hardened plate that covers the Promacula. It consists of characteristic barbs and hooks that sometimes form teeth, claws or lances. In some cases additional plates are attached to the Pallium Dentatum. These are called Propallia.
Copia Modica ["moderate mass"] (10): The main semi-liquid tissue the body of the HemiCorpus consists of. It can create different structures and depending on the function it is called differently.
└ Velamen Durum ["hard envelope"] (4): The Copia Modica that creates external hardened tissue that covers and stabilizes the body. It can appear as plates, cartilage or tough gum.
└ Velamen Molle ["soft envelope"] (5): The Copia Modica that creates internal soft tissue. It can appear viscous or watery with high cohesion. It is streaked by rubbery structures that include filaments that represent the nervous system. The Macula Divina can move freely inside the Velamen Molle.
Foveae Tristeis ["gloomy pits"] (7): Pores and holes in the Velamen Durum. Although those holes can have different functions (like reducing tension in the structure or enabling movement) only holes that can potentially include Spinae Lucidae (9) are called Foveae Tristeis.
└ Spinae Lucidae ["glowing thorns"] (9): Emitters of micro-particles inside the Foveae Tristeis. They appear as characteristic glowing spots. The Spinae Lucidae create microscopic radiating or glowing particles the HemiCorpus uses for orientation. The Spinae Lucidae are able to detect the position and movement of the emitted particles to create a virtual image of the surroundings. In a sense, the HemiCorpus is able to "feel" its surroundings this way.
Amphicorpus ["body enclosure"] (B): The part of the body that grows directly out of the Angiomacula and could be recognized as "torso" or pseudo-thorax of the creature. It includes several "arms" that carry bundled filaments and end in Flagella (D). Every Flagellum has one big hole (Fovea Tristis Magna (6)) that includes the main emitter of particles (Spina Lucida Magna (8)).
└ Textum Volubile ["versatile tissue"] (11): Highly adaptable germinal tissue that grows directly out of the Promacula and runs through the "arms" and Flagella. Textum Volubile can grow into various structures, can change its appearance, structure and state.
└ Fibrae Fervidae ["hot fibers"] (12): Nervous filaments that run through the Textum Volubile (and other parts of the Velamen Durum and Velamen Molle). Nerve impulses and sensorial information are sent through them. They appear as characteristic glowing lines.
Allocolumn ["deviant column"] (C): A spine-like structure that connects the Amphicorpus with the Allopedes. It is not a genuine part of the HemiCorpus and developed due to environmental influences, atmospheric pressure and gravitation. The main function is to stabilize the body and to create a structure the Amphicorpus with its semi-liquid tissue can attach itself to.
Allopedes ["deviant feet"] (E): Probably an imitation of the lower body of vertebrates. It is not a genuine part of the HemiCorpus and has developed to adhere to objects. In contrast to the rest of the body, the Allocolumn and Allopedes appear almost bone-like and dry. They include fewer filaments than the rest of the creature's body.
└ Bullae Fertileis ["fertile blisters"] (13): Cysts or vesicular structures that include additional filament particles. They act as reservoirs that are located in parts that are not genuine structures of the body (for example the Allopedes).
Husk Form: A characteristic manifestation of HemiCorpora that shows distinct head and torso segments. In the Husk Form the Textum Volubile is arranged in separate "arms" that are wrapped around the body and make up the Amphicorpus.
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* INTERNAL REFERENCES
An extremely heavy chemical element with 500 protons. Jubelium (Jb) appears in a quark-gluon-plasmatic state that's only stable if an extraordinarily high amount of energy is supplied. If Jubelium becomes unstable it decays into the daughter elements Naunetin (Nn), Hauhetin (Hh), Amunetin (An) and Kauketin (Kk).
/// Kai (alternative version)
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RANDOM MUSICAL PICK OF THE WEEK
Wumpscut — Mother
This week I picked something I don't have much to talk about. Wumpscut (ore more precisely "Rudy" Ratzinger) creates brute, very rhythmic and dark electro-industrial-aggrotech music and likes to provoke people with the sound and content of his music and the artwork that goes along with it.
You're right. Definitions matter; especially if the concept they address is vague and potentially indefinable.
Skills alone aren't art for me. Many skilled people don't create art — they only create nice pictures.
Depends on the depth of the definition you're looking for.
The most superficial definition is something like: "The free, conscious, recognizable and distinguishable expression of thoughts and/or feelings with the intention to communicate these to other people by using abstraction, stylization, reduction, translation, transformation and symbolization."
But this definition can make almost anything to art. That's why I like to add something like: "... while the intention of the expression and communication is to address a question (often a self-reflecting question), an abstract dilemma or personal impression; sometimes as a comment and sometimes as a solution; that hints at the position and importance of the artist within this question, dilemma or impression itself and sometimes to create or negate a greater meaning in the process."
* I notice that I didn't mention actual skill once. But I think a certain level of skill is implied in the "recognizable and distinguishable" part.
- 2.the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance."the visual arts"
I agree with the "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination" part though; and especially "producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power" is a bit questionable. It's not important that a final "thing" is produced you can place and hang somewhere as an actual "piece of art". Art can be a concept or something that vanishes after it's done. Art doesn't need to be beautiful, but it's correct that it should have an emotional impact, but how this impact emerges can vary; and it doesn't need to be a positive emotion.
The second definition is even more awful, because every scribble is simply declared to be art, only because it's a "creative" activity. I can understand this definition and people are free to use it — and I'm even willed to grant it in the most liberal and neutral sense — but it's not enough for me personally to be art.
I don't find it original any more, because I noticed the resemblance to a Facehugger; it's strange, because I didn't think of Facehuggers while creating it