Sci-fi species

agatharights:

sulemania:

Okay,  I wanna give this space opera humanoid species a stealth ability. I’ve got a few options here.

  1. A spongy “skin”, an outer layer of the body that can take on the approximate color and texture of its surroundings. Sort of like an octopus, except not an inverterbrate.
  2. Just a good old camouflage field, Star Trek style.
  3. Partially transparent body tissues, you can see their organs if you look carefully.

I was wondering if anyone had opinions or suggestions on this.

I really like the first and third ones! The third one would be fairly cool if it were like some transparent deep-sea fish

Yeah, I guess context could be useful when making the choice. They’re a wall-crawly people that’s used as assassins by the space communist empire that conquered them. I’ve been thinking of them as being sort of frog-like and coming from a jungle planet.

I just thought of an option for combining 1 and 2: What if it’s the field manipulating the tissue of the outer layer, rather than any sort of muscular structure? So the field itself does not create the visual distortion, it instead manipulates the bodily tissue to create the effect.

It’s kinda like those videos of materials changing shape in a magnetic field or being exposed to electric currents.

prokopetz:

Stuff like this is why it always gets me when certain folks smugly dismiss professional wrestling as “fake”. Yes, we are looking at a staged and very likely rehearsed manoeuvre - but they’re doing it in front of a live audience, and with no safety gear. Can you imagine what could have happened to either or both of them if they’d messed it up? Ain’t nothing fake about a fractured sternum or a broken neck.

Sci-fi species

Okay,  I wanna give this space opera humanoid species a stealth ability. I’ve got a few options here.

  1. A spongy “skin”, an outer layer of the body that can take on the approximate color and texture of its surroundings. Sort of like an octopus, except not an inverterbrate.
  2. Just a good old camouflage field, Star Trek style.
  3. Partially transparent body tissues, you can see their organs if you look carefully.

I was wondering if anyone had opinions or suggestions on this.