In this universe biomechanical augmentation (similar to Deus Ex 1) has become singular. While they still have a ceiling in terms of upgradability, manufacturing grade (civilian, military, etc.), and legality between planets and empires, 100% mechanical or biological augmentation is a thing of the past and now obsolete.
With self-replicating nanomachines that infect entire organ groups, hosts are provided with powerful changes depending on their choice of augmentation (there is no way to ‘stack’ augs that require the same organ group without removing the original aug, attempting it can lead to death) through the production of delicately engineered RNA and DNA independent of the host cells as plasmids.
These augs are activated at the user’s convenience, but their length of usage is dependent on aug type, grade, aug upgrades, access to aug-compatible energy sources, and whether or not they have power recyclers. The host energy pool is always shared and must be managed carefully (especially in military models/types); this is impossible to change.
It is ill-advised to rely completely on these augs, however, in combat situations. Aug-enhanced skin capable of shrugging off rifle rounds and protecting against most physical trauma is great; thinking you’re invincible or now capable of surviving a round from a gunship’s chaingun is suicide.
- EMP is decently effective, but the restrictions to delivery systems (only in grenades or warheads of missiles) can make its usage troublesome.
- Overt violence that doesn’t target the augmentations themselves or the host through said augs is too general to answer the question. It may be true, but it’s hardly “future” if you get my meaning?
- Their purpose is imposing and very speculative, but keep in mind that (for technical answers) they are still machines at the end of the day. Assume they have few, if any, protections due to their size and out of necessity for their function/acceptance by the body.
So, core question:
In what ways can these augs be countered on a technical or biological level?
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