In an alterante universe where Nazi Germany conquered the world, an unfortunate soul has ended up like Cliff Steele from Doom Patrol; his brain has been removed from its original body by a mad nazi doctor, suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid, and wired up to a new, robotic body.
Thing is, while Doom Patrol did an amazing job of portraying how someone might feel about this turn of events, it kinda failed to explore what that person might actually be feeling in terms of the lost senses, such as phantom limb syndrome, within the first days or weeks, and kinda glossed over the difficulties of getting used to a completely different body.
Thus, I pose this question;
What might these difficulties and sensations be for our unfortunate victim?
Stuff to consider:
- The body has visual and audio sensors and a speaker that lets it talk. However, the visual is a tad grainy at times, the sounds are a bit flat, and the speech is a little staticky.
- The robot body moves mostly like a normal human being, but please note the emphasis on the word mostly. It doesn't have an animate face and can't do facial expressions, for one, and it's also much, much, much stronger and tougher than the victim's old body. Also, the nazi doctor outfitted the body with jet thrusters that give the body's user the option to punch, jump, run, and such with significantly more speed and force, at the cost of dexterity and control.
- The body has no olfactory, tactile, or gustatory sensors, and in fact, does not require food or water. In essence, the body can't feel, smell, or taste stuff.
- This is in the very short term; I'm looking for issues that crop up within the first few hours after the brain wakes up in its new body and the first few weeks. Anything that only crops up once a month or more passes need not be mentioned.
- Physiological issues can also include problems with mobility and emotional expression in addition to phantom pain syndrome.
- The body does have proprioception sensors, but it doesn't have pain sensors. It does have a damage report system that lets the victim know when his robot body has been damaged, but the system doesn't produce sensations of pain to correspond with damaged parts.