This was inspired by the answer to my first question on worldbuilding, in which I was introduced to the wonders and horrors of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream", as well as my second question- which looks to the community for solutions in building a creature perfectly adapted to a certain purpose.
At the end of the story, our protagonist has become what we may ever-so affectionately call a great, soft jelly thing. Now, this was up to the imagination given our description;
I am a great soft jelly thing. Smoothly rounded, with no mouth, with pulsing white holes filled by fog where my eyes used to be. Rubbery appendages that were once my arms; bulks rounding down into legless humps of soft slippery matter. I leave a moist trail when I move. Blotches of diseased, evil gray come and go on my surface, as though light is being beamed from within. Outwardly: dumbly, I shamble about, a thing that could never have been known as human, a thing whose shape is so alien a travesty that humanity becomes more obscene for the vague resemblance.
Until the game, that is- where we're given a depiction that is hardly what anyone expected.
This jelly thing, in hindsight, left me extremely unsatisfied with the prospect that in all given scenarios, this creature would be incapable of putting itself in harms way, or peril.
If I dropped a slug off of the WTC, I would expect its survival to be slim to none. What I would like to discover is how to perfect this hideously creative concept of AMs, and make a creature that while it has all of the abilities of the given jelly thing below, it truly has no potential to ever harm itself, at all.
Now , I've approached this a couple of times, but my solutions hit roadblocks.
It could be underwater!
No, it cannot be. That betrays the fact that the 'jelly thing' lives exposed, among the air and turf.
This defies the point of it being a 'soft' jelly thing.
So this brings me to ask, what would be the best way of going about making a creature that is not only harmless, but free of harm- whilst still staying true to the most important features of our story-given example?
Properties of the 'great, soft jelly thing':
- The GSJT is a mobile creature, albeit slow. It cannot be rendered stationary.
- It must be soft and moist, similarly to the GSJT. No armor.
- It must be a land creature, unsubjected to the softness of the ocean.
- It cannot die from age or disease(Similarly, the GSJT is not harmed by this 'evil gray' for very long. Although this could be AM's doing, for the sake of scenario, we will assume the GSJT cannot be affected by outer toxins.)
- The GSJT is as intelligent as a human being. A suicidal human being, no less. It will likely use any methods of maiming at its disposal to end its misery.
- The creature does not need to eat, and it potentially is blind. (Or partially blind from the fog. This could result in either accidental or intentional injury, depending on the GSJT's location)
It is also best to assume that most harm possibilities we will be discussing regard environmental harm, such as falling, or scraping ones self on a spike or rough cliff-side, or letting ones self freeze.