History Main / EldritchStarship

15th Feb '17 1:05:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig bomber was alive, and probably sentient. The Wildcards had to learn how to pilot it using an organic control interface, working together in the same way that a team of alien pilots would to fly the small warship. Chig cruisers and destroyers resemble large abstract polygonal structures with hexagonal patterns on their surfaces. Their smaller fighters were also similar, but more {{Starfighter}}-like.

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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig bomber was alive, and probably sentient. The Wildcards had to learn how to pilot it using an organic control interface, working together in the same way that a team of alien pilots would to fly the small warship. Chig cruisers and destroyers resemble large abstract polygonal structures with hexagonal patterns on their surfaces. Their smaller fighters were also similar, but more {{Starfighter}}-like.
29th Jan '17 6:35:26 PM zequeins
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** The Molluscoid, Fungoid, and Arthropoid ships fall under the "Lobster" category. Artropoid ships are harsh, rough-looking brownish floating hives, Fungoid ships are sinister-looking, smooth black things with teal highlights, and Molluscoid ships get smooth, squid shapes and tentacle-like decorations, but all three are still pretty recognizable as spaceships.

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** The Avian, Molluscoid, Fungoid, and Arthropoid ships fall under the "Lobster" category. Avian ships are sleek with pointed edges and spikes, Artropoid ships are harsh, rough-looking brownish floating hives, Fungoid ships are sinister-looking, smooth black things with teal highlights, and Molluscoid ships get smooth, squid shapes and tentacle-like decorations, but all three four are still pretty recognizable as spaceships.


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* The ships in ''VideoGame/StarControl'' are in general, rather normal but a few examples qualify as 'Lobster'. Mycon Podships are rounded things with {{BFG}} that shoots homing Plasmoids. Spathi Eluders may use standard fare technology, but they are shaped like a molecular model. And to top it all off, there's the Sa-Matra, a Precursor battleship which is downright ''eldritch'', in contrast with their more standard fare Flagship.
14th Jan '17 10:19:13 PM themetalstickman
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* The Narada of the 2009 film ''Film/StarTrek'', made more obvious when its backstory is explained. It was originally a mining ship, but [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120202111739/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5f/Narada.jpg looks like it came out of a Lovecraftian story]], with the firepower to match. ExpandedUniverse has explained it was once [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090617230811/memoryalpha/en/images/b/bd/Countdown_Narada.jpg a more humble looking ship]], but took on its new horrifying appearance and capabilities after its crew stole reverse-engineered Borg technology. It's also a GeniusLoci, though this, like the reverse-engineered Borg tech and its kinship with V'Ger, is referenced only in supplementary materials.

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* The Narada of the 2009 film ''Film/StarTrek'', made more obvious when its backstory is explained. It was originally a mining ship, but [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120202111739/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5f/Narada.jpg [[http://why-sci.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/worm1.png looks like it came out of a Lovecraftian story]], with the firepower to match. ExpandedUniverse has explained it was once [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090617230811/memoryalpha/en/images/b/bd/Countdown_Narada.[[https://66.media.tumblr.com/80a9afaaa3e91ee04729420799ebf969/tumblr_oa2rtjNECr1vzxr0no2_1280.jpg a more humble looking ship]], but took on its new horrifying appearance and capabilities after its crew stole reverse-engineered Borg technology. It's also a GeniusLoci, though this, like the reverse-engineered Borg tech and its kinship with V'Ger, is referenced only in supplementary materials.
14th Jan '17 9:53:44 PM Observance
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** The ''Freespace'' fan-made expansion ''VideoGame/BluePlanet'', specifically ''War in Heaven'', ups the Eldritch factor for the Shivans. Those spacecraft are simply the physical appendages of a universal "immune system" that defends against existential threats. They're infinitely mutable -- fighting them just teaches them your strengths and weaknesses, and they'll come back later wearing new shapes to take advantage of what they've learned. It's an inefficient strategy in the short run, but the Shivans are eternal: one day they'll get everything right, and then they'll exterminate your species.

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** The ''Freespace'' fan-made expansion ''VideoGame/BluePlanet'', specifically ''War in Heaven'', ups the Eldritch factor for the Shivans. Those spacecraft are simply biomechanical -- the physical appendages of a universal some sort of galactic "immune system" that defends against designed to combat existential threats. threats -- and their crews amount to fully-functioning ''ecosystems'' whose behaviors somehow drive ship systems. They're infinitely mutable -- mutable: their strategies are initially random, but fighting them just teaches them your strengths and weaknesses, and they'll come back later wearing new shapes evolve to take advantage of what they've learned. It's an inefficient strategy in the short run, but the Shivans are eternal: eternal.
-->To use a metaphor from an old story... the Shivans are the Joker, or an entire Hive of Jokers, enacting madness in every direction - wasteful locally, but globally impossible to counter, for any adaptation to
one day they'll get everything right, and then they'll exterminate your species.strategy simply renders the defender vulnerable to the next...
9th Jan '17 12:46:46 PM SentientShrimp
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** Hive Tomb Ships, floating mausoleums for the thralls inside. They can manifest just about anywhere, even indoors, thanks to their MagiTech warp drives.
5th Jan '17 10:12:17 PM vovan1
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* The Anti-Spirals of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' utilize very odd kinds of ships. In-universe, their strangeness was due largely to the fact that they didn't have faces, but they were designed quite oddly regardless, being animated in 3D rather than the 2D style of the rest of the show and appearing like artificial {{Energy Being}}s. They also explode into pixels when destroyed. Later, the Anti-Spirals graduate to using spacecraft shaped like hands and feet with human faces on their palms and ankles, with capital ships that are one gigantic mass of faces and arms.

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* The Anti-Spirals of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' utilize very odd kinds of ships. In-universe, their strangeness was due largely to the fact that they didn't have faces, but they were designed quite oddly regardless, being animated in 3D rather than the 2D style of the rest of the show and appearing like artificial {{Energy Being}}s. They also explode into pixels voxels when destroyed. Later, the Anti-Spirals graduate to using spacecraft shaped like hands and feet with human faces on their palms and ankles, with capital ships that are one gigantic mass of faces and arms.
5th Jan '17 3:14:45 PM Observance
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* Oryx's Dreadnaught from ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''. Aside from being a borderline PlanetSpaceship, its [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] reveals that its hull is a single scrimshawed segment of a sort-of dead [[EldritchAbomination Worm God]], and its interior is filled by Oryx's [[PocketDimension throneworld]], which he's forcibly everted into normal space. Furthermore, it moves in physics-violating ways, emits a boatload of particles related to dark matter (correlating to its [[RealityWarper reality-warping abilities]]), and induces a BrownNote reaction in anyone trying to analyze it telepathically. Since Oryx himself is a major HumanoidAbomination, the ship fits him.
3rd Jan '17 8:46:11 PM KingClark
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The polar opposite of ISOStandardHumanSpaceship, these are spacecraft, time machines, and/or interdimensional vehicles whose weirdness goes beyond LivingShip and possibly into AlienGeometries or a mobile version of the EldritchLocation.

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The polar opposite of ISOStandardHumanSpaceship, StandardHumanSpaceship, these are spacecraft, time machines, and/or interdimensional vehicles whose weirdness goes beyond LivingShip and possibly into AlienGeometries or a mobile version of the EldritchLocation.
5th Nov '16 9:59:25 AM SomberCaelifera
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* The "Whale Probe" in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'': an unmanned, gigantic textured cylinder with a smaller spherical section held in an energy beam. Comes to 23rd Century Earth and sends a communications signal that threatens to destroy Earth's environment until it's finally able to talk to two [[TimeTravel temporally-displaced]] Humpback Whales. It's implied that an intelligent Cetacean species built the Probe.

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* The "Whale Probe" in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'': an unmanned, gigantic textured cylinder with a smaller spherical section held in an energy beam. Comes to 23rd Century Earth and sends a communications signal that threatens to destroy Earth's environment until it's finally able to talk to two [[TimeTravel temporally-displaced]] Humpback Whales. humpback whales. It's implied that an intelligent Cetacean cetacean species built the Probe.



** Also from the ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'', there are the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Cosmozoan Cosmozoa]], fully living, sometimes sentient space-dwelling creatures such as the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Crystalline_Entity crystalline entity]], and various other SpaceWhale-like lifeforms, like the species that "Mother" and "Junior" from "Galaxy's Child", and at least two species of LivingShip, both capable (though to different degrees) of shapeshifting in order to rearrange their internal structure (and in the case of the Farpoint Entity, its external structure as well) to resemble spacecraft rather than their natural [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Star-jellies Jellyfish-like form]]. The other LivingShip example, Gomtuu, was basically a SpaceWhale-like sentient entity that could alter its interior for different forms of life. Though structurally they are largely conventional, some, perhaps most notably the "[[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Star-jellies star jellies]]", have remarkable shapeshifting abilities, changing external shape and "growing" corridors, control rooms, and other facilities as the need arises.

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** Also from the ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'', there are the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Cosmozoan Cosmozoa]], fully living, sometimes sentient space-dwelling creatures such as the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Crystalline_Entity crystalline entity]], and various other SpaceWhale-like lifeforms, like the species that of "Mother" and "Junior" from "Galaxy's Child", and at least two species of LivingShip, both capable (though to different degrees) of shapeshifting in order to rearrange their internal structure (and in the case of the Farpoint Entity, its external structure as well) to resemble spacecraft rather than their natural [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Star-jellies Jellyfish-like form]]. The other LivingShip example, Gomtuu, was basically a SpaceWhale-like sentient entity that could alter its interior for different forms of life. Though structurally they are largely conventional, some, perhaps most notably the "[[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Star-jellies star jellies]]", have remarkable shapeshifting abilities, changing external shape and "growing" corridors, control rooms, and other facilities as the need arises.



** The TARDIS, being a shapeshifting living sentient timeship (internally, anyway, the pilot can change "desktop skins," but the external appearance is permanently stuck in its current form as the blue callbox); it is also dimensionally transcendent, being bigger on the inside than on the outside. Other TARDIS ships and TARDIS-like vehicles from the various series and movies count as well.

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** The TARDIS, being a shapeshifting living sentient timeship (internally, anyway, the pilot can change "desktop skins," but the external appearance of the Doctor's TARDIS is permanently stuck in its current form as the blue callbox); it is also dimensionally transcendent, being bigger on the inside than on the outside. Other TARDIS ships and TARDIS-like vehicles from the various series and movies count as well.



** The Tarellian Plague Shop from "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E10Haven Haven]]": It looks like a conventional ''Franchise/StarTrek'' guest spaceship of the week, except that in its middle is a ring filled by a giant marble-like glowing ball of energy that is actually the ship's power source contained in a force field.

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** The Tarellian Plague Shop Ship from "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E10Haven Haven]]": It looks like a conventional ''Franchise/StarTrek'' guest spaceship of the week, except that in its middle is a ring filled by a giant marble-like glowing ball of energy that is actually the ship's power source contained in a force field.
30th Oct '16 9:47:55 AM nombretomado
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* {{GURPS}} 4th Edition provides rules of creating ''undead spaceships'' by means of techno-magic. Such a ship looks and registers on scanners as a crippled wreck, but its engines magically provide acceleration with unlimited fuel (though no faster than this ship could go when it was "alive"). The systems aboard the ship malfunction creepily: the radio distorts voices to sound like from the grave, the life support has a mind of its own and turns off when you least expect it, and anyone foolish enough to use the auto-doc is tortured, flayed and ultimately zombified by the malevolent robotic limbs. Not to mention that the ship usually obeys the necromancer who created it, and the necromancer can activate any of these vile tricks at will. It is not specified whether PercussiveMaintenance can [[ReviveKillsZombie destroy these ships]] or not.

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* {{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 4th Edition provides rules of creating ''undead spaceships'' by means of techno-magic. Such a ship looks and registers on scanners as a crippled wreck, but its engines magically provide acceleration with unlimited fuel (though no faster than this ship could go when it was "alive"). The systems aboard the ship malfunction creepily: the radio distorts voices to sound like from the grave, the life support has a mind of its own and turns off when you least expect it, and anyone foolish enough to use the auto-doc is tortured, flayed and ultimately zombified by the malevolent robotic limbs. Not to mention that the ship usually obeys the necromancer who created it, and the necromancer can activate any of these vile tricks at will. It is not specified whether PercussiveMaintenance can [[ReviveKillsZombie destroy these ships]] or not.
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