Iím currently trying to work out a concept that involves heavy use of Puppeteer Parasite
creatures. Iím currently working on a different project which uses a (hopefully) far better concept, but I really want to do this someday (I absolutely adore this trope, for some reason. Donít ask why) and so would appreciate any feedback people have.
Östill with me? Right, here goesÖ
Essentially, a small population of parasites arrive on Earth out of little more than a religious conviction that living inside a host is the natural, and therefore correct, way to live. Having integrated themselves within multiple human populations, they then proceed to live quietly without making any attempts to significantly grow their population and/or take over. They are therefore able to live for many generations before anyone realises they are there. By the time they are discovered, they have neither the inclination nor the ability to leave the planet, having fallen out of contact with their original civilisation centuries earlier.
With regards to their abilities, they have no access to their hostís mind or memories and so have to observe that hostís behaviour for a period of time before making their presence known. Even after their host is aware of them, however, they usually remain in a meditative state and leave said host to get on with their life. Body-jacking is usually viewed as a simple defence mechanism with which to keep their hostís mouth shut regarding their situation. However, the added strain on their hostís body can shorten their lifespan by a decade or two, creating a very real incentive to get rid of the parasite at the first opportunity.
By the time any of the plots I have in mind actually start, people have long since learned how to recognise when someone is infested. Many hosts are overjoyed at the chance to finally be free, but for various reasons (some genuine, some due to psychological manipulation) certain people express a wish to keep the parasites. A further complication is that removal, while easy to carry out via surgery, is usually always fatal for the creatures. As a result, infestation cases have become increasingly bogged down by ethical
issues as the initial panic about their existence dies down.
SoÖyeah. Iíve left out a few of the more intricate details, but I believe this covers the basics. Essentially, my aim with this is to handle this topic in a way which doesn't seem like a complete rip-off of anything. I do have a few ideas for plots, but Iím not going to go into that here.
edited 30th Mar '13 11:14:36 AM by subspace5000