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Post by thelung187 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:41 pm

Project Name: J805 "Cicada"
Objectives: Distract, Disorient
Short Description: Spherical grenade-style delivery system, approximately 400g weight, 12cm diameter. Power source is a single 18650 3400mah lithium ion battery. When activated, the devices waits approximately 5 seconds, then disperses approximately 20 individual high-frequency micro-audio emitters with ~100db of variable-frequency audio noise-static to distract all targets within an area of approximately 10 meters.

Initial Researcher Notes/Comments:
8 Aug 2026, 1854 hours: Development of the payload delivery system is complete; ironically, it was the most difficult part of this solution. Our objective was basic enough: create a device that could deploy the audio emitters in wide area for multiple angles of distraction. Several shapes were developed initially - cubic systems, pyramidic systems, one of the researchers even tried using a quart-sized plastic lunch baggy. All of these were inferior to the simple sphere, and truth be told, it was something most of our forces were accustomed to using already.
12 Aug October 2026, 1315 hours: We've received a greenlight for initial test trials, to begin in 2 days at Spanner's Field.

Test Cases #805-001: Using a sample size of 5 test subjects within the confines of a 5 acre, open-air environment, the Cicada operated as expected. When activated and introduced to the subjects, 18 functional micro-emitters were dispersed. Of the 5 subjects, all 5 slowed their pace toward the test victim (Inmate 480194-2 "Gerald"); 4 subjects halted their advances completely, and staggered in circles, trying to find the various sources. The remaining subject slowly proceeded toward "Gerald," though at a reduced pace. 43 seconds after deployment, 2 of the initial 4 resumed their track back towards "Gerald." At 64 seconds, control collars were activated, and the test ended. "Gerald" suffered no damage to auditory capabilities.
Test Case #805-002: Using a larger sample of 25 test subjects within the same 5 acre confine, the Cicada *exceeded* initial expectations. All 20 emitters worked as expected; 22 of 25 subjects halted their advances toward the test victim (Inmate 162051-6 "Lisa"). Of the 3 subjects remaining, one was not disauded by the Cicadas at all, and its controller collar was immediately activated. Further investigation is required, but an autosopy is expected to reveal that this subject was deaf when alive. The remaining 2 subjects again, slowed their pace towards "Lisa" but continued onward. At 51 seconds, 9 subjects resumed course towards "Lisa," and at 71 seconds all remaining control collars were activated. "Lisa" suffered no damage to auditory capabilities.

Final Comments:
24 Aug 2026, 0922 hours: Cicada has been approved for limited field use for defense personnel within the state. Internally, the steering committee expects that scope to increase to general usage within most of the East within 2 months. We may have a supply chain issue with the emitters, but I'm told we're lining up multiple vendors, so that'll hopefully be OBE. Subsequent revisions to design may include variable audio range from the emitters, as well as larger delivery device platforms with additional emitters loaded for dispersal. Depending on field trial success, we may bring in other teams for some development sessions.
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Re: Research Notes

Post by Dabster » Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:36 pm

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Re: Research Notes

Post by majorhavoc » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:39 pm

I really like the technical writing style and can see how these "Cicadia" auditory distraction devices could be an interesting addition to a larger story. But for this short vignette, it would have been more interesting if one of the test cases, while generating useful data, ended tragically when one of the control collars malfunctioned. And failed to halt one of the subject's progress to the test victim. :twisted:

Addendum: The unplanned loss of test victim "Lisa" is as regrettable as the control collar failure was unexpected. Further test scenarios have been postponed until an armed guard can be positioned to neutralize the test subject in the case of future control collar failures. Or barring a clean shot at the undead test subject, the weapon can then be directed at the test victim herself. These are inmates, after all, and as such are unwilling test victims. They are, quite naturally completely expendable and available to the testing regime in nearly unlimited quantities.

However, the scientific personnel involved in Test Case #805-002 complained that test victim Lisa's protracted demise was irksome and rather unsettling to witness. Her screaming persisted for a full four minutes, seventeen seconds before she expired from the mounting trauma inflicted by test subject #24. Staff objectivity must not be compromised if the program's ultimate objectives are to be achieved. Further unpleasant distractions of this nature should therefore be kept to a minimum.

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Re: Research Notes

Post by thelung187 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:16 pm

Project Name: BU105
Aliases: "Quickfix", dermatorivir
Objective: Field-use experimental antiviral
Short Description: 25ml of dermatorivir is held within a 0.9% saline solution. Injection of dermatorivir must occur within 8 minutes of contact, and be administered directly into the contact site.

Test Case #105-041: Administered 15ml of BU105 via injection to Contacted subject at 1106 hours (approximately 2 hours after contact). Death occurred at 1423 hours.
Test Case #105-044: Administered 45ml of BU105 via injection to Contacted subject at 2204 hours (approximately 4 hours after contact). Rapid onset of gran mal seizures immediately after injection. Death occurred at 2212 hours.
Test Case #105-051: Administered 30ml of BU105 via injection to Contacted subject at 1845 hours (approximately 30 minutes after contact). Localized necrosis of contact tissue occurred; fever increased to 107F core temperature over the course of the next 3 hours. Death occurred at 2322 hours.
Test Case #105-102: Distributed 25ml of BU105 within retractable syringes to Teams A3, A4, A5, and A6. Contact occurred within A5, and BU105 was administered approximately 4 minutes into Member A5-2 contact site.
  • Team A5 returned back to Camp within 30 minutes of contact. Member A5-2 placed into quarantine and under armed observation. The same localized tissue necrosis of contact tissue occurred as observed during previous tests, however necrotic area is extremely localized (approximately 5cm in diameter).
  • 4 hours after contact, A5-2 core temperate increased to 102.9F; administered 500mg tetracycline.
  • 8 hours after contact, core temperate decreased to 101.8F.
  • 24 hours after BU105 injection, core temperature is 99.2F; necrotic tissue remains localized, with no expansion of dead tissue. 500mg tetracyline treatments remain ongoing.
  • 48 hours after BU105 injection and ongoing administration of broad spectrum antibiotics, Member A5-2 retains full lucidity, no impediment to motor function, but remains under quarantine. No signs of cognitive impairment or degeneration into Afflicted. 500mg tetracyline treatments remain ongoing.
Test Case #105-224: Of the 54 teams that have been given field injectables, 12 individuals have required deployment of BU105. Of those 12, death still occurred within 2 individuals despite the injection of BU105, and a single individual was rendered catatonic due to sustained injuries.

Final Comments:
5 Sept 2026, 1014 hours: After about 6 months of extended field use, we're looking at around an 80% success rate for dermatorivir in the field. Depending on the location and extent of the injury, the necrotic tissue damage can lead to the need for amputation of limbs hosting the affected areas. We're not sure why the remaining 20% don't respond as expected; we suspect it could be a genetic abnormality in the subject, a bad batch of BU105 (doubtful), or a host of other reasons - honestly it's conjecture. Obviously though, 80% success is vastly preferable to being dead, or worse, coming back Afflicted. The steering committee has decided that a general populace rollout of dermatorivir will start next week, with a target completion date of 120 days from start. Overall, the feeling is that Quickfix is a real gamechanger; if we can not just prevent the infection from killing people off (or worse, turning them Afflicted afterward), but reverse the issue in certain use cases, that's a major paradigm shift.
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Re: Research Notes

Post by thelung187 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:21 pm

majorhavoc wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:39 pm
I really like the technical writing style and can see how these "Cicadia" auditory distraction devices could be an interesting addition to a larger story. But for this short vignette, it would have been more interesting if one of the test cases, while generating useful data, ended tragically when one of the control collars malfunctioned. And failed to halt one of the subject's progress to the test victim. :twisted:
So actually, this wasn't a one-off story, but rather a larger narrative I'm trying to build out. In fact, I've been thinking for some time about a lab book of innovative items and such that would be neat to see in the ZPAW. Trust me, not all of these wingdings and gadgets will be a slam dunk (see latest) :twisted: :twisted:
AZMedic wrote:Oh thats not sarcasm at all. We would be truly fucked.
Melpat wrote:That "lacquer coated" ammo causes Christ to curse, causes babies to cry at odd hours, and is responsible for flat beer.
I am AR/9mm convert/pie/red-wire classic-style.

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Re: Research Notes

Post by RingWraithsAnonymous » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:31 am

Whoa, don't know how I missed this. For whatever it's worth, I personally think this is good stuff. Hopefully there will be more to come
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