Engis and Oxygen

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Engis and Oxygen

Postby ApSciMorgs » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:47 pm

Engis are sapient robots consisting of trillions of nanomachines working in tandem to produce a vaguely humanoid form, right?
So why are they vulnerable to asphyxiation?
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Darthcaboose » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:55 pm

Engis have also been said in the game's lore to be part machine, part organic. I imagine it is the organic part that requires oxygen.
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Gorlom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:02 am

Obviously they need air for their cooling fans. without some way of expelling heat (the vacuum of space is cold but there's no way for the engi design to transfer it out) they overheat and malfunction. ;)

And I have no idea why they aren't water cooled or some such.
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Kieve » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:41 am

I picture them as being very similar to the Geth from Mass Effect (most notably the first one). They might be synthetic but they're still living organisms.
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby ApSciMorgs » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:04 am

Gorlom wrote:And I have no idea why they aren't water cooled or some such.

Because water has a bad habit of breaking electronics. Something like cooking oil (it has better thermal conductivity and less electrical conductivity) is far better.

Kieve wrote:I picture them as being very similar to the Geth from Mass Effect (most notably the first one). They might be synthetic but they're still living organisms.

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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Kieve » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:10 am

ApSciMorgs wrote:Because water has a bad habit of breaking electronics. Something like cooking oil (it has better thermal conductivity and less electrical conductivity) is far better.


I now have the mental image of an Engi going into a supermarket and chugging a bottle of Canola. Thank you for that :lol:

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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Derakon » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:42 am

The real question is, why do rockmen need oxygen? They don't even have internal organs...
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby ApSciMorgs » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:31 am

Derakon wrote:The real question is, why do rockmen need oxygen? They don't even have internal organs...

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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby KirksEchoingScream » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:56 am

As artificial lifeforms in a science-fiction universe the Engy are all on journeys of self-discovery as they try to become more human.

First they had an emotion chip installed, so they could feel as humans do.

Then they had death chips installed, so they could also experience death. The software contained in these chips overrides their natural immortality and shuts down their system whenever it detects something that would kill a human.

The Federation would like them to take out these chips, since if they were immortal again that would make them a much more powerful ally, but the Engy believe that without finite lifespans and constant danger they will never be motivated to try new things and change.
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Re: Engis and Oxygen

Postby Toxo » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:57 am

Kieve wrote:I picture them as being very similar to the Geth from Mass Effect (most notably the first one). They might be synthetic but they're still living organisms.


Actually, the Geth didn't require oxygen :p Explained somewhere in Mass Effect 2, when you enter a Geth base.

I'm gonna have to go with what Darthcaboose said, they're still partly organic and that their organic parts require the oxygen.

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