Name: Prawn Nanovirus
Threat: Moderate - High
Origin: Developed by prawns.
Description & TransmissionEdit
This nanovirus was engineered by prawns as a fuel source to power their ships and various other technology, though it has multiple other uses. Other than supplying fuel, the virus integrates with machinery, traveling primarily through fluids and electrical currents, where it can identify and repair any damages found, while fine-tuning the machinery's functions. It contains organic compounds, and reacts specifically to prawn DNA. Because of the unique nature of the virus and its many different facets of use, it's manner of transmission and the effects it produces depends on the host (Note that it is not considered a 'virus' when applied to prawn techonolgy, and only becomes detrimental when used outside of its intended sources).
Machinery - If introduced to machinary that isn't of prawn origin, the virus will proceed to apply repairs and upgrade any functions it encounters, all while attempting to convert the machine to respond only in the presence of prawn DNA. As the virus needs a liquid substrate to replicate itself in, it generally does not live long enough in most human-based technologies to pose a significant threat, though it will typically render the infected machine useless to anyone but a prawn over time.
Humans - The virus can infect humans if it comes into contact with bodily fluids, such as through a cut. Once inside, the virus rapidly begins to overtake its host, reassambling and morphing human tissue into prawn tissue, starting with the area where the virus was first introduced.
Cybertroinians - As with humans, the virus is transmitted through fluid, either directly into an energon line, or through consumption of contaminated energon. The virus does not replicate easily in the energon however, due to its caustic nature. A strong firewall generally restricts the virus further, slowing its spread dramatically. Though once established in its host, the versatile virus immediately seeks out and repairs damages and integrates itself with the host's sensory systems and CPU.
Humans - Within minutes, an infected human will begin to feel a general malaise and experience discomfort at the sight of contamination. Flu-like symptoms develope within hours, including nausea, fever, and intestinal upset. Despite feelings of nausea, patients also experience ravenous hunger.
Nails, teeth, and hair begin to loosen and fall out within twenty-four hours. Bone deformities begin to develope, and carapace emerges from beneath the skin. Internal organs undergo transformations at this point as well, and continue on into the third and fourth days after infection. Wthin a week, most of the metamorphsis is complete, with the victim fully transformed into a prawn.
Cybertronians - Nausea and malaise are the common symptoms experienced in the first few days after infection, and can persist a week or more as the body attempts to fight off the virus. After this initial phase, the sickness wears off and patients generally experience heightned senses, particularly with their hearing.
Because the virus typically associates its Cybertronian host as a 'defense machine', it hardwires them to be hyper-vigilent of threats posed to them and and nearby prawn. As a side effect of this, a patient's weapons and defense mechanisms may activate without their consent if they are in danger.
Behavioral changes are common, with individuals becoming more focused and vigilent, as well as quicker to become hostile and defensive.
The only known treatment for the virus is through the use of a transfusion machine, developed by the prawns themselves. For humans, the transfusion must be given within two to three days after infection, or the likelyhood of a full recovery is not guaranteed.
For Cybertronians, the transfusion can be given at any point during the infection.
2010 - At some point in late 2010, Pulse was infected with the virus through unknown means. The virus easily overroad the inhibitors Ratchet had installed to keep Pulse's weapons inactive, and after a few weeks, the virus also terminated the coding long ago installed via the Allspark, one which affected the coloration of his optics to coincide with his affiliation. As a result, Pulse's optics reverted to their natural color of amber.
Initially to be doublecrossed by Ehtidkoush and assimilated into his colony, Kerrigan took over the scheme following Ehtid's death, and after Pulse and a number of others were captured by her, she infested him with the Hyper-Evolutionary Virus. The idea was to use the nanovirus' organic nature to allow the Hyper-Evolutionary Virus to take hold of a Cybertronian host, ultimately integrating the two pathogens. The venture was sucessful on the outset, allowing the zerg virus to infest an otherwise non-organic host, to the point that creep-like tissue was able to grow and interweave itself into Pulse's frame. After several days however, the nanovirus overwhelmed this infestation, killing off the zerg virus, and causing the creep tissue to wither and decay.
Early into 2011, the identity of the virus was eventually pinpointed by Verani, and through her extensive connection with the prawn, she was able to assist Ratchet in obtaining the transfussion machine that eventually destroyed the virus in Pulse.
During this episode, Sideswipe became infected with the nanovirus, and was subsequently healed along with Pulse. Before being cured of the illness however, it also altered his optics to their natural shade of orange, overriding both the Allspark's coding, and the coding implimented by a previous infection of a different Cybertronian virus.