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Origin of a Spaceship: Rifter

Excerpt from: Origin of a Spaceship





Background
The Rifter has been identified as one of the oldest spaceships in New Eden. A tenacious creature, the Rifter is a well seasoned hunter. They were first discovered when swarms destroyed a few, early exploration ships. However, due to their high degree of intelligence and innate social nature they have proven to be easy to tame.

Observations
Spaceships of high levels of aggression, Rifters have proliferated throughout the entirety of New Eden. Although they possess all of the characteristics and genetic sequences of other Family Minmatar ships, Rifters are known wanderers. Pack of them can be seen across New Eden where their dark, rust tinted hulls sink into the shadows cast by the various nebula.

Highly prolific, Rifter spawn with apparent ease. Their offspring are capable from birth and packs of young Rifters, at times called Rifterlings, are known to be highly aggressive and willing to prey upon much larger spaceships to satiate their needs.

More common outside of the highly domesticated areas of Empire space, Rifters are highly adaptable spaceships. They can be solitary hunters or work inside larger fleets. Their high degree of intelligence has created complex social structures with other, more fleet focused spaceships.

Points of Interest
The Rifter’s exoskeletal structure is structurally unique. Fossil records in asteroids and on planets can trace the Rifter as one of the first, highly functioning spaceship. It has retained its basic structure for a millennia, breeding and spreading throughout the cluster.

Mitochondrial evidence suggests that the Rifter has crossbred into other species of spaceships. Most notable is the Megatron, a ship that retains the classic skeletal structure of the Rifter. DNA analysis of captured Naga also show a mitochondrial trail that traces back to the Rifter’s basic structure.

See also:
Naga

Comments

  1. Yet more notes from Uncle Travelling Noob:

    The intense, sub molecular interrogation of the Rifters origins revealed unique traits to it's DNA. Unlike normal DNA the Rifter DNA possesses the ability to mutate by folding back on itself forming an inseparable seal, sticking to other bits of DNA and generally strapping together so called "junk DNA" in order to form cohesive and useful structures. One scientist interviewed said "it's almost as if it's some kind of sticky tape. DNA tape". Speculation on the origins of this ability point to reactions with naturally occurring Iron Oxides in the Rifters habitat.

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