lorb wrote:somehow able to extract fresh telomeres from blood to replace their own ones
This doesn't need to be some specialized development if it's big enough. The sheer amount of foreign proteins released into every part of the host's body upon the symbiont's death would cause plenty of problems, though I suppose they wouldn't typically manifest especially quickly.Copper Bezel wrote:it's developed the ability to somehow affect the host's psychology to protect itself.
Waffles to space = 100% pure WIN.
idobox wrote:I would go for an infectious agent, a bacteria or a bigger parasit, that increases agressivity and metabolism, but at the same time depletes (consumes) some hormone or protein commonly found in blood.
That way, you get strong and fast people with a craving for bllod.
Theyy don't really need light to cause them physical harm. They can just be highly sensitive to strong light, which is an existing conditions, and to other stimuli, like the smell of garlic.
If you really want light to cause them harm, you could have the parasit screw up with pigmentation or repair mechanisms of the skin, making them extremely prone to sunburns.
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