Does really just the biogenetics department have such a bad track record while the Ebb users can do no wrong?
Where are they, the Dark Lament equivalents to the artificial lifeforms reproducing uncontrollably, to the soul-eating rotting killer cyborgs, or the psychotic blind dog monsters?
We went looking for them:
Dark Lament had high hopes for this result of their research into improved Science Friction equipment for Thermal Ebb users. Their hopes were not to last.
The apparatus that had been designed was mounted at the back of the head and coded to either Blue or Red Thermal abilities. It significantly increased the effects and duration of Aura and Body Blaze calculations while simultaneously lowering the Flux necessary for manifestation.
However, upon prolonged use the powerful glyph matrices of the device would start to imprint themselves on the wearer’s brain, superimposing other calculations and causing so called “Thermal Madness”, leading up to first involuntary activations, then permanent manifestations, before finally overloading the integrated safety elements causing an explosion of Thermal Ebb energy totally consuming the unfortunate Ebb user.
Today, surviving prototypes of the device still sometimes find their way onto the black market, from where they filter down to Feral Ebons, cults and other subversives.
According to unconfirmed rumours, the terminal explosions of the devices could throw out shrapnel laced with Flux saturated matrix fragments which would bond to Deathsuits and their integral glyph suites, infecting the wearer with Thermal Madness.