Mithrasbot – a treasure for science fiction

Loot-a-Day, Day 15: Treasure, smaller than the eye can see

“Mithrasbots? You mean golden goo?”

Mithrasbots are atomic manipulator nanomachines programmed to turn any matter they come into contact with into gold.

As “Mithras’ curse” or “golden goo” they are deployed in mixed nanite swarms together with other nanobots which create additional copies of Mithrasbots and of themselves. Like most such poetic/karmic weapon systems, golden goo usually burns out after a time when the swarm’s balance between Mithrasbots and swarm regenerators is disrupted due to uneven access to new matter and the swarm starts cannibalising itself. However, there are also reported cases of whole planetoids falling victim to a powerful curse of Mithras.

Why science fiction?
This time, it’s less that we couldn’t decide but rather that we couldn’t be bothered thinking about what game to use in the first place.

Loot-a-Day is a month-long German blogging challenge by fellow German blogger Greifenklaue, who was inspired by ArtifactaDay which we ran last August as a counterpoint to RPGaDay in Germany. We followed up on this with two more marathons of daily content about artificial creatures and science-gone-too-far, respectively, and now Greifenklaue seeks to spread the format.

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