A hodge-podge modification of the Lazaroid chassis, a Multiple Occupancy Lazaroid was designed to act as a walking triage center in remote places where medical assistance is hard to come by. Stockier than the standard Lazaroid with a network of multiple biopods, it is less effective for long-term care but can provide emergency healing and support for multiple injured beings or body organs. Its diagnostic AI is peaceable and admissive, politely and sternly advising any nearby injured creatures to either take a vacant pod or leave a name on its internal waiting list for later collection.

The only critical flaw in the MO's design is an unavoidable side effect of multinervous bonding. As the Lazaroid chassis was originally designed for a single occupant, multiple sentient patients will simultaneously perceive the monster as their body, and every other patient as a malignant, noisy presence within them. Often engaged in a constant inner battle for control, patients can experience uncontrollable bouts of dysmorphia, phantom appendages and a sense of being "locked in" when control has been lost. Due to this chaotic synaptic feedback, the MO is in turn prone to erratic behavior the more its mind is divided; moving jerkily, unpredictably shuffling its priorities or even, rarely, spontaneously breaking off and rejecting an occupied pod. Its benefits in dire situations typically outweigh the frequency or severity of these outbursts however, and cognizant enough patients can adapt to cooperation, taking turns controlling the body or agreeing on a single "leader."


CEREBRAL SYMBIOSIS: the Lazaroid MO can merge minds with any creatures housed in its various tanks.

LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: the Lazaroid MO can heal and sustain its symbionts indefinitely, or hold a symbiont just long enough to mend its wounds.

TELESCOPIC LIMBS: the monster's arms and legs can extend or retract.

SCANALYZER: the Lazaroid MO's left arm is a multi-purpose medical scanning system.



Contents copyright Jonathan Wojcik

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