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Demonspawn By Christina Engela Characters: 5871

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:02

"But what could cause fear like that, Harry?" He asked the doctor, who seemed to be on something of a roll. "Okay, wait. I can see you've been thinking about this for a while, haven't you? So go on, hit me."

"Okay, you caught me." Harry grinned, downing the last of his tea. "What could break the will of a warrior, or an army?" He asked, relishing the question. "What has always weakened an army's fighting resolve?"

"Fear, I guess." Said Lofflin. "Seeing as that's what we're talking about."

"Fear, the soldier's worst enemy, " Dr. Collins summed up. "It's been the subject of numerous military studies and doctrines in Human history. We even covered it at the Academy, remember? Now supposing fear could be induced artificially by one side on another, say during a battle?"

"You're suggesting that this hypothetical droid comes fitted with this theoretical device that causes fear." Lofflin concluded.

"Pretty much." Harry nodded. "Or, it could be something built into the ship, even. Who knows?"

"It would be the perfect weapon, then. It would remove the enemy's will to fight and leave them open to destruction – is that it?"

"Why not, Joe? Think about it!"

"Fine – I can accept the theory – but how would it be done in practice?"

"Well, signals transmitted at certain frequencies to match brainwaves have been known to induce sympathetic feelings in test subjects. In the twentieth century on Earth, our ancestors experimented with frequencies that caused paranoia in communities. At higher levels of sophistication – let's say these alien friends of ours across the road, were really sophisticated, these could induce these emotions artificially – and even produce hallucinations to go with them!"

"Woulda, coulda, shoulda."

hey needed into holding crates for transportation back to the Mordrake. They had a real little production line thing going, or Billingham reflected, more of a destruction line. He and entech Neil would strip the parts, pass them on to Jackson and Fredericks who wrapped them in anti-static wrap, and placed them in the crates. Two crates, each about a meter square, were already ready to be shipped back to Mordrake. It seemed they would fill another four by the end of this exercise. At least they were halfway with the second pair by midday. By then, the team was exhausted, physically as well as mentally. Many of them had gone without sleep for more than 48 hours. Spanners were starting to fall from fumbling fingers and tempers were beginning to flare. Jackson and Fredericks got into an argument, and Neil had to step in to break it up when it became physical. Billingham called a halt for an hour and ordered them to split up for that period – to go and rest somewhere apart, get something to eat and drink, and just calm the hell down. Some of them did that, some tried to sleep – and considering how hard they'd been working, they didn't have to try very hard.

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