Trope-a-Day: Multi-Armed and Dangerous

Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Well, I’ve mentioned the Eight-Legged Legion of octopus uplifts before, for a start, but even the people with humanoid morphology have received the ambidexterity and multitasking upgrades required to at least dual-wield.  (A lot of the spacer clades have switched from the two-arms-two-legs model to the four-arms model, but the need to hang on to something to avoid action-reaction problems when shooting don’t make this as useful as it sounds for this purpose.

It’s still largely averted beyond that and the other naturally multi-armed species, though, because while you can – and some people do – add extra arms over and above one’s natural endowment, you can get much the same effect with even more flexibility by slaving a bunch of quasi-autonomous battle-drones to your neural interface, or occupying a swarm-bodied cybershell, which will not only let you have plenty of “arms” to fight with – just not restricted by being attached to you at one end – it’ll let you surround the enemy personally, too.

Trope-a-Day: Everything’s Squishier With Cephalopods

Everything’s Squishier With Cephalopods: While also one of the more difficult candidates – because their biology is so weird – they were one of the primary candidates for uplift, because they’re already remarkably intelligent, they’re alien enough to have a really interesting point of view, and an underwater native species with such nimble manipulators would – and did, as it turned out – be really useful with the ongoing colonization of the oceans.

And, for that matter, space.  Modified octopodes adapt really well to a microgravity environment.

(Oh, and you know those little sub-brains for each tentacle?  They mean that the dar-culno, the uplifted octopodes, are one of the very few species in the Galaxy that can dual-wield – or rather, hextuple-wield firearms and hit six targets at once.  Don’t fuck with the Eight-Legged Legion, m’kay?)