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The following names can be used interchangeably: Xenobionta, Xenobionta user, Lonely Walker

1- Each Lonely Walker carry genes from all the animals in a group, ranging from a family( f.e. Felidae, the cats) to a phylum (f.e Mollusca, the moluscs).
2- Those animals can't be extinct (because the virus can only collect DNA from living animals). However, if an extant animal is a direct relative to an extinct group, the Xenobionta bearer can try to replicate their characters.
3- The animals can be from other imaginary populated planets, but the host must be a native intelligent species.
4- The maximum size allowed in a transformation is the one of the biggest species included. If the animals are smaller than a human the maximum is his base size.
5- The matter excess in transformation comes from a reverse energy-matter conversion powered by unknown cosmic radiations.
6- The Xenobionta with more simple development types have more plasticity than the most complex. For example, invertebrate-based ones usually have a base form that they modify on the fly, while vertebrate ones have from one to a few fixed forms.
The human chooses the traits he want to incorporate into the form and try to "unearth" them from their DNA.
7- Animal psychological traits mix with those of the human. If they are not kept at bay with sustained concentration they end replacing them and the transformation goes out of control.
8-     Suffering near-fatal wounds will automatically revert the transformation. The tissue reconfiguration and high activity of stem cells can regenerate the damage and save the users' life, but following transformations will have a delay. A wound grievous enough to kill outright won't allow the regeneration to trigger.
As you might have deduced from my last deviation, the background was pointing toward a comic/shounen-like setting were superpowered fights are the order of the day.

There is a deeper intent behind that action based premise, but it will be slowly revealed. For now, the Lonely Walkers are bound by their destiny: searching for one another to answer their questions by the word or the claw.

I would love if you became interested in my project and created your own character/form concepts. You only have to follow those basic rules and let your imagination fly.
If you do it please let me now, it would be awesome!
Lediblock2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
What if the Xenobionta virus landed on earth millions of years ago, collecting DNA from a now-extinct animal group?
Innerwolf88 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are right! That's a good way to get around that restriction. Xenobionta users possessing ancient DNA should be very rare as not many viral copies would survive for millions of years, but they should be possible indeed.
Lediblock2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
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