Lizard guys in Stove Suits

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Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Zor » 2017-02-26 03:32pm

An idea I had bouncing about my head put down in image form...
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This fellow is a sapient reptile in a civilization about as advanced as the Renaissance. He lives on the Southern frontier of his empire, in which for three months every year the temperature usually falls below zero, water freezes and snow falls from the sky. Most of these exothermic people on this southern frontier spend the winter months in hibernation, locked in their cellars. Even so a smattering of individuals remain awake: nobles, scribes, warriors and a few artisans, workers and ranchers who spend the cold months in heavily insulated buildings kept warm with heavy furnaces. Even so, occasionally they need to venture out to defend against wildlife or primitive mammalian tribals smart enough to make use of simple tools and weapons. To prevent them from going into torper in the chill, these reptiles wear Stove Suits. Heavy garments of leather and canvas with small cast iron stoves to produce heat, distributed around the body with canvas tubes. While bulky, they can maintain an internal temperature of 20-30 degrees and allow them to function even when the snow is deep.

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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Zixinus » 2017-02-27 04:55am

Would it be able to heat incoming air? Otherwise breathing would constantly cool them too, wouldn't it?
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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Zor » 2017-02-27 05:50am

Zixinus wrote:Would it be able to heat incoming air? Otherwise breathing would constantly cool them too, wouldn't it?

That's what the nose thing is for.

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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Darth Tanner » 2017-02-27 10:50am

I don't think you could carry enough fuel for it to be useful on that design. Unless they are not intended to be out for long or are moving with large wagons on fuel they would run out and freeze pretty quickly.
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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Simon_Jester » 2017-02-27 03:55pm

Basically, I'm sure you COULD build heavily insulated suits at that technology level, that use braziers (or just big hot rocks or hot water bottles, serving as the opposite of a heat sink in effect) to retain a bit more mobility and survivability in freezing weather for cold-blooded creatures.

But it'd be awkward as hell and it would only get you so far. Basically, it's the kind of thing you put on so you can go out to the woodshed and pick up the next load of firewood without freezing to death, not the thing you could live in or perform serious labor in.
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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Shroom Man 777 » 2017-02-27 04:32pm

They could wear selectively-bred mammals that are made into living-clothing.

Imagine an exothermic LIZARD MAN wearing a coat of... living, warm ferrets domesticated so that they will calmly allow themselves to be placed in strategic pouches of some fur coat to provide warmth to the lizard-wearer! A lizard warrior whose ENORMOUS SHOULDER PADS actually are hollow and contain pug-like creatures that generate heat to keep him warm!

There can be more biopunk options where through NATURAL PHILOSOPHY these profane Lizard Mans can actually STITCH TOGETHER live ferrets into some kind of ferrety version of the human centipede... remove their limbs and tails and just turn them into actual horrific living, pulsating clothing. Like feathered boas. Breed ferrets and other mammals into ridiculous shapes that can be worn... like an inbred mutant flying squirrel that can be spread out worn as a shirt. Flying squirrels selectively inbred to become living, terrestrial, furry flatfish-like things... living, furry pancake rays.

Use ether during the surgerization process. Some kind of horrific lobotomization so the LIZARD MAN will be wearing grotesque drooling brain-dead ferret/squirrel-garbs that, when unneeded... can be taken back to the quartermaster who can feed these poor wretched creatures using droppers! My goodness... yes. Kennels will double as wardrobes!

Imagine fighting a LIZARD MAN with such an attire! You stab through his armor and impale the mutated beaver he is wearing on his tunic. The creature emits screeches, for despite its brainlessness it can still feel pain! Blood and bile spew out of it! The attacker is unaware if it is the worn-creature's or the LIZARD MAN's!

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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby MKSheppard » 2017-02-27 04:40pm

Hey, thanks for making Harry Turtledove's Lizards!
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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Zor » 2017-02-28 05:39am

Interestingly enough there was a culture in Northern India which made use of ceramic jars full of hot coals for warmth under their clothing in winter. Mind you those jars did tend to give their users cancer in the Long Term. Then again they did not contrive little smokestacks on their back.

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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby edaw1982 » 2017-03-13 11:32am

Shroom Man 777 wrote:They could wear selectively-bred mammals that are made into living-clothing.

Imagine an exothermic LIZARD MAN wearing a coat of... living, warm ferrets domesticated so that they will calmly allow themselves to be placed in strategic pouches of some fur coat to provide warmth to the lizard-wearer! A lizard warrior whose ENORMOUS SHOULDER PADS actually are hollow and contain pug-like creatures that generate heat to keep him warm!

There can be more biopunk options where through NATURAL PHILOSOPHY these profane Lizard Mans can actually STITCH TOGETHER live ferrets into some kind of ferrety version of the human centipede... remove their limbs and tails and just turn them into actual horrific living, pulsating clothing. Like feathered boas. Breed ferrets and other mammals into ridiculous shapes that can be worn... like an inbred mutant flying squirrel that can be spread out worn as a shirt. Flying squirrels selectively inbred to become living, terrestrial, furry flatfish-like things... living, furry pancake rays.

Use ether during the surgerization process. Some kind of horrific lobotomization so the LIZARD MAN will be wearing grotesque drooling brain-dead ferret/squirrel-garbs that, when unneeded... can be taken back to the quartermaster who can feed these poor wretched creatures using droppers! My goodness... yes. Kennels will double as wardrobes!

Imagine fighting a LIZARD MAN with such an attire! You stab through his armor and impale the mutated beaver he is wearing on his tunic. The creature emits screeches, for despite its brainlessness it can still feel pain! Blood and bile spew out of it! The attacker is unaware if it is the worn-creature's or the LIZARD MAN's!

UUUULLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUEEEEERRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!


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Re: Lizard guys in Stove Suits

Postby Simon_Jester » 2017-03-13 11:08pm

This is a common response to Shroomposts.

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