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Every once in a while, Rassilon can make the inner laboratory accessible to beings who don't blithely sidestep through time the way he and his son and consort do. This is one such occasion, as he creates a dimensional pathway, then dims the light.

He then waits for Some to meet with him.

Date: 2008-09-16 01:54 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
Some notices the dim light the moment he arrives, and it sets him unexpectedly at ease. "Thank you for seeing me, Mister Rassilon."

Date: 2008-09-16 03:50 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
"It isn't a problem," he answers, smiling.

"Now, there are a few different ways this might be done, so I'd like to describe all of them before a decision is made, if that'd be all right."

Date: 2008-09-16 04:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
Some finds a seat, ready to settle in. "Please, do. I don't know anything about how this might work."

Date: 2008-09-17 06:30 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
Rassilon also finds someplace to sit, lit only by the small lights of computer terminals.

"I'd had a few more moments to think on it, and I've come up with a few more options, other than simple temporal manipulation. However, I'll explain that one first."

"The temporal manipulation would be done at the cellular level, and targetted to very specific cellular functions, which means that your interactions would continue as normal--your thoughts would run at the same speed, experiences, everything. You would appear to everyone else as normal, as well. However, since it is targetted at the mitochondrial level to literally force cellular apoptosis to run much more slowly, you would experience metabolic slowing, lack of appetite, possible cold intolerance, et cetera."

"The second option would be literal gene therapy--a series of deliberate genetic mutations that would cause your own cells to reprogramme their own cell-death subroutines, as it were, either rewiring your metabolism itself, or extending it. There is also the option, within these mutations, of granting you the ability of cellular regeneration--which is something I do not give easily." This last he states not so much more loudly as more deliberately.

A pause.

"The third option would be to do something similar to what I did for Jonathan, which would be to create a new body to your specifications, from your genetic data, into which your brain would be gene-melded, with the measures for longevity already encoded."

He goes quiet, after that. It is, after all, a lot of information.

Date: 2008-09-17 06:41 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
Some folds his legs up, sitting on one and hugging the other knee to his chest as he listens. He's no scientist, and he tries to evaluate each detail. One point at a time.

"Metabolic slowing. Would I be tired more often, or just need to eat less?" Honestly, at this point in his life, he can't see that as being a bad thing.

Date: 2008-09-17 07:52 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
"Both, I'm afraid," Rassilon answers. "You will find you'll need to eat less often, but at the same time the slowing of metabolic function will result in less energy. You'll likely be easily fatigued."

Date: 2008-09-17 08:47 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
"That's not too bad... Me needing to eat less often would save lives." In the short term, as he's looking at extending a life of man-eating many times over.

"The gene therapy sounds... Well, tempting, but it's very important that I remain what I am now, half-Grue, half-human. I don't want to become some approximation.

"Which sort of cell regeneration do you mean?"

Date: 2008-09-17 10:14 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
Hmmm.

"An 'approximation?'" He shakes his head. "I shouldn't think so. You would remain essentially what you are. You would simply be a half-Grue half-human with an augmentation or two. Like the temporal manipulation, the gene-therapy would be done at the mitochondrial level, if not smaller. The only thing that would be changed would be cell-death. Only with genetic manipulation, the coding itself would be altered, instead of the activity being forced slower. Though with the gene therapy, you would be very ill for a short period of time as your body readjusts."

"As to cellular regeneration... that would be an addition rather than an alteration--a systemic feature that would allow the body to completely renew itself at the point of death, whether from injury or age. Genotype and phenotype would remain the same, simply ... refreshed."

Date: 2008-09-17 10:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
Some looks a little overwhelmed by the options. More and more, actually. "So... the gene therapy would be a more natural change, persuasion instead of forcing... How sick? Life threatening?" Is this the risky option?

Date: 2008-09-17 10:36 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
That is a lot of options, but he's patient and looks as though he is willing to sit there for hours and explain, if need be.

"Not life-threatening, no, but you would be ... 'laid up,' I think is the term, for a while. Nausea, body pain, somnolence, dizziness, perhaps. The good thing about it would be that it would only last a few days to--at most--a week after the last treatment is administered, after which you would make a more or less complete recovery. The changes to your metabolism might incur some minor slowing, but not nearly as bad as with the forced holding back of cell death."

Date: 2008-09-17 10:46 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
"... Stones, I should be taking notes." His fingers twitch for a notebook, and he picks at his sleeve instead. Oh Some, you pick up more of Jon's mannerisms every day. "How long would the treatment be? And what do you mean 'more or less?'"

Date: 2008-09-18 12:08 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] inthetower.livejournal.com
"The duration of the treatment depends partly on your genetic structure and partly on what it is you want it to do. As I'd stated, there's the option of cellular regeneration. Whether you want that or not will affect how long the treatment takes. As to 'more or less,' just what I said. There may be some minor fatigue, weight gain, or cold intolerance, but it'd be negligible compared to that which would accompany the temporal solution."

Date: 2008-09-18 01:20 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/some_thing_/
"Why would you offer me the regeneration option?"

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