MARTIAN INVADERS (WAR OF THE WORLDS)
War of the Worlds novel & Movies
The Martians, as they are referred to, are a spacefaring extraterrestrial species which engaged in colonization efforts on planet Earth in the early 20th century. While the fact that they launched themselves from Mars is unquestionable, there have been doubts whether that planet represents their actual homeworld. After the failure of their mission to populate Earth, the creatures have redirected their efforts to Venus, with presumably successful results.
The Martians are roughly bear-sized, land-based cephalopod-like creatures. Their bodies are massive and they appear to have no skeleton, and move by crawling around with their long whip-like tentacles.
The entire body of the Martian consists of head and tentacles, with the head being vastly inflated, with a pair of disproportionally large black eyes and a mouth shaped like the letter “V”. A hearing membrane is located on the back of the head, but appears to be useless on Earth’s comparatively thick atmosphere. The Martians however are still capable of communicating with each other thanks to their limited telepathic abilities.
Their appearance is rarely seen, though, as they are most usually found inside their huge tripods and other machines, which they control from within, using them like an artificial body.
Martians breathe oxygen and can take advantage of the increased abundance of this substance in Earth’s atmosphere compared to that of Mars. To a certain point this counter-balances the negative effects that the increased gravitational pull of Earth has over their metabolism.
Most of the internal body of a Martian consists of its huge brain, which grants them with an advanced intellect. They have no digestive system whatsoever, and instead survive by transplanting the blood of other creatures directly inside their own veins, along with which come all the nutrients they need.
On Mars, the creatures take sustain by consuming the blood of a native humanoid life form with a fragile built and a silicon-based skeleton. When invading Earth they start to feed on humans, for which they have as much consideration as humans have for the non-sapient animals they hunt.
Some kind of ecological peculiarity has seemingly resulted in the Martian environment being completely free from infectious bacteria; which resulted in the Martian body having no immunological system and no other biological defenses against the germs.
Perhaps because of their over-simplified biology in regard to digestive process, Martians need no sleep and are also able to direct practically all of their energy to neurological processes.
An ancient species on a dying planet, the origins of the Martians are still up to speculation. Their curious anatomy and physiology appears to be the result of an increased evolutionary tendency to continuously augment the brain and hands (or other manipulatory organs) in expense of the remaining body systems; ultimately resulting in a cephalopod-like creature, almost nothing but head and fingers.
The question of whether this evolution was natural or artificial (or a combination of both) is disputed, however; as is the question of whether or not they are truly native to the planet Mars or were simply using it as a launching base to reach Earth.
It has been theorized that the Martians’ asexual physiology, completely devoid of food processing, sleep and mating concerns; is what ultimately resulted in their complete lack of emotions as humans commonly understand them.
They are, in many ways, a dark reflection of humanity itself, an image of what we may evolve into ourselves if we fail to live peacefully and sustainably. The martians are extremely focused and productive creatures, for which work is practically the only concern, 24 hours a day, and they are extremely persiste
nt in eliminating prey. They work fast in groups and appear to have limited telepathic abilities which could conceivably represent a very archaic form of hive mind. Additionally, they have a total disregard for organisms whom are technologically inferior to themselves, perceiving them as food or pests, laying waste to them without a pang of remorse. In fact, it is not too far-fetched to speculate that this lack of respect for other species could well be the reason their original planet is so barren: they used-up their own resources without thinking about the consequences. In fact, while they eliminated all deadly viruses on their homeworld, they had failed to defend themselves from earth’s diseases. For all their technological mastery, they had detached themselves from the natural world, an
d underestimated the power of nature, ultimately meaning their invasion on earth was a failure.
The Martian weapons are referred to as heat rays and are able to disintegrate by heat everything in a range of several meters. They also make use of the so-called Black Smoke, a dense substance which kills instantly if inhaled but which is rendered harmless in water. Despite being a gas, the smoke is so heavy it behaves almost like a liquid and remains mostly on ground level, thus posing no threat to the Martians standing on their tall tripod machines. One peculiarity of the Martian technology is that they appear to have never developed wheels, since all of their vehicles are based on mechanical limbs instead. Alternatively, they may have utilized wheels in the past, and newer technology rendered them obsolete.