This is a crazy idea. Feel free to ignore it. Or heck, perhaps its already been brought up and dismissed. But here it goes…
You can modify yourself enough genetically that you are no longer human in this game, yes? And after you reach that threshold, new possibilities become…possible?
Well, what if there was a bionics threshold, where after a certain point, you are no longer human but a ‘Cybernetic Organism’ and need mechanics/electronics AND first aid to heal? I mean, if you have a bionic megaman arm, and a full page-long list of bionics, surely at some point your better off going to an electronics shop then a doctor’s office. And perhaps, after you reach this point, your body has serious issues accepting mutations, or mutations risk causing serious harm, or something. I know issues of bionics/mutation incompatability have been discussed before. Wouldn’t it be easier to just ‘standardize’ how this stuff is handled? A bionics threshold, past which mutations become mostly harmful and not beneficial, would certainly do that.
And then, once you pass the threshold, you could have post-threshold bionics, transhuman ones, so to speak, that would alter how you think and perceive the world, or change your physicality in ways that can’t be undone; like a cybernetic endoskeleton…or perhaps one where your brain has been replaced with a computer that your mind has been uploaded to, or a new android body (with no fleshy parts at all), or somesuch. Things that would increasingly make you more and more a machine, and have less in common with humans in the mental and psychological sense. Or perhaps just more classical transhuman stuff. This might also be stuff that has to be exclusively built, like some of the rarer mutagenic serums. There would also be obvious downsides, such as…you’ve now climbed to the pinnacle of what Man was once capable of, or could have been capable of…but there is no longer a permanent infrastructure to support what you’ve become. It’d be fun, and not necessarily all good, either.
I don’t know - just a crazy thought. I don’t have my heart set on it, I was just brainstorming and thought I’d mention it.