Flying Mutations + Flying Vehicles

So your saying its more realistic that a bee the size of a dog can fly, yet a person despite going through various mutations, even possible shrinkage to “tiny” proportions is unrealistic.

Even through a human mutated celahopod which is drivied from a mainly aquatic based species, with absolutly no means to travel the dry terrain let alone do so for extensive and indefinite period of times; is realistic.

I dunno man. This whole thing just sounds like a never ending loop.

“Its not realistic!” Despite everything else not following suit

“Its not balanced!” Despite it already pre-existing handicaps, which of course can lead to more if that fixes things but no.

So I just. Don’t. Know. What the actualy hold up is.

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So your saying its more realistic that a bee the size of a dog can fly, yet a person despite going through various mutations, even possible shrinkage to “tiny” proportions is unrealistic.

No I’m not. In fact, I’m pretty sure I said literally the exact opposite right here

Realistically everything about a giant bee is ridiculous.

If your going to just blatantly ignore what I say, I’m not going to bother saying more.

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Which is actually a good question. Why has no one else madr points about the realism about other mutations but the bird one?

Sorry, I did lead to that. What I meant by that is its a bit of a double standard. While you agree it unrealistic for a bee to be unable to fly. You don’t enforce it. Yet for flying mutant you do. Why?

Not yet. I could easily see a line of zombies that’s pretty flimsy, but has strong leg muscles and wings and leaps into the air (like a frog) and glides into the player to either prone or grapple them. I assume these creatures would seek out high places (rooftops, cell towers) and wide vision to try and LAWNDART into their prey.

I mean the predator zombies leap like 20 feet without the use of hang-glider wings. Also human flying squirrel suits are a thing. Literally just make zombie versions of that (made lighter without things like internal organs) and call them harpies.

Honestly, I would prefer gliding be a thing before flight. I would love to pilot a hang glider from s radio tower.


harpies would actually be pretty rad.

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If the conclusion of this entire debate was “removal of giant wasps”, I’d be ok with that. Its not really a double standard, I’m just not actively seeking to remove elements from the game. As I said, my personal opinion is that monsters are distinct from the player, and play by a different set of rules, like most enemies in most games.

Some of the more extreme mutations like tentacle limbs are possible in theory, assuming you could solve the whole “rewrite and rebuild human genetics on the fly”, which its assumed mutagen can do. Given that, its a question of whether the thing can exist in reality. Tentacle limbs would require some strong musculature, but not impossible so. Advanced healing and tougher bodies are also viable, assuming you could write the appropriate genetic changes which again, we assume mutagen can do. Creating wings on humans is fine within the realm of what to do. However, using those wings still has to obey physics. And that’s where flying bird mutations falls apart.

Edit: As for gliding, thats still a tough one. You could theoretically glide, but good luck landing.

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Haha Hope you have a high Dex and a good Driving skill. wink

proceeds to smash into a forest and get impaled by dead branches


Yes but physics loses some ground on the scope of reality when things like bees exist. A normally I would agree. Monsters are an exception to this rule, since most would be following that whole “eldrich” or “Alien” make up type deal.

But these are just big bees; normal big bees that have grown proportionally larger than their common garden variety cousins. A some how in the process, the universe has decided to give them a pass in terms of physics. Yet humans despite being infected by the same blob species still has to obey it.

Maybe revenger for the royal mess up humanity did? Who know.
I mean. If these were “alien” bees, sure it could be something beyond our understanding like Mi’gos; but these bees are from earth. A they do follow the same principles. Whatever they got, why can’t mutant flying humans?

While it’s true that (bumble-)bees do have a size advantage, may I remind you that there are giant wasps in the game and they do fly?
Yes, flapping human sized wings 200 times a second most certainly will damage the them. I didn’t mean that the human should be able to do that (also, bees are able to stay in the air nearly indefinately (“while their energy lasts”), and we don’t want to do that either). It was intended as a nudge into the direction of an other way to think about.

By the way, friction should not scale like that, and while it will heat up (bumblebees actually use this as a way to be able to fly in low temperatures), it should not cause burns.

Unrelated, but in the reponse linked, it was stated that the (probably swiss) physicist is unknown. However, in actuality it is thought that it was either Swiss gas dynamicist Jacob Ackeret or André Sainte-Laguë, a French mathematician.

Edit: Well, looks like my wasp argument was already brought up…

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If achievements ever come through, that has to be one.

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Hm, than the question should be: How many muscles does a human need to be strong enough to lift itself with bird or bug (or any other adaptation type of) wings.

Oh, waitwaitwait! There was a good documentary about the theoretical existence of dragons! It explained how they could fly while respecting existing physics. I’ll see if I can find it.

Second Edit:
Found it! (Here’s the name - in case the video gets removed at some point: Dragon’s World; a fantasy made real)

Maybe that could be adapted somehow?
For those that don’t have the time to watch a one and a half hours (fake) documentary…: It plays with the idea that dragons could have had an air sack, filled with a gas lighter than air (hydrogen), which reduced the weight of the animal, which in turn (with wings) allowed them flight. (I’m not sure if that’s all there is to it, it’s a long time ago since I’ve watched it.)


Hmmm, so your say we should have fire breathing bird mutants. Sure! Hell I’m down with that


No! That’s definitely not what I’ve tried to say. Uh… Yes. Let’s go with that :laughing: .

Uhm… Was it a coincidence that I just stumbled across this comic (Source: Owl Turd)?


There are some birds that can fly small distances due to their weight, that could maybe make it less op of an mutation cause unlimited flying that only depends on ur stamina would be of af.


(Nervous laugh) Hahaha yeah, coincidence .

… he knows to much.

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I think that would be fair considering the exploitation one could take flying to. A make it a bit more interesting than a under used parachute.

Still, if flying was added, how OP would it truly be?

You could only carry a few things (like birds with their talons or beaks) and relatively heavy things can’t be carried (so, can’t fly with a hatchet).

Most loot is underground, so you can’t fly there.

Easy access to buildings? Put a locked trapdoor or a door.

Easy escape? Isn’t that the point of bird mutation tree?

Also no easy driving (wings could either prevent or make it difficult).

Also crappy fighting, crappy armor choice…

So what would be OP about it?


just add decent drain to stamina and pretty okay

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Just want to throw this in here:

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