DDB Syndrome

" Mr. Hanlon, I’m afraid that your condition is chronic. During your time in the Special Shock Reconnaissance you have executed so many DDB jumps without narcotic suspension, that the results on your body and gene structure have been dramatic. Physically you should survive easily, but, as you have noticed, your mental state is harder to fix. Even now you are heavily drugged just to make this conversation with me. I have no other choice but to send you to the orbital mental asylum for your and your family’s safety. "
-Doctor Sinus Gray, Tarkus City

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When Humans began experimenting with the DDB phenomenon, they immediately noticed that travelling with DDB jumps caused serious issues to the ships living crew members. The exact reasons for the effects have never been thoroughly explained nor confirmed, but the majority of scientists and text books believe that when an organic sapient brain is transfered into the heterogenic space its quantum conditions, which are essential for sentient minds, are disrupted. This disruption causes various psychological disorders from mild to severe and permanent depending on the duration and frequency of the exposures.

Probably the most devious effect on the organic body is the damage done to its genetic structure: in extreme exposures the cognitive damage can be so shocking to the body itself that it causes permanent degenerative faults into its DNA structure. It is widely believed that this has played a major part in the physical degeneration of the ancient space faring race known as the Lashathies.

Minimising the damage

To avoid the more acute and imminent effects of the DDB, the passenger can be suspended into a coma either through cryogenics or narcotics. When the brain is dead, the passenger can avoid most of the damage the DDB could cause. Most commercial space travellers only suffer mild depression and melancholy, symptoms which are easy to treat with medication.

Due to the time required to suspend and wake up the passenger, military personnel travelling straight into combat often have to travel conscious. These ‘’Shock Attacks’’ are dangerous and can cause permanent damage to the soldiers. Alternative ‘’Shock Attack’’ methods include chemical suspension with rapid awakening through adrenalines and other narcotics. While these methods are safer than travelling conscious, the drugs needed to quickly revive a body have their own side effects.

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