Versions of the Techno-organic Virus
One Techno-Organic race is called the Technarchy. The Technarchy is an alien race from a planet called Kvch. Notable members are: Warlock and Magus. The Technarchy used the Transmode virus to turn living beings into techno-organic beings and then would drain them of their energy, leaving the remains of their prey to be nothing more than statues. Those not drained of their energy became a Phalanx. The virus can be transmitted through skin contact, though some mutants aren't over taken by the virus as quickly. Those infected possess the ability to shapeshift, recover from damage, and convert organic matter into convertible sustenance.
Another Techno-Organic race is The Phalanx. The Phalanx is not a race per definition, just the collective name of any being that has been infected with the Technarchy’s Transmode Virus. Those infected with the Transmode virus lose individuality and usually create a hive like mind and have the the desire to contact other techno-organic lifeforms. Phalanxes also have the ability to absorb both organic and inorganic matter. The danger of phalanx infection is the collective imperative to forming a spire to call the rest of the Technarch race to their designate worlds. In which the Technarch destroy phalanx inhabited planets as a consequence.
A radically different yet still similar strain of Phalanx strain was created by the villain Mainspring while he was experimenting on the mutant T.O infected Esperanza Ling. Instead of Techno-Organization of living tissue, this strain was instead dubbed Techno-Mechanization, where the recipient virus strain instead transformed inorganic substance into shapeless mechamatter. Template a subroutine of the mutant killing machine Bastion, would gain vast technoshifting abilities which not only enabled the direct interfacing with machines but to transform and assimilate with it along with computerized systems.
Mister Sinister created this strain of the virus to kill Apocalypse, an attempt that failed. Now in Apocalypse's hand he used it to infect Cable when he was only an infant. This versions once required blood contact rather than skin contact to infect someone. The areas that are infected appear as a blue or gray metallic color. They also tend to create protrusions in the infected areas and change form. Infection is quite painful. This version gives normal humans increased attributes such as strength and speed coupled with some form of technopathic abilities.
A new strain of T.O Pathogen was utilized by Apocalypse in the AoA to transform several human acolytes into servants of the aforementioned mutant overlord. One of whom being a clone of Donald Pierce of Earth-295. The Reavers infected with such a virus gained mild bio-mechanical and infection abilities as well as extra extramarital enhancement. Like bionic optics, extendable razor claws, wings for flight, etc.
In another broken future placated with programmed hatred of mutant kind. Magneto would find a clutch of individuals infected with what came to be called the Reaver Virus, a horrendous plague that devastated the world 19yrs hence, created by an Artificial Intelligence specialist named Kirk Jansen and his technological manufacturing company. His program would evolve to carry the inherent revulsion towards Homo Superior by mankind. Those whom come under the affliction are twisted into a bionic aberration with some technoshifting capabilities, victims who succumb to the virus sprout heavy mechanical apparatus's such as spider legs, chainsaws and even plasma cannons to aid in tracking and murdering their targets.
Within the primary continuum, Bastion had created yet another strain of Reaver Virus code and implanted it within Alexander Summers during his time as an Axis invert. The bigoted and duplicitous Robert Callahan sought out this module to enhance the new O*N*E series Sentinel Squad retrofitted using Reaver Tech provided to them by the coerced mercenary force. Pierce and his subordinates learned they could use it's technoforming capabilities to assimilate extra mechanical mass to build and modify new robotic bodies for themselves.
This version of the T-O virus rewrites the carriers entire genetic code. It gives the carriers body an upgrade in health, as well as physical and mental attributes. The original extremis gave powers such as firing electrical bolts, razor claws and breathing fire. Tony Stark would later alter the virus to save his life, in the process it encased his Iron Man within the hollows of his bones and linking his suit to his mind. With the Extremis he can connect to machines all over the world. The one setback he has encountered has been isolationism, a side effect completely opposite to the Transmode Virus.
Amoral scientists backed by the shady government police force known as H.A.M.M.E.R. were tasked with creating a nanoviral weapon from the remains of a murderous alien android and selling it over the black market as a test phase. The Ultimo Virus as it is called has the power to convert most any organic life into an extension of the robot itself. Complete with Superhuman Physical abilities, regeneration and heat vision coupled with a berserker rage; it would affect other biological elements differently bestowing odd aspect of its liquid metal substance onto it it in order for the bearer of its CNS core to move through whatever infected patches of it were in the vicinity. The virus had a conversion and kill rate of 110%, if left unchecked Ultimo could kill off entire planets by morphing plant mater into lifeless metal. Effectivly cutting off air supply and converting worlds into nests of metallic thorns.
Coupled with Eli Bard's ability to infect the Techno-organic virus and Selene's immensely powerful mystical abilities, dead mutants from around the world have been revived under the thrall of Bard and his Black Queen. The pair have raised a zombie like army of homo superior who auto-repair any injuries sustained and have wreaked havoc on the X-Men, X-Force, the New Mutants, Emma Frost, and the Hellfire Club. Those who're revived this way have defunct physiology's; that being they lack the need of sustenance, rest, breathing and the like. They also boast powerful regenerative capabilities.
Notable revived mutants include Rogue's foster mother and former Brotherhood of Evil Mutants member Destiny, fellow ex-Brotherhood member Pyro, New Mutants member Cypher, Warpath's ex-lover Risque, the original Thunderbird, Berzerker of the Morlocks, former X-Man Banshee and the Hellfire Club's protégées the Hellions.
Operation: Zero Tolerance
A nanotech based corrosion which could systematically overwrote human genetic matter, converting living flesh into polymorphous steel and machinery. The intent was the creation of sentinels from fully organic human beings, turning them into Prime Sentinels. These cyborg automotons lose all semblance of humanity as a consequence, becoming remorseless killing machines with vast physical augmentation coupled with metamorphic abilities and tracking systems keyed to the X-Gene. The most frightening aspect of the virus was it's hosts ability to inject other people with a nanite inoculation, threatening to transform more people into Prime Sentinels.
V.2 Omega Prime
A step up from the typical Prime Sentinel was the Omega Prime Sentinel, vastly upgraded machinery compared to prior models. Initially the Omega Sentinels were scrapped due to the technology being too clunky and bulky for practicality.
Simon Trask would seek to galvanize mutant hysteria via his own virus loosely based on the sentinite program. Through it he had the power to first turn people he came in physical contact with, who in turn would infect others with it, into supporters of his anti-mutant agenda. This was made evident by the light blue glow in the eyes of those he'd infected, then those whom had contracted the virus would transform into nonliving cyborg sentinel drones slaved specifically to his command parameters. The augmentations given were ill defined, other than the typical bionic enhancements of super strength, durability, stamina and the capacity to shoot energy beams from their palms.
Seemingly taking after Eliphas and Selene's plans of the T.O Virus. Bastion remolded a Mixed strain of viruses for the personal use of augmenting and resurrecting select human beings with great hatred of the mutant race or for simple tactical usage in his plans for their extermination. Augmenting himself into a powerful nimrod sentinel with celestial tech traits, having combined the Technarchy & Apocalypse strains of the virus to gain even greater technomorphing and roboticizing abilities. Which he used to found his Human High Council, some of whom he would convert those within his thrall into Nimrod Series Omega Prime Sentinels.
Individuals modified and/or resurrected include Leper Queen underboss of the Mutant Response Division, Donald Pierce leader of the Reavers and chairperson of the Hellfire Club's inner circle, William Stryker founder of the Purifiers, Cameron Hodge, Steven Lang and Graydon Creed of the Friends of Humanity. Finally the creator of the Sentinel Program, Larry Trask.
During his time alone in the depths of cold space, the malevolent Artificial Intelligence known as Ultron would eventually take what he knew of the Phalanx's transmode virus and combine it with the technologies of the Eternals sentient computer system ISAAC. Ultron would eventually create his own form of T.O Virus named and modeled after his own mechatronics, anyone afflicted with the virus became a subservient hive drone connected to the Ultron mass intelligence as their bodies took on physical characteristics of the monstrous android. Those changed into simulacrum's of the robot become enthralled to him mind, body and soul; as well as gain the capacity to spread and infect countless others across galaxies. Turning them into virus carriers as well. In some infected beings however they gain unique abilities of their own which drowns out the Ultron consciousness's hold on them.
In the New 52 productions, the parademon hordes of Apokolips are techno-organic entities created using both the living and dead biomatter of the populaces of worlds that the gods of evil conquer. Usually the robotic corpse corps snatch up and take all the available human and alien beings on inhabited worlds to their processing factories for the conversion process. But lone Parademons can also infect solitary beings with a technocytic virus in which converts individuals into techno-organic soldiers.
An individual once taken to a conversion factory to be processed underwent an odd mutation instead due to it's effects. Being transformed into a living, breathing internet hub whose entire physiology had been converted into pure micro-machinery and information. Over the coarse of years, she would come to master her new techno-organic condition spreading her virulent consciousness throughout the internet. Through her technomorphism she could fabricate incredibly advanced pieces of technology and augment the human biome with vast bionic enhancements. Those she infects are able to be resurrected by copying their vital information; their persona's onto her nanocytes in order to regrow them from the atom outwards.
A nanotech virus fashioned by Maxwell Lord using inert B13 Technology and activates/commandeered through the Brother I Satellite system created by Batman. Placated through various immunization, vaccinations and intake supplements supplied to the masses through the localized food chains and sickness treatment facilities. The Virus can be directly beamed into desired hosts via computer equipment or a simple broadband line, aggressively infecting anyone whose contracted the Virus. Once activated the unsuspecting sleeper agent serves to observe, assess and exterminate all known forms of superhuman activity. Be the individual superpowered or gifted intellects alike. Omactivated subjects gain any manner of unique abilities such as shapeshifting, weapon construction, eye beams and adaptive countermeasures. The hosts share a hive connection to the Brother Eye network and can instantly download any manner of information on the cataloged database of super powered beings on record.
A permutation of the Omni Mind And Community nano virus, coming from an alternate future timeline where it is regaled as the most fatalistic sickness known to man. While on his trek through the multiverse during 52; Karate Kid fell prey to the disease and eventually died on Earth-51 looking for a cure to his condition. Morticoccus infection works by first infecting an organism then alternating it's evolutionary cycle. In homo sapiens it first causes them to devolve into feral subhumans with minimal to non-cognizant intelligence while in most faunal forms it has the opposite effect. Initiating a startling change into more articulate creatures whom can read, write and handle heavy machinery; after a fashion. This pathogen was supposedly part of the cause of the Great Disaster which created the Earth A.D. universe.
Also known as the Omniscient Transformational Advanced Cell, a form of full organic techno-virus developed by Silas Stone. Initially it was created fort he purpose of creating self aware biological matter that could be re-purposed to affect and heal as well as replace damaged or irregularly formed organic tissue. Curing cancer, blindness, genetic deformities, etc. Anomaly a by product of its creation known as O.T.A.C. 13, would utilize it to cause mutagenic phenomena instead of preventing it; creating monstrous cyborg abominations and inducing a cybernization effect. Transforming those who're infected with the O.T.A.C virus into hyper aggressive Mechahuman's who can elongate like taffy, morph limbs into artillery and further spread and infect using O.T.A.C, turning others into Mechahumans as well. The virus was so dangerous that Blue Evans; a transcendental being from outside of reality, had requested Vic Stone a.k.a. Cyborg's aid in halting the progress of which. Having been unleashed in one digital universe that the Digiverse is comprised of, left unchecked it would spread and corrupt the whole of this virtual multiverse until nothing was left untouched.
In the newly reinstated comic imprint the alien armor sphere known as Shanhara hails from a race of sentient techno-organic armors. Each one carrying a micromechanical infection which both heals and augments their wearers while at the same time, steadily suborns them into a willing thrall of the armor itself. Moreover, those whom the armor takes assimilate more and more of their suits properties as they incurred greater injuries even through the nigh indestructible warsuits. The regenerated appendages and extremities look the same on the outside but within their host, the virus re-constructed limbs carry traces of it's transorganic metallic substance within them. Over time the virus will overtake the host and said individual will become a whole new armor with it's own name and similar abilities to it's symbiotic partner.
Within another universe where metal and biology are one and the same. Everything and everyone was a steady mix of techno-organic machinery as their natural state of being. But one day a fault within their biomechatronic structure cropped up, giving rise to a hideously lethal T.O. infection. It would seed itself within the very subatomic structure of the host and cause them to morph into a lethal self automated war machine with vast technoforming abilities. Giving the infected incredible amounts of weapon conjuration, equipment fabrication and armor adaptation in order to fight and overcome most any adversary they came across; on top of the natural cyberpathic abilities of those hailing from the transmoded race's dimension. Seeing as Eryx could transmit, mimic and download information from the world wide info-net via tapping into local satellite dishes as well as decode/recode infromation into gleaned knowledge. The only downside was that those infected with the affliction ran the risk of becoming homicidal killing machines whose moral imperatives were psychologically nullified by the viral agent in they're system. Causing them to engage in massacring everything that isn't affected like they are.