Game Statistics on S100A4 KU1/KU2/KU4

Here are the game statistics on the 3 types of Vampires from Shoot for the Stars, * next to a statistic means that it should be taken as an average value, individual values might vary. This is especially true for Ku4 vampire(Renfields).

S100A4 KU1 (The Colonist)
General Abilities Aberrance 15, Hand-To-Hand 3, Health 6
Hit Threshold 6 (Hitting the target does not really damage the Spore)
Alertness Modifier +3 (Awareness)
Stealth Modifier +1
Damage Modifier -1 (Fist, kick, head-butt)
Armor -3 (Unfeeling, diffuse)
Free Powers Heat Drain, Regeneration(2) – all damage from physical weapons (not from fire or acid)
regenerates immediately, Awareness (Antigens), Stifling air
Other Powers Spore control (Infected), Summoning (Infected), turn to spores
  • Extreme UV Lights
  • Fire (does normal damage)
  • Sunlight
  • Anti-fungal agents
  • Cold Climates
  • Surgical stainless steel
  • Lights, lighting
  • The fungus requires high level of humidity to spread
  • Human antigen (from blood) acts as a fertilizer, making the fungus grow faster.
    • Drinking human blood
  • May only move toward target indirectly

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Research Notes on S100A4 KU1/KU2/KU4

What happens to an ecology, when the parasite level reaches critical mass? The ecology dies.
— Hugh MacLeod, How To Be Creative

Alien Origins

The vampire in the Shoot at the Stars campaign is a fungus like entity that arrived through the Tunguska incident in 1908. The fungus is a parasite that migrates from star to star colonizing any ecology that it encounters, once the entire ecology is subverted, it becomes dormant for until a catastrophic event, planet collision, or even attempt by the inhabitants to send it out to space, enables it to reach the next stars. The organism is so simple that it can survive in most environment in its dried state, and will return to it when exposed to danger. When dried the organism looks like a white gray powder that could easily be mistaken for Anthrax.


There is only one known organism fitting the KU1 descriptive. Using a psychic link to all the KU2 subjects ( Nikodim Stepanovitch, Sorin Cimpeanu,  Andrei Nikolaevich (Luciano Ruiz), Oleg Borodin ), it is currently assembling all the key parts of a spreading technology (bio-warfare). Normally when the Spore comes in contact with a xenoform it can spread really easily, but human DNA offers an imperfect fit, making KU1 the only pure source of the Spore.

Some KU4 subjects have been created from the KU2 spores, these subjects are highly unstable sue in part to mutations due to the contact between the spores and the human antigens.


It is currently alone, as a perfect source, the complete regeneration process being incomplete it is still really fragile. Using spores it infected other individuals, they are currently under its control.

Variations and Divisions (Existing types)

Including the original Spore, three variations exists

  • KU1 – The orginal Organism – (Alien)
  • KU2 – The four infected from the S100A4 MR4 project (Infected)
  • KU4 – Renfield like creation from the KU2 level infected. They are used mostly as easily controllable enforcers. (Clones)
    •  Note: these Renfields will do most of the heavy lifting for the conspiracy, working for their masters.
    • Some animal variations of the KU4 are rumored to exist.
    • Through mutation the Spore adapted to sunlight by developing a binary state defensive mechanism. The KU4 Spores alternate rapidly between their dormant state and live state. Enabling the clones to day walk and survive UV, the effect can be seen in photograph or video where the affected regions of the skin appear blurry. This comes at the cost of a reduced lifespan for the spores themselves.
  • KU5 – Rumors abound of a derivative of the KU4 Spore that was developed by a drug chemist – (Luciano Ruiz)  from Brazil. Known on the streets by the names of Star Glitter | Glitter Dust | Star Dust | Extreme Star Dust, it is currently hitting the European market and taking over the club scene.
    • Game Effect : at the cost of 1 stability a drug user can summon extra concentration, strength, motivation conferring 3 temporary points in any investigative or general ability. Prolonged use creates a physical addiction, an addict failing to get her fix will lose 1 permanent points in Athletic, for every 24 hours without the drug.

Credit where credit is due, the infected idea, and levels of vampirism was taken from the Age Of Ravens blog, please see the excellent post about a multi-level infection. A similar entry on an alien type infection can be found at, while the one presented here is really a spore infection and not a bipedal organism, I found the similarities uncanny, therefore  here it is for sake of completeness.

Life and Death

As pure spores the organism can essentially live eternally, entering dormant state whenever it requires to survive harsh conditions. If its host is destroyed the spores will lay dormant till they can reattach to a new host. Fire will completely burn the spores, but care needs to be taken so that the heat is high enough, if not some spores might remain. The spores are also sensitive to Ultra-Violet light and will go dormant when exposed to direct sunlight, spores under the clothing will not be affected.

The higher energies of the ultraviolet spectrum from wavelengths about 10 nm to 120 nm (‘extreme’ ultraviolet) are ionizing, but due to this effect, these wavelengths are absorbed by nitrogen and even more strongly by dioxygen, and thus have an extremely short path length through air. – Note for possible weapons that could be created by a crafty Agent.


The KU1 organism is not human in any way, its sentience is completely alien, and therefore cannot be considered to have humanity. It acts like fungus, with a simple and clear goal, ensuring survival and dominance of a system ecology.  As long as it can work to achieve this, it will go on, anything stopping the Spore from achieving this goal will be terminated by the KU2/KU4 organisms. Control of the infected is constant, the KU2/KU4 are always under the guile of the KU1 Spore.

KU2 have a high compulsion to help the KU1 achieve its goals, but they still remain control on their individual actions. They believe they are in complete control, but this is only true on the surface. As most of their own thoughts and actions are always done according to plan, KU1 does not actively control the infected, it relies on the natural compulsion of the other spores to make sure that the goals will be achieved. This is a simple biology requirement, the individual in the hivemind do not really know why they are doing the actions, but they do and believe that they were in control.


There is currently no known cure, except the terminal ones like sunlight and extremely strong UV lights. Anti-fungal agents can control its spread, but the fungus does not recede completely. KU4 have a really low lifespan, according to tests done by Sorin Cimpeanu, lifespan is at most 1 year.

Conspiracy Goals

Shoot for the Stars actually contains two conspiracy leaderships, the criminal covert objectives of the Russian research group and the colonization objective of the Organism itself. The Tunguska organism objective is pretty clear; Using the spores already in the wild it is influencing the development of bio-warfare delivery technologies to insure that it can spread on Earth. To do so it uses the existing infected.

The criminal have more objectives but the are in a sense simpler to understand as they stem from the needs of power hungry humans. The campaign should focus on these objectives initially, only to reveal the organism truth at the end of the story.

Man of Tunguska Objective

  • Insure the survival of itself by spreading across the planet.

Russian Research Group Objectives

  • Harvest and Control the benefits of the S100A4 MR4 spores to create a new world order.
    • Recover the 3 remaining samples.
    • Recover the original research notes.
    • Recover the location of the Organism body.
    • Start new research projects
      • Hire or coerce the best biological experts in the world.
      • Develop better control mechanism to insure that the spores can be used on world leaders.
      • Develop a counter agent to limit the spread of the fungus.

Map to the stars

For the conspiracy mapping I have used the enemy map more than the conspiracy pyramid, I keep the pyramid in mind but as a more fuzzy concept. It helps me understand the relative position of the Agents in regard to the scope of the conspiracy. In the following posts we will describe the different types of Vampires and then we will start detailing the nodes themselves. Continue reading

Kyshtym disaster

The Kyshtym disaster was a radiation contamination incident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Soviet Union. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale, making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded behind the Chernobyl disaster, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, both Level 7 on the INES. The event occurred in the town of Ozyorsk, a closed city built around the Mayak plant. Since Ozyorsk/Mayak (also known as Chelyabinsk-40 and Chelyabinsk-65) was not marked on maps, the disaster was named after Kyshtym, the nearest known town.

Shamelessly lifted from Wikipedia – Kyshtym disaster. (2013, May 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:50, May 20, 2013, from

S100A4 MR4 Dossier

Officer in Charge : Kapitan Nikodim Stepanovitch.

Project Start Date: September 21st 1946

Objective : Help wounded soldiers recover from fatal wounds and stem battlefield infections.

Kapitan Stepanovitch was a junior liaison officer during the first test trials on the Man of Tunguska, now one of the only living member of the initial project he was able to have the project re-activated. His expressed goal was to use the regeneration characteristics to augment the healing capabilities of wounded soldiers.

Project S100A4 MR4 was setuped in the city of Stalingrad with a discretionary budget and started clinical research on the frozen samples. While the research staff re-activated all the old protocols from the first project, Kapitan Stepanovitch went to work on the members of the Polit Bureau to re-acquire the body from Sevastopol bay.

Part of the political work done by Kapitan Stepanovitch was also to convince them that the project was to treat wounded soldiers and prevent infections from spreading in military wards. Nobody thought that the Kapitan would try to develop a longevity serum.

It took a whole year to get the body back in the Stalingrad laboratory. It seemed that the pressure was enough to keep the body from regenerating. 4 more years of research were required to discover that the body was starving for human blood. During that period it was also discovered that blood filtered through the body would gain regeneration characteristics. The only issue was that more they filtered blood through the vessel, faster it regenerated.

Fearing the consequences of passing to much blood through the body, it was decided that the 10 1cc. samples would be enough for further analysis, tissue samples were also taken and frozen. The analysis of the tissue samples enabled the research team to understand that the body was not coming back to life, but was only re-animated, as if the organisms was trying to mimic life. After further studies, spores were found to be slowly multiplying in the blood samples and tissue samples. The extremely toxic fungus like organism were discovered and isolated. Once isolated the spores started dying faster that they could reproduce as soon as they were put in the presence of sunlight or UV lights, this flaw prevented the mass usage of the spores for any military use.

The body went back in the lead coffin and was  immediately sent in deep freeze [Location Unknown]. From the 10 blood samples taken, 3 were injected to test subjects (political prisoners). It was discovered that a couple of weeks after the injections took place tests subjects started exhibiting the same characteristics as subject 0. Their strength, resistance to pain, wounds and infections was found to be increased tenfold, the only thing that seemed to have a controlling effect was to subject the patients to daily UV-light treatment.

The subject were also found to develop a thirst for human blood, tests from that period were not able to discover the root cause of this, only that it seemed to strengthen the organisms. Feeding them blood from other tests subjects even speed up the process of healing, even re-growing previously destroyed limbs in a couple of hours.

The research was completely abandonned when the test subjects started exhibiting extremely uncontrollable violent behavior, and went through complete system shutdown. Kapitan Stepanovitch and members of the research team were able to steal 4 of the remaining samples. They also created falsified research reports explaining that the research was a failure and that the samples were destroyed.

The stolen samples were injected to Kapitan Stepanovitch and to the lead scientists: Doctor Sorin Cimpeanuu, Professor Andrei Nikolaevich (Luciano Ruiz) and to Doctor Oleg Borodin. Following the project failure, the four members left the Russian armed forces, keeping in contact to one another.

Till 1957 the project dossiers were kept under wraps in a KGB data crypt under the Kremlin, the Kychtym incident gave KGB command the perfect location to securely store the last 3 remaining samples and all the projects notes. The conspiracy has been biding its time for a while, but recent developments in the field of biochemistry combined with DNA discoveries could mean that the Organism could be researched again. They are now trying to recover the location of the original research notes and the location of the body. 

Currently Infected

  • Nikodim Stepanovitch
  • Sorin Cimpeanu
  • Andrei Nikolaevich (Luciano Ruiz)
  • Oleg Borodin

The Tunguska event

The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 07:14 KRAT (00:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908.[1][2][3] The explosion, having the epicentre (60.886°N, 101.894°E), is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth’s surface. Different studies have yielded widely varying estimates of the object’s size, on the order of 100 metres (330 ft).[4] It is the largest impact event on or near Earth in recorded history.[5] The number of scholarly publications on the problem of the Tunguska explosion since 1908 may be estimated at about 1,000 (mainly in Russian). Many scientists have participated in Tunguska studies, the best-known of them being Leonid Kulik, Yevgeny Krinov, Kirill Florensky, Nikolai Vladimirovich Vasiliev, and Wilhelm Fast.[6]

Although the meteoroid or comet appears to have burst in the air rather than hitting the surface, this event still is referred to as an impact. Estimates of the energy of the blast range from 3 to as high as 30 megatons of TNT (13–130PJ),[7][8] with 10–15 megatons of TNT (42–63 PJ) the most likely[8]—roughly equal to the United States’ Castle Bravo thermonuclear bomb tested on March 1, 1954; about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan; and about two-fifths the power of the later Soviet Union’s own Tsar Bomba (the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated).[9]

The Tunguska explosion knocked down an estimated 80 million trees over an area covering 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). It is estimated that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area.[10] This possibility has helped to spark discussion of asteroid deflection strategies.

Shamelessly lifted from Wikipedia – Tunguska event. (2013, May 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:43, May 15, 2013, from