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Thread: Blue skin for special powers?
September 9th, 2012, 08:17 AM #1
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Blue skin for special powers?
I'm trying to remember a sci-fi book I read when I was very young. I can remember only a few details: the protagonists lived in a middle-ages-ish level of technology, but there were starships in orbit. The most distinctive feature I remember is that there were some kind of symbionts which gave special powers of healing and longevity - something you "installed" by cutting your skin and placing them in the wound, and then they grew all over? They became your skin, I think. It's possible that they could be passed on - removed from one person and given to another. There may also have been a female character named Fava - but I could be wrong.
Anyone have any idea?
Here's hoping it's a good book - it's been stuck in the corner of my brain for about twenty years.
July 20th, 2013, 08:42 AM #2
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This is probably too obvious to be the answer but the story kind of fits "Children of Dune". I'll try to talk around plot and just give general descriptions: there is a species of animal that lives on the planet and if the larval form merges with a character they give the person superhuman strength, armored skin and (near?) immortality. I don't want to spoil the story further so I'll just say that if I recall correctly there is a reference to blue coloration on one character's skin in the sequel "God Emperor of Dune". There is a character named "Farad'n" which is kind of like "Fava". And the Dune universe is often an interesting mixture of classic royal accommodations and new technology due to a slight jihad problem.