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Subject: Macroorganism abilities and shielding rss

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Jakub Ukrop
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H3 wrote:
Easily missed rule: The red Trophic Bionts, Organs, and system chromosomes impart heat shielding per D5, and the green Trophic Bionts, Organs, and system chromosomes impart Antioxidant shielding per D6.

Question 1: Do Endosymbionts provide any shielding? (If not, they differ from Foreign Genes in this respect.)

Question 2: Do blue and yellow chromosomes give any abilities to a macro?
Can I reroll cancer dice using yellow chromosomes? Can I ignore cancer/drought atrophy using blue chromosomes?

I guess the answers are no and no.

EDIT: for future readers:
Q1 answer is: Yes, endosimbionts are considered chromosomes [see "chromosomes" in living Glossary].
Q2 answer is: Blue chromosomes do help with cancer atrophy [D8] but not with drought atrophy. There is no cancer reroll for yellow chromosomes.
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1. Endosymbionts are present only in macroorganisms. Foreign genes are present only in Microorganism. So yes, they are different "things". Endosymbionts may grant some "powers" to Macro (printed on Macro card by endosymbiont slot). But nothing more (as i understand the rules - not chromosomes, not foreig genes...).
2. Yes they do. Either system chromosomes (pronted on card) or organs of given color can protect you from O2 spike attack or other stuff. As for cancer - you need specificaly organ/endosymbiont that grants you cancer shield ability. Yellow ones allow you to reroll darwin roll, not cancer or drought. Same goes for blue - they "work" against darwin roll.
Darwin roll is different thing that cancer or drought.
 
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All wooden bits act as chromosomes no matter what type of organism they're in, in addition to any abilities the endosymbiont/organ gives. That is, each wooden cube and biont provide shielding, special effects during Darwin rolls (note that macroorganisms don't perform Darwin rolls, though), and green cubes/bionts allow you to assign more bionts to refugia. This includes endosymbionts and the trophic biont in macroorganisms.

Yellow rerolls only apply to Darwin rolls, but the rules specifically point out that blue chromosomes protect you from cancer.

The only protection from drought is the drought shield icon.

Edit: To quote the rules
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Chromosome (F3). A cube or Biont token on an Organism or its Mutations indicating genetically stored properties and shielding (D5, D6, G3) according to its color. Mutation cubes, Organs, Diseased cubes, Foreign Genes, and Trophic Bionts are all Chromosomes. The colored squares printed on a Macroorganism are special Chromosomes called system chromosomes.

This is missing endosymbionts, true, but see also under the Extremophile Crisis event
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red Chromosomes (i.e. red Organs, Endosymbionts, and Trophic Bionts)

and also the Jargon Map image on page 5 of the living rules.
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golden_cow2 wrote:

This is missing endosymbionts, true, but see also under the Extremophile Crisis event

I don't want to split hairs here but it appears that endosymbionts are included in the foreign gene category (see definition p32 of the living rules)
 
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I mistakenly left "Endosymbionts" off of the list of Chromosomes in the glossary definition, and have added that word in the living rules.

My intention was that all wooden bits act as Chromosomes in an Organism.
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Jakub Ukrop
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Thanks for all the answers.

As for the blues working against cancer, golden_cow2 is right, they do.

D8. Cancer wrote:
If the crab icon​ appears, then every Macroorganism must make a Cancer Roll​,
rolling one dice for each Organ and two dice for each Biont. Each ‘5’ or ‘6’ rolled will generate an error.
If the number of errors is greater than its error shield (i.e. the number of its blue Chromosomes),
then the Macroorganism suffers one Atrophy for each excess error.
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