You are missing the point. If a microscopic lifeform eats on metals or minerals then it won't feed on your innards. It'll have absolutely no interest going there, which, I assume, is the topic of this thread, that a weapon designated to target biological life will not target metal. Nanobots are not biological, they are nanite robots. Now I'm not saying that such nanobots couldn't be designed, but doing so under the name "Biological Warfare" would be misleading. I'm just trying to point out that they wouldn't work on both organic and synthetic races equally. The 2 systems are just too different.
No, I do see what you're saying with this - but it's again not really relevant. I doubt that the biological weapons developed from the tech refers to a single nasty bug. It's a whole suite of methods to produce highly lethal organisms, tailored for each specific target race. There's simply no need for the biological weapon you use against the Yor to be the same biological weapon you deploy against the Thalans. In fact, I'd be astonished if it weren't - the same virus that is most effective against insectoid lifeforms is probably not going to be particularly severe in humanoids, and I'm literally about to send 6 billion of my people down onto the planet I just hit. I'll be tailoring the disease to ONLY effect the other guy.
As for nanobots being tiny robots... not so much. Nanomaterials include a wide variety of organic and inorganic materials. Self-assembly (which is largely required of things only a few dozen times the size of an atom) is also a largely organic process, so most nanobots are about as 'alive' as a virus can be said to be.
Perhaps I'm not so enthusiastic about this because I got briefed on this during my army time, believe me there's no such thing as immunization against top B or C weapons, this is fantasy.
I'm sorry, but this is total nonsense. Anthax has vaccines (hell, anthrax can be treated with antibiotics). Smallpox has vaccines. Brucella has a potential vaccine currently in trials. Botulism has anti-toxins. It's an arms race effect. Today's incurable biological weapon is tomorrow's compulsory vaccine for school kids. If you can come up with a weapon, someone, somewhere can come up with a counter for it eventually. And nothing motivates finding a cure like a legion of heavily armed aliens showing up and starting to bomb your planets with a disease.
Genetic engineering doesn't help here either because once a genetic sequence has been established it cannot be changed in vivo, blatantly speaking you'll get cancer if you try to do so. So the only people surviving such attack are those that already carried an immunity in them from genetic drift or other mutation, historically this could be observed with the black plaque but it was (and usually will be) only a very small minority of people. And considering how lethal modern weapons are, I have serious doubts anyone will survive that.
So we change the genome in vitro instead. Genetically tailored babies are already do-able, and we're in the deep and distant past. Besides, once again, just because we can't change in vivo right now doesn't mean it can't be done in 300 years, or done by the other races. And cancer may well be something you drop in to the GP's office to cure by then.
Now with a robotic lifeform, I think the advantages here are obvious. And I don't think they will have their silicon circuits, (and a computer core doesn't have to be made from strictly silicon either) laid open to reach for your weapons, it would be naturally behind centimeters of metal. Just like a deepsea robot, and the outer skeleton could be anything. A nanobot that is designed to replicate itself needs the materials for this, now lets say it needs 5 different metals etc then it cannot replicate if these metals aren't present. But a robotic lifeform would have all liberty to choose any material for their "clothe" it could even be plastic, composite fibres, wood. And I simply have some doubts that there are lifeforms that could adapt *in a sentient way* to such different situations in a relatively small time, nothing in either evolution or man-made can do that. Not even with Genetic Engineering because it cannot do away or alter the basic organic materials needed to transfer its own information from one replica to another. A carbon-based lifeform as a bacteria or virus cannot mutate to encode its DNA using silicon, lithium or else. At least, not to my knowledge (enlighten me here if you can, this would be most interesting!)
So make'em out of whatever, they still use elements from the periodic table and there's still going to be stuff that can act on that. Also, you seem to be allowing the entire planetary population to manufacture a new body and change into it in a matter of minutes, rather than the weeks it will take to fabricate the materials and then transfer all population into them. By the time they've prepared the new bodies, most of the population will be dead... and they're trying to do this in the middle of a planetary invasion.
it perhaps had something to do with the arnor/dreadlords imbueing the Spark of Life into the Yor, which, considering how advanced those 2 primeval races are, could also translate to highly sophisticated code. perhaps we are going to witness such a shift in magnitude as well once the first quantum computer cores will be build. The function of these 2 technologies was simply to protect them from global population reduction at the hands of the "plague" megaevent, which was probably ment to work only against organics (although it could affect a custom race using the Yor tree)
Highly sophisticated code is still code, and an advanced enough attacker can therefore re-create or crack it. Besides, the spark of life is likely not the entire Yor. Each specimen like contains dozens of ancillary, lower-tech parts which, if they all broke down, would incapacitate the robot. There's not much in defence in this aside from magic tbh.
A turn is 7 days, the speed of gravity has been confirmed with c, therefore it'll take you millions of years to attract enough matter. And from where exactly? Space around galaxies is mostly void, esp. around our local group. If you create a gravitational force that is strong enough to pull, for an example, the very near 2 Magellan clouds fastly to us that force would be so strong it would create a supermassive black hole that would swallow your own galaxy long before creating a new galaxy, along with your gravity-generator-machine with it, goodbuy
Yes, that's why the tech said 'don't do this in our own galaxy' Most galaxies seem to form around supermassive black hole clusters, and the creation of one in the process isn't a surprise - it's practically expected. Hell, that might even be what the machine is designed to do.
on a sidenote, from a current scientific standpoint the formation of matter in the observable universe is a somewhat mystery and topic of ot debate because the gravity amanated from it alone cannot be responsible for the structures that are observable.
Oh, now let's not start on Dark Matter.
If the TOE has been found than anything, in any time and any dimension, and also in other multiverses, can be explained mathematically and there is no need to investigate further, or form additional hypothetics - for what? Everything includes just everything otherwise, per definitionem, it's not a complete TOE. Although I cannot prove my position, but I think that the majority of scientists actually state that the law of physics cannot be altered, once a universe has been set in motion they superceed anything and invariably what is happening in that, including any additional dimensions that might be there. If the theory on supergraviation is valid, then we all already operate at 11 dimensions, just that our senses cannot sense that.
What you are essentially talking transcending physical laws is man becoming god, but I'm not going to follow you into a religious discussion. Yes, the game specifically states that as well, but for me, this is also too non-scientific. Especially in such a short time frame as a few years. If the universe doesn't die from a big crunch/bounce or big rip there might be enough time for the occurrence of a sentient quantum brain from random fluctuations in space, not that any of us is going to witness this^^
Of course there's need to investigate further. The ToE gives you the tools to understand things, but does not mean you already understand them. You still need to do the math for each specific case. It's not like discovering the ToE will just make scientists everywhere go 'Right, that's it, we've finished science. It's over. Everyone can go home now'. It'll just shift to applied physics rather than theoretical.
As to whether the laws of physics can be altered, well, yes, they can. That's how Black Holes work. The laws of physics change once you cross the event horizon. It's arguable if you're still in the universe at that point, And with regard to 11 dimensions, we exist in 11 but only perceive 3 (4 if you want to include time, though really we don't have any free action in it).
And finally, yeah, I don't much like the ascent to godhood stuff either. I also hated the spaceship victory in Civ