Saturday, July 9, 2016

READER | Why do demons' cloaks sometimes fail?

In the comments section at the bottom of the post,  Crystal methamphetamine use common denominator among demon-led local terror groups, a reader wrote:
I want to know more about the glare and reflection characters that appear in glare and reflection (?) please. Please be very detailed.
There's a lot to say about this, and I've mostly said it; there's a ton of posts about it, which you can find by searching for light, reflect, mirror, glare, cloak and chroma. I'm busy as hell developing software that detects cloaked demons, based on what I know about how light interacts with the demon cloak (it's why this blog has slowed in posts lately). Even still, here's a quick summary:

Demons can alter the state of their molecules to achieve a near-perfect cloak, meaning that they can control whether light passes through them or whether it is reflected. This altered molecular state allows light to pass through a demon to prevent reflection, rendering a demon invisible to anyone who sees what we call visible light. By normalizing its molecules, light is reflected back to our eyes, just like your own normalized molecules.
A 2011 image made of childhood demon, as shown in the glare of light from a possessed desk lamp as seen in my old apartment on Julian Street in San Jose, marking just one of his several semi-regular appearances in light and reflections during attacks
This is not magical in any way, shape or form; it's similar to what we have in our own nature: consider the chameleon or pancake-flat leopard flounder (or cuttlefish). It's a natural, physical attribute inherent to all demons so born; it is part of what defines them as a category of sentient life, and is a primary distinguisher between us and them (their longevity and undamaged brains and bodies being the other two—humans are crippled by them mentally prior to birth, and then damaged physically throughout their lifetimes). 
You can see in the image I posted of a childhood demon in the glare of light for two possible reasons: 1) because cloaks are not perfect ("near-perfect" is an actual scientific term, by the way), so the glare was strong enough to generate some reflection; or,
2) the demon wanted to be seen, but not very touchable, so he used the light to be seen, but stayed cloaked so as to be permeable.
Speaking of permeability: that's the only caveat to a cloak, if a demon wants to interact in our nature tangibly. You can't just cloak for invisibility; altering molecules to cloak also makes them weightless, timeless and permeable. Demons bleed. If they are not permeable, they can be made to bleed, just like us. If they are not timeless, it's going to be hard to get away from those who want to make them bleed—especially since, without gravity, they have to anchor from point-to-point to keep from drifting away, and that relies on such anchors to be in relatively close proximity to each other. 
These facts are what has kept humans alive; if it was not for the fact that demons cannot interact with us as safely while uncloaked we would all be dead. And, that is their intent, and it is why they possess people. By using people as a "space suit," there is no danger to them as they interact tangibly in our natural environment, rather only to the "suit."
NOTE | Regardless of whether a demon is cloak, they still breathe air. So, be careful when combining chlorine tablets and ammonia; just like with humans and animals, the fumes could kill. 
That's all for now, as I'm knee-deep in dispatch queues and semaphores and the like, and multi-threaded programming waits for no man....