Delta radiation

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  • Extremely dangerous, potentially deadly radiation
    • Produced by some high-energy interactions between astronomical bodies (DS9: "Battle Lines")
    • Internal product of warp drive operation (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I")
  • Exposure to delta radiation can quickly result in cellular degradation, especially of the nervous system
    • Even brief exposure leads to widespread breakdown of motor nerves and CNS, eventually resulting in total loss of mobility and disruption of neurology; the nervous system and brain become so damaged that most prosthetics fail to integrate and most brain scanners are unable to filter out noise, leading to lock-in syndrome (ENT Novel: Uncertain Logic; TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I")
  • Can also rapidly weaken the integrity of certain metals; caution must be used in constructing warp drive components as a result (DS9: "Valiant")