I've played Fed, Rom, and KDF all up to 50. Haven't covered every story mission, so maybe I missed something important, but is there no story with the neural parasites of TNG's "Conspiracy"? Data's last comment on that episode left a wide door for their return, and I would have thought a "whom can you trust?" story arc might work well in STO.
According to the novels, they are genetically engineered Trill Symbiotes that were supposed to have been genetically engineered to resist a certain virus, but it went horribly wrong. The symbiotes took over their hosts and the Trill colonists bombarded the colony from orbit resulting in hatred between both races.
We already have that. It's called "the whole game".
A.k.a. The Undine shapeshifters.
Good point. I suppose a new storyline concept would be in order if bringing in the neural parasites.
How soft canon are those novels? Even in a universe full of the bizarre, the basic concept sounds a bit stretched and far-fetched. Still, its just the basic description. Perhaps the books are really well thought out?
Unfortunately, IMHO the DS9 Relaunch derailed badly over time. The early parts, involving the neural parasites, were good. I especially enjoyed seeing Gul Macet develop as a character under those circumstances. But the DS9 novels...and in my personal opinion the Trek novels as a whole...lost their way over time.
Personally, I thought the whole 'Neural Parasites are related to the Trill' thing was kind of contrived myself; especially after TNG: "The Chase" ended up with a bunch of humanoid races, despite major differences like three different based bloods, being related.
"Oh, so many humanoids are related, the Kzinti and Caitians are related, let's make the different symbiote species related too!"
It weakened the Parasites, in my opinion. They had potential, despite what the producers thought, as this mysterious race that were doing what they thought was the right thing and their version of peaceful co-existance - except their interpretations weren't the same as ours'/the Federation's... the novels basically turned them into a outcasts seeking revenge on their former people for an experiment gone wrong - B-movie plot, if you ask me.
What's next; the Gorn and Saurian going to turn out to be off-shoots of the Voth that didn't end up in the Delta Quadrant?
I'm beginning to think the current 'two seasons a year' set-up needs to be rethought. It just seems to cause incomplete and bug-infested 'seasons' to be pushed out just to meet an artificial summer/winter deadline when many players would be fine getting one 'season' a year if it meant that it would be a really good one...
Yeah, I hope that if the Neural parasites ever come back that they'd be given a proper role as villains.
I didn't like them being cast as offshoots of the Trill simply because of how drastically different they are from Trill symbionts. It just doesn't makes sense for them to be an offshoot of the same race. Trill symbionts are kinda like hagfish, soft and squishy. The Neural Parasites in conspiracy looked like insects. Also they had different ways of bonding with their hosts, the Symbionts act as a second brain to help their host work better, the parasites take over completely. Even more importantly, the parasites could seemingly use any humanoid as a host with no issues. Trill Symbionts can't live in non-Trill hosts indefinitely. ANOTHER thing is that Trill Symbionts don't have a queen form. The Neural Parasites do. Aside from the symbiote thing.... the two races have no similarities at all.