Projémon: The Scope Creep
The Scope Creep, art by http://chadporter.deviantart.com/
The Scope Creep (Reperet scopo) is a parasite that causes Projects to collapse under their own weight
Evolution and Taxonomy
The Scope Creep shares a common ancestor with the Shifting Goalposts (Reperet finis-cursore); both of these creatures have a hallucinogen that targets the Project’s perceptions. Where the Shifting Goalposts confuses the sense of direction (resulting in arriving at its perceived goal but not its actual goal), the Scope Creep overloads the Project’s end product instincts.
Biology and Defence
An uninfected Project’s drive to build an ‘end product’ is usually curtailed to produce the most attractive result while managing not to completely exhaust the Project’s available resources. When infected with Scope Creep, the Project is driven to create an end product beyond its means. These additions are seen as absolutely necessary even if they have no direct impact on its original goal. Having proven deadly to its ancestors, the Projects of today have a star-fish like defence – breaking off infected parts to grow into Projects of their own thanks to a clear barrier that separates the in-Scope from the out-of-Scope.