Helpful. I forgot that post-modern looking suspension bridge is in Sao Paolo.
The arcology pics are helpful too. I just kept defaulting to SimCity 2000.
"If you're looking for a beach in Sao Paulo you won't find it in Brazil's largest city of Sao Paulo. The city, which is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, is almost 50 miles from the Atlantic coast and has no beaches to speak of, even though it is part of a river system that flows to the ocean."
The Sao Paolo beach pics are of beaches in Sao Paolo State, I believe. But that said, I now like the idea of a freshwater seacology created by damming/excavating the Pinheiros and Tietê rivers. Go to Comment
A nice treatment of an American supercorp. Though I question the necessity and usefulness of organic memory cores: if thought and memory can be stored on more reliable electronic solid-state cores, why bother with meaty ones? Go to Comment
A great explanation of cultural diffusion in the Cosmic Era. I've always found it curious that such a small nation produces so much globally-consumed culture, and you've brought that nicely into the new age. Go to Comment
Maddux Systems (Geological/ Geographical)
I like this. I'm never great at using magic into a setting, and it usually becomes either convoluted or tritely generic. Maddux makes magic seem a natural phenomena, and Skaldevale as a "geologically active" place, so to speak. It's beautifully simple, really. Nice work. Go to Comment
This is good stuff. By reading the multiple histories, you really get a feel for the different peoples and attitudes in the Spiked Sea. The tale of Saulke stands out to me in particular. The one thing I'd like to know more re: the Favorim is the reason for the specific measurements. They remind me the Thirty-two Excellent Signs, the external characteristics that are supposed to mark a Buddha. Those each had a specific purpose; e.g., His bodily hair grows upwards, from his having engaged in constructive practices and having inspired others to do the same. I wonder if there's a specific reason for Favorims to have such perfect measurements, or is Saulke just extraordinarily picky?
The formatting does leave something to be desired, and some of the grammar is stream-of-consciousness sloppy. But the meat is here, and it is succulent. Go to Comment
I actually kept picturing one of the first scenes of Firefly, where the crew is salvaging cargo from a derelict, but imagining what would happen if they salvaged from a far older and more alien ship. But I can see this working well in the Star Wars universe, too, like salvaging Sith artifacts from Korriban. Go to Comment
Interesting. I think the story really illustrates your inspiration: the Grand Hero who comes charging in against the Undead Lord, waving a sword and shouting the names of his gods. I like that aspect, the corruption of (blindly naive) good.
As for its actual magic effects, it seems almost mundane from a necromancy standpoint. But that doesn't bother me much, as I like the story a lot. Khalran seems a very practical sort of lich, which I can appreciate. Go to Comment
Kindred spirits, to a degree. Followers of the Way of Divine Wealth might see the usury Priests of Mammon practice as stifling commerce through excessive debts, though someone would praise the practice. They would also probably suggest charging a fee for usage of the churches, or at least setting up a shop or two within. Go to Comment