Awesomeness! A very unique lifeform indeed. Silicate life is far too often overlooked in sci-fi.
The hive mind and symbiotic aspects remind me of sci-fi insectoid life (Starcraft's Zerg, Halo's the Flood, etc.), but they're so far removed from those similiarites that they're truly unique. Also, they're not evil like other hive minds, but in fact peaceful and curious. I love 'em! Go to Comment
Very nice! Seems to be a combination and twist on several classics, but you've made it distinctly your own. I definately like the detail in their history, how they came to be who they are. I would have liked a little more detail on their structure, operation, etc., but the detail you've given is what some space traveller coming across them might expect to know. An excellent first submission, Corinth! Go to Comment
Very unique indeed. I do have one question: with such a bizzare and monstrous appearance - even with their masks - who would trade with these creatures? And what do they have worth trading? Go to Comment
I, too, have a softspot for dragons. This is a nice and simple sub that is adaptable to pretty much any situation. An excellent first sub, DD. :)
You might could complicate things by throwing in a monk of the Tagma Drakontas. The monk might assist the PCs, or walk in at just the wrong moment: when Bellissa breathes her last and the PCs are standing over her. The zealous monk jumps to conclusions and a standoff is made. Go to Comment
I really wanted to cast them as a religion dedicated to order of all kinds: natural, social, personal, etc. Law logically followed order, hence it is somewhat legacentric (my own coined term). But their real aim is to bring the universe to order, not govern it through red tape. Go to Comment
The Sisters care little for the affairs of land-dwelling men. Smuggling and piracy only bother them in that it troubles the waters of their goddess. If troublemakers get too close, the Sisters will make swift work of them as with any other vessel, eliminating the men and taking in the women.
Most pirates are superstitious and avoid the women, thinking them a bed omen. A few enterprising smugglers have learned the routes their floating cloisters wander, which even naval forces steer clear of. They follow far enough (they hope) to avoid detection by the Sisters, but using paths they know are under-guarded. Go to Comment
The soul of the new Paragon's host will remain in that body until death. They will have no autonomy and be completely subject to the Paragon's will, but for the rest of their (probably brief) life they have the honor of sharing a body with the original Paragon. Go to Comment
In a way, the Paragon chooses its own successor; free will for the Paragon's assassin is somewhat doubtful. There is a hint of infernal intervention.
It's a bit like the Chinese Mandate of Heaven concept. If the Paragon's host becomes weak, another will arise and take its place. And the Paragon's soul, being effectively immortal until Vautu arises, takes precedence over other life. Go to Comment