You are basically looking at a "boom town" with two gold rushes going. Lots of change. Lots of Crime. Lots of opportunities. You are looking at social and industrial intrigue (which will get you dead just as easy as a battle). So yes things are maginally civilized.
What kind of drama are you looking for? Open warfare? Giant Monsters? Disasters destroying the planet (we already did that once in this system)? Go to Comment
Silver is not that great of a commodity here. It is valuable, but like a diamond mind. I didn't use gold because it was cliche, silver is easy to mine, and nobody like a Chromium Rush.
This all just happened. Like in the last year or two. Nobody in The Alliance has yet to figure out there is a problem here. (Lord knows how long it took the Feds to realize the issues in Los Vegas).
The amount of wealth available here went off the charts.
What you have now is wealth, lots of it. So where you have some "shady figures" in the vice/ recreation trade supplying things that were not perfectly legal, now they have money, much more money, and much more power.
And people who like power, will often take steps to get more. Who needs the Alliance to drop down on a podunk little town/ planet, when the local shadowy figures and business men will be intriguing against each other.. doing shadowy things (which the PCs would be hired)... and doing a bit of killing ("We don't know where he went....).
In a decade or three, the Alliance will step in here and oppose order. Yet we all know how effective that is in stopping organized crime. Go to Comment
Imagine if you would, 14 people each being sold an entire house. A few years after the sale, they move in and find out there are other people who say they own the house. No matter what, you can not get your money back. The house is pretty darn big, so each can have a room and possible some other space. So, you can live here and hope to get the best set of things OR you can cut your loses and leave (of course you have no place to live then). (Or you can play Big Brother, and try to drive out the other contestants.) Oh, and you just can't kill people outright. The law, minor though it is, is around. And then their next of kin own their rooms.
There could be power blocks, if you want, but right now, nobody has enough of an upperhand to warrent wasting your time with an alliance (and the eventual back stab). I set the groups up so they are mostly "against each other". That way no matter where you go on the planet, there is trouble brewing. (And if you were Browncoats, the Militia is against you no matter where you are on the planet).
Unless you have a lot more "civilization", a star port is nothing more than "The official field you are supposed to land in". Think of it as a dirt field where you can park your car and have to pay five bucks to do it. If you don't mind the hike, just park the ship a bit further out (and try not to crush someone's crops), and drive in.
But these don't need to be a set owned by someone. These are "utility magic items", tools for "every day advanced medicine" in a magical society. Every healer with enough purse would have them, even in Midian. Go to Comment
These are the kind of magic items I adore: small, functional, and practical/ realistic. People would make these things.
I almost think that the 4th ring should either be in a different set, as it seemingly has nothing to do with the others. Still lovely things. Would love to see this made into a scroll with other similar items (or a codex of stubs). Go to Comment
Okay, you have already gotten the "we need you to clean up your paragraphs and odd characters speach".
I like these insects. They have a good ecology and really have no adventuring purpose (i.e. they don't kill/ maim/ disable adventurers). They fit the color of your world (and othe worlds). Go to Comment
Lovely piece that is well written. The effects are nicely defined and explained.
I think I know why he never returned. The item binds itself to the wearer. It draws upon the wearers natural magical strength. Normally this drain would be equal to recovery, more or less. However, if it was not, the wearer would eventually feel the effects of over expenditure of magical energy... sicken and die.
This explanation works best in worlds/ systems with power point magic systems. (To use a RQ example, the draw would be one POW point an hour, which matches the recovery.) There would be a ready made "over expenditure effect" table or rule. You could use loss of soul rules as well.
Dwarves are much less magical than other races. They don't cast spells, they enchant things. And they have some natural magical resistance. The Draw upon a Dwarf would be greater than their ability to replenish. Thus he would expire.
The gloves would change hands often enough. As long as the person was a Human, Elven, or some such, they would probably be okay. A magic users, who have access to a lot of magical resource, would be safer, as they have a bigger bucket of magical energy and better draws. The catch would be never being able to cast a spell again.
Now the "okay" is conditional. As long as nothing else effected the balance of draw. So get hit for extra power damage (i.e. by a ghostly attack or be in a low mana draw area, and you could easily over extend yourself.
I could so see that. You are very right about that. They have just enough going on to be a B5 race. They have built in drama that can be simple or infinitely complex. They have enough wiggle room that the writers/ GM could fill in anything they need to fit their stories.
Now I should try to run a B5 campaign and see how they work. Go to Comment
That is a position I had in mind, but it is not something that most people easily understand... unless they expereinced something like it.
I do see a lot of Vietnamese and Korean parallels. Big powers fighting wars in their territories. They are just "in the way". Sure one is "on their side", but they are fighting for their goals. So nothing is left for them. Droped warp cores from ships, missed "wave motion gun" shots, atomics, and genocidal bugs (who would rather destroy than let anyone else have an livable planet), destroyed their homes. They evac out on random ships or get a lift from Confedeation forces. Culturally they are kind of in shock. They cling to little bits of their olds life, and wear them like thread bare but familiar clothes. They know they change clothes, but they are the only comfortable things they have.
If you don't understand this, just bypass it. The people's worlds were blown out. They were rescued. They cling to their old ways, yet are pragmatic enough to embrance the new. You can gloss over the uncomfortable parts and move on. Go to Comment
I think Siren needs some nasal drops with that whiff.
The legalistic morality is actually derived from Chinese Culture, where Legalism was actually codified. Pokor is kind of a mismash of Confuscionistic ideals. So if you need a handle, think Chinese. Go to Comment
There are two reasons why The Synths are so distinctive:
The first is less obvious: Branding. This way you see a SBF and you know where it came from. This is the company's way to make sure their goods always have the same packaging and people know where it came from. Think about a glass coke bottle, or the Nike Swoosh, or any number of neo-heraldic company logos, and take it a step further.
The second is for easy identification. This way you know that person you are talking too is a SBF. By making them different, you can't confuse them for "real people". This allows emergency responders, as well as customers, to know who is real and who is not. Go to Comment