Author's Note: The CogNet and previous 3rdNet were more than just exchanges of electronic information. Tied into the paranormal nature of arcanotechnology, the electronics and hardware are nothing more than gateways. The amount of data floating in the net far surpasses the storage capacity of the planet, and its only increasing. How can this be? The CogNet is a portal/gateway to the Dreamlands of the Lovecraft Mythos. The hardware functions as borders, and while the various constructs and programs floating around have their very obvious purposes, their very ordered and static patterns serve to transmute the wild and mutable ephemera of the Dreamlands into a cognitive material
Accessing the CogNet is easy, tons of things and people do it constantly, but these interactions are just skimming the surface of the system, and are the side where there can be connection issues, and bandwidth and all sorts of other technical jargon. Entering the CogNet ala a S3 rig, or other immersion device, like a Wachowski probe, typically puts the cybernaut (The term before home immersion systems became affordable) in a lucid dreaming state. While alert and responsive, the cybernaut is largely unaware of their physical surrounding, or people around them, unless they are disturbed. This is how the user forms the connection to the Dreamlands through the arcanotech hardware. Go to Comment
This gallery demonstrates the visual appeal and aesthetic of traditional aerospace fighters in the setting, with dynamic appearances. color schemes, and overall visual appeal. The more exotic fighters such as those in Yukikaze embody the bleeding edge, while these above represent the main line of what everyone can field, from the Federation aerospace reserve units to the SAUR and Indian aerospace forces. Go to Comment
I was largely inspired by the ghola of the Dune universe, and the tigers from Babylon A.D. They're not real, they are clones.
i'm open to suggestions, because I do agree, this is very much lacking in the drama department, and it is rather lacking in grimness. The only point I can offer is that the pursuit of the green movement and bioecology has a much greater impact in the Cosmic Era than today. But in the CE there isn't a question of the impact of human climate and environment destruction because there is deforestation, wasteland zones, and areas that are afflicted by storm rifts that release toxic fumes, mutants, and invasive species. Go to Comment
The categories are vague, and the path should be littered with dozens of examples of the process going wrong. The path to getting those basic genetic defect screens and fixes would have footnotes of where test groups all ended up with the affliction ramped up to 10, or unexpected genetic expression. This would all be tied into the cosmetic genetic augmentation in the setting (breast enlargement therapy, changing hair color, extreme skin pigmentation) where people in the early phases go in to get their baldness cured and come out blind, or some shadowrunner goes in to get enhanced reflexes and comes out with a slow onset neurological disease, etc.
As for creating genetic abominations and monstrosities, certainly, but these are more commonly going to be one off and government/megacorp special projects rather than a mainstream consumer product. They aren't going to make an over the counter genetic hair dye kit that has a 2-4% chance of turning users into She-Hulks. (they would exploit that tech to make mass produced she-hulks for the military) Go to Comment
I imagine Titus does most if not all of his hunting in urban environments. Actual battles on open plans he probably is going to tap former military contracts to get reinforcements and support. The vamp has a sniper rifle, Titus has a special forces team, and a helicopter. Networking, planning, and the protection of the Lord.
Protection versus Missiles works against bullets lol Go to Comment
I needed a method for the main character to move back and forth rapidly from LA to Colorado, and other places, and driving wasn't going to be a viable option. We've got to get there ASAP! To the Hunter-Mobile, drive non stop for 2 days? I don't think so.
So from a meta level they are totally supporting characters. Piper has seen gameplay, as she has a lot in common with the MC, albeit a somewhat different skillset, and has been close to being an NPC minion to the PC. Go to Comment
This is an awesome item to find in the forgotten castle or the evil wizards yard sale. I like the spell only works on humans and not other animals. A rat or stoat is a beast, and small poisonous things like snakes or lizards. .. lots of potential for serious games or silly or whimsical settings. Go to Comment
Fantastic. Strong elements of horror and classic dungeons and dragons, illusions and necromancy. I enjoyed the read AND it is usable as both a basic encounter and as a focal point of an adventure or even a campaign if the wraith is actually a more powerful undead who escapes when the spell is broken or manifests through corpses it finds. Go to Comment