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Operation Black Rain
Plots  (Hired)   (Multi-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-24 06:37 PM
For a moment I was all facepalm (being Texan and considering myself moderately ring wing) and remembering events like the Branch Davidian stand off. I was expecting something worse. I found myself surprised by the level of detail and didn't expect the facility to be under beneficial operation.

Considering the presence of sarin I would expect this to be DHS or NSA rather than DEA since I usually associate them with busting narcotics and not chemical weapons.

Also, I may be wrong on this count but I believe destroying chemical weapons is done via controlled incineration.

Final question:what general part of Texas is this facility in? Do they players have benefit of the great piney woods (east tx) or do they have to contend with desert wildlike and conditions (west, north Tx)? Go to Comment
Hekatonkheire
Items  (Armor)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-10-03 08:58 AM
This biomass is functionally ectoplasm, ephemeral material, that is 'bleeding' over into reality. Multiple dimensions, and dimension seepage are both not rare events in the cosmic era. The biomass is not targeting non-biological material, the biomass is the unintended consequence of arcanotechnology, it isn't a normal organism. Its cybernetic cancer.

As for being implausible, well thats the entire purpose of arcanotechnology; levitation, free energy, infinite heat dissipation, true mechanical sentience, copying people's memories, artificial brains, giant robots, exotic beam weapons, etc. It is supposed to be strange and disturbing. It isn't a slick shiny creature inhabiting the shell of a mecha, it is a mass of cancerous tissue, tapping into the conduit of human suffering and misery. Go to Comment
Hekatonkheire
Items  (Armor)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-10-03 11:40 AM
Evangelion is one of my favorite animes, and I have to admit there was certainly some influence from it. I would make a hekatonkheire a mix of evangelion and the Zerg infested units from Starcraft. Unlike Evangelion, these aren't being produced deliberately by any secret government agencies, though there are several of them in containment undergoing study. At this point, I am going to say that domesticating a hekatonkheire is currently beyond the ability, or simply too dangerous to be reliable.

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Dragon's Wake
Locations  (City)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-22 08:55 AM
Very nicely done, and that is a truly monumental dragon they had there. Go to Comment
30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-13 11:39 PM
Finished, and yeah I didn't swap normal to in work private first time I saved.

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30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-16 07:01 AM
Good catch, I'll remove the note after I write that article. I'll do the same for the hekatonkheire and carraith note as well. Go to Comment
30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-16 01:33 PM
Some of it is intended to be tongue in cheek, some basic homage and the rest falls under calling a rabbit a rabbit.

I could throw out made up named and mire technobabble or I could put in the entry Honey I Shrunk the Shadowrunners. One major issue I encountered with this sub was keeping it relatively concise. Each entry easily expands out into its own sub and even grouo of subs for monsters and NPCs and dinguses. Go to Comment
30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-19 12:45 AM
Storms, Swarms and Rifts

Arcanotechnology created the Second Renaissance and lifted the world out of the Second Dark Age, the lights came back on with tremendous fanfare and much glorying, and man left Earth to colonize the Solar System. Entire new industries were born from the entire new category of mathematics, building techniques and materials, and the human genome became and malleable and changeable as a charm bracelet. Things are going pretty nicely.

There are several downsides to Arcanotechnology, and all of them revolve around dimensional contamination. The most common and known side effect is madness and mental/emotional instability in arcanotechnicians. This has lead to widespread improvements in psychiatric medical care, and an increase in the number of Mental Health Hospitals and Asylums. Medical treatments, including brain and behavior altering drugs can be administered to techs to delay the onset of contamination based insanity. In extreme cases, nerve stapling, artificial brain implants and disposable clones/droids are used to keep the lights on and the CogNet humming.

Breaches and Rifts

The larger issue that is more tightly controlled by the CogNet censors and data monitors are breaches and rifts. These are events where there is a bleed over between the alternate dimensions that the arcane devices penetrate to draw power from, or dump heat into, or use for quantum calculations. A breach is a temporary event, typically tied to a series of circumstances and events, that even if completely ignored, will close on its own. The most common cause of dimensional breaches are the destruction of small D-Engines, typically the sort found on battlemechs and other military vehicles. These emit cosmic radiation and dimensional contamination for a matter of minutes to a few hours. There are many other events that can cause breaches, such as excessive use of parapsychic abilities sustained across a period of time in one place.

A rift is a semi-permanent or permanent tear in the membranes between dimensions and these events quickly create contaminated wastelands and the contamination causes mutation, 'spiritual possession', mental degeneration, cancer, madness, and a host of exotic diseases and odd fortean events. Rifts are created by the catastrophic failure of large arcanotech devices, such as the multi-tiered Dimensional Engines used to power arcologies or the dimensional tap reactors used to power naval grade high energy weapons, mass drivers, and military spacecraft.

You can't Handle the Truth!

The existence of the phenomenon is known by the general public, and by the media, but it is constantly downplayed when an event occurs. The corporations, industrialists, and arcanotechnicians (especially senior ones) are well aware of the phenomenon and how often it occurs. The government and military leadership are also well aware of the threat posed by dimensional breaches and contamination.

Timeline of a Breach:

0: Breach Event occurs

+5 Min: Monitoring systems detect cosmic radiation signatures, silent alarms are sounded. Local L/AISC begins containment protocol. Breach notifications are sent to pertinent agencies and local military L/AISC. CogNet service outside of the local area is terminated, only local area network remains functional, but detached from the Global Net.

+10 Min: Rapid Response Team activated, stage two containment protocols begin. If inside an arco, the doors and bulkheads around the breach are sealed, and machinery in the area is deactivated.

+30 Min: VIP and priority personnel are evacuated from the breach zone. Local populace is placed on curfew/lockdown and law enforcement and paramilitary assets are activated under martial law protocols.

+1 Hour: Media Protocols activated, Event is covered as a local natural disaster (earthquake, chemical contamination event) or as a Terrorist Event.

+1 Day: Military assets are mobilized to the breach zone to reinforce local forces, or to establish a secondary quarantine around the contaminated zone. Rapid Response Units are deployed with high energy weaponry to clean and sweep the core contamination zone.

+3 Days: Secondary assets are deployed to the contamination zone, including Air Naval assets and other specialized and sanitation units.
The Dirty Dirty Secret

It is not entirely unknown that Arcanotech isn't always holesome. Inside arcanotech labs and upper echelon administration circles, the propensity for tech failures is known. This has lead to some brutal control techniques, such as nerve stapling, partial lobotomy, and the application of humans with artificial brain implants. The public is kept largely unaware of the threat posed by arcanotech, as few people would want to willingly live in a structure that is powered by an accident prone massive device that can tell reality to get bent, and then start puking out giant insects and intelligent dinosaurs or alien viruses.
As long as the eccentricities of arcanotech can be kept under wraps, the technology remains very profitable and the underpinning of the Cosmic Era civilization. If it became known the extents that the megacorps and governments have gone through to maintain the facade of safe tech, there would likely be revolts and rebellions.
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30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-19 12:46 AM
Added information about rifts and breaches from now deleted article that was in work. Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-12 10:36 PM
This needs to be the focal point of a Roger Corman 1980s blood and boobs horrorfest.

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30 Bounty Hunters
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-10 12:23 AM
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Refuge Beneath the Waves
Locations  (Regional)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-10 12:30 PM
Interesting, the parallels to nuclear power and petroleum are well grounded and the writing and formatting are crisp. There are a few typos but nothing too distracting.

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The Tower of NON
Locations  (Fortification)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-10 12:32 PM
I like the fact of how straight the scenario is played because of how easy it would be to make this straight camp. Go to Comment
Dimensional Tap Reactor
Items  (Tools)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-08 03:07 PM
30 Ways Arcanotech Fails Horribly and Spectacular Go to Comment
Hell Knight: The Tragedy of Celsia Rimeheart.
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-06 02:27 PM
This needs to be made into an anime movie. Go to Comment
Zombie Servants of the Ch'thra
Plots  (Crisis)   (Campaign)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-12 10:34 PM
Good read, and I enjoyed the information presented. I like the caste genetics of the Ch'thra, and the way they create zombies. I got a little bit of Left 4 Dead mixed with the Migou and I liked that bowl of stew.

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Seven Forms Ascendant Hunter 1.0
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-05 07:35 PM
Like Joss Whedon, I'm a sucker for chicks who can kick ass and take names. Good story, and again, I love the naming structures and story elements. Go to Comment
Not So Secret Identity
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-04 07:48 AM
Interesting.

A very polished piece of work. Go to Comment
What Is A Dwarf
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-05 07:38 PM
Life After Dwarves, reading tablets in runic script.

There is something of a theme of finding dwarves in their passing, their ruined cities and monuments, and words written into stone, but nothing remaining of them, or a scattered remnant. Go to Comment
Stears-Cusick Cyborg
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-03 01:20 AM
D4Vr05 - The renegade Mechanoid.

DAVr05 (Dynamic Accolades - Version 05) is one of the most infamous of mechanoids and is largely considered the source of the idea of mechanoids being evil. The droid was a cyborg model that was made from a volunteer who wanted to escape the mortal life and pursue a digital life in the CogNet. Older and suffering from a variety of age and old injury related issues, he was accepted and was made into a Remote Node.

He was also, unknown to them, a major criminal and technically a genius. David Avros was wanted in several nations and on two planets for his work as a freelance mercenary and later weapons designer and smuggler. As a mechanoid he was able to escape detection and started more serious work as a terrorist mastermind. Operating under the aegis of DAVr05, he created a large number of CogNet viruses, hacked with near impunity, and became a fountain of hate, xenophobia, and puritanical rage.

He is unstable and a loose cannon, as often turning against those he helps, as causing mayhem and destruction for the sheer purpose of mayhem and destruction. Go to Comment
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