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Static Smoke
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-20 07:12 PM
The best counter for static smoke is patience, and that is a rare commodity in the Cosmic Era. The people who are likely to use it are the people who are not dependent on tech for vital activities, plus in combat a remote device cut off from it's signal is either going to crash, go into a holding position, or be forced to run solo on whatever processing power it carries internally. Regardless, it's either a sitting duck or wreckage.

Fans are a neat idea, especially considering there are electric fan aircraft. Ironhand missions could be these guys swooping in in their orcas, low to clear the smoke, but still taking dumb weapons fire, like rifles and unguided missiles, or like you mentioned, heat seekers. Go to Comment
Pain Technician
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Technical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-12-28 12:55 AM
Interesting concept, and I like the name, Pain Technician, a very dispassionate name for someone who inflicts the most intimate of sensations on others. I like that one of the salient points is that they inflict pain without actually inflicting injury on their victims, which makes them useful for extracting information from people, or providing attitude adjustments covertly. After being visited by a pain tech, a victim will be unmarked but could be emotionally and physically broken by the experience, but be completely unharmed. That's vicious.

I would like a bit more detail about how they inflict their pain on others, and what they get out of it, other than the pleasure of hurting others. What is the history and purpose of their organization. Go to Comment
7 Violent Vigilante Gangs
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-13 04:00 PM
Useful and interesting Go to Comment
CQC in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-09 02:52 PM
The Ripper is cheap, hyperedge blades are expensive, so its a trade off. For more power and vicious close quarters mayhem, I would recommend lightning claws instead. Go to Comment
Life in this So Called Cosmic Era
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-18 07:36 PM
1. Seibertronians do indeed have souls (fragments of the Larvae of the Outer Gods) but as they are non-biological, they cannot sexually procreate. They can build new robot bodies and cortices, and install the relevant software and personality profiles, but the spark of sentience and self awareness comes from the fusion of a larvae being formatted into a cyber brain starting up. Success is a new seibertronian, failure is a functional robot. I have tried to leave a breadcrumb trail to make the reader uncomfortably aware that all sentient life is potentially nothing more than the self aware castings of vast cosmic entities, and that humanity might simply be a stage in the evolution of macro-scale lifeforms.

2. The CE doesn't value children as much as we do now, but children are much less of an investment. You can send off a DNA sample, and the proper credit documents and in a few weeks get back a kid. If you are willing to wait a bit longer, you can start with a teenager, or just skip the entire juvenile phase and have your offspring decanted in their physical 20s.

3. The monolithic education systems do not respond to perceived economic needs, it sets them. It's all central planning, in it's cold and logical application. The students in the edu-indoctrinatation schools have a degree of choice in their potential careers, but it is a relatively narrow one. The education system (most of which is machine in nature) is very good at predicting and directing the career paths of the students it has.

Good questions. Go to Comment
Ludicrous Gats: Guns for the Cosmic Era
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-03 07:58 PM
Noisy Cricket

A hold out weapon of immense power, the Noisy Cricket is a kinetic-sonic arcanotech weapon. The device generates a powerful sonic discharge, roughly similar to the sound of a cricket. The resulting sonic shotgun creates an expanding wall of force that is surprisingly effective at damaging soft targets, knocking things over, and generally making a mess. Kineto-sonic weaponry has not proven to be very useful for three major reasons, loudness, lack of armor penetration, and recoil.

The loudness of the Noisy Cricket and similar weapons (such as the OmniCorp 'Boom Tube') make the weapon users stand out on the battlefield. This makes anyone using one a major target.

Kineto-sonic damage is spread across a relatively large space. While this means that they are good for blowing apart shacks, knocking down drones, and sending crowds of attackers flying, armored targets are only knocked down. Against mecha, power armor, and heavy droid troopers, the weapon can at best, knock them over, or slow them down.

Finally, recoil from the weapons is impressive. Hand held guns can send the shooter flying, and larger weapons proved unruly for even mecha to control. Go to Comment
Secret Wizard Bases with Your Peace of Mind in Mind
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-14 07:35 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-15 03:59 PM
I only intended it to be a 25

Read a little thing on FB about the optimal length of things. The two I remember, bullet lists (like this) should be 25 items, and podcasts should be approximately 22 minutes Go to Comment
Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-05-15 04:07 PM
I have heard of it, and was a big inspiration behind the Freemium Econony submission, which should be linked to this sub. Go to Comment
Seven Naval Commanders
NPCs  (Extras)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-05-01 07:15 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-29 03:17 PM
The visual that gave the idea for the device was Lord Genome's head grafted into the control system of the Cathedral Terra/Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann ship from the Gurren Lagann anime. I've never really gotten the best vibe off of the head in the jar riff, even though it's an old one (Lovecraft, Futurama, etc) but the visuals of the various members of the crew interacting with and talking to the reanimated but still technically dead head of their former rival was just too cool to ignore.

Kiosk droids have replaced stationary vending machines. (Sub pending)

There is currently not a thread about families and child rearing in the CE, but sufficed to say, it would look horrific and bleak. You plug your kids into the CogNet for their indoctrination/education/entertainment, and only interact with them when you aren't plugged in yourself. That's assuming you went with the biological option to have organic children and not iKid droids, or cloned offspring, avoiding that whole pregnancy thing that used to plague mankind. Woman is truly free, now that the glass womb bears the burden of reproduction.

The Tycho Conventions have been mentioned regularly in the setting (ref: MiB) and is the CE version of the Geneva Convention, just upgraded for the setting. No nukes, no bioweapons, no genetic caste cloning (re: alphas, epsilons, double epsilons) no genetic super soldiers, no autonomous weapon systems, No uplifting animal species to sentience, etc. Basically a bunch of stuff that most major powers ignore, or use as accusations to hurl at each other.

Antarctica has something rotten and foul under it, why else would their be an entire continent crushed under ice, with sub-zero deserts, massive ice sheets and auroras flickering over it. It is the creepy, evil basement of Planet Earth.

As per the Dummy System, Neon Genesis Evangelion had the Dummy Plug system, which was later revealed to be (spoilers!) clones of two eva pilots who were programmed to act as auto-pilots for the eldritch horrors should their pilots become incapacitated or refuse to follow orders. Empty, soulless, these artificial pilots demonstrated barbarism and violence that was sickening even to hardened operatives, including ripping pilots out of their mecha and devouring them.

As per the 100 Word Submissions, I appreciate the suggestion, but no. Go to Comment
Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-16 08:40 PM
One of the big things about the Tycho Convention ban on sentient weapons is basically an anti-Skynet protocol. On military terms, multiple intelligences making decisions are more random and chaotic than a central AI. That makes it harder to predict. Things like the big AISCs know each other, and if you successfully profile a computer intelligence I would say you could easily predict and counter it's moves and gambits. Go to Comment
Godmarked
NPCs  (Extras)   (Religious)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:43 PM
Parapsychics in about 100 words, I like. Go to Comment
Aramax Ironbelly
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:47 PM
The Shade of You
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-03 07:05 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Brass Man
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-20 07:59 AM
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-15 03:48 PM
To answer the questions:

1. Her taste in art is serene and zen, favoring traditional Japanese art, like painting kanji, flower arrangement, etc. Her playlist is likely an eclectic mix of soft pop, synthesizer, and whatever is trendy. One person's serenity is another person's noise. Yuna likes ska-pop, I find dubstep soothing.

2. The Amero-Nipponese phenotype is widely presented in anime. Predominantly white with large eyes and vaguely Asian features. That comes from the other side of the Pacific, not this side.

3. Her role in research is as a test subject, demonstrating her abilities under scientific observation. As for the nostril comment, that's taking pot-shots at monsters and bogeymen, not so much shooting other people. What would push a moral character to put a bullet up a monster's snout? Preventing said monster from eating her and the rest of her team, or turning them into incubators, or building material, or the 1001 other horrible things that an aberrant invasive species from a another dimension would want to do to people.

4. One of the things about the Cosmic Era is that it is a scary batpoop crazy place. She summons and controls cosmic horrors because she can, and that is the best way she can use her talents to help others and protect humanity. If you have the ability to protect large numbers of people, can you refuse to? Can you reject the moral responsibility to help and care for others who have no other defense than the organization you work for?

5. More than she cares to have been involved in. She's stoic, pragmatic, and if a cosmic horror doesn't eat her soul and puppeteer her body first, she will eventually burn out.

Bonus: Puerto Rico and Monopoly would be offensive games in the Cosmic Era, rooted as they are in the mindset that lead to the near destruction of the biosphere and humanity in general, much like breaking out some Jim Crow racist slave chasing boardgame would be today. Apples to Apples and Cranium would be too frivolous and light-hearted. Scrabble is the most appealing of the games listed, but she is also likely to be interested in classical games like Chess and Go. Go to Comment
30 Amazons
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-10 04:30 PM
Update: Two horrific years, TWO YEARS, sitting in the in work folder.

I can't bring myself to delete this. Go to Comment
The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-20 05:33 AM

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Asuka Langley Soryu

Ashley Lang is a high ranking Federation mecha pilot, with an impressive combat record. She favors brute force and bull rush tactics and mecha that are notable for speed and ability to engage in close quarters combat. She has an aggressive personality and is personally defensive, not allowing others to get close to her. Her specialty is responding to dimensional fatigue events, and volunteers for these risky missions, relishing the thought of going into CQC with kaiju and wiping out bug swarms.

Rei Ayanami

Renee Ryan is a nearly emotionless expressionless young woman. Her hair and eyes are an unusual color, denoting her status as a clone. She was cloned from a remarkable mecha pilot, and retains those skills, but does so through a mountain of negative self worth, knowing that she is completely and totally expendable. She follows orders meticulously, and cares very much for the survival of her fellow pilots. Ryan is currently attached to Lang's rapid response company, where she provides fire support for stopping cosmic horrors. She fully expects to die a horrific death, but thus far has survived.

Shinji Icarus

Arthur Icarus, son of Jameson Icarus, is a mech commander who was raised as an artist and had the misfortune of being the son of a leading military contractor. At the behest of his father, Arthur entered the Federation mech corps and has risen to a high level of proficiency despite strongly disliking the entire profession. He has a respectful and love/hate emotional relationship with Ashley Lang, but is regularly attending a psychologist to help cope with the stresses of piloting a mecha and fighting cosmic horrors. He is precise and skilled as a pilot, but ultimately abhors violence. While facing DFE is innately horrific and violent, he finds it much easier to throw his multi-ton war machine in the face of an alien god than to go toe to toe with another human pilot.

Misato Katsuragi

Abbey Hightower is a non-combatant mech commander, relaying commands and information from a command center to pilots operating in the field. She is cool under pressure, and the only thing more important than the mission are the lives of her pilots. She is expected to become a general eventually, commanding entire armies, but currently is a DFE containment specialist. She commands SPC-01 group, a company of anti-horror mecha lead by Lang. She is not a pilot, and handles missions from the CIC of the Union pattern AFS Lillith or from a land base near the DFE. She is openly Christian.

Gendo Icarus

Jameson Icarus is a military intelligence researcher and engineer, a leader in mecha design and technology. This is one of the reasons that he is deeply involved with DFE containment, as these events allow him to gain access to alien samples, biology, and technology. He has recruited his estranged son into SPC-01 for personal reasons. Jameson is a member of the Anunnaki, and answers to the inner circle, and is involved in their program to capture teratomorphs and domesticate them, ultimately using mechakaiju to replace mecha on the battlefield and destroying anyone foolish enough to challenge them. He is fascinated by the concept of kaiju contamination and believes that the titans are divine in nature and to merge with one is to become a god one's self.

Ritsuko Akagi

Lita Redstone is a computer technician and statistician attached to SCP-01 at the behest of Jameson Icarus. She is best known for her work on organic modeling of AI and AISC mainframes, and has been tapped to handle the unit's computer systems. This is a superficial role, as her real role is to work on tech integration with teratomorph biology, specifically computer control systems and pilot integration. She is a member of the Anunnaki, but in a jaded nihilistic fashion. She sees the Anunnaki's goals as a way of punishing a world that has taken her mother, her children, and shown that she is just something to be used and discarded.

Ryoji Kaji

Richard Kindle is a military intelligence officer and aerospace pilot. He appears as a superficial young man more interested in skirt chasing and music than anything serious. He is a skilled shadowrunner and works for Sigma Blue investigating SCP-01. He is tasked with finding what is going on with the organization, with it's surprising budget, special permissions, and the presence of Jameson Icarus, formerly known as a Jameson Reddington. To this end he funnels information and rare stolen samples back to Sigma Blue, typically by commandeering a jet or helocraft and flying away from the current SPC base. He has been working on seducing Lt. Col. Hightower.

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The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-02-09 03:34 PM

15 Comic Book Characters too Weird for the Movies

http://www.cbr.com/15-comic-book-characters-too-we...

Egg Fu

Kanighter is technically an abomination, but a very useful one. The entity known as Kanighter started as a Downington Sphere that had successfully snagged an alien energy pattern, and returned to Earth. The re-entry pattern was faulty and the sphere crash landed in the South China Sea where it was recovered by the ACPS. Unable to crack the encryption on the device, the ACPS intelligence agency brought in a team of technomancers, including the freelancer Richard Kanighter. In attempting to hack the sphere, the creature trapped inside lashed out and drew Kanighter into the sphere, causing a fusion of all three. The mind of Kanighter was fused with the fragment of an outer god, and a metal shell, creating the new being. Kanighter is viciously evil, deeply demented, and if given half a chance, would gladly and gleefully annihilate the entire human race, snuff out the Sun, and pull the plug on the Universe. The Emperor has seen fit to have Kanighter placed in deep hibernation in the Ulan Batar facility known as Pusu Leng, or Cold Plains.

Dex-Starr

The entity known as Dex-Starr started life as a genetically engineered jaguar, augmented with human level intelligence and problem solving skills, part of a clandestine endeavor known as Project Dolittle. The research unit housing Dex-Starr was located on Phobos when the Hellmouth DFE occured. Dex-Starr was inhabited by a dimensional energy being, and began to demonstrate parapsychic powers. Dex-Starr has demonstrated pyrokinesis and biokinesis, using a fusion of these two skills to projectile vomit fire-bile at things that anger it. The entity has escaped capture, and is suspected of living in a martian geofront.

Bat-Mite

Bat-Mite is a VERY POPULAR boppet licensed and sold in the Federation and PRC. The toy robot looks like a child version of the mythical Bat-Man character of American mythology. He encourages kids to follow the rules, do what they are told, and to help him fight the bad guys. The boppet syncs to the Batman channel, free of charge.

Starro

The entity known as Starro is a category 2 teratomorph. It manifests as a starfish shaped monster that when standing on two arms, is a towering 40 meters tall. Despite it's massive size, Starro type teratomorphs mainly smash about, cannot manifest any sort of energy attack, nor do they have any defenses beyond normal organic resiliency. The most dangerous part about a starro manifestation are the mangnaspawn who are capable of swarming through enclosed spaces and routinely demonstrate mind control abilities. Starro meat is commonly harvested and minced into cheap faux fish products.

Beak

Barnell Bohusk was just a kid who ended up on the end of a bad gene-mod. After idolizing avians, he saved enough money for a back-alley Avian biomod and he took it. It wasn't tailored for his genome, and the coding was done cheaply and on the fly, using chopped up bits of other mod codes. The end result was that Bohusk was basically horrifically mutated into a tragic fusion of man and bird, failing to be either. He lived for a few years, unable to garner enough funding or support to reverse the augmentation, and eventually committed suicide to end his suffering. After his death, he became a figure for Gene-Modding Regulation.

Strong Guy

aka Guido Carosella, is a popular figure in the Jersey Cultural Zone. He is a typical beachfront guy, who spends his time attempting to have as much sex as possible, while getting himself into the most comical situations as believably will allow. The original character was based off of a man of the same name who underwent the Claremont Biomodification to make himself as large and muscularly masculine as possible, and ended up making himself look buffoonish and enormous. He was very strong, but contrary to the popular trope of being narcissistic and shallow, Carosella was just a biomod enthusiast, and was considered to be an exemplary fellow. The Strong Guy derived from him has almost nothing to do with him, other than his name and likeness. Carosella has long since retired to a life of comfort in the Caribbean league, where he is free of local fame.

The Orb

Life can interesting for a person who has a massive eyeball in place of a head. The Orb was the sole survivor of a DFE, and one of the side effects of the event was that their right eye consumed all of the matter of their head, and replaced all of it with eye. How the Orb is still alive no one knows as the being technically doesn't have a brain, mouth, nose, and cannot hear, eat, drink, or breath. The Orb communicates through writing and sign language. Orb has repeatedly requested euthanasia, but remains in covert custody as scientists are still trying to figure out how it/he is still alive. Orb demonstrates exceptional vision, and has demonstrated the ability to 'see' infrared, radio, and even aphasic energy patterns, aka auras.

The Maxx

Samuel Keith was a regular guy until he was sucked into a Dimensional Fatigue event. On the other side, he was barfed out into a different reality, one where he is drastically deformed, with hulking muscles and his face has been fixed with a permanent rictus. He is deeply deranged, and fights bestiaries of strange monsters, dreams of his long vanished life and fiance, and is something akin to a mad demigod in this new reality. Sometimes he shifts back to the real world, where for some reason, no one notices his horrific appearance or massive strength, but he lives as a life of squalor and poverty. Keith no longer remembers what is real, what is a dream, and what is his crippling insanity.

Lockheed

Designer pets are all the rage. Dogs and cats are so 20th century. Genimals started as replicas of extinct species and endangered species. After that, it was only a small step to start creating entirely new species. Lockheed is a very expensive personal dragon, or dragonette. At just under a meter long, and massing 8 kilos, it can fly short distances, and can talk in a basic fashion. The creature doesn't actually have the high level intelligence required for witty conversation, rather it has a CogLink in it 's head, and augmented intelligence that allows it to act on it's data feed. Pet dragons are very popular, but given their high price tag, they are the playthings of celebrities and the wealthy, and the number of Lockheed model dragonettes produced for media franchises is actually larger than the number created for private ownership.

Doctor Bong

Doctor Bong is a popular character in the Republic of California, where he is a hero of the Cannabis culture. Serialized in 'Stoner Feeds' where the SimSense viewer gets and electronic high (simulating the euphoric high state) Doctor Bong spends his days getting high, and duking it out with the enemies of Chill and the opponents of recreational pharmaceuticals. He is a heroic 'Everyman' who gains magical powers from taking hits from his Mystic Space Bong, including flight, intangibility, hyperwisdom, mind and emotion control, and the ability to conjure and banish material objects.

Super Zombies

The zombie genre didn't go away in the Cosmic Era, but rather it became more frightening. In the Cosmic Era there are super soldier, giants, parapsychics, cyborgs, and more that simply didn't exist in the heyday of Petroleum Era entertainment. The Super Zombie genre taps into the theme of Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, and the secret project unleashes death, the undead, and nihilism on the world, with not just the classic shuffling and shambling undead, and more than the the running zombie, but corpses lusting to feast on the flesh of the living, but still retaining superhuman abilities. It remains an underground genre, as it is rooted in the justifiable fear of arcanotechnology.

Big Wheel

Jackson Weele was a geofront tinkerer who tired of the constant abuse heaped on him and other clocksmiths who lived in the geofronts. Rather than take the abuse, or the predictable building of a horde of fighting bots, Weele built a robot 'wheel suit' that was somewhere between patchwork mobile armor, and a robot that he could drive. The Big Wheel made an appearance at several underground gathering, where he was able to disrupt the goings on and scatter the chinpira and made men of the geofronts. He thought that has was going to succeed but underestimated his foes. Big Wheel met his end on the business end of a Chinpira assassination squad who gunned him down in his apartment. His robotic 'wheel suit' was destroyed, but not before he pumped the schematics across the gray band CogNet.

Mojo

The entity known as Mojo is one of the most successful and wealthy entertainment franchise creators in the Cosmic Era. Barely recognizable as human anymore, Mojo is the studio exec of studio execs, and lives in a life support unit. It's body is massive, 3 meters long and close to 400 kilograms in weight. Mojo's brain is directly wired into the CogNet, where it creates streams of new code that are administered and handled by cadres of professional programmers and synthetic intelligences. It is demanding, petulant, acts like a spoiled child and a primadonna all at once. To keep itself sated, Mojo has multiple sets of pubic nerves terminating in male, female, and entirely new sexual pleasure organs, as well as a massive tolerance to and dependence on narcotic substances. Mojo is remorseless and thrives on the most base and vile programming, but it's handlers clear the chaff from the wheat, creating the trope sitcoms and reality series that have made Mojo and it's host hypercorp wealthy.

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