Are they stereotypical dwarves, not at all. But I am exploring a different take on the dwarves, and there is more to being a dwarf than alcoholism, facial hair, and basically being short squat vikings without ships. Go to Comment
Interesting read, and I like the idea presented, but there are quite a few areas that are vague or left blank, some of which is intentional.
As Darkstand said, I would like to know more about the binding, and how and why such power as Fena's was left to fade and be forgotten. Some other questions revolve around Fena as a demon, I have no idea what she looks like, what if any mannerisms she has. What is her portfolio, does she have any elemental aspects, weaknesses, strengths?
I would like to see a triptych style progression, Fena the mortal, Fena the vengeful demon, and Fena the older and now dangerously unknown goddess. What is her appearance and how has it changed? What were her powers and how have they changed?
Some excellent questions to Gong Han, and I will level with you it was a quick idea I just went with.
Possible answer: intimidation. If you are sentenced to Gong Han you are going away for a long time so family and friends will be aged or dead. Plus there is the ritualistic killing of the prisoner that while reversible isn't 100% foolproof. Then I would toss rumors of frozen inmates beibg discarded like garbage or being shipped to the brutal iron mines on Mercury or to the mythical frozen gulags in space Go to Comment
Its not very often you get to read a gane post mortem. Interesting lessons, and that saying no to players during character creation is hard to do. I used to do it when I could talk to my players face to face but not much if ever since then. Go to Comment
There is a basal urge to mate, but in the Vitralara this is really messed up since they are pumped full of all sorts of other energies and animal urges. They copulate not out of love or really even for recreation, but out of stress and frustration. As chimeras (genetically speaking) they are not physically attractive to each other, in the same way that they are not attractive to humans or animals as mates. They can be attracted themselves to humans as they were and still consider themselves humans, but not even Beauty and the Beast and Stockholm Syndrome is going to enamour a potential mate for a Vitralara.
On a more cerebral level, the Vitralara don't wish to procreate their species. The offspring are demonstrably weaker than their parent in terms of ability, and I would imagine the mortality rate for infants and human mothers is probably high. There is also no chance that the offspring will be normal, they are all monstrous. And as mentioned in the vestigial populations, the animal traits last a long time genetically, and even can lay dormant for generations before out pops a kid with tiger paws instead of hands. Go to Comment
The average mecha is large, in the 30-40 foot tall range. The pilot typically sits in the top of the torso, with the 'head' being a mobile cluster of sensors and such. Why put the pilot of the machine in a place that snipers instinctively shoot at?
There are power armor suits that are worn like conventional but oversized armor, and there are Large Power Suits where the pilot is folded into a small cockpit/harness in the torso and their limbs do not fit into the arms and legs of the machine they operate. These machines are only a few feet taller than a conventional power armor, 9-10 foot versus the usual 6-7 foot Go to Comment
Another advantage, if you suit your skeletrons up in normal soldier kit, and send them out, your enemy isn't going to break out round one with their anti-robot weaponry, instead shooting their anti-personnel weaponry first. In mixed companies, skeletrons will take the most dangerous positions, like point, and will carry the heaviest gear, like the support weaponry. Thus, leaving your human doods free to do their agile rapid thinking thing while directing the skeletrons to lay down covering fire (they are good at this) working as meat shields (good at this too) and general tactical leadership for the bot squads. Go to Comment