Update: This one simply became too large to handle and I'm not going to finish it. This is the sort of venture that would have to be taken up at a later date, possibly with the help of several other people. Just too much, and I don't have enough time to do it, or the motivation. Go to Comment
bTech Update/b: The Singularity Plant had some positive outcomes as well. The initial goal of the project was to create a sustainable power source with a higher power generation level than dimensional engines and fusion engines, and in that respect, it failed. What it did succeed in was pioneering major advances in the study of gravity and gravity manipulation. While the engineers and technicians were busy trying to get power out of an artificial black hole, their failsafes and safety precautions were laying the groundwork for gravitronics. This field of study remains highly regulated by international concerns and the guidelines of the Tycho Conventions, but it is advancing.
In common parlance, the Higgs-Boson is called the graviton. The world wasn't going to let a few scientists overturn centuries of science fiction writers, and like photons, gravitons are strange little field/wave/particle structures. The most prominent application of this tech is the A-Pod. The graviton manipulator inside the spherical engine allows for a limited amount of gravity to be adjusted, which can dramatically decrease the weight of it's carrier, or increase it. This small scale manipulation allows for creating hover vehicles that aren't based around air cushions, rotors, or vectored thrusting. On larger scale, it allows for aircraft carriers, cargo ships, and cruise liners to fly. The limitation of this type of power is that the vessel can float or it can fall. As such, the faster a vehicle goes, the faster it has to fall, and falling faster means more gravity which means more power. The large ships have abundant power, but there is a structural limit to how fast they can fall, fighters and small craft have less mass, and less plentiful power sources, and likewise have their own limitations.
Gravitronics have been experimented on a weaponized basis, but there are still significant tech hurdles to clear before there are ships and mecha armed with gravity manipulation weapons. The two biggest problems faced by the military industrial complex is that gravitronic failures typically result in catastrophic 'gravity sinks' that pull everything into them, making a god-awful mess, and gravity echoes. For some unforeseen reason, gravity manipulation will keep randomly occurring even after a graviton device is powered down. This is why aerial ships are tethered when they land, because sometimes, the ship will try to launch just from echoes in the a-pods. Likewise, detonating gravity bombs will see repeat 'blasts' minutes, hours, and even years, after the test. Go to Comment
Curious idea, but I would think having such a fibrous membrane for exchanging metabolic gases would render them much more vulnerable to airborne toxins and contaminants, like the toxic fumes and chemicals found underground. Of course that would be meaningless assuming they had much more impressive blood filtering systems than normal, which would be a robust liver I suppose. Which leads to the legendary stoicism of the dwarves, and their resistance to alcohol and poison.
Goes back and adds a point to the vote was about to give.
I'd avoid making it a personal narrative because for the most part we never bought anything past the core books. We never bought adventures, or modules, we made up the rest as we went along. Go to Comment
I love vampires, and while the source material isn't new, I like the alternate take on D, with his time in Romania/Transylvania having been relatively recent in his life, rather than his distant beginning. Go to Comment
Interesting, and I want to know more specifics about Still and Limbo, with a touch of game mechanics/setting information. Still seems like a place where things go to wait, so there is no telling what might be found sitting, waiting to be found, in the Still. Limbo feels more like Lethe/the amnesiatic effects of Styx.
I would like to see a bit more five senses experience for both settings, setting the atmosphere as it were. I did read that they were not set, so I would possibly use the established narrator Garmon to demonstrate the two, perhaps like a viewing of these places through the use of magic. Go to Comment