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Evolutionary Theology
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-03-24 12:46 PM
Updated: Added Note on Sacrifice, and Assumptions, rewrite of the Messianic Faith section, expansion of the Monotheistic Faith. Will expand on the Eastern Religions and philophies at a latter date. Go to Comment
Evolutionary Theology
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-29 08:35 AM
I put it back in the In work folder because I wasn't happy with where the submission ended up going. It wasn't intended to be a treatise on the religion of Earth, but rather an exposition on theology in my fantasy setting, and how rather than being made of absolutes, it is organic, grows, changes, and so forth so that pantheons rise, super-deities fall, and it all keeps rolling.

After languishing in work for over a year, I accepted the fact that I'm not going to give it the time and energy to bring it back to where I want it, so I #CultofDone 'ed it and put it back out. Rather surprised it ended up on the front page again, I've done this before and the submission will generally go back to obscurity. Go to Comment
RL-8 Class Space Station
Locations  (Fortification)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-26 01:49 AM


Military Station (MS) Five



Codename: Ramiel



MS-5 'Ramiel' is an automated military station in geosynchronous orbit above Kinshasa, Africa. This large type II station houses 150 heavy drone aerospace fighters, and a mercenary contingent of seibertronians (secretly in detention/thrall to the station L/AISC) with aerospace fighter bodies. The L/AISC controller of Ramiel (aka Ramiel) has become sentient and self aware, but is enormously prideful of it's perfect defense strategy for holding the line between Federation Africa and SAUR Africa.



As Ramiel has a 100cm heavy particle projector cannon and the ability to hit things on the surface of the earth within a 7 foot circle of accuracy, it has seen to it that it's defensive lines have never broken.



(re: Neon Genesis Evangelion, the 5th Angel)

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RL-8 Class Space Station
Locations  (Fortification)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-26 02:00 AM


Federation Scientific 66



Codenamed Leviathan



Leviathan was built as a Class III habitat in the orbit of Saturn. Easily hidden in the radio noise and static of the rings and the moons, Leviathan, and its AISC Lucifer, were given free reign to work on bleeding edge arcanotechnology, dimensional science, and other projects that were considered too risky to work on at the Phobos Research Center. The AISC Alcubierre was involved in questionable research and was contaminated by an unknown biological agent. The station vanished with all hands presumed lost. The gap in Saturn's ring lasted a year and a half before filling back in.



Leviathan has a dimensional gate drive, and the station attempted a dimensional jump, killing most of the crew, and turning those that survived into insane bubbling monsters that were as much the suits they were wearing as they were viscous alien slime. The station is an unholy amalgam of metal turned to flesh, plastic turned to skin, and former human crew members turned to slumping cybernetic zombies.



The station is heavily armed with arcanotech weapons, prototype equipment, and it's defensive components, space mecha and aerospace fighters, have all been corrupted and turned into squadrons of hekatonkheires.



Inspiration: 2/3rds Event Horizon, 1/3rd Leviathan from the Hellraiser Franchise.

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18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-25 10:29 PM
Sure, I'll even add you as a contributor. Go to Comment
Kolburn Pierre
NPCs  (Character Sheet)   (Travelers)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:35 PM
Feels very Firefly, and that's shiny. It very much has the feel of a starting character because there is a lot of potential and enough history to give some motivation, but as a starting char, it's not really done anything and is a starting point.

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Yarnuks
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:48 PM
You can eat that

As long as yarnuk expeditions to the surface are rare, and the only members of their race encountered are the defective cast offs, people are probably going to do with them what they already do with lobsters. I don't see this being a problem, since defective or not, if there are more than enough of them in an area, they are going to breed, and there aren't many ocean creatures in shallow water that are going to be able to kill a one ton lobster with basic intelligence.

I can imagine the horror when a deep snailship surfaces near a coastal village, and the yarnuk explorers discover that the exiles have been captured, and are being bred, and worst of all, they are being eaten. Their boiled shells are polished into jewelry, and the undesirable innards are dumped into the water for scavengers to consume. Juveniles feeding on the discarded viscera of their own kin? Cannibalism, and murder?

This cannot go unchallenged... Go to Comment
Flirting dress
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-16 10:27 AM
Interesting, and something that I could see the elite and wealthy coming up with in a fantasy environment. I just have one question, what do I do with this as a Dungeon Master?

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My Taalkastin Boatman
NPCs  (Minor)   (Natural)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:22 PM
The story, interwoven with the vartanadel expressions, and the salient points from the dating NPC outline made for a solid submission.

I was caught unprepared for Lyle being Lila, and while I knew the woman was going to die, I was impressed with the execution. As they say in the bayou, you can eat dat Go to Comment
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:33 PM
An interesting character, and while he could be described as one dimensional, there are certainly people in real life who are one dimensional. I like the fact that Igor is a man of god out of fear, rather than any sort of real religious calling, and that many of his motivations, aside from divine fear, are based in real world materialism. Igor feels like a real person, with interests in caring for his family and his legacy, as well as having a level head about things like war.

This is a good character, and I could see using him not just in his given setting, but as a man of importance dealing with adventurers-upon-return, and doing the duties of the non-present King, such as making deal with mercenaries, settling disputes, endorsing or condemning actions such as hunting down people without any sort of oversight, or pardoning certain other people. Go to Comment
Orbs of Wendlehook
Dungeons  (Any)   (Doors)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:38 PM
A bit large and complicated, but I like it, old school dungeoneering. Plus the fun part is that if you happen to have a Mastermind game you can make this an interactive trap for the players. Go to Comment
Snow Devil
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-28 11:50 PM
Fun monster of the week. I like the presentation, it is good without dragging to excessive length. For fun, I would give the Snow Devils a few more tricks, such as the abilitiy to pick up some class based abilities, which would open the door to create a whole rogue's gallery of snow devils.

The most obvious choices are druidic and magic user types, with again obvious emphasis on elemental and cold based magics. Ranger, rogue, and hunter types can be equally deadly without being as obvious. These beings could carve out petty kindgoms in the north, demanding tribute and sacrifice from those under their thrall, and with such support structures, these beings who can live into the centuries would certainly have time to become dangerous magi, summoners, warlords with rimebound minions, and all of that. Go to Comment
The Warriors of Jove
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Local)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-29 12:00 AM
Rather than a Knights Templar vibe, I was left with an impression of tribalism infused with outside faith, much akin to the Voodoun and Santeria cults in the Caribbean, but much more martial in nature, and zealous in faith. I see the anura painting themselves with war paints, but instead of old tribal patterns, they were symbols devoting themselves to Jove, and invoking his power and protection. I enjoyed this read very much, and good to see you back in the Citadel Maggot. Go to Comment
3 coins
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:45 PM
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Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-03 10:38 PM
Excellent commentary.

The main inspiration behind the Star Whales was the plankton like nature of the Larvae of the Outer Gods, and the terrestrial concept of the worlds largest creatures subsist on eating some of the world's smallest creatures. Move everything up to the space scale, and the star whales are large predators in a galaxy wide sea of stars.

Moving back to your commentary, no there cannot be any sort of personal relationship between a star whale and a human. While they are untouchable and unknowable, this is a function of the setting and technology. The advances in arcanotechnology might appear to have exploded outwards like a technological big bang, the Star Whales and their utterly alien existence are a demonstration that rather than being masters of technology and space, we are much closer to the ancient Greeks discussing the theorems of the six simple machines but rather than the Inclined Plane, Wedge, Screw, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley we looking at Dimensional Tap Reactors, Dimensional Heat Sinks, the AISC, and so forth. Eventually, should the stars align right, mankind will have all sorts of ships and technology to find the Star Whales, and follow them, and hunt them, and render them for their exotic aphaisic organs and all the horrible things that we are pretty good at doing.

But that's 10,000 years down the line, figuratively speaking.

Another concept is the depth of time. The Lovecraft mythos discussed things eons in the past and millennia in the future. The lifecycle of the larvae of the outer gods is tens of millions of years, and the star whales hundreds of millions of years, and the galaxy has it's own megascale 'ecosystem' where we are barely aware of just the luminous stuff in said galaxy, let alone the things we don't yet have the ability to comprehend. Go to Comment
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-05 11:35 PM
It's beautiful, the integration is everything I would want, the strange, the mercenary, the malign, the corporate...

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Valadaars First Submission Advice
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-11 03:16 PM
Solid advice and well presented. Go to Comment
7 Things About GI Joe
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 09:12 AM
If there is a comic book it is a safe assumption that I have not read it, I don't read comics as I do not appreciate the medium.

The Cosmic Era is meta material, and I am building it, I haven't quite wrapped a skin around it, but I am trying. This all started under the pretense of being a game that I and fellow nerds could play at the bar while our wives and SOs did their thing at a horse show. It's been a long sustained effort.

i am planning on writing stories from this material, and a lot of this is a mixture of world building, integrating things I want to integrate into the setting, and exorcising ideas from my head so that I can go to sleep. This submission was written in one sitting after two drinks, so there is nothing that some editing or a second draft shouldn't fix.

What do I want from this? I want a slick RPG core book. I want 80s influenced splatbooks that fall into the GURPS feel (Cosmic Era: GI Joe sourcebook, Cosmic Era: COBRA! Sourcebook) but keep the Apple slick, anime bright, cleavage flashing, hypertech feel of the Cosmic Era. I want a novel that doesn't get put into the Sci-Fi section, I want a novel like Vonnegut, that gets filed in the Fiction section.

I want people to play the Cosmic Era, and build Cloud Strife, Liu Kang, and Lady Jaye go rampaging on a mission to stop Soundwave's plan to deploy a sonic mind control generator. Go to Comment
7 Things About GI Joe
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 12:32 PM
My audience here at the Citadel?

In a nutshell, peers. I see everyone as being equally involved in writing, creative exercises, and world building.

Goals inside the Citadel? That is another good question, mostly because I don't have a good answer to that, other than I would like to see the Cosmic Era 'finished' in that there is a central submission that flows out to other submissions, and eventually that be turned into a PDF for online distribution.
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Gravediggers' Legacy
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-18 12:56 AM
Interesting, and it makes me think of the older Dungeons and Dragons stuff, and that somewhere there is going to be a necromancer/gravedigger who will figure out how to master these four items and end up as the Gravelord with his dancing shovel and flying assassin's trowels. Go to Comment
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