Cosmic Era Fashion
Military Chic - this is an increasingly popular stylistic choice, and is marked through the use of semi-tactical looking clothing, synthetic tattoos, and using the body to express a certain personal stance. This is generally marked by camo pants, military style vests with pockets, equipment belts, mesh shirts, and hats that emulate the appearance of helmets.
The biggest downside of Military Chic is that it is being done by people with zero military experience, so it is fashion emulating entertainment feed military programming filtered through the arts and fashion community. This fashion is intended to be hand in hand with the Daily Discourse and provocative. Someone who is willing to don the fashion week version of a Tropic Thunder cosplay with a Blood Tat on their chest screaming NO LOVE FOR SYNTHCO on their chest is deliberately being aggressive
AtomPunk Chic - also known as MadMaxPunk, MMP embraces the percieved fashion and nature of the people who live in the Wastelands, who are wild, dangerous, and exotic to the denizens of the arcos. MMP fashion uses lots of 'scavenged' materials, and is designed to show off the wearer's physique, but add elements of danger by frequently hiding the face under a skull or other violently themed mask.
Wanna be badbois will adopt MMP to make themselves look aggressive and edgy. They will also want to indulge in things like going slumming outside of the arco, especially into places where the police and bioscanners dont work so that they can do light criminal stuff like hang out in dive bars, hurt people, do questionable drugs, and so forth, without getting too far away from the protections they are trying to edge out from underneath.
Sedan-bots - Many people can afford synthetics now, and the more well off can have than one. This gives the upper income arco resident the option of having themselves carried in a sedan chair, like Victorian London. Two robots carry an enclosed box, with their owner/passenger inside. The sedan itself can have ventilation, entertainment options, and even allow a completely naked occupant to be carried through a busy pedestrian area while they are having a number two or are indulging in some technomasturbation on their way to work/office/party/wherever. The use of a Sedan chair is allowed in most places as it is carried human style and uses public space like any other group of people. There is a tax/fee for using a sedan chair, but it is modest.
- Safe Sedans have armor protection and security encryption to protect the occupant, as well as armored carriers. This is very low key. These are often used to move VIPs from secure areas, or by administrators and officers of an arco. Celebrities, and other well heeled users also like these are they are less troublesome than using mass transit systems or dealing with a larger vehicle.
Li-Pfohl Bra - The Li-Pfohl bra is a style of garment that sets the breasts to the highest level of notice, and will encapsulate the breast in a zeppelin like blast cone, or cover it in a synthetic material that matches the wearer's skin tone. These are typically worn in by women who wish to express their Feminine Power.
History records Madonna's silver cone bra as the proto-Li-Pfohl bra, and going into the Cosmic Era, the designs have become increasingly absurd and bombastic. The only limit is the imagination, and almost every euphemism for the breast has been turned into some sort of LP-bra. Headlights - a large bra that is equipped with commercial style LED lamps for high illumination. Sweater Puppies or Kittens - the bra is mostly transparent and hollow, with a holofed of a puppy or kitten living in each cup.
Demi-Head - The Demi-Head is just a robotic head, almost always modeled after the owner, and linked to their own cathex and gesund auf. Thus, the demi-head is active, looks around, occasionally talks, and interacts with the user and those around them. The main function is that the demi-head will engage in it's own subtext conversations, or will burp up observations. Thus a casual dinner between a woman with her demi-head accessory and her date could have the demi-head yawning visibly if she is bored, or making faces if the food isn't good.
While a small community, people who have demi-heads find it quite rude and a faux pas to actively talk to someone's demi-head, or to acknowledge something it has said. Thus there are situations where a group of people with these will be talking politely and about topical things while their demi-heads rattle out their rude thoughts, or what they are emotionally feeling.
Vicktor-Rolfe Industries Model W Personal Drone - This mouthful is a light and breeze drone that hovers above a user by a few feet and makes sure that they are always in good lighting for pictures and captures. The use of fans keeps the hair blown in the proper direction, and is intended to make sure that the worst impromptu selfie or paparazzi pictures show the user looking great.
Nothing says high maintenance and self important quite like having a drone buzzing above your head to make sure that you look good for other people's pictures.
Namilia Apparatus - the Namilia apparatus is a synthetic vulva that can be attached to almost anything. This device cannot be penetrated, it is just a visual facsimile, but it is a smart device and it can transmit what someone has done to it to a biofeedback system. These were originally used as handheld devices for women to use for discrete masturbation, or as ways to better express foreplay to their mates, but they quickly found their way into art and fashion circles. A Namilia apparatus can connect to a user's gesund auf, for full biometric response.
Art - Namilias were turned into art exhibits, with a display of dozens of Namilia 'flowers' that people could touch and smell, all linked to a single person, or to whoever stood in one certain spot. Performance artists would take these and leave them places to see what people would do to them.
Fashion - attaching minimalist namilias to clothings and furniture, designers tried to say a lot of things about feminism and female power, but the message was confused and muddled, and while no one really understood what they were trying to say, it was popular.
Personal Drape - the Personal Drape is carried by a drone similar to the Vicktor-Rolf W, but it is not much more than a semi-sheer piece of large fabric that floats above the user and hangs down to their feet. The Drape is typically made of a photoreflective material so that attempts to take their picture or capture their image will cause the material to become digitally opaque. These are most commonly used by people of influence who are in mourning, dont wish to have their pictures taken, or are attending a personal event.
A popular variant of the drape is for the user to be almost completely nude under it. While see through, they are visible, but as they are covered it is considered descent. The material allows them to be naked, without being photographed while doing it, the only people who get to see are the people who are actually there.
Accelerated Higgs Particle Cannon - colloquially known as a Super Higgs, or Super Graviton Cannon. The form of the AHPC is similar to a basic HPC, but it is much larger and has amplifiers. The prototype AHCP is mounted axially down the center line of a classified testbed warship nestled in at the Maw Installation. The AFS Kepler is listed as a science and research vessel, with emphasis on Higgs research and gravitronics as a whole. The 800 meter ship is a transport vehicle for the AHPC.
When powered up, the front end of Kepler decouples and opens like a mechanical flower, and the beam emitter is exposed. There are six 'amplifiers' that extend from the ship and are locked in place with a powerful magnetic field. These six flattened barrel shaped units, 20 meters wide and 5 meters thick, project and manipulate gravimetric forces in front of the ship and in the emitter. This decreases space-time resistance to the particle beam, allowing the super dense stream of energy to move above the speed of light.
The estimated yield of the Kepler AHPC is 100 gigatons. Should the weapon be pointed at the Earth, the damage would be very likely civilization ending. A European centered blast would set everything from Oslo to Sicily, France to Belurus on fire, with a 100 kilometer wide fireball over Vienna. A similar blast over the United States would stretch from New York to Denver, New Orleans to the top of Ontario, with the 100 kilometer wide fireball leaving nothing behind of Chicago.
Currently, there is not enough power available to the Kepler to charge the weapon up to that world breaking output. Work on the AHPC has been sidelined following the highly negative reviews of the leaked Obliteratix joke program.Go to Comment
The Drone Tank is a high end weapon system deployed by the Atlantic Federation. It has an A-pod based suspension system (full hover, high speed) and an gyroscopic laser. The weapon is mounted in a robot turret, with a full 360 rotation and up to 45 degree elevation in the beam emitter. The tank is controlled via remote link, and does not have autonomous functionality. In combat, the vehicle is fast and accurate with its laser, but has only a moderate amount of armor and moderate staying power in a fight.
The strengths of the unit are it's relatively low cost, high speed, and accuracy. It can also be be outfitted with other gear, depending on the mission needed. This includes anti-air missiles, anti-personnel weaponry, ECM gear, or supplies as needed.
The weaknesses of the unit are it's reliance on remote control and vulnerability to hacking. The main laser has range but lacks stopping power, and at full power output, it only has a few minutes of endurance. The laser and drive system consume a large amount of the power it can contain in it's batteries.
The Armored Personnel Carrier is a tried and true system, a fast moving vehicle that carries soldiers into battle.
The strengths of the APC are that they are cheap, and allow basic infantry to overcome their limited mobility and low speed.
The weaknesses of the APC are that they are typically very poorly armed, often depending on the soldiers inside to literally shoot out of holes in the side, have light armor, and are seen as expendable vehicles.
The Heavy APC attempts to face the armor challenge by increasing the armor of the vehicle, typically to the detriment of it's speed. Heavy APCs are uncommon.