The Mangler, the Crusher, the Shredder, there are a large variety of names given to scrapping and recycling robots. The Mangler, OCP's PM-9900 'Praying Mantis' is a very typical recycling robot. It was designed to handle refuse and to scrap damaged and discarded robots, androids and mechanoids. The original civilian model is equipped with large pincers and several cutting lasers and saws for dismembering robots to salvage their specific valuable components and separate them from the parts that can be sent to smelting.
Like the LoaderBot, the Praying Mantis was given it's own military version. Rather than a stand and deliver sort of bot, it is generally equipped with camouflage and improved armor and sent out as a stalker. The machine is rather clever once given a predatory iOS upgrade and will ambush it's intended victims, seeking to immobilize and then quickly remove the head/cranium with it's cutting laser or saws. Given the relatively high cost of the Praying Mantis and other recycling bots, few are used in this headhunter fashion.
Several have achieved sentience, another reason the modification is seldomly done.
The LJ-1A is a good representation of the universally common materials handling robot. It is roughly human shaped, and at 600 pounds, not outside human operating parameters. It was designed to handle heavy burdens with a degree of finesse for loading and unloading vehicles and handling materials inside factory modules and warehousing sectors. It is a very low end of robot tech machine, and has a very primitive cortex.
None of these factors prevented the LJ-1A from being modified into a combat mechanoid. The body panels, made of commericial ferroplastic can be unbolted and removed, and replaced with composite armor panels made to fit the machine. The arms can be unbolted and 'gun arms' can be fitted onto the robot, to make it a walking gun turret. The resulting robot typically has a pair of infantry support weapons for arms, or twin barrel lighter weapons (or a mix such as an infantry support flamethrower and a double machine gun arm). It is an easy target, and requires constant direction by a human operator, effectively calling out attacks for the robot to target and engage with it's weapons.
These are third and fourth line machines that only exist due to the number of loader bots in existence and that if pressed, a two man crew can strip an industrial model and rebuilt it into a combat model in 4 to 6 hours.
Lana was just a random tangent, but I have a feeling she's the real gem in this submission. There are so many story potentials there, the cynic scientist purging a compromised test clone because she has bonded with a lab assistant, the lab assistant trying to break her out of the facility, the inhuman treatment of the clones.
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I am looking forward to seeing it, Echo. It would be interesting to see a group of mercenary/shadowrunner Lana clones. The general public would probably guess they are clones, but the Lana series isn't a mass produced version, so people outside of human testing labs (if it doesn't make your skin crawl writing about that part you're not doing it right) aren't going to know that they are escaped buxom ginger lab mice. Go to Comment
It's an interesting idea, but I feel there is a huge piece missing. What is the angle?
The PCs could be some of those soldiers, or they could be the members of the time bending mages. This could create a Terminator style game, where the focus isn't the Terrible War, its in the events leading up to it, or survivors working out a plan to go back in time when the council does it's 15 year reset. If they kill General Amazing while he's still a middle lieutenant, and assassinate Lord Bastardo before his father dies, then it changes the whole dynamic of the war to come/that was.
It could also be played as a straight time loop, but the loop is starting to come apart, and people are starting to realize that this has all happened before. The loop has just restarted and the PCs must do what they can to prevent the war, or change it's course so that the time bending spell isn't cast again for the utterly unknownth time. Go to Comment
I absolutely love this, and it isn't just for modern, you can move into any post modern and sci-fi settings.
I want to use this in the Cosmic Era setting, the Puzzle Gamers work out how to meet the End Game through the CogNet, pitting machine against machine so when the End Game comes they will be able to hack the entire system to attack itself like an autoimmune disease. The Power Gamers collect things like power armor, exotic weapons, and cybernetic upgrades to increase their combat potentials, also known cryptically as 'Deeps'. The Death Bringers handle the burn-outs and wash-outs as they currently do.
An interesting item, but rather than being used against the PCs I can see this being used as a plot device, the Queen has been afflicted by a soul cherry and she's gone all Queen of Hearts on the kingdom. Alternately what could be a more devastating weapon against a highly chivalrous knight? Use inside a game group would require a good deal of maturity IMHO so. So I would use these with caution.
2.5/5 because it is not a bad idea but it's vague. Who made them, and to what purpose? How common are they, and how well known are they? Go to Comment
We do like meat on them bones, as well as a generous marbling of fat, a crisp glazed skin, and a nice wine reduction as well as the personal history of the chef who made it.
Maybe we need to be more accepting of the Lean cuts?
Le honest vote: 2/5
OK Idea: magic heavy armor is always okay by me, boosting stats and regeneration are also sweet deals.
It can be improved quickly and easily by answering a few questions, and these can be short answers, some of which you have already addressed and some you havent:
1. Appearance, what does it look like?
2. Who made it? In this case, it was made by the best blacksmith in the Empire
3. Why was it made? Again, this is one you've already answered, it was made as a gift/prize for Ademythys for his victory over the demonic hordes.
4. What does it do? This is the sticky part because the Citadel is non-system specific, and not all stats translate so easily. In the case of the armor, it adds 600 HP, but how many HP does the typical person have, or the typical hero/adventurer? If a typical A/H has 5-600 HP, then the armor doubles the wearer's HP, or triples it, or adds 10%.
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Africa is split into three major regions, and I have mentioned it repeatedly.
North and North-East Africa are nominally part of the Eurasian Alliance, but for the most part are backwater areas, ruled by tribal, religious, and other factions. This is a trend that runs from Morocco to the Indian/Pakistan borders. Lacking oil, most of the OPEC nations have imploded.
The Central region, specificallty Congo, Nigeria, the Gold Coast region, etc are a gleaming First World part of the Atlantic Federation and Lagos and Kinshasa are now on par with cities like Paris, London, New Nuyork, and so on.
The South part of the continent consolidated and formed the South African United Republics as a power bloc to resist expansion of the Atlantic Federation because seriously screw those guys. Jo-Burg is a bustling first world city, and space port. Go to Comment
Don't tell your inner cynic about the hover bikes and hovercraft which can do the recon job just as well but cheaper.
There isn't an Ostrich replacement seriously on the table because it is not economically feasible to replace the mech. Better mechs can be made, but they are dramatically more expensive. It's the situation the US is facing with the B-52. The bomber is pretty much as good a bomber as you are going to get (altitude, payload, range, speed) and any attempt to replace is doomed pretty much to fail because any replacement is dramatically more expensive. The potential replacements are all also invariably inferior to the Stratofortress in some aspect.
As for the the Lion's Share, its an expression that means the biggest piece. The majority of Ostriches are built in Michigan. Go to Comment
A very gnomish gnome (without venturing into the realm of the tinker) who has some interesting motivation and use in a game. I particularly like his tiny bookshelf, and that if it tips over all the books fall out regular size.
Learning how to use a magnetic weapon is pretty much the same as using a conventional weapon. I would in a metagame level have the firearms skill apply equally to both conventional and magnetics. Now, breaking down, cleaning and repairing I would have separate skills. Go to Comment
You ask a very good question, and by the time of the St. Louis Riots, the price of fuel was so high that food trucks were starting to sit because there was no gas (diesel, biodiesel, ethanol) to move them. The military has always gotten the first choice, so the tanks would have fuel. Just another reason the riots got worse, the govt has gas for a dozen super tanks but not for a food truck? Screw those guys! Go to Comment
Also: the end of the Petroleum Era is a slight misnomer. The production of actual petroleum spikes and then rapidly starts to decline before the end. There is certainly development of alternative fuels and power sources but there isn't an alternative liquid fuel (ethanol, alcohol, biodiesel) that is able to be produced in the quantities needed. Ethanol is good, but we can't produce 20+ million barrels of ethanol a day. Electric cars suffer from battery issues, and the electric grid itself simply cannot support the demands of an electric vehicle fleet.
This also shouldn't be surprising, while the fuel supply is shrinking like a noose around a neck, conservation has totally failed. Fuel saving technology is present, but not appreciated. The collectivism of the Arcology projects are decried as communist, socialist, and elitist. Rail systems fail in massive nations, massive infrastructures collapse because there simply isn't money to fix them. Instead of consumption slowing down, it spikes at the end, because everyone wants to make sure they get their fair share.