I wrote this in one sitting, so technically it is oekaki, and no I didn't put a lot of time into the names in the plot hooks. During the writing process I kept feeling a DnD 2ed vibe growing and that's where the names came from. Later I'm going to do City Image: Umberhulk just for you ;D
Or they are the truly brave because they do their deeds for the sake of dwarvenkind, and not for their own honor and glory. No songs will be sung of them, their tales will not be told, but their deeds will be remembered by the soldiers who return alive, and not on their shields. Go to Comment
Actually, the drug in the movie Equilibrium is called Prozium and not Equilibrium. The nation it was set in is called Libria. I googled Librium as I considered that a decent name for the drug and I did discover that it does exist pretty much exactly as written on the box in the movie, albeit not to the same full scope of effect. Swap an I for a Y and it's taken care of.
As for Soma, as I recall, soma makes people blissful happy and calm. Lybrium makes you not capable of feeling bliss or dissatisfaction. Go to Comment
I love that idea, Lybrium can reduce or even completely suppress parapsychic abilities. It's important that the orderlies at the Ashcroft Asylum for the Cosmically Insane makes sure their wards take all of their meds every day.
I can also see Lybrium being used as a cult suppression drug, or by some cult leaders to ensure that their sacrificial lamb to the Gods who Walk in Shadow don't run away screaming.
As for social connotations, I can see it being seen in the same light as thorazine (keep the crazies calm) in a general positive light, but in a non-pill form as a method of government control. Lybrium canisters and gassing is the sort of thing that does happen, but the powers that be work hard to make sure no one pays attention to it. Go to Comment
There is certainly that option, but I was actually thinking doing an homage to the illicit substances found in fiction, and both porting them into the setting, and making them plausible, grounded in a game/storytelling system/mechanic, and actually tie them to actual drug use and actual 'how drugs work' which Hollywood (ironic considering the amount of cocaine, LSD, and pot there is there) somehow can always really screw up. Plus, with the onset of modern designer drugs like Bath Salts, something like Nuke is just a street name for the latest batch of whatever makes you want to get naked and eat homeless people.
And I did file the serial numbers off in this sub, since the point of inspiration was Prozium from the movie Equilibrium, and in this submission I tied it closer to Soma and its use in 1984 rather than its movie role as an emotion suppressant. Go to Comment
The cost of a CAS is insignificant compared to the cost of a suit of powered combat armor, or the cost of the genetic augmentation and training that goes into creating a supersoldier. As for the hows and the whys, it is a generic second line piece of equipment that is intended to be used by cost conscious or criminal elements who don't have the money or resources to field military hardware. Mercenaries, bounty hunters, criminal enforcers and high end thugs use the CAS.
It is made of plastic, and the chemicals are injected into the body by means of a hypodermic sprayer (rather than a needle). The chemical usage is typically controlled by the wearer, but there are some users who trust the CAS minicomputer and bioreader to handle their chemical dosages. The Chemicals in an of themselves are fluff. They are there to create something that is almost as effective as the high end fighting men of the Cosmic Era without the high cost or maintenance. It can be broken, it can and is frequently abused by the users. The drawbacks should be obvious, juicing is bad. Pumping your body full of all sorts of chemicals and hormones is going to put you out of your prime quickly, there are going to be serious wear and tear issues, broken bones, natural biochemical imbalances, and so on.
And this submission was written quickly, in one sitting. Now that it is written I haven't been spending time thinking about it. Go to Comment