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Cosmic Era: Mortal Kombat I Dossier
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-25 09:40 AM
This splatbook listing is an exorcism, now that this list is done, I will stop trying to convert MK characters into Cosmic Era characters. Go to Comment
Cosmic Era: Mortal Kombat I Dossier
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-02 08:40 PM
Excellent comment and the sort of input I've been looking for.

Each entry doesn't need to link to something else but just enough to start lacing the material together. Go to Comment
7 Things About Criticism
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-23 08:25 PM
I considered adding examples but opted to keep this a short and focused piece. Go to Comment
7 Things About Criticism
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-25 11:51 PM
The main thing that I think of is that you don't have to hit all seven points to have a constructive criticism, but it should ideally make you aware of how you critique, and how you could be more effective. Some people come across as very adversarial in their delivery, while others can end up being unhelpfully vague. Go to Comment
Armored Units of the Cosmic Era
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-25 08:40 AM
One of the things I love about bureaucracies and other large organizations is their ability to disseminate and dispute the most basic provision ad infinitum.

This, gentlemen, is obviously not a tank, as even the most long ramble that wanders back will know that the tank has a turret and a single cannon fixed therein, and this armored combat vehicle has two cannons in it's turret, and since tanks have one and this has two it's either two tanks, or not a tank at all.

The tobacco industry successfully defended cigarettes for decades before they were out scienced and forced to admit that smoking might possibly be bad for you, according to the surgeon general. Go to Comment
The Brotherhood of the Land of Nod
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Area)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-26 04:31 PM
There are, it is sort of a look into fundamentalism in a part of the world that has created zealots and violent organisations for centuries. Take away the oil and money and you have the conditions to start terrorism and that's what's happened today, but the Cosmic Era is post Islam so instead of the prophet we have tech worshipping zealots who are swayed by charismatic imams to wage holy war against those who defile the sacred tech. Go to Comment
AAA Test Sub
Articles  (At Table)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-17 01:51 PM
Wonderful! Go to Comment
30 Mecha Design Flaws
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-17 05:19 PM
One of the levels of gameplay in the setting is mecha level combat. Go to Comment
30 Mecha Design Flaws
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-20 08:36 AM
If there is going to be an intervention, it should probably be based on the amount of booze I consume through the midnight to 3AM writing jags that create these submissions. Go to Comment
30 Mecha Design Flaws
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-21 08:20 AM
I am pleased with it, I am generally pleased with the Cosmic Era setting, I do however have a semi-serious concern about how much I am drinking in the process of creating it. At times I am a machine that turns madness (insanity, not anger) and bourbon into 4000+ word submissions on mecha. I enjoyed writing this sub, and there are several others in work that I have done the same on. Go to Comment
30 Mecha Design Flaws
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-21 05:48 PM
Axle makes very good points on both sides and I am going to take his comments info full consideration and do an edit and second draft of this submission. Go to Comment
Military Clones
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-12 09:42 AM
Rehabbing: A mixture of chemical and conditioning therapy, a deviant clone is brought back into operational status. This technology was pioneered on criminals, and military clones have predisposition to accept this form of therapy.

Decommissioning: also known as deactivation, or liquidation. The clone is humanely terminated and sent back to a clone creche facility for a post mortem examination of the cortex to determine what changes are needed.

Operational Decommissioning: military euphemism for suicide mission. If several clones are in questionable condition, it can often be cheaper and more expedient to use a group of such clones on a throw away mission and order replacements. Also used when there is a clone surplus and there is a Reduction in Forces order. Go to Comment
30 Cosmic Era PC Occupations
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Technical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-19 09:17 AM
Started putting this together with an eye towards PC concepts, ala the sample characters that are included in the game core books, since that is where I am heading with the Cosmic Era. I was thinking that I might should address the Race option, since there are humans, modded humans, clones, droids, etc. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-13 06:50 AM

The Cosmic Era

The Cosmic Era has incidents during which human beings are compromised, mutated, or otherwise severely altered by the strange energies and anomalies that boil up during dimensional fatigue events. The technical term given to these individuals is 'Wight'. They retain their human appearance but develop inhuman abilities, with the most common being supernatural durability. Most Wights are able to ignore anything less than military grade hardware. Enhanced strength, parapsychic abilities, and strange biological adaptations (tentacles, new orifices with alien teeth, claws) are also present.

The Wights that are spawned in the Cosmic Era do not follow the trope of shapeshifting into monsters, and maintaining two forms. If a wight manifests a new more horrific form, that becomes it's new form. The standard Youma is based more in the anime tradition of transforming monsters, but also functions in a much more magic setting.

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The moral compass
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-12 08:53 PM
Fantastic submission, there is a good moment displayed where the compass is used, an NPC tied to it for a story, and there is an origin behind it that fills in the basic questions but leaves it open enough that it can be easily adapted and fit into whatever setting needed. This is a fantastic and devious item, and something I would love to use in a game. I can see it being problematic for classes with ethos dependent powers, because once a paladin or cleric goes against the ethos of his deity, there is generally a denial of powers and innate abilities.

Good work, nice graphic. Go to Comment
Locations  (Ruins)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-24 12:46 PM
An interesting read, but I had to go back and reread it to figure out what happened because the transport of the Litwellians 500 years into the past into a new place is glossed over in one sentence. I would add a paragraph explaining what you've answered above, about the descendents of the Litwellians eventually returning to their home, because it would help with the cliffhanger.

I was hooked into reading this story, I wanted to know more about the city, and the foolhardy or unlucky men who sweep the road, and about what sort of evil was taking them as they worked. Very good work there. Go to Comment
The Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-08 01:02 AM

Who Are the Big Players?

There are a number of powers that everyone in the Cosmic Era is aware of. The New Earth Governments are power blocs that formed around the time period of the Oxygen Depletion Incident, during the early portion of the Second Renaissance. These powers are coalitions, confederations, and multi-nation alliances and vary from being very strongly unified to being their own worst enemies.

The Atlantic Federation:

Composed of Western Europe, the Eastern half of North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Central and Equatorial Africa, and a large number of space stations, habitats, and colonies on the Moon, Mars, and on several of Jupiter's Moons. The Atlantic Federation is big, it is powerful, it is patriotically pro-military, and like Oceania, it is constantly at war. Armed with fleets of flying battleships, divisions of giant robots, and a robust supersoldier and robot army, it strides proudly onto the field of conflict.

The Eurasian Alliance:

Also known as the Neo-Soviet Union, the Eurasian Alliance is composed of the poor parts of Central and Eastern Europe rejected by the Federation, North Africa, the wasteland ruins of the Middle East, Russia, and many of the former Soviet Bloc nations. The Alliance has lagged behind in advanced technology and the space race, but can win on the ground with its peerless submarine fleet, excellent aerospace fighters, and continued usage of heavy armor. The Alliance is nationalistic, hybrid socialist, and hearkens back to the Greatness of the old Soviet Union, and it's thriving masses of the proletariat, with military parades and institutionalized stoicism.

The Asian-Co-Prosperity Sphere:

Also known as China and Friends, the ACPS is composed of China, Tibet, all of SE Asia, Korea, and large portions of Indonesia, Mars, and a number of space stations and habitats. The ACPS has remained a cultural oasis, and has resisted the encroachment of megacorps and their corporate philosophies, meaning that off all the world powers, the ACPS is going to be culturally the most organic of the world powers. The ACPS is self-serving and is expanding it's power and borders through eugenics programs, genetic manipulation, and virtual warfare.

The Pacific Rim Coalition:

The PRC is a liberal progressive collection of nations the surround the Pacific Ocean, the most notable being Nippon aka Japan, the Western North American continent, Australia, and the island nations that do not want to be annexed by the Chinese leviathan. The PRC is technologically advanced, but it's moral attitudes and ideals have left it militarily vulnerable, demonstrated by the ACPS conquest of Korea in the last decade. Unless the Coalition finds a new backbone beyond the Army of Nippon, it is looking as a slow slide into second tier status.

The United States of South America:

Also known as the Amazon League, Amazonia, and Latinia, the USSA is united by a common culture heritage, a common landmass, a common history, and a unifying hatred of the Federation for its heavy handed militarism, and the Nipponese for their intrusiveness and attempts to collapse the USSA's culture and economy. The citizens and corporations of the USSA draw upon pre-Columbian mythology, imagry, and the ideals of a warrior culture and are determined to defend their continent from outside intrusion. Communism, statism, and economic stagnation are painfully common among the USSA member states.

The South African United Republics:

Better known as the SAUR, this new earth government is composed of a coalition of nations the occupy southern Africa, and have mutual economic, cultural, and military interests. These have welded together to the point that the nations are now more states than sovereign entities, and this suits the residents of the region, as they have banded together and have colonies in space, in the ocean, and have resisted the might of the Federation, and have Prevented that power from conquering all of Africa.

Free India:

The sole National Power, India has allies, but none of them are woven into a NEG pattern charter. India is a free nation, with a strong economy, strong presence in space, and a prominent position as the abode of choice for many of the world's shadowy organizations, as well as being a haven for criminals, smugglers, and online illegal operations. India retains it's culture, and what it lacks in technology, it more than makes up for in it's zeal, and ability to react strongly and quickly to threats around it. India has repulsed several ground wars started by the ACPS, and in some instances, forced that NEG to lose ground.

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The Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-08 01:28 AM

The New Economic Blocs

One of the hallmarks of both dystopian literature, movies, and the cyberpunk genre is the presence of the MegaCorporations. The MegaCorps miss the mark in most fiction, as the world's largest companies don't make guns, or sell drugs, they are banks, commodities trading companies, and corporations that as their business, own other businesses.

The MegaBanks:

The names of the MegaBanks aren't horribly important other than for letterhead purposes and who signs the checks. At the end of the day, these monsters spread their tentacles across nations, across NEG borders, across peoples, across entire worlds. Each and everyone of them is almost identical as they all exist for the same, sole purpose, the enrichment of their shareholders and the draconian will of their Boards of directors. They are represented by generic men in generic suits with scads of money, and obvious moral bankruptcy.

Examples: The Goliath Bank, Bank of the Northern Hemisphere, The Red Sun Bank, etc.

The TeleComms:

The CogNet is big big business, and it handles the largest part of the commerce through the entire Solar System. The companies that exist maintaining the infrastructure, designing new equipment, creating new code, new programs and enforcing cyber security make massive amounts of money. These megacorps have massive amounts of money, power, and are the behemoths in the virtual realm, and like the MegaBanks, they are cut from the same uniform templates, generic men and women in fashionable generic suits, with scads of money, low morals, and an interest not in just profit, but in entertainment and social media and controlling who, how, and what is said.

Examples: Atlantic Telecomm & TeleNet, Cyberdyne Systems, Orion Technologies, CognaPhone, Vivid-Sony, Rockstar, DisnEA, state sponsored corps.

Power Companies:

Electricity keeps the Cosmic Era turning, and while power is cheap, the companies that produce it make great amounts of money doing so. The Cosmic Era is power hungry on a scale that is staggering. Free energy has meant that the idea of conserving electricity is as absurd as breathing shallowly to conserve air. Arcos are electric, industrial geofronts are electric, the war machines and mass transit, and vertical farms, and magnetic rails launching shuttles into space all are electric. The Power companies are almost backwards in their presentation, with generic men and women in dated suits, with surly attitudes, scads of money, and a firm belief that he who controlls the Grid, controls the world. Damned if their not right, though.

Examples: Magnetar North American, MagnaVolt Technologies, Consolidated Electric, Industrial Light & Power

Classic MegaCorps:

The bottom tier MegaCorps are the ones most familiar to the dystopian reader, because for the most part bankers, media moguls, advertising executives, and power company liaisons aren't really interesting villains, even if they are more realistic. The classic MegaCorps do things like own large swaths of territory, have vertical zaibatsu structures, and are involved in construction, manufacture and distribution of sundry goods, large scale services, and military contracting.

Examples: Omni-Consumer Products, Union Aerospace Corporation, Cyberdyne-Grumman, Armadyne, SecuriCorp, Vault-Tec

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The Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-08 01:50 AM


Without certified villains and bad guys, it's hard to have a proper setting. Someone has to be the assholes. Luckily, in the Cosmic Era, organized crime is big business, and as such there are several major terrorist groups, crime syndicates and megagangs.

Amerikka Command

Aka Cobra, the AC hearkens back to their antiquated biased misinformed idea of what 'Murica was and in the Cosmic Era, they fight to see that dream recovered. This generally involves primitive religious ideas, personal materialism, and rebellion against the pragmatism and collectivism of most of North America. Drawing from social outcastes, criminals, and disenfranchised veterans, the Command has turned most of the southern Rockies/North and central Texas into a North American version of Taliban Afghanistan. AC has indigenous support, access to heavy weaponry and military factories and can and does fight battles against the Atlantic Federation.


The biggest more organized criminal syndicate in the Eastern Hemisphere, this cartel of drug lords, gun smugglers, vice kings, political terrorists, despots and banana republic dictators have amassed a staggering amount of wealth from illegal shadowrunning, gambling, human and drug trafficking, and are among some of the worst people on the planet. Operating out of Indonesia and SE Asia, they are heavily armed, and have access to powerful arcanotech including major advancements in genetic modding and supersoldier information stolen from the PRC and the ACPS. Shadowlaw is well known for violence, staging martial arts tournaments, criminal biomodification, and torture.

Black Dragon Society

The Black Dragon is a massive guns, drugs, and money criminal organization that has a heavy hand and strong presence in the Western portion of North America and has made inroads in Central America, and the USSA. The Black Dragon is violent, remorseless, ruthless, and where they lack heavy weapons and advanced tech, they have numbers recruited from favela dwelling street gangs, disgraced mercenaries and discharged military and war criminals on their side.


A European threat, Armas wants to see Europe united again into an independent power, free of both the Federation and the Alliance. This has lead to constant violence and terrorism along the AtFed/EA border, and major hotspots in France, Italy, Spain, and the Balkan Peninsula (Shocking, I know). Armas is internationally savvy, as has allies with Amerikka Command and Shadowlaw facilitating the flow of technology, equipment, and information between these powers. While not a huge immediate threat, Armas and it's charming agents are the glue that hold the criminal underworld together.

Python Patrol

A maritime terrorist/pirate organization, the Python Patrol operates out of Australia and Indonesia, where it is a threat to the PRC, the ACPS, and even clashes with the agents of Shadowlaw. The Patrol is heavily armed, psychotically violent, and receives funding from the government of Australia, as the Patrol has formed a strong buffer between the Land Down Under and China and it's regional ideas of Manifest Destiny. The Patrol is primarily a racist organization bent on hunting down ethnic Chinese and killing them.


The Foot Clan, the Mafia, street gangs in the favelas and megaslums, Mad Gear Gang, Local Drug cartels, regional banditry and rogue mercenary organizations.

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The Blackwings
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-07 10:47 AM
I dig these guys, and think it is interesting how much predetermination there is in their society, and I like the notion of these gaunt creatures keeping packs of slaves to do their bidding.

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