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CQC in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-09 02:52 PM
The Ripper is cheap, hyperedge blades are expensive, so its a trade off. For more power and vicious close quarters mayhem, I would recommend lightning claws instead. Go to Comment
Life in this So Called Cosmic Era
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-18 07:36 PM
1. Seibertronians do indeed have souls (fragments of the Larvae of the Outer Gods) but as they are non-biological, they cannot sexually procreate. They can build new robot bodies and cortices, and install the relevant software and personality profiles, but the spark of sentience and self awareness comes from the fusion of a larvae being formatted into a cyber brain starting up. Success is a new seibertronian, failure is a functional robot. I have tried to leave a breadcrumb trail to make the reader uncomfortably aware that all sentient life is potentially nothing more than the self aware castings of vast cosmic entities, and that humanity might simply be a stage in the evolution of macro-scale lifeforms.

2. The CE doesn't value children as much as we do now, but children are much less of an investment. You can send off a DNA sample, and the proper credit documents and in a few weeks get back a kid. If you are willing to wait a bit longer, you can start with a teenager, or just skip the entire juvenile phase and have your offspring decanted in their physical 20s.

3. The monolithic education systems do not respond to perceived economic needs, it sets them. It's all central planning, in it's cold and logical application. The students in the edu-indoctrinatation schools have a degree of choice in their potential careers, but it is a relatively narrow one. The education system (most of which is machine in nature) is very good at predicting and directing the career paths of the students it has.

Good questions. Go to Comment
Ludicrous Gats: Guns for the Cosmic Era
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-06-03 07:58 PM
Noisy Cricket

A hold out weapon of immense power, the Noisy Cricket is a kinetic-sonic arcanotech weapon. The device generates a powerful sonic discharge, roughly similar to the sound of a cricket. The resulting sonic shotgun creates an expanding wall of force that is surprisingly effective at damaging soft targets, knocking things over, and generally making a mess. Kineto-sonic weaponry has not proven to be very useful for three major reasons, loudness, lack of armor penetration, and recoil.

The loudness of the Noisy Cricket and similar weapons (such as the OmniCorp 'Boom Tube') make the weapon users stand out on the battlefield. This makes anyone using one a major target.

Kineto-sonic damage is spread across a relatively large space. While this means that they are good for blowing apart shacks, knocking down drones, and sending crowds of attackers flying, armored targets are only knocked down. Against mecha, power armor, and heavy droid troopers, the weapon can at best, knock them over, or slow them down.

Finally, recoil from the weapons is impressive. Hand held guns can send the shooter flying, and larger weapons proved unruly for even mecha to control. Go to Comment
Secret Wizard Bases with Your Peace of Mind in Mind
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-14 07:35 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-15 03:59 PM
I only intended it to be a 25

Read a little thing on FB about the optimal length of things. The two I remember, bullet lists (like this) should be 25 items, and podcasts should be approximately 22 minutes Go to Comment
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-05-15 04:07 PM
I have heard of it, and was a big inspiration behind the Freemium Econony submission, which should be linked to this sub. Go to Comment
Seven Naval Commanders
NPCs  (Extras)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-05-01 07:15 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-29 03:17 PM
The visual that gave the idea for the device was Lord Genome's head grafted into the control system of the Cathedral Terra/Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann ship from the Gurren Lagann anime. I've never really gotten the best vibe off of the head in the jar riff, even though it's an old one (Lovecraft, Futurama, etc) but the visuals of the various members of the crew interacting with and talking to the reanimated but still technically dead head of their former rival was just too cool to ignore.

Kiosk droids have replaced stationary vending machines. (Sub pending)

There is currently not a thread about families and child rearing in the CE, but sufficed to say, it would look horrific and bleak. You plug your kids into the CogNet for their indoctrination/education/entertainment, and only interact with them when you aren't plugged in yourself. That's assuming you went with the biological option to have organic children and not iKid droids, or cloned offspring, avoiding that whole pregnancy thing that used to plague mankind. Woman is truly free, now that the glass womb bears the burden of reproduction.

The Tycho Conventions have been mentioned regularly in the setting (ref: MiB) and is the CE version of the Geneva Convention, just upgraded for the setting. No nukes, no bioweapons, no genetic caste cloning (re: alphas, epsilons, double epsilons) no genetic super soldiers, no autonomous weapon systems, No uplifting animal species to sentience, etc. Basically a bunch of stuff that most major powers ignore, or use as accusations to hurl at each other.

Antarctica has something rotten and foul under it, why else would their be an entire continent crushed under ice, with sub-zero deserts, massive ice sheets and auroras flickering over it. It is the creepy, evil basement of Planet Earth.

As per the Dummy System, Neon Genesis Evangelion had the Dummy Plug system, which was later revealed to be (spoilers!) clones of two eva pilots who were programmed to act as auto-pilots for the eldritch horrors should their pilots become incapacitated or refuse to follow orders. Empty, soulless, these artificial pilots demonstrated barbarism and violence that was sickening even to hardened operatives, including ripping pilots out of their mecha and devouring them.

As per the 100 Word Submissions, I appreciate the suggestion, but no. Go to Comment
Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-16 08:40 PM
One of the big things about the Tycho Convention ban on sentient weapons is basically an anti-Skynet protocol. On military terms, multiple intelligences making decisions are more random and chaotic than a central AI. That makes it harder to predict. Things like the big AISCs know each other, and if you successfully profile a computer intelligence I would say you could easily predict and counter it's moves and gambits. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Extras)   (Religious)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:43 PM
Parapsychics in about 100 words, I like. Go to Comment
Aramax Ironbelly
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:47 PM
The Shade of You
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-03 07:05 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Brass Man
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-20 07:59 AM
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-15 03:48 PM
To answer the questions:

1. Her taste in art is serene and zen, favoring traditional Japanese art, like painting kanji, flower arrangement, etc. Her playlist is likely an eclectic mix of soft pop, synthesizer, and whatever is trendy. One person's serenity is another person's noise. Yuna likes ska-pop, I find dubstep soothing.

2. The Amero-Nipponese phenotype is widely presented in anime. Predominantly white with large eyes and vaguely Asian features. That comes from the other side of the Pacific, not this side.

3. Her role in research is as a test subject, demonstrating her abilities under scientific observation. As for the nostril comment, that's taking pot-shots at monsters and bogeymen, not so much shooting other people. What would push a moral character to put a bullet up a monster's snout? Preventing said monster from eating her and the rest of her team, or turning them into incubators, or building material, or the 1001 other horrible things that an aberrant invasive species from a another dimension would want to do to people.

4. One of the things about the Cosmic Era is that it is a scary batpoop crazy place. She summons and controls cosmic horrors because she can, and that is the best way she can use her talents to help others and protect humanity. If you have the ability to protect large numbers of people, can you refuse to? Can you reject the moral responsibility to help and care for others who have no other defense than the organization you work for?

5. More than she cares to have been involved in. She's stoic, pragmatic, and if a cosmic horror doesn't eat her soul and puppeteer her body first, she will eventually burn out.

Bonus: Puerto Rico and Monopoly would be offensive games in the Cosmic Era, rooted as they are in the mindset that lead to the near destruction of the biosphere and humanity in general, much like breaking out some Jim Crow racist slave chasing boardgame would be today. Apples to Apples and Cranium would be too frivolous and light-hearted. Scrabble is the most appealing of the games listed, but she is also likely to be interested in classical games like Chess and Go. Go to Comment
30 Amazons
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-10 04:30 PM
Update: Two horrific years, TWO YEARS, sitting in the in work folder.

I can't bring myself to delete this. Go to Comment
The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-20 05:33 AM

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Asuka Langley Soryu

Ashley Lang is a high ranking Federation mecha pilot, with an impressive combat record. She favors brute force and bull rush tactics and mecha that are notable for speed and ability to engage in close quarters combat. She has an aggressive personality and is personally defensive, not allowing others to get close to her. Her specialty is responding to dimensional fatigue events, and volunteers for these risky missions, relishing the thought of going into CQC with kaiju and wiping out bug swarms.

Rei Ayanami

Renee Ryan is a nearly emotionless expressionless young woman. Her hair and eyes are an unusual color, denoting her status as a clone. She was cloned from a remarkable mecha pilot, and retains those skills, but does so through a mountain of negative self worth, knowing that she is completely and totally expendable. She follows orders meticulously, and cares very much for the survival of her fellow pilots. Ryan is currently attached to Lang's rapid response company, where she provides fire support for stopping cosmic horrors. She fully expects to die a horrific death, but thus far has survived.

Shinji Icarus

Arthur Icarus, son of Jameson Icarus, is a mech commander who was raised as an artist and had the misfortune of being the son of a leading military contractor. At the behest of his father, Arthur entered the Federation mech corps and has risen to a high level of proficiency despite strongly disliking the entire profession. He has a respectful and love/hate emotional relationship with Ashley Lang, but is regularly attending a psychologist to help cope with the stresses of piloting a mecha and fighting cosmic horrors. He is precise and skilled as a pilot, but ultimately abhors violence. While facing DFE is innately horrific and violent, he finds it much easier to throw his multi-ton war machine in the face of an alien god than to go toe to toe with another human pilot.

Misato Katsuragi

Abbey Hightower is a non-combatant mech commander, relaying commands and information from a command center to pilots operating in the field. She is cool under pressure, and the only thing more important than the mission are the lives of her pilots. She is expected to become a general eventually, commanding entire armies, but currently is a DFE containment specialist. She commands SPC-01 group, a company of anti-horror mecha lead by Lang. She is not a pilot, and handles missions from the CIC of the Union pattern AFS Lillith or from a land base near the DFE. She is openly Christian.

Gendo Icarus

Jameson Icarus is a military intelligence researcher and engineer, a leader in mecha design and technology. This is one of the reasons that he is deeply involved with DFE containment, as these events allow him to gain access to alien samples, biology, and technology. He has recruited his estranged son into SPC-01 for personal reasons. Jameson is a member of the Anunnaki, and answers to the inner circle, and is involved in their program to capture teratomorphs and domesticate them, ultimately using mechakaiju to replace mecha on the battlefield and destroying anyone foolish enough to challenge them. He is fascinated by the concept of kaiju contamination and believes that the titans are divine in nature and to merge with one is to become a god one's self.

Ritsuko Akagi

Lita Redstone is a computer technician and statistician attached to SCP-01 at the behest of Jameson Icarus. She is best known for her work on organic modeling of AI and AISC mainframes, and has been tapped to handle the unit's computer systems. This is a superficial role, as her real role is to work on tech integration with teratomorph biology, specifically computer control systems and pilot integration. She is a member of the Anunnaki, but in a jaded nihilistic fashion. She sees the Anunnaki's goals as a way of punishing a world that has taken her mother, her children, and shown that she is just something to be used and discarded.

Ryoji Kaji

Richard Kindle is a military intelligence officer and aerospace pilot. He appears as a superficial young man more interested in skirt chasing and music than anything serious. He is a skilled shadowrunner and works for Sigma Blue investigating SCP-01. He is tasked with finding what is going on with the organization, with it's surprising budget, special permissions, and the presence of Jameson Icarus, formerly known as a Jameson Reddington. To this end he funnels information and rare stolen samples back to Sigma Blue, typically by commandeering a jet or helocraft and flying away from the current SPC base. He has been working on seducing Lt. Col. Hightower.

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7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-22 04:54 PM
Yeah, on the carcinoprotein, NASA is working on cultured salmon tumors to provide a self replenishing food supply for astronauts bound for Mars. I thought it was horrific, and something the CE would totally exploit for a food source. There is no reason to eat people when you can culture and cultivate tumors Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-23 06:53 AM
Transitioning from a corporeal lifestyle to a digital one, voluntarily entering the Matrix as a social and economic decision. A renaissance of virtual culture following the death of the previous physical/analog world culture Go to Comment
The Xan-Axe
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-14 06:13 AM
Solid magical item, good backstory, and the pun in the name is good. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-09 04:56 PM
There have been plenty of cashless societies, with Star Trek being a good example of a positive example and the slave based economies of the past being negative examples. And that's what the freemium economy is, it is a form of economic slavery. It doesn't matter what the people do, they cannot do business between themselves, everything has to go to the credit system, to the corporate exchanges and such.

Cash is a relic of the Petroleum Era, and it is offensive.

Asking a resident of the Cosmic Era if they would like some money, some cold hard cash, is the same as asking Native Americans if they would like some trade beads or horse blankets. Capitalism and the personal pursuit of wealth is considered crude, barbaric, and destructive. Go to Comment
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