I would guess there is a safer sea-route that while longer is 'cheaper' in less lost expeditions.
This place could come under new focus if the sea route became untenable due to a failed alliance, new powerful enemies and the like. The PCs could be contracted to clear a fixed length of road, or paid by the mile.
To me this is like one of Mr. Holiday's speedpaints. It suggests, hints and piques the imagination while being quite open. Of course it prompts more questions then it answers, but still, its awesome! Go to Comment
1.Mechanically strengthen the tissues to survive much greater G forces, either through greater tensile strength or greater elasticity.
2. The brain could be held away from the brain case by an active suspension - one that sensed the acceleration of the brain case and attempts to reduce the forces on the brain itself.
3. Neural connections could be made 'wireless' so there would be less connections to tear. Body nerves interface with very short range, very high bandwidth wireless connections to receptors implanted in the brain itself.
4. At the cost of memory fidelity/processing speed, the brain's cells are reformatted to act like a RAID device, allowing significant cell damage without loss of brain function. This would need to be tied with neural regeneration otherwise this is a one trick pony since multiple injuries would still mess you up.
Basically, memories and key functionalities get spread wildly through the brain so that you would need a lot more of the brain to be damaged to lose function. Go to Comment
Interesting, though I would not have positioned them as a new creation by a specific scientist - insectoid robots are under heavy development currently.
Our current technological speed makes near-future sci-fi an interesting area to work with - seemingly everything reasonably plausible from a technological or economic - or moral - basis has a chance to appear soon.