I'm not sure why this has to be the downside of the biocomputer - science is pretty close to suspended animation either through cyrogenics or controlled toxicity (I have the discover magazine with the artical at home), so it should be pretty easy to overcome the problems you describe. The difficulty with the organic computer should be as Siren mentioned - it's programming, and not with it's care and maintenance. By 30k, we should be able to completely build full organic creatures from scratch! Go to Comment
Because computers are made to become obsolete - not run out of fuel :)
I guess when I think 1000 in the future, I see 'invisible technology' that no-where resembles anything we are remotely close to developing now, unless one assumes multiple society collapses..
I think they will be building life froms from scratch in at least my son's lifetime, though not with the wonderous complexity of natural life.
Some scientists have been able to stop cell activity without degradation simply by very carefully controlling oxygen levels, something which would not need much hardware to accomplish. I'll try and find the link - it is really quite - pardon the pun - cool.
If you had said 2100 I'd have had no such quibbles :) I hold a very high bar for the technology of the 30th century... Go to Comment
Certain groups of bored nobels happened across this pool and have found it's effects quite amusing. Those who imbibe from it's waters will be partially polymorphed into a randomly determined creature, usually an animal. The 'partial' part is how much of their anatomy is affected. Some nobles may use this to indulge in unspeakable acts.
D% roll Effect
01-20 Head only
21-30 Top half (waist up) only
31-50 Bottom half (waist down) only
51-70 Torso only (no limbs or head)
71-80 All Body except head
81-90 All body except face
91-100 Left side only
Final size will be the smaller of the original or intended form.
Abilities tied to specific bodyparts will apply. Wings are considered limbs. Go to Comment
This beautiful pool is fed by a geyser that only erupts on days with rather odd astrological alignments and so most of the time is dry and littered with multi-colored mineral salts. When the geyser erupts the water falls back down to fill the pool.
Until it evaporates, the water will absorb magic from it's surroundings. The magic accumulates into the water and magicians can attempt to use some of the stored manna for their own use. By imbibing the enchanted waters they can combine it's manna with their own. The downside is that the concentration is dilute and to absorb significant manna requires ingestion of significant water.
Over time as the water evaporates, its manna concentration increases, and unfortunately, it's salinity. Towards the end when the water is at it's greatest power, it is also saltier then any seawater and dangerous to drink. Go to Comment
This brilliant green jade button has intricate runes inscribed into it. When tossed onto the ground a small, green kobold will appear armed with a club and attack any enemies of the button-bearer. Go to Comment
This small, dull-grey pewter button is fairly heavy normally, but 5 seconds after it is activated, it's weight increases to about 100lbs. No change in the buttons size occurs. It functions well to hold items down, or suddenly impede someone should the button be slipped into a pack or boot before activation. Go to Comment
This brown, leathery button has two possible uses: When put into a pot of boiling water, it will produce enough gruel to feed four persons for a day. It is, however, rather bad tasting. If only a little water is used, then the resulting substance is instead usable as a very strong hide glue. Go to Comment
Grezvelch was a cat-formed demon familiar to a dark mage, and when the mage fell terminally ill, dragged his shrieking soul to hell. He came back to begin working on the mage's wife.
The Widow does not know this, but is visited by illusions of her husband in torment. Grezvelch is trying to force the old lady into suicide and grab her soul too. His backup plan is framing her as a witch. Go to Comment