Steampunk's trademark is the goggles, really. This is a logical progression for thaumatechnology. Really, Ouro's commentary on the aether in his sub about how Locastus's power sigils work is what inspired this the most. Go to Comment
I try to respond, yes. It helps encourage activity, and the Citadel could use the stimulation to action at times. Not that I can really complain, when I'm prone to vanishing for months on end without warning.
Echo likes. Goggles fit steampunk like horned helms fit dwarves and long leather coats fit vampires. Good stuff, solid post, nothing to object. I like the battery part: makes for a good tale when you're on the clock! 4,5 from me. Go to Comment
Standard thaumatech gear. This needs to go into the Tools of the Trade freetext. I'm also fairly sure there's a scroll or codex for the same sort of thing, but I can't find it for the life of me. I'm sure Moon will know exactly where, and most likely have the number memorized for ease of insertion. Go to Comment
It can be the manifestation of three things, only one of which is bad.
Post whoring, for pure xp and sub recognition, is the bad, and should be discouraged with brutal mockery. However, it could also be simply a major enthusiasm for the flow of ideas, as well as the simply outpouring of ideas in an attempt to stimulate more, both amongst the author and the commenters. As I said, only the first is bad. The second two are commendable. Go to Comment
It's definitely a worse-than-death sentence; not only what you mention, but rumors likely exist about how the poor sod's mind sin't really frozen, but trapped, forced to watch the world constantly but totally unable to do anything. It's like the stories of immortality gone awry, in that respect.
And you have part of the idea down pat; the skeleton makes for an excellent framework. Skeletons also tend to creep out people, particularly ones walking around, if the world's undead are proscribed (Kuramen only having the Hollow Ones as true undead, for example). And hey, they can be enhanced if you really want... Thaumatechnology is prone to cramming extra runes, glyphs, and scripts into too small a space, after all.
...Even if you solved the problems of bipedal balance for the thing, which would likely require slightly different programming on each skeleton-construct, it's a bit too disturbing a concept for the real world. People would be up in arms over the desecration of the dead, regardless of their origins. As for the resistance fighters - the main thing that'd do would be give them more targets to blow up and likely turn the Iraqi people who are ambivalent about the USA solidly against them. It'd be solidly living up to the label you occasionally hear about the States being devils, Shaitan's minions, and so on.
That's assuming you could get a computer brain for them capable of handling everything necessary, or convince someone to teleoperate what amounts to some guy's corpse.
I'm happy leaving them in the steampunk realms, honestly. Go to Comment
Kuramen, which these things belong in, used to be a high-fantasy world. Then I had a conversation with siren and it turned steampunk. Now it gets better described as a world of heroic fantasy where all the heroes have already gone off into legend, and only the normal people are left to try and deal with it.
I can help counterbalance that. I don't trust any authority at all. Go to Comment