I could so see that. You are very right about that. They have just enough going on to be a B5 race. They have built in drama that can be simple or infinitely complex. They have enough wiggle room that the writers/ GM could fill in anything they need to fit their stories.
Now I should try to run a B5 campaign and see how they work. Go to Comment
That is a position I had in mind, but it is not something that most people easily understand... unless they expereinced something like it.
I do see a lot of Vietnamese and Korean parallels. Big powers fighting wars in their territories. They are just "in the way". Sure one is "on their side", but they are fighting for their goals. So nothing is left for them. Droped warp cores from ships, missed "wave motion gun" shots, atomics, and genocidal bugs (who would rather destroy than let anyone else have an livable planet), destroyed their homes. They evac out on random ships or get a lift from Confedeation forces. Culturally they are kind of in shock. They cling to little bits of their olds life, and wear them like thread bare but familiar clothes. They know they change clothes, but they are the only comfortable things they have.
If you don't understand this, just bypass it. The people's worlds were blown out. They were rescued. They cling to their old ways, yet are pragmatic enough to embrance the new. You can gloss over the uncomfortable parts and move on. Go to Comment
I think Siren needs some nasal drops with that whiff.
The legalistic morality is actually derived from Chinese Culture, where Legalism was actually codified. Pokor is kind of a mismash of Confuscionistic ideals. So if you need a handle, think Chinese. Go to Comment
At first, I thought that there was a gap where the rampaging bugs were, and the effect they had on the Valnorian community. After a moment of thought I can see a wizened old woman, a survivor of the bug infestations who quite plainly refuses to remember any of it, almost a communal block-out of those events.
(Tangent)In a way, this reminded me of my grandfather, as he fought in the Korean war, and it wasnt until I was almost an adult before I learned of this. I never thought twice when he played with me and my tanks. It made alot of sense later when my father told me he was a tank commander there. He saw alot of bad things, and never speaks about any of them, even if you ask him. I see the Valnorians being much the same way. (/Tangent) Go to Comment
A well detailed minor race - they feel like they could easily be part of the Bab5 universe, especially the post series timelines. The 'bugs' could easily have been the Shadows. Can't say more without being a spoiler.. Go to Comment
There are two reasons why The Synths are so distinctive:
The first is less obvious: Branding. This way you see a SBF and you know where it came from. This is the company's way to make sure their goods always have the same packaging and people know where it came from. Think about a glass coke bottle, or the Nike Swoosh, or any number of neo-heraldic company logos, and take it a step further.
The second is for easy identification. This way you know that person you are talking too is a SBF. By making them different, you can't confuse them for "real people". This allows emergency responders, as well as customers, to know who is real and who is not. Go to Comment
Well The Synths are different enough that you would have to actively dye your hair and skin to get that combination. Just as it would be easy enough to look like one (well if you have the right bodytype), it would be easy enough to change your look to avoid being branded a synth or treated like a "nothing". Go to Comment
A pretty stock character type, as I mentioned in chat. Really, this sort of character is best used not for themselves, but to illuminate the nature of the society around them, as you touched on in the Game Uses. The Frankenstein principles apply. Go to Comment
angryscot hit it right on the head. I couldn't shake the feeling of Brave New World the entire time I read this sub. An interesting concept, and always something that gets brought up in scifi, but I very highly doubt I'll ever use it. Go to Comment
This is awesome. Indentured slaves, made to order, wedged between robot and man. And the idea of talking to a branded Coca-Cola man is pretty good, too. Great flavor. You've left me to speculate on their psychology, though. (What do they do for fun?)
A couple of thoughts. If they all must be paid enough to have a fair chance of buying off their contracts, the 4yr synths must make a good amount more than the 40yr synths (10x the discretionary income).
Second, the Dolly Effect sounds like the short lifespans that somatic cell clones have. These are caused by epigenetic effects (activating/inactivated 'tags' on the genes) and telomere shortening. I can imagine both of those problems being solved in my lifetime (well, maybe not dynamic epigentic imprinting), but definitely before we have terraformed planets hundreds of years in the future. If you want something to kill your synths with, I'd go with cancer. Overactive telomerase is how cancer cells don't die of old age, and nearly everything that speeds up aging/growth can be teratogenic. There's a lot of thought that we evolved old age as a defense against cancer, actually (our own form of planned obsolescence). So yeah, cancer.