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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-18 03:45 PM

Dimensional Science

The study of natural phases and other dimensions is classified as Dimensional Science. Within this field, the people who study it refer to themselves as Exologists, or add the exo- prefix to whatever their field of expertise happens to be. Many of these are easily laughed off as being as serious as cryptozoolists, conspiracy theorists, or ancient astronaut researchers. The truth of the matter is that once someone has reached the point in their studies that they can consider themselves an exobotanist, they are very likely a leading or cutting edge figure in the non-exo application of their field of study. There are certainly loons to be found, but they generally lack the internal connections and funding to be anything other than comic figures, or counter-culture celebrities.


The study of other dimensions leads to the exploration of other dimensions. Those men and women who attempt to physically travel to the hypothetical realms are named Exonauts. The mortality rate of Exonauts is astronomically high, and the few that have returned alive almost never return sane. To those who pursue the field, they draw comparisons to the first peoples who tried to build boats, lots of them failed, lots of them died, and they were probably also mocked and ridiculed, at least until they figured out the business of crossing oceans.

Exonauts and Exologists

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30 Drugs from the Cosmic Era
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-18 07:35 PM
Not things to mess with. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-21 02:28 PM
Willing troops are far better then conscripts can be. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-08 08:31 PM


Scorpion Quad

A fairly conventional quaddie, the Scorpion combines the upper torso of a standard combat droid with a four legged chassis. The larger chassis houses a robust generator and other equipment, giving the machine a decent range and combat endurance. The arms of the droid are typically replaced with auto-rifle gun-arms. Scorpions are low end, low cost machines. They are used in underworld locations, and in slums where they are tended to by clocksmith tinkers.

Scorpions are old, you can find the wrecks of them out in the desert. Someone built them in the thousands decades ago, maybe even a couple of centuries ago. Guts are robust, easy to fix. Autocannon arms use conventional ammo, not hard to put them back to work.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-09 06:58 AM
The use of something like the agonizer is the hallmark of a brutal totalitarian dictatorship. Despite the things going on behind the scenes with the PRC and the AtFed, they are still the torchbearers of western civilization. Is there bad shizz going on, is there exploitation and horrors being inflicted on people, absolutely. But that is true of the US since before its inception.

But I feel that almost by default all governments are corrupt and to some extent, evil. Thus the good guy government is either the lesser of available evils, or the best at hiding it. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-09 07:02 AM
1. Slavery
2. Jim Crow Laws
3. The Tuskegee Experiments
4. Japanese internment camps
5. The Trail of Tears
6. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
7. The creation of the Mujahideen
8. Wars for Oil
10. Gay conversion therapy

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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-10 10:04 AM
Lots of story ideas being generated from this sub.

I'd call that a big success Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-09 11:37 PM
My evil side wants to put an Agonizer in my first ex to make her date me. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2017-03-08 07:57 PM
Just nasty. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-08 09:48 PM
Why would any of the Machiavellian rulers in the Pacific Rim or the Atlantic Confederation think twice about installing these in all the plebs? Who are these moral voices judging things as barbaric? Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-09 07:26 AM
You didn't answer the question at all. you went on to some tangent on the USA's moral failings. In your response you have argued, and I accept, that it is possible to have a regime that is on one hand morally and socially progressive and then brutally oppressive with the other hand. But that is not what i asked. I asked why?

I could attempt to explain the sources of contradiction in modern western social policy, but that may not be directly applicable to this fictional setting you have been pontificating on for ten years. And I wonder why, without an involved populace, elections, nepotism, spiritual or philosophical institutions, or a free consumer based economy why the ATfed or PRR would be the moral torchbears?

On another level how does having these moral institutions or sensibilities fit into your storytelling? Do you need social definitions of human rights thrown into the cosmic era?

But again, I only give as much of shit about this as much as you do. So if you are fine with it, cool, but if you want to play back-and-forth with this setting I am here.
so lets try again,
What are the social and economic forces that push the Atlantic federation to be the torch bears of western civilization?

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axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-10 06:29 AM

that would be a sub worth talking about, but what if we extrapolate from Cheka's idea a bit. As has been pointed before, one of the big differences being a man and a women is that if you are a woman roughly half the population can overpower you and/or kill you with their bare hands. This is not a speculative concern, more than that woman (on a worldwide population level) have been beaten and murdered by their intimate partners consistently throughout recorded human history (with many such events going unrecorded). Did the choir get all that?

Back to the agonizer, so what if your well-meaning social justice warriors decided that the agonizer was the solution to this problem, a way to level the playing field. When a couple forms a commited relationship or an intimate relationship starts (monogamous coupling rarely survives the vision of futurists, Scras is no different) what if instead of rings or keys they exchange agonizer codes. Or perhaps only men get agonizers implants. The agonizer gets implemented with the best of intentions.

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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-12 03:24 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Aramax's comment on 2017-03-14 10:21 AM
4,5/5 Really like this, very nice nearly compleatly useless fluff, 4.5 is for "art" Go to Comment
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Aramax's comment on 2017-03-14 10:17 AM
4/5 Not sure I see this being a very widely used thing as most situations rubber bullets and tear gas grenades or launchers would prob be more effective but you get a "4" for "coolness" factor Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-07 05:25 PM
Willing soldiers are the best ones. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-04 10:32 PM
Finishes third mai-tai

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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-01 11:10 AM
A useful if nasty weapon. If the RL US had a few mine androids it could allow them to be captured by jihadis and then blow them up and jihadis might take less hostages in the future. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-04 05:51 PM
"If that's Olham, then I must be"

At some point we are just have to take for granted that any given sci-fi trope is present in the cosmic era.

Some things to do with this that I have seen in the past and thought where fun

The bomb droid has a 'trigger phrase' that when that phrase is heard the droid explodes. See the line from the P.k. Dick story above.

The Main character/s have to try and talk the bomb into not exploding.

I think this would be fun to play s character that is the bomb. The droid was given a eleborate personality and adaptive intelligence but then for some reason the target was removed. Is there a point to life besides blowing up? Go to Comment
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