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Cosmic Era Bestiary
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-08 08:31 PM

Medium

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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Agonizer
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
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
Agonizer
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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
9. PRISM
10. Gay conversion therapy

And we're the good guys Go to Comment
Agonizer
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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
Agonizer
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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
Agonizer
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Murometz's comment on 2017-03-08 07:57 PM
Just nasty. Go to Comment
Agonizer
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Agonizer
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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
Agonizer
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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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Agonizer
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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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Alcazar
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-12 03:24 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Alcazar
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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
Squirt Gun
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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
Order of Ixium
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Trans World)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-04-10 09:14 AM
House of the Forsaken is just off the cuff, it is a stand in villainous organization for a CE based idea that doesnt use the Imbrian legacies and Anunnaki as villains. The resr you filled in fine, so I would call it a success. Go to Comment
Order of Ixium
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Cheka Man's comment on 2017-03-07 05:25 PM
Willing soldiers are the best ones. Go to Comment
Order of Ixium
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Trans World)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-10 08:12 AM
I read this a couple of days ago on my phone. This are very specific piece of meta-fiction. I think this narrative would make an interesting backstory for a character or NPC. A former member of the Order of Ixium could have a quite the history under that restructured personality and the physical mask. The association with the Order would also provide such a character with air of tragedy, hubris and violence.

The write up is a little inaccessible. Take the first sentence "The Order of Ixium was founded by the House of the Forsaken Lord Demandred" There is very little inform in that sentence, which in itself is okay if we later learned to what all those proper nouns were referring. We never get definitions for the "House of the Forsaken" and Lord Demandred and since that is how you start the definition the order of Ixium, we never truly get a definition of them either. We can make assumptions, Lord Demandred sounds like a skinny imperious fellow in a high necked collar and cape, and House of the Forsaken sounds like a bunch of supervillain wannabes. But I suggest either explicit definitions or a longer piece from which we could extract more information from context. Go to Comment
Mobile Mine
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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-04 10:32 PM
Finishes third mai-tai

I do what I want Go to Comment
Mobile Mine
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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
Mobile Mine
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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
Mobile Mine
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axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-05 09:00 AM
I can see that conversation happening,

General to Engineer: "Why did you make Re.alistic D.eterrent D.elivery S.ystem (called ReDDS for short) responsive to alcohol?"

Engineer to General: "I just feel more comfortable working with them after they have had a few drinks." Go to Comment
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