Great writing here! From the tag line on, makes me sit up and pay attention. Can't help but feel sorry for these guys. Good job in bringing out the emotional angle. Good voice in this piece! Here's hoping that someday they'll find their Paradiso, be it real or abstract.
This post made me think of the Morlocks from The Time Machine. Subterranean dwellers who were once the servant class and over millenia developed to prey upon those who live on the surface.
The patchwork men seek Paradisio - is that the surface world (which they could probably easily reach) or more of an abstract concept?
Patchwork men conjure up some good images. Hacking and piecing together components is a great way to develop regional differences and allow for variety among patchwork men of a certain area. The big boss might have taken apart some sort of high-profile target, for instance, and would have their weapons systems embedded in its hulk. Go to Comment
5/5 says it all,fantastic fluff for any cyberpunk background, I think Scras said something somewhere about a new tone to his submisions,if I'm right and the last couple have set the new tone, I so aprove! Go to Comment
That could certainly work, but then you end up with a large and unwieldy codex, like the random encounter codices we made. They are massive. I also have no idea how useful they are, or if they are just monuments we've piled up and walk around. Go to Comment
The write-up is solid and the details definitely add to the value. I _like_ that it's not an artifact or another overpowered magical staff. I fell like I could change a couple of names and use it as it without any other adjustments. Well done! Go to Comment
I like this. It's sensibly constructed and thought out.
It comes to mind, however, that it is possible for individual higher order intelligences to have, either deliberately on its own part or on the part of a programmer, or through accident/misunderstanding of the programming system and interactions to have truly emalien/em raisons d'etre.
The independent intelligence of a sophont is not located in any particular anatomical or electrical piece, but it is an emergent property of the complexity of the being. While you note the changes to the hierarchy of needs, I would think that how the ability of the specific AI to perceive and alter the world around it would be at least as important in structuring the reasoning and personality thereof. A gunnery AISC may well develop a quirky obsession with range finding, etc. Go to Comment
One of the largest distinctions I want to make between organic life and machine life is that machine life is explicitly not driven by the biological urge to procreate. The machines do build more of themselves, but this is either a function of pragmatism or the whim of their human creators.
It's one of the reasons machines think we're gross and wasteful. Go to Comment