I know this is supposedly to for the 4 sentence challenge and I don't mind its length. What I do mind is the one-dimensionality of the NPC. The seduced by and frightened by parts seem to me as if they are the same thing rephrased in a different way. Sorry, Scras, didn't mean to be harsh, but I just felt like some of the potential of this NPC had been wasted this way. I'm gonna go with 2.5 on this. Go to Comment
It's Cthulhu meets A Fire Upon the Deep!
One of the great unknowns with modern AI research is what the objectives / motives of more intellectual, logical, and powerful begins are.
The larger an entity is, the longer it takes for information to transfer across it. Hence, large things think slower (if you adhere to today's physics). One cool concept is for extreme computation ability at singularities / universal collapse. Having a being that takes advantage of that would be cool.
Provides a near background to a campaign. Go to Comment
The Rocket Tower is an extra-terrestrial version of the Estuary Tower, and is designed for use in space, or on planets other than Earth. The main body is pressure sealed, and has facilities for docking with spaceships, and replaces the barge with A-pods and engines, allowing the fortress to move at a slow speed. These are not found on Earth due to the large size of the engines required to move in one g gravity. They are more common on Mars, the Moon, and on various moons through the solar system.
These towers aren't all designed for military operations, many are used for scientific and exploration purposes, as mobile bases, and can carry useful equipment such as industrial and excavation mecha, cranes, drone control centers, and crew quarters. Go to Comment
Replace the rocket engines, or submersible section with an interior chamber for a resident sorcerer to teleport the tower from a resting place to where it needs to be deployed. Central 'control' room houses the magic dingus crystal that powers it, and the tower does the magicking, but has to have a human pilot to mentally envision the destination.