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18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
valadaar's comment on 2014-05-02 03:35 PM
Very good! Love it!

No need to reward me though! Go to Comment
18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Aramax's comment on 2015-01-23 01:17 PM
I almost done w/ giving you 5s(your making the rest of us look bad) 5/5 Go to Comment
30 Genetic Mods
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-25 09:22 PM
Some amusing, some practical, some actually very useful for spies/Shadowrunners, all in all one of my favorite 30's lists to day and an entertaining read to boot. Go to Comment
30 Genetic Mods
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Kassy's comment on 2014-05-01 06:32 AM
5.0/5

Pretty much what Sil has said. Also how I found that Zoe 3000 sub the other day, now that was, messed up. Go to Comment
Augscannen
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-03 03:45 PM
easier to carry around than a german shepherd I suppose (that is a terminator reference for you wee children out there).

One of the challenges for writing sci-fi stuff is the need to full realize all the minutia of the an advanced and rapidly evolving world. I think sci-fi world building requires a lot of posts like this one. Go to Comment
Augscannen
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
eleclipse's comment on 2014-04-03 04:51 AM
A solid item.

The only question that popped in my mind is why not upgrade it to function also as an eye-scanner. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-03 11:38 PM
Excellent commentary.

The main inspiration behind the Star Whales was the plankton like nature of the Larvae of the Outer Gods, and the terrestrial concept of the worlds largest creatures subsist on eating some of the world's smallest creatures. Move everything up to the space scale, and the star whales are large predators in a galaxy wide sea of stars.

Moving back to your commentary, no there cannot be any sort of personal relationship between a star whale and a human. While they are untouchable and unknowable, this is a function of the setting and technology. The advances in arcanotechnology might appear to have exploded outwards like a technological big bang, the Star Whales and their utterly alien existence are a demonstration that rather than being masters of technology and space, we are much closer to the ancient Greeks discussing the theorems of the six simple machines but rather than the Inclined Plane, Wedge, Screw, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley we looking at Dimensional Tap Reactors, Dimensional Heat Sinks, the AISC, and so forth. Eventually, should the stars align right, mankind will have all sorts of ships and technology to find the Star Whales, and follow them, and hunt them, and render them for their exotic aphaisic organs and all the horrible things that we are pretty good at doing.

But that's 10,000 years down the line, figuratively speaking.

Another concept is the depth of time. The Lovecraft mythos discussed things eons in the past and millennia in the future. The lifecycle of the larvae of the outer gods is tens of millions of years, and the star whales hundreds of millions of years, and the galaxy has it's own megascale 'ecosystem' where we are barely aware of just the luminous stuff in said galaxy, let alone the things we don't yet have the ability to comprehend. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Murometz's comment on 2014-11-26 01:46 PM
Amazing concept and great execution here!!! I also missed this somehow. That is now rectified. The commentary is marvelous too. Just an awesome creation here Scras, and I find that it bothers me little if at all, that players wouldn't be able to interact with this monumental creature. They'd have as much fun just pondering its existence, as any reader of the sub would. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Murometz's comment on 2014-11-26 06:56 PM


Great question, axle.



I kind of answered it above. I'd say, "hey fellas and gals, we are going to space-opera/sci-fi/Cthulhu it up tonight! So check this out...this is some of the kind of stuff I mean, for tonight's "flavor"/genre/atmosphere.... "The Star Whale..."



Players: "Ohhhhh, interesting..." (they get ideas and start chattering...) GM: *Grins* (and get ideas from their chatterings...)

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Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-03 03:28 PM


I liked the lecture, perhaps the Golgafrinchan's didn't make up that whole space goat idea. You give us the concept of the space whale. It is an interesting idea for explaining mass extinctions because it forces a view human existence that includes the humanity as citizens of the galaxy. But because the space whale is so difficult for humanity or any person to interact with the idea it is difficult to engage with. Thus like the lecturer we are left with nothing to do but throw up the hands of imaginations.



What can you say about giant untouchable (almost unknowable) space whales ( that treat our planet like a cookie jar) that sucks.



Perhaps Moby Dick and the space whale are the last elements of nature that man can not conquer and thus must turn to religion in order to understand his role in the universe? But Moby Dick and Ahab had history, a relationship. There can be no personal relationships with a star whale.



You could go out and look for Moby Dick. You could look for and physically wrestle with the embodiment of natural death living among man's violent oppression and exploitation of the natural world.

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Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-26 05:25 PM
So how would you unpack this to for your group? Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-10 03:35 PM
I re-read this yesterday at Aramax's urging, and there was one point on which I was mistaken when I first read this. I had thought (I am not sure why) that the star whales were much bigger than they are described here. I was picturing beast hundred of thousands of kilometers long that could be "seen" by radio telescopes light years away. I was picturing things that existed in a different dimension of size as well energy and their passing through the solar system was destructive as they absorbed energy and matter.

I think perhaps the citizens of the cosmic era could indeed interact with these things or at least make an attempt to do so. They are not written as unknowable a beast as they are literally described to be.

But on the re-read I was also reminded that seminar presented here is the real gem of this piece. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Aramax's comment on 2014-10-27 09:59 AM
Absolutely perfect addition to the Mythos. I'm a sucker for anything remotely Lovecraftian. My whole years long D&D game was just so, and these would have fit just right. I will DEFINITELY use this at some point!. I agree the lecture was great. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Aramax's comment on 2015-01-06 10:32 AM
Of anything on this site ,I WILL use this as an epic baddie in a game,will run mini or maxi campaign around concept. Can't tell you how much I love this except w more HOHs
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Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Aramax's comment on 2015-02-03 09:00 AM
Took this sub as core statement of my new campaign, working all the game logic around this(although I'm doing the destruction cycles as 1000 years)Thanx so much for the inspiration!!!!!!!! Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2014-10-28 04:20 PM
For me the issue with Lovecraft in RP is that it breaks down when it comes to the players. The point of these things is that they are unknowable and so beyond the pale of understanding. So how is a star-whale supposed to be usable in a game other than background flavor?

That being said, the idea of the invisible food chain is an excellent one. What happens when a space whale dies? Are there decomposers? Scavengers?

Props to Aramax for the HoH, this was an enjoyable read I would have missed. Go to Comment
Cosmic Era: Tekken II Dossier
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Aramax's comment on 2015-02-16 09:00 AM
Devil and Kuma are my fav's . Really? No other comments shame on you Strolenites! Letting this unknown gem flounder! 5/5

Commenting Challenge Go to Comment
Fighter Types
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (Specific)
Aramax's comment on 2015-04-15 08:55 AM
nice start! Go to Comment
7 Things About GI Joe
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 10:12 AM
If there is a comic book it is a safe assumption that I have not read it, I don't read comics as I do not appreciate the medium.

The Cosmic Era is meta material, and I am building it, I haven't quite wrapped a skin around it, but I am trying. This all started under the pretense of being a game that I and fellow nerds could play at the bar while our wives and SOs did their thing at a horse show. It's been a long sustained effort.

i am planning on writing stories from this material, and a lot of this is a mixture of world building, integrating things I want to integrate into the setting, and exorcising ideas from my head so that I can go to sleep. This submission was written in one sitting after two drinks, so there is nothing that some editing or a second draft shouldn't fix.

What do I want from this? I want a slick RPG core book. I want 80s influenced splatbooks that fall into the GURPS feel (Cosmic Era: GI Joe sourcebook, Cosmic Era: COBRA! Sourcebook) but keep the Apple slick, anime bright, cleavage flashing, hypertech feel of the Cosmic Era. I want a novel that doesn't get put into the Sci-Fi section, I want a novel like Vonnegut, that gets filed in the Fiction section.

I want people to play the Cosmic Era, and build Cloud Strife, Liu Kang, and Lady Jaye go rampaging on a mission to stop Soundwave's plan to deploy a sonic mind control generator. Go to Comment
7 Things About GI Joe
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 01:32 PM
My audience here at the Citadel?

In a nutshell, peers. I see everyone as being equally involved in writing, creative exercises, and world building.

Goals inside the Citadel? That is another good question, mostly because I don't have a good answer to that, other than I would like to see the Cosmic Era 'finished' in that there is a central submission that flows out to other submissions, and eventually that be turned into a PDF for online distribution.
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