There is also the scene in Batman Begins where Bruce is talking to Fox about the bullet resistant full body armor and he asks why the government didn't take it, and Fox says that a soldier isn't worth $300,000 a set. Go to Comment
Solid, thought-provoking expose. So in essence, the people of the cosmic era think pretty much like the people of past and present ages. Humans are expendable. The rich and powerful strive to rise above the "menials".
These thoughts are reflected in today's newscasts...
lead story tonite: Some teen (daughter/son of someone famous or rich) has crashed the car and died.
..and in other news (brief mention between weather and sports): 900 people were were killed by a bomb somewhere. Go to Comment
I read it as an essay about what happens to humanity when our weapons became more valuable than the people wielding them. And it's good, as an essay.
In Sumeria, your wealth was measured in cattle and fighting-men. That changed faster than our culture realized, I think.
I remember reading once a (probably bullshit) statistic that said that the US government won't spend more than $50,000 dollars to recover a lost soldier (unless its a media event), while other countries will spend less. Probably not true, but I'm sure that someone, somewhere in the Pentagon has put a dollar value on a soldier's life. Go to Comment
Also completely in character for the setting. I'm glad you included the bit about denial in there -- I wouldn't expect the average human of the Cosmic Era to be any more comfortable with the idea that they are disposable than one of the modern age, even with their hyper-commercialized culture. They may feel that way about others more easily, though, and clones are indeed the perfect target for that. I remember a short blurb you wrote about a cloned test subject used in genetic experiments, that perfectly illustrates the whole point of this piece. Go to Comment
Completely logical, given the setting. Players may not be too happy about it, but I'm sure they'd find a way to get their hands on the heavy stuff eventually, even if it meant stepping outside of the law (or joining it). With the disparity between available arms and armor, becoming a law enforcement office would be a highly attractive position in this Era, since they can basically hide behind their power armor and refuse to engage with anything remotely likely to hurt them back. Go to Comment