Dwarven Sappers. This topic is way too interesting and full of potential for an oekaki (:p)
Really liked the exploration of sapping of the non-literal sense. I assumed this would deal with tunnels, digging, special equipment (Sapper Flies?), and castles sinking into the earth, but this is more from a pov of general sabotage and sneakiness.
Well done. Like the designations (firebug, rabble-rouser, etc) and some of the details (skinny and beardless).
Just wish there was more of "mechanics and engineering of a dwarven sappers' siege" type stuff Go to Comment
Not sure they're given a choice to join, Cheka. It sounds like Black Bess, at least, had a whole other life that she was taken away from. Maybe that's where her anger comes from. This is a really nifty concept, and it's refreshing to see some more "classic fantasy" stuff from you, Scras. I especially liked how you were careful to fit this into the dwarves' established value systems and make it work. Go to Comment
At first I was about to bang the big gong of herecy, after reading about beardless sneaky dwarves, but this makes a lot of sense. I don't think I would use it, my dwarfs only bicker with drow, but it did make me think. No obvious spelling errors, neatly divided. Nice one. But the city of Umberhulk...the Necromaster...Really? Go to Comment
Actually, the drug in the movie Equilibrium is called Prozium and not Equilibrium. The nation it was set in is called Libria. I googled Librium as I considered that a decent name for the drug and I did discover that it does exist pretty much exactly as written on the box in the movie, albeit not to the same full scope of effect. Swap an I for a Y and it's taken care of.
As for Soma, as I recall, soma makes people blissful happy and calm. Lybrium makes you not capable of feeling bliss or dissatisfaction. Go to Comment
I love that idea, Lybrium can reduce or even completely suppress parapsychic abilities. It's important that the orderlies at the Ashcroft Asylum for the Cosmically Insane makes sure their wards take all of their meds every day.
I can also see Lybrium being used as a cult suppression drug, or by some cult leaders to ensure that their sacrificial lamb to the Gods who Walk in Shadow don't run away screaming.
As for social connotations, I can see it being seen in the same light as thorazine (keep the crazies calm) in a general positive light, but in a non-pill form as a method of government control. Lybrium canisters and gassing is the sort of thing that does happen, but the powers that be work hard to make sure no one pays attention to it. Go to Comment
There's actually a real-life drug called Librium that is a tranquilizer and a sedative. When they made the movie Equilibrium (which takes place in a high-tech, future dystopia), they were also going to name their civilization-stabilizing drug Librium, but had to rename it Equilibrium because there's already a drug that does that. This stuff sounds a lot like Soma in Brave New World, too, right down to it being sprayed on rioters to calm them down. Go to Comment
Have you played Dragon Age? Lybrium is one letter away from Lyrium, something most players will probably pick up on, regardless of the dissimilarities. Just wanted to make you aware of that. Go to Comment
Sounds like a jacked-up mix of every 'bronx' and 'slum' type area you could think of. :p
Players could easily get lost (During a chase scene, perhaps) in the maze-like streets, and perhaps seperated from one another. All the racism and the criminal element could make for a dangerous place to get lost in, too,
This also seems like a perfect place to find your 'han solos' of your game.
I like that each Sector, and each Favela can have it's own agenda and leaders, and that it's general enough that you can create your own favela to your own needs. Very useful areas, and really, Favelas would be essential for the Cosmic Era.
I like your encyclopediac style in explaining this. Go to Comment
The cost of a CAS is insignificant compared to the cost of a suit of powered combat armor, or the cost of the genetic augmentation and training that goes into creating a supersoldier. As for the hows and the whys, it is a generic second line piece of equipment that is intended to be used by cost conscious or criminal elements who don't have the money or resources to field military hardware. Mercenaries, bounty hunters, criminal enforcers and high end thugs use the CAS.
It is made of plastic, and the chemicals are injected into the body by means of a hypodermic sprayer (rather than a needle). The chemical usage is typically controlled by the wearer, but there are some users who trust the CAS minicomputer and bioreader to handle their chemical dosages. The Chemicals in an of themselves are fluff. They are there to create something that is almost as effective as the high end fighting men of the Cosmic Era without the high cost or maintenance. It can be broken, it can and is frequently abused by the users. The drawbacks should be obvious, juicing is bad. Pumping your body full of all sorts of chemicals and hormones is going to put you out of your prime quickly, there are going to be serious wear and tear issues, broken bones, natural biochemical imbalances, and so on.
And this submission was written quickly, in one sitting. Now that it is written I haven't been spending time thinking about it. Go to Comment
I suppose this is primarily about the chemical delivery system with some asides regarding the role it plays in scras's world. Juicers wear a harness that deliver drugs. The author didn't think very highly of the system or the people that use it. Go to Comment