There is a basal urge to mate, but in the Vitralara this is really messed up since they are pumped full of all sorts of other energies and animal urges. They copulate not out of love or really even for recreation, but out of stress and frustration. As chimeras (genetically speaking) they are not physically attractive to each other, in the same way that they are not attractive to humans or animals as mates. They can be attracted themselves to humans as they were and still consider themselves humans, but not even Beauty and the Beast and Stockholm Syndrome is going to enamour a potential mate for a Vitralara.
On a more cerebral level, the Vitralara don't wish to procreate their species. The offspring are demonstrably weaker than their parent in terms of ability, and I would imagine the mortality rate for infants and human mothers is probably high. There is also no chance that the offspring will be normal, they are all monstrous. And as mentioned in the vestigial populations, the animal traits last a long time genetically, and even can lay dormant for generations before out pops a kid with tiger paws instead of hands. Go to Comment
I've always loved the dnd mongrelman and their vague mythologies. This is as good an expose of how and why they came to be as I've ever seen. Tremendous detail!! I want to immediately experiment with the possible combinations!
The vestige populations of Vitralara is a great touch...men growing antlers, women sporting tiger-tales.
caesar brings up an interesting question. Do they or do they not want to procreate? Go to Comment
The level of detail for this race is great, and I like their backstory, and how they go insane after a bit. Though I think they shouldn't be a different species technically, since they have no desire to procreate, they are a nice upgrade of the simplistic Mongrelmen you describe at the end. Go to Comment
The average mecha is large, in the 30-40 foot tall range. The pilot typically sits in the top of the torso, with the 'head' being a mobile cluster of sensors and such. Why put the pilot of the machine in a place that snipers instinctively shoot at?
There are power armor suits that are worn like conventional but oversized armor, and there are Large Power Suits where the pilot is folded into a small cockpit/harness in the torso and their limbs do not fit into the arms and legs of the machine they operate. These machines are only a few feet taller than a conventional power armor, 9-10 foot versus the usual 6-7 foot Go to Comment
Thought-provoking. One doesn't really think of the little people who do all the hard-work fixing the things the famed pilot wrecks. And its an excellent point that these mechs would need a hangar to care for them.
My question is how big are the mechs. Are they like suits that fit around a human's body, or does the pilot fit comfortably inside the very tip of the head? Go to Comment
Good solid foundation as you mentioned. I like the idea that it can't work on smaller mechs and ships. I like that limitation. Since it only works on large areas, the mirror affect may still have a way of being noticed by other special technology maybe not created (or known) yet. Solid balance and believable. Go to Comment
Right, but unless you dump that heat _somewhere_ the shielded object will eventually roast itself. I could imagine that you could either bring a large stock of something like frozen Hydrogen and use that for cooling, shunt it into another dimension, since metaphysics appears to be okay in the Cosmic Era, or a highly directional vent. Basically there is one angle at which the object emits infrared strongly. Surface structures would be the easiest since they could vent the head into the ground. Go to Comment
I like the racial purge, and, well, everything. The movies are nice, though I kind of think that there are too many- the point of the sub is that Neo-Anatolia is a new California, party/culture capitol, all the rich/wealthy people moved there, not what movies they made. Don't get me wrong, I love each and every one of them, but if I counted them right, you've got 29 of them- why not just turn 'em into a separate, 30s sub?
And, as val said, this is like a whole campaign setting. The sheer level of details is amazing. This is getting a HoH. Go to Comment
A cool mechanical augmentation with plenty of uses!
I would see these being used a lot more outside of the military and moreso in major industry; the 'shitkickers' having to move around heavy drums and machinery in industry would probably use coorperate-owned d class suits; when they clock in they get in a line to have these grafted onto their bodies, and when they clock out they have them removed - all automated of course. Due to mass production and sharing of these suits im sure there would be an increase in infection rates among these workers, but the bigwigs won't care about that! The lower class slobs still need their 50 creds a month and will still subject themselves to the pain of these machines to get it! Go to Comment