5/5, but I am slightly curious about the frozen prison. Barring the mortality rate, it will be as if they never went to prison. The prisoners would not be able to tell the difference between 5 minutes and 500 years, and in fact may prefer to be frozen as long as possible to see better technology.
A possibility is that there is a traditional prison, and when they fill up they create a "queue" of frozen inmates waiting for an opening, so they still have to serve there 20 years and may also have to have 100 years pass before they do it. Go to Comment
"There are few things considered more authentic Texican cuisine than veggie sticks with hot sauce and cheeze." It is a bleak future you paint...
Gong Han stood out to me; On the one hand, if you freeze down a murderer, he's gonna unthaw the same way, so what would be the point?
On the other hand, no expenses for food or other commodities, and their sentences could be so long that the families of their victims would be long dead. And maybe they would be better people in a different era. Plus, it really makes a lasting comment about how meaningless it is to simply incarcerate people without re-educating them.
Obviously these are all serious and gritty prisons, but I had been hoping for some more different takes on imprisonment, like maybe dress everyone up in pink bunny suits and cutsey, pastel colored, fluffy enviroments, to make the prisoners lose all cred of going to prison. Still, this is well enough unique material and well written enough to deserve a full score from me. Go to Comment
Quite a mixed bag of characters here. Some are rather dull, but they generally improved as their numbers moved up. They felt kind of safe, without a lot of the truly dark edges that the Cosmic Era. That said, there are some that certainly could be the keystone for an adventure, or a significant element.
Brains in a jar so that people can watch their porns and live comfortably is a wonderful idea. I love how you tease us with the "the Secret" section, which not only hooked me in, but wrapped me in a variety of nets and chains to land my metaphorical fish body.
Though I am curious how one could program a brain, I assume that you could with sufficient technology and enough hand-waving and techno-babble done on your part. Go to Comment
I like the nine sacred animals; very colourful. Also, I see plenty of uses for the Vitralara and their creation ritual. Anyone in the business of performing the rites would pay good money for exotic animal blood; and may also send people on missions so collect the blood of fabled creatures.
I can see a tribal like society of these living in the forest, preying on travellers and scavenging, what remains of their human minds telling them to build ramshackle shelters and form a society of sorts. Naturally, the strongest would be a leader.
Can one use Vitralara blood in the rituals to create far more diverse and less stable horrors? I'm sure that if so, eventually the bodies would simply fall apart. Go to Comment
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