I like it. Interesting take on the concept of alien life, done in a less seen way. I'd be interested to see something like this translated into actual game stats. (As an aside, those 3-D 'fractal cocoons' really make me think of the Antispiral machines from Gurren Lagann.) Go to Comment
The new feudalism thread contains information that has all already gone into the Cosmic Era setting. The new feudalism is the mentality that leads the world into the Resource Wars at the end of the Petroleum Age, and it's the mentality that the Cosmic Era rejects and projects at the same time. Supercomputers, megacorps, and other think tanks run everything and most places don't make a pretense of pretending to democracy. Democracy and the vote are tarnished by the legacy of the Petroleum Era. Go to Comment
With the law of mass displacement I'm not sure if something this big could do 12 knots? Other than that a great background piece to the Cosmic Era and a fun read.Dove tails nicely with the forum thread on the new feudalism. another Scras gem! 4.5/5 Go to Comment
CIWS is relative to scale, in the Gundam SEED universe, CIWS are rotary barrel 75mm vulcans designed to shoot down missiles and space mecha that get to close to the warships.
A CIWS has a high rate of fire to fill a certain area of space to intercept and destroy fast moving inbound targets. Traditionally this involves missiles and other guided projectiles. Given the high velocities of these targets most CIWS are constantly active, as only a computer is going to respond fast enough to do anything about it. In the Falklands War, the British generally had less than 20 seconds to spot, identify, and respond to a harpoon missile launched at one of their ships. Go to Comment
ECM Pod, available in all sizes these electronic countermeasures are launched to counter the electronics of a static defense. Some carry EMP devices and simply blow up, others launch chaff. The vast majority scramble the electrons of ground based misssle and ak ak. Go to Comment
Another wickedly cultured killer, a fun play on this trope of dastardly dangerous yet dapper would be to write a finishing school for killers. . .perhaps something french...then you could throw in a Pygmalion element in there and have of one of the trainers fall in love with a recruit once he/she transitions from feral killer to a wine sipping stylish slayer.*
As to this particular dwarven incarnation of the smooth criminal, I like the bits and pieces you have put together here. The superstitions (or are they?), pro-establishment justifications of his actions and the descriptions of his weapons (that peter pan trap dagger he has is really cool).
What is interesting is that your write up suggests he was raised in high society, but he dissliked by most of his kind. This would suggest that high dwarven society is very undwarven. You given us bit of the Continental fop archetype: soft hands, likes the arts, wine....etc. In gilded age america you could very well suggest that high society was unamerican in that it emulated european culture, but can you do the same for the dwarves. Where did the dwarves develop this foppish standard for their 400? Don't tell me rich dwarven heiress will be marrying titled but penniless Elves.