Sounds like an interesting setting, and genetic engeneering is very likely to get a complex creature right on the first go. Many octopi are solitary predators/scavengers, so it is understandable if any uplifted species do not turn out very sociable. Tough someone has to have him teached some cursewords.... Any more on that setting? Go to Comment
Doh! I wanted to say "wrong", not right. So hard thinking about the one I wrote the opposite... If the genengineers wanted a social cephalopod, they might have been better off with a cuttlefish. Go to Comment
I based it off of Eclipse Phase, where one of the possible character species is an Uplifted animal that has been created using genetic engineering with human-level intelligence. This was one of my character ideas. Go to Comment
Thanks, man. Now, the main purpose of this weapon in the period where my game takes place is to provide a discrete method of self-defense for spies (well, at least it's discrete BEFORE he starts sending guys flying left and right). You see, in the world I made, the CDN and PLAA factions make a policy of hiring a large number of mages to act as spies and secret agents. Although these agents are incredibly subtle and often highly skilled in at least one form of martial arts, there are many circumstances where the hammer's more useful than the scalpel. However, until those points, you have to be able to hide that hammer. Therefore, since most of their agents are already mages (magic is very useful when undercover, since it can't be traced back to a specific country and can be used for everything from blasting down a door to hiding in plain sight), the Blast Cane is a natural choice for a weapon. Go to Comment
True enough. However, both sides try to keep the weapons a closely-guarded secret. They know that the other major power, along with a fair number of mages, know about them, but the majority of the populace doesn't quite realize what these weapons are- a state of affairs both sides would rather keep. This is because for every minute they spend fighting each other, they spend half an hour dealing with criminal gangs and terrorists- individuals who either can't hire mages or who can only attract mages that didn't have the benefit of learning about the blast canes, or the finer points of using them. Therefore, since most enemy groups are in the dark, both the CAD and the PLAA's Shadow Bloc (their secret police/paramilitary operations/secret assassination agency) have agreed that when it comes to blast canes, the benefits outweigh the flaws. Go to Comment
A people who believe it is incredibly impolite to speak to anybody they meet for the first time. They believe their actions should speak for them until they are comfortable in each others presence and can then trust each other. Only then would converstation be appropriate.