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Mid-Orbital Active-Defense Deployment Systems (MADDS)
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-18 09:15 PM
yeah. Understandably. I have a couple more subs I could post for a MADDS codex. Maybe I'll just do those and see what happens from there. Go to Comment
Mid-Orbital Active-Defense Deployment Systems (MADDS)
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-21 09:18 AM
Thanks for the feedback!

Well, dodging an attack is not necessarily the primary objective of a fortification. It's a matter of weathering an attack, staunchly trying to shoot down whatever comes close to the atmosphere, and being able to coordinate an assault against any attacking forces that breach a perimeter. Physical defenses are but a single piece of the MADDS puzzle.

As to the Cryo-cyborg brains, I will be posting another sub, so stay tuned =] Go to Comment
Mid-Orbital Active-Defense Deployment Systems (MADDS)
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-21 10:58 AM
Well, there is no fleet, at least not in the traditional carrier-corvette-frigate sense, at least not integrated into MADDS. However, each skybase has a host of drone-controlled spacecraft, that serve as interceptors, bombers and orbital artillery which are designed to combat fleets. If artillery has unlimited range in space, yes, but that goes both ways mind you. MADDS could just as easily send ordinance towards the attacking fleet, too.

I'm not saying it's as good as traditional fleets, but there is certainly the means to combat it. And these mega-corporations that own entire planets certainly have the means which to create space-faring fleets. I just haven't outlined anything for those fleets yet.

As for the fortress argument, even dating back to Roman and Medieval times, the besieged party usually lost out. Very few things can stand a siege, even today. The methods have changed but the rules have not. Besieged defenders usually have a very hard time of things, without relief.

The point of MADDS is to make the enemy think before he/she attacks. Could you breach MADDS? Conceivably. Scras already came up with a really cool weapon to scramble my cryo-cyborgs in their bases. But, you would only do it if you were willing to concede that you would incur heavy losses. Go to Comment
Mid-Orbital Active-Defense Deployment Systems (MADDS)
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-21 04:18 PM


From your perspective then, orbital defenses are pointless?



I see you are trying to tear apart the usefulness of static defenses but... to be honest I haven't invested the time or effort into researching FTL comms or drives or any of that. I just took the idea of a networked superfortress spanning the entire orbit of a planet and ran.


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Haemorosa
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-26 11:55 PM


I can see this showing up in the heraldry and devices of knights and soldiers demonstrating their prowess in battle (I'll make you flower food) or their lack of fear of their own death.


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Haemorosa
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-17 06:31 PM


I'd slightly accelerate the growth of the flower; also, take into account that a few hours after death, the blood in the body is no longer fluid - hence, thye could us some anticoagulant and preservant (and thus be useful for alchemical blood preservation, too).



Other than these minor issues, a neat piece I might adapt and adopt :)


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Haemorosa
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-09-16 06:23 PM


It might find where a murdered body has been placed. And the blood from the broken blooms is a good way to indentify grave robbers.


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Haemorosa
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Phaidros's comment on 2011-09-23 01:40 PM
Indeed, this plant is likely to get associated to vampires and necromancers, an unofficial rose of the undead. That anti-coagulent will be sought after by both healers and assassins, though collecting it is likely to be a very unpopular job
Nice detail of that adage: "Pushing up the daisies" indeed! Go to Comment
Haemorosa
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-18 08:09 PM
A great piece of detail - quite awesome! Go to Comment
Haemorosa
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Dossta's comment on 2011-09-23 10:19 AM


A hauntingly beautiful flower.  I would love to see more on the magical, alchemical, or necromatic uses for such a flower, but that would really be like adding icing to an already superb submission.  The reproductive cycle is still a little implausible to my mind -- it would make more sense for the flowers to offer something that attracts the ravens & crows back to the battlefield, so that the seeds may be deposited directly and have a much better chance of success.  Other than that, well done!


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Haemorosa
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-16 10:46 PM
I bet you have an idea waiting to be published. =] Go to Comment
Haemorosa
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-18 03:19 PM
Update: Added a powdery anti-coagulent to the submission, to ensure that liquid blood would always flow to the flower. Thank you Echo. Go to Comment
Haemorosa
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-18 03:20 PM
Update: Added a powdery anti-coagulent to the submission, to ensure that liquid blood would always flow to the flower. Thank you Echo. Go to Comment
The Singing Mines
Locations  (Other)   (Mountains)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-09-15 07:28 AM


Such an image of singing rock. 5/5


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The Singing Mines
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valadaar's comment on 2014-07-14 09:07 AM
Its an interesting location - all that noise may also include noise that would disrupt magical scrying, so perhaps state secrets could be kept in such a mine.

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The Singing Mines
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Dossta's comment on 2011-09-22 10:38 AM


A good, solid location to use for a lowbie adventure or two, though not a brilliant one.  Aside from the singing noise (which I really liked), the mine doesn't really strike me as an interesting or unusual location, which is probably why it feels like something is missing here.  The dangers you included are helpful and logical -- just not horribly original.



It's hard to think of new plot hooks that revolve around a mine, but it would be nice to see a few here.  It would give us a better understanding of your vision for the place.  Adding in some NPCs, terrain hazards and other unique features would also help to spice it up.


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The Singing Mines
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-14 10:50 AM
Update: Fixed some spelling errors Go to Comment
The Singing Mines
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-22 05:21 PM
vibrosteel mines aren't an adventure centerpiece... I just needed a unique way to introduce vibrosteel as a crafting element for future posts. :-) Go to Comment
Ether Ward
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-12 07:28 AM


Went and read the associated submission before voting on this one. I like the ward, but this is the perfect sort of commonday item that makes worlds feel more real. I can see smaller versions of this sort of ward being made by common folk, and traveling tinkers who have the different bits and pieces to make these. There could also be a warning against buying such base wards, since there might only be a trace amount of arcanite in each one, or none at all and it is just the proper color.


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Ether Ward
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-12 09:59 AM


Kova Zidmarti is a well known traveling tinker. She is an older woman with gray streaked hair, and a wagon pulled by an onery pair of asses. Her main wares are herbs, trinkets, and jewelry, but she also usually has an ether ward or two for sale. Kova swears by her wards, and she will use one herself before selling it to the public. Most people can hear her coming from the chiming of her wards, since the tubes and chimes clang together as they trundle down the road. To keep people from equating her arrival with that of an etheral menace, she frequently plays a small handflute while driving her mules.


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