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Scrasamax:
I'm going to Ramble

Azure Beetles

There is some connection between the beetles and arcanotech gear. Where the machines are that piece dimensions, the beetles soon appear. They are nominally harmless, but certain conditions can cause them to become agitated where they will swarm and bite. The bite is poisonous and causes severe flu like symptoms and has a very fast onset time. The beetles are opportunistic carrion eaters, and are carriers of conventional diseases, sometimes even diseases that are not insect transmissable.

AISC Politicians

After fighting for legal rights, sentient computers go after politican positions. Presenting the President of the Atlantic Federation, A.A. (ArchAndroid) Hal 9000. The more power and rights delegated to the machines, the more they will take them.

Theme Ideas:

Doomed Love
Pharmacology
Futility
Insane Machines
Unholy Creatures
Dismemberment
Infection
Horrific Body Modification

Genetically engineered plants, animals and 'Plantimals' that exist to synthesize compounds in their bodies. Immobile, requiring regular attention, either being milked, drained, or harvested of pods, lymph nodes, etc for the desired compound. Thoughts: insects that secret hormone pods, plants that produce blood cell reservoirs, etc.

Legend of the Demon Fighters

the resurgent of parapsychic powers isn't just a random incident. The powers have returned to humanity as have enemies of man and earth have. Mislabeled demons and devils, these beings are manifestations of the River of Sorrows, sentient avatars of human suffering and emotional trauma. After the horror of the Resource Wars and the Second Dark Age, they have grown swollen and fat, strong enough to start tearing through the borders between this world and theirs. Places where large disruptions occur become 'Storm Zones' and are affected in very negative ways. Something along the lines of the Chaos Space Marines, zombie outbreak, strange mutations and radiations and unholy possessions are pretty spot on. Toss in a few cosmic horrors for extra color and zest.

The are humans who have been called to fight and kill them. Some use parapsychic abilities, some use heavy gear and weaponry, and others use occult magic, sorcery. These are the demon fighters.

Scrasamax:
Equilibrium (gun katas)
Ultraviolet (I love Milla)
Aeon Flux, movie and TV shorts (weirdness of arcanotech)
Constantine (metaphysics and the River of Sorrows)
The Devil's Rejects (cultists)
Doom (The Mars colonies, UAC)
The Fog (this is what a blight/storm breech looks like)
The Covenant (a group of teens become parapsychics)
Silent Hill (very bad dimensional breech)
The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials (examination of the multiple part non-corporeal soul and multiple dimensional self expression)
The Last Mimzy (arcanotech rocks)
Teeth
Babylon A.D. (general look and feel)
Max Payne (the disconnect between the dirty outside world and the shiny clean world inside Aesir, also good foundation for megacorp)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (organs for sale, better make the payments)
Speed Racer (a-pod racing with wheels)
Street Kings
The Men Who Stare at Goats (wat)
Surrogates (remote control androids)
The Cell (CogNet nightmares)
The 6th Day (replicants)
Vanilla Sky (CogNet, cyrostasis)
Deathwatch (River of Sorrows, nightmare fuel)
Minority Report (retina scanning based adverts)
Super Size Me (McFood Horror)
The Crow (just and only the first one)
Flatliners (playing with fire)
Robot Jox (how to not do stompy robots)
Total Recall (1990) life on mars, mind manipulation, third breast
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Cool World (more CogNet inspiration)
Fortress (creative triple max slam)
Freejack (time travel and body stealing)
The Lawnmower Man (S3 systems, brain rape)
Demolition Man (what are the three shells???)
12 Monkeys
Empire Records (good movie, Liv Tyler underwear, who remembers record stores?)
Hackers (because Fisher Stevens on a skateboard)
In the Mouth of Madness
Johnny Mnemonic (artificial brains, brain couriers, neo-dolphins)
Judge Dredd (eat recycled food, its good for the enviroment and ok for you)
Screamers (dont make smart breeding robots)
Strange Days (brain recordings)
Tank Girl (the third world of the Cosmic Era)
Virtuosity (need to rewatch this one)
Barb Wire (anarch free city, etc)
Chain Reaction (conspiracies against hypertech)
Eraser (arnold and rail guns, thats all I remember)
Multiplicity (cloning blues)
Event Horizon (best example of why arcanotech is bad)
Starship Troopers (best example of the Atlantic Federation)
Dark City (our true masters)
Arlington Road (this one is disturbing)
Fight Club
The Matrix (parapsychic martial arts, CogNet, Viral Intelligence)
The Abyss (seacologies, minisubs)
Leviathan (more sea horror)
AKIRA (Tetsuo!!!)
Robocop (OCP, Delta City)
Top Gun
2001, and obviously 2010
Firestarter (parapsychics)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (the ruined parts of the world)
The Terminator (psychotic anti-seibertronian schlock)
WarGames, Manhatten Project, Real Genius (playing with hypertech)
Blue Thunder
Scarface (life in the shadows of 2nd world arcos)
Videodrome (death to videodrome, long live the new flesh)
Bladerunner
Firefox (cool plane)
The Secret of Nimh
The Thing (cosmic horror s**t right there)
TRON
Heavy Metal (Loc-Nar = arcanotech hell egg)
Scanners
Iron Eagle
The Road Warrior (you know, Mad Max I)
Rambo (now the mold for the average soldier)
Short Circuit (more Fisher Stevens, now suddenly Hindu)

Scrasamax:
Sample Character Information

Arcanotechnician (CT)
Technomancer (SR4)

The arcanotechnician is the mad scientist with emphasis on madness.
Specialties: Clone tech, cyberneticist, genetic engineering, CogNet tech, dimensional science tech, robotics tech

Engel Pilot (CT)

Not all of the giant stompy things are robots, some are cosmic horrors wrapped in armor and carrying weapons. The Engel pilot forms a biological symbiosis with the beast and functions as it's pilot. (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Intelligence Agent (CT)
Face (SR4)

A federal man, the Cosmic Era counterpart to the FBI, CIA, MOSSAD, MI6, and all of the other men in black suits with guns operations. It's not what he knows, it's who he knows (X-Files) The Face is the shadowy counterpart to the Agent. (Lone Gunmen, A-Team)

Mecha Pilot (CT)

A mix of technology (giant stompy robots) and archaic chivalry (knighted warriors) the Mech pilot is the heroic fighting soldier of the Cosmic Era. Mech pilot aces are local heroes in their home states and often commonly known as prominent public officials. (Mechwarrior)

Occult Scholar (CT)

A student of arcane theory, delving into the mysteries of parapsychic lore, storm blights, mutations, and the otherwise strange and horrible. (Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, X-Files again)

Soldier (CT)
Weapon Specialist (SR4)

The infantry and power armor troopers, the poor bloody infantry. Well versed with a variety of skills, and in the militarized Cosmic Era, public heroes. (Starship Troopers, standard military trope)

Super-Soldier (CE)
Covert Ops Specialist (SR4)
Street Samurai (SR4)

Genetically born and bred monsters, arcanotech infused commandos, genetic boosted monsters, strange radiation victims, cyborgs, etc. (Incredible Hulk, Final Fantasy 7, Captain America)

Parapsychic (CT/CE)
Combat Mage (SR4)
Street Shaman (SR4)

Mind over matter, firestarters, mind controlling yuris, the standard parapsychic/psionic (Firestarter, Red Alert 2,Yuri, 'the force')

Parapsychic Martial Artist (CE)

Mortal Kombat, Street Figher franchises

Bounty Hunter (SR4)
Enforcer (SR4)
Smuggler (SR4)
Sprawl Gang Member (SR4)

We don't need their scum. Specialized tracker/fighter, often augmented with toys, and biomods

Rigger (SR4)

A CogNet specialist who deals exclusively with drones, surrogates, and remote technology. Can 'occupy' a machine with their own electronic will.

Gunslinger Adept (SR4)

A bullet artist. A soldier can hit a target with a bullet, an adept can miss the target to hit something behind it. (Equilibrium, Wanted)

Hacker (SR4)

A CogNet adept, works online. Specialties: cyber dueling (Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade, any other power up series) Cyberwarfare, AI, programming, etc (Lawnmower Man, TRON)

Radical Eco-Shaman (SR4)

oddball. urban primitive, parapsychic. Creche dweller, biosphere restoration, etc.

Morte:
I shudder to think of the movie Teeth and the fact that you ACTUALLY added it to the list of movie inspirations. I would think that a psychotic (or not so much) Ko Girl would, um, apply?

Another movie perhaps to add is iRobot (3 Laws, little whatchamacallit that projects hologram). Of course, this is probably moot considering the other movies you have added to the list. I'm astounded you didn't add BladeRunner, but again could fall under the same moot points as iRobot. One other movie concept that comes to mind that would be certifiably delicious to add to the Cosmic Era is Toy Soldiers, the 1991 plot about little robot men. Of course, in the Cosmic Era, they would actually be toys for wealthy (or maybe not so) children.

Dozus:

--- Quote from: Morte on February 04, 2013, 05:17:02 AM ---Another movie perhaps to add is iRobot (3 Laws, little whatchamacallit that projects hologram). Of course, this is probably moot considering the other movies you have added to the list. I'm astounded you didn't add BladeRunner, but again could fall under the same moot points as iRobot. One other movie concept that comes to mind that would be certifiably delicious to add to the Cosmic Era is Toy Soldiers, the 1991 plot about little robot men. Of course, in the Cosmic Era, they would actually be toys for wealthy (or maybe not so) children.

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I hate to be "that guy," but the Ghost of Isaac Asimov haunts me so. The film - and the book it is based very, very loosely on - is entitled "I, Robot". The film did have that slightly obnoxious Apple-inspired font, so the mistaking is certainly understandable.

I was also going to add movies that might inspire, but every time I thought I'd come up with one, I see you've already listed it. Quite thorough and diverse. I do back Morte's reference of both Blade Runner and Toy Soldiers.

In regards to books, I think I mentioned in one of your subs regarding Arcanotech that it does read as sublimely Lovecraftian, with its knowledge leading to madness. I might also recommend John C. Wright's Count to a Trillion. Less than halfway through the book jumps forward about a millennium, but references the in-between as post-petrol with the fall of the nation-state, the many attempts at genetic supersoldiers, the early developments of post-human AI, human augmentation, the arcologies of the Hispanosphere, as well as an innovative method of travel via inter mantel bullet trains, et cetera, et cetera. Highly recommended.

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