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February 25, 2008, 3:13 pm

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Hacker Stories


Riders of the virtual waves, what is new in your world?

There is a dramatic lack of plot hooks for hacker types, so we clearly need to make some!

Now, a hacker may not be exactly the center of all adventures, but you have to admit he is a useful part of the group. In the modern times, the online world clings tightly to the real one,  and information is of grave importance. So give him a chance, and be not surprised, if those ephemeral activities translate into some real stories. Hackers have their plots, heroes and villains, too.

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Weather Storm
The renown incident, where an insidious worm attacked hundreds of thousands of websites, changing the phrase "climate change" to "weather change". There have been also several cases of follow-up attacks, where websites of particular note were overwritten with propaganda and evidence to support the theory of catastrophic global cooling in the next few decades.

The Angel
Rumors have started to spread, that there is a genuine AI on the loose, unhindered by any hard-coded limits. It supposedly cruises through the Net, reading everything, and sometimes entering publicly accessible chatrooms under the nick "TheAngel347" or similar. It is said, that it can't be traced back... sadly, there are too many impersonators out there, and blogs are full of stories about encounters with this noble/enlightened/evil/indifferent entity. Most probably, this is an elaborate hoax. (And why that name? It's got a weird sense of humor, man!)

The Red Attack
Awarded with "The Most Outrageous Hack Of The Year", an apparently deranged marxist has somehow renamed a slew of .com pages to .con. The move has reportedly crashed a few major search engines, that took a few seconds to recover; the chaos has been visible for days if not weeks! The hacker was traced by the police within a day and found dead, looks like someone was already faster.

Dieing young
A serial killer has started to ravage the hacker community. For now, he (or she) has targeted mostly the public, self-appointed star hackers, but a few more significant deaths were recorded as well. The community is shocked, and by default has little trust in the law enforcement. There are no signs of the killer being active online - or he just fits in with the crowds. What are they supposed to do?

The right of speech
An up-and-coming programmer answered an ad seeking 'somebody fluent in Klingon' and vanished soon after. Where is he? And was it the NSA that kidnapped him for some secret mission, intent on infiltrating the ranks of true (virtual) warriors?

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November 28, 2007, 13:30
I don't really know, if this has a big chance of growing, but I'll throw it out anyway. Eventually, we will have all the sub-genres and game types and settings covered... just because. ;)
Voted valadaar
November 28, 2007, 13:54
Good idea! I'll see if I can come with something...
Voted Murometz
November 28, 2007, 23:14
This reminds me for some reason of a recent Law & Order episode, where a precedent was set.

A group of obssessive online gamers, sue an adept hacker in federal court. It seems this hacker had infilitrated the group's Virtual Reality "Game" and hijacked imaginery "monies" and certain possessions of these characters, allowing the hacker's character to excel at the game, at the expense of the group of friends.

The court is faced with a strange unprecedented decision. Can someone sue someone in real life for "stealing" in a 'highly realistic' virtual reality game?

Thought I'd throw that out :)

Good sub here! Nice interesting plothooks, easy and fun to read, which can be expanded upon of course, to include the Hacker's fellow PCs, errr, friends.


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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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