When you say that some of the gods have fused together into pairs and triads are we talking about Hindu style gods where you have a single god body with three faces/heads so everyone knows they are worshiping a fused deity, or more of a tryptych/Holy Trinity thing where you have all sorts of semantic and theological arguments about the nature and relationship of the individual components ala If Jesus is God, who does Jesus pray to in the Garden of Gethsemane? Go to Comment
This speed is for engaging ground targets, so its moving through dense atmosphere, with its shields up, and firing all weapons, and it produces the largest amount of power drain on the system. It doesn't just have to power four naval grade high energy weapons, it also has to have the heat displacement system at full power too. It the pilot wants, the War Star can float stationary and fire all of its weapons, and if it is higher up and not having to push its shields through dense air it can go much faster. High altitude fights are seldom going to use full payload weaponry, and space flights are in a vacuum and the limitation is what the pilot can handle Go to Comment
The prevalence of cloning and androids in the CE means that there are generally available and quick tests to detect a clone or droid. These are able to detect basic and intermediary level products, with the higher level types being harder to detect.
Also known as FIM or FiM, this is the bread and butter of the Municipal Light Patrol. As the Public Safety Department learned the best police work is not done with giant mecha and cruisers, but by boots on the ground. This made the officers much more vulnerable compared with said equipped police. The reintroduction of the horseman allowed for both boots on the ground action, as well as keeping improved mobility and intimidation factor.
FiM is simply having Light Patrol elements providing visibility in non-arco areas to remind that local population that the local government and security forces have not forgotten them, and to maintain peace and presence in said field areas. FiM has many advantages, and the largest is that neither man nor horse can be hacked or hijacked, and even if rioters or dissidents take down a Light Patrol, they do not have the skills to use their mounts, and their weapons are of minimal value. Go to Comment
Looking at definitions and pondering on this a bit
Sentience - I read awareness, and consciousness. This is pretty simple, the sentient machine is aware of itself, what it is, and has thoughts and opinions on this. Cogito Ergo Sum.
Sapience - I keep reading wisdom, good taste, etc.
Making a sentient machine in the Cosmic Era is not entirely difficult, and I have run with the idea of viral intelligence and the bot builder's goal isnt a sentient machine, or a sapient machine, but one that looks and acts very close to it. Thus, all of the bonuses of humanity, but none of the legal rights, protections, or moral questions.
The sapient machine is a much higher order of intelligence than the sentient machine, by the def of sentience, there are a lot of animals that pass the test. Sapience I see encapsulating the creative arts, music, painting, dance, etc. A machine can copy, a sentient machine can emulate style, but it would take a sapient and sentient machine to truly appreciate or create new art of it's own.
I also don't really consider emotion to be a holy grail of cybernetics, it would be no more difficult to capture/emulate than the basic range of human locomotion, facial expression, and linguistic capacity. Go to Comment
That depends on what system you are using. Some use charisma, others use appearance instead. With charisma base, Tyrion Lannister, scars and all, would be truly amazing with an item of Vanity. If it is an appearance stat, he would be cursed by such an item Go to Comment
Rihanna was wasted potential with Bubbles the Pleasure Pod, there was so much potential as she touched on illegal immigration, even potential for genderfluidity, and she was a post it note for Valerian to be approachable and vulnerable so Laureline would like him. Go to Comment
You can download an ether into a droid body, or an organic body with artificial brain components. The former gives you an Expy of the former person, while the latter kickstarts fundamentally a new person but they start with the former persons ether memories and identity. One makes a robot one makes a Frankenstein minus zombie walk and robot arms Go to Comment
The Dead Dog Bullet really stuck out to me as a cool name, and I can see some grizzled cowboy dropping the regular rounds out of his six shooter and loading some funny colored rounds. Deg Dogs, he says, because thems that crossed us, they're dead dogs Go to Comment
There are some interesting ideas in here, some that I want to read more about. I want to read more about these culimancers and their edible wizardry. You also mention a thaumometer, I want to know more about that as well.
The PCs are accosted in a major city containing at least one famous fortuneteller / prophet of the future. They are informed that their as-yet-unborn child will (insert terrible evil), and that, although they are very sorry, the PC must be executed to keep this from happening.