Author's Note: Orb craft were inspired by the less than stellar Heavy Objects anime (available subtitled on Hulu) that feature these war machines. The show deploys them as nigh invulnerable behemoths, able to survive direct nuclear strikes, but require scantily clad young women to pilot them. The Heavy Object animation is nice, the characters are all around terrible, and the military aspect of what should be a military/war anime is all but non-existent. All the technology of the Cosmic Era would be able to create war machines similar to the titular Heavy Objects, but doesn't require either pneumatically busty or prepubescent girls to drive them, and they aren't so OP that they can survive being attacked by the combined might of 14 nations and shrug off nuclear strikes.
In the CE setting, there are a few dozen orb craft in existence, and at this point they are in their infancy. Eventually they will indeed become the main unit used in armed conflict, and most of the hardware being used currently will be relegated to garrison and support roles. There will be a massive amount of internal conflict as the naval forces will resent their usurpation by the orb craft, and mech and fighter jocks will find the simplicity and brutality of orb based warfare insulting to their warrior ethos.
Spaceships and warships wont end, but will become more transports and logistics than combatants. The bigger warships will become Orb carriers, and rather than big sexy wedges and brutalist bricks, are probably going to look more like brussels sprout stalks or grape stems. Go to Comment
The instruments seem to be way closer to their point of inspiration than something usable, like the Devil Summoner, inspired by Charlie Daniel's The Devil Went Down to Georgia could be made better by taking it away from the limitations of the song.
The fiddle, if properly played (or perhaps only by being played and rolling a critical failure) summons a devil. This might require the fiddler to be at a crossroads, and it has to be the middle of the night, and so forth, drawing on that Deep Southern mythos. Then, and only then, the Devil will appear. This is no red suited devil with a bifurcated tail, but rather a large and intimidating man, with great empty eyes, and a deep voice that seems to come up from the bottom of a well. Then, the player can make a deal with this Devil.
There is always a cost, and the devil's deals are always monkey's paw gifts.
One of the blind spots of the CE is the over reliance on technology. The drones and other surveillance systems that sort through the data would certainly spot Bereingianus, but the systems would register him as nothing more than a bear. Sure, he is a bear in a harness wearing a scout device, but the majority of systems wouldn't register the harness. He is almost never armed, so no weapons are detected, so no matter how absurd a bear in a vest might be, no flags are set off.
If a person actually sat and sorted through all of the data, they would totally notice a bear with gear, but most data is never seen by human eyes. Go to Comment
This type of character features commonly in anime, such as the Immortal Ship Council from Knights of Sidonia, the mysterious SEELE from Neon Genesis Evangelion, or the members of APE in Darling in the FranXX. Nigh immortal manipulative bastards who play with the lives of tens of thousands to the fate of all of humanity, but could be easily defeated by a clumsy janitor moping the floor and unplugging their life support unit. I worked on this one for quite a while. I started a half dozen subs on the concept and deleted them until I rolled around to this. In a live action work, Weyland from Alien: Prometheus would almost count as one of the technodynasts with all of his life extending tech, but he never goes the cyber-augmentation path. Go to Comment
I found a random map generator on Twitter, and it made this ridiculous map that was a cluster of buildings scattered across an archipelago of islands barely bigger than the buildings themselves so i had this notion that the archipelago at certain times of the year, became a single island, tides and whatnot, but for a set amount of time. You could scurry from building to building trying to loot the crypts and stuff under the buildings while the tide was out, but then, there is a hard time limit and the ocean rises again. Risk of of being trapped, drowned, crushed by a collapsing building, or dealing with whatever had either taken up residence on the partially submerged island, or the things that were purposely left them. Go to Comment
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.