That's where I was coming from with the paralytic medusa rifle. I'm not a huge fan of stoning effects, and working it into the CE is challenging. I could certainly make it work as some sort of a DFE side effect, and there is precedent for people being turned to ash, and salt. Turning someone into stone... what kind of stone? Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic? Go to Comment
The Apocalypse Ascendancy is indeed a McGuffin that is mostly used as a mock time travel device. A self contained vessel of everything that can go wrong has, hence it being the Omega Timeline. Go to Comment
Adding in my own details, Captain Houou would be a citizen of the Commonwealth of New England, and her rank would be the Armed Forces of the Atlantic Federation. While she does do some actual campaign work, and has a number of combat kills, making her a legitimate ace, she does most of her work in a USO fashion, where she is used in military propaganda, does live concerts for the troops, and is a poster girl for said forces. As orb craft have yet to dominate the Cosmic Era, she is not an orb pilot, rather, she pilots something angular, dangerous, and hostile, like a Warhammer or a Battlemaster (Battletech), with the full regalia of nose art and kill marks on the body, and plenty of bond posters of her partially naked sitting in the mech.
Her special skill in a mech is sideshifting and combat evasion. She all but make whatever she is driving dance, rather than trudge or battlestomp wherever it goes. If she can't establish a radio comm, her mech will have a powerful loudspeaker or bullhorn on it so she can literally emit her mocking laughter at her foes in combat (psychological warfare). Go to Comment
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