In chat, someone thought they were computer virus created by some bad ass mad scientist. I had to inform him that they were wrong.
Creatures of magic infecting the world of technology... breaking it down slowly, our reality will be eroded as electronic communication falls to nothing.
Let me explain I said. Do imagine a world of magic whos ruler covets our reality for some reason. Perhaps we have a resource they need, perhaps they just need space or souls not touched by their gods. How do conquer us?
Sending over a giant monster? Nah, we could deal with that.. just check out the movies
Smaller monsters? Nah. Anything we can fight, we can destroy.
Magical Bugs. We could start with pesticides and go from there. If we didnt care about the environmental issues (compared to species survival) any bug could be made to go away.
WE know about demons and possessions, so while it would be something we were not expecting, it is in our bag of tricks. A little proof and exorcisms would become common place.
If they studied us for any bit of time, they would learn a basic truth, what is in science fiction can be eventually in science reality. That and some clever applications of existing tech could take out any threat.
So where does that leave the Evil Magical Mastermind? The only option is attacking in a way that we don't expect AND might actually be 100% natural. I would use our technological strength against us.
Weather magic is an option. That would just galvanize us to hide or create weather technology to counter it.
Our strength is our knowledge and coordination. So by disrupting our communication subtly, they can slowly destroy us and we would not realize it was happening.
Aside: Holy crap. Their invasion is already happening! MoonHunter nods. *runs around screaming*
It is subtle, quiet, and focused, directed at those who happen to be the most
creative and open to the thought of their existence.
It is untraceable. Once their numbers reach a critial level, the telecom world will crash.
Once we can't communicate, we can't transfer big science information easily. Oonce we are isolated from each other, you can bring over more obvious creatures to take us out. Start with some quiet places first. Then after some success... take the military out. After all, most monsters will be vunerable to simple kinetic reallignement.
Strangely enough the computer savvy Wicca community might have saved us before anything happens. As their prayer charms against lag and thus gremils
have probably stemmed the tide of gremil cross over.
The computer community itself now has time to design server blades that are faster and self correcting.. thus less likely to create the gaps in time that allow gremils through
Thus the world is safe from an invasion it wasn't even
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Very interesting little conglomeration of technology, pop culture, fantasy, and theology. I LOVE the idea - it climbs right past my walls of inhibitions (you know, the ones with the "anything not medeival, keep out" signs), but some more flesh and bones would be nice. Go to Comment
This heavy battle suit is the chosen armor of the elite shock troops of the Federan, prized for the mobile fortress it turns individual soldiers into. Unfortunately, the expense and difficulty of the construction means that the majority of soldiers must make do with lesser sets.
The innermost portion of the Adamant Battle System is a fully contained environment suit, complete with waste removal system and 'direct nutrient injection system'. The small supply set inside combined with the ColdFuse(tm) microfusion generator can keep a normal man fully combat ready for three days, and typically, alive for a week in deep space, though he'll not be happy with the experience. Some regiments are known to use combat drugs through the injection system, primarily adrenaloids.
The carapase of the adamant battle system consists of many thin layers of material, an extremely difficult to produce composite of tungsten heavy alloy and cermet layers, all wrapped in Ultralar carbon-nanotube anti-ballistic fabric. Small electric field generators are embedded at strategic points in the armor, in order to create a particle-weapon dissipating current, and though this does create pin-point weaknesses in the overall suit, most troopers consider it worth it.
For mobility, the suit contains limited deep-space propulsion jets, which become unlimited jump-enhancement jets within atmosphere. Further, the armor's heavy nature is partially balanced by the weave of artificial muscle fabrics that are built into it, effectively creating servo-less powerarmor.
While the suit comes standard equipped with a retractable diamondine hand-to-hand combat blade, the primary armament is customizable, through one shoulder mount hardpoint designed to accept many standard heavy weapons, and two arm softpoints designed to accept most small arms weapons. Go to Comment
It's funny how both far, and how little, the technology of armor advances. When you break down to it, it's almost all 'put hard stuff between you and hit' or 'put flexible stuff that doesn't give way between you and hit'. Go to Comment
A coworker of mine has created a new form of ceramic plate that protects as well, or better, than the majority of current body armor, similar to steel flak jacket plates ... except it's absurdly cheap, light, and heat resistant. No news article, and no details, sorry.
Ceranan Subdermal Nanomolecular Protection System
Ceranan armor systems is pleased to announce the release of the first generation of Subdermal Nanomolecular Protection Systems. By rejecting the traditional ceramic and plastic plating used for most cybernetic armor systems, and instead using implanted ballistic balloons of newly developed nano-materials that stiffen in response to an electric field, as well as to ballistic shock, the SNPS is the first subdermal armor system to be able to mimic the normal texture of human flesh, while still providing all the protection you need beneath your skin, eliminating the cyber-soldier's problems with intimacy.
Ceranan SNPS. Hard enough for war, soft enough for love. Go to Comment
Jemas Lorne, the most celebrated poet of the age, was found dead, clutching a fragment of verse torn from his journal. The tantalizing fragment spoke of wealth:
Golden sands, empty and cold,
Treasure's crypt, forgotten gold.
Under stone, ancestor's doom,
Noble's prize, troubadour's tomb.
Rumours claim that the poet's father, an eccentric nobleman, had hidden much of his wealth before his death. Perhaps the missing journal has more clues?