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by Siege
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Appreciate the implied Pyropraxic rep :P Thanks! The nod is deliberate, though as writing developed sceiren smithing turned into kind of the opposite of what the Pyropraxy is doing. They're not burning anything so much as pulling weird matter that shouldn't exist out of fire that isn't real. Fragme...
by Siege
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Nice. What is a starmoth?! Sentient butterfly-like starships woven from invalid matter. Manned, I would imagine, by only handfuls of sceiren. The ship knits its personality from the disposition of its skein. Propelled by vast hypersails that leave ghostly auroras in their realspace wake. Starmoths ...
by Siege
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Sceiren Singular: sciren. Lean bipedal omnivores with large pointed ears, a sharp nose, long digitigrade legs, semi-permeable skin covered in reddish fur and narrow waists with slim midsections. Tallest at their withers, sceiren heads dip forward below their shoulder blades. Extending back from the...
by Siege
Fri May 29, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Yes! That's exactly it, the thing needed to make his profile weird and different and more than simply 'ancient upload dude'. So. This can (and will) still be expanded upon, but I feel it finally does justice to what he is: Sidney Hank ”They said the power I desired no man could wield. So I ceased to...
by Siege
Thu May 28, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Was Hank one of the first humans to step foot in the K-Zone? Did he have to be human for this timeline to work out? Perhaps this refugee fleet was following or helped by a giant space kraken, that happened to be one of his Earthreign-era insurance policies. At the time his entity would've been very...
by Siege
Mon May 25, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long Abscence Thread.
Replies: 271
Views: 117398

Re: Long Abscence Thread.

Welcome back! And tell your sister not to worry, we're all amateurs here. Except Steve, he's published now ;) . If she does decide to register drop me a PM in case of any issues. I've had to turn the registration settings to their most unpermissive to ward off spambots, but obviously humans are stil...
by Siege
Fri May 22, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Thanks for the compliments! I haven't written anything like this for a while. It's very enjoyable trying to tie remote bits of the universe together. I agree that definitely exists, even if sometimes I'm tempted to play up the post-capitalist gig economy aspect of the USS where the average foreign a...
by Siege
Wed May 20, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

But in the end, what's the difference between someone who comes into office with a headful of good ideas and a realistic picture of the situation, and someone who merely thinks they do? As ever what constitutes a good idea is in the eye of the beholder. There may well be tranquil bucolic settlement...
by Siege
Tue May 19, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

CEID, CHARGE, the Rangers, Olympic, all the trappings of the Solarian state serve the President maybe not unquestioningly but certainly loyally. Returning to this for a hot minute, it's probably more correct to say that CEID, CHARGE, the Rangers, Olympic and the President loyally serve a shared ide...
by Siege
Mon May 18, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

In this system it still seems like there's something resembling libertarian private law, though more in the "gangs and medieval guilds" sense than the "individual consumer jurisdiction-shopping" sense - I assume someone who belongs to a primary organization will have their crimes judged by that org...
by Siege
Wed May 13, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

As we know Cevaucia is a vast collection of crime cartels, pirate lords, megacorps, rogue black ops units, alien warlords, secretive intelligence outfits and ultramilitant despots that have somehow warred themselves into a semi-stable configuration. I know it's perhaps not the most exciting topic to...
by Siege
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]
Replies: 161
Views: 70964

Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

The principal city on the island of Dalmakh is Nim Li . Like many settlements in the Cataract Archipelago Nim Li is perpetually assailed by the encroaching jungles, and its people live off the sea more than the land. It is an ancient city, built atop its own ruins by neccesity, hemmed in by great ti...
by Siege
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?
Replies: 8
Views: 6103

Re: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?

Oh man, Starcraft Legacy... Now there's a name I hadn't heard in a decade or so. I have fond memories of that site, and news of its demise makes me feel old :) . Oh well, dust in the wind and all that. Yeah, developing a moderately radioactive dustball into a city-planet in four years (or forty for ...
by Siege
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Maybe anyone without top-level Ministry mental engrams and noetic hardening immediately forgets about the existence of the All-Father. Like, anyone can become aware of His potentiality on this stratum but the mere presence of such knowledge within a conscious mind immediately invites the full pressu...
by Siege
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?
Replies: 8
Views: 6103

Re: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?

Yes, exactly. The Terran starting levels of SC are seriously good storytelling for its medium, especially at the time. You're a low-level bureaucrat in a colonial backwater that's experiencing some weird wildlife behavior, you try to investigate with the help of your trusty local sheriff Johnny Rayn...
by Siege
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?
Replies: 8
Views: 6103

Re: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?

Right, I forgot the numbers were actually that small. I remembered them in the hundreds of thousands when apparently not, welp. Yeah, this makes the whole Coruscantified Korhal unbelievable. I don't want to sound like a disgruntled fanboy but there are large parts of the SC2 look and feel that I fe...
by Siege
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?
Replies: 8
Views: 6103

Re: In StarCraft, what if Earth regressed?

There is some justification for this; the intro booklet of the original SC spoke of a period of serious social upheaval and collapse following the establishment of the UPL and the rounding up of the 'undesirables', some of whom eventually ended up getting sent to the K-sector. Also, a high proportio...
by Siege
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]
Replies: 161
Views: 70964

Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

It is common for San Doradan households to have a small shrine dedicated to Tyche somewhere close to the front door of their residence. The statue of Lady Fortune found in such shrines faces the wall when the tenant is in the house, and is turned to face the door when they leave. Unwanted intruders ...
by Siege
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Do you have any more thoughts on these monastic orders? The idea of a Ziggie order proscribing strikes me as kinda un-Ziggie, unless you mean like as in sagely advice for better living from your local juju man - like he's not saying "thou shalt" but "thou shouldst", like, you know?
by Siege
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Many moons ago we talked about Zigonians and how their social order is based more on internal concepts of what's cool and uncool rather than strict extrernal laws. I wonder though if this perhaps their natural order subtly reflects a Zigonian's 'karma' somehow -- like, if you're the Zigonian equival...
by Siege
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...

You, sir, are a machine. The paperback version of your first book is on my to-buy list for the next Amazon order. I'm looking forward to reading it... Now to find a way to get your signature too ;-)
by Siege
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]
Replies: 161
Views: 70964

Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

Perhaps the only thing such large firms respect are the agents of the Mayor's Office Contravention Section (Contra), who investigate serious contraventions of contract and in ultimo even have the power to suspend an Enforcement License. 'Contra' ended up not sounding quite right. So instead: One of...
by Siege
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Yes, but that system was cribbed from the works of Julian May, and established mostly to be contrarian. For this setting I don't think it fully fits, nor does the motivation for implementing it apply ;) . To recap, the May-style 'metafaculties' used were: Creativity: the manipulation matter and ener...
by Siege
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

I think it would be fitting that if the Silver Shield used a system of indication of a psion's talents, training or level of ability, it does so using a semi-operatic nomenclature. Caprix - novices, new recruits, neophytes; Suggeritor - oracles, telepaths, shapers of understanding; Animat - force we...
by Siege
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]
Replies: 161
Views: 70964

Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

On maps of the world and in history books the Khaganate of Kagaria appears as a vast, monolithic entity, the largest contiguous land empire in world history home to uncounted multitudes, ruled over by cruel and bellicose rulers all too eager to unleash destruction on the world. In honesty this image...