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by Invictus
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long Abscence Thread.
Replies: 271
Views: 117398

Re: Long Abscence Thread.

Hey, welcome back!

SOTS somehow ticks on and I like to blow the trumpet on the loads of stuff that has been added over the last few years. Speaking personally it has been a reliable place for keeping up some level of creative output.
by Invictus
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

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. Fragments of the Qri realm perhaps, or some oth...
by Invictus
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:14 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
by Invictus
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

The Man, the Myth, the Legend himself! I love the weirdness of this whole bio that is both strange yet sounding so seemingly mundane. The timeworn noospheric substrate, the ancient dreamcrypt, the cognovaults! I've been looking at European comics recently and the closest thing I can even compare th...
by Invictus
Wed May 27, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Maybe without Indron approval and their gateway-assistance, exo-K-Zone movement would be like circumnavigating the world back in Magellan's days or some Age of Sail stuff. Or some Lief Eriksson Vikings going to the New World. Moving from the Fracture to the K-Zone would be akin to venturing to the ...
by Invictus
Tue May 26, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Maybe Hank was involved. Some fragment of him could've been lurking in the Terranates masquerading as an ultrarich merchant prince. That is after all exactly the type of disguise he would choose - cultivated, affluent and ambitious, with plenty of pretext to move around a lot. By then he must have ...
by Invictus
Thu May 21, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

There might well be. There could also be a Solarian equivalent of the Peace Corps for people unusually interested in helping out, where potential candidates get picked out for further mentoring. Maybe in some cases whole android clades are custom engineered for the job. I agree that definitely exis...
by Invictus
Tue May 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Perhaps the Presidency is a tough, exhausting and thankless job that requires selfless dedication to the ideal of the Sovereignty. It requires the officeholder to give up the utterly free hedonistic self-seeking life of the core in order to deal with the gritty and grim outer world. They are left t...
by Invictus
Sat May 16, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

This is good stuff for a shamefully neglected part of the 'verse. Ironically, it sounds less like a libertarian rumblezone than the USS just on its emphasis on collective identity and arbitration, though it's perfectly within Mobes' prerogative to set up something that works :v (Or alternatively, So...
by Invictus
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

More visualizations of Solarian warfighting doctrine:

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by Invictus
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Nothing about that level of influence strikes me as over the line, on the caveat that it would be the power of the All-Father as well as His Throne, which is a piece of bastard Conduit-tech bloodily reverse-engineered from Vieleren* bones and souls. The earlier idea was that it was made of Cryst sha...
by Invictus
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

INTRANOVA (The Society for Int erduction and Ra pprochement of No etic Va riance) is the pan-Magi body of the Meridian Institute, drawing together its espers from across all the disciplines: psychocosmic theory (you don't need a superhuman mind to think this hard but it helps), transcendental progn...
by Invictus
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Yeah, the point is that Zigonian warrior monks could have preserved the high-powered translizard augments of the Shleraac of old and as a result are absolutely jacked compared to the average Zigonian, though the average Zigonian also has access to Solarian/Cevaucian-level biotech and can achieve sim...
by Invictus
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Another idea is that the monastic orders are a relic from a time where Zigonian society was a lot more militarized, and most Zigonians were expected to be members. I mean hippies and all, but Zigonians have always fought - I assume they didn't settle their philosophical differences with their Shlera...
by Invictus
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:47 pm
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? According to a p...
by Invictus
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

" Bunk Princes " are a notable character archetype in Shepherd stories, both reflecting and recapitulating critiques against the stratification of their shipboard populations and the negative effects of their multi-generational conservatism. The crew of a proper vessel of the Shepherd Fleet can be d...
by Invictus
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:10 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 w...
by Invictus
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: SOTS Master List
Replies: 28
Views: 12798

Re: SOTS Master List

After a long time in the works, Part IV is here! Organizations and subfactions and detail previously confined to the main thread! An ever-expanding cast of significant and representative people who actually inhabit the universe! Part IV is a step beyond the sandbox, as I like to think. Shroom and I ...
by Invictus
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Bragulan vs Sovvie warfare:

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by Invictus
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long Abscence Thread.
Replies: 271
Views: 117398

Re: Long Abscence Thread.

Heretic wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:11 am
Been helping my sister's worldbuilding stuff, so haven't been on lately and catching up on Steve's Writings.
Well well!
by Invictus
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Perhaps in the post-Reignfall, there still would've been deranged "demi-gods" rampaging but probably surviving Earthreign warlords who've had themselves fused with neuromongers to attempt to be psychic gods over the ravaged realms - things that the All-Father, the Sophia, even Vielren and Samtics e...
by Invictus
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Another, perhaps less interesting, option is that they were essentially hibernating. During the Earthreign a significant part of the galaxy might as well have been in stasis, with very little happening besides the usual wanton cruelty that is of zero interest to the Lords. It's the massive psychic ...
by Invictus
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]
Replies: 161
Views: 70964

Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

So I thought I was right about the Chaos connection!

Also "Felony Branham". :D
by Invictus
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited
Replies: 979
Views: 281741

Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Where were the Raptured Lords during the Reignfall? Could even the Earthreign back then have kept them out of their sphere of influence if they wanted to? I assume not even the Massjammers would be entirely immune to the effects of the Cataclysm (even if the Lords themselves in their twisted-up dime...
by Invictus
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Literature
Topic: ADVENT REY 2: REVERGELTUNG
Replies: 75
Views: 35024

Re: ADVENT REY 2: REVERGELTUNG

...to reveal the face of an older John Baylor. --- The badge hit the desk so hard that it bounced, leaving a divot and a tiny explosion of sawdust. The generous jowls of John West, Hero of the Multiverse, quivered minutely at his frown. It was a fine desk. “I quit.” John Baylor added, unhelpfully. -...