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by Kingmaker
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

But it's kind of strange, isn't it? Unlike most minorities who get oppressed or whose presence are objected to, the homonculi, by virtue of their nature, will almost invariably belong to the wealthy and powerful - as opposed to the poorer majority masses. Usually the oppressed minorities happen to ...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

But since these homonculi DO exist and have existed for a while, has the public made any outcry? There are those poor places, as the article mentioned, that discriminate against them? I mean, today we've already got people discussing the ethics of genetics technology when we're still a long way fro...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]
Replies: 11
Views: 4587

Re: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]

How much of it was Rezan and how much of it was the faust? Do the fausts take over the personality of a person who sells his soul? Or it doesn't work that way, that it's not really actual-factual demonic possession and is more like... Death Note? More like, yeah, a faustan deal? (The faust lets you...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

These are magically made, gene engineered designer babies then? For rich families that want to buy a perfect kid? So they basically live as normal, if artificial, people with human lives? The majority of them, yes. Their hobbies may be a bit more extreme (sky diving is for pussies. Real badasses do...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]
Replies: 11
Views: 4587

Re: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]

Woah. That was a might abrupt, but man. Yeah, my endings tend to suck. Happens in academic papers, too. I always get finished with what I'm trying to say, and then its like "now what?". That asshole Rezan sure had it coming to him. That creepy dick. So that's how he got all rich and powerful and de...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Minor Powers
Replies: 17
Views: 9349

Re: The Minor Powers

Vulcadia Vulcadia is a former colony of Nova Edessa and a fairly prominent nation among the minor powers. While it doesn’t approach the Major Powers in influence, its policies still bear considerable weight in regional politics. With a population in the tens of millions, it is fairly populous, thou...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:06 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Major Powers
Replies: 19
Views: 9690

Re: The Major Powers

Saevenok Clan Capital: SCO-1 orbital habitat (population 50,000) Population: 6 million (10% abhumans, 20% soul-forged) The Saevenok Clan traces its origins to one of the major noble families of the Kingdom of Tyrre. The Saevenok Clan began as a mercantile family in the old kingdom, and during the c...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight
Replies: 50
Views: 14186

Re: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight

Well, they're probably not made out of marble, but there might be some on the bridges. I imagine there would be a fair amount of aesthetic wankery going on, but I don't see much wrong with the officers drinking expensive alchohol in the wood pannelled longue while oneo f them plays a grand piano wi...
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: WW3 RPG
Replies: 10
Views: 4005

Re: WW3 RPG

What is the tone of this going to be? Hardcore realism? Gritty war movie? Western action movie? Eastern action movie? Cyberpunk?
by Kingmaker
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:15 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

Homunculi Homunculi are artificially designed humans. They are considered distinct from soul-forged, who are humans altered after birth. A homunculus is made from a synthetically generated embryo and undergoes significant modification before birth. Because of the synthetic and undeveloped nature of...
by Kingmaker
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]
Replies: 11
Views: 4587

The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]

This is something that popped into my head after listening to Sympathy for the Devil about 200 times in a row, and it shows. ___ The rural estate of Sandor Rezan was a symbol of his wealth and taste. Wealth, because the palatial expanse of the state could only have belonged to a man of wealth or tit...
by Kingmaker
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: WW3 RPG
Replies: 10
Views: 4005

Re: WW3 RPG

I'll bite. Name : Marcus Brykalski Rank : Lieutenant, United States Army (75th Ranger Regiment) Date of Birth : 18th Sept. 2XXX Age : 28 Distinguishing Features : Augmetic legs (original lost to anti-personnel mine), augmetic eyes (voluntary procedure), minor bio-augmetics (US SOCOM standard issue)....
by Kingmaker
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Outredemesne
Replies: 33
Views: 10615

Re: Outredemesne

That happened because, for the Spaniards at least, they already had a hueg presence in their colonial holdings so even though the mainland didn't give a fuck about the going ons over there, their Governor-Generals and Friars and whatever still ruled those states. It's different since in Spaniard co...
by Kingmaker
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Outredemesne
Replies: 33
Views: 10615

Re: Outredemesne

A justification for Rus being able to reach Outredemesne but not really caring to reassert dominance could be something similar to what was occasionally seen in later Spanish/Portuguese colonization in the Americas: we don't give a shit what you do over there as long as we keep getting the checks ev...
by Kingmaker
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

What are the restriction on soul-forging in these less developed nations? And are there military applications for these, soul-forged super soldiers with gatling guns for arms or something? Cost and access, largely. Soul-forging is expensive, and requires decent medical facilities to perform. Beyond...
by Kingmaker
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

Soul-forged Soul-forged are organisms that have been permanently modified through the use of magic. This includes grafting extraneous parts onto the organism, imbuing it with arcane qualities, or reshaping it in some way. The most prominent fields of magic used in soul-forging are technomagy and bi...
by Kingmaker
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Outredemesne
Replies: 33
Views: 10615

Re: Outredemesne

Commissar Kawaii-iphus Cain? The 40k anime series. Edit: and I'll try to make a few suggestions so this post isn't totally OT. Is Outredemesne located primarily along the coast (I presume Ceyret is)? Or have they expanded significantly into the interior? Also, is there any interaction at all between...
by Kingmaker
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Minor Powers
Replies: 17
Views: 9349

Re: The Minor Powers

If their mandate is to collect and store knowledge, why are they enacting vigilante justice? :?: They're like Jedi in space, man...wait. It was an expansion of their original operations involving collection of artifacts of doom for cataloging and safe-keeping. They very rarely get involved in munda...
by Kingmaker
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Minor Powers
Replies: 17
Views: 9349

Re: The Minor Powers

Hrm... do they hoard some of the knowledge they deep people are "not yet ready" for? Or do they make it ALL freely available? It isn't free, and some doesn't get distributed at all for legal reasons. They also are sitting on quite a few artifacts of DOOM!, which can cause problems, like summoning h...
by Kingmaker
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Arcane Science [Magic]
Replies: 10
Views: 6327

Re: Arcane Science [Magic]

Well, if you don't mind reading a bunch of stuff, this site here has the best definition of the supernatural I've seen. I'm not sure I agree with his definitions, but I won't argue the point. A naturalistic fire spirit could be reduced to more simple components. That's not to say it would have to b...
by Kingmaker
Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Outredemesne
Replies: 33
Views: 10615

Re: Outredemesne

Jedi-musketeers, yeah I like that. Mostly musketeers though. Like what you'd get if you mixed Obi Wan, D'Artagnan and Errol Flynn. Although I'm still toying with the ifs and hows of magic -- it's sort of difficult to justify 17th-century pike and shot formations when there's folks milling about who...
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Minor Powers
Replies: 17
Views: 9349

Re: The Minor Powers

Arcane Library The Arcane Library is a secular monastic organization dedicated to the accumulation and cataloging of human knowledge, with a particular focus on metaphysical and arcane knowledge. In addition to serving as a repository for knowledge, they also sponsor scientific endeavors, especiall...
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: Outredemesne
Replies: 33
Views: 10615

Re: Outredemesne

So these knight-musketeers of the Seigneury are like 17th/18th century Jedi, right? 8-)

Also, it doesn't look like this setting is going for the grim and gritty feel.
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:37 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 8906

Re: Human Variations

Abhuman cross-breeding doesn't work. You have one set of abhuman traits or another.
Also, somehow I imagine the Ratri as a race of Nightcrawlers, like that X-Men guy. For some reason.
I suppose one of them could learn how to teleport.
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Arcane Science [Magic]
Replies: 10
Views: 6327

Re: Arcane Science [Magic]

This is pretty interesting. How do you go about capturing spirits for their magic energy then? I mean do you basically make a giant mystic solar panel to draw them in or something? Depends on the kind of elemental. Yags (fire elementals) for example, would be drawn to an extremely hot, large fire, ...