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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:31 am

Huh right Apexai sorcerer ghosts and memories of sorcerer ghosts that can still wreck shit like any living sorcerer ghost... the destruction of the Oversoul probably caused a lot of gnarly stuff to bleed out back into reality.

So in the occupied Apexaian parts of Bragspace there could've been all sorts of Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl-like stuff going in irradiated wastelands and places Brags are trying to settle in. Elsewhere in Apexaian systems Brags wrecked but didn't occupy, ghostly shit would also go haunting so Silver Shield types probably sent their psycho-paranormalists to fix things, Zigonian astral kung fu monks, even bunches of errant Myrrani mindhunters, etc.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:08 pm

Right, Myrrans in the K-Zone; I forgot to mention that.

We have to start with one particular way the Pyropraxy worries parties looking out for Aguero incursions like the Silver Shield other than just by existing; they are creating a vast psychic bonfire, visible even from the far-off Bounty, calling themselves out as a source of succor. And scattered refugees do come, on longshot ships of Khelerene make steered by Wrannath flockswains, their sensory petals aimed like sunflowers at the light.

And some Myrrans in the Bounty, of course, see this as a particularly challenging hunt. Mindhunters in particular, anti-psi specialists who see manifestations of the soul as an irritating mystery to be extinguished.

It would be amusing if most K-zone denizens will only ever encounter relatively dedicated and particularly standoff-ish Mindhunters, so on the whole the Myrrans are considered to be helpful folks.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Siege » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm

One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:33 am

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One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Oh yeah, the bigger psychic flames can probably defend themselves by shooting fireballs into space or driving the critters nuts if they get too close, and there are defenders including imbued flamey-archons. But newer, weaker colonies with smaller flames are gonna be prime targets for the bugs!
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:50 pm

Siege wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm
One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Valid concerns, valid concerns.

EDIT: This can explain their heavy militarization and further contempt for the flesh. That said, the Respite might also look like a handy source of low-entropy biomass to the Karlacks.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:38 pm

Invictus wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:50 pm
Siege wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm
One imagines the Pyropraxy to also be a giant beacon beckoning Karlacks to come hither for tea and refreshments.
Valid concerns, valid concerns.

EDIT: This can explain their heavy militarization and further contempt for the flesh. That said, the Respite might also look like a handy source of low-entropy biomass to the Karlacks.
The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:19 pm

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The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
I see your post but all I can read is "whole oceans of tranquility-inducing goo are about the right size to be a 10-pack of Advil to a quasi-sapient interstellar predatory ecosystem". Something that's too much to be a regular meal can still work as occasional self-medication, you know.

tl;dr oh great you've made the Karlack Swarms painkiller addicts :o
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:31 pm

Invictus wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:19 pm
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:38 pm
The very relaxation of the Respite might mean its not as visible at long-range? Going near and eating oceans of tranquility-inducing goo might be like eating food with "too much MSG" :P
I see your post but all I can read is "whole oceans of tranquility-inducing goo are about the right size to be a 10-pack of Advil to a quasi-sapient interstellar predatory ecosystem". Something that's too much to be a regular meal can still work as occasional self-medication, you know.

tl;dr oh great you've made the Karlack Swarms painkiller addicts :o
Huh and not all biomes they visit could be totally stripped bare...

What if the hardiest of the Respite have (or are developing) survival strategies where their psychic ooze can still persist and overcome whatever Karlackification of the ecosystem occurs on worlds touched by the Swarm, like after the Karlacks leave eventually the mutated flora and fauna return to that state of bliss and pilgrims can return and continue their business. The souls dissolved in the ooze won't care.

The Karlacks that drank the goo and returned to their hive clusters are inadvertently spreading the Respite... the stronger, more connected hive clusters can probably disinfect themselves but the more isolated and smaller ones might end up being gradually Sublimed or altered. And the souls in the ooze still don't care and the Respite theology might be so chill that "if space bugs manage to drink us up, well we'll continue on inside them" is part of their theology.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:26 pm

Solarian autolasers can, perhaps at the cost of diluting total yield, home in, curve and wind to follow their targets.

Original Apexai warsaucer beam weapons could literally branch out to strike multiple targets or even converge and reform into a single beam... mid-stream.

Bragulan verdigrite munitions are usually weaponized isotope shards (shades of the K-bolters of old), in small arms for these are called verdi-bolters and the substance's nucleo-transmutative nature results in its acidic melting effect - giving it an edge over standard kinetic weapons.

In advanced verdigrite applications, such as warship-grade munitions, the isotopes are radiologically calibrated to actually burn through shielding and even sear the laws of conventional physics.

More advanced Bragulan warships, the Byzon-class strategic planetoid-fortresses, Imperator's Fist dreadnoughts and Moonbreaker battlecruisers, have verdi-beams. Composed of enormous firing chambers as wide as escort vessels and arranged in a revolving array, within these cylinders enriched verdigrite is annihilated and focused to produce a concentrated beam of hyper-nucleonic destruction. Verdi-beams are also called V-Triggers. :P
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:15 pm

Of particular interest are Solarian missiles which, losing their niche as tactical guided weaponry to the homing laser, grew larger and more complex until they're basically their SDNW4 selves, autonomous spacecraft with interstellar range that achieve their enormous yields by having regular spacecraft power generation onboard.

In SOTS, it's not much of a stretch that they're also super-smart and able to determine their own strike missions, with plenty enough endurance to loiter, act as sensors, perform escort duties and just regular picket spaceship stuff; defending themselves with ECM, hyperfields and FTL maneuverability and engaging targets unworthy of their primary payload with submunitions, hardlight projections and so on. I feel like a Solarian missile that actually has to blow itself up is news on the level of an RL peacekeeper fatality.

Despite the can of worms opened earlier in the thread, expendable FTL projectiles weaponizing the Holdo maneuver may also be a thing. If there's some gravitational field Roche limit beyond which attempting to leave hyperspace turns you into relativistic spall, it would still be very useful if you can get the spall to hit something.

In fact, I've also worked out something similar in Samtic Nexus technology - the hyperray relay. Nexus spaceships can transmit power at each other by beaming the energy through hyperspace, and this works based on the principle that things can be induced to drop out of hyperspace by particular conditions. In the case of Nexus spaceships, this is a big ol' tranceiver matrix based on Cryst technology. Beaming energy at less well-tuned targets - like the hyperfield components of enemy spaceships - causes the energy to drop out of hyperspace in a less usable and more destructive form, but passing through anything in between.

(Bragulans also harness hyper-radiation but in less directed ways. Hypernucleonic mortar banks are tuned to produce explosions so energetic that they are launched into hyperspace itself - mainly to spoof FTL sensors.)
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:53 pm

Hurm Myrrani sunsmithing probably enables them to do weirdo solar-gravitonic countermeasures to disrupt Khelerene-Samtic energy transference... at least when they're close enough.
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:17 am

Whipped this up for the Master List. Been a while since I actually made entries rather than ramblings :P


73 Clans Kavalcade

Unruly as any stretch of Wild Space, the 68 Clans Kavalcade is actually among the older societies in the K-Zone, preceding the current dominant powers now surrounding it. Primarily populated by Kalaquelle, the Kavalcade is notable for its titular form of governance, conducted through festivities of unending songs that inundate the masses with clashing ideologies and memes. Over time this ostensibly democratic process has stratified, power coalescing into the hands of select dynasties, agencies and franchises, even the rare undefeated lyrical duelists - the Clans whose bands, superstars and maestros vie for influence over the crowds.

Exposure to the Feasts of Shleraac with their memetic madness only worsened the cacophony (which the Clans did before the Solarians or Cevaucians). Nomad Apexai exodites served as inspirations and even contributors, while Bragulan invasions proved the ultimate test for their martial orchestras and guerilla rhymers. Now the 85 Clans Kavalcade sprawls near the heart of the K-Zone, not quite the most territorially vast power, but undoubtedly the densest - freely taking in members of the surrounding societies and subsuming them into the chaotic clamor.

Yet for one golden moment, all were unified under the undisputable tunes of one visionary, Bhop Kyessen, whose masterpieces even compelled a Raptured Lord who ascended Kyessen into a Hirado. But Kyessen’s mind and music also transcended the ‘verse (perhaps sanity was the Lord’s price), marking the beginning of a centuries-long seclusion and experimental phase. Now the Clans scramble for the Divine Artist’s newest grooves, deciphering incomprehensible lyrics for their mysteries, and sampling them to sway the masses and guide society. Ever so often, Arkestras depart from Kyessen’s sanctum to awe the 79 Clans Kavalcade and beyond.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Invictus » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:11 pm

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Yet for one golden moment, all were unified under the undisputable tunes of one visionary, Bhop Kyessen, whose masterpieces even compelled a Raptured Lord who ascended Kyessen into a Hirado. But Kyessen’s mind and music also transcended the ‘verse (perhaps sanity was the Lord’s price), marking the beginning of a centuries-long seclusion and experimental phase. Now the Clans scramble for the Divine Artist’s newest grooves, deciphering incomprehensible lyrics for their mysteries, and sampling them to sway the masses and guide society. Ever so often, Arkestras depart from Kyessen’s sanctum to awe the 79 Clans Kavalcade and beyond.
Yesss, the Bhopster rises!

We like to think of him as the greatest rapper in the K-Zone, or even the galaxy. He is a celebrity who transcends the already very musically inclined Kalaquel species to earn literal immortality, possibly just so because a Raptured Lord wanted him to finish his verse, which went continuously for a hundred years and became the overall national anthem of the Kavalcade.

Of course, after earning his demigodhood his music started going weird, featuring him taking samples from sources all over the K-Zone such as the death-keens of Apexaia and, eventually, himself. Long-time (and long-lived) fans insist that this is just the natural progression of his career, versus any number of people who think it's gone to trash or whatever*, but then Kalaquelle rap in general sounds to baseline humans like someone dropping a firecracker factory onto a saxophone factory so who can tell about the tastes of posthuman Solarian sybarites.

He also did a track for C. J. Motonow's Star Wars.

*Sidney Hank thinks it has always been trash.
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Re: Sovereigns of the Stars Supreme, revisited

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:21 pm

Totally Not Space Kanye probably lost fans when he started saying Byzon is an OK fellow and that people chose to be invaded and gulaged by the Brags :lol:
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