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Mar 19 10 9:49 AM
Harvester of Lost Souls
Slayer of Men
Punisher of Gods
Some other cool designs...Interior design...
I've been using these as the basis for my ideas on the look.
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Been awhile, finally got a working laptop, so I'm in when and if this happens..
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So, pics of the ship aside, I want to
get this thing rolling within the next two weeks. I think that for
the prologue idea Sandite and I will take the helm. We may add a
third person, just to keep it rolling.
I know there aren't a lot of rules set
down for the universe, so we have two options:
Option 1 – we build the universe as
we play. The GMs would have the power to decide if something goes
too far and ask for a modification or rewrite.
Option 2 – we spend a very short
period laying down some basic groundwork. It would be very easy to
get grounded down and this idea has been put on hold quite long
enough. Please feel free to give any ideas you have on the politics,
society, and technology.
As to the gameplay, I think we should
keep it loose and in the style of Invasion, with a freeform structure
between the players and GM intervention when needed but not relied
upon to do everything. GMs would be allowd to NPC any player as
needed to keep the story moving along.
May 17 10 5:49 AM
The Environment of Possession
For generations humanity has enjoyed
the idea that it was above all else on the world, that it was the top
of the food chain, the most intelligent species on the planet Earth.
Many hoped that idea would change forever with the advent of space
travel, they waited eagerly with held breaths and wild dreams,
watching the news with anticipation of contact of new forms of alien
life, craved stories of little green men or gigantic blue beasts.
They wanted something, anything, that would give irrefutable proof
that humans were not the only sentient life in all of the galaxies
known to exist.
Those dreams were never fulfilled.
Aside from a handful of scientific
finds, barely more than three dozen plant species and a handful of
minerals, no other life form has been discovered in the immeasurable
reaches of space. Rather than booming floating metropolis, explorers
discovered barren desolate wastes. As decades passed with no
substantial discoveries the idea of the 1950's science-fiction
writings began to fade from popular thought, and people gave up hope
of finding societies with flying cars, beautiful purple skinned sex
slaves, and marvels of advanced technological breakthroughs.
There was a clear divide in thinking
between the age groups.
People over fifty felt that it was well
time to completely abandon the idea of space travel. Fresh in their
minds were the shortcomings of the failed American space program
NASA, which was disband in the mid-twenty-second century after
decades of political struggle to keep the disillusioned program
alive. They ruffled feathers with outcries of wasted money that
could better be spent on Earth's problems, but by this point the
majority of space exploration was funded by private corporations
seeking new bases of operations, new sources of income to expand
their empires. Mass boycotts were called for but never had the
backing to send a clear message to powerful CEOs.
People between thirty-fifty still held
out hopes for finding something useful on new planets, but they no
longer clutched to the old fairytales. The generation in charge of
the top economic companies, they knew the potential of what could be
found. They scrambled to gain favor in their respective countries,
to get government backing – and funding – to lay claim on
undiscovered planets. Development was not the interest of the
corporations, it was an era of a mad dash to shove a stake into the
ground and let fly the banner of their country colors and patterns.
With each claim came permission to move further out, and soon all
easily accessed planets were owned by someone, somewhere. The limits
of technology prevented the current ships from going further, so
companies began claiming anything they could find, even asteroids so
small they could not support a minimal, basic colony.
The young adults were the ones possibly
most effected by the new discoveries. The Earth was overcrowded,
there was not enough farm land left to feed the population. Even
with eco-buildings, roof top gardens, hydro-gardens in every kitchen
and bathroom, better methods of squeezing the maximum amount of
nutrients out of the smallest amounts of food, one fourth of the
world's countries were starving and their governments could not
afford to ship food in from other places. To avoid bankruptcy, they
began trading their space-held lands. Those that had nothing left to
give were enveloped by larger, richer societies. Those that never
had money or technology to reach out to the stars simply vanished,
their memory left to old history books. In many places, even the
richest economies, electricity became a privilege that a goodly
number could not afford. Water was always a concern, but people
trusted in advanced recycling systems that filtered rain water and
used water from bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers, clothes washers.
Gasoline prices soared to unbearable levels, forcing an influx of
people to inner city areas to be closer to their places of
employment. Spaces became cramped, single family households taking
in two, three, sometimes four family groups in order to make ends
meet. Living in close quarters caused a sharp rise in depression,
anxiety, crime, intolerance, discontent.
The first collapse happened in France.
Growing unhappy with the situation, the people demanded changes.
Tired of false promises, they began using violent methods to send
messages to their leaders. Tired of being ignored, they took up arms
and went after their leaders, forcing a complete overhaul of
everything. Money was extracted from all areas, most heavily from
the military. Left almost completely defenseless, the corporations
profiting from off-planet holdings stepped in with offers of loans
and grants, all in exchange for more power over decisions. The
military was completely privatized, the defense of the country
boundaries left up to whichever company had the most to lose. Other
European countries began to follow the same model in an effort to
avoid collapse. China and America held out as long as possible, but
even these megaliths of economy and consumerism saw cracks in their
resources and were forced to come up with new models of their own in
an attempt to stay afloat in a sinking world.
At first the corruption was easy to
overlook. One or two individuals who were caught accepting brides to
change their votes in favor of larger companies, a few public slaps
on the wrists, followed by the latest celebrity news. It was easy to
ignore and deny the underlying spread of the money trails. As long
as one person was the face of the problem, the general public tended
to ignore the other issues going on. Politicians were bought and
sold daily to the highest bidder, laws and regulations on trade, both
Earth-bound and off-world were relaxed, taxes were virtually removed
from shipping operations if the company paid a large enough fee. The
military went virtually unchecked in their heavy handed imposing of
laws on private citizens. Any crime could be overlooked for the
right price, and any punishment could be enacted against someone else
by simply paying a large enough bribe to the right party.
Russia was the first to explore the
idea of off-world colonization, sending scientists to three of their
holdings in an effort to build a sustainable colony. The first
attempts on all three failed, but after twenty-five years one found a
way to succeed. Living in pressurized environments, not trying to
force changes on wasted planets, they were able to harvest new crops,
preserve them, and send them back to Earth. Seeing that there was a
successful way to make their otherwise useless holdings work for
them, world governments began an aggressive recruiting program,
offering stipends to anyone willing to leave Earth and colonize a new
planet. It was the youngest generation that jumped at the
opportunity. Many were hopeful at the idea of establishing new
societies far away from the corruption running rampant in every
country on Earth. The general size of a colony was at first two
hundred, but many swelled up to harbor more than one thousand
settlers as more people sought freedom from the oppression of their
The Koreans were the first to start
mining operations at a small outpost when a large deposit was found.
Not wanting to be left behind, other settlements quickly followed the
example, and soon weekly shipments of food and ores were being sent
back home to Earth. It did not take long for powerful, greedy people
to realize how to maximize their profits and keep them from others.
Piracy became a lucrative business. Corporations were built with
that singular purpose in mind, often secretly funded by other
companies. They would intercept shipments, steal the cargo from
rival colonies, sell the goods to the highest bidder or keep them for
their own purposes. Several attempts were made to police the thefts,
but when the funding to prosecute thieves comes directly from the
thieve themselves, witnesses and evidence have a quick way of getting
“lost”. Working on a planet-side colony is still relatively
safe, but being part of a ships' crew is taking a huge risk.
Aside from building sustainable
off-world colonies and space-faring ships, technology has not changed
much from the days of the early twenty-first century.
Ships fuels are being better refined
and the engines are being better built so they can carry settlers
further into the unknown reaches and allow for a new era of
planet-grabs. The change now is that some colonies are able to fund
their own exploration and build non-corporate or -government
sponsored settlements where they are free to make their own rules.
As the technology improves it becomes more accessible, and other
types of corporations, such as charities and churches and even
individuals, are forming their own settlements, setting up new
governments and nations far from the clutches of Earth's corruption
and greed, harboring a new type of hope in many disillusioned with
Such concepts as beams that can be used
to move objects are not possible, and laser technology is something
that is still in the infancy of development. Terms such as 'warp
speed' and 'hyperdrive' are still the legends of science-fiction
stories. Ships are mostly powered by a combination of nuclear fusion
and solar power, with some experimental ships testing engines that
achieve light sped travel with the assistance of gravitational pull
from celestial bodies. There are no energy bubbles to protect a ship
from attack, they use heavy plated armor and hire escorts in an
effort to remain safe. As for offensive capabilities, many ships use
self-propelled explosive torpedoes or magnetic-propelled ammunition.
The most advanced technology you will
find on any ship is the cryo-pod, or deep sleep chamber, allowing
members of the crew to remain in a suspended state while the ship
makes weeks or months long voyages with either an automated
navigation system or minimal crew.
Weapons consist of normal Earth fare,
including such archaic things as swords and axes, but most people
rely on powder explosive guns. While ammunition is more powerful and
carrying capacity has improved, they still use bullet ammunition.
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