Started by Judd, March 31, 2010, 02:52:37 PM
QuoteXeno-tech Demons in a Science Fiction Solar SystemTowards the end of the 22nd century, the solar system is rapidly becoming colonized by nation-states, corporate entities and refugees from earth. Probes have been sent into the void beyond Pluto and Charon; data is transmitted from the deep black. Some settlers have even found xenological remnants in the solar system itself, evidence that something had bathed in the light of sol before us. Something else is out there.Human space travel is slow and tedious. When one travels to another planet, it is akin to someone in the 16th century venturing to the New World via wind and sea. Even using gravity to sling-shot a ship at speeds thought impossible a century earlier, it is still a harrowing 5 month space journey from Earth to Pluto.Sorcerers are people who will change the course of human history; they have uncovered a piece of alien technology and are seeking to make sense of it. This xeno-tech artifact is their Demon. Demons are pieces of alien-tech, be it a suit of some kind of armor, a psychological process for training alien brains or a ship from beyond Charon. There is nothing magical about them, though they are fell and they do not belong here.When Humanity hits 0, your character becomes a cautionary tale, their technology overcoming them. Even worse, their Demon goes out to affect the world in a terrible way, decided by the GM. If the player's Humanity hits 10, they become a paragon, transcending their human shell. Their tech (or their ideas go on to change the world if they have no Demons) goes on to revolutionize the human worlds and make it a better place in a way decided by the player.Humanity is empathy with other beings.And I realized my own face was soaked in tears, my eyes filled with them. I could feel the weeping in my swollen throat, the same ache that the songspires had reflected back, not from the ship, I knew suddenly, but from her millennia-departed crew. The knife running through me was the grief of the Martians, an alien pain stored here in ways that made no sense outside folktales around a campfire out on Mitcham's Point, a frozen unhuman hurt in my chest and the pit of my stomach that would not be dismissed, and not-quite-tuned note in my ears that I knew when it got here would crack me like a raw egg.- Broken Angels, Richard K. Morgan
Quote from: Judd on March 31, 2010, 02:52:37 PMI could tell that after making our characters that we were all a bit cooked, so they wrote down vague names and places on the back of their character sheet (that holiest and most under-rated of Sorcerer prep spots) and we went back and forth a bit over e-mail, which helped to flesh it all out.I liked that process of e-mailing back and forth, it helped bring out the people and places on the back of the sheet and allowed us all to marinate on things for a while.
QuoteBasanti Pathak - young scavengerLi Fai - saloon owner that is front for underground medical officeCactus Smith - bitter brother of dead patientZhang Park and Zhang Mei - disappointed parentsZhao Qi - sisterRahul Sharma - medical teacherForever Johnson - colleague and rival
QuoteDemon Mentor (internet friend)Online/Forum CommunitySpouse Name:CEO Victoria HsuJunior Lab Researcher Name:Office w/mini-studio ApartmentPersonally Supervised Lab PDA type thing, always onName of town near crash site:
QuoteDemon Mentor (internet friend)Could this maybe be an alien cultist who you talked to online, maybe someone who helped you with your first days of being bound to your demon?Online/Forum CommunityWhat kind of forum? Tracking alien artifacts? Something about uncovering information?Spouse Name:Was an arranged marriage, maybe by the corporation or your family? Was it twue wuv?CEO Victoria HsuI like her already. Not sure why but I do.Junior Lab Researcher Name:Do they look up to you as a mentor?Office w/mini-studio ApartmentI like what it says about the corporate culture that you have an apartment attached to your office.Lab (personally super-used)She's a lab-rat. Nice. PDA type thing, always onIs it a hologram all around you or something more like the PDA's as we know it?Name of town near crash site:I will look up some Martian geography and suggest some good names if ya want.
Quote from: Bret Gillan on April 16, 2010, 01:34:20 PMBy the end of this session, I was reluctant to let it end. Having Rong interacting with Vera was cool, and being introduced to this huge research complex full of things for him to examine and form theories about and come up with ideas for new creations will be great. I felt like there was a lot of "okay, now what do you do?" and I needed more in the setting for him to interact with and react to since I was floundering at points.
Quote from: Bret Gillan on April 16, 2010, 01:34:20 PMThe demon summoning wasn't a big deal. I mean, yeah it ended up being a dead end but whatever, I failed the roll and he still had a choice. I think what turned it from an "Oh, crap," choice into a dead end wasn't just the fact that it was a destroyer, but it was both a destroyer AND it did not have the ability that Rong had summoned it for in the first place. If it had been a destroyer and still had what Rong needed, it would have left Rong with a much more difficult decision.
Quote"Resolving the Kicker" does not mean merely dusting it up with whatever immediate threat hopped into the character's field of vision.Ninjas attack! I escape out the window.My dog dies mysteriously! I bury him.My wife has returned from the dead! I get her to sign the divorce papers (finally) and walk out the door.All of these conduct a conflict with the most immediate elements of the Kicker. None of them resolve it, as far as I'm concerned.
Quote from: Bret Gillan on April 21, 2010, 03:44:04 PMHe knew that Copy was putting together an apparatus to contact the aliens, he knew that was a bad idea, so he stopped Copy.