One thing I've noticed is the avid tenacity of GM's on this site is its different interpretations of the setting and the antagonists. My questions, for the sheer morbid curiosity I have is. How do you interpret the Exsurgent virus and the TITANs in your game? AND What is the main thematic of your game (action, horror, etc.)? I myself have this view. The EX virus is a sentient being in and of itself that relentlessly seeks to force evolve any semi-advanced species it comes across and send back current and resulting data to some unknown location. Though not hostile, the effects of such rapid evolution on both a technological and biological level have done more harm than good in many cases. Entire civilizations have crumbled and entire species have become extinct simply coming into contact with the EX virus before it can run its' full course. As a virus that is exactly what it is designed to do, infect, force evolve, and dissipate. At this point, Transhumanity is in the center of the infection timeline, the virus has gone into a state of slight remission as many of its evolutionary tags attempt to eke out existence or assert itself back into the fold. Arguably this is more difficulty said than done as the Exsurgents and TITANs are a very real threat. Not because of the EX virus itself, but because, as a platform for the virus, Transhumanity and its technological/biological creations aren't of a proper format to peaceably assimilate and pass the virus as it was intended. Mutations, mental derangement, cognitive/logical decay are all results of the virus attempt thus far. However, there are more drastic effects to be felt, for example the Watts-McLeod strain. Though not necessarily a separate strain of the EX virus, this deviation of the forced evolutionary attempt has yielded excellent results in bringing Transhumanity from its' present state of primitiveness. More advanced Exsurgents are far more capable with this strain and have come to understand the EX virus true nature, which makes them look insane as they attempt to assert this level of infection on the rest of Transhumanity. My main focus for my campaign arc is intrigue. I tie in a great deal with the esoteric dealings of secret organizations and their more illusive hyper-masters. So far, fun game. How about all of you?
—"And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes. And slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us."