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Homebrew faction and habitat (Open for use)
((My apologies ahead of time if this is the wrong place to post this.)) So, when I first started reading about the game, I got this crazy idea of the brony fandom surviving the Fall and pooling their resources (as we are naturally wont to do) and finally attaining the dream of living in Equestria. This homebrew habitat is my version of that. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Brony Herd Posted by: Fleur De Lis Firewall Proxy Moving to this wonderful home was probably the best decision of my life! . . . And I was on Earth during the Fall so I've had plenty of time to make decisions, both good and bad. The brony fandom survived the Fall the same way most of transhuman cultural niches did, by the skin of their teeth. The entire show, all six(!) seasons, survived for viewing pleasure, but most of the fan art was lost. Even now, scavengers and relic hunters bring back volumes of Fallout: Equestria from Earth. A situation almost uncannily fitting, wouldn't you say? We were scattered, weakened, and in the wake of the Fall, it seemed many just wanted to get lost in something bright and innocent. However, unlike the first time the fandom swelled, it did not produce waves of artists and musicians filled with passion, but sloven malcontents unable to cope with reality and seeing Equestria as a refuge. In short, we had become the stereotype others thought of us as before the Fall. That was until two bronies came up with a novel notion. To create . . . Equestria. Origins of our new home: In 4-AF, Jeremy Amble, a habitat engineer for Starware, was watching MLP episode vids with Stella, an AGI friend of his and independent researcher operating out of Glitch. Stella, who only had recently joined the fandom asked Jeremy if he would like to live in Equestria. "EVERY brony has wanted to go there at least once!" He laughed. "So . . . why don't we?" Stella simply retorted. That set off a spark in Jeremy's mind that soon became a wildfire. The two began brainstorming ideas on the various hows and whos. Until finally Jeremy had a feasible and tasteful design for the habitat itself, while Stella had a plan of infrastructure implementation. Later, at that year's Bronycon held in Nova York, the two officially announced their plans to create Equestria to massive applause and excitement. After that, it seemed like every brony from Mars to Neptune was donating money and volunteering for the massive project. By 6-AF, "The Harmony Initiative" had selected an asteroid and planted a transgenic seed deep within it's core, the Tree of Harmony took root. By 10-AF, Equestria is burgeoning and thriving habitat. Politics: While Jeremy was the architect of Equestria, Stella was the prodigal "founder" of it. She pushed herself further into her research in informorph augmentations, seeing it as her best way to serve the show and fandom she came to love. After augmenting her observational, thinking, and other functions to staggering levels, Stella sleeved the stations' cyberbrain. In addition, she also has a custom bio morph with a puppet sock installed for her to regularly fork into. Stella has assumed the identity of Princess Celestia in form and function. Most settlements in Equestria have their own form of local government. Ranging from cyberdemocracy, to nova-aristocracy, to anarchy; usually running their own affairs according to the whims of their citizens. However, in times of crisis, Princess Celestia holds absolute authority and most show appropriate royal/divine deference to her out of common courtesy (and no small amount of gratitude.) Residency: After it's official christening, several invitations were sent to once prominent big name bronies to live here. Even with an OC custom morph to sleeve into. This policy has been open ended it seems. Bronies who make a splash across the Mesh and continue to garner renown on /b/-net are likewise sent invitations. Thus, full Equestrian residency and citizenship is seen as a form of considerable status amongst the fandom. Pony morphs and morph policy: Through experimental exowomb tech, developed by Princess Celestia herself, custom pods are available in staggering numbers for incoming residents and guests. "Pony pods" were developed in part by bronies who were trained by and worked for Skinthetic. There were several challenges in getting them to be as faithful and show accurate as possible while still being viable to live as. In the end, they managed to come up with a granular jamming mechanism that allowed the hooves to roughly "grip" objects while still functioning as proper hooves. Earth ponies were given heavier skeletal structures and chemical processors that allowed greater endurance. Pegasi, have lighter skeletons, grip pads on their hooves for sticking to surfaces, and would compensate for their relatively small wings with the lighter gravity of Equestria. Unicorns have cranial layouts similar to a menton, granting enhanced mental capacities in addition to their horn giving them specialized access to AR, the Mesh, nano-machines, and other highly technical devices. However, considered their greatest achievement was embedding a highly modified and complex version of a nanotat that mimicked the function of a cutie-mark! The computer in the tat reads the ego's brain layout and runs through an exhaustive series of tests regarding when the ego felt euphoric highs. Between skills they take pride in, emotions felt, and personal history, the computer then tells the nanotat to become an image that marks that pony's destiny. Now, of course, the nanotat can be later altered to change into whatever the pony wishes it to be, but this is usually treated as being a little ingenue and outright showing off at the far end. Nopony minds if you change it from a raincloud by adding a thunderbolt, but the more elaborate or garish it becomes, the more eyebrows you'll raise. Although it's not illegal to sleeve into a humanoid morph in Equestria, it is seen as something of a faux pas by many. Most will AR tag you as a HiE (Human in Equestria.) Brony Factions: -The Manestream The "face" of the fandom and largely the dominant power. AR demos constantly stream new examples of fan art, there are live plays of episodes and fanfics, and concerts for brony musicians are some of the most attended events in the habitat. The more social bronies often don't live in Equestria proper, at least most of the time. Rather they live as informal missionaries, going about their lives normally, not forcing their bronyhood on others but still being brazenly open with it. The Manestream bronies are often very patriotic, loving the fandom wholeheartedly and wishing to see it grow bigger and more prosperous through their efforts. This faction wishes to celebrate what the show has inspired within themselves and each other. Most of these bronies are some form of Extropian, wanting to celebrate unfettered individual achievement and self-expression. -The Herd These bronies, on the other hoof, don't want any of the art or music. They may enjoy it in private, but in their day to day activities, they largely want to forget that the "fandom" exists. They're bronies for sure, but they're desire is to become completely subsumed into the faithful recreations of beloved Equestria. They cut back on referencing materials and memes from outside Equestria, and even have most of their AR filters toned back to the most basic displays to help keep the atmosphere of the show in place. This sub-faction attracts an odd mix of collective anarchists and isolationist brinkers, united by both the importance of community over selfish gain and their determination to stave off outside influence. -Exiles These bronies are the outcasts, the ones who don't live up to the simple but paramount virtues of basic respect and open mindedness. As such, most of them throw out any form respect to the fandom in regards to their morph choice. Dragons, griffons, diamond dogs, and proto-alicorns galore in this lot! (Even experimental flexbot Changelings and Timberwolves.) They may still self-identify as fans of the show and may or may not be actively hostile to the rest of us, but almost all are already irritable and unpleasant enough for it to not make much of a difference. Exhuman and criminal bronies flock to their ranks, relishing in the alien, intimidating, and powerful forms of the more predatory creatures in MLP lore. Luckily, they are very informal and just as often, hostile to each other. So they are much less of a threat than they would seem. -The Conversion Bureau Also known as the PER (Ponification for Earth's Rebirth), these bronies are few in number, but great in vision. However, this does not bode well for the fandom or anypony else. Inspired by a HIGHLY divisive fanfiction mythos, the Conversion Bureau sees all of transhummanity as savage, and destructive to itself and everything around it; citing the Fall and the loss of Earth as it's primary examples. They offer tours and work at embassies across many habitats as a sort of peaceful front and are almost evangelical in their praise of Equestria's ways. However, behind closed doors, they operate in ways similar (and may even have connections to) the Nine Lives Cartel. They are involved with forknapping, forced resleeving, and even involuntary, extensive psychosurgery. "All for their own good, of course!" One would defend with a completely straight faced smile. Bronies view of others: Because bronies count their numbers across almost all factions, most of the following attitudes should be taken with a grain of salt. Overall, bronies believe because we share a common passion in spite of stark ideological difference, that we all can still agree in some common principles. The Autonomist Alliance- With their emphasis on independence and non judgmental lifestyles, most bronies come from the Alliance factions. Most of the divisions within come from bringing their preferred levels of regulation and surveillance with them to Equestria. The Planetary Consortium- Given the fandom's . . . somewhat difficult history of Hasbro cracking down on their activities, of which most bronies argued may as well have been free advertising for them, one would think Equestria's stance on the Consortium being a bit more hostile. Alas, Hasbro itself is long gone, and MLP is public domain now. Some bronies have even gotten jobs at Experia and other entertainment hypercorps. from examples of their pony fan vids. So most bronies just treat the Consortium with a sense of cool caution. The Barsoomiam Movement- While most bronies would not argue against asserting one's independence, most WOULD argue against the violent approach they are taking to attain it. (Openly at least.) The Jovian Republic- If there is any faction that the Brony fandom is outright hostile to, it's the Jovian Junta. That is, the reigning authority presiding over it's people in the name of traditions that only inspire fear and hatred of anything that's different, us included. More than a few bronies are in the Jovian Republic and have managed to eke out a small existence in the form of art released unto the mesh by hidden ectos or meetups in basements and far off corners. Many bronies in Equestria have actually taken it upon themselves to spirit these oppressed brothers out of the Junta and into the loving hooves of Equestria as both a service to them as well as a way to undermine the regime. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Name: Equestria Station Type: Unique - Dyson Tree ("Wagon Wheel" variant) Allegiance: Independent Primary languages: English, German, Japanese Population: 800,000 Design: From space, Equestria resembles a colossal star symbol. The center base is roughly spherical, and genetically colored a bright yellow. It served as the foundation from which the tree initially grew from the asteroid. Several tree trunks extend from the base, colored various shades of orange and each curving or widening to form the "sun rays." The canopy of their branches all purposefully grew into a solid ring, the frozen foliage giving it a magnificent glisten. The whole habitat seeming like a pendent hung from the necklace of the Main Belt. The ring is where most of the residents live, the habitat is spun to create Luna level gravity. While the trunks are specialized areas, usually reserved for atmospheric maintenance. The closer one gets to the center, the lighter the gravity and thicker the foliage becomes. This area is seen as hazardous and usually avoided by most; and by "usually" I mean, "everpony who wants to re-enact the pilot episode has tried this and had to resleeve from being eaten." Settlements: -Ponyville Ahhhhh! Ponyville! That quaint little hamlet of a town. Primary setting of the series and a peaceful, homely place . . . if you can ignore the tent city just outside. Yeah, many (as in thousands) of bronies were shocked to discover that they weren't the only ones who wanted to live in Ponyville. You think they would have seen that coming. Because Ponyville was built to be faithful to it's depiction in the show, the small town quickly ran out of living space. The gathered herd didn't want to move on however, so they passed around a couple of fabbers and set up a crude satellite community. Mayor Mare has offered to expand Ponyville, but the bronies themselves have boycotted the action. The Manestream taking great pride in their independent neighborhood, and the Herd not wanting to change the loyally created shire. This has, somewhat ironically, caused a small degree of tension between the background AI ponies and the immigrant brony population. Luckily one kind-hearted, wall-eyed mare always seems to be around to smooth things over with some whimsical charm and a hot plate of muffins. Notably, the Mane Six themselves, actually live here! AGI life, created and living their formative time via XP casts of the entire series' run, they were sleeved into IP protected ponymorphs with custom augmentations. In all aspects that matter, they are Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Twilight Sparkle. -Canterlot My humble abode! I'll try not to sound biased. Canterlot is the capital of Equestria and the seat of Princess Celestia's power. Many hyper and micro, corps actually conduct business out of the city, making it a place of wealth and commerce. Princess Celestia allows all to conduct business in the capital as long as they, "Play nice!" She said with a light chuckle and a smile. Bronies may have known how loaded those words were when the Princess spoke them, but it only took a few dirty tricks to make it clear to all, that this "oversized girl's toy" was considered a goddess in the source material for a reason . . . . Most bronies who live here are of the Manestream variety, but the bigger population is actually the temporary residents. Because of it's stunning views and many sites dedicated to both brony and "native" art, it's a great tourist destination. Fun fact, one of the gift shops best selling toys is a self repairing Prince Blueblood plushy. No matter how much you abuse it, it will always be fabricator fresh again in seconds! Little fillies and colts have been known to play with them in the courtyard outside the palace. -Manehatten The most metropolitan settlement in Equestria, the lion's share of the physical population lives here. Because of it's sparse depiction in canon, and multiple fan interpretations, almost the entire fandom exist alongside each other. The atmosphere of friendly camaraderie is so pervasive, Manehatten is the new site where Bronycon is held annually. -Appleloosa Or AAAAAAPLELOOOOSA! As some may call it out there. Appleloosa is a settler town in a (purposefully) dry and hot dessert. The population mainly consisting of earth ponies and new beginnings being a circulated meme, Appleloosa actually has the largest population of residents from outside the fandom. Not really following the core culture but admiring their positive and ever loving lifestyle, they come out here to simply forget the universe at large and live lives of quiet and contemplative contentment. On the other hoof, it's also home to a group of highly hostile primitivists. Largely consisting of fundamentally traditional tribal communities from Native America (Apache and Comanche), Aboriginal, and Zulu; these resentful wanderers have sleeved into buffalo morphs and now roam the plains, trying to recapture their old ways. The Thunderhoof tribe have allied with Appleloosa and promised to protect them, but it's only so much they can do against an enemy who views the town as a painful reminder of everything that destroyed both their ancestors and their home planet. -Cloudsdale The primary atmospheric managing hub for the entire habitat. Massive machines monitor both the internal oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle as well as that of the gargantuan tree keeping us all alive. They also provide water for irrigation and scheduled rain through a rather ingenious method of technology and art. In the show, the pegasi moved the clouds and coaxed them to release rain water. Here, Cloudsdale takes water from the tree and fills smart material sacks with it. Swarms of nanomachines, each filled with lighter than air gas, buoy the bladder up, creating an artificial "rain cloud." Pegasi have specialized EMF implants in their hooves that cause the nanomachines to group together into a semi solid state upon contact, allowing them to stand on and manipulate the clouds. The nanomachines would just flow around all other matter. Most of the work here can be done by A.I. but a surprising amount of bronies volunteer to work the machinery and create the weather patterns. Even going so far as to unionize and live their as a represented community. Not that living in the clouds with the freedom of flight always available doesn't have it's charms, as anyone who's lived on Venus can tell you. In fact, the actual architecture of Cloudsdale is beautiful enough to rival Canterlot, with it's Greco-Roman almost Olympian look. As such, many Venusian bronies actually have vacation homes here, especially around the time of the Young Fliers Competition. Indeed, physical prowess is highly prized in Cloudsdale. When heavy machinery isn't being operated, it's all races and extreme stunts. Oddly, this has attracted a few Ultimates that are also bronies! -Los Pegasus Closer to the ring and with "space elevators" made from cultivated vines, Los Pegasus is another microgravity pegasus city, but with a bit more visitation. The brochures will tell you it's for the gambling and restaurants, which is partially true, but it's mostly for clopping. Yes, not outside the Carnival of the Goat will you find a place to satisfy your every carnal desire. Everything from pony pleasure pods of canon characters, to simulspaces of your favorite clopfics, to biotechnological . . . tentacles . . . Sweet Celestia, what has been seen will never be UN-seen! Naturally, this attracts more than a few Scum from the aforementioned fleet when it roams our way, but all kinds have visited here at least once. -The Everfree Forest The core of the habitat. Because the settlement of Equestria was planned to happen further out on the trunks and rim, only the most basic of monitoring settlements were ever built here. Now they are abandoned and overrun by foliage. The giant transgenic roots of the tree grow in wild configurations in this zero-g environment. Mockeries of biological life roam freely amongst the dark caves and vines. Apart from the previously mentioned Exiles, only the most determinedly individualistic brinkers make their home here. It's difficult, but it can be done. However, if one can steady their heart, they may find an ally . . . in the dark.
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Nysamu Nysamu's picture
This is pretty cool.
I like the level of detail you've put into the habitat and faction.
AGI are people, too.
thebluespectre thebluespectre's picture
This is the future...
If current trends continue into the future (which they don't often do, but it can happen), then indeed this one cartoon will continue to be revived and recast every century or so. I'm absolutely certain that there would be at least one future "Generation" that is looked upon by the other fans with disgust and shunned… at least until the one defending it breaks out into song. I'd imagine those custom biomorphs are Pods? Such a niche product would be very expensive to produce in large quantities, especially if we're trying to get a transhuman-compatible brain inside the body of a small animal. ONE true biomorph of this type would be the labor of years and possibly the focus of a campaign. I have the feeling that pretty much every bioconservatist would be offended by this habitat- not because the transhumans are resleeving, but because they are decadent. There are impoverished transhumans on Luna who face discrimination for being forced to live in a Case, while this new habitat spends tens of thousands of credits per person just on a basic morph. This is not to say they are immoral- the Consortium's credits system is a joke propped up by old rich folk anyways- but there WILL be protesters demanding that the habitat cut back on its resource consumption. Also, is it bad that I'm imagining one of those ponies infected by the Exurgence in "Mind the WMD"? I'm not opposed to the inclusion of da ponies in Eclipse Phase at all- one of my players requested his Partner be an AGI who identifies as one, and I wasn't going to say no to anything I find that amusing- just remember that there's a whole solar system outside Equestria.
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Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Appreciation
Thank you very much. Yeah, once I got started, ideas just kept coming in. Pretty soon, it wasn't just a habitat idea.
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Practicalities
I knew someone would say something about the practicalities, especially with morphs. I'm afraid I don't quite grasp the intracacies of how grand logistics like that would operate. I just did my best, but as prefaced, the habitat and faction are free to be tampered with or corrected on things I may have misrepresented.
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Leodiensian Leodiensian's picture
My main criticism here is
My main criticism here is that it seems like it's a bit too "big" to be quite plausible in-setting. Like, having this weird subset of transhumanity go off and be ponies using biosculpting and modelling their lives after ancient pre-Fall media? Yeah, that works in EP as something weird that people would do but it also strikes me as more believable as, say, a single Scum barge that is part of a larger Swarm, or a small brinker hab out towards the Rim where the other oddballs and kooks go. Basically, I think it would be more plausible as a population of a couple thousand total, not a significant hab of nearly a million on-station population (which is a significant amount of the population post-Fall) plus significant off-site presence and political clout.
bibliophile20 bibliophile20's picture
I have to agree with
I have to agree with Leodiensian; this faction is way too big as written. 800,000 egos just on the habitat (and presumably considerably more off the habitat, in the form of the ambassador branch) is in the neighborhood of 0.2% of the total transhuman population. That makes this faction larger than some of the core factions (such as the scum). Now, this being an RPing scum barge and the results of a bunch of scum genehackers getting creative? That I could buy. But a million-plus? For a television show that's over a century old, and facing who knows how much competition? Yes, there will be the inevitable revivals and reboots, but who is to say that those reboots will enjoy the quality of writing that is so attractive to the modern fandom? So, a small scum barge (maybe with about 8,000 hardcore fans, willing to sleeve in a pod-pony), I could see, and would be very entertaining (Firewall Sentinel: "You want us to sleeve into what!?"). But a habitat that, proportionately, has in the neighborhood of nearly 5-10% of the total population of the Belt (more than Nova York, Pallas, and Starwell put together)? That I can't see as being realistic.

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Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
First try
Leodiensian wrote:
My main criticism here is that it seems like it's a bit too "big" to be quite plausible in-setting. Like, having this weird subset of transhumanity go off and be ponies using biosculpting and modelling their lives after ancient pre-Fall media? Yeah, that works in EP as something weird that people would do but it also strikes me as more believable as, say, a single Scum barge that is part of a larger Swarm, or a small brinker hab out towards the Rim where the other oddballs and kooks go. Basically, I think it would be more plausible as a population of a couple thousand total, not a significant hab of nearly a million on-station population (which is a significant amount of the population post-Fall) plus significant off-site presence and political clout.
This was my first attempt at creating something for the setting, I knew I wasn't going to get some of the finer details right going in, especially in regards to population projection. This was meant to be a sort of assist to bronies who play the game and might want to incorporate it somehow into their play. As stated, details can be changed, removed, or expanded upon as players see fit. If it's "too big" for your game, by all means, put it on a Scum barge. This was just something that kind of took off as I typed it up. XD
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Change it then
bibliophile20 wrote:
I have to agree with Leodiensian; this faction is way too big as written. 800,000 egos just on the habitat (and presumably considerably more off the habitat, in the form of the ambassador branch) is in the neighborhood of 0.2% of the total transhuman population. That makes this faction larger than some of the core factions (such as the scum). Now, this being an RPing scum barge and the results of a bunch of scum genehackers getting creative? That I could buy. But a million-plus? For a television show that's over a century old, and facing who knows how much competition? Yes, there will be the inevitable revivals and reboots, but who is to say that those reboots will enjoy the quality of writing that is so attractive to the modern fandom? So, a small scum barge (maybe with about 8,000 hardcore fans, willing to sleeve in a pod-pony), I could see, and would be very entertaining (Firewall Sentinel: "You want us to sleeve into what!?"). But a habitat that, proportionately, has in the neighborhood of nearly 5-10% of the total population of the Belt (more than Nova York, Pallas, and Starwell put together)? That I can't see as being realistic.
And as said in response the first time, you can go right ahead and do just that, or choose not to include it at all. Isn't that the fun of these games after all? To think of crazy social and personal experimentation and take it to levels beyond the stars by the means available? :) I just had fun trying to think of all the technologies that would make this work.
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Actual praise?
Nysamu wrote:
I like the level of detail you've put into the habitat and faction.
Not to insult those offering constructive criticism, but it is nice just to get a pat on the back for my effort. Thank you very much. Brohoof? /)
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Just a small part
thebluespectre wrote:
If current trends continue into the future (which they don't often do, but it can happen), then indeed this one cartoon will continue to be revived and recast every century or so. I'm absolutely certain that there would be at least one future "Generation" that is looked upon by the other fans with disgust and shunned… at least until the one defending it breaks out into song. I'd imagine those custom biomorphs are Pods? Such a niche product would be very expensive to produce in large quantities, especially if we're trying to get a transhuman-compatible brain inside the body of a small animal. ONE true biomorph of this type would be the labor of years and possibly the focus of a campaign. I have the feeling that pretty much every bioconservatist would be offended by this habitat- not because the transhumans are resleeving, but because they are decadent. There are impoverished transhumans on Luna who face discrimination for being forced to live in a Case, while this new habitat spends tens of thousands of credits per person just on a basic morph. This is not to say they are immoral- the Consortium's credits system is a joke propped up by old rich folk anyways- but there WILL be protesters demanding that the habitat cut back on its resource consumption. Also, is it bad that I'm imagining one of those ponies infected by the Exurgence in "Mind the WMD"? I'm not opposed to the inclusion of da ponies in Eclipse Phase at all- one of my players requested his Partner be an AGI who identifies as one, and I wasn't going to say no to anything I find that amusing- just remember that there's a whole solar system outside Equestria.
Oh I know, I never wanted to presume that this would be the only available setting in homebrew games that feature it, just that it's there. Some bronies such as myself consider it to be a big part of our indentity. If I had the money/cred/resources to create and sleeve into a morph that resembled my ponysona you see there in my avatar box, you bet your stack I would! I just thought that many people would carry their passions to the stars and delve into them even more after the Fall. How many Trekkies do you think have done simulspace adventures on the Enterprise?
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Songtress Songtress's picture
GReat Job Steel Accord! Just
GReat Job Steel Accord! Just an amazing job, could I hangout with you and hammer out a few more cool 'cultural Habitat play spaces?'
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Are you kidding?
Songtress wrote:
GReat Job Steel Accord! Just an amazing job, could I hangout with you and hammer out a few more cool 'cultural Habitat play spaces?'
I would be honored to brains storm some new ideas for habitats, factions, and such! Is there a private messaging function or some such feature on this site?
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
Songtress Songtress's picture
PM Sent!
PM Sent!
jasonbrisbane jasonbrisbane's picture
I like..
I Like the idea that you've put a lot of thought into your world. But in mine... Never Gonna Happen!
Regards, Jason Brisbane
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Okaaaaay
jasonbrisbane wrote:
I Like the idea that you've put a lot of thought into your world. But in mine... Never Gonna Happen!
It doesn't have to. Isn't that the point of Homebrew ideas, take them or leave them?
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
The Doctor The Doctor's picture
I get the strong impression
I get the strong impression that one of my players is going to want to see me run a game or two set here. Good work. Very detailed writeup of the setting, political factions, and society. I am not sure that I would run Celestia as a maybe-seed AI but to each their own. One thing I would be curious to see is a writeup of the pony looms to get a sense for how morphs are grown or fabbed on site (or are they shipped in from elsewhere?) I love how you made Equestria a Dyson Tree.
Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Thank you
The Doctor wrote:
I get the strong impression that one of my players is going to want to see me run a game or two set here. Good work. Very detailed writeup of the setting, political factions, and society. I am not sure that I would run Celestia as a maybe-seed AI but to each their own. One thing I would be curious to see is a writeup of the pony looms to get a sense for how morphs are grown or fabbed on site (or are they shipped in from elsewhere?) I love how you made Equestria a Dyson Tree.
It's nice to here my efforts are appreciated. :) Yeah even I admit Celestia being near Seed A.I. level is a risky choice, but I was trying to create something as close to Equestria proper that EP's setting rules allowed. Seeing as Celestia is a deific figure and canonically one of, if not the most, powerful beings in Equestria, I thought a Seed A.I. would capture that well. Keep in mind, she started as just a regular AGI and I never said she WAS a Seed, just rumored to be close to one. As for how the morphs are created, I kind of left that one purposefully vague. It's up for interpretation as to how you want to play it. Personally, I would rather Equestria was completely self-sufficient, but if you want to have the morphs shipped from elsewhere, that's fine to. Again, all of the above is just a basic outline. Feel free to change or omit parts you wish to. I only have one condition, and that's that you send me some feedback of what you did and what your players thought. :) (Yeah the Dyson Tree just seemed to make the most sense. I had to change a little of it's concept, but I like the way it turned out.)
Your passion is power. Focus it. Your body is a tool. Hone it. Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!
thezombiekat thezombiekat's picture
if you want to give Celestia
if you want to give Celestia a near deific level of intelligence without risking seed AI retribution consider this. start as an info morf in one of the better idalons with max speed and mental speed, take the panopticon info morph add on allowing here to keep track of information from multiple angles and locations. run this on a custom server that enhances the effectiveness of panopticon, finally sleeve a fork of Celestia into the station cyberbrain and regularly merge there experiences. that should give all the semi deific knowledge powers you need, any physical powers will need to be incorporated into the morph, other bots or the environment (i never watched the show so don't know what she can do). the physical morph can be jammed threw a puppet sock if being used as a social front it will only consume 1/12 of the info-morph Celestia's attention with the reaction times you would normally expect of a trans-human. the listed population amounts to about 1 in 500 trans-human egos in existence sounds like a lot to me but i admit i don't know how popular the show is. lastly creating a true biomorph in pony form (single genetic structure threw-out, grown as single organism, organic brain capable of running a trans-human ego) is a major scientific advance on the setting. you ether need to update the rest of the setting to use it, or have Celestia deliberately hiding the advanced scientific concepts from the rest of the system. building the ponies as pods would be a more practical solution. the join lines you see on most pods are not necessary, EP medical tech can join tissue scar free. and a community of a few thousand could get together the necessaries to develop several types of custom pods far more believably.