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Sleipnir++ Pod Biomorph, courtesy of jackgraham's challenge.

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Sleipnir++ Pod Biomorph, courtesy of jackgraham's challenge.
ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
jackgraham wrote:
The resurgent humanism of post-Fall transhumanity is probably a lot friendlier than in the recent past to physical relationships for the same cultural reasons that it favors humanoid morphs over 12-legged amphibious space unicorns.* _________ *No. No, I will not. You stat that one up.
Challenge accepted.
It's taken me about an hour and forty minutes, but I finished it. I calculated the costs out properly according to Transhuman's morph creation rules - do you really have to eat up four of your maximum 10 permissible moderate modifications for basic biomods/mesh inserts/stack/cyberbrain (if standard for the morph type, such as a pod/synth)? That just seems wrong. They shouldn't count against the limit - though paying for them is understandable. Anyway, here we go. Hold on to your hat. [h1]Sleipnir++ (Pod Biomorph)[/h1] Engineered in the span of about of a month by a drunken, demented genetics engineer in the company of neo-ceteceans and Skandinaviska-speaking Scum, copious amounts of hot mead spiked with some mild hallucinogenic compounds and copious amounts of THC, and an unending playlist of viking metal; using as many stock parts as possible to reduce turnaround from conception to launch, the Sleipnir++ looks surprisingly fantastic. The morph was designed when someone unwisely challenged Angela Delaware to invent a “twelve-legged amphibious space unicorn.” She thought that wasn’t going far enough, so she made it a twelve-legged amphibious space centaur unicorn! Fortunately, some inventive engineer had already invented an eight-legged space horse pod morph, presumably for some sort of parade or something on Titan. Engineering it into a centaur wasn’t too challenging, thanks to Pod flexibility; engineering it into a twelve-legged amphibious centaur-Sleipnir-unicorn was a trick, though. Thankfully, thanks to open-source blueprints, making it swim wasn’t a problem, with the use of four Selkie-like limbs, attached at the hinds and horse shoulders make it twelve-legged. The piece de resistance was the horn, packed full of sensors. Naturally, because it was engineered in close proximity to the Scum, the morph is not only hermaphroditic (as is anything engineered by Angela Delaware,) but it features a rather impressive neo-dolphin penis that emerges from the undercarriage, because of course it does. The Aquanaut was the benchmark for underwater performance, and making something with the upper body of a strong, large, buxom nordic woman who tends towards flowing locks of golden hair and the lower body of a draft horse with six legs too many swim like an Aquanaut was not easy. Nevertheless, it was achieved; as with the Aquanaut, the Sleipnir++ retains heat in cold water exceptionally well, it suffers no negative effects from pressure changes, has nictitating membranes and adjusting corneas to counter refraction, and can control its own buoyancy. It can dive as deep as an aquanaut without ill effects. [indent][b]Implants:[/b] Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Clean Metabolism, Enhanced Pheromones, Enhanced Respiration, Echolocation, Enhanced Hearing, Gills, Mnemonic Augmentation, Sonar, Swim Bladder, Temperature Tolerance (Improved Cold,) Toxin Filters[/indent] [b]Aptitude Maximum:[/b] 30 (40 SOM) [b]Durability:[/b] 80 [b]Wound Threshold:[/b] 16 [b]Advantages:[/b] +10 SOM, +5 to two other aptitudes of the player’s choice, +10 Swimming skill, Natural Weapon (Hooves; 2d10 + (SOM ÷ 5) DV) [b]Disadvantages:[/b] Social Stigma (Pod) [b]Notes:[/b] Large Size trait (Counts as a Large size target in combat, granting +10 bonus on incoming attack rolls, double damage from falling or collision after armor, gains the Reach advantage (p.204, EP), wields two-handed weapons one-handed without penalty, and has a 12/40 running speed thanks to being both large and having extra legs. This morph is considered to have fine manipulators.) Non-Human Biochemistry, Unique Look [b]CP Cost:[/b] 39 [b]Credit Cost:[/b] 39,000 Was that anything like you were expecting, Jack? :) And yes, I [i]was[/i] listening to [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdsZR3mwiiA]non-stop Viking metal[/url] when I wrote that.
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Well, I guess Octojean Venous did need a sidekick.
Well, I guess Octojean Venous did need a sidekick. I think it needs mantis shrimp-style hammer attack forelegs, though. With the discount, that'd probably come out to a nice, round 40 CP.
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jackgraham wrote:Well, I
jackgraham wrote:
Well, I guess Octojean Venous did need a sidekick.
Octojean Venous? I'm not familiar with that.
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I think it needs mantis shrimp-style hammer attack forelegs, though. With the discount, that'd probably come out to a nice, round 40 CP.
Nah, that'd ruin the aesthetic, even if mantis-shrimp style hammerblows probably would justify some AP... I removed the AP-3 from the 2d10 natural weapon, and added SOM /5. Hooves aren't exactly armor-piercing weapon, but when a monster like this rears up and slams four hooves down on you, you will [i]feel[/i] it. As an aside, I'm not sure I agree with shields (such as riot shields) providing an Armor bonus. I'd be more inclined to say they provide a Fray bonus. (Though especially hard shields like riot shields might provide an armor bonus. Hrm...) A shield is traditionally used to deflect blows, not to absorb them. Anyway, I went and wrote up the world I imagine spawned this thing. [h1]New Kattegat[/h1] Type: Terrestrial (Earth-like) Primary Star: Gravity: .45g Diameter: 9,000 km Atmospheric Pressure: 0.82 atm Atmospheric Composition: 69% nitrogen, 23% oxygen, 6% carbon dioxide Surface Temperature: -120 C/10 C/80 C Day Length: 40 hours Orbital Period: 12 years Satellites: 1 Gate Access: Fissure Gate (through Carnivale), Pandora Gate Pop quiz time. Question 1: What happens when the Scum of Carnivale tinker with their Gate and discover another Earthlike world one connection away? If you said “they mostly don’t give a damn, because that planet isn’t full of plants that will get you high as hell,” you’re right, but only get partial credit for partial answers. Some of the more moderate scum, who’ve gotten a little tired of the endless insanity on Carnivale, might just want to take a vacation from their endless vacation, so they moved over to take a breather. Question 2: What happens when Pathfinder corp discovers an Earthlike world one connection away, and thanks to a combination of lottery, promises, and backroom deals, it was already promised to the Titanians? If you said “They move in,” you’re right. Question 3: What happens when the Monsters of Carnivale and the Titanians find themselves colonizing the same planet through two different Pandora Gates that are at opposite ends of the same fjord? If you dropped your head to your desk, you’re right. Welcome to New Kattegat. It gets crazier than this, but not by much. The Scum arrived first, this is indisputable fact, but there weren’t more than two dozen of them living in an seed colony up in the woods near the waterfalls at the top of the Two Gates Fjord, as it has come to be known. Following traditionally lax Scum gatecrashing protocols, they hadn’t even bother to launch a satnet-in-a-can, and all their radio emissions were low-powered, localized, and were missed when the Titanians started to move in and settled on the wooded shores down the fjord. It seemed like a dream come true for the Titanians, who had found a world that was not only earthlike, but whose gate led to someplace rather akin to old Scandinavia, if the evergreens were orange and yielded wood the color of a red velvet cake. (Well, there are, of course, lots of other differences, but those are the main ones.) The downfjord Gate lies on a beach close to the deep, running water, and when a large group of neo-ceteceans proposed that they would make the obvious choice to begin studying the planet’s waterways and oceanography, the Titanians gladly agreed to take them along. Unfortunately, the cetaceans weren’t so much interested in oceanography as they were swimming and settling in the waters of a terrestrial, Earthlike world. They also neglected to consider the possibility that the waters of a terrestrial, Earthlike world, might just have large, oceangoing carnivores, just like Earth. This lack of scientific rigor and headlong swim to the sea resulted in several neo-dolphins being eaten by the local aquatic macropredators. The survivors fled up the fjord, very, very quickly, squealing on their radios for help. The Titanians weren’t able to mount an effective underwater offensive rapidly, as they were still a scientific outpost studying the world for suitability. Forced into shallower and shallower waters as they swam up the fjords and into the rivers, fleeing the rather tenacious local predators, these inept colonists ran headlong into their personal salvation and the complete and total derailment of everybody’s long-term plans: the Scum. To their credit, the Scum worked out that the radio transmissions they were receiving were coming from fellow members of the transhuman family, and had constructed automated fishing boat-bots, quickly reprogrammed their fishery boats to ignore the neo-dolphins and -cetaceans, and quickly harpooned the predators chasing them. This revelation put the Titanians thoroughly in the lurch: they were attempting to colonize a planet which was already settled. While they might have been able to seize the planet militarily if they had acted in those early hours to secure the upfjord Gate and lock the Scum out, the backlash would have been tremendous had they aggressively seized a world from fellow members of the Autonomist Alliance. They might even have risked being expelled from the Alliance altogether. The Scum, of course, were not interested in bartering away the planet, and with the revelation of the new intrigue, the population at the Scum settlement upfjord doubled in half an hour, and again two hours later. The first wave of Titanians consisted of about 200, plus 50 (now 30) neo-dolphins and -ceteceans. A good fifty of the Titanians were settlers from Stykkishólmur, rural Titanians from a very roughnecked, bored mining town. They got slightly drunk and had the brilliantly patriotic yet gloriously stupid idea to seize the upfjord gate before anyone could stop them, deliver it to the Commonwealth a fait accompli, and take the blame personally if anyone complained. Of course, they reckoned, the scum would hear them coming in vehicles, so they did what the locals of Stykkishólmur have been doing for ages, and built longboats to sail up the fjord. They thought they had the numbers advantage when they attacked at night. They were wrong. The next morning, the Titanians camping on the shore downfjord found a tattered longboat harpooned at anchor offshore, filled with the scorched corpses of their would-be marauders, sans stacks, and a note that read [i]We’ll return these idiots just as soon as we’ve got new bodies for them. Next time, if you don’t bring guns to an axe fight, we won’t finish the axe fight with plasma cannons. Deal?[/i] What could have been an utter disaster politically turned into a local custom, but it spelled the end for any hope of a complete Titanian colonization of New Kattegat. Negotiations quickly ensued, highlighted by the occasional axe-wielding longboat raid, as both sides beefed up their numbers, with anarchists from all over the solar system (including, ironically, Titan itself,) egocasting to the Fissure Gate to go through Carnivale and settle upfjord, while the Titanians settled downfjord. The entire planet is claimed under the Anarcho-Collectivist principle that everyone is free to choose how to do things. In practice, this means that settlements which are majority loyal Titanians are free to declare themselves a Titanian Commonwealth settlement, but under the agreement that allows that, the Titanians aren’t permitted to claim the entire planet in total, only that territory that they have physical domain over. Somehow, along the way, recreational raiding became the planetary pasttime, like historical reenactions, only with real weapons and if anybody actually dies, they can just get resleeved. To the chagrin of the locals of Stykkishólmur who started it all, the Scum of Carnivale, used to things such as recreational murder, took to recreational Viking longboat raids like fish to water. Obviously, participation in these is by consent only, and people’s public profiles broadcast what they’re game for at any given time, anything from not interested (in which case entopics will mark them as a non-target,) just being down to fight with anyone who shows up spoiling for a rumble with a diamond axe, or (to the abject horror of many of the Titanians,) being game for being bent over and properly despoiled. Which is not, of course, to say that raids are only Scum-on-Titanian or vice versa; it wasn't long before the Scum settlements diversified and started raiding each other, and it wasn't long after that before the first Titanian-on-Titanian raid was staged, causing a monumental headache for the lawyers when trying to sort out if crime had been done or not. The dolphins and ceteceans got in on the fun times as well, in the end; after setting up defenses to keep the deep-sea predators out of the fjords around the Two Gates Fjord, neo-Ceteceans can at last live in terrestrial waters again, albeit a limited range of them until much more research is done to determine how to get along with the local oceangoing megafauna. They've also been known to join in the raids at times; a neo-orca can tow a longboat at incredible speed, or ram one at even greater speed, and few would-be Vikings are prepared for a neo-dolphin to start hurling axes at them from just under the water's surface. Total population of New Kattegat today lies around 5,000, as despite its natural beauty and habitability, not too many Titanians want to move someplace where people practice recreational murder and rape, even if it is entirely by explicit consent, and the sort of Anarchists who are down for that usually don’t get further than Carnivale, though it has drawn a number of interested anachronauts from There’s No Going Back who hadn’t been able to find a barge in the flotilla for a Viking theme. Most settlements look like a combination of modern Titanian cities and ancient Scandinavian settlements, making extensive of use of local lumber for construction materials whenever aesthetically appealing and fabbing together modern smart materials where and when it’s practical and necessary to do so. As a result, one should expect to see a wooden palisade wall surrounding a settlement of thatched roofs with gleaming communications nodes emerging from the rooftops, a longhouse in the center of the town and a modern, metal biomedical facility standing on stilts next door. Local wildlife is a broad spectrum, tending towards the large and beefy and aggressive, but so far no true megafauna of the sort one would think capable of wrecking an entire settlement has been discovered, and the local flora is interesting, but contaminated with Scum favorites from Carnivale, which are growing wild and quickly. This doesn’t bother the Scum, but gives the ecologists amongst the Titanians conniption fits.
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..... Oh dear. Now I'm
..... Oh dear. Now I'm wondering what the next choose-your-own-path with these two is gonna be like....
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sysop wrote:..... Oh dear.
sysop wrote:
..... Oh dear. Now I'm wondering what the next choose-your-own-path with these two is gonna be like....
Eh?
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Yes! No? No! Noooo...
Yes! No? No! Noooo...
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nezumi.hebereke wrote:Yes! No
nezumi.hebereke wrote:
Yes! No? No! Noooo...
Hahahahaaah! What's wrong? :)
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This is what I was referring
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sysop wrote:This is what I
sysop wrote:
This is what I was referring to ;) http://www.maskedmolluskmedia.com/p/octojean-veinous-and-space-time-robo...
I discovered a bug in it. If you choose to go sex Alyssa with grape jelly instead of, say, folding laundry or going to chat with Firewall, and then further choose to read it all out rather than take advantage of Octojean Venous's memory filter, you get the choice to use mayonnaise or marmite in 17. But later, at the end, the SPACE ROBOT chastises you for using mayo and peanut butter together, when in fact you may not have used mayonnaise on her at all.
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It's not a proper Choose-Your
It's not a proper Choose-Your-Own without a continuity flaw... ;)
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A question about your New
A question about your New Kattegat writeup, ShadowDragon: Are they all sleeved in Synthmorphs? Biomorphs take a year and half to grow, while pods take six months; as a result, would they really be willing to waste them in pointless raiding like that? It's not exactly a quick process to replace lost biomorphs. I suppose they might form a rule forbidding headshots, but how exactly are you planning on enforcing it beyond relying on people's sense of personal honor?

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They don't need to rely on
They don't need to rely on local infrastructure. The Upfjord gate connects directly to Carnivale, which has the most extensive offworld biomorph resleeving facillities, and healing vats and medichines dramatically change the definition of "mortal wounds" to basically mean "Obliterated the brain," Schlockian style. It's kind of hard to obliterate someone's brain with an axe or a spear. Not saying it's impossible, but it definitely falls into the realm of "Not fucking cool, man."
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ShadowDragon8685 wrote:It's
ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
It's kind of hard to obliterate someone's brain with an axe or a spear. Not saying it's impossible, but it definitely falls into the realm of "Not fucking cool, man."
Not that difficult. Unless you have a Reinforced Skeleton, one good whack to the head or a spear to the eye will pierce the skull and scramble your brains pretty badly.

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nick012000 wrote
nick012000 wrote:
ShadowDragon8685 wrote:
It's kind of hard to obliterate someone's brain with an axe or a spear. Not saying it's impossible, but it definitely falls into the realm of "Not fucking cool, man."
Not that difficult. Unless you have a Reinforced Skeleton, one good whack to the head or a spear to the eye will pierce the skull and scramble your brains pretty badly.
It's a little harder when the other guy is wearing a spangenhelm made out of modern smart materials which is made to look like old-timey iron and steel. Plus, you know, you're not actually [i]aiming[/i] to splatter his brains in? Even without a helmet, going [i]through[/i] the skull - which is a bone box engineered specifically to protect said skull from harm - is a lot harder than running a fellow through the meaty bits, or hacking his head clear from his shoulders (which, again, with Medichines, is a perfectly survivable injury.)
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