So the last time I asked about the ETI here and humanity making direct (hostile) contact with them, the general response was a bunch of cheesy metaphors, such as "we are to the ETI as a drop of water is to a giant flock of seagulls", or "We are an insignificant particle of dust in a metric ton of sand," etc. etc. blah blah blah. Forgive me for being a bit outspoken here, but it seems like it's utterly taboo in much of the Eclipse Phase fanbase for the ETI to be anything more than distant boogeymen. Which I can understand, since they play heavily on Lovecraftian horror, ie humans are insignificant specks of dust. But that kind of horror just never appealed to me, so while I liked the idea of a non-benevolent Type II-III civilization on the Kardashev scale, I was kinda dissapointed there wasn't more concrete info on them other than "let the GM fill in the details". The TITANs, meanwhile, are also distant threats, but their legacy is much more felt by humanity as a whole. We've fought them and we lost most of our race to them. But I've never heard of any campaign where actual TITANs are encountered rather than their remnant forces, which is odd considering that you're far more likely to encounter actual TITANs than you are anything from the ETI. Again I can see why they're not directly utilized since I know that their sudden disappearance plays a lot on the "where did they go and why?" trope, which creeps me out much more than the ETI's cosmic horror feel. So a different question here: Have you ever used (as a GM) or seen (as a player) the ETI as anything other than the cosmically distant creators of the exsurgent virus? Also, have the TITANs ever played a direct role in your games, even as small as a single finale encounter?
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