oy /tg/, I'm tired of "humanoids" and "monstrous humanoids" and "bestial creatures" and the like. Let's make a new race.Hovering magnetic spheres that communicate through simon-noises.Get to culture makin'!
Well, they obviously hold iron in high regard.
>>25532229as much as we worship carbon
>>25532247I dunno, I'm pretty grateful for carbon myself.
>>25532267Yeah, carbon is pretty great. I'm glad it's a thing.
>>25532229Clearly the iron is known as 'The High Substance'.Always capitalised.I imagine cubes are strange and unknown to them.
>>25532089>simon-noises.what are those?anyway, if they are alive they must have a way to interface to the real world to build shit.Will they be telechinetics?will they generate noises that go into resonance and move objects around them?do they shot gravitational beams?
>>25532283Murder Cube is their version of Cthulhu, even looking at it will drive you mad
>>25532247>>25532267>>25532281I guess it would depend on the form.
>>25532325where are those from?
>>25532330http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YhVyt4q5HIAlso known as "the musical notes that one spaceship made in that one first contact movie I can't remember the name of"
well the sentinel spheres were powered by human mutate brains (Which are inside them)
>>25532373well, it was one of the few flying metal sphere pictures I could find that wasn't shit quality.>>25532330I have no fucking idea!
>>25532359Do you mean Close Encounters of the Third Kind?
>>25532494Yes. Yes, thank you for reminding me.
>>25532089The best translation of their name, in any human language, is the Chorus. They form very close social bonds, and very many of them- although the Chorus is not a hive-mind or group mind, they are often mistaken for one.They communicate primarily via a language consisting solely of musical tones; meaning is transmitted through tonal countours, tone duration, and elements of tonal color- square waves, sawtooth waves, and sine waves, as well as other aspects, are often used. The Chorus lack any kind of vocal organ; their entire body is used as a soundboard, by vibrating at precise frequencies. Members of the Chorus can choose to "shout" by adhering themselves to a large solid surface and using the entire object as a speaker.When very close to each other, almost touching, members of the Chorus can communicate at very high speeds by modulating their magnetic fields, similar to near-field communication in human electronics. This is almost akin to telepathy, and is used as an intimate method of communication between two members of the Chorus- in fact, it is an adaptation of the sharing of information used in Chorus mating practices. Often, two or more spheres that are part of a Chorus "family" or other tightly-knit social unit will choose to link together in this manner, and speak at once, turning their tonal language into a far more nuanced many-voiced choral language, viewpoints blending to produce a multi-valued speech which is most closely related to some of the more avant-garde types of poetry. These groups, when assembled, are the local leaders of Chorus society, the advocates, the abritrators, and the elders, as they have the advantage of the combined knowledge of several spheres and the layered consideration of multiple viewpoints at once is thought to provide a more balanced, reasonable judgement.
ok but how do we sexualise themthis is important
>>25533061They're large,smooth, vibrating spheres, and you can't figure out how to sexualize them? They're practically living sex toys.
>>25533061What are anal beads?Oh, wow, I typed anal bears the first time around by accident.
>>25533061I'd fuck it already
>>25533061go visit some of the egg-threads on /d/.>>25533033Magnificent work! How are we going to deal with them and tool usage?I'm thinking most likely primitive, as they have to use several spheres working in conjunction to move most objects. That is, until someone who's developed metallurgy comes along, and they can just BUY hands. Er, "gauntlets".
>>25533127Tool usage- I'm not sure. Perhaps there are several different specialized types or clades of Chorus, some of which have appendages? Maybe they live in a world with an entirely-metallic surface, like an Earth which had everything but the core blasted off by a huge impact, and they started with magnetic tools? Or, since the strength of magnetic fields needed to float on Earth is practically magic anyway, maybe they just use magnetic-flavored telekinesis to move stuff.I like the idea that they use naturally-occuring iron to build manipulators out of. Maybe they get a whole bunch of Chorus together to try and heat up natural iron- meteorites or bog iron- into tools with eddy currents? And so "hands" were very rare until they discovered metallurgy.
>>25533112Which links nicely to >>25533061
>>25533195Maybe they're a deep-down type creature, closer to the core of the planet? Eh, that means the players won't come into contact with them, which means they don't exist.How about they hail from a highly ferrous mountain range? They or may not start using legs or hands to explore outside of this range once they have discovered metal tool use.
>>25533195I'd say they learned to attach pieces of metal to themselves by magnetic force. Some serve as "clothing" or adornments in general for high-ranking members, but most importantly, it allows them to use tools. Tools originated from the high-iron trees of their home planet, from whose branches the first Chorus utilized as simple tools. Modern Chorus tools are more akin to human tools, although more inclined to be fixated and operated via magnetism.Because they're alien, right? Possibly originated as cave-dwellers in the world otherwise.Also, how do they "eat"? What nourishes them?
>>25533306>what do they eat?Oh, that's a good question. What ways can we generate energy from magnetism and the like? I want to say something to do with electricity, or heat.
I can see a Chorus making itself akin to an iron golem now. Substituting itself as a heart or similar and moving the ferrous body with it's magnetism.I know we're trying to move away from humanoids, but I'm just saying is all. One thing I'm curious about; how large do people see Chorus as? A couple inches across? A foot? Many meters?
>>25533306I'd say they'd eat a type of quicksilver or other form of liquid metal, and instead of "eating" they absorb the liquid directly into them and store in within their center. This could be how they help resonate, by magnetizing the liquid into a solid and bounce it within their central chamber
>>25533366Completely possible...Wait, I have an idea.The "trees" of their homeworld are mineral, iron-based life forms, who generate rather strong electromagnetic fields when alive. Their branches are magnetic when broken off, and the Chorus stick to them and "drinks" latent magnetic energy to sustain themselves.They'd get trace minerals they need as >>25533397 said.
>>25533306Possibly electricity would be consumable for them, or some other form of energy. They might be solar or heat-powered.Kind of like the idea that they spend some time around volcanic vents and soak in the heat.
>>25533380>iron golemThink more magnetism. It could hover at the core of a treaded-slab of iron with axes and sickles and scythes and hammers sticking out, ready for any peasant task. If we're making bodies for them, and they're controlled with magnetism, shit gets wack.>>25533380I'm imagining like, a classic wizard orb in size myself.
>>25533432>tinsel trees with living baubles Why am I so okay with this?
>>25533033Chorus don't really have a concept of "gender" as we understand it- depending on which xenoanthropologist you ask, they've either got only one gender, or at least twelve, which correspond to various arcane and obscure differences in social role, precise gradients of magnetic fields, and other things that are very hard to explain to fleshy bipedal meat aliens. (Their language does, however, have a huge number of linguistic "genders" corresponding to a number of vague and arbitrary classes, but that's a different matter altogether.)The Chorus are symbiotic with another metallic "creature", which appears to be entirely sedentary and have no but to produce the metal husks which are used in the production of Chorus. To reproduce, one of the tight social groups which make up Chorus society decide that they wish to have a child, which is a significant event- the adding of a new voice to the Song is a momentous one. They spend time gathering the raw materials in the caves and from a massive meteorite which impacted their homeland a long, long time ago-mostly, certain metallic ores. (The Chorus instinctually know how to recognize these; it is thought that they may have originated as the remnants of an alien mining system.) These are taken into their bodies through an orifice and processed into the basic "stuff" of a Chorus's body. Some of these are used to feed the creature to produce a new Chorus husk. When the husk is complete, the group gathers into a ring, magnetizing themselves such that they all actually touch each other. (Touching is fairly taboo in Chorus society, and is only done for this reason.) The magnetic communication- normally merely intimate- becomes absolute. [cont'd]>>25533437I like the volcanic-vents idea. >>25533380I was thinking about the size of a grapefruit or bowling ball.(Not super happy with this one. Anyone got a cooler explanation?)
>>25533432I'm actually going to do this for a fantasy setting, but I see no problem with including an iron-based ecology inside of some hollow mountain somewhere.
>>25533449Oh yeah, if we're talking some kind of battle form here. Shit's going to get SO wack.Hell, if I was a Chorus I would just get me a blizzard of shards to whip around me. Maybe some plates for protection up close. Ending up more as a Rez boss at the end of it.I was being more.. ambassador to the boring ol' elves and whatnot. Space-elves or otherwise. After all, humanoid infrastructure is designed around humanoids, as well as being friendly. Anyone else being reminded of Klik from Goblins here? Floating ferrous sphere that consumes metal..
>>25533454The "genetic" code of a Chorus sphere- both details of how the raw material of a sphere should turn itself into an adult, as well as mental aspects- is stored primarily in their own memory. Sharing like this, ancient instincts open up, and this normally-inaccessible area of memory opens up to conscious access. As each member of the ring, in turn, injects the raw material they have cultured in their bodies with parts of their own substance into the husk, their personalities, memories, and genetic aspects combine and re-arrange themselves into the genetic/memetic makeup of the new child. This is "imprinted" onto the raw mercury-like stuff that is growing within the child's body, and the whole mess is complete, leaving the participants to lie back, enjoy something like a cigarette, and maybe wipe silvery goo off of their orifices. As the "child" develops, nestled in the nourishing warmth of a volcanic vent and fed raw materials, the goop within it will harden and self-assemble into the complete anatomy of an adult Chorus sphere.The entire process, in human terms, can be best approximated having a lesbian orgy with ten or twelve people while on intense doses of various drugs.
>>25533454Perhaps Chorus can grow indefinitely, or size merely depends on their personal preference and how much energy/metal they've consumed?A smaller Chorus has more mobility and speed, but a shorter.. battery life. Larger ones the inverse. With the former, the Chorus elders end up as building sized, barely able to levitate and maintain themselves. But at the same time thinking deep thoughts and contemplating.. whatever elders contemplate. Younger ones resembling hyperactive ball bearings.The latter gives some more customizability, although there would probably have to be an imposed upper limit. Beyond which a Chorus can't move. And lower, where they can't store enough energy to operate.
>>25533535Well, I think we've successfully sexualised them at least.
>>25533306I'm thinking that they get energy by hanging around volcanic vents, like that one anon said. That sounds good.They also need to have some way to repair themselves and obtain minerals. I'm thinking that the basic anatomy of the Chorus sphere includes at least one hidden orifice, probably hidden under a retractable segment of hard metal carapace that looks exactly the same as the rest. (It feels different magnetically, though. The Chorus can tell.) This leads to an internal chamber which serves as stomach, storage pocket, and "womb". Metal ores, usually harvested from caves or the massive meteorite whose fragments litter their ancestral home, are stored here, and processed into new parts of their body or to replace old bits. Chorus are hard to damage, but they're designed like a machine, not meat, and they're much slower to heal.This also means that the Chorus have a primitive "hand" which involves clutching things in their "mouth." (Which is also, technically, their genitalia, their anus, and their bellybutton. Chorus are a very minimalist-designed species.)>>25533546I was thinking that "elder" would really just refer to the age, respect and size of one of the big Chorus social groups. Not as in personal size, but how many members and how well they work together.
>>25533497>rez bossYes, that is EXACTLY what fighting these guys would be like.Pulsing techno music and all.
>>25533582I took it as a challenge.
>>25533639>having a mouth and an internal compartmentHmm. I was considering them just being contiguous metal that might, perhaps, absorb other metals by heating them with magnetism and rolling around in 'em.Your way might be more practical.
>>25533497 i like the idea that their battle form might look something like a rezbit, loads of shifting planes of sharp metal which can be used to slice or held up into a sheild
>>25533773They could easily assemble plates like that to look kinda-humanoid.Include a pair of gauntlets or a pack of metal needles for fine manipulation, and you have what could easily be an adventurer.
>>25533640I think I only ever managed to achieve the ultimate form in that game a couple times. But it felt SO good to beat that game. I kinda miss it now. But the idea of techno being a battlesong is just brilliant.>>25533639Did Apple design these things or something?Not sure about the absorption. The idea forming in my brain goes that they open up like some sort of metallic flower to take in metals. The inside being a metallic liquid underneath several layers of harder metal plates.It would make eating a very private activity for Chorus. And while settling down by a heat source is fairly social for them, actually eating solids is something that isn't done in public. Originally due to it equating to removing all your armor and making yourself vulnerable, but now more a cultural thing. Huh, there's a thought. What predates on Chorus? They're a resource, and nature does like to exploit them.
>>25533791>oy /tg/, I'm tired of "humanoids" and "monstrous humanoids" and "bestial creatures" and the like. maybe not
>>25533810Yeah okay, maybe not.>>25533798>metallic flowerI don't know about the inside being fluid or not, but the metal flower thing am taking.I've no idea what predates the chorus, my standard answer is always "wizards", which is never satisfactory.And technobattlesongs are, of course, canon.
But anon, isn't that just Five Cabbage?
>>25533878"It's spheres. I ain't gotta explain shit."
>>25533791Warforged would be a little offput by them I'll bet. Actually, many settings could be broken by a Chorus adventurer with magnetic powers as standard. Though once you've removed ferrous armor and weapons, I can see this working. It's been done before, I think.The internal 'core' Chorus being able to scout independently like a familiar, leaving it's body behind could be neat. Maybe taking a new one elsewhere. Nobody likes finding the armory has come to life. However, making them feel as something different to play as than a standard humanoid would be difficult at best.. not sure they really should be playable. Hard to see how they could be done justice, especially considering these Rez battlespheres people have come up with. >>25533861Do berserkers play skrillex to demoralise the foe?Plus, the answer could be SPACE wizards. With space magic. And technology.Maaaaybe nanobots. Okay seriously, one idea is that they're a kind of fae wisp that evolved independently of any established court. Or demons. Or astral energy spirits. Or outworlders. Or.. well, you get the gist of it. A wisp of energy possessed a lump of iron one day.Or maybe a space-faring civilization's attempt at drone labor. Originally made to mine, self-repair and make more drones.They were a rather unimaginative civilization admittedly, not thinking through the implications. But the possibility still stands.
>>25533878Those are humans, nice try.
>>25533966Wait. What if the Chorus are the lost souls of humans?...nah. That's actually a stupid idea.
>>25533895>Five CabbageOh god, please. Yes, please. Let it happen. Let the unbirthing begin.
>>25533033I love you. You're my favourite person.
>>25533798As for predators.. would a rust beast of some description work for them? It would be their form of The Corruption. Something to be feared, because even if your survive a fight with one, you could easily be crippled forever or simply for years, or die shortly afterwards.
>>25534238rust monsters would probably carry the same fear as wolves used to, but how frequent would you want them to be in the setting these guys are in? also should consider that other intelligent races want them for their sexy metal
>>25534301>>25534238rust monsters, other intelligent races, and some kind of strong-magnet.A giant magnet would prove to be very difficult for one to fly away from.
>>25534301Well thus far these guys have had no predation or anything to fear. They needed something. But hell, thus far we haven't decided if this is fantasy or sci-fi. Hard to say.
So basically a race of this guy, but metallic?
>>25534320what if nobody can determine whether my setting is fantasy or sci fi? Old scifi was basically old fantasy.
>>25534315Plus it might scramble their thoughts if they're metallic.Heh, the idea of some Chorus sneaking off to get wasted on magnets is oddly appealing.
>>25534348like that, if instead of being made of elf-ghosts they were made of techno-bowling-balls.
Science fantasy is a thing.
>>25534369imagine walking into a pass in these mountains to see a bunch of these guys just plastered to the walls, essentially drunk, on lodestone deposits
>>25534443And then they get the munchies and eat your pocket change. Man, FUCK Chorus.
>>25533033So, picking up from this and from the problem of metabolism:So, the Chorus use evanescent fields for close range communication, right? Which means they can actively manipulate their capacitive and inductive properties at their surface.This should, honestly, be all the technology they need for a very long time.Surface plasmon polaritons are incredibly efficiently pumped by visible light and depending on material this remains true well ito the X-Ray regime, which means that a creature capable of the implied near-field communications suggested should also be able to interconvert whatever their metabolic storage medium is (I favour resonant modes in superconducting LCR circuits, with a capacitative load being their equivalent of ATP) with EM radiation between the IR and hard X-Ray range. Really, at this point, do they need tool manipulation? A group of them working in tandem can generate pulsed UV lasers from ambient sunlight, and use it to etch material on a nanometer scale. They can pretty much generate arbitrarily large electric and magnetic fields, too.On the suggestion that the near-field communication is derived from sexual information transmission this is terrifying once the species achieves sentience, since it becomes possible to impart knowledge at the time of conception, which completely removes the need for a vulnerable adolescence period for the offspring to learn cultural information. Potentially, it even means that their Einstein, their Gautama Buddha, and their Da Vinci could pass on their entire corpus of thought every time they came into contact with another Chorister, and the knowledge could propagate out from there...I need to go to sleep though, so maybe tomorrow I'll see where things have gone
>>25534459i would like to take a date there, though. you know she'll love hearing them sing to each other
For non-magnetic manipulations, the Chorus contain a semi-solid magnetic substance in deposits under their shell, which they emit when using it.The Chorus can solidify or liquify this substance using their magnet thing, allowing them to pour it around an object, solidify it, and then carry it about.This substance is also quite shiny, and is quite valuable to the other races of the world. The Chorus don't grow their substance back.>>25534395In the second game, Wisp is made of magnetism, and is in fact the basic magnetic force given form.
>>25532342all those ANGLES. its HORRIFYING!and are those POINTS!?!?!?
>>25534476Hell, it might be a good idea to go there beforehand with some scraps from the forge. The already refined metal should be way better than leeching from iron ore. And then you can ask them to maybe not bother you and your date, maybe do some tunes? One thing that's been in my head that I now realize I never mentioned; the Chorus can of course live underwater. It's of no difference to them other than being a little bit harder to move in. So you can get Chorus that live totally underwater, or never 'seeing' the sun in the depths of the ocean, surviving off of underwater volcanic vents. Underdark, Feywild, an asteroid belt, whatever.They don't give a fuck about where they are, so long as there's heat and iron. And other Chorus, of course.
>>25534511Ouch, I can see Chorus-poaching being a thing. Alchemists and thaumaturges paying unscrupulous mercenaries with "no questions asked" on where they get the Chorus Essence. But hey, it has side quest hook written all over it at least. What do Chorus do with their dead? Absorb the corpse?
>>25534572They can probably live underwater, but if they're super electric based, one getting terminally INJURED underwater might be disastrous to living things nearby.BZZZZZRT.>>25534470hmmmmM. I didn't realize they could fire lasers.
>>25533861simple, a lightning elemental got drunk and had sex with a iron elemental producing magnet elemental babies. HENCE THE CHORUS WAS BORN! that or wizards.
>>25532089>Hovering magnetic spheres that communicate through simon-noises.ABOMINATION!
>>25534662So now we have razor shard blizzard battlespheres.. with LASERS. Which exist in swarms. And are hyper-intelligent. Fuck. I'd rather face an iron golem. Or.. pretty much anything else.
>>25534443Trying to type out another big worldbuilding post, but Christ these things take forever to do on my phone.
>>25534702would you rather fight a robotic bigfoot riding a two headed dinosaur while playing electric guitar as he sings rainbow in the dark?
>>25534702better than fighting a nanoswarm. Or an organic-inclusive von neumann machine.
>>25534767Hell yeah. Sounds like an alright guy actually. I'd ask if I can 'ride his dinosaur' if you know what I mean. And by that I mean ride on the literal dinosaur. Also, is the dinosaur playing the guitar and singing, or is the bigfoot?
>>25534470I'm thinking that we're getting a bit silly here. The Chorus can control magnetism, it's true- but we can control arms, and that doesn't mean we can lift a car or hand-etch microchips. There's probably limits to the fidelity and strength with which the Chorus can control magnetic fields, and stuff like this or giant magnetically- animated battlesuits are probably beyond them.
>>25534767a glorious sight to witness, i fear that the price of admission is your life.a price i would willingly pay
>>25534799not sure at the moment Im assuming the dinosay plays while bigfoot sings
>>25534811Are we okay with respectably sized armored battlesuits? Around human-ish? Maybe down to halfling. >>25534830Jesus Christ. That's the way I want to go now.
>>25534811 It's like if this was a thread about humanbiology, and you were all freakingout about fighting Superman.
>>25534854>>25534811Battlesuits if you really want, though I imagine the good ol' bladecloud will be a lot easier to do. Like, on an individual-skill basis.
>>25534868aand my spacebar is broken. Great. I think ill wait until I can get in mycomputer before posting more.
>>25534868but superman isnt human.i understand your intent, but please
>>25534872screw it just give them a cloud of metal shavings and watch as they suffocate everything.and then proceed to build complex machines out of the tiny shavings to do anything
>>25532330I assume he means Simon the toy/game-thing. So they flash lights and beep at eachother in incredibly intricate patterns
>>25534908>the easiest thing to do is also the most overpowered thing to domagnetism is scary.
>>25534935and this is how we destroyed the known world with magnemite clones
>>25534872Battlespheres sound easier. Battlesuits do in retrospect seem a more diplomatic thing, to try and not weird out the locals.Which only weirds them out more, of course. Much to the Chorus' confusion.
>>25534935sad thing is metal shavings that small would be the easiest to get, I mean have you ever dropped a high powered magnet? there so much metal in sand and shit its like they come with a nuke standard!
>>25534967"but we're shaped the same! why dont they feel comfortable around... shit hold on i lose control of the foot again... alright, anyway why dont they feel comfortable around us?"
>>25534988"I'm telling you frank, spikey points on bottom is like nine times easier. And it still looks 95% similar! It's a strictly better design."
>>25534967 When you think about it, why do they need humanoid battlesuits? It's not like they need legs, or a face, or a torso. Why bother lugging around a suit with all of them, for anything besides diplomacy? Come to think of it, how do they see? They lack eyes. Maybe they just have touch, magnet- sense ( Which would be blinded by surrounding yourself with a big magnetic suit or cliff of metal blades), and echolocation?
>>25535027>>25534988screw you both, Im going to get RINGS attached to me. see how you like that.
>>25535027"look, im going for 99% here george, i even got an engraved plate, it looks just like their 'face'! here, i got you one as a gift."
If there are limits to the fidelity and strength of their fields, which there are, we could use multiple chorus to pilot larger constructs. Which means the players could play a team of chorus exploring the known world of humanoids, and when things get rough they have to form the megazord.
>>25535091I love it. That's going right into the characters book.
>>25535081they see by the curvature in the magnetic fields surrounding all things. this is easier since their ecosystem is basically metallic they are able to discern the world around them through the differing magnetic wavelengths.
>>25534908Wouldn't building machines out of a cloud of shavings be like trying to juggle a million balls at once? They might not have that kind of control.
>>25535113unless they make the machine by building the componants out of the metal. with the control of magnetism they have the world is their erector set!lets just magnetically spotweld that there and voila! a tank!
>>25535092That's what I was thinking. Stuff about what a Chorus adventurer would be like would be in the next post, which I'm still working over.
So how can I get a group of small ones as a desk toy?
>>25535147"Executive toy" or "Desk ornament" is actually an insult to Chorus. Though sometimes used endearingly by those who maintain a friendship with a Chorus. Though if you DO make friends with a Chorus, get it down quickly you can not tell it apart from a crowd. Just to avoid any misunderstandings.
>>25535207>Though if you DO make friends with a Chorus, get it down quickly you can not tell it apart from a crowd. Just to avoid any misunderstandingsConsidering their social structure, isn't it more likely to make friends with the crowd as one unit anyways?
You know the body mod people that inject tiny, encapsulated magnets into their hands so they can feel electromagnetic radiation?I bet something like that would come in really handy when dealing with the Chorus.
>>25535237And you still can't tell one group of Chorus from another. Idea; singular Chorus is a Note. A 'family' unit is a Chord. Chorus in general are just Chorus.
>>25535281>You know the body mod people that inject tiny, encapsulated magnets into their hands so they can feel electromagnetic radiation?I was never into body mods, but that sounds fucking awesome.As for using it to deal with chorus, if anything it just gives them another way to hurt you.
>>25535316By "deal with", I meant "communicate and otherwise peacefully interact with", but yeah.It'd be like going through an MRI machine with a belly full of shrapnel.
>>25535281I JUST read about this ten minutes ago and now yo upost it.
>>25535316>"So.. why don't you have hands any more?""..fucking Chorus." I can see stopping Chorus being fairly simple though. Just a few strategically placed magnets and BAM. They don't want any of that shit. Maybe Chorus-hunters would wear a backpack electromagnet to stun any nearby Chorus too. Then you.. erm.. electrocute them?How DO you hurt a metal ball?
>>25535401just stick them in an urn somewhere without any metal around.
>>25535401>How DO you hurt a metal ball?Put them in a pinball machine and play a few games?
>>25535281I've heard about that. I get the feeling it would be useful for electical engineers - instead of having to bash apart a wall to find an electrical mainline they can just feel for it.Besides, how cool would that look to your clients. You walk in, start tracing your hands over the wall before pointing at one specific spot and going "here," and taking out one bit of the wall to expose the electrical lines.
>>25535401you could probably crack 'em. Just because they're metal doesn't mean they're not the brittle kind of metal.Heck, even deforming them if they are the malleable kind would probably fuck them right up.
>>25535528Aside from anything else, it's a hell of a party trick. And you can tell small children you're a wizard.
>>25535528"Now be a good little machine spirit and show me where the problem is..."
>>25535550So a big hammer will work y'say? Okay. Still workable in fantasy settings. Actually, I kind of like the idea they're glass cannons. Whirring blades of death; but a good clonk on the lone Chorus knocks it out for a count. Maybe they're hollow. With.. energy or something inside.
>>25535580hell launch a rock at them. as long as its not metal rock wins.
>>25535580I like the idea that they have some workings in there, based off the open-like-flower guy from earlier. They've got STUFF in there.Denting one would probably be enough to take it out of any combat- all its fields would get warped.
>>25532264Mother FUCKERS I have been playing around with this idea in my head.Although my dudes lived in a desert, though. And were a bit camel like, in that they had humps. Sort of an Arabian feel.
I can see these guys doing super good in a sci-fi setting. Say a number if Chorus can be hired by an enterprising ship's captain. They would be excellent at maintaining, repairing, and upgrading the ship, and would probably be good at working with the ship's AI/Computer. The Chorus on board are the ultimate handymen, they get to heat up in the engine compartment whenever, and in return for their services credits/currency is paid to the Chorus high council or what-have-you on their home planet, to be used for the procurement of metals and minerals. A clever mining ship captain might hire some more independent chorus in the same way, paying them directly.
>>25535775Well, I imagine they could dodge or swat a rock out of the way with something else they'd magnetkinetic'd most of the time.. Heh, I can see bow-users getting pissed their ammunition no longer works on Chorus without removing the steel head on their arrows.I guess bullets would be harder for a Chorus to deflect by much.. so they'd rely on tougher shielding once they start being used. But that's just me.
Three posts in and someone was posting Ascendancy. I am most pleased.
>>25535829>computer>magnetskeep them the fuck away from the computer. they would literally be like cancer to it.
>>25535843the armies of the world start wearing ceramic armor. and using wooden clubs for everything.
>>25535891if you're going up against some chorus, just cover yourself in thick log suits to catch all the flying needles and bludgeon it with a rock.
>>25535829They're not too bad mechanically for fantasy. They throw a lot of the rules out of the window, which could be useful for a DM to throw on cakewalking players. That dorf in plate is suddenly has the weakest defence and leather armor is the best the party has. Not to even start on fucking over weaponry. As for lore-wise, they make interesting largely benign spirits. Perhaps getting rustled with nearby mining, or being helpful for a nearby blacksmith. A Chorus sculptor might bend iron in a way impossible without telekinesis and let it cool. Making a bizzare abstract shape reminiscent of magnetic fields.Which may also act as a 'tuning fork' to the Chorus themselves, making it a light-and-sound show for them. Is OP still around?
>>25535870It's possible the computer would be like cancer to the Chorus. Unless you somehow made a Chorus group the ship's AI..
>>25535925yes. I am monitoring the thread closely.
>>25535952no I mean magnets destroy computers. didnt you know this?
>>25532089>Beep boop boop beep beep>Boop boop boop beep beep boop>Boop beep beep-beep>2013>Beep
>>25535952magents delete information stored on hard drives and warp screens to hell too. unless your tech has no metal I foresee problems with them working with the computer. would probably be ok with the rest of it though
>>25535911"Chorus, they'll rip your masterwork armor into shreds, rip open your guts with it and then eat your sword.They'll turn arrows against you, endure conjured fire and and ice with their steel shields and fly away from the most graceful hidden attacks. Don't bother with tricks, or technology lad... Just wear enough leather to supply a tannery and get yourself a big, big stick."They're the ultimate in anti-high tech enemies. But so, so vulnerable to Ogg the stone age angry man.
>>25535983>Boop beep beep-bep>Booo beeeep.>2013>boooooooooop
>>25536002THE HUMAN RESISTED OUR MOST POWERFUL MAGNETIC ATTACKS.BUT IN THE END HE SUCCAME TO A SIMPLE POINTED STICK!
>>25535952>>25535870But they aren't magnets per se. I'm sure science-fellow from earlier could come up with a relatively easy and non-damaging way for Chorus to use/communicate with computers. They could maybe use electricity the same way computers do, learn binary and interface physically with the network in the ship. There's nothing to say they can't excersize fine enough control over their personal magnetism, at least enough to not murder conventional computers.
>>25536008Boop beep beep! Boop bloop beep blip beep beep!Boop boop, beep blip blip boop.
>>25536027>>25536002You've made my fucking day, good show. And here I never thought I'd be able to use that seriously.
I keep seeing the level 20 dwarf in epic gear getting rapedas level 3 barbarian walks along bonking them with his club
>>25536135HIS WEAPONS ARE TOO POWERFUL FOR EVEN OUR MOST POTENT MAGNETICSWE MUST FLEE
>>25536135That's why they're brilliant. Fun little extra for the low level party. Utterly horrifying for the epic-tier adventurers. Ending up with everyone fighting in their pants with improvised clubs.Pretty nasty for some sci-fi universes too.
>>25536204now I'm imagining some guy running around being chased by a sphere and his own +5 flaming axe of dragon decapitation
They find human breasts disturbing in an uncanny-valley sense. Their mostly-round nature provides the familliar aspect, but their strange malleability, softness, and strange responses to outside stimuli leave them uneasy.
>>25536164 That board with a nail in it may have defeated us- But the humans won't stop there. They'll make bigger boards and bigger nails, and soon, they will make a board with a nail so big, it will destroy them all!
>>25536238This is now creepy, backroom slashfiction canon.
>>25536237Chorus actually get the majority of their money selling on enchanted PC gear they 'confiscated'. >>25536238Only here could this be thought of. I love it.
>>25536261>a nailYou are already dead. Don't forget that Chorus that are on guard or ready for a fight probably carry around some metal to whir into full battlesphere mode. What happens if a Warforged meets a Chorus though?
>>25536336that poor, poor warforged
>>25536336the warforged is eaten and made into whirling warforged blade units
>>25533497>Hell, if I was a Chorus I would just get me a blizzard of shards to whip around me
>>25536336ideally, you catch enough metal on your shield as you can to make an opening to bash with your club.
>>25536451ideally you stick their shield full of so much metal you can take it from them
>>25536476ideally you get their metal so stuck in the wood they can no longer move it effectively and hit them with a stick
>>25536505ideally you get their wood so stuck in your metal they can no longer move it effectively and hit them with some metal
>>25536476>>25536451This is gonna be a goodun.
This all seems oddly familiar...
>>25536520Let's face it, all floating metallic orbs look the same.I swear I'm not racist.
>>25536518Ideally you get your wood so stuck in their metal that they can no longer speak coherently and you don't have to call in the morning.
>>25536451If the metal gets lodged in the shield though, it's going to give them a gripping surface to rip it away.What would be a good anti-Chorus material? It would have to be able to reflect, rather than catch, material thrown by them, and non-magnetic.I'm thinking something along the lines of Havel the Rock Johnson's kit may be good.
>>25536540ideally you get your metal wrapped completely around their wood so they cant leave before you wake up
>>25536546>Havel the Rock Johnson
If you're trying to 'catch' the shards on your shield.. it occurs to me you better be prepared to have a backup shield. Once there's enough metal embedded into the wood the Chorus can probably shake it around with ease.Once it's absorbed a fair amount of shards it's time to throw it out of range and pull out a spare.
>>25536565Or make it out of a material that deadens magnetic fields. Means the shards caught in it can't be used against you and bashing them with it would be horribly disorienting.
In sci-fi, plastic armor might win out against Chorus. Or rubber.
>>25536580Rather specialist.. but I take your point.Maybe some anti-magic defenses on the shield would work on a Chorus. I doubt they're purely technological.
>be chorus warrior>be going into battle>in addition to blade storm, hold several metal spheres of approximately my size>perfect_bluff.boop
>>25536560Ideally you would get so much wood in their metal that their metal looked like your wood, so when they try and grab their metal they end up with your wood instead and that's when you bugger them.
>chorus gore and gratuitous violence
>>25536656BEEP BLOOP BOP!
>>25536656What's Chorus porn then? A ball-bearing factory?
>>25536604or just bring a ceramic shield. backed with wood.the thing is if you put a limit on how far their magnetism works you still have an awesome monster thats deadlier to epics than it is to newbies. I really like this.
>>25536684The only ones who are unaffected are most spellcasters I suppose.. though the buggers probably have good reflex and AC at the least. If poor HP.
>>25536709oh bby Should that be on a blue board?
>>25536729>chorus tears the magical rings off of a wizard's fingers>fingerless mage can no longer cast spells with somatic components.
>>25536729and god help the spellcaster who uses lightning.
>>25536709If we go by earlier in the thread, Chorus only undergo direct physical contact when "mating." Lewd indeed.
>>25536787Ow. Fuck.Degloving is something that haunts my mind at the best of times. I suddenly feel like I should ensure my characters are careful with their magical artefacts material.
>>25536801and I suppose cold would only slow them down. wow these little guys are awesome
>>25536801Worst of all is ice.Turns the little buggers into superconductors.
>>25536832really, the best way to stop one is to just hit it with a rock.
>>25536832>>25536801Actually heat can fuck up the magnetic characteristics of a lot of materials. Cold would make them far more powerful but brittle, heat would cripple them as their magnetism denatured.
>>25536858I thought these specific ones ate heat? Volcano vents and such.
>>25536801Actually fire probably wouldn't do much different than normal.Heat does 'feed' the Chorus, but it seems to be decided that occasionally, or to repair wounds, Chorus instead ingest metal.So I dunno. Might give it a bonus to endurance or something, but it wouldn't heal it. Nothing more than magically making a standard adventurer have the equivalent of a large meal. And now I'm imagining some friendly Chorus gathering around a party campfire for the warmth. D'aww.
>>25536858these get more active in heat by feeding off of it.and now Im seeing that they are basically invulnerable to magic except magic that involves hitting it with a rock.
>>25536870Depends on the level of heat we're talking about. I imagine that wizardly fireballs are pretty up there temperature wise.At the very least, while not affecting them directly much, it would make other metal being heated non-magnetic and thus deprive the orb of weapons.
>>25536870That may need to be changed in favor of feeding on ores or the natural magnetism of the planet.
>>25536915or they feed off the ores as was stated and heat just makes it easier for them to process the ore and render it internally. >>25536894thats a cute image
>>25536915I wouldn't mind that so much, but I propose that too much heat would overload whatever head consumption abilities they have. They could still warm at volcano vents, they'd just do it a bit further away. Probably with young bravos swooping in lower, because that's what young bravos do.
I wonder how psychic-based powers and illusions would work against these guys. Rather outside my field of knowledge. I like the idea that several Chorus can use a BFG style attack. Huge magnetic shunt, and yes; powerful enough magnetic fields can effect even non-metals. Though I can't bring to mind the medical conditions simply being near such a field would bring... probably cancer. Often is.
>>25536960I would guess mind affecting powers wouldnt work very well, like illusions dont project a magnetic field. but you may be able to mind read and communicate telepathically.
>>25536937That would work. Let the heat reduce the magnetic properties of the metal they're ingesting so they'll have an easier time of working it into their body, then allow it to cool and return to full potency. I imagine trying to move small magnetic bits though a small magnetic maze would be a pain. Imagine if everything you ate became stuck to your intestines the instant it touched the walls.
>>25536945Yeah, that works. Immunity to fire would be a bit too much. These guys need a weak point. So.. standard magic attacks work I guess. If hard to hit. And counting as Tiny I guess. I'd hate to face a devious DM who made an area where Chorus can fly freely through tunnels where the party can't follow. I'm reminded of some Kobolds..
>>25536945I like that, and it makes the bonfire image in >>25536894 work much better.
>>25532356>how do I google "ascendancy," since it appears in two of the three filenames?>how do I google "snovemdomas," arbryls," or "balifids," since those aren't names I encounter very often?ASCEND OR DIE, MOTHERFUCKER
>>25536960>use massive magnetic field to magnetize the iron in blood>rip blood out of the body>induce current in the blood to cause horrible seizures and cook them alive from within.>stop bloodflow to the brain to knock people out instantly>control their body like a puppetOh god, magnets OP please nerf.
>>25536981Maybe mental assaults would work, but illusions would barely fool them. They still 'think', and indeed a lone Chorus would possibly be weaker than other species due to their habit of sharing information in their close groups. It's more receptive to influence. I'm just guessing there though. On the other hand.. a suitably prepared illusionist could in theory maybe whip up the illusion of magnetic fields. Which wouldn't appear for anyone but a Chorus or similar. But that would be a DM ruling, surely.
>>25537032just make it so they have an effective range that is small enoough to still move but not be op.
>>25537070That's not how magnetism works.You can't just go fucking around with one of the four fundamental forces, man, you'll break EVERYTHING.
>>25537032THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T ATTACK CHORUS CITIES.One Chorus is annoying and painfulA group is dangerous to deadly.A town will wreck an epic-tier adventuring party.A city will kill ANYTHING. Though they'll be starving and weary afterwards.
>>25537090no its not how magenetism works, but its how their control of magnetism could work. they can only extend their field of magnetic influence six foot or so around themselves or something.or just dm rule no blood bending
>>25537120>Though they'll be starving and weary afterwards.>streets are paved with lodestone>electromagnetic spires>cables and wires everywhere>chorus become omnipotent within their cities of doom.>cities that levitate via repulsion against iron deposits in the ground>defended with lightning cannons, powered by massive induction generatorsTHEY ARE UNSTOPPABLE
>>25537211only if you let them get that far along, I see them as coming from a plane of pure magnetism and metal. they got stranded here and started life anew. its not like they are trying to take over the world they really just want to live and get along and eat armor.I wouldnt allow more than a town or two of them in any setting myself. roving family groups would be ok too, working every day at the smithy must be like being a baker to them.
>>25537211also acids would probably stop them, we established that rocks and wood stop them. pretty much anything that isnt using heat, metal, cold, or electricity is able to kill them. so you could take out a town of them with a few kids and some slings. and destroy their towns with trebuchet.
>>25537326also stone arrow heads make a BIG come back in a war against the chorus
>>25537326Caught outside their element, yeah, there's plenty of ways to take care of them. In moderation they're not all that OP.But I just can't help but think of how ludicrously powerful they could be with the proper prep time and infrastructure.
>>25537211They don't seem to have spellcasters, and I'm pretty sure a competent circle of wizards could come up with a way to defeat them.Summoning a load of rust mites, perhaps.
>>25532359>simon-noises.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SolresolDo DoMi ReSolSolMi ReLaSolFa ?
>>25537211Just use catapults.
>>25537384>summoning rust mites"To kill the frogs of the island, I have released snakes."
>>25537366And at the same time, how underpowered they are by a properly prepared counter-force. They're actually kind of fun in how they reward creativity. Luckily it seems we decided they're largely benign at least.
>>25537384actually you have a point, they dont have spellcasters. but do they have gods?
>>25537412Well, it's possible to banish them after. Maybe. Okay this was a horrible idea.
>>25537412That's OK, my party has a drunk Irish cleric who can totally handle this shit.
>>25537420not like they really want anything we have. food? they eat metal. posessions? they only want the metal. our money? ok maybe if its coinage but they would probably trade for what they need byt working in metal related businesses. hell they can live off the scrap leftovers of a smithy
>>25537427"Well, we rather like this 'Platinum Dragon' from the sound of things. Logical and metallic suits us fine!"They're a little saddened when they discover he's not purely metal. I just hope they don't have Clerics.
>>25537435wizards: No sense of right and wrong.>>25537427>>25537473Probably do have gods, probably don't have clerics. One with class levels would be pretty damn scary, but for some reason I feel that they would be rare. Probably because they usually don't have much reason to go learning spells, since magnetism is pretty much miracles anyway.
>>25537473Oh wow. I can just imagine some knights fighting a losing battle against demonic hordes. The rallying cry goes up! The Paladins of Bahamut have heard our call and come to our aid! In the distance one can clearly see row upon row of kite shields emblazoned with the platinum dragon...and that's it. With a great battlecry of BEEEOOOP WEEP WOOP the shields turn aside to reveal an army of ball bearings and floating swords.They slam into the demonic forces, turning their own fiery weapons aside and the day is won.
>>25537473they worship Ba'al Bai'r Ingthe metallic bringer of life who granted metal and magnetism upon the universe. thus granting life.for who can look at the world and not see the splendor brought to us, the world shows his holy shape. A Orb!he gave unto us his metal flesh so we may feed.he gave unto us his mighty will and gave us magnetism.he gave unto us his holy will and granted us life.PrAISE BE TO BA'AL BA'IR ING!
>>25537593goddamnit I choked on my drink reading that you bastard
>>25537593>Order of the Steel Sphere - "BEEP WHEEP WOOP"For some reason, no non-Chorus has ever requested to join.
Actually now I think about it, Eastern dragons are often shown holding magical spheres. Plus, those orbs grant the power to create..It works on more than one level, Bahamut does.
>>25537719your saying the spheres the dragons hold are the chorus gods granting their power to the dragons?oh my god. they are everywhere."and then he gave that big lizard the power to shoot lightning!"
>not a planet that has a system that uses pressure variances to store and process data essentially being sentient sound.>not a living system of planets that fit together to 'think" and "reason'>Not sentient fungus>not sentient colonial organisms>not Boltzmann brains tethered to the areas of space they form inDo you even make stuff up?
I'd love to see a person that can hit a metal sphere that is 4" in diameter with a stone arrowhead... while it's flying towards you armed with a liquid metal electrified buzz saw
>>25537366>But I just can't help but think of how ludicrously powerful they could be with the proper prep timeso.. they're wizards?pic is anti-metal ball dude knife
>>25537778Not a man, but an elf!
>>25537772>Not sentient fungus
>>25537778Did we ever decide on 4"? We could make them a foot wide for the.. 'warriors' if we wanted to.
>>25537827I was thinking about basketball sized myself.
>>25537827>>25537839I've been picturing them as manhacks but hyper intelligent and able to morph shape.
>>25537772>not a planet that has a system that uses pressure variances to store and process data essentially being sentient sound.That's... fairly new, I guess. At least sound especially. >living system of planetsYawn-a-rama.. >Not sentient fungusWAAARGH! >not sentient colonial organismsI think there's a slime monstergirl about that.. >not Boltzmann brains tethered to the areas of space they form inAren't there like 50 of those in Star Trek?
>>25537839I thought of them as being anything from cricket/baseball sized to bowling ball.
>>25537812Sorry, sentient fungus forests that take over a planet and shoot spores through space on biological solar sails to colonies other planets and bind with their life in a symbiotic fashion to create even stronger life forms that can travel through space and return to the original colony renewing it and exchanging knowledge.
>>25537902the sound thing is OLD tg stuff.the plant thing is freaking avatar crap.fungus could be ok.slimes general.and yeah startrek
>>25537839>>25537873>>25537921I was thinking about large enough to fit into an anus.
>>25537942>plant thingPlanet, PLANET.
>>25537986basically still avatar crap, or gaia theory. which is not new.
>>25537942>OLD /tg/ stuffThat'll explain it. >>25537926Worldtrees in Saga of Seven Suns. They also have a priest caste who can telepathically link through touch to the tree's hivemind and communicate with no speed-of-light delay via them.Admittedly the trees don't bother with sending out seeds when the priests have an infrastucture up. Oh, and the priests get limited photosynthesis as a bonus. But the worldforest is capable of GROWING motherfucking STARSHIPS.Also, they fucking love knowledge, and want to know everything. The trees want to know everything.
>>25538008>avatar>using a system of planets / collection of systems to essentially be a giant machine that can make complex calculations and possibly be called alive.What?Though I did only say one system and what I am proposing would probably take billions.
>>25537963Only the babbies. You're not some kind of pervert, are you?
>>25538042I have never read that actually, I was just throwing a bunch of ideas together. But I suppose nothing new under the sun.
>>25538080Or I am just to creatively stunted to make such a thing.
>>25538080I never did finish that actually. They had a beetle-like precursor race, the robot race they left behind, four kinds of sapient planets, a slightly telepathic alien race and three factions of humans all at once.Shit got confusing a few books in. Should really go to the library some time. >Would Chorus work as Swarms, or individual Tiny creatures?
>>25538190individual family groups, like humans. they are individuals but family oriented.
>>25538243I meant more on a board. How would you treat them in combat?
>>25538282I would treat them as singles. seeing how they have to be dispatched one by one and I wouldnt allow huge numbers of them in any game.keep the numbers reasonable and make them single units.
Are there femalesCan you fuck them
>>25538282individual tiny creatures. you have to hit them THROUGH a swarm, which has like a billion HP. if you can nail that bowling ball with this large rock while it's zigging and zagging at 20 yards, you can win.
>>25538333>>25538308They can fuck you, however.
>>25538333more like they are hermaphrodytic who trade magnetismic and electrical fields along with materials to kick start the forming of a new orb within one or both of the parent orbs.or thats what I would guess
I liked the crystal race in that one episode of stargate.And those microbe colonies where also pretty cool.I don't really know I can't really think of anything original.
>>25538379>>25538351>>25538333>>25538308I'm now picturing a bard practicing contact juggling for a crowd of these things
>>25538483>Bard Chorus>puts all it's points into Juggling>achieves Jugglevirna
>>25538483>Female human bard with Chorus contact juggling>Porn for both races
What would constitute an undead Chorus?Animated scrap metal?Products made of recycled metal?
>>25538637>The Chorus strips the bard with magnetism as the show goes onI'll be in my bunk.
>>25538684I guess a golem Chorus.
Why isn't this archived yet.
>>25538892Not only do they have no sense of right and wrong, but we have no idea how they work.How horrifying.
OP hereGood thread, you guys. Good thread.
Archived.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25532089/Go vote this nigga.
>>25540430>magnets>>25538483>jugglingLadies and gentlemen, we have created the ultimate race to confuse juggalos!on a more serious note, what if some cultists decided they'd worship the Chorus instead of some demon?
>>25538846More importantly, starting a 1d4chan page.
>>25540529Hey look you've done some fuckin' losers work for him
>>25544504b-b-but I was having fun
>>25545494More like I'M DEAD
>>25536037Not him but any computer on a ship needs some good shielding and hardening from space born magnetic hazards anyway.
>>25534811Hello, I'm the science fellow >>25534470 from last night. The problem is you're actually thinking about that a bit wrong. The correct analogy is:We mate by exchanging phosphoric acid based polymers, and that doesn't mean that we can genetically engineer a spider-duck.This is true, because we don't have a way to manipulate that data exchange. If the Chorus have adapted their sexual information transmission to other communication then they _must_ be able to manipulate that data exchange. Essentially, this is the same as our slowly growing ability to practice genetic engineering. Now that we can manipulate these sexual information exchanges we are on our way to producing spider-ducks.Their ability to manipulate the near field, combined with the ability to inflate a field sufficiently to manipulate things magnetically directly obtains that they are in a position to generate light by bremsstrahlung. It will, however, probably take a massive cultural revolution for them to even accept the possibility of doing so. We are talking about using an incredibly private, intimate communication method that derives from sex to create pulses of radiative-regime EM fields that propagate outwards without limit. To put that in perspective, that's like normalizing the behaviour of ejaculating from buildings so other people can open their mouths down below and find out if you've been eating asparagus.(so, so sorry for that analogy)
>>25546774Best analogy ever.
Has anyone started these guys yet? We need to.
>>25547389Statted I mean
>>25532264>>25532314>>25532325> AscendencyI love you
The problem with designing a race is that only one culture is ever created. Humans have many different cultures and its the clash and competition that shaped a lot of our history. Notice how in the ascendancy stuff its always aliens vs wildlife as the primary threat?
A Chorus settlement is always a bizarre sight even in a land of wonders. Purely metallic structures cut into the natural irregularities of the landscape with precise order. Where before in their homeland they were gleaming steel, so fine as to almost fool the observer into thinking they had stumbled into a city of polished silver; now their structures are not so grand. Speckled iron and common metals make up a mottled appearance on the smooth curves and spheres of their homes.Settlements are nearly always centered around a permanent heat source. Either a volcanic vent, an ignited plume of natural gas, or even a slumbering fire elemental.The buildings themselves are clearly designed with flying in mind. A single smooth arc of steel resembling a windbreaker tent thing. You know the ones. The wall covering three directions and ceiling, but open on the fourth. Shelves are placed from the floor to the ceiling on the sole 'wall' of the building where either tools are kept or the inhabitant's personal belongings. Personal security being pointless in a society where everyone is in near constant communication with each other, they're left in a designated "my shelf", but otherwise in the open. In the middle of these arc-dwellings and around the heat source are smooth bowls that accommodate a Chorus to rest or 'sleep'. From an outsider's perspective, telling the difference between a family unit's dwelling and the 'town hall' is a difficult perception DC, however those settlements with regular trade will set up signposts in the area's common language to direct people to the trading arc. Am I the only one getting a Mirrodin vibe from these lil' guys? >>25542437"Er.. sure. Just give us iron and we'll spin for you.">"ALL HAIL THE SPHERES!""Yeah yeah, hail us." I guess what's next is some stat shuffling for these guys. Though there's no way in hell I'd even start trying. Always balls it up.
Stat me please.
>>25548941Fuck, is that blue board friendly? I mean daaaaang..
I love how the average fuck shit up approach does generally nothing to them while being the poorest fag of the group could make you the most important. Oh gods the warrior tried to punch a chorus. Jimmy get the stick!
>>25549801>Get the stick>Implying wood can save you against a floating metal deathsphere with complete control of magnetism
>>25535990Nothing saying you couldn't simply set up a remote input away from the magnetic-sensitive portions of the network.
>>25535990>solid state drives>enclose processor in Faraday cageBam, safe.
>>25536336First Contact. Warforged "AI" is probably the closest thing to Chorus-style thought in the usual D&D-style racials. I imagine Chrous would find such arcane manipulations of metal fascinating or even potentially heretical, depending on whether such concepts existed. After all, to a Chorus, a warforged is life, but not as we know it.
>>25536832Acid or force effects would work fine, too.
>>25549978With a high enough STR stat, it will. They're internally pretty delicate.
>>25546774Squad fucking broken, sides have gone superluminal.Fuck, I am too damn geeky to consider that whole post so funny.
>>25549978It does when you end up with a broken-bat home run and a Chorus imbedded so deep in the nearby cliff it'll take them hours to wiggle out.
I imagine a Chorus-'corpse' sword would be pretty fucking amazing. But also incurring the wrath of every Chorus settlement you met. Could be good for an Evil PC though.
I'd hate for these things to exist in 40K.Tiny xenos with magnetic powers that only need heat and iron in a world with that many people in foot-thick armor?They can exist in space even by the looks of things, you'd never be sure you got them all.
>>25550306And all they have to do to play dead is stop moving.The opponent starts combing the battlefield for all the metal they can to cart it off to a smelter, both for the materials and to deny the enemy their dead.And one chorus who was just pretending gets tossed into a truck loaded with sharp metal bits.Two minutes later, there is no truck.
>>25550335I figure that's work exactly once. They'd learn pretty quickly to bash in every last chorus dome as they pick over the spoils.
>>25550335I think after a while every faction would impose a "make sure any Chorus found are destroyed BEFORE salvaging", before long. Mostly by stamping on them or running them over.If only because too many techtrousers are eaten by the spherical bastards. Unless they get along with one faction or another. They're pretty much Machine Spirits on one hand, blare out techno while fighting on the other, and exist in a tiered commune on a third hand. It's kinda open to debate.
>>25550335Plus ranging from ball bearing sized infants to bowling ball sized adults you could always miss the baby who goes on to start a army.
>>25550422That asteroid belt? Yeah it's a hive. They're solar powered.The moon? Chorus hive.Went to the bathroom. Found a Chorus napping on the toilet paper.Fuck. I think we can assume they're slow breeders. So it'll take a few decades to start an army, but still.
>>25550445Thank hod they are mostly peaceful.
>>25550468Damn you autocorrect what's a hod?
>>25550476Hod or HOD may refer to:>Brick hod, a long-handled box for carrying bricks or mortar>Hod, term for a Coal scuttle, bucket-like container for carrying coal>Hod Hill, an archaeological site in Dorset, England>Hollinwood railway station, England; National Rail station code HOD>Hod (Kabbalah), part of the Tree of Life>Hod (organization), Israel-based organization for Jewish homosexuals>Hod HaSharon, city in the Center District of Israel>Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, 2002 Game Boy Advance game>Höðr, a god in Norse mythology, often spelled Hod>Heart of Darkness, novel>Heart of Darkness (video game)>Halo Occupation Distribution in cosmology and astrophysics>Hereditarily ordinal definable sets, an inner model of ZFC in set theory>Heritage Open Days, annual UK event>Hospital Outpatient Departments>Host On-Demand, a software engineering concept>Hypertrophic osteodystrophy, a bone disease in young dogs>Head of Department; see Department Head>Hydrogen on Demand, the production of Browns Gas by Electrolysis of water I'd go with Hod the fairly pacifist norse god. Although he was a bit of a pansy.
>>25549978They are pretty fragile from what the thread says. Wonder how long it takes them to heal or repair injury.
Why don't the chorus just 'wear' robes when being diplomatic?That way they shroud themselves and seem human.
>>25550792In the same way that a flying coathanger doesn't look like a person.The robes would be empty and swaying all over the place, it wouldn't fool anybody.That raises a different question however: Ordimentation. What would the chorus think of, say, cosmetic engraving?
>>25550835I think engraving would be like branding for humans. Yes it WORKS, but fucking ow.Maybe they would magnetize specially shaped and engraved plates to themselves that hug their sphere form tightly? More like clothes there, however.
>>25550835Metal rings in the fabric along specific folds in the robe. Alternatively, chainmail with fabric over it.These ways they can mock a human shape with the robes.