>the skeletons, lacking the ability to use magic, instead develop advanced technology
>>57118226They go forth with one great motto: To boldly rattle where no skeleton has rattled before, to seek out death and skeletonisation.But as they explore the cosmo in search of death, they instead find living planet after living planet, and move on in search of alien death.
>>57118226I would unironically play/watch a setting where the evil lich commands a modernized skeletal army going GATE on the other magical kingdoms
>>57118859>elves and humans are flinging spells at each other >skeletons are using assault rifles and trying to get to the moon.Nuclear age skeletons in a fantasy world would be the best.
>>57118226Hey, who turned out the lights?
>>57119217>A great debate rages in the skeleton kingdom>Should they use their most powerful weapon, the atomic bomb, to wipe out all fleshy life?>One side believes that flesh is a weakness, and should be wiped out>The pragmatic side claims that skeletonkind would cease to exist without fleshlings to make more skeletons
>>57119318great skeleton nation>2000 skeletons in a valley >normal 80’s town >skeleton 80’s TV>skeleton 80’s music >one sided Cold War with the fleshlings>plans for skeleton moon base >spy satellites
>>57118483New campaign idea being stolen over here. Look away.
>>57119576>SATELITES ARE SKELLETON HIVERATTLES
>>57118226Why would a skeleton need a space suit?
>>57118859What is this from?
>>57120564Diagnostics readouts. It doesn't supply any oxygen or anything, just information about his surroundings, etc...
>>57119318>>The pragmatic side claims that skeletonkind would cease to exist without fleshlings to make more skeletonsThe more radical of the anti-flesh side believe they can just cast more skeletons from steel...>>57120564>Why would a skeleton need a space suit?>>57120576>Diagnostics readouts.More aptly, protection from micro-meteors and cosmic radiation.Just 'cus your bone doesn't mean gamma rays won't fuck with you.
>>57120636>Just 'cus your bone doesn't mean gamma rays won't fuck with you.Well, yes, it doesIf your marrow isn't producing blood cells anyway, what does it matter if its internal mechanisms are smashed into bits?Do you think bones lose their hardness/integrity due to exposure? How would thatmatter to a sceleton anyway, seeing as they aren't held together by anything anyway?..
>>57118226Why would skeletons be nomagic if magic is likely the only thing making them animate? Is all of their magical potential being used to keep them "alive"?
>>57121013Technoskeletons animated via nanomachines, obviously.
>>57121013it depends on what the magic is powered by in the universe.If all magic was powered by life or some shit, then anti-life beings like skellingtons would be unable to use magic without destroying themselves.
>>57121900This is likely what would lead to it. You have to have some living material to cast magic. Vampires cast magic by stealing blood.Skeletons typically don’t have living things on them, so once they are animated they are stuck like that. There are some skeletons that cover themselves in moss and whatnot. They can cast magic like vampires but aren’t as civilized as the others.
>>57123484>There are some skeletons that cover themselves in moss and whatnot. They can cast magic like vampires but aren’t as civilized as the others.any magic that could be cast by fucking moss is inherently shitty, such individuals should be mocked to deter others from following in their misguided footsteps.
>>57123568>any magic that could be cast by fucking mosskinky
>>57118226[race name] lacks th ability to use magic, so they develop advanced technology insteadUnironically love this trope.
>>57123579>all magic is sex based>skeletons lack "the bone" to cast magicironic isn't it?
>>57118226>they then discover the magic was inside them all along
>read thread about skellingtons>0 punsI've got a bone to pick with you /tg/.
>>57118226>instead they develop sickass magitek by using other races wizards as fuel.fixed that for you
>>57123599>all magic is sex based>druids exist in the settingdo i even wanna know
>>57123655shit forgot picI'm such a bonehead
>>57121013>if magic is likely the only thing making them animate?Wait, why do they need magic to be animated? Can't they be just, like, normal living skeletons?
>>57118226The skeletons- unable to cast magic to increase their ranks- trade technology for new members with the vampires.Thus an alliance was born elevating one of the clans to WWII era tech.
>>57123673why would a vampire care about WWII tech when he can decapitate a ratogre just fine with his sword?
>>57123697So they could be nazi vampires, obviously.
>>57123660this is why we must purge the flesh-creatures, they are impure and degenerate! Especially the pointy eared ones, they barely even provide us with any skeletons what with their dreadfully long "lives".
>>57123697tanks/access to skeleton-TVwatches and stuff do happen to be nice
>>57123723>skeleton-TVtoo spooky even for vampires
what if skeletons developed organic exosuit to walk around in hostile environments?
>>57123721>they barely even provide us with any skeletonsno, brother, you're doing it all wrong. They can provide us skeletons just fine, you just tell one of them where the orcs are, then wait for a week or so, the visit that place and harvest skeletons.They're even pre-cleaned for you! I don't know what these elves do, but there's no trace of that "flesh" stuff on anything after they pass! Easy AND efficient!
>>57123781what if you are in fact a skeleton wearing an organic skeleton right now and you just forgot
>>57123794>skeleton wearing organic skeletonhold your horses, that's just too spooky.
>>57123794That's what he was saying anon
This is my kind of thread.
>>57118226>skeletons, are animate without any connective or muscular tissue, etc>"lacking the ability to use magic"I can't put my finger on it.
>>57124471What's wrong? They're just ordinary nonmagical living skeletons.
>>57124573>nonmagical living skeletons.Uh, okay. I guess that clears up everything...
>>57124471"Magic" is not a blanket-term for all kinds of supernatural phenomena. And even if the said skeletons are POWERED by magic, that doesn't mean they can USE magic.
>>57124610Skeletons can't move on their own, it must be M A G I C!That's really calcist.
>>57124247>>57124556>>57124682Are these made by you, anon?they're pretty good.
>>57124703Yep, just having a little fun.
>>57118226>random skeleton thread that I posted >new memes coming out of the woodwork Thanks, /tg/
>>57125165>new memes coming out of the woodworksomething something skeleton in the closet
>>57124844>firearms never hurt any skeletons and as such any fear mongering is nonsense spouted by human sympathizers
>>57125590You need bigger firearms.
>>57125590Would skeletons look to use weapons that take advantage of their natural resiliency more? Or would they seek ever large and more powerful weapons, some that might even damage the most majestic and powerful skeletons themselves?Or perhaps they might even look for weapons that deflesh their unwakened brothers immediately?
>>57127249>Or perhaps they might even look for weapons that deflesh their unwakened brothers immediately?Flamethrowers?Flamethrowers!
>you will never be a cool skeleton that goes to his work every morning riding his trusty old breaking wheel
>>57120966Bone cancer bro
>>57130753What about a Calcium Magnate?
>>57121013In Bloodborne, skeletons (well... a skeleton, there's only one in the main game) are animated via the Old Blood contained in their bone marrow, and the Old Blood is most likely composed of nanobots.
>>57132594There's only one skeleton in Bloodborne?
>>57133070Yes, only one in the main game. Darkbeast Paarl. You can meat unlimited Darkbeasts in the Chalices though, but they're not a part of the story.
This thread needs more calcium and fluoride.
>>57123794what happened to skeleton heaven?
>>57133111What about the bOne Reborn?
>>57135098That's what happens when you kill all the demons and put out all the firea
>>57123794>skeletons piloting mechs build of mainly fleshFUND IT!GET IT THE GIANT FLESH GOLEM, SHINJI!
im stealing everything in this thread for a setting, and theres nothing you can do to stop me.i think having the skelly wearing tacticool suits and helmets to hide their looks would be a neat reveal and reason to hide their horrid faces due to most people not liking them for various reasons, like morally darker grey sciences.
>races magically develop whatever is necessary for them to be competitive
>>57136257magic is cheating, science is the path of no cutting corners. while the mages spend decades to make a magic nuke, we already nuked them fifty times over.
Let's be honest, we're too busy being skeles and dootin to care about what the fleshies are doing.
>>57136344>be on the moon, doing your science and dooting about thang>look outside of window>fleshies be up to shit, looks like they blew up a small city>its a very small explosion in a non skelly colony, no big deal>hey manny>yeah paul>why dontca go down there for the new recruits>a'ight bossan thus, begins the adventures of Manfred the Conqueror
>>57136311>science does not cut cornersYour education has failed you
>>57136623in comparison to science, magic is very much more like cheating. months making a test tube baby, with magic can be done in hours or even shorter with enough gold and materials. why even go into science when majiks have all the answers in less time?but i wasnt really basing it off personal beliefs. magic hating science skelly seems fun as part of the concept.
>>57118226>>57118226so just like real workd humans. Which is just skeletons wearing flesh
>>57137106energy beings piloting brains piloting skeletons piloting flesh mechs
>>57136702>no magic takes monthsDo you read stories that aren't shit?
>>57137264magic and science can have different strengths and weaknesses dude, its not all just one is strictly better forever. a magic nuke would take alot of time to accumulate power or a level 20 something wizard who focused their entire life studying to blow shit up big and be exhausted for a day, but a nuke is easier to make en masse if you know how. but wizards can do other things better and faster, but might not have the precision of gene splicing. it could help set a science vs magic mentality of one side trying to outdo the other, like the cold war.im sorry your brain cant comprehend being different outside of your recycled trope filled trashheap and come up with some semi- original ideas like the other anons did.
>>57120564Doesn't space radiation cause bone loss? And with skeletons being DEAD they wouldn't regenerate it and become permanently weaker.
>>57137390I think you may be confusing it with the effect that being in microgravity causes loss of muscle mass.I'm not sure if radiation can induce things like Osteoporosis in skeletons, since by definition those diseases only happen in living organisms.Of course, stay in space long enough and you may photodisintegrate, but that will take a LONG time.
>>57137418Yeah I just checked and the bones loss is apparently due to radiation damaging bone formation which naturally would be lacking in skeletons. But the question remains how do skellies maintain their bones or does the magic just kill all microbes?
>>57137452the only thing the human race ever had most of above all other races.sheer willpower, that includes not giving up on life. or mitochondria. yeah lets go with that.
>>57118483That space suit looks badass. Do you know where it is from?
>>57118483I ran a game like this last spring.
>>57137385Can you link the post that claims that magic and science cannot have different strengths and weaknesses?
>>57137452Midichlorians protect them
Modern Warfare Skeley Edition.
> Skellies develop ever more advanced weaponry> Fleshies discover ever more advanced resurrection magic> Literal tug of war
>>57136702Science is all about cheating, all the time.If it happens, and it's consistent, and it's effects can be felt in any way whatsoever, science is on it like a pack of ravid coyotes, using it to build more science, better science, science that enhance our ability to feel the effect of things, and to predict them.Being a munchkin is science, because science is being a munchkin on the truths of the universe. And if magic is consistent, then the study of magic is science too.Also, can the skelletons be powered by anti-magic? Not a magical nullifying field, not dark magic, anti-magic. Which is like magic, except it is indiferent to magic and animates skelletons for some reason.
>>57139183interesting. but consider this:purifying clerics charging high prices for true eternal rest. no life magic, no skelly boning, no tug of war. dust to dust ashes to ashes.
>>57140188To expand a bit in anti-magic>what is anti-magic?It's like magic, but it animates skeletons.>but, why magic?Because skeletons don't move on their own, so it must be magic right?>but why anti?Because no know spell has ever interacted, detected, or affected this anti-magic thing, ever. And dark magic already meant something.>but, what does this anti-magic even do?Skeletons are moving on their own. It is pressumed that this is because of anti-magic, and no other explanation has been proven.
>>57140188science messes with rules that already exists, but magic bypasses those laws while science just exploits. of course, imo and not the final ideal.i like the idea of nega magic, no potential for weird magic bullshit but can do other science. literally just the opposet of regular magic; less sporastic and more readily understandable. like a law/chaos thing.
>>57140326I've always preferred the idea that magic is not a thing, but several. You think you have figured out magic, its laws and sources, but then you discover a new phenomenon and there go your beautiful theories.A magical theory of everything is boring, exploitable, and since people always complete it before or during implementation it makes magic predictable and yet difficult to work within a setting without breaking it.
>>57140416yeah plain magic that's always the same makes things boring and predictable. maybe blur the line between magic and science. souls are a magical mysterious thing, but also energy techically. if you take a soul and j-jam it in something, it might stick in it due to factors. or burn it in a soul furnace, its just gonna wander till its snuffed out so why waste it? maybe bones keep most of the soul around, but most of a skeleton becomes a new skele-person? i feel like im getting in necron territory, but i guess that is one extreme.
>>57118226I have questions anon:>if skeletens lack ability to use magic what sustains thier unlife>how skeletens feel their surroundings>if skeletens think, and can "see" their surroundings do they also smell, hear and feel the touch? Do they feel pain?>and most importantly are they still spooky?
When skeletons are raised they only have a set amount of magic holding them together. This magic not only animates them but also allows them to retaine the mental faculties they had in life. They can cast magic but it uses up this magical reserve and mental abilities are the first to go. Many freahly raised skeletons panic and cast spells in thier panic reducing thier mental capabilities, redering them mindless, some even destroy themselves. Those who do not panic realise that they cannot cast spells without using the energy holding them together. They then go on to invent things to make up for thier "lack" of magic
>>57142795Magic sustains their unlife. They just can’t produce mana themselves. They still have their stores from before their “death” but once it’s empty it’s empty.As such most skeletons simply use their powers to “birth” more skeletons.They use every sense (but taste, because they don’t/can’t eat) but all except sight and hearing are numbed by a considerable amount.
>>57143019id imagine keeping all senses active would not be worth keeping on. touch at bare minimum; pressure for precision movements and pain for not dying again due to it being a vital survival/keeping some humanity intact. the cold of their bones would only remind them of oblivion, but would a soft, warm, gentle touch be worth a few minutes?
>>57143241>would a soft, warm, gentle touch be worth>skeletonslewd
>>57118226>skeletons can't use magic>develop advanced technology>>57120636>The more radical of the anti-flesh side believe they can just cast more skeletons from steel...Are there no new ideas?
>>57147455Eh, wh40k is a hodgepodge of others peoples ideas. Meaning just because some else came up with a idea doesn't mean you can't do your own spin on it.
>>57147455How about growing skeletons using bone cancer? We will never need flesh bags again!
>>57145236This is an excellent book, which I suggest reading if you have not.>>57145500This is the cover for an excellent album by a band called Fightstar, which you should listen to if you have not.Now, on to other things. There's an episode of Doctor Who where nanobots bring people killed in war back to life, but imperfectly, due to a malfunction (The Empty Child.) Why couldn't the skeles work like that? Malfunctioning nanobots in the air strip the flesh from dead humans and reanimate them as skeles. Other races don't understand how this works, since magic is the only science that has been practiced on the planet - the nanobots are alien - only that when one of them dies, unless cremated within a few minutes the flesh melts away and the skele rises up and wanders off. It creates a natural animosity towards skeletons, and explains why they can't use magic - the nanobots wouldn't understand magic or why it would be preferred to science. The skeles, being animated by nanobots, life in a hive collective where they advance science with the dual goals of protecting the collective and spreading the nanobots throughout the universe.
>>57136195That's nice and all, but I think you'll find tricorn wearing skeletons with bolt action rifles to be the tippity top of the bone zone.
>>57140243Fuckin’ gold. Stealing.
concept instantly made me think of thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMaxrryH0es&t=3mskeleton ops soon
>>57118859>That top right skeleton in the first panel with the fucked up pelvis and spider legged stanceHOLY SHIT
>flesh wizards cast mass bone cancer.what do?
>>57153237Can we even get cancer?Doesn’t that need living bits?
Servants of the Nuclear FireSkeletons reanimated by the fires of occult magic & are blessed by the Nuclear God Azathoth with unearth state of perminancy neither dying or living yet filled with the motive force. Other races have yet to see beyond the fractals, they still use their parlor tricks & pray to microbial gods for gifts. The skeletons first reborn in the Nuclear Fires instead turn to science to share their God's gift of unlife & bath the world in the Light of Truth (radiation) which nurtures them. They seek to spread to the stars & seek out their dreaming God. Any skeleton can be reanimated in Nuclear Fire.
>>57158110*undeath, a state of perminancyAlso bathe not bath.
>>57153237>bones cause rending damagenow its worse
>>57120378>GIGANTIC BABY RATTLES>THEY RATTLE ENEMY SATELLITES TO DEATH OR SOMETHING
So where do liches come into play?
>>57161628Liches get stitches Skeletons live free or die (again)
>>57132249Skeletons, being dead have no cell reproduction going on and subsequently can't get cancer.
Who would be the Empire of Bones' rival as they spread throughout the galaxy?
>>57168488I was thinking fleshwarpers.
>>57168488Resurrectionists. People who use magic/cruciform parasites to bring people back to life.Or skeleton-less blob monsters.
>>57168488A race of sentient dogs
>>57171542that would be great. foreshadow as great slaughters of bonekind, but they are just cute puppers that somehow have the ability to pull off limbs of the skely.
>>57171542>Sentient giant dogs that think the skeletons are all toys to play withFund it
>>57168488Space ghosts.While bonemen use tech & science the ghosties use magic.
>>57118226Pretty sure Lord of light ends with the gods leading their slowly developing followers against a rogue god/crew scientist who has been reanimating corpses and developing steam power/guns.Would play.
>>57171357>Brothers! While the fleshies are pitiful for shackling us to their skin and bones before allowing us true life, the skeletonless are the true abhorrent ones in this galaxy>For the fleshed ones can birth a skeleton, they have their place in this unlife. Theirs is a fleeting yet important step in the life of skeletonkind>But the fleshless? They begin and end with no skeleton, no hardness to ground their flesh. As such they are decadent and horrific beings. Not only are they no use to skeletonkind, they are an affront to nature!>They must be exterminated with extreme prejudice. Their empty flesh be will be purged and spread as ashe across this universe as a lesson to all of life and unlife.
>>57178005The skeletons encounter a cephalopod race and lose their shit
>>57173778>>57173760Coast to Coast?
>>57123721stay away from our dead
>>57178124I love this picture and this exchange probably more than I should.
>>57120966yup, radiation makes stuff brittle.
Never shall we rest, for we are the dead.Our bones may rattle and creak, but we will endure.
>>57161873Why would you even care about those abominations of flesh and soul and magic when you have glorious femurs and computers to keep you occupied!?
How do relationships work, in this society?What about children who died and became skeletons? Do they grow up, mentally? Do older skeletons take them as foster children? Do they free the parent skeletons from the confines of flesh?
>>57183661All skeletons enter the world with a clear and full understanding of it. There is no age among skelekin. The skeletons of diminutive nature are valued, as they can more easily take on certain tasks than their larger brethren can and because they are somewhat rare.
>>57118226>>the skeletons, lacking the ability to use magic, instead develop advanced technologyI guess that would explain why there so damn many skellingtons IIIINNNN SSSPPPAAACCCEE!!!
>>57118226>Alternatively, skeletons can use magic but they only have the bare minimum a soul can have while still being considered alive and must passively use it all to remain intact>Casting a spell as a skeleton is an act of heroic sacrifice and such spells are massive because they use up the entirety of the caster's magical potential and life force in one go
>>57190550Apparently space is dangerous. Don't go!
>>57130821>Not harnessing the power of skeleton wheels for your own purposes
Someone linked this thread on /vg/ and it reminded me of a great story from here, so I'm linking it back in the hope that someone has it saved.This is getting complicated.>>>/vg/200399615
>>57193260Parts two and three are also on the archive.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/31236570/
>>57186586>The skeletons of diminutive nature are valued, as they can more easily take on certain tasks than their larger brethren can and because they are somewhat rare.
>>57190550>Jamie Dawson at work
Skeleton Economy, go! What are they paid in, what industries do they have? Skeleton Healthcare! How do they handle never dying? Can anything threaten their bones? What happens if parts of them are detached?Skeleton Diplomacy! What relations od they have with other races - are they isolationist? Do they welcome tourists? Do they have deals and contracts where they get the future skeleton-person inside you?
>>57197830I was just thinking about it:Skeletons can only rattle.The skeletocracy has an appointed "fleshspeaker" with a literal silver tongue and fancy clothes, who relays all messages.If a skelly loses a bone he can replace it with a bone from a dead-dead skeleton, also, just imagine a skeleton with spider legs.You can agree to give your body to the skeletons after you die, with a hefty reward.
>>57197830maybe that's what moss is for? >>57123484Skeletons start out with a finite amount of magic (or ani-magic), most of which is used to keep them undead and fully maintained. Damaged skeletons can drain magic (or anti-magic) from moss to heal themselves.Thus, moss farmers.
>>57196073This creature looks like it will make a fine member of society. I can't wait for it to find it's way to us. Still, I'm not sure what this fleshbeast has to do with the fact that we hold small skelekin in high regard...The actions fleshies do with their faces are so odd, as well... Moving those blobs around must take up so much energy that it must be impossible for them to ever reach the level of technological superiority we have.
>>57197830>What are they paid in, what industries do they have?Skeletons are something of a hive collective, so they don't actually get paid. Like Orks, they come into being knowing what it is to be a Skeleton, but as time goes on they more and more become their own skeleperson. But because each of them has this innate understanding, they have the one of the only true communist governments/economies in the universe. Because each individual skeleton has very few needs and can output much more than it requires each day - needing little sleep, it allows for this type of system to work. "Pay" for a skeleton is time off - which they usually use to go travelling, given a sum of money for whatever host society they are going to visit. This is almost always approved unless the skeleton uses it excessively, or regularly misses its quotas. This is why adventurers, being the ignorant savages they are, often kill skeletons without even talking to them first, as they typically have modest sums of cash on them, and unless outfitted in battle rattle are very little threat.Skeletons produce anything that is reasonable for them to produce, but excel in things too dangerous for most other species to want to produce en masse, such as plasglass where the high temperatures required make it nearly impossible for living beings to work on it (except for certain heat adapted races).
>>57199596Communist space skeletons? I like it.Now we just need to study soviet sci fi literature to get the proper aesthetics.
>>57201248>>57199596One of the better figures that came out of Horrorclix
>>57199596knucklebones are a currency somewhat, since they are small and hard to find. the stress put on the joints protect the much larger and important bones from being broken easily.also a module for skelle-telle communication for fleshies, and their languages known at death is understood. cheaper than a silver tongue, but usually boxy, attached to already bulky armor, needs to be hand operated(extra hand can be bought) and might be buggy. since most skelly dont have them and are usually makeshift hand-me-downs. perhaps illegal in certain colonies, most likey the moon ones who are isolationists.
>>57204557>knucklebones are a currencydo you mind if I pay you in foreskins my fellow fleshbag?>being this insensitive to the skeleton plight
>>57207257i should change that to knucklebones are the most valuable, like for organ transplant/donations heart is the most valuable because you need it to live. i just wanted a "roll the 'bones" joke put somewhere, like a casino.
>>57204557Why would commie skeletons need a currency? There is no scarcity in skeleciety, and thus no need for currency. The only time a skeleton needs money is when they go visiting the fleshies.
I'm finally playing a campaign where the DM is leting me play as as skeleton its a dream come true bone bros>>57171542Funny I've been fighting Hyenas and Hyena warriors things
>>57118226>DM recently allowed me to roll my new character using the race: SkeletonWhat are very skeleton things to do, other than having my favorite drink to be milk. and then pouring it over myself and rubbing it on my bones like lotion
>>57209522>>57210932what the fuck I didnt see this post til after mine went up are you me
>>57120564Space dust and moon dust will tear the skeleton to shreds.
>>57121013SHHH dude dont ruin my totally unique and SUPER FUNNY bone jokes!HAHA DOOT AND SPOOKED HAHA
>>57196157underratedi saw him beat those pirates i tell ya
>>57210977>are you meno even better we are bone brothers>What are very skeleton things to doScare kids or give them knives to run withPretend to be a meat bag and gain their trust make the world a better place for all bonesmost important always trust your bones
>>57178005>>57178052skeleton rangers have favored enemy: oozes
Just saying, only 3 men have ever died in space and with no oxygen or soil your body would never decompose
What a magical thread.