Megacity B-5's brand new Titan-class Sentinel prototype has suffered an odd, unexplainable malfunction. Its path of destruction follows north, originating from Iconocorp factory A-6, and it has now reached the secondary level of the city's outskirts. All civilians are advised by Iconocorp to remain vigilant and inside of their homes, looking out for further updates. The guard has been working to quell the prototype without bringing further harm to the creation and to other civilians.Thank you.
>>60492600I've already read Appleseed
>>60492600I told you fuckers the prototypes weren't ready, but did you listen? Noooooooooo!! "Everything would be fine", you said!old bread; >>60471109
>>60493247All I'm sure the big techies need to do is tweak a few things and then, boom, we've got the safest megacity on this side of the hemisphere. Better than living out in the boonies, I say.
>>60492600Lets see; couple months ago there were peaceful protests against Iconocorp's highly controversial employee lobotomization policies at those sectors, following that those sectors have suffered 750% increase in homicides, oddly persistent epidemic of berserker chipvirus, and now this. Yeah, I think that we all can agree that this wasn't an accident.
>>60493369>750% increaseJesus. Do they WANT to kill those sectors entirely?
>>60493369You really think Iconocorp would do that? Just kill ANYONE that doesn't agree with them?Come on now.
>>60493517They chip and completely brainwash people who don't agree with their views already. Safe to say that they wouldn't be adverse to killing people as well.We're just lucky the Church is strong enough to keep smacking them down when they get too uppity.
>>60493352The last time the techies tried to 'tweak' something, it rrsulted in several cities ceasing to be.
>>60493425I think it's a plot to drive down property values so they can buy huge swathes up on the cheap, personally.
>>60493811That's downright diabolical. But then again;>Iconocorp
>>60492600>Necromancers actually existWhat the FUCK. HOW AND WHY?
>>60493986Supposedly, all Necromancers can trace their ancestry back to the corpse-city of Mu, so that probably explains some things.
>>60494073>MuRemind me again why we can't just napalm the fuck out of these cancerous Earth tumors?
>>60493791Can't hurt to hope and have some faith, can it?
>>60494107Because most attempts to do so end up getting eaten. Or turned back on us.
>>60494301Having "faith" in Iconocorp is what led us to this situation in the first place!
>ssh RA101@home.agxtens.net>Enter password: ************>Greetings Researcher! Your last successful login was 1 day ago. It has been 362 days since the last casualty on your shift. Keep up the good work!>Net traffic analysis has indicated the following topics are of interest to the community:>Flesh Cults and Napalm, why isn't it a thing?.q>Cloud_Moth_damage_simulations:How do?.help>Do headchips cause autism? Asking for a friend.q>What do you people even do anyway?.smartass>WARNING: Multiple eXtension teams on alert to help contain Iconocorp prototype. Researchers, check on your Warden units, and try to keep people from panicking.>From admin: Oh, and Iconocorp would like their prototype unharmed. I have Council clearance for weapons hot though.Questions for this thread:How should we model Kaiju v Kaiju battles, how about human v. Kaiju? What sort of stat blocks would you use?Wardens: You heard the Admin. Weapons hot! How would YOU stop the prototype?Slice-of-life: Give us an idea of your day-to-day. Headchipper? Maze? Doesn't matter. We want to know,Howdy folks, are you ready for Cloud Moth Breeding season?>>60494107The Fire Warden's tend to frown on employing weapons capable of turning large weather systems into explosive firestorms friend. Ever since we bumped up the O2 levels of the atmosphere, employment of incendiary weapons is STRICTLY limited due to the difficulty of containing the resulting inferno.
>>60494826>How should we model Kaiju v Kaiju battles, how about human v. Kaiju? What sort of stat blocks would you use?Depends entirely on the Kaiju in question.
>>60492600How the fuck did Iconocorp manage to become as big as it is when they keep fucking up this bad?! I swear to God, this the the fifth time one of their mechs goes awry this year!
>>60492600>>60493369>>60493615This is why I live in the South-West. It's a bit rougher out here without much mega-corp presence, but honestly at this point Iconocorp is as dangerous as cloud moths.
>>60494107Since flying isn't really possible on a large scale, nobody's really got a way to actually send that much Napalm, anyway.
>>60495122>South-WestI'd take cloud moths over aggressive Sandvixens any day of the week, thank you very much.>>60495112Hey, at least the last four weren't this big. Some people might say Iconocorp is self-sabotaging to get away with shit, but, if you ask me, I think there are some people who really, really hate Iconocorp and keep sabotaging it. Iconocorp has done so much for the people already, we should be thankful.
>>60495247Oh boy, here comes the Iconocorp defense force.
>>60495166Last year there was a small infestation growing close to my area. Some guy in my compound town tried using a refurbished fire truck to burn them.The flesh burned completely, don't get me wrong, but so did everything in a mile radius.
>>60495247>I'd take cloud moths over aggressive Sandvixens any day of the week, thank you very much.Only because you never tried to bed one of them. There is a reason they are called Sandvixens and not Sandfoxes
>>60495277Collateral damage wouldn't be a problem, Mu's a separate continent. The problem is that it's an entire goddamn continent, and unless you burn the entire thing you're just wasting money.
>>60495531Even if you burn down Mu there are still all the smaller Flesh Cities all over the pacific coast. The best we can do is try to keep them contained and hope that the cultists don't break the peace treaty
>>60495638>Having a peace treaty>With Mu cultists Enjoy having your food spontaneously turn into bloody mewling fetuses without any warning.
>>60495688Look, it wasn't me who negotiated the damn thing, but no one wanted to continue the war with them, so now we have no choice but to live with the flesh cities in our coastline. At least the Mu High Priesthood accepted not to expand further into the continent and that any new flesh infestations would not recieve support from the main cult and could be destroyed without starting a new Flesh War. If you think the situation in America is bad you should have seen how nasty was the fighting to expel the Mu cultists from Japan. They still have daily clean-up operations to deal with remaining patches of flesh in the mountains
>>60495778This is why I specifically live in the SOUTH-West. Goddamn.
>>60495778Your mistake is believing that Mu will honour any deal it makes, which is false. They ALWAYS use any treaties signed as a way to subtly increase their powerbase, whilst steadily degrading and subverting those of the places they infest.Remember the Russian colonies and what happened to them?
>>60495944No one believes that the Mu will follow the treaty forever, but after the last war they were too exausted to expand much afterwards. Everyone is just biding their time and building up their forces for a new conflict.At least all those flesh cites act as nice bait for the Cloud Moths and Rotjaws and their biology is too agressive for them to be absorbed into the hive mind
>>60496078>At least all those flesh cites act as nice bait for the Cloud Moths and Rotjaws and their biology is too agressive for them to be absorbed into the hive mindI suppose so. Though being in them middle of an outright brawl between all three would be downright hellish.
>>60496078>their biology is too agressive for them to be absorbed into the hive mindAt least for now, with Mu shit there is never telling when things go to hell and we have Mu controlled Moths everywhere.
>>60496327>Mu-controlled Cloud Moths
>>60492600So, whatever happened to Antarctica? Governments of every country remaining seems to be really stubborn about releasing any details even after all the time that's passed. Anyone have hold of some leaked information at all? Just curious.
>>60493811It's pretty dumb, if you ask me. How will the negative goodwill from the massive crime rates be cleared in a profitable manner? It would take a ludicrous amount of capital investment.
>>60496720There is nothing of interest at Antarctica just ice, penguins, mutant penguins, coastal Mu outposts, massive bunker networks, ruins that pre-date mankind, and settlements for the global elite buried beneath the glaciers near the center of that frozen wasteland.
Forgive me for the metaposting but:Okay so to keep in the spirit of making this actually /tg/-related and not just "Random RPing Thread #2: Electric Boogaloo" let's try to hammer out an actually setting from the remnants of this thread and the old thread. I think a good starting place would be to flesh out a world-map that we can expand upon as we go. Please feel free to make your own info-graphs, maps, fanart, OC-whatever as we go.The last thread primarily focused on the Americas, with the Midwest the focus of "Cloud Moths" and their breeding grounds, although they also have been described to show up in Canada, California, and the east coast of the USA. There is also several "Mega-Cities" that are home to mysterious things called "Mazes" that may or may not be Eldritch in Origin. Also apparently South America has turned into some kind of hellscape flesh-city that expands over an entire continent called simply "Mu".Wardens are like the impromptu-Moth police and containment force, but several contract agencies also exist that do the same thing better (although at a higher price). Also there is some kind of horrible mega-corperation called Iconocorp that is brainwashing people via "headchips" and may or may not be the cause of half of the world's problems in the first place.First subject: Where the fuck is Mu?
>>60494826Headchipper here. I feel healthy, happy, and content. Oh, that was a bit redundant, wasn't it? Haha! Anyway, I enjoy a nice healthy breakfast box in the morning after my chip alarm goes off at 7 AM. Then I clean up and wash up using 99.99% pure water, provided by Iconocorp Water Supply Company. Thanks to chip tech, I no longer need to brush my teeth or tongue, or do my hair! Such menial biological components are easily dealt with. Simply revolutionary! No need to shave, either, all hair desired for removal is ejected from my skin in a curt but slightly discomforting process. Clothing is easy as well, since I have all the factory uniforms needed to wear for the next two whole years! Amazing and generous of Iconocorp! Next, I take the certified and efficient Iconotube trains to my factory job. On the train I see so many different yet familiar faces, individuals just like me enjoying life in in Megacity C-8! Diversity and multiculturalism is truly a superpower! After a two minute trip, I arrive at work, deal with the entry droids and gates, and I join my fellow coworkers to provide my sweat for Iconocorp -- which, might I add, is the same as providing for my megacity and its people! -- for 14 hours. I get off of work at 10 PM, deal with the standard sanitization process and quickie psychological evaluation, come home, spend the next hour consuming my lunch and dinner box provided graciously by Iconofoods, watch a bit of the news, and then call it a day!
>>60497003Usually in conspiracy theory lore Mu is located in the Pacific Ocean, so I'd go with that. South America should be overtaken by a hellish mega-Amazon with even worse monsters than the regular ones
>>60497003Id say most of South America, save for a few northern countries like Venezuela, but even then it has a few flesh cities. Then dotted along central America, and leading up into the Americas. I think most flesh cities shouls be located distances apart along the sunbelt and close to California, with the rare, occasional one being in thr Midwest, New England, and central areas (Wyoming, Oklahoma, etc.)
>>60497227Don't know if all of South America should be Flesh. I think it should be limited to the pacific coast of america, asia and oceania. Places like Hawaii and the Philippines should be fully covered in flesh
>>60497003Some implication in the last thread seemed to imply that Mu might be a "wandering" threat. Kinda like a mass of continent-sized flesh that just drifts about in the waters of the Pacific.
Extremely bare-bones map coming up. I'll clean it up way in the future or until somebody more competent rips the reigns away from me.>>60497113>>60497307>>60497287Added Mu as a large continent in the Pacific. Is this too many flesh-cities? I may have went overboard and just assumed that they spread out along the Pacific coast. Maybe only one big one in California? Also added Mega cities where typical landmark cities are. I'd imagine Philly/Newark/NYC would all eventually merge together into one mega-city. Others thrown around randomly because I don't know shit about geography.
>>60497450Looking p. good so far
>>60497450Looks like a reasonable amount of flesh cities for america. Maybe a few smaller ones in the central US and the Southern Cone. Death Amazon should extend further into Central America
>>60497758>>60497672Shit, meant to say a few Megacities, not Flesh ones. Also amazon should extend north, not south
>>60497104That sounds nice.
>>60497837It sure is!
>>60497814My bad. How's this?
>>60497913Looks alright to me
>>60497913Not the anon who mixed words up, but it looks like its coming along
>>60497946>>60497964Alright lets jump to The Wardens then. In the last thread they had the following qualities: >Second best equipped military force in the United States>Primarily handles dealing with Cloud-Moths, Flesh Cultists, and larger Mega-city threats>Anti-Mega Fauna specialists>Extremely spread thin/ Understaffed>Typically stationed in Rural areas and/or on walls surrounding urban centers>Have authority outside of the government. If they see a suspected cultist they can eliminate them without having to go through a chain of command>May or may not wear power-armorHow equipped is "Well Equipped"? Consider that this setting also has head implants and Orbital Ion-Cannons, but also Wardens typically like patrolling around in the woods and banging Pixies.
>>60498170>How equipped is "Well Equipped"?Army tier. Tanks, ATVs, artillery, AA guns. They are sort of a mix between park rangers, US marshals and wild west sheriffs.The federal government is weak, mostly a confederation of megacities, so even if they have resources they have limited personell and reach, so the Wardens have a lot of power to act on their own.Meanwhile, the rest of the army budget went to the Fire Department, who protects the megacities from monster attacks and disasters
>>60498170Cloud Moths apparently only get spooked by small-arms fire, but heavy machineguns work well enough.Army-level like >>60498287 said would probably be enough. It'd also fit into the gritty hellscape vs. normal joes vibe the world originally had going for it.
>>60498170I need to go for a bit, I'll come back and ask more questions about the map/Flavor shit later if the thread is still alive.Someone else can take the reigns or we can go back to more worldbuilding from here on out.
>>60497913Not bad on the Map. I think we need a Megacity in NW Canada\Alaska as well, and why not around Quebec as well, since without them there wouldn't be quite enough stuffiness in the Northeast.>>60498170Wardens are basically what U.S. DoD turned into. The Federal Government stripped down the Bureaucracy and ran on Survival mode. Big thing we noted was that there arose a national scale reprioritization of the armed forces as a combined Armed Force/Firefighting brigade due to the newfound flammability of everything meaning any use of boom would also basically require an immediate firefighting response. Nevermind the volatile nature of the damn Cloud Moths themselves.
>>60498287I'd also say that not every Warden team or individual has access to these things. I like the idea of ranks and such, that there's some who've only got access to shotguns with special rounds, sort of like poor Witchers. Then there are some that are far more elite.
>>60494107Necromancer hereHow do you think the crops that create your food end up getting picked, dumbass? It's not by living people, because they end up getting Cloud Mothed. No, it's my skeletons, thank you very much.
>>60498573The Warden's therefore have an Operatin' and a search and rescue corps drawn from those with military/Park Ranger experience.Their typical armament can range from various types of small arms and man portable explosives, to some old Tanks, Mobile Artillery, Attack and logistics choppers (usually held in reserve due to angering Cloud Moths), and SOME Close-Air Support offensive capability as a last resort. Most air assets are considered too valuable to risk, and are preferentially allotted to the Fire Warden's to be refit as aerial firefighting platforms.Incendiaries has been reclassified as a weapons of Mass Destruction, and unlawful/reckless use of them is censured with extreme prejudice. Yellow Snake cultists love that shit.I'd imagine that the Navy was probably absorbed into the Wardens as well, and serve a role as Coast Guard/exterminator of seabased megafauna.
The amount and type of fauna seems to be very freeform, I like it. We have:>SentientFae (pixies, Titania and Oberon)GrueRot-jawsStalking WildvinesSandvixensCloud Moths Cantosaurus >PlantsRedgrass Also, how large can kaiju be? We talking Pacific Rim-tier, or maybe smaller than that?
>>60499093We can have a few Pacific Rim sized creatures, but the vast majority should be smaller. Cloud Moths should be the around the size of a tank
>>60499160>A few Pacific Rim-sized creaturesAnd we just KNOW there'll be cults/religions surrounding those. I'd like the idea that these cults, unlike the flesh cultists, don't really fuck around with city folk, or even other people. They're like isolated tribals who mainly reside in the wilderness, who, once in a rare moon, might attack an independent settlement in the boonies for sacrifices and such, like maybe once every year.
>>60499303That sounds cool. It makes sense that people would start worshiping those monsters after regular civilization went the way of the dodo
I feel like we're moving in the direction of a more lovecraftian Simon Stalenhag world as depicted in his art.
>>60499463Ooh nice. The contrast between the fucked up world and the slice of life of the mundane people living in it is a big part of the feel of the setting
>>60497003>>60497913There was a post in the last thread about a giant forest springing up in the midwest. And another about hunters with special bloodlines and rituals or something, possibly being something unique to the North-West.>>60498170>>60498573I was getting a sort of "Fractured America" vibe, with the Wardens being primarily associated with the Megacities/Iconocorp.
>>60498684You literally strip the skin off still-living people and have their animated skeletons do your bidding. With their still-aware souls trapped inside mind.
>>60499858Iconocorp should have it's own armed forces. Ag Expansion too. Iconocorp is a major player in the Megacities but only a few should be fully under it's control. Meanwhile the Federal government is basically just a confederation of Megacities pooling their resources to fund agencies like the Wardens and the Fire Department
>>60499858>special bloodlinesThere's definitely magic in this world, but it doesn't seem all that commonplace. Maybe these special bloodlines are rare, prestigious families spawned from a small number of individuals with magical power who gained them after this apocalyptic scenario. Otherwise, we've got flesh cultists, who are more like biological weapons(?) as opposed to magic. And then we've got necromancers, but those aren't very plentiful whatsoever.Also, I feel like there are Wardens associated with Megacorps/Iconocorp, and they're typically far more well-equipped, with fewer having to deal with the dregs of equipment like generic small arms and at the most automatic weapons and rocket launchers. But then there are also independent Wardens, who maybe are nomadic or are contracted, etc. Lots of variety. Those Warden groups that are independent may have a few spread amongst them that are on the same tier as Iconocorp/Megacity-sponsored/supplied Warden groups when it comes to gear and training, but most are of lower quality, unless you get some real passionate and dedicated independent Wardens, which makes you lucky.
>>60499858I don't think Wardens and Iconocorp should be related. Iconocorp should be a brutal capitalism-driven entity that only cares about it's own interests, Wardens should be the last vanguard between normal humans trying to get by and the hellish world they live in.
>>60499944I like the idea of the megacities and influence of megacorps being largely restricted to one area of the continent (probably the east cost/new england or something like that).>>60499987I was the one who suggested that it was something specific to the North-West. I was thinking that it might be a place where human magic is much more common, at least compared to other areas.>>60499989The main thing for me is that I kind of like the idea of the fractured america feeling I was getting, so I feel like Wardens shouldn't be some kind of huge organization spanning the continent. Though it might be interesting if it is one organization, but they operate in chapters or branches that are largely independent of each other.
>>60499989I'm the guy above your post. Iconocorp would definitely have their own teams capable of taking care of monsters that threaten Megacities, but I they're not technically "Wardens"Wardens are independent, work for the people, and are sort of like mercenaries. Iconocorp "guards" or whatever we want to call them are experts at taking down the horrors of the world, but they're focused with protecting the Megacities, and not the settlements and other startup civilizations out in the wilderness.How does that sound?
>>60500046>I was the one who suggested that it was something specific to the North-West. I was thinking that it might be a place where human magic is much more common, at least compared to other areas.Sounds good. Something like Fae leylines, once they entered this world, being more potent, or originating from there and the surrounding area allowing humans to be able to utilize magic.But from there, magic would be a LOT more sparse.Just spitballing.
>>60499987We had mention of Exorcists in the last thread, and the Church seems to have some bitch-tier magic, as well as enough pull to prevent Iconocorp from fucking over everyone in the name of corporate greed.Also, on the Church, we know that they worship/respect the Powers and utterly loathe the vile Forces, but we honestly don't know much about those. Well beyond the Yellow Serpent supposedly being an exiled Power, and the Great Moth and the thing in Mu being Forces. We should probably expand on that.
>>60500046The way I'm thinking is that there are Megacities spread through the country, mostly on the coasts with a few smaller ones in the central part of the country, and they are mostly independant from eachother, but they are stil allied in a confederation of sorts. Among other things they fund the Wardens, who are a mix of the army, park rangers, US marshals and Texas Rangers. They are well equiped, by comparison, but have very limited personnel and due to the horrors of the country side, they can't support large teams, so they mostly operate in small units with a lot of freedom and discretionary power to act on their own as needed
>>60500046>>I was the one who suggested that it was something specific to the North-West. I was thinking that it might be a place where human magic is much more common, at least compared to other areas.>>60500136>We had mention of Exorcists in the last thread, and the Church seems to have some bitch-tier magic, as well as enough pull to prevent Iconocorp from fucking over everyone in the name of corporate greed.Yeah, that's right, I forgot about Powers/ForcesPowers seem far more humanistic, while Forces seem to be the eldritch of the world, involving unnatural monsters and other entities.The few massive Pacific Rim-tier kaiju, for example, would have tribes worshipping them. These tribes are essentially followers of Forces, as these kaiju are unnatural, like Mu and Great Moth. Yellow Serpent is essentially anarcho-capitalism, a long-reigning human ideology, but due to its large portion crazy ass chaotic followers, it's essentially been exiled. I feel like Church magic would have to rely on a lot of people pooling their power together to pull off a grand spell, while otherwise individually they've got bitch-tier magic. Iconocorp probably has their balls being held by something the Church either knows or is capable of doing that can fuck over their entire operation, some mental/physiological epic spell that can do... xxx, idk.Trying to make sense of it all
>>60500252I suspect that the Yellow Serpent got exiled because it and its followers seem to think that EVERY slight requires you to repay it a thousand fold. Every last one, even the minor ones.
>>60499944>>60499987>>60499989>>60500046The Warden's and The Extension are completely separate from Iconocorp.The Ag Extension grew from the tradition of Agricultural Extensions in the old world where citizens with rural expertise would make themselves available to the public to help keep agricultural production high. With the O2 Event, and the Burnination that followed, humanity fell back to the Sprawls, and those who dared to live outside the Barriers of the Inner Cities formed cooperatives to help each other out. Eventually, enough were formed that they conglomerate as the Ag Extension. They frequently work with the Wardens due to the vast amount of experience they've gained fending off the beasts of the wilds.The Extension operates as a public body loosely built around an Academic model. This means that R&D does happen, but due to the fact it relies on public funds to operate, the scope of said research and means through which it is subjected to scrutiny are quite a bit more strict and transparent than those the Megas are held to.The Extension has a built up significant good will in the Rural sectors, and is an active contributor to the Council decision making process. It's academic nature however, tends to defeat it's proficiency at politicking. Usually, the Extension is left to clean up and document the results of some horrifying lack of foresight unless it's representatives are on top of their game.A Researcher for the Extension is someone who builds expertise in helping those outside the city to survive. The Wardens will often have a Researcher assigned as a liason during major Ops to provide overwatch, oversight, and a record of any new findings.
>>60492600We wouldn't be having these problems if the city council of elders okayed my space laser plan. Look what they spent their money on instead. Such a waste. I've no confidence in their further rulings or their ties with this iconocorp nonsense.
>>60500647Cntd from.A Researcher is also expected to act as an interface to the public. A sort of 911 operator of sorts. The collective experience of everyone who exited the Barrier is of no value without someone to answer a question, so researchers often spend entire days split between "Research", "Babysitting (their Warden teams)", and playing "911" or "411" for the public.
>>60500647Wasn't the council just a city council?
I've been writing the Extension to be a bit oblivious of the more Occult stuff. The Researchers being of a more academic sort, and viewing or experiencing the Wilderness second hand are chocking tales of the Fae up to either hallucinating woodsmam or plain old human embellishment. That may change.
>>60500684>Orbital space laser within the limits of a MegacityI'unno... Doesn't sound safe to me.
>>60500741"At least I DO get paid enough for this..."
>>60500724Yeah, but with the Megacities being as big as they are the City Councils are the major government bodies of the world
>>60500841>>60500647I like how the worldbuilding effort is coming along. Far as we know, we've got Fae in the forests, the occasional necromancer, magical bloodlines/families in the North-West, possibly other mages not affiliated with those families (rogues), a sparse amount of mages spread throughout the entire continent, and then the Church has their own vague magic.
Here's an edited version of the map to focus more on broad regional features. I also put in the forest and magic stuff mentioned earlier, and made Mu look more like it does in other maps.
>>60500935I think it's more interesting if megacities aren't just a thing that exist across the board
>>60500963"How odd... The flower produces a style and stigma in the shape of a moving female humanoid with alien facial features. For what evolutionary purpose would this phenotype be expressed...?"
>>60500970Looking good, anon. >>60500989You mean, megacities are solely independent and don't communicate with each other? What about those in close proximity, i.e. close enough to communicate easily through radio/telephones? Iconocorp is a megacorporation, so I have no doubt they've got a presence in many if not all megacities across the continent. Or are you saying megacities shouldn't be around at all
>>60501074"Eating that redgrass... was a mistake."
>>60501074>When a worried Power contacts an equally-worried and freaked out Warden
>>60501096>You mean, megacities are solely independent and don't communicate with each other? What about those in close proximity, i.e. close enough to communicate easily through radio/telephones? Iconocorp is a megacorporation, so I have no doubt they've got a presence in many if not all megacities across the continent. Or are you saying megacities shouldn't be around at allMore that they'd only really have a presence in some areas. I was thinking that they'd primarily exist in New England or the East Coast, with a few others scattered around.
>>60500970Dunno if Mu should be this large. I prefered it's size in the first map
>>60501158Oh God, one can only imagine what's happening there.
>>60500724So, in the original thread, yes. We weren't really operating off the scale of multiple mega-cities. So the "City Council" was basically the last word.As things have been expanding though, the federal seems to fall on each Sprawl having their own council, and in I think I may have referenced other "Branches" of the Ag Extension with their own sets of standards (Ethics Boards) and limitations.The Warden's haven't been formally "bound" to any Sprawl in particular, but the implication seems to be if a Warden team is going to do something that poses a great risk of starting a fire, they have to have their Extension liason inform those who need to know. Keep in mind, I"m not a designated lorekeeper here or anything. Just kinda dropping in what's been tossed around on the discord and banging around in my own head.
>>60501181I mean, I just grabbed a map off of wikipedia and stretched it over the original blank map. IDK though, it's a continent, so I feel like it ought to be pretty big.
>>60501191My main thing is that I think the coolest thing about this setting is all the weird bullshit in it, and I think that society should reflect that, so I like the idea that you've a bunch of different societies in different places, and don't think things should be all that unified (plus, breaking things up helps make the setting feel less like the real world, if that makes any sense). That's some interesting stuff, though.
>>60501135"Of all the few rogue spellflingers from the North-West who migrated southeast, there are even fewer who go through and become something else by the time they near the east coast. No one knows what they've experienced, and they don't like to talk about it, either. Should all just be glad that they're not a threat to us..."
>>60501204A little larger than India or so ought to be fair enough for a size.
this thing have a setting document yet?or a setting cliffs-notes?
>>60501303I think we're getting that together. ResearcherAnon said there's a discord. Maybe they've got something solid there. We know things like magic exist, for example, but we haven't worked out how spells work, or what kind is available, how freeform it is, etc. It's all in the works.
>>60501248That's actually what I'm going for actually.I've been assuming there exists a Net connecting disparate Extensions, but that each place operates as an entity unto itself. I don't imagine say, the Dover Megaplex gives a shit what the Boston Sprawl's policies are. Just that every Megacity chips into funding the Wardens and their Extension.
>>60501254I'm actually the OP of the original thread, I don't know what the fuck happened but I'm sure as hell happy that it did
>>60501340I ment more societies of different regions looking significantly different, but this has got me thinking about something.What is a sprawl, though? The name seems like it would imply an urban environment, but you were talking about rural areas.
>>60501158Holy fuck that got me good10/10
>>60501368The hall was not silent, though the azure being was. It emitted no sound. Those who were prostate before the entity were whispering to themselves frantically, lifting their hands in praise and clasping their hands together in prayer. They were begging to be released. I'm the OP of this thread. Glad that you started everything out to begin with. /tg/ is filled with creative minds, and I like how things have grown.
>>60501568fuegoNext would be to include location of megacities, flesh cities, and other stuff like cloud moth breeding grounds, giant worm migration trails, etc. Give things a bit of a basis, but not go into much detail, like where independent settlements are and what not. this is, of course, if you want to draw that stuff.
>>60501407The sprawls are megacities, massive clusters of ultra-high density urban areas surrounded by huge walls and elaborate defensive structures. Basically the Hives from 40K or the Mega Cities from Judge Dredd. In addition to the urban areas, cities also control some amount of urban area, to a larger or smaller degree
>>60501407So, I won't lie, when Megacity gets thrown around I think Shadowrun tier Sprawls.The Rural areas being the areas outside the "City Barriers" where people are actually trying to reclaim the wilds. Old school farms, that sort of thing. The cities benefit from the extra food production and agricultural product, but also from the buffer area the Rural Sectors provide. When the big shit comes knocking, the Warden's generally end up trying to neutralize the threat before it gets too close to the city, but that also means they might accidentally your entire property in the ensuing fireball.The Barriers act as glorified bug zappers, which tend to mean you don't have to deal with Giant Monsters in the city. The Rural Areas have to make do with walls. It's better than nothing, but generally Giant Monster is always a possibility
>>60501407>What is a sprawl, though?think "suburban sprawl"as you go towards the center of a city think like this WILDS>rural habitation>WALLS>suburban sprawl>metropolitan area>city proper.then, snake out from there the infrastructure in decreasing levels of presence or quality, like road and bridge quality, electrical grids, municipal water systems, emergency response services, etc.
Did we ever get a description of what the fuck "Mazes" actually are or were they left vague on purpose?
>>60501882Implication was that they're eldritch horrors that fester beneath cities and annihilate/consume entire sectors and districts. Seemingly whilst erasing people's memories of what happened.
>>60501718How LARGE are these cities, exactly?We talking like, maybe 40-50 miles long in radius? (New York City is somewhere around 20-21 miles radius)
>>60501882On the discord we're going with them being just the lower levels of the megacities, where building over previous layers repeatedly and with no planning left them as convoluted 3D mazes of shantytowns, tunnels and abandoned buildings.They are not necessarily supernatural things, but since it's impossible to really clear them out they are full of weird things like cults, flesh infections and eventual incursions by faeries and other beings."Maze" is also slang for the people who live in there.
>>60501966is it an open discord?or only for the dev-team?
>>60501940>>60501966I think it would make sense for the mega cities to cover the expanses of the east and west coasts which shoudl account for their size and random construction/layers if megacities are literally being built over old cities or, there are huge stretches of what used to be suburbs and small towns inbetween that are cardoned off and become the haven for criminals, the insane, and other evil shit.
>>60501992It's open, anyone can joinhttps://discord.gg/K8zSeNAlso I'm flattered you call us a dev team
>>60502014With nature reclaiming the land, there probably aren't a lot of suburbs. There are the megacities, and there are the rural communities of farmers, survivalist compounds, tribal vilages and other stuff like that
>>60501625>>60501677>>60501718>>60501817Okay, I've added a new region to the map. The idea here is that it's a region dominated by Megacities and megacorps. The dots marking megacities might be the locations of all megacities, or they might be the locations of the largest ones (they're based on the locations of major US cities). The area's a patchwork of what are effectively independent sovriegn states controlled by megacorps, with Iconocorp as a sort of de facto hegemon.These also wouldn't be the only megacities, but the way I'm thinking of this, megacities wouldn't be nearly as common elsewhere. What do you all think?.
>>60502085That goes without saying, I'm just trying to imagine the scape based on the various maps made.That said, the idea of how the economies of the rural villages and the mega cities should be considered as well. We already have a group, The Wardens, who take care of big things, but I imagine they're not going to be everywhere and deal with every missing person or whatever that is beneath their notice and not worth their firepower (or if it is, say goodbye to your ranch)I think this is the level the PCs could come in. Basically, an economy of mercenary types of all sorts who sell their services inside and outside of the mega cities to deal with things that the Wardens would simply burn with fire and be done with.
>>60502171>I think this is the level the PCs could come in. Basically, an economy of mercenary types of all sorts who sell their services inside and outside of the mega cities to deal with things that the Wardens would simply burn with fire and be done with.There's a lot of flexibility involving where PCs can be. Have a shadowrun-tier time in a megacity, or the mercenary types on the outside, maybe expeditionary forces, Church members going out to deal and purge Mu cultists, etc.
>>60502158I dunno. I kind of like the Megacities being spread around and mostly independant. There should be some in the south and the east coast at least, with the east coast megacities being in a cold war with the flesh cities
>>60502210Yes, and they all have realistic reasons to interact with each other which is something I appreciate.Speaking of the not evil religion, is it expressly christian or is it more like the religions of the world were exposed to eldritch truths so catholics and buddhists and muslims are rolling around trying to put down cultist?
>>60502085>With nature reclaiming the land,depeding on the stubbornness of the communities, and their tactical value. some suburbs may be kept alive. >>60501966writing a flavourful draft on that concept for edit and addition to the official document.>>60502016any more than 1 is a dev team, selling yourself short is how you fail to finish a project.
>>60502171Oh definitely. The rural communities should have mercenaries as well as their own security forces, mostly composed of redneck type dudes with shitty (by comparison) guns and huge brass balls
>>60502239More spread out, but larger than they're depicted as?
>>60502239Like I said, there are definitely still Megacities outside of that region, it's just that they're not covering the place like they are in that section of the map.
>>60502274They should be fairly large. Like, all of New York would be ultra-dense multilayerd urban sprawl
>>60502271>The lower levels of the Mega cities have literally BECOME eldritch horrorsDamn
>>60502280>>60502321>The Atlantic Corrridor Is a Mega city with it's heart composed of what was originat Atlanta. It now encomposses parts of South Carolina and Northern Floridia all the way to Jacksonville.>While well foritifed, the Georgia portion of the city is the thinist portion of the Mega city with desperate towns and farming villages on either side and an abundant number of cultist to deal with.
>>60502339Basically there is a lot fucked up shit in there, so sometimes things from other dimensions appear and fuck with the spacetime and cause sections to disappear. Other times it happens because of clerical errors and natural disasters no one noticed until it already happened
>>60502252Megamix of Old World religions trying to quell New World ones that are more "tangible" and offer people power and such, trying to remain humanistic and rely on each other and our humanity and what not as opposed to falling into
>>60502370Things brings up a really good point of how large a megacity is.>>60502321As in, NYC or the state of NY?
>>60502158I think someone mentioned some Flesh city encroachment on the WEST coast.The way we saw it on the discord was the Flesh cultists would probably try to move in through Mesoamerica. Whether or not there are some seriously pissed off Mexicans left to fight that encroachment... Could be fun.
>>60502417I'm thinking NYC. Plus like, New Jersey and other conurbated cities. Not entire states though
>>60502424Yeah, just haven't gotten to the West coast yet. What are we thinking for how human society looks? I'm kind of partial to that region trying to hold on to something resembling more of how the world used to be before the changes occurred (in terms of how things are organized).
>>60502466>What are we thinking for how human society looks?On the West coast, in case that wasn't clear.
>>60502424So what I heard was Santa Muerte religious fanatics doing to Mu cultist what cartels do to traitors and enemies.Imagine firing up !Liveshock and seeing the latest video of mu cultist and their weird flesh things being put to the fire and chopped up with blessed machetes.
>>60502466>>60502479Well, the vast majority of the population lives on Megacities, and the City Councils are the main political bodies. I guess regular life would be your typical cyberpunk future, but with extreme population densities and 3D cities with several levels built on top of each other
>>60502466Actually, I think there may be a resurgence in logging.As the damn forest keeps popping up trees and shit, Wyoming and Oregon would probably get their logging almonds activated.
>>60502569You'd think with mutated weird shit there would be whole industries built around processing, refining, and using it.
>>60502516I think it's better if that's not the case everywhere. With the amount of different weird things in this setting (giant megafauna, bio-engineered weapons, flesh cultists, mazes, fae, etc.) I feel like the human societies in the setting should follow that example and look really different in different places. So, for example, mega cities might be really common in some areas, but not in others.
>>60502516Unless you live in the Rural Sectors, which plays out more like a survival game.
I GOT SOME LORE RAMBLINGSI'm not fully up to snuff on the rest of the lore mind y'all. I'm working on that. beneath cities of the old world there were always the tunnels. sewers, utility access for power, clean water, sewage, subways. often there were forgotten places for transients to hide.these are as nothing to The Maze that rests under any of the great megacities today. as the surface places were made and re-made in the wake of monsters and their devastation. as areas are infested by smaller threats, burned and purged. these largely uncharted voids in the deep darkness grew at a fantastic pace. and because it is in the nature of some to hide in such places, shantytowns developed. black markets thrive in these places, far from daylight and hidden by kilotons of masonry, concrete, rebar, the crisscrossing networks of power-lines interfering with every sort of signal. and like so much of the world as it is these places, being far from the beaten path by more common protectors, monsters lurk. whole communities slaughtered, black markets taken suddenly. leaving in their wake treasures for those coragous enough to would go look. still, those Mazers that chose to delve the deeps take on a certain respect and air...so how does it sounds?is the "weird magnitude" about right? does it need more odd?thoughts? opinions? conceptualizing?
>>60502600I don't see why not. Go a step further and have Mazers be professional urban explorers who try to plunder cities and towns lost to whatever weird fuckery for valuables.Also, correct me if i'm wrong, but this feels like a more concrete way of handling eldritch horror meets cyberpunk better than the Cthulhtu tech which went WAY to far with trying to spin different genre points together. like having Evangalion and Guyver in the same headspace as Mi-go and cultist.
>magicI'm thinking of magic for humans being much more witchy than wizardy. As in low-powered, requires rituals and items, effects aren't flashy and often involves eldritch forces devouring your soul. >bloodlinesThe seven bloodlines in the Northwest are the descendants of seven witch clans. They fled across the Atlantic to escape the influence of the High Church after a series of run-ins with high body counts on both sides, but nobody knows exactly what happened. Bloodline witches are stronger in rural settings and the deep wilds, and feel uneasy and weak in the Cities. Male witches often earn a living hunting monsters and helping rural people ward against sinister influences. Females tend more towards healing, fortune telling and blessings.There's a ancient legend that says that when the last scion of the seven clans dies, something terrible will awaken. Demographic evidence of their ongoing declining numbers has some people concerned, but they're just superstitious bumpkins...
>>60502740now we're gettin somewhere
>>60502740how about some high energy spastic elves with guns that just wandered out of the woods one day and are all like Yo, get out the woods. Where's the camera, I'm gonna do a rap video.Yo yo yo yo yoGet out the treesThey're full f beesThey make honeyIt belongs to meNo seriously the bees are dangerous, run!
>>60502740Maybe people who arn't these witch clans are more occultist then spell casters? I'm thinking like low key John constantine. Imagine you have schools that teach occultism but that means you have a big old mark on your head because you're steps away from being a flesh cultist or worst because of the knowledge your exposed to.
>>60502911Please don't insert your weird, uninspired elf ideas in this thread too.
>>60502913So, we're kind of split on the magic issue on Discord.One side (my preference) favors at most a low key Occultism. Fae are only really known to those who venture into the wilds first hand, No Edritchy stuff in the maze, and the Fleshies have some more powerful ritual stuff to throw around.The other mindset is that people should be aware of stuff like the Far and whatnot.We're going the direction of unreliable narrator to leave it to whoever wants to use it to set the appropriate magic level.
>>60503095I think there is room for both. HIgh level knowledge would definitely be the realm of the ruling bodies who have to deal with stuff on that level. But a detective who has gone to school for occultism to help them root out cultist and have certain, approved, rituals and techniques used to deal with the supernatural on the other end.Basically, as long as we avoid fireball flinging wizards I'm fine with both directions.
>>60502740The Churchvlikely has a different brand of magic from most though. Probably FAITH-levels of "God/the Powers protect".
New map stuff, fleshing out (pun half intended) the West coast. I figured LA, San Diego, and Phoenix all made sense as Megacities, so I marked them down. I've also marked down a few points of Mu incursion, mostly in California, but one in Washington state, with the largest Flesh-city being in the fallen megacity that encompasses the Bay area. and a sizable area has been given a question mark, with the greater population not sure whether or not Mu has a foothold there. I've also put in the West coast's forest (distinct from the forest in the center of the US) and marked down a populated area outside of the influence of any megacity. That area is made up of the Free Counties, which are trying to hold on to more contemporary societal structures (normal republics, basically). They're boxed in by forest, desert, three large megacities, and Mu. What do you guys think of that?>>60503095The existence of magic was fairly overt in the original thread, but w/e floats your boat I guess.
>>60503143>Basically, as long as we avoid fireball flinging wizards I'm fine with both directions.I'd love to avoid this too
>>60503244I'm down with this. I mean, I could certainly see a post apoc us with varying polities because that's just how americans are for the most part.
>>60503296That's kind of the idea. I was thinking it wouldn't be very unified, but given how much some people feel like there should be more megacities, I figured I should put out the idea before really putting in anything concrete, and (more importantly), it's not like this is MY setting.
>>60503095>Fae are only really known to those who venture into the wilds first hand I think there can be a general Fae acknowledgement, like "oh yeah i think i heard that word before, not sure what it means," and people who meet the Fae (and live) are free to spread their knowledge if they wish, but whether or not anyones up to believing them is a different thing.>No eldritchy stuff in the mazeIf one were to get into deeper levels, I feel like it should be more of a known thing. Stick to markets and underground settlements, nah, won't encounter it but you will certainly hear about it. Go deeper, where there aren't many people around? You'll encounter something you may not have wanted to.>Fleshies have some more powerful ritual stuff to throw aroundYeah, I like this
>>60503323The first thread had Fae knowledge being pretty normal, to the extent that it sounded like they might outright have diplomatic relations with some megacities or something.
>>60503323>>60503342The first thread had Titania having her pixies flay well over a 100 kids alive because of a perceived light against her. It also implied that something happened to the other heads of the Fae such as the princesses or Oberon, but we don't know if this only applies to the Seelie Court or if the Unseelie and Mab also suffered.
>>60503360>>60503323There was also mention of Necromancers and Wendigos in Canada, if I remember correctly.
>>60503342>The first thread had Fae knowledge being pretty normal, to the extent that it sounded like they might outright have diplomatic relations with some megacities or something.I think I recall this, yeah. >>60503360Alright, so Fae are definitely a known thing then, but aren't something that everyone's massively concerned with, perhaps?>>60503371Necromancy is there for sure, but it seemed extremely sparse, like out of the millions living in this post-apoc United States, only 5-10 out of 10,000 was a necromancer.When it comes to Wendigos, I'm not sure what type we're talking about. They come in different forms across different mediums. Though, what comes to mind is the beast that just can't stop eating human flesh.
>>60502740perhaps bump the clans a little?so you can have mystery mages cropping up from time to time?an offshoot stemming from a long lost brother or sister maybe, or an emergent mage forging a new bloodline, or trying to...>>60502911>No seriously the bees are dangerous, run!do we have some smaller scale swarm creatures yet?>>60502913I like this, aggregate knowledge warriors. almost entirely mundane mortals capable of holding their own through prep and foreknowledge. spring-loaded ritual circles, flares, a big case of bullets sorted by general type(ash for skinwalkers, silver for anthromorphs, tracers/incendiaries for moths, etc.), salt launchers for slug monsters, trip and cutting wires, or wire webs for things that like to chase you fast...>>60503271damn skippy yo...>>60503371>Necromancersany clear idea on how they do?can we milk the Voodoo religions for a motif?what about other cultural examples?>wendigoscan we have skinwalkers, and stone men too?what about other native creatures/kaiju in places where they'd canonically be found?>>60503481>the beast that just can't stop eating human flesh.I like them tough, and smart too. and with this reluctance for using fire it could be a true boon to them...
>>60503342I like the idea of normal people being distantly aware of the Fae, kind of like how normal people IRL are distantly aware of plagues and natural disasters. Minimal specific knowledge, city slickers don't care and assume the government will 'sort it out,' lots of misinformation and rumor about what the Fae even are. And then the occasional Fae atrocity which sparks outrage and mass grieving for a few media cycles before it goes back down the memory hole.
we got any fun fanatical organizations yet?
>>60503296Is post-apocalyptic settled? I was kind of hoping it would be more alt-history, with human society being shaped by constantly having to contend with a world even more insane than ours. The existence of an internet and other modern amenities gels better with this than, say, current world getting raped by a mystical invasion or something
>>60503360Like I said. It's a pretty active split.I don't have a huge dog in the show at this point. It isn't "MY" setting either, at this point I'm just kind of enjoying seeing what /tg/ does with it. We've seen examples of GURPS tier flexibility in campaign possibilities already./tg/: Give us a tax holiday, we'll give you a setting
>>60503541>can we milk the Voodoo religions for a motif?Would be a bit odd for Canada.>>60503542Sounds reasonable.
>>60503607I recall more than a few remarks from the first thread along the lines of "It wasn't always like this" and "This is how we got into this mess in the first place".
>>60503606Yellow Serpent, seems like>>60503607I'm thinking there was some apocalyptic, Conjunction of Spheres from Witcher 3 type thing. Then a bunch of shit just came into this world and now we're all here and have to deal with each other.
>>60503541>I like this, aggregate knowledge warriors. almost entirely mundane mortals capable of holding their own through prep and foreknowledge. spring-loaded ritual circles, flares, a big case of bullets sorted by general type(ash for skinwalkers, silver for anthromorphs, tracers/incendiaries for moths, etc.), salt launchers for slug monsters, trip and cutting wires, or wire webs for things that like to cYeah, that's the sort of thing I feel would make the mundanes cool. You have to use forbiddan knowledge to batman it 24/7 but going batman only goes so far when you're dealing with truly fucked up shit>>60503542People in the cities should certainly feel that way. I imagine people in the rural towns would have a more personal experience with them and possibly even parley with them. Imagine some shit like the Wicker man where you wind up in a town but they keep things running by occasionally grabbing a few outsiders and sacrificing them to whatever Fae's got them by the balls.>>60503607*shrugs* I'm cool with whatever the majority wants. I'm getting a FF8 vibe where the tech is there but sparse because monsters keep fucking up the infrastructure. Speaking of which, I like the idea of something as mundane as fixing a T1 line becomes a life or death scenario where you need an armed escort or perhpas the ISP hires people to do guard/combat duty as part of it's work force.
>>60503655>Witcher 3 fuck me, not witcher 3, just the Witcher series in general
>>60503607I imagine the World is Boktai-style post-apocalyptic. Nature seems like its recovering, and people are still etching out and surviving shit, but it's quite clear to any in the know that things are *not* OK, and that the world is very, very, very slowly getting worse as time goes on.
>>60503655Based on some posts, you can probably chock part of it up to megacorps trying to fix the problem and making everything worse in the process.
>>60503735>Based on some posts, you can probably chock part of it up to megacorps trying to fix the problem and making everything worse in the process.That's definitely a part of it, too
>>60503621>Canadais that where they are?damnperhaps displaced populations from Jamaica or Haiti? >>60503635do we have an origin on the bad shit? or can we pull a "6th world" but gradual change?>>60503658>You have to use forbiddan knowledge to batman it 24/7 but going batman only goes so far when you're dealing with truly fucked up shitthen plan your batmans carefully?live in a place thats a boobytrap shitshow of course, and do your research, talk to the locals, offer training and workshops, answer questions, keep notes....every trick you teach someone else might be another monster you wont have to get killed by, every good idea they give you too, could save your ass.
>>60503782>do we have an origin on the bad shit? or can we pull a "6th world" but gradual change?Might have been caused by the Forces and their spawn infesting the world in the beginning.
>>60503782>do we have an origin on the bad shit? or can we pull a "6th world" but gradual change?Nobody ever put forward anything specific about what specifically started everything happening, but it seems that some of the creatures causing problems are probably the results of attempts to bio-engineer the solution to some other problem.
>>60503782The way I see it. PCs are naturally inclined to batman situations so why not make it the default of the setting? Brute Forcing everything is the fastest way to kill off your character and party and even with the best laid plans things can still go to shit.
Mom used to say that the madness all came from one place, it came from Florida and spread out like roots or a disease. She said no one tried to stop it because everyone wanted a piece of the potential without knowing the cost. Grandma used to say that was all bullshit and that it was really just the greatest Rum and Coke recipe, so powerful it could reveal your soul to the world and expose who you really were and left some men as more or less than human.
>>60503871Also, to add to this, there should always be situations that will force the PCs to make snap decisions even if they may not like it. You're running through the ruins of the Brooklyn subway systems and basically !Jason is chasing you with a fuck hueg axe made out of a rail line. Do you drop your loot and bolt? Fight and hope you can kill him or what?
>>60503871more like brute force is for the warders who can afford it, and Batman stuff is for people that cannot>>60503919still should be a few indicators or safe ways to assay the threat, does he react to a handful of pocket-sand? or a cloud of thrown ashes?handful of iron fillings? blast of pepper-spray?the occultist should know them.
Bump for continued interestAre we just focusing on the Americas or will we eventually get around to the rest of the world?
>>60503782>do we have an origin on the bad shit?I don't recall seeing anyone posting anything about what originally caused the bad shit to start happen. Hell, it might actually be that the original bad shit was actually solved but doing so broke something else. Or it could be that nothing got solved but the original bad shit is just so mundane when compared to everything else that has happened that no one really gives a shit about it anymore.
Hey y'all. I heard you lot were complaining about dem corps and cults. well I'll ave you know the people's freedom force got yer back. Yer should pack up and join us down south. We in needin for some fine men and women. Life's tough on the road with us but you ain't safe with those guys. We may seem like a bunch of country folk in motorized conveys buy I can garuntee that y'all be safer with us. We're watchin yer backs. J.J out
>>60506461PS. Don't mind dem giants dey wid us. After all we needin some protection from you lot. We ain't dangerous, not till ya provoke us lot.
>>60504815Well I have heard some rumors that the Gaelic union sent some expeditions into the South Pacific which not only returned but they apparently found people somehow still living in Australia.
>>60506741This is world building you fucking cunt unless you are offended by the idea of /tg/ doing /tg/ things then why the fuck are you here.
>>60503782Personall the "Event" that started all this should stay ambiguous. At some point in time (near future, to jusify the more advanced technology) something happened that caused all this shit to start. Also >>60503847, a lot of those problems (like the higher oxygen atmosphere) were caused by poorly thought out attempts to fix previous issues
>>60506786I think it would be best to leave the how vague and leave hints as to what could have happened.Potentially some corp could have been fucking around with contacting other dimension and some aspect of another one encroached on our own.Perhaps there was an effort to reverse the environmental damage done to the earth and it went out of controlPerhaps we've entered into the intercese between the world of the living and the world of the dead/spirits/gods.Perhaps all three has happened, who knows!?
>>60506461>>60506522That fills in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico.
Based on >>60506461 >>60506522I've added territory controlled by the Freedom Force to the map. The population consists of small communities just trying to get by, though while that may seem similar to the Free Counties, there's some pretty big differences. Things aren't even really counties here, with each town or small city being effectively self-governing. The territory is located between a number of megacities, meaning that encroachment is always a concern, and while they don't have to worry about Mu, there are still plenty of inhuman problems in the region. This is where the Freedom Force comes in. They travel the region in their motorized convoys, dealing with dangerous creatures, and ensuring the communities remain independent of the nearby megacities. They pull this off through a combination of grit, clever ingenuity, and a little help from a local giant population. Self-reliance is highly valued; as a result, most people are capable of defending themselves from minor threats, basic mechanical knowledge is quite common. Religion is frequent here, just like in the old days, though unlike in the old days, it seems that, at least in some communities, you're as likely to find people worshiping the Yellow Serpent as you are to find them worshiping the old God.What do you think, guys? A lot of what I added here (encroachment from megacities, Yellow Serpent followers being common, etc) seemed to naturally follow from the circumstances of the area. Also the larger megacity is a combination of San Antonio and Austin, with the two having basically grown into each other, absorbing the cities/towns in between and becoming a single megacity.
>>60509203I like the look of it
>>60509298I'm really excited to get the general regional stuff in. The US is almost filled out, and I figure at least once that's done, I can start drawing up some more local maps of various regions.
>>60509337Same here. I'm wondering what countries like Asia, Europe, and Africa even look like atm.
>fishing>keep reeling in small, blood soaked bits of guts>use one as bait>reel in an ever bigger pileI honestly do not know what I expected.
>>60509700I hope you're wearing gloves when you're touching that shit
>>60492600The shade pictured, referred to alternatively as "mind melter" or "the king shadow dream eater" in China, is an ethereal creature known since antiquity, mentioned in several Homeric tales. It haunts those who have experienced severe traumas, or those with psychological problems, adding to their woe. It is believed to feed on negative emotions, and the greatest of all is the despair felt before a victim claims their own life, or tricking them via illusion to kill another.Mind Melter hauntings usually start with auditory hallucinations, generally as intrusive, self-destructive thoughts like "I'm ugly" or "I have no friends". This attacks their very morale, and isolates them with their negative thoughts. It will then move to visual phenomena and scents, ending with tactile and full blown reality breaks, where it often manifests as a lost loved one or shadowy human figure. Most people will never see one, and often disregard the crazy stories of soldiers or cops shooting wildly into the dark. Some find psychiatric or religious help useful to reduce the severity of the fear attacks, and eventually it will move on to easier prey.
I sit here at my bungalo, looking out in the woods. I hope I see the ketch, but it cant see me. If the ketch sees me, I'm to tell myself that it doesnt see me and act natural, even though I know that it does. If I do my job, the ketch will act natural and not know I see it, then I can take notes. This one is named Lola, not by the company but because my daughters name is Lola and too has brown hair.If I cant convince the ketch that I dont see it, I act like I see another ketch. They are very shy that way, very cautious, and very dumb. Ranger Hal was dumb too and not convincing. He didnt believe he wasnt seen. But I know, because I'm alive. When I return in 30 days I'll bring his hat. I just wish the sun would set, because I dont know when the day ends.
>>60510724We thank you for your service.
As I sleep the ketch watches me. I can see its blue eyes through the slits in the blinds, but only when I squint. I pretend it doesnt see me, just like it acts when I dont see it. Sometimes I think it tries to trick me. I think t will stare off for a long time pretending not to see me, then jerk its head and look directly at me, and then I have to jerk my head and pretend I dont see it. We both play pretend.The ketch has neighbors. The Voltdiver is attracted to radios, so I cant use those. The adolescent slaying mantis can smell my blood, and is the biggest of the 3 at 2.5 meters when upright. Both dont like Lola. She keeps them away and watches over me. She is my friend even though she can rip me in half. When I play harmonica she comes. I pretend she likes it when I play Amazing Grace. Really its the only song I know, but Lola doesnt know that, and she growls less when I do it so I believe.As I wait a month I write in my journal, and Ranger Hal's. His family deserves his pay too. Sometimes I take out the .45-70 marlin and clean it. i havent shot it in 4 months, but I like the smell. Sometimes I count the bullets. I had 100, but I'm missing 4. I think Hal had them on him.I think its been a month, because the plants have born fruit. I think i'm going to go home. PS, I snagged my only favorite tan shirt on a stick. I should be at the station in 19 hours.
>>60513828Pray for Ranger Al.
Bumperino for megacity spooks
Did anyone see the news about that thing in the dumpster? Did anyone get a clip of it? My news feed cut out after a second of showing it and it was a blur. Anyone know what it was?
>>60516704Give us a general description of the Thing that you saw. That might aid in identifying iy.
>>60516704Yeah I saw that clip didn't get a good look at it but I think it may have been a Rawhead, someone was probably dumping meat waste into the general rubbish again.
>>60517804>Rawheadis there anything possibly worse in this damn city than a rawhead just our luck
>>60518186Oh trust me there are much worse things, Rawheads may be hard to kill but they're dumb and easily baited.
>>60518186Rawheads are basic bitch tier. Sure, they are tough and strong, but they way easier to deal with than things like Rotjaws, Cloud Moths, Giant Landworms or Snapdragons
>>60518569>>60518186Yeah, but do I really have to get started on the smell their bodies release after killing them. its the worst. and then the shit THAT SMELL attracts from the gutter and sewer filthtedious shit.id honestly prefer snapdragons. at least they're interesting...
Guys, guys. Three words. Orbital Laser Weapon. It will solve all our problems.
>>60518702Have you even begun to rack up the amount of resources and the overall cost that it'll take to make something like that? Don't forget that we've got shit in the atmosphere that's aggressive
>>60499872Literally NOTHING wrong with that.
>>60518810Good lord you necroshits are lucky that Mu and Iconocorp exist to keep everyone busy, otherwise everyone would be after you freaks
>>60518774Oh, I figure about three trillion. We'll just raise taxes a little; it's a drop in the bucket in the name of personal security. As for the things up in the upper atmosphere, I have a plan for that as well, a ground laser cannon aimed up. See, they can cover each other then. We'll just need to clear 6,000 acres of land for the facility. Iconocorp is already working on the details.
>>60518810It's like putting someone in prison, even though they're innocent, but also violating their body knowingly and -- Why am I even explaining this to a necrofag, you all know what you do. God I wish the Wardens weeded you lot out, I'd hate to have food put on my table by means of unholy slavery
>>60518870For everyone's sake, I wholeheartedly, genuinely hope you know what you're doing.
>>60518870>IconocorpWhat else should I expect. Only they would be that retarded. When your retard satellite inevitably crashes try to to aim it at Mu. Maybe you can get some value out of it
>>60518966I already have a backup plan should this infallible one fail. TWO orbital laser cannons.
When I got home my wife asks me how my day was. It was fine, other than I was out for 4 months instead of 3, because my watch broke and I didn't keep track of time. Sun doesn't set, you don't sleep well. They gave me over time. They got Ranger Hal's body. They threw Ranger Hal a funeral service. I wore my best navy blue suit. Except I don't actually have a suit, and if I did it would be charcoal, not blue. Not appropriate for funerals. I like funerals. It's the only time the whole family gets together. Me and Ranger Mal, Sal, and Tal are pretty okay, even though Sal and Tal are on the other baseball team (Red), and I'm on blue, like my suit. Ranger Bal doesn't like me. He says it's because I got a home run on his no-hitter game. I remind him that I'm not that Ranger Al, and he wasn't playing that season. He brushes me off, as usual. I think it's because I was born first, even though I wasn't. I gave Hal's family his last paycheck. I added some of my overtime.When I got to my daughter Lola she wanted a bedtime story and asked about monsters I killed. I reminded her that I don't usually kill monsters if I don't have to, usually they'll kill each other. But she asked about the fiercest one I saw. So I told her about the Loth Beast. green with deep aqua patches, scaly, feathered head, snake tongue, 3 meters long, up to your waist, with a dozen eyes on stalks. When it sleeps, it's eyes take turns. It's always half-asleep unless it's hunting, which is the only time eleven eyes are open (one eye always sleeps, so that when the other eyes sleep at least one eye is always awake). When angry it can spit hydrochloric acid up to 30 yards, and when hunting it turns invisible (how do we know about the eye? trade secret). I was told to hunt one just outside a megacity, which had been killing people. I used a .30-06 rifle and a cat as bait. She was concerned the noise outside was a Loth Beast. I told her it was the racoons. Of course, Loth Beasts dont exist. And it's not racoons.
>>60519109Do you have experience writing short stories?
>>60519334not him, but why ask?
>>60510576>TFW depression actually was an evil spirit all alongSalt Circles not Xanax kids
>>60519397perhaps children regularly fill hoola-hoops with salt for this...a safe place to sleep.
>>60519010until they discover that laser weapons merely feed the arcane infestations...oth... the kinetic kill weapons (rods of God) are spectacularly successful. pity we can't deploy enough hardware to orbit to finish the job in a single massive strike.
>>60519431I was wondering why they changed their tagline.
>>60519447No, see, I planned for that too. We'll have a priest baptise or whatever each laser array so it's holy energy doing the beast killing from orbit. They can't resist that.
>>60519397What about circles of crushed xanax?
>>60519372S/he writes well, is all, just wondering
Anyone hear about what's going on out in Utah/Colorado badlands area? I could've sworn I saw lights going up to these abandoned mines a few nights ago.
>>60519581WHY NOT DO BOTH???
>>60519617I feel like it'd be expensive to start filling hoolahoops with xanax.But hexes are getting more expensive every month anyway.
>>60519609Here's a different one during the day, I swear they look like some kind of indian castle.
>>60519693save up to keep the kids protected?
>>60519513Right on. Keep up the good work.
>first thread: people are just making fun ideas>second thread: discord police saying what is and isn't allowed
>>60519609>>60519725Might need to update the map
>>60519778What isn't allowed?
>>60519609>>60519725Thanks for uploading the pics, good to know what to avoid. Anyway, it sounds like a sizeable group of bandits is starting to shack up in that place. I hope for your well-being that you don't live in a settlement nearby, or else they'll set your sights on you.Good luckP.S. I'm no expert
>>60519778I don't see anyone saying anything about what isn't allowed
>>60519778>first thread: people snowballing off of one idea, making fun ideas>second thread: still snowballing off original idea, making fun ideas, but keeping it more /tg/ related with worldbuilding involved
Today they said the university is partnering with the Department for research and containment. They said that volunteers would be paid, and their children's fees waived at the university. Lola is only 8, but for a year's work her school would be paid. I volunteer, as do many others. Next we are all put into different rooms. Each room has a bird cage, wires, and a projector. The nice lady puts the bird cage on my head and asks me if I can see the screen. I tell her yes I can see the screen, then the light turns off. The test is very easy. The bird cage begins to buzz and they show me a picture of a bat and ask me how I feel. Then they show me a picture of a baseball bat and ask me how I feel. Then they show me both and ask which I prefer, all while repeating Bat to myself during the down time. Then I have to say Batting while watching baseball. Then after a few minutes they ask me how I feel. Then they ask if I remember the Bat, then I have to describe the bat. But only which bat I want to describe, then they repeat. Sometimes they'll show a picture of my wife. I don't remember giving them that. She is hitting the baseball with a bat while batting, but it's not the right bat. I don't like that picture and they ask me what isn't right about it. This is self evident, because you cannot hit a baseball with a bat, and the old university professor is sympathetic and tells me it's good that I know you can't play baseball with a bat.After a few hours they tell me I pass, then I tell them the truth. I don't have experience guarding, only studying animals. I am not a good candidate, whereas Ranger Mal is much better for the job. They tell me not to worry, I have exactly what they need from the test. I start Baturday.
>>60519843>>second thread: still snowballing off original idea, making fun ideas, but keeping it more /tg/ related with worldbuilding involvedThis. Literally the only thing I can think of that he could be referring to is the discussion of having this be low-magic, which was generally met with "thread 1 had pretty overt magic stuff"
>>60519859>I start Baturday
>>60519860I get the feeling the people magic is low, like Pan's Labrynth tier, but the world around them doesn't play by people rules and sometimes people can get together and summon demonic suns that melt your brain if you drink tapwater at the wrong hours.
>>60519805I was hoping it was Iconocorp plundering old uranium deposits, that could be so much worse...
>>60519609>>60519725Those places are cursed as shit from what I've heard. Probably infested with Rift-Skimmers and Wounds.
>>60519987Indeed. I have no problem with flashy magic, it just shouldn't be readily available and usable. If you're going to fireball and turn people into ash then it should be something with a lot of build up and not something you just shrug and do.That said, if no one has really delved into how "faith" based magics work, I'd like to throw my three cents in.I hate how D&D just has religious magic users just be wizards with miters. I think something like shit in real life when you see crazy fanatics who flay themselves with whips and walk around on glass and nails naked because of their faith should be a thing. Religious types can go into the crazy zone of faith that allows them to do shit that shouldn't normally be possible but they can pull it off because of their insane level of belief
>>60519987That seems to be the general consensus that's been reached, with the possible exception of one region. There's still some oddball magic shit involving people from the first thread that isn't accounted for, but if nobody brings it up then I guess nobody cares all that much.
>>60520007Nah, Iconocorp is professional and handy. Have some faith!
>>60519609>>60519725>>60519805>>60520007Does... does anyone actually KNOW what happened to the people living in that area? I mean, sure, it's generally accepted that nobody's living out there. But I don't recall ever here anyone talk about what actually HAPPENED to the people in the badlands. And if he thinks it looks like some kind of Indian fort...
>>60520053>>60520057The more powerful magic seems to be in the hands of the cults or those that play with fae and the ghost monsters, (I prefer the sound over eldritch because I'm just sick of the word since Zalgo.) Conan style, you sell your soul or body, for some kind of possession and through your possessed body you can do weird shit with their powers. All the trappings that come with is wacky hudu stuff, probably.The vibes I'm getting so far are Pans Labrynth, Silent Hill, and Stalker/Metro with some wh40k vibes that I hope don't get too far out of hand, personally.
>>60520113Missing. Presumed eaten by Forces-cultists. We need to send some members of the Church to go clean it all out anyway.
>>60520113People? What people? I don't recall there ever being people there. Why would you think people would be out there?... Well, now that I think...No, no, no. I'm sure that place has never had any inhabitants.
>>60519805>I hope for your well-being that you don't live in a settlement nearby, or else they'll set your sights on you.If they're bandits, they should be fine. Bandits typically avoid major settlements, and instead prowl along back-roads and lawless areas looking for targets of opportunity. If they're raiders, that's when you need to be concerned and start gathering a posse and contact local law. Raiders actively attack outlying settlements and assault homes and businesses, and are usually much more well armed and organized. In some cases, they can get as powerful as they did in West Texas a few decades ago, and nobody wants another Outlaw Empire springing up again.
>>60520145Agreed, as long as it doesn't go too deep into crazy then I think this flavor can work with what we have. I'll be honest and say this is exactly what I love because the whole occultist being batman who know how to deal/work around supernatural shit rather than just casting a spell and being done is right up my alley
>>60520033Fuck.>>60520113We were living out in the deep country, things didn't change much for those of us that lived on reservations or near them. Clean water has always been scarce, though with the more common flooding and rain storm tornadoes, and the aquifers rupturing on occassion it's gotten a little bit easier in some ways. I think the big cities got picked apart by giant vultures or something, I stay away from them. It could be exaggeration but I always see flocks of big birds over the ruins. There weren't very many towns in the first place so we don't see them often.Then we do like everyone else, giant sandpaper moths, waspmites, copper worms and rotjaws, the usual. The bandit tribes seem to attract really bad juju and get eaten by giant fleshgates before their leaders can get too big, psychically I mean, in their skeleton thrones. But I think they're starting to get smart and figure out the bones to use better like the old families did.I don't know if that answers your question really.
We sit in a concrete room with a large red button between two consoles, Ranger Tal and me. We were selected to guard the mind monsters. We are immune, so we are told, so everything we see and hear should be real. But there are rules. Each of us is carrying a 9mm pistol. If Tal acts strangely, I am to shoot him even though he outranks me by 3 hours. If I act strangely, Tal is to shoot me, as befits his superior 3 hour station. The button must be pressed every other hour during an alert, so that we cannot close the facility indefinitely if there is an accident. We are told that a rescue team will be there by then, who will lift the alert and come in. Until that comes we are to press the button every two hours, and it will beep when we need reminded.Today was our first alert, and so we pressed the button. Tal is taller than me and has longer arms, so he pressed the button and told me it was my turn next. Since we cannot leave the room during lockdown, we decided to kill time. Tal had a baseball, and was pitcher for Red team. We play catch. I am not pitcher, so I cannot throw as well as Tal does, but that's okay. We just need to keep away boredom for the next 2 hours or so.It's been 370 hours now, and the lockdown is still in effect. We have played ball. We have played cards. We have knicked the cards, and now Tal doesn't want to play. When we play ball, I ask him to teach me to throw like him. He says no, because I'll tell Blue team how he pitches, and that's not fair. Sometimes he looks at my gun. The University secretly have me a pocket knife too. I know he has one, because he's a bad pretender like Hal, and dropped it once. He knows I have one because he saw it under the bathroom stall when my pants were down, a privacy violation against the October Friendship Accords we both signed. It was nice that it lets me cross his third of the room to use the bathroom, even though he still complains, then I have to bring out the paper. Buzz buzz the alarm rings, my turn.
>>60520278At night I practice with the baseball I stole from his side. I want to throw a screwball like he does, so people can’t Bat when my team pitches. I throw it against the door on his side when he sleeps, and when he wakes up I tell him it’s the door. By the time he notices the ball has rolled onto his side, and he pretends to go to sleep, just like I pretend to go to sleep, until we are both pretending for so long we both fall asleep. On day 73 He asks me what I dream about. I tell him I dream about batting and my wife. He dreams about my wife too, he says. I tell him he can go fuck himself and he says I’m being weird about him dreaming about my wife, and I tell him it’s weird to dream about another man’s wife, then he throws the baseball at me in violation of the OFA. We both stare at each other’s guns for a long, long time, and then we stare at the baseball that rolled into the middle of the room. We can’t play baseball anymore now, too many holes.During the training I remember they said that if we don’t press the button every other hour the facility will unlock. The rescue team will make everything batter. I asked why and they said I wasn’t making any sense, but reassured me things would be better once it unlocked. Tal says it’s our duty to keep it locked, and I agree because he’s my superior. I’m tired of being here. Yesterday the mirror broke. Tal says he knows he didn’t do it, and I say I know I didn’t do it, so we both blame the holey baseball for the transgression and we use another few bullets on it. There are still 8 rounds between us, and we have calculated the amount needed to kill another quite well by now. Luckily I have more, because I stole one of his bullets but he can’t prove it.
>>60520278>>60520291It’s been 17 years since we entered this place, based on the average 8x a day bathroom trips we make to get away from one another I think. He gets jealous that I take longer in the sink shower, and I remind him that there is no time limit on the sink shower and he can take longer showers too. He insists that as an officer he must ensure that I am taken care of better than him. Every morning I eat first, and he watches me. He asks me to go to the bathroom first, and he watches me. When we go to bed he makes sure I lay down first. Sometimes he drops off food from the microwave, or gives me more from his plate. I don’t always eat it, which upsets him. I ask him what he thinks of, duty he says. He asks me what I think of, buttons I say, and baseballs, and our failed attempt to patch the baseball with our shoe leather and the knives we still pretend to hide. I tell him I want to open the door. He tells me it’s been this long, what’s another day. That was 14 days ago, but the clock battery died and I ask him how he knows how long it’s been till a day. Then he asks me how many times I’ve pressed the button. I never counted. He never counted either.It's been one million years since we were caged please I want out I want my Lola all I need is to get to that button and smash it but he sleeps next to the button and put his wrappers around it I’d do anything to not do anything to the button but he keeps pressing it I just want to go home and make things right I will kill Lola ketch I will walk home she must be at the University right now just 10 stories above me please let us out Tal if it will make things Batter I will kill Tal
Any idea for organizations fighting the cultist?
>>60520172>Outlaw EmpireYeah, that was one major shitshow. But at least the Texan raider guys didn't embrace cannibalism like that one horde of that ravaged Western Canada half-a-decade ago. I'm pretty sure that at least some of the wiijigoo running out there were originally part of that band of fucknuggets.
>>60520500Eh, I don't know if there are task forces sent out exactly to tackle cultists living in the boonies or isolated from other people, but flesh cultists, Yellow Serpent followers, and others are typically scolded by the Church. We haven't expanded on what the "Church" really is, but what we've thought of is a desperate mixture of muslims, christians, zionists, buddhists, hinduists basically saying "stop believing in all this unnatural shit and return to humanistic roots"
>>60520543>but what we've thought of is a desperate mixture of muslims, christians, zionists, buddhists, hinduists basically saying "stop believing in all this unnatural shit and return to humanistic roots"Where was that? I recall the Church worshiping something called the Powers.
>>60520500Infosec, The Church, maybe IconoCorp sometimes when they aren't helping/being helped by them?
>>60520562So "good" cultist who work along side the various religious types who go out and deal with other cultist?
>>60520562yeah I call BS on that.
>>60520576Depends on how widespread the Church is as an institution, I guess.>>60520577See: >>60484958 As well as >>60500136
>>60520278>>60520291>>60520393GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD SHIT>>60520352"During the day, they hunt and travel. During the night, they do something we do not like to speak of."
>>60520617The only mention of the church being connected to our world's religions was stated up thread, not even in the posts you linked is it implied they're in anyway connected with abrahamic or eastern religions. If anything they're probably closer to Sikhs or Zoroastrianism.
>>60520617Personally, the idea of a monolithic organization that has it all figured out is kind of boring. We're keeping with real work like religions surviving into this weird era then everyone is going to approach the threat of cultist of strange and alien gods in their own ways which should allow for a good amount of character diversity.Allahua Ackbar Muslims swinging around scimtars and rocking AKs, Eastern Orthodox slaves with vodka and AKs, Swiss guard in muscle suits protecting priests as they go do exorcisms and Farcry style good ole boys with shotguns, ARs and bibles.
>>60520683I'm more or less in agreement. I recall a fair bit of talk about the Church interacting in some way with Iconocorp, so I'd say it's reasonable for it to be an institution primarily focused around the area filled with megacities.>>60520352has caused the term "gun saint" to pop into my head, and I'm trying to flesh out the idea, but I'm not really getting anywhere.
>>60520734Murder kube obviously
>>60520577It's from the last thread. Several of the other major threats in the World (The Great Moth and Mu) have also been tied to the nebulous "Forces" out and about here and there.
>>60520723"It'd be foolish to assume that walls, no matter how tall, can keep us safe in this day and age.">>60520732"The Fae seem oddly enthused when they encounter strangers that are lost..."
>>60520764I was agreeing with that anon, I was calling BS on the same greentext they highlighted.
>>60520880"Naturally, not all humans are monsters in this era, but some can prove that wrong in every sense of the word."
>>60518874We're not allowed to tell you how it actually works, think of it like an NDA. But let me just assure you, no. That is not how it works.
>>60520888Ah ok. Nice trips of truth too.
>>60520950"Have you ever seen something so terrifying, yet so beautiful -- but mostly terrifying?">>60521023"Swamphags. An enemy to men far worse than alimony."
Date:June 240030 hoursLocation: Innawoods"Yo, Mayuki is best girl mang. You can't deny it.""Sanchez, you idiot. You know Mayuki turns out to be a guy right?" said a bored Warden trying to get comfortable despite the humid night air."What the fuck, Phillips. You can't just ruin it for him. I wanted to see his face when he finally got to that part. Besides. We all know Neko-chan is best girl.""Jesus Hank. If it weren't for Sanchez over there, I'd have to be ripping your ass for shit taste in waifu.", Phillips tossed back.A fourth Warden stood watch over his comrades from the camp periphery when their long range comm set barked to life."This is Operator 248. I have a code 673 in need of resolution near sector 33. Any takers?"The Warden let the call go unanswered for several minutes while his squadmates continued squabbling before getting fed up and picking up the receiver."Comrade Operator, This is Squad 13. We are being in Sector 31. We could make it to destination in hour and half if push. What are details?""Oh, hey 13. Just who I hoped to hear from. Got a guy who didn't agitate his property next to a preserve. Everyone else around him did. For his stupidity, he's got himself a Carnotaurus trying to make nice with his house. To make things worse, He's smack dab in the center of a Great Worm migration path, and as you know, it is that time of year.""If you guys are up for it, I've made arrangements for a helo to be made available for a rooftop evac, but you'll have to figure out a way to keep the damn Carno off the helo, or it's my ass."
The Slav looked over at his team, still animatedly bashing each other over each other's taste in '2d gf'. Experience told him this could continue for hours, and he was running out of vodka. There was only one thing that could relieve his suffering at this point, he thought, lovingly stroking the wood of his family heirloom, an ancient pattern rifle, famed for it's power and durability."Does imbecile have vodka?", he queried."Stand by." chimed the Operator. Silence filled the airwaves for a seeming eternity. "Yes 13, damnedest thing. Only thing he brought up onto the roof besides a chair to wait for evac.""We are enroute. Operator." "Roger 13. Stop by Sector. 32 subsection 5 to rendezvous with air support. I may have a recon asset lined up. Oh... and one more thing 13.""Da?""No explosives, please. The Fire Wardens are being rather disagreeable tonight.""Eh, will try, Operator. Have faith in you. You always come through."In a breakdown of radio discipline, a sigh was heard over the air waves. "Operator out.""Hey! Baka ass fuckers of mothers! We have job. Pack up." "Oh for fuck sake Dmitri, we just got set up. And that's not how you use that phrase!" Sanchez whined."Too bad. Your shit taste in literature and imaginary women can wait. Besides," Dmitri harangued his colleagues as he packed his gear on his ATV, "only one you should share bed with out here is gun."(Furious typing in progress. More to come)
0200Sector 32 Subsection 5"Dude, why did I let you talk me into this?", asked a lanky, bedraggled looking teenager, my dad will KILL me if we fuck up his truck.""C'mon, Todd. You heard the radio. There's a 673. Someone needs help, and we're here.""In a truck, that I'll be murdered if it gets damaged, filled with your stupid RC toys, a 12-gauge, and a gas generator. The fuck we gonna do, Chet?"With a grin, the Chet pushed up his glasses, "We're gonna help WARDENS man. We'll be the biggest badasses in the ENTIRE Sector! Think about it dude! That chick you're always on about.... Sarah! No Susan?""Janette?""Yeah! Stephanie! She'll be all over you!""Chet. You're an idiot. You know that?""Fine. Leave. I'll just wait here like the Operator told us, with MY gear, ride into grorious battle with the Wardens, and I'll see you washing your dad's truck while I'm trying to Stacy to leave me alone."Todd let out a long sigh. "Fuck it, Mom would kill me if you got hurt, then she'd kill me again for not responding to a call. Just where the hell are these people?"
0215On approach to rendezvous pointDmitri checked his navlink a third time before toggling on his comms."Operator, this is 13 do you read?" "13, Operator. Read you loud and clear, what's your 20?""We are within visual range of the rendezvous. Where are the other assets?""13, you see that pickup? That"s your recon asset."Dmitri signaled his team to stop. Zooming in with his visual implants, he quickly located the truck and its attendant teens."Recon asset is children? With toys! Confirm.""Affirmative 13. Best I could get this late. The helo will be delayed, it's on the ground due to an errant Cloud Moth. Gives you time to scope the place out.""Blyat!!""Will update you as I have more 13. Operator out.""So.... What's the plan boss?", Phillips asked with a smirk."We teach boys how to be men. Teach them to play poker, and drink. YOU figure out how to make a recon net out of children's toys, and whatever we have available. You are good with toys. yes?"Phillips, annoyed, barked back "They're DRONES not toys! We've been over this!""Whatever you say, comrade." Dmitri shot back, gunning his ATV toward the truck in the distance.
0220Rendezvous pointThe soft chords of a country tune sung by an artist long dead, about a father letting his daughter be kissed by a butterfly softly issued forth from the radio as Chet ran diagnostics on his rotodrones for the umpteenth time. Attention focused on the results as if the slightest lapse of attention would cause the drones to fall apart."Man... Country music is weird. Who the hell lets their kid get kissed by a butterfly? Shit.", Todd muttered."Goddamnit, are you sure this isn't some prank, Chet? Shit. You WOULD fall for something that stupid. Ronnie"s probably right over that damn hill laughing his ass off...""Shhh! Did you hear that?""What?" "Listen!""Listen to what....OH WHAT THE FUCK!?"A stranger stood beside the truck with his weapon ready, quickly sweeping the vehicle before relaxing, finger resting outside the trigger guard."You are here for Operator, yes? None of us here are named Ronnie." spoke the stranger in thickly accented English"H-Holy shit.... You... heard that?" Todd blurted out with a momentary stammer."Ayyyy, of course we did mang. It's kind of our job. The ones who don't tend to get eaten, bro." "Oh, fuck off, Sanchez, don't scare em. Howdy boys. Nice set o drones you got there. You got the heavy lift blades for those by chance? I got the good shit batterywise, but I'm fresh outta rotors. That scary lookin fucker over there is Dmitri. Sanchez is an asshole, and Hank...what the fuck are you doing?""Holy shit guys, they have an honest to god fucking FORD! This is beyond a classic! Does it have... HOLY SHIT that's a fucking LS23? Who the fuck is your old man kid? No way in hell this could be yours.""Apparently Hank is jizzing himself over your ride... Apologies...Now boys, we need to get a good look at what we're gettin' into, and our air support is apparently delayed by a fucking Cloud Moth in the area, so if y'all would give me a hand with retrofitting these bad boys, that'd be great."
0245>Location:Anon's House>Situation: Viewed from recon drone>Analysis:>Severe terrain upset. Topography maps indicate variances from baseline of up to 15 ft. >Severe treeline damage.>Target fauna has thusfar been unresponsive to lone rotodrone's presence.>Extraction target: Anon>Extraction target location: On roof>Extraction target status: being a faggot (no surprise)"Philips. You're doing it again. You're vocalizing.""Shut up! It helps me concentrate!"Chet nudged his brother, whispering, "See, I"m not the only one!""Philips, zoom in on roof.""Got it.">Camera zoom in, several jugs become apparent. Approximate gallon capacity.>Jugs are sealed, and have handle. >Diameter of hole, inch to an inch and a half"Cha, that's what your old lady wishes you'd fit, bro.""Shut the fuck up Sanchez, Christ."*Chet fist bumps Sanchez*"Can you recover the package, Phillips?""Yeah, yeah... pipe down. I got it.>optics zoom out>course laid in >deploy winch>give Anon haircut to get him to let go>catch jug handle with hook>Fuck yeah RTB. We're done here, right?"For now. Now we drink, and come up with plan.""Holy hell... Did we just... Steal someone's booze?" Todd muttered."Fuck yeah, dude I told you this would be awesome!" Chet rubbed his hands together in excitement.
0315Location: Far enough away from Anon's house to not resemble breakfast"Okay, this is now officially NOT awesome." Chet said, sounding increasingly distraught with the way the "Plan" was evolving."What is wrong, comrade? Is guarantee to work.""Well... Yeah... I guess...", Chet managed to whine, "It"s just that... We're using my drones as bait..."Dmitri interjected, "We are using drones to place concussion charges as bait. So long as Anon is not total faggot, should be eezy peezy. He zips into harness before all bombs go off, Helo rescues hims drops him in bed of truck, we drive out. Beast is still being chasing bombs... No problem.""But, hypothetically..." Todd asks "what if Anon is a TREMENDOUS faggot. Like, can't get strapped into the harness before all the bombs run out?"Dmitri smirked, "That is why we are keeping flash bang in reserve on drones, and installing loudspeaker with which to play very loud German marching tunes and Polkas. This will enrage the beast, causing it to hunt down the drones long enough to compensate for Anon's TREMENDOUS level of faggotry.""Okay... I get it." Chet admitted, "But seeing as this guy is in this situation entirely of his own making, what if he's like some sort of UberFaggot the likes of which the world has never seen?"Dmitri looked thoughtfully into his glass as he poured himself some more of Anon's vodka."In this case, we send Sanchez in helicopter. If looks like Anon cannot get out of his own way, Sanchez will fast rope down, and knock Anon unconscious, fastening him into harness. We"d normally leave Anon to suffer for his own Faggotry, but Operator is good friend, and would not want to reflect on badly."
"So... What happens while Sanchez is doing that?""Philips will no longer be playing with toys...">DRONES"...toys, so will be free to use ATV with Comrade Hank to keep creature distracted and away from truck.""Anddd.... If it comes for us in the truck anyway?" Todd asked.Dmitri pulled an object out of his bag, and screwed it into a lug mounted beneath the barrel of his ancient rifle. "I will be in back of truck. Operator is good friend. I will make sure you are safe