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    81 KB Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:15 No.9781583  
    Hello, /tg/. Let us play a game.

    This is the game where we make a species. It has a very peculiar set of rules, that I want you to read before participating.

    >I offer a series of possible choices or request input. Respond with one of the possible choices or your own input respectively, with "dice+1d100" in your email field. The person who rolls the highest number out of the first FIVE (5) responses gets selected and then I state the next phase.

    Let us first choose one of the following settings:
    >Sci-fi (soft/average only - I don't trust my scientific knowledge enough to create truly hard science fiction)
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:15 No.9781589
    that's a cauliflower
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:16 No.9781593
    rolled 72 = 72

    SCI FI
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:16 No.9781599
    rolled 8 = 8

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:17 No.9781615
    rolled 58 = 58

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:17 No.9781618
    rolled 3 = 3


    I have no idea how this would even work, but sure what the hell.

    Steampunk creature time!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:17 No.9781627
    rolled 88 = 88

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:19 No.9781664
    Anon has spoken. Give us Steampunk!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:19 No.9781672
    My god. This is something new. Right, steampunk it is. Let's do this.

    This'll follows the basic fantasy layout to begin with, but... let's see where it goes.

    >Insert your own possibility that I might not have thought of
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:20 No.9781690
    rolled 67 = 67

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:20 No.9781693
    rolled 61 = 61


    Sentient but not sapient.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:21 No.9781700
    rolled 85 = 85

    Hive-mind. Non-sentient/hibernating when alone.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:21 No.9781706
    rolled 38 = 38

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:21 No.9781717
    rolled 100 = 100

    On the cusp of sentience
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:21 No.9781718
    rolled 13 = 13


    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:26 No.9781789

    an intelligent gyroscope that forms the heart of an analog computational engine

    however the machine is incapable of interfacing with most human machines adequately enough to demonstrate its full intelligence, which grows over time in the form of persistent vibrations

    eventually it will think so hard that it explodes like an overloaded flywheel
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:26 No.9781797
    Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

    So it's sentient in a steampunk universe. But it needs to be powered by something. Something needs to make it animate, or alive, or whatever-it-might-be.

    >Arcane (Animated with arcane magic)
    >Undead (Animated from necromantic magic)
    >Natural (Animated by natural magic)
    >Divine (Animated by divine magic)
    >Construct (Animated by science)
    >Organic (Living creature)
    >Transorganic (Living creature augmented with the stuff of science)
    >Beyond (Animated by stuff beyond human comprehension)
    >Combination of the above
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:26 No.9781798
    What does that mean?
    This seems much cooler for steampunk...
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:27 No.9781805
    rolled 91 = 91

    >>Beyond (Animated by stuff beyond human comprehension)


    IA IA
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:27 No.9781811
    Ahem, a bit of information for you. As awesome as that would be, we do this one step at a time. A combination of team work and chance creates the final product.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:28 No.9781825
    rolled 42 = 42

    A construct powered by an enslaved/trapped organic lifeform.

    Like a parasite.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:29 No.9781837
    rolled 1 = 1


    What, this is a QUESTION?

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:29 No.9781838

    why did you post a cauliflower
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:29 No.9781844
    rolled 60 = 60

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:29 No.9781848
    Because cauliflower is delicious with cheese?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:29 No.9781849
    Isn't that cauliflower?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:30 No.9781858
    rolled 65 = 65

    >>9781838 You're a cauliflower.

    It's divine and powered by dim-witted questions.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:30 No.9781859
    rolled 9 = 9

    By the power of SCIENCE!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:31 No.9781866
    rolled 27 = 27

    Powered by new radoactive isatope but it is so vollatile that it does not have a half-life but quarter-life so we must observe with hasty.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:31 No.9781868
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    this thing

    it's powered by this

    cauliflower powers
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:31 No.9781875
    All of the above. Let us have a madman's machine.

    um... except I forgot how to roll dice on 4chan. halp /tg/?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:31 No.9781883
    rolled 12 = 12

    rollan for cauliflower power
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:33 No.9781906
    Don't worry, gentlemen. Just because this is an otherworldly alien creature from depths of space and time that humanity unconsciously hopes never to discover, doesn't mean it won't fit into a steampunk universe just fine by the time we're done with it.

    Now we need to work on what this lovely little entity of the darkest places looks like.

    >Organic Shape (Has a typically organic shape, whatever it's made of or designed to look like)
    >Complex Shape (Looks like a complex shape - like a weapon or a tool or a physical structure of some kind)
    >Basic Shape (Basic 3D or perhaps even 2D symbols and shapes)
    >Limited Shapechanging (Limited to changing within a category)
    >Amorphous (No permanent form, can look like anything)
    >Other (LIST IT FAGGOT)
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:34 No.9781910
    I posted instructions in the OP.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:34 No.9781918
    rolled 32 = 32


    spinny wheely bits
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:34 No.9781925
    rolled 52 = 52

    Organic Shape
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:35 No.9781929
    rolled 74 = 74

    >Amorphous (No permanent form, can look like anything)
    but mostly like a cat
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:36 No.9781957

    It has no set natural form and is made of a malleable metallic substance.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:37 No.9781960
    Forgot to roll, sir.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:37 No.9781964
    rolled 51 = 51


    God damn it.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:39 No.9781988

    Holy hell, I have not gotten a single roll above 25.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:41 No.9782033
    rolled 94 = 94

    complex shape
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:43 No.9782053
    So this entity outside of our comprehension lacks a permanent physical form as far as we are aware, although it appears to often try to assume the elegent quadruped form of a feline, for whatever reason.

    What does it appear to be made out, though?

    >Gas (Could be steam, smoke or any other sort of gas)
    >Molten metal (Could be brass, steel, gold, silver or any other metal)
    >Molten stone (Could be any sort of stone you care to name)
    >Molten flesh (of whatever colour or texture)
    >Liquid Chemical (Any sort of liquid of whatever colour or opacity)
    >Powder Chemical (Any sort of powder, whatever colour or density - a lot like gas)
    >The stuff of the cosmos (It looks like the stars and yesterday)
    >Any combination of the above
    >Your own choice!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:43 No.9782062
    rolled 97 = 97


    It is made of a malleable metallic substance.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:43 No.9782065
    rolled 92 = 92

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:44 No.9782073
    A shame, it was a very interesting vote.

    However, it was still one of the five votes so I am not counting the sixth vote that Anonymous has made.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:44 No.9782074
    rolled 58 = 58


    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:44 No.9782077
    rolled 71 = 71


    But, it looks and feels like a cat still, and can interact with the world as any sort of physical thing normally would.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:44 No.9782084
    rolled 17 = 17

    milled cereal grain.

    Pressed into flakes.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)21:45 No.9782098
    rolled 29 = 29

    God, this would've been cool.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:45 No.9782100
    rolled 8 = 8

    It looks like a brass wireframe when viewed from afar, but when viewed up close is actually made up of a constant flow of molten brass, pulsating in what look like veins inside a glass body.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:47 No.9782140
    rolled 29 = 29

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:47 No.9782151
    Lady Luck has started to kiss your dice, then. Good on you, man.

    So it's an amorphous blob of what looks like some malleable metallic fluid. How strange.

    But how big is it?
    >Fine (Ant-size)
    >Diminutive (Rat-size)
    >Tiny (Cat-size)
    >Small (Halfling-size)
    >Medium (Human-size)
    >Large (Ogre size)
    >Huge (Giant size)
    >Gargantuan (Bus-sized)
    >Colossal (YOU ARE HUGE THAT MUST MEAN etc)
    >Variable (Size varies widely)
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:48 No.9782160
    rolled 73 = 73

    >Fine (Ant-size)
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:49 No.9782174
    rolled 60 = 60


    Well obviously it has to come in cat-size because >>9781929.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:49 No.9782175
    rolled 68 = 68


    Pear-sized when deflated, can inflate to the size of a subcompact Honda.
    >> Friendly fa/tg/uy in Japan 05/12/10(Wed)21:49 No.9782177
    rolled 43 = 43


    Also didn't you have this thread before. Where the creatured turned out to be a osmosis moving, humanoidraping metallic forest?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:49 No.9782182
    rolled 64 = 64


    Ranges in size from a house cat to a small car.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:50 No.9782192
    rolled 84 = 84

    Planck scale
    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)21:50 No.9782196
    rolled 47 = 47

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:51 No.9782211

    Ha ha ha.

    Fortunately, outside the 5 rolls.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:52 No.9782235
    rolled 63 = 63

    wahoo! Its tiny! But hope there is alot of em! Or the are deadly...
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:52 No.9782251
    rolled 94 = 94

    ack! Spelling fail!

    Goddamn me and my tiredness.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:53 No.9782263
    Generally, the creature can't hold itself together any form larger than that on an ant. Typically, it's a sphere that's five milimetres in diameter, although it can shape itself into the very vague form of a cat.

    How many of these things exist?
    >Several thousand
    >A bare handful
    >State a specific number if you like
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:54 No.9782265
    Seeing as these things are made of a malleable metal, in a steampunk setting, and power themselves using some unknown process, I'm imagining that people collect them, hammer them into gears and shit, and use them to power their technology.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:55 No.9782279
    rolled 49 = 49


    There are fucking trillions of them.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:55 No.9782287
    rolled 29 = 29


    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:55 No.9782289
    rolled 97 = 97

    27 372.47329406
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:55 No.9782290
    rolled 89 = 89

    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)21:56 No.9782298
    rolled 41 = 41


    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:56 No.9782301
    rolled 94 = 94


    Exactly 1000. Whenever one dies or is destroyed, another appears.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:56 No.9782307
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    >> BlitzHellion 05/12/10(Wed)21:56 No.9782312
    rolled 97 = 97

    exactly 406, each with its own 3 digit # set in its body somehow
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:56 No.9782313
    I remove my previous roll.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:57 No.9782318
    Since that's an obvious piss take response, I'll go with the next highest. Which is countless.

    How did they come to be on the world?
    >Always been there
    >Visitors, for whatever reason
    >Another option
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:57 No.9782328
    rolled 49 = 49

    >Always been there
    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782337
    rolled 6 = 6


    Alien Invaders.
    >> BlitzHellion 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782339
         File1273715890.jpg-(55 KB, 600x750, 1268195643423.jpg)
    55 KB
    rolled 62 = 62

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782343
    They're created in shit. OF THE ANCIEEEEEENTS.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782351
    rolled 58 = 58

    This is a creature from beyond. The number of them that exist then of course must be...

    1/i plus or minus pi/3
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782353
    rolled 17 = 17


    Live underground, always been there, but only recently discovered.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:58 No.9782354
    rolled 57 = 57

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:59 No.9782367
    rolled 65 = 65

    Always been there.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:59 No.9782368
    rolled 44 = 44

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)21:59 No.9782370
    rolled 74 = 74

    Failed experiment
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)21:59 No.9782372
    rolled 58 = 58

    They are literal ants... that shape shift. yet look like cats.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:02 No.9782413
    Having ignored several of the posts (one of them was a response to a previous question, no, they're not necrons and I won't let them come from god shit) they are indeed the product of a failed experiment.

    What did the failed experiment try to do?
    >Create a new chemical compoud
    >Create artificial life
    >Create a new power source
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:02 No.9782427
    rolled 86 = 86

    make the god particle... they succeeded but didnt know it.
    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782430
    rolled 13 = 13


    Chemical Compound.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782431
    You're no fucking fun. The experiment was an attempt to make weapons out of SOOOOOULS.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782435
    rolled 25 = 25

    Turn stone into gold
    >> BlitzHellion 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782441
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    68 KB
    rolled 2 = 2

    trying to make nanobug armour?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782443
    rolled 96 = 96

    Create a better steam
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782446
    rolled 75 = 75

    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:03 No.9782451
    rolled 66 = 66

    ... you win anon... you win.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:04 No.9782458

    Seconding this one!

    Also seconding the decision that they can't be god shit.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:04 No.9782470
    OP is annoying.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:05 No.9782493
    OP is entertaining.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:06 No.9782508
    OP disregards any answers he doesn't like, nullifying the point.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:07 No.9782517
    OP has not disregarded my answers due to his disliking them. Merely due to fact someone else rolled higher.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:08 No.9782548
    Disregarding answers that are LOLSORANDUMXD is totally appropriate.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:09 No.9782559
    So they wished to produce a chemical that would replace the chemical reaction that produces steam in the powering of many different things in the universe. Of course, man failed and instead, produced these things.

    But how have they reached such numbers?
    >They've always existed in these numbers since their creation
    >Humpity humpity hump hump hump.
    >They fed and when they become large enough, they split in two.
    >They replicate the experiment that made themselves to produce more.
    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)22:10 No.9782578
    rolled 60 = 60


    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:10 No.9782580
    rolled 1 = 1

    >They replicate the experiment that made themselves to produce more.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:10 No.9782582
    rolled 43 = 43


    The experiment which created them is still going without any need for human intervention.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:11 No.9782591
    rolled 98 = 98

    They convert steam into themselves
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:11 No.9782593
    rolled 46 = 46

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:11 No.9782596
    rolled 60 = 60


    The thing that originally made them is still popping them out constantly.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:11 No.9782601
    rolled 38 = 38

    They got their bone on
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:12 No.9782616

    They crystallize out of water vapor? That'll work.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:12 No.9782625
    rolled 34 = 34

    before you ask, I would like them to have a hivemind.

    Here is my roll.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:12 No.9782626
    That'd be sick in a steam punk setting, They'd be evil little bastards that just get everywhere and fuck your shit
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:13 No.9782645
    rolled 57 = 57

    There are a finite amount. If one disappears/is destroyed, another mysteriously takes its place.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:14 No.9782662
    Kind of liked the concept of budding, or even the continuous experiment, but sure. In fact, let's combine the three. They capture steam in their bodies and convert it into their bizarre, metallic mass - which buds from their bodies. The initial experiment that starts this reaction of converting steam into this strange, otherworldy metallic fluid is still taking place.

    Now, I know it's rather obvious, but...

    What do they feed on?
    >Some other chemical
    >Organic material (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, whatever)
    >Emotional energy
    >Metaphysical concepts
    >Another foodstuff of your imagining.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:15 No.9782667

    You were already beaten to the punch on that one. See >>9781717.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:15 No.9782674
    rolled 53 = 53

    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:15 No.9782678
    rolled 87 = 87


    And small, unwatched children.

    And hatred.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:15 No.9782679
    rolled 98 = 98

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:15 No.9782683
    rolled 37 = 37

    Specific types of sound.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:16 No.9782686
    rolled 88 = 88


    Nothing. They have no process analogous to feeding of which we are aware.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:16 No.9782689
    rolled 81 = 81

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:16 No.9782704
    That's not a very interesting answer.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:17 No.9782709
    rolled 14 = 14

    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:17 No.9782714
    hivemind and sentience are not the same thing.
    The cusp of sentience would maybe be due to their collective conciousness, thus a hive-mind which allows them to be "sentient"

    Also, maybe have countless be less than the number of cells in ten human bodies?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:17 No.9782716

    Boring. They already coalesce out of steam.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:18 No.9782741
    Meh... its an obvious one, and it gives a limiting factor on their population.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:20 No.9782766
    Interesting. Now, let's work on their psych. This post also gives us an idea of how unified they are.

    What does a mercurycat want in life?
    >Fucking about and doing whatever it enjoys as a sentient being while staying alive
    >Several different sects working towards different goals.
    >All working towards one final goal, whatever that goal may be.
    >Another choice.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:21 No.9782781
    rolled 49 = 49

    >All working towards one final goal, whatever that goal may be.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:21 No.9782785
    rolled 98 = 98


    They are fiercely individualistic.
    >> BlitzHellion 05/12/10(Wed)22:21 No.9782789
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    rolled 3 = 3

    >> Jabberwock 05/12/10(Wed)22:21 No.9782791
    rolled 79 = 79


    World Domination.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:21 No.9782793
    rolled 89 = 89

    Destroy all technology
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:22 No.9782803
    rolled 6 = 6

    that goal is the betterment and advancement of sentient civilization.
    And the utter destruction of anything sparkly related, vampire related, and/or twilight related.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:22 No.9782808
    rolled 84 = 84

    They have a strange fascination with flying which we have no idea where it comes from.
    So they want to build a hot air balloon.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:22 No.9782817
    rolled 90 = 90

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:24 No.9782845
    >Hive mind
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:25 No.9782859
    rolled 47 = 47

    It can be done, by a good DM.
    Hive mind in times of emergency, individualistic at all other times.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:25 No.9782868

    They aren't a hive mind. They're individually sentient, or nearly so.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:27 No.9782902
    They've read Atlas Shrugged and let me tell you, they fucking LOVED IT. They're fiercely individualistic and self-reliant and the concept of working together is beyond these otherworldly abominations. They are the mental manifestation of entropy and chaos, animosity made physical. For this reason, they probably don't get too much done.

    Now, are they still a viable power source, despite their sentience and animated state? How do humans treat them?
    >Yes, they're perfect for it.
    >Yes, but it's really too risky because of their state.
    >Yes, but they're abominations, we should wipe them out.
    >Yes, but they don't deserve it, they're sapient just like us.
    >Outright no.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:27 No.9782921
    rolled 66 = 66

    >Yes, they're perfect for it.

    They also serve as a way for instantaneous communication regardless of distance.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:28 No.9782928
    rolled 92 = 92

    Humans are kind of freaked out by them.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:28 No.9782929
    rolled 28 = 28



    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:28 No.9782932
    rolled 19 = 19

    Humans consider them pests.
    They infest the chimneys to eat steam and when they die humans find them in stews or in their machinery.
    Very annoying
    >> BlitzHellion 05/12/10(Wed)22:28 No.9782933
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    104 KB
    rolled 27 = 27

    they love them as fun distractions with which they can enjoy themselves as they make mini gladiator arena for the antz to play in. FIGHT TO THE DEATH!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:29 No.9782936
    rolled 15 = 15


    They make great batteries once you beat them unconcious.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:30 No.9782968
    rolled 48 = 48

    Uhm... I don't think we ever concluded these things could speak.

    Whatever, +1 to living batteries.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:32 No.9783000
    rolled 46 = 46

    Humans don't use them as batteries because they tend to make machines malfunction.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:32 No.9783002
    rolled 57 = 57

    who said anything about speaking? keep em in a box and arrange them like a text, or like morse code.

    Slower than speech, but still pretty good.

    And +1 for unconscious batteries.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:32 No.9783014
    They're pretty much perfect for it but... fuck, they're kind of freaky, and it's a bizarre concept.

    Like making a power plant that runs on rats.

    Speaking of pests, how prevalent are they in human society?
    >An irritating pest that exists in urban areas.
    >An annoying creature that exists only where there's a lot of steam - scientific laboratories, military zones, train stations, etc.
    >It hasn't really expanded beyond the initial outbreak zone.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:33 No.9783026
    rolled 30 = 30


    like, deserts made out of them.
    And Desserts too.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:33 No.9783036
    rolled 67 = 67

    In every steam outlet.
    It's a common job for street urchins to clean chimneys and sell them to factories
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:34 No.9783040
    rolled 60 = 60


    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:34 No.9783044
    rolled 59 = 59

    attempt 2

    like, deserts made out of them.
    And Desserts too.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:34 No.9783047
    rolled 14 = 14


    Pandemic in built up areas, and present in the skies worldwide
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:35 No.9783064
    rolled 100 = 100

    They have infested many large cities by railroads but are uncommon in the countryside
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:35 No.9783070
    rolled 77 = 77

    They are kept secret by a few in-the-know scientists who use them in high-tech inventions the likes of which are virtually unrivaled.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:35 No.9783071
    rolled 77 = 77


    Everywhere humid enough for them to eat.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:35 No.9783084
    rolled 62 = 62

    I dont care who you are... He rolled a 100.
    Go with it please?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:36 No.9783101
    rolled 48 = 48

    Combine these.
    Poor kids sell them to factories but no one has any idea why.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:37 No.9783117
    Actually, I can see these things swarming around steaming crop fields in the summer, mysteriously appearing with the rising sun to feast on the low-lying fog before mysteriously disappearing again, completely unnerving any farmer who chances upon them.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:39 No.9783147
    I like the cloud idea, assuming they can fly/float. IT'S RAINING METAL CATS OH GOD and then they head back up to the sky as things dry out again.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:40 No.9783169
    Excluding one of Cypher's attempts because he rolled twice, that makes you the winner. They infest cities and wherever there's steam, there's always more of them. They're such an infestation that it's even reached a state where the phrase "every cloud has a silver lining" is factual in the cities.

    But, here's the thing - what's their lifespan like? How do they die?
    >Old age, hunger and injury. They can die from all three.
    >Old age and hunger. They can't be harmed.
    >Hunger and injury. They can functionally live forever.
    >Old age and inury. They never starve.
    >Old age. They never starve and they can never get hurt.
    >Injury. They never starve and they can functionally live forever.
    >Hunger. They can never get hurt and they can functionally live forever.
    >No weakness. They're immortal in every way you can imagine.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)22:41 No.9783187
    rolled 18 = 18

    They just disappear. Like, you could have one in a sealed glass box and then it's not there one moment later.

    Creepy little fuckers.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:41 No.9783188
    rolled 7 = 7

    >Injury. They never starve and they can functionally live forever.

    Definitely this... and ok, no double attempts.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:41 No.9783201
    rolled 12 = 12

    Only very low temperatures can kill them
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:41 No.9783203
    rolled 67 = 67

    They only die if you freeze them.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:41 No.9783207
    rolled 42 = 42

    Lifespans of a few days.
    They are born. Eat steam breed and then die.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:42 No.9783216
    rolled 65 = 65

    They can live forever, but they need to feed every few days, and they can die from severe blunt trauma (like getting stepped on) or specific electrical currents.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:42 No.9783232
    rolled 47 = 47


    They shut down if it gets too dry but are essentially uninjurable. They have no known natural lifespan but are a new enough phenomenon that one may still exist.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:42 No.9783234
    define freeze them? at what temperature would they die rather than hibernate?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:43 No.9783251
    rolled 56 = 56


    The word "freeze" sums it up. i.e. when they fully solidify.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:44 No.9783256
    rolled 98 = 98

    Less than boiling point of water makes them slow.
    Freezing kills them.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:44 No.9783260
    at what temperature would that be?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:44 No.9783267

    I'm assuming you missed the "Fiercely Individualistic, sentient" part of this creature.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:45 No.9783283
    rolled 92 = 92

    Neither sentience or short lifespans are contradictory.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:46 No.9783295
    Like mercury, when subjected to extremely low temperatures, these creatures become solid. When returned to room temperature, they show no sign of animation and are dead.

    Now, how much do the common folk know about them?
    >Fuckin' gubment's behind this shit, I know it.
    >'parrently the little fuckers were made by scientists. Fucking bad thing to do.
    >They were made by scientists as an attempt to replace steam power. Of course I know this, everyone knows this! How are you so badly informed?
    >Another choice of your own design.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:46 No.9783305
    rolled 1 = 1

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:47 No.9783311
    rolled 72 = 72

    They are believed to be a punishment by the gods
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:47 No.9783315
    rolled 67 = 67

    The dice hate me today... Ill be back, burning incense to the dice god's and returning.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:48 No.9783325
    rolled 91 = 91


    Average person knows they're pests, valuable, and not natural, but that's about it. Their origin isn't exactly secret, but also not something the common man has cared to learn.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:48 No.9783329
    rolled 1 = 1

    They are considered a plague in southern countries. Pretty much causes droughts.
    But the further from the cold you get the less there are of them.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:48 No.9783340
    rolled 86 = 86

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:51 No.9783387
    So all common folk accept them as pests, sopme common folk accept them as valuable commodities and only those who care to learn know of their origins and why they're so valuable.

    How do they affect steam tech, though?
    >Put one of these blighters in a standard steam engine and by the time night comes, it's fucking clogged with them and permanently damaged.
    >They slowly wear down steam technology over time.
    >They don't really damage it at all.
    >In fact, they make it run more efficiently!
    >Another option.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:52 No.9783398
    rolled 100 = 100

    >In fact, they make it run more efficiently!
    This please! Oh gods of the dice I do beseech thee!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:52 No.9783413
    rolled 16 = 16


    They somehow catalyze the reaction. If you freeze treat them and build boilers out of the things and they'll be a couple hundred percent more efficient.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:52 No.9783414
    rolled 36 = 36

    That prayer sure worked didn't it?
    rolling for
    >They slowly wear down steam technology over time.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:52 No.9783416
    rolled 55 = 55

    they render it inoperable, what with them eating any steam generated, but they do lubricate the gears
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)22:53 No.9783427
    rolled 23 = 23

    They make it work in strange ways it normally wouldn't, depending on their mood. In order to use them properly, a machine needs to be specifically designed for them.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)22:54 No.9783438
    rolled 25 = 25

    Yes it did apparently... I do thank the gods of dice for this blessing.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:00 No.9783560
    They cover the insides of tubes and chimneys in smooth, thin layers, sealing any cracks and making the chimneys water and air tight, leaving no path for the steam to go except straight into the turbine. Hell, some factory owners even consider them good luck charms for this reason.

    Running out of questions, but let's try this: How are they supposed to replace/improve steam tech?
    >By the method stated above.
    >Was originally intended to be a lighter, thicker version of steam - smaller quantities could cause the turbines to move different.
    >A completely different method - a magical metallic liquid that was animated to run in a specific direction in a hoop or a loop, running through several dynamos.
    >A completely different method of your own design.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:01 No.9783575
    rolled 48 = 48


    They were supposed to be a new and exotic fuel.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:01 No.9783581
    rolled 45 = 45

    Only the steam-cants know.
    They go into the machine and make it better for the purpose of getting more steam.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:01 No.9783584
    >Was originally intended to be a lighter, thicker version of steam - smaller quantities could cause the turbines to move different.

    Derp. I meant:

    >Was originally intended to be a lighter, thicker version of steam - smaller quantities could cause the turbines to spin more. More efficient steam, really.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)23:02 No.9783599
    rolled 2 = 2

    They move with the steam, and by somehow being more dense and under their own influence, give the steamworks an extra boost while not interfering with anything.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:03 No.9783621
    rolled 34 = 34

    They were supposed to be the chosen one!

    ...or not.

    Seriously, they were supposed to be fuel.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:04 No.9783630
    rolled 5 = 5

    Replacement for coal/wood.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:04 No.9783635
    rolled 94 = 94

    They are EXTREMLY violent about how to do it though.
    Like a small army of small mechanics arguing about how to best improve something. All with different ideas.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:09 No.9783745
    rolled 89 = 89

    >Was originally intended to be a lighter, thicker version of steam - smaller quantities could cause the turbines to spin more. More efficient steam, really.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:10 No.9783759
    Combining all of these, since I like them.

    A strange substance that was drawn from the furthest places of space and time, it was originally intended to be added as an additional filter before the turbine and after the steam. It converts steam into itself and due to (with some treatment) being lighter yet denser than steam, it's more effective at turning the turbines.

    Of course, only the steam-cants know this. To the rest of the aristocracy who were aware of this new invention, it was just some exotic miracle contraption to include in their technology - the latest fad, really.

    But, what do these creatures think of humanity, with their limited sentience?
    >Are they amused by them?
    >Afraid of them?
    >Pity them?
    >Enraged by them?
    >Curious about them?
    >Another option?
    >> dice+1d100 Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:12 No.9783780

    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:12 No.9783787
    rolled 24 = 24

    They are amused at the humans, but enjoy their existence due to their creation of food for the them, and homes. If treated badly, they will wreck the beings whom made them suffer.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:12 No.9783788
    rolled 67 = 67

    Derp, rollan
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:13 No.9783805
    rolled 10 = 10


    Differs from mote to mote, but as a whole they are ambivalent, being too busy pursuing their personal goals.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:13 No.9783806
    rolled 55 = 55

    Steam-cants was the name i came up for theese steam cat ants. Not the engineers.
    Rolling for
    >They think of them the same way cats think of their owners.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:14 No.9783819
    rolled 17 = 17

    They do not consider anything other than themselves living things and are annoyed by humans like they were a bad weather
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:14 No.9783820
    rolled 56 = 56


    Depends on the individual.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:15 No.9783846
    rolled 47 = 47

    What the fuck are humans? MOAR STEAM!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:19 No.9783911
    Actually, this was a bad question to ask - obviously their opinions aren't going to be unified if they're individualistic.

    However, those are all common viewpoints spread amongst the swarms. Some of them feel afraid, some of them are amused but will torment those who feed them if they are made to suffer, some are vaguely annoyed with them and some just don't fucking bother with them at all. Every mote has a different opinion.

    So, what are these things actually called?

    Don't roll - just suggest names and we pick what sounds coolest.

    So far, we have Steam Cant from someone.

    Another suggestion is Mercurial Mote.

    Any other ideas?
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:20 No.9783939
    Children of the Iron Curtain
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:21 No.9783953
    rolled 49 = 49

    Project Fuel experiment 7 beta
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)23:21 No.9783960
    "those fucking little cats"

    Felinus Mercurus (has kind of a steampunk vibe...and I don't know any latin)

    Unfathomable Feline Fiends
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:21 No.9783961
    rolled 48 = 48


    Them wierd shiny catblob things.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:22 No.9783969
    The Slivers of Steam

    Steam of Life

    Tears of Quicksilver
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:22 No.9783979
    I actually like that. Since they were originally intended to grow from a sort of filter system, this really works quite well. Filter system could be known as the Iron Curtain, so Children of the Iron Curtain...

    Fuck yeah, I like it.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:22 No.9783987

    I like the basic Mote suggestion. If these things are everywhere they're going to have a short name.
    >> The Goddamn Duck 05/12/10(Wed)23:22 No.9783989
    They refer to themselves as "The Steamchildren", or "The Working Parts". Most of humanity just refers to them as "Specks".
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:23 No.9784001
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:23 No.9784016
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:23 No.9784020
    The Blood of the Living Steam
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)23:23 No.9784021
    Mercurial Motes are pretty cool, considering they only have a tendency to LOOK like cats, and can take any form they like.

    Speaking of which, why would they pick to look like cats over anything?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:25 No.9784047
    >>Beyond (Animated by stuff beyond human comprehension)
    No one has any clue
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:25 No.9784048

    Hell if I know. Probably they don't really look like cats specifically, but the first guy to squint at one went "Hey look it has 4 legs now. Looks like a tiny cat." and the interpretation stuck.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:26 No.9784053
    That is their basic design, based on the gracefulness of the cat, and their dexterity. The tails also make it easier for them to get around, and they have a fear of flying things ever since they became the targets of birds as both food, and toys.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:26 No.9784061
    Actually, that's a good point. Since they're individualistically, they should take whatever form they feel like, and fuck the natural order.


    Should they look like cats?
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:26 No.9784079
    yes, on average they look like cats... but many choose other forms.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)23:27 No.9784091

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:27 No.9784099

    They look... kind of cat like, yes.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:28 No.9784113
    thus they take the form of cats, as birds fear cats.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:30 No.9784145
    may I request a full bio of these things? as well as stats for D&D?

    And the version for a playable race?
    >> The Goddamn Duck 05/12/10(Wed)23:30 No.9784148
    rolled 98 = 98

    Yes. They like cats... it's one of the few things that they can all agree on.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:31 No.9784171
    But they can't decide why they like cats
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:31 No.9784173
    So a standard form is cat-like, then.
    So, common slang names for them:
    More respectful, "official names":
    Working Parts
    Iron Curtain

    Which one of the last three sounds coolest?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:32 No.9784179
    >>9784145 playable race
    >the size of an ant

    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:32 No.9784184
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:32 No.9784196
    I like Iron curtain, and steam children... but that's just me.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:32 No.9784197

    The 1st one.
    >> Anonymuos 05/12/10(Wed)23:33 No.9784208
    Working Parts sounds pretty steampunkish.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:33 No.9784213
    don't laugh... Ive played other tiny races before.
    It can actually be quite fun.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:35 No.9784263
    So basically we invented steampunk nanobots.

    Except that they are cats.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:36 No.9784275
    Yup... The size of ants.
    And they make machines work.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:36 No.9784282
    Ant-sized. Hardly nanobots.
    But I catch your meaning, steampunk is all about MASSIVE things that gives fuckloads of power.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:38 No.9784306
    SCIENCE! powered by tiny liquid metal cats?
    I came
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:38 No.9784313
    I'll settle on Working Parts as the engineer's slang for them - and that's as close to official as it gets. I'll start working on a bio and I will post that up here.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:38 No.9784316
    So how do these things communicate?
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:38 No.9784329
    okay... want us to keep it going alive for you till you post it?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:39 No.9784335

    High-frequency vibration.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:40 No.9784353
    I would guess that they have something of a hive link? or telepathy?
    Or through just normal sound...
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:40 No.9784359
    And large enough swarms of them tend to make a nya~ sound.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:41 No.9784380
    Keep it alive if you want, you don't have to.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:42 No.9784395

    If they have shape-control they could use their entire bodies for both transmitting and receiving sounds.

    I just hope they don't sound like a bunch of fucking mosquitoes.
    >> Cypher 05/12/10(Wed)23:42 No.9784402
    Lets make another race, again with the steam-punk idea.
    Yes? Or no?

    >Insert your own possibility that I might not have thought of
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:43 No.9784408
    Normal sound, its just to high pitched for humans to hear. They only make audiable noise when in large groups.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:43 No.9784418
    Let's not. One is enough for now.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:44 No.9784449
    so who is going to start?
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:45 No.9784474
    okay. Never mind then.

    What shall we discuss then?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:45 No.9784478

    Nah, just the one is fine.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:49 No.9784536
    bumping to keep it alive
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:51 No.9784564
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    bumping till OP returns
    >> The Goddamn Duck 05/12/10(Wed)23:51 No.9784576
    What kind of snacks are appropriate for a steampunk game?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:52 No.9784583

    Gummy Gears.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:52 No.9784594
    Hm... Ramen?
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:54 No.9784640
    it definitely is a steam type food.
    Or chocolate gears... That sounds tasty.
    >> The Goddamn Duck 05/12/10(Wed)23:56 No.9784660
    Damn, now I've got a craving for gummi.

    True story. Back in 4th grade we had a teacher who gave out neon gummi worms as a reward for... stuff. But one time he left a big ol' costco bag of them in his car, and they melted into a giant mass of pure elemental gummi.

    Three guesses as to who talked him out of it.

    I was on a severe sugar high for the next three days solid. It is a miracle that I'm not diabetic.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:56 No.9784671
    That... sounds... awesome.
    I want that soo much now...
    >> Anonymous 05/12/10(Wed)23:58 No.9784687
    >Back in 4th grade we had a teacher who gave out neon gummi worms as a reward for... stuff.

    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/12/10(Wed)23:58 No.9784695
    damnit... you anon's and your minds, always in the gutter's.
    >> The Goddamn Duck 05/13/10(Thu)00:00 No.9784725

    Just nonspecific stuff. Getting seriously hard answers right, doing classroom chores...

    Yeesh. I forgot where I was for a second. Need to be careful about how I phrase shite.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:01 No.9784741

    Now, we should really start making shit explode...
    But what?
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:02 No.9784751
    sorry, major fan of explosives here...
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:04 No.9784791

    "Will whore self for gummi worms." was a perfectly valid interpretation of your post.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:07 No.9784842

    Really, what kid WOULDN'T whore themselves for gummi worms?
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:09 No.9784867
    The kids who have parents who are so damn controlling that freedom is only learned after that kid turns 23 and goes off into the world.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:09 No.9784880
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    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:14 No.9784959
    Professor Malcolm Guile was the individual who originally proposed an alternative to steam, stating that it was too inefficient. Of course, a few of his colleagues suggested a completely new and innovative science, based off of ‘electricity’. “Nonsense!” said Guile, “we just need to find something to replace steam!” The search took over half a decade and it was on the sixth year where he was forced to look into forbidden texts for this holy grail of science, this alternative to steam. In a book written in the dead language of a land long since swallowed up by the ocean, he read paragraphs on the subject of a material lighter than air yet denser than stone.

    Quickly, Guile gathered the best theurgists of the state and with the nation’s funding and the threat of punishment if he failed, he had the cult draw a dodecagram and beneath a new moon, begin the ritual that would transmute a kilogram of mercury into the same quantity of this mystery metal. He called it the Guile Particle. After another year of experiments and the funding rapidly dwindling, he finally came up with a solution. He coated a large mesh net with the strange liquid metal and named it an ‘Iron Curtain’. It was placed in a steam engine, in the chimney beneath the turbine and finally the experiment was launched and the engine was fired up.
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:15 No.9784961
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    Here is a world built by me and my friends... for D&D.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:15 No.9784970
    Steam flew up the chimney and was engulfed by the Iron Curtain. For a minute, nothing happened. Guile gulped nervously and fidgeted. Then, the contraption began to bubble and in a rush, a constant stream of beautiful metallic motes, amorphous in their shape drifted up towards the turbine, rushing through it, causing it to spin with dangerous speed, almost breaking it. The reaction kept on going for a minute after the fires were put down. It was dubbed a success and Guile was to be knighted before the year was over.

    A week later, he was killed by firing squad.

    When the amorphous metal motes had reached the clouds, they slowly became heavier and heavier – until they finally plummeted from the heavens and landed like hail on the streets. Except this time, the metallic motes were animate and they did whatever the fuck they wanted. Some could be found drifting around in alcohol. Others just lazily absorbed heat from the sun. Others began to wear away and destroy whatever they could find.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:15 No.9784973

    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:16 No.9784982
    But, most were drawn to sources of steam, where they bred and repopulated, budding and spawning lighter-than-air children who grew heavier as they matured before they joined their parents on the surface of the earth. Not that many engineers minded at all, either. Heck, the swarms of them actually made the chimneys air-tight and sealed up any cracks in them, making them more efficient.

    For most people, though, they were a menace and a pain and that was the reason why Guile was put down. Amongst most people, the Guile Particle gained the name of “Speck” or “Mote” or “Moondrop”, amongst the more romantic members of society. The engineers gave them a simple name of “Working Parts”. Many engineers tried to capture them to use them in the way that Guile originally intended. Others tried to capture them to try and just coat their chimneys with them. Everyone dealt with them differently, just like they all act differently.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:16 No.9784988
    The only way to get rid of these peculiar humming motes of liquid metal was to freeze them. Once they were frozen, they were reduced to the same inanimate state the first Guile Particles that were first summoned into this universe were in. Some scientists actually figured this out and through a process of flash-freezing, slowly created more and more of these more efficient steam engines – and produced even more Working Parts.

    In the end, though, these bizarre, individualistic little abominations were running rampant in the cities and fighting amongst themselves and doing whatever they wished with their limited sentience. There were even been a few cases where motes had began to shape themselves like letters, in an apparent attempt to communicate with humanity, before they were dissuaded by their comrades. Obviously, the Moondrops had some alien intelligence behind them.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:17 No.9784994
    Whatever they were, common human opinion was divided. Commoners viewed them as pests and unsightly things crawling all over the streets like rats in sewers. Urchins and beggars viewed them as profit and collected them, to hand them into the factories and state. Factory owners and overseers viewed them blessings and threw them into the engines to work their magic. State viewed them as an experimental fuel and nothing more.

    One thing was for certain though. They didn’t know everything there was to know about the Guile Particle. They barely knew anything about it at all.

    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:19 No.9785025
    good story.
    I liked it alot.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:20 No.9785031
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:24 No.9785089
    no more writefaggory?
    Drawfaggory instead?
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:24 No.9785095
    Afraid you can't really stat them, though. They're immortal and impossible to kill except when subjected to cold damage - then they die immediately. They're also too weak to do anything and they're too individualistic to every swarm except to eat, and their form of eating doesn't hurt anyone.
    >> Anonymuos 05/13/10(Thu)00:24 No.9785102
    Liked it a bunch.

    However, just to be nitpicky:
    * Motes are freaky >>9783014
    * There wasn't any mention of shape. Fucking cats. Though you did an excellent job with the amorphous quality.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:28 No.9785149
    Thanks for the criticism. Was difficult to include every detail.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:32 No.9785200
    I swear, these create-a-species threads create solid gold. I mean, they won't always go well, but when they do, you get things like steampunk mercury nanobot cats, or HELLTREE.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:38 No.9785325
    My three favourites have to be:
    - Demonweb Spiders, a species of fancy cloth constructs that are absolutely huge and look like spiders and are one part comical entertainer and one part philosophical ponderer. Also serve Lolth and are naively evil.
    - The Quadriad: Four fucking crazy Abrahamic angels of justice with eight wings, no head, three mouths, one eye and crab arms instead of legs who punish those who commit genocide and inspire heroism in the pure hearted.
    - Light bees from the Id. Do I need to say any more?
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:40 No.9785339
    And that weird metal forest thing.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)00:43 No.9785398
    I wasn't a part of the creation of that.

    I did:
    - Zxyksi
    - Demonweb Spiders
    - RAEP
    - Apisentia
    - The Quadriad
    - This
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:50 No.9785532
    >> Cypher !Qfw/yKqFpE 05/13/10(Thu)00:59 No.9785676
    bump no.2
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)02:02 No.9786640

    Can I have one as a pet?
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)02:04 No.9786678

    They're made of mercury. That shit's poisonous.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)02:50 No.9787320
    Not mercury, liquid metal. It may or may not be poisonous.
    >> Anonymous 05/13/10(Thu)02:59 No.9787460

    Heavy metals are generally poisonous by default.

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