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Re: REKT: God Throws Dice (Main Thread)

Postby Talvieno » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:00 pm

No, it would not have led to you getting killed. Actually I might have tried to find a way to reward your roleplaying in one way or another.
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Re: REKT: God Throws Dice (Main Thread)

Postby Talvieno » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:55 pm

Okay then. For my next act, I'm going to give a brief rundown on what Quantums actually are.


The Quantums (the real Quantums) are a large "civilization" of beings, essentially something vaguely akin to Boltzmann Brains, that reside in a universe very dissimilar to our own that I called "The Nexus" in my notes. (For those that don't know, a Boltzmann Brain is essentially a philosophical theory that states... well, we don't need any of that. All you need to know right now is that a Boltzmann Brain is a conscious entity that arises from random particles in a state of chaos. Or, to put it in other words: a brain made out of an intricate, precisely-placed network of gaseous particles. ...Sort of. It's close enough to go with for now.) These "Boltzmann Brains" are the Quantums. They played around in their own universe for untold eons and then invented a method to temporarily transport their consciousnesses into other universe through "gates".

Of course, their universe has no solids. It's a permanent gaseous state. There are no planets, there are no stars, there is no light. We would see it as a vast, empty nothingness. They were naturally curious and interested in all these other universes they uncovered and decided to start setting up permanent research expeditions... and to that end, created the means for permanent exploration: the forerunners of the Quantum Orbs. Through these orbs they were able to direct their consciousness into biological creatures via precise field manipulations (blah blah blah science science yada yada) and... well, basically, live "through" the host. They uplifted a number of species for the purpose, all across the multiverses - some were perhaps almost evolved enough, and perhaps others just needed a nudge, or were already there. One way or another, they got their hosts, and the Quantum Orbs provided them with the means to explore the universe through another's eyes - universes they would otherwise never get to experience for themselves because they (in their original form) would disintegrate if they left The Nexus.

Thus began the Quantum Empire.

The Quantums initially cared greatly for the lifeforms they found scattered across the multiverse, and meddled in their affairs as little as they could. They had vast departments devoted to R&D, and heavily utilized their ability to switch things between universes - from this came the "Anomalous Materials" that Tartarus Inc. is so fond of gathering and researching. As time went on, their ability became such that they were able to transport entire planetoids between universes.

Of course, all things come to an end eventually. The Quantums had one major flaw: their minds in The Nexus were very pliable, and would slowly take on the traits of the minds of their hosts. As, over time, each Quantum mind was able to simultaneously control ever more sentients, this changing process became ever more accelerated. This, combined with the immense power they had, began to grow into arrogance, and from arrogance, to a haughty indifference to "lesser sentients". From this, they began to actually misuse and exploit some of the species they found. This depravity and decadence is what led to their rapid and thorough downfall as they were systematically erased from existence by "The Alts".
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Re: REKT: God Throws Dice (Main Thread)

Postby F4wk35 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:16 am

So it really is some kind of low-impact possession! It was a good idea to be suspicious of these things :think:
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Re: REKT: God Throws Dice (Main Thread)

Postby Talvieno » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:33 am

Yes, in a way. What Blake experienced in Mission 3 was certainly possession. However, the "upgrades" are simply another function of the Orbs - they "upgraded" hosts to better serve their new Quantum masters. I say "masters", but really it was more of a parasitic/symbiotic thing, usually with mutual agreement - if the host wanted loose badly enough, they could of course break free (eventually, at least), and were capable of communicating with the Quantum they were attached to at any time by thought. Sent thoughts would get passed through the nearest Orb to The Nexus.

Breaking free would be a rather "painful" process for the associated Quantum, and thus one they would want to avoid. If a host wanted to leave, they would inform the Quantum, who would then tell the host to wait quietly while they "disentangled" themselves. This process wouldn't take long, but would require the host to go into a meditative state and to "assist" where necessary. At that point the host would be fully free to go about their own lives, and the Quantum could find a more suitable host. The host's memory and cognitive abilities would not be affected in any way, although some trace remnants of the Quantum's memories might remain if the host had dwelt on them at some time.

That leads me into the last bit of Quantum explanations. Quantums can't normally experience death, but if they are forcibly disconnected from their hosts - either because contact is shut off unexpectedly (e.g. brain trauma to the host, or destruction of the Orb) or the host is agitated so the Quantum cannot withdraw - then the Quantum's mind will "break" or be "severed" at the points attached to the Nexus-side orb-gates, either destroying them completely or doing the equivalent of putting them into a permanent coma.

edit: Also, I split this topic off from the main one to keep things neat.
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby F4wk35 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:58 pm

Then why didn't the hosts in the first mission take the chance to separate from their quantums? They might have had the neccessary scanning equipment to notice the Alts in time?
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Re: REKT: God Throws Dice (Main Thread)

Postby Talvieno » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:01 pm

Talvieno wrote:or the host is agitated so the Quantum cannot withdraw


Pretty sure I covered that. :P They were panicked.
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby F4wk35 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:10 pm

:think:

Right...
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Talvieno » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:13 pm

I know you don't believe me, but I was going to have you guys start panicking in mission 5 on occasion to illustrate the effect the Darkspace had on biological minds. :) It's not really much of a stretch, given that Quantum tech is capable of controlling minds entirely.
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Talvieno » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:57 am

We'll pick up where I left off last: halfway through Mission 5.

You're aboard a Quantum ship traveling at Warp 18. And just how fast is Warp 18? Fukcing fast. It's over 3 million times the speed of light - that's fast enough to cross the entire galaxy in two weeks, or get from here to Alpha Centauri in forty seconds (which, traveling at today's velocities, would take ten thousand years). If you could cross the galaxy at walking speed, and only walked 12 hours a day for two weeks, that would make the galaxy 840km across. That's roughly how far it is from the southern tip of England to the northern border. Coincidentally, if you converted 840km to 840km2, that's less than half the size of London. London is six letters long, which is as long as the word "galaxy", and only two letters longer than four. Know what else has four letters? "Tiny". Moving at Warp 18 makes the galaxy feel fukcing tiny. That's all you need to know.

The Quantum you've met, Zo'qiir, says that time is short, but he'll quickly tell you what he can. He tells you about the history of the Quantums - what they are, where they came from, how they fell - and then says that in return, he wants you to help him. His race is dying in The Nexus - only very small collections of hosts still exist, scattered across the galaxy in hiding from the Darkspace. If the Darkspace consumes the ship, he explains, it will stretch between all the universes it covers and consume all versions of his ship - and all versions of the hosts. If a Quantum's host is consumed by the Darkspace, he explains, it will also kill the Quantums that used to use them as hosts, even if they're disconnected. ((I'll explain this in greater detail later.)) Zo'qiir asks you - begs you - to reach the bridge no matter what the cost, and rescue his children. You explain to him that you're trying to help him escape the Darkspace. He uses the Quantum Orb to search your mind and finds your plans, and says that you should split up - part of you going to install the boosters to the engines, part of you going to find his children - just in case. With that, Zo'qiir disappears, stepping through a rift in space he creates before him.

And so, those aboard the Qcruiser split up - part going to the bridge, and part heading to the engines.

Meanwhile, outside on the hull, the remnant of the Platoon 56 fighters are rapidly falling. The Darkspace Drones aren't coming anymore - now it's larger, more agile mechanical contraptions easily capable of taking on your CASKETs one on one. You fall back to the Qcruiser and concentrate on just keeping the Qcruiser's defensive systems up and running, but even that begins to look bleak, and it's hardly any time (a turn, maybe two) before you decide that (after a couple more deaths) your only option is to board the ship and try to defend the engines themselves. But as you begin to dock your ship to board, one of the NPCs (Clara if she survived) notes that she's noticed a shift in the stars - the Qcruiser abruptly altered direction, and, if her galactic geography is any good, she thinks you're headed towards the galactic center (and Mimir territory).

Your time is almost up, and you know it. Some of you work with Zo'qiir on the primary engines, some of you work together on the secondary engines. Those on the secondary engines get loot, those with Zo'qiir get knowledge and potentially upgraded skills - and those who go to the bridge have the toughest fight of all, because that's where the Darkspace Spiders swarm the thickest. ((There's a reason for this, but you won't understand it until later in the campaign.)) I expect Dino and Foreigner - the "Action Squads" - to be headed in that direction. Hopefully at least one of the Marked Ones will be in that direction too. If not, I still have ways to make things work. It'll be a desperate fight, and you're not even sure if you'll have enough time.


You're not just fighting for Tartarus anymore. Now you're fighting for your own survival.

... Funny how often that happens.


The "most important" part of the mission, plotwise, is going to take place on the bridge. When the action squads arrive, blasting spiders as they go, they realize the bridge is completely devoid of people, despite there being an orb there. They plant their "orb dimmer" next to it (probably after getting pulled in and touching it), and start looking for Zo'qiir's children... and one of you gets the idea that they may not be in that particular universe. Using your quantum abilities, one of you opens up a rift to a series of alternate universes and "shines it" across the room until you find Zo'qiir's "children" huddled in a corner - apparently a male and a female, with the same shiftiness of appearance common to Quantums. As you see them, they see you - the girl points, the guy looks suspicious - and as the first of you keeps the rift open, another (with the ability to take things back) steps through. They speak Quantum - they don't understand you, nor do you understand them, but they learn unnaturally quickly and rapidly pick up on some of the words you're saying. The male (24ish) feels your mind and realizes that you don't have the ability to take both of them, and relates that to you (one of those with the ability to translate Quantum relays this to the others) - and he sends you back with his sister (19ish) to your own universe as she cries and begs him to come too. Her rescuer pulls her through the rift, and promptly collapses from exhaustion from the intensity of the effort required to transfer an entire person... and the rift slams shut. The girl, on the other hand, is sobbing, tears streaming from her three eyes - which are no longer shifting. You've broken her link to The Nexus by pulling her through the rift between the universes. Her brother is lost beyond hope.

But she isn't down long, and neither are you. Zo'qiir senses his daughter is there, and urges you to quit the engine repairs - to install the Catapult and fire it off, even if the engines themselves are unstable. It's a good call, too, because the Darkspace will be on you in mere moments.

Your engineers rapidly install the remaining bits and everyone fights their way to their CASKETs. Zo'qiir goes down fighting. I'd expect at least one other sacrifice ("I'll hold them off - just try to escape!") while you all battle your way past the spiders, drones, and other darkspace stuff, all the way back to your ships. It would be rough. Fortunately, escorting the girl (who has identified herself as Lin'shih) wouldn't be as annoying as the typical dreaded escort mission - her clothing would be particularly resilient (it's advanced alien stuff, come on), she's agile, and she's an okay fighter as well (I mean, she did spend her whole life on the run).

As you get back to your CASKETs and detach from the Qcruiser, you fire off the Catapult boosters. The engines blaze up with a near-blinding fiery light as you suddenly find yourselves three warp levels above the theoretical safe maximum. Remember how fast I said you were going before? Now you're going about 4.7 times that fast. Everything shakes - time and space seem distorted - you can barely comprehend what's going on.

~~~

...And just as suddenly, you find yourself ripped out to a non-warp velocity, with the rear of the Tartarus (the REKT levels) looming before you. The warp web worked. The jolt of leaving warp is horribly disorienting (and tosses you about a bit, kind of like being in a car accident).

"Well done!" SCAMPS exults. If Lin'shih (the Quantum girl) is visible, he'll congratulate you on bringing her back. A few other REKT platoons will rapidly close in on the Quantum ship to cleanse the vessel of Darkspace tech. SCAMPS will order you all to the landing bay for your floor (which is one of the ones at the far rear of the vessel), and you'll get moving.

The mission is over. It's hard to wrap your minds around. You still have full control of your ships - what? Why isn't the GM taking control and ending the mission? You'll just begin to ask yourselves this question, when it happens.


Amidst frantic shouts from SCAMPS, the Darkspace drops out of warp and, flying at an incredible velocity, consumes the Qcruiser, you, and the rear section of Tartarus, slicing it clean as it passes through.

Everything goes dark.

Thread lock, curtains close.



...but it's not over yet.

((mission end))
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby F4wk35 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:25 am

Ohhh Awesome!

And it ends with the REKT Part of the Tartarus, our Characters and a nice Quantum Ship inside the (likely) multidimensional zone of the Dark Space :D

YAY :ghost:

Darn...even if it's not relevant...I really hope that Fawkes would've survived until then :)
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Dinosawer » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:53 am

Talvieno wrote: I'd expect at least one other sacrifice ("I'll hold them off - just try to escape!")

This would then probably have been where I'd have let Dino die if we got that far. Halfway the campaign and completely in-character. :)
( Note: doesn't mean you have to make that canon - I'll leave Dino's fate up to what you feel suits best to the story (if it's relevant later on) :ghost: )

Though I'd have to wonder how you'd explain people starting a new char at that point in the story? Also aaaaaaah we can't get repairs and new pewpew after that? PANIC
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Talvieno » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:59 am

Dinosawer wrote:
Talvieno wrote: I'd expect at least one other sacrifice ("I'll hold them off - just try to escape!")

This would then probably have been where I'd have let Dino die if we got that far. Halfway the campaign and completely in-character. :)

I'd have let him go out in an epic way, fitting of your character.

( Note: doesn't mean you have to make that canon - I'll leave Dino's fate up to what you feel suits best to the story (if it's relevant later on) :ghost: )

Though I'd have to wonder how you'd explain people starting a new char at that point in the story? Also aaaaaaah we can't get repairs and new pewpew after that? PANIC

New char was already solved. I'd have given new characters some boosts to their stats/skills at the start, equivalent to about 1/3 of the mission level, rounded down. (After mission 3, you start at Level 2; after mission 6, you start at level 3) - this would keep things from being quite so spread out.
edit: Dinosawer has pointed out that we had a rule about this that was already made canon, and I was remembering it wrongly.

And, no repairs or new pewpew? Hey, you still have the Tartarus around... well, part of it. It's just in the dark space. :D As to SCAMPS, I had already made it canon that he was comprised of a lot of different "cells" that operated like CPU cores stretching from one end of the ship to the other, so he could still function just fine in pieces. There might even be other pieces of him on other ships.
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Dinosawer » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:01 pm

Talvieno wrote:New char was already solved. I'd have given new characters some boosts to their stats/skills at the start, equivalent to about 1/3 of the mission level, rounded down. (After mission 3, you start at Level 2; after mission 6, you start at level 3) - this would keep things from being quite so spread out.

We actually said half of the gained stuff, at the time, but I meant story wise, at this point, how do you explain part of the platoon suddenly gaining members while on a Quantum ship swallowed to another universe :ghost:
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby Talvieno » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:02 pm

Oh, that's even easier. New recruits? No, these have already seen some combat. There's a lot of people on the Tartarus.

edit: also, you're not on a Quantum ship anymore, you got off that. :P
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Re: REKT: GTD (What would have been)

Postby BFett » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:13 pm

If BFett and Dr Cha0zz were still around at this point I'm fairly sure things would get interesting and tensions would be very high in the following mission. It would be fun, especially because the likely hood of my character going insane would be quite high at that point.
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