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    This is intended to be short game, which can, if wanted, be extended longer one as well.

    Im looking a player as gang member living in outskirts slum of giant industrial city. Your gang leader have recently heard about alien prototype weapon of some sort. You don't know any details about the weapon itself except its name: "Demolisher" and code sign "Project Troy".
    Time is limited so your team is dispatched to retrieve this weapon and bring it to the gang for analysis.
    Perhaps this would be a gift that lifts you supreme over other rival gangs or lucrative if sold in black market.

    With its currently stored location not so far from your gang's territory and with minimal guards what possibly could go wrong with this operation?
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    So this alien prototype weapon - is this something they've developed from a crash, or are we getting regular visits from aliens, doing cultural exchanges or so on?

    Must admit, this kinda reminds me of Illegal Aliens by Nick Pollotta and Phil Foglio, where a street gang gets abducted by aliens for first contact testing - to see if we're civilized enough for contact.

    Could be fun. Mark me as interested.
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    The aliens are known alien race known as Trumbo, neighboring the humans, who are visiting regularly on this particular planet.
    Their relation to the local government is quite sour on their side. They have embargoed the official gov and gov related businesses (because of events and actions humans committed on this same planet 200 years ago and why the planet is on its current state) but certain factions and private corporations do business with them.

    Aside the superior tech the aliens are greatest producer of Ferju, a radioactive material used in starship reactors as fuel.

    Compared to humans these aliens are technologically more advanced.

    Humans themselves are split to 3 spacefaring nations. Peoples Republic of Idra, who owns the planet the game is happening. Gorest Trade Federation, a neutral trade nation who do business with these aliens, and Empire of Sy, pacifist agrarian and chemisty orientated nation.
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    So:

    1. Humans are colonizing other planets.
    2. This planet is called Idra, and is run by the People's Republic.
    3. The aliens known as the Trumbo refuse to do business with the People's Republic
    4. The Trumbo will work with certain factions and private corporations on Idra, so visit regularly.
    5. The Trumbo produce a radioactive fuel for starships.


    So what sort of personal weapons are legally allowed by the People's Republic?

    Are permits required?

    What weapons do the gangs carry?

    What are other notable tech on Idra?

    How is society structured on Idra?

    Is there police and military?

    Is the People's Republic making their own Ferju to fuel their own starships?

    Is Ferju safe to use in planetside reactors or do they generate power in a different way?

    Was this planet terraformed or does there remain native life?

    Is any of that native light intelligent?

    What happened 200 years ago that Trumbo turned their backs on them?

    What are the local attitudes about the Trumbo?
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    Ok, I think i need to make few clarifications

    1. Humans are colonizing other planets. (Yes. Humans have discovered spaceflight and spread to many planets. By then humans have divided to 3 nations: Trade Federation of Gorest, Empire of Sy and Peoples Republic of Idra.
    2. This planet is called Biitran, Desert wolrd with massive industrial and center and largest shipyard ever built and is run by the People's Republic of Idra. Biitran is capital planet of Syyra Star cluster bordering Empire of Sy and Trumbo Space.
    3. The aliens known as the Trumbo refuse to do business with the People's Republic (Yes)
    4. The Trumbo will work with certain factions and private corporations on Idra, so visit regularly. (yes, their main trade partners are however Sy and Gorest but occasionally they do business also with selected people, corporations or factions on Peoples Republic as well.)
    5. The Trumbo produce a radioactive fuel for starships. (Yes. Except of Sy all nations produce this fuel. Trumbo is the second biggest producer which also makes it very rich. The biggest is Jelloid tribes (another alien race) owned planet Gope. This planet is "twilight marshland planet. The fuel is made from extracting Ferju from specific and abundantly grown plant from these marshes but as Ferju is radioactive so are the marshes as well. Jelloids don't produce much of Ferju themselves but they lease part of their planet for harvesting colonies to other nations who want to do this.


    So what sort of personal weapons are legally allowed by the People's Republic? Most common weapons are similar what we use in modern time. Aside of these "ballistic" guns there are also energy or plasma particle weapons.
    Important note. when humans learned spaceflight the Gorestian starship engineering corporation Gilger Co designed the first functional hyperspace core. These cores use antimatter technology for energy storage and conversion and are classified as G1 to G5 depending their size.
    5 years ago Terrorist Group Red 13 stole 2 G2 class hyperdrive cores and weaponized them. Then they launched them to two factories causing 25 kiloton nuclear explosions when the hyperdrive cores collapsed.
    This event lead to a large scandal because the owner of those factories, Scraba corporation was found actually funding several criminal gangs and thus creating instability to Biitran and then selling arms to peace keeping forces of Peoples Republic to pacify this instability.

    Are permits required? (as by the constitution law of Idra every citizen are permitted to carry weapon for the protection of themselves and their country)

    What weapons do the gangs carry?
    Usually lower prized ballistic weapons, grenade launchers, rpgs and whatever they manage to steal from government, other gangs or corporations.

    What are other notable tech on Idra?
    Idras greatest tech archivement is Overseer program. Overseers are elite police units who possess psionic abilities and have their bodies enhanced by cybernetic implants and combat computer.
    The elite of these Overseers however are said to be more machine than man as the implants and computer have turned them into cold blooded calculative killing machines.

    How is society structured on Idra?
    Peoples Republic of Idra base political system is Communism ruled by Unified Idra party.
    The highest position in the society are those in high position in the party and public officials (who are all politically appointed)
    Then are normal (pure) Idrans the common "well doing" workforce
    Below Idrans are other nationals migrated or merged to Idra. Most of these are Sy and Urda people, latter who are from Idra homeworld but have part of it as their autonomous region. Biitran is the newest addition to the republic. The original people of Biitran on the paper are said to be integrated rather well to society as Lilidrans but many gangs know that lilidrans are in brink of falling out from society to criminal gangs.
    Finally there are outlaws or Bladrons as Gangs in Biitran call them.
    By Republic policy any legal citizen have right to capture or kill on sight anyone proven to be Bladron.

    Is there police and military? They are somewhat unified as militarized Defence force. This organization is called
    "Department of Public Security or DPS, fitting nickname specially in Biitran knowing how much collateral damage their engagements usually leave behind"

    Is the People's Republic making their own Ferju to fuel their own starships? (Yes, mostly in Gope)

    Is Ferju safe to use in planetside reactors or do they generate power in a different way?
    With sufficient insulation it's safe, however any leakage for normal human is deadly. Several alien species, People from Empire of Sy, Overseers and those individuals who have undergone "Hex Disease" are immune to this radiation.

    Was this planet terraformed or does there remain native life?
    Biitran is Desert world. It have breathable atmoshphere but not very good one. On the soutern hemisphere of the planet there is massive 4000km diameter crater which is the only sea of the planet and carries 90% of vegetation around it. This crater is result of cataclysmic disaster happened over 3000 years ago which also is considered the start of "modern time calculation" as year 0 or Year of Storms. This event wiped out an empire and precursors to humans on this area of space.

    Is any of that native light intelligent? Aside of Lilidrans no


    What happened 200 years ago that Trumbo turned their backs on them?
    200 years ago Idra annexed Biitran by attacking Syyra Star cluster. Before the event a smaller nation of Syyra lived there but after the war the people were forcefully integrated to Idra. Though lots of guerilla fight and resistance was shown

    What are the local attitudes about the Trumbo? Depending the social class.
    Most normal Idrans are neutral or bit envious to Trumbo but because their secretive attitude and sheer physical size of 3 meter tall reptile resembling armadillo lizard, not to forget that their skin is biometal and possess basic psychic aptitude (and immunity to Ferju radiation) normal citizen keep respecting distance and face towards Trumbo people.

    The gangs are divided however. Lilidran based gangs are the most positive towards Trumbo since Trumbo is aiding Lilidrans in Biitran, mostly behind the governments back. Those gangs who are originated from criminals banished to Biitran Trumbo is just scary.

    I add here list of notable nations and races

    Humans:
    Peoples Republic of Idra, Largest nation and superpower, normal humans
    Gorest Trade Federation, Started as trade corporation which now have grown to wealthy nation. They are symbol of money and oddly every nation aliens included respect their justice system as "galactic supreme court"
    Empire of Sy. Only human nation who are immune by nature to deady radiation of Ferju. Because of this they also possess basic telepathic abilities. Sy people like to travel and migrate alot to other places and are highly pacifistic.

    Jelloid
    Race which as its basic form is living slime. Jelloids are shapeshifters. They are vulnerable to psionics but immune to Ferju radiation. Jelloids have very keen sense of smell and can posess other organic beings.

    Croba
    Croba clans are decendants of the empire who controlled the current space before year 0.
    The best know croba clan is Trumbo who are also the largest by their physical size.
    Crobas are reptilians and most of them carry biometallic scales as their "shell" Crobas are also relatively violent and hot tempered and have good combat capabilities in physical and psionical warfare.

    Me'rah
    Amphibian race who likes to stay out of sight. They are the oldest know race and precursors and guides to Crobas. In Croba Homeworlds they have built network of Portals which was the main mean of transportation between the different planets. This network however collapsed 3000 yeas ago by year of storms. This have left a taboo among crobas that any and all portal sites where ever they are, are demilitarized zones with extremely harsh penalties to anyone breaking the rule
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    Communist government?

    So citizens have mandatory two years military service?
    Members of the military reserve?

    And they have the right to kill anyone they suspect to be in a gang?


    Why would anyone be in a gang, then? What would justify it? Just the mere suggestion you're a gang member and you could be blackmailed into doing a lot of nasty things if you don't want to be shot or worse.


    Combine that with psychic cyborg cops who are sure to be watching this weapon?

    Suicidal. You'd be hard pressed to justify doing this. Better off stealing another starship core and using it to blow up the place.
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    Yes, very corrupted goverment where political relations and bribery is daily life.

    Specially early years after the occupation the Bladron hunting was the spirit and that what the government thought as well. That lead to that any normal people did their outmost best to portray image that they are law abiding good citizen with no connections to any illegal activities. Important thing here is that you don't join the gang you are born to it.

    As Idra propaganda says it:
    Bladrons are outlaws and criminals
    It's crime to assist Bladrons (yet they do it all the time themselves)
    It's crime to be join as Bladron.
    Once Bladron, always a Bladron.
    Bladron's are incapable to understand terms like peace or prosperity.
    Only the bloodshed, violence and terrorism.

    They threw all troublesome, bad criminals and other unwanted people to Biitran, declare them as Bladrons and let the "nature" handle the rest. All of a sudden these people have gone underground but not dead. They established gangs and divided the big cities into territories. Then Scraba Co found out them but instead of killing they started to help them.

    Promised that they won't be pursued if they little bit cause trouble to keep arms sales high. One gang, Gawa's Fist specially gained their favor and this gang grew the largest of all those who were members or allied to Gawa weren't considered outlaws like the normal bladrons or at least nobody tried to shoot them anymore. and this went on for 150 years... well until 5 years ago when it all blew up in huge scandal caused by one of the gangs "Red 13"

    After that scandal The outskirts of the city had within the past 150 years turned into no go half abandoned slum zone with block after block seemingly empty buildings and armed to teeth gang members defending them. Everyone knew they are there but military had no intention to go there for sweeps as they would probably lose more than they could gain. So they focus on protecting the inner parts of the city against random hit & run raids of the gangs.

    Red 13 was small insignificant gang pressed by two much larger ones. It looked like it was about to be taken over by bigger when it suddenly first disappeared entirely and then came to headlines by assassinating CEO of Sraba co, minister of public security and blowing up one food and one machine factory with bombs that perhaps only gawa could obtain by their scraba and gov relations.

    Everyone thought red 13 have became crazy as they have just broken the peace what scraba had given to bladrons and gangs in general but until today nobody had found any red 13 members and their former territory had long been abandoned or taken over by gawa.

    Important addition. What I said above is In game common knowledge among gang members, not the whole truth as it contains some planned storyline spoilers.
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    What do these gangs do? Why have territory? There's a lot of risk here, you'd think there would be something to gain.
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    There's for example a City of Threm in Biitran. Threm is 120 km diameter circular city where the 20km most outer part of the city is currently decaying "abandoned" state city. This non maintained area is called the Red Zone. Aside of cross city highways army almost never go there unless for some very good reason. Because Red zone is controlled by gangs who shoot any trespasser they think is dangerous to their gang.

    Why Gangs live in Red Zone? Because these people are outlaws. They are aliens (no ID or other to prove their nationality or such) to goverment. On the outside of city they face scorching desert of Biitran and on the other side there is better living people with IDs and such. If you go there and are unlucky you may face someone who thinks you are Bladron and if you cannot prove you identity (same as prove you are not bladron) you get shot on siht. To live in red zone is day to day survival where Bladron gangs are also tight families watching each other's back. And because they are families they don't always get along with other families.

    Also why don't they try migrate inside the city and get integrated? Some try, some of them success by stealing or otherway making ID but also some fail. Also having valid ID in red zone is worth more than a gold.
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    Okay, so their rejects are dumped on this planet (possibly one in each sector), and they and any descendants are trapped on this world, no way to get off. And since it's the people hunting the Bladron, the government can claim their hands are clean, just people protecting themselves.

    I imagine the People's Republic are not sending their best and brightest here to work, with perhaps a few exceptions. Like for projects that need some quiet, unimportant backwater.

    So the question is, what do they use for ID? RFID tags implanted in the back of the hand? Very hard to lose, but avoid any industrial accidents. Or are the IDs some easy-to-steal external credentials, like a card?

    Since this is a communist planet, they're probably short on creature comforts. And thanks to their tags, the party knows everything you do. Unless you find a black market being run by the Bladron? Who'd be glad to sell you all sorts of delights - but how to pay for it? There's always trade, but what about tokens? RFID readers that link to the planetary datanet cost a bit and require a lot to hook up securely - great for a paypoint, but not so much for people wanting to get something cold to drink from a vending machine.

    Tokens. You buy a token, it gets you a ride on a bus, it gets you a snack from a vending machine, etc. And tokens are invisible spending, as all that's recorded is when someone buys them or returns them to credit their account.
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