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RE: [Eclipse Phase] Ozymandias
Robin and I got to the end. Some final details are left and a review to see if any important skills are missing/insufficient and the like, but overall he's as good as done.

What you need to understand about the apocalypse is that you aren't Mad Max. You're part of the skull pyramid in the background.
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cool Smile

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About names...

Firewall sets up its sentinels with fake civilian ID and a codename for use in communication, kept separate from the cover ID in case communication is ever compromised.

Example:
A young socialite called Sean Connery is recruited by Firewall. They relocate him to a different city and different looking morph and set him up with a new ID: James Bond. This "Mr Bond" persona is registered in the habitat, pays taxes, and so on. As far as the worlds are concerned, Sean Connery is gone. Internally they use the code name 007. His fellow teammates call him Double-Oh most of the time, except when they use his cover ID as part of a mission. They know he's both James and Double-Oh. They wouldn't know he was originally called Sean.

For your PCs you'll need to come up with a "James Bond" and a "007" name. Your original identities are of lesser importance as they're far less likely to ever come up. But if you can think of something it's always welcome.

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Let's talk about Mars!

It's a planet with 200 million inhabitants, being the largest of all transhuman habitats. It's also the most diverse. For now we'll discuss the largest cities, other details will come in later posts. Here's a scanned map:
http://www.poeland.com/eclipsePhase/wiki...20&display

White text is natural areas. Red are cities and other such locations.

Ashoka
Population: 10,000
A terraforming station, health spa, and historic museum (they outfitted the Pathfinder and Sojourner rovers AI to be historians about themselves and their early exploration work - sometimes they give guided tours).


Elysium
Population: 9 million
This city is located within a 75-kilometer long area of a canyon fissure, all domed over. From the sky it looks like a glittering scar or snake. It's a major entertainment producer along the lines of old Earth Hollywood.


Noctis-Qianjiao
Population: 13 million
Two dome-cities connected over a river. The scenery here is beautiful and it's a prime player in fashion and design, making it vital for the Martian economy.


Olympus
Population: 1 million (but designed to hold 6 million)
Nearly a ghost town, a network of tunnels, minor domes, and habitat modules. The center is still fairly well maintained due to its space elevator but it sees far less action these days as shifting economic realities lessened its importance, causing the slow but steady decline of the city.


Valles-New Shanghai
Population: 37 million
The principal city of Mars and arguably of transhumanity. Its a collected of five major domes, the Bund being the primary one. The others are Valles Center and, of lesser size, Little Shanghai, New Pittsburgh, and Nytrondheim. Hypercorp presence is large and people have comparatively rich lives. Crime and corruption are also widespread, particularly in Little Shanghai.

One detail of interest are the souks. While most martian cities have souks, those of Valles-New Shanghai are the primary example and what people talk about when they discuss the souks.

So what are they?

They are the connections in between the domes. Tunnels and covered streets, some miles long, filled with tramways, alleys, arcades, galleries, promenades, red light districts, bazaars, quaint ethnic eateries, and connections to the tin can modules that make up the slums.

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This is a Flat operating under Earth-normal gravity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeiwLLZjDo

So be aware that you guys can most likely do quite a bit more.

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More Stuff About Mars: the Barsoomian Movement

The Movement is named after an old Earth science fiction series. Those part of it typically just call it the Movement - the name "Barsoomian Movement" is used mostly by outsiders and news reports.

The Movement's causes are highly varied but overall center around the topic of hypercorp control over citizens. Ever since the Fall and the population of Mars surged due to refugees things have been getting worse for the original colonists in the Martian outback.

Main complaints are:

Indentured servitude, a practice that basically boils down to slavery according to the Movement. It allows a citizen to engage in a contract with a hypercorp to be an employee for several years and, at the end, they get to keep a basic physical body. For the millions of refugees who exist only as a digital consciousness this is the fast track to returning to a normal life. However, the contracts are full of obscure clauses and terms may change later on. Even while "free" many former employees may find themselves set up with a house in the middle of nowhere in a small mining town, renting a roof and life support from their former employers. Deep in debt and with nowhere else to go, there remains little choice for them but to keep doing the same jobs they already did.

Planned obsolescence of morphs, especially the rusters (humanoids designed to be able to survive unaided within the Martian atmosphere). Many biomorphs suffer from minor genetic defects that require periodic therapy to patch and clean up. Hypercorps claim that genetic science is simply not yet perfect and the strain of rushing out more bodies for the refugees caused some minor flaws to crop up as quality has to be sacrificed for quantity. Designing a genetically perfect body takes too much time and resources to be of use to the Martians. Critics counter that gene therapy provides the corps with a neat bit of extra revenue.

Terraforming strain. The process already goes as quickly as it can safely be done but managers, always eager to promise bigger and faster targets, insist on speeding it up even more - with risks to the long term stability of the environment. Some corps also engage in big, showy terraforming events like flooding and orbital bombardment. Experts criticize that these events contribute nothing, being just empty show to satisfy the public and board members.

Abuse of eminent domain and the forced relocation of small settlements.

Mesh neutrality. Although the mesh is already mostly free, the larger and more successful platforms are under corporate control. Blog something the corps don't like? Get ready to write your future blog in the digital equivalent of an oubliette.

Freeing up access to nanofabricator technology to the population at large, pointing out that many anarchist communities in the Kuiper belt have managed just fine with public nano-access. Corporations counter that the success of a tiny community can't map over to the macro-scale of a city of millions and that full access to devices that can create weapons, hazardous materials, or harmful nanoswarms is too dangerous to permit.

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Rest assured, I am reading these posts. Lack of response doesn't mean disinterest Smile

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No worries, I do assume you guys read all this stuff sooner or later. Smile

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Firewall

So what's Firewall anyway? What do they do, what do they know, who joined them?

Basically they are an independent network of cells that fights to save transhumanity from x-threats; those are the risks posed by TITAN relics, aliens, weapons of mass destruction, experiments gone wrong, hostile seed AI (those with the potential to reach TITAN-like status), and any other risk that could destroy an entire habitat or even all of us.

This network is hidden and clandestine, illegal in nearly all settlements that know of its existence. Their field operatives are called Sentinels and they are directed by handlers called Proxies. These proxies are Firewall's inner circle and to ensure that they can't be captured and questioned they don't go into the field themselves, preferring to use the cell network instead.

Some of the main issues that Firewall runs into are as follows;

The Exsurgent Virus
This is possibly the most diabolic creation of the TITANs. It has many strains, including computer and biological viruses and nanoplagues. Although strictly speaking separate types of infections, they are all treated as different strains of the same phenomenon. The exsurgent virus sometimes kills directly but more often gathers information and converts the things it infects into TITAN servants. A biological virus infects a hacker, who in turn writes code to infect the mesh, which in turn shuts down a space station's life support. One single sneeze and a whole habitat is gone. That is the danger of the exsurgent virus. And although the TITANs appear gone, like other diseases the exusrgent virus lingers and occasionally breaks out again.

Basilisk Hacks
Sometimes considered an urban legend, sometimes considered part of the exsurgent virus, sometimes a convenient way to explain away a mysterious event. It's rumored that these "basilisk hacks" somehow exploit the way transhumans process sensory input to rewrite portions of the brain. Merely seeing or hearing a specific sensory feed would be enough to fall prey to some sort of attack.
While dismissed as mythical to some, Firewall knows the truth: Basilisk hacks are real and a possible vector of exsurgent infection. A computer virus in the mesh could intrude on augmented reality vision and reprogram thousands of biological minds.

The Factors
First contact with an alien species has been made with the slug- or slime-like Factors. They are technologically more advanced than us but seem to have little interest in us, save for some mild curiosity with regards to our forms of culture and arts. Whether or not these being pose a threat to us is still under investigation, although the Factors are notoriously silent and impossible to infiltrate.

Project Ozma
The origins of Project Ozma lie with the old Earth SETI program. The early hypercorps revived the old SETI program as part of their efforts to explore space. Then the exsurgent virus was discovered. It was so advanced that some believed that it had originate from intelligent alien life, and so Project Ozma was revived to study it. Later it was understood to be the first, hidden attack of the TITANs. By that time Ozma had already become an expert on the virus and the organization was elevated into a highly classified black-budget outfit. Today, with the TITANs gone, few are aware of its true purpose: to operate as the Planetary Consortium's organization identifying and removing high-level threats to the Consortium. Unfortunately, that includes Firewall.

Ozma is the classic men in black spy agency with unlimited funding, state of the art technology, and the highest levels of access to resources. Standard Firewall procedure is to run and hide and be smarter - the bureaucratic nature of Ozma sometimes makes them slower to respond and unlikely to employ out-of-the-box thinking but in a straight up conflict they will outclass Firewall every time.

Exhumans
Already mentioned earlier under the Movements, sometimes these nutjobs expose themselves willingly to TITAN tech to bring themselves closer to higher beings. Or they transform themselves into alpha predator monsters. Either way, Firewall often has to clean up the mess.

What you need to understand about the apocalypse is that you aren't Mad Max. You're part of the skull pyramid in the background.
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So as for tonight: I haven't gotten any time to actually finalize my character, so I still need to do that.

As for diner: The suggestions
1)Tortelloni verdi met broccoli, groene olijven en groene pesto
2) Groene linzencurry met spinazie en kip
3) Gnocchi met groene bonen, room en ricotta
4) Groene pannenkoeken

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2: Ik heb echt nog nooit linzen gegeten, dus die vind ik wel erg interessant. En kip ook al een tijdje niet gehad Tongue

Groene pannenkoeken? Als dat idd met kokos is liever niet.

Dus mijn voorkeur: 2 of 3.

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St. Paddy's huh? Alright, we'll need to get some drinks as well then.

All dinner options are fine.

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Groene pannekoeken is gewoon met geur & smaakloze groene kleurstof Smile

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Dan zijn groene pannenkoeken ook een geldige optie Smile

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go for the lentils! Grin

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From here on out, Eclipse Phase/Nihao Honey shall be back on monday (but not starting this week). I will give details in person.

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Interesting!

Also, in a super dramatic twist, the band i was going to see tomorrow has had to cancel their tour due to a personal emergency. If y'all're available for a session tomorrow, then so am i!

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LET'S DO THIS

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I'll have to accelerate the prep work I was doing, but alright. Let's do this.

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Awesome: Let's Rock and Ride!! Grin

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Biker Mice FROM MARS XD

Nice one Jeroen! ^^

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Diner options:

1) Auberginepasta
2) Thaise kippensoep met garnalen (zonder koriander)
3) Shoarmawraps met verse tomatensaus
4) Knorr Kip Jambalaya

Choose wisely!
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Soup is a starter, not a valid dinner choice. (Ok, erwtensoep misschien als uitzondering.)

De rest klinkt ok.

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(23-03-2015 12:59:44)nar Wrote:  Biker Mice FROM MARS XD

Nice one Jeroen! ^^

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Wat arik zei.

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