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[NC] The Robespierre
« on: June 25, 2009, 09:01:05 pm »
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History

The Robespierre’s are a race that evolved on the planet Krzos. The world was a lush and teeming place, covered by great oceans and forests. The Robespierre evolved from a species of fish, but they were quick to forsake their aquatic heritage and adapted to a life of prowling on the ground for fruit and then swinging back up into the trees with their long back arms. The standard arms positioned lower on their bodies were used for scooping up fruits and berries that lay on the ground. As their focus shifted downwards to the ground, they began to make warbling cries to indicate to other Robespierres that food had been found, the cry heeding any fellow Robespierre to come join in the feast. Robespierre’s also became shorter as their focus on foraging increased, and their backs were bent over in the relentless shuffle to pick up food, the longer arms growing longer still as an escape route on lower branches of small trees. Their senses also rearranged themselves over many generations, with their ears placed on their backs and their eyes onto their stomachs. Another curious result of their behavior was that having two eyes became simply inefficient, so the Robespierre adapted again, having one dinner-plate sized eye instead of two small ones, using their eye for seeing food, their ears for detecting their predators, and their long arms from escaping into the trees. As the ecosystem flourished around them, predators began to pick up on the distinctive feeding call and would wait in the shadows as the Robespierres gathered to eat before attacking. As a result, the cries that rent through the sky ceased and Robespierre’s developed a completely silent mode of communication: they communicated with their eyes.  As this odd system began to grow more intricate and detailed, Robespierres could coordinate movements, locations, and crude plans over flashes of colors.
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If their cycles had gone uninterrupted, the Robespierre may just be an archaeological footnote of some other species, but alien intervention prevented them from that dreary fate. An alien species planted a Monolith on Krzos, and a small pack of Robespierres stumbled upon it while looking for food. One gentle touch with their standard arms and the Robespierre achieved crude intelligence. The pack grew slowly, the usage of tools allowing the inferior Robespierre to survive. Eventually the Robespierre developed into tribes and eventually cities, carving out a civilization based around the Monolith, the Monolith releasing information that would push society forward to the Robespierres on a bi-centurial basis. The Robespierres had mastered farming along the shores of the Cromwell River and had a complicated culture with its own art, and a layered political system when the first crack in Robespierre society occurred.

The Robespierre were in the Bronze Age at this point.

The Robespierre government was ruled by a council that had the power to veto any decisions the elected assembly made, and the council was bitterly divided over one issue: who should own the Monolith? Two religions had sprung up around it, the differences inconsequential but significant enough to the devout so that the sides harbored deep resentment towards eachother. As tensions built over which faction would end up possessing the centre of Robespierre society. As the council members bickered, the priests insulted their opposing numbers, and over half of Robespierre society gathered spears and crude swords. The two religious factions met on the steps of the Monolith Monument, and the taunts and jeers began as the two sides stood apart. After a few short moments of escalation, the two sides clashed, the clang of metal hitting metal and the revolting sound of metal piercing organs. As the fight reached its bloody crescendo, a swirl of colors suddenly blasted out of the top of the Monolith, the amazing display dazzling the Robespierres into stopping their fight as they looked up and saw the intricacies of their language telling them a message, only this wasn’t one of the planned dates. The Robespierres looked up to see the message, forgotten weapons dropping to the ground from their idle hands.

The message simply said, ~“ War will be the death of your civilization. Murder will be the death of your civilization. Conflict will be the death of your civilization. Peace is the only true way...”~

When the final hue faded from the sky, the Monolith abruptly fell into a seemingly infinite number of black dots. As the Robespierres merely stared at the large pile of what looked like black dust, ancient neural-networks were activating in the pile, setting up plans and instructions. The black pile began to shift into a whirring cloud, and all the Robespierres took a step back as it rapidly expanded along the tiled steps of the Monument. The cloud grew exponentially in the span of a few seconds, enveloping the Monument completely. The Robespierres merely stood still in shock, many weeping and thinking the world was ending because of their petty struggles. When the cloud abruptly shrunk back into a massive pile, the Robespierres all knelt down and praised the memory of the Monolith for having the wisdom to spare them and they vowed they would not tread down the path of war ever again. The black pile reconstructed itself into the Monolith with that whirring noise, and the two former armies ran off to tell others of the message.
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Civilization continued on a more peaceful course. Different nations developed, cities prospered, culture flourished. The capital city of Tok was divided between nations, the country of Momaw gladly allowing the city to be split up to allow other nations access to the Monolith, which was still the center of society. Competition between nations and individuals still existed, but on an entire new battlefield:  economies. Economic warfare had become the vent of anger, the medieval society of the Robespierre masters of economic manipulation, many merchants bankrupting whole countries to destroy other guilds composed of rivals. The global economy was unstable, but governments cracked down on the instability, forcing merchants to enter guilds and play the game with their own money and resources, as well as forcing them to provide safety nets for where their operations were based. The measures worked, and soon the economy was thriving against a background of guilds rising into wealth and plunging into poverty. The backbone of Robespierre society was set, and technology advanced as nations worked together to push forward.
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The Renaissance of the Robespierre was the invention of banking, which acted like strongholds in their wars. To bankrupt a guild now, rivals would have to infiltrate via accounts and deposit massive sums and then wait. As the unsuspecting bank spent the money, more accounts would be opened. When the bank finished using the cash and fell back on the cash made from loans, the mole accounts would all withdraw, forcing the bank to close due to debt. The art of economic warfare only grew more sophisticated as the Robespierre exited the Renaissance, and the next big leap in science would only push the complexity further. The Robespierre Industrial Revolution neatly coincided with the invention of electricity. Electricity caused the hasty invention of the telegraph, which meant as long as you were near a telegraph station; communication with nearly anyone could be almost instant. Society and the economy leaped forward, the technique of interchangeable parts leading to a massive rise in the economy. Robespierre society began to shift, gathering around their workplaces in small communities while guilds only grew, often bringing whole supply and production lines under their control. Guilds that went through the struggle of acquiring a whole production chain often underwent an internal   revolution, the guild leader being deposed in favor of a leading council. Guilds that controlled production chains also had to manage every facet of the line, from the health of the community that gathered around the workplace and the local bank to the shipping of raw materials. These guilds often underwent the transformation into corporations, responsible for maintaining the local economy and providing a safety net to the local inhabitants while taking guilds into their folds. The telegraph also lead to the invention of instant banking, with account balances and figures transferred quicker than many could even begin to comprehend. After the vast economic struggle for supremacy, the largest corporations were the only ones standing, with the smaller guilds and corporations merely absorbed into their infrastructure.

The government quickly took action, separating the corporations from stability as they did with the guilds. Even though society clustered around their workplaces and banks, the sway of religion was still incredibly strong, with the Monolith receiving well over three billion pilgrims on its steps annually. Religion and government had been separated, so the government could make the best decisions for the people it ruled and the church could make the best decisions for the people who followed it. Poverty was virtually non-existent, the corporations always needing more workers to fill out their ranks. The government taxed the corporations; giving back the benefits to society while making corporations give the communities they upheld a safety net if they fell.

 The differences between nations began to blur. Nations unified by trade joined together and eventually only a few superpowers remained, all on good terms and focused on maintaining economic stability and providing the best life for their citizens. The few remaining blank spots on maps began to disappear as steamships were invented, the voyages government sponsored but free reign given to corporations over the newly discovered lands as long as they adhered to the laws restricting them.
As nations joined together, corporations grew apart. The invention of the assembly line at the end of the Industrial Revolution ushered in a new age of productivity, only driving up the intensity of the competition between economic behemoths. The invention of the light bulb allowed factories to open two shifts when they had enough workers, only ramping up production. Any resource rich areas were quickly tapped for raw materials, causing governments to institute environmental protection laws that forced corporations to renew and revitalize land that had been used to harvest materials. The Robespierre entered a second Golden Age, with the population booming, technology advancing quickly, and the bottom line always growing bigger. The Robespierres lived in their tight-knit communes, driving a short distance to work in their new vehicles, grew their own food, and were happy as could be, apart from the occasional flood or hurricane.
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Robespierre civilization could only go up. The invention of the computer by a government-run think tank led to drastic increases in Robespierre understanding of math and physics, the first solid application of the computer being a crude missile launch six months later. The missile rose through the sky and twisted sideways, the crude engine failing as it veered sideways and increased in speed. The rocket promptly died completely, the engine exploding, and it shot down towards the ground, blowing apart as it smashed into a lake. Improvements to rockets were made using upgraded computers, a whole government taskforce tasked with making a better computer and a separate task force to make a better rocket. Robespierre government had found itself a challenge it could apply to: sending a rocket into space, and it cheerfully did so two years and twelve launches later. The first Robespierre astronaut would come later, but the foundation had been set.

The corporations did note the invention of the computer, but deemed it uninteresting at the time. The failed missile launch was amusing to the general population, but most didn’t find it newsworthy. Technology ploughed forward, corporations and guilds continued to rise and fall, but now something bigger had been set in motion. Within three decades, computers had been streamlined and shrunk, development costs plummeting as new materials and methods were devised to create them. Every so often, the Robespierres would stop on the street as a missile rose into the sky, and they’d watch as it plunged back down into the testing zone. The public usually regarded these events with a laugh and a shake of the head before continuing on their way, until one day, the rocket didn’t come back down. The first Robespierre satellite had been launched, and it contained a colour and written history of the Robespierre, the launch a major victory for the government. On the edge of the test zone, the whole Rocket Research Institute was cheering and their eyes were all a thick shade of green, their joy evident. Later that year, the Omega Corporation picked up the designs for a home computer and began manufacturing, pushing the first home computer on the market. Within two months, the cheap computer had broken nearly every sales record in Robespierre history, a feat that put the newly-merged Omega Corporation at the top of the economic food chain.

Within that decade, the first Robespierre was put into space and safely returned, gliding along the Cromwell River before slamming into Luther Lake. The Cloud, a system used to link computers together without cables was pioneered and released by Omega Corp, and competition brought down the price and size of computers drastically. In the following years, it was not an uncommon sight to see businessmen and factory workers sitting side by side on the steps of The Monolith, one managing stocks electronically while the other flashed moods to friends through a webcam.  A small asteroid belt was discovered inside the solar system, and corporations banded together under the flag of profit. As the government colonized the two moons, the Omega Corporation joined with Flight Inc to form Star Limited, the world leader in everything from computers to asteroids, as the advertisements sang. A small automated mining fleet was sent out asteroid Beta 3, and after large deposits of iron and gold were found, the rush to the stars began like a gold rush. Mining colonies set up, research colonies set up, and still more clamored to be sent off on rockets. New technology flooded in from government think tanks and corporations alike, everything from vast shields to protect colonies from asteroid impacts to mining lasers that could slash through an asteroid’s cold rocky crust like a corporation slashing through a start-up.

It was around the time work on the first FTL engine began and the last nooks and crannies of the solar system were being mapped, a Robespierre Colony Director with minor political ambitions proposed an interesting idea to the government:  ‘What would happen if there were other beings out there, and they weren’t friendly? They’d murder us.’

The government was genuinely disturbed by the notion, but they conceded that if there were other races out there, they might do more than peacefully trade. This lead to a massive undertaking by the Robespierre government, and for the first time in six thousand years, they were building weapons and defenses.  Massive shield generators were built and positioned in major cities; banks of missiles crammed with explosives were buried underground ready to be fired at a moment’s notice, and the population of Krzos was drilled in what to do in the event of an attack. Many corporations purchased weapons for use on their colonies, not wanting to be caught with their guard down, and satellites bristling with sensors were set up at the edges of the solar system. As the first FTL drive was completed, tested and perfected with the intensity of a corporation over account balances, and mounted onto a ship, all preparations for defense were completed. The ship was prepared, a staff and crew selected and trained, and the final sensors mounted. Over one billion Robespierres showed up or watched the launch of the ship, at first screaming up like a regular rocket and as it broke the atmosphere, it began to blur as it disappeared into the darkness of space...

One of the sensors on the edge of the system detected a brief blip as it screamed past the icy ball, and the captain smiled as the ship ventured into unknown space, their home planet far behind them.

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« Last Edit: July 11, 2009, 05:33:56 pm by Little »


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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 09:02:53 pm »
You do know what they're named after, right?

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 09:13:17 pm »
I'm impressed. Your writing skills are significantly developed.

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009, 09:42:25 pm »
Your writing skills are significantly developed.

Apparently your writing skills haven't.  :P

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009, 09:50:33 pm »
I see nothing wrong. The only other choice is is. That is definitely not right
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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009, 09:55:09 pm »
... It's Have. Have is the correct word. The combination of significantly developed and are doesn't work...

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009, 10:01:04 pm »
Your writing skills are significantly developed.

Apparently your writing skills haven't.  :P

Apparently your writing skills aren't. Before you comment on others grammar, keep track of your own.

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009, 10:02:33 pm »
Excuse me, Raz and the others, but please don't draw this thread into a grammar debate. I'd like it if conversation stayed about my creature and such, not about the fine points of punctuation and tenses.

Thanks.  :)
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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009, 10:08:27 pm »
Developed, as in the adjective. If something is developed, then it is...well, developed. In terms of evolution, jellyfish are not very developed.

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 10:16:19 pm »
Look guys, if you want to talk grammar we can either PM or start another thread. This is a character / race thread, lets keep it that way.

Also as a side note since I didn't post it originally, good work Little. :)

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2009, 07:24:55 pm »
Nice work, Little.

I really look forward to getting these guys together with the Skirin.  The contrast of a race that's completely unified and one where the concept of a government is totally alien is going to be great. :)
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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2009, 08:39:55 pm »
Awesome all the way.

BTW, Me est uninformed, what does [NC] mean?

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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2009, 08:46:47 pm »
Novus Cluster
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Re: [NC] The Robespierre
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2009, 08:33:47 am »
wuts novus clsuter

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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2009, 08:38:09 am »
Copy pasta from the Skirin thread:

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Some of the other new guys and I are getting together to make another NG like area called the Novus Cluster.  We plan on it being a star cluster orbiting the main galaxy so the two can interact, but honestly the continuity you guys have set up over the years is a little scary to dive into, so we'll be sticking to the cluster for awhile.

We'll get a central thread for it up soon and can discuss it there.
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