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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2010, 03:37:45 pm »
So when can we start, you know, doing stuff?
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2010, 05:38:28 pm »
So when can we start, you know, doing stuff?

Seconded.

I've got an idea for a race already...

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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2010, 07:55:44 pm »
Don't do what, the quoting everyone thing? Yea.. I won't be doing that again.. confused myself doing it.

And as for everyone else, yea. You've been free to make stuff for awhile.. I just thought we were talking ground rules. Knock yourself out.
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2010, 08:25:43 pm »
Describe Genesis' conditions... I'm thinking of a highly adaptive race humanoid in nature, but with the capability to slowly adapt to new worlds so long as the worlds aren't basically far, far below zero, or the entire surface is melted.

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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2010, 08:37:47 pm »
Okay... I hadn't thrown together too many details (ie I'll be doing most of this on the spot) but sure.

Genesis is the 3rd planet out in a 6 planet system. It lies just outside the "Goldilocks Zone", so imagine it's out about as far as Mars is in our solar system. It has a strong gravitational field, about 1.3Gs, and a thick atmosphere of consisting of Carbon Monoxide, Methane, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, Argon, and Krypton. Carbon Monoxide and Dioxide is the most by volume followed by Methane (which is 'only' 10% of the atmosphere). The temperatures vary wildly between night with the lows reaching about -90 degrees Fahrenheit and the highs reaching almost 200 degrees Fahrenheit. That's actually quite reasonable a swing, now that I think about it. Storms rage across the surface at times as well.

We can explore the world more later. But that should do for now, yes?
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2010, 08:49:46 pm »
The Racial Encyclopedia

Index:
  • Xalute - The Xalute are generally humanoid, with two eyes, a mouth, nose, ears, etc. However, the similarities from one Xalute to another end here, as everything about their body can be different and change, with the exception of the brain and intellectual capabilities. Xalute are renowned and hated for their ability to adapt to even very hostile climates through the long and strenous process of Hostile Planetary Adaption. Because of this ability, their Empire is both enormous and feared. This fear stems from the perception of other races towards Xalute as war-mongers, who often crush lesser races for committing a faux pas in negotiations. However, Xalute tend to prefer not to make war if it is unnecessary. In the end though, other species care not about what the Xalute prefer, only that the Xalutian Empire could roll over dozens of species at once.
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2010, 10:22:55 pm »
The Xalute

Singular: Xalute; Plural: Xalute

The Xalutian homeworld, Grazta, is one of great change and constant strife. This change can be attributed to its highly elliptical orbit, which causes it to wander in and out of the "Goldilocks Zone" for half the Xalutian year(approximately two Earth years equal one Xalutian year, thus Grazta is habitable to humans for one year without artificial protection), shifting very violently from piping hot to temperate to freezing cold and back in only two Earth years. This constant climate change is compounded by Grazta's highly unstable axis caused by two Jupiter-class planets orbiting each other in the deeper Graztan System. As Grazta passed closer to these Jupiter-class planets, their combined gravity tears into Grazta's mantle, and causes a much larger occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as shifting its very axis over a period of passes. This period of increased tectonic activity is known to the Xalute as the "Season of Destruction." What is more unfortunate for Grazta is that, if the Jupiter-classes are aligned in such a way as to coincide with one of Grazta's "Deep Winter" period, where Grazta is farthest from its star, the distance is lowered, therefore the effect is greater and the destruction increased. Consequently, the reverse is true when Grazta is in a "Scorching Summer" period of its orbit.

As a result, Graztan life is extremely adaptable to a large range of climates, as its only other choice is death. Graztan plants generally either hibernate during much of the Deep Winter, and flourish during Scorching Summers, but there are exceptions to this rule, much as there are exceptions to the rule that trees shed their leaves in Fall upon Earth. In contrast, Graztan animal life cannot simply hibernate during Deep Winters, due to a constant threat of a more ferocious animal adapted to all Graztan seasons attacking it in its sleep. At the same time, the shifts are too great to simply shed some fur or grow more. So Graztan animal life took the option of adaptability. All animal life upon Grazta constantly adjusts its bodily structures while maintaining its general shape, growing new organs or recycling them for fuel, thickening the skin or thinning it, and many other possible changes while maintaining their basic shape. The Xalute are no different.

The Xalute are generally humanoid, with two eyes, a mouth, nose, ears, etc. However, they vary enormously in skin covering, ranging from practically translucent if the Xalute has spent a good deal of time underground, to having an immensely tough covering across their body in the case of soldiers, who were constantly subjected to intense pain and injury in order to maintain their natural armor, lest it be recycled(such practices are seen as barbarous now, instead, the Xalutian military utilizes various hormones matching those which create armor, etc). Most if not all of their attributes other than intelligence can vary as well, with extremely strong, massive Xalute to weaker, smaller Xalute who don't dedicate themselves to heavy lifting or fighting. Their color ranges from black to white to translucent, and every color in between, from a solid colored to multi-colored, almost rainbow-colored, Xalute. The color of a Xalute is primarily determined by what form of light they're exposed to; green light fosters green light, red light fosters red light, and so on. The changing of skin color is much faster than planetary/climate adaption, and occurs in only a few days, so that if a Xalute were to spend some time on Mars(assuming it's still reddish), that Xalute would take on a rusted color.

In contrast, planetary/climate adaption occurs over a period of months or even years, depending on how different the world is from Grazta. Immune adaptions are the only fast change involved when a Xalute adapts to a new planet, quickly learning to attack new pathogens, though the Xalute does still undergo a short period of sickness, assuming there is life on the world. If the Xalute cannot live upon a world, it undergoes a process which has been refined over the many years the Xalute has spent in space; "Hostile Planetary Adaption" (Xalute are not known for creative technical terms). By H.P.A., the Xalute have managed to adapt to atmospheres with as little as the record 0.9% Oxygen composition on a naturally cold world, and 1.3% Oxygen composition on hotter worlds than their own(hotter worlds requiring more oxygen due to the natural heat increasing the oxygen usage of Xalute cells despite 'insulative' layers of flesh). The average for a more temperate world is ~1.1%, being the average between colder and hotter worlds(all lower levels of oxygen requiring the development of more sophisticated lungs and/or biological filtration organs to remove toxic elements).

H.P.A. is a very time-consuming but also extremely rewarding process in which a single Xalute is placed into a special, pressurized 'home' for as long as needed, adjusting the atmospheric composition, pressure, and temperature slowly until matching that of the target world. H.P.A. is a very strenuous time for a Xalute, as the adjustment can take many years depending on how different the target world is from the Xalute's host world. The process is also purposely uncomfortable for the Xalute, as discomfort is the primary signal that tells their bodies to adapt to the new conditions. Eventually, the Xalute is adjusted to the world, and they are transferred into a transport container mimicking the same pressure, etc of the 'home' for transport to the target world. Having arrived at the target world, the container is simply placed upon its surface and opened, a newly adjusted Xalute walking out, feeling quite at home on the new world. There is absolutely no substitute for H.P.A., as the precise blend of hormones that the Xalutian body produces to adapt from one world to another is nearly impossible to replicate and reproduce as an injection, as all worlds are unique, thus, H.P.A. is the only safe, long-term method for planetary transfer. Shorter stays(or if the Xalute would rather remain adapted to its host world, as well as the ever-present possibility of a ship-to-ship direct connection) involves the use of suits in the same way that a human astronaut uses a suit to survive space, though these suits must be far more flexible and elastic, to account for Xalutian muscle/bone growth/deterioration, among other factors.

Thankfully though, offspring are spared the horrors of H.P.A., as all planetary adaptions are hereditary from mother to offspring. However, it is unrecommended that pregnant Xalute undergo H.P.A., as their constantly shifting adaptions have been known to produce offspring which immediately die upon birth, be it because of under-developed organs or total lack of the necessary organs for survival on the world. This is not to say its impossible, if the difference between two worlds is only slight, there is little danger, but the risk grows exponentially with an increasing gap between planetary conditions the possibility of death becomes certain. Because of H.P.A. and the hereditary passing on of adaptions, Xalute have managed to become a rather prolific race throughout a good portion of the galaxy, scoffing at the idea of "terraforming" worlds, even though they can have only perhaps one or two children every four Earth years(two of their years).

Despite the greater burden placed upon a Xalutian ship's life support systems to be more adaptive among other burdens, most if not all of the races that have had prolonged contact with the Xalute have, at some point, used violence against the Xalute. This natural tendency towards violence against Xalute can be explained.

For one, many races feel insecure in the face of the enormous Xalutian Empire, feeling total destruction could be possible. This fear often encourages nervousness in the ranks of the race speaking to the Xalute, and rather quickly, some idiot grunt misinterprets a motion a Xalute makes, and accidently fires on it. The Xalute, having long since grown tired of such antics, often take revenge upon the race by smashing the grunt, which of course starts a chain reaction of violence until the whole debacle spirals into a war that ends up forcing the race to surrender or sue for peace.

Secondly, other races hear of the Xalutian "Anger," and assume such rumors to be true. Very quickly, all the other races band together against the Xalute, cowering in their own way, without stopping to consider that perhaps the crushed race started the whole war. This simply increases the fear and nervousness factors which further increase the number of trigger-happy-soldier-caused wars.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the Xalutian ability to adapt to a wide range of planets to the extent of not needing support apparatuses is an extremely enviable ability(This also happens to be what has let the Xalutian Empire grow so large, thus causing points one and two, so this point is perhaps the root of the roots). Most of the races, having been in contact with the Xalute long enough to learn of this ability, quickly develop a kind of sub-conscious jealousy of the Xalute. This jealousy then grows into prejudice against the Xalute which are perceived as thinking themselves better than all the other races. And we all know what prejudice can cause, having many examples of it on our Earth.

The unfortunate and oft-overlooked truth of the Xalute is that they would prefer not to wage war on other races, being a gentler race more suited to devoting itself to cultural and intellectual progress. But no one seems to see this, so instead, they see an enemy to be crushed before it crushes them. Most races would sooner shoot than think when it comes to Xalute.
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2010, 11:05:20 pm »
Name: Krashnor

Age: Xalutian Years, 17; Earth Years, 34

Bio: Krashnor has spent the majority of his life in training to become a diplomatic envoy to other civilizations as part of a new Xalutian program called "New Reputations" on Grazta, learning the habits of various species and their individual civilizations in order to try to lessen the perception of the Xalute as a war-mongering species and consequently reduce the prejudice of the other races to at least form some semblance of good relations, as most races ban any kind of Xalutian immigration or trading. Krashnor tends to prefer the weaker, shorter form of Xalute, as physical work is not all that appealing to him, though he has no preference for what color he is, letting it shift naturally. Thus his height tends to remain at around five feet, increasing or decreasing with various gravities over a period of time.
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2010, 04:18:42 am »
I'm gonna assume humans exist and are part of the Coalition, is that okay?


Name Daneuv Nayl

Age: 74
(Looks forty-something due to genetherapy and treatments)

Bio: Nayl comes from Narech, a corporation-funded human colony where the colonists undertook massive genetic modifications to survive on the planet,
as terraforming was seen as too slow and too expensive. These modifications started small, but as time passed, more changes were to made to make life on the surface easier. Massive filter systems were created in the colonists' lungs to make the air breathable for them and their bodies became thinner and lighter for easier movement on the light-gravity world. In the end, they only barely resembled humans.
Because of their heavy lungs and upper body, the Narechi always stand and walk a little hunched in heavy- or standard-gravity worlds.
As news spread of their changes, some human movements responded with outright hostility, despite official acceptance. As time passed, these movements grew in strenght, and -government name- was forced to declare the colonists a 'subspecies' of humans, simply mutants to the masses.
The Narechi Subspecies still survived, though they were forced to live on only the colony and the corporation which had funded them in the first place was shut down.

At the age of 26, Nayl left Narech with a trader ship for Hyperion Academy, a school located on a space station, their focus on researching the culture, history and language of all known alien species. Fortunately, as time had passed, discrimination against the Narechi
had mostly disappeared, and he was accepted as just another student there.
Six years later, he left the Academy, eager to actually meet more of these aliens, and if possible, live amongst them.
From there on, he has lived on over a dozen different alien colonies and countless trade stations, drifting from one to another.
Just recently, he was hired to act as a mediator and diplomat between the different races on Nexus Point Station, one of many.
He knows, and can speak with the help of some vocal implants, over twenty different alien languages and an expert on their cultures.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2010, 01:26:08 am by Digital Hellhound »
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2010, 06:59:13 am »
Name: Einstein™ The Einstein logo is a registered trademark of Ascendance Ind. The Intuition Unit and Dynamic Motivation Driver are the Intellectual Properties of Tom McEniff.

Age: 3 months.

Bio: Einstein is a robotic prototype developed by Ascendance Industrial. Although his technology was developed on Earth, he was manufactured on Genesis so that he could be safely observed in a real world environment without being overstimulated.

While other robots function on a pre-programmed set of rules and motivations, Einstein was given the ability to define his own rules or adapt them from the people around him. His primary motivations always stay the same; be helpful, stay alive, etc. However he can become motivated to help one person in particular more than others, and is capable of re-prioritizing his motives to suit his needs. He is also the first robot built with the intuition unit, which is (obviously) a separate computer within him that has the ability to work out problems without any obvious solutions or make guesses. A side affect of these are that he has an innate curiosity and imagination.

Because he has not been publicly announced by his creators yet, Einstein's humanity can be surprising to some. He currently does odd jobs for people around Nexus Point.

He normally resembles a shiny black human without a head, standing about 6 feet tall. He has three large yellow eyes set into his torso. His legs are very large and strong, and his arms are thinner and multi-jointed with five fingers spaced evenly apart at the ends. His brain is regularly backed up to a massive hard drive in a server room in the station.

(In his spare time, he also enjoys baking and playing the guitar.)
« Last Edit: March 27, 2010, 07:02:00 am by Tesla »
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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2010, 08:45:21 am »
Name: Arlen Dekuyper

Age: 37

Bio:
Hailing from the Core World of Valhalla, one of the 12 worlds at the heart of human-majority space, Arlen grew up in the largest of its bloated cities, Yggdrasil, having outgrown its dome when terraforming was complete over a century and a half before. His family was moderately wealthy, living in a large-ish apartment close to the city's spaceport, with its shuttles and space elevator sending supplies and people to Bifrost station orbiting the planet.

Arlen's chief interest was in terraforming. He spent is Allocated Personal Learning time finding out about how Valhalla was once a cold desert, not unlike how Mars used to be. Then humans came along and spent the long, slow, now refined process of turning an inhospitable wasteland into a place where humans didn't need respirators or a huge, expensive-to-maintain arcology dome.

When he was old enough, he applied to HabGen, the official terraformers for the Coalition. As part of his training, he traveled with other students across the New Colonies, seeing how HabGen deal with different problems. Genesis is the first real project the 150 trainees working on, from start until the projected finish in 20 or so standard years, when the environment would be self sustaining, possibly with its own unique forms of single-celled life.
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2010, 09:23:33 am »
Digital: I don't want to go too deep into the lore of the world, because frankly the fun is fleshing it out, but in my head I've envisioned humanity as one of first to join, if not one of the founders of, the Coalition. Just remove the reference to humanity suddenly discovering aliens and the Coalition because they'd of been part of it for centuries now. Also, remove "If anything needs changing, I'll change." It's not really needed as I won't usually ask you to change anything major unless it conflicts with the world as established. Think of this as more of a request than anything else.
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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2010, 12:09:40 pm »
Didn't you say you wanted to not actually have Earth in this universe, but that we could use it to base time off of, Doom? Because Haseri assumes the Earth exists.

Oh, and "EarthGov" sounds stupid. We really need a different name for the human government.
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« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2010, 12:20:20 pm »
Oh, and "EarthGov" sounds stupid. We really need a different name for the human government.

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Re: A Sci-Fi/Space RP OOC
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2010, 12:21:31 pm »
Fine, how does Terran Union sound?