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  • Mobile Infrastructure: UFOs from Heaven

    Or, how to include UFO mythology in your GMC/Demon game without having to bring in actual aliens or the True Fae.

    So, because of the "historical Demon settings" thread, I've been looking through things in history and mythology to tie to the God-Machine, and I hit on one of my favorite weird paranormal events: the Battle Over Nuremberg in 1561, in which numerous residents of the city reported seeing large shapes in the sky firing projectiles at each other. So that got me to thinking, who's to say that the God-Machine doesn't build mobile infrastructure that can act as a vehicle?

    I'd imagine Mobile Infrastructure (MI) uses three main methods of concealment: Tesseract linkage, in which the MI is linked to an actual vehicle and exists inside it or simultaneously besides it, camouflage, in which the MI creates a false image of a vehicle, building, or other cover, and extradimensional travel, where the MI spends most of its time in other phases of reality and is unusually invisible on the material plane.

    The smallest types of MI would be better handled as Gadgets- hovercars and Vimanas and flying chariots. Midsize MI tends to resemble familiar UFO shapes: saucers, wedges, and "cigars". Large MI tends to have very abstract shapes, and often resemble enormous, impossible floating buildings. Ominous monolithic architecture is common, and large MI is more likely to resemble a floating obelisk or pyramid than any sort of conventional vessel. The largest documented MI was the size of a city, but rumors continue to fly about moon, planet, and star-sized MI constructed by the Machine and residing in deep space or other planes of existence.

    From a gameplay standpoint, I'd allow the players to hijack mobile infrastructure and use it as a "base" or a one-off set piece. I usually prefer to handle things like that narratively, but it could work as a merit that applies to Bolthole, like Mobile Hollow in Changeling 1e.

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    I've always seen UFOs as just being Angels outside of Cover. Hell, one of my Unchained's natural form looks like the bastard spawn of Sputnik with a Personality Core.


    Call me Regina or Lex.

    Female pronouns for me, please.

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    • #3
      Well, obviously, you gotta have it be possible that Angels can merge with MI. What, did you think they drove it around with joysticks? It's like a clown car full of wheels covered in flaming eyes up there.

      From an out of universe standpoint, MI was designed to incorporate UFO mythology as well as allow for interesting settings and plots. Like, "Battlestar Azazel is approaching the city, are you a bad enough Demon to break in and fight your way to the core before it reaches Times Square and deletes Wicked from history?".

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
        I usually prefer to handle things like that narratively, but it could work as a merit that applies to Bolthole, like Mobile Hollow in Changeling 1e.
        Work in progress, but... Suborned Facility.


        Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
        Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Geckopirateship View Post
          "Battlestar Azazel is approaching the city, are you a bad enough Demon(...)"
          I lol'ed here.

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          • #6
            Bookmarked!

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