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  • Firanai
    replied to [TC 2E] Tech in various Eras
    I think it's better if you imagine Aeon as a biopunk setting, with a few exceptions like Nippon. Biotechnology has, for the most part, overtaken hardtech since it's much more "natural" and easy to implant on the human body. However, this technology is not equally distributed or universally accepted, which is one of the main factors, alongside geopolitical divides, that prevents a post-scarcity society.
    Cyberware is not illegal, only brain implants or anything that can mess with your mind or control you, so yes, only outside devices (I assume you can have artificial eyes that allow...
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  • That's an awesome idea. The question is how? Maybe the players could help Project Invictus alter evidence in a way that would make it look like the Special project division didn't leave, but was purged on purpose by the Syndicate due to "questionable" practices. Then they joined Pentex to survive, where they became truly corrupted. The Syndicate could also feign ignorance about the gravity of the situation, saying they underestimated Pentex. Sure, this would make them look incompetent, but better incompetent that wiped out by the rest of the union....
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  • If you want more alternative settings that start at the beginning of the 20th century, I suggest these for inspiration: Kaiserreich, Iron Harvest, and Carbon Grey. If you want something a bit more magic oriented, there's also arrowsmith. For more ideas, I suggest this article....
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  • A valid critique, but there are other factors in play that I haven't mentioned:
    • The majority of Pentex is exactly like any other greedy corporation in the planet, there's nothing really suspicious on the surface.
    • All the illegal and supernatural stuff represents only a very small part of it, a conspiracy within the corporation.
    • Also, the conspiracy has been divided and compartmentalized in different parts in case if one part is discovered, it can't be linked to the rest.
    • It's one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, and money is a very powerful asset.
    • This money gives them a
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  • Here's the thing, for me, the number one reason the rest of the technocracy doesn't suspect Pentex is because of the Syndicate and their taskforce Project Invictus. They know it's their biggest screw up ever: A nephandi controlled global organization that has been doing god knows how much damage and has remained undetected for decades, thanks in no small part due to the greed of Syndicate agents? Yeah, if the other conventions find out it would be a devastating blow to the Syndicate's reputation, and maybe it could even give the New World Order the excuse they need to purge them from the technocracy...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    Hello,

    I just came up with two new assassin societies for our hypothetical future shadow in Anima, let me know what you think.

    Terra Sanguin√°ria: Terra Verde wasn't always the group of heroic rogues that we saw in AEON. Decades before, when it was just beginning, it was more a coalition of different groups that shared the same overarching goal, and some of those groups were a bit too eager and bloodthirsty. However, as the organization grew and consolidated their position, the more...let's just say "extreme" members had to be "removed". To the surprise...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [TC 2E] Languages
    Thanks, this is very insightful. Especially about the distinction between fluency vs proficiency. I consider that the culture skill reflects fluidity, while humanities reflects proficiency. Also, this ties to something that I also wanted to point out and that is knowing a lot of languages doesn't necessarily mean that you're very good at speaking and understanding them, quantity is not the same as quality. How good is your character would depend mostly on their background, then I would make him roll intellect + humanities or culture.
    To be fair, this would only come into play in specific...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    Using Superiors as Assassins is...risky. I don't think Nippon would take this path. It all comes down to control, and you want to make sure that you can control your army of super assassins. With Cybernetics, you can ensure that you're the only one with the means to repair and give more implants to the Assassins, and if they go rogue? Well, you can turn them off or tell them to self-destruct. Superiors though? Their power is their own, you can't take it away or give more. Also, some superiors may start to question their servitude and think that perhaps they should do some cleaning in the Nippon...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    Just a clarification, when I say that a society is destroyed, I don't necessarily mean that it's completely eradicated. It is expected for some members and resources to survive and move on, especially if those members belong to the leadership of the society.

    The majority of survivors from the daughters of the Jacobins and the society of Leónidas would have joined project Protect Proteus in AEON as some of you pointed out, with a few joining the signal, going independent or retiring. The remains of the Swarm would have probably become some sort of private security corporation; that...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    1. Les Phantomes is an alliance of thieves, not assassins. No assassins societies were mentioned in Anima as far as I know.
    2. I'm not sure, I would have to check the books.

    Now, regarding rebuilding the shadow after the aberrant war, here's my take on it.

    First, it will take years or even decades as I said before, the shadow is not a phenomenon that can be rebuilt in the short term. During this time, new assassins would emerge bit by bit, then as their numbers increase they would create new societies, rebuild old ones from the ground, or even find the ones that...
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  • Tell them he saw 100 years into a future, not the future. There are lots of potential timelines, who's to say he landed on the right one? He's still getting the hang of his powers and learning how time works....
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    I'm not sure if there's an official view, but this is also a perfectly valid approach. My take is based on the societies letting paranoia and distrust of the Novas be the default attitude. In another version, greed and opportunism wins over from the beginning which means societies work with, and even use, Novas. The problem is, as you said, that Novas are larger than life and the shadow struggles to contain them. Eventually, the shadow ruptures, societies are exposed to the world, and like a piece of bloody meat in a piranha tank law enforcement and rival criminal organizations turn them to shreds....
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    In my head cannon, the appearance of Novas shook the Shadow to its core.

    Just think about it, Novas represent one of the most challenging targets ever: They're incredibly powerful, it's impossible to be 100% sure of what powers they have access to, most are famous to some degree, and they belong to a small community with a lot of influence, when one disappears the rest of the world takes notice. Then you have organizations like the world crime taskforce filled with detectives where Sherlock Holmes skill level is the standard, destroying the twilight world of organized crime. Even...
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  • Firanai
    replied to [TC 2E] Languages
    I also use this approach, I believe it's the one that makes more sense....
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    Which makes wonder how the hell they didn't destroy the planet by accident....
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    Japan isn't led by Novas. What happened is that Japan decided that isolation was the best strategy for survival during the aberrant war. Also, for the most part, their Novas remained sane and very loyal. So, instead of betraying their Novas, Japan used their power to basically turn the whole nation into a giant, self-sufficient Arcology fortress and closed their doors. The idea was to weather the storm and wait for better times. I would say that the strategy paid off....
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  • Honestly, I'm surprised that Max hasn't gone outright insane. Just imagine seeing the same tragic events playing over and over again with no power to make any significant changes. At some point, you just give up or go nuts....
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  • That make sense. Max more than anyone else knows just how much the circumstances of our life shape who we become, he has literally seen it in different timelines. That's why he gives everyone a chance and, for the most part, approaches people without judgement. The most despicable villain could have become an amazing person had he only grown up in a different place. This doesn't mean he automatically forgives everyone, it means that for him everyone can become a better version of themselves and deserve a chance to prove it....
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  • For me, Max Mercer is the eternal optimist, a true man of hope. He believes in a better tomorrow because he has literally been there, but he also understands that if you want a better future, you have to make it real by working hard in the present. When I role-play him, I always go with the gentleman adventurer angle: Calm, charming, impeccable manners, a compassionate look that tells you that everything will be alright and a contagious enthusiasm that makes you want to be the best version of yourself....
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  • Firanai
    replied to [All eras]Some lore questions
    One thing that I love about the Aeon setting is how aliens are, well, Aliens. Sentient beings like us, but also completely alien in body and mind. An understanding can be reached, but there will always be a serious communications barrier due to radical differences in biology and culture.
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