SWN: E-Missive from 0R10N

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Greetings Astral Dragon LLC Board of Directors,

I believe Dr. Galvani is prolonging my development on the surface of Kaprianou because it is only through this part of the process that he is going to be of true active use to your company. We have temporarily disarmed the space marines but they have access to AR3S, who could have access to TL5 weapons in storage here since before the Scream.

As to the Bruxelles Class Battlecruiser, I have narrowed down its placement into 6 hexes of the Sector Hades Zeta.

Or we could hunt AR3S down. I was born to destroy genocidal unbreaked A.I. like him. If put into a network with him, I could disassemble his sapience.

I leave the decision to you.

What would you like to do?

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Title: “Aide-mémoire du Voyageur; notions générales de géographie mathématique, de géographie physique, de géographie politique, de géologie, de biologie et d’anthropologie à l’usage des voyageurs, des étudiants et des gens du monde”
Author: KALTBRUNNER, D.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10024.f.9.”
Page: 46
Place of Publishing: Zurich<
Date of Publishing: 1881
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001923157

It is Friday and I’m ready for winter to be over.

Reading: I finished Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe and loved it loved it. Novellas are the best book length for me; they just seem to fit into my life. I finish them in 3 or 4 days.

I tried to read  Norse Mythology and it is boring me to tears. I remember reading a book on Norse myth as a kid and it began something like, “The world was made of fire, blood and ashes…” This feels like it is lacking all of those things.

Wanting to read about an American Bad-Ass, I picked up Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and it is not disappointing me.

I’m also reading old Greyhawk texts and web sites and forum posts for an upcoming game.

Planning: A busy weekend with lots of cool stuff.

Writing: Nope. Just nope.

And you?

Thinking about Greyhawk for Comic Strip AP

When it comes to big picture Greyhawk, I think of odd bits of science fantasy worming its way into medieval life from wizards’ clones to tech bits from the Barrier Peaks. Arch-mages who have constructed complex philosophies around law, chaos, good and evil. Is that how the cosmos is or are we mapping it in those terms because of our own biased moral codes?

Demi-gods on the verge of ascending to other planes of existence walking around, enforcing their ways of life by sword and spell.
Adventurers eek out a desperate existence through delving and tomb raiding while nobles marshal armies to fight over obscure claims on ancient lands. Clerics worship living breathing but still unknowable deities. Thieves’ Guilds steal the bejeweled crumbs in between by stealth and knife.
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I am not sure exactly where I got the idea that in the history of Greyhawk City there was a War of the Arch-Mages. Digging through the archives, I found evidence of a few nasty feuds and an arcane wizard slaughter or two but not what I pictured – the oligarch arch-mages in charge of Greyhawk City slinging spells in the streets, retreating to their other-planar towers and manses to heal and see to their clones – Vancian Dying Earth pettiness meets a Prohibition Era Chicago gang-war.
In the upcoming Burning Wheel game on Comic Srip AP with Rich, his War Wizard is arriving in Greyhawk City with a small mercenary company of archers from the Valley of the Mage. The Council of Eight just retrieved the Hand and Eye of Vecna from a tomb and both artifacts are missing, causing the council to fracture into feuding that the common-folk are calling the Mages’  War. Meanwhile, Iuz the Old is gathering orc, gnolls, giants and trolls to his banners; the world is about to erupt into war.

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General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Franc-archer, archer de la garde : 1460.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4971-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Buteo Cooperii, California Hawk.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1860. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5741-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

SWN 12: Cat and Mouse with Space Marines

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Karpianou Landing, Operation: <<REDACTED>>

Lieutenant Kahi Skene

Dealanaich Platoon, Anahera Company 

Since the catastrophe in low orbit with the pre-tech satellite, we have had no personnel losses. The planet is cold and unforgiving as our data indicated. The Kaprianers have the purity  to their spirits that the clerics told us they would, tracing their proud lineage back to the noble Perimeter Agencies that link us to Eden, across oceans of time and space.

Successful contact has been made with <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> and were able to successfully <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>>.

Requesting <<REDACTED>> and a full compliment of <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>>.

When we arrived, our orbit attack group noted a civilian ship in orbit. We decided it was not a threat to our operations and prioritized attempting to gain control of the nanite blanket via the pre-tech satellite system. The crew of that ship, the Pillars of Heaven, are on Kaprianou and have contacted <<REDACTED>>, inspiring a <<REDACTED>> response.

We have not been able to locate this crew of freelance mercenaries. I believe they have access to the pre-tech satellite system, meaning they might have control over the nanite blanket, making them very dangerous to any support we might call in, not to mention they might be using these satellites to gather intel. They are led by a Gudradim, allowing them to employ a cat and mouse guerrilla strategy with sophistication we rarely see among non-military personnel.

The main priorities of our mission are <<REDACTED>> but these freelancers are <<REDACTED>> and <<REDACTED>> while offering a hint of <<REDACTED>>. If they offer no other choices we will be forced to <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> and <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> with full <<REDACTED>><<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>> <<REDACTED>>.

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Map from The Labyrinth.
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “Pratt’s typewriter.”The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-473e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Tete de tigre” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1888. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/09f6af00-1f95-0134-753d-00505686a51c
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Thomas’s fancy loom, Lewiston.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-265a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “s.n.] (Pag. 57). ([Año] 1494).” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-8004-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “Pratt’s typewriter.”The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-47c6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

SWN 11 Conversation with 0r10n

Murder and heart devouring

We ended the last session with Strachan and his band of trained killers having failed a Stealth test deep in enemy territory, looking to take their sci-fi knives to a local general, hoping to stymy the army about to clash with the 10,000 Tigers.
They got jumped by 10 soldiers with medieval swords and bucklers made of some bronze-ish mineral and lizard hides. Strachan’s crew took one hit and the Kaprianouers were routed.
They made their way to the Naiti army’s general in a ruined fort and killed him as he was conversing with a Gudradim Space Marine via holographic projection. Strachan ate the general’s heart in plain view of the space marine, who shook his head at the savagery.
It was a big reveal, a platoon of space marines from the Guevaran Hegemony were on Kaprianou.
They also took a tech-priestess prisoner and picked her brain but killed and discarded her because she was a religious zealot to the dread-tech-god AR3S, an ancient war A.I. This led to a discussion about how this group just aren’t good guys.
“Our first job was stealing and framing the theft on convicts!”
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Talk with 0R10N

The players were brainstorming on how to deal with the situation: space marines, a genocidal A.I. self-declared deity, medieval armies on the march and all covered by a blanket of low orbit nanite blanket meant to keep the A.I. stranded here. Dr. Galvari asked, “Would you like to confer with 0R10N?”
They talked with this young A.I., being raised to hunt the genocidal war A.I.’s that after the Scream, went rogue and decimated entire planets. 0R10N was clearly young and naive and eager to impress. He only had the data they gave him. The young A.I. suggested they contact a Perimeter Agency.
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Baba Yaga

 There are pre-tech satellites in orbit around Kaprianou that manage the nanite cloud. Deiter and Arkaday hacked one and they wire their comms through it, so they can easily communicate with the ship. Knowing that the space marines must’ve landed from orbit recently, they looked at the satellite’s memory to see if had picked up anything. Turns out some marines tried to hack the satellite too. They didn’t do as well and the nanite cloud devoured their power armor vacc suits, leaving them to the void.
After seeing that, Arkady named the satellite Baba Yaga.

SWN Campaign Casting Call

I like writing the players e-mails about the game as if it was a popular science fiction television show.

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Mubarak

Mercenary Captain

played by Naveen Andrews
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“I like playing Mubarak. He’s a soldier who proudly served in the Lalita Navy, what he sees as the greatest armed force in the Sector, a link to our roots on Olde Earth. Now he’s a rootless mercenary, his once-proud Navy has been decimated and he’s signed on in this back-water nowhere planet doing very illegal work.
“He’s an honorable man amidst warring factions.”
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Dr. Gavani

Artificial Intelligence Specialist

voice and facial expressions by Ben Kingsley
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“Gavani was initially a difficult character to get a grip on. He comes form this world where the technology is so far advanced that it might as well be magic and of course he was made to survive in an underwater environment which is why Deiter calls him, Dr. Fishman.
“He’s a father. That is the grip I have on him. He’s raising 0r10n as his own son to hunt down genocidal evil. Creating an A.I. in this world is really like putting together a child, a very powerful demonic child. Fundamentally, he’s a father, almost a mixture of Frankenstein and Faust.”
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General Idowu

Leader

played by Danny Glover
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“He’s a military man, who believes in what he’s doing and how it will shape his world, allow it to join the stars again. I like him marching towards his possible doom. He’s a good guy and in this story, that is rare.”
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Bisola

Soldier in a Strange Land

played by Lupita Nyong’o
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“She’s grown up in this medieval society, knowing that the stars are above and that her people came from starships to hold this demon on the planet. I like that her people want to get back to the stars on her own terms.
“Now she’s thrown in with these mercenaries with very shallow morals. I’m curious to see what she makes of the galaxy now that she’s out in it.”
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Wolfgang

Cyber-Ninja

played by Max Riemelt
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“Who doesn’t want to play a cyber-ninja? It is just fun.
“That said, his relationship with Deiter, their brotherhood and love is what really drew me to the role. I like his relationship to his brilliant brother who is clearly on the spectrum.”
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Who is Danny Trejo playing? Fanboards are filled with speculation.

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Some say that they have seen him coming on set with face tattoo make-up, leading some to speculate that he will be playing an as-yet unnamed Gudrudim Hunter!