History Literature / TheStarsAreColdToys

17th Mar '15 5:43:49 AM ChronoLegion
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** Also, an American shuttle attempts to get a sample of a Hiksi-made runway on one of their worlds using an extremely-sharp scoop while landing. The shuttle flips over.
17th Mar '15 5:37:39 AM ChronoLegion
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Around NextSundayAD, humanity discovers FTLTravel and makes its first forays into the stars. One of these forays results in a FirstContact with a conglomerate of alien races known as the Conclave. Unfortunately, we are too late, as there is an established hierarchy among the Strong and the Weak races of the Conclave with almost no possibility of vertical movement for the Weak races, of which humanity is a part. The Strong rule the galaxy, while the Weak are pigeonholed to perform useful tasks for the Conclave. Those the Conclave considers useless are simply [[EarthShatteringKaboom exterminated]]. Since humanity's method of FTLTravel is unique and is by far the fastest (it takes less than an hour to travel from one star to another using the "jumper" device, while aliens are forced to rely on their slower methods that can take months). Due to an unexplained reason, only humans survive travel via the jumper. The aliens either die or go insane. This pigeonholes humanity into the taxi service of the Conclave. By the 2020s, many Earth nations have active space programs and have established outposts on Conclave worlds (with permission, of course).

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Around NextSundayAD, humanity discovers FTLTravel and makes its first forays into the stars. One of these forays results in a FirstContact with a conglomerate of alien races known as the Conclave. Unfortunately, we are too late, as there is an established hierarchy among the Strong and the Weak races of the Conclave with almost no possibility of vertical movement for the Weak races, of which humanity is a part. The Strong rule the galaxy, while the Weak are pigeonholed to perform useful tasks for the Conclave. Those the Conclave considers useless are simply [[EarthShatteringKaboom exterminated]]. Since humanity's Humanity's method of FTLTravel is unique and is by far the fastest (it takes less than an hour to travel from one star to another using the "jumper" device, while aliens are forced to rely on their slower methods that can take months). Due to an unexplained reason, only humans survive travel via the jumper. The aliens either die or go insane. This pigeonholes humanity into the taxi service of the Conclave. By the 2020s, many Earth nations have active space programs and have established outposts on Conclave worlds (with permission, of course).
11th Aug '14 11:14:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* AliensStealCable: averted, as it's brought up several times that alien eyes and visual cortices are unable to properly perceive information conveyed by human screens. A Counter named Karel explains that all he sees when he looks at a TV is incoherent light, not meaningful information. He points out that the raster scan geared towards humans is too slow for Counters. Later, when [[spoiler:Nik]] is escaping from an Alari ship, he notes that an Alari screen is likewise incomprehensible to his eyes.



** The Counters are able to interface with computers wirelessly or via physical contact.

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** The Counters are able to interface with computers wirelessly or via physical contact. This is important, as they are unable to view human screens due to the Counters perceiving raster scans (geared for human eyes) as too slow.
11th Aug '14 10:53:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* SnakePeople: the Dusties, a Weak race, are worm-like and used for mining by the Conclave. The Limber Friends (a race "befriended" by the Geometers) are snake-like and have two mouths with sharp teeth (one on each end).

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* SnakePeople: the Dusties, a Weak race, are worm-like and used for mining by the Conclave. The Limber Friends (a race "befriended" by the Geometers) are snake-like and have two mouths with sharp teeth (one (basically, imagine a lamprey with a mouth on each either end).
11th Aug '14 9:56:40 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[spoiler:Two alien races are revealed to be able to survive the jump. The Counters, being living computers, can temporarily put themselves into a coma by dividing by zero, while the Kualkua, being a HiveMind, can temporarily pull its consciousness from that particular vessel and put it back afterwards]].

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** [[spoiler:Two alien races are revealed to be able to survive the jump. The Counters, being living computers, can temporarily put themselves into a coma by dividing by zero, while the Kualkua, being a HiveMind, can temporarily pull its consciousness from that particular vessel and put it back afterwards]].afterwards. When asked if Kualkua ever tried not doing that, the alien replies that failure would mean the end of the entire species]].
11th Aug '14 9:51:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* FreakingLaserBeams: when helping Nik escape the Alari ship, Colonel Danilov gives him his laser sidearm, apparently standard-issue for Russian cosmonauts. Nik uses the pistol to kill a few Alari before the weapon's charge runs out.

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* FreakingLaserBeams: FrickinLaserBeams: when helping Nik escape the Alari ship, Colonel Danilov gives him his laser sidearm, apparently standard-issue for Russian cosmonauts. Nik uses the pistol to kill a few Alari before the weapon's charge runs out.
11th Aug '14 9:41:35 AM ChronoLegion
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** It's later revealed that the coastlines are maintained by "undesirables" who are confined to sanatoriums (i.e. penal colonies).

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** It's later revealed that the coastlines are maintained by "undesirables" who are confined to sanatoriums (i.e. penal colonies).colonies) using ''shovels''.
15th Apr '14 6:32:05 AM ZeroSD
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* ShapeShifterShowdown: Pyotr, with a Kualkua inside him, has limited shapeshifting capability. He ends up fighting a being called a "metamorph" in the Core, whose shapefhisting ability is much greater. Pyotr wins by [[spoiler:letting the alien take a bite out of him after turning his blood into poison]]. Interestingly, the inspiration for this move was the film ''Film/{{Alien}}''.

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* ShapeShifterShowdown: Pyotr, with a Kualkua inside him, has limited shapeshifting capability. He ends up fighting a being called a "metamorph" in the Core, whose shapefhisting shapeshifting ability is much greater. Pyotr wins by [[spoiler:letting the alien take a bite out of him after turning his blood into poison]]. Interestingly, the inspiration for this move was the film ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
12th Mar '14 2:07:56 PM chopshop
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: The Geometers sure ''seem'' nice with their philosophy based on friendship, but they've become a race of [[KnightTemplar extremists]] who want to ''force'' the other races of the galaxy to be friends, no matter who gets in their way.]]
24th Jan '14 6:05:04 PM ChronoLegion
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* FreakingLaserBeams: when helping Nik escape the Alari ship, Colonel Danilov gives him his laser sidearm, apparently standard-issue for Russian cosmonauts. Nik uses the pistol to kill a few Alari before the weapon's charge runs out.


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* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Alari are large upright-walking rats who have the most powerful fleet in the Conclave. They are used as enforcers. Their front paws are poorly adapted for handheld weapons, so their troopers use back-mounted weapons aimed with their heads.
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