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12th Jul '14 9:04:40 PM justanid
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[[SchmuckBait Describe]] DragonMech [[DescribeTopicHere here.]] You asked for it. Start with the basic DungeonsAndDragons setting, which contributed to the basic ideas of the HighFantasy genre as we know it today, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[DungeonCrawling Dungeons]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dragons]], et cetera. Then something completely unprecedented happens: the moon grows in the night sky, until it is literally falling to the earth, particle by particle, in a series of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalyptic meteor showers]] every night. Civilizations crumble as untold numbers of lives are lost in the nightly lunar rains, showers of boulders raining down on the land like some unholy siege. The survivors flee underground as the only effective shelter against the cataclysm. This is where it gets weird. First, it turns out the moon is inhabited. [[AlienInvasion All sorts of alien monsters are brought down to earth]], voluntarily or not, as part of the lunar rain. The most feared among these are the Lunar Dragons: all-consuming monstrosities which are, pound for pound, more powerful than any terrestrial dragon. Worse still, Lunar Gods are coming into contact with the earthly deities, and waging war against them. Clerics and Paladins find that they occasionally simply don't receive the magic usually granted by their hosts, as the gods are weakened or at least kept busy by the war. Second, one dwarf mechanic from an ancient guild of mechanics introduces something long-lost to the world: [[SteamPunk steam-powered]] HumongousMecha. Yes, you read that right. The result is that the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the City Mechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs. !!Tropes present in this setting: * AnAdventurerIsYou: it's a D20 setting, you do the math. * AlienInvasion * {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is the Moonquencher, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech. It's mentioned that its creator already has plans for an even larger sword. * CapedMecha: Mentioned and deconstructed for laughs in the Paladin profile. --->''"One Legion commander even commissioned a massive velvet cape for his paladin, although an encounter with a flame nozzle nearly led to disaster two weeks after the cape was installed."'' * ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: the cult of Dotrak, a machine god, is bringing Dotrak into existence. * ClockPunk: While SteamPunk is more common, the vessels of Dotrak gain a clockwork heart, and a handful of mechs (most notably Smiggenbopper's Perambulatory Orc) use clockwork rather than steam or magic. Even the clockwork mechs are wound by a steam engine though. * ColonyDrop: the Lunar Rain. * CyberneticsEatYourSoul: the "steamborg" class has a trait called "Lose Self" that forces a Charisma check to avoid spending the day as a partially biological machine. * EldritchAbomination: the lunar gods are ''weird''. The good old D20 Aboleth also exist here, and worse, now they use mechs to travel on land as well. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: it's kind of hard to miss the ''descending moon''. It's already totally redesigned the face of the planet and it hasn't even hit yet. * EternalEngine: The lower levels of the city-mechs are filled with "gear forests," enormous rooms of engines, pipes, gears, and other machinery. They have even developed their own ecosystems, with the grease lizard being the dominant predator. ** One of the variant classes introduced in DragonMech is the clockwork rangers, who have dedicated themselves to preserving the gear forests and who have developed skills and abilities that let them navigate the gear forests with ease. * FantasticRacism: Shar Thizdic, the master of the Legion and a diehard human supremacist. Since the Legion is one of the most powerful military forces in the world, this has made a lot of people very worried. * FeelNoPain: tortogs are largely immune to pain unless someone punches through their shell. * ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: the mech devil prestige class, a sort of monk/barbarian/mech pilot hybrid, gains a supernatural ability that turns their mechs into the kung fu robot subtype. * InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha * TheLegionsOfHell: Due to fact that the gods of Highpoint are weaken, even weak devils can be found here. * LizardFolk: an unusual form in tortogs, tortoise-men who serve as traders because they can withstand the lower intensities of lunar rain thanks to their massive shells. * {{Magitek}}: The animated mechs, including undead mechs created via necromancy. There is also ''spell furnance'', which function just like steam engine except it's magic-powered. * NayTheist: everywhere. Something about the gods failing to stop the ''freaking moon'' from falling kind of turned a lot of people off the whole "religion" thing. Ironically, ''Mech Manual'' states that ''the orcs'' are still faithful to the gods. They view the lunar rain as act of their gods, and the gods' failure to respond to their prayers is only a passing concern, as even the greatest warriors must rest after a hard battle. * OurDragonsAreDifferent: The local ones are relatively standard D20 dragons. Lunar dragons, on the other hand, are bulky monsters with horns all over their faces, pallid and veined skin, weakened flight in terrestrial gravity, no [[DragonHoard interest in treasure]], and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. * PoweredArmor: Used by the Irontooth Clan and Orc. * SceneryGorn: every description of the surface world emphasises that the lunar rain has kind of messed up everything everywhere. Natural beauty is so hard to find that kings will pay a fortune for a bunch of daisies. * ScienceFantasy: SteamPunk + HighFantasy. * SpiderTank: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scorpion]]. ''Mech Manual'' add Ganasher, Lactrodectus (a literal example) and Deep Spider. Finally, ''The Last City'' add Nardigrum to this trope. * TitleDrop: The [=DragonMechs=] are a Stenian elite mech unit dedicated to slaying lunar dragons. * TookALevelInBadass: The core rulebook only gives passing mention to orc mech and undead mech. The first is primitive design and not really good in mech battle, while little info are given to the latter. Then in ''Mech Manual'' reveals that the orcs are now capable of built their own series of mechs, and some are extremely dangerous. It also state that while undead mechs are uncommon, they aren't rare as they were. And there is even a Necropolis, undead city mech. * {{Transhuman}}: the entire point of the steamborg class, who replace their meat parts with steam-powered machinery. The Assimilated prestige class achieves a variant by permanently installing themselves into their mechs. * WeirdMoon: populated by strange monsters and {{eldritch abomination}}s, and oh yeah it's falling, [[RunningGag did we mention that?]] * WhenTreesAttack: forestrati are treants driven insane by the ongoing apocalypse, which randomly attack anything that moves.
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[[SchmuckBait Describe]] DragonMech [[DescribeTopicHere here.]] You asked for it. Start with the basic DungeonsAndDragons setting, which contributed to the basic ideas of the HighFantasy genre as we know it today, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[DungeonCrawling Dungeons]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dragons]], et cetera. Then something completely unprecedented happens: the moon grows in the night sky, until it is literally falling to the earth, particle by particle, in a series of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalyptic meteor showers]] every night. Civilizations crumble as untold numbers of lives are lost in the nightly lunar rains, showers of boulders raining down on the land like some unholy siege. The survivors flee underground as the only effective shelter against the cataclysm. This is where it gets weird. First, it turns out the moon is inhabited. [[AlienInvasion All sorts of alien monsters are brought down to earth]], voluntarily or not, as part of the lunar rain. The most feared among these are the Lunar Dragons: all-consuming monstrosities which are, pound for pound, more powerful than any terrestrial dragon. Worse still, Lunar Gods are coming into contact with the earthly deities, and waging war against them. Clerics and Paladins find that they occasionally simply don't receive the magic usually granted by their hosts, as the gods are weakened or at least kept busy by the war. Second, one dwarf mechanic from an ancient guild of mechanics introduces something long-lost to the world: [[SteamPunk steam-powered]] HumongousMecha. Yes, you read that right. The result is that the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the City Mechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs. !!Tropes present in this setting: * AnAdventurerIsYou: it's a D20 setting, you do the math. * AlienInvasion * {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is the Moonquencher, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech. It's mentioned that its creator already has plans for an even larger sword. * CapedMecha: Mentioned and deconstructed for laughs in the Paladin profile. --->''"One Legion commander even commissioned a massive velvet cape for his paladin, although an encounter with a flame nozzle nearly led to disaster two weeks after the cape was installed."'' * ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: the cult of Dotrak, a machine god, is bringing Dotrak into existence. * ClockPunk: While SteamPunk is more common, the vessels of Dotrak gain a clockwork heart, and a handful of mechs (most notably Smiggenbopper's Perambulatory Orc) use clockwork rather than steam or magic. Even the clockwork mechs are wound by a steam engine though. * ColonyDrop: the Lunar Rain. * CyberneticsEatYourSoul: the "steamborg" class has a trait called "Lose Self" that forces a Charisma check to avoid spending the day as a partially biological machine. * EldritchAbomination: the lunar gods are ''weird''. The good old D20 Aboleth also exist here, and worse, now they use mechs to travel on land as well. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: it's kind of hard to miss the ''descending moon''. It's already totally redesigned the face of the planet and it hasn't even hit yet. * EternalEngine: The lower levels of the city-mechs are filled with "gear forests," enormous rooms of engines, pipes, gears, and other machinery. They have even developed their own ecosystems, with the grease lizard being the dominant predator. ** One of the variant classes introduced in DragonMech is the clockwork rangers, who have dedicated themselves to preserving the gear forests and who have developed skills and abilities that let them navigate the gear forests with ease. * FantasticRacism: Shar Thizdic, the master of the Legion and a diehard human supremacist. Since the Legion is one of the most powerful military forces in the world, this has made a lot of people very worried. * FeelNoPain: tortogs are largely immune to pain unless someone punches through their shell. * ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: the mech devil prestige class, a sort of monk/barbarian/mech pilot hybrid, gains a supernatural ability that turns their mechs into the kung fu robot subtype. * InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha * TheLegionsOfHell: Due to fact that the gods of Highpoint are weaken, even weak devils can be found here. * LizardFolk: an unusual form in tortogs, tortoise-men who serve as traders because they can withstand the lower intensities of lunar rain thanks to their massive shells. * {{Magitek}}: The animated mechs, including undead mechs created via necromancy. There is also ''spell furnance'', which function just like steam engine except it's magic-powered. * NayTheist: everywhere. Something about the gods failing to stop the ''freaking moon'' from falling kind of turned a lot of people off the whole "religion" thing. Ironically, ''Mech Manual'' states that ''the orcs'' are still faithful to the gods. They view the lunar rain as act of their gods, and the gods' failure to respond to their prayers is only a passing concern, as even the greatest warriors must rest after a hard battle. * OurDragonsAreDifferent: The local ones are relatively standard D20 dragons. Lunar dragons, on the other hand, are bulky monsters with horns all over their faces, pallid and veined skin, weakened flight in terrestrial gravity, no [[DragonHoard interest in treasure]], and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. * PoweredArmor: Used by the Irontooth Clan and Orc. * SceneryGorn: every description of the surface world emphasises that the lunar rain has kind of messed up everything everywhere. Natural beauty is so hard to find that kings will pay a fortune for a bunch of daisies. * ScienceFantasy: SteamPunk + HighFantasy. * SpiderTank: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scorpion]]. ''Mech Manual'' add Ganasher, Lactrodectus (a literal example) and Deep Spider. Finally, ''The Last City'' add Nardigrum to this trope. * TitleDrop: The [=DragonMechs=] are a Stenian elite mech unit dedicated to slaying lunar dragons. * TookALevelInBadass: The core rulebook only gives passing mention to orc mech and undead mech. The first is primitive design and not really good in mech battle, while little info are given to the latter. Then in ''Mech Manual'' reveals that the orcs are now capable of built their own series of mechs, and some are extremely dangerous. It also state that while undead mechs are uncommon, they aren't rare as they were. And there is even a Necropolis, undead city mech. * {{Transhuman}}: the entire point of the steamborg class, who replace their meat parts with steam-powered machinery. The Assimilated prestige class achieves a variant by permanently installing themselves into their mechs. * WeirdMoon: populated by strange monsters and {{eldritch abomination}}s, and oh yeah it's falling, [[RunningGag did we mention that?]] * WhenTreesAttack: forestrati are treants driven insane by the ongoing apocalypse, which randomly attack anything that moves.[[redirect:TabletopGame/DragonMech]]
4th Jun '14 1:48:12 PM MarxistPanda
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* {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is the Moonquencher, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech. It's mentioned that its creator already has plan for even larger sword. * CapedMecha: Mentioned and deconstructed for laugh in Paladin profile.
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* {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is the Moonquencher, a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech. It's mentioned that its creator already has plan plans for an even larger sword. * CapedMecha: Mentioned and deconstructed for laugh laughs in the Paladin profile.
7th Apr '14 12:23:14 PM Aiguille
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You asked for it. Start with the basic DungeonsAndDragons setting, which contributed to the basic ideas of the HighFantasy genre as we know it today, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[DungeonCrawl Dungeons]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dragons]], et cetera. Then something completely unprecedented happens: the moon grows in the night sky, until it is literally falling to the earth, particle by particle, in a series of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalyptic meteor showers]] every night. Civilizations crumble as untold numbers of lives are lost in the nightly lunar rains, showers of boulders raining down on the land like some unholy siege. The survivors flee underground as the only effective shelter against the cataclysm.
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You asked for it. Start with the basic DungeonsAndDragons setting, which contributed to the basic ideas of the HighFantasy genre as we know it today, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]], [[DungeonCrawl [[DungeonCrawling Dungeons]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dragons]], et cetera. Then something completely unprecedented happens: the moon grows in the night sky, until it is literally falling to the earth, particle by particle, in a series of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalyptic meteor showers]] every night. Civilizations crumble as untold numbers of lives are lost in the nightly lunar rains, showers of boulders raining down on the land like some unholy siege. The survivors flee underground as the only effective shelter against the cataclysm.
14th Nov '13 11:37:56 PM IronicMouse
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* EternalEngine: The lower levels of the city-mechs are filled with "gear forests," enormous rooms of engines, pipes, gears, and other machinery. They have even developed their own ecosystems, with the grease lizard being the dominant predator. ** One of the variant classes introduced in DragonMech is the clockwork rangers, who have dedicated themselves to preserving the gear forests and who have developed skills and abilities that let them navigate the gear forests with ease.
5th Oct '13 12:05:52 AM Kuruni
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* ScienceFantasy: SteamPunk + HighFantasy.
19th Jan '13 12:34:31 PM LordGro
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: the local ones are relatively standard D20 dragons. Lunar dragons, on the other hand, are bulky monsters with horns all over their faces, pallid and veined skin, weakened flight in terrestrial gravity, no interest in treasure, and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: the The local ones are relatively standard D20 dragons. Lunar dragons, on the other hand, are bulky monsters with horns all over their faces, pallid and veined skin, weakened flight in terrestrial gravity, no [[DragonHoard interest in treasure, treasure]], and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
26th Nov '12 8:44:50 PM Kuruni
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* AlienInvasion
4th Oct '12 10:10:04 PM Kuruni
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* PoweredArmor: Used by the Irontooth Clan and Orc.
4th Oct '12 10:06:00 PM Kuruni
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The result is that the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the CityMechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs.
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The result is that the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the CityMechs, City Mechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs.

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The result is that * CapedMecha: Mentioned and deconstructed for laugh in Paladin profile. --->''"One Legion commander even commissioned a massive velvet cape for his paladin, although an encounter with a flame nozzle nearly led to disaster two weeks after the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the CityMechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs. cape was installed."''

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* SpiderTank: The result is that the safest places on the planet, besides deep underground, are now the CityMechs, obscenely huge, humanoid mechs that carry entire cities on their backs. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scorpion]]. ''Mech Manual'' add Ganasher, Lactrodectus (a literal example) and Deep Spider. Finally, ''The Last City'' add Nardigrum to this trope.
4th Oct '12 9:53:46 PM Kuruni
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* {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is Moonquencher, the [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech.
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* {{BFS}}: Well, any sword used by large scale mech count. The biggest one is the Moonquencher, the a [[EmpathicWeapon sentient]] magic sword used by Sharlorn, the Necropolis mech. It's mentioned that its creator already has plan for even larger sword.
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