History TabletopGame / GeniusTheTransgression

21st Jun '17 4:23:56 AM MicoolTNT
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** [[InSpiteOfANail And Hitler wasn't the origonal German dictator behind WWII, the time police just decided cloning was going be easier than finding replacements.]]
* HollowWorld: the Hollow Earth pocket reality.

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** [[InSpiteOfANail And Hitler wasn't the origonal original German dictator behind WWII, the time police just decided cloning was going be easier than finding replacements.]]
* HollowWorld: the The Hollow Earth pocket reality.
24th May '17 12:37:39 PM Theriocephalus
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Inverted. A [[ScienceMarchesOn sudden paradigm shift in the Consensus]] causes a Maniac Storm, usually enough to spawn a [[AnotherDimension Bardo]] or at least a new type of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Mane]] or three, but straightforward belief doesn't do anything in and of itself. Sometimes the Geniuses can see them coming; the Martian Empire, for example, despite causing massive Inspired casualties in their initial invasion, was something many Geniuses had been preparing for for years, which is why we're not all speaking... whatever language it is Martians speak. This same bizarre existence-due-to-not-being-able-to-exist also means that Manes are subject to [[GoneHorriblyWrong Havoc]] just like Wonders, and are affected in [[CriticalExistenceFailure very]] [[AxCrazy similar]] ways.
** Also averted with how wonders work. Ultimately it doesn't matter at all if a Genius believes his own theories or not.

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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Inverted. A [[ScienceMarchesOn sudden paradigm shift in the Consensus]] causes a Maniac Storm, usually enough to spawn a [[AnotherDimension Bardo]] or at least a new type of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Mane]] or three, but straightforward belief doesn't do anything in and of itself. Sometimes the Geniuses can see them coming; the Martian Empire, for example, despite causing massive Inspired casualties in their initial invasion, was something many Geniuses had been preparing for for years, which is why we're not all speaking... whatever language it is Martians speak. This same bizarre existence-due-to-not-being-able-to-exist also means that Manes are subject to [[GoneHorriblyWrong Havoc]] just like Wonders, and are affected in [[CriticalExistenceFailure very]] [[AxCrazy similar]] ways.
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ways. Also averted with how wonders work. Ultimately it doesn't matter at all if a Genius believes his own theories or not.



** A non in-universe example; the book says that among the archaeological errors can be found in the Hollow Earth is the Brontosaurus. However, since the book was written, real-world Scientists have determined that the Brontosaurus is a valid genus distinct from Apatosauri.

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** A non in-universe example; the book says that among the archaeological errors can be found in the Hollow Earth is the Brontosaurus. ''Brontosaurus''. However, since the book was written, real-world Scientists scientists have determined that the Brontosaurus ''Brontosaurus'' is in fact a valid genus distinct from Apatosauri.''Apatosaurus''.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Screw the laws of physics, you have Resources! Which leads to...
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: ...which has a nasty tendency to lead to irredeemable madness. Starting to see a pattern?

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Screw the laws of physics, you have Resources! Which leads to...
to ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: ...which ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Which has a nasty tendency to lead to irredeemable madness. Starting to see a pattern?
20th May '17 3:42:39 PM nombretomado
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** Worth mention is that being Beholden is a lot like being a [[VampireTheRequiem Ghoul,]] complete with attendant psychological problems -- you literally [[YesMan no longer have a worldview of your own.]] Failing to find a master means a Beholden could go catatonic and die within ''weeks.''

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** Worth mention is that being Beholden is a lot like being a [[VampireTheRequiem [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Ghoul,]] complete with attendant psychological problems -- you literally [[YesMan no longer have a worldview of your own.]] Failing to find a master means a Beholden could go catatonic and die within ''weeks.''
10th Apr '17 11:38:37 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: The human Geniuses who swore fealty to the Ophidian masters of Lemuria.



* LaResistance: The Peerage started out as a haven for geniuses who didn't like Lemuria, and eventually became the reason Lemuria is now a VestigialEmpire.



* LesCollaborateurs: The human Geniuses who swore fealty to the Ophidian masters of Lemuria.


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* LaResistance: The Peerage started out as a haven for geniuses who didn't like Lemuria, and eventually became the reason Lemuria is now a VestigialEmpire.
23rd Feb '17 5:52:55 PM milov3
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* OriginalFlavor: Even though it's a fanmade line, it reads like an official ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' product.

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* OriginalFlavor: Even though it's a fanmade line, it reads it's formatted like an official ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' product.
13th Feb '17 3:43:22 PM Wyldchyld
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* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high-- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor-- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[LovePotion "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high-- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor-- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] tastes will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[LovePotion "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]
25th Jan '17 3:55:36 PM TriggerLoaded
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* TemporalParadox: You can [[GrandfatherParadox kill your own grandfather]] and you'll [[RetGone pop out of existence,]] but your grandfather will still be dead.

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* TemporalParadox: You can [[GrandfatherParadox kill your own grandfather]] and you'll [[RetGone pop out of existence,]] but your grandfather will still be dead. No, this doesn't implode reality due to the paradox. The universe can get along just fine without you. You aren't that important.
24th Dec '16 1:10:20 AM Icarael
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* ImplacableMan: [[WalkingTechbane Clockstoppers]] can pull a limited version of this trick with their "Natural Body" [[FunctionalMagic Void.]] Wonders and conventional technology like [[ImmuneToBullets firearms]] and [[OutOfTheInferno explosives]] don't do a blasted thing at higher levels, and at its strongest, ''any'' technology attempting to influence the Clockstopper fails. This includes [[BlessedWithSuck medical technology,]] [[AchillesHeel which is a blasted shame,]] because even at that rank, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a right hook works just fine.]] Alternatively, there's the more uncommon method of [[DeathFromAbove dropping large animals on them]] such as rhinoceros and ''blue whales''.[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost And then]] [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem there's]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken the matter]] [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening of]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated magic]][[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters ...]]

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* ImplacableMan: [[WalkingTechbane Clockstoppers]] can pull a limited version of this trick with their "Natural Body" [[FunctionalMagic Void.]] Wonders and conventional technology like [[ImmuneToBullets firearms]] and [[OutOfTheInferno explosives]] don't do a blasted thing at higher levels, and at its strongest, ''any'' technology attempting to influence the Clockstopper fails. This includes [[BlessedWithSuck medical technology,]] [[AchillesHeel which is a blasted shame,]] because even at that rank, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a right hook works just fine.]] ]] Alternatively, there's the more uncommon method of [[DeathFromAbove dropping large animals on them]] such as rhinoceros and ''blue whales''.whales''. [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost And then]] [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem there's]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken the matter]] [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening of]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated magic]][[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters ...]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Peerage's defeat of Lemuria and total removal of the Nine Unknown Men means that no one is in control, no one is responsible, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no,]] [[IWantMyJetpack you are not getting that rocket car with the robot chauffeur]] without some ''[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob serious]]'' [[InfiniteSupplies coin.]] (It's the robot chaffeur that is ''really'' expensive.)

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Peerage's defeat of Lemuria and total removal of the Nine Unknown Men means that no one is in control, no one is responsible, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no,]] [[IWantMyJetpack you are not getting that rocket car with the robot chauffeur]] without some ''[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob serious]]'' [[InfiniteSupplies coin.]] (It's (Note: it's the robot chaffeur chauffeur that is ''really'' expensive.)



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: OH SO MANY.

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: OH SO MANY.In a game about Mad Science, this isn't just expected but frequent.



* OlderThanTheyThink: [
** [InvokedTrope The sourcebook reminds us that mad science is older than]] [[DeathRay rayguns]], [[RobotRollCall robots]] and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, [[InvokedTrope with mention of mad alchemists, philosophers and inventors stretching back through history.]]

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* OlderThanTheyThink: [
OlderThanTheyThink:
** [InvokedTrope [[InvokedTrope The sourcebook reminds us that mad science is older than]] [[DeathRay rayguns]], [[RobotRollCall robots]] and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, [[InvokedTrope with mention of mad alchemists, philosophers and inventors stretching back through history.]]



* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high-- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor-- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[MoralEventHorizon "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high-- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor-- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[MoralEventHorizon [[LovePotion "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]



*** Lemuria is run by a "Third Race" of [[LizardFolk Snake People]]. Order of Hermes, the classic wizards, almost-leaders of the Traditions and the {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s Order of Reason ''[[TheExtremistWasRight had]]'' to overthrow, spotted three snakes on their Sigil during the Dark Ages. (They only have one in the modern setting)
*** Etherites and Progenitors [[NamesTheSame are clear]].
*** Navigators and Artificers bear old names of [[SpaceMarines Void Engineers]] and Iteration X respectively.

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*** Lemuria is run by a "Third Race" of [[LizardFolk Snake People]]. The Order of Hermes, the classic wizards, almost-leaders of the Traditions and the {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s {{sorcerous overlord}}s the Order of Reason ''[[TheExtremistWasRight had]]'' to overthrow, spotted three snakes on their Sigil during the Dark Ages. (They only have one in the modern setting)
setting.)
*** Etherites and Progenitors [[NamesTheSame [[{{Expy}} are clear]].
*** Navigators and Artificers bear old names of [[SpaceMarines [[SpaceMarine Void Engineers]] and Iteration X respectively.



*** Scolastics and Directors seem to correspond to the NWO and the Syndicate.

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*** Scolastics Scholastics and Directors seem to correspond to the NWO and the Syndicate.



*** Ironically while the above puts the Technocrats Conventions as Peers and the Traditions in Lemuria WordOfGod says that the Atomists were explicitly based on the Technocracy as a whole. Along with Rand, Heinlein & Niven enthusiasts found on web forums.

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*** Ironically while the above puts the Technocrats Technocracy Conventions as Peers and the Traditions in Lemuria WordOfGod as Lemuria, Moochava says that the Atomists were explicitly based on the Technocracy as a whole. Along with whole plus Rand, Heinlein & Niven enthusiasts found on web forums.



* ScienceMarchesOn: When popular theories are disproved, they tend to spawn [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Manes]] and even [[EldritchLocation Bardos]] in their image. Nobody has figured out what happens when people decide that a true thing is true, ''then'' decide that the true thing is false. Probably something very bad.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: When ScienceMarchesOn:
** InUniverse, when
popular theories are disproved, they tend to spawn [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Manes]] and even [[EldritchLocation Bardos]] in their image. Nobody has figured out what happens when people decide that a true thing is true, ''then'' decide that the true thing is false. Probably something very bad.
24th Dec '16 12:50:56 AM Icarael
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* {{Dystopia}}: Tsoska, every socialist and Communist dystopian idea rolled into one grey [[strike: uninspiring]] [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusungood]] empire. Ironically, it's one of the safer Bardos to visit; if one's papers are in order and they act right, the government treats a visiting Genius like a foreign dignitary. Its capitalist counterpart, Voltt City, is mentioned in passing.
** Also the Seattle Of Tomorrow, a fascist police state governed by all seeing technology. The Atomists loved it.
* EldritchAbomination: The [[strike: Old]] Cold Ones that exist after the heat death of the universe, who would ''really'' like to get back into time to experience things like "energy" and "movement".

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* {{Dystopia}}: {{Dystopia}}:
**
Tsoska, every socialist and Communist dystopian idea rolled into one grey [[strike: uninspiring]] [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusungood]] empire. Ironically, it's one of the safer Bardos to visit; if one's papers are in order and they act right, the government treats a visiting Genius like a foreign dignitary. Its capitalist counterpart, Voltt City, is mentioned in passing.
** Also the The Seattle Of Tomorrow, Tomorrow was a fascist police state governed by all seeing technology. The Atomists loved it.
* EldritchAbomination: EldritchAbomination:
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The [[strike: Old]] Cold Ones that exist after the heat death of the universe, who would ''really'' like to get back into time to experience things like "energy" and "movement".



* TheFettered: Paragons, Geniuses with [[KarmaMeter Obligation 7+]]. The new 1.1 ScienceHero merit only improves the benefits.

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* TheFettered: Paragons, Geniuses with [[KarmaMeter Obligation 7+]]. The new 1.1 ScienceHero merit only improves the benefits.



*** TheHero / BigBad: Hoffnung;
*** TheLancer / TheDragon: Neid;
*** TheBigGuy / TheBrute: Grimm;
*** TheSmartGuy / TheEvilGenius: Staunen;
*** TheChick / TheDarkChick: Klagen.

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*** TheHero TheLeader / BigBad: Hoffnung;
'''Hoffnung'''. Ambitious and full of hope, they have a vision for the world and will do much to achieve it. Their charisma and passion can convince others to join them in their cause.
*** TheLancer / TheDragon: Neid;
'''Neid'''. Paranoid and envious, they nonetheless gravitate to those [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who treat them kindly]] and their paranoia can keep a Collaborative on its toes.
*** TheBigGuy / TheBrute: Grimm;
'''Grimm'''. Fierce, quick to violence, and often martially-oriented, they also possess a strong sense of justice.
*** TheSmartGuy / TheEvilGenius: Staunen;
'''Staunen'''. They pursue knowledge for knowledge's sake, and their lofty dreams can help disillusioned Geniuses forget about their problems for a little while.
*** TheChick / TheDarkChick: Klagen.'''Klagen'''. They serve as the OnlySaneMan of a Collaborative and usually are ones patching up Geniuses and their Wonders.



*** TheHero: Directors;
*** TheLancer: Artificers;
*** TheBigGuy: Navigators;
*** TheSmartGuy: Scholastics.
*** TheChick: Progenitors;
*** SixthRanger: Rogues, and possibly the [[AsianAndNerdy Ten Thousand Fans]].

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*** TheHero: Directors;
TheLeader: '''Directors.''' They are the social and organizational experts of the Foundations, and often serve as TheFace for a collaborative.
*** TheLancer: Artificers;
'''Artificers.''' They plan out and build the Wonders that the Foundations use, and their passionate, creative, chaotic organization serves as a counterpoint to the other four Foundations.
*** TheBigGuy: Navigators;
'''Navigators.''' The most martial of the five Foundations, and the ones most willing to go into the unknown.
*** TheSmartGuy: Scholastics.
'''Scholastics.''' Most often, these bookworms and theorists are the brains of their collaboratives.
*** TheChick: Progenitors;
'''Progenitors.''' Healers and transhumanists, they are concerned with the improvement of the self.
*** SixthRanger: Rogues, '''Rogues''', and possibly the [[AsianAndNerdy '''[[AsianAndNerdy Ten Thousand Fans]].Fans]]'''. None of them like Lemuria, and may be willing to work with the Peerage if so needed.



*** BigBad: Oracles;
*** TheDragon: Phenomenologists;
*** TheBrute: Etherites;
*** TheEvilGenius: Mechanists.
*** TheDarkChick: Atomists.
*** SixthRanger / SixthRangerTraitor: Numericals or independent Echo Doctors.

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*** BigBad: Oracles;
Originally: '''Dharmists''', human Geniuses who answered only to the Third Race. Now: '''Oracles'''. They place themselves as the moral authority of Lemuria, backing it up with unyielding zealotry and a Mania-powered ability to instantly know things.
*** TheDragon: Phenomenologists;
'''Atomists.''' A faction of Lemurian Geniuses who long for the future once promised by nuclear power, they provide the long-term planning and strategy the Baramins need to prevail.
*** TheBrute: Etherites;
'''Etherites.''' They form the armed wing of Lemuria, using their expertise in Katastrofi to blast their enemies apart.
*** TheEvilGenius: Mechanists.
'''Mechanists.''' Peerless engineers and designers, they create the Wonders that make Lemuria the superpower it is.
*** TheDarkChick: Atomists.
'''Phenomenologists.''' Manipulators and [[ConsummateLiar consummate liars]] to a man, they also serve as Lemuria's eyes.
*** SixthRanger / SixthRangerTraitor: Numericals or independent '''Numericals,''' a nascent group with potential to be a true Baramin. '''Independent Echo Doctors.Doctors''' also serve Lemuria's interests from time to time.



* ForScience: Oh, so much.
** Much of the time, it's more like some sort of anti-science, largely the point of these "Geniuses".

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* ForScience: Oh, so much.
**
Much of the time, it's more like some sort of anti-science, largely the point of these "Geniuses".



* GoodPowersBadPeople: [[StupidJetpackHitler Thulian Revanchists]] [[MadDoctor favor Exelixi]].
** So did the [[MadDoctor Demiurges]].

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* GoodPowersBadPeople: [[StupidJetpackHitler Thulian Revanchists]] [[MadDoctor favor Exelixi]].
**
Exelixi]]. So did the [[MadDoctor Demiurges]].



** GratuitousGerman: The German terminology is largely correct, with only 3-4 minor mistakes and typos. ("Klage''n''" and "''Arch''weltanscha''a''ung" are supposed to be "Klage", "lament" and "'''Erz'''weltanscha'''u'''ung", "arch-world-view"; also, "Grimm" sound somewhat archaic and [[LargeHam hammy]] to modern german speakers, unlike "Zorn".

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** GratuitousGerman: The German terminology is largely correct, with only 3-4 minor mistakes and typos. ("Klage''n''" and "''Arch''weltanscha''a''ung" are supposed to be "Klage", "lament" and "'''Erz'''weltanscha'''u'''ung", "arch-world-view"; also, "Grimm" sound sounds somewhat archaic and [[LargeHam hammy]] to modern german German speakers, unlike "Zorn".



* HeroicBSOD/[[HeroicRROD RROD]]: Channeling too much Mania at one time or withdrawing into yourself can overload your Inspiration, transforming you into a particularly dangerous RealityWarper called an Unmada. You're still [[strike:sane]] playable, but [[PowerIncontinence your Inspiration warps reality around you]] [[InsufferableGenius to prove your worldview correct.]] These are ''mad'' scientists. Unmada reality warping doesn't shield them from moral arguments, but they still show a strong tendency towards "dangerous and unstable".

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* HeroicBSOD/[[HeroicRROD RROD]]: Channeling too much Mania at one time or withdrawing into yourself can overload your Inspiration, transforming you into a particularly dangerous RealityWarper called an Unmada. You're still [[strike:sane]] playable, playable (if not entirely sane), but [[PowerIncontinence your Inspiration warps reality around you]] [[InsufferableGenius to prove your worldview correct.]] These are ''mad'' scientists. Unmada reality warping doesn't shield them from moral arguments, but they still show a strong tendency towards "dangerous and unstable". And if they fail another check while Unmada, they completely snap and become [[TheUnfettered Illuminated]].



* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Played With. You can kill Hitler, but it won't do anything (except get the Time Cops mad at you.) Hitler has been killed six times over, so the setting's Time Cops started cloning him. If you head back to 1921 Hamburg, you can get a tour of the cloning facility.
** Not that the TimePolice like it, mind you. There's an office pool if the next guy to clone Hitler [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself out of guilt]].

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Played With. You can kill Hitler, but it won't do anything (except get the Time Cops TimePolice mad at you.) Hitler has been killed six times over, so the setting's Time Cops started cloning him. If you head back to 1921 Hamburg, you can get a tour of the cloning facility.
** Not that the
TimePolice started [[YouClonedHitler cloning him]]. Not that they like it, mind you. There's an office pool if the next guy to clone Hitler [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself out of guilt]]. Heck, if you head back to 1921 Hamburg, you can get a tour of the cloning facility.



* IHateYouVampireDad: Not unheard of. The Peerage (and Lemuria, for that matter) encourages Geniuses to take responsibility for the education of anyone who became Inspired as a result of seeing their Wonders. But not everyone wants to be a Genius, particularly if they had aspirations to an actual career in science. [[TheWoobie Argentine St. Croix]], for example, killed the man responsible for her Breakthrough almost immediately after going mad.

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* IHateYouVampireDad: Not unheard of. The Peerage (and Lemuria, for that matter) encourages Geniuses to take responsibility for the education of anyone who became Inspired as a result of seeing their Wonders. But not everyone wants to be a Genius, particularly if they had aspirations to an actual career in science. [[TheWoobie [[JerkassWoobie Argentine St. Croix]], for example, killed the man responsible for her Breakthrough almost immediately after going mad.



* IWantMyJetpack: We were promised a future of wonderful technology that would end all suffering. The Atomists are pissed off about not getting it.

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* IWantMyJetpack: IWantMyJetpack:
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We were promised a future of wonderful technology that would end all suffering. The Atomists are pissed off about not getting it.



* ImmortalitySeeker: Dr. Jonas Cliver
** Also, his intellectual heirs; they're looking for true immortality, not a Mania-fueled longevity, nor a Wondrous immortal body. [[spoiler: Their quest ends horribly for all of them.]]
* ImplacableMan: [[WalkingTechbane Clockstoppers]] can pull a limited version of this trick with their "Natural Body" [[FunctionalMagic Void.]] Wonders and conventional technology like [[ImmuneToBullets firearms]] and [[OutOfTheInferno explosives]] don't do a blasted thing at higher levels, and at its strongest, ''any'' technology attempting to influence the Clockstopper fails. This includes [[BlessedWithSuck medical technology,]] [[AchillesHeel which is a blasted shame,]] because even at that rank, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a right hook works just fine.]] [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost And then]] [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem there's]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken the matter]] [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening of]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated magic]][[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters ...]]
** Alternatively, there's the more uncommon method of [[DeathFromAbove dropping large animals on them]] such as rhinoceros and ''blue whales''.

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* ImmortalitySeeker: Dr. Jonas Cliver
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Cliver, the Genius from the story in the book's prologue. Also, his intellectual heirs; they're looking for true immortality, not a Mania-fueled longevity, nor a Wondrous immortal body. [[spoiler: Their quest ends horribly for all of them.]]
* ImplacableMan: [[WalkingTechbane Clockstoppers]] can pull a limited version of this trick with their "Natural Body" [[FunctionalMagic Void.]] Wonders and conventional technology like [[ImmuneToBullets firearms]] and [[OutOfTheInferno explosives]] don't do a blasted thing at higher levels, and at its strongest, ''any'' technology attempting to influence the Clockstopper fails. This includes [[BlessedWithSuck medical technology,]] [[AchillesHeel which is a blasted shame,]] because even at that rank, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a right hook works just fine.]] Alternatively, there's the more uncommon method of [[DeathFromAbove dropping large animals on them]] such as rhinoceros and ''blue whales''.[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost And then]] [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem there's]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken the matter]] [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening of]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated magic]][[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters ...]]
** Alternatively, there's the more uncommon method of [[DeathFromAbove dropping large animals on them]] such as rhinoceros and ''blue whales''.
]]



* InsaneTrollLogic: The Phenomenologist ''modus operandi.''
** The nicer ones tend to be [[ForHappiness Ethical Hedonists]], but even they could [[TheUnfettered take a turn for the deep end]] at any given moment.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: The Phenomenologist ''modus operandi.''
**
'' The nicer ones tend to be [[ForHappiness Ethical Hedonists]], but even they could [[TheUnfettered take a turn for the deep end]] at any given moment.



* IRejectYourReality: The definition of Unmada.
** Phenomenologists reject their own reality whenever they think they'd be better off in a different one.

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* IRejectYourReality: The definition of Unmada.
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Unmada. Phenomenologists reject their own ''own'' reality whenever they think they'd be better off in a different one.



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: All Geniuses are on the slope down to [[MadScientist madness]], and becoming [[InsufferableGenius Unmada]] takes away a significant barrier to jumping to the bottom. The five baramins of Lemuria are ''[[OhCrap all]]'' [[OhCrap Unmada]].
** A subtler aspect of this requires comparison between the Karma Meter for ''Genius'' and any other line: normally, once you hit [[MoralEventHorizon Morality 3,]] the dice pool to avoid [[FreakOut degeneration]] can't get any smaller. For Geniuses, meanwhile, it most certainly ''can.''

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope:
**
All Geniuses are on the slope down to [[MadScientist madness]], and becoming [[InsufferableGenius Unmada]] takes away a significant barrier to jumping to the bottom. The five baramins of Lemuria are ''[[OhCrap all]]'' [[OhCrap Unmada]].
''all'' made up of Unmada.
** A subtler aspect of this requires comparison between the Karma Meter KarmaMeter for ''Genius'' and any other line: normally, once you hit [[MoralEventHorizon Morality 3,]] the dice pool to avoid [[FreakOut degeneration]] can't get any smaller. For Geniuses, meanwhile, it most certainly ''can.''



* KarmaMeter: Obligation, representing the Genius's personal connection to "normal" humanity. [[HumanResources Treating humans as disposable or replaceable]] ([[GodwinsLaw Mengele]] [[JustifiedTrope gets quoted]]) damages it, but so does [[LonersAreFreaks anything that goes against social norms.]] Hit zero and you can kiss any restraints you had goodbye - a Genius who runs out of Obligation becomes the classic "Humans are test subjects" [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] MadScientist, known as an Illuminated (as in "[[LightIsNotGood burning from the inside with the spark of genius]]"). They're one of the most prevalent antagonist blocs in the setting.
** To add to the horror, "bottoming out" on Obligation is the ''least'' common way of becoming Illuminated -- by the time a Genius is [[MoralEventHorizon committing Obligation-2 or -3 Transgressions,]] someone is usually there to [[ShootTheDog take him down.]] Consider what this means about the ''[[DevilInPlainSight other]]'' Illuminated.
*** Well, one can also became Illuminated by [[HeroicRROD failing an Unmada check]] as an Unmada.

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* KarmaMeter: Obligation, representing the Genius's personal connection to "normal" humanity. [[HumanResources Treating humans as disposable or replaceable]] ([[GodwinsLaw Mengele]] [[JustifiedTrope gets quoted]]) damages it, but so does [[LonersAreFreaks anything that goes against social norms.]] Hit zero and you can kiss any restraints you had goodbye - a Genius who runs out of Obligation becomes the classic "Humans are test subjects" [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] MadScientist, known as an Illuminated (as in "[[LightIsNotGood burning from the inside with the spark of genius]]"). They're one of the most prevalent antagonist blocs in the setting.
**
setting. To add to the horror, "bottoming out" on Obligation is the ''least'' common way of becoming Illuminated -- by the time a Genius is [[MoralEventHorizon committing Obligation-2 or -3 Transgressions,]] someone is usually there to [[ShootTheDog take him down.]] Consider what this means about the ''[[DevilInPlainSight other]]'' Illuminated.
*** Well, one can also became Illuminated by [[HeroicRROD failing an Unmada check]] as an Unmada.
]]



* LightIsNotGood: It's mentioned several times that the [[TheUnfettered Illuminated]] have embraced the light of Inspiration.

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* LightIsNotGood: LightIsNotGood:
**
It's mentioned several times that the [[TheUnfettered Illuminated]] have embraced the light of Inspiration.



* LonersAreFreaks: "Actions that physically or psychologically distance the Genius from humanity" are about mid-level Transgressions; at higher Obligation, going without human contact for a ''day'' is a Transgression.
** Also leads to CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul and therefor (indirectly) to ImmortalityImmorality.
** It's no accident that staying at the top of the Obligation meter requires ''more'' than normal sociability. When you're on solid ground, you can relax; when you're on the [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Slippery Slope]], you need to keep trudging upward.

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* LonersAreFreaks: LonersAreFreaks:
**
"Actions that physically or psychologically distance the Genius from humanity" are about mid-level Transgressions; at higher Obligation, going without human contact for a ''day'' is a Transgression.
** Also leads to CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul and therefor (indirectly) to ImmortalityImmorality.
**
Transgression. It's no accident that staying at the top of the Obligation meter requires ''more'' than normal sociability. When you're on solid ground, you can relax; when you're on the [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Slippery Slope]], you need to keep trudging upward.upward.
** Also leads to CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul and therefore (indirectly) to ImmortalityImmorality.



* MadArtist: The Domitions mentioned in [[WordOfGod Moochava's emails]] are a Mediterranean group of Inspired artists, architects, and sculptors who specialize in the as yet unrevealed Pseudo-Axioms.

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* MadArtist: The Domitions mentioned in [[WordOfGod Moochava's emails]] are a Mediterranean group of Inspired artists, architects, and sculptors who specialize in the as yet as-yet unrevealed Pseudo-Axioms.



** A hereditory title. This fits the way young geniuses are recruited and trained as well as their position 'above' humanity in some sense (with a lot of geniuses [[IJustWantToBeNormal wanting to be the same]] as normal humans it could also reflect their desire to be normal humans' peers in the non-heraldic sense).

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** A hereditory hereditary title. This fits the way young geniuses are recruited and trained as well as their position 'above' humanity in some sense (with a lot of geniuses [[IJustWantToBeNormal wanting to be the same]] as normal humans it could also reflect their desire to be normal humans' peers in the non-heraldic sense).



** Both at once, in the way that geniuses tend to award themselves academic titles they haven't earned (the fluff texts stats that asking a "Doctor" if they actually have a docterate is as polite as asking if they have a drug addiction).

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** Both at once, in the way that geniuses tend to award themselves academic titles they haven't earned (the fluff texts text stats that asking a "Doctor" if they actually have a docterate doctorate is as polite as asking if they have a drug addiction).



* NecessaryFail: The timeline that led to the existence of the Terminals is generally accepted to have been good for the universe as a whole, but it wasn't without its own horrors. Of note was the genocidal dictator Helmut Schenk, whom the Guardians of Forever were obliged to replace with Adolph Hitler.

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* NecessaryFail: The timeline that led to the existence of the Terminals is generally accepted to have been good for the universe as a whole, but it wasn't without its own horrors. Of note was the genocidal dictator Helmut Schenk, whom the Guardians of Forever were obliged to replace with Adolph Adolf Hitler.



-->"Messing about with yourself ''from a previous time travel jaunt'' is about the stupidest thing you can do without [[NoodleImplements a death ray and a bottle of tequila.]]"

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-->"Messing about with yourself ''from a previous time travel jaunt'' is about the stupidest thing you can do without [[NoodleImplements a death ray and and]] [[WhatDidIDoLastNight a bottle of tequila.]]"tequila]]."



* NewTechnologyIsEvil: Lemuira often thinks so, with each Baramin defined by when they believe humanity's technological and cultural development took a turn in the wrong direction. Sometimes their views aren't that bizarre, the Atomists are still upset about [[IWantMyJetpack the death of the space age dreams]]. However you have Oracles who are still complaining about new Aristotle's organon and want to bring back the good old ways espoused by Plato.

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* NewTechnologyIsEvil: Lemuira NewTechnologyIsEvil:
** Lemuria
often thinks so, with each Baramin defined by when they believe humanity's technological and cultural development took a turn in the wrong direction. Sometimes their views aren't that bizarre, the Atomists are still upset about [[IWantMyJetpack the death of the space age dreams]]. However you have Oracles who are still complaining about new Aristotle's organon and want to bring back the good old ways espoused by Plato.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Peerage's defeat of Lemuria and total removal of the Nine Unknown Men means that no one is in control, no one is responsible, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no,]] [[IWantMyJetpack you are not getting that rocket car with the robot chauffeur]] without some ''[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob serious]]'' [[InfiniteSupplies coin.]]
** Although it's the robot chaffeur that is ''really'' expensive.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Peerage's defeat of Lemuria and total removal of the Nine Unknown Men means that no one is in control, no one is responsible, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no,]] [[IWantMyJetpack you are not getting that rocket car with the robot chauffeur]] without some ''[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob serious]]'' [[InfiniteSupplies coin.]]
** Although it's
]] (It's the robot chaffeur that is ''really'' expensive.)



* NoOSHACompliance: To put it ''very'' mildly. More than a few Geniuses have been killed in the midst of their work, because they were more concerned about finishing their Wonders than making sure they weren't exposed to horrific toxins, deadly radiation or other such hazards.
** Gets particularly bad if a mortal gets into a Genius' workshop and starts causing Havoc.

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* NoOSHACompliance: To put it ''very'' mildly. More than a few Geniuses have been killed in the midst of their work, because they were more concerned about finishing their Wonders than making sure they weren't exposed to horrific toxins, deadly radiation or other such hazards.
** Gets
hazards. This gets particularly bad if a mortal gets into a Genius' workshop and starts causing Havoc.



* OlderThanTheyThink: [[InvokedTrope The sourcebook reminds us that mad science is older than]] [[DeathRay rayguns]], [[RobotRollCall robots]] and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, [[InvokedTrope with mention of mad alchemists, philosophers and inventors stretching back through history.]]

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* OlderThanTheyThink: [[InvokedTrope [
** [InvokedTrope
The sourcebook reminds us that mad science is older than]] [[DeathRay rayguns]], [[RobotRollCall robots]] and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, [[InvokedTrope with mention of mad alchemists, philosophers and inventors stretching back through history.]]



* OriginalFlavor: Even though it's a fanmade line, it reads like an official WorldOfDarkness product.

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* OriginalFlavor: Even though it's a fanmade line, it reads like an official WorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' product.



* OurMonstersAreWeird: Yes, yes they are. From mutant Orphans, to avatars of broken faith, to evil disembodied infectious Yetis born from the mind of a CrazyAwesome [[MadArtist Polish sculptor]], the Inspired world has no shortage of bizarre monsters lurking in the shadows. And if you have the right Axioms, you can make new ones yourself.

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* OurMonstersAreWeird: Yes, yes they are. From mutant Orphans, to avatars of broken faith, to evil disembodied infectious Yetis born from the mind of a CrazyAwesome crazy [[MadArtist Polish sculptor]], the Inspired world has no shortage of bizarre monsters lurking in the shadows. And if you have the right Axioms, you can make new ones yourself.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lemuria's quaint little racial hierarchies do not endear that organization to the rest of the Inspired world.]] A number of other sample antagonists are also insanely bigoted, and, of course, we have [[StupidJetpackHitler the Nazis]].
** PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The Peerage and the Directors in particular used to be just as racist as Lemuria, but they cleaned up their act around the same time as mundane society did.
* PostModernism: The Hermetic Order of the 28 Spheres take a distinctly postmodern approach to mad science, styling their Wonders as magic artifacts to play with concepts like MagicPoweredPseudoscience and ClarkesThirdLaw.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The Peerage and the Directors in particular used to be just as racist as Lemuria, but they cleaned up their act around the same time as mundane society did.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lemuria's quaint little racial hierarchies do not endear that organization to the rest of the Inspired world.]] A number of other sample antagonists are also insanely bigoted, and, of course, we have [[StupidJetpackHitler the Nazis]].
** PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The Peerage and the Directors in particular used to be just as racist as Lemuria, but they cleaned up their act around the same time as mundane society did.
* PostModernism: {{Postmodernism}}: The Hermetic Order of the 28 Spheres take a distinctly postmodern approach to mad science, styling their Wonders as magic artifacts to play with concepts like MagicPoweredPseudoscience and ClarkesThirdLaw.



*** Or you can just [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Cram a fairly potent spirit into a tube and suck essence out of the thing]] -- of course, doing so has a nasty tendency to piss off the other spirits in the area who'll then make trouble for you. And lord help you if the local Werewolves find out. Nothing quite says "Bad Day" like a pack of pissed off werewolves ripping your laboratory apart, destroying months of research, wonders, and possibly yourself if you don't either get out of there or pull out the death ray and start going to town.
*** If you are also using another popular fan game TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful, you can literally create a wonder that runs on ThePowerOfLove, ThePowerOfTrust, and ThePowerOfFriendship, ie. Wisps.

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*** Or you ** You can just [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Cram a fairly potent spirit into a tube and suck essence out of the thing]] -- of course, doing so has a nasty tendency to piss off the other spirits in the area who'll then make trouble for you. And lord help you if the local Werewolves find out. Nothing quite says "Bad Day" like a pack of pissed off werewolves ripping your laboratory apart, destroying months of research, wonders, and possibly yourself if you don't either get out of there or pull out the death ray and start going to town.
*** ** If you are also using another popular fan game TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful, ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', you can literally create a wonder that runs on ThePowerOfLove, ThePowerOfTrust, and ThePowerOfFriendship, ie.i.e. Wisps.



* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high -- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor -- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[MoralEventHorizon "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeAsDrama rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Extremely high -- high-- this is a game where [[PygmalionPlot customized individuals,]] MindControl devices and {{Transformation Ray}}s are common stock inventions. A lot of these applications, though, are Transgressions of some kind. Many are relatively minor -- minor-- [[FetishFuel indulging certain odd tastes]] will [[{{Squick}} weird out]] much of society, while using Wonders for fun shows a lack of respect for the dangerous power of mad science. Going too far ''will'' result in your [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] [[WhatTheHellHero going down,]] and ''hard''. [[MoralEventHorizon "Love potions" and other forms of sexual mind control]] are 100% analogous to ''[[RapeAsDrama ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]'' and only a step above [[KillEmAll mass murder.]]



* ProfessorGuineaPig: Plenty of Geniuses experiment on themselves, and the Progenitors have a whole transhumanist philosophy that ''expects'' this. However, self-modification is a Transgression.
** Dangerous experiments on other humans is a worse Transgression however (depending on how dangerous the experiment and how severe the modification), which leads to this trope.

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* ProfessorGuineaPig: Plenty of Geniuses experiment on themselves, and the Progenitors have a whole transhumanist philosophy that ''expects'' this. However, While self-modification is a Transgression.
** Dangerous
Transgression, dangerous experiments on other ''other'' humans is a worse Transgression however (depending on how dangerous the experiment and how severe the modification), which leads to this trope.



* RaygunGothic: Named, even.

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* RaygunGothic: Named, even.Named as a possible aesthetic for mad scientists. The Etherites, in particular, like this.



* RecycledINSPACE: Sometimes, Genius can look a lot like ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' WITH (PSEUDO)SCIENCE! Not that it detracts from the awesomeness any.
** There is at least one small difference which completely inverts the settings from each other: Mages know the hidden truths of reality, Geniuses are madmen who usually know less than a good scientist.
*** It goes even deeper than that; those Geniuses who ''were'' competent scientists are painfully aware that what they do isn't, in strictest terms, "real." So while Mages get to pat themselves on the back for being oh so enlightened, the Inspired have to live with the knowledge that their perceptions are hopelessly skewed forever. Makes Illumination all the more tempting...

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* RecycledINSPACE: Sometimes, Genius can look a lot like ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' WITH (PSEUDO)SCIENCE! Not that it detracts from the awesomeness any.
**
There is at least one small difference which completely inverts the settings from each other: Mages know the hidden truths of reality, Geniuses are madmen who usually know less than a good scientist.
*** It goes even deeper than that; those
scientist. Those Geniuses who ''were'' competent scientists are painfully aware that what they do isn't, in strictest terms, "real." So while Mages get to pat themselves on the back for being oh so enlightened, the Inspired have to live with the knowledge that their perceptions are hopelessly skewed forever. Makes Illumination all the more tempting...



* RightForTheWrongReasons: About half the answers a Genius comes up with, the other half being impossible intuition. How else could a genius start with a disproved theory, perform calculations that are wrong, and still get a working spaceship?
** Scholastics do put a lot of effort into being right for the right reasons, it's why their Wonder's tend to have much more manageable flaws. It's not stated explicitly but Atomists probably do something similar, at least for their Wonders.

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: About half the answers a Genius comes up with, the other half being impossible intuition. How else could a genius Genius start with a disproved theory, perform calculations that are wrong, and still get a working spaceship?
**
spaceship? The Scholastics do put a lot of effort into being right for the right reasons, it's why their Wonder's Wonders tend to have much more manageable flaws. It's not stated explicitly but Atomists probably do something similar, at least for their Wonders.



* ScaleOfScientificSins: All except number 2 are Transgressions -- normal people find them unsettling.

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* ScaleOfScientificSins: All except number 2 are Transgressions -- Transgressions-- normal people find them unsettling.



* ScienceHero: Always popular with the players.
** Hell, it's even a ''merit'' now.
*** In name, anyway. The function of the merit is simply to reduce Jabir and increase the character's social bonus from high Obligation (if any). None of the actual heroics in the trope are required.

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* ScienceHero: Always popular with the players.
** Hell, it's
players. It's even a ''merit'' now.
*** In name, anyway. The function of the merit is simply to
now, which lets you reduce Jabir penalties from [[{{Technobabble}} Jabir]] and increase the character's social bonus from high Obligation (if any). None of the actual heroics in the trope are required.any), as long as you stay above Obligation 6.



* ShoutOut: Several of the terms (Void Engineers, Etherites, Hollow Ones, Progenitors, and so on) used are repurposed [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension oMage]] terminology.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
Several of the terms (Void Engineers, Etherites, Hollow Ones, Progenitors, and so on) used are repurposed [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension oMage]] terminology.



** There is an Aesthetic for Wonders called "[[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers Pod People]]" whose design principles seem [[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture very familiar.]]

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** There is an Aesthetic for Wonders called "[[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers "[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers Pod People]]" whose design principles seem [[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture very familiar.]]



** The first evidence of the Numericals was in [[EternalSeptember September 1993]]
*** That's [[ItsPopularNowItSucks how they]] '''''[[StopHavingFunGuys started]]'''''.

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** The first evidence of the Numericals was in [[EternalSeptember September 1993]]
*** That's
1993]]: in fact, that's [[ItsPopularNowItSucks how they]] '''''[[StopHavingFunGuys started]]'''''.''[[StopHavingFunGuys started]]''.



** Are you forgetting the origin of the term "Beholden"? From a Genius known for shouting "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen... BEHOLD!]]"

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** Are you forgetting the The origin of the term "Beholden"? From "Beholden" comes from a Genius known for shouting "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen... BEHOLD!]]"



-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny The Martian Empire is confused, yet pleased that they are "totally hip".]]

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-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny -->[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments The Martian Empire is confused, yet pleased that they are "totally hip".]]



* SurroundedByIdiots: Too much reliance on Beholden and not enough exposure to the idea that [[ArtisticLicense you might be wrong about the way the world works]] can quickly make a Genius [[InsufferableGenius Unmada,]] which leads to [[RealityWarper suspicious alterations of fact,]] which leads to... uh...

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Too much reliance on Beholden and not enough exposure to the idea that [[ArtisticLicense you might be wrong about the way the world works]] can quickly make a Genius [[InsufferableGenius Unmada,]] which leads to [[RealityWarper suspicious alterations of fact,]] which leads to... [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope uh...]]



* TheyCalledMeMad: You ''are'' mad. But generally associated with the Neids.

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* TheyCalledMeMad: You ''are'' mad. But generally associated with the Neids.Neids: it's how they catalyze in the first place.



* TragicDream: In keeping with the central theme of futility a lot of Mad Scientist have this. Some Geniuses have a tragic dream because they're mad and lack the social skills and organisational skills needed to accomplish a task, or because attempts to do regular science end up turning into mad science. Just as often it's because their dream itself is fundamentally nonsense. For example Seattle's atomists are trying to create a utopia. They genuinely believe a "fascist police state governed by all-seeing technology" would be utopia which makes achieving their dream impossible.
* TranshumanAliens: Humanity as a whole transcends the human state for the first time around 100,000 years in the future, though some Illuminated manage it before then. By +1 Million, the people of the Metahuman Empire are [[HumanoidAbomination impossibly powerful and completely alien gods]].

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* TragicDream: In keeping with the central theme of futility a lot of Mad Scientist have this. Some Geniuses have a tragic dream because they're mad and lack the social skills and organisational skills needed to accomplish a task, or because attempts to do regular science end up turning into mad science. Just as often it's because their dream itself is fundamentally nonsense. For example Seattle's atomists Atomists are trying to create a utopia. They genuinely believe a "fascist police state governed by all-seeing technology" would be utopia utopia, which makes achieving their dream impossible.
* TranshumanAliens: Humanity as a whole transcends the human state for the first time around 100,000 years in the future, though some Illuminated manage it before then. By year +1 Million, million, the people of the Metahuman Empire are [[HumanoidAbomination impossibly powerful and completely alien gods]].



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Half the problem with Hoffnungs, the other half is that Utopia is a subjective term.

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Half the problem with Hoffnungs, Hoffnungs and Lemuria; the other half is that Utopia is a subjective term.



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Aside from the obvious applications of MindControl, a TransformationRay or a DoomsdayDevice, there are Illuminated who apply this trope to ''real life.''
** In all cases except the Illuminated, though, this results in a KarmaMeter hit. The Illuminated only don't take hits because they ''no longer have'' a KarmaMeter.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Aside from the obvious applications of MindControl, a TransformationRay or a DoomsdayDevice, there are Illuminated who apply this trope to ''real life.''
**
'' In all cases except the Illuminated, though, this results in a KarmaMeter hit. The Illuminated only don't take hits because they ''no longer have'' a KarmaMeter.



* WalkingTechbane: The Clockstoppers. "Purify the Wounded Earth" lets them pull this trick ''[[OhCrap at range.]]'' [[ExplosiveInstrumentation And then they can make your computer explode.]]

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* WalkingTechbane: WalkingTechbane:
**
The Clockstoppers. "Purify the Wounded Earth" lets them pull this trick ''[[OhCrap at range.]]'' [[ExplosiveInstrumentation And then they can make your computer explode.]]



* WeaksauceWeakness: Some Wonders have Faults that can fall into this trope. Vehicles that behave like [[ObstructiveBureaucrat tediously legal bureaucrats]] (flight plans must be filed, lane changes must be signaled, and the proper traffic lanes must be adhered to or the vehicle stalls) steal the limelight, but [[EmpathicWeapon weapons that you literally have to convince to work for you]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder robots that will switch sides at the first opportunity]] are also pretty up there.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: WeaksauceWeakness:
**
Some Wonders have Faults that can fall into this trope. Vehicles that behave like [[ObstructiveBureaucrat tediously legal bureaucrats]] (flight plans must be filed, lane changes must be signaled, and the proper traffic lanes must be adhered to or the vehicle stalls) steal the limelight, but [[EmpathicWeapon weapons that you literally have to convince to work for you]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder robots that will switch sides at the first opportunity]] are also pretty up there.



*** Havoc can fall into this. {{Muggle}}s touching Wonders can make them go crazy. Also: Don't forget a potential fault is 'must be plugged into electrical outlet'. Okay for a computer. Less so for a ''submarine''.

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*** ** Havoc can fall into this. {{Muggle}}s touching Wonders can make them go crazy. Also: Don't forget a
** A
potential fault is 'must be plugged into electrical outlet'. Okay for a computer. Less so for a ''submarine''.



* WeirdScience: Everywhere.

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* WeirdScience: Everywhere.This is a game about WeirdScience, and as such it's everywhere.



* WillNotTellALie: Traditional Peers refuse to lie, including lies of omission and misdirection. This dates back to the Scholastics' origins as a [[CrazyAwesome Zoroastrian philosophy cult.]]
* WorldHalfEmpty: As this is set in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', this trope is present in spades. One bit that stands out is that a massive ''20%'' of all Geniuses will eventually become Illuminated.
** Half of which succumb more or less immediately after their Breakthrough.

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* WillNotTellALie: Traditional Peers refuse to lie, including lies of omission and misdirection. This dates back to the Scholastics' origins as a [[CrazyAwesome Zoroastrian philosophy cult.]]
cult.
* WorldHalfEmpty: As this is set in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', this trope is present in spades. One bit that stands out is that a massive ''20%'' of all Geniuses will eventually become Illuminated.
**
Illuminated. Half of which these Illuminated succumb more or less immediately after their Breakthrough.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: Sapphires arenít that expensive on Mars. Then again, the Martians think we fit this trope by undervaluing water. Naturally much [[RealityEnsues trading ensues]].
** These are, of course, [[AllThatGlitters imaginary sapphires]] made of Mania.

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* WorthlessYellowRocks: Sapphires Sapphires-- [[AllThatGlitters imaginary sapphires]] made of Mania, that is-- arenít that expensive on Mars. Then again, the Martians think we fit this trope by undervaluing water. Naturally much [[RealityEnsues trading ensues]].
** These are, of course, [[AllThatGlitters imaginary sapphires]] made of Mania.
ensues]].



** CoolStarship: Needs at least one dot each in two unrelated Axioms [[RequiredSecondaryPowers for the purposes of life support and radiation shielding]]

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** CoolStarship: Needs at least one dot each in two unrelated Axioms [[RequiredSecondaryPowers for the purposes of life support and radiation shielding]]shielding]].



** HatePlague.

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** HatePlague.HatePlague



* {{EMP}}

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* {{EMP}}{{EMP}}: Just in case you need to shut down a dangerous or inconvenient Wonder.



* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: And they probably are.
** At least until a mere mortal [[GlamourFailure sees them]], anyway.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Imagine prostasia armor with the concealed variable.

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* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: And they probably are.
**
are. At least until a mere mortal [[GlamourFailure sees them]], anyway.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Imagine prostasia Prostasia armor with the concealed variable.



* LovePotion / LoveIsInTheAir: Messing with someone's emotions is a minor Transgression. Taking sexual advantage of them afterwards is a ''huge'' one, on par with mundane rape.

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* LovePotion / LoveIsInTheAir: Messing with someone's emotions is a minor Transgression. Taking sexual advantage of them afterwards is a ''huge'' one, on par with [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil mundane rape.rape]].



* RayGun

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* RayGunRayGun: Via Katastrofi. Variants include:



** [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Growth Ray]]
** [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Shrink Ray]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: a Genius could easily view their creations as "children," or could go the TrulySingleParent route and use themselves as the basis for a biological Wonder.

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** [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Growth Ray]]
Ray]] (needs Metaptropi)
** [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Shrink Ray]]
Ray]] (also needs Metaptropi)
* ReplacementGoldfish: a A Genius could easily view their creations as "children," or could go the TrulySingleParent route and use themselves as the basis for a biological Wonder.



* RobotMe: With enough Axioms and integral Wonders, you could make a reasonable facsimile of many of the other inhabitants of the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''...
** This can be a very useful reskin option for lazy Storytellers.

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* RobotMe: With enough Axioms and integral Wonders, you could make a reasonable facsimile of many of the other inhabitants of the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''...
**
''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''. This can be a very useful reskin option for lazy Storytellers.



* {{Sexbot}}: The epitome of [[{{Squick}} disturbing.]] Also a major Transgression.
** Well, it's a minor transgression unless you make it sentient...

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* {{Sexbot}}: The epitome of [[{{Squick}} disturbing.]] Also a major Transgression.
** Well,
Transgression if it's a minor transgression unless you make it sentient...sentient.



** It bears mentioning that, unlike normal Automata, Manes created via Automata factories are in no way loyal to the Genius who created them. And [[HoistByHisOwnPetard God help the Genius once these new humans find out that merely interacting with regular people puts them at risk of insanity or death]]. Has it been mentioned that Calculus Vampirism is considered a pretty hefty Transgression, which is likely to make these clones murderously insane given repeated use (not to mention that Calculus Vampirism is effectively torture, and they have no choice but to repeatedly do this to people if they merely want to survive)?

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** It bears mentioning that, unlike Unlike normal Automata, Manes created via Automata factories are in no way loyal to the Genius who created them. And [[HoistByHisOwnPetard God help the Genius once these new humans find out that merely interacting with regular people puts them at risk of insanity or death]]. Has it been mentioned that Calculus Vampirism is also considered a pretty hefty Transgression, which is likely to make these clones murderously insane given repeated use (not to mention that Calculus Vampirism is effectively torture, and they have no choice but to repeatedly do this to people if they merely want to survive)?survive).



-->"Do you really want to spend the rest of the week fending off a zombie apocalypse as the Earth vomits up her dead? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny AGAIN?]]"

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-->"Do you really want to spend the rest of the week fending off a zombie apocalypse as the Earth vomits up her dead? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments AGAIN?]]"
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Lemurians like to invoke this trope when dealing with the Peerage, calling it [[TheEmpire The Invisible Empire]] (it's worth noting that the later uses "peerage" in reference to the academic sense[[labelnote:*]]Which uses the broader definition of the word "someone's equals", as in "peer review", rather than in the sense of "hereditary title".[[/labelnote]].

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Lemurians like to invoke this trope when dealing with the Peerage, calling it [[TheEmpire The Invisible Empire]] (it's worth noting that the later uses "peerage" in reference to the academic sense[[labelnote:*]]Which sense[[note]]Which uses the broader definition of the word "someone's equals", as in "peer review", rather than in the sense of "hereditary title".[[/labelnote]].[[/note]].
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