History WebComic / Drive

21st Sep '16 8:02:04 PM aidreamer
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* SecretPolice: They monitor all your communications for anything La Familia would find of interest. There is also a special branch of them called the Jinyiwei, created to enforce imperial law against dissidents among the royal family itself.
4th Sep '16 3:51:40 AM aidreamer
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* BlackBox: The first emperor was able to reverse engineer the ring engine, and duplicate it, but he had no idea how it worked. [[AlcubierreDrive Apparently, it "pinches" space.]] It's likened to trying to flick a penny over a heavily clothed table, which could take hours. But if the cloth is pinched in the center, it only takes a fraction of the time.

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* BlackBox: The first emperor was able to reverse engineer the ring engine, and duplicate it, but he had no idea how it worked. His best guess was that [[AlcubierreDrive Apparently, it somehow "pinches" space.]] space]]. It's likened to trying to flick a penny over a heavily clothed table, which could take hours. But if the cloth is pinched in the center, it only takes a fraction of the time. According to the renegade Maker, it was invented by the founder of the Continuum and pinches space by manipulating dark matter to generate a [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles singularity]].
2nd Sep '16 8:54:08 AM Nerrin
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* AbusiveAlienParents: r-selecting species with lethal rights of passage seem common.

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* AbusiveAlienParents: r-selecting species with lethal rights rites of passage seem common.


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** The crew of the ''Machito'' take their own unique spin on a similar situation, when they decide to "test" what happens when [[spoiler:a smaller ship engages their ring drive ''inside a larger ship's drive ring''. During a Maker invasion of a human world. The resulting "significant drive event" is so catastrophic is destroys about a third of the Maker fleet while the ''Machito'' speeds instantly away]].
2nd Sep '16 8:47:23 AM zarpaulus
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* A double whammy of PlotTime and ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale, in a way that negatively impacts the internal consistency of the story. The ring drive is the only way to travel FTL in this universe, and only humans and the Continuum have it. However, the Veetans somehow crossed lightyears in something less than a week to end the Tesskan war after one of their worlds was somehow bombed by Tesskans trying to attack Earth, hundreds of species come together to trade at locations like Slaughter, and there are multiple civilizations spanning tens of thousands of light years. And the crew just took a hop on a sublight freighter to Slaughter, where Empire ships are not welcome.
** The only really ''bad'' example is the crew hitching a ride to Slaughter in a very short time. The Veetans were already part of the Empire by the time of the Tesskan War. Veetans also had centuries of spaceflight before meeting humans, enough time for sublight ships to get at least one colony between Tesskil and Earth. (Or for them to get such a world after human contact, too.) And we don't know enough about the distant, far-flung alien civilizations to say at all what they're like - the denizens' life spans or psychologies, or if those are more like meta-societies defined by what old species have settled where over millennia of travel. ''Drive'' would hardly be the first story to propose such a thing.
*** It's later confirmed that the Grasskans, and presumably their client states like Wirum (where said freighter was from) have FTL, but in the Rogue Maker's opinion their drives "claw and lumber like a stumbling child."
2nd Sep '16 7:17:55 AM zarpaulus
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** The Grasskans have their own FTL drive, but it's apparently much slower and less reliable than Ring/Singularity Drive.



*** It's later confirmed that the Grasskans, and presumably their client states like Wirum (where said freighter was from) have FTL, but in the Rogue Maker's opinion their drives "claw and lumber like a stumbling child."



* WeAreAreMayflies: Continuum Makers can live for several centuries but most other species have lifespans comparative to humans. Inverted with Veetans who only live 25 years.

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* WeAreAreMayflies: WeAreAsMayflies: Continuum Makers can live for several centuries but most other species have lifespans comparative to humans. Inverted with Veetans who only live 25 years.
4th Jun '16 1:45:48 PM zarpaulus
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* TheEmperor: The current Emperor killed his uncle for the position, and framed Nosh.
* TheEmpire, TheFederation: It's technically an Empire, but it shares parts of both of these tropes. For example, they formed an alliance with the Veetans, which is a trait of TheFederation. But anyone with blood ties to the royal family (La Familia) gets extra privileges, ''everywhere'', which seems to fit TheEmpire trope more.



* TheNapoleon: The current Emperor Cruz.



* TheMole: Orla O'Malley is actually part of La Familia like Fernando, but only the reader knows this: She's here to keep an eye on the crew.
** Taneel may be [[http://www.drivecomic.com/archive/120414.html on to her]]...
** It's recently been revealed that Orla is [[spoiler: not Familia. She's ''worse'': she belongs to the Jinyiwei, the Emperor's Secret Police. When this is revealed, Taneel is neither amused, nor unprepared.]]



* TheNapoleon: The current Emperor Cruz.



* TheEmperor: The current Emperor killed his uncle for the position, and framed Nosh.
* TheEmpire, TheFederation: It's technically an Empire, but it shares parts of both of these tropes. For example, they formed an alliance with the Veetans, which is a trait of TheFederation. But anyone with blood ties to the royal family (La Familia) gets extra privileges, ''everywhere'', which seems to fit TheEmpire trope more.
* TheMole: Orla O'Malley is actually part of La Familia like Fernando, but only the reader knows this: She's here to keep an eye on the crew.
** Taneel may be [[http://www.drivecomic.com/archive/120414.html on to her]]...
** It's recently been revealed that Orla is [[spoiler: not Familia. She's ''worse'': she belongs to the Jinyiwei, the Emperor's Secret Police. When this is revealed, Taneel is neither amused, nor unprepared.]]
4th Jun '16 10:13:24 AM zarpaulus
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** The Astina have hundreds of pups and then require them to prove their worth to the Sett. As seen when Orla catches a pup stealing and for getting caught his father kills him with his bare hands.

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** The Astina have hundreds of pups and then require them to prove their worth to the Sett. their family. As seen when Orla catches a pup stealing and for getting caught his father kills him with his bare hands.hands.
--> ''Sett: "800 children... and maybe five of them with wits."''
4th Jun '16 9:14:56 AM zarpaulus
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** Slaughter's natives (can't recall name) have hundreds of pups and then require them to prove their worth to the Sett. As seen when Orla catches a pup stealing and for getting caught his father kills him with his bare hands.

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** Slaughter's natives (can't recall name) The Astina have hundreds of pups and then require them to prove their worth to the Sett. As seen when Orla catches a pup stealing and for getting caught his father kills him with his bare hands.
4th Jun '16 7:34:50 AM zarpaulus
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* CommonTongue: A trade language named Hybrid has been mentioned.

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* CommonTongue: A trade language named Hybrid Standard Imperial English-Spanish Hybrid, or "Hybrid" has been mentioned.


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* HeavyWorlder: Veetans come from a planet with 1.19 Gs, which makes them ridiculously strong and durable, as demonstrated when Nosh shrugs off steel I-beams falling on his head and beats the crap out of a dozen Tesskans. Unfortunately they also suffer from chronic hip and joint problems and live just a quarter-century at most.


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* WeAreAreMayflies: Continuum Makers can live for several centuries but most other species have lifespans comparative to humans. Inverted with Veetans who only live 25 years.
1st Jun '16 8:06:51 PM zarpaulus
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* AbusiveAlienParents: r-selecting species with lethal rights of passage seem common.
** The Continuum reproduce asexually and rapidly if they want to, and treat their progeny as cannon fodder with nothing but a number to identify them. One in thousands survives the heat of battle and becomes a Maker.
** Tesskans abandon their offspring to the wild, eventually allowing the survivors to rejoin the pack when they gang up on and kill the pack's oldest member.
** Slaughter's natives (can't recall name) have hundreds of pups and then require them to prove their worth to the Sett. As seen when Orla catches a pup stealing and for getting caught his father kills him with his bare hands.


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* TheClan: La Familia, descendants of the first Emperor and the only ones allowed to work on the Drive, there are thousands of them and they rule the Empire in law and in practice. While Slaughter is ruled by the mafiaesque Five Families.
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