Literature / Neogicia
The Origin Story of one of the Empire's heroes

Néogicia is a Spin-Off of the French Noob franchise. The parent franchise is centered around a fictional MMORPG named Horizon, that has its own Non-Player Characters and is set in a world named Olydri. In Néogicia, Olydri is the real world and its inhabitants living and breathing people.

The work focuses on the Empire, the technology side of The Magic Versus Technology War and the faction in which the Noob protagonists are playing. One of the faction's trademarks is neomancers ("néogiciens" in the original French version), people who underwent Bio-Augmentation that enhances greatly their physical and mental capabilities at the price of cutting them off from the world's magic system and can transmit the feature to their children. The story is told from the First-Person Perspective of Saly Asigar, a young woman who decides to become a neogician. When the procedure has unsual results, Emperor Keynn Lucans get her enrolled into Memoria, the prestigious academy for neogicians that he founded.

There is Comic-Book Adaptation as well.

Néogicia provides examples of:

  • Bio-Augmentation: All neogicians are the direct or indirect result of this.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • There's a certain prestige at being born a neogician, but it keeps one from leaving Centralis before the age of twenty-five except during education-related missions. This greatly annoys Loreley.
    • The physical features enhanced by becoming a neogician include feeling pain.
  • Brains and Brawn: Saly wants to become a doctor at first, Loreley a solider.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Born neomancers towards those who underwent the procedure within their lifetime.
    • Plenty of members of the Coalition towards neomancers.
  • First Episode Spoiler/Spoiled by the Format: The procedure that makes people into neogicians also has a decent chance of being fatal in the very short term. Even for those that didn't get to see Saly's Early-Bird Cameo in the third Noob novel, it's quite obvious that the book would have been much shorter is she weren't going to survive.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Saly and Loster were introduced in Noob as the most advanced type of neomancer possible short of "Lucans family" level. Saly is satisfied with the basic neomancer package at the beginning of the story. Loster is introduced as a teacher that happens to adore Loreley and Saly is shocked to discover his actual rank. She's also not very interested in diplomacy, but her first appearance in Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions has her doing just that.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Saly and Loreley care more about each other than anyone else in the world and many people outside of their Limited Social Circle are persuaded that the two are an item. This is not helped by the fact the two of them like different sexes, the lesbian of the pair being the most vocal about how close they are and Saly having a crush on a man for whom there is a lot of pre-existing competition.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Albius Loy suspects this is the reason for which the Lucans keep the genetical Longevity Treatment for themselves. He also speculates that after Sirius Lucans died of old age at more than a thousand years old, Keynn may have reached the point of becoming sterile, hence his lack of hurry for having a child.
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: The same downplayed version as that from Noob, with plenty of magic users within the Empire and technology attempts on the Coalition's side.
  • The Mentor: Albius Loy to Saly in the early part of the book. Her evolving ambitions hint that Loster Brom may take on that role later.
  • Psycho Sidekick: Keynn Lucans is being the Benevolent Boss while his brother Nox is doing the dirty work.
  • Saved by Canon: The Noob novels basically give Plot Armour to Saly Asigar, Loster Brom, Saryahblööd and both Lucans brothers.
  • Science Fantasy: Magic and high-tech both exist in the work's universe, but being focused on the non-magic users makes it a littler closer to Science Fiction.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Keynn Lucans, more than 1000 years chronologically, estimated to be in his early thirties by Saly before she found out.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Discussed by Albius Loy after admitting to having a daughter who left home and that he misses very much. He assures Saly that she's not this.