The Gaming Steve Universe is a long-running science fictionPlay By Post Game hosted on the site of the same name.The Gaming Steve Universe takes place in an expansive galaxy populated by a large variety of alien creatures, each with their own unique themes and stories, so much so that some have even created their very own Expanded Universes. The main timeline is so expansive it's divided into several successive eras.The story usually focuses on the military and diplomatic aspects of the galaxy's primary community of space-faring civilizations. It is not uncommon for players to role-play their respective civilizations as both individual characters and entire peoples, or more commonly, space fleets. That being said, the universe has developed quite a respectable pool of characters in its several years of existence.A currently less active aspect of the game is race creation. It's a rule of thumb that one cannot role-play in the Gaming Steve Universe without initially creating one's own species. This could lead to some very interesting results, as showcased by certain creators who are quite keen on fleshing out their works.It originally developed as an offshoot of a Spore 2005 Fan Fic. As the fan-made creatures and stories became more and more complex, the Gaming Steve Universe drifted further and further away from its parent material, eventually becoming its own independent universe.The game itself can be found here.While the individual creations' pages can be found here.
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A God Am I: Zerone AKA The Walking God. He even dragged his entire race into a life of blind and eternal worship towards him.
The Nameless certainly feel this way.
Especially their leader, Bathariadne.
The fact that they can justify it in the eyes of their more primitive subjects doesn't help either.
All Just a Dream: The entire Nameless War all turned out to be a video game played by Dimikos Talin, ex-President of the Perrachi Socialist Republic. The climax of an epic battle made way for a ridiculous cartoon that made fun of him. He didn't take it well.
And I Must Scream: The Eternal Torture Device. Developed by the Terran-Ixians, of all people.
Ascetic Aesthetic: The Robotic Wexxians ultimately take the cake for this one. They use sleek and shiny design principles like organics breathe air. Just to make it clear, this is the same race that puts crystals and spires on their blueprints wherever, and whenever, they possibly can.
The Omic as well, with their equally ascetic architecture.
This is a side-effect of ViS design, and to a greater extent philosophy, which optimizes efficiency to a point where everything is as minimal as possible.
Badass Army: Essentially the Second Galactic War was several of these clashing. What with the first Emergence of the Austians and their Super Soldier-esque Marines, the Alliance of Honor (which just sounds Badass) and the Grand Union deciding that Communism isn't badass enough for them and deciding to kick out REDSTAR.
The Communicant horde managed to take on half the galaxy at once. I'd certainly say they fit this description.
Blue and Orange Morality: Some of the more "villainous" races usually have this. Though, that doesn't mean that benevolent civilizations are completely immune to it.
The Elbeasts' philosophy is to eat everything, as in everything everything. Some Elbeasts have even stated that they'll go as far as modifying their own biochemistry just so they can succeed in eating everyone. Suffice to say, no amount of logical or physical persuasion has convinced them to think otherwise. Ever.
Practically any civilization in the Extended Yuuniverse which has the technology necessary to field a Starship can be considered as one.
Dirty CommunistsDemocratic Socialists: The Perrachi temporarily became this when they started to aggressively "liberate" weaker nations under tyrannies,
Played Straight in terms of the REDSTAR, who crossed into Complete Monster territory towards the end of the Second Galactic War.
The species that the former PSR (Perrachi Socialist Republic) liberated/conquered are independent, though their governments are "The Slakos Democracy" and "The Makal Commune". They appear to be averting this trope.
Enemy Civil War: If you take the viewpoint of anyone outside the REDSTAR Union, or the Grand Union, or, eventually, the Liberal Union, then basically most of the history of the Union can be seen as this.
Enemy Mine: During the Battle for Origin most of the species of the galaxy, even the Core Combine, were willing to temporarily put aside their current hatreds to fight the Nameless.
Epic Fail: The Pentekonterus did this a couple of times.
Averted with the Yerxe, whose homeworld basks in the sun at day and a large colorful nebula at night. They're fond of lasers, and are not above using murder as an art form.
Evolving Weapon: The Blade of Axon has the extremely useful ability of perfectly copying any technology it comes in contact with. And it once managed to stab a Sufficiently Advanced Alien straight in the gut. Guess what that means.
The Terran-Ixians have this as their most basic form of long-range attack.
This is the entire reason for the Terran-Radians' existence.
The Extended Yuuniverse essentially breathes this trope.
Galactic Conqueror: Zerone of the Communicants. He already succeeded in conquering his own galaxy, after which he decided to conquer the game's main galaxy next. Let's just say most of its inhabitants didn't take it kindly.
Green Rocks: Omnium a.k.a. Alkahest, self-replicating crystals which serve as additional processing power for people who perform Programming.
Happinessin Slavery: Averted. If anyone's happy, then they where forced to be... brutally. Communicants messed you up with Mind Screw tech until you were a fanatical follower of the Walking God, the Nameless seem to go out of their way to be complete jerks to their slaves, and the Core Combine simply screw with your genetics so much that your brain is basically rewired genetically to serve them.
The Core Combine, with varying levels of individual freedom.
The Atomna, a semi-singularity which have individual minds that are subservient to a central consciousness.
Hordeof Alien Locusts: The Core Combine has elements of this. Once they're done conquering a world or exterminating a race, they simply move on to the next one. Also the Supara, who are actually an even more triumphant example.
The Nameless of the Nameless Empire take this to a whole new level, with their shortest members being several 'hundred' meters tall.
This becomes even more egregious when it comes to the elite Elders, who are so massive they can fit entire capital ships of most other non-giant races within the palm of their hands.
Though, the penultimate offender would be Lord Glutenheimer, who is as large as a full-sized planet.
And then we go to Lord Bathariadne, who, like most other Universal Administrators, is slightly taller than a Luminary Assault Carrier. To put that into perspective, if he and this star were to stand side by side, the star would be about the height of his shoulder.
Lampshaded by the Orealyianis, who use a pseudo-atmosphere of nanomachines on their ships and planets in order to make them habitable to anyone who sets foot on them.
Equally averted, and in the same manner, in the Extended Yuuniverse.
Organic Technology: The Core Combine uses this combined with some inorganic systems and the Supara uses this in even more staggering amounts.
But who really takes the cake are the Zeront, whose technology consists solely of biological constructs.
Overly Long Name: King Glutenheimer His Excellency Master for Eternity, Field Marshal Prince Physician Gluten, Master Programmer, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Master of Universal Affairs, Lord of all the Species of the Earth and Creatures of the Sea, and Conqueror of all other races in the Universe in General and Galaxy-627 in Particular.
Or his style: One Whose Rank Is So High That Even His Rank Cannot Be Named Except By Himself.
This gem comes from the Yerxe: Zvirnnau VII of the Most Honorable Above All Others Zvau Dynasty, Greatest and Holiest Emperor of the Mightiest Empire of Sahrzhir, May No Words Ever Foul the Proud and Glorious Name of Sahrzhir, King of Kings of Kings by Divine Right, The Chosen One of the Sun and the Nebula and the Rivers, Conqueror of the Desert Tribes, Destined to Rule all of Yerx, All Beings of the Entire Universe Who Ever May Even Allow the Slightest Thought of Harming Our Wonderful King of Kings of Kings to Pass Into Their Feeble Brains Condemn Themselves to Eternal Torment Justified by the Completely Obvious Divine Righteousness Surrounding He Who Will Annihilate All Evil a.k.a. Zvirnnau VII
Paint It Black: The corrupted Bathariadne and the Atheim who chose to side with him during the Great Rebellion. Their skin turned pitch black to show the fact they they no longer emit any light, but rather absorb it. Well at least anything not in the yellow part of the spectrum.
People Jars: The entire Chivi race was forced to become this after consuming an antidote for the many genetic anomalies that were caused by a global biological war. By the time they found out about its long-term side-effect, it was already too late.
Proud Merchant Race: The Sombrerons are 'the' merchant race of the galaxy. If there's anyone who can screw the rules or drive their enemies to submission through sheer power in the world of Economics, it's them.
Rasputinian Death: Yerxe have backup brains and hearts in their torso, head, and each of their six limbs. This means that to effectively kill one you have to slice it up into at least twenty carefully cut pieces.
With their sleek white and flawless exteriors, Wexxian spaceships fit this trope to a T.
Slave Mooks: The Communicants, Nameless, Core Combine, almost all villainous races have this.
Slave Race: Several races have them, Communicants had them, Nameless have tons of them, and they make up a vast majority of both the Nameless' and Core Combine's military.
Starship Luxurious: The flagships of most Terran-Ixian fleets have entire planets inside of them just to house representatives of other species, or any refugees they might come across on their travels.
The Orealyianis' home system is actually the salvaged remains of a Terran-Ixian Starship.
Each Luminary Assault Carrier contains a Nameless' personal planet.
Actively encouraged, in fact. To the point that anything remotely humanoid or familiar was flamed off of the forum at one point.
Starfish Language: What limited samples of languages there are don't fit this description, but UFO King recently went ahead and invented a language for the Perrachi. The phonology looks like a somewhat limited version of English with emphasis on sounds that seem more fitting of a beak than a human mouth. Oh, and they speak in different "voices" for different types of words which sound like weird musical instruments, represented in the writing system by different colors.
Some are even composed of nothing but super soldiers.
That's No Moon: The Nauceans' Moon Spheres, which are literally as large as the MOON. And ever since their owners ascended, they've also doubled as BigDumbObjects.
The Vara Orealyianis certainly fits the bill, essentially being a gigantic mecha space carrier with two capital ship-sized space guns attached to its shoulders, as well as countless other smaller weapons sprinkled across its surface.
The Vara Orealyianis even has an entire city in it!
The Extended Yuuniverse's sense of scale is a very egregious offender, with most major space navies having flagships the size of supergiants.
That's no planet... It's an Assault Node!
That's no star... It's a Starship!
That's no event horizon... It's a Luminary Assault Carrier!
There's also the Orealyianis' Variable Armors. From Space Plane to something roughly humanoid, and sometimes in between. The flagship of the Orealyianis Stellar Navy itself is one of the largest transforming mecha in the known galaxy. The Variable Fortress Vara Orealyianis is over three hundred fifty kilometers long.
There is a reasonable explanation for the use of these mecha. The Variable Armors were designed to allow the Orealyianis to combat the Nameless on a more or less equal footing. Basic use of Fridge Brilliance reveals that "on equal footing" doesn't mean technologically, but the sheer fact that using Variable Armors is the only way to engage the Nameless (whose smallest members are as tall as modern skyscrapers) in close-quarter combat. Their plane-like primary mode allows for fast, long-distance cruising that would usually be provided by shuttles, and the transitional form exists as a middle ground, providing respectable amounts of both speed and maneuverability. This is pushed to the extreme with the Vara Orealyianis, which was designed to fight the larger members of the Nameless, who can be as large as the minor planet Pluto.
The Luzonian Knighthood also utilize Variable Armors, though not as commonly as the Orealyianis do.
The Vara Orelyianis' two main String Energy Amplification Through Concentrated Emission of Sub Space Vibration, AKA SEACESSV, cannons. At over a hundred kilometers long, each one is big enough to be considered a capital ship in its own right.
The Phitire's Splitter Cannon. A wave motion vacuum cleaner which creates a powerful wormhole that gobbles up entire enemy FLEETS.
In the Extended Yuuniverse, the main cannons of Starships are basically gamma ray bursts ON STEROIDS.
We Can Rebuild Him: The Photos' ABU units are essentially maimed soldiers who chose to undergo extensive cybernetic upgrades in order to continue serving in the military.
We Have Reserves: Whenever this trope is invoked, itís either: A.) The race in question is biologically designed for this and thus has no qualms about using such strategies or B.) The commander is a serious Jerk Ass. Sometimes both.
The Core Combine's general strategy is simply to deploy in such massive numbers that they will eventually obtain victory.
The Supara's tactics are similar.
Don't get me started with the Communicants.
Same with the Nameless.
One particular type of minion, the Dronel, is designed to flood hostile ships and planets. Literally.
Willfully Weak: The Kratair have yet to ever go all out fighting an opponent, out of the interests of toying with their quarry or avoiding collateral damage.
The main purpose of Terran-Ixian Neutralization Divisions is to engage combatants without delivering lethal damage.