world-setting:imperial-stars

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Technology


FTL

The Wyld

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Dangers

xxx flexible reality
xxx distorts/changes/alters at times
xxx Geller fields protect during dives and are used as sails during sailing

Population Attraction

xxx more sentients in the real universe the more the Wyld 'bends' towards an area (with limits)

Navigators

Diving

xxx jumping from point to point via deep transits into the Wyld
xxx can be done by anyone (in theory)
xxx if the Geller field goes then you're in trouble

Sailing

xxx Skimming the surface of the Wyld
xxx technically slower than diving, but can be sustained to outpace a diving ship in the medium to long run.
xxx currents in the 'shallow' parts of the Wyld can take you to odd places if not careful
xxx if caught wrong by the currents then ship gets battered by the Wyld
xxx Navigators can make/find/use currents to get to the right place fast and avoid getting battered


Computers

The Spark & Sentients

Memetic Warfare

xxx Ideas and concepts used offensively
xxx 'unexploded mines' litter data systems and almost breed in there
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Search Engines

xxx searches are very limit and non-associative
xxx wider searches are possible, but potentially dangerous
xxx safest to get a 'machine-spirit' to do it beyond straight forward matters.

Semi-Intelligent

Machine-Spirits

Full AI

Ascension

xxx euphenism to how the greater AIs 'think themselves to death'
xxx seems to be a desired state from the PoV of AIs

Koans

xxx memetic phrases/productions used by the greater AIs.
xxx Causes 'enlightenment' on a problem when it finally unpacks/is understood by the recipient
xxx Used due to the disconnection from the human mindset beyond the most concrete and step-by-step level.

Bodhvistahs

xxx An AI which has held back from ascension and helps 'those who remain'.
xxx Only a handful in the entire empire.

Yama Kings

xxx AI gone horribly bad.
xxx Lasts and has escaped.

The Church of Minds

xxx a guild/organisation which tries to learn how to think like the greater AIs
xxx provides a differing, and knowingly artifical, mindset which resists neural imprinting, memetic weaponry, and aids communication with AIs

Devotees

Sages


Weapons

Shields

Personal

Ship

WMDs


Medicine

Health Care

Augmentation

Flesh-shaping

Neural Imprinting


Government


Law

Citizenship

Fealty


Nobility

The Great Houses


Corporations & Capitalism

Guilds

Navigators Guild

Church of Minds


Systems & Planets


Ranks

Wiki on Ranks

Emperor

Monarchs

xxx Must give direct fealty to the Emperor

Kings & Queens

xxx Has held three generations of fealty oath from three or more dukes.

Princes & Princesses

xxx Holds at least a generation long fealty oath of three or more dukes.
xxx Serious military requirements mean that people are cautious about the rank.
xxx Merchant-Princess aren't unknown
xxx The heir of a King or Queen, if they would hold the above requirements when they inherit, also holds this rank.

Titled Nobility

Duke or Duchess

xxx Holds territories outright
xxx Some duchies were sovereign in areas that would become unified realms.

Marquess or Marquis

xxx Primary holdings are a 'march' (unsettled or boarder region).
xxx Less rank, but less responsibilities, and are required to be taking steps to improve their holdings.

Count

xxx Holds a given territory, no lesser than a planet's worth, outright.
xxx The owner of a suitably sized multi system corporation

Lesser Nobility

xxx nobility through marriage or being close to a titled noble.

Baron

xxx holds a non-mobile (or territorial) asset which has proven stable in the long term.

Knights

xxx title gained

Bourgeois

xxx title bestowed due to having and retaining holdings
xxx easily lost and little/no grace period against loss

Esquires

xxx has a singular holding/asset of importance
xxx can be granted simply for own knowledge/skill making oneself an asset
xxx Captains of ships which they own themselves are always esquires
xxx may become a baron if asset is a territory and proves stable

Freemen

xxx Has general citizen ship

Yeoman

xxx Unofficial rank/compliment assigned to skilled and useful/productive citizens.
xxx "Doing yeoman's work" means that one is putting in extraordinary effort or exemplary work.

Bondsmen

xxx Can be temporary or permanent rank. Temporary mostly overwrites normal rank.
xxx Only for those contractually bound to a service.
xxx Will bear a fealty or loyalty neural geas.
xxx Can have waived rights via contractual agreements

Serfs

xxx Is tied to a job and (location/ship) and may not be moved from such without breaking contract.
xxx Longer term contract only, but the position is more 'secure'.
xxx A farmer worker could be a serf on a particular farm and so too could be a maintenance technician on a ship.
xxx Has stronger protections than most bondsmen.

Slaves

xxx Only attained through sentences from High Justice (as handed down by a Count or higher ranked noble).
xxx Consider 'outlaws' in the sense of 'out with the law'. Legally they have about as much rights as a chunk of raw beef.
xxx Have a nonviolence and obedience geas burnt into them before being sold.