Randomness: I’ve just rewatched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Thus, for anyone who wasn’t around the first time it came up, this is your reminder that wuxia is a good model for what classical melee combat looks like in the ‘verse – only glowier, since space magic, unlike qi, has that as a side effect.
(It only gets crazier when done in microgravity.)
Question: how much are the Imperial Couple permanently vastened by on their coronation; and why?
In the modern day, quite a lot. Coronation comes with a semi-Fusion with the Imperial Presence, which is one of the Transcend’s archai, in addition to serving as a repository for the memories – or, in the earliest cases, the eidolons – of all their predecessors.
(The same thing applies to the various Ministers of the Throne, although on a more temporary basis, who have a synnoetic relationship with the appropriate member of the Ennead, the nine archai which correspond roughly to the Ministries – the Comptroller, the Warmind, the Signet, et. al.. A busy meeting of the Stellar Council can burn through a lot of cycles.)
Why? Well, who can afford a competence gap?
More Randomness: This story; which can be summed up as “Ontario initiates basic income pilot program; people make decisions based on program as it was explained to them; new government cancels program abruptly; people whose decisions were retroactively made bad are really, really pissed at being stabbed in the back”.
Makes an excellent case study for EX0487: Exosophontology of Mass Coercion, I deem. Probably in that subsection titled “Democracies: Naturally Treacherous or Just Incompetent?” (See, this is why we think social contracts, being all implicit and unilaterally modifiable, are what is technically known as “bullshit”. Actual contracts, now those are something you can build a society on.)
Question: In lieu of my previous question: What does the local culture make of the idea of what TVTropes calls the “Humongous Mecha“?
Mostly, that it’s a damn silly idea. Let’s take what could be a perfectly respectable armored vehicle, then give it a huge target profile, a statically unstable single-point-of-failure (in the sense of “shoot it in the ankle, it falls over”) locomotion system and probable ground pressure issues, then strip off some of the ranged weaponry and replace it with melee-range kit.
Then let’s throw the designer out the airlock for thinking any of that was a good idea.
Whatever coolness factor it may have is entirely overwhelmed by the audience’s awareness of just how many Idiot Balls the responsible parties were holding. They may have a certain intimidation factor going for them, but there’s already plenty of that available, and if you need to turn it up to eleven, there’s always the Fight In The Shade maneuver.
(Walkers, they have, for handling certain types of terrain, but they’re sensible low-slung spidery-legged types.)
Randomness: Marines 3D-print a barracks. The world gets a little more like Starcraft every day.
But we have not yet gone full ‘verse until they can print a version with a bioprinter inside that goes on to 3D print Marines…
Question: On the subject of pronouns (and particularly Japanese pronoun equivalents): Does eldraeic have any that would fill the role of kisama ( 貴様 ) or onore ( 己 ), for those moments when you really need to call someone out?
It’s not a pronoun, but it is an affix that can be attached to a pronoun. Or anything else, of course.
(And it’s not defined yet, so I can’t quote it for you.)
More coming, but let’s go with this for now…
“I think I am becoming a god” clearly has a vastly different meaning to the modern-day eldrae than it did to the Romans.
That Basic Income scheme incentivizes employment a heck of a lot better than the current safety nets where you get the rug pulled out from under you the moment your bank account gets too high.
I’ve had a question brewing for a while, about the name ‘Calmiríë’… have you played Warlords II, back in the day, or is the name coincidence?
I have, but it’s still coincidence. Mine came first. 🙂
(Well, technically, Tolkien used it first as the capital of Rohan back when Rohan was Calenardhon, but I didn’t know that until afterwards, either.)
Ah, indeed. I just recognised the name ‘Calmirie’ as the name of the capital of the ‘Kingdoms’ (dark blue) faction in the Erythea scenario for Warlords II. I can easily see this being coincidence. 🙂
Man, now I want to play Warlords II again.
While I’m asking questions, I may as well venture another one, to answer or not as you wish, since I’ve not exactly been donating recently… how does the balance of power between the diarchs of the Imperial Couple work? Is it a veto from either side of the diarchy if they do not approve of a given course of action, or a delineation of fields of responsibility, or what? What, from the eldrae perspective, is the advantage of the diarchy over a singular executive? Is it the fact that it does divide powers?