Much of the character flavor and differentiation in HSD revolves around which of the many CorporNations your character grew up in, or was educated by. Each of these massive organizations have different philosophies, cultures, technologies and mentalities. When you build your HSD character you can select up to two of these forces to be a part of your background, which helps shape your personality and the skillset you have to call on. To give you a little taste of some of the flavor of the HSD universe we’re going to post the lineart from the development of the fleets for these megacorps, and snag some of the descriptions right from the book.
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Its no secret that Vectors are an engineered race. The war, the first three Vector population enhancement phases, all these things are included in the (admittedly slim) history lessons every Vector must complete as part of their Contributory Education. But the novelty of that fact has long since worn out for most. While it might have provoked a crisis of conscious and self doubt centuries ago among a few Vectors who had trouble coming to terms with the whole idea, these days its just something to giggle about. All in the past.
Pulse emerged out of a Public Relations division of MarsCo that had been tasked with finding universal sporting activities to keep people connected that didn’t follow the old earth designs, as most of them didn’t translate well to Martian gravity. The story goes (according to their own, now enormous, PR department), while digging through the anatomical makeups of dozens of different vector races in order to find some form of physical competition that didn’t give one species special advantage over another, they hit upon an idea: Why not make the disadvantages part of the sport?
Vector DNA is clean, neat, and easily reconfigured. It had to be for the system to function to begin with, without running the risk of some piece of ancient evolutionary ghost code popping up 400 years later and making everyone sterile or something. Their bodies were patterned off an original animal model, but built genetically from scratch, effectively removing all the little pieces of flotsam associated with millions of years of evolution and drawing a brand new, clean and neat picture from a blank slate. And since every little gene and all its functions are neatly named, categorized and defined, adjusting them to favor say, strength or size or even appearance, is a tidy process. Expensive, but tidy. Pulse took this idea and ran with it, crafting dozens of new sporting competitions that emphasized certain specific traits, and then offering the surgery that would grow your body toward that trait as a service to be purchased by sponsored athletes. The result was superstar athletes who were, quite literally, larger than life, and the public loved to watch them. The idea grew from there, and Pulse was eventually granted independent status by MarsCo in order to allow them to grow their enterprise in the interests of increasing traffic through the commerce sections of Mars itself.
Over the centuries, Pulse’s message has fed off itself and become more personal. No longer is athletic enhancement treatment reserved only for the sponsored, it can now be purchased by anyone with the cash to make it happen. Cosmetic surgery is by far their most popular civilian product, and a few simple treatments in a Pulse Pod can do everything from melt pounds away to tighten skin to increase breast size, without the need for a knife. Side effects are rare, but they’ve occurred before. Blemishes, disfigurement, and on particularly rare occurrences, fast and violent cancers have appeared, but the overall safety of basic cosmetic gene-refreshment is considered high. Its not even terribly complicated to do, but overall vanity and pressure from the social elite has kept the cost higher than it needs to be.
The more extreme surgeries, those generally reserved for athletes and soldiers, are a bit more invasive and result in significantly more change. Champion fighters in Pulse tournaments range anywhere from three to ten feet tall (and certainly didn’t START that way), some favoring a smaller body for the maneuverability while others want the sheer stability of being a mountain of muscle. Pulse rules allow for a wide variety of body changes depending on what you’re participating in, and its not unusual to have some competitors with an extra pair of arms or species traits that don’t match their actual breed. Large scale changes like these are difficult to undo as they effect the very skeleton of the person involved. They’re typically permanent, and once their career has ended the person who possesses them either has to live with it, or pay for a brand new body to transfer into. That can be prohibitively expensive, even for star athletes, and as a result various sporting guilds have imposed maximum modification rules on their events to prevent over-exuberant athletes from ruining their future lives after the sport by modifying so hard they cant function in natural society anymore. Of course, that only led to the creation of underground, high stakes events with no such limits, in which huge sums of money are exchanged yearly and inevitably end up in Pulse coffers as they supply the surgeries and equipment, but, well, they didn’t sanction it. It just ‘happened that way’.
Proficiencies: Navigate, Streetsmarts, Survival, Athletics, Swim, Fly
Enemies: Applied Science and Robotics
-Pulse falsifies its accident reports. Extreme body surgery is inherently dangerous and no amount of practicing or advancement has solved that. For every one titanic, beautiful sporting God you see out in the field, two potentials have died under the knife and been quietly swept away.
-Most body modifications come at the cost of food, and the most extreme ones need special, nutrient enriched food to sustain themselves. Since Pulse produces the food, they control what goes inside of it. Its entirely possible they’re seeding the stuff with experimental chemicals to see what new products will cause this or that.
-Pulse is actually holding off on offering cosmetic surgeries at bargain prices not because of costs, but because they genuinely need to preserve the concept of beauty. Anyone with enough money to afford gene-refreshment a few times can turn themselves into a veritable Adonis if they want to, and if it became too wide-spread, the appeal of it would diminish. They need to keep the majority wanting to be the minority for their product to really sustain itself.
Key products and services: sporting and entertainment gear, food, supplements and chems, luxury transport, gene enhancement procedures, cosmetic surgery.
Corporate Culture: You can always tell a Pulse employee in a crowded room. They’ll be a head taller than everyone else (either because they’re actually taller, or because they’ve found something to stand on) and they’ll be yelling. Generally happily yelling, but yelling none the less. Pulse is loud, proud, and faces each new day like its a face to slap with a glove and challenge to fisticuffs. Their citizenship is likewise energetic, though they have a reputation for being deviant. Pulse frowns on cybernetic enhancement. The average interface and corrective gear is fine and understandable, but they outright snarl at prosthetic and other mechanical reinforcement. Hundreds of years of the integration of physical enhancement through surgical and chemical means have led to a curious definition of “natural” that includes being supercharged by gene-replacement but shuns roboticism.
Naming Conventions: Pulse corptown Vectors don’t typically have last names. they instead have grammatical iconography in their first names. “James” might instead be “James!!@-” If someone has made a grand or notable achievement, such as a doctorate, or a championship victory, their honorific typically takes the form of capitalizing the letters in their name. The numerics are not pronounced when spoke aloud, and identification between multiple “James”s is typically not an issue within Pulse corptown societies, as they culturally make almost excessive use of bright text displays which include the figures, or come right up to your face and speak to you directly. In areas where that is not possible, Pulse citizens will typically assign themselves a callsign for added differentiation.
reblogging these for some exposure. you should do the same! you like neat things, dontcha? you like scifi space shooty stuff, right? course you do!
House dressed as a house painting a house on a house
are you okay Hugh?
I was not prepared for this.
Nothing in life could’ve prepared me for this.
they’re like tiny 8-legged cats
how can anyone hate them
Spiders are huge derps, pass it on.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) OST - Understanding
they look so peaceful :’(
..w-what?! N-no! I just have something im my eye dammit! …both my eyes T-T
Why Bronies are the Worst Thing Ever
Everyone on Tumblr needs to watch this, the whole video. This is so accurate and everyone on Tumblr needs a fucking reality check
oh hey I found this again yay
I first thought this was the usual hate, but everyone on tumblr needs to see this.
i’m gonna have to agree with this thing, bronies are getting too many oranges, guys we need to stope this orange gathering
I usually avoid anything with even the faintest trace of tumblr-hate on it, and remain blissfully unexposed to most of the hate going on, but that’s okay, this isn’t hate. This actually funny.
And it has some quite valid points, particularly the “ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever” sequence (you’ll know it when you get there) is something a lot of bottom-feeders seem to have trouble wrapping their heads around.
TL;DR, the MLP fandom is like any other fandom: there is porn (yes, every fandom), there are scumbags (yes, every fandom), and the scumbags tend to be noisy and tend to get lots of attention to the point where the good people seem terribly marginalized (yes, every fandom).
I’m just here for the cool shit and the cool people. And you know? There’s a lot of both.
Now I want some fresh orange juice.
This makes me thirst apple juice…
‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’
what if i cut off your left leg
would that make you stronger
this is a golden post
FFFFFFFFF dying. XD
OH MY GOD…DYING. XD I approve of this crossover
maud is the best earth bender
Good to know people were just as fucking weird before the internet.
when you type “fuck” but accidentally put “duck”
Hello—here it is. Sorry for the completely unannounced break. Unfortunately I’ve got some real life responsibilities that kinda have to take precedence for a bit. I’ll continue working on pages, but don’t really expect three updates a week, for a little while. Sorry
Carrot Top: If they start talking about racial purity or sedition against Celestia, I’m calling the town guard.
Happy Father’s Day!!!!
I saw this ”my daddy” Father’s Day questionnaire and I couldn’t resist it…
Which will you choose
Good going, all of you. Fantastic.