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Create A Universe With Other Writers!!!

12 emeralds 557 replies 28,934 views | started 06/16/2016 12:11 pm by JediJerboa

Greetings newcomer, and welcome to the "Create A Universe With Other Writers!!!" thread! We are a group of informal writers working together on, you guessed it, a sci-fi universe, and we're always looking for new ideas, so feel free to share your thoughts here. If you need an idea on what we've created so far, here's a little summary for you:


Earth, now known as Gaia, has come to peace with all nations, uniting them against the extraterrestrial forces invading their solar system. This unison allows Gaia to conquer numerous planets, even stretching into other galaxies, thus giving them the new title of the Empire of Gaia. New alliances with alien races have allowed the humans to gather new technology and skills, the most important being the Living Crystals, a sort-of organic AI system that powers their weapons. However, the Empire of Gaia does not always run smoothly, so special forces teams are employed to help even out the discord in the empire. Even still, battles are being waged everyday against hostile aliens, traitorous armies, and other powerful enemies. It seems hard to be called a hero in these dark times, yet some manage to gain this revered title in outrageous acts of valor.


Our new Discord is now finished! Click the link below to be invited to the Discord!
Come join us in the Empire of Gaia!


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JediJerboa
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10/14/2017 10:30 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Just started randomly doodling and ended up creating a more hyena-looking creature with a mane of fur going down its back and lots of shaggy fur. This could be a good start for a new alien. Are there any special traits I should add? Also, what should I call it? Be sure to leave or suggestion or share your own ideas in the thread.
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10/13/2017 9:28 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Any mythology experts out there willing to help us out? We'll be checking on here and on the Discord for new writers, artists, or just people interested in reading our lore. So don't feel shy, the Empire of Gaia awaits your arrival!
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10/11/2017 2:10 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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We need some government specialists as we haven't truly established the details of how Gaia is ruled. If anyone can help us in that aspect or just wishes to contribute to other sections, we'd be happy to welcome you here to the thread and/or the Discord!
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10/10/2017 5:43 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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We're actually focusing a bit of time on biowarfare and new aliens, so feel free to join the Discord or talk here. We would also be extremely blessed if we could get some artists on our team. if you enjoy drawing sci-fi stuff, then we would be glad to welcome you to the team.
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10/09/2017 9:36 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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We are still looking for new writers. We're still managing the thread, so do not fret if you cannot join us on the Discord.
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09/29/2017 5:01 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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We still are open to ideas on the forum, so you don't have to have Discord to contribute. We're always happy to hear from you guys!
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09/26/2017 3:38 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Still waiting for new writers on the Discord! We're still transferring information, but feel free to add any new ideas that you have. We also have specific roles depending on what area you specialize in: Department of Defense (military), Imperial Officers (government), Xenobiologists (aliens), and Imperial Librarians (story writing).
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09/25/2017 3:51 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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It's finally finished, my fellow writers! There's a link in the description to get an invite to the Discord. Hope to see you there!
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09/25/2017 2:38 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Alright guys, it's almost ready! The Discord has been organized and the roles have been created.
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09/22/2017 12:24 pm
Level 12 Journeyman Dragon
FangABXY
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Fang here, I like alien species, but I can also do given species' faction 2. *laughs maniacly* I know what I'm doing too.
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09/22/2017 11:10 pm
Level 12 Journeyman Dragon
FangABXY
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Wait how do I join and where r the terms of service?
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09/23/2017 4:58 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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We don't really have a terms of service but we are glad to welcome you to the team! We're almost ready to invite people to our Discord, so we hope to see you there!
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09/21/2017 12:38 pm
Level 1 New Network
GRAHAM Studios
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Hello, i would like to join, but how? Is there already a Discord?
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09/21/2017 12:41 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Consider yourself a part of the team! The Discord is still being set up, but I'll be sure to notify you when it goes up.
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09/18/2017 12:02 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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Is there a way to make the poll accept multiple answers? Right now we can only answer one at a time.
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09/21/2017 10:18 pm
Level 18 Journeyman Button Pusher
Cibplays
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When you post a poll you have the option to allow members to select multiple answers
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09/19/2017 8:58 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Yeah, there's no way. Might open a ticket.
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09/18/2017 1:05 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Not that I saw. I'll check again and see.
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09/18/2017 9:01 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Well, it has become pretty clear to me that everyone would want a Discord, but now I have to make it. I want to make sure everyone gets what they want, so I need ideas for what channels we need. We already have random chat and role play channels, but I'm not quite sure what else to add. I'll make a new poll with some proposed ideas.
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09/17/2017 4:50 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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So, what channels do we need on the Discord? Just want to make sure I create what you all want.
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09/17/2017 8:08 pm
Level 18 Journeyman Blacksmith
striker107
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We could have channels dedicated for different sections for expanding upon "The Gaian Universe" (Don't know the exact name), like:
1. Species with their specific planets and cultures.
2. Militial powers and branches of said powers.
3. Ships with their diagrams or descriptions.
4. Main character expansion.
5. Central lore.
All should be pretty self-explanatory.

This is my idea of a few we could have, there's probably others we could have that I have not thought of, but I am finished for now.

Respectfully Striker107.
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09/18/2017 9:02 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Thanks Striker! That would definitely help sort out all the info. I'll be sure to keep all these ideas in mind!
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09/16/2017 10:53 am
Level 18 Journeyman Artist
raisa
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Hello!
I would like to join.
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09/16/2017 1:34 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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We're always happy to have more contributors! Welcome!
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09/16/2017 7:34 am
Level 1 New Crafter
Chaone
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Conquring other galaxies is a bit extensive, as it takes millions of lightyears to get to another galaxy. That would require Faster-Than-Light travel that can go a cross the galaxies in a few secounds. And the amount of energy needed to preform that would be about equel to one googol of hydrogen fusing stars.
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09/16/2017 1:31 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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With the conventional form of spacecraft propulsion, chemical, the amount of energy required to travel faster-than-light is actually infinite (and therefore impossible). Alternate forms (warp, hyperspace ect.) are likely also impossible (it would be sweet if they could actually work though). This is a work of fiction, though, and therefore does not need to be factual (there are aliens that look too Earth-like to possibly be realistic). the Living Crystals are also producers of zero point energy.

Sorry if I seem blunt, I didn't mean to be.
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09/16/2017 2:41 am
Level 1 New Crafter
SaltyMeowingCat
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I am interested in joining!
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09/16/2017 1:33 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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Welcome to our project!
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09/15/2017 10:22 pm
Level 15 Journeyman Dragon
Kaotic Kingdom
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I would like to join.
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09/16/2017 1:33 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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Then welcome! We'd all be pleased to have you join us!
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09/15/2017 3:34 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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To me, the Gaian Empire gives off the vibe of a totalitarian regime. Perhaps we could develop the Empire as such? Propaganda could be literally everywhere. Alien species could typically be second class citizens, with most forced into specific roles (scientists, unskilled labour, disposable conscripts ect.). Humanity would be the upper-class citizens.

Religion could also play a major part in Gaia. The Emperor is worshiped as the living incarnation of the/a God(s). It would seriously help maintain control--people are typically more willing to do what their god tells them to do than what a dictator tells you to do.

Also, I liked AirshipsEverywhere's old idea of having Gaia being the most powerful state in the universe. To balance it out would be internal instability (discontent, corruption, too many provinces for the government to control ect.).
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09/15/2017 10:13 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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Jerboa's answer is on point. The most efficient way an interstellar, or even intergalactic apparently, empire can function is through mostly indirect rule. The emperor may appoint regional governors, but there is no way one central state can extend its full control over thousands or millions of light years, even with faster than light travel and communications. The manpower, and the corresponding logistics to support them, alone is staggering for such an idea.

TL;DR: A totalitarian regime cannot exist for long in an intergalactic arena. Maybe over a few star systems, but eventually it would become far too spread out to maintain the same level of control it could through indirect rule, which seems paradoxical until you realize that those regional governors, given considerable latitude over how to govern their sectors, could be lassiez-faire or totalitarian over their small group of star systems. They can best adapt the government to that specific cultural region, which helps with efficiency and security.
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09/15/2017 10:08 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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This seems a bit too much like Warhammer, especially the emperor worship and xenophobia. I haven't really gotten a sense of totalitarianism from Gaia, could you point to specific examples? Sure it's a big civilization and government, but that doesn't mean it is totalitarian. Personally the totalitarian [insert type of people here] supremacist government is overplayed in modern fiction too
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09/16/2017 2:45 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Also, space elves remind me too much of the Eldar of Warhammer 40K, who do almost the same thing.
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09/15/2017 6:01 pm
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JediJerboa
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I don't know about all aliens. I would not want to try and tell a Meriones I'm superior to him. Not only could he smack me against a wall with a whip of his tail, he could be a Reflection. He could punch you and nobody would see him.

I always imagined Gaia having indirect rule over different planets, using the local rulers to maintain order. Not to say that there isn't missionaries that try and spread beliefs. And remember when I said that many of these races have different perceptions of certain celestial powers? They will probably perceive the Emperor in the same fashion.
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09/15/2017 3:50 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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Also, a neighbouring power could be Space Elves. Tall, thin (to the point of looking malnourished), blue, long and pointy ears. Arrogant to a fault and completely self-righteous, and very stubborn (their ways are perfect, for they are perfect. No change could possibly improve their perfect ways, for theirs are the ways of the Gods).

With the sure knowledge of their righteousness, they conquered other races. Unlike Gaia, who stripped alien citizens of their culture and replaced it with Gaia's own, these Elves strip aliens of their culture, but do not replace it (for why teach it perfect ways? An imperfect beast will always be imperfect, no matter how well you try to teach it perfection). And instead of the aliens being second class citizens with poor living standards, the aliens are made slaves (very poorly treated) if they have desirable traits. If not, the Elves will use genocide to cleanse them from the galaxy (a gracious gift from the gracious Gods!).
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09/15/2017 2:01 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Alright, poll's up. We have a week to decide. Although I would say, if we had a Discord, we could invite people outside of PMC.
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09/15/2017 3:03 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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An added bonus.
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09/15/2017 11:34 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Anyone else got any ideas on how to get some more dedicated writers to join and keep them interested? I'm also considering making a Discord to keep constant contact with all the members and see who's actively participating. I will probably take a poll to decide this, but I still need help getting the word out. If you have any ideas on how to do this, I am all ears.
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09/15/2017 1:38 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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A Discord would be pretty helpful, especially with the forum reformat.
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09/15/2017 1:53 pm
Level 38 Artisan Dwarf
rupert
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Aye, it would be.
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09/15/2017 1:50 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Well, I'll open up a poll and see what everyone thinks.
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09/15/2017 10:22 pm
Level 15 Journeyman Dragon
Kaotic Kingdom
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I'd like to join.
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09/08/2017 5:33 pm
Level 30 Artisan Dragon
Wyvern
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then everyone died
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09/10/2017 11:16 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Yes, people do die Wyvern, but not everybody. Some people are too cool for death.
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09/10/2017 1:46 pm
Level 30 Artisan Dragon
Wyvern
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and then most of the main characters died*
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09/08/2017 11:42 am
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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"Legionnaire One," O'Connell barked, "what is your status? What are you seeing?"
Calyxtus breathed a heavy sigh and murmured, "Lupa, I... I know you don't want to hear it, but-"
"But what? There are people still out there soldier, and the longer you complain more life drains from them-"
"Lupa! It's all gone! All I see is junk and lifeless corpses! The loyalists are all dead! Why can't you understand that?"
"You are treading on shaky ground there, Legionnaire One. Follow my orders, or you'll be dishonorably discharged from your ship!"
She didn't want to admit it, but that's all she saw too. Those deranged scoundrels, Lupa thought, can't even spare even the most innocent of lives. Barcatier was right. I should have listened. Should have-
A voice crackled through the comm, pulling the commander back to reality
"Hey Lupa!" Calyxtus barked, "You want some good news or I am still getting the silent treatment?"
"What is it Legionnaire One?"
"There's blips on the radar..."
Vera growled, "Calyxtus..."
"Yes?"
"Quit screwing around and find its source. Now."
"Already on it. Come on, have a little faith in me."
Why did I even promote him... the commander sighed. But she didn't have time for an answer. Barcatier's legacy was at stake.
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09/08/2017 2:08 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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There seems to be a lot of tension between these two, almost an excessive amount judging from Lupa's hostile reactions to Calyxtus reporting the lack of anyone to save (I'm assuming he's a medic), especially when she can see for herself. Not a criticism; I'd like to know more about what's causing tension so great she'd threaten dishonorable discharge in the middle of an operation just because he won't perform a task even she knows is futile.

I'm assuming by "dishonorable discharge" she means she'll recommend him for discharge as soon as they finish the mission, and he'd be dropped off as soon as the ship returned to home port or with the next underway replenishment/personnel transfer. It still seems like a major overreaction (again, not a criticism. I'd really like to know more.) since discharge, especially dishonorable, is an incredibly severe punishment. While discharge is an appropriate response to insubordination (following a court martial), it's usually in response to insubordination that directly threatens and/or leads to destruction of military personnel and property. In this case Calyxtus seems to be simply questioning if his services are needed when they can't detect any life signs. Even if he should have gone out and physically checked bodies to make sure everyone was dead (if they have no way to detect life signs remotely), and refused to, the worst that could happen would be a court martial, after which the officials presiding over that would decide his fate. O'Connell could certainly recommend discharge, but it seems dangerous to allow commanders the ability to strip someone of their military service on their own, rather than just removing someone from duty until further disciplinary action could be taken at a higher level.

The purpose of that last paragraph was to illustrate the significance of the threat for discharge, at least my perception of its significance. Not a bad thing, as it opens up a great opportunity for a personal conflict between two people that might spark something much larger, like one of those people actually still being alive, watching their supposed protectors leave slaughtered civilians they failed to save for dead, and later starting a rebellion. Or more directly, O'Connell and Calyxtus get into another fight and due to reduced situational awareness, their fire team gets ambushed.
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09/08/2017 3:09 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Yes, Lupa is extremely frustrated. She failed to help support the loyal Swan Song, and lost her mentor and friend Barcatier, or at least in her mind. She refuses to admit that there was nothing she could have done, and the fact that she can't do anything now is unacceptable to her. She expects her forces to think the same, but they don't have the same emotional attachment she had.

And as for the dishonorable discharge, Lupa is implying a more violent punishment. However, she might be considering it due to Calyxtus' attitude and constant questioning of orders outside of this. She could possibly discharge him on a death world to fend for himself. She is a bit heated, and is not thinking rationally, so she will probably recant her statements later. I think I will change it to something a bit more evidently violent, like wringing his neck or tossing him out of an airlock just to avoid confusion. Still, I never said Lupa was the most stable of commanders.

There is further argument and does leave them blind to an enemy fleet coming to see if they left anything unfinished. It's pretty much a fight to find the source of life and fight back enough to make a safe evacuation. Also, the last line should imply who they found.
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09/07/2017 1:54 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Which would you rather hear: the origins of Roman and Remington or the Siren's bite?
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09/05/2017 5:40 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Hello Gaians! I'm considering changing the intro post to explain our universe, but I'm still deciding on what to put. The current post has outdated information and says nothing on what we have created. Still, I want the community to decide what defines this thread and what newcomers may want to know.
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09/08/2017 1:54 pm
Level 38 Artisan Unicorn
AirshipsEverywhere
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I think you should emphasize that we are developing a universe with its own history, government, and people. Include some of the most important pieces of information (basic rundown of Gaia as a government and civilization) as well as some of the major extraterrestrial races and their relationship with humanity. This way any newcomers can offer contributions that do not contradict set rules or are irrelevant to what we've developed altogether. Essentially include the main things someone would need to know in order to gain an understanding of the universe we have established so far, so that they can contribute in a way that builds on rather than distracts from what has come before.
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09/08/2017 1:57 pm
Level 26 Expert Pokemon
JediJerboa
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Gotcha. I have a basic summary here, but it seems a bit vague. I can PM it to you if you'd like, just so we know what we need to add.

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