SysTome Item in Ethnis | World Anvil


The Epitome of Portable Knowledge

by Midjourney

Pictured Above: A Systome unlocked, showing diagrams alight on its holographic translucent pages.

Systomes as designed by Hepburn and Luncaster Group are a series of customizable and expandable electronic devices that can store massive amounts of data on a subject to assist the user with any menial and complicated tasks on a subject matter.

Systomes are expensive to purchase, but come loaded with the most current knowledge of the users preferred subjects. They can be updated real-time as long as there is an Æthernet connection. The knowledge contained can be expanded to include more sections of knowledge by purchasing expansion chips. The Systome itself is a physical cover with holographic technology inside. Searching can be done in an instant using communication implants.

I was sure as shit shitting myself when I saw that the Ka was the only one of our group strong enough to try and pull the Vampire Vines from my leg.

I was damned sure the brute would wind up just ripping of my entire damned leg so I just screamed for a punch to the face instead. Thank whatever fuckin' Sovereign was watching that the GearHeart had a medical Systome.

Big brute learned where to grab the vine and how to burn that blasted vine right out. I owe my life to Systome, and if it could teach a Ka to do surgery then I'm pretty sure if can do anything.


Systomes came from a desire to have more connectivity to the ever expanding wealth of knowledge flowing from every corner of the universe. The founders of the Systome originally created their product as a stylized compendium of different topics pulled by algorithms from all the search engines in existence.

Over time, as their product gained more popularity, they created their own ever growing and curated knowledge databanks, these topics could be licensed out and guaranteed only the best information could make it into the hands of its billions of users.


Many Systomes are purchased to assist with those needing references for intelligence. Doctors, technicians, lawyers, engineers, and many more use Systomes to ensure they are up to date and can find any information they need to run their day to day job.

A doctor can learn and read up on any new found disease by setting the Systome down and opening its holographic pages. Entire figures and animations of common surgeries can be whipped up alongside the doctor, guiding even the most novice surgeon through some of the most complicated medical procedures to date.

In. E.N.Core

DMG5 (Crushing)

Choose 1 Skill. Gain +1 to Projects involving that Skill. You cannot pick the same skill more than 3 times. To use, must be opened and unlocked with a partial.


No longer requires a partial to use.


Upgrade Chips

Upgrade chips can be purchased in any Æthernet connected space. They add a +1 to a new kind of check or add an additional +1 to the same skill.

Eyecomm Interface

Adds an Eyecomm transmitter to allow the Systome to be accessed remotely. Reading the Systome no longer requires a partial check to open and can be accessed by anyone with permission.

Decompression Hijack

Allows the use of Systome for illicit purposes and storage of unregistered licenses. Can also be used for creation of self-made libraries.


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Feb 4, 2024 21:01 by Ademal

Ayyy now that's a book worth reading again and again.

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Feb 7, 2024 03:06 by Barron

And when it stops being worth reading, you can just get an expansion chip.

Feb 4, 2024 23:35 by E. Christopher Clark

I don't know if I've just not noticed the game-related stuff before or if you both are adding it more lately, but I love it. The sections on how each item could fit into an Ethnis game make everything feel more real to me for some reason. Well done!

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Feb 7, 2024 03:07 by Barron

Absolutely! As we've started public play tests of E.N.Core we've been realizing that it's high time to give the catalogue a little more love. The challenge gave us the perfect excuse!

Feb 6, 2024 17:00 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Is the damage the damage you can do by hitting someone with a book? I love it.   I want a systome on mushrooms please. :D

Feb 7, 2024 03:08 by Barron

You absolutely could get a Mycologist License! And yes, yes it is. It's a heavy book!

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