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World-Cage Prompts

Introduction to the Geography

 
  • Surface is highly polluted and industralized, a nightmarish landscape of junk, trash, metal, and ruins.
  • Weird science-fantasy landscape stuff
  • Sky is replaced by the World-Cage Fortress, completely enveloping the planet.
  • The Cage is divided into sections, like vast overlapping bands, constantly moving.
  • Forge leylines of energy and industry, connecting to geomantic centers
  • Enormous rails and transport infrastructure stuff
  • Impressive Landmark; the Quicksilver Swamp

  • Ocean sized swamp, immensely polluted, metallic
  • Slag spires and fused together trash-islands.
  • Chemical reaction volcanoes
  • Plasma vents
  • Criminal Organization; Swampers

  • Pirates based out of the Quicksilver Swamp
  • Uses Submersibles for life and raiding; bunch of weird, ramshackle submarines
  • Raiders, rebels, criminals and profiteers.
  • Marginalized Ethnicity; Rejected

  • Bio-genetic enhancement failures
  • Short lived and leper-like, often shunned and abused
  • Includes some faulty cloning vat outputs and so on
  • Prestigious Profession; Savant

  • Tech expert, a mix of archeologist, inventor and jury-rigging adventurer
  • Does a lot of scavenging, reconstructing old/existing tech and figuring out Warden stuff
  • Experts att picking seeming junk apart and coaxing life back into discarded salvage
  • Feared Illness/Condition; Rift-Mark

  • Infested by horrible junji-ito/lovecraft parasites from space
  • Wide range of various terrifying body horror effects
  • Happens either when the world-cage is breached by invaders, or generations after that as surviving attackers lurk in the surface.
  • Genestealer-y
  • Unique Resource; Fossilized Alien Dead

  • Made up from the parastic horrors from beyond space.
  • A reason for parasite-farms and hunting parties
  • Body horror flesh-pits fun-time
  • Used for power, but needs to be charged up
  • Can be charged quite a bit, with very high energy density potential.
  • A Hero; Parasite-Hunter

  • Pioneered some parasite-hunting tech
  • Rose to fame during one of the early and worse parasite infestations after a big breach
  • Allowed self to get infected and held in special machine to keep his mind, for reasons of longevity
  • Now runs a sector of the World-Cage as a relentless and merciless foe the the Infecting
  • A Villain; Transhumanist Cult Leader

  • Caused inciting incident for current situation
  • Has an idea that humanity can become elevated to a new state of being through metamorphisis with the alien parasites.
  • Has merged with the parasite(s) infecting him, and now consumes other parasites too
  • Isn't on the alien's side, for the record. He's on his own side.
  • World-Altering Technology;
  • TBD
  • Ancient Kingdom; The Iron Empire

  • Loyal vassals to the World-Cage wardens
  • Nation dedicated to the defence and maintenance of the Spire.
  • CLoning var facilities, gene-monstrosities, tower-farms
  • Been around for a long time; trice destroyed, trice reborn
  • Is in t he crosshairs of the villain, so gonna be dealing with a lot of trouble
  • Good/Bad Luck Species; Gibbets

  • Small, friendly scavengers with keen senses
  • Eats pests and detects parasites
  • Cuddly, cute but kinda weird-looking
  • Grand Ruins; Sector 17A

  • Part of the cage that fell to the surface during a catastrophic breach
  • Centuries later, that part of the cage is still scarred.
  • A continent of iron, crashing to the ground
  • Still a mountain of scrap and forbidden technology. Lots of warden salvage-teams in the area
  • Also scavengers, blockades and all kinds of shenanigans
  • Also leakage that is causing all kinds of genetic horror to lurk down there in the darkness underneath
  • Stylish Transport; Flying Guillotine

  • Fast moving, crescent-shaped craft with sharp bladed edges
  • Used as a terror-weapon, an escort, or a ride for the wealthy
  • Influential Book; Report on Celestial Phenomena 86-12-10-NL

  • First real documentation on the parasite horror-aliens
  • One of the inciting incidents for the creation of the world-cage
  • Outlines a bunch of initial sightings and apocalyptic predicts, and have been added to since with a bunch of fun addendums
  • Species used for Medicine

  • TBD
  • Valuable Item; Sun Stone

  • Stores sunlight, making it a rare luxury
  • Eventually burns out
  • All manefactured by the wardens
  • Popular Sport; Junking

  • Team-ish sport for creating competing inventions with stuff found within a designated area, usually some junkyard
  • Some variants have a more curated selection of junk
  • Sometimes run as a gladitorial thing (robo-wars) or by performance, or by panel of judges
  • Sometimes watched by Wardens - they like it too!
  • Funeral Rites; Reclamation

  • Bodies of the dead are reprocessed at centralized facilities; flesh is rendered down to slurry, cybernetics reclaimed
  • Some are turned into machine-dead servants.
  • Highest Rank in Powerful Organization; Sector Superior

  • Rulers of a sector of the World-Cage
  • Answers and reports only to the War Council
  • Very powerful; very ruthless, with the life of the planet dependant on their success
  • Still, not nice people, generally speaking. The world cage is also about world domination, after all.
  • Shortest War; Gemini Uprising

  • A revolt against the world-cager's control, pretty large and out of one big, populous city-state
  • It coincided with a large alien attack, giving the Wardens a lot of stuff to deal with, so they nuked the city from orbit
  • Intense orbital bombardment created an enormous crater full of superstition and still-melting, radioactive slag.
  • Biggest City; The Spire

  • The biggest, oldest space "elevator", a massive tower that is anchored to a point in the world cage.
  • It ferries tons of stuff into the cage, with constantly moving traffic.
  • Cancerous metal, bloated with cargo, pox-marked with weapons and wounds of war and maintenance
  • Lush Location; Algae Ocean

  • Huge, artificial ocean filled with food-algae
  • Also filled with predators, pests and grazing cattle, a full and man-made mutagenic ecosystem
  • Large harvesting crafts patrol the ocean to harvest, divers and hunters roam the oceans for morsels, guards keep predators and mutants (and pirates) away
  • Mutations, tenders, and oh my
  • Lit from underneath by huge lamps, allowing kelp-groves to grow miles long.
  • Important Plant; Various Food Algae Stuff

  • TBD
  • In/famous industrial Landscape

  • TBD
  • Ceremonial Building

  • TBD
  • Inhospitable Arae

    A: Poison Plans

  • Lowered elevation plains, filled with poisonous maisma and vapours, created from chemical run-off and reactions
  • A "highlands" where it's not so bad (but still not great)
  • Poison gas tidal waves and tornadoes
  • Wall and gate that double as both keeping stuff in and dumping things in
  • B; The Dump

  • Centralized dumping point for all the waste and garbage generated in the Cage
  • Trash, waste and garbage, semi-continously raining from the sky onto the ground
  • A town ("Ring-Town") rings the site, filled with scavengers, looters, etc.
  • Impressive Landmark 2; Tamed Volcano

  • An entire large and active volcano, bound with machinery and turned into a massive geothermal power-plant.
  • Occasionally agitated to keep things going
  • Channels carved into the rock to channel the not-too-uncommon eruptions
  • Everything is caked with soot and ash, smells of sulfur, edged with melted stone
  • Isolated Frontier City; Floating Algae Bio-Dome

  • Drifting on the Algae ocean on an artificial island-craft.
  • Dedicated to R&D, monitoring crops and the ocean, tending to them
  • Also has underwater extensions, where hunting and research goes on
  • Most who are born there live there for their full live, but they are occasionally supplemented by prison labor.
  • Creature Used For Transport; Dragon Eel

  • Used for transport and cargo, underwater - "native" to the Algae Ocean
  • Curling horns, two sets of fins, quilled tail
  • Frequently augmented with cybernetics, always a short of shock-controlling helmet
  • Occasionally used for war/hunting
  • A Country and its HIstory;

  • TBD
  • Typical House or Dwelling; Coffins

  • Cargo-ship containers, fashioned into modular homes
  • Assigned to people, can be "easily" modified to allow for families to merge t heirs
  • Are frequently modified and hacked by its inhabitants
  • Warlike Culture; Initiates

  • Warrior wannabes who thinks they can prove themselves enough that the Wardens will recruit them and take them up into the World Cage
  • Actually does happen! But probably not as paradisical as they think.
  • But until it does, they are a wide-spread nuisence, fighting as both mercs and raiders, or just trouble-makers
  • Lots of "trying to be the best!" - so chems, cybernetics and more, all to try to look awesome.
  • Mythological Creature;

  • TBD
  • Tenets of Organized Religion;

  • TBD
  • Influential Woman;

  • TBD
  • Common Idioms and Sayings;

  • TBD
  • Conflict that shaped politics; The Eternal Siege

  • ALIENS
  • And they're besieging the planet pretty much 24/7
  • That's why the world-cage is there! (That, and world-domination)
  • In the lulls, that's when more shenaniganery happens
  • Great Thinker and their Impact; Steve the Siege-Guy

  • Name TBD obviously
  • One of the main architects of the World-Cage
  • A genius of engineering and megaceture
  • Culinary Tradition;

  • TBD
  • Material that is Mined/Quarried

  • TBD
  • Commonplace Item

  • TBD
  • History around unique artefact/art

  • TBD
  • Major Technological Breakthrough

  • TBD
  • Military Vehicle

  • TBD
  • Clothing Material

  • TBD
  • Commonly Used Vehicle

  • TBD
  • Collection of Culinary Recipes

  • TBD
  • Comments

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    Aug 6, 2021 09:11 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    Shocking plot twist! The cage is actually there to help people!

    To see what I am up to: my Summer Camp 2024.
    Aug 6, 2021 09:54

    Much like a fence keeps the cattle safe from wolves so they grow nice and fat for the butcher's cleaver.


    Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.