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Proximal Yet Divergent

Proximal Yet Divergent

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Only centuries after humanity has left the womb of Mother Earth, it finds itself branching off in an unexpected -- and unwanted -- manner.

876 readers have visited Proximal Yet Divergent since abedlamsun created it.

Introduction

From the inception of the Proximal colonies on Earth's moon in the 23rd century, changes had already been underway for those members of the species who chose to flee commercial hegemony on their home planet. Due to unknown mechanisms, the most popular theory being solar radiation, those inhabitants of the three Lunar Proximal colonies have diverged from the Human race proper. Biologists on both the colonies and Earth determined the species to be labelled as Homo sapiens animus, though many of the divergent species refer to themselves as Espers. Over the past four centuries, as space travel has become more affordable, the Lunar Proximal colonies have become taboo space for 'normal' humans, with only controlled traffic between the two locales.

At this point, the two species have diverged to such the point that they are now properly divergent; a human cannot mate with an Esper and produce a genetically viable offspring. Both species look upon each other with mutual suspicion, prejudices filling both sides for different reasons. The Espers mock the humans' seeming lack of mental development, and over-reliance on technology. Their human cousins are disgusted by the myriad of physical 'imperfections' which Espers are host to. Though they have kept their differences only on the social level, parties within both the Human and Esper governments are calling loudly for war, and are gaining political support from all walks of life. Conflict is brewing...


The player is thrust in the middle of the political turmoil surrounding the conflicting desires of an uneasy peace and a full-blown war. The author must choose between being a Human or an Esper. Humans are involved in a semi-corporate governmental system, and rely heavily on technology (along the level of laser guns, hovercrafts.) Espers are involved in either a democracy (LProx-2 and -3) or a tyranny (LProx-1). They rely on mostly psychic powers, though there are limitations placed on these powers (cannot see the future, for example).

Also, during character creation, beyond specifying the species (and, if an Esper, what physical deformity one has), players are expected to follow a statistics system, and are given fifteen points to distribute through five statistics. The gradient for statistics is a 1-5 gradient. An average statistic is three, (hence fifteen points for five statistics.)

E.g.: Davis is a human with five intelligence. He is a genius, and incredibly gifted with critical thinking and problem solving. However, he has a charisma of one, so he is either a terrible speaker or a hideous man. He has an agility of three, so he is about the same as most humans in how well he can move and dodge attacks. His perception is two, so he's a bit lackluster when it comes to noticing odd things in his environment. Admirably, Davis has a strength of four, so, while he isn't a bodybuilder, he is rather strong compared to most other humans.

The statistics are:
Strength
Perception
Agility
Intelligence
Charisma

(Bear in mind that most Espers either rely on intelligence and perception for their psychic powers. These points are added together, so an Esper with 10 in all is incredibly psychically gifted, whereas an Esper with a three in all was probably teased in school.)

There are some roles that should be filled, but they are few.

Espers
Lunar Proximal 1
High Elder:
Elder:

Lunar Proximal 2 and 3
Presidents:

Vice Presidents:

Humans
The Hub
Head Bureaucrat:
Chief of Executives:

Spaceport Six-Luna
Captain:
Lieutenant:

Any other roles are up to the discretion of players (but please fill these first), though it is best to remember that LProx 1 and The Hub have a caste system, so regular citizens can't affect much change there. Accordingly, Six-Luna is a military installation.

Other than that, character creation should also include whether the character is an Abstainer (does not wish war), War Hawk (does wish for war), or Neutral (apathetic, or willing to take either side.)

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Soft Science-fiction

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The Hub Capitol - Grand Assembly Room

The Hub Capitol - Grand Assembly Room by RolePlayGateway

The current capital city of Earth, it is controlled by the SimTech Corporation, though the megalopolis on the British Isles is officially led by the European Union. Its capitol building is a grand structure, many stories high, culminating in the Assembly

The Hub Spaceport

The Hub Spaceport by RolePlayGateway

Spaceports killed the airport security guard.

Spaceport 6-Luna

Spaceport 6-Luna by RolePlayGateway

The primary docking port for the three Proximal colonies, merchants and officials from all over Earth come here in regards to business; though, with reluctance. The primary means of locomotion is a large monorail.

Earth

Earth by RolePlayGateway

The Home Planet of Humanity

Luna

Luna by RolePlayGateway

Earth's Moon.

The Hub

The Hub by RolePlayGateway

Simply the capital city of Earth. Travel takes place via monorail.

6-Luna Administration

6-Luna Administration by RolePlayGateway

The administrative facilities are the lifeblood for Spaceport 6-Luna.

6-Luna Docking

6-Luna Docking by RolePlayGateway

A series of drydocks that can handle the limited stress of Earth-Lunar travel.

6-Luna Mess Hall

6-Luna Mess Hall by RolePlayGateway

The Primary Mess for 6-Luna staff, it is constantly crowded.

6-Luna R&R

6-Luna R&R by RolePlayGateway

Spaceport 6-Luna's Rest and Recreation Centers, a broad expanse of every possible entertainment known to humanity. After all, a joe in space needs distraction from the Espies.

6-Luna Proximal Hub

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Branching out from the 6-Luna Docks, the Proximal Hub is the primary inter-colony transportation system, from where a person can reach any spot within the three Lunar Proximal Colonies.

Lunar Proximal-1

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The first Lunar Proximal colony is led directly by its High Elder and Elder, and is the industrial workhorse for the three colonies.

Lunar Proximal-2

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The agricultural center of the three Lunar colonies, Lunar Proximal-2 is led by officials elected by the people, regardless of walks of life.

Lunar Proximal-3

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The commercial center for the three Lunar colonies, it is managed in much the same way as the second Proximal.

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Soft Science-fiction

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The Hub Capitol - Grand Assembly Room

The Hub Capitol - Grand Assembly Room by RolePlayGateway

The current capital city of Earth, it is controlled by the SimTech Corporation, though the megalopolis on the British Isles is officially led by the European Union. Its capitol building is a grand structure, many stories high, culminating in the Assembly

The Hub Spaceport

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Spaceports killed the airport security guard.

Spaceport 6-Luna

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The primary docking port for the three Proximal colonies, merchants and officials from all over Earth come here in regards to business; though, with reluctance. The primary means of locomotion is a large monorail.

Earth

Earth by RolePlayGateway

The Home Planet of Humanity

Luna

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Earth's Moon.

The Hub

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Simply the capital city of Earth. Travel takes place via monorail.

6-Luna Administration

6-Luna Administration by RolePlayGateway

The administrative facilities are the lifeblood for Spaceport 6-Luna.

6-Luna Docking

6-Luna Docking by RolePlayGateway

A series of drydocks that can handle the limited stress of Earth-Lunar travel.

6-Luna Mess Hall

6-Luna Mess Hall by RolePlayGateway

The Primary Mess for 6-Luna staff, it is constantly crowded.

6-Luna R&R

6-Luna R&R by RolePlayGateway

Spaceport 6-Luna's Rest and Recreation Centers, a broad expanse of every possible entertainment known to humanity. After all, a joe in space needs distraction from the Espies.

6-Luna Proximal Hub

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Branching out from the 6-Luna Docks, the Proximal Hub is the primary inter-colony transportation system, from where a person can reach any spot within the three Lunar Proximal Colonies.

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The first Lunar Proximal colony is led directly by its High Elder and Elder, and is the industrial workhorse for the three colonies.

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The agricultural center of the three Lunar colonies, Lunar Proximal-2 is led by officials elected by the people, regardless of walks of life.

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The commercial center for the three Lunar colonies, it is managed in much the same way as the second Proximal.

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The current capital city of Earth, it is controlled by the SimTech Corporation, though the megalopolis on the British Isles is officially led by the European Union. Its capitol building is a grand structure, many stories high, culminating in the Assembly

The Hub Spaceport

The Hub Spaceport by RolePlayGateway

Spaceports killed the airport security guard.

Spaceport 6-Luna

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The primary docking port for the three Proximal colonies, merchants and officials from all over Earth come here in regards to business; though, with reluctance. The primary means of locomotion is a large monorail.

Earth

Earth by RolePlayGateway

The Home Planet of Humanity

Luna

Luna by RolePlayGateway

Earth's Moon.

The Hub

The Hub by RolePlayGateway

Simply the capital city of Earth. Travel takes place via monorail.

6-Luna Administration

6-Luna Administration by RolePlayGateway

The administrative facilities are the lifeblood for Spaceport 6-Luna.

6-Luna Docking

6-Luna Docking by RolePlayGateway

A series of drydocks that can handle the limited stress of Earth-Lunar travel.

6-Luna Mess Hall

6-Luna Mess Hall by RolePlayGateway

The Primary Mess for 6-Luna staff, it is constantly crowded.

6-Luna R&R

6-Luna R&R by RolePlayGateway

Spaceport 6-Luna's Rest and Recreation Centers, a broad expanse of every possible entertainment known to humanity. After all, a joe in space needs distraction from the Espies.

6-Luna Proximal Hub

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Branching out from the 6-Luna Docks, the Proximal Hub is the primary inter-colony transportation system, from where a person can reach any spot within the three Lunar Proximal Colonies.

Lunar Proximal-1

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The first Lunar Proximal colony is led directly by its High Elder and Elder, and is the industrial workhorse for the three colonies.

Lunar Proximal-2

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The agricultural center of the three Lunar colonies, Lunar Proximal-2 is led by officials elected by the people, regardless of walks of life.

Lunar Proximal-3

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The commercial center for the three Lunar colonies, it is managed in much the same way as the second Proximal.

6-Luna R&R

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Spaceport 6-Luna's Rest and Recreation Centers, a broad expanse of every possible entertainment known to humanity. After all, a joe in space needs distraction from the Espies.

6-Luna Mess Hall

The Primary Mess for 6-Luna staff, it is constantly crowded.

6-Luna Proximal Hub

Branching out from the 6-Luna Docks, the Proximal Hub is the primary inter-colony transportation system, from where a person can reach any spot within the three Lunar Proximal Colonies.

Lunar Proximal-1

Luna Lunar Proximal-1 Owner: RolePlayGateway

The first Lunar Proximal colony is led directly by its High Elder and Elder, and is the industrial workhorse for the three colonies.

Lunar Proximal-3

Luna Lunar Proximal-3 Owner: RolePlayGateway

The commercial center for the three Lunar colonies, it is managed in much the same way as the second Proximal.

Lunar Proximal-2

Luna Lunar Proximal-2 Owner: RolePlayGateway

The agricultural center of the three Lunar colonies, Lunar Proximal-2 is led by officials elected by the people, regardless of walks of life.

6-Luna Docking

Spaceport 6-Luna 6-Luna Docking Owner: RolePlayGateway

A series of drydocks that can handle the limited stress of Earth-Lunar travel.

6-Luna Administration

The administrative facilities are the lifeblood for Spaceport 6-Luna.

The Hub Spaceport

The Hub The Hub Spaceport Owner: RolePlayGateway

Spaceports killed the airport security guard.

The Hub Capitol - Grand Assembly Room

The current capital city of Earth, it is controlled by the SimTech Corporation, though the megalopolis on the British Isles is officially led by the European Union. Its capitol building is a grand structure, many stories high, culminating in the Assembly

Spaceport 6-Luna

Luna Spaceport 6-Luna Owner: RolePlayGateway

The primary docking port for the three Proximal colonies, merchants and officials from all over Earth come here in regards to business; though, with reluctance. The primary means of locomotion is a large monorail.

Earth

Earth Owner: RolePlayGateway

The Home Planet of Humanity

The Hub

Earth The Hub Owner: RolePlayGateway

Simply the capital city of Earth. Travel takes place via monorail.

Luna

Luna Owner: RolePlayGateway

Earth's Moon.

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[OOC] Proximal Yet Divergent

So, if you're reading this, you likely have an interest in PYD (Proximal Yet Divergent). If you are reading this, I have to thank you for your time; you don't owe me anything, and I owe you a fun game.

There are a couple of mechanics I would like to explain in more depth before the roleplay begins, simply for the fact that I'd prefer everyone to be working along the same paradigm. This ensures the universe remains consistent, and does not have many individuals clashing with each other using out-of-universe possibilities. Yes, I want some consistency, and I'm a bad man for reducing creativity.

Esper Psi Powers

The first explanation regards the Esper mechanic for psychic powers. As Espers are a divergent species from humans, it can be expected that they have a certain degree of adaptations which have arisen, and have been selected for. A change in their DNA and chromosomes has prevented Espers and humans from being able to mate with genetically and reproductively viable offspring, so this is the logic being used behind this mechanic:

In observing an Esper, it has been noted that their psychic abilities expand around their person in a relatively spheric path. This led to the hypothesis that a secreted enzyme or chemical from the Esper led to its abilities being manifested from consciousness to the material world. From weaker telekineses to remote viewing, every ability displayed by an Esper occurred in a three-dimensional spheric space. To test this theory, a random sample of Espers was taken, and their secretions monitored by an in-observation room monitoring device. It found that there was a neurochemical discharge during states of intense concentration for an Esper, the composition of which is not analogous to any human neurochemical or compound. It may be safely assumed that this secretion is what leads to their manifested abilities, and that they have no direct threat to humans behind user-end decision.


In short, Espers emit a hormone that allows their consciousness to expand and act upon the physical reality.

Statistics System

The statistics used in PYD are a short retooling of the Lionheart SPECIAL system. It is a simple, manageable statistics system with a high degree of manageability and flexibility. The statistics system was implemented to make sure there is a clear distinction between character abilities and why they have those abilities. In short, it makes it easier to recognize what the player-decided gradient for powers is, and allows new players to create a character that can at least succeed within the roleplay.

As with any system that uses numbers to try to quantify qualified statements, there is a degree of flexibility as to what a '1' or a '5' means. I will, however, provide a bit of a guideline when it comes to these. We'll use intelligence as an example.

A one in intelligence is simply a character who is a complete dullard. He is developmentally challenged, and likely has the mental age of a five-year-old and no higher.

A five in intelligence is a genius, a person who can critically think far outside the box, and far outstrips his fellow species members in reasoning.

A three in intelligence is a baseline individual. This person has no incredible feats of reasoning or critical thinking, and is simply at the level of most other members of his fellow species.

Two and four are clear at this point: Two is a person who may not be developmentally challenged, but is certainly slower with reasoning than his fellow species members. A four isn't quite a genius, but still stands above most other members of his species in intelligence.

On Esper and Human Baselines

Regarding species baselines, it should be assumed that Espers are generally more intelligent and perceptive than humans, but weaker and less agile. The inverse is true for humans: they are less intelligent and perceptive than Espers, but stronger and more agile. This generally places a human of PER 5 and INT 5 at an Esper of PER 4 and INT 4.