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Old 10-23-2017, 07:20 PM   #221
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Interesting. How long? Can someone light a candle to read a letter and then snuff it out?
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:25 PM   #222
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I'm in the midst of a very nasty cold and loads of cough medicine. So I'm really just letting my mind wander.
I wanted it to be unpredictable enough for world jumpers to be lulled into a false sense of security. If monsters jumped out immediately, it wouldn't quite be as mysterious or terrifying to those not already in the know.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:58 PM   #223
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For reasons unknown, the star Vega emitted a colossal and poorly-understood flare in 1972. The light from the flare reached Earth in 1997, revealing the star to have been transformed into some kind of white dwarf. More urgently, it revealed that a dense plasma wave was accelerated towards the solar system at more than 0.8c. The wave conformed to no existing cosmological theories, especially considering that it remained coherent despite consisting of highly charged plasma.

It is expected to pass through the solar system, and affect Earth, in 2002. The current year is 2001, and society is in a chaotic mess as the unpredictable threat comes ever closer. Some scientists predict that the wave will pass harmlessly. Others predict that it will tear the Earth apart. Frankly, no clear consensus can be reached simply because over the past four years no theoretical explanation has come forth to explain the completely incomprehensible phenomenon that created the wave.

A subtle and sometimes ignored element of this threat is the precision path of the filament. It's crossed 25 light years with pinpoint precision on Earth. Such an event happening by chance is so unlikely that very serious scientists see this event as nothing less than an intentional attack by an alien force.

The actual effect of the wave is left as an exercise for the reader. Here are some potentials:

1: Global geomagnetic storm of cosmic proportions, paired with heavy charged particle bombardment. Huge lighting discharges all over the surface, and even deeply buried conductors undergo extreme magnetic flux.
2: Cosmic ray torrent, irradiating everything on the surface for over 20 hours.
3: Change in fundamental constants in the presence of the wave, causing all solar system bodies larger than a few hundred km across to break into fragments.
4: Atmospheric ionization strips off 60% of Earth's atmosphere, resulting in chaotic storms before finally stabilizing just below a safe level for long-term survival at sea level.
5: Solar disruption resulting in a more-or-less constant flare state. Less intense than #1, but still more intense than anything previously recorded and continuing for the forseeable future.
6: Magnetic field inversion. As the wave passes, like charges attract and dissimilar charges repel. Scientists would be able to perform interesting experiments in the picoseconds before every atom on the planet disintegrates.
7: Antimatter enrichment. The wave passes with minor magnetic disruption, but leaves a thick sleet of stable antimatter clusters throughout the solar system.
8: The asteroid belt is disrupted, causing a new era of asteroid impacts throughout the solar system.
9: Ozmic enrichment causes space, but not the surface of any planets, to become a very-high-mana environment.
10: Psion resonance causes a chaotic projection wave to take place. Briefly, all humans astrally projected, and then returned to bodies. Some 20% of people returned to their own bodies, another 60% returned to other people's bodies, and the last 20% were apparently carried away with the storm... and there are rumors that some number of bodies were inhabited by alien minds as well...
11: The wake of the storm disrupts all electronic devices, creating a world not unlike Rustic.
12: 99% of the population disappeared in classic banestorm activity.
13: For 8 hours at the peak of the storm, all human beings entered a dream state and collectively experienced life as if they had been transported to an alien homeworld; they were informed that this was the only way to communicate long-distance and given instructions for a device that would, when completed, trigger the Sun to detonate in a way that would safely transport all humans to the aliens' advanced home world.
14: For 298 hours at the peak of the storm, all humans experienced inarticulate howling and screeching that linguists struggled to comprehend. The entirely psionic noise could not be stopped and prevented sleep. Though some people apparently died more-or-less directly from sleep deprivation, far more died from secondary effects, attempts to promote sleep, and attempts to deafen themselves. Those that survived and attempted to record the message found that it was structured like language, but records were almost impossible to make and incredibly inaccurate after the first ten hours.
15: Millions of ablative-coated eggs rain down onto Earth, eventually hatching into apparently non-sapient five-fold symmetric sea creatures that proceeded to consume nearly all multicellular life in the oceans.
16: All artifacts and chemical traces of humanity vanished instantly, leaving nothing but naked humans, some of them suddenly missing important parts. Those in tall buildings plummeted, those in underground facilities were fossilized. Domesticated plants and animals were not destroyed, but often redistributed or otherwise disrupted by the terrain reconfiguration.
18: Intense neutron radiation caused many nuclear warheads to spontaneously detonate, and all reactors and most waste piles to melt down.
19: Nothing happened, despite desperate warnings. The wave simply passed by unnoticed except for a gentle planetwide aurora.
20: A huge number of objects were transformed into reality shards of all of the previous possibilities. Grasping the object transports the holder to the reality in question so long as the item is held. The only warning is that the object has a faint feeling of static repulsion.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:11 PM   #224
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That raises the question of whether it counts as a Lucifer if the disaster is predicted but hasn't occurred yet.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:56 PM   #225
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True.

Here's another one.

A Reich parallel where the victorious 1000-year dream falls apart only months after it's founder's death. The chaotic world that remains gradually collapses to warlordism around the globe, even in a Pelley-ized USA. Biological and chemical warfare is used as a matter of course in this 2020-era apocalypse. Somehow, it managed to avoid ever inventing working nuclear bombs, although radioactive substances are sometimes used as area denial tactics.

It's practically cozy compared to some previously-mentioned catastrophes, but it's still a harsh and horrible life for anyone who's not a warlord.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:34 AM   #226
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I feel that some are expanding the Lucifer label to mean crapsack world.
I thought it was specifically for a dying, dead, or at least inhabitable for basic humans world.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:07 AM   #227
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Cradle-1

A mutation in the syphilis bacteria around 1800 caused sterilty in any infected man rather than disfigurement and death while infected women were just carriers (transmitting their mutant syphilis to their children during birth). By 1900, the population of the Earth had decreased by 90% due to the spread of the mutant syphilis strain. Other than a few dozen isolated tribes, the human population of the Earth faces extinction within a century.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:41 AM   #228
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What about the simple 'Modern Earth awaits an asteroid attack'? This can be stretched from an Impact style race against the clock, to a long-term threat. What if modern Earth detected a meteor that's gonna wipe out all life on Earth - in 100 years? Would the people of the world work together, against a threat they'll never see themselves? And there would certainly be 'asteroid deniers.'

And what would Infinity/Centrum do about such worlds? Would they try to help (one could imagine Centrum, at least, writing off such worlds)? Neither parachronic power has particularly advanced space programs, but could steal from other worlds (Dixie has a space program that could be imported into a late twentieth century Earth).


Five Years - In 1971, an asteroid was just discovered that will wipe out life on Earth in five years. Discovered before that by Infinity on Quantum 5, it had previously been a close parallel who's most notable difference was the absence of David Bowie.


Life On Mars - In 1971, a gigantic asteroid stuck Mars, revealing evidence of alien life underground. It's 1976, and both U.S. and USSR have very active space programs that are only just beginning to explore the remains. David Bowie exists, but is a songwriter for others, such as Frank Sinatra.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:32 PM   #229
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I feel that some are expanding the Lucifer label to mean crapsack world.
I thought it was specifically for a dying, dead, or at least inhabitable for basic humans world.
Yeah, the definition has been stretched from time to time. It doesn't help that 'uninhabitable,' as a descriptor of a worldline, is subjective. 2, 3, 4, and 6 are good examples of definite Hell worlds, while 12, 15, and 16 are much cozier apocalypses. 1 and 11 are still hellish, but after a transition or recovery period they would probably become stable alternates.

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...it had previously been a close parallel who's most notable difference was the absence of David Bowie...
Pretty sure that alone qualifies it as a hell world. As for general asteroid threat worlds, if there's a reason to be interested in a particular world, I presume Homeline might try to help save-the-world efforts by slipping research secrets to the right people, and if the worldline isn't even remotely capable of managing it, then they might consider using hail-Mary experimental approaches to save the world themselves.
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Old 11-10-2017, 05:27 PM   #230
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We couldn't detect an earth hitter 100 years out. And while Infinity has access to higher tech, I doubt they'd be using it all on a parallel scanning the skies for something that far out.
I suppose if it's in a skerry 100 years ahead of others that did get smashed, Infinity would at least know to look.

That allows more types of doomed worlds, even if they would've been completed unexpected in a single reality.

Imagine trying to convince us that Yellowstone will almost certainly erupt in 23 years, five months, and two days, because of close parallels.
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