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Old 09-25-2017, 01:54 AM   #521
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The White Visitation

On a Quantum 5 parallel, year 2015 with no invention of parachronics, ten years earlier a massive flying saucer arrived and hovered above central Manhattan (roughly above the south end of Central Park). About half as wide as Manhattan, it hovered for four minutes and 28 seconds, before taking off, tracked leaving the system in approximately the direction of Earth's spiral arm (towards the center of the galaxy).

Despite lots of human attempts at communication, in a variety of ways, it never responded or showed any acknowledgement of humanity in general - save for hovering above the center of New York City, the closest place Earth has to a world economic & governmental capital.

After the initial news (the nickname is from a Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow reference that somehow made it on The Today Show at the time) and hysteria, there has been little impact on society. There is more space industry interest, but nothing huge. Culture has largely ignored the event, as it was too big and mysterious to get a grip on – for instance, Lost's plot was the same way as IRL, and The Vatican just calls it part of "God's mysterious ways" (and points the finger back at scientists, who also can't explain it).

There are a lot more UFO cults & conspiracy theorists - and even more tourists in NYC (authorities at Rockefeller Center and Central Park have to handle the crowds, that can include crazies). But as the world gears up for the tenth anniversary of 'The White Visitation', no one has any more explanations.


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Infinity sincerely hopes that the UFO never returns, as it is worried about a world with a power alien that is on the same quantum as Homeline. Thankfully Infinity has kept its existence secret on Homeline, but is worried about swagmen revealing it & selling footage of the encounter.

The only visitors allowed on the timeline are I-Cop spies who monitor the world's many telescopes, after having previously copied all the monitoring data of the encounter (which revealed nothing new).
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:11 PM   #522
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Try this world.

A few weeks ago (June 7th 2014) Five additional Earths appeared in this Quantum 6 world's Solar system. Communication has been established with a few of these worlds. A group of beings calling themselves superheroes claimed to have caused this effect, but they can't do anything about it now.

Each Earth is in the same orbital path. Each Earth is in the Lagrangian points of the planet following and preceding it in the orbital path.

Besides the world above (Alpha) there are

Beta (June 1969) Warnings about how Nixon plans to scuttle the October surprise have been given to Johnson. Although less advanced than Alpha, Beta has the most advanced space program.

Gamma (June 1942) Ways to get aid to the allies are being researched. The Nazis fear this, but so do the Soviets.

Delta (June 1862) The Superheroes have contacted Lincoln and Juarez but though no other leaders worthy of contact. At least two of the supers want to organize aid for both presidents.

Epsilon (June 1587) John Dee has contacted the people on Alpha. His he a dupe of the Cabal, a leader of the Cabal, or and independent mage?

and Zeta (date uncertain) Arthur Pendragon seems to be king of England and is at war with Emperor Justinian of Rome. The facts are still murky.
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Old 09-29-2017, 03:04 PM   #523
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This would be very bad for system stability long term. But I wonder what interesting astronomy could be done with such giant platforms for simultaneous observations.
Then there's the hassle of who owns Mars for future exploration/colonization. Natives, or most technologically advanced that actually gets there first?
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Old 09-29-2017, 06:28 PM   #524
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Epsilon (June 1587) John Dee has contacted the people on Alpha. His he a dupe of the Cabal, a leader of the Cabal, or and independent mage?
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If you're going by what's in GURPS Cabal, then the answers are no, yes, and no, respectively.
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:50 PM   #525
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This would be very bad for system stability long term. But I wonder what interesting astronomy could be done with such giant platforms for simultaneous observations.
Part of what makes this system weird is that it is stable.

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Then there's the hassle of who owns Mars for future exploration/colonization. Natives, or most technologically advanced that actually gets there first?
A truly lovely/nasty little fight, good call.
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:52 PM   #526
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If you're going by what's in GURPS Cabal, then the answers are no, yes, and no, respectively.
Exactly! Is this Dee that Dee? Is he a dupe, opponent, foe, truly independent operator, or something truly strange?
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:46 PM   #527
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Part of what makes this system weird is that it is stable.

A truly lovely/nasty little fight, good call.
But the locals would have no way of knowing that initially. Even if and when they realized, they wouldn't know why it is stable. That would leave them reasonably afraid that it could become unstable at any moment.
Probably leads to something akin to the fears of WW III during the cold war. Maybe everyone dies tomorrow; maybe not.
But we also saw how blasé people got after decades of that.
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Try this world.

A few weeks ago (June 7th 2014) Five additional Earths appeared in this Quantum 6 world's Solar system. Communication has been established with a few of these worlds. A group of beings calling themselves superheroes claimed to have caused this effect, but they can't do anything about it now.

Each Earth is in the same orbital path. Each Earth is in the Lagrangian points of the planet following and preceding it in the orbital path.
This looks pretty familiar, but I have no objections (and I'm not totally certain you remember the setting in my .sig, anyway).
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:03 AM   #529
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I could see a similar thing where five worlds jump and one is left behind every time. There might or might not be a world that always jumps - but nobody knows why.

Be really strange if the jumps were randomly timed. Say maybe every 6-36 months all the planetary auroras kick into overdrive and you know you have only a couple days before the jump...

All kinds of interesting variants. Make for a wonderful Infinity/ Cabal/ Supers crossover campaign.
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That would render any form of astronomy not-planet based impossible.

Or create a separate system of arrays dedicated to detecting probe signals sent by worlds they replace.
Okay, we're getting weak radio from Voyager 14 half way to Alpha Centauri and Curiosity 5 telling us that the habitat is nearing completion.
BLIP!
Wait, is that half a message from Mars demanding their Danegeld or they'll fire their disintegrator ray? What does "blocking Venus" even mean?
BLIP!
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