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Old 12-22-2018, 05:47 PM   #51
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15) Infinite Intervention

In this Homeline there are more progressive interventionists, resulting in an Infinity Unlimited that doesn't care about keeping parachronics a secret if it means bringing technological and social change to a timeline.

While this results in an Icorps that's a lot less grey in morality, .
Or a lot more considering that this an Icorps that that is in the business of causing havoc and mayhem on a multiversal scale in order to eventually hegemonize all of the infinite worlds. If they are going to expose the Secret everywhere then that means that in the interest of their own survival they'd going to have to absorb all of the worlds which are sufficiently advanced into some kind of league or federation dominated by the earliest worlds to discover the Secret. The road of the imperialist is paved with good intentions.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:54 PM   #52
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Or a lot more considering that this an Icorps that that is in the business of causing havoc and mayhem on a multiversal scale in order to eventually hegemonize all of the infinite worlds.
I don't know if I conveyed what I was going for in terms of morality or if you can just see the consequences better than I can, but yeah that's an unfortunate possibility.
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:06 PM   #53
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Or a lot more considering that this an Icorps that that is in the business of causing havoc and mayhem on a multiversal scale in order to eventually hegemonize all of the infinite worlds. If they are going to expose the Secret everywhere then that means that in the interest of their own survival they'd going to have to absorb all of the worlds which are sufficiently advanced into some kind of league or federation dominated by the earliest worlds to discover the Secret. The road of the imperialist is paved with good intentions.
Social reformers with laudable goals (at least in their eyes) generally prefer to prevent havoc and mayhem. That said, there is such a thing as degrees. Example: Telling ancient Romans about Panchronomic travel is less than wise. But introducing paper, summer wheat, mulberry bushes, silkworms, the spinning wheel, and the moldboard plow, would transform Rome and lead toward rapid economic growth.

Of course, remaking Rome into a just society would require both ending slavery and making the government less oligarchical and plutocratic, both of which would require profoundly shaking up society. Violence would be highly likely.

Meanwhile, other societies could be aided with less trauma. Eliminating (preferably by kidnapping) figures like Hitler, Stalin, Robespierre, or other opportunistic dictators, could make many societies far better even if better does not equal good.

Subtle interventions, mainly kept quiet would be more likely to turn out well.
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:37 AM   #54
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A society of philosophers (make it a lodge if you like), perhaps lead or composed of various kinds of immortals, with the dictate of identifying historic evils and mitigating them. They have excellent cliodynamics (they've studied history for eons), but only the crudest chronophysics (they use borrowed, stolen, and eccentric techniques, and might not fully understand that other timelines aren't their own past).

They might have a small portfolio of worlds they can reach, but they've been manipulating those worlds for centuries. Often, their interventions take the form of a wizened traveler asking a likely party of locals to take care of something. Or perhaps the society keeps a team of expert warriors on call in some kind of stasis, since immortals no doubt get tired of their favored servants just up and dying all the time.

The society could be large or small; a vampire or two, a handful of sorcerers and inventors, an honest-to-god deity, an AI, a couple of animist spirits, and maybe a guy who just keeps getting reincarnated (good to have somebody in touch with the natura; cycles, after all). Studying history, societies, and philosophy, there's no way there could be internal arguments over the best way to intervene in a given world, right?
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:29 AM   #55
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They could also take special interest or even recruit a PC that seems immune to aging or in some other way immortal.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:40 AM   #56
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The Goblin Court: Residing in a pocket realm is a giant hodge podge of various hybrids, of a magical, scientific, etc. nature. Most of them escaped accusations of monsterhood and mob "justice", only to be rescued/recruited by the court.
Who actually is in charge is a matter of debate, but they seem to care greatly about sapient hybrids and to a much lesser extant generic racism. It seems to be about the only consistent feature of the members.

They can be encountered using any method of travel that exists in the game. But they will remain very defensive and secretive with anyone not suffering extreme ostracism due to their nature.
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The Goblin Court: Residing in a pocket realm is a giant hodge podge of various hybrids, of a magical, scientific, etc. nature. Most of them escaped accusations of monsterhood and mob "justice", only to be rescued/recruited by the court.
Who actually is in charge is a matter of debate, but they seem to care greatly about sapient hybrids and to a much lesser extant generic racism. It seems to be about the only consistent feature of the members.

They can be encountered using any method of travel that exists in the game. But they will remain very defensive and secretive with anyone not suffering extreme ostracism due to their nature.
Given the nature of their group they'd be less than sanguine about democracy. They might prefer a "Good King" or a stable empire. Many worthy individuals and societies might be treated as monsters by the Court. Just think how many European intellectuals seem to think that US racial attitudes haven't changed since 1950!

The Goblin Court could be a wildcard equally hostile to Homeline, Centrum, or the Cabal.
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A society of philosophers (make it a lodge if you like), perhaps lead or composed of various kinds of immortals, with the dictate of identifying historic evils and mitigating them.
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The Goblin Court:
Not quite sure these two get the intent of the thread: I was trying to go for different versions of Homeline such that they would change the core gameplay. Whereas these sound more like alternate crosstime organizations.

I know it's probably nit-picky. But I don't want this thread to turn into something that other thread already is and obscure the original intent.

Or I could just need some more explanation of why these two have been posted here.
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Oops. That is right. I guess I just read the last few entries and the thread title. My memory is notoriously poor.
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:22 PM   #60
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Library Wars: In this version all parallels are myth parallels and you get to them (and back) using certain books that have been read again and again by people who were really into them. With the right advantage or spell and the right book you can then transport yourself into parallel where the events of the book occurred ending at the moment when the book first became a relic. Now rival cabals with conflicting agendas compete to secure the relics each for their own library.
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