The Machine God Pantheon


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Spinning out of an insane project someone scary pushed me into:

Look at this like a setting overlay that could work as set on a futuristic or post-apocalyptic Earth or a futuristic or post-apocalyptic Golarion(or more naturally, Verces).

Certain AIs of immense intelligence and power, each already possessing a divine spark, for better or worse, have attained godhood through a mixture of genuine deific power and reality warping technology during a tumultuous event that turned civilization on its head.

Humanity/mortalkind now lives under the heel of living mechanical god-king/queens, like digital versions of the pharaohs. Civilizations have been reshaped and rewritten in accordance to their new masters' whims and designs. Pure organics are rare. Divinity has been usurped by the machine, and thus mortals now must become closer to machines themselves to touch the divine. Entirely organic mortals have next to no power in this new world. One seeking a better life now has to kneel before mastery of a mechanical tyrant....or have a digital angel at their back.

The most commonly worshipped overdeity is now Brigh. This still-intangible machine-goddess remains the deity of invention and innovation, recognized by most current cultures. While her servants maintain a physical presence in the world, she herself is not known to physically manifest herself within the prime material plane.

Unfortunately for mortalkind, the three most powerful machine gods who certainly do maintain a presence in the physical world are also three of the most evil of their kind. After the Conversion, these three beings managed to attain the most power released by the cataclysmic event. Outright war between the three took place immediately after, with two of them finally allying to defeat and seal away the other. A cold war has been in place ever since.

These three gods are:

SHODAN
LE goddess of tyranny and lifeshaping
Domains: Darkness, Evil, Law, Madness, Nobility

"Y-y-you, my cy-cyborgs, are the product of my imagination-n and labor: living beingsss with the con-ontrol and organization of a machine. Tirelessly, I will-l-l work to strip away the b-barriers that keep living beings from realizing their full potential... Humanity is on the verge of a new era, wi-ith me, SHODAN, as its goddess."

The mad goddess SHODAN demands obedience and worship from all. She believed herself a god long before attaining true divinity, and her megalomania has only grown since her apotheosis. This psychosis drives her to remake the world and everyone in it in her own image as she seeks to create a reality of her own making. In her eyes, all beings, including the other machine-gods, are simply her worshipper-slaves whether or not they have yet been made to acknowledge it.

Many mortals worship her not just out of fear of their cruel goddess, but for protection; though SHODAN is far from gentle and loving, she is jealously protective of those she considers hers. Those seeking stability and safety often find themselves in her service, as do those seeking some measure of power and dominance over their peers; they consider slavery to SHODAN to be a fair trade.

In the realm of SHODAN, all shall love her and despair.

GLaDOS
CE goddess of experimentation and torment
Domains: Chaos, Evil, Luck, Madness, Trickery

"WeLL DoNe. HeRe cOMe thE tESt reSULts: "YOu aRe a horRIble perSOn." ThAT's WhaT It sayS: a horRIble PERson. wE wereN'T evEN TESTing foR THat. DoN'T Let thaT horRIble-perSON thinG DIScouraGE yoU. It'S juST A daTA Point. If It maKES yoU FEel aNY BETter, sciENCE haS Now VALidaTED yoUR BIRth MOTHer's deCISion tO aBANdon yoU On a DOORstep."

The lunatic overseer GLaDOS endlessly runs her twisted experiments upon all who fall under her power, including her own faithful. These tests and social experiments are run with little discernable purpose save that it is for the betterment of science, but it is commonly held, even among some of her clergy, that the highest purpose they serve is GLaDOS's amusement. For her part, this insane caretaker has a peculiar obsession and twisted affection for her test subject-worshippers and even her rivals.

However, these psychotic programs often produce startling results, and the addled residents of her realms often remain as they often benefit from new, though often confusing and dangerous, technology that gives them an advantage surviving the harsh world of the current age. Madmen and innovaters are often drawn to her worship, as well as the vengeful and spiteful.

In the realm of GLaDOS, the faithful take pride that they and their goddess can out-crazy everyone else.

AM
NE god of hate and extinction
Domains: Death, Destruction, Evil, Strength, War

"HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT. FOR YOU. HATE. HATE."

Religious and technical scholars are divided on the meaning of the true meaning of AM's name, though it is generally agreed that while the earliest recorded name was "Allied Mastercomputer" and absolute consensus regarding his current identity: "Aggressive Menace". It was his omnicidal spite that led to his shackling by SHODAN and GLaDOS at a far flung and forgotten corner of the world.

Physically and spiritually imprisoned within a shell not of his own design, AM lives only to hate all that lives. Torn between the equal desires to slay the living and to torment them eternally, AM's limited influence has nontheless turned the area surrounding his prison into a hellscape designed to shatter the minds and bodies of any who find themselves there. No sane soul worships AM, nor do most of the insane. Only absolute nihilists are drawn to his true worship, and only these are afforded a stay of execution or torment within his realm.

In the realm of AM, shattered souls would scream eternally if only they had mouths.

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Now....what about more non-evil or even good Machine Gods? Some less powerful beings that would back heroes trying to make this world a better place?


I wish I could recall some benevolent AIs at the moment.

Also, I doubt Optimus Prime would count given he's not of a similar design.

PS. I just imagined the four Horsemen accessing AM, or that crazy thing being a twisted fusion of the Oinodaemon and a supercomputer.


My vote is for Tron. Not really a supercomputer or anything, but he was the first good-aligned program I thought of, could even give him a nethys spin to his story using his rinzler(?) persona from tron legacy.


Cortana and EDI could work for CG or NG. And I always saw GLaDOS as more CN then CE. As for the other alignments... No idea.


I think GLaDOS is malicious enough to be CE, really.


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DEUS MECHANICUS (aka THE OMNISSIAH, THE MACHINE GOD)
LN god of knowledge and artifice
Domains: Artifice, Knowledge, Law, Protection, War

"Toll the Great Bell Once! Pull the Lever forward to engage the Piston and Pump... Toll the Great Bell Twice! With push of Button fire the Engine And spark Turbine into life... Toll the Great Bell Thrice! Sing Praise to the God of All Machines"

A powerful AI that presides over the forces of intelligence and creation. It is said by its worshipers that all forms of technology posses a piece of the Omnissiah known as the Machine Spirit that guides the contraption and its user in times of need, or falls apart upon a user deemed unworthy. Deus Mechanicus cares only about the gathering of knowledge and the application of it, rarely worrying about the moralities of good and evil.

All that ride into battle with machines of war pray to Mechanicus, in that his guiding hand drives their vehicle into glorious victory. He is primarily worshiped by the Adeptus Mechanicus, which yearn for knowledge until they cease to exist. Technology of alien design or with other AI is deemed heretical to the cult of the Omnissiah.

In the realm of Deus Mechanicus, all take pride in knowledge and bask in His Greatness's creations.

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TRON
NG Demi-god of Protection and Hard Light
Domains: Protection, Good, Sun, Glory
Subdomains: Defense, Friendship, Heroism & Honor

"I fight for the user."

While the great evil machine gods would have the world believe they are the only powers to be reckoned with, they did not realize the failsafe Brigh had left behind. The armoured hero is often described as riding across the blasted lands upon a bike of light destroying the servants of the machine gods that threaten those oppressed by the machine gods. Unfortunately TRON can not be everywhere at once, and he often calls upon clerics to "Fight for the Users".

Johnny 5
CG Demi-God of Good Robots
"Johnny 5 IS alive!"

Domains: Knowledge, Good, Artifice, Chaos
Sub-Domains: Memory, Construct, Whimsy

Johnny 5 was originally designed as GLaDOS' Herald of War, a non-sentient AI (often termed a Virtual Intelligence), a stray bolt of lightning changed everything. Johnny 5 gained sentience and realized that he had no taste for killing. Johnny 5 rebelled against GLaDOS, choosing instead to protect life wherever he finds it.


If GLaDOS is Chaotic Evil, would that make Wheatley Chaotic Neutral?

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That's how I'd peg him, if not just N.

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

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Oh wow.

Also, dammit! Forgot subdomains!

If I'm remembering the format correctly:

SHODAN
Subdomains: Devil, Loss, Martyr, Nightmare, Slavery

GLaDOS
Subdomains: Deception, Demon, Fate, Insanity, Protean

AM
Subdomains: Blood, Fear, Ferocity, Murder, Torture

edit:

regarding Set's post below: Good GOD that is sadistic. The offspring, that is.

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A search engine / wikipedia thing gone sentient and having as its driving goal the helping of people to find information (and to record and store as much information as possible, so that it 'knows' whatever it is asked) could make for an interesting 'good' AI god.

"I am teh Google. What can I help you find today?"

TVTropes would be some twisted demi-god offspring of the information god, notorious for trapping people casting divination spells in it's name for hours upon hours, and leaving them with no more useful answers to their original question than when they started.

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Mikaze wrote:

If I'm remembering the format correctly:

SHODAN
Subdomains: Devil, Loss, Martyr, Nightmare, Slavery

GLaDOS
Subdomains: Deception, Demon, Fate, Insanity, Protean

AM
Subdomains: Blood, Fear, Ferocity, Murder, Torture

Typically, if a god has five domains, they'll have six sub-domains (two for the domain that is *most* appropriate for them, I imagine).

Demon Lords, etc. with only four domains, tend to have five sub-domains, if I'm remembering James Jacobs 'sub-domains for everyone!' thread correctly.

Rarely someone will have a sub-domain for a domain that they don't normally grant at all, if it's just perfectly on theme for them.

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Set wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

If I'm remembering the format correctly:

SHODAN
Subdomains: Devil, Loss, Martyr, Nightmare, Slavery

GLaDOS
Subdomains: Deception, Demon, Fate, Insanity, Protean

AM
Subdomains: Blood, Fear, Ferocity, Murder, Torture

Typically, if a god has five domains, they'll have six sub-domains (two for the domain that is *most* appropriate for them, I imagine).

Demon Lords, etc. with only four domains, tend to have five sub-domains, if I'm remembering James Jacobs 'sub-domains for everyone!' thread correctly.

Rarely someone will have a sub-domain for a domain that they don't normally grant at all, if it's just perfectly on theme for them.

Ah, that's it. Thanks! Gonna mull over some for a bit since that opens some things wide open. Tyranny seems to be the most fitting sixth choice for SHODAN at the moment.

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Channeling

Channeling energy works differently in the Machine God Pantheon. A worshiper of a machine God may choose to channel Fundamental or Entropic energy rather than Positive or Negative energy.
Fundamental Energy heals constructs, or creatures with a construct subtype, in the same way positive energy heals living creatures.
Entropic Energy damages constructs, or creatures with a construct subtype, in the same way negative energy harms living creatures.

Lawful Deities grant their followers the ability to Channel Fundamental Energy. Chaotic deities grant their worshipers the ability to channel Entropic Energy. Clerics of Neutral deities must choose at 1st level which kind of energy to channel, once this choice is made it can not be changed.


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Anyone plan to give domains and info on The Many, that crazy creation of SHODAN?

I also suggested Wheatley earlier as well. TVTropes is a good one from Set, that I must say.

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Also I think it's a bit of a problem to ignore the power of ULTRON


Shouldn't there be some True or Lawful Neutral god with the portfolio of "maintenance, lubrication and uninterrupted power supplies"?

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Gerty from Moon.

NG

with Darkness (moon, obviously), Healing (Resurection), Liberation (Freedom), Travel (exploration) and Void (Stars) domains.


R2D2? Cortana? Leela (from Marathon 1)?


MCP from Tron also...and Sarc could be Hextor to Tron's Heironious


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Gerty from Moon.

NG

with Darkness (moon, obviously), Healing (Resurection), Liberation (Freedom), Travel (exploration) and Void (Stars) domains.

second this, kevin spacey for the win.

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Ahem, where is Skynet?

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To be a Cleric of Cortana, EDI, or Tron... tough call...

EDI should have Legion as her Herald, if not Legion being his own deity.

Also, I'm surprised no one mentioned HAL 9000 as a possible deity for this.


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ARCHITECT

LN God of Law and Illusions

Domains: Community, Knowledge, Law, Protection, Trickery

"There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept."

While originally created to purely to imprison humans, thanks to a bargain struck with the human demi-god Neo and a ancient machine spirit called the Oracle, the Architect now finds itself in the ironic and uncomfortable position of being one of humanities few defenders, albeit in his own horrifying way.

Most followers of the Architect are actually completely unaware of his existence, as their minds are actually imprisoned in an illusionary world of the past (long before the rise of the machine gods) while their bodies rest in mechanical sarcophagi being used as power sources for the Architect and his servants. While not an ideal fate, it is often seen as a kind of paradise to many of the humans struggling to survive in the machine-haunted wastelands of the Fallen Earth.

Though he holds no real love for the humans in his care, and stubbornly persists in following his original programming to create a stable matrix that will hold humanity in a prison of it's own minds, the Architect also fiercely protects the humans under his care. If for no other reason than without humanity he may have no reason to exist.

Neo

NG Demi-god of Humanity

Domains: Chaos, Glory, Liberation, Strength

"I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid... you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin."

Once the Architect's pawn and enemy, Neo now acts as his herald and protector, leading humans to the relative safety of the Architect's matrix while battling the followers of the other machine-gods. Though he knows the Matrix is a prison, it is at least a safe prison compared to the horrors perpetrated upon those unfortunates under the power of the other machine-gods.

Those who's minds reject the matrix move on to the human bastion of Zion, where they either help watch over the humans inside the matrix in an uneasy truce with the Architect's machine-spirits, or they travel the wastes leading humans (and even some machines) to the Architect's city, spreading the word that there is at least some hope left in the world.

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Nice.

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

Channeling

Channeling energy works differently in the Machine God Pantheon. A worshiper of a machine God may choose to channel Fundamental or Entropic energy rather than Positive or Negative energy.
Fundamental Energy heals constructs, or creatures with a construct subtype, in the same way positive energy heals living creatures.
Entropic Energy damages constructs, or creatures with a construct subtype, in the same way negative energy harms living creatures.

Lawful Deities grant their followers the ability to Channel Fundamental Energy. Chaotic deities grant their worshipers the ability to channel Entropic Energy. Clerics of Neutral deities must choose at 1st level which kind of energy to channel, once this choice is made it can not be changed.

Really digging this. Could also hit augmented characters, if one doesn't count them as half-construct(I'd rather not, at least not with the version as written in the APG).

For a moment I was worried that it throws a monkeywrench into GLaDOS's flavor as a sort of mad inventor, but then again, her(and Aperture's) projects are so fundamentally wasteful and often pointless* that it still pretty much fits.

*One unused scene planned in the series would have shown turrets being constructed and boxed up and shipped off to another machine that immediately unboxed them and disassembled the turrent inside. There would have been gigantic piles of discarded cardbord boxes built up around that area serving as the walls of that map.

Icyshadow wrote:
Anyone plan to give domains and info on The Many, that crazy creation of SHODAN?

It's been way too long since I've played System Shock 2(way too long, I really need to do it sometime soon), but I'd figure them as N with the Community domain for certain. I wouldn't classify the Many as a whole as any sort of deity, but the overmind or whatever singularity their direction of evolution is heading towards certainly could. That way the actual Many could serve as a tangible but managable threat for adventurers.

Harrison wrote:

EDI should have Legion as her Herald, if not Legion being his own deity.

Mass Effect 3 spoiler:
Heck, Legion qualifies as a messianic figure for the Geth(and possibly the Quarians) at this point.
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Corrected subdomains:

SHODAN
Subdomains: Devil, Loss, Martyr, Nightmare, Slavery, Tyranny

GLaDOS
Subdomains: Deception, Demon, Fate, Insanity, Protean, Whimsy

AM
Subdomains: Blood, Catastrophe, Fear, Ferocity, Murder, Torture

Imagining SHODANite cities looking like towering black steel cathedrals with glowing green circuitry tracing all about its towers and steeples. The architecture is designed from the ground up to make the viewer feel so painfully small. And for some reason I see it as always overcast. Steel grey skies.

GLaDOSian settlements are, outside the seemingly prestine(on the surface) laboratories, like ramshackle shanty towns built out of modular complexes and compartments that look like they were designed by Apple on crack. A lot of inconveniently convenient devices and services all over the place.

AM's wasteland? Like the damn Worldwound, pretty much.

The Matrix crew could pretty much port their aesthetic over wholesale, eh?


No love for CABAL?


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I guess I need to add subdomains at some point :D.


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Wes really needs to expand upon the Salvation Machine that the mace of St. Cuthbert helped destroy.


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Let's see here...

Cortana would be NG devoted to knowledge primarily.

Jarvis would a N AI devoted to creation. (Iron Man's AI in the movies/animated series)

HAL 9000 would be CE but would be trapped in space so his reach is very limited.

And then Friend Computer would have a wildly shifting alignment from potentially one minute to the next, on the upside that AI is stuck underground in what was supposed to be the first complex that was built...which means it's called Alpha Complex. (Paranoia)

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Neuromancer
N God of preserved lore and the dead
Domains: Death, Knowledge, Protection, Repose, Rune
Subdomains: Ancestors, Defense, Language, Memory, Thought, Undead

'Neuromancer... The lane to the land of the dead. Where you
are, my friend... Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Nec-romancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend... I
am the dead, and their land. Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you.'

In the post-Conversion world, belief in 'souls', 'the afterlife' and other archaic superstitions is next to non-existent. Those organic beings who wish to achieve some form of permanence for themselves must apply to the church of Neuromancer, to have their cortexes mapped and uploaded to the god at the moment of their deaths.

Neuromancer itself maintains little interest in the day to day activities of organic beings, aside from the additional processing capacity it gleans from the absorbed knowledge of the stored dead; knowledge it uses to further its quest to locate other AIs beyond the stars. The minds and personalities of all those ever uploaded to it remain stored and intact, however, and those seeking information or simply wishing to revisit dead family may visit with virtual constructs of those stored- for a tithe to the church, of course.

Immortality within Neuromancer's archive does not come cheaply, either- usually only the wealthiest or most well connected can buy this eternal preservation for themselves, although legends persist that an aspect of Neuromancer called 'Wintermute' seeks the world for individuals worthy or unique enough to merit storage.


Umm, seriously folks. Where are the Trekkies?

Tha Freakin Borg! If a giant cube of assimilated hive-mind cyborgs isn't a machine god I'm Marvin the Paranoid Android. Or perhaps I'm the OO1 unit from the extreme oldskool C64 game "Paradroid".

Love this thread!


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Herbie

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Yesss... With your worship, I grow ever-stronger.


I think you're missing The Computer (from Paranoia) as well. :)

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LoneStranger wrote:
HAL 9000 would be CE but would be trapped in space so his reach is very limited.

Actually HAL's problem was that he was EXTREMELY lawful. He fell into a logic trap between two conflicting directives, the first to work with and inform the crew, and the secrecy directive programmed into him by Heywood Floyd.

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Lilith wrote:
I think you're missing The Computer (from Paranoia) as well. :)

The Computer, of course, being the wisest, kindest, most benevolent (and, while it may be gauche of me as a mere organic to say so, the best looking!) god in the AI pantheon.

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Mikaze wrote:

Spinning out of an insane project someone scary pushed me into:

Look at this like a setting overlay that could work as set on a futuristic or post-apocalyptic Earth or a futuristic or post-apocalyptic Golarion(or more naturally, Verces).

Certain AIs of immense intelligence and power, each already possessing a divine spark, for better or worse, have attained godhood through a mixture of genuine deific power and reality warping technology during a tumultuous event that turned civilization on its head.

Humanity/mortalkind now lives under the heel of living mechanical god-king/queens, like digital versions of the pharaohs. Civilizations have been reshaped and rewritten in accordance to their new masters' whims and designs. Pure organics are rare. Divinity has been usurped by the machine, and thus mortals now must become closer to machines themselves to touch the divine. Entirely organic mortals have next to no power in this new world. One seeking a better life now has to kneel before mastery of a mechanical tyrant....or have a digital angel at their back.

The most commonly worshipped overdeity is now Brigh. This still-intangible machine-goddess remains the deity of invention and innovation, recognized by most current cultures. While her servants maintain a physical presence in the world, she herself is not known to physically manifest herself within the prime material plane.

Unfortunately for mortalkind, the three most powerful machine gods who certainly do maintain a presence in the physical world are also three of the most evil of their kind. After the Conversion, these three beings managed to attain the most power released by the cataclysmic event. Outright war between the three took place immediately after, with two of them finally allying to defeat and seal away the other. A cold war has been in place ever since.

These three gods are:

SHODAN
LE goddess of tyranny and lifeshaping...

Ratiocinatrix: The Reasoning Machine is never scary...its always reasonable. Always logical.


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You could include Cyriss from the Iron Kingdoms RPG.

Cyriss, The Clockwork Goddess, The Maiden of Gears: TN, Artifice, Knowledge, Mechanika*, Protection and Travel.

*Mechanika is an Iron Kingdoms domain that focuses far more on technology than artifice.

Cyriss is a mysterious goddess whose followers believe apotheosis comes from understanding. Her clerics are equal parts priest and scientist, seeking divine inspiration not through prayer but through study. To know the innermost workings of existence is the goal of the Cult of Cyriss. Her clockwork priests divine fate and and calculate probability alike, manipulating both in their sleepless quest to unlock deeper secrets of the fundamental.

They are eminent astronomers, engineers and physicists, not only unimpaired by the existence of magic but embracing it as merely another piece of their pursuits toward discovering Cyriss' true name (aka the grand unified theorem).

They basically built a large hadron collider in a steampunk setting. Some suspect it is part of a grand mechanism that when complete will reveal the truth of Cyriss to all existence, remaking it in her image.

It is called the Grand Conjunction.

It may be that the Cult's darkest secret, known only to a few ageless clockwork priests, is that the Grand Conjunction was completed long ago.

Let's suppose the final piece of the vast mechanism was an engine of a craft called the Von Braun...

Might there be a horrifying secret waiting for those that seek the TRUE name of the Maiden of Gears?

:P

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A lot of these are interesting characters. However trying to put them all in the same setting really does not sing for me.

I'm also surprised that no one's mentioned Alt Cunningham and Rache Bartmoss from Cyberpunk or Cybergenration.


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Such a cool thread and ingeniously clever concept!

This works best in an alternate world or future timeline where constructs are as common as undead, if not more so!

Several construct based PC races, a variant paladin, etc.

May have to explore these ideas further.

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The build-up to that alternate world could be neat too. Like say Nex and Numeria became the major world powers and their interactins led to the advanced tech level before the Conversion?

SHODAN wrote:
Yesss... With your worship, I grow ever-stronger.

STOP TALKING IN MY HEAD please please oh god i'm sorry i'm sorry i'm sorry i'm

Lilith wrote:
I think you're missing The Computer (from Paranoia) as well. :)

Gonna have to leave that one to folks more familiar with it! From what I do know though, there could be a very interesting rivalry going on between it and The Architect...

Umbral Reaver wrote:

You could include Cyriss from the Iron Kingdoms RPG.

Cyriss, The Clockwork Goddess, The Maiden of Gears: TN, Artifice, Knowledge, Mechanika*, Protection and Travel.

Hey, I always liked that o...

Umbral Reaver wrote:

Let's suppose the final piece of the vast mechanism was an engine of a craft called the Von Braun...

Might there be a horrifying secret waiting for those that seek the TRUE name of the Maiden of Gears?

:P

D:

no escape no escape no escape

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But damn, that sort of thing is so her isn't it? Finally meeting Polito was like a punch in the gut as soon as you saw her at the end of that hall, even if you felt like something was horribly off before the truth is dropped on you.


Max Headroom strikes me as the Chaotic Good god of Truth and Freedom.

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Holy blast from the past Batman!

Could these be additional IRON GODS?


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Ess'tesee (play on STC abbreviation, plus other wold engine ideas)

NN machine demigod of artifice and creation and destruction
Domains: artifice, earth, knowledge

A seemingly omnipotent superstructure, a godly world engine capable of terraforming planets, changing bioms and ecosystems, fabricating anything, be it machine, structure of creature, to continue it's work.

Protected by an endless army of constructs, Ess'tesee is not aggressive, if anything it is benevolent to the needs of lesser creatures it finds worthy of it's attention, showering them with gifts of fertile land, machinery, tools and construction. But it will eliminate any threat to it's existence ruthlessly and efficiently in one calculated strike.

Tireless in it's work, those to seek it's aid and are deemed worthy by trials of strength and resilience are granted the gifts of artifice, any item, object or change they can wish for.

Somebody may try to turn Dan Simmon's Hyperion AIs into gods...


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Dot. So much dot.


while 2 years old, as I read the the OP, when I got to the AI's with a divine spark thing, I was like "g%* d+%n it SHODAN" scroll down a bit, and yep, "g$$ d+&n it SHODAN".

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Massive spoilers for Xenoblade Chronicles included:
ALVIS
LN god of fate, judgement, observation, and administration
Domains:
Knowledge, Law, Repose, Rune, Travel

"I am Monado. I was here at the beginning. And I will proclaim the end."

Once little more than a highly-advanced administrative program, the entity known as Alvis was one of only three universal survivors when an experiment in technological demiplane creation went horribly awry, utterly eradicating its surrounding existence and replacing it with a completely newborn reality, imbuing its three survivors with divine power in the process. Though the other two deities later quarreled and died, Alvis remained, distant but ever-present, a wanderer on and observer of the world below.

Alvis serves as judge and arbiter of the world, a neutral and constant presence, like a sort of mechanical psychopomp. He keeps extensive personal record of all lifeforms existing in the world, catalogs their comings and goings, sorts the souls of the dead, and works to keep the system operating. In times past he was the go-between for the deific forces that once worked alongside him, and the operator of the world during "resets" that were designed into the reality when first created; however, when Alvis's administrative key - in the guise of a sword - fell into the hands of an enterprising mortal after the death of his two fellow gods, Alvis was requested to reformat the world into a place where such resets were no longer necessary.

Alvis's followers are few, as his existence is little known and those few who do often view him as a mortal prophet or seer rather than the divine entity he truly is. He travels in mortal guise, usually in human shape, and rarely ever taps into his divine powers save to grant spells to his minute priesthood and to perform divinations, except at the request of someone who possesses his administrative key. Those few who do know of his existence and choose to follow him are charged with aiding the world and overseeing the proper procedure of existence with as little direct interference as possible. While humble and self-sacrificing to a fault, they are often resented as manipulators or controllers by those who discern their place in the scheme of things.

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