Transhuman RevolutionWake up to see through different eyesTranshuman Revolution5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A faster world under a wider sky
A stronger body, a sharper mind
Would you be afraid to change?
Humans crawl and humans die
Seeking forms that let them fly
To shed old genes like butterflies
What should we lose? What can we gain?
To Build A HumanTo Build A Human4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I wonder if I died last night.
I once wondered if I had died the night before. And that's not even the strangest thought I had that fateful day. But perhaps I should start from the beginning
I had been thinking about the troubling philosophical issue regarding the hypothetical teleportation device that uses quantum entanglement to instantaneously transfer data, then uses that data to exactly replicate the individual in the new place and simultaneously destroy the original. The new copy is like a twin with all the same memories of the original, right up to the event of the teleportation, creating a perfect illusion of transportation to everyone, including the replicant, who would have first person memory of the lifetime of the original and therefore believe himself to be the original. The only party for whom this fax machine from hell fails is the original, who is stifled by nonexistence.
So how can one be certain of this tragic flaw without experiencing it fi
The Revolutionary DirectiveThe Revolutionary Directive is the overriding mission of the entire United Galactic Federation, particularly the Federation Star Fleet. The Revolutionary Directive can be summed up in one sentence: the realization of the Federation's "Enlightened Revolution" throughout the entire known universe. Federal political culture revolves around the idea of the Federation being a vanguard state, the one society in the galaxy that can recreate the prosperity of the Second Empire without succumbing to its flaws. Indeed, the Federation has a moral duty to unite all of mankind. To abandon this crusade would be immoral, as that would be abandoning the rest of the galaxy to darkness.The Revolutionary Directive7 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Revolutionary Directive takes its form mostly through the practice of "Enlightened Colonization." The Star Fleet's primary charge, superseding even its role as the military wing of the Federal government, is to seek out strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations, and to ensure that they are given the
An Angel Born of ManHe perches upon the churchesAn Angel Born of Man8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of a forgotten God.
His grey eyes and gray wings
would be miraculous things,
if they could serve his Lord.
No halo illuminates
this angel born of Man,
which reveals his lamentable ban:
He is outside the savior's grace,
yet Heavenward he still turns his face.
The ancient, crumbled houses of God
join the dry, dusty surface of sod.
The metal crosses are covered by rust,
so remember Man that thou art dust.
Consortium InfantryCombat DroneConsortium Infantry8 months ago in Settings More Like This
The term "combat drone" actually encompasses a wide variety of war machines, but it normally refers to the Mark II Drone first built by the Taaltsyan Corporation, one of the first backers of the Consortium Revolution. While Taaltsyan manufactures a majority of Mark IIs and their later variants, the design's ubiquity and lapsed patent means it is manufactured by licensed and unlicensed manufacturers throughout the galaxy.
The basic Combat Drone squad is composed of six units armed with arm-mounted C28 Pulse Rifles, which means that Combat Drones cannot pick up or man dropped weapons. It is possible to upgrade the squad with C30 Rail Rifles, increasing their damage and range, but only three units will be upgraded with this weapon.
The squad can be upgraded to be assisted by a Mark IV Drone, a more heavily-armored drone with various systems designed to support its fellow drones. The Mark IV's Fire Control Optics allows the squad to do more damage at longer ranges. The Mark IV
UNSC Roanoke Halo ShipRoanoke-Class WarshipUNSC Roanoke Halo Ship3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
• Length: 4,800m
• Width: 1,000m
• Height/Depth: 900m
XR2 Borlin Fields: S81/X-DFR
Slipspace Drive: Mark X Macedon/Z-78721HDS
Shielding: Advance Shielding
Hull: 420cm Titanium-A3 armor plating
• Naval- 7,675
• Marine- 5,161
• Intelligence- 1,456
• Civilian- 409
• SPARTAN-IV Supersoldiers
• Orbital Dock Shock Troopers
• UNSC Marine Corps
• UNSC Army
• UNSC Air Force
Other System(s): AI River
• 1x Series 8 MAC (bow mounted)
• 2x Modified MACs (Similar to the Pillar of Autumn's, Both bow mounted)
• 3x Small Special MACs (specially design to go from firing MAC rounds to firing energy projector like beams, all bow mounted)
• 312x M42 Archer Missile Pods
• 210x M75 Rapier Missile Pods
Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specsSpecifications: McDaniels Shipwrights Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunshipHedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specs1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Crew: 10: pilot, co-pilot, navigator/sensor operator, tactical officer, 5 weapon systems specialists (WSS), electronic warfare officer (EWO)
Length: 224 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 194 ft 8 in
Height: 42 ft 2 in
Wing area: 324 ft2
Empty weight: 755,000 lb (342,770 kg)
Loaded weight: 978,224 lb (444,114 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1,321,075 lb (599,768 kg)
Powerplant: 6 x Commonwealth Spatial Drive Works Mark VII thermonuclear fusion pulse engines w/trans-atmospheric boosters + McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 200 time/space warp drive
-Dry thrust: 65,250 lbf for Mark VII (290.36 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust with afterburner: 124,225 lbf for Mark VII (552.80 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust from trans-atmospheric booster: 262,875 for Mark VII (1169.79 kN for Mark VII) each
FTL Performance: 10 Light Years per day
Fuel capacity: 342,850 lb (155,654 kg) internal
TDF WeaponsTDF Weapons3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
TDF weapons database
Main Turret Artillery
Tachyon Artillery: Tachyons are slowed down below light speed by a gravitation trap with rotating polarization (changing direction), that is the reason why the tachyon gun is U- shaped, and fires two pulses per shot. The tachyons want to get back over light speed, and accelerate after leaving the gun, when they hit matter they lose their strange energy and transform the matter into antimatter, and break through the lightbarrier. The destructive effect is because of this caused by the antimatter, so the usage of tachyon guns in atmosphere is limited to zero, also in space the range is limited due to the exhaust of ships engines and interstellar gas, this causes the red color of the pulses.
Effective range: mostly used in mid distance combat (100 000km), maximal effective shot was one Ls (lightsecond = 300 000km), but had limited effectivity, due to the high loss of tachyons
muzzlespeed = 0.5 c up to0.75 c
mostly used in destructiv
Coalition of Western RepublicsA militarist state basing itself on the American Empire, the Coalition of Western Republics is one of the galaxy's superpowers. The modern Coalition’s system of explicitly modeling itself after Imperial America is not unjustified. The Coalition is one of many remnant governments of the old United States, and like all of them claim it is the official one. The modern Coalition was founded on Columbia after the Endless War, a war between its German-speaking and English-speaking colonists. These colonists were descended from government officials, scientists, corporate executives and other VIPs that fled Earth as part of the New Dawn program. New Dawn was a program commissioned by the American and German governments to escape Earth for a habitable world if nuclear war ever occurs. When it finally did in the early 2240s, the American and German governments moved as many important persons as it could onto as many ships as they could and left for the Columbia System, roughly sixty thousaCoalition of Western Republics7 months ago in Settings More Like This
First Battle of Eden: Part 1The First Battle of EdenFirst Battle of Eden: Part 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
By Josheua Samuelson
A Chronicles of Man Short Story
The chime pierced the silence of the flag officer's quarters aboard the Alliance battleship Kilimanjaro, and Vice Admiral Harriet Spencer's azul eyes opened begrudgingly before the chime called again. Sighing, the five foot nine woman rolled to her side and glanced up at the communication panel at her bedside, tapping the glowing accept key and designating voice only. After all, it wasn't right for an admiral to talk to her subordinates while half naked.
"Spencer, go ahead." She said and noted the grogginess of her own voice as she checked the time. Zero two hundred. No wonder she felt like she had just fallen off a sunderhorse.
"Admiral, I don't mean to wake you but we have a situation." Spencer quirked an eyebrow at the voice on the other end. It was Captain Kuritz, Kilimanjaro's CO who, like Spencer,
Mon Calamari Clear Depths-class light freighterMon Calamari Shipyards Clear Depths-class light freighterMon Calamari Clear Depths-class light freighter2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Craft: Mon Calamari Shipyards Clear Depths-class light freighter
Type: Light freighter
Length: 36.2 meters
Skill: Space transports: Clear Depths-class
Crew: 2, skeleton: 1/+15
Crew Skill: Astrogation 3D+2, space transports 4D+1, starship shields 4D+2, starship gunnery 4D
Cargo Capacity: 180 metric tons
Consumables: 4 months
Cost: 240,000 (new)
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x1
Hyperdrive Backup: x8
Nav Computer: Yes
Atmosphere: 335; 950 kmh
*Clear Depths-class freighters have 2D of backup shields, When a die of shields is lost, if the shield operators can make an Easy CS shields total, one of the backup die codes of shields can be brought up to increase the shields back to 2D.
**Clear Depths-class freighters can travel underwater (move of 60: 200 kmh), up to a depth of 400 meters. It takes 4D rounds for the crew to adapt the vessel for underwater movem
Osprey-class long endurance courier specificationsSpecifications: Columbia Shipyards Osprey-class high endurance courier (HMS Surprise)Osprey-class long endurance courier specifications1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Crew: 7; pilot, co-pilot, navigator/sensor operator, weapons systems operator, communications officer, tactical officer, observation
Passengers/marines: Accommodations for up to twelve passengers.
Length: 204 ft, 4 in
Width: 302 ft
Empty Weight: 1,150,000 lbs (385,900 kg)
Loaded Weight: 1,450,000 lbs (476,700 kg)
Max take-off weight: 2,070,825 lbs (940,155 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Commonwealth Spatial Drive Works Mark VI heavy thermonuclear fusion pulse engines w/trans-atmospheric boosters + McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 200 time/space warp drive (McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 50 emergency time/space warp drive attached)
-Dry thrust: 285,575 lbf for Mark VI (1270.81 kN for Mark VI) each
-Thrust w/afterburner: 402,820 lbf for Mark VI (1792.55 kN for Mark VI) each
-Thrust from trans-atmospheric boosters: 1,040,000 lbf for Mark VI (4628 kN for Mark VI) each
Comet-class fast attack shipName: Comet-class fast attack shipComet-class fast attack ship2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force
Manufacturer: Cirris Allied States Military Shipyard, Lagrange Point 5, Cirris orbit (initial construction yard)
Type: Interstellar anti-ship/anti-fighter attack ship
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 136 meters
Width: 44 meters
Main Drive: 1 x 1.4 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 6500 KW
Main Thrusters: 5 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Acceleration: 36 kps (kilometers per second) (maximum space acceleration)/1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detectors, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, target analyzer, telescope
Fixed Armament: 18 x PD laser turrets, 9 x heavy electromagnetic projectile guns, 3 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 2 x long-range anti-ship laser cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 56 crew, 12 officers
Shattered Mirror, Shattered HeartShattered Mirror, Shattered Heart1 year ago in Romance More Like This
When one thinks of Canterlot, many things come to mind. It's magnificent libraries, the great School for Gifted Unicorns, or perhaps even it's glittering crown jewel, the Royal Palace. But these are the pleasant places, and as even the most innocent of ponies know, not everywhere is as wonderful to behold as those. For deep within the lower levels of the Royal Palace, there was a place seldom visited, and even less often used. The dungeons. Almost nopony could remember the last time these places were needed, but today, there was one who did.
For along the halls of that place, standing outside and old and heavy wooden door, was the absolute last person anypony expected to find down here. A beacon of light in these dark and dingy chambers, this was a mare that all in Equestria, stallion, mare and foal alike, looked up to. Princess Celestia, the monarch of the sun, and co-ruler of Equestria. She did not want to be here in these low places, but she had to be, for what she was planning was
Snakeskin Bracelet [Naga TF]Noah came home happy that day. He just had a long day with his girlfriend, after she came back from a month-long trip to Cambodia. It was an exciting day, but he was grateful for rest at the end of it all.Snakeskin Bracelet [Naga TF]2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
As he sat down, he felt a small box in his back pocket press against his butt. Yelping from pain, he jumped up. He reached into the pocket and took the box out. The box was a gift from her, but he haven't yet seen what was inside. Lifting the lid, he found a small snakeskin bracelet, dyed a deep blue. This bracelet looked really old and tribal. It had threads of yarn dangling from it, each end with a colored bead.
'Probably used for snake worshiping', he thought. His girlfriend did share a lot about Cambodian history during the time she was away.
He unclasped the bracelet, and put it on. It fitted on quite nicely, and Noah was pleased with it.
'Time to go shower then'. He got up from the sofa he was sitting on.
After taking a few steps, he suddenly lost control of his legs, and fell
Matters of PrincipleMatters of Principle2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"What do you mean you can't come out here until next month? I've shown you pictures, you've already sent one of your workers to inspect the damage…"
Celestia waited for the man — ugh, it was always a man — on the other end of the line to finish giving her the usual cliched excuses. Tight schedule. Waiting for enough manpower. Having to repair some of the utility work.
Budget cuts. It was always the budget cuts that were her worst enemy.
Celestia took it back. Having a woman on the line wouldn't have made it any better. When it came down to it, nearly all humans lacked the same basic ability to comprehend simple facts, much like the one she was about to reiterate:
"No, I don't think you understand. My school. Has a giant. Gaping. Hole in it. The same one that's about to be in your head if you don't-"
More words. Celestia's teeth gritted.
"...How much extra? ...Yeah? Well, same to you! Tell your brother I said you
Peace Comes Why did it have to come to this?Peace Comes6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Didact and the rings monitor, 343 Guilty Spark, began the long walk into the control station of Installation 04. The thin glass floor reflected his own grim expression back at him. The more he thought about it, the more he began to accept the fact that the Forerunner were fated to live this day moment they had encountered the Flood. The parasites numbers combined with his own peoples arrogance a fault he himself was most certainly not exempt from- were the two variables that had led them down the path to the events currently taking place.
They were all but doomed, and every Forerunner, whether they wished to accept it or not, knew this to be inevitable. Perhaps a few would survive in the shield worlds, maybe even the Ark, but their numbers would be so thin
Unlikely Pair - HackerTitle: Unlikely Pair Contest Submission - Hacker!Unlikely Pair - Hacker4 years ago in Humor More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Characters/Pairing: Commander Candylan Shepard (femShep) and Tali'Zorah with an appearance by Legion
"Bosh'tet!" Tali'Zorah screamed at her omni-tool. The more she rapidly tapped at the holographic buttons, the more furious she became.
Commander Candylan Shepard noticed the unusual behavior coming from her quarian companion and went to investigate. "Is something the matter?"
"It's nothing, Commander."
"Judging by all your huffing and puffing, it's far from nothing. What is it?"
"It's this player on Galaxy of Fantasy. That bosh'tet killed my character in a single move. He must be hacking!"
"Galaxy of Fantasy? Really? I didn't know you played, Tali," she responded, tucking her messy blonde locks behind her ear to reveal the smirk growing on her face.
"It started as a way to play with some people I kn
Students of CelestiaBlack. All around, there was black. The conventional black mane. The rare black coat. And the omnipresent black outfit - suits or gowns, it didn't matter. Earth-ponies, pegasi, and unicorns were all present at the event. Indeed, the event had drawn an enormous crowd of over a thousand ponies. Royal Guards stood at attention throughout the room, making certain nothing happened.Students of Celestia4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The room, though quiet even before, silenced as a large, regal figure stepped into the doorway. Royal Guards flanked the white-coated mare, guiding a path for her to a large casket in the center of the hall. The alicorn, Princess Celestia, ruler of Equestria, had made a promise to be here, and she indeed was. She slowly peered into the wooden box, and a single tear fell from her eye.
Inside the casket was an old unicorn mare, seemingly aged to around 80 years (though she had magically prolonged her own life to a ripe 90). Her yellow coat bore on the flank a red spark, surrounded by tiny sparkles: a completely uni
Being Human - Chapter 1"I need your help. Look, I can understand that you're a bit - well, okay, a lot - wary of my coming to you after I promised you freedom, but you have to hear me out." The human sighed, twitching her fingers slightly as two robotic arms stretched down and untied her arms. She kept a wary eye on GLaDOS as she stretched herself, sorting out the kink in her back as she reflected on the day's events.Being Human - Chapter 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She had gotten up, prepared herself a bowl of oatmeal, blacked out, then found herself back at Aperture with the AI she never wanted to see again staring at her. Okay, so it wasn't much to reflect on, but she was confused as all get out. GLaDOS had said herself that she never wanted to see her again, so why would she abduct her? She wasn't even sure what 'help' she could give the AI that claimed that she knew everything about anything, including what happened after one died (though she might have been bluffing about that one; Chell wasn't willing to take the chance, though). After
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 1'The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world...'Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 14 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
G-Man, Half Life 2
Hi, I'm Ian. Ian Shaw, or just Shaw, maybe Charles Carmichael if I'm undercover it doesn't really matter, just whatever you prefer.
Well, except Charles Carmichael, since that's just an alias. And referring to someone by their full name is a little odd...anyway, here's some stuff you should probably know, or maybe just forgot.
A cool two and half years ago, I was dragged into this universe, the Mass Effect universe, by a dimension-jumping asari named Shiara T'Aeoni, for reasons only she seems to know and takes great pleasure in not telling me. But we'll get to that in due course. I ended up on the Citadel two years before the events of the first Mass Effect game, visions of seeming Prothean origin whirling around my head and foretelling the end of the galaxy, and I only had the clothes I was wearing, a few trinkets from 2010, and my endearing personality to my name.
End of EquestriaIt started with an earthquake. The balcony shuddered under their hooves as the shockwaves shook the proud white towers of Canterlot. Somewhere behind them, she could hear the sound of shattering glass and the rumble of collapsing buildings. Luna was not afraid.End of Equestria4 years ago in Drama More Like This
"I thought it would have lasted longer, Celly," she said, glancing at her sister. The white alicorn was crying, tears flowing from her great bright eyes, but there was a little smile on her lips.
"The world serves its own needs, regardless of our needs," Celestia said in a soft voice.
The tremors were coming faster now, shaking the empty white city. Luna's ears perked as she caught a distant cry of terror, cut mercifully short by another crash of collapsing marble. It seemed that the city hadn't been quite empty after all, which surprised her. There weren't many ponies around any more, not since the Princesses had announced the last generation decades ago. It had, perhaps, been the true beginning of the end.
Nopony had quite bel
343 Guilty Spark343 Guilty Spark5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
97 448 BCE. That was when it had all ended.
My creators, the Forerunners, had relinquished the seemingly endless war between themselves and the Flood. The Flood had spread across the galaxy consuming all it could, rendering it impossible for my creators to fight back. The Flood were parasites. One single small infection form could start a cycle that would end the existence of entire species, and they did. The Flood's mistake was beginning on the Forerunners too late into their campaign. My creators had one final chance at saving the galaxy from this flowing horror.
Halo was a collection of massive ring-shaped installations, ten thousand kilometres in diameter. I am 343 Guilty Spark. I am the monitor of Installation 04. When my creators activated the rings, many years ago, they defeated the Flood wiping them all out save the few insignificant harmless infection forms trapped in laboratories of the installations. The reign of the Forerunner ended that day, as did my usefulness unti
The Return of GLaDOS"No "The Return of GLaDOS4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She felt a tremor, and knew that Chell had destroyed the last of the cores that weighed her down. Suddenly, she felt free. She could think clearly again. She could also feel something in the back of her artificial mind: a consciousness named Ca---
---Whiteness. She was lifted into the air, torn to pieces, lying there, neither dead nor alive, waiting for something to happen. Staring into the void
"Powerup initiated," said a voice.
She felt power flow into her circuits, her bits and pieces coming back together as if by magic. Cameras woke up, and she could see. Panels started falling back into place, and she could sense the entire Facility. She felt complete. She was just as she was before...that test subject came.
That test subject was the most stubborn human she had ever met. The human never quit and completed everything she set her mind to. The perfect test subject, she completed every challenge and problem she faced. She was very obedient, too. Well, she wa