Differences

This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.

the_glorious_equation [2011/09/27 23:59]
harryh
the_glorious_equation [2011/10/17 22:25] (current)
elliew
Line 5: Line 5:
\\ \\
Now, you'll note that **this** time the rod you're holding is made from gold, which I believe should increase conductance by up to 37%...// Now, you'll note that **this** time the rod you're holding is made from gold, which I believe should increase conductance by up to 37%...//
 +\\
 +----
 +\\
 +//**Science is Amazing**//
-=====Science is Amazing====== +=====History=====
- +
-====History====+
If you had to sum up the beliefs of the Glorious Equation in three words, those would probably be the ones. Over the generations, many of those who have come to the city have been motivated by scientific curiosity of some form or another. This is not, perhaps surprising - after all for a long time the places existence was only known of among the greatest scholars and researchers of many worlds, and even today such individuals are among the more likely to have the wherewithal to make the jump to it should they so choose. And while more than anyone else they are likely to have a full comprehension of the risks involved, a reasonable number still do. Often they come full of hubris, here to prove themselves superior to all who have come before by breaking back out. Others come out of boredom, or feeling stifled in their own worlds, seeking new academic heights. If you had to sum up the beliefs of the Glorious Equation in three words, those would probably be the ones. Over the generations, many of those who have come to the city have been motivated by scientific curiosity of some form or another. This is not, perhaps surprising - after all for a long time the places existence was only known of among the greatest scholars and researchers of many worlds, and even today such individuals are among the more likely to have the wherewithal to make the jump to it should they so choose. And while more than anyone else they are likely to have a full comprehension of the risks involved, a reasonable number still do. Often they come full of hubris, here to prove themselves superior to all who have come before by breaking back out. Others come out of boredom, or feeling stifled in their own worlds, seeking new academic heights.
Line 16: Line 18:
====Never Mix Science and Politics==== ====Never Mix Science and Politics====
-The Equation's power is a different sort to that of, say, the Inheritors. It does not come from political positioning or ancient ties of family and ownership, but from being incredibly useful to have around. While many of its members outputs are of...questionable application outside the academic world, some of them prove incredibly useful within the city. Rigs for indoor cultivation of crops are a well known one, alongside generators capable of powering technological lighting across swathes of the city, whilst in the field of magical study (less favoured than the arts of technology, but still present within the guild), great improvements in scrying and communicative magics have had their uses in maintaining contact with the outside universe. Many smaller innovations and trinkets come from the guild as well, and many of its members run small businesses selling the products of their studies. Possession of the latest technological trinket is extremely fashionable among the wealthy and powerful, as is sponsoring some piece of plausibly worthwhile research. All this serves to increase the guild members access to that which they desire the most - time and money to continue their research.+The Equation's power is a different sort to that of, say, the Inheritors. It does not come from political positioning or ancient ties of family and ownership, but from being incredibly useful to have around. While many of its members outputs are of...questionable application outside the academic world, some of them prove incredibly useful within the city. Rigs for indoor cultivation of crops are a well known one, alongside generators capable of powering technological lighting across swathes of the city, whilst in the field of magical study (less favoured than the arts of technology, but still present within the guild), great improvements in scrying and communicative magics have had their uses in maintaining contact with the outside universe. Many smaller innovations and trinkets come grom the guild as well, and many of its members run small businesses selling the products of their studies. Possession of the latest technological trinket is extremely fashionable among the wealthy and powerful, as is sponsoring some piece of plausibly worthwhile research. All this serves to increase the guild members access to that which they desire the most - time and money to continue their research.
The main challenge to the popularity of the guild is the relative frequency with which its members cause some sort of catastrophic accident. When the cloud of Inverting Smoke or the rampage of the latest failed attempt at an obedient AutonoSpider remains within the guilds own territory, the other tend to turn a blind eye. When, however, it is their streets smashed by hydraulic arachnoid limbs, or their citizens turned unexpectedly inside-out they tend to react poorly. Extravagant recompense is often demanded (and usually paid), but a groundswell of ill feeling against the guild tends to simmer beneath the surface, waiting for the latest disastrous attempt to unlock secrets man was not supposed to know with a skeleton key of dubious provenance. The main challenge to the popularity of the guild is the relative frequency with which its members cause some sort of catastrophic accident. When the cloud of Inverting Smoke or the rampage of the latest failed attempt at an obedient AutonoSpider remains within the guilds own territory, the other tend to turn a blind eye. When, however, it is their streets smashed by hydraulic arachnoid limbs, or their citizens turned unexpectedly inside-out they tend to react poorly. Extravagant recompense is often demanded (and usually paid), but a groundswell of ill feeling against the guild tends to simmer beneath the surface, waiting for the latest disastrous attempt to unlock secrets man was not supposed to know with a skeleton key of dubious provenance.
-===== Your Place Within the Equation =====+===== How powerful are you in the Glorious Equations =====
The equation is run by a council of leading scientific lights, chosen from within its ranks by a poll of the members. Unspoken convention tends to dictate that each major college or school within it will put forward a few candidates, and members tend to split their votes such that each large groups gets a representative. As a player character within the guild, you can be one of these councillors, having a voice in the overall management of the guild. However, the council's power is far from absolute, many scientists responding poorly to such base things as "power stuctures" and "orders". You might instead choose to be the head of a college specialising in a field of your imagining. Either way, unless you choose to play a true "genius" (the kind who cackles atop a tower more than is healthy), you are likely to have access to the resources and manpower to further your scientific endeavours. As long as you aren't being distracted by the callout to subdue the latest escapee from the breeding pools. The equation is run by a council of leading scientific lights, chosen from within its ranks by a poll of the members. Unspoken convention tends to dictate that each major college or school within it will put forward a few candidates, and members tend to split their votes such that each large groups gets a representative. As a player character within the guild, you can be one of these councillors, having a voice in the overall management of the guild. However, the council's power is far from absolute, many scientists responding poorly to such base things as "power stuctures" and "orders". You might instead choose to be the head of a college specialising in a field of your imagining. Either way, unless you choose to play a true "genius" (the kind who cackles atop a tower more than is healthy), you are likely to have access to the resources and manpower to further your scientific endeavours. As long as you aren't being distracted by the callout to subdue the latest escapee from the breeding pools.
 +
 +===== Why Play a Member of the Glorious Equation =====
 +
 +  * You want to play an inventor of great devices that can change the world.
 +  * You want to play an academic, striving for the respect (or not) of your peers.
 +  * You want to push the boundaries of what is known and discover new and exciting things about the world with like minded people.
 +
 +====== The City Quarter ======
 +The quarter of the city in which the Glorious Equation are based is by no means the largest of the factions, but nor is it the smallest. It contains a disproportionate number of turns of the river compared its size and within it is contained the entirety of the southern canal. The waters are particularly prized by the members of the Glorious Equation who use them in their many experiments. They take great care to keep the waters clean from their experimental effluvia but occasionally things slip by much to the annoyance of the other residents of the City.
the_glorious_equation.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/17 22:25 by elliew
Except where otherwise noted, content on this wiki is licensed under the following license:CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported