Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

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Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Erinys » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:27 am

Greetings folks! This is a Lore forum for Sword of the Stars: The Pit, a roguelike rpg set in the Sword of the Stars universe. :)

You can come to this forum any time to ask questions and chat about the game's Characters, Story-Line, Messages, and Background fiction here.

To set a few ground rules: please try not to hit anyone with surprise Spoilers in this forum. Many of your fellow readers will not have seen the ending of the game, for example, or will not have translated every message. You can still ask questions or discuss issues, so long as your posts and thread titles obey the "Spoiler Rules": the thread title has ***Spoiler*** in it, etc..

Before we get started, I though I would post a few Game Facts about the fiction of the game, so that everyone is on the same page.

Characters:

THE MARINE: Travis Hudson, a former Vac Forces Marine, was honorably discharged after the Second Battle of Mjolnir. While still a relatively young man, he cashiered out of the military with a generous land grant from Sol Force--a grant made even more generous by the fact that he chose to stake his claim on the rugged colony world of Arbuda IV.

While building his first cabin on the southern continent, Hudson met and fell in love with Tamiko Hoshinara, a beautiful young scientist. When Tamiko disappeared while doing research in the foothills of the Feldspar Mountains, he was devastated. The fact that his search for the Pit takes him into the same area where Tamiko disappeared is perhaps no coincidence.

As a former Marine, Hudson retains a few pieces of his combat gear. In terms of stats and skills, he hashigh Might, average Finesse, and is a few marbles short in the Brains department. His combat skills are still sharp, and he is handy with a Blade, a Rifle, and a Pistol.

THE ENGINEER: Themba Mbale is a Ground Forces Engineer, one of the hardy crew of men and women assigned to build infrastructure and assist in terraforming efforts on Arbuda IV. Born on the southern tip of the African Consortium of Old Earth, he is a highly educated and sharp-witted technician.

Themba learned about the possible existence of the Pit through his friendship with Simon Wooley, an archaeologist who chose to retire on Arbuda to study the remains of its native sapient race, now many thousands of years extinct. Wooley and his AI companion, a robot named Layard, had spent years studying the ruins and artifacts associated with the mysterious race dubbed “Arbuda sapiens”. They had recently discovered a remarkable site in a valley at the foot of the Feldspar Mountains. Literally thousands of skeletons were heaped in the valley floor, creating the largest single death pit site in the known galaxy.

As a Ground Forces Engineer, Themba is highly intelligent and has good Finesse. His Might is low, which limits how much extra equipment and loot he can carry, but he begins the game with an assortment of useful tech tools. His combat training is limited, but thanks to his recent stint on Arbuda IV he has become fairly handy with a pistol and a knife—the rodent-like scavengers of the planet are quite large, with rats and bats as large as dogs. Even people building dams, roads and aqueducts need to carry arms.

THE SCOUT: Toshiko Hoshinara is a pilot in the Sol Force Scout Corps. Her twin sister Tamiko disappeared while doing zoological research on Arbuda IV. Long before the word from Arbuda could arrive at her post, however, Toshiko was already aware that her sister was in trouble, and desperately needed her help. She had already stolen a Node Fighter and was making her way to Arbuda system when the Plague broke out.

Tamiko and Toshiko are “psionic twins”. The phenomenon is not uncommon among humans, who generally have limited psionic ability or none at all. Psionic Twins are able to communicate empathically or telepathically, but can only reach the other twin mind-to-mind; all other humans are excluded from the bond, including parents and other blood relatives.

As a Psi Twin, Toshiko can sense Tamiko calling for help while awake, and hear her sister’s voice actually speaking to her, while in a dreaming state. She is naturally drawn to the Arbuda system and to the southern continent. She will find the Feldspar Mountains and the entrance to the Pit without much difficulty. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy to reach her “baby sister”, who was born seven minutes after her...

As a trained Scout, Toshiko is fast and has high Finesse, good Brains and average Might. She has light combat skills and some basic training in Tech and Medical skills. She is an excellent forager and has brought along a standard Scout pack, which holds more gear than most Sol Force standard backpacks.

THE PSION: Psions are men and women who are specially trained to use the powers of the mind. They are chosen for Power, Intelligence and sensitivity. Lui Ling is a military psion, assigned by Sol Force to track down and recover the missing scientist Tamiko Hoshinara, who is believed to possess unusual abilities by the high command.

Both Tamiko and Toshiko were tested for the Wild Talents program early in their careers, to investigate their psionic potential and see whether they were eligible to become membres of the Psi Corps. Although neither sister manifested enough talent to make the grade, it is standard procedure to keep the information of all tested applicants on file and to track their whereabouts, in case their abilities manifest later in life--some Psions do not develop their aptitude until other critical life-bonding events take place, including marriage, parenthood, or the deaths of close family.

Liu Ling was sent to Arbuda to investigate a "hit" recorded by a level 8 precognitive, or Doomsayer. The woman recorded a series of chaotic and jumbled visions. Although most of the words and images she recorded proved difficult for Sol Force specialists to parse, three elements of the predictive vision were clear. One: that Arbuda IV would soon be the site of a catastrophe which would claim the lives of thousands and threaten the lives of millions. Two: surviving fragments of a very ancient, very advanced alien technology were buried somewhere in the mountainous regions of the planet. Three: A colonist named Tamiko Hoshinara had become a temporal "keystone"--a person or object to whom a large number of probabilities were linked. If Tamiko Hoshinara could be recovered from alien captivity alive, the future was significantly brighter for the people of Arbuda IV, and possibly for the human race as a whole. If not...the future was shrouded in darkness.

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by ScoSteSal118 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:42 pm

"Nooooo, moooooorrrre, must haves mooooooaaaaarr (subsides into moaning and groaning)"
-Your representative to the forum from Arbuda IV.

More seriously, very intriguing and individual backgrounds for the main characters, all of which make sense to me in the setting (particularly like how you wove in a reference to the Human racial story with Themba Mbale being from Africa)

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Xeorm » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:00 pm

I had one question about the motives of the people going into the pit. The initial bit when you start the pit makes a big deal about the Xombie(Zombie?) virus plaguing the colony, and you needing to go into the pit to find a cure. Yet, the backgrounds for each of the characters doesn't mention anything about the virus, but primarily focus on finding Tamiko, and I was wondering if the virus features prominently in the reason for heroics from the scout and marine.

While I'm asking questions, does the engineer have any relation to Tamiko? It seems weird that only 2/3 do.

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Erinys » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:11 pm

Nope. The Engineer is a pure adventurer-hero. His relationship with Tamiko actually forms IN the Pit, as he finds message after message, learns more about her, and comes to admire her technical skill, her will to live and resourcefulness.

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by ZedF » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:39 pm

In canon, do all three go in, or do the three of them represent different alternate universes, as it were?
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Post by Erinys » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:17 pm

The structure of the game favors alternate universes, since it is single player. But all the characters do exist in every universe, so...bit of ambiguity there. The price to be paid for gameplay variety and re-playability with all our products, I'm afraid. ;)

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Ludovsky » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:19 pm

Incidently, this kind reminds me of the first Torchlight 1 game.

You had three character classes. A rogue, a barbarian style warrior, and an alchemist/mage.

The game was single player only, so you could only control -one- character at the same time, and in fact, could never meet the two others via gameplay.

The sequel gets released, with multiplayer and so on, and in the story you meet all the characters who are reffered to as having been allies who helped each others defeat the Big Bad in the first game.... even though the first's game single-player only nature meant you could never have all three characters actually interact or meet each others at all.

To some level, the characters even sort of fit the classical trio of warrior/rogue/mage(or engineering-type in more modern settings) :P

Then again, it wouldn't be the "classical" trio of brawn/cunning/brain if it wasn't used so often everywhere :)

Though all of this said, I could imagine a "The Pit" sequel or such taking a similar approach to Torchlight's resolution of the three main characters dilemna lore-wise when it came to determine the canon outcome of the original game in the sequel.

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by GildedBear » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:28 am

Cannonically, do the heroes survive and succeed in their quest?

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Post by Erinys » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:58 am

But of course. :)

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Post by Captain Colon » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:17 am

Can't wait for Themba's story :D :D

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Vasir » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:22 pm

This is so interesting :shock: But what are the psion's and the Takra ranger's story?

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Post by Ciurrioc » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:50 pm

Psion I don't know, but I surmise the Tarka came from the cloaked ship in orbit mentioned in the Messages, SA? detected them but don't know why they are there. maybe the "witch" is infiltrating the base?
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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Mockery » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:13 pm

Erinys wrote:But of course. :)

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Cannonically, do the heroes end up working together in the pit?

If we rule out drops as an artifact of it being a game, it seems like a small squad would do infinitely better down there.

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Re: Introducing...the Lore of the Pit!

Post by Mecron » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:14 pm

they are arriving at different times.

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