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    Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:39 pm  
    Ivid and the Extraterrestrials?

    Suppose extraterresterials related to those from S3 - Expedition From the Barrier Peaks came looking for their lost spacecraft and discovered Oerth. An exploration/colonization mission followed. Seeing the chaos of the GH Wars and recognizing Rauxes as a site of importance in the history of the Flanaess, the extraterresterials determined to set up their intitial colony in Rauxes.

    Problem is magic fields that occur naturally on Oerth are extremely rare elsewhere in the universe. These fields scramble technology, which must be specially shielded to operate reliably. The Rauxes colony must thus be carefully prepared.

    A forceshield now completely encloses Rauxes, blocking all magical fields and much else. The extraterresterials are in the process of building a beanstalk so that orbital flights in and out of Oerth's atmosphere can be avoided as much as possible. This requires even more shielding. And the shielding is imperfect. It must be constantly modulated to account for fluxes in the local magical field density. Rauxes will remain quaranteened by the extraterrestrials until the beanstalk is fully functional and the city forceshield can be shaped (to conform to the city wall) to allow "normal" access to and from the city.

    Once established, the Rauxes colony will begin developing trade contacts throughout the Flanaess for items unique to Oerth that can be sold as luxury goods or collectibles elsewhere. Potential mining sites will also be explored and perhaps developed. Extraterrestrial expansion beyond the Rauxes colony will depend on the success of the initial commercial and mining enterprizes and any success in more reliably and easily overcoming the magical interference that scrambles technology.

    Ivid has been captured, cured of his insanity (so the extraterresterials think) and returned to a state of near humanity by a tailored retrovirus. He has been conditioned (brainwashed) to act as the extraterrestrials "face" on Oerth. The beanstalk will be his new "tower" from which he will rule. The extraterrestrials will only operate in a special quarter of the city and the adjacent beanstalk to "advise" Ivid. The average Oerther may not imagine that aliens are working among them. A secret center of technology and alien control will exist in the heart of the Great Kingdom, ruled by a "cured" Ivid who is "controlled" by aliens who think they know more about the Oerth "primatives" than they really do.

    Rauxes problem solved?

    GVD

    [Cross-posted from the Wizards board]
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    Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:05 pm  
    Re: Ivid and the Extraterrestrials?

    GVDammerung wrote:
    Suppose extraterresterials related to those from S3 - Expedition From the Barrier Peaks came looking for their lost spacecraft and discovered Oerth. An exploration/colonization mission followed. Seeing the chaos of the GH Wars and recognizing Rauxes as a site of importance in the history of the Flanaess, the extraterresterials determined to set up their intitial colony in Rauxes.

    Problem is magic fields that occur naturally on Oerth are extremely rare elsewhere in the universe. These fields scramble technology, which must be specially shielded to operate reliably. The Rauxes colony must thus be carefully prepared.

    A forceshield now completely encloses Rauxes, blocking all magical fields and much else. The extraterresterials are in the process of building a beanstalk so that orbital flights in and out of Oerth's atmosphere can be avoided as much as possible. This requires even more shielding. And the shielding is imperfect. It must be constantly modulated to account for fluxes in the local magical field density. Rauxes will remain quaranteened by the extraterrestrials until the beanstalk is fully functional and the city forceshield can be shaped (to conform to the city wall) to allow "normal" access to and from the city.

    Once established, the Rauxes colony will begin developing trade contacts throughout the Flanaess for items unique to Oerth that can be sold as luxury goods or collectibles elsewhere. Potential mining sites will also be explored and perhaps developed. Extraterrestrial expansion beyond the Rauxes colony will depend on the success of the initial commercial and mining enterprizes and any success in more reliably and easily overcoming the magical interference that scrambles technology.

    Ivid has been captured, cured of his insanity (so the extraterresterials think) and returned to a state of near humanity by a tailored retrovirus. He has been conditioned (brainwashed) to act as the extraterrestrials "face" on Oerth. The beanstalk will be his new "tower" from which he will rule. The extraterrestrials will only operate in a special quarter of the city and the adjacent beanstalk to "advise" Ivid. The average Oerther may not imagine that aliens are working among them. A secret center of technology and alien control will exist in the heart of the Great Kingdom, ruled by a "cured" Ivid who is "controlled" by aliens who think they know more about the Oerth "primatives" than they really do.

    Rauxes problem solved?

    GVD

    [Cross-posted from the Wizards board]


    15 years later I wonder if aanything was done with this idea. This is the kind of campaign I love. I've been working on a nazi invasion of the Flanaess scenario "Operation Werewolf" but need to work weapons rules to my liking.

    Still i realy love the extra-oerthly invasion idea and may have to tinker with it.
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    Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:54 am  

    Nice necro! Anyone interested in these tropes should definitely consult Kuntz's The Stalk, and Mentzer's short story, Lich Pitch, describing a very power Aquarian lich active in GH's solar system.
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