They say war is hell. This is worse. Though both the creator and her apprentice were driven insane by the design process , the D-Engine proves to be a success and soon makes futuristic technologies like Humongous Mecha and Anti-Gravity possible. This development does not sit well with the Migou, a local group of Starfish Aliens from Pluto that pride themselves on their complete and utter superiority to mankind. They declare war on Earth, first via the Nazzadi, a cloned puppet race of Proud Warrior Race Guys created from the human genome. After the Nazzadi discover their true origins and defect to the side of humanity, the Migou take to the stage of war personally with their own semi-biological mecha and a perfect form of Brainwashing called assimilation.
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They say war is hell. This is worse. Though both the creator and her apprentice were driven insane by the design process , the D-Engine proves to be a success and soon makes futuristic technologies like Humongous Mecha and Anti-Gravity possible.
This development does not sit well with the Migou, a local group of Starfish Aliens from Pluto that pride themselves on their complete and utter superiority to mankind. They declare war on Earth, first via the Nazzadi, a cloned puppet race of Proud Warrior Race Guys created from the human genome.
After the Nazzadi discover their true origins and defect to the side of humanity, the Migou take to the stage of war personally with their own semi-biological mecha and a perfect form of Brainwashing called assimilation. This conflict is known as the Second Arcanotech War, and devastates the Earth. Advertisement: It is now the era of the Aeon War. Humanity has survived the Second Arcanotech War thanks to the totalitarian but otherwise okay New Earth Government, but greater threats are stirring under the surface.
Various Eldritch Abomination cults are enjoying a resurgence thanks to the development of Functional Magic and are attempting to revive The Old Ones from their slumber. An avatar of Hastur He Who Must Not Be Named has been summoned into the world, organising its crazed devotees into the trigger-happy "Rapine Storm" that threatens to sweep across the world like a plague.
And the Migou, stubbornly proud and terrified of the idea that even one of the Old Ones could be awoken , have declared war on everyone. Advertisement: However, all is not lost. Realising that they were ill-equipped to fight against all of these threats at once, the New Earth Government have been busy creating new weapons to defend the last bastion of humanity: the Engels, a line of Evangelion-esque bio-mechanical super-mecha with apocalyptic firepower and a mind of their own.
Meanwhile, there are factions that fight their own shadow wars against the darkness, such as the Eldritch Society and their Tagers, a group of elite agents that have literally fused their bodies with an alien symbiont to gain otherworldly power. And so it begins, in a brave new world that teeters on the brink of complete collapse. You find yourself on the front lines with your futuristic weaponry or otherworldly powers as the only barriers between you and the madness that lies beyond reality.
Good luck. The following books are part of the series. Arcology : Although only mentioned in passing in the game rules, "arcos" are very integral to the storyline of the game. With the danger of cults and Mi-Gou attacks, you do not want to live outside a major city. So most have been converted into hardened, self-contained Mega City structures.
Perhaps the most glaring example both due to its short length and because of the way it defies not just science, but basic logic is the description of electrokinetic weapons: "With a minimum of moving parts, electrokinetic rail weapons silently fire metallic projectiles at an extremely high and accurate rate with a muzzle velocity that exceeds the speed of sound.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence : Possible for powerful sorcerers, but as can be expected from the Cthulhu Mythos, no easy ride. Pilots of normal mecha can be seen as this when fighting alongside the mighty biomechanical Engels. The amoral Eldritch Society? The genocidal Migou? Or would you like to go all out and join the Eldritch Abomination cults? Now all you have to deal with is constant Burn , being slightly insane ranking up to moderately and severely after a few days , and being a Weirdness Magnet.
Bond Creatures : Project Nephilim. See Mon below. Brain in a Jar : Harvested human brains, kept alive indefinitely in metal jars, form the core of Migou computer systems. Brainwashed : The Migou have a process known as "Assimilation" which is a perfect brainwashing system. It creates fanatically loyal subjects, is irreversible, and can only be detected with advanced brain scans. Incidentally, they also specialize in turning people into hybrid monsters. Symbolism anyone? The Migou themselves see the Aeon War as this, since for them humans are bugs to squash.
Captain Ersatz : Several prominent ones. Sound familiar to anyone else? Child by Rape : The majority of Deep One-human hybrids. The FSB, by contrast, have an organizational culture of integrity, their largest division is Internal Affairs to keep the cults out, and generally play their cases by the book. Cloning Blues : The Nazzadi have mostly gotten over theirs, although the game mentions they still get sore when something reminds them of it.
Cosmic Horror Story : Considering the source material that this is based upon, this pretty much comes with the territory. Lovecraft " should tell you how bleak it is. Thankfully for the NEG, there actually is some hope for humanity. Or at least for whatever humanity evolves into. Subverted with the Horned Ones: they appear as this, but they are brainbending rape machines living to breed the armies of Shub-Niggurath.
Non-particularly malicious Deep One hybrids can be this at the first stages of the transformation. You can also play a sorcerer, who indulges in what one would probably consider Black Magic in any other setting, albeit at a significant cost to their sanity. Then again, everyone else is paying that cost too. Death World : The area around the Zone. Early Installment Weirdness : With the currently in Beta second edition, the original edition and its more unseemly contents will be regarded as this.
Eldritch Abomination : Played straight. Empathic Weapon : The Engels, which the core rulebook admits are essentially Evangelions. Mortal Remains add Nephilim to this trope. Enemy Mine : Averted by the Migou. They even have groups of Blanks inside the New Earth Government whose job it is to fight against the influence of the Children of Chaos. Everybody Has Lots of Sex : As part of the same process that legalized many illegal things like drugs in order to keep the general population sane, sexual morality became a lot looser: the average age when someones loses their virginity is 12; prostitution is legal and resembles modern-day Dutch practices; the porn industry rivals modern Hollywood; major porn stars are minor mainstream celebrities; and the sex in mainstream media is borderline softcore.
Of course, Death Shadows and various other cults are trying to take this into Squick territory. There are indications that the cults set it up this way, and want to make it worse.
Also see Free-Love Future below. Evolution Power-Up : The Tagers can go through metamorphosis, gaining an even more powerful form, possibly as an analogue to the Guyver Gigantic. Phantoms evolve into Wraiths, which can totally control their own inertia, rendering themselves unmovable and unstoppable. Whispers evolve into Dreams, who can see thoughts, dreams and emotions. Shadows evolve into Phantasms, who can perfectly mimic any appearance or sound. Echoes evolve into Impulses, gaining the ability to teleport.
Mirages evolve into Memories, who are instantly forgotten about the moment they can no longer be seen. Spectres evolve into Revenants, gaining such a potent Healing Factor they can no longer feel pain and can revive from any wound. Widows evolve into Horrors , who are immune to fear and can inspire tear and madness with a look.
Nightmares evolve into Torments , who can cause unbearable agony with just a touch. Vampires evolve into Bloodgods, who can reshape flesh, blood and bone at will. Finally, Efreeti evolve into Infernos , which are master pyrokinetics. Fake Memories : The Migou made the Nazzadi think that they were millennia-old galactic conquerors instead of a newly-made clone race. There are five books remaining. Also, the big reveal at the end of the book?
The presence of ONE has driven mankind nearly to extinction. The book Mortal Remains has some interesting information, but the opportunity it opens up is so minute as to be nonexistent. Pluto, their mining colony, is going to have a skeleton crew once the second ship launches.
Some may question the rationality of leaving Pluto defenseless, but according to Migou intel, there are no threats to it since nobody is capable of getting there and the Earth is locked down by the first Hive Ship. Often used as a college prank. Genre Mashup : Between a Cosmic Horror Story with its utter insignificance of humanity in the face of unimaginable vastness and giant robots and teenagers who save the future with significant human endeavour. The results are Needless to say, no Migou scientist dares to work on that project again.
Green-Skinned Space Babe : Nazzadi women are often treated as such by the artists on this project. Justified in that the Nazzadi are an artificially created race of modified humans.
Grim Up North : The Migou mostly inhabit the polar regions. Half-Human Hybrid : Three different flavors! Since they are essentially the same race, it is natural that they would be able to interbreed.
The Deep One Hybrids are So they runaway, taking the tome with them, and become founders of the Eldritch Society. Hope Spot : Burning Horizon: Good news: 1. The second Hive Ship is forced to turn back when remnants of the NEG space forces left behind when the second arcanotech war began strike at Pluto using new technology of their own. The NEG and Remnants join together and form the Coalition, which causes a massive moral boost in universe.
Bad News: 1. In response to their setbacks, the Migou created a nasty disease that resembles the unholy fusion of Ebola and the common cold which cripples the NEG along with the Eldritch Society and Chrysallis Corporation.
Chrysalis Corporation has made inroads into corrupting the OIS, which is supposed to stop things like them. The Cult of Dagon have managed to adopt the process of making Dhoanoids for their own uses.
The core book notes that The Great Race of Yith issued warnings to humanity, claiming that the future is not entirely set yet. Humanoid Abomination : An entire subrace of them white xenomixes , and then some.
CthulhuTech - Core Book.pdf
An unusual feature is the selection of numbers from the d10 rolls — a player can pick a single highest number, all like numbers, or straights of consecutive numbers, and use these to generate the result. The result is then added to a "base" consisting of a related attribute score bought by the player at character creation. Players build characters using points to buy six attributes, Strength, Agility, Perception, Intellect, Tenacity, and Presence, which are used for attribute tests and serve as the base to which roll results for skills are added. Players have another, separate pool of points used to buy skills such as "Marksman" or "Persuade" in five degrees of competency. Players can also use their points to purchase Assets, including wealth, status, and allies that are beneficial in the game.
Backstory[ edit ] Early in the 21st-century a woman by the name of Teresa Ashcroft discovered arcanotechnology, the science behind magic. The discovery revolutionized the world and sent her mad. Her colleague Simon Yi continued her research, laying the groundwork for the Dimensional Engine, a clean and inexhaustible power source. He was also driven mad. The research was taken over by one Doctor Golvash Czeny, who assembled a team and let people work on minute parts of the D-Engine project. While the staff suffered psychotic attacks, nervous breakdowns, frequent nightmares and other such unpleasantries, they were not driven mad, which was a good thing for everyone involved.