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Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« on: January 04, 2012, 11:15:23 PM »

In this thread I'll be posting things from this bigger thing I've been planning out for... years, really. I'm going to keep posting these things until I get out of the planning stage and actually start making it.

Here's a map I've been, and am still, developing:



You'll notice that many of those countries have the names of Greek Gods on them. That's because each of those countries reflect the qualities of those gods through their cultures and identities. They're not part of the world, though; that's all flavor text to set the tone.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 12:10:05 AM »

Alright, lets get nitpicky. Whats the globe deal? Is that half the world? A single continent? Is it centered around the poles? Is the planet earth sided or much smaller? The landmass has a nice organic shape, but, if combined with other land masses may look geographically wrong due to it's circular nature (Compared to say, a map of mars with water http://blogs.discovery.com/.a/6a00d8341bf67c53ef0148c6df5d29970c-800wi ). I really suggest taking something like a normal map of the earth, making it transparent in the background and working from there. It will help you appreciate scale and mass distribution.

I'm of course being very anal about this, but I've made lots of maps (often with a lot of mistakes I later had to correct). I also, as a project, put RPG maps on 3d planets to see how goofy they look when stretched out. If you wanna take a look, thats over here. http://kayin.pyoko.org/gameglobes/3d/

Or you can ignore all this. A lot of people do and very few people will call you out for these sorts of things. But I like having some attention to detail and each map iteration I do of a world, I try and work in more of them.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 06:51:44 AM »

A single continent?

Just the one super continent. It ties into the name... fourth dimensionally.

The planet of Oroboros is covered in ancient ruins from a mysterious, highly advanced civilization(s) that date back at least hundreds of thousands of years. Immediate examples of this would include Medosia Island, which is a massive ancient artificial island, and Diadus Tower, which is the world's magnetic north pole. Anyway, to have such ruins, you would assume that the planet would be several hundred million years old; enough to have cultivated such a civilization and then lose it, somehow.

However, as you can clearly see: the planet is still in its Pangaea stage. It's had little to no continental drift. It is still, relatively speaking, a "new" planet.

As such, the world of Oroboros begins where it ended. Or something like that.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 08:59:05 AM »

Well that's actually somewhat clever.  Have a polite little clap.

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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2012, 09:10:32 AM »

I haven't seen your "bigger thing" thread. What's this going to be used for? Are the green X's level zones in a platform game? Is this for an RPG? If so, is it digital or paper?
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 06:22:25 PM »

The Aristocracy of Lyturia

Lyturia is the oldest of Oroboros' world powers, with many thousands of years of history under its belt. The ancient heroine, Lytaea, who had saved the world from some vague, poorly explained evil and/or maybe it was a disaster, established the country as a beacon for the many and diverse people of the scattered world to gather and survive under. In addition, she established an aristocracy to protect and maintain her legacy: a race of clones of herself known as the Lyteids.


Here's a hastily done sketch of one.

The Lyteids rule from, and are mass created in, the ancient artificial Island of Medosia. They are born in cultivation tubes using Lytaea's DNA, where they are artificially aged into adulthood while knowledge is fed directly into their minds via a process known as Imprinting. When they're physically ready, they're immediately released into the Lyturian Legion, wherein their place in society is determined after ten years of service.

Due to the nature of the unusual organism used to keep the vegetative body of Lytaea functionally alive and her genetic information viable after thousands of years, Lyteids possess a few physiological quirks, most notable of which is their green-tinted skin and blue blood. They don't physically age, and remain youthful their entire lives -- which isn't very long, because they only live about forty years, give or take. Furthermore they cannot sexually reproduce, they possess incredible strength and endurance, are immune to all disease and never need to eat food. They're still basically human, though. More or less.

Since Lyteids are all female and all look the same all of the time, cannot bear children and were never children themselves, have incredibly short lifespans, never need sustenance, sequester themselves almost entirely to a single island, and are the self-proclaimed protectors of humanity, there have been... problems between them and the lower castes from time to time. But they still try their best.

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The Lyteids are loosely based off of the Greek myths of the Amazons, the Nymphs and the Spartoi. The name itself is derived from the words Lytaea Eidos, or Image of Lytaea. Lytaea is from the Greek word Lyta, which means to dissolve bindings or to let loose. Lyturia doesn't mean anything, I just liked the way it sounded, and sort of retroactively pulled words from it.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 06:38:04 PM »

I haven't seen your "bigger thing" thread. What's this going to be used for? Are the green X's level zones in a platform game? Is this for an RPG? If so, is it digital or paper?

Bigger thing will come later. I've been making doodles for this thing, though, for a while. For right now it's just a couple of story ideas set in a shared universe, but I have big dreams for it. I would totally love for this to get turned into a pen and paper or a digital RPG.

And the X's on the map are just places of interest.

Also: if you'll notice, Alana has a lighter hair color than the generic Lyteid I drew. This is because Alana is what Lyteids refer to as a Saltborn, and was basically born with a weak body. She has several prosthetic organs, and even with all of that, her life span is projected to be only half that what most Lyteids posses. A scant twenty years, in other words.

She's already eight.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 06:57:03 PM »

I also, as a project, put RPG maps on 3d planets to see how goofy they look when stretched out. If you wanna take a look, thats over here. http://kayin.pyoko.org/gameglobes/3d/

To be fair, Kayin, most of those worlds are actually toroids (Donut shaped). You can tell because of the way map wraparound works.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012, 01:51:29 PM »

Baia Energy and Technology

In the world of Oroboros, there exists a substance of near-infinite mutability and complexity: Baia, an organism altogether unique from any of other kingdom of life. Within a single drop you can find more genetic diversity than in a rain forest; within hours, one individual strain can produce thousands of new strains. Through proper conditioning, it is theoretically possible to create breeds of Baia than can defy the limitations of Time, Space and even Death itself.

All of Oroboros' civilizations, past and present, depend on Baia, primarily as an inexhaustible source of energy. Ancient technologies, hundreds of thousands of years old, can be found still fully functional because they were powered by Baia energy -- and almost all of the world's current industry is built on top of that ancient technology.

Biodes and Hybrids

Biodes are mass cultures of Baia organisms that form self-contained ecosystems that require no outside influence or sustenance, relying entirely on its own genetic diversity to survive. Each individual strain of Baia within a Biode feeds off of the waste of other Baia strains, forming a self-sustaining cycle of enrichment.

Biodes also have a tendency to breed inside other organisms, creating Biode-Organic Hybrids. Hybrids typically require little to no outside sustenance, varying according to the needs of the Biode and Host. An example of such a Hybrid are the Lyteids. Of course, there's a thin line dividing symbiosis and parasitism:


Cordyceps. You don't want them.

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Baia is based on a number of things. Primarily, Mako/Lifestream and Materia from FF7. The interpretation of Materia I always got was that they were living, non-sentient things that would reproduce asexually. Of course, obvious differences: Baia isn't made up of dead people, it's perpetual energy, and it'll never go away.

Biodes are based off of two things: Portuguese Man o' Wars, and Plato's Ouroboros. Biode-Organic Hybrids are basically a way of explaining how massive creatures can propagate on Oroboros without impediment.

Baia is derived from Bios, the Greek word for Life. Biode means life-like.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012, 03:20:34 PM »

The Monad Symbol

One of the big themes in Oroboros is the blurry definition between Man and God. As such, the Monad is going to be pretty consistently referenced; not just in name, like with the Omonari city. The actual symbol is going to pop up more than a few times. For example, Oroboros has two moons, and when they align, practically daily, they look like a Monad. Furthermore, Lyteids have pinpoint pupils:



As such, Lyteids have Monads for eyes. Hell, the entire reason I spell Oroboros without a 'U' anywhere in it so that I can do this:

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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 07:52:44 PM »

The Immortal Emperor of Beles


Emperor Odragmos. He's supposed to look a lot more imposing.

Emperor Odragmos has ruled the Belesian Empire since its inception 2,000 years ago from his Basileia located within the active caldera of Mt. Achronops. His longevity is maintained through rigorous cybernetic prosthesis, which has expanded his own mind throughout an information network that runs across and beyond the city-state of Beles. Odragmos is, by all definition, a living super computer. To his people, he is God.

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I originally came up with Odragmos as an immortal nazi who had discovered the Lance of Longinus. He's... evolved a bit, since then.

His name means "Great Grasp(ing)".

Achronops means something like "Face Untouched By Time" (A-without, chronos-time, ops-face)
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012, 12:00:14 PM »

Quick Color Sketch of Odragmos' Basileia



Kind of crap. Should be noted I'm spending less than a couple of hours on these and am posting them as I draw them. Just to give a general idea of what things look like.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2012, 01:20:36 PM »

The Cult of Omonar

Devised in 912 A.L. by a Saltborn Lyteid who was utterly terrified of her own mortality, the philosophy of Omonar dictates that immortality is only obtainable by the common man through the complete destruction of sense of self and by continuously melding minds with other individuals. This is accomplished by regular use of Imprint technology, recording brain activity and transferring those recordings directly into the minds of others, and vice versa.

For the next few centuries, the Omonari Cultists were... tolerated at worst. They were found to be incredibly useful soldiers during the century-long Lyturia-Kur War due to their impeccable coordination. Though conservative Lyteid culture believed becoming Omonari was shameful and weak-willed.

By 1245 A.L., attitudes toward the Omonar had entirely soured. Omonari at that time had difficulty keeping track of individual vessels; normal people were often intimately greeted by complete strangers, and secrets both personal and federal became impossible to keep. The Omonar were eventually driven out of central Lyturia.


An Omonari Male synchronizing his thoughts and memories with the greater Omonari neural network.

Up until 2739 A.L., the Omonar had only used physical connections and hubs in order to synchronize. Once they discovered how to synchronize wirelessly, the Omonar underwent a severe evolution -- they ceased describing themselves as a collective hive mind and began thinking of themselves as a single, thinking entity.

In 2747 A.L., the Omonar declared war on Lyturia and the Belesian Territories. Things like individuality, creativity and uniqueness had become like drugs to the Omonar, and they fought tooth and nail to keep that high going. For a short time, it even seemed like they were going to bring down Lyturia. However, three years into the war, the Omonar civilization collapsed in on itself. Or, more precisely, Omonar suffered a massive nervous breakdown.

In forcing countless people to become Omonar, it found itself unable to quell the hatred those people felt for it. Omonari vessels began killing themselves and each other in the streets and in the battlefields. They were once again forced into isolation.

Over the next 750 years, the Omonar reorganized itself. It devised a means of keeping conflicting personalities, memories, thoughts and creeds from conflicting by breeding a complex hierarchy of vessels with specialized jobs and tasks. In 3500 A.L., it established the city of Monad and opened itself up to the rest of Oroboros. It's new stated goal is to foster creativity and uniqueness throughout the world, engender goodwill and to merely entice people to become part of it -- and never to force them.

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Omonar is derived from Homos Onar, literally 'Same Dream'.

I came up with the Omonar as I tried to come up with a form of immortality that could exist in a cyberpunk universe. The Omonar loosely correlate with Hades and the Ancient Greek Underworld.

You'll notice I used a lot of dates. I organized a timeline yesterday.
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2012, 04:40:28 PM »

The Ethonians

The Ethonians are a catch-all group of people who live in Lyturia but aren't Lyteids. That's... about all I've got. Most Ethonians are of diverse heritage. Here's a drawing of one:


Her name is Bali. She's a major character in the story I'm writing.

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Ethone is derived from the Greek word "Ethos".
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2012, 07:24:12 PM »

Do they all have hairstyles as truly outrageous as hers?
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2012, 08:02:20 PM »

Fun Fact: I actually was using/stealing Ross Campbell's Jem redesigns as inspiration.

Since Oroboros is kind of like this freaky sci-fi world I figured I might as well go all out on the fashion. Also: Smart Fabric. It's really more of a liquid than an actual cloth. It's how you get that impossibly form-fitting and snug look.
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KKAGKGGGATTGATTGKTGGKKTGKGGGTGGGKKKKKTKKKKGGTAGGKAGG
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2012, 08:29:01 AM »

I've been working on my big dumb thing. Don't think I haven't. I'm on the second draft of my outline for the first story, in fact. Also, this:

TTAGTAGGKAGGAGGGKGGGKTGGKGGGKKGGKKKKTGGGKAGG
(The Baia Code)

I've been concocting a super secret code language based off of human DNA in order to give the technology of Oroboros its own unique little flavor and to hide secret messages for people who like to analyze things and hunt for clues and make up theories. (I'm using K instead of C for various reasons).

The code is... kind of simple, I suppose? Each letter is represented by a combination of four characters, G, K, A and T, allocated into four placements. Each character has a specific numeric value (0, 1, 2 and 4 respectively), as does each placement (1,2, 4 and 8). The characters are then multiplied by their placements and then all four products are added together. The sum is then translated into the correlating letter. Here's the equation for an example:

(1x4)+(2x0)+(4x0)+(8x0) = 04 = TGGG = D

There's an order to the code that goes from the smallest valued placement to the largest, so even though technically both TGGG and GGKG would have the same value of 4, TGGG is the one I would use.

The subject line translates to [spoiler]kazz is a douche[/spoiler]
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2012, 03:28:01 PM »

i was trying to write "blow me" but i couldn't figure out how to make an O
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2012, 05:20:57 PM »

Oh, God. That letter gave me so much trouble. The best equation I could get for that letter was:

(1x1)+(2x1)+(4x1)+(8x1) = 15 = O = KKKK

Yup. Four K's.

Anyway, for Blow Me, you'd want:

AGGGTTGGKKKKKKKAKTKGKAGG
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Re: Disposable Ninja's Big Dumb Thing Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2012, 05:39:21 PM »

Oroboros Alphabet



For when I need to put words on things.
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