This is gonna take a while.
Here's a teaser, though!(This roleplay focuses on elements of steampunk and clockwork punk (complex gears and cogs), with a splash of cyberpunk (complex, automatonic implants, artificial blood, etc.)
-- .oO^Oo. --Glossary
(to be expounded upon...):(for those wishing to expound upon this with their own, creative terms, I researched modern word histories, and mixed denotations of Latin, Greek and Gothic.)-'s
- a suffix denoting possession belonging to the associated term-an
- a suffix denoting relation of the associated term to the subsequent term/phrase-um
- a suffix denoting the associated term in its plural formbestia
- any native fauna of Nu Logikuschyklos
- a cycle; a calendar month in Nu Logikus (there are thirteen chyklos in an orus)doktir
- an educated professional whose job is the equivalent of a profession in any Earth medical fieldEnphorkir
- an Enforcer (typically of citizen harmony)Konsulatus
- a respected group of humans (equivalent to a council), who assist governmental automatons in determining the innocence or guilt of a person being questioned for disruption of citizen harmony Konsulir
- a member of the KonsulatusKonvant
- a Nu Logikan family of energy manipulatorskraphtir
- a human schematics-interpreter and assembler of automatonsLunik
- the smallest of the three moons that orbit Axiom; represented in pre-automatonic lore as the youngest son of MenaMagir
- the head of a KonvantMastir
- the equivalent, in Earth-terms, of a Master; any automaton (or, rarely, a human) who is in the highest position of responsibility at a work location, or in a household.Mena
- the largest of the three moons that orbit Axiom; represented in pre-automatonic lore as the mother of Lunik and MensirMena's Gasir
- The Gaze of Mena; the name of the great populous which covers 60% of Nu LogikusMensir
- the middle-sized of the three moons that orbit Axiom; represented in pre-automatonic lore as the elder son of MenaMerkantir
- the head of a TradakNu Logikus
- the name of the larger continent of Axiomorus
- a calendar year in Nu LogikusParamnar
- the name of the smaller continent of Axiomtechir
- a human or automaton instructor/educator of human loreTradak
- a Nu Logikan family involved in the trade of raw materials/resources, and economic balance
-- .oO^Oo. --Welcome to Axiom
If you have arrived here and are not native to this alternate reality, it means that you encountered one of those nuisances I like to refer to as temporary, dimensional weak spots. I hope you were not hurt during the transfer. Now, I suggest you make yourself comfortable and get to know your surroundings; more than likely, there isn't any way back. I do apologize for this predicament, but - even if you were lucky enough to find another, random weak spot - chances are that this other, overlapping dimension wouldn't be Earth.
Don't you love quantum physics?
So let's lay out the brass tacks (or mattresses, if you prefer). More than likely, you've either found yourself somewhere in the continent of Nu Logikus
, or the continent of Paramnar
. If you landed on one of those sparse, probably unpopulated islands, well... better hope for a diety of sorts to come to your rescue.About Nu Logikus
If you've found yourself on Nu Logikus
, you will encounter a population consisting of humans and remarkable, sentient automatons, which operate on a mixture of steam-power and clockwork gears. They co-exist in a very curious circumstance: where the humans are subservient to the machines. Curiously, the humans (developmentally comparable to our homo sapiens) seem quite content with their lot in this scenario. Despite initial appearances, however, it is a rather complex, cooperative arrangement. Understandably, the automatons, typically regardless their actual position, are the final say in all circumstances, but they cooperate with a konsulatus of humans capable of determining guilt or innocence based upon an approximate standard of ethics. There are no finite or written laws, here, but one may petition the konsulatus for consideration regarding an issue and/or dispute that may have been oversighted by an automaton Enphorkir. Citizen-based cooperation with (and enforcement of) harmony is both encouraged and supported by the majority of the population.
Beneath the umbrella of the automaton government, a strict caste system has developed among the humans. The most exalted position, underneath the konsulatus, is as an instructor of human knowledge, the techir. Most courses of human instruction are something that the automatons were never able to grasp, and so great respect is bestowed to those who devote their lives to this purpose.
Next in the caste system are those whose professions are directly involved with the development and improvement of the automaton "species." These individuals (and/or their families) are either involved in the management of the harvest and trade of raw materials (which also affects the economy), or display an affinity for energy manipulation* and are able to (be trained to) further improve the quality of automaton sentience.
A trade family is labelled a Tradak
, and the head of this family is titled the Merkantir
(neutral to gender).
A family of energy manipulators is labelled a Konvant
, and the head of this family is titled the Magir
(neutral to gender).
Beneath the previous position is that of the doktir
, which covers positions ranging from human therapy to the surgical installation of artificial, automatonic improvements.
Thereafter, the last position which garners any level of respect and dignity is that of the human kraphtir
of new automatons. Automatons tend to prefer to designate themselves with this responsibility. However, a small population of humans are born with a great talent for taking complicated, mathematical diagrams and converting them into precisely-detailed units, which then merely await to be given sentience.
The remaining 60% of the native Nu Logikus
population fall under the remaining category of general servitude. Messengering, estate maintenance, food growth and/or harvest, and mining raw materials are examples of jobs considered "general servitude."
Whether those consigned to this life receive decent treatment for their position, or not, depends entirely on the nature of their Mastir
. Automatons are, by default, logical creatures. However, their sentience is directly derived only from humans, who, themselves, possess personalities/natures balancing somewhere between both logic and chaos. Logic then becomes a variable, and the echoed vestiges of an energy manipulator's personality often affects this. Therefore, it is quite possible for an automaton to be very cruel, and still be considered logical.
Note: occasionally, an automaton specimen has displayed a rare, loose grasp of illogical/chaotic concepts and/or emotions. The automaton's position in its existence determines whether this is encouraged to persist, or requires the automaton to be re-manipulated with a new sentience. If the latter occurs, it does not typically bode well for the original energy manipulator's fate.
-- .oO^Oo. --
About 60% of the Nu Logikus
landmass has been developed into a incredible, expansive populous named Mena's Gasir
. It cannot be called a city or metropolis (a relatively modern term), because there is no evidence of what an Earth-native would call modern (or futuristic). Instead, the entirety of this massive, civilized expanse bears distinct, architectural resemblances to Earth's Victorian era. To further affirm that this is not a metropolis, the only methods of transportation are by foot, bestia
-operated carriage, a steam/clockwork-operated carriage, or by acquiring a tamed bestia
capable of supporting a rider's weight.
It would take many chyklos
, gauged by the orbit of the largest of their three moons, Mena
(the other moons are named Mensir
), to travel from one margin of Mena's Gasir
to the other.
The remaining 40% of the Nu Logikus
landmass is scattered with various settlements appearing more like they were borrowed from Earth's Old West era. These settlements rarely fall under the jurisdiction of automatonic Enphorkirum
, though they still typically adhere to the same policies regarding automaton-human relations, and enforcing citizen harmony. Occasionally, though, one may find that humans and automatons interact on equal terms instead of master-servant, and, rarely - only in the most rural and smallest of settlements - one may encounter a human whose automaton still serves them, instead. If one is able to make the very long journey to visit such a settlement, they would likely find some of the most intricate and unique automatons of all. Note: Tradir-children of Tradakum often participate in orus-long trade routes, which leave Mena's Gasir and periodically visit various settlements in a pre-designated order before returning to the populous. These tradirum are usually honorable about fairly dividing the settlements among each other.-- ^Oo-oO^ --