So, I had an idea based on some drawings I did awhile back. I took deities from ancient cultures and re-imagined them as giant robots. I even wrote a little story about them. Essentially, there are giant mecha which have such amazing technology as to be considered magical. No, beyond magical... godlike. Every civilization that comes across them advances leapyears just from study, but their true powers are ever unknown. Sure, it might take a little bit from Zone of the Enders, but I have taken the concept and run with it. The Solar System
A binary star system, with two yellow suns of similar mass orbiting each-other around a barycenter.
All planets in this solar system have a period in their orbit where they are in-between the two suns, resulting in a period of seemingly endless daylight and warmer temperatures.Godmachines
These machines are sophisticated to the point of appearing like deities. They are machines, definitely- but can heal and regenerate much as humans regrow skin cells. Though metal, they are as flexible as a human- in some cases able to dramatically alter the physical state of some of their components. But above all, they are ruled by an intelligence that speaks and shares thoughts with the pilot- known as a prophet.
Few people can become prophets. Becoming a prophet for a godmachine is an intimate- almost sexual affair. There are no buttons, no levers, no controls within the machine to speak of. Both godmachine and prophet experience an orgasmic event as their mind and body become one with the machine, and the entire process has been described as similar to coitus for both males and females. The voice and perceived personality of a godmachine is seemingly tailored to the prophet and for this reason has always been of the opposite gender, or the same in the case of homosexual prophets.
Still, becoming a prophet does not unlock a godmachine's full potential. Only through time and shared experience has the godmachine been willing to share the secrets of the universe with those who inhabit its skeleton. Some prophets speak with their godmachine at every moment, others only hear whispers and the softest of urgings.Where do we begin?
You, the players... have a few options here.
Do you want to be the first ones to discover the godmachines? And subsequently the first prophets? This one will be very hard science but with the introduction of godlike beings opening a veritable pandora's box of technology. You will be playing humans who pretty much become intermediaries between their planet and 'Gods', exploring the way this changes society.
Do you want to be the prophets during the period after their discovery where secrets are gradually being uncovered, leading to an explosion of technology and discovery? This is less hard science... faster-than-light travel is probably in the works at the time of this RP, derived from a godmachine. You may be playing the first humans to explore the world outside their solar system.
Or would you rather be prophets during a period where they are commonplace and fairly understood- with technology derived from them pretty much ubiquitous? The science will be very light and fluffy- almost space opera-y. Godmachines are like deities in a D&D campaign... not very mysterious, perhaps aloof but they are real and definable.