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Hey guys, have my musings on a medieval punk setting. Feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated. :) 
  • Magic is the basis of technology. No, not magic DnD or Harry Potter style, but a form of divine alchemy. This alchemy has progressed beyond OTL's, and has adopted what we'd call the scientific method. What they found was a rational universe, but not a wholly material one. Instead, it was created by God, and managed by various spiritual entities. Divine alchemy is the study of the nature of God and the spiritual as natural phenomena, a study which has revealed a lot about how this universe works.
  • Physics is, of course, fundamentally different. Chemistry as we know it is incorrect, and the ancient Greeks were right: there are four material elements (the classic four), and one "aether," from which non-material things are made of. These include souls, which are the animating force of all life. This is, naturally, exploited as a form of energy for "artificial life," which take the place of everything from cars to robots.
  • It turns out that none of the Abrahamic religions have it all right; instead, the truth is a mix of deism and medieval apocrypha from both the Christian and Islamic worlds. Djinn and demons, and even Baphomet and Termagant, exist. God is a divine watchmaker who walked away from the experiment to tinker with some other universe a few millennia ago, and Jesus and Mohammed were men who were tricked into thinking they were sent by God by some prankster spirits.
  • At the forefront of technological and social power, rivaling the megacorps of a cyberpunk world, is the Catholic Church. They see no trouble reconciling faith and reason; after all, they're right. They also have a keen business sense, and know that by monopolizing divine alchemy, they can overpower their rivals. This has worked wonderfully for them, and the Church is closer to a modern corporation than a spiritual body. They have adopted mass production and industrialization, and some cathedrals have become factories in all but name. Alchemists toil endlessly to unlock more secrets of the universe for the Church to apply in their new technology. And of course, the Church is secretly funding their greatest project beneath the Vatican: a gateway which will give them direct access to Heaven.
  • The Islamic world is the great rival to the Catholic world, and is just as advanced (if not moreso) than the West. They have unlocked many secrets from the ancients after they seized the former Greek portions of the Roman Empire (the Church managed to get Constantinople back during the Thirteenth Crusade). They've also perfected a method of using djinn as animating spirits in their machinery.


Read my interview with Mitro on the Alternate History Weekly Update! alternatehistoryweeklyupdate.b…
A May 4th challenge - a "mirror" Star Wars Original Trilogy that isn't just a repeat of the Clone Wars.
Friendly reminder: good things come to those who poke around scrapbooks. ;)
Hoping for a Pacquiao win. Not because I care about boxing, but because that sort of nationalism is still acceptable. :p
Avelov will be the topic of the next Space Cadet update. The only reason the poll is still up is because I have no idea how to do so. Be sure to vote for the next Space Cadet lore update!


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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Have you heard of or played this…
RvBOMally Featured By Owner 3 days ago
This is the first I have heard of this.
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I though you might want to know about it given Space Cadet and AAPA an all.
Void-Wolf Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
As a fan of Warhammer 40k, I want to know your opinion of Brighthammer 40K. There was the first version (which is satirical) and the second version, which plays the elements more seriously.
RvBOMally Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I haven't read it in a while. Allow me to refresh my memory before telling you my opinion. 
BagelBagelBagel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
What ever happened to Scarlet Storm? I hope the April Fool's day ending was an april fool's day joke. Is the timeline officially abandoned or do you plan on returning to it one day?
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
It's asleep for now. Unfortunately, my creative muse for it is gone at the moment, and I don't want to start making half-hearted updates on it.  
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  New Deviant

Out of curiousity, are in interested in this?
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Hm, interesting. This could prove useful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  New Deviant
Maybe you could make a scenario using this to generate the major powers?
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