ENTRY 212: A Thousand Words for Fire
For many, the Fall does not mark the period of rapid decline for transhumanity, but a new beginning—a time of challenge when transhumans can test themselves and push the limits of what they want and can achieve. A Thousand Words for Fire is a Mesh-based initiative to push the boundaries of transhuman achievement, a constantly-updating set of goals that mark the limits of what transhumanity has not yet broken…and everyone who publishes verifiable evidence of their achievement has received rewards in proportion to the difficulty of their task.
Using the Words
A Thousand Words for Fire is a set of adventures-in-a-can—but not your typical bounties or corporate jobs, or favors for a friend. These are tasks designed to push the limits of what egos and morphs can achieve, and all that the player characters are given is the goal itself. The plan of how to achieve it, the resources involved, are all up to them. Any difficulties that the PCs may run into and the actual award if they succeed is up to the gamemaster, but here are some examples and suggestions.
- Agni: The bioconservative brinker
community of Goblinhead suffers from a series of mutated
antibacterial-resistant syphillis strains. Find a way to deliver the nanite-based
cure to the entire community.
Suggested Reward: Medichines augmentation for each member.
- Blaze: A sunken TITAN-buster
submarine lies in the deepest trench on Europa; fifteen missile children
have been stuck there since the Fall. Rescue them.
Suggested Reward: A brand-new submarine and +6 points divided among their rep.
- Campfire: Spend an entire month
camping out in the open at the mouth of the Iktomi Vault on Echo V without
outside supplies or communication.
Suggested Reward: Gatecrashing contract to explore new world.
- Combustion: The Hero Necropolis in
orbit of Earth houses the remains of some of the most famous astronauts,
scientists, writers, thinkers, and military personal of old Earth, but has
been abandoned since the Fall, when a stray missile damaged the power
supply and forced evacuation. Restart the fusion reactor.
Suggested Reward: Free drinks for life at Gagarin’s Rest and the Legitimate Bar.
- Conflagration: Convince Vo Nguyen
to adopt thirty-three political refugees from the Jovian
Republic outcast because they
accepted extensive augmentations to deal with crippling genetic damage.
Suggested Reward: +6 points divided among their rep.
- Inferno: On the surface of Mercury
is an exsurgent factory-stronghold, dormant since the Fall. Built like a bunker,
it is too tough to destroy with orbital weapons, even if it could be
successfully target, and the crawling, masterless exsurgents inside made
it too dangerous to storm. Slip into this Last Redoubt and set off the
self-destruct on the fusion reactor.
Suggested Reward: 250,000 credits, or the equivalent in grams of antimatter
- Wildfire: Capture a piece of the
sun’s corona and transport it intact to Olympus on
Suggested Reward: First tickets to the first Martian Olympic Games. (Can be sold for 50,000 credits…each.)