Thursday, June 7, 2018

Q&A Week 6

37 What is Andurana's internet like? Heavily censored?
Yes and no.  There's a set of whitelisted pages that are licensed by the CCA to disseminate information and content.   The sites of major newscasters and mainstream entertainment content.   Being licensed & whitelisted means complying with an extensive (and ever-changing) list of regulations and rules.  It effectively gives the government discretionary control over who says what, how, and why.    But because of the decentralized nature of their internet- emanating naturally from any data system plugged into living flo-wood- anyone can put anything out there, and it's possible to jump out of the whitelisted system to view all the unregulated content.   Technically it's illegal to post unlicensed content, but virtually everyone is doing it all the time for a huge variety of reasons.  It turns into another one of those legal systems where everyone is breaking the law, giving enforcement officers the ability to use it pretextually for targeting anyone they have a particular interest in.

36 The importance of twins seems to be a recurring theme, do dreamkeepers that have a twin commonly share their power or have it linked (Like with the Indigos.)
Twins can have shared or linked powers, but I'd say that even with twins it's unusual.  Dreamkeepers, even those with close siblings, typically have a power that's more keyed in to them as individuals.  But linked, shared, or otherwise correlated powers can sometimes occur with twins- or even with other familial relations, like father / son, mother / daughter.  But the more distant the relation, the more unlikely it is to have their powers entangled in any manner.

33  Do the CCA have any other types of combat soldier besides the Shock Troopers or at least different sets or armor for different situations
Now that it's too late, yes.   Originally they had only standard-issue armor:  Designed for urban combat, raids, and law enforcement, and also so ranks could lock into a testudo formation.  It's designed for maximum protection during chaotic short-range urban operations.  During the Toll Wars, they were suddenly deployed into the wild north, and engaging in combat with 'bandits' among the dunes.  The radically different terrain rendered their typical tactics and armor woefully inadequate.   Back in Anduruna, they struggled to innovate a new armor and movement system for the shock troopers that would facilitate their longer-range, lighter, faster needs.  Just as the Toll Wars were concluding the new shock trooper light desert armor system was completed and produced.   There is now no purpose for it, but several thousand sets of desert light-armor stand in storage, ready to be used in the unlikely event of another bandit war.
Within Anduruna they use their standard-issue armor.  However, since district police are technically not permitted lethal weapons, shock troopers often have to work with local cops on drug raids and other law enforcement activity that involves zero combat.   In such situations, often shock troopers will ditch the bulkier armor plates and other bits of encumbering gear.  This is strictly against regulations, but helps them do their tasks more effectively.   If a shock trooper is injured on a call, and wasn't wearing their full gear, it will be hell for their commanding officer.  Different districts and units are more or less strict about policing gear usage during non-combat jobs.

31 How long will Prelude be?
Short answer:  I dunno. 
Longer answer:  We're bridging the gap to Volume 1, and we have a handful of story arcs and events plotted out to hit in Prelude.  We also like to let Prelude breathe a little more, and get playful when something fun presents itself.   I'd estimate, very very roughly, that we're maybe 1/4 through Prelude.   We have Lilith and Namah developmenets- for instance, how they come to know their fugitive uncle- Mace and Whip developments,  that explain Bobby, Vi, Paige, and Randy, and also plot to take Vanth and Bast from their origin here to their situation in Volume 4.   With hopefully a lot of fun along the way.

29 Why was everyone so emotionally distant to Mace in volume 4?
They were distracted with spelunking and Nightmare attacks- those have a way of distracting the mind.  Plus, none of them know Mace terribly well yet, and he's socially not the smoothest fella.  He may be the main character, but he's got his work cut out for him in regard to the rest of the cast. 

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