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Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: The butterfly thinks

A cauterizer would be a bit difficult to accomplish. If I recall correctly, cauterization relies on the burning of skin in order to mend ruptures. Only thing is, it really depends on how hot it's required to be.

Friction grinding would probably generate a significant amount of heat, depending on the materials involved, but I question whether it'd be hot enough. It'd take a lot of energy in order to grind a metal to be white hot, and because it's friction, it'd undoubtedly wear away at the metal components, requiring them to be replaced more frequently. Not to mention the note that metal fragments could end up caught in the wound. So, that rules out clockwork.

Steam can burn, but I don't think it's sufficient to cauterize with. You'd also end up with a lot of water going to waste if it was an open nozzle type thing. Not recommended in a desert setting. In a closed pipe circuit... still gets the issue of if it'd even get hot enough. I don't know about you, but when I consider boiler pipelines, they're nowhere near the heat level I felt when dealing with white hot metal.

All in all, for cauterization you may have to just stick with the archaic design. Metal tool, and fire. Get the metal hot and use it.

Stomach pump thing: Clockwork would be easiest to deal with for this. Steam you have to wait for the water to boil, and then you also have to consider how big the mechanics would be as Kriea noted. But for a clockwork thing, all it'd need was the right gear ratio and setup in order to create a sort of pump with the piping. That's relatively straightforward and wouldn't need to be that big.

Heart monitor is tricky. I can't see anything steam-powered about any of the designs I think of. How they work is the band has enough pressure in it that the pumping of blood through veins and arteries is transmissible to the receiver. This is actually a very difficult design with the tech available.

First problem: how to make the rubber band in the first place. Rubber is not a significant part of the tech available, since they deal mostly with metal. Though, I may be wrong about that. The main thing however is that it'd have to be air or water proof along all the seams, yet with some way for the fluid to be put in, and retain it at pressure, without losing any pressure or fluid.

Second problem: How to calibrate and make the signal receiver. The amount of vibration from a vein or artery is not very much. And then there's the question of how to set up the receiver so that it calibrates itself while the band is being pumped up. I don't know, I might be overlooking something, but such physical precision seems a bit beyond the capacity of the tech available.

Looking it up, the earliest designs were made roughly around the 1900s or just prior to that. In other words, relatively recent. For the heart monitor, electronics are involved. For blood pressure, the oldest designs required use of both a stethoscope and an inflatable cuff with inflation bulb and a (probably) mercury manometer.


That's not to say we couldn't have come across a 'relic' that Elly took apart, modified, and reassembled, but just kind of me thinking aloud regarding the tech here.

Posted on 2012-05-06 at 17:14:31.
Edited on 2012-05-06 at 17:21:16 by Reralae

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: Hmm

Makes me wonder what sort of thing my mind would be like. o.o

If Eol's is an attic, mine would probably be like...

Hm, nope, got nothing It shall be a mystery

Posted on 2012-05-03 at 17:06:25.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting
Subject: Reduce reverb by 150%, echo by 200%, and tune... yes... I'm getting something.

Artie winced at the loudness, but even with the high echo, he found that the speaker played sounds in a relatively consistent pattern. A computer could translate it. Or, someone thinking like a computer.

"Understood, I have no questions." Artie murmurred, rubbing at his back while still crouched in the uncomfortable position, "Standing by for the bot's arrival, unless anyone else has questions."

All in all, it seemed straightforward enough. He just hoped that he wouldn't forget his manners and the precautions to take around a Green. And he also seriously hoped that this... stuff... would wash out of the uniform. Would they have time to change uniforms? Probably not, they probably would have to make time. Unless there were ones that were provided in addition to the other supplies. Oh well, one thing at a time. No point pondering futurevariables when time t of present was not greater than or equal to the approximate t of when the futurevariables could be determined.

Ideally, he'd be at the speakers to re-adjust them, but he was on the big side, and had to question how well he could get past the others to get to the front to do so. Not to mention his knack for stumbling. In this scenario, a wrong stumble could result in... well, not that good of an idea. Still, if anyone asked, and they were willing to try, he'd have no objections. As it was, he thought he understood the majority of the message.

Posted on 2012-05-03 at 16:50:53.
Edited on 2012-05-03 at 17:50:34 by Reralae

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: Oooh

As team leader, I wholeheartedly approve of this notion of asking questions. I approve of it so much that the others are completely allowed to ask questions. Perhaps even encouraged to ask questions.

Hmm, I seem to be able to translate without too much troubles... *continues reading*

EDIT: Post up! Leaves everyone else to wonder if Artie has the correct interpretation or if they think they need to ask questions, for the good of the mission of course.

SIde note, I keep hearing GLaDOS's voice for the Computer

You just keep on trying till you run out of cake

Posted on 2012-05-03 at 16:29:12.
Edited on 2012-05-03 at 16:57:51 by Reralae

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: Ambiguous wording

No worries, you did put that in your bio, but the wording was ambiguous enough to warrant further questions. He's the newest recruit, that's what we know, but the question to be answered is, is he to be recruited in the beginning of the game or was he already introduced to membership with the crew?

And then, the next question is, where he is at about the beginning of the game?

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 22:09:45.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: You may have

There's a few roles I can go over the top with in regards to figuring things out and getting hyperactive with theories floating around my mind.

Low tech/no magic environment: Jury-rigger - making stuff that's useful out of what is available.
Low tech/high magic enviroment: Magic theorist - figure out how magic works.
High tech/no magic environment: Hacker/Cybernaut - VR is your friend. Or Techie - pushing tech to the extreme
High tech/high magic environment: Any of the above and Magitech theorist - bringing two worlds together that were already the same world to begin with; just that no one ever realized it

Steampunk is kind of intermediate between low and high tech, since it has elements of both.

Elly, therefore, is both a jury-rigger and a techie

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 21:06:06.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: I think I just realized something...

I think I know how Sully's eyes work o.o

Now the questions are, am I right, and would Elly be able to figure it out and would she be able to use that knowledge to give Sully the best lookout devices ever?

This butterfly will think on this new development...

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 20:23:19.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: I can picture it now...

A wall blows up in front of Ardis for no apparent reason, and a blackened person with a bunch of brick blows past him, he turns to look at the blown-up person, hears a voice behind him, "Oh, sorry! Did I hit you too?"

And thus a young(er) Artis met Engie. No awkwardness involved, just an explosive Engie grinning sheepishly at Ardis through a blown up wall.

Edit: Would there be any dodge charms on sale? You can never have enough dodge charms Joking

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 19:03:14.
Edited on 2012-05-02 at 19:23:47 by Reralae

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: So, I took the test as Elly...

Gadgeteer, of course

25% Elegant, 62% Technological, 20% Historical, 44% Adventurous and 43% Playful!

With 100% more explosions

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 18:54:34.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: Elly...

Probably just sent (npc) assistents out with a list of materials and spare parts to fetch. She prefers to stay on the ship while docked, since if she was spotted... well...

Let's just say she does *not* want to be dragged back 'home' kicking and screaming She may be an adult, but her parents definitely never treated her like one.

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 18:43:58.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Q&A
Subject: I don't mind

Regarding drawn pictures

Posted on 2012-05-02 at 10:10:24.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Seeking Crew! Steampunk Inspired Freeform
Subject: Elly up!

Engie's description is up in the crew roster thread

Posted on 2012-04-30 at 17:23:57.

Topic: Crew of the Dawn Falcon
Subject: Explosion in workstation b3- wait, false alarm, Elly at work

Elly (also answers to Engie)

Born and raised in the city, Elly was born into a life of luxury. Such a life did not suit her tastes, however. She loved to tinker with things. When she got a musical jewellery box as a little girl, she took it apart and put it back together as a hobby. She still has the box, in her room on the Dawn Falcon, consistently retuning it and changing the melody cylinders to play different songs on a whim. As a result, she ended up enrolled in a school for mechanics.

There were several incidents that occured over the course of her school life, yet, even as she was first deemed dangerous, it eventually became clear that for her explosive results now and then, she had real talent when she put her heart into what she built. However, one incident would change the course of her life. A transfer student came into her classroom, asked to work with her, and called her 'shorty'. Despite the attempt at an affectionate nickname, everyone in the room immediately knew something would happen.

Sure enough, halfway through the hands-on class, Elly blew the transfer student through the wall in her overeager state to show how talented she was, refinishing a furnace piece, as well as get him back for calling her short. As it happened, Ardis was passing by in the street. He wasn't hit but that would be how Ardis first encountered Elly. It wouldn't be long before she dropped out of school to join Ardis on the Dawn Falcon. She didn't even make any remark about how young he was to be captain; it was as though she didn't care how old he was. She just found him and the ship absolutely fascinating, having never even seen outside of the city.

Perhaps that makes her a runaway. As it stands, however, Elly couldn't be happier, being part of something much bigger than she was exposed to in her safe, comfortable life in the city. Plus, she got along well with the ship. She didn't complain at the occasional explosion, and Elly kept her running well.

Description: Elly is small. There is no denying that fact, as she stands at a full 5' flat. In addition, she absolutely hates being called short. Despite her small body, she is not completely slender, leaning a bit on the muscular side due to often carrying around spare parts and tools. She tends to wear overalls and gloves, partly because she's almost always working on something, and also to cover up the burn marks along her pale skin. Elly does have nicer attire from her life in the city, but prefers not to ruin her nice clothes by working in them. She always has her toolbelt with her, and very consistently will have the right tool for the job, due to the number that she carries. She wears simple glasses, mostly when working as she's farsighted. While she's wearing her glasses, her eyes are a bright blue, alert and keen. When she's not wearing her glasses, however, her eyes are a deep blue, more like reflecting pools in the way the irises look. She has black hair, haphazardly cut to a short length, uneven and almost messy looking, due to maintaining it herself. A salon worker, Elly is not. She never talks about her hair beyond the basic answers, or why she adamantly keeps it cut.

Elly always knows exactly where an explosion took place, and also has a strange talent for surviving them, on occasion being completely unharmed, particularly if the explosion was caused by her. If asked about it, she just shrugs and mentions offhandedly something about 'dodge charms'.

Posted on 2012-04-30 at 17:20:53.
Edited on 2012-04-30 at 17:22:26 by Reralae

Topic: Dawn Falcon Seeking Crew! Steampunk Inspired Freeform
Subject: Eol!

Hi there

If you're navigator, I'll be sure to come up with some sort of highly complexicated clockwork spyglass for you...

Make way for the explosions! Elly coming through!

Needless to say, Elly would also have been available for a couple of years on the ship already if there were particular devices that people would like to have attempted. Kriea has final say of course, but I'm pretty sure I'd have a good idea of what Elly can and can't do with clockwork and steam tech

Now where did I put those plans for a flintlock-gun-scythe...

Posted on 2012-04-30 at 17:01:35.
Edited on 2012-04-30 at 17:01:52 by Reralae

Topic: Dawn Falcon Seeking Crew! Steampunk Inspired Freeform
Subject: I hope he likes explosions

Elly wouldn't be Elly without one or two explosions during an upgrade

Posted on 2012-04-29 at 23:30:33.

Topic: Dawn Falcon Seeking Crew! Steampunk Inspired Freeform
Subject: Engie!

"Nonono! This gear has to be turned flipways in order to align with this one and regulate the pressure release valves for the coolant to circulate properly around this junction! Yes, the other one it's currently connected to is important, but I'm going to get to that in a moment. You just keep working the hand crank while I make the necessary adjustments, before I connect it back to the pump flow. Don't stop, or we're gonna be monster chow! What? You didn't hear there is a mountain range chasing us? Nevermind then, just keep it up as if your life depends on it, or don't, whichever motivates you more. I'm going back to work. Stop telling me how to do my job! I know what I'm doing!"

Totally what went through my head when I read 'engineer'

Side note: If you're wondering what's being talked about by a 'mountain range chasing us', google image search 'Jhen Mohran'... it's pretty big

Posted on 2012-04-29 at 17:33:51.
Edited on 2012-04-29 at 17:42:04 by Reralae

Topic: Lands Asunder Q&A
Subject: *Waits*

*waits for news*

Posted on 2012-04-29 at 17:00:14.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting
Subject: This warrants investigation

The objective area was located, and so, all that remained was to gather and move forward.

"Blowz, relay message for rendevouz, here asap, except Slipp. Once gathered, we move to him."

With that done, all that was left to do was wait.

~~~ *after group assembles and gets to the entrance*

"Good work Slipp," Artie nodded to the officer, before looking down the tunnel.

The passageway was not the most pleasent to say the least. Still, the Computer had to know what was happening, so, all that needed doing was moving forward.

"Brighte, take point. Steam, second. Slipp. Blowz. Me. Ammpe."

(Apologies on lateness. I make no excuses. Excuses is treason. Last part may be edited accordingly depending on what happens re: Slipp's match light )

Posted on 2012-04-28 at 20:02:13.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: No worries

I suspected that might be the case due to splitting up =)

*notices something in inbox* oooh

Let me get back to you on that then

Posted on 2012-04-23 at 21:04:15.

Topic: GOODDAY: Welcome to Pyron
Subject: Just to be clear

I am expecting something regarding the character to be PM'd to me by those who are interested. It'll kind of look like a resume, except, not for an actual job (unless you want it to be, applying for something in Pyron, but that's your decision)

Should look similar to this:

Archetype/Inspiration (if applicable):

Citizenship: Pyron [immigrant/resident/tourist]

Occupations (past and current if applicable):

Reason for why they are visiting Pyron (if applicable):


It's basically a character sheet without the numbers. I call it a profile After all, I can't generate the statistics or campaign without any information on the characters I'm working with.

Posted on 2012-04-21 at 16:40:18.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: Fresh m-er, friend!

Glad to have you aboard!

I'll go easy on you (no I won't)

From the sound of your post though, you already have a good understanding of the setting, and that's always a good thing

To clarify, just in case it's needed, Artie's notion is splitting up the group, so that if you connected the dots of each person's position, you'd end up with an X, with Artie and Blowz at the centre, and the others investigating different offshoot passages.

Posted on 2012-04-20 at 17:20:04.
Edited on 2012-04-20 at 17:20:38 by Reralae

Topic: Gender Roles (an unorganized possible feminist rant)
Subject: ^ +1

Totally agreeing with Kriea here re: the boyfriend. If he's overstepping his bounds and deciding stuff for you without your consent, then clearly he is not worth keeping as a boyfriend; first it's characters, then could be finances, names for the children, where the house is... not saying it always goes that far but it can just spiral.

"To love one another is to walk through life together and to choose the path that is most beneficial to the both of you." To elaborate on that, it requires understanding between both sides. If he wants a semi-submissive girlfriend that he can decide things for, and you don't want that role, then that's not your fault and the relationship shouldn't be pushed forward.

Of course, the best thing is to just talk about it. If you don't like something, tell them if you haven't already.

That aside, to me, the most important thing is to play characters I can be comfortable with. That's why I tend not to play male characters myself; I usually don't feel comfortable about it, and that's my own reason.

I'm totally agreeing with Kriea's point about how race/gender are more like guidelines in D&D. The game is making a book or movie. Books and movies are more interesting with a variety of characters that don't necessarily follow externally placed expectations.

There's a reason why 'outcast' character's aren't out of the question, as long as they're done well

Posted on 2012-04-19 at 20:38:25.

Topic: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Subject: For me

I prefer my dual wielding... although if skyrim had scythes, then maybe I'd pick up some two-handed

Guess it still counts as shooting... only, I don't use arrows.

I use a supercharged lightning bolt (dual cast)

Or, if I'm in need of souls, use dual conjured blades (have the soul steal perk for those... so much better than soul trap spell)

Not human souls though

That'd be evil

Everyone knows Reralaes aren't evil faeriecats

Posted on 2012-04-19 at 17:34:19.

Topic: Escaping the Salt Mines
Subject: Darn it

Was tempted to try for Drow from seeing the setting... but that's a level adjustment race

Think you're missing details on starting gear (or lack thereof) as well =)

Just helping out ^^

Posted on 2012-04-19 at 07:03:37.

Topic: Gender Roles (an unorganized possible feminist rant)
Subject: Hmm

Located in Complete Adventurer, Dungeon Delver is a prestige class with Rogue as the most likely foundation. I'm looking for a Base Class.

On further thought, that actually might be the primary reason why rogues are common. When it comes to class skills, the Rogue has the widest range available to it, which makes it a strong candidate for people who like skills to reflect their character's background, as well as for minmax players.

Continuing further, that's probably the main reason why I seldom play a Fighter; they get so few skills, which makes it really difficult for a Fighter's sheet to reflect a character's background if it deviates at all from the standard 'military recruit' archetype. Or at least that's the feeling I've gotten.

Posted on 2012-04-18 at 20:01:30.
Edited on 2012-04-18 at 20:02:08 by Reralae


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