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Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:04 pm
by Bladewind
The Merge Setting Thread has been updated with betterwatchit's contribution and the character sheet list was updated.

There's also a PDF version of the setting, slightly more organized, no hyperlinks though. It can be found here.

Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:26 pm
by Bladewind
Weapon Legality in Britain:

These are the weapon laws in England and Wales as they stood on the 4th of January, 2015 (the day before the Merge).

All Stun Guns, Tasers, Pistols, Machineguns (all kinds), Assault and Sniper Rifles require the permission of the Home Secretary to possess. This basically means that the only people the average Briton sees with them either all work for the government, are very closely allied to them... Or are part of the underworld, who don't really care about weapon laws anyway. Police forces, military and intelligence agencies can easily claim the need to use these types of firearms as part of their lawful duties. Anyone found with one without permission is committing unauthorised possession of a firearm, which has a five-year prison sentence. And suspected cases of owning an unauthorised firearm always result in armed police raiding your house!

Shotguns (for skeet shooting and hunting) and Carbines (for target shooting and hunting) require applying to the police for a licence. Sawn-Off Shotguns are completely illegal. Having a criminal record renders you ineligible for a licence.

Bows, non-explosive and non-chemical arrows (including Crossbows) are legal for civilians over 18 years old to own without a licence, but cannot be used for hunting. Putting them in a bag if you're not using them is a good idea.

Hand-forged Swords and other historical melee weapons are legal to own without a licence, but it's a good idea to put them in a bag as well or to otherwise conceal them. Messenger bags that can conceal melee weapons have since gotten very popular in post-Merge Britain, and the police forces have actually noticed this. Standard protocol now requires that anyone with a bag always gets searched first.

Knives can only be carried in public with a good reason.

Examples of good reasons to carry a knife in public include:
- taking knives you use at work to and from work (for example as a farmer or estate manager).
- carrying knives you use for recreational purposes, such as angler, camper, hunter, sailor, diver or any other reasonable grounds for expecting to need a knife whilst otherwise pursuing a lawful activity.
- taking knives to a gallery or museum to be exhibited.
- the knife is going to be used for theatre, film, television, historical reenactment or religious purposes, eg the kirpan that some Sikhs carry. (Note: using a knife to sacrifice a living thing is not considered a lawful activity in Britain, not even under religious grounds.)

There is a notable exemption for knives with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife. These can be carried freely. Swiss Army knives cost 3 EP and are treated as being both a Multitool and a Knife.

Body armour is legal to buy, sell, own and wear without a licence. But if you know what you're looking for, it's possible to tell that someone's wearing it. And someone known to wear it is assumed to be in a position to need it.

Grievous Bodily Harm: In Britain, it's treated as grievous bodily harm to transform someone without their knowing consent, unless you can prove both that it was the only way you could save their life and that you didn't actually cause the deadly situation in the first place. GBH is also the offence they try you under for blinding, deafening or crippling someone or deliberately infecting them with a STD.

Post-Merge, it's been ruled that deliberately depowering someone without either their knowing and informed consent or possessing government sanction to do so is also considered to be GBH.

Her Majesty's Government requires an Unusual Weapons Licence to carry such weapons, issued by the Home Office. You must be over 18 and have no criminal record. Previous military or police armed response experience helps in your favour. The card has your name, photo and the weapons you're licenced to carry. The full list is confidential, and is restricted to police and intelligence agencies. A code is given in your National Health Service medical records to indicate to your doctor that you do possess such a licence, the same with shotgun and firearm certificates. You must also be able to ensure that the weapon remains secure in your home when it is not being used.

Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:34 pm
by Bladewind
Post-Merge Slang:

This is only a very small fraction of Anglosphere slang that has emerged since the Merge. PCs are encouraged to come up with their own, as long as they can add the translation in the OOC section.

Blazer: One who uses fire-based abilities.

Bleeder: Someone who willingly allows a vampire to bite them. Has also become shorthand for "suicidal idiot".

Candle: Any tower or other tall building used by fliers as a landmark or navigation aid. Known candles include the CN Tower in Toronto, Canary Wharf, the Shard and the BT Tower in London, the Berlin TV Tower, the Eiffel Tower and the Tokyo Tower.

Dapper: A DPA who uses their powers to help others.

Dipstick: (Pre-Merge) An idiot, famously used in the classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Post-Merge, it means a DPA who's using their powers to be a public nuisance and disturber of the peace.

DPA: Dramatically and Positively-Affected Individual. The British government's term for someone from Earth-Prime who has gained powers from the Merge.

Flier: One who can fly unaided.

Freezer: One who uses ice-based abilities.

Fulton: To aerially extract/rescue someone. From the Fulton Surface to Air Recovery System, which is popularly known from the Metal Gear Solid games. Several kinds of "Fulton harness" are widely available to allow fliers to more effectively carry/extract/rescue allies and bystanders. "If they've got any fliers, their objective will be to Fulton him!"

Hitting the Bottle: UK term, meaning to go to the Time in a Bottle pub. "If you want to ask that sort of question, the best thing to do is to hit the Bottle."

Lunatic: Anyone who worships a moon goddess. (Derogatory)

Porter: Anyone who can teleport or create portals. "They're got a porter!"

Power: UK English term for someone with abilities outside the human norm.

Random Encounter: Seeing something weird or getting into a fight while going outside. Originated from members of RPG clubs who realised that they were having them more often than they would like. "I had an encounter with some yobs on the way here, I knocked them out and told the police where they were."

Shocker: One who uses electricity-based abilities.

Solo: To fight numerous or more powerful opponents by yourself. The greater the challenge that's soloed, the more respect you get if you can actually prove it. (I.E. Someone who solos Batman will get much more respect than someone who solos a street gang.) "I don't care what anyone says, I can definitely solo him!"

Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:35 pm
by Bladewind
Farringdon Railway Station

The Time in a Bottle actually "landed" a short walking distance from Farringdon Station, one of the few strokes of luck Britain got as it made it much easier for people from all over Greater London and even further afield to get somewhere where they can find kindred spirits. And the negotiations that went down in there certainly helped to increase the peace in all of Britain.

Just to give you an idea of how well-connected Farringdon is...

Farringdon Station serves the London Underground (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) and the Thameslink line. Basically, you can get a direct train to Brighton and to Gatwick and Luton Airports.

You can also get trains to Kings Cross for North-East England and for Scotland. If anyone knows what happened to Platform 9 3/4, they haven't said anything about it.

Farringdon also serves St. Pancras International for trains to the East Midlands, Paris and Brussels (Since late 2007, it has replaced Waterloo as London's Eurostar terminal) as well as to Liverpool Street for trains to Stansted Airport and to Harwich International for the ferry to Holland.

It also serves Paddington Station, which serves southern Wales, Devon and Cornwall all the way down to Penzance, a sleeper service to Cornwall called the English Riviera and the express trains to Heathrow Airport.

And if Transport for London find something or someone too dangerous for the police to handle while they're finishing off the Crossrail tunnels, then they know EXACTLY where to look for help.

Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:59 am
by kirinke
Mechie: Anyone from New Mechanisburg.
Brigader: Anyone associated with the Brigade. Their insignia is an altered Heterodyne house symbol the skeleton is holding a tea leaf in addition to the scythe and trilobyte.


Re: The Merge Universe

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:05 am
by Bladewind
Note: The Setting document (link among the first posts in the thread) has been updated with a few more locations and details. Some of which have not been posted in the thread. Mostly updates to the various undead sections, the addition of San Fransokyo and attendant hero population.