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Holostreets Products / Re: Life! in Style
« Last post by Giabralter on <02-25-24/2254:51> »
Really the idea came about was that there was no context with the lifestyle on how it impacted the character's interaction with the world. Worse, if you had a luxury lifestyle as a starting character, you couldn't have afforded much else. a juxtaposition to the "Life" you should have.

This is also where we push the character Credit Rating. Add some purchasing power to the character without having specific cash on hand, which makes more sense for characters with higher lifestyles.

It adds to the flow of character while gaming.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by JanessaVR on <02-23-24/2334:19> »
*cough* I might be able to help.
Sent you a PM.  I'm also trying to contact Paul Melroy (as this was built off his work).
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by FastJack on <02-23-24/2314:20> »
Holostreets is fan-made that allows you to use their IP and some trade dress. In exchange, they get a piece of the pie on DriveThruRPG. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me! I moved my FastJack's Shadowfiles there, and set it up as PWYW, so people can get it for free or send me a buck or two.
Huh.  Ok, well, let me see if I can find someone to help me clean this up visually.  Right now this is in Word on my PC and just converting that to a PDF would look...underwhelming.  I need to see if someone I know has some Adobe skills to pretty this up a bit.
*cough* I might be able to help.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by JanessaVR on <02-23-24/2311:30> »
Holostreets is fan-made that allows you to use their IP and some trade dress. In exchange, they get a piece of the pie on DriveThruRPG. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me! I moved my FastJack's Shadowfiles there, and set it up as PWYW, so people can get it for free or send me a buck or two.
Huh.  Ok, well, let me see if I can find someone to help me clean this up visually.  Right now this is in Word on my PC and just converting that to a PDF would look...underwhelming.  I need to see if someone I know has some Adobe skills to pretty this up a bit.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by FastJack on <02-23-24/2303:19> »
Holostreets is fan-made that allows you to use their IP and some trade dress. In exchange, they get a piece of the pie on DriveThruRPG. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me! I moved my FastJack's Shadowfiles there, and set it up as PWYW, so people can get it for free or send me a buck or two.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by JanessaVR on <02-23-24/2301:07> »
Have you considered putting it together into a PDF on Holostreets?
I wasn't aware that was an option.  I mean, I don't own the IP here so this is all ultimately fan fiction.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by FastJack on <02-23-24/2251:41> »
Have you considered putting it together into a PDF on Holostreets?
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by JanessaVR on <02-23-24/2232:39> »
I like it!
Thank you.  I spent hundreds of hours of research and several months working on this.  I watched many documentaries and even purchased some of them.  This is the end result of a lot of time and effort.
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by FastJack on <02-23-24/2228:39> »
I like it!
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The Secret History / Re: The Timeline of the Ages
« Last post by JanessaVR on <02-23-24/2045:03> »
Design Notes

Dates Calculation
I used this website to calculate the dates according to the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar for the 13th to 16th Ages.  For the dates before that, I used this website (but had to add a year to the dates as it computes according to astronomical years (see the reference in the section above).

Earth and the Metaplanes – The Chicken or the Egg?
This was a big decision I needed to make fairly early on.  Did the metaplanes influence the development of life on Earth, rather like the Monoliths in Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey universe?  As I was trying to stick as closely as possible to the best scientific knowledge about Earth’s history that we currently have available and then work the ED/SR history into that, I decided against it.  Instead, this is like a reverse version of the Space Odyssey universe, with Earth’s evolution driving the evolution of the metaplanes.  And I think that works out better, as all of the “closer” metaplanes we see in canon seem to reflect Earthly life forms, society, and mythology.

The Metaplanes and the Astral Plane
The Deep Metaplanes are the oldest metaplanes because planes are “pushed back” away from Earth the more out of sync they are with the current biosphere of Earth.  So, by this point they’ve been pushed further back again and again for millions of years.  The Horrors’ metaplanes are the deepest in the metaplanar structure.

The Astral Plane is really just a “pseudo-plane” as it only exists during mana cycles.  It is effectively the “shadow” that the metaplanes cast upon Earth while in close dimensional proximity.

Pseudoscientific Magic
To a certain extent, this approach is Doing In The Wizard, as what people call “magic” is really the alien physical laws of another universe intruding onto ours.  This was inspired by the Gatecrasher RPG, which delves more into this idea.

The Ancestors of the Horrors (Arthropods from the Paleozoic Era – 538.8 mya to 251.9 mya)
Notable Sea Creatures:
•   Anomalocaris (A scary sea bug about 1.25’ long.  It looks like a sort of shrimp / praying mantis combination and was considered the shark of the Cambrian ocean.)
•   Aquilonifer Spinosus (Arguably a Lovecraftian monster, but it was only 1 cm long.)
•   Hallucigenia (A small worm that looks kind of like a lizard with a ring of teeth and long spines on its back.)
•   Isotelus Rex (A giant trilobite, over a foot long.)
•   Jaekelopterus (An arthropod with pincer arms that was about 8’ long.  It was the scorpion of the shallow coastal areas and a top predator there.)
•   Omnidens (It resembles the Anomalocaris, but was much larger at about 5’ long.)
•   Opabinia (Clearly a Yithian’s pet shrimp, this was a freaky sea bug with a single tentacle-like claw arm, but was only 7 cm long.)
Notable Land Creatures:
•   Arthropleura (A huge flat centipede about 8’ long.)
•   Brontoscorpio Anglicus (A giant scorpion, it was 2.5’ long.)
•   Meganeura (A giant dragonfly, it was 15” long with a 2.5’ wingspan.)
•   Pulmonoscorpius (A giant scorpion, it was 2.5’ long.)
•   Trigonotarbid (An early proto-spider about 5 cm long.)

The Ancestors of the Invae (Arthropods from the Mesozoic Era – 251.9 mya to 66 mya)
Notable Land Creatures:
•   Aptenoperissus Burmanicus (A wingless grasshopper-wasp about an inch long.)
•   Beetles (These are actually the most diverse species on the planet and date back to the late Paleozoic; those early ones would have ended up as Horrors.  The later ones in this era begin to look more like beetles as we know them today.)
•   Dictyoptera (The ancestors of what would become termites and cockroaches as we know them now appeared in this era.)
•   Diptera (The first true flies also appeared in this era.)
•   Haidomyrmecinae (Also known as Hell Ants, these were up to 1.5 cm long.)
•   Manipulator Modificaputis (A praying mantis-like cockroach, about 1 cm long.)
•   Mongolarachne (These were large spiders, up to about 3” long.)
•   Pseudopulex (Some of these prehistoric fleas were over an inch long; those poor dinosaurs.)
•   Santanmantis (An early mantid about an inch long.)
•   Titanomyrma (These giant ants were about as big as a hummingbird.)
•   Ypresiosirex Orthosemos (These giant wasps were about 3” long.)

The Ancestors of the Shedim (Scyphozoa from the Mesozoic Era – 251.9 mya to 66 mya)
•   Cnidarian Medusae (These jellyfish actually date back to the Paleozoic Era, but none of the spirits that were inspired by those “early models” survived the dark evolution of the Paleozoic arthropod spirits that eventually became the Horrors.  Millions of years later, once those early metaplanes sank deeper away from Earth, their descendants slowly evolved into the Shedim.)

The # of years the Horrors have to wait to come back to Earth
The Scourge = 400 years  (this doesn’t count the century or so before and after where it’s more just the Invae)
Remaining Up Cycle = 2362.69 years
Down Cycle = 5125.37 years
Beginning Up Cycle = 2362.69 years

So, after the Scourge ends they have to wait 9,851 years for their next all-you-can-eat-for-400-years buffet.

Quick Reference Guide – Divisions of Geologic Time (Eons, Eras, Periods, and Epochs)
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Hadean Eon 4,567 to 4,031 million years ago
Archean Eon 4,031 to 2,500 million years ago
Proterozoic Eon 2,500 to 538.8 million years ago
Paleoproterozoic Era 2,500 to 1,600 million years ago
Siderian Period 2,500 to 2,300 million years ago
Rhyacian Period 2,300 to 2,050 million years ago
Orosirian Period 2,050 to 1,800 million years ago
Statherian Period 1,800 to 1,600 million years ago
Mesoproterozoic Era 1,600 to 1,000 million years ago
Calymmian Period 1,600 to 1,400 million years ago
Ectasian Period 1,400 to 1,200 million years ago
Stenian Period 1,200 to 1,000 million years ago
Neoproterozoic Era 1,000 to 538.8 million years ago
Tonian Period 1,000 to 720 million years ago
Cryogenian Period 720 to 635 million years ago
Ediacaran Period 635 to 538.8 million years ago
Phanerozoic Eon 538.8 million years ago to Present
Paleozoic Era 538.8 to 251.9 million years ago
Cambrian Period 538.8 to 485.4 million years ago
Early Cambrian Epoch 538.8 to 509 million years ago
Middle Cambrian Epoch 509 to 497 million years ago
Late Cambrian Epoch 497 to 485.4 million years ago
Ordovician Period 485.4 to 443.8 million years ago
Early Ordovician Epoch 485.4 to 470 million years ago
Middle Ordovician Epoch 470 to 458.4 million years ago
Late Ordovician Epoch 458.4 to 443.8 million years ago
Silurian Period 443.8 to 419.2 million years ago
Llandovery Epoch 443.8 to 433.4 million years ago
Wenlock Epoch 433.4 to 427.4 million years ago
Ludlow Epoch 427.4 to 423 million years ago
P&#345;ídolí Epoch 423 and 419.2 million years ago
Devonian Period 419.2 to 358.9 million years ago
Early Devonian Epoch 419.2 to 393.3 million years ago
Middle Devonian Epoch 393.3 to 382.7 million years ago
Late Devonian Epoch 382.7 to 358.9 million years ago
Carboniferous Period 358.9 to 298.9 million years ago
Mississippian Epoch 358.9 to 323.2 million years ago
Pennsylvanian Epoch 323.2 to 298.9 million years ago
Permian Period 298.9 to 251.9 million years ago
Cisuralian Epoch 298.9 to 273 million years ago
Guadalupian Epoch 273 to 259.5 million years ago
Lopingian Epoch 259.5 to 251.9 million years ago
Mesozoic Era 251.9 to 66 million years ago
Triassic Period 251.9 to 201.4 million years ago
Early Triassic Epoch 251.9 to 247.2 million years ago
Middle Triassic Epoch 247.2 to 237 million years ago
Late Triassic Epoch 237 to 201.4 million years ago
Jurassic Period 201.4 to 145 million years ago
Early Jurassic Epoch 201.3 to 174.7 million years ago
Middle Jurassic Epoch 174.7 to 161.5 million years ago
Late Jurassic Epoch 161.5 to 145 million years ago
Cretaceous Period 145 to 66 million years ago
Early Cretaceous Epoch 145 to 100.5 million years ago
Late Cretaceous Epoch 100.5 to 66 million years ago
Cenozoic Era 66 million years ago to Present
Paleogene Period 66 to 23 million years ago
Paleocene Epoch 66 to 56 million years ago
Eocene Epoch 56 to 33.9 million years ago
Oligocene Epoch 33.9 to 23 million years ago
Neogene Period 23 to 2.59 million years ago
Miocene Epoch 23 to 5.33 million years ago
Pliocene Epoch 5.33 to 2.58 million years ago
Quaternary Period 2.58 million years ago to Present
Pleistocene Epoch 2.58 to 0.0117 million years ago
Holocene Epoch 0.0117 million years ago to Present
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