The near future of Otherverse America is a
strange beast, technologically speaking. Compared
to other sci-fi settings, the native technology has
developed along unpredictable lines. The neat
delineations of D20 Future's Progress Levels don't
apply to America, circa 2107 CE. Humanity is a
new galactic power, and shelters under the protective
arm of our Stonecutter allies. Humanity has
faster than light travel, and intra-system travel is an
unremarkable part of 22nd Century life, but the
expected side technology of mechanical
teleportation has never materialized.
The battlefield is dominated by agile and
man-sized suits of powered armor, full conversion
cyborgs are a distinct minority, and Otherverse
America's soldiers wield a devastating array of
energy weapons and rail guns. Older weapons
aren't forgotten; insurgents and impoverished
militaries across the world still carry the dependable
and all but idiot proof AK-47, and the Colt 1911
will soon reach its second century of military service.
Lifer pilots in heavily modified Gulfstreams slip past
the Choicer radar net, while forest-living Lifer
zealots called "Untainted" hunt and kill with bow and
arrow, and switch to carbon fiber knives for close in
work. Choicer combat volunteers carry a laser pistol
in one hand and an obsidian athame in the other.
Civilian technology is similarly schizophrenic.
Dreamscape gives users access to the worldwide
Mesh while they sleep and dream, while commercial
genetic engineering gives ordinary men and women
abilities that would be considered superhuman in
earlier eras. Hovercraft propelled by machinetelekinesis
share the roadways with sixty year old
ground cars and bicycles. Privacy is a long forgotten
myth, with only the comparatively low tech Lifer
Enclaves offering any relief from the omnipresent
Computer technology is more advanced
than in many sci-fi settings, and while AI is common,
fully sentient androids are virtually non existent.
Robotics remains limited to industrial fabrication and
semi-autonomous military drones. "Dumb AI"
designed for expertise in a single field are omnipresent,
and are included as a standard feature in
most commercial electronics. Your entertainment
console or palmtop computer can quickly learn your
preferences, your clothes can adjust color and style
to suit your mood, and your vehicle can easily drive
itself while you nap. More advanced AI have
become humanity's advisors: the Covenant has
created an entire pantheon of altruistic AI gods and
goddesses, while the mysterious Nuremberg Consciousness
manipulates the Lifer nation from the
The Otherverse Armory is a compilation of
the military and civilian technology that has appeared
in several Otherverse America sourcebooks. Cybernetics
are covered extensively in The Dept 7 Tech
Update: Cybernetics (Skortched Urf Studios) and
State of the Otherverse: Cybernetics Armory.
Genetic engineering is covered extensively in Sexually
Transmitted Future) while Smartlight tech is
detailed in State of the Otherverse: Smartlights.
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