The Vatican Holy Union has converted its entire home-verse to its faith, and has since expanded to have several verses under its faith. An insurgency has risen up against the VHU, and this is where you come in.
So, based on this, I'd say (in extremely late fashion) that we decided to have sci-fi coexist with althistory in different universes.
Is anyone interested in continuing the rp now?
I voted, so I guess I should get involved if the RP is still accepting people.
I imagine it would be, but I'm not sure if anyone else is interested. After all, it has kinda been abandoned for a while…
I'm still interested. I just wanted to clear up that (at least in my mind) very important issue before we continued. By the way, what is the intended technology level in the Papal World?
Advanced, it would appear. How else could they establish an interversal empire!?
The gun felt strange to Kareth, like a stranger taking the place of a close friend. His sword still hung from one side, but not the side he was accustomed to. Among all these humans in this technologically advanced place, he felt alien and alone. The comforting scent of the tree, the feeling of life, seemed drained from this metal place. Shades of an electronic blue pulsated alarmingly and lights flashed threateningly overhead.
Walking through these imposing corridors, he struggled to remember his directions. Let's see, he thought, left, two rights and the third left.
I'm sorry, I was interrupted again! How am I supposed to get rid of my writer's block if this keeps up? :(
Well, technology isn't just a one-dimensional scale from 'primitive' to 'advanced'. Different individual technologies are contingent upon one another and are affected by economics and politics, not just science. This means that another verse could have some technologies which seem very advanced, and others which seem very primitive, compared with technology in our own verse.
So how are we going to go about technology? Just continue the RP and see what happens? If so, I could imagine there being an imbalance in the distribution of technologies across the Papal World as we all approach this in different ways (which is similar to the real world, actually).
I'll finish my previous Kareth entry soon. Write on, fellow… writers. (There must have been a more dramatic way to say that…)
EDIT: OK, "soon" was a serious exaggeration…
Theodore made his way through the streets of Madras on the horse. It was early, the sun just rising in the sky, but people were already out about their business before the midday heat arrested the outdoor activities. Occasionally, a pleasant cool breeze would blow through the streets, which was a welcome relief from the generally still air, especially in his stuffy black cassok. He thanked God for that.
Central Madras was mainly comprised of neoclassical style architecture fashionable when the city was first expanding under Papal control - however, the Cardinal's abode was in the more peaceful, rural areas outside the city. The outskirts of the city, which Theodore had to travel through to leave the city from his own, relatively central, office were a much simpler affair, sometimes reminiscent of the native style that must have been ubiquitous so long ago.
After he crossed the bridge over one of the city's two main rivers; a much more recent, utilitarian piece of civil engineering which Theodore found distasteful, but he knew it was more about function than form, and the people should be glad for it.
The road out into the country, although straight and recently tarmaced, had mud washed over it from the monsoon; Theodore was now glad he took a horse for more reasons than one, as he watched a few cars skid and swerve toward the city. As he watched the morning light reflect off of the puddles in the fields either side of him, Theodore wondered about how Papal influence had transformed the region over the centuries; he knew how it had went, as he had taught history, as well as ethics, in his early days as a member of the Jesuit Order.
It was taught that there were two walks of ethical thought (what is right and wrong) consequentialism and deontology. Put simply, consequentialism looks for the right consequence, but deontology looks for the right action; of course, the Holy See prefers deontology, pointing out the various flaws of the competing system, instead offering their absolute system of rules for determining what is right and what is wrong.
Theodore, however, preferred a third system which was little spoken of. Long ago, he had deceided, like many of the other Jesuits he knew, to follow virtue ethics - the idea that what is right is what best develops a wise, just, courageous, virtuous character. He thought of this today because he was about to debate birth control with the Cardinal, a heretical stance to take; however, Theodore knew enough about Church teaching to know that their opinion on such matters was shaped by the teaching of Aristotle, who also invented virtue ethics. However much the Cardinal disliked Theodore's own ideas of what is right and wrong, which often clashed with Church teachings, he couldn't shoot the Jesuits down without also shooting himself down.
Theodore rode through the gates of the Cardinal's mansion, outwardly confident and composed, inwardly hopeful that his verbal ammunition would be enough.
What do you think?