MBO-2

An object removed from MBO-1 by Aleph Stevens in the early 1960s, MBO-2 is initially assumed to be some sort of flight data recorder. According to Brandon James the enclosure is opaque to conventional medical scanners and emits an unspecified type of low level radiation. Unique for an apparently synthetic artifact, the object emits a measurable high-range Holt-Rischmann field with a short falloff radius.

An attempted psychokinetic “read” of the object by Judas Lang resulted in extensive electromagnetic damage to Helios Orbital and the sudden existence of the Heirotus patent portfolio. The overnight “discovery” of synthetic FTL, mass amplification and mass abstraction technologies along with a lengthy number of other advances quickly transformed the fledgling Heirotus from a tiny academic research project into a titan of the aerospace industry.

Eventually, Lang convinced James to allow for the use of the artifact in classified FTL research, and MBO-2 was subsequently lost in the Epiphany incident of 1968.

MCAR-78 “Thumper”

Called the “Thumper” due to the sound of the airburst rounds and its frequent use as a bludgeon by downed pilots, the Barghosa Multi-function Compact Assault Rifle model 78 is a rugged Bullpup styled rifle that fires caseless ammunition. Three of these weapons were either loaded aboard the Hemera U-238 or were part of the U-238 survival kit.

The MCAR-78 features a laser sight, iron sights mounted on top of the electronics package, and dual-function triggers. The weapon is capable of firing a variety of rounds – explosive (programmable air-burst or touched off by the second trigger), reconnaissance (wee little cameras, primary use of the display screen after ammunition count), armor-piercing and anti-personnel. Caseless ammunition gives the MCAR-78 high long-range accuracy and stopping power at the expense of a rate of fire much lower than comparable hardware.

Though not used to its full capacity in Dead City Radio, the weapon is equivalent to a lower caliber US Army XM25. The MCAR-78 is durable, well-built and designed for a long shelf life followed by frequent, abusive use without cleaning or maintenance.

Navigator

Any human or metahuman with the genetic ability to transition themselves and other objects – typically a starship – into and out of Am. While the effective area of influence of most Navigators includes a space suit and possibly a toolkit, physical contact with an alloy mesh colloquially known as a “jumpnet” will expand this area of influence to cover a starship and all materials and persons contained therein (and possibly nearby, if the object is completely inside the field of influence).

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Old Missile Silo

Earth 3.0 experienced a nuclear apocalypse at some point in the distant past. While large swaths of the planet remain uninhabitable, fallout has reached tolerable levels in some places, such as this ancient rail-fed nuclear launch facility. The ruins are noteworthy for their well-preserved rail tunnels, one of which contains a storage room that’s veil-accessible from Sub-level Three of Bethlehem Medical Centre. Read More →

PISSPOWERASSCHRIST

A militantly obscure underground breakbeat industrial “movement” enjoyed by Jason, listened to by Thad and proselytized by Rayne.

A real (joke) “band” with real (joke) music and a real (joke) website.

Pittsburgh

Most of Dead City Radio takes place in and around Pittsburgh, the so-called “Paris of Appalachia.” Thad is still living there at the beginning of The Dualist, though most of his friends from art school have moved on.

Premiere Landscaping

PLAMPT (Premiere Landscaping and Manure Processing Technologies) is a waste treatment and disposal corporation headquartered in Morgan Bay, Helios. Originally centered on the landscaping market, the fledgling PLAMPT quickly realized that the enormous demand for high quality fertilizer both planet-side and in space hydroponics presented golden opportunities in the waste extraction, processing, compaction and storage markets. In 451 PLAMPT introduced the COMMANDER series of self-contained bacteria-powered commodes and urinals, available in zero-gravity and gravity-assisted variants.

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Psi-Obs

The Psionic Observation Ward is located in the most secure part of Bethlehem Medical Centre – Sub-level Three, way in the back. When properly staffed a number of security checkpoints prevent casual access to the most advanced scanning and recording equipment in the facility. Read More →

Quantum Analogue Relay

The Heirotus-built Quantum Analogue Relay (QAR) is a highly advanced piece of real-time telecommunications hardware made possible by a combination of mass abstraction, crystal twinning, and classified advances derived from Judas Lang‘s “patent dump” of MBO-2.

Due to mass abstraction requirements the QAR can only be safely operated in space. The core of the device is a sphere removed from external mass influence, with its own gravity plane and atmosphere. The QAR operates by essentially creating the same environment in two places at once, allowing for realtime communication and interaction. Objects in two separate QAR spheres are – to human perception – effectively in the same QAR sphere. Individuals at the other end of a QAR session create a local Holt-Rischmann Variance.

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Rail Tunnel

The rail tunnel is a subterranean area of Earth 3.0, notable for connecting a maintenance closet that overlaps Sublevel Three of Bethlehem Medical Centre with an abandoned missile silo a few miles away. Templar discovered the tunnel and overlap points at some point in the mid 90s and restored parts of the electrical system to working order. The tunnel serves as a covert evacuation route, enabling anyone who can transition between realities to escape from beneath BMC without egressing to the surface.

Rattan Cane

The 4′ long 1/2″ thick Rattan Cane is a walking stick and sometimes-weapon favored by Thad, who also uses it as a focus for harnessing and projecting his psychic will. Dyluck uses the weapon as a foci in a similar fashion, to a much greater effect.

Greymalkin apparently recognized its intended use, insisting that Ornix carry it aboard the Daedalus.

Relay GLF-4728

One of thousands of automated refueling and relay stations scattered across known space, the ICG Combined Refueling Station & Telecommunications Relay in high orbit above GLF-4728 is officially at the very edge of explored space. Sitting at the end of the validated ICG charts and a very very long way from anywhere even remotely interesting, the relay officially exists to support ICG charting operations in grid G.

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Sabrosa

Heirotus capital ship prototype 47 (HX-47) Sabrosa is the testbed for several technologies incorporated in the Type 47 class of Heirotus Colonial Authority warships, in mass production at the time of The Dualist. The ship contains the company’s first dual-core biomagnetic transfer system (DC-BTS), the first capital-scale portable multi-field combined mass amplifier and displacement system (CMADS), the first organically powered mass driver, the first two Majestic class recon ships assigned to a deep range deployment, the first vehicle-based Quantum Analogue Relay (QAR) and a host of other innovations, iterations and improvements on proven technology.

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Sickbay

The Sabrosa‘s sickbay is a state-of-the-art modular medical facility. Located at the base of the ship’s “neck,” the sprawling series of compartments features per-compartment life support, advanced particulate scrubbers, dynamically adjustable lighting, and a low population density relative to other parts of the ship. As most Heirotus injuries in The Dualist were fatal, the only patient in the sickbay during Transitional Voices is Thaddeus Gallahad. Read More →

Snow Globe

The Heirotus-issue “Snow Globe” is a canteen-shaped short range electronic warfare device. It can blanket a specific frequency for a lengthy amount of time or a broad swath of the communications spectrum for a short period of time. The function and effect is somewhat similar to an Atari or 8-bit Nintendo in proximity to an FM radio. It is unclear if the device impacts Addicaine cybernetic capabilities – if it does, it would explain why Greg triggered one after running a ballistic macro.

The device may or may not interfere with Heirotus communications frequencies.

Standard Date

The Galactic Standard Date (GSD) is a wide-spread means of time-keeping. While “Standard Date” is the official term, it’s considered “Galactic Standard” by the Fed and its Colonial Authorities and “Federal Standard” by non-Fed states.

The 360-day Standard Year (SY) is based on no specific orbital period or rotational period. Rather, it is officially based on an average of the orbital periods of several human-inhabited planets, with the 25-hour Standard Day based on a rounded average of broadly sampled human biorhythms. Unofficially, there’s 360 ° to a circle and the math from there is just… easier.

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Sub-level One

Sub-level One connects the surface levels of Bethlehem Medical Centre to the more interesting bits beneath. Points of interest include an information kiosk, vending machines, plenty of storage space, and the Biomagnetics Lab. While the PA system and elevators are in good condition, the locks and corridor gates are in need of replacement. Read More →