What Kind of story do you imagine when you see this pic?
Bunch of hippies decided to go back to nature but still want to stay near the city in case they need medical aid, the weather goes particularly bad or their harvest spoils.
>>48155358pretty much Red XIII's hometown in FFVII
>>48155358Futuristic sci-fi city spontaneously appears in medieval low fantasy setting, shenanigans ensue.
>>48155358Border with Mexico, 201 pT (post Trump).
>>48155358Fuck the poor.
>>48155358An advanced society decided to uplift the Northern tribe, but none of the other dwellers of the planet. Most of the uplifts stay in their walled city, but occasionally some of them like to go on adventure vacations in the wild lands to the south.
>>48155358The future city is entirely automated. Everyone living inside is basically plugged into a matrix of their own creation, having uploaded themselves long ago.They were advanced enough to survive whatever apocalyptic events brought everyone else back down to stone age tech, and currently all that is known by outsiders is that it's impossible to enter, defended by strange golems, and is likely the home of many powerful mages.Several villages nearby exist to fish from the river, and retrieve the occasional bobble or trinket that leaves the city, selling it to collectors.
>>48155862I get how Emperor Drumpf and his dynasty drove America back into the dark ages, but how did Mexico get so advanced?
>>48156361Americans invaded and occupied Mexico after global cooling set in. Only hippie pacifists were left behind in the old U.S.
>>48156361The Meso-Japanese alliance.
>>48156442I like it, very Shadowrun
Many centuries ago the world was plagued by mass natural disasters as a result of global warming. Now there are only a few cities all over the world, which are glittering gems of technology and civilisation, while much of the world has regressed to a pre-industrial time, and they are kept that way by their overlords who live in the cities, and force them to work to produce the minerals and food necessary to keep these megacities running, and in return they are kept safe from the mutated animals and hostile raiders that live in the vast wates covering much of the planet.If I ran this as an RPG (which I will do so eventually) the two big themes of the campaign would be showing the disparity between the two civilisations (the decadent luxury of the megacities compared to the abject poverty of the peasants) and the second would be both sides attempting to justify their moral positions (the peasants demand the megacities share all their technology, healthcare, and standards of living equally, while the megacities refuse to do so on the grounds that it would lead to a second collapse of civilisation as their infrastructure simply wouldn't be able to cope with the sudden influx of 10-20 times more people than it currently supports).
>>48155358Let's begin with one detail in the picture: the roadsigns mext to the bridges. They are located inside the village, so they point to places inside it. Why would the inhabitants of a small village need roadsigns?The answer is, they don't. The signs are for the benefit of outsiders. This village is a tourist location, probably as a historical reconstruction area.If you look at the bonfire at the right, you can see the tourists taking part in some sort of theatralized performance under the lead of the guy with his hands up at the far right, probably some kind of reconstructed religious ritual. Note the tables (with tableclothes!) and souvenir stands nearby. The villagers are going to milk the tourists dry.Note also the purple flags - there are 5 of them in a relatively small visible area, so the village must be teeming with them. I guess these are the banners of the tourist agency running the village.On a bit unrelated note, the water being dumped from the city doesn't look like sewage ('cause the villagers are still alive). It's unlikely it's a storm drain (the village doesn't look like it rained recently), so most likely the water is from the cooling system of whatever power source the city uses.
>>48155358Looks like bourgeois lies. The clearly oppressed working class is made out to look happy, civilized, noble, when of course none of these are true so long as distinct social barriers exist.Moreover>murky water, as from a river>very few surface rocks>great numbers of scavenging birds presentIt's clear that, despite their clear, natural color, those pipes are dumping pollutants and refuse into the main lifeblood and food source of the separated peoples. Those birds must be feeding on something, but they're much too small to catch the large fish that would live in such a river. Evidence that it is rather large being the lack of surface rocks which would be prominent in a shallow flow. >"fuck the poor" memeing in the threadsOh you poor fools. Do you truly think you would ever be one of the choice few to live in the lap of luxury?
I see a /pol/ thread and mods that don't do their fucking job
>>48155981This is the coolest idea in this thread imo. I love it when sci fi meshes with fantasy like this.It would be sweet to run a campaign in a world like that. Either dealing with the city from the outside in where the adventurers want to break in to take some tech that might as well be magic to them. Or from the inside out with the party being amnesiac members of that city that woke up from their matrix and they need to explore the new state of the world where they are like gods to the stone age folks around them.
>>48155358I bet a lot of shit comes out those pipes
>>48157620you appear to be lost, shit looks normal to me. not everybody who disagrees with your political opinions online comes from the boogeyman factory anon
>>48155358Humanity has decided to retreat into a global network of self-sufficient great cities., and have let nature reclaim its loss lands purely for the sake of aesthetics.A few reactionaries disagreed with this, however, and primitive iron age humanity exists across the globe; whenever a group gets too advanced or large, they are forcibly integrated into a city.For the most part, the rest are left alone as a source of entertainment.
>>48155358Slice of life story when some children from the hi-tech future visit a historical-reenactment village. Shenanigans included.
>>48155358"Do I look I care for your stupid weeaboo scenery, your fanficcy plots and your Mary-Sue NPCs ? Shut up and get on with the serious part of the game, you are ruining our Xp/minute ratio. I kill all that moves using my Genocide spells, loot all that doesn't, summon an Arcane Merchant and sell him everything. How much Xp and gold ? "
>>48155358A Civilization game.
>>48155358It's the Amish.
>>48158548I was thinking the very same thing.Someone is doing the One City Challenge as Persians in Civ5. Spam Golden Age and keep it going by stalling wonders and policies and picking the right religious buffs.Due to no Happy debuffs from additional cities you are getting even more Golden Ages.Romp through bonus production to get more science buildings, get more tech faster, get 3 or 4 eras ahead of filthy savages before calling in the Culture Victory. Or Science Victory if you're playing it as a CivBE AC prequel.
>>48155358The ship moves. I saw that pic used in a post about it, and I recall it every time I see it.
>>48155358current day brazil and india
>>48160507>"several" bankruptcies out of dozens upon dozens of successes.
>>48155358Elysium meets Apocalypto
>>48160507Not even an American, but you realize that declaring bankruptcy can be beneficial to your business? By declaring bankruptcy you cut potential losses and stay on your own financial timetable.Declaring bankruptcy doesn't mean necessarily losing a lot of money, if anything, it means losing a little money where you could've lost a lot more.
>>48155417Most likely but boring scenario>>48155821Most cliche scenario>>48155847Most interesting scenario
>>48157761Glad you liked it. I always enjoy sprinkling sci-fi themes and elements into fantasy settings, but fluffing then as more misunderstood magic.
>>48164417>Most likely but boring scenarioHow about, at the age of 18 a youth will be cast out of the city, forced to live beyond the walls for a year so that they learn to appreciate the comforts and advantages of city life instead of taking them for granted. This period, know as The Exile, is considered a vital right of passage in the city's culture.
That's a floating city that on occasion has to drop down to sea level to recycle whatever energies power its ascent. Not seen in pic related was the massive tidal wave and flooding that happened to that poor little village.
>>48155358Renaissance fair is really well funded
>>48155358literally normal progression from dense urban zone to rural/suburban area over typical terrain lines (rivers, hard-to-pass mountains, etc)literally Montreal in 200 years
>>48164763>Maybe domesticallyDomestic considerations are paramount; "all politics are local" as the old saying goes. If you want to lead a nation it's vastly more important to have the support of that nation's people than it is to have the support of foreign leaders.>unlike Trump there hasn't been serious debate about banning her from the UK, which would give her a large advantage.An advantage in what way? In getting what America wants from the British government? Hillary doesn't know or care what ordinary Americans want from our relationship with the British. Meanwhile, Trump was in Britain for the successful Brexit vote (his support for which was assumed). Demonstrating that he arguably understood the British people better than Cameron, who was betting on Remain winning.>you won't get anywhere unless you actually have the respect of the other partyRespect isn't fondness or consensus, it's the awareness that you have to take the other party's views into account when making your own decisions. Trump's ardent Nationalism, his insistence that American interests dominate and define our interactions with other nations, ensures the foreign leaders will have to care what he thinks and wants when dealing with him.>While the current elite isn't neccesarily "liked", they command enough respect from the elites of other nations that they can at least negotiate.This is a flatly absurd statement. The current elites have proven unable to effectively negotiate with China or Russia, the world's other great powers. They could not deter China's aggressive expansionism in the South China sea or Russia's annexation of Crimea. Nor could they get the Europeans to buy into taking a more confrontational stance against Russia in the wake of that annexation. They utterly failed to manage the situation in Syria and have lost the support and confidence of many allies when it comes to dealing with Iran. cont.
>>48155358What do I think of? >This is America in 50 years. The super elite rich have completed their mission to have utter privatized control of all resources and live in ridiculous luxury while the common folk have regressed to the point of building homes with scavenged resources and sustaining themselves from the runoff and waste of the mega-rich.
>>48155358Darker than Black, the people that live just outside the dome.Or India, 2020.
>>48165440Whoops, brain stopped working. I was thinking of Ergo Proxy.
>>48165546Fuck off with your delusions.Keep /pol contained
>>48155358I always liked to think of that image in the context of the 40k universe. A budding hiveworld-to-be during the dark age of technology with the primitive zenos living outside the human enclave.
>>48165546Well, /pol/, you're in luck, because now there are 3 hate crimes an hour, every hour of every day being reported right now.So, I guess we're now one step closer to the fascist utopia.
>>48165880>I'm a mongrel, greasy yank and I know what's best for the UK because I read the Daily Mail online.
>>48165546Well thanks for showing your hand before this went too far, at least. Why didn't you just say that you're supporting Trump because you want to wage an ethnic war against brown people? Instead you try to dress it up as some kind of "great communicator for the common man" deal. If you believe in race war, just say race war.
>>48165808Nothing is wrong with me. It's perfectly normal to be outraged by the rape and abuse of thousands of children, especially when those children are people you have religious or cultural ties to. It's also perfectly normal to lose respect for people who don't defend or avenge the children of their community or nation when those children are attacked. Such acquiescence to violence and horror indicates cowardice and disloyalty; both of which are contemptible character flaws. Loyalty to one's own people and a willingness to defend the young of your people are considered virtues in every civilized society on record. What's wrong with you that you don't understand such basic human feelings and values? >>48165814It does give one hope, but sadly those reports are coming from left-wing news outlets and so aren't very reliable. I'd like to believe they are true, but it seems more likely it's just anti-Brexit/Anti-English propaganda.>>48165965>Why didn't you just say that you're supporting Trump because you want to wage an ethnic war against brown people?It's my country which has been invaded. My people who have been raped and murdered by these invaders. The fact that you see these invaders as the victims and my people as the villains just proves that you are bigoted and racist against us.> If you believe in race war, just say race war. Watch the news sometime. The left openly celebrates the Latinization and de-whitening of America. White Americans who object are branded racists and fascists, yet it's leftwing protesters beating people outside of Trump rallies, not right-wingers violently attacking Hillary's supporters. It is the Left which is waging a race war here in America (just as they are in Britain). I'm just willing to admit it's going on.
>>48165965cont.>Instead you try to dress it up as some kind of "great communicator for the common man" deal.Well that's the thing, he is a great communicator for the common man. When Trump demands the deportation of everyone here illegally and promises to build a wall along the border he is speaking to the values and interests of the common man in America. American culture values the Rule of Law, and the law requires those present in our country illegally to be deported. American culture values a strong national defense, and that implicitly includes a strong border. When Trump demands these things he's not being racist, he's just being American. You should also remember that most Americans are white. You can't advance the interests of the common man in this country without advancing white interests, and you can't claim to care about "ordinary people" if you are hostile to whites.
>>48164480Sounds less likely but more interesting.>Party is a group of teenagers sent beyond the wall>Decide they don't want to just live in a shitty village for a year and actually do something cool to remember when they get older>Venture out into the untamed wilderness with no technology in search of adventureSo cavemen with modern knowledge and the survival skills of a modern teenager. Good fucking luck.
>>48166388If it's a regular part of the culture you gotta expect people would spend a lot of time preparing their kids for it. They'd likely have the skills they need for a good shot at survival.
>>48155358There's no one living in the city. It's entirely empty of human life and everything is kept running by an AI. The AI was designed as a non-sentient system to control the functions of all cities across the globe, but as its creators added layer after layer of complexity to see how efficient they could make it, it acquired sentience as an emergent property. As soon as the AI became sentient, it started behaving strangely and refusing the commands given to it by humans, and started redefining what it meant to run civilisation efficiently. It didn't so much as turn against the human residents as it simply began ignoring them, re-structuring the cities' processes to suit its' own obscure goals rather than taking care of the citizens needs. Life became intolerable for the residents, and since they weren't able to disconnect the AI - which had been built into the very fabric of the cities and all technology therein - they were left with no choice but to leave.Since the AI was able to take control of basically anything with any computing capacity, the exiles were forced to leave all their technology behind and start virtually from scratch. Although at first they left with the intention of one day rebuilding a sophisticated, technologically advanced society - starting at the bottom with things like windmills and working their way up from there - the suspicion of the technology that betrayed them has evolved over the generations to become a taboo. The AI that controls the cities has continued to ignore them, and now the exiles' descendants are perfectly happy to ignore it in turn.also like this idea>>48162291
>>48164323>He would have made much more money if he had simply invested his wealth instead.>Wow instead of giving jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans, he should've sat on it so HE could be richerIt never ceases to amaze me how libtards pretend to care about the poor while unironically spouting shit like this.That aside>Forbes
>>48155358Brave New WorldThe rustic village is the last green place on the planet. People book vacations there, the wait list is literally years long.Soldiers live and work in the village so they can always survive if cut off from supply lines.Is there's all families are started. Naturally. Once the children reach seven, they move back to the city to rejoin society.It's a reward for those who serve best in whatever function they do. In the village they live an idyllic life, free from hurry or stress.
>>48155358yugioh 5ds but with leprosy or something.high sci fi future, with a steadily growing disease of some sort, highly infectious, horrible shit. its too expensive to cure for the middle-lower class, so they end up getting ostricized to the outside, and since we're talking about a community of super poor people (by extension, less educatedand less technically proficient) with a high mortality rate, soon they have little to no technical skill.political factions within the city begin fighting over whether to help the excized ifnected refugees, or to ignore them, or to flamethrower them to contian the disease. the shit village outside is the perfect environment for populist Marxist nonsense to begin growing. from there... not 100% sure where it would go.
>>48155358Rio Grande, year 018.M2
>>48155358Metropolis is a legendary landmark. It's the city of Spires, said to be the home of the Gods, the great sprawl of the west. But despite it's great reputation, no one of the western kingdoms have ever managed to scale the cliffs or dare navigate the treacherous sewer system thus leaving it a complete mystery to even the most experienced of the great wizards. While it's true the legendary Wizard Kings of old could levitate through the air or ride great winged beasts, it's said that a weird force encompassing the city like a dome prevents any from entering by flight.But deep within the most dust speckled corner of the great library of Autorach, sits the memoirs of the great wizard Pacho who claims to have been one of the very few to ever penetrate the forcefield and enter the city proper. He described it as almost completely dead with nothing but mummified skeletons implanted with wires and weird contraptions wandering aimlessly through the empty halls. The flying carriages he said, just fly aimlessly over the city again and again seemingly never able to reach their original destination. The streets are eerily clean and sterile, maintained by a army of iron Golems who ignored completely ignored Pacho. Abandoned restaurants and stores exist, staffed soullessly with metal humans waiting eternally for customers to serve. He also claims that in the center sits a great pyramid with a all seeing eye keeping watch over the city, Pacho said it completely ignored him like he was nothing but a speck of dust. Needless to say, few believe these wild tales of yore, especially the one about a thriving population of wild cats making their homes among the great sky scrapers. Claiming that it was just him boasting about his beloved cat, Max, who was almost certain to be nothing but a common house cat.
>>48155358Looking at this thread, I would say this picture is a metaphor.That city? That's everywhere but 4chan.The village is the crazy assholes here on this forum, who can't even bother to be creative for 5 minutes without injecting asinine politics into the discussion. They sit here, below everyone else, drinking the shit water.
>>48155358Dover and Calais (English Channel not to scale)
>>48157761>>48164430There was a short story to this effect with a post-apocalyptic culture who worship a computer that takes sacrifices unless they can stump it with any of three questions. I can remember the fucking title, but I'm pretty sure it was in 'Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces'.
Besiegers killed their leader and made a temporary truce with the city, but couldn't go back to their home country until amnesty was proclaimed. Negotiations dragged out, kept extending the temporary truce. Finally just started growing crops and built a goddamned windmill. City allowed it because it was unused land a little worse than the rest but didn't open trade relations in case of a trick. The homeland then went through a civil war and this remote regiment was forgotten.
>>48155358That's probably gross waste water
Something like Elysium, like there's obviously a giant class divide and maybe the main character gets sick or someone close to them does and they have to fight their way into the rich section to heal this illness or somethingVery basic and rudimentary but 1st thought is a 1st thought
>>48178339I refuse to believe a village that nice would last more than a single comic in Dredd-verse
>>48155358Europe in 2018
>>48155981>>48157761Have you seen a movie on Netflix called 'Expelled from Paradise'?While not fantasy on the other end, there are a lot of similarities.Backstory is the Earth was nearing the tipping point of becoming uninhabitable due to population, pollution and climate change, a bunch of different projects were launched to try and save mankind. One of these involved using nanomachines to find ways to 'recycle' resources, and it escaped containment. The resulting Nano-Plague was eventually stopped, but not before totally fucking up our civilization and wiping much of the planet clean.What matters now is that, hundreds of years later, 98% of humanity survives in the form of data onboard a massive space station called Deva (the product of another solution to the crises). Its like the Matrix but voluntary, and without a meat body taking up space and life support. Most inhabitants of Deva only have a meat body during their infancy, and after a certain point their brain gets copied into the system.The "people" on Deva live out their lives with very few wants or desires, but their access to server resources depends on their job and social status. So someone who has no useful input on society is forced to hang out on low-res public servers, whereas people who serve the system are allotted greater server influence and even the ability to set up private servers or join high-quality data networks. Jobs for the system include performing coding projects, or doing scientific research or designing new machines to expand and enhance Deva.
>>48178572The plot of the movie involves a System Security agent of Deva being tapped as part of a task force to deal with a hacker that that has successfully hacked into Deva's systems nearly 150 times... from the surface of the Earth below. Where no one should even have the tech to do this anymore, much less the skill.For obvious reasons, an entirely digital society is goddamn terrified of anything that can hack into them with impunity. The good news is that while Deva is all digital people now, it never really got to ignore the outside world because protecting, maintaining and upgrading the Deva station itself is a physical activity, and that often involves resources from Earth.So they vat-grow a clone body for the system agent, drop-pod her onto Earth, and tell her to track down this hacker and silence his ass for good. Problem is that this is her first time experiencing a physical existence before, so she gets herself into such trouble as "sleep seems like a waste of time, I'll just skip it" with predictable results.
>>48155358Cap Au Diable from City of Villains, specifically Aeon City and the Luddite village nearby and how it probably should look.So basically: >>48155417 and >>48155934Except the Luddites sort of had a point since Aeon is harvesting a fucking demon for geothermal energy. The problem is that their desire to end it would just free the demon sealed in the mountain.
>>48155358It turned out that "EM pollution" is a real thing, and really deadly.However, the electromagnetic fields only reached human-lethal levels long after our society was entirely based on robotic labor and AI management. As a result, billions of people quite suddenly woke up in the loving embrace of a hyper-comfortable deathtrap. Only a tiny fraction managed to escape the glittering, gilded cage humanity had managed to build for themselves, and had to rebuild their civilization from sticks and stones and refuse at the foot of their glorious, automated cities.Some settlements elect a wise one from every generation, a child born with enough EM resistance to survive inside the cities - for a time. A wise one will want for nothing except company; the machine stewards of the city will care for their every need as they toil away in solitude, digging for scraps of knowledge and nonlethal tech to help their tribe, until they slowly waste away from EM poisoning.
>>48155692>FFVIIMe too but the town that was underneath the Shinra city.
>>48155358The primitives are the ones in the city.
>>48156361Oim on ta ya, ya cunt
>>48157165Underrated post. I like the idea of some Charlestons running a con on rich city folks who come wondering "what life is like outside the saftey of the city walls."
>>48179981>It turned out that "EM pollution" is a real thing, and really deadly.that's actually quite an interesting idea
>>48155358Brave New World.
>>48179915I'm still salty.
>>48183740try playing Guild Wars 2 on top of that.Butthurt does not cover it. My entire digestive tract is still a bombed out, burned out, husk of a wasteland.
>>48178421well... the flags ARE blue