|"Steven A. Tinner" <bluewizard@*****.COM>
|Tinner's Paranoid Horror Theories - Part 13B
|Thu, 1 May 1997 13:26:41 -0400
So stop ... no really dude, stop there's ...
In them thar' hills!
OK, here's my latest Horror Conspiracy I've been dreaming up.
Anyone who has the ED Horrors book, have you read the entry for the
He's the beast that makes shiny metal traps for dungeon crawlers.
Here's my take on that for the world of SR 2058.
Artificer HAS managed to surive into today's modern world.
He tried at first to simply continue with his underground traps by placing
them in the sewers, but there just wasn't enough activity below the earth
any more to gain the pain energy he needs to survive.
So he's a modern kinda guy, he starts looking for another area of the world
where bold parties of adventurers are still going - preferably one with a
little technology he can subvert, and use to wreak havoc and harvest pain,
oh, and if he could horror mark a few survivors to lure others back, well,
that would be just swell!
This Internet thing looks promising ...
So he looks around in the early 20XX's and he finds a worldwide labyrinth
of technological mazes, just teeming with traffic, unfortunately, there
aren't really any people in this "Internet" yet, so he infiltrates the
Govt. and helps with the development of Echo Mirage, and the first
cyberdecks, which allow people to actually move their sensorium into the
matrix, allowing them to FEEL PAIN online!
At last, something he can feed on!
The tale gets better, he manages to get this whole group (Echo Mirage)
working on his agenda, they bring in more deckers and the team grows - then
they find out exactly what Artificer's plan is and they turn on him.
That virus thing that EM was supposedly attacking to stop the Crash?
That was EM attempting to destroy Artificer.
Why else would so many members of EM have gone insane and died in the
Of course their death energy gave Artificer a boost of Karma, but he was
still in trouble, so he allowed the EM deckers to think they had defeated
He then moved his essence into a suitable host body, where he could hide.
Who is that host body?
Someone with enough decking skills to pull off perhaps the most intricate
stock/computer maneuver in SR history.
Someone who since the possession has gone on to create a huge multinational
corp that seems to specialize in creating new wonderful technilogical items
. many of which create an immense amount of pain, like weapons, etc.
Hmmm ... Does Damien Knight sound like a possibility? :-)
So now what is Artificer busy doing?
Well, he needs another group of Acolytes, in case anyone should discover
his plan again, and move to destroy Knight.
So he's founded this almost cult following of children who seem to worship
the Matrix itself.
He has given the powers unlike anything else in the Matrix.
Who? The Otaku!
All this scheming is simply his way of strengthening his hold on the world,
gaining the pain he exists on, and slowly accumulating enough power to
fully manifest in this world, and ravage it before any of the other horrors
So, what do you think?
Sure it's wacky, but so am I! :-)
Steven A. Tinner
"Fire and T_ts! Fire and T_ts! All my favorite things!" - Tinner and Bull