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16 April 2011 @ 04:02 am
Seraph Infodump  
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Very little is known about the Seraphim's history as a race - they were highly secluded on their home planet of Seraphea and used powerful psionic barriers to prevent unwanted access to the planet. Eventually however, the Humans arrived. With their similarity to the Seraphim, it is said that the Humans shook the Seraphim out of their isolationist policies and spurred them into taking a more active role in galactic politics. They are a small faction in terms of actual area controlled, but their political influence is one of the highest, despite several protests and accusations of mental influence with psionic powers.

The Seraphim take a major hand in running humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, and though their soldiers have had little field experience compared to the other races, they train ceaselessly and have access to extremely advanced technology and psionic powers that most others can barely begin to comprehend, making them formidable opponents.

Seraphea has a slightly lower gravity than Earth and thus the Seraphim are slightly taller, thinner and lighter than Humans, also resulting in them being more fragile. They are however faster, more agile and smarter than humans. Seraphim abandoned the surface of Seraphea circa 1050AD in terms of Human history, moving into their massive floating cities. The planet's surface is now a massive wildlife paradise/reserve, and setting foot on it is prohibited by the High Council.

There are approximately half a dozen major "skycities", two dozen smaller towns, and several even smaller villages. The largest of all, a metropolis simply known as Seraphea, serves as the capital and is the only city open to visitors and traders. Even then, visitors and traders are only allowed into the smallest trade district, though several enterprising Seraphim have set up stores there, selling high-quality, high-tech goods to wealthy visitors.

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Prythianprythian on April 16th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
What sort of effect has their psionics had on their technology?

In fact, related to that, why do they have a high level of conventional (ie, usable by most races and purely technological) technology given that Seraphim HAVE psionics? Wouldn't they make machines that work due to the psionics?
Arcalane: Arc Seraphimarcalane on April 16th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
They don't make a huge use of psionics in day-to-day life, like you might expect. NOT abusing them is a discipline sort of thing. It's easy to get carried away developing them and then go on a power trip.

They do have some stuff that amplifies or works in conjunction with psionic powers, but nothing that is truly dependent on it. That might change if they went to large-scale war with a non-psionically-adept species, as a method of keeping their tech from being turned against them, but as it is they have no need to take such precautions.
Prythianprythian on April 16th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Hmmm...

I suppose I was thinking if they had access to psionics, there'd be no real reason for them NOT to use them, but if the society places value on not using them often then that answers my questions.

Did something happen in their history that caused them to be wary about using psionics too casually or something?
Arcalane: Arc Seraphimarcalane on April 16th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I have nooooooo idea. I haven't planned a lot of this stuff out. They're pretty small in terms of numbers compared to the other races though, so I guess it's not impossible there was some kind of psionic catastrophe that wiped out a ton of them or something, and led to them being a hell of a lot more careful.
Prythianprythian on April 16th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm a real ground-up type worldbuilder, and I like to try and think out all the consequences and what caused this and what this idea would cause and blah blah blah so I like the little fiddly bits and not-so-little (which is what I'd call this detail XD). So don't mind me that much.

Anyways, that's really all my questions, so yeah.