Dark Republic Mod

By on November 20, 2009 12:07:59 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

MagicwillNZ

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I posted a little while ago about a space colony mod, and someone expressed a vague interest. That was enough for me to churn out some concept art and write a little bit of background and key features. Since other people seem to start planning out their own mods, I'll also start.

DARK REPUBLIC

A Colonize 'n Conquer mod for Elemental: War of Magic

SYNOPSIS

One political party has dominated the Republic for thousands of years: Unity. Under it the various squabbling political parties have ceased infighting to pose a unified front to the vastly more powerful alien empires, confederacies and democracies that populate the Milky Way. On the surface, humanity is strong and independent.

But far from Earth and humanity's core holdings, it is clear that these old political and social rivalries have reached a bitter boiling point. Outside of the Republic lies the Green Belt, a region of rich and fertile planets as yet untouched. But these planets that were meant to be shared for all of humanity are being fought over. Once green paradises are burnt to ash merely to deprive someone else of it. This, all for an edge in what is felt to be an inevitable civil war to come. Meanwhile those on Earth are ignorant of these secret wars, but Unity is beginning to catch on...

You are an agent for one of these desperate factions, here to expel all other interests and put into place your own. If you cannot secure the planet, you are to destroy it, however you can. May your actions give you victory, commander.

 

TENTATIVE LIST OF FEATURES

-- Powerful terraforming technologies allows you tailor the planet to your colony's needs, while depriving it from your enemy. Turn lifeless planets into verdant paradises.

-- Depending on your proximity to Earth, the gameplay will change. Closer to Earth political intrigue and diplomatic leverage will be much more important, while further away there is less oversight allowing you to do much more aggressive actions with fewer repercussions.

-- Not only military, social, diplomatic, and research victories, but also an armageddon victory where you deprive your enemies of the planet by making the surface unlivable.

-- Saves your destroyed planets so you can try to claim its blasted, ruined surface later, along with your old ruined cities.

SOME CONCEPT ART

OK, a little note. I'm not a professional artist, and I did these freehand in GIMP along with the Smudge tool, so it's pretty crude. I just want you to know that before I start sharing with you my ugly-ass art. It's concept art, so it's allowed to be.

 

 

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November 20, 2009 4:07:28 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Huray!  

woah, whats goin' on with that dude's eyes?

I like the guys in the tank/bunker.   

 

I seriously approve.   I love the idea of terraforming technologies as a central focus in this futuristic dystopian society.  Seriously, thumbs up!  

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November 20, 2009 5:42:45 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

is that a horseman dead on the floor?

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November 20, 2009 12:11:45 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting KellenDunk,
is that a horseman dead on the floor?

It does look suspiciously like a horse head. But it's actually a gasmask.

Quoting landisaurus,
Huray!  

woah, whats goin' on with that dude's eyes?

I like the guys in the tank/bunker.   

 

I seriously approve.   I love the idea of terraforming technologies as a central focus in this futuristic dystopian society.  Seriously, thumbs up!  

Thank you for your interest! I'm going to be plugging away at this as much as I can, with what I can accomplish right now, which isn't all that much. As far as I'm concerned, some of the hardest things, such as terrain deformation and alteration, are already core parts of Elemental: War of Magic and should be taken advantage of.

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November 20, 2009 4:10:54 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

That does sound pretty cool. Cudos on the artwork, that's not bad at all my friend. It will be a lot of work to do a total conversion on that level. Good luck brother.

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November 21, 2009 1:43:35 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Wow! Great concept, sounds like the features (terraforming, diplomacy) would fit great into what Elemental is going to have. In many ways it sounds like a more epic version of Alpha Centauri.

 

Couple questions:

1. Is magic out? If so, were you thinking of any particular mechanic to replace it (ie, the magic system might be tweaked into something else instead of creating something out of whole cloth)?

2. Aliens, only as 'monsters' or would some races be playable factions? To me having the game use human factions sounds like the best plan, the better to focus on making the whole system fun.

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November 21, 2009 1:10:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Raven X,
That does sound pretty cool. Cudos on the artwork, that's not bad at all my friend. It will be a lot of work to do a total conversion on that level. Good luck brother.

Thanks Raven! Yeah, it's going to be hard, but for me this is a long-term project. I've been thinking about it for a while, and I've been working on improving my skills at making art assets.

Quoting Yestin,
Wow! Great concept, sounds like the features (terraforming, diplomacy) would fit great into what Elemental is going to have. In many ways it sounds like a more epic version of Alpha Centauri.

 

Couple questions:

1. Is magic out? If so, were you thinking of any particular mechanic to replace it (ie, the magic system might be tweaked into something else instead of creating something out of whole cloth)?

2. Aliens, only as 'monsters' or would some races be playable factions? To me having the game use human factions sounds like the best plan, the better to focus on making the whole system fun.

1. No magic, but I'm going to use as much as the base game as possible before hard programming is needed. Less programming = awesome for me. I'm instead going to adapt it to represent different things, i.e. instead of mana you gather influence points which you can spend to cause an economic boycott or to sue another faction. You shouldn't be getting those from shards, either. There might be psychics but I'm not quite sure how to implement that. Nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons will essentially be destructive spells in Elemental. So that sort of stuff looks like it won't dramatically change the mechanics.

2. There are no alien factions, but I'll consider them once this reaches a state of completion. At first they'll be a presence in terms of random events, for example one of the more subtle alien empires drops a load of propaganda pamphlets on one of your cities. But there probably needs to be some form of native life for alien planets. And I want the players to be able to hire alien mercenaries. Aliens are important in the overall story arc of the setting and so I want them in.

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November 22, 2009 2:01:34 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I wanted to post some more background info, but I thought it would be cruel to make you read more without having some pretty [edit:ugly] pictures to post along with it. I'm really big into flavor.

[FLAVOR]

The Incursion -- as photographed on the eve of the Ertarn Invasion of Verdania. From the Republican Free Archives.

Unity

Of strength through solidarity.

The Unity Party will never be a playable faction in Dark Republic as they never colonize planets. Their presence, however, cannot be ignored. If provoked, Unity sends its many legions of Peacekeepers to enforce their law. Nothing riles Unity like not being taken seriously.

Unity is an umbrella party which encompasses any political party that believes in the continued strength of the Republic and the independence and unity of Humanity. It was forged in a trying time of alien invasions whose territorial ambitions in Republican territory caused mankind to rethink their priorities. The Incursions as they are now called reverberate in the psyche of every human being, inflicting in them a distrust not only of aliens outside the Republic but also native alien races under human subjugation.

In its time, Unity's hardline militant and isolationist policy was considered the last hope for the freedom of mankind. But it has been over 500 years since the last Incursion, and only the oldest humans can still remember the invasions. Things have been quiet, and so Unity has toned down the anti-alien rhetoric and has focused more on continued human expansion into virgin regions of space. But trouble for Unity is coming from within: Republican aliens still haven't forgiven the Republic for their mistreatment, and neither have the humans.

It is clear that Unity has only treated the symptoms of human discontent, not the cause. For instance, violence between Verdanians and Canthians has only been suppressed, so now both planets hate Unity as much as they hate each other. Now it looks like they'll get the war they'd always been hoping for. Worse, the desperate and frustrated seperatist movements dotted around the Republic have gone to increasingly extreme measures to get their point across.

Unity definitely has its job cut out for them. Luckily for Unity, it has a broad base of support, virtually unlimited resources and vast legions of spacecraft and ground forces who have pledged loyalty to Humanity. If it lets petty upstarts get the better of the Republic, what could be said about alien imperialists?

FACTION QUALITIES

-- Should any faction manage to piss off Unity, Unity is the only faction capable of calling a Surface Leveling Orbital Bombardment. Such a bombardment has been known to cause nuclear winters. If this is somehow too much it can simply  invade with vast ground forces. The crime would have to be of extreme egregiousness and close proximity to Earth to provoke this sort of dramatic action.

-- Unity's agents will occasionally drop onto the planet and check things out. The closer the planet to Earth, the more frequently these agents appear.

-- Unity controls the vast and chaotic spy/secret police network known as Spider. Managing to get into Spider allows you to get all sorts of illicit secrets... but also exposes your own and increases your visibility to Unity.

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November 23, 2009 5:55:33 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Your mod looks really neat. Looks ambitious but doable with a lot of work. Good luck!

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November 30, 2009 7:11:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

[FACTION PROFILE]

Mountaineers surveying the outlying areas of a newly created Foundation colony. From the Republican Free Archives.

The Foundation

Of Humanity... creative, diverse, and entrepreneurial.

It's an interesting piece of trivia that the most established, respected, and politically powerful institutions in the Republic is based above a bakery in Oslo. While the foundation boasts thousands of skyscrapers on hundreds of Republican worlds, its head office on Earth boasts only ten frighteningly powerful employees with a handful of local interns. Some say this is an illustration of how much the Foundation has done for those outside of Earth.

The Foundation is the largest non-profit organization in the Republic, and its sole goal is to give grants to worthy colonists. These colonists swear loyalty to the Republic and to Humanity and establish new lives on new worlds. Inspired by the puritans who colonized America, they often give grants to religious or cultural groups who wish to create a new state based on their own religious principles, from traditional Earth based Buddhists, Christians and Muslims to the weird and cultic. The Foundation has even given grants to a group of colonists intent on recreating feudal Japan. The only requirement for the Foundation is loyalty to the Republic.

In the first few centuries of human expansion, the Foundation was responsible for much of the exponential growth of humanity. Before the Foundation colonial efforts were exclusively corporate affairs. The Foundation opened the avenues of space travel to the common man, fueled by donations from the Republican government and from trillions of dollars of donations from every segment of society.

The Foundation, however, is not caught up with current events, and is barely aware of the secret wars occuring on the frontier. Stories of colonies being wiped out in nuclear and chemical attacks are too frequent to be ignored, and the Foundation has suddenly needed to provide military advice and weapons to its beleaguered colonies. The Foundation has always had a small military wing for fighting aliens and pirates, but it has never needed to give military support on any kind of real scale.

It had been the Foundation's firm belief that these attacks are alien raids on weak colonies, but recent reports connect the attacks not to the Ertarn but to colonial factions sharing the planet with them. The Foundation does not know what to make of these reports and assume they are just from well-equipped pirates, but just in case, they've sent their best agents to investigate...

FACTION QUALITIES

--Each Foundation colony can choose a different "Principle": Religious, Cultural, or Political. Depending on your choice, they have access to different units and economic buildings as well as some different technologies. The Foundation supports a myriad of different interests, and so every Foundation colony is a little different.

--The Foundation has the most standard military (i.e. the weakest) but can train special elite units depending on its Principle.

--The Foundation is the most politically favored by the Republic and can most easily summon Unity to intervene on its behalf.

{NOTE: The Foundation will be sort of the "default" faction like the humans in Gal Civ II, something which other players can easily customize their own faction out of. Therefore it'll be the first one that will be finalized to any sort of real extent.}

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December 1, 2009 1:03:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

[ORGANIZATION]

I've got plenty of time to learn but a ways to go... it's a start...

THE PLAN

Because I've got quite a bit to do and I've got too much free time, I've begun work on this mod early. I'm also posting a plan for everyone to see so I can stick by it.

This plan is working under a number of assumptions:

#1: No one is going to help me with this mod. This isn't that I would refuse help. I'm just going under the assumption that no one will offer it. But if someone did want to throw some stuff my way, I'd be extremely thankful.

#2: I'm smart enough to learn. As you can see, I'm taking my free time to learn how to model. I've got some ways to go. But while I'm learning, my output will be relatively slow.

THE STAGES

This is LONG TERM planning here. I wouldn't expect anyting resembling what I want to do for quite a while, at least if I'm working on this by myself.

Prep Stage

The stage I'm doing right now. Essentially preparing myself for hard modding.
--Learn to model. Texture those models for use as placeholders

--Increase proficiency with GIMP

--Work on flavor. Pick an artistic style.

--Build some interest. Make a forum or website or something.

Stage #1: Using Base Game Assets

This stage involves using as much of the base game as possible to produce the closest I can get to my objectives. This might mean I use catapaults as tanks and eagles as planes. You might be able to cast the "nuclear bomb" spell. Essentially, to get something playable out of the door so I can start making gameplay decisions. Take this time to become more familiar with the game's python language.

Stage #2: Replacing Art Assets

Begin replacing art assets with my own. At first, there'll be only a single kind of tank and a single kind of plane, maybe with different skins, but as I get faster and better I'll be able to produce better things.

Stage #3: Tweaks of game mechanics

Beginning the laborious task of changing the game mechanics, include repurposing the magic system to represent non-magical things, removing the sovereign as a central game mechanic. Tweaks and nothing terribly dramatic.

Stage #4: Gut and Overhaul

At this stage it's time to do dramatic changes. Restructure the tactical and strategic combat system to better simulate modern-style warfare. I've been considering removing tactical battles in favor of larger scale strategic warfare, similar to the system used in Advanced Wars but... you know... deeper. This will be as hard as hell, but I think it'll be worth it. Overhauling AI is the truly scary thing for me.

Stage #5: Finalization

Tie up loose ends. I'd like to have a single player story campaign if possible.

And Beyond...

If I'm not dead by the time I get to this point, I'll consider implementing alien factions.

 

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December 1, 2009 3:23:35 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

#2: I'm smart enough to learn. As you can see, I'm taking my free time to learn how to model. I've got some ways to go. But while I'm learning, my output will be relatively slow.
You've come farther than I have....... how did you manage to get more than a few distorted basic shapes, anyway?

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December 1, 2009 7:24:03 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have to say that your thread is 'inspirational' and makes me start my own thread with my mod. I envy you that you can draw such paintings/sketches - I could never make anything more than transformed bitmap (masks, filters, etc.). Probably I will try modify the game mechanics and maybe AI, but I will post a thread, only when I am sure I want to implement some feature.

It's good that you assume you will have to work alone - this is the life of almost all modders. Occasionally, you will get a new pair of hands, or a few pieces of art/code from another project, but in the end you are alone. Granted, you may gather a group of people around you, but it will take some time. Come to think of it, when you start now, maybe before the release date you will found a few team members?

One last thing I would like to add is that you always should find some other things to do, when you are working on a project. Don't burn yourself out! Alcohol, parties, sex, game replays, good football (i.e. soccer) match in TV, an hou... a few hours of Dragon Age, playing around with SDL, going for LAN parties, watching movies on YT/RT (whichever you like), mind-crushing rock concert, growing a bonsai, watching some animes... man, there are so many things to do .

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December 1, 2009 8:25:48 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

One last thing I would like to add is that you always should find some other things to do, when you are working on a project. Don't burn yourself out! Alcohol, parties, sex, game replays, good football (i.e. soccer) match in TV, an hou... a few hours of Dragon Age, playing around with SDL, going for LAN parties, watching movies on YT/RT (whichever you like), mind-crushing rock concert, growing a bonsai, watching some animes... man, there are so many things to do .
In my modding experiance, I've also learned that working in short bursts of a few hours to a week at a time with long breaks in between is much more productive than trying to slog away through a slower-paced continual project.

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December 1, 2009 9:50:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have to say that your thread is 'inspirational' and makes me start my own thread with my mod. I envy you that you can draw such paintings/sketches - I could never make anything more than transformed bitmap (masks, filters, etc.). Probably I will try modify the game mechanics and maybe AI, but I will post a thread, only when I am sure I want to implement some feature.

It's good that you assume you will have to work alone - this is the life of almost all modders. Occasionally, you will get a new pair of hands, or a few pieces of art/code from another project, but in the end you are alone. Granted, you may gather a group of people around you, but it will take some time. Come to think of it, when you start now, maybe before the release date you will found a few team members?

Wow, I'm genuinely touched. I didn't mean to inspire anyone... although I guess that's a happy accident.

The sketches are as much to show myself that I'm serious as to other people. Doing things hands on sort of lends a little more credence to what I'm doing, makes me think I'm not just some crazy person writing bad ideas down and expecting everyone else to do the hard work.

The big thing is I'm going to be learning everything while I work. That means that the first stuff I produce will be crap and broken, but as I refine and ask people for advice I'll get better.

BTW, in doing sketches in an art program, CTRL - Z is your best friend.


One last thing I would like to add is that you always should find some other things to do, when you are working on a project. Don't burn yourself out! Alcohol, parties, sex, game replays, good football (i.e. soccer) match in TV, an hou... a few hours of Dragon Age, playing around with SDL, going for LAN parties, watching movies on YT/RT (whichever you like), mind-crushing rock concert, growing a bonsai, watching some animes... man, there are so many things to do .

This is advice I can appreciate. Overworking myself doesn't seem to be an issue right now, especially since I'll be taking an internship to become a reporter starting next Friday. Mostly I'm just combating an overwhelming inertia that compells me to whittle down my time into nothing.

But, I'll be honest, an ambitious project and steady employment seems to be the only cure for the slump I've gotten myself into. Unfortunately, I've found myself a victim of too many one-sided romances. Those things will f**k you over.

On the other hand, if I don't do something at least each week, then I'll just forget about the project and abandon it, which is why I'm trying to get into the habit.

watching some animes

Two words: Black Lagoon


#2: I'm smart enough to learn. As you can see, I'm taking my free time to learn how to model. I've got some ways to go. But while I'm learning, my output will be relatively slow.You've come farther than I have....... how did you manage to get more than a few distorted basic shapes, anyway?

Ah, well, that's what CTRL - Z is for.

Seriously, though, just take a few tutorials and you'll have a vague grasp in no time.

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December 1, 2009 11:24:03 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Scoutdog,

One last thing I would like to add is that you always should find some other things to do, when you are working on a project. Don't burn yourself out! Alcohol, parties, sex, game replays, good football (i.e. soccer) match in TV, an hou... a few hours of Dragon Age, playing around with SDL, going for LAN parties, watching movies on YT/RT (whichever you like), mind-crushing rock concert, growing a bonsai, watching some animes... man, there are so many things to do .In my modding experiance, I've also learned that working in short bursts of a few hours to a week at a time with long breaks in between is much more productive than trying to slog away through a slower-paced continual project.

I totally agree with this. Trying to spend a whole Saturday or something modding is just mind-numbing. I find it helps to watch TV or a movie while modding. If you're not careful, it might lead to a couple typos or something, but it helps keep you from getting overwelmed. That might be just me, though.

It's good that you assume you will have to work alone - this is the life of almost all modders. Occasionally, you will get a new pair of hands, or a few pieces of art/code from another project, but in the end you are alone. Granted, you may gather a group of people around you, but it will take some time. Come to think of it, when you start now, maybe before the release date you will found a few team members?

I almost find it better to work alone, or mostly alone. You can work at your own pace, no need to get something to someone else asap. No conflicts over where you want the mod to go, no people that mysteriously disappear.

If you do put together a team, in my experience the best people are the ones who offer to join you. People who respond to "I need help with my mod, please come" usually burnout fast, or are unreliable. Not only that, but when they offer to help, it's best if they did something themselves, and want to show it to you. If they're just offering ideas, it probably won't turn out for the best.

More modding advice: Keep doing what you're doing with the artwork. Doing regular updates, even if it just one screenshot or one piece of artwork helps keep interest in the mod. They don't have to be anything major, but it helps a lot. Basically, keep your mod on the first page of the modding forum (when that gets set up ) Of course, I'm bad at keeping to my own advice. I tried to do this with my LotR mod, but I kind of stopped. The artwork just takes too long

So anyway, your mod looks pretty interesting. I'm definetly going to keep an eye on this. And the artwork is awesome Maybe something in my long wall of text will help you

PS: What modeling program is that? I couldn't read it in the screenshot. I think it says Blender. No real reason why I'm asking that, just curious. I use XSI Mod Tool myself.

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December 2, 2009 11:56:52 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

PS: What modeling program is that? I couldn't read it in the screenshot. I think it says Blender. No real reason why I'm asking that, just curious. I use XSI Mod Tool myself.

Yeah, blender. It's a good program, and there's plenty of documentation and tutorials on the net.

If you do put together a team, in my experience the best people are the ones who offer to join you. People who respond to "I need help with my mod, please come" usually burnout fast, or are unreliable. Not only that, but when they offer to help, it's best if they did something themselves, and want to show it to you. If they're just offering ideas, it probably won't turn out for the best.

More modding advice: Keep doing what you're doing with the artwork. Doing regular updates, even if it just one screenshot or one piece of artwork helps keep interest in the mod. They don't have to be anything major, but it helps a lot. Basically, keep your mod on the first page of the modding forum (when that gets set up ) Of course, I'm bad at keeping to my own advice. I tried to do this with my LotR mod, but I kind of stopped. The artwork just takes too long

Unfortunately, I've been guilty of this in the past, with the offering of help to a mod and then disappearing. I think though schoolwork crushes all creative desire. Since I don't have to do that stuff anymore, I can concentrate better and focus more on my own projects.

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December 2, 2009 6:25:05 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting MagicwillNZ,

(...)Unfortunately, I've been guilty of this in the past, with the offering of help to a mod and then disappearing. I think though schoolwork crushes all creative desire. Since I don't have to do that stuff anymore, I can concentrate better and focus more on my own projects.

I wanted to say "Don't worry", but it wouldn't sound right. I also have abandoned a project before, but that's what happens in "open-source" projects. You are not required to cry and write walls-of-text saying how sorry you are that you can't send any more commits. In a way I think it's a good path: people come, people go - you can't feel sad/happy about everyone who got involved in your project. That is why it's so important to choose your project carefully. No matter if it is your own, or not.

Ok, no more off-topping - this is a thread about the DR mod, still. GL & HF!

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December 3, 2009 12:37:26 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

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[FACTION PROFILE]

Verdanian soldiers in a mountain fortress during the Verdanian War of Independence. From the Republican Free Archives.

Verdania

Of freedom and ambition.

Everyone in the Republic knows where Verdania is, and no one can seem to shut up about it. The fact is in Verdania's massive sphere of influence there is not a single deal that they do not have a hand in. Verdania is unique in that it is the only planet which could rival Earth in cultural, economic, and military power. Depending on who you talk to, Verdanians are either the defenders of freedom or the biggest danger to the Republic since the Incursions.

Few, however, know the source of their bitter ambitions. When the utopian rainforest planet of Verdania was first colonized, Republican officials landed on the planet and drew a circle around the colony. The colonists were told in order to protect the vast biodiversity of Verdania, structures could not be built past the circle. Some say it was this restriction which shaped Verdania's attitude and demeanor. The Verdanians have never broken this law, and have obediently built up from initial colony, Verdania City.

The city is now called the Bulb, a prison-like gray edifice that extends way into cloud cover with Verdania's only spaceport on top, inside untold billions of Verdanians live in sunless streets lit by neon lights. Verdanian bitterness transformed into ambition and a desire to escape, and so Verdania was the first planet ever to start a colonization program independent of Earth, starting with the “economically unviable” planets that littered the Republic across the Republican-Etarn border.

It took almost no time for Verdania to control virtually every aspect of life in their sector. All the major corporations were Verdanian owned, all of the natural resources were exploited by Verdanians, and Verdanians even made all the movies. Talking about Verdanian politics and powerplays became professions and hobbies. Its laws and philosophies were disseminated throughout the Republic, their success admired as much as feared.

However, during the Etarn Incursion (an invasion, by the way, the Verdanians provoked) Verdania found itself the main target of an enormous alien fleet. After a bombardment of the Bulb and a ground invasion, the Verdanians valiantly fought off the invaders and used their landing craft to capture the Etarn battleship “Velhelham” in a battle of impossible odds. Their victory was so unlikely and so complete that the hubris that followed almost destroyed them.

In the following century, Verdania felt that now that it had fought off aliens, she could steal back her destiny from Unity. Without warning, Verdania and its colonies declared independence, and they spearheaded a massive fleet towards Earth to force the issue. Verdanians crushed the first Republican fleet sent to intercept and it seemed that nothing would stop the Verdanians from seizing Earth. They had not counted on Canthus.

One planet that was resistant to Verdanian hegemony was Canthus. Canthus was a strange planet populated by a strange people that had distinguished itself for being a prolific and high-quality naval construction yard. Canthus disturbed Verdania as it was in the center of Verdanian space and not receptive to Verdanian power, but Verdania dismissed Canthus as a marginal place. When Verdania declared independence, Canthus scrambled the shipyards and put together a fleet of battleships that could intercept the Verdanian fleet. So, in the system of Tridia, this fleet of Canthian battleships along with the remnants of the first Republican fleet fought a gigantic space battle with Verdania, in which the Verdanians were absolutely crushed. Canthus pursued Verdania right into their home system, where the Verdanians were given a very simple ultimatum: submit to the Republic or be leveled. After having their military power bombed into oblivion, Verdania reluctantly capitulated.

Since then, Verdania had harbored a genocidal grudge against Canthus. This is apparent by the eerie, cold silence whenever the subject is brought up with a Verdanian. There isn't a “true” Verdanian who aren't itching for a rematch against Canthus. Canthus has found themselves the villains of countless Verdanian movies and television shows. Canthus meets this grudge with its characteristic stoic attitude.

Verdania knows that the only route to independence is on the wild frontiers. If it can take as many colonies as it can, it can use those to build a fleet strong enough fleet to throw off the yolk of Republican oppression. To realize its ambitions, it will have to fight off powers with similar ideas. And if it can sweeten the pot by destroying Canthus, so much the better.

Faction Qualities

-- Brutal economic policies and sanctions it can level against other factions.

-- The best overall professional ground forces. There's no such thing as Verdanian "cannon fodder". They're expensive, well equipped mercenaries. Verdania also has access to an ultra-elite core of Incursion veterans.

-- Understandably, Unity does not trust Verdania. Verdania can't really count on Unity unless the crimes committed against Verdania are extremely egregious and the Verdanians have been keep their hands clean... and ask real nice. On the other hand, Unity is more than happy to violently apprehend Verdanian scum.

BONUS: In Game Portraits

These are some in-game character portraits I've been working on (I did these a few weeks ago, so I'm not overworking myself). They'll probably be replaced at some point. I did a female one but it was too stupid to show.

 

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December 4, 2009 9:33:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Ok, no more off-topping - this is a thread about the DR mod, still. GL & HF!

hehe, sorry about furthering the off-topicness. Maybe I should create a thread for tips about modding...

Anyway, your mod continues to look great! Keep up the great work.

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December 5, 2009 3:15:43 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Verdania has a great back-story, Will. Well done indeed my friend.

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December 8, 2009 10:21:22 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Raven X,
Verdania has a great back-story, Will. Well done indeed my friend.

Thanks! I (was/am) going to set a novel in the Dark Republic universe before I decided to make a mod of it, so the universe is fairly well developed and thought out.

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December 8, 2009 10:31:50 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

(OK, I got an Internship, so I'll have less time to work on this. However, I'm still steadily doing stuff, which is a good sign. I was especially stressed this week so my picture is especially bad. This would normally not pass the test, but I just didn't care)

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The planet Canthus and the naval construction yard Ravi Indra III, from space. From the Republican Free Archives.

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Canthus

Of one mind... divided.

The image of planet Canthus has become associated with sinister mystery, a shadowy world barely lit by the light of its own star, evoking a dark gray-blue surface. The actual planet of Canthus is tidally locked with its star. It has trace oxygen, but one half of the planet is too cold to colonize and the other half too hot, so millions of Canthians live in a vast and haunting structure circling the planet. Those outside of Canthus call it the Ring, while Canthians don't call it anything. This mega structure sustains all life on Canthus and is one-of-a-kind. Orbiting silently around Canthus are twenty huge naval construction yards that build the most powerful, sleekest battleships in the Republic. Actually, the majority of the Canthian population live on battleships and space stations than on their own planet.

It's absolutely true what they say about Canthians. At best they are stoic, but even those who admire Canthus have to admit they are an insular people. They don't even talk to each other that much. They know enough humor and acknowledgments to not be rude, but these always come off as a little phony and are impossible to get close to. What they do behind closed doors is of great speculation. Cultic rituals, weird conspiracies, breeding programs, robot armies, and even psychic hiveminds are all theorized by conspiracy nuts around the Republic.

Canthus is even older than Verdania but had been extremely quiet and marginal for the first few centuries of its existence, quietly manufacturing naval vessels for the Republic. It surprised everyone when it defeated Verdania practically single-handedly in the Verdanian Rebellion, no one actually knows why they made the decision to intervene. But even then their own allies reported the Canthians as being “creepy”.

Actually, few know this, but the conspiracy theorists are right: all Canthians belong to a psychic hivemind. This isn't, however, due to some ancient alien relic or machine... Canthians have just been secretly breeding their planet to have more and more powerful psychics. The latent psychic energy among Canthians has created an empathetic network that carries emotion and communications to all other Canthians. Canthians are so used to the hivemind that it is now difficult to relate to non-Canthians that aren't a part of it.

Those ignorant of the nature of the hivemind believe that all individuality is consumed by the whole. When the hivemind began to arise, though, Canthians found that the hivemind simply made differences more apparent. Canthus appears to be monolithic and unified... actually, Canthus is full of debates and factions, the hivemind giving rise to a sort of “psychic democracy” in which the most powerful minds lead. However they make their decisions, once the issue is settled all Canthians stand behind the decision.

But however hard they argue, Canthus cannot make its mind about non-Canthians. Are the others inferiors or equals? Should they be allowed independence or do they need to be controlled? This is the greatest source of contention in Canthian society. While these philosophical questions remain unanswered Canthus will remain loyal to the Republic.

It is clear, however, that Verdania poses a clear and present danger to Canthus. A planet that ambitious and bloodthirsty cannot be sated. To survive, Canthus will need to follow Verdania to the furthest and darkest reaches of space and oppose their every effort... Verdania's destruction may be necessitated.

Unity itself doesn't trust Canthus. The fact that Canthus controls so much of the space fleet is frightening... a powerful world that sits silently in wait is more suspicious to Unity than a world like Verdania's openly aggressive and muscle-flexing foreign policy. Still, for now, Unity is just thankful it doesn't have to deal with Canthus right now, so anything involving Canthus is of low priority...

 

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-- Canthus is owed many favors from the Republic... but Canthus is by no means trusted. The Republic will be quick to the defense of Canthus... but also quick to condemn it.

-- Canthus's superior naval and space power ensures that units are well supported. Canthus's ground forces are small but elite... they rely on good communication rather than numbers.

-- Canthians are practically impossible to spy on and simultaneous really, really good at spying.

-- Canthus have a higher rate of high-powered psychics than other factions

-- Canthus has a significantly lower population growth rate and immigration.

 

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December 9, 2009 3:28:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Yesterday I was experimenting with Gimp and trying a few new techniques, and I came up with this. A good spy or saboteur portrait. What do you guys think?

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December 11, 2009 3:52:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

He looks very normal. It'd be a good cover for a spy or saboteur, but might be hard to identify just by the picture ingame.

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December 31, 2009 3:48:20 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

[GRAPHICS]

Started experimenting with modifying the medallion frames. This is what I came up with:

Nice simple "black marble on gold" piece... reminds me of some sort of civic duty I'm supposed to do. I've just noticed a tiny little speck at the bottom. Could be that I flubbed up a little. Feel free to use it in your own projects.

Another thing I want to experiment with is removing the two columns in the picture, perhaps replacing it with wires or something.

Here's what it looks like ingame:

 

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