Traditional fantasy-based MMO classes redesigned for a post-apocalyptic setting: ( 9 / 9 ) mages
Mages were the actually the first class I thought of when I started planning this series, so I thought they’d be a nice note to end on. A lot of this series started because I wanted to see if I could give “mages” an analog equivalent to magic; I also really wanted to give them some sort of long, staff-like weapon.
Flamethrowers and flamethrower-equivalents ended up being the post-apocalyptic stand-in for magic: ice magic (left) is represented with a fire-extinguisher-like blaster that uses liquid nitrogen, lightning magic (right) uses a long-reach shock-prod powered by industrial- or car-batteries, and fire magic (not pictured) uses propane. Mages carry around large tanks of fuel for their respective “magic” jury-rigged together with hiking backpack straps for easy transport.
The weight of these packs means that mages can’t spare the stamina to also wear heavy armor while maintaining the level of dexterity necessary for operating their weapons. Their safety suits (usually scavenged hazmat or industrial safety jumpsuits) are light and easy to move in, but only provide basic defense, resulting in their relative frailty.
Mages are also capable of cobbling together grenade-like weapons of the same type as their main weapon. While these weapons allow for immediate bursts of damage, mages need to prepare them beforehand and can only carry a limited number of them at a time.
Starting at the very beginning, you can get through the ENTIRE game without pulling the trigger once. Every level. All the way to the end. The cops don’t come until someone dies. The civilians are unreactive until someone dies. The game is social satire: “Anyone can, with the right mindset go nuts. And anyone who can resist the temptation to go nuts can lead a normal life.” Remember I said this when the game comes out, and its weeks later before someone “figures out” that you don’t NEED to kill anyone. This game doesn’t turn you into a monster, it shows you that you’re already one with a little melodramatic prompting.
I can’t emphasize how true this is. It can be very hard to recognize one’s demons because they look intertwined to ourselves. One has simply no frame of reference to recognize one’s demon.
Asking for help isn’t a weakness. This is what, as humans, makes us strong, because what we cannot do alone, we can do with numbers.
Other people, especially those trained in psychology, have the necessary distance to recognize your demons. They can help you gain that distance too. And once you have identified your demon for what it is, once you can differentiate it from your self, you can fight it.
This is an absolutely heartbreaking case of police brutality. A 22 year old black man with down syndrome was beaten by the police for the bulge in his pants. That bulge turned out to be his colostomy bag. They ripped the bag off his body. This was an unprovoked attack. No one is safe out here.
Reblogging with updated link. The old one was dead.
Remember the case of 22 year old Gilberto Powell.
From a medical perspective this is horrifying, beyond the brutality he could’ve died from infection from a leak or trauma to his stoma.
As someone with an ostomy bag (ileostomy, which is small intestine), this is horrifying to me. I have nightmares about someone ripping my bag and wafer off and disemboweling me. The poster above me is correct: he could have easily endured trauma to his stoma, in addition to the emotional and mental trauma he’d already experienced.
To ALL those artists out there who take commissions and sell their art of any type this is for you! If anyone ever tries to argue with your prices show them this! Take pride in your work! Never settle for anything less then what you believe to be a fair price for the efforts and passion you pour into your work.
YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Seconding this SO hard right now.
I’ve known of so many artists who were amazing but refused to charge the proper amount for their hard work. It’s a crime.
All commissioners must remember this when you commission someone!!