Questions about Em-8er Lore!

Sep 15, 2017
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I putted this in “Em-8ER Lore Drop Transcriptions” but since that topic became pinned for the lore transcriptions only, I putted it all together in this topic.

Maybe we can one day have a chief chat with Mr. Grummz about ember lore, or he can answer some of the theories and questions in the forums.

Behold the wall text from the Lore of Em-8er!


From the Em-8ER Lore Drop Transcriptions:

E.G. - In lore drop 1:
"The Gatestriders are some of the best survivalists and explorers of all the colonies. Their original home-world was harsh, and exposed them to a wide range of environmental conditions, from extreme deserts to frozen wastelands, long nights, hostile environments and predators. The wildly diverse range of conditions made genetic alterations somewhat impractical, and the people of the Omega Frontier tended to avoid genetic solutions as a whole. They preferred to test themselves, as they were, against their new world. They relied on their technology and survival skills to carve out a harsh existence, and still thrive. This made them the ideal forerunners of humanity’s expansion amongst the stars."
What kind of genetic alterations Gatestriders have? Since they were living for hundreds of years in hard conditions. Could they appear in-game like some kind of super powers or things like tails, cat ears...?

E.G. - In lore drop 4:
"They employed fleets of ships, orbital base stations, mining mechs, omniframes and even military hardware. The latter came in handy against pirates, or black-op corporate raiders who might attempt to claim jump or steal from Gatestrider discoveries. "
Does that mean that could be some events were players are being attacked by human npc's using omniframes representing other factions or others planets humanities trying to steal resources from Reapers?

E.G. - In lore drop 4:
"The Gatestriders themselves were formed loosely into houses, centred around families and their retainers, as well as the people they were responsible for governing. Everyone in a Gatestrider house was expected to pull their weight and contribute to the business of exploring space and capitalizing upon their discoveries. Houses were essentially extended families, a modern notion of a tribe that blended aspects of military, corporate and even feudal aspects. Gatestriders however rejected the notion of nobility or dynastic tendencies. Leadership was by meritocracy and new leaders were often brought in from outside bloodlines and integrated into family structure by name, either through marriage or adoption of both adults and gifted children. "
Does that mean will we have factions in the game? How will they work?

E.G. - In lore drop 4:
"When Gatestriders arrived at Em-8ER, they came in large orbital arks that housed families, staff and all the equipment necessary for mining, construction and terraforming. What could not be transported would be built on site using advanced construction machines that would take in the raw resources and output anything from omniframes, weapons and even ships, bases or food. Resources would either be mined from the planet below or from nearby moons and asteroid belts and used to construct any additional equipment necessary. "
Does that mean we can thump on the moon and asteroids belts in-game? Or this could be like in Defiance, in the way players only go to the planet (like in the Defiance game) and NPC's go to the moon and asteroids with their own story rolling (like in the Defiance the show)?

E.G. - in lore drop 4:
"To warm the surface of Em-8ER, Gatestriders constructed vast orbital mirror arrays that would focus the light from the system star onto pockets of terrain below. These mirrors would gradually warm kilometres of terrain at a time, starting with the most suitable areas for habitation or mining. As the surface warmed, atmospheric processors would be constructed from raw materials mined from the system. These giant floating gas refineries would begin the work of transforming the chemical makeup of the atmosphere, making it breathable and within human tolerances. Their gigantic air scoops would ingest atmosphere while internal processes refined it and expelled it out another vent. These floating factories would patrol the warm surface area, carving out a pocket of habitable space for crews to work. "
Will that machinery be constructed by the players too or only the cities?


From the Vision Book Project Proofing

From the SECTION - Terraforming & Mining:

“As the zone converts, it will start to change. There will be at least three stages of Terraforming. Zones will start as frozen and volcanic wastelands, and then move to a thawing stage. After thawing will be the final biome type, which will vary. Some zones are unsuitable for much more than deserts or grasslands, while others might spring into lush jungles or forests. New flora and fauna will appear to populate the zones, seeded from local remnants of bygone species and blended with stores from the Terraformer’s gene-banks.”
Will the new fauna and flora be hostile? Since some will be created by the gatestriders.

Can we customize our thmpr with different weapons or abilities?
E.g. In firefall we had small, medium and big thumpers for more resources and difficulty, in ember we could just equip a better drill to thump more and better. And in the other arm we could equip another drill or a plasma cannon (megamen style) or a rpg for torgue…


From the Section – Kaiju:

Could there be friendly tsi-hu factions inside the rift or friendly kaiju that could be domesticated?


From the Section – Omniframes

Since tsi-hu can shapeshift between humanoid form and beast form, can we have omniframes that can shift to vehicles like tanks or aircraft (transformer style) or animals (Voltron style) for different combat styles?

“Skim: Omniframes can assume a low stance, unfolding their wings and activating their jump jets to enable skim mode. Omniframes can skim, hovering just slightly above the ground, for long distances. Skimming drains the reaction core, meaning shields and abilities must recharge after skimming.”
Many people have asked if we can skim and fight at the same time without going to cooldown after doing it, maybe with perks?

“Melee Damage – Melee damage is damage cause by natural weapons (claws, Kaiju chomps, tail whips, etc.) as well as melee weapons (powered hammers, swords, etc.). Melee damage is progressively more effective against equal sized or smaller targets, and progressively less effective against targets larger than the attacker. Targets in Em-8ER are categorized as small, medium, large, and monstrous (the biggest Kaiju). Melee damage is only partially absorbed by shields, and most of the damage passes through to armour beneath the shields.”
Mr. Grummz said about this game will have an “Attack on Titan” vibe, but in that case this should be changed, because it is almost useless against bigger targets, isn’t it?

“Progressive Damage and Critical Hits
Omniframes incur progressive damage to components if they sustain critical hits. An Omniframe whose shields are down, and which is already heavily damaged, has a chance to sustain critical damage if hit by a direct weapon. Critical damage affects the vital systems of the omniframe or THMPR. A critical hit usually results in random damage to a particular system such as a weapon, an ability, shield regeneration, jump-jets, wings, movement and other systems. If a system is critically hit, it becomes inoperable or less effective. An omniframe may lose the ability to jump-jet, or skim, or may walk or run with a limp. Abilities may go offline, and passive or other systems may go down. Repairs to critical system can be made in the field or at the nearest base or facility.”
How will this work? I just ask because I played “crossout” and don’t like when my weapons and wheels are destroyed and I can’t do anything except wait for dead.


From the Section - Gameplay Goals

After the zones upgrade can we salvage the lower level omniframes to get resources for the new ones?

“Episodic
Em-8ER is episodic in story, gameplay and world. Regular updates will give player access to new areas to terraform and fight over. These zones will include new resources, and bring new tiers to unlock to expand the crafting of abilities and weapons in the game. Some updates will, if the game is successful, include releasing vehicles like aircraft and tanks and larger MEK to fight against new Kaiju. The story of Em-8ER will likewise unfold over time, expanding from first contact with the Tsi-Hu to all out war.”
This mean that the heavy frame isn’t the biggest or we will have other frame categories with light, medium and heavy frames like kaiju have categories from 0 to 6? Maybe giant frames with more than 1 pilot (like jaeger in pacific rim)?


From the Section - Dev Plans & Episodic Release

“New Story - Each episode will be accompanied by a new intro movie, writing and in-world flavour text and mysteries that will advance the story of humanity’s first contact with the bloodthirsty Tsi-Hu.”
Does the story unravel only around players and their achievements or could it unfolds between NPC’s and other events far away from the players and from ember?


From the Section - Base Building

“Omniframe Hanger - Omniframe Hangers serve as the nearest place for players to store and browse their omniframes. Omniframes are delivered via dropship from the closest base with a hangar, and hangars are where players can repair, craft, and outfit their omniframes.

THMPR Hanger - THRMP hangers are where player THMPR MEK/A are launched on demand. The THMPR hanger is also where THMPRs can be rebuilt or repaired and upgraded.”
I thought this was on our ship and not on bases. Can this mean we could have several frames and thmprs scattered between several bases, or we can only call from the nearest base?

“Repair Depot - Accelerates all repairs within a certain distance from the base. The repair depot sends out repair drones to assist with any repairs in the field nearby.”
Are they call downs or they are sent automatically?

“Dropship Pad - Enables fast travel between zones via dropship.”
Are those our dropships?


From the Section - Resources & Crafting

Could we have other ways to get resources in the future? Maybe by having or thmpr or other pet to activate other events besides thumping?
E.g. By opening space rifts (with our thmpr or another pet with that ability) to tsi-hu dimension and raiding their settlements.


From the Section – Invasions

“When Tsi-Hu destroy a base, they start to build their own structures. These serve as additional spawn points for the Tsi-Hu and, as they build up, gives them the ability to open a time breach large enough to spawn bigger and bigger Kaiju.”
Can we convert some of the tsi-hu structures to our own rather than destroy them?


From the Section – Lore

“Em-8ER is set in the Crixa universe. Crixa is a tabletop, space-opera RPG that we are developing in parallel to the video game. Crixa is set in an alternative history where the Axis won World War II but were, in turn, overthrown by scientists who established a ruling class called the Enshigi. The Enshigi became repressive, and were also overthrown and forced to flee to the stars. The fates of the colonies, the enigmatic Enshigi, and the violent Tsi-Hu are all intertwined. While Em-8ER represents only one planet in a vast space opera, it is one of the most important recent developments in the Crixa universe.

We hope you enjoy a snippet of this lore and backstory from both Em-8ER, and its larger setting, Crixa.”
Will we have other forms for the lore rather than the tabletop, like comics, books, videos…?

Since are there a lot of gatestriders factions could some be hostile to players and having their own agenda for ember?

“Humans had encountered plenty of creatures, both flora and fauna and strange life forms, but none had possessed intelligence, let alone a civilization.”
Could we have more information about the reapers home planet and others they discovered?


Thanks for your time. Have fun!
Enjoy, and if you can, contribute with some theories and questions.
 

Pandagnome

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#2
Maybe we can one day have a chief chat with Mr. Grummz about ember lore, or he can answer some of the theories and questions in the forums.
I heard he pops in the Em8er Discord channel would be good to ask questions in the next meeting for better understanding and maybe not all the lore specifics is going to be revealed because could be spoilers/surprises just my guess though hmm
 
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Can i continue to post my questions here or should i create a new topic?

From the Section – Lore
"Ten thousand of the selected Enshigi elite would survive the trip in stasis. The rest, as determined with cold rationality, would be left to the riots and the bloodthirsty masses. It was the only viable conclusion.
And so, when the world erupted in violence and the Enshigi were hauled out of their homes and shot in the streets, ten thousand of the best and the brightest Enshigi were already well on their way, bound for a distant secret star."

Could some of them survive and still live hidden between the humans, and spying for enshigi?
If yes, could they be the owners of the destruction of the gatestriders home planet?
(They deployed the device that put the sun in nova or warned the enshigi and gave them the intructions to punish the gatestriders.)

Could one of the gatestriders house/families be enshigi spyies?
If yes, could they be in ember because the enshigi are interested in the tsi-hu tecnology?


Suggestion for a cosmetic:
Helmets - we could have several kinds of helmets that could be colour customized in 3 ways:
1-Original helmet colours.
2-Matching g-suit colours.
3-Player customizable colours.
 

Pandagnome

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Could some of them survive and still live hidden between the humans, and spying for enshigi?
That be interesting they could report to someone called enshigi biggi who is really small but is their spy leader!

Could one of the gatestriders house/families be enshigi spyies?
Could the spy be able to change identity amongst the family... would we ever figure out who the spy really is? Maybe we find clues in the logs and secret files as we uncover the story and lore hmm

Suggestion for a cosmetic:
Helmets - we could have several kinds of helmets that could be colour customized in 3 ways:
1-Original helmet colours.
2-Matching g-suit colours.
3-Player customizable colours.
Ah yes and what if we could get special edition colours in events or in the E-shop
some could have decals from corporations, and boss helmet from npc rewards with their colour scheme hmm