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Large numbers could still live in Concord Taurus where they began. I can imagine a water-rich world choked with enormous, rusting ruins, leaking nasty chemicals, radiation or old bio-weapon blooms in more areas than not. Post-apocalyptic dolphins - very cyberpunk.

O give me a home where the sharknados roam,
Where the zombies and piranhas play,
Where daily is heard of a grim waterworld,
And the skies rain sharktopus all day.


As the reflection of every seaside disaster movie, there's really only one name for it.

At least it's always spring break somewhere. You might even meet a strip club owner and mercenary with a heart of gold.
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Meteorological Delivery System

Any overdressed buffoon can weaponise a weather control system, but it takes disciplined Thuldan science to build a device whose winds revolve at the precise velocity to transport bio-weapons into a combat zone with minimal depletion.


The remaining MDS satellites orbiting Paradise Beach are malfunctioning and no longer under active control, selecting surface areas randomly for activation every few months. edit: not to bury the lead: When the GM determines that an area the heroes are passing through has been targeted by MDS, a location several tens of kilometres across immediately suffers inclement weather (+1 penalty to fatigue checks for overland movement) featuring roving tornadoes laden with dangerous living creatures. When first activated and at the end of each scene, the GM makes a Personality feat check for the leader of the party:
  • Critical Failure: The heroes' location floods with d6 metres of salt water, either inhabited by d6 groups of one type of hostile lifeform (flying piranha swarms, surf zombie packs, individual sharktopus or mecha-sharktopus) or combined with a direct encounter with a dangerous event (tornado contact, structural collapse or other unique hazard).
  • Failure: The area becomes flooded with d3 metres of seawater and the heroes encounter hostile lifeforms (one of the above).
  • Ordinary: The area is flooded with d3 metres of seawater.
  • Good: Inclement weather continues.
  • Amazing: Attack ends.
Double all depths of water in locations next to the ocean.

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Recovered evidence suggests that the Empire deployed Project DAISYPATCH neonates to the planet, in response to decreased effectiveness of Thuldan attacks after heavy StarMech reinforcements of combat craft and battle droids. Given the projected lifespan of the creatures, a recurrence is entirely possible, but thankfully such a lifeform is far too massive to be carried by (or notice) an MDS activation.

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Possible material:
Sharktoberfest
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The featured adventure in Freelance Traveller #53 could fit this world in several ways.
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To add something closer (marginally) to a playable game supplement, I had a few ideas for the more ordinary inhabitants of the planet. They might call themselves collectively Beachers. Nope, definitely not that.

Sentients
  • Paradise Beach natives refer to baseline humans as boarders, who tend to be well-toned and of medium height, with skin that tans easily, either dark or blonde hair and light-coloured eyes. Red hair has almost disappeared from the boarders' gene pool and become a near-mythical attribute of the starchildren (below). Mutagenic hazards of the environment produce a number of mutant offspring among them.
  • Mariners appear to be an earlier version of Thuldan Gillfolk as encountered on Bluefall, at least the Originals.
    • Children born to boarders who exhibit what are considered mariner traits, usually Gills but also physical changes that resemble sea-life, are exposed on the coast to be taken in, if they are fortunate, by mariner pods as Outcasts. Their other mutations may diverge widely from the mariner norm.
    • Despite this relatively settled and benign interaction, dislike between boarders and mariners is mutual and often expressed in violent mistreatment or murders when they meet.
    • Mariners also suffer from mutation, carried in the many contaminants of the sea. Children with non-functional gills are unfortunate Throwbacks, kept alive by their pods using primitive snorkels or very occasionally more advanced breathing apparatus.
  • Fins, or uplifted dolphins, communicate easily in human languages and grasp advanced technical and scientific concepts. Work in the early years of the war equipped them with wireless communication implants, constructed and maintained by nanite infrastructures allegedly extracted and adapted from mechalus prisoners of war, to interface with computers and control heavy machinery. They recognise several notable physical divisions:
    • Pure Strain fins claim to be unmixed Earth bottlenose stock, the original subjects of uplift research
    • War-Fins display the markers of incorporation of many hybrid species lines (grey or brown skin tones, pale scar patterns or spots) as well as significantly larger size that hints at manipulation for tactical acumen (transient, false- or pygmy killer whale genes)
    • Fins believe that these original breeds are most likely to maintain fully-functional implants, while more common citizens of mixed germ lines show much variation in what, if any, cyber-augmentation remains active.
  • Remaining fraal communities have become highly insular and suspicious, evacuating, if they could, to secretly reactivated orbital habitats. They assiduously avoid contact and detection by off-world traders, jackers (below) or any other outsiders. Popular legend depicts them as mostly human-like with pale skin and red hair.
  • Even the more sophisticated Beachers probably recognise other sentient species they may meet through stories of Sasquatch and Mogs, or of Gorns, Sleestaks and Swamp People. A sesheyan is likely simply to baffle them as they have no surviving cultural reference for such a creature.
Communities and cultures
  • Townies and raider bands composed of mutual arrangements between boarders and fins, but antagonistic to mariners, each further subdivided by regional alliances and cultural differences
  • the Boardcutter religion is a private matter involving the use of hallucinogenic extracts to receive “downloads from space”
  • The authoritarian Destiny of Order binds boarders, mariners and fins in service to an integrated organisation
  • Several inter-related but fiercely antagonistic clans transmit the Shinobi secrets
  • The history and concerns of fins drive many of the most distinct and significant groups active across Paradise Beach:
    • primalists, including mariner adherents, purge themselves of mechanical taint using the harsh effects of still-active biological or digital weapons, raising their children without tolerance of cybernetics within the Primal Song
    • jackers, a knowledgeable group running out of refitted submarine bases, operate orbital communications to certain trade networks and stellar nation agents
    • the dangerous Cult of the Crystal Womb search for the fin friends of Finhome, the lost city, who they preach created humans and fins (a legend that Beachers otherwise fear and shun)


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For Mutants and Masterminds:

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This is surely approaching some kind of limit:

Kickstarter: Sky Sharks

Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory, still intact, where dark experiments had occurred. Unwittingly the geologists unleash upon the world a top-secret experiment the Germans had been working on - modified sharks that are able to fly, whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. The only thing that can stop them, and possibly save the world, is a military task force called the “Dead Flesh Four“ – assembled from reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam.

edit: Did I mention they're rocket-propelled cyber-sharks with air-to-air missiles?

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