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From X-Factor

In general, our setting aims to have a near-future cyberpunkish feel similar to Blade Runner or Minority Report. Here are some specific technologies that are commonplace in the mid 21st century.


Computing & Communication

The processing speed and power of computers has gotten both faster and smaller. Much of computing technology is now focused on wearable tech or collaboration.

  • Eyes: Tiny computers embedded in contacts are a ubiquitous technology. Nicknamed 'Eyes' regardless of brand, they offer a live, versatile heads-up display that allows for everything from browsing the internet to receiving and reading messages to watching movies to typing on a virtual keyboard only the user can see. They're also capable of receiving audio commands that enable capturing video or photographs. Higher end models can read most of the wearer's vital signs and monitor physical activity. While it is possible to purchase extremely subtle Eyes, most versions of the product are clearly visible when worn as a series of light rings overlaying the iris. (Check out Microsoft's HoloLens video for an idea of the sorts of things they can do.)
  • Coms: With the popularity of the Eyes hardware, companies swiftly developed tiny wearable communication devices that fit almost invisibly just inside the ear, serving as both speaker and microphone. Often called 'Ears' to match 'Eyes', these two devices have all but replaced phones.
  • Holodisplays: Large, interactive holodisplays are commonplace for use in collaborative work and presentations. They can provide a 360 view of an object or project onto a blank surface for a more traditional display.
  • Tablets: Less common than they were several decades ago, tablets nevertheless remain popular for those who like to hold something concrete when writing, reading, or typing. Tablets integrate seamlessly with any number of other technologies, including holodisplays, most vehicles, and Eyes, and are made of a thin, flexible material that can be easily rolled.
  • Computers: Most have abandoned traditional desktop and laptop computers in favor of some combination of Eye, holodisplay, and tablet technology. Computers are now largely reserved for tasks requiring a large amount of computational power, such as scientific research or extremely dedicated old-school gamers.


Transportation

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The roads of Manhattan are as crowded as ever, and now so are the skies. Aircars offer faster transportation along designated airways, for those who can afford them. Most vehicles run off electric now, including the island's ubiquitous public transportation system of buses, taxis, and subways. Air taxis are considered the fastest way to get around town, and as such they are also the most expensive.

For further travel, airlines are still common, however, mutants are barred from air travel. There is also a high speed train system that crosses the continental US, which mutants are able to use to travel long distances.

Medicine

Medical care has advanced rapidly, and healing times have been reduced for many common injuries through new grafting techniques and the use of stem cell technology.

  • Medigel (medical gel): Medigel is an all-purpose medicinal salve combining an anaesthetic and clotting agent used by paramedics, EMTs, and military personnel. It heals various wounds and ailments, instantly sealing injuries against infection and allowing for rapid healing by having the gel grip tight to flesh until subjected to a frequency of ultrasound. It is sealable against liquids - most notably blood - as well as contaminants and gases. Care should be taken that wounds are not sealed when infection has already set in.
  • Medical Scans: Hand-held tools provide quick, mobile scans of the body similar in fashion to an X-ray or CT scan and can be synced to the user's Eye. They deliver additional information including pulse, blood pressure, O2 sat, and so on.
  • Prosthetics: Though prosthetics don't always look life-like (unless you have the money), they are remarkably functional. Most interface directly with the brain for automatic control, and some are even crafted to offer enhancements such as increased strength.
  • Mutant Testing: It is possible to test for the possession of an X-Factor Gene, but not to predict whether the carrier will manifest an active mutation. Today, about 5% of the human population has a copy of the X-Factor gene, and about 1% will manifest a recognizable mutation.

Mutations manifest with puberty, typically between the ages of 10 and 14.

Weapons

Check out our weapons page for detailed information on weapons that can be used in in-game combat. If you have questions about other weapon types, ask staff!

Gun Laws

For simplicity's sake, gun laws are largely assumed to be what they are today. Stingers are a relatively new invention, which combine the stopping power of a taser with the range of a pistol, and they are both legal and common for self defense.