by Missing Worlds Media
This is a really excellent bit of world-building. Pretty clear there was a good bit of research into legal precedent. Well done!
So apparently, PETA took over the government in this world? Sentience is the ability to have subjective experiences, such as to feel pain. Most animals can do this. The ability to reason like a human is sapience.
While I would extend human (personal) rights to any intelligence which has the capacities for self-awareness and varying states of happiness or suffering, I'm not sure about extending them to everything with a nervous system. There's a gradient, so any line we draw will be a bit arbitrary. For myself, I think that apes (bonobos, gorillas, etc), cetaceans (dolphins, whales, etc.) and a few other types of animals like elephants are probably intelligent enough to be given the rights of personhood, while I don't think chickens are. In fiction, elves, 'awakened' animals, extraterrestrial aliens, true AI, etc. would be included. Beings which may be intelligent but able to reshape reality so as to avoid any variance in states of happiness or suffering (if there were any gods, basically) can take care of themselves and don't need to be part of a social contract. Morality requires mortality.
Finally a flavor based update that doesn't bore me to death.
Even though I enjoyed this one I'm thinking flavor updates should be part a separate news letter that is optional to subscribe to, so the real updates don't get lost in the noise.
Wait, wait, wait.
You DON'T have to register that you're a superhero but you DO have to register your...powers. Which are part of you. Like your...fists...
How is that NOT universal registration? How does that not violate the rulings previously mentioned? Now I know places like DC and Chicago are prone to pretty much ignoring the spirit of the the law or even the letter of it but this seems seriously abusive.
It's one thing to require licensing of people who want to go around 'fighting crime', I can see that. But requiring a Brick to register just because he's strong or a martial artist just because he's a trained athlete is fascistic BS.
My understanding of this Mark is that a martial artist would only have to register if he was going to use his fists to fight crime, or within 30 days of using his fists to stop a robbery (an emergency situation).
I love this update. This needs to be put on the website and in the instruction booklet (if there is one) if for no other reason to show how in Depth how much thought6 you have put in to this game world's background.
@Mark - the key language is "power." While not defined in this writeup, a power in this context is some ability beyond that which a normal human being can reach. Bruce Lee, as great a martial artist as he was, would not have to register his fists. Any person with enough training could match him. However if Mr. Lee were to become a crime fighting sidekick for a rich playboy, then he would need to register.
#1: Yes, Sapient, not Sentient. The second word is often misused to mean the first. You got us.
#2: On the matter of WHEN and WHAT you have to register, note that there are two things.
A: You have to register WHEN
"Titan City law requires registration with the Department of Public Safety before using dangerous or intrusive powers in public for a non-emergency purpose and thirty days to register after using them in public for the first time for an emergency purpose. Initial manifestation counts as an “emergency purpose.” "
B: WHAT you have to register:
"“Dangerous” powers are anything that could be used as a deadly or dangerous weapon. This is broadly construed and includes items that are part of your body or training, such as the fists of martial artists.
“Intrusive” powers are those likely to interfere with the privacy or peace of ordinary, reasonable people. These include special senses, including extrasensory powers and telepathy, and powers whose use would constitute a noise or light complaint if used after 11 p.m."
So, you don't have to register dangerous powers until before you intend to use them for a non-emergency purpose, or until AFTER you use them for an emergency purpose.
And you don't have to register "able to hum at exactly 2600 hz" at all.
If you're putting on spandex, you better register. Or choose not to and deal when you get busted.
If you're just walking around town, you're pretty cool, even if you look like a dinosaur or can fly. (Just obey traffic laws)
I LOVE this Update! Ignore the "I'm Not Interested in It, So I Shouldn't Have to See It" crowd. This is EXACTLY what we need to see to be able to transition into the new world and hit the ground running. Particularly those like me who have characters they intend to reprise from ... the departed game.It also helps me because I am writing stories of a comic book style world, and am having to make the metahuman interaction rules up as I go. This gives me a great place to start. Keep up the great work!
Where's my goddamn lore book? Lol, nice update, but registration seems rather flaky. Registration of powers but universal registration is illegal... It sounds hypocrital. Also I'd be more interested if the laws actually didn't specify, creating a legal battle of intrigue while the game is played, answering the question of basic rights to non-humans, the definition of sentience, etc.
The Goddamn Batman took it.
We're gonna have a well painted history from what I see.
What part of government isn't hypocritical?
Is there actually going to be in game effects regarding whether your hero is registered or not? Can we assume that is part of being a villain; not registering?
I am stunned at how amazing a game can become when it's created by gamers who love it! This intense background is part of that. We have a winner :)
Law and the Superhero remind me keene act 1977
In some ways this registration seems pretty lenient. There are places that have stricter gun registration laws than this IRL. And some super powers can do a whole lot more damage than a gun in the hands of a regular person.
I can see how the rest of the population would be rightly concerned with trying to preserve their safety. At least it's not like in Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart where the supers run rampant and what's left of the rest of society treats supers as natural disasters.
@peacrmacck u mean government sponsored weirdos
sorry cant help something laughing