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[WIR] TMNT/After the Bomb/Road Hogs

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Second Edition reframes the apocalypse as primarily biological, taking place after genetic engineering technology became so cheap and simple that life-form creation kits proliferated like (to use a more modern reference) 3D printers, and then some asshole created a flu virus that was immunologically indistinguishable from human cells.

This is also the edition, as mentioned above, that raises the possibility that the vast majority of "humans" in setting are, unknown to themselves, pigs with Full Human Looks.
 

Dalillama

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Is a puppet state of the Empire inhabited by mutant dogs, along with assorted other canines passing as dogs because it beats being killed or enslaved. The original plan was to make the dogs second class citizens in the Empire, but there were too many infiltrators and pro-mutant types to be trusted. The population is about a quarter of a million overall. The active service army is 9000, plus the 6500 who are part of the Empire's military, with 38000 reservists/militia. They have the same equipment as Empire grunts, but no power armour and few tanks or vehicles. Their 'air force' is a few transport planes and a dozen unarmed helicopters, principally used for shuttling bigwigs around. The National Army of the Interior is the secret police. This is theoretically run by twin greyhounds named Yaster and Yasbal, who have full human looks, guess I was wrong about that, and sincerely believe that once all the other mutants are dealt with dogs will be made full citizens. This somehow counts as Scrupulous, despite the whole genocide thing. Average day to day life in New Kennel is impoverished and pretty low tech. Also we get a writeup of a coyote who goes by 'the Spider' and is a big wheel in the underground.

Cardania is the most industrialised animal nation, run on hydroelectricity and having a manufacturing capacity about up to 1950s levels; transistor radios are about the fanciest electronics they can make themselves. It is a democratic republic with a Constitution supposedly identical to that of the old US. This clearly is not the case, since Cardania is not a federated agglomeration of subsidiary stated but a unitary nation, but it at least gives something to be going on with. We're obviously meant to infer that there's an elected legislature, three branches of government, and guarantees of civil rights. The current president is Thana Foxline, a mutant fox who communicates by telepathy.
Cardania's population is about 400000. There's 6000 elite militia and another 38000 regular militia, all of whom are armed with old fashioned firearms. The militia have no official vehicles, and their weapons are rifles, pistols, grenades, and mortars. The Elite Milita have tanks and stuff, and also automatic rifles (which, assuming they're basically AK 47s, have twice the range, better ammo capacity, and much faster reload times than the Empire's lasers). The Cardanian navy is also its merchant marine, ~150 ships armed as the owners feel like. Some are basically pirates, others are merchants, explorers, and salvage. Since the Empire's navy is purely brown water, this works. There is no Cardanian air force, the Empire bombs the hell out of anyplace that looks like being an airfield or the like. There's also some 1500 Scouts who go into dead cities and the like for salvage and old tech. Cardania is fairly prosperous, and if it weren't for the fascists next door they'd have very few problems.

The Plains of Free Cattle also include bison, deer, and other ungulates. Their territory stretches west, possibly as far as the other ocean, and is sparsely inhabited by roving bands. They can muster tens of thousands under arms, but not in any organized fashion, and they haven't any manufacturing capacity to speak of. If they had guns, they'd push the Empire into the sea. Their philosophical and spiritual leader is a horse called Weschek, who was born before the Death, and gelded by humans at that time. He's now 84 years old, and still pretty fucking bitter about it. He hates humans, and uses his mutilation as an example of their evil; as such, the Plains are not a hospitable place for them. For some reason his alignment is Miscreant.

The Rodent Cartel of Filly
Philadelphia died in plague rather than nuclear fire. It is currently run by rats and mice who make their living selling salvage and salvage rights. They keep mercenaries on hand to keep the peace.

N'yak is pretty wrecked up, haunted by bandit gangs and salted with traps they leave. There's good salvage but lots of danger.

Bird Island appears to be Long Island. Non birds are killed on sight, flightless birds are second class citizens. Run by Isaac Crow, a tinpot dictator.

The Contested Lands are claimed by the Empire and the Free Cattle, while Cardania says they're defending the locals from outside agression. Lots of shooting, not much civilization.

Gatorland is a swampy area inhabited by swampy people: gators, turtles, muskrats, frogs, etc. some 60000 strong. There's no government beyond what localities feel the need for; the town of Plato has 800 peacekeepers, who are the strongest military force in the place. The other major source of peacekeeping is ninjas. A mysterious group called the Gang of Four (I wonder who that could be...) founded ninja schools here, and there's ninjas all over the place, sometimes being knight errant types. Alligator ninjas, what a world.

Southwards are a variety of small nations and settlements, ranging from tiny villages that barely smelt metal to large towns with motor vehicles. To the north, little is known, but the Wolf Barbarians are up there, and also bears.
 

Bob Loblaw

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What does everyone eat in AtB? Does it specify? Like, are there non-mutant animals or is everything vegan? Or do they go with the more disturbing option?

Edit: Or is this the book with giant mutated insects for food and labour? I seem to remember that being a thing in one of these books.
 

Dalillama

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Every Palladium setting just becomes Rifts.
This is pre-Rifts, though. Rifts is what happened when they'd crammed so much weird shit into AtB that it kinda broke the fiction, and there was a bunch more stuff that just wouldn't fit, so screw it, let's start back from a custom apocalypse designed to make a kitchen sink world.
What does everyone eat in AtB? Does it specify? Like, are there non-mutant animals or is everything vegan? Or do they go with the more disturbing option?
It is not specified in so many words in this book. The description of the North as being dangerous due to roving bands of mutant carnivores implies rhat yhe disturbing option may be on the table. In Road Hogs we will see a mutant lizard that isn't sapient or humanoid but is the size of a bus, so apparently there's some animals that remain animals, if not 'normal' animals as such.
Edit: Or is this the book with giant mutated insects for food and labour? I seem to remember that being a thing in one of these books.
A giant riding beetle will appear in one of the adventures, but I don't recall any generalities being stated. The same adventure introduces sapient mutant ants, though, so who the hell knows.
 

Nate_MI

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A giant riding beetle will appear in one of the adventures, but I don't recall any generalities being stated. The same adventure introduces sapient mutant ants, though, so who the hell knows.
"Sapient ant" is a terrifying possibility. Do they know about castes and the like? What do you do if the queen is still non-sentient but giant?
 

Dalillama

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"Sapient ant" is a terrifying possibility. Do they know about castes and the like? What do you do if the queen is still non-sentient but giant?
They do know about castes to an extent; there's a Queen, some drones and some warriors. nonsapient giant ants would be a hell of a threat.
 

Dalillama

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The upshot of all this is that the Empire is mostly unassailable, and wins most set-piece battles within the Contested Lands, but has limited capacity to garrison occupied territory and can't extend their supply lines without doing so. Cardanian forces will prefer guerrilla tactics, lots of snipers behind every tree, deadly ambushes followed by hasty retreats, and all that kinda thing. The Free Cattle play the same kinda of gamea, with bonus sneaking into the camp to cut sleeping throats. Presumably the Empire isn't trying hard to expand North, because it's too busy with Cardania and can't spare the troops. Plus there's terrain and climate issues. If anyone could successfully sabotage the fusion reactor or the power armour factories the equation would change fast and hard.
 

DarkMoc

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The fact that the Empire's so tiny and that the Free Cattle occupy so much land will lead to some oddities in further books. I don't want to say anything more yet since we're still in the main AtB book, but I want to have this as a reminder to address it later.
 

Dalillama

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The fact that the Empire's so tiny and that the Free Cattle occupy so much land will lead to some oddities in further books. I don't want to say anything more yet since we're still in the main AtB book, but I want to have this as a reminder to address it later.
Road Hogs will bring some of that up, but that's as far as this read through goes.
 
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