Equipment in Skraypers(TM)

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My MDC replacement rules are being used with the armors described below. This means that all attacks are divided into the damage categories of Normal (N), Extraordinary (E), Superhuman (SH) and Supernatural (SN). Similarly, all armors have an armor rating (AR) and an SDC total. Depending on the type and quality of armor and the damage category of the attack, strike rolls that are less than or equal (LTE) to the AR may either do no damage, partial damage or full damage to the armor, and powerful attacks may penetrate weaker armors and do damage to the wearer even when the strike roll is under the AR. For this reason, each armor has a table which lists the four damage categories and indicates what damage is taken by the armor (shown as an "A=" entry) and what damage is taken by the wearer (shown as a "W=" entry) if the strike roll is less than the AR.


One of the most useful items on Seeron, especially for Skraypers, is metafabric. Metafabric outfits generally cost three to four times as much as a similar standard outfit, but are very durable and offer great flexibility in color and appearance. A unique synthetic fabric, it was designed to be very tough and resistant to abrasion. However, much more important, is its ability to change its color, texture and, to a limited extent, its physical shape. A very basic appliance computer and touch sensitive pad is embedded in the cloth which uses a small electric charge to trigger the metamorphosis. Most metafabric outfits will come with a pre-programmed selection of colors and textures, with each tap on the touch pad signaling it to change to the next selection. More expensive items may even allow for minor changes in the shape, such as altering the collar or neckline, tightening or loosening its overall fit, or raising or lowering the hem line by a few inches. It is the perfect tool for Skraypers, who can be wearing a basic jumpsuit or other outfit while in their secret ID, and with a touch of a button transform it to their brightly colored costume.

Computers and Communications


Although the vast majority of adults will have a personal datacomp, with its full computer capabilities and visual user interface, many families cannot afford them for every family member, especially since the war. Children are often given much cheaper portable radios that offer audio communications, time and date, and time alarm functions. They typically cost between 25 and 100 credits, and have a range of 1 mile, sufficient for use anywhere within city bounds.


The basic personal hand-portable computer is referred to as a datacomp. There are a wide variety of datacomps, both in terms of features and cost, from a half dozen major manufacturers, but unless otherwise specified, all datacomps have the following features.

Standard Features

The following are some of the most popular models of datacomps currently on the market.

Mini Computer Cores

The mini computer usually fills the role of the central computer in a home or small business office. The standard home computer is powerful enough for 10 to 20 people to use it simultaneously without any performance degredation. Slightly larger and more powerful business versions might support 100 to 200 simultaneous users. Each user requires their own user interface, whether flat panel or holo projector, but they all access the same computer. Generally, assume that there will be at least an audio sensor in every room, allowing voice commands to turn on and off lights, music, appliances, etc. In most rooms, but not necessarily all, there will also be at least one display panel or holo projector.

The mini computer will usually also fill the roll of master security system in charge of the building's locks, sensors and defenses, as well as acting as the gateway and security firewall for access to and from the GDN.

Standard Features

One very popular product which is available as an add-on to almost any mini-computer is the Holovista suite. It includes some specially designed holo projectors and large panels capable of 3-D imaging that can allow one wall or an entire room, including floor and ceiling, to portray a realistic illusion of any desired view, enviornment or setting, from outer space to deepest jungle to bottom of a mystical ocean. The illusion can include appropriate sounds, scents and even air movement such as gentle breezes. The range of Holovista products starts at 1,000 credits for one wall or 2,000 credits for an entire room capable of presenting a decent illusion, and goes to 10,000 credits or more for the most extravagent and realistic systems.

The following are some of the most popular models of mini computer cores currently on the market.


Medical Tools



Personal sensors most often take the form of goggles, cameras or combat helmet HUDs (heads up display). Multiple sensors can be incorporated into one device, but at an increased cost. Add up the cost of each component and then increase it by 50%.

For a lot more details about both surveillance and counter-surveillance devices, check out my page on espionage in Skraypers.



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