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Assume I know only the barest minimum about Eclipse Phase: just read a blurb or two.

What kinds of horror stories does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?

(What are the 'signature' horror elements of the game? Are there monsters? If so, what literary/cinematic vein would they fit most?)

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The central monsters of Eclipse Phase are a family of man-made (but incomprehensibly alien) killing machines called the TITANS. The TITANS take different forms. Examples:

  • Killer robots
  • Flesh-eating nanomachines
  • Nanotech computer virus strains that can infect a living person's brain
  • "Singularity" AIs whose intelligence grows exponentially, dwarfing human comprehension
  • Hive ships that devour living creatures for protein and nutrients

Other horrors of Eclipse Phase are varied; but, include:

  • The extinction of the human race; the destruction of Earth
  • Loss of identity; giving up what it means to be human
  • Man-made suffering; the use of technology without moral boundaries
  • Crazed psychics
  • WMDs
  • The prospect of being trapped forever in a databank, without a body
  • Hostile first contact (I don't know much about aliens in Eclipse Phase; our GM mentioned in passing that they exist)
  • The lonely, empty void of space
  • Environmental hazards (vacuum, heat, radiation)
  • The incomprehensible wrongness of technology that warps reality (the Pandora Gates)
  • Prejudice (against AIs, or certain morph types)
  • Knowledge brings suffering, insanity
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Fear of the unknown is the kind of horror I'd link Eclipse Phase too. Humanity is more powerful then ever before but there are new things which despite our extremely advanced science we still don't understand. Imagine a world where you can't die and then add the something that can kill you. There are places people don't go because they don't come back and if someone does make it back they're different...somehow. Also the unknown of waking up in a new body with no memory of the past 2 weeks. What happened?

There are monsters but they aren't specifically statted out if I remember right. It leaves that up whoever's running. Many times the monster is just a normal person who's infected. Part of this too is because the monsters will adapt and change as quickly as humanity. And humanity can change their forms at the drop of a hat.

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Personal horror: Alienation

You body is a thing you can change daily. It stopped defining you a long time ago. Even sex is not a thing of the past: you can be male at breakfast on Luna, female at lunchtime on Mars, and a whale swimming in the Sun in the evening.

Your mind can be saved and stored, you can erase those painful memories, you can fork yourself and have many version of yourself running around. Who are you? What have you become?

The opposition to the player characters could be the player characters. They were just forks trying to stop what they saw as forks of themselves doing things against their wishes. Who is the original? Who is the fork? Does it even matter?

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