[Lore] VR Maids

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[Lore] VR Maids

Post by TehMagicPudding » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:09 am

So, New to Icon are ya? Or are you an old vet just wanting to refresh your memory before your next Cache run? Either way, Sparky Ohm is here to help.
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See, I'm what the old Role Playing nerds call a "fixer", which means I buy, sell, and trade information and favors. Now, I've been at this since the first Icon e-sports tournament, and I'm out of the game. Instead, I sell these little guides for tourists, since that's all my old self is up for doing any more. Let's get started will we.

Table of Contents

1. Basics
2. History of Icon
3. Worlds
4. Common Slang
5. Big Names
6. Hotspots
7. A Warning
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Chapter 1: The Basics

You're probably here because you're fairly new to Icon, fresh out of Tenjin. That's okay, Sparky don't judge. You paid for this guide anyways. I'll walk you though some of the Basics of how Icon works.

Avatar - This is your appearance here in Icon, how people see you. Avatars can be made to look however you want. When you first sign in, you're given the ability to modify your Avatar to suit your whim, as long as they stay humanoid. You can be a little girl in a frilly dress running around the World of Death blowing cyber scorpions away with a sawed off shotgun, or a fancy elf slaying orcs with your sword in Myrmadon. Again, I don't judge. As you work your way up the ladder, earning Cache and Gear, you get to customize your avatar at a whim. Wanna become a cyborg alien with metal spider legs and a gatling gun for an arm? Find or buy the right custom gear and you'll look the part. Anything is possible.

Licensed Avatars are pretty common. From Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk, to Shantae the Genie and Shovel Knight, you can buy, build, or find it somewhere. There are even bootleg skins of big name players, like eX M4chin4 and Starry Mist. Those are usually worn by hopeless fanboys, or the ladies at the underground Banraku Parlors. Just remember that wearing a Licensed Avatar Skin overrides all of your other appearance looks, but it doesn't hide your Username.

Username - What everyone knows you as. It's that name that appears over your head that everyone can see. Usernames tend to fall into one of two categories. First, you have folks that use actual names that they came up with, the Role Play streamer Farah Stormshield. The second group are the people who use phrases and l33tspeak, like TheMagicBaconMan and xXxHaxx0rXxX. Either way, it's what people know you as.

Cache - Money. Plain and simple. You can use it for things both in Icon, and in real life. McDonald's is running a delivery special right now, if you're interested.

Gear - The equipment that you use when you play the game. Everything ranging from clothes, accessories, shields, armor, weapons, utilities, and pets. I'll go over each of the categories here.
  • Clothing - Purely cosmetic outfits. Cosmetically, it replaces your armor in the Worlds that allow you to wear them. Licensed skins fall into this section, counting as an entire outfit. No wearing your skins piecemeal. Unless you paid someone very well to get separate pieces of clothing. Not much else to say here.
  • Accessories - Modifiers to your clothing. It makes certain changes to a piece of clothing. For example, do you own a fancy suit? If so, accessories make your suit different kind of cuts and styles. You can turn that single breasted three-piece suit into a zoot suit, if you're so inclined.
  • Shields - These are invisible, recharging deflector shields that protect your Avatar from damage. They can only soak so much damage before failing, so be careful. High end shields also have other effects, like damaging enemies that hit you in melee, or causing an explosion when they run out of power. Some worlds prohibit the use of shields, so pay attention to where you are.
  • Armor - Again, protective gear. The difference is that this gear automatically pulls up when a player is using Gear that shows them your resistances. In most worlds, you armor is hidden under Clothing, but some worlds make you take Clothing off, so only your armor can be seen. Further still, some worlds prohibit what kind of armor you can wear. You can't take a Cryo-Tech Cyber Battlesuit to the Fantasy World of Myrmadon, for example.
  • Weapons - The weapons you use to fight other players. Obviously. Just about anything you can think of appears. A few examples include, swords, bow and arrows, hammers, machine guns, pistols, grenades, throwing knives, laser blades, laser rifles, and rocket launchers. The more powerful a weapon is, the less ammo you can carry for it. So a standard longbow with no special effects can carry a hundred arrows, while a magnetic compound bow that creates poisoned explosions wherever your arrow hits can only carry a dozen arrows.
  • Utilities - Side equipment. Healing items, sports equipment, vehicles, and movies and books (Like this one) go here. Healing items are pretty obvious, you use them, and they heal damage inflicted upon your Avatar or your Gear. Sports equipment is usually used in the vacation Worlds. What? You can't go skiing without a pair of skis. They can also be used in other worlds, like that time TheMagicBaconMan used a skateboard to get around a battlefield. Vehicles get pretty crazy. In Fantasy Worlds, that can be a wagon, a horse, or a boat of some kind. In the Sci-Fi worlds, you can get hover-bikes, tanks, and space ships. All of these can be customized, if you're so inclined. I don't feel that I need to explain movies or books too much. You watch or read them. Some create a small interactive experience, like those visual novels. Just be careful where you use them. You're a sitting duck when you're busy reading Lord of the Rings.
Zeroing Out - Be careful. For most of the high level experiences in Icon, you run the risk of Zeroing Out your account. When you die in areas where this is allowed, you lose all of your Cache and Gear. It just explodes out in a shower of gold coins and guns. If you're playing with friends, you can have them save your stuff and return it to you later. Assuming they don't Zero Out too. If you're skilled you can make a pretty decent living on the World of Death by Zeroing Out players and taking their things.
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Post by TehMagicPudding » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:41 am

Chapter 2: History of Icon

Icon got its start back in 2019, as a simple Virtual Reality social program that had a few games. It was originally named "The Iconic Productions Collection", after the company that published it, Iconic Productions. It was actually pretty popular. They bought out a bunch of VR game developers and bundled their games into the Collection. As time passed and VR technology improved, Iconic Productions started making their game bigger and better. Iconic began acquiring bigger and bigger companies and intellectual properties. They even bought out Electronic Arts and Capcom. Their market share was growing fast, and soon they started hosting VR e-sports games. The first serious event was EVO, back in 2022. Owning several massive IP's, Cache was starting to gain real world value. At first it wasn't much, you could trade obscene amounts of Cache for a decent amount of real money. Eventually, Cache started becoming valid tender for physical products, mostly gaming supplies.

It wasn't until 2035 that a good number of companies started accepting Cache. Now you could buy food and toilet paper, and earn the money to buy it with, all without leaving the house. Your stuff would even be delivered by a drone. Pretty neat, huh?

The biggest event in Icon's history was the Slaughter back in 2040, where a clan of players known as Deth Sekt went on a rampage, killing everyone in their way. Millions of accounts were Zero'd, and lots of loot was lost. Shortly after, Iconic Productions instituted hard lines on PvP, PvE, and Social-Only Areas. They also made Zeroing Out only apply to the higher level activities.

These days, Icon is pervasive. The number of Virtual Jobs are set to overtake Real World Jobs in the next twenty years. I'm not even going to touch that. Some fruit hangs too low, even for me. Just about everybody with any access to internet has an Icon account, and there are schools, vacations, and even Virtual Homes.
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Post by TehMagicPudding » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:27 am

Chapter 3: Worlds

Icon features a variety of different worlds for players to explore, all with their own experiences. We'll go through all 12 of them here.

Before we go through the nitty gritty of the worlds, I'll educate you on how travel works here. All of the worlds exist in a sort of "solar system" centered around Utopia, where you can travel through all of the planets in one continuous trip. There are four ways to travel between the worlds.

1. Gates - Gates are point to point doorways between Worlds. Each one goes to one other specific gate on another World. There are also gates that travel to other gates on the same World. Be careful going through theses going to PvP Worlds, people like to camp these for easy Cache.

2. Drop Gates - Like Gates, Drop Gates are doorways to another World. Unlike normal Gates, Drop Gates are one way. A Drop Gate transports whoever uses it to a point over the destination world. Literally over. You air drop in, from the sky. Don't worry about the fall, you get immunity to fall damage until you landed. You can still be shot out of the sky, though.

3. Teleport Gear - There are easy-to-get items that can warp players from point to point. Depending on the world that they come from, they might take the form of a magic crystal, a magic scroll, a military map, or a high tech computer device. Teleporters only deliver players to a specific point on each world, common to each teleporter, with the exception of social zones. You can teleport to any public point in a social zone with a teleporter.

4. Spaceship - If you own a spaceship, you can straight up fly to other Worlds. Be wary, however. Space is PvP, and a Zero Zone.

I'll put a couple of codes next to the World names so you know what rules apply where.

S - Social - No combat, period. Your weapons are locked off until you leave.
PvE - Player VS Environment - The only things that can hurt you here are AI controlled enemies and environmental hazards.
PvP - Player VS Player - Same as PvE, except you can also be harmed by other players.
0 - Zero Zone - You can get Zero'd here.

Tenjin - PvE -The beginner's world, this is where everybody starts out.

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Named after the Japanese Kami of Scholarship and Learning, every player is dropped off here. You learn the basics of all gameplay, from combat to crafting. You even get to practice Air Drops and vehicle driving. Once you've completed all the tutorials, you're allowed to leave to the other Worlds. Everything here is styled after Feudal Japan.

Utopia - S - The city

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The biggest and most populated social zone, Utopia is modeled to resemble a metropolis, mostly New York City. There are stores run by the biggest companies selling listened Gear and merchandise. In addition, there are also dance clubs, bars, strip clubs, and brothels, if you know where to look.

... What? You're telling me you can't believe someone would pay for VR nookie, in a world where any fantasy can happen? What rock have you been living under?

There are also races and other competitions to experience, but I won't spoil all of the fun.

Skywatch - S - The Fantasy social zone

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This is the Fantasy themed social zone. Skywatch is modeled to resemble a modestly sized medieval town. Equipment is restricted to medieval fantasy themed Gear. Other than that, there isn't really much to say. Have a horse race, arm wrestle with an orc, or spend a while in the pillory. Stop by the tavern and hit up the bar maid, if you're feeling up to it. She might not leave a bruise.

ExoTerra - S - The Sci Fi social zone

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This is the Sci Fi themed social zone. It is modeled after a simple space station. Equipment is restricted to futuristic themed Gear. There are spaceship races, hover bike races, shooting galleries, and a club featuring the hottest alien bands. Be careful around windows. Getting flushed out into space hurts like hell.

Myrmadon - PvE - Fantasy

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If you like medieval fantasy, this is the world for you. Rolling plains of green and pink hide ancient ruins and secret bandit camps. Protect merchant caravans from Orc bandits, hunt dragons for their scales, and plunder the tombs of evil wizards. Just watch out for the World Boss, the Praxic Frost. Wherever he goes, a blizzard follows, and he likes to roam the outskirts of Myrmadon. Makes killer snow cones.

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Smuggler's Verge - PvE - Sci Fi

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For those who are more inclined towards Science Fiction. Smuggler's Verge is set in one of the lawless regions of space. Hunt robotic monsters, stalk outlaws for the bounties on their heads, and loot abandoned scientific laboratories for sellable salvage. The World Boss is the Whisper. A cybernetically enhanced serial killer who's been driven completely insane from attempts to turn him into a living weapon for hire. He hides in the network of underground laboratories that run all throughout Smuggler's Verge. Once you've gone down there, you've become the prey. Tells the best jokes.

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Champion's Arena - PvP - Fantasy

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Once you're feeling brave enough to take on other players head to head, head to the Champion's Arena. This is the Fantasy PvP zone. One on one duels, team battles, free for all battle royales, jousting, sports, you can do a lot here. Put up some Cache and you might get rewarded. Or you can bet on any of the ongoing matches. Just try to leave with the shirt on your back. More than a few Avatars are spotted leaving in their underwear after making bets their butts couldn't cash.

Dark Star Station - PvP - Sci Fi

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When you're bored of dueling medieval knights, and you're feeling up to a gunfight, swing on over to Dark Star Station. From quick draw duels, to battle races, if you can think of a combat application, it probably happens here. Again, bets are allowed. Don't be surprised if you catch a few amateur fixers hanging around, trying to sell info for any amount of Cache they can get. Listen with one ear, sometimes these kiddies stumble onto gold.

Lavablight Mountains - PvP, PvE, 0 - Fantasy

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You read that right. Player vs player and player versus environment. The Lavablight Mountains are teeming with deadly critters that are looking to bite your head off, but they drop pretty good loot. Just watch out for other players looking for that same loot. Remember that you can be Zero'd here. The World Boss is the Eternal Sun Dragon. Bigger than a mountain, this beast is bad news. Bring friends if you want even a chance at taking it down. If you're feeling man enough to fight this, the Eternal Sun Dragon usually hangs out inside of volcanoes.

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Voidblight Wastes - PvP, PvE, 0 - Sci Fi

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For Sci Fi diehards, head on out to the Voidblight Wastes. What was once a sprawling city was destroyed by an unknown cataclysm, and now only mutants, mercenaries, and strange beasts tainted by the cataclysm. Don't step into the hot zones without your best Gear. Again, you're equally at risk from the local monsters as you are from other players. Hunt in packs to survive. The World Boss here is the Burning Witch. Don't let her small stature compared to the other World Bosses fool you, she's just as bad as the rest of them. She's just as tough, and to make up for not being the size of a building by brining the cultists who worship her to the fight. Despite the crazy cult, she's actually rather pleasant if you get to know her. Her cult is based out of the central reservoir in the center of the city.

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The World of Death - PvP, PvE, 0 - Anything Goes

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That isn't a joke. The World of Death is for the big dogs. The nastiest monsters of all of the worlds appear here, and there are players everywhere looking to gun each other down for Cache. Exercise extreme caution, you will die a lot here. The World Boss is the END BRINGER. I didn't allcaps for emphasis, that is how it's shown in game. This thing is big, mean, tough, smart, and hates everything. It's only been killed once, and that was with one hundred and sixty four players working together with a combined land and air assault. Even then, only fifteen players survived to loot the body. Then the END BRINGER was back the very next week. The END BRINGER goes wherever it wants. Play it safe and avoid it. It's the biggest monster in all of Icon, standing at over twice the height of the empire state building.

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Paradise - S - Resort and Casino

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Feel like letting off a little steam, and maybe making a little Cache on the side? Paradise is the place to go. There's a casino where you can bet Cache on all kinds of casino games, from slots to races. Outside the resort itself, there's plenty of vacation activities to get up to. You can go mountain climbing, hiking, boating, BMX riding, surfing, just to name a few. There's even an entire winter lodge so you can ski, go snowboarding, have a snowball fight, and make snow angles. Be careful on the advanced activities. You can get Zero'd on the most challenging activities.
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