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Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004, 02:13 pm
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Ark
Set on board a 25 mile long colony ship that set out from earth an unknown time ago. The ship suffered damage a couple of centuries ago and the occupants were awoken by automated processes and in the meantime several mutinies and machinery breakdowns have left the populace in a primitive and tribal state.
The descendants of the original occupants are now gathered together in several towns and villages spread around the ship in different compartments. People from towns in the engineering and engine sections have begun to suffer debilitating mutations and are shunned as lepers. Large settlements have also grown up around other areas like the armoury, warehouses and kitchens. National identity has given way to racial identity since no one really remembers anything about earth or the countries and their conflicts - tribal identity supercedes all of them anyway.
The ship is controlled from the city based around the bridge which is overseen by the Mandarin - a descendant of the leader of the last victorious mutiny.

Probably already been done (as with so many of my ideas) but what the hey.

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
underwonderland

Sounds interesting to me.

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Thanks :) It's one of my A list ideas (one of the ones I'd be interested in developing as a fully fledged background someday. I have a few more I'll be putting on LJ since notepads are notoriously easy to lose or destroy.

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
bighairyfinn

Similar-ish off my head:
You'd enjoy these:

James Follet's Earthsearch radio show has such a sship, but an interesting encounter with a derelict. The tribes are interesting; the conservatives that don't believe they are on a ship and the others who know its a ship, but are a female society where males are kept in stasis and woken up for 'services'...

Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri's Druuna comics series... the weird city with mutants...

Then there is a short story collection - author =??? one episode that has such ships, only they are underground in a bunker in China due to some cold war test.

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
sshi

I know that last one, I think - it is told from the perspective of a couple of Westerners abseiling and rapeling down into the bunker, right? Can't think who wrote it though. Not Kim Stanley Robinson, as I though at first...

Sun, Dec. 5th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
bighairyfinn

Yes, excatly that one. I'm not sure if its in an anthology collection I have or is it one of those books in the library I read 10 times over through the years.

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, I was thinking there might have been several of these Arks made and sent out over time and there might be an encounter with another one as a plot point, with the occupants being disinterested or unaware in what lay outside the ship the encounters could be anything that challenged their ignorance really.
The ship I had in mind would have little room for fully fledged societies or vastly differing ideologies really, with only a few thousand occupants and all, I'm thinking that the culture would be pretty unremarkable for most people but the overall theme would stem from the bridge town and whoever was in command.

Sat, Dec. 4th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
bastun_ie

Sorry, it's been done. It was one of the early TSR games, IIRC. Possibly called Metamorphosis Alpha?

(Quick Google later) - Yep, sorry.