The Fragment didn’t make it into the Master Edition version of WARP SHELL, but there was plenty to work with so converting over a class like this over to Master Edition was really an easy process. Especially when you follow the general outline as I talked about when we made Vogons from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Note: As with any custom character type, this was my approach to the character, but that doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. You can always tweak character types to better match your vision of what that Type should be.
Building the Fragment
Since the Fragment was already an existing class, my goal was to capture that original feel from CORE, but also pump it up a bit. I wanted the Fragment to feel at home within the sci-fi world of WARP SHELL, even though it’s essentially a mage in space. How to do it though? Well, when I realized that Fragments are meant to be closely tied to YOG, I had my answer.
But what is YOG?
YOG is a type of crystal that ran through a lot of second-edition ICRPG. It was magically charged and imbued with all sorts of properties. YOG could boost a spell casters magic in Alfheim, power a Warp Shell as it flew through the universe, and even keep Ghost Mountain afloat somewhere between Heaven and Hell. It was mentioned but never definitively defined, which kept it open for a lot of interpretation. But that also made it harder to implement consistently. So when Master Edition came along, YOG didn’t quite make the cut. That also meant that a character type, so tightly tied with YOG didn’t make much sense to include either.
But that’s okay! This just means we have a chance to revive the Fragment for Master Edition, and I really feel like focusing on the crystal aspect of this character type will set it apart from just any old mage in Alfheim. The crystals can be used to highlight all of the energy you might come across in space. They can glow or grow ominously. Maybe even be corrupted under the light of a Darkstar? Who knows!
If you choose to be a Fragment, I’d really hope you’d lean into the mysterious and alien side of sci-fi. Where there are things out in the universe that we don’t truly understand and the YOG and the Fragment can be tied into that. But how would you play the Fragment? What kind of character would you build? For me, I envision a Fragment floating through space to land on the surface of a burning star. Why would they need to do that and how would they survive? I don’t know, but it sounds awesome! Let me know who your Fragment character would be in the comments.
And I want to give a big thanks to my Kiln Supporters, who helped refine the Fragment. They got to see the first draft of this character type and help guide it from simply a fire mage in space to this crystal-focused character that I really think adds a nice touch to Warp Shell. Their feedback and thoughts are always so helpful and appreciated!
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