From: RJPugh@???.com Date: Tue, 30 Aug 94 20:34:55 EDT Subject: Re: Ringworld as a cosmic gameboard?
Hi folks. I was thinking about the "ringworld as a prison" idea on the way home from work, and I had another idea. (Eric, do you mind if I cite you? Don't answer, because I'm going to anyway.) What if dieties created the Ringworld as a type of chess board? Eric (above) had a miniature dyson sphere in his old campaign that served this purpose. A group of god used this sphere to test the powers of other gods, and of one another. But, the actual work was done through mortal champions and rulers. What if a ringworld was created for a similar purpose? Say a major dietie, like Ptah, created the Ringworld so that he and the other Egyptian dieties could have a very large area in which to conduct their experiments with various civilizations? In time, other dieties from other pantheons learned of this place and wanted to play too. The Ringworld was large enough for several pantheons to co-exist without any trouble, so eventually the Ring became filled with all sorts of different civilizations, with numerous dieties watching them on the side, and plotting against one another from time to time. Note that this would have taken place far in the past, before spelljamming or even planer travel became a practice of mortals. Eventually, the gods tired of using this round game board, and most of them abandoned it. But, they left their civilizations behind so to speak, and descendents of many of them are still there. If you traverse the Ringworld now, you will find evidence of nearly every race that has ever been known to exist, and even a few that haven't. Is that too strange for you? >:} Rich