That's not exactly true. Like I was pointing out before almost everything on this planet breaks down. I'm no scientist but by doing a few google searches you'll find out that everything would break down after a few million years. Nothing we have made could be found after a few million years. Therefore, any technological relics from this time would be impossible to find in a billion years. You couldn't even hope to find evidence as far as I can tell, not even fossils! Therefore any relics that "could" be found in this setting would have to be made from a substance that doesn't even exist on our periodic table! I'm not saying its impossible, maybe all the relics that are found are made out of some sort of nano-reproductive substance that reconstructs itself or something else of the like which doesn't exist yet.Sardaukar wrote:Only someone -from- that future could tell you if it's realistic.anonymous6059 wrote: Another thing is why is the planet even inhabitable by humans in a billion years? Would it not be very likely that the earth's environment of changed so much that it would be highly unlikely be could live on the planet in a billion years?
Not that I can't suspend my disbelief or anything. I love the setting! Its just not realistic that's all.
From here we can no more understand the mechanics underpinning the Ninth World than a trilobite could understand Jersey Shore. And trilobites were only 500+ million years ago, not a billion.
Another issue is being able to uncover these relics from the past. Would they not be buried under several miles and miles of earth? How is it that these item from different time periods would just so happen to conveniently be available? It'd be like everyone walking into their backyard and finding caveman/native American tools and weapons. Its not going to happen very often if ever because almost all of those items have been destroyed by time or are way under the ground. Sure, sometimes we uncover something trapped in amber, tar pits, or glaciers or whatever but its usually even then just a fossil. You don't just go out for a jog and stump your toe on a ancient axe. Time is very destructive and nothing we can do right now can prevent that. Its like the game setting underestimates WHAT A BILLION YEARS really means.
Lastly, why in the world would the planet be in such a disarray? If at any point we did have the technology to rebuild planets, create stars, and engineer the entire earth why would it be is such a horrible jumble of a mess? It would seem like someone would make it uniform at the very least. However, THIS IS A RPG SETTING and its not trying to be realistic. Its trying to be fun. Sure you can come up with interesting ways to explain how this or that happened but in the end its really not realistic at all. Its just for fun, just like a totally unrealistic medieval settings with dragons would be.
Again, I'm not saying that I don't like the setting. I'm currently reading the Dying earth because I'm very inspired by the setting. My point is that it does have some glaring issues which are hard to over look. Several of the issues I don't I've even noticed myself. Those issues I pretty sure were made on purpose though. They had to make the setting fit the requirements of a PnP world because that's exactly what it is.