Please Paizo, Move up the release date of Hell’s Rebels. Gareth Pugh needs rescuing.
You may remember my theory that based on his Spring 2015 collection, the Hell’s Rebels AP was going to center around rescuing Gareth Pugh from the Chelaxians.
Well, he just released his Fall 2015 collection, and it looks like he’s still trapped in Cheliax, working for House Thrune.
He has shown in the past that he can dress a wider variety of Golarian inhabitants.
He can dress the Kellid and The Technic League
(Spring 2008, Spring 2014)
And Enora and Seltyiel.
(Fall 2013, Spring 2013)
He must be returned to wider Golarion!
Great News Everyone! (but possibly mild spoliers)
The Technology Guide just came out (which is pretty awesome news in and of itself!) and it contains no less than 5 pieces of armour made of “polymers”, which is just a fancy-science name for polyester. Since plastic is available, I guess that means that Dita von Tease beats out Anouk Wipprecht to be Evil Queen of Numeria.
One of the armour pieces also contains the tantalizing description: “the alien aesthetics of its Androffan design”. I cannot wait to see what that means.
Also in the Tech Guide…. Duct Tape! Because you never know when you’ll get a rip in your polymer armour. It appears to come in several fashion colours, so you don’t have to comprise your armour’s look.
Gucci Fall 2014 RTW
Currently, this researcher is in the depths of the Silver Mount, trying to unlock its secrets for the Technic League. She has already appropriated pleather boots from the wreckage, ‘for research purposes’.
Note the protective glasses and stylish lab coat. Safety First.
Gucci fall 2014 Ready to Wear.
These showed up in my web research on Numeria and cracked me up. Their ‘model number’ is “Numeria” and they completely fit into my reto-futurism dreams and/or expectations for Numeria.
The were only $20, so I had to buy them. But the heal (including the platform) is six inches, so I’m not sure I can ever wear them.
Now that I’ve exposed my weakness and price point, I fully expect to see more shoes in the same line: gold gladiator sandals named ‘Osirion’, baroque satin mules named ‘Taldor’, Kick-ass motorcycle boots named ‘Belkzen’.
I have become completely enthralled with the sleeve worn but the member of the Technic League on pg 33 of Numeria. This is obviously how the TL recruits new members. With great sleeves.
The sleeve part looks like a standard 2-piece jacket sleeve down to the elbow. The bodice part has an undersized side panel, which ends just a few inches below the armscye (The seam where the sleeve is sewn to the bodice). I have no idea what to call this, so I’m going to go with “gusset”, even thought that’s not what it is)
The coat is made from 2 different fabrics, one for most of the coat and one for the under sleeve and gusset. Presumably, this is for ventilation or freedom of movement.
I can’t wait to reverse engineer it and see how it works. There’s also some interesting chevroning around the waist. I have nowhere to wear this coat, but I’m dying to figure out how it’s made.
I’m pretty excited. But I don’t get out much. I’ve made it up to about page 30 of Numeria (because I’m the world’s slowest reader) and found this little gem on pg 25 in the section on Corrosive Rain (emphasis mine):
Rains vary widely in what they affect, some dissolving nearly any material, others affecting only organic matter, metal, or plastics.
Unrelatedly, last week’s What If xkcd tackled the question of how much real dinosaur (via petroleum) is in a plastic toy dinosaur. Short answer: not much. He doesn’t ask the more important question: What is the AC of a polyester jumpsuit, and whether it can be raised my adding more dinosaur.
This weekend, I got the answers to all my burning questions about Numeria when my book arrived. And, as always, more questions were raised than answered. I’m only about 20 pages in (as of this writing), so I may have to eat my words later.
Answer to the Most important Question:
Ruffian Spring 2011 Ready to Wear
YES (with caveat): There is polyester! I feel foolish for even asking. The android on page 57 is rocking a mauve and white, belted, sleeveless, double breasted, flared pantsuit. It is exactly as glorious as it sounds. With that description, how could it be anything other than polyester? It looks a lot like this white suit from Ruffian’s Spring 2011 Ready to Wear collection. Also, since she’s an android described as having “synthetic skin”, she essentially is polyester.
Louise Goldin Fall 2008 Ready to Wear
The Numerian Gunslinger on pg 55 is wearing a standard issue superhero/speed-skater suit. The kind that requires an amount of stretch which is unattainable with natural fibres alone. This piece from Louise Goldin’s 2008 Fall collection displays similar amounts of stretch and contrasting seam inserts. (ETA: The artist posted the Gunslinger image on deviant art)
From these facts, I am cautiously optimistic that there is polyester, despite no actual mention of petroleum-based fabric.
Speaking of synthetic materials: Am I the only one hoping the Technology Guide includes recipes for making polymers, like the formulas in the Alchemist’s Handbook?
This is how I want Iron Gods to start…
The Silver Mount has been acting ominously lately… drawing a crowd of onlookers, including the intrepid adventuring party.
The pneumatic space ship doors slowly open… smoke billows out… a walk way connects to the ground… and The Blonds spring 2014 runway show emerges from the ship.
Also with him… because…. reasons…. or something. It came from Fashion East‘s Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection. Which is another very Numerian “space tech meets barbarians, Thundarr/Mad Max” style collection.
The Kellid people of Numeria pose an interesting fashion challenge. On the one hand, they dress in natural hides and leathers. On the other, they have a frikken space ship crashed in their back yard. They’re known to distrust magic, but do they distrust technology as well?
Nicholas K (this one is from Fall 2013, Ready to Wear) works as well for the Kellid of Numeria as for the Kellid of Realm of the Mammoth Lords, like Amiri.
Are the Kellid who live close to the Silver Mount influenced by its fashion? As a spaceship, presumably it has clothes inside. Do the Kellid and/or Technic League raid it for complete clothes, for materials to make clothes from, or let it alone (sartorially speaking)?
I kind of got attached to the idea of the Kellid gathering bits of detritus from the wreckage and having no use for it as technology, weaving into their clothing as adornment. (Cliche, but there you have it)
(Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 Ready to Wear, Lanvin Spring 2011 Ready to Wear, Lanvin Fall 2009 Ready To Wear)
I fear this is what will happen when the Kellid start messing around with Numerian technology they don’t understand.
McQueen Fall 2009 Ready to Wear.