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.
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?
June is rapidly approaching and a goblin’s thoughts turn to Numeria. The campaign setting book comes out next month. So, before I get spoilered, it’s time to start making ridiculous statements about what I expect for the Fashions of Numeria.
The official boards are full of question and speculations about the region. Mostly about lightsabers. But so far, no one has asked the Most Important Question: Will there be polyester? Or its less important (ie: not Fashion related) parent question: Will there be plastic? Logic would suggest, “yes”, because (here on Earth) it’s hard to imagine building a spaceship without knowing how to process petroleum. The Shory were able to get cities airborne using magic, but I far as I know, those weren’t space faring.
According to all the documentaries I’ve seen (like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Forbidden Planet, and Galaxy Quest) the first thing space faring people need are sleek, polyester jumpsuits. Jumpsuits were “a thing” on the Runways in about 2010 (*shudder*), so there were plenty to choose from. I looked at about 300 images (who said fashion blogging was easy?) of over 2000 to find the perfect one. I was honestly, truly trying not to use another McQueen, but this jumpsuit (from his Fall 2004 Ready to Wear collection) is Retro-Futuristic perfection.
This dress is from Iris van Herpen and has a really great dark futuristic look. Also. It’s 3D printed. So that’s awesome.
If polyester jumpsuits don’t convince you, here’s another reason to include plastic in Golarion. It conjures up some fantastic mental images. The Sandpoint goblins on Junk Beach… now picture them with making nets out of old six pack rings that washed up on the beach.