Lore! Faction #3 - Faction Leader Name Poll

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What Should The Third Faction's Leader's Name Be?

  1. Erom the Wise

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  2. Synchron the Tranquil

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  3. Nyar the Unifier

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  4. Metrarch the Machinist

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  1. BradNicholson

    BradNicholson Uber Employee Uber Alumni

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    [Over the last couple of months, we've revealed two of the four known factions in Planetary Annihilation. This is the third faction reveal post. Each faction is led by a Commander with a core set of philosophies or principles that inform how his followers look at the universe and war. Also, we've been letting you help us name these guys and their factions. Here's the third post in the series. In this thread, vote to help us name this new faction leader!]

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    An intense, and maybe misguided, hatred borne from the ravages of Time Designation Zero is the driving force behind the philosophies of Planetary Annihilation’s third faction. In our universe, robots can hold a grudge. And more specifically, this faction’s leader is holding a really big one, dating back to a time when machines were almost an afterthought.

    We’d like to introduce you to this faction and its fiery leader, and we’ll do it with yet another short story by our writer Matthew Kehm. This is so good:

    A gentle breeze carried the scent of the first rains of the season among the thick forest canopy; the sounds of animals awakening from their nocturnal slumber echoing throughout. A kaleidoscope of flowers carpeted the forest floor below, appearing as waves on a vast ocean as they swayed in the breeze. Somewhere distant, the roar of a waterfall completed the symphony of sound as the first beams of daylight pierced the horizon.

    The music suddenly changed as another sound joined in, foreign, invasive, beginning as a whisper and growing louder as it drew near. Tendrils of smoke began to appear amongst the massive trees like ghostly fingers of an unseen spectre, searching for its next victim. Creatures who called the forest their home fled from the haze, and the sound approaching behind it. What had started as a whisper soon turned to a roar. Trees that had stood for centuries were ripped from their roots and thrown to the ground. Flowers that had carpeted the forest floor were reduced to blackened earth as streams of flame engulfed them. Through the smoke emerged the source of the destruction. Towering machines walked on massive metallic legs, burning and crushing all in their path. Behind them came even more machines, spraying the charred landscape with chemicals to ensure nothing would ever grow there again.

    As quickly as they had appeared the machines were gone, disappearing over a distant ridge to continue their campaign of destruction. As far as one could see there remained nothing but utter devastation, the once verdant land reduced to a charred wasteland. Life on this world, like many before it, had been extinguished.

    Commander Metrarch monitored the progress from his base on the far side of the system that his forces were now sweeping. Purging was nearly complete on the forth planet; once completed, his forces would move on to the next until all seven worlds in the system had been cleansed of biologics. Another system free from the chaos bred of them, and given the peace that only machines could provide. Together with the other Commanders of his faction, Metrarch would carve out a perfect society where machines could live unified and free, one sector at a time.

    At the center of it all was the primary obstacle to achieving his dream of peace and harmony in the universe: the Progenitors. Piecing together what he could from his fragmented memory, it had been the Progenitors that had caused Time Designation Zero, nearly destroying every machine in existence.

    Until they were found and eliminated, Metrarch knew his dream of the perfect society could never be achieved. But it did not end with the Progenitors. Every biologic had to be eradicated. No matter how insignificant it may be, there was always the possibility that one may eventually evolve to the point where it would threaten the very existence of all machines. The Progenitors had already proved that.

    To be sure, among machinekind, there were other Commanders that did not hold to the same goal that he and his followers did. They would in time. They had no alternative.

    There would come a day, Metrarch knew, when the universe would be free of any and all biologic. Every machine would live and work together in peace as equals. It would be the perfect society.

    It was a dream he had.


    A perfect society for robots, eh? Sounds like that won’t get in the way of any other faction leader’s desires. OH WAIT.

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    Anyway, like last time, we want your help to name this faction, its leader, and help steer the direction of its symbol. In our Backers-only message board, we have polls set up for the names. We also have a free-form thread about the symbol open for thoughts and ideas. Please come in and vote and share your input!

    Here’s an overall description:

    (Faction name) is led by Commander (name), who reactivated in a derelict transport ship with twenty other inactive Commanders. Able to activate twelve of the twenty, (name) and the other Commanders repaired the ship, finding nothing in its computers to give them a clue as to where they were. (Name) was able to pilot it to the nearest planet in the system, forming (faction name) soon afterward.

    Piecing together what he could of his memory, (name) core belief is only machines can bring true peace to the galaxy. Biologics breed strife, always seeking to dominate others, whether it is for the greater good or not, especially the ones he remembers as Progenitors. The perfect society will be one that is biologic free. Any machine that does not share this belief must be shunned, or in extreme cases, eliminated.​

    We’ve got several options for the name of the faction. Here’s the thread for it:
    • Erom the Wise
    • Synchron the Tranquil
    • Nyar the Unifier
    • Metrarch the Machinist
    We’ve also got several options for the name of its leader, some of which were suggested by our community in this thread. Here’s the new thread with the poll:
    • Order of the Tranquil
    • League of Pacification
    • The Synchronous
    • The Coalition
    • The Scourge – suggested by “allister”
    • The Unified Machine – suggested by “Nullimus”
    • Paradise Hammer – suggested by “Nayzablade”
    We got a ton of great responses last time, so we’re more than happy to do this again. Thanks for all the support and ideas, and have fun hopping into this discussion of the next faction. See you in the forums!
    Last edited: December 18, 2013
  2. Nullimus

    Nullimus Well-Known Member

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    The Machinest. Simply Perfect. :)
  3. DeathByDenim

    DeathByDenim Post Master General

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    It seems "Tal, Lord of Order" and "Peacebringer Edelam" are missing from the poll? And "Metrarch the Machinist" is missing from the list above.
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  4. BradNicholson

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  5. Bugamn

    Bugamn New Member

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    Why no leader has a simple name, like Bob, or Tim?
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  6. dhasenan

    dhasenan New Member

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    Why are all the factions led by male robots? Why do the robots even have gender? I don't imagine they have gonads or contribute genetic or quasi-genetic material to anything.
  7. lazlopsylus

    lazlopsylus New Member

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    I think you got the faction leader names and faction names flipped on the list in the main post. I don't think "Order of the Tranquil" is an option for a faction leader name, and I don't think "Erom the Wise" sounds much like a faction name...
  8. thekiller666

    thekiller666 Active Member

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    You are correct, at least the polls are ok.
  9. vulcantourist

    vulcantourist New Member

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    I can't vote for any of these choices... where's the space for my write-in vote?

    I vote for the faction leader to be named 0000001, which translates very roughly in Greek as Alpha. The name of the faction is 1001001, which translates very roughly in English as The Body Electric.
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  10. darklloyd

    darklloyd New Member

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    I'm just not digging any of the given leader names.

    How about something that speaks to his destructive side. The fiction showed the scorched earth policies of the faction so how about:
    Pyraxis the Cleanser
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    Torch
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    Infecundus the Clean [or Pristine] (that's the Latin word for sterile)
  11. czarkoff

    czarkoff New Member

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    It seems to me that the perverted idea of the faction is best matched with perverted name. I'm not good at making up first names, so I'll rip off darklloyd's idea and suggest "Torch, The Peacemaker".
  12. taihus

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    I personally like the idea of anything ending in "the Tranquil". It's wonderfully ironic, since he's anything but tranquil, but that's his ultimate goal. I'd also go with "the Pristine", as darklloyd suggested. I personally don't really like any of the name options much, but I can't really think of anything better at the moment.
  13. Nullimus

    Nullimus Well-Known Member

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    I choose "The Machinist" because the best faction name is "The Unified Machine" and "The Machinist" is the only name that really fits.

    In light of full disclosure, I suggested "The Unified Machine" and I would absolutely love to have that claim to fame on this.....
    ...Wait for it....
    AWESOME GAME!
  14. Gorbles

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    Metrarch seem cliched (the Machinist, heh).

    Voted for Nyar, has more of a human bent (yay paradox) and Unifier is more monolithic "our will be done" than Machinist.
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  15. calmesepai

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    I choose Tal, Lord of Order when it gets fixed :D
  16. Gunman006

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    Tim the Warlock :D
  17. alantoner

    alantoner New Member

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    After doing a quick google search:
    Erom: a company who makes Organic Raw Meal (What ever that is)
    Nyar: Popular, Marsh or Summer
    Metrarch: No direct hits, but reminds me of matriarch, the female head of a house.

    Of the names listed, I like "Synchron the Tranquil" the best. I feel it fits with the lore better than the others.
  18. erpman

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    Erasable Read Only Memory...appropriate!
  19. wolfman1911

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    I don't much care for any of the titles, but I like Synchron
  20. neophyr3

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    I like Nyar the Unifier. Just because I don't think I've ever seen a commander named something like Nyar. Sounds funny. The unifier seems to be the most descriptive of what his goal is, so I vote for that too.

    Also, is "the Machinists" trying to be a term that joins the ranks of sexist/racist/etc? I don't like it.
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