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August 18th, 2014, 10:38
According to the Torment: Tides of Numenera Tumblr page Lead Design Adam Heine has answered more questions on his blog.

AstroBull has a question about the Numenera setting:

"I have a question about the TTON time scale. In a previous AMA response, you mention ďthe setting of Numenera and Torment is Earth one billion years in the future, known as the Ninth World. A billion years is as far removed from us as we are removed from being single-celled organisms.Ē This brings up questions regarding biological evolution. As far as I am aware, many/most characters in TTON will be recognizably human, though Iím sure with changes both genetic and technological in origin. Still, it would take quite the suspension of disbelief for me to believe that Homo sapiens as we know it would exist in this future, rather than some potentially un-recognizable descendent.Couldnít the premise of ages of civilizations with vastly advanced tech followed by a dark age work for, say, 20 million years? Will there be some explanation as to why humans still exist in the unfathomable distant future?"

Adam Heine'S Answer:

You are absolutely right. In one billion years, humans and everything else will have evolved, the continents will have come back together and split apart again, and none of it will matter because the sun will have expanded to the point where life on Earth will be impossible.

Assuming nobody does anything about it.

Thatís the thing, though. In those billion years, at least eight ultra-powerful civilizations have arisen (or arrived) and then disappeared, each one advanced to incredible power far (FAR FAR) beyond what we are currently capable of. And each one messed with the Earth in substantial ways.

At least one of them had mastered planetary engineering and stellar lifting. At least one could fiddle with the laws of physics the way we play with Legos. At least one explored parallel universes and alternate dimensions. And more than one wasnít human.

So why are there humans at all, or anything even remotely close? The Ninth Worlders donít know the answer to that. Their recorded history only goes back about 900 years, before which humans lived in barbaric tribes and isolated farming villages. No one knows how long itís been since the previous civilization disappeared, nor where Ninth Worlders came from. They have a sense that Earth was once theirs, and then it wasnít, and now it is again, but they have no idea how this could be.

Will there be some explanation for you, the player? Not in Torment, and maybe not inNumenera at all. Itís not critical to Torment's story, but more than that, it's part of the mystery of the setting. And mystery is critical to making this setting work.

As for why a billion, instead of some other large-but-sufficient number, Monte Cook has a better answer than I could give.
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August 18th, 2014, 10:38
I love it!! I love the sense of mystery! I'm glad they aren't explaining *everything* in the game. I kind of like that the player is left to wonder, endlessly.

And thanks for posting this AMA - I was wondering about this myself, and now finally my question has been answered. I'm actually looking forward to this game waaaay more than I expected.

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August 18th, 2014, 12:18
So it is going to be a sci-fi game?
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August 18th, 2014, 13:23
Smells that way and I can only dance hapily.
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August 18th, 2014, 14:08
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
So it is going to be a sci-fi game?
More like a game where (past) technology was so far advanced, that it is indistinguishable from magic for the denizens of the world who can find bits and pieces of it.

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I'm so tired of marketing hype, marketing slang, marketing priorities and general marketing BS that it tends to have the opposite effect on me. (Jaded is the word I'm looking for here.) I can't even read through a whole press release from any AAA title company without wanting to turn off my computer and learn to cross-stitch.
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August 18th, 2014, 17:57
Extending the life of the Sun is pretty straightforward, assuming it is actually technologically feasible. You would need to generate a convection layer near the core region and mix the accumulated helium ashes into the remainder of the stellar body. Perhaps it could be done with some sort of super-magnetic field generators to instill deep vortices at the solar poles. Megascale engineering fashioned by the super races of the future.

As for humans… maybe we were the result of a scientific experiment to restore ancient DNA to life. Then we were kept as pets in a futuristic zoo, so we couldn't harm anybody. Once things fell apart, we escaped.
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August 18th, 2014, 18:13
"At least one of them had mastered planetary engineering and stellar lifting. At least one could fiddle with the laws of physics the way we play with Legos. At least one explored parallel universes and alternate dimensions. And more than one wasn’t human."

So why will there still be rats (or rat-like things) in the sewers that I will have to dispatch with my +1 training sword?
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August 18th, 2014, 20:31
This one seems kind of under the radar compared to all the other Kickstarter stuff in the works, but it's actually the one I'm most excited about.
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