Oh wow, I illustrated some worldbuilding. i even made a little header for it
I’ve been a tad uncertain of trying my hand at tech since the timeline and setting is still a bit iffy since the latest massive retcons, but I guess this still sticks to canon well enough to go. Showing Pint here in his 15-17 years, post-scarring (bellystarscar) which encompasses an interesting arc that explores Frontier’s off-center cultures in-depth, as well as broaching chalkurites in an entirely different light. Dubious AI gods and zealot prophecy-obsessed mentor figures ahoy!
While resources aren’t exactly depleted in Frontier, it is much more economic and kind of a big deal that a lot of the technology is vat-engineered and grown in your backyard. Very handy since most people that live Off-Center away from the massive citadels, are, given the brutal temperature-changes from night to day, and summer to winter, nomadic. Frontiersmen have mastered the art of taking as much advantage as they can from their surroundings, and are renowned for their advancements in ‘insta bio-weaponry’ to fend off against megafauna, chalkurite waves and raiders that would mess with their caravans.
Most of their defenses are solar-sustained or can be fed random organic matter and such; ammunition can vary in all sorts of ways; from being larval stages of some certain animal that immediately burrow into your body and maim your intestines to bioengineered vegetables that explode into acid pools on impact. With Pint’s ShrimpShot the ammunition he uses is grown in big terraces, an altered vegetable who’s stalk is full of immature spores that will violently explode when in contact with air, using both the fragmented shell as shrapnel and its own shockwave to inflict untold damage. Harvesting these stalks is, of course, more dangerous than what an average bullet-maker risks. (Unsurprisingly, he almost blows up a whole terrace in his first ammo-gathering)
I meant to finish linearting his microbe acid-belching sword,alas time constraints.
As for his breather, I think I covered most things on that page. There are also a myriad other biological constructs that have ‘enhancing’ tasks; breathers are extremely common, since Frontier’s atmosphere is so thin and it can cause some serious breathing issues. Pint badly requires one as he travels to the pole of the planet, steeping into higher and oxygen-deprived altitudes; not to mention he no longer enjoys the adaptability, shapeshifting and what not of a chalkurite, he’s rendered very human. And very vulnerable. I’ll illustrate organic battle suits at some point, along with flight/water/snow/etc ones, and the horrifying behemoths they employ to smack down chalkurites and harvest their echo energy.
The weapon idea is consequence of playing Ratchet & Clank and also seeing a clip of a bullet shrimp absolutely destroying everything, and the O’war breather…well…Starfighter. Don’t ask.