I Miss the Sunrise/Setting

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  • After the End: Despite this, it manages to be pretty upbeat and hopeful. For now, anyway...
  • Apocalypse How: The Shine was a Galactic (possibly Universal) Societal Disruption.
  • Arms Dealer: The Sikohlon (to the extreme surprise of everyone who's played The Reconstruction) are a mix of type 2 (they're the only known arms dealer in the galaxy) and type 3.
  • Black Market: Word of God says that there will be one in Episode 3 that sells high-level components for extremely high prices.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Inverted, if anything; all the playable cyborgs thus far have been some of the most cheerful and optimistic characters. (Except Tezkhra, anyway, who is The Stoic, but otherwise a perfectly nice guy.)
  • Cyborg: Augmented humans. Lacertians can't be augmented, as there's something about their cellular construction and regeneration that's incompatible with the machinery.
    • Tezkhra is an odd exception to this, though. It has not yet been revealed how he was able to be augmented.
  • Drill Tank: Well, Drill Ship. One of the side-missions has you trying to catch 'The Tunneller' who uses a gigantic drill to bore through a planet.
  • Fan Nickname: In-Universe; some affectionately refer to the +ii emitter as the "immortality inducer", because the Roman numeral looks like two i's.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted for the most part -- lacertians were welcomed by the humans with open arms, and by the point the story starts, have been integrated seamlessly into human culture. Played completely straight with the Lessers, though, who are universally reviled by both humans and lacertians. They do have fairly good reasons, though; Lessers are The Unintelligible and extremely violent.
    • However, the members of Purity Point hate lacertians for unknown reasons, saying that they are "corrupt". When you visit, they force your lacertian crew members to sit in a small room. It's probable that their insanity has given them xenophobia.
  • The Fog of Ages: Addressed. Typelog's purpose is to avoid this by allowing everyone to keep records of every memory they've had, and swap out their current memories for old ones if they need to. So, the negative effects of this trope are avoided for the most part.
    • Unless, like Tezkhra, you delete "unnecessary files"...
  • Gender Is No Object: Except to Luke, gender seems to be a completely meaningless distinction. Possibly justified due to the mass sterilization of the human race; there is literally no functional difference between the two genders anymore.
  • Humanoid Aliens: The lacertians.
    • Justified; they didn't evolve naturally. They were synthesized in a lab by human scientists, so it makes sense that they would copy the basic structure.
  • Immortality: Radiation from a +ii emitter causes Biological Immortality. As pointed out by numerous characters, it's pretty much a necessity for space travel.
    • Living Forever Is Awesome
    • Immortal Procreation Clause: Done voluntarily, since there was no longer any need to reproduce once the +ii emitter was invented.
    • Fog Of Ages: The amount of memories the human brain can store is limited, and you have to regularly clean up your mind by "dropping" minor memories into the Typelog database.
  • Justified Save Point: The Typelog database that functions as a save system is a key element of the setting; it's part of what allows immortal society to function properly.
  • Lizard Folk: Lacertians and Lessers.
  • Mega Corp: Typelog, though they seem to be fairly benevolent...for now, anyway.
  • Science Is Bad: Completely inverted during the main narrative (it is Science Fiction, after all), but the members of Purity Point believe this due to their insanity, saying that it brings corruption. The painful irony here is that they're both right and wrong; overexposure to radiation during the Shine ruined their bodies and minds, but that same radiation is the only thing keeping them alive.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Pretty idealistic so far. Civilization was on the brink of collapse, but is managing to pull itself back together, and it is definitely possible to restore it to its former glory. Judging by how idealistic The Reconstruction looked at first, though, only time will tell if it keeps up the idealistic streak.
    • Things seem to be going downhill fast as of episode 4, however. A war has broken out, with Typelog and EROS as the main aggressors, and minor factions going into a free-for-all mentality. Death and destruction is rampant, and Virgil remarks that it's exactly like what led to the Breach in the first place -- only this time, there's nowhere to run.
  • Society of Immortals: Everyone has type II Immortality due to the mass-production of the +ii emitter.
  • The Unintelligible: All attempts at reasoning or communicating with Lessers ended in failure in the past, and they're still impossible to communicate with. There are a number of counterpoints, however:
    • The Black One not only speaks to the crew, but has an augmented leg, something that should be doubly impossible.[1]]]
    • Turns out that the rational, intelligent Tezkhra is a Lesser.
    • In episode 4, you can find an abandoned EROS laboratory inhabited by Lessers, but they are actually quite calm and nonthreatening. Furthermore, they exhibit intelligent traits -- they can talk, read, and make observational deductions. They are still not at human- or lacertian-level intelligence, however.

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  1. Lacertians can't be augmented in the first place, but they shouldn't have the technology to perform an augmentation, and even if they did, they don't have the intelligence or knowledge necessary. Or so it would seem.