Ōkami Cybernetics

Cybernetics in the Ōkami Shogunate runs the gamut from medically necessary limb and organ replacement all the way on up to body augmentation.

Cybernetics, that is to say, cybernetics created by humans, dates as far back as 1958 with the first pacemaker. Since then cybernetic technology has only increased in capability, and complexity. Most forms of cybernetics from that early era were stand-alone items that attended to simple, or singular tasks. There was no interaction between the cybernetic part and the person in which it was installed. In many cases it would be easy to forget it was there until it needed maintenance or replacement. As technology grew the natural evolution of cybernetics would be in the realm of limb and organ replacement. The lions share of this technology was funded by the various military research arms of the world in order to patch up their wounded soldiers. This should not be confused with prosthetic, as a prosthetic is 'mounted' outside the body and has no interaction with it.

The biggest hurdle facing cybernetics was communication, how to get the body and the prosthesis to communicate. The mechanical expertise was there to build a robotic arm that was as articulate as any flesh and blood arm, but it wasn't until a viable neural interface was created that the robotic prosthesis could communicate with the patients brain. That is the nature of cybernetics, an artificial prosthesis that can be manipulated by thought both consciously and subconsciously.

Early cybernetics while functional were clearly mechanical in nature and could lead to psychological issues. In the beginning this wasn't that great a cause for concern as most if not all cybernetics were used by wounded soldiers who had, (more or less) a support network of medical and psychiatric professionals to monitor and manage them. Also, as humanity found itself locked into one massive war after another cybernetics never had a chance to filter into mainstream civilian use (unless said civilian was exceedingly wealthy or well connected). By the time things quieted down, and cybernetics began to enter the civilian market a lot of the control issues and psychological impact had been well documented and mitigated, not to mention perfected to the point of general affordability.

Different cultures have different views on cybernetics. A simple breakdown of those follows:

  • Sol Sector: Earth: UEG: Cybernetics are reserved for those within the military, and civilians having suffered a massively debilitating injury. (Please note that this isn't out of any altruistic sense of goodness. Is IS however great pro-regime propaganda. Sometimes the right thing gets done for the wrong reasons.) Elective Cybernetic augmentation is limited to the ruling elite and members of the military that have been proven to be loyal to the regime. Those not falling into those classifications found with unsanctioned cybernetics are arrested and have their cybernetics removed and confiscated. Generally cybernetics are looked down upon, all as part of the States desire to keep demand low. The exception to that rule is of course wounded military as they have cybernetics because of their 'glorious and selfless sacrifice to the peace loving state and it's people in their struggle against the (insert -ist enemy du jour here) foe.'
  • Fantoma Sector: Sentinels Confederation: Cloning technology is more often used to replace damaged limbs and organs; thus cybernetics aren't in vogue here. However it is legal to own them should an individual desire them although cyber weapons are illegal. Most insurance policies will cover cybernetic implantation in lieu of clone replacement; it is after all cheaper and won't increase your premium as much.
  • Khel Sector: Sharen League: Cybernetics are common and legal. Cyber weapons may be owned by those in the military or if necessary as part of their employment (Mercenary, PMC, Security and Law Enforcement etc.) Khel cybernetics work on a different power and neural link principle then Sol and Fantoma cybernetics are are not compatible. Cybernetics aren't taboo, they just are. They have been so common for so long that they are no longer cool or edgy.

In the Shogunate cybernetics have a decidedly different flavor. Two concepts govern this, Honne and Tatemae; Iki and Yabo.

  • Honne and Tatemae: Honne may be contrary to what is expected by society or what is required according to one's position and circumstances, and they are often kept hidden, except with one's closest friends. Tatemae is what is expected by society and required according to one's position and circumstances, and these may or may not match one's honne. In it's simplest form, cybernetics are necessary, desirable, and good, but, lets not be so crass as to boast about it. (Letting it be seen can be considered boasting about it.)
  • Iki: Iki is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality. It is ephemeral, romantic, straightforward, measured, audacious, smart, and unselfconscious.
  • Yabo: Something that is yabo is usually unrefined, gigantic, coarse, childish, colorful, self-conscious, permanent, loud, superficial, vulgar, snobbish, boorish, etc.

As one can plainly see, the two separate concepts dovetail nicely. This is the Shogunate's view. Cybernetics, and in fact any augmentation, be it genetic or otherwise is good, great even! However, let it be elegant, unobtrusive and unseen.

Therefore cybernetics within the Shogunate while common is concealed. Easy enough with 'internal' augmentation, but with skin-weave flesh coating (usually cloned skin) covering on limbs. Heterochromic eyes are one of the few instances where 'boasting' about one's implant isn't seen as Yabo. It should be mentioned that like in the Sentinels Confederation cloning replacement body parts is a viable and practiced option within the Shogunate. In fact, most prefer this option based on their own Shinto beliefs. However, those that wish to have cybernetics may.


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