In the Mouth of the New God
Description: It arrived in the world with the sound of thunder...
The event that was later to be called the Tunguska Impact heralded the emergence into our dimension of a radically different form of life; a mutagenic virus capable of infecting both body and mind. A hundred years later, humanity is the willing slave of the Flesh; a pulsating organic structure that covers most of the Earth. Mankind worships the Flesh and views itself as part of the organism, serving feudal lords who manage key biological functions. Not everyone worships the Flesh, however. Every now and then, individuals suffer an immune response crisis, rejecting the virus that makes them a part of the greater organism. Hiding out in the structures of the world that was, these few scavenge the fruits of human technology and rediscover their heritage, while the servants of an alien god hunt them down for digestion in the reformation vats.
Society knitted together by hierarchical social obligations. Ex: Middle ages Europe, pre-European Japan. "I am a serf of Lord Feigen"
Biologically driven social structures, etc. "I am a citizen of the Northeastern Regurgitation Cycle"
Coexists with: Other
The society has recently metamorphosized from a previous Cultural structure. Ex: Post-Colonial nations, post-Apartheid South Africa, Post-Franco Spain
Mature nanotechnology, full terraforming of planets, planetary missiles, "pocket" antimatter
Worldbuilding (TL 13)
Steel weapons, mathematics with zero, stirrups, sailing ships, crossbow, plate and chainmail, castles, horse with horse-collar for power, amputations, crude prosthetics
With one specific
technology at: Medieval (TL 3)
Permanent alternation of the human body is important; this can mean cybernetics, biological upgrades, chemical enhancement, etc.
Social maneuvering, diplomacy, coalition building
Imperfect characters in an imperfect world
There is only one god
Prayers by the faithful laity can have a number of set effects, a la Clerical magic in Dugeons and Dragons.