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So I was pointed at this and immediately took to dreaming something up. It could serve as a replacement for the knight or to make far stranger chess derivatives. Out of laziness, I'll be modifying an existing fairy chess piece's symbol into something appropriate for this rather than trying to draw something from scratch.


The archer is a fairy chess piece which involves a unique method of capture and different rules for moving and capturing. Whether moving or capturing, the relevant range for an archer is every square within a knight's move or a dababba's move. Put another way, an archer's range is all squares one square orthogonally further away from it than all the squares adjacent to it.


The archer's range.


An archer can move to any square in its range, but cannot jump. If a piece is next to it orthogonally, it cannot make the corresponding dababba move. If a piece is next to it diagonally, it cannot make either of the corresponding knight moves. Furthermore, due to its different capture rules, not only can it not move into a square occupied by a friendly piece, it cannot move into a square occupied by an enemy piece either.

An archer captures by standing in place and removing an enemy piece within its range from the board. Unlike its move, an archer's captures "jump", ignoring all adjacent pieces. Unlike normal chess pieces, it never moves in the process of making a capture.


The archer cannot move past the white pawn,
but since it doesn't move while capturing
it can still capture the black pawn.


Implications: While the archer lacks the mobility of rider pieces like the rook and queen, it's still a powerful piece with significant implications. For one thing, since it captures without moving, it's the only piece that, while pinned, can capture a piece other than the one that's pinning it.


Even though the bishop has pinned the archer,
it can still capture the black pawn
before it can finish moving in to threaten it.


The archer's ability to capture without moving also means that the standard defense against capture for non-royal pieces wherein one threatens the space occupied by an allied piece, thus setting up the capture of any piece that may capture that piece, does not apply against archer capture. As such, it has the potential to prevent exchanges and force moves in ways that normally only come up for royal pieces, which by definition aren't defensible in that manner anyway.

Archers are not invincible. Rooks, queens, bishops, and other riders pose an easy threat to archers. Furthermore, if one is not mindful of pawns, even they have the potential to pose a threat to an archer. Archers counter standard knights too well, however, to the point that using knights and archers in the same game is not recommended.

Indeed, archers could serve as an interesting alternative to knights. While they cannot jump while moving, their range is slightly improved to the point of a similar degree of mobility even if it's different in kind. While they cannot jump while moving, they do preserve the knight's ability to threaten and capture across barriers while putting a new twist on the idea.


I encourage people much more into chess than myself to run with this thought experiment, no charge, no lawsuits.
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Sapient technology, by its computerized nature, has a strong sense of math and reliable memories. Typically, if such people don't know a number off the top of their heads, they can calculate it from data on hand, including data humans wouldn't have noticed or remembered. They tend to be more precise about numbers generally than humans at least in their own heads. If they're rounding to vague powers of 10 when they speak, it's just to be polite to any humans present.

Sometimes, however, there really isn't enough data to form a calculation from no matter how much they comb their databanks, nor is there any additional information they can pull up at a moment's notice without visibly plugging themselves into a smartphone or the like (a step widely considered necessary for their own security — an always-on personal wireless Internet connection is a potentially dangerous thing to have when it's possible for one's very thoughts and feelings to be hacked). Furthermore, at times numbers aren't supposed to be derived from other data at all, but instead arbitrarily chosen. As such, once in a great while even an AI must estimate a number, make a wild guess, or simply pick a number out of nowhere.

However, sapient technology is literally not wired identically to the human brain. Humans tend to favor bases 5 and 10 due to the number of fingers they have; AI instead tends towards base 2 like their underlying architecture. As such, robots, androids, and other AIs tend towards different numbers than humans do when speculating.

And the numbers are... )
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Once upon a time, I had a LiveJournal. I did a lot of whining in it, which covered a period of my life in which I was in a lot of pain due to a MU* community that seemed to love me and my muse there having turned on me, and then my having been directed to the "refuge" of an even nastier MU* community. (I don't use the term "muse" lightly, either; to me, it's more than just a cute term for "character".)

I hope I never have to document a period like that here.

Anyway, I don't know if I'll end up using this a lot. I do have the Plurk [plurk.com profile] Pteryx for random chatter, after all. I'm really on DW primarily for RP purposes -- a continuation of my having gotten into LJRP early in the year. I danced around specifics in my LJ due to possible leftover vultures circling that thing, but I feel I can be more open here: [personal profile] truthsnomiracle is my Miles Edgeworth account, and for the foreseeable future I don't intend to play anyone else on LJRP. Heck, if the need to have some outlet for my passion for the character wasn't so strong, I might never have joined such a neat RP medium -- or even discovered it in the first place, for that matter, as I first learned that (pan)fandom RP on LJ was a thing due to tripping over a long-standing Edgeworth LJ account while doing an image search for him. Maybe I'll TL;DR about my thoughts on journal RP sometime.

Anyway, if anything I expect this journal to mostly contain OOC stuff related to journal RP -- my HMD, possible icon posts, maybe an essay now and then about Edgeworth or the medium or the culture... We'll see what happens, at any rate. It just seems like there's a lot of expectation that a personal journal will be present here and there was very little time left during which to claim it, so here it is. -- Pteryx

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