Rendghast wrote:Not in the slightest. If you remember classic, on day 1 the papacy was exactly what i described, "Protestant Reformation Gone WIld". AL Malruex was coming down the maelstrom bridge, he ran into storm knights (from tharkudu i think) and came pretty close to getting whooped by them. His darkness device goes "Hey, this tech stuff is neat, i'm grabbing that!" and does, changing axioms to those of the technician in the storm knights.
Here is the problem...the reason the knights where on the maelstrom bridge was they had just stopped the Tharkold invasion.
In short, cybernetics was never central to Magna Verita, it was an add on, like the joker travelling to japan and studying karate for a week. Religion was central to Magna Verita, but they never had the axiom to support it.
Actually they had just used the Dreamtime, powered by a native Australian shaman, to travel quickly away from Orrorsh IIRC.
It was a Kadandran uber tech Prodigy (Hachi Mara Two) who slapped her Jaz chip onto Malraux while he and Uthorion were crossing the maelstrom bridge to arrive in France.
It was actually Malraux's decision to accept and adopt the tech, he had an epiphany. Of course the Darkness device "capitulated" to its masters wishes.
The only Axiom that was bumped was the Tech axiom as the imagery of Mara Two's homeworld revealed the holy chrome made flesh to Malraux.
The other axioms were what made Cyberpapacy playable, the social axiom of a medieval church kept the realm from becoming an unstoppable power-house
It is arguable that rather than religion being the central trope of Magna Verita it was actually the dogmatic adherence to the religion that was more core. If the religion was the absolute central key then Malraux's failure to follow his own laws, his hypocritical application of "warped" tenets of his own religion would be more of a limiter on his hold on to absolute power.
Also, the OTorg Malraux only got his hands on Cybertech, as you say, in the first days of the war.
Torg:E Malraux has had the tech for quite a bit longer, hence the GodNet's more pervasive aspects and the tactics which actually "use" CyberTech as a weapon of war.
OTorg might have been able to go with a removal of the Cyber, but I think you'll find it will be a lot harder to achieve the same with Torg:E Cyberchurch.