“To stop global warming, we went green. When that didn’t work, we built the spires. Of course, the nukes probably had something to do with it, but that’s not good for marketing.” The year is 2063. Ecological, biological, and nuclear disasters have damaged significant portions of the earth, limiting access to resources and causing most world governments to dissolve in the progress. Corporations and conglomerates moved in to take their place, being one of the few groups with enough organisation and resources to maintain order. That did not mean they wanted to work together. The lack of resources meant competition between corporations to ensure their own survival. Life was now dictated by efficiency, and for that purpose, The Spires were built. A city contained in a single skyscraper, each obelisk and its surrounding lands provide exactly everything its residents need. Exactly the right amount of food, water and entertainment to keep the people healthy and complacent. Those that work anyway. The lack of resources also altered the way the companies fought. War was no longer dictated by who had the most resources, but by who used them the most efficiently. Information and small squads of specialised operatives became the preferred tools of conflict. Not to mention the radioactive wastelands make moving large amounts of troops near impossible. You are one of these operatives, working for Icarus, a corporation who owns three Spires clustered around the Mediterranean, specifically Gibraltar, New Athens and Tunis, and you will be based in the first. Your job is to do what the corporation asks, when it asks. To ensure your success, they have provided you with a range of technology that will serve you well. Spoiler: AI Over fifty years ago, many predicted that great leaps would happen in the field of artificial intelligence, and they did. However, upon reaching the point of being able to improve itself, they no longer saw humans as useful. Fortunately, these all happened in controlled laboratory situations, preventing them from doing any harm. Yet there was still a demand for more intelligent machines, as such Paired AI was developed. Instead of using one advanced AI, two simpler AIs are attached to one another. The majority of the time, their duties are shared between them, however, when needed, they can collaborate on a single task. This keeps them incapable of self-upgrade, but, by adding enough AIs, any task is considered possible. These AIs are used for a range of purposes, be it controlling maintenance robots, atmospheric control, or even combat. In the latter case, they can serve as pilots, targeting systems, or even operatives if provided with the proper body. Spoiler: Cybernetics Originally used as prosthetics for those either born with disabilities or wounded, military grade cybernetics were quickly developed to take advantage of the new technology. While the first thought of many was simply that they could produce limbs that were stronger and more resilient than flesh, other ideas quickly became apparent. These concealed weapons and other tools, sensory enhancements as well as mobile neural interfaces which allow simple commands to be given to machines with a mere thought so long as they are on the same network. Spoiler: Exoskeletons The majority of tools an operative might use are subtle. A false limb can be hidden under clothing, an AI might reside in a drone to scout an area, and G-Mods are undetectable unless proper testing is done. Exoskeletons are none of these things. While a limb might be able to increase a humans strength to one and a half times the original, an exoskeleton can double, or even triple it. This enables the wearer to carry heavy weapons that would normally be attached to vehicles, punch through concrete, and attach other types of technology that require more energy to power, or strength to wield. Due to their modular design, each skeleton’s loadout can be tailored to the specific mission, making them one of the most flexible, however, some more specialised variants are fixed. An example of this is the Vespid Mk1, which replaces all weaponry for a mobile neural interface, a mobile network, and a dozen AI piloted drones with the wearer serving as the commander. Spoiler: Experimental Tech The Experimental tech area is much harder to define than the others. This is due to the fact it is used to define anything that is not placed within the other areas. This includes Arc Weaponry, which fires an electric current, instead of the standard solid round. Stealth suits, which, while not providing complete invisibility, serves to obscure the wearer from all but the most dedicated watch. Top of the line hacking tools, such as gloves that let the operative access any machine they touch. While this list is not extensive, to cover the wide range available would take longer than most would care to read. Spoiler: G-Mods G-Mods, or Genetic Modifications, are now standard for any all operatives. While stories of the past promised the ability to regrow limbs and make humans smarter, the truth is much tamer. The vast majority of developed mods are focused on maintaining the vital systems of the body, such as making blood clot faster, enabling toxins to break down faster. While more radical mods do exist, such as increased strength, agility, and reflexes, they have all proven inferior to cybernetics. However, some have called them more reliable, as they are not vulnerable to EMPs, or being hacked. Spoiler: Standard Equipment Sometimes, the flashy equipment isn't to your taste. A single shot has often changed history, and likely will do again. For this reason, Icarus keeps a wide range of standard guns, ballistic vests as well as combat and recon drones. A new squad is forming, have you been selected? Character sheet Name: (Rough) Age: Skills: Equipment/G-Mods: Background: Everyone gets a wrist mounted computer, pistol, and ballistic vest as standard. Send your character sheet to me for approval. When it is it can be posted in the discussion thread. Episode 1: Gibraltar - Training Episode 2: Rio - Corpse Collection Episode 3: Anchorage - Geppetto Episode 4: Alexandria - Tower of Babylon Episode 5: Rome - Et Tu, Brute?