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Okay, so I'll break it down a bit.
Characters: What I'm looking for here is...Basically anything. I'd like at least one player to play an Imperial Wunderkind so I can incorporate elements of their over-arcing plot into this one. Other than that, if you can give me a valid reason your character would be tied up in investigation matters, that's fine.
Imperial Trooper, Imperial Police Officer, Private Eye, whatever. If you can give me a reason to be there that's good enough, that's fine by me.
Setting: The main area of the story will be the Imperial Capital, Bucephalus. For those who played SC2, I did not come up with the name, it was given to me, screw off.
As I said, Bucephalus is the capital of the Empire. The Empire is the dominant force on the Northern Continent of Krynus, taking up roughly 45% of the landmass. It's an Empire, and ruled accordingly, by an Emperor. For a long time, the Empire has been the dominant technological force on Krynus, matched only by D-52. However, with the advent of Wunderkind, they're beginning to fall behind. That's where the story starts.
Krynus, as a whole, is a lot like modern day Earth, with the exception that Krynian tech is advanced on ours. Mechs are often used for combat purposes, or for building. Robots are getting to the point where they're usable for manual labor. Cybernetic Prosthetics, while expensive, are available.
Geographically, Krynus is split into two land masses- The Northern Continent, and the Southern Wastes. The southern wastes were only recently found to even exist, and colonization is being attempted, fairly unsuccessfully so far.
The Empire: As mentioned, the Empire takes up about 45% of the inhabited landmass on the Northern Continent. Due to their size and history, they're not exceptionally well liked by the other countries, despite not being anything even close to hostile in years.
The Empire was the driving force behind the Great War 15 years ago, that ended in a ceasefire when neither side was making any progress. It was the Empire, versus the collective efforts of EVERY OTHER COUNTRY. Though they're not actively hostile anymore, the Empire refuses to give up any of the land that it's currently got, much to the dismay of the Alliance.
Citizens in the Empire benefit from having a great economy, advanced technology, and pretty high quality of life. Stuff is stable there, other than when one of Krynus's two moons disappeared about two years ago for reasons unknown. Soldiers and Police enjoy fairly cushy jobs, thanks to Bucephalus having it's own teenage super hero, along with their greatly advanced equipment.
System: Like I said, freestyle. Entirely story driven here. Not that other RPs aren't. Any combat will be rolled freestyle, basically on a D6. This is basically Child's Play Lite. Diet Child's Play.
Emperor Tycho: The current Emperor. A strong willed man who tends to get what he wants one way or another. Although he's only been recently crowned Emperor, he's already made quite a name for himself by reducing crime rates without altering the budget any. Though, many attribute that to having a superhero on the payroll.
The Imperial Advisor: Not a public figure, so much as someone mentioned in the news every now and again. Rumored to be an alien.
Major General John Broughleo: He's probably going to be someone's favorite character, if he's not already.
Raekus Pazhitnov: Mayor of Bucephalus. Created the infamous Paznitnov's Revenge chess gambit. Considered a world class chess player.
Ellastic: Bucephalus's teenage super hero. She's assumed to be human, but only the Empire knows for sure. Powers include a highly rubbery, malleable, stretchy body, superhuman agility, and bouncing. Despite going around without her mask when the mood strikes, she has never been identified.
MORE TO COME LATER PROBABLY.
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