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“When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.”

Richard Fairbanks was quoting English poet William Blake when he showed his true colors to the then President of the United States of America. That statement, in context, that can be seen as the precursor to the world that Fairbanks and many others like him forged in their image; the rise of new capitalism — the corporatocracy, and the fall of old capitalism.

It has been five hundred years since the planet Earth was struck down by the horrors of a nuclear holocaust, though fortunately for the human race and the planet; both persevered despite the odds. One of the main reasons behind the survival of humanity was the ingenuity of innovators within the nuclear security field, such as Richard Fairbanks, Mikhail Volkov, Yukiya Akahoshi, and many others. Inspired by the archaic novelties of the fallout shelters of the 20th century, these shrewd business-people laid down the ground work for massive underground citadels that become known as “Burrows”, the salvation of humankind. But this salvation to those who didn’t wish to be swallowed by the impending nuclear holocaust came at a price; for as the saying goes, to trust a corporation is a fool’s gambit, and a fool’s price is what humanity received.

Time carried on until the doors to the surface opened once again in the twenty-fourth century.

The initiative of protecting sizable portions of the world’s population had paid off. Within fifty years of humanity returning to the surface corporations began to recover old world technology from the ruins; one incredible recovery being that of the 22nd century’s bipedal mecha, a humanoid machine controlled directly by the mind. Thus a weapon of mass destruction became the golden standard: The Neural Combatant. This discovery, unsurprisingly, led to the return of war and revolt. Corporations fought one-another as they forced more and more research into Neural Combatants and thus the arms race of the last two centuries was defined.

It is now 2677, and the situation has only gotten exponentially worse. The five major corporations continuously experiment, wage war on smaller corporations, deal with criminal factions ruthlessly, and expand their territorial reach. It is here where our story begins in the independent, non-aligned settlement of Smith's Rest.

Originally a settlement that got by through selling useless scrap in Alaskan ruins to neighboring settlements for food rations and economic utilities, Smith's Rest knows full well the dangers of being an independent settlement in the middle of nowhere. In its lifetime, criminal factions have seen Smith’s Rest as an easy target. With few worthwhile pilots to their name Smith’s Rest would barely survive throughout the years. However, luck would eventually come their way when they found themselves in the custody of three neural combatants.

The accquistion of these NCs would lead to the elevation of Sophia Torres, the then only NC pilot in New Anchorage, and the recruitment to three untested pilots: Madison Cole, Percy Moore, and Elizabeth Jackspar. The four of them under Mikal Raschke's leadership of Smith's Rest would lead to the establishment of The Free State of New Anchorage. It has been several months since Sophia herself has disappeared, leaving a void in New Anchorage’s budding NC program. A few weeks ago, Michael Graham, a veteran pilot of the Elysian War, arrived and offered his help for less-than-market prices. A new direction for New Anchorage has brought the attention to several pilots who wish to fly under Graham and Raschke's organization. But can they be trusted? And will Percy and his fellow Alaskans take to Graham's lead well after a year under Sophia?

Only time will tell.
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Do not apply. This is a closed, invite-only continuation of a former RP.
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A continuation / soft-reset of the Polaris-defined iteration of the NCQ universe. Since, I’ve put it off long enough, so I don’t want to hear I’m not working on it anymore. I’ll get to getting us moving when I respond to literally every single other one of my other RP obligations.
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This also marks the period where I am literally doing two different mecha RPs at the same time.

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Logged back in just to be excited again. Huzzah
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Little bit tired, but I can promise with my RP load weighted significantly less that two posts are in the WIP stages.
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Agatha Smith | Herakles| F | 58 | Fuller's Gulley, USA


Personal Dossier

Physical Description
Standing at 5’6”, Agatha has sharp features and a smile that could cut an NC to ribbons. Hair once flaxen has long since gone gray, which is pulled into a loose bun. Deep set green eyes and a pointed nose. Some people have told her she has the face of a 1st grade Math teacher who takes joy in assigning homework over the weekend. While not a weightlifter, she has a solid frame from years of hard work on the surface. Tends to wear a faded burgundy vest over an oil stained grey jumpsuit.

Personality Traits
Steadfast
Maternal
Good Humored
Stubborn
Guilt Ridden
Reckless

Effects of Polaris Shift
Perfect Synchronization yet to be achieved.

Personal History
Born and raised on the surface, Agatha always knew she was a special snowflake. At the bizarrely typical age of 14, she was found compatible to pilot an NC. Like so many before her she was drawn into piloting a bipedal weapon of mass destruction and had many mercantile adventures as an independent NC operator that aren’t worth recollection. The kinds of adventures that blur together but can often be summed up as, ‘Go to exotic locations, meet interesting people, and kill them’.

Throughout her ventures she had a loyal mechanic who would have followed her to hell and back by the name of Albert Smith. He wasn’t particularly handsome or clever, but he was loyal, sweet, and won over her affections through his perseverance. At 27 Agatha was married, by 28 she had a daughter and another on the way. Finding their means of employment too dangerous to foster a family, they decided it was prudent for Agatha to set aside the adventuring for a more sedentary lifestyle. Investing their considerable saving towards setting up shop in a scrapyard, Agatha began a new life as a mother and family woman.

For years, that was good enough. All the effort she had put forth piloting her NC was directed towards running the scrapyard and raising her kids. There wasn’t the same rush that came with piloting a multi-ton automaton, but she was satisfied for a time.

Then the children grew up, and left the nest to find out their own destinies. To be the special snowflakes that have fantastical opportunities all lined up for the taking if they only go out and claim them. Her husband of 29 years had grown ill and passed peacefully in his sleep.

That left Agatha, with a job she didn’t care for and no one relying upon her. Most would have considered this time to retire, settle down and indulge herself before the inevitable end, but she couldn’t. Even with the best years of her life in the past, she knew she had more to give. Firing up the old NC, which had been used as a makeshift crane for the scrapyard, she went out to recapture her lost glory, but found there wasn’t any demand for someone so long out of the game. The only ones as desperate as she was where the good folks down at New Anchorage, and they just so happened to be looking for any pilot that would come their way.

Tactical Preferences and Skills
Spatial Awareness: Between years of combat and decades of navigating shifting heaps of torn metal and forgotten scrap, Agatha has an excellent sense for the environment around her and any shifts within her proximity. Her youngest child joked she had a had a sixth sense for falling debris, but Agatha insisted she was just more willing to listen to all her sense then most.

Confrontational: There's no horsing around when the call to action arises. Up front and to the point, she'll tackle a problem head on even if it's not the most tactful or polite. It caused her no ends of trouble but she'd argue it's saved her life just as often.

Strong Constitution: Retirement didn't dull Agatha's drive to stay in top shape as much as she could. Finding healthy food wasn't the easiest thing away from the cities, but she maintained a routine workout regiment and abstained from the typical vices of alcohol and tobacco. Chocolate was a rarity saved for her daughter's birthdays, and the only coffee she drank was decaf. A commitment made all the more trying by the other member's of her family having no such compunctions, but it is a trial she has endured with good cheer and will power.

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Neural Combatant

Codename
Herakles

Type

Squad Role
Assault

NC Description
A medium sized mech balancing armor and speed, differentiated from most bipedal NCs by it's emphasis on hands-free integrated weaponry and a reliance on laser weaponry. A lack of an expansive radiator system keeps the use of its laser weapons to short instances with longer cooldowns between engagements, prompting a reliance on close quarters combat and use of auxiliary missile launchers.

Weapons and Armaments
Dual Oscillating Laser Armatures: Each of Herakles' arms features two light laser batteries, firing in a three ray burst before alternating barrels to fire from, mitigating the heat build up somewhat while keeping the fire rate low enough there can be some semblance of accuracy. Due to the NC's arms being designed around the weapon's integration, it's firing angle in no way inhibits the free articulation of Herakles' hands.

Chassis Mounted Medium Laser: A heavier laser then the arm integrated variants effective at medium range, meant to hammer targets at a safer distance. Has greater penetrating power at the expense of being wildly inaccurate while moving unless at extreme close range, as well as limited rate of fire.

Four Quintuple Missile Arrays: Fitted to the shoulders with deployable armored canopy for added protection. Payload constitutes 10 airburst flechette missiles programmed to arch upwards and detonate at a designated range above ground for maximum dispersal. The remaining 10 missiles are willy pete obscure visuals and thermals on top of their intended purpose.

Reinforced Fists: Self evident in their purpose, but sporting added armor along the finger exteriors in order to improve striking power and protection from impact. Precludes the use of any delicate small arms by NC scales, though heavier armaments are feasible.
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Ryn post is inbound sometime in the next 24 hours.
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Ryn post is inbound sometime in the next 24 hours.

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It's almost like I filled everybody in about why I'm busy or something on discord.
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24 hours = roughly two weeks in Inkarnate Time

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