In the distant future mankind has spread to the stars. In the wake of the Exodus a myriad of factions arose. Wars happened. Technologies rose and fell. Communal societies, empires, anarchies - they rose and fell. Legends were born and died. Whole religions were created and crushed. Earth has long been left behind and is considered by most to be myth.
In all that time we never met aliens - unless we wanted to count ourselves.
It is now the year 8054, not that anyone uses old calendars. But it is perhaps one of the most compelling evidence that Earth once existed. The Genesis story that now exists is nothing like the original biblical one. Rather it tells of how Man was given the gift of Knowledge and laid waste to his own garden. From there the story diverges depending on beliefs. Some say Gaia cast Man across the stars. Some say that the knowledge of Man grew so godlike that Elder Gods grew angry and sent their wrath for daring to set foot on the Heavens.
Now two great cultures - the Prometheans and the Kytarri - have been at war for decades. The Prometheans and clan militaristic opportunists. The Kytarri are a feudal caste society. The closest comparisons would be America/Europe and Japan/China. Or perhaps West and East.
Then the Bugs came. Both cultures may have their own names for the aliens. But the term Bug fits perfectly well in the mind of the average Promethean soldier. Below are links to a few of the alien creatures. One is a command type and rarely seen. The next is a standard footsoldier. And the last is a beast used for sieges.pre00.deviantart.net/433c/th/pre/f/20…wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/20…wallpaper-house.com/data/out/12/wallp…
Noone knows where the Bugs come from. And so far as anyone knows the Bugs don’t know where the Promethean and Kytarri homeworlds are. But they have been attacking outlying colonies along the Promethean - Kytarri border. Up until recently the war has been pretty one sided, with humans on the losing end. More than one colony has already fallen to the Bugs - on both sides.
Unlike the Kytarri, the Prometheans are aggressive. They haven’t been waiting the the Bugs to get to them. Rather they have begun sending out patrols. Recently one of those patrols picked up the distress calls of a Kytarri outpost. The Promethean patrol chose to ignore the distress calls - all but one squad. One of its soldiers broke rank, violated orders and responded to the call by heading into the conflict.
The Prometheans were field testing a new mobile infantry unit - the battlemech. The technology is new to the Prometheans - unheard of by the Kytarri. A Battlemech is basically an anthropomorphic tank with transformer technology. It was designed to fight the huge bug beasts. (Though if you look at the picture of the beast, you can only imagine just how much the beast dwarfs even the mecha.)
Note: The Kytarri had mecha, but the largest was only 3 meters in height and built to combat the physical prowess of Prometheans. Prometheans are well known to raise soldiers in heavy gravities and extreme climates.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mul-images…
The particular mecha variant stood 9.87 meters, had jump jets, sported a shoulder mounted class 5 autocannon and a medium laser cannon. It massed some 55 tons. Violating every rule in the Promethean play book the soldier ejected from his dropship during descent as soon as it was past the heat of reentry. Then it used its jump jets to evade Bug anti aircraft fire straight into the heat of battle.
Even the distraction of the single mecha bought a little time for the Kytarri to evacuate some of the civilians. What the Prometheans could not have known was that the colony was being visited by a royal princess (well removed from the throne and expendable, but still a royal) there to bring much needed supplies to a starving colony. The colony lack much in the way of defenses. But the royal princess had brought her own protection. Rather than evacuating she ordered her troops to protect the people and buy them time.
But the soldier did much more than that. His insubordination brought his own people into the fray - with more mecha variants. They couldn’t take the chance the new technology would fall into enemy hands. This turned the tide of the battle and for once the Bugs lost. The Kytarri could only watch as the soldier surrendered to his superiors and was removed by force from their colony.
When he exited the craft he had with him a small Kytarri child. He had spotted the child cowered in the rubble while battle raged around her. For a brief moment his mecha had frozen. He had used a maintenance port to jump out, grab the child and jump back into his mecha. His own people thought the mecha was simply overheating - which it was. At the end of the fight, while surrendering he released the child. He sent a simple message clutched tightly in the child’s hands.
It was an origami crane.
The Kytarri declared a truce while the Prometheans withdrew taking the nearly destroyed mecha. The soldier faced numerous charges - treason, insubordination.
Since the incident with the mecha the war has continued to go very poorly. The Kytarri has begun trying to develop their own mecha based on a few samples of battlearmor and myomer scraps left on the battlefield. But it is going to take years. In the meantime colonies continue to fall. The Kytarri are infamous for their space fleet’s fighters and fighter bombers. They are also believed to have a superior stealth capability as well as C3. In terms of organization they have the Prometheans beat. So they have tried to stop the Bugs in space and sky. But their ships can’t take the beating a Promethean can.
So the Kytarri royal family has finally decided that a truce MUST be struck at all costs and an alliance formed.
The Prometheans are a bit like the Scottish highlander clans. It is hard as hell to get them all to work together at once. But the Bugs have changed all that. Now the clans compete for who can kill the most bugs. The real problem is that not all the clans will go along with an alliance with the Kytarri.
But a majority did. What they did NOT like was the one condition the Kytarri set. The asked for the soldier to serve as ambassador - an arranged marriage to a member of the Kytarri royal line. Their choice? The princess who was on the colony world, of course. For the Prometheans it was an easy choice. The soldier was a runt orphan. (Runt is not literal here. Our soldier stands 6’2” tall and is built like a football player. Many Promethean soldiers dwarf him though.) But he has no family to speak of. Noone even knows where he came from. Orphan. They just hate that he is getting away with high crimes at the behest of an old enemy.Characters
Yes, we should come up with a CS each. I am not picky about the format. (Please hide any animated gifs though. I have bad eyes that have problems seeing around them. I can look at one briefly though.) Please note that just because your character is a princess, does NOT mean she has no profession. She is well removed from the throne. So she could be a soldier.
We do NOT have to have known each other’s language. But we should have begun studying for at least a little while. (My character probably less so than yours as he was incarcerated.) Prometheans speak a language descended from English and many European languages. They just call it Basic. Kytarri speak a language descended from Japanese, Chinese and influenced by several asian languages. I would suggest we both be in our physiological early 20’s. The lifespan of many Prometheans and a small percentage of Kytarri is similar to Vulcans of Star Trek. 28 would be comparable to 18 physiologically. 48 would be about 28. Kytarri medical technology is supposedly superior to Prometheans.
The RP will begin with my character’s arrival - with his mecha repaired, but clearly not new. They won’t even give him a diplomatic seal until he gets there. The Promethean command clenches the seal in his hand until the soldier slaps the man’s hand and apparently numbs it, allowing the seal to fall out. This gets a raised hand that almost backhands the soldier. But the soldier just salutes and holds the salute until it is returned. Then the Prometheans just leave him there like refuse.
The man stands his ground until the Prometheans lift off. Then he collapses. The Kytarri physicians soon discover that the soldier has suffered months of torture and abuse followed by recent efforts to improve his health to what his superiors considered a presentable level.
Upon awakening he gestures a request for something to write with. He writes the ancient kongi for paper. Then he indicates the sides of the paper be equal. No mystery here. He folds a perfect origami crane and offers it up. “Kami,” he writes and says. It is an Ancient word for paper. Then he writes and says, “Kuren.” This means crane. Finally he writes and says, “Araiansu,” which means alliance. He repeats the words in Mandarin.