Falling Skies: In our Final Hour It is year 2899. Humanity has long since conquered the stars around them. The resources and riches from their conquests had brought the human race into an Golden Age of technological advancement. Powerful self sustaining AI's were developed to aid humans and their machines, and cyborg parts allowed cripples and the weak to continue working for society.With the advent of AI, biotech and cybertechnology several centuries prior, the advancement of humanity has grown exponentially. Starships of massive proportions were built, floating worlds in space were created, massive Utopia cities on lush green planets were erected. Worlds beyond even what humanity thought were possible were discovered. Wars weren't fought, the human race was too busy expanding at a breakneck pace. Life was perfect. Nothing could possibly go wrong. And then it did. By the year 2480, Humanity had overextended itself; the great sprawling empire it had forged had become too large for it to support itself. The empire collapsed onto itself. In the course of 20 years, the mighty empire humanity had established splintered into thousands of factions. The fall of the Empire resulted in a massive power vacuum and the Galaxy erupted into a large feudal war. Some factions grew power by warring with other factions, taking them over; others stayed secluded for as long as they could. Many were taken back by the earth empire, and just as many were lost in deep space. By the 25th Century, most of the numerous factions had consolidated into 3 major powers: The original Earth Empire, the largest and most numerous of the 3 powers, made up of most of the core empire planets; The Coalition, a group of separatists strictly opposed to the Earth Empire, spanning across most of colonial space; and the Krellian Republic, a reclusive, bizarre group focused mainly along the outskirts of known space. The Earth Empire and the Coalition fight bitterly, the Empire seeking to reclaim their lost territory, and the Coalition fighting for a new order in the galaxy. The Krellians choose to stay out of the conflict, their faraway frontier colonies too far away to be bothered by the other two factions. By the turn of the 26th century, the Earth Empire and the Coalition had suffered dreadful casualties on both sides, and just as many worlds lost in the splintering had been razed by both sides. The two superpowers agreed to an uneasy truce. That marked the start of an intergalactic cold war, as the two superpowers begin a buildup of military strength and engage in proxy wars with smaller nations and colonies. As the end of the 28th century drew near, a series of failed operations by the Earth Empire at an attempt at securing a rumored Coalition Superweapon has sparked up and reignited the flames of war. After almost 300 years of peace, war between the Coalition and the Empire had renewed in earnest. Millions of people from both sides are drafted as fleets of starships and planets are thrown into vicious war. The Coalition forces take advantage of the Empire’s overextended lines to take seize planet after planet. The next planet to come into the path of the Coalition warpath is the Fortress World of Cerol. As the UEE world's defense fleets are engaged by a massive Coalition fleet, a huge invasion army is sent to the planet with the intention of capturing the strategic world and using it against the UEE. Caught offguard, the UEE are slow to fortify their positions, and have pulled back to the major military bases and cities on the planet, where they lay under siege by vast numbers of Coalition soldiers. As the soldiers of the Coalition begin to pour into the gates of Cerol's Capital City Leis, the men and women of the 8118th Mechanized Infantry prepare a desperate defense. This is Falling Skies: In our Final Hour. Hello everyone! Welcome to the OOC for "Falling Skies: In our Final Hour"! Formerly known as Operation Crisis (Back at my old RP site), I've decided to breath new life into this universe/series, rechristening it 'Falling Skies'. The Crisis Universe has been relatively cannon, events of the previous Operation Crisis (completed or not) helping to shape the universe of this current one. As I restart this series, I will also be using the inspirations from this and other RP's to reshape the Crisis Universe- though I guess it would be more appropriate to now call it the Falling Skies universe. This particular RP will follow the actions of a group of men and women from the Earth Empire’s 8118th Mechanized Infantry Legion, also known as the Skull Legion as they mount a defensive against overwhelming odds. I will be accepting up to six other players, so this is not first come first served. This will be tactical military RP, with heavy focus on character development, dark, desperate, and gritty themes, alongside a good healthy dose of action. Plot: If you couldn't be bothered to read that huge blurb up top... We the players will play the role of a squad from the United Earth Empire 8118th Mechanized Infantry Legion, as they mount a desperate defense against massive, overwhelming numbers. Our story will be dramatic and tense as we attempt to prevail over insurmountable odds. Our characters will face daunting challenges, testing their wit and willpower, as well as their morals as they are pushed to their absolute limits in this RP. Terminology and Technology: Major Factions Organizations Mobile Armor Suits Combat Exoskeleton Weapons Technology Body Modifications, Cybernetics, and AI The United Earth Empire: The United Earth Empire was the originator of the galaxy’s space colonies. Formally known as the United Nations, the United Nations of Earth was formed after humans had first colonized mars. Originally developed to unite humanity against possible hostile extraterrestrials, humanity encountered few alien species, even fewer of which were intelligent. With no need to worry about possible alien attacks, the UNE was free to focus on rapid expansionism, and renamed itself the United Earth Empire, as international differences became less and less important. After the Great War, the shattered remains of the UEE were quick to regroup and reclaimed the majority of the former empire's core worlds with little difficulty. Now one of the largest powers in the galaxy, the UEE is known for its patriotism and solidarity, despite the presence of an unusually large number of corrupt officials. The Coalition for a Free Galaxy: The Coalition for a Free Galaxy, better known as just The Coalition was formed shortly after the Great War as a group of colonies' desire to stay separate from the UEE. A loosely tied confederacy of worlds, the Coalition's movement has picked up a large number of worlds against the imperialism and rigidness of the UEE. Due to the fact that they are allied purely to combat against the UEE, competition and rivalries are common between the Coalition Nations. Despite this, their armed forces are able to remain standardized and well equipped to combat the UEE. Well known for their individualism and its dependence on commercialism, the Coalition is constantly trying to dismantle the UEE once and for all. The Krellian Republic: Very little is known about the Krellian Republic. They are a reclusive group of fringe world colonies, and were paid little attention to by both the UEE and Coalition. With their proximity to the edge of discovered space, it is believed there is a possibility for them to be in contact with intelligent extraterrestrials, though this notion is widely dismissed as untrue by both the Coalition and UEE. With the Krellian Republic being so far removed from contested space, the galaxy has yet to see the Krellian Military, and many wonder if the Krellians even possess a standing armed force. The Ghosts: The UEE Ghosts are the most feared military presence in the Galaxy. Top secret, and with extremely advanced training, UEE Ghosts are extremely individualistic and are perfectly suited to any and every situation. The Ghosts represent the UEE's pinnacle of military training and technology. Specially trained and conditioned to be the perfect weapon, the training, biogenetic and cybernetic modifications, as well as gear for a single Ghost exceeds the cost of building a Capitol Class Battleship. Capable of completely superhuman feats and the almost impossible to hit, Ghosts are rumored to be utterly invincible. The Ghost Corps numbers less than 5000, with only 400 of these men and women being active Ghost Operatives, the rest being maintenance, intelligence, and logistical supports. Deadly, efficient, and subtle, Ghosts are typically used for covert operations, where their individual talents are most effective. Ghost (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Ghost (open) Ghost (close) a UEE Ghost in full body armor 8118th Mechanized Infantry Legion: More commonly known as the Skull Legion, the 8118th is one of the thousands of infantry legions that make up the backbone of the UEE military. Well trained in both infantry tactics and armored warfare, the 8118th make up one of the dozen legions that defend the planet. Numbering close to 50,000 servicemen and women, the 8118th is tasked with the defense of the Capitol City of Leis. Skull Legion (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Skull Legion (open) Skull Legion (close) A 8118st Legionnaire advancing alongside Mobile Armor Suits Coalition Armored Infantry Corps: The Coalition’s Armored Infantry Corps make up the majority of the Coalition invasion force. While the individual infantry can be considered inferior in equipment and training when compared to its UEE counterpart, they make up for it in overwhelming numbers, alongside the support of their large Mobile Armor Suits. Coalition Soldier (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Coalition Soldier (open) Coalition Soldier (close) Mobile Armor Suits are the newest development in mechanized armor, capable of besting space-craft as well as ground armor. Mobile Armor Suits, while not as fast as air and spacecraft, are considerably more maneuverable, and can make sharp turns to out maneuver and defeat aircraft. They are also more resilient than conventional ground armor, and are even able to take out space warships when properly equipped. The 8118th employs 'Ulta-Light' class Mobile Armor Suits, essentially large exoskeletons that a soldier can climb into. The 8118th suit of choice is the PTX-099 Goliath, a 20 foot tall exoskeleton equipped with a heavy machinegun and micro-missile launchers. The 8118th equips its soldiers with Arca Mk III Combat Exoskeletons. These fully sealed exoskeletons provides considerable reinforcement and protection across the body. It also comes with a muscle enhancing system, that increases a soldier's strength, speed, and agility when powered by the suit. The main drawback to this system is that it requires a sizable amount of power, a power cell giving a soldier around 7 hours of combat effectiveness. It can be recharged slowly via solar power, or by replacing the suit's power cell. The system is also equipped with numerous high-tech devices, including thermal imaging systems, heads up displays and more. The Exoskeleton will also allow survival in zero gravity environments for up to sixty minutes. The suit is not capable of atmospheric reentry. Weapons technology has advanced significantly since humanity has entered the stars, but for the most part splits into three main categories. Energy/Laser Weaponry: At first rather ineffective and prohibitively expensive, humanity quickly discovered that laser weapons were much cheaper in the long run than typical conventional weapons. Laser weapons are considerably more accurate, lightweight, and lack the need for any sort of ammunition, and are considerably cheaper than their ballistic counterparts. However, despite these perks, laser weapons are rarely used as military grade equipment. While capable of causing serious burns and injuries on unarmored targets, laser weapons are relatively ineffective against body armor and are more fragile and temperamental than their conventional counterparts. Laser Weapons, due to their low cost and light weight are mostly used by police forces and civilian shooters. Conventional/Ballistic Weaponry: The mainstay of weapons technology since before humanity entered the stars. Loud, heavy and hard hitting, mass driving technology has made smaller caliber ammunition more and more effective against body armor and flesh. Effective in most situations, ballistic weapons remain one of the more effective and reliable methods of killing other human beings, though it should be noted that new mass driven rounds tend to overpenetrate soft unarmored targets. However, despite their universality, conventional weapons are considerably more expensive due to their needs for parts and ammunition and the methods used to produce these materials. Conventional weaponry is used extensively by both UEE and Coalition military units. Plasmatic Weaponry: A very new concept in modern weapons technology, plasma weapons are regarded as a two edged blade. On the one hand, the damage caused by a plasma burst to any surface, flesh, armor, and nature alike is tremendous. On the other hand, plasma weapons are heavy, difficult to maintain, dangerous to reload and fire, and finicky on a good day. Plasma is not a blast of superhot liquid as the name may suggest, but is instead similar to a bolt of energy. Purely Plasmatic weaponry remains mostly experimental and is not often used in modern military units. Current ranged plasma weapons are typically mounted weapons, or ship based weapons. Projectors also make plasma edged weaponry possible. In this day and age, it is not uncommon for the average man to replace a limb with a cybernetic one. Whether it is by personal preference or because of prior injuries, soldiers commonly sport cybernetic limbs along with their exoskeletons. In general, it is taboo to cybernetically replace major/vital organs, and UEE policy prohibits external modifications to the head and face- with the exception of cybernetic eyes. Also very common are the presence of full AI on the battlefield, controlling mechanized systems, or operating robotic battlesuits. Combat Drones and Attack Robots are common in the 8118th, and each squad typically has at least one SI (simulated intelligence) or AI operating a battlesuit alongside them. The Armory Firearms Gear While not an exhaustive list, all 8118th soldiers are familiar with the following weapons: ACS Rifle (Move your mouse to reveal the content) ACS Rifle (open) ACS Rifle (close) ACS - Adaptive Combat System The standard firearm that all UEE soldiers are trained to use, the ACS - Adaptive Combat System is a mutlirole combat rifle system that utilizes an advanced mass-driving system to propel its 6.8mm rounds from its 36 round magazine at high speeds with a high degree of accuracy. While typically fired in single auto mode, the ACS also sports a 2 round burst, and fully automatic fire at a cyclic rate of 800 rounds per minute. The ACS is designed to be easily modified, able to switch out barrels, receivers, covers, and accessories by hand. SN-1 Pistol (Move your mouse to reveal the content) SN-1 Pistol (open) SN-1 Pistol (close) SN-1 Machine Pistol Extremely popular amongst special forces units, the SN-1 is a machine pistol resembling a bullpup design. Its magazine is offset to the side, to allow it to be properly held, though its design prevents it from being ambidextrous or two handed, and the left and right variants must be used in the left or right hand. Featuring a high rate of fire, firing .45 caliber rounds from a 27 round magazine, its high recoil is offset by the combat exoskeleton. Bullhammer Revoler (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Bullhammer Revoler (open) Bullhammer Revoler (close) Bullhammer Mk II A powerful revolver weapon favored by Ghosts, rangers, and snipers, the Bullhammer Mk II is a heavy revolver that fires specialized .357 rounds, fit with small plasmatic micro-explosives. An advanced mass-driving system built into the weapon results in high muzzle velocity and power, with a considerably lower recoil. The Bullhammer has a break-open frame (it opens from the top- like the MP412 Rex), and a double action trigger, and comes built in with a targeting laser. Also not an exhaustive list, this is only a few pieces of the more common gear UEE soldiers might carry. Electron Grenade (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Electron Grenade (open) Electron Grenade (close) Electron Grenade The Electron Grenade is a multi-purpose smart grenade made for incapacitating enemy infantry and electronics. The Electron Grenade has multiple settings. At its standard setting, the Electron Grenade emits a sudden lethal electrical charge detonating explosives capable of eliminating enemy personnel within a 15 foot radius, and incapacitating them at up to 25 feet. The EMP setting emits a powerful electrical charge capable of overloading and effectively freezing personnel in their suits, and disabling all electronics within a 10 foot radius. This high powered electrical charge also disables the explosive within the grenade from within - though the grenade's case protects it from charges from outside. The Scan setting emits a low power charge across a 30 foot radius, the low powered wash of electricity marks the silhouette of anyone caught within the blast on the HUDS of all UEE soldiers. Due to the relative low power of the scanning charge, the grenade can be picked up and reused almost indefinitely. Electron Mace (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Electron Mace (open) Electron Mace (close) Electron Mace Heavily used by riot police, the Electron Mace is a retractable baton used for the express purpose of clubbing uncooperative or otherwise troublesome individuals. At the push of a button the mace's head projects an electrical field capable of sending a powerful, debilitating shock through the intended target. Highly effective on unarmored targets, and capable of disrupting electronics, the Electron Mace is often used as a less lethal alternative to a melee or close combat weapon. Biogel (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Biogel (open) Biogel (close) Biogel Biogel is a smart, expanding, self-sealing antibacterial gel made to temporarily seal wounds until proper medical attention can be administered. The gel comes in a small cylindrical canister and is can be applied by hand, or with the use of an administrating device. Rules: 0. All Iwaku rules apply. 1. This Roleplay will have above average standards. I will be expecting at least a few well written paragraphs, and absolutely NO ONE LINERS. 2. Please do not write in first person. 3. No Mary/Gary Sues, its alright for your character to be a hero, but they're not perfect. 4. No God-modding. Its no fun for anyone. I value your characters, but I will not hesitate to injure them if they do something exceedingly stupid. 5. This RP will have mature content. Violence, foul language, and mature themes are freely allowed. However for the sake of decency any sexual acts will fade to black (or will be taken to PM) before it goes too far. 6. Player Knowledge is not necessarily character knowledge. Just because you know something (be it through OOC or someone else's post) does not necessarily mean your character knows. 7. As GM, my word is law, I will expect you to respect any executive decision I make. 8. If players find a ruling of mine unfair, they are allowed, and encouraged to speak up and offer sound reasoning to dispute my decisions. Provided the discussion is productive, polite, and reasonable, decisions I make may change. Soldier Profile Player Roles Name: Last name, First name Age: The minimum age of a character fresh out of training is 20 Gender: Your character's gender Nickname: If Applicable, a name your character goes by. Nick names are typically short and sweet so they can be easily called out during a firefight. Rank: For this RP we will be using US Army Ranks - the majority of the squad will be Corporal or lower. Psychological Analysis: Fancy talk for 'Personality'. Give me a good paragraph or so describing your character's personality. Rule of thumb: the more detail, the better. Military Record: Your Character's background. Again, give me a few good paragraphs describing your character's history. Again, the more detail, the better. Equipment: Any tactically important equipment your character carries on his or her person (I.E. Weapons, Grenades, tactical computers, etc). Pack/Survival Gear need not be included. Weapons should follow the following outline: Weapon Appearance (If any) Description: Whether or not you wish to include technobabble, describe the type of weapon (pistol, rifle, etc), and its class (energy, ballistic, hybrid) Caliber:Weapon caliber (4.7mm, 5.56mm, 7.62mm etc). For energy weapons list the type (bolt, or projected beam) Magazine Size: rounds per magazine (or bolts/shots per energy pack) I am a personal fan of smaller scale RPs, as such, I will only be accepting 5-6 other players to join me in this adventure. While you are free to make your character however you like, acceptance to this RP will be judged by me, and is not on a first come, first served basis. While not necessary, there are several roles I would like to see filled: The Squad Leader - This player will be 'party leader'. This player will have responsibilities as the Team's leader, and will have to manage and deal with the clashing personalities of the squad- as well as the difficulties some of the NPC soldiers may give him/her. Needless to say, if you for some reason wish to play an antisocial character, this is not the role for you. The Rookie - This player should be among the youngest members of the team, as well as the least experienced. He has many roles, such as serving as a convenient reason for characters/npcs to explain and describe the lore that, while known to the characters in the world, is otherwise new or unknown to the players themselves. This character might also have a brighter outlook than his/her compatriots, and if necessary should be the optimistic character of the bunch. The AI - This player will play as the squad's Artificial Intelligence unit, and will perform a variety of roles. They will likely be responsible for hacking and electronic warfare, and will in their own battlesuit - Either a robotic version of the combat exoskeleton, or a humanoid combat robot unit of the player's choice. The AI may be privy to information the rest of the party will not be, and may serve as a Co-GM if the need arises. Mobile Armor Suit Pilot - This player will serve as the pilot of the squadron's Ultra-Light Mobile Armor suit, and will probably have the most firepower in the squad. Their loadouts will be limited to what I provide, and they will be utilizing the 'Goliath' depicted in the Tech&Terms section. The rest of of the roles will be normal squad members, with preferably varied roles: Heavy weapons, explosives, medic, support gunners, riflemen.