"Extinction is the rule, Survival is the exception" ~Carl Sagan Background URC Xenoptera PSY-Breed Conduit In the 27th Century, 5 centuries after the first successful planetary colonization project took place in Mars. Humanity has progressed into the space-faring era with colonies set up even beyond Earth's solar system, all made possible by the invention of FTL (Faster-Than-Light) travel. Societies prospered as a whole, rapid advancement in science, medical, art, and other fields bloomed. Mankind had entered a Golden Age... until in early 26th Century, they came. We were never alone, there was no possible way that in the whole universe, mankind was the only advanced species. They came in waves, spreading through the fields of outer space like locusts, consuming everything in their path, destroying colonies and the planet's ecosystem, spawning uninhabitable wastelands in their voracious rampage. Dubbed 'Xenoptera', this hostile alien species will be humanity's greatest challenge yet. However, as always, ever since time immemorial, we will fight back and we will survive. This is an epic story of an unruly Pilot and her Conduit as they journey through the sea of stars in which the very concepts of sentience, existence, and morality shall be shaken to the core. Founded in the 24th Century, United Republic (of Earth) Colonies, or URC for short, is an evolution of the United Nations (UN) due to humanity progressing into an era where people distinct themselves by the planets they lived in instead of nations. Its headquarter is still in New York, USA, Earth. The URC, much like the UN, holds the Colonies together and promotes inter-colony cooperation, including peacekeeping missions. With the arrival of the Xenopteras, the URC is humanity's front against the alien threat. Picture (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) A mysterious alien race resembling mechanical insects in both design and behavior. Based on combat and research logs on captured Xenoptera specimens, it can be assumed that the Xenopterans are a bio-mechanical hive-mind insectoid race. Varies greatly in sizes, from a few metres to the equivalent of a mothership, all of them are united under a single consciousness. Their true motives and home planet are still unknown. All attempts at communication had failed, currently, there is no other known way in dealing with them except through extermination. Picture (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Mechanized Assault Units a.k.a Mecha in popular terms, the PSY-Breed is humanity's trump card against the Xenopteran threat. Developed by a team of URC's finest researchers, PSY-Breeds combine Xenopteran physiology with human ingenuity, these giant humanoid robots have unprecedented capabilities compared to any developed combat vehicles so far in human history. A 'living' machine, PSY-Breeds require two operators. The Pilot, which controls most of the suit's movements and functions, and The Conduit, which serves as the 'power-source'. The latter which arises controversy and heated debates among the colonies under the issues of human rights and ethics. However, whether it is 'ethical' or not, one can't deny the significant role these mechas play in the war against Xenopterans. Picture (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) The Conduits are best described as homunculi, artificial life-form created through the splicing between human and Xenoptera DNA and grown in test tubes. They are fully sentient much like a human, but posses a unique ability to interact with Xenopteran bio-mechanical tissue. This ability truly shines when a Conduit is integrated into the power core of a PSY-Breed unit. True to their namesake, they serve as the 'conduit', allowing full synchronization between Pilot and Bio-Machine. Without them, the PSY-Breed can't activate due to its Xenopteran nature incapability with man-made controls. So far, only XX chromosome embryos have given positive results which makes all registered Conduits biologically female. Subject to controversy due to how they were developed, the URC does its best to keep them hidden from society, often living in solitary confinement, only allowed contact with their assigned Pilot and select scientists. =Cast List= Lilith Stella Picture (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Name: Lilith Goetz Gender: Female Age: 22 Home: Spaaaaace Bio: Lilith was born on Hess, a planet that was thrown into a bloody and endless civil war decades ago. WIthout parents and only her sister to rely on, each day was a fight for survival. Hope was something only the desperate and fools believed in, but also something the arms industry made sure to provide from time to time so Hess' primitive war could go on forever. It was simple, really, weapons were cheap to make - only sometimes shaken by highly experimental technical devices - and corrupt government officials earned just as much of a nice sum as shady researchers, everybody important was happy. Yes, money was truly a frightening thing, but there was one entity even more scary: The Xenoptera. While it did not take too long, by the time the URC started paying attention to Hess, the planet was pretty much lost. Though, there were still lives left to be rescued. Under them, Lilith and her sister Carol. The turning point of their lives. Attention to the pair was drawn easily enough, able to take out some of the less threatening Xenoptera just with their bare fists and no future whatsoever, the two of them have taken their chance to serve the URC. Both were considered prodigies, and swiftly finished their training as space cadets and send off to a myriad of missions. While Carol was obedient, nice, charming, gentle and caring, Lilith on the other hand was a ruthless person. A sociopath, with only Carol being able to keep her in check. Problematic, but not impossible to handle. However, in the end, even with Carol on her side, Lilith simply couldn't do with the military. Obligations, paying respect to weak superiors, following orders and rules and so on, all those tiny bits were reasons that Lilith ultimately left the URC and simply became a sort of explorer. Sure, the young woman still had contact with her older sister but ultimately Carol wasn't supposed to be her sole reason to continue living.... . Notes: Both Lilith and Carol have the same foster father, Jacts Goetz. Lilith can't stand him. Lilith hates being called by her name, Lily, Lil-chan or anything else. There's a scar under her eye-patch. Picture (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Name: C-MRS-10 Title: PSY-Breed Conduit Nickname: "Stella", "10th" Gender: Female Age: - Home: Mars Bio: C-MRS-10 stands for "Conduit Mars No.10" meaning she is the tenth Conduit developed in the URC's Conduit Research Facility in Mars, a top-secret institution which produces the homunculi necessary to power up the unique PSY-Breed Units. Standing at 152 cm (5' 0"), this particular conduit appeared as a silver-haired teenager with cerulean eyes. At a first glance, she appeared much like a normal human female if one doesn't know that most of the 'bodysuit' she's wearing is actually her skin. Being a Conduit, she's a mix between human and Xenoptera, thus, she bears the alien's bio-mechanical body. Due to the controversy surrounding their development, C-MRS-10 or 'Stella' as she likes to call herself has been living in solitary confinement ever since she was 'born', grown in a test tube, she has no biological mother or father, with the scientists assigned to her serving as her only means of social contact. Stella spends her days trained and experimented to prepare herself for her fated role as a PSY-Breed's Conduit. Often considered as a test subject, not human, Stella grew distant and cold, often hiding her feelings as they won't matter anyway, she was created - not born - to serve a purpose and that's what she'd do.