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SKYWARDEN
A Fallen Soul - Uppermost
The world is in its last death throes. What remains of mankind is sequestered within Neoterra, a cylindrical megastructure besieged by an ever-rising ocean.

You came from the Rift, where every face was a foe and even the air you breathed wanted to kill you. You soothed your hunger with what little bit of Bliss spare change could buy. You lost an arm and a leg and even came close to dying at one point, but so did everyone else. The difference between you and everyone else is that you survived.

You were born a fighter.

And here you are now, a superhero beloved by all. Your life is all glamor and cameras and merchandise. People tune in to your broadcasts everyday, watching you murder petty thieves in the name of justice. But your body doesn’t belong to you anymore, Skywarden. You gave that up when you signed your name on the dotted line. You’re a guinea pig in a golden cage, fed unknown drugs and rigged out with experimental tech that has done irreversible damage to your body.

The result? Power beyond your wildest dreams. If only you could use it.

AVAILABLE ROLES

1. Skywardens
2. Enforcers

REQUIRED READING

1. Citizen's Handbook
2. The Rift
3. The Strip
4. The Fall

EXTRA READING

1. Technology
2. Law & Crime

 
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Name: Maia Asim

Alias(es): Setchi 1

Age: 30s

Description: Maia is a Grounder. Born in the Rift, her neighborhood is so far down that it might arguably rest on what passes for Neoterra's 'floor'. Born to a large family of cleaners, Maia learned to run and fight for survival like any other kid. Her local claim to fame was a surprising athleticism and talent at Super Sakka.

A popular player in the neighborhood of Setchi 1, Maia nonethless came down with bone cancer and somatic nervous system damage, presumably due to Haze exposure. Armortek picked her up for experimental trials mostly due to her test results. A good bet, as she's still the only person to survive the TARSNS augmentation process.

Now, she's a poster girl for the Skywardens. Literally slapped on posters, ad spots promoting Armortek augments, the works. Her sheer physicality and ability to relate to the poorest of the poor keep her popular. For Maia, it's all she can do to keep honoring the terms of her slave contract in hopes of supporting her family and paying their medical bills. There's no room for her feelings of being an imposter or how little good her actions actually accomplish.

Augmentations: The TARSNS implant is experimental nanotechnology featuring iron carbon composite alloy rods with micro conductors several molecules thin branching into node clusters every millimeter of her body. It effectively bypasses her nervous system with an artificial one, while replacing her bones and some of her musculature with iron carbon composite. The net result: She has superhuman strength and nigh-indestructible bones in exchange for massing nearly 300 pounds and an appetite for iron pills.

Appearance: Maia is an athletic, beautiful woman who radiates a palpable physical presence, a threat of imminent danger to those breaking the law and a sense of immense power on your side for those who aren't. She walks with a determined, confident stride that suggests nothing will get between her and what she's aimed at. Maia wears her blue hair loose and wavy. Her natural speaking voice is loud and determined, and her alto can ring out over crowds and battlefields alike.

When on duty, she wears the all-black bodysuit of an Enforcer. Unlike an actual Enforcer, she never wears a helmet and her uniform bears no rank or insignia, instead displaying a single '1' on her left breastplate. All part of Maia's branding; for Setchi 1, a single number is all she needs to put civilians at ease and instill fear in the hearts of criminals and geckos alike.
 
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Name: Hullen Macnanan

Alias: Shuck

Age: 30

Description: The Black Shuck was a myth that originated from a time long forgotten. A time when the Corporation and Politics of the modern era were still buying their power. It is believed to be a spirit of a black dog with glowing eyes. A creature of vengeance that would seek harm against those who sought to defile ground deemed "Holy" whatever that meant. Other legends depict it as a harbinger for coming storms. It was always followed by lightning and the resounding thunder that would come. this may have even evolved into what we know as "Strays." Who's to say these "myths" as they were, weren't completely false. Well, who's to say at least some aren't true?

Hullen in a former life had been cripple because of a birth defect. He had been born without an arm. That didn't really stop him from doing what other's did in the rift though. A set back for sure but nothing he himself had saw as a handicap. It was only something that fueled his motivation. Most of his community had been strong believers in The Gaian Faith and while he believed many of the same core values. To say "God" was on his side wasn't very accurate. Maybe a deity but definitely not the one most believed in.

One fateful day during a raid for literally anything in the Treasure Mountains. He unfortunately got his leg stuck in something. This was when the sirens sounded. The Haze Drones came and went. However, because of him already being ensnared, the direct contact with the Chem Trails, and no one around to help. He should have been dead. However, he awoke weeks later spouting things that would have been seen as unbelievable had they not been staring at some disfigured beast with enough intelligence to keep a conversation. He spoke of his time laid out there until someone he knew came to his aid. How the strays brought him creatures to eat, how their matted pelts kept him warm, and of profound kindness from what people thought were monstrous beings thought to insight fear.

Maybe they thought him an out cast. A possibility of why he attained their blessing. When someone showed him a mirror of how he had been completely changed. He looked astonished. Anybody with a third rate degree in medical practices could have told him he was a genetic freak. The chemicals had altered his chemical make up, his core structure. He had a set amount of days to live before he would just fall over dead. Most people who suffered a similar fate probably would have even believed them. To him his fever dream of beasts showing him mercy must have been the only truth worth believing. That didn't mean it was. Rather Hullen's story reached that of ARMORTEK who thought to use him as a P.R. stunt. If the kid could be revived maybe they could con a few people to buy their product. It worked because of one of their employees who was well off in his own right fitted the bill for the company. The kid would remain ignorant of what really happened. Their experimentaion while he was under led to his look.

The man eventually put the boy through school. Homeschooling was the only way to go given his appearance but that didn't stop him. Once Hullen was allowed to learn because of the company's extensive technological programs. He realized there's two sides to every coin. He bared no ill will towards machines as his fore bearers and community did. Nor his old home. Instead he saw this as another opportunity. He put his nose to every book he could. As he adapted, grew, and took courses of schooling, he not only soon began to want to live. He wanted to create ways to make life better for people around him. Even if they thought him a beast. He began first by using any money his new found father could give him to out fit that arm of his with weaponry. It was better to say protection, a energy shield generator. He then attained his own currency from bounty's picked up to put himself through higher education. He is now known by anybody who watches the Skywarden streams by the same moniker of the black dog spirit.

When he came onto the scene most people thought him the same. Maybe the legends were true. maybe he had been one. Hushed tones from his enemies would prove to solidify the belief in the public.

Augmentation: Aforementioned energy shield. It is capable of repelling incoming projectiles and can withstand a good amount of blunt force trauma before becoming exhausted. At which point the energy shield shatters.

Heightened senses: His only true "power" if you could call it that is being able to hear and smell far greater ranges than others. Akin to his canine appearance. It makes him excellent at tracking criminals for the team. In order to determine who he is tracking, one of two conditions must be met. First, to track their voice he must have a pre-recorded voice clip. Second, to track by scent he needs an effect of the person. Clothing article, type of cologne/perfume, etc.

Appearance: Being a furry doesn't do it for ya'? How about a buff furry? Jokes. But in all seriousness. He is quite muscular standing 7'2" and weighs 230lbs. His fur is black and he wears a half jacket over a tank top, a single wrist band over his non robot arm, and camo pants as well as boots when out and about. (Think Baret from F.F. VII)

When at home, he'd rather just wear sweats and a t-shirt. Glasses usually adorn his face because he has poor eyesight. Possible side effect from the exposure.
 
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Name: Cessair Hale
Alias(es): Auto
Age: 24



Appearance:
Hair: Black
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 130lbs
Build: Athletic, Slim, Lightly Toned
Complexion: Pale, Covered in bruises, Clean Shaven


Description:
Cess is a hard worker, who has never been satisfied with his meager surroundings. Even since he was a young kid, he would dig through Tressure Mountains for hours to find scraps to build little inventions. When he was a little older, he would enter these inventions into the Pits to fight, in order to earn money for his sick mother.

After some success, Armortek came knocking with a deal he couldn't refuse. So, he became a Skywarden. The sudden fame and comfort, allowed his vices to escalate. In order to live with the pain of the new experimental augmentations, he self-medicates on Bliss and other substances. He uses his influence to sleep with anyone with a heartbeat.

Even though Cess claims that his life has improved, the only reason he stays in line is for the sake of his mother's health. However, he hides his miserable feelings behind an egotistical mask.

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Mental Link: When Cess was brought on as a Skywarden, he was put through an experiment that would allow him to link up to his inventions mentally. With this, he can mentally control their actions and movements, to aid him in his fight.
 

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Name: Sasakawa Oniji
Alias(es): Kijo, The Demoness
Age: 27
Description: Nobody really knows where Sasakawa Oniji came from, and she's never bothered to tell. Some say she's ex-military or mercenary. Others think she's organised crime. Anyone asks her, she just gives them a look like the only reason she doesn't stomp their teeth out is she'd have to clean her boots after.

What she is, though - everyone knows that. Some of the Skywardens are Big Damn Heroes. Some of them are aw-shucks ordinary folks just helping out. The Demoness? She's the one who shows up when people need to go down. Her feed is age-restricted and plastered with content warnings. You see some perp strutting around and then suddenly keel over and it takes a minute to grok that his pants are stained with blood not piss, because somebody just opened up his femoral arteries like that, snick-snack. That's the Demoness. She calls herself Kijo, but everybody else calls her the Demoness.

Nobody knows who she really is, but what she is? Everyone knows that.

Augmentations: The Demoness is well named. She is built for speed, stealth, and terror. Her nervous system is wired for reflexes using the drug-triggered Owari system, which is the fastest available reflex boost but requires a dose of HardFire to activate. This is usually delivered via inhaler. Her musculoskeletal system is also subtly enhanced, giving her surprising strength but more importantly olympic-level speed and agility. Finally, she has a set of implanted weapons - bone blades that slide out from her arms, and a set of retractable secondary fangs that complement her ability to dislocate her jaw like a snake for greater bite effect.
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Age: 25
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Clove hadn’t always been the loveable hero Bunix who’s always there to save the day. She comes from a past that's less than heroic. The early days of her life were spent tucked in a small corner shop for second-hand parts. During these days her older sister had been her real hero, her job cleaning and polishing parts for hours a day just so they could stay off the street.

They spent years like this, Clove being helpless and relying solely on her sister and her sister working herself to the bone. However, one day it all changed. Her sister left her, saying she just needed to get some food for them. Days passed without her return. Eventually the storekeeper grew tired of the burden of her presence and cast her out. Leaving her abandoned, alone and helpless on the streets.

It’s always been something that stayed with Clove, the abandonment, being a burden, trusting anyone, she hates it. However, the desire to survive was stronger than her fear. So, when they found her fighting in the arena for money and the entertainment of others and offered her the chance at joining their ranks, she leapt at the chance without hesitation.

Augmentations:
Eye: Like most who come from the Rift TJ had her eyes replaced after losing sight from the both of them. Somewhat wider than what most (Normal eyes) would like -great for marketing- Their bonus features being lens that can zoom in and out and night mode

Legs: Both legs have been replaced by machines, starting from just above the knee. Designed for quick, easy mobility. With pressurized air functions that give Bunix that iconic bounce to her step. Combined with springs and gears, she can reach new heights.

Ears: Enhanced hearing, adjusted by a dial on the back of the ear. Can also be turned off to hear no sound. The drawback to this, however, is whenever enhanced to listen in on distances far off, sudden close or loud sounds can be extremely painful.
When wearing her head gear magnetized clips settle over each ear, holding her iconic "bunny ears" that also happen to be blades that can be thrown.

Palms and elbows: Covered with pressure absorbing technology. Designed to let the hero collide with foe or in some cases walls, minimizing the damage done to her person.

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I come out from the shadows to let you all know that I have read everybody’s character sheets. Receiving a “like” or “creative” reaction from me is my way of telling you that your submission has been accepted.

If you did not receive a reaction, don’t panic. Instead, check your messages. I may have some questions or suggestions for you.

If you have not submitted your character sheet yet, that’s ok! But do let me know when I should expect your submission.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s put our heads together and iron out some wrinkles! I want to involve everyone in the plotting because this concerns all characters and their relationships/history with one another.

  1. Our humble group of Skywardens isn’t the only superhero team that exists in Neoterra. There are others just like them, both famous and infamous and those in between. The group is newly assembled: for what reason? It hasn’t been established yet. But @Epiphany (the person who brought this idea forward) had some suggestions:

    A publicity stunt
    A rise in a particular kind of crime
    A mystery/investigation that the group would need to solve

    We could say that our superhero team had originally been composed of veteran members that had been working together for many, many years. Perhaps their loss in popularity in recent years has pushed Armortek to replace some of these veteran members with new blood. What happened to the supplanted Skywardens? Who knows. Probably nothing good. But this sudden change could destabilize the group and even initially cause conflict among the new members and the old.

    That is the prompt I came up with. If you guys are on board with this idea, feel free to add to it, or alternatively present your own ideas.

  2. Our team will need a catchy name. Think: the Avengers. The Fantastic Four, the Incredibles, Justice League, etc. Please suggest at least one name! We'll conduct a vote afterwards.

Let’s do all our plot-related discussion here. After all, not everyone who is a part of Neoterra has Discord, and those who do may miss messages due to the fast-paced nature of instant messaging.
 

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We all have the defining trait of we have cyber augmentation/experimentation that make us movie monster or beast like.

Maia - Strength

Me - Looks like a Werewolf and canine tracking

Cess - Mad Scientist trope (I.E. Frankenstein) because of Technopathy

Sei - Has Japanese Oni appearance and Ninja skills.

Clove: Is a rabbot. (Rabbit/Robot Yes the pun was intended.)

My suggestion is simply "The Monsters" because of this.

Makes us sound like an 80's band which fits the cyber punk theme quite well.
 

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I like that prompt! Maybe there was some kind of scandal that prompted the "retirement" of some of the old team, like in the Watchmen. So the remaining old guard might have different reactions to how it went down, and that carries over to how they respond to the new blood. One might get all toxic-positive about it, one might be sullen and grumpy, one downright hostile - and they'll all have to be dealt with in their own way. It might get ugly (and might explain why Kijo is there...).

As for the team name, how about "The Anomalies"? I think it has a ring to it, and it pushes the monster/freak line a little more subtly.
 

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Thanks!

I envision Kijo as being something of an Enforcer agent, who's there as much to keep the team in line as she is to perform superheroics. An antihero whose main job is to watch the watchmen... and apply sanctions on those who go off script.
 

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Name: Rex indalas
Alias(es): The calm reaper, or the medicine hero
Age:38
Description: For as long as he can remember, he and his sister Higa have been on the run because their parents were colonials and leaders of the anti-war faction and found out information, they weren't meant to by hacking into the military data base, luckily for the siblings, the parents had messengers and spies that agreed with their dreams. They left a paper trail before the parents were killed, they managed to poison a whole massive garrison, that was critical to the warmongers. Rex knew this meant they were no longer safe and had to run, and they would have to rebuild from scratch. Sure, rex would have preferred things go differently, but living is far more important than pride. They used a coded map to get to the place their parents have always known as the rift.
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Sorry, but this is what I think of when I see "Death Titian".
 
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Sorry, but this is what I think of when I see "Death Titian".

As much as I find that funny, you may have to enclose that image within spoiler tags and mark it as NSFW so we don't get flagged by the titty police moderation team
 
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Done, but hey, it's hardly literally NSFW. Most places that aren't run by the Taliban, it's fine to display an artwork like that.
 
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Done, but hey, it's hardly literally NSFW. Most places that aren't run by the Taliban, it's fine to display an artwork like that.

Who knows, someone might have an especially prude boss at their workplace. It's better to be safe than sorry, hey?

But thanks for adding the spoiler tags. :)