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Dominance: Of Runes and Ruins
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:54 am    Post subject:  Dominance: Of Runes and Ruins Reply with quote



Prologue

In 1995, during the heat of the Cold War, the USSR initiated a colonization project on the planet Mars. Secrecy was of outmost importance, for fear of public unrest. Their researches were lagging; some were years behind compared to that of their competitors. However, with the success of the colonization project, The USSR is now ahead of technological research, 20 years to be exact. The vast resources gave the Soviets everything they needed; water from the poles, carbon-based atmosphere made plant-life spread it's alien nature across the Martian landscape; making it a truly new Earth.


Home Sweet Home

It was 5 decades ago when the entire USSR had evacuated Earth to move their population on their newfound planet. New generations of humans have immediately sprung up, covering at least 45% of the Martian landscape. The Soviets, in the spirit of their leaders, re-established their government based on Communism. They began to call themselves the Kautine to distinguish themselves from their forefathers, the Soviets.


The Enemy Within

All is well in the Kautine Empire. Their near perfect government made a good job of maintaining peace and order among their community. They were no longer 'colonies' in an alien world. The KGB Secret police are just beginning to dissipate contrary to the popular belief of their disbandment a century ago. However, in the light of all this success, problems began to surface: Kautine leaders went missing in a matter of weeks, only to surface in exactly 14 days after their absence. Criminal activities such as petty theft quickly rose similar to that of a slum in Earth. Many believe that this is inevitable in human nature. Though these series of problems suddenly came out of nowhere, KERA operatives continue to maintain peace albeit through, some might say, quite unorthodox. Protests against the use of "directed lightning" alarmed higher officials, responding into anti-riot divisions. Coinciding with these problems came the first sighting of several markings along city streets and alley walls. The authority claims these were just vandals, but the public began to spread rumours of a rogue splinter group trying to oppose Kautine corruption. Others still, say that DEA infiltration is in progress. Experts noted though, that their appearance coincided with the missing leaders. One of a more conspiracy theorists’ claims that they were not of human origin but of a Martian feel to it; that the planet itself is alive. The Kautine government however, says that “these farfetched claims are nothing more of a product of an imaginative mind” They express great confidentiality in regards to the markings found. But whatever the cause is, one thing is certain: They continue to appear in significant places, in close proximity to that of the missing leaders’ homes; in highly crowded areas with of varying sizes and in the outskirts of the Kautine Empire.




Along the Tharsis Bulge

Despite the rising corruption in the Kautine government, their scientific curiosity did not let that hinder in their research. The most recent was in the Tharsis Bulge; a series of volcanoes including Mount Olympus Mons. History tends to repeat itself they thought. The resources they have will eventually disappear, just like in Earth. The Tharsis Bulge gives home to numerous extinct volcanoes; that reason alone gives the scientists an excuse to take up field work and look for new expendable resources. But the growing conflict in the city related to the markings found made it hard for them to exit the Empire's boundaries. Every gate the KERA installed a checkpoint, dramatically slowing traffic along magnetic highways. They've decided to travel by air. Kautine Travel was difficult; strange twist of the streets tends to get jammed with cars. Commuting was the most practical choice. The expedition team instead chose to ride in one of those vintage hot air balloons equipped with out-of-date "GPS Systems". For days the balloon's shadow has cast an eerie shade across the Martian landscape. It was a matter of time that they've reached their destination. They were overwhelmed with the majestic sight before their eyes: the Tharsis Bulge. Located within the bulge is Mount Olympus Mons, which is the biggest volcano in the Solar System. Excavation sites were deployed immediately. The expanse of land showed great promise; so they immediately called in an MCV to increase activity within the area. After hours, the area was bustling with excavation tanks and generators that would’ve disturbed locals if it had any.

Upon Day 3 of their field work, they noticed that the rocks had a faint engraving of sort; that they were constant throughout the samples that they’ve collected. Instant scientific response was that they were a variation of the snowflake phenomenon; that nature tends to create elaborate patterns. With that data included, they dismissed it as something ordinary. Research was not going to be suspended. The next morning, everyone was panicking just outside the KERA Generators. The place was utterly destroyed. In the rubble formed a faint pattern, a marking; similar to the rock patterns found the day before. As they were examining the rubble, several buildings collapsed instantaneously, one after another. There was no explosion whatsoever. Just silence. In the rubble formed something: a marking but this time, more visible. In their terror, they fled the camp site and never returned again.




Best Kept Secret

Experts say that the two markings are inter-linked. Someone or something must have followed the expedition team. It is assumed that those responsible are still active, possibly linked with the missing leaders. Terrorist attempts have not been ruled out. They also noted that the recently surfaced leaders began acting strangely after their 14 day absence. Described as "more secretive, no hint of memory in that two week span and acts instantaneously out of their own accord". For instance, one successfully launched their reserved warheads straight into Earth resulting in a possible retaliation. As of now, 6 are secretly being monitored including the one who launched the missiles. The recent expedition team are now held in custody by the Kautine's Red Army for questioning. Fears of planetary assault from Earth are now growing. The destruction of the Tharsis base is a warning from these "DEA Terrorists" according to the KERA operatives. The people are now beginning to suspect that the Kautine government is hiding something, more of a sinister and dark secret; possibly using media to cover up the true nature of events. The public doesn't have any idea what really took place in that fateful day in the Tharsis. All they know is that something is happening and they're right in the middle of it.


In The Heat of It All

The growing fear of DEA's possible infiltration of the Kautine Empire has grown exponentially. The markings are almost forgotten. It was nearly 2 years ago since the discovery of the last marking along the. They are now called "Glyphs" or “Runes” (not to be confused with the Earth-bound runes of the Anglo-Saxons) and are classified as "of unknown origin" in the Kautine's Database. The Dominance Project was already initiated in response to the brief exchange of nuclear warheads 2 years ago; the Red Army's... army is already halfway to their target: Earth. Computer scans reveal that DEA's initiative is to defend the planet using the moon base. KERA Hackers attempt to bypass DEA firewall giving them the option to turn off all defensive structures. At 52%, however their screens froze. In that instant, all screens in the KERA's command center were reduced to static. Then slowly, from that static, an image begins to appear. Another Glyph but this time, it looked strange. Gone are the simple patterns; instead, it had an even more elaborate design and more circular in pattern. The image lasted for 17 seconds, long enough to press the 'Print Screen' on their keyboards. They now realize that it's not a splinter group or a natural phenomenon; one just showed up on all of their screens. They saved a copy and began analyzing it. After that brief moment, the screens returned to normal. Firewall bypass is at 59%. Earth's invasion continues. And all this while, the Runes continue to reveal themselves again appearing mysteriously just as it had disappeared 2 years ago.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Third faction? Razz

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Space commies,aliens(possibly?) and the DEA...

Sounds interesting...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pssst, its a ninja called...altomareXD...XD
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These will probably not be aliens. They will be met in the campaign however, so playing it will solve some mysterious here.

The campaign is mostly planned BTW, a thread with details is coming soon. For now... use your imaginations.

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