Post by Kathan Lee Augustine on Jun 17, 2013 1:23:08 GMT
The Powers, as the 5 companies are collectively known, run virtually everything; there are no independent shops/businesses.
Aside from each companies specialties they also have many other branches, which include but are not limited to: food and drink, construction, paper products, cleaning tools, and household appliances.
Clear Sight – Weapons & Media Technology experts. This super company has taken control of Australia and North America. They are the founders of the international police force known as R. A. C. E., and hold the most authority over them. They also employ a black ops task force known as the Eyes, made up entirely of Meta Soldiers. They are officially allied with Rarity International.
H. E. A. L. L. – The pharmaceutical giant founded in 1960 by Daren Hendricks, Brandon Everly, John Anderson, Rick Lynn, and Margot Leah. Their motto is: “Helping Everyone Achieve Longer Lives.” Their specialties are medical equipment development and pharmaceuticals. H. E. A. L. L. secretly keeps a small task force of Meta Soldiers called “Surgeons” for black ops, but for everyday tasks they employ the services of Jinghua.They control all of Europe and some islands. They are officially allied with Saikou & CalliopE Communications.
Rarity International – The fashionista of The Powers, Rarity controls South America and is allied with Clear Sight. They are quite evidently the weakest of the five, but even so they do possess their own secret group of Meta Soldiers called Needles. The specialty of this company is clothing and everything that goes with it—Rarity decides what’s trendy, what clothes are fashionable, and who’s hot.
CalliopE Communications – They are based in Africa, which is owned and run solely by them, but export their goods all over the globe. They are the leaders in all things having to do with communication—even Clear Sight has been known to consult them before launching a satellite. CalliopE is most famous among common people for creating the nano phone, which is basically a very small implant for your wrist that acts like a cell phone and responds to your thoughts. They are officially allied with H. E. A. L. L. and Saikou.
Saikou – Their name means “supreme”, and that is exactly what they aim to become. Saikou made its vast fortune as an expert in vehicles and practical technology, such as blenders, air conditioners, and home computers. Chances are most of the items in your kitchen, your garage, and even your car, are products of Saikou. They control all of Asia, and were the only company to have more than 2 facilities dedicated to making Meta Soldiers. They are officially allied with CalliopE Communications & H. E. A. L. L..
“Sweepers” is a common term for members of one of the following factions, because most people think of them as merely sweeping the dirt, made by The Powers, under the rug. Others call them Sweepers because they’re tasked with cleaning up the messes of The Boom, and supposedly “cleaning up” and making things “safer” for everyone.
R. A. C. E. – The initials stand for Radiation Aftermath Cleansing & Enforcement. They are the law that patrols Clear Sight & Rarity International territory. They act in the same way a normal police force would—you can call upon them for help in emergencies, however you will be expected to pay a price. R. A. C. E. is required to bring back blood samples of everyone they serve, supposedly to make sure the radiation in the area isn’t continuing to effect people and cause further mutations, but only the higher-ups in the companies and the people in the labs know for sure what the blood samples are used for. This private army of Clear Sight’s is mostly made up of recruited mutants, which is to say people changed by The Boom, and partially made up of ex-Eyes and ex-Needles. R. A. C. E. is also constantly on patrol—some members of R. A. C. E. go from coast to coast on patrol, usually looking for extremely dangerous mutants and monsters, who are usually taken into custody right away. Anything that can be deemed a monster on sight is to be killed or captured, and anyone exhibiting unusually high level powers is to be taken to the nearest Rarity or Clear Sight research facility.
Jinghua – Saikou’s own version of R. A. C. E., but they’re a lot rougher, considerably larger in numbers, and stricter. They are partially made up of ex-Yami, ex-Surgeons, and even ex-Wires. Their name means “to purify” or “purifying”. They are dedicated to the complete cleansing of Asia, Europe, and Africa.
The first superhumans… Those who were made into mutants. These select groups were the best assassins and black ops soldiers The Powers had at their disposal.
Eyes – Created by Clear Sight, they were the first strand of true Meta Soldiers. Eyes were incredibly fast, stronger than any man alive, and could take a hit from an SUV going 30 MPH and get right back up to fight. They were assassination specialists and excelled in underdog situations.
Later on, Eyes became more and more powerful, eventually getting abilities from gene splicing and so on, enhancing their senses and in some cases causing external mutations that could be used in combat (claws, whip-like tongue, etc).
Yami – Their name means “darkness”, which seemed quite fitting considering many of them turned out to be like creatures of the night. Saikou focused its efforts on gene splicing, and as a result they gifted many soldiers and assassins with incredible strength, speed, and even the ability to change their coloring like a chameleon. However, as they continued to increase the strength of their serum, more and more of their subjects became less and less human. Werewolves became a reality, and more monster-like beings, many of them virtually uncontrollable. However, partially due to the use of stolen CalliopE technology, they were able to tame a fair number of them.
Surgeons – These Meta Soldiers were considered the most well organized of the five, and incredibly precise during every operation. Some Surgeons could barely be considered superhuman, as they only possessed a slight healing factor that allowed them to recover from injuries at about twice the speed of a normal human. But, after some time the Surgeons were upgraded, eventually gaining control over some elements like water, earth, or wind, but it was really their skills that made them formidable. Though H.E.A.L.L.’s Surgeons were far from being the most powerful group of Meta Soldiers, they were quite possibly the most talented and best trained.
Wires – CalliopE Communications used a variety of technology, new and old, to create implants that heightened their soldiers’ senses, and more importantly increased their brain power and gave the telepathic abilities, and gave a few telekinesis.
As with most of these groups they eventually gained abilities very similar to the others, most likely as a result of stolen information.
Needles – Very little is known about Rarity International’s group of Meta Soldiers known as Needles. They were said to be assassination, stealth and undercover specialists. Some say that even a few high ranking members of the Eyes and Wires were secretly Needles, but this has not been confirmed.
These are the people with no affiliation to The Powers.
The Underground – They are an international group with an unknown amount of members. Their mission is to discover the truth behind what happened the day of The Boom no matter what. They work in the shadows, constantly trying to avoid the all-seeing eyes of the companies.
They try their best to share information between the various chapters spread out all over the world, but nearly everything is monitored in this day and age, so clever code is a must when passing on messages from afar and/or in person.
Runners - A sub-division of The Underground. Runners are in charge of supply runs, and getting items from one group to another, and so on. They are stealthy, quick, and usually travel alone to avoid detection. They transport everything from foods to firearms.
Super Criminals – They are more of an undefined faction, though they do have a tendency to team up in order to stand a chance against R.A.C.E. and Jinghua. Their name is pretty self-explanatory; they are criminals with superhuman abilities, and have a tendency to attempt taking over communities, towns, and so on.