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Trailblazers in a World of Winter - Chester crashes the party.
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:13:58 am »

The year is 2231, and you are sleeping in space. Your sleep is just a single notch above death.
Your blood has been replaced with nutrient fluid, and a machine is doing your breathing for you. It is cold, but you do not feel it, and your sleep is dreamless.

You are aboard the colony ship Horizon, along with seventy-nine other colonists. The ship resembles an early Space age rocket, but differs in several key aspects: first, it is much larger. It's not skyscraper-sized, but it's a good twenty stories high. Second, it's aerodynamic shape is broken by a cylindrical bulge near the middle - that is where the ablative capsules containing the colonists are.

You are fleeing your home's overpopulation problems: you remember spending your childhood in a place that was like a hive, with people - millions of people - scurrying about like insects. The colonization effort is sponsored by several governments and organizations, and you are part of the first wave - the second wave ships will contain thousands upon thousands, not a mere eighty. Your flight has been paid for by a multinational organization, and you are part of a multinational crew of specialists with diverse skill sets, off to create a new home for yourself in this new world.

The world is called Boreas, after the ancient Greeks' god of winter. It is remarkably Earth-like, as planets go. So what if the yearly mean temperature is somewhere in the region of -25? The alternatives were worse. The athmosphere is almost identical to Earth's, and research shows traces of Earth-like plant life, supposedly conifers. It has three large continents: you will be touching down on the largest one, close to the coast near a major river.

Horizon and her sister ship Jah's Home enter Boreas orbit on November 7, 2231 by Earth time. They update their maps with locations of other nations and companies' camps – apparently, a group of Slavic Coalition colonists have made camp some two hundred kilometers from where you'll be making planetfall. They call their town Yermakov Ostrog, and the river is apparently now called Novy Don. You will be landing on the other side, which they haven't explored yet.

Of the ships, now only the aforementioned bulging sections are left: the propulsion stages have been long since discarded, and the nose cones have been shot off to reveal semi-spherical snouts covered in thick ablative shielding. They point themselves down and topple slowly into the atmosphere.

In the upper  layers, Horizon unfolds like a flower, scattering ablative landing capsules away from its central cylinder, which will be using its main engines to decelerate. The hardware inside – hydroponics facilities, dry rations, tools, weapons, water purifiers, warm clothing, a small reactor, solar panels, and most importantly, a self-assembling manufacturing unit that can even make planes – can withstand the deceleration. Any humans, however, would be reduced to jelly, so your capsule will be descending on a parachute, after it clears the upper layers, of course. The storage section will be landing first, reorienting itself thrusters down and firing its massive engines just a kilometer from the surface. Then, if everything goes according to the plan, the capsules will land around it with a spread of a few kilometers.

The wind howls around you as you plunge towards your new home.

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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 05:18:49 am »

Name: Kathryn McGaw
Sex: Female
Age: 28
Occupation: Genetic Scientist/Doctor
Background: A peerless savant in the art of manipulating and research living DNA, Kathryn McGaw has spent most of her life in the service of the corporate conglomerate 'Bioglo'-She is, in fact, a near perfect clone of a former employee, who established by contract to have her services and knowledge preserved and reclaimed even after her death. During her youth, she knew no life except for the skills and careful indoctrination in one of Bioglo's numerous 'children creches', where she was raised apart-and above-of the sprawl of humanity. She spent most of her time afterward laboring in service of Bioglo, never dreaming of anything larger, but supremely devoted to her task of medical and DNA research-particularly biological extraction and utilization-ultimately believing whatever sacrifices were made in her creation were worth the resulting benefit to humanity...and the company, of course.

While most of her formers life is a mystery, Kathryn can only guess the woman was as devoted to her work as she is to hers. She has adopted some of the personal traits of her genetic source completely by chance, but considers herself different from that person. Of note, she did take one trait that was 'opted out' during her creation-restoring her natural hair color to a natural deep bronze red, instead of blonde. To date, this is the only genetic modification she has done to herself in defiance to her employers.

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Bioglo was not going to be 'left out in the cold' during the ground floor planning of the expedition of Boreas, of course-connections and money changed hands to get McGaw a seat on the Horizon so the corporation could have an agent on planet, extracting and studying new, strange forms of life-and of course, her medical skills would be an asset in keeping the members alive. With laws currently murky, any research grant on Boreas is also quite expanded from what it would be on Earth. They have sent to pluck the world of it's secrets, so they may benefit-and as a corporate sponsor, they are entitled to exclusive rights from anything she may find.

Physically, Kathryn is 28 though looks far younger due to her genetic pedigree-a stunning physical figure, that nevertheless comes off as cold and aloof at times. She could almost be mistake for a machine, for those that do not know her well-and very few do. Raised to fulfill a singular purpose in life, she is fairly confident in her area of expertise-though often unemotional except in the presence of children (who she has a subdued motherly instinct for), she certainly displays a degree of arrogance most times. Still, her devotion is paramount-she is not needlessly cruel or heartless, and while it may be as much a product of her youth training as her innate sense of right and wrong, she genuinely believes in doing what is best for the greater good. Due to her status as a second generation clone, Kathryn knows she is both very unlikely to live past 40, or ever bear children of her own. She knows her life will be a short one, full of promise, but short on actually living-and in her own way she accepts this with the weary resignation of the stoic.
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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 05:28:20 am »

Reserved, sheet incoming.

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P.S. Looking forward to this a lot; concept seems really awesome.
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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 06:30:13 am »

-snip-
Well, this is cool. It seems to me that we will all be writing the lore for this verse together (and that is awesome). So, can I say that Bioglo is registered either in the African Commonwealth, or in the Turkic states? The Slavic Coalition, the PRC, and the European Union do not allow human cloning and general human research.
Note: FTL communication is possible in this verse via quantum-entangled transmitters, but they're the size of a house and require metric buttloads of energy, so Dr. McGaw will have to just collect research data until you build a QE transmitter to send it back to Earth, for which you need an efficient fuel source.
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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 06:38:30 am »

How is my bio?

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 06:38:53 am »

Well, I habitually create lore when I play forum games, ask any GM. :P I like to flesh out the world.

And yeah, it would be in one of those places-whichever one has looser restrictions, really...or is more generally wealthy, where people can maybe afford things like genetic hair transplants...Bioglo is probably big enough to have branches in the whole world, though-they just do the human stuff where it's not illegal.
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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 06:40:18 am »

Really looking forward to RPing with you again Dwarmin!

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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 06:45:44 am »

How is my bio?
Oh! It was spoilered, so I didn't notice you had posted it. I like the concept a lot, there are tons of opportunities for character development here, and the bit about the unfinished medical training gives it all a nice sense of versatility. Plus, possible mommy issues. One question, though. The military of which country did Sean serve in?
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 06:46:54 am »

Really looking forward to RPing with you again Dwarmin!

I'd imagine this time it's going to be mostly me asking you please not to shoot my character. :V
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2013, 06:50:56 am »

How is my bio?
Oh! It was spoilered, so I didn't notice you had posted it. I like the concept a lot, there are tons of opportunities for character development here, and the bit about the unfinished medical training gives it all a nice sense of versatility. Plus, possible mommy issues. One question, though. The military of which country did Sean serve in?

Your choice so long as it isn't USA or it's equivalent.

Really looking forward to RPing with you again Dwarmin!

I'd imagine this time it's going to be mostly me asking you please not to shoot my character. :V
Just don't get too 'demanding' of him.

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Re: Trailblazers in a World of Winter - an RTD of survival in a new home.
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2013, 07:04:49 am »

How is my bio?
Oh! It was spoilered, so I didn't notice you had posted it. I like the concept a lot, there are tons of opportunities for character development here, and the bit about the unfinished medical training gives it all a nice sense of versatility. Plus, possible mommy issues. One question, though. The military of which country did Sean serve in?

Your choice so long as it isn't USA or it's equivalent.

Then I'll say it was the EU's military force. They had a bit of a scuffle with the African Commonwealth upon their unification. Basically, the EU military moved in with intervention forces, but the whole thing stalemated and the EU pulled out and now both Africa and Europe are pretending very hard that this war didn't happen.
It ended several months after the Horizon took off, but keep in mind that you have been traveling for almost seventy years. Things may have changed back on Earth.
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2013, 07:13:47 am »

Really looking forward to RPing with you again Dwarmin!

I'd imagine this time it's going to be mostly me asking you please not to shoot my character. :V
Just don't get too 'demanding' of him.

Please don't shoot my character. :V
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2013, 07:15:03 am »

How is my bio?
Oh! It was spoilered, so I didn't notice you had posted it. I like the concept a lot, there are tons of opportunities for character development here, and the bit about the unfinished medical training gives it all a nice sense of versatility. Plus, possible mommy issues. One question, though. The military of which country did Sean serve in?

Your choice so long as it isn't USA or it's equivalent.

Then I'll say it was the EU's military force. They had a bit of a scuffle with the African Commonwealth upon their unification. Basically, the EU military moved in with intervention forces, but the whole thing stalemated and the EU pulled out and now both Africa and Europe are pretending very hard that this war didn't happen.
It ended several months after the Horizon took off, but keep in mind that you have been traveling for almost seventy years. Things may have changed back on Earth.
Works for me.

Really looking forward to RPing with you again Dwarmin!

I'd imagine this time it's going to be mostly me asking you please not to shoot my character. :V
Just don't get too 'demanding' of him.

Please don't shoot my character. :V
Don't worry, I won't!

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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2013, 07:32:27 am »

I dunno, team killing would be in character for you :P

You have a license to troll
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2013, 07:37:11 am »

Reserved, sheet coming.

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