Alright, it's finally here; things might get a little wordy, but don't worry, there won't be a test on this. Keep in mind, this isn't set in the Starbound universe. Over an unclaimed territory, tensions mounted between two nations; a powder-keg, if you will. All it took was a spark, and a war followed. After several years of bloody conflict the two nations finally sought peace, agreeing to build a great project together, a railway to connect the nations, to solidify that peace. But the people of that unclaimed territory, that No Man’s Land, didn’t take kindly to this further trespass and aim to retaliate. However, the rail must be built, come hell or high water; and the companies building it will pay well for your services to defend it. This might be profitable, though probably deadly, and who knows what secrets lie under No Man’s Land. Why are wars fought? Is it for ideological reasons? The classic battle of good versus evil? Or is for something a little more basic; such as resources. At the end of the day, those who actually fight the war, the soldiers at the front, care little about the actual politics and reasons for the war; many driven by a sense of nationalism, or are conscripted, and thus are obligated to serve or risk the penalty of imprisonment. And what about the territories this war are fought on? Some times it is the homeland of one of the belligerent nations, protecting their sovereignty from an invading army; but some times, it is the land of a non affiliated third party, or in rare cases, a no man’s land, sitting at the frontier of the belligerent nations. Usually this land is just a line in the sand, the separator that is a national border, but what if that land is a massive expanse, unclaimed due to it being simply untameable? Even if this land is untamed, there are still people brave enough to settle there, sick of national politics, or adventurous enough to go where others would avoid. Well, it’s their bad luck I suppose, because this untamed land was quickly exploited by some larger ‘interests’; corporations and the like who wanted to take advantage of this unclaimed land to do what they pleased, displacing the locals, and extracting the resources located there. The real trouble didn’t start until a corporate reconnaissance group from the western nation ran afoul of a mining crew dispatched by a eastern company. It came to gunfire, and was seen as an act of war by the eastern nation, both side eventually came to the conclusion that this territory was too small to support the two nation’s interests, and war was the only course of action; it would determine who had the right to that land, and the bountiful resources that lie beneath it. The two nations marched their armies across the territory known as ‘No Man’s Land’, and fought many bloody battles over it. What little infrastructure was pounded into scrap by artillery, and many of the locals were ‘collateral damage’ after being caught in the crossfire. This will be important later. After several years of fighting, the two nations realized they were fighting over ashes. Though some of the resources could still be recovered, the infrastructure to harvest them was destroyed, and a long effort would be needed to fix it. So the two nations agreed to sign a treaty of peace; they would share the land, first building a rail line across the great expanse to connect the two nations. From there, they would try to strengthen their bonds, and lasting peace might… hang on. Geez, starting to sound like a sappy ‘happy ending’. A story like this needs twist to spice things up, right? Well, you know how I mentioned those locals who kinda got trampled, first by the corporations and then by the hammer and anvil of the two nations? Well, there was a lot of abandoned equipment left over from the war, and the locals ‘recovered’ a good chunk of that stuff. They also didn’t take kindly to this new exploit of the territory with this big railway cutting through. They might’ve been a little more forgiving if they could’ve benefited from it, but guess what! There’s another twist. That rail line was first planned as a non-stop express; none of this ‘stopping midway’. As a result, some of the locals turned to banditry; using the salvaged munitions and equipment to raid the railway. Now, since the rail was being constructed by the same companies responsible for sparking the war in the first place, some of the bandits were also looking for a little revenge. However the rail needed to be built, and the two nations were willing to allow a little extra ‘muscle’ to help with security. That’s where you come in; be it former soldiers, mercs, or just average citizens looking for a quick buck, this might just be an interesting story, or a short, bloody one. Now, all that warbling aside, let’s get into the meat of things, yes? This story is set on some far flung planet some time after colonization, long enough for major nations to form from the first colonies. The nations we’re concerned about are Neue Bayern, the nation to the east, and the Pyreneus Republic to the west; serving as an analog to the Central and Entante powers of World War I respectively. Old West themes aside, this is a sci-fi story, cybernetics, mag-lev trains, motorcycles instead of horses and the like. The starting point of this story will be in Neue Bayern, aka New Bavaria. Standard forum rules apply here; GM's word is law; no godmoding, metagaming, killing other PCs or NPCs without good reason; OOC goes in this thread, not the RP thread; yadda yadda yadda. I will be lenient the first time, and will apply retcons if necessary, but don't push your luck. I should also mention that some things are still a work in progress; if I make any major posts later in this thread, I will link to those posts here. Naturally, if there are any questions, comments, criticisms, feel free to post here; or throw a PM my way if you want to keep it private. Oh, before I forget: Perhaps you where searching a job bank, received an email, or found an ad on your preferred news website; but it seems like there's an opportunity on the frontier. The ad reads: Aid requested of all able bodied men and women! Universelle Dynamik GmbH needs soldiers to defend the construction of the railway to the Pyreneus Republic from marauding bandits! Fill out the application below, and submit it via email, or to the nearest UD GmbH office. Name: Age: Physical Description: Personality: Vocation: (What is your specialty? Are you a gunfighter, lawman, mechanic, doctor, etc.? This will determine your basic skillset.) Traits: (Note: you need at least one flaw for every advantage. Try to keep them in a list, and a short description will be helpful for each one.) Advantages: Flaws: Cybernetics: (The can count as both traits and flaws, though excessive amounts will need GM approval) Equipment: (Weapons, tools, armour, consumables, etc.) History: Other notes: (Anything you feel isn’t covered by the above fields.) Finally, @Dragonclaw here's your tag; it's hit the deck, sunshine. The infodumps are collected in this post. Character repository located here.