...THEN...

Eons ago, a powerful dominion once thrived. For many, they were known only by their symbol, emblazoned on ship and warrior alike. From their worldship, galaxies were conquered. Resources, unearthed. Technology—improved upon

And then…it ended. A nanoplague—unyielding and unrelenting—swept through their known universe. Populations were completely decimated and creatures/machines on all known planets were warped into world-consuming, hyper-aggressive monstrosities.

New soldiers would be needed…to rebuild. To restore. To retake.

AND NOW...

Decades ago, scientists discovered a portal deep underground—housed within an ancient yet high-tech research facility. At first, it was thought this portal led to parallel worlds, but they soon learned—this was not the case. It was a gateway—to places nightmarish, surreal…and distant. A gateway…which could not be closed.

The scientists salvaged nearby materials and learned what they could of the previous inhabitants’ mission. Driven, they created several A.I EXOmech avatars—known today as PREDATORS. Pilots worldwide are trained here—at Predator Labs. They are the vanguard. The alphas. The elite.

PURPOSE

Currently, the team tasks itself with these goals: the protection of Earth, exploration and acquiring unique resources.

RECRUITMENT

Each year, Predator Labs recruits new blood via ‘The New World Initiative.’ Through this tournament, candidates are found for the latest iteration of Predators.

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HELIOS

PREDATOR SPECIFICATIONS
EXOmech CLASS: Rekkr (warrior)
COMPOSITION: unknown elements
OC ENGINE BOOST: Enabled w/ AeroBlade Coolant

ARMAMENT
Reinforced Double-edged Broadsword
Flame-tempered Kite Shield
GEO-grade Ballistic Armor
OC Kinetic Boost AI Processing

PILOT REQUIREMENTS
Integrated gaming into lifestyle
High Endurance, stamina and strength
Adrenaline-fueled—always on the frontline
Tech-savvy and situationally aware (at all times)

KNOWN PILOT INTEL
Current driver is known for being somewhat reckless yet displays brute strength in tense situations. Over-attentive to physique and tends to be a bit of a show off. However, driver shows promise. Charges into battle headfirst. His gaming and lifestyle show similarities: brash, outgoing but care for his teammates. Can be a loud-mouth and is aware of it.

IDEAL EXOmech ENVIRONMENT
This particular avatar is perfectly designed to handle the heat, both in battle and out. Hellish landscape, volcanic fury and creatures straight out of nightmare have no effect. Helios’ GEO-grade armor is designed to absorb high thermals while the AeroBlade coolant allows for quick boosts to maneuver over rough, menacing terrain.

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ORION

PREDATOR SPECIFICATIONS
EXOmech CLASS: Jotun (Creature/Shifter)
COMPOSITION: fused organic + unknown metals
OC ENGINE BOOST: Enabled w/ IceTunnel Overdrive

ARMAMENT
Adaptable Biokinetic / Reactive Armor
Giant-killer Takedown Gauntlets
Oracle-grade Cybernetic Eye Enhancements
Spartan Assault AI Processing

PILOT REQUIREMENTS
Genetically honed for strength and aggression
Engineering / hardware guru
Never shies away from a fight
Will defend team—no matter the cost

KNOWN PILOT INTEL
Resident rebel of the team. Driver is particularly skilled with all known tech and gadgetry and shows MacGyver-like resourcefulness. However, has a hot temper which results in devastated consoles, PCs and his own EGO. Suffers from “Alpha Male” competitiveness—often leading to conflict with Helios both on the battlefield and off. Despite drawbacks, will face off against hordes of enemies; allowing him to tap into his animalistic, primal nature.

IDEAL EXOmech ENVIRONMENT
The Orion EXOmech is designed to withstand extensive punishment. Often deployed in worlds where known life is hyper-aggressive, colossal and nanoplague afflicted. Environments tend to be “GEO active” and prone to sudden, violent quakes but are no match for Orion’s adaptable reactive plating and sheer size. Categorized as BANI (death) class, due to voracious wildlife, additional scans revealed these garish, scorched worlds once showed signs of growth and civilization.

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TRITON

PREDATOR SPECIFICATIONS
EXOmech CLASS: Kopis (Assassin/Stealth)
COMPOSITION: unknown metal + fabric mesh
OC ENGINE BOOST: Enabled with AeroBlade Coolant

ARMAMENT
Stealth Armor / GEO-mimic Mesh Cloak
HACK-infused AeroBlade Throwing Star
Forearm-worn Retractable Blade
Natural 20 Crit. AI Processing

PILOT REQUIREMENTS
Extreme hacking / coding skills
Prefers anonymity over fame
Split-second decision maker
Dark Web aficionado

KNOWN PILOT INTEL
Unknown to the masses yet infamous to the underworld. Resides in Taiwan while wreaking havoc on the world at large. Rarely reveals location until needed. Seldom speaks with teammates unless absolutely necessary—though this is improving. Favors the underdog; will fight for the disenfranchised and the repressed. Real name—unknown. Associates—unknown. Age—unknown.

IDEAL EXOmech ENVIRONMENT
Triton’s toolset is designed its pilot to infiltrate, access and infect machine-controlled worlds and, with luck, recode with enough time to avoid detection. These world types, classified as DRAUGR (ghost), are dystopian relics of past civilization—now overrun with nanoplagued AI. Towering, shadowy skyscrapers and never-ending lightning-streaked skies are common sights—a result of the incredible energy needs of the machines.

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CESTUS GALEA aka FORGE

PREDATOR SPECIFICATIONS
EXOmech CLASS: Vulcan (Tactical Specialist)
COMPOSITION: unknown metallic plating
OC ENGINE BOOST: Enabled with AeroBlade Coolant

ARMAMENT
Front-line Phalanx Armor
Sonic Shockwave EMP Technology
Eagle-eye Laser Tracking HUD
First Cohort AI Processing

PILOT REQUIREMENTS
Tech-wiz and tactical
Familiar with hand-to-hand combat
Military experience / leadership qualities
Engineering / tinkering background

KNOWN PILOT INTEL
Attended military school but was removed due to “not playing nicely with others.” Favors all forms of combat but particularly skilled with hand to hand. Took up pro-gaming to prove his ability to outsmart his opponents. Quite proficient with gadgets; built all components and devices from the ground up. Has managed to “work nicely” with current teammates and takes up the role as leader when necessary.

IDEAL EXOmech ENVIRONMENT
Designed to deal with mechanized environments due to its inherent ability to disrupt electrical signals, the Vulcan EXO is the perfect fit for machine-infested, YMIR (giant) class planets. These resource-rich, often sought after outposts, are overrun by roaming colossal cyborgs whose only goal is to harvest, build and overtake all other life (for reasons still unknown).

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X27 aka FREYA

PREDATOR SPECIFICATIONS
EXOmech CLASS: Hecate (Sorceress)
COMPOSITION: unknown elements
OC ENGINE BOOST: Enabled

ARMAMENT
Color-shifting MIRAGE Armor
Visual Anomaly Conjuration
Spellweaver Spectrum Gauntlets
Mental Mystic AI Processing

PILOT REQUIREMENTS
Innate mystical traits
Trained in deception & deceit
Expert of distraction
Dark Arts Adept

KNOWN PILOT INTEL
Though she carries a chip on her shoulder—this driver is fully self-aware or, “woke,” as they say. Possesses actual manipulation over the elements; leading us to question whether she has lineage in those associated with the Dark Arts. Is self-educated in mythology and folklore of all cultures. Currently resides in London. With the Hecate EXOmech, is able to summon forth manifestations of color and light to disorient her opponents.

IDEAL EXOmech ENVIRONMENT
The Hecate EXOmech thrives on MYRKR (dark) planes of existence. In these places, the natural laws of physics cease to exist allowing for a distorted, fantastical reality. Through the avatar, the pilot is able to conjure vibrant, powerful manifestations of light and color to thwart the winged denizens of these places—creatures who descent on all known life with a menacing ferocity.