It is the year 2013 by the reckoning of the people of Earth. The question as to whether man is alone in the universe is supposed to be definitively answered as no, but so far Man's contact with the stars has come in the form of a few alien individuals or through what Mankind's supposed protector, the Peacekeepers, tell them. In fact, some would say that the question has slipped the minds of mankind, consumed by the drama folding between two fruits of the same branch. Homo Sapiens and Homo Superior, the last truly naturally evolved members of the genus after Homo Neanderthalis, Florensis, Erectus and more all met their ends as evolution left them behind.
These two, siblings really, have had an odd relationship, in some areas there is no strife, Homo superior is perhaps even worshipped as one would idolize a sports icon. In others they are villified, odd given that there are at least as many Homo Sapiens metahumans as there are members of Homo Superior with truly noteworthy gifts. And both still are met with the rise of the Robot question as thinking machines, products of both man and mutant, start to question their place among their fleshy brothers. But of course, there are those beyond the squabblings of two children of the same house and their rising children, those who care nothing for the Earth's internal strifes and struggles. They are those who are other, they are the Alien, the Xenos, the Unknown.
And Man, Mutant, and Machine alike fears the Unknown. Especially when the unknown brings nothing but fire and death with it, and the rantings of madmen who promise to wipe out the very same tree from which we were birthed from. For on this day, Labor day to some, S.E.T.I has finally found large amounts of inhuman signals. Wisps and echoes in reality.
To those who do not recognize these for what they are, this is a truly momentous occasion. The Earth is about to be visited by the Other in great numbers, and the optimistic welcome this as a time when all on Earth may step forward into the Stars on their own terms rather than wait for the scraps of the Peacekeepers. But to those who have been acquainted, these signals can only signal one thing.
Mankind's greatest enemy has found it's home.
A vast collective of aliens bound to the will of the Overseers under the promise of ascendency through all existence, the Hierarchy has but a few major goals.
To grow stronger.
And to eradicate all species altered by the Masari so that they may be the sole inheritors of the Forerunner's legacy.
And man, and all those who resemble him, are the targets of their third objective. Since the Imperium of man founded on Chiron to the Peacekeepers forged out of the second world war, the Hierarchy has ever been a foe of man and his kin. Bound by the promise of power and half million year old tradition, the Hierarchy is ruthless, pitiless, merciless, it will not stop until it has taken everything the scions of the Masari have accomplished and ground it into ash.
But there is some doubt within the ranks of the Hierarchy, giving rise to hope that they can be overcome...splintered...defeated. It is a small hope, but one those who plan the defense against the Overseer's mad aggression and genocidal campaign have latched onto as a means to end the aeons long birthstar war.
Now the Earth fights for it's very survival to thwart it's most persistent foe.
Stuff, rules, notes
This is the sequel to the unfinished MARATHON 1 event and is open to anyone who wants to join
This is also just part of a saga, so don't expect all the plot threads to be resolved.
There will be two major but intertwined plot threads, but you're welcome to do your own thing
While selling the aliens is nice, it is not strictly necessary, just do what you think is reasonable for your character.
So far, cities offered to be points for the ground invasion are: Exemplaria, and Mutant enclaves around the world. Cities that are both fictional and probably won't survive the invasion are: Neo-Pompeii Sprawl, Black Tortoise pacific military base, New Mombasa,Rio de Grande, Qaraf, Patriot city, Nation of New Gods (Kalli) in the Mediterranean, Japan, Kenya, Brazil, Iran, America, and Australia .
Offering me more locations shall please me greatly.
If you want to be part of the PM discussion, simply ask me.
The Earth at first will be at a serious disadvantage until reinforcements arrive, so don't get huffy if at first things seem overwhelming.
The prelude to war Blogposts are also good reading, especially the #0s as they contain info about Hierarchy and Thoughtsin units.
For the issue zeroes, check Tombstone's blog posts.
And here's information on the peacekeepers
For 1, 2, 3, 4 (and hopefully 5 and 6 soon) check here