Legendary Pilot Lore
Kyle Rogers (in-game)
Kyle Rogers had made himself a name as a fierce fighter and leader of his squad. If you wanted real professionals, you called the Eagles. They completed even the toughest jobs — until an incident on Earth changed everything. On what was supposed to be a regular mission, Kyle and his team got ambushed, and everyone but him died. While traversing the canyon on his own, he stumbled upon a secret lab complex and the remainder of a large-scale, pre-Cataclysm research project. He repaired a decommissioned Inquisitor and grabbed the experimental nanobot technology before continuing on to HO and completing the mission alone. But even after his return to his wife and son, the past would stay with him.
Two years after losing his team in the ambush, Kyle was still accepting contracts — but only on Mars. He claimed that it was to spend more time with his family, but he had another reason. During the day, Kyle honed his skills piloting the Inquisitor and got used to the experimental tech he had found in the research lab. At night, he secretly investigated the incident on Earth to quieten the voices of his lost comrades that were still haunting him. He would wear his old suit, which he had repainted black, with a white eagle — his old squad's insignia — as a memento even as rumors about the shadow detective roaming the seediest places on Mars abounded.
Thanks to his nightly sleuthing, Kyle made many helpful — and often criminal — contacts: smugglers, information dealers, mob leaders, and mercenaries with questionable morals. From the shadows, he observed the dark side of the Mars society and that was how he discovered the first relevant clue: instead of looking on Mars, he should head back to Earth. With an infallible robot, a strong lead in his case, and a makeshift HO with a hotshot coordinator at the controls, Kyle was well prepared for his indefinite mission. Before he left, he also said his good-byes to his wife, told her everything and promised to return.
Her father left the colony to become a mercenary when she was just a child. For the longest time, she believed that if she only was good enough he would return, so she studied hard and behaved well. Her attitude greatly affected her Initiation, though, and she was assigned the role of a researcher. However, the hard-working student had just been an act, and the longer she kept up the pretense, the more depressed and unhappy she became. It affected her performance to the point where her mental state became obvious to everyone around her.
In EvoLife, depression was considered the greatest danger for civilization and a cause for immediate hospitalization. Alika soon found herself in an institution where she underwent the EvoLife treatment for depression. It involved altering the patient's hormones in such a way that they would be physically unable to feel depressed any longer. In Alika's case, the treatment had an unexpected side-effect: whenever she would usually be anxious or depressed, she instead became reckless and hot-headed. Since studying stressed her out constantly, the old Alika was gone for good.
The new Alika was more determined than ever to find her father. She sneaked out of the colony and began looking for him at mercenary bases. When she finally found the right one, it was only to learn that he had died in battle just a few weeks ago. Her entire life, Alika had been driven by the hope that her daddy would return, but on this day, her dreams came crashing down around her. The merc leader her father had served with was willing to let her join. On her first day with the band, he gave her the only thing that was left of her father — his Ao Jun.
As the third son of a Yandi board member, Tobias was enjoying a life of luxury. But although he had everything that money could buy, he realized that the one thing he really wanted remained elusive: happiness. His existence felt shallow and meaningless, and none of the pleasures or eccentricities he indulged in could fill the void inside him. One day, he learned about the war that was raging outside the walls of his glittering world. The urge to see it with his own eyes would not be quieted and so despite the misgivings of his family, he bought himself a Bulwark and hired a piloting instructor.
It took a while until he mastered controlling a robot, but he was determined to see it through as it was the first time he had a purpose in life. When he eventually got the hang of it, he left the Yandi Space Station — a move that caused a buzz in the Yandi media for months — and headed to a mercenary base on Mars. Although he was accepted by the mercenaries, his reputation as a spoiled brat made him a social outsider and he soon turned to social media to compensate for the lack of communication.
He began documenting his life as a mercenary and the campaigns he fought. At first, no one was particularly interested, but that changed when he covered the Battle for Yamantau Base on in his blog. He took an active part in the combat where the DSC-SpaceTech coalition opposed the EvoLife and Yandi joined forces, and showed everyone the reality behind the proclaimed peace between the colonies. At that point, his blog went viral and his audience grew daily. Today, anyone who wants to learn the truth about the war for Earth visits Tobias Mwangi's blog.
Min-ji was born in the Icarus Technologies' main colony and enjoyed a wonderful childhood full of fun and love. It was all sunshine and rainbows - until the day she reached the age at which Icarus children are introduced to VR. Sadly, she was one of the unfortunate people suffering from VR sickness and felt ill the moment she connected to the network. Since she couldn't spend much time in the virtual world, it alienated her from the other colonists who spend the majority of their lives where she couldn't go.
She not only lost most of her friends but also access to a regular education, which by that time was only available in the virtual reality. Min-ji felt like an outcast and began to rebel against the society that rejected her. With their daughter out of control, her parents sent her to a military boarding school - one of the few places still providing education in the real world. This place afforded her the opportunity to study engineering and learn to pilot robots. It was also where she got her first implants as she was prepared to join the colony's special task force, but that life wasn't to her liking.
She ran away from school and the colony a few months before graduation, taking with her one of the school's Ares robots, a marvel of Icarus technology. Her high-grade implants, her robot, and her skills earned her a place among the mercenaries. She was soon deployed and took part in the battle for a launch site at a desolate castle where she realized that nothing was more exhilarating than a desperate situation. When her team was on the verge of losing, she charged into the fray without fear or hesitation and crushed their enemies single-handedly, earning her the nickname Min-ji the Berserker.
For as long as he could remember, Stanislav was fascinated by everything mechanical. When he was 6 years old, he got an automated toy dog for his birthday and immediately took it apart to see how it works. His talents were quickly recognized by the all-seeing DSC apparatus and earned him a place in the best education center in the colony. For a while, he was content with spending his entire time in the facility's workshop, but when he got older, the government demanded that he pay his debt to society.
For the so-called benefit of the community, he was forced to work on projects that bored him. When he couldn't take it any longer, he created a small lab in an abandoned building on the outskirts of his dome and found relief from the bleakness of his day job in rebuilding decommissioned or destroyed robots, which he later sold to whoever was buying. However, the Control Committee had its eyes everywhere: his business was soon discovered and Stanislav found himself locked up in a top-secret lab working on yet another tedious government project. But the powers that be made the mistake of underestimating him...
He escaped with a bang, tearing a huge hole in the laboratory wall with an Invader he had built from scratch. He then got in touch with smugglers who used to buy some of his robots, and with their help relocated to a mercenary base. Immediately upon his arrival, he organized a little workshop and joined one of the bands so he could finally test his designs. He still has the Invader he used to break free from his old life but anyone looking at it would have a hard time recognizing it with all the modifications and improvements.