[align=center][/align] Gather round children of NOTD and let ol man Reaper tell you many tales within the universe of NOTD. I have many stories to tell and I shall list them and link them for convenience. Completed Fiction The Assault and the Eziekeel Project Next Fiction The Red Planet - Hells Mirror (Now being updated and added) Fiction to be told Black Ops and the Deathwarders Rise of the Gifted [align=center]The Assault and the Eziekeel Project[/align] Background In the year 2074 ventures from the Moon and Earth are in full swing setting up the facilities to collect H-3 and the colonization of Mars is also underway at the same time to further ensure human activity in the sector. Travels made by vessels were at often times hijacked or raided by pirates and their precious cargo stolen and brought back to Earth. Tracking these pirates was challenge enough and deploying military force against them in time was even more challenging. Pirates would seek the aid of rebel countries and powers - countries not under the control of the UGC to provide them with protection and support in exchange for some of their stolen cargo. The issue faced with trying to mobilize to the country where the pirates fled to was decided as a poor choice at best by the UGC Military for pinpointing the entry point of pirates into Earths atmosphere was simple, following their course near impossible with the amount of signal jamming put out by the rebel countries and sending in an armed regiment to try and retake the cargo by force will result in severe casualties and flame by the media against the UGC. It was decided to catch the pirates at the earliest time and pursue on their course of re-entry to Earth. Operation Lance was launched which consisted of UGC Military forces occupying several of the cargo transports and being stationed on several space stations. Just 3 weeks after Operation Lance was put into effect a raid on cargo ship "The Broker 1-02" by pirates was met with force by security personnel on board The Broker. The pirates succeeded in making off with only 23% of the cargo on-board The Broker. A month later an organized attempt was ended before it could strike due to intercepted comm traffic by the UGC Military on board the Space Station Vigil. 1 week later things played out for the worst. At this time 2 cargo ships were scheduled for space travel. The first the Amadeus and second the Napoleon with the Amadeus going to Earth from the Moon and the Napoleon from Earth to the Moon. The Amadeus contained 32 civilian and 20 military personnel. At this time a pirate vessel came onto sensors by Vigil on a direct course for the Amadeus. Vigil launched 3 Intercept Type vessels to neutralize the pirate threat, Anvil, Storm and Mace. Shortly after their deployment radio signal was cut by between Vigil and all vessels within the vicinity. Captain Bennington Talon aboard the Vigil, commanding officer of the Operation Lance Project aboard Vigil could not believe that the pirate vessel alone could cause a complete communications blackout for the craft was much too small to support the technology capable of such a feat. His suspicions were later confirmed as the Napoleon crashed and tugged directly into the Amadeus and a group of separatist soldiers stormed into the Amadeus killing off many of the military personnel during the confusion and completely hijacking the vessel changing its course to another location on Earth. The 3 Interceptors were well on course to meet both cargo vessels but they were met by the earlier pirate vessel which caused severe external hull damage to the Mace. The Amadeus was on a speedy course to Earth with Interceptors Anvil and Storm behind it. The pirate vessel was destroyed by the limping Interceptor Mace, the officer aboard Mace knew that with the damage that the ship has sustained they cannot follow for the entry into Earths atmosphere would disintegrate the ship. He therefore ordered the ship to retake the Napoleon and put an end to the communications jam between vessels and Vigil. The Amadeus' entry point was that over the old country of the Republic of Chad ruled by dictator Malcolm Alshir who was in no way a friend to the UGC. Anvil and Storm came in hot, already being greeted by fire from the ground. The UGC Marines aboard the 2 vessels were well accustomed to coming into a fire zone - but this was their first entry from space into conflict. Anvil and Storm landed with minimal damage but a few clicks from each other to perform a pincer type strike on the nearby rebel encampment where the Amadeus landed. Shortly after landing the Marines of Storm were ambushed by the Chadonian Rebel Forces (CRF) and several lives were lost by the Marines. To 1st Lieutenant Nicole Breannes' dismay the Marines were too slow, sluggish and clumsy in moving to put up resistance of any kind. She would later describe the events as "Sheep stuck in mud". Anvil was requested to come in and support but arrived to Lt Breannes' dismay, late. When they arrived she could see that their performance was not any better than Storms Marines. A holdout fight ensued with both Storm and Anvil being unable to push forward. Lt Breanne knew that if it were not for this unexplained reason to the Marines handicap the fight would have ended pretty much on their arrival. The Marines started to tire and their performance degraded even more. The CRF were pushing forward with Armored Personnel Carriers and were making a spearhead assault into the Marine group and like an agent sent from Heaven the Napoleon commandeered by the Mace Marines lent fire support from the sky overhead with weapons they refitted onto the Napoleon from the Mace Interceptor. Lt. Breanne received orders from Captain Bennington aboard Vigil to retreat and pull out in full. Even the evacuation was slow to Lt Breannes liking. Aftermath Horrified at the defeat they suffered the Marines were debriefed by Captain Bennington and Lt Breanne was called into private. What was discussed is unknown. The Amadeus was lost to the UGC and all of its cargo and several lives were lost by the Marines. A loss as great as this could not be allowed to happen again. A Dr Andrew Brooke and his team was called to the Vigil to examine the surviving Marines and find an explanation to their poor performance in Chad. The answer was simple - The Marines stationed aboard Vigil all suffered to the effects of space weakness, a condition which arises in those who spend an extended amount of time in zero gravity will have their muscle density and functionality greatly reduced. 6 weeks in zero gravity is the equivalent of spending 6 weeks in bed doing nothing. The Marines did perform usual training on Vigil to prevent space weakness but it was later explained by Dr Andrew that the members of Operation Lance were only meant to keep their operation in space and on the Moon and Mars where gravity was less that of Earth. Although the Marines are outfitted with a power armor which serves as the main means of movement the armor is designed to use the Marines nervous, cardiac and muscle systems to best determine movement but the Marines were not at all used to moving in power armor under such conditions. Dr Andrews surmised that future raids will take advantage of this weakness and that a solution must be found quickly to prevent another massacre. He concluded that switching out military personnel at regular intervals will be too costly and leave Earth standing Marines weakened at the same time. He proposed research into a program which when it finished will produce Marines capable of spending extended durations in zero gravity and not suffer to its effect. They would be the Rapid Response Marine Forces (RRMF), known among the UGC Marines as the Assaults. Project Eziekeel This was the project designed and tested by Dr Andrews to create Marines who could spend extended time in zero gravity and not suffer to space weakness. The projects name "Eziekeel" has the meaning "Strength, pride and might" linked to it. A fitting name Dr Andrews decided. He based his research in 3 main places. The first being the recruitment and subject testing center, code named "Fists Keep" situated near Mount Everest in Asia with harsh climate and minimal oxygen. There he experimented with several subjects. His main experiments was focused on hormones, proteins, bone and muscle integrity. His true aim for Project Eziekeel was to make individuals bodies be able to maintain themselves and not degrade in performance whether the individual did or did not partake in any physical activity. Dr Andrews found that the most successful results came from those subjects with the mesomorph body structure, a natural body structure which consisted of high muscle and bone density and proper protein and amino synthesis to maintain them. During his time there were no casualties inside the Eziekeel Project as he was using experimental hormones and proteins which would build up the body mass to the proper requirement. After 2 months of starting the project the first 3 successful subjects were produced. Among them was Bruce "Ares" Hendington, the most successful and prominent Eziekeel Project subject. The average was taken among the other 2 subjects and compared to the average civilian and the average UGC Marine. The results were outstanding. [align=center][/align] The Eziekeel Project Members are in many ways superior to that of the average human. The main differences being height, muscle, bone density and mass and whole new kind of metabolic system. Further benefits included the members a life expectancy of 122 years, improved respiration both metabolic and anabolic and members can withstand a blood pH level difference in their bodies by 1.5 where as the normal human can only withstand a change of 0.5 before bodily functions start to degrade. In one case during a morning exercise routine running from point of Everest to the other an avalanche ensued separating a few members from the main group. It took 6 days for them to have been found. They were immediately examined and received medical attention if needed and to Dr Andrews amazement it wasn't. The lost members spent 6 days in temperatures far below 0 degrees Celsius with only the vestments on their bodies and none suffered frostbite or even came close to hypothermia as their body temperatures only dropped to 20 degrees Celsius and no further thanks to the advanced metabolism and muscle density which worked as an insulator to preserve their body temperature. The most significant flaw found in members was reduced synapse time resulting in slower reaction times due to the massive amount chemical messengers in their body but only slightly being about 0.09 seconds slower than the average human and also that the cocktail of hormones and proteins acting all at once can lead to an increase in aggression. The Eziekeel Members also underwent weapons training and to the amusement of Dr Andrews they were clumsy when it came to fine weapons such as sniper rifles or pistols although they were right at home with the heavier automatic weaponry such as the C-14 Gauss Rifles and X-81 Heavy Machine Gun and could handle these weapons with the utmost ease thanks to their tremendous strength in handling the weapons. The next step proved to be problematical - Armor. The current UGC Marine Corps armor issued for many of its personnel was first too small to fit any Eziekeel Project member and worked on nerve impulses and body movement to determine its movement. The Eziekeel members were a complexity of signals and resulted in the power armor either performing motions inferior to greatly exaggerated. A simple step would turn into a massive leap performed by the armor in one case and then launching the member into the air. It was decided that the Eziekeel members would require their own armor. The Atlas Space Station The Atlas Space Station was launched by Russia in the year 2052 where it served the function of being an observer for lunar and atmospheric activity and used to map out key points on both Mars and the Moon which would yield the highest benefits and held approximately 150 personnel on it. 8 years after its launching a rogue asteroid named Orions Wing passed perilously close and a piece of debris smashed into the space station essentially breaking it in two. 72 personnel were killed in the disaster and the main function of the Atlas was lost. The same piece of debris which caused much of the stations destruction hanged close to the station and was later inspected by salvage crews. What they found on it was a blueish crystal with the most complex lattice structure ever recorded. Tests on these crystals revealed that they react readily easily with metals forming extremely strong bonds between molecules to create a near-indestructible alloy. This crystal was called "Metalantrium" the "metal" in its name being what it bonded with. If it bonded with Aluminum the alloy formed would be called "Alumiantrium". The remains of the Atlas Space Station was then positioned to center the debris so that harvesting processes could begin. Metalantrium was found to have a valance of 4 and in its pure form is extremely difficult to break down but once the breakdown process is complete it can then be bonded to metal with said metal being in a liquid form (a melting point for Metalantrium is yet to be discovered) and then shaping it into the desired form. The strength of the created metal depends greatly on the degree of saturation but each level of unsaturation spikes in its energy and condition requirements to do so. Dr Andrews made a deal with the Russian Space Expedition Board that he could use the crystal and essentially take over of the Atlas Space Station for his Eziekeel Project and that he will be the main and primary buyer of all that they could produce. They agreed. The Atlas Space Station therefore became the 2nd step in the Eziekeel Project as it became the true testing place for them and the reason they were created. Whilst at Atlas each member would work to create his own power armor best suited for themselves as no two members armor would be the same as each has to be adjusted to respond properly when a signal is received. The time it takes for each member to get a properly working suit is enough time for space weakness to settle in on a human. Once 10 members are ready they are suited up and dropped in a controlled danger zone where they are tested for combat effectiveness. To this day not one member has failed this test. Dr Andrews reported to the UGC Military Board of Directors that he has successfully created a soldier which exceeds all expectations and can serve their purpose as a soldier that can stay in space and not become weakened and remain effective. The UGC Military Board of Directors directed that the first 10 successful Eziekeel members would join Operation Lance. The Assault Class The year is now 2078 the 16th of November and after 4 years of extensive researching, experimenting, testing, training and recruiting the first 10, not yet called Assaults were ready and incorporated into Operation Lance. During the 4 years there has been a steady increase of unrest among flight crews as pirate raids have become more frequent. Aboard the Vigil Major Bennington (Promoted from Captain since the time of the massacre) welcomed the Eziekeels and named Bruce "Ares" Hendington, the most successful Eziekeel member to date Captain of the 10 members. The transport, presence and purpose of the Eziekeel members was kept a complete secret among the personnel aboard the Vigil as to ensure that there could not be an information leak. Barely 72 hours passed before a raid took place. The latest cargo ship leaving from Earth to the moon, the Phalanx was attacked before it could reach the relative safety of Space Station Vigil. The Assaults were ready. During the 4 years technology has advanced a great deal and tracking modules on ships could be traced even through signal jamming. The Assaults would be following in pursuit along with 2 teams of UGC Marines who were fresh and only spent about 2 days in space. They homed in on the beacon placed inside the Phalanx and followed it to its exact location which was Ethiopia in North Africa. Before the ships that were carrying them touched down on the ground, Captain Ares ordered his fellow members to jump and begin the attack - 75 feet from the ground. They landed hard breaking the ground as they charged forward whilst in the air the 2 ships were still circling to be able to land. Captain Ares issued the command to the pilots and the Marines on board to give fire-support from the air and that they should not land. The 10 Assaults charged head-on through weapons fire and land mines to reach the separatist stronghold which was a mountainous fortress with men armed to the teeth. The Assaults paid no heed to what danger they were in the open for they knew that once they close the distance the heavier weaponry which could be deployed against would be left useless and the rebel leaders will have to consider collateral damage among themselves. Across sand, rock and hill the Assaults bore down on the rebels jumping the walls with some smashing right through start close fire on every moving thing which was not wearing the blue armor they wore. Thanks to the strength of their armor the Assault were left immune to small arms fire and shrapnel from explosives and could survive hard impact and even if the armor was somehow surpassed the man inside is still a force to be reckoned with. Resolving to using heavy weaponry the Assaults killed the rebels by the number wherever they stood being it running or taking cover and so fast that the 2 circling ships with Marines could hardly find a target to shoot at. The rebels last ditch plan was to lure the Assaults into the mountain and collapse the cave with explosives burying them underneath tons of rock. In their charge the Assaults were indeed reckless and fell for the trap set with 5 members becoming trapped under rock along with Captain Ares. The 4 members along with Captain Ares were the original 4 who were caught in the avalanche on Everest, to them rock made no difference from snow apart from it being cooler. With their own bodies strength and every gear and servo inside their power armor they forced the rock to move through sheer brute force. Within minutes they were free and they bore down on the trapped rebels. In his later report Captain Ares addressed the concern of the other 5 Assaults who were outside when the cave collapsed that he "was grateful that the rock was still in place for the death cries could not escape". The rebel force which consisted of at least 200 armed men and a vast arsenal of stolen and smuggled weaponry was completely and utterly destroyed without a single casualty on the side of the Marines and the Phalanx cargo ship was successfully recovered and its cargo. It was concluded on the same day that the Eziekeel Project was a success. All Eziekeel approved members would be called Assaults and be incorporated into the current standing UGC Military Forces starting with those stationed at the Vigil Space Station as room was open in the newly formed Easy Company. The Assaults were given their own badge among the UGC Marine to distinguish them on their blue armor. [align=center][/align] Whilst the Eziekeel Project is a complete success the downside to the project is that at most as of date only 5 Assaults can be trained in a single month due to each individual enlist as not all those who volunteer for the program are successful as their bodies cannot handle the changes it has to undergo and forcing the procedure has been determined as dangerous. Enlist Structure Those who are successful of being admitted into the Eziekeel program follow a structure of enlist. Rank among enlists is determined by how high up in the listing one is. A Enlist - The enlists body is capable of undergoing the Eziekeel program and is currently preparing. B Enlist - The enlist has already passed the Eziekeel program and is currently undergoing further body conditioning and weapons training to better them self. C Enlist - The enlist has been approved to board the Atlas Space Station and there acquire his power armor. D Enlist - The enlist is ready for his first assignment or mission and has been approved by a UGC Military Officer under which he will serve. D+ Enlist - The enlist is combat capable having participated in a firefight and can be requested to aid in any mission. E Enlist - These enlists have participated in several combat drops and have received honors for duty on the field or whilst in space. S Enlist - To this date there is only one S Enlist and that is Captain Ares. Captain Ares despite his rank has authority in any military situation and can talk evenly with any ranked officer even if they are superior to his own rank. Captain Ares on his own stands out among other Assault members standing at 7.9 feet (without his armor), weighing at 161kg (without his armor) and being able to run 150 meters in 13.52 seconds (without his armor). ----------------------------------------------------------------- And now my fingers hurt something fierce.