дом was a simple planet in the vast array of things.. with simple people made up of every type from across the universe. The majority of the population was human, but the planet had a home grown feel of acceptance.. like freed slave banding together as family. The planet was made up of massive urban areas, tight enclosed spaces with small apartments for the inhabitants, seperated by even more massive fields for agriculture. What the people could not create or grow to provide for themselves, they traded for. дом's trading and shipping ports were renowned for their accuracy and no-bullshit attitudes. Hire an дом shipper and you were certain your package would get there safe, sound, and on time. While the cities were never the newest, or the cleanest, and the people had enough to survive, but never enough to get lazy, they seemed to be happy with their lifestyle.
In the center of the cities most often was a school for the одаренный (Odareny) or "gifted ones". Staged as specialty schools with a focus on science and technology, these were the epicenter of дом life. If you did not qualify to attend a gifted school, you lived to provide for those inside. There, the most gifted scientists and teachers that could be found lived day in and day out with the brightest of children and the belief that their work would change the world to free the people from the tyranny of the Aruspex.
In this particular city, "начало" (the beginning), the centerplex housed also the General. In the history books they taught that during the time of the Aruspex, the General rose up to lead the одаренный (Odareny) into hiding, and eventually to дом to protect them. Amoungst the people it was commly accepted that the Aruspex was only every a mere man, but his greed for power and the niaevity of the people made him dangerous. They had to hide the одаренный (Odareny) lest the Aruspex become jealous and send a force to erradicate them before their time. So the General kept them hidden away, until a planet could be found where they might build and thrive out of the watchful eyes of the Aruspex and his people. This was дом and начало (the beginning) was the city that started it all. It had been ages since then, and now the Odareny were not simply confined to this world. It was taught that Odareny were sent out, like ghosts to infiltrate the worlds of the Aruspex. They were watching, waiting for their General to give them a signal that the time had come for them to push this man from his throne and show the universe the true power of natural selection fused with their technology.
Ana opened her eyes suddenly... always a moment before the lights actually turned on. How frustrating. She thought. Even if it were only a few seconds or a minute, could she not have all the sleep that was allowed her? The lights flicked on Right on time. She groaned and raised her left hand, laying her forearm across her face to block her eyes for a moment as they adjusted. The life of the gifted was not so... lavish as she remembered the tales being. After a moment she sighed and started to sit up, dropping her hand from her face. Her bright blue eyes met a stark white room... walls, floor, ceiling. She knew that they were panels that opened in the walls, but with them all shut it was a box. Covering most of the wall directly facing her bed was a large black looking one way mirror.. to her she saw herself, but she dare not kid herself that no one was on the other side watching her at any moment. Her bed was a surgical table in all reality; a polished stainless steel sheet held up by a center pedistal to the perfect surgical height. She groaned for a moment and rubbed at her face with her hands, her vibrant green hair pouring over her shoulders and down her torso. She had a simple, standard issue, white spaghetti strap shirt that covered her chest mostly but stopped short of her belly button, and black cotton briefs covering minimally on her lower half. Of course these allowed for her plugs to be exposed so that she could be plugged in while in stasis.
Ana was a young girl for her progression in the program, only 19yrs old, though she'd been in the centerplex since she was 5. She wasn't the largest of the gifted either, no where near really, standing about 5'8" and weighing under 150lbs. She was slender but well toned due to her military regimen. She was the first surviving cybernetic symbiote the gifted had. As she stopped rubbing her face her eyes fell on her legs, the cables hanging from a simple caddy above her were still plugged into her hips, knees, and ankles. She furrowed her brow and looked up at the small line in the wall where she knew the door was only moments before the seal made it's familiar hissing sound and the door popped, slidding into the wall to produce a black opening with an overly exuberant young man passing through in a lab coat. "Mornin' Ana!" He quickly moved to her side, looking a bit disheveled himself. His dark brown hair was a bit messy this morning, and her hands quick as they moved to unplug her various jacks. The glasses on his nose seemed to slide each time he leaned too far and he pushed them back with annoyance each time he stood back up.
Ana smirked gently with the scene and shook her head, sliding her legs over the side of the table. "Collins.. what the hell happened to you?" He grunted at her and waved her off a bit as he finished unplugging the ports on her legs, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, then moved behind her to more carefully begin the process on her spine. Where the ports embedded into her skin she had scarring, electrical burns that surrounded them. From there, raised lines ran along her skin that connected all of the ports and joined at her spine where several metal plates wrapped the ports and the wiring as they ascended into the base of her skull. As Collins slid the last from the cervical vertebrae just under her skull Ana shivered slightly, the feeling sending a sparkle of light trailing down the wires running through her body. "You know how it is with these days Ana.. I had to have everything ready before I even came to get you today.. It's already almost ten o'clock... If your father knew you were still in stasis.. he'd kill me!" She laughed some and turned, pushing Collin's shoulder playfully before sliding off the bed. Gifted were matched with keepers.. children and adults so that while they were young the keepers raised them, and when they got older they had a close friend that they could trust. Collins was Ana's keeper. "Well then you should get up earlier.. I mean sheesh! You're only a keeper! You're life couldn't possibly be that hard!" She laughed some as he moved to her side of the bed and opened a panel in the wall that housed the armor like casings that she wore over her circuitry. Collins had a smile on his face, but was working diligently... today was Ana's announcing of sorts.. She was going to be presented to the people as a massive success in their technological advancement with the Odareny. There would be a massive celebration in the centerplex square. He knew Ana was only joking anyways... anyone who actually worked with the Odareny knew that their keepers were responsible for every aspect of their lives... a trade for the pain and suffering that they were put through in the non-stop pursuit of technological enhancement. Once Collins got her suited in her breast plate, spine cover, boots, gloves, and gauntlets, he eyes her over for a moment before reaching up and brushing a hand across her hair... it was not uncommon for keepers and gifted to become attached to each other, but relations were strictly forbidden. Ana smiled and took his hand and kissed the back of it. "If I don't need the earpieces then come on... no reason to get you in any more trouble." She swatted at his shoulder before grabbing her BDU slacks and slipping them on, cinching them just under the edge of her breast plate so that they left the ports on her hips exposed, and tucking them into the tops of her boots around her knees so that they puffed out some.
Once she was finished she lead the two of them from the room. They had strict routines here, and whether it was presentation day or not, there was one thing that Ana was required to do first... the same thing she'd done every time they've woken her from stasis since they implanted the cybernetics. She turned the door to the chow hall with Collins in step behind her and proceeded to the counter where the server looked up at her brightly. "Why Ms. Sarvuski... aren't we running a bit late this morning?" The server shot an almost annoyed glance towards Collins but Ana's smile and words brought her back quickly. "As always... you know I'm a fighter. So eggs and bacon is it today?" She winked at the woman who laughed, handing Ana a bowl of what looked like murky crawling gruel... nanites and health sludge was the beast description Ana could think of. It hadn't grown not even slightly more appealing since the first day she laid eyes on it. She nodded her thanks and procceed directly to an empty table where Collins sat across from her babbling something about how magnifiscent the presentation was going to be. Ana couldn't focus on him without losing her focus on trying to not spit up the gruel... They insisted it was what made her heal quickly, and that the nanites were pertinent to maintaining her cybernetic systems, but she had yet to find one other person with the balls to swallow even one spoon of the crawling goop. In her mouth it felt almost as though it vibrated with the microscopic techno bugs crawling inside. The thought gave Ana goose bumps for a moment before her eyes returned to Collins who was bright and cheery and dreamy eyed as he talked about the crowds that would gather.