This RP is primarily a survival RP. Horror and action elements will be added in as well. If this isn't your niche, then this definitely wont be the RP for you.
Sixteen hundred light years away from Earth lies a planet. The planet known as Arcturus Theta. This world, completely covered in water and surrounded by a vibrant blue ring is ten times the size of Earth, and contains enough natural resources to supply the entire colonial ring in the Sol star system, Earth, Luna, Mars, Titan, Europa and Pluto, even the colony space stations orbiting Saturn and Jupiter. Because of Arcturus Theta's vast amounts of resources, colonial corporations have focused on getting to the distant world and gain access to its wealth for the continued success of all mankind.
In the year 2120, the first corporation arrived at Arcturus Theta. Bringing with them, two hundred thousand colonists and the components to construct large mining platforms and living habitats above the water. Upon arrival, the corporation discovered a few things. Firstly, was the planet's odd gravity. Despite it being ten times larger than Earth. Its gravity was actually only as strong as the moon's. After some research, they discovered Arcturus Theta's low density core, and porous crust. This made the underwater mining even more difficult now, as anything floating would not sink; normal propellers wouldn't work either due to the waters abnormally high salt levels, they simply jammed constantly. The corporation was not prepared for such a strange anomaly. After constructing three surface habitat platforms, one year after arriving, the corporation managed to develop powerful underwater thrusters which allowed for easy movement underwater. They began sending their mining ships down to the depths to receive their precious metals.
Their second discovery was possibly the most shocking, and not just for them. But for all of mankind. Even at the time and age they were in, an age of space exploration and colonization. Nobody had ever come in contact with any organic life outside of Earth. What they found eight hundred meters below see level, was a teeming metropolis of life. The low gravity and sprawling biodiversity led to enormous sea creatures, larger than any submarine the corporation had brought with them. The largest, and perhaps the most frightening, was the Leviathan, a sixty meter long humanoid creature. The Leviathan seemed passive, even interested in the alien explorers. But, after straying too close to a submarine, the nightmare began. Out of fear, the crew of the submarine, Columbus Theta, fired mining spikes at it to scare it off. The Leviathan let out a deadly shriek, enhanced by the waters around it. Anybody who wasn't in a ship was killed from the sonic waves and anybody inside the ship was spared with a large headache. What followed, however, was even more terrifying. The Leviathan grabbed a hold of the submarine and ripped it apart. Whoever did not drown was killed by yet another shriek. This had come to be known as the Columbus Incident. The Leviathan hasn't been seen since the Columbus Incident. No sight of any other Leviathan had been reported, scientists believed that it was an extinct species.
Before the Columbus Incident, there had been no dangerous encounters with the indigenous lifeforms in the waters of Arcturus Theta. But after, the large sea creatures, from the common, and usually passive, Nipray Fish to the menacing Razor Shrimp, everything save for the smaller sealife became predatory toward humans. This resulted in the corporation's development of a military, gathered together from their now well developed surface habitats. This force had come to be known as the Arcturus Deep Sentries, ADS for short. The ADS outfitted their troops with armored diving suits and high power gauss weaponry. later, the ADS had acquired small crafts known as Sub-Fighters, nimble and fast in the low gravity abyss, the SFs became the main fighting unit of the ADS. Before long, the corporation had succeeded in constructing their first underwater mining base with habitat modules in it. This station became known as Pacific Base.
Two years after the construction of Poseidon Base, the corporation soon transformed into a government power over Arcturus Theta; becoming an independent world. With ten surface habitat stations constructed with three more on the way, and Poseidon Base now the first ever underwater dome city, Arcturus Theta quickly became the shining example of humanity's future. All eyes were on the blue ocean world as it developed. Humanity entered a golden age from the sheer amount of resources exported from the planet. More private corporations began their migration to Arcturus Theta as well a massive influx of colonists.
Three years after that, and Arcturus Theta became home to four billion humans. Hundreds of surface habitat stations dotted the planet, and twenty seven underwater dome cities had been established. The hostile sea life was kept at bay by the now elite ADS force. But, along with humans came their follies. Soon, other corporations became greedy. Fighting over mineral deposits deep below the ocean. The first trade war broke out with private mercenary companies. Piracy became prevalent in sectors as well. The Arcturus Theta government reinforced their ADS force with new equipment, additional training and if the individual soldier chose so, cybernetic implants and augmentations. The First Trade War lasted four years with the ADS victorious. The majority of their forces had undergone the superior cybernetic implantation procedures; many soldiers were more machine than man.
However, the waters of Arcturus Theta didn't play well with these cybernetics in the long run. Many augmented soldiers became victim to the debilitating disease known as Saltshock Syndrome. These augmented soldiers were discharged and place into the mining divisions, where their terminal condition would work away at their body until they met their inevitable demise. Even to this day, Saltshock Syndrome has not had a cure nor counter.
Arcturus Theta, under the rule of the first corporation, oversaw four major corporations and countless lesser companies under their law. The four super corporations, once equaling the power of what once was the first corporation's, now succumbed to their might. The most powerful beneath that of the government's was known as Ariake Solutions, a Terran corporation based out of Japan, now Sol System, which focused less on mining and more on the equipment used for it. Ariake Solutions developed the highest end mining equipment which became instrumental in modern Arcturus mining. Second to Ariake Solutions, was a private military corporation known as the Gendar Combine. Before the ADS began using cybernetically enhanced soldiers, the Gendar Combine was in the lead during the First Trade War. Their troops all experienced in every type of warfare, be it ground, air, space, ship boarding, underwater. They knew it all. Beneath them, was an actual mining corporation known as CrystalTek Industries. CrystalTek became the wealthiest of the four corporations but not the most powerful. They owned the largest amount of high concentrated mineral deposits on Arcturus Theta. And last, but not least, wasn't even a corporation, more so a religious sect developed from colonists since the first arrival of mankind on the planet. These Arcturus Evangelists worshiped the mysterious Leviathan, a creature which had not been seen since the Columbus Incident. They believed the Leviathan to be a god in pure form, and that it was disturbed humanity's arrival on a once untouched planet. Their part in the First Trade War was minimal in action, but pivotal in Arcturus history, after the Evangelists destroyed the support columns to four surface habitat stations in a single week; it was their actions which brought upon the climax of the war and the introduction to cybernetically augmented soldiers.
Now, the year is 2163. The ADS remains to be the strongest military power on Arcturus Theta. The colossal sea life still shows their aggression toward humans while the smaller organisms go about their everyday life. Arcturus Theta now holds a population higher than that of Earth's. The government, originally the first corporation, still holds power; though nobody seems to disagree, as they're fair and competent in their rule. The four major entities, Ariake Solutions, the Gendar Combine, CrystalTek Industries and the Arcturus Evangelists are more powerful than when they first were established on the planet. And more and more sealife is being discovered, though the organisms from human size to colossal dome city size, creatures that dwarf even the Leviathan, still remain hostile. Exploration vessels find themselves escorted by ADS frigate class submarines quite often as they explore the treacherous deeps of the ocean world. And recently, on the edge of uncharted territory, a massive chasm was discovered. This chasm, twenty kilometers across and eighty seven kilometers in length, is believed lead to the deepest region on Arcturus Theta. This chasm is known as the the Veiled Abyss.
In an attempt to explore the Veiled Abyss, the government of Arcturus Theta, as well as the four corporations culminated their efforts and resources to build a large exploratory submarine, named Poseidon. With Ariake Solution scientists, ADS and Gendar veterans, Evangelist archivists and elite CrystalTek crews, the Poseidon is tasked with entering the Veiled Abyss to explore the very depths of Arcturus Theta. Along with it are four ADS frigates and an ADS destroyer submarine to escort it.
But the Poseidon isn't defenseless. The ADS will use the Poseidon as their command ship during the expedition. The ship has four large Sub-Fighter Hangars and a dock for the escort ships to maintain and repair themselves. The Poseidon also has mining and manufacturing facilities to produce ammunition and more Sub-Fighters for their forces. The hydroponics division keeps the crew well fed and nourished during the long expedition. The medical facilities are all equipped with the latest gadgets and devices to ensure maximum health standards. Aboard the Poseidon is also a casual section, with a bar and a variety of restaurants. The habitat section of the ship houses six hundred individuals aboard. Outside, the ship boasts over a hundred weapon batteries for defense.
This is where you come in. You are one of the crew aboard the Poseidon. Your history can be anything, be it an Arcturus human or a Sol human. You can have a history with any of the known entities on Arcturus Theta, Ariake Solutions, Gendar Combine, CrystalTek Industries, Arcturus Evangelists or the ADS. Your role aboard the Poseidon is also your choice, but should be relevant to your corporate background. You may also choose to be cybernetically enhanced, and if your are, choose to be a victim of Saltshock Syndrome. The choice is yours!
[Pics or description, both are fine]
[Which major entity does your character have a history with? Ariake Solutions, Gendar Combine, CrystalTek Industries, Arcturus Evangelists, Arcturus Deep Sentries]
[What is your role aboard the Poseidon? Examples are: Sub-Fighter Pilot, Armored Dive Trooper, Ship Engineer, Helmsman, Chef, Scientist, Miner, Religious Priest, Doctor, Cybernetic Doctor, etc]
[What is your character capable of? Can he/she pilot a sub-fighter or control Dive Armor? This is different from your role, where your role is your job aboard the Poseidon, your certifications are your characters known capabilities should a mishap occur and a replacement is needed.]
[Your character's psychological profile.]
[Your characters history, what did he/she do to end up aboard the Poseidon? Was he/she born on Arcturus Theta or on one of the Sol Colonies? Perhaps on one of the many colony stations or even aboard the first expedition ship before the arrival to Arcturus Theta.]
[Any other information that doesn't belong in the above sections. This can be quirks or maybe something the character may hold dear. This is where you'd put the finishing details for your character to make him/her unique. An example of this would be if your character is a cybernetic, does he/she suffer from Saltshock Syndrome?]
As much as I want this to be an RP based off the actions of you. There need to be some ground rules established so that things don't all go to hell the moment the RP begins.
I want to start by saying all of your standard RPG rule apply. This includes but isn't limited to no metagaming, no godmodding, respect and listen to the GM for his/her say in any matter is final.
Aside from that, please respect the other roleplayers. They have their style of writing, you have your own. Nobody is perfect. If you really must create an issue out of it, keep it away from this RP. PMs or another thread is fine by me.
This RP is WILL have horror elements, and as such, there will be blood. Lots of it. Because of this, I ask you maintain a mature attitude both in character and out.
Because there is a mature theme in this RP, I ask that any in character (or out if that really happens) relationship be kept PG13. Any sexual content should be taken to the PMs. Nobody wants to see your smut. Failure to do so will result in a warning.
If you've been warned once, and offend again, I will have to ask you to leave the RP. I hope I wont need to invoke this rule, but it must be said that it does stand and can potentially be put into use if you're really that ignorant.
Please, PLEASE try to be active. I understand RL is a pain sometimes but this is an RP I've put too much thought and time into to watch die. A post a week is fine by me, anything more is spectacular and as long as you play within the rules, I will most definitely not have a problem with you. If you don't post within a two week period, I will message you to find out whether or not you are still interested.
Finally, please notify me and the rest of the group if you are going to be unavailable. So that I don't eject you from the RP due to inactivity. On that note, specify if I am or am not allowed to control your character as an NPC during your absence to that the plot can continue. If you allow me to do so, I will do my best to stick to your character's style.
If you have any questions, any at all, feel free to ask me.
Whoami [GM] - Alexis Marquis, Poseidon Captain
Nikeo309 - Linch Steinbok, Cybernetic Doctor
Azathoth - Morgan Greylark, Poseidon Helmsman
Magnificent - Jeck Bryn, Sub-Fighter Pilot; Waverider Squadron
WittyReference - Cyrun Mikheil, Miner / Ariake Solutions Spy