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    Excelsior Technologies


    Excelsior Tech was originally established by Riv as a way to recruit gullible scientists into helping him fix the broken replication tank he acquired from the ruins of LANTERN, a mere fake business front to help make his shady operations in Inside look vaguely legitimate. After managing to thoroughly ensure the eternal hatred of at least one fellow mad scientist and the deadtime fiasco that was Nexus CHAMPION, an ill-advised raid on GLoG manages to bring the wrath of the Empire crashing down upon Excelsior in the form of an artillery squadron, the "offices" reduced to little more than rubble.

    Later on, after Riv was exiled from AMEN, Excelsior began anew in the mountains bordering Hamlet, a small, technologically backwards valley-town afflicted by a plague of magical mutations. Since then a variety of problems ranging from lack of proper equipment, an even more dire plight of supplies and general incompetence on Riv's part has plagued the organization, a recent batch of genetic defects leaving them with less troops then ever. Technological progress marches on though, ever more deadly and efficient weaponry manufactured day by day, along with increasingly powerful soldiers to wield them.

    Personell (Scientists):
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    Riv- Excelsior's increasingly bloodthirsty, insane and incompetent leader, a two-bit madman with apocalyptic aspirations who traded his memories for unmatched mastery of the medical sciences. Has sunk into depression after his rival committed accidental and ironic suicide.

    Prometheus- Riv's first fully sapient creation, Prometheus was never actually a member of Excelsior. Instead he ran his own show out of AMEN, with weapons and troops provided by his brothers in exchange for keeping them informed of AMEN's activities and any interesting tech he came across. Left functionally dead and in stasis by Ilpholin's take-over of the Association.

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    Icarus- Riv's third attempt at creating an obedient, intelligent commander, Icarus could be considered a technical success. Rather than being rebellious, Icarus is too obedient lacking any initiative of his own and possessing a severe deficit of creativity.


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    The Einherjar are the latest of Excelsior's attempts to create an army of disposable, easily produced and entirely loyal soldiers. Unlike the Drones they replaced, Einherjar are fully capable fighters on their own, injected with a constant feed of combat boosting drugs, stimulants and steroids while in the cloning tank and for several weeks thereafter. This chemical diet leaves them with significantly superhuman reflexes and strength on top of their basic genetic modification, which makes them tougher, breeds out fear or mercy and dulls their sense of pain.

    Physically speaking, the Einherjar are uniformly 6.2 feet tall and weigh roughly 220 pounds thanks to their reinforced muscular and skeletal systems. Brown hair, blue eyes, handsome in a typical, square-jawed hero way. Intellectually, they're jarheads. Some are smarter or dumber than the norm, but they're all more or less dumb muscle. Cunning in an animal sense, but dumb.

    Named Supersoldiers-
    Barry- Extremely cautious, pessimistic
    Bohrium-
    Caesium- Highly reckless, more intelligent than average
    Dale (Carbon)- Cowardly and prone to hiding in small spaces
    Erbium-
    Francium- Considerably more intelligent and indecent than his brothers, defected to Riverside during Erin's raid on Excelsior
    Iridium- Rash, highly irritable and blindly loyal
    Lawrencium-
    Thallium- Eternally cheery, chipper and dreadfully lacking in politeness. Currently assigned to the Nest.
    Thorium- Short-tempered, short of speech, uses royal "we"
    Thulium- Subservient with a distinct lack of emotions, prone to self-destructive actions. Currently assigned to the Nest


    Pizza Drones Retired:
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    Riv's original science project, the Pizza Drones were created by cloning the blood of the first pizza boy stupid enough to deliver to AMEN, then crudely modifying the results to follow orders without question. The results were a bunch of nearly braindead, clumsy zombies good for little more than lab rats. Continued alteration only increased the severity of these issues, but also allowed Riv to link them into a crude hivemind and make their blood mildly explosive, making them, while still useless as individuals, at least moderately efficient in numbers.

    However, as Riv never bothered to preserve the original modified blood sample, instead harvesting more blood from each batch to make the next with, the Drones suffered exponential genetic deterioration and increases in various terminal genetic defects. Due to this, their need to be constantly supervised and general lack of competence, new batches are no longer being cloned, they have been "discontinued".


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    Excelsior's shock troops, the Abominations are elite heavy soldiers built for maximum destructive potential before death, not looks or intellect. The average specimen stands eight to nine feet tall, with thick bulletproof scales of any shade from dull green to pitch black, eyes uniformly yellow in color. Their build bears more resemblance to a gorilla than humans, with long, heavily muscular arms and shorter legs, generally taking a stooped over stance rather than standing upright when at rest, although they can certainly put on impressive bursts of speed whilst charging.

    The skull structure is distinctly draconian, almost a cross between iguana and crocodile, with stubby noses flat up against their backward sloping skull, ridges of blunt spines running across their scalp. Due to doubled rows of prodigiously numerous teeth, Abominations cannot fully close their jaws and drool constantly, making it difficult for them to speak Common, although they're quite proficient in their own language.

    Abominations are fearsome opponents, possessing impressive healing capabilities, metal reinforced bones, extras of most vital organs and natural armor capable of stopping small arms fire. Their strength is immense, allowing them to lift weights in excess of several hundred pounds and claw or bite their way through flesh, bone and light armor with ease. But most importantly, the damn things don't die. Nothing short of considerable damage to the brain or massive blunt trauma can put one down for good, even losing a limb only posing a temporary nuisance to these living weapons.


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    The battlemages are Excelsior's arcane taskforce, bred with magically altered genetics harvested from the mutated residents of Hamlet for immense magical reserves and the ability to control such. Because of the use of mutated genomes in their creation, however, the outcome of the cloning process used is highly unpredictable, producing dozens of rejects that either lack the ability to control their powers or don't survive decanting in order to turn out a single acceptable battlemage.

    Although the battlemages possess considerable raw power, the squad suffers from nearly a complete lack of proper training, severely limiting their talents. Their range of spells is almost entirely limited to teleportation and combat wards, along with a few basic healing magics. Most notably they lack any offensive magic, relying on their brothers to defend them.

    What they look like underneath their armor is unknown.


    Archangels
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    The Archangels are one of Riv's more successful experiments. The Archangels are modified Drones, given a hollow, bird-like bone structure and an equally avian set of wings to facilitate aerial combat. Although this alone only allows them to glide, Daedalus has furnished the squadron with a set of power flight suits that enables true flight, letting them reach speeds in excess of sixty mph and maneuver quite ably in mid-air.

    However, due to their reduced muscle mass, lighter build and generally flimsy physique, Archangels are weaker and less hardy than standard Drones, making them decidedly specialized units. It is unknown what they look like under their armor, although as Drone variants it's safe to assume they cannot speak.



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    MA-1 (Superheated Modular Cannon) Retired
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    The Multipurpose Armament No.1 is a magnetic-coil acceleration gun, designed to launch fragments of superheated tungsten from a solid block of material in a variety of firing modes. Fueled by advanced battery cells utilizing black box tech, the MA-1 can heat it's 'ammo brick' to molten within seconds and fire until it runs out of material or the coils break without slowing.

    The aesthetic is futuristic, sleek, all gray plastic and rounded edges. No attachment points, scope, ammo slot, nothing except a trigger, a button and a dial. The button starts up the device and the dial sets the firing mode to one of three options, roughly equivalent to a minigun on one end and a anti-materiel rifle on the other.

    Sadly, the battery cells that give it such power have proven to be highly unstable and only grow more so over time. With the current scarcity of resources, production has ceased and the only remaining model is being dissected by Day out of curiosity. That and they were horribly overpowered.




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    -work in progress-


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