Centuries from now, Earth will be a distant historical reference to many generations of humanity that live in the farthest reaches of barely explored space. This vast region of space is known as the Frontier. It contains many well-known and inhabited solar systems, but many are still uncharted, and more yet undiscovered.
Most people will never travel this far away from normal civilization. But for pioneers, explorers, outlaws, and soldiers the Frontier offers both adventure and opportunity.
The Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC)
The IMC started out small, in natural resource extraction industries, under the name Hammond Engineering. After a century of booms for Titan manufacturing materials along with market-cornering planetary survey technologies allowed Hammond Engineering to merge, acquire, and destroy all financial competition to become the supremely powerful Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation.
With the Frontier’s valuable shipping lanes and limitless planetary resources ripe for exploitation, absolutely nothing will stand in the way of IMC’s insatiable demand for maximum profit.
The Frontier Militia is a loosely governed mishmash of homesteaders, bandits, mercenaries, and pirates looking to free the systems of IMC dominance who they consider a huge threat to their independent, often lawless existence. The Militia is loosely divided into Brigades, each responsible for fighting in an assigned section of Frontier territory. Although some Brigades are little more than vast pirate organizations, collectively the Militia has enough resources to be a real problem for the IMC.
The Militia often claims that their fight is in the best interest of the homesteaders whom they allegedly represent, but not everyone on the Frontier sees it that way.
Titans are descendants of present-day fledgling military exoskeletons. In addition to the obvious combat applications, unarmed forms of Titans are used in heavy industries like cargo transport and deep space ship salvage. They are also used in special applications such as deep space search and rescue, and are very effective in inhospitable environments. The use of Titans is widespread throughout the Frontier in both combat and civilian life.
As with Titans, the Frontier contains Pilots of many different styles and experiences. Titan Pilots are rated by ‘certifications’, most of which apply to civilian applications, such as construction, shipping, and heavy salvage industries. The most prestigious of these is the Full Combat Certification – a widely published series of tests that grade a Titan Pilot’s abilities. Because of the extreme physical and mental challenges of mastering both Titan combat & dismounted parkour movement, a fully combat certified Titan pilot is a rare find, and the combat skills of active Pilots in the field varies widely throughout the Frontier.