You witnessed the huge international corporations become the true power in the world. Megacorps is the name I guess we picked out for them. Works for me. They infested Metropolis just like they do everywhere else that matters; merger by merger, tower by tower, and private army by private army. That's a league that plays above the law and above our so called “representatives”. Folks like us just try to stay out of their way and maybe catch a bone if they graciously decide to drop one to us.
Crime exploded. Gangs spawned and battled for turf in the city’s concrete jungles, and the middle class had to suffer the tightening grip of organized crime. Yeah the Mob had a field day back then, hell they still do. Protection rackets offered from the crime families were selling like hotcakes on the street, because the devil you know sure beats the one you don’t know. America had changed quickly and the once great city of Metropolis, our city, was unfortunately leading the charge. Then 2011 happened.
Impact is what we call it. Our city had the luck of being the bullseye of a particularly extraordinary micrometeor on the eighteenth of November. The rock hit Midtown in the middle of the night and like something out of an old Bradbury story, it bathed the entire city and its suburbs in a ghostly silver light. I remember the spectacle lasting nearly an hour. Folks were just walking around dumbfounded out in front of their homes, desperately trying to make sense of anything. The government came in and snatched up the meteor, but little did any of us know the damage had already been done. Xel was nice enough to explain that.
Yeah Xel really turned the world upside down in 2012. He just walked through his interstellar gateway, or whatever the frag it was, and answered once and for all the pesky question if we are alone in the universe. Imagine the reaction to an alien strolling through Downtown Metropolis. He tried to come to us in peace, at least that’s what the surveillance footage shows, but the Lone Star deputies opened fire on him anyway. Couldn't have been more useless against his shields, but he mercifully gave himself up once the gunmen calmed down. They took him, took him god knows where, but he was off the map for two years. He fed them enough, because that’s when the world’s technology didn’t just boom, it full on exploded. New advancements in medicine, computes, and robotics hit the market; stuff just came flooding out. Xel, the man from outer space, apparently had the bright idea to share some of his off world knowledge with the rednecks of Earth. And then to everyone’s surprise, they let him go.
Yeah it was quite the scene man. An alien had negotiated his release, and he promptly returned to Metropolis. He gave a couple of interviews to the media stations, and by most peoples account handled himself really cool and sharp. Xel told us that the Impact, that the meteor that dropped in on us, would start having an effect on certain folks. That it would trigger something in a percentage of the population, and take them to another level of existence. And guess what? Xel wasn’t lying.
One in two thousand was the ballpark figure. There’s no official count or anything, but that’s where the news estimates have it at. That’s how many people started to evolve, started to manifest abilities. We affectionately call them metahumans nowdays, they can look different, but they don’t have to. Sometimes they’re stronger, bigger, or faster, than us normals. Sometimes they can conjure energy, stuff like force fields or streams of fire. New types keep popping up every day. Early metas started showing their potential around 2014 but there’s still late bloomers coming online as late as today. Now the city has thousands of powered up residents. Some of the metas turn to crime, others get on the payroll of a megacorp and work as elite security, a select few even try to be heroes and fight back against the newly spawned super villains. Today it’s 2022, eleven years after Impact, and these are the strange times we live in.
So who am I and what do I do?
You have very few limits of who you can create (if you keep it sensible) with lots of directions you can take. At the mortal level you can be a shadowy mercenary, a gun for hire, working for the Mob, the Corporations, or anyone else who can afford to pay for your services. Or maybe you fancy the life of a wealthy playboy, or better yet his loyal bodyguard? Will you take the path of the elite corporate soldier, a warrior equipped with the best training and cutting edge weaponry? How about the life of a Batman esque masked vigilante, an icon who prowls the dark city streets for those that abuse societies weakest?
Are you a super powered being, a citizen touched by the meteor’s light? Hero or villain it’s completely your call. Do you use your powers to make the city safer, or to take whatever it is you desire? These choices are yours to make. Your villains can have many faces; murderous street gangs, heartless Mob outfits, super powered villains or worst of all, Megacorporate armies.
International Megacorporations with facilities in Metropolis
Aesa Tech - As the name suggests, its core business is in aerospace technology where it holds the third largest market share in the world in that sector. The company is one of the members of the Airbus Consortium and has a nasty reputation for unscrupulous mineral mining and environmental damage.
Diatsu Media – A corporation which focuses on public relations, media, and entertainment. While Diatsu is best known for its presence in all aspects of advertising, marketing, and entertainment, it also has subsidiaries in consumer goods and services, and real estate and development.
Esprit Industries - Chemistry and genetics are the Esprit’s main fields of interest, but they are also heavily involved in finance, shipping, and consumer goods and services. This Megacorp has benefitted in unprecedented growth since Mr. Xel has taken charge.
Klein-Gunderson-Bernal (KGB) – One of the world’s leading corporations in military systems development, along with other branches handling civilian electronics, oil, chemistry and infrastructures building. KGB packs a particularly feared elite security team named the Squire, a cutting edge unit with a preference to shoot first and ask questions later. Its major subsidiaries include Beretta, Egis Services, Panhard, SEPER, and Thales-Raytheon.
Lone Star Security Services - One of the more prominent public security companies in North America with contracts of municipal policing from each end of the eastern coastal United States. Lone Star holds 62% of all security contracts in the greater Metropolis area, and the corporation also runs many of the city’s local prisons. This Megacorp has for all intents and purposes, become the city’s police.
Proteus Bell - Its four main business units are computers, electronics, multimedia products and biotechnology. Many of the universal standards of cyberterminal construction were created by Proteus Bell and Proteus Bell subsidiaries.
Sol United - Built on the foundation of heavy manufacturing and petrochemicals, it has also diversified into biotechnology, entertainment, consumer goods, and agriculture. Subsidiaries include Daewoo Corporation, LG-Haas, Pohang Iron & Steel, South Korea Energy, and Haiu Biotek.
Class one - Lowest level metas with powers that don't substantially effect themselves or their environment. Power examples: spontaneous hair color change or night vision
Class two - Low level self or environment changes. Power examples: moderate super healing, blinding flash attacks
Class three - A combination of self or environmental changes of significant power. Power examples: super strength, bullet proof, danger senses, flight (Spider Man types)
Class four - Powerful combinations of abilities or particular threatening power. Power examples: mind control, super speed, incredible durability, area of effect energy attacks (Storm from X-men, Charles Xavier)
Class five - Superman/Thor types. No class fives have been recorded at this time and this class is not open to players.
Power types and levels are pretty open as far as your character is concerned. Having said that, a collection of high end powers or a particularly potent (city shaping) ability, could result in the character being too much for the scale of the game. Cyber Cape’s number one threat, and the threat that needs to be maintained for the integrity of the story, is that of the megacorporations and their professional security forces. So characters in the Superman range, who have a power set that even a megacorp army can’t threaten, are not to be created. A good rule of thumb is if a private army would struggle to take out your character, then you need to power him or her down.
Here's a look at the districts of Metropolis.
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