Other Tales from the Dropverse
Squad 72, Vipers: https://storium.com/game/drop-squad-72-vipers/chapter-1/scene-1
Icarus Station: https://storium.com/game/drop-icarus-station/chapter-1/scene-1
History, some would say, is cyclical, that to neglect your past is to doom yourself to repetition. After the unsuccessful Terran Wars of Unification, however, the conglomerate business leaders of the Free Spaces decided to profit from history rather than suffer by its hands. Vast, planet-wide gladiatorial death-matches between Teams thousands strong are televised across space for the entertainment of the bloodthirsty masses, and the sport has transcended mere entertainment to engulf every aspect of life and pop culture. Mass murderers are now celebrities, and contractual slavery has been employed to fill the empty bunks that thousands of volunteers don’t. This is the world of DTV. This is the world of DROP.
DTV is populated by 92 Teams, and the Doves count themselves among their ranks. An incredibly small Team, unlike their competitors, the Doves found their rating and popularity not through brute-force exploits but through technological advancement: the Doves are unanimously agreed upon to be the most high-tech Team on display in DTV. Lasers, force fields, anti-gravity technology, the Doves have developed things other Teams, and their corporate sponsors, could only dream of, technology ripped straight from the reaches of science fiction. Despite the interest in the team, little is known about the Doves; they remain as one of the great mysteries behind DTV, and no one has pierced their veil.
The truth behind the Doves is that they are the shield and sword for a shadow organization known simply as Osprey, an organization dedicated to keeping humanity safe from itself. The Doves act as Osprey’s secret templars and inquisitors, hunting down threats and tracking leads that Osprey, due to necessary discretion, cannot pursue. In return for their loyalty and their silence, Osprey rewards its soldiers with technological marvels the likes of which the universe has never seen, but such gifts come with a price: if the Free Spaces learned the secrets behind the Dove’s technology, the Team would be besought by every facet of the galaxy, Free Spaces and United Terran Space alike.
Osprey recently recovered an experiment gone horrifyingly right from a supposedly derelict colony known as Icarus Station, a former platform for DTV’s space battle series which was dashed from DTV records and programs, then rigged to crash into the planet it orbited in one week, taking all its inhabitants down with it. Osprey caught on to the secret, however, and rushed out to the station to recover what they could. They found only three survivors: Pax, a power-armored DAC Titan, Margin, a Harrier, and Spartacus, a disturbing amalgamation of man and machine, half-dead and impossible to kill. The latter caught Osprey’s attention, and they discovered that Spartacus had been the work of their long-time adversaries, the Seven Seals, and that he was only the beginning: the Seven Seals were attempting to build an army of immortal soldiers who would take the galaxy by storm.
You are a Dropper in the Doves, inquisitor and templar to the wishes of Osprey, and today your charge is the elimination of Project: Valhalla from high orbit.
Hosted and narrated by:
Cluck Cluck (TwoChickens)
Scenes played: 3
License: Community License