Exalted

Dragon Blooded Exalted

What You Know

While the precise science behind the Exaltation process of the Dragon Blooded is as far beyond you as it is beyond the general public, as proposed replacements, you have a broader knowledge of their respective abilities and faults. Despite their relatively superior abilities and powers, scientists are disappointed with the limits of their growth and evolution. All in all they are manifestly superior to a well armed human, but their parameters and estimated limits are as far below yours as a humans is below theirs. In addition it takes a significant amount of time to train Dragon Blooded in the use of their capabilities, and to bring them fully into their full power. Finally an exaltation is permanent, it can not be suppressed or removed once their term of service is concluded or if they are killed in action. This makes retirement a sticky stituation, one that has yet to be resolved.

This all ignores the time and cost of training potential recruits, especially with an over 80% failure rating (and a 10% mortality rate). Furthermore efforts to increase program candidates met with marginal success. Yearly exaltations do not seem to correlate with initial class size . (Though there was a sudden spike in exaltation four years ago). The unofficial hypothesis circulated by defense contractors like the Hyde Foundation, states that there must be certain psychological or physical markers that make a candidate more like to survive the training and Exaltation process.

What the Public Knows

Dragon-Blooded are empowered by hazardous genetic and thaumaturgic treatments. The arduous training and treatment regimens wash out over fourth fifths of potential recruits, with the remainder eventually receiving a elemental-affiliated exaltation. Though the recruitment process is open to all, in theory only the best and the brightest candidates qualify for receiving the required gene therapy, with many of them serving in the armed forces before hand. After graduation and exaltation, a new Dragon Blooded may be assigned to a number of different areas of service depending on government need and the Exalt’s personal abilities. Their training both before and after Exaltation covers both military and civilian topics. Regardless of their final role, all Dragon Blooded directly serve their respective governments and all report to strictly human commanders and supervisors. There are no corporate Exalts.

The exaltation grants them superhuman physical, mental, and social attributes, retards aging, and, utilizing a form of Motic fusion, allows them access special, almost supernatural abilities, such as the ability to start fires with one’s mind, run up walls, or discern someone’s lies in a glance. It also allows them to use specially constructed devices, known to the public as Artifacts that are more potent than comparable normal weaponry. They are too heavy and complex for regular people to use effectively. The ninth most popular youtube video shows the attempt of two would be thieves trying to steal a Dragon’s Roar Cannon from it’s storage bay at a local base on the Threshold. Their pitiable efforts to lift, much less load the weapon on a waiting truck were the source of global hilarity.

Though it is widely acknowledged that the first Dragon Blooded were created by the Meruvian government with the expertise of the Heptagram, all three of the great powers in creation create and maintain sizable Dragon Blooded forces.

Alchemical Exalted

What You Know

Alchemical Exalted are the result of a combined effort between the Hyde Foundation, Heptagram Researchers, and the Mervuvian Military. The goal was to create a reusable technological Exaltation that was modular, efficient, and more powerful than the current Dragon Blooded process. The Alchemical Exaltation represents a far more in depth infusion of technology and thamaturgical devices, all centering around the Exaltation Core, which is like the primary CPU controlling and regulating all the alchemical functions. (One of your primary objectives is to recover and secure the cores of fallen Alchemicals at all cost to prevent reverse engineering.)

As an Alchemical you have the potential to be faster stronger, and overall more powerful than any Dragon Blooded of comparable age and experience. In addition your Charms are modular, requiring only a few hours of installation to swap out. On the downside, there are considerable maintenance and upkeep costs required to keep you in fighting shape. Alchemical Exalted need to spend at least 24 a week inside Alchemical Vats, specialized repair crèches which facilitate recovery and charm development. The materials required for construction are rare and expensive, but represent a long term investment, since each Core can be reused. All Generation 1 Alchemicals used the least expensive of these materials, Jade, but Generation 2 Alchemicals use all five. Alchemicals come in five different base models, based on the primary construction material, and while each material lends itself to a particular style of combat and problem solving, the primary motivation comes from the current test subject.
Currently there are roughly 60 Generation 2 Alchemicals activated, and about five Generation 1 Alchemicals. Most of these are assigned to various roles within the Steel Team program, or detached to the Hyde Foundation for further tests. All generation 1 Alchemicals used Jade as their primary material. Generation 1 Alchemicals suffered from imbalances between the human, technology, and thamaturgical forces influencing it, and thus had a high rate of failure and serious injury, leading all but the most stable of the Cores to be shelved. Generation 2 Alchemicals are much more stable both psychological and physiologically.

What the Public Knows

Nothing. The existence of Alchemical Exalted is a closely guarded secret, though that will soon change with the Steel Team Project. Last Generation’s Alchemical Team, Iron Band was declared to be a team of modified Dragon Blooded using cutting edge technology. Hyde Foundation’s marketing team predicts that, despite the less human appearance of Alchemical Exalted, the public will respond more favorable to an Exalt that uses a more recognizable source of technology.

Lunar Exalted

What You Know

Yes Alchemicals there are Lunars. Steel Team Six’s briefing materials touched on both their existence and their role. Lunar’s are sort of secret divinely empowered group of fighters dedicated to preserving humanity. Some of them actively work for the Meruvian Government, while others are freelancers or even worse, agents of foreign empires. Steel Team Six’s orders are to leave them alone unless they directly interfere with your assigned mission. Their threat index is rated as high, but no specifics are given, other than to state that they are both capable fighters and unbelievable masters of deception.

What the Public Knows

For close to a thousand years there have been rumors of a secret society of god-empowered shape-shifters known, some whisper as the Lunars. There has never been an official rumor confirming or denying their existence but records throughout history have shown strange figures appearing from nowhere to help a struggling group of soldiers, breaking into secure high-rises, and hobnobbing with cultural elites. The advent of the internet has only strengthened what was once merely an urban rumor. Lunar spotting websites are fairly common and areas which claim to have high numbers of lunar sightings, like Ilankai, quickly become hot-spots for conspiracy theorists and fans alike.

The public sentiment holds them somewhere in between the abominable snowman and the Counters conspiracy in believability. It would be hard to track down anyone who actually admits to believing in their existence, and yet, and yet.

Solar Exalted

What You Know

Little more than the public. Solars were not mentioned in the briefing papers of Steel Team Six, and the scientists and technicians of the Hyde Foundation seem as confused as the rest of the populace. (Though one did hint that he’d love someone to bring him back a sample.)

What the Public Knows

Heroes and legends, some like Gabriel Ehren (the pop megastar who plays the famous Captain Panther) are celebrities gathering fame and fortune; others lead less publicized but no less sensational lives. The media can’t seem to stop talking about the appearance of these golden heroes, even if they don’t have all their facts straight. Rumors as to their nature are endless, from agents of the Divine Rebellion, to the by product of Essence generator site mutations, to the next step in human evolution. Some even suspect that they are rogue Dragon Blooded or an escaped Heptagram experiment. Regardless it seems as neither the government nor the media has decided what they are or how to frame their discovery. Likely it will take some sort of tragedy to convince either party to make a decision.

Abyssal Exalted

What You Know

Abyssal Exalted, reported as Abyssal spirits in Steel Team Six’s briefing papers, are powerful spirits leading armies of dead from the underworld to reality. Clearly a diversion from the Divine Rebellion, they have been universally defeated by modern forces and weaponry. Alchemicals are warned to be careful as they display levels of power similar to those of a rebellious spirit and seem to have significant combat experience. A note has been made concerning the peaceful overtures one Winter’s Mask Cast Aside, has made to the International League.

What the Public Knows

History books tell of a time in which rise of the dead was a constant hazard. Very detailed instructions were needed to prepare bodies for disposal and to secure one’s residence against ghosts. This all ended with the destruction of the City-State of Sijan and their so called “Necromancer Lords.” Most citizens ignored the more mystical aspects of this story and ascribed Sijan’s fall to more conventional means. Unfortunately five years ago a disastrous serious of earthquakes and blackouts heralded the return of spirits. Armies of the dead burst out from the worst of the abandoned cities lead by figures of nightmare and terror. Most citizens, especially in Meruvia found the news hard to believe, thinking rather of local warlords or infighting in the threshold and less “civilized” countries. The public has not yet realized that these warriors actually come from the underworld, but it’s only a matter of time before more corroborative evidence is brought to bear.

Sidereal Exalted

What You Know

Steel Team Six has no record of any Sidereal exalted..

What the Public Knows

Nothing. So far as anyone knows, they don’t exist.

Infernal Exalted

What You Know

Steel Team Six has no record of any “Infernal Exalted”.

What the Public Knows

Nothing. Not only do no one know of their existence, but their nature is more or less inconceivable in the current public mind.

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