Prologue: The Unknown Planet, or Why would Unity Prime risk himself?
The planet stood on the edge of Free Systems Territory. Controlled by the Temporal Empire, policed by the T.E.A., and filled with Pirates eager to ravage an Iron Republic ship. It was a place where few people dared to travel, and all star charts showed the planet as an uninhabited volcanic wasteland.
The Unity took deep interest in the planet when their members reported back signs the planet had undergone a massive terraforming effort in the past two years. Multiple species of cloned plants and fungus had been imported and placed into the planet’s rich volcanic soil.
Stranger yet reports that a species the Unity had saved from the Quall N’drone, a rare species known as Ydyara, had been spotted in city sized settlements on one section of the newely terraformed planet. Since the only place where Ydyara were being cloned for reintroduction into planets in our reality, was under the careful ministrations of the Oleifera and the Builders, this was a concerning abnormality.
The information was encrypted and earmarked for immediate attention and shared with Unity Prime. Unity Prime was a cloned supersoldier. A unique creation of the Unity Scientists, Civilians and Builders to represent the voice of the Consesus when dealing with outside species.
In the days before the Descended were cleansed from our timeline, The Unity struggled as Prime tried to defend the consensus from the withering corrupting powers of the Dragon of Unity, the Dragon’s Thrones, Dragon’s Cherubs, and other evils. But with the end of the Dragon’s rule in this timeline, and his banishing to the Hell dimensions, The Unity Prime found himself free to take on rebuilding the Unity’s image.
His first step had been to track down the evil scientist, another cloned Supersoldier named Cyborg Hunter Model 207. CH Model 207 had been created by the founder of the Unity, PeaceLord Kal’Shek in the first days of the Border Wars that split the northern kingdoms in 2217. CH Model 207 had been tasked with gathering genetic materials from their enemies, had been instrumental in the rise of the Unity in 2218 on countless planets across known space.
It was many of CH Model 207’s immoral experiements that caused the Unity to have to claim planets to cure the dangers that Model 207 had set in motion. In fact, it was one such experiment that led to his downfall.
CH Model 207 had been experimenting with illegal supplication technology, which was a kind name for mind control technology that the precursor to the Unity had used to such evil ends that the Unity forever outlawed its use. Knowing he could not do it under his own network, CH Model 207 found a wandering K’iorn. A former Dra’koon who had served bravely under General Yvhv in the days of the Peace of Falos, but who had been infected with a crystalline alien infection that had consumed his memories of his early life of honor and service. This K’iorn was bumming around the Earther Colonies, taking sellsword work with the Assassins guild, the Thieves guild and even the VLAD Spy Agency.
The K’iorn first was implanted with a modified uplink, allowing CH Model 207 to track his movements and watch everything he does without the K’iorn watching. Then as the height of the Border Wars increased in violence and spilled out across known space, this K’iorn was thrown in with Kasanthians including the calculating Admiral Layne Yr, and her Captain Axis. These Kasanthians would shape the K’iorn’s path, turning him from a fairly neutral merc, into a pawn of their empire building schemes. This K’iorn would be known as Ryuk, named in Kasanthian fashion after an ancient villain from Earther literature. He would create an entire network of supplicated mind controlled former Casino debtors known as Ryuk’s Rabble. And eventually he would kill the Da’uhnb Queen and use her brain to create a unique computer which the CH Model 207 was only to happy to steal and use for his own ends.
But Ryuk turned the tables, and his loyalty to Unity Prime won over his self-serving nature. In the moment of CH Model 207’s triumph, the K’iorn alerted Prime and an ambush was triggered to capture 207. Ryuk’s loyalty to Prime had helped the Prime capture the Unity’s most notorious criminal.
With 207 under his won watchful eye, Prime began to experiment to unlock the memories of the often evil acting Cyborg Hunter. Despite his resilience and powerful will, Unity Prime was able to rip from Model 207’s mind the location of certain more dastardly experiments.
The one it seemed Model 207 was trying the hardest to keep secret was also on this same planet…on the edge of Free Systems Space…a planet called Hobard’s Mend in modern space maps but completely marked as forbidden on all the Quall N’drone Starcharts the Unity had stolen.
Hobard’s Mend, a planet that simply shouldn’t be as green and lush as it was. A planet filled with 2 year old clones (fully grown) Ydyara.
Unity Prime’s skiff moved into orbit above Hobard’s Mend, aboard was Unity Prime and his favored bodyguard Prototype 42. Like 207, Prototype 42 had been created by the Unity founder General Kal’Shek before his unexpected death. 42 was loyal to the Unity’s goals of acceptance and concensus and was considered one of the greatest duelists among the concensus.
42 motioned using her uplink to instantly share data about a large space station in orbit. The vessel appeared to be an Orbital Oculus model planetary oppression platform. The type used by the Iron Republic to stun entire cities so their populaces can be captured without major loss of life. It was humanely cruel in many ways.
However this orbital oculus station was obviously upgraded with Unity-stye electronic countermeasures. Neither 42 nor Prime would risk trying to control the station, but they could learn with their short interactions with it that the stations countermeasures had been programmed by Model 207, and the last few broadcasted messages on non-unity tech had been to a Dimension Walker by the name of Claude Vysen planet side.
It seemed that Cyborg Hunter Model 207 had been doing some joint experiment on this planet with a priest of the Quall N’drone’s dangerous subordinate faith.
With 42 at his side, Unity Prime was ready to make an incredibly dangerous planetfall.