Oh yes, and this is just scene setting really, lots more to come. Think you might like this final image, Ben. Click to enbiggenfy!
Final part of our world building stuff on To The Death. More TTD goodness to come next week as we countdown to launch:
Military operations were orchestrated by a sophisticated computer intelligence dubbed The Echelon, a living consciousness and extension of the Tri-Corp. Regional operational Command Hubs served as barracks and bases for the regularly rotated units. Through the 25th century and into the 26th, the expansion spread into The Borderlands, a dark and dangerous region sandwiched between two vast star systems. Here, the Tri-Corp uncovered new variations of life, and energy sources (and ultimately weaponry) that fell outside conventional physics and chemistry. Pacifier casualties soared, but the potential rewards made the sacrifice both worthwhile and acceptable in the eyes of the Tri-Corp. Less so to those actually on the ground, fighting and dying for a cause they no longer recognized.
Not everyone, by any means, simply accepted their new Pavlovian desensitized state. But any undercurrent of discord or disaffection, every attempt to challenge the new world order, was stamped on mercilessly and vigorously, nascent rebellions crushed in embryo. Countless hundreds and thousands… simply disappeared, and in the end the voices of dissent grew quiet and stopped… at least until 2670, when the Tri-Corp became aware, albeit peripherally, of a new threat, a subversive and shadowy (and extremely well organized, prolific and invasive) organization that called itself White Noise.
With a structure so dense and yet compartmentalized, the Tri-Corp’s efforts to penetrate and break White Noise failed, and — for the first time — significant inroads began to be made into the status quo, with targeted strikes and sudden significant uprisings that suggested, to them, a degree of insider knowledge. But all efforts to uncover White Noise’s mysterious benefactor or root out their ‘mole’ failed, and – emboldened – White Noise began to shake some elements of society out of its stupor. It made the Tri-Corp extremely paranoid, and extra vigilant, as it tried to anticipate White Noise’s next move and act preemptively.