The Front Line [Team Overview]

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The Front Line [Team Overview]

Post by Terminus » Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:28 am




Established in 2018, the Front Line is a team of superheroes originally founded by Rust Clarke, Brock LaVerne, and Nicolas Pendragon. In their guises as Magnetar, Atlas, and Terminus, they fought to protect the world from threats that no ordinary humans could hope to stop. However, this original incarnation of the team was short-lived. One member of the team disappeared into deep space, while the other was critically injured following a battle with the would-be intergalactic despots known as Binaries.

The team was reformed in 2020 by Nicolas Pendragon and James Novak, AKA Proton, with an increased public presence and a focus on accountability. Though they function as defenders of Earth, they aren't a completely reactive group. Instead, they consider preemptively identifying and containing threats a priority, as well as cooperating with established authorities to prevent loss of life. Furthermore, the team's mission encompasses more than just protecting Earth, but actively improving it.


Nicolas Pendragon.


He's the man who makes the impossible possible. Blessed not with a superhuman body, but a superhuman mind, Nicolas Pendragon is one of the smartest sentient life-forms in the galaxy. Not a scientist, but an engineer, his specialty is weaponry. And Pendragon's principal innovation is the armored exoskeletal warsuit, a mobile assault platform designed to be piloted by a single individual. He takes his 'cape name' from the original model he designed- the Terminus.

As a hero, Pendragon is motivated by responsibility. As someone with greater intellectual capacity than 99% of all humans, he feels an obligation not only to protect his species, but to help save it from itself. Humanity was teetering on the brink, and the explosion of ythe metahuman population may prove to be the push necessary to send it tumbling into the abyss. Nicolas is determined not only to prevent that from happening, but to drag the human race away from the edge, kicking and screaming if need be.

The only founding member of the Front Line left on the team, Terminus remains somewhat haunted by how quickly the group splintered the first time. He's determined not to let it happen again, and that determination is what drives his relentless work ethic. Pendragon spends almost all of his free time in the workshop, designing new tech and devising new contingency plans. His core belief is that there's no such thing as an impossible problem. if the solution doesn't exist yet, it's on you to build one.
James Novak.


As a world-famous 'Selebrity' [an abbreviation of 'super-celebrity'], James Novak, AKA Proton, is the Front Line's public face. Since his debut as the costumed face of Proton Industries, Novak's star has continued to rise. He was a member of the Society of Superheroes, before his dramatic split with the group in June 2020, shortly after which he joined the Front Line.

As a descendant of the WWII hero Aristotle, James has inherited incredible agility and dexterity, making him an acrobatic marvel. Combined with his sharp mind and sharper wit, he's a wonder to observe on the battlefield, running circles around opponents and making clever use of his bag of technological tricks. However, Proton is even more dangerous off the field, as his devious intellect makes him more than capable of winning a fight with words alone.
Cpt. Travis McCoy.


Captain Travis McCoy is a fifth generation super-soldier. Having inherited the name and the superhuman skills of his ancestor, the iconic WWII hero Aristotle, he now fights for the Front Line, as their official government liaison. He's also the brother of James Novak, one of the team's other members. However, McCoy doesn't let that get in the way of his job- both as a hero, and as the man who keeps the Front Line accountable.

Before adopting the mantle of Aristotle, Travis was a Special Forces operator. Now that he's a 'cape,' he adheres to the no-killing rule that governs all standard superhero activities. However, he's retained the no-nonsense attitude of a soldier, as well as the tactical acumen of a gifted strategist. While he may lack the agility and manual dexterity of his brother, he more than makes up for it with brute strength.


Millennium City.


Located in downtown Millennium City, the Skywatch tower is the primary headquarters of the Front Line. Choosing to build the team's new base in a major metropolitan area, where it would be highly visible to thousands each day, was intentional. It represents the team's intention to become an institution, and a beacon of hope, rather than a distant force that swoops in to combat sufficiently large threats, before disappearing again.

Of course, there are some risks to putting a base in the middle of a city. Military bases are often isolated for precisely this reason. But of course, the Front Line is not a military unit. To stay removed from civilization would be to close them off, both physically and conceptually. Skywatch isn't just a base, it's somewhere you can visit. The first four floors are wholly open to the public, with a museum, cafeteria, and gift shop. The point of this isn't merely to commercialize heroism, but to make it accessible to all.

Furthermore, Millennium City has perhaps the largest superhuman population in the world, meaning almost everything is insured for collateral damage relating to meta-related incidents. Not to mention, Skywatch itself is well-defended, with a force-field apparatus protecting it from any external attacks. It's also completely self-sufficient, powered by the massive glowing golden orb atop the building, which is actually a conduit to the team's Dyson Sphere array. While Skywatch consumes a great deal of energy, it uses less than 1% of the power of the Dyson Sphere.

Beyond the publicly accessible areas, Skywatch is a fully outfitted base. Dozens of dedicated staffers and security personnel maintain and defend the base, while automated systems designed by Terminus use its advanced sensor array to monitor the globe for potential threats. It also features on-site living facilities for team members, a training facility, gymnasium, medical area, and laboratory.


Autonomous armored units.


Designed by Terminus, the Praetors are autonomous 'drone' units modeled after his Titanic armors. Kept in the hangar bay at Skywatch when not in use, the Praetors were designed to assist the Front Line in managing threats that may outclass the team alone. While equivalently strong to one of Pendragon's armors, their lack of a human pilot makes them both less effective, and ultimately expendable.

While the Praetors can only be directly controlled by Terminus himself, they're programmed to respond to verbal commands from any member of the team. The drone AI is highly advanced, and capable of interpreting complex orders, but ultimately not 'intelligent' in the same way as a human. To ensure the Praetors never go rogue, they're programmed with a series of fail-safes and contingencies, including the inability to never harm any person unless directly attacked.

There are a total of ten operational Praetor drones. Seven are modeled after the Titanic 1.0, an armor initially designed to combat Surgath, but later repurposed as a general threat-response armor. The other three were made in the image of the Titanic 2.0, a more durable, bulkier version of the Titanic armor. Both are equipped with Diminutive Armor plating, making them impervious to almost all conventional weaponry, as well as Terminus-standard palm and chest-mounted energy cannons. The larger models are slower but stronger, and cannot fly at the same speeds or heights as their faster and more maneuverable counterparts.

The Praetors are all equipped with point-defense cannons, or PDCs, hidden low-caliber guns built into the chassis of the drones. These function both as a secondary offensive option, and a defensive one, as they can be used to target and shoot down projectiles before the hit the unit. Thanks to the expert programming of Nicolas Pendragon, these drones have incredible precision, greater than any human, and cannot be remotely hijacked. Thanks to scans of the technopath Manaria Goleme, the Praetor units are hardened against any sort of metahuman ability that might allow an individual to manipulate or control them.
Global threat-monitoring system.


Deployed after the dissolution of the original Front Line team, the Watcher Network is a system of satellites designed to monitor the world for potential threats, future crises, and individuals of interest. Thanks to advanced cloaking technology, the Watcher satellites are both invisible to radar, and literally invisible, using light-refracting panels to bend photons around its surface.

The Watcher Network doesn't only monitor Earth. Each satellite unit is dual-camera, meaning one half of the satellite remains pointed Earthward at all times, while the other points outward. This allows the Front Line to search the depths of space for any approaching threats. After Earth was taken by surprise by alien visitors like the Binaries and Titans, the Watcher Network was designed to prevent such surprises from ever happening again.

Naturally, the satellite network cannot monitor the entire surface of the planet at all times. Units are typically positioned over major population centers across the globe, though they can be retasked to observe specific areas of interest. This results in numerous 'blindspots,' though the placement of the satellites is designed to ensure that these areas the team cannot see are relatively inconsequential- for instance, stretches of uninhabited desert.
The Dyson Sphere.


Nicolas Pendragon's Dyson Sphere project began around the star Sol, which is orbited by, among other celestial bodies, the planet Earth. However, it was partially constructed, and no more than 2% could be completed before it began to attract unwanted attention. Terminus translocated the megastructure to the other side of the galaxy, to be finished around a star with no inhabited worlds orbiting it.

Sol's Anvil does not cover 100% of the surface of its star. That design, a 'Dyson Shell,' was discarded in favor of a model that allows some light to escape. Nevertheless, the Anvil, which consists of one sphere and multiple rotating 'rings,' absorbs an immense amount of power from its star. The precise amount is not necessary to quantify, as it would be almost impossible for Pendragon to use even 50% of the star's power at one time.

Through the use of Promethean portal technology, Sol's Anvil powers almost all of the Front Line's technology. For instance, it is the primary power source for all of Pendragon's armors, as well as the team's Skywatch base. Naturally, all of the team's technology has secondary power backups, but with a much more limited charge. When connected to Sol's Anvil, the team's tech can operate without fear of charge depletion, as it would take an unthinkable amount of energy to exhaust a star of that size.


Carrying the world on our shoulders.


Named in honor of Brock LaVerne, a founding member of the Front Line, the Atlas Initiative is a humanitarian project established initially by Nicolas Pendragon and James Novak, and later incorporated as a subset of their team. While many hero teams focus on merely stopping threats after they show up, the new and improved Front Line has dedicated itself to both stopping evil, and saving lives. This includes dealing with the often catastrophic aftereffects of superhuman conflicts.

Both heroes and villains often cause a great deal of collateral damage in their battles, and while places like Millennium City are insured for metahuman-related property damage, numerous other locales do not. The Atlas Initiative provides financial assistance with reconstruction efforts, as well as donations of food, water, and other crucial resources. If necessary, members of the team can also personally assist.

The Atlas Initiative is funded primarily by Proton Industries and the personal wealth of Nicolas Pendragon, but is formally a nonprofit, and does accept charitable donations. However, due to the independent wealth of its primary sponsors, it is not beholden to special interests, and has no need for big-ticket fundraisers. Due to the often-sensitive nature of superheroic matters, the Atlas Initiative strives to remain politically neutral.
Preparing the heroes of tomorrow.

In cooperation with Millennium University, the Front Line has begun a hero mentorship program. After a highly publicized debate on how best to deal with the problem of 'teen heroes,' who most agree should not be endangered by being brought on genuinely dangerous missions, Terminus and Proton decided to set a better example of how young heroes can gain valuable experience while staying safe.

The mentorship program is currently confined to Millennium City, open only to students of the city's world-famous 'hero college,' Millennium University. Similar to an internship, students are expected to spend a significant amount of time working with the team, much of it spent in their Skywatch facility. When not training or studying with members of the team, they're allowed to go on patrol in Millennium City, and even respond to low-level threats, such as standard 'supercriminal' activity, provided it's supervised by a member of the team.

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Re: The Front Line [Team Overview]

Post by Orph » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:59 am

Updated 8/3/2020: Added the 'Projects' section, and the Atlas Initiative and Mentorship Program files under it.
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