Hello everyone! I am a big fan of interactive fiction and of writing, so i have decided to try my hand at it!
I am currently writing my first COG story, so here it goes. (Thank you Sampl15 for suggesting the names UEG and ACC!)
Keep in mind this IS a WIP but this post is more to see what you guys think of the general idea. The link to playtest is down below!
WARNING LONG READING AHEAD!
(Here we go.)
Hundreds of years into the future, Mankind finally found itself among the stars. As much as it would of been nice to say that they began colonizing space as a unified race, that was something that was too good to be true.
The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies was not something that all the world powers would respect forever. The United States as they were called and their allies established the first space colony on the Moon, and after them followed their rivals, countries such as China and Russia. Soon they too established their own colonies on Mars.
Then the race to claim other planets began, tensions continued to rise between all the nations as space began to dwindle on these colonies. Then the Jump Drive was invented, it came about from a collaboration between scientists from the United States, Germany and Russia.
It opened up the possibility to travel to other solar systems and planets far beyond other conventional ways of travel. Acting quickly, these three nations formed the USSF The United Space Security Front creating the first Warships with these Jump Drives, the first of many. Using these heavily armed and large Battleships the USSF took control of all the other nations
colonies, declaring it was for their own good.
However, British and Chinese soldiers on Earth managed to hijack one of the warships, gathering colonists and Military leaders from these two nations the Warship made a Jump into the unknown regions of space vanishing.
It didnt take long for the USSF to topple the remaining powers on earth bringing it under their complete control, however, they still remembered their rivals that had escaped and prepared in case they ever ran into them again…
It is now the imperial year 123 and the USSF now exists presently as The UEG or United Earth Goverment, ruled over by the current Emperor, Alexander Cartigan. Its domain reaches out across the galaxy, it has terraformed many planets to look more like Earth Jungles, Forests, Deserts and Mountains. Each planet providing various resources for the UEG. Many technological advances were made putting the Empire into a golden age. The UEG remained unopposed until two years after Cartigan’s rule began, Imperial scouts ran into a world already colonized, but not by the UEG…
The British and Chinese Colonists had found themselves a new home, using the Warships supplies and Technology they survived and thrived, turning into their own Galactic power.
They called themselves the ACC, or The Anglo-Chinese Commonwealth. They too had been preparing for years to meet their old enemy, having built enormous fleets, consisting of Destroyers, Battleships, Carriers and support craft. Both sides soon found themselves in the most bloody and devastating war in Mankinds history The Great Terran Civil War. Realizing the great threat the ACC posed to the UEG secretly began a super soldier project.
Utilizing Dark matter and genetic manipulation they managed to create perfect soldiers from Orphans found throughout the UEG, giving them enhanced reflexes, Super Strength and even drastically slowing the ageing process. However, the success rate was extremely low, only 10% of subjects survived the process.
Out of one hundred and Sixty subjects of the “First Generation” only you and fourteen others survived. The rest died.
You didn’t though, you all had only one simple directive. Ensure the Emperor’s will is accomplished, no matter the cost.
Using your abilities, you and your comrades soon found yourselves on the front lines of battle. From commanding great starships among the stars to commanding squads of men on the ground. You all were known simple as Operatives.
Then operation Golden Fields happened, the UEG and Anglo-Chinese Commonwealth both had found themselves in a stalemate, until the ACC began Operation Golden Fields. The operations goal? Crush the UEG’s third fleet circling planet C44 or “Paradise” as it was called by locals, and take over the planets shipyards and fuel processing plants on the planets surface.
Despite the UEG hearing about the attack beforehand the operation began rather successfully, the space battle only lasted four hours before the Earth Goverment’s fleet surrendered and the planetary invasion went smoothly, with most of the ACC’s troops landing without much resistance. However, there were reasons for that.
You and twelve other operatives were already on the planet helping the local Governors forces prepare defenses. When IT happened. Out of the Twelve, only three of you survived. And out of the Billions of people on the planet including ACC and Goverment troops. Only a mere three thousand total survived.
You yourself were wounded on that day, losing your right arm in the process. However, again you survived. You awoke to find two of your fellow operatives had rescued you and through the carnage gotten you to safety. Now you return back to the field for the first time in over a year. But now, there is no war to fight. at least right now.
After the Event following Operation Golden Fields the UEG and ACC signed a peace treaty, still reeling from shock at the loss of both their forces. Now a combined fleet from both sides makes sure nothing enters or leaves “Paradise”… However, since many Lords and Governors now are struggling to keep control of the outlying UEG Systems and planets, its now up to Operatives to help them keep order.
It has taken you a year to fully recover from the incident on planet C-44, your body is fully healed. Your mind however has yet to be seen, you dont remember much from that fateful day, nightmares plague you at night. Seeking clarity you searched all the UEG archives but you are unable to find any reports or documentation of your units actions during or after the battle. For all the Galactic community cares, you were never there…
You are now returned to active duty, not yet broken by fate. As an Operative all actions when in the field are considered sanctioned by the Emperor. You are his enforcer’s. His Peacekeepers.
Though very soon you may find yourselves once again back on the front lines of a Galactic War… Will you be returned to the monster of war you and all Operatives were destined to be? Will you perhaps carve a new path? That is up to you.
Good hunting, Operative.
(The MC will travel to various worlds as this “Enforcer” however, you can handle the various situations with very different tactics. Brute force, Diplomacy, trickery or other means. Choose what battle armor you will take into combat. Will you go in as a walking tank? A horrifying monster? Or perhaps a more, stealthy approach… Also you will meet many different characters, some of whom may show back up later on… for better or for worse. (yes romance will be in this story.) How your character feels about the various situations will be up to you as the player and i hope to have many different branches leading to differing situations depending on your choices.)
Playtest link: https://dashingdon.com/play/spytim/the-operative/mygame/index.php?cb=35848
(Notice stats are placeholders atm.)
5/3/17 : fixed bug causing game to crash when choosing hair color, split up paragraphs for prologue to make it easier to read.
5/10/17 : Fixed a few mispells and bugs. Also added in part of another route, added a character section to the stat screen. (not finished but its a start haha, please give your opinions on that)
6/22/2017 : Fixed a few bugs, added some more scenes to both big routes and added a new variable which will come into play in the future.
9/1/2017 :Closed off a few paths to polish them and also fix some issues.
10/3/2017: Opened up a couple of new choices early on. Also added the first part of the “Cathedral battle” update. One out of three.
Current Work: Working on finishing most of the flashback sequence along with some other cool side things. <3