Andy Champion -
worked in the Federation Records Center. He was also an avid
computer gamer. His gamer group, the Cyber Voyagers, found
themselves in the center of the action when a cyber war broke
out, caused by the odd Manabone family. The trouble started
when he came across records in the computer system that had
been orphaned, or records not seen by the computer's directory,
and therefore secret to the outside. The next visit he got
locked out, but Andy was clever to think that there was still
one remaining vault that contained paper records that could
be used to unravel the orphan records, if he could get there.
He went to Truxdeck City to see if the vault was still
there. This is where he met Mark2 of Devet, a clone that
had incredible talent for survival. The timing was bad.
The two got trapped inside a dying city.
Sandra Veebach - worked as a programmer in the Records Center and had
a talent for writing computer games the Voyages played. Andy
and Sandra shared a passion for all things technical. She
was distraught over Andy's disappearance and decided to find
him when she was abducted by Federation troopers. Then
she encountered the Brethren. Cedric3 of Stanleyhouse
saved her from the abusive practices of the Federation for
those that had lost their lineage, the one characteristic
that the system measured loyalty by.
Sandra's programming skills became critical to aide
Andy and Mark2 to keep the cyber war from becoming all consuming.
Danger was behind every keyboard enter. Survival demanded
Mark2 of Devet - a clone who was created as an power engineer, destined to
lead the clones in supporting the effort to overthrow the Federation's
grip on people's lives. He had a deep philosophy of right and
wrong. He seemed to have spirit that carried him through the
toughest of times. Mark2 had foresight, and courage that inspired
those that had become complacent in a world that was not what
it seemed. It was too easy just to let the Federation do everything
for you, and too late when you discovered that their motives
were not in your best interests.
Destiny guided Mark2 to accomplish amazing feats against
Hannibal Manabone - was a man bent on revenge for the way the Federation isolated his
family in a no-man's zone and tried to starve them out. His determination and savvy technical staff created the only device capable of
thwarting off the oppression of the Steiger Empire, a better computer called Black Panther. His center of operation was the abandon old
city of Truxdeck, ironically a book making center that became obsolete as the digital world consumed it. He and his brother formed a
group called Tri-ops to gather the experts needed to break out of the stranglehold of a no-man's zone. They devised a devious plan to
store computer viruses in the Denver Center, hidden in orphan records, to become active when the time was right. That time had come,
triggered by Andy's snooping in the old vault.
The Black Panther was invoked and the great cyber war begun.
Bono Manabone - Hannibal's brother and chief get-it-done man. Together they kept
Truxdeck City alive and pulled off the cleverest scheme anyone could have imagined to survive Steiger domination. The brothers played
one group off on the other until alliances could be secured. In Bono's clumsy manner, he still managed to carry out his brother's wishes
and when the chips were down, he found the courage to succeed. Doubt came swiftly when the Cyber Voyages came into view, totally unexpected
and accounted for. Now, the stakes had changed and the new challenges to their carefully laid plans was in jeopardy.
Life on the edge was not a choice, it was what life threw at you. Adapt or die.
Gunter Habsburg Steiger - was a man of devious lineage that became the supreme
leader of the Euro Economic Sector by leading the construction of the world-wide Instanet network, run by the most powerful machine
ever devised named Einsilganger or lone wolf or simply called the Computer by the rest of the world. His desire to maximize control
and minimize opposition led to a policy laced with fault that soon became cracks. The boundaries were becoming to constraining,
people were not going to remain orderly. But his power was great and to stop his plan could only happen by the odd chance that his
true identity be found out.
The Steiger Empire was standing on the shaky ground of questionable lineage.
Field Marshal Augenblick - General Steiger's brightest star that had a plan to tame
the Americas. His brass ambition took him the to west, where he launched and all out attack on each sector. His Federation troopers fell
in line and gave the Denver Defense System a run for their money. Each step of the way was carefully planned out. Each execution caused
more problems to combat. It seemed that for each battle won, the war was closer to being lost. This infuriated the proud Teutonic knight
into taking some very risky chances.
The success of the Empire depended on the soldiering skill of this savvy leader. His demise was in the hands of fate.