Infinity: Combined Army
And while humanity devours itself a new threat, perhaps the most terrible of all, has managed to form a bridgehead in the heart of the human sphere. A combined army of alien races, united beneath the dominance of an evolved intelligence, an ancient but supreme artificial intellect with hegemonic aspirations with respect to any race that crosses its path. An expeditionary force equipped with technology far superior to that possesed by humans, that has managed to withstand everything the Sphere has thrown against it, and appears to be awaiting reinforcements.
The present is a critical and decisive moment... Will humans become fully aware of what they are up against? Will they continue with their internecine struggles for larger slices of power? What will be the destiny of mankind? The Chinese cutse has come to pass and 'Interesting Times' are fast approaching...
Avatars are the ultimate expression of war machines designed by the Ur Rationalists, designed to host an Aspect of the EI in combat. In this way, it can control first hand what is happening on the battlefield without having to depend on slow organic support. Avatars are equipped with automatic systems and semi-intelligent weapons that make them look like wary predators, even when they are on stand-by or disconnected by the EI. The images taken from the battlefield show them as silhouettes entering and leaving local space, their hulls shining with sequences of particles, scintillating defensive, gravitational and suppression fields, target acquisition and holographic weaponry controls, a radiation of technology covering the entire spectrum from x-rays to hard light. All around them, the local space continuum swirls around and shines. In reality, Avatars do not need to move in order to hunt but their machines and systems are faster than humans ever could be..."
In times of peace, they search around for possible settlements for future colonies of the Shavastii Continuum. In times of war, they turn into a nightmare for the intelligence services of their enemies, devoting themselves to causing trouble and extending misery. The Shrouded are specialists in surveillance, guerrilla and sabotage missions, and their equipment is most efficient for these activities. Their combat suits are an awe-inspiring example of quantronic miniaturization. They consist of an overlapping series of fabrics, composed by tissues made from bio-quantronic compounds that reduce their infrared signal, avoiding terrestrial sensors. The exterior layer is equipped with mimetic and wave absorption cells to merge with their environment and remain unnoticed. The final look of the combat suit of the Shrouded is similar to a shroud, prompting human troops to give them their name."
The Speculo Killers are the pinnacle of the Shavastii infiltration corps. The Continuum has created the perfect spies and assassins. Their advanced technology of genetic development can duplicate, from a generic biosynthetic body, an almost perfect replica of the person to be supplanted in less than 36 hours standard. Their clothes are made from a sophisticated holographic tissue, able to metamorphose and adapt itself to any new shape. To all effects, after eliminating their objective, they will turn into him, carrying on with his life as if nothing ever happened, until they are close to their main target. At that moment, the sleeping agent will wake up. The Speculo Killers act with a creepy efficiency, almost beautiful but perfect and lethal."
The old soldiers complained bitterly, believing diplomats were for weak and inferior races. With the creation of a diplomatic division, it was perceived the Supremacy was softening, becoming a bunch of crying cubs like the races which it had conquered, its prestige tarnished. To avoid this, the Rasyatnat Diplomatic Division was created as a new regiment of the Morat Aggression Force. This regiment, despite its youth, would be considered an elite force. Only the most dangerous, tough, vicious and xenophobic Surats could be diplomats and join the Rasyatnat. Their job was deemed to be an incursion into the heart of enemy territories to know and test their weakness through sudden attacks. Since the creation of the Diplomatic Division, the training of its members insists on aggressiveness and generation of extreme violence during any action. The Division swiftly acquired so much prestige that soon all regiments, even the most venerable ones, were competing in Sotarak to have representatives join the Supremacy’s aggressive diplomatic service. The Rasyatnat is the purest Morat philosophy applied directly: “The biggest gun always wins in any negotiation”, with diplomacy supplied in high impact bursts."
The Seed-Soldiers are the mainstay of the Shasvastii Expeditionary Force. As a race, the Shasvastii do not believe either in upfront engagement with the enemy, on in strategies of direct confrontation, and their Seed-Soldiers are a clear exponent of this. Invisible ghost vehicles will disperse Seed capsules along the battle-line. Their automatic deploying programs are designed to locate and bury the Seeds in positions well hidden from sight and from satellite vigilance.
There they will remain, receiving a stream of tactical information until their hour comes. In the interior of each Seed, a fully equipped Shasvastii soldier bides his time, patiently acquiring and processing data on the enemy. When the Combined Command gives the order to attack, the Seeds open, firing off a stream of information that fills the enemy’s tactical screens with an array of previously inexistent contact points, thereby, at a stroke, confounding not only the strategic planning but redrawing the battle lines themselves. This is the worst battle analyst’s nightmare: everything that had been planned for is suddenly invalidated by false information, because the invasion has already taken place and the enemy is already inside"
Cadmus was a heroic king in Greek mythology who claimed a string of dragon teeth as a trophy after killing one of the mighty beasts. One day, he needed an army and, advised by Athena, sowed the dragon teeth into the ground. From the teeth sprang an army of powerful and fierce warriors, with only five of them allowing Cadmus to found the city of Thebes."