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high tech low life.

vampires, demons, ghosts.

underwater world. steam powered.

a woman trapped with the mentality of a seventeen year old, her family brutally murdered and her mind forced into the MACHINE in order to lead the CITY.

a digital world one must sleep to enter, where PEACE is LAW.

events take place prior to the main story, detailing Arden's childhood and adolescence.

silverstein 1
silverstein 1-1

AMORY, Delphi; 250yo vampire
AMORY, Arden; 20yo human

HAWTHORNE, Samuel; 36yo vampire
WESTWOOD, Julian; 200yo vampire
CIPRIANO, Stellan; 35yo human
CIPRIANO, Gian; 29yo human

Bronwen; 36yo human
Bellatrix; 2yo android
BAINBRIDGE, Juliet; 20yo human

SILVERSTEIN, Walden Fitzroy, 27yo ???

DAGWOOD, Ilaria, 36yo human

TULLY, Rupert
THISBE, Roxanna
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Lockwood, title tentative

1-0: I - II
1-1: I - II - III - IV
1-3 (Epilogue)

{ Four years after the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, there was a large influx of investments in space research. After several failed attempts, including the 1990 launch disaster where one of the fuel tanks failed to ignite, was impossible to manually eject, and then exploded 10 minutes after take off, the first successful Mars landing was on February 17th, 1993.
{ Alien life was found on Mars, watching over the Earth and sending data back to their home planet in another system. Mars missions that previously lost contact were actually in various dangers and saved by the aliens. Despite the amicable friendship between humans and aliens, neither were allowed to set foot on each others' settlements. Special areas were designated trading ports to at least facilitate commerce and
{ Starting in the year 2023, regular flights to/from Mars begin. Also starting this year, space travel past the asteroid belt gets looked into as the "Mars fad" dies down. Space tourism becomes a thing.


Lockwoods, originally a famous detective family, recently revived.
Tanner Miyagi, 48/m;
{ eloped with the Lockwood estate's heir, Gloria Lockwood. Seen as a bad influence by Rudolf and Eliza Lockwood, Gloria's parents. Worked several jobs to earn more money, trying to make up for "robbing Gloria of her inheritance." After Gloria's death, starts a tech company.
Corelle Lockwood, 21/f;
{ Nov 13-2052, scorpio. Aspiring detective. Decided to become a detective like her grandparents (and legacy) since she was young. Likes people, good at her job in the police force. Strong sense of ethics and hates injustice. Moody around people who're downers. Has deep emotions that she wants to share, but finds it difficult to find someone to share them with. Honest and direct personality. Doesn't actually care about the Lockwood legacy; instead devotes resources to fiercely protecting the family heirloom. Stubborn, but will change her opinions with logic and reason.

Halstroms, sent to Earth to stop their home planet's famine, changed name to Holston.
Jack Holston, 57/m;
{ only son of the lead researcher sent to Earth. Disgusted by humans, is an alien elitist despite being half human. Wants desperately to return to the home planet, fulfilling the dream of his father who ended up dying on Earth and never seeing the home planet's sky again. Willing to do anything to go back "home" and bring his father's ashes to see the alien sky. He works as an astronaut doing cargo shipments and dabbles in illegal trade, both exporting and importing illegal goods through a special trade port on the moon.
Wendy Holston, 55/f;
{ a mobster, the boss of her gang. She's in charge of coming up with product to ship offworld, and finding buyers to sell the alien goods to. She made a deal with Jack: to marry him and give him some heirs and help support his endeavors, and in exchange he'll bring her to the homeworld where she'll become something akin to a god. Jack's father helped with the negotiations. Leaves most of the childrearing to her husband but does care about her sons.
Jax Holston, 27/m;
{ Jan 5-2046, capricorn. Heir to the Halstrom legacy. Also works as an astronaut, mostly running maintenance missions, valued for his practicality and persistence. Mildly mysophobic, always wears a pair of white gloves. He hates wasting time, and makes effort to always keep busy. Enjoys solitude, reading, and learning new subjects. Fascinated with the idea of traveling the known world and seeing the beauties of human culture and history. Raised in a very strict manner by his father, who he highly respects and constantly strives to make proud. He wants to make everyone around him happy. Emotionally withdrawn, keeping a very tight reign over how much of himself he expresses. Despite this, he feels very deeply about things. Believes love is an extremely deep emotion that he's only felt once, and doesn't believe he will reach it again. Does not readily speak about his feelings, but will openly state--and even argue--his opinions.
Luc Holston, 25/m;
{ Jul 27-2048, leo-cancer. Works as a mixologist at the nightclub, The Night: Deluxe. A ladies man notorious for taking many women home, but never twice. Enjoys being in the spotlight and talking with people, drawing attention with his colorful and lively personality. He loves art, and sometimes paints, but hates going to the art gallery. Thinks it's full of snobs. Excites and stimulates people into action. He's very direct with this thoughts, and is very impulsive. Follows his heart without thinking. Stubborn, but usually gives way to his brother. Hates his father because of the alien elitism. Has hugely high aspirations for him and the people around him, wanting the best and not settling for any less. Wants to make the right decision, and usually dabbles in all choices before sticking to one. Spends money freely. Headstrong and passionate lover. Startled easily when caught off guard or unprepared. Able to study and concentrate on something when he wants to. Great at self expression.
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We Live, a Stripe prequel

Years before the Gates opened and Supernaturalists flooded into the human realm: this is the story of the Committee that later became the Angelic Symphony.

Part 1 - July 9, 2028, Vettore
Part 2 - August 11, 2028, Albrecht
Part 3 - September 29, 2028, Vaughn
Part 4 - November 1, 2028, Davey


Jahiem Asimov
- the chief leader of the United Supernatural Investigation Committee for the past fifteen years.
- respected and feared by the people under him, he can be warm and friendly or cruel and cunning when it suits him best.
- manages the USIC from the main HQ in Antarctica.

Fidel Vettore
- partner of Alain and Bacchus. Guardian agent. Lived through the Rabbit-caused explosion that killed his team.
- prefers to maintain a certain degree of professionalism and not get personal with his partners.

Dr Tristan Vaughn
- lead researcher at the Committee headquarters. In charge of looking into the recent Rabbit-caused explosion as well as Vettore’s involvement and his after treatments.
- a mysterious researcher who transferred to main HQ nearly seven years prior.

Alfie Albrecht
- transfer agent to the Committee headquarters in Antarctica from the equator branch located on the island Ilhéu das Rolas. Vettore’s new partner. Expedition researcher.

Stella Stone
- new Enforcer added to Vettore and Albrecht's team.
- Sven's younger sister. Blames Albrecht for what happened to her brother. Enforcer.

Alain Coriani (deceased)
- Jahiem’s nephew, his sister’s son. Expedition researcher into the Rabbits and their reason for being. Died in Rabbit-caused explosion.

Bacchus Montserrat (deceased)
- Guardian agent. Died in Rabbit-caused explosion.

Eliza Davey (deceased)
- member of Albrecht's previous team. Sven's girlfriend. Killed by Sven while under Rabbit influence. Guardian.

Sven Stone (incarcerated)
- member of Albrecht's previous team. Eliza's boyfriend. Detained in Equator HQ for murder. Enforcer.

Author's Notes:
USIC Global Stations
*** Antarctic Committee Headquarters (Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica)
- the main USIC headquarters located on the 80th lateral, near the Ross Ice Shelf.
- largest Research and EF departments.
- English, Russian, and French languages.
*** Equator Branch (Ilhéu das Rolas, São Tomé and Príncipe, Africa)
- branch 2nd in authority, largest Technologies Department with only one Research unit and two teams of EF left since Albrecht transferred and the incident in Feb 2027.
- is actually a number of smaller facilities dotting Ilhéu das Rolas with dirt roads, a small port market, and equally small tourism industry.
- Portuguese and English languages.
*** South American Branch (Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil)
- 3rd in authority, holds a large Research and EF departments relative to their facility size. Branch that does the most fieldwork (wipe out and observational missions, mostly). Known to other branches as the most unique, creative, and fun. They all enjoy a good time and are like a family in the single flat facility.
- due to the large research staff + EF and small facility, bunk beds and coupled rooms are made use of.
- Portuguese, English, and Spanish languages.
*** Asia Branch (Tropic of Cancer, Taiwan's East coast)
- last in command but also the most busy. Largest Information department, mainly in Archiving division. Also large Technologies department.
- due to the abnormally large Informations Dept., this facility is working 24/7 with long shifts and extreme dedication. When it's not busy, there is some goofing off, but if there's a call or an incoming report, everyone snaps into work mode.
- Chinese (Cantonese), Japanese, Korean, and Tagalog languages.

Research Department (Antarctic HQ)
- Dr Tristan Vaughn: Rabbit-caused explosions, how they die + come back to life, Vettore's condition. General practitioner.
- Dr Abel Strathis: Rabbit abilities and special powers. How they regenerate and any special organs they carry. General practitioner.
- Alain Coriani (deceased): origin of the Rabbits. Where did they come from? Why are they appearing? How are their physicalities possible?
- Alfie Albrecht: Rabbit self-preservation. Is it their will to stay alive? To eat? Reproduce?

Technologies Department
- Dr Abigail Martin (head developer @ Committee HQ)
- focuses on development of new anti-Rabbit technologies, both offensive and defensive in nature.
- works very closely with various research teams.

Informations Department
*** Archiving Division: creating/logging of mission reports and other various incoming information. Tasked with the keeping and protection of various completed research papers and reports.
*** Sightings + Testimonies Division: creating, archiving, and fact checking of Rabbit sightings around the world. Makes sure Rabbit sightings are made into authentic mission reports, and deals missions out to different global stations in the order of danger level and how close they are to civilization and global station along with any other information. Also in charge of observing incoming data from the satellites.

Expedition Forces
- Guardian Agents: a requirement of at least one for each expedition team, these agents prioritize the researcher above all else, ensuring their survival.
- Enforcer Agents: agents prioritizing the mission objective, usually involving defeating the Rabbit or providing time for the researcher to do their assigned task/objective.
- Special Agents: given a special title to signify their ability and duty to perform both jobs of Guardian and Enforcer. Usually only the very experienced or well gifted attain this title.
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Warrior -> Reaver ; Spirit Warrior
Once a mercenary, he now travels with Viveil and Alienne, completing assassination jobs throughout Thedas. He also serves as Alienne's bodyguard against Templars.

Mage -> Blood Mage ; Force Mage
Her family originally from Orlais, they moved to Tervinter soon after she showed signs of being a mage. They lived as servants to a friend of her father's until she was sold to the Antivan Crows.
Rogue -> Assassin ; Shadow
The team leader and informant. Not very much is known about him other than he is quite skilled, and an elf.

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