The arrival of spring has done more for Arcadia than anything else this last year. With Alpha Bandit now on Kickstarter, I’ve been more focused to finish my goals with this blog. I still need to add the timeline, and flesh out a bit more details, but those are forthcoming. More importantly, with Alpha Bandit public, my players’ interest in Mobile Frame Zero are back, and while I’m taking a backseat role in our group’s games, we now have a new player to take my place. Her faction will be posted in due time, like a Free Colony Movement.
And so, just as in the real world, Spring has revitalized things on Arcadia. Here’s a few of the new events.
– The withdrawal of the Terran Expeditionary Marines, and dissolution of the Arcadian Loyalist Foreign Legion.
– The regression of the Confederacy, true independence for the Mobile Frame Militia.
– Pirates! The Blitzen Fleet attacks various Solar Union-loyal settlements and facilities.
– Problems within the Varangian Guard, have word of their cruel deeds reached back to Sol?
– Return and expansion of the Ijad Enclave, and birth of the rebels who fight against them.
– Revival of an old movement…
This year ought to be an exciting one.
There has always been a unique spirit on Arcadia. A colony born in little oversight, the Arcadians have always enjoyed a relatively free life. Under the early days, prior to Aurum, the corporations had little oversight over the world. The farms would bring in bountiful harvests, the fishermen would bring in colossal hauls, and troubles were little. Empyrean Interstellar stayed in Elysium, the transit gate, and while Rosenthal Incorporated had an influence on the world, it was minimal at best.
It wasn’t until Aurum crashed into Arcadia, that the peaceful people started to resist the yoke of the corporations.
Let us look into the timeline of Arcadia’s wild cards, the free colony movements…
The title may throw you off, but for today’s entry into the Battle for Arcadia blog, we’ll be touching upon the “Ijad” faction, the Aegis of Arcadia; their roots specifically.
It’s been well established that the Ijad faction, later known as the “Aegis of Arcadia” [will be henceforth called Aegis for short], were a result of an asteroid crash-landing into a shallow part of the vast Arcadian ocean. However, we’ll go into the Aegis’ impact on Arcadia in a different topic, this is all about the men and women, and Ijad before that event.
This is about the Humans & Ijad; nay, the people of Ishmael, a planet of the Leviathan System.
I’m going to be going a bit out of order with these, so bear with me, I’m going to be adding details to Arcadia as the strokes of genius [inflated ego, I know] come to me. Some of you may already know the gist of the Guard, but henceforth will be new details.
The Varangian Guard:
Probably one of the most controversial factions you’ll see in Mobile Frame Zero, the Varangian Guard (or simply VG) and their sponsor exemplify some of the absolute worst aspects of the Solar Union.
The Varangian Guard are a private military group for the corporation, Valhallan Industries. Nothing is off-limits or considered “over-the-line” when it comes to obtaining what their parent corporation wants. Money and power work hand-in-hand. But how did these men and women of Europa come to become the cold hearted soldiers they are today? Well, to fully understand the VG, one must understand where they actually came from.