Lore, Character creation and Out of Character talk. Following the Economy collapse, which was way back these days, the Corporations aided America greatly, although to no small benefit to themselves. The Corporations controlled the markets, the people and therefore their own profits and the influence they gained vastly increasing, USA went from being ''free'' and ''independent'' to be a country led by corporations. it was far too late for America to stop it, with the Millitary, Police and Government all now led by and/or influenced by the MegaCorporations. At first it was amazing, New Technologies in medicine, computers, entertainment, robotics, augmentation and weaponry, Flights to mars became regular happenings, People could be cured from diseases thought uncureable, and people went on with their lives now vastly improved and their problems reduced. With the companies however controlling, several areas and cities, they also soon controlled the job market, which mean, they controlled both the people and the land itself. The people who refuses to work live either as nomads or underground criminals, assassins or hackers. Eventually however the MegaCorps decided, that they did not want to share this power which sparked a war inbetween them, how many wars exactly, people can't remember, the fourth was during 2021, and it has gone through countless defeats, victories, ceasefires and treaties since then. These past years, the New Corp War has been in full motion, A fullscale war between coroporations, all competing of becoming a major player in controlling California, The war raged on for many years, complete with new technology in both Weaponry with Cyber warfare. Exactly what sparked the war, We don't know, most likely some son of a CEO decided it'd be a good idea. Eventually something that shocked all of us, even the CEO and MegaCorp leaders, was that this time, a new player entered the fray, He called himself ''Mike Hunt'' at first, Showed up on every display and monitor in Cali, as he explained that he had come to turn the tides! Most battles were not firefights in the fields, it was more or less CEO's sending private Armies and Assassins after the other CEO's making threats and messages, to either eradicate the Company or merge with them. And most Assassins are Augmented, along with many of the soldiers, and ''Mike Hunt'' Released the New and Improved Demon Virus. A virus that merges with the augmentations controlling them, and sending impulses to the brain of the Individual, basically turning him into a puppet. Before it could trigger impulses and manipulat minds, but never to this extent, Even the best Hackers have trouble dealing with this Virus In one move ''Mike hunt'' Had turned all Augmented soldiers to his side, they fired on their own, the civillians and killed themselves in large numbers, this would later start another Riot against Augmented Humans. The Companies went into lockdown and put the war on a ceasefire Night City the ''Free City of Northern California'' A few miles from SanFran remains open, but now under complete control of the Japanese-American Corps. All of the companies in an uneasy and unstable temproarily alliance, they keep out from eachother, and avoid eachother mostly, but the occasional fighting in between the companies occures. SanFran has been taken over by the European companies, and it remains open too, but under the rule from the European Mega Corps, and it's the same story there, none of the companies work together, but they are stuck in their alliance untill further notice. But everything inbetween is either controlled by Nomads, or the ''Mike Hunt Army'' now that area is known as the No mans Land. Due to the Nomads and the MH Army Blocking the whole Area. The MegaCorps were far from perfect, but they didn't kill civillians for sport, and even though their wars influenced the rest of the people, the people hired by any of the Mega Corporations, were under their protection. Mike Hunt has no such ties, and that makes him dangerous, he has been unseen since his first initial attack, but strange things are happening, MH Army attacking several Corporation Millitary outposts. They have started Manufactering weapons, enslaving Nomads, and kidnap people We can't really be sure, since this is just a lot of talk, but everything seems to support the claims. The Mega Corps are starting to recruit people, every day to fight off the MH Army incase an attack would occur. __________________________ ((This is a smaller map of Night City, I will expand it as we go along)) Inside NightCity guul66 Winged Hussar CJTreader2001 You awake to the sound of rain pouring against your roof, inside of the Central part of Night City. Even though it's morning it appears to be night, the towering buildings from the Corporate Plaza and Corporate Center, leaving a big part of the city in shadows, The thick smog spreaded across the sky. outside people walk around in masses, not a single face seems detailed or distinguished, they all blend in to the masses of the city, but you are not part of the masses are you? inside your abode, a letter has been left during the night, asking you and three other people for assistance, asking you to go to the East Marina. It does not appear to be a threat, it more resembles an invitation than anything else.. __ ''Oliver West'', Nathan ''Zed'' Smith, Arseny "Kulak" Petrov, and Mason Schmidt. We require your assistance, and would be much delighted to have a word with you, an exact copy of this letter has been sent to all of you. We would like to speak with you about pressing matters, both to you and ourselves, inside the East Marina you'll find a temporary location set up, behind containers, look for the Container marked with L.G, we will be waiting for you to appear there at midnight in 2 days time. We've payed off the security there, you will not have any cops or guards bothering you, but there might still be danger. There are several Fixers, criminals, Drug addicts and Rockerboys in the area, smartest thing would be avoiding them, but if that's not an option you have our permission to neutralize any threat you come across inside the Marina, but be on your guard. Sincerely, L.G PS: We have also provided you with 500 Eb each in cash, we'd prefer you'd use this money instead of giving you access to our own accounts. this way it won't be traced back to us. __ We have also provided you with 500 Eb each, we'd prefer you'd use this money instead of our own. so it won't be traced back to us.