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“Soldiers: don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!”
- Charlie Chaplain, “The Great Dictator”
“There must never be another Fall.”
- Motto of Firewall
Nested in the Trojan asteroids, at the L5 in Jupiter’s orbit, is Locus. A marvel of argonaut engineering, it is the largest free floating habitat ever made by transhumanity. A triumph of anarchist politics, it sustains itself exclusively on volunteer work and community-driven projects. A place with social order, but without hierarchy or laws. The Consortium would see it subverted, the Jovians would see it destroyed. But it stands, because of the will of those who value freedom and community before all else.
Despite this open society, there are those who operate in the shadows. Transhumans with noble motives, but a clandestine mission. The agents of Firewall, a pan-solar organization, who act to investigate and stop exsurgent threats from completing what the TITANs almost succeeded in doing: wiping all intelligent life from Sol.
We have accomplished much, but are endangered now more so than ever before, both from without and within. Whatever choices you made that lead you to Locus, you have chosen to live here. Whatever means saw you born into this world, you have chosen to defend it. No matter the odds, no matter the cost, one thing holds certain. There must never be another Fall.