List of Imbued active in the Blue Steel project and their classifications, some equipment available, and some other projects the Artemis colony is involved in.
Phoebe Reed Female, 25 years old.
Gadgeteer 2.2; Gifter 4.9; Tracker 0.7; Esper 0.8
Subspecialization: Brawler 2.1, Tracker 3.3, Transit 1.7, Tank 2.3, Infiltrator 1.1, Sneak 1.2, Sniper 2.5, Breaker ??
Core Field: Cybernetic enhancements
Subject is capable of integrating technology and organics, within unknown parameters. Power includes altering mundane and Gadgeteer technology into Gadgets that interact directly with the human brain and/or nervous system. Seems to include knowledge of all forms of technology and medical understanding needed to do so. Has superhuman perception of human body language.
Has used parts from a cell phone to grant functional telepathic access to the internet. Breaker status assigned after showing ability to incorporate Gadgeteer devices into organic tissue. With sufficient technological resources (mundane or Imbued), her upper limits are unknown.
Integral. Male, 34 years old
Subspecialization: Breaker 4.4
Core Field: Hybrid Technology
Subject can understand and repair other Gadgeteer technology, but is incapable of creating his own. Able to take multiple Gadgets and rebuild them as a single integrated device which retains all the abilities of the originals, though usually at reduced maximum abilities. Upper limits unknown, but with each new Gadget used in the process, the final output will be larger and each individual power less potent. Point of diminishing returns estimated at three Gadgets.
Professor Abigail Abernathy, Female, 44 years old
Subject can ask a single question and recieve a one word answer. This ability may be used five times per day. Question must be phrased in a way that can be answered accurately with a single word. Example: “how heavy is this object” is invalid and will not be answered. “How many kilograms (or pounds) does this object weigh on Earth” is valid and will be answered. Power operates only in present and past tense and cannot predict future events in any manner, even ones where an answer is obvious from observed past events or other modes of asking the same question can reveal the information. “Will drinking this liquid harm me” is not valid, while “Is this liquid dangerous for human consumption” is.
Chantelle Pretorius, Female, 29 years old
Subspecialization: Maker 2.7, Gifter 1.1, Summoner 4.2, Infiltrator 2.5
Core Field: Mutagenic Hybridization.
Subject uses mutagenic chemicals to cause rapid “forced evolution” of a lifeform. Process typically involves adding multiple lifeforms to a vat and allowing them to merge together, creating chimera type organisms, but can also mutate existent organisms rather than construct new ones.
Subject can control direction of evolution toward personality traits, strength, size, lifespan intelligence, or other factors by altering the mutagenic recipe. All mutates and chimera are programmed to recognize subject and protect her with their lives.
Use of mutagens on humans by South African Guerrillas in an attempt to produce super soldiers resulted in cascading, uncontrolled, and eventually fatal, mutations. Autopsies suggest deliberate sabotage of recipe by subject. Subject refuses to discuss events or entertain possibility of using mutagen on humans ever again. Considered potential Class 5 Event risk.
Jacob Mazur Male, 32 years old
Core Field: Communications Technology
Subspecialization: Infiltrator 2.2, Tracker 5.1, Esper 2.1
Subject constructs tracking and spy tech including extreme long range sensory tech, the ability to record audio and visual from behind walls, and closed-circuit FTL com relays unimpeded by mass or distance. Also effective at hacking computer technology.
Tian Han, Male, 43 years old. Lead engineer for the Icarus Project.
Gadgeteer 1.9, Breaker 3.7
Core Field: Metallurgy.
Subject can create unique alloys by means of exposing existant metals to exotic radiation and specially modified EM fields. Creator of several unique metal alloys used in the Icarus Project. Recently developed metal known as ‘blue steel’, which has properties similar in most regards to titanium-steel alloy. Also absorbs most forms of energy, including unidentified energy associated with Imbued abilities, and converts it to electricity.
Abrem Galinsky (Alchemist), Male, 41 years old
Gadgeteer 3.7, Escapist 4.9, Sniper 3.3
Core Field: Molecular Physics
Subject can, in his own words, “alter the numerical values of matter and energy on the quantum level”. Has used ability to create teleportation chamber with record setting range of 500,000 kilometers by “changing their mathematical position in the universe”, and a cold fusion reactor by “setting the radioactive decay of matter within to maximum possible value”. Insists his power is limited only by the need to create the formula to express an outcome.
Doctor Koki Kobayashi Male, 43 years old
Subspecialization: Summoner 2.9, Sniper 2.1, Tank 2.2
Core Field: Forcefields
Subject creates “soft forcefields” that deplete a certain percentage of all incoming energy and can exert up to 1.7 atmospheres of pressure. Forcefields are capable being controlled via computer to generate extremely fine manipulation, including noninvasive surgical procedures as well as selectively allow certain molecules through the field but not others.
Hugo Gérard Male, 25 years old
Subspecialization: Sniper 1.2, Summoner 1.2, Stealth 1.8, Transit 2.1
Core Field: Spatial Distortions
Subject creates lensing techology that distorts space. Can make a person, object or environment the equivalent of 25% larger or smaller for purposes of effective size and distance between points.
Nikhil Neel– Male, 15 years old
Subspecialization: Sniper 3.1, Stealth 1.9, Tank 3.1
Core Field: Electromagnetic Waves
Subject can manipulate light in ways which the energy normally does not behave. Can create handheld laser weapons and light warping forcefields. Critical importance to the Icarus Project.
Nourah Kalil (Aka- Nora K.; Aka- Broken Mirror), Female, 21
Breaker 4.1, Infiltrator 1.4, Esper 2.8
Subject can emulate a weaker version of any other Imbued’s powers, though is limited to one at a time. Abilities range from 25-50% weaker than the original’s power, and original Imbued suffers no side effects (nor, indeed, any warning that their powers have been duplicated). Subject’s physical appearance adjusts somewhat to resemble current target (subject is an Arabic female no matter who she emulates, but changes in such a way that she could be visually mistaken as the daughter of her natural form, and the target). Also gains knowledge of target’s powers, how to use them, and use of their skills, though not specific knowledge or memory (as if suffering retrograde amnesia).
Huang Song (Chronicle), Female, 28
Gadgeteer 1.1, Esper 1.7, Infiltrator 3.9, Gifter 2.7
Core Field: Knowledge Transfer
Subject can construct machines that copy, preserve, and transfer skills and knowledge to a recipient during a 41 minute long subliminal download process. Transfered knowledge is temporary, lasting roughly until the next time the recipient sleeps. Recipients without the need to sleep report losing the knowledge within 2 to 3 hours on average. A single recipient can only have one skill upload active at a time, though there appears to be no upper limit on number of recipients, aside time it takes to recieve information.
Subject has a library of skills includin but not limited to: Every major and/or national language on Earth. 49 minority languages, 14 of which are expected to no longer have a living speaker by 2050.
All core medical and scientific disciplines.
Subject currently cornerstone of the Chronicle Imperative. Subject is a priority fugitive from China and cannot safely return to Earth.
Current Equipment available to Warren via Project: Blue Steel
Core Cyberbiotic Skeletal replacements: A Blue Steel endoskeleton can accept energy absorbed by the armor weave (or energy that bypasses all other defenses) and store it in battery systems installed in the large bones of the body. Cybernetic communications system allowing User to interface with all installed mechanisms at speed of thought as well as communicate back to base. Numerous reinforcements to protect or replace organs where necessary.
Endosymbiotic Fauna: Too numerous to list. Specialized chimera sensory organs provide enhanced hearing, vision and sense of smell superior to any natural living creature (but still within limits of organic chemistry). Chimera internal bacteria increase efficiency of biological processes by between 91 and 129%, allow survival in a carbon monoxide or methane rich environment, and can metabolize almost any organic toxin within minutes. Critical in self-contained environment mode. Replacement of fatty tissues under skin by Endosym allows for very limited cosmetic shapeshifting.
Ansible Node and Artemis supercomputer: Internal computer directly linked to Artemis colony via quantum tunnel. Through it Warren has access to a massive supercomputer with codebreaking, translation, extensive historical records, library of all known chemical substances, criminal records, facial recognition, schematics for most machinery, and huge medical library. As well as experts in several fields employed by Artemis where necessary.
Point Forcefield Generator (PFG): able to reduce incoming attacks of all types by roughly 27% regardless of amount and type of energy. Key feature in many other systems, including self-contained environment mode, stealth mode, travel mode, self-repair module, combat enhancement mode, and flowmetal reshaping.
Sensor Suite: Mechanical sensory augments granting vision into the IR or UV spectrums past where organic tissue can reach, see through walls, infra and ultra sonic hearing, no-light vision, and chemo-analysis system. Something of a power hog, also very distracting so usually left off unless immediately necessary.
Self-Contained Environment mode: Use of PFG and Endosyms can allow Warren to survive up to 3 days without access to an external air supply in the event of environmental hazards his enhanced body cannot tolerate. Possibilities include: exposure to vacuum, underwater, heavy inorganic air polution such as radon, and numerous Imbued powers that use inhalents.
Optional Features (Listed in likelihood to be in use during any given mission)
Combat Enhancement System: boosts equivalent strength by using PFG. Power hog.
Lens Drive Defense: spatial distortions make Warren the equivalent of half his size for purposes of enemies trying to target him, or his own aim for targeting opponents. Distance between Warren and opponent can be increased by 25%
Lens Drive Transit: distances are shortened by 25%, allowing for faster movement.
Biomed Analysis Suite: combination of sensory suite and point forcefields allow for medical scanning of self or others. Short range (roughly 10 meters, requires line of sight or only thin obstruction (works through clothes, not walls). Power hog.
Point-Stun Handgun: ranged handheld weapon that generates a pulse which activates various portions of the target’s brain. Can be used to induce sleep, emulate the effects of intoxication, or cause hallucinations or temporary emotional changes. Low range, only useful if Biomed suite isn’t available.
Radiation Laser Handgun: It’s a laser handgun with multiple energy type settings which range from painful to lethal. Includes microwave setting that does horrible things to electronics.
Other Handguns: Ranging from rubber bullets to metal jackets to standard lead slug. Sometimes, the classics are exactly what you need to get the job done.
Repair Module: If necessary, Artemis supercomputer can exert control over PFG and perform limited amounts of healing or other biological modification. Internal or very short range. Used to reshape Flowsteel as well. Extreme power hog.
Flowsteel Reserve: Warren carries five kilograms of Gadget-metal that becomes a non-Neutonian fluid while a specific energy field runs through it, then returns to solid state after. Can become any conceivable shape.
Blue Steel armor weave: Lightweight underarmor which absorbs additional energy attacks and disrupts Imbued abilities. Key component in anti-Esper, environmental, and defensive protection features. Reduces efficacy of many other pieces of equipment.
Ranged hack access port: Uses PFG to plug into a computer, then Artemis computer to hack system. If necessary, will use Repair module to physically rebuild portion of computer to allow remote access.
Cloak Field: heavily modified lens field can warp light around user. Cannot be used with Blue Steel armor weave. Takes up too much space to be used in more than one or two other optional system.
Mundane Equipment: Through its Department of Defense contacts, almost any mundane equipment (regardless of legality) can be acquired. Including falsified documents and passports, military weapons and vehicles, access to certain classified documents, and a bunch of stuff I’m sure I’m forgetting.
List of other projects the Artemis Research Colony is currently being used for (some Imbued are involved in multiple projects):
Artemis Geographical Exploitation Survey (AGES)
Project dedicated to analyzing the lunar composition for general scientific purposes ranging from discovering new chemical properties to gaining a greater understanding of how our solar system was formed.
A joint project with NASA, CNSA, ESA, JAXA, ISRO, and RFSA. Dedicated to study of the sun by establishing orbital space probes as close to surface of the sun as is possible. Probes generally have massive sensor suites, forcefield generators, and Imbued exotic material hulls. Often FTL transmission tech to send the data back to Earth.
Dedicated to preserving skills and knowledges which are expected to be lost as the world transitions to a post-industrial and eventually post-national society. In addition to finding sources of obscure knowledge, the project is devoted to seeking a means to create a permanent memory upload. Project also serves several governments with tool-assisted teaching programs. The knowledge may be temporary, but the skills learned while in possession of them are retained in the normal way. In the end, it means languages can be trained in a matter of months, rather than years, and other skills see similar results.
Artemis Colony has a suite of equipment dedicated solely to tracking the Earth. Data is used in meteorological or other environmental studies, and locating anomalies that may be related to use of Imbued to manipulate the environment on a large scale.
SETI and other space observation technology.
While Artemis doesn’t transmit data into space (it’s a secret base, guys, seriously), it has a vested interest in scanning the rest of the universe in hopes of locating intelligent life. Or at least spotting any world-killing asteroids before they get too close.
Sister World Project
A project hoping to establish not just a colony, but outright terraforming the Venusian surface to support human life. The lack of Imbued able to influence the planetary scale makes it a primarily thought experiment project, rather than a practical one. Serves as a blanket excuse to run medical studies on space, radiation exposure, and research into low gravity environments that generally aren’t wide scale enough to get their own project names.