2031, the first strains of malaria-f (a malaria filovirus variant) created in a lab escaped, and began to rapidly infect the world. Climate change had already warmed the planet by two degrees fahrenheit, the Paris Accord’s goal some years ago. The shifts in environment plunged parts of the middle east, australia, and africa into heat-related draught and famine that displaced millions of refugees.
2050, 5.2 billion people lived with malaria-f or a variant. Wildfires raged out of control, burning five times as far in the draught-hit areas of the western united states. Out-of-control pollution saw the ozone smog increase across america by nearly 70% since the early 2020s.
2100, the population was shrinking as 2.5 billion people breathed in air above safe levels each day. Though many diseases had been cured, medical prices were out of range of many most effected by pollution, plague, famine, draught, and heat. Oceans have now risen ten feet over their 2020 averages, plunging a third of the world’s major cities, power plants, ports, navy bases, farmlands, and fisheries beneath the increasingly acidic seas. A Second Cold War begins as nations begin to isolate themselves, resource-hoarding aggressively. Many smaller countries merge into larger countries. The United States of America splits into the Western Commonwealth, the United States of America, and the Mighty Confederation of Free States.
2170, the Second Cold War ends as the global GDP collapses to less than 20% of current-day. The ultrawealthy corporations and individual interests accelerate investments in space as raw good shortages begin to hit even them. The Age of Exploration had begun! As humanity reached into it’s solar system and beyond, it established Waystations to refuel its ships as they travelled.
2180, first contact was established between the Jacynto Corporation and the Lashunta, a psychically-gifted race that belonged to the galactic community. At once, humanity joined something far larger: The Milky Way.
2185, the governments of the various nations and colonies formed a single government: the United Solari Republic, representing the people of the Solari system around their sun, Sol. With representatives now able to effectively diplomatize with other species and governments, humanity was finally exposed to drift drift technology.
2250, Mosaic, LLC hires its fifth team of bounty hunters, and assigns them the designation Shuttle Team Five. This is their story.
Mosaic currently manages five teams of bounty hunters, with Mosaic Team 5 being the most recently founded. The company believes in bringing together "diverse operators with unique sets of experience" to create "a cohesive team of individual pieces." Payments to operators are based on bounties cleared, while the Mosaic company assumes responsibility for basic incidentals (fuel, ammunition, etc.)
Each team is led by a Mission Coordinator, like Peep the ysoki, Mission Coordinator for MT5, pictured left. They are responsible for tracking down bounties for their assigned team to complete, while gathering intel and coordinating supplies. The Mission Coordinator also connects their assigned team to the support services of Mosaic, LLC.
Mosaic has several non-operator departments that work from remote locations around the galaxy. These include: Sentient Resources, who work to process all personnel paperwork, and to help resolve issues between personnel; Public Image Management, a one-person department that helps shape Mosaic's image across media platforms while also attempting to secure sponsors for the company and individual teams; Facilities, which dispatches emergency ships to repair MT5 craft stranded in space; and Research and Development, a fledgling department looking to make its first hire in the coming weeks.
Aliases: The Cygnus Bandit
Reward: 2500 Credits Alive, 1000 Credits Dead
Crimes: Assault & Battery (11), Armed Robbery (3), Homicide (2).
Additional Rewards Available: Return the stolen art pieces "The Merman's Waltz" and "L'shoganthrux lacosh" for 250 credits each. Associates may be apprehended or eliminated for 100 credits each.
Incurred Costs: -375,500 Credits
Result: Target eliminated, contract failed in spectacular fashion, net loss of 375,000 credits.
Aliases: Peter Iguanga, Bill Black, TacoBlack
Reward: 100 Credits Alive
Crimes: Grand Corporate Espionage, Intellectual Theft, Breaking and Entering
Additional Rewards Available: Return stolen Jacynto prototype "Project Cuddlefish" for 10,000 credits.
Incurred Costs: -545 credits
Net Result: Successfully returned prototype, net gain of 9455 credits.
Reward: 15,000 Credits for discovery of an assault coordinator
Crimes: Murder(5), Property Destruction, USR Military Property Destruction, Arson
Additional Rewards Available: Bringing justice to whoever attacked Harbinger Robotics Factory 14 will result in a reward between 20-40,000 credits.
Incurred Costs: -75 credits (fuel, supplies)
Net Result: Intercepted a hostage situation, eliminating rogue robots for a net gain of 34,925 credits.
Aliases: The Four-Armed Assassin
Reward: 50,000 alive, 40,000 dead
Crimes: Murder(44), Property Destruction, Terrorism (5)
Additional Rewards Available: None
Incurred Costs: 1100 credits (so far!)
Net Result: Unknown
Aliases: Harlax The Gorefiend
Reward: 60,000, dead or alive
Crimes: War Crimes against the General Protectorate (2), War Crimes against Akiton, Pillaging (13), grand theft starship
Additional Rewards Available: None
Incurred Costs: None
Net Result: Unknown
Mosaic Team Five limps into Waystation El Paso and tries to bag their first bounty.
After escaping the destruction of Waystation El Paso, Mosaic Team 5 quickly pursues it's next bounty on the jungle world of Teegarden B... but first, they must traverse the Drift.
Mosaic Team 5 tries to take down their bounty, who loses their mind. They then head to the largest shopping center in the galaxy: The Eclipse Mall!
Mosaic Team 5 wraps up their shopping in the Eclipse Mall before dropping back into the Drift en route to the Fadestar system, where their next bounty awaits!
Mosaic Team 5 continue to investigate the Harbinger Robotics factory, before receiving an urgent call that leads to an unlikely battle location.
Mosaic Team 5 is swarmed by the press as they burst out of a laser tag arena with the final recued hostage. They are then whisked away to a well-deserved night off, where Bubbs and Spise FINALLY get their practice-date.
Mosaic Team 5 resolves an attacking bomber in an unusual way; they then head to Petrus IV, and Gibbs' hometown of Ratking.
A shootout on the streets of Junkfall brings Mosaic Team 5 into conflict with the Freshie ysoki clan, and we begin the night in initiative!
Mosaic Team 5 wraps up their shopping in the Eclipse Mall before dropping back into the Drift en route to the Fadestar system, where their next bounty awaits! Mosaic Team 5 pursues their bounty into the Tunnel of Love
Gibbs, SHADE, and Bubbs begin to sow the seeds of a revolution with their limited time off to support Gibbs and her family.