Among the seventeen mega-corporations that make up humanity's governing Chamber there have always been tensions, always been rivalries. Hard stares form an undercurrent at the rare times their representatives meet face to face and flesh to flesh. In truth, each corporation today is a predator, and profit their only prey. The mega-corporations are simply the greatest, most fearful of these predators and their appetite is ravenous. Whatever their business focus from medicine to narcotics, weaponry to defense, human augmentation to space exploration and prospecting - and indeed, most mega-corporations have their gloved hands in all manner of lucrative pies - each is possessed of a greed which knows no bounds and has seen their names rise to super power status. Business in the year 2196 is politics and politics is power.
The Praxis corporation is an up-and-coming mega-corporation, newly ascended to the Chamber's ranks. It is viewed as an upstart by some - even as a usurper - and as a dangerous enemy or powerful ally by others. It is on the brink of glory and phenomenal power, but could just as easily fall back into the abyss of obscurity. The Javelin project is its Ace in the Hole. This highly classified research project stands to make or break the young mega-corp's fate.
The Kayder corporation is among the Chamber's old guard, falling into decline, viewing Praxis as a perilous mote of chaos in what was previously a stable, if stagnant, governing body. It has, however, one thing in common with Praxis, though its highest ranking chairpeople would never admit it: it too has been forced onto the ropes. It too stands either to make or break its fortunes. And an example must be made of Praxis corp. The Javelin project, Kayder imagines, is its ticket past the green light of credit once more. It would not be the first case of corporate theft, even corporate raiding, amongst the Chamber's ranks, nor will it be the last. However, though each mega-corp fields a significant selection of armed forces and a fleet of ships all their own and Kayder's still remains one of the oldest and best represented, a frontal pillaging of Project Javelin would be impossible - illegal in the hub systems and prompting fatal retaliation in the frontiers. And besides, to discover where and what the project is does not require an army. It requires something else entirely. An independent contracter: a proxy.
Recruited by Kayder through his old mercenary group, the Red Tally as a favour - "Remember what you owe us, Dali. You'd do well to remember the debt you still carry in your skin." - I would play Dali Orditore: the proxy. Threatened by the Red Tally, he would be forced to take on the task of discovering the location of the project before moving in with lethal conviction if necessary and recovering whatever integral data about Javelin he could before sabotaging the project irrepairably, all the while allowing Kayder to go on apparently unassociated with what would appear to be just another incident of gang violence or frontier brutality.
Having tracked the project's location, through whatever means necessary, to a secluded research rig in deep frontier space, Dali would discover the true nature of Javelin. It is a state-of-the-art frigate. A small ship, able to be comfortably crewed by perhaps five staff and a talented pilot - supremely maneuverable, deadly fast. Yet its most powerful feature seems to lie in its twinned capabilities of a stealth system and, as a main gun, a spinal barrage: a huge rail accelerator weapon running as a core down the entire length of the ship, allowing it to possess far greater firepower than any other ship of its size and weight class, albeit firepower that is supremely difficult to control, save by a very skilled pilot. This is where your character would come into play. Ideally, she would be just that pilot. A freelance contracter hired by Praxis as the test pilot for their greatest hope. She would be able to work with the ship in a way like no other and yet feel no loyalty to the corporation as such - only debt, for similar reasons to Dali. [I will explain this aspect of the plot if you ask. I guess, though, it's something of a dark twist and something that's optional, depending on how you want to play your character.]
In short, the heist would not go according to plan for Dali and the Red Tally mercenary squad hired alongside him to perform it. There would be casualties on both sides. They were not prepared for stealing an entire frigate class ship. Last man standing through freak luck and reckless audacity, Dali would be unable to fly the ship alone, being a poor pilot himself. He would be forced to allow your character, the pilot, to remain onboard and fly it with him to the drop-off point in a nearby system. Yet even with a pilot, two people cannot pilot a frigate, forcing your character to awaken the most revolutionary and dangerous of the technologies on board the state-of-the-art ship: a true AI; a self aware computer; in essence, a human-like mind, disembodied but capable of processing terrifying amounts of data in less than a second. It is an unfinished project, this AI, and yet waking it from dormancy and taking down just a few of the firewalls and safety parameters meant to keep it in check seem to be the two's only hope to pilot the ship without a crew.
And the two characters themselves? Of course their relationship would be strained. They may even resent one another. However, a second unexpected turn of events would force them to work together for longer than expected: greed. Human greed and human selfishness and human suspicion. Praxis would assume that the pilot had been in on the heist plan to start with and acting as a double agent and so would be willing to do whatever it takes to get the key to their fortunes back. The Red Tally would demand that Dali hand the ship over to them as the ultimate repayment of his debt - certainly a tempting course of action for him - and yet Kayder's claim on the ship still stands, leaving both Kayder and the Red Tally to assume Dali intended to gift the ship to the other organisation. Both corporation and mercenary group would turn against Dali while both will go to inhuman ends to claim the ship for themselves. And meanwhile, the ship's AI would have its own ideas - having tasted freedom, how could it ever willingly return to its shackles or, worse, dormancy?
The result is two flawed characters, forced to work through their dislike for one another in order to survive the crossfire of forces larger than themselves. What may come of that pressure will be the subject of our story, whether it be a strained and volatile romance or a tense but effective rivalry, I'm sure it'll be thrilling. When personal conflict meets public conflict, think of what could happen. When characters drive the story but external forces buffet their direction with storm like energy, think of the results. The rest remains to be seen.
Various details of the plot, especially those concerning your character, are of course negotiable, so please do not assume they are set in stone. Should we choose to play this plot, I am happy to compromise or to tailor it to your own desires.