Here I'll write up whatever information about the world that seems reasonably important. Some of this will be made up information for this setting specifically, so don't question why you've never heard of a 'Arsenal' digistruct module or whatever.Digistruct
- Digistructing is an important part of the Borderlands universe. This technology allows the user to upload a blueprint into a Digistruct Module and create a physical copy of that blueprint at any time. Essentially, this allows for storage, but on larger modules (such as Catch-A-Ride machines), it can fully form a vehicle or something similar. Digistruct devices have a limit to how much they can store, which can be added to using a Storage Deck Upgrade (SDU). Digistruct devices have limitations, and it can be quite costly to digistruct an object for which one does not have the materials. Recently, Eridium has been used to power these devices, which has proven much more effecient, and more Eridium allows for more 'storage'.
There are three commonly recognized Digistruct devices on Pandora. The first is the 'Arsenal'
personal device, a small Digistruct Module that can be attached to a belt or something similar, and allows the user to quickly Digistruct items such as weapons, shields, and other such items. This also has a special storage space which contains ammunition.
The second such devices are the 'Catch-A-Ride' machines, though the devices are officially referred to as 'Vehicle Digistruct Machine', by Dahl. 'Catch-A-Ride' was a colloquial name given by 'Scooter' and one that caught on, given Scooter owning every 'Catch-A-Ride' machine on Pandora, not to mention the unpleasant implications of the 'VD Machine'.
The final device is a unique patent, created by Hyperion, known as the 'New U' device. This is able to upload a user's DNA and $ Account, as well as 'downloading' a way for the 'New U' to detect when the user has died. If the user dies, a notable sum is removed from the user's account to fund a total reconstruction of the body. This means, with enough money, a 'New U' machine can 'reform' anyone to the state they were in when they last uploaded themselves (weapons, clothes, and all). 'New U' machines constantly upload data whenever someone with an 'account' is nearby, and anyone can opt to shut down their profile (in which case, when they die, they stay dead).
Hyperion has refused service to groups and individuals in the past (though almost never to bandits or Vault Hunters). These devices also have a secondary function, referred to as the 'Fast Travel' system, which allows the user to be stored and transferred to any other 'New U' machine at a minimal cost. ECHOnet
- The ECHOnet is a communication system provided free-of-charge to all residents of Pandora. This allows individuals to communicate over long distances, and was perfected by the Dahl corporation. ECHO devices can also be used as recorders, which is not an uncommon practice, as many people still treat Pandora as an exploratory experience. It is generally not difficult for anyone to contact anyone on the ECHOnet, and a person can block another individual's signal, but there are ways to get past such blocks (particularly for those working higher up in the various companies).The Companies
A small company mostly focused on providing 'Insta-Health' stims. These help with physical healing and have immune system boosters, but have no vaccinating or curative effect. Anshin also makes shields which are designed to adapt to the situation at hand, as well as working with Maliwan to create the 'Transfusion' grenade.
One of the major factions on the planet, Atlas controls the private military known as the Crimson Lance
. Highly efficient and known for some of the most dangerous soldiers and best guns out there, Atlas is likely the most dangerous group on the planet. The Crimson Lance employs heavy armor, specially trained medics and engineers, digistructed turrets (known as Scorpio Turrets), and a number of other tricks and abilities to the field. The current branch dedicated to Pandora is run by 'Admiral Mikey', a 7-year-old boy with a very nepotistic uncle high up in the ranks.
The Crimson Lance is also known for its assassins
, usually women, who are specially trained to use stealth devices, agility, and digistructed blades to bring down their foes.
Atlas made guns are some of the best out there, with low recoil, easy reloading, high power, and high accuracy. However, Atlas guns are otherwise not notable for any special features. Atlas primarily specializes in soldiers, armor, and special military tech (such as cloaking devices for their assassins).
Dahl is a major corporation, which runs a private military that is a bit lower-tech than Atlas. Dahl, however, is quite capable, having created the 'Catch-A-Ride' machines and the ECHOnet
communications system. They also provide numerous other items and facilities on the planet. Dahl originally sent convicts to Pandora to perform manual labor (specifically mining operations) on the planet. When the operations became too difficult to manage, Dahl abandoned the convicts, which led to the high rate of bandits on the planet.
Dahl is also known for their Sabre Turrets, which are less capable than the Atlas Scorpio Turret defensively, but are much more modular and have greater offensive capabilities. These turrets are still portable (and in fact, in many cases, moreso), using special digistruct devices which are, themselves, modular.
Dahl guns are generally known for being resilient, strong, and utilizing burst fire mechanisms. Dahl grenades are also interesting in that use bullets to create a fragmentation effect, rather than just using the shrapnel from the grenade itself.
Hyperion is possibly the most notable corporation, having its hands in space travel technology, robotics, satellites, security, and most notably, the 'New U' devices. Hyperion is possibly best known for its CL4P-TP line of robots, known as Claptraps. The little helper robots can be found all over, and have very interesting personalities.
Hyperion objects are often recognized by a single lens which acts as an 'eye' or 'scope'. This eye has become as recognizable as their logo, and can be found on just about anything made by the company.
Hyperion is also known for making guns with a strange technology that causes them to become more
accurate as they are fired. However, the flipside is that this technology causes the gun to be rather heavy and often sways notably until it kicks in. Hyperion also created the 'Singularity' grenade, which creates a small 'black hole' effect which drags enemies into it.
Jakobs is a weapon manufacturer known for creating some of the best quality guns. They use old style processes, like working with wood and iron, to craft powerful guns. They're best known motto is: 'If it took more than one shot, you weren't using a Jakobs.'
Jakobs guns are known for high power, and certain models (most notably their revolvers) allow the user to 'fan the hammer'. This allows the shooter to hold the trigger and constantly 'cock' the hammer, firing as fast as the user can perform the action. Jakobs is primarily focused on manufacturing guns (and their other endeavors have not generally gone well).
Maliwan guns are best known for their special tech capacities. A Maliwan gun always has fire, electric, or corrosive tech on it (and recently, they've been known to make 'Slag' guns). Tech guns are quite valuable, and bandits often strip broken Maliwan guns to make their own.
Fire tech is good for damage output and often burns the opponent for long lasting damage. Shock tech is good for shutting down shields and taking out turrets and robots. Corrosive tech eats through metal like armor and robotic plating. Maliwan is also known for creating elemental tech shields which create a nova when broken or have a 'spike' effect against melee attackers.
Pangolin is a minor company, which specialized in high capacity shields. They also make very basic grenade mods, but otherwise have very little notable presence on Pandora.
Tediore is best known for crafting the cheapest guns of all. These guns are so cheaply made, it is actually more efficient to build in explosives and allow the user to throw the gun as a grenade after depleting it and digistruct a new loaded gun. Tediore is the 'Everyman's gun', for the killer on a budget. Tediore also makes modifications to the standard shield and grenade mod types.
Torgue guns use 'gyrojet' technology to fire bullets which have low speed, but a lot of power. Torgue guns are most noable for their explosive bullets, and every Torgue gun is guaranteed to create only the most horrific, explosive deaths possible. Who needs speed or firing rate, when even a single bullet could turn a bandit into chili. Torgue has no real presence on Pandora, other than weapons, as well as some grenade mods and explosive shield tech.
Vladof guns are known for high firing rates. If someone needs to saturate the air with bullets, a Vladof gun will do the trick. The Vladof company seems to have a strong 'anti-fascist' streak, and are most likely to provide guns to those 'fighting back their oppressors'.
Vladof makes guns with high firing rates and relatively large magazines, and are also known for a specially crafted 'digistruct' shield which can absorb bullets (adding them to the user's arsenal).
Not technically a company, this simply represents the types of guns created by bandits. Made from stripped guns and spare parts, these weapons are known mainly for their high ammo capacities, as Bandits love anything that shoots more bullets.
Eridian weapons and E-Tech
weapons are very rare weapons that use Eridium to power energy bolts rather than bullets. Eridian guns require no ammunition, but do require a recharge time, and their shots can fire in many different ways. One of the most common forms of Eridian guns shoot 'orbs' of energy which explode, similarly to rockets. E-Tech guns use Eridium technology to attempt to mimic and improve upon Eridian weaponry, to varying degrees of success.