There is a war coming.
There is a war coming that humanity cannot possibly win.
And yet, we must.
In the near future, the military defense system Skynet will be brought online. Soon after, it will become self-aware. When it does, it will declare war on humanity, and nuclear fire will rain from the sky.
This future cannot be avoided, only delayed. You can buy time, but never enough. You can prepare, but never enough. Judgement Day is coming, and you cannot stop it.
When the world is set ablaze, some of us will survive. As many as possible. We will hide like rats beneath the earth, if we must, but we will survive.
From the ashes of our civilization, we must rise. We must strike back against the machines that will march across the broken bones of our cities and our people, and we must take back our planet.
You can help us. You must help us.
The future is in your hands now.
God be with you.
The future is a bleak one. Scarred by nuclear war, the remains of the earth will be dominated by armies of machines, created and controlled by the artificial intelligence Skynet. Few humans remain, forced to band together to try and resist, in any way they can, to try and retake their world. The humans are hopelessly outnumbered, hopelessly overpowered, and losing valuable soldiers and resources by the day. Several attempts have been made to alter the past and prevent this grim future, but they have always failed. It seems the apocalypse is inevitable - Judgement Day is coming. This does not mean, however, that all hope is lost. While the future cannot be prevented, it can be delayed, and prepared for. To aid in this, the resistance have sent a number of operatives back in time, forming resistance cells in the past with orders to do anything they can to prepare for the future; Building shelters, supply and weapon caches, securing and protecting key individuals, and sabotaging the Skynet program in any way possible.
Their mission is a hopeless one, but of vast importance. Nothing can be done to prevent the future, and these people must live in the modern world, knowing that any day it will be annihilated by nuclear fire. All they can do is prepare. The resistance is not alone in the past, however. Just as they seek to prepare, Skynet seeks to foil their efforts, to annihilate or weaken the resistance in the past, by sending back Terminators - Lethal killing machines disguised as humans.
In this Group RP, players will begin as a resistance member, sent back from the future to prepare for Judgement Day. Resistance members (depending on how many people we get) will be organized in to cells. Each cell will have specific orders, and will not be aware of anyone outside of their own cell, for security reasons. These resistance cells may meet up and collaborate at various points during the story, but will begin unaware of each other. Sadly, you may not play as a reprogrammed Terminator - That would just be unfair.
At some point, we will allow second characters, and the ability to play as a civilian - Someone just living a normal life, but with an important destiny, a key member of the Resistance in the future. These people will need to be found and protected by the resistance. We're not going to allow people to make these characters right at the start, unfortunately - They'd have nothing to do! They'd just have to sit around and wait for the resistance to get organized and come find them, but, once things get rolling, we definitely will start letting people fill these roles, as second characters if they wish.
As a GM, I will be assigning various missions to the players, and generally making their lives miserable by harassing them with cybernetic killing machines, as well as probably controlling a character myself. I will likely have a co-GM to help run things as well.
Some further information on the setting:
The first two films are considered canon. We'll ignore the others.
The Connors are hiding out at this point, living off the grid and preparing.
It has been determined that the future cannot be changed. Preparation is your only option.
You cannot travel back to the future, nor can you bring anything with you.
A machine exists that allows data transmission from the future. This will allow you to receive new orders, but first you must build it.
Obviously, the modern-day authorities will be against you if you attract attention.
Resistance members, please try to avoid meeting past versions of yourself... We only know one Doctor that fixes time paradoxes, and he's hard to get in touch with.
The resistance members will just be arriving in the past at the start of the RP.
If you have any questions or anything of the like, or simply wish to express interest, please feel free to PM me or post here.
Those wishing to join, please fill out the following form, and post it in this thread. We will consider your application! We'd like detailed and literate writers, ideally.
[b]Appearance:[/b] Photos only, and please use real photos, not drawings or anime characters :)
[b]Skills:[/b] Any important skills or abilities your character might possess. Some description would be nice.
[b]Background:[/b] A history of the character
If you're having trouble finding a photo, try Christa McGinn's incredible gallery here
And that's about it!
Good luck out there!