Despite strict quarantines there are still those living in the United Wastes who fall victim to Revellan’s Disease. Most people are incapable of fighting the disease and as it slowly takes over their body and mind it transforms them into a primitive and monstrous creature.
But there are those whose fortitude proves a match for the disease, and while it can never be cured it can be managed through training. Those who succeed in repressing the worst symptoms can often make use of the side-effects. These people are referred to as Hybrids.
A Hybrid can, through intense training, learn to harness the raw power offered by their disease while still retaining enough clarity of mind to pull themselves back from the brink when their need has passed. While ‘raging’ they are capable of great feats of strength and fortitude and some hybrids’ bodies are even capable of fluctuating through rapid mutations that grant even more benefits.
With a biological connection to the wild Chimera of the United Wastes, Hybrids often find it easier to relate to these beasts and some are even able to calm and train them for periods of time.
In Manhattan, the capital of the United Wastes, scientific research into the effects of Revellan’s Disease has resumed. Teams of biologists work around the clock to pick apart the strains of the pathogen that decimated the world. No expense is spared and no boundary is left uncrossed.
Through the application of several engineered strains of Revellan’s Disease the new government has created their own breed of hybrid to serve as their defenders. These Agents do not typically show any outward signs of mutation while gaining some of the superhuman traits of the traditionally infected.
With enhanced reflexes and martial arts training an Agent is an effective yet inexpensive asset to whatever squad they are assigned. The are perfectly capable of fighting Chimera without the use of the arms or armour a regular soldier would require.
Despite the widespread deployment of Agents the engineered modifications are still in their test phases. Rumours circulate about Agents whose mutations have continued to progress while in the field and it is said that they eventually lose their minds. Proof of these events has of course yet to surface.
When the aliens blocked all satellite communication, a group of American corporations funded a project that would see an entirely wired internet spread across the country. Now, hundreds of years later, the Oracle Network has deteriorated to the point where only a select few are born with the ability to interface with it. Unfortunately for them, their connection is a permanent one and many Oracles are driven mad by the constant influx of information.
I’m starting up a new RPG soon with my usual group. This one is a little different however as it’s set sometime in the future. The game will see the party entering a quarantined America, that has been shut off from the world for hundreds of years, in order to reestablish contact and investigate a mysterious phenomenon.
Ellis island in New York will be the point of entry for this particular team, with two others being deployed in DC and Florida. At the moment I’ve taken to calling the game United Wastes of America and it draws influence from Fallout, Metro, Mad Max etc.