This campaign is on haitus and being converted from Gurps 4e to Fate Core. It will take some time to update everything.
Welcome to Zeroed – A (somewhat-post) cyber-punk setting with a heavy dosage of sci-fi fantasy. This particular campaign follows a group known as the Major Crimes Unit – a highly specialized advanced crime fighting and counter-terrorism team. They operate under very little restriction throughout the nation of Japan, with Los Angeles as their base of operations. The game will explore the concept of heroes in villains in a new light – in a world where everything is a shade of gray, just who is the hero and who is the villain?
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Corporations run the show now. Tonkatsu and RLD enforce more law than the police do (which is a lot). Cyberdyne has made it their mission to turn people into machines, replacing parts limb by limb. Jackets are the men to fear – not the men with the guns – the men who control the men with the guns, then turn to the press conference, appearing as the pinnacle of a good citizen. But the people know better. They make their cynical remarks and go back to their gruel – cause what can they do? They’re at the mercy of those with wealth and influence to do whatever they want.
- R. Buckminster Fuller
Today aliens wander the streets, all kinds of weird things…but not as weird as they should be. They don’t care about us – about any humans really. Mostly, they’re here for themselves – they want something only Earth has, and just like anybody else they’ll exploit whatever they need to to get a hold of it. Yeah the aliens taught us psionics, whatever – its just another way for the rich to control the poor. Hows your every day Joe Schmoe on the ground supposed to get an Archon to teach him? Its all diplomats, and jackets.
But oh no, no, no! Your dangers don’t stop there! Theres also contractors – earth’s unique resource, thanks to some weird asteroid. They look like bacteria to our scientists, but they’re bacteria that can think, and can communicate. And can give magic powers. God knows how. Hah! Who am I fooling? Nietzsche said over two centuries ago “God is Dead”. Look at the state of things – he was both right and wrong. God is dead – and he’s been replaced. Money is god now. Money can perform miracles – with money the blind can see, the deaf can hear, and the crippled can walk. Can’t believe those humanist protesters can’t see that.
This world’s a shit hole, so I decided to play by my own rules. I live under the radar. I pay for my place in cash. My landlady knows better than to ask me what I do for a living. I stay out of sight of the cameras. I’m anonymous in 2.0. Yeah, I’ll do work for a jacket – long as he pays me, and he knows I do the job my way. No stuffy office buildings for me, no toiling day and night looking for some missing semi-colon in a sea of VR code. I do my jobs with my guns. I’ll do jobs for the Yakuza, hell I’ve done jobs for the police before. I don’t give a damn who hires me, really. I’m a zero. That’s what I do.
— Jessica Han, a zero.