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"In neurospace, nobody can hear you scream."
Chris is fresh out of Chicago's police academy with an implant in the back of his neck designed for linking up with AI. Hawker is a 15-foot, 6-ton decommissioned piece of military equipment brought stateside after the nuclear holocaust of the Siberian War. Nobody was expecting Hawker to do anything but beat the living daylights out of every recruit who tried for compatibility with him, what with losing his previous pilot and best friend to a horrific gang fight 4 months before - but Chris finds himself, somehow, approved for training with the HLX-9 Vanguard unit. But the two have dark pasts and things to prove, and everyone at Chicago's 42nd precinct contends with the nagging feeling that Officer Chris Celn will either wind up out the door one of these days, or worse: in a body bag.
This is the story of a twink pilot and his giant, metal, Kevlar Daddy and how they save the world, one post-WW3 Chicago at a time.
Think 'Appleseed' meets 'Titanfall' meets 'Pacific Rim' meets 'The Secretary'.
Thanks Reuven for the fantastic RP <3
Connor Jensen, a deaf AI developer, has been contracted out to a remote air force base in Alaska to repair one malfunctioning mech unit, designation 17AX. The mech is, honestly, nothing like Connor was expecting. Rash, brazen, foul-mouthed. And as 17 starts to push Connor's buttons and the human starts firing back, 17 seems increasingly entranced by him. In a military that regards 17 as a tool and Connor as a necessary inconvenience, perhaps it's no wonder that the pair forges a bond.
17 has been fighting on and off the battlefield since he was created. But Connor's been fighting, too, against demons he refuses to name. It's often asked what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. But when an unstoppable human and an immovable mech band together, they might just be invincible.