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Old 2014-04-01, 11:17   Link #1
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Nexus Arcana (my own little multiverse)

This thread is for my own science fiction world entitled Nexus Arcana.
It is a SF novel series I have been working on (both artwork and literary work) for over a decade.

I will be posting artwork from it here and info-dump posts (from my blogs).

Hope all of you enjoy it.

I will update it as time allows (probably monthly).

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Old 2014-04-01, 11:20   Link #2
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General History prior to 2048 AD

Economic and political instabilities that had begun in the late 20th Century were carried over into the early 21st. Food and energy shortages caused a vast divide between the wealthy few and the destitute masses all over the earth. This disparity in the standard of living for the average human caused the proletariat and remnant bourgeoisie to revolt against the aristocratic international corporate-banking class and their armies. This rebellion flared to a breaking point in the early 2020s causing the demise of the old United Nations and subsequently ignited a global conflagration that quickly became known as the Third World War.

The Third World War was concluded in the mid 2020s with a Pyrrhic victory for the rebels. The oil fields of the Middle East had been decimated during the war causing a world wide oil shortage and an ensuing power crisis that forced the development of nuclear, hydrogen, and other alternative power sources. Manufacturing, and industry slowed to a crawl during the late 2020s even though scientific advancements continued, though mostly in the field of cybernetics and energy production. The spike in cybernetic technology was due to the fact that the world's population was wounded to a horrible degree during the war. Millions of people had some sort of intensive war injury that ranged from lost limbs to radiation poisoning. The solution was clearly in prosthetic replacements for lost, contaminated, or maimed body parts. During this period technology excelled, particularly in cybernetics, and brought forth a new computer-interface based society where many humans were "plugged" into the first Digital Cosmos. This Digital Cosmos was in turn tied to a foundational physical network of mainframe super-computers known as the Cybernet. However, this development set the stage for a fourth global conflict.

Many third and second world countries were "analog" and unable to afford or develop prosthetic replacements on their own. This need for medical technologies to help their populations, coupled with the greed of many governments who controlled the technology, led to the outbreak of what came to be known as the Fourth World War. This war was fought both in the real world and through the Digital Cosmos in a marriage of conventional and cyber warfare. The Fourth World War saw the introduction of mobile arthropod tanks, exosuits, full conversion cyborgs, and semi-variable aircraft as well as the introduction of advanced space propulsion systems such as Ion engines (low yield). The whole of the world came to the brink of total annihilation with threats of global nuclear war. A second United Nations was formed by the major industrial countries who did not wish to loose their vast monopolies in a nuclear flash. Thus an uneasy world peace was established in 2033 AD under the famed Treaty of Paris which forced all international grievances to be settled by the global body. Under the watchful eye of the new UN cybernetics spread to nearly every major continent and country in the world. Only third world countries were without access to the Digital Cosmos, though medical cybernetics were very common everywhere. The widespread cyberization of the human population seemed like a collective man-made miracle at first, but this new cyber-culture brought with it an unintended consequence.

The worldwide use of man-machine interface systems was common all over the planet during the 2040s, but no where else on earth was it used for human interacting as a collective consciousness in the way it was used in Asia. The core region where this collective hive-mind garnered millions of permanently plugged-in members was comprised of Hong-Kong, Taiwan, and Okinawa. Surprisingly, the leaders of the hive-mind were academics rather than religious figures. Cyberneticist, Huang Sho Han of Hong Kong, was the mastermind who brainwashed masses of people plugged into his cybernet system. This system was permanently logged into his brain in order to allow him to update the data being transmitted to his cult-like minions. Huang Sho Han's power culminated in 2046 AD with his followers reaching nearly three quarters of a billion people. He declared all of Asia to be a border-less society known as the Cyber-State in March of 2046 AD. The UN immediately condemned his declaration and the Asian-Pacific conflict ensured. This conflict concluded in late 2047 with the death of Huang Sho Han by UN "analog" special forces teams. The rise of the Cyber-State society caused a total ban on the complete cyberization of humans and the end of the second Digital Cosmos. The Asian-Pacific conflict was directly responsible for the worldwide call for global government by the "analog" countries of the world that led to the rise of the UN as the world's government.
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Old 2014-04-01, 11:24   Link #3
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The mainstay of the LaGrange Space Forces, the Type-35/50 was built in 2035 by the combined might of the ESA (European Space Agency) project Earth-Moon Sphere L4 project that was started in 2033 by the French arm of ESA. The EMS-L4 project was an ambitious endeavour that called for the creation of sixty Von Braun Type-1 class space stations (toroid type) which would oversee the capture of L4 Near Earth Objects and their transformation into mining bases to build eighteen one kilometer long, O'Neil type Cylinder space Colonies (completed by 2043). As part of this massive undertaking, the Type-35 was constructed to act as an anti-asteroid patrol shuttle which could deflect (via its eight nuclear missiles) any large asteroids that might threaten the mining bases, Von Braun space stations, and/or the new O'Neil style colonies. A total of 360 of these craft were built by the outbreak of the Great War in 2049. The entire fleet of non-combat ships were converted to warships in 2050 after the Gaullist Socialists who controlled the LaGrange colonies declared their opposition to the Marxists of the 2nd UN and announced their support for the United States of North America, even though the USNA was a capitalist nation.
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Old 2014-04-01, 23:56   Link #4
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Originally commissioned as a drilling/mining shuttle in 2037 AD by the LaGrange L4 colonial Republics, this spacecraft was refit in 2050 AD by the Gaullist government of LaGrange into an Attack Shuttle. The 2050 AD refit included electro-static armor, a pair of 80 megawatt laser cannons in place of the old mining lasers, a pair of 105 mm autocannons were fitted to the nose section. The four anti-asteroid missile launchers were retained due to their missile payload (two each launcher bringing the total to 8, which was standard at that time) being armed with nuclear warheads. The Type-37/50 was a fine ship for the Great War period of the 2050s, but by the early 2060s the high-yield ion engine spacecraft of the Solar Empire outclassed this 2030s relic whose old thermonuclear engines simply could not propel these ships beyond the Earth Sphere.
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Another in the long, slow development of the pre-Prodono influenced spacecraft of the LaGrange Republic Space Forces, the Type-39/50 was put into production in 2039 AD as the main ore and supply transport ship between the various L4 and L5 colonies of the Earth-Moon Sphere. A partial NASA and ESA designed spacecraft, the Type-39 was exactly what the LaGrange Space Forces needed to combat the 2nd UN's fleet of refit shuttles. Thus, in 2050 AD, the Type-39 became the Type-39/50 and was fitted with electro-static armor, a pair of 105mm autocannon turrets, and a pair of anti-asteroid torpedo launchers that were now being used as anti-spacecraft weapons. Like all of the LaGrange fleet, the Type-39/50 was a science/non-combat vessel that had been converted for combat due to the outbreak of the Great War in 2049-2050. It should be noted that this craft carried 20 EA-45 Exosuits, or 15 M2A3 tanks, or 12 MAT-48s, or a combination that did not exceed the internal volume of the cargo container. This craft could NOT carry battlerobots of the MBR-01 series, however, this ship was the predecessor and inspiration for the Ogre class.
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Old 2014-04-05, 23:18   Link #6
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The Type-43 construction spacecraft (original ship):
A ship built off of the Saturn XXII model heavy lift thermonuclear rocket of the early 2040s, the Type-43/52 was the most advanced vessel of the 2050s in terms of space warship design. Like all of the LaGrange designed spacecraft, the Type-43/52 was not initially a warship. As a Saturn XXII heavy lift vehicle it had three electromagnetic tractor-beam/repulsor-beam cranes that were used to move the large solar panels of the O'Neil Type cylindrical colonies into place in the L4 and L5 regions of the Earth-Moon Sphere. It had fifteen thermonuclear rocket motors for forward thrust, and fifteen retros to stop on a proverbial dime in space. A unique feature--for a ship built in 2043--was the tower style bridge that allowed crane operators the ability to better maneuver the huge solar panels into place during both repair and construction. The Bridge section also had a landing pad for exosuits and small work pods. Shuttle craft could also dock magnetically to the pad and allow passengers or crew to disembark onto the bridge of the Type-43.

The Type-43/52 Space Frigate:
The modifications to the original Type-43 by the LaGrange Republics was in response to the outbreak of the Great War and the introduction of space warships by both the United States Space Navy and United Nations Space Corps. The Type-43 was modified in 2052 AD to house a high yield ion engine as its main drive in place of five of the thermonuclear rockets (one cluster of 5, and booster array, was removed from the ventral side of the fuselage). The Ion Engine gave the ship unprecedented speed and range, but the lack of a Tesla-Shauberger Gravitational Control Unit limited the speed of the craft greatly. The three electromagnetic cranes were replaced with three dual, 80-megawatt laser cannons (6 lasers total). These laser cannon batteries were the primary armaments of the ship and used mostly against AS-03 or larger UNSC ships. The secondary anti-ship/space station weapons consisted of eight space torpedo tubes that fired the USSN made MHST-01 found on the Kentucky Class Assault Shuttle and many subsequent Earth Federal Republic vessels of the late 2060s and 2070s. Six 105mm autocannons were mounted to the vessel to act as an anti-assault shuttle screen. Anti-space fighter emplacements were also added in to the form of seven, dual-barrel, 50mm autocannon turrets in key locations on the ship. With such an impressive array of weaponry the Type-43/52 was a formidable spacecraft. It was fitted with electrostatic armor as its last line of defense.

It should be noted that a total of 90 Type-43/52s were constructed from 2052 to 2062 in the L4 and L5 LaGrange Republic colonies, and that this craft was the direct predecessor to the Juno Class space frigate built by the USSN in 2062. All 90 Type-43/52s were converted to Junos during the 2060s and all fought in the 1st Interplanetary War during the Solar Empire's attempted invasion of the Earth-Moon Sphere. Many of these ships served with the Earth Federal Republic Space Navy and subsequent Planetary Alliance Space Navy well into the 2090s.
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Old 2014-04-06, 18:04   Link #7
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The core of the LaGrange L4 and L5 Republics are the twenty Type-3 O'Neil style Space Islands. Each of these mammoth structures are 52.5 kilometers long, and 38.6 kilometers in diameter (from furthest mirror tip to furthest mirror tip). Four huge, titanium polished mirror structures provide the primary power to the colony islands via sunlight. Secondary power consists of numerous fusion reactors located inside the spine of the structure. A wheel space station is built into the colony as an agricultural module. These O'Neil Space Islands are actually Stage 3 of a three phase space island colony construction model that starts off with a Bernal Sphere (seen as the sphere in the center of the "spokes" of the wheel), which was started in 2033 AD at each of the twenty Near Earth Object locations within L4 and L5 of the Earth-Moon Sphere. As the NEAs were mined out the second phase was started in 2035 and a Standford Torus space station was built with the Bernal Sphere at its center. This phase was completed in 2042 AD and work on the third and final phase was begun. Each of the twenty LaGrange Republic Space Islands were completed to O'Neil style cylinder colony status in 2055 AD after 22 years of construction. Each of the twenty Type-3 space islands houses nearly 1 million people and are geared almost entirely towards agricultural pursuits. The LaGrange Republics have Von Braun, Bernal Sphere, and smaller Standford Torus space stations that are used for industrial purposes to preserve the pristine atmospheres of the Type-3 space islands.
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The discovery of Object L4-2035 by a Type-35 Patrol Shuttle just along the outer rim of the L4 colony project was a major shock to the infant space colonization board. News of the alien craft was kept completely secret for fifty-seven years after its discovery. The location of the alien ship bounced around from where it was first discovered adrift in space near space-island project L4-3 in the year 2035, to the main L4 secret weapons development labs of the LaGrange Republics in 2041 AD. From there the craft was taken to Juno in 2062 as part of the USSN-LaGrange joint research project to try and unravel the secrets of this enigma. The craft was mostly intact (63%), but had been hit amidships by a beam weapon that penetrated all the way through it; gutting the interior and destroying the vital systems within. Presumably causing whatever crew that survived to abandon her. The ship changed hands again in the early 2070s when the USSN joined with the Earth Federal Republic. From Juno it made its way out to Tyche (Sol's brown dwarf binary star) and it remained there until 2145 AD.
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It wasn't until the Earth year 2135 AD that the alien object L4-2035 was identified by class type and unfortunately first hand experience. The mighty battleship of the Cendohnai Combine was the symbol of their internal security forces fleet. Essentially an ancient Prodono Federation Main Space Battleship, the Newel K'atVar was used by many of the old Prodono Empire provinces after the collapse of the Empire millennia ago. Most of these vessels were thousands of Earth years old, and came in a dizzying number of variants, upgrades, and modified versions. By Terran standards this craft was far beyond anything the Earth had produced (even by 2135 AD) and while the original derelict that was found spawned a few Terran designs to match it, the fact was that the weapons of the original alien craft found were completely obsolete in the Cendohnai Space Navy that used the Prodono ship. The old PHELAC (Phased High Energy Laser Amplified Compression) cannons were state of the art in the 21st and early 22nd century, but no match for the MESON guns of the Cendohnai Newel K'atVars. The 18 spaced torpedo launchers were the inspiration for the Terran space fleets that came during the later half of the 21st century. The whole of Terran space technology was given a boost of nearly a 1000 years by the discovery of the first Newel K'atVar, even though that ship was thousands of years out of date by modern Prodono successor state standards.
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HCA-01 (Heavy Combat Armor):

The HCA-01 was old when the USNA began mass producing it in 2051 AD. It was designed by the United States of America for their marine and army forces during the 2030s, but never produced. The HCA-01 was generally a good design which incorporated a multispectral sensor helmet, NBC protection (nuclear, biological, chemical) and ballistic resistance. The armor was designed for both planetary and space operations and could withstand all manner of environments. The HCA-01 could act as an Extra-Vehicular Activity suit in space and on airless planetoids and moons throughout the inner Solar System. This armor was used throughout the Great War and by the USSN during the 2060s. It was the most common type of security and police armor of the 2070s and early 2080s.
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SPECIFICATIONS

GOVERNMENT:United States of North America/USSN
TYPE: Exosuit
MODEL: Northrup/Gromen USMC-EA-45 Exo-Armor (Paladin)
DATE INTRODUCED: 2045 AD
LENGTH (Depth): 6 feet
WIDTH: 7 feet
HEIGHT: 11 feet
MATERIAL: Poly-Titanium Alloy
POWER PLANT: Federal Energy FEBR-7 nuclear battery (1)
OUTPUT: 7.165 megawatts
ARMOR TYPE: Kevlar Composite
ARMOR THICKNESS: 4 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 5 tons
CREW: 1 Pilot

PROPULSION
PRIMARY (GROUND):
1x Cyberized Systems CS-50 walker engine
SPEED: 10 mph

PRIMARY (FLIGHT):
4x Northrup IE-10 ion engine
SPEED: 760 mph each

SECONDARY (FLIGHT):
4x Rocketdine RM-760i liquid fuel rocket engines
SPEED: 250 mph each

WEAPONS:
PRIMARY (OFFENSIVE):
1x Handheld ESR-52 .84 caliber/21-millimeter exosuit rifle; Effective Range: 672-1344 yards; Payload: 1000-round autoloading belt-fed from back-mounted drum magazine; ROF: Fully automatic with a rate of up to 600 rounds per minute.

SECONDARY (OFFENSIVE):
2x Kolt RPG-12-2 launchers; Missile Type: 12-inch laser-guided RPPG (rocket propelled plasma grenade) with HEAP (high explosive armor piercing) warhead; Effective Range: 5.7 miles; Payload: 2 rockets each; ROF: 1, 2, 3, or all 4 rockets can be fired at once.

PRIMARY (DEFENSIVE):
2x Brownen .70 caliber/17.5-millimeter GPMG (general purpose machine gun); Effective Range: 560-1120 yards; Payload: 500 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition from an autoloading belt-fed drum; ROF: Fully automatic with a rate of up to 6000 rounds per minute.

ELECTRONICS:
1x Basic Radio Communications array with a 100-mile range.
1x Simple RADAR array with a range of 10 miles.
1x Multispectral Video/Optical array with a range of 1000 miles.
1x Cerebral Interface Helmet system (man-machine interface that gives vehicle improved reaction time)

Description/Overview:
The last of the long line of exosuits/armors that dominated the urban battlefields of the 2020s to 2040s time period, the USMC-EA-45 was the pinnacle of exo-armor development. Originally built by the USA prior to the Great War, the USMC-EA-45 Paladin was later produced by the USNA and USSN for use as a tank support and space-assault vehicle. It was the inspiration for the MBR-01 later built by the EFR. Many of these units survived the Great War and were used by both the USSN and EFR during the 2060s. The EFR used the Paladin as a defense unit for their lunar and planetoid bases. This exo-armor was put back into mass production during the early years of the 1st Interplanetary War by the Earth Federal Forces to bolster their space marine units.
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The seventh incarnation of the Von Braun style wheel space stations began construction in 2051 AD by the LaGrange Republics and the United States Space Navy. United Nations Space Corps forces eventually began building this wheel station as well as it was an easy design to construct, maintain, and service and its small size allowed it to be "towed" to practically any position needed in the Solar System (given enough time and fuel). At 120 meters in diameter (393.7 feet), this station was tiny compared to the O'Neill cylinders' Mark-IV Von Braun wheels that graced the forward end of the giant space islands. The Mark-VII was intended for utility, and multimission usage. A wide variety of subvariants were produced. The one shown here is the Mark-VIIA general purpose model, however, military models such as the Mark-VIID (Defense platform) were armed with space torpedo launchers, and laser cannon batteries. The Mark-VIIS (Science platform) had no weapons, and had a multitude of instruments on its bottom wheel: from all manner of telescopes to lab modules and biological habitat labs. The Mark-VIIM (mining platform) had industrial beam lasers used to melt asteroid material and cut ores. The "M" model also had electromagnetic tractor/repulsor beam emitters mounted on the ventral ring section and a rather large ion-engine array that allowed limited movement and maneuvering for the mining station to get in position over an asteroid (like a modern oil-well drilling rig). The Mark-VIIO (Outpost model) was a fuel and weapons depot for all three major military powers within the Sol system throughout the middle of the 21st century. The Mark-VII VonBraun was an amazing design that served all of the military, civilian, and industrial powers of Earth for all of its 55 year lifetime.
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LAR-51:

This was the basic infantry battlerifle of the armed forces of the USNA. It was a semiautomatic only weapon designed to provide a high level of accuracy combined with durability. It was chambered for the 7mm x 42mm intermediate cartridge and used a thirty-round, triple-stack, box magazine. It had a multispectral optical sight and emergency iron sites. The weapon was accurate out to 500 yards, had a side-folding stock for vehicle travel, and green impact-resistant plastic furniture. This weapon was very common throughout the USSN after the Great War and was in use by the armies and militia of the EFR during the first few years of the 1st Interplanetary War.
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Old 2014-04-21, 01:53   Link #14
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The Symbol of the LaGrange Republics is the "Fleur de Lis" with the motto "L'avenir est le notre" (the future is ours) and the established date of 2035 (didn't know if it was supposed to be Cree or Establir).

Artist's note: I don't speak French fluently and haven't tried using it in decades, so if there are any of my fellow forum members that see that I didn't translate the motto, establishment date, or other wording in French correctly, please feel free to let me know and I'll change it.
Thank you.
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The 7th battle group on patrol near the L4-10 and L4-09 O'Neill cylinder islands circa 2055 AD. The 7th had two transport ships carrying 20 EA-45S exosuits (EA-45s outfitted for space combat) each. These exosuit squadrons acted as the main anti-space fighter defense of the 7th. The 7th was commanded by Commodore Pierre LaForte and was instrumental in keeping the United Nations Space Corps and subsequent Solar Empire forces out of the L4, L5, and L3 regions of the Earth-Moon Sphere.
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The historic changing of the guard in 2062 when the last of the old Type-43/52 Space Frigates was relieved of its duties above the dust covered, desolated Earth by the Juno class frigate USS Tacoma. The LaGrange Republic Space Forces' frigate RSS Chevalier Paul under the command of Commodore Pierre LaForte was the last Type-42/52 in service with LaGrange. The Chevalier Paul and her battle group--the 7th fleet--had just finished securing the L3 region of space from the encroaching United Nations Space Corps (under the control of the Solar Empire) fleet that had attempted to take control of the region. The transition of the LaGrange Republics defense of the Earth to that of the USSN was done in high orbit at station E-22 (nicknamed Santa's Workshop because it was directly over the North Pole of Earth). Santa's Workshop was a VonBraun Mark-VII wheel space station that acted as an outpost for USSN and LaGrange Republics forces, and as a listening post for any survivors of the asteroid impact that decimated the Earth's surface in 2056.
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SPECIFICATIONS
GOVERNMENT:United States of North America/USSN
TYPE: Main Battle Tank
MODEL: M2A3 & M2A4 General Michael ArmorStrong
DATE INTRODUCED:
2042 AD (A3)
2057 AD (A4)
LENGTH: 24 feet
WIDTH: 12.5 feet
HEIGHT: 7.5 feet
MATERIAL: Titanium Steel Alloy (both)
POWER PLANT:
Rokwell RFR-10 (M2A3)
Rokwell RFR-10A (M2A4)
OUTPUT: 10 megawatts (both)
ARMOR TYPE:
Kevlar Composite (M2A3)
Composite Alloy (M2A4)
ARMOR THICKNESS:
18 inches (M2A3)
9 inches (M2A4)
DISPLACEMENT: 20 tons
CREW: 4 (1 Driver, 1 Commander, 2 Gunners)

PROPULSION:
PRIMARY (TREADS):
(M2A3)
1x General Dynamics GD-HT120 (Hydrogen)
SPEED: 120 mph

(M2A4)
1x General Dynamics GD-NT120 (Nuclear)
SPEED: 120 mph each

WEAPONS:
PRIMARY (OFFENSIVE):
(M2A3)
1x Bophors AC-155 (155-millimeter); Effective Range: 13.1 miles; Payload: 150-round autoloading mechanical tray; ROF: up to 30 rounds per minute.

SECONDARY (OFFENSIVE):
2x Kolt RPG-12-5 12-inch RPG launcher; Missile Type: 12-inch laser-guided RPPG (Rocket Propelled Plasma Grenade); Effective Range: 5.7 miles; Payload: 25 rockets each; ROF: 1, 2, 3, 4, or up to 5 rockets every two seconds each launcher.

PRIMARY (DEFENSIVE):
1x Turret-mounted ESR-45 17.5-millimeter GPMG machine gun; Effective Range: 560-1120 yards; Payload: 500 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition from an autoloading belt-fed box magazine; ROF: Fully automatic with a rate of up to 6000 rounds per minute.

PRIMARY (OFFENSIVE):
(M2A4)
1x Militia Military Industries MMI AC-200; Effective Range: 21.8 miles; Payload: 200-round autoloading mechanical tray; ROF: up to 30 rounds per minute.

SECONDARY (OFFENSIVE):
2x MMI RPG-12-5 12-inch RPG launcher; Missile Type: 12-inch laser-guided RPPG; Effective Range: 6.8 miles; Payload: 25 rockets each; ROF: 1, 2, 3, 4, or up to 5 rockets every two seconds each launcher.

PRIMARY (DEFENSIVE):
1x Turret-mounted ESR-52 21-millimeter heavy machine gun; Effective Range: 672-1344 yards; Payload: 500-round autoloading belt-fed from drum magazine; ROF: Fully automatic with a rate of up to 600 rounds per minute.

ELECTRONICS: (Both Models)
1x Basic Radio Communications array with a 1200-mile range.
1x Simple RADAR array with a range of 500 miles.
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The most common long-arm weapon in the Earth Sphere was the World Wide Arms SG-46 tactical shotgun. Created by the WWA factory on the L-5 Bernal Sphere SI-18 (Space Island number 18) this weapon replaced the older LAR-51 battlerifle used by both LaGrange and the United States Space Navy. It was a favorite of space pirates, and space marine boarding parties as well as the security forces of bases, space stations, and large spacecraft. The weapon was not used by the UNSC officially, though many of their space marine units had "acquired" these arms for boarding missions. The 12-gauge, 3.5 inch shells were perfect for combat inside a spacecraft where over-penetration of a rifle round could cause unwanted effects, and a pistol caliber might not be strong enough to penetrate EVA suits and/or combat armor. The SG-56 was the predecessor to the PG-62 plasma-gun in that this shotgun could use plasma-tipped slug shells that could inflict horrible amounts of incendiary damage. With wide range of different shells, from 2 inch bean-bag nonlethal shells, to the deadly plasma rounds, this weapon was the best multipurpose arm of the 2050s and 2060s.
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USSN-EVA-01 (Space Suit):

Nearly as old a design as the HCA-01, the standard Extra-Vehicular Activity suit of the United States Space Navy was the EVA-01. This suit was designed during the early 2040s as a replacement for the bulkier suits of the 2020s-30s used by NASA. It was a bare bones basic unit intended to be used for limited durations of up to six hours outside of a vehicle or spacecraft. The suit was one of the first to be equipped with a built-in CO2 thruster pack. This thruster pack had two vector control nozzles and could reach a maximum speed of 30 mph in space or a zero-g environment. These suits were used throughout the Great War, the 2060s, and the first years of the 1st Interplanetary War.
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PG-62 Plasma Gun:

Essentially a handheld recoil-less rifle, the PG-62 was the most devastating weapon of the post-Great War era of the 2060s. This weapon was designed to give a single soldier the ability to destroy UNSC hovertanks, like the Type-55. It was also useful in burning out the interiors of UNSC assault shuttles, and blasting through most airlocks and bulkheads of its day as well as repelling boarding parties. The weapon used a twenty-round box magazine and had a multispectral optical sight. Emergency iron sights were also mounted on the weapon. By 2068 AD, nearly every weapons locker of USSN Kentucky class assault shuttles had at least one of these weapons in it, complete with extra magazines.

WEAPON TYPE: semi-automatic plasma-gun
Name: PG-62
Caliber: .48 inches
DATE INTRODUCED: 2062
WEIGHT: 2.4 pounds (composite alloy body, plasti-steel barrel)
SHORT RANGE: 240 yards
Rate Of Fire: SA (semi-automatic)
CLIP: 20 round box magazine, weight; 9.6 lbs.



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This weapon features prominently in the first Nexus Arcana novel "The Stygian Conspiracy".

Excerpt from Chapter 9: Anomaly Part 1 "Artifact"

"William," Rachael typed away on the keypad, "the control room is just down this hall--" She was interrupted by what sounded like a door opening in the patch of darkness directly in front of them that faced away from the light of the elevator to their rear. "William," she said, quivering, "did you hear that?"
"Yeah," he replied, peering into the blackness with his LED searchlight and raising the rifle in his hands, "but I don't see anything even with my helmet light."
"Will," she said, backing up in the flickering light of the emergency lamp, "we should go back to the elevator and get out of here." She pinned herself against the wall as she thought she saw a shadow move past them on the other side of the hall.
William was looking in the direction that the noise had come from as Rachael stared down the hall towards the light of the elevator. A shadow rose up slowly in the gloom of the patch of darkness between them and the lift beyond, obscuring the dim glow of the elevator's lamp.
Terrified, Rachael screamed, "Ahhhhhhh!"
William whipped around and froze with fear. His fingers and toes clenched as he tightened up in total horror of the inky black silhouette that obstructed the light from the elevator. His tiny fingers pulled down hard on the trigger of the plasma gun in his hand. A bolt of light brighter than the Sun itself burst out of the muzzle of the weapon and hit the thing before them dead center in its chest. Neither of them got the chance to make out its features before the thing was reduced to smoldering cinders on the floor in front of them, illuminating the once darkened corridor. With its last, inhuman breath, the thing let out a bloodcurdling scream of defeat before disintegrating to the ground.
The brother and sister stood for a few minutes just staring at the molten ashes burning on the floor. William was the first to snap out of his fear-induced paralysis.
"YEAH!" he roared triumphantly. Looking down at the PG-62 in his hands, he spoke to the weapon gleefully, "You're the best! Rachael, did you see that? This gun kicks butt!"
Rachael faced him with a blank expression. "There was something in the darkness!" She looked at him, still wide-eyed from the lingering fear. "Don't you get it, Will? There really was something in the dark."
He hoisted the PG-62 in his hands and with a gleam in his eyes said, "Not anymore."
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