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A PARADISE AWAY FROM HOME.

Ages ago, humanity left Earth for the stars. Eventually, they found a paradise: Eden. And on that paradise were the Juins. In time, the colonization of Eden by humanity lead to a war between humans a Juins. In the end, the Juins lost. Hundreds of years later, Juins are secluded on their own continent and humans make up the majority of Eden's population. But over the past few years, strange occurrences were noticed all over the world. People were seen flying in the skies.

Fights took place between people that could bring down buildings. And at the center of it all is a small number of men and women with amazing abilities. Some of these people want to lead normal lives, and some plot to use the strife to wreck havoc on the world. These people are brought together by circumstance, and those virtuous enough band together, because whether they like it or not, they're Forced Heroes.

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THE JUINS

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This is a really long-ass page. It's meant to be used as a reference document, not something that newbies to the site need to look over in order to start playing. Most of it probably won't be directly relevant to your character. If you're just joining, you should consider skimming this or skipping it entirely, then looking back if you need to.




Juin History

Juins are Eden's only natural race. They have human appearance and their common traits are darker hair (shades of brown or black) with brown or black eyes. They are of average strength but they boast naturally powerful ki-wielding abilities. Thus, because strong energy is always flowing through their blood, Juin skin often has noticeable luster or glow.

Juin society has a loose caste system, in which all men are expected to be proficient fighters while also exploring other academic and technical specializations. Women are to care for the home, which also entitles them to learn limited self-defense. Many women choose to serve as nurses or do administrative duties. The Juin king rules over the country as a whole, and the continent is further divided into seven regions, which are each over seen by a Regeant. Juin laws are strict, and contact by ordinary citizens with the outside world is both forbidden and unwanted. If ambassadors do venture out to other nations, they are usually accompanied by a sizable military escort. Juins are deeply unwelcoming towards outsiders, and Juin Fighting Patrols often intercept anyone who comes within a 25 mile radius of their shores. Juins are clannish, and any Juin who leaves the island is often forbidden to return. On other continents, people who keep too much to themselves and act grouchy are taunted as being "Juin."

Of the fifty million Juins around today, about 7.5 million are enlisted in the regular army. Each region is required to have one "Regen" of one million soldiers, which is further divided into ten divisions. The region that includes the capital does not have a regular army, but is guarded by 500,000 Royal Guards. A standard Juin Fighting Group, the basic unit of the military, consists of eight men. Military technology is built around the basic fighter, and takes advantage of the race's innate ability to control ki. They invented kinetic armor, consisting of a chestplate, energy storage unit, and special gloves that are capable of absorbing ki energy, as well as hiding the user's emitted power. They wear a bracer on each arm which holds emitters for an energy shield and a baraka energy blade. Their guns are ki powered also, and the wielder inputs energy as he put his hands on the grip. This equipment amplifies energy, to ensure powerful output with minimal loss of ki by the wielder. Therefore, soldiers can use normal ki attacks indefinitely without becoming exhausted like normal fighters.

Their history is a long and sad one, and it extends to long before even their most primitive ancestors could remember.

IMPORTANT!
Juin characters will usually be found only as NPCs. Therefore, characters who approach the island or fight against them may expect to be on the receiving end of a couple of auto-hits and cheap shots (This just keeps it interesting ;-) ). Juin characters may also be dealt out to experienced players who prove their RPing prowess. When approaching the Juin Continent, make sure that your first post has you out to sea. This is because anyone approaching their nation will be intercepted by one of the numerous Juin Flying Patrols who protect their borders.




Early History

The Juins were once the planet's dominant race with a population of about 4 billion. Like any other civilized world, a diverse multitude of cultures spanned their globe, but while they had their share of wars and conflicts, life was relatively peaceful. Many of them believed in a Great Spirit who was always watching over them, and the sun was his eye by day and the moon was his eye by night. They believed it was He who put fire in their souls-- or Ki-- and granted them spiritual magic to help them live. Their religion was focused on harnessing their inner strength to achieve great feats and attain perfection. Thus, over time their reliance on their natural abilities meant that they spent little time developing advanced technology. When they fought wars, soldiers fought hand-to-hand and utilized their ki abilities to unleash devastating energy attacks. The weapons and armor they used could be described as "light" at best, because no soldier wanted to wield or wear anything that would at all encumber him.

Then one day their world was turned upside down. For years, there were constant sightings of lights in the sky and strange stars that had never been seen before. Many of their priests took it as a bad omen, which, two centuries later, would prove to be true. The lights they saw were alien explorers from Earth and many other planets. For years they secretly studied Eden from above, marveling at its paradisaical climates and its perfect atmosphere, before finally touching their spaceships down on Eden's soil. They came in peace and the Juins welcomed the human visitors with open arms. The Juins were so awestruck by their shining metallic ships and wondrous technology that they considered these visitors to be messengers from heaven. From that day on, humans poured onto their planet by the shipload. On Eden's vast unspoiled soil, it seemed like there was more than enough room for both races to coexist peacefully.

However, as the years wore on, the humans' technology lost its magic luster. The Juins awe faded away once they understood where these aliens really came from and how their machines operated. A few Juins, disillusioned to the idea that the humans weren't heavenly messengers after all, labeled them as invaders instead. After the first century of colonization, it was clear that they passed a point of no return. The first generations of colonists passed on, leaving a large population of Eden-born humans. This next generation didn't know any other home planet but Eden, and the population was far too large to move anyway. Conflicts began to arise in certain areas over land and resources. Deep tension formed between the colonists' disdain for the "primitive savages" and the Juins' resentment for their "unwanted intruders." Further conflict arose within the Juin cultures themselves. Some adapted the the new human ways of living, while others maintained their old traditions. Many tried to have it both ways, adapting what suited them while maintaining what they had that they thought was better. The spectrum of affection for humans ranged from complete love to utter hatred.




The Great War

The tables turned fully against the Juins twenty years later. Besides their technology, culture, and ideas, the colonists also brought alien diseases. The Juins were a strong race, and in the beginning, when the colonists numbers were small, there were few deaths and the Juins learned to resist the newest pathogenic invaders. However, the problem grew as the number of humans grew, bringing more diseases with them that were mundane to them, but deadly to the previously unexposed Juins. Hundreds more died everywhere, and the Juins demanded that the humans give them an antidote. The humans did the best they could to correct their mistakes, but it wasn't enough for some. Those Juins that most hated the humans struck back, knowing that there were some native diseases that humans weren't immune to either. Juin Terrorists unleashed a lethal virus upon the most populated colony, killing thousands.

War broke out. Both the Juins and the Humans claimed that they had a legitimate right to defend themselves against the other and the threat of disease. They agreed that there was no way they could live together peaceably, and they fought over which side would control the choicest land on the planet. Both sides utilized unmerciful biological weapons, killing millions on both sides. The native Juins severely outnumbered the colonists, allowing them to score many early victories in the war's opening years. But the humans' advanced technology: their lasers, firearms, and control of space quickly turned the tide. Juin light armor was useless against bullets and laser blasts, and their reliance on ki blasts and beams quickly wore them out, so that they were too fatigued to fight battles lasting more than a few hours. Human spaceships barraged them with fire from above twenty-four hours a day, forcing them to seek shelter in caves and forests. Tens of millions of Juins and Humans died every month, with the Juins on the losing end.

Then a young warrior by the name of Shin Robert emerged. He was a shepherd and a fighter of extraordinary strength. Legends said that he wore a bear cloak over his head and painted his skin grey like a strong stone. His eyes, frozen blue, struck paralyzing fear in the hearts of his enemies. He could fire beams that reached into space to destroy orbiting ships with little effort. He charged into battle without fear, driving through enemy lines and slaying his enemies by the hundreds. He carried no weapons with him, but his hands glowed bright white and took the form of bear's claws. The human soldiers told horrific tales of how Shin Robert would simply run through them, not appearing to touch anyone, and suddenly droves of men would literally fall to pieces. They said he could impale his fingers through his victims' chests, drawing no blood or gore, but stripping their soul straight from their bodies, killing them instantly. Shin Robert found victory at every turn. No man, tank, or battleship could stand and face him. His warriors rallied around him, pledging their bodies to his protection, declaring themselves to be his eternal bodyguards. While he fought, they surrounded him with shields and mopped up anyone still living after his fury had past. The tables turned again in the Juins' favor.

But Shin Robert was a warrior and not a leader. The armies screamed for him to become a general, but he turned them down every time. He was a humble man who felt he didn't know enough about how to run an army, and he preferred to stay on the battlefield, where he felt he could make the most difference. Other generals, humbled by his warrior's spirit, felt compelled to follow his example. They led their armies from the front and not from behind the lines. Unfortunately, while their minds were far brighter than the great Shin Robert's, they lacked his strength. As the years passed, many were killed while leading their men into battle, leaving the army in the hands of men far less competent. After a period of unyielding Juin victories, they began to be routed again.

Seeing the new Generals who were leading him were far more incompetent than he was, Shin Robert finally had them slain. Years of warfare finally gave him the experience and knowledge he needed to lead the Juins successfully into battle himself. But by this time, the damage the foolish generals caused was irreparable. He knew he was fighting a losing war, and all he was doing was stalling for time. Even the humans stopped calling the conflict a war; it was now known as "The Juin Relocation Campaign."

Shin Robert and the remnant of the Juin army were cornered on the plains of the Great Continent. They dug in and burrowed in holes underground to hide from the enemy battle fleet looming in the atmosphere above. In his heart, he would rather fight to the death than surrender, and his men felt the same, but the rest of their race did not have the same heart. So he lured the Human armies into one final battle on the Wind Plains, where his army held the key point defending the main Juin camp. He knew that once his men fell, the humans could easily surround the rest of the camp and force them to surrender. He and his men could die, the humans could have their victory, and the rest of his race could survive to live peacefully on a "quarantined reservation."

This final clash is known as the Battle of Leilah's Field. Shin Robert chose the day of battle to be one when low clouds blanketed the sky, neutralizing the threat of aerial bombardment. He used the rolling hills to hide his army's position, and the Juins fortified their camps so well that the Humans could not approach them except for one weak point. At this one point, only a few units blocked the way to entering the Juins' impassable ring, where the civilians were camped inside, and where the rear flanks of the Juin defenses were exposed, ensuring complete victory-- but those few units were Shin Robert's. The Great Hero struck first. He sent out half of his force to attack the enemy's main camp, where, after an hour of fierce fighting, they retreated. Thinking that the Juins were on their heels and that the weak point was now further weakened by half, the Humans eagerly charged after them-- straight into Shin Robert's trap.

He suddenly appeared at the Juin front line and his remaining men charged over the surrounding hills, slaughtering the pursuing forces. More Human Forces flooded into the choke-point believing that they would eventually breakthrough, but Shin Robert tore apart any man who came his way. Then suddenly the clouds broke open. The blue sky revealed itself from behind its dark veil. Fire rained down from the ships above, blowing away Shin Robert's forces, who were already facing overwhelming odds on the ground. Shin Robert watched his men die around him as he fought on, using his Burning Touch to rip the souls out of his enemies.

A few Juin reinforcements arrived to aid him, but many sat still either because they believed he was immortal and could never fall, or because they feared he would fall at any moment and so they stayed back to fortify their own positions instead. Eventually, the Great Shin Robert collapsed from exhaustion. His enemies overwhelmed him and stabbed him to death with bayonets. Their fear for him was so grave, that they couldn't feel sure he was dead until his corpse was unrecognizable. The day was lost and the humans flooded into the Juin camp. Fearing for the lives of their women and children in the camp, the remaining defenders gave up without a fight. Shin Robert's plan succeeded precisely as he had foreseen.




Relocation

After this battle, the remaining pockets of Juin resistance were easily crushed. Ironically, by the end of the war, both sides had developed an immunity and antidotes to the diseases, viruses, and biological weapons that had sparked the war to begin with. The rest of the Juin race, now reduced to less than two million souls, was driven to a reservation on the Southern tip of the Great Continent. Their spirits were completely broken. Even though their new reservation was placed on good fertile ground, where the climate was pristine and weather was beautiful, they could not be happy. What was one piece of beautiful ground to them, when they had lost their entire planet? Soon, they couldn't even keep this ground.

Their neighbors in the surrounding human cities protested having to live so close to their enemies, and they resented that the Juins were given the best ground in the area. The world governments gave in to their cries and ordered that the Juins would be moved again. This time, they were relocated onto a distant island continent. It was a desolate, desert land, where dust and minerals blew high into the air, turning the sky a hellacious orange hue. This was a land that not even the ancient Juins dared to inhabit. When the word came that this was where they were going, many of the Juins were struck with such fear and despair that they went completely limp and comatose. The Allied soldiers who were sent to march them onto their transports had to instead drag their near-lifeless bodies onto the ships.

When they landed on this continent, they were given enough food and supplies to last for one year. The Allies agreed that they would continue to send supplies for the next five years, but after that, the Juins were on their own. The Allied leaders realized that the Juins probably would not survive, but it was the will of the people, which they reluctantly had to carry out. At first, with crushed spirits, without hope, and without the heroes who once inspired them through the Great War, many laid on the beach and waited for death. Amongst the rows of the prone and hopeless, one man stood up, and he became the first King of Juin. This man rallied the people to build shelters and to work together for their survival. The Juins were a proud race and they refused to simply die off of the pages of history.

Eventually, they used their mystical ki abilities to terraform portions of the land from barren deserts into lush forests. They found springs, food, and learned how to survive in their new home. When the final supply ship arrived in the fifth year, the Juin stormed the ship like pirates, tore the supplies from the holds, and shoved the men back to the edge of their decks, not allowing them to even set foot on their self-built paradise. The ships turned around to never return again. When those sailors arrived back in their home port, they spoke of the paradise that was once a wasteland, and the powerful Juin King who tamed the land. They recounted how his guards forced the ship's captain to bow to the new ruler, and how the King forbid any human ship from ever visiting their continent again. The humans happily obliged, and they left the Juins alone and isolated on their continent from that day forth.




Militarization: The Juin Continent Today

After the battle against nature was over, the Juins returned their attention to their human enemies. The First King quickly pushed for industrialization and the development of advanced technology. They adapted many human inventions, customs and they swiftly modernized their society. Their machines were designed to augment and supplement their ki abilities, allowing them to utilize the best of both the natural and mechanical world. The next time the Juins marched out to face their enemies, it would not be with the same archaic weapons, armor, or culture. Out of the humans' watchful eye, they secretly rebuilt their armies, and their society became completely engulfed in the art of war.

At the center of this new militaristic culture was Shin Robert. The story of his last stand at Leilah's field became their most widely spoken legend. His exploits were so great that they needed no exaggeration, as often happens as legends progress through the years. The Juins worshiped him as a Demi-God, and they erected monuments in his name. His name was considered so sacred that the First King made it illegal for parent to give it to their child. The Juins believed that one day the Gods would restore his life, so that he could lead them to victory once again. To this day, a special unoccupied bedroom even grander than the King's is set aside for him.

The Juins experienced unabated growth and prosperity for the next two hundred hundred years. Their population, once considered on the brink of extinction, slowly grew back to fifty million. Under the rule of eight successive kings, the Juins overcame the harsh land through strict military discipline. As their population grew, so did their armed forces. While only a percentage of the people were enlisted in the regular army, every citizen was required to go through two years of rigorous military training, and semi-annual "militia" drills were required in every town. Everyone in Juin is considered part of the "National Home Guard." The Juins also worked hard to educate their children-- mainly to produce intelligent soldiers-- and the curriculum naturally included a wide share of nationalist propaganda.

Today's Juins hardly resemble those from three centuries earlier. Their weapons, technology, and isolationist nature stand sharply against the peaceful, primitive, welcoming people who once freely roamed Eden's paradisaical lands.




Juin Technology

Juin Mechanics 101
Although the Juin race is known for only average physical strength, they possess superb intelligence. Their scientists are experts in manufacturing lightweight, composite materials, which are used in place of heavy metals such as steel and iron. Since their banishment to the Juin continent, heavy emphasis has been placed on militarization and constructing weapons of war. Their composite technology results in lightweight, maneuverable weapons with power equal to that of heavier counterparts.

'Ki', 'Chakra', or 'Chi' is a natural energy that lies within every living thing. It is perhaps one of the most useful and plentiful energy sources in the universe. However, very few races can wield it, and even fewer races can wield it efficiently. It makes sense that the Juins, who are naturally gifted with superb ki control, would adapt their technology around it. By harnessing this natural 'inner' power as opposed to coal, uranium, and other fuels, the Juins can live in a high powered society without the need for expensive or wasteful power sources.

While it is practical to say that most Juin devices run on ki, this actually isn't the case. Ki only resides in living things, and is an invisible force that is difficult to harness. Ki energy must be converted in some way into other forms of energy--commonly plasma (your common 'ki blast')-- that are easier to capture and store. Thus, much of their technology, such as Kinetic Armor and the Collector, is built around capturing energy while it's in that form.




Energy Frequency
Every type of energy, whether it be ki, chakra, anima, telekinetic, etc. operates on a certain frequency, and likewise, every person has a specific energy signature. Juin scientists and engineers labored for decades, studying ways to isolate and measure specific frequencies. The result was an unparalleled sensor system that could detect the energy inherent in individuals. Now, their mathematical techniques have enabled them to identify frequencies at decimal values. The sensors were immediately deployed at the coasts, where they could detect anything approaching the continent from miles away, including living matter, non-living matter, and energy. Researchers continued to use the sensors to identify and isolate the energy signatures of everything that they could get a hold of, quickly building a massive database of frequency information.

Frequency detection technology was further expanded to be able to not only detect specific frequencies, but enable Juin Technology to adapt to specific frequencies. This became extremely useful in battle, as the Juins were finally able to develop uniform frequencies that allowed their offensive weaponry to pass through their defensive shielding. Furthermore, they could identify an enemy's specific energy signature and adjust their own signature to be able to pass through their own shielding, or, through the use of nullifiers, negate an enemy's power entirely. Their technology also can operate on a modulating frequency to throw off any particularly adaptive fighters.

The study of energy frequency continues to be a major focus of Juin researchers, because of its high utility-value in Juin life. They continue to search for what they've dubbed "the ideal frequency" for energy transmission. Frequency Adjusters are now standard equipment on Juin soldiers and are typically located on their bracers. They have also been installed in all Juin military vehicles and aircraft.




Fuel Cells
It took seventy five years for the Juins to develop the perfect fuel cell to store ki energy. Similar to a battery, energy is stored in a special foam, which mimics the human body's ki-storing abilities. The foam stores the energy like a sponge until the cell is connected to a type of circuit, which then rations the ki energy out as it is used. The foam is lightweight, and energy can be stored not only in the individual foam molecules, but also in many small air cavities within it. Since raw energy is massless, an enormous amount can be contained in a single foam cavity, whereas a typical gasoline tank containing the same energy would have an enormously unpractical mass and volume. The downside to any excellent energy absorbing material as good as Juin foam is, of course, cost. The foam's formula is classified and it is limited to the use by the military. Since it's classified nature makes it unsellable to the public and the Juins have no exports, maintaining this fundamental technology takes up the majority of the Juin military budget.

The practicality of foam in battle situations is one of the reasons Juin chemists chose it as an energy storage material. In most modern armies, foam is used in tires to prevent blowouts when they are hit. Similarly, when a Juin fuel cell is hit, only the external shell takes damage. The foam's energy absorbing properties not only prevent loss of too much internal energy, but it also absorbs any impact energy from a projectile or ki blast. Rather than a large explosion, foam and energy leak out slowly, theoretically allowing a fighter the energy he needs to fight his way out of danger.




Collector
It took seventy five years for the Juins to develop the perfect fuel cell to store ki energy. Similar to a battery, energy is stored in a special foam, which mimics the human body's ki-storing abilities. The foam stores the energy like a sponge until the cell is connected to a type of circuit, which then rations the ki energy out as it is used. The foam is lightweight, and energy can be stored not only in the individual foam molecules, but also in many small air cavities within it. Since raw energy is massless, an enormous amount can be contained in a single foam cavity, whereas a typical gasoline tank containing the same energy would have an enormously unpractical mass and volume. The downside to any excellent energy absorbing material as good as Juin foam is, of course, cost. The foam's formula is classified and it is limited to the use by the military. Since it's classified nature makes it unsellable to the public and the Juins have no exports, maintaining this fundamental technology takes up the majority of the Juin military budget.

The collectors are the Juins' power plants, and there are several Collector facilities around the continent. On a planet like Eden, where fighting with powerful ki abilities is a way of life, excess energy floats abundantly in the air. With every Kamehameha wave, the atmosphere is subjected to more radiation, and the average temperature on Eden has increased by a degree every year. The Collector is a cylindrical tower five stories high, which contains an enormous spinning turbine to suck in this excess energy. More than half of the absorbed energy is used to power the turbine, giving it perpetual energy, the rest of the energy is then stored in fuel cell silos for later use. If there isn't enough incoming energy to keep the turbine self-powered, solar panels and a nuclear reactor can be activated as a back-up.

The collectors have three purposes. First, they collect the energy needed to power Juin cities, which supplements their main source of energy-- solar power. Second, they help the planet's environmental wellbeing by absorbing the world's excess energy, preventing rising temperatures and massive climate changes. Third, the captured energy is stored in fuel silos reserved for the Juin military. The energy is put into fuel cells for just about everything-- Pocket Dragons, Tanks, Bullet Clips. So Juin technology not only saves a soldier from spending too much of his personal energy, but the collectors spare him from having to use any of his energy at all!

Smaller versions of the collector are carried by Juin Engineer Corps and are taken to the front lines, where they can be assembled on site for quick energy.




Nullifier
The Nullifier uses harmonic spinning turbines to spin out massive invisible energy waves over a wide area. These transverse waves operate on an opposite frequency to standard ki radiation, and can either weaken or completely cancel the energy output of anything not operating on the proper frequency.




Flight Pack
Flight is one of the most commonly used ki abilities, and is also the most wasteful. The body exerts a volume of energy that seemingly counteracts the effects of gravity and allows a person to fly. Unfortunately, like gasoline in a car, much of the exerted ki is wasted and not actually used for flight. Using a flight pack reduces wasted ki energy by 80%. It consists of back-mounted power pack and special attachments for under the feet, which clip to the boot. The user exerts ki to fly as normal, but the flight pack regulates the flow of energy, storing some in the power pack and rationing it from there. The flight pack is usually integrated into the kinetic armor.




Kinetic Armor
Juin body armor is designed as the ultimate fighting armor. It's made of kevlar and a lightweight composite plastic with energy absorbing properties. The armor consists of a solid breast plate, with 'sliding' plates over the abdomen for freedom of movement. There are two layers to the armor. The outer layer is a solid shell of molecularly woven kevlar to protect against physical attacks-- punches, kicks, bullets, shrapnel, etc. The inner core is arranged in a honeycomb grid designed to disperse energy from ki attacks around the armor. While most of the energy is grounded away by the grid, about 15% runs through special wires into a fuel cell on the back armor panel. This energy is stored until the wearer absorbs it into his body via special nodes. When the fuel cell is full, any other absorbed energy is diverted through grounding wires to special vents at the back of the suit. Recently, the armor has been retrofitted with an advanced computer under the armored backplate. This advanced computer contains the software needed for the Frequency Adjuster and the Tactical Visor.




Bracers
Worn on the wrist, they have energy shield emitters and energy blade emitters. The energy a soldier would usually use to create a 'ki bubble' is condensed and amplified into a large, elliptical shield five feet tall and two feet across at its widest point. The eighteen-inch energy blade is emitted from the front of the bracer (about at the wrist) and is an effective at both slashing and thrusting at close quarters. The condensed energy can easily defeat both Class I shields and techniques




Ki Saber
The typical lightsaber made famous by Star Wars. The energy required to create a concentrated blade for an extended time is too much for the typical battery used in rifles, so the energy must come directly from the user. Nodes on the hilt of the sword absorb power the user emits from the hand to form a cutting blade of energy. A normal ki shield is no match for its sharpness. Juin infiltrators carry a slightly longer version, known as a Light Lance (second image), with a two-handed hilt and a longer blade.




Energy Rifle / Handgun
Known by most fighters simply as the 'ki rifle,' the energy rifle (designation JR-14) is the basic weapon for all Juin soldiers. The Juins are perfectly capable of firing ki blasts through their hands, but through the use of rifles, which can efficiently regulate and amplify exerted power, they greatly increase effectiveness. They can shoot blasts indefinitely, not having to worry about losing personal ki energy. A 'coiled' barrel enables the rifle to fire at different settings and radii, from the standard bullet to a Kamehameha-like beam. Advanced scopes and laser sights increase accuracy. Most soldiers also carry an energy handgun (designation JP9) as a sidearm. Infiltrators carry the Sniper-class rifle (designation JS-24), which is lighter, has a longer barrel, and improved sighting.

Ki 'bullets' are highly concentrated ki blasts. While they range in caliber, the typical bullet is a cylindrical beam, roughly 3 inches long and 1/4 inch in diameter. They have high piercing ability, and basic energy shields cannot block them. A Juin rifle on rapid fire mode can fire a maximum 1000 shots per minute. The bullet has a high, lethal velocity.

There are also clip size Fuel cells, which attach to the rifle like a bullet clip and is good for 500 standard shots. The Juin soldier carries about ten clips, for 5000 standard shots without having to use personal energy.




Tactical Visor
Once exclusively equipped by the Juin Infiltrators, the tactical visor is now standard equipment for all Juin Soldiers. It wraps around the face, enveloping the soldier's vision and fitting snugly against the soldier's helmet. This sophisticated visor has night vision, thermal vision, "sonar" vision, and can detect power levels and energy frequency. The Head's Up Diplay (HUD) gives the soldier an advanced view of the battlefield, and can be wirelessly linked to the command center to display mini-maps, text messages, and objective locations in the corners of his vision. Advanced technology also links the soldier's firearms to the heads up display, and a dynamic crosshair links his pointed barrel to his vision. The crosshair changes color and the visor highlights an object when it is "locked-on." The computer system that powers the visor is contained in the backplate of the soldier's kinetic armor.




JA-1 Pocket Dragon

Dimensions
    Length: 15.06m
    Wingspan: 23m Full Swept
    Height: 5.08m / 16ft 8in
    Wing Area: 34.95 sq. m
Specifications
    Empty Weight: 6,985kg
    Engine: F186-JI-367
    Max Thrust: 13,200kg /29,100lb
    Max Velocity: Mach 2.0 plus
    Ceiling: 48,000ft

Introduction
Juin military strategy bases its strength on the basic infantryman and works its way up. Tactics involve hitting hard and fast with a large volume of heavily armed soldiers, commonly dispatched from the air. And just as tanks replaced large battalions of soldiers on the ground, the JA-1 was designed for Close Air Support-- a tank in the air. Like any humanoid, a Juin soldier can only fly so far, so fast, and with so much ammunition, before wearing out. Utilizing a jet like the JA-1 multiplies a standard soldier's range, speed, and payload. A standard squadron of seven Pocket Dragons can produce the same firepower as dozens of soldiers, which also saves in required manpower. The nickname 'Pocket Dragon' developed via its distinctive dragon-like appearance, which is enough to scare most armies from the field. It also comes from the fighter's small size-- roughly the same length as the modern F-16.

Structure
As a CAS fighter, compromises had to be made between lightness and maneuverability for armor and survivability. The engineers' first task, therefore, was to find the lightest material possible with the highest possible strength. At first they considered energy absorbing carbon fibers, but initial tests showed that the material couldn't withstand the stresses of high-speed flight. They needed a metal. The settled on alloy of choice was titanium, but its high cost limited use to vital areas-- beneath the head, cockpit, engine, and the bottom wing edges. The rest is aluminum backed internally by an energy dispersing Type D Kevlar layer, similar to kinetic armor. While much heavier than the titanium layers, it provides greater protection for the fuselage and engines.

The wings are an amorphous composite resembling a thin plastic. They resemble the skin webbing of bat-wings. When shot through, they have self-healing capabilities. The wings can flap to provide power for flight, which allows the engine to run softer. They can be brought closer to the body for greater aerodynamics-- for faster gliding and diving.

There are six fuel cells that sit in the top section of the fuselage behind the cockpit. The ki can be routed for use by any systems that need it, including the engines, energy weapons, or shielding.

Performance
While capable of high speed dogfighting combat, the Pocket Dragon's primary function as Close Air Support means it needs to be able to loiter low to the ground in confined air space. It must be able to circle tightly and change directions quickly. The wings' dynamic properties allow the pilot to change speed and direction nearly in place; performance is limited more by how much stress a pilot can handle rather than limitations in the fighter's technology.

When the fighter is set for cruising, or the pilot is trying to achieve a lock-on, computers automatically make subtle corrections to set the plane straight on course, including adjusting the wingspan. In combat mode, the pilot normally overrides the computer and makes adjustments manually.

Avionics and Sensors
The Pocket Dragon's primary radome is in the 'head.' The eyes contain an array of sensors that detect in a number of modes, including Thermal, FLIR, Nightvision, and Energy Sensing. The head is directly linked to the pilot's vision through his helmet visor. It gives him unparalleled visibility of the battlefield. His visor also enables him to do visual lock-ons, where he can focus on a target and the computer automatically adjusts the fighter for a perfect lock-on.

Even when the direct-visual link is disabled, the pilot can rely on traditional systems and displays. He has a typical heads up display and radar screen, with a number of other gauges and monitors displaying vital information. All systems have redundant doubles in case of severe battle damage.

Primary Weapons

    One 10mm Rotary Cannon: Carried internally on the undercarriage beneath the right shoulder, this is the Pocket Dragon's primary ground attack weapon. It can pepper the ground in strafing runs with thousands of high velocity ki bullets in a few seconds, laying waste to anything in its path. The gun is mounted at a slightly downwards angle, so the fighter doesn't have to dive so deeply on strafing runs.

Ordinance

    Pylons: The Pocket Dragon has 6 pylons on the under carriage and a pylon on each wing for carrying assorted ordinance.

    Rockets: Destructive, explosive rockets with no homing capabilities. They're normally carried in pods of 32.

    Starburst Missles: A homing missile of white energy that explodes within five feet of its intended target, exploding into five smaller missiles, that spread in a spherical array before exploding themselves into golden blasts 5 feet in diameter. They're useful for catching nimble targets good at dodging bullets. The Pocket Dragon can carry a pylon mounted cannon fires missiles of pure energy, or it can carry up to 12 solid missiles.

    Type-I Arrows: Small rocket sized arrows that are also carried in pods of 32. They don't have any explosive properties other than their penetrative power. Once the fighter locks onto the target, the computer enables the homing ability on the arrow's computer chip according to the type of lock-- thermal, radar, or ki signature-- and the arrow is fired with homing ability towards the target. Nanosensors determine the best path for the arrow to take and make constant changes in its course.

    Heavy Bombs: Laser guided bombs of ki or plasma

    Cluster Bombs: Laser guided bombs that explode above ground into hundreds of smaller explosives and flak.

    Disruptive Ordinance: Any ordinance (bullets, missiles, or bombs) containing disruptive energy waves designed to nullify ki energy.



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