ago there lived a prospering civilization, technologically and biologically
advanced, striving for the stars after having conquered the limits
of their own system. Having surpassed disease and famine, and with
social and economic burdens no longer existing, they came into a new
era of understanding and introspection; but the limits had been reached
and ahead lay a brutal path of decline. Disagreements turned into
feuds, feuds into battles, and battles into planetary war. These beings
would later be called the FOUNDERS.
Their wars lasted for millennia until one faction, seeking an end
at any cost, used their own sun as a weapon. This faction not only
ended the wars but doomed their race as well. Their home world and
surrounding colonies were destroyed. Those who survived, took to deep
space in search of a new home.
After an age or two the survivors discovered a planet suitable for
their continued existence: EARTH. Following a brief orbital
bombardment, the FOUNDERS enslaved the planet's remaining human
Ultimately, the FOUNDERS returned to war. The human slaves
of the FOUNDERS' cities were too weak to fight in the battles,
so the FOUNDERS engineered an advanced form of man called:
GUN'TAEM. They were bred sole to fight in the FOUNDERS'
The Founders had all perished a thousand
years ago, and over the centuries the Gun'taem had constructed their
own ideas about society and individual status. In their shortened
life spans Gun'taem grow. Though born as an adult, mental and physical
attributes improve over time. The appropriated name for this growth
is called FACTOR RANKS. A belief stirs in every Gun'taem, a
belief that he or she can reach FACTOR 12. The mythical factor
12 promises freedom from the war and freedom of the soul.
Enter: RUSH, FACTOR 9, an elite soldier of the city 6200 who
begins to question the wars and their purpose. Her quest for the secret
of factor 12 leads her into the depths of the Founders' twisted minds
and discovers that what she seeks most is not her
freedom, but her humanity.