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The year is 2882.
Our teachers say that six-hundred years ago, our world was changed by what history books call the Second Mechanized Conflict, but most of the younger generations simply know it as the Long-Ago War.
Even though only our books and computers remember it, pieces of the war are all around us. Ruins filled with rusting tanks, broken guns, and crashed warplanes litter our world. Most skyscrapers have crumbled into the overgrowth, but some still stand.
Yet, above them all, still, are the Husks, the mecha which, along with their pilots, struck down humanity's largest foes. None of them have moved for generations.
My friends and I live in a town called Column, named after the large radio tower in its center, and surrounded by forested mountains. Our books tell us that pre-war cities held millions of people, but Column only has a a few hundred at best, like most settlements these days. We still use phones and computers and electricity, like people did back then, but we don't use robots or automation for anything anymore, and cars are reserved for important business.
In the spring, once it starts getting warm, the adults give all 15-year-olds their first bicycles. It's like a graduation ceremony, even if we're expected to be in school for several more years.
A few of my friends want to celebrate by going to Husk Valley, where tons of mecha remain, grown-over by plants and trees. The adults say we're not supposed to go there, but other kids have in the past. As long as no one gets hurt, no one gets punished.
The Husks haven't moved for hundreds of years. Nothing ever happens there.
I'm not worried at all.
Hey all, thanks for checking out the thread.
I'm looking to start up a bit of mecha action mixed with personal drama in the vein of something like Darling in the FranXX and similar shows. I'm hoping to keep things fast-paced and active in terms of post speed, while still having hefty amounts of content per post. If people can keep that up, then I can reward them with a plot that I hope people find satisfying in the long run.
In order to spice things up a bit and introduce some inter-party surprises, when characters are accepted, I'll drop in little extra things via PM that they might know about, or may have experienced throughout their lives, depending on what may fit them based on their backstory. Additionally, if your character comes across any particular things of interest or have strange experiences as the plot goes along, I'll be sure to drop details on these things in PMs so that they too can be played out as we go along.
At the moment, I'm still thinking about how I want mecha piloting to work, and whether or not there will be some sort of partner system, or whether things will be divided up in some other way. If you have any ideas or strong feelings one way or the other, feel free to post below with your suggestions, and I'll be sure to give them some thought. Otherwise, if you're simply interested, just say so; that'll give me a good idea as to whether or not this entire thing is worth pursuing in the first place. At the moment, I am also heavily considering the random assignment of mechs (and potentially partners, if things go that way), so unless there's a huge outcry against this possibility, be sure to take note of that as well.
Either way, thanks for taking the time to read and consider! If you have any questions, feel free to ask below.