Story, Factions & Kicking it forward
Kicking it forward
Kickstarter has been good to us, YOU have been good to us. We believe in the Kickstarter idea and we’ll do everything in our power to strengthen crowdfunded indie games (including making a really good one ourselves so you’re happy).
As part of our commitment we decided to join the Brian Fargo/inXile "Kicking it forward" initiative.
This means that we’re going to put 5% of our finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects. That is money that we earn as profit AFTER the project ships and AFTER we have paid our expenses. So it’s not the money you’ve pledged for Battle Worlds: Kronos (we of course need that for the development of the game).
We think it’s a great way to support cool projects and new developers. If you want to learn more, go to: http://kickingitforward.org
Background story & Factions
When the emperor of Kronos dies, the mighty Houses of the planet fight a ruthless war to settle the succession. The fraction that is able to seize control of the twelve holy temples and simultaneously light fires on each of them, appoints the new emperor and decides on the destiny of all.
In the latest war of succession the House of Telit used nuclear weapons for the first time, nearly destroying the planet in the process. Anyone that could afford it, fled to the neighboring planet Rhea, among them the newly elected emperor. Now, 200 years later and despite all available life-prolonging procedures, this emperor has passed away and a fleet of spaceships is nearing Kronos, ready to fight the next – and possibly last – war to find a successor.
The three invading factions have access to the same units – since the weapons industry sells to everybody who can afford it. However, every faction has a special unit that only they can use in battle.
The House of Telit
The previous emperor was a member of the house of Telit. The house fields by far the largest army and starts off the war of succession as clear favorite. During their 200 year rule, the members of the House have grown arrogant, decadent and generally full of themselves. To emerge as victor in the war even though many Telites have grown complacent, they eliminated as many rivals as possible beforehand and outsourced planning of the war to more capable individuals outside of the House – for a proper compensation, of course.
The Telit special unit is the "Medusa": A Bigfoot wielding an EMP cannon. An EMP blast damages enemy units only slightly, but deactivates all mechanized units for the duration of one turn.
Yerla Inc. is the biggest private enterprise on Rhea. The Yerla, as the top managers of the corporation call themselves, are ingenious thinkers and ruthless strategists. It is them who have the arms of the information-, communication, and computers-industry under their control. Their tendency towards using stimulants and drugs as well as cultivating conspiracy theories, however, makes them less reliable allies. They own quite a sizeable army which they assembled by means of their enormous financial ressources.
The Yerla Inc.'s special unit is called "The Hacker". This spider-ish unit has cloaking capabilities and is able to take over enemy units. A unit that has been taken over fights for the Yerla during the next few turns.
The Order of the Lumati
The Lumati can be considered the religious leaders of Rhea. They are a very small but nonetheless powerful faction. Masters of intrigue and espionage, they employ envoys and agents within all major Houses and have grown quite talented in playing them against each other. Even though their army is massively outnumbered by the armies of the House of Telit and Yerla, the cunning strategists of the Lumati are always good for just one more surprise…
The special unit of the Lumati is called "Meteor". This flying Kamikaze unit laden with explosives positions itself above enemies and crashes down on them. While being destroyed on impact, it deals insane amounts of damage.
After Kronos almost got annihilated during the previous war of succession, everyone with enough financial means or influence fled to the neighboring planet Rhea. Those who were left behind died of radiation poisoning or starved to death in the following nuclear winter. Only few survived and formed a new society. Ever since, they call themselves the "Residents". They are technologically far less advanced than the Invaders, but they denounced the vicious cycle of war and are still hoping that this war of succession will not draw them in once more. It’s a hope that will soon be dashed…
The units of the Residents are often makeshift units held together by hastily wielded pieces of steel. Other units are civilian vehicles provisionally equipped with military-grade weaponry. In an open battle, these units stand no chance against the Invaders. However, those low tech units have a powerful advantage, as they can be repaired by incorporating salvaged enemy wrecks!
Another advantage of the Residents are their powerful infantry units. The assault and gunnery infantry units are a lot more powerful than the X-100 battle robots of the Invaders. Since they live on Kronos and know their way around, they are able to camouflage themselves very effectively. An ambush by the Residents is feared by all other Houses.
"Scorpion" (Residents, "pick-up mortar"), "Medusa" (Telit, "EMP big-foot")