Weyland-Yutani in the Frontier (Kyle, Ben, if you should happen across this, don't read)

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ChrisDonovan
December 5, 2015 - 5:12am
I'm planning to use W-Y and the Aliens universe (which I include Avatar in) as part of my campaign background.  I posit that that Earth is the human homeworld in the Frontiers version of the galaxy.  I posit that since no one knows what happened to the Earth/human homeworld, that it might have been overrun (as seemed to be happening) by the Xenomorphs, thus explaining why contact was lost.

I also posit that at least a few people at W-Y back then saw the inevitable coming, and "bugged out" (excuse the pun) before it all fell apart and migrated to the Frontier, where they set up the "new" W-Y.  While they couldn't bring with or sustain all the more advanced tech, such as the secret of AG fields, they brought enough to make the Company the functional equivalent of PGC (as in being ubiquitous) until PGC grew large enough and took the "top dog" spot from them.

Here's my write up about what is currently known in public about W-Y (not 100% finished, but almost):

Weyland-Yutani
is a mystery. No one is sure just how old it truly is. Any records that might say have been lost (some say deliberately). It has been around as long as any alive can remember, and was the PGC of the Frontier before PGC came into existence.

After the creation of PGC, W-Y began a long slide into obscurity. It still exists and has it's fingers in multiple markets and fields of endeavor, but is no longer considered a leading example of Frontier corporate operations. Often seen as a “budget option” vs the services of larger corporations when it comes to providing services, it has embraced down-market business to survive. Nonetheless, W-Y remains a powerful mega-corporation.

It's slogan (“Building Better Worlds”) would seem to indicate an interest in terraforming operations, but it has never shown itself to have access to that sort of technology. It is rumored also that W-Y has a strong interest in xenobiology, and has a relationship with the Planetary Survey Administration and Fleet Expeditionary Force.

Headquarters: Port Loren, Gran Quivera, Prenglar

Chief Executive: Andre Tyson Bishop V (Human)

Subsidiaries: none known. All acquisitions officially become divisions/sub-divisions of W-Y.

Allies:

Enemies:

Occasional Opposition: Brotherhood of Spacers, PGC, WarTech, UniHo


All constructive crits/comments welcome.

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Tchklinxa
December 5, 2015 - 8:57am
Nice write up.


 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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ChrisDonovan
December 5, 2015 - 2:57pm
Thanks. I tried to preserve as much of the "feel" of W-Y as I could in a few paragraphs while also conforming it to the Frontier.

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ChrisDonovan
December 12, 2015 - 12:15pm
After doing some thinking, I've worked up more backstory for W-Y in the Frontier:

W-Y is in fact responsible for the Frontier losing contact with Earth-controlled space to begin with.  The founders of the "new" W-Y didn't want anyone possibly bringing Xenomorph XX121 to their new home, so navigational records disappeared from gov't archives, viruses erased ship nav-coms, etc. 
If someone were to somehow rediscover the route to Earth space, the Company would arrange for something...unfortunate...to happen to them in very short order.

W-Y is no longer obsessed with obtaining a xenomorph to study, but with protecting humanity from aliens and alien influences.  It has been quietly supporting groups like the KLC, Anti-Sathar League, etc for a very long time, and is a big player in the rise of HUSP.


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iggy
December 12, 2015 - 3:40pm
@ChrisDonovan, good angle.  I like this and it creates the possibility of a secret society that almost religiously protects the ignorant.  Almost Templar like, though I would not make a parallel to them.
-iggy

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ChrisDonovan
December 12, 2015 - 4:39pm
Perhaps good intentioned to a degree, but takes it way to far and descends into species-ism.

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iggy
December 13, 2015 - 5:15am
Do they take species-ism to be human only and the other races just beings to be used?
-iggy

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ChrisDonovan
December 13, 2015 - 1:41pm
That's the way I'm leaning at the moment, or the idea that sooner or later, the non-humans will betray humanity in some way.

The central idea is the W-Y has been standing "fireguard" against alien threats for so long that it's all they know.  Decades/centuries of peaceful alien contact don't change the fact that there really is a deadly threat out there that can/will kill them all in their minds.

Let us not forget, the "refugee" W-Y employees would not necessarily be nice people to begin with.

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jedion357
December 14, 2015 - 8:49am
I like what your doing with the setting adaption especially with the lost AG tech existing but unreproducible. It allows for lots of things to be worked in like Disney's Black Hole. Cygnus is a lost ship from earth with AG technology crewed by robots and lobotomized cyborges and a megalomaniac wack job - good times. He could even be a Baltar-esk traitor to humanity that is working with the mechanons

The mechanons like him since he reduced all biological life on his ship to 0 (except himself). They realize he might be the tool to reduce biological life to zero Frontier wide

LostcAG tech would be worth millions if they can get a hold of it

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Tchklinxa
December 14, 2015 - 10:42am
I was just musing on the Cygnus, I love that ship. A functioning AG ship would be a huge find to any company. PCs could stumble into all sorts of intrigue plus crazy guy!
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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jedion357
December 14, 2015 - 11:00am
Crazy guy + robot in red= you gonna work damn hard to walk away with this ship. Personally I think based on the embrace at the end between the crazy guy and the robot in red that there was something between them. But that's a topic for another thread.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
December 14, 2015 - 2:58pm
jedion357 wrote:
I like what your doing with the setting adaption especially with the lost AG tech existing but unreproducible. It allows for lots of things to be worked in like Disney's Black Hole. Cygnus is a lost ship from earth with AG technology crewed by robots and lobotomized cyborges and a megalomaniac wack job - good times. He could even be a Baltar-esk traitor to humanity that is working with the mechanons

The mechanons like him since he reduced all biological life on his ship to 0 (except himself). They realize he might be the tool to reduce biological life to zero Frontier wide

LostcAG tech would be worth millions if they can get a hold of it



The way I am imagining it, they'll have to find a source of Unobtanium first, as not having that is the reason I have in my head for AG fields being Lostech.

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jedion357
December 16, 2015 - 5:14am
So a misjumped freighter with holds full of unobtanium would be a treasure ship out in the dark with everyone scrambling to obtain it at all cost. Imagine such a ship being blown to bits in the ensuing struggle and someone coming up with a method to sweep for unobtanium with a mine sweeper- round two.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
December 16, 2015 - 7:18am
And would only be a short-term solution as sooner or later, the one load would be used up.

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Tchklinxa
December 17, 2015 - 11:27am
But the search for how to make the unobtanium, locate a source could be epic.
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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ChrisDonovan
December 17, 2015 - 1:44pm
That is true.  And I think W-Y has been looking.  It's another reason they keep their eyes on (and hands in) the PSA.  But AG tech fundamentally alters the "feel" of the game, and in my game, I don't plan on any being found any time soon.

Of course, if you chose differently, that's 100% your right. :)

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jedion357
December 17, 2015 - 4:32pm
ChrisDonovan wrote:
That is true.  And I think W-Y has been looking.  It's another reason they keep their eyes on (and hands in) the PSA.  But AG tech fundamentally alters the "feel" of the game, and in my game, I don't plan on any being found any time soon.

Of course, if you chose differently, that's 100% your right. :)
I agree. AG as a lost tech promises fantastic wealth and power for someone who might be able to bring it back. However I don't really want to bring it back as a referee. The Discovery of a ship like me the Cygnus can be a fun adventure but any half way smart player should realize that a Frontier Cygnus is just as likely to experience a similar fate as the movie Cygnus. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
December 28, 2015 - 8:47am
Andre Tyson Bishop V
Andre Tyson Bishop V

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