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History of the World
England, 1887. Just south of Berkshire, a prehistoric dinosaur is found trapped in a rock quarry. Scholars from around the globe were sent out to research the beast, only to determine that it is not a life form known to man. The mystery had begun.





At the same time, strange events began to ripple across the globe. In Paris, a theater was suddenly swallowed by the earth. Half the residents of Bavaria were turned into ravenous wolves, roaming the countryside in packs, stalking their next innocent prey. Across the Atlantic, the newly assembled Statue of Liberty rose from its granite moorings and waded its way into the heart of New York, crushing buildings and anything else in its path.

Great Britain, the source of the disturbances, is plunged into anarchy. Landscapes began to change violently, and mutated beasts wandered everywhere. City folk moved to the country to escape the devastation, while the army turned into roaming bandits, preying on helpless citizens. Things looked bleak.



Baron Fortesque and the Chaos Engine

Unbeknownst to the world, the source of these chaotic emanations was a remote area of moors just south of Cornwall - the home of Baron Fortesque. The Baron's lust for knowledge and power drove him to hire the finest scientists and architects money could buy. When one of his researchers came up with plans for a massive steam-driven engine that would achieve the alchemists' dream of transmuting matter, the Baron imprisoned the researcher. Fortesque then began building the engine himself for his own nefarious schemes.


The Baron was able to transform the engine into a breeder of chaos, radically altering time and space. Without warning, Fortesque was imprisoned by the machine, transforming him into a hideous beast inthe process. Fueling itself, the Chaos Engine continued to wreak devastating effects on the world.


Enter the Soldiers

The creator of the engine escaped from the Baron's dank cellars and revealed to the world the location of the Chaos Engine. With the world's arsenal in disarray, an elite strike force was necessary to infiltrate the area and destroy the foul machine.
A group of mercenaries was called forth, each with special abilities and extraordinary qualities. These Soldiers all swore to put a stop to the menace of the Engine and free the world from its chaotic turmoil. Two Soldiers could penetrate the estate grounds undetected and, with skill and a little luck, get to the cellars and obliterate the machine. On their last night together, each Soldier prepared his weapon and readied himself for the battle that could be his last. Two of them were going to enter the mad Baron's estate with the fate of the world in their hands. They would either destroy the Chaos Engine or die trying.
You are that last hope. Good luck. Soldier.


The Characters





  

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The Mercenary
A good all-rounder, he is quite mad, you see, and enjoys nothing more than experimenting with a collection of unsavoury weapons.

He's the leader of the bunch. From defending political leaders to out-and-out frontal assaults, he's done it all. A veteran of many battles, he picked up his taste for explosives from skir mishes in western Africa. The Mercenary may be strong, but some say he's not in his right mind.
The Mercenary's weapon is the fearsome and mighty Gatling gun. It can pump out tons of rounds in a split second. He's a good all around Soldier to have no great strengths, but no major weaknesses, either. The Special Abilities he has include two explosive devices and a medical pack to heal himself. He's no fool.

Characteristics
Stamina: Average
Speed: Average
Wisdom: Average
Weapon: Gatling Gun
Ammunition: Multiple Small Bullets
Weapon Damage: Average
Maximum Weapon Power: Wide Scatter
Special Ablities: 3 - Bomb, Ground Mines, First Aid





  

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Brigand
Another well rounded talent, and a cut throat Bandit to boot.

Never one to take part in "just causes," the loot that the Baron's mansion was reported to hold prompted the Brigand to join the group. Normally, he prefers to make his living fleecing local travellers of their hard-earned wealth. Hey, this guy ain't no Robin Hood.
The Brigand uses a long-distance rifle with average power. The man moves fast when he needs to, because in his business it literally pays to be light on your feet. He's also fairly smart, but don't expect him to cover your back every time. He isn't in this for your health, you know.

Characteristics
Stamina: Average
Speed: Average
Wisdom: Average
Weapon: Rifle
Ammunition: Single bullets
Weapon Damage: Average
Maximum Weapon Power: Quadruple
Special Ablities: 3 - Shot Burst, Moltov, Distract Monster





   

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Gentleman
A lean and clever character. He is a dapper chap without a doubt. What he lacks in muscle he makes up with wit.

The Gentleman makes his living with his brains, not his brawn. He's made an impressive living through the lucrative import trade, but still occasionally hires himself out for a little rough and tumble. The Gentleman is a favorite with the women and fancies himself a crack shot with his flame pistol.
The Gentleman may not have the most robust health or the most powerful weapon, but he was a track star in school and can run with the best of them. The Special Abilities he can have are useful for avoiding sticky situations. Why fight if you don't need to?

Characteristics
Stamina: Low
Speed: High
Wisdom: High
Weapon: Flame Pistol
Ammunition: Flame bursts (shots pass through baddies)
Weapon Damage: Low
Maximum Weapon Power: Double
Special Ablities: 4 - Map, Distract Monster, Repel Monster, Party Power





 

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The Navvie
The strongest of the six Characters. A good fighter with heavy weapons. Although he has limited abilities they are very destructive.

This hard-working, blue-collar man has built up his massive strength building roads and canals for the government. During his stint with the army, the Navvie built his weapon of weapons, the shoulder cannon. He may not be as quick of wit, but he's the strongest of the six Soldiers.
The Navvie's monstrous cannon fires shots strong enough to take out even the mightiest beast. He's also got two of the most destructive Specials available: the ever-potent Dynamite and the lethal Shot Burst. Don't mess with this character!

Characteristics
Stamina: High
Speed: Low
Wisdom: Low
Weapon: Cannon
Ammunition: Large Single Shells
Weapon Damage: High
Maximum Weapon Power: Quadruple
Special Ablities: 2 - Dynamite, Shot Burst





 

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The Thug
When it comes to characteristics, the Thug could pass for the Navvie's brother. The Thug is a mammoth of a man, a little stupid but very powerful.

Hideously deformed, the Thug is rarely seen in public. His usual haunts are the nighttime alleys and side streets of London. He's also been known to do some "collecting" for the neighborhood gangs. Intelligence has never been the Thug's strong point, but his shotgun is more than a match for almost any monster.
Though he doesn't possess great speed, the Thug can withstand a tremendous number of attacks before going down. The only Specials he can carry are ones that inflict massive damage. Careful with that lit Molotov!

Characteristics
Stamina: High
Speed: Low
Wisdom: Low
Weapon: Shotgun
Ammunition: Multiple Small Shells
Weapon Damage: High
Maximum Weapon Power: Wide Scatter
Special Ablities: 2 - Molotov, Air Burst





   

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The Preacher/Scientist
The smartest of the six Characters. But then, he has God on his side. Beware! The preachers's perverse nature is not to be trusted.

Without a doubt, the Scientist is the smartest of all the Soldiers. For years, he's been secreted away in a remote area of northern England, preferring to tinker away with his experiments. He's also dabbled in the art of weapon creation, producing the curious but powerful Lightning gun.
The Scientist's greatest assets are his quickness and intelligence. What he lacks in sheer power, he definitely makes up for with his speed and defensive Special Abilities. The First Aid kit he carries makes him a most valuable addition to the team. Just watch where you stick that needle, bub.

Characteristics
Stamina: Low
Speed: High
Wisdom: High
Weapon: Lightning Gun
Ammunition: Energy Bolts (pass through baddies)
Weapon Damage: Low
Maximum Weapon Power: Single
Special Ablities: 4 - First Aid, Map, Shield, Freeze