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APKALLU 4 RAPTURE - Main Characters

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Part of the APKALLU Mythos: Year THREE, in events which are subsequentially refered to as Rapture, dating to MMXI.
It continues from the events of APKALLU 3: INFERNO (Part 1 | Part 2)
This focus on the time between mid January 2011 to Late August 2011, through the views of competing factions:
The informal Necoc Yaotl ARIMA Division versus the formal bureaucratic Holy Roman Empire
Extensive material has been written about, of which you may find here.

As if an illustrated cover or poster attempt, the three main characters cover distinct backgrounds.
  •     The cloaked figure on the left is Lanzo Zalacosta, guerrilla-fighter in possession of the mysterious OMEGA Project, his underground actions have gave him some a fame, he answer as "Omega" or "Fogo Final", and he acts through secret networking to aid distinct uprisings, actions, and building resistance on the front-lines.
  •     The figure in the center should be no news for you, the protagonist Triton returns once again and never satisfied with whatever flood or arson caused to harm the industry of death, he's once again hell-bent on using traditional weather changing powers, now more focused after learning many things he did weren't his acts, as someone co-opted his deeds for some big deal of time. His trademark Orichalcum conch and exoskeleton grows harder by the rate he uses this power on a daily basis, as he lets his human life on the corner.
  •     By his right the also famous criminal and arsonist, under the alias Dazbog, who has survived across wars from as early as since his very childhood, and somehow got a state of expelling fire from his arms. The glowing orange pulses are also expanding across his body, and he feels no scorch at all. Armed with axes he feels at home; Perun's axe in the image just gives us insight on one of the few ups he's had in the last years - receiving support to his always twisting faith, he finds his gods are true; perhaps not how he thought, though. That however can only mean even older enemies wait them in the corner. The Triton has seen too much to remain the skeptical man he is, but his resolve is unshaken. If this 'god' thing was no myth, he's sure going to make it history, for nothing shakes the team's sense of anarchism and individual commitment. No Gods, No Masters!
  •     One sense which antagonizes the apparition behind, heir to the dreaded place (distorted at the background), newly christened vicar of the crucified man, Pope Leo XIV. He has his dark secrets and is bent on finishing what his predecessors couldn't. If before the anarchic allies of the Triton managed to beat the slavers and learned that freedom in earth is hell, they must remind themselves that a heavenly paradise means nothing but the building and architecture of just increased suffering, maintaining the chosen few on top. Should they reach automation, it'd be the end for the masses. And while this may sound soothing for at least one of them, he's no fool and realizes he'd be rather on the scorching hell during judgement day - nothing but sycophants would remain in this eternal bourgeoise domain. Automation, by the way, is far from the desire of the vicar's allies. But personal goals come on top when you have the world kneeled at you. As his time is passing, so should everyone else's. It's this way how the arrogant god of sacrifice work.
  OMEGA    |    TRITON    |    DAZBOG   

The three characters are joined by others through the faux institution, actually a narrative inspired in actions happenning around the world, namely referred as necocyaotl (lit. nahuatl. "Enemy of Both Sides"), which refers to a specific mo(ve)ment, tactic, and habitual political expression amidst the time between the implementation of the Inquisitionary Offices put in service by the Holy Roman Empire, as a form of resistance and counter-attack measure.
Necoc Yaotl concerns autonomous groups of ephemeral joints which employ severe actions in conflict with security, or causing stealthy attacks at pivotal centres - from roads to factories. Anarchist in nature, equated to terrorism, and ellusive in it's conception, the group has been noted as possessing top-notch equipment, which makes them differing greatly to other groups. Their possessions, in decurrence of their informality, mades a big deal of smokescreen situations for security services to handle their spread. Their engagement made it being treated as a phenomenon rather than a group or a collective of groups - with no membership or office, they're highly informal, so the people here are just a cell - part of a greater one, as implied.
"ARIMA" stands for the couch of Typhoeus, as a metaphor of the dwelling place of the god-killer storm giant. It was made ever since Abaddon and his locusts were defeated. It parted by now, however one never knows what could bring them back together.

   Despite the looks, it's not easy to engage and fight for whatever cause, no matter how much it touches one personally, or how it materializes on a daily basis. From schedules to lifestyles, several concessions are made for the cell to act - the time is of great concern: Leaving the adoption of the Inquisition means letting the enemy declare victories over thousands of people, and endanger much more to oblivion - dictating ways to act, what to do, how to think.
Even in such small portion - three members - too much story has been outgoing between, in too short a time. Each have his 'reason', but ties in together to fight a common enemy. It's better they learn how to act, or the entire operation may not succeed. Leaving origins or past experiences behind, their focus lies rather on the here and now, and the unescapable need of offering solidarity to the resistance - joining the frontlines or keeping score.

The world is mobilized as Europe's (so-called) Democratic Unions cede the pressure to controversial policies (ranging from Malthusian economic devices to monopolizing the violence towards ethnic, racial or religious minorities as process of a jingoism) makes it into the government under collaboration with authorities of religious and military natures. The justification is biased through a mass media campaign against a referred "secret movement", of "terrorist nature". If such disputed faction does exist or not, it is obvious the blur serves as a facade for the ongoing spontaneous movements to either take it or leave it, so this "fictional faction" often works as a smokescreen scenario and the individuals which once gathered in an event or riot of such quality will more than likely pursue the overarching end of such plot - bringing State down with it. Read on for further understanding of motives, context, and to check precedents of the ongoing moment of political struggle:
  • The informal "Necoc Yaotl", which literally means "Enemy of both Sides", sides which in a transliteration could refer both to "Left and Right" ghosts of political spectre or else false dicotomies and the tendency of "Public or Private" management. It stands against the status quo and supposes search of self-sufficiency, but rather as the epitome or the climax of a revolutionary chapter - the unlocking of the current strains, which are more apparent than ever. No real "movement" exist, but media works like this. The name was borrowed from a strictly planned action by an affinity group a year before the current events. Anarchist movements and organizations already existed, but a militarized (through theft and appropriation) one, organized right about from a subsequent release of kidnapped communities through a traffic event planned by corporations and governments in a move unknown to the public, took this guise whilst on a retaliation attack in urban centres of the West (more specifically, a highly tourism-oriented economy city in USA's favorite satellite state in South America). When the "gang war" or "terrorist" narrative doesn't fit, neither it belongs to ethnical, racial or other kind of dispute, when they employ high technological suits with powers and even giant machines of heavy artillery and tactical features, the overall public retaliation went by the easy way. Such "phenomena" wasn't exactly understood by either MI-6 or CIA, but key figures were drawn here and there. After the Southern American incident, the third way or middle policies were requited to radicalize, to either face the times they were into - accepting the crisis affected other countries, displaced homes, families, destroyed ecosystems, or they'd die to protect foolish lifestyles and the maintenance of an overarching conscripted system where rich gets richer and the poor, poorer. Hard as reality, the multiple Necoc Yaotl are non-official, who will either form or disband it's "cells" to adress both local matters or to "lash out" (assassination of key figures, to luddism, property damage, sabotage, theft, as long as the cells planed and agreed to - leaving it's only hierarchy being the warning of the situation) at the globalized capitalism. Those involved in the riots and attacks will more than often disband it in order to pursue cooperation with a certain community which was "benefitted" from it (likely those who had no rights, or nothing but rights - on paper). But if he or she participated on that with a member of yet another of these "cells", a network of intelligence may come to be. Hackers, spies, and such do exist, but if they're unreachable, they pursue as well means to jam official security, as well as eliminate certain tendencies which pend to traditional crime lords - dependant on the system. That highly un-popular motives shadowed other forms of organization, but as well as served as inspiration to the unheard. Some would argue it was bringing back what the potentials thrusted at its "outskirts". Made the powerful remember that "people used to live there", where they saw only resources.
     
  • The formal "Holy Roman Empire", which itself counts with support from independent nucleii inside important countries' official military, such as the special unit of the Teutonic Knights (at time, highly armored soldiers which are a part of German army but will also respond to a newly christened Austrian sovereign - despite his preposterous claim be ongoing debate), as well as sideline militias ellusively supported through finances of think-tanks of either neo-con nature or those promoting liberal economy. Those investors are kept in adamant secrecy but it's deeds are kind of obvious - favoring a secret round table of warmongering figures within European nations, the same which in the 90s were operating on Eastern Europe and the last decade, on Middle East. The Empire is more or less an enterprise, and is highly supported by a central church, The Western Roman Catholic, although it have other churches at "gun-point" due the vastness of its network. Eccumenical roles ties in to the moment of political unstability, so either unrecognized, albeit publicly supported, or even recognized, albeit strictly regluarized in national frontiers, the Inquisitionary Offices are the crude reality which make the Empire less an initiative and more a suppressive system. An increase in military ranks with higher support of volunteers, it's role is suppression of insubordinate elements which fit one or more of all it's incredible roster of absurd narratives. To turn it in categorical acceptance, many power-plays and publicity investors will defend a part or two of such conscripted plot to the acceptance of the newest Vicar, Leo XIV - in his revenge-seeking plot against the murder of the last helding it's title. It also stems from an eugenic plot conscripted as a "demon hunting" sequence. Whilst programs such as AXIS were secret and turned obsolete, by the rates that not only "demons" were known, they were freed, the fact that their range acted around so-called "Third World" in key positions machinated by facades of church charities, was apparent. The proof, however, was gone - the slave pits have been replaced by another kind of netwrok across the globe. By the year of MMXI, the church under Leo had a new visage - bring Heaven upon the Hell that earth has become. That suited most people's fears - they were all tirelessly afraid of Triton or Paynal for example, and competent authorities have failed to capture them for over two years, letting them even organize with humans. Ironically, such effort of the Church counted with help of Dragons, Vampires, Angels (Djinni) and mostly trans-humanist science.


    For starters, Bartolomej (Dazbog) is a pyrotechnician from the Baltic Countries who enlisted in Yugoslav militias, betrayed his liege, resorted to gangly life-styles in Dalmacia, moved to Czechoslovakia, betrayed another bunch and took refuge in Russia, all the while mining UN's progress, causing arsons and homicides. His role as "Dazbog", however, has been a thing for over half a decade before current events, where he became pivotal in assisting smaller autoctonous religious groups of native faith to assemble from the fringe into the high stinkin cities. Some believe in his change of heart, but it's undeniable he's had good sides and just bad habits which made he survive longer than his enemies would desire. Now a 23 year old man on the run, he resort to armed campaigns and once again to fighting in fronts located on open fields and forest cabins to assure his safety. Some thousand people in distinct villages and occupations help him and he's got easy ways to get a ride when situation requires, with some good variety of languages, hitchhiking is his forte.

    Lanzo's a veteran of resistance, used to poor agriculture based occupied places, in constant struggle and different strategies for different enemies at every corner, he organized cells which would be the ones "coming and going", attacking where it mattered most, making sure his populace were in no isolation - the constant struggle against political parties and enterprises resumed the need for a fight back. All changed after the appropriation of the OMEGA project, with some aid he became a major force which identified and fought Western African Piracy, the re-ignited Trans-Saharan Slave trades and settled the original actions in the so-called "Arab Spring", before it became a scenario of returning conservative power of sheik mobs, NATO financed 'rebels' and forcibly removed workforce to deathtraps elsewhere, all which had a conscript "resources-planning" infrastructure behind - plans of "refilling Lake Chad" concerned dismantling the power of a staunch dictator in a country just north of the territory, for example. His views on collectiveness and sociability were always more positive than Triton's, but he never refused to pull the trigger when it was necessary, making all the needed distinctions the political system deemed as a mere detail. He has been acting more deep in shadows, through controlled duplicates as referred to as "Omega", building up to a database he manages. Recently he was, after all, back to European territory. In the belly of the beast.

    The Triton is a fantastic being, you know, who haunted the fishermen from the most humble to the syndicate boss. A piece in the killing spree self-powered machine which settled thought to be safe spots of trading and fishing overseas to return back to coast, a scourge of humanity, yet, one which hindered a strange phenomena of de-urbanization - taking whatever scope that fits, he's hated by most, but praised as a force of nature by some whose hope is found on the payback of destruction. Of course summing up all that's happenned in the last three years on his account is an exaggeration, he's had help to run from entire fleets and sink entire generations of the best infantries around the world. As a human he doesn't show anything else, but he sticks to these other two because they're just about the few he trusts. And trust is all they need right now. The staff in his hand is the other half he uses to do his "magic", which converts his original human self into the scaled, with shell-on-the-back Triton. He's the young man here, whose name is Goustavos, "Gus" for short, a minoican (greek) high schooler. The shell on the back grows by the rate he uses the power, which as of now, closed and singular, means he's on the verge of mastering it.

Habits they face with distinction while altogether, things so important to one another, become just "details" in their surviving routine, conceding to one another a way to ease the personal burden. It's strict when they meet they're into veganism, for the Triton's ethical sharpness on the treatment of sentient beings leaves no other option. Lanzo's been dwelving into community projects as far as he can remember, so it's these people's words he'll carry on. Dazbog is a loner, yet he arguably has more community-based bonds than the Triton, who's managed to increase both their ranks with fear. All of them are aware of the ephemerous nature and illusory concept of collectives. They're just preparing people for the worse to come. Their effort against the Holy Roman Empire wasn't for nothing. Despite not all of the enemy side wouldn't want the final solution, the 'big boss' behind it, the Pope Leo XIV, has received support to craft a superweapon ready to destroy the planet - or else the nations which doesn't submit to his supporter, leaving a dead land behind it's wake of destruction. A neo-colonial exaggeration in all it's alien absurdity, a national suprematism from the future. To his followers, it matters not what they agree or disagree, give them some pile of gold and a yard in "heaven", they're fine. Now the trio must gather all they have now and heed for advancing in what might be their last battle, now or never, for all or for nothing. What will they do after such menace, if there's any possibility of getting past on that?

Each surely have unfinished business: Lanzo may finally get a higher role in North America, Triton's concerned with the oceans, specially Gus has to figure it out in what's to become of the Mediterranean and Dazbog has deals he can't miss in Russia.
However, they know more or less all of these joints points to common enemies still dormant, watching their every move, mining their intent, dictating their public perception. In the worldwide veil, they better be sure they don't lose touch and act just in the local - they must act and think globally, and by the way, damn the long term. When it's here and now, past, present and future flow as one. It's a thing of the world, to sum up bad things, waste good ones.
The severe mark they live is a radical bond, most want to provoke it further - at least until Civilization itself collapse....
May the feats of the empires be forgotten, may the ghosts of the past mingle with the dim promises of an unexistent future.
Until
Freedom prevail, the individuum is respected, and the ethea, considered.

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