Introduction

The year is 2063.

In the fifty years since the members of the United Nations signed the Yukoshami Accords granting all altered, hybrid, and meta-humans the same basic rights as baseline humans, much has changed.

Metahumans

Any grade school child can tell you that metahumans have existed as a race in whole or in part for the past several centuries. As a race, metahumans have steadily gained in power and ability over time, until the gap between baseline and meta has grown to a seemingly unbridgeable gulf.

The first officially recognized metahuman dates back to the latter half of the 14th Century and is believed to be the basis for Saint Roch, a French nobleman who gave away his wealth one day and set out on a holy pilgrimage healing Black Plague victims by making the sign of the cross.

Given the power level required to heal such a plague, it is unlikely that he was the first of his kind. Scholars over the years have attributed untold amounts of history to the workings of metas. Some claim that Christ himself may have been one, or the ancient gods of Rome, Greece, and Egypt may not have been simple myth.

For some unknown reason the percentage of the total population that belong to the metahuman race (homo noderis, or “metas”) has jumped in recent generations from being nearly one in one hundred million to almost one in ten million, with no signs of slowing. Scientists rush to figure out the catalyst but so far it has evaded them. Theories runs the gamut from genetics to astrology.

The Coalition

With the final institution of the Accords, The Coalition for Advancement of Metahumanity was granted unilateral governance over the affairs of metahumans. As a cooperative governing body designed to allow metas to begin the process of self-governance without the necessity of renouncing citizenship of their birth countries, the Coalition has ceaselessly championed the rights of its citizenry and helped smooth the inevitable issues that have arisen over time.

As an administrative organization, the Coalition is actually largely run by baselines, often those sympathetic to metas, occasionally those who champion the needs of metas. Frequently, this serves as the media’s example of how baselines and metas can not only peacefully co-exist, but become greater than the sum of their parts.

While the Coalition originally spawned from a charter created by the United Nations, and thus was born in New York City, it now is a truly globe-spanning corporation, with offices in nearly every country. Those few nations that denied entry to the Coalition are generally either regarded as backwater or as terrorist suspects.

Agents

As agents of the Coalition’s Pacific Northwest field office, you are tasked with tracking, investigating, and apprehending metahuman criminals. Given the wide-ranging nature of metahuman abilities, you are allowed significant freedom in the methods you employ, however, you are also expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity.

Your position will often have you interacting and investigating with the assistance of local police. While your position gives you jurisdiction over most meta-related incidents, attempt to foster positive relations with all law enforcement officers, media, and the public. You are often our first point of contact with the public, act in accordance with your oath.

Coalition Agent’s Oath

On my honor:

• I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust.

• I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.

• I will always uphold the charter, my community, and the agency I serve.

• I will act at all times to the best of my ability and knowledge in a manner befitting an agent.

• I will preserve the dignity and will respect the rights of all individuals.

• I will discharge my duties with integrity and will promote understanding and conciliation.

• I will exercise my authority as an agent in the manner intended by the law.

• I will faithfully obey the orders of my superiors and will be ready to confront danger in the line of duty.

• I will act with honesty, courtesy and regard for the welfare of others, and will endeavor to develop the esprit de corps.

• I will act justly and impartially and with propriety towards my fellow agents.

• I will constantly strive to honor this oath in my service as an agent of the Coalition.


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