Creator’s Preamble –
Here you can delve a bit more into the background for Bot War and enjoy some of the short stories set in the Bot War Universe. The background is expanded in each characters’s bio in the webstore as well as in the Explore Factions/Free Stat Cards section. This page is for the overarching background information as well as for short stories. Certainly it has been hard to contain all the information and background I have created for the game and the characters. It is also evolving constantly with new ideas. Bot War is set in an alternate reality of Earth in the 1980s and for the most part everything of that era both good and bad is simplified into the background. We have often even tried to use some phrases or speech from around that time to get the full vibe :). As one reviewer of the game recently put it – “Bot War is a love letter to the 80’s”. I hope you think so too, and I hope you enjoy your time here in the Bot War Universe.
The First Atlantican War
For the last 40 years the Democracy had been the dominant power on Earth. Early in its reign the Democracy was a nation that inspired all other nations. Its citizens had a vision, and their values brought out what was best in humanity. The nation held up freedom as a pillar of humanity’s very existence, and as a result the Democracy’s empire had expanded to encompass most of the globe. At least this is this is how it used to be, but like all empires before it, the inevitable happened.
The wealth and prosperity of those early years bred corruption within the population. A secret cult grew like a cancer within the Democracy. A cult that craved power and control, it sought influence at every level of Democracy society.
This was never more prevalent than in the seats of political power. Here the corruption coalesced and festered, coiling slowly around society like the body of a giant boa constrictor. And like a giant boa constrictor when people started to realise something wasn’t right, it was already too late.
Slowly, the admiration other nations felt towards the Democracy turned into fear as the very breath of freedom was squeezed out. Only the equally corrupted Red Star Nations opposed the Democracy and the two nations formed a global stalemate based on a “mutual destruction” scenario. The world was divided. The larger portion belonging to the Democracy and its allies, the lesser in the iron grip of the Red Star Nations.
This was the situation on Earth, when in 1981, a secret kingdom unaligned and unknown to either side rose up and attacked all nations.
Deep beneath the oceans of the Earth, an ancient kingdom thrived. The kingdom of Atlantica. Like humanity, the Atlanticans had been on Earth since the dawn of time. The nation of Atlantica covers much of the deepest ocean floors. Protected from discovery by the crushing pressure of the depths. Myths and legends of Atlantica existed on the surface, but the truth had long since passed into the realms of fairy tales or conspiracy theorists.
The Atlantican invasion forces were technologically superior to anything the surface forces could possibly hope to muster. Atlantican vehicles could operate equally well underwater as they could on dry land, making lightning strikes on coastal cities almost impossible to predict.
Within a month, nearly every coastal city on the globe was in Atlantican hands. Possessing the largest coastline, the Democracy was hard pressed. Its corrupted leadership was seemingly in disarray, leading to whole cities being abandoned by the Democracy government and millions of people being enslaved by the Atlanticans as a result.
Towards the end of 1981, things looked all but over for the Democracy. The military had fragmented into a mix of guerrilla forces supplemented by citizen militia, and a terrible malady had descended on to the population which sapped the very soul of the remaining defenders. . As King Gills himself marched towards the makeshift capital, the citizen militia braced themselves for the final battle. It would be death for certain, but many thought it better to die defending their home than in the slave pits of Atlantica.
The dawn of the final attack arrived with a portent. A flaming comet in the sky. Some thought it was the incoming initial barrage of some new Atlantican weapon. The Atlanticans thought it was another failed Democracy missile. Both were wrong. With this portent hope strangely seemed to return to the beleaguered defenders. The malady that had descended in the early stages of the war had lifted. Whether this had anything to do with the comet or whether it was some other important event, no one knows.
The comet was in fact, a spacecraft. The ship crashed down within the thinly held Democracy lines and from the wreckage emerged the first of the gigantic Bots known as Valiants. Not much is recalled of this first meeting, however an alliance was forged, and the beleaguered Democracy forces were suddenly bolstered by these new powerful entities.
This hasty alliance spelled doom for King Gills. Unable to combat the Bot threat, the Atlantican forces were literally smashed to pieces. By New Years Eve of 1982 the Atlanticans were in full retreat. Thousands of mermen died in what became a total route from the surface territories. In a month, the last of the retreating Atlanticans disappeared beneath the waves. Gone as fast as they had arrived.
Despite the miracle victory the world was in disarray and chaos. During the months that followed the First Atlantican War, the Valiants kept the peace and helped rebuild essential infrastructure. The citizen militia formed an interim government and the corrupted government cult was exposed. Cult leaders and members alike were put on trial, and many were executed by vengeful mobs or imprisoned. But the more important cult leaders escaped to tin pot nations in accordance with long prepared plans.
Here they maintained their power and the cult legitimised itself into Snake Corporation, a vile global corporation that traffics primarily in black market technologies and slaves. Snake Corp deals in anything that will bring them more power and with that, eventual world domination. They have no limits when it comes to achieving this goal.
Towards the latter half of 1982 things began to resemble a picture of general life before the First Atlantican war. The Democracy was in ruins, but it had its soul back, and this burned brighter than it had in decades. Snake Corp was an ever-present threat, but the cult had been exposed, weakened and in hiding.
Delegations between the Valiants and the Democracy worked to strengthen the relations between the two factions. It was during these talks that the origins of the Valiants became known.
The Valiants once existed in a spiritual universe. They possessed no physical bodies but instead consisted of powerful strings of code held together within a consciousness. This code was organised and sustained by the One, a supreme being of infinite power. Of all the Valiant codes, the most powerful was called Galaxy.
At some point in the Valiants past, Galaxy grew proud and rose up in rebellion against the One. Many Valiants sided with Galaxy and a war was fought within the spiritual universe. Eventually Galaxy and the rebellion was overthrown by the One’s champion, Ducal. Forced to kneel before the throne, the rebel’s hatred remained unabated. Their sentence; an eternity in torment via a stasis prison. Sealed within the nothingness of the prison, the rebels were sent out from the realm, doomed to float through spiritual space forever in constant torment. However, fate had other plans, and something went wrong. The prison breached real space and was on a collision trajectory with Earth. A Valiant team led by Ducal was assembled to retrieve the prison and return it to spiritual space.
At the breach point of real space, the Valiants received strong metal bodies with which to house their codes, as well as a ship with which to easily traverse the physical realm. During this journey disaster struck, and their ship collided with the prison, severing the ship in several places. The largest part of the ship crashed into the Democracy lines which heralded the alliance. The other parts were scattered throughout the solar system.
The prison itself crashed months earlier as King Gills invasion was in its very first week. The prison crashing deep into a Democracy forest. What happened to the prison and the rebel Valiants inside can only be pieced together through scattered reports and the Valiants own investigations.
It appears that two Democracy teams attended the prison crash site. The first was from a research team within the government. This team was made up of brilliant scientists headed up by the billionaire genius William Starr. The second team were government contractors from COILS laboratory. Later it appears that all the government scientists including William Starr were found executed at the crash site. The stasis prison was also gone, presumably moved to a secret COILS location.
Within the COILS secret facility, dangerous rituals and experiments were conducted on the prison. One of these caused an entity trapped within to escape. Removed from the One’s presence permanently and having been in torment for months, the Valiants inside the prison had been twisted and eternally corrupted. No longer recognisable as Valiants, they became known as Deceivers.
The escaped Deceiver entity, having no physical body, aligned its code with the closest code as corrupted as itself. This happened to be one of the COILS scientists working on the prison rituals. The nightmare scenario that followed resulted in the possessed scientist creating a giant Bot body. The Deceiver then downloaded its code into the makeshift body and proceeded to destroy everything in sight. Only one person escaped alive, and only then by extraordinary chance. The Deceiver then freed all its imprisoned comrades, releasing their codes directly into the ether. This caused the very atmosphere to be polluted with their malevolent code. Using the materials from the destroyed laboratory, the Deceiver then created a hellish Bot factory, manufacturing new physical bodies in accordance with the specifications embedded within each of the disembodied Deceiver codes.
The Deceivers, now possessing powerful physical bodies of their own, soon discovered that Ducal and other Valiants were on Earth and battles erupted between the two factions. Thus, began the Bot War which has raged almost 3 years. The struggle has now expanded globally, and additional factions have become embroiled in the seemingly endless conflict.
Bot War Comic Pages
Links to Short Stories –
Instrument of Destruction by Steven Remington – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2020/04/01/bot-war-story-instrument-of-destruction-by-steven-remington/
Deceivers Origin by Anthony Mallett – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2020/01/12/deceivers-origins-continued/
Atlanticans by Steven Remington – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2020/01/09/atlantican-fan-fiction-story-by-steve-remington/
Diplomacy by Steven Remington – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2019/09/15/bot-war-short-story/
The Bashers Part 1 by Steven Remington – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2019/08/18/bot-war-short-story-the-bashers-part-1/
The Bashers Part 2 by Steven Remington – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2019/08/26/bashers-short-story-part-2/
Snake Corp Origins by Anthony Mallett – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2019/05/27/the-corporation-of-evil-snake-corp/
Who are the Infesters? by Anthony Mallett – https://tradersgalaxy.com.au/2019/05/27/infesters/