Gravstrike's duels are dominated by six galaxy-spanning corporate consortia — six factions, each with a unique perspective and approach to dueling. Here are our working summaries of the six, along with their logos.
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The Crowne Corporation are commercial top dogs, the Coke, Apple, Toyota, and American Express of the future reality. They achieve dominance in a marketplace or they leave it, and much more frequently the former than the latter.
Crowne has both extensive and terrifying legal, financial, logistical, and operational expertise. They were the first company to widely colonize outside the Old Solar System, and part of their dominant position today is buttressed by rights they claimed in the colonial days and still exploit or license out today.
Crowne fearlessly deploys overwhelming armies and navies, with irrefutable potency. They refer to themselves as the galactic superpower without fear of gainsay.
Summary: Top dogs.
Characteristics: Proud, effective, authoritative, and forceful.
A consortium of information brokers whose domains are intelligence, know-how, and the achievement of practical ends. They are not eggheads but operatives, specializing in the real-world application of information to achieve their ends. They are the CIA rather than the NSA, market manipulators rather than professors of economics.
CWZ methods revolve around decentralization, and the autonomy of the group’s nearly one million partners. Their agents and associates can be found anywhere and everywhere, pursuing agendas of every type and magnitude.
CWZ operations are unencumbered by tradition. Members are either non-moral, amoral, or hyper-moral depending on your perspective: A complex system of guidelines and precedents open to extensive internal debate inform their personal and corporate activities. The practical reduction of an extended internal discussion of CWZ ethics is usually, “Do what needs to be done.”
CWZ stands for Cohen Weiss Zeus, after the consortium's founders. A fourth founder, Calibur, is no longer part of their acronym’s formulation for reasons not widely known.
Summary: Operatives, analysts, adventurers, and spies.
Characteristics: Canny and free-thinking.
Omega the Last
Omega the Last is a hive-mind of artificial intelligences, and the humans who serve their interests and carry out their directives. Their name, often shortened simply to “Omega,” signifies that the combine’s constituents believe themselves to be the final stage in humanity’s evolution.
Some believe that Omega’s AI’s have learned or uncovered secret knowledge about the nature of the galaxy. Fringe theorists suspect that Omega’s ruling core can either now, or will soon be able to, redefine fundamental physical rules that govern the cosmos.
Omega’s pure-code pilots defy what flesh-and-blood can do. Omega turbines do have flesh-and-blood pilots on board as the rules of the Sport require, but many of these do nothing during arena battles, and some are maintained in a vegetative state.
Summary: Holders of secret knowledge.
Characteristics: Inhuman, secretive, and strange.
A catch-all for the loners, freebooters, entrepreneurs, independents, and piratical outsiders of a lawless section of the universe that violently resists all attempts to organize or subjugate them. Their resistance to domination is just about the only reason they ever cooperate on anything.
Outworld pilots are of many and any types, as diverse as the worlds they come from. The stereotypes run to brash independence and unfettered egotism.
Because of this consortium’s nature, wise-asses both within and without often refer to the group as a “Dispersal” rather than a “Combine.”
Summary: A non-association of iconoclasts.
Characteristics: Audacious and independent.
The Redbrick Organization are sharp-witted and penetrating businessmen, free traders who buy and sell everything for the right price, sparing no concern for anything other than the profit that can be made.
In relatively recent history, Redbrick wholly absorbed the now-defunct Bios Corporation, which was extensively expert in biotech, nanotech, and pharmaceuticals. This acquisition has flavored Redbrick’s reputation and capabilities, and given them whole ownership of the most highly advanced biological research facilities in the galaxy.
Summary: Merchants of biotech.
Characteristics: Keen, profit-obsessed, and ethically challenged.
A waning consortium obsessed with their success at the Sport, to the point that it sometimes harms their faction’s business interests. A restrictive but honorable code of conduct governs the behavior of those who wish to rise in the consortium.
Due to their upbringing and training, which begins even before their birth, Seiji•Astra pilots are among the most skilled and devoted of any consortium. Pilots are governed by a code of honor even more strict than the corporate code that all in the consortium must live by.
Summary: Noble warriors.
Characteristics: Focused, honorable, laconic, and patient.