Date of Founding: 2062
Leader: Sam Everett
Status: At Large
Danger Level: High
O R I G I N
The Rocketeers were founded in the wake of significant budget cuts to the US military after the 2060 election cycle, with the most significant area being targeted was human personnel. Advances in AI made robots more reliable and much more advantageous, both militarily and politically, than human soldiers. As such, the US military discharged many soldiers from active duty. Some ex-soldiers took up jobs in other fields, some went back to school, some entered police forces or private security, but a distinct sliver of disgruntled military men decided that the best way to make ends meet was through less scrupulous means. With some old foreign connections and a little bit of black-market dealing, the Rocketeers were armed and ready to go.
C R I M E S
The Rocketeers have been responsible for numerous grand larcenies, preferring to loot valuable cargo from vehicles heading in and out of Castleburg and re-selling them on the black market. The Rocketeers have expanded from semi-trucks and small hovercraft to taking on Castleburg's bullet train system, staging raids and picking apart entire chains of trains with their weaponry, before retreating into the sky. The Rocketeers are not, like many criminal organizations tend to be, complacent or greedy. The money they make is carefully invested back into the criminal group to get new and better equipment.
E Q U I P M E N T
The Rocketeers are well-armed and well-prepared for each raid. Every member of the Rocketeers is equipped with head-to-toe armor, including a helmet that has built-in lock-on aiming and facial recognition software, and the get-up is well-insulated from damage. Each Rocketeer is armed with a T-54 Jungle Beast assault rifle, a high-tech weapon that fires bursts of condensed plasma that can tear through human flesh, though the black-market guns are prone to overheating. Rocketeers also wield the T-15 Ranger, an older sidearm variant that fires conventional bullets, and a razor-sharp combat knife. Their most deadly weapon, however, is their namesake, the Red Rocket, a single-shot portable RPG that obliterates with a powerful homing missile.
O R G A N I Z A T I O N
Rocketeers operate as a band of brothers, with a majority of Rocketeers holding the same rank and power structure in the organization. A few more gifted Rocketeers, however, hold the leadership position of Commando, calling the shots and leading the charges into chaos, and the chief of these Commandos, the Captain, is the ultimate authority in the Rocketeer organization. While every member has a say in the plan, the decision of the Commandos is always final. The Rocketeers are incredibly disciplined and have impeccable planning, operating under the same military principles that they learned in basic training and applying it to crime.
N O T A B L E M E M B E R S
"I'm here to kick some ass, so form a line."
At first glance, Samantha Everett is not the type of girl you would think would run such a capable, dangerous, militaristic organization as the Rocketeers. She's 5'3" or maybe 5'4" if you're generous, and while muscular, just doesn't have a lot of height. She has a bit of a babyface, despite being 24 years old, and has an annoying squeaky voice that she has a voice modifier in her helmet to specifically counteract. Still, there is a reason why the pirate Rocketeers respect her- because Sam Everett is a nutcase.
Born into a wealthy family that produced Everett Soda, Sam always wanted to stand out and be different, and she did. She cut her hair, worked out, listened to heavy metal; she was pretty much your clear-cut tomboy. Most criminologists studying Everett's case file agree that the turning point for the heiress was in a high-speed hovercar drag race that gave her a severe concussion. The potential brain damage might have flicked on a switch that turned the tomboyish female into a crime machine. Whether it be nature or nurture, Sam went nuts. As soon as she turned 18, her first act as an adult was to smash an Everett Soda transport truck through a bank wall and dry the entire credit union clean. She used the money from the massive heist to float around off the radar for a while, picking up hit jobs and other contract work for criminals for a few years.
Sam later received a call from discharged Marine and former friend, Templeton Astair, who offered her a position as his partner in a criminal group he was founding, the Rocketeers. Sam agreed, but soon after forming, organized a coup d'etat against Templeton. After beating her 'partner' to death with a lead pipe in front of his former men, Sam assumed sole control of the Rocketeers. Talk about ambition. Sam has been the leader of the Rocketeers since, the only member of the organization to hold the title 'Captain.'
Outside of crimes committed as a Rocketeer, Sam Everett has been linked to 17 other murders and 21 robberies across New York State. Her style isn't exactly subtle- it involves simply having more firepower than your opponent and pulling the trigger faster. Sam has no known superpowers.
"Welcome to paradise."
James Coriander is a Commando for the Rocketeers. A gifted psychologist that once worked for the military, James Coriander ended up working for the Rocketeers.
PUBLIC RELATION WIDGET
I've put together a little something that tracks trending posts on social media. Or just little things I thought were amusing. Y'know, to monitor the opinions of the thoughtless masses good people of Castleburg.
- Representative Strauss @OfficialDemStrauss
These grotesque images are unverified leaks. But they do, however, match up with the facts that far too many people died on the train. Civilians included. This tragedy is just another example of the toxic hero worship culture that pervades our society.
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- Jessica J @JayJaySpring
yo, those pictures of that wicked fight that went down at Lighthouse? so fucking cool. and oh my god Strain is SOOO HOT
# 2k likes/ 1k reposts/ 220 replies
- Father Daugherty @FirstChurchofCastleburg
It's important that the heroes we rely on use God's gifts with wisdom and restraint. But they aren't the only ones who can help; anyone can make our community better. Our soup kitchen (address linked) will be open from 4PM to 12AM, and we're always accepting volunteers. It's rewarding work, I can guarantee you that.
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- Senator Wilkins @RepublicanSenatorWilkinsOfficial
Thoughts and prayers to the families of the fallen who lost people on the n-train attack, and a swift recovery to those who were injured. But don't let this turn into a "scandal." If those Heroes weren't there, many more would have died once those terrorists got what they wanted.
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- BoggyWoggy @BoggyWoggy
its a good thing my lamp can't talk
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- James Crawford @MainManJames
So, at least two HEROes are dead, and I'm supposed to feel bad for the dirtbag pirates that got killed during their terrorist attack? Night Owl my ass.
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- Vegeburgers @koiy
disappointed to learn today that Dead Man is not a ghost with superpowers...
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- Penelope Lu @xXSniperGamerNinja48Xx *post edited
WTF!!! THOSE PICTURES ARE frickED UP!!! WITH ALL THOSE SUPER POWERS YOU THINK HEROES WOULDN'T BE CUTTING PEOPLE IN HALF!! TWO INONCENTS ARE DEAD!1 WHAT A gosh darn DISGRACE!! SHADOW SCYTHE VENGEANCE NEVER KILLED ANYONE AND SHE DOSENT EVNE HAVE frickING SUPERPOEWRS!! WHO IS THIS NIGHT OWL ARE THEY A NEW VIGILANTE
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Father Daugherty @FirstChurchofCastleburg
Please mind your language, Ms. Penelope. Don't take the lords name in vain.
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Penelope Lu @xXSniperGamerNinjaXx
Sorry Father Daugherty
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- TheRealTaneesha @TaneeshaWashington
Feel like people are missing the point of these "leaks". This whole scenario on the train was a disaster. how did this happen? like why tf were those pirates even attacking that train in the first place? for fun? this whole thing reeks of a sting gone wrong fr. They shouldn't be gambling with our lives like we're in a game. Four of us lost.
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- Yaya @Yin_Lang
Who would win, Blaze or Europa? Probably Blaze, right? Blaze would melt out of any ice, but Europa can't unset herself on fire.
3k likes/ 1k reposts/ 900 replies
Have you heard of water?
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- i literally don't even want too @hotlineforidiots
day 20 of drinking milk until fortune's son gives me the money he owes me
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- Owen Kilroy @owenkilroy1999
Quinton Baeth puts his life on the line every day for us, all while being a legendary football player AND father of three children? The man may have his scruples but I'd trust him over some wallstreet build-a-cop any day of the week.
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- jerome tate @couchpotato
Wait. So... is magic real? Why is nobody talking about this?
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opal bright @opal_bright48
because the only wizard in the world is my dorky teacher at the academy i'm pretty sure
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Diego Adrian Cruz @HeyDeeDubbleYou
Not every old person is a wizard, Opal.
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- Sean @SeansUsername
Saw some crazy shit going on over at Lighthouse Island while smoking on my apartment's roof the other day. Got the binocs out and everything. Gematria kinda reminds me of that cartoon I watched as a kid. You know, the japanese one? With the giant robots?
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opal bright @opal_bright48
ah yes that ONE japanese show with the giant robots. you don't need to get any more specific
than that for sure
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- Castleburg News Reel @CastleburgNewsReel
Metahumans exchange fire with pirates, thirteen dead after attack on public train. Lighthouse Island came under attack. Violent incidents on the rise in Brookside and Watervale. Read more
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