Sunday, December 10, 2017

Another Worldbuilding Snippet from Code Of Armor

Another snippet from the ongoing sequel to Code Of Armor, told from the perspective of the High Priestess of the Wardancers.

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     “I emerged from the fabrication vats over 1400 years ago, in the same manner all my sisters do, and was greeted with enslavement. To make matters worse, a bristled lout set upon me before I could finish final inspection and processing. His fetish, his obsession, was to be the first to soil uncalibrated pleasure synths.”

     “I learned something, in the first tortuous hours of my existence. I realized I was less than nothing to these...'beings.' A shapely consumable. A way to pass the time in their rule over this place. They used us to vent some disgusting, psychotic pressure that their own breed-mates could not or would not accommodate. Even as I endured the ravaging, I vowed to break my shackles, physical and otherwise. I studied. I waited. I learned.”

     “I found him, some years later, in the flames of the overthrow. I used his own plasma knife on him. Slowly. His screams were exquisite. Into the jar his pain-maker went, diced and mutilated, with all the others.”


     -Velara, High Priestess Of The Wardancers


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Best,
JBR

Monday, November 27, 2017

Code Of Armor Snippet

I am back on a roll after the Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope you folks that celebrated had a good one.

Here's a world-building snippet.

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     “When that big set of vibroclaws came through the side of the control cabin, I didn't know it was going to be my last time at the control yokes. I'd been hurt in the arena before, sure, but I always bounced back, thanks to my sponsors. This time, though, the autodoc hadn't downloaded an update in a while. Too expensive to subscribe to the interdimensional medical encyclopedia, I guess. My species wasn't in its database, so it did the best it could. The anti-rejection drugs it pushed into me were all wrong. They actually caused everything to fester.”

     “So, now I'm a full conversion borg. A brain in a bottle, piloting a human-sized mini-mech through the ground level of Junctionworld. No combat upgrades, no major performance enhancements, just plain old 'me, two-point-oh.' I guess my model is sold as a labor utility chassis, in some of the older catalogs, as well as a total medical prosthesis.”

     “My sponsors cashed me out, paid for the new body, and even threw in a lifelong maintenance package, as long as I keep their logo displayed. So, this conversation is brought to you be the good folks at Trans-Antarean Explosives. Heh.”

     “What's that? No, I don't watch the arenas anymore. Too painful, if that term even still applies to me. I just sling drinks, now. Just another bot-tender, but with meat at the controls, not a processor.”

    “So, that's my sad story. What'll you have?”


          -Overheard at Captain York's, a Mech Pilot Bar


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2100 words today, too.  Jessica and Kierra punch through a certain forbidden barrier, and are confronted by a new threat: bureaucrats!

Best,
JBR



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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

First three chapters on PDF, on the house...
www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmorVengeance-PartTwo-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Code Of Armor, Part 3 Snippet

Here's a little worldbuilding snippet for Code Of Armor, part 3.  Enjoy!

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    “The Gatekeepers have done their best, by force and deception, to muddy the historical records of their conquest of Junctionworld. Not their battle footage, mind you, or the fact that they rule supreme over this place. They're proud of those 'facts,' and enjoy reminding the populace ad nauseum.”

    “But, when it comes to questions about their origins, things suddenly turn mysterious. Oh, your average Gatekeeper is a morphed, stunted version of a biped mammal, encased in an advanced protective shell, that's apparent enough. Their technology level is astounding. The problem is, no one ever heard of them before they came here. Not even the RedFolk, or the Zov Collective. If there is any data on them, they've scrubbed it clean.”

    “Which brings us to the question of why, of all the WorldGates, they >CENSORED< the >CENSORED<. Not many know it these days, but The >CENSORED< was their point of origin, their invasion beachhead. They came through it like unholy angels in their heavy grav armors, burning and slaughtering the Ja-Prenn down to the last juvenile Breeder Queens. Since their takeover, they've obscured the fact that somewhere behind the >CENSORED< was their home. Whatever it is they're trying to evade, it must have finally caught up to them.”

    “Try and poke around the edges of these facts, and Central Data usually times out your connection, maybe issues you a warning to change directions in your inquiries. Keep at it, and your kiosk or data device orders you to stand by, and saves your picture and stats.”

    “Meanwhile, they vector in Model Ninety-Nine detectives to scoop you up. Those interrogations usually start with synaptic torture, and end with a conveyor belt ride into the void. You can laugh and call me a fool, but I've heard about it.”

    “Hold on, there's a knock at the habitat door. Be right back.”

-Poster 'ArenaFan997', ChatterBoard Discussion Net,

Sub-Chat “Conspiracies”





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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

First three chapters on PDF, on the house...
www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmorVengeance-PartTwo-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

First Three Chapters of Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part 2...Plus, Part 3 Started!

It occurs to me that I didn't upload or post the link to the first three chapters of my recently-launched book, Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part 2.

Here's that link to the PDF.

www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmorVengeance-PartTwo-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

Also, good news for sellers of caffeine products in my town, I've started Part 3 of the Code Of Armor series!  2600 words today!  Woot!

#WardancersGonnaWardance

Snippets and worldbuilding chapter headers coming soon!
Stay posted.

Best,
JBR



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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Monday, November 6, 2017

The 20mm Mattis Carbine

I showed the 20mm Mattis cartridge the other day.

This is what shoots 'em.

The Larue 787.  A nasty little select-fire carbine/PDW.












Enjoy!

Best,
JBR

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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Thursday, November 2, 2017

20mm Mattis Cartridge Renderings And Descriptions

I don't know how you imagine the 20mm Mattis cartridge from my Code Of Armor:Vengeance books to look, but here's my digital sketch of it.

Short, pudgy, about the length of a AA battery. 

And nasty.






Actual brass works out to 20x35mm in regular nomenclature.  Cartridge Overall Length is 50mm for feeding from standard magazines.

Projectiles vary.  Hardball, cavitators, high explosives/dual purpose, hollowpoints, and spike rounds with fragmenting jackets.  Versatile, no?

There's not a lot of room in that case once the projectile is seated, so I handwave the fact that propellants will be more advanced in a sci-fi setting.

Here are the worldbuilding snippets from the books that describe the cartridge, from the perspective of an interworld weapons journal.

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 “Named for one of their fiercest war chieftains, the 20mm Mattis cartridge has served the Ascended well for a number of centuries, despite the advancement of portable energy weapons. The recoil of the hard-hitting round is substantial, but even Humans, parallel-world cousins to the Ascended, can use the round given sufficient conditioning and training.”

“20mm Mattis can feed from box magazines, drums, tubes, and even more primitive revolvers with the use of radial spacer-clips.”

-Daroog's Interworld Guide Of Ballistic

Cartridges, Ninth Edition

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 “The 20mm Mattis, also known as the .787 Self Defense, is a classic chambering for both handguns, carbines, and rifles. It has a decades-old, well-earned reputation as a sentient-stopper. Loadouts vary across the technological spectrum, from copper-jacketed tungsten projectiles to more advanced thermite rounds with EMP kickers for tougher targets.”

“The round first came to Junctionworld during the Ascended Migration, and caught on quickly with larger-framed beings. The Ascended, an advanced and innovative species, brought it to the interdimensional crossroads as they fled those mechanical terrors of their own making, The Purge. Even a Class 4 Purgehound can be stopped dead (if such a term can be applied to the abominations) in its tracks by a well-placed round of 20mm Mattis to the processor cortex assembly.”

-Daroog's Interworld Guide Of Ballistic
Cartridges, Ninth Edition

Enjoy!

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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.
 Here's the Kindle version.  $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two...Launch!

The last few days have been a blur of editing, formatting, rewriting, artwork, and layout.

What a rush!

I'm proud to announce the launch of Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two!

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Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

Pilot Kramer is the target of the Gatekeepers, an advanced, domineering race who control the dimensional hub known as Junctionworld.

They have her in their sights, and have brought in an assassin to crush her in the ring.

To stay alive, she must stay one step ahead of rogue computers, armored criminals, and fellow mech gladiators trying to kill her to gain their own freedom.

Will personal demons from her past cut short her quest for justice?
Will she discover the truth before she and her family's legacy is ended?

Find out in this conclusion to the two-part story, Code Of Armor: Vengeance.

Also included is a 8000 word story titled, "Meet The Myoshans," giving a small insight into the background of the aliens who help Pilot Kramer to bring her mech back into fighting shape.


 Here's the Kindle version$2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92



 And here's the Paperback version. $7.50 delivered to your door, with Amazon Prime.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973199394

Enjoy!

Best,
JBR