Cybertronic Corporation – Mutant Chronicles
The Future of Mankind
Cybertronic is a corporation born from, and shrouded in, mystery. From its calamitous origins on Foundation Day to current classified projects, rivals view Cybertronic’s meteoric rise with suspicion. On the cutting edge of technological revolution and resurrection, Cybertronic is poised to reintroduce a level of technology and living not seen since The Fall. Rumours abound about its motives, and some suggest the Dark Symmetry is behind it.
Unlike storied rivals such as Bauhaus and Mishima, Cybertronic does not hold a lengthy pedigree dating to pre-Fall times. It is an upstart, the punk kid of the corporate world threatening to take on all comers. Where the older corporations are stepped in tradition and inflexible culture, Cybertronic is the young, lithe mammal to their dinosaurs. To be a member of Cybertronic is to be on the edge of what it means to be human. It is constantly pushing the definition of the species, much to the alarm of those around it. Only the highest level executives know the true purpose of this relentless pursuit to fuse man and machine. All others who may have found out have quickly been silenced by Cybertronic’s Cyber Infiltrators.
Birth of the Cybertronic Corporation
Foundation Day occurred in the 45th year of the reign of the Bald Cardinal Roland Durand XIII. That day the Seipen Stock
Exchange allowed the largest start-up corporation ever seen to launch an IPO. Some 150 billion Cardinal Crowns
would eventually be the valuation of the total stock. The corporation was listed as CII – Cybertronic Investment, Inc.
Never before had such an unknown swept the market completely, and stocks reacted violently in the following days. Market value briefly plunged as the new anomaly was processed by traders. What soon became clear was that the entire market had changed forever. Cybertronic was here to stay. It vaulted to the ranks of the top corporations in the span of one day. Immediately, speculation began as to who lay behind the massive usurpation of power and funds. High ranking executives in corporations from Mishima to Bauhaus were linked with the formation of Cybertronic, but the actual board of directors for CII remained elusive.
Clearly, CII must have held influence to even be allowed onto the Seipen Stock Exchange. As the market was completely blindsided by the introduction, rumours quickly followed. Those rumours continue to this day.
In a perfect storm of financial speculation, traders grabbed up every last share they could from the new corporation. How the frenzy began, or why, remains a mystery. Time has proven the traders’ instincts correct, as no one who bought significant shares of CII that day has failed to become immensely wealthy. Popular theory dismisses the event as one of the many vagaries of the market, but conspiracy theorists – many sounding eerily plausible – insist the event must have been secretly orchestrated by a person or persons with vast power. Who that entity is remains a serious concern.
The Three Pillars
Founded on three core principles, Cybertronic is divided into branches called Pillars. Each specialises in a different aspect of
corporate business. These Pillars form the base that holds the Cybertronic organization aloft. More than mere departments,
these Pillars are tenants and ideas that guide Cybertronic toward its ultimate goal. Each of the Pillars is further subdivided into four even more specialised departments, making a total of twelve. The number three and twelve appear again and again throughout Cybertronic iconography and appear to have significance beyond the obvious association with the corporation’s divisions. What that significance is remains a matter of speculation, but some in the Brotherhood have noted the numbers three and twelve are symbolic for certain ancient Earth religions.
The Three Pillars are overseen only by The Board, a shadowy collection of top executives who seem to unerringly make the right moves to push Cybertronic ahead. Indeed, the quick success of the corporation is unprecedented, further strengthening speculation that the Dark Symmetry may somehow be behind it. The Board is silent. No one has ever seen or heard from them. Their edicts come from the Cybertronic Tower, arriving as uploads to the top executives whose implants tie them directly into The Board’s decisions.
Furthering the mystery, each Pillar goes by an acronym whose ostensible meaning may cover some secret, semiotic message… or so the whispers say. Possibly only The Board knows the true meaning behind this alphabet soup of subdivisions.
RDM – Research, Development, and Manufacturing
While the Three Pillars are designed as equals, it was inevitable that the R&D division would take the lead in a corporation founded on the pursuit of the very frontiers of technology. While the other two pillars may, arguably, hold more power, none hold the same prestige as RDM.
To work for RDM is to be an elite among elites. Only the brightest minds – further enhanced by brain augmentations – are accepted. It is said that top researchers must forsake their own identities and pasts for the terms of their contracts. Thereafter, they remember nothing of what they did while working for RDM. From the reverse engineering of pre-Fall technology to the invention of new, innovative products, RDM is the engine that drives the heart of Cybertronic.
It is not unknown for vast amounts of corporate resources to be suddenly reallocated by The Board and funnelled to a
secret RDM project – much to the chagrin of the other two Pillars. Yet there are few complaints. Cybertronic employees,
also known as “Cybers,” are uncannily loyal. Whether this is by the strength of their character, Cybertronic’s unparalleled
recruitment process, or some other method of compulsion is unknown. In the darker Freelancer bars of Luna, it is said The
Board has the ability to kill any employee by remote through the magic of their technological superiority. Such ideas are not
entertained in polite company.
AEM – Administration, Economic, and Management
The Administration, Economic, and Management division is the most conventionally corporate of the Three Pillars. The public
face of Cybertronic, AEM has the greatest day-to-day dealings with the public. Ostensibly, it is less secretive than the other
two Pillars, but privately one finds that there is a sharp division between what AEM makes public and what top AEM executives actually know.
More than just PR, AEM is the financial heart of Cybertronic. Its analysts and forecasters are legendary among the corporations. Founding Day is said to have been the work of some of these brilliant minds. It has also been suggested that Cybertronic’s unique ability to spot and take advantage of coming trends is due to its use of advanced AI. AEM ascribes its success to nothing more extraordinary than the level of talent that Cybertronic is able to attract.
Administration and day-to-day functions of Cybertronic are all handled by AEM. It is the Pillar which most attracts defectors from rival corporations, as the culture is more familiar than the other two Pillars.
SWI – Security, Warfare and Intelligence
“No one is as secure as Cybertronic,” goes the saying. If that’s true, it’s because of the Security, Warfare, and Intelligence Pillar. Like a pyramid, each side rests on the other two. Like any structure, one side is always just a little bit stronger. For Cybertronic, that side is SWI.
The technological advantage possessed by Cybertronic is most evident in its covert abilities. There is little that SWI does not see and hear. In fact, if citizens knew to just what extent their lives were monitored, a backlash against the corporation might ensue. Yet SWI has mastered the subtle art of gathering intelligence while being discreet. Where other corporations clumsily leave the footprint of their military and intelligence capabilities in their wake, SWI moves with the lightest of feet. Entire operations, with system-wide consequences, have been successfully launched with none the wiser.
The most prominent subdivisions of SWI are Military Conflict and Resolution (MCR) and Internal and External Security (IES).
The former employs soldiers outfitted with the latest cybernetic enhancements, known as Mirrormen, as well as android Attila killing machines and devastating robotic minions. Battles between Cybertronic and other corporations often leave human soldiers shocked by the merciless, fearless nature by which the cyborg or robot will pursue their missions.
IES, on the other hand, employs what are considered by the Cartel to be the best covert agents. These cyber-enhanced spies and assassins can outperform the mere organics of other corporations.
Trained in subreality, they can spend virtual years practicing missions and techniques while mere weeks pass in real time. These men and women have no identities of their own. They are cyphers, their pasts wiped forever upon joining the elite ranks of IES Field Agents. Occasionally, one of these agents suffers a psyche collapse due to the loss of his persona and goes rogue. IES terminates such agents before they reach full psychosis, but internal intel from other corps suggests these agents may simply be trying to find who they used to be. IES will give a promising agent everything, but first they take everything away.
These spies and assassins are feared by the Cartel, as they threaten to unbalance the current positions of each corp. The technological edge, so long seen as heretical, has returned with a vengeance. Cybertronic, led by IES, is showing just what that forbidden fruit can do for intelligence gathering when properly applied.
The Twelve Divisions
Divisions are purposefully gnomic to persons outside Cybertronic. The following chart provides a layman’s perspective
of each of the Three Pillar’s subdivisions and what they do.
- Research, Development, and Manufacturing (RDM): This Pillar drives the technological superiority Cybertronic holds through innovation of new technology and acquisition of pre-Fall artefacts.
- Advanced Research and Development (ARD): Finds ancient technology and develops new technology. The most important RDM subdivision.
- Execution, Production, and Distribution (EPD): Responsible for actually making the products Cybertronic offers. Once it’s beyond prototype, it goes to EPD.
- Legislation and Applied Justice (LAJ): The legal arm of Cybertronic. It polices all Cybertronic facilities and monitors all employees not under the aegis of IES.
- Engineering, Development, and Application (EDA): The nature and purpose of this division is an Executive Level secret.
- Education, Training, and Publicity (ETP): As the PR branch of Cybertronic, ETP is the most frequent public face of the corporation. It is responsible for spinning corporate directives, particularly those relating to AI and controversial pre-Fall technology.
- Cybernetics Research and Implementation (CRI): This division is specifically tasked only with cybernetic enhancement and replacement technology. Any tech in this field falls under its purview.
- Administration, Economics, and Management (AEM): The workhorse and face of Cybertronic. This is as close to “normal” corporate culture as Cybertronic gets.
- Administrative Bureaucratic Control (ABC): A labyrinthine organization whose true purpose may be to obfuscate the inner workings of the rest of the organization. If so, why does it not fall under SWI?
- Finance and Economic Forecasting (FEF): The branch responsible for the unprecedented successes in spotting trends, manipulating the Stock Market and securing ever-greater holdings for Cybertronic. Rivals claim it possesses the gift of precognition.
- Security, Warfare, and Intelligence (SWI): The unparalleled technological giant in corporate battlespace whether conventional or asymmetrical.
- Military Conflict and Resolution (MCR): The military might of Cybertronic. Powered by powerful cyborgs and robots.
- Internal and External Security (IES): The intelligence and espionage division of Cybertronic. It has no equal in any other corporation. The Cartel keeps a close eye on it, but does IES keep a closer eye on the Cartel?
- Analytical Processing and Hypotheses (APH): This division is allegedly responsible for processing the intelligence acquired by IES, but no confirmation of its existence has been obtained.
- Intelligence Gathering and Collating (IGC): Few employees are found in this division and all are extremely secretive. The name of the division seems to suggest overlap or even redundancy with other divisions. Is this merely a diversionary tactic, or does this division actually exist?