After years of searching, Grunt the mechanoid has finally caught up with pirate Corliss Vail’s skyship, Grunt’s objective is clear – free Nessa from the bounty-hunter pirate’s imprisonment and return her to his creator Tane, Nessa’s father.
One in ten million are born a supernatural gift with the ability to generate tremendous amounts of energy. Highly sought after by powerful rulers and other powerful people, those with the ‘Flame’ are in hiding; afraid of the contraptions that forcibly extract their energy to operate machines war and other nefarious purposes, they live the life of hermits.
When Nessa’s abilities were revealed at the age of six, she and her family fled to the isolated Mountains of Manabarh. With information of Nessa’s whereabouts bought from a travelling trader who notices the telltale signs of the Flame, Lord Pharin abducts her. Year later, during a raid on Lord Pharin’s command post, the infamous pirate captain Corliss Vail steals many valuable assets including Nessa.
One of a family of peasants living in a fishing village on the tropical coasts of Oslana, Corliss was traded for food at a young age. The slave ship carrying her was soon after attacked by pirates. Freeing and defending herself from both slavers and pirates, Corliss’ fearlessness and dexterity attracted the attention of the pirate Captain Blackburn. By taking her under his wing, Blackburn gained Corliss fierce loyalty and she his protecting guidance. Her natural talents enabled her to become highly skilled in the use of many weapons, and she developed a knack for being able to quickly and precisely take down her opponents, earning her the nickname ‘The Snake’ and the position of first mate. While raiding outlying Green Union settlement, Blackburn is caught in a trap and dies in battle. Taking control Corliss emerged blood soaked and victorious against the Green Union forces; now known as ‘the Red Snake, she continues her fallen retainer’s legacy and a scourge of the skies.
GRUNT / ROCKET
Created by Tane Baelin, renowned tinkerer and mechanist, Grunt/Rocket was made with the sole purpose of finding and rescuing Tane’s daughter, Nessa. Tane was able to transfer a small portion of his consciousness into the machine making Grunt/Rocket a self-aware automaton, endowed with the abilities of reason. Powered by a crystal battery Grunt/Rocket was built to last, able to continue in his quest for Nessa’s nique power signature for a long time.
THE BLACK CLOUD (SKYSHIP)