Beatrice Masant looked the young man up and down. His dress and posture marked him out as an Outsider, a Nov, and one who was, to use the old but relevant clichÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â©, a fish out of water. He was clearly nervous, fidgeting and eyes darting back and forth. Not pressure sickness, she thought, but it was the depth that worried him. How strange to think that, having traveled millions of kilometers through the hostile vastness of space, he was worried by a few thousand meters of water. But then he does come from a desert world, she thought. Atlantis could be as much an alien hell for him as Terra Nova or Caprice would be for her.
"/KalimÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â©ra/, sous-sergent McRae." She disliked using Anglic, a crude, unexpressive tongue, but she knew he wouldn't speak Hellenic. "I hope your journey and that of your /fÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âloos/ was not too uncomfortable" She gestured for him to sit.
"I have reviewed the proposal you conveyed and it would seem to be the most efficient solution to our predicament. We agree to your terms. You have them with you?"
The Nov nodded then reached into the bag sitting at the side of his chair. He extracted a data disc from the carryall, placing it before Masant, then reached down again. With visible effort, he lifted a large box-shaped object, roughly 30-cm on a side, onto the table. "It's designated ONNet CPU IG 672/44 and is fully trained. We call him Iggy."
The water world of Atlantis has resisted the CEF invaders for more than twenty years, neither side having the resources to break the stalemate. Now new forces are coming into play that threaten the balance as other colonies reach out across the Gateweb to twist the Atlantean conflict to their own ends. Utopia stands with Earth, developing new submersibles and weapons of war, while Terra Nova - who threw back the invaders decades ago - move to support the native resistance. Who will prevail, and can Atlantis afford the cost of either failure or victory?
Life on Atlantis is the third sourcebook in a line detailing the human colony worlds of Dream Pod 9's exciting Heavy Gear science-fiction universe. Atlantis is a deadly waterworld where even the slightest mistake can spell instant death. Within these covers you will find:
- A complete history of Atlantis' colonization and its war against the CEF;
- Information on the Atlan Corporate Hegemony;
- Details of Atlantean Gaianism;
- Information on the CEF Fifth Fleet, the Antartis resistance and the Waverider sub-culture;
- Full write-ups and maps for 16 Atlantean city-states and Tels;
- Rules for deep-water operations;
- New archetypes, equipment, vehicles and campaign ideas.