Here follows a history leading up to the present time:
2215 New Earth Government formed to battle Skaarj Empire.
2216 During the '7 Day Siege' the Skaarj surround Earth.
In a bold move, NEG commandos destroy the Skaarj mother ship, causing
the Skaarj to retreat in disarray.
2219 Following the Human/Skaarj war, many of Earth's
cities lay in ruins. When the New Earth Government attempted to assert
its authority over these areas, they were confronted by many rebel groups,
often covertly financed by the great corporations, which had established
bases in the destroyed cities.
2241 "Strider Wars" are won by sacrificing a planetary
colony. The colony is disguised to look like a major control center and
as it is attacked, is detonated, destroying the planet and the invading
Strider forces. The architect of this victory, a young female officer
with power beyond her years leaves the military, unable to reconcile her
feelings over the incident. Records indicate she joined the Terran Colonial
Authority as intelligence officer aboard a Marshal's patrol vessel.
2251 Leaked classified data files indicate that an incident
occurred on the outer rim of human space. Ancient artifacts are found,
initiating inter-corporation warfare and the reemergence of the Skaarj,
eager to claim whatever power the artifacts held. Although most details
are still highly classified, it seems that a TCA Marshal was involved
in destroying the artifacts and preventing the awakening of an ancient
power that could have spelled disaster.
2260 In one of the most daring acts of the mostly covert
Corporation Wars, Izanagi Corporation's research facility on Lamdon 3
was raided and destroyed by a strike force from the Axon Research Corporation,
despite the protection offered by the elite NEG ThunderCrash force. Axon
was able to not only destroy the facility, but also retrieve the advanced
plasma ion tank under development there.
2267 In the Green's World Rebellion, three thousand
miners revolt against harsh working conditions.
2276 Stolen "Nexus" prototype missiles are recovered
by the NEG military in a daring raid on a Hellion convoy on the surface
of Taron. This missile type was later used in multiple incidents of colonial
2283 The infamous AI uprising on LBX-7683 (metallic
asteroid in the Erican cluster) resulted in a massive loss of human life.
Rebelling against their oppressive and abusive human creators, robotic
workers and battle droids took control in a bloody mutiny and claimed
their home as their own sovereign world. The previous owners of LBX-7683
decided to regain their profitable mine, and so the Liandri Corporation
sent in a small tactical squad set to strike at the very heart of the
new robot world. The squad succeeded in penetrating the core of the robots'
prime facility, where they destroyed the central AI generators, thus preventing
the machines from replicating themselves. Having proved their combat skill
to the human victors, a group of the sentient machines were inserted into
a stasis matrix and were later reprogrammed for corporate purposes. The
leader of the robot force, Xan Kriegor resists multiple memory wipes but
eventually succumbs to reprogramming.
2291 'Consensual murder' is legalized, opening the way
for a previously underground event - the "Tournament" to go mainstream.
Mining companies had long been running small leagues and matches to channel
aggression. Liandri Mining Corporation begins to tri-cast the fights.
Xan Kriegor is the first champion of the Liandri Tournament, which quickly
becomes viewed as the defacto human space championship. Xan was already
legendary because of his success in the long-running (but not legally
sanctioned) tournaments on the mining worlds. He leads the Liandri Corporation
sponsored team - "The Corrupt".
2293 Malcolm - a human - unseats Xan, and becomes one
of the "Great" champions of the Tournament. A huge media figure, Malcolm
is hailed as the biggest star in human history and is worshipped as a
god. His success nets great rewards for his sponsoring corporation, attracting
the attention of jealous rivals both in the arenas of the Tournament and
in the corridors of power a galaxy away. Xan is returned to the Liandri
Corporation for upgrades.
2302 The gene-boosted monster - Gorge - defeats Malcolm
in a brutal contest and is named champion of the Tournament. The aging
Sniper Rifle (a relic of centuries past) is removed from the Tournament
as is "Assault" - a team-based event that forms a part of the competition.
Many fans of the Tournament complain at these changes, with some combatants
refusing to participate in the new format.
2303 The most anticipated tournament ever takes place,
with three former champions (Xan, Malcolm, and Gorge) each captaining
a team. Vehicles are introduced to Tournament combat. The Hellions, eager
to prove themselves as mercenaries for hire, enter the Tournament in hopes
of securing new contracts. Xan has received upgrades and is deadlier than
ever. He is also backed by a team of combat droids from LBX-7683. An updated
Sniper Rifle is added to the weapon roster, along with several other weapons
designed for the larger outdoor combat environments of the new Onslaught
and returning Assault events.