Title: Not sure as of yet
Synopsis: This story is essentially a conceptual Science fiction novel (as in, not really focused on hard science but rather on philosophical concepts)that involves a team of highly trained mercenaries/assassins that are sent in to kill a group of artificially created "human" subjects in order to stop the violence caused by most of them and to cover up the project that created them (it is called something like Project Prometheus, but this may be subject to change). With this story I want to question ideas such as the nature of humanity itself as well as certain attributes of humanity.
. Ethan Hawking: The commander of the assassin troupe; he is the most highly trained out of all of them and is exceptionally deadly in combat. Specializes in general combat with emphasis on assault rifles and machine guns. He has a rather brooding prescence among the others, as he tends to not talk much; but this isn't really because he's a dick per se, but rather that he doesn't want to get to know the others really well in fear that they would die and he would be in greater mourning. Silently is mourning the death of his beloved wife who died of a mysterious disease a few years back (what this disease is is up for debate); carries around a small portrait of her and looks at it when others aren't looking. He also is slowly dying from a certainly fatal disease (I'm not sure what it is, I guess this is up for grabs), and this is unknown for the most part to the others but later could be revealed.
. Bethany Howard: She is the second in command of the elite assassin troupe; she is also very highly trained and is very deadly in general as she is also the best shot in the team (next to the commander). She is a trained sharpshooter/sniper and specializes in stealth and recon based missions. She can be a bit of a bitch to the others on the team and has a hot temper with certain issues such as her childhood and her character in general. She has a soft spot for children and animals, and she regards the under ranking members of the team almost as her children. I've thought about making her get in a romantic relationship with the commander later.
. Chris Jennings: Is the elder one of the under ranking pair in the troupe; specializes in demolition and other such tasks. He is fairly intelligent, but tends to keep it to himself (he's the only one of the group that reads much of anything). He is philosophically literate and loves metaphysics. He jokes around frequently with Gillian.
. Peter Gillian: The youngest of the assassins, he specializes in engineering and dealings with technology. He serves as the sort of plucky comic relief in the group, and tends to act very silly and often immature in order to relievce tension and lighten the mood. He generally knows when to be serious, but sometimes he can go a bit too far with his ribbings and horsing around. He loves retro stuff, from old music to old tech; he frequently sings songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. He is best buds with Chris Jennings (I may make them have some sort of platonic relationship or even make them bisexual, but this too is up for grabs).
. Subject 01: Of all of the subjects, he is arguably the most dangerous by far. He is extremely, incredibly innately intelligent (he would be the most innately intelligent "human" ever to live) and can figure out things that would take a normal person days to figure out in a matter of hours. He could be described as the quiet stoic type, but a more accurate description would be nigh-emotionless, since he regards human emotion and ethics as a hinderance on logic and reason. He is INCREDIBLY dangerous (all of the subjects are, but him especially) due to his high learning capacity and high manipulative tendencies, but also because of the huge amount of gross muscular mass he has. Due to his highly developed brain (and maybe a few other factors, such as a chip in his head) he develops psychic abilities which culminate in the formation of a literal third eye in the center of his forehead that channels psychic energy or something. He uses his power to mentally corrupt lesser minded folk (maybe into his own jihad) and almost literally mind-raping the more vulnerable of the assassins by forcing them to relive VERY unpleasant memories or forcing them to experience horrific fantasies. I wanted his character to be a corruption of a sort of ubermensch kind of ideal human as well as representing pure neutral evil.
. Subject 02: Unlike Subject 01, 02 is much, much, more screwed up in the head and less rational (he is still incredibly intelligent, but deluded). He conditions a very depraved and sick sexual response to blood and inflicting pain onto others (and later himself) and his sexuality controls him. He is completely self-aware of his faults and depravities and so he exhibits an unbelievable amount of self-hatred and develops a strong guilt complex. He also finds paradoxes in his character and, combined with him being controlled by his desires, drives him further and further insane. He kills and tortures people, mostly women, yet I would not refer to him as a complete monster as I would 01, rather, he's almost an anti villain.
. Subject 03: This particular "human" is special, at least compared to the other two. This is because 03 is relatively normal and actually is very benign in terms of ethics and legitimately cares about other living things. He's the least screwed of of the subjects, but he still is not without his flaws. He questions himself constantly, his existence, his own character, and if he deserves to live. In this case he's almost a woobie. Another important thing to note is that he is also the least innately intelligent of the subjects.
Progress: Not too much, except that I've almost completed a chapter in it (I don't know where it would go chronologically). It's 7 pages in Microsoft Word, but I'm working on it more and more.
Concerns: World building (I need to develop the world that this takes place in, the technology, the culture, etc), the quality of the writing itself, the philosophical content, and the research needed for it (it would have realistic violence and fairly realistic military tech and stuff, I could use some help with this)