Yep, right now, I'm thinking of combining the story about the Audience Surrogate
with the one including the cyborg mercenary villain.
Here's a brief description of the guy (the cyborg)
Standing at just over 2 meters in height and weighing nearly a metric ton, to say that the mercenary known as Lash is an imposing figure would be an understatement on par with saying that the ocean is wet. All four of his limbs are mechanical, and the remainder of his body has been extensively altered; what's left of his musculoskeletal system has been fortified extensively by armor plates made from xenotech derived materials all but impervious to conventional firearms, and enhanced with high density synthetic muscle grafts. In a similar fashion, most of his internal organs have either been enhanced or replaced with cutting edge cybernetics, to the net effect of him being largely immune to inhaled or ingested poisons, able to breath underwater and survive in a vacuum with an air supply, capable of enduring extremes of temperature and pressure, and effectively immune to pain.
The already impressive strength and durability granted by his implants are augmented by a custom built powered exoskeleton and life support suit. Lash's most iconic piece of equipment however is a pair of grapnel launchers integrated into housing in his wrists, which launch lines with edges honed down to nearly monomolecular blades, enabling them to be used as highly lethal weapons. While such an edge would dull far to quickly to be practical on weapons made of ordinary materials, his lines were made from a nearly indestructible, but highly flexible material recovered directly from the CV Impact site.
I haven't thought much about Lash's backstory (and haven't even come up with his real name), but as of now, I'm thinking he'll be one of the more successful (but less cooperative) results of a Super Soldier
program which created another character of mine in this setting. Personality-wise, he's all but devoid of emotion, empathy, and remorse, being solely concerned with his own survival which most people assume is the result of having a good portion of his brain replaced with cybernetics. In universe, I'd say the belief that Getting To Many Brain Implants Removes Your Humanity
would be quite widespread, particularly among less educated populations.
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