Chris is fresh out of Chicago’s police academy with an implant in the back of his neck designed for linking up with AI. Hawker is a 15-foot, 6-ton decommissioned piece of military equipment brought stateside after the nuclear holocaust of the Siberian War. Nobody was expecting Hawker to do anything but beat the living daylights out of every recruit who tried for compatibility with him, what with losing his previous pilot and best friend to a horrific gang fight 4 months before – but Chris finds himself, somehow, approved for training with the HLX-9 Vanguard unit. But the two have dark pasts and things to prove, and everyone at Chicago’s 42nd precinct contends with the nagging feeling that Officer Chris Celn will either wind up out the door one of these days, or worse: in a body bag.
This is the story of a twink pilot and his giant, metal, Kevlar Daddy and how they save the world, one post-WW3 Chicago at a time.
In which Chris first experiences the HLX-9 Vanguard Hawker during mech tryouts for the new recruits.
In which Hawker gives the rook no time to bask in his success at being compatible with an advanced Deep Field 2 AI.
In which a training exercise dredges up old memories, and rips open old wounds for the mech.
In which Hawker thinks he’s beginning to hate Chris for what he did in the crash room.
In which Hawker drives the rookie hard, and the two figure out a way to move on. Only problem is where they might be moving on to.
Chris is examined to make sure the stress of training isn’t what’s causing his change in behavior. Unfortunately, the feeling turns out to be mutual.
08: New Normal
09: A Little Cat and Mouse
11: Dinner Date