For The Greater Good is based upon a future dystopian world in the aftermath of a series of world wars. The story revolves around 5 young adults: Tourniquet (a prodigy spy with an arsenal of secrets), Jacob (an escaped scientist from the NIJS with a toxic blood condition), Squirrel (a small blue-haired illusionist), Brian (a technical genius), and Aaron (an amnesiac with an uncanny ability to detect hidden things about people).
aka Steven Dillon
A detective and underground youth pastor who was framed for murder when he got too curious about a certain agency and the disappearance of several of the more troubled teens from his youth group. He earned the nickname Tower from his fellow law-enforcers who joked that he was too straightforward with people, like his Chess counterpart.
Elizabeth “Squirrel” Shepherd
At 4’10, Squirrel is an easy target, or she would be if she didn’t make friends with everyone she meets. Squirrel is deeply religious, like her foster mother, Emily. Squirrel wants to study to be a psychiatrist after she graduates from highschool, but like everyone, she has a past which complicates her plans for the future.
It’s no fun waking up with no memory of who you are or any recognition of the world in which you find yourself. Seventeen-year-old Aaron is a compulsive liar with an affinity for motorcycles and sarcasm who finds herself in this situation.
Despite his wealthy background, 16-year-old Brian prefers to earn his own living through tinkering on any sort of machine his underworld clients bring him. He enjoys robotics and his engineering club’s weekly motorized-skateboard races. He’s anti-social and finds it hard to make friends with many people other than his best friend Squirrel.
Kyle Delmont is the Class President and an honor student. He thrives on pressure and is really into new bands and politics, though not together. He doesn’t let many things keep him down, though he is definitely arachnophobic.
Head detective and friend of Tower, Isaiah fully supports his government, even when orders from above don’t make sense. Isaiah is cold and emotionless about most subjects outside of work, except for hockey.
aka Bethany Reach
Tourniquet prefers to think of herself as a patriot, though she’s hunted as being a terrorist and traitor to her country. She is a member of the terrorist group Tryst and has a unique knowledge of weapons, specifically automatic, thanks to a childhood of training with the NISJ as a synth. All of that means nothing though compared to her current self-assigned mission in the humble city of Titus.
Derik is quiet and generally apathetic toward others, but has a short supply of patience in matters directly concerning himself. His assignment in the city of Titus is to impersonate a high school student while hunting for synthetic humans that escaped from a government facility over 5 years ago with the help of the terrorist organization Tryst.
Darius is flighty, but highly experienced in reconnaissance missions. As a division 3 “synth” (synthetic human), hunting the highly dangerous Tourniquet is right in his strike zone. He’s a cybernetic hybrid with a sadistic side and a specialty in tracking.
Emily is Squirrel’s adopted mother and has raised Squirrel since she was a small child. Emily has four other foster children (Tia, Benjamin, Marcus and Ian) who love and admire her. She works with several nonprofits for income and has pounded ideas of morality, hard work and Baptist ideals into the heads of each of the five children. Squirrel is very protective of Emily, and although they fight frequently, neither of them ever seems to remember being in a fight afterward.
aka National Institute of Science and Justice
The NISJ is a branch of the US government dedicated to research for the protection and health of the country, both internally and externally. There are five confidential locations or “bases” where medical, defense, and misc. research is conducted for the betterment of the people. In recent years, the Director’s position has been elevated to that of a cabinet member, only answering to the President. Each base is led by a “General” who answers to the Director.
The five bases are as follows:
A large group dedicated to overturning the current government and restoring freedoms of information-sharing, religion, trial by jury and speech. They wholeheartedly oppose the NISJ and human testing or “recycling” of unwanted children. They have been accused of everything from acts of terror-rousing, illegally holding religious meetings, smuggling, distribution of propaganda, kidnapping, and bombings to assassinations and cult activities. They are, however, the largest opponent of the current administration, and are respected by smaller anti-government groups.
First Blood is a gang that works out of West Titus. They are known for robbery, smuggling, murder, vandalism, and drug-dealing. They are the biggest rivals of the East Titus gang Sever, but they never mess with Tryst due to past experience with a creature named Tourniquet, who not only keeps them in line, but has helped members on multiple occasions from being killed by Peacekeepers.
Sever makes First Blood members look like boyscouts. While First Blood has grown milder over the years, Sever has only grown more violent. They deal primarily in human trafficking, drug dealing and arms-dealing, and have gathered respect from various oversees terrorists. In their attempt to encroach onto West Titus, they have been known to set up various bombings, injuring and killing scores of civilians in retaliation against both Peacekeepers and First Blood members. Sever’s real edge though is in their recruitment of powerful rogue synths and the leadership of the two brothers Loki and Lee.
The police of Titus are of a higher grade than most. They are called Peacekeepers. Their weapons, tactics and brutality are more cruel than any standard military regiment in an effort to take back Titus from the three powerful anti-government forces at work in this once-peaceful city.
An illegal network of hackers, engineers and computer scientists who solely oppose the ban on new technology being built without government certification. They believe in a free sharing of ideas, and through various network setups, have eluded the government while sharing blueprints, ideas, and personal creations for the betterment and advancement of technology. Among them are four legendary hackers, all wanted by the government: Usernames Galileo, Newton, Medici, and Xerxes.