In the early years of the twentieth century, individuals began to emerge in Germany that possessed abilities that set them above and beyond normal human capacity. They were weak and subtle at first, exhibiting abilities that seemed like mere tricks, though they quickly grew in capacity until the 1936 Berlin games, when the Germans dominated every event with a single man, a man known as “Devotion.” As the war progressed, the idea that the Axis powers possessed true superhumans became a sore point on the homefront, and the war dragged on inexorably to what seemed like a foregone conclusion, up until men in the field started acquiring powers of their own. The first of these, a British soldier who became known as “Bond and Free,” became a rallying point for the Allies as he paved his way across the western front, shutting off powers with his abilities and helping turn the tide until Himmler surrendered in 1947. It was quickly discovered that powers had a tendency to switch ownership when commanded by their user or when the user died; they came to be called Titles and their users called Keepers.

In the year 1951, the Soviet Union unveiled a Title that allowed its user to fly into space as a brilliant ball of light, sending him on five full Earth orbits, his brilliant light shining down over the Earth even in the dead of night and terrifying millions of Americans. At the same time, the Soviets released a propaganda film titled “The Leaders in Space” that showcased the Soviet desire and will to conquer the edges of space by using Titles “manufactured” by some mysterious source, chiding the West for its reliance on technology, while the Soviets sought to rely solely on human willpower. In response, President Truman, in collusion with Emperor Hirohito Showa, created a Pacific bank of Keepers headed by the Title known as Ingot, who could create nearly indestructible metal, to draft plans for hulls based upon the then-new nuclear submarines, as well as Titles that granted their users incredible insight to build engines and computer control devices. They became known as Task Force HASHI, and the space race was on.

It didn’t take long, and only the speed of construction slowed manufacture. The Japanese and Americans were on the moon in less than two years, with John Glenn as the first man on the moon, after being extracted from the canceled Mercury program. It wasn’t long before both fuel and Keepers with the ability to transport tons of material instantaneously led the American alliance while the Russians, using solely Keeper-based transportation systems, began to lag behind. Even so, teleporting Keepers were the only way to transport construction materials and people to Mars orbit with any reliability until a Keeper named Hakuchi Ino, whose Title was known as Backseat Driver, drafted the first plans for a space station that would serve as a fuel port and gateway in Earth’s L-3 Lagrange point. The station, called “Kibouyama,” the “mountain of hope,” would hold nearly a billion people at its peak capacity and be completely self-sufficient. It would hold massive fuel tanks that could service ships coming and going at a rate similar to that of Earth itself.

At first called “Ino’s Folly,” the plans eventually fell into the hands of HASHI and a Keeper named Choose Something Like a Star, who began, by hand, to purchase and move Ingot Metal into Earth-Sol’s L-3 point. He was quickly followed by others, who continued to buy the metal from stockpiles, and steel workers, contractors, and engineers began sending their support in letters which started as a trickle and became a flood, with non-Keepers lining up in screaming droves to be transported to the site until even the Americans and Japanese could no longer ignore it.

Kibouyama was built by blood, and the natives still claim they can feel the call of the spirit of the station. The name, however, did not last. Pioneers and miners passing through gave rise to a transient population that mixed with the locals, and the original Japanese and American residents merged into a single, cohesive culture that dragged itself out of the proverbial sea of stars and became a society of free thinkers that maintained a strong sense of community and wholeness, both seeking to protect their culture from outside influence while still serving as the gateway to space. “Yamazawa,” the mountain of tense feelings, became first the name for the city the settlers built, then the name of the entire station itself.

The station serves as a meeting point for the dregs of the Keeper community; while on Earth, those who can fly, throw cars, and run as fast as a speeding train are accepted by the public and the media, those with powers who make their Keepers outright dangerous to the status quo or that aren’t particularly flashy or quickly explained drift to Yamazawa, where they form alliances and seek out their fortunes in the sea of stars.

Yamazawa Style

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