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Background

Asuras are ALEPH’s elite, some of the finest Heavy Infantry in the Sphere. They use modified Boddhishatva model bodies: military grade state-of-the-art Lhosts, protected by highly absorbent subdermal armor-plates. They can carry out long campaigns without resting and never show fatigue. Magnificently prepared and highly qualified, Asuras are the best of the best, a superior category of special operatives. Their missions are the greatest challenges, the most severe and intensive operations, and the most dangerous threats. The code-name Asura couldn’t fit them better, as in Vedic mythology these beings were the both the oldest of gods, with hidden powers, and terrible spirits completely devoted to destruction.

Asuras of the Special Situations Section are first rate storm troops. They can work individually or in small units to assault and destroy enemy positions, act as armed escorts in high conflict hostile environments, or carry out electronic and psychological warfare operations. Disdainful and implacable, Asuras never drop their pace, never hesitate in the face of enemy fire and never break formation. They are the perfect infantry, killing and dying without hesitation, like a sublime incarnation of the most pure and heartless arithmetic.


In Vedic mythology, Asuras were the oldest of the gods. Possessed of hidden powers, they were ancient, terrifying, and thoroughly committed to destruction. When ALEPH and Bureau Toth bestowed the moniker upon a new classification of Aspect outfitted with bleeding-edge custom Bodhisattva-class Lhosts, people took notice. Doubly so once the Asura hit the battlefield. Working by themselves or in small units, Asuras are some of the finest heavy infantry in the Human Sphere. Psywar, Infowar, or pure violence, Asuras are trained from inception to be cold, implacable, and ruthlessly efficient. In stark contrast to the jovial Steel Phalanx or the personable Spokespersons, Asuras have a reputation for brutal logic. The heartless calculus of war guides their cold, unfeeling decision-making.[1]


Unique among all of ALEPH’s Aspects, Asura represent an altogether different approach for the AI. Where other Aspects are personable, Asura are distant. When other Aspects are warm, they are cold. And while most Aspects are designed to alleviate humanity’s concerns about ALEPH’s inhuman nature, Asura are a living embodiment of heartless arithmetic, cold, uncaring, and artificial. When Joan of Arc speaks about her faith, it’s easy to forget that she was created in a lab. But on the rare occasions when an Asura engages in conversation, it’s equally difficult to believe that they have a soul. They do, of course—as much as any Aspect does. They just keep their feelings to themselves. To be an Asura is to be merciless algorithm, distant, pragmatic, and brutally efficient.

They embody the side of ALEPH that humanity fears. And weaponize it.

Asuras may have a beating heart like anyone else, but you’d never know it to look at them. They complete extensive campaigns on little to no rest, showing no signs of fatigue. They’re frequently selected for the Special Situations Section’s most dangerous, difficult, and downright unpleasant assignments. While Achilles and the Homeridae inspire their allies to exceptional feats of heroism, the Asuras don’t inspire much of anything besides raw terror.

Every Aspect is a part of ALEPH, spawning from its multi-threaded daath cloudmind and spun off into a singular point of focus. Every personality trait, opinion, or quirk is a reflection of something that already exists in the AI’s meta-consciousness and is simply finding expression in a given Aspect. With that in mind, there are some who posit that Asuras are a quiet message to humanity: That the AI is entirely capable of becoming the terrifying, inhuman monster that its detractors accuse it of being. That those tendencies are contained, focused, and aimed at humanity’s enemies. Though of course, that could change if it had to.

ALEPH is your friend. But if you want to be its enemy, it can do that too.[2]


ALEPH's elite heavy infantry, one could argue that the Asuras do not wear powered armour so much as they are powered armour. Their Aditya i-Lhost bodies boast intelligent, real-time kinetic diffusion technology that rivals the protection of even the most durable heavy powered armours. And that's before factoring in the other benefits these Bodhisattva-class Lhosts grant their Aspects due to their internal structure and configuration.

Asuras typically work by themselves or as part of a small unit. It's rare indeed to see them shoulder to shoulder with the closest that the Special Situations Section has to ‘rank and file’ units. As ALEPH's dispassionate and cold left hand, these merciless Aspects carry out the AI's plans with brutal efficiency. Campaigning for days on end with little to no rest, yet showing no visible signs of fatigue, the Asuras can inspire just as much terror in their allies as they do their enemies

The Aditya i-Lhost often used by Asuras are capable of being heavily modified, with a variety of limb and other hardware upgrades available. Such upgrades are time consuming due to the distributive model of construction, placing core processing and memory in a network throughout the body, rather than centralising it where a single impact can cause multiple system losses and failures. Due to this design feature, Asura upgrades require a full download and then upload once the modifications are complete, followed by multiple rounds of testing to ensure everything is connected and working as it should. Despite the time and technician workhours it takes to complete this process, the distributive model for core systems is still regarded as a significant advancement in Lhost design given the payoffs in durability and survivability.

Asuras are special operatives, representing the perfect amalgam of cutting-edge military hardware and sophisticated training. Capable of undertaking a wide array of mission types, from clandestine sabotage to outright assault, they are frighteningly efficient.

Quotes

“We don’t know how they do it, but the Asuras are always gorgeous. They walk through the battlefield as if they were walking down the runway of a fashion show, blithely unaware of enemy fire as if it were merely the flashes of the press pack.”

– Go-Go Marlene in “Go-Go Goes to War.” War like you've never seen it before! Only on Oxyd

Profile

N4

ISC: Asuras Elite Troops Heavy Infantry
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: Cube 2.0
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
6-2 20 14 14 15 5 6 2 2
Skills and Equipment: Multispectral Visor L3, Courage, Immunity (Shock), No Wound Incapacitation
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
MULTI MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 59 0
Spitfire Spitfire, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 63 1.5
Hacker Hacker, Hacking Device Plus [Upgrade: Trinity (+2 DAM)] MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 65 0.5
MULTI Lieutenant Lieutenant [+1 Order] MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 63 0
Spitfire Lieutenant Lieutenant [+1 Order] Spitfire, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 67 1
Hacker Lieutenant* Lieutenant [+1 Order], Hacker, Hacking Device Plus [Upgrade: Trinity (+2 DAM)] MULTI Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, AP CCW 69 0

N3

Retired
ISC: Asuras Heavy Infantry
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: Cube 2.0
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 18 14 14 15 5 6 2 2
Skills and Equipment: Multispectral Visor L3, V: No Wound Incapacitation
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
MULTI Nanopulser, MULTI Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 68 0
Spitfire Nanopulser, Spitfire AP CCW, Pistol 70 2
Hacker Hacking Device Plus: UPGRADE: Redrum Nanopulser, Combi Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 72 0.5
Lieutenant Lieutenant Nanopulser, MULTI Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 68 0
Hacker Lieutenant Hacking Device Plus: UPGRADE: Redrum, Lieutenant Nanopulser, Combi Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 72 0.5
MULTI Hacker Hacking Device Plus: UPGRADE: Redrum Nanopulser, MULTI Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 76 0.5
Duo* Fireteam: Duo Nanopulser, Spitfire AP CCW, Pistol 71 2
Haris* Fireteam: Haris Nanopulser, Spitfire AP CCW, Pistol 71 2
Spitfire Lieutenant 2* Lieutenant L2 Nanopulser, Spitfire AP CCW, Pistol 72 2
Hacker Lieutenant 2* Hacking Device Plus: UPGRADE: Redrum, Lieutenant L2 Nanopulser, MULTI Rifle AP CCW, Pistol 78 0.5

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  1. Graybeaton et al, p62. 2018. 'ALEPH'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.
  2. Graybeaton et al, p47. 2018. 'ALEPH'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.