The town of Gyori is nominally part of the Federated Territories, but the real power in charge is Kettel Industries. This company has divisions for everything from real estate to toothpaste. It is the wealthiest corporation on Earth, and consequently one of the wealthiest in the solar system.
Tybog Kettel was a warlord in the period shortly after the night of fire. She attempted to capture and preserve technological facilities, as opposed to many of her contemporaries who would strip any building they came across for mecha parts. Gyori Fortress was built atop the ruins of an industrial complex.
The Kettels ran their growing community with strict law and order. For those seeking an escape from the horrors of the deadzone, Gyori became a safe haven. There were plenty of jobs in the factories and mines. However, even minor transgressions could be punished by exile or worse.
In NT40, people from the space colonies began to return to Earth. A spaceport was established in Namok, and the factories of Gyori started producing goods for the L4 and L5 regions.
Elijah Kettel I was the last warlord of Gyori, and the first president of Kettel Industries. He sought to return the world to its former glory; he was fascinated by the age of superpowers, and believed it was only a matter of time until the start of a new golden age. Kettel updated the Gyori legal system, throwing out some of the more draconian laws and instituting a number of democratic reforms. He pushed for ratification of the Sunrise Pact and the establishment of the Federated Territories of Earth.
His son, Elijah Kettel II, built Kettel Industries into the powerhouse it is today. He had little interest in politics, but excelled at business. The younger Elijah expanded Kettel holdings to all parts of the solar system. He founded the Kettel mecha design division. He was also responsible for a certain ill-fated defense contract, but thanks to some deft maneuvers the public would never associate that disaster with the Kettel brand.
Elisha Kettel was born in NT125. She became president of Kettel Industries in NT151 when her father was assassinated. Elisha has continued the family tradition of searching for PreZero technology, and has recently come into possession of a couple of very valuable artifacts. Under her leadership Kettel Industries acquired Zero Tech, manufacturers of the popular Zerosaiko mecha.
Thanks for the game lore update. Will the identity/motives of the assassin be covered by the game or comic?
Firstly I want to thank you for the continue development of Gearhead, this game is simply too marvelous. As I’ve been digging through my old files, I’ve found a “max-pack.zip” fill will more mecha designs. I’ve merged those designs with image as best as I could, mostly reusing the other png image from monster or mecha, so that it get represented.
I was wondering if there are any forum or reddit that we can start so that we can share some of our files to enrich the game unofficially.
Also, I’ve stumble onto this japanese blog: “http://resee.seesaa.net/” with some interesting graphic resource. Will try to translate them and merge them as well if possible.
Once again, I would like to emphasize how happy I was to see this game revitalized!
You can try the yahoo group (not much movement there but you can upload files there) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/gearhead_dev/info
This japanese blog images are already in a package in the one of additional stuff links for the i18N version… it takes a bit of time to find them if you can only rely google translate as there are a lot of stuff there.