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    Like I said, I'll give it a shot. That among other key people such as the founders of Qirex and Auricom, Ares Perimount (Piranha) among many others.

    I will be a while, but I'll try to come up with something sooner than later.

    In the meantime, here's looking to future stories, hopefully on something in regards to Eg.R and Xios for one, as well as of course, AG systems, Auricom and Piranha, among others.

    Until then.

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    Noticed this:
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    I'll just say...I can't be the only one here who's wondered or even tired to draw some key people like Pierre Belmondo...assuming we can even have a basis on how to try to draw him, or anyone else really.
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    I'd really like to see what a drawing of Pierre Belmondo would look like, or maybe a photo of someone and made that as Belmondo. Strange no-one has done it yet.
    Go to the heritage section of the Pure website and go to the second picture. Read the caption. Could the guy facing the others be Pierre Belmondo?

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    Maybe, but we mean a detailed relief of Belmondo rather than a small section of a picture (although it can be used as inspiration)

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    Quote Originally Posted by keg_11 View Post
    Maybe, but we mean a detailed relief of Belmondo rather than a small section of a picture (although it can be used as inspiration)
    I have actually been to the pure website before. I could use that at least as a potential starting point. Since apart from that, unless there's some concept art that's yet to be shown, I've don't got much else in the way of how he looks like.

    I'll see what I can do, it'll be a while though.

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    AG Technology

    The development of anti-gravity technology is one of the most important technological breakthroughs in the history of the 21st century, from both a technological and scientific perspectives. Such a massive event almost didn’t happen if it wasn’t for the financial and political pressure put on to all those involved in the technology, but the perseverance of some members of the project, such as Pierre Belmondo and Chuck Hoffman saw this dream to finally become reality.

    During 2017 and 2018, the US Government and other governments received many reports of UFOs sighted in desolate areas of the world, such as the Tule desert in Nevada. However, an interesting difference with these UFOs is that they hovered over the ground rather than saucer-like objects in the sky. Curiosity spurring around these objects influenced Dr. Gunnar Anglert, head of the World Technology Symposium (founded 1995) to make this announcement:

    “It is clear that many sightings of UFOs are not hoaxes of any kind. We know this because many of the flying objects are in fact anti-gravity machines developed to enhance weaponry capabilities. In deciding to declare the existence of this technology, we are hoping we can open it up to development by scientists with peaceful intent."

    As outlined in his speech, it was revealed that certain governments of the world had been in development of anti-gravity technology for military use in secret for a number of years. However, in part due to the slow development of a feasible prototype, the international governments and the Symposium came to the decision to release this information to the world in an effort to speed up development by commercialising the research.

    Inspired, several institutions and companies started anti-gravity research and development project of their own or joined with other companies to share development. The most prominent of these was the World Anti-Gravity Research Congress (WARC), formed by the Symposium several months after the declassification of AG technology. The Congress was a cooperative and governing body comprised of several national agencies and institutions, including:

    • National Commission for Anti-Gravity Research (USA), established by NASA
    • Japanese Anti-Gravity Congress, established by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    • Brazilian Academy of Sciences
    • Beihang University in association with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (China)
    • Foundation for European Anti-Gravity Research

    Each organisation works on their own AG project and uses the Congress to exchange ideas and assist each other body. The idea was that an international cooperation would co-develop working AG technology in relatively quick time. However, this initially went as far as various case studies and simple experiments with no solid development whatsoever. In a later interview with Chuck Hoffman, the Symposium knew that actual development of feasible AG technology was several decades off, so the establishment of the Congress was like a head start in that field.

    This completely changed the day Pierre Belmondo arrived at the Foundation for European Anti-Gravity Research. Despite dropping out of the Federal European University in his first year, Belmondo was already such a genius on gravitational physics that his tutors forwarded him on to the Foundation. Belmondo’s contribution to the Foundation and to the Congress as a whole was profound. He was able to investigate and solve various studies within a matter of months whereas the Foundation before would’ve taken a year or two at least, not ignoring the fact Belmondo was still a teenager.

    The developments in AG technology rose exponentially with Belmondo leading the way, with Belmondo taking over as head of the Foundation in early 2024, at the young age of 20. However, a major act would halt their research. On November 24th, the Symposium shut down the Congress out of the blue. They claimed that after extensive reviews on all members of the Congress spanning over a couple of years, the Symposium saw that the rate of development didn’t justify the cost to support the project and that their current developments were unsuitable for mass-transport systems.

    Despite the well supported evidence against AG technology, the pioneers didn’t believe this was true, considering that the data the Symposium had analysed in fact proved that AG technology was suitable for mass transport systems and that working prototypes would be built within a few years. To the pioneers, it was clear that there were other forces behind the Symposium and its decision. This suspicion was heightened when the US government announced a massive tax on conventional fuels, as it was suggested that the governments of the world had too much to lose if AG technology was implemented.

    Belmondo was fuming over the decision. And after an urgent meeting with the Foundation, he decided to continue his development nonetheless. Two days later, a message was circulated around the former Congress members from Chuck Hoffman of the US team:

    “Suggest we reject Symposium proposals. Sufficient interest exists in US team to continue research. Circulate memo worldwide.”

    And so, the former-Congress secretly carried on with AG research defiantly, albeit significantly downsized due to the lack of government funding and reorganization of some personnel. Pioneers from the Chinese and Brazilian teams forced to relocate to neighboring teams with threats of imprisonment if they continued AG research in their own country. So secret was their research, that most of the details of their work remain unknown to this day. But despite this, several governments had knowledge that this research was still going, and they still had interest in AG technology for military use.

    Knowing that the ‘rebel’ teams were going to fully develop the technology long before the official teams, the Symposium and its representative governments attempted to take it from the scientist when the time was right. On October 21st, 2034, a highly organised propaganda campaign was initiated to undermine the so-called “AG Community”. Allegation of misuse of funds under the pretense of research ruined the reputation the teams had made. Belmondo was driven into hiding to escape the angry mobs who accused Belmondo of ‘stealing’ their money.

    To shake off this rap, the pioneers were determined to showcase a prototype of the AG generator to prove that the technology is possible and that they did not waste the money they were given. On April 14th, 2035, Belmondo and the pioneers prepared to demonstrate a prototype AG craft, the Nx1000, only to a select number of sympathetic journalists in the middle of the Nevada desert. Despite the presence of government spies, Belmondo himself piloted the prototype into the history books as being the first person to successfully pilot an anti-gravity craft.

    The world stood in awe as news of the test spread around the world. It was finally proven that AG technology was a functioning, cheaper alternative to conventional fuels. The US government and several other governments abolished the massive tax on conventional fuels, under pressure from the media and within a year, a number of companies had contracted the various research bodies for them to provide, build or develop AG generators. New companies dedicated to developing AG technology started to appear, such as AG Systems. All the while, the World Technology Symposium was constantly accused and investigated over unlawful sabotaging the work of the former WARC. These constant accusations eventually saw the Symposium implode with the Symposium’s closure. AS stated by Belmondo himself “Scientists who allow politicians to rule their heads and hearts deserve all the torment they get.”

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    AUTHOR'S NOTE: If all this sounds familiar, it's because this story has been done before. Damon Fairclough, original writer of the Wipeout lore wrote a document on Pierre Belmondo which goes into detail what you see here. All I tried to do here was to match that with some lore info from the original game's manual. Here a link to the original document (Skip the interview).

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    I know I've said this again and again, but I am liking what I'm reading, and while this may be fannon, it is giving me some ideas as to how some other teams could have come to exist even this far back, such as perhaps Eg.R with Fusion (maybe some of EG.R's personel were from Piranha's days in China), and well...

    Lets say why I've yet to show much in art is...being constantly hit with RL stuff...the most I can give is a work-in-progress to a successor craft of sorts to Van-Uber...

    http://www.rossriders.deviantart.com...ossriders&qo=0

    I'm still figuring out things because for one, besides looking over all the ship designs (to which I say again THANK you, it gave me a LOT more to think about), also trying to take some kind of design approach not unlike what the artists and designers did for the games, Fusion, Pure, Pulse/HD/Fury included among them.

    ...that and I should just say now, sooner or later I'm going to ask for front/side/rear/underside/profile views of the 2048 craft, but I'll leave details for later.

    But again...a lot to read over, and it's got me thinking (besides what I'm already thinking)

    Till later.

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    Just updated the records to include FX400 from 2207 to midway through the 2213 (current) season. Later results will come in time along with a recount of the first half of the season.

    P.S.: Note the pilots that appear in Synergy2048's pilot bios (Main thread; thread to his blog)

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    Looking forward to it all. ...I wish I had some fan-art to complement things but alas, RL keeps getting in the way, among other things artwise.

    Excuses aside, a very interesting FX400 so far, I'd say specifics but i don't want to spoil it for anyone who's yet to read it. I'll give a few days and then start speaking (hoping someone else will speak).

    Till then, keep up the good work.

    One other question I guess is...what about the FX350 as well?

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    I have very much though of doing the FX350 league. And, now that I've got a PS3 near me, I'll get to that in the coming weeks (at least 2 weeks, I'm bunged up with Uni work at the moment ).
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    EG-X Technologies: An unusual-yet-expected merger

    Albeit short, the history of EG-X Technologies is quite an interesting one, twined with mystery. Quite an unusual team, this combination of two of the most prolific teams of the F9000 era have arisen to become potentially a strong team in the upcoming FX400 Leagues. On one side, we had the strong yet over-competent Xios International from Finland, and the other the very enigmatic Chinese EG-R Technologies team. However, these seemingly contrasting identities proved to make EG-X a “dark horse” of the new grid.

    The earliest record of either company was the founding of Xios in 2136. The initial company was incorporated as Xios Oyj after a deal made with smaller Greek and Finnish companies, both specializing in manufacturing. To honour the Greeks, the new company was named after the Greek Aegean Island of Chios (roughly translated as Xios). About a year later, the company absorbed a key European munitions company and was reincorporated as Xios International, to reflect their international focus.

    In only a small number of years, Xios grew to be one of the most prolific defense companies of the world, butting head with rival company Triakis on a number of occasions. The key difference between them and their Australian rivals was the emphasis on overall weapon design over practical performance on the field (in similar vain to the difference between a Harimau and Triakis). As such, many nations around the world used Xios’ weapon systems.

    The hallmark technology that Xios developed was the Leech Beam (or energy drain as it was known). Although the technology had been around before, Xios were truly the first to pursue it and made a huge impact of it. Not surprising, Xios were given a key weapon contract for the F7200 in 2140 when the previous contractor’s contract ran out. Xios’ weapons helped to escalate the penchant of on-track violence that would become the sport’s character for the F9000.

    When the F9000 was announced in 2150, Xios expressed interest in joining despite having little experience in this type of vehicular warfare. They formed an AG racing division within a few months and hired ex-FEISAR test pilot Sampsa Kovalainen to supervise the division (using similar methods used by FEISAR). After years of development, the first racing Xios, the SMF-X I was unveiled at Xios’ headquarters in Vantaa, Finland at the end of 2155. With pilots consisting of FEISAR graduate Sigrid Nikula and British rookie Brodie Quick, the team seemed very optimistic with their chances.

    However, things didn’t go according to plan (by their accounts). Their first season by normal accounts seemed respectable, with Nikula and Quick comfortably placing higher in the midpack most times, and a podium for Nikula cemented fourth for the team. However, the team yearned for more. It was known that Xios would vary with different designs to find a good combination that would guarantee them top spot. As Nikula kept succeeding, Quick was falling behind and was eventually sacked at the end of 2158.

    What Xios needed was a pilot that would catapult them to the top step of AG racing overnight. This came in the form of a Belmondo: Natasha Belmondo. Keeping up her brilliant run from Auricom, she dominated the 2159 season being consistently on the podium, which included two wins. The good performance from Nikula backed Belmondo well, and helped give Xios its first League victory. The image of Xios was turned on its head, and almost immediately the Director-General of Xios, Didier Humeau, began allocating more resources on the team believing that this was the best exposure for the company (not to mention it made him quite wealthy).

    Whilst Xios were ravishing in their triumphs, another team was lurking behind the scenes. At the inaugural F9000 team presentations in January 2156, a quiet Chinese team presented their basic intentions to compete in the sport, provided only the necessary documentations to the F9000 Federation, and quietly left. They did a similar thing with the opening race at Katmoda 12 two months later. This team was EG-R Technologies. Despite coming in quite quietly into the sport with no clear intentions, they were a blistering sight on the field, with consecutive third placed finishes, making it the best start to a season for a new team in AG racing history, and going on to take third in their first season.

    Curious, the F9000 Federation requested EG-R to supply more information of them if they want to compete in the 2157 season. EG-R famously defeated them in court, referencing the World Peace Council’s amendment to the Universal Declaration of Sporting Rights. They were forced to let them compete, but this didn’t stop the Federation from attempting to retrieve information from them. Most famously was when EG-R reported to have captured six Interpol agents from their facility in China in 2159. They handed the agents over under the condition that no further attempts on EG-R’s identity are to be made or they’ll face ‘destructive power’ they can conjure up ‘at will’.
    Thus, the only information of EG-R that remains known are their ships and their pilots, with the latter viewed with suspicion because of their complex augmentation. This made it unclear that the pilots were piloting the craft out of their own free will (which, if they weren’t, would be in breach of human rights). Even their identities were questionable. One example was EG-R’s first pair of pilots, Paul Cheung and Alex Reece, with the former having no recollections prior to a high-spirited party a few years ago, and Reece a victim of the 2159 European Butter Riots.

    Nevertheless, they were a very consistent team, always running within the mid-pack. They never won a team’s championship, but they were never dead last either. A credit to this is the compatibility between the craft and pilots to an extent were it was the envy to teams such as Piranha. This combination of ambiguity and on track success made EG-R quite popular for a mid-pack team, a unique character in a circus of personalities. After the infamous 2164 Temtesh Bay disaster, where both Cheung and Reece “perished” in, the team withdrew from the sport without a trace, but they were met with celebration when they returned for the 2166 season.

    Both Xios and EG-R kept up with their mantras and fully supported the League until its fall in October 2170. Naturally, both teams were brought under the spotlight as possible suspects in Overtel’s massive corruption ring. Although they seemed not to have been involved in Overtel’s activities, they were not completely innocent either. EG-R kept up its ambiguous appearance, whilst Xios remained tight lipped about any corruption but maintained their innocence. Both teams would disappear from the public eye as the effects of the fall set in.

    But surprisingly, two years later, both companies had merged to form EG-X Technologies. Primarily based in Finland with Chinese connections, the company never disclosed the circumstances of their merger, although it is strongly speculated that Xios had more of an interest in the merger, considering that the EG-X main base is in Finland and the management is basically Xios but combined with elements of EG-R. The company would slowly rebuild their reputation through the intense research and development of many aerodynamic and neurological applications for the next 3 decades.

    Their interest in AG racing didn’t return until the reestablishment of the FX300 in 2197. In keeping with their mysterious profile, they initially turned away any speculation for a return to AG racing; at least, until the FX350/400 Leagues were announced in 2202. EG-X immediately announced their intentions to re-enter the sport and started on craft development immediately. As of 2205, several prototypes had already been tested and a commercial model was nearing completion. In contrast to their Chinese predecessors, EG-X provided the FX300 Race Commission full details of their ships and pilots, but still remained tight-lipped about their overall goals. This led to many AG circles to raise many suspicions over the team, in similar style to EG-R 50 years prior.

    During the first FX350 League in 2206, EG-X consistently placed midfield, even leading at some points of the race. A big coup for the team’s FX400 campaign came with the signing of 2206 FX300 champion Andrew Dekka after his controversial resignation from AG Systems. Dekka’s introduction to EG-X saw the potential of the team skyrocket to become a serious threat for the League title. It seemed that way at the first round of the 2207 FX400 in Finland, their home turf. Qualifying 2nd, Dekka seemed to be giving the old teams a run for their money until an unexpected plasma from Nadia Elenova’s Qirex saw Dekka eliminated for the race. This event cause massive shockwaves in the AG society and, followed by some sub-par midfield finished over the next few round, created doubts over the true strength of the Sino-Finnish outfit.

    Their inaugural FX400 season saw the Dekka finishing 5th (despite two podiums), which was not welcomed kindly within the team. In fact, after the final race of the season at Talon’s Junction, there was not a sound from the team throughout the offseason until the opening round of the 2208 season 4 months later. This time around, they were more successful with 6 podiums, including a win in Japan, which would see them just edge out Qirex for second. After a further couple of years with not much success, they would place second again in 2211 behind Nadia Elenova in one of the closest battles in the FX era.

    It’s hard to say how will this team will continue their position in the FX400, considering their inconsistent performance. Rumours are that this season would be Dekka’s last as his ever present temper and incoming old age would make him unfit to continue racing, at least with this team. But, for a team as secretive as EG-X, who knows?

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