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The World As We Know It

In the wake of a global economic meltdown, chaos erupts and the world’s safety is jeopardized by a new wave of crime and terror. A privately funded team of hi-tech special operatives is assembled, known as TREADWATER, the only force standing between hope and anarchy.

“We can no longer sit back and watch while the world tears itself apart and the major world powers do nothing. This is a time for decisive action, not a time to tread water.”

Following the crash of the Euro, there is an unprecedented worldwide spike in crime, as rioting and looting fill the streets. Some countries lose complete control - taken over by the raging populace, crime and chaos run rampant, and police and military are forced to evacuate. These areas are known as “Grey Zones.”

Other countries, however, manage to maintain control and stability by enforcing ruthless military tactics against their own citizens in order to suppress the disobedience. Governments and global organizations are nervous, hesitant to lend a hand due to the increasingly volatile nature of the political situation. When an underground crime syndicate known as the Children of Chaos emerges as a terrorist threat, it only adds to the tension.

With global meltdown looming, a secret organization is formed, whose sole purpose is to preserve world peace. Privately funded and operated by Allen Downs – former CEO of UniCore, a leading medical and pharmaceutical conglomerate – the organization’s anonymity and cutting edge technology are what allows them to be successful. After a few operations, the popular press begins referring to the organization as Treadwater. But while civilians praise them as heroes, governments label them terrorists and aggressively seek to expose their identity…

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AllenManaging director and founder of treadwater

Allen is a scientific genius and billionaire who made his fortune as the founder of Unicore, a cutting edge medical and pharmaceutical conglomerate that found the first effective cure for MS. Since this stunning breakthrough, Unicore has become one of the leaders in the development of human-based technology.When Allen’s philanthropic wife travels to a Grey Zone against Allen’s wishes, she is inadvertently killed while volunteering at a health clinic. Allen cannot let his beloved Sheryl die in vain, so he steps down as CEO of Unicore and begins working on a new private venture. But Allen is not simply a brilliant scientist and businessman, he is also equally adept at dealing with people, getting under their skin, discovering their hopes and fears in order to get them to work for him. Allen has used UniCore's massive R&D budget to develop and invest in more personal projects. One of these is known as Technological Research and Development Working Toward a Resolution (TRDWTR), a front for Allen’s secret operative program which he refers to as "The Candlelight Program." Thanks to Allen’s resources, the TREADWATER team has access to state of the art special technologies (AKA “Spec Techs”) in weaponry, armor, and Artificial Intelligence. Allen has outfitted his operatives with the best technology money can buy, increasing their speed, reflexes and strength, thus making them seem, at times, to be “superhuman”.

TREADWATER
AllenManaging director and founder of treadwater

Allen is a scientific genius and billionaire who made his fortune as the founder of Unicore, a cutting edge medical and pharmaceutical conglomerate that found the first effective cure for MS. Since this stunning breakthrough, Unicore has become one of the leaders in the development of human-based technology.When Allen’s philanthropic wife travels to a Grey Zone against Allen’s wishes, she is inadvertently killed while volunteering at a health clinic. Allen cannot let his beloved Sheryl die in vain, so he steps down as CEO of Unicore and begins working on a new private venture. But Allen is not simply a brilliant scientist and businessman, he is also equally adept at dealing with people, getting under their skin, discovering their hopes and fears in order to get them to work for him. Allen has used UniCore's massive R&D budget to develop and invest in more personal projects. One of these is known as Technological Research and Development Working Toward a Resolution (TRDWTR), a front for Allen’s secret operative program which he refers to as "The Candlelight Program." Thanks to Allen’s resources, the TREADWATER team has access to state of the art special technologies (AKA “Spec Techs”) in weaponry, armor, and Artificial Intelligence. Allen has outfitted his operatives with the best technology money can buy, increasing their speed, reflexes and strength, thus making them seem, at times, to be “superhuman”.

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Lucky JoeOperative / Team leader

Joe is an ex-Special Forces Captain with two Purple Hearts and a Medal of Honor. Shortly after leaving the Special Forces, Joe is involved in a brutal car crash that kills his wife Anne and leaves Katie, his 6 year old daughter, in critical condition, comatose, and on life support. Allen learns of this former American soldier’s unfortunate circumstance and seeks him out. Allen offers to help Katie recover in return for Joe’s services as the leader of his privately funded operative program: Candlelight. Joe is assertive, responsible, and bears a heavy burden of guilt for the deaths and losses of the people he cares most about. Everyone he seems to love most dies. He’s lost men under his command, and his wife and daughter to a car crash. And while the car crash was a freak accident, Joe was driving at the time. This plagues Joe, leaving him sullen and despondent, a man of few words.Joe wears a furry, purple, “lucky” rabbit’s foot around his neck at all times – a gift from Katie, who is on life support in the Treadwater medical bay. After every mission Joe goes to talk to her, reminding himself why he is with Treadwater, and hoping against hope that one day she will wake up. Allen has made some “tweaks” to Joe’s lucky charm. Inserted into the rabbit’s foot is an Anti Magnetic Repulsor Orb. A secret technology developed by Allen himself, which, when activated, repels all metal in a six foot radius. The rabbit’s foot can thus keep Joe safe from bullets and shrapnel even in heavy gunfire and overwhelming combat situations. Hence his nickname: “Lucky Joe”.

TREADWATER
Lucky JoeOperative / Team leader

Joe is an ex-Special Forces Captain with two Purple Hearts and a Medal of Honor. Shortly after leaving the Special Forces, Joe is involved in a brutal car crash that kills his wife Anne and leaves Katie, his 6 year old daughter, in critical condition, comatose, and on life support. Allen learns of this former American soldier’s unfortunate circumstance and seeks him out. Allen offers to help Katie recover in return for Joe’s services as the leader of his privately funded operative program: Candlelight. Joe is assertive, responsible, and bears a heavy burden of guilt for the deaths and losses of the people he cares most about. Everyone he seems to love most dies. He’s lost men under his command, and his wife and daughter to a car crash. And while the car crash was a freak accident, Joe was driving at the time. This plagues Joe, leaving him sullen and despondent, a man of few words.Joe wears a furry, purple, “lucky” rabbit’s foot around his neck at all times – a gift from Katie, who is on life support in the Treadwater medical bay. After every mission Joe goes to talk to her, reminding himself why he is with Treadwater, and hoping against hope that one day she will wake up. Allen has made some “tweaks” to Joe’s lucky charm. Inserted into the rabbit’s foot is an Anti Magnetic Repulsor Orb. A secret technology developed by Allen himself, which, when activated, repels all metal in a six foot radius. The rabbit’s foot can thus keep Joe safe from bullets and shrapnel even in heavy gunfire and overwhelming combat situations. Hence his nickname: “Lucky Joe”.

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SylvieSpecial operative / Lead analyst

A natural beauty, Sylvie is the daughter of a wealthy French diplomat and a supermodel.  Sylvie’s mother was brutally raped and murdered in front of Sylvie when she was only nine years old, and the killer was never caught. Sylvie grows up vowing revenge, obsessed with finding her mother’s killer. Already proficient in over ten languages and trained in Krav Maga from a young age, Sylvie continues to strengthen her skill set, focusing her studies on computer science. She uses her knowledge of computers to further her desire for revenge, but often takes it too far, getting herself in trouble and needing her father’s political status to bail her out.   It is this that puts her on Allen’s radar.  Sylvie suffers from Bipolar Disorder, which she keeps a secret from the entire team. She confides in Allen because she sees him as both a mentor and a father figure. Sylvie initially agreed to work with Allen for just one year – If Allen hadn’t made any substantial progress in finding her mother’s killer by then, she would leave.  But after the year is up, and despite no substantial progress having been made, she decided to stay on. Sylvie suffers from Bipolar Disorder, which she keeps a secret from the entire team. She confides in Allen because she sees him as both a mentor and a father figure. She falls for the broken-hearted Joe, but he is too grief stricken to notice or reciprocate.

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SylvieSpecial operative / Lead analyst

A natural beauty, Sylvie is the daughter of a wealthy French diplomat and a supermodel.  Sylvie’s mother was brutally raped and murdered in front of Sylvie when she was only nine years old, and the killer was never caught. Sylvie grows up vowing revenge, obsessed with finding her mother’s killer. Already proficient in over ten languages and trained in Krav Maga from a young age, Sylvie continues to strengthen her skill set, focusing her studies on computer science. She uses her knowledge of computers to further her desire for revenge, but often takes it too far, getting herself in trouble and needing her father’s political status to bail her out.   It is this that puts her on Allen’s radar.  Sylvie suffers from Bipolar Disorder, which she keeps a secret from the entire team. She confides in Allen because she sees him as both a mentor and a father figure. Sylvie initially agreed to work with Allen for just one year – If Allen hadn’t made any substantial progress in finding her mother’s killer by then, she would leave.  But after the year is up, and despite no substantial progress having been made, she decided to stay on. Sylvie suffers from Bipolar Disorder, which she keeps a secret from the entire team. She confides in Allen because she sees him as both a mentor and a father figure. She falls for the broken-hearted Joe, but he is too grief stricken to notice or reciprocate.

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DomSpecial operative / Tanker

Born and raised in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, Dom is your typical “from-the-neighborhood” Italian-American stereotype. The loves of his life are the New York Yankees and his son Tommy. Dom is tough as nails, with a big ego and an in your face, “school-yard” sense of humor. He has a good heart, but is impulsive and bone-headed at times. Dom was a decorated NYC Detective who lost his badge and good name when he mistakenly shot an unarmed teenager. He is devastated by his actions, consumed and plagued by what he has done. Thrown out of the police force, Dom begins drinking, and his ex-wife Lauren convinces the court to grant her full custody of Tommy. Seemingly overnight, Dom has gone from a role model to an outcast, turned down and excluded from every job that would allow him to protect and serve people. Dom thus joins Treadwater searching for redemption. Though the world may never know of his involvement, he will. Dom has strong feelings for Sylvie and even stronger feelings toward the Yankees. He has even affectionately named his cannon “Big Bambino” after the “greatest Yankee of all time, Babe Ruth.” He and Joe butt heads on many occasions, on many levels. When Dom is given time off from Treadwater, he regularly goes to visit Tommy – usually showing up at his school without permission.

TREADWATER
DomSpecial operative / Tanker

Born and raised in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, Dom is your typical “from-the-neighborhood” Italian-American stereotype. The loves of his life are the New York Yankees and his son Tommy. Dom is tough as nails, with a big ego and an in your face, “school-yard” sense of humor. He has a good heart, but is impulsive and bone-headed at times. Dom was a decorated NYC Detective who lost his badge and good name when he mistakenly shot an unarmed teenager. He is devastated by his actions, consumed and plagued by what he has done. Thrown out of the police force, Dom begins drinking, and his ex-wife Lauren convinces the court to grant her full custody of Tommy. Seemingly overnight, Dom has gone from a role model to an outcast, turned down and excluded from every job that would allow him to protect and serve people. Dom thus joins Treadwater searching for redemption. Though the world may never know of his involvement, he will. Dom has strong feelings for Sylvie and even stronger feelings toward the Yankees. He has even affectionately named his cannon “Big Bambino” after the “greatest Yankee of all time, Babe Ruth.” He and Joe butt heads on many occasions, on many levels. When Dom is given time off from Treadwater, he regularly goes to visit Tommy – usually showing up at his school without permission.

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JerrySpecial operative / Flight commander

Jerry is an adrenaline junkie who seemingly always comes out on top, whatever the odds. He has no fear, and often pushes the limits.An orphan from the slums of Jamaica, Jerry is adopted by US Air Force Flight Commander, Nate Still, who teaches Jerry how to fly. Living and growing up on the base, Jerry is able to observe the pilots first hand, and learn the tricks of the trade that would normally take a pilot years to acquire. He is invited to participate in an elite flight program, which is only offered to a select handful of pilots. Although he breaks every protocol of the simulated mission, he outperforms every other candidate, pushing the limits and getting a ½ a billion dollar fighter jet to do things not even its designers thought possible. He wears a Jerry (from Tom and Jerry) sticker on his flight gear to symbolize his uncanny ability to avoid harm.As part of the Treadwater team, Jerry pilots the state of the art T1-Stealthfighter, which he has affectionately nicknamed “Black Baby.”When he's not working on Black Baby, Jerry is either in the kitchen, singing his heart out while making his special chicken-ala-walla, “the best jerk in all of Greenland”, or chilling out in the hangar bay with some Bob Marley, a little green, and his favorite Tom and Jerry reruns.

TREADWATER
JerrySpecial operative / Flight commander

Jerry is an adrenaline junkie who seemingly always comes out on top, whatever the odds. He has no fear, and often pushes the limits.An orphan from the slums of Jamaica, Jerry is adopted by US Air Force Flight Commander, Nate Still, who teaches Jerry how to fly. Living and growing up on the base, Jerry is able to observe the pilots first hand, and learn the tricks of the trade that would normally take a pilot years to acquire. He is invited to participate in an elite flight program, which is only offered to a select handful of pilots. Although he breaks every protocol of the simulated mission, he outperforms every other candidate, pushing the limits and getting a ½ a billion dollar fighter jet to do things not even its designers thought possible. He wears a Jerry (from Tom and Jerry) sticker on his flight gear to symbolize his uncanny ability to avoid harm.As part of the Treadwater team, Jerry pilots the state of the art T1-Stealthfighter, which he has affectionately nicknamed “Black Baby.”When he's not working on Black Baby, Jerry is either in the kitchen, singing his heart out while making his special chicken-ala-walla, “the best jerk in all of Greenland”, or chilling out in the hangar bay with some Bob Marley, a little green, and his favorite Tom and Jerry reruns.

The WraithGhost operative

The biggest mystery in TREADWATER, the Wraith does not speak, has no identity or personality. Who or what is the Wraith? He is far and away the strongest and fastest of the operatives. And then there is the purple mist that is seemingly a part of him, and the wire “threads” that can work as an extra set of arms, or as vicious razors, depending on his preference. The rest of the team seems to think the Wraith is some sort of super robot, yet they treat him like he is a person.  There is a circular meter on the center of the Wraith’s chest plate, comprised of blue and pink lights. Over time, the blue lights are slowly changing to pink in a clockwise fashion. It is as though the meter is counting down to something…

TREADWATER
The WraithGhost operative

The biggest mystery in TREADWATER, the Wraith does not speak, has no identity or personality. Who or what is the Wraith? He is far and away the strongest and fastest of the operatives. And then there is the purple mist that is seemingly a part of him, and the wire “threads” that can work as an extra set of arms, or as vicious razors, depending on his preference. The rest of the team seems to think the Wraith is some sort of super robot, yet they treat him like he is a person.  There is a circular meter on the center of the Wraith’s chest plate, comprised of blue and pink lights. Over time, the blue lights are slowly changing to pink in a clockwise fashion. It is as though the meter is counting down to something…

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KiyoshiSpecial operative / Striker

Kiyoshi is quiet, reserved, but deceptively dangerous. He lives like a modern day samurai, loyal and honorable, determined to repay Allen's faith in him. Raised by his father in Japan, Kiyoshi loves two things, fishing and martial arts, but when his back is broken in a freak fishing accident and he is left paralyzed, his father borrows money from the Yakuza to pay for a black market spinal prosthesis that is surgically implanted into Kiyoshi’s spine. Kiyoshi recovers, but when his father cannot keep up with the payments, the Yakuza kill him and force Kiyoshi to work for them. The brutal work leaves him emotionally numb, almost robotic, but when he is asked to kill a young boy Kiyoshi finally snaps, and instead of killing the young boy, he kills the Yakuza that are with him. From this point forward he is on the run, hunted by the Yakuza and haunted by the violence that lurks within him, his honor stained by his past deeds, forever trying to find refuge from those who seek to kill him, and forgiveness from himself. Kiyoshi’s spinal prosthesis is able to hold an electrical charge without harming him. Allen outfits a custom vest equipped with electrical amplifiers that can charge the spine. He then created a synthetic “wire vein network” that sticks to the back of Kiyoshi’s arms. The veins conduct the electricity from the spine to a pair of metal police batons fastened to two gauntlets, thus enabling Kiyoshi to shock his targets as he fights them.

TREADWATER
KiyoshiSpecial operative / Striker

Kiyoshi is quiet, reserved, but deceptively dangerous. He lives like a modern day samurai, loyal and honorable, determined to repay Allen's faith in him. Raised by his father in Japan, Kiyoshi loves two things, fishing and martial arts, but when his back is broken in a freak fishing accident and he is left paralyzed, his father borrows money from the Yakuza to pay for a black market spinal prosthesis that is surgically implanted into Kiyoshi’s spine. Kiyoshi recovers, but when his father cannot keep up with the payments, the Yakuza kill him and force Kiyoshi to work for them. The brutal work leaves him emotionally numb, almost robotic, but when he is asked to kill a young boy Kiyoshi finally snaps, and instead of killing the young boy, he kills the Yakuza that are with him. From this point forward he is on the run, hunted by the Yakuza and haunted by the violence that lurks within him, his honor stained by his past deeds, forever trying to find refuge from those who seek to kill him, and forgiveness from himself. Kiyoshi’s spinal prosthesis is able to hold an electrical charge without harming him. Allen outfits a custom vest equipped with electrical amplifiers that can charge the spine. He then created a synthetic “wire vein network” that sticks to the back of Kiyoshi’s arms. The veins conduct the electricity from the spine to a pair of metal police batons fastened to two gauntlets, thus enabling Kiyoshi to shock his targets as he fights them.

WolfgangSpecial operative / Prince of wolves

German Traitor, Secret Assassin, Russian Spy? Wolfgang is half Russian, half German, a man of many names, but unlike the other operatives, he is the only one not to have been recruited by Allen Downs, instead recruiting himself into the program. Wolfgang is brother-in-law and right hand man to German General Kirklau, and uncle to Kostya. Instantly recognizable by his long ponytail, his thick mustache, and his crimson sash, Wolfgang is the former leader of a secret guild of assassins from the mountains of northern Russia, known as “The Legion of Wolves”. Paternal almost to a level of arrogance, Wolfgang is also highly intelligent, calculating, and straight faced. His classical combat training means he is highly skilled with a rapier, and while in recent years he has been an officer in the German military, before that, there was Russia. There were the “Wolves”. And there was Dariya.

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WolfgangSpecial operative / Prince of wolves

German Traitor, Secret Assassin, Russian Spy? Wolfgang is half Russian, half German, a man of many names, but unlike the other operatives, he is the only one not to have been recruited by Allen Downs, instead recruiting himself into the program. Wolfgang is brother-in-law and right hand man to German General Kirklau, and uncle to Kostya. Instantly recognizable by his long ponytail, his thick mustache, and his crimson sash, Wolfgang is the former leader of a secret guild of assassins from the mountains of northern Russia, known as “The Legion of Wolves”. Paternal almost to a level of arrogance, Wolfgang is also highly intelligent, calculating, and straight faced. His classical combat training means he is highly skilled with a rapier, and while in recent years he has been an officer in the German military, before that, there was Russia. There were the “Wolves”. And there was Dariya.

THREATS

Mr. Osi

A high-end arms dealer, always dressed in formal business attire, Osi is suave, grandiloquent, and treats his clients with the utmost respect, demanding the same in return. When disrespected or lied to, Osi loses his cool, mild-mannered demeanor, becoming extremely violent and merciless. Operating out of a custom Boeing 747, Osi has a mechanical prosthetic arm and always carries a large metal briefcase—when Osi inserts his arm into the briefcase, the case rebuilds the arm as any weapon of his choosing.

Mr. Osi

A high-end arms dealer, always dressed in formal business attire, Osi is suave, grandiloquent, and treats his clients with the utmost respect, demanding the same in return. When disrespected or lied to, Osi loses his cool, mild-mannered demeanor, becoming extremely violent and merciless. Operating out of a custom Boeing 747, Osi has a mechanical prosthetic arm and always carries a large metal briefcase—when Osi inserts his arm into the briefcase, the case rebuilds the arm as any weapon of his choosing.

Jack Carver Mercenary / Private Contractor

Jack Carver is a former SAS soldier turned Mercenary.  He currently offers his services to the highest bidder.  He has no allegiances, no loyalty, only cares for one thing… Jack Carver.  He is a highly skilled and battle-tested soldier with many notches on his belt.  Carver is cocky, ostentatious, addicted to hookers, and an all around badass.  He’s known for wearing sunglasses, indoor or outside, day or night. Carver and Lucky Joe have a history, having worked together on a joint operation when Joe served in the U.S. Special Forces. Upon achieving their mission objective, Carver made a controversial decision to pull his squad out before Joe’s team were out of harm’s way, leading to the death of two of Joe’s men, for which Joe blames Carver. There are persistent rumors that Carver has ties to Allen Downs and Treadwater.

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Jack Carver Mercenary / Private Contractor

Jack Carver is a former SAS soldier turned Mercenary.  He currently offers his services to the highest bidder.  He has no allegiances, no loyalty, only cares for one thing… Jack Carver.  He is a highly skilled and battle-tested soldier with many notches on his belt.  Carver is cocky, ostentatious, addicted to hookers, and an all around badass.  He’s known for wearing sunglasses, indoor or outside, day or night. Carver and Lucky Joe have a history, having worked together on a joint operation when Joe served in the U.S. Special Forces. Upon achieving their mission objective, Carver made a controversial decision to pull his squad out before Joe’s team were out of harm’s way, leading to the death of two of Joe’s men, for which Joe blames Carver. There are persistent rumors that Carver has ties to Allen Downs and Treadwater.

Kirklau General and Dictator of Germany

General Heinz Kirklau was awarded full control of Germany when the government conceded that the only way to govern the populace was with a strong-armed approach. Having saved the country from being overrun, Kirklau believes that his aggressive and ruthless tactics are the only way to restore order and ensure his country remains free from the anarchy engulfing neighboring countries. Kirklau is arrogant, condescending, and unapologetic. Highly intelligent and ferocious, he believes that everything he is doing is for the betterment of his country. He is also Wolfgang’s brother in law. Kirklau is a strict and intolerant general, traits he also displays as a father. He believes that control lies as much in the illusion of power as it does in power itself. For this reason, Kirklau never shows “weak” emotions like kindness or empathy.

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Kirklau General and Dictator of Germany

General Heinz Kirklau was awarded full control of Germany when the government conceded that the only way to govern the populace was with a strong-armed approach. Having saved the country from being overrun, Kirklau believes that his aggressive and ruthless tactics are the only way to restore order and ensure his country remains free from the anarchy engulfing neighboring countries. Kirklau is arrogant, condescending, and unapologetic. Highly intelligent and ferocious, he believes that everything he is doing is for the betterment of his country. He is also Wolfgang’s brother in law. Kirklau is a strict and intolerant general, traits he also displays as a father. He believes that control lies as much in the illusion of power as it does in power itself. For this reason, Kirklau never shows “weak” emotions like kindness or empathy.

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Kostya the general's son

Kostya Kirklau, General Kirklau’s teenage son. He is the most prized possession of the leader of the Fatherland, and treated as exactly that, a possession. While Kostya's slight physical stature and nervous persona come off as anything but threatening, his harsh upbringing (without a mother), along with being the son of a general, make him a true wild card should he ever come into power. Kostya’s mother died when Kostya was a young boy, leaving her husband and her brother to raise the boy. Kirklau and Wolfgang have polar opposite views on how to raise the impressionable Kostya. Kostya has no friends his own age as he is homeschooled and kept under strict watch by his overbearing father. He is fearful and submissive to his father, but acts in an arrogant, dismissive manner toward everyone else. His schooling has been first rate, he speaks four languages and is a skilled cellist.  Indeed, music is the only thing that truly makes him happy, a haunting melody the only remaining memory of his mother. The tune has been kept fresh in his mind by Wolfgang, who also hums it sometimes. Kostya is desperate for love and approval from his father, but nonetheless shuns and lashes out at his uncle when he cannot get any affection or approval from his father. Wolfgang treats him more like his son, and is the only one who truly shows him any real love.   His mother’s death is never talked about, for Kostya has been taught that he should have no emotions, no fear, no weakness.  Kirklau believes that giving Kostya's dead mother an identity and a name will only make Kostya weak. Thus no one is allowed to speak of her.

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Kostya the general's son

Kostya Kirklau, General Kirklau’s teenage son. He is the most prized possession of the leader of the Fatherland, and treated as exactly that, a possession. While Kostya's slight physical stature and nervous persona come off as anything but threatening, his harsh upbringing (without a mother), along with being the son of a general, make him a true wild card should he ever come into power. Kostya’s mother died when Kostya was a young boy, leaving her husband and her brother to raise the boy. Kirklau and Wolfgang have polar opposite views on how to raise the impressionable Kostya. Kostya has no friends his own age as he is homeschooled and kept under strict watch by his overbearing father. He is fearful and submissive to his father, but acts in an arrogant, dismissive manner toward everyone else. His schooling has been first rate, he speaks four languages and is a skilled cellist.  Indeed, music is the only thing that truly makes him happy, a haunting melody the only remaining memory of his mother. The tune has been kept fresh in his mind by Wolfgang, who also hums it sometimes. Kostya is desperate for love and approval from his father, but nonetheless shuns and lashes out at his uncle when he cannot get any affection or approval from his father. Wolfgang treats him more like his son, and is the only one who truly shows him any real love.   His mother’s death is never talked about, for Kostya has been taught that he should have no emotions, no fear, no weakness.  Kirklau believes that giving Kostya's dead mother an identity and a name will only make Kostya weak. Thus no one is allowed to speak of her.

Khan aka the Conductor

Khan, AKA “The Conductor”, is the presumed leader of the CoC.  None of the CoC team have ever seen his face, leading to rumors that he has no facial features, that they were seared off in a deadly fire.  The pungent smell of gasoline hangs over Khan, alerting you to his presence, and warning of the inevitable conflagration that is to follow. Though his voice is soft and calm, it has a power that evokes fear in all those who hear it.  The Conductor is rarely seen out of the darkness, even by his own men. The light reflecting off the flat lenses that seem to be his eyes is all that we know him by. No other info available.

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Khan aka the Conductor

Khan, AKA “The Conductor”, is the presumed leader of the CoC.  None of the CoC team have ever seen his face, leading to rumors that he has no facial features, that they were seared off in a deadly fire.  The pungent smell of gasoline hangs over Khan, alerting you to his presence, and warning of the inevitable conflagration that is to follow. Though his voice is soft and calm, it has a power that evokes fear in all those who hear it.  The Conductor is rarely seen out of the darkness, even by his own men. The light reflecting off the flat lenses that seem to be his eyes is all that we know him by. No other info available.

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Lockjaw aka Stinga

Serghei Stinga, AKA “Lockjaw”, is the presumed second in command of the CoC. This Romanian mountain of muscle acts as the CoC’s primary enforcer. He is the man on the ground for the vast majority of the CoC’s terrorist operations. Lockjaw’s body cannot produce testosterone naturally, so he must take a synthetic steroid to compensate for his deficiency. After years of taking substantially more than prescribed, he has developed a serious rage problem. Lockjaw’s imposing physical stature combined with his “berserker” aggression make him a very dangerous foe to Treadwater. He was given the name Lockjaw due to the particular way that his steroid treatment is administered. Lockjaw bites down on a glow stick which causes his jaw to clench shut as the steroids race through his system and the adrenaline kicks in. Lockjaw was last seen in a prison break some 15 years before resurfacing in the CoC. It is rumored that he was serving a sentence for beating his father to death with his bare hands.

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Lockjaw aka Stinga

Serghei Stinga, AKA “Lockjaw”, is the presumed second in command of the CoC. This Romanian mountain of muscle acts as the CoC’s primary enforcer. He is the man on the ground for the vast majority of the CoC’s terrorist operations. Lockjaw’s body cannot produce testosterone naturally, so he must take a synthetic steroid to compensate for his deficiency. After years of taking substantially more than prescribed, he has developed a serious rage problem. Lockjaw’s imposing physical stature combined with his “berserker” aggression make him a very dangerous foe to Treadwater. He was given the name Lockjaw due to the particular way that his steroid treatment is administered. Lockjaw bites down on a glow stick which causes his jaw to clench shut as the steroids race through his system and the adrenaline kicks in. Lockjaw was last seen in a prison break some 15 years before resurfacing in the CoC. It is rumored that he was serving a sentence for beating his father to death with his bare hands.

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FARRAH

Mel’s top (and most trusted) agent at the CIA. Farrah is smart and witty, takes no bullshit, but doesn’t know of Mel’s relationship with Allen or TREADWATER. She’s a feminist who uses her good looks and intelligence to get what she wants. Farrah doesn’t care about consequences, only protecting the American people. Farrah regularly disobeys protocol when she believes that her way will help save the most lives. It has gotten her into a lot of trouble, but also saved many American lives. Like most of the characters in TREADWATER, Farrah has a secret.

MEL

First female Director of the CIA, Mel is a special consultant of sorts for TREADWATER. Sheryl, Allen’s late wife, was close friends with Mel from grade school, and Allen confided in Mel when putting together the Candlelight Program. She trades intel with Allen in exchange for TRDWTR’s help on certain matters that the CIA cannot be involved in. She is sharp, assertive, willing to make tough decisions. She and Allen share a manipulative quality, both of them formidable combatants, loyal friends, and fierce rivals. Mel began her career in politics, served the President as Chief of Staff. At one point she was even prompted by other high ranking government officials to run for President herself, with Allen offering to help fund her campaign. Mel declined, however, preferring to work in the shadows, where she feels true power lies…

While the Operatives serve as Allen’s main resource for combatting and eliminating threats, his relationships with certain “special consultants” are also invaluable to the success of Treadwater.

MEL Melissa "Mel" Coovert

First female Director of the CIA, Mel is a special consultant of sorts for TREADWATER. Sheryl, Allen’s late wife, was close friends with Mel from grade school, and Allen confided in Mel when putting together the Candlelight Program. She trades intel with Allen in exchange for TRDWTR’s help on certain matters that the CIA cannot be involved in. She is sharp, assertive, willing to make tough decisions. She and Allen share a manipulative quality, both of them formidable combatants, loyal friends, and fierce rivals. Mel began her career in politics, served the President as Chief of Staff. At one point she was even prompted by other high ranking government officials to run for President herself, with Allen offering to help fund her campaign. Mel declined, however, preferring to work in the shadows, where she feels true power lies…

MEL Melissa "Mel" Coovert

First female Director of the CIA, Mel is a special consultant of sorts for TREADWATER. Sheryl, Allen’s late wife, was close friends with Mel from grade school, and Allen confided in Mel when putting together the Candlelight Program. She trades intel with Allen in exchange for TRDWTR’s help on certain matters that the CIA cannot be involved in. She is sharp, assertive, willing to make tough decisions. She and Allen share a manipulative quality, both of them formidable combatants, loyal friends, and fierce rivals. Mel began her career in politics, served the President as Chief of Staff. At one point she was even prompted by other high ranking government officials to run for President herself, with Allen offering to help fund her campaign. Mel declined, however, preferring to work in the shadows, where she feels true power lies…

FARRAH Farrah Dennison

Mel’s top (and most trusted) agent at the CIA. Farrah is smart and witty, takes no bullshit, but doesn’t know of Mel’s relationship with Allen or TREADWATER. She’s a feminist who uses her good looks and intelligence to get what she wants. Farrah doesn’t care about consequences, only protecting the American people. Farrah regularly disobeys protocol when she believes that her way will help save the most lives. It has gotten her into a lot of trouble, but also saved many American lives. Like most of the characters in TREADWATER, Farrah has a secret.

FARRAH Farrah Dennison

Mel’s top (and most trusted) agent at the CIA. Farrah is smart and witty, takes no bullshit, but doesn’t know of Mel’s relationship with Allen or TREADWATER. She’s a feminist who uses her good looks and intelligence to get what she wants. Farrah doesn’t care about consequences, only protecting the American people. Farrah regularly disobeys protocol when she believes that her way will help save the most lives. It has gotten her into a lot of trouble, but also saved many American lives. Like most of the characters in TREADWATER, Farrah has a secret.

The Treadwater Facility

The Treadwater Facility

Deep within the frozen tundra of Greenland. Home to the Treadwater operatives, the facility was built and privately funded by Allen Downs who serves as the Managing Director for Treadwater. Its architecture and aesthetic allow the structure to blend perfectly into the landscape making it nearly invisible from an aerial view. The facility is comprised of 4 tiers/levels each with a specific function.

Tier 1:  The Living Module

Tier 1: The Living Module

This is essentially a hotel. Everything from a lounge to a swimming pool, a gym to a chef-sized kitchen, plus comfortable individual bedrooms for the operatives. The lounge acts as a gathering area as well as entrance to the living quarters of the team.

Tier 2: The Medical Bay

Tier 2: The Medical Bay

With the latest in automated medical technology and overseen by Allen Downs, the medical bay makes sure the team is in the best of health. It currently houses Katie Merson, Joe’s daughter, who is in intensive care at the TREADWATER Facility.

Tier 2: The Control Room

Tier 2: The Control Room

The core of the TREADWATER Facility, the CCR monitors the base's energy, filtration, ventilation and communications. It can find any of the team based on their biometric signals, even if they are away from the base. Its supercomputer, one of the fastest in the world, constantly monitors and records the internet, news channels and satellite communications gathering information that may be found useful to the team. It also acts as a tactical tool, recording video and audio of the team, and relating back augmented reality based statistics and information from all missions.

Tier 3: The Assembly Room

Tier 3: The Assembly Room

Created to give the operatives the ability to recreate vehicles based on intelligence and recon collected by the CCR. Through industrial ingenuity, three metal arms rapidly create the user’s choice of vehicle, small or large, in a matter of hours. The system was built clearly to make a better manufacturing process for cars, trucks and busses. But Jerry has been working with Allen to expand its capabilities.

Tier 4: The Hangar

Tier 4: The Hangar

Housing various types of wheeled, aerial and water vehicles, it’s also the home of the TREADWATER's main mode of transportation, The T-1 Stealthfighter AKA Black Baby. The hangar utilizes heavy duty conveyor belts to move these machines into place for storage, loading purposes and to move into the Vehicle Lift. It’s also used for repairs, refueling and reloading after running operations.

Black Baby: Lower Level

Black Baby: Lower Level

On level 1 of the T-1 Stealthfighter (the lower level), you can find a state of the art medical bed, equipped with AI surgical capabilities. A fully stocked weapons cabinet can also be found on level 1.

Black Baby: Level 2

Black Baby: Level 2

Level 2 serves as the “cabin”, which seats up to 8 people. While manual piloting from the cockpit of the aircraft allows for optimal responsiveness, Black Baby is also equipped with a remote piloting system that can be operated from the Control Room of the Treadwater Facility.

Black Baby: The Cockpit

Black Baby: The Cockpit

The Cockpit seats two people, and both seats have access to manual control of the aircraft, although Treadwater pilot Jerry won’t let you touch them.

Deep within the frozen tundra of Greenland. Home to the Treadwater operatives, the facility was built and privately funded by Allen Downs who serves as the Managing Director for Treadwater. Its architecture and aesthetic allow the structure to blend perfectly into the landscape making it nearly invisible from an aerial view. The facility is comprised of 4 tiers/levels each with a specific function.

Spec Techs [SPECIAL TECHNOLOGIES]

SELECT YOUR SPEC TECH

Designed to sustain the Nanorrhyd virus and greatly slow its negative effects. The suit also allows for dispersion of an airborne NanoRhyd “mist” allowing for greatly accelerated speed, amplified strength and sharper reflexes. Retractable micro-cable threads attach to a series of three holes along the body and arms of the suit. The Wraith controls the movement and diameter of the threads, which can operate like fine razor wires. In the center of the suit is a readout that displays the virus’s effect on the host. The more the virus takes over the host, the stronger the host becomes, but at the same time, the closer to death. Once the meter fills up completely (goes from blue to pink lights), the virus will kill the host.

Nano OVRrhyd System
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The Wraith's synthetic armor system allows for dispersion of an airborne NanoRhyd “mist” allowing for greatly accelerated speed, amplified strength and sharper reflexes. Retractable micro-cable threads attach to a series of three holes along the body and arms of the suit. The Wraith controls the movement and diameter of the threads, which can operate like fine razor wires. In the center of the suit is a readout that displays .a series of blue lights which are changing to pink overtime, as if it's counting down to something.

Urgur M79 War Assembly AKA "Big Bambino"
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Customized tactical minigun with rocket launching capabilities makes the Urgur M79 a force to be reckoned with. Carries 8 m-HEHC Anti-Tank projectiles and 400 5.56mm Armor Piercing rounds internally. Digitally synced to Dom’s biometrics so that only Dom can use the weapon.

Mirigon Securities CC-8909 “Modified”
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Originally built for anti-riot tactics and based on the Japanese tonfa, Mirigon built the CC-8909 for pacification and crowd control. The wearer gains a tactical offensive and defensive weapon as well as a small charge based on electrified liquid that runs throughout the gauntlets. This particular unit has been changed to work with Kiyoshi’s particular situation which allows him to overcharge the units without damage to himself.

Serpico Medical Power Vest 8500 ”Modified”
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The symbiotic mate of the Serpico Spinal Technology surgically implanted into Kiyoshi, the vest acts a continuous power source and kinetic battery for the prosthesis. It has been modified so that external connections can be attached to the suit to allow it to charge other equipment. The symbiotic mate of the Serpico Spinal Technology surgically implanted into Kiyoshi, the vest acts a continuous power source and kinetic battery for the prosthesis. It has been modified so that external connections can be attached to the suit to allow it to charge other equipment.

The Rabbit's Foot
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Allen made some “tweaks” to Joe’s lucky rabbit’s foot (a gift from his daughter, Katie). Inserted into the rabbit’s foot is an Anti Magnetic Repulsar Orb. A secretly developed technology designed by Allen himself, when it is activated, all metal within a 3’-6’ (variable) radius is repelled away from the user. When active, the rabbit’s foot keeps Joe safe from bullets and shrapnel even in heavy gunfire and overwhelming combat situations. Hence his nickname: “Lucky Joe”.

GSW-90 Portable Handgun
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This weapon can produce energy pulses that are more powerful than most small explosives. Utilizing compression waves moving at near detonation velocities, the intensity of its projectiles can cause damage based on the mass of the body it’s being fired at. Made of high grade plastics, precious gemstones and polymers, the gun is undetectable by normal security measures. And as there is no metal in the GSW-90, Joe can use this weapon even when the Rupulsar Orb is active.

Kayriin BW-II Prototype
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Dom’s Armor syncs to his cerebellum and allows him to move and feel like the suit is a second skin. Its head piece contains wireless encrypted communications, threat detection, and dynamic field of view, making him a step above an average combatant. ExoPlat technology integrated into the suit allows for greater range of motion without giving up protection. Tested against small, medium and heavy caliber weaponry, it can operate below zero degrees and above 210 degrees Fahrenheit, and resist toxic bioweapons and small explosive armaments. This suit is made to stand up to almost anything that can be thrown at it.

DESCRIPTION

This is THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, 15 years in the future - the world in which Treadwater exists...

The first ever teaser trailer for TREADWATER. Live action combined with motion comic elements, this was the first ever video to come out of Darkrose Studios.

The first ever live action mini series adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel series. Each episode focuses on one operative’s backstory and their motivation for joining the “program” – You’ll love the scenes where Allen first meets them.

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THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Treadwater was developed as a 30 part graphic novel series - each part containing four single issue comics. Written and created by Morgan Rosenblum, TRDWTR Part 1 is illustrated by acclaimed artist Ray Dillon who is best known for his work with Marvel, IDW, DC, Darkhorse, and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Part 1 is available now at your local comic book store.

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