In Titanfall, the human race lives in various regions of outer space known as the Frontier. It contains areas of known inhabited solar systems, but there are plenty of uncharted worlds. Most people in these civilizations don’t contemplate exploring the unknown depths of the cosmos, but there are some brave souls who relish this adventure. These men and women are broken into factions:
The Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC)
The IMC started out as a small company in the natural resources extraction industry and was called Hammond Engineering. But, in the next 15 years, the demand for Titan manufacturing materials along with Hammond’s map database rights and planetary survey technology resulted directly in the expansive growth of the company. Over the course of a century, because of a series of procurements, amalgamations, and re-brandings, Hammond Engineering transformed into the commercial superpower that is IMC.
Their shareholders and customers refrain from criticism even though the company does have a reputation to behave in an exploitative manor. Because the company provides widely used products and material conveniences, they have cornered the market, causing consumers to ignore their competitors, thus greatly benefitting the corporation.
The Frontier is ripe for the picking with all of its shipping lanes and planetary resources and the IMC is committed to exploiting these circumstances to maximize profits and shareholders wealth. However, to accomplish these goals, they have the authority to use “force” when necessary.
Characters in the IMC
Graves is a Vice Admiral in the IMC command, which was the Commander-in-Chief, Frontier Command (CINCFRONT) in the past. Frontier expeditions don’t always follow traditional protocol, so Graves has the ability to command IMC forces in the field while not operating too formally as commanders in other military groups.
Blisk is a mercenary from South Africa who provides Combat Intel and Counterinsurgency services for the IMC on the Frontier. He signed a new long-term contract with the corporation, even after making enough money to retire after his first contract, because using the state-of-the-art hardware to destroy everything in site was too great an opportunity to pass up.
Spyglass is basically a walking computer, as he is the physical presence of IMC’s gigantic computational network identity. They handle logistics, navigation, deployment, and communications between all IMC forces on the Frontier, but are considered expendable in the field as they offer surveillance and mission updates aboard the dropships.
The Frontier Militia
The Frontier Militia is the military arm of the Frontier systems’ territorial defense pact. They are governed by a pool of mercenaries, pirates, and bandits who rise up as citizen soldiers when the time comes. The only reason this mishmash of criminals work together is to fight against the exploitation of the IMC, but they obviously don’t always agree with one another.
There are different Brigades in the Militia, each responsible for defending an assigned section of Frontier territory, which could span several solar systems. The Marauder Corps (M-COR) is a small part of larger Brigade that is linked to the Freeport System. Although the Militia is made up of a combination of different criminal organizations, they have the ability to and the resources to be a huge hindrance in the IMC’s plan to drain the Frontier of its assets.
Characters in the Militia
MacAllen is a highly decorated war veteran of the Titan Wars. He used to fight for the IMC as an executive officer of the IMS Odyssey under Vice Admiral Graves. However, it was reported that MacAllen led a mutiny aboard the Odyssey because of the IMC’s unethical treatment of the Frontier’s citizens. The reports were never proven to be true, but MacAllen and his followers escaped from the Odyssey and vanished into an uncharted section of the Frontier.
Bish is short for Bishamon, which is a mythical god of warriors within the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune. He is an electrical engineer who was trained by the IMC. But the IMC screwed his on a job placed in the Frontier, which resulted in him losing all his money. However, his misfortune coincided with a Militia job offer, and he now serves as a Combat Intel Specialist. His specialty is hacking IMC systems during battles and giving IMC intelligence to the Militia.
Sarah lost family members as a child when the IMC displaced Frontier members by way of excessive force. Her vow of revenge on the IMC resulted in her serving in Covert Operations for the Militia, before moving into high ranks of the Militia’s Marauder Corps. Because of her long list of successful attacks on the IMC, she is on the IMC’s High Value Target List and remains one of the 50 most dangerous Militia operatives that has not been captured.