SOUTHWESTERN SEABOARD, CALIFORNIA AUGUST 2025 08.02.2025 - 0438 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME TECH-COM FORWARD OUTPOST, NORTHERN PERIMETER LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Following the Fresno blackout and Bakersfield Company retreating into Mexico, SkyNET had seized the opportunity to initiate a campaign of vengeance down into the south, blazing through the remnants of Fresno and Bakersfield. Now, it knocks at the door of TechCom's headquarters in Los Angeles, where the front lines are littered with corpses left in the wake of the onslaught. Ashes pollute the sky with the fires of settlements and outposts as they trailblaze through the coast. Blood stains the air itself- the machines have redefined their ferocity. Less humans are being taken alive while more and more are being buried beneath the bones of their predecessors between the ruined concrete spires of the old cities. In the absence of Bakersfield Company, Southern California had become a tomb that spanned for miles. The orders came down from the command circle after little deliberation: Bakersfield and Fresno must be reclaimed if TechCom is to survive the advance of SkyNET's forces. The geographical regions of the territories provide sufficient advantage in holding the line against the Terminator broods in Northern California, and without those strongholds to hold them at bay TechCom's grip on the province will perish. The masses in uniform say what could possibly be their final prayers before they are sent off to what may be TechCom's last stand against the machines. Victory or death. There is no other way. Spoiler: OOC Little thing I'm cooking up between myself and @shinzokk. I plan to have this go through the month of August and it'll probably finish right before ZRP launches. Hope you enjoy the ride.