Supreme Commander Profile Preview - Aeon Characters and Worlds

Acquaint yourself with the worlds and key characters of the Aeon faction in this spiritual successor to the strategy classic Total Annihilation.

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While early real-time strategy games were built on the repeated harvesting of resources so you could buy up a base of buildings and churn out an army to crush your enemy, the 1997 game Total Annihilation, created by designer Chris Taylor and his colleagues at the defunct developer Cavedog, brought this kind of gameplay to an epic scale. Arguably, no other strategy game since then has attempted to model humongous, all-out war with that kind of scope. At least not until Taylor's new company Gas Powered Games announced Supreme Commander, the successor to Total Annihilation--a game that will use impressive 3D graphics and humongous battlefields to model full-scale wars, rather than tactical skirmishes between a handful of military units. Supreme Commander will take place in a far-flung sci-fi universe and will chronicle the struggle between three powerful factions, each equipped with powerful, futuristic weaponry and armies and navies of armored vehicles. In this profile preview, we'll catch up with the homeworlds and key characters of the Aeon faction.

Aeon Characters and Worlds

Princess Rhianne Burke
Age: 27

Princess Rhianne Burke.

Princess Rhianne Burke is a mysterious figure. Little is known about her outside of what's mentioned in highly classified files. It is known that she possesses a strong and charismatic personality and that she has a great deal of support among her people. It's also known that she was born of noble lineage, specifically into a line of seers, which means that she was a strong candidate to the throne, regardless.

However, recent reports suggest that the new princess may be attempting to steer her faction into a new direction: one of lasting peace, rather than the Aeon faction's traditional agenda of cleansing. These reports have not been substantiated.

Evaluator Abigail Toth.

Evaluator Abigail Toth
Age: 72

Evaluator Toth has been an advisor to the last three princes of Aeon Illuminate, as well as the faction's current princess, Rhianne Burke. Though she appears to be a harmless grandmother figure, she has actually exerted a surprising amount of influence on the direction of the Aeon.

Seraphim II
Terrain: Tundra

Seraphim II was discovered in the 25th century but was dismissed at the time as being uninhabitable. In the following century, the planet was determined to be habitable by humans and to possess conditions similar to those of Earth. A vessel known as the ESS Starjourner, piloted by Captain Trent Smith, was sent to the planet to investigate in 2453.

Seraphim II.

It isn't clear what happened after the ship landed, though Aeon lore--undoubtedly skewed in favor of the faction--suggests that the crew encountered alien life-forms known as "Seraphim," which were befriended by biologist Dr. Jane Burke and attacked by Captain Smith. What is known is that this race is now extinct, thanks to a biological weapon that Smith created, and that the captain himself was later murdered by Dr. Burke (a fact that the Aeon recount with pride). As a result of the biological weapon, much of the indigenous life has been wiped off the face of the planet--and most of the planet has frozen over completely.

Orionis
Terrain: Blackrock

Orionis is one of the Aeon faction's most highly revered planets within its space because the harsh, volcanic world serves as a perfect environment for military training. The planet was discovered in 2680, and although it seemed barren and desolate, further probing revealed the shocking fact that the Seraphim had at one point inhabited Orionis and had apparently even built structures and researched technology beneath the planet's molten surface.

Orionis.

After the monumentally important discovery was made, Aeon scholars and priests--and even the princess herself--hastened to the planet to extract technological artifacts from the planet and to erect religious shrines. The planet was rapidly colonized and became one of the faction's most significant holy sites. To preserve the sanctity of the world, nothing was done to change its hostile climate. The Aeon instead used ventilators to provide breathable air. Although the Seraphim had apparently been capable of space travel, the Aeon found no evidence that the race had ever attempted it, perhaps because it simply wasn't interested. So a question remains for the Aeon philosophers and scholars--if the Seraphim never bothered with space travel, how did the race make the jump from Seraphim II to Orionis?

The planet is currently home to small settlements and religious structures, which support the constant influx of pilgrims that visit the planet in search of enlightenment. The exact purpose of the Seraphim technology remains a mystery, though there are many among the Aeon who hope that discovering the secret behind these ancient relics will put an end to the Infinite War.

Discussion

53 comments
terra_ultmia
terra_ultmia

i can image my money going down the drain trying to git a pc with enough cpu just to run this game. but the only things i better have is a large wad of cash cuz i'm gonna be draining the electricy playing this game. if it anything like TA and it counterpart, then i'll gladly welcome it for i'm in a need of a good game like TA

Torunagasama
Torunagasama

~o\/o~ U Gonna have to get the extra strength tylenol and carpal tunnel braces ready cause my hands won't be leaving the keyboard and mouse for a long time when this game comes out. The games looks like it is impressive so far. It's taken a long time but the rallying cry was apparently finally heard by Chris Taylor and the former trolls from Cavedog. Just what the gaming community has been clamoring for for some time now, the sequel or re-birth of Total Annihilation. Bring it on baby. wooha...

Phogo
Phogo

I can already smell my CPU melting.

fingolfin92
fingolfin92

this is gonna be pretty damn intensive on your pc's if its taht busy, on that scale, with that gfx. Just give me some pee-wees and a d-gun and I'm happy :-)

Zantalo
Zantalo

This game is going to blow up bigger than the the Command and Conquer series. It is the master at manuevering and shooting robots, and the master at resource gathering and the master at, friggen building stuff with a spray gun. That was total annihiliation so, Supreme Commander is going to kick all kinds of ass, if all it is is bigger maps and tons of things happening at once, hell yeah.

techniik
techniik

I reckon it looks awesome, everyone seems really sceptical but frankly any rts on that scale, with those graphics would be good, it doesnt really need to do much else to succeed

tanman77
tanman77

@ Phoenix73nj - How can u be sure about that, nothin beats C&C zero hr and AOE3 so far.... Eventhough it got stunning everything in the previews doesnt mean the actual game will be the same... Well, thats my 2 CENTS!

Sharth00
Sharth00

It's got a plot... It's got shiny graphics... It's got great GUI functions (total zoom)... What about the music? What about AI? What about the actual GUI? Too early to ask about the gameplay. Where's StarCraft 2, Blizzard? That's what I thought.

septimius
septimius

Demo comes out for this holiday season. The smallest unit is about 20ft tall, these can be considered "infantry". If you've played TA then you would know that by building these in mass in a vain attempt to take a well defended base, would only result in a sea of twisted metal. Not only has the "cannon fodder" class been confirmed, but you can bet that there will be a much bigger smorgasbord to choose from. As for units that you can shed a tear for/hero units, well, I guess it would be sad if you Independence Day-like saucer blew up, or your giant cybernetic spider went boom. Anyways, leveling up hero units is lame. One tank shouldn't win because it's got more experience points. This game has really not gotten that much hype. The only way you would even know about this game is if you're a rts fan. Whereas, you can know what Halo is and not even own an Xbox. If you're saying that you've read 80 thousand articles and they are all disappointing, you have to be following this game hourly. You cant expect something new every other minute. When is the last time a game has given away anything truly mind blowing? Never, because they always save it for the release. They just give you the little stuff. How 'bout taking a break for a month or two, and I'll betcha that there will be sometin' new.

TyloniusFunk
TyloniusFunk

Despite having glanced at the, oh, eighty thousand different preview articles that have floated up from the depths of the Gamespot editorial toilet about this game, i have yet to see one that even remotely seems interesting or different than the rts crapfest already available. So far it has only the bare minimum to qualify as a standard rts game. I've looked for real, substantive information about the gameplay. It does not exist. Gamespot can take their advirtisement dollars and write them flashy, meaningless previews ad infinitum, but i'll just go read a different site.

Phoenix73nj
Phoenix73nj

If this game is a simple graphical upgrade of Total Anhilation it will still be better than all of the current RTS's gathered together and multiplied by 12. Old Skool 4tehwinzor

Qizarate
Qizarate

I don't think this game is being hyped that much at all. We are being informed, much more than with most other games. You don't really learn much about games that are hyped up a lot, people just say it's good because of the name. Hype is what we got with Halo 2 and HL2. Both turned out to be good fun, but we didn't see too much real stuff until release. This game is getting a lot of attention as the successor to Total Annihilation, but we're actually getting info on it.

LoneHusky
LoneHusky

I want my D-Gun. Don't care about heroes... much. Don't care about music... much. Don't care about units... much. Just give me my D-Gun and lots of K-bots and I'm happy :D Oh and if you can add some nukes, lots of infantry, lots of graphic detail and lots of music that switches between battles you are fighting that would be cool too ;)

Deathwing13
Deathwing13

Tons of hype could be the downfall of this game. With all the energy and time GameSpot has invested on hyping the game, it better live up to it's hype (and then some). The game couldn't be too bad, as it actually seems to be one of the better RTS's currently in production.

Hell_Fox
Hell_Fox

im just concerned about the music, i hope its good i love the battle/action musics, i hope there is some modern eltronic music something the fits the sci fi feel of the game the rest seems perfect to me

XxAnubisxX
XxAnubisxX

well, gigakaiser... continuing with what I think you are also saying... I think this is supposed to be much like its some-what predicesor, Total Annhilation (Excuse my spelling :)) so the only foot units there were in that one were small standard mech units... I think you can also expect to see maybe some in this one but I doubt it... This is more like full on universal warfare. And the Heroes concept used in WC3 is being done by almost everyone now... and I dont think it quite fits the concept of this game But thats my opinion... I'm glad a big warfare RTS such as this does not support heroes... there are too many battles going on at once to be able to control individual heroes on the battlefield... and the battles are just too big!

GigaKaiser
GigaKaiser

"Itlooks really sweet but why are there only tanks and planes? Why are there no foot units? Just small men attacking with machine guns?" Because, infantry would be totally useless. "And no hero units like in Warcraft 3?:/ Thats to bad because that concept was great.. it was neat having units you really cared about." Well, don't you think that magic tanks would be pretty lame? Besides, there are experimental units. Which are basically hero units without the magic and all that jazz.

gamegod172003
gamegod172003

Well granted the first one was absoulutly amazing especialy at its time and I still think is today but yeah theres a but, the only thing that really made it alot alot better was its modability making new units adding maps so on so if yo cant with this one sometime down the road then i dont think it will live up to the first TA and thats my honest opinion I do think it willbe a great game but its worth will be limited in the sence that everythings ganna stay the same theres nothing more to add to it and thats why the original is still strong today.

powderdonut218
powderdonut218

it seems like everyother day theres another article about this game...

gozalo
gozalo

This game is getting to much hype, i hope it lives up to it....

DarkPenguin2k
DarkPenguin2k

If this game is even half as good as it's predecessor, Total Annihilation, it's going to be amazing.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Nice, I hope the RTS is good and fun. The story is looking to be pretty interesting with many twist and turns so hopefully that will come to fruition, DEMO IT!

Asmodeious
Asmodeious

It is already starting to impress me the level of detail that these guys are going for. This game is the main reason I'm buying a new computer :-D

Invicturion
Invicturion

*sob* its so long till this comes out.. :( its NOT FAIR DAMN IT!! :'(

roemin
roemin

super sweeeet game, but i hope there will be at least a ranking system for normal units, so that it makes sense to destroy enemy units cuz that's a great concept! But right, hero units with magic and so on wouldn't work in these huge battles...

cblamo
cblamo

No infantry because its set in a future of Nanobots and such things. A guy with a steyr aug would get his ass kicked back into the past where he belongs. I guess its the massive walkers that will serve as the general "infantry". As for heroes, they are concepts that are easier to implement in a fantasy setting. I would be dissapointed if Krogoth 'levelled' and had ridiculous powers and magics.

Qiron
Qiron

Itlooks really sweet but why are there only tanks and planes? Why are there no foot units? Just small men attacking with machine guns? And no hero units like in Warcraft 3?:/ Thats to bad because that concept was great.. it was neat having units you really cared about.

bulldog7
bulldog7

sooooo excited abou this

Hikiera
Hikiera

Can't wait. Really need a good strategy game to keep me busy. But why do we have to wait so long for it? It's frustrating...

opollo
opollo

still playin TA with friends online and it still rox big time. So cant wait for Chris Taylors next installment, i bet atari is alittle peeved as they wouldnt give up the TA license as ppl are callin this TA2. So Atari is goin to have to pull something spectacular out of the hat to beat it which i cant see ever happening do you!

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

looks cool but i need to play the demo.

wizman5000
wizman5000

ive played total aa before and it was wicked, with the big scaled wars and countless upgrades and machines and weapons at your diposel, i have just now heard about this game cant wait to see what it has in store

ganondorf_002
ganondorf_002

Just give us a DEMO, Plz, a demo, Its difficult a little demo, Jesus

tinyGS
tinyGS

HAHAHA and yet you have done just that! where is your comment on the "story that the staff worked on to bring to us"? So anyway as not to fall to the same, I guess the aeons will eventually develop some sort of instantaneous transport tech going by that story as part of thier tech tree...

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Rant on: I've really tried to ignore these idiots like atomicducky who live only for "first post" or "secnd" and junk like that but offer no opinion, joke, insight, comment or ANYTHING. C'mon people grow up here, if you can't refrain from stating the obvious then at least also post a comment about the story that the staff worked on to bring to us. By the way very cool looking game this is shaping up to look like. Rant off.

zub1
zub1

Don't which I look forward to more. This or Company of Heros.

leftyspal
leftyspal

If it's anything like Total Annihilation, it's going to be one of, if not THE best PPC game next year.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

This game is looking cooler by the minute! :D

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

I really NEED this game. My comps a piece of s*** and I can't afford a new one dammit

xelloss88
xelloss88

I wish this damn game would just come out now lol.

BounceDK
BounceDK

It's like a dream come true. TA 2 .. drool drool drooooll