The Coalition Ethos and Aesthetic
Zack: Now that's just obnoxious. We get it! You love death!
Steve: Skulls are the primary building block of the Coalition. Pretty much their whole empire is skull-based. You name a mode of transportation and it has skulls.
Zack: Well I guess I don't have to name flying loaf of skull bread on a UFO.
Steve: Flying skull motorcycles. Skull tanks. They even have a walker that's just a skull with big cannons on it.
Zack: These guys are starting to piss me off.
Steve: They should, they're sorta the bad guys of Rifts.
Zack: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Love Hitler. Skulls on everything. Never would have guessed.
Steve: Well, they're human though, so they aren't as evil as like the Splugorth.
Zack: I'm not even going to ask.
Steve: Yeah, that's a whole other issue, but they're the guys on the cover.
Zack: Okay, so what does the Coalition believe in?
Steve: They hate magic. And extra dimensional creatures. Pretty much anything that came through a Rift. And drugs.
Zack: Are they also wasting billions a year in a war against people smoking a harmless plant?
Steve: No, they hate Juicers. They are like extreme sports guys in football padding who inject drugs and then fight like berzerkers.
Zack: I bet he is tough as hell as long as he doesn't have to bend or change positions.
Steve: The Coalition also hate magic cities and usually is bombing them or skirmishing.
Zack: Magic cities?
Steve: Like Tolkeen.
Zack: Oh fuck off.
Steve: No, that's what it's called!
Zack: I don't believe you.
Steve: Fine, don't, but they released like ten books about a war between the Coalition and Tolkeen.
Zack: Okay, okay. So they hate steroids and Gandalf. What do they like?
Zack: Besides Skulls.
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