99 Swords is about a hyper-capitalist society a couple hundred years into the future. It takes place in a setting where the world’s private sector has successfully pulled its own “American revolution”. After the discovery of a new space drive, they distanced themselves from their earthen boundaries by colonizing the solar system.
When a coalition of national governments created the Space Trade Act to regulate the rapidly-expanding private sector, the top companies came together in opposition. Calling themselves the Federation of Allied Space Trade (FAST), the top 500 prosperous banks and companies created their own ruling body to protect the interests of true free trade. Following their war with earth, they create a world where money is the only dividing factor and private companies are the only ruling entities.
The story gains its name from a competition that was started as one of the many ways to appease the destitute and rich alike. The competition, a sci-fi rendition of gladiatorial combat primarily with sharpened but newly imagined high-tech weapons, becomes one of the catalysts that leads to the story’s climax. Tensions rise over conflicting interests as high-profile FAST officials begin to take each other on, getting other companies and big players in society caught up in the turmoil as well.
The story follows a cast of main characters as one of several protagonist, Xander Laforge, enters the competition and attempts to climb his way to the top. Xander uses the competition to write his own story after escaping one that was written for him. When trails of a conspiracy are unveiled amongst the mayhem, our characters find themselves involved as the competition becomes heavily tied to the political undergoing of the story. Whether by fate or the machinations of major players, Xander and his team find themselves navigating through the chaos.