The characters are Novas working for the European Special Projects, Exploration and Resources taskforce, or ESPER. Created in part to the military and political tensions following the increasingly frequent eruptions of novas, ESPER is intended to prevent the tensions overflowing into outright war, as well as to harness the potential of novas for the benefit of all of Europe. At time of writing, it has only been in existence for three months, and is still very much finding its feet.
The characters are a team of novas, supported by ESPER in exchange for allowing them rights to any creations or breakthroughs the novas may have, and accepting tasks/missions that serve ESPERs agenda. These missions are chosen by the group of representatives from the various member states called the Oversight Committee (usually just 'the Committee'), and delivered to team deemed most capable of addressing the issue. Of course, political concerns being what they are, which teem is deemed the best doesn't always mean they are the best. The team in question is under Larisa Gaglona Orlova, the Russian representative, a no-nonsense former Major in the Russian Ground Forces.
The team is made up of:
Joseph Sanquest/Hyde - a tall, red-skinned doctor from Australia, he came to Europe under less than glorious conditions and joined ESPER in exchange for them hushing up his past. He spends much of his time performing impossible surgeries impossibly quickly in local hospitals.
Radoslav - a consummate firebug and self-described 'rabid dog', little is known about him except he has a tie to Zoya and participated in several conflicts in eastern Europe. Fond of a flamethrower, his powers largely revolve around the manipulation of fire.
Wolfgang Cross/Invictus - A British/German SES operative with more illegal operations under his belt than you can shake a heavily armoured stick at, Wolfgangs two main identifying characteristics is an endless thirst for combat, and near-invulnerability to both physical and energy-based sources. Short of a surface-to-air missile or an anti-tank cannon-scale attack, he is near-immune to all attacks.
Zoya Dimitrievua - an extremely manipulative previous member of the Bratva, later recruited by the Federal Security Bureau. Main 'job' on the taskforce is to control Radoslav, as well as tactical use of her ability to see into the future or past.
Approximately six months ago, a radical isolationist called Kwasi Aguda marched on the Presidential Palace of a small but resource-rich African country called Iprelia. After splitting off from Algeria as a result of the civil war in the early 90's, Iprelia has been under the helm of Kato Ihejirika. a voice for peace during the civil war, who has done a commendable job in building up the countries infrastructure and ensuring relative peace. After approximately a year of building support amongst the people through viciously killing - often with his bare hands - the most resourceful and well-organised of the rebel groups within the country, Aguda marched on the Palace and demanded Iherjirika resign and call elections, which Aguda won by a landslide. Iherijirika soon fled the country to Morocco, and Aguda has been building his platform against "foreign exploiters" ever since, and approximately one month ago cut all diplomatic and trade relations to external powers.
Aguda is a powerful nova, who is strongly resistant to damage, and possessive of a strong flame attack capable of destroying vehicles with ease. It is rumoured that he has a great many other powers, including the ability to read minds, control over darkness, and control over the weather, but these have not yet been documented.
Given Iprelia's richness in certain minerals that have become important to certain recent nova-discovered technologies, ESPER has deemed this team the most suitable to be transported to the country and restore trade while maintaining the deteriorating stability of the country. Given thin covers as members of UNICEF, the team is alone in a mostly-black country hostile to all foreigners, lead by a powerful nova who may or may not be a madman.
Oh, yeah. This is gonna go great.