F.A.T. Suits

Standard Issue Academy Apparel

While the options for Academic school uniforms are vastly diverse in composition, the usage of the REC room facility requires a specific type of accoutrements for it to be used to its fullest capacity. By using their newly acquired resources, a vast pool of skills between them, and various other unusual contributions, the Academy has developed an armor that is fully integrable with the technology of the REC room. With its use in the REC room’s functioning and even practicality in field work, the Field Aptitude and Training suit—nicknamed F.A.T. suits—is considered to be pivotal to the training of the students.

The facts are simple: leather doesn’t breathe, spandex isn’t flattering, and Kevlar isn’t the greatest to bend in. Those who practice superhuman feats often meet the problem of having only ordinary options for attire which can be hindering and costly in many cases. The FAT suits are considered to be very advanced because it uses the otherwise undeveloped “second skin” technology which is far from being reproduced by even major engineering labs. Each suit is personally tailored for each student through an extensive tailoring process allowing for almost certainly the greatest form of performance enhancement technology available. Before a student’s uniform can be woven, he or she is instructed to do a number of stretches, flexes, bends, and transformations (if that applies) before a scanner that will calculate their capacity for maneuverability. In doing this, the suit may almost perfectly conform to the structure of the student’s body regardless of their body’s shape or functions.

Composition

Ultimately, the goal for the FAT suit is to achieve absolute naturalness. The Field Aptitude and Training armor uniform has a composition of three primary articles: the skin, the shell, and the Halo. Together these three parts are able to generate an artificial sensory and nervous system capable of recreating infinite possibilities of lifelike sensations.

Skin

True to its name, the ‘skin’ of the fat suit is based largely upon the integumentary system. It carries most of the same functions—though to a synthetic degree—of temperature regulation, water resistance and absorption, excretion of certain waste, and to cushion and protect. Each uniform comes with a wide scope of temperature control and temperature resistances to satisfy the needs of the individual regardless of their particular environmental needs that differ from the norm. The synthetic fibers are woven into a cell-like pattern making the suit porous and able to draw in or expel moisture as necessary to keep students at a dry and at a comfortable temperature. Finally the fabric is also incredibly tear and puncture resistant as it is made from a very strong and complex chemical compound. The skin, or under armor, is nearly sheet thin but composed of layers upon layers of cell patterned material, chemical compounds, and electrical circuits in an intricate weave.

The second skin covers the entire body from neck to toes, covering everything except the hands completely on most humanoid bodies. The uniform by default is navy with a few gray accents. All pieces of the uniform, however, are able to take on any color within the gray or blue spectrums of color. Whenever students are broken up into teams, the colors automatically invert so that one team is colored silver with blue accents. Similarly, whenever students are outside of school grounds, the uniform automatically changes to the darkest colors of the two spectrums to allow for stealthier attire. As a final application of the active chemical changes within the FAT suit, the colored accents of the second skin can illuminate. Applications vary but the primary intent was for students to be able to bring attention to their selves when lost or distressed. All of the functions of the second skin can be triggered by the halo.

Shell

Accompanying the ‘skin’ of the Field Aptitude and Training suit is the ‘shell’. The shell is basically a vest for most of the organisms that would wear the FAT suit. The vest is made of the same fiber as the ‘skin’, however, it is a bit thicker. This part is typically optional for students to wear except in certain tests. In addition to providing extra protection to the abdomen (remember that though the fabric is thin, it is very strong) it is capable of monitoring the student’s vitals. This becomes extremely important because it measures everything from stress levels to heart rate, to precipitation, and even commonly exploited areas such as blind spots. Upon the vest, on the left side is also a small round and shallow space reserved for the Academy communicators. As a safeguard, the FAT suit is in constant rapport with its owner’s communicator to check the condition of their armor as well as their status of physical health. This function is always within process, even when they are outside the REC room. Should the communicator pick up on any one of a few labeled statuses, a message is immediately distributed to the REC room control deck where the information is then directed to the necessary official capable of taking further action. Oftentimes is someone is logged in at the REC room’s control, they will receive the message, otherwise the report is forwarded to the Dean and staff associated with that type of instance.

Halo

The final piece of the FAT suits is also its most important part, the Halo. While the second skin is responsible for pain, the sense of touch, temperature, and similarly related feelings, the Halo is responsible for everything else. Taste, smell, sight, sound. The halo interprets all of the systems of its host body and based on information calculated on REC computers, interprets each as the student normally would. This is not just limited to their basic capabilities but also encompasses even the simulated use of their powers. For safety reasons, Halos have also been designed to suppress the powers of students so that their actions while executed in practice do not harm other students. A secondary importance behind the halo is that it controls the rest of the suit allowing for temperature regulation, color change, stealth mode, and the release of the suit’s illumination. Because the suit was designed to be zipper less as well lacking other inhibiting or delicate forms of fastening, the Halo is necessary to carefully put on and remove the suit without damaging it or harming oneself. Halos too are designed specifically for each student, however, as a back-up measure the halos were made to be capable of directing a student’s brain wave to their own uniform. Should something happen to one’s halo, they are still capable of borrowing someone else’s to allow FAT suit removal.

Customization

The FAT suit has slight variations based on gender and build, to fit the body appropriately for school and not embarrass students too much. Naturally, certain areas of the suit are formed to be worn appropriately by students and not reveal anything distracting or embarrassing. A feature of the fat suit, while using the REC suit, is that for most simulations, the suit itself fails to be apparent as the REC is designed to simulate articles of clothing typical to the student's own wardrobe and mimic the movements and restrictions of those articles accordingly.

Value

Each FAT suit is worth a small fortune or a rare luxury car. Students are typically only offered one suit if it can be helped. Misuse and tampering with the FAT suits is strictly prohibited and punishable by the Dean of students or the strictest measures from the code of conduct in his absence. Machine wash, while certainly possible, is discouraged. To extend the lifetime of the artifact, the Academy’s own cleaning practices are preferred and thus REC suits are laundered for the studemts.

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