Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aeon A-Team S03E01 - Dead to Rights


Dramatis Personae
Alexander Griffith aka Singularity (played by +Natiel Leealexander): a starving college student who moonlights as a private detective and a "failed" superhero (he was one of the first back in 2000). After his partner died he burned his costume.
Aysella Shinjitai aka Marionette (played by +Ann LS): a telekinetic who can detect Kyberian Energy, use telepathy, and boost or dampen other metahuman powers.
Hobs Ini-Herit aka The Alchemist (played by +Christian Gelacio): a straight-up matter controller with super-strength and devastating good looks.
Roth Reynard aka Red Zone (played by +Troy Loy): a super-genius with flame powers and a fear of heights.

Severus U. "Sue" Edgeworth (NPC Ally): Young angry man. "Super-normal" who's insanely good at hand-to-hand combat, infiltration, and other spy/military skills. What kind of name is Sue? It's the one he gave himself. Mock it at your own risk.
Sarah "Ras" Rasmussen aka Suicide Girl (NPC Ally): Girl with a deathwish. Gained superhuman powers after Aysella tried to save her from her wounds. This awakened her dormant abilities. Superhumanly strong, tough, and capable of extreme regeneration.


Meanwhile...
Two years have passed and the Eyes to the Future event (a tech fair Theia Dynamics puts on to get the best and brightest young minds the resources they need to reach their full potential). The city of New Orleans is still recovering, but it's becoming something of a boomtown thanks to the unusual number of metahumans found within the city.

The secret is out: metahumans are cropping up all over the place and the preeminent (official) superhero team are "the Valiants," Sentry remains hidden in the shadows as part urban legend and part boogieman "Better be good because they are watching." Since then the world has become strange and tense. North Korea, Russia, and Iran all have "metahuman" programs and everyone is grabbing up these "talented" individuals as fast as possible. Now, more than ever the world needs an example to look to.

Theia dynamics has become a household name thanks to the launch of their smartphone: the Promethean. It's a highly advanced (in GURPS terms, almost TL9) device that benefits from TD's satellite network. Effectively, every Promethean is a satphone, but at 1/10 the usual cost. They've also become the name in metahuman technologies and their advanced medical breakthroughs are used around the world.

Hobs has become the official spokesmen for Theia Dynamics, while Roth and has gone to work for them putting his brilliant mind to bettering humanity. Alexander and Sue have gone through the NYPD Police Academy and have been working as patrolmen for the last few months with their training officers, eventually being paired up. Aysella has become a freelance journalist whose hard-hitting stories are making a name for her. Jacob disappeared in the South American jungle a year ago and hasn't been seen since (even though others have looked for him). Shay has been working closely with AEGIS and effectively become the go-between for them and Sentry.

Omnium enim rerum principia parva sunt

The Tower
Alexander, Aysella, Hobs, Roth, and Jacob
The Tower 51°F, Overcast
Sunday, December 16th, 2007, 9:00 pm

77 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

A massive explosion rocks the second floor of the Theia Dynamics corporate building (nicknamed "the Tower" because of its massive height of 2,401 feet tall). Thanks to the advanced construction of the building the explosion is quickly contained and put out, but not without casualties. RePlay winds up in a coma, while Marion Streetwood is so severely burned he may never look the same and will require many surgeries. His brother, Micheal, whose remains are so badly charred they have to use dental records to ID him, died in the explosion. Six other scientists lose their lives in the accident.

NYPD sends out detectives to investigate the incident, but the fire's put out before the fire department can arrive. Detecting odd energy readings, Marionette and Redzone head down to the mini-fusion reactor that's powering the building. Inside, they discover Micheal who has become a being of raw electricity sought out the nearest location where he could rest. Unfortunately, Micheal has gone insane from the experience of going from matter to energy. Blaming Theia Dynamics he sets the reactor to explode and flees the building. Roth manages to shut it down before it can go critical.


Aftermath
Singularity finds a metahuman (a 12 year old kid calling himself "Pike A. Chu" who can track down electrical pulses in Chinatown. They hire the boy and he leads them back to Brooklyn where Micheal - now calling himself "KillerWatt" is hiding.


After Action Report/Rules Notes
This game saw massive changes in my player line-up. I lost two players and gained another. One thing I have noticed is that members of the A-Team tend to be very introspective as far as their characters and the world around them go. Not a complaint - but an observation.

This session was also a little short as we got started later than usual.


Session Soundtrack
"Requiem (Opening Movement)" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (during the explosion in the Theia Dynamics lab)
"Electrical Storm" by U2
"He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)" cover by the Justice Collective; original song by the Holllies.
"God's Gonna Cut You Down [remix]" from Battlefield 1 Original Soundtrack; original song by Johnny Cash. (at the end of the session as the "camera" pans out)
"Where is my Mind?" cover by Yoav (featuring Emily Browning); oroginal sound by the Pixies.

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