Monday, February 12, 2024

AEON B-Team Season 8 Session 13 The End is Coming

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.

Patrols and Intel

Each of the team went and managed their patrols, Threshold taking on extra night shifts to cover for Wans death. Wirerat is fully recovered from his injuries and working on several projects, including things to find and track the alien's and their portals.
Threshold goes to that store recommended to him for math materials. The guy drops hints he knows something but is not forthcoming and Threshold chooses not to press him after verifying he is not an alien. Threshold keeps closing portals but they just keep appearing and growing in number.
Lynch is convinced the end of the world is coming but we wont give up so easily.

We find out that our minds have holes in them, missing certain memories.  Wirerat thinks he can get them back but Lynch and Threshold feel its extremely unlikely.
Someone managed to remove mental and physical records of things they do not want people to know.
At the end a kaiju (not Godzilla) comes out of the bay through a portal and heads to wreck the city.  Thresholds Warp ability wont work near it, though his other powers seem ok and he uses his "long Step" ability to get to the base and let everyone know.



Monday, February 5, 2024

Template Toolkit Spirits

 Sent in notes on the last edit of my supplement which has been announced as on schedule for a Feb release.

I am not posting details yet, though expect some designers notes after its out.  However, I did want to get it out there. Its been a long road, about 4 years to get this out from pitch to publication. It was part of an earlier manuscript where I intended to do as bunch of stuff in one Powers style supplement. Looks like I pitched it June 2020 and it was awhile after that before the contract was approved and signed.

I am very happy with this supplement. Totem and Nature Spirits left a lot on the cutting room floor, the subject was simply too broad to include everything. I did the best I could to hit what I thought was the important highlights but so many totems were left out for space.  However, with TT:Spirits I managed to get pretty much everything I wanted into it.  I'll go over that in a bit more detail after publication.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

AEON Team B Season 8 Session 12 Captured Alien

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.


Prelude

The GM had us skip the planned capture of the alien due to time constraints, we only have two more session planned after this before starting the next campaign. So were on a tight window.
We probably would have spent over an hour over planning the capture and unless he was well prepared Nyx and Nox likely could take him out in a few turns.

Interrogation

We did not get much info from the alien, though Lynch gave us some. They are not really alien's but ancient beings who travel between dimensions and left earth long ago. They are back and plan on invading, though why is unclear.
They have Khyberic powers and superior technology so our odds of victory seem slim.

Planning and Discussion

We compared some notes, but no real plans made and agreed upon as yet.
Threshold got a talking too about copying some of the notes in the old Safehouse Lynch set up. Apparently just knowing the stuff is bad as that can be detected through the collective unconscious. Lynch taught Wirerat how to build a device to keep us out of the collectives unconscious he called the Numera.
We also got a better idea on how to look for the rifts and are adding that to our patrols.
Threshold can sense them if he is close enough. People can hear music if they get big enough and things can come through. Wirerat set up MIA  (his pet AI) to scan for flash mobs or reports of people seeming to hear music and certain tunes.  We will then pop over to check them out and Threshold can close the rifts, at least if they are small enough.

OOC

We got to see the spiderness from a previous campaign. Apparently they can be disintegrated just nicely. Wasn't sure if that would work on them. Threshold has not picked up on some things yet that I thought he would by now but the character does not know to ask about. So having to play dumb for now.
Session was kind of slow, lot of exposition and it had been a long time since the previous one so I think all of us were out of sorts.  Also knowing its all over in a few games might be having an effect.









Wednesday, December 13, 2023

AEON B-Team (Nomads) Season 8 Session 11 Aliens Among Us!

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.

Putting the Pieces Together

Nyx and Nox have been mulling over notes about August, including the deck of cards that were wrapped in orichalcum foil and dossiers and other reports. Nox made a crit fail in her roll of Intelligence Analysis and they pretty much were just stuck.
Whisper and Threshold noticed Nox feeling depressed and frustrated and assembled the team to try and go over the data. Figured a variety of skills and perspectives might give a fresher perspective.
With the cards in the lab we noticed under the UV light for the plants that the cards had pictures of people on them, previously hidden.
This was a GM gimmick to move the plot along and though that kind of thing is acceptable and frequent among fiction, especially comic books I felt it was not the best choice.  I hate contrived plot devices, even if they are sometimes necessary. In this case UV for plants triggered the image, meaning sunlight likely would too - not vey secretive. It could have been handled by one of Wirerats Scanners sensing something off or Threshold using his Scanning Sense (Para Radar with Scan and Bioscan). Either were very plausible as Threshold pretty constantly uses his para radar and scans the environment for things like toxic hot dogs or other exotic poison's Nyx may hide around the place, food Whisper sneaks into Bo, and general shenanigans around the place. Plus he had specifically looked at the cards before.  Alas I had almost mention scanning them to find which was the Queen when Nox was playing solitaire and said she needed it but opted not to say anything as Threshold felt she would not like to cheat.
(GM asks that we mention criticisms so he can get better, and when thinking of fixing a plot bump its not always obvious how. My rule is to review the players actions and abilities and see if there is anything that resolves the issue. Outside a game its easy to consider multiple options, during the game you're more likely to stop on the first one though)

Once we saw the pics we recognized several as local politicians and other VIPs. They looked like elves or some versions of Aliens.  Obviously the latter makes much more sense (Thresholds bias here). Threshold opted to check on a few of them, using his para radar which has 200y range, Penetrating 2 (see through up to 2 feet of walls), and the aforementioned Bio Scan and Scanning. 
He confirms that the individual is indeed not human and checks 2 others just to confirm it wasn't some lucky glitch.
Reporting back to the group he asks for ideas. Whisper and Wirerat suggest kidnapping and interrogation, no one else has any ideas. Threshold chooses to try and do this legally and reaches out to  the President (Actually has as a Contact on costs CP) and gets a quick meeting.  He pops back to the group with permission to use our version of the Patriot Act and begin the kidnapping.

The Bricklayer Arrives!

While we are going over the above and doing some other household discussions the Bricklayer knocks on the door.  The City has paid for our repairs and renovations as a reward for stopping Erebus (yay we get recognition! Now if it gets cited in a good journal somewhere Threshold will be ecstatic).
The Bricklayer is doted on by Whisper who tends to him with home cooking and he fixes the place up. We now have our nice comfy super base in a firehouse.

Afterthoughts

A bit short but not too bad. It had been several months since our last game session (Early Oct and this was Dec 11th) and we all were a bit rough on our feet as to recollections.  Thankfully our note keeper helped review things, though he was a bit under the weather.
Space Cat is acclimating to the group, I think he has decided to take on annoying Wirerat as a pet project as cats sometimes do. Molerat was quiet and did not come up in the session, probably still hiding in Thresholds couch. Threshold really has to scan the place a lot to keep these ruffians (PCs) from getting away with their practical jokes and other tricks.
I think we all had fun and it was kinda cool using a Contact I never actually expected to use in the game. It was more intended as background and a possible plot hook.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Aeon B-Team (Nomads) Season 8 Session 10 Of Skulls and Cats

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
    • Nawang Sonam aka Wan Shi Tong (NPC): Martial Artist with a mysterious past. Thresholds mentor, experienced and highly capable, indeterminate age.
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.


Post Conflict

Its been a week since we stopped Erebus from destroying NYC and stealing a bunch of powers from the metas in the area. With the darkness dispelled reinforcements and supplies are arriving into the city, people can go back to work, and overall things getting back to normal.
Rikers Island is still under siege with prisoners holding a cellblock, using many guards as hostages. Threshold and Wirerat offer to help repair some of the damage and for the Nomads to go in and rescue the hostages.  Between our teleporters and all the stealth we can bring to bear Threshold thinks the team can take care of that situation but HQ denies us on either.
Instead we are told to patrol our area and mainly relocate prisoners captured by other teams to secure facilities.
Threshold talks to the crystal skull he got and it gets annoyed with him and teleports him all over the universe, doing a bunch of damage in the process.
It did not like being called a computer, and when Threshold asked it about the possibility of it being captured by someone and forced to do their bidding it opted to show off and make a point.
It's telepathic voice comes off as fatherly, unusual choice for an AI personality.
* The Player knows the history of the Crystal Skulls in the campaign but Threshold is a pragmatic scientist. He does not believe in the supernatural, so will take some convincing to accept they are what the player has been told. The GM was perhaps mildly annoyed at his stubbornness - nothing new there though :)
Threshold goes into his office and finds a giant mole buried in his couch. It has been there about two days, but Threshold was busy in the labs and the field. After a brief examination and discussion the team decides to keep it around for observation and see what happens.  We recently picked up two sapient dogs, and have those squirrels hanging around so are becoming quite the zoo.
Though with tensions between Wirerat and Nox going down, its possible the squirrels will go away and stop appearing in the base. Especially if we get that wall patched up!

Space Cat

Then of course there is Space Cat.
Space Cat has been kept unconscious since its capture almost two weeks ago. Threshold gives it a though medical exam (Medic!; Pararadar with Bioscan, Microscopic, Penetrating; and some other abilities) and determines its sentient (which we figured from the fight). It was used by the bad guys as a clone of Threshold so he kind of feels attached to it (unlike the screaming head that was also a clone of him) and it was raised and controlled by villains.  He feels its unfair to lock it up and the authorities might treat it as an animal and simply euthanize it. He talks it over with the team and takes it to the roof where part of the team watches. He wakes it up after damping spatial powers in the area and Prodigy turning its powers off. Threshold doesn't tell anyone but he thinks the skull can also dampen its powers based on what it did to Thresholds powers during the fight with Erebus. The skull and Wan Tong wanted to keep things secret and Threshold respects that idea.
When asked what to do with it the skull teleported in a messenger bag for Threshold to carry it around in.
Wirerat makes a translation collar for the cat and they have a conversation. The cat is not overly friendly but is told what is going on and seems to accept the situation. Threshold gives it fresh tuna upon request.
This may easily wind up being a very bad thing but its only fair to give the cat a chance and the team has a history of rehabbing bad guys. So it feels like the right thing, if not the wise thing.
A cat that can teleport itself or others and disintegrate things is a rather scary thing to have running around the world. On the other hand Threshold with a cat familiar gives me Gary 7 vibes and is just cool. Don't even have to buy it on Constant Appearance despite its ability to teleport. After all cats tend to be independent and like their sleep.


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Aeon B-Team (Nomads) Season 8 Session 9 The finale of the Erebus Saga

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
    • Nawang Sonam aka Wan Shi Tong (NPC): Martial Artist with a mysterious past. Thresholds mentor, experienced and highly capable, indeterminate age.
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.

Get Ready to Rumble!

We start off reviewing and tweaking our plans from last session. Nyx is going to meet Erebus at Frank's Franks a street hot dog vendor and local health hazard. The rest of the team will be hiding about a quarter block away waiting for a signal. Were monitoring Nyx using radio, various powers, and our normal senses for whatever signal Nyx chooses at the time. Threshold will then portal everyone in and if that fails for some reason most can get there on their own. Nomads is a team of primarily teleporters and speedsters so it should be quick.
Threshold makes his Leadership! roll for foresight for the tactical rerolls (optional rule from Pyramid the GM wrote) but apparently does not do well enough to get any.
The GM lets everyone know their current status on Karma Points and Wildcard points for rerolls. We expect to need them.

Combat!

Nyx wheels over the chair on a dolly to where Erebus is waiting impatiently, apparently he got there a bit early. Nyx goes over the deal and is told he can go. Nyx then baits Erebus into having him test the chair first to prime the trap. This goes well then Erebus gets ready to sit in it and we all Warp in. Threshold crits his roll and the GM lets Threshold create multiple portals (effectively granting the Rapidfire enhancement), placing the party around the area saving them some movement.
Whisper, Nyx, Wirerat, Threshold, SSR, Chain Jacket, Bubbles, Impulse, and Wan Shi Tong make 9 combatants on the PC side and Erebus summons 4 constructs for 5 on the villains side.
14 combatants, a lot going on and you should check out the GMs recap when it comes out for full details. The author of this blog was trying to plan the fight and missed or forgot a lot of details.

Wirerats drones light up the area using glowworms frequency so we can all see clearly. Whisper runs up and crits Erebus in the head with her axe - Doom is invoked and she loses her axe, but damage is taken.
SSR shoots his autocannon and Erebus fails to dodge - Doom invoked again.
Doom was invoked a lot here, the GM had a bad day for defense rolls!
Everyone else takes their attack and Erebus summons four minions to deal with us. Eventually Threshold takes his shot and crits with his Obliteration Beam but a minion power parries (more Doom invoked). Erebus power dodges using his teleport around the battlefield to avoid incoming fire and Threshold uses his Escher Bubble (Obscure plus Slow Move on a 4 yard radius) hoping to limit his movement and vision but he Warps out as a Dodge.
Erebus tries to dissolve Bubbles but Threshold manages to use Power Defense with Exoport to get her safely away (spent wildcard to do that and she's out of the battle). Chainjacket, Bubbles, and SSR entrap a minion. Whisper picks up her axe and takes out another minion.
Nyx is at a bit of a disadvantage (darkness vss. darkness) and things not looking too good for the good guys and does something to the chair. It had been slowly sucking the power out of Erebus but now starts to pump him up. Wirerat figures out it went wrong, Threshold is positive it went exactly right (failed Per based Science!).
Since the last Power Dodge* got Erebus next to the chair Threshold tries to block his teleporting using his ability to control Space, erecting a -10 skill selective teleport block in a 10y radius (most of the battle map).
*How is he doing that multiple times a turn anyhow? GM said we could buy that too. Limited ATR seems unlikely as the GM strictly limits that, variant Trained by Master? Seems to not be taking multiple penalties

Erebus starts growing as the darkness throughout the city is channeled into him and local darkness gets more intense so most of us cannot see.
Wan Shi Tong pulls out something that doubles Thresholds block. Whisper runs into the corrosive darkness aura Erebus had put up and is hurt pretty bad. Her attack bounces off his armor upgrade and she smartly runs out of the aura (a couple yards radius). Nyx uses darkness tentacles but they do little to no damage as well. SSRs chain guns do manage to do some damage.
Threshold decides its time to finish things and for the second time(?) in the campaign pulls out his Singularity power. He cant see Erebus but knows where he was last and creates the center about 10 feet up from there. Hoping the distance will minimize the attraction on everyone else, and the street.
It works and Erebus takes enough damage that he screams.
The chair is sucked into the hole and something weird happens. Rather than being destroyed the power chair merged with the singularity, creating some form of Khyberic tornado. Threshold tries to cancel it but can't. He runs over to his old friend Wan who he now sees was wounded. Wan is severely hurt and dissolving into the tornado, even though he is out of the wind from the singularity effect. He makes a dying declaration and hands Threshold a crystal skull. "This is yours now, take care of it and ask do not demand its help". Wan then dissolves in Thresholds arms.
Threshold asks the skull for help and is surprised when it answers telepathically. Rolling with it Threshold quickly explains the situation, the skull in a fatherly tone says it can see and understand then it says they need to get closer. Threshold holds it tight against his chest and walks into the tornado, knowing there is not much time to stop it. Nyx sees what is happening and using his shadow whips tries to tether Threshold to keep him from being sucked in. SSR uses a grappling gun and helps too. The skull does something and and cancels the khyberic tornado.
Threshold does not believe in ghosts, so thanks what he figures is a telepathic A.I. and quickly hides it.

Aftermath

A good long fight and epic end to a long build up. Were skipping a week ahead next session and then going after more Ryker escapees.
Threshold lost his mentor and long time friend, several people were hurt but the day was saved. Threshold will be talking to the skull and likely find out some of what the player knows about its history - including that it is one of a large set. There are 13 crystal skulls in the campaign, each representing a fundamental power set (think infinity stones or Realm Magic). I think based on what it did and that Wan said in his dying breath that he always knew it was eventually going to Threshold this is the "Space" skull. It seems like a big coincidence that it synchs with Thresholds powers but destiny is a thing and these skulls have a lot of power and can sense related powers so it could have talked and moved its way into this opportunity.
Not sure if Threshold is going to keep it, hide it, or what yet. But definitely going to be asking it questions. GM heads up, going to be asking it about that weird pocket watch!
No upgrades or character points spent during the break so probably be a few years before I put any points into the things that happened recently. After this season ends we move on to the GMs fantasy campaign then likely his monster hunter campaign.
Threshold though besides the usual skill and power improvements understands khyberic energy (source of powers) so that's a skill to get - possibly Weird Science. He may work on power effecting gadgets based on that.  The skull and pocket watch may lead to more or improved skills and powers.
Actually been thinking how to build something like the crystal skulls the last two days and think have some simple but useful baseline ideas.
Naturally the GM probably has ideas too, if not already a template.
Sad to lose his friend, but it didn't have as much emotional or story impact as the guy was never really fleshed out or played.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Aeon B-Team: Season 8 Session 7

 

Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.” Absent
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
    • MIA Sentient AI made from recovered tech on a prior mission.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
    • Nawang Sonam aka Wan Shi Tong (NPC): Martial Artist with a mysterious past. Thresholds mentor, experienced and highly capable, indeterminate age.
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.

Session 7? What happened to 5 and 6?!

If you have been following along you may be wondering what happened. Session 4 was July 3rd and a lot of stuff has come up causing us to skip games since. When the two did occur they were very short and I also had no computer for about a month. Sorry for lack of reporting but here is a short recap.
Session 5 was mostly a recap of session 4, some retcons on what people were doing and how long they took doing them.
Session 6 Lynch (from Season 7) knocked on our door to tell us about a secret experiment in the Adirondack mountains in upstate NY.  We filed in a seaplane docked a few miles away and flew to the hidden base to check things out. Some discussion was about how we handled transportation, since many of us can teleport some felt we should go to the edge of the darkness, walk across the border, then teleport to the location.

Another Covert MetaPowers Program

Lynch explains that this was a covert program using darkness manipulators for special operations. Nox was part of the program, as was Erebus.  Apparently Erebus stole the powers of most of the others before being captured and Nox was the only one to escape.
We arrive with Threshold, Whisper, Nox and Nyx, Wan Shi Tong, and Lynch.
Nox has the keycode and entry is easily secured. Heading in we are stalked by creatures of darkness from a dead darkness manipulator "Grue" who says he is someones memory and not real. We find his mummified remains inside, so Threshold decides to take him at his word and gives up trying to save him. There is a chair that boosts supers powers, currently tuned to darkness manipulators.  It effectively is a khyberic fission bomb that can permanently boost your powers - if you live.

Grue tells us that Erebus wants the device to boost his power, Lynch confirms this and says its our only hope as it should boost his powers so much that it pops him like a balloon and kills him.
Threshold is less than pleased with this strategy.
Threshold examines the device (Science! -21 with Pararadar and scanning plus other modifiers) and crits with a natural 3. He now knows exactly how the device works and is confident he can retune it to neutralize Erebus powers permanently using the negative orichalcum that he has back at base.
He tells the team about this new option and they debate it's merits. 
Player invokes Thresholds foible "Prove they are wrong"; inspired by that crit success I felt he was all in on using the device.

Threshold offers to tune the device to "safely" boost Nyx's powers but Nyx declines. Threshold internally considers the others but decided that Nox is too unstable, Threshold has enough power already and what he needs most is more control and refinement over it. Threshold can channel khyberic energy to boost his powers as needed already and fears he might lose control with a sudden larger power boost. Whisper is a super soldier and they tend to be unstable and ride a knifes edge on keeping power, dying, or simply going crazy so that is also out. Similar with Wan Shi Tong.
There is a risk that anyone could die, though Threshold is confident (in a mad scientist sort of way) that he can control things to avoid that effect. But no one really wants to try it and for the reasons above that plan is quickly dropped.
Besides the crit success on Science! Threshold has specifically studied metahumans writing two scientific papers, plus working with other experts over the years.

Whisper announces her plan to shoot the device, Threshold tells her its basically a nuclear bomb and that just shooting it is a bad idea. Threshold disassembles the device and they take it back with them, planning to use it to neutralize Erebus powers.
As they leave Whisper borrows a hand grenade from Lynch to destroy the device as soon as everyone leaves the room. Threshold is less than thrilled as no one had declared the device fully safe from exploding or causing massive collateral damage if destroyed.
The team takes files from a computer, Lynch looked at the files, Whisper looked over his shoulder and SiR hacked and copied the computer files.

Nyx is informed by his ghost friend* that Lynch is possessed by Erebus before we leave, though after plans have been discussed.
As we arrive back at the base Nyx lets the ghost capture Lynch and tie him up in the closet.
*Grue gave up his "afterlife" to lend his powers to Nyx and now Nyx can see and talk to the darkness creatures Grue could make. The rest of the team doesnt really know this yet (to my knowledge) and thinks Grue is still around.

Aftermath

Another very short game, one of the players was sick and once we reached a decent stopping point the game was called. Nyx did not tell anyone about the possession so that's a big trap waiting to happen. He likely will next game when the player is feeling better, so we can try and make up for the plan being revealed to the enemy.
I have a counter plan ready. The best plan would have been to just go with the plan of Lynch to give the chair to Erebus and hope it blew him up after secretly being modified. We can't do that now though.

It was a fun game, though short and a bit frustrating in some respects. I liked getting that crit, and rolled with it. Threshold now knows how to build this kind of device and will discuss it with Wirerat and Prodigy for how best to weaponize it.