Wednesday, March 1, 2023

AEON Season 7, Session 5



  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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?”
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

The Trap

Using the information Nyx got from the pawnshop fence who sold the captured phones Wirerat, Nyx, and Whisper all contributed to finding out the technopath who worked on them. A haphazard plan is created .
Wirerat goes to StacksOverflow and posts the bad guys code with some modifications. He gets mad then calls Whisper under a fake identity they pretty much made up that afternoon. Whisper vamps him with a bit of help from a psych profile Threshold made up. The guy takes the bait and meets Whisper at the pizza joint across the street.
Whisper decides to have some fun and has the bad guy "m0le_tr0ll" hack Legerdemains records and destroy his credit rating, social life, and other things. Still annoyed at how he takes care of his brother aka Wirerat. Eventually she gives the signal and Threshold who has been waiting across the street teleports in and asks him to come with him.
The guy panics, apparently not recognizing Threshold. Despite Threshold being extremely recognizable, recently in the news, having 6 PhD's an MD, and numerous other degrees, and among the best spatial manipulators on the planet. Oh and ruggedly handsome and charming as well, if he does says so. Threshold is understandably confused and thrown off by this but gives him his name (what still not recognized? Thought this guy was supposed to be smart.)
Threshold again tells him top come with him, a little less patiently this time and asks if the goons coming to help him or robots and safe to disintegrate or should they just stand down.
Moldy Troll, still seemingly slow on the uptake doesn't quite get it and so calls Wan Shi Tong to take care of them. Threshold dodges a punch by Moldy Troll and grapples him using his modest Judo skill. Then frog marches him out of the diner, across the street, and into the firehouse. Wan Shi Tong carries the other two whom he knocked unconscious.

The Interrogation

Having determined that Moldy Troll can somehow make copies of himself or is a large family of identical siblings the team questions him on his activities. Threshold leads the interrogation, Wirerat tries to hack his laptop but the firewall delays him, Nyx and Whisper mostly watch.
Threshold tries the "Bad Cop" routine, but really is not very good at it. The y guy has to see Threshold disintegrate a cup before he even believes Threshold has any powers. Mentioning that he is not yet under arrest but that he is being investigated for the incident at the Brooklynn Bridge finally gets him talking.
Its mentioned how the real bad guy may opt to clean up any loose ends and the faster we catch him the safer the troll will be. He elects to take us to his "lair".


A decent length session. Several of us were having computer problems and we did more stepping on each other than usual. Also Threshold got a new nickname "Bureaucracy Guy" and called out for being the most boring super hero ever.
Hey, someone has to handle the paperwork and manage things!
Seriously though, Thresholds primary motivations involve him in the lab or out on patrol. Need to work on that a bit more.

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