Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:10 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Two things, Charles.

1. Is it possible to redeem Commander Baseball?

2. How would you suggest taking down Sierra Leone and making the people of New York look up to superheroes?


1. It's possible. Ultimately, it's a question of what will happen when/if it comes out that Commander Baseball has been played for a fool the entire time. When he discovers he's been propping up his girlfriend's murderer, he's likely to go on a suicidal rampage. If he's talked against that, it's a tossup whether or not he'll attempt to reform himself by turning himself in or if he'll make his fall complete by taking over the Gotorelli family himself. The latter is most likely if he thinks it'll be the best way to get revenge on Leone and his family. It's like Darth Vader's fall with a baseball jersey.

2. Oh, the same way you take down August Roman (who Sierra Leone shares almost identical stats to), keep hitting his businesses and plans hard enough until he goes BALLISTIC and does something tremendously stupid.

The Daredevil option of turning PHOBOS and the Organization against him (like Daredevil did HYDRA) also exists, though this is a bit like using a shark to hunt a lion.

Or a Tuna.

New York City Cops Discuss This Method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzFMmb86FvY

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:17 pm

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Voltron64 wrote:2. How would you suggest taking down Sierra Leone and making the people of New York look up to superheroes?


2. Oh, the same way you take down August Roman (who Sierra Leone shares almost identical stats to), keep hitting his businesses and plans hard enough until he goes BALLISTIC and does something tremendously stupid.

The Daredevil option of turning PHOBOS and the Organization against him (like Daredevil did HYDRA) also exists, though this is a bit like using a shark to hunt a lion.

Or a Tuna.

New York City Cops Discuss This Method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzFMmb86FvY


I think that's probably an accurate description on why Seirra Leone hasn't gone up against any of the big players, be it hero or villain.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:49 pm

There is always The Machine. Fascists are notoriously anti-mafia.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:51 pm

Nah, we're good. :mrgreen:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:51 pm

I think that's probably an accurate description on why Seirra Leone hasn't gone up against any of the big players, be it hero or villain.


Sierra Leone is smart enough to have become a very large fish in a mid-sized pond (versus the lake that is Earth-0). As a result, on New York turf, he's able to face the Organization and Octagon's attempts to muscle in on his turf quite effectively. He's also been able to expand so that he's in control of large segments of New Jersey and Philadelphia's mobs too, which means he may soon be in control of America's "traditional" mob.

Outside of New York City, Sierra Leone is just a name from a long distance away. It's a name which commands respect, however, and his refusal to join the Organization and Octagon has also made sure he's avoided the same kind of heat. Enough that they have to negotiate with him rather than try and take him over outright.

Even so, Sierra Leone is in a precarious position now as he's reached the maximum amount of power he can wield without either joining one of the major global organizations (which he's burned the bridges of) or start his own. It doesn't help that while he has more influence than the Five Families of New York, he hasn't taken them over either. The Commission opposing Sierra Leone wouldn't win (and might result in Leone finally taking over the whole of the Italian Mob) but it might cripple him enough for heroes to bring them down.

Sierra Leone is AWARE of this and VERY annoyed. He wants to be more than the Kingpin....and that may be more than he could chew.

Make sense?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:57 pm

BTW, what's Leone relationship with The Outfit?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:02 pm

Voltron64 wrote:BTW, what's Leone relationship with The Outfit?


Sierra Leone on the Outfit: "One of my favorite groups of employees. I have greater needs than they can provide in terms of assassins, though."

The Outfit on Sierra Leone:: "One of our most consistent employers. We don't like how he makes use of so many other mercenaries, though."

The Outfit is currently torn between employers as, mentioned, the traditional mafia doesn't much care for the upstart.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:05 pm

No criminal mob does.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby EnigmaticOne » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:12 am

Sorry to hear about your rejection, Charles. :(

And I guess it feels hard, for me, when I see you guys churning stuff out and out... do I get burned out on this stuff too fast or something? It's kinda strange.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:32 am

EnigmaticOne wrote:Sorry to hear about your rejection, Charles. :(

And I guess it feels hard, for me, when I see you guys churning stuff out and out... do I get burned out on this stuff too fast or something? It's kinda strange.


Not in the slightest. It just means you have other responsibilities.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:50 am

The Pendulum Action Response Team

The Pendulum Action Response Team (PART) is something of a dark portent of the future. They're a paramilitary branch of Pendulum with immense funding and arms. They have APCs, hover-tanks, hover-bikes, power-suits, repulsor planes, and high-powered energy weapons with the ability to vaporize people. Their use of alien technology is less of a problem, however, than their broad authority to arrest and detain. PART has a full military base within New York City and dispatches its forces to deal with superhuman activity with the fist of an angry god.

PART is designed to prevent anything like N-Day's worst massacres from occurring and preempting superhuman terrorism which might result in large-scale casualties. The problem is that if a superhuman WANTS to destroy a skyscraper or large parts of downtown and has the power, there's really not much PART could do about it. Their military response time is fast but not so much that a throw down between superhumans can end and the participants fade back into the crowds before they're done.

Also, if anyone has seen Man of Steel, the kind of "demolish half of Metropolis" fight between Zod and Superman that is their nightmare scenario is something they don't have the power to deal with. They're more interested in a dozen Robocops than one decent Iron Man, which is exactly not what you need with A-class Nexi or alien threats. Subdirector Saint Claire has been trying to force both PART and Mayor Yage to get New Yorkers to practice evacuation drills as well as shelters but this has gone over like a ton of bricks.

That doesn't mean PART is completely incompetent. It's actually quite good at disabling and securing low-to-mid-range superhumans. It's record against terrorist groups like the Levelers, Scorpion, the Rising Tide, or One-Above-All is quite good. It's just that they tend to bring military-grade force for anything which smacks of superhuman. Detainment for anyone breaking a crime with superhuman abilities is also very difficult to resolve legally as PART doesn't want it revealed how poorly they've treated their prisoners.

PART is officially under the control of Subdirector Saint Clair but he is actually the best resource for anyone who wants to reign in the group or its excesses. He's about the only person who can legally get a superhuman captured by PART free. While he's very much about "regular humans" resolving superhuman problems, he's become appalled at the abuses by PART and its leader, General Stag. It doesn't help that General Stag's aid, Mia Wilson, is actually the Hero Killer.

Part of the reason PART is so effective is it has the support of PHOBOS-backed politicians in Congress as well as numerous friends in UNITED. It is the desire of Senator Cage that the future of the USA be PART in every city. Sadly, against the recommendations of Director Adiv, it's likely to happen.

There's two ways to play PART and that's they're a group of people just doing their job who happen to be the "wrong man at the wrong place" versus a bunch of bullies and fascists explicitly recruited so our plucky New York City heroes can be on the wrong side of the law.

It's up to the Gamemaster what they wish to go with, though the latter can easily lead to some fun bits of antiheroism as the two sides get more and more extreme.


Due to PART's brutality, corruption, and general racism, a resistance movement has begun under the Street Preacher which treats them as a military occupation. The Deckers, named for GRR Martin's Wildcard's series, are determined to drive them from New York.

This has resulted in a series of violent clashes between them and superhumans. With so many Deckers arrested, they are now starting to consider killing as an appropriate measure. Which will get them labeled as terrorists, Non-powered superheroes have a low-regard for PART as well, considering them to be a collection of brutal thugs who suffer "power envy."
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:08 am

You know, PART's role could easily be the World Security Organization instead, Charles.

(Word of advice, try looking over the earlier material before making new stuff.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:11 am

Voltron64 wrote:You know, PART's role could easily be the World Security Organization instead, Charles.

(Word of advice, try looking over the earlier material before making new stuff.)


Well, they wouldn't have authority to arrest anyone on US soil let alone detain them. The mention of UNITED is a direct reference to the WSO however.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:14 am

I still would like to know how to improve the PR of superheroes in the Big Apple?

Perhaps revealing the massive smear job to the public and the criminal connections to it?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:29 am

Being a hero, of course, will do things. Much like Spiderman in the movies, the more he helps people, the more New Yorkers rally behind him.

But, FYI, the reason why it wasn't the WSO aside from legalities is I actually wanted to make PART to be the sort of group the PCs could utterly demolish without having to worry about massive legal ramifications. This is pretty much an attempt to do a "setting within a setting." Heroes, villains, and so on for a New York based game.


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