Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:11 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Another question, is Subdirector St. Claire aware of the corruption inside both PART and the city's government and law enforcement?

And is Sierra Leone clutching his hands onto PART as well?


The important thing to remember about PART is it's NOT actually an army or a part of SHIELD. It's like someone in the United States Senate (*cough* Senator Cage *cough*) decided that they'd give a branch of the FBI rocket-launchers and tanks then told them to go nuts.

It's a law enforcement branch w/ a lot of ex-Department of Homeland Security members who were "kicked upstairs" when Senator Cage decided to make the ridiculous organization. They promptly recruited a bunch of people from the Army, Blackwater, and the street. Plenty are, against all the laws of common sense, ex-cons with a history of violence.

It's a ludicrously stupid organization.

Subdirector Saint Claire is more or less bull-riding this boondoggle to prevent Senator Cage's plan to create a "War on Super-Terror" from occurring even after his banishment as well as making lemonade with his lemons. While Saint Claire has no use for superheroes due to the actions of Commander Baseball, the Trixsters (he's unaware they were framed), and the fact his brother was a superhero killed for being insufficiently prepared--he's not a bad guy while PART manifestly is. Unfortunately, PART is the only gun he has when things get messy and they frequently do in the city.

In General Stag's case, the man is misguided rather than evil as he believes that his actions in keeping superhumans locked up and superheroes shut down is justified. Mostly due to the death of his daughter. His assistant, Mia, of course is a psychopath whose treatment by Uncle Mikey has convinced her that all superhumans have to be killed. She's also received supernatural powers from Buzz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YGPb9EAvuw

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:19 pm

Also, PART is heavily infiltrated by The Machine. What do you think will happen when the heroes knock out all the rival criminal factions?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:20 pm

So does that mean PART is being partially manipulated by Leone?

And it looks like some PCs might have to convince St. Claire to a bullet in Stag and Hero-Killer's heads and take over PART and ensuring that the real professionals come in and do their jobs.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:32 pm

General Solomon Stag

On a very rare occasion, there's a member of PHOBOS who seems halfway sane. General Solomon Stag is motivated for stopping superhumans not because he suffers a case of "power envy" or the fact he's obsessed with world-domination. Instead, he is motivated by the death of his daughter who was killed during a superhuman brawl in the middle of New York City along with dozens of other pedestrians.

This battle between Rampage and Deathseeker was all over the news as one of the perfect examples of why superhumans had to be controlled. Nevermind Rampage had been infused with Titan-power and that he was interested in leveling the whole of Manhattan for his "dark masters." General Solomon blamed both monsters for their unwillingness to consider 'lesser mortals' worthy of their attention.

The irony is not lost on those who know his story that Deathseeker is one of the few superheroes who is NOT a completely arrogant sot.


Finding a sympathetic ear on Capital Hill, General STAG served two campaigns with the World Security Organization and racked up a staggering 372 superhuman kills with his team (17 personally done). Ultimately, he disagreed with the direction the organization was going but considered its hardline approach to superhuman terrorism to perfect for the United States.

General Stag got his opportunity a year ago when the Trixsters were killed along with half of a New Jersey town. General Stag made hundreds of speeches regarding the "reckless abuse of power" by superhumans and was appointed by the Senate Subcommittee on Superhuman Affairs to head up an organization to deal with the threat.

Privately, Senator Cage introduced him to PHOBOS' board of directors who Stag assumed was a collection of "concerned US citizens." Armed with their support, he was able to get PART created and decided to make it the vanguard of a new society--one where "muggles" ruthlessly policed the superhuman. His detention center on an artificial "garbage island" called The Box is an entirely illegal location that only survives due to the level of secrecy about him.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:36 pm

Ah fascists and gangsters, it's what superheroes were created to fight. :wink:

(And bah on any who say superheroes are the reason supervillians exist. Bah, I say!)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:41 pm

I'd also love to see Commander Adiv and the rest of Pendulum's Board of Directors do this to General Stag, Hero-Killer and the other immoral higher-ups in PART.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIieHxfF3o

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:42 pm

Voltron64 wrote:I'd also love to see Commander Adiv and the rest of Pendulum's Board of Directors do this to General Stag, Hero-Killer and the other immoral higher-ups in PART.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIieHxfF3o

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Infamous 3 preludes what will happen when the superhumans get sick of things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtTMnpfe-so
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5ye_ai1XuM

Yeah, it won't be pretty.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:43 pm

MightyDavidson wrote:Phoenix Force Seven Charles. There are seven of them, since Dr. Justice and Sailor Cosmos joined.


Was in the process of correcting.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:49 pm

Say Charles, you know else possesses an unwillingness to consider 'lesser mortals' worthy of their attention?

Sierra Leone, as in the guy who set up The Trixsters and half of that town in NJ to be killed.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:00 pm

Hey Charles, I want to tell a little bit of top secret government info that Fades knows about.

It turns out there was a sniper on the grassy knoll, but he wasn't an assassin. He was actually doing sentry duty for the Secret Service because before then, all the presidents who had been slain had been up close and personal.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:16 pm

Voltron64 wrote:And is Sierra Leone clutching his hands onto PART as well?


Sierra is having trouble getting his hands into PART due to the Machine (and its mysterious leader) having already been moving his members into place. As a result, it's "Evil vs. Evil" whenever their two gangs get into fights.

Voltron64 wrote:So does that mean PART is being partially manipulated by Leone?

And it looks like some PCs might have to convince St. Claire to a bullet in Stag and Hero-Killer's heads and take over PART and ensuring that the real professionals come in and do their jobs.


If and when Stag goes nuts (and he will, mark my words), it'll be a bloodbath. That doesn't mean a more militant task-force for Pendulum shouldn't exist but it should be more SWAT less Iraq Occupation.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:33 pm

Or X-COM! :mrgreen:

(Because there's a time and place for bashing skulls, dang it! You don't go all willy nily on that sort of thing!)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:30 pm

The Machine Part II

The Machine hasn't made a public showing yet. Like all populist and fascist movements big public showings are instrumental in gaining membership and public support. So, far The Machine has been growing slowly in the shadows. They have agents in the shadows and in almost every major group in NYC. Currently, the objectives of the group are causing chaos and recruiting the disenfranchised and disillusioned. Currently, The Machine has about 1,000 members which in a city of 10 million is a very small number that number could swell as the social and government order breaks down.

The Machine's symbol is three gears interlocked. Two smaller gears locked on top of a larger gear. The Machine will say publicly that the large gear represents security and the two smaller gears are peace and prosperity. Inside the group the larger gear represents The Machine and the two smaller gears represent the government and business. The Machine favors the colors dark blue and white.

Cogs are the lowest level of The Machine and haven't been fully inducted into the party yet. They do most of the grunt work. They usually are not told much about the actual plans of The Machine or the hows and whys of their orders. In this phase a recruit is tested to show their loyalty and trust. Cogs are on call 24/7 and are expected to take any order from The Machine without question. To progress to the next level a cog has to pass physical and mental stress tests.

If The Machine goes public a cogs uniform would be black combat boots, blue pants, white shirt with blue suspenders, a Machine arm band, and a blue baseball cap with The Machine's logo. Cogs are usually armed with simple melee weapons like knives or clubs.

Lynchpins are the non-com officers of The Machine. They are fully inducted members. They are responsible for ordering around their individual cells of cogs. They are usually hardened combat veterans whether with the armed forces, police, or criminal groups. Lynchpins are also responsible for recruiting new cogs into the machine.

A Lynchpins uniform will be very much like a stereotypical motocycle cops uniform. Calf high boots, blue pants with a white strip, white dress shirt with Machine arm band, and a blue campaign hat. Lynchpins are armed with basic firearms as well as melee weapons.

Engineers fill many roles within The Machine. Some act as captains for The Machine being in charge of 6 or 7 cells. Some handle the legal or financial operations. Others would handle PR or judicial functions within the Machine. Cogs that have special education or have shown an aptitude for command are fast tracked into one of the Engineer specialties. Above Engineers are Head Engineers which control one facet of the party i.e. Operations, Propaganda, Legal, and Finance.

Engineers public uniform would look like a police officers dress uniform but in blue and white. The higher up an Engineer is the more white is in their uniforms. They will carry high powered firearms or even Nexus based energy weapons.

Repair Men part secret police and part assassins. Repair men dole out justice to rogue or 'broken' cogs and serve to dispatch The Machine's enemies. The ranks of the Repair Men answer directly to The Machinist. Repair Men usually come from the ranks of SWAT officers, special forces, and even the Nexus powered. The Machine usually spends money to upgrade its Repair Men with technological or genetic upgrades if the individual is not Nexus powered already.

Repair Men have the same uniform as Engineers except the blue and white is replaced by dark blue and grey. Heroes should expect to run against Nexus powered individuals, power armor, and cutting edge energy weapons when facing off against Repair Men.

The Machinist is the secretive leader of The Machine. Only the highest Engineers and the heads of the Repair Men have seen him in person. Among The Machine itself there are various theories to The Machinist's identity from sociology professor who an experiment take over their thought process and personality, to high ranking police officer sick of the red tape and justice system, to emissary from a more advanced civilization that is trying to bring light into the darkness of Earth Prime. Those are just some of the theories. Suffice to say The Machinist is cunning, charming, and has a great organizational mind. It is not known if The Machinist is superpowered or not.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:06 pm

But what if there is no Machinist? What if it's just like the Inner Party and Big Brother? :shock:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:19 pm

That could be a possibility.


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