Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; a lawyer so good he can actually prove a negative.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer

Zephyr’s Driving School

We start off in media res, having flown to Egypt to track down the trail of dead bodies left by the last crystal skull. The Commander is asleep (because nothing exciting was happening), when suddenly a gang of thugs with three motorcycles and one jeep pull up behind us and move in to attack. One of them shoots the Commander in the shoulder – just a flesh wound – before he wakes up. This causes him to roll over before he starts snoring again.

Zeke fires four tangler arrows and three of the three motorcycles go down hard. The jeep is hurtling towards us. The Commander does not wake up. Eamon does a TK attack at the engine to try and make the thing throw a rod or burst a cylinder or something else vaguely non-powered. And the jeep goes down. Continue reading “Aeon Campaign S4E8: Where’s my mummy”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; a lawyer so good he can actually prove a negative.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer

Metahuman Politics

The situation evolves after we take down Blue Skies. As their use of metahumans to wreak havoc and do nefarious things comes to light, Senator Blackwell – a known anti-metahuman activist, uses that platform to become President Elect (and yes, the in-game date straddles the election of 2016).

Senator Blackwell

Blackwell is a freshman republican senator in the United States Congress from South Carolina with a military background who pushes strongly for the registration and regulation of metahumans. He is a gifted public speaker and negotiator. Former 82nd Airborne medic. Actively competitive shooter with both rifles and handguns. Senator Blackwell is a part of the National Security Caucus and is on friendly terms with the HPA (Human Pride Association – a group pushing for marginalization or eradication of metahumans). Senator Blackwell was elected in 2014 to the senate from South Carolina after challenging and defeating Lindsey Graham in the primary. Blackwell has dark hair, hazel eyes and a wide build. He walks with a faint limp from a bad landing during training at Fort Bragg.

We were in and out of hearings being debriefed and, in no small part, manipulated despite our best efforts into the various plans of the politicians. We keep our district in tip-top shape while we’re doing it, with no super-villainy of note happening. Eamon is doing everything can to leverage his metahuman rights foundation to counter the machinations of the HPA and their goals. He’s more or less creating a legal crapstorm that will try and angle multiple cases into the supreme court to circumscribe their actions.

The Commander spends some of his downtime studying magic and the occult with Zephyr. He’s been leveraging the power of his tatoo without the proper knowledge for too long.

The testimony eventually draws to a close, and there’s enough proof of criminal wrongdoing that we were able to wrap up and identify most of the “bad guy” aspects of the Blue Skies organization. Many go to jail, but many were just cogs in the machine or subcontractors. The higher-ups go away for a very long time, because our investigation was just too thorough. The data from their own servers was particularly damning, and there was a bit of fratricide and ratting-out and deal-making. The CTO, in particular, is now on probation for life working foe AEGIS.

No good dirty rat.

On the other hand, all of the metahuman-related malfeasance enables Blackwell to come to power, leveraging the absolute certainty that Blue Skies was, in fact, using metahumans, many willingly, to gain power and influence and money. Continue reading “Aeon Campaign S4E7: Executive Disorder”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer

S4E5 – A Plan Came Together!

I wasn’t feeling like transcribing last Monday for some reason, so let me sum up:

We completely dominated the takedown of the executive Montemayor. We came up with a ridiculously effective plan and executed it flawlessly. We pulled our target out in the elevator she was coming down in, used all of our powers effectively to maximize knockout values and take down scads of folks at once, and found out we got a bonus prize: the Chief Information Officer or something like that. We wrapped it up like the professionals we’re supposed to be.

The only one left is the founder. He’s holed up with dozens of metas and no small number of regular folks. We had infiltrated the bad guys main base, Eamon was going to try and do his diplomacy thing . . . and all of a sudden the Angel of Death – a guy that was bad, bad news, showed up and started killin’ folks.

We ended there because we outpaced the GM’s planning; we dealt with Montemayor obscenely fast.

S4E6 – A Plan Falls Apart

As we arrive, a scene of blood and death. Four or five dead metahumans, a baker’s dozen of completely slagged humans. And two decloaking mechas about 7yds tall. Who ordered ED-209 and his brother?

They have acquired a target: us. Hrm.

“Um, we’ve got a dude on top of our mechas”

Naturally Zephyr does something crazy – he runs up on top of one of the mechs. Ezekiel looses an EMP arrow to no effect. We hear “Target acquired” as the turret swivels towards Zeke.

The Commander stunts a forward-placed shield, and rolls a natural 3. I can redirect it with my mind as a bonus. Zephyr gets electro-zapped by a power cage. He makes his HT roll, but needs to spend a point of karma to not get scrambled. ED and his friend fire at my shield, but thanks to my shield, no problem – the .50-cals bounce. Yukio drags Katana behind a convenient rock.

Eamon hits the mech with a 51-point gravity sledge, stunting in a (3) armor divisor. It does a very nice bit of damage to one of the EDs. Zephyr waits until after Zeke goes – Zeke shoots an arrow at Zephyr, who is supposed to catch the arrow and shock out ED.

The Commander detects a flaw in this plan, since he just got hit with an electric attack, indicating the outer shell is already reinforced with this kind of thing in mind.

He catches the arrow, spends a life point and two fatigue for awesome potential, and then slams the electro-zap arrow into the thing. It . . . rolls a 4 for Dodge. This has turned into a mechanical bull. Murui crits on the third attack, finally hitting. And then pulls a hundred-handed strike, which pretty much makes it the “Go to sleep go to sleep go to sleep” scene from Age of Ultron. He does 324 ponts of damage with the strike, which is knockback and damage, against chinks in armor. He takes 18 points of damage to each hand, but has DR, so took a single point of damage per hand.

The commander moves up a bit, taking his really cool shield with him, and hits five times with a 6dx3 double knockback attack; the thing gets thrown 14 hexes, and is out of commission.

The other ED209 fires antipersonnel missiles – like 84mm gyroc rounds, so this is seriously beefy guided grenades. Eamon power parries with his very wide radius gravity slam and swats all the missiles out of the air. then follows up on his own turn to gravity punch the power cell with armor divisor (5). He destroys the second one, but regrettably Murui’s still on it, and crit fails the DX roll and winds up in a tree. We take a picture of him for posterity.

Legend wants us to distract the Big Evil Guy. Now. We go right in the front door, and move in.

Power Dampeners, Oh My

We come up the stairs, and come upon a fight in progress: “The Devil” vs four metas with our quarry in the corner. The Commander fires at the ground with his 15d concussion rifle, and the devil falls through the hole in the floor. Our quarry gives up, and Kyle grabs him, jumps out the window. When the house is exited, the powers come back (we suspected this), and Kyle flies away with the founder of  Blue Skies, our primary mission. Most of the Cavalry exit the building through the window, regaining their powers in the process, and taking Blue Skies metas with him.

The Commander runs downstairs, and is about to be surprised by The Devil, when Zeke shoots him with an arrow in the hand, crits, and scores 33 points of damage (he’s got a really strong bow) and the crit table doubles it. 66 points . . . “you actually hurt him.”

The Commander tries to kick him and then hit him with a sword, as either one would allow him to trigger his TK attack, which is substantial. Both are dodged or defended against. A shot to the foot misses by dodge again. The Commander scampers to the door, joining his teammates outside, where we can hopefully gang up on him.

Zeke runs towards the fallen mechs, probably intent on animating them again.

We do the analysis stuff – we’re going to need new charts to figure out how much sorcery this guy has. He’s that powerful.

The founder triggers a building implosion, with the house collapsing in on itself, pulling The Devil with  him. We go for sense magic – he’s not there anymore. But we know he’ll be back. There are lots of spatial distortion, like black hole type stuff, and we hear a scream come from Katana. She’s pouring blood from her eyes and ears; we get her stable, but she needs surgery immediately.

Three Kestrels land and like 30 guys come out. And the house kinda re-inflates. We get Katana on a Kestrel and off to a real hospital with real good doctors.

And with that, Blue Skies is no more.

We’ve got compromising information on all of them, so we fast forward past the trial and whatnot.

****

When we meet again, it’ll be at least a month out. So it’ll be December 2016 or early 2017 when we come back.

The anti-meta leader Blackwell becomes President of the USA.

We’ll need to spend experience points before next game, too. We all get a point for Most Valuable Party, since we all played well and were super in genre.

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer

Contact Lost

We pick up after we’d lost contact with one of my SEAL team – the GM decides it was the team medic, Leonard Spocke. The four PC heroes are gearing up to find and follow him, and we leave the other three SEALs, Onyx, Katana, and Saorice (Soar-sheh) are held in reserve, so they can just be late to save our bacon.

We try and figure out his last known location, Lesko’s safe house. He’d moved, and managed (with a 3) to get us a list of all of the known safehouses for all of the board of directors, but not a name association for each one. Lesko had been staying an an old automotive garage, which we go check out. There are two SUVs in the thing, fully armored and armed, and evidence that a very large vehicle went in and out of the place.

Zephyr and the Commander do ultra-sneak into the place. A surveillance system has been set up for about two days – but the system is very clean, it had been very recently scrubbed, and we have only the last two days worth of data. We also find Spocke’s cot and locker, and a magazine (one with pages, not bullets) with several dog-eared pages, which Spocke would never do. The pages are coordinates to a water filtration plant perhaps 40 miles out of town.

We decide to leave our backup (Katana, Onyx, etc) to watch the garage; Zephyr runs ahead as stealthy recon (speedster plus way stealthy), and Eamon the gravity master has to spend Karma to get we three (Zeke, The Commander, Eamon) reasonably stealthily into place. Speaking of Stealth, Zephyr makes his roll by 20.

Four metahuman villains, five rent-a-thugs with machetes, and about a dozen guys that look like Blue-Skies special forces types (in the words of Albert Gibson, “and a bunch of guys with guns.”)

There is a lot of summoning going on, in ancient German. The water is glowing like a photo negative – there’s something very unnatural coming. We speculate that since they came to a wastewater treatment plant, that they’re summoning an excremental. The B? Yeah, that’s Doctor Spocke. Continue reading “Aeon S4E4 – The Search for Dr. Spocke”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
  • Katana (NPC) – Will be The Commander’s wife one day. She knows it to be true. Recently revealed to be the 4yo little girl from the time-vision plot arc. The Commander cannot date a kid he knew when she was four. Icky.
  • EMC (Now NPC) – we lost a player, so EMC was shunted off into an Aegis facility by “Top Men.”

Discontinuity

We haven’t played in a while, so we had to remember what the hell we were doing. No one really could. We decided that every time we go for food, interesting things happen. So we decide to go for fish tacos, because that was the site of the first mission. Above-board, we know Christoper has probably prepped something, and that it’ll come to us, so we decide to lean in.

We check around, and Senator Blackwell has been pushing metahuman restriction. We decide to build a device in international waters that will turn him into a metahuman. Christopher swears we’ll never take this long a break again, because our non-linear tendencies are way, way out of control.

We wind up heading over to Fort Tilden, considered a national park but Aegis set up a base underneath it. We get in, and General Legend is looking very perturbed, looking at information flying over several computer screens. One of the screens show a list of Directors of Blue Skies, and many of them have question marks, one is outright missing, and one has been scratched out.

They got some more intelligence from the field teams, and they’re trying to figure out what’s the what here. A guy named Moya is the Chief Business Officer, and looks to be perhaps the weak link in the chain. The BoD went underground when we

He then pulls up a dossier on a woman, who has very odd eyes. Like snake eyes. We call her Thulsa Doom. Her name is Mary R. Montemayor, and she’s the Human Resources Procurement Director. She’s never been charged but frequently implicated in all sorts of nasty stuff. Genetic experimentation, human trafficking, industrial espionage . . . lovely stuff. We draw the mission of extracting a full list of the new Board of Directors. Names, photos, the works. From Montemayor. She’s been at Blue Skies for at least a decade. Continue reading “Aeon S4E3 – After a Long Hiatus”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
  • Katana (NPC) – Will be The Commander’s wife one day. She knows it to be true. Recently revealed to be the 4yo little girl from the time-vision plot arc. The Commander cannot date a kid he knew when she was four. Icky.

Syria Killer

So we turn over the disc, but we need some of the raw data from a location in Syria in order to make things go well. Stealth is not a requirement for this mission. So go in, get what we need, get out, by any means necessary.

We’ll be sent over there by Kestral aircraft, a fusion-powered vertol capable of carrying two Humvees really fast.

We gear up and head out with minimal fuss; we try and find the location, using clairvoyance, but the image is fuzzed. We eventually find the place. We decide to try NOT being subtle this time. Come in, crush the satellite dishes, and enter the loading dock in full assault mode. Just to be different.

Zephyr runs up at super speed, and . . . ooo. The opposition critically succeeds on, well, something. We decides Zephyr’s new hero name is FUBAR. He asks he can roll to disbelieve the foe’s critical success. He’s told no.

He does a runaround attack (roll at -15 to hit the back of the head) and still pastes him, and his friend. So much for the outer guards. He takes a Wait (if he sees a bad guy, run up and beat him down too).

Ezekiel goes to shoot a flash-bang arrow (expert archer; he definitely needs a boxing glove arrrow too), and stuns both of them; The Commander runs in and shoots one of them in the face. The other sees Yukio the Dog of War running after him and immediately joins Team Nope.

The commander gets surged, his electronics short out, and he’s in pain for -2 penalty to just about everything for the rest of the combat.

With little warning, Zephyr is pulled into the ground. Continue reading “Aeon S4E2 – It was a Syria Killer”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
  • Katana (NPC) – Will be The Commander’s wife one day. She knows it to be true. Recently revealed to be the 4yo little girl from the time-vision plot arc. The Commander cannot date a kid he knew when she was four. Icky.

What to do, what to do

After we return from the future, we get extensively debriefed, enter a period of intense training and workout, and generally spend time policing the Bronx. It is conveniently enough time to have The Pusher (Elena Pushkov) be retained by Aegis to “give them physical therapy” which is almost certainly pharmacological in nature. We get three months worth of physical therapy in 12 horrible hours, thanks to Ms Pushkov’s tender chemical ministrations.

Galatea and Onyx have been making sure that our territory didn’t to to crap (I’d say to the dogs, but Yukio would get mad).

We have a long discussion about what to do. We’re four months behind in keeping track of what Blue Skies has been up to, and given the many terabytes of data we have from the old data hack, we need access to computers we no longer have (due to Arc Light’s demise) to sort out what data led to things that actually already happened, and try and figure out a “top 10” list of things that are both timely and strategically disruptive.

That will involve turning some of our data to Aegis. We discuss this, and agree to turn over our data to Aegis. We have need for massive amounts of computing power, and they have it. And we have the data, and they need it. Someone walks in . . . Marcus from Season 1. He was and is a node for the embodiment of the VAST Artificial Intelligence. He’s also Katana’s “father,” by Alyssa Kerrigan.

“Is he here yet?” says Marcus. Continue reading “Aeon S4E1 – A Farewell to Arms”

This season was a lot like a two-parter on Cable-TV.

Episodes 1-8 were amazing and fun. We decided to take aim at the global Private Military Corporation called Blue Skies. It’s the finest sort of gaming, in my opinion. Fast-moving. Involved. Proactive. We took the fight to the enemy and expended our resources (scarce and otherwise) and talents to great effect. We absolutely crippled their plans over the course of eight sessions.

Sure, we suffered some setbacks. We had a semi-voluntary character fatality in S3E5, and lost Arc Light. But overall, veni, vidi, vici.

We really started to purposefully take the fight to Blue Skies in S3E7, and did that pretty well. We did, though, start to feel more directed here, as forces conspired to push us to Yankee Stadium. This was, in a real way, expected – we’d taken on a hard adversary in Blue Skies, and it was to be expected that, proof or no (we’d been very good about covering our tracks), they’d push back. Continue reading “Aeon Season 3 Thoughts”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • The Rat Queen (Emily) – brick with super-perception; made of actual rats
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
  • Katana (NPC) – Will be The Commander’s wife one day. She knows it to be true. Recently revealed to be the 4yo little girl from the time-vision plot arc. The Commander cannot date a kid he knew when she was four. Icky.
  • Four Navy SEALS
  • Galatea – our newly-made Ultron; first name Natalie.

The Powers Return

We pick up where we left off, and it’s a lot colder in there. It’s getting a lot colder outside, and so it’s getting a lot colder in the base. We get to work making the place a bit more defensible, plus getting our powers back and locating Maria’s friend.

Zephyr gives me a bro-hug for being depressed that he knew Katana when she was four. On the other hand, Yukio is looking at him like “man, you’re insane. She rubs my belly, she smells good, whats your problem?”

We look through stuff, and as we’re working the place over, we find a bunch of boxes labeled KB-109. Bunch of parts that look like a robotic spider. We look it up. It’s an autonomous sentry robot, developed sometime in 2020 as a means to counter the vampire threat. They were controlled by some sort of neural link device. We get to see a guy in a battlesuit with about 30 of these things tearing into a small mob of vampires. The bots are moving at something like 22mph.

Zephyr wants to let Yukio control it. This seems like a sub-optimal plan, but hey, why not?

What about Eamon? Well . . . it would still be funnier to give it to Yukio.

Continue reading “Aeon S3E14 – Apocalypse Then”

Dramatis Personae

  • The Commander (Doug) – telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • The Rat Queen (Emily) – brick with super-perception; made of actual rats
  • Zephyr (Merlin) – Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) – smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) – Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
  • Katana (NPC) – Will be The Commander’s wife one day. She knows it to be true.
  • Four Navy SEALS
  • Galatea – our newly-made Ultron; first name Natalie.
Secret Abandoned Base?
 
What could go wrong?
We split up into pairs. We notice that they may have been shot after they’d been immobilized. My character was dosed with some sort of sleeping gas, and then shot.
Zombies. Why did it have to be zombies.

Sometimes there were 7-8 people per room, looking too rag-tag. We wonder if this was a version of the zombie plague?These guys have been dead for about 40 years. We clear the top floor in a non-eventful way. About 40 dead folks, lots of random stuff, some 50-year-old twinkies. Most of the folks on this floor are not military. They’re wearing old, ragged clothing.

We start speculating that this military base may have been taken over or repurposed for hiding out from an Extinction Level Event. We table the discussion as we move Katana to a bed and try and heal her up. Zephyr burns karma and fatigue like it’s going out of style (or really, like it went out of style about 40 years ago). He burns character points too. Katana wakes up. She’s fully able and fit.

She stands up rapidly . . . and sits back down again. She asks what happened. We tell her. She immediately gets up to look for Yukio.

Katana and the Commander head downstairs to clear some rooms. The door has been welded shut from the other side, with crap pushed up against the door.

The Commander climbs down the elevator cables, to the elevator, opens the hatch, and jump down. The elevator itself has a bit of an airlock to it, as well. I see two fresh corpses, fairly fresh, dressed very differently. Couple of white guys, boots look cobbled togther, buckskin outfits. Couple of AKs, but with recently-machined and replaced parts. One has been shot in the head, dead-center in the forehead. The other was crushed by an unseen force. The third one has been mauled by some sort of animal – death by 1,000 cuts?

Every corpse (3 in total), have dog-tags the shape of a heart. The Commander takes the tags. Katana comes into the elevator; she rips through the pockets. The shot-to-the-head guy was with a .45, death by 1,000 cat scratches, and crushed with powers, says Diagnosis.

I force the door open, and move down the hall. More dead bodies. They’re dressed more like the buckskin guys. The walls are messed up in here. Like a rhino got loose.

We look around, and there’s flickering power. We find some containment units. One of which looks like something burst out of it, as AG-107. The most recent entry is Aug 14, 2025 on a clipboard. Some of the tanks have people in them. Some are looking like nasty science projects.

Katana and the Commander continue to clear rooms, with Zephyr, and we find a tunnel leading out from the far north corner of the room. It looks like it was hand-dug by the same critter that clawed them up.

Continue reading “Aeon S3E13 – The Katana Paradox”