aberrantangels: (Men in Black)
Wheels within wheels.

July 2
[Aberrant] In a Navajo Daedalus 3 communique to Agent Nyeung replying to his earlier report, Director Thetis expresses astonishment at his telling her that Max Mercer himself, not his granddaughter Margaret, conference-called on an Æon meeting, but admits that it does explain the Council's recent decisions. She advises Nyeung to observe Mercer, but not engage him directly. "We must know his degree of lucidity, what he has planned for Æon and how it will affect our efforts."


What you mean "our", kemo therapi?
aberrantangels: (secret history)
It's been a crazy time for us, of pushing all our limits.

October 12
[Aberrant] Proteus agent Talpa informs Director Thetis that he's "uncovered quite a bit", but has "no direct access to the Babel Dossier yet." Apparently, Æon keeps its secret files on a private network, separate from the OpNet and from everything else he could detect. He mentions that his orders to avoid Margaret Mercer make it awkward, as he needs either her approval or a unanimous vote of the Æon Council to get Dossier access; he asks her if, to that end, she could please pull whatever strings (he thought) she has with the Council.


What comes of this, one way or t'other, I don't specifically know.
aberrantangels: (Default)
I could've sworn there was a birthday on my flist, but MyLJ says there isn't, so you just get this.

October 2
[Aberrant] Damian Lombroso gives a guest lecture at Bowling Green University, about Project Utopia from an insider's perspective.


He allows as how "when most people think of Project Utopia, they immediately think of Team Tomorrow", but he's there to talk about the people in the background who keep Utopia running: the Admin wing, the Legal department, science and technology, the Triton Foundation (as "the best example of the semi-independent projects we tend to sponsor"), and T2M's support staff.
aberrantangels: (conspiracy theory)
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep

— Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"

2006
[Aberrant] Vasili Klymenko of the Directive sends an encrypted private letter to his old friend Alexis Vadivich, talking about his organization's objectives and inviting Vadivich to become part of them. "If [Æon] are only high-minded fools, shattering their plans will be easy....If there is more going on, then our work is even more necessary."


Again, I can't seem to find the original of this in the place I was looking (my copy of Aberrant: The Directive). But here's what I did find. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
An old codger's grumbling.

1977
[Adventure!/Aberrant] In his private journal, Whitley Styles, the last founding member of Æon still active with the Society, waxes philosophical about what Max Mercer had in mind when he founded Æon versus what the Society's new guard are turning it into.


He mentions Mercer's general awareness of the future, but (knowing that this is going into his beloved Babel Dossier) refuses to give the details. He also admits, reluctantly, that Mercer's knowledge is not always as specific as could be hoped. Mercer is, after all, only human (though he and their "old friend" Mike Donighal come "a damn sight closer to it than most of us").

And he speaks of all the dreams Mercer had for Æon that aren't being fulfilled. Max wanted Æon to "help humanity reach a higher state — of individuality, technology, culture, society — the whole ball of wax." But once the human race matured to the point where it was taking those steps on its own, and Æon was no longer necessary, the Society was supposed to go away. ("Any man who is doing a job is working to make himself obsolete..." — William S. Burroughs, Nova Express)

'Top Secret. Classified. For the Board, the Elite, the Initiates.' Are these the words of the all-powerful boards and syndicates of the Earth? )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Back to the Inspiration Age!

1923
[Adventure!] An explosion rocks Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, destroying the main floor of Mercer Manor.


Neither the Storyteller nor the d20 version of Adventure! says if Æon ever found who was responsible. The most important enemy the Society'd managed to accumulate in its month-and-change of existence was Baron Saturday, so he's a major candidate. On the other hand, Dr. Zorbo might have already started carrying over his vendetta against Danger Ace onto Stefokowski's colleagues. (I actually think the latter is a little more likely, more compatible with Jackson Harley's presented image as a Robin Hood of the Caribbean.)

Menschheit! Zum Himmel! )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Something of a turning point of the Inspiration Age.

And so it begins. )

Meetings with remarkable men. )

Works of genius. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
1923
[Adventure!] (Maxwell Anderson) Mercer establishes the Æon Society for Gentlemen in Chicago. It serves as a worldwide coordinating office for Inspired adventurers and investigators of the paranormal, in furtherance of its larger goal — Mercer's drive to discover humanity's true potential, and to break down any obstacles in the way. Its seven charter members are Mercer himself, Primoris, Whitley Styles, Professor Dixon, Safari Jack, Crackshot (Annabelle Newfield), and Danger Ace.


I've already written a fair amount about Primoris, and some about Mercer as well, so I'll cover the other five here.

And that makes you larger than life. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Mind over matter.

1998
[Aberrant] Maxwell Anderson Mercer composes a welcome letter for employees of Project Pandora.


Actually, the memo only says "M.A. Mercer" wrote it. Andrew Bates (the creator, more or less, of the Trinity Universe) was not consulted about this, and has (I'm told) gone on record opining that this "M.A. Mercer" was actually Max's granddaughter Margaret.

Project Pandora is devoted to studying psychomorphs — those rare (at least in the Nova Age) individuals who manipulate subquantum (psi) energies, as distinct from the quantum forces employed by eximorphs (novas). There's also a Project Tantalus, whose ambit is the even rarer paramorphs.

(There's a difference of opinion among Trinity writers on what exactly makes a paramorph. Bates considered that Mercer was the only one, and the distinguishing factor was his unique knack for chronal manipulation. I've gotten the sense, from other sources, that other writers regarded "paramorph" as a scientific term for "daredevil" — a recipient of heroic Inspiration [in the Storyteller version of Adventure!] or daring Inspiration [in the d20 remake].)
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
1923
[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that, over that steak dinner, Max Mercer explained his objective: to bring together "brave, intelligent and open-minded people...who ask why and want to find the answer."


This is the beginning of the Æon Society for Gentlemen. (Well, if you don't count the bit about Max telling himself he was going to found the society, anyway.)

2002
[Aberrant] T2MEu member Tremor begins raising islands from the sea-floor half a kilometer out from Venice. Within a year, "Nuova Venezia" will reach much of the way to the old city.


Uta Stentz' work serves multiple purposes. On the one hand, it provides space where developers can build new resorts, to accomodate turisti who want to see Europe's resident Utopians in action. On the other hand, it also becomes the home of embassies where European countries (and, by 2008, even the US and Canada) can station personnel to contact Utopia and T2M at need.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Oh, and I can't forget this. Particularly since the first event has to take place today.

1923
[Adventure!] Whitley Styles reports in his journal: "Max is back." Mercer appears to have been recovering for the last few months under the care of Dr. Primoris (who seems familiar to Whit, but whom Whit does not immediately recognize as Michael Donighal) and claims not to remember how he got into Primoris' care. They resolve to go out for a steak dinner over which Max will explain his new venture and invite Whit to join it.


The excerpts from Whit's journal in the Adventure! rulebook only list the month in which each entry was made, but when I see an entry dated in June and the (implicitly) next day's entry dates from July, I can do the math easily enough.

1998
[Aberrant] The UN overwhelmingly passes the Zurich Accord, a document declaring novas to be human beings, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof. A few fundamentalist Islamic nations and dictatorial regimes, all countries with poor human-rights records, protest the resolution.


Those people thought the Accord went too far. Others would later decide it didn't go far enough. Or, at least, that its enforcement was somewhat selective, and was failing to target what they saw as Utopia's attempt to turn novas into the indentured servants of baselines.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
It's actually his chronologically earliest appearance, so I think it deserves an extra-special mention.

1998
[Aberrant] Talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show takes as its topic novas. Mike from Poughkeepsie says that the UN created the novas as an army of global conquest. Kevin from Decatur reports having read that Æon's "Philippa Deville" [sic] is literally in bed with someone important at the UN.


Remember, kiddies, if you don't see the fnord, it can't eat you.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Not one, not two, but three.

1970
[Aberrant] Marcel Delorimier, later the Terat known as "the Apostle," born in Paris, France.


He was the sort of alienated suburban youth that makes easy pickings for ultranationalist movements, like the militias here in the US or Le Pen's lot in France. Then he erupted, expanding the list of people he considered himself superior to — not just piedsnoirs, but baselines in general.

It was in this state of mind, in the fall of 1999, that he and Caroline Fong met up with two other novas who weren't happy with the rules Æon was laying out for the nova game — jet-setter Raoul Cristobal Orzaiz and gray eminence Pedro Santiago.

Over the years, more disaffected novas (such as Shrapnel) found the nameless movement that resulted from that meeting. Last summer, they reached a critical point when Divis Mal joined — or, rather, when they joined him. He gave them a philosophy — Teras — and a name: the Teragen, omen-bringers. Now, their legacy is our future.

Delorimier has attached himself to Fong. He's a follower looking for leaders, but he has a tendency to betray his current leader when he finds one he likes better.

1998
[Aberrant] The Æon Society publicly announces its UN support and issues an invitation to open dialogue with any interested novas. The UN works behind the scenes to calm and reassure the world that Æon can handle the nova outbreak.


It's hinted (in the Trinity core rules, as I recall) that the UN was an Æon creation. Make of that what you will.

2001
[Aberrant] The Sternych Missive, in which Petr Ilyanovich, Calvin Lathrop and Mitsu Nakamura lay out for Eliot Stinson's perusal the case for the Directive and for US involvement therein.


They didn't have to do much persuading — Stinson, President Schroer's Assistant Secretary of Defense, was one of the first to realize that Project Utopia's interests would not always be identical with America's (and, in fact, already weren't).
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
As you may have noticed, I hate starting these things off with blockquotes.

1998
[Aberrant] Æon Society director Philippa Lavielle initiates a dialogue with the UN, offering to seek out and study novas.


To Joe Sixpack, that probably looked, in retrospect, like the genesis of Project Utopia. Presumably, the real reason (or one of them, anyway) was to find out whether the novas Mal had created differed from previous eximorphs, and if so, how.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Busy getting moved to new digs (details to follow), but here's some This Day yadda-yadda to tide you over.

How deep the rabbit hole goes. )

Yet another environmental update. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Well, the birds like it. (I have reason to believe [livejournal.com profile] archangelbeth at least will get that.)

Must be made criminal protecting society from the disease. )

Novas in space. )
aberrantangels: (Nova)
If I had an attention span, this would have been posted a lot earlier. Apologies.

My employers celebrated their anniversary recently. And so did the event that made them possible, maybe even necessary. I was too busy to blog this commemoration, but it's about time I did.

I'm running late, but I'm running. )
aberrantangels: (Nova)
I just want to share my disease. )
aberrantangels: (Nova)
This entry is from one of those voices I mentioned last time. If he hadn't been so busy, it would have gone up on the day it got to me; luckily, only one thing had to be changed to reflect that. For legal reasons, he can't use his own name here, so please welcome Hugh Boone.

Now five years later on, you've got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you...

— The Human League, "Don't You Want Me?" (1982)

Living in the Nova Age, looking only half my age... )

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