aberrantangels: (heed the Chair-Leg of Truth)
Where the real money from the movie is made!

late May
[Aberrant] The June issue of Playthings magazine reveals that, while eight of the top ten nova action figures are produced by Novation (the exceptions being DeVries' figures of its Elite™ Mirko "Overkill" Mirkonen [#10] and of XWF Black Circle fighter Rob "Superbeast" Steele [#3]), four of those eight are of non-Utopian novas (Bender [#4], Core [#9], Divis Mal [#6] and Geryon [#2]); Caestus Pax (#7) literally hits the ceiling at the news that Corbin is still outselling him despite the media calling the Scotsman a psycho killer (Skew is #8, Antaeus #5 and Mourning Edition Slider #1).


So yeah.

late June
To add injury to insult, Pantheon Productions (the Pandaimonion's corporate arm, headed by Narcosis) brings suit against Novation for failing to obtain the permission of Mal and Booth before producing merchandise bearing the two Terats' likenesses.


I think it's Aberrant Worldwide Phase I that reveals that Novation eventually loses the suit (something it's never done before), and that, later in the year, Pantheon rolls out its own official Teragen figure line, with Geryon and Mal figures in the first wave.
aberrantangels: (Nova)
Enemies again.

June 3
[Aberrant] The Pantheon (consisting, at this point, of the Apostle, the Apothecary, Bounty, the Confederate [filling in for Epoch], Geryon, ibn'Mahmoud, Leviathan, the Mathematician, Narcosis, Orzaiz, Scripture, Shrapnel, Sin-Eater, Swarm Queen and Synapse) meet in council at a hidden retreat hosted by the Count (they are brought in by Blinker, the only Terat with whom Orzaiz shares the location). Topics of discussion include a review of the various Teragen cliques, what precisely is going on with Project Utopia, and how to use Utopia's newly-revealed weaknesses against it.


Actually, this first day is/was mostly about "catching up with fellow Terats we haven't seen in months and meeting newcomers to the movement," as the count will describe it when he opens discussions tomorrow. Today's discussions have been mostly civil, but with tense undercurrents among the various cliques, according to Leviathan's epilogue to the second of two essays circulating among Terats at mid-year. (The first, by Santiago, covered the movement's history from N-Day to the Null Manifesto; de la Rocha takes it from the Halloween Surprise to the present.)

Synapse logs in and out of the meeting, as he is spending much of his time trying to persuade Saxon to join the Teragen.


I'm not sure where I got this impression; the evidence for it seems to have evaporated from my copy of Aberrant: Teragen, even though I swear I've found it on other readings.

Edit June 4: I've since realized wherein the evidentiary basis consists, and it's not much. (It'll be in tomorrow's posting.) We don't actually get datestamps for either day of Saxon's captivity, so in fact, it may already be over by the time the meeting starts.

Here's what happens during it, anyway. )


In a communique to Director Thetis (double-encrypted, Navajo Daedalus 3), baseline Proteus agent Ruiz gives an overview of his interactions with two Utopian novas: engineer Dr. Piotr Enrikssen and someone referred to only as Cocharin.


Enrikssen's ever-expanding intellect needs new stimulation, and Ruiz suggests "the new games of chance from Hattori's pet project" as an option. Cocharin's on "a schedule that allows her to use her matter-transmutation abilities on a regular basis without any real quantum-bleeding or signs of stress." She's taking Slidergate in a Proteus-approved way, having "expressed worry as to what the 'rogues' might indeed try." He's working hard on being friendly to her, and "regular non-nova company... seems to break down any self-imposed feelings of 'being different.'"
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
Separated for now.

June 1
[Aberrant] In response to Rousseau's telecom virus, the initial roster of the Aberrants (including Jacques Angel, Chad "The Living Wreck" Berger, Toren "Dr. Worm" Cargill, Danielle Coleridge, Edda Cznievski, Kimberly Dame, Diane "Intergalactic" Holm and Asa "Renaissance Man" Karadakas) meets in the Amp Room. Corbin is pointedly absent, on the grounds that bringing an emotional broadcaster/amplifier into a room full of anxious novas can only end in fire.


It's Karadakas (referred to on the transcript as "Unidentified Man") who points that last bit out, when Angel is demanding to know where Corbin is and why he's not explaining things in person. Rousseau confirms that, and volunteers to take any questions.

Q&A. )

Anatole Siervich of Nova-Express Caterers is contacted by (fellow) suspected Teragen sympathizer Eric Ballard with final information about the upcoming Pantheon meeting.


It's all about the seating and the dishes. Food, glorious food! )
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
I don't know whom to root against here.

May 26
[Aberrant] Saxon, participating in Utopia's official investigation of the Slider murder, is lured to Mumbai with bogus evidence and captured by the Teragen.


Leviathan, when he tells the story in writing later, will simply say that he and the other NVers (led by James) "descended on [Graham] like the thumb of God". Count Orzaiz, around the same time, explains in person how he and his Casablancas coordinated the efforts of various cliques to build and spring the trap. It started when the Companions of Allah told the Casas that the T2MEu-er was in Cairo,

allegedly following a lead about the murder.... Thanks to Shrapnel's contacts among elites working for the Egyptian government, we were able to lure him to Bombay with rumors of "Teragen death-squads." There, a well-timed direct action by members of the Primacy... seemed to confirm his suspicions and send him toward Kashmir. Synapse, using corporate satellites generously provided by Señor Santiago, tracked his flight toward that slaughterhouse, and we relayed that data to Geryon and his Nova Vigilance strike team.


Geryon wants to finish Saxon on the spot, but Leviathan persuades him to hold back; somebody else has a use for the Upie.
aberrantangels: (VIOLENCE! VIOLENCE!)
No specific date. Again

late May
[Aberrant] Epoch and Geryon catch up with Corbin in New Zealand and kick him around a little before he can escape, dooming any chance of Corbin allying himself with the One Race's self-appointed defenders for the likely future.


This was revealed in Aberrant: Teragen, possibly to answer a fridge logic question some people had about why, per the core book, he didn't become a Terat after learning what Utopia were up to.
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
After yesterday, is it any wonder I'm reluctant to go on? Besides, it's all downhill from here really.

May 14
[Aberrant] Jackie from Capitola [CA] calls in to talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show to ask what Novelty Consulting is and why Slider was working for them.


He answers as best he can.

Talk TV's Monika Show does a segment with Mary-Beth, a mother whose daughter wants to join the Teragen.


I couldn't even watch read the talk-show segment all the way through; it just rubbed me the wrong way in ways I find hard to articulate. Maybe it was because neither side seemed to know what they were talking about. (One audience member says the Teragen is a front for a white-slave ring.)

A Terat who rejoices in the sobriquet "Penetrator" sent Geryon an email about "this sensationalist crap":

We're being turned into the new goblins. Next they'll be saying we steal children's breath or hide beneath bridges and whack people across the head so we can suck their bone-marrow.


To which James replies "I can't think of a better hobby, can you? ; )"
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
I was going to say "recently" in the TU, but the items labeled "February" may not all have happened yet.

February
[Aberrant] CNN reports that South Africa is instituing a pilot program requiring novas within its borders to wear radio beacons, allegedly due to misbehavior by elites from Nigeria pitching liberties in Capetown. Geryon decides that the man behind the project, Minister of Home Affairs Malcolm Chigwedere, needs to have his head launched, no matter what his Pantheon colleagues may say about no violence, and gets help in the endeavor from Epoch, Leviathan (who later shrugs "telling Geryon not to commit violence is like telling a baby not to piss itself") and the Confederate.


I think that one speaks for itself pretty well. I almost missed including the next two items. Speaking of the Confed...

Natalya "Swarm Queen" Dornova sends a note to Allison "Shrapnel" Hughes warning her that Barry Meldrum is going too far, from his alliance with Alafin Sango to the massacres, of baseline and nova alike, that follow him everywhere he goes.


She understands her (rumored) occasional lover's hatred of baselines and agrees that "[t]hey have to be taught a lesson," but doesn't think extermination of the monkeys is the way to go about it. "I realize that Bahrain must fall and that Tarik is blocking us, but what can Sango get us that we can't get ourselves — besides genocide?"

This month's Scientific American includes the article "Quantum Force Manipulations and the Mind" by Dr. Shawn Worth.


Briefly, Worth theorizes that nova powers merely "magnify and externalize" the manipulation of quantum forces inherent in the quantum-level nature of consciousness.

An internal Directive memo on Pantheon Productions, Narcosis' corporate arm; its entertainment powerhouse status and diversified holdings; and its Teragen ties.


"A number of reports seem to suggest that PP is heavily involved in drug trafficking.... More disturbing is the possibility that PP is one of the leading manufacturers of soma — a fact that makes PP a danger to baselines and novas alike."

February 3
[Aberrant] First airing of History Channel documentary Homo Sapiens Novus.


An exploration of the role of novas in modern society from N-Day to now.

N!'s Beautiful Nova OpCasts live from the Calcutta premiere of Narcosis' new movie One God. It is the last time host Jeffrey Hiens is seen on the air.


Maybe even the last time he's seen alive.

Case-file T2M-020308-TP0019 is filed by Thanorm Prakarnchai, executive assistant to the director of T2M-Asia/Pacific. It concerns what appears to be Heaven Thunder Triad underwriting of Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) cultivation in the highlands of North Vietnam.


Prakarnchai recommends that a T2Mer surveil of the farms to confirm the nature of their crop, then "counsel the farmers on more productive farming methods, using whatever means necessary to persuade them." After that, continued surveillance, "and should they falter in their responsibilities to international law, a team will destroy their contraband crops and will arrest the criminals involved." (Nice bureaucratese there.)

Maria "Rattler" Cabral writes in her journal about the Cult of Mal gathering she recently attended in Paris.


The whole experience is already starting to fade, to become an episode. She suspects something in the communion chalice the Apostle gave her is to blame. On the one hand, there's a lot of truth in his words; on the other hand, he takes those truths in dangerous directions. "If we don't stop him soon, I fear the worst — then again maybe we need to purge our ranks?" Delorimier has turned #13 Rue de Temple into, well, a temple to the Beacon Mal, one where Cabral could almost feel The One's presence.

Having been there from the beginning, Delorimier knows or at least guesses that Mal's eruption predates the Galatea explosion, though he doesn't seem aware of the Donighal's personal responsibility for the event. He warns that when The One comes out of his Chrysalis, "he'll lead those with pure hearts to the Promised Land, casting the rest aside to the baseline lions."

Rattler experienced a moment of doubt, but Marcel's voice washed it away along with the room: "...some hide behind masks and riddles, afraid to take the leap and follow Mal. They may be Terats now, but tomorrow, who knows?... Open yourself and accept the Will of Mal."
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

January 11
[Aberrant] Team Tomorrow members Slider and Montoya-Bernal, with help from Landers' friend Bender, battle Nova Vigilance members Devian, Geryon, Leviathan and Swarm Queen on the steps of the UN. Both sides come away hurting and hating each other more. In the aftermath, Orzaiz, Santiago and Scripture call a meeting of the Pantheon (the leading lights of the Teragen) for June; until then, they request that no Terat do anything "rash" (like giving interviews or killing anyone).


But really, it only delayed the inevitable.
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
Posted late because that's when it happened.

January 10
[Aberrant] The night before Geryon intends to address the UN, the Mathematician calls Leviathan to warn him that they should not proceed lest they alienate future allies. De la Rocha dismisses the warning as Math Boy's usual cryptic mouthings and does not pass it on to Booth.


Ah, for want of a nail...
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
I realize I forgot to write about "Teragen Liberation Movement", so here they are now.

December
[Aberrant] Nova Vigilance's last major strike of 2007 demonstrates what Geryon means by "commitment" with the rescue of the [captured] TLM from the grasp of the NYPD and T2MAm.


TLM (actually, no definite article) are a bunch of Terat-wannabees (weeabats?) who spent much of the year making fools of themselves trying to impress the actual movement. Over the last six months, they've been acting like "cheesy OpNet super-crooks" in attempts to one-up major NV actions.

It started when Geryon, with help from Boom-Boom Harmon of the Pandaimonion, trashed the Chicago Rashoud facility, which led TLM to attack a Houston society ball. As Leviathan will tell it later, "The feebs didn't think that those rich folk would mix gala soirees and nova bodyguards like Texans mix pickup trucks and shotguns." Result: eight dead baselines, two seriously wounded novas, and one deeply-peeved party guest by the name of Raoul Cristobal Orzaiz.

NV, in an attempt to show TLM what the game was about, rescued a captive taint-buttered monster from the Utopian cargo plane taking it to Bahrain for study. TLM continued to interpret this as a pissing contest and assaulted the New York office of the DeVries Agency. "They get their ass kicked by nova bodyguards in Houston, and so, they attack the people who represent most of the novas-for-hire on the planet," Leviathan snarks in retrospect. The Agency's on-site Elite™ security, Aggro, mopped the floor with them, and TLM's leader, André "Battle-Cry" Courtmanche, got blowed up real good, "like a Chihuahua in a microwave."

And so the rescue. For T2M: Skew, Ana Graça Texeira, Ricardo Montoya Bernal, Delaney "Firefly" Croft-Martin (a debutante who erupted at a charity benefit) and Slider. For NV: Geryon, Epoch, The Confederate, and Binh "Gauze" Nyugen. It was Gauze who turned the tables for the Terats, "slic[ing] through the support structures of a nearby building." The Tomorrowites, hampered by their foolish concern for baseline lives</sarcasm>, evacuated the humans from the building and set about repairing it "while NV rescued the prisoners", who "ended up making pretty good Terats once they learned a little discipline."

The movement, on the other hand, could use a little message discipline:

In the span of three weeks in December, 2007, Boom-Boom's on the Montebello Show acting like a KISS reject, The Apostle's talking to reporters about the divinity of Mal, and N!'s interviewing Orzaiz about a nova homeland. Every statement or interview made contradicted what some other Terat said. And when a reporter was smart enough to point out the inconsistencies, members like Boom-Boom could only respond: "Yeah man, but Orzaiz blows. I'm Mal'icious." How the hell were we supposed to get any respect when we were acting like a frat party.


The big lizard blames this centrifugal bumble-puppying, at least in part, on Mal's absence.
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
The reason why I put yesterday's event up yesterday.

May 9
[Aberrant] Raoul Orzaiz OpMails (recipient field blocked), probably Geryon, saying that he agrees with the other's viewpoint, but would appreciate it if he and the rest of the Pantheon were consulted "[n]ext time you decide to play vigilante" so they can be better prepared to face the press.


(Date courtesy Aberrant: Teragen. EDIT 17 Aug 08: "Into the Arms of the Angel of Wrath" gives this as happening June 9, as I discovered while leafing through Aberrant: Worldwide Phase I in preparing yesterday's entry.)
aberrantangels: (Hulk SMASH!)
VIOLENCE! VIOLENCE!

May 8
[Aberrant] Geryon brutally kills Tampa mayor Frederick Rupert, the driving force behind the city's ban on novas.


The news story in the Aberrant core book is dated "06/08/07", but for reasons you'll see tomorrow, that doesn't work for me. The item is reported by Monica Gaspar as the top story on the WSSB eleven o'clock news — I think she's with the WSSB-40 in Sarasota, not the one in Hartford (CT).

According to the item, Geryon appeared outside the mayor's office at 2:10 PM, bashed his way through building security, "snapped Rupert's neck with one hand, and promptly left the way he came", leaving 12 baselines (both security and police) dead and 25 (police and civilians) hospitalized. In a public statement, Raoul Orzaiz "offered sympathy for the victims' families," but opined that Booth did not act in the wrong; he likened Rupert to

a rabid dog [who] might well have bitten someone rather more useful than himself.... To be frank, the loss of an atavism such as [Rupert] is no real blight on your species.


Other novas were less sanguine about it, of course; in a press conference on behalf of Utopia and T2M, Caestus Pax said point blank:

The Null Manifesto is nothing more than a trumped-up excuse for Teragen members to indulge in whatever criminal activity they choose without a pang of conscience.... We are all human together — and this Divis Mal and his radicals need to realize that quickly. If they don't, they will face the consequences.
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
Little Jimmy Booth is mad at the world.

May 5
[Aberrant] Geryon appears on N!'s "Two Minutes Hate" and informs the zips that "henceforth, there will be hell to pay for injustices perpetrated upon any member of the One Race."


He speaks of the contrast between the high-minded promise of the Zurich Accords and the reality of novas being used as weapons in places like Kashmir. He also says something about how "[b]aseline courts sit back and we get the shaft", but doesn't give specifics (presumably, they're well known in the TU itself).

To the good people of Tampa, who have banned us from your town because we're a menace: Prepare to receive your comeuppance. To those who want to emulate the children in Italy who hanged a classmate because they thought he was a nova: You had best be on good terms with your creator. And to any baseline who wants to stop me: You are cordially invited to kiss your arse goodbye.

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