aberrantangels: (what is this fuckery?)
Remember these? Yeah, me neither.

April 7
[Aberrant] Matt Dawson (mdawson@opcom.sydney.au), Tom Miller (novamanic@opsource.bos.us) and The Lightkeeper (lightkeeper@opcom.melbourne.au) talk about nova group Australis on the NovaWatch OpSite discussion boards.

This is the money quote from Miller's post, which went up at 20:05:56 GMT:

I don't get the problem Australians on this site seem to have with their own novas. I mean, c'mon, Australis is a good team, and they've done a lot for your country, even if they aren't Team Tomorrow. I think the idea that every country should have its own Team Tomorrow is ridiculous, why can't you be happy with the novas you have?

At 22:44:37, Dawson explained that it's because Australis are wankers whose job is to "look good and pose for photo ops". He explains that Australia has "a fine, long-standing tradition" of hating its celebrities: "The higher you climb, the harder we'll try to pull you down." (Can any of my Australian readers tell me whether this is accurate to OTL Australia?)

That's why any Australian nova with an ounce of brains gets out of the country as soon as possible. Why the hell would you want to stay here and become the "hero" of the godforsaken Outback when you can join up with Team Tomorrow and become a media darling or sign on with DeVries and make scads of money? [...] I'd rather scan old newsvids of Team Tomorrow than watch a live feed of anything Australis is doing, unless it involves Michelle Medford getting naked.

At 23:17:40, The Lightkeeper quotes the sentence about any Australian nova with an ounce of brains as a lead-in to eir reply:

That may be true, but isn't that why Australis exists in the first place? To keep all our local novas from just flying (or teleporting or whatever) off to Europe, Africa and the rest of the world? [...] If there's a disaster in Sydney or Melbourne, you can bet it'll be Australis and not Team Tomorrow that shows up first and does whatever it can to help out.

E ends by wondering why T2M A/P is located in Indonesia rather than Australia.
aberrantangels: (Default)
Stuff in general.

September 2
[Aberrant] Geyser, a novice Tomorrowite, writes home about her first days on the job with T2M-Americas.

They flew her and Christoph Yannik to Mexico City on a private jet, where Skew himself met them at the airport. "And god, is he handsome! I thought I was going to melt!"

After getting showered and changed into their official Team Tomorrow eufiber onesies unitards, they proceeded to a pig roast ("three whole hogs roasting on spits") attended by a lot of reporters, "at least a hundred other [ordinary] people" and the entire rest of T2M-Am "except Ana Graça Texeira, who had something else to do, I guess". (You guess right.)

Things got a little tense for awhile, when one of the reporters started asking questions about Slider, but Mr. Montoya-Bernal was so cool about how he answered the questions and then moved on so that the reporter couldn't bring everybody down. It was a party, after all and nobody wanted to talk about sad things.

She breaks off there, as she's about to head off on a mission and will be too busy to talk (even if she were allowed to, which she suspects she won't) for a couple of days.

Marietta Jackson, a developed sphinx, turns the Dominoes, a group of novas under her direction, against Randel Portman.

Marietta's body, animated by a subconscious mind that does a completely convincing imitation of normal human consciousness, tends a bar in Garza Bay, Costa Rica. "Her conscious mind wandered off long ago into abstract realms of number theory and linguistics, and it's not planning to return until it can drag its body into those realms with it." Her subconscious considers that Portman poses a threat to her just by the two of them existing, and is enacting countermeasures.

The Dominoes are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction have an allegiance "generally opposed to the [player] characters', ideally one with an interest in protecting America." Silvia "Anne Steiner" Calendri is a former NSA crypto expert who became a chaos generator after a virus wiped her hard drive. Bard Crosby is a body-hopper and social monster. "Mary Mary" Martinez is almost entirely focused outward, which means she doesn't pay enough attention to herself to stay the same shape from moment to moment. Reginald Daniels, the optional big gun, is an old-school angel, praising his God but with one wing dipped in blood.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
News from opposite sides of the divide.

May 30
[Aberrant] The mysterious Sophia Rousseau contacts the fugitive Corbin (Proteus had feared she might get in touch with Slider). Their underground organization immediately begins contacting friends and acquaintances in the nova community, as well as newly erupting novas. The group's goal is to expose the hidden corruption in Project Utopia, and Corbin dubs its members "Aberrants" in an ironic usage of the anti-nova epithet.

It starts when she calls him at a public phone terminal, identifying herself only as "[s]omeone who's well aware of who you are and what you're running from." She then says, after pointing out that this isn't necessarily a secure line,

I have resources enough to keep you hidden — but I also have resources enough to back you on a more aggressive course of action, one that stands to help you correct some of your current problems.

After that, she sends a "telecom virus" to those friends and acquaintances, stating that Corbin's folder of Slider's evidence makes a strong case "that elements within Utopia seek to subjugate or regulate, possibly even systematically eliminate, novas as a whole." But they need more than a strong case; with Utopia's presence "in every aspect of normal life", they can't go to any authorities, and "to overturn public confidence in [Utopia] could lead to catastrophic panic worldwide." They don't even know for sure to what extent Utopia is compromised. "Nonetheless, we cannot remain passive against a clear and present threat", so she's inviting "[n]ovas interested in defending their rights as individuals" to meet on Sunday at the Amp Room.

Caestus Pax fires off an angry memo to William F. Reed, director of T2M Americas, ordering him to reprimand Ana Graça Texeira and Gvuthbjörg Danielsdottir for their participation in a recent Queer Nova Alliance demonstration.

A T2M agent has no business getting involved in political or social issues. You will immediately remind them that they represent Team Tomorrow and that they do not have the authority to use their T2M status to further their own agendas without getting prior approval through the proper channels.

He recommends they be sent out on widely separate assignments (Ana to hound the Medellín in Colombia, "Guggie" to handle a matter in Ontario). "You let this kind of thing continue and your agents will start thinking they have rights."

Oh, Shelby... just because you're in the closet, you want the whole queer world to stay there with you. ("A T2M agent has no business getting involved in political or social issues"? Then what the hell business does T2M have even existing?)

[Everything from here down was added in an edit June 4.]

Jesus "Matador" Morales, a Terat mascara in Mexico City, sends an encoded message to his mentor Feathered Serpent about his recent meeting with Meztiszo, of the Aberrants, to open ties between the two anti-Upie groups.

I was thinking of posting this June 30, as it seems to make more chronological sense and be less sudden, but as Ian points out below, Aberrant: Teragen has it taking place today, so there it is. (Of course, now I come to make this edit, I can't actually find the passage in A:T.)
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
The followup post was time-stamped 3:22 PM, by which time I was supposed to be on my way to work. So, y'know, sorry I'm late.

May 2
[Aberrant] Dicussion on NovaWatch's message boards of the upcoming wedding of T2Mers Makara and FireFox.

The original post, from Pritchett, asks

Have they lost their bloody minds over there? Letting two nova agents get married? And on T2M grounds as well? Can you say, "security risk"? I would assume Pax knows about this, but for God's sake, I can't believe he's letting it happen.

In the followup, Buddy (username may be "blinders") allows as how he doesn't get it either, but figures Utopia "must have it under control. I figure Pax /had/ to put his stamp of approval on it, or it wouldn't be happening on their grounds." He relays the statement of his brother-in-law, a Washington Post reporter, that every media outlet in existence is trying to get into A-A to cover the event.

But the surprise factor shouldn't be that high, given that the two have been lovebirds for a couple of whiles; heck, Playboy "had picture" [sic] of them frolicking in the nude on a Caribbean beach. Maybe Shelby is hoping that familiarity will breed some sort of cooldown. "<shrug> I guess we'll see, huh?"
aberrantangels: (dreaming of Zion awake)
Running to the polls.

April 11
[Aberrant] An N! "The World's Opinion" segment gets mostly affirmative answers to the question "Is Project Utopia handling its power responsibly?"

A policeman in Seoul calls them "a fine example to all of humanity, nova or otherwise". A prosecutor in Chicago "suppose[s] it could be much worse", hinting that their power unsettles him, but allowing as how "they've done all right by it — so far." A primary school teacher in Paris says that their willingness to use violence at all makes their methods suspect. A student in London is all "So what if those stateside wankers get all knotted up over 'em? If I had that power, I'd use it too!"

And a farmer in Inewari, Ethiopia, lists how his family is no longer "sick, poor and hopeless" thanks to the remediation of his nation. "Utopia and the Team Tomorrow are a blessing, and I cannot believe that you would ask otherwise."
aberrantangels: (I don't trust you dogfuckers)
Short and to the pointless.

April 9
[Aberrant] A Ms. Anderson ("theprkid@t2m.com") sends an OpMail to Josiah K. Filbent , human resources agent for T2M Central, requesting advice on what to put in the press release announcing her need of an assistant. He cites her mail in his reply.

And I pretty much summarized the bit he quotes; if there's more to it than that, he's not bothered with it.
aberrantangels: (good commando name)
Everything you want is not everything you need

March 30
[Aberrant] Sara Stefano, a class A case reviewer, submits case file T2M-033008-SS0287 to T2M-Europe. The file concerns what appears to be Radocanist guerrilla activity against Serbs, Albanians, Turks and UN teams in Macedonia.

"Officials report more than two dozen shooting deaths and several people missing," Stefano reports. She also notes that the guerrillas seem able to bypass the nocturnal surveillance of "[l]ocal military and police personnel", which suggests to her "nova involvement, possibly elites."

She recommends "that we attach an operative there until we have rendered all of Radocani's supporters powerless", preferably a T2Mer "with quantum-detecting abilities" to spot the suspected nova(s).

Furthermore, I believe we should pull a team of agents from the ongoing, less-urgent diplomatic mission in norther Ireland. This team should approach the Balkan situation with extreme prejudice against the war criminals and terrorists, so that we can finally put an end to this. Historically, the Balkan region has flared up again and again. This goes against Utopia's and the United Nations' plans for the future of the area and we should give cauterization of the situation a high priority.

Macedonia doesn't rate a mention in Shattered Europe, so I can't say whether those plans succeeded or failed in that specific case.
aberrantangels: (patriotic slam-dunk)
Something of a rarity.

February 28
[Aberrant] Le Monde reports that endangered monk seals off the coast of Hawaii faced a threat from a diesel fuel spill before T2M-Americas worked with American government novas to clean it up.

Outwith these sort of clearly defined moral dilemmas, the US government and Utopia get along like a house on fire (in Pterry's sense of rising flames and frantic calls to the emergency service of choice). Personally, I suspect it's because America resents having any rival, even a technically multinational one, for Top Nation status.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
"And when you smile for the camera, I know they're gonna love it." (Steely Dan, "Peg")

February 24
[Aberrant] Tomorrowite sweethearts Makara and FireFox are interviewed by Janetta Johnson for N! Up-to-Date.

Pax (FireFox feels the need to remind us who he is) gave them, as an engagement present, "this adorable little house only a couple miles from the T2M headquarters in Mexico City." Makara is being transferred there from A-A because T2M-Americas aren't kept as busy as T2M-Central. "[K]ids are number one on our agenda," says Dwayne Rocky Makara. "We want to have a whole dozen of them."
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
I was going to say "recently" in the TU, but the items labeled "February" may not all have happened yet.

[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: (Trinity Universe)
Well, we've moved along.

January 26
[Aberrant] The "Sri Lanka Eight" ambush T2M Asia/Pacific, resulting in the deaths of three of the eight.

Remember, correlation does not necessarily equal causation.
aberrantangels: (liberal moonbattiness)
Just a reminder...

January 15
[Aberrant] Case file T2M-011508-DM0101 is submitted to Team Tomorrow Central by Dominic-Luis Montrapos (head of intelligence services), alerting them to an earthquake in northern Tunisia that has seriously damaged Tunis and environs.

...that, yeah, Utopia does actually help people from time to time.
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: (Nova Age)
Remember, Sol Invictus is the reason for the season.

December 28
[Aberrant] William Reed, director of T2M-Americas, submits casefile T2M-122807-WFR0054, concerning the Peruvian nova who styles himself "Inti" (after the Inca sun god).

The Utopia investigation began several months ago, with strange lights in the Andes. It's now led to Inti and the community of followers he's established in the ruins of Machu Picchu. He's believed to have caused at least eight deaths in the name of protecting his privacy (possibly including a tourist helicopter) and he's known to have gathered some acllas to himself, from among his followers' virgin daughters, in exchange for his "mercy".

"The Office of Intelligence Services, T2M-Americas, believes that we should eliminate the threat posed by Inti immediately and scatter his followers." It's possible he's just an India Syndrome case, but Reed considers it more likely that Inti has been driven mad by taint. If taken alive (not the office's recommendation), "he should be remanded [to] Bahrain."
aberrantangels: (Default)
Getting caught the rest of the way up.

December 15
[Aberrant] Sudipda Boragi, applicant for an office services assistant/receptionist job with Team Tomorrow, does a preliminary phone interview with Samond J. Dupré, T2M's human resources officer.

SD: Could you tell me why you've applied to a position that you're obviously so overqualified for?
SB: <laugh> The money. And of course, I also want to work for someone who's actually doing something good for the world. I don't want to work for the corporate machine.

Pax leaves a note that says "Quit wasting my time with these morons. This person obviously only wants the job for the money and the prestige. He has troublemaker written all over him."
aberrantangels: (the real world)
See you in the funny papers.

November 16
[Aberrant] Andrew "Skew" Parker leaves a voicemail for Novation editor-in-chief Jerome Grant: "what kind of drug-guzzling knuckle-walking college dropout do you guys have writing my dialogue?...And the art sucks. We've talked in your office, what, twenty, thirty times? Has my hair *ever* looked like that?"

Specifically, he points out that he has "never, never, since my eruption said, 'Nowhere but in the hands of Team Tomorrow will a brighter future be found'", contrary to those words being inserted into his likeness' mouth in T2M: The Noble Cause #71, and that the four-color Skew looks "like I'm ready to defect to the QNA or something." He wonders if Jerome can get back the artist they had five issues or so ago, the one who drew him and the rest of T2M closer to the way they actually look.
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: (Nova Age)
One of those items probably only of interest to the boring completist. (Hi!)

July 12
[Aberrant] Baseline employment opportunities at Team Tomorrow for this week include a helicopter pilot for T2M-Asia/Pacific, an aerobics instructor for T2M-Europe, an event promotions coordinator for T2M-Central, and a hypercombustion engine mechanic for T2M-Americas.

And that's it really.
aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
Once again, I'm running out of month.

[Aberrant] In a personal memo to Caestus Pax, Justin Laragione opines that T2M needs to rethink its recruiting strategies to put more focus on character. "Corbin let us down in this respect. He had no humility and no sense of the greater good. He has his infamy now, I suppose. Let's not allow another Corbin to happen to Team Tomorrow."

André Corbin had recently been kicked off the Team after a few short months when it became clear that the graceful taking of orders was not really in the ex-footballer's nature. The final straw was pieing Pax in the face at the Berlin Waldorf-Astoria, with Corbin's emotional-amplifier power spreading his glee to every baseline in the room.

The infamy he has now is his participation in a soft-porn film called Hardballs. One wonders how Jennifer Landers, his only real friend on the team, felt about it.
aberrantangels: (Teragen)
Wanna forget how to remember with you.

[Aberrant] Andrew Parker, calling himself "Skew," arrives with a crash at Utopia's Miami office, dropping an armored car into the parking lot that proves to contain a small legion of Spangler Posse repeat offenders. When Utopia personnel pour out to investigate, they learn that Skew (self-named for the "skew-metal" music style he likes) isn't going to take anything from them but a T2M job application, which he gets as the standard personal delivery from Pax.

I gather he's something of a teen idol, in both senses, to Team Tomorrow's female fans.

T2M arrests Terat Sluice for peacefully defying a city order banning novas from Tampa, FL.

We never find out what made the order seem like a good idea to Mayor Frederick Rupert, but from what's said in Aberrant: Teragen, it appears to have been simply his anti-nova prejudices.


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