aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journals that, as far as he can tell, Maxwell Anderson Mercer vanished into thin air last July. Michael Donighal has cabled him from the Far East, reporting no success and recommending Whit not waste any more of his time.

As we've seen, he found his friend again.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Max's idea of the Æon founders spending Christmas together "was perfect. It was like a second family....I even saw Jack crack a smile or three."


[Aberrant] Lambert Asani, son of Congo diamond magnate Mente Asani, and his three brothers travel the world meeting with novas who could help Lambert's goal of deposing Congo president Laurent Kabila.

Asani doesn't rate a mention in the Aberrant core rules; he's entirely from Aberrant: Elites.

[Aberrant] Over the next three years, much of the world's copper and fiber-optic cable communications networks are replaced with advanced optic cable, derived from studies of eufiber, and wireless networking. The new hardware, couple with new data-transfer protocols, is dubbed "OpNet." OpNet replaces the Internet, phone systems and cellular networks, allowing for wireless communications from virtually any location. It boasts an initial 700% increase in data speed over previous telecommunications technology.

The expansion of the OpNet is mostly complete by May of this year.

Caestus Pax announces that Team Tomorrow will be splitting into T2M Americas and T2M Europe. Pax himself, along with Lightning, Apollo Kid, Slag, Splash, Uta "Tremor" Stentz and Byron "Saxon" Graham (among others), will be forming T2MEu, based out of Venice, while Montoya-Bernal, Psyche, Jennifer "Slider" Landers, Ana Graça Texeira and Pualani "Pele" Kapunani will comprise the Mexico City-based T2MAm. Ragnarockette and Shadow Artist will remain members-in-training.

You'll be seeing more of those names in times to come.

Project Utopia launches Novation Toys, Games and Comics, its licensing division, to compete with (among other things) the DeVries Agency's entry into the action-figure market. Series I action figures include Slag and the Fireman. The first wave of Novation-produced OpCast series includes Team Tomorrow: Protectors and Slag: Hot Metal Fury.

That last one's a little redundant, but it's in the calendar as written. I may merge it with the other datapoint, actually.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
And once again, I almost run out of month.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Michael Donighal has called, asking if Whit has had any better luck finding Max Mercer (whom neither of them has seen since the Hammersmith Incident). Whit resolves to catch the next boat to London: "Mrs. Austin will be disappointed, but her jewels can wait."

I've already spoiled the ending of this movie.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Max Mercer has returned from Macao, conveniently at a time when the other six Æon founders were in Chicago, and almost the first words out of his mouth were "We're not the police, but we've got to do something with the people we stop." Jake Stefokowski wondered why these Inspired malefactors can't just be turned over to the police; Whit pointed out that most jurisdictions don't actually have laws against building "death rays". Professor Dixon suggested setting up a psychiatric facility; Jack Tallon offered some of his secluded African/Arabian holdings to the purpose. In the end, Mercer agreed to the project: "it's not enough to understand the wonders of our world; we must understand the people who experience them." Max has also suggested that the Æon core membership spend Christmas together.

It may be that this decision led directly to Bahrain. At the very least, it provided precedent.

[Aberrant] The DeVries Agency announces the formation of a new arm, DeVries National Tactical Solutions. While the Agency does not apologize for its role in the Equatorial Wars, it transfers the management of its combat Elites™ to DVNTS.

I'm afraid I don't have much to add to that.

[Aberrant] In the wake of Utopia's being granted oversight of Kashmir, Covert Action News reports on "Utopia's Real Agenda Revisited". The monitoring facilities in Kashmir would allow Utopia to watch India and China — the two largest armies, and largest official nova military forces, on the planet — and the southern parts of the RusCon. The article's author even speculates that Utopia may have manipulated China into taking an interest in Kashmir (which they never had before).

The original article on "Utopia's Real Agenda" appeared in April, but I don't seem to have written an entry about it at the time. *^^* It was to do with the negotiations that led to the London Peace Accord.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
Jeez, I'm running out of month, aren't I?

[Adventure!] In his journals, Whitley Styles records his amazement at some of the situations he and Æon's other founders have survived in the past four months. Mercer has had to remind them not to take it personally. "After all, the Æon Society is not a secret government and has no intention of becoming one. We fight against secrets." At the same time, Whit's not so sure about Max's insistence on Æon's files being open to anyone who walks in — general knowledge of some Inspired activities could start a panic, after all — but in general, "I think people should know what's going on.... It'd be easy to forget we're doing good things if we hid from the public eye."

How right he was.

[Aberrant] Lambert Asani erupts during a brutal fistfight with his father, Congolese diamond magnate Mente Asani, over whether the family is better off under Laurent Kabila's rule than they were when the Congo was a European colony.

When the fight is over, the elder Asani is in a coma, and the younger has decided to go into the country-running business for himself.

[Aberrant] Newsweek reports on the "End of the Five Families" of the New York Mafia, all of whom (from the capo di tutti capi down to the lowest button man) were busted by a Team Tomorrow/FBI/NYPD task force.

Yadda yadda.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
An old codger's grumbling.

[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)
Jeez, I've been taking my time about this, haven't I? Well, there's only so much month left, and (as they say on Scanalyzer) there's no time like the present for things to happen in.

[Adventure!] Whitley Styles records in his journal that Mercer and Danger Ace, back from success in Mexico City, stopped by Mercer Manor to see how the reconstruction was coming.

Whit considers that Æon's making a lot of progress. "The attack [link added] suggests we're bothering the right types of people." He's surprised none of the membership have quit, but Max points out, with "an 'I told you so' look", that Æon's members are act-ors, not observers.

[Aberrant] First use of the term "baseline" to refer to humans without nova powers.

The excerpts from the d20 version of Trinity posted on White Wolf's website indicate that the term seems to be replacing "neutral" (which had been used in the Storyteller version of Trinity to refer to the non-Inspired masses as distinct from psions and Aberrants).

2001: A Utopian odyssey. )
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
[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)
[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.)

[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.

[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.

[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: (Nova)
I've finally decided to make "This month in Trinity Universe history" a separate category from "This day [etc]".

Abandoning the search, but not the hope. )

Six Heads Lightning War. )
aberrantangels: (Nova)
Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] etherlad, for the reassurance that TDiTUH still serves a useful purpose. The plan I'd almost forgotten I had is working just the way I meant it to. ("That's just the way I planned it!" — Wolfgang Amadeus von Fahrvergnugen)

There's a link between the two items for today, but I'm not going to spell it out explicitly. I will say that f you've been reading my posts, at least this calendar year, you can put the pieces together for yourself.

A tale from the Golden Age. )

Mysteries of the age. )
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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. )


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