aberrantangels: (Nova Age)
"There's only one source for [adrenochrome.] The adrenaline [sic] glands from a living human body," I said. "It's no good if you get it out of a corpse."
— "Raoul Duke" (Dr. Hunter S. Thompson), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream

[Aberrant] DEA agent Kyle Landers submits a memo to Michael Padgett, the DEA's Northeast regional director, confirming that the Tri-Cities drug ring has been broken, but that nothing conclusive was found to connect it to the Camparelli-Zukhov megasyndicate. He also notifies Padgett of the existence of soma, which the Tri-Cities ring were peddling.

The "soma" of the Nova Age is a lethally-obtained extract from a living nova's Mazarin-Rashoud node. Landers describes it as "some kind of super-adrenochrome.... Imagine crack, but about 10,000 times more potent." It kills most baseline users outright, but those who survive experience the ultimate high: a taste of godhood.

"Even worse, it's rumored that soma is the only thing that can give a nova a sustained high. Their metabolism makes everything else seem like aspirin." Mixed with cocaine, it lowers the defenses of the nova brain to let the Bolivian soldiers march in.

Some novas even deal in the drug, raising a certain Doctor of Journalism's question "What kind of monster client have you picked up this time?" Aberrant: Teragen names Angela de la Cruz among them, which I can't imagine sitting well with some of Narcosis' fellow Terats (particularly Geryon, who refuses to kill a fellow nova, though that won't stop him brutally maiming one).
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
And so we return and begin again.

[Aberrant] Talk radio's Jordan McDevitt Show invites listeners to weigh in on the topic of "legal restrictions for novas, good idea or bad precedent?" Dan from Philadelphia is glad T2M did an end-run around the law to cripple the New York Mafia; Richard in New Jersey is equally happy about that, but less sanguine about what happens when (not if, but when) T2M decides to enforce much tighter codes of behavior, on ordinary citizens.

I keep forgetting it's not all a chair of bowlies at this point in the TU.

[Aberrant] Henri Mazarin and Farah Rashoud receive the Nobel Prize in biology for their pioneering research into nova physiology and the discovery of the M-R node.

And, here in the real world, I decided to start doing these posts in something like the "This day in Trinity Universe history" format. I was seriously considering whether to continue the $display_past_event function once I get all caught up (end of January, I'm still pretty sure); now I figure, between the Memories section and [livejournal.com profile] wolfspoor's "On a day like today" zone (thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] etherlad), that portion's covered.
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)
Simple, obvious solutions.

[Aberrant] Robert Schroer, a moderate Republican representative from Colorado, is elected 43rd President of the United States. Schroer began the Republican nomination process as a virtual unknown; his platform calls for continued economic reform and a return to so-called "common-sense" values. He wins a narrow victory in the general election over Vice President Gore, in which the Reform and Libertarian candidates also take sizable proportions of the vote.

I've already written that Hugh Boone voted for Schroer last time, and I think I mentioned that he intended to do so again. After all, Schroer did a good job in taking the Trinity Universe's GOP back from the Jesus-freaks and the Smith-freaks ("Adam Smith said it, Ayn Rand believed it, that settles it"), and pro-sanity behavior should always be rewarded.

In my calendar file, the paragraph on McCain's Schroer's election, which I lifted basically intact from the Aberrant core rules, ends with a sentence of my personal addition, a piece of extrapolation to explain one difference between OTL and the TU:

Following Schroer's win in the primaries, and escalating with his election, many of the GOP's far-right elements (the ones who had backed ex-Presidential son George W. Bush's unsuccessful bid for the nomination) divorce themselves from the party to found one more appealing to their agendas, the American Eagle Party.

As I said in somebody's comments, the (OTL) GOP had a chance to do that this year. They had a godzillion chances to do it, in fact, over the past 30 years and change. But they've embraced the insane idealists of their side too tightly. As Sonja Blue put it, "you cannot shake hands with the Devil and not get sulfur on your sleeve."

[Aberrant] Caestus Pax holds a press conference, announcing that as of 10 [o'clock] this morning, a task force made of Team Tomorrow, the FBI and the NYPD have arrested the members of all five "families" of the NYC Mafia.

Little did he note that the Megasyndicate was already rising to take its place.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
A minor detail.

[Aberrant] Newark PD report on a dead body found, duct-taped to a chair, in apt #201 of 701 E. Sedgwick. Cause of death is tentatively third-degree burns, due to the iron taped to the body's chest.

This is from the ebook Aberrant: Underworld, so presumably it was a Megasyndicate action. Further than that, I can't say; my copy of that book got lost in a disk crash. (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] etherlad, for all the datapoints you've sent.)
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
I almost didn't get this up; they kept me busy all afternoon.

[Aberrant] Hugo Pinella rants on how "the doc" wants him to write a journal, like some 13-year-old, to help him figure out "what's been going on in my head since I erupted."

Pinella was just a bouncer in a Camparelli-Zukhov nightclub until he got beaten half to death, presumably by an unruly customer. Only his eruption saved his life. Now, thanks to super-strength, armored skin and a sense for danger, he's a bodyguard to Don Luciano ("Mr. C") and other megasyndicate bigwigs, but his street name is "the Bouncer" anyway. He's one of a handful of characters Aberrant gives us full stats for. Those stats show that one of the things "going on in [his] head" was an Intelligence probably much higher than he had in Stage One.
aberrantangels: (Trinity Universe)
his would've gone up yesterday if the modem'd been able to cope. That was, after all, the day it was supposed to go up.

Legitimate business. )
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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