The official Mutants & Masterminds boards
Matches are often fixed either by criminals or corporate sponsors. It's not a "fake" sport but many Nexus are willing to take money due to lack of regulation. Others, however, want to keep it real and are intimidated into compliance.
The UFFC is aware of the Black Underground but has been intimidated into silence. The Organization helped set the UFFC up and owns almost a third of the group.
It's a rather hellish state to be in, if you think about it.
Though this would have raised red-flags now in the Post N-Day world. Pendulum is watching for this sort of mind-control now.
Due to the Divine Leader's associates getting them out of prison so easily, many act with brazen violence despite the severe consequences for this in real life.
The fact the Organization has access to multi-billion dollar industries they use to finance multi-million dollar criminal activities should tell you everything you need to know about the group.
EnigmaticOne wrote:The Center (Pendulum's Board of Directors)
One of the major reasons that Pendulum is here to stay, unlike its previous incarnations, is the... eclectic, but very capable board of Directors referred to in-house as the Center (ie - Center of Mass), who have succeeded at adapting to the continual changes and challenges facing the international organization for now. A significant achievement as is. Each one has a primary field of influence and expertise in the agency, but jointly make decisions.
Dr. Guy Rosse: Generally covered previously. Dr. Rousse is the director considered overall in charge of scientific research and observation, technological development, etc. His refusal to keep bodyguards has been particularly concerning to Commander Adiv, who considers this rank foolishness of the highest order, but complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
Dr. Benton Frazier: The top psychologist and analyst in Pendulum is just now shaving, smart-mouthed, and has an uncanny knack for understanding the psychology of Nexus-empowered or linked people. A comics fan and genius, the 18 year old Benton went to Stanford University at 14 and has doctorates in psychology, criminal justice, and other related fields.
Pendulum had to wait until he was of age, then snapped him up. Frazier is just having a ball, though he draws Yushiro's disapproval for casual dress and showing up with fast food of some kind of other.
Oda Yushiro: Sober-suited, genial and clean-shaven, Oda Yushiro is the most pleasant of the directors. Once a Japanese diplomat, he now serves as the point man when it comes to public relations and negotiating with national governments.
Headmaster Hera Lycurgus: Dr. Frazier has joked her to be Commander Adiv's soulmate. Headmaster Lycurgus is a woman of unknown history (she is actually from another world - believed an exile or otherwise forcibly sent away from the few comments she's made) and Grecian looks, who was a trainee of the Pit when she voluntarily joined Pendulum - and since graduated, first to teacher, then to head of the Pit - arguably no one else wanted that high a job.
Commander Raphael Adiv: Like the grand majority of Israeli youths, Raphael Adiv was recruited into the Israeli Defense Forces, serving with distinction as a private in the Yom Kippur War, choosing to stay in the military. He loved the Promised Land and his people, and would not see it lost again.
This attitude got him fast-tracked into a Sayeret commando unit, and Adiv eventually commanded the Sayeret Matkal as a whole - then Nexus and Nexi became common words, and so in Israel did the One Above All. The invasion of the One Above All had a significant focus on the West Bank once Legendary and Fade broke their cover, and the IDF, spearheaded by the Sayeret, strained to hold the cybernetic attacks off until Fade saved the day.
DaughterofEchoes wrote:I have an idea that I'd like to contribute, but I want to check it won't step on peoples toes. And if it does, I'll gladly switch it around to work. It's a variation on the 'shapeshifting alien' archetype. I know that it has been said that One-Above-All has already tried to the body-snatcher invasion thing, so it won't be like that. I do plan on it being heavily involved with an Area 51 analog.
One is actually a singular individual who has usurped the race's gestalt for his own.
These individuals are the most dangerous foes the One-Above-All have due to the fact they can access any and all information in the group's databases. For various reasons, no one has yet found a way to lock them out.
The One-Above-All is alright with this due to the fact it will encourage Earth-0 to advance along their technology lines. Like Skynet in Terminator 2, the technology it sent back can only assist its activities.
Indeed, One doesn't believe that pure monolithic expansion of the One-Above-All would benefit it. Instead, it is allowing cultures to develop unique but compatible technologies it can absorb to increase their diversity.
There are very few worlds as technologically advanced as the One-Above-All, however.
It is more a holding action as, despite destroying one of the Star Kingdom's colony worlds, the One-Above-All mostly considers the empire an annoyance.
Charles Phipps wrote:The One Above All
The One Above All is a ruthless race of trans-dimensional conquerors who are interested in spreading across the Multiverse and (seemingly) destroying all species which they do not want to absorb into their collective. While people on the street frequently make "Borg" jokes about the One Above All, they're actually not the least bit funny to the majority of people who have encountered them.
The first thing to understand about the One Above All is they're a Hive-mind AND a Gestalt entity as opposed to simply being one or the other. All of the One Above Alls drones are individually intelligent and may possess distinct personalities, especially if they are individuals who have been willingly subverted. However, at the heart of the One-Above-All is The One who is a combination of the entirety of their race's hive mind.
The One Above All infects people with a surgical probe they insert into the back of the spine that proceeds to Subvert individuals. This takes the form of slowly brainwashing them as their brain is gradually replaced with an artificial nanotechnology replacement. Their organs are gradually transformed into cybernetic replacements and the final result is a machine-human hybrid totally loyal to the One Above All.
While the One Above All love to brag about their efficiency, the truth is that Subverted inidviduals are somewhat of a crapshot. If it's done completely unaware by operatives who know what they're doing (the process having to be monitored by nearby One Above or it fails), they may simply find their loyalties switching to the One Above All with no real change in their personalities. This makes them excellent sleeper agents.
Unfortunately, if a subject IS aware of the transformation and actively fighting it or there aren't that many One Above All agents on the planet to assist in the process it can get dicey. People become little more than cybernetic zombies and often useless for anything but grunt work (which may include highly technological engineering feats but completely lacks social skill or imagination). Some have even resisted the transformation, rejecting One Above All indoctrination while keeping the physical changes.
It's possible to destroy the One Above All's probes either with devices from Legendary's home world, which are all under the control of the Pendulum, or simply using surgery but the devices usually kill their subjects less this happens.
Several human beings have, however, been crudely freed from the One Above All's control and gone on to be the basis for humanity's cybernetic research. Legendary has spoken out against this, encouraging humans not to experiment with One Above All technology but transhumanists note the potential of the nanotech is too great.
It should be noted that while the One Above All have made several small-scale incursions to the planet which have been interpreted as invasions and ARE conquerors, humanity has rather misjudged the One Above All's intentions. The collective is not interested in ideological conquest of the Multiverse. It is interested in destroying potential threats to its power base, learning, and expanding.
While this seems like splitting hairs, it has important consequences for the One Above All's relationships to the rest of the Multiverse. The species generally leaves alone low-technology worlds and deals with worlds of an equal or greater technology level on a diplomatic basis. The One Above All is also quite capable of making deals with locals if it sees it as more efficient than simply subverting them and generally keeps its word (unless it's more efficient to betray them after their usefulness has ended - which is rarer than you might think).
Likewise, the One Above All generally only destroys species it sees as a threat such as its current war on Legendary's homeworld and its allies. Legendary's people worked to "free" all of the One Above All's people from its control and destroy the collective with many countermeasures against infection. As a result, the One Above All intend to wipe them from the cosmos.
"It's not like I'm out to control everything, it's just that if anyone gets in my way, I'll ***deleted*** them over before they
they get the chance to ***deleted*** me. I'm just playing it safe is all."
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