Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:55 am

Charles Phipps wrote:So what have the Order been up to since 2013?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdzIqdb3RQg

Mister King: We. Do. NOT. Deal. cocaine.

King Panda: It's not cocaine. It's stardust.

Mister King: Which is Celestial Commerce Guild approved cocaine!

King Panda: Well, it's meant to be medicinal! (For Ostiliroths...)

Fade: And we need to take down the Organization SOMEHOW!

Mister King: Ugh, goddamn CIA plans.

Dark Sun: I love being a country music star!


Fixed it for you.

(And yes, it was unbelievable awesome.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:57 am

Plus, that scene is totally Usual Suspects. :wink:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:58 am

Voltron64 wrote:Plus, that scene is totally Usual Suspects. :wink:


It's almost like the Age of Wonders is filled with antiheroes and jerkasses!

:mrgreen:

And probably, yeah.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:07 am

Something about LA's celebrity culture that I think deserves to be a theme for Age of Wonders or at least campaigns set in the City of Angels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKboLTwzFTs

Particularly, since we're dealing with living demigods (Nexi) and the questionable wisdom on attempting to exploit such people.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:45 am

Carl Sweet and S.M.A.S.H part 2

SMASH is a separate branch of the Los Angeles Police Force with its own patrol officers, SWAT forces, and ranking system. Theoretically, the regular police force is equal to them and they are unable to butt into investigations where they're invited but members have the status of "elites" in the Los Angeles system.

Their good publicity has been waning in recent years as people drawn to the organization have found it becoming increasingly insular, closed knit, and suspiciously close to numerous criminal activities. The LAPD has also kept itself willfully blind of just how corrupt the SMASH unit has become.

How corrupt is it?

The S.M.A.S.H unit has a special set of codes as well as signals to arrange for crimes to not be investigated, these include the murder of fellow police officers. They've killed over a dozen of their fellows in the past five years, holding their own protection over any ideas of good or evil. This is in addition to all the other murders they have committed as part of their day-to-day operations.

If the true amount of corruption, police brutality, and racketeering were exposed--it would be the worst scandal in Los Angeles history. Which is saying something. Quite a few of the lesser members of the group are horrified by their superiors actions but have found themselves roped in that they can only look the other way--others have found the justifications by their leader disturbingly persuasive.

S.M.A.S.H provides the perfect justification for any Gamemaster who wants to use the police as an enemy to the players rather than friends. If the PCs stumble onto one of their corrupt operations, it's entirely possible to find themselves labeled criminals by SMASH and treated the same as Batman in Year One.

The Inner Circle is the most dangerous part of S.M.A.S.H, however, representing the superpowered villainous branch of the group. At the top of the group is "Inspector" Carl Sweet, a rank unique to the Detective and which theroetically answers only to the Chief of Police. Somehow he's managed to avoid even that sort of oversight and receives help from the Governor due to said figure's fear of Nexus-based crime.

Inner Circle members include Behemoth the LAPD's answer to Robocop in all his Frank Miller-esque glory, Black Dove the former vigilante murderer turned police officer, Firewall the technopath hacker who protects the group's secrecy while operating her role at gunpoint, Executioner who is the adrenaline-juiced experimental armor jockey of the group, and Bad Karma who has time-control powers as well as healing as long as he can pass his "bad luck" onto someone else who doesn't deserve it.

Finally, the group has access to Rampart, who is a figure who chooses to appear when and wear he desires. Carl Sweet is terrified of his former boss and will do almost anything to please him. This occasionally means the SMASH unit backs up the figure's insane plans such as enslaving the souls of every victim of police brutality in the city or diverting the forces of the city's defenses while he goes on one of his rampages against "lower elements."

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:52 am

Get Justicar-Zero and maybe give him some backup cause he's gonna need to tell Rampart and SMASH about the law.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

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Albeit, his desired taste in clothing was more Matrix and Shadowrun-y compared to their whole emo-thing.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:34 am

So Charles, is there heavy collusion between CRASH, Peter Stillman, and ERIS, and would eliminating one of them down serve as a major step towards taking the other two down as well?

As well as a nice little mini-campaign? :wink:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Libra » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:02 pm

I hope that everyone is well and that they remain well! :D
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:37 pm

Charles, what would Mr. King hand police similar to the ones in Transmetropolitan*? Give 'em a taste of their own medicine and invite friends like Justicar-0 and Fade for the ride?

:twisted:

*A bunch of corrupt powertrippers in it to murder people at random.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:18 am

Voltron64 wrote:Get Justicar-Zero and maybe give him some backup cause he's gonna need to tell Rampart and SMASH about the law.


Amusingly, given they're debuting versions of Robocop and Mecha in LA--SMASH may soon have its own problems.

Speaking of Robocop.

I'm...cautiously excited about the new movie and think we need someone here to make the AoW version!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:20 am



It's about time someone told them!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:41 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Get Justicar-Zero and maybe give him some backup cause he's gonna need to tell Rampart and SMASH about the law.


Amusingly, given they're debuting versions of Robocop and Mecha in LA--SMASH may soon have its own problems.

Speaking of Robocop.

I'm...cautiously excited about the new movie and think we need someone here to make the AoW version!


Might this be the time to mention that I have Agent Lepus' partner in HANG be basically a cyberpunk street samurai? (I'm talking Suzuki motorcycle, katana, wired reflexes and everything.)

Plus, I imagine Lepus is one of the few people in the agency that Stillman is genuinely afraid of?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:47 am

Voltron64 wrote:So Charles, is there heavy collusion between CRASH, Peter Stillman, and ERIS, and would eliminating one of them down serve as a major step towards taking the other two down as well?

As well as a nice little mini-campaign? :wink:


While Peter Stillman has provided all manner of falsefied evidence, blackmail material, and assistance to make sure that CRASH gets off the ground (Carl Sweet not really being smart QUITE enough to pull this off on his own)--he's actually only tertiary connected to the group.

ERIS has no connections to the group whatsoever.

Peter would, however, roll over on both of them (plus the Organization, Charles Chevalier, and a half-dozen other groups in the city) if it meant protecting him from the consequences of his actions.


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