The Pendulum Action Response Team
The Pendulum Action Response Team (PART) is something of a dark portent of the future. They're a paramilitary branch of Pendulum with immense funding and arms. They have APCs, hover-tanks, hover-bikes, power-suits, repulsor planes, and high-powered energy weapons with the ability to vaporize people. Their use of alien technology is less of a problem, however, than their broad authority to arrest and detain. PART has a full military base within New York City and dispatches its forces to deal with superhuman activity with the fist of an angry god.
PART is designed to prevent anything like N-Day's worst massacres from occurring and preempting superhuman terrorism which might result in large-scale casualties. The problem is that if a superhuman WANTS to destroy a skyscraper or large parts of downtown and has the power, there's really not much PART could do about it. Their military response time is fast but not so much that a throw down between superhumans can end and the participants fade back into the crowds before they're done.
Also, if anyone has seen Man of Steel
, the kind of "demolish half of Metropolis" fight between Zod and Superman that is their nightmare scenario is something they don't have the power to deal with. They're more interested in a dozen Robocops than one decent Iron Man, which is exactly not what you need with A-class Nexi or alien threats. Subdirector Saint Claire has been trying to force both PART and Mayor Yage to get New Yorkers to practice evacuation drills as well as shelters but this has gone over like a ton of bricks.
That doesn't mean PART is completely incompetent. It's actually quite good at disabling and securing low-to-mid-range superhumans. It's record against terrorist groups like the Levelers, Scorpion, the Rising Tide, or One-Above-All is quite good. It's just that they tend to bring military-grade force for anything which smacks of superhuman. Detainment for anyone breaking a crime with superhuman abilities is also very difficult to resolve legally as PART doesn't want it revealed how poorly they've treated their prisoners.
PART is officially under the control of Subdirector Saint Clair but he is actually the best resource for anyone who wants to reign in the group or its excesses. He's about the only person who can legally get a superhuman captured by PART free. While he's very much about "regular humans" resolving superhuman problems, he's become appalled at the abuses by PART and its leader, General Stag
. It doesn't help that General Stag's aid, Mia Wilson
, is actually the Hero Killer
Part of the reason PART is so effective is it has the support of PHOBOS-backed politicians in Congress as well as numerous friends in UNITED. It is the desire of Senator Cage that the future of the USA be PART in every city. Sadly, against the recommendations of Director Adiv, it's likely to happen.
There's two ways to play PART and that's they're a group of people just doing their job who happen to be the "wrong man at the wrong place" versus a bunch of bullies and fascists explicitly recruited so our plucky New York City heroes can be on the wrong side of the law.
It's up to the Gamemaster what they wish to go with, though the latter can easily lead to some fun bits of antiheroism as the two sides get more and more extreme.
Due to PART's brutality, corruption, and general racism, a resistance movement has begun under the Street Preacher
which treats them as a military occupation. The Deckers
, named for GRR Martin's Wildcard's series, are determined to drive them from New York.
This has resulted in a series of violent clashes between them and superhumans. With so many Deckers arrested, they are now starting to consider killing as an appropriate measure. Which will get them labeled as terrorists, Non-powered superheroes have a low-regard for PART as well, considering them to be a collection of brutal thugs who suffer "power envy."