Imagine a world exactly like ours.
The cubs haven't won the penant in over a hundred years. Brasil is preparing for the olympics and the world cup, China is occupieing Tibet, Sudan and south Sudan are fighting a post seperaion war, and the I phone 5 brought about storefront riots all over the western world.
Well, maybe not exactly like ours:
the cubs just signed a new pitcher who can make his pitch break the sound barrier, Brazil's arenas for the olympics include a human flight range, trucklifting stages and underwater hockey ranges. China's occupational forces are fighting rebels who can breath fire, turn to stone or scream a tank to bits, in Sudan men capable of creating tornadoes fight against or alongside those capable of ripping someone to bits with their claws. And the Iphone 5 has a built in 3d holographic projector making a telephone call like stepping into someone's home.
What happened there?
The world I'm describing was once exactly like ours. But that all changed on March 23rd 1998, when the satelite Galatea explodes, raining down quantum charged radioactive particles into the skies. A day later, in New York a Schoolbus full of children get's in an accident and catches fire. local firefighter Randel Portman, is witnessed to suddenly absorb the flames, saving the entirety of the bus' passengers, and leaving behind as evidence only the pieces of his disintegrated uniform, and molten asphalt around him. Randel himself is unharmed.
Within a few weeks reports of people showing Aberrant behaviour come from all over the world, and widespread panic ensues. Within a month, the U.N. launches a new program, with the help of the Aeon foundation. Project Utopia. Designed to help the Homo sapiens Novus or Novas as they are soon called to understand themselves and help the betterment of mankind and the earth.
many governments meanwhile try to control the problem by hunting down novas either to enlist their services, or to imprison or even kill them. The USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan form a cooperative agency to monitor and deal with the situation world wide. It is called the directive, and is a fully 'baseline' as normal humans are sometimes called institute tasked with assessing and resolving Nova threats. In later years South Africa, Canada, Spain and the netherlands will join the directive.
Of course some Novas don't care for helping humans or playing by the rules. A new philosophy called Terras appears, stating that Novas are the new evolutionary step for man, and that Novas can not be held to human standards. On the other end, reactionary religious groups claim Novas are a scourge, and must be destroyed.
Now it is 2012, and the world has changed. Novas have helped shape the earth in ways unimaginable before. Cures have been found for aids and most forms of cancer, a huge terraforming project in Ethipoia has turned the region into lush farmland hugely mitigating world hunger. Vast improvements have been madein renewable energy sources, and Utopia peacekeepers have stopped several wars.
N! The nova network provides round the clock coverage of Nova news, sports, entertainment and fashion. Broadcasting on six channels of the Opnet. a Viasoft invention which can be accessed by AR visors available everywhere.
Not all is good though. Nova warlords fight each other in central Africa, juntas are remerging in south America, and Nova criminals are beyond the means of any baseline police force.
And then there's actually being a Nova. Finding out you are a freak of nature. Holding great power, but also being feared and misunderstood, or sometimes downright dispised by your community, and the world at large.
My idea. I want to start a group of Novas who've been recruited by project utopia to help the world. However as time goes by they notice things at the project are of. Unexplained disappearances, colleagues being killed by freak accidents or sometimes unknown causes. People going crazy, or losing their powers. Project Utopia is not what it seems.
What this game is not.
It's not a superhero game. Players will not be a band of caped crusaders working out of a secret lair in a mountain to fight evil masterminds using their legions of minions for world domination.
it's not a costume fetish game. Sex will be a part of the game, and I will not stop anyone from writing it, but the main focus will be the development of the characters. Their hopes their fears. Essentially a three dimensional story that will be fun to read as well as write.
What is the game then.
A deep look into the soul of the Nova. his struggle against the world and his inner turmoil
A realisation that there is no such thing as black and white. Merely a whole bunch of grays
A game that revolves around the telling of a story. With plausible plots and relatable characters.
A lot of fun I hope.
I'll most likely GM this game myself, but I'm very egalitarian, I love co-GM's whether they contribute a lot or just a little, and simply relish player input.
As for characters. You will start out as Baseline humans, and gain your eruption in a one on one prelude. Of course you'll have great say over your powers, but I am the final judge to whether something fits your focus (A focus being the core power, that from which all your powers are derived. Examples can include: Nature, a specific element, a specific animal, a concept) Your focus will in essence be your choice, but I reserve the right to deny or restrict foci.
For more background information, there's an Aberant section on the White-wolf wiki, and I will be adding info to my own site this week, as i need to prune the books to only include that for which I have permission to share without having to pay CCP/WW
Character sheets will be available online tomorrow as will be the character creation rules. The powers list will be along before the weekend.