History TabletopGame / Aberrant

10th Apr '17 5:19:51 AM narm00
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''Aberrant'' is a role-playing game created by WhiteWolf in 1999, set in 2008 in a world where super-powered humans started appearing one day in 1998. It is the middle setting in the greater TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse timeline, chronologically situated about 90 years after ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'', White Wolf's Pulp era game, and over a century before the psionic escapades of ''Trinity[=/=]TabletopGame/{{Aeon}}''. The game deals with how the players' meta-human characters (called "novas") fit into a mundane world when they most definitely are not mundane, as well as how the mundane populace react to the sudden emergence of novas. The original ''Aberrant'' product line was discontinued in 2002, though a d20 System version was released in 2004. A new edition was announced in 2012.

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''Aberrant'' is a role-playing game created by WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf in 1999, set in 2008 in a world where super-powered humans started appearing one day in 1998. It is the middle setting in the greater TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse timeline, chronologically situated about 90 years after ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'', White Wolf's Pulp era game, and over a century before the psionic escapades of ''Trinity[=/=]TabletopGame/{{Aeon}}''. The game deals with how the players' meta-human characters (called "novas") fit into a mundane world when they most definitely are not mundane, as well as how the mundane populace react to the sudden emergence of novas. The original ''Aberrant'' product line was discontinued in 2002, though a d20 System version was released in 2004. A new edition from Onyx Path Publishing, who'd bought the rights to the Trinity Universe games, was announced in 2012.



* TheAce: Divis Mal, by far the most powerful nova in the world. His partner Jeremiah Scripture is also in the top ten.

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* TheAce: Divis Mal, by far the most powerful nova in the world.world (''Adventure!'' reveals this is in large part because he has several decades on other novas, having gained his powers in 1922). His partner Jeremiah Scripture is also in the top ten.



* BodyHorror: There is a power set that lets you permanently grow a extra arm or 3, just for starters. The Teragen take this further, developing physical aberrations as a part of their transhumanist philosophy.



* BodyHorror: There is a power set that lets you permanently grow a extra arm or 3, just for starters. The Teragen take this further, developing physical aberrations as a part of their transhumanist philosophy.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Divis Mal, as revealed in ''Adventure!''.



* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: [[spoiler:All newly erupted novas are secretly fed sterility drugs along with the drugs given to help them control their powers in order to prevent the breeding of a superpowered race.]]

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* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: [[spoiler:All [[spoiler:Most newly erupted novas are secretly fed sterility drugs along with the drugs given to help them control their powers in order to prevent the breeding of a superpowered race.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of them exist, but Totentanz comes to mind most readily. Translated from German, his alias means "''The Dance of Death''". Fitting, considerin he's a Nova mercenary with absolutely ''monstrous'' fighting abilities.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of them exist, but Totentanz comes to mind most readily. Translated from German, his alias means "''The Dance of Death''". Fitting, considerin considering he's a Nova mercenary with absolutely ''monstrous'' fighting abilities.


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* SettingUpdate: Second edition, which is set in 2028 and has the first novas appear about a decade before.
9th Apr '17 6:37:09 PM Ramidel
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* TheSyndicate: The criminal underworld has consolidated into four organizations due to the threat of Project Utopia. All four groups are major players in the world, commanding legions of their own nova operators.



* VestigialEmpire: The People's Republic of China is a dying titan, with much of its governance outsourced to the Heaven Thunder Triad. [[spoiler: After the Three Gorges Dam breaks, the PRC collapses and reforms as the New Empire, which thoroughly gets its act together with the Triad gone.]]

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* VestigialEmpire: The People's Republic of China is a dying titan, with much of its governance outsourced to [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs the Heaven Thunder Triad.Triad]]. [[spoiler: After the Three Gorges Dam breaks, the PRC collapses and reforms as the New Empire, which thoroughly gets its act together with the Triad gone.]]
9th Apr '17 6:33:08 PM Ramidel
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* VestigialEmpire: The People's Republic of China is a dying titan, with much of its governance outsourced to the Heaven Thunder Triad. [[spoiler: After the Three Gorges Dam breaks, the PRC collapses and reforms as the New Empire, which thoroughly gets its act together with the Triad gone.]]
9th Apr '17 6:16:03 PM Ramidel
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* LonersAreFreaks: Played with somehow by Mega-Charismatic novas with the Autonomy enhancement. These transhuman novas do not have the human need for social companionship, and yet do ''not'' have any kind of psychosis. This particular evolution is extremely worrying to baseline psychologists, who really don't get it - a few fringe ones assume that it ''is'' actual Psychotic Dissociation despite evidence to the contrary.

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* LonersAreFreaks: Played with somehow by Mega-Charismatic novas with the Autonomy enhancement. These transhuman novas do not have the human need for social companionship, and yet do ''not'' have any kind of psychosis. This particular evolution is extremely worrying to baseline psychologists, who really don't get it - a few fringe ones assume that it ''is'' actual Psychotic Dissociation despite evidence to the contrary.
9th Apr '17 5:47:49 PM Ramidel
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* LonersAreFreaks: Played with somehow by Mega-Charismatic novas with the Autonomy enhancement. These transhuman novas do not have the human need for social companionship, and yet do ''not'' have any kind of psychosis. This particular evolution is extremely worrying to baseline psychologists, who really don't get it - a few fringe ones assume that it ''is'' actual Psychotic Dissociation despite evidence to the contrary.
10th Aug '16 3:02:09 AM Ramidel
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* TranshumanTreachery: Argued for by Divis Mal and the Teragen. The argument of the Null Manifesto is that novas are ''not'' human, and that human laws and customs shouldn't apply to them; in the absence of a governing body for novakind, each nova is called on to consider themselves a sovereign country and act as they please. While not inherently anti-human, becoming Teragen is at best a sign of overweening arrogance and adherence to BlueAndOrangeMorality, and most Teragen ''do'' take "different" to mean "[[SuperSupremacist better]]."
4th Aug '16 4:27:28 AM lakingsif
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* TheAce: Divis Mal, by far the most powerful nova in the world. His partner Jeremiah Scripture is also in the top ten.
* ActionHero: "Ironskin" Andy Vance and his husband Jake "the Dragon" Korelli are less powerful, but also qualify.



* BadassGay: Divis Mal, by far the most powerful nova in the world. His partner Jeremiah Scripture is also in the top ten. "Ironskin" Andy Vance and his husband Jake "the Dragon" Korelli are less powerful, but also qualify.
29th Apr '16 2:40:10 AM Venatius
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* ShoutOut: The "Node Phage" aberration means that the nova affected by it has to examine M-R nodes of other novas to increase their own power. Read: take superhumans' brains to get their abilities. Hmm, sounds a lot like that guy from ''{{Series/Heroes}}''...
** OlderThanTheyThink: Except ''Aberrant'' pre-dates ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' by 7 years...
12th Feb '16 6:10:08 PM Ramidel
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* TheExtremistWasRight: On both sides of the racial division. [[spoiler: The baseliners fearing novas as potentially deadly to human existence were right, since the canon of the metaplot is that they nearly destroy the world, leading to the Aeon setting. The novas fearing baseliners were right, as novas who sign up with Project Utopia are sterilised as part of it.]]

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* TheExtremistWasRight: On both sides of the racial division. [[spoiler: The baseliners fearing novas as potentially deadly to human existence were right, since the canon of the metaplot is that they nearly destroy the world, leading to the Aeon setting. The novas fearing baseliners were right, as novas who sign up with Project Utopia are sterilised as part of it.it, and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the discovery of this is part of what sets off the Aberrant War in the first place]].]]
16th Dec '15 11:32:57 PM Doug86
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* WaveMotionGun: Although ''Aberrant'' characters are generally played at a much lower level of power, akin to your average MarvelComics character, the game has Quantum powers at levels 4, 5, and 6 (which could only be acquired after a very long campaign if you play by the standard rules.) One of the ''least'' broken level 6 powers is Quantum Inferno which allows the character to fire a Quantum Bolt capable of punching a hole, hundreds of kilometers wide, clean through the planet (which needless to say is the immediate predecessor to the planet's destruction.)

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* WaveMotionGun: Although ''Aberrant'' characters are generally played at a much lower level of power, akin to your average MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics character, the game has Quantum powers at levels 4, 5, and 6 (which could only be acquired after a very long campaign if you play by the standard rules.) One of the ''least'' broken level 6 powers is Quantum Inferno which allows the character to fire a Quantum Bolt capable of punching a hole, hundreds of kilometers wide, clean through the planet (which needless to say is the immediate predecessor to the planet's destruction.)
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