History TabletopGame / Aberrant

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.)
16th Dec '15 2:44:34 AM Morgenthaler
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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''''' ''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.
16th Dec '15 2:44:23 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Aug '15 9:05:08 AM Ramidel
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* NGOSuperpower: Project Utopia is not a government, but has a seat on the UN Security Council and international regulatory authority over technology despite not answering to anybody at all.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted and played straight. Project Utopia is using nova-developed technology to improve the world (greening the Sahara and replacing the Internet with the [=OpNet=], for example), but they're also keeping a lid on the more socially-disruptive technology as best they can.
20th Aug '15 9:57:24 PM foxley
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* MainliningTheMonster: There are several illegal drugs (most of which will temporarily give a baseline superpowers) made out of the organs of novas.
14th Jun '15 9:10:43 AM narm00
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* BewareTheSuperman: A strong element of the setting, one that the Church of Archangel Michael deliberately pushes, and canonically justified, since the Trinity/Aeon setting is the canonical future of this setting.
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* BewareTheSuperman: A strong element of the setting, one that the Church of Archangel Michael deliberately pushes, and canonically justified, since justified in 1e, with the Trinity/Aeon setting is as the canonical future of this setting.future.

* BondageIsBad: Minor team from the Player's Guide, the Queer Nova Alliance, includes a member with PsychicPowers of some nature called "The Master", whose presence in the team's attendant fluff portrays him as the TokenEvilTeammate. He's a homosexual dominant who refers to basically [[MindRape brainwashing a former homophobe into his helplessly loyal submissive gay sex slave]], and from the disgusted reactions of his fellows, this isn't the first time he's done this. They especially loathe him doing this because it only hurts their efforts to non-violently champion GLBT rights.
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* BondageIsBad: Minor A minor team from the Player's Guide, the Queer Nova Alliance, includes a member with PsychicPowers of some nature called "The Master", whose presence in the team's attendant fluff portrays him as the TokenEvilTeammate. He's a homosexual dominant who refers to basically [[MindRape brainwashing a former homophobe into his helplessly loyal submissive gay sex slave]], and from the disgusted reactions of his fellows, this isn't the first time he's done this. They especially loathe him doing this because it only hurts their efforts to non-violently champion GLBT rights.

** The sourcebook ReignOfEvil.Com is about a particularly nasty cult born from a quintet of deranged nova satanists.
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** The sourcebook ReignOfEvil.Com [=ReignOfEvil.Com=] is about a particularly nasty cult born from a quintet of deranged nova satanists.

** The sourcebook ReignOfEvil.Com In the reboot, however, it's zig-zagged, becoming SchizoContinuity. For Aeon, the Aberrant War is about a particularly nasty cult born from a quintet of deranged nova satanists.established history. For Aberrant, however, the War is in the potential future, and how things turn out is in the characters' hands.

* HotScientist: Dr. Rachel Alinsky, DeVries Agency's scientific genius, looks like a grad student despite nearing her forties.
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* HotScientist: Dr. Rachel Alinsky, DeVries [=DeVries=] Agency's scientific genius, looks like a grad student despite nearing her forties.

* LateArrivalSpoiler: The {{metaplot}} is very clear from the beginning; there will be an Aberrant War that destroys everything that humanity and novas built together and drives the novas away from Earth.
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: The 1e {{metaplot}} is very clear from the beginning; there will be an Aberrant War that destroys everything that humanity and novas built together and drives the novas away from Earth.Earth (however, this is no longer an issue in 2e).

* LateArrivalSpoiler: ** The {{metaplot}} second edition, however, is very clear from the beginning; there will be an not written towards that end. Partly this is because Aberrant War no longer has an advancing timeline, and partly it's because one principle of the reboot is that destroys everything that humanity games earlier in the timeline (in Aberrant's case, Adventure! and novas built together and drives the novas away from Earth.new modern-day setting) are established history, while games later in the timeline (Aeon) are possible futures rather than foregone conclusions.

** Greenwar's M. O. when not straight up murdering their enemies basically consists of mind-raping them. This is made possible by resident telepath, who can absorb thoughts of a dying animal and transfer them to the one(s) responsible for the crime against nature. One poor Japanese guy ended up believing he is a whale whose family was slaughtered by whalers (who, naturally, were his employees).
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** Greenwar's M. O. when not straight up murdering their enemies basically consists of mind-raping them. This is made possible by the resident telepath, who can absorb the thoughts of a dying animal and transfer them to the one(s) responsible for the crime against nature. One poor Japanese guy ended up believing he is was a whale whose family was slaughtered by whalers (who, naturally, were his employees).

* MugglePower: Various groups and factions. The most hostile is the Church of Archangel Michael, a fundamentalist group who stalk and murder novas whilst publicly becrying their existence as agents of Satan. [[spoiler: Project Utopia is ultimately one of these, sterilising all of the novas it recruits to ensure that, in addition to being drafted for the good of baseline humanity, they won't breed eve stronger novas.]]
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* MugglePower: Various groups and factions. The most hostile is the Church of Archangel Michael, a fundamentalist group who stalk and murder novas whilst publicly becrying their existence as agents of Satan. [[spoiler: Project Utopia is ultimately one of these, sterilising all of the novas it recruits to ensure that, in addition to being drafted for the good of baseline humanity, they won't breed eve even stronger novas.]]

* RealityWarper: Although all Novas bend reality a little, the Level 6 power "Planck Scaling" is the purest example in the game. It allows the user to cause absolutely anything inside a certain area. These changes will last after power is turned off, even if their existence contradicts laws of physics. An interesting side-effect of the power is that in absence of the user, anyone else can project their thoughts into the "bubble", with multiple participants leading to most bizarre results. * SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: The most notable feature of Totentanz's costume is the golden skull which covers his head. * ScrewDestiny : A significant portion of fans ignore the canon leading up to ''Trinity''.
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* RealityWarper: Although all Novas bend reality a little, the Level 6 power "Planck Scaling" is the purest example in the game. It allows the user to cause absolutely anything inside a certain area. These changes will last after the power is turned off, even if their existence contradicts the laws of physics. An interesting side-effect of the power is that in the absence of the user, anyone else can project their thoughts into the "bubble", with multiple participants leading to most bizarre results. * SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: The most notable feature of Totentanz's costume is the golden skull which covers his head. * ScrewDestiny : A significant portion of fans ignore the canon leading up to ''Trinity''.results.

* ShoutOut: "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}}''...
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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}}''...

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* ShoutOut: "Node Phage" aberration means that SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: The most notable feature of Totentanz's costume is 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}}''...golden skull which covers his head.
3rd Mar '15 10:05:23 AM yamiblade
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* GenderBender: It can happen when one Erupts.
23rd Feb '15 3:03:47 PM Snuffy
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** Divis Mal means something along the lines of "Wicked God"
10th Jan '15 1:07:28 AM WanderingBrowser
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* ChestBurster: Novas with the 3-point variant of the Parasitic Gestation alteration are capable of victimizing people with their offspring in this manner.

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* ExplosiveBreeder: Proteus fears "breeders" (fertile novas) in general, but they reserve their greatest fears for "hatchers" -- tainted breeders whose mutations have transformed them into r-type (large numbers of progeny with little parental care invested) reproducers. A hypothetical "perfect storm" hatcher, one who produces 10 identically tainted offspring (of which 5 survive) per month, which grow to reproduction age in six months, could produce '''forty-five thousand''' offspring in as little as two years.
6th Dec '14 3:16:49 PM WanderingBrowser
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* BlessedWithSuck: Some eruptions do ''not'' turn out well for the nova. Teragen member "Sloppy Joe" basically had his eruption ''dissolve his entire body'', reducing him to [[{{Squick}} a soup of acidic sludge and free-floating organs bobbing around inside a vaguely human-shaped forcefield]].

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* BondageIsBad: Minor team from the Player's Guide, the Queer Nova Alliance, includes a member with PsychicPowers of some nature called "The Master", whose presence in the team's attendant fluff portrays him as the TokenEvilTeammate. He's a homosexual dominant who refers to basically [[MindRape brainwashing a former homophobe into his helplessly loyal submissive gay sex slave]], and from the disgusted reactions of his fellows, this isn't the first time he's done this. They especially loathe him doing this because it only hurts their efforts to non-violently champion GLBT rights.

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* {{Cult}}: They're all over the place InUniverse, due to the fact novas are naturally adept at forming personality cults around themselves, especially those with social mega-attributes. ** The sourcebook ReignOfEvil.Com is about a particularly nasty cult born from a quintet of deranged nova satanists. ** The Storyteller's Screen includes a fluff piece about a mega-social nova woman, Kelly "Calliope" Pierson, who has formed a cult about herself and who performs HumanSacrifice by [[ImAHumanitarian physically absorbing baseline cultists into her body]], claiming that this allows them to "transcend to a higher place".
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