History TabletopGame / MutantChronicles

16th Aug '16 6:16:25 PM Leliel
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* BenevolentPrecursors: [[spoiler:Ancient Martians, who sealed the Dark Legion away and severely weakened it in modern times-just enough for humanity to stand a fighting chance.]]

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* BenevolentPrecursors: [[spoiler:Ancient Martians, [[spoiler:Ancients and their Guardians, who sealed the Dark Legion away and severely weakened it in modern times-just enough for humanity to stand a fighting chance.]]



** Mutation by terraforming agents [[spoiler:is both a subversion and an ''inversion''. It's not actually effects from the terraformation, it's the Genetic Pilgrimage being signaled it's ready to turn at least a few humans into reborn BenevolentPrecursors. The gradual transformation actually immunizes the mutant almost entirely from the Symmetry, and the greatest mental effect is a compulsion to include "defeat the Dark Legion" on any list of priorities. As the book itself points out: Since the Dark Legion wanted to kill and enslave all human life, ''why isn't it already!?'']]



** Mutants: The more they develop their non-Light based psionic strength and the more they are exposed to terraforming agents, the more they look increasingly like predatory, reptilian aliens. [[spoiler:They ''do'', but said aliens are their [[BenevolentPrecursor Guardian]] ancestors; they are, in fact, becoming the perfect anti-Dark Legion {{Super Soldier}}s, and they retain their personalities completely throughout the metamorphosis.]]



* HumansAreWarriors: [[spoilers:Why the Ancients decided to make humanity their plan to repulse the Dark Soul forever-we're naturally more violent, which means naturally more ''ambitious and determined'' then they were.]]



* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Brotherhood Crucifiers. [[spoiler:Ancient Martians had this naturally.]]
* {{Mutant}}: Curiously downplayed. There's a lot in the Dark Legion, but very few everywhere else, to the point where mutation is seen as a sign of being a Heretic, because generally you're a Heretic before you mutate. [[spoiler:Entirely human mutants are descendants of Ancient experiments into inoculating humanity against the Dark Symmetry.]]

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* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Brotherhood Crucifiers. [[spoiler:Ancient Martians [[spoiler:Ancients had this naturally.]]
* {{Mutant}}: Curiously downplayed. There's a lot in the Dark Legion, but very few everywhere else, to the point where mutation is seen as a sign of being a Heretic, because generally you're a Heretic before you mutate. [[spoiler:Entirely human [[spoiler:This is a mistake-true mutants are descendants actually normal people who have awakened the Guardian genetic ancestry, and are actually called out as one of Ancient experiments into inoculating humanity against the two great hopes for defeating the Dark Symmetry.Legion forever.]]
9th Aug '16 4:09:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* DestroyerDeity: Algeroth is the apostle of war and dark technology. He has the largest armies and most numerous bases, his factories supply all other apostles with ordnance, he himself manifests as a huge demon whose body is fused with countless weapons, ans his whole schtick is relentlessly waging war on humanity.
23rd Jul '16 5:44:07 PM Divra
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* MagicVersusScience: The conflict between Cybertronic and the Brotherhood in a nutshell. [[spoiler: The third edition Cybertronic splatbook teases that while defeating the Dark Legion is essential for humanity's survival, the conflict which will truly define humanity's fate is the one between the Durand brothers.]]
12th Jul '16 7:09:02 PM Leliel
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* HotWitch: Illian shifts her form frequently and often, but the one commonality between her faces is that they are all terrifyingly, coldly beautiful. Her Nepharites and many other higher-ranking servants aren't much different.



%%* McNinja: Mortificators, for example.

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%%* * McNinja: A lot of corporations beyond Mishima have stealthy assassin operatives. The Brotherhood's Mortificators, for example.



* Mutant: Curiously downplayed. There's a lot in the Dark Legion, but very few everywhere else, to the point where mutation is seen as a sign of being a Heretic, because generally you're a Heretic before you mutate. [[spoiler:Entirely human mutants are descendants of Ancient experiments into inoculating humanity against the Dark Symmetry.]]

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* Mutant: {{Mutant}}: Curiously downplayed. There's a lot in the Dark Legion, but very few everywhere else, to the point where mutation is seen as a sign of being a Heretic, because generally you're a Heretic before you mutate. [[spoiler:Entirely human mutants are descendants of Ancient experiments into inoculating humanity against the Dark Symmetry.]]
8th Jul '16 8:16:00 AM Paireon
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** Mishima too, as a matter of fact, since they follow a particularly harsh brand of Tokugawa era Bushido, but their sourcebook exposits on the growing corruption within the noble families.

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** Mishima too, as a matter of fact, since they follow a particularly harsh brand of Tokugawa era Bushido, but their sourcebook exposits on the growing corruption within the noble families.families (the adventure scenario in said sourcebook has a noble who keeps his dead enemies' heads in jars happily conspiring with a Dark Legion Nepharite as the BigBadDuumvirate).



* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Capitol has two flavors. The conventional flavor is the Freedom Brigades, men and women who are trading ten years of brutal service in the most Light-forsaken hellholes in the solar system for a clean rap sheet and Capitol citizenship. The less conventional one is the Free Marines, which is a penal battalion for highly decorated Spec Ops veterans who for some reason have been sentenced to death.

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* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Capitol has two flavors. The conventional flavor is the Freedom Brigades, men and women who are trading ten years of brutal service in the most Light-forsaken hellholes in the solar system for a clean rap sheet and Capitol citizenship. The less conventional one is the Free Marines, which is a penal battalion for highly decorated Spec Ops veterans who for some reason have been sentenced to death.death, and are used mostly for suicide missions.



* ArtificialLimbs: Domain of Cybertronic. Even if not entirely metal/plastic/inhuman, they will have metal bits and wires sticking out as a hint.

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* ArtificialLimbs: Domain of Cybertronic. Even if not entirely metal/plastic/inhuman, they will have metal bits and wires sticking out as a hint. Mishima has some as well, only much less advaced or prevalent.



* BlackAndGreyMorality: Played with. All the megacorporations are amoral and/or arrogant in varying amounts, and regularly fight the Dark Legion, which is gleefully, sadistically evil...but it's also shown that opposing the Legion [[ALighterShadeOfGrey tends to bring out the best in people]] by necessity (otherwise the Dark Symmetry would corrupt them).

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Played with. All the megacorporations are amoral and/or arrogant in varying amounts, and regularly fight the Dark Legion, which is gleefully, sadistically evil... but it's also shown that opposing the Legion [[ALighterShadeOfGrey tends to bring out the best in people]] by necessity (otherwise the Dark Symmetry would corrupt them).



* TheBrute: Algeroth (GeniusBruiser version; he represents all aspects of war, including strategy and technology)

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* TheBrute: Algeroth (GeniusBruiser version; he represents all aspects of war, including strategy and technology)technology). His arm of the Dark Legion is also by far the most numerous and diverse.



* TheCorruption: Dark Symmetry again. It is, however, curable, hence why the Inqusition is respected and liked by those in the know.

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* TheCorruption: Dark Symmetry again. It is, however, curable, hence why the Inqusition Inquisition is respected and liked by those in the know.



** Bauhaus - Germany, Russia, France and Italy, served as 19th Century-style [[AristocratsAreEvil Evil Aristocracy]].

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** Bauhaus - Germany, Russia, France and Italy, served as 19th Century-style [[AristocratsAreEvil Aristocracy ([[AristocratsAreEvil Evil Aristocracy]].optional]]).



** Bauhaus are also purely feudal, but less oppressive. Bauhaus nobles, unlike their Mishiman counterparts, have a strong sense of ''noblesse obligé'', and commoners who distinguish themselves can be raised to the nobility. That said, commoners are second-class citizens in Bauhaus, and no bones are made about that.

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** Bauhaus are also purely feudal, but less oppressive. Bauhaus nobles, unlike their Mishiman counterparts, have a strong sense of ''noblesse obligé'', oblige'', and commoners who distinguish themselves can be raised to the nobility. That said, commoners are second-class citizens in Bauhaus, and no bones are made about that.



* LastOfHisKind: Sean Gallagher is the last surviving member of Clan Gallagher; the Dark Legion eradicated the rest in one of the opening moves of their new offensive due to their knowledge as master smiths whose swords were often custom-made to kill servants of the Dark Symmetry.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dark Legion runs on those. Algeroth The Apostle Of War, Demnogonis The Befouler, Ilian The Mistress Of The Void, Muawijhe (''pronounced "moo-ah-jee"'') The Lord Of Visions, Semai The Lord Of Spite - and that's just the beginning. Their units have equally colorful names - Immaculate Furies, Gomorrean Emasculators and Zenithian Soulslayers, for example. The Nepharites, for their part, ave names mostly inspired from Abrahamic religions like Golgotha or Absalom. Not mentioning the ''weapons'', like Ashreketh, Azoghar, Kratach or Vassht.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dark Legion runs on those. Algeroth The Apostle Of War, Demnogonis The Befouler, Ilian The Mistress Of The Void, Muawijhe (''pronounced "moo-ah-jee"'') The Lord Of Visions, Semai The Lord Of Spite - and that's just the beginning. Their units have equally colorful names - Immaculate Furies, Gomorrean Emasculators and Zenithian Soulslayers, for example. The Nepharites, for their part, ave have names mostly inspired from Abrahamic religions like Golgotha or Absalom. Not mentioning the ''weapons'', like Ashreketh, Azoghar, Kratach or Vassht.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Imperials done this twice, first is when they went to Pluto they unleashed the Dark Legion, and again when they reached another planet beyond Pluto they released the Dark Symmetry.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Imperials have done this twice, first is when they went to Pluto they unleashed the Dark Legion, Symmetry, and again when they reached another planet beyond Pluto they released the Dark Symmetry.Legion.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Mishima and part of Imperial has this philosophy.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Mishima and part of Imperial has have this philosophy.
6th Jul '16 4:17:41 PM Leliel
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** The Dark Symmetry campaign for Third Edition introduces Incursids, the Dark Legion's version of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]]. Good news, if you're infected with one, you can be cured. Bad news is, that's because Incursid larvae are a PuppeteerParasite HatePlague-while it's possible to starve them to death by dosing up on happy pills and not committing violent crimes, those that succumb to the larva's manipulations usually rack up the death toll-which feeds the larva enough to [[ChestBuster metamorphosize]] and eat the corpses of their host's victims before moving on to harder prey. If they eat enough, [[FromBadToWorse they develop further into the intelligent]] HiveQueen form...
6th Jul '16 3:21:40 PM Leliel
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** Double-subverted in that [[spoiler:Cybertronic's supposed [=AIs=] are actually wetware/hardware interfaces (i.e. the main component is always a cybernetically-enhanced BrainInAJar)]].

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** Double-subverted in 1E in that [[spoiler:Cybertronic's supposed [=AIs=] are actually wetware/hardware interfaces (i.e. the main component is always a cybernetically-enhanced BrainInAJar)]]. This has since been [[RetCon quietly forgotten]]-today, it's due to the AI cores they use being overly literal in instructions and become [[DumbMuscle stupider]] in larger bodies due to taxes on the processing power.



** As of 3rd Edition, this is pretty clearly subverted. [[spoiler:Their founder is a WellIntentionedExtremist who believes [[TranshumanismIsAwesome cybernetic evolution]] is the key to defeating the Dark Legion. The reason nobody in Cybertronic becomes a Heretic is that he and his lieutenants ''are'' the Subnet the corporation uses-and as soon as they see signs of true Heresy, they eliminate it ''with extreme prejudice.'' They're pretty much entirely on humanity's side.]]

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** As of 3rd Edition, this is pretty clearly subverted. [[spoiler:Their founder is a WellIntentionedExtremist who believes [[TranshumanismIsAwesome [[ProHumanTranshuman cybernetic evolution]] is the key to defeating the Dark Legion. The reason nobody in Cybertronic becomes a Heretic is that he and his lieutenants ''are'' the Subnet Subreality the corporation uses-and as soon as they see signs of true Heresy, Heresy that hasn't been stamped out by [[CreativeSterility XLR8]], they eliminate it ''with extreme prejudice.'' They're pretty much entirely on humanity's side.]]



* BenevolentPrecursors: [[spoiler:Ancient Martians, who sealed the Dark Legion away and severely weakened it in modern times-just enough for humanity to stand a fighting chance.]]



* BlackAndGreyMorality: Played with. All the megacorporations are amoral and/or arrogant in varying amounts, and regularly fight the Dark Legion, which is gleefully, sadistically evil...but it's also shown that opposing the Legion [[ALighterShadeOfGrey tends to bring out the best in people]] by necessity (otherwise the Dark Symmetry would corrupt them).



** Cybertronic - multinational corporate hive.

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** Cybertronic - multinational corporate hive. [[spoiler:3rd Edition adds in elements of Thelema, of all things, and transhumanism.]]



** Cybertronic gets things done. Somehow. [[spoiler:Actually, their CEO is a practically omniscient VirtualGhost that the higher-ups run their decisions by simply by typing in an inquiry.]]

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** Cybertronic gets things done. Somehow. [[spoiler:Actually, their CEO is a practically omniscient VirtualGhost that the higher-ups run their decisions by simply by typing in an inquiry. Assuming they aren't his hundred or so clones, all of which embody a different facet of his personality. So, a God-King, of sorts.]]



* LostTechnology: Averted: Technology from before the arrival of the Dark Symmetry still exists, but has been deactivated. All corporations still have blueprints for targeting computers, laser weaponry and orbital attack platforms archived, just waiting for the day when someone figures out a way to shield them from Dark Symmetry.

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* LostTechnology: Averted: Technology from before the arrival of the Dark Symmetry still exists, but has been deactivated. All corporations still have blueprints for targeting computers, laser weaponry and orbital attack platforms archived, just waiting for the day when someone figures out a way to shield them from Dark Symmetry. [[spoiler:Cybertronic has, but Alexander is holding back to stabilize his base more and experiment with purifying the Dark Symmetry. This is at least one reason why his subordinates are starting to worry he's gone too far.]]



* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Brotherhood Crucifiers.

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* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Brotherhood Crucifiers. [[spoiler:Ancient Martians had this naturally.]]
* Mutant: Curiously downplayed. There's a lot in the Dark Legion, but very few everywhere else, to the point where mutation is seen as a sign of being a Heretic, because generally you're a Heretic before you mutate. [[spoiler:Entirely human mutants are descendants of Ancient experiments into inoculating humanity against the Dark Symmetry.]]


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* PostModernMagick: [[spoiler:Cybertronic's true nature, a project by an estranged founder of the Brotherhood to transform humanity into a species spiritually liberated by technology. It's also the basis of their Art-users, the Technoseers, using holy computations to visualize psychic spells.]]
6th Jul '16 11:05:22 AM Leliel
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** Whitestar has the Nameless, citizens who find that they are in an untenable situation and decide to dedicate their lives to becoming {{Super Soldier}}s until their death in battle, with their loved ones receiving a generous pension in recompense.



%%* BadassLongRobe: Brotherhood elite units, like Inquisitors.

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%%* * BadassLongRobe: Brotherhood elite units, like Inquisitors.Inquisitors, usually have clerical robes over their armor.



* {{Brainwashed}}: Dark Legion Cultists. And Cybertronic too,

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* {{Brainwashed}}: Dark Legion Cultists. And Cybertronic too,does this a lot when ensuring employee loyalty from people who use the type of XLR8 that leaves emotion intact.
3rd Jul '16 6:30:49 AM Leliel
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: That's what The Brotherhood thinks about Cybertronic. They just wait for a bigger screw-up to round up the whole corporation and [[KillItWithFire burn them]]. Whether it's true or not is intentionally left a mystery. [[spoilers:Their founder, for example, thinks this is a good thing-and did it intentionally to himself, so it's even more ambiguous.]]

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: That's what The Brotherhood thinks about Cybertronic. They just wait for a bigger screw-up to round up the whole corporation and [[KillItWithFire burn them]]. Whether it's true or not is intentionally left a mystery. [[spoilers:Their [[spoiler:Their founder, for example, thinks this is a good thing-and did it intentionally to himself, so it's even more ambiguous.]]
* TheDarkChick: Demnogonis, Dark Apostle of disease, who really doesn't fit the infiltration or blatant assault tactics his siblings favor.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Normally it is, but Mishima's Shadow Walkers are ostensibly on the side of good despite using the Dark Symmetry in a cautious, controlled manner, and [[spoiler:Cybertronic has figured out how to use the Dark Legion's eldritch tech in the service of humanity...though they may be a subversion, as Element 13 is only created after destroying all aspects of the Dark Symmetry it was refined from.
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* TheDarkChick: Demnogonis, Dark Apostle of disease, who really doesn't fit the infiltration or blatant assault tactics his siblings favor.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Normally it is, but [[spoiler:Cybertronic, at least, has figured out how to use the Dark Legion's eldritch tech in the service of humanity.]]


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* HighlyVisibleNinja: Subverted. Mishima's Shadow Walkers do wear the distinctive black pajamas when on the job...except their gis are heavily laced with {{Magitech}} that makes it actively harder to look at them or recall that there was even a person there to begin with, much less that it was a ninja. So they're actually pretty stealthy, all things considered.
2nd Jul '16 8:20:18 PM Leliel
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* {{Brainwashed}}: Dark Legion Cultists. And Cybertronic too.

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* {{Brainwashed}}: Dark Legion Cultists. And Cybertronic too.too,



** Defied by Cybertronic [[spoiler:which has figured out a way of purifying the Dark Symmetry into an eldritch crystal that prevents any corruption of their tech and is otherwise entirely harmless.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil: Normally it is, but [[spoiler:Cybertronic, at least, has figured out how to use the Dark Legion's eldritch tech in the service of humanity.]]



** Cybertronic gets things done. Somehow.

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** Cybertronic gets things done. Somehow. [[spoiler:Actually, their CEO is a practically omniscient VirtualGhost that the higher-ups run their decisions by simply by typing in an inquiry.]]



* NewTechnologyIsEvil: People are afraid to build too capable computers after the last ones they had went on the fritz, and murderously so, due to Dark Symmetry. Of course, Cybertronic just doesn't care.

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* NewTechnologyIsEvil: People are afraid to build too capable computers after the last ones they had went on the fritz, and murderously so, due to Dark Symmetry. Of course, Cybertronic just doesn't care.care, [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope because they don't need to]]. They've figured out a way to inoculate technology against the Dark Symmetry, though it's very hard and requires ''capturing'' the Dark Legion alive, so making new tech is slow and dangerous. Still, it's something.]]



* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Hopelessly stuck on the serious end.

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* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Hopelessly stuck on the serious end.end-with proudly silly elements (literally a quarter of the random character tables gives you a big ol' pauldron for some reason or another).
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