Tuesday, April 14, 2020

(Aberrant) Exposé: Aberrants

Exposé: Aberrants is one of those inexplicable pamphlet-supplements that White Wolf decided would be a good fit for the Trinity Universe. It's only 24 pages long, so I don't have a lot to say about it. The main interest here is that it implies a solution to the Slider murder (the evidence here very strongly implicates the sexy rebel,  Andre Corbin, which means that only Chiraben the shapeshifter could have done it). Also, there's an NPC who became a nova at the age 102, which means that she remembers the original Aeon Society . . . and Divis Mal looks familiar to her.

I'm trying to work out a Trinity-verse metaplot timeline in my head and I think this is an important landmark. Going back to the Trinity core book, the Maxwell Mercer time travel plot hasn't seen print just yet, but Adventure! is probably already in the works. Or, at least, that's the impression I get from all the teasing they're doing about it. None of it has been specific enough for me to tell whether they changed anything between now and publication, but I'll keep my eyes open for more hints.

The main use of this is as a source of characters. There's a bit about the Aberrants' organization, but not quite enough to do more than suggest a campaign model. The characters are pretty good, though. You have a working-class schlub that has become the defender of Chicago. And the bisexual anarchist college professor, Dr Worm, who just kind of sucks as a person, but is a pretty cool antagonist. The minor characters get stats, but it's absolutely criminal that Corbin and Sophia Rousseau (the leader of the Aberrants) aren't among them.

I guess White Wolf hadn't quite got over the instinct to hold back on information for the sake of generating hype. Not their most endearing quality, to be sure, but I've gotten used to it. In the end, Exposé: Aberrants leaves me with more questions than answers, but I guess that what GM prep is for.

Ukss Contribution: Doctor Worm. They give him all of the most obnoxious lines (like comparing Project Utopia to the Nazis), but he's portrayed as a gross creep (he was drummed out of academia for sleeping with his students) so that's probably at least partly intentional. Given his super-strength and stretchy limbs, he could be a potent adversary.

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