Titan Academy: The rest of the story

Sadly I began blogging about this great adventure far to late in playing it to really keep up with things. I can’t continue to do justice to each episode that we played. I’m going to do my best to sum up the ending of this game for those who were following it. My next game, which will be Star Trek: Adventures, I will try to blog as we go, so as not to lose hold of the story.

Ryan was overjoyed to be reunited with his mother, who he had never believed was dead all this time. The group heads over to Ryan’s house to surprise his father, and there is a tearful and happy reunion-for Ryan. Some of the others in the group are still having troubles, and after trying to kiss and being rejected by Liv, Hiro heads out into the city.

While out, an attack beings on the Spire, the headquarters of Aegis. The attackers: Dryad, Becky, and Nexus, friends and trusted teachers from their school. The team eventually meets up to figure out what’s going on, and which side they need to be on. Aegis is up in arms and ready to go full on war against the attacking supers, so the team split up, some to keep Aegis busy, and others to find out why the supers are attacking Aegis. It turns out they are being controlled by extradimensional beings, that Hiro quickly builds a device to detect. Aether creates a bubble around the supers that knocks the beings off, and returns them to their right minds.

In the aftermath, some of the Aegis agents recognize Liv, referring to her as 12, even though she has only ever known herself as 9. They are met by Alcazar, the new president of Aegis, who offers to have a meeting with them. And the gang takes him up on it. In the meeting they find out that Alcazar is hoping to win them and the public over with more humane treatment of supers, and a more open policy. He has released all Level 5 supers that were not criminal, and removed the brain stem controls from the telelpaths. He shows them Firefly as an example. But to Hiro and Liv it is too little too late. Even when Alcazar offers them all the files they have on Project Oblivion and Chimera. The group argues together whether they should be going after Chimera, or bringing down what is left of Aegis.

They decide their first target will be one of the Chimera stronghold/prisons that remain, one of those Aegis hasn’t gotten to cleaning up yet. There they find several supers imprisoned, and in the middle, Carbine, a former Aegis agent, attached to a strange machine. She manages to use the machine to put Takar to sleep, but Liv soon beats her down. Carbine escapes, but not before Liv realizes this is the sort of place where she grew up, inside a Level 5 prison cell. There she finally meets 12, and they fight, almost completely evenly matched. Takar finally recovers and helps Liv defeat 12. A voice tells 12 that she has failed, and that 9 has passed.

Happy with their success in freeing the supers, and having Ryan’s mother back, and having Liv and Hiro become like family, the gang gets ready to attend the event of the year. Titan Academy is reopening its doors, their principle Stewart is marrying Rydel the local Aegis patrol woman, and the city is welcoming back the newly freed supers. All of this will be held in the new Titan Academy gym. Everyone in the city will be there, guarded by Aegis, city officials and supers. Becky and Ryan take charge of the refreshments, and Becky is a bit crazy about it. The others all start finding dates, Liv with Dryad, Takar with the Fates, and Hiro with Hopper. While at the party, a strange song comes over the speakers, and Liv gets a feeling of dread as he hears the words that they discovered activates her. A fight breaks out, many flee, but it is soon discovered that Alcazar’s daughter has been kidnapped.

Takar and the other level 5s get together, and head off with the group, led by Ryan’s dad, to find Dr. Quintessence and bring him to the bridge, as Chimera is demanding. When they arrive they realize they are missing Hiro. They head into the abandoned warehouse to find Dr. Quintessence in an Aether bubble being attacked by those same interdimensional beings, now known as Howlers, riding Aether caterpillers. They rescue Ryan’s grandfather, and emerge from the warehouse to see the city ablaze, and Cosmic Bond arriving to let them know they have to go stop Hiro before this happens. Wait, did he say before? Before the kids can ask any questions, Cosmic Bond rewinds time, helps them save Dr. Q, and they all head over to stop Hiro together.

It turns out that Hiro has been brainwashed as well, in the same way Liv was, by Project Winter, another division of Chimera. They commanded him to come to the bridge warehouse to help them prepare the Sentinal robots to receive their Howler masters. It turns out that though the Howlers like to feed off the energy of supers, and ride along on humans, it is much easier for them to take over a robot body. The Howlers, as explaned by the Dread Queen, are her people, stuck in another dimension alongside Earth, and ready to take over. Hiro is the only one able to hack into the robots and help them build the portal that will bring them into the robots.

All the supers band together in one massive strike against the Chimera team. But just as it seems they are winning, HIro’s old robot, the one that used to house his brother’s memories, arrives. He still is Hiro’s brother, he claims, but so much more, now also the Dread Queen’s brother. He thanks Hiro for providing a body for him, and tries to talk him into joining him in taking over the world. Hiro was ready to die in this fight against his brother, even though is whole family, even his ellusive mother Jishaku, and her long imprisoned brother Atomic Shadow, and his other mother Friction show up to assist him. Hiro uses his moment of truth, reverses the portal to the other dimension, and succeeds in getting rid of all the Howlers, and destroys Count Zero, and all that is left of his brother.

Everything isn’t perfect at the end, but its better than most expected to be. There are a lot of touching moments, as people find new or old loves, new family, and new strengths.

Titan Academy – Episode 8: Unforgetable

Last time our heroes narrowly averted a riot in front of city hall surrounding the vote on a bill that would require the open registration of all supers. We rejoin them now, dealing with the changes this is causing throughout Halcyon City.

Hello Halcyon City, this is Anna Fresh, coming to you on WHCY the Voice of Halcyon with your daily dose of Fresh Air. The city council has decided that the most recent version of the super registration bill was put together too quickly without enough consideration, so it has been sent back to committee. Also, Blake Harrison has been replaced as the head of AEGIS. The new director, Xavier Alcazar, a former marine, is promising big changes to the way AEGIS is handled, now that they have rooted out all of the Chimera agents. Or so they say. Call in and give your opinion.

So the team got together and decided that they needed to choose what issue to deal with first. Takar and Hiro were very set on making AEGIS pay for their foolishness in allowing Chimera to infiltrate their ranks. Ryan and Liv wanted to focus more on Chimera itself. They managed to convince the others that they should deal with Chimera first since they were the ones actually causing the problems. So they decided to get in touch with whoever was in charge at Catalyst, by talking with the Lost Boys.

The Lost Boys arrange the meeting – and the team ends up outside an old abandoned train station, waiting to be let in. Once inside, they see several Lost Boys hanging out, some working in the impressive labs and offices in the station, and are led to a large plush office. No one is surprised when Cosmic Bond himself joins them there. He explains that he has been working to bring down Chimera for some time, but had been unable to break them out of AEGIS, and that he had not been sure he could trust our heroes. After all, one was the grandson of Dr. Quintessence, who had worked on much of the Chimera project, one was interning with AEGIS, and one, he said, motioning to Liv, was a Chimera project herself.

He knows now, however, after talking with the Lost Boys and others, that they can be trusted. As he talks, Crystal appears and comes to take his hand. She looks happy, and healthy, and is excited to see Liv and the others again. She lets them know how well they have been taking care of her, and reveals to Liv that she too has similar nightmares of the Sorroweater and a metal room. They let Crystal head out of the office, and then face Cosmic Bond again.

“I have a favor to ask of you,” he says, looking over them all. “And I am more than willing to give you anything you need, find a way to help Takar control his abilities, give Liv as much information about Project Oblivion as I am able, even help get Aether’s mother out from where she is trapped, if you are willing to help me contact my daughter, and make sure she has not been compromised by Chimera.”

This statement brought up a million questions from our heroes. First, who was his daughter? Omega is Cosmic Bond’s daughter by Rivet. Next, how does he know about Ryan/Aether’s mother? How does he know they can get her out? Cosmic Bod explains that strange things happen when you combine his powers with the Aether powers of Ryan’s family. Their paths crossed several times over the years, but the final time was an attack against Chimera. Unfortunately, through a mixture of Cosmic Bond’s and Dr. Quintessance’s and Dark Matter’s powers, Ryan’s mother was sent to a dimension on the other side of Aether space. Cosmic Bond has located her, but is unable to get to her alone.

Hiro speaks up before any of the others are able, and says they will do what he wants, but they are going to get Ryan’s mother back right now. The rest of the team is very surprised, but Cosmic Bond agrees, and they get to work.

Hiro directs the building of a large device that will help stabilize whatever pathway Cosmic Bond and Aether are able to make into the Aether space. Volt charges it up, and a tunnel forms through the grey cloud that they remember from their last trip into this plane. They walk through the tunnel, Aether doing his best to keep the currents from attracting any more of the massive centipedes that dwell here, and they reach the other side.

The tunnel opens onto a large black space that as far as they can tell goes on forever. There doesn’t even seem to be anything for them to be walking on. Ahead of them they see a massive bubble, something Aether remembers from his youth. There was a time when he was in danger, and his father placed a similar bubble around him, for protection. Inside the bubble, his mother is standing in front of an infinite array of chalkboards that stretch back into the darkness, working on calculations.

“Mom!” Aether knocks on the bubble, and she turns, releived to see him, and waves happily. But then a worried look crosses her face.

“If you’re here to get me out we have to hurry, before he gets back.”

“Before who gets back?”

“The alien,” she says simply. Between Aether and Liv, they crack through the bubble and squeeze the mother out, just as the alien comes into view, a tall, white/gray creature with claws and hollow eyes. As they get back to the tunnel, they notice it is growing smaller. Liv and Volt stay behind to fight off the alien and any centipedes following, and Volt is bitten by one of the creatures as he is escaping. Hiro rushes them all through, himself only making it out as he ejects himself from his mech suit, launching out of the tunnel as it collapses behind them.

They find Cosmic Bond exhausted and dying on the ground as they emerge. Aether reaches deep into his powers and calls up a load of healing energies that brings Cosmic Bond back to life. The others begin to care for their wounds as well, as Ryan and his mother rejoice at being back together. But Hiro goes off by himself, as his mech suit, and all that remained of his brother’s memories, are reduced to a pile of bolts in the Aether space.

Join us next time on Titan Academy to find out what our heroes find out about Omega, and how they welcom back Mrs. Manett.

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