Title: For the People Who Are Still Alive
Description: I listen to the Portal song...
Pyro - January 12, 2010 11:45 PM (GMT)
“As of this moment, homo superior is declaring war
on the United States and every other nation that is run by humans and human sympathizers. Your time is over. It is now our time.” -- Magneto in Grievances
Can it be burn everything time? Everyone else gets their go-to-the-moon plot. Move to Sanctuary? Something that isn't rolling in stagnation as a collective faction?
Hell, I'll start us off. What have those humans been doing since, I dunno, we kinda killed numerous world leaders? I don't think we can top that until we destroy the country, so I'd say some lesser missions are in order. What can we do? What's a threat to the Brotherhood?
How about attacking the decommissioned Sentinels and fucking them over-forever? They've got to be kept somewhere, especially since the threat of mutants has gone up since Apocalypse.
Exodus - January 13, 2010 12:50 AM (GMT)
Depending on the status of the sentinels we could always try to find a way to reprogram them to attack baseline humans instead of mutants. Otherwise making sure they can not be brought back online would make sense since you want to deprive enemies of effective weapons.
On the depriving the enemy of assets and weapons front SHIELD has some mutant agents. The kind of operatives that can be considered heavy hitters. Perhaps an attempt to remove one or more of these super powered agents of SHIELD would be in the Brotherhood's interest?
Koen Taylor - January 13, 2010 07:59 AM (GMT)
Taylor would be happy to join in. He can help with getting into (and subsequently destroying or stealing from) government facilities. And I cannot say no to messing with Sentinels.
I imagine Taylor can reprogram the Sentinels to attack those without an active Xgene, then add in a program to automatically return changes to the way Taylor made it, if anybody tried to just fix it. So SHIELD would likely have to destroy their own sentinels, or find a way to deactivate them so that the corrupted files could be purged and replaced with proper programs. Either way, there will be havoc.
Really, Taylor can help out with most of the ideas Pyro mentioned.
Jara - January 13, 2010 02:00 PM (GMT)
Rolling in stagnation? Speak for yourself, firebug, I'm plenty busy.
I think we should also focus a little more in-game on the other networks of the Brotherhood outside of New York, at least demonstrate that the organization is doing something to gather members and obtain more support even after the latest string of attacks. Perhaps get some of those Purifiers/FoH/etc groups rolling on the site so that the BH has something to more openly combat rather than random acts of terrorism, then going into hiding. We ought to retain some of that grassroots allure.
Edit: Yayyy more ideas.
Alternately, we could build upon the template that the assassinations set up, having various threads occur concurrently with one main buildup. My main issue with anything Brotherhood related is SHIELD, so perhaps some subterfuge is in order. Perhaps we don't focus the attacks in New York, or at least not just there. SHIELD's presence is strongest in the Big Apple, so why not go somewhere less teeming with agents and have them scatter about?
Talking to Exodus on AIM, he brought up what I think is a really good idea, in attacking infrastructure. Communications systems, power grids, gas mainlines (you can burn something, Pyro!), services that are essential to everyday life that people take for granted. I think it would build up on the already established precedent of the poisoning of Manhattan's water supply, that mutants don't have to go on an obvious killing spree in your local mall or grocery to pose a threat.
The New York subway system is a good target in my view, or any heavily-used mass transit system in a large metropolitan area. The only thing they'd need are a layout of the control center, people to get them in and someone to hack into the terminal system and fuck it up. A simple blackout would do. There'd be thousands of people trapped underground and the possibility of trains colliding at unmanaged intersections.
Gas mainlines are present in every city, so it's a matter of drawing a town out of a hat. Or hell, the Brotherhood can send a group right to one of the big oil refineries in the Gulf and knock an off-shore rig out. Remember the infamous gas shortage in the South a year or so ago thanks to the hurricane season? Trust me, cities do grind to a halt.
Likewise, communications networks are vital to any city. Black that out and things get crazy. No cable television, no land lines, knock out cell towers, leave people in another black out--a smaller-scale one than the EMP blast from the Apocalypse, of course, but the memory of that is fresh and could send people into a mass panic. Moreover, if they were to conduct such an endeavor someplace where communications are essential, such as a busy airport like the Los Angeles Int'l, JFK, Jackson-Hartsfield (apparently the world's busiest), things get really crazy.
But all these events are chicken shit, crumbs in the grand scheme. While SHIELD is scrambling to contain all of these problems, the main focus is out in Colorado. A crowning piece of Depression-era public works projects, a symbol of American innovation and perseverance, the BH sends its heaviest hitters to take it out. It makes a nice statement, cutting the power supply to various areas and possibly provoking a huge flood. Assuming SHIELD is distracted in other areas, it gives that group more time to combat existing security and knocking it out.
To carry it out, I figure we'd employ other cells of the BH, with our characters perhaps overseeing things or just carrying it on their own in a specialized group. Their abilities would have to suit the mission. Anywho, those are my updated two cents.
Pyro - January 14, 2010 07:10 PM (GMT)
I don't know what else I could even suggest. Infrastructure would be a nice target to hit, especially civilian essentials.
Is that thing in Colorado the Hoover Dam?
Jara - January 15, 2010 01:35 AM (GMT)
Si. Still reeling from the effects of working with extremely concentrated acetic acid and acetone and something sulfur-based that smelled like sweaty balls (yay labs), I guess I forgot to mention it by name. My bad.
Buford Hollis - January 15, 2010 02:20 AM (GMT)
Uh, Hoover Dam's not in Colorado. Its on the Colorado River, but I think its in Nevada.
Black Tom - January 15, 2010 04:12 AM (GMT)
I'm up for putting BT into this. Also, the idea of incoporating the cells into it is great. It could help give weight to the fact that the BH is global. At the Hoover Dam, someone like Avalance would be awesome.
Saint - January 15, 2010 05:54 PM (GMT)
Strikin somemore fear into those sapes hearts? Count this mutant in!
Spitfire - January 15, 2010 08:15 PM (GMT)
It has been implied for ages that the BH is more than a gang of disgruntled louts who hang out in an abandoned theme park, so really trying to put attention on the size and the scale of the BH, with cells around the country would be really great to put into practise.
The BH woud have spent a lot of time/resources into developing attacks like this, like they would have the assassinations so I don't really think it's too damaging it's been a 'while' between these events - after all they could hardly guess the reactions and know for sure everything would happen. They'd likely have rough ideas what to do next but that doesn't mean they would be able to plan to the letter. But that's just my take on it.
Speaking of other targets, what about bridges? It sounds small fry but until a bridge has gone you don't realise how crutial those things are, when you're having to make upwards of a hundred mile round trip in some cases. In some bad weather here an area of England lost several bridges and people were just cut off from everything and the Army had to be scrambled to build a footbridge, just so people could get from one side of a small town to the other again.
Avalanche - January 15, 2010 10:05 PM (GMT)
I'm all for this Hoover Dam destruction if I get permission to bring Dominic back in the game whenever this plot starts up. I'm really liking this whole bringing back the badass Brotherhood thing.
Jara - January 16, 2010 07:39 PM (GMT)
So focusing some of the spotlight on other BH cells sounds generally accepted. I figure they could be used as anything, from NPC's to perhaps a thread entirely played out by them, with one or two of our playables calling the shots. I know I'm just repeating myself here, but I'm trying to cement some of the facets we're agreeing on. In the timeline, I think it's best if these missions take place just before the main events, exact times can be worked out, but in a way that'll have SHIELD mobilized all over the place contending with power and communications outages and gas line fires and basically using these lesser branches as fodder.
Now. Bridges. I like bridges. Maybe sneak an X-3 tie-in (stop groaning) and take out the Golden Gate. It's big, heavily used, in one of the biggest urban centers in the country, and yet another symbol of American blah di blah. Couple that with Hoover Dam (which is in Nevada, good job) and we have two large spotlight missions focusing on huge structures away from home that will affect both transportation, energy, and possibly the landscape in wake of a big-ass flood. I'm sure we can find everyone that wants to participate a role.
But three is a magic number. So, following up on the pretty successful assassinations template, I figure there's room to pack in one more big-name target, and to make sure the nation knows that the New York branch of the Brotherhood is alive and well and in their backyard, I'd still like to target the NYC Subway system. Get someone like our token technopath, Koen, into the control center and shut down all communications, shut off power to the cars themselves, maybe even take one of the larger stations hostage (the one in Times Square seems the most appealing) and drive them past panic and into insanity. With people like Rage to make them rabid and Aingeru to make them lose their minds, it'd be devastating to a crowd of trapped commuters. Long-term mental scarring, anyone? Remember, it's not so much about property damage as it is making a statement.
Kyle Van Leerson - January 16, 2010 08:21 PM (GMT)
While all the ideas sound great I'm a bit loathe to believe that the BH could get away with all of this without meeting some opposition. Six prominent visable people were killed during the assassinations, one of them being the President. SHIELD not to mention the X-men would be on red alert and proactively on the look for anything the BH would be planning next.
There is a reason the battle of good vs evil has been going on forever. Bad guys do things the good guys stop them. Its gotta be a balance. With everything that's happened it seems the villains are just flaunting their standing, and doing things with no worry of being stopped or threatened. Its really making the good guy factions look like a bunch of ineffective pansies, and that shouldn't be the case. The balance only works if both parties keep it in check.
I'm not ragging on anyone's ideas. Its just something that's bugging me and I wanted to put it out there.
Jara - January 16, 2010 09:08 PM (GMT)
And what would you call the United States' endeavors in the Middle East and the War Against Terror? Point is, the government IS ineffectual. And the point of the smaller groups attacking communications and power grids all over the place at once is so that SHIELD can zero in and focus on them, but ultimately spread out their forces. Think about it. Why is Yemen and Jordan so important right now on every news cycle? This whole resurgence of Al Quaeda, blah blah blah, the reason it's all popping up in such geographically disparate places is so that a) the organization can demonstrate their global member base and support, and b) to provoke the US into Napoleon's blunder of spreading out military forces and resources across such a wide area that the entire thing becomes ineffective. I haven't, for a moment, stipulated that SHIELD simply sit on their hands and just watch as the Brotherhood launches attacks all over the US. Hence, that's what those additional branches of the BH are there for, to demonstrate that SHIELD is doing something, but in this instance, the Brotherhood have launched something that is larger than their core New York members.
I have been taking SHIELD into consideration each time I've added input and ideas into this plotting thread. As a matter of fact, I always address the consequences of any plot I've put my two cents in. Saying that they've been neglected and overlooked is just mildly disappointing. Someone isn't reading posts. But point of the matter is, the good guys don't always win. They seldom do. X-Factor has Latveria, X-Men have the Inhumans. They're getting to save the day before bedtime, so it's only fair the BH gets to have a run of their own.
Now. If we (meaning those of us that have characters in the Brotherhood/Acolytes) want to give this another level of intrigue and drama and throw our SHIELD compadres a bone, I think some sabotage is in order. Someone leaks info to SHIELD via an anonymous tip. No one knows who, no one knows why. All members bank accounts are strangely still, so it's not a bribe. One of the main targets becomes compromised, and instead of goals of fear and destruction, it's just a fight for their own lives. After everything's said and done, no matter who gets caught or what NPCs go down in a flash of fire, the organization's going to be reeling. Who sold them out? Who had the mission specs? Why did they do it? What else have they been disseminating? The Brotherhood launches its own witch hunt, and we have plenty of characters that are disgruntled with the current status quo, and even one with plans of leaving, to draw suspicion in a high-stakes game of whodunit. I think some internal strife would give us plenty to do.
Dr. Strange - January 16, 2010 09:27 PM (GMT)
Personally, I like that last bit the best. I would like to see the Brotherhood in a fight, everyone blaming everyone else. Who tattled to Daddy that we were going to sneak out after supper? The X-Men and X-Factor are very good at winning against NPC threats, but their rep with PC villainry is very poor, simply because there's no fun in always losing and we want our BH players to have fun too. There have actually been very few full on battles between the X and the BH, and in each one, while the BH might have been chased off, they usually at least partially fulfilled their goals. The FOH was destroyed. 65 or so people died in Magneto's attempt to take the twins. Wolfshead was a massacre. I think, that the assassinations were successful because of the surprise nature of them. To suggest that the bad guy mutants will escape unscathed from blowing up major dams, power grids, whatnot, makes us all look bad, and considering we've established other heroes do exist, I think that final suggestion about being betrayed is the best solution.
Pyro - January 16, 2010 11:13 PM (GMT)
Golden Gate Bridge
NY Subway system
How about the oil rigs off shore? Just sweep across the Gulf of Mexico?
And I think the last thing about sabotaging the Brotherhood would be a nice deal to fall onto Rogue, as she is defecting soon.
Betsy Braddock - January 16, 2010 11:19 PM (GMT)
Yeah, that could be good if Rogue would agree to it, or if not people could automatically assume that she was the traitor as she'd run away, so they have a dual reason to chase after her, only in fact it might not be her and whomever did the betraying has some bought time to find out some more stuff about what the Brotherhood are going to be moving on to next, maybe even putting them in real danger for a while there or at least certainly pissing off their so called teammates. What with all the squabbling and internal fighting and finger pointing, the BH could potentially do themselves as much damage as any hero team could inflict on them.
Solar - January 17, 2010 05:46 AM (GMT)
Noob to the Brotherhood, I want to get Solar as active as possible though. Let me catch up on this because I'm definitely interested in incorporating him if that's alright with everybody else!
Wolfsbane - January 17, 2010 07:40 AM (GMT)
I definitely like the idea of someone, perhaps an upcoming deserter, blowing the whistle on the Brotherhood. That not only gives the good guys a chance to play a bit of PVP, but also stirs up a bit of drama within the Brotherhood that should be very satisfying to read.
Superheroes disrupting evil plans is one thing - not being able to trust your evil comrades is another entirely.
Solar - January 17, 2010 07:49 AM (GMT)
All of these are great ideas! I'd be happy to throw Danton in wherever anyone needs him. Since he's also fairly new to the Brotherhood, in the wake of the assassinations, some blame could be placed on him at first, even though he joined simply because he wanted to be a part of such an active mutant-activist group. Still, in all of the paranoia and hoopla people won't stop to consider what makes sense and what doesn't.
Anywho, throwing him out there. (:
Jara - January 17, 2010 02:37 PM (GMT)
You want oil rigs? Okay, you get oil rigs. Only concern I can think of is the number of rigs we attack and how to resolve transportation issues between each of them, unless you want to fall back on an NPC teleporting character to resolve that.
As far as my characters are concerned, Jara's a pretty decent schemer so I could write just a one-off with her knocking out some telecom towers out wherever with the local BH cell, then a showdown with whatever SHIELD shows up their way. She's not a heavy-hitter and it could showcase her other talents beyond a mindless maneating feral, a capability to plan and delegate. Likewise, for those of us that feel like our BH'er would be out of place trying to knock down a bridge, it's a good option to make them contribute. With Aingeru, I'm set on the subway. His abilities can work the most damage on a group of already panicking and easily influenced people (like compelling them to leap infront of on-coming trains) or just providing support for our technopath to get in with minimal interference.
With that addressed, is there any particular mission people want to see sabotaged? I was thinking the Hoover Dam to be the principle candidate, as if the generators go out there'll be a lot of towns and cities without power, possibly including Las Vegas itself (though it'd be pretty cool if goes into a total blackout for even a moment while SHIELD busts in to get everything back online and fight the baddies). Not to mention the potentially catastrophic flood, we don't want to venture into overkill territory. I figure the best-suited people to take that target out are our tanks, the Juggernauts (can you picture him running on the riverbed and ramming a Jugger-sized hole into the dam? I can, and let me tell you, it is epic) and Blobs and Exoduses, along with some 'splodey individuals. With that kind of firepower, it's possible to stand a chance against some of SHIELD's hardest hitters. I think someone like Warbird is perfectly suited to take care of this landmark.
I'm also going to make the assumption here that when the NYC subway attack goes down, SHIELD will be on the scene as soon as they catch wind of it (like I said, I don't expect them to just sit around). Because it will take place underground, I'm guessing they won't send people in that could possibly make the tunnels collapse with their firepower. For those of you crying that your X-Men characters aren't getting any hero'ing done, they'd be easiest to mobilize here, rather than aiming for a 6+ hour trip via quinjet to reach the Golden Gate bridge or what not. Something to think about would be deploying characters with crowd-control capabilities, to calm the commuters in the station that serve mainly to hinder access to the control and communications rooms for the subway system.
In short, that makes two big-name missions out of four that can have strong SHIELD opposition. The smaller targets handled by NPC's as distractions can handle the little non-powered SHIELD grunts.
Last thing I want to address in this little rant are our contingency plans. I'm sure none of us really wants our characters caught and imprisoned by SHIELD. NPCs, whatever, but what, if any, possible retributions is everyone willing to or prepared to face? What are our get-away plans? Any thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions? I think this is really the last question we need answered before getting up an official plot thread and sign-up.
Koen Taylor - January 17, 2010 11:05 PM (GMT)
I don't see Taylor walking away from this unharmed, so he'll likely acquire some pretty serious injuries. Gunshot wounds and the like, depending on who shows up to stop them.
Anyways, for Taylor's group, the main issue (for escaping, once detected) would be getting out of sight. From there, he could muss with communications, or send false messages. "Brotherhood members sighted heading north from Grand Central" When they're heading somewhere else, for example. Also, if he's with Aingeru, he can work his telepathic mojo.
Or we could just use an NPC teleporter.
Hank McCoy - January 17, 2010 11:45 PM (GMT)
I feel like all the plots should be failed/interrupted by SHIELD and/or X-Factor. Maybe not that they all fail, but they don't succeed to what the BH wants (Though, I definitely think that the Hoover Dam needs to stay in place). It ratchets up the need to smoke out the rat, (and the need for Sanctuary, since its easier to keep an eye on people, and make sure no one is slinking away to the feds) and plus, not for nothing, I think that the world has taken enough of a beating for a bit.
Edit: Kim had this idea, but if no one volunteers for the role of the rat, what about the rat being someone who's personality is switched with their WWX persona? Buford would work as well as any other.
Rogue - January 18, 2010 01:59 AM (GMT)
All right I think I managed to get everything important...I hope I did at least...anyway Tabby would probably be up for something that would let her blow something up...and I think it would actually be interesting if Rogue tried to sabotage the BH...it would give me something more to do with her than just having her leave.
Empath - January 18, 2010 04:41 AM (GMT)
Empath can be used as a leak or perhaps something to do with his WWX counterpart, I will help out in any way I can, just drop me a PM.
Jara - January 18, 2010 05:39 PM (GMT)
I'm all for SHIELD interference, but let's also remember how large these threads could potentially get. Ten people crammed into one thread is chaotic, people will lose track of what's happening, miss something someone wrote and not react to it, and then all the grief kicks up. The same thing always happens each time, people lose their place and things grind to a halt or drag out. Also, if SHIELD/X-Factor is tipped, does that really help their reputation for competence? Meaning, if they hadn't gotten the tip, would they be able to do anything anyway? Besides, it's not a world-focused attack. It's all concentrated exclusively state-side, and in the grand scheme of things, the world's not going to suffer as a whole over it.
Also, who even acknowledges what happened in Wolf's Head anymore (which was a mission done in favor to the HFC) or what happened with the Friends of Humanity (which ultimately resulted in the disbanding of the Brotherhood for a long time)? We can't really say that the Brotherhood has been completely successful in their endeavors. Historically, things tend to blow up in their collective faces as well.
I'm not for all of the missions being compromised. Because if they are, that narrows the potential suspect pool down to a very select few that could have been aware of every single attack and every plan and schematic involved. Because surely, Magneto wouldn't bother briefing the lowest little grunt about his plans for the Golden Gate Bridge or Hoover Dam or the Gulf of Mexico or the NYC Subway System. Only his lieutenants and closest aids would be privy to that sort of information, and are any Acolytes willing to sell out their leader? Because when the rest of the BH finds out their asses got thrown into the fire thanks to one little snitch, someone's head is going to be burning on a pike. If the BH is so vehement about deserters, what does anyone think is going to happen to a traitor? Even if it was a WWX persona that is responsible, the XMR component is still going to have to reckon with the consequences which probably won't stop anything short of execution. Moreover, there's probably going to be half a dozen smaller targets taken out by other American cells of the Brotherhood, and they'll be taking those on independently, since that's the way terrorist/para-military cells usually work. One cell gets taken down, they don't know anything about the others and won't compromise the entire organization. Is SHIELD going to confront them?
Cyclops - January 18, 2010 05:43 PM (GMT)
What do you think about the WwX tie in, Jara?
Pyro - January 18, 2010 06:37 PM (GMT)
I believe she hinted that it wouldn't matter which persona would betray the Brotherhood, WWX or XMR. This plot will probably kick off before the WWX conversion, so I don't think anyone's going to believe that someone is suddenly not themselves and pull an insanity plea. Traitor's a traitor. They'll still be targetted as such.
Jara - January 18, 2010 09:26 PM (GMT)
| Even if it was a WWX persona that is responsible, the XMR component is still going to have to reckon with the consequences which probably won't stop anything short of execution.|
Pyro pretty much got it. Sure, it'll add an extra level of complication, but I don't think that'll really placate the angry BHers looking for a lynching. And frankly, I'd rather this not do anything with WwX; the switching won't start for a while, and striking out with this plot while it's hot might be a better course of action.
Betsy Braddock - January 18, 2010 09:42 PM (GMT)
That's what I thought too, the switching won't start for weeks yet and for it to be anywhere a near acceptable excuse (which for the BH why would it be) there would need to be an understanding of what was happening, as in 'my other reality persona made me do it'. Personally speaking, Jac's persona in WWX is even more hardcore antihuman than in XMR as well so if she were around for that she'd kill any supposed traitor, not caring if they were in the right body or not.
As for all of the missions being comprimised, if that was possible why weren't they shut down in the first place and Murderworld stormed, if SHEILD could know as much as to prevent all the missions being a sucess, whomever did the betraying might as well go the whole hog and reveal Murderworld's secrets. The more the leak revealed, the messier it'll be for them when the BH catches them up. Rogue makes sense in this case, as she'd be protected and probably limited in what she found out due to the fact she's concentrating more on running.
Attacks don't have to be stopped by the heroes to fail though, stuff can still go wrong without lots of heroic intervention going on, and still cause lots of strife within the BH, if someone somwhere made a mistake.
Echo - January 18, 2010 10:43 PM (GMT)
If you guys needs some opposition at the targets Echo would be more then happy to try and put up a bit of a fight/get her ass kicked in the process of the Brotherhoods rampage. Just throwing it out there in case you wanted some opposing force to play off of.
Sack - January 26, 2010 07:57 PM (GMT)
I think the oil rigs could only be accomplished via the portal-door girl Tom and Cain used back in a thread where they were robbing a bank, but what I think would be easier to do is to have the BH have already destroyed a few of the rigs off-panel before the authorities (SHIELD) show up on the one they're currently on. That way we wouldn't have to do the same thing over and over. It'd be incredibly difficult to track them with the door-portals, especially if they're trying to wipe out as many rigs as fast as they can (hit and runs), so unless anyone has a problem with that, I think it'd fly best that way.
For Hoover, I'd say not to destroy the whole dam itself but the generators and equipment inside. Everything else would be collateral damage. Destroying the whole dam thing (see what I did there? ) would not only result in flooding everything south -- which I think we're fine with -- but all the mutants with it. There's also the huge risk of us getting caught in the flood and I don't know about you, but Cain can't swim.
Given that we only have limited SHIELD agents (four? ) the BH will be spread out. I'd say maybe three BH per location would work? That way, it'd be SHIELD members and NPC cronies fighting back. In the Subway I think X-Factor would also respond. There still needs a legit reason for defenders to show up as it begins. In the middle here would also be easy to start.
I don't think we've figured out our nark yet, have we? Out of everything, this is probably the most important if we want the Fuzz to show up (I'm sure most of us could go without, despite it being more one-sided that way). WwX hasn't happened yet, so we can't really pull a mind-switch just yet. I'd suggest Rogue as our best option, since she's leaving anyways. Only problem is activity there.
Bridge? Well... I don't know.
Damn I used a lot of parentheses.
Nightcrawler - January 27, 2010 12:15 AM (GMT)
I am willing to have Rogue...rat out, for lack of a better term, the BH and I'm working on getting her active for such a thing.
Lodestone - January 27, 2010 04:17 AM (GMT)
Well, there's always the possibility of finding a reason not to go (which will look suspicious first) and not having to actually participate in the attacks and syncing your defection from the Brotherhood at the same time in your own thread. I think Jara suggested a skin-bump with one of the acolytes since they would know about the attacks in greater detail than the rest of the Brotherhood.
Pyro - January 29, 2010 11:09 PM (GMT)
Another place instead of the Subways were the powerplants in New York that caused the 2003 blackouts. That way the subs are taken out, as well as the new england area. It might cause riots, especially if the mutants happen to have some power-generating powers, so that'd give X-Factor to focus in on something.
Jara - January 30, 2010 04:30 PM (GMT)
Aww, I had my heart set on the subway attack :( But that's not to say some BH'ers can't be sent over to instigate fear and panic in town. Either way, whatever works for everyone. We need to think about reaching a set consensus soon, however, I don't want enthusiasm for the plot to just flicker out. I'll volunteer to do the write-up unless someone else wants to.
Recap following additional player input, yo.
Pyro - January 31, 2010 04:08 AM (GMT)
Alright, so I think we're going to keep to the original plan and go to the Subways instead while cutting out the oil rigs too. This will be used as a distraction against SHIELD and X-Factor, allowing them to at least participate. The other locations, however, are logically too hard to get to, unless there's a helicarrier over San Fran, then there's your opposition for the bridge.
Anyways, our objective: damage or ruin the infrastructure of highly populated areas. The Subway attacks will essentially act as a distraction for SHIELD and X-Factor to have something to do. The Subway system, as Jara said, will have thousands of people potentially killed or trapped underneath the city (which could also get Morlocks into it? ) and trains could collide. I think this is where our technopath will shine. This attack will not only target the infrastructure, but cause problems in the big apple that will pull away attentions from Brotherhood's other activities.
The Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam are our primary targets. The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic symbol, so the act of destroying this will not just prevent people from going from one side to another, but also to attack the image of "human achievement".
The Hoover Dam is our other primary target. As it supplies power to a great percentage of the region, the loss of power could send the area into chaos -- where mutants will show their natural superiority (guns aside, of course). Our objective here is not to attack the Dam itself, but to destroy the Power Generators
inside. If we destroyed the entire dam, we could kill thousands of mutants. Instead, we'll be infiltrating the dam and reckin' home inside there.
Now, I'm not sure about how far the Hoover dam or GGB is from Los Angeles, but there's a SHIELD helicarrier. They're going to have to pick one or the other, or split their forces. The only thing we really need to clear up (I think...) is the mole, if Rogue's still up for it. Then stuff below will change some.
SHIELD will pick up on these things pretty much instantly and head in. Mind you, it will take the helicarriers/travel vehicles some time to get to the locations, so things will be pretty fucked up by then.
"Lesser" targets are the smaller hits of BH cells around the country.
WarbirdGolden Gate BridgeAttackers
DaggerNYC Subway SystemAttackers
VoltLesser Targets (off-panel? )
NY Power Plants
Various oil refineries
Jara - January 31, 2010 04:13 AM (GMT)
Will there also be smaller hits on the side as well? You know, ones manned entirely by other branches of the BH. Part of the point of this plot is to illustrate the BH's growth of support and members post-Apocalypse and the declaration of war. They don't need much detail, just descriptions of one small powerstation going down in some remote area, a telecom tower in another, etc etc etc, like little lights coming to life on a grid, which would tip of SHIELD that something's wrong and distract. Then the bigger targets are moved in on by the BH.
Havok - January 31, 2010 04:15 AM (GMT)
X-Factor will defend the Subway. X-Factor members who want to be involved with this, sign up and let me know. I'll need as many of you as possible. We'll be too busy to handle the Dam and the Bridge. SHIELD, that's your baby.
Quicksilver will attack the Bridge. Mostly he's going to try to clear it before it goes down, but that's where he'll be.
Pyro - January 31, 2010 04:15 AM (GMT)
Sure. Any ideas of where they can attack? There could be one done on the actually power plants in NYC that were involved in the 2003 blackout.
Erm... Any other ideas?