Ascension Agenda Overview
Overview: The world isn’t as cut and dried as the media bombardment would have you believe. There are groups, several of them, out there trying to make the world a better place. Each group wants to make humanity a better more unified race, and assure the future. The only thing wrong with this picture is that none of these groups, large or small, agrees with one another about how to go about doing it. The big 4, the factions that can actually do something about all of this, are the Alliance, the Evolved, the Experiments and the Accord. There are tons of little cults springing up with their own ideas, but only the Big 4 have the resources, the manpower and the vision to truly remake the world.
The Alliance, more properly termed the Post-Human Alliance, are a group of researchers and think-tank commanders with military and governmental backing. They think that computer technology is the way to free, and unite humanity. I don’t know if you ever saw that Matrix Trilogy, but it’s the same basic idea. Put humans in boxes, let them operate without the limitations of human bodies. I don’t know how they think that will lead to some golden age rather than a bunch of overweight blobs of flesh or a bunch of internet abusers with ungodly power.
The Evolved are a group of fringe believers with private funding. They believe that humans can be coaxed into the next stage of evolution, conquering a mental evolution that brings with it ungodly power for the first members of this new caste of humanity. The unfortunate thing is that they have succeeded at bringing together just enough of these people with weirdo powers that there may be something to it all.
The Ubermen are a bunch of superhumans. I often call them the Experiments since they are genetically modified humanoids descended from humanity, but engineered to a higher standard. They may not be able to fly or leap tall buildings, but they are faster, stronger, have better eye sight and are more durable than any human you’ll ever meet. The governments that didn’t back the Alliance backed this plan instead, and when the Ubermen figured out a way to disappear with the scientists who made them what they are today, they were actually surprised by it.
The Accord, or the Pan-Christian Accord, if you give them their due, are a loose group of believers who don’t hold with any of this applied science or evolutionary crap. The only way to an enlightened, unified race is through prayer and faith. So, what do you call a shadowy organization with thousands of fanatically loyal underlings and a budget larger than most third-world nations? Anything it wants to be called.
There are a few others in the know, that’s how these cults start up after all. Somebody discovers something and leaks it to their friends, who tell their friends, who band together to try to do something about it or with it, or to it. Then you have folks like me, observers. We’ve had our blinders off for years, but to stay alive, we’ve got to keep a low profile. If you sit and observe long enough you can see some pretty scary stuff. Despite the fact that the Big 4 can’t agree on anything, they all have a part of it right.
The Way Things Are: The world is on the verge of the next Age. However, this time it will be an age of human development rather than technological advancement. Players get together and pick a side. Then they play a field team put together by one of the Shadow Super Powers. There are plenty of clandestine missions to go on for any group, as often a smaller faction has stumbled onto something and at least 2 of the Big 4 want it removed from the field or brought into the fold.
This four way fight is between scientists with special forces operatives at their beck and call, investigators with psionic powers, genetically engineered supermen, and an army of believers out to eradicate all the unnaturalness being explored at a frantic pace by the other 3 factions. The feel is that of an espionage action adventure setting, and when the field teams of the Big 4 clash things can get quite exciting. After all, if the higher ups know anything about that team of weirdos, you certainly weren’t briefed before you headed out for your snatch & grab mission.