Jasper tapped his pen on the desk. The echo off the tunnel walls reminded him that the lack of sound dampening was always a little annoying. He let out a sigh, clenched his fist and slowly set his hands on the desk… “That’s just an excuse to delay the upload.” He’d gotten as far with the calculations as he could without sending it outside his system. The data was parsed and packeted. All it needed was to be uploaded. About a dozen separate packets should do the trick. Unless you know what you’re looking for, no way to figure out what those numbers mean. It’s just… never comfortable. He checks his watch… 7:37. He reaches for the remains of his sandwich and begins to upload the first data packet. He sets his head on the desk and waits for his breathing to return to normal. “Well… there’s the next 12-13 hours of processing on it’s way, let’s see what can be done to pass the time until the store needs to open.”
The pacing only lasts for a few seconds, but in his head, it feels like minutes have passed. “Whattodo...whattodo… might as well go through some of the clutter here… see if I can get anything up-and-running.” He grabs one of the many boxes off the metal racks in the tunnel and sets it on a workbench and starts pulling items out. “Hmmm… a remnant from the Terrorodontist, that should go in the parts bin, nothing to really fix.” and sets the metallic claw aside, reaches back in the box and pulls out a stylized pistol with a retro-futuristic look to it. “Bolero’s pistol… I’ll… I’ll fix that later” and sets it down very delicately. “Hey… here’s one I haven’t thought about in a bit… A genuine Champions Auxiliary alert device.” turning it over a few times and then opening it up. “Yea… this shouldn’t take too long.”
Jasper sets the device down, grabs his tools and goes to work. He repairs the circuitry, adds a new battery in place and closes it back up and sets it down, face down. “Well… just about time to open, better head back up.” He climbs the ladder up to the surface and locks the hatch behind him. Once the monitors go to sleep, the tunnel is shrouded in darkness… until a pulse from the signal device rings the device in a soft green light.
That evening, the hatch reopens, the lights turn on in the tunnel and Jasper climbs down. He turns towards the desk and stops, staring at the light pulsing from the signal device. He slowly, tentatively, reaches for it, turns it over, presses his thumb into the scanner and sees the following on the small screen…
<14,000 2007 meet 2100>
“What the… ah… not 14,000, but 14th & Grand. Makes sense. That was where I met with Arc-imedes and he gave me this little thing after the latest V'han Invasion... back in 2007
. Well, looks like I have plans tonight. He grabs his gear and heads out.
It’s not far away from his shop, so he takes a pretty circuitous route, hoping to hide the direction he came from in case anyone is watching once he arrives. He ducks into an alley across from Rope a’ Doppio about an hour early, and waits. He enters a few minutes before 9, notices that he’s the only patron here, which makes sense, considering the time. Not more than a few seconds to get an Americano and he’s seated in a booth at the far edge, away from the door. Scanning the walls of the shop shows the history of boxing in the memorabilia, the security cameras aren’t hidden. “Guess it’s the times we’re in” as he checks his watch, it’s 9pm.
the pay phone near his booth, he had assumed was just ornamental. He looked around… no other customers and the staff must’ve gone into the back.
He clenches his fists… and releases. He tries to scan the street outside, but the light in the coffee shop makes that difficult at best.
He scratches nervously under the wristband, waits a second and backs out of the booth towards the wall…
Once there, he reaches across his body, eyes never leaving the door and slowly lifts the receiver and brings it to his ear…
On the other end of the line, there is a pleasing voice with little inflection, “Doctor Oddity”.
He lets out a sigh and his shoulders sag a little; “Hello Socrates… how’ve you been?”
This organization was started in the late 60s after the first Moon landings. The entire country was absorbed by this feat and it dominated the news. A pair of scientists that worked on the project had decided that they had not received their due credit in the eyes of the public. Why, those Astronauts never would have gotten a single mention in Time were it not for their work! It was high time they received their proper credit. So, Doctors Hans Asterik and Otto Von Schreck set out on their own.
Unfortunately for them, their former employer, saw fit to inform them that the entirety of their work for the past two decades did not belong to them. Since that former employer was the United States Government, the doctors felt they were left with only one option, even though this was categorically not true.
The explosion of the lab was meant to merely cover their theft and Hans was convinced that if the lab was blown up when no one occupied, the government might not take them seriously and how the Government had wronged them for the theft of their work.
For the next few decades, Technokratie recruited every unscrupulous, frustrated scientific mind they could. They became an underground think tank that was one of the foremost manufacturers of metahuman weaponry, equipment and paraphernalia. They even contracted out to UNTIL, law-enforcement and a few heroes that didn’t have the resources to make their own tech. All this was done through a series of shell corporations. This was Otto’s idea and he felt playing both sides created a bigger market for them.
Since The Vanishing, Technokratie has been operating more in the open than ever before and have started targeting any technology they see out there that they don’t already possess. They have thousands of members and staff all over the country.
Dr. Hans Asterik - Dr. Asterik is over 100 years old now. He is more machine than man at this point. His desiccated flesh is still visible interspersed amongst the cybernetics keeping him alive. Ever since Otto Von Schrek’s accident a decade ago, he has been in sole control of Technokratie.
Malevelon - Otto Von Schreck had made many decisions in his life, but one of the most life-changing for him was refusing to share the Anti-aging formula he recently developed with Dr. Asterisk is the one we’re going to focus on here. Because that’s the one that motivated Dr. Asterisk to tamper with his monthly dose. Where there used to be a brilliant BioChemist, there was now the animalistic Malevelon, Dr. Asterisk’s reluctant creature of mayhem.
Dr. Armand Gallois (Deceased) - A physicist whose work in dimensional theory caught the eye of Technokratie after he was denied tenure at Wayne State University in Detroit. The Think Tank was everything he wanted at first; freedom to research, little oversight and access to equipment most scientists would kill for… which is an unfortunately literal turn of phrase in this case. When he discovered the true nature of Technokratie, he started planning how to extricate himself from their employ. It took almost three years for him to come up with a plan to fake his own death and escape. Yes, it involved blowing up his lab.
Dr. Gallois laid low for months and eventually came across a young mutant with powers that could access the dimensions Armand could only theorize about. He mentored the young man for years, with the young man eventually becoming the Explorer and Adventurer named Doc Oddity.
Unfortunately, Armand was a much better theorist than a criminal and eventually Technokratie discovered he still lived. The last decade of his life was spent trying to stay out of their grasp. They caught up to him shortly after the Vanishing. He only lived a short while after Doc Oddity engineered his rescue from their prison.
The Transdimensional Port Authority
Well, that’s not REALLY their name, but when you are a multi-dimensional agency, it’s hard to get something that translates well into every language. The Vocoders they are issued seemed to think that Transdimensional Port Authority made sense to the humans that they encountered in Millenium City, so it stuck. While the group itself is vague about exactly HOW they have authority over dimensional travel & manipulation, they certainly seem to have the power to enforce their dictums.
There isn’t a lot of information on them, as there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of anyone infiltrating their organization or any of their holdings. What we do know is that when dimensional rifts are opened frequently enough in a localized space, or of a sufficient scale, that will get you their attention. You really don’t want to be a person of interest to them.
Since no one really knows how they track these rifts and how they are able to tie particular rifts to people or phenomenon, there isn’t anything more than speculation as to what will get them on your tail.
Shadorax - A 6-ft humanoid in a charcoal gray bodysuit, with piping whose colors shift along the spectrum. Shadorax wears a metal helm equipped with a vocoder that allows him to inform his prey of the charges against them in any language. He seems to be an expert hunter and tracker and is also equipped with an Energy staff, should his prey attempt to resist.
Background & Powers
Jasper Delacroix found out he was a mutant the same way most mutants do, in a terrifying manifestation in a place public enough that he was mortified that it would be linked back to him. We were still a couple of decades away from The Vanishing, but you never want to be different in High School… unless you are different with awesome hair and a particular skill for organized sports. Luckily, he was found by a former member of the Association of Scientists Supreme, Dr. Armand Gallois. He was the one who built the prototype inhibitor that prevented Jasper’s power from manifesting.
Over the next 16 years, Jasper poured his spare time into trying to understand how his powers worked. Between the two of them, they were able to refine his gear, roughly a year after earning his Phd. That was about 4 years ago. He was really more interested in dimensional research than actual crimefighting during that time and would often be “working remotely”. Even so, he was happy to work as a consult with local heroes, and on rare occasions, was known to help out should they need to call in the reserves. Heck, he even met Defender on a handful of occasions.
Now, these excursions of his tend to kind of rip a bit at the fabric of reality and more than once, he had to take a circuitous route back home to avoid The Transdimensional Port Authority. They like to think that they regulate access between dimensions and mitigate damage to the fabric of reality. Jasper holds the view that they are pompous bureaucrats with nice uniforms. Anyway, best to avoid them as much as possible.
It was during one of these periods of working remotely on some research, that The Vanishing occurred. He reappeared in our dimension and it took him quite a few weeks of research and verifying his equipment to confirm that, “yes… this was home.” Eventually, he was able to locate Dr. Gallois and used his powers to extract him from the research facility (it was an Association of Scientists Supreme work camp). Unfortunately, the time in the camp had taken a toll on him. He would die from complications of injuries received in the camp within a month.
From what he learned from Dr. Gallois, he decided it was time to take a more active role in helping others. Well… not so active that you become a target. I mean, that’s not great for your survival prospects, but y’know… more active.
So, these days he does most of what he feels like he can to fight against tyranny while trying his absolute best to avoid both the TPA and A.S.S.
Jasper can open portals to other dimensions. Most dimensions are inhospitable, dangerous places where the atmosphere alone can kill you. When he was younger and his powers manifested, he would accidentally open portals, most often with the kind of results that brings the wrong kind of notice. Eventually, and with the help of his now-deceased mentor, they developed a pair of gauntlets that are focusing and tracking instruments. When he discovers a new dimension that might be useful, he can log it into the gloves for future access. Then, depending on what type of dimension it is, he can open a portal whenever the need arises.
The Right Gauntlet is the newest model, perfected just in the last few months and it can access the following dimensions:
The Firehose: Discovering a waterworld is not that hard… discovering one that is not toxic or corrosive is actually a bit tougher. Anyway, wherever the portal opened here was under a LOT of pressure.
The Goop Dimension: Okay, let’s be honest here, Jasper’s a smart guy, but he is pretty crap at naming things. A dimension that has a viscous environment that hardens almost immediately upon entering our atmosphere. Sure, Goop works, but… I mean, it’s still kinda lame. You… REALLY don’t want to get any on you.
The Hurricanium: Every time this portal is opened the Gale force winds start buffeting everything in front of the portal around. He probably could have called it ‘The Gale Dimension’, but that might have been confusing.
The Inferno: Near as he can tell, this place is pretty much just a blast furnace. Open portal, Hell shoots out, close portal as fast as humanly possible. He’s terrified of using this one on anything living that can’t easily survive ballistic ordinance.
The Miasma: This thick smog tends to settle in one spot and is an absolute pain for anyone trying to navigate through it. There seems to be some sort of particulate suspended in the mixture that makes it almost impossible to navigate through it reliably.
The Sparkle Dimension: See, THIS is what happens when you are bad at naming things. Other people tend to throw names out and then the Hero community starts referring to it that way enough where it doesn’t matter WHAT you called it, it wasn’t catchy enough to stick. Anyway, this dimension seems to be blindingly bright. Don’t look directly at it.
The Left Gauntlet is an older model that he used for research and has upgraded it recently. It can open portals to areas that are safe enough for human travel. He can then re-enter our dimension up to a kilometer away, provided he is familiar with the location he wants to reappear at. It can also open dimensions to non-toxic environments extremely quickly, that he uses to protect himself from projectile and energy attacks.
He wears a vest that is able to access his ability at a constant low-level that allows him to shunt impact out of our dimension. It’s pretty handy for all the times when you don’t want to die.