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  1. Okay Claude you have this. Just tall, dark, and punchy with plenty of witnesses. Just keep your head down...then his phone started ringing, the ringtone busting out the familiar intro to the king of pops' Smooth Criminal. Dammit Jules, are you trying to get me killed?! He internally face-palmed while digging his cell out of his pocket, heart going a mile a minute in his chest. "Whaddya need, sis?" he answered as he realized the only way out of the park was past the Persian pugilist and her fans. Or look really suspicious and walk in the complete opposite direction. "Bro. Need you to pick up the groceries. I'm texting you the list," his normally happy sisters' voice began demonic edge, "and if I wake up with all my pop-tarts having mysteriously disappeared again...there will be consequences." The line went dead. "Oh great, just what I freakin' needed." Clause groused to no one in particular as he walked toward the exit. "Not like I'll run into more of the spandex crowd buyin' groceries."
  2. By the time he had gotten to the western side of the park Claude was convinced something or someone had caused the anomalies, as the last one he found was in the remains of a stone bench with some hazard cones crossed with police tape blocking it off. Apparently, Doctor Metropolis hadn't came by yet to fix the incidental damage. Looking around he saw the roving packs of children curiously absent and interested at something at the edge of the park. 'Well, they're not looking in my direction so, no time like the present.' Claude thought as he ducked under the tape. He was tempted to scry the past to see what caused it, but this one could probably be figured out with a quick search on his smartphone. Claude brought out his isochronon again, nullifying the small anomaly moments later. Standing back up, he now heard the small cries of "Fulcrum! Fulcrum! Fulcrum!". Instantly he froze like a deer in the headlights, as he had slid the device back into the pocket of his shorts. Years of working on the other side of the fence equating Fulcrums' name with same gravitas as a natural disaster: you survived it, If you were lucky. Chances were that you'd be out of house and home when Ms. Kool-Aid or any of the other juice crew she ran with raided your base of operations. Fighting the rising internal panic while trying to be subtle and not draw attention himself, Claude quickly stepped over the tape again and walked away like he was supposed to be there. Did I make eye contact with her earlier? Okay, calm down, take a deep breath, and get out of the park as nonchalantly as possible.
  3. I've been kicking around the idea of an character who can teleport (and take others) to the 'crossroads', a dimension consisting of the titular mythological crossroads. Usually they use it like Nightcrawler as the intermediary travel dimension, but sometimes they perform the role of a guide to take others for a meeting with the Spirit (who could be Papa Legba, Satan, Hecate, or any other sort of liminal spirit).
  4. 20 QUESTIONS 1. Where is your hero from? South Boston, Massachusetts 2. How would your hero physically describe him/herself? Is this different from how others would? Wiry, with a runners' lean physique and long legs. About the same. 3. Does your hero have distinguishing speech characteristics or recurring mannerisms? The Southie accent and slang is hard to miss, typically coming out in full force when he's stressed. 4. What is your hero's motivation? At the moment, graduate from rookie so he doesn't have Doc Tomorrow babysitting him. Other than that, try and reconnect with his family and maybe make some friends in this era. 5. What are your hero's greatest strengths and weaknesses? Scrappy determination. He'll pick himself back up even when he should stay down. Contrariwise, his mouth gets him in trouble more often than not. 6. What does your hero love? What does your hero hate? Gnomon loves Boston, The Red Soxs, his family, and enjoying the little things in life. He hates the Yankees, dingbats who interfere with timeline, and bullies. 7. How would you describe your character's mental and emotional state? Good. He got a lot of hard lessons learned when he was stuck in the temporal loop that was meant for Zeitgeist. He learned a lot about himself for better or worse. 8. What does your hero fear the most? Waking up stuck in the loop again. He doesn't know how many iterations he went though. Doctor Tomorrow and the Time Keepers refuse to tell him and he has made his peace with not knowing. 9. What is your character's greatest ambition? He'd like to get his dad to stop being Scrounge, but he knows in his heart of hearts its a futile effort. He also wants to reform Techbane, but that's going to be a tall order. 10. How does your hero feel about the state of the world and his/her place in it? The world will keep spinning one way or another, for better or worse. He's seen the future and the past with his own eyes and he's more concerned about making sure that there is a tomorrow present than anything else. 11. Does your hero have any prejudices? How does he/she get along with others? He dislikes people who have second chances and blow them by not even trying. He is gregarious and enjoys carousing with others. 12. Where do your heroes loyalties lie? In what order? Ultimately, his loyalty is to the timeline. He might put family and friends in front, but from experience it's more often about keeping the train on the rails. 13. Does your hero have a lover or partner? How do they feel about the hero now? Yvonne Parker. Met her in juvie and they clicked. Just if he could get her to stop being a black hat hacker. 14. Does your hero have a family? What is the relationship there like? Yep. Older sister who is studying to be an actuary at FCU. His mom and stepdad are in Brooklyn. He's trying to repair his relationship with them. So far it's going well. His birth father is better known as the villain Scrounge, and that relationship is a lot of disappointed accepted from Gnomon towards his father. He has Grandparents in Boston, and step-grandparents he hasn't met yet in Maine. 15. How would the people closest to your hero describe him or her? He's a mouthy punk who is laid back and carries himself confidence and braggadocio. Lover of pop culture, living large, and possesses hair trigger snark. 16. Is your hero a role model? No, and he's okay with that. He knows that he'll be relegated to the footnotes of history, but being a Guardian is important. 17. How spiritual is your hero? Does your hero follow a religious tradition? When you work with literal beings from beyond time and space, you tend to get jaded and blase about religion. 18. Is your hero part of a team, or would he/she like to be? Why? He's one of a few Guardians of Time. He likes being able to call on the occasional backup, but would prefer a partner to watch his back rather than a team 19. How does your hero feel about the place of metahumans and aliens on Earth? They exist? Really, he doesn't care all that much. 20. If you could give one piece of advice to your hero, what would it be? Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing, even when you feel the need to do something.
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  6. Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, 9:35 AM Riverside Park, Near Hamilton Planetarium Claude dialed back his pace, slowing down from the jog he was at to a more sedate walking speed. Ever since getting his current gig, Doc had drummed into him the importance of about getting a bead on your environment. Especially if you were going to be somewhere for any length of time. Coupled with wanting to get out of Jules' apartment for a bit Claude had chosen to take a morning run through the local park. His attire of jogging shorts and a simple white t-shirt kept him comfortably cool, while his headphones pumped out tunes to run to. The Bostonian had to admit it was a decent park, but the rookie guardian preferred unspoiled nature than carefully tended and shaped artificial constraints of man-made natural engineering. Still, the statues were nice and the Sentry Statue was an iconic landmark, even in the future. What wasn't nice was the oddly prevalent minor temporal anomalies he had ran into during his circuit of the park. The one nearby marked the third he had found today, this one in a flower bed that was doing an excellent job of confusing the local bee population. On their own, these minor anomalies didn't do much. They might make it feel like earlier in the day, temperature wise or slow down time so the plants matured slower. What made them truly dangerous is that they tended to move about and were attracted to each other, and when you got enough together that's when time storms started to form. Claude had once queued up temporal meteorology with the repository and it was like trying to piece together the remains of a taco warping through a tesseract: messy and disturbing. But when caught before then like now, they were easily dispersed. Stopping in front of the flowers, he knelt down as to tie his shoe and brought out his Isochronon. A button press later, the bees were now appeased being able to find their target. Mischief managed, he thought. A wry grin graced his features at the mental turn of phrase as Claude discretely pocked the Isochronon, went through the motions of checking his laces, and then stood back up.
  7. Gnomon Claude "C.J." Jergens Gather Information Knowledge [Streetwise] Gnomon Gather Information Knowledge [Cosmology]
  8. Name: Claude "C.J." Jergens Codename: Gnomon Year: Senior Pronouns: He/Him Roommate: None, commutes to Claremont from Riverside. Goals: Socialization. Making friends and acquaintances that are not criminals, villains, or his coworkers. Try to enjoy this assignment as much as possible. Favorite High School Movie: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) "More accurate than you would think!"
  9. Done. Swapped the Temporal Movement AP with another rank of Enhanced Feat (Seize Initiative) in the device.
  10. Basically, It's Gnomon recognizing a 'pivotal moment in time' (via his temporal awareness) that a HP expenditure or GM fiat represents and countering acting it by channeling his internal temporal energy reserves (HP) though his Isochronon to 'waste that moment'.
  11. I'll leave it in as is, but there the message is clear: no free lunches with Time Travel. I'll make sure to discuss with any appropriate parties before attempting to use the power in threads.
  12. Shuffled a lot of things around and implemented suggested changes.
  13. I've gone ahead and excised the whole swapping thing. I never intended for it to be anything than a interesting character feature as I do not want to offend or hurt someone with something that was solely meant for making the character more fun to interact with. Maybe in the future I'll entertain adding it back to the character, in which case I would work with the refs to find a solution that everyone can enjoy and find acceptable.
  14. Initially there was some confusion at first, with a two sets of memories and everything of being that person each with its attractions, views, and experiences. As a result, Gnomon tries to view each situation from the lens/standpoint of either "I'm Claude" or "I'm Claudia" and tries to choose the timeline that they feels best suits their wants, if at all possible. So, yes I would agree with Gnomon becoming more gender fluid as this develops, but they purposefully treat their identity as a distinct binary based upon current timeline they are in. I never intended this character to be any sort of mockery or satire that makes light of people that suffer from issues like this. The original idea for the swap timeline aspect came from wanting to combine the paradoxical weird nature of temporal effects with the pulp genre only with more modern sensibilities. I took inspiration from sources like Helena Wells in Warehouse 13 and I sincerely apologize if I did offend or concern anyone with this aspect of the character.
  15. Basically, when they swap timelines they identify as that sex. Claude/Claudia will use the identifier pronouns of their current active timeline: he/him/his for Claude, she/her/hers for Claudia. They/them/theirs will be used for referencing the character from Gnomons' or a readers viewpoint. When they change the timeline, everything changes to that iteration (so their room/clothing/etc will be either Claude or Claudia's). Other people know them only as existing as either Claude or Claudia, unless they have temporal inertia or some other way of recognizing the shift. This may change in the future depending on how the character develops, but for now Claude/Claudia are both comfortable identifying as either male or female as they have the memories of living both lives, while in the field as Gnomon prefers to use more neutral terms for ease of use. I'm sorry for the confusion!
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