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The Fellowship for the Advancement of Humanity AKA; The Fellowship, FAH The Fellowship for the Advancement of Humanity is an organization gaining recent ground online and among youth angry at the status quo. On the surface its is a somewhat shady charitable organization devoted to 'Improving the Human Condition'. It's lite on specifics and heavy on rhetoric however and has a rather fervent base of support in among disaffected suburban youth throughout the west. It blames the problems of the world on authority figures such as 'an uncaring government' and 'Business leaders more interested in profit than parity'. While it falls well short of anything like calls for revolution it stirs the anarchistic tendencies of its followers to bring in plenty of donations with little transparency as to where that money goes beyond 'humanitarian efforts to help those oppressed by authoritarian regimes the world over'. It's followers are vocal but largely unorganized and it's popular online message boards clogged with arguments as to how best to free humanity from the repressive cultural norm of the week. In actuality the fellowship is a front for a violent group of Terminus Enhanced Human Supremacists. They follow a line of thought that those effected by the terminus energies are the next stage of human evolution and that humanity as it stands and it's morals and governments can not continue to exist in the New World Order. They know that eventually Humanity will realize that Enhanced humans are their superiors and that then a war will come. They plan to be on the winning side when that time comes. All of this is a deeply held secret of those at the helm of the fellowship of course and nearly none outside of those few are aware of the groups true goals. At best any normal humans int he organization believe it to be a fine mesh money screen to siphon funding from spoiled and angry college students. It has found itself on a few government watch-lists but only with regard to possible fraud but they are squeaky clean when it comes to payment of fees and taxes and thus is largely ignored. The Fellowship
The Fellowship The group of Terminus Children calling themselves The Fellowship has no public ties to the FAH despite the near identical names. The Humanist orientation of the FAH seems completely at odds with the Fellowships Terminus Baby Supremacist platform and the FAH's general all talk little action approach (rarely even staging protests) is far from the Fellowships attacks on groups and organizations promoting peace with or worse subjugation by humanity of those touched by the terminus. They hold that their power grants them effective sovereignty and that those without are automatically by evolutionary design their subjects to be done with as they please. Needless to say organizations from AEGIS to UNISON and nearly every national government is very interested in this group of terrorists and their actions reflect poorly not only on the already tenuous reputation of other T-Babies as they are occasionally derisively called but to a degree on all of the super powered. Not enough to sway public opinion in any significant way as yet but if a hero or group of heroes is seen as going light on them it would certainly be quite the media frenzy. There is of course more to the Agenda of the Fellowship than even They are aware. The core of the group are empowered by Mutations originating in exposure to Terminus energies. Like most "Terminus Babies" they do not draw their power directly from the Terminus instead having been changed by the energies at a genetic level. The Terminus does however know that which has been touched by its entropy. This is how Omega first came to know Providence and how Omega has influenced the Fellowship to the ends of his grander plans. Even Providence is not aware of the invisible hand guiding the movement in any conscious sense but their purpose still serves the needs of Omega as a world where humanity looks with fear upon its protectors is a world vulnerable to Omega's plans. Should The Fellowships crusade succeed Providence will be the first to be raised into an Anihilist, and the Fellowship his servitors. Providence "Everyone Wants to Save the World." Providence is the Charismatic leader of the Fellowship and the shaper of their Ideology. It is from him that the others have taken up their evolutionary superiority ideals and more importantly it is Providence who has led them to the path of revolt against human authority. Providence's true identity is unknown even to the rest of the fellowship however. Providence has no given name only a serial number. In a dark future those with powers have been subjugated by those without. Any who rise to far above the average are removed from population and interned in government controlled advancement facilities where their talents and abilities can be mined and studied to produce advances for 'normal' humans. Providence was freed by an underground agency fighting against the regime for the equality of 'abnormals' as they were called in his time. In a failed assault on a major abnormal studies facility his cell was wiped out and he was about to be recaptured. In a desperate bid he attempted to overcharge his temporal control powers to get a 'do-over' nearly killing himself in the process and almost burning himself out completely. However his 'do-over' was more than he could have possibly imagined. He had shifted himself far enough back that he could prevent the imprisonment and subjugation of his kind. He is now a man on a mission to ensure that his dark future does not come to pass. At any cost. What Providence does not know is that all of this is a lie. His memories are not his own and the cruel experiments upon himself and others like him were preformed at the hands of Physician Friendly at Omegas express request. In the aftermath of the Terminus Invasions agents of Omega abducted Infants changed by the Terminus intending to create native agents in willing thrall to Omega. The experiment was a failure. But Providence showed such will that Omega took him and personally honed him into the weapon he needed. The other infants if lucky became Proles or Omegadrones. Providence had another destiny put upon him. His escape, the resistance, his near recapture and his 'time Travel' all were a carefully crafted facade. It was Omega all along guiding the lie to create the perfect weapon in his war on Prime. A native hero who would turn on Humanity like Centurion never would. A leader of men who would gather the superpowered to him and use them to ease the way unknowingly for Omegas inevitable return. Providence is no Anihilist, Yet. But he has the life experiences to become one should he gain the power to turn on his own world as the Anihilists must always do. His memories are absolutely real. His experiences were a grand facade but he experienced all of it and none but Omega knows his true purpose. Of course with Omega being so weakened by recent events there is a chance for others to turn Providence away from his path should they manage to discover his secret unknown even to himself. Firestarter "And some just want to see the world burn." Jennifer Holmes is a loosely leashed psychotic little more than an attack dog of the Fellowship but a potent one none the less. She has come to Providence's teachings from a neo anarchist ideology. She doesn't feel strongly about the whole idea of T-baby superiority but she knows she neither likes nor trusts authority and is a big fan of being a sovereign state in and of herself so long as that means she can act on her more outlandish urges with impunity. She however is well aware that she can't stand on her own against the world so she follows orders and keeps most of her darker tendencies in check, for now. Jersey Devil "Devil Boy what have you done?" Anthony Bates has become the monster his parents took him to be at his birth. His mutations from the terminus energies were plain upon his skin at birth from the misshapen limbs to the odd hue hue of his skin to the small buds of horns on his forehead he looked every bit the part of some demonic force born into this world. While the authorities wished to study the infant his parents refused knowing in their zealotry exactly what sort of creature had been born to them and that it must be purified by the light of the their lord and savior. They kept him isolated and pushed more and more extreme exorcism rituals upon the child as he grew. Keeping him locked in a hidden basement room the rest of the time as they prayed for divine intervention. There was nothing divine about the intervention that eventually came to free Anthony. Providence and the fellowship had found out about the odd case through connections in the FAH and came for him not long after his thirteenth birthday. Bates has become Providences most loyal follower as he knows first hand what the humans fear can do to those who are different. Shortcut "Hang on I know a Shortcut." Shortcut, born Lucas Davies, discovered his powers later than most of those touched by the terminus likely due to the concentration required for them to function in a noticeable fashion, thus lived a normal life until his early teens. He's able to open portals to places near and far and has in recent years perfected how to do so in more creative ways than mere transportation. In his youth he used it mainly to shoplift in his poor Lincoln neighborhood before being inducted into the fellowship. Lucas is the least invested in the cause of the fellowship and at first glance the easiest weak point to exploit on the team. He is however absolutely Loyal to Providence and in fact so deeply in love with the charismatic leader as to blur the line to obsession. Providence teases just enough interest to keep Shortcut from feeling spurned yet always craving more with all the skill the master manipulator can muster. Fury "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Shelly Chou was always little more than a spoiled brat. By the time she reached her teen years her parents had grown from overindulgent to terrified of their little princess. Her temper tantrums had ramped from destructive to dangerous as she and her powers grew. Out of fear that they were somehow responsible and shame of their fear they hid her obviously supernatural powers from neighbors and authorities alike. they lied about deaths in the family, trips, whatever they had to fulfill Shellys wishes to stay home from school or really participate in anything she didn't want too. It all of course couldn't last and went very very wrong when Shelly was the object of a prank by an immature eighth grader at a school dance. She lost it and it took a full MAX squad to restrain her. Several students and chaperones were injured and her parents cut a deal with the state to ensure she couldn't come home. Providence busted her out en route to Blackstone and she has served him since, at least to the degree it serves her purposes her 'shopping' trips are a constant frustration risking blowing their operations but her potent power set is thus far worth it. She's always known she was better and deserved more from the world now with the fellowship she can just take it. Faceless "I'm your man..." Perhaps the only one to know Faceless' true name is Providence. Certainly no one else does. Some of the others mistrust him of course and he's made reference to events that would suggest he is older than the others and most assume he's either a mercenary or just an old fashioned super-villain jumping on the winning team. He is in fact much older but gained his powers in the first terminus incursion. He's done many bad things under many now discarded names and acts as the teams perfect infiltrator his abilities to change his appearance and minor psychic abilities perfectly suited to the task. Providence seems to trust him absolutely but no one is certain why. There seems to be history there but if so it is so deeply hidden as to be nonexistent. Others This is not an exhaustive list of Fellowship members. Any touched by the terminus and enhanced are allowed entry though there is certainly many checks to prevent infiltration. Most have minor powers at best and are used as distractions or only for minor jobs of little import. Likewise these individuals know little of the operations true intents and plans in case of capture. Oddly though even these seemingly expendable members are broken out of whatever holding they are placed in in short order. At least some of the Fellowships claims of fraternity seem to be true. How to Use The Fellowship in Play first and foremost they don't all need to be in a thread where the Fellowship is acting. The fellowship at large holds many more devotees of their philosophy and is not above hiring mercs to fill out on tricky missions. So you can have any one of these folks act as a single threat or as the main threat with minions or lower power villains. They are all about their ideology thus their activities are to that point and purpose. If they are ripping off a back it is due to the bank backing some kind of Tbaby registration legislation not just for money. However the individuals do have their own goals and may have slipped out to cause some general mayhem. They consider themselves above the laws of normal people thus stealing and other crimes are like shopping to a normal person. Providence tries to keep them somewhat in check to avoid costly incarceration and the inevitable breakout that must follow but many are strong willed personalities in their own right. Mix and match the Members to fit the group they are facing. You can also use generic antagonists or even appropriate Oddballs (Plausible T-babies or at least people likely to be mercs or friendly to the cause) or Ecals archetypes as minor members of the Fellowship. Very few know of the tie between the Terrorist Group and the Charitable FAH even within the Fellowship so don't let that slip too easily and even if it does it is likely to be undermined by the FAH and Fellowship before any real proof can be gathered. (They do have a man who can be anyone and a person who can go pretty much anywhere) Providence in particular takes care. He is as currently built high on PP but 'only' PL 15 with caps. Without his devices he drops much further (5 Offensive 10 Defensive) But he has alot of tricks available to him between skills etc. As with any Mastermind type add in appropriate equipment, HQ, or minions at no cost. That can apply as well to most of the other members. The Fellowship through the FAH has alot of access to cash and no compunctions about using it to forward the cause.
Officially recorded as Terminus Energy Mutation Syndrome (TEMS) by AEGIS, ASTRO Labs and the Freedom League, the empowerment of humanity by the energies of the Terminus is more commonly known as Terminus Babies, or T-Babies. It is most common in those exposed to low levels of Terminus Energies while in utero, though higher levels of exposure have been known to have effect upon children and even adults. The precise mechanism of the mutation and subsequent development of supernatural abilities is not well understood though extensive testing has revealed that there is no lingering connection to the Terminus only the mark of its entropic energies upon the cells of the afflicted. Most affected develop powers almost immediatly within a weeks time for most older individuals and at birth for those exposed in utero. History The first recorded incidence of TEMS comes after the 1965 invasion. A pregnant woman abducted by Omegas forces and later freed by the Freedom League gave birth to a disfigured infant with almost demonic features. Initial suspicion fell on deliberate meddling by the forces of hte Terminous and the child and its family was taken into custody by AEGIS for observation. Soon others however were revealed, many looked no different than normal infants but were possesed of powers well beyond thier control. It became Standard procedure for AEGIS to intervene when a confirmed T-Baby was exposed. The energies of hte Terminus brought to bear on Feedom city int he 1965 invasion were weak and localized and some parents hid thier childrens powers until they were older or they left the city. With no solid reason to hold the children even those taken into custody were released by their teens unless they proved a real and present danger to themselves or others. In the interveneing years AEGIS monitored the TEMS afflicted for signs of criminal or worse tendancies and though no statistically significant pattern was established suspicion ran high. Most were of exceptionally low poer able to do little more than produce low level electrical bursts, or glow, or merely whatever advantage may have been granted by physical mutations. The small sample size however meant that those few with significant ability who did go rogue made it all to easy to draw assumptions. By the time the first generation of TEMS afflicted reached adulthood many in the halls of power were uncertain about the posibility of T-Babies hiding amonst the populace or posing as costumed vigilantes. This fervor only fed the fires of the Moore Act and the dark ages of the costumed hero in Freedom City and abroad. With the return of Omega and the sacrifice of Centurion to defeat him in 1993 the concern of consistent and repeated attack by the Terminus was cemented in the public mind. While Freedom once more loved its heroes, those touched by the energy of hte Terminus were met with revulsion and fear. ASTRO labs scientists had managed to isolate a test for TEMS in newborns and all children born in Freedom City who were in utero at the time of the invasion and tested positive were taken into ostensibly protective custody, the net was cast wide though doubtless some slipped through it. Around the world other T-babies were revealed sometimes hailed as new heroes mor often driven from their homes or worse. Those with obvious physical deformities of course had it the worst. In Freedom AEGIS and ASTRO labs set up a secure school for the children of the Terminous as they were ominously labled in internal documentation. While treated well by and large by the scientists and staff the children were sepperated from thier families at a young age. It wasn't until most of them were five or six that legal action on the part of thier parents allowed those deemed low daner to return home though they still attened the special school and had thier travel sharply monitored and curtailed. Finally the School was disbanded by court order when the students neared high school age. Some went on to attend Claremont Academy though most with only minor abilities entered the general population and those with more extreme physical mutations either continued ot attend the ASTRO labs courses or more rarely retreated from public life to be homeschooled or join together for group living in more private settings. Second Generation T-babies are reaching adulthood and concern rises that their aflfiction may continue on to thier children. There was little sign of genetic continuance of TEMS in the first Generation of T-babies however little monitoring of hte rare high powered individuals was conducted. With the greater number of Second Generation TEMS and the higher level of Terminus energies suffising thier tissues it is feared they may be more likely to produce lineages of potent superhumans. AEGIS continues to monitor the registered TEMS afflicted to this day and has plans in place to test offspring though the legal mandate if questionable. Society Views on the Children of the Terminous are nearly universally poor. If nothing else they serve as a stark reminder of the losses incured in the second invasion. Some blame the T-babies for the loss of loved ones or the Centurion, others fear their power or that they may be agents of Omega themselves. High profile super villains that are identified as T-babies or even potential t-babies due to age are held up as examples in media of the dangers the Children of the Terminus pose to humanity even should they not serve Omega directly. An assumption that the corruptive influence of the Terminus will effect the mind and morals of the TEMS afflicted is at the core of many of these fears. If they could be so changed physically are they still human in thier mind and morality? It is an uphill battle for the hearts and minds of the baseline population though one some TEMS children are willing to undertake living openly with not only thier powers but the source of those powers. Terminus Babies are not a protected class under anti-descrimination law, thus policies baring them from employment particularly in sensative areas of civils service as well as in the public sector are widespread. Due to the expense of ASTRO Labs testing the registration master list maintained by AEGIS is used to determine eligibility in most cases or for less secure positions it is often left to affirming that one is not afflicted. If uncovered as having lied or even should the policy change the TEMS individual has no legal recourse for the termination of employment. Understandably this has pushed no small number of the afflicted into crime as survival mechanism only worsening the image of hte T-Babies as a whole. FCPD, AEGIS, Blackstone, and many government services block all registered T-babies from employment as well as requiring affirmation of TEMS free status. The medical community is largely supportive of efforts to normalize TEMS afflicted. They are genetically indistinguishable from Humanity beyond the rare mutation that specifically relates to genetics (most common in those physically altered) and there is no evidence of TEMS spreading even after extended exposure thus it is not treated as a disease. Of course some doctors hold to differing opinions particularly due to the lack of undeerstanding of the actual mechanism behind TEMS. Research into TEMS either to correct negative mmutations or understand the mechanism is a growing field. If fully understood or even duplicated the company who masters the technology will stand to make a fortune creating superhumans. In addition to criminal cartels eager to offer much needed comradeship and financial security to those sufficiently empowered an willing to join their ranks there is a growing market in sales of fluids and tissues from T-babies. There is a thriving black market in such grotesqueries despite peoples reservations about the people themselves. With weak protections on such traffic and low public opinion there is little to be done unfortunately. While initial criems are prosecuted trafficing is unregulated and attempts to change that are blocked both by the scientific comunity still studying the syndrome as well as hate groups. Organizations There are a few organizations that hold particulare relevance to T-babies. They will be described in more detail on thier own pages but in brief they are as follows. Alexadra Albright and AEON: Albright is a very publically out T-Baby and is known to be the hero Psyche. Her organization AEON has a mandate to help integrate T-babies and educate the populace that they are nothign to be feared. The Fellowship: The Fellowship is a brotherhood of T-baby supremacists. They hold that each super powered Terminus Enhanced is a soveriegn power in its own right. Many merely use this as an excuse to ignore the laws of the unenhanced and comit drastic acts of crime and mayhem. Others are true believers and target those how would surpress or imprison the T-babies for elimination. Humans First: Is a virulent Hate group devoted to the idea that T-babies are inherently evil and a real and present threat to humanity. For the Player If you wish to play a T-Baby there are a few things to keep in mind. Most likely any T-baby was in utero ether during the 1965 invasion making the character nearly fifty or during the 1993 invasion putting the character in thier early twenties. If you were part of the second generation you would most likely know the otehrs of your generation as you were all sequestered together. It is of course possible to be a rare individual outside of these restrictions, one could be the child of first gen T-babies, or have developed TEMS late in life due to exposure to Terminus energies from one of the invasions or a T-baby or other hero or villain connected to the Terminus in some fashion. One may also be a rare success in inducing TEMS through experimentation or even accidentally through exposure to TEMS afflicted tissues legitimately aquired or otherwise. The last Terminus invasion (that anyone remembers) was over twenty years ago. Thus many younger heroes and bystanders have less fear and revulsion over T-babies compared to Older heroes who suffered more personal losses or have more fear of the Terminus. This is an easy explanation why a given character of the modern era would not fear or revile the T-babies, likewise even older characters may have been exposed to the good works of a T-baby and support them or just be a tursting enough soul to assume the best of them. This guide is by no means a mandate on any characters opinions of the Children of the Terminus but rather guidelines for the phenomenon in play as it has developed thus far. While society in general may hold little love lost for those with TEMS individuals of course vary wildly.