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  • Land of Confusion 6: Audiopunks

    Pinpointing the inception point of new fashion can be tricky. Sure, there is Milan but high fashion and street trends are two different beasts. Starting in late 2191 there was a rising trend of implanted micro-speakers in clothing. These musical suitors ranged from tame background music and personal soundtracks for PR and celebrity types to blaring distortion effects used by musicians in concerts or impromptu performances. Like most fashion trends, it soon consumed itself and by the mid 90s was a nearly forgotten fashion mistake.

    In the last three years speck dotting as it later came to be known saw a major resurgence in what would come to be known as the Audiopunks. The first documented Audiopunks were at a right wing political rally in Portland, Oregon, ASA. Weaving into the crowds and speck speakers into over the top hair styles these progenitor punks would trigger distorted audio recordings of the speaker set to music whenever the speakers contradicted themselves. These first Audiopunks were beaten by extreme elements in the crowd. This only served to send the punk message through all the news feeds. Within two months, Audiopunks began appearing at speeches and public gatherings around the world.

    With the continuing cost reduction of PINTs, modern wearable computers, Audiopunks have become a kind of real time fact checking service. Groups set up gatherers who pull audio clips during speeches piping it through remixing software and out to other punks at a gathering. In countries like the ASA and Great Britain where there is a high number of Audiopunk gangs a growing number of politicians and corporate speakers have taken events in doors screening crowds for speck speakers, blocking data transfer in the area and other tricks to avoid the scrutiny of Audiopunks and their own words.

    Lacking any central organization clusters of Audiopunks crop up and fade away in unpredictable ways. Additionally, the political focus of Audiopunks seems equally as varied. The only real connective string being an ability to root out sound bites with incredible speed and efficiency. The PPB station Nis Oidua covers Audiopunk gatherings and plays a steady stream of remixes of punk recordings. While still only a few years old, that is longer than most political movements, or fashion trends.



  • Land Of Confusion 1: White Requiem

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    During the Purge the Church of the Church of the Reclaimer waged a war on information. This extended to any culture that fell outside the Reclaimer world view. The entertainment industry, musicians, and film makers were high priority targets. Most industry professionals walked away without a fight to avoid persecution. However, there were those that went underground and refused to submit to the Church. One of the most influential bands from this turbulent time was White Requiem, a Metal, Proto-Razor trio that refused to submit.

    One of the few underground bands that survived the Purge and the years of theocratic rule that followed the Great War, during the height of the Church’s power White Requiem spat in their face. The band hid subversive messages of corruption and Church cruelty inside their lyrics. Using a network of fans the band was able to discriminate their music across the ASA outside the watchful eye of the Church. During this period White Requiem didn’t so much as tour as they did move from city to city to avoid prosecution for moral crimes putting on underground shows in burned out libraries or schools

    On March 13th, 2138 the three member band along with a group of their supporters were captured outside an illegal speakeasy in Toronto. On March 15th White Requiem along with twenty six other men and women were Purged by Fire in the Metro Convention Centre. The news spread like a virus through the underground and riots sprang up across the continental ASA in the weeks that followed. Recordings of Requiem’s music found new inroads to Church controlled school campuses fueling the growing resistance movement in the ASA.

    While over sixty years old White Requiem’s music is still considered highly influential in the rock world. Their legacy of underground resistance and refusal to submit to an authoritarian regime continues to resonate with the disenfranchised and forgotten working class of the modern age.



  • Into The Purge: White Requiem

    During the Purge the Church of the Church of the Reclaimer waged a war on information. This extended to any culture that fell outside the Reclaimer world view. The entertainment industry, musicians, and film makers were high priority targets. Most industry professionals walked away without a fight to avoid persecution. However, there were those that went underground and refused to submit to the Church. One of the most influential bands from this turbulent time was White Requiem, a Metal, Proto-Razor trio that refused to submit.

    One of the few underground bands that survived the Purge and the years of theocratic rule that followed the Great War, during the height of the Church’s power White Requiem spat in their face. The band hid subversive messages of corruption and Church cruelty inside their lyrics. Using a network of fans the band was able to discriminate their music across the ASA outside the watchful eye of the Church. During this period White Requiem didn’t so much as tour as they did move from city to city to avoid prosecution for moral crimes putting on underground shows in burned out libraries or schools

    On March 13th, 2138 the three member band along with a group of their supporters were captured outside an illegal speakeasy in Toronto. On March 15th White Requiem along with twenty six other men and women were Purged by Fire in the Metro Convention Centre. The news spread like a virus through the underground and riots sprang up across the continental ASA in the weeks that followed. Recordings of Requiem’s music found new inroads to Church controlled school campuses fueling the growing resistance movement in the ASA.

    While over sixty years old White Requiem’s music is still considered highly influential in the rock world. Their legacy of underground resistance and refusal to submit to an authoritarian regime continues to resonate with the disenfranchised and forgotten working class of the modern age.



  • The Unconventional Combatant Part 4: The Delusional Rocker

    Enough trudging though dark alleys. Time to stand in the light, the limelight. The divide between rich and poor is vast and the methods of overcoming that gap seem to be evaporating daily. While the have nots may lack basic educations and health services something they will always have access to is entertainment and music still remains a powerful source of inspiration for millions.

    With the constant bombardment of media musicians rise and fall in the blinking of an eye. However, no matter where they are in their career there is always a place for them. Most musicians though are just like everyone else, struggling to get by, playing bars and nightclubs that cater to their subgenre of music. Here is where we find our Rocker.

    As entertainers there are some essential Characteristics that allow them to perform: Perception, Area Knowledge: Their Music Scene, Street Smarts, Distraction, Maintenance: Musical Equipment, Fashion, Wit: Stage Performance, Area of Influence, First Impressions and most importantly Art: Singing or Instrument of Choice. Depending on the style of the musician and their personality other Characteristics a Rocker might want include: Contact: Their Agent, Battery, Drug Resistance, and Disguise.

    These core skills give the Rocker what they need for a unique look and the training or talent to perform but also the knowledge of where to perform and at least some recognition for their talents. Like other Unconventional Combatants these skills don’t lend themselves to dealing with the harshness of the Unseen World that a Lucid must survive in. Our Rocker is driven though seeking to perfect their craft and put on the best show. For those reasons we select the Slumber as their Realm. We begin the Rocker’s Lucid Boons in a rather self centered fashion picking up the Specialty: Audience Moods for Perception and adding the following Boons:

    Slumbering Fortitude – Slumber
    The character taps into the Slumber, supernaturally enhancing their constitution.

    Inner Force – Slumber
    The Slumbering Lucid is capable of pushing on beyond exhaustion. When using this boon, the character’s body glows with the forces of the Slumber.

    Slumbering Awareness – Slumber
    The character taps into the Slumber, drawing out supernatural senses.

    Dreams Made Real: Audience Moods – Sluber
    Focusing their mind, the Slumbering Lucid is able to exceed the limits of the waking world.

    Fantastic: Audience Moods – Slumber
    With the will and vision of the Slumbering world, the character transcends the limits of the flesh.

    These Boons allow the Rocker to keep going and push themselves harder in a concert, give them a better ear for music and gauge audience reactions so that they may adjust quickly. This also opens up several other Boon choices for the Rocker. Obsessed with their music why not let them see the sounds?

    Stacked Senses – Slumber
    Some Slumbering Lucids exhibit the ability to overlay their senses, seeing something they smell or hear, tasting something they can see.

    Yes while there are any number of uses for Stacked Senses for the Rocker it is the ultimate sensory trip as they perform. We follow that up with the following:

    Recreate Experience – Slumber
    With little effort, the character may recreate the sight, smell, taste, sound, or sensation of something they have experienced, sharing it with others.

    Fundamental to music is storytelling and the Rocker can now recreate their experiences for others. But why stop at just their own experiences?

    Dream Reader – Slumber
    Dipping into the minds of others, the Slumbering Lucid can pluck dreams from their subconscious.
    The character may experience a subject’s dream by touching them.

    What does this mean for our sensation junkie? So far their abilities have been solely focused on a personal level? Why not share their experiences with the world? Isn’t that the point of it all?

    Craft Image – Slumber
    The Slumbering Lucid is able to create a static illusion.

    Animate Image – Slumber
    The Lucid’s illusions incorporate all of the senses and now move according to their master’s will.

    Living Image – Slumber
    From dream to reality, illusions crafted by the Slumbering Lucid are capable of convincing even the most stoic of skeptics. These images are so convincing that those interacting with it may damage their psyches.

    These final three Boons allow the Rocker to share their visions with the world, for better or worse. This might mean the greatest stage show of their lives or an illusory grenade while running from the Keepers.

    To increase the Rockers physical abilities consider adding Slumbering Might and Slumbering Speed. Why can’t our Delusional Rock Star see themselves as an embodiment of physical perfection?

    Out next Unconventional Combatant examines one of the last people a PC wants to see: The Doctor.