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    Anyway, I'm a newb to Trinity, and I hear that aliens get involved sometime around Trinity, and that psions are intentionally sabotaged by a species to keep them from overwhelming said race in the future.

    I know absolutely nothing about any alien race, so do you mind giving me a rundown?



  • #2
    From the wiki (note: discusses what was true in 1st ed. Some things may have changed in 2nd. )

    http://whitewolf.wikia.com/wiki/Doyen


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    • #3
      Okay, there's a few biggies. This is all obviously 1st ed, and a lot of it is fairly late in the line. Far enough in, canon gets fuzzy as there's at least one book that got an ebook only release, and lots of stuff revealed in the Storyteller's Guide, which was never published (But reflects the intentions of the at least some of the writers, IIRC). I'll try to stick to canon, but it's been a while.

      Firstly, we've got the Doyen. They're the behind the scenes shady folk. They're basically allergic to Quantum, so they set up the Proxies and gave them the Prometheus Tanks so that they could found the Psi Orders. Each Psion has the potential to be either Aberrant or Psiad and by triggering them with Prometheus Chambers you can prevent them from turning into Aberrants (At the cost of limiting their potential as Psiads, but providing a shortcut to power). They possessed the Chitra Bhanu Proxy, and when the Quantakinetics discovered how to fix Taint, killed them off to prevent humanity from reconciling with the Aberrants.

      A faction of them is also behind the Chromatics, IIRC, who I'll get to later.

      There's the Qin, who are humanity's allies (Ish?). Honestly, I'm not that familiar with them. Super advanced biotech, some psionics. Largely enigmatic. Wear humanoid shells to endear humanity to them.

      The Chromatics are hostile to humanity (Doyen influence?) and have attacked human colonies. They're lizard-like creatures who can manipulate light to do things like cloak themselves, or shoot lasers.

      The Coalition are pretty messed up. They appear to be a broad collection of alien races, but they're actually all offshoots from a single race. They incorporate elements of species they encounter to breed hyperspecialised subspecies (Workers, diplomats, etc.). Their encounters with humans are pretty vile, as they abduct them for "breeding material". It's fairly clear from the fiction that this is being done at the... personal level, rather than at a genetic level.

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      • #4
        There's the Qin, who are humanity's allies (Ish?). Honestly, I'm not that familiar with them. Super advanced biotech, some psionics. Largely enigmatic. Wear humanoid shells to endear humanity to them.
        Seeing as how they look like metre-long slugs in their native form, this is entirely understandable.

        The Qin are very private, and prefer to divulge as little about themselves as possible, so to humans they come off as enigmatic.

        Their society is divided into groups that are part-caste (each group has a function, and you can't really leave the group you're born into) and part political entity.

        The Chromatics are hostile to humanity (Doyen influence?) and have attacked human colonies. They're lizard-like creatures who can manipulate light to do things like cloak themselves, or shoot lasers.
        In fact, their primary method of communication is via the manipulation of light, with sound a distant second.

        Basically, the Chromatics are an aboriginal species who were granted spaceflight and biotech by the Doyen faction, and manipulated by them into attacking humanity,

        The Coalition are pretty messed up. They appear to be a broad collection of alien races, but they're actually all offshoots from a single race. They incorporate elements of species they encounter to breed hyperspecialised subspecies (Workers, diplomats, etc.). Their encounters with humans are pretty vile, as they abduct them for "breeding material". It's fairly clear from the fiction that this is being done at the... personal level, rather than at a genetic level.
        The rape part of the Coalition is fortunately being dropped for TC: Aeon.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by marin View Post

          Seeing as how they look like metre-long slugs in their native form, this is entirely understandable.

          The Qin are very private, and prefer to divulge as little about themselves as possible, so to humans they come off as enigmatic.

          Their society is divided into groups that are part-caste (each group has a function, and you can't really leave the group you're born into) and part political entity.



          In fact, their primary method of communication is via the manipulation of light, with sound a distant second.

          Basically, the Chromatics are an aboriginal species who were granted spaceflight and biotech by the Doyen faction, and manipulated by them into attacking humanity,



          The rape part of the Coalition is fortunately being dropped for TC: Aeon.
          Thanks for the clarifications. I had a feeling the Qin were slugs, but I couldn't remember if that was actually true or just speculation.

          And good riddance to that bit of the Coalition. Have them stealing genetic information and incorporating them into their people and it's still damned disturbing (Albeit very 40k Tyranids)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tarion View Post
            Thanks for the clarifications. I had a feeling the Qin were slugs, but I couldn't remember if that was actually true or just speculation.
            It's canon; it at least comes up in the Alien Races Field Report, and maybe elsewhere.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by marin View Post
              It's canon; it at least comes up in the Alien Races Field Report, and maybe elsewhere.
              Comes up in the Alien Encounter: Deception book too if memory serves.


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              • #8
                I'd always thought the Coalition as first presented, whilst what they did/do is as written, it was presented as a "This species on greeting others mate, it's their version of a handshake ..." which made it all the more horrific rather than just having them as rapists 40k Genestealers. I always wanted more about them ... but with things changed quite a bit. IIRC weren't the first crew to come across them ultimately killed in the greeting? Some of the Coalition are physically very imposing etc?

                Been a while since I've read any Trinity stuff but back in the day I was the Trinity GM for our group before we settled on Fading Suns for our Sci-fi fix.

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                • #9
                  Well it was the 90's when everything was Grimdark & Edgy when AEON was written. polishing out a bit of that is probably for the better

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheWanderingJewels View Post
                    Well it was the 90's when everything was Grimdark & Edgy when AEON was written. polishing out a bit of that is probably for the better
                    Aeon never struck me as grimdark & edgy (and the 90s certainly wasn't all about that either). At some level antagonists and back story characters had nuanced motivations and failings (Zweidler, Cassel), so you had broadly "good people" doing "bad things" (and vice versa). But grimdark and edgy? Hardly. It wasn't superheroes for sure, and it had some darker components but i found it more plausible as a result.


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                    • #11
                      While true, The Coalition's deep dark secrets were a lot more uncomfortable that most people were/are ready to deal with

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                      • #12
                        I think the original points I was shooting for that a bit of dark here and there did not affect my view of the entire Aeon line.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by marin View Post
                          In fact, their primary method of communication is via the manipulation of light, with sound a distant second.

                          Basically, the Chromatics are an aboriginal species who were granted spaceflight and biotech by the Doyen faction, and manipulated by them into attacking humanity,
                          The Chromatics were responsible for one of my favorite moments as a player in an RPG. It was during Ascent Into Light with the big UN hearing on the Huang-Marr conspiracy. Our group had been teleported into the midst of it. Our "spokesperson" was an Orgatek executive who started doing the politeness spiel, dancing up to the point. My character was an ex-Blue Circle Australian car thief who had erupted as a low-Taint Aberrant and got pulled into the adventure. After the Orgo started Heming and Hawing, Kevin finally just shouted. "Invisible alien frog-people are comin' to kill us all!"

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                          • #14
                            Also, some evidence of a species humans called Zepps was mentioned in Stellar Frontiers. We didn't know alot about them - but it felt like species and our first contact with them was going to be an ongoing theme of Aeon Trinity at the time.
                            Also; see avatar for Qin as interpreted by a long time fan of the setting.
                            Last edited by Nihilist; 10-24-2018, 05:41 AM. Reason: Habit

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