Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Villainy and Blackguards Incorporated #43: The Recollection

Villains and Blackguards Incorporated (VABI) is an organization found on Earth 32aa which has dedicated itself to protecting the interest of those of differently enabled morality and enhanced humanity. They take care of legal expenses and investments. It has become a very successful organization and is considering spreading to other Earths. In case they do here are some of it's members.

Many Earths in the aa series went through a period called usually the "Cold War" where Western forces had to face off against Communists/Nazis/Resurrected Thuggees and Atlantean Partisans. Since true warfare was frowned upon because of the risk of nuclear apocalypse it was the time covert warfare. It was the time when the "Mad" scientist was king. All sorts of lovely gizmo, gadgets and doomsday devices were funded by both sides. While it is unfair to call most of the mad it was certainly true that they tended to have the moral flexiblity of a sociopathic lamprey.

One of the great groups of the time was the Collective. The core of the Collective was three scientists: Dr. Adam Mega (Physics, American), Dr. Igor Norsheen (Engineering, Russian), and Dr. Wu Lee Fen (Psychology, Chinese). Together they ran an impressive little unit of agents and sleeper agents and armed them with an amazing array of devices. The worst event was Halloween 1959 where they flooded the market with drone masks that turned children in willing agents of the Collective. The Authorities still talk about that event with respectful dread.

They were cutting edge at the time, and they were men of large egos. So it was only natural that they filmed nearly everything they did. They put the footage on small cubes which had for that time enormous information storage capacity. They called it the Genius Archive. As mentioned, they weren't men of small egos.

The Collective died do to explosive decompression followed by a more conventional explosion in 1971. Unlike many VABI members they have stubbornly remained dead to this day. However, Megan Mega daughter of Dr. Adam Mega took the Genius Archive and slaved it several cutting edge AI servers. It took several years to truly intergrate and extrapolate the information but eventuallyy that AI dubbed itself the Recollection. It now controls remotely several androids that have holographic capacity. It can appear as anyone of the three scientists. It is now back in the business of creating cool toys. The Recollection works with Megan and they seem to have a warm relationship. Several of their more popular toys can be bought through the VABI website.

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