With Liberty and Justice
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 04:29 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:24 PM
Ok, The SLJ is a huge organization. This is generally thought to be a good thing- the larger their numbers the more good they're able to do. Unfortunately, organizing this many people effectively requires an administration, which means that, in spite of the best of intentions, there is always going to be bureaucracy at work in the SLJ. To help ease the effects of this system on public perception, a pair of street-level Sentinels is assigned to every neighborhood (Like a bizarre hybrid between the 50 State Initiative and the local public watch.) Whenever possible one or both of these heroes is a resident of the neighborhood in question. Generally, (though not always,) at least one member of the pair has no superpowers, instead relying on training and tools. This is deliberate, not only to balance the teams, but to reinforce the image of Sentinels as ordinary people.
The SLJ Government liason in Khazan is known as Trevor Cale. A former university professor, Cale is a silver-tongued charmer and skilled rhetorician. He represents the SLJ both domestically and abroad.
Internally, the SLJ is run by a group of seven board members. In order to avoid as much political manipulation as possible, the identities of these board members are kept secret, even from those within the organization, and change frequently. Any Senior SLJ staff member may be called up to the board at any given time, and a complex program is in place to ensure as many opposing viewpoints as possible are present whenever the board is assembled.
The board is overseen by a cosmic-level Sentinel known as Blind Mike the Solar Architect. Blind Mike is most definitely NOT the public face of the Sentinels, he is scarcely known outside the organization, but within the Senior staff of the SLJ he's considered something of a father figure. Blind Mike really is blind, a consequence of his power. His ability is energy manipulation on a cosmic scale- (Ultimate Polymorph combined with Ultimate Manipulation) so he can literally create anything out of anything else, but his real value to the SLJ is as a counselor and mentor to younger heroes.
Blind Mike is the de facto leader of the Bravo Sentinels, a group of heavy hitters who collectively serve as the cavalry for the SLJ, riding to the rescue when their comrades are in trouble. Anyone who wishes to may audition to join the Bravo Sentinels, the group has no set size limit and membership generally hovers around 30-40, depending on who is on active duty. Being a Bravo isn't for everyone- Bravo Sentinels are expected to maintain the highest standard of decorum and civic responsibility, and active members are called to assist in public works projects just as often as they are called to battle. The standard life of a Bravo might include rehabilitating a dilapidated neighborhood in the morning, blasting robots out of the sky after lunch, and volunteering at a clinic or shelter in the evenings.
Because of their level of commitment, Bravo Sentinels have all their food, shelter, housing, and medical needs taken care of by the SLJ. They are also paid a modest stipend of ten dollars a day to help cover other basics. Bravo Sentinels also forego the privilege of potentially being selected for board membership while on active duty.
Beyond the Bravo Sentinels, the SLJ has a basic bureaucratic command structure, and non-Bravo members may be organized in teams of various sizes, for various purposes.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:41 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:43 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:00 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:44 PM
I hereby decree that Sentinel Academy be the training grounds for the street level groups that are formed and that the group that will be formed from the RP be the founding group. Maybe...What do you think?
Awesome. What do you mean by "founding group?" Does the RP take place in Infinium-era?
Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:33 PM
Posted 26 June 2011 - 10:30 PM
The Stormriders- a popular idea, a superhero motorcycle gang in the 70s eventually subject to backlash as parent groups balked at the thought of their children emulating bikers.
Street Justice- an all-Minority team in the 80's attempting to promote diversity which unfortunately made it look like the SLJ was a segregated team with only white males allowed to be "proper" Sentinels. Disbanded in 2 years.
Crime Report- a Twitter initiative using the hashtag #crimereport which is currently resulting in a ridiculous and unmanageable number of false positives.
To be fair, there have been just as many programs that have worked well, such as:
Come Fly With Me- A mentoring program where troubled teens are paired with Street level Sentinels. The Sentinel serves as a cross between a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and a Parole Officer. Come Fly With Me has resulted in increase in crime-prevention and awareness in several areas around the city.
Cole's Commission- A group of SLJ heroes with creative artistic talents. Taking the name of Old King Cole, legendary patron of the arts, these heroes endeavor to use their extraordinary gifts to provide music, art, and entertainment at community venues. They auction art at SLJ fundraisers, and many people hire them to perform at private events (getting the added benefit of extra security!)
S.U.N.- the Sentinel Upcycle Network- a database of reclaimed raw materials available for free or at cost, provided by construction companies (who get a tax credit and an endorsement from the SLJ and its partnering environmental groups.) The raw materials are then (re)used by ambitious entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on inexpensive sustainability, most often in housing or consumer goods projects.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:41 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:24 PM
Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:55 PM
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:36 PM
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:53 PM
Please be advised- the SLJ is a Khazan-based organization, subject to all international laws regarding the employment of superheroes in a military or law enforcement capacity. While the SLJ would LOVE to branch out to American cities like San Francisco, that specific pair of individuals would need to be specially sanctioned by the US federal government, the Sate of California, and the City of San Francisco. Not saying it's impossible, by any means, just pointing out that they'd be a long way from the home office!
That's fine by me. Besides, Shijin has always been the working outside of the office type of guy
Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:40 PM
The Priority Beacon is an electronic emergency protocol carried by some (though certainly not all) mid and high ranking Sentinels. Certain KPD units also have access to the technology. The beacon is a single device with four (not five) settings; schools and various other public services provide educational training to help citizens understand the safest response behavior in those situations. Unauthorized possession or use of a beacon is considered highly illegal, and the number in existence is monitored very closely. There are a number of safety checks in place to prevent unauthorized use, but the main deterrent is the obvious one: it can be safely assumed that whenever a Beacon is activated, there will be a team of powerful Sentinels arriving very, very soon.
When a beacon is activated, it releases a cloud of gelatinous, marble-sized diodes that spread over the immediate area, up to a half-mile in diameter. Once activated, multiple beacons may be connected to handle larger-scale emergencies. The diodes emit a specific color and sound based on the nature of the emergency in question. Khazanians are taught what each color/sound combination means. Additionally, the Sentinel public radio frequency 1500 AM provides instructions. There are four in total:
Red: Red is the evacuation protocol. Red diodes blink in slow sequence, directing citizens away from the beacon. This is accompanied by a whoop tone which is audible for about two miles. The red priority beacon is used to indicate areas of extreme danger, but also (obviously) indicates Sentinel presence and typically accompanies a containment strategy. Khazanians are taught that a nice, orderly evacuation is ideal. Obviously, things don't always work out that way.
Blue: Blue is the safety/rally point protocol. Blue diodes blink in fast sequence, directing citizens toward the beacon.This is accompanied by a sound of bells. This is used to indicate safe areas, where assistance, first aid, and protection are available. A blue beacon also indicates a call for volunteers.
Yellow: Yellow is the lockdown protocol. Yellow diodes blink in unison, indicating that citizens should get (and stay) indoors and await further instructions. This is accompanied by an air-raid siren.
Green: Green is the all-clear. Green diodes do not blink, and are accompanied by a three-tone chime (5,3,1 intervals.)
The fifth beacon:
The existence of a fifth beacon, started by conspiracy theorists and picked up by popular culture, is the source of some wild speculation. Depending on the source, this beacon is either intense white, purple, or "rainbow-colored" light, and typically strobes or pulses. Sources disagree about what the accompanying sound is, although a "trumpet-like sound" and "mechanical screeching" are the most popular interpretations. The supposed reasons for this fifth beacon are also wildly varied, though it is typically some unimaginably dire circumstance. One popular theory is a "call to arms" where every single individual will be conscripted (occasionally through hypnosis) to fight against some threat so overwhelming that the only hope is for the entire city (or planet, in some cases) is to unite against it. Another equally popular suggestion is that this beacon is an "abandon ship" message to all those superhumans powerful enough to depart from the Earth under their own power, leaving the rest of us to suffer whatever imminent destruction awaits. The Sentinels have repeatedly addressed the extreme unlikeliness of the existence of a fifth beacon, and analysis of the Sentinel Priority Beacons have never revealed any additional functionality. Nevertheless, rumors persist.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:17 PM
When a beacon is activated, it releases a cloud of gelatinous, marble-sized diodes that spread over the immediate area, up to a half-mile in diameter.
I'm sorry, what? Like... small marble sized clouds that float around?
Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:49 PM
Think of the walkway lights on the floors of airplanes.
Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:34 AM
So these diodes would be used like... Police tape? To ward off an area? And will all police carry it, as in who would be normally releasing these little warning lights?
Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:13 PM
As I said before, the number of Sentinel Priority Beacons is closely monitored. Mainly, it's a device to be used in your story if you need to either call in the cavalry and/or alert citizens. Theoretically, any SLJ or KPD member *could* be carrying one at any time. Obviously, some stories would be anticlimactic if, say, a half-dozen Global level heroes showed up to deal with a mugging. Some examples of when the beacon might be useful?
Red- Evacuation: Godzilla attack, radiation leak.
Blue- Protection/Assistance: Major earthquake, military invasion.
Yellow Lockdown/Quarantine: Massive flood, viral outbreak.
A good rule of thumb: if the Priority Beacon would take the drama out of a situation, you can say that your SLJ/KPD character simply isn't carrying one. If it works for your story, use it, otherwise, screw it!
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