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** Is Sgt. Steel from the main timeline or K.N.Y.F.E.'s home timeline? How about the rest of the team? Is F.I.L.T.E.R. generally from a mix of realities or was K.N.Y.F.E. an exception? Sgt. Steel is from a timeline other than both K.N.Y.F.E. and the main reality. The squad are from a mix of realities, too, but it's not like they're all explicitly from unique timelines (the Arsonator and Mega-Gunner are from the main timeline and had fought [[Bunker]] all the way back in [https://greaterthangames.com/system/files/downloads/Hero%20Challenge%20Achievements.pdf his debut comic] - see the cover art on the 3rd page of the pdf). F.I.L.T.E.R. personnel started as being from the main timeline, but has expanded into a mix since they found the Block.
 
** Is Sgt. Steel from the main timeline or K.N.Y.F.E.'s home timeline? How about the rest of the team? Is F.I.L.T.E.R. generally from a mix of realities or was K.N.Y.F.E. an exception? Sgt. Steel is from a timeline other than both K.N.Y.F.E. and the main reality. The squad are from a mix of realities, too, but it's not like they're all explicitly from unique timelines (the Arsonator and Mega-Gunner are from the main timeline and had fought [[Bunker]] all the way back in [https://greaterthangames.com/system/files/downloads/Hero%20Challenge%20Achievements.pdf his debut comic] - see the cover art on the 3rd page of the pdf). F.I.L.T.E.R. personnel started as being from the main timeline, but has expanded into a mix since they found the Block.
 
** In Sgt. Steel's deck we get to know ''his'' team and that they're specific characters - how does one get onto the team? Do they need to replace people periodically (supposing a high turnover rate due to getting the tough jobs), how often? Would we see the recruitment happen in F.I.L.T.E.R. comics? Are members characters that readers would already be familiar with? This team was formerly K.N.Y.F.E.'s team - Jack Steel, Bomb Specialist, Arsonator, Espionagent, Field Inventor, Infiltrationist, and a few others (not the same as the rest of the team as shown in the deck as Steel added Sharpshooter, Mega-Gunner, and Battle Medic to the team once he assumed command). Arsonator knew Mega-Gunner and got him recruited, but generally you get consideration for a slot for past accomplishments (especially wet-work jobs).
 
** In Sgt. Steel's deck we get to know ''his'' team and that they're specific characters - how does one get onto the team? Do they need to replace people periodically (supposing a high turnover rate due to getting the tough jobs), how often? Would we see the recruitment happen in F.I.L.T.E.R. comics? Are members characters that readers would already be familiar with? This team was formerly K.N.Y.F.E.'s team - Jack Steel, Bomb Specialist, Arsonator, Espionagent, Field Inventor, Infiltrationist, and a few others (not the same as the rest of the team as shown in the deck as Steel added Sharpshooter, Mega-Gunner, and Battle Medic to the team once he assumed command). Arsonator knew Mega-Gunner and got him recruited, but generally you get consideration for a slot for past accomplishments (especially wet-work jobs).
** Since Steel is a "Vengeance-Style" team villain deck, does he work ''with'' other villains considering that he's mostly out to get K.N.Y.F.E. specifically and they seem to capture her on their own? They ''eventually'' got her without help, but that doesn't mean that they didn't try to get help prior to that. On Earth they worked with [[Miss Information]], offering to help against [[the Freedom Five]] in exchange. They hired [[Greaser]] to help once they're chasing her out in space (which did not go well for Greaser). [I'll also point out that it's mentioned that they work with [[Biomancer]] and Citizens Hammer and Anvil when they're going after [[Visionary]] back in the [[Expatriette]] [[Podcasts/Episode 4|episode]]]
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** Since Steel is a "Vengeance-Style" team villain deck, does he work ''with'' other villains considering that he's mostly out to get K.N.Y.F.E. specifically and they seem to capture her on their own? They ''eventually'' got her without help, but that doesn't mean that they didn't try to get help prior to that. On Earth they worked with [[Miss Information]], offering to help against [[the Freedom Five]] in exchange. They hired [[Greazer Clutch|Greazer]] to help once they're chasing her out in space (which did not go well for Greazer). [I'll also point out that it's mentioned that they work with [[Biomancer]] and Citizens Hammer and Anvil when they're going after [[Visionary]] back in the [[Podcasts/Episode 4|Expatriette episode]]]
 
** When [[Setback]] worked in a copy shop, somebody dropped F.I.L.T.E.R. documents that he found. Who was that? What was the document? Why didn't F.I.L.T.E.R. have their own copy machine? Was the shop torn down by a real construction crew or was that a coverup? The person was a high-ranking officer from a local outpost. It was a manifest of prisoners transferred from that outpost to the Block. He wasn't there to copy ''that'' document, he was getting some personal stuff done and he couldn't use the work machine for that. F.I.L.T.E.R. used a real construction crew to tear the place down ''as'' a coverup.  
 
** When [[Setback]] worked in a copy shop, somebody dropped F.I.L.T.E.R. documents that he found. Who was that? What was the document? Why didn't F.I.L.T.E.R. have their own copy machine? Was the shop torn down by a real construction crew or was that a coverup? The person was a high-ranking officer from a local outpost. It was a manifest of prisoners transferred from that outpost to the Block. He wasn't there to copy ''that'' document, he was getting some personal stuff done and he couldn't use the work machine for that. F.I.L.T.E.R. used a real construction crew to tear the place down ''as'' a coverup.  
 
** In the [[Podcasts/Episode 17|Vengeful Five episode]], it was mentioned that [[Baron Blade]] blew a hole in the wall to break Fright Train out, but given that the Block is in another dimension/out in space how did Blade manage this? Null Space has breathable air. Blade is a mad scientist and builds his own portal to get there and then just blows up a wall to let people out/through his portal.
 
** In the [[Podcasts/Episode 17|Vengeful Five episode]], it was mentioned that [[Baron Blade]] blew a hole in the wall to break Fright Train out, but given that the Block is in another dimension/out in space how did Blade manage this? Null Space has breathable air. Blade is a mad scientist and builds his own portal to get there and then just blows up a wall to let people out/through his portal.

Revision as of 14:10, 14 June 2017

The Letters Page: Episode 22

Original Source

Primary Topic

F.I.L.T.E.R.

Intro

Let's talk about a shady organization that reaches throughout the Multiverse!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 67:07

At the beginning of the podcast, Christopher predicts that this episode will have a run time of an hour and twelve minutes. Turns out, didn't even make it that long!

This episode, we cover F.I.L.T.E.R. in all of its incarnations, get into The Block - the extradimensional F.I.L.T.E.R. prison and HQ, and also talk about the story of Sergeant Steel and his Steel Squadron!

Just before the 17 minute mark, we mention that the K.N.Y.F.E. episode is essential listening for the story we're about to tell. If you haven't listened to that one yet, go do so!

We get to introduce the character of Felix Stone in this episode! Exciting times. (We also dispose of him. Whoops! Spoilers.)

You also get to learn of A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.!

As promised, here is the Time-Crazed Prisoner from The Block:

As we mention at the end of the episode, the next few recordings are all going to happen pretty quickly. Paul and I will be out of town for a wedding in a couple weeks, and we're all more nose-to-the-grindstone than ever right now, so we're doing a pile of recording this coming Friday, and then skipping a week for weddings, and then doing another pile of recording the Friday after that. So! Hit us up with questions for these characters ASAP!

  • The Naturalist
  • Deadline / Lifeline
  • Chrono-Ranger

Thanks for listening!

Characters Mentioned

Summary

  • The story of F.I.L.T.E.R. wasn't really set down all in one place, readers would have picked up bits and pieces over the years as part of other stories (primarily K.N.Y.F.E. but also characters like Tempest).
  • F.I.L.T.E.R. (the Federal Initiative to Limit Terrorism by Extra-terrestrial Races) was started to take care of the various alien threats that had been showing up in comics over the years (as stated as far back as episode 2 of the podcast, there were a lot of one-off alien and robot foes for the heroes to punch back in the day because of Comics Code Authority rules regarding violence), and it was kind of an "INS for space", no larger agenda or insidious overtones yet. It was initially a US-based thing, but eventually a UN Security Council representative from the UK, Felix Stone, made a big push to make it a worldwide organization as alien threats aren't restricted to any one nation. They keep the name, but move the headquarters to the UK.
  • While the group now has expanded funding, it has a startling lack of oversight and Stone, as the man responsible for the changes accrues more control over the organization. He starts getting into some shady practices and uses it for his own enrichment, but is eventually noticed and gets removed from his position both in F.I.L.T.E.R. and the UN. This also eventually leads to F.I.L.T.E.R. being disassociated from the UN and becomes more of a private security force.
  • They're still around plenty, though. They show up to help fight aliens or are at least the group that the heroes will deliver captured aliens to after a fight. One notable encounter, eventually, was when they catch an alien who's on the run from some other being but who uses some kind of teleportation technology to do so (sticking with a popular trend with teleportation so far in the Letters Page, teleportation requires some recharge time between uses). The alien was in pretty rough shape upon arrival, and died shortly after, but now F.I.L.T.E.R. has this teleportation device.
  • F.I.L.T.E.R. manages to work out what the thing is, to some extent, but in testing they activated it without inputting a destination. Leaving this setting as the initial null value resulted in the portal opening to the Null Space Observatory, a large stone building in the middle of nothing. The Null Space Observatory was built by the Varusiods thousands of years ago (Enclave of the Endlings