In the Wild Cards series, human history was changed forever on September 15, 1946, when a Takisian biogenetic weapon detonated over Manhattan, and kicked off an age of Aces and Jokers. But what if Takis were not an alien world, but rather, a part of Arcadia? What if the feuding noble houses of Takis are in fact noble houses of Arcadia, and the whole of the Resurgence merely another gambit in the endless struggles between houses?
Well, that would make Dr Tachyon the world’s shortest Sidhe, but leaving that aside, it would also mean that every Ace power and every Joker deformity was actually an example of the power of glamour. In this world, every human has, all unawares, a Seelie and an Unseelie nature – but it took the Wild Card to awaken and empower them. Joker or Ace, it came down which nature a person was manifesting at the time they were exposed. (Perhaps the Black Queen was drawn by those poor buggers transitioning from one to the other at the time of exposure.)
In the modern day, Manhattan’s Joker town is populated for a Fomori host that does not know its true nature, and the Aces all draw upon glamour as members of various kiths. (It may make a little more sense to use the powers and seemings from Changeling: The Lost to represent this, but the setting should remain that of Changeling: The Dreaming).
Now, so far in the books, the Takisians do not seem interested in the results of their little experiment, but it’s unlikely that this state of affairs will remain the case forever…
One of the questions that’s never really answered in any of the Aeon games – not in Adventure!, Aberrant or Trinity – is what the source of these wonderful, terrible powers is. Oh, there are theories, but no one really knows for sure.
So it’s far from out of the question that they are the result of Takisian xenogenetic expertise. But if they are, so what? There’s no room for a Dr Tachyon figure in any of the game’s timelines – unless he’s not overt. Maybe he’s here, but with a lot more control over his own life, and still Takisian to the bone. None of this compassion and cure creation – this Tachy is an expert manipulator schooled in the politics of Takis and with powers of telepathy no human will be able to match, at least not in the eras of Adventure! or Aberrant. By the time Trinity rolls around, things are likely different – but of course, an immortal telepathic manipulator is more than likely behind one or more of the psionic orders (the Ministry of Psionic Affairs and Norça are the most likely candidates, although as a space-faring alien, no doubt Upeo wa Macho would also be of interest).
It’s hardly likely that the rest of Takis is sitting on its hands while one of their own builds an army on some distant planet, but even in the era of Trinity the Takisians remain elusive. (Perhaps they tried an invasion in one of the earlier eras and were repulsed without being identified?) They are certainly not either the Doyen or the Qin (although given the Qin’s skill with biotechnology, they may be some other Takisian’s attempt to build yet another power base).
So, in Adventure! or Aberrant, the Takisians make excellent covert antagonists or alien invaders; in Trinity, they’re a mysterious fourth space-faring power that no one seems to know about – although if humanity, the Doyen and the Qin trusted each other enough, they might have enough pieces to solve the puzzle…