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🎨 Creative [101] Time Agency Plotlines

MoonHunter

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With the recent interest in Time Agencies (Time Watch, Time Patrol, Time Agency, or Time Enforcement Commission (TEC)), as seen in this thread, or that thread and others. Or that one coming up. (Will link that one once this time wave reaches that point).

We should have a new thread for Time Agent Plotlines and situations. We should do 101 of these. Use any time agency you like. (If the plot only works for a given world or time set up... mention those.)

Oh and if you need some Time Villains there are some interesting ones in here.

1) Events where time traveler were probably involved

2) You find a small tablet with a very strange looking road map. The current Navigation is to the day before October 24, 1929 ("Black Thursday"). You can scroll around and if you follow a path, you can travel through time without the normal equipment. Leaves has a relative that got lost - see Zelazny

3) In a coffee shop you see two twins, dressed different and slightly different hair styles. If you didn't have a time sense, you would of just registered the curiosity and moved on. You have temporal sense, and you realize that they are the same person, separated by some personal time. This is a paradox event waiting to happen.

4) While busting an illegal temporal traveler ring, there is some incidental things to be found. You find a bank book with a deposit and the opening of a safe deposit box (with its payments coming from the sizable deposit). It is from a bank in London in 1821. It is a bank that survives The Blitz. It has not caused a disruption, but what is in there that must go "the long way around" (an illegal artifact being smuggled into the future by not being brought in by a time machine).

5) A'lantans, who for the most part traveled forward in time to avoid The Cataclysm (The first time generator explosion... the reason time travel is so hard on Earth), have colonized/ moved en mass to the year 2420 (the earliest safe wave). However, there are some random A'lantan travelers that show up in other times. Some are just lost refugees, a few are temporal terrorists trying to re-establish The Great Society's dominance over time.

Dellketer is a known Time Terrorist, but you are running into him early in his time stream... when he is just an A'lantan chrononaut. His time ship crashed in San Fernando Valley 1788. Fixed Point, you have to get him and his ship out of there before the Spanish find it. He may become a SoB, but right now he is a scared rookie.
 
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Cheka Man

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6) A unit of the Ulster Volunteer Force is planning to go back in time to assassinate Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera-you have to stop them.
7) After a minor faux pas you are sent to one of the "Black House" units to protect an evil person that is too important to the timestream to let time travellers kill him.
 

SunlessNick

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8. While on another mission, you discover that an important historical figure has been replaced with a robot duplicate. Any action which makes your suspicion clear will result in the robot admitting it in the hopes that you are there to tell it its mission. It was activated six months ago, with detailed information on the life of the individual, but none on its origins or reason for being there.

9. A group of rival historians are trying to manipulate primary sources to bolster their own system of historical epistemology as the most valid. They seem frustratingly impervious to the fact that their time machines are surely the best in that regard.
 
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TrapperQ

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10) Someone is trying to reveal time travel exists by going back in time and burying awkward to explain objects in famous archaeological sites. Cover up the existence of Tutankhamun's Rolls Royce, fossilized lemon trees, and the Martian canals.
 

Felix

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11) Your agency was created by a bootstrap paradox. Someone from the future came back and gave the founder the time travel technology needed to set up an agency to protect the continuum. You work for Internal Affairs. The hardest part of your job isn't investigating corrupt agents -- they deserve to be stopped. It's trying to stop all the damn well meaning agents who want to go back in time, thank the founder, and risk throwing a monkey wrench into an already uncomfortable paradox.
 

MoonHunter

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12) Committing basic crimes with a time machine is super easy. Now you can do many of these crimes without the weight of the Time Agency coming down on you, if the item(s) you are stealing are "lost to history" or have no impact up stream. However, someone gets greedy or thinks that it won't cause a butterfly and they do something.... ill advised. That is when the Time Agency is over them like a glueon to a quark. Unless you are a time expert, running is fairly pointless.

One felon named Magelleon tried to pull that big score. His big score was erased from the time stream (to restore flow), so he finds himself running from the agency for a crime he longer committed in the mainhappentrack, but still remembers in his personal line. He is leaving a trail of disruptions while he runs from period to period. He is racking up Time Crimes like a pinball machine racks up points. You are on damage control, but think you know where he will jump next. Do you give up your ripple correction or go for the cause? (Remember, the only reason to ignore orders is success... so you better catch him or you will be in trouble).
 

MoonHunter

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13) The Chrono-Analysts put out their report, there is a small time event which just registered that requires intervention. The mission is a go and agents are being dispatched.

However, once they are there, they are facing off against other time aware agents. It seems a group had adopted "The Minority Report" that came from the Chrono-analyst. They believe history should go this way, rather than that way. The core timeline will adapt and resolve if either one is successful.

The problem is, only if one or the other is successful. If this is muddled in the happentracks, the core timeline will need additional interventions.

Neither side believes they are wrong. Of course.
 

Brack

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14) Protect the Grandfather of the World's Most Assassinatable Person to prevent a Grandfather Paradox (what else?)
 

Brack

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15. Sabotage all plans to build a FTL vehicle to prevent backwards time travel EVER happening.

16. Somebody is experimenting on wormholes to try to ensure forward time travel. Stop them too.

17. Some random idiot/idiots is/are going through pivotal moments in history. So far somebody rugby tackled John Wilkes Booth, pushed Lee Harvey Oswald out of the book depository window and put the pedal to the metal in Fransz Ferdinand's car, dodging the bullet in more ways than one. They are currently on a mission to rescue Jesus Christ and assassinate Pontius Pilate.
 

MoonHunter

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18) A temporal scientist was hanging around Newton to see "The Great Mind" at work. He was trained, careful, and had been doing it for at least 12 years (relative). His emergency beacon is going off. You are assuming that Newton is at risk (but it could be them). No time to wait for the time ripple, since Newton is that important.
 
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