So let’s discuss LEVEL 7.
If you’ve watched Firefly and/or Serenity, you know about River Tam. The government did something gruesome to her brain. They never got the chance to finish the process so she’s basically “half baked.” Joss Whedon never really explained to us until recently in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind what that something was exactly. Sorta …
But we do know it was something kind of like a female version of the Super Soldier Program called “Lebensborn.” Or if it makes you feel better, pretend that the Nazi never did anything naughty and relate it to something fictional like Marvel’s Operation: Rebirth and the Super Soldier Serum.
What we do know from canon is that there are at least 54 facilities that were attempting to create biologically enhanced soldiers for use by the Alliance. We know that Area 54 was where River Tam was involved in Project: Oracle. Women were the focus of this project, although some testing was done on men.
Did each of the 54 facilities each focus on Project: Oracle? Who knows.
Anyway, I created Level 7. The term “Level 7” has been a reoccurring phenomenon for me. Last year, I read the book Level 7 by Mordecai Marceli Roshwald. Then shortly after that, Privateer Press published a game called Level 7. Then in May 2014, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced security clearance Level 7. Also, my studies in psychology while preparing for my State Exam in the Fall kept referring to the “Seven Levels of Intellect” and the “Seven Levels of the Mind.” So the term just kept crying out to me from the universe. So I used it.
Bang! Level 7.
I remembered that there was a ship in the Serenity RPG that was a luxury liner that was a front for an illegal pit fighting operation. Remember that? It was a ship called The Oddeasy. So while I was stufying and prepping for WEDDING PLANNERS I started to realize that my players probably wouldn’t do what Margret Weis expected them to do in the second part of the adventure. If I were going to make it happen, I’d have to railroad them into the plot and I didn’t want to do that. So I devised a way to work the theme of Project: Oracle into the Wedding Planners storyline by stealing the idea of Oddeasy.
I decided that the RIM’S DREAM was a front operation. It was government owned and operated. Folks on the ship were typically government employees of one kind or another on vacation. The crew was mainly Alliance. The owner and operator of the vessel was none other than a loosely translated version of the Oddeasy crew being paid very well by Blue Sun Corporation. So the Rim’s Dream held a deep dark secret housed on the 7th Level of the ship: a governmental facility doing stuff much like was done to River Tam.
So anyway, Level 7 is my overall Biggest Big Bad. It is a sinister organization that connects to each character within the Crew on some level. Randa and Benjamin are Browncoats who have hard feelings about losing the War. Doctor Edwards worked directly for the Institute, and as part of our game actually interviewed River during one of her sessions. Abel and Quinn both are Academy drop outs who know too much about The Institute. Mack is an AWOL Alliance Black Ops agent who was employed by Blue Sun Agent and is being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Zan is a “patient” of Level 7. And although T’sien is a newly minted character at this point, I’ve got something fun up my GM sleeve.