Both of you guys deserve a "No Prize."
Honestly, this never came up in my playtests or my plotting. It's a hole I should've plugged.
Given how red my face is, I'm just going to sit back and see what else folks come up with.
Slightly Embarrassed, But Smiling About It.
From: John McMullen <jhmcmullen@...>
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: [icons-rpg] Sins of the Past - a question
What I did: In play, they just said, "Oh, those whacky Golden Agers and their mistrust of backups."
But what I threw into a later session (and I was able to do this, because one of the PCs was a Golden Age sidekick grown into an older hero) was that she had in fact willed the rest of the Golden Agers the contents of a particular safety deposit box. However, she was eating at the mansion with her executor when the break-in happened, and he had a heart attack as a result of the drama. (He is the one who
called the emergency number, though.)
If he'd been hale and healthy, he would have fulfilled his duties and the Golden Agents would have gotten the formula...but he wasn't, and while he was in intensive care, the will didn't get processed properly: they appointed an interim executor who put the safe deposit box way down on his list of priorities (funeral arrangements and stock disposition were higher)..
Throwing in that the executor has had a heart attack and is in ICU (either because of the attack or for other reasons: some of her friends have to be in heart attack territory) gives you a plausible reason for the delay.
John McMullen (Searching for a .sig)
From: Soylent Green <gsoylent@...>
To: icons group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:29 AM
Subject: [icons-rpg] Sins of the Past - a question
Spoilers below, don't read if you think you may want to play this adventure at some stage.
So I may be over-thinking this but here's the thing. Why wouldn't Madame Curious give the formula of the Elixir Vitae to the rest of the team, you know just in case something happened to her? The suggestion from the scenario is that while the cosmic radiation that gave the Golden Agents virtually eternal youth, the chemical reagent is relatively ordinary. Discovering it might have required her chemical genius but, given the formula, just reproducing it you would think should be something anyone with a half decent knowledge of chemistry should be able to do.
This caught me out last time I ran this adventure. I
sort of muddled through suggesting that Madame Curious had made arrangements for the Golden Agents to get formula but it was hidden at the Golden Age museum now under Gremlins control. It doesn't make any more sense but it just about got me through :-)