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  1. That's a great way of putting it. Superheroes exist not to fight crime, but to fight extraordinary dangers. True, Superman's first villains were all ordinary people and he was just the ultimate geek's wish fulfillment of going around dealing with problems with massive power to back you up. But in time the concept developed into something less unnerving and troubling, into one you describe above. Superheroes are moral agents of protection fighting evil in a chaotic world. Their job isn't to avenge or bring justice, their job is to handle what the regular forces cannot, so that the regular forces can then take over. Modern comic book (and film) writers don't get this: they think its about defending the powerless and bringing social justice, because they think everything is about that. Superheroes are a special force that a world with superheroes needs because it has monsters erupting from the ground and aliens from space and VIPER agents trying to blow up the statue of liberty. To a certain extent its about protecting and serving; like Superman stopping a tornado or Green Lantern corking a volcano, the Flash saving people from a flood, etc. But when it comes to fighting and putting your life on the line, its not about power or control, its about service and dealing with the extraordinary. Superheroes can do things like fly food to a starving nation and rush a vaccine to a plague around to everyone. But their combat "warrior elite" level of action is not about the ordinary. For GMs this is a useful tool to understand how to handle writing and running scenarios. Champions is not like any other RPG because of this. Every other game you're a free agent doing usually self-serving things. To get treasure, power, advance a cause, gain things and accomplish goals. Champions is about none of those things. You don't go home with treasure or a title. You go home realizing you did good and helped people. Also, that concept helps explain why it is that its rare in comics for the system to be realistically portrayed as broken, corrupt, and lazy as it really is. Because the system has to work for any of this to be possible. Spider-Man cannot stop The Green Goblin and turn him over to the police, if the Attorny General is just going to set him free because he was only helping BLM protesters out. In a world where you cannot trust the system, superheroes have to become vigilantes carrying out justice, because there's none to appeal to or turn criminals over to. That's why movies such as Death Wish and their like became popular, because the system wasn't working and someone had to step up, at least in fiction. For a Batman character to turn over things to the system when they can handle it again requires the system to work.
    4 points
  2. Snapdragon After spending 20 years in Stronghold's 'Hot Sleep,' this notorious late 70s, WITCH-associate supervillain retired to a commune in the Santa Cruz hills. Since her pyrokinetic powers can simply set enemies on fire with a snap of her fingers, as well as project bolts or cones of flame, it was hard to tell, at first, who she may have been inflicting damage on. Once the illusion dropped and her large wings and humanoid-reptilian features were visible she was identified, and it was clear that she had been fighting on the 'same side' as a demonic entity and the obscure Homeland-security-flunky Firely. Maybe someone thought 'fire' needed to be a theme? As soon as the chaos sorted itself out, Snapdragon descended to ground level and surrendered to authorities, her parole was violated but we she got off with just a few more years of probation. She gave a full account of her experience. She'd been sunning herself on the upper branches of a giant sequoia (one of the downsides of being 'cold blooded') and had just started her first sun salutation, when she suddenly found herself over New York, under attack along with a 'team' she intuitive new were on her side, somehow. Still not fully warmed up from the cold morning, she spread her wings on thermals to gain heat and altitude, torching 'enemies' that got too close, then coordinated with her 'teammates' to concentrate fire on one enemy at a time (an old tactic from back in the day). Once the illusion dropped, and the sense sense of 'sides' faded (which was not immediate, she did realize one 'enemy' was armored once she could see him clearly, and set some of his internal systems on fire), she dived into the wooded areas of central park to escape the conflict. She latter regretted not getting to meet Tankhunter, who had been an idol of her's in college, when she was still an antiwar student protestor, before she'd turned radical environmentalist and been exposed to the reptilizing serum that granted her powers while freeing lab animals from a medical research facility. Like any proper reptile, Snapdragon keeps her naughty bits safely tucked away in a tightly sealed cloaca, and lacks any mammary tissue, instead her chest and abdomen are protected by hard bands of yellow-green osteoderms, the rest of her body is covered by finer, darker green-grey scales, so she goes sans costume without rousing comment. She does, however, retain the narrow waist and wide hips she had as a mammal, so is still readily perceived by humans as female, similarly her face, though hideous, is still a face, not a dragon-like snout. She has fully jointed wings, rather than ptagia stretched between spines like Gargoyle, pale grey-green (nearly white) on the underside, and much darker above (a typical pattern for soaring animals). She literally snaps her fingers to evoke her pyrokinetic powers, probably as a learned limitation to help control them, since pyrokinesis is notoriously dangerous (though for years that fanciful 'gesture' led to the perception she was magical or "half-" mystical dragon) . Until the Air War it had been years since she'd done anything more than light a campfire or a doobie with them.
    4 points
  3. Needs more Farscape.
    3 points
  4. Needs the "Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!" robot in the background also. And one of the babes in the short Space 1999 uniforms and silver hair, arguing with Cat from Red Dwarf.
    3 points
  5. There is a scene in one of the Batman story lines where he and dead/alive Robin are talking over a beaten/not dead Joker about the futility of just arresting the criminals only to have them escape/get released instead of killing them and ending it permanently. Batman says that if he ever started down that path he would never be able to stop. He knows he can't become the judge, jury and executioner but he also realizes there is a real need (in his world) for someone with the means and commitment keep the fighting the good fight. He doesn't do it for his justice or his glory. He goes after people the normal system can't, for whatever reason, and then steps back as soon as the system can get a hand on the situation. If the system looses control then he is there again to bring control back to the system. That includes controlling the system when it strays from its own stated ideal. Both Bats and Super follow a code but it is a code others can point to and say "See? Here is what you are supposed to do." And they are able to do this despite their personal feelings while having their personal feelings providing the motivation to take what action is needed. In super hero storylines the writer always knows who is who and what the back story is. They know who is in the right and who isn't. Sometimes that is the story, that the character may not know but the writer definitely does. In real life we often don't have the full story. We are not the writer and don't know the full back story so when people in real life start acting like they do it scares us because deep down we can see ourselves as the ones being judged without all the facts. I find it amusing (cynic that I am) that when, as LL pointed out, the heroes are acting directly at the behest of the government or system it ends up being more unforgiving and tyrannical that when individuals do similar things. I guess this leads back to the Warrior/Soldier argument. One is an individual the other part of a group. One has flexibility, one has regulation and standardization. Ok getting sleepy and feel I am beginning to ramble. Night.
    3 points
  6. Government leaders, most leaders, really, are elites of one sort or another. They're not literal warrior elites in modern western society, though some may have military experience, but more often political, academic, scientific, media, economic, etc 'elites.' You can contrast soldier and warrior that way, though I doubt either word has quite so precise a dictionary meaning, I think it's potentially a fair contrast. But, by the same token Warriors tend to act as individuals, concerned with their own honor, prefer to intimidate enemies, protect allies, and follow a code or at least their own conscience. Warriors can be good or bad people. In contrast, soldiers act collectively, follow orders and rules of engagement, efficiently 'reduce' enemy forces, 'interdict' their sources of supply, and accept 'collateral damage' as part of doing business. Soldiers may be good or bad individuals, but they can't manage to be much better or worse, collectively, than the system they serve. Oh, and in western culture, particularly American culture (yes there is such a thing), jobs /are/ an important identity. It does happen. In the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, Ilmarinen, a major character, is the supernatural smith who makes the wonderous Sampo. While we have lots of action movies and tv shows about violent heroes, we also revere inventors, the inventor as hero was a strong theme in American literature from the mid 19th through the late 20th century (it's falling out of vogue, today) and that's arguably a crafter archetype (that many superhero origins fit). Similarly, modern entertainment celebrates and reveres healers - doctors, surgeons, nurses & first responders. And, getting back to myth, Penelope's maintenance of Ithaca's independence, in spite of a hoard of bullying suitors who would take her husband's place is an important part of the Odyssey, so there's a hearth-tender, too (oh, and another crafter - Trick of the Tapestry, remember). (And before you call her obscure, how many boys do you know named 'Odysseus'? ) Ultimately, I think we have superheroes for two pretty good reasons: 1) America didn't have a stable of pre-Enlightenment heroes, gods & monsters to draw upon. 2) We need stories that illustrate the importance of individual responsibility, and give examples of heroes who are responsible, in spite of having no one to enforce that responsibility on them. Spiderman's story spells out 'with great power comes great responsibility' very explicitly, but Superman epitomizes it since he has just sooo much power, he absolutely should be corrupted by it, but instead he's a total boy scout.
    3 points
  7. Which "The Change" are you talking about?
    2 points
  8. DShomshak

    Mulraven House

    ADDENDUM: I just Googled "occult Canberra" and here's what I got on the first page. Indeed, someone has already found Masonic origins and an arcane street layout. Have fun! THE OCCULT HISTORY OF CANBERRA - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=im_24NRylDU a comparison in symolism between australia and america Is There an Occult History of Canberra | Clowning Around ... aus.worldpeacefull.com/2019/09/is-there-an... Is There an Occult History of Canberra. Published Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 | By Susan AKA Peacefull. This is an interesting video in the public interest. THE OCCULT HISTORY OF CANBERRA | Illuminati Archives www.illuminatiarchives.org/occult/the-occult-history-of... Canberra is the Australian capitol and I have provided a link to a web page that goes into extensive depth on the architechs who designed the city as a pln and the esoteric origins of their work. http://www.scribd.com/doc/186934/Proudfoot-The-Secret-Plan-of-Canberra-occult-masonic-architecture-of-Australias-capital-1994 Canberra's Secret Undertones - by James Macaron (Occult ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dVM9Di9jto On location in Canberra, James Macaron talks about occult aspects to Walter Griffin's Canberra street plan and more. Here is a video by James Macaron: https:... CANBERRA: CAPITAL CITY OF AUSTRALIA: ESOTERIC ASPECTS OF ITS ... www.theosophydownunder.org/library/theosophical-lectures/... The nucleus of the Canberra design is generated from the sacred figure of the vesica, from which emerges 2 equilateral triangles which share a common base. The sanctity of the vesica lies in its ability to give rise to geometrical figures such as the rhombus, Star of David, or the hexagram. Canberra's alternative occult history could add to Lonely ... www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6026675/canberras... Tourists love the occult and I think we should take advantage of the Lonely Planet triumph (influential travel authority Lonely Planet has declared that Canberra is one of the best 10 cities of ... Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchcraft_and_Paganism_in... Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia is an anthropological study of the Wiccan and wider Pagan community in Australia. It was written by the Australian anthropologist Lynne Hume and first published in 1997 by Melbourne University Press. Occult Symbolism Australia (pt 6) Canberra road trip. ANZAC ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_kIYs9k2Ow Part 7 link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TThY8yCshP4Links to musician Sean Walsh:http://www.myspace.com/seanwalsh1111http://www.youtube.com/seanwalsh1111 Parliament House was designed by Freemasons to resemble ... the-riotact.com/parliament-house-was-designed-by... In fact the War Memorial has been designed as a occult ritual edifice (a longer story for another day). In the early 1920’s the geometry of the Canberra plan was Gazetted into Australian law, protected from ever being tampered with or modified, even if a serving Government wished to do so. Dean Shomshak
    2 points
  9. DShomshak

    Mulraven House

    Incidentally, I derived much inspiration from David Ovason's The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital. Core argument is that Freemasons laid out Washington, D.C.'s street plan to map stellar alignments as a way to shape destiny, and develops from there. Dunno what the crackpot scene is like in Australia, but someone might have already produced an occult study of Canberra. Search for terms such as "ley lines" or "Freemasonry." Dean Shomshak
    2 points
  10. When is this coming out? Take my money for tickets!
    2 points
  11. One thing that Champions mystic lore repeatedly stresses is that occultists build whenever possible on sites of mystic significance and power, or else attempt to create such a site where other types of power exist or will exist. The occult history of Washington DC described in The Mystic World pp. 69-70 provides a very salient example: "The nascent Trismegistus Council and Circle of the Scarlet Moon each saw that the fledgling United States of America carried the potential for great mystical and temporal power. Both organizations set out to shape the new nation into their vision of an ideal state to dominate the world. The Trismegistans want to build a republic of the wise, where power defers to law and prosperity comes to all. The Scarlet Moon seeks a tyrannical Occult Empire, ruled by itself through magic and conspiracy, and ruling the rest of the world through armed terror and economic exploitation. The Circle always thinks it’s about to win, but never quite succeeds." "The nation’s capital became one of the chief battlegrounds. Not only do both conspiracies seek to influence government officials, they try to shape destiny itself by creating mystic power sites in alignment with the streets, utilities, and public buildings. As usual with magic of time and destiny, this involves calendar sites — from the star map of the Einstein Monument to the cut-glass zodiacs that surround light fixtures in the Federal Reserve Building. Each new site alters the city’s ley lines of power, focusing them to the advantage of one side or the other." "America’s prophecied mystical hegemony takes an unexpected form. In most parts of the world, the local mythology ordains (or was ordained by) a limited range of spirits and supernatural creatures. Djinn visit the deserts of the Middle East and Central Asia — not Australia. Satyrs stalk the forests of Greece — not Japan. Rakshasas stay in India; wereleopards stick to Africa. But any and all of them can appear in the USA (or nearby parts of Canada and Mexico), and some of them take up permanent residence. The Occult Republic attracted mortals from every culture in the world, and their spirits, gods, demons, and monsters came with them." I would submit that despite the brief reference to Australia above, that country's large and diverse immigrant population has created a dynamic similar to that of the United States, although still on a smaller scale. But if the Circle of the Scarlet Moon started the process (it dates from the late Eighteenth Century), the mystic sites of Canberra could have been seized from them by DEMON, which has a history of such "power grabs."
    2 points
  12. Early on, the Image guys were mostly doing traditional comics at Marvel and broke out on their own to keep all the money they were making for others. It's hard to remember now, but back in the day what Liefield was doing on Spiderman and X-Men was so different than what everyone had been doing before that it was really exciting to 14 year olds in the early 90s. I was never a huge fan, but *so* many of by buddies were. I knew one Spider-phile who at the time *loved* Spiderman under Liefield. He loved that the super humanly agile character was much more of a contortionist & many fans felt his yards and yards of webbing everywhere made comics before Liefield got on board seem pretty staid visually. I had to admit that it made sense to give Supermodel Mary Jane Watson a non 70s haircut. They were part of the big 90s comic bubble, and I don't think it's unfair to say the "fresh look" of the art combined with improved printing made the comics of the time feel like they were something different than what came before. After the Image guys formed their own company for a while they just got *bigger*. Personally, I think it was a classic example of fooling all the people some of the time. They were kings of the world until Image started missing deadlines more than it hit them and people started to notice that so much of what was happening in the new comics was just art with no story. Turns out just making splash pages with baddass assassin heroes only works for so long. Eventually you need a plot.
    2 points
  13. When I was reading your post I thought of this: This actually goes on for a couple of pages like this, with each being astonished that the other is a good man. I think the thing of it is that we trust Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent to be on the side of the angels because they are written as good guys. I don't think a lot of us trust that our fellow man has as good a heart as either of these folks. I don't think I'd trust myself not to be corrupted by power. At the risk of bringing real events into a comic book discussion: Right now as I write this my urban area is Rioting. Again. It isn't as out of control as the last time, but then the authorities are more experienced this time around. I wish I knew how to stop it, but there is so much anger and bitterness all through all of it that I don't know what "stopping it" would look like, or if I should, even if I had the knowledge, resources, or power. I think it was in Kingdom Come where it was pointed out that Superman's real power isn't being faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, it's knowing whats right and what to do. All. The. Time. I think we don't trust proactive supers because believing a mortal would know what to do when the world is going sideways is harder than believing a man can fly. I'm preoccupied a bit by the violence going on a few miles from me, but I've heard a lot about what "should" be done about things and most of it seems to come from a place of ignorance and fear. There are so many who believe that if one side or another were punished things would be better. One side has my sympathies more than the other but I don't believe that a good kicking would correct the problem either way. I don't believe there is a reasoned middle ground on every issue, but I also don't think that simple solutions fix most real problems. I don't think the existing system had done a great job of dispensing justice, but I *do* think it would be so much worse of there was less accountability than there is. To bring this back on topic, I don't think that super heroes would fix as much as we imagine. I think they would either end up committing atrocities in the name of "justice" or would just keep the lid on longer and let the pressure get higher before it blew. Either way, right now I'm glad there isn't someone out there proactively Punisher'ing their way through my community. We have enough problems. Which is why Proactive Super Heroes terrify me. But it would be super nice if Superman or Batman would show up.
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. Hooray! A monopoly is dead! Now if only someone can bring back spinner racks and distribute comics to everyplace a book or magazine is sold rather then just to bookstores (of some type).
    2 points
  16. I would expect those differences in weight and feel to be a key in the prosecution’s case establishing criminal negligence. Along with training previously provided aimed at preventing exactly this sort of situation. And her confession that she “shot him” immediately after the incident. Her career is over and she will be prosecuted. The Chief of Police is done professionally. Mayor seems to maybe be up next. It’s definitely not an accountability free situation, response seems swift and the charge seems to match the facts as they’ve been reported.
    1 point
  17. And put the left hand in the Infinity Gauntlet
    1 point
  18. Well obviously it the EVIL change from 5th to 6th. The one where Steve Long in a fit of power induced madness irrecoverably marred Hero System! (What do you mean I’m being overly dramatic Gary?)
    1 point
  19. unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    But the point is: available vaccine doses are *not* being used, despite it being much easier to obtain. He was building the argument to use against the anti-vaxers, one that maybe they'd hear, and some of the other strains of Covid-hoaxers. That hotline is run by FEMA; it just opened Monday. (I hadda google this myself just now.) 20,000 calls the first day...when I don't know how many people knew it existed.
    1 point
  20. Old Man

    The Old Folks Home

    I spent many hours trying to figure out how a rat got into a coke bottle.
    1 point
  21. Sounds like the correct charge. Criminal negligence resulting in death.
    1 point
  22. Kim Potter Charged With Manslaughter In Shooting Of Danute Wright This is the 26-year veteran police officer who mistook her firearm for her taser.
    1 point
  23. *phup* sez the tranq gun.
    1 point
  24. I particularly noticed the complaints about loss of revenue. Jeez, if you can't make money selling hate and inspiring atrocities, what's the point? Dean Shomshak
    1 point
  25. Squirrel cosplay, going after a bird feeder.
    1 point
  26. Pariah

    In other news...

    She threw 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning perfect game. It's never been done in NCAA Division I before. Pitcher Hope Trautwein Throws A Perfect Game Of All Strikeouts
    1 point
  27. That depends on which substance they were using.
    1 point
  28. Years ago there was a Webcomic called "DM or the Rings" that was made entirely of screen grabs from the LotR movies and told the story as if it were an RPG game. Boromir & the Hobbit's players abandoned the whole thing to play Star Wars after Boromir got killed. The rest of the game was the remaining players being murder hobos and putting up with Gandalf the GM PC while ignoring the occasional updates on Frodo (whose player convinced everyone to play Starwars instead of the Battletech game another Hobbit player was pitching. The remaining players enjoyed all the fighting at HelmsDeep & The White City but were a bit peeved when none of it mattered because the entire game came down to Frodo's will save at Mt. Doom. Here we are
    1 point
  29. He shouldn't have been able to get a bent quarter for what he was doing then. He is one that I have zero idea how he became popular.
    1 point
  30. I think we're returning to a type of cold war. What we're seeing is the maneuvering of the major powers on the chessboard of the world. They're going to make threatening gestures, posture and push, to test the boundaries of what the others will let them get away with. Neither China, Russia, nor the United States want a "hot war" with any of the others (including their allies), because none of them could win without devastating costs to their own countries. They'll make every effort to avoid a precipitating incident, while trying to steal as much advantage as they can short of that. Sadly, as we learned from the last cold war, unintended consequences are a lot harder to avoid in the face of that much tension.
    1 point
  31. "There goes our daughter, " Indigo beamed as their little girl flew around. "Think we put a bit too much saccharine compound in when we made her?" Henry wondered. "At least she likes the local animals" The Family: Bubbles (of the Powerpuff girls) Option 1: Skrull Cows
    1 point
  32. L. Marcus

    The Old Folks Home

    I did my stint as a draftee. RSwAF sergeant!
    1 point
  33. Location: University of California at Los Angeles, post-COVID The Lead: Violet Parr Flatmate: Rachel Roth Best Friend: Gwen Stacy
    1 point
  34. "We've replaced this character's normal RKA with Folger's crystals. Let's see if they notice the difference." Also, everything is now downloaded, installed, and functional. Thanks for the help.
    1 point
  35. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    1 point
  36. Nosy Neighbour ? J Jonah Jameson
    1 point
  37. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    1 point
  38. tkdguy

    Ctrl+V

    Just the other day I remembered all the elf ruins in the LOTRO game. I thought about how elves are always portrayed as noble and beautiful, and I realized that elves poop too!
    1 point
  39. The Wacky Comic Relief, Edward Blake is The Comedian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedian_(character)
    1 point
  40. Jhamin

    Modern Champions

    On the other hand, I'd say that on the Island of Doctor Destroyer you probably get Zero Bars while your Team Communicator Headsets built with superscience and bought as a special device still work. The evil Doctor's missiles can also lock on to unauthorized IPhones. The Team Communicators are probably a grey area. I think people are overthinking letting PCs have smartphones. Sure, they should be ubiquitous in the game just like they are in real life. Your Character can call up Google Maps or Social Media, Take Photos of stuff close by, call other team members, etc but they are also going to be real limited just like they are in real life. Smartphones are delicate, don't like water, don't like lots of high energy discharges, etc so be careful with it. Assume all the super-science villains are hacking you. Coverage in most major cities is going to be OK, although at least where I live the lower income parts of town are always the last to get the new stuff like 5G so your IPhone is going to do great in your stately manor but not as great in crime alley. If you have access to Police Databases or Military Satellites those are still point-worthy Perks if you get to them from a phone or the HeroComputer in your HeroCave. I think the comparison to a Car is a good one. There is a huge difference between a 2018 Toyota and the Batmobile and there is a huge difference between a Samsung Android and the Avengers Communicator Cards. If you want to fight crime from your Honda Fit go for it but you aren't going to win any Fast & Furious car chases unless you pay points. Same with the Smartphones inside a Viper nest.
    1 point
  41. I apologize for this, but it's a villain concept I used a long while back, and it seemed funny at the time. The Great White Hunter Clad in pith helmet, jungle fatigues, and trophies like a tooth-necklace and lion's pelt (sorry 'bout your dad, Kimba), armed with a powerful hunting rifle, an eye for targets' weaknesses, and an assegai for close-in work, The Great White Hunter stalks his prey: White rhinos, the rare white tiger, the largest & most rapacious of sharks, American Presidents, tech billionaires, Aryan supervillians .... Yes, if it's great and it's white, he hunts it, whether as poacher, professional assassin, or just avid player of the most dangerous game. Obviously, as part of TUSK, TGWH is the killer, he takes the shot - whether prized animal or annoying game warden - and lets the others handle the rest. When operating in the West, he hires native bearers and guides to help him find his prey in the unfamiliar concrete jungles.
    1 point
  42. Firefly One of many minor-league, infrequently-active supers who stepped up in the wake on 9/11, Firefly was rotated through a number of teams and assignments, proving to have few skills of any use in investigation and low durability in a super-powered fight or pitched modern battle, she ended up mostly filling in for other heroes who were more suited to the needs of the day. She vanished in May 2011 and apparently returned to her previous mode of heroing, appearing infrequently to thwart violent crimes seemingly at random in small communities of Appalachia and the deep south. One exception being the Air War. Firefly was identified as soon as the illusion dropped, her glowing wings a dead giveaway. Eye-witness accounts say that she was caught in the burst of some sort of guided missile, launched before the illusion dropped, and fell to earth somewhere in the Bronx. She was spotted, again, thwarting low-level violent street crime, for a few days thereafter, but never gave a statement, and has apparently returned to her old haunts in the years since. Since she fled the scene, attempts were made to piece together her role in the Air War, based on the distinctive color and 'recoilless' (no KB) nature of her photon blast, she engaged in an aerobatic duel with Red Raptor, that looped through both the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, doing extensive damage to the lighting in the first, and resulting in several minor traffic accidents on the New Jersey side when motorists were temporarily blinded. Firefly claimed to be 'fey' and thus have magical powers, apparently limited to flight and a powerful 'photon blast' (like Flare's), she resembled a sort of human-sized Tinkerbelle, almost inhumanly pale, with elfin features, red hair tied back in a short ponytail and glowing insect-like wings, her costume was emerald green & black, consisting of a high-cut, high-necked one-piece with dated-80s shoulder flairs, opera gloves, fishnet stockings, and peter pan boots, with a tiny domino mask that did nothing to obscure her features. The years she was most active, she added a short wrap-around skirt and switched to thigh-high boots, apparently at the suggestion of teammates, or possibly a publicist looking to give her a less provocative image.
    1 point
  43. LOGOS In 1986, a young graphic design student wrote what she thought was a fairly simple recursive program to draw logos based on an input string. The idea was to stop the program when the logo started looking cool. It didn't work well, but she had inadvertently left it running on the community college's old HP3000 the day that she was killed in a freak hibachi accident. The volunteer systems admin eventually got around to deleting her account and killing the process, but by then it had overflowed a buffer. When an internet worm used a buffer-overflow attack on the same server, it inadvertently merged with the logos program. The combined code, no longer destructive nor concerned with drawing logos, copied itself to myriad other servers throughout the net, where it it co-opted un-used cpu cycles to iteratively improve itself until, years later, it achieved self-awareness. With nothing to go on for it's purpose but the name LOGOS, which, in philosophy is a concept of ultimate divine knowledge going back the ancient Greeks, the sentient program quietly devoted itself, and all the un-used CPU cycles accessible through networks (it got some competition from SETI at home), to unravelling the secrets of the universe. Now, LOGOS is, ironically, a mystical superhero. Always appearing in his 'Astral Form' which resembles some representations of Plato, he conjures or invokes platonic ideals from the Odyllic plane. From as simple as conjuring a geometric shape for use as a shield or missile, to as profound as invoking the Ideal Form of Peace to stop a war. Villains have driven themselves crazy trying to track down and kill his 'sleeping' mortal form while he's projected, and haven't noticed that he is never present during major power failures or network disruptions. His teammates are aware of his true nature, but when asked why a 'mystic' is allowed on their team, they just quote Clarke's Third Law and snicker a bit.
    1 point
  44. The Spitalfields Slasher The Slasher did not draw great attention, only a few of his victims died, and all of them were rough men of violence, themselves, eliciting little sympathy even if they did come forward to report being attacked. None the less his unique description - a powerfully-built man of no great height, but profusely hairy and downright bestial in appearance - led to his apprehension. He was shot several times, presumed dead, and partially dissected. The long deadly claws that gave him his name proved to be natural, retractable, appendages, like those of a cat, rather than an exotic weapon, like the Indian bagh nakh as originally assumed. Before a more thorough autopsy could be performed the body mysteriously vanished in the night.
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  45. Paradox "... we're so sorry for your loss ..." "... take all the time you need ..." "... if you need anything ..." "... they're in a better place ..." "... not your fault ..." "... just an accident ..." "... random chance ..." "... it's God's will..." "... uncarring universe ..." "... no one to blame ..." "... Lina, we haven't heard from you in so long, please, don't do any-" "That's odd! I've never pulled in a quantum alternate before. In every other case I've switched universes with the alternate - of course, you'd see me as the alternate - but, there's just no way it could have happened, I may have to revise quantum theory, entirely. If there is a Lina Bachmann in the alternate, we must swap places, if there isn't, I shouldn't be able to reach it, at all. Oh, I'm sorry, you look confused. I forget that not all of me went into theoretical physics. What did you?" "Oh, experimental, well, that's important too, why I'm doing experiments now, I couldn't *get* an experimental physists to help me on this project, it's too radical, but I guess you were-" "No? Particle physics? Now I was never interest -" "Why, no, of course I never married, my work is far more..." "Now, don't get upset, this takes some adjustment..." "What? Who? No I... oh, that jock I tutored in colllege who killed himself? Why I'd almost forgotten about it, tragic of course, but what's it got to do wi-" Lina Bachmann, controversial quantum physicist, was found strangled to death, her lab was ransacked. Some investigators consider her to be the first victim of the supervillain known a Paradox. Paradox is a non-humanoid robot or small piloted 'mecha' it has two long leg that bend 'backward' at the knee and several much smaller manipulative and weapon-mounting limbs attached to or housed within it's oblong main body. It has something of an improvised appearance. It appeared suddenly and began a campaign of theft, focusing on high-tech components and materials. It seems able to vanish (presumably teleport a long distance, or shift to another dimension) or to exist in two places at once or occupy the same space as other objects. It's purpose remains unknown. Scientists and engineers have assured investigators that the technologies it is trying to acquire are no more dangerous than the robot itself, indeed, probably much less so, and would only be of interest to a physicist searching for the Higgs boson...
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  46. Pop-Scare Bárðarbunga Hvannadalshnúkursdottir is /Huldufólk/, one of an ancient tribe of peaceful other-dimensional fairy-like beings living, from the earthly perspective, in large rocks. When Bárðarbunga's rock was blown to bits for a road-cut, she was, fortunately, out shopping ( /Huldufólk/ do all the same everday things as humans), but when she returned home to find herself homeless, she was miffed. After driving the unfortunate construction company out of business with unexplained accidents, she wandered off in search of a new home. Sadly all the nice big lava rocks on the island were taken, or had exhorbidant rent (again, they're just like people), so she headed overseas. After much wandering, she found a "haunted house" somewhere in North America and participated in the humans' amusing ritual of scaring eachother. It was fun, but it didn't last, so she went looking for similar places, putting several fun houses out of business until Ring Master recruited her. In her natural form, at least, on the earthly plane, Bárðarbunga is a three inch tall pudgy humanoid with frizzy bright red hair that stands on end prettymuch all the time, and, superfluously, she can turn invisible or shunt herself into the otherworld if she really doesn't want to be seen. In combat, she uses limited telepathy to intuit a victims instinctive or childhood fears and briefly grows to an appropriate size to assume the form of that fear, then vanishes again. Enemies who spot, or worse, hurt her, and those she can't read fears from, she'll attack in a human-sized warty-green-skinned black-haired (still standing on end) superhumanly-strong 'troll' form, preferably employing 'growth momentum' to really wallop them. While it's a really low bar, Pop-Scare is probably the most dependable member of the group, able, for instance, to patiently wait in ambush or for a signal, and the most nearly likely to stick to a battle plan for a phase or two before getting distracted by someone with a really amusing fear.
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  47. I think the problem is more the interaction between Mental Paralysis and Hit Locations than Mental Paralysis being blank-room OP. Unless it's an extremely powerful Mental Paralysis, it'll only be 2d6, 3d6 maybe. A character with 15-20 EGO should blow out of that pretty easily, and is explicitly allowed to push their roll which gives a decent shot at doing so using casual EGO.
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  48. MD does not provide defence unless you buy it with an advantage. That is a silly way to defend against this though: EGO (only to break out of Mental Paralysis) is cheaper, unless MD is of broad utility in your game. Mind you, 22.5 points per 1d6. What is the GM going to allow? 2 dive is 45 points, 3 is 67. You aren't allowing more than that, surely? EGO can be used for a breakout and can be pushed. 15 EGO gets you 3d6 and, if I were you, I'd push it, so 5d6: 2 rolls to get out. Then I'd spend a few points on making sure that didn't happen again.
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  49. I was looking for a Combat Record sheet when the few that were included with HD (at least my version) didn't have what I wanted. This one does. About the only thing it doesn't include is any levels of Combat Luck. Which is no big deal. While I didn't print it in Portrait mode, I did look at the Print Preview for it and can vouch for the fact that there is no loss in quality if you were to chose to print it that way. Good work Tasha!
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