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  1. Re: Alternate Earth Characters #11


    Mike the Demoness: Heaven and Hell are still as present as ever, so his succubus would still be able to find him and mind-swap with him... and so, Mike, not worried so much about the nature of the supernatural as how he/she can use it, would find any number of uses as an immortal being who can assume any number of mortal shapes and call up fire. Of course, with Hell on Earth being so literal (Armageddon already having /happened/), there are probably a lot of other demons running around, who Mike's going to /need/ all those abilities to defend his home town/tribe/whatever against...


    Rubber Mousie: Aliens can pop a wormhole onto a post-apocalyptic Earth and abduct a human from there as easily as they can from the original RM's world, and all the off-Earth events that ensued, and the on-Earth ones that led to her current gelatinous state. Would probably find a struggling on-the-way-up recovering micronation to help out, and put her talents to use keeping any attackers from doing it harm.

  2. Re: Alternate Earth Characters #10


    Mike the Robo-Demon: Even robots have 'robot hell' and the 'robot devil' (just watch Futurama). Mike, a bog-standard bot who doesn't compute in such things, one day finds his processor swapped into a robo-hell battlebot's chassis...


    Rubber Mousie: Abducted by aliens, but instead of the process leaving her mostly dead, it leaves her all the way dead, so they take the patterns of her brain and add them to a mixture of strange substances, using it as the baseline to program their nano-morph, a sort of T-1000 sent back to learn about Earth.

  3. Re: Alternate Earth #9


    Mike the Demoness: Without a renaissance having taken place to undermine the Church and introduce the scientific method, it's doubtful Mike would have been an atheist before meeting the succubus who mind-swapped with him. Upon discovering his/her new demonic state, and truly believing in the divine, she'd have immediately prayed for forgiveness and redemption... and is now 'Mike the Angel', doing whatever good works she can think of.


    Rubber Mousie: Her origin includes being abducted by aliens, among other events, so she'd probably still be pretty much herself. Though she'd have a different name for herself; maybe 'Black Water'. "Vile fiend, you think your sword can hurt me, and your armor protects you? Let me show you how useless such solid objects are against flowing water..."

  4. Re: Alternate Earth Characters: Heinlein-verse


    Mike the Demoness: There are a /lot/ of hells that have been written about... and in most of them, infinite torture for finite sins is, in her mind, very, very injust. The various heavens are about to get an influx of large numbers of damned souls who've just rebelled against their demons...


    Rubber Mousie: "Okay, so if we're all fictional characters in somebody's book or movie or comic or whatever... can I meet whoever's writing me? Hello, Authour? You listening up there? Any chance I can give you some input on what you should write about me next?"

  5. Re: Alternate Earth Characters #5


    Mike the Demoness: Instead of being a rationalist-and-thus-atheist who got body-swapped with a magical creature of evil, he'd be a rationalist-and-thus-atechnologist who got body-swapped with, say, an android, a creature that's only supposed to exist in stories.


    Rubber Mousie: "Let me give you one piece of advice. If you ever find a bottle, about four feet high, that looks empty - never, ever open it, unless you want to get sucked inside and turned into Genie Cola. Those genies get /mad/ after being bottled up for a few millenia, and once they're freed, are only too happy to return the favour..."

  6. Re: Alternate Earth Characters #14


    Mike the Demoness: Subjected to a 'soul-ripper' software, his mind has beep uploaded into the Net against his will, while someone downloaded themselves into his original body. Taking the online avatar of a flaming demoness (to express his rage, not to mention swapping genders to throw off anyone hunting him), he searches for the software required to return him to meatspace, and his original body to return to, and happens to right a few wrongs as she hops from website to website...


    Rubber Mousie: I'll probably go with the 'clueless civilian abducted by a megacorp, experimented on, turned into something strange, escaped, now seeks revenge' cliche.

  7. Re: Alternate Earth #22—World of your Dreams


    Mike the Demoness wakes up, an ordinary human. "Huh. I had the weirdest dream, where I was some sort of demoness..." He separates amicably from his one-night stand, and returns to ordinary, mortal life, understandable rationally, with nothing supernatural going on at all. The biggest discrepancy not created by outside influence, now he owns a dog. His teammates probably manage to have the supernatural start bubbling up.


    Rubber Mousie: Just like her real, superheroing life, only now she gets to do some of it /in space/!

  8. Re: Alternate Earth #25: What's up, Doc?


    Mike the Demoness: Would discover she now has a home in 'cartoon hell', and can't seem to get rid of this pitchfork no matter how hard she tries. Probably chased by slobbering males much like Minerva Mink is, and gets to use her flames at full power to discourage them without worrying about doing more than turning them into a pile of black ash with blinking eyeballs.


    Rubber Mousie: Effectively, she already /is/ a cartoon character, including being able to perform Wild Takes of eyes bugging out, jaw dropping, etc.

  9. Re: Alternate Earth #25 National Capes


    Mike the Demoness: Although it would seem to be a natural fit, she's going to strictly avoid joining up with any 'Hells on Earth'. She doesn't need to eat, doesn't age, and is otherwise generally quite independent from needing anyone else; she just might declare herself a Sovereign individual, a nation of one. With complications starting to come in when other people start asking to immigrate to and join her country...


    Rubber Mousie: Champion of Niagara Falls, which was transformed first by Nikola Tesla's massive AC generators, and then the rest of his superscience inventions. Being made of rubber, she's naturally fairly immune to all the electric bolts that fly around overhead or at random intervals.

  10. Re: Alternate Earth #23(?): Living In The Wild, Wild West


    Mike the Demoness: The War Between Heaven And Hell has changed surprisingly little between the 19th and 21st centuries, so she'd be virtually unchanged - a freethinker who didn't believe in gods or demons who got suckered by a succubus into swapping bodies with her. Probably ends up with a Manhunter sort of schtick - pick a new mortal shape, enter the town, search town for useful supernatural people or objects, incidentally have her Protective of Innocents called on to save a schoolmarm or the like, go full demoness for the showdown, then ride on out into the sunset... just as the local era's version of the Holy Water Gun brigade shows up there on her trail.


    Rubber Mousie is a bit tough (for a change). Possibly, she's even the same original person, from the present, scooped up by an alien wormhole... only when they sent her back to Earth, they flipped a sign, and put her on the wrong one, in the wrong time. After an initial adjustment period, this could segue into a Sliders style alternate-world campaign...

  11. Re: what would your character do #38


    Mike the Demoness: The campaign she's about to join has already had this happen to her teammates at least once. There are a number of possibilities for her own doppleganger, but for the sake of argument, let's say that it's the body of an unfallen angel (bird-wings instead of bat, white and blue color-scheme instead of black and red, etc), with the mind of an intolerant mortal True Believer (instead of an atheist) who 'lets God sort them out', currently enslaved by use of her True Name by the team-leader or mastermind. As currently written, she has Desolid against fire, but her own fire has Affects Desolid, which cancels that out, so she and Mike the Angel would probably wrap their hands around each other's throats, each burning the other with their respective supernatural flames until they're charred solid and have to wait for their Healing with Resurrection to kick in. Mike the Demoness is Protective of Innocents, so is going to do her best to keep this innocent-slaying angel from hurting anyone else for as long as she can manage... even if it requires use of her Life Support: Immunity to Aging. The overall battle will have to be determined by her teammates...


    Rubber Mousie: Evil Mousie: "Say, I've been wondering, if two of me ever existed, and touched each other, would we stay ourselves, or merge into a single being with one or two minds?" Good Mousie: "Thanks, but I'm happy being me." Evil Mousie: "I'm not. Let's find out, shall we?" Insert chase scene through most of the rest of the battle as EM tries to meld with GM to see what'll happen, even if it kills both of them. Again, mostly a stalemate, though GM will, if she's smart, aim the chase so she can bounce off the other bad guys to disrupt their attacks as she bobs and weaves.

  12. Re: What would you do? what would you do?


    Rubber Mousie, despite any jokes about a mouse saving a cat, would calmly walk towards the psycho... and keep walking into him, flowing around him. (Clinging with Damage Shield). Gently, she'd use her Power Skill of Slight of Hand to slip the kitten through her substance to a counter or something... and then get to work with her Martial Art NNDs, doing unpleasant things to the psycho she's just engulfed until he's not a threat anymore. Probably ends up buying/adopting the kitten.


    Mike the Demoness: "If you harm a hair on that cat's head, I'll make sure she gets to haunt you every day and night for the rest of your life. You think your hairballs are bad now, wait until a ghostly feline can jump right through your lungs." She doesn't actually know how to turn a dead animal's spirit into a poltergeist tied to its killer... then again, she's got a VPP with No Conscious Control, so for all she knows, she actually /can/, if the GM finds the idea amusing. As she talks, she keeps walking closer, until she can... stick her finger in the gunbarrel. She's got pretty good defenses, plus Healing with Regeneration in case they fail. Her hellfire has the -0 limitation/adder, 'cannot harm innocents', and in this case, a kitten is about as innocent as one can get... so once the gun's no longer a threat, it's time to start turning up the heat. She'll probably adopt the kitten, too; if her plan goes wrong, and it dies, it'll probably hang around with her anyway in spirit form, batting at her flames, flying around her head, and generally being a cute, innocent, angelic counterpart to her icky, lizardy demonic familiar Follower.

  13. Re: What would Your Character Do? #57


    Mike the Demoness: An Alsatian or husky. "Ha ha, very funny. I know I said I was looking for a way to be swapped into a mortal body, but this isn't what I meant, and you know it. Do you have any idea the trouble a dog in a demon's body, with a demon's powers, can do?" And off the team goes to collect the pooch-minded demoness, who's now chasing cars (and catching them), incinerating noisy vacuum cleaners, watering fire hydrants with napalm, and doing unmentionable things to cats and/or dogs.


    Rubber Mousie: A black lab. "/Man/, it's hard getting used to having a skeletal system, and muscles anchored in specific places that can only contract. Anyone have any idea what happened to me? Lightning bolt, magic spell, spilled chemicals, villain with a mind-swapping gun...? No? Oh. Well, uh, is there any room on the team for a talking dog? I guess I can't flow through a screen door anymore, but I think I can watch people without them realizing I can report on what I see..."

  14. Re: What would your character do #56?


    Mike the Demoness is already able to assume the forms of mortals of both genders, and has yet to gain complete mastery over that ability... so this is something that happens to her fairly regularly.


    Rubber Mousie: It's hard to tell if gender even really /applies/ to her anymore, as she's made of a piece of sentient latex (goo or rubber, take your pick) that she can reform at will to have bumps or concavities in any given spot. She'd probably just jump in the jacuzzi, let the bubbles froth her around for a while, and pick whatever sort of shape or limbs she wants when she finally pulls herself back together and gets out.

  15. Re: WWYCD (kind of): Advice Time for Scarlet!


    Mike the Demoness: "You're asking /me/? Are you sure that's a good idea, what with the horns, goat legs, fire, and so on? Well, it's your choice, I guess. I could say a few things about what happens when your goal is getting something big to burn forever in the night, but you can probably guess what they'd be. My advice to you - figure out what your long-term life-goals are, and if going public will help you reach them, go for it. If it won't, don't."


    Rubber Mousie: "The fact that I'm made of a living rubbery goo makes the whole 'secret identity' thing fairly academic for me. But tell you what - before you make up your mind, why don't you go online, and look up the statistics on how often police officers, who don't have secret IDs, get killed or hurt while they're off-duty, or have their families hurt?"

  16. Re: WWYCD: Mindset


    Mike the Demoness is a secular humanist, with rationalist, neo-objectivist, and libertarian leanings. (And some of her Hunteds-of-the-week think the fact that a demon espouses atheism is proof that it's really devil-worshipping in disguise... and break out the holy-water pistols... but I digress...)


    "My goal is to preserve and promote human, and other sentient, life, starting with my own but including everyone else's as a close second. To do that, I want to live in a country where the rule of law is enforced, as long as those laws are designed to protect the individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Where those laws fail in that task, I'll violate them if I feel I need to in order to preserve lives, and then deal with whatever the local justice system has to say about that."


    "If a government is unable to protect its citizens, then it falls on us, the citizens, to protect ourselves, in the name of self-defense. If somebody is pointing a gun at you and threatens to shoot you, then it's within your rights to use lethal force to save your own life at the expense of his. By initiating force against you, he has demonstrated that he does not wish to live by the rules of civilized society, and thus does not deserve the protections such a society offers to those who /do/ follow its rules. If you prefer to use other methods to save lives, such as altering an attacker's mind so that they no longer pose a threat - or, even better, so that they start living by the law of the land - that's on the same moral ground."


    "Just don't let me catch you violating any minds without permission, outside of the necessity of self-defense or the common defense of others, or else you might feel a touch of the flames of your afterlife a bit early, yourself..."

  17. Re: More comfortable in fire than out


    "Baptized in the Fires of Hell"



    0 endurance



    Only vs "The Fires of Hell"

    Cannot Pass through Solid Matter/Not actually desolid (This could be partially advantageous because, in the rare instance Hellfire was used to attack someone else, the character could possibly interpose their body to block the attack)


    To be "Book legal" the character would also have to buy Affects Real World on their strength and effects mean to harm others.


    I'd find it simpler to say define Hellfire as not effecting Hellborn as a standard features of the "Energy Type" (similar to the suggestions in the Ultimate Energy Projector). If the The Fires of Hell are truly a 666d6 KA then the character isn't taking the other PCs on any tours of their home town or anything and Hellfire (in most of my campaigns) wouldn't be a common attack type and most of the types that would use it would know it doesn't effect Hellborn so wouldn't bother.


    Hm... In that case, it would probably be simplest to ignore the actual game-stats involved in the home town's fires burning unless/until it comes into play (after all, according to Dante, at least some parts of Hell have already started to freeze over, so it's not /all/ smoke and brimstone), and simply deal with how the character interacts with the ordinary game-world's flames.



    (Hm... now I'm wondering if it would be worth trying to build "Extra-Dimensional Movement, requires someone in the target dimension to perform a summoning ritual for future reference...)

  18. Re: More comfortable in fire than out


    I'll rep you once I reload (all outta ammo). So then... why not just buy Armor (rED' date=' only vs. fiery doom, -1 1/2)? Or am I missing something else?[/quote']


    Because the Fires Of Hell, which is what this ability is supposed to be able to withstand, are somewhere around, oh, let's say 66d6 Killing, which needs a /lot/ of Armor. (I'm just guessing on that number - it may, in fact, be 666d6; or merely whatever the environmental conditions at the centre of the Earth are.) Mere Earthly flames are a trifle in comparison, about as dangerous as the local air.

  19. Re: More comfortable in fire than out


    Does people with True Faith include religious fanatics and/or devil worshippers? If so I would make it -1/4. DEMON will kick his ass.


    It's kind of a DC's "Vertigo" style of thing. Dealing with where souls go in a game is always something of a touchy subject, of course, but one way to describe this bit would be "the afterlife coming to call early". If the mortal is, at present, truly destined for a pleasant afterlife, do not pass purgatory, then there's nothing in them for these hell-flames to actually catch hold of and burn. (The flames may have certain side-effects, such as incinerating their clothes or setting a forest ablaze, but the mortal wouldn't actually be damaged by the hell-flames themselves.)


    If these devil-worshipers' worshiped devil has promised (and is able to fulfill that promise) of sending them to an afterlife of debauchery instead of torment, and the worshipers are fulfilling their end of the compact, then I expect they'd be as immune as any saint.

  20. Re: More comfortable in fire than out


    Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to propose the Desolid version, and ask for GM's permission to skip having to buy 'affects solid' for everything else.



    (Now, all I have to do is figure out if "Does not affect true innocents or people possessing True Faith in their religion" is worth more than a -0 Limit on his Fire EC... or if there's a decent Limitation to describe 'His fire-based Damage shield occasionally accidentally activates when his emotions run high'...)

  21. Re: WWYCD 101:A question of faith


    Another possible complication for Bunny's approach: happy that their sacrifice survived the sacrifice, the local villagers may ask her to come back next year to repeat the event (and the year after that, and so on and so forth). (And, if she's unlucky, decide to keep her around whether she wants to or not...)

  22. Re: WWYCD 101:A question of faith


    One problem: the sacrifice must be a virgin and none of the characters in her game qualify. :D


    Well, she'd never have done anything to disqualify herself while on /this/ Earth - and if it'll save the sacrificee's life (and that of future sacrificees), she's perfectly willing to fail to mention anything she might have done on any /other/ Earth.


    Besides, it's an SF trope that prophets get to make up their own rules on the subject - see Michael from "Stranger in a Strange Land", for one example.



    Another potential complication might be that her limbs are removable cybernetics - and, of course, those people who expect her to save them from a volcano will also expect her body to be perfect as it is without need of such "mortal disguises" - leaving her literally trapped on a pedestal. If anybody expressed a wish to imitate her appearance in this way, along the lines of a priest of Odin removing an eye, she'd put a stop to it as quickly as possible - if she had any say on the matter. I'm starting to have some strange thoughts about her ending up as a "deity" who has no input into what her church does in her name, which is usually where the PCs come /into/ things (anybody recall Llandru?)... hopefully, it'll be in the near future, and not after she'd been sitting in that temple for a few thousand years. (Of course, even if it is, the version of Bunny I use for WWYCDs is after the campaign Nexus is referring to, when she's had some experience with time travel...)

  23. Re: WWYCD 101:A question of faith


    If I was the GM of that situation' date=' the giggles turning into evil maniacal laughter would stop the game for five minutes. I'd hug the player for doing it, then have my fun :)[/quote']


    Okay, since you put it that way - exactly what fun /would/ you have with poor, resurrected Bunny? :)

  24. Re: WWYCD #124 or so:Peace on Earth


    Everybody's favorite fem-fur, Bunny, hasn't acquired any arch-nemesis yet... however, given her future time-travelling, it's entirely possible that she'll discover that one of her time-travelling future selves /is/ her arch-enemy, and the pair will eye each other warily now that Future-Bunny has been revealed.


    Other than that - Bunny will whip out her cell-phone, her credit card, and call up her charity foundation's board for a fast brainstorm on how a temporarily enforced lack of violence can be leveraged to improve the charity's operations afterwards - for example, arranging for a non-violent containment of some extraordinarily-violent individuals (whether super-villain or just generalissimo)...

  25. Re: WWYCD 101:A question of faith


    One possibility for Bunny would be to ask what method the sacrifice employed - and if it was something her nanites could heal her from (garrotting, chest-knifing, or something else simple), she'd volunteer to /be/ the sacrifice.


    And then, after all the proper forms were fulfilled and she was officially "dead", she'd get up from the tomb and attempt a little creative myth-making about her being the /last/ sacrifice, based on certain mystery cults from Earth's own past (Osiris, Orpheus, Asclepius, and all those other dead-and-revived fellows)...

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