||[Jun. 2nd, 2005|10:07 pm]
Wild Cards Universe
I’m sorry if my last log wasn’t very clear. My access has been spotty, so I didn’t have much time to explain everything.
The characters this year are:
Victoria Sesser (No ace name): Same character from last year. Telepathy and telekinesis. Still works in a detective agency.
Dick Scott Wood (Lumberjack): Superstrong, super hairy and super gay. Say his real name 3 times fast and see how much of a joke the character is. I’m interested in seeing how far the player is willing to take this joke, especially with the gritty tone of the game.
Chris Allen (No ace name): An anarchist punk rocker with telekinesis powers.
Lucian (Lucifer): Rich snob with lots of zappy-zappy powers. Also transforms slightly into a devil when he uses them. The player is a powergamer, but also roleplays fairly well.
Khulan (Hawkeye): Sharpshooter with super vision abilities. Not a very interesting character. I think she names all of her characters Khulan, no matter how little sense it makes. On Wild Cards Earth, her parent are either asian or major hippies. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have enough concept behind the character to know for sure.
Unknown (J-pop): Cybernetic ace who rebuilt himself in honor of MegaMan (yes, the videogame character). Pure powergamer, but I do give him credit for having a theme.
Jay: I don’t know if that’s his real name or part of an ace name, but he’s a major groupie. He just hangs around anything that’s even remotely cool. He is super fast and can stun people just by talking to them. Most people don’t know about that though. They just know that he hangs on to people and so they have dubbed him Annoying Boy. We’ll see where this character goes.
One other player who hasn’t made much of an impression yet. All I know is that the character has a big gun and a kid. I don’t even know if it’s his kid. Oh, and apparently his parents thought it was a good idea to name him Twix.
In the first session, all of the characters were attending a concert given as a benefit for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation so that they could buy a degrading building, renovate it and rent it out at very reasonable rates to people in need (The TNDC is real and that’s what they do). Chris was a member of a band performing for the benefit. Victoria was part of the security contingent. Lucian was one of the major donors. Everyone else was just attending.
Then the Specials attacked. I borrowed the characters from a very funny superhero movie called “The Specials.” The closest thing to it that people have heard about would be “Mystery Men,” but most of the humor of the Specials revolves around the fact that they are very dysfunctional people, whether they have superpowers or not.
In my scenario, the Specials are an ace gang who try and stir up trouble. They are:
Strobe: the leader of the Specials. He also has a wicked laser blast.
The Weevil: Equipped with super strength, super agility and super senses, he also has a potent charisma.
Ms Indestructible: Her skin is indestructible, but her eyes are vulnerable. She’s also involved with Strobe and Weevil.
Power Chick: able to absorb properties from any material she touches, she is also a lesbian.
GI Bill: Super strong and super dumb.
Amok: Able to project antimatter blasts from his hands. Also has blue skin.
Minute Man: Has shrinking powers. In the movie, his super name kept getting
mispronounced, a trend that continued as the fight progressed.
I tried to build all of the Specials using the same restrictions I gave to the PCs. (If there is interest, I will go into detail on the GURPS rules and my limitations) Unfortunately, I did not build them to obliterate the opposition. The PCs, however, were. A couple of the Specials became victims of mega-attacks from Lucifer and J-pop. Victoria used a technique she favored last year: putting the enemy to sleep. The changes in the rules for GURPS 4th edition made this much easier and I think she appreciated that.
Needless to say, by the time the smoke cleared, a number of the Specials were smoking piles of ash, a couple were asleep, and all were soundly defeated. Since this is a modern setting, purveyors of that kind of brutality are promptly arrested and put away for the good of society.
However, someone thought these micreants could be put to use to help society. That someone was Federal Agent Helene Carlisle. (Bonus XPs if you know who she is.)
You see, while the Specials were having their innards exposed to all and sundry, someone kidnapped Golden Boy, one of the most powerful and famous aces on the planet. And whoever did it was probably also behind the kidnapping of Carnifex and a wide variety of aces all over the world. So Agent Carlisle has to find some unusual sources of help, namely the first batch of aces she can get her hands on. The PCs.
Chris took a bit of convincing, though. He is a radical anarchist, but oddly enough the least violent of the group. Since any charges against him would be fairly minor, he could fight them on his own fairly easily. And since he would love nothing more than to stick it to those rich fat cats, he wasn't much for helping out Golden Boy. Ultimately, Agent Carlisle had to emphasize the authority within the system and the access to that her "deputies" would have.
That's where the first session ended.
Now we begin the investigation.
Golden Boy's SF home (He's an investor in the TNDC and sometimes likes to be close to his money) is in Nob Hill, among the wondrous twisting streets that are one of SF's trademarks. From the front yard, nothing seems amiss. In the back yard, however, there is a hole in the wall of the house and a skidmark in the grass of roughly human proportions.
Going into the hole leads to the bedroom which is utterly smashed. Interesting fluids that probably aren't paint decorate the walls.
Luckily, there was a witness. A Ms. Ione McKiernan. (We saw her last year as the lovely Dragonfly) She was spending the night with Golden Boy when he was kidnapped. She described a number of bizzare jokers who appeared and tried to take Golden Boy. A large metallic looking guy finally succeeded in grabbing him and then they all disappeared.
Victoria and J-pop, using their ace senses, identify something odd. Imbedded in the wall of Golden Boy's bedroom is a black sphere the size of a bowling ball. It seems to weigh only about 4 lbs and it's surface is black not by color, but by lack of color.
More detail is coming in the next session report.