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[M&M 2E] Heroes of Siaga

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: [M&M 2E] Heroes of Siaga Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Super Science Silicon Valley


History The Roswell UFO crash of 1947 was shrouded in secrecy, but what is known by this point after the declassification was that it appeared in the sky and engaged in hostile conflict with a different alien vessel. What is more publicly known is what happened afterwards, the manifestation of five metahumans. Their powers both boggled and captured the imagination of the world. The heroic ones went on to inspire, while the villainous ones brought terror. The ones that chose the path of heroism had chosen a path of political neutrality, which slowly began to be accepted by the wary nations of the world after their lack of presence in the Korean War or the Civil Rights Movement. After a time, when it became evident that their powers could be inherited (only from the mother). These scions went on to carry the legacy of their parents, and were afforded legal protections and greater leeway when performing acts of superheroism, on the condition that they respected the nation's sovereignty.
Everything changed a year (two?) ago when when more alien spacecraft appeared. But instead of a lone incident in the dead of night, it was scores of locations throughout the world, and this time there was a much more open and violent confrontation with other vessels from beyond the stars. These fights were brief, and the survivors left where they could. The subsequent manifestation of metahumans was similarly massive, all originated from areas where alien conflict occurred. Life is still adapting to this sudden influx of metahumans, though thankfully much of the heavy lifting has already been done through the decades of work by the Roswell metas.

Present Day: Our campaign takes place in the Siaga (founded 1955), a coastal metropolis between the borders of Oregon and California. The legal structure supporting masked heroes follows the same structure as that seen in Freedom City, with the added caveat of political non-interference (similar to the rule against churches endorsing political candidates). The place is a boom town, the skyline's major towers having been constructed after the turn of the millennium. Elements will be borrowed liberally from the Freedom City sourcebook when convenient.
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PL 7 Cast

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Valkyrie
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Project Mercury
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Issue 0
This is to get a feel for the mechanics, as I've not handled the system in years, and my players haven't touched it in practically a decade. As a result, I'm going ultra-simple and pulling from the core book's sample adventure. Our heroes are in line at Woodgrove Bank, dealing with personal finances. Synapse and Valkyrie are currently in their civilian identities, while Singularity has opted to not bother with managing a dual-life.


Their day is interrupted by a hang of eight hooded thugs, brandishing pistols, followed by a mustachio man introducing himself as The Swashbuckler (Instant Superheroes, page 65). He expertly cuts out the alarm button and his goons order everyone on the floor. Singularity refuses and activates his Gravity Control, selectively not hitting any of the civilians. Swashbuckler deftly dodges the effect and engages in mle with his opponent, while Synapse sleights a shock into a wall outlet to access/activate the alarm system (burglar alarm, timer alarm, fire alarm, etc) and Valkyrie sneaks around a corner to attempt to throw a bolo from her fanny pack at Swashbuckler (who casually leans back and cuts the rope while fighting Singularity). After a couple rounds of combat, dodging every attack, Singularity is KO'd. The other two are outside, changing into their costumes/suits while the goons are running for the back to blow open the safe. Eventually, Swashbuckler's sword is stolen by Synapse's Magnetic Control and Valkyrie flies in, her own sword drawn, only for her to be disarmed and Swashbuckler back in action. The fight goes for a bit, the goons doing jack and squat while the two heroes fight Swashbuckler until he finally fails to notice Valkyrie's water splash (fire alarm from earlier messing with her Concealment and giving him a chance to use Uncanny Dodge) and goes down.



The goons are taken out one by one as clean up, and Singularity comes to. The police and a couple reporters arrive, fascinated to hear about some new heroes in town. Synapse taps an ESP on the police car to follow Swashbuckler until it reaches the precinct, in case he attempts to escape (later finds out Swashbuckler was a former fencing Olympian and non-metahuman). An executive of the bank comes out to help their low social skills, announcing they were nearby to work out a charitable donation to form a new super team in Siaga.

Notes There's going to be some changes in what is essentially the pilot episode. Synapse didn't fully realize that Ablative Force Field required an hour or more of being turned off to 'refill', so he's revamping the design on that. Singularity was taken out early in the fight and wasn't fond of his after-thought power (Gravity Control) being his primary contribution to the team, and so is looking at making a completely new character.
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Issue I

Our team is sitting in Stark Tower Rose Well's West coast HQ, Synapse managing the communications array to analyze Twitter traffic for potential crimes in progress. His is alerted to a burning building, Morrison Park, a four-story public housing development. The fire department had only just then been alerted due to interference. Synapse gets a bearing on one of the cell phones that took a photo and teleports to the scene, while Project Mercury & Valkyrie activate the HQ's teleporters to arrive at a stop sign a block away. Most of the 2nd floor is on fire, and the streets are full of evacuees.
Valkyrie charges in and starts searching for survivors, immune to the temperature/smoke/low-end flame, Synapse begins scanning for the sprinkler system, and Project Mercury accepts getting fatigued to teleport back to HQ to begin jury-rigging something. Several rounds pass; Synapse finds/discovers the sabotaged alarms system and spends a hero point to make his Magnetic Control precise enough to begin repairs, while Valkyrie runs into a handful of goons with assault rifles that are attempting to break open the door to the fire escape. Valkyrie takes out one goon and gets stunned by a hail of lucky gunfire while under Concealment, by which point two of the goons bust open the door, finding an old lady panicking on the balcony in her pajamas. One grabs her, and they collectively start hustling down the fire escape. Synapse has finished the repairs and activated the sprinklers by the time the criminals have started going down the fire escape, and thus are in LoS to him, so he takes the gun from the criminal holding the old woman. He then rips out the fire escape to block the alley after they reach the ground, so their escape will stay in LoS to him.
It's by this point that Project Mercury has finished working on a Nullify 5 (fire effects, Nullifying Field) device, teleported back to the scene, and throws a glue grenade (ie. Snare power) at the goons. This captures Synapse as well, but he can teleport. Afterward, X starts jogging into Morrison Park to use his invention while Synapse joins the search for survivors.
During that, Valkyrie begins searching for survivors again, hearing a speaker announcing how the heroes' actions are just wasted resources on this drain on society, this "hive of gangbangers and welfare queens" that deserve what's coming to them. Valkyrie follows the sound, finding a cell phone in the same room as a small girl passed out in the room's corner (smoke inhalation), to which she picks up both, flies through a window, drops off the girl near a frightened parent, and flies back in. By this point, Project Mercury is activating the fire-nullification field as they walk through the building. Valkyrie rescues two more people, taking a middle-aged man to hospital to handle his heart attack, during which time Project Mercury is finishing up the last of the fires. They find a room stacked with empty gun cases and enough nerve gas to fill the district if the fire reached them, and figure out that the fire was started through some well placed turpentine and minor (but expert) demolitions work.
After all is said and done, the criminals are tied up for the police and Synapse probes their brains for info. They had nothing to do with the fire, but were just storing the weapons/gas for their gang boss (name's Card Shark), who was attempting to move up to bigger things. The room where the fire started was rented two days ago (weapons stored five days ago, delivery due in two days), by a late-20s white man. Synapse attempts to hack and trace the cell phone, but comes up with nothing useful. They were burner phones


Notes The player for Project Mercury likes their character a lot more. The party has taken to calling the arsonist the Alt Knight, and are likely to go after him and let the police handle the lead on Card Shark.
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