I Have Not Forgotten You Guys, I Promise

I just might be a bit short on brain space.

New job, new schedule = FLAIL GIBBERISH

 

On the plus side?

I have new ideas for short stories and fan fiction.

The current is a fan-fic involving Hellboy (all rights reserved, etc.) and a vampire protege. As soon as it is done swimming through the idea troughs, I will post it here.

 

Who doesn’t love a cigar smoking, snarky protagonist?

 

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I seriously hate the new format of the WordPress “New Post” thingie.

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Busy, busy!

Anyhoo, sorry to be a bit absentenia again. Holiday weekend and my starting a new job this morning (yay!) has eaten my face off.
Err. “Eaten my face off” in a timey-wimey sort of fashion.

Once I get through training and get to a set schedule, the regularity – such as it has been – will return.

 

So much love, my little flowers of inspiration!

We Now Return You to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

As I mentioned, I had promised to post some of my favorite characters that I have created over the years. Many of them I have created for use as NPCs in games that I was running. Today, I am going to focus on Marvel Classic Superhero characters and NPCs. I will post their stats, their backstories1, and –if I have one- an image of them2.

 

If there is further interest in this topic, I will post some of the characters (with their stats and back story, just like for these) from other games I have played in and GMd.

Without further ado, some of the denizens of my brain – Marvel Superhero style3:

 

The NPCs

One of the first bigga-time4 games for Marvel I ran was something I called “No One Expects the Aztec Inquisition!” in which I combined the Aztecs, some time travel, alternate dimensions, lucha libre5, pyramids, and no small amount of explosions6.

For any inconsistencies or outright errors in the actual history of the Mesoamerican land and people, I apologize and point out that it was for Marvel RPG.

 

POWERFUL HELPFUL NPC

Real Name:  Ximena Mateo
Alias:             Tia Mateo
Type:             Human/Magic user
Age:               83
Affiliation:    n/a
Role:              Local Curandero
Status:          Mostly retired except for the occasional healing. She is keeping an eye on her young grand-nephew, in whom she senses new power.
Fighting:         Feeble (1)
Agility:            Poor (3)
Endurance:    Typical (5)
She’s 83 years old, fer goodness sakes! She leaves the adventuring part of adventures to the young (and stupid).
Reason:          Remarkable (26)
Intuition:        Amazing (46)
Psyche:           Amazing (46)

Health:           10
Karma:           700

Resources:      Good

Popularity:      10 (Within the local community, “Tia Mateo” is a formidable presence. Generally speaking, any ‘right raised’ kid from the area knows not to sass her and to leave her and hers alone).

Powers:           None

TALENTS

Mystic Background    This talent shows that the character has some background with magical forces. A character with this Talent may have Magical Powers, with the approval of the Judge.

Occult Lore                The character has made extensive studies into the area of occult happenings, including: unexplained events and mysteries of the world, hauntings, and other manifestations of the spirit world. He has a +2CS when researching or dealing with occult events.

Herbal Lore                +2CS7 to any healing

Ritual Magics             Reason FEAT to perform magical ceremonies. To do this you need knowledge of the ceremony (usually from a book), equipment, and time. Time is 1d20 times 2 = rounds of spell casting needed.
By combining specific chants and gestures, Tia can create magical effects of up to Monstrous Power8. Each power is treated as a Power Stunt that she can use easily:

  • Reflection
  • Astral Detection
  • Resistance to Magic
  • Magic Detection
  • Biophysical Control – Healing
  • Biophysical Control – Disruption
  • Hypnotic Control
  • Summoning
  • Sympathetic Magic
  • Dream Travel
  • Dream Manipulation
  • Divination

Dream Travel
The Hero can enter a surreal realm of dreams when they go to sleep, as opposed to “just a dream”. The basic form of this power acts as a sort of resistance to mental controls, detection and damage while the Hero is asleep.

Other’s Dreams
The Hero may enter other people’s dreams in order to communicate or in an attempt to control the dream itself.

 

GEAR

Tia’s Purse
Monstrous level material. Has a permanent Dimensional Pocket cast on it. IF she can fit it through the opening, she can store it indefinitely.

 

Herb Woman Staff
Amazing level material. Seems to be carved of shiny wood. Symbol of her status as head magical boss around these parts. Adds an additional +2CS to any Herbal roll.

 

POWERFUL BADDIE NPC

** Tellectin9 Huight – Huitzilopochtli’s Avatar **

 Real name:    Hught Roos Daischalainin
Alias:               Huitzilopochtli’s Own
Type
:               Alien race (Tellectin)
Age:                 508
Affiliation:       n/a (anymore)
Role:                God
Status:             Pretty gosh-darn high up the food chain on Variant 1135
Fighting:          Excellent 16
Agility:             Remarkable 26
Strength:         Remarkable 26
Endurance:     Amazing 46
Reason:           Typical 5
Intuition:         Amazing 46
Psyche:            Incredible 36

Health:            Lots
Karma:           700

Resources:      Amazing 46
Popularity:      Amazing 46
Contacts          None other than amongst is worshipers & priests. Of course, there are LOTS of those.

POWERS

Because of what has happened to him, these powers are dormant.
Dimensional Travel:                 Feeble
Extradimensional Detection: Typical 5
Imitation:                          Feeble 5
Linguistics:                       Typical 5

These are not, however.
True Invulnerability:      Amazing 46
Hypnotism:                      Excellent 16. But requires eye contact. Can mesmerize others, or even control their minds outright.
Heightened Senses:       Remarkable 26 – All five senses
Telepathy:                        Remarkable 26, Requires line of sight but is very potent.
Regeneration:                 Remarkable 26
Force Field:                      Remarkable 26, This is a personal force field which must be consciously activated. It is skin-tight and cannot encompass anyone else.

 

Hm. This looks to be getting longish. And I have no clear idea on whether y’all want to read further on this subject (beyond a certain few of you, that is).

Tell you what, if there is more interest in this particular subject then I will write follow ups to this post.
Characters we haven’t discussed yet (but whom I have stats and etc. for) include:

Ylla, the plasma generating felinoid from the Inner Zone.
The Power Puff Girls & Professor Utonium10
Zion, the 500 year old Irish vampire who hunts his own kind (he made a side trip to a vamp-controlled RIFTS Universe. That was ….messy).

Plus many, many more.
And this is just the Marvel Superhero Classic RPG.

 

Did I mention that I game?
I game a lot.

 

 

1 – As applicable.

2—I will attribute the images as I can. Some of them are from years ago, when I was much younger and stupider about downloading art from the internet. If you happen to know the artist, and I don’t have it, please feel free to let me know who they are. I will happily attribute.

3—OH GOD CLICK THAT LINK.

4—More than a one-off, a full length, giant campaign that was intended to last over the course of months.

5—Although, to be fair, the lucha libre idea was inspired by one of my players.

6—Do not taunt Super Happy Time/Space Spinny Ball of Doom.

7—Column shift.

8Universal Table.

9—The Tellectin are a race of reptialian dimensional cops created by my good friend and fellow gamer, Kevin Lawhon (GO READ HIS BOOK, RIGHT NOW!) I’m sure he appreciates the times that I have taken all his creations and put them through the proverbial ringer.   😀

10—I mean, who doesn’t build their favorite cartoon characters into badass Marvel superheroes?

The Real Superheroes

Good morning readers.

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Yesterday I was going to put up some Marvel Superhero Classic RPG characters of mine. I had been chatting with a friend, discussing how characters look different through the lens of puberty. I had offered to show her some of mine as I had been gaming for nigh-thirty years. Watching them shift from power builds to role-play builds (and the ones I have had continuously through those years got more Kleenex-driven as I aged) was interesting.

 

However, I got sidetracked by all the political brouhaha that was happening around the SCOTUS decision vis-à-vis Hobby Lobby.

 

To be clear, I am NOT a particularly political person. And this is most definitely not a political blog. I know what my feelings are on a given subject, but I cannot discuss with any degree of competence the intricacies of American political structure.

That being said, what SCOTUS did was absolute and utter bullshit. Not only have they1 again decided that “Welp, them wimmens shore don’t know a thang ‘bout whut their bodies do. Let’s thank for ‘em,”2 but they have opened the floodgates for other less-ethical Big Business3 to use this loophole (and find $deity!) to make their bottom lines look better.

In frighteningly predictable manner, the public female figures who have spoken out against the decision have been harassed, called ‘whores’ or worse, and just in general made to feel less than human. Apparently 4,  women wanting some kind of control over their own bodies, their own reproductive rights, and the ability to say “no” to men is seen by some as an affront. No, I’m not going link any of that here, because ew. I don’t want to spread the hate that seems to be flowing from people who claim they believe in a loving $deity.

Instead, I am going to link to some awesome women who are politically savvy.  May I recommend Jessica Valenti, Ebony Stewart, Amanda Marcotte, Rachel Maddow,  Mikki Kendall as well as many others?  They rock, they talk, and they’re not afraid to tell you like it is. 

 

Find joy in your life. Live your life. Don’t give in to bullshit, don’t give in to hate. We have too little time to fuck around with being hateful.

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1– Our government – and more explicitly, the male GOP section of our government – seems determined to set back human rights to a more feudal age.

2 – With apologies to all people of fantastic intelligence who speak in this manner; I’m sure that there are a couple of you. My upbringing around rural Texas indicates otherwise, but I am surely not an expert.  

3Hoohahahahaha, bwahahahah, *snortGASP* hahahahahaha! “Ethical Big Business!”  Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!

4 – From antecdotal evidence seen on my Twitter feed and in oh, EVERY comments section dealing with these issues, ever.