‘Welcome Incoming Students’ the large green and gold banner over the gymnasium reads. The mass of students containing future heroes, powered and non-powered, cascades on to the bleachers and the seats on the gym floor. At front of the room stands a podium on a raised platform the Dean of Students and next to him Councilman Nathan Xavier. As everyone settled in the Dean begins to speak, ”Today it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to Colossus College of Heroic Studies. We are incredibly grateful that you all have chosen to advance you knowledge and skills at our fine institution. However, given the increase of dangerous incidents causing substantial collateral damage and civilian injuries, new rules have been put in place recently, both on and off campus. These new campus rules are all in your student handbooks and we will go in to the more in-depth when we break into our small groups, but the one I would like to address specifically is the new campus flying ban, initially we tried to just ban ‘distracted flying’ but there were still too many mid-air incidents, again it will be discussed in-depth later. With that being said I will turn the mic over to Halcyon City Councilman Xavier and he will give some updates about off campus.”
Councilman Xavier is a tall but slightly built man with salt and pepper hair and a full beard, he steps up to the mic clearing his throat, ”Welcome students and thank you dean. It is my deepest pleasure to speak with you, the newest up and coming heroes in a long history of Halcyon City. I know this will be unpopular but new rules have gone into effect to protect the city, the civilians, and even you our future heroes. These include registration, licensing, and insuring of powers. The students of this fine establishment will be granted provisional licenses and be covered by the school’s insurance while engaged in official business. Once your education is completed you will be tested and if you pass you will be granted a full license. Again I know some are unhappy about this but remember this is also to protect you from lawsuits and liability. Thank you and have a great year.”
A few more speakers get up and talk about student health and financial aid, most students let it go in one ear and out the other. The head coordinator for the orientation then takes the stage, ”Okay everybody, time for small groups, you were all given a colored bracelet at the start and told to keep it, now it’s time to find the staff member with the matching colored placard. This will be your advisor and will be answering your questions.”
Our group is all together for the small group and Bastion(?) the hero we saved happens to be our advisor.
What do you do?
Clifford the big red wolf...
When Our Team Came Together...
Newborn - They found you, and you saw the outside world for the first time and helped in the fight. Where and how did they find you? Which one of them gave you your first nickname?
Soldier – Our victory secured an important resource for AEGIS. What was it?
Nova - We destroyed our surroundings in the fight. Where was it? What did we destroy?
Protégé - We stuck together after all was said and done. Why? How'd we keep in contact?
Transformed - We drew attention and ire from plenty during the fight. One important person in particular now hates and fears us. Who is it?
DOOM -We paid a high cost for victory. What was it?
Blue Symbiote - ??
Edelsmirge - ??
Azil: Gallant - Soldier
That is 8, 9 if we count Edelsmirge.
Discussion is open if people would like to move over there, at this point I think we have enough people and don't need to constantly bump the recruitment thread.
I believe the assumption is that the team had just formed and the start of game play is shortly after the "When our team first came together" part of character creation, your first two questions will likely be covered here. Characters may know each other before joining the team, usually as part of the "Relationships" portion of the playbook.
Slate the Transformed:
Real Name: Scott Slater
Hero Name: Slate
Look: Male, White, Strange Eyes, Rocky Flesh, No Costume
Abilities: Impenetrable Armor, Inhuman Might
Moves: Not Human Enough, Unstoppable, Wish I Could Be
• Who were you before?
- Average boy, likes sports and video games.
• When did you change? What caused it?
- Summer before high school, flare of cosmic energy hit an old rock quarry where he and some friends were swimming.
• Who, outside of the team, is helping you undq
erstand your new body?
- Teachers at the school, mainly Nadezhda Devyatova a Russian art teacher with 4 arms and eyes.
• Why don’t you just try to hide yourself away?
- At 9 feet tall a weighing near a ton hiding would be extremely difficult, plus he feels trapped enough in his rocky body locking himself away in a room would drive him insane.
• Why do you care about the team?
- The team keeps him connected to humanity.
Danger: +1, Freak: +3, Savior: +1, Superior: -1, Mundane: -1
When our team first came together... We drew attention and ire from plenty during the fight. One important person in particular now hates and fears us. Who is it?
Shadowy Cosmic Sorcerer who was attempting to use the flare that struck the quarry to power a spell that would cast Halcyon City into darkness, but Slate and his friends presence disrupted it when the energies gave them superpowers.
Quiet and somber, Slate is still dealing with adapting to his new body and powers.
WhtKnt - A.N.G.E.L. - Newborn
So things that seem decided:
Wilhim - Nova/Delinquent
Outsider - You’re not from here. Your home is an amazing place, full of beauty and wonder. But there’s something to them, something special that you’re missing back home. Something…human. So yeah, you’ll be hanging around. At least for now.
Nova - You’re a font of power. Channel it, and you can remake the world into exactly what you want. Unleash it, and you can do miracles. It’s wonderful...and terrifying. Lose control for even a second, and other people get hurt.
You could play an Alien Nova and just have assimilated to Earth, or you could play and Outsider with blasty abilities but lacking the Nova's Burn and Flares
Also you could start as an Outsider and switch to Nova after enough advancements.
Bull. We don't all have too co gm, I just thought 2 heads are better than one, 5 heads are better than 2.
I also want everyone remember when thinking up concepts that the game isn't about beating up bad guys, its about beating up bad guys and dealing with the repercussions. It's awesome to throw a bad guy through a building, it's less so when your mom is yelling at you for it.
Also if we could limit it to no more than have the party with unassisted flight and only one orphan (unless someone is playing the joined and they are siblings)
Well it could work multiple ways, the way I was mainly think of was everyone has a PC and whenever someone has an idea for a story arc the set it up and the team goes through whatever it is.
They way I like to think of Masks is in the terms of a comic book. So you have an overall story but one issue is about this and another about that but they all tie together (and sometimes they don't, alien invaders that have nothing to do with everything else our heros have on their plates but they have to deal with it just the same). So one player would GM an issue or two then some else would.
People expressed interest in Masks: A New Generation.
THIS THREAD DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT I WILL RUN A GAME!
So lets spitball some ideas and see what happens...
Brarg - The Dog
For his fighting style he uses a heavy flail and wears the Gladiator’s chain shirt. I have to rework the character sheet I made up because I initially made him a Barbarian but decided to swap to fighter.
Brarg remembers little before the pits. Sold into slavery by his pack at a young age left him extremely bitter and distrustful. At first he was a novel pet, chained to a pillar or walked around by the matron of the house to amuse guests. The arrangement ended when the novelty finally wore off. By his 8th year of life Brarg was equal in size to most warriors and surprisingly powerful, so his masters sold him to fight in the arena.
Interest check, Homebrew, starting NPC classes, limited / no magic, all human, start on modern day Earth