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SCENE 4 COMBAT, INVESTIGATION After the Scarab’s death, his secret headquarters remains
hidden deep beneath Pyramid Plaza. It contains a num-
THE APE-X OF POWER ber of ancient Egyptian artifacts along with Alexander
Rhodes’ personal journals and files.
Marmo-Set—still mind-controlling Choshech—attacks
Pyramid Plaza in search of ancient mystic artifacts which After ascending to the top of the Old Fort on Blackstone
will make him nearly omnipotent. Only the heroes (and, Island earlier in the day, Marmo-Set’s attention was drawn
possibly, Dr. Simian) can stop him. to the hurricane and other signs of battle near Pyramid
Plaza…and then his Magical Awareness detected another
ROLEPLAYING THE VILLAINS source of the ancient sorcery of the pharaohs he craves.
When the night comes (and Choshech’s powers are at
If present, Simian is coldly focused on the business at their zenith), Marmo-Set returns to claim the added magi-
hand. His choice of actions remains very calculated even cal might he already regards as his.
if the heroes break their deal, but his words then betray
an animal fury. Needless to say, stopping him is a very good idea. Impress-
ing this upon the players is crucial, but thankfully not dif-
Marmo-Set is driven by power and, given his current abili- ficult. The heroes likely know nothing about the Scarab’s
ties, he’s dangerously overconfident. After his personality lair, but Marmo-Set’s constant exclamations of “It’s here! I
re-emerges, Professor Victor is surprised by the (to him) feel it! The power I seek is drawing nearer!” as he ravages
sudden change of surroundings. Finding the priestly rai- his way down through the building is a plenty big enough
ments of Set on his person again, he ruefully sighs, “Oh hint as to what the heroes need to do, and how important
my… it happened again, didn’t it?” The heroes find him it is. Gamemasters may wish to add additional emphasis
nothing but completely humble, grateful, apologetic, and (and drama) by describing an ever-increasing intense
helpful for the remainder of the adventure glow of mystical energy surrounding Marmo-Set which
grows as he works his way towards the (under)ground.
KEY POINTS
ACTION

Unknown to most, Alexander Rhodes, the late CEO of Unable to get a more precise fix on the Egyptian magic source,
the Rhodes Foundation (owner of Pyramid Plaza), was the overconfident Marmo-Set plans to start at the top floors
actually the superhero called the Scarab. Through hyp- and dismantle the Plaza buildings on his way down, until he
notic regression Rhodes, an avid collector of antiquities, finds what he came for. His arrogance and power lust cannot
learned of a past life as Prince Heru-Ra in ancient Egypt. permit retreat or surrender, making this a fight to the finish.
This awareness awakened his ka, the empowered portion
of his spirit, and granted him formidable psychic abilities. For the heroes, matters depend on whether or not they
can determine Marmo-Set’s ultimate goal before he

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strikes. They may figure it from his Scene 2 exit line (by us- ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES
ing common sense, or expending a hero point), or bargain
with Dr. Simian for the information. However they man- The same “being really high up in the air” concerns from
age it, the heroes can then lay an ambush for Marmo-Set, Scene 1 again apply here.
giving them a chance to finish the fight quickly and with a
minimum of collateral damage. OUTCOME

If the heroes allied themselves with Dr. Simian, they are If the heroes win the battle: Knocking out Marmo-Set
also well acquainted with their enemies’ weaknesses. Ex- (or triggering his Identity complication) restores him to
ploiting those in a surprise attack may make the battle a his normal mild self, and immediately renders Choshech
very brief one indeed, giving them more time to ponder unconscious until the authorities can safely take him
the ultimate rightness of their actions. back into custody. Dr. Simian, if the heroes made a bar-
gain with him, leaves the scene without a word once the
Of course, the heroes may deduce the baddies’ Achilles’ fight is won. If the player characters break the deal and
heels without making any deals with evil monkeys. They pursue him, Simian dedicates all his energies to getting
may know of Choshech’s magic vulnerability from the away, fighting only as needed. Whether he escapes or is
Scene 2 battle, and it isn’t exactly rocket science to figure captured, his next scheme is a harsh revenge against the
out a darkness-powered villain is weakened by bright light. “treacherous humans,” and the heroes have a bitter arch-
enemy for decades to come.
Learning Marmo-Set’s vulnerability to head-blows is the
most critical bit of knowledge the heroes can uncover. How If the heroes lose the battle: The Primate Patrol—who
easy or hard it is to learn this depends on how much dif- know all about Marmo-Set’s tender skull—suddenly ap-
ficulty the heroes are having in the battle. A hard-pressed pears at the last second to literally knock some sense into
group of good guys may notice (with a Perception skill the evil monkey. The magnanimous Patrol thanks the he-
check (DC 20), or expenditure of a hero point) after a near- roes for bravely holding off Marmo-Set long enough for
miss attack that Marmo-Set is especially keen on protecting help to arrive.
his noggin. Alternately, the Gamemaster can rule any given
critical hit against Marmo-Set “luckily” does the trick. EPILOGUE

SETUP

At dusk, Marmo-Set and Choshech Teleport atop one of If they haven’t appeared previously, the Primate Patrol (Brai-
the Pyramid Plaza buildings. While battling the heroes, niape, Chimpanzoom, Cosmo the Moon Monkey, Elasti-
they work their way gradually downward, towards the hid- Gibbon, Iron Monkey, and Metamorph) appear after a de-
den underground chambers containing Scarab’s legacy. cent interval, freshly arrived from Earth-Ape. They apologize
profusely for having been delayed, and sincerely thank the
The Pyramid Plaza buildings are largely empty at that heroes for their courage in defeating their arch-foe Marmo-
hour, so innocent bystanders are not a real concern. How- Set. The Patrol also respectfully requests permission to return
ever, if the Gamemaster needs a plot complication for the their (now harmless) friend Prof.Victor to his homeworld, and
good guys, a fearless (or ignorant) janitor or nightwatch- take possession of the Mask & Amulet of Set for safekeeping.
man can blunder onto the battle map.
Though the Patrol won’t push these issues, there’s really
TACTICS no reason for the heroes to refuse the apes’ taking prob-
lems off their hands. Going along also nets the player
Dr. Simian (if present) focuses spotlight beams (mounted characters a promise of future help from the Patrol should
on his Hover Chair) onto Choshech, negating some of his it ever be needed, and the two groups then part as friends.
powers. He encourages any magically powered heroes to This sets up the best possible ending: the characters end
focus their efforts on the plague avatar (advice they’d be their day with new talking, super-powered monkey pals!
wise to heed). Simian himself is occupied battling the Ani-
mated Shadows (in a fight the GM really needs only to de- SEQUEL
scribe), allowing the players to focus on the main baddies.
True to his word, Simian advises the heroes to “Strike for his Unless the heroes dishonor their agreement and attack
[Marmo-Set’s] head! A sharp blow there will neutralize him!” him in the battle’s aftermath, the quite dangerous Dr. Sim-
(See Marmo-Set’s Identity complication for full details.) ian will be at large at this adventure’s end. If he’s free be-
cause the heroes kept their word and let him walk, they
Marmo-Set is still learning how best to use Choshech’s should feel obligated to track him down as soon as their
powers, but unlike Scene 2, his “guesses” as to what’s honor permits. Thwarting Simian’s next criminal scheme
most effective against the heroes aren’t so devastatingly should be high on the heroes’ agenda, in any case.
correct. For example, the Animated Shadows don’t appear
unless Dr. Simian does as well, or the Gamemaster needs An undetermined number of supervillains escaped Black-
something to punch up a ridiculously one-sided fight stone Island during Marmo-Set and Choshech’s rampage
against some very lucky (and potentially disappointed by there. The heroes can (and reasonably should) be busy
a too-quick victory) players. By the opposite token, if the for the immediate future identifying, tracking, and appre-
heroes need a break, Marmo-Set can “luckily” switch over hending them all.
to less effective forms of attack.

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HEROES & VILLAINS

THE THIEVES’ GUILD Recently, the Guild members have all more or less set-
tled in Freedom City and made at least a show of going
Base: Freedom City straight. They are all returning to their old larcenous ways,
Current Members: The Bola, the Firebug, the Huckster, however, committing smaller individual thefts and pulling
Looking Glass, the Mad Maple, the Weather Mistress off bigger robberies in various groupings. The members
Headquarters: Mobile have run afoul of most of Freedom’s superheroes in the
process, but have developed a particular rivalry with their
The Thieves’ Guild was formed around the turn of the cen- most frequent opponent, Johnny Rocket.
tury by six super-crooks united by a mutual love of money,
particularly of the “stolen in large quantities” variety. Com- Rocket has put the Thieves’Guild behind bars multiple times,
bining their signature exotic gadgetry to commit spectac- but the members never seem to stay there. Whether because
ular robberies, the Guild members managed to prosper of the Huckster’s gift of gab, their own ingenuity, or jailbreaks
despite a nearly complete lack of mutual trust and regard. perpetrated by the other members (in exchange for sizable
fees), no prison cell holds the Thieves’Guild for long.
THE BOLA (LAS BOLEADORAS) PL10•140POINTS
THE BOLA
STR 2 STA 3 AGL 4 DEX 5 FGT 7 INT 2 AWE 2 PRE 5
Eduardo Guerrero’s father raised him to follow in his foot-
Powers: Oil-Slick Bolas (Environment 3 (120 feet), Impede steps and become one of Argentina’s hardworking native
Movement 2, Easily Removable (-2 points)); Smoke Bolas cowboys, the gauchos. Outside of his natural skill with a
(Cloud Area 2 (30 feet) Concealment 2 (normal sight) Attack bola (a gaucho’s traditional weapon), Eddie proved him-
(Resisted by Will), Easily Removable (-4 points)); Trick Bolas self a poor cowpoke. This was due mainly to his overriding
(Array (30 points) Easily Removable (-14 points) Steel-Mesh interest in the village ladies, whom the charming, hand-
Bolas (Ranged Cumulative Affliction 10 (Resisted by Dodge some young man loved and abandoned on a whim. Even-
and Overcome by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable, tually, a legion of angry fathers and husbands forced him
Defenseless and Immobile), Extra Condition, Limited Degree), to take flight from his village. Seeing no more appealing
AE: Exploding Bolas (Ranged Burst Area Damage 8), AE: Flash alternative, Eddie turned to crime.
Bolas (Ranged Multiattack Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome
by Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Unaware), Cumulative, Limited He did so in the most flamboyant manner possible (to im-
to Visual Sense), AE: Laser Bolas (Ranged Multiattack Damage press the mamacitas, of course) as the costumed bandito
8, Penetrating 5), AE: Razor Bolas (Ranged Multiattack Damage known as Las Boleadoras. After a successful crime spree in
8, Homing, Penetrating 5), AE: Sonic Bolas (Ranged Multiattack Argentina, Las Boleadoras headed for the U.S. in search of
Weaken Toughness 10, Affects Objects Only)) bigger heists and more lovely ladies. Now based in Free-
dom City, the Bola’s roguish charm and skill with his array of
Advantages: Accurate Attack, Attractive, Daze (Deception), trick weapons make him a supervillain to be reckoned with.
Defensive Roll 4, Improved Aim, Improved Critical 4 (Razor Bola,
16-20), Inventor, Language (English, Spanish native), Power THE FIREBUG
Attack, Precise Attack 2 (ranged, cover and concealment),
Quick Draw, Ultimate Aim An only child, Shawn Hensley was indulged by his wealthy
parents and considered a bright, promising child—until
Skills: Deception 6 (+11), Expertise: Gaucho 3 (+5), Ranged the day he started a fire just to watch the pretty flames.
Combat: Bolas 5 (+10), Technology 6 (+8) The Hensleys spared no expense to rid little Shawn of his
pyromania, and in time the lad was seemingly cured. In
Offense: Initiative +4, Trick Bolas +10 (Effects Vary), Unarmed truth, Hensley sublimated his condition. Every aspect of
+7 (Close, Damage 2) his life—including his advanced technological studies—
disguised an obsessive search for new ways of creating
Defense: Dodge 11, Parry 13, Fortitude 8, Toughness 7/3*, Will infernos. Later, his mother and father perished in just such
8 *Without Defensive Roll. a blaze, secretly set by their “cured” son.

Totals: Abilities 60 + Powers 27 + Advantages 19 + Skills 10 + His parents’deaths made him rich, but Shawn wanted more.
Defenses 24 = 140 Inspired by other costumed villains, he spent his inheritance
becoming the arsonist crook known as the Firebug.
Complications: Motivation—Greed: Befitting a Guild
member, the Bola is a committed thief. Obsession: A lifelong,
incorrigible womanizer, the Bola’s greatest weakness remains
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THE HUCKSTER The other Guild members have a classic love/hate rela-
tionship with the Huckster. A dozen times or more he’s
Johnny Goff is a born salesman, maybe the best who talked them into some job they later regretted taking, of-
ever lived. Selling ice to Eskimos was just another day’s
work for a man of his abilities. Johnny might have made THE FIREBUG PL10 • 160 POINTS
a respectable fortune selling quality wares, but the high
margin of profit for slipshod work called to him. It wasn’t STR 2 STA 4 AGL 3 DEX 4 FGT 2 INT 6 AWE 3 PRE 2
long before arrogance and greed seduced him into
hawking dangerously defective products. Someone was Powers: Blowtorch Rocket Pack (Flight 8 (500 MPH),
bound to get hurt, and eventually a sales trip through Removable (-3 points)); Costume (Immunity 8 (Fire Damage,
southwest Virginia peddling home-brewed “low-calorie Heat, Suffocation effects), Impervious Protection 2, Removable
beer” left a lot of blind hillbillies in its wake. One class- (-2 points)); Flamethrowers (Ranged Line Area Damage
action lawsuit later, Goff was left with nothing but a 10, Removable (-6 points)); Pyromorphic Field Generator
warehouse full of fatally faulty merchandise. (Environment 5 (Extreme Heat), Removable (-2 points))

Goff was always on the edge of criminality, and poverty Advantages: Defensive Roll 2, Favored Environment (Extreme
more than pushed him over it. Determined to rebuild Heat), Inventor, Language 3 (French, German, Japanese, Spanish,
his lost fortune at any cost, he modified his hazardously English native), Skill Mastery 2 (Expertise: Science, Technology)
defective gadgets into even more deadly devices. He
dubbed himself “the Huckster” after the traveling charla- Skills: Deception 4 (+6), Expertise: Science 9 (+15), Perception
tans of old, adopting the title pinned upon him as a badge 5 (+8), Stealth 5 (+8), Technology 9 (+15)
of honor. Like them, the Huckster is all about the sales
pitch, but his spellbinding blarney is always a prelude to Offense: Initiative +3, Flamethrowers — (Ranged, Line Area
much more blatant thefts. Damage 10), Unarmed +2 (Close, Damage 2)

THE HUCKSTER PL10 • 150 POINTS Defense: Dodge 12, Parry 10, Fortitude 10, Toughness 8/6*,
Will 8 *Without Defensive Roll.
STR 2 STA 2 AGL 3 DEX 2 FGT 6 INT 5 AWE 3 PRE 6
Totals: Abilities 52 + Powers 55 + Advantages 9 + Skills 16 +
Powers: Defective Consumer Products (Array (18 points), Defenses 28 = 160
Easily Removable (-6 points) “Johnny Human Torch”
Halloween Costumes (Ranged Burst Area Damage 6), AE: Complications: Motivation—Quirk: Though deceptively
“Johnny Buzzkill” Smokeless Ashtrays (Cloud Area 2 (30 lucid, Hensley suffers from severe pyromania, and commits
feet) Concealment 2 Attack (normal sight), Resisted by Will), crimes to fund the development of new high-tech devices,
AE: “Johnny Jalapeno” Cream Pies (Ranged Cumulative all designed to make more pretty flames for his amusement.
Affliction 9 (Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude; Impaired, Obsession: Some men just want to watch the world burn, and
Disabled, Unaware), Limited to Visual Only), AE: “Johnny none more so than the pyromaniac Hensley.
Spaceman” Rocket Pogo Stick (Leaping 9 (1/2 mile)), AE:
“Johnny Supermodel” Weight-loss Tonic (Ranged Weaken LOOKING GLASS PL10 • 154 POINTS
Toughness 9, Affects Only Objects), AE: “Johnny Walker”
Sword Cane (Strength-based Damage 3, Penetrating 3 STR 1 STA 2 AGL 2 DEX 2 FGT 2 INT 7 AWE 4 PRE 3

Advantages: Assessment, Daze (Deception), Defensive Roll 4, Powers: Jet Pack (Flight 7 (250 MPH), Removable (-3 points));
Fascinate (Deception), Improvised Tools, Inventor, Quick Draw, Mirror Gadgets (Array (30 points, Easily Removable (-8
Ranged Attack 2, Skill Mastery 2 (Deception, Insight), Taunt, points): Funhouse Mirrors (Perception Range Cumulative
Ultimate Deception, Well-informed Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Will; Dazed, Stunned)
Limited Degree), AE: Holographic Mirrors (Illusion 10, visual
Skills: Deception 9 (+15), Expertise: Current Events 5 (+10), senses), AE: Laser-Mirror Gun (Ranged Damage 10, Accurate
Expertise: Popular Culture 5 (+10), Expertise: Salesman 10 2, Penetrating 5), AE: Reflecting Pane (Deflect 10, Reflect))
(+15), Insight 12 (+15), Investigation 7 (+12), Ranged Combat:
Defective Consumer Products 6 (+8), Technology 10 (+15) Advantages: Attractive 2, Benefit 3 (Millionaire), Daze
(Deception), Defensive Roll 5, Fascinate (Deception), Improved
Offense: Initiative +3, Defective Consumer Products +10 Aim, Improvised Tools, Inventor, Language 2 (French, Italian,
(Effects Vary), Sword Cane +6 (Close, Damage 5), Unarmed +6 English native), Move-by Action, Precise Attack 2 (Ranged,
(Close, Damage 2) Cover; Ranged, Concealment), Skill Mastery 2 (Expertise:
Science, Technology), Uncanny Dodge
Defense: Dodge 12, Parry 14, Fortitude 8, Toughness 6/2*, Will
10 *Without Defensive Roll. Skills: Close Combat: Unarmed 4 (+6), Deception 5 (+8),
Expertise: Science 9 (+16), Perception 5 (+9), Ranged Combat:
Totals: Abilities 58 + Powers 13 + Advantages 17 + Skills 32 + Mirror Gadgets 4 (+6), Stealth 5 (+7), Technology 10 (+17)
Defenses 30 = 150
Offense: Initiative +2, Laser-Mirror Gun +10 (Ranged, Damage 10,
Complications: Motivation—Greed: Befitting a Guild Penetrating 5, or other effects), Unarmed +6 (Close, Damage 1)
member, the Huckster will do just about anything for a buck.
Quirk: Robbery is all about style for the Huckster, so he always Defense: Dodge 13, Parry 11, Fortitude 8, Toughness 7/2*, Will
uses whatever gadget displays the most panache. While it 12 *Without Defensive Roll.
has nothing to do with bravery, the Huckster is always one of
the last to run from a losing fight. He just can’t leave a crowd Totals: Abilities 46 + Powers 30 + Advantages 23 + Skills 21 +
without a flowery exit speech. Defenses 34 = 154

Complications: Motivation—Greed: Befitting a Guild
member, Looking Glass is extremely covetous of rare “pretty
things.” Obsession: Even more than her love of riches, Looking
Glass is consumed by both her maniacal passion for mirrors as
well as her own overriding narcissism.

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THE MAD MAPLE PL10 • 153 POINTS THE WEATHER MISTRESS PL10 • 155 POINTS

STR 2 STA 4 AGL 4 DEX 3 FGT 6 INT 5 AWE 3 PRE 3 STR 1 STA 2 AGL 2 DEX 2 FGT 2 INT 4 AWE 2 PRE 1

Powers: Costume (Immunity 6 (Cold, Cold Damage), Protection Powers: Weather Vane (Removable (-14 points), Wind
1, Removable (-1 point)); Ice Staff (Dynamic Array (21 points), Riding (Flight 5 (60 MPH)), Weather Immunity (Immunity 10
Easily Removable (-18 points) Cold Blast (Ranged Damage 7, (Weather effects)), Weather Awareness (Senses 10 (Detect
Alternate Resistance (Fortitude)), AE: Absolute Zero (Ranged Weather, Acute, Analytical, Extended 5, Radius, Ranged));
Weaken Toughness 10, Affects Only Objects), AE: Arctic Mirages Weather Control (Dynamic Array (21 points), Lightning Bolt
(Illusion 5, all sense types, Limited to One Subject, Resistible by (Ranged Damage 9, Indirect 3), AE: Cold Snap (Environment
Fortitude), AE: Blizzard (Burst Area 7 (1,800 feet) Concealment 10, Extreme Cold), AE: Gale-Force Winds (Move Object 10), AE:
2 Attack (Normal Sight), Resisted by Will), AE: Freezing Cold Heat Wave (Environment 10, Extreme Heat), AE: Heatstroke
(Environment 10, Extreme Cold), AE: High-Sticking (Strength- (Ranged Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude;
based Damage 3, Reach), AE: Hypothermia (Ranged Affliction Fatigued, Exhausted, Asleep)), AE: Hurricane (Environment
10 (Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude; Fatigued, Exhausted, 10, Impede Movement 2 ranks), AE: Thick Fog (Burst Area 7
Asleep)), AE: Ice Bonds (Ranged Cumulative Affliction 7 (Resisted (1,800 feet) Concealment 2 Attack (normal sight)), AE: Thunder
by Dodge and Overcome by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable, and Lightning (Ranged Cumulative Affliction 7 (Resisted and
Defenseless and Immobile), Extra Condition, Limited Degree), Overcome by Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Unaware), AE:
AE: Ice Constructs (Continuous Create 10, Permanent), AE: Tornado (Ranged Burst Area Damage 5, Concentration Duration),
Ice Projectiles (Ranged Damage 10), AE: Snowblind (Ranged AE: Wind Gusts (Deflect 10, Reflect))
Cumulative Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude;
Impaired, Disabled, Unaware), Limited to Visual Sense), AE: Advantages: Attractive, Defensive Roll 4, Favored Environment
Snowstorm (Environment 10, Impede Movement, Reduce 2 (Aerial), Improvised Tools, Inventor, Move-by Action, Taunt
ranks)); Speed Skates (Speed 4 (30 MPH), Removable (-0 points))
Skills: Deception 7 (+8), Expertise: Science 8 (+12), Perception
Advantages:Defensive Roll 4, ImprovedTrip, Inventor, Languages 7 (+9), Ranged Combat: Weather Vane 8 (+10), Stealth 7 (+9),
2 (French, Inuktitut, English native), Move-by Action, Taunt Technology 5 (+9)

Skills: Close Combat: Ice Staff 2 (+8), Deception 3 (+6), Offense: Initiative +2, Lightning Bolt +10 (Ranged, Damage 9
Expertise: Canadian Studies 6 (+11), Expertise: Current Events or other effects), Unarmed +2 (Close, Damage 1)
6 (+11), Expertise: Science 8 (+13), Perception 3 (+6), Ranged
Combat: Ice Staff 7 (+10), Stealth 3 (+7), Technology 8 (+13) Defense: Dodge 14, Parry 12, Fortitude 8, Toughness 6/2*, Will
10 *Without Defensive Roll.
Offense: Initiative +4, Ice Projectiles +10 (Ranged, Damage 10),
High-Sticking +8 (Close, Damage 5), Unarmed +6 (Close, Damage 2) Totals: Abilities 32 + Powers 56 + Advantages 10 + Skills 21 +
Defenses 36 = 155
Defense: Dodge 11, Parry 11, Fortitude 11, Toughness 9/5*,
Will 9 *Without Defensive Roll. Complications: Motivation—Greed: The Weather Mistress
aims to keep stealing until she can buy happiness…then
Totals: Abilities 60 + Powers 35 + Advantages 10 + Skills 23 + steal some more. Enemy: Dr. Stratos has expressed both
Defenses 25 = 153 an amorous interest in the Weather Mistress and collegial
inquiries about the Weather Vane. She is aware of the Doctor’s
Complications: Motivation—Patriotism: The Mad Maple is ruthless reputation and fully realizes his interest in her is of an
utterly consumed by his fanatical vision of Canada as the source unsavory and false nature.
of all the world’s good. Hatred: By the same token, the Mad
Maple regards the United States as Canada’s jealous, evil nemesis. Patenting her discoveries would have made her fabu-
lously wealthy, but Marguerite is accustomed to having
ten because the Huckster sold them out for his own ben- everything handed to her. There was nothing left for her
efit. Despite this, they realize how many more times his sil- admirers to bring her, so she decided to steal whatever
ver tongue saved them all from a long stay in Blackstone. was left, putting her discoveries to use as the costumed
Despite his occasional treachery, it’s the Huckster’s focus thief known as Looking Glass, the Mistress of Mirrors.
on making the big scores and his gift of gab that brings
the Guild back together again and again. THE MAD MAPLE

LOOKING GLASS Early on, Adam Jury was a typical Canadian: polite, well
educated, and proud of his native land. It was not until he
Since her early childhood, people have said Marguerite fell in with a bad crowd—an extremist group convinced
Frey is the most beautiful girl in the world. She heard it so Canada is being kept from its greater destiny by the U.S.—
often it wasn’t long before she believed it, too. Thereafter that his tendencies towards political radicalism and soci-
Marguerite was never far from a mirror, admiring her own opathy emerged. Jury’s obsession with avenging Ameri-
beauty even more than anyone else ever did. ca’s slights against Canada (both real and imagined) grew.

She was vain to be sure, but Marguerite’s devotion to her When he discovered the late supervillain Dr. Zero’s lost
looking glass went far beyond mere narcissism. With a laboratory in Alberta, he used it to design ever more fan-
passion bordering on mania, she learned everything she tastic weaponry as a way to seek restitution. To that end,
could about mirrors: how they worked, how they were Jury debuted as the costumed “political activist” known
made, and their history. In time she unlocked the deepest as the Maple Leaf. However, his long-winded rants on the
secrets of the reflecting pane, including previously undis- countless virtues of Canada and endless flaws of America
covered scientific applications bordering on sorcery. sounded so insane to most listeners the media quickly
re-dubbed him “the Mad Maple.” Despite this unflattering

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appellation (which angers him to no end), Jury continues There he encountered Mr. Infamy, though his previous cli-
his “economic redresses” (read: armed robberies) against ents could scarcely have recognized him
American businesses undeterred.
Jeremiah could do nothing else but agree, and was equal-
THE WEATHER MISTRESS ly bereft of resistance when Infamy offered to make him
just such an instrument of apocalypse. With his self-righ-
Before reaching age 18, Cortney Cline saw her agricultural teousness intact, Jeremiah eagerly took on his share of
kinfolk financially ruined by a severe drought, the family bringing about the end of the world in the form of plague
homestead destroyed by a flood, and her parents killed by number nine.
a tornado. Later, while walking through a blizzard to the
menial job that supported her through college, Cortney DOCTOR SIMIAN
vowed fate’s cruel hand—the weather— would no longer
control her destiny. Instead, she would be its mistress! It began as an experiment in the nature of intelligence, at-
From then on, Cline dedicated herself to studying meteo- tempting to enhance the mental capabilities of primates.
rology and any manner of technology that might allow ASTRO Labs used a variety of methods on different test sub-
her to bend the elements to her will. jects. The results were not overly promising. Combined with
protests about the use of apes and monkeys as experimental
Several years, many research grants, and numerous failures subjects, it was only a matter of time before the project was
later, Cline finally hit upon the discovery she sought. What closed down. Its director, Dr. Carmine Mosley, didn’t want to
she did not realize is that her success was made possible by see that happen. He knew he was close to a breakthrough,
devices abandoned by Dr. Stratos. These gadgets were non- he just didn’t know how close. So he took it upon himself to
functional, but (like Captain Thunder) became imbued with disregard guidelines on safety and procedure.
trace energies from Stratos’ own weather-control powers.
Cline incorporated pieces of these gadgets into her mas- MARMO-SET PL12 • 159 POINTS
terwork, a device she dubbed “the Weather Vane.” With it,
she reshapes local climates with little more than a thought. STR 4 STA 10 AGL 4 DEX 4 FGT 4 INT 7 AWE 7 PRE 8

Despite her achievement, Cortney remained as aloof, Powers: Powers: Prehensile Tail (Extra Limbs 1); Mask and
bitter and sarcastic as ever. She still didn’t feel the scales Amulet of Set (Removable, (-15 points), Sorcery (Array (24
of fate were balanced and set out to steal the riches life points), Chaos Magic Manifestation (Create 12), AE: Chaos
“owed her all along.”Since then, Cortney Cline has pervert- Magic Transmutation (Continuous Transform 4 (any material
ed the forces of nature to sate her greed as the costumed into anything else)), AE: Darkness Blast (Ranged Damage 8,
criminal the Weather Mistress. Resisted by Will), AE: Mystic Perception (Senses 14 (Cosmic and
Magical Awareness, both Extended 5, Radius)), AE: Mystic Portal
MARMO-SET (Movement 24 (Dimensional Travel 3, any dimension, Increased
Mass 18)), AE: Desert-Storm Blast (Ranged Damage 12), AE:
Primate City University’s mild-mannered Prof. Victor is re- Storm Riding (Continuous Flight 8 (500 MPH)), AE: Storm
nowned on Earth-Ape as a leading archaeological scholar Winds (Move Object 12)); Possessed by Andoheb (Enhanced
on Ancient Apegypt. Years ago, his explorations led him Advantages 4 (Artificer, Diehard, Fearless, Ritualist), Enhanced
to the find of a lifetime: a lost Temple of Set, dedicated to Awareness 2, Enhanced Intellect 2, Enhanced Presence 4,
worshiping the god of chaos, darkness, deserts, and storms. Enhanced Skills 12 (Expertise: Magic 14, Ranged Combat: Sorcery
Unfortunately for him, his entry into the temple awakened 8), Enhanced Stamina 6)
the spirit of the High Priest Andoheb, which took posses-
sion of the kindly professor’s body. Now imbued with the Advantages: Artificer, Diehard, Fearless, Languages (Ancient
evil sorcerer’s psyche, knowledge. and power, Victor’s body Apegyptian, English native), Ritualist
became the vessel for Andoheb’s mad visions of power and
conquest, re-dubbing himself Marmo-Set. Skills: Expertise: Archaeology 10 (+17), Expertise: Magic 14
(+21), Ranged Combat: Sorcery 8 (+12)
In the years since, Victor and Andoheb have traded con-
trol of their shared form several times. When Andoheb Offense: Initiative +4, Desert-Storm Blast +12 (Ranged,
takes control and embarks on a new scheme for mystical Damage 12), Unarmed +4 (Close, Damage 4)
power, his plans are usually thwarted when the Primate
Patrol intervenes and forces Victor’s persona to regain Defense: Dodge 14, Parry 12, Fortitude 10, Toughness 10, Will 14
its dominance. Despite his cursed condition, Prof. Victor
remains kindly and well-regarded, and completely amne- Totals: Abilities 68 + Powers 60 + Advantages 1 + Skills 5 +
siac about his times as Marmo-Set. Defenses 25 = 159

CHOSHECH Complications: Motivation—Obsession: Marmo-Set craves
sufficient mystical power to recreate the glories of Ancient
The already nervous Jeremiah had been frightened by a Apegypt, rededicated to the worship of Set and under his own
sudden blast of noise from a rude neighbor’s enormous absolute rule. Power Loss: Without the Amulet of Set, Marmo-
car sound system. One clumsy fall from a step-ladder lat- Set’s Sorcery Array is lowered by 6 points, with all Alternate Effects
er, he wound up in Trinity Hospital with a broken finger. adjusted accordingly. Without the Mask of Set, Marmo-Set’s
Sorcery Array is lowered by 18 points, with all Alternate Effects
adjusted accordingly. Identity: A precise, blunt blow to the head
frees Prof. Victor from Andoheb’s influence and returns him to his
normal self (and vice versa). In game terms, this requires a critical
hit with an appropriate attack (GM’s call) delivered by someone
who knows about (or has deduced) this complication.

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CHOSHECH (DARKNESS) PL12 • 181 POINTS ANIMATED SHADOW CONSTRUCTS PL10 • 150 POINTS

STR 2 STA 6 AGL 2 DEX 3 FGT 2 INT 1 AWE 2 PRE 1 STR 12 STA — AGL 0 DEX 8 FGT 8 INT — AWE 6 PRE —

Powers: Darkness Control (Dynamic Array (30 points), Powers: Shadow Form (Flight 7 (250 MPH); Growth 8,
Animate Shadows (Summon 10, Multiple Minions, Limited to Permanent; Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects); Insubstantial 4
nighttime/darkness), AE: Blinding Darkness (Burst Area (60 feet) (Incorporeal; Vulnerable to light-based attacks), Impervious
Cumulative Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude; Protection 4; Shadowblast (Ranged Damage 12)
Impaired, Disabled, Unaware), Limited to Visual Sense), AE: Life
Drain (Burst Area (60 feet) Weaken Stamina 10), AE: Shadow Offense: Initiative +0, Shadowblast +8 (Ranged, Damage 12),
Constructs (Create 10, Movable), AE: Shadowblast (Burst Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 12)
Area (60 feet) Damage 10), AE: Shadowhold (Burst Area (60
feet) Cumulative Affliction 7 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude —, Toughness 12, Will 6
Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable, Defenseless and Immobile),
Extra Condition, Limited Degree), AE: Shadowsight (Remote Totals: Abilities 22 + Powers 112 + Advantages 0 + Skills 0 +
Sensing 10, visual and auditory senses, No Conduit, Medium Defenses 16 = 150
(shadows)), AE: Sleep (Burst Area (60 feet) Affliction 10 (Resisted
and Overcome by Fortitude; Fatigued, Exhausted, Asleep)), DOCTOR SIMIAN PL13 • 208 POINTS
AE: Shadow Move (Teleport 9 (2 miles), Accurate, Extended,
Increased Mass 3, Medium (shadows)); Shadow Form (Flight 7 STR 5 STA 5 AGL 2 DEX 5 FGT 6 INT 12 AWE 9 PRE 3
(250 MPH), Immunity 20 (Darkness Power effects, Life Support),
Impervious Protection 6, Senses 2 (Darkvision)) Powers: Large Ape (Feature (Prehensile Feet); Growth 4,
Innate, Permanent; Senses 2 (Acute Scent, Low-light Vision);
Advantages: Fascinate (Intimidation), Improved Initiative 2, Hover Chair (Removable (-15 points), Datalink (Comprehend
Move-by Action Machines 2), Energy Blasters (Ranged Damage 12, Split),
Hovering (Flight 10 (2,000 MPH)), Force Field (Sustained
Skills: Expertise: Current Events 5 (+6), Expertise: Theology Impervious Protection 12))
and Philosophy 5 (+6), Intimidate 3 (+4), Perception 3 (+5)
Advantages: Agile Feint, Eidetic Memory, Improved Grab,
Offense: Initiative +10, Shadowblast — (Close, Burst Area (60 Leadership, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 6
feet) Damage 10), Unarmed +2 (Close, Damage 2)
Skills: Acrobatics 5 (+7), Athletics 9 (+14), Close Combat:
Defense: Dodge 12, Parry 12, Fortitude 18, Toughness 12, Will 6 Unarmed 6 (+12), Expertise: Science 8 (+20), Insight 4 (+13),
Intimidate 6 (+11), Perception 4 (+13), Technology 8 (+20)
Totals: Abilities 38 + Powers 95 + Advantages 4 + Skills 8 +
Defenses 36 = 181 Offense: Initiative +2, Energy Blasters +11 (Ranged, Damage
12), Unarmed +12 (Close, Damage 5)
Complications: Motivation—Responsibility: Mr. Infamy
persuaded Jeremiah that the apocalypse is the will of God, Defense: Dodge 9, Parry 9, Fortitude 9, Toughness 17/5*, Will
and anyone who aids in its approach is doing His will. Jeremiah 17 *Without Force Field.
then eagerly took on his share of bringing about the end of the
world as the embodiment of a Biblical plague. Quirk: For the Totals: Abilities 78 + Powers 70 + Advantages 11 + Skills 25 +
fanatical Jeremiah Johns, religion is a font of trepidation and Defenses 26 = 208
fear, and his beliefs focus exclusively on the apocalypse and
end times. Talking to Choshech yields nothing but an endless Complications: Motivation—Obsession: Doctor Simian is a
string of fanatical rants and the creepy feeling that always mad scientific genius driven by ambition and revenge, who feels it
accompanies time spent with a total zealot. Weakness: Along is his duty to make humanity pay for its crimes against nature and
with his great powers, Choshech inherited a vulnerability the animal kingdom. Quirk: In Doctor Simian’s view, humans are
to magical effects. All his attempts to resist them are made malicious children, undeserving of their place at the pinnacle of
against a 50% higher (round up) DC than normal. nature’s hierarchy. Therefore he seeks ways to conquer the Earth
and subjugate humanity for the greater good. Simian foresees
He used unproven methods on the most promising of the a world under his rule where the natural order is protected and
experiment’s subjects, and succeeded beyond his wildest humans are kept away from dangerous tools and ideas.
dreams. Dr. Mosley’s subsequent death and the disap-
pearance of his experimental subject spelled the end of ground. He offered his services to the Foundry, and worked
the primate enhancement project. with them behind the scenes. It gave him access to equip-
ment and research materials he needed. The two parted
Although ASTRO Labs and the Freedom City authorities ways when Doctor Simian no longer needed the Foundry,
searched for the missing ape, they were unable to find him. although their relationship remains cordial. Doctor Simian
Little did they know just how good he had become at hiding. is still one of the Foundry’s loyal customers and contractors.
Mosley’s experiment awakened a tremendous intellect in the
African gorilla, an intellect born in pain and torment caused Ultimately, Simian chose to go it on his own. He wanted
by humans. The ape killed his tormenter and fled, finding nothing from humanity, save obedience and recompense
shelter in the underground tunnels and abandoned subway for his suffering, and that of many other creatures. Using his
stations beneath Freedom City. scientific genius, Doctor Simian has constructed many de-
vices to take his revenge on humanity. Each time, heroes in
Doctor Simian, as he called himself, crept out at night. Freedom City and elsewhere have thwarted his ambitions.
In his initial weeks of sentience, the superape absorbed In particular Freedom Leaguer Johnny Rocket has proven
knowledge at a prodigious rate. Within months, he had the a thorn in Simian’s side. Doctor Simian has been captured
equivalent of multiple Ph.D.s just from reading stolen books. and imprisoned before, but he swears no human cage can
Eventually, he discovered other inhabitants of the under- hold him. Inevitably, he escapes to hatch a new plot to
overthrow humanity as the dominant species on Earth.

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This special section takes a look back over the past ten IN OUR OWN WORDS
years of publishing the game you hold in your hands,
Mutants & Masterminds. We asked key creatives involved from Freedom City to Emerald City and the DC Universe,
in making M&M what it is, from its first edition to this cur- the essays that follow tell the story of the game, more or
rent edition, to write about the game and their experi- less chronologically. This is Mutants & Masterminds in our
ences, giving you an inside look at how things came to own words.
be. From the earliest designs to the latest developments,

ORIGIN OF MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS

I first met Steve Kenson in the mid- DESIGNING MUTANTS
& MASTERMINDS
90s when we were both hungry

young freelancers trying to make it

in the game industry. He was work-

ing on Shadowrun and I was cutting

my teeth on games like Underground I didn’t want to design the first edi-

and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. CHRIS tion of Mutants & Masterminds. It’s STEVE
We’d see each other at cons, hang PRAMAS true. All I wanted at the time was to KENSON
out with our colleagues, and talk get my superhero setting published.

shop. We also ended up on several While I appreciated the opportunity

private, industry mailing lists. It was on one such list that Green Ronin offered me to do that, let’s be clear: I was not

the Mutants & Masterminds was born. optimistic about the potential for a d20-based superhero

By this point I had started Green Ronin and asked Steve RPG riding on the crest of the wave that was the Open
to pitch me some ideas for d20 sourcebooks. His pro-
posal for The Shaman’s Handbook was so perfect I com- Game License. While the third edition of Dungeons & Drag-
missioned him to write it immediately and it became the
first in a continuing line called Master Class. So one day on ons breathed new life into it, I was dubious of the system’s
this mailing list, Steve was telling us how he had designed
a whole superhero city for Gold Rush Games and now it ability to do anything else but class-and-level fantasy. Still,
seemed the book would never see print. He was just look-
ing to commiserate with fellow designers, but I saw an I really wanted to get my superhero setting published….
opportunity. This was the boom time of the d20 era that
Green Ronin helped pioneer, so I said, “Steve, if you design So I read and studied the d20 System Reference Docu-
a d20 superhero game, I’ll publish your city book.” ment. I took apart and looked at the rules. I looked for
ways to make the square peg of superheroism fit into the
rounded hole defined by those rules. I quickly got stuck
on three elements of the system I felt wouldn’t work—
classes, levels, and hit points—not exactly insignificant
parts of the d20 experience!

Starting it was that simple. We worked out a contract and Classes were the first to go. While there are plenty of defin-
Steve started designing Mutants & Masterminds. The thing able superhero archetypes (as seen in the character arche-
to understand about this moment in time is that everyone types offered in M&M) they’re not the be-all and end-all of
thought you needed the d20 logo on a book to get good character design. A superhero RPG needed a broader range
sales. It was the mark that said a book was compatible of options in terms of characters to handle all of the odd-
with D&D Third Edition. The problem was that if you want- ball concepts without some overly-involved kind of “multi-
ed to use the d20 logo, you had to abide by certain stric- classing” or the like. That led to the idea of a point-based
tures. For example, you could not release a stand-alone character creation system, like that in many other RPGs.
core rulebook. Your book had to require the D&D Player’s
Handbook and say so on the cover. You could in theory use Levels were similarly problematic in that superhero charac-
the Open Game License without the d20 license, but this ters don’t “grow” in the same zero-to-hero way as the “farm
was considered untenable at the time. lad (or lass) chosen by destiny” in epic fantasy. The Master
Mage of the Earth’s dimension may have been a novice of
As Steve’s design work continued, he came to me many the mystic arts once, but you can bet he had access to more
times and asked, “Should I cleave to the d20 rules or do than a handful of spells per day! So instead, I tried looking at
what’s best for the genre?” My answer was always, “Do “level” as a way of framing characters’ overall power, some-
the genre right.” At a certain point I realized the game was thing that gets discussed a lot with comic book characters.
so different than D&D that it really ought to be its own That’s where the M&M concept of “power level” came from
core rulebook. In the spirit of gaming, I decided to take as a mechanism for comparing and balancing characters.
a chance and roll the dice. We would publish Mutants &
Masterminds as a stand-alone rulebook and without the Lastly, there were hit points… given the kind of power su-
d20 logo. Our path was set. perheroes possessed, I was looking at a lot of hit points,

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and also a lot of damage dice. The idea having to count to publish Mutants & Masterminds not under the strict d20
up rolls of 10, 12, 15 dice or more just to figure how effec- System License, which limited products to generic sup-
tive a hero’s punch or energy blast was made me want to port for D&D, but under the broader Open Game License,
abandon the project altogether. There had to be a faster, which allowed for a complete, independent game system.
easier method for handling damage. So I looked at how I appreciated Chris’s audacity, and I leapt at the chance to
d20 dealt with effects other than damage and hit upon join the development team as the project’s lead editor.
saving throws. That led to the concept of the Damage
Save (Toughness Resistance Check in third edition par- Also along for the ride were my pals Sean Glenn and
lance), perhaps the game’s biggest departure from the Kyle Hunter, both of whom worked as art directors for
core system. Wizards of the Coast’s periodicals. A chance lunchtime
conversation about—you guessed it—superhero com-
I wrote a summary of these design ideas and ran them ics was the first of hundreds of similar discussions that
past Chris Pramas. To my considerable relief, he thought solidified our three-way friendship.
they were worth trying out. The core elements of the
game were in place and, suddenly, I felt a lot more opti- Friendship soon became collaboration, and the three of us
mistic about this whole d20-based superhero game thing! became Super Unicorn Design Studio, a catch-all brand for
all the mutual freelance we were doing at the time to make
THE RISE AND FALL ends meet. The Mutants & Masterminds rulebook thus be-
OF SUPER UNICORN came a Super Unicorn project. In addition to editing, art di-
rection, graphic design, logo design, and project manage-
Ten years ago the world was only a ment, we also spent an insane amount of time and effort
designing characters to be used as illustrations throughout
couple of years into the brave new ERIC the book, gestating what would become the META-4 “uni-
“d20 Era,” and already Green Ronin MONA verse,” which received its fullest expression in the villain
supplement CROOKS!, published the following year.
was at the forefront of a thriving RPG
It’s crazy how much time we put into the background
industry. Both company founder of characters like Protonik, the caped hero on the rule-
book’s cover. A series of illustrations on page 153, for
Chris Pramas and I worked at Wiz- example, reveals four “Protoniks of Multiple Earths,” and
my notebooks at the time have whole pages about each
ards of the Coast at the time, and of these characters’ adventures and relationship to Pro-
tonik. It wasn’t all just wankery. We had a grand plan
I’d already contributed monsters to even beyond the following year’s CROOKS! to further de-
velop the META-4 Universe, and wanted to get the broad
Green Ronin books like Legions of strokes down early.

Hell and Armies of the Abyss. My day As it often does, fate interceded to prevent much of
that from happening. Somewhere in the middle of the
job was editing a version of Polyhedron magazine that Mutants & Masterminds process, Wizards of the Coast’s
periodicals department became Paizo Publishing, and I
offered a distinct d20 Mini-Game every two months was soon Editor-in-Chief of Dungeon magazine, with no
more time for freelance. Super Unicorn drifted apart. I’m
(from WW2 to pulp heroes to cartoon mysteries, mecha, now Paizo’s publisher, running an OGL game of our own.
Kyle’s now in advertising. Sean moved across the coun-
and everything in between), so Chris and I often talked try. CROOKS! and the M4 stuff in the rulebook remained,

about the game system and interesting new things we

were planning to do with it.

One day, Chris told me about a Very Interesting Thing. He
was knocking around a superhero supplement with re-
spected designer Steve Kenson that was rapidly becom-
ing its own stand-alone superhero RPG, and he needed
an experienced hand to make it fit as seamlessly as pos-
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until now, the sole published fragments of our grand an adventure. Still feeling pessimistic about superhero
plans. I’m proud, glad, and pleased that the game has RPGs and suspecting it might be end of the line, I decided
been successful all these years, and that people still want to make Time of Crisis a worthy finish; a grand homage to
to know what else Super Unicorn had in store back when my favorite comics: Julie Schwartz-directed end-of-the-
we were young, we were best friends, and the world was universe(s) epics. That’s why M&M adventures began with
full of crazy, wonderful ideas. “The End”—my Criswell-like psychic abilities.

LAUNCH & RECEPTION Ten years on, “The End” was thankfully just the beginning.
The honor of writing M&M’s “Keep on the Borderlands”
We wanted Mutants & Masterminds to (and winning a Pen & Paper Award for it—my writing’s
first-ever honor) remains a true blessing for which I’m for-
make a big impact, so we made spe- ever grateful. My thanks to everyone who made it possi-
ble for my name to be forever associated with M&M, Time
cial plans for its 2002 launch. Steve of Crisis, and, of course, Chimpanzoom.

wrote and Super Unicorn produced a CHRIS
4 page full color flier that was stuffed PRAMAS

into 20,000 bags for GenCon attend- M&M SUPERLINK

ees. It provided two sample characters, one hero and one

villain, and gave you enough rules so they could have a su- It’s fair to say that without the Open

per slugfest. Printing that many fliers and paying for them Game License, Mutants & Master-

to go into the show bags was a financial risk, as were the minds would not exist. Even though

ads in magazines like Dragon. I had a feeling it’d be worth the M&M rules are quite different CHRIS
than those of D&D Third Edition, it PRAMAS
it, but I didn’t realize how right I’d end up being. When we

released Mutants & Masterminds a couple of months later, was the OGL that created the pre-

it flew off the shelves. conditions and raw material for M&M’s creation. While

The reviews were great. Cynthia Celeste Miller’s on rpg. the OGL itself allowed other publishers to use and mod-
net was typical of the time. “In my opinion, Mutants and
Masterminds is the best thing to come out of the D20/OGL ify what we had done, we thought it in the spirit of open
crowd. At first, I had my doubts about it, but those doubts
were washed away quickly upon closer inspection. This is gaming to go further. To that end, we created the M&M
proof positive that it’s possible to use the OGL and still be
innovative.” Superlink program. This was basically like the d20 license

but for M&M. It allowed other publishers to use the M&M

Superlink logo and claim compatibility with Mutants &

Masterminds. The cost to these publishers? As with the

Mutants & Masterminds was greeted with such enthusi- d20 license, nothing. That’s open gaming.
asm that people were asking us all the time what we had
planned for the future. When Steve and I first made our Over the years dozens of M&M Superlink publishers have
deal, however, I had only committed to two books (the published hundreds of books and PDFs that explored
core rulebook and Freedom City). After that, I said, we’ll many facets of superhero comics and gaming. These pub-
see. Well, before Freedom City even come out I had to lishers and products helped build the M&M community
think about what was next. It was clear from the game’s too and that’s been a good thing for all of us.
reception and sales that Mutants & Masterminds deserved
its own continuing game line. This led to products like the MIGHT HAVE BEEN:
GM screen and the very first M&M adventure, Time of Cri- THE HALO LICENSE
sis. At GenCon 2003 we were thrilled when Mutants & Mas-
terminds won a gold ENnie Award. The category, ironically Green Ronin Publishing could’ve—
enough, was Best d20 Game! and, I maintain, should have—pub-
lished the HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED
FIRST ADVENTURE/ roleplaying game. ERIC
SETTING THE TONE TRAUTMAN

Roll that one around for a minute. I’ll wait.

Summer 2002, my other long- It’s been a few years, and some of the specifics have faded
into the mists of my encroaching mental collapse, but
time RPG publisher surrendered PROF.CHRISTOPHER some years ago, I worked in the entertainment/licensing
the DC Comics license, leaving MCGLOTHLIN, M. ED. group at Microsoft, charged with turning our game prop-
erties into other “things”: comics, toys, novels, and so on.
two sourcebooks I’d contributed
My old group went through several title and management
to unpublished. I was convinced I’d never again work on shakeups during my eight years there, until we finally sta-
bilized into a fairly effective team. The first crop of HALO
either a superhero game or the DC characters again, prov- novels came out on my watch, as did the initial batch of
action figures. Inroads into Hollywood were made (which
ing I’m a sub-Criswell-level prognosticator. Blessedly, the came to naught, but that’s a much longer story). Comics

chief Ronins have better sense, and thanks to them, I was

offered a chance to work on Mutants & Masterminds.

M&M and Freedom City were just Word documents when I
was asked to write the third (and, at the time, last) book—

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remained a tough nut to crack for a variety of nonsensical M&M’S FIRST LICENSE:
reasons, but right before I left the company (to return to NOCTURNALS
freelancing in, oddly enough, comics) we finally got there.
Sean Glenn of Super Unicorn, who
When HALO was in its infancy, I pushed hard to locate a suit-
able licensee to tackle a roleplaying game set in that rugged art directed first edition Mutants & CHRIS
military SF universe, and, having met Chris and Nicole several Masterminds, recruited a great lineup PRAMAS
times over the years, and being more than a little impressed
with the work they’d done at Green Ronin, it seemed a pretty of comic artists for the book. One of
obvious choice. They were local, supremely talented, and
genuinely terrific people. Bungie always insisted on high- them was Dan Brereton, the man behind The Nocturnals. I
quality licensed product, and I certainly wasn’t interested
in churning out garbage, so I thought a Green Ronin HALO loved the comic, so soon I was negotiating with Dan to do
game would be a fait accompli. Everybody wins.
a sourcebook for M&M. The Nocturnals: A Midnight Com-
So yeah: sometimes I’m not exactly… prescient.
panion was the first licensed product for M&M and indeed
Over the course of several months, there were dozens of
meetings, in which I pitched Green Ronin for the project, for Green Ronin as a whole. It’s also the only M&M book to
and pitched them hard. Bungie requested sample copies
of their work, and I dutifully loaded them up with copies date I’ve done any real design work on.
of Mutants & Masterminds (at the time, the newest, slickest
piece of work Green Ronin had unleashed). Dan paints all his art and it turned out he didn’t have scans
of it. We found that out when a FedEx box stuffed to the
More meetings. “We’re not sure. Can you send samples?” gills with original art showed up at the office one day! We
had to get it all scanned and cleaned up for reproduction
More samples. More meetings. “We’re still not sure. Can in the book. Then we had to return the original art to Dan,
we see more of their work?” and I was extremely paranoid about something happen-
ing to it in transit. In the summer of 2003, I made plans to
And on, and on. go to the San Diego Comic Con with Nicole Lindroos, GR’s
general manager. Flights were expensive so we decided
I’m not sure what they were doing with all the copies of to rent a car and drive from Seattle to San Diego (nearly
Mutants & Masterminds that Green Ronin thoughtfully the entire West Coast of America).
provided (and it was an embarrassingly large number of
books), but it became clear that there wasn’t going to be I brought Dan’s treasure trove of art with me, and would
any forward movement, though I was never sure why. not leave it in the car unattended. I carried it into our hotel
room each night. Nicole joked that I practically slept with
My theory? They were too busy rolling dice and fighting it. Finally we got to San Diego and the first day of Comic
dastardly crime. Con I took the art over to Dan’s booth. With great relief, I
said, “Here’s your art, safe and sound!” His response? “Hey,
Congratulations to Green Ronin and the architects of Mu- would you mind mailing that back to my house from
tants & Masterminds, for providing years of entertainment, here?” After the look that must have crossed my face, he
and here’s to ten more years of two-fisted justice. agreed to take care of it himself.

(I can’t wait for a Cyborgs & Supersoldiers supplement. Hint Nocturnals: A Midnight Companion went on to win three
hint.) gold ENnies in 2004: Best Licensed Product, Best Graphic
Design and Layout, and Best Interior Art.

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS: M&M, SECOND EDITION

It was at GAMA Trade Show in Las McGlothlin (who still holds the record for having written
more words for M&M than anyone other than me), Luc-
Vegas that Chris Pramas offered me ien Soulban (who created the brilliant Hero High book),
and Scott Bennie (a favorite of mine since reading his
a full-time job with Green Ronin Pub- Champions game summaries on the old Red October
BBS). Jon Leitheusser, who did the editorial heavy lifting
lishing. Mutants & Masterminds had on numerous books, including the second edition rule-
book, was a great source of support and ideas.
been doing well, with a series of prod-
All-in-all, I oversaw the development of a couple dozen M&M
ucts like Freedom City, Crooks!, Time books during my tenure but, at another GAMA Trade Show
years later, I explained to my colleagues how I missed work-
of Crisis, and such, but the line was in STEVE ing primarily on the design side of things, how consumed my
need of direction. Super Unicorn, the KENSON time had become with overseeing others’ work. It had been
a good run for me, but it was time for a change and, as it so
production company that oversaw the happened, an opportune time at that, since Green Ronin had
a shot at the brass ring of superhero licenses.
game’s launch, was moving on to other things (particularly

this little start-up you might have heard of called Paizo Pub-

lishing). So Chris asked me if I wanted to come on board as

Mutants & Masterminds developer to manage the line. I may

have taken all of 30 seconds before I said “yes”.

The first thing I wanted to do as developer? A new edition RONIN ARTS
and a “relaunch” of the line. Every developer wants to put PARTNERSHIP
his or her “stamp” on a game—and I like to think I already
did that with the design—but it was more than that. The Back in late 2004 I was running Ronin
first edition of M&M was published with a “let’s see” policy.
Well, we had seen, and our players had spoken, and they Arts, a PDF publishing company fo-
wanted more! So the game needed a solid foundation to cused primarily on d20 System sup-
build a complete line that would go for some time, and
that’s where the second edition came in.

Our playtesters pretty immediately reined-in some of more plements, as a full-time operation. PHIL
outré ideas, including modifiers based on percentages of REED
a power’s cost, and the highly unnecessary Research skill.
Over time, we refined a number of revisions to the first edi- Every day of the week I was working
tion’s vague elements, or places where point values were
seriously off and came up with a solid, expanded new edi- on writing—or acting as publisher
tion. Indeed, playtesting sparked so much discussion and
so many different iterations of various rules that the excess on—new PDFs that were designed as
material culled from the“core”book was able to produce an
entire book of its own (the Mastermind’s Manual). short, plug-n-play material intended

to be dropped into most any fantasy

roleplaying game campaign. And it was working!

I got the opportunity to design a lot of the early second But I knew there needed to be another tool in the box,
edition books, notably Freedom City (Second Edition), and after a few unplanned chats with Chris Pramas of
the aforementioned Mastermind’s Manual, and Ultimate Green Ronin I had committed Ronin Arts to producing
Power. I also had the good fortune to work with a talent- new Mutants & Masterminds PDFs. Now M&M Superlink,
ed cast of writers, editors, and artists in addition to the Green Ronin’s third-party publishing program, wasn’t
Green Ronin staff, particularly the stalwart Christopher new to Ronin Arts. With Michael Hammes acting as writ-
er there had been a handful of successful PDF releases
through Ronin Arts by the time Chris and I came to an

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ART DIRECTING M&M agreement... but that success was nothing next to what
was about to happen.
From the very beginning of HAL
Mutants & Masterminds’ creation, MANGOLD Ronin Arts’ first official Mutants & Masterminds PDF for
art has been a huge factor in Green Ronin was Lockdown: Gen-Pop, a collection of new
setting the tone for superheroic characters for the Lockdown sourcebook. The idea was
adventure. First Edition art for the Ronin Arts PDFs to directly support Green Ronin’s
director Sean Glenn went above various Mutants & Masterminds sourcebooks, and this first
and beyond in enlisting an A-list release worked well and demonstrated that there was a
of high quality artists, some of demand from fans for more. A bit of brainstorming with
them actively working in the Steve Kenson and we soon hit on a product concept that
comics field at the time. Sean set would go on to be a subline of over a dozen PDFs and,
the bar very, very high. eventually, a printed sourcebook in the Mutants & Master-
minds line.
I took over the art direction of Mutants & Masterminds
with the Second Edition, and I had some pretty big Archetype Archive 1 was published late in 2005 and in-
shoes to fill. Throughout all the Second Edition books, stantly dominated the PDF sales charts. A collection of ten
I tried to keep the art at the same high level set by character archetypes, the idea was to provide players with
Sean, with a focus on keeping the “comic book” feel new character archetypes they could use as seeds for new
in mind. From the world of Freedom City, to alternate characters, basic stat blocks for NPCs, or as inspiration for
settings like Wild Cards and Paragons, getting the look completely original character designs. The PDF sold well
right was a huge amount of fun! And then came the enough that we started work on a second volume within
DC Adventures game line, and a chance to select from hours of release, and every “archetype” PDF following that
some of the finest comic art generated this century first improved on the idea.
from the DC Comics art archive. I’m proud of it all.
In 2007, there were enough PDF archetype collections—
So here we are, settling into the Third Edition of and sales of the series had been strong enough—that
Mutants & Masterminds, and the talented Pauline it was time to assemble a printed book. But rather than
Benney has stepped in to take point on the art just collect everything into a book we—myself, Michael
direction of the game going forward. I’m stepping Hammes, and Steve Kenson—traded mail and dove into
back to a more over-arching creative direction role, a discussion about where to change archetypes and how
and I’m super-excited to see where Pauline is going to
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to make the final book, Instant Superheroes, far more than PARAGONS
just a regurgitation of the PDF material. The book took far
more time than we first expected, and led to many stress- Paragons was a new setting re-
ful hours as we tried to pack in more than we had space leased for MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS,
for, but the end result still makes me proud. SECOND EDITION in 2007. We wanted
to try something different and
By then my own life had changed dramatically as I had left explore another side of comics.
the full-time PDF writing and publishing world behind—I Paragons is a setting where normal
accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Steve people get paranormal powers.
Jackson Games in early 2008—and it was impossible to How does that change the world?
continue guiding and managing PDF materials. I hadn’t How do people react when they CHRIS
realized it when we started work on Instant Superheroes, PRAMAS
but that book proved to be the final chapter in a publish-
ing adventure that all started with an email. There are are suddenly capable of extraordi-
days I miss creating PDFs, but looking back at what we nary feats? Paragons was miles away from the four-color
accomplished with Mutants & Masterminds I can say I’m heroics of Freedom City and deliberately so. It was also dif-
proud of the work and happy to see that fans are still get- ferent from most campaign settings in that it didn’t give
ting use out of all of that material. It was a fun experience you definitive answers but choices to make instead. Para-
and one I’ll always remember fondly. gons provided a framework and many pieces (characters,
factions, conspiracies) that the GM and players would as-
JON TAKES ON semble into a unique campaign experience. As Steve Ken-
DEVELOPER DUTIES son said at the time, “We wanted Paragons to be a world
where the players helped set the tone and direction and
their characters could make decisions that would alter
the world.” A big theme of the setting was thus discovery
and this approach was designed to enhance it. What are
the truths of a Paragon campaign? A dozen groups can
have a dozen different answers.

My involvement with Green Ronin

and Mutants & Masterminds had a JON

long, slow start. I knew Chris Pramas LEITHEUSSER

from back in the ’90s when he was

running Ronin Publishing and I was the Games and Nov-

elties Product Manager at Capital City Distribution. We

talked whenever Chris had a new product to sell through

distribution, but that was about it.

In 2001 when I took a job with WizKids and moved to Se- A few weeks later I got a call from Chris asking if I wanted
attle, Chris was one of the few people I knew in the area, to edit an upcoming M&M sourcebook, then another and
so when he invited me to “Wedding Con,” which is what another. Before long I was one of their go-to editors for
he and Nicole called their wedding reception, I was more First and Second Edition M&M. I even, with my good friend
than happy to attend. After all, I didn’t know many people, Seth Johnson, wrote the Iron Age sourcebook for Second
so it might be nice to meet a few others with similar in- Edition. In 2008, when Steve decided he wanted to take a
terests. step back from doing both design and development in or-
der to concentrate purely on creative work, Chris offered
While there, a bunch of us, including Chris and Eric Mona, me Steve’s vacated position.
got to talking about Mutants & Masterminds and how well
it was doing and how much trouble they were having
finding editors who could handle editing statblocks. As a
longtime Champions fan and a convert to M&M, I chimed
in to say I loved checking statblocks and often did it for
fun when I picked up a new M&M book.

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I am a comic fan and a gaming fan. I am also no fool, so That was definitely a good thing, because the following
I said yes. My history with the game helped because we few years were going to necessitate a big shift!
were in the midst of working on Warriors & Warlocks and
Mecha & Manga. I learned a lot working on those books as When we started the developing DC Adventures and
a developer as opposed to as an editor or writer, and over Mutants & Masterminds Third Edition we had a chance to
the course of the next couple of years learned even more. change the types of products we were developing and
freshen up the game’s overall vision. Not in a “change for
As Developer it was my job to make sure all the writ- change’s sake” way, but in a “keep what’s working and
ing, editing, and administrative work was completed as change what isn’t doing exactly what we want” way. But
needed on the various books while also maintaining the more on that in a bit.
overall “vision” for the game. For Second Edition that was
fairly easy because Green Ronin had already released a THE SECRET ORIGIN
number of sourcebooks by the time I started. I just need- OF DC ADVENTURES
ed to make sure the new books we published were inter-
esting and actually added something useful or different February 21, 2003. Ten years ago!
to the game. All the books released while I was in my first
year (or more) as Developer had actually begun under That’s when Chris, Nicole, and I first RAY
Steve’s watch. Thankfully, I had some fantastic writers exchanged emails about collaborat- WINNINGER
and editors to work with who made the job very easy.

ing on a new role playing game based

WILD CARDS upon the heroes and villains made famous by DC Comics.

While it is well-known that we Back in 2003, the Green Ronin crew was designing RPGs
publish A Song of Ice and Fire Role- for Games Workshop, and GW had just secured a role play-
playing, based on George R.R. Mar- ing license from DC as part of a broader deal with the pub-
tin’s Game of Thrones novels, we lisher of Superman and Batman et alia. Chris and Nicole
actually licensed Wild Cards from got me involved not only because we’re good buddies,
George first. I knew George was a but because I spent several years working with the folks
huge comic fan from way back and at DC Comics as a principle designer/developer/editor/ar-
that the origins of the Wild Cards chitect on Mayfair Games’ late, lamented DC HEROES way
series of “mosaic novels” was a Su- CHRIS back in the 80s and early 90s. DCH was a highlight of my
PRAMAS career in hobby gaming and my friends at Green Ronin
knew that I maintained a real fondness for that material.
perworld RPG campaign in the 80s (More than twenty years later, I still tinker with the DC HE-
that he ran for author friends in New Mexico. So when I ROES rules in my spare time!)
initially contacted George to talk about RPG rights, I sent
him a selection of our books and made sure to include
several from the M&M line. Sure enough, these were what
caught his eye and soon we were negotiating for the Wild
Cards license. This led to three books for M&M Second Eventually, the Games Workshop/DC deal fell apart and
edition (Wild Cards, All-in, and Aces & Jokers). We had the Green Ronin drifted away from GW altogether. By that
tremendous good fortune of getting to work with John time, we’d drummed up so much enthusiasm for the proj-
Jos. Miller on our game books. He was one of the original ect that we decided to pursue a DC license on our own.
players of George’s campaign and one of the key authors Because I still had some contacts at DC and I spent my
of the novel series. There was no one better to write up post-Mayfair years practicing the arcane arts of doing
the lore and he was terrific to work with. Steve Kenson business with big media conglomerates, I handled the ne-
handled the M&M mechanics (‘nuff said!). The initial three gotiations personally, on Green Ronin’s behalf.

books covered events and characters of the classic books, So began six long years of prototypes, proposals, counter-
but there have also been new Wild Cards novels coming proposals, and lots and lots of waiting. What was taking
out since 2008. Characters from these books are the sub- so long? In retrospect, it’s hard to say. DC evolved. Green
ject of our SCARE Sheets PDF series for Mutants & Master- Ronin evolved. The comics market changed. The role play-
minds Third Edition. Once again John Jos. Miller and Steve ing market changed. DC got distracted by other priorities.
Kenson teamed up to bring the Wild Cards universe to life. Green Ronin got distracted by other priorities. I got dis-
So the story continues! tracted by other priorities. The thing that finally propelled
all parties to make a deal was DC’s 75th anniversary. The
licensing folks told us they wanted DC to be everywhere
that year and we were happy to ink a deal. Our persistence
had paid off and DC ADVENTURES finally saw print in 2010.

What you fans are likely to find most interesting about
the whole affair, I suppose, are some of the “might-have-
beens.”Over the course of those seven years, we redefined
and reconfigured the DC project many times. For instance:

• For a variety of reasons that were beyond our con-
trol, DC ADVENTURES wasn’t always fated to use the
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was designing a new system that used convention- stead of the mainstream DCU depicted in the comics.

al playing cards instead of dice. (That one made it In yet another version, we were going to create our

all the way to a rudimentary playtest!) Later, Steve own version of the DC Universe, one of the 52 parallel

Kenson did some initial work on a new system of his universes that DC introduced after Infinite Crisis.

own. We even considered trying to figure out what • For a while, DC was keen for us to tackle not just
it would take to bring the original DC HEROES rules the DC Universe, but some of their other properties
back in a new edition. as well. We once had plans to release sourcebooks

• Once we were free to use Mutants & Masterminds as based on Watchmen, Hellblazer/Swamp Thing/Sand-

the basis of DC ADVENTURES, I started work on a design man, and the Wildstorm Universe. There was also a

that was based on M&M’s Second Edition. Some of proposal for Chris Pramas to design a lighter, story-

that work made it into Steve’s design for M&M3. focused RPG based on Fables.

• For a while, DC ADVENTURES was going to be a boxed set In the end we were able to secure a license that let us do

that included battle maps and cardboard stand-ups, exactly four books. We wanted to give gamers a big tool-

like the first couple of editions of DC HEROES or TSR’s kit they could use—alone or in conjunction with Mutants

old Marvel Superheroes. In another incarnation of the & Masterminds Third Edition books—to have superheroic

publishing plan, DC ADVENTURES would have been pre- adventures in the DC universe. Our final choice for those

ceded by a Batman-themed introductory boxed set four titles was the DC ADVENTURES Hero’s Handbook, Heroes &

that would have been released at the same time as Villains Volumes 1 and 2, and Universe.

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins! I hope you all found DC ADVENTURES worth the wait. I very

• In another version of our proposal, DCA was to be much look forward to working on yet another DC role

based on the animated version of the DC Universe in- playing game in 2031.

DC ADVENTURES/M&M 3RD EDITION DESIGN

Since the idea of DC ADVENTURES had In fact, I may have been looking forward to it more than
any of the rest of the company since I’d only known about
been around for a while, Steve had the possibility for less than a year at that point and they all
had “negotiation fatigue” to one extent or another.
already made a number of notes
Very quickly, we realized we needed to get to work right
about the game including changes he away. We were already months behind schedule and we
hadn’t even started. By the way, that’s often how these
wanted to make to the core Mutants things work. You work hard to build a schedule, get things
nailed down, then the deal doesn’t happen when you’d
& Masterminds rules. We weren’t sure planned, so you need to make adjustments, then it goes
on the back burner and just as suddenly, the deal is on
when (or if) we’d receive the go-ahead JON and there’s a deadline you need to hit, so somehow you’re
to start on DCA, so Steve had started LEITHEUSSER already late before you begin. It’s what they call, “exciting”
and “challenging” in some circles.
working on a new edition of M&M us-
Thankfully, like I said, Steve had already started work on
ing those ideas. As it was, M&M Second Edition was growing new rules for the game, so he stepped up his design work.

a bit long in the tooth after five years and more than a dozen

books, so it seemed natural to start work on a new edition.

Then, DC sent word that the deal was done and they
wanted us to release the game in time for their 75th an-
niversary. Needless to say we were all very excited. I hadn’t
been with Green Ronin when they’d started negotiating
the deal, but I was still very happy to see it come together.

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Because he’d already turned the development work over DEVELOPMENT OF
to me, I was able to spend my time finding freelancers, EMERALD CITY/ECK
sending out contracts, working up lists of characters we
wanted to include, and continuing to shepherd the last When Mutants & Masterminds Third
few Second Edition books through production, which
freed Steve up to concentrate on writing, playtesting, and Edition was still in the planning stag- JON
rewriting a new edition of the game. Instead of being re-
leased as M&M Third Edition as originally intended, it was es, we came up with the idea of creat- LEITHEUSSER
released as the DC ADVENTURES Hero’s Handbook.
ing a new setting to go along with the
When First Edition was released, it was an experiment that
worked out very well. There were rough spots, but the new edition of the game. We all loved the Freedom City
game was fun and clearly showed potential. With Second
Edition, Steve was able to address the rough spots, but setting for First and Second Edition M&M, but all the pre-
also ended up with a very rules-driven, mechanics-heavy
game that lost a lot of its (desired) flexibility. So, for Third mier roles were taken in Freedom City. If a player wanted
Edition the goal was to create a game with solid rules that
allowed for story-driven flexibility when it was needed. to play a Batman or Superman type, that role was already

There was definitely a learning curve among the play- filled by one of the characters in the setting.
testers who’d played previous editions of the game and
were used to a more mechanical approach, but they For Third Edition, we decided to introduce a new city that
picked up on the differences quickly and were able to didn’t have all those roles filled already. One in which the
provide great feedback on how to make the game bet- players could come up with any characters they wanted
ter. New players responded well to the storytelling as- and they wouldn’t be competing for the top spot with an
pects of the game, such as Complications, which they already established character who was likely more power-
enjoyed both because of the flavor they added to their ful, experienced, and loved than their character was. We
characters and because of the hero points. Plus, every- also liked the idea of expanding the Freedom City Universe.
one, no matter their level of experience, grasped the ba-
sic mechanics of the game quickly and easily due to its As a group, we worked up some ground rules. First, we
similarity to previous editions and to D&D. wanted to start everyone off with a bang, so we came up
with the concept for the Emerald City Knights Heroes Jour-
After we made adjustments to the rules based on play- ney. Using those linked adventures we could introduce
tester feedback, Steve added a chapter about the DC Uni- players and Gamemasters to Emerald City and take them
verse, wrote up a select group of heroes and villains, and from“zeroes to heroes”in the course of a single adventure.
the book was done. We had both the new DC ADVENTURES The adventure also had the benefit of giving M&M fans a
game and the new edition of Mutants & Masterminds! shared experience. So players from different groups who’d
played through the series could compare notes and have
fun talking about how their games when right... or wrong,
and where their series went from there.

Next, we wanted to create Emerald City itself and make that
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Coast, it made sense to place Emerald City on the West Coast, When planning Third Edition, Emerald City Knights, and
and since a number of the Green Roninites are located in the the Emerald City setting, we knew we needed a way to get
Seattle area, we decided to make that region Emerald City’s more information out to people quickly, while also provid-
home... plus, the city has a nice history in gaming due to its ing them with something useful. Gamers always love to
use in Shadowrun. Steve and I had a rough backstory for the get their hands on new monsters, so we settled on creat-
city; that it was secretly the home base for a lot of villains and ing a “villain of the week” series of PDFs. Every week fans
they’d adopted the adage that, “you don’t $#!† where you could go to RPGNow or the Green Ronin Online Store and
eat,” so they’d kept Emerald City fairly super-criminal—and purchase a new villain. They’d get a bit more information
therefore super-hero—free for the last few decades. about Emerald City (sometimes) along with a villain they
could use in their games.
Unfortunately, after the events of Emerald City Knights, the
group that controlled the city fell apart, leaving it free for Up until a short time before the first PDF went live, the
the taking while also making it the perfect place for new series was going to be known as the Villain of the Week,
heroes to shine. but Hal pointed out that wasn’t very flavorful, so we
changed the series to Threat Report and tied it more
INTRODUCING SUPER closely to AEGIS.
POWERED BY M&M
The series proved to be very popular, so after the first year
All throughout first and second edi- we decided to change things up and release a series cen-
tered around powers and their descriptors, called Power
tion Mutants & Masterminds, the M&M CHRIS Profiles, to make it easier for players, especially new play-
Superlink program had let third party PRAMAS ers, to create their characters. Now we’ve moved on to
the Gadget Guide series to present equipment, weapons,
publishers produce compatible ma- vehicles, headquarters, and other, uh, gadgets.

terial. When we were planning third edition, we wanted As long as there’s interest in the weekly PDFs and as long
as we can come up with good and useful topics for them
to keep that option available but revisit the particulars. to cover, we’ll continue to create them. We’re even think-
ing about returning to the Threat Report and even pro-
First, we wanted to get Mutants & Masterminds right in ducing some longer PDF-only books, but that’s a story
for another day.
the name, so it’d be clearer to consumers and retailers

that the books went with our game. Second, we wanted

to revise the system so we didn’t do approvals anymore.

For many years, I and then Steve looked over each M&M

Superlink product to make sure they were using the li- WORLD’S GREATEST
SUPERHERO FANS
cense correctly. By this time though the community was

mature and we didn’t feel the need to review everything

anymore. Lastly, by changing the name, it’d be instantly

clear which third party material was compatible with the

latest edition of M&M. The result of all this was the Super- We have humbly billed M&M as “The

Powered by Mutants & Masterminds license. That’s the logo World’s Greatest Superhero RPG!” (in STEVE
the bombastic style of our comic book KENSON
to look for today for third party M&M books.

predecessors) but the truth of the mat-

PDF TO PRINT: THREAT ter is that we should be touting“The World’s Greatest Fans!”
REPORT & POWER PROFILES
or “World’s Greatest Players!” since it is really you who have

made Mutants & Masterminds a success and gotten us to

Green Ronin has been releasing PDF the point where we can have the luxury of doing a 10th An-

versions of our books and supple- niversary Edition, waxing poetic about the long and wind-

ments for years. Working with Ronin ing road that got us here. You took a speculative “let’s see”

JON project and turned it into a pillar of Green Ronin’s success
Arts, they even released a number LEITHEUSSER
and one of my proudest achievements in the game indus-
of PDF-only products years ago. But
try, as well as a multiple award-winner. So, I would like to
with the advent of M&M3, I wanted to take a more unified
offer my personal thanks to you for making the game what
approach that would benefit the company and the fans.
it is. You’re all heroes in my book!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING TEN AMAZING
YEARS OF MUTANTS AND MASTERMINDS!

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MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS 10 YEAR BACKERS

Huge thanks to all of our backers on this historic project. We couldn’t have done it without you!

CYBER SUPERHEROES Humphrey, Anthony Paladino, Anti-M, Arkrite, Ash V, Bael
the Cruel, Ben ‘chinlamp’ Schilling, Bert Isla, Bill Dunn, Bill
Brian P. Clausen, Punching For Justice Olander, Bill Sullivan, Bill Woodward, Bob Harrison, Bradley
Yesko, Brandon Blackmoor, Brandon Urey, Brent Walters,
FIRST APPEARANCES Brett A Veasey, Brett Easterbrook, Brian Allred, Brian Dunten,
Brian E. Kirby, Brian Isikoff, Brian Shottenkirk, Bruce Harlick,
Charlie McElvy (Xion Studios), Erik “Midnight” Ménard, Bruce Powell, Bryan (Maldroth) Botz, Bryan Hilburn, Bryce
James Dawsey, Jonathan French, Kyle Rivest, Matt“Catapult” Undy, Caitlin Eckert, Caleb Flegel, CardiacKangaroo, Carl
Wang, Michael T. Schell, Noah Gibbs, Scott Kunian, Tymm Ross, Carlos Gustavo Ojeda Stelin, Carlos Ovalle, Carolyn Self,
“Samson” Brown Carsten Immel, Cecil Castellucci, Chance Whitmore, Charles
Kettering, Charles Myers, Charles Paradis, ChillinFrog, Choi
OLD SCHOOL SUPER HEROES Won, Chris “Fyrestryke” Bradley, chris “lumpy” turnage, Chris
“Pepsiman”Saguisag, Chris Alcantara, Chris G., Chris Hadjison,
Christopher Lorando, Emmett Cooper, Gerald Vanover, Chris Halama, Chris Miller, Chris Rose & Kit Fox, Chris Schock,
Gregory S Smith, Jacob “Sentry” Mertz, Jerry Ham, Joe Chris Wright, Christen Sowards, Christian A. Nord, Christopher
Martin, John “nighthunter” Karatovic, Marc Plourde, Mark Hatty, Christopher Just, Christopher S. Battles, Chuck
Greenfeld, Matthew “Kaimontfendo” Tjeerdsma, Phillip Childers, Clay White, Cliff Coryea, Clint Freeman, Clinton
Millman, Richard Ingram, Richard Steinfeldt, Rick Jakins, Monn, Corhakil, CPT Bhagczech, Craig Bishell, Craig Maloney,
Sean D. Parker, Simon Ward, Val Craig McRoberts, Curt Meyer, Curtis Donnohue, Curtis Liu,
Dan Fellmeth, Dan Hagy, Dan Trandberg Jensen, Daniel
SUPER HEROES McSorley, Daniel Petersen, Daniel Philippe, Daniel Stack,
Daniel Taylor, Darkshifter, Darrin Fesperman, Dave Costella,
Andrew Parent, Bob Bretz, Christopher “C-Note” Jackson, Dave Ellingwood, Dave Hamilton, Dave Mattingly, David
Christopher Goodno, Darren “MancerBear” Bulmer, David C Bolack, David C. Ridout, David Chart, David Chervanik, David
Farcus, David Rego, David William Kaufman II, Derek E. Ferreira, Crowe, David H, David Halsey, David Hancock, David P. Cox
Eric “ogehn” Brenders, Gary Peter Schuetz, George “Citizen “Meteor”, David Percy, Dean Barclay, death tribble, Demelza
X” Pitre, Ivo Luijendijk, James Ballard, Jason “More Batman Beckly, Devin Groah, Dexter Mulkey, Doc Fuligin, Donald A.
than Doug” Best, Jason Altland, Jason Branigan, Jerome J Turner, Donald Jensen, Doug “DJ Eternal Darkness” Carter,
Comeau, Kenneth D Scott, Kevin Guerrero, Kevin Schelley, Douglas Snyder, Drake Heide, DT “Sketchpad” Butchino,
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Over the course of three editions and ten years, MUTANTS & sic characters from previous editions of M&M and we’re
MASTERMINDS has brought hundreds of original characters into presenting the top ten votes-getters in this section, up-
being, from the diverse denizens of Freedom City (and its West dated to the Third Edition of the game. We’ve otherwise
Coast “sister city” Emerald City) to the META-4 characters cre- left the characters in their “classic” state when they were
ated for the first edition’s art (and later detailed in the Crooks! last published, leaving it up to you to decide what they
sourcebook), the paranormals of Paragons, and many more. may have been up to in the intervening years. Hopefully, it
As part of the development of this Anniversary Edition of will be an opportunity for your own MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS
the game, we polled fans about some of their favorite clas- game to revisit some of the classics of years past!

THE ATOMIC BRAIN

Real Name: Harold Hamilton Occupation: Power-mad nuclear bomb on July 16, 1945. Within a month, America
nuclear menace dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan and the war was
Identity: Unkown to the over in the Pacific Theater. A new era had been born.
general public Affiliation: None
Hamilton acted as a consultant throughout the late 1940s,
Base of Operations: Eyes: None working with Scorpio-2 scientists to improve the lethal-
Volcano Island, South Pacific Hair: none ity of nuclear weapons and bringing his mind, greatly
enhanced by the disaster, to bear on numerous national
Height: 6’5” security and scientific issues. Hamilton’s Scorpio-2 collabo-
rators grew to resent his increasingly autocratic style, and
Weight: 310 lbs. jokingly began referring to him as the “Atomic Brain.” Ham-
ilton silently seethed at his confinement, jealous of others
In the early 1940s, America raced feverishly toward the who had gained wealth and prestige from his brilliance. He
development of a nuclear weapon that could bring a fast, petitioned his handlers to create a robotic body that would
conclusive victory to World War II. Numerous teams of allow him to interact more effectively with fellow scientists.
scientists worked on cracking the problem. A young un- In 1954, his handlers finally agreed, constructing an auto-
orthodox atomic theorist named Harold Hamilton led the mated casing attached to a powerful mechanical body.
most controversial and radical team, which urged giant They couldn’t have made a bigger mistake.
leaps forward without standard safety and testing proce-
dures. In those desperate days, dynamism won out over Immediately after plugging into his new body, Hamilton
caution, and money poured into Hamilton’s ambitious op- lashed out against his caretakers, firing blasts of radiation
eration. Hamilton threw himself into the job for personal generated by his glowing brain. Announcing himself as the
reasons, believing that weaponizing nuclear fusion would Atomic Brain, Hamilton bragged of revealing his creation’s
be the ultimate accomplishment of mankind, the point true potential to the world, so that all might appreciate
when science at long last crafted the planet’s demise. the terrible majesty of his genius. Concentrated attacks
upon the Nest’s superstructure resulted in the collapse
Disaster struck in February, 1945, when Hamilton acci- of Scorpio-2’s headquarters and the death of hundreds of
dentally detonated an experimental nuclear device while agents. A young special agent named Gavin Pierce lost his
inspecting ground zero of a pending test. The unexpect- wife before his eyes in the disaster, and swore on the spot
edly powerful blast rocked the test site, utterly destroying that he would avenge her senseless death.
Hamilton’s body. Somehow, the brain survived.
The Atomic Brain survived the collapse, disappearing
Realizing they were out of their league, the scientists who shortly after emerging from the rubble. The public at
discovered Hamilton’s green, glowing brain turned it over large knew that a government building had collapsed,
to Scorpio-2, a secret government organization tasked but knew nothing of Scorpio-2 or its unusual mission.
with investigating paranormal and superhuman activity. Most citizens remained oblivious of the scope of the
Scorpio scientists managed to save the brain, locking it in tragedy. A frustrated and confused U.S. government
a clear container filled with nutrient solution. They devel- made quiet scapegoats of the scientists who provided
oped a sophisticated machine that allowed the brain to Hamilton with his new body. Many had been “mad” sci-
communicate, and once again welcomed Harold Hamil- entists captured by the Homefront in the prior decade,
ton to America’s nuclear weapons program. and their eccentricity no longer seemed so tolerable in a
post-war world. The government retained the services of
From the Nest, Scorpio-2’s subterranean Washington D.C. the most brilliant madmen, shunting them to the black
headquarters, Hamilton eagerly shared his insight with budget ANTAG organization.
a rival scientific team led by Robert Oppenheimer. With
Hamilton’s spark of mad genius acting as inspiration, Op-
penheimer’s Manhattan Project tested the first successful

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The government mourned Hamilton’s Blazing Star and Protonik. The Brain especially disdained
meltdown not just because of the the nuclear-powered Protonik, whom he viewed as an un-
deaths in Washington. The nation’s fore- worthy inheritor of his personal scientific legacy. He twice
most nuclear science genius had escaped attempted to make Protonik a slave like Singularity, but
what had amounted to house arrest and the Russian “Protector of the People” escaped his clutches
was free to offer America’s nuclear secrets each time. In 1993, Protonik and the Endgame Initiative
to the world. Fearing that the Atomic Brain might de- thwarted a scheme by the Brain to hold the world hostage
fect to the Soviets, President Eisenhauer immediately after capturing eleven Soviet ICBMs.
approved a new organization that would rise from the
ashes of Scorpio-2óa technological superspy service No matter how much he hates Protonik, however, no ene-
known as META-4. META-4’s first assignment: track down my had ever quite commanded his hatred and respect the
and destroy the Atomic Brain.

But the Brain didn’t go to Russia. Instead, he hid active
nuclear timebombs in twelve U.S. cities, threatening
to detonate them simultaneously if America didn’t
launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union within
48 hours. Emergency META-4 squads supported by
nearly every active American superhero disabled
the bombs with only seconds to spare, but the
nation grappled with psychological damage
for much of the rest of the decade, and be-
gan to view superhumans with increasing
suspicion. Gavin Pierce, the star agent who
orchestrated the Atomic Brain’s defeat, be-
came the nonpowered darling of META-
4. In 1957, he was given the code name
Everyman in recognition of his impor-
tance to national security and to hear-
ken back to the legacy of World War II’s
most famous superheroic martyr.

Bitter rivals, the Atomic Brain and Ev-
eryman fought time and again until
1965, when Pierce tracked Hamilton
to his Volcano Island lair for a final con-
frontation. After a lengthy battle, Every-
man pushed the wounded Atomic Brain
into a pool of lava, apparently destroying
him. At the last moment, however, Hamil-
ton’s mutated brain detached itself from its
powered body and flew to safety and a long
recuperation.

The Brain reemerged from hiding five years later, vex-
ing Gavin Pierce immediately after his retirement from
field duty and assumption of the role of META-4 Con-
trol. He battled the state-sanctioned Statesmen several
times, finally defeating them utterly in 1982
by permanently splitting triplicate team
leader Trinity into three distinct entities.
He abducted one third of the trio, exposing
the nuclear-powered hero to overpowering radiation that
warped his mind as well as his spirit. The resulting crea-
ture, Singularity, serves the Atomic Brain like a brutal, un-
imaginative robot.

By the 1980s, the Brain had grown tired of his repeated
failures to gain control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He
finally turned his attention to the Soviet Union, hoping
that the communists would be more susceptible to his
nihilistic schemes. But the communists had their super-
heroes, too, and the Atomic Brain found himself in a ti-
tanic struggle against two extremely powerful foes, the

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STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
13 3 1 2 6 10 2 3

POWERS SKILLS

Anti-Gravity: Flight 6 (120 MPH) • 12 points Close Combat: Unarmed 6 (+12), Expertise: Science 15 (+25),
Insight 9 (+11), Intimidation 10 (+13), Perception 4 (+6), Ranged
Extrasensory Perception: Senses 4 (Darkvision, Radius Combat: Radiation Control 13 (+15), Technology 10 (+20)
Vision) • 4 points
ADVANTAGES
Mind Shield: Impervious Will 8 • 8 points
Eidetic Memory, Equipment 5, Fascinate (Intimidation),
No Longer Human: Immunity 20 (Aging, Disease, Poison, Favored Environment (Volcano Lair), Languages 1 (English,
Radiation Effects, Sensory Affliction Effects, Sleep, German native), Startle
Starvation and Thirst) • 20 points
OFFENSE
Radiation Control: Array (41 points), all Dynamic
• Disintegration Beam: Ranged Damage 8 Linked to Ranged INITIATIVE +1

Weaken Toughness 8 • 41 points Radiation Blast +15 Ranged, Damage 20
• Radiation Blast: Ranged Damage 20 (radiation) • 2 points
• Radiation Sickness: Progressive Ranged Weaken Stamina Radiation Sickness +15 Ranged, Progressive Weaken 13
(Fort DC 23)
13 • 2 points
• Radioactive Aura: Reaction Damage 10 (radiation, being Unarmed +12 Close, Damage 13

touched) • 2 points DEFENSE 12 FORTITUDE 13
12 TOUGHNESS 18
Robotic Body: Removable (–14 points), Armor (Impervious DODGE 16
Protection 15), Life Support System (Immunity 10 [Life PARRY
Support]), Servo-Strength (Enhanced Agility 1, Enhanced WILL
Dexterity 2, Enhanced Strength 13) • 58 points
POWER POINTS
EQUIPMENT
ABILITIES 48 SKILLS 34
HEADQUARTERS: VOLCANO LAIR • 25 POINTS 41
POWERS 149 DEFENSES 282
Size: Awesome Toughness: 20 Features: Communications,
Computer, Defense System, Dock, Fire Prevention System, ADVANTAGES 10 TOTAL
Hangar, Holding Cells, Isolated, Laboratory, Personnel, Power
System, Workshop COMPLICATIONS

same way Everyman did. With the recent death by natural Motivation—Nihilism: The Atomic Brain wants to see the
causes of META-4’s storied leader, the Atomic Brain has world burn in atomic fire.
become listless, feeling that he must make a coordinated
move against the world now, while he holds the upper Disability: Without his robotic body, the Atomic Brain is a
hand. With Pierce’s death, some of the “game” has gone disembodied brain with no limbs or strength of its own.
out of the Atomic Brain, who now feels that it’s time to
bring the biography of the world’s greatest scientist to an Temper: Surviving an audience with the Atomic Brain is no
explosive finish. small feat, as he’s known for a short temper and a tendency to
disintegrate those who displease him.
USING THE ATOMIC BRAIN
Weakness: The Atomic Brain’s internal nuclear reactions are
The Atomic Brain is one of the most powerful supervil- subject to dampening and containment fields, which can hold
lains on Meta-4 Earth. Whenever he’s involved in a ca- him and even render him unconscious for a time.
per, it’s a good bet that the fate of the world hangs in
the balance. Consider foreshadowing an Atomic Brain The Atomic Brain likes to think big. He believes that the
appearance early in the campaign. Perhaps the PCs see man whose technology destroys the world proves him-
a more powerful superhero team defeated by the Brain self the world’s supreme scientist. Prolonging life through
on live television, proving that he’s out of their league medicine has no true scientific victor, being merely a game
(at least for now). Later in the campaign, a veteran su- of cumulative minuscule contributions inching forever to-
perhero tells war stories about his old team’s encounters ward an unattainable goal. Yet the world will be destroyed
with the Atomic Brain, including mentions of grave loss- but once. He who determines the finish line wins the race,
es suffered at the hands of the nuclear mastermind. Try rendering life-giving science meaningless. Harold Hamil-
to make your players nervous about facing off against ton is out to destroy the world and every living thing on it
him—they’ll know it’s their duty to take him down when to prove to everyone and to himself that he is the greatest
the time comes, but they should go into the fight won- scientific mind the world will ever know.
dering if maybe they aren’t ready.
And not just any world destruction will do. For it to
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Atomic Brain frequently targets nuclear test sites (espe- The Atomic Brain particularly hates superheroes who de-
cially in the South Pacific, near his lair on Volcano Island), rive their powers from nuclear energy or who owe their
capturing armed warheads to add to his personal arse- careers to some sort of atomic accident. He prefers to
nal. Once he’s gathered a handful of nukes, he likes to make examples of such characters by capturing them,
pick a nation at random and hold it ransom as the timer torturing his captives to encourage them to join in his
ticks down to launch. Nuclear weapons will destroy the crusade toward nuclear annihilation.
world, he reasons. The people should be forced to fear
his creation appropriately. TACTICS

Because he has fought the world’s superheroes for longer The Atomic Brain prefers to let his minions and allies fight
than almost anyone else alive, the Atomic Brain is greatly for him, but he’s not above stepping into the fray when
respected by the supervillain community. More often he’s left little choice or when he sees a good opportunity
than not, the Brain holds a nation ransom in secret, so for a crushing attack. He begins combat by using his Ener-
more standoffs end in massive cash payouts than in de- gy Control to envelop himself in an Energy Field of radia-
feat at the hands of superheroes. Many supervillains con- tion. Anyone who touches the field must make a Damage
sider working for the Atomic Brain a “sure thing” in terms save against a bonus of +18L.
of payment. An invitation to join the Brain in a caper is
viewed as a major status symbol by many supervillains. Although he is not a psychic, the nuclear explosion that
granted Harold Hamilton his powers also endowed him
Surviving an alliance with the Atomic Brain is another with Mental Protection and Sensory Protection, which
matter entirely, as the nuclear-powered madman fre- grant him limited resistance to psychic and Dazzle attacks.
quently disintegrates subordinates who fail him. His
minions (soldiers, scientists, technicians and the like) If engaged by a superior hand-to-hand combatant, the
fare even more poorly, and most attempt to stay out of Atomic Brain takes to the air, thereafter peppering his ene-
his direct attention. Many of Volcano Island’s scientists mies with deadly blasts of radiation. When in extreme dan-
are kidnap victims forced to work for the Atomic Brain ger, he sometimes detaches his brain from the robotic body
under threat of death. apparatus, whisking himself to safety via his Flight power.

BARON SAMEDI

Simon DuLac grew up in Haiti, so the power of Voodoo Real Name: Simon DuLac/Baron Samedi
was a proven fact to him. But Simon was always more
interested in immediate, worldly power, which led him Identity: Public, but the general Occupation: God of the
to becoming an important figure in the Caribbean un-
derworld. He smuggled drugs and laundered money. He public does not believe Dead, crimelord
used the fearsome reputation of Voodoo to his advan-
tage, without particularly caring what the loa thought of Baron Samedi is a god.
it, but the loa did notice, and did care.
Base of Operations: Affiliation: None
Baron Samedi, the loa of death and the undead, chose New Orleans, Louisiana
Simon as his cheval, his “horse” that he would ride in the
mortal world. Baron Samedi maintained to his fellow Height: 6’ Eyes: Black
loa that humanity was a base and unworthy race, suit-
able only to serve as the loa wished. The sea loa Siren Weight: 175 lbs. Hair: Black
opposed his view, claiming humanity was valuable in
its own right. So the two loa chose vessels to inhabit to Baron Samedi isn’t human at all, but a malevolent spirit
prove which of them was right once and for all. that feeds on human suffering and death. Humanity is
nothing more than cattle to be used as he sees fit. He
Using Simon’s criminal network, Baron Samedi was able to turns both the living and the dead into zombie puppets
begin distributing his“zombie powder”. He with no will of their own. Samedi can be quite charming
works to corrupt and degrade and enjoys winning others over to his side of their own
humanity and to deal with free will with promises of wealth, prestige, and power.
Siren, who has also taken
on a human host and be- He exists to corrupt people, proving that humans
come a continual thorn in ultimately want what he of-
his side. Eventually, the fers them.
loa knows that he will
triumph, and the world Baron Samedi is a spirit
will become a vast grave- inhabiting the body of
yard of his mindless zombie Simon DuLac. He grants
followers. his mortal host great
strength, endurance,
and resistance to injury.
He can regenerate dam-
age to his mortal host
body at an accelerated rate.

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STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
8 1 10 9
8 10 2 1

POWERS POWER POINTS

Eternal Spirit: Immortality 5 • 10 points ABILITIES 98 SKILLS 26
Immortal: Immunity 3 (Aging, Disease, Poison) • 3 points 8
Sorcery: Array (24 points) POWERS 45 DEFENSES 194
• Mind Control: Perception Ranged Affliction 12, Limited
ADVANTAGES 17 TOTAL
(must have a piece of the target such as hair, fingernails,
etc.) • 24 points COMPLICATIONS
• Cloud of Darkness: Cloud Area 4 Visual Concealment
Attack 4 • 1 point Motivation—Corruption: Baron Samedi wants to prove
• Shadow Snare: Cumulative Ranged Affliction 8 (Resisted humanity is inherently corrupt and unworthy.
by Dodge, Overcome by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable,
Defenseless and Immobile), Extra Condition, Limited Host: The loa Baron Samedi possesses a
Degree • 1 point human host body and has no corporeal
• Step Through Shadow: Teleport 6 (1,800 feet), Accurate, existence without one.
Easy, Extended (60 miles), Medium: Shadows • 1 point
• Zombies: Summon Zombie 2 (30 point minions),
Controlled, Horde, Multiple Minions 4 (16 minions) • 1 point
Spirit Healing: Regeneration 2, Persistent • 4 points

SKILLS

Deception 4 (+13), Expertise: Streetwise 5 (+6), Expertise:
Voodoo 12 (+13), Insight 5 (+15), Intimidation 4 (+13), Ranged
Combat: Sorcery 10 (+11), Sleight of Hand 4 (+5), Stealth 7 (+9)

ADVANTAGES

Artificer, Contacts, Favored Environment (Ambush), Languages
1 (English, Haitian Creole native), Leadership, Minion 10,
Startle, Taunt

OFFENSE INITIATIVE +2
Perception Range, Affliction 12 (Will DC 22)
Mind Control — Ranged, Affliction 8 (Dodge DC 18)
Shadow Snare +11 Close, Damage 8
Unarmed +8

DEFENSE 8 FORTITUDE 10

DODGE

PARRY 8 TOUGHNESS 10
WILL 12

Like Siren and her host body, the Baron’s presence pre- CLASSIC CHARACTERS
vents his host body from aging.

Baron Samedi also has various magical powers. He can an-
imate the dead, exert some control over the minds of the
living, command reptiles, and create clouds of smoke or
pitch darkness. These are innate abilities for him, not just
mortal sorcery. He’s never without some zombie hench-
men at hand, and is always creating more.

Baron Samedi usually prefers to have his zombies and
enthralled minions do his dirty work for him. If seriously
threatened, he can step into a shadow and disappear, re-
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THE CLIQUE

Concept: Fashionable Femme Felons Despite the girl’s abrasive personality, the Other Woman was
Members: willing to step out of the limelight and hand over the reigns of
Area of Operation: Boy Toy, the Crush, the team. The Clique needed the financial resources brought
Jawbreaker, the Other Woman, by the affluent Crush, who also brought with her the vehicle/
Pixie, Wallflower robot Boy Toy and a lavish penthouse headquarters. The
Crush proved an adequate leader, but a brash decision soon
U.S. West Coast fragmented the team.

If you’re talking felony and fashion, you’re talking about The team’s robotic mascot Boy Toy inexplicably began to
the glamorous girl gang, the Clique. The team is a tight- develop a rudimentary, child-like sentience. The robot de-
knit sorority of surprisingly efficient and elusive parahu- veloped a close friendship with Tangerine and Gimmick,
man thieves. Neither mercenaries nor dissidents with both of whom began to see him as a full-fledged member
a clear agenda, the Clique is motivated almost entirely of the team rather than a nonsentient robotic underling.
by materialism. They simply take what they want, when The Crush considered this increased personality a defect in
they want it. her favorite toy, and worse, a liability to the team’s heists.
She instructed Gimmick to purge Boy Toy’s software. Jaw-
Despite this bevy of beauty’s dedication to each oth-
er, they are a con- breaker couldn’t have cared less, and the Other Woman
tentious lot. Catty slyly deferred to the
comments and new leader’s judg-
seemingly cruel ment. In a brutal
practical jokes are final row that de-
common within their molished their
ranks. Each member is re- headquarters, Gim-
quired to maintain the strictest mick and Tangerine
standards of fashion and grooming. Camera-shy they are
not. Despite their dubious pursuits, they seem to enjoy both quit the team and reformed, becoming superheroes
copious attention from the press and public. Each mem- and frequent adversaries of their old teammates.
ber enjoys the perks of a high-profile celebrity.
Recently, the Clique moved to a new headquarters in your
Despite these benefits, however, internecine tension player characters’ home town. They’ve also recruited two
contributes to an unusually high turnover rate. Few can brand new members, a tech specialist named Wallflower
handle the social pressure in addition to the life of crime. and a fierce enforcer called Pixie.
On a heist, however, these babes support each other like
sisters. THE PENTHOUSE

Generally, these brash brats are not out to hurt anyone. Thanks to the machinations of both the resourceful Crush
They simply do as they please, and rely on their diverse and the devilishly clever Other Woman, the Clique has
powers to make a clean getaway. With the exception of the taken up residence, rent free, on the top three stories of
dynastic assassin Pixie, none of the Clique take their life of Sebastian Belle Plaza. The 25-story commercial property
crime seriously enough to die for it. None have served any features high-end retail stores and a theater on the bot-
prison time. tom four floors, and architectural, fashion, and design of-
fices on the other floors. The Clique maintains an empty
The Clique was formed in 2002, when the duplicate vil- 21st floor, and their staff of highly trained handlers, agents
lainess Other Woman began gathering her dispersed and lawyers work on the 20th.
flock of doppelgangers. One Other Woman clone, a flight
attendant, had met and befriended a young parahuman The girls’ HQ itself is a comfortable and well-appointed
named Betsy Barcal, who had been operating as a petty living space. Other than the top floor, which contains a
criminal powerhouse called Jawbreaker. The clone of- rather extreme workout room, Wallflower’s workshop,
fered Jawbreaker her San Francisco flat as a place to crash and Boy Toy’s garage, the apartment is normal, albeit
when she was away, explaining that she simply hated be- rather posh. The team’s home holographic entertainment
ing bored. The clone arranged to fly Jawbreaker down to and communications system and automated kitchen ap-
southern California to meet with the original Other Wom- pliances are all advanced technology lifted from Octopus
an, who sought thrills and power and needed muscle to Umbrella.
back up her intrigue. Barcal pledged in, and the two con-
tinued to scout for recruits. HQ: THE CRASH PAD 13 POINTS

After attracting a beautiful female android from the future Size: Large; Toughness: 10; Features: Communications,
named Tangerine and a young techno-genius named Gim- Computer, Fire Prevention System, Hangar, Garage, Gym,
mick, the Clique set their sights on drawing in the Crush, a se- Living Space, Power System, Security System 2
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BOYTOY Ifriti program and cruise out with her first big haul. When
she saw the AMV prototype’s lustrous pink-and-purple
Earlier this year, the power-drain- paint job and slick modern design, she knew she’d found
ing android Damocles tore a swath a partner for life.
of destruction through Washing-
ton, D.C. in an attempt to lure In addition to acting as their “wheel man,” Boy Toy adds
in unsuspecting heroes to be depth to the Clique’s frontal assaults. Typically, Jawbreak-
culled. The Front administered a er pilots Boy Toy directly into melee, priming targets with
sound beating to the robot on blaster fire. The Clique is hesitant to squander the an-
the lawn of the White House, droid’s missiles on soft targets, saving them to disable en-
leaving a “clean-up crew” to emy vehicles and penetrate fortifications. If aerial support
clear away the debris and is required, Boy Toy remains in jet-mode and provides
rubble left by the hard-won covering fire.
fight. An infiltrator agent of the
super-science consortium Octo- Remaining in vehicle form saves time should the Clique
pus Umbrella salvaged a tiny frag- need to beat a hasty retreat. In these cases, and when the
ment of Damocles’ circuitry, and situation calls for stealth, Boy Toy emits a unique electro-
after his masters had decoded its magnetic signal that Obscures both vision and radar. With
technology they auctioned it Wallflower’s help, Boy Toy has been able to narrow the fre-
off to Unitrol (page 104). quency such that it does not affect the senses of certain
individuals, such as the Clique themselves.
Unitrol used the technol-
ogy to design highly mo- The Clique regards Boy Toy as part valet, part high-tech
bile weapons platforms toy. He speaks in clipped, direct statements, as would a
known as Anthropomor- butler or cartoon mountie.
phic Mechanized Vehicles.
Dubbed Ifriti after the fire- Since the Crush purged his personality last year, Boy Toy
wielding demons of Arabic mythology, AMVs can not only has demonstrated some strange traits. He seems inex-
transport troops into a variety of environments, but also plicably able to differentiate the Other Woman from her
transform into androids to fight beside them. Possible doppelgangers, and is particularly protective of Wallflow-
vehicle configurations range from a banal sportscar to a er. It is possible he is more sentient than he appears, and
one-man submarine to a spacecraft capable of seating wisely hides it from the girls. His true nature and agenda
six—the permutations are nearly limitless. are anyone’s guess.

Unitrol’s development of the AMVs ended embarrass- THE CRUSH
ingly when the fledgling supervillainess the Crush used
her emotion-manipulating powers to simply walk into the Deidre Pawlowski was al-
suburban industrial park where her father managed the ways daddy’s little girl. Unfor-
tunately for the law-abiding
BOYTOY PL10 • 135 POINTS world, daddy was a mid-level
project manager at an inde-
STR 5 STA — AGL 0 DEX 2 FGT 6 INT — AWE 0 PRE –4 pendent suburban labora-
tory underwritten by Unitrol,
Powers: Armor Plating (Protection 10); Camouflage a crypto-terrorist subversive
Field (Concealment 6 (All Visual, Radio, Precise); Construct government organization
(Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects)); Mechamorph (Variable 4, with designs on global politics.
vehicle forms, Quirk: Retains color scheme); Weapons Array
(Blaster (Ranged Multiattack Damage 10), AE: Missiles As an only child, Deidre oc-
(Ranged Burst Area Damage 10), Unreliable—5 uses) casionally accompanied her
father to work. By the time the
Advantages: Move-by Action flirtatious girl manifested the
parahuman ability to manipu-
Skills: Perception 6 (+6), Ranged Combat: Weapons Array 8 late sexual orgone energy at
(+10), Vehicles 12 (+14) 16, she literally had the run
of the place. Between per-
Offense: Initiative +0, Blaster +10 (Ranged, Multiattack missive parents and thralls
Damage 10), Unarmed +6 (Close, Damage 5) under her mind-control
powers, no one ever told her “no.”
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 8, Fortitude Immune, Toughness 10, She got whatever she wanted, and what she wanted was
Will Immune power and celebrity.

Totals: Abilities –2 + Powers 111 + Advantages 1 + Skills 13 + Not long after looting her way across Southern California,
Defenses 12 = 135 Deidre came to the attention of one of the Other Woman’s
doppelgangers. The devious cloner saw a great deal of po-
Complications: Motivation – Acceptance: Boytoy belongs,
literally, and works hard to please. Not A Real Boy: Boytoy is
just a machine and not a person…or is he?

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tential in the sassy brat, and chose her to be the face-girl of THE CRUSH PL10 • 127 POINTS
her new Clique.
STR 2 STA 2 AGL 3 DEX 3 FGT 7 INT 0 AWE –1 PRE 10/3
The Crush regards her outlaw life as tremendous fun, and
rarely contemplates the consequences. An incredible Powers: Kevlex Armor (Removable (–2 points), Immunity
narcissist, Deidre is easily distracted by flattery. As far as 5 (Fire Damage), Protection 5), Orgone Cloud (Enhanced
she’s concerned, she is the Clique, and all other costumed Advantages 2 (Attractive, Fascinate (Deception)), Enhanced
femme fatales aspire to her image. Not surprisingly, other Presence 7, Limited to Men); Mind Control (Cumulative Cloud
women tend to resent her. Area Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Will), Entranced,
Compelled, Controlled; Limited to Men); Weaken (Cloud Area
The Crush is petulant when crossed, and capable of se- Weaken Strength and Will 10, Limited to Men)
vere cruelty. She has never heard of orgone energy or its
pioneer Wilhelm Reich, but is aware that she possesses Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged Damage 5)
parahuman abilities. She never admits it, however, and
claims to be simply irresistible to men. Advantages: Attractive, Attractive, Equipment 5, Evasion,
Fascinate (Deception), Leadership, Taunt
Though she’s spent enough time with Unitrol instructors
to qualify as a crack-shot with a blaster, the Crush prefers Skills: Deception 5 (+15), Insight 6 (+5), Persuasion 5 (+15),
to sit back and let big, sweaty boys do the fighting. Even Ranged Combat: Blaster 7 (+10), Technology 4 (+4)
if directly threatened, there will likely be an “admirer”
nearby ready to step in and protect the damsel in distress. Offense: Initiative +3, Blaster +10 (Ranged, Damage 5),
When on a gig, the Crush acts both as a distraction and to Unarmed +7 (Close, Damage 2)
soften up targets for her teammates. She first “sucks the
life out” of a room, Draining men’s Strength and Wisdom. Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 7, Fortitude 6, Toughness 7, Will 8
Ideally, this leaves them less than fighting fit, oblivious to
teammates infiltrating elsewhere, and more susceptible Totals: Abilities 38 + Powers 46 + Advantages 9 + Skills 14 +
to the Crush’s Mind Control. Even more tenacious foes will Defenses 20 = 127
find it difficult to fight their way through both Boy Toy and
Pixie to lay their mitts on Pawlowski. Complications: Motivation – Control: The Crush is in charge
and anyone who thinks otherwise is in for a rude awakening.
JAWBREAKER
JAWBREAKER PL9 • 139 POINTS
Betsy Barcal came into the world pro-
tected by a giant rainbow-colored egg. STR 10/2 STA 3 AGL 3 DEX 2 FGT 4 INT 0 AWE 2 PRE 1
Her mother died in childbirth, and the
egg passed into the hands of research- Powers: Candy-Colored Shell (Immunity 27 (Critical Hits,
ers. For 3 years it grew, occasion- Cold, Damage (Cold, Electricity, Fire, and Sonic), Pressure,
ally changing colors, and acting as Poison, Suffocation), Impervious Protection 8); Energy
something of a lab mascot. Finally, Reflection (Deflect 9, Reflection, Close Range); Enhanced
the shell fractured, revealing a Strength 8; Kevlex Armor (Removable (–1 point), Immunity 5
healthy 3-year-old girl. Betsy’s skin (Fire Damage)
soon hardened into a pink candy-like
shell, and tests revealed that the tod- Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged Damage 5)
dler had the strength of a teenager.
Advantages: All-out Attack, Attractive, Equipment 2,
Because of her abnormally long ges- Improved Critical, Interpose, Power Attack, Second Chance
tation, Betsy was schooled along- (Will checks vs. mental powers)
side younger children at the West
Coast Talented Child’s Center. Even Skills: Close Combat: Unarmed 4 (+8), Deception 7 (+8),
at a young age, this left her feeling Insight 4 (+6), Intimidation 5 (+6), Ranged Combat: Blaster 3
frustrated yet powerful, a callous (+5), Ranged Combat: Throwing 3 (+5)
child eager to bully her peers. She
demonstrated little empathy, Offense: Initiative +3, Blaster +5 (Ranged, Damage 5),
and shrugged off the most for- Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 10)
midable punishments.
Defense: Dodge 7, Parry 7, Fortitude 8, Toughness 11, Will 7
The first thing to penetrate her hard exterior was a crush
she harbored for another student, Rhett Berlin. The mys- Totals: Abilities 34 + Powers 67 + Advantages 8 + Skills 13 +
terious and aloof Berlin’s own secrets collided with his stu- Defenses 17 = 139
dent life on the day of his graduation, when commandos
from Baseline, a humans-first socio-terrorist organization, Complications: Motivation – Acceptance: No one is ever
raided the commencement. The genocidal mercenaries going to hurt Jawbreaker again, if she has anything to say
traced Berlin to the school from his extra-circular life as about it. In Her Shell: Jawbreaker is withdrawn and uses her
Emo, leader of the teen hero team the Upstarts. invulnerability to protect her from more than just physical
harm.

During the carnage, Berlin appealed to Barcal to defend
the institution, but self-preservation remained her top
priority. Disappointed and desperate, Emo used his emo-
tion manipulation powers to force her to fight. The invad-
ers were repelled, but Barcal was furious with the hero,
more for forcing her to confront her selfish cowardice
than for forcing her into the melee. Convinced that Berlin
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THE OTHER WOMAN PL9 • 173 POINTS restaurant, she dozed off at the wheel,
and awoke to half-consciousness
STR 0 STA 2 AGL 2 DEX 2 FGT 2 INT 3 AWE 1 PRE 2 with the sickening thud of her head
smashing into the windshield.
Powers: Duplication (Summon Duplicates 5 (75 point She reeled under the sobering
minions – same traits, but without this power), Continuous, realization that she had run her
Heroic, Mental Link, Multiple Minions 6 (64 minions), Sacrifice); car off the road and smashed
Kevlex Armor (Removable (–2 points), Immunity 5 (Fire into a telephone pole. Although
Damage), Protection 5) she assumed that this moment
would end her life, it proved in-
Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged Damage 5) stead to be a perplexing rebirth.

Advantages: Attractive, Connected, Equipment 2, Teamwork Her body was twisted unnaturally
up against the dash, and a slurry of
Skills: Close Combat: Unarmed 8 (+10), Deception 10 (+12), ruptured organs churned beneath
Insight 4 (+5), Ranged Combat: Blaster 8 (+10), Technology 3 bruised skin. Through a veil of pain
(+6) and her last choked breaths, a fa-
miliar hand reached into the car
Offense: Initiative +2, Blaster +10 (Ranged, Damage 5), and touched her gently. Outside
Unarmed +10 (Close, Damage 2) the car stood an identical twin she
never knew she had.
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 8, Fortitude 4, Toughness 7, Will 8
As life faded from Wendy Wallace1,
Totals: Abilities 28 + Powers 100 + Advantages 5 + Skills 17 + it coursed into the the strange
Defenses 23 = 173 “imposter,” Wendy Wallace2.
The“new”Wallace had all the
Complications: Motivation – Control: The Other Woman is original’s memories and none
always in control, of herselves and of the situation. Lost in a of her own. Over time, she realized that she’d been unwit-
Crowd: With all of her duplicates, which of “her” is real? Even tingly creating duplicates her whole life, and that these
she may not know. clones lived their own lives, completely unaware that they
were connected to a greater sisterhood. She proceeded
fled the institution and lived on the street for years before to instinctively seek out other strays, and in short order,
the Other Woman offered her a new life with the Clique. learned to create more. Armed with this “army of me,” she
turned her wiles toward carving out a more exciting life.
Barcal is the Clique’s enforcer. Ironically, given her experi-
ence with Emo, she is content to sit back and let others Although armed and dangerous, the Other Woman es-
give the orders. While her closest friend remains the Oth- chews combat. She generates as many clones as she
er Woman, who taught her an appreciation for the finer needs to bog down an opponent, allowing her to escape.
things in life, Barcal admires the Crush’s confidence and She is much more effective as a tactician, and is skilled at
bravado. At her worst, this desire for acceptance makes sowing confusion with gambits such as masquerading
her a bit of a wannabe. as a imperiled bystander. With at least two doppelgang-
ers always in reserve, Wallace shows little concern for her
Jawbreaker is brave to the point of recklessness, in the doubles, sacrificing them if the going gets tough.
hope of erasing the cowardice she demonstrated at the
Talented Child’s Center. She is incredibly strong and resil- Wendy Wallace can crop up where she is least expected.
ient. When confronted with the rare individual who can She never produces more than 18 duplicates in an en-
match these traits, Jawbreaker levels the playing field with counter, as at least two are always assigned as sleeper
incredibly filthy trash-talk. She gets a huge kick out of be- agents living normal, boring lives. In case of an emergen-
ing underestimated, and often invites heroes to “trade” cy, the sleepers can be called into service, absorbed, or (in
blows. a worst-case scenario) taken over as Wendy Wallace1. It’s
possible that a PC’s long-time coworker or girlfriend is one
It takes Jawbreaker about a week to induce a chemical such doppelganger.
change in skin color, though the actual change itself hap-
pens overnight. Grievous wounds reveal an internal strata Although she allows the Crush to lead the team’s day-to-
of rainbow colors. day operations, other members of the Clique defer to her
pronouncements as a matter of course, realizing where
THE OTHER WOMAN the true power lies.

Wendy Wallace was engaged to a man she didn’t really PIXIE
like, and worked dutifully at a job that didn’t particularly
interest her. Like many intelligent young women, she felt Pixie’s father, Yoshi Mingei, paid dearly for the naive belief
that life had more in store for her, and that her destiny was that he could abandon his family’s tradition as enforcers
always just around the corner. Regardless, she continued for the Yakuza. Despite his own parahuman abilities, the
to go through the motions, including getting together af- elder Mingei was killed by a car bomb, leaving his young
ter work with tedious friends at the local corporate water-
ing hole.

One night, she left a little more drunk than usual, and
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daughter in the care of his brother, a Yaku- PIXIE PL10 • 142 POINTS
za loyalist. The brother, long jealous
of his sibling’s superhuman gifts, STR 2 STA 0 AGL 4 DEX 3 FGT 11 INT –1 AWE –1 PRE 1
was quick to exploit the mutant
child. He taught her the basics of Powers: Kevlex Armor (Removable (–2 points), Immunity 5 (Fire
murder and theft, information Damage), Protection 5); Pixie Stick Removable, -3 points (Blast
his brother had attempted to (Ranged Damage 7), AE: Dazzle (Ranged Cumulative Affliction
shield from her. 7 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Fortitude), Impaired,
Disabled, Unaware; Limited to Vision), AE: Strike (Strength-
Leiko lived comfortably based Damage 5)); Shrinking (Shrinking 8, Normal Strength)
on the spoils of her
adoptive father’s Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged Damage 5)
work, and romanti-
cized the lifestyle Advantages: Accurate Attack, Agile Feint, Assessment, Benefit
it afforded her. – Burglar (use Stealth for Technology checks to disarm locks
She had no and security systems), Defensive Attack, Evasion 2, Improved
compunction Critical (Pixie Stick), Improved Defense, Improved Disarm,
over burglary and Improved Initiative, Improved Smash, Improved Trip, Power
even more violent crimes, as they Attack, Takedown, Uncanny Dodge
earned her great respect and riches.
Skills: Acrobatics 11 (+15), Athletics 8 (+10), Perception 2 (+1),
Despite the Yakuza’s protection, Ranged Combat: Pixie Stick 9 (+12), Stealth 8 (+20/+12*)
the authorities eventually caught
up with the Mingei clan, and Lei- Offense: Initiative +8, Pixie Stick Blast +12 (Ranged, Damage
ko’s uncle was killed in a bloody 7), Pixie Stick Dazzle +12 (Ranged, Cumulative Affliction 7),
shootout with a police task Pixie Stick Strike +11 (Close, Damage 7), Unarmed +11 (Close,
force. Rather than labor under Damage 2)
the Yakuza’s strict and exploit-
ative hierarchy, Leiko decided to Defense: Dodge 15/11*, Parry 15/11*, Fortitude 8, Toughness
make her own way. At 16, she easily smuggled her dimin- 5, Will 8 *Without Shrinking
utive frame aboard a jet bound for America.
Totals: Abilities 38 + Powers 45 + Advantages 16 + Skills 19 +
Despite her moniker, Pixie is the most dangerous and Defenses 24 = 142
unpredictable member of the Clique. She is disturbingly
capable as an assassin, though her stint with the girls Complications: Motivation – Acceptance: Pixie is a team
rarely gives her an opportunity to flex these muscles. player who wants to be relied upon. Small, but Fierce:
Unlike the Clique’s other members, she is generally very Implications that Pixie isn’t capable due to her size or sex make
demure and respectful, though prone to “spazzing out” her want to prove otherwise.
when she sees something she really likes. Leiko is espe-
cially fond of Kowaii, elements of pop culture that are She found a kindred spirit when she was invited into a pro-
equal parts scary and cute, such as the work of the illus- gram were she could study the parahuman phenomenon
trator Junko Mizuno. Pixie is jaded to the point that even alongside superheroes themselves. She acted as a lab as-
the most graphic violence fails to phase her. Much to the sistant to Trixie Meadows, better known as super-genius
distress of her sisters in the Clique, she really seems to Gimmick, the Gadget Girl. The two became fast friends.
enjoy hurting people and giggles freely when bashing Gimmick even revealed many details of her private life, in-
in skulls. cluding her brief stint with the villainous Clique.

Pixie acts as the Clique’s scout and expert thief. Her fa- While studying quantum cotangencies together, Shayla
vorite trick is to masquerade as a small doll, and have activated a new experimental device that caused her
herself shipped to the homes of her victims. In a brawl, to slip between dimensions. Trixie encouraged her pro-
Pixie stays hidden until she can make an opportunistic tégé to master the technology, and try her own hand
and decisive strike. Rather than sticking around to slug at crimefighting. Unfortunately, Gimmick’s life yanked
it out, Pixie prefers to dazzle her quarry, escaping to hit- her in many directions, and she was called
and-run again. away on an extended assignment. Left
without a mentor, Shayla came to the at-
WALLFLOWER tention of the Other Woman, in the guise
of a lowly TA. The Other Woman had been
Shayla Bingham was a beautiful wunderkind, working keeping tabs on Gimmick since she’d quit
on a post-graduate degree in physics at UC Irvine at the the team, and saw potential in the young
tender age of 17. Despite her exceptional gifts, she impa- Bingham.
tiently longed for popularity and recognition by the world
at large. In a world of parahumans, she was merely bright, To Gimmick’s disappointment,
and even her parents, both skilled physicians, seemed to Shayla was seduced by the
get invited to more parties. team’s glamour, and signed on
at her first opportunity. Though
she lacks the sophistication of
the other girls, she fills an invalu-
able niche. Jawbreaker and Pixie
seem to resent the youngster’s
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and Other Woman watching her back, her position on the WALLFLOWER PL9 • 142 POINTS
team seems safe enough.
STR –1 STA 0 AGL 0 DEX 2 FGT 0 INT 4 AWE 2 PRE 1
Wallflower stays out of combat, and prefers letting her
more robust comrades wield her gadgets. She grows a Powers: Kevlex Armor (Removable (–2 points), Immunity
little more bold with each adventure, however, and will 5 (Fire Damage), Protection 5); Phase Belt (Removable (–8
now go as far as sneaking up behind a hero with her phas- points), Floating (Flight 1 (4 MPH)), Phasing (Insubstantial 4,
ing device to attach a device that will screw with the en- Nullify Electronics 5 (Affects Corporeal 5, Broad, Simultaneous));
emy’s powers. She does not carry a gun, and her devices Utility Backpack (Variable 7, gadgets)
are generally non-violent, focusing on defense and misdi-
rection. She is currently perfecting a teleportation fail-safe Advantages: Attractive, Beginner’s Luck, Improved Initiative,
device for Boy Toy, for whom she feels great affection. Improvised Tools, Inventor, Skill Mastery: Expertise, Skill
Mastery: Technology
Although Wallflower is the Clique’s youngest and least
world-weary member, she is by no means the goodie- Skills: Close Combat: Unarmed 5 (+5), Expertise: Physical Sciences
two-shoes she appears. Now that she’s in the in-crowd, 10 (+14), Ranged Combat: Gadgets 5 (+7), Technology 10 (+14)
she’ll bite, kick and scream to stay there. Shayla has a hard
time filling Gimmick’s shoes, and thus is eager-to-please Offense: Initiative +4, Gadget +7 (Varies, up to rank 11),
to a fault. She is smart enough to realize that the Other Unarmed +5 (Close, Damage –1)
Woman wears the pants in the family, but knows better to
antagonize the more vapid Crush. Wallflower is not par- Defense: Dodge 9, Parry 7, Fortitude 7, Toughness 5, Will 8
ticularly confident or courageous, and would likely fold
under serious pressure. Totals: Abilities 16 + Powers 80 + Advantages 7 + Skills 15 +
Defenses 29 = 142

Complications: Motivation – Acceptance: Wallflower just
wants to be accepted in the “in-crowd”.

DAMOCLES

In the summer of 1979, the brilliant criminal mastermind Real Name: Damocles Occupation: Planetary
Professor Panic discovered Earth Adrift, a parallel world Champion of Earth Adrift
that had no superhumans to call its own. Thinking quick- Identity: Unkown to
ly, he modified his small army of servitor automatons for the general public Affiliation: None
conquest, leading the host through a dimensional rift to
make himself planetary emperor of a world that lacked Base of Operations: Eyes: Red
the tools to protect itself. Professor Panic’s Lair Hair: none

Panic’s sworn enemies, a group of American heroes Height: 6’
called the Statesmen, discovered his Nevada mountain
lair just as the dimensional portal closed. Teammates Weight: 255 lbs.
Trinity and Skyscraper Joe cobbled together their own
dimensional gate, managing to venture to Earth Adrift mocles passed through a microportal to Earth and set
and put an end to Panic’s plans. The alternate govern- up shop in Professor Panic’s long-abandoned lair. The
ment demanded to imprison Panic for his crimes, and robot constructed a trans-dimensional computer known
the heroes left Earth Adrift, never to cross paths with as the Collective, a vast archive into which he uploads
Professor Panic again. the powers of his victims for eventual transfer to Earth
Adrift, where they are programmed into the planet’s ro-
In 1999, harbingers of a spacefaring race of tyrant aliens botic defenders.
called the Broan paid a destructive visit to Earth Adrift,
announcing their plans of planetary conquest. Isolated Reacting to special instructions personally encoded into
from the heroes who had saved them in the 70s, the his response cortex, Damocles prefers to hunt down
governments turned to the only force powerful enough and drain members of the Statesmen, many of whom
to stop the Broan invasion: the hyper-intelligent mind are now retired. He mentions nothing of his creator and
of Professor Panic. Panic promised the government an is not one for negotiation, so thus far no one really un-
army of superhero robots, each with a host of powers derstands his motives (which is just as Professor Panic
designed to send the Broan packing. had hoped, since the scientist is well aware than many
The heart of his plan was of Earth’s superheroes would willingly venture to Earth
the robot champion Da-
mocles. Adrift to assist its innocent peo-
ple). Damocles reveals
Armed with a flam- only that the stolen
ing sword and the powers will be used
ability to drain to aid a people
the powers from in need, decry-
superhumans, Da- ing any attempt
by his victims to
learn more as the
meddling of those

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DAMOCLES PL14

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
6 --- 3 3 13 4 0 0

POWERS POWER POINTS

Armor: Impervious Protection 12 • 24 points ABILITIES 48 SKILLS 7
Construct: Immunity 60 (Fortitude Effects, Will Effects) • 60 points 12
Firesword: Strength-based Damage 9 (cutting, fire) • 9 points POWERS 149 DEFENSES 220
Power Drain: Weaken Metahuman Powers 12, Broad,
ADVANTAGES 4 TOTAL
Concentration, Reach 2 (10 ft.), Simultaneous • 50 points
Power Scan: Sense 6 (Detect Powers, Extended 3, Radius, COMPLICATIONS

Ranged) • 6 points Motivation—Responsibility: Damocles steals powers
to create powered robotic defenders for Earth Adrift. He
EQUIOPMENT considers himself a hero for doing so, taking from the indolent
and undeserving people of this Earth to aid one truly in need.
HQ: PROFESSOR PANIC’S LAIR • 20 POINTS

Size: Huge; Toughness: 10; Features:
Communications, Computer, Concealed,
Defense System, Dimensional Portal,
Fire Prevention System, Hangar, Holding
Cells, Laboratory, Library, Living Space,
Personnel (robots), Power System, Security
System, Workshop

SKILLS

Expertise: Metahuman Powers 10 (+14),
Perception 4 (+4)

ADVANTAGES

Equipment 4

OFFENSE INITIATIVE +3

Firesword +13 Close, Damage 15
Power Drain +13
Unarmed +13 Close (10 ft. reach),
Weaken 12 (Will DC 22)

Close, Damage 6

DEFENSE 14 FORTITUDE Immune
14 TOUGHNESS 12
DODGE Immune
PARRY
WILL

who would see an entire world cast into flames. In a
strange way, Damocles considers himself a hero, see-
ing the indolent residents of our world as undeserv-
ing of their protectors, whose jealously guarded
power would be better off serving a more deserv-
ing populace.

Damocles resides in the old lair of his creator, Pro-
fessor Panic. Though discovered by the Statesmen
decades ago, the site has long since fallen off mili-
tary and super-team patrols and might as well be
secret. It is maintained by two humanlike robot
servitors, Ajax-9 and Jessica-7.

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GIMMICK THE GADGET GIRL

Real Name: Dr. Trixie Meadows Occupation: Scientist As a girl, Trixie Meadows liked shopping, fashion, romance
Identity: Public and inventor … and high-tech engineering. She confounded the ex-
pectations of her family, teachers, and social circle with a
Base of Operations: Arcadia Affiliation: The Reserve brilliant knack for taking things apart and putting them
Height: 5’3” back together better than she found them, and for turning
Weight: 115 lbs. Eyes: Green ordinary technology into something quite extraordinary.
Of course, she also had to deal with men who dismissed
Hair: Pink her talents as anything other than inventive genius, and
the ongoing frustration that came with it.

Wendy Wallace knew full well what it was like to feel there
was more to life. As “The Other Woman” she decided to
show Trixie the ropes and, when the brilliant young sci-
entist was working on repairing Tangarine, a feminine an-
droid from the future, opportunity (in the form of one of
the Other Woman’s clones) came knocking. Trixie became
“Gimmick, the Gadget Girl” and joined the Other Woman’s
girl-gang, the Clique.

Eventually, Gimmick realized the Clique was about more
than just having some fun and proving they could run
with “the big boys.” In particular, she didn’t care for the
new leadership of the Crush or her treatment of the
Clique’s robotic mascot, Boy Toy. When the robot showed
signed of true sentience, both Gimmick and Tangarine ar-
gued it should be allowed to develop, but the Crush didn’t
want anything taking away her favorite toy. She ordered
Gimmick to purge Boy Toy’s software. She refused, and the
resulting fight leveled the Clique’s then-headquarters and
saw an end to Gimmick and Tangerine’s membership.

Since then, Gimmick has turned her life around. She found
new heroic allies in the Reserve and META-4, people who
respected her abilties, and earned a pardon for crimes
committed with the Clique. Dr. Meadows has become a
respected scientist and engineer, although she still en-
joys the thrill of suiting up as “Gimmick, the Gadget Girl”
to fight crime and protect people from threats beyond
imagination using just her brains, her wits, and her amaz-
ing inventions.

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GIMMICK THE GADGET GIRL PL10

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00225840

POWERS ADVANTAGES

Gimmick Purse: Variable 6 (gadgets) • 42 points Eidetic Memory, Evasion, Luck, Power Attack, Skill Mastery:
Kevlex Armor Suit: Immunity 5 (Fire Damage), Protection 5, Technology

Removable (–2 points) • 8 points OFFENSE INITIATIVE +2
Multi-Blaster: Array (16 points), Easily Removable (–8 points) Ranged, Damage 8 (or Affliction 8)
Multi-Blaster +10 Close, Damage 0 (or by gadget)
• 10 points Unarmed +5
• Blast: Ranged Damage 8 • 16 points
• Flare: Ranged Cumulative Affliction 8 (Resisted by Dodge, DEFENSE 12 FORTITUDE 5
8 TOUGHNESS 5
Overcome by Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Unaware), DODGE 8
Limited to Vision • 1 point PARRY
• Snare: Ranged Affliction 8 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome WILL
by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable, Defenseless and
Immobile), Extra Condition, Limited Degree • 1 point POWER POINTS

SKILLS ABILITIES 42 SKILLS 21
22
Expertise: Science 12 (+20), Insight 4 (+8), Perception 6 (+10), POWERS 60 DEFENSES 150
Ranged Combat: Guns 8 (+10), Technology 12 (+20)
ADVANTAGES 5 TOTAL
Gimmick’s two greatest failings are tied to her former
friends in the Clique: first is her failure to “liberate” Boy Toy COMPLICATIONS
from their clutches, allowing the android the opportunity
to develop independent of outside “ownership.” The sec- Motivation—Acceptance: Gimmick initially wanted to prove
ond is the defection of her assistant and protégé Shayla herself and her genius. Now she wants to prove that she is a
Bingham, lured away by the Crush and the Other Woman decent person who can make amends for her criminal past.
to join the Clique as Wallflower. She hopes to rectify both,
eventually. Enemy—The Clique: Gimmick was a member of the Clique
and earned their ire when she walked away from the group.

JACK-A KNIVES

Name: None killing machine, returning to Tartarus when its grisly work
is complete. No one but Hades knows for sure how many
Aliases: All Hallows’ Slasher, Butcher of Kingsbury Run, infamous killers throughout history have been hosts to the
Jack the Ripper, Last Call Killer, Lonesome October, el Murder Spirit, but he’s implied that it has been more than
Psicopata, Saucy Jack, Spring-Heeled Jack, Yuletide a few.
Strangler, Zodiac, and scores of other aliases
Jack-a-Knives has been more active in the past century or
Identity: Secret Occupation: Spirit of Murder so as Hades’ vendetta against Daedalus and other mortal
heroes has grown. In particular, the Murder Spirit is re-
Base of Operations: Affiliation: sponsible for an infamous series of killings that took place
Tartarus Agent of Hades in Freedom City in the late 1800s, as well as more recent
killing-sprees in the 1970s and ‘80s. It’s later host possessed
Height: Variable Eyes: Variable the mutant power to transform into mist, and the com-
bined entity took on the name “Bloody Jack” when it con-
Weight: Variable Hair: Variable fronted FORCE Ops and other heroes.

The being known as Jack-a-Knives is a Murder Spirit, the Because the Murder Spirit has no real personality of its
soul of a vicious killer from the ancient world, pledged to own, it relies a great deal on the personality of the host.
Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Upon the killer’s death, It exaggerates the host’s own repressed and murderous
Hades stripped the spirit of its memories and personality, traits: dislikes become hatred, prejudices become a com-
leaving behind nothing except the desire to kill and the plete disdain for other life. The more inclined the host is
knowledge of how to do it. toward Jack’s murderous work, the easier it is for the spirit
to act, so it tends to choose hosts with a suitable tempera-
For millennia, Hades has dispatched the Murder Spirit to
the world of the living to reap souls for the kingdom of the
dead. It possesses a living host and becomes a remorseless

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JACK-A-KNIVES PL11

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
0 0 0 0 12 2 4 2

POWERS ADVANTAGES

Knives: Strength-based Damage 1, Penetrating 7 • 8 points Daze (Intimidation), Favored Environment (Ambush), Improved
Murder Spirit: Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects), Insubstantial Grab, Improved Hold, Improved Initiative, Power Attack

4 (Incorporeal, Innate, Permanent) • 51 points OFFENSE INITIATIVE +4
Possession: Progressive Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome Close, Damage 1 (Penetrating up to 7)
Knives +12 Close, Damage 0
by Will; Dazed, Compelled, Controlled), Affects Corporeal Unarmed +12
10, Insidious, Subtle • 32 points
DEFENSE 12 FORTITUDE Immune
SKILLS
DODGE
Expertise: Streetwise 8 (+10), Insight 8 (+12), Intimidation 10 PARRY
(+12), Perception 8 (+12), Stealth 10 (+10) WILL

12 TOUGHNESS 0

11

POWER POINTS

ABILITIES 40 SKILLS 22
19
POWERS 91 DEFENSES 178

ADVANTAGES 6 TOTAL

COMPLICATIONS

Motivation—Murder: Jack-A-Knives exists to plot and kill
when unleashed on the living world.

NOTE

Jack’s Knives power grants his host body a suitable weapon
with a +1 Damage bonus and Penetrating Damage up to
rank 7 (based on the host’s Strength). Jack’s physical traits are
based off the host body he’s possessing. His possessing spirit
is immune to Fortitude effects and physical powers without
Affects Incorporeal.

ment, but the Murder Spirit has been known to “hide” in
more innocuous hosts for a time. This makes it incredibly
difficult to find and stop without mystical or psychic aid
of some sort.

There are limits to Jack-a-Knives’ possession; it can only
enter the body of an intelligent creature that has killed
another intelligent creature or come into contact with the
life’s blood of such a creature. Still, this includes paramed-
ics, trauma doctors, police officers, and many others among
its potential hosts. The Murder Spirit has little regard for its
host, and may use it as a “hostage” of sorts against more
scrupulous heroes. Those willing to kill the host to get at
Jack become potential hosts themselves....

When the Murder Spirit leaves a host (willingly or not), the
host must make a Fortitude save (DC 20). If the save fails,
the host’s condition becomes dying. A dead host com-
busts and burns instantly to ash leaving no trace behind.

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Real Name: Malador Occupation: Sorcerer
Identity: Public Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Mobile Eyes: Glowing blue
Height: 6’1” Hair: White
Weight: 165 lbs.

Malador was born millennia ago in the ancient civilization
of Atlantis. He became a promising student, and later ac-
complished master, of the mystic arts. He earned the man-
tle of Master Mage, but also became the first to betray his
oath and his duty to humanity. Malador bargained with
unspeakable evil beings from other dimensions, bound in
eternal slumber in realms beyond the ken of mankind. He
sought power and knowledge above all else, and would
have gladly surrendered the whole world to his dark pa-
trons. The sorcerers of Atlantis united against Malador and
were able to overcome him. They stripped him of his power
and bound him in a tomb for all time. Malador cursed all of
Atlantis with his final breaths, and it was not long thereafter
that the island civilization sank in a terrible cataclysm.

Archeologists uncovered Malador’s tomb in the 1930s and
unwittingly awakened the ancient mage. One of them, Adri-
an Eldrich, became invested with the power of an Atlantean
sorcerer and has become Malador’s arch foe in the modern
era. Malador has clashed with Eldrich and various other he-
roes a number of times over the years. All the while, the an-
cient sorcerer seeks to recover the power he has lost and to
reclaim the mantle of Master Mage, to reshape the universe
in his image, and rule over a new netherworld as its Dark Lord.

Once a noble protector of humanity and a scholar of mys-
tical lore, Malador has become mad with power-lust. He
wants nothing more than to wield ultimate power and
be acknowledged as the supreme master of the mystic
arts. Anything in his way must be eliminated, preferably
in a manner that demonstrates Malador’s power to any
other fools that might dare to challenge him.

Malador is supremely confident and assured of his own
power and abilities. Minions who question him end up
transformed into slavering monsters or simply destroyed,
depending on Malador’s mood. He cannot resist an op-
portunity to gloat once he has a foe in his clutches.

Malador is a master sorcerer, capable of casting a wide
range of spells. His arsenal includes bolts of mystic power
and magical shields that protect him from harm. He can
levitate, allowing him to fly through the air, and he can en-
trap others in mystic chains, transform people or animals
into demonic monsters, magically spy on distant places,
and so forth. The only real limits on Malador’s power are
his concentration, time, and the amount of mystic energy
at his command. He uses magical artifacts and devices to
enhance his spellcasting abilities from time to time.

Malador is no longer a living being, having become more
of an undead creature sustained by his powerful magic.

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MALADOR THE MYSTIC PL14

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
0 5 0 1 0 3 10 2

POWERS ADVANTAGES

Mystic Shield: Impervious Protection 13 • 26 points Diehard, Fearless, Languages 4 (various ancient tongues),
Sorcery: Array (36 points), All Dynamic • 52 points Ritualist
• Animate Objects: Summon Animated Object 3 (45 point
OFFENSE INITIATIVE +0
minions), Controlled, General Type, Horde, Mental Link, Ranged, Damage 16
Multiple Minions 3 (8 minons), Sacrifice • 36 points Mystic Blast +12 Ranged, Affliction 11 (Dodge DC 21)
• Curse of Transformation: Perception Range Affliction Mystic Bindings +12
11 (Resisted and Overcome by Will; Dazed, Compelled,
Transformed) • 2 points DEFENSE 10 FORTITUDE Immune
• Levitation: Flight 4 (30 MPH) • 2 points
• Mystic Bindings: Ranged Cumulative Affliction 11 DODGE 10 TOUGHNESS 18
(Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Damage; Hindered and PARRY
Vulnerable, Defenseless and Immobile), Extra Condition, WILL 14
Limited Degree • 2 points
• Mystic Blast: Ranged Damage 16 • 2 points POWER POINTS
• Mystic Passage: Teleport 8 (Accurate, Extended) • 2 points
• Phantasms: Illusion 7 (all senses, Selective, Limited to ABILITIES 42 SKILLS 26
Minds) • 2 points 24
• Scrying: Remote Sensing 10 (Visual, Auditory and Mental, POWERS 112 DEFENSES 211
Dimensional 2) • 2 points
• Sorcerer’s Hand: Move Object 16 (1,600 tons) • 2 points ADVANTAGES 7 TOTAL
Spell of Comprehension: Comprehend 2 (Speak, Understand
All Languages) • 4 points COMPLICATIONS
Undying: Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects) • 30 points
Motivation—Greed: Malador desires powers and mystic
SKILLS knowledge above all else, and will do anything to get it.

Expertise: History 6 (+9), Expertise: Magic 16 (+19), Insight 4 Tech Blind: Malador is out of touch with modernity and is
(+14), Intimidation 8 (+10), Persuasion 6 (+8), Ranged Combat: unfamiliar with technology of all sorts. He often underestimates
Sorcery 11 (+12) technologies capabilities.

He no longer suffers from mortal concerns like aging or and waits there until a suitable host-body comes into
needing to eat or breathe, and is immune to most harm- contact with it. Malador can then possess that person
ful environmental conditions. In fact, Malador’s life force is and magically transform their body into a duplicate of his
bound into the golden mask he wears. Should his physical own. More than once, heroes have believed the threat of
body be destroyed, Malador’s life force enters the mask Malador the Mystic was ended, only to have him return,
as powerful as ever.

OMEGA

His origin is spoken only in whispers throughout the cos- Real Name: Unknown, Lord of the Terminus,
mos, and its truth is shrouded by the mists of time. He was Avatar of Entropy
once a mortal being—a scientist studying the nature of the
universe, they say—but he delved too deeply into things Identity: Public Affiliation: None
mortal beings were not meant to know. He unleashed a
cataclysm that destroyed his entire universe. He alone sur- Base of Operations: Occupation:
vived, thrust into the void beyond the omniverse—the Ter- The Terminus Lord of the Terminus
minus. His ill-fated experiments may have even created the
Terminus, or perhaps unleashed its power to spread like a Height: 6’ (8’ in armor) Eyes: Glowing red
cancer throughout the omniverse. The truth may never be
known, since that mortal scientist is long dead; in his place Weight: 120 lbs. (900 lbs. in armor) Hair: None
stands Omega, the Lord of the Terminus!
same: to expand the Terminus until it engulfs all that is.
Omega has ruled over his domain for as long as any liv- The barriers separating the many dimensions and layers
ing race can remember and his goal has always been the of reality stand between Omega and his goal. The forces
of entropy can only worry at omniversal reality, corroding
away bits and pieces here and there, drawing them into

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OMEGA PL19

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE

22 20 1 1 10 4 5 4

POWERS

Armor: Removable (–8 points), Flight 7 (250 MPH),
Impervious Toughness 18, Protection 4, Universal Translator
(Comprehend Languages 2) • 32 points

Cosmic Energy Control: Array (48 points) • 52 points
• Blinding Blast: Cumulative Burst Area Ranged Affliction

16 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Fortitude; Impaired,
Disabled, Unaware), Limited to Vision • 48 points
• Cosmic Blast: Ranged Damage 24 • 1 point
• Seeker Blast: Ranged Damage 22, Homing 4 • 1 point
• Transmutation: Transform 9 (anything into anything) • 1 point
• Transportation: Teleport 9 (2 miles), Extended (500 miles),
Portal; Movement 1 (Space Travel) • 1 point

Eternal: Immunity 14 (Aging, Life Support, Own Powers, Sleep,
Starvation and Thirst) • 14 points

SKILLS

Close Combat: Unarmed 6 (+16), Deception 8 (+12), Expertise:
Tactics 8 (+12), Insight 8 (+13), Intimidation 16 (+20), Perception
6 (+11), Ranged Combat 13 (+14), Technology 8 (+12)

ADVANTAGES

Assessment, Diehard, Fearless, Improved Initiative, Power
Attack, Takedown 2

OFFENSE INITIATIVE +5
Ranged, Damage 24
Cosmic Blast +14 Close, Damage 22
Unarmed +16

DEFENSE 14 FORTITUDE 20
14 TOUGHNESS 24
DODGE 18
PARRY
WILL

POWER POINTS

ABILITIES 134 SKILLS 37
30
POWERS 98 DEFENSES 306

ADVANTAGES 7 TOTAL

COMPLICATIONS

Motivation—Nihilist: Omega is the embodiment of
omniversal annihilation, existing only to conquer and destroy.

Weakness: When Omega’s armor is breached, he suffers a
major circumstance penalty (–5) to Toughness checks.

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the Terminus where they become part of the cosmic flot- the omniverse. He was nearly successful, but a small band
sam of Omega’s domain. of heroes were able to save certain universes and reverse
the effects of the collapse. They turned the power of the
On occasion, the inhabitants of other dimensions discover cosmic weapons against Omega, sending him back into
the Terminus, to their sorrow, since portals into his realm exile. Still, it is only a matter of time before the Lord of the
allow Omega’s forces to raid other worlds and conquer or Terminus finds a new means of striking at the only world
destroy them. One such world was the birthplace of the in the omniverse that has ever managed to thwart him.
Centurion. The infant who would become Earth’s greatest
hero was flung across the dimensions through the Termi- Omega is destruction incarnate. His ultimate goal is to
nus to Earth before Omega destroyed his homeworld. bring all creation under the sway of the Terminus, watch-
ing it spiral down into oblivion. Whether he believes this
Omega invaded Earth as well, uniting the heroes of Free- will grant him freedom from his eternal existence or the
dom City against him. Earth has only barely managed to godlike power to create a new universe in his own image,
repel Omega. His last invasion did considerable damage to no one knows, but it hardly matters. Although he seizes
Freedom City and resulted in the death of the Centurion. and holds territory to gain new soldiers and resources for
Omega was badly damaged in this foray against Earth, and his cause, Omega cares nothing for conquest, only the
retreated to his throne-world to recover and plot anew. ultimate annihilation of everything. He’s at best annoyed
by feeble efforts to stop him, but truly enraged by those
Impatient, Omega conceived of a scheme to place cosmic who manage to defy him, such as the heroes of Earth.
weapons in certain key universes to trigger the collapse of

OVERSHADOW

The general public has known the name “Overshadow” Real Name: Wilhelm Kantor, Tan-Aktor
since 1962, when AEGIS uncovered it after the first Op-
eration Inundation. However, thanks to Kantor’s mind Identity: Secret, the general Occupation: Criminal
transfer trick (combined with a disinformation program),
Overshadow’s identity is shrouded in mystery. Even to- public isn’t aware Kantor mastermind
day, his true identity is known only to a handful of long-
time associates in the Penumbra. is still alive

Public opinion holds that many people have worn the Base of Operations: Affiliation:
Overshadow costume over the years. AEGIS believes Dr.
Darke was the original Overshadow, and other Overshad- Nifelheim, in the Antarctic Leader of SHADOW
ows include German athlete and one-time Nazi poster
boy Holtz Hellman, various members of the Penumbra, Height: 6’ Eyes: Blue
and even Kantor’s vengeful son Heinrich (a fictitious cov-
er identity posthumously invented for the Overshadow Weight: 185 lbs. Hair: Blond
who was defeated by Jack Simmons).
Overshadow monitors the world, looking for weakness-
Throughout time, Overshadow has been a hundred faces es, and nurturing a hundred tyrannical schemes. Never
of evil. He was a Philistine commander who plundered fond of a fair fight, Overshadow prefers to supervise his
ancient Canaan, a cruel prince of medieval Russia, a operations from a safe distance. He only leaves Nifelheim
leader of the Spanish Inquisition, the last (and bloodi- for his annual inspection tour of each of his major bases
est) high priest of the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli, a (which is probably the best opportunity for heroes to di-
Hessian mercenary captain during the American Revo- rectly confront him), to have face-to-face meetings with
lution, a sadistic plantation owner during the Civil War, the Penumbra, or to deal with emergencies that can’t be
and many others. Only when he became Wilhelm Kan- handled by Nacht-Krieger or his other lieutenants.
tor, using the magic of the Thule Society to explore his
mystical roots, did he become aware of his infamous role Beyond tending plans of conquest, Overshadow spends
in history. time with technical research (usually analyzing other
people’s work) and arcane study (poring over stolen an-
Overshadow is the eternal conqueror, the enemy of lib- cient tomes). Overshadow is a brilliant analyst, but not
erty. Ruling SHADOW from his seat of power in Nifelheim, especially creative; as the years and repeated failures
have worn at his mind, he’s become much better at im-
plementing other people’s ideas than devising his own.

Overshadow also keeps a vigilant eye out for the return
of Heru-Ra. He knows a reincarnation of the Scarab is out

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OVERSHADOW PL15

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
12 2 1 3 10 14 7 7

POWERS DEFENSE 13 FORTITUDE 11
13 TOUGHNESS 17
Overshadow Armor: Removable (–19 points)Life Support DODGE 15
System (Immunity 10 (Life Support)), Power Blast PARRY
(Ranged Damage 15), Reinforced Armor (Protection WILL
15, Impervious 10), Sensors (Senses 11 (Accurate Radio,
Darkvision, Direction Sense, Distance Sense, Extended POWER POINTS
Radio, Infravision, Radio, Time Sense)), Strength Magnifier
(Enhanced Strength 10) • 76 points ABILITIES 92 SKILLS 37
32
EQUIPMENT POWERS 76 DEFENSES 268

Up to 100 equipment points in misc. equipment ADVANTAGES 31 TOTAL

SKILLS COMPLICATIONS

Close Combat: Unarmed 2 (+12), Deception 4 (+11), Motivation—Power: Overshadow seeks power and eventual
Expertise: Magic 8 (+22), Expertise: Science 6 (+20), Insight 8 domination over the world.
(+15), Investigation 4 (+18), Perception 8 (+15), Persuasion 8
(+15), Ranged Combat: Armor 10 (+13), Technology 11 (+25),
Vehicles 5 (+8)

ADVANTAGES

Assessment, Equipment 20, Improvised Tools, Inventor,
Languages 4 (English plus various ancient languages, German
native), Leadership, Ritualist, Second Chance (Will resistance
checks vs. mental powers), Skill Mastery: Technology

OFFENSE INITIATIVE +1
Ranged, Damage 15
Power Blast +13 Close, Damage 12
Unarmed +12

SHADOW

The Secret Hierarchy of Agents for Domination Over the
World (SHADOW) is a vast organization that truly owes
its existence to the man known as Overshadow, since its
rank-and-file is made up of clones grown from samples of
Wilhelm Kantor’s “superior” genetics, programmed with
utter loyalty and obedience, the ideal soldiers for his new
order. The Penumbra, a council of Overshadow’s advisors
and allies, oversees different aspects of SHADOW for its
master, but the organization is his and his alone.

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he can become a threat or find the resources his
predecessor undoubtedly left for him. However,
because of the magic of Eldrich (who promised the
Scarab he’d cast a shielding spell in the event of his
death), all attempts to track down that reincarna-
tion’s whereabouts have proven futile.

Overshadow’s closest allies are Nacht-Krieger and the
Crimson Mask. He enjoys Dr. Sin’s company (they have
had many long philosophical conversations). Taurus
knew several of his past incarnations, so Overshadow’s

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discussions of history take on the overtones of pleasant covered surface. The main means of getting in or out of the
(if sometimes gruesome) nostalgia. Still, the master of facility is via teleportal, linked to hidden SHADOW bases
SHADOW considers no one his equal; it is the reason why and safehouses around the world. This prevents SHADOW
he and he alone is destined to rule the world as its im- agents from being easily tracked and allows them to move
mortal emperor, and none shall stand in his way. freely behind the scenes. The teleportals also provide
Nifelheim with the ability to receive shipments of weap-
NIFELHEIM ons and technology directly from the Foundry. Teleportals
from other SHADOW bases are programmed to erase the
Deep beneath the eternal ice fields of Antarctica, far from location of Nifelheim after each use, and trapped to self-
any human habitation, lies Nifelheim, the secret headquar- destruct if unauthorized users attempt to reach the secret
ters of SHADOW. Named for the land of eternal ice in Norse base through them.
mythology, Nifelheim serves as the most secret and central
base of the sinister organization. While SHADOW maintains HQ: NIFFELHEIM 34 POINTS
numerous bases all around the world, Nifelheim is kept
carefully hidden. It is here that SHADOW grows and trains Size: Awesome Toughness: 20 Features: Combat Simulator,
new clone soldiers for its ranks, and here where Overshad- Communications, Computer, Concealed 3 (+20), Defense
ow retreats to hatch new plots for world-domination. System, Fire Prevention System, Gym, Hangar, Holding Cells,
Infirmary (and Clone Lab), Isolated, Laboratory, Living Space,
The main complex is like a small city beneath the Antarctic Power System, Security System 2, Workshop Powers: Teleport
ice. Only small, concealed entrances open onto the snow- 9 (anywhere on Earth, Affects Others)

TALOS

Real Name: Talos Occupation: Inventor, criminal
Identity: Public Affiliation: The Foundry
Base of Operations: Mobile Eyes: Red
Height: 9’ Hair: None
Weight: 3,000 lbs.

In ancient times, the Greek god Hephaestus crafted a gi- insight with the bronze man. The two were allies for a
ant of bronze and gave it life. Zeus gifted the bronze giant, time, until Daedalus refused to use his skills to create a
named Talos, to King Agenor of Tyre in compensation for suitable mate and companion for Talos. The bronze giant
his daughter, Europa, whom Zeus carried away. The hero became convinced Daedalus, and all creatures of flesh,
Jason and his lover Medea overcame Talos when Medea were weak, unworthy, and inherently jealous of his supe-
used her magic to ferret out the giant’s weakness—his rior metal body. In their conflict, Daedalus deactivated
heel. Jason stabbed Talos there, causing molten metal Talos but could not bring himself to destroy him. He cast
blood to pour fourth from a wound, and the giant fell to the inert bronze form into the Mediterranean Ocean,
the Earth. where it lay for centuries.

The immortal inventor Daedalus later discovered the Talos was unearthed in the 20th century by archeologists
disabled and diminished Talos in his wanderings. He investigating sea-floor ruins and inadvertently re-activat-
repaired and restored the bronze giant, although Talos ed. The cunning robot operated in secret for a time, creat-
never achieved the full stature he once had. Daedalus ing the Foundry. Talos clashed a number of times with his
old foe Daedalus, and Daedalus’ new allies, the Freedom
THE FOUNDRY League. He has since created a “son” in the android Argo
(who failed in attempts to destroy the League for its “fa-
The Foundry is Talos’ secret organization dedicated to ther”) and a “mate” in the android Galatea. Despite these
hi-tech research and development (and theft). Their creations, Talos is still alone, since Argo is currently lost,
technology is for sale to anyone willing to meet their and Galatea developed a conscience and rejected Talos
considerable prices. The Foundry is strictly a supplier of for his inhumanity.
information and equipment: any crimes they stage are
for acquiring technological information, prototypes, or Talos is the embodiment of science stripped of all com-
resources. Precursors of Talos’ ideal of “machine life” all of passion. He considers humans and all organic life inferior,
the “upper management” of the Foundry is made up of and wishes to populate the world with machines like him-
robots, androids, or computers. Although the Foundry self, creating a place of perfect order. Highly intelligent,
pursues profit above all else, Talos truly uses the organiza- Talos admires that quality in others, but usually finds their
tion to thwart Daedalus’ efforts to protect humanity from intelligence “contaminated” by petty emotions. Although
dangerous technologies by deliberately spreading them. Talos considers the emotions of others a weakness, he is

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TALOS PL14

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
15 --- 0 2 9 14 5 2

POWERS POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

Armored Skin: Impervious Protection 11 • 22 points Motivation—Power: Talos seeks knowledge, power, and
Blast Furnace: Reaction Damage 12 (heat, being touched); control to prove his superiority over all other creatures.
Unliving: A magically animated statue, Talos is not alive and,
AE: Fire Blast (Ranged Damage 12) • 49 points for all of his heat, he is a cold stranger to human emotion.
Large: Growth 4, Permanent • 8 points
Self-Repairing: Regeneration 1, Persistent • 2 points
Unkillable: Immortality 5 • 10 points
Unliving: Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects) • 30 points

SKILLS

Close Combat: Unarmed 2 (+11), Expertise: Business 2 (+16),
Expertise: History 10 (+24), Expertise: Philosophy 2 (+16),
Expertise: Science 10 (+24), Insight 8 (+13), Perception 4 (+9),
Ranged Combat: Fire Blast 8 (+10), Technology 10 (+24)

ADVANTAGES

Accurate Attack, Eidetic Memory, Fearless, Improved Hold,
Improvised Tools, Inventor, Languages (English, Ancient Greek
native), Power Attack

OFFENSE INITIATIVE +0
Ranged, Damage 12
Fire Blast +10 Close, Damage 15
Unarmed +11

DEFENSE 9 FORTITUDE Immune

DODGE 9 TOUGHNESS 15
PARRY
WILL 12

POWER POINTS

ABILITIES 76 SKILLS 28
20
POWERS 121 DEFENSES 253

ADVANTAGES 8 TOTAL

largely blind to his own. He both admires and hates Dae- 341
dalus, his former ally and teacher, and he distrusts Medea,
the sorceress he holds responsible for his first “death.”
Talos even considers himself superior to the god who cre-
ated him, claiming it is his destiny to replace the gods, as
they overthrew their parents, the Titans. Talos longs for
true peers, artificial beings like himself, but his efforts to
create them have been flawed.

Talos is a potential menace to all humanity, given his goal to
eventually populate the world with machines like him. He’s
a powerful foe with the strengths of his robot body and his
keen intellect. Talos can create various robotic threats, or can
directly threaten the world with a new scheme. Through the
Foundry, he develops, builds, and sells technology to various
criminal clients, allowing others access to advanced equip-
ment (although rarely as advanced as his own).

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GLOSSARY

Following are a collection of important terms used throughout MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS. The definitions of these terms are
taken from the text found earlier in this book. For the clearest explanation of what each term means it may be best refer
to the complete text in which the term was introduced.

ability rank: The numerical rating of an ability, from –5 to modifiers for the attack type. An attack hits if the check
20 or more, with an average of 0. result is equal to or greater than the target’s appropriate
defense. A natural 20 on an attack check always hits, while
ability: One of eight basic character traits: Strength (Str), a natural 1 always misses.
Stamina (Sta), Dexterity (Dex), Agility (Agl), Fighting (Fgt),
Intellect (Int), Awareness (Awe), and Presence (Pre). attack: Any of numerous actions intended to harm, disable,
or neutralize an opponent. An attack is usually a standard
absent: Entirely lacking a particular ability. Absent abili- action and involves a check versus a target’s defense.
ties impose specific penalties greater than just a low
(negative) rank in an ability. For example, absent Strength blind: A combined condition. The character cannot see,
indicates a character unable to exert any physical force. so everything effectively has full visual concealment from
him. He is hindered, visually unaware, and vulnerable, and
accurate sense: A sense you can use to pinpoint some- may be impaired or disabled for activities where vision is
thing’s location precisely enough to target it in combat. Vi- a factor.
sion is the only natural accurate sense for humans. Other
accurate senses are available from the Senses effect. bonus: A positive modifier to a die roll.

accurately perceive (also accurately sense): To perceive bound: A combined condition. A bound character is de-
something with an accurate sense. fenseless, immobile, and impaired.

action: A character activity. There are standard, move, and character(s): A fictional individual in the game. The play-
free actions and you can trade a “higher” type of action for ers control player characters, while the Gamemaster con-
a “lower” type, such as a standard for a move action. trols all non-player characters (NPCs), including adversar-
ies and supporting cast.
acute sense: A sense able to discern fine details about a
subject. Human visual and auditory senses are normally check(s): A method of deciding the outcome of an ac-
acute. tion. Checks are based on a relevant character ability, skill,
power, or other trait. To make a check, roll d20 and add
advantage: A character trait involving a specific benefit or any relevant modifiers to get a check result. If the check
enhancement. Some advantages allow characters to over- result equals or exceeds the difficulty class of a task or the
come certain limitations (changing how certain maneuvers result of an opponent’s check, it succeeds. If it does not,
work, for example) while others add a new capability. it fails.

adventure: A story for players to experience, like a single circumstance modifier: A value added to, or subtracted
issue of a comic book. from, checks to reflect circumstances making the check
easier (a circumstance bonus) or harder (a circumstance
alternate effect: One power or effect that may be substi- penalty). Circumstance modifiers are +/–2 (for a bonus or
tuted for another, but not usable at the same time, giving penalty) and +/–5 (for a major bonus or penalty).
a power different options or “settings.”
close attack: An attack used in close (hand-to-hand or
archetype: A pre-generated character representing a melee) combat.
particular type commonly seen in comic book stories.
combined condition: a set of basic conditions tied to a
array: A collection of alternate effects making up a single common descriptor. They’re essentially a kind of “short-
power. hand” for talking about a group of basic conditions that
go together in a particular circumstance.
asleep: A combined condition. While asleep, a character is
defenseless, stunned, and unaware. A hearing Perception comparison check(s): A comparison of the trait ranks of
check with three or more degrees of success wakes the two characters to determine which is higher. The charac-
character and removes all these conditions, as does any ter with the higher rank wins the check.
sudden movement (such as shaking the sleeping charac-
ter) or any effect allowing a resistance check. compelled: A compelled character is directed by an out-
side force, but struggling against it; the character is limited
attack bonus: The total modifier applied to an attack to free actions and a single standard action per turn, with
check. both types of action being chosen by another, controlling
character. As usual, this standard action can be traded for
attack check: A check to determine if an attack hits. To a move action. Controlled supersedes compelled.
make an attack check, roll d20 and add the appropriate

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complication: A story or background element about a defense class: The difficulty for an attack check, based on
character that poses difficulties. Players are awarded hero a particular defense, plus 10.
points for roleplaying and dealing with characters’ com-
plications. defense: A trait measuring how capable a character is at
avoiding certain hazards, based on the Agility, Awareness,
concealment: Conditions making someone or something Stamina, and Fighting abilities. Defenses include: Dodge,
difficult to perceive, and therefore aim at. Concealment Will, Fortitude, Toughness, and Parry.
imposes a circumstance penalty on attack checks: –2 for
partial concealment and –5 for total concealment. defenseless: A condition. A defenseless character has ac-
tive defense bonuses of 0. Attackers can make attacks on
condition: A game term describing a character’s overall defenseless opponents as routine checks. If the attacker
health and state of being. chooses to forgo the routine check and make a normal at-
tack check, any hit is treated as a critical hit. Defenseless
construct: A non-living being, having an absent Stamina, characters are often prone, providing opponents with an
but still possessing other abilities. Constructs including additional bonus to attack checks.
things like robots and the undead.
degree(s) of failure: A measure of the failure of an action.
controlled: A controlled character has no free will; the Every five points a check result is under the required Dif-
character’s actions each turn are dictated by another, con- ficulty Class is a degree of failure.
trolling, character.
degree(s) of success: A measure of the success of an ac-
countering: The use of one effect to block or eliminate tion. Every five points a check result is over the required
another, requiring an opposed power check between the Difficulty Class is a degree of success.
two effects. Countering normally requires a readied ac-
tion, unless using a hero point to counter immediately as descriptor: A term describing the nature of a power. A
a reaction. descriptor may define how certain power effects appear
or function.
critical hit (also crit): An especially successful attack in-
flicting additional damage. To score a critical hit, an at- difficulty class (DC): The number a player must equal or
tacker must first score a threat (usually a natural 20 on an exceed for a check to succeed.
attack check, depending on the attack being used) and
the attack total must equal or exceed the target’s Defense. disabled: A condition. A disabled character is at a –5 cir-
A critical hit does +5 damage over the attack’s normal cumstance penalty on checks. If the penalty applies to
damage, or you may add an effect, or use an alternate ef- specific checks, they are added to the name of the condi-
fect. tion, such as Attack Disabled, Fighting Disabled, Percep-
tion Disabled, and so forth. Debilitated, if it applies to the
critical success: An especially successful use of a skill same trait(s), supersedes disabled.
which grants an additional degree of success. To score
a critical success, the skill user must roll a 20 on the die duration: How long an effect lasts. There are five dura-
when making a check. Determine the degree of success tions: instant, concentration, sustained, continuous, and
normally and then increase it by one degree. permanent. Instant effects occur and end in the same
turn. Concentration effects require a standard action each
damage bonus: A modifier used to determine the dam- round to maintain. Sustained effects require a free action
age of an attack. each round to maintain. Continuous effects require no ac-
tion to maintain. Permanent effects also require no action
damage: An effect that causes a character harm. Damage to maintain, but cannot be turned off.
is resisted by Toughness.
dying: A combined condition. A dying character is inca-
damage condition: A condition imposed by a damage pacitated (defenseless, stunned, and unaware) and near
effect. death. When the character gains this condition, immedi-
ately make a Fortitude check (DC 15). If the check succeeds,
dazed: A condition. A dazed character is limited to free nothing happens. With two degrees of success, the char-
actions and a single standard action per round, although acter stabilizes, removing this condition. If the check fails,
the character may use that action to perform a move, as the character remains dying. Three or more total degrees
usual. Stunned supersedes dazed. of failure mean the character dies; so three failed Fortitude
checks or one or two checks adding up to three degrees.
deaf: A combined condition. The character cannot hear, Dying characters make a Fortitude check each round until
giving everything total auditory concealment from him. they either die or stabilize. Another character can stabilize a
This may allow for surprise attacks on the unaware char- dying character with a successful Treatment check (DC 15)
acter (see Surprise Attack in the Action & Adventure or use of a Healing effect (see the Powers chapter).
chapter). Interaction with other characters is limited to
sign-language and lip-reading. (See Interaction Skills in effect: An aspect of a power with a particular defined
Chapter 3.) game effect.

debilitated: A condition. The character has one or more entranced: A combined condition. An entranced charac-
abilities lowered below –5. (See Debilitated Abilities in ter is stunned, taking no actions other than paying atten-
the Abilities chapter.)

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tion to the entrancing effect. Any obvious threat automat- melee weapon: A handheld weapon designed for close
ically breaks the trance. An ally can also shake a character combat.
free of the condition with an interaction skill check (DC 10
+ effect rank). minion: A minor NPC with less influence on the story than
the main characters. Minions are subject to special rules
exhausted: A combined condition. Exhausted characters regarding their abilities, particularly in combat, that make
are near collapse. They are impaired and hindered. Char- them easier to defeat.
acters recover from an exhausted condition after an hour
of rest in comfortable surroundings. modifier: Any bonus or penalty applied to a die roll.

extra: A power modifier that enhances a power, increas- move action: An action intended to move a distance or to
ing its cost. manipulate or move an object or the equivalent.

extra effort: Players can use extra effort to improve a natural: A natural result on a roll is the actual number ap-
hero’s abilities in exchange for the hero suffering some pearing on the die, not the modified result obtained by
fatigue. (See page 19.) applying modifiers to that number.

fail: Achieve an unsuccessful result for a check or other non-player character (NPC): A character controlled by
die roll. the Gamemaster (as opposed to a character controlled by
a player).
fatigued: A condition. Fatigued characters are hindered.
Characters recover from a fatigued condition after an normal: A condition. The character is unharmed and un-
hour of rest. affected by other conditions, acting normally.

flat: A modifier that increases or decreases an effect’s total opposed check(s): A check where the Difficulty Class is
cost by a set or “flat” value, rather than increasing or de- set by another character’s check result; the two checks are
creasing its cost per rank of the effect. compared and the character with the higher check result
wins.
flaw: A power modifier that limits a power, reducing its cost.
paralyzed: A combined condition. A paralyzed character
free action: A minor activity, requiring very little time and is defenseless, immobile, and physically stunned, frozen in
effort. place and unable to move, but still aware and able to take
purely mental actions, involving no physical movement
Gamemaster (GM): The player who portrays characters whatsoever.
not controlled by the other players, makes up the story
setting for the game, and serves as the referee for game partial modifier: A modifier that applies to only some of
play. an effect’s ranks and not others. A modifier must apply to
at least one rank, and may apply to as many ranks as the
graded check(s): A check where degree of success or fail- effect has.
ure is counted.
penalty: A negative modifier to a die roll.
hero (also superhero or player character): A character
controlled by a player, one of the main protagonists of an player: You, your Gamemaster, or one of your friends play-
adventure or series. ing the game.

hero points: Points players can spend to gain bonuses player character (PC, also hero): A character controlled
with particular actions. by a player, one of the main protagonists of an adventure
or series.
hindered: A condition. A hindered character moves at
half normal speed (–1 speed rank). Immobile supersedes power level (also level or PL): A limit on overall power
hindered. and ability in a series, also sometimes used to describe the
overall power of a character (e.g. a level 11 hero, a power
immobile: A condition. Immobile characters have no level 15 villain, etc.).
movement speed and cannot move from the spot they
occupy, although they are still capable of taking actions power modifier: An increase or decrease in a power’s ca-
unless prohibited by another condition. pabilities, also increasing or decreasing its cost.

impaired: A condition. An impaired character is at a –2 power points: Points allocated to a character’s differ-
circumstance penalty on checks. If the impairment ap- ent traits during character creation, also awarded for ad-
plies to specific checks, they are added to the name of vancement.
the condition, such as Attack Impaired, Fighting Impaired,
Perception Impaired, and so forth. If it applies to the same power stunt: An alternate effect acquired temporarily
trait(s), disabled supersedes impaired through extra effort (see page 19).

incapacitated: A combined condition. An incapacitated power: A superhuman trait, like the ability to fly or shoot
character is defenseless, stunned, and unaware. Incapaci- blasts of energy. Powers are made up of one or more ef-
tated characters generally also fall prone, unless some fects with various descriptors defining the power’s na-
outside force or aid keeps them standing. ture.

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prone: A combined condition. A prone character is lying stunned: A condition. Stunned characters cannot take
on the ground, receiving a –5 circumstance penalty on any actions, including free actions.
close attack checks. Opponents receive a +5 circumstance
bonus to close attack checks but a –5 penalty to ranged surprised: A combined condition. A surprised character is
attack checks (effectively giving the prone character total stunned and vulnerable, caught off-guard and therefore
cover against ranged attacks). Prone characters are hin- unable to act and less able to avoid attacks.
dered. Standing up from a prone position is a move ac-
tion. target (also subject): The intended recipient of an attack,
action, or power.
range: The distance over which an effect works. There are
five ranges: Personal, Close, Ranged, Rank, and Perception. threat range: All natural die roll results constituting a
Personal range effects work only on the user. Close range critical threat when rolled for an attack check. For most at-
effects work only on subject the user touches. Ranged ef- tacks, the threat range is a natural roll of 20. Some attacks
fects work over a distance, usually a maximum of (rank x have greater threat ranges.
100 feet). Rank range effects have a distance set by the
specific effect’s rank. Perception range effects work over threat: A possible critical hit. The attack check result of a
any distance where the user can accurately perceive the threat must equal or exceed the target’s defense for the
subject of the effect. threat to constitute a critical hit.

ranged attack: Any attack made at a distance. toughness: A measure of a character’s ability to resist and
endure physical harm. Toughness checks are DC 15 plus
ranged weapon: An energy, projectile, or thrown weapon the effect rank.
designed for attacking at a distance.
trained/training: Having at least 1 rank in a skill.
rank: A measure of a character’s level of ability with a skill
or power. trait: Any of a character’s game-defined qualities: abili-
ties, skills, advantages, and powers are all traits.
resistance check: A roll made with a defense to avoid or
reduce harm. Most Resistance checks are DC 10 plus the transformed: A condition. Transformed characters have
effect rank. some or all of their traits altered by an outside agency. This
may range from a change in the character’s appearance
restrained: A combined condition. A restrained character to a complete change in trait ranks, even the removal of
is hindered and vulnerable. If the restraints are anchored some traits and the addition of others! The primary limit
to an immobile object, the character is immobile rather on the transformed condition is the character’s power
than hindered. If restrained by another character, the re- point total cannot increase, although it can effectively
strained character is immobile but may be moved by the decrease for the duration of the transformation, such as
restraining character. when a powerful superhero is turned into an otherwise
powerless mouse or frog (obviously based on consider-
round: A roughly six-second unit of game time used to ably fewer power points).
manage fast-paced action.
unarmed attack: A close attack made with no weapon in
routine check(s): A check for an action taken under rou- hand.
tine circumstances, where the character is not under any
time pressure. Rather than rolling the die, add 10 to the unaware: A condition. The character is completely un-
modifier for the check to get the check result. aware of his surroundings, unable to make interaction or
Perception checks or perform any action based on them.
scene: A portion of an adventure, like a chapter of a story. If the condition applies to a specific sense or senses, they
are added to the name of the condition, such as visually
series: A linked collection of adventures, forming the unaware, tactilely unaware (or numb), and so forth. Sub-
backdrop against which the characters interact and par- jects have full concealment from all of a character’s un-
ticipate in the setting, like an ongoing comic book or tele- aware senses.
vision series.
untrained: Having no ranks in a skill. Some skills cannot
stack: Combine for a cumulative effect. If modifiers do not be used untrained.
stack, it is specified in the rules. In most cases, modifiers to
a given check stack. If the modifiers of a particular roll do villain (also supervillain): An adversary controlled by the
not stack, only the best bonus or worst penalty applies. Gamemaster.
Sometimes there is a limit to how high a stacked bonus or
penalty can be. vulnerable: A condition. Vulnerable characters are lim-
ited in their ability to defend themselves, halving their
staggered: A combined condition. A staggered character active defenses (round up the final value). Defenseless
is dazed and hindered. supersedes vulnerable.

standard action: An action intended to do or act upon weakened: A condition. The character has temporarily
something. You can perform a single standard action per lost power points in a trait. See the Weaken effect in the
round. Powers chapter for more. Debilitated supersedes weak-
ened.

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DAMAGE RESISTANCE MATRIX

DAMAGE BONUS

CHECK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
RESULT

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

NO EFFECT 1 PENALTY DAZED & 1 PENALTY STAGGERED & 1 PENALTY INCAPACITATED

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MEASUREMENTS TABLE: METRIC

RANK MASS TIME DISTANCE VOLUME

–5 750 grams 1/8 second 15 cm .0008 m3
–4 1.5 kg 1/4 second 50 cm .0017 m3
–3 3 kg 1/2 second 1m .0035 m3
–2 6 kg 1 second 2m .007 m3
–1 12 kg 3 seconds 4m .014 m3
0 24 kg 6 seconds 8m .025 m3
1 50 kg 12 seconds 16 m
2 100 kg 30 seconds 32 m .05 m3
3 200 kg 1 minute 64 m .1 m3
4 400 kg 2 minutes 125 m .2 m3
5 800 kg 4 minutes 250 m .4 m3
6 1600 kg 8 minutes 500 m .8 m3
7 3.2 tons 15 minutes 1 km 1.7 m3
8 6 tons 30 minutes 2 km 3.5 m3
9 12 tons 4 km 7 m3
10 25 tons 1 hour 8 km 15 m3
11 50 tons 2 hours 16 km 30 m3
12 4 hours 32 km 60 m3
13 100 tons 8 hours 64 km 120 m3
14 200 tons 16 hours 125 km 250 m3
15 400 tons 1 day 250 km 500 m3
16 800 tons 2 days 500 km 1,000 m3
17 1,600 tons 4 days 1,000km 2,000 m3
18 3.2 ktons 1 week 2,000 km 4,000 m3
19 6 ktons 2 weeks 4,000 km 8,000 m3
20 12 ktons 1 month 8,000 km 15,000 m3
21 25 ktons 2 months 16,000 km 30,000 m3
22 50 ktons 4 months 32,000 km 60,000 m3
23 100 ktons 8 months 64,000 km 120,000 m3
24 200 ktons 1.5 years 125,000 km 250,000 m3
25 400 ktons 3 years 250,000 km 500,000 m3
26 800 ktons 6 years 500,000 km 1 million m3
27 1,600 ktons 12 years 1 million km 2 million m3
28 3,200 ktons 25 years 2 million km 4 million m3
29 6,400 ktons 50 years 4 million km 8 million m3
30 12,500 ktons 100 years 8 million km 15 million m3
+1 25,000 ktons 200 years 30 million m3
x2
x2 x2 x2

SIZE RANK MODIFIERS

SIZE RANK HEIGHT/ LENGTH ACTIVE DEFENSE STEALTH INTIMIDATION STR STA SPEED

3 250 feet –10 –20 +10 +20 +20 +2
2 120 feet –8 –16 +8
1 60 feet –6 –12 +6 +16 +16 +2
0 30 feet –4 –8 +4
–1 15 feet –2 –4 +2 +12 +12 +1
–2 0 0
–3 6 feet +2 0 –2 +8 +8 +1
–4 3 feet +4 +4 –4
–5 1 foot +6 +8 –6 +4 +4 +0
–6 6 inches +8 +12 –8
–7 3 inches +10 +16 –10 0 0 +0
1 inch +20
–1 0 +0

–2 0 –1

–3 0 –1

–4 0 –2

–5 0 –2

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INDEX

SYMBOLS B Command (action)............... 246 Deception (skill) .......... 118–119
Commlink................................ 214 Defend (action) ..................... 246
55% Rule.................................. 253 Background ....................... 30–33 Communication Defense Class......................... 111
Age ............................................31 Defenseless................................17
A Alternate Identity...................32 (effect)......................... 151–152 Defenseless (condition)...... 245
Costume...................................32 Compelled..................................17 Defense Rank ......................... 110
Abandoned Warehouse ..... 231 Goals.........................................33 Complications............ 10, 27–29 Defenses ........................ 110–111
Abilities.......9, 107–111, 108–110 Name ........................................30 Defensive Attack
Origin........................................30 Changing.................................29
Absent ................................... 109 Personality ..............................33 Choosing .................................27 (advantage)......................... 134
Altering ................................. 109 Comprehend (effect). 152–153 Defensive Attack
Debilitated ........................... 109 Balancing................................. 115 Computer ................................ 214
Enhanced.............................. 108 Baron Samedi............... 323–324 Concealable Microphone....215 (maneuver).......................... 249
Ability Ranks........................... 107 Batteries................................... 213 Concealing.............................. 125 Defensive Roll (advantage)..... 135
Benchmarks......................... 107 Battleaxe.................................. 217 Concealment.......................... 244 Deflect (effect)....................... 157
Buying ................................... 107 Battleships .............................. 225 Concealment (effect)........... 153 Degrees of Success
Reducing............................... 107 Battlesuit............................. 57–58 Concentration (flaw)............ 199
Accurate Attack Battlesuit (archetype).............35 Condition Modifiers............. 255 and Failure..............................14
(advantage)......................... 131 Battlesuits................................ 210 Conditions.......................... 17–19 Delay (action)......................... 247
Accurate Attack Beginner’s Luck Basic...................................17–18 Demolitions............................ 127
(maneuver).......................... 249 Combined.........................18–19 Demoralize (maneuver) ..... 249
Accurate (extra)..................... 188 (advantage)......................... 134 Connected (advantage) ..... 134 Demoralizing ......................... 122
Acrobatics (skill).......... 115–116 Benefit (advantage) ............. 134 Construct............................ 58–60 Descriptors...........143, 204–207
Action Round............................16 Binoculars................................ 215 Construct (archetype)............36
Action Rounds ............. 235–237 Blaster pistol........................... 218 Constructs..................... 231–233 Applying ............................... 206
Actions ........................... 246–248 Blaster rifle .............................. 218 Abilities ................................. 231 Changing.............................. 207
Action Types................. 235–236 Blast (power) .......................... 151 Advantages.......................... 232 Medium........................ 205–206
Activation (flaw).................... 197 Blind .............................................19 Commanding ...................... 232 Origin..................................... 204
Advantages................................10 Bluffing..................................... 118 Creation ................................ 231 Result..................................... 206
Combat ................................. 132 Bolos.......................................... 219 Damaging............................ 233 Source.................................... 204
Fortune.................................. 133 Bombers................................... 225 Powers................................... 232 Types............................. 204–206
General.................................. 133 Boomerang............................. 219 Repairing .............................. 233 Destroyers ............................... 225
Skill......................................... 133 Bound ..........................................19 Sample .................................. 233 Detect Illusion........................ 120
Adventures ................... 259–264 Bow............................................ 218 Size......................................... 232 Detect Influence ................... 120
Affects Corporeal (extra).... 188 Boytoy....................................... 326 Skills....................................... 232 Devices........................... 209–212
Affects Insubstantial Brass Knuckles ....................... 217 Contacts (advantage).......... 134 Dexterity.................................. 108
(extra) .................................... 188 Building.................................... 127 Contagious (extra)................ 192 Diagnosis................................. 129
Affects Objects (extra) ........ 188 Bulletproof vest..................... 221 Contorting .............................. 125 Diehard (advantage) ........... 135
Affects Others (extra) .......... 188 Controlled ..................................17 Difficulties ............................... 253
Affliction (effect) ......... 149–151 C Core Mechanic............................ 9 Difficulty Class ................ 13, 255
Agile Feint (advantage) ...... 131 Costumes................................. 210 Difficulty Class Examples.....253
Agility........................................ 108 Camera ..................................... 214 Countering.................... 147–148 Dimensional (extra) ............. 192
Aid (action) ............................. 246 Camo Clothing ...................... 215 Instant................................... 148 Dimension hopper............... 225
Aim (action) ............................ 246 Cars............................................ 223 Ongoing Effects .................. 148 Diminished Range (flaw).... 199
All-out Attack (advantage)...131 Cell Phone ............................... 214 Cover......................................... 245 Disabled ......................................18
All-out Attack (maneuver)....249 Chain......................................... 217 Crawl (action)......................... 246 Disarm (action)...................... 247
Alternate Effect (extra)........ 188 Chain-mail............................... 221 Create (effect) .............. 154–155 Disease ..................................... 238
Alternate Form (power)...... 150 Chainsaw ................................. 217 Crime Fighter .................... 60–63 Distracting (flaw) .................. 199
Alternate Challenges .................... 237–240 Crime Fighter (archetype) ....37 Dolphin .................................... 270
Resistance (extra).............. 190 Crime Lord .............................. 269 Drop an Item (action).......... 247
Ammo....................................... 213 Consequences ..................... 237 Criminal.................................... 269 Drop Prone (action) ............. 247
Analyze Evidence.................. 123 Initiative and ....................... 237 Critical Hits.............................. 240 Duplication (power) ............ 156
Animal Empathy Sequences ............................ 237 Critical Misses ........................ 240 Dying ...........................................19
(advantage)......................... 131 Charge (action)...................... 246 Crossbow................................. 218 Dynamite................................. 220
Animals .................................... 270 Charges .................................... 213 Crush, the ...................... 326–327
APCs .......................................... 225 Check Required (flaw)......... 198 Cutters ...................................... 225 E
Ape ............................................ 270 Checks ........................12–16, 255
Archetypes.................. 23, 34–47 Attack .......................................16 D Edit Scene...................................20
Area (extra) ................... 190–192 Comparison ............................14 Effect Parameters........ 145–147
Artificer (advantage) ........... 131 Graded .....................................14 Damage.......................... 241–244
Asleep ..........................................19 Opposed ..................................14 Damaging Objects............. 244 Action .................................... 145
Assault rifle ............................. 218 Resistance................................16 Strength and........................ 241 Duration ............................... 147
Assessment (advantage).... 132 Routine.....................................13 Range .................................... 147
Athletics (skill).............. 116–117 Team .........................................16 Damage (effect) .......... 156–157 Resistance Check ................ 147
Atomic Brain, the........ 320–323 Chokehold (advantage) ..... 134 Damage Resistance Check.....241 Effect Types................... 144–145
Attack (action) ....................... 246 Circumstance Modifiers.....15, 253 Damage Resistance Matrix.....346 Attack .................................... 144
Attack (extra).......................... 192 Climbing .................................. 116 Damocles....................... 330–331 Control .................................. 144
Attacks............................ 240–245 Clique, the..................... 325–330 Darkness .................................. 238 Defense ................................. 144
Attractive (advantage)........ 132 Close Attack (advantage)... 134 Daze (advantage) ................. 134 General.................................. 144
Audio Recorder ..................... 215 Close Combat............... 117–118 Dazed...........................................17 Movement............................ 145
Awareness............................... 108 Club ........................................... 217 Dazzle (power)....................... 155 Sensory.................................. 145
Coercing................................... 121 Deaf ..............................................19 Eidetic Memory
Cold ........................................... 238 Death ........................................ 251 (advantage)......................... 135
Debilitated .................................17 Electronics..................... 214–215
Elemental ........................... 63–66
Element Control (power) ... 157

348 INDEX

MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS DELUXE HERO’S HANDBOOK

Elongation (effect) ............... 158 G Improved Smash Martial Artist (archetype)......40
Energy Absorption (power)...159 (advantage)......................... 137 Martial Arts ............................. 135
Energy Aura (power) ........... 159 Gadgeteer .......................... 69–72 Material Toughness.............. 244
Energy Controller ............ 66–69 Gadgeteer (archetype) ..........39 Improved Trip (advantage).....137 Measurements Table ..............11
Energy Controller Gamemaster................................ 9 Improve Roll ..............................21 Measurements
Gang Leader........................... 269 Improvised Tools
(archetype) .............................38 Gas Mask.................................. 215 Table—Metric..................... 347
Energy Control (power)...... 159 Gather Evidence.................... 123 (advantage)......................... 137 Measures ....................................10
Enhanced Trait (effect)...158–159 Gather Information.............. 123 Improvised Weapon Medium shield....................... 221
Entranced ...................................19 Giant Robot ............................ 233 Mental Blast (power) ........... 168
Environment (effect) . 159–160 Gimmick the (advantage)......................... 137 Militant..................................... 269
Equipment ...........213–221, 263 Inaccurate (flaw) ................... 200 Military helicopters.............. 225
Gadget Girl ................ 332–333 Incapacitated ............................19 Mimic ................................... 74–75
Alternate............................... 213 Government Agent.............. 268 Increased Action (flaw)....... 200 Mimic (archetype) ...................41
Armor .................................... 220 GPS ............................................ 215 Increased Duration (extra)....193 Mimic (power)........................ 169
Cost ........................................ 213 Grab (action) .......................... 248 Increased Mass (extra) ........ 193 Mind Control (power) ......... 169
Criminal Gear ...................... 215 Grab-Based (flaw) ................. 200 Increased Range (extra) ..... 193 Mind Reading (effect)...169–170
Damaging............................ 213 Grabbing Finesse Incurable (extra).................... 193 Minion (advantage) ............. 139
Electronics ............................ 214 Indirect (extra) ....................... 193 Minions .................................... 245
General......................... 214–216 (advantage)......................... 136 Initiative ..........................111, 235 Mini-Tracer .............................. 215
Limits ..................................... 214 Great Endurance Innate (extra).......................... 194 Mole-machines ..................... 225
On-Hand............................... 213 Innuendo........................119, 121 Moon-Base.............................. 231
Repairing .............................. 213 (advantage)......................... 136 Insidious (extra)..................... 194 Morph (effect).............. 170–171
Replacing.............................. 213 Grenade launcher................. 218 Insight (skill) ................. 120–121 Motivation..................................27
Restricted.............................. 213 Growth (effect) ...................... 162 Inspiration ..................................21 Move (action)......................... 248
Surveillance Gear................ 215 Inspire (advantage).............. 137 Move Action
Survival Gear ....................... 215 H Instant Counter ........................21
Weapons...................... 216–219 Instant Up (advantage)....... 138 (action type)................. 16, 235
Equipment (advantage) ..... 135 Handcuffs ................................ 215 Insubstantial (effect) .....166–167 Move-by Action
Escape (action) ...................... 247 Hawk ......................................... 270 Intellect .................................... 108
Escaping................................... 125 Headquarters ............... 226–231 Interpose (advantage) ........ 138 (advantage)......................... 139
Evaluate ................................... 121 Intimidating Minions........... 122 Movement (effect) ..... 172–173
Evasion (advantage)............ 135 Alternate............................... 230 Intimidation.................. 121–122 Move Object (effect) .....171–172
Exhausted...................................19 Features ....................... 226–229 Inventing ..............128, 211–212 Multiattack (extra)................ 195
Expertise (skill)............. 119–120 Power Level .......................... 226 Inventor (advantage) .......... 138 Multi-tool................................. 215
Areas of Expertise ............... 120 Sample .................................. 231 Investigation (skill)..... 122–123 Mystic................................... 76–78
Extended Range (extra)...... 192 Shared ................................... 230 Invisibility (power)................ 166 Mystic (archetype)...................42
Extra Effort ......................... 19–20 Size......................................... 226
Cost of ......................................20 Toughness ............................ 226 J N
Using.........................................19 Trait Cost............................... 226
Extraordinary Effort Traits ...................................... 226 Jack-A Knives................ 333–334 Night Vision Goggles........... 215
(advantage)......................... 135 Healing (effect)............ 162–163 Javelin....................................... 219 No Action (action type)...... 236
Hearing..................................... 124 Jawbreaker.................... 327–328 Normal.........................................18
F Heat ........................................... 238 Jumping................................... 116 Noticeable (flaw)................... 200
Heavy pistol............................ 218 Jury-Rigging........................... 127 Nullify.............................. 173–174
Fades (flaw)............................. 199 Heroic Feat.................................20 Nunchaku................................ 217
Falling ....................................... 238 Hero Points ...............20–21, 262 K
Fame.......................................... 263 Earning.....................................21 O
Fascinate (advantage)......... 136 Using.........................................20 Knife .......................................... 217
Fast Grab (advantage)......... 136 Hide in Plain Sight Omega............................ 336–338
Fatigued......................................18 (advantage)......................... 136 L Operating ................................ 127
Favored Environment Hiding....................................... 127 Orbiting Satellite................... 231
Hindered.....................................18 Languages (advantage) ..... 138 Other Senses .......................... 124
(advantage)......................... 136 Holdout pistol........................ 218 Large shield ............................ 221 Other Woman, the................ 328
Favored Foe (advantage) ... 136 Homing (extra) ...................... 193 Laser Sight............................... 219 Overshadow ................. 338–340
Fearless (advantage) ........... 136 Honors...................................... 264 Lasting Injuries ...................... 251
Feature ........................... 160–161 Leadership (advantage) ..... 138 P
Feature (extra) ....................... 192 I Leaping (effect) ..................... 167
Feedback (flaw) ..................... 200 Leather armor ........................ 220 Parabolic Microphone ........ 215
Feinting.................................... 119 Illusion (effect)............. 163–164 Legerdemain.......................... 126 Paragon............................... 78–80
Feint (maneuver) .................. 249 Immobile ....................................18 Light .......................................... 238 Paragon (archetype)...............43
Fighter jets .............................. 225 Immortality (effect).... 164–165 Light pistol.............................. 218 Paralyzed ....................................19
Fighting.................................... 108 Immunity (effect).................. 165 Limited (flaw) ......................... 200 Penetrating (extra) ............... 195
Fighting Styles....................... 135 Impaired .....................................18 Linked (extra) ......................... 194 Pepper spray .......................... 217
Finishing Attack Impervious (extra)................ 193 Lion............................................ 270 Perception..................... 123–124
Improved Aim Literacy..................................... 138 Permanent (flaw) .................. 200
(maneuver).......................... 249 Lock Release Gun ................. 215 Persuasion (skill) ......... 124–125
Fire Extinguisher ................... 215 (advantage)......................... 136 Luck (advantage) .................. 139 Pixie ................................. 328–329
Flamethrower ........................ 218 Improved Critical Luck Control (effect)....167–169 Plastic explosive.................... 220
Flash-bang grenade ............ 220 Plate-mail ................................ 221
Flash Goggles......................... 215 (advantage)......................... 136 M Poison ....................................... 238
Flashlight................................. 215 Improved Defense Police Chief ............................. 268
Flight (effect)................ 161–162 Machine pistol ....................... 218 Police Officer .......................... 269
Force Field (power) .............. 161 (advantage)......................... 136 Magical Rituals ...................... 212 Power Attack (advantage)....139
Fragmentation grenade..... 220 Improved Disarm Magic (power)........................ 168 Power Attack (maneuver).....250
Free Action Malador the Mystic .... 335–336 Powerhouse....................... 80–82
(advantage)......................... 136 Maneuvering.......................... 115 Powerhouse (archetype).......44
(action type)................. 16, 236 Improved Grab Maneuvers .................... 248–250 Power Level ...............................24
Full-plate.................................. 221 Martial Artist...................... 72–74 Power-Lifting (power)......... 175
(advantage)......................... 137
Improved Hold

(advantage)......................... 137
Improved Initiative

(advantage)......................... 137

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