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Old 10-26-2019, 06:33 PM
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!Applications are reopened!

After going strong for almost two years the attrition has become a little too great, and we are therefore looking for a maximum of three players to enhance our group of superheroes.

We have been going through a little over four issues (current issue is five, with a sidestory or two having happened), and by issues six and seven we want to be back at around eight players split into two groups (makeup of the groups changes between issues).

The application process is the same as originally advertised (see first post). I'll be starting a new application table in the second post as well.

Note that we have one super with a technological background, so going for another character this particular origin would have to be done well to fit in. A repeated motivation in the game is working against meta/super-discrimination (most often by stopping villains from wreaking havoc on the general population), and a "normal" using super science has less of a stake in that. Now nothing against a mutant that did not get the best powers but enhanced himself further with science. That for example is an easy way around this.

In general a look over at the current characters is advised (obviously ignoring those two that are marked retired). It's in the app process in the first post, but just to reiterate I do not want to see sheets that are publically visible, and in general all the mechanics are secreted in this game.

I'll keep this open for probably around two weeks, maybe even a little longer, since we are still in the final phase of the current issue.

Previous applicants are also welcome to reapply with their original apps or new ones.
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Old 10-27-2019, 12:57 PM
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I think I'll have a go at finishing my original app.
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Old 10-27-2019, 01:42 PM
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I think I'll have a go at finishing my original app.
Looking forward to it! There's certainly quite a cliffhanger there.
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I have a few ideas but thought I'd ask if there were any roles the group needed or if there were any areas they felt lacking in first.
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Has the power level changed? PP?
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Old 10-27-2019, 04:00 PM
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Has the power level changed? PP?
It has! Knew I forgot something.

New Players will be Power Level 10, standard amount of Power Points. I've edited the first post as well.

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I have a few ideas but thought I'd ask if there were any roles the group needed or if there were any areas they felt lacking in first.
In a mechanical sense no. So far the heroes have always found a way to overcome or circumvent the challenges without wishing "if only we've had x", even after players leaving. I think that's somewhat universal with M&M though - there are so many ways of doing things especially when taking power stunts into account.

So I would look at current characters (linked above) to see what sort of themes are being used already. I'm not bothered very much about two characters technically having the same powers under the hood (not unless you are anyway) if they have completely different origins, sources and themes. In fact that is the sort of variety I am looking for over ticking off certain archetypes (as useful they sometimes might be in conceptualising a character).

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I noticed a distinct lack of a pyro character. Just a question, will this game be newbie friendly ?
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Will this game be newbie friendly ?
Sure, I've no problems with people new to the system. There is an SRD with everything one needs to know to make a character.

The caveat is that while I can give feedback on a sheet as well (secreted of course) I would not have the time to take anybody step by step through the process. Though I am in no particular rush, so a player new to the system would have time to familiarise themselves with the material.

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Sure, I've no problems with people new to the system. There is an SRD with everything one needs to know to make a character.

The caveat is that while I can give feedback on a sheet as well (secreted of course) I would not have the time to take anybody step by step through the process. Though I am in no particular rush, so a player new to the system would have time to familiarise themselves with the material.
As a caveat be careful if you use an archetype from the SRD. Some of the PP totals are wrong. I was very fortunate with my starting DMs as they were very helpful.
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Oh yeah - don't use those for anything but a starting off point maybe.
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Due to there being a PC already in the group with a very similar power set, I'm pulling this application and will by applying with a different character.
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Name: Johan Peukert aka “The Artificer”
Nation of Origin: Germany
Age: 26
Appearance & Personality: Johan looks every bit the hardworking blue collar middle class man. Clothes are usually plain single tone colors covered in scuffs and the occasional stain here and there. His brown steel toe boots are well worn with several cuts in the leather. His jeans are black. The leather jacket he wears covers an orange shirt with slightly baggy sleeves. A metal plated shoulder pack comes across his chest and looks to possibly hold tools of some sort. The short hair is always gelled up kinda spiky but starts to fall down as the day and sweat from work goes on.

Laid back would be the best term to describe him. He never seems to be in a hurry, but always manages to be where he needs to be on time which confounds his coworkers and the customers. A smile is ever present on his lips and especially so with the ladies. Those that work with him find the man to be dependable and hardworking without much fuss. He is usually the sacrificial lamb to any upset or demanding customer as his disarming and accommodating attitude is usually enough to smooth things over.

Biography: This can be brief if you want it, but should at least include the following details:
Your average Joe: Johan grew up the only son of a middle class blue collar family in Hessen, Germany. His mother is an HR manager at a local chemical plant and his father was the project manger of a construction company. It wasn’t hard for Johan to get a job working for his dad and saving up to go to college for a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked hard and got along well with his coworkers. Everyday was normal and uncomplicated which he liked. Having a steady job and enjoying work was enough for this average man. The simple life that many wanted.
Creation of a Super: A couple of years after the revelation that Supers existed, many countries sought to collect as many as they could for their own interests, mainly military might. In Germany, advertisements were sent out that the government was looking for test subjects to help with research on supernatural phenomena. Those who volunteered were given large sums of money for their cooperation and silence on the tests performed on them. Johan was one such applicant who needed the money to afford the esteemed engineering college he wanted to attend.

The experiments started off harmless enough with injections containing various substances of questionable origin by a beautiful nurse named Carolin Hexe. Johan was quite infatuated with her and would talk often with her during the tests. She stayed aloof and kept her distance despite his charm while still having that pleasant bedside manner. The thought of seeing her again was what kept him coming despite several of the injections causing him a lot of pain and nausea. Overtime, the other test subjects either quit from not wanting to deal with the side effects or mysteriously disappeared until Johan realized he was the only one left. The nurse smiled at him. Congratulations Mr. Peukert, you have made it through all of the treatments without serious adverse effects. You have been prepared for the final procedure. That is...if you still want to volunteer for it that is.“ She touched his shoulder and offered him a clipboard with a release form on it. He didn’t even bother reading and signed on the dotted line. Carolin checked the form to make sure everything was in order. “You and I will be working together very closely from now on Mr. Peukert. I am very excited to finally have a worthy apprentice.” Johan was a little confused at her statement and hoped he didn’t just sign up for nursing school. It couldn’t be all bad though if he was going to get to know her better.

The next day, he was escorted to a separate room he had never been in before. A simple black leather tattoo chair sat in the center of the room with another chair, presumably the artist, to sit in and a long metal table of various bubbling vials and tomes. She sat him down in the chair and strapped his arms chest and legs down to the chair. “Before we begin Mr. Peukert, I have a few things to inform you about. One is that two million dollars have been wired to your account for your services. Second, I am known within the government hierarchy as Lady Hex, a witch of no small abilities. My skills include enchantments and alchemical enhancement of others. You have been given several of what I call ‘preparatory injections’ to make your body not reject the final procedure to make you more than what you are now. I am going to make you an Artificer, a being capable of transforming matter from one thing into another. There will still be other magical circles, runes, and laws that I will have to teach you, but today is meant to instill the power source needed to enact such miracles. Do you wish to stay with me and learn what I desire to teach you?” She leaned in close and gazed into his eyes, her lips mere inches away from his. Her perfume was unusually intoxicating and sweet. Johan could do nothing but whisper in a dazed state. “Yes if it draws me closer to you.” Her lips drew closer then rose to kiss his forehead gently.

The procedure was extremely painful and morphine had to be administered to keep Johan from thrashing about. Lady Hex meticulously tattooed various sigils and runes all over his body. The ink used was mixed with the contents of the vials that felt like she was injecting acid into his skin that burned and caused his muscles to ache. There was no silence during the entire experience as Lady Hex muttered incantations while she worked. He didn’t understand what she was saying but the tattoos pulsed with each word. It took twenty-six hours to finish all the magical tattoos. She leaned back in her chair to stretch and closed her eyes with a satisfied smile. Johan was covered in sweat and all his muscles were exhausted and tight as if he had just done a triathlon. He was so tired and passed out in the chair.

Johan awoke the next day in a comfortable bed in a windowless room. Two guards with automatic rifles were standing guard by the door in the room. “Where am I?” The guards kept staring straight ahead. “We are not at liberty to disclose that information sir. Please get dressed. Your presence is requested by Lady Hex in her study.” He was so confused, but as he started to get out of bed the pain of his ordeal yesterday flared up on his skin and in his muscles. He fought through the pain to get dressed. It’s ok. I’ve got my money and Ms. Hexe can explain all this to me. At least I get to see her again. Two additional guards that had been awaiting outside joined the initial two and formed a formation around Johan as he was escorted to Lady Hex’s private study,

The Lady smiled as he entered and shooed the guards away. Gone was the disguise of a nurse. She was dressed in a tight fitting full length black silk dress with no sleeves and was backless. A necklace of small animal skulls and polished stones shined from the light of the fire place against a nearby wall. Her long black hair cascaded down her back in loose waves. He was slightly surprised and embarrassed when she lifted up his shirt to rub her hands all over his chest and stomach to inspect her work. “Some minor swelling and irritation but no bleeding of the ink. It seems the injections did the trick and you didn’t become a pile of goo. Now for the next step, how to activate and channel your power.” She sat down next to a large writing desk and motioned for him to sit next to her. He backed up a step and held his hands up. “Woah woah woah. Hold up. What exactly did you do to me? Where are we? Why me of all people? I’m nothing special.” The Lady seemed slightly but then her mood softened. ”I have placed within you abilities that many would consider god-like. Are now what those of my practice call an Artificer. With the combination of the runes and alchemical substances that have become part of your very being and magic sigils to focus your power, you can alter the very atoms of the objects you touch. Without training, you are a time bomb waiting to explode with that amount of magic power inside you. As far as where we are...well let’s just say we are in a very secure building away from the general populace to ensure privacy for my work. Why you? It’s because you are special. No ordinary person would have survived the full round of injections without going mad and much less the implantation of the runes without your own atoms becoming disassembled. I don’t know why and it can’t be explained, but something about your mental, physical, and spiritual being is stronger than most. Now please sit.” Johan was still uncertain of all this, but he was here and doubted he could escape this place without mastery these powers she talked about. Might as well go along for now.

Days turned into months with Johan slowly mastering his transformation magic under the tutelage of Lady Hex. She taught him the proper runes and sigils like showing how to write mathematical formulas. He simply used his index and middle finger to draw a glowing sigil on whatever it was he was trying to artifice. It was failure after failure in the beginning because each one was different based on what he wanted the end result to be. One mistake in the sigil’s composition rendered it unsuccessful. The tattoos on his body would glow with each attempt which made him worry about how to hide his tattoos should someone get suspicious of their origin. It was decided that he would just wear thick clothing that covered his whole body. It would be nice in the winter, but very uncomfortable in the summer. He practiced day and night to get everything to become rote and as natural as breathing.

Eventually, Johan was introduced to the top German brass out in a test field. He didn’t like how the generals looked at him, cold and uncaring like he was some new tank being put into practice. With a little encouragement from Lady Hex, he performed several tests of his power for them. One was turning the earth into water. Another was turning a tank into smoke. The last test was the final straw in his decision to leave. He was told to turn the air around a cage of dogs into toxic gas. He looked back at the Lady clearly not wanting to go through with it, but she was able to convince him to do it. “I’m so sorry.”He drew the sigil in the air above the cage and saw the air turn a slight yellow. The dogs howled and frantically tried to bust out of the cage to no avail. Within a minute, they were all dead. Tears filled his eyes as the merciless and painful slaughter he had just committed. He never realized what she had turned him into, what he had become. He had been deceived this whole time when he thought he could help people which would then cause them to accept him. The Lady turned him towards the generals. They each simply gave a nod and left.

He was done with all this, with the witch and his apparent slavery as a weapon to the German military. It was time to leave. As he was practicing with Lady Hex again, he excused himself to go to the bathroom. Once inside, he transformed one of the walls into a backpack with some clothes and trail rations. He then ran as fast as he could to the garage. Some of the guards tried to stop him, but he turned the air into nitrous oxide to put all of them asleep but leave himself unaffected. Once in the garage, he drew a sigil on one of the armored cars. Half of the car briefly disappeared and reappeared as an enclosed motorcycle with a maxed out engine. With his ride secured, he made his way out of there as quickly as he could. Sirens could be heard blaring behind him as security tried to pursue him. He drove in an almost straight line to Union City he had heard was a haven for people like him. Terrain didn’t matter as his vehicle could drive across the water to what would become his sanctuary. Once he reached land, he turned his ride into a common motorcycle that anyone would drive. He was just an ordinary person and would stick to that story no matter what.

Unity City: Johan came to Unity City about two years ago while on the run from the German government who wanted to use his abilities for military and economic reasons. The Super rode up to the edge of town on a motorcycle he had stolen during his escape. He had a wad of cash, a backpack, and the clothes on his back to start his new life with. A help wanted sign at the Union City Junkyard was the start of the simple life for the refugee. He used his powers to take what nobody wanted and turn it into exactly what somebody needed.
Relationships: Johan is single and ready to mingle as they say. He is an only child to his father and mother. Johan’s friend group consists mainly of his coworkers at the junkyard and his cosmopolitan socialite best friend, Michael Jameson, who is a semi-relevant vlogger on social media.
Michael Jameson- Age 24 Caucasian male from the U.S.A, his social media channel is all about two things that everyone wants to know and talk about: food and Supers. Over the top and peppier than a toddler on ‘Go Go’ juice. His channel is successful enough to have a middle class lifestyle without having another job to subsist on (and also provides for his nonstop eating out all the time). Johan and Michael enjoy hanging out because they are the exact opposite in every way which provides for a hilarious dynamic when the two go out to a bar or club.

Powers: Johan is able to use his magical powers and transmutation runes to transform any object into something else of equal or lesser mass. Water is turned into steam. Steel becomes gold. Even a heap of trash can be turned into a car. His creations are only limited by his imagination and the amount of material he has at hand to transform.



Complications:
Motivation: Acceptance- Johan wasn’t born a human or even tried to become one. He was a Super based on a lie and treated more like an animal or property once his power had emerged in the research facility. All he wanted was some extra cash so he could go to his top college pick for mechanical engineering. Now he felt like some weapon that everyone wanted to get their hands on. Why can’t he just be a normal guy: wake up, go to work, come home, and spend time with a hot wife and their kids.
Other Complications: Secret- Johan is a fugitive from the German government that believes he is their property to be used as they see fit. ‘Involuntary Patriotism’ they called it. He has to stay low or otherwise they may try to come to Union City to extradite or capture him.
Hopeless Romantic- Johan has always been an admirer of the fairer sex. More than once he would go over and beyond to help a beautiful woman in need and not realize that he was being used. He figures himself a hopeless romantic that is looking for Mrs. Right. He is not necessarily the most smooth of men, but what he doesn’t have in suave he makes up for in effort.

RP sample: See bio above

NPC Villain: Carolin Hexe aka “Lady Hex”- She is a beautiful witch/enchantress under the employ of the German government. Her job is to artificially create Supers for the German military through her alchemical and magical experimentation on unknowing test subjects.

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Old 10-28-2019, 05:33 AM
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Looking good all.

@Hiruma There is actually a villain in the setting that goes by the name Midas (who can also turn things into gold, though that's not an issue here), which may or may not feature in the near future. So ideally a name change would be very good for this character. The Alchemist maybe?
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:44 AM
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@Phettberg Np. Artificer seems like a good substitute. Any other feedback is appreciated. Editing app plus adding secreted powers line. RP sample and NPC villain to come in the future.
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