Thursday, November 14, 2013

FATE: Monkeybrain - Edison Rex

FATE: Monkeybrain - Edison Rex


Valiant is an alien Superman level hero plot to subjugate the world.  When Edison Rex proves it, he convinces Valiant to kill himself.  This leaves the supervillain Lex Luthoresque strongman as the only person that can defend the world from an alien threat.  Or giant monster threat.  Or supervillain threat.  Or what if Tom Strong was a Lex Luthor without a Superman, so he has to be Doc Savage? An elegy for past superhero universes subsumed by corporate monsters.  A homage to favorites, a commentary on styles of story and more. Plus fun, four-colour superheroics.



Draft 1.0  April 25, 2013 - Blue Tyson



SETTING


A multiple level story, fun for kids, commercial commentary, style commentary and homage to favorite characters like Tom Strong is for Chris Roberson. So we get an evil reformed Tom Strong, a megalomaniac Tesla Strong, a Howard the Duck Tom Strong and Nazi Tom Strong to go along with giant monsters and multiple universe.  Basically, the sort of craziness comics are great at in fast-paced fashion. A universe open to possibilities.



ISSUES


The Evil Aliens Are Coming.
I have to not be a supervillain.
Giant Godzilla type monsters abound
No, M'Alizz we won't conquer the world.  Even if it is easier.
The other universal versions of me are nazis.  Or dinosaurs.  Or fascists.  Or all three and megalomaniacs, even if they are ducks.




THE PLAYERS



Valiant


Alien Paragon Who Killed Himself
Programmed Alien Sleeper Death Machine


F: Unearthly +7 [Super Fighting +2]  
A: Unearthly +7 [Super Agility +2]
S: Unearthly +7 [Super Strength +5]
E: Unearthly +7 [Super Endurance +4]
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0


Resources  Incredible (+4)
Popularity  Unearthly (+7)


Other Skills


Unearthly (+7) Super Sense: Magnetic Resonance Vision, Body Armor: Physical, Super Movement: Flight, Headquarters [Automated and Robot Defenses]



Edison Rex


World's Smartest Man
If no else will save the world, suppose i have to
Grumpy When Underappreciated


F: Good +1  
A: Good +1
S: Excellent +2
E: Excellent +2
R: Amazing +5  [Super Reason +2]
I: Excellent +2
P: Excellent +2


Resources  Amazing (+5)
Popularity  -Remarkable (-3) [and slowly improving]


Other Skills


Unearthly (+7)  Headquarters [Valiant's]
Monstrous (+6)  Super Inventing, Science
Amazing (+5)  Headquarters
Incredible (+4)  Absorption Harness [Power Armour S +2, E +2, Body Armour +4, Blaster +4, Super Movement: Flight +2], Portable Emitter: Blaster +4, Headquarters [Corporate]
Remarkable (+3) Shield
Excellent (+2)  Guns, Leadership



M'Alizz


Alien Warrior Queen
Consummate Warrior
Head of Edison Security


F: Incredible +4  
A: Excellent +2
S: Incredible +4
E: Incredible +4
R: Typical +0
I: Good +1
P: Good +1


Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  -Excellent (-2)


Other Skills


Amazing (+5)  Hammer, Sword
Excellent (+2)  Body Armour




Nuclear Norseman


Sven Hoek, Glowing green big dumb guy in a helmet
Likes Pizza.  A lot.


F: Remarkable +3  
A: Good +1
S: Incredible +4
E: Incredible +4
R: Poor -1
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0


Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  -Remarkable (-3)


Other Skills


Good (+1) Super Growth: +1 to Physical Skills S, E and +1 to Hit and +1 Body Armour, Radiation



Cerebella


Isabella "Bella" Hegenberger
Cyborg Brainiac In a Jar
Head of Edison Research and Development


F: Typical +0  
A: Good +1
S: Remarkable +3  [Super Strength +1]
E: Remarkable +3
R: Incredible +4  [Super Reason +1]
I: Good +1
P: Good +1


Resources  Incredible (+4)
Popularity  -Incredible (-4)


Other Skills


Amazing (+5) Cybernetics, Physics
Remarkalbe (+3) Flying Saucer



Defiant


Bizarro Genetic Golem created from Valiant
Dumb As a Rock


F: Unearthly +7 [Super Fighting +2]  
A: Unearthly +7 [Super Agility +2]
S: Unearthly +7 [Super Strength +5]
E: Unearthly +7 [Super Endurance +4]
R: Feeble -2
I: Feeble -2
P: Feeble -2


Resources  Feeble (-2)
Popularity  -Good (-1)


Other Skills


Unearthly (+7) Body Armor: Physical, Super Movement: Flight



H.O.R.N.E.T.


Hierarchical Organization for the Recovery of New and Exotic Technologies


Typical Hornet Attack Minion


F: Typical +0  
A: Good +1
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0


Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)


Other Skills


Excellent (+2) Flight
Good (+1) Blaster Rifle


Or Good (+1) Mooks



L.A.R.V.A.


HORNET Genetic Experiment: Lifeform Altered With Recombinant Vector - Alpha
Large immobile worm woman
Head of Edison Aid Operations and Logistics
Sensitive About Looks
Likes Rainbows and Unicorns



F: Remarkable +3  
A: Feeble -2
S: Remarkable +3
E: Remarkable +3
R: Remarkable +3
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0


Resources  Remarkable (+3)
Popularity  Remarkable (+3)


Other Skills


Incredible (+4) Administration
Good (+1)  Tentacled Track Vehicle



EDISON AID COPORATION


Research and Development Staff


Always Wear Brain In Jar Opaque Helmets Like the Boss


F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Good +1
I: Poor -1
P: Good +1


Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  Typical (+0)


Other Skills


Good (+1) Science


Or Good (+1) Mooks for intelligence tasks, Typical (+0) Physical



Security Staff


Pointy Helmeted Paramilitaries


F: Good +1  
A: Typical +0
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Poor -1
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0


Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  Typical (+0)


Other Skills


Good (+1) Science


Or Good (+1) Mooks for physical tasks, Poor (-1) Intellectual



Operations Staff


Communications Eyesonly Headset wearing agents


F: Typical +0  
A: Good +1
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Good +1
I: Typical +0
P: Good +1


Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  Typical (+0)


Other Skills


Excellent (+2)  Administration


Good (+1) Mooks for managing and responding, Typical (+0) otherwise



Gastrotus


One eyed green blobby monster on a rampage


F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Incredible +4
E: Incredible +4
R: Feeble -1
I: Feeble -1
P: Feeble -1


Resources  Feeble [-2]
Popularity -Excellent [-2]


Other Skills


Remarkable (+3) Body Armour
Excellent (+2) Growth



Mutortoise


Giant red warty turtle monster


F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Incredible +4
E: Incredible +4
R: Feeble -1
I: Feeble -1
P: Feeble -1


Resources  Feeble [-2]
Popularity -Excellent [-2]


Other Skills


Remarkable (+3) Body Armour
Excellent (+2) Growth



Cameos


Eldritch Quixote, Space Block, Mega Mummy, Dark Graviton



HALL OF HEROES


In Valiant’s old headquarters


Max Milestone
Maverick
Gold Key
Ms Mirage
The Eclipse
Gladiator Gladstone



GREAT APES UNIVERSE


Funny animals


Platypus Rex - Edison Rex Amalgam and still Villain
Valiant Owl - Platypus Rex super archenemy


Dr Amalgman - Super stretching
Professor Timely - Super Speedster
Mr Dynamite - Flying Energy Blaster monkey
Bongo - Giant Pet
[all super apes and apparently disintegrated by Platypus Rex]



BETWEEN UNIVERSES


Regina Tesla


Gender switched Edison Rex Analogue


Exoform Mistress Observing what is going on in multiple realities
Founder of Teslatopia


Valiant Woman


Gender switched Valiant analogue opponent of Regina Tesla



Konig Von Braun
Nazi Supreme


F: Excellent +2  
A: Excellent +2
S: Excellent +2
E: Excellent +2
R: Excellent +2
I: Excellent +2
P: Excellent +2


Resources  Amazing (+5)
Popularity  Amazing (+5)


Other Skills


Amazing (+5)  Leadership, Headquarters
Remarkable (+3) Wea;ons



Streitbar


Valiant Supreme Analogue


Nazi Superman


F: Unearthly +7 [Super Fighting +2]  
A: Unearthly +7 [Super Agility +2]
S: Unearthly +7 [Super Strength +5]
E: Unearthly +7 [Super Endurance +4]
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0


Resources  Incredible (+4)
Popularity  -Amazing (-5)


Other Skills


Unearthly (+7) Super Sense: Magnetic Resonance Vision, Body Armor: Physical, Super Movement: Flight, Headquarters [Automated and Robot Defenses]



DARK BLIGHT ATTACKED WORLDS ANALOGUES


Edison Raptor, Edison Earp, Edison Magus



ADVENTURING


Fight giant monsters.  Save the world from alien invasions.  All the classics.


You need to increase your popularity to the positive so people will trust you.  By doing all the above, publicly.  He hasn’t yet thought to hire a PR genius.  Another possible player character, for sure.


Plus deal with interdepartmental office politics as the various rather strong willed underlings run their departments and perhaps want more.


Or fight off analogues of yourself from another universe.


Or fight off the Dark Blight.  Who might be a Sun Eater type monster that can destroy worlds.


Prosecute slander with lawyers if you must.


Take this cast and have as many four colour tongue-in-cheek adventures you like, on Earth or in space.  Or versus mole men or evil shark lords.  You get the idea.





THE LADDER


Being a big Marvel Super Heroes fan from way back, this is how I like to think:


Value    Adjective


+13 Cosmic 5 (Class 5000)
+12 Cosmic 3 (Class 3000)
+11 Cosmic 1 (Class 1000)
+10 Legendary Z (Shift Z)
+9  Legendary Y (Shift Y)
+8    Legendary X (Shift X)
+7    Unearthly (Epic)
+6    Monstrous (Fantastic)
+5    Amazing (Superb)
+4    Incredible (Great)
+3    Remarkable (Good)
+2    Excellent (Fair)
+1    Good (Average)
+0    Typical (Mediocre)
-1    Poor
-2    Feeble (Terrible)
-3    Awful 0 (Shift 0)
-4    Abysmal



FASERIP - basic human attributes


Physique is split compared to Core, into a Strength component and an Endurance component, the latter of which should be used for the Stress track.  Reason is native intelligence.


Fighting (Fight)
Agility (Athletics)
Strength
Endurance
Reason
Intuition (Notice)
Psyche (Will)


secondary


Popularity is a measure of charisma, reputation and public influence. If you like, bad people can have a negative popularity ladder equivalent.  Supervillains, mass murderers, ruthless thugs in The Ball, etc.


Popularity
Resources



SCALE AND SUPERPOWERS


Generally a level of superpower scales means an automatic EXTRA +1 on a roll.
So if a Remarkable superstrong person's roll to lift something is +1 +1 0 -1 for a roll of +1 then they have +1 and +1 for their superstrength for a +2.



For any skill, the scale number is the automatic successes done when rolling.  So Spider-Man is 4dF+2 when attempting a roll involving his Strength.


For superhuman abilities some simple tables.



FIGHTING


Above Amazing is superhuman, so Thor and Hercules roll 4dF+2 involving Fighting.


+08 C5
+07 C3
+06 C1
+05 SZ
+04 SY
+03 SX
+02 Un Thor, Hercules
+01 Mn Mephisto


AGILITY


Above Incredible is superhuman so the Silver Surfer rolls 4dF+1 for Agility.


+09 C5
+08 C3
+07 C1
+06 SZ
+05 SY
+04 SX
+03 Un Odin
+02 Mn Silver Surfer
+01 Am Spider-Man, Nightcrawler


STRENGTH


Above Excellent is superhuman so Spider-Man rolls 4dF+2 for Strength.


+11 C5 20^15 tonnes
+10 C3 20^13 tonnes  Pre-Crisis Superman
+09 C1 20^10 tonnes
+08 SZ 200000 tonnes  Post-Crisis Superman+, Shi'Ar Gladiator
+07 SY 20000 tonnes
+06 SX 2000 tonnes
+05 Un 200 tonnes  Hulk, Thor, Hyperion
+04 Mn 100 tonnes  Thing, She-Hulk, Submariner
+03 Am 50 tonnes  Rogue
+02 In 10 tonnes  Spider-Man, Iron Man
+01 Rm 1 tonne  Power-Man, Beast


ENDURANCE


+10 C5
+09 C3
+08 C1
+07 SZ
+06 SY
+05 SX
+04 Un Silver Surfer, Thor
+03 Mn Hulk, Thing
+02 Am She-Hulk, Loki
+01 In Spider-Man


REASON


Above Remarkable is superhuman, so Mister Fantastic rolls 4dF+2 for Reason.


+10 C5
+09 C3
+08 C1
+07 SZ
+06 SY
+05 SX
+04 Un Watcher
+03 Mn Mephisto
+02 Am Mister Fantastic, Doctor Doom
+01 In Iron Man, Professor Xavier


INTUITION


Above Remarkable is superhuman, so Wolverine rolls 4dF+3 for Intuition.


+10 C5
+09 C3
+08 C1
+07 SZ
+06 SY
+05 SX
+04 Un Watcher
+03 Mn Daredevil, Wolverine
+02 Am Professor Xavier
+01 In Captain America


PSYCHE


Above Incredible is superhuman so Doctor Strange rolls 4dF+3 for Psyche.


+09 C5
+08 C3
+07 C1
+06 SZ
+05 SY
+04 SX
+03 Un Doctor Strange
+02 Mn Professor Xavier
+01 Am Marvel Girl


MOVEMENT


Super movement Zones per turn capability


Warp Speed +13 Cosmic 5 (Class 5000)
Lightspeed +12 Cosmic 3 (Class 3000)
Solar System +11 Cosmic 1 (Class 1000)
10000 +10 Legendary Z (Shift Z)
1000 +9  Legendary Y (Shift Y)
100 +8    Legendary X (Shift X)
50 +7    Unearthly (Epic)
30 +6    Monstrous (Fantastic)
25 +5    Amazing (Superb)
20 +4    Incredible (Great)
15 +3    Remarkable (Good)
10 +2    Excellent (Fair)
08 +1    Good (Average)
06 +0    Typical (Mediocre)
04 -1    Poor
02 -2    Feeble (Terrible)
01 -3    Awful 0 (Shift 0)
00 -4    Abysmal



REFERENCES


Monkeybrain Comics - http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/



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