Our session of With Great Power by Miller O’Sullivan, GMed by Charles, was a dramatic one.
The protagonists were the Van Haus children, who got their powers, and were separated during their late childhood when an experiment by their parents went awry.
The children grew up and became superheroes but separate from one another. Silverspark fled the house after the explosion of the experiment and ended up growing up on the streets. Her power was throwing uncontrolled fire. Ephemeral ended up fusing into his twin brother during the explosion. This gave him the power of phasing… and a crushing guilt of making his twin brother disappear. Dr. Monsoon was the elder brother, who had been given the power to control the weather by his parents during an earlier experiment. After the experiment explosion, he became distant from the remaining family, hiding behind his experiments and his efforts at keeping the city safe.
The story we explored during our session revolved around addressing the havoc brought by the want-to be dictator Sergeant Snow. He happened to grow on the streets and be a friend (or was he just an acquaintance? I don’t remember fully) of Silverspark, but he wanted a world where people with powers ruled over those without them. As the superheroes were brought together by this havoc, they got to work together. As they worked together on this, the emotional issues that drove them apart were brought to the surface, the heroes tried to address them, but the havoc kept on interrupting these efforts.
Tonight’s story, courtesy of Archipelago by Matthijs Holter, was of a Martian Colony, newly terraformed to allow one to breathe on the surface. It was a time of political agitation as some had begun to wonder why we needed to remain under Earth’s yoke and others preferred to remain close and at peace with Earth. Our cast included the prison warden and master of the underworld, Astrid; potato magnate Ken Bekerson; spaceport and trade official Quinn Payson; agriculture scientist and Martian patriot, Stace Marchon; shrinekeeper aspiring author Kersten; Senator Kent Carmichael, dedicated to maintaining peace; and Governor General Darcy Ycrod, dedicated to Governor General Darcy Ycrod.
The conflict centered around the Bekerson’s attempts to get rich by maintaining his monopoly, and the Governor General’s intention to increase the population of Mars through immigration, which required new businesses to create jobs. The independence movement kept growing in power and staged protests and overran festivals to make their voices heard. Amidst the chaos, Senator Carmichael sought the evidence to unseat the Governor General. We left the story unresolved at night’s end.
Our session of Downfall by Caroline Hobbs was an interesting one. Our Flaw was ‘Survival of the Fittest’ and our elements were fire, death, and trees… what this meant was that the community we envisioned lived in huge trees and would burn every year the weaker family tree. This was one brutal game of Downfall; usually we end up playing goofy themes but the way the Flaw combined with the Elements made for a very aggressive community. Roleplaying the antagonist was perversely fun…
Our session of Quiet Year from Avery Alder this week was set in a prehistoric Ice Age, along an icy river cutting through the tundra, near a glacier, a hotspring fissure, and a schist jutting out of the earth. Our small community began with an abundance of mythology but warmth, game, and healing were scarce. We hunted for game and water fowl, carved caves from the glacier and attempted to appease the gods through sacrifices. When we attempted to build a new totem pole to please the angry gods, things turned dark. A storm ruined our construction, and an earthquake the bridge we tried to build across the river to visit the other community that lived there. When we attempted to dig a memorial pit to mimic their rituals, we failed yet again, and before we could right ourselves, the Frost Shepherds came riding out of the North with their war dogs, a veritable army of nomadic people. The people from across the river claimed to have driven them off once before and called for us to join them in protecting these lands from the Northern invaders.