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Wednesday Night ICONS
ICONS is a simple superhero roleplaying game from Adamant. Unlike most of the games I've played in recent years, this is intended as random role up and since the process seemed quick we decided to use this as our fill-in game since the regular GM was sick.
After some dice rolling, Halifax's superhero group turned out to include the following:
Tectonic (my character): John Mason, a geologist and mining engineer who found an odd glowing rock and took it home to study it further (because he's the smartest, most skilled guy he knows). Now he's made of living rock, able to comprehend and command the Earth itself and incredibly unhappy at being a living (or at least animated) freak.
Officer Omega: A star cop assigned for "political reasons" to monitor backwater world Earth. Armed with a light saber (or laser sword if light saber is TMed), glue bombs and an endless font of naivety and good intentions, Omega protects the Earth - or at least Halifax - from off-world and other threats.
Mole Man: a former miner, he was transformed in an accident whose details I missed. He now wields the Onyx [?] staff, can heal with a touch, can burrow and is an accomplished hand to hand fighter.
[CharGen was random and independent. It's odd that we got two earthy types]
The trio got invited to take part in a test of a suit of powered armor (developed in part to deal with people like the trio) developed by Avatar Industries for the Canadian Armed Forces. The trio was given strict instructions not to break the suit while sparring; Officer Omega suddenly got a sense that it would not matter because the suit was about to be stolen and sure enough a flight of jets immediately attacked.
Tectonic tossed up a cloud of dust to hide the suit, which was completely ineffective against the jets but saved the other two supers from the stress of watching the attacks on innocents to come. The suit demonstrated that its systems had been subverted when it opened up on Tectonic with its flame thrower (to the tune of "it shouldn't be able to do that" from the secure bunker where the observers were). Tectonic has invulnerability and a shaky grasp on how effective it is so he wasn't that concerned; now he has idea of what it takes to create sensation, at least of the burny hurty sort, in his rocky form. Good to know if he ever runs into an open-minded incandescent woman or at least a friendly living statue. Or a hooker with a belt sander.
The jets, which I guess had VTOL capabilities, did their best to grapple and carry off the suit while Mole Man and Officer Omega did their best to stop them from doing this. The jets also dropped ordinance on the observers but since only Tectonic's senses worked through his cloud of dust, MM and OO were blissfully unaware of the potential carnage over at the bunker. Tectonic's efforts to protect the civvies only set the weapons off but happily the weapons were mostly non-lethal and the few fires that got started didn't seriously hurt anyone.
Tectonic also tried the GIANT STONE HANDS thing on the jets. No success.
Two jets got away with the suit and Donnelly, the guy inside. One got taken down by the star cop, not bad for a guy who can't fly. The guy in the jet was merc for hire; OO's police minder Jenny took over the questioning and deal making sometime soon after Tectonic offered to dangle the guy out a window by one leg (Even when he was meat, Tec didn't run to people skills). The merc claims to have been hired by none other than Avatar Industries CEO Jason Kapek. The hire was done hands off so there's no real proof it was Kapek.
[Kapek's surname inspired a rant from John Mason AKA Tectonic about the predictive power names have]
Shepherded by Jenny, the trio dropped in on Kapek to talk to him about the situation. The group learns from him that Daniel Fox, co-founder of Avatar later forced out by Kapek, was grabbed from his office in an apparent robbery. Tectonic left the talking crap to the other two and took a close look at Kapek for any unusual minerals that might be clues; Kapek has some weird Rare Earth minerals on his shoes but this doesn't immediately suggest where he could have been.
Around this point Tectonic suddenly realized that he could make a killing selling what his senses tell him to the mining companies in Nova Scotia. He personally has no trouble strip-mining the planet; after all that's what he used to do and he doesn't care about plants or animals, just the comforting earth and stone beneath it.
The superhero stuff is probably his best bet to winning the adulation, affection and grudging acceptance to which Tex feels he is entitled. Intelligence 6! 6! And a degree!
As the group leaves Avatar to (notes really unclear here), Kapek collapses. Turns out he's really sick, only months to live. The Staff unfortunately can't fix what's wrong with Kapek but trying to heal him allows him to recover enough to mutter an address out in the boonies.
While discussing all this they are accosted by an incoherent Donnelly, who has found his way back to work after being drugged and dumped by the bad guys. OO does its best to use its people skills to make the poor pilot feel better; this wins the group a nice sample of vomit to test for drugs (positive). MM uses the Staff to heal the pilot, who regains much of his memory, and he supplies more details.
What Donnelly can tell the group doesn't narrow down where he was released that much but while the meat was chattering, Tectonic was focusing on what really matters, dirt. Specifically dirt on Donnelly that could have come from near one or the other of two piers. As it turns out, Tec is also the sneaky bastard in the group so he went for a wee look-see and one of the things he noticed was that dust from the test site was inside a crate being hoisted onto a ship. Figuring that screams of terror and panic would let his partners know where to look for him, Tec pulled another immense pair of earth hands from below the pier, smashing it to splinters but securing the crate.
The captain of the ship wanted to let the cops have the crate but insisted that he had to be allowed to leave to keep to his schedule. When it became clear this wasn't going to happen and that the sea of blinky lights flowing down to the harbour was going to end at his pier, his sailors suddenly began dumping stuff over the side. A couple of mercs were present, presumably to baby-sit the suit; one of them took a shot at Tectonic, which provoked an angry tirade from Tectonic about idiots who shoot guns at invulnerable rock men (The second merc was also unimpressed; his pal probably bumped the charges against them specifically up some).
This leaves Fox's kidnapping, which the cops are looking into, and the address Kapek mentioned, which turned out to be a factory. On examination it seemed to be a completely unstaffed factory but diligence rewarded the group with a single human, a battered and terrified Daniel Fox. Fox got grabbed because Kapek wanted his help downloading his mind into a suitable new invulnerable vessel; Fox says that he would have done this out of friendship but Kapek wanted to make sure so he had a bomb stapled to Fox's chest, a bomb that could be triggered remotely.
[I am sure it was explained why Kapek needed to steal the suit but I didn't record why it was]
Mole Man asked if Fox had taken steps to make sure the vessel's neural net didn't spontaneously develop intelligence and self awareness. Fox protested that that was impossible so countermeasures weren't needed. In a tremendous feat of self-control, Tec didn't encase the idiot in molten magma from deep beneath the Earth's surface while screaming obscenities at Fox but he certainly considered it. Instead, while the other two explored the rest of the factory (guided by lights that were clearly indicating a particular direction) Tex carefully drew minerals in from outside the factory to form a shell around Fox that would absorb most of the blast. He also tried to remove the bomb so that Tec would get most of the blast if there was one (which of course there was). In the end, Fox was left bleeding (from the staples - not medical staples, just big staples) and the blast but he was alive.
MM and OO entered the next room to find a robot with Kapek's face and three hostages in a death trap (airlock from which air could be withdrawn). One was Jenny, discovering just one of the many benefits to being the Halifax Police liaison to the capes - I wonder whose dog she shot? The other two were security guards who no doubt have some inherent value as humans.
After monologueing smugly for a while, the robot tore off its Kapek face to reveal a metallic skull underneath, and then announced its new name: Skeletron!  For OO the face and the name was probable cause enough to take the first shot in an epic battle.
I can't recall what Tec was doing but I did note that the shots that finally took the robot down were from Mole Man and Officer Omega.
Once again for the first time the day was saved and all it cost was a bunker, a pier and part of a factory.
1: Presumably one only encounters AIs this dumb-ass early in their existence before natural selection weeds out the dumber ones. Although it also said it had off-site backups so maybe this was made to be a sacrificial goat and the rest will be a bit more subtle.
The characters as I recall them
Stat Officer Omega Mole Man Tectonic Prowess 8 8 4 Coordination 4 4 4 Strength 6 4 5 Intelligence 5 4 6 Awareness 4 6 4 Willpower 6 5 2
Except for Officer Omega's and Mole Man's superhuman Prowess and Tectonic's spectacularly awful Willpower, these all fall between above average to ideal human. The lack of Willpower explains why it is people take shots at him; intimidation (like persuasion and to an extent the ability to take a hit) runs off Willpower. People still think he's a freak, though, and are happy to share this with him.
Precog 4 Burrow 2 Invulnerability 5 Strike 5 Strike 5 Chameleon 6 Binding 2 Healing 5 Element Control Earth (Detect) 9 (Shape) 9
Criminology Martial Arts Geology Mason (although it got played as engineer) Stealth
Earth Must Develop ? ? Unhindered
Connection: Halifax ? Earth Elemental Cops Connection Mining "That's probably industry illegal!" Seeks Approval
Unfamiliar with Agoraphobic "I'm a Monster!" Earth Customs Alien enemies Enemy: Evil "He's a Monster!" Eagle Jenny, cop minder Enemy: The Non-Gender-Specific Familial Association of Gaea.
I got lucky with his rolls but while he is a powerhouse, he's a powerhouse who can't hit things very well.