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Freedom City PBP: A How-To Guide



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  1. Tiffany Korta Bee: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [rollover] = +1pp Dr. Thorne: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [rollover] = +1pp Emerald Spider: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [GM] = +1pp The Immutable Betsy Brooks: 1 post = +1pp Madame Raven: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [GM] = +1pp Merge Trois: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [GM] = +1pp The Scarab III: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [GM] = +1pp, +1 [Ref] = +2pp Starshine: 1 post = +1pp Valkyrja: 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [rollover] = +1pp Zhenshchina-voin: 1 post = +1pp GM Posts: 2 posts = +4 posts; 1 each to Emerald Spider, Madame Raven, Merge Trois, and Scarab III. Miss Grue: 1 post, rolled over to Bee. Triakosia: 2 posts, 1 rolled over to Dr. Thorne and to Valkrrja
  2. Horrorshow The 'rogue' Gorilla Goon lashed out at the one who had tried tackling him, knocking him down and out with his meaty fist. Alright, one down, who knows how many more to go... He quickly turned to face the other Gorilla, who was threatening the Shadowy Teen. "I'll say it one. More. Time," he growled, "I'm just here for the ones who don't want to be here. Let me take 'em out, that'll be it. I won't come back, I won't call the cops, or the capes. But if you try to stop me," he glanced over to the one he' just knocked out, "you'll all end up like that one."
  3. Okay, Horrorshow will Standard Action: Wallop Goon B with his meaty fists. You said they could be treated as Minions, so I'll Take 10 on that attack, getting a 20, which should hit. Goon B'll need to make a DC 20 Toughness save. Move Action: Trying to Intimidate both Goon A & Shadowy Teen into standing down. That will impose a -5 penalty for Intimidating as a Move action, and another -2 for Intimidating multiple targets, so a -7 penalty total. With his Skill Mastery, he normally has a 29 on intimidate, but the penalties reduce that to 22. (The result of the attack on Goon B may affect this further!)
  4. IIRC*, Horrrorshow's Dazed condition means he cannot take any actions, though he is not flat-footed and so still has his full Defense. * I don't have access to me books at the moment, but I didn't want to hold anyone up. EDIT: Yup, confirmed, a Dazed character can take no actions, but retains their Dodge bonus to Defense.
  5. Horrorshow Are they... flirting? Wait, no, Eira's all in on Pan... isn't she? Davyd's head tilted slightly, but he gave no voice to the thoughts running through his mind. "'The greatest democracy'?," he repeated, mirroring her tone (though not her voice) exactly. "I think I've heard that one before." Maybe that's just how Uploads talk? There aren't many of them, I'd imagine, and they'd have at least one element in common, which no one else shared. That'd certainly forge some type of... intimacy. He alternated between gazing outside at the scenery they passed and admiring the decor inside the limo. "I have to admit, I was expecting more of an Art Deco look to things. This is quite nice, though." A few questions were bubbling up in his mind, but he kept them to himself. And then Kay dropped her tiny bomb. "Oh! I had not dared hope to be able to speak with Talos himself! I'm sure he and the other ru-," he interrupted himself, "apologies, he and the other leaders, are quite busy, but I am certain there is much you can share with us. Your artwork, for example -- are those personal projects, or has the government commissioned some pieces from you?"
  6. Gonna try using Fascinate (Diplomacy) to keep Overman distracted. With Horrorshow's Skill Mastery, that's a 29 on the Diplomacy check.
  7. Horrorshow A string of curses, in English and Ukrainian, sped through Davyd's mind, though outwardly he managed to maintain the image of Olivia the young new reporter. Okay, do I try to distract this Overman and give Patriot an opening? Or do I slip away while he focuses on the cameras, and on Patriot? Argh, this is one time some Grue telepathy would really come in handy! The interviewer stood, microphone still in hand, using her other to smooth out her pantsuit. "Well, this is a surprise!" Keep him talking for now, find out what we can. "Overman, was it? I don't recall seeing your name on my roster for this week, but I'm nothing if not adaptable. So, please, tell us a bit about yourself."
  8. Horrorshow "Wait, wha- oh, yeah, okay!," the surprised shapeshifter blurted out. He dutifully held out his hand, and seconds later a clear gemstone appeared in his palm, courtesy of the League's teleporter system. It was small, about the size of a grape, with a few tiny bands of gold wrapped around it. The gem itself appeared perfectly smooth at first glance, but a closer look showed it was in fact covered in microscopic facets. After a moment, some of the gold bands slowly unwound and began waving about in the air, like serpents tasting the air. Mother Unit relayed to Daphne, and Daphne shared with Davyd, that the device -- a Lor "logic crystal" combined with adaptive computronium connectors -- was seeking out nearby computers to interface with. He brought his smartphone near it, and several of the crystal's wires braided together and slithered into the phone's USB connector. A jumble of Terran and Lor symbols flashed on the screen, slowly resolving into a menu of options. The crystal had an immense storage capacity, and the connectors allowed it to interface with a wide variety of electrical system -- including most organic nervous systems. Minutes later, thanks to a combination of the device's adaptive connectors and Davyd's own metamorphic nature, the device was nestled snugly inside his cerebrum, with nanowires threaded through the visual and auditory sensory areas. It would record everything he saw and heard, and could upload the recording to any Terran computer it connected to. "This is amazing," he exclaimed. "I can barely feel it, unless I'm actively concentrating on it. This is perfect!"
  9. Horrorshow "Well, I did just fly in," Davyd replied, eagerly shaking Kay's forelimb and temporarily ignoring the comment on Russian mobilization, "and, wow, are my arms tired!" He allowed a beat to pass, "so, ah, yes, I'd love a ride." He kept a keen eye (and ear, and other sensory organs) on Kay -- and, to a lesser extent, on Eira -- gauging her reaction to his "dad joke." She's an Upload, so she might still retain whatever sense of humor she'd had in life. And that can be very telling, for both her and Rurland. "Will we be with you for the majority of our visit," he asked as he reached for the limo's door, "or will we be meeting with other members of Rurland's ruling body? As I'm sure you can imagine, our viewers have many questions, concerning all aspects of your country's government."
  10. Horrorshow gets a 20 on his Toughness save, which fails by 5, making him Bruised and Dazed!
  11. Artificer Heroditus was still trying to process the news that they had traveled about 40 years into the past (the energies required for such a feat stagger the imagination!) and had been sent 2,000 miles away, back to Freedom City (not as nigh-impossible, but still requiring a staggering amount of power!), when the police arrived. But unlike his compatriots, he still held a (privileged) Atlantean's view of law enforcement officers, and had little experience with the more unpleasant side of Surfacer police. Especially not the police of Freedom's "iron age." "Now, now, there's no need to antagonize these constables," he said, walking between Wilona and the cops. He bowed slightly towards Greystache, "I hope you can overlook my companion's rebellious outburst, sir, but I am sure you know how adolescents can be. We are... displaced, and could use some assistance in regaining our bearings. Could you help us?"
  12. Horrorshow's initiative will be.... 11.
  13. Artificer 1 post = 1pp The Kids are Alright (0) Party Crashing (0) Survival Class: Prussian Blue (1) Horrorshow 5 posts = 1pp Blue Monday (2) Calling on the Aunties (1) Dakar Rally (0) Eurotrip: The Rhythm of the Rails (0) Friend Like Me (0) Patriot Games (1) Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright (1) Protectron 0 posts = 0pp, +1 [Mod] = +1pp (which should max Protectron out!) ??? --Titanium Characters-- Dead Head 0 posts, to ??? Bedlam in Bedlam: Let Him In (0) Doktor Archeville 0 posts, to ??? ??? --Other-- Mod point, to Protectron +2pp (Holiday Bonus) -- ???
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  15. Horrorshow Fiery Fury and The Gentleman?, Davyd mentally repeated the names to himself. Well, at least that's two less to worry about. And now I know he can fly. And then he reached the end of where his deception would take him. "Oh, well, y'see," he started, trying to think of some way to salvage and extend his ruse, but then he just shrugged and went to action. His arms stretched ever so slightly as he grabbed the gorilla goon before him, spun around and flung him at the monitor-watching gorilla, hoping to knock the two out in one go. "I got no problem with fight clubs," he grunted at the shadowy teen, "I'm just here to get out anyone who doesn't want to be here. You got a problem with that?" He was pressed for time, so didn't give his question the 'oomph' he might otherwise have tried.
  16. Artificer A Lot had happened fairly quickly. One of the students mangled a stop sign into a mask (I hope that does not cause any traffic accidents), another turned into a dragon (or has he been a dragon posing as a human teen all this time?), then three of them vanished as a giant flaming skeleton appeared. Okay, those last two I can at least wrap my mind around. He finished cobbling together his device -- a leather and brass gauntlet with tuning forks at the end of each fingertip, each fork made of a different metal -- and made an impressive leap up, aiming to land on Nightscale's back... provided that Nightsclae had not moved too much since being turned invisible. "It might be better," he said, trying to convince himself as much as the others, "for me to be the obvious target while everyone else goes in under Owain's concealment." He made a gesture with is ungauntleted hand, and a field of silvery energy appeared around him.
  17. Artificer He doesn't know what he's doing? Then how is he expected to mentor us?, Heroditus thought as he scrutinized Geckoman's words. What good is- oh.... oh! Of course! He believes he knows nothing, he recognizes his own ignorance, realizes that there is always more he can learn. And he wishes to pass this on to us, so we do not become overwhelmed by hubris or pride. Very clever! He nodded, satisfied that he'd unraveled some great mystery. "What is the hard bit, sir?," he asked. "Is it," he cocked his head and squinted slightly, "is it... just doing it? That is, just continuing on, despite all any all hardships, despite all obstacles?" He straightened back up, "how might one develop such... fortitude?"
  18. Okay, so, Horrorshow's got some edits pending, and I'd like to use those stats. He's going to try the grabbing the Gorilla!Goon in front of him and throw him at the Gorilla!Goon on monitor duty. Standard Action: Melee attack vs. Gorilla!Goon 1d20+10: 15 [1d20=5] Assuming that hits, Grapple check 1d20+15: 28 [1d20=13] Move Action: Throw Grappled Goon at Gawking Gorilla 1d20+4: 10 [1d20=6] Oof, not so good. But, I've got 1 unspent HP, so I'mma use that to re-roll. 1d20+4: 6 [1d20=2] but the HP Re-Roll rule turns that 2 into a 12, so the real final result is 16.
  19. If we go with the stats he'd have after my most recent Edit Request, then Horrorshow would get a 24 on a Skill Master'd Notice check.
  20. SHIFTED by Fox Alright, time for some edits to Horrorshow! Age: bump up to 19 4pp unspent. SKILLS [+20r = +5pp] Acrobatics +7r, to 7r Bluff -1r, to 11r Diplomacy -1r, to 11r Disguise +4r, to 11r Gather Information -1r, to 11r Intimidate +4r, to 11r Knowledge (Current Events) +1r, to 1r Language +1r (picking up GalStandard) Notice +4r, to 11r Sense Motive -1r, to 11r Survival +3r, to 7r 1pp overspent! FEATS [+2pp] Add Hide in Plain Sight Add Skill Mastery 2 (Acrobatics, Bluff, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Intimidate, Notice, Sense Motive, Stealth) Remove Instant Up 3pp overspent! POWERS [-3pp] Add Feature 1 (audiovisual recording implant) [+1pp] Grue-some Presence: Remove the Enhanced Feats AP, just keep the Enhanced Charisma. [-1pp] Regeneration: Reduce by 3 ranks, removing ranks used on Bruised, Injured, and Staggered conditions. [-3pp] 0pp unspent And to make it easier on whoever's doing this, here's what it'll look like altogether (plus a few formatting tweaks): Thanks!
  21. Artificer Heroditus was also struggling to follow along with Leon's story, though for different reasons. There are purple sea-turtles in the depths -- at least, they appear purple, to eyes that can see in the wine-dark depths -- but I did not know the Surfacers were aware of them. He was about to ask Leon a question, when the shattering glass and crashing body drew everyone's attention. He saw Neko & Owain were attending to the body, so he looked up, trying to find where it had come from. "There!," he pointed, then quickly began rummaging through his bandolier of pouches. "Ah, I do not think I have an aescender on me. Can one of you get us up there?"
  22. Horrorshow Davyd nodded at jackal-masked Tak as he left, okay, one set of eyes off me. I probably should've thought this through better. He gave another nod to the goon at the monitor, and the other two individuals. Okay, Big Sword Lady's deal seems straightforward, but Thin White Duke's a bit trickier. With the way they're conversing, I'm guessing he's a partner, so probably equally dangerous in a fight. His focus shifted to the containers, whoever - whatever - is slamming against that container doesn't want to be in it. So they should definitely be let out. But if these are built to hold super-brawlers, even I might not be strong enough to just tear it open. Davyd cocked his head slightly as he followed the guard's approach to what was presumably the shadow-man's container. "Sounds like he's quieted down," he grunted, "Or his heart's exploded." Yeah, that level of callousness seems about right. He kept a close eye on how the guard opened the container, hoping that doing so would help him in opening the others.
  23. Horrorshow Impressively lifelike, he thought, though even a cursory psychic scan reveals the truth underneath. Good to know. The Osprey circled the two once before diving down and resuming a familiar human form, now wearing a yellow jumpsuit with blue trim. He extended a hand to Kay and flashed his most personable smile, "Davyd Palahniuk, with the Danger News Network. Thank you for agreeing to meet with us, Ms. Kay." He looked around, seemingly impressed at the inhumanly coordinated actions of the workers around them, but was also sure to scope out the looks Kay and Eira were giving each other. "The escort," he glanced up at the departing 'birds', "was unexpected, but... appreciated."
  24. So Davyd's gonna be working with Danger international, specifically Danger Media (DM) and the Danger News Network (DNN), and having some audiovisual (AV) equipment that can shift along with him would be useful. (Since I'm keeping his shapeshifting focused on organic forms, I can't just have him morph a part of his head into a camera.) Something he could use regardless of size, or manipulatory appendages. Maybe a device he could wear, which would stay on (or even partially in) him, with a very simple and intuitive control interface. Or, an implant, something probably involving morphic molecules and nanites that could reconfigure itself along with his body. (Something that taps into his optic and auditory nerves, to record what he sees & hears?) So, how to represent this in game terms? This is beyond what Equipment can handle, so this'd be some actual Powers. Recording images & sounds could be represented by Enhanced Feats 1 (Eidetic Memory), or maybe a 1 pt. Feature. He'd have to physically interface with another system to upload the footage, though -- it'd be like having an SD card in his head (or whatever). Wouldn't have to worry about anyone intercepting his broadcasts, but it'd also mean he couldn't do live reports. Being able to transmit what he sees/hears as a television broadcast would require the Communication (Radio) power. Rank 1 would give him a range of 10 feet, rank 2 is 100 feet, rank 3 gets 1,000 ft. range. Rank 4 gives him 1 mile, rank 5 gets 5 miles, rank 6 gets 20 miles. Adding the Area Extra would let him broadcast to all receivers in range, but that could get pricey. Could Limit it to only being able to Communicate with other DM & DNN receivers. Could also further Limit it, per our House Rules, that it's one-way only. And I might as well encrypt it, making it Subtle. So something like Communication (Radio) 6 (audiovisual, 20 miles; Flaws: Limited [Broadcast Only], Limited [Only Other Danger International Receivers]; PF: Subtle) [3PP] This would let him broadcast whatever he sees & hears to any one Danger Media/Danger News Network receiver within 20 miles, and anyone in the area would need to make a DC 20 Notice check to notice it. Which could be useful if he's doing a nature documentary on an alien herd that communicates by radio waves, and doesn't want them to think he's screaming at them. Might also want to add Super-Senses 1 (radio), so he can receive instructions from his producers while in the field. (... if he ever did encounter an alien species that can naturally communicate via radio waves, and was able to study them, he might be able to replicate that with his Shapeshifting... but I'm going to leave that to the other GMs.) 1pp for Enhanced Feat/Feature, 3pp for Communication, and 1pp for Super-Sense = 5pp. Perfect for a rank 1 Container. Unless... I just get the Enhanced Feat/Feature, to represent the recording part (and maybe the Super-Sense), and use Equipment for a standard smartphone & camera, use those for broadcasting?
  25. Nope, they don't seem like something that'd be on Heroditus' radar (sonar?).
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