My Icons game is rushing towards a conclusion. My Players have twigged onto the nefarious plot of Prof. Fantastic and most of them are currently rushing towards his arctic hideout. At this point, I’m not even hiding the fact that I am stealing from Watchmen, albeit with a super-powered characters, more media satire, and a clone army.
As we move into the endgame, a Player requested I hand out a quick guide to the NPCs the team is currently working with and against. Generally, I think requests like this are just a cost of playing a biweekly game and not having a strictly enforced attendance policy.
Regardless, I’ve cut and pasted the quick ‘NPC Scorecard’ I sent to my Players last week. If you are out there, let me know if you occasionally send similar stuff to your Players. What do you like? What don’t you like?
Notable People (who aren’t you)
The Fantastic Family
Professor Reed Fantastic
A physicist turned adventurer who gained his powers in 1961, Professor Fantastic is behind both FantastInc. Enterprises and the Tomorrow Foundation. Currently ensconced at his arctic hideaway, the Professor is planning to use his super-scientific resources to save the world from alien invasion (an invasion he partially engineered) and the possession of its most prominent super-beings. After stopping the Zarg, Professor Fantastic is certain he will be placed in a position to slowly take control of the Globe.
Prof. Fantastic’s resources include a number of cloned super-beings, giant robots and young graduates of the Tomorrow Academy for Special Children
Prof. Fantastic’s best friend and a giant, super-strong pile of mottled rock. Grimm is Prof. Fantastic’s main muscle.
Prof. Fantastic’s super-powered son. Born in 1971, he looks about 14.
Susan’s brother, Johnny stayed with Reed after the divorce. He looked like he was 25, even though he was 19 in 1961. Killed by Jessica Ga-In after being a bit of a letch.
Charles, Emma and Erik Tomorrow
Psychic children from an alternate future, they are intensely loyal to Prof. Fantastic’s vision. They have been running the Tomorrrow Foundation’s campaign to discredit StarGuard and other heroes.
Enemies of Tomorrow
Reed’s ex-wife. A bit of a bitter boozer, but she would love nothing more than stop Prof. Fantastic from achieving his ridiculous goals.
A former friend of Prof. Fantastic who was transformed in the same accident that created the Fantastic Family. Thrown into a possible future where Prof. Fantastic’s utopia had gone horribly wrong, he returned to our world determined to stop Reed. Possibly insane, he always wears a metal mask, talks in third person and rules a tiny Eastern European country.
The no-nonsense Director of A.L.P.H.A.
A burnt out, strung out, former hero and previous cast member of StarGuard. He was locked in a holding cell because of accusations that he killed his ex-wife. Looks and acts a lot like Ric Flair.
The recently captured ex-soviet solar powered super-soldier is currently residing in the Helicarrier’s brig.