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Batman Corps
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-25 10:55 AM
Update: Batman Corps is an idea I had, it is built with the Cosmic Era setting material but it is not canon to the setting, hence the Silly tag. Go to Comment
Batman Corps
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-25 11:07 AM
Rogue's Gallery: 

Bane: A mundane super soldier (genetic augmented strength, etc), or juicer (uses combat drugs and hormones) that is unusually intelligent and charismatic. A leader inside a terrorist organization, capable of going hand to hand against standard power armors and hefting heavy infantry support weapons. 


Catwoman: An agility/dexterity based physical adept (using parapsychic powers to augment physical ability) Catwoman is a themed professional elite thief. An excellent example of a freelancer shadowrunner, not evil but not good, a potential foe. Some high end electronics, an encounter suit (skin tight of course) and some light concealed weaponry, there you go. 

Clayface: Storm rifts are strange events, eruptions of cosmic energy/poison/radiation. Clayface was a normal human who caught the brunt of a surge blowing out of a rift. His flesh became pliable and viscous, moldable. With the eruption of parapsychic abilities (a not uncommon occurrence) he found with contact, he could temporarily mimic other people's appearances and mannerisms. This is a function of a mental/mind controlling parapsychic ability tied into a horrific shapeshifting curse.

Harley Quinn: Not everyone in the Cosmic Era is a mutant or parapsychic. Harley is just a demented woman who is attache to the next fellow on the list. She is a zealot, and she can range from an elite mook with good gear and skills to being a chosen priestess of the crawling chaos that is the Joker. The main reason that Harley is on the list is the full bodysuit she wears, that and being batshit crazy.

The Joker: The Joker is a foe of many potentials. On the low end, the Joker is a demented genius, sadist, and darkly charismatic leader. This Joker is basically Nolan's Joker. In the middle range, the Joker is a high power parapsychic, with mind control, emotion manipulation, and molecular conversion allowing him to pull comic props and weapons seemingly out of nowhere. On the high end, the Joker is the physical manifestation of a cosmic horror, a beast that previously dwelt in the space between realities. I would personally use this final option, but make the Joker a human vessel acting as the host for the cosmic horror that is the trickster god/monster Joker. Harley is his/its High Priestess, and the Joker's gang is more a cult than a criminal enterprise. 

Man-Bat: The Chiropteran Marauder (Human-Bat hybrid form) could be created with some creative and highly illegal biomodifications and genetic augmentations. This level of modification would certainly have serious impact on the sanity of the patient, such as largely losing the visible spectrum of light and entering into the realm of sonar based perception. To make a better foe, there could be a stock Man-Bat, and then there could be special forces trained Man-Bat or rogue parapsychic Man-Bat (strength, aura perception, etc)

Mr. Freeze: Cryonics are certainly a fun area for arcanotech R&D with gadgets like freeze rays, cryo-bombs, and other such ice and cold based technologies. Freeze would be an arcanotech engineer who spent too much time with his devices and has lost his sanity, becoming an avatar of cryogenic essences. Slap on a suit of power armor, a heavy cryo-beam generator and stay frosty.

The Penguin: Parapsychic ability is a fickle thing, and it works however it feels like working and is different from person to person. The Penguin's parapsychic ability manifests in a Dolittle like manner of speaking with animals, specifically avians. The Penguin is a mastermind rather than a fighter and has a mix of gang and mercenaries in his employ as well as a network of bird spies. 

Poison Ivy: Another unique parapsychic, Poison Ivy responds very strongly to plant biomass, and is able to control and manipulate it (Plant Adept?) to the point that she can integrate plant traits into her own body, including photosynthesis and creating toxins and compounds in her glands and skin. A very strong parapsychic, she is not just an environmental manipulator but also a seductress and a servant of greater powers (alien plant gods?)

Ra's al Ghul: Much like the Joker, Ras can exist on several levels. On the low end he can be the obvious mastermind and evil genius, pumping out exotic arcanotech weapons and gadgets (Lazarus Pit is a bioreactor) and leading a major corporation, or underground sect. On a higher end, Ras can be a walking avatar of cosmic weirdness and power, functionally an immortal mobile storm rift with impressive parapsychic abilities, able to enslave entire regions with the force of his will. (can also draw lines between Ra's and Yuri from C&C: Red Alert) 

Riddler: The Riddler has never been in my opinion a strong physical opponent. When Riddler becomes a rogue AI, it becomes much more interesting. Like the Puppermaster from Ghost in the Shell or any other hidden threat, the Riddler is a virtual threat, wreaking havoc through hacked machines and androids, and cyberrealm warfare. You didn't say the magic word, I want to play a game.

Scarecrow: A mind controlling parapsychic can easily specialize in causing and manipulating fear. Scarecrow takes it a step farther, forgetting to come back to normal and losing himself in the avatar of fear persona. The Scarecrow is a powerful parapsychic and unless sedated, can cause mass hysteria and manipulate fear across a large swath of terrain around him/it. 

Two-Face: Two-Face is the unfortunate recipient of multiple personality disorder. One personality is a relatively normal lawyer-y type, while the other is a deranged sociopathic killer. Fight Club style, both are aware of each other, and the normal one can do the normal things, while the sociopath has access to strong physical adept powers like enhanced strength and exotic manipulation of fate/movement of objects.

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Batman Corps
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-26 12:15 AM
Updated and pretty much rewrote the Rogue's Gallery to be more informative Go to Comment
Batman Corps
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-06-19 11:40 PM
Update: Recovered from the void, but there is still damage in the form of formatting and general appearance errors, the indent button seems to be malfunctioning at the moment as well. Go to Comment
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-19 12:58 AM
Interesting group you have here, Some of them certainly have me itching to know more about them, especially Priest 2, some of the others seem a bit mundane, such as the Lifer or Sicko, whom I imagine as the head convict from Chronicles of Riddick and Comic Book Guy respectively.

I am curious to know what the intent is behind this group, because I assume it is something akin to M. Night Shamallamadingdong (or whatever his name is) movie Devil (drawn out, tedious in places, but overall good and interesting character study) Go to Comment
Npc Generator Pirates
NPCs  (Extras)   (Mercantile)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-03 10:21 AM
I love this, and I wanted it printed out so I can use it to make pirates. Likewise, some of the terminology can be changed, like swapping pirate for mercenary, and you have a generator to create a rogue's gallery to fill out a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

I like the division into chapters, so you can create fresh pirates, salty old pirates, and everything in between. Go to Comment
Commercial Armor
Items  (Materials)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-13 07:29 AM
Armor penetrating or defeating Rounds are twice as effective against commercial armor is what I mean to say. Go to Comment
Commercial Armor
Items  (Materials)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-13 03:41 PM
Sub and stubs like this are how I explore the Cosmic Era. The 100 word submission is purposely short to cut out the fluff, and that is what I am looking for as I write little thIngs like this. Go to Comment
Furry Tree-Zombies!?!
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-11-14 04:40 PM
I think that the conversation would loose a great deal of it's humor and charm if it was condensed into a single concise post. Would the FTZ's be as funny without the argument over the basis of their fur? I think it should go into a humor category. Eyebrow Smiley...Attack! Go to Comment
Perpetual War and the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-28 10:56 PM
If we are going to bring up Ashes Falling from the Sky, I would also have to bring up Ar'ael who while not sharing the Cosmic Era freetext is in the early version of the setting, identified mostly with the ScrasTech freetext. The aliens have been involved since the very beginning of the project.

I have since fallen out of love with the idea of having Summonings in the setting. This is why Ar'ael isn't linked. I've also lost interest in having the aliens being an engaged enemy. So I moved them to the edge of the current Cosmic Era timeframe.

The Cosmic Era is also something that is growing as I evolve the setting. Some old ideas go away, new ideas pop up. Go to Comment
Perpetual War and the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-29 10:22 AM
The Themes are overriding. M12 and the Alien Invasion are subject to the Cosmic Era themes and shaped by them, not the other way around.

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Suhym, Sufyn and Suhyl, the Dragons of Ashantar
Articles  (Character)   (Players)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-19 12:28 AM
Don't know how this one slipped by me, but it certainly is interesting. I get kind of a Romance of the Three Kingdoms vibe, mixed with some Mesopotamian demon ass-kickery and certainly an epic feeling to it. Go to Comment
Metzen-Underwood Anti-Encounter Suit
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-25 10:44 PM
If I expanded any of them into a full sub it would be Judas Go to Comment
Metzen-Underwood Anti-Encounter Suit
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-25 10:50 PM

Shockwave Ops

There are very few missions that involve Shockwave Ops. These are the Failure is a Not an Option, and the Ends Justify the Means. For the powers that be, this is bringing the full force to bear that they are able to. In the Cosmic Era this is truly impressive. 

Space to Surface capital ordnance

Long range missiles

Arcanotech weapons

Hypertech Weapons

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Full Mecha brigades including heavy and assault machines

Psychoframe Power Armor

Black Ops

The end result of a Shockwave Operation is a charred wasteland of shattered wreckage and mangled bodies.

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Combat Mechanoids
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-18 09:40 AM
Update: Cult of Done.

Doubled down on this one, Foronda is a play on Dr. Mindbender and the Combat Mechanoids are 1/3rd Cobra B.A.T. 1/3rd Terminator, and 1/3rd Super Battle Droid (Attack of the Clones) Go to Comment
Combat Mechanoids
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-19 12:05 AM
The Mangler

The Mangler, the Crusher, the Shredder, there are a large variety of names given to scrapping and recycling robots. The Mangler, OCP's PM-9900 'Praying Mantis' is a very typical recycling robot. It was designed to handle refuse and to scrap damaged and discarded robots, androids and mechanoids. The original civilian model is equipped with large pincers and several cutting lasers and saws for dismembering robots to salvage their specific valuable components and separate them from the parts that can be sent to smelting. 

Like the LoaderBot, the Praying Mantis was given it's own military version. Rather than a stand and deliver sort of bot, it is generally equipped with camouflage and improved armor and sent out as a stalker. The machine is rather clever once given a predatory iOS upgrade and will ambush it's intended victims, seeking to immobilize and then quickly remove the head/cranium with it's cutting laser or saws.  Given the relatively high cost of the Praying Mantis and other recycling bots, few are used in this headhunter fashion.

Several have achieved sentience, another reason the modification is seldomly done.
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Combat Mechanoids
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-19 12:02 AM
The LJ-1A LoaderBot
 The LJ-1A is a good representation of the universally common materials handling robot. It is roughly human shaped, and at 600 pounds, not outside human operating parameters. It was designed to handle heavy burdens with a degree of finesse for loading and unloading vehicles and handling materials inside factory modules and warehousing sectors. It is a very low end of robot tech machine, and has a very primitive cortex. 

None of these factors prevented the LJ-1A from being modified into a combat mechanoid. The body panels, made of commericial ferroplastic can be unbolted and removed, and replaced with composite armor panels made to fit the machine. The arms can be unbolted and 'gun arms' can be fitted onto the robot, to make it a walking gun turret. The resulting robot typically has a pair of infantry support weapons for arms, or twin barrel lighter weapons (or a mix such as an infantry support flamethrower and a double machine gun arm). It is an easy target, and requires constant direction by a human operator, effectively calling out attacks for the robot to target and engage with it's weapons. 

These are third and fourth line machines that only exist due to the number of loader bots in existence and that if pressed, a two man crew can strip an industrial model and rebuilt it into a combat model in 4 to 6 hours.
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Angel BioModification
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-18 10:08 AM
Lana was just a random tangent, but I have a feeling she's the real gem in this submission. There are so many story potentials there, the cynic scientist purging a compromised test clone because she has bonded with a lab assistant, the lab assistant trying to break her out of the facility, the inhuman treatment of the clones.

I love you, but it's publish or die. In your case, kiss, its you die and I get published.

Sometimes my own setting makes me feel sad and hollow inside. Go to Comment
Angel BioModification
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-20 09:08 AM
I am looking forward to seeing it, Echo. It would be interesting to see a group of mercenary/shadowrunner Lana clones. The general public would probably guess they are clones, but the Lana series isn't a mass produced version, so people outside of human testing labs (if it doesn't make your skin crawl writing about that part you're not doing it right) aren't going to know that they are escaped buxom ginger lab mice. Go to Comment
Revelia, the time looped world
Plots  (Event)   (Campaign)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-17 11:32 AM
It's an interesting idea, but I feel there is a huge piece missing. What is the angle?

The PCs could be some of those soldiers, or they could be the members of the time bending mages. This could create a Terminator style game, where the focus isn't the Terrible War, its in the events leading up to it, or survivors working out a plan to go back in time when the council does it's 15 year reset. If they kill General Amazing while he's still a middle lieutenant, and assassinate Lord Bastardo before his father dies, then it changes the whole dynamic of the war to come/that was.

It could also be played as a straight time loop, but the loop is starting to come apart, and people are starting to realize that this has all happened before. The loop has just restarted and the PCs must do what they can to prevent the war, or change it's course so that the time bending spell isn't cast again for the utterly unknownth time. Go to Comment
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