Scene Framing - Volunteering, Cue, and Collaboration.   Posted by Watcher (Conan).Group: 0
Nico Minoru
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Wed 8 Jan 2014
at 15:52
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Certainly.

If we need a thread title, I had two in mind - Mystic Arcana (a series both were in that dealt with semi-unrelated one-shots featuring mystical heroes in Marvel) or for something between just Nico and Magik, Sisters Grimm.
Conan the Accuser
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Wed 8 Jan 2014
at 18:43
Re: OOC Scene Framing
The notion of Nico and Illyana having an interlude as a duo is really cool. Even though Conan will not likely participate, as Magik said I am happy to help with some more GM-type posts where such would help move things along, in reaction to whatever you two improvise. Illyana having time travel abilities that never quite work out as intended is a cool reason for you two to have a side adventure without having to worry too much about how it fits in with our larger story until it's all over. If you guys want to start a thread for "Act 1.5 Scene 1", I think Sisters Gramm is a pretty great name, but it is all up to you two, I am just down to assist.  Really interested to see what shakes out.

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Nico Minoru
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Wed 8 Jan 2014
at 19:18
Re: OOC Scene Framing
So now the big decision is where we end up accidently transported to? The future? The past? And who do we face? We could theoretically end up in the Hyborean Age if Conan wants to play as a player as well. Or perhaps we end up captured by Mojo (though seems like that'd be more than a one-shot). Or really any other variety of hijinks.
Magik
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Wed 8 Jan 2014
at 22:35
Re: OOC Scene Framing
There are a lot of possible directions to go in. Out of all the ideas Conan and I kicked around, the one that I liked best was that Magik's aim is dead-on (so to speak) and they actually do end up in modern L.A., but her execution is off. Due to any number of complications (maybe the fact that Magik's time-traveling is a mutant ability instead of a magical one means that it ignores Nico's "No Spoilers" incantation from earlier), the present they end up in is wrong. Due to Magik and Nico leaving the "New Defenders" and (in this new timeline) not coming back, the rest of the team may not have been able to prevent the various dark forces from creeping back into the Earth-realm.

This could lead to a few different possibilities itself:
- The city Nico knows is now sort of a post-apocalyptic dystopia, but due to some kind of major mystical event instead of nuclear fallout.
- The weakening of the world's defenses made it easy pickings for the Gibborim, and now the Pride actually do rule the city (or more), with some of the kids who would have been the Runaways dead, and some (like Alex, or possibly an alternate Nico herself) alive and on their parents' side.
- Similar to the previous outcome, but the Pride is still dead at their children's hands. In this case, they have followed in their parents' footsteps and become the new Pride.

That direction was the one I got most excited for, but as you said, it could be anything from the Hyborean Age to the far-future to Nico and Illyana riding dinosaurs.
Conan the Accuser
 GM, 159 posts
Thu 9 Jan 2014
at 23:20
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Just to track everything: Are the Minorus Baron Mordo and Ian McNee and Llyra and the Enchantress and Roxxon CEO John T. Gamelin (with  bodyguards, maybe Mandroids), some members of the Serpent Society, and the Black and White Kings and Queen's of The Hellfire Club already confirmed and on our list for the auction scene? Obviously, this is a lot of villains. How many of those do people already have datafiles for? I have the writeups for all the Hellfire Club monarchs, and I know a lot of Serpent Society villains were in the published books.

EDIT: Forgot the Minorus?!

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Nico Minoru
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Thu 9 Jan 2014
at 23:29
Re: OOC Scene Framing
The Serpent Society published though is the modern one who are all newer and younger members of the Serpent Society that would be at this event. Also, don't forget the Minorus. I've got a datafile for the Enchantress II that could be modified easily enough to fit this.

There was a Selene Datafile on the old Margaret Weiss boards that was lost. Don't think any of the others have files either though.
Magik
 GM, 148 posts
Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 00:06
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Well, your side-post in the transition scene places Mordo at the lamasery with Strange at this point, so he's probably out.

As we make the final choices of who does and does not make sense to be there, some people will probably be added and some will be taken out. But if you're asking because you want to know which datafiles should be found/posted, I would say you might as well err on the side of preparedness. Just because someone's datafile is up, that doesn't necessarily mean they have to be used.

Also, as far as whether or not there's too many villains, I think there are going to be a lot of people there that the group will not actually face in combat. Some attendees might have nothing at stake in the battle and just leave, some might take the chaos as a chance to steal some valuables and run off, etc. This fight could go in any number of ways. How do we know the group won't end up getting what they need through tense negotiations in a back room of the mansion, rather than a full-on battle royale?
Conan the Accuser
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Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 00:29
Re: OOC Scene Framing
To be clear, I am not worried about having too many villains, since yes, we might fight only a few of them or none of them. I am just noting that we need datafiles for all of them, just in case, and that is a lot of datafiles.

If names are to be added or subtracted, I am totally cool with that, but I think we should endeavor to do that adding or subtracting as quickly as possible so as to keep up the momentum this game seems to have just recently reacquired.

Like I said, I have datafiles I sent to Magik for Selene and the other Hellfire grandees, so if Nico can provide the Enchantress as well,  we can call those done. I think a good round up of the Sidewinder led Serpent Society shouldn't be too hard either. Can we get who will be attending nailed down so we can then get the logistical process of posting the datafiles done ASAP?
Nico Minoru
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Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 00:57
Re: OOC Scene Framing
quote:
Enchantress II - Sylvie Lushton
Solo d4, Buddy d8, Team d6
Powered by Loki's Magic, Wants to Be a Star, An Adopted Asgardian...Really!

Norn Stone Magic
Sorcery d10, Mind Control d10, Teleportation d10, Transmutation d10
SFX:
-Area Attack: Add a d6 and keep an additional effect die for each additional target.
-Blessings and Hexes: When creating magical assets and complications, add a d6 and step up your effect die.
-Power with a Price: Step up or double a Norn Stone Magic power for a single action. If that action fails, spend a die from the doom pool equal to the original die's rating.
-Versatile Spells: Split Sorcery Mastery d10 into 2d8 or 3d6.
Limits:
-Conscious Activation: While stressed out, asleep, or unconscious, shutdown Student of the Spell Line. Recover that stress or wake up to recover Student of the Spell Line. If mental trauma is received, shutdown Student of the Spell Line until that trauma is recovered.

Mystic Master d10
Psych Expert d8


Becomes:
quote:
Amora the Enchantress
Solo d4, Buddy d8, Team d6
-Mistress of Evil
-Enchanting Femme Fatale

Asgard's Most Powerful Sorceress
Sorcery Supremacy d12
Mind Control d10, Mystic Blast d10, Teleportation d10, Transmutation d10
Enhanced Durability d8, Enhanced Stamina d8, Enhanced Strength d8
SFX:
-Area Attack: Add a d6 and keep an additional effect die for each additional target.
-Blessings and Hexes: When creating magical assets and complications, add a d6 and step up your effect die.
-Power with a Price: Step up or double a Norn Stone Magic power for a single action. If that action fails, spend a die from the doom pool equal to the original die's rating.
-Versatile Spells: Split Sorcery Mastery d10 into 2d8 or 3d6.
Limits:
-Conscious Activation: While stressed out, asleep, or unconscious, shutdown Student of the Spell Line. Recover that stress or wake up to recover Student of the Spell Line. If mental trauma is received, shutdown Student of the Spell Line until that trauma is recovered.

Mystic Master d10
Psych Master d10
Menace Expert d8


Might still need adjustments, but I made this quick from the first.

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Interloper
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Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 04:08
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Nico Minoru:
So I have a month before school starts back up, so would anyone be up for a one-shot side story or something? It could be (as comics commonly are) totally unrelated to the rest of the game given our current point in time or take place in some undisclosed point before or after Latveria.

My schedule is kind of the opposite of Nico's right now; this is shaping up to be one of my busiest months so I probably won't have a lot of opportunity to participate in the side quest.  I really love the idea of it, though.  And if you decide to do a dystopian / post-mystic-apocalypse 2007 that comes about because of their absence from the New Defenders in '87, then that really helps cement Nico and Magik's motivation to stick with the group in the main plot line, which is kind of cool too.

Depending on who our new player(s) are, they could be involved too.  Either in their 1987 version who get somehow caught up in the teleport, or more likely as an alternate timeline older version who has lived through the nasty events.  They could be the girls' guide in the post apocalyptic world, the people that explain how it got that way.  That would then give Nico/Illyana a connection to the new character even before the new character officially meets the team, and could help add another bit of group cohesion for the main plot line.  That would depend a lot on who the new character(s) are, of course, and if the new player(s) want to participate in the side quest.

Just some random ideas that popped up while reading the posts above, feel free to take them or leave them!  :-)
Conan the Accuser
 GM, 161 posts
Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 22:09
Re: OOC Scene Framing
You know, it occurs to me that if anyone else wanted to participate in the sorceresses' time jaunt, they can easily show up as dark post-apocalyptic versions of themselves who have lived through the Lovecraftian horrors of the future and are part of some kind of resistance. This could include our new player as well.
Magik
 GM, 149 posts
Fri 10 Jan 2014
at 22:36
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Thanks for taking point on the side-thread, Nico. I underestimated how difficult it would be to plan two scenes at once, so getting it started yourself probably saved us a couple days of waiting.

As far as the other goes, Conan and I are currently collecting every applicable datafile we can find while I brainstorm the exact details of everything. If anyone has a specific plot-point or character they'd like to see in the new scene, let me know. I'm trying to get the thread started by tomorrow night at the latest.
Magik
 GM, 150 posts
Sat 11 Jan 2014
at 00:10
Re: OOC Scene Framing
I don't know that there's any way for us to use it in the game, but I just found out that the "X-Men: Hellfire Club" miniseries (which I never read) told the story of an ancestor of Sebastian Shaw's who was Earth's Sorcerer Supreme during the time of the Salem witch trials.

Like I said, probably not too useful to us, but certainly coincidental to this specific situation.
Nico Minoru
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Sat 11 Jan 2014
at 00:39
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Magik:
I don't know that there's any way for us to use it in the game, but I just found out that the "X-Men: Hellfire Club" miniseries (which I never read) told the story of an ancestor of Sebastian Shaw's who was Earth's Sorcerer Supreme during the time of the Salem witch trials.

Like I said, probably not too useful to us, but certainly coincidental to this specific situation.

I always find those Sorcerer Supremes of the past so strange since the Ancient One was supposed to have been the Supreme for centuries. But that is something rather interesting for our current story.
Nico Minoru
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Fri 24 Jan 2014
at 17:59
Re: OOC Scene Framing
I know we're no where close to the end of the auction, but I came up with the next or a future scene idea.

Something where the Living Pharaoh's powers have expanded to include magical energies, allowing him to collect and grow and leading him to enlisting the aid of The Sphinx who can use the Ka Stone to manipulate such energies, all while forming an Egyptian styled cult around themselves.
Magik
 GM, 172 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2014
at 21:17
Re: OOC Scene Framing
In reply to Nico Minoru (msg # 69):

I am a sucker for ancient Egyptian culture and mythology.
Conan the Accuser
 GM, 205 posts
Sun 26 Jan 2014
at 05:07
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Nico Minoru:
Something where the Living Pharaoh's powers have expanded to include magical energies, allowing him to collect and grow and leading him to enlisting the aid of The Sphinx who can use the Ka Stone to manipulate such energies, all while forming an Egyptian styled cult around themselves.
I have been playing with an Egypt idea in my head as well. Though mine had to do with ancient events in Egypt hinted at in Jonathan Hickman's SHIELD series, dealing with the ancient scholar/sorcerer Imhotep. I bet there is a way to merge these notions...

Wish I had time to start posting ideas, but I am glad I was able to at least find time to pop in for a minute or two.
Nico Minoru
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Sun 26 Jan 2014
at 05:40
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Woah, I'd never heard of that SHIELD comic before, but read about it and that's super freaking cool. For anyone else unfortunately as ignorant as me, SHIELD began in ancient Egypt 5000 years ago as a secret society that's had members like Leonardo daVinci and Nickolai Tesla.
Interloper
 GM, 138 posts
Mon 27 Jan 2014
at 17:13
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Huh!  Didn't know that.  And an Egyptian themed act sounds like fun to me too.
Conan the Accuser
 GM, 209 posts
Thu 6 Feb 2014
at 03:04
Re: OOC Scene Framing
So, just to recap, thus far, our idea for the next scene involves the Living Pharoah, the Sphinx, ancient Egypt, and these guys-- the original Brotherhood of the Shield:


(Just found the pic, and it was too cool not to post.)
Nico Minoru
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Thu 6 Feb 2014
at 04:52
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Well at least potentially them. I'm still uncertain on how to work them in compared to the immortal Sphinx and the modern Living Pharaoh.
Nico Minoru
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Mon 10 Feb 2014
at 07:57
Re: OOC Scene Framing
Another idea I had for a future event might be traveling to Britain and aiding Excalibur. Magik's contacts Kitty and Kurt request her aid in dealing with the magical threat of Necrom perhaps?
Magik
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Mon 10 Feb 2014
at 22:04
Re: OOC Scene Framing
You have no idea how many magic words you just typed, Nico. As possibly the world's biggest Claremont/Davis "Excalibur" fan, I would be overjoyed to do anything involving those characters. Also, it'd be nice to finally use Magik's Kitty/Storm only telepathy.
Nico Minoru
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Mon 10 Feb 2014
at 23:21
Re: OOC Scene Framing
I don't know a whole lot about Excalibur, but I was link jumping (specifically I had been looking up the hero, Excalibur, Faiza Hussain) and found they actually fought a magical villain (a sorcerer supreme from another dimension who wants to destroy all worlds). What a better set up than no more magical defenses on Earth? Especially with Magik in the party.
Magik
 GM, 190 posts
Mon 10 Feb 2014
at 23:28
Re: OOC Scene Framing
I am very familiar with that story. It's the focus of the first volume of the Alan Davis Excalibur "Masterworks" collection that I bought a year or two back. So for any story-points we might need to figure out, I'll have the source material right next to me.