Babylon (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

Created by Barry Reese

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Cosmic Spirit of Retribution
Unclaimed by Heaven or Hell
The Family Curse Unites Us

Power Sets:
Hell-Forged Armor
Enhanced Durability D8, Cosmic Energy Blast D10, You’re Guilty (superhuman senses) D10, Penance Stare (Psychic Blast) D10, Superhuman Stamina D10, Enhanced Strength D8, Subsonic Flight D8

SFX: Feel the pain you have inflicted on others! In an action including Penance Stare against a single target, add a D6 and step back the highest die in your pool by –1. Step up emotional stress inflicted by +1.

Combat Expert D8, Menace Master D10, Mystic Expert D8, Vehicle Expert D8
Vengeance is mine!
1 XP
When you declare an opponent is a sinner and worthy of vengeance.
3 XP When you stress out an opponent you have declared worthy of vengeance.
10 XP When you encounter a truly pure individual or renew your commitment to deliver vengeance to all mankind.

Can’t escape my curse…
1 XP When you actively help a person in need.
3 XP When you battle a supernatural creature.
10 XP When you encounter Satan or one of his lieutenants.

Background Info:
The strange tale of Babylon begins with a slave named Gideon, whose taboo relationship with a young woman led to her murder at her father’s hands. Summoned forth by the unfair murder of a female, the Furies of myth attempted to gain revenge on her behalf. When the devil-worshiping father made a deal with Satan to save his own life, Gideon’s soul was offered up to the Lord of Lies… and Satan bound Gideon’s spirit to a set of armor forged in Hell. With this armor, Gideon defeated the Furies but was saved from Damnation by the arrival of an angel that argued that Gideon’s soul was not meant for Hell. A bargain was brokered in which Gideon would be empowered by both Heaven and Hell but claimed by neither. He would wander the Earth, occupying the bodies of his descendants, seeking retribution for those innocents whose blood had been spilled.

Though he had many hosts, his longest-lived was Daniel Higgins, a Jazz musician whose sister was killed by criminals in 1940. Together, Daniel and Gideon became a powerful force, battling a wide array of villains over the course of several decades. Daniel finally passed on to the other side in 2010 but his spirit was summoned back less than two years later as Gideon’s time with another host (Jennifer Black) ended abruptly. Daniel agreed to return to life and once again serve as host to Babylon.





Barry’s Rambling. Again.

Rook Volume 2Hello, everyone! We’re one day closer to the weekend and that’s always cause for a smile, right?

Work continues on the newest Lazarus Gray story and I’m pleased to say that it’s rolling along smoothly. These characters are so familiar to me right now that they practically write themselves. I just finished a nice scene between Morgan and Samantha that not only showed how deeply they both care about Lazarus but also the delicate relationship they have between each other. There are so many things that they leave unspoken because there’s no need to say the words — they, and the readers, know how much they’ve come to depend upon one another. Fun stuff.

I’m also going through the first set of edits for The Rook Volume Three Special Edition but it’s slow going. I despise looking back at my old work and going over edits on something that’s over five years old is particularly headache-inducing. Kinda makes me want to throw my hands up and say “Just make whatever changes you want and leave me alone!”. I usually like my current project and the one that’s just over the horizon — never ask me to look back because all of that is crap! I’m sure I’m not the only writer who feels this way.

Someone on Twitter took Pro Se to task last night for the credits they gave (and didn’t give) on a licensed property I was associated with. I’m not sure what universe this person lives in where he thinks the responsibility for that lies with the person licensing the character from someone else. Every stage of the project was completely approved and signed off on by the company that owns the character… and the credits were written in line with what they said to do.

To me, it would have been like me demanding of Marvel during my time with them, “Why the hell aren’t you giving more credit to Jack Kirby on this book??” Might have been a very ethical stance to take, depending on your views, but you know what… I was a hired hand. I was paid to do a project and I did it. Marvel can credit whomever they want.

Same thing with this job. If the company whose character we’re talking about wanted us to credit creators x, y and z, that ‘s what we would have done. Pure and simple. Nobody on the Pro Se end of it would benefit from slighting anyone. I have no idea what the contracts looked like between the original company and those creators — and it’s none of my business, frankly. My assumption is that those creators were doing work-for-hire, pure and simple, as the copyright is in the name of the company.

And if someone doesn’t like it, they really should go and harass the company the character was licensed from.

Honestly, some people are freakin’ idiots.

This Sunday will see another set of Marvel Heroic RPG stats going up. I have a small group who enjoys seeing those — but I know the vast majority of you don’t really care, especially when the characters aren’t pulp-related (this one isn’t). I never want to bore anyone but at the same time, it’s my blog and sometimes I just wanna do something fun for me 🙂 You’ll just have to bear with me on those rare occasions.

Our art today is from the cover of the Wild Cat Books’ edition of The Rook Volume Two and is by the legendary Frank Brunner! It was a really interesting experience working with Mr. Brunner. If you ever meet me in person, I’ll tell you the story. Anyway, the final piece is lovely, isn’t it? It was definitely an honor to have him depict one of my characters.

Monday Chatter

miss-fury-bannerIt’s a Monday, which means we’re starting off a new week here at Ye Olde Blog. Hopefully all of you had a pleasant Father’s Day yesterday – I spent the day with my family and got some pretty cool loot as gifts, though of course the best part of the day was simply playing with my son and relaxing.

Reaction to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon has been very strong, even though the print edition is still several days away from being released. I’ve heard from a number of people who have already bought the eBook edition and, as you saw from yesterday, it’s already garnered one 5-star review. As excited as I am for everybody to read this book, it just makes me more anxious for you all to see the conclusion in Volume Four! I’m never satisfied, am I?

My work on the second Gravedigger volume has been going quite well, though I’m having to spend part of today working on an old Moonstone project that was accepted quite awhile back. Can’t say I’m looking forward to doing this but who said writing was always fun?

Not sure what the next released after Eidolon will be from Reese Unlimited… I think it might be the re-release of Rabbit Heart but we’ll see.

Currently reading the Eisenhorn Omnibus by Dan Abnett, my introduction to the Warhammer 40K universe. So far, I’m loving it! Very good stuff. I also just got the Dr. Zeng Omnibus from Altus Press but I won’t get to that one for awhile. Looking forward to it, though. Continuing with the book talk, I also got the last three print books that Margaret Weis Games published for the Marvel Heroic RPG. I’m still quite sad that the system died such an early death but it was quite fun and I’ll continue to use it whenever I can.

Over on the comics front, I’m still enjoying The Shadow and The Shadow: Year One from Dynamite Comics… I’m also enjoying Miss Fury, though the narrative is unnecessarily confusing. I’m also trying the first few issues of their Black Bat revival but based upon the first issue, I don’t think I’m going to continue getting it.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more news & commentary. Until then, be careful out there — you never know when a dark society is going to launch their latest plot to take over the world!

Pariah (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

First Appearance: Crisis on Infinite Earths # 1.
“He has conquered all disease! His control over the weather makes our world a paradise. He is the greatest of the greats!” — Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
It’s All My Fault!
Emotionally Unstable
Flair for the Dramatic

Power Sets:
My Powers Are a Curse!
Godlike Durability D12
Godlike Resistance D12
Teleportation D12
SFX: Invulnerable: Spend 1 PP to ignore Physical Stress or Trauma unless caused by Anti-Matter Energy attacks.
Limit: Uncontrollable – Teleportation automatically takes Pariah to scenes of mass destruction. Turn the power into a complication and gain 1 PP. Activate an opportunity or remove the complication to recover the power.

Cosmic Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Science Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Tech Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Character Background:

tiny1Kell Mossa (he was, at various times, called by both names — I’m assuming his proper name is Kell Mossa for the purposes of this website) was born on a planet known to comic fans as Earth-Omega. He was, without a doubt, this world’s foremost scientist. He cured world-wide disease and invented machines that regulated the weather. He was seen as a savior and a hero and he reveled in the adulation.

But not all was perfect. Mossa had grown cold and arrogant, marrying out of convenience and fathering two children whom he discribed as “emotional nuisances.” While his wife was never named, his children are known to have been named Tarran and Mart.

Mossa’s greatest work was at hand, even as his marriage was crumbling — he had discovered the existence of a multiverse. Despite legends which warned that such probings would only lead to destruction, Mossa pressed on and created an Anti-Matter Chamber which would bridge all universes.

Mossa entered the chamber, hoping to witness the origin of creation — instead, he gave life to the greatest evil the multiverse would ever know. Mossa’s experiment awakened the slumbering being known as the Anti-Monitor, who eradicated Earth-Omega and began the events known as Crisis.

“Everything was gone. And I…was suddenly very, very… alone. My first million years were spent trying to understand the enormity of what I had done… I spent another million years in the nether-void understanding what I had lost. My wife…my children…The love I had successfully ignored. And for the next million years all I wanted, all I wished for, all I begged for, was to die. But the fates were far too cruel to permit me to so easily atone for my sins.” — New Teen Titans #81.

tiny4 The Anti-Monitor’s opposite number, the Monitor, chose to use Mossa as his agent. Giving him the ability to sense disasters, the Monitor used Pariah to track the progress of the Anti-Monitor’s anti-matter attacks. Pariah believed this was punishment for his sins — something which he dealt with in Crisis and resolved to move past. However, subsequent appearances have continued to have him spouting off about how this is an atonement for his great sin. Go figure.

Nowadays, presumably, Pariah is still bouncing through time/space (and Hypertimelines?), witnessing disasters. He’s been shown once in the New 52, as a prisoner of the US government in Vibe # 1.

For the record, Pariah is invulnerable to all harm (Superman was unable to hurt him in War of the Gods #2) and teleports across the multiverse with ease (but only when summoned to a disaster).