The coming 4th of July holiday queered our normal nerd night gathering. We met instead on a unlikely Wednesday. Missing were Ned, Felkin, and Arcturas. With so many absent, we decided to forgo our progress with the Colonial Marines and try instead an idea we’d talked about occasionally in the past. Supers. The setting was to be 1991 Fairbanks Alaska and our heroes were to play themselves as they were in that age.
We used the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion. Everyone had to make characters and it took a while for each of us to grease the mental gears and start to be able to function again under those rules.
All of the characters were students of a Soviet scientist at the GI investigating neural-interface design. One evening, late in May, our students came to the good professor’s house on Dartmouth Str. All were wired cerebrally and in series with other participants in the study – a selection of Russian UAF hockey team athletes.
Our story opened as our heroes regained consciousness. The mullet sporting Russians were gone. Dim dream-like memories remained from the night. There was some sort of great concussive force and a bright, searing light during their unconsciousness. Everything now was quiet. Very quiet. There was no power, no planes, no cars outside, and no activity of any kind. Our heroes discovered maps and charts on the walls, radios and other strange Russian lab equipment of a military looking nature. The maps appeared to indicate some sort of blast radius centered on Ft. Wainwright, with successive zones radiating from that epicenter proceeding through killed and on to comatose, unconscious, and insane for many miles around.
Quickly our heroes realized that their professor had been using them for some sort of nefarious purpose.
More importantly, the apparatus they were attached to overnight affected some sort of change in their consciousness.
They gradually became aware of their own enhanced capacities – and a psychic linkage to one another – not previously known.
Their discoveries were interrupted by a figure skateboarding down Dartmouth St., naked from the waist down, wearing nothing but a flannel shirt, and carrying a bloody machete. Dan approached the figure. The man kicked the skateboard up into has left hand and then ran screaming towards Dan – who then cut loose with a freezing energy blast projected from his open palms! The psychotic was frozen in place. Dead.
From the vantage point of the front lawn, the group could see some activity around the big satellite dish on the roof of the Geophysical Institute. While Chris began to invent some never-before-seen gun from bits and bobs of Soviet hardware, Donavan began searching house to house for some weapons. Craig investigated the neighbors’ houses as well and discovered people, apparently comatose, in their beds. Dan roared off, flying, to investigate the top of the GI. There, he witnessed several of the mullet-headed hockey players and the professor up to some mischief. He got the clear impression that they were a malevolent force.
In the distance to the east, Eielson and Wainwright were shrouded in a pall of smoke and ash.
Dan returned to the group and all began discussion how to best approach West Ridge. As they discussed, several large military type transport planes landed at Fairbanks International. As soon as Chris finished his invention, the group set of in a tunnel created by Craig, burrowing furiously towards the crest of the distant hill and the GI.
Making their entry into the back lot, Chris picked the door and they ascended through the stairwell. At the summit, they took a moment to compose themselves before bursting out onto the roof. Sneaking quietly out, they observed a lone figure at the south rail, almost 9′ tall and with the head of a bull! The group cut loose on cards (naked lady cards) and many bennies were spent to keep the bull from multiple wounds. Another mullet man got into the fight about this point blasting down from the absolute roof of the GI with a searing electro-blast. At the same time, Minotaur-Man rammed Dan off the roof completely…luckily he could fly.
Craig borrowed Dan’s flight power and also took to the air, shooting downward at the Minotaur which left him alone with Donavan and Chris who were trading blows with the beast. A villain with a horrible boomerang was plaguing our heroes – repeatedly hammering them with deadly wounding blows. Chris was nearly bashed from the roof – only the retaining rail kept him from falling to his death. Finally, boomerang boy went down from the combined efforts of our heroes. The repeated attacks and distractions of our heroes finally goaded Electron into the fight. He was trying to power the building, the dish, and some sort of device attached to the dish – but he soon turned his fiery arcs of electricity against our heroes. A shocking showdown happened inside the building at the top of the roof – leaving Chris and Electron wounded and unconscious.
About this time Craig noticed that there were a series of Soviet military trucks parked in front of the GI – one contained Kelly – the smart, hot girl from neural-interface class. Worse, a couple of the transports had heavy machine guns mounted in the back of the vehicles. As things went from bad to worse for the villains, they gathered their personnel and began to drive away.
Finally, the Minotaur collapsed in its own pool of blood at the hands of Donavan, Dan and Craig with some precision power blasts. Suddenly, Dan took a scorching hit from a new villain on the scene, a human torch, and crashed onto the roof of the GI. Donavan and Craig were the last two heroes standing as the villains fled the scene with their wounded. This left Donavan and Craig to pick up Dan and Chris.
Our heroes managed to thwart the evil operations atop the Geophysical Institute. However, it was not a decisive victory. Kelly was stolen away in Soviet military vehicles by the mad professor and his mullet sporting super villains. Where did they take her and what’s next in the plans of the evil mastermind?