From the flames of this fallen world, the Ultimate Powers Jam has risen anew. It probably won’t help things, but it certainly can’t make them any worse.
So, with that in mind….are you ready to rock and roll all right, my faithful gods of thunder? Because it’s time to strut out new installment of…
…in which I use the character creation rules in the Marvel Super Heroes RPG’s Ultimate Powers Book to roll up a random batch of powers and abilities, then sit back and watch as some incredibly talented folks work their creative magic upon the quantified chaos.
This week’s blast of heavenly fire comes courtesy of veteran jammer “Kool” Keith Pille.
On a dark, weird night in 1978, a survey craft from the Twi’’kat civilization on Ceti Alpha V was shot down by the US Air Force over outstate Michigan. Most of the craft’s occupants perished in the crash; but a pair of young Ceti Alphan sisters, Trix and Rudia Svardenn, survived. Trix and Rudia were taken into custody by the Air Force, and shipped immediately to a secret facility just outside of Ypsilanti.
At this facility, Trix and Rudia grew up quickly in a hangar discreetly tucked into the corner of the base. Once the Air Force determined that they posed no threat, they were almost forgotten, left with no choice but to essentially raise themselves, relying heavily on a TV placed in their hangar and occasional infusions of comics and rock magazines given to them by kindly airmen on the base. Trix and Rudia each adopted the look and, to some extent, identity of their favorite musician (Ace “Space Ace” Frehley for Trix, Paul “Star Child” Stanley for Rudia). Inspired by the true-life updates they received in comic form about the exploits of America’s premier antiterror force, the sisters decided to put themselves through a self-devised elite military training program so that they might one day join their heroes the GI JOE team (they also hoped- in vain – to one day make the cover of GUTS magazine). Other parts of their personalities were similarly assembled from pop culture detritus of the time; Trix in particular was fond of Robin Williams’ gentle, clownish Mork from Ork, while Rudia thought Mork was a fool who was wasting his abilities when he could have been remaking the world in his image.
By the late 1980s, Trix and Rudia were allowed to join the Joe team on a provisional basis; as Ceti Alphans, they possessed the ability to generate beams of intense heat from their extremities, as well as the power to shrink small objects. These powers, combined with the amazing strength, endurance, and military acumen that they had trained themselves into in their hangar, made the sisters ultimate warriors who quickly became mainstays of the Joes.
That is, until a fateful mission in 1994, when the Joes infiltrated Cobra Island to investigate the turmoil following Cobra Commander’s death from gonorrhea. At some point early in the mission, Rudia executed a clearly pre-arranged plan and turned on her teammates, killing most of them. Space Ace was one of the few to escape, and Star Child subsequently established herself as the head of a reorganized Cobra organization.
In the intervening years, the GI JOE team has been renamed the US Unusual Forces, Tactics, Weapons, and Situations Command (US UNFORTACWEPSITCOM) and Space Ace, who ages at a much slower rate than baseline humans, is its field commander. She leads missions to protect her adopted home world against the depredations of her sister. Her troops love her and feel an intense bond of comradeship with her, even if they can only barely understand the tangled web of 1980s pop culture references that still form the basis of her spoken communication.
Are you an artist, writer, or terrifying combination of the two who’d like to try your hand at the Ultimate Powers Jam? Then drop me a line at bitter(dot)andrew(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll commence the dice to rolling!