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Can you feel the winds shifting, true believers? Because it’s time for another 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 ration of collaborative thunder was brought down by Kirk Howle (art) and Scott Livingood (writing).

BEHOLD — TORNADOTRON! WONDER OF THE AGE!

It all began in Avengers #210, when a rogue US Weather Service computer on a space station transformed a group of meteorologists into the Weathermen and used them in its attempt to cleanse the earth of humanity. The Weathermen and the computer were defeated by the Avengers; the computer was struck by one of Thor’s lightning bolts and lost its artificial intelligence.

SHIELD agents studied the computer to make sure it would no longer pose a threat, and then took some of its components and used it in one of their computers so they could track weather-controlling superheroes like Storm. Unfortunately, one day a bolt of lightning struck the station and reactivated the evil computer’s personality! The computer decided to once again threaten humanity…

And found it was too small to do very much harm. It was just a little computer brain in a little box, and it couldn’t unplug itself from the wall without shutting down.

The little computer could, however, do some of the things it was formerly able to do–like hypnotize people into obeying it. But, since it wasn’t powerful enough to turn people into Weathermen, it could still get them to give it a little more power. It got SHIELD technicians to build it a remote-controlled robot to fight its battles and give it the ability to turn its database of 2D images into 3D holograms. The robot flies around on its own mini-tornado–the closest the computer could get to having its own Weatherman. The robot is an average fighter, but is very resistant to damage and can project illusions through the robot to confuse opponents.

Now the computer waits…waits to begin its much-reduced war against humanity. Will it succeed? Probably not, but at least it’s trying!

(Artistic lightning by Kirk Howle and written thunder by Scott Livingood. UPJ logo provided by Dave Lartigue.)

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. (I also found a number of submission requests which got lost amidst the flood of music PR spam I still get four years after the site’s format change. Sorry about that. I’ll get something out to you shortly.)

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  3. Ultimate Powers Jam #18 – Birdie Zero

3 Responses to “Ultimate Powers Jam #10 – Tornadotron”

  1. sravner

    Thanks!

  2. bitterandrew

    No, thank you for participating!

  3. Kirk Howle

    So cool to see this finally up on the site! Dave, nice job tying all those crazy powers together into an origin story that actually makes sense. And Andrew, thank you for creating and maintaining this nifty artist/writer collaboration experiment.

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