You and your friends are sitting around talking about comic books, ’cause that’s what we do, after all…
You’ve just finished reading Harbinger #21 and are wondering about Peter Stanchek’s powers. The key phrase that you’re excitedly debating is from Peter: “You know … it affects me pretty hard. Every time I scan someone. The homeless I wipe to keep rumors of your apparitions from spreading. All those Foundation members during Harada’s mind squall. Ax earlier today…”
One of you says, “Y’know, if I was Peter I’d simply anchor an invisibility shield to Monica Jim. Every time she leaves the Renegades’ underground lair, Peter’s psionic energy spikes on. That keeps Monica Jim hidden while alerting Peter to potential trouble while she’s out. But this also gives her some leash so the kid doesn’t go stir crazy.”
Another one of you says, “Nah, nothing in any of the comics says Peter can anchor his powers, much less have them kick off subconsciously like that. That’s going too far.”
And another friend pipes up and says, “Yeah, I agree. Not to mention that doesn’t solve Peter’s problem of the psychic weight he’s carrying. If I was Peter, I would’ve figured out how Harada’s mind squall worked while it was scrambling all that brain juice. The comics have shown how fast he adapts, after all. Then, when he’s scanning and erasing memories, he generates, well, let’s call it a ‘mind bubble.’ A subtle pressure of memories spread into a wide area—a pressure valve relief sorta thing. Kicks off déjà vu for anyone in a certain radius. But no one’s really hurt, no alarms sound, and Peter’s not getting crushed because he’s carrying the weight of everything.”
A chorus of “Oh … that’s good” flows around the room. Except for the original guy, who mutters, “I still like my idea better.”
Who hasn’t enjoyed those thought experiments as we’ve all put our imaginations to work in great debates to answer the questions that come out of reading the best comics? Well, that’s exactly what Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game lets you do.
This is your chance to step in, suit up, and answer those questions for yourself! How would you do it?