Monday, September 3, 2012

Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: New Runaways #6

If this is a little less coherent than the previous recaps, I apologise. A lot of stuff happened, and things got a little wacky during this week's'll see what I mean towards the end of the recap.

Also, as of this session, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be appropriate to call our campaign something like 'Exile Runaways' or 'No-Faters' or something. But I've already been referring to it as 'New Runaways', so I'll stick with that.

Anyway, on to the recap...

The Cast
Alex Murphy (played by Blair) – Formerly the school’s resident drug dealer, Murphy is now attempting to establish himself as team leader in the fight against the forces of evil. He has the ability to manipulate air.
Blaine Burton (played by Elliot) – Teenage single dad with the ability to manipulate inanimate objects; his sympathies are currently leaning towards the Brotherhood’s ideology, in light of recent events.
Chad Hudson (played by Heather) – Earth manipulating jerkass jock.
Jenny Darkholme (played by me) – Orphan with a strong sense of responsibility and potentially destined to be one of the guardians of the multiverse. She has the ability to teleport, and to manipulate energy. One of the main antagonists so far appears to be an older, evil version of her.
TE Lawrence (played by Anna) – An undercover android created by SHIELD and sent to track down the source of MGH being sold on the Midtown High School campus. As of episode two, his memory banks have been erased except for his cover identity and a single directive: ‘Save as many as you can.’
Disclaimer: The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

After my other self showed up, she made quick work of beating the hell out of us all. Took me down with a zap around the head. Everything got a bit fuzzy after that, but when I looked up, all the others were on the floor as well. Beating us all down seemed to take a lot out of her though, and she was breathing pretty heavily. She looked a bit unfocused...and she had a bunch of those damn nanobots crawling all over her from some kinda device on her wrist.

It was then that I realised that Other Jenny wasn't herself. Obviously these things were controlling her somehow, and if I could just get through to her, she might be able to break free and stop trying to kill us. I pleaded with her to just stop and think, remember who she really was. It looked like I'd gotten through to her...then she punched the air, and we all got sucked into some kind of portal with her.

She'd transported us all to the 'white room': that blank space where all the other Jennys I'd seen before were waiting. Other Jenny told me we had five minutes, and apologised for her actions up until then. She told us she'd been controlled by Them - still not sure who They are yet, but it sounds like they're some sort of 'Elder Gods' or something, maybe - and that they were trying to build some device that will allow them to change reality to what they want. At least, that's what she thinks they're planning. They've been abducting versions of Franklin Richards from all the universes to use as 'batteries' for this device.

The Phoenix Force is supposed to be like the 'glue' or whatever that binds the whole thing together, but there's only one in the whole multiverse, so they'd have to wait until it manifested in this universe to attempt to trap it. They'd also recently acquired an unusual individual: a being who could summon any item from anywhere in the multiverse.
[OOC Note: This is a character from the main X-Men game which this is a spin-off from. His name is Larry Luck AKA Collect, and at the end of last 'season' he was abducted by Thanos.]

Other Jenny warned us not to fight Them. She and the others from her universe had tried, but they were all wiped out, and she was enslaved. She watched as everyone that fought back were either destroyed or 'assimilated'. Eventually she'd come round to thinking that if she could stop people from fighting back, then they could be 'spared' from annihilation. Which is why she'd come up with the 'cure'.

I was mad as hell when she told me this, and asked the rest of the Jennys to back me up, but then they told me why they were all in the 'white room': these were all my alternate selves who had fought back and been killed in the War. This was purgatory for our kind, which was why I shouldn't have been there, on account of me not being dead and all.

Of course, the others - Murph, Blaine, Chad and Lawrence - shouldn't have been there either. In fact, according to Jenny, in every universe she'd encountered so far they had either perished or weren't mutants. Something about those four in our universe was different; perhaps different enough to turn the tide of the War? In this, Jenny found hope again.

She revealed that she had sent the X-Men somewhere safe, and that the Mystique who was on board the Blackbird had been a Skrull long had she been a Skrull? Had she been a Skrull when she adopted me? Or was she replaced more recently? Jenny didn't have the answers. What she could tell us was how long we had before the Phoenix Force manifested in our universe: three weeks.

Jenny was losing control again, and if we didn't do something right then and there, she'd kill us all. So Blaine and I stopped her before she could go evil on us again. We made it quick.

When she died, she...sort of turned into energy and became a part of me. Turns out that's what happens to the Jennys who don't have a universe of their own anymore. So now I have her voice chatting to me in my head. Great. Hope that doesn't happen too often, or it'll get pretty crowded in there.

After that, I teleported Reed and Valeria into the white room from where my twin had sent them - after she'd blown up the top floors of the Baxter Building, to make it look like we'd all died - and we explained the situation.

Turned out they had been sent to the same place as Tony Stark, and together had come up with a device that could destroy the nanobots without harming the host. Murph called them 'magic wellness guns'. I took one and test fired it at Lawrence. He stopped twitching all creepy-like, so I figured it worked. We left Beth with Reed and Valeria, who I sent back to join Stark and keep working on a way of dealing with the Phoenix Force.

As for us...Murph figured we needed to go on a interdimensional 'shopping trip', putting together some resources for the confrontation with Them, having been told by the other Jennys that 'if you can think of it, it probably exists'. Something about 'pantheistic solipsism'.

First off, he wanted to pick up a giant robot dinosaur called Grimlock. I made a couple of navigational errors on the way - wound up on top of some kind of safari jeep facing a real T-Rex, then wound up crammed inside a car with a purple haired woman and a wimpy kid called Shinji, driving away from a giant bipedal monster - but eventually we wound up in the right place. Got eaten by a talking blue and red truck called Optimus, who we made nice with and who led us to this Grimlock. Grimlock didn't seem the sharpest tool in the box, but I guessed he'd be handy in a fight.

Next, Murph wanted to go grab himself a giant robot he called a Gundam. I protested that I'd never be able to carry all this stuff across universes: couldn't we get some kind of ship or something that could do all the dimensional travel for us instead? The Jenny that I was now carrying around in my head - let's call her Head Jenny - said she might know someone who could help, though she was reluctant to drop in on him after 'last time'. I talked her round, and she helped me teleport us inside his ship. Specifically, we teleported to the swimming pool. And then a short while later the ship's owner came tumbling into the pool himself. Weird guy. Dressed in tweed and wears a bow tie (he thinks they're 'cool').

He called himself the Doctor, and somehow he could sense Head Jenny inside of me, and was a bit upset with her since she'd tried to kill him (when she was evil, of course). We managed to smooth things over, and then the Doctor went off to deal with some 'Daleks' (didn't look that scary, just big pepper pots with an attitude problem) before coming back to discuss things with us.

Turned out he had a picture of us all from three weeks in the future, but it kept shifting and changing. 'It's a fixed point in time,' he said, 'but the variables are in flux.'

I had no idea what that was supposed to mean, but I looked pretty beat in the picture. Also, there was a giant robot - Murph's 'Gundam' - fading in and out of the photo, so the Doctor took us off to go and acquire said Gundam. Took us into the middle of a big space battle between lots of the things which he interrupted by...I dunno, hacking all the Gundams and making them dance in space? He's kinda nuts, I think. Anyway, I floated outside his ship - which is called the TARDIS and it's bigger on the inside - while being protected by an 'atmospheric field' or whatever, and teleported the Gundam into the swimming pool.

After that, he took Chad to some moon with some special space metal he can collect to use with his earth manipulation powers. While they're outside collecting this stuff, we hear the Doctor over the intercom as he says: '...oops.'

Head Jenny tells me that when the Doctor says 'Oops', it's usually a very bad

To be continued...

New Runaways #7 will be online next Monday @ 6:00pm. Stay tuned! 

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