Friday, November 9, 2012

[Actual Play] Marvel Heroic Roleplaying - X-Men: Last Class Vol 2., #2

And here's the write-up of the most recent session of 'X-Men: Last Class'. It's a short one, since we had some trouble with the rooms on the day Doc ran the game.

The Cast
Adonis (Played by Heather V) - A mutant of such natural charisma that he can't help but be attractive to the fairer sex, and even other men. Also possesses super strength and endurance.
Chad Hudson (Also played by Heather V) - An earth manipulating jerkass jock, and one of only two surviving members of the New Runaways group who crossed over in Vol 2., Issue #1
Erica (Played by Heather W) - A shapeshifter who is able to sense how things work in any given reality, allowing her to move like the creatures she transforms into. This also allows her to sense if something about the reality she inhabits is off.
Jenny Everywhere (played by me) - Yet another alternate version of Jenny, hailing from a steampunk reality (the Spirit of the Century universe). This one is more experienced in her role as a mulitversal guardian, and is also more of a scientific bent than her predecessors.
Larry Luck AKA Collect (played by Mike) - Larry has the ability to retrieve any object he requires from anywhere in the multiverse, though the process can occasionally be quite random. This talent has earned him unwanted attention from certain players in the war currently being waged across the multiverse.
Mayhem (played by Blair) - A symbiote with child-like intellect whose host, an erudite professor, is able to exert enough influence to keep it fighting on the side of good, unfortunately the professor's intelligence does not carry over to the symbiote.
Memo (played by Axel) - Possesses the ability to mentally interface with machines, which led to him being taken over by the Borg hivemind at the end of last season.
TE Lawrence (played by Anna) - A life-sized decoy robot disguised as a high school student sent by SHIELD to track down the source of MGH being sold on the Midtown High School campus in the New Runaways universe. Now one of only two surviving members of that group, having crossed over in Vol 2., Issue #1.
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.

With a Borg Cube moments from exploding overhead, Larry Luck AKA Collect reaches inside one of his interdimensional pockets and pulls out the Darkhold. He opens the ancient tome and converses briefly with the Darkhold dwarf, makes a wish to remove himself and anyone he may consider an ally to safety. The Darkhold dwarf taunts him, hinting that the part of him which is loyal to his friends has been 'compromised', and that such a wish may not turn out as he expects.

Meanwhile, Memo, who had been taken over by the Borg hive mind after communicating with the nanobots last season, manages to break free of the collective, and escapes the Cube he was taken aboard in one of the ships they had captured (the Primate Avenger from Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys). He unknowingly receives some help in circumventing the Borg ship's security measures from TE Lawrence, who is hacking the Borg collective via his wi-fi connection.

Collect takes great care in wording his wish, and he and all the heroes on the plateau except for Susan Storm, Reed Richards and their daughter Valeria, are teleported to an empty classroom at what appears to be Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

They are joined there by yet another alternate version of Jenny, this one dressed in an old fashioned aviator's outfit, complete with goggles and a multi-coloured scarf. As the group tries to regain their bearings, they are able to discover that the year is 1962. Before the group can decide on their next move, Professor Xavier and his first class, including Scott Summers and Jean Grey, enter the classroom. Despite Jenny's warnings not to interfere with events, Collect and the others attempt to explain the situation to Xavier and his students. But no matter what they say, the Professor seems to dismiss their claims and continues with his lesson. Meanwhile, the group are trapped in the classroom, as the Professor has instructed Jean Grey to telekinetically block the windows and door to the classroom, in case any students try to skip out of class.

Jenny, Memo and [other Heather's character] are convinced that it would be dangerous to push too hard to try and change things, and that they should wait it out and see what happens. Collect isn't willing to wait though, and tries to head for the door, only to be partially consumed by Mayhem. The others are less than pleased with the symbiote, and demand it let Collect go, under threat of pain. This scares Mayhem into releasing Collect, but he's also so scared that he runs for the door himself, smashing it down. As if in response to this, Jean Grey collapses into a seizure on the floor and lets out a scream.

At this point, a voice fills the room, saying: 'I thought I might throw you a bone, let you see what's in store, but apparently you're not as smart as I thought you were.'

Jenny flippantly demands that the 'mysterious voice from the sky' introduce itself, to which the voice replies: 'Oh, I rather think you'll do.'

The group are then teleported out of the room, and find themselves in a throne room facing Thanos, the Mad Titan. Collect then collapses in pain as Thanos seems to be torturing him with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. Jenny trains her blaster on Thanos and demands he let Collect go. Thanos is unfazed, remarking: 'Oh no. A tiny pistol. My one weakness.'

Jenny fires anyway, but Thanos levitates Collect into the line of fire, and she ends up shooting him instead. Realising the futility of it, Jenny holsters her weapon and stares Thanos down. Thanos makes clear his intention to make Jenny into one of his agents, to which she replies 'over my dead body'. Everybody decides to choose this moment to rush Thanos, hoping to overwhelm him with numbers. It might not have worked, had Jenny not made a gamble and apported what appears to be an X-Men communicator into her palm, and pressed the button.

As the others make their assault, Cyclops teleports into the throne room and blasts Thanos. The blast is a little different from his usual energy blasts, it's a darker shade of red. The blast is enough to wound Thanos, and the others take the opportunity to lay into him, Mayhem engulfing him in tentacles and holding him in place while Cyclops continues to blast away. Meanwhile, TE Lawrence pries the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos' hand and puts it on herself. Thanos screams at him: 'No! You fool!'

Thanos is knocked out by a final blast of dark energy from Cyclops, who then stares TE Lawrence down and demands he hand over the gauntlet...


X-Men: Last Class Vol 2., #3 will be online Monday @ 6:00pm. Stay tuned!

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