The situation was tense and the choice was clear: go see Phobia and Eat The Living at Los Globos or stay home and run a game for Jez like he asked me to like days ago.
We were on the guest list, but in these grim times you make decisions and live with them. Also it's Halloween so people dressed in black screaming at each other will not be in short supply this week.
So it was back to the Marvel Summer Crossover game...
The situation was, again, tense. Wolverine, Gambit, and special licensed guest star Hellboy hovered over the Mandarin's stronghold in the Forbidden City...
What's this then? SHIELD reconnaissance drones reveal 5 robotic lion guardians, each powered by a separate one of the Mandarin's magic rings.
As pretty usual for these things our heroes dropped in with almost no plan.
Wolverine rolls a 93 to sneak up on the blue lion.
Hellboy decides to be honorable and confusing and go through the front door.
Gambit inadvertently acts as lion bait.
By the time Hellboy meets the Mandarin, the blue lion's had half his face shredded and Gambit is on fire.
Hellboy rolls a 01 to resist the Mandarin's Mento-Intensifier mind control ring.
Cue kung fu movie laugh and intense fresh-making.
Hellboy and the black lion are sent to mop up the wayward heroes.
Wolverine is pinned beneath the collapsing metal corpse of the blue lion.
Hellboy, sent to attack his allies, naturally gets another resist roll, eventually escaping domination using ancient Zen breathing techniques.
But he keeps faking it, carrying Wolverine to the Mandarin while continuously punching him in the head. ("He'll heal, right?")
Gambit flees more.
The boys eventually attempt the following awesome plan:
1. Hellboy goes "Shall I finish him, Master?"
2. Mandarin presumably says "Yes."
3. Wolverine wakes up and pins Mandarin's feet to the ground with his claws.
4. Hellboy punches Mandarin, possibly so hard his feet come off (or are torn into flappy strips).
...this sublime scheme is stymied by the Mandarin's force field.
Mandarin manages to blind Hellboy with his white light ring, electrocute Wolverine by zapping him through his own adamantium skeleton with the electricity ring.
Wolverine slices his hand off.
Hellboy tries to punch the Mandarin but, being blind, hits a wall full of the people of China's national heritage.
Minus one Karma for each point of damage done to the precious and historical Forbidden City.
...which mechanic Gambit has become intimately familiar with inasmuch as his escape plan has consisted of running through the palace and blowing up random objects to obscure his presence from the robot lions' heat sensors.
Meanwhile Mandarin disintegrates the ground so Hellboy and Wolverine are in a pit and begins to run.
The yellow and green lions are coming.
Hellboy, blind and grumpy, tosses Wolverine out of the pit.
The GM, sleepy, doesn't use Mandarin's karma to dodge.
Wolverine behaves in the manner to which we have all grown accustomed.
The Asian Question is solved.
Strength based on this...
Fighting Incredible 40
Agility Good 10
Strength Incredible 40
Endurance Monstrous 75
Reason Excellent 20
Intuition Remarkable 30
Psyche Incredible 40
Resources None in Marvel U
Popularity(in Marvel U: -10)
Armor Skin: Incredible resistance to physical and energy attacks.
Red Right Hand: is made of Class 1000 material strength and does Monstrous 75 damage. Using it two rounds in a row requires a yellow fighting FEAT
Automatically comprehends ancient and magic languages
Healing: Amazing 50
Occult, Pilot, Wrestling, Martial Arts B: ( +1CS to Fighting ability when engaged in unarmed combat), Resist domination, Speaks a lot of languages.
Thanks again, Steve and Jeff, for making this game.