Key members of the Avengers, SHIELD, and the FF are called to Washington to testify in hearings that may or may not lead to the establishment of the SHRA. Captain America discuss the pros and cons of the act on the steps of the Lincoln Monument, when suddenly a sonic boom rips through the sky and bystanders scream in terror...
Watcher: Titanium Man attacks Washington. He plows through a famous monument… (system allocation SFX: solo d10, short sighted d4, godlike strength 2d12, menace d8; shutdown flight, step up strength, +1d6 to doom pool, result 7/effect d12). Cap, you’re next.
Captain America: I leap in-between him and his target using my shield to stop him (buddy d8, sentinel of liberty d4, durability d12, combat 2d8; +1PP, result 15/effect d12). Got him! Cap adjusts his shield and gives him a flipping jump kick sort of like Guile in Street Fighter (last ditch effort SFX, 1PP to include an extra specialty: buddy d8, sentinel d8, reflexes d10, acrobatics d8, combat 2d8; 1PP for d6 to the doom pool, 1PP for an extra result die, result 19/effect d8). I land with catlike agility. Iron Man goes next.
Watcher: Let’s see how Titanium Man does against this assault (solo d10, high tech merc d8, durability d10, combat 2d6; Cap spends a PP on an opportunity to shut down his concussive beams, result 17/effect d10). You do damage, but it’s stepped down to d6.
Iron Man: It still looked awesome. I create a force field as an asset (situation control SFX: buddy d6, cutting edge tech d8, tech control d10, tech master 2d8; take d6 mental stress, 2PP for 2 opportunities, result 11/d8 effect).
Watcher: you’re up against the doom pool here (1d6, 1d8, d10; result 12/effect d10). Failure! This up to the date, latest nano-tech looks like it could be less than up to specs, Tony. Titanium Man brings the hammer down on Cap (solo d10, empty headed d4, 2d12 strength, d8 combat; add d6 to doom pool, result 14/effect d12). Iron Man’s next.
Captain America: We need to act as a team! (Born Leader: 1XP) I throw my shield up again (buddy d8, tactician d8, durability d12, combat d10, stress d6; result 15/effect d12). KLANG!!! I give him the old stars and stripes. That should be enough.
Iron Man: I’ll feed Cap some tactical info with my cybernetic senses (support action: buddy d6, hard headed futurist d8, senses d10, tech d10; 1PP for an opportunity, 14 result/d8 effect, Can’t Buy Happiness: 1XP).
Watcher: Doom pool looks pretty scary right now (1d8, 2d10; result 7/effect d10). You feed Cap a d10 asset. Cap’s turn.
Cap: Finally! I use some of Tony’s tactical data and give him a taste of some shield throwage (ricochet SFX: buddy d8, tactician d8, weapon 2d8, combat d10, d6 stress; d10 from tactical dropped for a third total die, result 20/effect d8). I throw, like, a perfectly thrown shield attack.
Watcher: I spend a d8 from the doom pool to ignore it (Heavily Reinforced; d8 spent). It banks off of his faceplate with a loud noise and goes flying. Titanium Man laughs a super villain laugh. “Your puny American shield makes an amusing noise against my superior Russian Steel, keptin…”. Titanium Man pounds the earth and shatters the street below both heroes (Area Attack SFX: solo d10, empty headed d4, strength 2d12, combat d8, stress d6 from Tony, area d6; Tony activates 2 opportunities to regain his durability and weapons, result 18/effect d6 for Cap and d8 for Tony).
Cap: I’ve got a bad feeling about this. I slide across the street as it flies at me with my shield up (buddy d8, sentinel d8, durability d12, combat d10, stress d6; 1PP for +1d6 to the doom pool, result 20/effect d8). I shake the debris from it and get up unscathed.
Iron Man: Armor up just in time… (buddy d6, cutting edge tech d4, durability d10, 2d8 tech, d6 stress; +1PP, +2PP for +2d6 to the doom pool, result 7/effect d6). Man I get blown away there.
Watcher: Take d10 physical stress. Cap, you’re next.
Cap: I give him a baseball slide to the knee caps (buddy d8, tactician d8, reflexes d8, combat d10, tactical data d10, d6 stress; result 15/effect d10). OOH! He’s going to ignore that with his SFX isn’t he?
Watcher: Yup. (Heavily Reinforced SFX; d6 spent)
Cap: Iron Man’s turn. I roll away trying to rub the strain out of my knee. “That thing doesn’t give!”
Iron Man: We just have to go around the problem, Cap. “Sonics! They may be our only way to cut through all that heavy reinforcement he’s packing. Fortunately Stark Industries has just what the doctor ordered…” (unibeam SFX: buddy d6, hard headed futurist d8, weapon 2d12, tech master d10, stress d6; 1PP to shutdown durability from an opportunity, result 16/effect d6).
Watcher: You might have gotten him at a disadvantage here (solo d10, high tech merc d8, senses d6, doom pool 2d6; result 16/effect d6). He takes d6 mental stress. You put a big dent in the doom pool too. Titanium Man tries to take Tony out (solo d10, empty headed d8, strength 2d12, combat d8, stress d10; Tony shuts down his durability with a PP for an opportunity, result 18/effect d12). Iron Man is next.
Iron Man: Oh man I’m in trouble. (situation control SFX: buddy d6, cutting edge tech d8, reflexes d12, tech d10, stress d6; takes d12 mental stress, 1pp for an extra result die, result 19/effect d10). I let the nanites help me get out of the way. That was a close one. When I land very unceremoniously, I try again to get that force field up (PP for 2 powers: buddy d6, hard headed futurist d8, senses d10, tech control d8, tech master d10; PP for an extra result die, result 18/effect d10). Take that, doom pool. Cap is next.
Watcher: Let’s see. (2d12; result 14/effect d4). You are now the proud owner of a d10 force field. Titanium Man’s armor looks overheated and vulnerable, Cap.
Cap: His armor looks to be down. My tactical data is probably telling me it’s a good time to strike (buddy d8, sentinel d8, weapon d8, combat d10, tactical data d10, stress d6; PP for a third result die, result 22/effect d10). “How’s my puny American shield sound now, comrade???”
Watcher: Boris doesn’t look too hot with his armor down (solo d10, d4 short sighted, combat 2d6; result 14/effect d6). POW!!! He takes d12 physical stress. He’ll end this now. “This is not the end, Stark! I will have my revenge!!!” 2d12 to clear out. He overloads his concussive blasters and sets off a huge explosion. When it clears, Titanium Man is gone. There’s too much static in your senses, Tony. He got away… (+2XP to each character)
Captain America: That could have been a lot worse. He didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t deface any monuments. There was property damage, but we beat him before it got out of hand. We earned our pay and they’ll thank us for it.
Iron Man: I don’t know, Cap. That was a terrorist attack on American Soil. Any way you slice it, we should have had more than a couple capes there to keep it in check. He should have never had an opportunity to take a shot at us like that. The American people saw that, and we should expect them to be worried about what happens next. This sort of thing will rush the SHRA through… and with good reason. Mark my words.
Cap: We’ll see. We’ll see.
Doom Pool remaining: 1d6
Iron Man: Can’t Buy Happiness, Lead the Charge, Charged System x4 (all), d12 mental stress, d10 physical stress, d10 force field asset, 2pp, 3XP
Captain America: Born Leader, Sacrifice for the Cause, Last Ditch Effort (strength down), d10 TACTICAL DATA, 1PP, 3XP
Titanium Man: system allocation (flight down, strength up), charged system (concussive blast, durability), d12 physical stress, d6 mental stress.
Both heroes depart the scene of the battle as the media shows up along with law enforcement. Cap and Iron Man share a contentious glance at each other.
"Risk is our business!" - James T. Kirk