Masks: The Spiderweb

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A game of teenage superheroes using Magpie Games' Masks: a New Generation, MC is DannyK

"Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government.”

—French social theorist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865), voicing his “Authority Principle,” in No Gods, No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism (1980)

To be edited when we have our own threads

*IC Thread

Under Eisner Bridge

Index

Issue 1 (TBD), IC posts 1-


The Team


Team Backstory

  • From Knight
    • "Some militia types decided, I guess, to fund their whole get-away-from-society thing by taking every bit of money out of a bank. But it was a shitshow, and there were hostages, and they had, like, AR-15s and explosives and shit, and they just didn't care, and the cops couldn't handle it."
  • From Measure
    • "Some militia types decided, I guess, to fund their whole get-away-from-society thing by taking every bit of money out of a bank. But it was a shitshow, and there were hostages, and they had, like, AR-15s and explosives and shit, and they just didn't care, and the cops couldn't handle it."
  • From Rook
    • To win the fight, the team broke "Laws. Lots of laws. Federal and local. Mainly they were threatened by the police with: vigilante-ism without a license, assault, breaking and entering, reckless endangerment of the hostages, endangering a minor (the cops threatened each of them that they could be charged with 4 counts of endangering each other, which Theresa was pretty sure was not how things worked), obstruction of justice, and they were threatened with theft if anything was reported stolen."
  • From Bolo
    • Bolo is a bit of a loner, but has started to learn from Paladin how to spot potential when he sees it (and just the general value of being a part of an intentional community) and this group could be a good thing.
    • The team stays connected through an encrypted smart phone app
  • From Obsidian
    • We saved the life of someone important, either to the city or to us. Who was it? Why are they important?

Civilians

“Lucy” Pachem Boone Bolo's Mom, recently injured by Spiderweb thugs and put in a wheelchair.

Amra A girl who attends Redbrick High, former runaway, her family owns the Eisner Oasis.

Tommy A kid from the Redbrick High drama club.

Kathy Gilani A kid from the Redbrick High drama club who suspects something.

Greg Chao Redbrick High teacher and drama club advisor.

Master John-Pius Andrada Measure's aging (mid-70s) arnis teacher

Reggie Reeden Owner of the Roughhouse Gym, Bolo's dad, secretly Paladin

Todd and Denise Brown Measure's parents.

Christina Carver Rook's cousin that she lives with along with her aunt Maria

"Big Mama" The eponymous owner of Big Mama's, self-appointed guardian of the young people of UEB.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Rook's Parents Tomas Russo and Nadine Khoury Russo, died in a car crash.

George Carver Rook's uncle, shot accidentally while working at the sandwich shop.

Big Shots

AEGIS All-Agency Enforcement Gang Intelligence Service, an city-wide task force designed to take on gang violence in Halcyon City. They function independently, and sometimes at odds with, the regular HCPD.

Allies

Paladin Bolo's Mentor. A powerful fighter who's been operating out of UEB since back in the day.

Elise Thoreau Rook's Neurologist

Criminals

Your Name Could Be Here

Criminal Organizations

La telaraña, AKA The Spiderweb, AKA La Tela, AKA the Spiders, AKA Los Bichos They rule Halcyon with a combination of bribes, superb intelligence, and extreme violence

  • Sebastian Ibanez, AKA the Spider = Leader of the Spiderweb


Pavone Crime Family Old school Mafia types who used to be the leaders of the Halcyon Underworld but have been having some leadership problems lately

  • Luca Pavone, the new capo after the Spiderweb took out his father and older brother
  • Tony Pavone, the youngest brother, rumored to be a gambler
  • Dolce Pavone, the oldest sister, the brains of the outfit


F.I.S.T. The people who did the experiments on the Knight in a black lab outside town. They're still out there.

The Eisner Renaissance Committee Small time rabble rousers and thugs who want to take the UEB back to a 1950's that never existed. These guys suck.

UEB Kings Small time gangsters who hang out in the FMM. Sometimes they're just bored kids who skipped school, sometimes they're a menace, depending on the time of day and what they've ingested lately.

The Thirteens More small-time gangsters, but more ambitious and trying to make a name for themselves by pushing into the UEB.

Locations

Paladin's Secret Base Cleverly hidden underneath his alter ego's place of business, it contains a medical lab and the experimental healing serum.


Roughhouse Gym Reggie Reeden's legit business, where he teaches young people self-defense and self-respect.


Monkey Eagle Martial Arts The dojo where Measure learned Filipino martial arts from his teacher, Master John-Pius.

Big Mama's A saloon that's also a grocery store, Internet cafe, FLGS, karaoke, library, and just any other places that young people can go to spend their time. She has no ties with any criminal or police or anything, but she's well-respected by the community, and her shop is considered neutral territory; starting a fight there or trying anything against her is perhaps the only way to unite the people against a common enemy. She tries her darndest to keep the kids who comes to her place on the straight and narrow, with mixed success, but that never stopped her.

Eisner Oasis The best dolmas and babaghannouj in UEB plus all your household needs, just don't try to buy beer. The Knight lives here in the basement in exchange for helping out at the store.


Carter's Sandwich Shop Hero sandwiches a specialty! Rook's aunt still runs the place after her husband got shot and Rook helps out after school.


Happy Tiger Korean Takeout, a good place to study or have clandestine meetings because nobody ever eats there. Also they have satellite cable playing K-pop 24/7.


The Jungle A homeless encampment under the bridge and near the Kirby river


Frank Miller Memorial Park There are basketball courts and a rundown bandstand, a jogging path and some communal vegetable gardens. Don't go in there at night unless you're a serious person.


Redbrick High Just over the line in Redbrick, it's got a cool old building with an annex where they have drama classes, woodworking shop in the basement, the local library and the municipal swimming pool nearby. Eh, it's school.

Under Eisner Bridge (UEB)

The neighborhood is Under Eisner Bridge (UEB), a neighborhood which slopes down to the bank of the Kirby river, where there used to be docks and a river ferry terminal, back in the old days. Now the warehouses and industrial buildings are decaying or turned into cheap office spaces or lofts. As you climb up from the river, the smell is better and there are row houses, apartment buildings, and a public housing project whose better days are long gone. The neighborhood is shadowed by the hulking Eisner Bridge which routes commuters over the Kirby and into downtown; when you live there, the ceaseless thunder of traffic is a constant and the pillars are landmarks and canvas for the local graffiti artists. The braver and more foolish kids climb up those pillars into the understory of the bridge to look down on the little world they live in, and to smoke and drink stolen beers. Once in a while somebody comes flying off that bridge and lands in the neighborhood, accidentally or on purpose, everybody's seen it. Some people even survive the experience.

Near the waterfront, under the bridge, there's the Jungle, a homeless encampment run by the homeless themselves and ignored by all except a few do-gooders and church folks. If you paddled through the dirty waters of the Kirby, you'd be in the Warehouse District, a popular clubbing destination downtown. Going away from the river, past Frank Miller Memorial Park and the old bandstand, the houses start to get nicer and the streets cleaner, and at some point you're in Redbrick and there are amenities like bookstores, funky cafes, restaurants with outdoor seating and cocktails. Redbrick High, the local library, and the swimming pool are all on the same block. Most UEB kids go to school in Redbrick and it's understood that UEB kids come to Redbrick for the amenities... but they might not be welcome at the parties unless they're jocks or easy on the eye.

Virtue: Charity The community cares for those who don’t have enough.

Vice: Jealousy The community fixates on who might be getting more than their fair share.

Stats Reference

Knight the Bull

Influenced By: Measure, Obsidian

Rival: Measure

Love: Obsidian

Role:

Potential: ooooo

Labels: Danger +2 Freak +1 Savior -1 Superior +1 Mundane +0

Conditions:

O Angry; -2 to Comfort or Pierce the Mask

O Afraid; -2 to Directly Engage

O Guilty; -2 to Provoke or Assess the Situation

O Hopeless; -2 to Unleash Your Powers

O Insecure; -2 to Stand in Defense or Reject What Others Say

Obsidian the Janus

Influenced By: The Knight, Measure

Potential: ooooo

Labels: Danger +0 Freak -1 Savior +0 Superior +1 Mundane +3

Conditions:

O Angry; -2 to Comfort or Pierce the Mask

O Afraid; -2 to Directly Engage

O Guilty; -2 to Provoke or Assess the Situation

O Hopeless; -2 to Unleash Your Powers

O Insecure; -2 to Stand in Defense or Reject What Others Say

Rook the Delinquent

Influenced by: Obsidian, the Knight, Measure

Potential: ooooo

Labels: Danger +0 Freak +1 Savior -1 Superior +2 Mundane +1

Conditions:

o Angry; -2 to Comfort or Pierce the Mask

o Afraid; -2 to Directly Engage

o Guilty; -2 to Provoke or Assess the Situation

o Hopeless; -2 to Unleash Your Powers

o Insecure; -2 to Stand in Defense or Reject What Others Say

Bolo the Protégé

Influenced By:

Potential: ooooo


Labels: Danger +0 Freak +0 Savior +1 Superior +2 Mundane +0

Conditions:

O Angry; -2 to Comfort or Pierce the Mask

O Afraid; -2 to Directly Engage

O Guilty; -2 to Provoke or Assess the Situation

O Hopeless; -2 to Unleash Your Powers

O Insecure; -2 to Stand in Defense or Reject What Others Say

Measure the Beacon

Influenced By: Bolo, Knight, Obsidian

Seeks approval from: Bolo

Views as awesome: Obsidian

Potential: ooooo

Labels: Danger +0 Freak -1 Savior +2 Superior +0 Mundane +2

Conditions:

O Angry; -2 to Comfort or Pierce the Mask

O Afraid; -2 to Directly Engage

O Guilty; -2 to Provoke or Assess the Situation

O Hopeless; -2 to Unleash Your Powers

O Insecure; -2 to Stand in Defense or Reject What Others Say


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