In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
-William Ernest Henley, Invictus
The cities have fallen. Without the spirits of nature to draw strength from, gun restrictions, police hamstrung by regulations, and a soft and unprepared citizenry, spelled out their doom. Warnings from the REAL America had fallen on deaf ears. They had had no chance when the Enemy came – horrific aliens, breaching the borders of reality, and simply going around the few, feeble, wards that supposedly guarded those borders.
Their people were slaughtered. What was left of the military – the REAL soldiers, not the soft air force pilots and high command but the Marines, Navy SEALS, and other groups – had fallen back into the countryside, joining forces with the folk who yet remained rooted there – and who were being aided and reinforced by the spirits of the land itself.
In the face of growing resistance and ever-fewer targets, the advance slowed – but the resistance still only holds small patches of territory, and even those only by constant vigilance and endless war against the Aliens. And every so often… another center of resistance falls.
Invictus is more or less a combined parody of the post-apocalyptic invasion “Survivalist Redneck Resistance”, “Last Patrol”, and “Egotistical Magical Shapeshifter Guardians” genres – a realm where highly patriotic redneck shapeshifters (usually werewolves or tigers or other big predators) with shotguns working with tough-as-nails military patrols still hold the hills and wilds in the face of a nigh-invincible alien invasion.
No, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Or even a LITTLE sense. This is a Nightmare Shard. It doesn’t HAVE to make sense. It’s history and rules are whatever fits it’s internal narrative – which is the only thing giving it enough stability to survive for a time. It isn’t really very big either; the map turns back upon itself , drifts off into vagueness, or sometimes fades into another shard after you’re fifty or eighty miles into “enemy territory” – and most of the storied lands beyond the remaining human territories never really existed in the first place. There will be no aid from THERE.
Amadin Striking Hawk is a notable leader of the resistance. His Amerindian ancestry gives him a greater bond with the spirits (yep, that’s another racist stereotype, but that’s the way that this Shard runs) and allows him to use a wide variety of magic granted by the great totems. While that lacks the destructive power (and easy reloadability) of the more conventional weapons that most of his friends use, it’s versatility has been a boon to the resistance.
And yes, he’s an arrogant, chauvinistic, prejudiced, racist, domineering, asshole. He’s also brave, determined, protective, and willing to put himself in danger to protect people whom he doesn’t much like. More importantly… even if he didn’t have any worthwhile qualities, he and his equally obnoxious allies still wouldn’t deserve to spend a few millennia being slowly devoured by Lovecraftian horrors from beyond.
Amadin’s powers are pretty straightforward; he’s been bonded with a wolf-spirit to become a Loup-Garou – a werewolf with spirit-senses. In his wolf and wolf-man forms he’s faster, stronger, tougher, and far more alert than any normal mortal He also happens to have some shamanistic magic – nothing all that powerful, but he can use his selection of minor spiritual gifts to boost himself in a variety of ways and for some special tricks even if he can’t use any individual trick more than three times per day.
As a human he’s a decent car mechanic – and something of a womanizer.
A party of Primeworlder Champions will probably find him most useful for his special senses – although whether it’s worth putting up with him to get them is an open question.
Amadin’s Loup-Garou package is pretty standard locally (with minor tweaks to represent other kinds of shapeshifters), although most of the other local Loup-Garou / werewolves are built on fewer points and have the “equipment allowance” power (and conventional weapons and vehicles) instead of his Spirit Magic multipower.
Amadin Striking Hawk
|2||Elemental Control; Loup-Garou Powers (5-pt reserve);
Generic Limitations (Comes with powerful wolf instincts. The “user” is highly territorial, desperately wants a pack, is inclined to chase things that run, and so on. ): -½; “User” is Touched by the Qliphoth, and must make Ego checks to resist flying into rages, considers normal people inferior, finds it hard to stop fighting, and has little empathy: -½.
|a-6||Armor (8 PD/4 ED)|
|b-7||Regeneration (1 BODY/5 min.); Regenerate: From Death, +20; Generic Limitation (Cannot heal damage caused by magic, silver, or the natural weapons of other shapeshifters. This is commonly known.): -1|
|c-3||Enhanced Perception (all) (+4 to PER)|
|d-4||Tracking Scent; Addition (Discriminatory): +5|
|e-2||See The Spirit World(s) (+0 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Ranged, +5|
|f-2||Hear The Spirit World(s) (+0 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Ranged, +5|
|g-4||Shape Shift; Wolf/Wolfman/Human (Single Form); Reduced END: Zero, +½||0|
|h-6||Running (+5″, 11″, NC: 44″); Non-Combat Multiplier: ×4, +5; Non-Combat (MPH): 30; Reduced END: Half, +¼||1|
|i-12||1½d6 Killing Attack (HTH) (Total 3d6+1); Range: 0; Reduced END: Half, +¼||1|
|j-2||Power Defense (10 pts); Automatically protects against any attempt to remove werewolf disadvantages or abilities, but only works for that.: -½|
|k-14||+30 STR; Reduced END: Half, +¼||1|
|n-4||Density Increase-2 (×4 mass); Mass: 208 kg/458 lbs; Extra PD: +2; Extra ED: +2; Extra STR: +10; Knockback: -2″; Reduced END: Zero, +½||0|
|12||Multipower: Spirit Magic (30-pt reserve); Generic Limitation (All slots must have three charges per day.): -½; Gestures: Instant Power, -¼; Incantation: Instant Power, -¼; Costs END: -½|
|u-1||3d6 Vine Growth / Entangle (DEF 3); Range: 150||3|
|u-1||6d6 Healing / Mother Moon’s Touch||3|
|u-1||Clairsentience / Eyes of the Spider (Hearing, Sight); See: Present, +0; Dimensions: Current, +0; Range: 150″; Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev.||3|
|u-1||Clinging / Gift of the Chameleon (Clinging STR +15); Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev|
|u-1||Force Field / The Turtle’s Shell (15 PD/15 ED); Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev||3|
|u-1||Stealth / Stance of the Coyote; Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev||25-|
|u-1||Superleap / Leap of the Cricket (+30″, 38″, NC: 76″); Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 89||6|
|u-1||30″ Gliding / Wings of the Bat (NC: 60″); Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 89; Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev|
|u-1||Extra-Dimensional Movement / Walk The Spirit Worlds; Dimensions: Group, +10; Charges: +6, -¾; Time Travel: None, +0; Mass Multiplier: ×1, +0; Carrying Mass: None||3|
|u-1||Darkness / Call the Night (Normal Sight, 3″ radius); Range: 150; Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev||3|
|u-1||1d6 Killing Attack (RKA) / Summon Wasp Swarm; Range: 150; Continuous: +1; Charges: +3, -½; Continuing Charges: 1 Minute, -3 lev||3|
|u-1||2d6 Aid to Multipower Slots / Communing with the Spirits (Fade/month, Max. 12); Range: 0; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Extra Time: 1 hour, -2½; Charges: +3, -1¼||3|
|Points||Skills, Talents, Perks||Roll|
|10||+2 level w/HTH Combat|
|19||Total Skills, Talents, Perks|
|15||Accidental Change when exposed to the Full Moon or Major Magic (11-)|
|15||Superpatriot (Common, Strong)|
|15||Feels nature is far superior to technology and cities (Common, Strong)|
|15||Wants to be dominant (Common, Strong)|
|15||Reputation: Everyone knows about werewolves (11-, Extreme)|
|6||6||4||0||16/8||11/4||3, 6, 9, 12|
Height: 168cm (5’6″), Weight: 52/208kg (114 lbs/458 lbs), Sex: Male, Age: 16, Race: Human (Werewolf)