Champions – Trottingham Palace

Trottingham Palace IIAnd for a break, here we have a Hero System base that’s less an adventuring accessory and more a home.

Trottingham Palace is blatantly otherworldly. It isn’t just that it’s grounds include some four square miles of beautiful, well-tended, forest, hills, streams, and fields, or the picturesque reflecting lake, or even the impractical architecture. Anyone but a botanist would find it easy to miss the fact that tropical, temperate, and northern plants grow side by side, bearing delicious fruit and beautiful foliage and blossoms all at the same time with no respect for the season. It’s the fact that the entire area is more than a little psychomorphic, responding on behalf of it’s residents and guests. For good or ill the environment supports unpredictable moments of cartoon physics, empowers cliches and tropes, provides dramatic lightning and sound effects (including background music, which makes it hard to sneak around), provides and erases paths and picnic spots and trysting nooks, and changes seasons to suit. There are far more beautiful vistas, gardens, orchards, and general landscaping, and a lot more friendly “Disney” style critters, than can reasonable be fit into the actual area.

That’s because the place has…

  • Shapeshifting. It can rearrange its rooms, grounds, and general structure as needed. Do you need a snowy ski slope? There you are!
  • Instant Change. It can redecorate, alter the landscaping, mow the lawns, provide furniture, make the plants bloom, create or remove paths, add or remove streams, fords or bridges, and set up for special events or clean things up at a moments notice.
  • Life Support. While this does provide subtler benefits (noted below), the most obvious one is that the weather and temperature are always managed and the air is always clean, pure, and pleasantly scented. Similarly, food and drinks are always quickly and easily available.
  • Regeneration. Thanks to a quirk in the rules, this can be applied to both the base itself (quickly and easily doing the maintenance and making repairs) and to the Residents – making everyone in the area effectively unkillable, swiftly healing any injuries, regenerating lost limbs, and so on. In combination with the Life Support function… diseases, radiation, and similar difficulties are all swiftly negated and aging past adulthood is slowed to a crawl.
  • “Darkness”. This effect provides privacy, ensuring that personal affairs will remain just that.
  • Summoning. This effect provides a basic staff – zero point characters (with up to 25 points in disadvantages). There are competent cooks, butlers, nannies, gardeners/garden guides, teachers, and so on.
  • Dimensional Gateway (The Amazon Worldmall): Despite it’s wilderness location, the palace is basically “handy for the shops”; residents can easily drop by the fabulous Amazon Worldmall (basically the imaginary-realm combination of Amazon.Com, assorted Darknet Markets, Ebay, and so on) to do their shopping with no delivery delay. Blueblood currently insists that family members who want to buy or sell things take along an informed escort lest they get into trouble or try to buy a dragon or something.
  • Detect Life. This is basically a combination of a security system of sorts – keeping track of who’s where on the estate – and a child monitoring setup.
  • Mind Link: Blueblood and his family have a direct link with the estate, allowing them direct control over it’s functions, letting them communicate with each other – and allowing mothers to easily monitor their kids.
  • Dimensional Gateway (the TARDIS). Since Blueblood is currently hopping around the multiverse with Cronus, he’d normally be hard to reach – but the TARDIS basically contains it’s own pocket dimension. Making this work has included spending a point on the TARDIS (to add some “personal immunity” to it’s own defenses), but it was well worth it.
  • Finally, the Aid power allows the palace to add facilities as needed – although it can only maintain 24 points worth at a time. That’s not a lot if you want to add major systems, defenses capable of stopping superheroes, or anything similar – but it’s very good for adding more or less conventional educational or recreational facilities. Have a couple of kids gotten interested in astronomy this week? An 8- (amateur) observatory / library costs a mere 1 point. Upgrading to basic university quality (11-) raises that cost to 2 points. Similarly, a sports center, film studio, daycare setup, occult laboratory, or craft center can be added the same way – and at the same cost. More complex items – a water park, carnival, fair, marina and some small boats to sail around the lake or ride the rapids in – may cost a few more points.

About the only entirely stable location is the small, semi-public campground and tangle of “nature” trails and gardens on one corner of the grounds, where hikers, passing visitors, and other guests can stay to visit. Given that a few hours visit will cure virtually any disease or injury, doing so is rapidly becoming more popular.

For Blueblood, of course, the place isn’t really a “base” for his adventures. It’s a home, a place for his herd and offspring to stay where they will have every advantage, an environment that reminds him of Equestria, and a bit of noblesse oblige. While supernatural regeneration, perfect healing, and so on is easily available in the Apex setting for those with exceptional power, plenty of money, or good health programs, such things are all too often out of reach for the poor and powerless. Ergo, there’s a corner of the estate set aside for them to come and visit for a few hours and get it for free.

Trottingham Palace

Basic Structure: Defense 6 (12P) and Body 6 (4P). Force-field reinforcement raises the defense to 17.

Area: 2,500 Hexes / 107,600 sq ft, DCV -12 (26P).

Grounds: 2,560,000 hexes (four square miles) (10P).

Location: Distant, Deep Wilderness (15P)

Elemental Control: Ward Major (22-pt reserve); Inobvious Inaccessible Immobile Base Focus (A crystal room full of runes and carvings in the basement where a nexus of ley lines comes together, -2.25).

  1. Protective Spells / Force Field (11 PD/11 ED); Hardened: ×2, ½; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Generic Limitation (Does not protect occupants, only the structure): -1 (5P).
  2. Healing Aura / Regeneration (2 BODY/5 min.); Regenerate: From Death, +20; Variable Special Effects (Points can go to any damaged attribute or ability): Certain Group, +¼ (7P).
  3. Privacy Wards / Darkness (Hearing, Sight, Unusual Senses); Range: 0; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Generic Limitation (Only to prevent spying from the outside): -1; Always On: -½ (4P).
  4. Summon Staff (1 0-point creatures); Range: 0; Active Points: 45; Summon (Suitable palace staff): Limited Group, +¼; Extra Time: 1 min., -1½; Champions Advantage (Summons reasonably loyal staff): +¼; Charges: 16, +0; Generic Limitation (Maximum of 80) (4P). The palace always has competent (14-) teachers, child caretakers, butlers, cooks, and similar types about. They will, however, generally simply vanish (going home) if seriously attacked.
  5. 2d6 Aid to Base Facilities (Fade/day, Max. 24); Range: 0; Extra Time: 1 turn, -1; Mundane facilities only. Trottingham cannot add things like new dimensional gates or special powers, although it can add labs, libraries, swimming pools, and similar as needed: -1; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼ (5P).
  6. Mind Link: Blueblood and Family; Minds: Related Group, +10; Number of Minds: 64, +30; Distance: Any, +5; Dimension: Any, +5; Link with: Anyone, +0; Extra Time: 5 min., -2; Extra Time Required: Only At Startup, ½. (7P).
  7. Gate to the Amazon Market / Extra-Dimensional Movement; Dimensions: One, +0; Time Travel: None, +0; Area Effect: 1 hex, +½; Continuous: +1; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Extra Time: 1 min., -1½; Extra Time Required: Only At Startup, ½; Doesn’t actually move the base, just makes a portal: -1; Open at both ends: -1 (5P). The Amazon Market is the manifested realm of Amazon.Com – where you can buy and sell pretty much anything and get it delivered instantly.
  8. Gate to the TARDIS / Extra-Dimensional Movement; Dimensions: One, +0; Time Travel: None, +0; Area Effect: 1 hex, +½; Continuous: +1; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Extra Time: 1 min., -1½; Extra Time Required: Only At Startup, ½; (Doesn’t actually move the base, just makes a portal: -1; Open at both ends: -1 (5 P).

Secondary Ward Effects (Same focus limitation):

  • Magical Housekeeping / Instant Change; “Clothes”: Any Set, 10; Extra Time: 1 min., -1½; Focus Mobility: Immobile, -1; Focus Type: Base, -1; Focus: Inobvious Inaccessible, -¼ (2P). On the scale of an estate, this covers gardening, landscaping, furniture, and so on.
  • Security Systems / Detect Life Forms (+6 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Touch, +0; Addition (Discriminatory): +10 (8P)
  • Environmental Control / Life Support (total) (9P). The groves and gardens provide food and water, thick stone walls (and air conditioning), and magical wards protect the occupants against most hazardous environments – and the healing aura reduces their aging to a tiny fraction of normal after adulthood and protects them from disease, radiation, and most other problems (9P).
  • Shape Shift (Limited Group); Only to rearrange rooms and layout: -1; Reduced END: Zero, +½ (7P)

Other Items:

  • Antiques, Stores, and Valuables / Money (Filthy Rich); Focus Mobility: Bulky, -½; Focus Type: Base, -1; Focus: Obvious Accessible, -1 (4 P)
  • Entertainment Centers / High Range Radio Hearing and Internet Access; Focus Mobility: Immobile, -1; Focus Type: Base, -1; Focus: Obvious Accessible, -1 (2 P).
  • We Are Not Touching This One / Diplomatic Immunity (5P). The local authorities are NOT going to chase magic ponies in cartoonland. Even if they thought that there was any point, or that it was practical, their younger offspring would never let them hear the end of it.
  • Local Police Powers (2P). Given that the place is way out in the wilderness, that Blueblood is technically a divine entity, and that the police generally are not going to go in there anyway, Bluebloods magic pony rent-a-cops may adorably scold anyone they please.

Base Cost: 155 Points

25+ Disadvantages (Cost: 25/5 = 5)

  • 15 Distinctive Features: Fabulous Fantasy Palace
  • 10 Occasional Manifestations of Cartoon Physics (Frequently, Slightly)
  • 10 Clichés and Tropes have power on the grounds (Frequently, Slightly)
  • 10 Background Effects. There is background music, dramatic thunder on que, lighting effects, and so on, making it hard to sneak and providing a +2 die bonus on presence attacks. (Infrequently, Greatly)
  • 5 Overrun with “Disney Critters” (Infrequently, Slightly)
  • 15 Watched: Local Authorities (14-)
  • 10 Watched: Local Titans (8-)
  • 20 Vulnerability: Siege Weapons (2× BODY)
  • 20 Dependent NPC: Kid or Kids (Incompetent, 11-)
  • 15 Dependent NPC: Mare or Mares (Normal, 11-)

130 Disadvantages Total

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