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Pull up a chair and get comfortable, patient true believers, generic because it’s time to spin another thrilling installment of…

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…in which I use the character creation rules in the Marvel Super Heroes RPG’s Ultimate Powers Book to roll up a random batch of powers and abilities, then sit back and watch as some incredibly talented folks work their creative magic upon the quantified chaos.

This week’s prophetic entry was conjured from the imagination of Tony Goins.

When Army translator Nathan Ridha was caught in a chemical disposal accident, it unlocked a connection to an unknown dimension. Now, Nathan can channel power from that dimension to give himself superhuman strength and endurance.

But his powers (“opening a link”) allow the mysterious dimension to draw power from our world, generating intense cold that he can use as a weapon. The cold feels bitter and hungry … he can’t use those powers for long.

The language center of Nathan’s brain taps into the powers at the other end of the link, giving him the ability to understand any language. More importantly, he can read omens and portents in everyday images: the rustle of trees, the glint of the midday sun through an archway … the crook of a dead bird’s neck …

Most often, these omens foretell personal danger to Nathan, but lately he’s seen portents that spell doom for the entire world. He spends his days in dusty archives, poring over old cuneiform documents, seeking an answer to the riddle. He spends his nights dodging the fanatical Sons of Kish, and trying to resist the woman who calls herself Inanna. He’s not sure who is more dangerous.

As Nathan reads the story line-by-line, it becomes more terrifying: Thousands of years ago, humans disturbed the Great God Enlil, and he sent a terrible flood to wipe them out. Now, with 7 billion humans draining the Earth’s lifeblood and warming its climate, he’s preparing to do it again.

The Reader: Come with us on an action-packed, globe-trotting adventure from the beginning of human history … to the end.

(Wonderful words and amazing art by Tony Goins. UPJ logo by Dave Lartigue.)

Are you an artist, writer, or terrifying combination of the two who’d like to try your hand at the Ultimate Powers Jam? Then drop me a line at bitter(dot)andrew(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll commence the dice to rolling!

One Response to “Ultimate Powers Jam #25 – The Reader”

  1. Tony Goins

    Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox, man.

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