Crimefighters, Vigilantes, Ascendants! I have assembled a roster of seven pre-generated character archetypes for your use. Each is a 640 CP character with Power Level 20.
These archetypes can be used as characters for a campaign if you want to jump into play right away. More importantly, they serve to demonstrate how to build archetypical types of heroes at a fixed power level. Even though they’re all at Power Level 20, you’ll see they are wildly different in their capacities and style.
Obviously each archetype is inspired by a familiar hero from pop culture, but since these are intended as introductory archetypes I haven’t attempted to make ersatz versions of any particular entity. Instead, each of these archetypes is built (a) to be tough enough to withstand mistakes by new players in casual play, (b) to be highly effective at its own niche, and (c) to be simple enough for new players to understand without having to master a lot of esoteric rules.
I attempted to limit each character to just one or two more advanced mechanics. The most complex character is the Dark Detective, as he has Minions and Singular Invention, with the Psychic in second place, as he has a Power Pool. The Blaster, Bulldozer, Champion, and Speedster are very straightforward.
These archetypes will be fleshed out further for an eventual commercial release with art, but they’re free for use now as-is! Please let me know if there are other archetypes you think we should create, and feel free to add others below. If you do, please keep them at 640 CP / PL 20 following the approach above. (It’s great to create other characters, too, just not in this thread.)
THE BLASTER: A handsome and popular NASA astronaut ascends into cosmic powers after experiencing the Overview Effect on a spaceflight. Now she has cosmic blasts, forcefields, and flight.
THE BULLDOZER: A salt-of-the-earth construction worker ascends into a mighty titan when he is struck by a bulldozer. The bulldozer is halted in its tracks, because now HE is the bulldozer.
THE CHAMPION: An electrician working at a nuclear power plant who ascends when an accident exposes him to what should have been lethal radiation. Now he has atomic-powered strength, toughness, and flight. But exposure to additional uranium overloads him, causing grave damage and loss of powers.
THE DARK DETECTIVE: A wealthy tech genius fights crime from the shadows using high-tech gadgets. He has ascended to be at peak human abilities in every skill, wears a custom suit of battle armor, and wields a deadly boomerang.
THE GLADIATOR: A street fighter with a sharp temper and an edgy fighting style prone to berserker rages ascends into a veritable killing machine that hurts you almost as fast as he heals.
THE PSYCHIC: While tripping on LSD to celebrate the 60s, an aging hippie-turned-psychiatrist unlocks powerful psionic powers. Slow and weak in physical combat, he creates an impenetrable forcefield and then attacks you with his mind.
THE SPEEDSTER: A bond trader living life in the fast lane finds his heart starts to race when the stress mounts… and then he starts racing all over. His only weakness: the calming effects of Clonopin or Levitee.