Pocket Danger Patrol
by John HarperUltra-Threat-O-Matic
by Mike Wight
Caroline H. as Angel the Psychic Detective, a plucky new recruit
Special Abilities: Telepathy, Arcane Magnifying Glass (the "Eye of God")
Relationship with Dr. Hologram: Niece, concerned for his well-being, tries to cheer him up
Marc H. as Dr. Hologram the Two-Fisted Professor, a grouchy physicist
Special Abilities: Know-It-All, Atom Smasher
Relationship with Max: Ex-mentor, very disappointed that he pursued adventure instead of science
Seth M. as Max Meson the Atomic Commando, a Danger Patrol redshirt
Special Abilities: Radium Rifle, Atom Jacket
Relationship with K'all: Friend and tour guide, teaching him Earth culture and showing him the sights
John M. as K'all the Alien Explorer, a strangely upbeat visitor from another planet
Special Abilities: Ultra-Sight, Travel Chrono-Log
Relationship with Ace: Drinking buddy and documentarian, fascinated by his anti-heroism
Nick as Ace the Mystic Agent, an unorthodox vigilante crossing over from his own successful TV series
Special Abilities: Fedora of Invisibility & Teleportation, Mystical Crossbow with Exploding Bolts
Relationship with Angel: Very protective, possibly the first person he's ever truly cared about
Fungoid Mind Control (GM: Caroline), an extraterrestrial infection slowly enslaving Rocket City
Robotic Swarm (GM: Nick), a mechanical army built from scrap metal by mind-controlled citizens
Psychic Hitman (GM: John), "Sporaxis," a pale fungoid avatar sent to kill any who resist control
Ancient Conqueror (GM: Seth), "Mykonn," an undead tyrant en route to Earth within a fungal asteroid
Solar Parasite (GM: Marc), a plague of super-spores polluting our sunlight to allow Mykonn's approach
Flashback 1: In our last episode, downtown Rocket City had been engulfed in a huge cloud of mind-controlling alien spores and the citizenry was running riot under its influence. Max Meson and the Danger Patrol defense squad quickly moved in and pacified the crowds with their stun rifles, eventually confronting the alien fiend Sporaxis in a downtown plaza. Max's Atom Jacket was able to repel the spores but provided no defense against the creature's psionic attack. All seemed lost until a gas-masked Dr. Hologram emerged from the mists carrying a makeshift anti-psi helmet. Clamping it to Max's head, the doctor quickly led the surviving Patrollers to safety, before the final shot revealed that his gas-mask had been damaged in the battle and that he was now himself Infected (3d4).
Flashback 2: In a much earlier episode, K'all had been working with the scientists at Danger Patrol HQ to monitor recent solar disturbances when he noticed a faint fluctuation in the Ultra-Visual wavelengths. A moment later, Mykonn awoke the Solar Parasite and the resulting blast of radiation caused most of the display panels in the room to explode. Luckily, Max rolled plenty of hits, rescuing K'all by tackling him to the ground and adding the 3d8 overkill dice to the Parasite. We decided that this represented the useful data gleaned from the final anti-solar images burned into the cracked monitor screens.
Flashback 3: In a scene from the pilot episode, K'all met with Ace at a roadside bar to discuss their independent investigations into reports of mass hallucinations and weird hypnotic behavior. Hearing faint voices whispering in the backs of their heads, they turned to find themselves surrounded by a menacing mob of silent bar patrons. The pair quickly fought their way through the front door and escaped in K'all's vehicle but couldn't avoid the Complication, "Marked by Mykonn."
Flashback 4: In a recent episode, Angel investigated several seemingly mind-controlled suspects and quietly followed them to a local junkyard. There, they met with other dead-eyed citizens to continue the construction of a weird tower of scrap metal and salvaged electronics. A crunch of broken glass betrayed her location and a swarm of robots suddenly rose from the landfill behind her. Appearing from nowhere, Ace called out a warning and unleashed a barrage of exploding crossbow bolts to scatter the metallic horde. The heroes eventually evaded the pursuing machines but the revelation of Ace's unexpected concern for Angel revealed a new Complication / motif for this season: Emotional Vulnerability.
Flashback 5: At the end of our last episode, Angel found Uncle Hologram working late in his lab, experimenting on his own infected cells and attempting to communicate directly with the mysterious hive mind of the spores. Paralyzed by psychic feedback, the doctor (and audience) sees visions of a fuzzy fungoid asteroid hurtling towards Earth, closer and closer, and the dim grey throne room within. The decaying face of Mykonn emerges dripping from the darkness and speaks to the camera, "Earth shall be ours and you can do nothing to prevent it, Doctor." Rushing to his side, Angel reaches out mentally and breaks the connection, but not before yet another Complication is added: "Mykonn is Watching."
End of Round, Threats vs. Terrestrial Life: The Ancient Conqueror hits. The asteroid crests the horizon, a hideous second moon growing over the city and corrupting the night sky. The Fungoid Mind Control hits. As the people on the streets of Rocket City look up in silent horror, the infected among them take advantage of the distraction to move through the crowds and spread the contagion.