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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

[RPG] Crisis Of Infinite Fleas...


Following the very positive response I got to my interpretation of The Acrobatic Flea (my old Villains & Vigilantes character) using the new Guardians rules system, I thought I'd pursue a little thought exercise and write-up what the various Acrobatic Fleas' of other dimensions have been up to.

Retired Hero: The Acrobatic Flea of Earth-V
THE ORIGINAL ACROBATIC FLEA (of Earth-V): The first superhero of the multiverse known to have taken the mantle of The Acrobatic Flea is an old man now, living out his twilight years training young up-and-coming heroes in his gym.

During the brutal "iron age" of Earth-V (Villains & Vigilantes), this Acrobatic Flea lost a leg in a confrontation with his arch-nemesis Dr Bionics.

The fiendish master of cybernetics replaced his fallen foe's lost limb, but the hero later discovered it was rigged with explosives.

Luckily scientific genius and billionaire inventor Nick Law was able to give the hero a proper prosthetic, but the Flea was never his old self again.

During this violent time, the Flea's sidekick, the effervescent Flea-Girl suffered brain damage after an oversized villain cracked her skull in the middle of a particularly viscous brawl on a space station.

The Flea now divides his time between training others and caring for his severely disabled former partner-in-crimefighting.

Flea-Girl of Earth-M
THE ACROBATIC FLEA (of Earth-M): A good-natured fantasist, The Acrobatic Flea of Earth-M (Mutants and Masterminds) is still fighting crime well into middle age, with Flea-Girl by his side.

Both remain members of the premier British superhero team known as The Gauntlet.

When not fighting crime, the Flea, in his secret identity, is an entomological scientist for the prestigious Masters’ Corporation and a champion practitioner of the martial art of savate.

Sixteen years younger than The Acrobatic Flea, Flea-Girl is the Flea's best friend and verbal sparring partner, whose abilities continue to develop as she continues to fight crime alongside her mentor.

Over the years her phenomenal luck power has saved both her and the Flea's bacon on more than one occasion, and while he still jokingly refers to her as his "sidekick", he really knows that these days they are very much equals.

[You can check out the M&M character sheets, put together by my old pal - and M&M guru - Percy Hodge, of The Acrobatic Flea, and Flea Girl by clicking on their names.]

THE ACROBATIC FLEA (of Earth-G): A mere teenager starting out on a career of superheroics, the Acrobatic Flea of Earth-G (Guardians) is the newest hero to adopt this legendary name.

THE ACROBATIC FLEA (of Earth-S): Of all the Acrobatic Fleas so far identified in the multiverse, the one on Earth-S (Squadron UK) is the one the least is known about beyond his very existence.

[The Flea, unsurprisingly, was my submission for Kevin Rolfe's Legacy supplement Kickstarter, a UK-centric superhero addition to the Squadron UK RPG, and I can't wait to see someone else's interpretation of my signature character]

4 comments:

  1. You could run a Flea-Verse campaign! Is there an Acrobatic Flea that fights using Hostess cakes?

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    1. As it's the UK, he'd probably be armed with Mr Kipling cupcakes ;)

      Actually, I'm pretty sure we never had any adverts copying the sty6le of the Hostess Cookies ones :(

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  2. That's a lot of flea stuff going on right there! Do you ever use miniatures in your super RPGs? So many conversion possibilities!

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    1. I've never really used them for supers as none of us are "conversion adept". A long time ago, we used the counters that came with some of the V&V adventures, and Steve - being of an artistic bent - would make his own.

      I am hoping though, if my new planned supers game does take off and has legs, I might investigate miniatures opportunities.

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