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The Caribbean

Encompassing hundreds of islands in the tropical waters making in unclear if he was friend or foe to the cause of
to the south and east of the United States, the Caribbean law and order on the high seas.
is a patchwork of both paradise and poverty, with a history
of struggle and weathering storms both from nature and Following the defeat of the British at Yorktown in the
human violence. Indeed, the Caribbean is home to many American Revolution, the Bahamas became a haven
more conflicts than most people are aware, some of to many British loyalists, who relocated there with their
which have the potential to change the fate of the world. African slaves to set up plantations. When Britain out-
lawed slavery in 1830, the islands became a haven for
African slaves, as any who reached their shores were con-
MAGIC & MYSTICISM sidered free, and American slave ships that made port in
the Bahamas could lose their cargo altogether.
The Caribbean is a focus for mystical and spiritual forces,
home to a number of mystical folk traditions and religions, The Afro-Caribbean mystical tradition of Obeah is still
most of them syncretizations of the lore of native tribes, found in Bermuda, although its practice is technically
enslaved and free Africans, and European Catholics. They forbidden by law. It remains a covert folk practice, often
include traditions like Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah. All viewed with superstitious concern.
the various practices developed on the islands The present day Bahamas have a popula-
in and around the dimensional nexus tion that is some 90 percent of African
orginally created by the ancient At- descent, with most of the remain-
lanteans and now defined by the ing portion of European (largely
Bermuda Triangle. English) ancestry. It remains a
For most, folk magic is just part of the Commonwealth
that: simple charms and of Nations, acknowledg-
religious practices with ing the monarch of
no significant effect England as head of
beyond the practitio- state, but has its own
ners faith. Some in Parliament and Prime
these traditions have Minister.
the Artificer and/or
Ritualist advantages THE BIMINI ROAD
(see Chapter 5 of
the Heros Handbook) One famous feature
allowing them, with
time and preparation,
to create magical effects
The Caribbean of the Bahamas is the
so-called Bimini Road,
a roughly half-mile of
limited primarily by their limestone-based beachrock
skill and available resources. blocks lying on the bottom of
the ocean, extending from North
A rare few have the talent and po-
Bimini Island, the western-most area
tential to tap directly into magical en-
of the Bahamas, and the closest to the
ergies and wield them to cast various spells.
United States. For decades, experts have debated
They have the Magic power (see Chapter 6 of the Heros
whether the Bimini Road is a natural or artificial phenom-
Handbook and Magic Powers in Power Profiles) with spells
enon and, if the latter, who constructed it, and when.
as an array of Alternate Effects.
On Earth-Prime, the Bimini Road is an archeological

THE BAHAMAS remnant of the ancient Atlanteans, and marks part of a


series of Atlantean outposts in the Caribbean within the
Made up of hundreds of different islands, the Bahamas Bermuda Triangle, the dimensional nexus surrounding
also constitute one of the most prosperous nations in the Utopia Isle (see their descriptions following).
Caribbean, their economy heavily based on tourism to
visit the pleasant tropical savannah of the islands.
THE ZEMI AMULET
Although these islands were the site of Christopher Co-
lumbus landing in the New World, the Bahamas were The Tano people were the indigenous inhabitants of the
primarily colonized by the English in the 17th century, Bahamas and other islands of the Caribbean, displaced by
becoming known as a haven for pirates, including the in- the early European explorers and settlers. Although some
famous Blackbeard and the masked marauder called the modern Caribbeans regard themselves as their descen-
Crimson Corsair, a pirate who preyed upon other pirates, dants, the Tano are largely extinct as a racial and cultural
group.

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Part of their spiritual practice honored the zemi, or spirits Bermuda is also one vertex of the infamous Bermuda Tri-
of the ancestors, using particular spirit house objects angle (see The Bermuda Triangle sidebar), which stretch-
and amulets. One special zemi amulet is a small trian- es to the south and west, adding to the areas reputation
gular carved stone, just over an inch on each side. When as a navigational hazard. In spite of that, most travel to
placed on the forehead of a worthy descendant of the and from Bermuda is routine and unremarkable. Indeed,
Tano, the amulet adheres there and grants the wearer it was a hub of trans-Atlantic shipping during the Colonial
access to the ancestral powers of the zemi, both their era, prior to the Revolutionary War.
knowledge and their skills and abilities, including certain
spirit tools. With its ties to both America and Britain (it remains a
British Overseas Territory), Bermuda is occasionally the
THE ZEMI AMULET 37 PTS site of face-to-face diplomatic meetings and summits
between British and American leaders that do not
Removable (9 points); Ancestral Abilities (Enhanced Agility take place in eithers home country. Such meetings
5, Enhanced Fighting 5, Enhanced Awareness 3, Enhanced have become targets for terrorists like Overthrow and
Presence 3), Ancestral Knowledge (Variable 3 (15 points),
Limited to pre-technological Advantages and Skills), Spirit
SHADOW as well as criminals looking to either obtain
Tools (Array; Spirit Cord (Elongation 2, Affects Insubstantial 2, state secrets to sell on the black market or to kidnap
Limited to cord grab; Movement 2 (Swinging, Wall-Crawling), government VIPs for ransom. Fortunately, Bermuda can
Spirit Net (Affliction 8 (Resisted by Dodge, Overcome boast a protector of its own these days.
by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable, Defenseless and
Immobilized; Affects Insubstantial 2, Extra Condition, Limited
Degree), Spirit Spear (Damage 8, Affects Insubstantial 2) CORAL
Cora Kinlee was born and raised in Bermuda and took to
BERMUDA the water at a very young age, learning to swim almost
before she could walk. Her passion for the water led her to
The nation of Bermuda has long, historic ties with both become a champion swimmer in school and to become a
America and Britain. Charted in 1505 by Spanish explorer certified diving and scuba instructor, working for various
Juan de Bermdez (for whom the nation is named) it was resorts and tourist spots, as well as the occasional deep
first settled in 1609 by survivors of the English ship Sea diving expedition.
Venture, which was grounded on the reef surrounding
the main island during a hurricane. Bermuda was, in fact, It was during one of those that Cora ran into the high seas
known as The Isle of Devils prior to this due to the dan- smuggler Trawler (see Trident in Threat Report). It might
gerous storms and reefs in the area. have ended for her there, if the combination of an ancient

Coral & Hurican battle the dead

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CORAL PL9 THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE


STR 10 STA 8 AGL 2 DEX 1 FGT 3 INT 0 AWE 2 PRE 1 The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the The Devils Tri-
angle, is an area of ocean roughly between the points
Powers: Coral Form (Activation: Move Action (1 point),
Enhanced Stamina 4, Enhanced Strength 6, Growth 2 (Density), of Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the island
Immunity 12 (disease, life support, poison), Movement 1 of Bermuda. The Triangle is infamous as a place where
(Environmental Adaptation: Aquatic), Protection 2 (Impervious mysterious disappearances have occurred over the
4), Swimming 2 (2 MPH)) years, from ships and boats to aircraft, and where trav-
elers have experienced unusual phenomenon, ranging
Advantages: Beginners Luck, Favored Environment (Aquatic)
from sudden fog and cloud banks to confusion of navi-
Skills: Athletics 6 (+16/+8), Close Combat: Unarmed 5 (+8), gational instruments and strange sightings.
Expertise: Diving 8 (+8), Insight 4 (+6), Perception 4 (+6),
Persuasion 2 (+3), Ranged Combat: Throwing 6 (+7), Treatment On Earth-Prime, the Bermuda Triangle is a navigational
4 (+4), Vehicles 4 (+5) hazard, the result of a dimensional fault line or nexus,
where different dimensions meet or overlap, which
Offense: Initiative +2, Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 10)
causes the unusual weather, navigational issues, and
Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude 10, Toughness 10, Will 8 sightings, as well as disappearances where vessels
Complications: MotivationDoing Good: Coral is a life- sometimes slip between worlds, ending up some-
saver who wants to do good with her abilities. where else in the omniverse, or other things find their
way into Earth-Primes universe.
Totals: Abilities 26 + Powers 45 + Advantages 2 + Skills 22 +
Defenses 19 = 114 The exact cause of the dimensional fault is unknown;
it may be a natural phenomenon caused by a conjunc-
potion and a coral reef had not transformed Cora into the tion of ley lines and geomantic energies, or a remnant
amazing Coral! of the Antediluvian Age of Atlantis and Lemuria, either
deliberately created by one of those civilizations, or the
Now Cora leads a double-life as a diver and the heroine result of their magic or technology, perhaps during or
of Bermuda, able to transform in an instant to a super- after their final war. It could also be the result of the
strong stone-like form that thrives in water. Although she intervention of the Preservers on Earth, although this
has heard Trawler is now operating out in the Pacific, shes is considered less likely, since the Preservers generally
sought to close off such dimensional faults and portals,
looking forward to the opportunity to even the score.
rather than creating them.
Survivors of the sinking of Atlantis did use the dimen-
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS sional properties of the Triangle to conceal their new
home on Utopia Isle (see its description). M&M Game-
A British Overseas Territory like the Bahamas and masters can use the Bermuda Triangle as a source of
Bermuda, the Cayman Islands are famous as the worlds adventure ideas, ranging from the heroes looking for a
leading offshore hedge fund and the worlds second lost vessel or being aboard a vessel that goes missing
largest tax-haven (after Switzerland), leading to the in the Triangle to something coming through the nexus
into Earth-Prime to challenge them. Dimensional ener-
Cayman Islands having more registered businesses than
gies cascading through the Bermuda Triangle may be
its population of some 55,000 people.
an explanation for various super origins throughout the
The territory is made up of three islands: the Grand Caribbean and surrounding areas.
Cayman (home to the capital, Georgetown), Cayman Brac,
and Little Cayman. The Caymans are known for having
virtually no direct taxation: no income, capital gains, or Otherwise, the Cayman Islands see relatively little in the
wealth taxes. The government makes most of its income way of the unusual or superhuman. The criminal Devil Ray
from tariffs on imported goods and fees charged to fi- once made use of stolen experimental marine-life control
nancial institutions and businesses. Popular legend likes technology to control large numbers of stingrays (which
to attribute this to The Wreck of Ten Sail, when Cayman tend to gather in the coastal waters). There was also an in-
Islanders helped to rescue a fleet of ten merchant ships, cident at the black limestone formations known as Hell,
one of which carried the son of the King of England, who where a demon-worshipping cult took the appellation
excused the islands from all taxes thereafter, but theres seriously and used it as a site for a ritual to summon their
no evidence the incident actually occurred. infernal patron (which was, fortunately, prevented by the
timely intervention of Siren).
Tax-shelters and off-shore shell companies on the Cayman
Islands belong to corporations like Brande Management,
Delphic Industries, Grant Conglomerates, KessCorp, Ma-
jestic Industries, and many others. This makes their sealed
CUBA
financial information of keen interest to hackers, thieves, Just over ninety miles off the coast of Florida, the largest
and law-enforcement and makes it likely that representa- island of the Caribbean, Cuba is also one of the few re-
tives of those companies make regular visits. maining socialist states governed by communism, and
the remnants of the Cold War between East and West still
The relatively low-lying islands are prime hurricane territo- linger in the shadows of its tropical warmth.
ry: the Caymans are hit or see a near pass by a hurricane
roughly every couple of years, and storm surges make for Cuba was a Spanish colony and possession until the end
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United States in the Treaty of Paris in 1898. Cuba declared illegal medical experimentation and procedures of all
independence a few years thereafter, followed by political kinds. Criminals, thrill-seekers, and wealthy clients seek
upheavals and corruption and totalitarian rule by Fulgen- out augmentations of the type provided by the Power-
cio Batista. He was in turn ousted by a Communist revolu- House, from biochemical and gene-splicing to cyborg im-
tion led by Fidel Castro, who was head of the new socialist plants. Indeed, the Power-House has moved some of their
Cuban state for almost fifty years. labs and clinics off-shore.

The most recent developments in black market aug-


THE COMMUNIST CONNECTION mentations have been an influx of experimental tech-
nologies and techniques from China (using Cuba as a
Communist Cuba forged strong ties with the Soviet testing-ground for some dubious enhancements) as
Union early on, and came to rely upon Soviet support well as alien technology and genetics smuggled into
and subsidies, while at the same time supporting com- the Caribbean from Star Island and refugees from the
munist and anti-imperialist revolution around the world. shattered Lor Republic, as well as discoveries in and
The Soviets used Cuba as a staging-ground close to the near Emerald City. International entanglements make
United States, exemplified by the Cuban Missile Crisis of it difficult for foreign governments to prove that illegal
1962, a tense diplomatic stand-off concerning the place- clinics are operating on Cuban soil, much less shut
ment of Soviet nuclear weapons on Cuban soil, within them down.
striking distance of the United States. Soviet Premier
Nikita Khrushchev expected U.S. President Kennedy to
capitulate, but, instead, his administration held fast to
TREASURE ISLAND
a military blockade of Cuba and managed to negotiate
Isla de la Juventud (the Isle of Youth) is the second
an agreement to dismantle the missile sites. Earth-Prime
largest Cuban island, located south of the western end of
heroes know of at least one alternate Earth where the
Cuba itself. Formerly known as both the Isle of the Pines
Crisis led to an all-out nuclear war between the two
and Treasure Island, it was the basis of Robert Louis
powers, resulting in a radioactive wasteland inhabited
Stevensons novel of the same name and for the pirates
by mutants and a handful of surviving humans.
of Neverland in Peter Pan (featuring a combination of
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba has pirates, natives with canoes, and crocodiles). Although
sought alliance with communist China, with mixed the islands pirate days are long since past, literary and
success. Meanwhile, some Russian expatriates and So- mythic associations carry some weight on Earth-Prime,
viet-era secrets and technology have found their way to and Captain Bloods ghost-ship, the Black Plunder, has
Havana and, from there, to the international black market. been active here (see Tortuga) and the young heroes of
the Next-Gen once encountered analogues of the char-
acters from Peter Pan there, conjured up by the interdi-
GUANTANAMO BAY mensional imp Quirk.

On the southwestern shore of Cuba sits Guantanamo Bay,


the site of a U.S. Naval Base and military detention center. SANTERIA
Treaties in 1903 and 1934 allowed for the establishment of Although Cuba is officially an atheist nation, it still has
a permanent U.S. military base. The current government a substantial religious population. More than half of its
of Cuba says the U.S. base is illegal, and does not recog- people identify as Roman Catholic (from the nations
nize the United States right to the base, but the matter Spanish heritage), and the Afro-Caribbean mystical tra-
remains unresolved and the United States continues to dition of Santera is alive and well here. Santeros worship
maintain the base and a military presence in Cuba. and serve the Orishas, powerful spirits much like the loa of
Voodoo, and some have mystical powers or serve as hosts
Since 2002, Guantanamo Bay has been the site of a mili-
or conduits for the power of the Orishas.
tary detention camp for detainees classified as enemy
combatants following the 2001 terrorist attack on New
York City and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Afghani- GUANAJATABEY
stan, in spite of questions of U.S. and international law
concerning it. Rumors claim the detention camp is a front The indigenous inhabitants of Cuba when Columbus
for black ops government experimentation. arrived in the New World were a Ciboney people who
called themselves Guanajatabey, the only surviving word
MEDICAL TOURISM from their language. Little is known of them: they were
likely pre-agricultural cave dwellers, displaced and largely
wiped out by the arrival of Europeans and the redistribu-
One of Cubas newest industries is a thriving medical
tion of populations on the islands. Given that they were
tourism business, where foreigners visit the country
related to the Tano peoples of the Caribbean, its pos-
looking for cut-rate medical procedures (and a pleasant
sible the Guanajatabey practiced some type of mysticism,
beach to recuperate on).
and left behind some artifacts and remnants of ancient
In Cuba, this has gone well beyond just plastic surgery rituals. See The Zemi Amulet under The Bahamas for an
and routine operations. With the nations legacy of Com- example.
munist super-science, Cuba is fast becoming a site of

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HAITI murder, thought to


be untraceable.
The western half of the island of Hispaniola, His primary foe
the nation of Haiti is a focus for the spiritual over his long
tradition of Voodoo and its spirits, the loa criminal career
(see Les Invisibles: The Loa sidebar). has been Siren.
Although she has
Ayiti means land of high mountains
thwarted Maitre Carre-
in the language of the native Tano.
fours schemes on a number
Haiti is
of occasions, and even put
the third
him in prison, he has usually found a
largest
means of escaping punishment for
Caribbean
his crimes. Eventually, he returns with
nation, the
some new scheme or the threads of
first indepen-
an occult criminal conspiracy trace
dent nation in
back to him, like the strings of a
Latin America or
puppet-master.
the Caribbean, and the only
nation established by a suc- Unlike his immortal foe,
cessful slave revolt (in 1804). however, Maitre Carrefour
has begun to feel the effects
Unfortunately, the success of
of his age. Although he remains healthy,
the Haitian republic has been
time has taken its toll: his hair has gone
mixed, at best. The nation has seen
white, his once-tall form bent. Some
ongoing upheaval and conflict,
of the sorcerers more recent schemes
broken by periods of dictatorship.
have concerned ways to restore his
Dr. Franois Papa Doc Duvalier
lost youth or, perhaps, if left with no
ruled Haiti as President from 1957
other means to stave off death, how to
until the succession of his son, Jean-
become a true zombie master by joining
Claude (Baby Doc) in 1971. The Duvaliers
the ranks of the undead. In either case,
were ousted in 1986. They maintained their
Maitre Carrefour would become an even
rule with the assistance of the Tonton Macoutes,
more formidable foe.
a secret police named for Uncle Gunnysack, a
Haitian bogeyman known for kidnapping children,
carrying them off in a sack over his shoulder to cook MAITRE CARREFOUR PL9
them for breakfast.
STR 1 STA 2 AGL 0 DEX 0 FGT 4 INT 2 AWE 5 PRE 2
In addition to its political conflicts, Haiti has also
Powers: Magic (Array: Mind Control (Perception Ranged
suffered through a series of natural disasters, from Affliction 9, Resisted and Overcome by Will; Entranced,
hurricane and storm-related flooding to a devas- Compelled, Controlled), AE: Mystic Blast (Ranged Damage 9),
tating earthquake in 2010 which left hundreds of AE: Mystic Darkness (Ranged Burst Area Visual Concealment
thousands dead and many times more homeless, causing Attack 4), AE: Mystic Net (Burst Area Ranged Affliction 6,
Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Damage; Hindered and
massive damage to the islands already shaky infrastruc- Vulnerable, Defenseless and Immobile; Extra Condition,
ture. Limited Degree), AE: Mystic Snare (as Mystic Net, but no Area
and rank 9), AE: Summon Beasts (Summon 1, Controlled,
MAITRE CARREFOUR Horde, Mental Link, Multiple Minions 32, Broad Type: Animals),
AE: Vitality Drain (Ranged Affliction 9, Resisted by Dodge,
Knowing the power of true names, Maitre Carrefour keeps Overcome by Fortitude; Fatigued, Exhausted, Incapacitated),
AE: Zombies (Summon 1, as Summon Beasts, but with the
his a closely guarded secret. He goes only by his title, Sacrifice modifier)); Mystic Deflection (Deflection 9)
meaning master of the crossroads, the name of a Voodoo
loa of sorcery. The name is fitting, as Maitre Carrefour is a Advantages: Artificer, Languages (English, Creole native), Luck
2, Ritualist, Trance, Well-informed
formidable mystic. His origins appear to lie somewhere in
the Caribbean, where he rose from poverty and obscurity Skills: Deception 4 (+6), Expertise: Streetwise 6 (+8), Expertise:
Voodoo 10 (+12), Insight 5 (+10), Intimidation 8 (+10),
to the heights of occult power. Perception 5 (+10), Persuasion 4 (+6), Ranged Combat: Magic 9
(+9), Stealth 4 (+4), Treatment 4 (+6)
Maitre Carrefour is notable for having no real ties with the
Mayombe cult (see Atlas of Earth-Prime: U.S.A.), his power Offense: Initiative +0, Mystic Blast +9 (Ranged, Damage 9),
is independent and achieved largely on his own. He is Unarmed +4 (Close, Damage 1)
known as a bokor, a sorcerer who uses his powers without Defense: Dodge 9, Parry 9, Fortitude 6, Toughness 2, Will 12
regard for the laws of the loa or ethical concerns. For Complications: MotivationPower. Disability: Maitre
some time, his services were available to anyone able to Carrefour is feeling the effect and limitations of advancing age.
meet his price, and they remain so, although the price has Power Loss (Magic): If unable to speak and gesture to cast spells.
steadily increased. Maitre Carrefour has been responsible Totals: Abilities 28 + Powers 34 + Advantages 7 + Skills 30 +
for numerous cases of blackmail, occult influence, and Defenses 25 = 124

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LES INVISIBLES: THE LOA BARON SAMEDI


The loa (also spelled Lwa) are the gods of Voodoo. Simon DuLac was born in Haiti, so the power of Voodoo
Technically speaking, the loa are not gods, but power- was always a proven fact to him. But Simon was always
ful spirits. Voodoo is monotheistic, recognizing a single, more interested in immediate, worldly power, which led
distant creator-god (Bondye), with the loa as his/its em- him to becoming an important figure in the Caribbean
issaries and functionaries in the world, intermediaries
underworld. He smuggled drugs and laundered money.
between the material and spirit worlds.
He used the fearsome reputation of Voodoo to his advan-
Like Voodoo, the loa have their roots in African spiritual tage, without particularly caring what the loa thought of
traditions brought to the New World by African slaves itbut the loa did notice, and did care.
and melded with European Catholic and Native Carib-
bean beliefs and practices. Baron Samedi, the loa of death and the undead, chose
There are a vast number of loa with different names and Simon as his cheval, his horse that he would ride in the
portfolios, but some of the best known (and most pow- mortal world. Baron Samedi maintained to his fellow loa
erful) include: that humanity was a base and unworthy race, suitable
only to serve as the loa wished. The sea loa Siren opposed
Agwe: Loa of the fish, sea-creatures, and plants.
Uncle (although some stories say husband) to his view, claiming humanity was valuable in its own right.
Siren. So the two chose vessels to inhabit to prove which of
them was right once and for all.
Baron Samedi: Loa of graveyards and undeath,
master of zombies. Using Simons criminal network, Baron Samedi was able
Damballah & Ayida Wedo: Damballah is the to begin distributing his zombie powder drug. He works
great white serpent of the underworld while Ayida to corrupt and degrade humanity. The Baron knows he
Wedo, his mate, is the rainbow arc of the sky. They will eventually triumph, and the world will become a vast
are ancient and primordial loa, wise advisors to the graveyard of his mindless zombie followers.
pantheon.
Baron Samedi is a spirit inhabiting the body of Simon
Erzulie: The loa of love and passion, kind and DuLac. He grants his mortal host great strength, endur-
jealous by turns.
ance, and resistance to injury. He can regenerate damage
Gheude & Bridgette: The loa of the dead, Gheude to his mortal host body at an accelerated rate. Like Siren
is a skeletal groom to his bride Maman Bridgette.
Loko & Ayizan: The first priest and priestess of
Voodoo, Loko and Ayizan are keepers of lore and BARON SAMEDI PL12
tradition.
STR 8 STA 10 AGL 2 DEX 1 FGT 8 INT 1 AWE 10 PRE 9
Ogoun: Ogoun is a mighty iron-skinned warrior,
loa of battle, smith work, fire, and gunpowder. Powers: Eternal Spirit (Immortality 5 (1 day)); Immortal
(Immunity 3 (Aging, Disease, Poison)); Sorcery (Array: 24
Papa Legba: Loa of gateways and crossroads, the points; Cloud of Darkness (Ranged Cloud Area 4 Visual
Opener of the Way between the worlds. Concealment Attack 4), AE: Mind Control (Perception Ranged
Affliction 12, Resisted and Overcome by Will; Entranced,
Siren: Loa of the seas and, in recent years, a super- Compelled, Controlled; Limited to material link to target),
hero and member of the Freedom League through AE: Shadow Snare (Cumulative Ranged Affliction 8, Resisted
the medium of her human host. by Dodge, Overcome by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable,
Defenseless and Immobile, Extra Condition, Limited
The loa dwell in an interdimensional realm known as Degree), AE: Step Through Shadow (Teleport 6 (1,800 feet),
Guinee or The Island Beneath the Sea. Like the other Accurate, Easy, Extended (60 miles), Medium: Shadows), AE:
pantheons of human history, they are restricted by the Zombies (Summon Zombie 2 (30 point minions), Controlled,
Pact in terms of how much they can interfere in earthly Horde, Multiple Minions 4 (16 zombies)); Spirit Healing
affairs. The loa commonly use (and many say invented) (Regeneration 2, Persistent)
the practice of possession, riding human host bodies Advantages: Artificer, Contacts, Favored Environment
(referred to as a cheval, horse, in Haitian creole). (Ambush), Languages 1 (English, Haitian Creole native),
Leadership, Minions 10, Startle, Taunt
In recent years, the loa have become divided over the
issue of humanity and their purpose. One faction, led by Skills: Deception 4 (+13), Expertise: Streetwise 5 (+6),
Baron Samedi, believes mortals are no longer worthy of Expertise: Voodoo 12 (+13), Insight 5 (+15), Intimidation 4
the aid of the loa, as they have become corrupt and do (+13), Ranged Combat: Sorcery 10 (+11), Sleight of Hand 4
not honor their responsibilities in the world. This faction (+5), Stealth 7 (+9)
considers humanity little more than pets or cattle, to be Offense: Initiative +2, Mind Control (Perception Ranged, Will
used as the spirits see fit. DC 22), Shadow Snare +11 (Ranged, Dodge DC 18), Unarmed
+8 (Close, Damage 8), Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 8)
The other faction, led by Siren, claims that if human-
ity has strayed, it is because the loa are not sufficiently Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude 10, Toughness 10, Will 12
devoted to their duties as guides and guardians, and Complications: MotivationCorruption: Baron Samedi
that they must serve as examples. Siren and Baron wants to prove humanity is inherently corrupt and unworthy.
Samedis activities in the world through their human Host: The loa Baron Samedi possesses a human host body and
hosts have been about them each trying to prove their has no corporeal existence without one.
case. Totals: Abilities 98 + Powers 45 + Advantages 17 + Skills 26 +
Defenses 8 = 194

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and her host body, the Barons presence prevents Simons of conduct, emphasizing independence, democracy,
body from aging. and an equitable division of spoils. Welsh pirate captain
Henry Morgan was one of the most famous of the Breth-
Baron Samedi also has various magical powers. He can ren, along with Bloody Jack Carter and the infamous
animate the dead, exert some control over the minds Captain Blood.
of the living, command reptiles, and create clouds of
smoke or pitch darkness. These are innate abilities for CAPTAIN BLOOD
him, not just mortal sorcery. Hes never without some
zombie henchmen at hand, and is always creating Jonathan Bloody Jack Carter was one of the most in-
more. Baron Samedi usually prefers to have his zombies famous pirates of the 17th century Caribbean, crossing
and enthralled minions do his dirty work for him. If seri- swords with the legendary Crimson Corsair himself.
ously threatened, he can simply step into a shadow and The success of Captain Blood came to an end when he
disappear. crossed a Voodoo priestess, who cursed him to know
darkness, death, servitude, and to never know rest. It
TORTUGA wasnt long thereafter that the Black Plunder went down
with all hands on board to a dark and watery grave.
The small Haitian island of Tortuga is off the northwest
It didnt remain so, however. Baron Samedi, seeking to
coast of Hispaniola. It was named Isla Tortuga (Turtle
plague his foe Siren, used the power of the curse upon
Island) by Christopher Columbus, and he and his crew
Captain Blood and his ship to raise both the vessel and
were the first Europeans to set foot there.
its crew from the briny depths. Now a ghost ship with a
In the 1600s, the English, Spanish, and French wrangled ghostly crew, the Plunder was initially
over possession of Tortuga, often in connection to con- bound to Baron Samedis
flicts on nearby Hispaniola. The upheaval and frequent
division of the island between different authorities made
it a haven for pirates operating in the Caribbean, particu-
larly the self-declared Brethren of the Coast, a coalition
of pirates and privateers governed by their own code

CAPTAIN BLOOD PL8


STR 2 STA 3 AGL 2 DEX 1 FGT 8 INT 0 AWE 1 PRE 2
Powers: Ghost (Flight 1 (4 MPH), Insubstantial 4, affected by
magic), Ghostly Weapons (Array (10 points): Ghost Flintlock
(Ranged Damage 4, Affects Insubstantial 1), Ghost Sword
(Strength-based Damage 4, Affects Insubstantial 2)), Undead
(Immortality 1 (2 weeks), Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects))
Advantages: Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll 2, Equipment
13 (The Black Plunder), Fearless, Improved Defense,
Improved Disarm, Languages (Spanish, English native),
Leadership, Minion 8 (Ghost Pirates), Taunt
Skills: Acrobatics 8 (+10), Athletics 8 (+10),
Close Combat: Swords 2 (+10), Deception 8
(+10), Expertise: Pirate 10 (+10), Insight 6 (+7),
Intimidation 6 (+8), Perception 8 (+9),
Persuasion 6 (+8), Ranged Combat: Pistols 6
(+7), Stealth 4 (+6), Vehicles 8 (+9)
Offense: Initiative +2, Ghost Flintlock +7 (Ranged, Damage
4), Ghost Sword +10 (Close, Damage 7), Unarmed +8 (Close,
Damage 2)
Defense: Dodge 11, Parry 11, Fortitude Immune, Toughness
5/3*, Will 8 *Without Defensive Roll
Complications: MotivationNihilism: Captain Blood
ultimately seeks to return to the peace of death. Banishment:
Blood is barred from the material world for three turns of the
moon after a defeat.
Totals: Abilities 38 + Powers 64 + Advantages 30 + Skills 40 +
Defenses 19 = 191

VEHICLE: THE BLACK PLUNDER 65 PTS


Size: Gargantuan Strength: 12 Toughness: 11 Speed: 3 (air),
6 (water) Features: Cannon (Ranged Damage 8), Cloud-Screen
(Cloud Area 5 Visual Concealment Attack 4)

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service, but Captain Blood eventually wormed his way gang violence involving drugs and arms trafficking has
free with Sirens less-than-willing aid. run rampant, spreading from the Yards (housing proj-
ects on the island) to Yardies in Jamaican communities
Ever since, the ghostly pirate ship has caused occasional
in other nations.
problems for Atlantic shipping with its periodic raids.
When Captain Blood is defeated, he and his crew are ban-
ished from the world of the living for three full turns of the
moon, but on the third full moon, they return on mysteri-
THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT
ous tides from elsewhere to resume their career of terror Although Jamaica is predominantly Christian and has
on the high seas. some Afro-Caribbean traditions (like Obeah), it is best
Although he still raids and sacks tempting ships and known for the Rastafari movement. Disciples of the move-
seaside targets, in truth, Captain Blood is no longer in- mentwho do not care for the term Rastafarianism
terested in worldly trinkets. Instead, he seeks treasures of along with most other -ismsworship the Ethiopian
mystic power, to eventually undo the curse placed upon Emperor Hallie Sallasie I of Ethiopia as the Second Coming
him and his men. Ideally, he wants a way to return fully to of Christ and a descendant of King Solomon, believing he
the world of the living, but, barring that, hell settle for a will lead the righteous to create a paradise on Earth called
means to break his curse and achieve true and final peace Zion, the New Jerusalem.
in death. Much to the concern of heroes like Siren, it has In opposition to Zion is Babylon, the whole of Western
become clear Bloody Jack cares little for the fate of the society, which is corrupted by greed and materialism.
rest of the world, so long as he gets what he wants. If ev- As a part of this, they believe Jamaica is a hell where
eryone else has to die with him for him to achieve his final the chosen people languish, until they are led back to
rest, then so be it. paradise. Rastafari are infamous for their use of canna-
Apart from his nihilistic streak, Captain Blood remains bis as a sacrament (part of a conversation with God),
roguishly charming and loves to flirt with lovely ladies their dreadlocks (dictated by Levite and Nazarine creeds
and taunt his foes. He enjoys using his ghostly powers, against the cutting of hair), and their association with
for the most part, and takes full advantage of them in a reggae music.
confrontation.
POSSES
Treat Captain Bloods crew of ghost pirates like skeletons
(Gamemasters Guide, Chapter 3) without the Immu- Organized crime in Jamaica is dominated by gangs
nity to cold damage, but armed with cutlasses (Close known as posses, a term borrowed from American
Damage 3). Westerns for its implications of both allegiance and
violence. The primary criminal business of the posses is

JAMAICA drug-smuggling and distribution, with a sideline in arms


dealing, since the gangs prefer to be well-armed them-
selves and are infamous for shoot-outs with authori-
Xaymaca is Tano for Land of Wood and Water. The
ties. The movement of posse members to areas like the
island nation of Jamaica is another part of the British
United States was originally driven by arms deals, but
Commonwealth, the fifth largest country in the Carib-
they soon discovered they could take over drug opera-
bean, and one of its most crime-ridden. Jamaica has
tions from less violent and experienced criminals gangs,
been the murder capitol of the world in recent years, as
and moved into those territories in areas with a signifi-
cant Jamaican population.
SNOWMAN PL10 The posses are typically arranged in three tiers: the leaders
STR 7 STA 7 AGL 4 DEX 1 FGT 6 INT 0 AWE 1 PRE 1 of the organizations have little direct contact with their
Powers: Snowman Form (Activation: Move Action (1
contraband merchandise, directing and managing the
point), Elongation 3 (60 feet), Enhanced Agility 3, Enhanced middle-tier, which transports money, drugs, and weapons
Stamina 5, Enhanced Strength 5, Immunity 10 (life support), between the leadership and the street-level tier, which
Immunity 80 (Toughness effects, Limited to Half Effect), arranges for the actual sales. Lower-tier members often
Insubstantial 1, Movement 3 (Permeate 2 (Limited to Earth and have limited knowledge of those above them in order to
Sand), Slithering); Snowblast (Ranged Damage 11))
insulate them from the authorities.
Advantages: All-out Attack, Contacts, Diehard, Power Attack
Skills: Athletics 4 (+11), Close Combat: Unarmed 3 (+9),
One of the fastest-growing posses is the so-called Snow
Deception 4 (+5), Expertise: Streetwise 8 (+8), Insight 4 (+5), Posse, named both for their principle product (cocaine in
Intimidation 6 (+7), Perception 4 (+5), Ranged Combat: both powder and crack form) and their leader, the super-
Snowblast 7 (+8), Stealth 4 (+8), Vehicles 4 (+5) criminal known as Snowman.
Offense: Initiative +4, Snowblast +8 (Ranged, Damage 11),
Unarmed +9 (Close, Damage 7) SNOWMAN
Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude 10, Toughness 7, Will 7
Complications: MotivationGreed. Malcolm Avery broke one of the rules of running drugs
in that he was fond of sampling the merchandise. Indis-
Totals: Abilities 28 + Powers 109 + Advantages 4 + Skills 24 +
Defenses 15 = 180
criminate mixing of experimental designer drugs, perhaps

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Snowman Attacks!

along with some quirk in Malcolms genetic makeup, led dependence as a sovereign nation to becoming a U.S.
to a bad trip where he literally petrified before his hor- state or remaining an unincorporated territory. This
rified posses eyes, then crumbled into sparkling, white debate has occasionally led to violent protests. Puerto
dust. Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, and the
right to elect their own governors in 1948. They estab-
He did not die, however. Instead, Malcolm was trans- lished their own constitution in the 1950s, but all of
formed. He gained the ability to shift in and out of his new these provisions were granted with the understanding
form at will. With his new metamorphic form, Snowman that they would not otherwise change Puerto Ricos re-
(as he became known) quickly became a force to reckon lationship with the U.S.A.
with in the Jamaican underworld, one the local authori-
ties had no chance against. A significant portion of that relationship is economic:
Puerto Ricos economy is heavily manufacturing-based,
In spite of his name, Snowmans powers have nothing to and depends on exports to the United States and invest-
do with ice or snow; his transformed body is actually made ment from U.S. companies. Puerto Rico also pays taxes
up of a silicate material like fine, white sand, which he can into the U.S. federal government. The income and invest-
shift and reform at will, including firing snowblasts of grit ments at stake further complicate the question of the ter-
like a sandblaster. ritorys future political status.

PUERTO RICO The islands of Puerto Rico, particularly the main island,
are also connected to places other than the U.S.the
main island lies near the border between the Carib-
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United
bean and North American tectonic plates, and exhibits
States, also ceded to the U.S.A. in the Treaty of Paris in 1898
caverns and karst topography, including some connec-
following the Spanish-American war. Prior to that, Puerto
tions to the realm of Sub-Terra. Additionally, San Juan
Rico was a Spanish possession in the Western Hemisphere
(the capital) is one vertex of the Bermuda Triangle (see
for centuries. The main island of Puerto Ricothe smallest
The Bermuda Triangle sidebar). The Atlantean Sea-
of the Greater Antilleswas known as Boriken (the great
King has suggested that the valiant and noble lord
land of the valiant noble lord) to the native Tano people.
after whom the main island was named was an Atlan-
Its Spanish name means rich port.
tean nobleman who safeguarded the land during the
Since it became a U.S. territory, there has been ongoing island nations final war with the Serpent People of
debate in Puerto Rico over its political future and re- Lemuria, and possibly settled there after the sinking of
lationship with the United States, ranging from full in- Atlantis itself.

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Some seventy miles north of the main island lies the


Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point of the Atlantic UTOPIA ISLE
Ocean, which descends to a depth of over five miles at its
When Atlantis sank, a small number of Atlanteans sur-
deepest point. Atlanteans claim the Trench is inhabited by
vived, having been away from the homeland when disas-
savage bands of Deep Ones, Atlanteans corrupted by in-
ter struck. Some of these survivors scattered to different
terbreeding with the Serpent People and worship of their
parts of the world, becoming known as heroes, wizards,
strange, alien deities. Legends suggest that other things
and legendary figures in human mythology.
may dwell in the depths of the Trench, and that Atlantean
ruins might also be concealed there, possibly taken over Some of the refugees made their way to a remote outpost
by the Deep Ones. in what is now the Caribbean. They settled on an island sit-
uated in the midst of a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Tri-
HURICAN angle, shielded from the outside world. It became known
as Utopialiterally a place which is nowhereand the
Juan Olivera idolized heroes like those in the Freedom Atlantean survivors created a small, self-contained civili-
League, and planned on going into law-enforcement zation focused on peace, equality, and personal achieve-
or criminal justice, but found the opportunity to live his ment. They abandoned any interest in the mystic arts,
dream when he rushed out into a hurricane that struck believing such things led to the downfall of Atlantis, and
his home of San Juan in order to help save his younger focused on the sciences instead. They achieved tremen-
siblings, Ricardo and Maya. A feminine voice spoke to dous advances and enjoyed millennia of peace and pros-
him from the storm and told him he was worthy of the perity, shunning all contact with the outside world.
power it represented, and Juan found himself whirling
up into the air, but with his ascent under his control. The In 1941, the Utopians made contact with the first outsiders,
winds bent to his command... he was the Hurican! and learned of the war raging in Europe against the Nazis.
They decided to send an envoy to learn more about this
Since that fateful day, Juan has fashioned himself a conflict, and a young Utopian named Sarlyn was chosen.
costume in the style of his idols and gained a reputa- He become known as the Envoy in the outside world
tion as the local hero of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. and served as a member of the Liberty League during the
To his dismay, upon trying to apply to join the Freedom Second World War. Although Envoys reports showed much
Leagues training program, Juan discovered his powers promise in humanity, when the United States deployed
were somehow tied to the Caribbean itself: when he is nuclear weapons to put an end to the war, the Utopians
away from there, they disappear altogether. His hopes decided to remain isolated from the outside world.
dashed, he continues to proudly work to be the best
hero he can for his home, and Puerto Rico is quite proud The world at large is generally aware of Utopia Isles ex-
of its native son. istence, although its locationand how to reach it
remains a closely guarded secret, known to only a trusted
few. Although some Utopians favor renewing contact
with the outside world, the majority fear the contami-
HURICAN PL9 nation of their peaceful culture and the threat of what
humanity might do if they discover Utopias existence. A
STR 0 STA 1 AGL 3 DEX 2 FGT 2 INT 1 AWE 1 PRE 1
growing minority lobbies for leaving Earth altogether to
Powers: Air Control (Array: Aerokinesis (Move Object 9), AE: colonize another planet in the galaxy, leaving any fear of
Air Blast (Ranged Damage 9), AE: Blinding Gust (Cumulative
discovery behind. For now, the Utopians wait and watch
Ranged Affliction 9; Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by
Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Unaware; Limited to for signs that humanity is developing toward the kind of
Vision), AE: Suffocation (Ranged Affliction 6; Resisted and peace and understanding they have achieved.
Overcome by Fortitude; Exhausted, Fatigued, Incapacitated;
Concentration), AE: Whirlwind (Cylinder Area Move Object 4,
Damaging)); Wind-riding (Flight 6 (120 MPH)); Wind-screen UTOPIANS
(Enhanced Dodge 3, Enhanced Parry 3, Protection 8 (Limited
to Physical Attacks)) Utopians are genetically-advanced humans with greater
Advantages: Agile Feint, Beginners Luck, Defensive Attack, strength and stamina, extended life spans (averaging
Evasion, Favored Environment (Aerial), Languages (English, about 200 years) and resistance to diseases. Their culture
Spanish native), Move-by Action emphasizes personal training and development, improv-
Skills: Acrobatics 5 (+8), Close Combat: Unarmed 4 (+6), ing intellect, awareness, and memory, and providing
Expertise: Superheroes 4 (+5), Insight 3 (+4), Investigation some impressive physical skills. Utopians are often trained
3 (+4), Perception 5 (+6), Ranged Combat: Air Control 7 (+9), in Acrobatics and Athletics, although these are not includ-
Stealth 3 (+6)
ed in the template.
Offense: Initiative +3, Air Control +9 (Ranged, Damage 9 or
Affliction), Unarmed +6 (Close, Damage 0)
Defense: Dodge 9/6*, Parry 9/6*, Fortitude 7, Toughness 9, Will TEMPLATE: UTOPIAN 25 PTS
9 *Without Wind-screen bonus
Abilities: Strength +4, Stamina +4, Intellect +1, Awareness +1
Complications: MotivationDoing Good. Power Loss: Advantages: Attractive, Eidetic Memory, Teamwork
Loses his powers outside of the Caribbean.
Powers: Advanced Immune System (Immunity 2 (Aging,
Totals: Abilities 22 + Powers 44 + Advantages 7 + Skills 17 + Disease), Limited to Half Effect), Windfall Training (Movement
Defenses 21 = 111 1 (Safe Fall), Limited to within reach of a surface)

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Utopia Isle

COUNSELOR SARLYN (ENVOY) COUNSELOR SARLYN (ENVOY) PL10


Like most Utopians, Sarlyn grew up vaguely aware of the STR 6 STA 6 AGL 5 DEX 4 FGT 12 INT 3 AWE 4 PRE 3
outside world, but also knowing its inhabitants were dan- Powers: Advanced Immune System (Immunity 2 (Aging,
gerous and primitive. As a young adult, he encountered Disease), Limited to Half Effect); Orichalcum Staff (Easily
some of the first outsiders on Utopia, and learned of a war Removable, Strength-based Damage 2, Ranged on full
Damage, Ricochet, Feature: Collapsible); Windfall Training
that was spreading to engulf the world. When the Utopi- (Movement 1 (Safe Fall), Limited to within reach of a surface)
ans decided to send an envoy to investigate, they held a
series of tests. Sarlyn competed and was chosen. Advantages: Accurate Attack, Agile Feint, Attractive,
Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll 2, Eidetic Memory, Evasion,
He made his debut by helping save American lives in Pearl Improved Defense, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative,
Improved Trip, Instant Up, Jack-of-all-trades, Languages 3
Harbor, immediately after the Japanese attack and the name (English, French, German, Russian, Utopian native), Move-by
Envoy stuck once he explained who he was. The War De- Action, Power Attack, Precise Attack (Close, Concealment),
partment (and the Axis, for that matter) was frustrated by Prone Fighting, Quick Draw, Set-up, Takedown, Teamwork,
Envoys consistent refusal to reveal anything more about his Trance
people or where he came from, but he earned the respect Skills: Acrobatics 8 (+13), Athletics 8 (+14), Expertise:
and trust of America and the Allies by his willingness to risk Philosophy 4 (+7), Insight 8 (+12), Perception 6 (+10),
his own life to protect freedom and democracy. In turn, Persuasion 8 (+11), Ranged Combat: Throwing 8 (+12), Stealth
6 (+11), Technology 4 (+7), Treatment 2 (+5)
Sarlyn came to care for the people of the outside world.
Offense: Initiative +9, Staff +12 (Close or Ranged, Damage 8),
The disbanding of the Liberty League was the end of the Unarmed +12 (Close, Damage 6)
Envoys embassy in the outside world. His reports led the Defense: Dodge 12, Parry 12, Fortitude 10, Toughness 8/6*,
Utopians to decide to maintain their policy of secrecy, as the Will 10 *Without Defensive Roll
rest of humanity was still not sufficiently advanced. Sarlyn Complications: MotivationDoing Good
has become a respected leader of the community, and
Totals: Abilities 86 + Powers 11 + Advantages 26 + Skills 31 +
still champions humanitys cause among them. He argues Defenses 17 = 171
against leaving Earth behind and is in favor of renewing
contact by sending a new envoy to the outside world.

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