Short Reviews – More M&M Threat Reports14 October, 2012
The Threat Report series of characters produced by Green Ronin for their Mutants & Masterminds game provide a useful resource for M&M Games Masters who might need a certain type of villain quickly.
Each of the threat reports comes with a nice piece of color art of the character embedded in the PDF and a separate Hero Lab file. Each includes a prop cover letter from AEGIS, possibly useful for setting a scene, that gives a basic idea about what is publicly known about the character described. Each character is given a few plot hooks to help work them into a campaign
The Eightfold Web (#42) is a cult dedicated to an ancient spider deity rather than a single person. Using magic and ancient secrets, the sinister network works to control the world behind the scenes. The leaders of the cult, along with suggestions for their secret identities are detailed along with spells, summoned spiders and cultists. The Web can fill a multitude of roles in a campaign and will be especially useful as a foil for mystical and espionage oriented characters.
Dracula (#43) the Lord of the Vampires, the classic undead villain (at PL11) perfect for a Halloween-themed scenario. Dracula has a long tradition of showing up in comics, now he can show up in your campaign as well. Stats for his summoned bats, rats and wolves are also provided.
Ku Tu the Eternal (#44) an alien mummy, once god-king of the Olmecs resurrected by accident, he now seeks to rebuild his empire. Controlling awesome cosmic energy powers (PL 14), he rebuilds his army of transformed jaguar men and floating, laser-eyed stone heads. Perfect for an end of the year scenario and as a reoccurring threat.
Jade Spider (#45) is a merciless but very skilled martial artist and assassin, a dangerous killer who seeks only his own advancement and comfort. At PL 11, he is a dangerous and adaptable foe who can be used as an adversary in a wide variety of sales.
Professor Zed (#46) has acquired the ability to travel between alternate realities, which he has plundered for useful technology making him into a serious threat (PL12). His most unusually power is his defenses, they are adaptive, making him immune to attacks he has already experienced, making him a challenging foe. He does wish to protect his home dimension (usually the same one as the heroes) from other dimensional marauders so that he can control it. I suspect Zed would be useful especially if you are doing transdimensional campaign or one with transdimensional elements.
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