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In the Mu Factor character creation system, as with most MMOs, players are presented with a handful of choices at the outset. More choices and options to customize their characters will be presented as they play.

Origin


The following origins are available:


The character was born in the gleaming futuristic arcology of New Olympus, either to corporate citizens or Licensed mutants. She attends one of the best prep school for mutants-- think Professor Xavier's School for the Gifted. Her mentors expect great things of her, and have spoken of fast-tracking her career. But first, she must claim her License... And no amount of patronage can influence the notorious Testers.


The character was born in one of the crowded enclaves or to poor citizens or 'proles' and attends a state-run school for mutants, one that was far more 'reform school' or 'school for delinquents' than 'Hogwarts'. For her, getting a License is her ticket out of the slum. But is she prepared to do whatever it takes to pass the Testers' stern criteria, or will she wind up fleeing to Zeus's Rogues?


The character was born in the Dregs, the decaying old city of Olympus that was once a flourishing port before the sea level rose. Her parents never submitted her for Mu gene testing; she went to school among norms, and when she triggered... There was quite a scandal. She fled rather than be taken in by the Licensed, fearing that she would be enslaved or imprisoned. Now she has managed to find fellow mutants, ones eager to share what they know and cooperate in a mutual struggle for survival... And with Zeus's help, strike a blow for mutant freedom.

Appearance


Players may choose a variety of human body shapes, skin colors, hairstyles and colors, and preferred clothes, but as mutants they are also encouraged to choose ways in which their mutation manifests, making them visibly different. Players may change these later, but the cost of doing so will be higher the more they wish to change their character appearance.

Players may appear completely human if they wish, but they can never completely eliminate visible manifestations of their mutant origins when using their powers-- at the very least their eyes or hands will glow.

To give some ideas, here are some random tables for selecting appearance:

Gender

Roll 2d6Result
2Ambiguous (androgynous or deliberately mysterious)
3Female (butch or tomboyish)
4Female (ladylike)
5Female (professional)
6Female (flirty)
7Male (macho)
8Male (professional)
9Male (gentleman)
10Male (scruffian)
11Male (bishonen)
12It's Complicated

Roll 1d6Result
1Pale White
2Healthy Pink
3Asian/Indian
4Burnished Bronze
5Black
6Other. Roll again: 1. Red, 2. Orange, 3. Green, 4. Blue, 5. Purple, 6. Roll Twice.


Roll 2d6Result
2Short and squat, midget-like
3Significantly obese
4Slightly obese
5-6Slim and gracile, dancer-like
7-8Muscled, movie star-like
9Tall and thin, beanpole
10Heavy-set, muscled build
11Charles Atlas muscles
12Brute-like physique, hulking and hunched over


Roll 1d6Result
1Practically human except for glowing eyes or hands when using powers
2Normally human but transforms visibly when using powers i.e. 'Flame On!'
3-4Near-human, proper clothes or simple disguise could conceal differences
5Demi-human, would require poor lighting and heavy disguise
6Obviously not human, practically impossible to disguise

Hairstyle


Roll 1d6Result
1Military crew cut or even bald
2Short pageboy or bob
3Medium, swept over one eye
4Medium, curls, braids, or dreadlocks
5Long and straight
6Masses of flowing curly or wavy hair


Roll 1d6Result
1Black
2Brown
3Golden
4White or silver
5Auburn
6Roll again. 1. Bright red, 2. Orange, 3. Green, 4. Blue, 5. Purple, 6. Roll Twice.

Outfit


Roll 2d6Result
2-3Archaic costume or uniform
4-5Heavy armor/combat loadout
6-8Standard uniform
9-10Light armor/combat loadout
11-12Wildly designed personal uniform

Note: these randomizers are designed for random NPCs encountered. Players will be much more likely to choose distinctive personal outfits but it should be possible to recognize the faction of most mutants at a glance even if one has never encountered them before.

Licensed uniforms are blue with gold trim, while Rogue uniforms are black with silver trim. Even when wearing armor, the armor will be painted with appropriate colors. P

Archetypes


Players select a major archetype which represents how they most want to play. They are not restricted to taking powers from this archetype, but these powers will be the most effective for them.

Roll 2d6Result
2Summoner (uses pets or conjured entities)
3-4Controller (manipulates the environment to attack or hinder one's enemies)
5-6Scrapper (strong melee damage, medium defenses)
7-8Blaster (strong ranged damage but weak defenses)
9-10Guardian (strong defenses but medium attacks)
11Defender (buff allies, debuff enemies)
12Healer

Players then select from a range of supported 'Elements', which reflect the special effects of their power. Elements are stronger or weaker against other elements, i.e. a mutant with fire-based powers would be weaker against one with water-based powers, but their relative levels and strength with any given power will weigh more heavily, so a strong fire attack might be able to reduce a water shield to steam. Players may choose only one Element. Not all Elements are compatible with all Archetypes, i.e. many Elements don't offer obvious ways to heal others.

Roll 2d6Roll 1d6ResultMeleeRangedDefenseSummonControlBuff/DebuffHealer
21-3LightLightsabreLaser (single target)?Will O' the Wisps (floating guided bombs)IllusionsFlare (AOE Blind)Healing Light
24-6DarknessDrain Life (touch)Consuming Fog (AOE DoT)...Shadows (melee minions)Shroud of Darkness (AOE blind)Cloak of Shadows (boosts stealth)...
31-3Nature (plant control or transformation)Thorn Lash (melee cleave)Thorn Spray (cone attack)Barkskin (armor)Treants (melee minions)Entangling Roots (AOE bind/barrier/DoT)Regrowth (HoT)
34-6Wildlife (beast control or transformation)Claws (single target)Acid Spit (single target)Thick Hide (armor), Preternatural Reflexes (dodge), Inner Beast (transform, self-buffCall of Nature (summons beasts)Sight Beyond Sight (enhanced senses), Red Rage (sets Berserk status on friends and foes)Lick Wounds (HoT)
4IceIce Claws (single target)Ice Blast (single target projectile), Ice Spray (cone attack)Ice Armor (armor) , Ice Shield (barrier)Abominable Snowmen (melee minions)Conjure Ice (movement, weak barrier)...
5WaterHydro Cutter (single target)Firehose (line attack/knockback), Tsunami (AOE knockback)Form of Water (damage reduction)Water Snakes (melee minions)Waterbending (gather water, release to do targeted or AOE damage/knockback)Water of Life
6-7Fire
8Earth
9Rock
101-4Air/Weather
105-6Lightning
111-2Metal
113-4Machinery
115-6Cybernetics/Computers
121-2Gravity
123-4Space
124-6Time Control

Note that all mutants have access to high-tech items and physical fitness/martial arts.

Powers


Players gain access to a set of powers based on their chosen archetypes and Element. Some powers will have prerequisites, i.e. before a player can select 'Fly', she must take 'Hover'. Powers may also have multiple levels, so 'Fly 1' could allow a player to move at running speed, but 'Fly 2' would boost their speed to 30mph, 'Fly 3' to 100mph, and so forth.

Note: telepathy, mind control, precognition, time travel, and many other 'gamebreaking' powers are not available in 'Mu Factor' to players.

Players are then introduced to/allowed to choose their first available powers through the introduction story for their factions. For example, a Rogue might be hiding behind a truck with their mentor, who asks them in a hurried tone if they've got any means by which to stop their attackers, then go down a list of possible options. The player would select the preferred power, which would then be unlocked.

Powers, once passed by, can still be selected later. Also, even if a player were to choose an Element like 'gravity', they could not immediately create black holes or cast an enemy into outer space. All players begin at a relatively weak power level, and gain strength and range with experience and training.

By the end of their introduction, they should have unlocked a movement power, at least one damaging power, and several defensive or utility powers, and will have made the acquaintance of several 'personal NPCs', characters that serve as mentors, friends, rivals and enemies, and who may reoccur in future missions.
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