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Mass Super-Empowering Event ideas (Mutants and Masterminds)

   
I think you have to have some details decided before you can craft your mass empowering event. Is this something that is supposed to be explicable and eventually understood, maybe even recreated? Then you have to come up with the semi-scientific rationale beforehand and extrapolate out from that. If it's supposed to be a one-off event that will never ben recreated, you can feel free to be as artistic and self-referential as you want to be.

Is the scope of this event city-wide, country-wide, world-wide? A huge explosion could probably affect an entire city (c.f. Infamous), but it's harder to plausibly affect the entire world with the same explosion.

One more thing to consider is how these events affect the supers that result. If your Event is a purely mutating thing, you're not likely to see folks with training or technology; no Batman, Cyborg, Blue Beetle, Iron Man, Falcon, or Ant-Man. If the event is instead some kind of new power source, you might see an overwhelming number of those compared to other types of supers.

Lastly, you have to consider how this will affect the world. If the source of the Event is some new drug or disease or a weird quirk of genetics, people are going to be at least attempting to mass-produce supers. If everyone with superpowers has a weird dream of something coming down from the sky, then you're going to have a lot of people attaching religious significance to their powers.

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One more thing to consider is how these events affect the supers that result. If your Event is a purely mutating thing, you're not likely to see folks with training or technology; no Batman, Cyborg, Blue Beetle, Iron Man, Falcon, or Ant-Man. If the event is instead some kind of new power source, you might see an overwhelming number of those compared to other types of supers.
Wild Cards covered this quite well. The 'super tech suit' guys were actually telekinetic or pyrokinetic or whatever. The super power was still within them, but their minds needed a construct so they made 'guns' and 'power suits' but these things only ever worked for them, not anyone else.

Oh, forgot a concept.

Super Big Reactor has an accident that rips a hole in the fabric of time and space. Energies bleeding over from other dimensions cause spontaneous eruptions of super powers. (The current Flash television show)

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Wild Cards covered this quite well. The 'super tech suit' guys were actually telekinetic or pyrokinetic or whatever. The super power was still within them, but their minds needed a construct so they made 'guns' and 'power suits' but these things only ever worked for them, not anyone else.
Paragons, a setting for M&M 2E, also uses this concept for what they call ACME devices -- machines that only work for the people who built them. You then have to wonder, though, how does Tony Stark build a super-suit for his buddies? Why does the Bat-mobile drive other people around if its super-techness is being powered by Batman? How would super-tech survive its creator if it is being powered by its creator?

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Wild Cards covered this quite well. The 'super tech suit' guys were actually telekinetic or pyrokinetic or whatever. The super power was still within them, but their minds needed a construct so they made 'guns' and 'power suits' but these things only ever worked for them, not anyone else.

Oh, forgot a concept.

Super Big Reactor has an accident that rips a hole in the fabric of time and space. Energies bleeding over from other dimensions cause spontaneous eruptions of super powers. (The current Flash television show)
Alternately: super-tech is created because their power is creating super tech. Basically runs on the "magic artifact" theory of item creation.

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Super Big Reactor has an accident that rips a hole in the fabric of time and space. Energies bleeding over from other dimensions cause spontaneous eruptions of super powers. (The current Flash television show)
Might as well make it the Large Hadron Collider. People were worried it would destroy the planet so why not Super Powers?

A science fiction short story that I once read posited that the universe did not have uniform laws of physics throughout and they varied from one region to another. Earth's solar system is traveling very fast and might simply wander from a more stable section of space to one that is more maleable. It also explains how you could have a universe teeming with aliens and yet not have common contact with them; few races have the technology that can move from one set of physics to another. Upon moving to a new region of space we also start being visited by aliens who are already acclimated to the new state of things.

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A science fiction short story that I once read posited that the universe did not have uniform laws of physics throughout and they varied from one region to another. Earth's solar system is traveling very fast and might simply wander from a more stable section of space to one that is more maleable. It also explains how you could have a universe teeming with aliens and yet not have common contact with them; few races have the technology that can move from one set of physics to another. Upon moving to a new region of space we also start being visited by aliens who are already acclimated to the new state of things.
That is fantastic and I may just snipe it.

Instead of outside interference from aliens, fate,magic, or gods, How about humans invent the new state of affairs?

Newly invented [Insert literally anything] has unexpected side affects on the population exposed to it.

You can say that not everyone exposed to the invention's effects develop super powers, but a small percentage do.

Or you can say that only a limited population is exposed to the invention, and the invention cannot be replicated because the knowledge of it has been lost.

The invention could be as serious as a new experimental bomb, cannon, or something like a Large Hadron Collider releasing radiation or particles into the atmosphere. Maybe many die, and some are transformed.

Alternatively, it can be something silly like Sunset Overdrive. Where a company skips health protocols for profit, and releases a new energy drink with unexpected results.

Maybe it's new medication or some kind of procedure? Something like the new lasers used to perform laser eye surgery giving off some strange radiation that mutates people into super powered freaks? It always seems to come back to radiation with science, but it doesn't have to be nuclear.

What if a certain government was trying to apply a new alternative power source. They build a new generator to tap into some newly discovered something or other, and that is what released the strange plasma field or physics altering energy wave that others have mentioned?

You could try looking into real science to find an element that the generator was built around. I think I remember reading about a specific kind of element that was more powerful than standard forms of uranium, but it is so difficult to refine and so little quantity of it exists, that there are no practical uses for it yet.

On the other had, you can go with the Twin Annihilation Engine from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Now, it's been some time since I watched that show, but if my memory serves me right, it's the coolest engine I've ever heard about. It's power source are two micro black holes of exactly equal diameters. The two opposing black holes are constantly orbiting each other. Their pull cancels each other out, but the constant stalemate between them generates an incredibly high output of energy. Since the black holes will never run out of energy, it's an endless source of clean burning energy.The engine built around them both contains them and harnesses the energy created by them. There's just a certain amount of risk involved, in the unlikely event something goes wrong you'd have to deal with a black hole going out of control... or possibly, two.

Of course, it's pure fantasy nonsense, but that's what this site is all about, right?

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How would super-tech survive its creator if it is being powered by its creator?
It has a different character creation story from 'a big event gave everyone their powers'

If you want to have a big event give some people their powers, and others are magic or are trained or are super scientists in a suit, that's a different conversation. This thread asked for possible Super-Empowering Event Ideas.

You could somehow have people tethered to an alt dimension, in which the laws of physics work differently around them.







 

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