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Phoenix Rising
Gamemaster: Rebecca Butler
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Campaign Description: Phoenix Rising is a small low powered campaign with skilled investigators thrust into deadly situations. Although the team is based out of New York City, in the Phoenix Corporation towers, they have been known to operate throughout the United States and occasionally overseas.  The team, known throughout the Corporation simply as Rising, are paranormal investigators.  They are accompanied by a reporter and cameraman who document their work for use in multiple media formats.

Importance of the Player Characters: The characters will be central to the campaign, though not necessarily known outside of their organization. While definitely heroic, these characters will not be considered heroes. Simply because of the nature of the threat, they will be tasked with keeping their activities out of the public eye as much as possible and will rarely receive public recognition for their efforts.  While saving the world from evil, they will be doing it one soul at a time.  Within the Phoenix Corporation, the Rising are considered to be the right-hand chosen few of the company owner.

World Description: The Global Guardians Universe is a four-color comic book world full of larger than life characters.  Technology is more advanced that the real world, and magic is real.  Aliens and creatures of legend roam the earth.

The Story So Far: The Phoenix Corporation emerged in the corporate battleground of the 1980's.  Its records stayed mostly private, as it had not gone public.  Beginning with the small acquisitions of various media outlets around the United States, the news media gradually became aware of the encroaching arm of a Mr. Inti Benu.  Assumed by most to be of Near Eastern heritage, he is known for not agreeing to interviews, a distinct lack of locatable public records, and the oddly encouraging ability to lose anyone who tries to follow him.

At the same time, Mr. Benu and his company have become beloved by the employees of the Corporation.  Known as one of the top places to work, the pay, benefits, and consideration have caused a lower level of turnover than is seen in most companies.  Although the owner is acknowledged to be a bit strange, this is generally ignored as a wealthy eccentricity. 

Mr. Benu is known to avoid public exposure.  It's suspected that those of his Rising are the ones who most often see him...  Of course, even they see him at the most on the occasion of monthly.  Why the Rising were formed, no one really knows.  But once they were, they were given dossiers every so often from the desk of Mr. Benu himself.  And those dossiers always contained information about the supernatural.  This information is always well documented by the investigative reporter member of the team and their camera-man and then redone into a format which would suit any of the multiple media outlets owned by the Phoenix Corporation.

Local Relations: Police, fire departments and other governmental agencies are more than willing to take the charactersí calls, but may not respond as expected. The characters will be part of a private foundation with no police powers and treated like any normal citizen. The Phoenix Corporation is considered a well-respected company, highly thought of by its employees, helping various charities and public good works. Its members are respected, if considered slightly eccentric.  Additionally, the team may find it easier to call on the resources of local outlets of the company.

Morality: While the campaign premise is black and white, the characters will be tasked with recovering cursed objects and confronting spirits, many of which corrupt and slay, not only the users, but innocents around them. The characters will have to make hard choices and deal with the consequences of those decisions as they affect their own lives and the lives around them.

Realism: Phoenix Rising, while based on the supernatural, will be a fairly realistic campaign but with some opportunity for cinematic efforts. Characters will not die unless they prove themselves too stupid to live or are going out in a blaze of glory. However, the going will not be easy.

Outlook: The campaign will be dark in tone, as the characters will be battling cursed objects, spirits, the unknown, and people who have succumbed to evil influence. 

Seriousness: The campaign will be fairly serious, though a creative player will find chances to inject some humor through character interactions.

Continuity: While the character development will be serial, the campaign scenarios will be episodic in nature with some serial portions. The character's actions, successes and failures while not readily apparent, can and will have impact on future episodes.

Building a Character for Phoenix Rising

The intent of the campaign is to have a small team of 4 investigators, plus the camera-man. While they might occasionally leave the country, most of the adventures will happen in the United States.  All characters should be residents of the New York City area, and employees of the Phoenix Corporation.

Character submissions should follow the guidelines below:

Starting Points: 50
Maximum Disadvantages: 100
Maximum Points From One Category of Disadvantage: 50
Maximum Active Points for Any One Power: 35
Special Restrictions:

  • All characters may take up to 75 points of Psychological Limitations, rather than the normal category limit of 50 points.
  • Although these characters are employees of the Corporation, they should not begin as members of the Rising.  No one knows what happened to the last group of Rising.  These characters should all have some background in sync with the supernatural.
  • All characters are required to take Normal Characteristic Maxima.
  • It is not required that the players use all 100 points of disadvantages, but it is strongly advised.
  • The 35 active point limit does not include Reduced Endurance.
  • It is recommended that characters have powers and/or skills investigatory in nature.
  • Due to point level, any submissions that include a meta ability should include abilities that aid in the search and recovery of objects. Since this game will de-emphasize combat, in favor of story driven scenarios and character development, preference will be given to characters with psionic or mystical abilities over combat related skills or powers.  Players should focus on a single supernatural ability, rather than multiple combat related talents.
  • All player characters should be at least "Reluctant to Kill".
The Global Guardians PBEM Universe is copyrighted to Jack and Rebecca Butler, and is their solely owned property.  The Global Guardians PBEM Universe, and all of the campaigns therein, are works of collaborative fiction.  All the characters and events portrayed here are either products of the authors' imagination or are used fictitiously.  Except where otherwise specifically noted, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, all Global Guardians characters, and all stories included therein are Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 by Jack and Rebecca Butler with all rights reserved under International Copyright Convention.  Submitting material (such as but not limited to character submissions, background information, and artwork) for inclusion in the Global Guardians grants Jack and Rebecca Butler the right to use that material as they wish, in perpetuity, within the confines of the Global Guardians Universe. The submitter does not give up the right to use the material in ways unconnected to the Global Guardians Universe.  This website was designed by Jack Butler, and is maintained by Jack Butler. Unless otherwise and specifically noted and with the exception of player characters which are the creations of their respective players, all material on this site is the creation of Jack and Rebecca Butler.  No material on this site may be posted or published elsewhere without the express written permission of Jack and Rebecca Butler.  Champions and the Hero System are registered trademarks of and are copyrighted by Hero Games, Inc.  No challenge to any trademark or copyright is made or implied by this site.
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