The Venture Institute is an
experimental school for teenage metahumans. While the students are not
yet particularly powerful or respected, they may someday become
humanity's best hope for survival. In the meantime, they'll be happy to
pass their classes and maybe make some friends. Fighting crime is just a
of the Player Characters:
Locally Important. The player characters are low-powered, even compared
to other local heroes. However, their success or failure will determine
whether the Institute remains open, so their actions have some impact.
There will occasionally be crossovers with NPC heroes, as well as
characters from other campaigns.
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:
referred to, by many metahumans, as "flyover country." While the
Mayo Clinic made many of the early advances in metahuman
medicine (and continues to do good work in the field) and not a
few heroes and villains came from the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes
originally, almost every successful or powerful metahuman moved
to more "exciting" areas as soon as they could. Two super-hero
groups have called Minnesota home; the Jesus Freaks are usually
on the road, and the ill-starred New Legends... let's just say
that most Minnesotans under the age of twenty don't know they
Then came Senator Adolphus D. Venture (D-Minn), both a proud
son of his state, and a bit of an idealist. As a junior member
of the Metahuman Affairs committee in the United States Senate,
Senator Venture had occasion to hear testimony from heroes,
villains and interested parties. He noticed that increasingly,
more metahumans came into their powers before they finished
puberty, and many of them did not have the support they needed
to use those powers wisely; others were even rejected by their
families because of their powers. The senator decided that what
was needed was a school to serve teenaged metahumans who could
not for whatever reason be educated in standard high schools.
To no one's surprise, Senator Venture lobbied to have this facility
built in his home state. The Juvenile Metahuman Educational Institute
(as it was then called) passed through the approval process, though
barely, and funds were allocated. During the building process, Senator
Venture was killed in a house fire, and it was quickly decided to rename
the school after him. A staff, including several experienced metahumans,
was surprisingly easily assembled. It opened in fall 2003 with its first
seven students, codenamed Alphabeta, Mighty Girl, Rock Bottom, Snooze
Button, Temptress and Whiz Kid. Temptress was expelled for violation of
school rules (bank robbery, to be precise), but Rock Bottom successfully
completed his last year of high school despite his unusual appearance,
and has become a full-fledged superhero with the Baltimore New Guard, so
the program is considered a partial success, and the five remaining
students will be joined by seven new ones for the fall of 2004.
For the most part, the residents of the northern Minneapolis suburb the
Venture Institute is located in are pleased to have it there. It's
prestigious, provides some jobs, and the students have been relatively
well-behaved. A scattering of locals have prejudices against metahumans,
but those that are bigoted against people for racial, ethnic or
religious reasons have been more of a problem. The police department is
officially grateful for any assistance the Institute can provide, but in
practice many officers will choose not to involve students except in
extremis. The press has been largely favorable, but has no compunctions
about reporting negative events.
Venture Institute is a four-color campaign, and for the most part the
morality of the campaign will be four-color as well. There may be times
when students must decide between following school rules and doing what
they believe is right, as well as conflict between different students'
Rather on the romantic side. The staff of the Institute will do their
best to shield their students from lethal situations, but actions *will*
have consequences, and foolish actions will usually have bad
Positive. The students may suffer setbacks in their lives or schoolwork,
but there will always be the hope of a better day ahead.
Light-hearted. Lives will seldom truly be in danger, and problems might
seem trivial to the adult world. But being teenagers, the students will
generally take themselves and their difficulties very seriously.
The game will be entirely serial. Player character actions in one
scenario will have effects on later scenarios, and continuity will be
enforced. Adventures will move linearly through time, bad guys will
remember who you are and what you did to them, and your mistakes will go
on your permanent record.
Building a Character for the
The intent of the
campaign is to replicate the light adventure and teen soap opera of such
Silver Age comic books as the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Teen Titans
and the X-Men, with a bit of anime spice. Interesting or even odd powers
are more important than balanced constructions. Traditional high school
cliches (jock, nerd, Young Republicans) are appropriate, as are
deliberate twists to those cliches (goth chick with sunshine powers!)
Students should also have some reason why they cannot continue their
education in a mainstream high school.
Because of the nature of the
school, there are certain restrictions on what sort of student is
- The Venture Institute is primarily for teenaged metahumans whose
powers came to them involuntarily, rather than through physical or
mystical training (there are dojos and schools of magic for those
- At this time, aliens, intelligent apes and artificial beings are
not being admitted, due to their specialized needs.
- The Institute is not a reform school; while it may take an
"at-risk" student, convicted felons are right out.
- American citizens will be given priority for available slots.
Character backgrounds should be submitted initially. Based on those,
I will select a team lineup and will ask for character sheets. However,
given the very restrictive guidelines, prospective players should
probably do the math to see if their concept can be done on the
All Venture Institute students should follow these guidelines:
plus the Campaign-Mandatory Disadvantages (see below), for a total of 70
points of disadvantages.
Maximum Points From
One Category of Disadvantage:
Maximum Active Points
for Any One Power: 40
- All students must take the following disadvantages. These
are in addition to the 50 points of voluntary disadvantages:
- "Social Limitation: Minor" for 10 points
- "Social Limitation: Subject to Venture Institute Rules" for 10
- No Power Frameworks are allowed.
- Because the students are inexperienced teenagers who have yet to
reach their full growth, there are a few changes to the usual
- The required minimum of points spent on "background" skills is
lowered to ten points from the usual 25.
- Up to four Characteristics (including figured Characteristics)
may be lowered below their starting level. Only one Characteristic
may be lowered below half its starting level. This is a change from
the standard rule that only two Characteristics may be lowered.
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