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The Mediterranean

The cradle of Western Civilization, the lands surrounding ness areas. A closed, state-run economy for decades,
the waters of the Mediterranean Sea have shifted from the Albania faces challenges in adapting to become an
center of the known world to a part of a much larger one. open, market-driven economy. One of those challenges
Many are places upheaval and sometimes violent change, is the growth in smuggling, particularly illegal drugs, and
as well as home to ancient conflicts that still play out in human trafficking, particularly Albanian women and chil-
the shadows and secret places, away from the unknowing dren lured into servitude with the promise of opportunity
eyes of most of their people. abroad.


ALBANIA A point of pride for Albanians has been the recent ac-
North of Greece and across the Strait of Otrontosepa-
tivities of the man known as Shqipanja Shqiptar, or the
rating the Adriatic and Ionian Seasfrom Italy to the
Albanian Eagle after the countrys national symbol.
west lies Albania. The modern Republic of Albania formed
Hes a young man, dressed in a flight jacket emblazoned
in 1991 from the former Socialist Peoples Republic of
with the golden eagle of Albania and wearing a golden
Albania, which existed under Communist rule since 1944.
helm to conceal his identity. Like his namesake he can
Prior to that, Albania was invaded by Italy in
fly, surrounded by a glowing golden aura in
1939, becoming a Nazi protectorate in
the shape of outstretched feathered
1943. It originally declared indepen-
wings when he does so. The Alba-
dence in 1912, following the col-
nian Eagles aura also appears
lapse of the Ottoman Empire.
to protect him from harm, as
Proclaimed an atheist bullets have bounced off it.
state during the rule of He can fly fast enough to
Communism, Albania break the sound barrier,
saw the destruction of an effect he has used
numerous mosques to his own advantage,
and Islamic libraries performing flybys
and the conversion that send opponents
of religious establish- tumbling like ten-
ments into commu- pins, or creating small
nity centers and other sonic booms power-
facilities. Present-day
Albania has a major-
ity of Muslims, and a
THE MEDITERRANEAN ful enough to stun

He has said that he was

significant minority of
born with the Repub-
Christians, mostly Catholic
lic, which some have taken
and Eastern Orthodox, while
to mean in the same year
about a quarter of the popula-
the modern Albanian state was
tion identifies with a minority reli-
founded (putting him in his early 20s),
gion, or none at all.
although others have speculated there may
The countrys economy increasingly relies on tourism be a deeper meaning. The American Ghost Sightings
around Albanias extensive beaches and natural wilder- blog set off a minor flame-war when it noted a similarity


The Mediterranean is the origin of several of the characters described in the Freedom City
sourcebook, particularly the heroic inventor Daedalus and his foes Talos, Taurus the Mino-
taur, and the sorceress Medea. All of these immortals have walked the Earth for over two
thousand years and, although they have largely left their original homes and cultures
behind, they still have roots buried deep within the region, and potential reasons to
return here.
Taurus, in particular, maintains ties with his ancient homeland: The Labyrinth
extends its twisting corridors into the halls of power throughout Europe and Asia
Minor and Taurus lieutenant Constantine Urallos is a wealthy and powerful figure in
his native Greece.


The capital city of Sarajevo played host to the 1984 Winter

THE ALBANIAN EAGLE PL9 Olympic Games and remains a popular tourist attraction.
STR 3 STA 1 AGL 3 DEX 2 FGT 4 INT 0 AWE 2 PRE 2 Bosnia features numerous historic and natural attractions,
including Islamic and Eastern Orthodox sites, deep river
Powers: Eagles Aegis (Sustained Impervious Protection 10);
Soar Like an Eagle (Flight 9 (1,000 MPH)); Super-Sonic Stunts canyons, mountain lakes, and old growth forests.
(Array: Flattening Wake (Line Area Affliction 9; Resisted by
Dodge; Dazed, Prone; Instant Recovery, Reaction (flyby), Limited
to Flight Path), AE: Sonic Boom (Burst Area Affliction 9; Resisted
and Overcome by Fortitude; Dazed, Stunned, Incapacitated))
Advantages: Agile Feint, Beginners Luck, Defensive Attack, A particular archeological oddity of Bosnia is found near
Favored Environment (Aerial), Interpose, Language (English, the town of Visoko, northwest of Sarajevo. Known as the
Albanian native), Move-by Action Bosnian Pyramids, they consist of a cluster of hills that
Skills: Acrobatics 6 (+9), Athletics 4 (+7), Close Combat 4 (+8), some archeologists have declared the largest pyramid
Insight 4 (+6), Intimidation 4 (+6), Perception 6 (+8), Persuasion structures on Earth.
2 (+4)
Offense: Initiative +3, Unarmed +8 The five identified pyramids have been named (in
(Close, Damage 3) order from largest to smallest): The Pyramid of the
Defense: Dodge 7, Parry 7, Fortitude 9, Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Pyramid
Toughness 11, Will 9 of the Dragon,
Pyramid of the
Complications: Motivation
Albanian Earth, and the
Totals: Abilities 34 + Powers 57 +
Eagle Pyramid of
Advantages 7 + Skills 15 + Love. Although
Defenses 22 = 135 referred to as
pyramids, they
appear as large,
between the powers py r a m i d - s h a p e d
and motif of the Al- hills overlooking
banian Eagle and the Visoko. Their validity
Nazi super-soldier the as archeological sites
Red Eagle, known to has been in dispute for
have visited Albania years, since evidence is both
during its time as a protec- scant and often contradictory,
torate in 1943. suggesting the pyramids were
built thousands of years before

BOSNIA any known human civilization.

In fact, the Bosnian Pyramids are the rem-

Properly known as Bosnia and Her-
nants of an ancient Preserver site in the
zegovina (or Bosnia-Herzegovina),
region, perhaps similar to Mount Kila-
this nation on the Balkan Penin-
manjaro, and there are unexcavated
sula is still informally known as
tunnels and chambers beneath the
Bosnia. It was a part of the So-
hillsides. The site was either partially
cialist Republic of Yugoslavia
dismantled, or incomplete and aban-
from the end of the Second
doned, but still contains sufficient samples
World War until the collapse
of Preserver technology to be of great interest, not just
and break-up of the Soviet
on Earth, but to other factions in the galaxy.

The subsequent disintegra-

tion of Yugoslavia led to the
Bosnian War from 1992 to
East across the Adriatic Sea from Italy is the Republic of
1995, between Bosniak
Croatia, the crossroads of Central Europe and the Medi-
and Serb elements of
terranean. Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, Croatia
the region. It ended with
declared independence in 1991, fighting a four-year war
the Dayton Agreement
against Yugoslavian forces to establish itself as a demo-
between the presidents
cratic republic after decades of communist rule (and Nazi
of Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which
occupation prior to that).
established the current borders and structures of the
nation. Since then, Bosnia has faced the challenge of Present-day Croatia is a popular tourist destination, par-
rebuilding badly damaged infrastructure and modern- ticularly in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, and the Czech
izing a formerly socialist economy, dealing with high Republic. The country has more than a thousand small
unemployment and civil unrest related to its economic islands along its Adriatic coastline, and protected beaches
problems. and nature preserves.


Unfortunately, Croatias location and heavy tourist traffic

also make it a way-point for Central Asian heroin and
South American cocaine making their way into Europe, A tiny British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar is just under
along with other forms of smuggling. seven square kilometers at the southern tip of the Iberian
peninsula, neighboring Spain. It is dominated by its name-
LAVANDA sake landmark, the Rock of Gibraltar, from the Arabic Jabal
Tariq, or Mountain of Tariq, a limestone edifice rising
Criminals in Croatia have a new concern in the form of some 426 meters (1,398 feet) above sea level. It was previ-
Lavanda, a local superhero. Robed, cloaked, and hooded ously known as Mons Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules,
in cloth of her namesake color, lavender, the mysterious flanking the passage to the Mediterranean Sea.
woman appears out of thin air to capture criminals, stop
crimes in progress, and to offer aid and assistance to those Gibraltar has been a British possession for centuries, origi-
in need. nally a vital naval base, although its importance has dimin-
ished considerably in recent decades. Its people are British
She appears to have considerable mental powers, includ- citizens, although Spain also asserts a claim to the terri-
ing telepathy, telekinesis, and her signature teleportation, tory, an occasional point of contention in Anglo-Spanish
all of which leave the lingering scent of lavender flowers relations. The local culture is a unique mix of English and
in the air. She may also be precognitive or clairvoyant, Spanish, with elements of Moroccan, Arabic, and other
given her knack for showing up in the right place at the cultures, and many speak Llanito, a vernacular unique to
right time. While she has been most active in the Croatian Gibraltar, that mixes English and Spanish, along with other
city of Split, Lavanda has appeared all over the country, loan-words. Gibraltans often refer to themselves as Llanitos.
although she has not operated outside of Croatia as yet.
(For game stats, use the Psionic archetype from the Heros The Rock of Gibraltar holds the ruins of an ancient Arab
Handbook, but substitute Teleport for Flight.) fortress, and is honeycombed with tunnels, some initially
cut in the 1700s, and expanded upon during the Second
World War as part of Gibraltars use as a naval base and for-
CYPRUS tress. It was a test-bed for Project: Tin Soldier, a prototype
robotic soldier, sealed for decades in a secret chamber in
The Republic of Cyprus is the third largest and third most one of the unused tunnels.
populous of the islands of the Mediterranean. After a long
history as a possession of various nations and civilizations Presently, the most of the Rock is set aside as a nature pre-
along the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus gained its indepen- serve, home to the unique species of wild Barbary macaques,
dence in 1960. the so-called Apes of Gibraltar. Local legend has it that if the
apes ever all depart Gibraltar, so will the British. Professor
Unfortunately, in 1974 a Greek nationalist coup attempted Jackanapes (see the Threat Report sourcebook) once sought
to overthrow the local government and unify Cyprus with to test this story with an arcane ritual, but Britannia and
the Greek mainland. This led the Turkish army to invade Matador put a stop to it. Jackanapes claimed the Rock was
and partition the northern third of the island. Although a potential power-spot for certain kinds of magic. In fact, his
a cease-fire agreement was reached, the Turks refused to incomplete ritual stirred up a vortex of elemental power that
surrender the territory they had taken. Tens of thousands lies dormant, waiting to potentially empower someone with
of Greek and Turkish Cypriots were displaced from their a measure of the Rocks legendary immovability.
homes on either side of the demarcation, and the parti-
tioning of Cyprus remains an ongoing diplomatic conflict, TEMPLATE: SPIRIT OF GIBRALTAR 30 POINTS
with United Nations and European Union negotiators at-
tempting to resolve the dispute. Powers: Growth 10, Impervious Toughness 10

Cyprus is famed in myth as the birthplace of the Greek

goddess Aphrodite, where she first set foot on the shore GREECE
after rising out of the foam of the sea. This and a long The legacy of Greeces ancient civilizationand gods
history of Greek culture tie Cyprus to the powers of the is felt throughout present-day Earth-Prime. The ancient
Olympians (see Mount Olympus under Greece, follow- world was a time when the gods more freely interfered
ing). Indeed, there is a Mount Olympus on Cyprus as well, in mortal affairs, and both monsters and mortal (or semi-
but distinct from the better known Mt. Olympus of Greece. divine) heroes of their making existed.
Cyprus is also home to the Hala Sultan Tekke, the Mosque Modern Greece is quite some distance from its mythic
of Umm Haram, one of the holiest sites of Sunni Islam, past, however. While the ancient sites and monuments are
built during the islands time as part of the greater preserved as much as possible, Greece struggles with the
Ottoman Empire. challenges of the present, with a depressed economy and
Terrorist organizations like Overthrow have sought to ma- substantial national debt creating civil and public unrest.
nipulate ultra-nationalist movements on both sides of the Although it has millennia of history, the modern Greek
Cypriot divide for their own ends. UNISON keeps observ- state formed in 1830 following a war of independence
ers on-hand to monitor the UN buffer zone between the from the Ottoman Empire. Greece experienced a number
disputed partitions of the island nation. of upheavals, including monarchies imposed by the great


powers of Europe, before becoming the modern Hellenic When Kairos learned that, as a part of his funding, the
Republic. Centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire fol- military was looking into battlefield applications of his re-
lowed by independence and a later Greek-Turkish war has search, he was infuriated. When budget cuts looked to force
led to unease between Greece and Turkey, manifested in the closure of the project, with all research turned over to
the ongoing dispute over Cyprus (previously). the military, he acted. He locked the prototypes cybernetic
control systems to his own nervous system, preventing
Modern Greece has the largest portion of the worlds total anyone else from using it, and concealed all of his research.
merchant fleet (some 16%) and shipping is a major indus-
try. Wealthy Greek business magnate Constantine Urallos, After some time operating as the armored Professor
owner of Delphic Industries, got his start in shipping, and Chiron, he earned such respect from the public that the
still controls a substantial fleet. government and military chose to settle with Dr. Kairos,
rather than create further public ill-will by prosecuting
In recent years, the Greek government has been investing him. He now splits his time between scientific research
in education and technological development, although and using his technology to investigate and protect the
both are now suffering from the economic crisis along people of Greece and Europe from a variety of threats.
with the rest of the nation.


Anyone who knew young Georges Kairos would never The tallest mountain in Greece has long been associat-
have expected an academic life for him, as he was a wild ed with their pantheon of gods, its mist-shrouded peak
young man from a poor family, prone to getting into said to be their home. Indeed, pantheon literally means
trouble. That changed when his older sister was killed in home or temple of all of the gods. In truth, although the
a tragic accident. Georges enlisted in the Greek military Greek gods did walk the slopes of Olympus, their true
where he displayed a remarkable technical aptitude and home exists on an other-dimensional plane, most easily
a talent for engineering. Unfortunately, he had barely fin- accessible near Mytikas, the highest peak of Mt. Olympus.
ished his basic training before being sent off to a conflict In the Golden Age of Ancient Greece, the portal between
in the Middle East, where he lost both legs to a land mine. Mytikas and the true Olympus opened freely, but the
formation of the Pact between the Master Mage Simon
After recovery and rehabilitation, Kairos threw himself
Magus and the magical, otherworldly powers, restricted
into his studies. A combination of military benefits and
the gods travels to the mortal sphere.
scholarships allowed him to earn advanced degrees in
engineering, and he focused on bionics, cybernetics, and Zeus still reigns as king of the gods, his wife Hera at his side.
robotics. Rather than focusing on traditional efforts to Of the Olympians, the ones who now most often interact
create replacement cybernetic limbs, Dr. Kairos looked to with mortals are Hermes and Hades. Hermes, messen-
other models, particularly an equine body-frame capable ger and herald of the gods, carries Zeus decrees to those
of containing additional support structures. His prototype mortals still willing to listen. A trickster by nature, Hermes
earned him the nickname Professor Chiron, after the sometimes finds ways to slip away from Olympus and have
mythic centaur teacher of heroes. fun in the mortal world. He has, for example, challenged
superhuman speedsters to land races in the past, or set
PROFESSOR CHIRON PL9 himself up with the life of a mortal celebrity in order to
enjoy all of the pleasures the human world has to offer.
STR 7 STA 1 AGL 0 DEX 3 FGT 3 INT 7 AWE 2 PRE 1 On the other hand, Hades, the dark lord of Tartarus,
Powers: Equine Harness (Removable, 16 points): Enhanced simmers with resentment towards the restrictions placed
Strength 6, Immunity 10 (Life Support), Leaping 3 (60 feet), upon him, first by his younger brother Zeus, and later by
Movement 1 (Sure-footed), Protection 9, Speed 5 (60 MPH),
Weapon Pods (Cumulative Ranged Affliction 9; Resisted
the Pact and the presumptuous mortals who dare chal-
and Overcome by Fortitude; Dazed, Stunned, Incapacitated; lenge the gods themselves. Hades has long sought to
Variable Descriptor (non-lethal weapons)) overcome the Pact and extend his power over the Earth,
Advantages: Connected, Eidetic Memory, Inventor, Languages thwarted by various heroes, particularly the immortal
2 (English, Latin, Greek native), Move-by Action, Teamwork, inventor Daedalus and his Freedom League allies (see
Well-informed Freedom City for details).
Skills: Athletics 3 (+10), Close Combat: Unarmed 5 (+8),
Expertise: Science 8 (+15), Insight 6 (+8), Intimidation 4 (+5),
Unknown to the other Olympians, Eris, the goddess
Investigation 4 (+11), Perception 6 (+8), Persuasion 4 (+5), of discord, also has her hand in mortal affairs, having
Ranged Combat: Weapon Pods 6 (+9), Technology 8 (+15), focused her attention on the chaos and potential discord
Treatment 2 (+9), Vehicles 2 (+5) in Emerald City following the Silver Storm. (See the Threat
Offense: Initiative +0, Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 7), Weapon Report sourcebook for details.)
Pods +9 (Ranged, Affliction 9, Fort. DC 19)
Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude 8, Toughness 10, Will 10 TEMPLATE: OLYMPIAN 69 POINTS
Complications: Motivation Doing Good. Disability: Prof. Powers: Comprehend 4 (Languages; Read, Speak, Understand
Chiron is paraplegic and cannot walk without his harness. and Understood), Enhanced Stamina 10, Enhanced Strength
Totals: Abilities 36 + Powers 62 + Advantages 8 + Skills 29 + 10, Immorality 5 (one day), Immunity 11 (Aging, Life Support)
Defenses 28 = 163


The Olympians share the traits given in the Olympian

template, although some have additional ranks of Im-
mortality and Immunity, and may have Regeneration
as well. They commonly each have a divine array based Mount Olympus
around the Olympians portfolio or area of interest, such
as Dionysus role as god of wine and ecstasy, or Hes-
tias as goddess of the hearth. See the full write-ups of
Hades and Eris for examples (see Freedom City and Threat
Report, respectively).

One of the largest of the Greek Islands, the isle of Crete
was once center of the Minoan civilization. It also sits
at the center of the origin of one of Earth-Primes most
famous heroes, and one of its most sinister villains.

King Minos, who gave his name to the civilization he ruled,

became a patron of the inventor Daedalus, employing
him to create an inescapable labyrinth to imprison the
Minotaur, the monstrous offspring of Minos wife, sent as
a curse by the gods for their displeasure with Minos disre-
spect. King Minos then imprisoned Daedalus and his son
Icarus to keep them from telling the secrets of the labyrinth
to anyone. Daedalus crafted wings that allowed them to
escape, but Icarus failed to heed his fathers warnings and
fell into the sea and drowned.

The Greek hero Theseus later ventured into the labyrinth

and slew the Minotaur, but the creature was raised from
death by Hades, god of the underworld, to serve as his
instrument in the mortal world under the name Taurus.
See the Freedom City sourcebook for details on Daedalus,
Taurus, and the Labyrinth, the organization he founded
and named after his former prison.

Both Daedalus and Taurus have taken steps over the cen-
turies to conceal information about the ancient Minoan
civilization of their time in order to keep it from becoming
too widely known. The Labyrinth, in particular, maintains
a close watch on the isle of Crete and any historical or ar-
cheological projects going on there.

The modern Italian Republic, Repubblica italiana, claims
an ancient heritage as a center of the Western world for
centuries, influencing politics, religion, art, culture, tech-
nology, philosophy, and exploration. The city of Rome
became the center of a great empire that controlled much
of the known world at its height before crumbling and
falling prey to invaders.

Italian civilization declined during the Dark Ages, pre-

served almost solely in the strongholds of the Catholic
Church, before flowering again during the Renaissance.
The Italian states produced some of the worlds greatest
scholars and artists, while Italian explorers discovered
routes to the Far East and the New World, ushering in the
Age of Discovery.

A unified Kingdom of Italy quickly industrialized at the

end of the 19th and into the early 20th century, expanding
Italian territory and influence, but a reversal of economic



STR 0 STA 2 AGL 3 DEX 3 FGT 3 INT 1 AWE 1 PRE 3 STR 14 STA 2 AGL 0 DEX 1 FGT 10 INT 3 AWE 2 PRE 3
Powers: Flight 10 (2,000 MPH); Force Field (Sustained Protection Powers: Earth Mastery (Array (28 points): Earth Blast (Ranged
10); Immunity 10 (Light Effects); Solar Sustenance (Immunity 2 Damage 14), AE: Earth Moving (Perception Ranged Move
(Sleep, Starvation & Thirst, Source: Light)); Starlight (Array (24 Object 14, Limited to Earth, up to 400 tons), AE: Earthquake
points): Blinding Aura (Cumulative Perception Area Affliction (Burst Area Affliction 9; Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by
6; Resisted and Overcome by Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Fortitude; Dazed and Vulnerable, Stunned and Prone; Area 2
Unaware; Limited to Vision), AE: Blinding Beam (Ranged (60 ft.), Extra Condition, Secondary Effect, Limited Degree,
Cumulative Affliction 12; Resisted by Dodge, Overcome by Limited to Along the Ground), AE: Earthworks (Create Earthen
Fortitude; Impaired, Disabled, Unaware; Limited to Vision), AE: Objects 14), AE: Stone Grip (Ranged Affliction 14; Resisted
Healing Light (Healing 12), AE: Illuminate (Environment 12 by Dodge, Overcome by Damage; Hindered and Vulnerable,
(light, 8 mile radius)), AE: Light Blast (Ranged Damage 12)) Defenseless and Immobilized; Extra Condition, Limited
Degree), AE: Tunneling (Burrowing 13, 500 MPH)); AE: Stone
Advantages: Evasion, Inspire 2, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 3
Form (Enhanced Strength 12, Immunity 10 (Life Support),
Skills: Acrobatics 6 (+9), Close Combat: 5 (+8), Expertise: Impervious Protection 12 (Activation: Free Action)
Astronomy 4 (+5), Insight 6 (+7), Perception 6 (+7), Persuasion
Advantages: Connected, Contacts, Inspire, Languages
4 (+7), Ranged Combat: Starlight 4 (+7)
2 (English, Latin, Italian native), Leadership, Minions 10
Offense: Initiative +3, Light Blast +10 (Ranged, Damage 12), (Carbonari thugs), Power Attack, Ranged Attack 4, Takedown,
Unarmed +8 (Close, Damage 0) Well-informed
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 8, Fortitude 9, Toughness 12, Will 10 Skills: Deception 8 (+11), Expertise: History 6 (+9), Expertise:
Politics 6 (+9), Expertise: Tactics 8 (+11), Insight 10 (+12),
Complications: Motivation Doing Good. Power Loss: Intimidation 6 (+9), Investigation 8 (+11), Perception 6 (+8),
Stellas powers fade at a rate of about 1 rank per 20 minutes Persuasion 10 (+13), Ranged Combat: Earth Mastery 5 (+6)
when she is not exposed to daylight or starlight.
Offense: Initiative +0, Earth Blast +10 (Ranged, Damage 14),
Totals: Abilities 32 + Powers 69 + Advantages 7 + Skills 16 + Unarmed +10 (Close, Damage 14)
Defenses 28 = 152
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 12, Fortitude 13, Toughness 14, Will 12
Complications: Honor: Duca Nefando has a personal code
fortunes led to the rise of a fascist government, which allied of honor and a romantic view of battle. Motivation Power:
with Germany and Japan as part of the Axis Powers during Duca Nefando believes he possesses power in order to justly
World War II. The modern Italian Republic was founded in rule, and seeks greater power to fulfill his ambitions.
1946 after the wars end, becoming a part of the European Totals: Abilities 46 + Powers 91 + Advantages 23 + Skills 37 +
Economic Community and later the European Union. Defenses 33 = 230

STELLA DARGENTO ment for a united Italy, Nefandos secret society wanted
Italy for Italians, with an ouster of foreigners and immi-
Chiara dAngelo loved to wish on the stars as a little girl,
grants, and an end to relations with the European Union.
and studied them as she grew older, with her telescope
as her most prized possession and stories of astronomers The heroes of Italy and that selfsame Union eventually
like Galileo and Cassini in mind. No surprise to her family brought Duca Nefando to justice for his crimes. Too dan-
that Chiara chose to attend university to study astronomy gerous to imprison in Europe, the EU arranged to send
and astrophysics. him to the American Lockdown facility (see Atlas: United
States), where Magoni languished and his power-base at
Watching meteor showers was a favorite summer pass
home weakened without his leadership.
time, but Chiara was thrilled when she actually witnessed
a small meteorite impact in the countryside nearby! Eventually, Duke Nefarious overcame the power-dampen-
Rushing to investigate, she found more than she ex- ing measures of the American prison and used his earth-
pected: the glowing star fragment imbued her with its shaping powers to escape. Authorities believe he has made
silvery-white light and vanished. Chiara almost chalked his way back home to assumed control of the remnants of
the strange experience up to a dream until she discovered his organization once again, dreaming of the greater glory
she somehow possessed light-generating powers! of Italia with himself as a new Emperor. They expect war to
break out amongst the criminal gangs and fringe political
When a political protest at the university turned violent, she
factions as old lines are redrawn and old scores are settled.
used her powers to help, and established herself as Stella
dArgento, the Silver Star, sometimes called the Star of Italy, DECA NEFANDO
in the press. The masked Stella is the darling of the Italian
media and, thus far, no one suspects bookish and bispeca- Duca Nefando can control earth and rock (the bedrock of
led Chiara dAngelo is the glamorous, glowing heroine. Italia) at will, blasting foes with dirt and stone, and shift-
THE CARBONARI ing hundreds of tons of rock with no more than a gesture.
He can also transform into living stone with tremen-
Ilario Magoni, alias Duca Nefando (Duke Nefarious), forged dous strength, resistance to injury, and immunity to most
disparate Italian criminal and ultra-nationalist factions mortal concerns. He considers himself a gentleman and
into the Carbonari, seeking a new il Risorgimento or Re- honorable warrior, and prefers face-to-face combat with
surgence. Whereas the original was a 19th Century move- an equally chivalrous foe.



A name spoken only in cautious whispers is that of La Theology is a somewhat more lively field on Earth-
Vedova, The Widow, the most feared and mysterious Prime, where various mythological deities are not only
figure of the Italian underworld. She controls the most real, but still find ways to involve themselves in mortal
powerful crime families in the country, and throughout affairs, in spite of the ages-old Pact that limits such inter-
ference. While one might think that genuine deities (and
much of the Mediterranean and Europe, but her identity
related figures like loa and orixias) walking amongst
is a closely-guarded secret. Those few who have seen her mortals would be a blow to monotheistic institutions
can only describe a slim figure dressed entirely in black, like the Catholic Church, that could not be further from
wearing gloves and a dark mourning veil, surrounded by the truth. There remain just as many devout Catholics,
bodyguards. as well as other Christians and adherents to monotheist
faiths like Judaism and Islam, on Earth-Prime as their are
Stories and rumors about her multiply in the telling, claim- on our own world.
ing La Vedova is an ambitious black widow who married
her way into the most powerful crime families, gaining There is, naturally, considerable theological debate
about supernatural forces and beings, and their place in
influence before her husbands suffered mysterious ac-
the natural order, as well as on the existence and nature
cidents. Some link her with the fascist spy known as La of God Himself. Generally speaking, official Catholic
Vedova during the 1930s and 40s, or perhaps her daughter Church doctrine has held since the 20th century that
or granddaughter. Others suggest that she is everything the deities which have shown themselves to humanity
from an immortal vampire to a powerful fate-weaving are, at worst, frauds and decievers, using mythology to
witchcertainly inspiring superstitious fear in others. A confuse and dupe people, which is sometimes the case.
few even suggest La Vedova may not be a woman at all, At best, these beings may have once been worshipped
but a man using the guide of The Widow, or something by ancient civilizations, and may be still by some but,
far stranger, such as a shapeshifter, alien, or android. For although they are acknowledged as gods, they are not
God the Creator. They do not have His omnipotence nor
occult conspiracy theorists, thematic similarities between
omniscience and their powers, although sometimes
La Vedova and the co-leader of the spider-cult of the Eight-
vast, are limited. The notion is actually supported by
fold Web (see Threat Report) do not go unnoticed. loa such as the superheroine Siren, who acknowledge a
distant, vast, and virtually unknowable Creator.
Whatever her true nature, La Vedova is the most powerful
and influential criminal in the Italian underworld, her web Indeed, this arrangement allows liberal monotheists to
of influence and connections stretching world-wide. She suggest that perhaps the lesser gods are themselves
has occasionally found it useful to leave trails of bread creations of the One True God, and that they serve some
crumbs to lead heroes and authorities like UNISON to the purpose in His design. Exactly what that purpose might
be remains a mystery, but most theories talk about
doors of her rivals to cut back on competition. That may
matters of faith and free will, and the importance of
now include Duca Nefando and his Carbonari, the latest
multiple paths to truth, as well as choices to validate
threat to her influence. human freedom.

VATICAN CITY Earth-Prime mystics do have experience with a force or

power they alternately call the Light or the Logos (the
Word), also known as the Voice or the Presence: a pure,
The Stato della Citta del Vaticano, or Vatican City State, is undifferentiated divine energy that exists on the very
the smallest recognized independent state in both area boundaries of reality, prismatically forming various
(about 110 acres) and population (just under a thousand emanations that are themselves tremendously powerful
at any given time). It is also one of the few remaining ab- supernatural beings. The Light may well be what some
solute monarchies, with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope of humans refer to as God but, if that is the case, there is
the Catholic Church, as head of state. Vatican City is the no definitive proofonly expressions of human faith.
seat and sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes)
of the Catholic Church.
against them. In secret, it actually does a great deal more,
The current status of Vatican City was established in 1929 by and has for centuries, through the Order of St. Cyprian,
the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and the Kingdom patron saint of sorcery.
of Italy, establishing it as a separate and sovereign state.
The walled grounds of the Vatican contain some of the Cyprian of Antioch was himself a sorcerer, supposedly a
most historic and holy sites in Catholicism, including Saint practitioner of the darkest arts, prior to his conversion to
Peters Basilica, St. Peters Square, the Apostolic Palace, and Catholicism some time in the third century. In truth, while
the Sistine Chapel. More than half of its territory is occupied Cyprian did turn away from the most evil temptations of
by gardens established during the Renaissance, some of the occult, he remained a masterful wizard, and followed
which were originally orchards and vineyards. in the footsteps of Master Mage Simon Magus in helping
to protect the world from dangers from beyond.
THE ORDER OF ST. CYPRIAN The Order that bears his name has functioned secretly
within the Church hierarchy at least since the time of
Although the Catholic hierarchy plays down the matter the Inquisition in Europe, when they fought true occult
of all-too-real demonsand diverse otherworldly evils terrors, before the witch-hunts were co-opted for politi-
it does maintain the practice of exorcism to safeguard cal purposes and ran out of control. Cyprian monks and


nuns (the Order includes both) are guardians of the Vati- FATHER LUNDI
cans extensive occult library and collection of artifacts
(one of the largest in the world) and continue to practice In most Earth-Prime series, the Order is primarily com-
magic in secret, in order to wield its power against invad- posed of scholars with considerable Expertise: Magic
ers from hellish netherworlds and those humans who skill and possibly the Artificer and Ritualist advantages.
would misuse it. Of particular concern to the Order is the (see the Gadget Guides sourcebook for additional ritual
identity of Earths future Master Mage, and ensuring that options). Full-fledged sorcerers are relatively rare. In a
the role does not fall into the wrong hands, since that Supernatural Handbook series, the Order of St. Cyprian
would mean all of reality descending into chaos. could be allies or rivals of ARCADE, while in a more magic-
focused M&M series, they might have more spell-casters
The current Grand Master of the Order of St. Cyprian is amongst their ranks.
Mathieu Lundi, a French priest and occultist with many
years of experience as an exorcist, monster hunter, and THE ORDER OF ST. DRAUSINUS
Unbeknownst to the world at large, Vatican City also has
the highest per capita population of superhumans in the
FATHER LUNDI PL6 world, largely due to the influence of the secret Order of
St. Drausinus. It is the creation of Father Martin Sylvestre, a
French priest and member of the French Resistance during
Equipment: Choose up to 10 points of equipment the Second World War, who inexplicably gained virtual in-
Advantages: Artificer, Connected, Contacts, Defensive Roll vulnerability after praying at the shrine of St. Drausinus, the
2, Equipment 2, Languages 4 (English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, patron saint of champions and the invincible. Unlike many
and up to four others, French native), Luck, Ranged Attack 4,
Readied Rituals 3*, Ritualist, Well-informed *See the Rituals
of the more colorful heroes of the 1940s, Father Sylvestre
Appendix of Gadget Guides. kept his powers secret, using them to aid the resistance,
and faking his own death on multiple occasions.
Skills: Deception 6 (+9), Expertise: Magic 10 (+12), Expertise:
Religion 10 (+12), Insight 8 (+10), Intimidation 2 (+5), After the war, Father Sylvestre prayed for guidance and
Investigation 8 (+10), Perception 6 (+8), Persuasion 6 (+9),
Stealth 6 (+6), Treatment 6 (+8) chose to disclose the existence and origin of his powers
to his religious superiors. The unusual nature of the case
Offense: Initiative +0, Unarmed +6 (Close, Damage 0) or
weapon attack
drew the attention of the Vatican, allowing Sylvestre to
offer a proposal: Surely the guidance of St. Drausinus was
Defense: Dodge 7, Parry 7, Fortitude 5, Toughness 4/2**, Will 7 a sign, and there might well be other members of the
**Without Defensive Roll bonus
community of the faithful who would develop strange
Complications: Motivation Responsibility. new powers or abilities in the future. If so, then the Mother
Totals: Abilities 34 + Powers 0 + Advantages 21 + Skills 34 + Church had a responsibility to seek out those people and
Defenses 16 = 105 give them moral guidance.

Battle in Roma


So it was that the Pope himself invested Father Sylvestre

with the authority to create a secret schola to find, teach, FATHER HUAMAN PL6
and train super-powered Catholics, the Order of St. Drausi-
nus. In the decades since, the Order has done just that, co- STR 1 STA 2 AGL 1 DEX 1 FGT 3 INT 2 AWE 4 PRE 2
vertly finding and contacting those of the faithful blessed Powers: Empathy (Senses 3 (Detect Emotion, Ranged, Acute));
with miraculous powers, and helping to guide them in the Lie Detection (Enhanced Insight 4, Limited to Detecting
Deception); Power Detection (Senses 11 (Detect Powers,
responsible and Christian use of those gifts. Some of the
Accurate, Acute, Analytical, Extended 5 (x100,000))
Orders students entered religious orders, and few ever
became costumed vigilantesmuch less criminalsal- Equipment: Choose up to 10 points of equipment
though there are numerous urban legends of mysterious Advantages: Connected, Contacts, Defensive Roll 2,
miracle-workers aiding those in need in places around the Equipment 2, Languages 2 (English, Latin, Spanish native),
Ranged Attack 4, Well-informed
Skills: Close Combat 2 (+5), Deception 6 (+8), Expertise:
Father Sylvestre ably navigated the treacherous waters of Religion 10 (+12), Expertise: Super Powers 10 (+12), Insight 8
Church politics, particularly keeping his Order out of the (+12/+16 vs. Deception), Investigation 8 (+10), Perception 6
hands of those who would seek to exploit it, and those (+10), Persuasion 6 (+8), Stealth 4 (+5), Treatment 2 (+4)
who placed their trust in it. He maintained the mission of Offense: Initiative +1, Unarmed +5 (Close, Damage 1) or by
the Order was one of responsibility and mercy, not oppor- weapon
tunism or indoctrination. Defense: Dodge 6, Parry 6, Fortitude 4, Toughness 4/2*, Will 8
*Without Defensive Roll bonus
Still, his legendary invulnerability did not extend to the
Complications: Motivation Responsibility.
ravages of time, and the founder of the Order passed away
more than a decade ago. Father Sylvestres successor as Totals: Abilities 32 + Powers 15 + Advantages 13 + Skills 31 +
Defenses 14 = 105
head of the Order is Father Emilio Huamn, a psychic sensi-
tive originally from Peru. His extrasensory powers allowed
him to help detect and locate potential students of the
Order for many years as Father Sylvestres trusted aide. MALTA
The Republic of Malta, Repubblika taMalta locally, is made
MACEDONIA up of seven Mediterranean islands with a total area of
some 316 square kilometers, making it one of the small-
Republika Makedonija, the Republic of Macedonia, occu- est and most densely populated countries in the world. At
pies the northwestern third of the former region of Mace- less than a square kilometer, its capital, Valletta, is also the
donia to the north of Greece. It seceded from the disin- smallest in the European Union.
tegrating Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991,
after having been a part of that nation since 1944. Malta has a long history as a valuable port for trade and
naval vessels, dating back to ancient Phoenician, Greek,
Officially, the name of the nation is in dispute, as both Greece and Roman traders to its relatively modern role as a naval
and ethnic Macedonians (descended from the region) base for the United Kingdom.
oppose its use without a qualifier, such as Northern Mace-
donia, to distinguish the current nation from the overall Malta also has a long history as a Catholic stronghold.
ethnic and historical region. The United Nations uses the Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, granted Malta to the
official designation the former Yugoslav Republic of Mace- Knights Hospitalier in 1530 and the order, also known
donia to refer to the nation until the dispute can be settled. as the Knights of Malta ruled the islands for over two
hundred years, until their ouster by the forces of Napo-
The ancient kingdom of Macedonia is famous as the birth- leon Boneparte in 1798.
place of Alexander the Great, the son of King Phillip II of
Macedon. This status sometimes draws the attention of Following a Maltese rebellion just a few years later, Malta
super-criminals obsessed with the legendary and histori- became a British possession, and played an important
cal exploits of Alexander, who could claim to have con- role as a naval base on British trade routes and during the
quered the whole of the known world in his time. Thus Second World War. The nation achieved independence
far, schemes to find some historic or mystical connection from the UK in 1964 and the modern republic was formed
to Alexanders birthright or power in Macedonia have ten years later.
proven unsuccessful.
Unscrupulous treasure hunters and super-criminals are
Modern Macedonia has struggled since independence sometimes drawn to Malta by the potential for lost Hos-
and the transition from the socialist Yugoslavian economy pitalier artifacts (some gathered from the Middle East
to a market-based structure. It faces substantial poverty and other sites across the ancient world), as well as by the
and unemployment, although relatively little unrest. mystic potential of ancient Neolithic sites on the islands.
The region was destabilized briefly by the Kosovo War
Fortunately, Malta has its own protector. Known as The Knight
in 1999, when hundreds of thousands of Albanian refu-
of Malta or simply the Knight, the mysterious figure is clad in
gees flooded across the border (see Albania, previously).
the ghostly, glowing armor and tabard of a Hospitalier, wield-
Albanian nationalists in Macedonia briefly took up arms
ing a similarly shining shield and sword. The armor and shield
seeking autonomy or independence for heavily Albanian
are supernaturally tough and the Knights sword can cleave
areas of Macedonia.


through ordinary ma- now considerable girth, and the

terials. Sometimes, fact that any exertion tires
the Knight appears him easily.
mounted on a ghostly,
glowing horse able to Still, his mind remains as
gallop through the air. sharp as ever, and he
retains his reputation
In truth, the Knight as one of the worlds
is not any one person, greatest detectives.
but a kind of supernatu- He trained both
ral energy or presence Callie Summers and
that occupies different Elliot Allen (AKA
Maltese citizens as hosts, Elite), the second
granting them particular and third Ravens,
powers and an innate sense of in the art of de-
what needs to be done with tection, and
them. Thus far, the Knight remains an ally
has always chosen well (assum- and confidante.
ing it is a choice at all): Everyone Mr. Beloch con-
who has wielded its power has sults with local,
proven worthy, and it has national, and
been a life-changing expe- international
rience for many of them. police and
heroes, pro-
Some of these New vided they are
Knights of Malta remain willing to do so over the phone
quietly in touch with each or to visit his home.
other, and have sworn both
to keep the true nature of For Belochs game traits, use the Police Chief
the Knight a secret, and to from the Heros Handbook, but without the
assist whoever wields the Athletics skill. Increase his Intellect to 8
Knights power in times of
Knight of Malta and give him 12 ranks in Insight, Investiga-
tion, and Perception. He also has the At a
Glance and Brilliant Deduction powers from
TEMPLATE: THE KNIGHT OF MALTA 55 POINTS the Talent Powers of Power Profiles.

Powers: Ghost Armor (Impervious Protection 10, Feature

1 (Conceals Identity)), Ghost Shield (Enhanced Dodge 2,
Enhanced Parry 2), Ghost Sword (Penetrating Damage 10,
Accurate 5), Phantom Steed (Flight 5 (60 MPH), Platform) Slovenia, north of Croatia, is the meeting point for four major
geographic features: the Alps, the Dinaric Alps, the Pannoni-

MONTENEGRO an Plain, and the Mediterranean, making the nation a cross-

roads of cultural and trade routes in southeastern Europe.
Sandwiched between Bosnia and Albania along the Adriatic Slovenia was also a part of the Socialist Federal Republic
Sea, Montenegro (from the archaic Italian for Black Moun- of Yugoslavia in the decades following the Second World
tain) was part of the former Yugoslavia, and remained a part War, gaining independence in 1991 and transitioning to a
of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with Serbia after the parliamentary republic and open market economy. It has
dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic in 1991. a comparatively low population density; some 60% of the
The tensions of the Bosnian and Serbian wars from 1991 nation is covered by forest, and it features dense river net-
to 1995 lead to increasing distance between Montenegro works. Karst topography is named for the Karst Plateau in
and Serbia until the alliance was dissolve by referendum Slovenia, where water has eroded carbonate bedrock, cre-
in 2006, leaving Montenegro an independent nation. In ating networks of caverns and underground river ways.
2011, the Montenegran parliament acted to partially The combination low human population density, coupled
restore the royal family that had been deposed and exiled with extensive natural terrain and river networks may con-
in 1918. The current head of the House of Petrovi-Njego tribute to the number of sightings recorded by UNICORN,
is Crown Prince Nicholas II. the UNISON Special Command responsible for reality
The most famous citizen of Montenegro in the superhero incursions. Experts believe some wilderness areas of Slo-
community is Maurice Beloch, who lives in an unassum- venia interface with the interdimensional realm known
ing house outside of the capital, Podgorica. A fairly ath- as Faerie, inhabited by supernatural beings. The most
letic and adventurous man in his youth, Beloch rarely ever recent report is of a blue-skinned ice queen named Bora
leaves his home these days, at least in part because of his appearing to visitors to the Slovenian Alps.



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