The Fighting Fathers: A "History" RPG (High Casual/Low Advanced)
I tried getting this going back during the winter and it kind of stalled. Note that history is in quotes for a reason. This would just be a game where we can have some goofy, over the top fun.
The Fighting Fathers:
A "History" RPG
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and went to war with Great Britain. In 1777, General George Washington met with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in Boston. With Jefferson was a man from France. Gilbert du Motier, known as the Marquis de Lafayette, was a prominent French general who was apart of an old and powerful society known as the Timekeepers. The Timekeepers were responsible for maintaining the natural order of the world. The Timekeepers declared that the long reign of the British Empire was to end. The colonies would win the war, and Lafayette would help them.
In a ceremony in Philadelphia, the three men were inducted into the Timekeepers and shown their secrets. The Timekeepers possessed powerful artifacts of a supernatural nature, and had access to magic. Using the Timekeepers' tools, the Colonies defeated England and declared their independence. Washington was declared president, Adams his vice president, and Jefferson his secretary of state. As part of the Timekeepers, all three men had been made immortal and given a serum that gave them special abilities. All three faked their deaths at appropriate times and went into hiding in Europe.
In 1824, the three men discovered that the Timekeepers had declared that America would break up into two separate nations after a long and bloody civil war. The three founding fathers could not bear to see the country they created broken apart. Defying their society, the men fled Europe and returned to America. In secret, they used whatever means they could to stop and delay civil war. In 1860, they used their influence to elect a man who would keep the union together: Abraham Lincoln. They revealed themselves to him and worked with Lincoln throughout the long and bloody war. The Timekeepers discovered the founding father's treachery and turned on them. Unable to stop the Union from winning the war, they had Lincoln assassinated in revenge. They didn't stop them, though, as they used their magic to bring Lincoln back from the grave days after he was killed.
Together, the four of them founded the Executive Branch, a clandestine organization that would protect and fight for America's interest any place anywhere. Their ranks are made up of former American presidents and other historical figures, each of them turned immortal in the same way the three founders were.
Now, in 2013, they wage clandestine wars against a variety of threats that include the Timekeepers, the Secret Soviet Union, and the Roman Republic of Zombies.
Powers: Regenerative healing factor
Bio: The former general and hero of the War of 1812 was the first president resurrected by the Executive Branch. The Founders injected him with the superhuman serum and Jackson was bestowed with a powerful healing factor that can help him recover from almost any wound.
Bio: The first agent of the Executive Branch, Lincoln chose not to take the superhuman formula. Instead the Great Emancipator works as an agent using nothing but his wits and god given talent... and an axe. A really big axe.
William Henry Harrison
Powers: Intangible, ability to become invisible, and possession of any living person or animal.
Bio: Harrison's claim to fame is the United States' shortest serving president, dying after only two months in office. The Executive Branch attempted to resurrect Harrison in 1872. A botched procedure led to Harrison's soul coming back to the physical realm, but not his body. He haunts the halls of the Executive Branch's office when not taking part in missions for the group.
Powers: Shapeshifter capable of taking on any human form.
Bio: Madison was brought back to life in 1896, just in time to be used as an intelligence operative during the Spanish-American War. Madison infiltrated the Spanish and Cuban forces in Cuba, assassinating several key military figures, and paving the way for a successful campaign by future president Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Madison spent the majority of the 20th century in and out of undercover operations, his sense of identity and sanity drifting as he became the person he shifted into.
Ulysses S. Grant
Powers: Super strength, rock-hard skin.
Bio: "Unconditional Surrender" Grant, the man who won the Civil War and rode the glory to the presidency. Resurrected to help fight during the Great War, Grant works as a field agent as well as executive military adviser for the Executive Branch.
Bio: Roosevelt, like Lincoln, opted not to have any powers. Instead, the Bull Moose uses an elephant gun and a rather large club in his work for the Executive Branch.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Powers: Technopath. Armor is capable of flying at supersonic speeds, and provides FDR with super strength.
Bio: FDR's shot gave him the ability to communicate with any machine in the general area. Roosevelt works as the Chief of Staff for the Executive Branch, acting as the gatekeeper between the agents and staff and the ruling council of the Founders. Still paralyzed by polio, Roosevelt has high-tech mech armor he can use when the time comes.
Powers: Atomic powers grant Truman super strength, speed, and durability in addition to flight and atomic blasts.
Bio: Harry Truman was brought back to life in the early 80's and given the serum. The superpower that emerged from him was the power of the atom. Atomic energy courses through Truman's body and grants him a bevy of superman powers and skills.
John F. Kennedy
Powers: JFK has the powers of persuasion. He can talk and persuade any one to do anything..
Bio: Brought back to life shortly after his assassination, Kennedy's shot gave him the power of mind control. He uses these powers as an infiltrator and assassin.
Powers: Shapeshifter and powerful wizard.
Bio: The disgraced former president was brought back to life by the Executive Branch for the express purpose of him redeeming himself. Nixon, objecting to being injected with the superhuman formula, instead opted to pursue magic. In the years since, Nixon has become an adept mage and competent field agent.
Powers: Reagan can absorb a person's life force, powers, and memories with skin to skin contact.
Bio: The most recent agent brought back to life, the Gipper's powers mean he can literally suck an enemy dry with just his hands.
Founding Father with electrical powers
William Tecumseh Sherman
Former Union general with pyrokinetic powers
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil rights champion and clairvoyant.
Robert E. Lee
Former Confederate general and probationary agent with no powers.
Wilbur & Orville Wright
Inventors and expert pilots
The original secret cabal, the Timekeepers are made up the immortal elite of the world. Kings, queens, and other famous figures make up this clan of manipulators that make sure the world goes according to their plan. In their minds, they are the metronome that keeps time for the rest of the planet. As far as anyone can tell, the Timekeepers were wiped out by the Executive Branch in the aftermath of the Great War.
The Fourth Reich
While Adolf Hitler's dreams of an Aryan world died in 1945, that does not mean that the Nazi way of life died... or that Hitler stayed dead. Based out of Brazil, the Fourth Reich is made up of a select few of Hitler's inner circle that managed to steal Timekeeper technology during the Second World War. Their leader? Adolf Hitler's brain planted inside a cyborg body.
The Secret Soviet Union
Communism and the Soviet Union have been gone for over twenty years, but there are still those that long for its return. Former KGB members, affluent politicians and businessmen inside Russian and the former Eastern Bloc countries work constantly to bring back the good old days of the Soviet Union. Their leader is Joseph Stalin, alive and immortal as a werebear.
The Zombie Roman Republic
Thousands of years ago, when Julius Caesar's legions overran Gaul, a witch placed a curse on him and his legions. Unbeknownst to Caesar or his men, they could not die... but only if they consumed human flesh. During a botched assassination attempt by the Roman Senate, Caesar himself ate the entire governing body and fled the country with his army in tow. Today, they roam the Mediterranean looking for victims. With Mark Antony at his side, Caesar commands his army to show no mercy as they feed. Their battle cry? Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your braaaaains!