As we announced earlier this week, to celebrate the release of Sacred Band’s Nisaba edition, we are giving you the Mutants & Masterminds stats for the five members of the team, one per day. Today’s instalment is the elementalist Optic!
Here’s the introduction to this series from Monday, just in case this is the first blog post you’ve found:
“My writing compatriots often joke with me that I write novels like a game designer: eighty thousand words into world building before I realize that I need a plot and some characters. In the case of Sacred Band, the joke is literal truth, though.
As part of my character design, I decided to turn to a familiar “language” for my development of Gauss, Deosil, Sentinel, Optic, and Llorona – the language of game mechanics. Specifically, the Mutants & Masterminds rule set. Building my protagonists in that system allowed me to make decisions on things like abilities and limitations as a structured undertaking.
Of course, when the story needed something that the rules didn’t or couldn’t account for, the story won out, but having that starting line to apply my creativity to in the first place made the process much easier than just writing into a blank space entirely.”
Today’s member of Sacred Band is Optic, the photoassumptive former military man capable of turning his body into a coherent field of light! Though he served with the superpowered Air Force unit known as the Seraphim with honor and dignity, he was the first super ever drummed out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and was influential in the repeal of that law. Since then, he’s done well for himself as a Hollywood action star, but he’s secretly itching to be back in uniform doing good work!
Sacred Band is now on sale in the Green Ronin Online Store (in print or in ebook) and on Amazon (in print or for Kindle). It’s even available in ebook on DrivethruRPG. Look for it at your local retailer as well!