Six players and a GM is about my limit, and might be a bit much for people new to the game. Going with a GM, a co-GM to help manage combat and NPC interactions, and five players is a lot easier, but requires two someones to GM, which might or might not be doable depending on the group. Rotating GM(s) occasionally is also a good idea, even if it’s just someone coming up with a one-shot they’re willing to run now and then and the usual GM running a recurring guest hero.
If people want a whole genre thing of “covers that transform the originals” there’s bardcore, with Algal the Bard and Hildegard von Blingin probably being the two most prominent ones.
My favorite bit of this ep was honestly Christopher showing that trolling us with shipping is his new favorite pastime, and the whole thing with Adam realizing the line between fanfic and canon is blurred strongly when it’s the sole creator(s) writing the fanfic.
Our theory is the mother is Aislin Allen (Glamour) based on a few pieces of circumstantial evidence. We know that she and Blade had a relationship, for one. There are a few other things that point to it, but one is a spoiler for something.
From the Shipping Episode: One of the stories told is that of the Shrieker and how she’s kind of just forgotten by the Freedom Five. She eventually turns to Baron Blade, who is more than willing to help her get set back up. They have something of a “business transaction of a relationship” where he helps her with technology and Glamour stuff, but also a relationship. She eventually leaves given his Baron Blade-ness and he is fine with it as these things come and go, but there you have it - he had a relationship.
From the Madame Mittermeier’s section of the Supernatural Settings episode: As the story progresses, he’s losing control of her and so he goes back into the carnival to gain more of its power and he is lost there. Whoops. As all this has been happening, there’s been a shadowy figure who, from silhouette, is obviously a young person. At this point at the end of the issue this figure makes a deal with the carnival (which is probably not going to ever be a problem) to get Blade back and for it to leave. It does, so Blade is returned, Young Legacy is herself again, and the shadowy figure is left unexplained.
From the video game: Wraith ends up having to retrieve files FILTER stole from Mordengrad that Baron Blade considers potentially damaging to be out there. One of them is a medical record for Aislin Allen.
Also pretty sure there was a question asked once if the Carnival person was the Baron’s daughter or maybe one of the Glamours, and the answer was “No to both, but you’re not far off” - sooo I am like 99% sure at this point that the Baron, in fact, has a son.
There’s actually another small thing that might or might not matter. The Archives entry for Glamour in the SCRPG core book says that
Opportunity knocked in the form of Baron Blade, who gave her tech that worked with the
remnants of her vocal powers to create illusions and manipulate the senses. All in exchange for a simple favor for the Baron.
This may be nothing, but it may also be something. That’s the fun part about speculating!
Also, thank you so much for your kind words. Sentinels has been such an inspiration for me that there will certainly be more art without any need to bribe. It is definitely a matter of time, not motivation, so “bigger” projects like the stuff I prepared for Essen are out of the question for now, but my mind can only hold so many images before they need to get out and be put somewhere.
the world where Legacy and Baron Blade are friends makes me think of Alan Moore’s Tom Strong and the alternate Tom that made friends with his enemies that looked like a better world than the base universe until the betrayals and everything falling apart.
Sasha from Casually Comics did a video on the episode but no link since it is too unconnected from the discussion.
That Tom Strong story’s more about his mother (who’s considerably less deceased and much happier than usual for a good while) than either iteration of Tom. She’s certainly the hero of the piece in the end.
Ironically, we sort of have a world where Legacy and Baron Blade are both friends and making out - the world of Weekly One-Shot #270, in which Young Legacy and Heroic Luminary were out on a double date with Expatriette and Setback, only to be attacked by Ambuscade!
We don’t know anything else about this setting, and also Christopher and Adam did not write the summary and had no input into its existence and I believe someone asked them a question about it once and they were utterly baffled, but it’s still canon because every Sentinels game is canon!
I am aware that I am super biased, but even though I really like Ivanna, she just does not read as Baron Blade to me.
I honestly don’t know if it’s the genderbend thing or the fact that she’s referred to as a princess who still lives with her parents or what it is. Also I don’t understand why she gets to be called Heroic Luminary when clearly the original version is already heroic?
The ship is weird to me, too, but people can have their fun with it if they want of course.
Oh, and back on the topic of the episode. I found it funny that both of the episodes they mentioned for being the worst for starting with the podcast (SouthWest Sentinels and OblivAeon pt. II) were exactly those I regularly go back to for a relisten.
I think it’s that, frankly, people are shaped by their experiences. Baron Blade is Baron Blade because of his backstory, because his father died in battle with Legacy, because he single-handedly seized control of Mordengrad and forged into into a technological powerhouse, and because of his eternal burning desire for vengeance against the Legacy line.
Him and Ivana have the same genes, parents, and — almost — names, but they’re very different people. They have roughly the same origins, but their differing life experiences made them into different characters. Their only similarities are being technological geniuses, rulers of Mordengrad, and enemies of Legacy — but beyond that, I think their personalities are rather distinct.
I don’t think the genderbending thing is the main source of difference, although it could be a contributing factor. I can definitely imagine a Baroness Blade that is much closer to Universe 1 Blade than to Princess Luminary, and has the same dynamics with a female Paul that our Blade has with our Legacy.