I’ve said before that 4e D&D is Superhero Fantasy where the Heroes are medieval versions of the Fantastic Four, Batman and all the rest. That more than hit home while I was reading PHB2. That book is chock full of mutant superhero goodness!
Let’s meet the team.
Professor Xavier – Gnome Tactical Warlord/Shaman with Ritual Feat
Crippled since birth, Xavier is a gnome who knows the battlefield like no other – some say his skill is such that he can even see into the minds of his opponents. He has dedicated himself to the betterment of the non-human races and used his considerable wealth to form the School for Gifted Demihumans.
Angel – Deva Ranger
Where most Devas wear small wing ornaments as a matter of pride, War’rn has self-forged a pair of stunning silver mechanical wings to his back. As the scout and tracker of the team, Angel flies high above his teammates, relaying critical tactical information back to the Professor.
Wolverine – Razorclaw Shifter Barbarian
Grumpy, humourless but quite likeable when you get to know him (after a few decades, maybe), the Shifter known as Wolverine is, without doubt, the best at what he does. Thanks to his Adamantine Amulet of Healing and ferocity in combat, he’s almost unstoppable. Which is not a good thing if you’re the one trying to stop him.
Jean Grey – Half-Elf Shaman
She talks to spirits, and they talk to her. She shares a close bond with Professor X and a bed with….. well, pretty much anyone else, it seems. But the less said about that, the better, eh?
Beast – Half-Orc Rogue with Alchemy Feat
A brutal genius, or a genial brute? The Half-Orc known only as Beast is both, combining his innate strength and dexterity with an unexpectedly scientific mind. He’s far more at home in his alchemy lab than battling evil face-to-face, but when the need arises he’s more than up to the task. In combat he combines unexpected changes of direction and acrobatic moves to leave the poor foe open to attack. Then, he pounces – just like the Beast he is.
Colossus – Goliath Earth Warden
From across the waters comes Piotr Rasputin, a huge hulk of a creature with a close ties to the land itself. With but a thought he can coat himself in rock and his favourite tactic is to pick up Wolverine and throw him at his foes (counts as a Ranged attack with one of Wolverine’s At-Will Powers and Wolverine Shifts to the target square; usable once per Encounter).
Cyclops – Human Chaos Sorcerer
Ever the outcast, Cyclops’ chaotic nature arose in his teens when he accidentally destroyed an orc village. Unlike most sorcerers his magical blasts originate from his eyes and have a habit of accidentally going off at inopportune moments. Professor X and Beast have worked together to fashion of visor for him which grants him some of degree of control. He is a natural leader in the field, though his cautious nature has led to more than one conflict with Wolverine.