Having recently reread the Codex Alera books, I came to an idea. In the book, almost everyone has some degree of super powers (in that case everyone had some kind of elemental control), and there was a huge difference between how they fought and handled themselves and a modern army would, as they had to take into account all these factors.
So I thought, what if an event like an EVO outbreak or Wild Card event, or Marvel comics Earth X occurred? What if every baseline human was either killed or given super powers? And then, what if that effect was just the first wave? What if it signaled the start of an invasion?
I came up with a campaign premise that 9 years ago the world was just like in a Marvel or DC comic book world, with normal and supers, of a variety of origins. Then the event occurs, and all surviving people have the chance to be heroes or villains. But then the aliens block out the sun.
The solar powered non-copyright infringing paragon shot of into the sky to save him, but he also was held back by saving thousands from the alien ships sent to invade. Finally the mother ship exploded in a ball of fire. But the great paragon, had expanded all his energy to do this act, and became a self-perpetuating sun. Each day a person looks into the sky, they can see the greatest sacrifice of earth’s greatest hero.
But there are two new enemies. The world’s greatest mastermind *cough*Dr Doom/Dr Destroyer/etc *cough* chose that moment to fight the world’s greatest malevolent sentient AI *cough* Talos/Ultron/Mechanon etc *cough*. The battle itself is a secret of a history. But the result is common knowledge. The winner cannibalized the loser, and now a new threat exists-a cyborg amalgamation of these two evil villains. And it has decided to ‘share’ it’s new state of existence with the world.
Creating mechanized monstrosities with both genetic engineering and cybernetics, it’s greatest threats is called the NETWORK. Taking the last baseline humans, and keeping them in a sealed area, they have their brains hooked up to a wireless server. These brains control a variety of different autonomous units like a video game, but adults have difficulty moving from one machine to another, without dying. Children lack that issue.
The second enemy is a cult focused on a monstrosity from another dimension. At the time of the outbreak, minor cults and the remnants of larger mystical organizations performed a mass suicide-sacrifice to their god. And it was very pleased. At the end of the war they have a new existence. Spread the word of the unholy one. And kill the disbelievers. With all manner of twisted magic and demons at their beck and call they are a real threat.
Worst of all, the aliens are still around. Every five years they invade again. And the next one is coming up soon.
My question is, presume all remaining supers (villain and hero is no longer a distinction they can afford) join the military. Presume all variety of powers exist, but most are between 6-8 PL, and the all-powerful supers do not exist anymore. How would a completely super powered military actually operate?
Would you send in the first wave incredibly tough soldiers, or super speedsters to get a headstart? Who do we keep in the backrow, the energy blasters or the super geniuses? How does invisibility fit into this? And on a march and pressed for choice, who do you take with you, the bio-kinetic, the precognitive or the plant controller who can keep the army well fed wherever they are?
Basically I want to know how war and military would change (in your opinion) if both sides were super powered or you had all super powered against robots, magic or even aliens? What becomes the most valuable powerset.
Anyone ever done such a campaign before? How did that go?