Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Jactitation!

Jactitation: The ability to absorb kinetic energy and use it to prevent oneself from ever becoming immobilized. As a superpower, the poster boy for jactitation is Hellfire Club member Sebastian Shaw.

In ICONS Great Power, the Absorption power allows you to absorb energy attacks to avoid physical damage, and then do something with that absorbed energy, such as release a concussive Blast attack, boost an ability score temporarily (Ability Boost), or heal yourself. If you want to add jactitation to your ICONS game, I suggest making it a new stunt or extra (i.e. permanent stunt) of Absorption. Since the Absorption power as written in Great Power basically covers the physical attack stuff that could potentially immobilize you, I would limit Jactitation to preventing mental attacks aimed at immobilization:

Jactitation: You may use absorbed energy to avoid being immobilized by a mental attack (Mental Blast, Mind Control) as if you had Mental Resistance equal to your Absorption power level. 

Short and sweet. Thanks again for reading!


  1. I've played many RPG over the years, but I've never heard of ICONS. Did you create it?

  2. Hi Alex - thanks for stopping by!

    ICONS was created by Steve Kenson (creator of Mutants & Masterminds, DC Adventures, and True20 for Green Ronin Publishing) in 2010 and published by his company, Ad Infinitum Adventures. Steve has designed for many other popular supers games like Champions and WEG's old DC Universe RPG as well.