For a brief period of delightful insanity, the power of Marvel's Mr. Angst himself, Cyclops, was described as such: "The original 1983 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe volume stated that Cyclops's eyes contain inter-dimensional apertures, releasing powerful energies from another dimension into his own via the beams. This account states that his body naturally metabolizes ambient energy that is used to open and focus the apertures in his eyes. The energy of the beam itself originates from this other dimension." [source]
We can use this. We can use this well.
XP track as fighter; HD, saves, and equipment restrictions as expert.
Freaking Energy Beams: at first level, you gain access to Red energy, another color energy of your choice, and the Continuous Beam aperture form.
Aperture Location: your aperture has a fixed location on your body. This location may be any surface which comfortably fits your eye and a little extra all around. You may ask your GM if you can put it somewhere with less area, and what cost it might entail. The forehead or either palm are recommended.
Making Changes: switching between colors and aperture forms requires a full round of concentration. Declare at the start of a round, before initiative if rolled every round and before anyone can say what they're doing, that you are switching either for a different one. If you take damage or you are forcibly moved, you lose focus and remain with the color and aperture form you had active before the declaration.
New Colors: at third level, and then again at fifth, seventh, and ninth levels, you naturally have a new color become available. Choose a color you don't already have available when you reach these levels.
New Apertures: at second level, and then again at fourth, sixth, and eighth levels, you develop access to new apertures. Choose a new aperture you can't already use when you reach these levels.
The Secrets of Others: with a week of teaching from another Beamer you may learn how to access one of their colors or apertures. This time might not be the only cost to learning the secrets of other Beamers.
Energy Reserves: opening the aperture takes energy. A lot of energy. At first, your aperture has a maximum ammo die of d4. When you gain new aperture forms, increase the size of the maximum ammo die by 1 step.
Each use supplies a single round's worth of open aperture time. You may spend an entire ammo die step to open the aperture for a single, consecutive 10 minute duration.
Getting the ammo die back to maximum size requires being outside or in a magic-rich environment. Each day spent in either, or half day spent in both, this way takes the ammo die one step up (0/1 charges left to d4, d4 to d6, and so on) up to your maximum die.
Beamer Supreme: when you reach ninth level, you gain access to a single powerful enhancement to your Beaming powers:
- Portal Projection: you may spend an ammo die step to project a portal in the air up to 1 meter in front of you from your aperture. This portal leads anywhere you are familiar with on the same plane. You can keep it open for up to 1 minute, and may step through it, closing it in the process.
- Second Aperture: a second aperture opens up on your body. You may use both at the same time, each attuned to whichever color you pick and with whichever form you choose.
- Planar Attunement: using a day-long ritual, you are able to attune to a different plane rather than an energy dimension. Consult your GM how this would manifest, but here are some examples: fire plane would manifest similar to dragon's breath, divine planes could manifest similar to turn undead, water plane would manifest as a torrent of water.
- Intense Coloration: you gain access to the intense versions of color dimensions while attuned to those colors. Consult the catalog for what these do. Intense Coloration requires 2 ammo die rolls per use, but still require only a single ammo die step to run for 10 minutes.
The effect of each color is what happens when that color interacts with practically anything else.
Effect: concussive force. Goes straight through wood and leather, ignoring either as damage reduction or armor. Can go through metal. Save prevents metals from breaking.
Intense: 1d20 damage and goes right through all breakable materials. Needle Beam affects only damage, adding 1d10+3 damage.
Effect: weakening. Materials are twice as likely to break, while living things make STR and CON based rolls at a disadvantage. Both last 1 minute. Save negates.
Intense: materials that can break will break on their next use while the effect remains. Living things cannot use STR or CON for rolls at all and have HP equal to the amount of HD they have while the effect remains. Both last 1 minute. Save negates new HP value.
Effect: slippery. As Grease for anything in the color's area of effect for 1 minute. Save negates.
Intense: affected things cannot actually touch anything else, instead gliding against surfaces. Save replaces effect with Grease.
Effect: halting. Cancels any ongoing movement and momentum of things in motion and makes joints completely stuff, preventing further movement for 1 minute. Save negates.
Intense: freezes affected things in relative space. If on a planet, they will not remain in place as the planet hurtles away, but will follow the planet remaining in place on it. This can cause things to remain in air. In this state, things are not subject to physical damage of any kind, including weight pressure. This effect lasts 1 minute.
Effect: strengthening. Materials are half as likely to break, while living things make STR and CON based rolls at an advantage. Both last 1 minute.
Intense: breakable materials become unbreakable. Living things cannot fail reasonable STR and CON based rolls and their max HP temporarily increases by twice their level. Both effects last 1 minute.
Effect: sticky. Anything that touches another thing when struck is now stuck to it for 1 minutes and requires an STR check to remove. Save negates.
Intense: no STR check may be made to separate things stuck together this, as well as becoming continually sticky so this stick to anything touching them later. Lasts 1 minute.
Effect: infecting. Horrid black infection sprouts from struck area, causing 1 damage per round for an amount of round equal to twice your Beamer level. This infection can move from a surface to a creature, but the duration counts from when that surface was first struck. Save when infected negates.
Intense: the infection deals 3 damage per round, cannot be negated with a save, and continues past the initial duration unless a save is made. When the initial duration ends, and every round thereafter until the effect ends, make a save to end the effect.
Effect: searing. Applies high heat with appropriate effect - flammables catch fire, metal heats, and so on.
Intense: metal melts, flammables instantly combusts, flesh boils. Needle Beam slices straight through anything. Use with care.
Effect: crystal growth. Crystals of various kinds grow from struck surface. Side-effects as appropriate. Crystals turn to dust and disappear after 10 minutes.
Intense: crystals rapidly and intensively grow out from the affected area. Things may end up encased in crystals quickly. Living creatures may suffocate inside. Crystals last 1 hour.
Effect: weighing. Things struck with sufficient amount of color become twice as heavy. This effect does not stack and lasts 10 minutes.
Intense: the effect now stacks infinitely, as long as it is applied within the 10 minutes of the first time the effect happens. It takes one round of exposure for the effect to apply once.
Other colors might exist. Consult your GM.
Aperture Form Catalog
1. Continuous Beam
Fires a continuous beam for the duration of the aperture being open. It deals damage as normal, so long as the beam was focused for around 1 round on the target. When fired into a melee, compare attack roll to all ACs in that melee. It hits all the ACs it passes. If the beam hits nothing you can see, it continues in a straight line until it does hit something.
2. Bullet Pocket
The aperture becomes 2-stage. The first stage takes an entire round to complete, where it collects energy into a tight bullet. The second stage takes place on the round after, where it is fired in its concentrated form. The bullet deals damage as normal and may be fired normally into a melee.
It is not advised to use this form with the 10-minute aperture opening. The effective range is as crossbow.
3. Scattershot Pocket
As bullet pocket, except instead of a single bullet being generated, many smaller ones are created. These are fired in a cone in front of you with according to your throwing range.
4. Forked Beam
As continuous beam, but you may fire 2 beams at 2 strictly different targets, with -2 to the attack roll. Additionally, halve damage dealt and deal damage per beam.
5. Mixed Beam
Choose another color you have available when you switch to this form. You fire both color beams at the same time as a continuous beam, using the damage of the lower beam when used as a weapon, for both effects. Conflicting effects (like sticky and slippery) cancel each other out.
When you switch to a different form, choose which color to keep attuned.
6. Needle Beam
As continuous beam, but beam is needle thin and deals damage with a die one step higher and +3 damage. Red automatically affects metal and White’s effect is quickened.
7. Flat Beam
Fires a completely flat continuous beam, wider than a regular continuous bean, at an angle you choose when you switch to this form. If you do not choose an angle, it is horizontal.
8. Curved Beam
A continuous beam that is fired curved. The curving starts immediately and may be in any angle, allowing tight spirals or a beam that follows the curve of a planet.
9. Phase Beam
A continuous beam that deals very little damage, but passes through objects of limited volume. The beam can be stopped by 30cm of consecutive material, with very small gaps not counting as breaks. Otherwise, the beam continues unabated.
1d10 damage beams deal 2 damage this way, while all other beams deal 1 damage. Red beam cause an anchoring effect with a save negating. White beam causes mild heating.
10. Light Beam
A continuous beam that manifests as light. It cannot cause direct damage, and stop at the first instance of solid material, but reflects off reflective surfaces as would normal light.