Judge Holden wrote:[NE] Power Armor
My character's name is Prometheus and he is a titan. He wears a suit of powered armor that looks like a Centurian mixed with Iron man. He is also a Sorceror Supreme who likes to fly standing upright and use Illusion with the photographic modifier to make himself look like a god.
Ok, so my rules question is this: I have purchased Armor 2, with the Hardened Armor modifier added on. Cost of 4 points so far, minus one from the device, and then from the example of Zero (in the NE book pg 31) I would assume another one off for a total of 2 points?
I argue that I still get the slow activation because I do not wear the armor all the time. I am also a regular guy (with sorceror supreme powers) while not wearing the armor and I could get jumped that way, so I think I deserve the extra point off. I wear the armor all the time in front of my fellow villains just so they think I'm a God.
Well, as always, it's the GM's call.
Personally, I wouldn't allow Slow Activation in that case either. It's a modifier related to the time it takes to activate the power when needed, not whether the character always has access to the power. That's inherent in the Device modifier alone. Unlike an intrinisic power, a power in a Device will not always be with the character.
Also as it says in the book, if the power is basically always on and ready to go, then Slow Activation doesn't apply. If the character wears the armor around the other villains (read PCs), then only time he wouldn't wear it would be when the GM has to separate him from the other PCs, which just makes it harder for the GM to run the game in order to make Slow Activation as much of an issue as it should be.
However, instead of just disallowing it outright, I'd discuss options with the player to make it a viable penalty without undue hardship in running the game.
For instance, the easiest solution is for the character to interact with the other PCs both in and out of the armor. Now, this doesn't mean the characters
realize they are dealing with the same person, so Prometheus could maintain his visions of Godhood. So in armor, it would be Prometheus, member of the Omega cell, and out of armor, it could be Larry Ivers, Prometheus' apprentice/familiar, who keeps him apprised of what the Omega cell is doing while Prometheus is off handling "God stuff."
Anyway, it all comes down to player/GM communication to me.