The Joined

You'd be nothing without them — your partner, your sibling, your friend, your rival, your other half. You're tied to their powers and to them, through and through. The rest of the world only ever sees you two as halves of a whole — not as two separate people. And the two of you aren't sure if they're right.

Your Other Half:
Hero Name:
Real Name:

You look similar to your other half, and your costume choice is always the same as theirs. Choose two other options they have selected that you share; then, choose two options from the lists below.
• Ambiguous, Man, Shifting, Transgressing, Woman
• Asian or South Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, White
• Brooding face, curious face, judging face, unreadable face
• Casual clothing, eccentric clothing, dark clothing, light clothing

Your powers complement your other half’s. You have the same abilities they have. At least for now

Your Labels start off the same as your other half’s, but you may shift up any one Label, and shift down any one Label.
Danger -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3
Freak -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3
Savior -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3
Superior -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3
Mundane -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3

• How did you and your other half become connected?
• Who or what did you have to give up because of your connection?
• Apart from your powers, what keeps you together?
• Someone outside the team thinks you’d be better off on your own. Who are they and why do they think that?
• Why do you care about the team?

Once you've finished your backstory, introduce your character to the other players, and then determine what happened when your team first came together, the relationships between you and your teammates, and who has influence over you.

When our team first came together…
The connection between our two halves was threatened by the crisis. How? By what?

When you have problems with your other half, you talk to _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
You are jealous of the relationship between your other half and _ _ _ _ _ _ _, and you keep trying to interject yourself.

Are you more or less trusting than your other half?
If more trusting, give out one more Influence than they did.
If less, then give out one less Influence than they did.
If you didn’t get Influence over your other half, then take it now. If you didn’t give Influence to your other half, then give it now.

Your Other Half
You share a deep bond with your other half. You are stronger together than you are apart, for now. If your other half is a Delinquent, Outsider, or Transformed, take two moves from their playbook: one they have and one they don’t. Remember that you share much beyond your moves; i.e., if your other half is an Outsider, you both hail from the same dimension/planet/etc. For all other playbooks, you share in the core extras of your other half.

• The Beacon: Take drives and mark four of your choice. When your other half strikes out a drive, strike it out as well.
• The Bull: Take The Bull’s Heart with the same love and rival as your other half. Choose a different role that you commonly fulfill.
• The Janus: Take The Mask and a secret identity. Choose a different Label for your Mask. Take two obligations: one shared, one unique to you.
• The Legacy: Take a legacy. Your other half fills in as many names in the initial list as they choose; you fill in the rest. You can never answer the questions for your other half’s Legacy move.
• The Protege: You share a mentor with your other half. When they finish defining your mentor and resources, choose an additional resource.
• The Doomed: Take a sanctuary, a doom, and a doom track: You and your other half share the conditions that bring your doom closer and a doom track; when it fills, you both choose a new doomsign. You start with the doomsign your other half chose. Your other half picks the initial features and downsides of your shared sanctuary. You choose one more of each.
• The Nova: Take burn and four flares, two shared and two unique to you.
• The Star: You share an audience with your other half. When they finish defining your audience, choose at least one option different from your other half for why your audience loves you; choose one additional advantage; and choose one additional demand your audience makes on you.
• The Reformed: Take Friends in Low Places. You share two of the same contacts as your other half, and one different. You track obligations together; any time one of you marks obligation on a contact you share, the other does as well. Any time one of you erases obligation on a contact you share, the other does as well.
• The Newborn: Take A Blank Slate. At the start of play, you share the same two lessons with your other half. Any time either of you fills in a lesson, the other can mark potential to write the same lesson. Any time either of you rejects a lesson and erases it, the other can mark a condition to do the same.
• The Innocent: Take Your Future Self. At the start of play, circle the same step of your future self’s path as your other half. When either of you strikes out a circled step or circles a struck out step, the other does the same and chooses an option from the list.

Bonds and Distinctions
At character creation you start with Two of a kind, and choose one other bond. When either you or your other half locks a Label, cross off one of your chosen bonds and choose a distinction.

❑ Two of a kind: When time passes, you and your other half gain Influence over each other. When you or your other half pierces the other’s mask, mark a condition to take a 10+.
❑ Fastball special: When you perform a coordinated fighting maneuver with your other half, say who takes the lead and who assists. The leader rolls the adult move overwhelm a vulnerable foe. The assistant marks a condition.
❑ Powers, activate!: When you and your other half pool your powers, say who takes the lead and who assists. The leader unleashes their powers with your combined Freak (max+4). The assistant shifts Savior down, Mundane up.
❑ Four eyes are better: When you and your other half assess the situation from two different vantage points, one of you makes the move, and the other may either clear a condition or ask an additional question. You both get +1 when following the answers.

❑ Mirror, mirror: When you pierce someone’s mask, you can ask them “What are you really feeling right now?”, even on a miss. If you do, they can ask you the same question.
❑ Shouldering the burden: When you push yourself to do something your other half failed at or can’t do, mark a condition to use the adult move wield your powers.
❑ Going solo: When you directly engage a threat entirely on your own, you can roll + Superior instead of + Danger.
❑ Internal strife: When you snipe about your other half behind their back, remove one Team from the pool and clear a condition.

Moment of Truth
When you trigger your Moment of Truth, choose—are you working with your other half, or are you on your own?

If you’re working with your other half, use the text of their Moment of Truth and treat it as if it applies to both of you. Remember to lock your Label and switch a bond to a distinction because you’ll probably never reach these heights of perfect connection, of being one, ever again…

If you’re on your own, use the following text: You’re on your own. It’s like missing an arm. Like fighting naked. Like holding your breath. You’re missing something vital…but you’re moving faster than ever, thinking faster than ever, doing things you couldn’t even do while relying on both of your strength combined. And it’s hitting you, hard—you can do this. Without them. And you can win. It’s going to be hard to come down off this high and rejoin with them afterwards, isn’t it? Remember to lock a Label and switch a bond to a distinction, afterward

Team Moves
When one of you shares moment of vulnerability or shares a triumphant celebration without the other one present, mark a condition to mark a potential.

POTENTIAL ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑
Every time you roll a miss on a move, mark potential.

When you fill your potential track, you advance. Choose from the list below.

❑ Take one new bond
❑ Take one new distinction
❑ Take a move from another playbook
❑ Gain two new abilities from any playbook
❑ Take an advancement from your other half’s playbook
❑ Someone permanently loses Influence over you; add +1 to a Label
❑ Rearrange your Labels as you choose, and add +1 to a Label
❑ Unlock your Moment of Truth

When you've taken five advances from the top list, you can take advances from the list below.

❑ Unlock your Moment of Truth after it's been used once
❑ Change playbooks
❑ Take an adult move
❑ Take an adult move
❑ Lock a Label, and add +1 to a Label of your choice
❑ Retire from the life or become a paragon of the city

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