It's an idea that's stuck in my mind, still open to suggestions. I'm likely to run it, but without too frequent posting. One post per day or two days, no faster. I'm not sure if a system would have to be used with it, though it certainly could.
Year 2040 is here, and our world is still progressing with blazing speed. Like in a music-clip, the first part of the century given us a show of wonders, tragedies, discoveries and fears. Political regimes around the world change faster than fashion fads, technological advances appear faster than goverments would like to, and terrorism for all kind of causes flourishes. Corporations sell tickets for the ever colorful ride that spins beyond anyone's control. First grav cars are available to those who can afford them, US goverment debates the right to own energy and needle weapons by private citizens, while an international group of hackers seizes control of missile satelites and conquers Brazil. Japanese tourists are frustrated, as wherever they go, all places look like home, just with different language. In the electronic, colorful, artificial world, stability returns with the biggest goverments working together to maintain order trough all means possible. The non-sensical regimes, like Trotskyist republic of south Denmark, or Christian Meritocracy of Korea are forced to join the global village or suffer, while broadening civil liberties contrast with total violence used against those who fall outside them.
Genetic engineering, cybernetics, quantum physics, biochemistry, applied parapsychology, evolutive neurology are now monitored more carefully, but since first experiments began around twenty years ago, humans with supernatural powers are a part of reality. Modern Herculeses, New Invisible gals, Real Volverines... They are not welcomed as heroes, and few incidents involving more-than-human criminals lay foundation for predujice and opression against them. Opression breeds resistance, people see plasma-throwing mutants fight squads of SWAT police, and a telekinetic lady throwing Eiphell tower to Gibraltar. At cost of many lives and billions of dollars in military equipment, the last 'supers' are killed or forced under strict control. Some dissapear mysteriously, only to reappear as one-man terrorist organizations or grizzled criminals.
You've saw all the crazy stuff in your nu-plasma tv when growing up. You heard people saying it's 'cool', but no one wanted to meet this sort of trouble himself. As you enter maturity and get a shiny citizens ID card, more things trouble your mind than rogue super-heroes. Some need to find a job or sink into poverty on medieval scale, others might be carefree spoiled teens who worry only about their latest true love, or their illegal collection of narco-hypnotic .mp5 files being found. There's the problem, though, something that you did not ask for, nor expect. A new, second generation of super-people is said to exist, seen as a new threat with most draconic laws passed to contain it.
It happened to you, perhaps because your DNA reacted with the experimental drug parents gave you for your allergies, perhaps because of a miraculous, non-repeateble surgery you were subjected too, perhaps cause you just caught *it*, like flu. You will soon be confronting the opressive and corrupted society that hates you for having powers beyond human's reach. You'll be the tragic heroes of this story, straight out of a holo-film or a video game, wheter you want it or not.
One detail eludes those who stack guns and cuffs to 'regulate' your kind, the second generation is only a shadow of the first one. While some wield powers no worse than the first generations, others barely have a few parlor tricks up their sleeve. More of an annoyance than real help. You're it.
You're those losers with feeblest abilities, those who'll catch all hell.
Wow, took more text than i thought it will. Super-heroics in opressive near future. Super(low)powered youth getting into more trouble than they can handle. The chars will be put in situations that superman would have trouble handling, with their sole power being 'give people a mild and harmless electric shock' or 'jump very far'. There is going to be A LOT OF BONDAGE, with the chars being put in nifty restraints, imprisoned in humilitating ways and subjected to lot of frustration.
You won't lose every time, there's place for serious plot, seriour character development, and real heroics, but it won't come easy.
Let me know if you're interested, anyone.