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Campaign: The 99

Campaign: The 99
The High Concept: Defenders of 1190 Jerusalem

Campaign in Brief:
Three years now have passed since Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb whom the western barbarians call Saladin has recaptured the Holy and Sacred City of al-Quds al-Sharif. A kind of peace has settled across the land thanks in part to the wisdom of our leader and also in some small part due to the efforts of the nine and ninety whom are gifted by Allah and carry in them each one of his names.

The 99
The 99 are men and women upon whose soul Allah has written one of his 99 names. They have been gifted with incredible abilities; Flight, Energy Projection, Near Invulnerability, Speed; they use these abilities to help their communities, protect the innocent, stop the wicked, etc.
They are referred to as the 99 as there are 99 names of Allah, the actual number of these heroes is unknown – rarely are there more than a few active in any area at any given time although more, both good and evil, seem drawn to al-Quds al-Sharif and Saladin.

Jerusalem
The City of al-Quds al-Sharif is one of the oldest cities in the world changing hands many times throughout history. For the last century, until 3 years ago, it had been under the control of invading westerners, the Franj, crusaders who were brutal rulers, destroying or usurping sacred temples and lands for their own churches; forcing their religion upon the masses.
Three years ago Saladin liberated Jerusalem from the crusaders. Muslims, Jews and Christians are now allowed to live and worship freely. A period of huge investment has begun with the construction of houses, markets, public bathes, and pilgrim hostels.
It is a great time for al-Quds al-Sharif and it’s citisenry but there are always those who would seek to promote chaos and disorder for their own ends and the 99 must remain vigilent.

Djinn
Like the 99, Djinn are possessed of great power but rather than use it in the service of Allah and their fellows opt instead to spread chaos and terror for their own personal gain or in the service of some other power either mortal or immortal.

The Hashashiyyin
The Federation of the Assassins in Alamut has long been a matter of concern. Saladin is of course a likely target renowned for his long campaigns against them as might be any of the 99 should they prove troublesome. Anyone could be fidā’ī, highly trained at infultration and assassination. There are rumors even that many of these assassins are also Djinn possessed of powers that make them all too effective at their profession.

The Franj
The invaders from the west that were driven off a mere three years ago still seek the riches, both spiritual and material, of al-Quds al-Sharif. They have their plots and plans; infultrators, spies and sabateurs, wolves among the sheep living under the blanket of Saladin’s Mercy. They also have their Djinn to aid them though they call them Metatron – Voices of God.

Character Creation:

Race: All characters are Human and begin with the normal Bonus Edge.
Attributes: Are Purchased as Normal
Skills: Are purchased as Normal
Edges and Hindrances: Edges and Hindrances are purchased as normal. All Players begin with the Arcane Background (Super Powers) for free. If you have access to Necessary Evil the Super Powers rules from there are ideal for this setting.

Notes:
Islam in 1190 is nearing the end of its golden age. The religion of the period is a far cry from what you see reported on the news, the religion of today is a far cry from what you see on the news, but during the golden age Islam offered the world huge advancements in science, engineering, philosophy, law, art, poetry, and literature. Saladin, particularly, is often held up as a pillar of chivalry advocating and insisting upon equality and understanding. That being said, the influence of Islam on a ‘The 99’ campaign should be only as much as the GM and group are comfortable with.

As conceived this is intended to be a fairly straightforward supers game. The players have super powers and work together as a team with the approval of the local authorities to protect their city from threats – usually super powered ones but not always. That the city happens to be Jerusalem in AD 1190 can be as important or unimportant as the GM wants to make it. There is almost no standard superhero story that could be told in a modern setting can’t be told in Saladin’s Jerusalem. The setting can also pretty easily be ‘tuned’ to any comic age the GM and players wish to use.

Finally, if any of my current players are reading this pay close attention – this will almost certainly be the groundwork for an upcoming Heracles’ Children arc – sometime after China and Rome.

The 99 Names of Allah (or I am no longer allowed to spell check this document)
Ar-Rahmān: The All Beneficent, The Most Merciful in Essence, The Compassionate, The Most Gracious
Ar-Rahīm: The Most Merciful, The Most Merciful in Actions
Al-Malik: The Owner, The Sovereign, The True and Ultimate King
Al-Quddūs: The Most Holy, The Most Pure, The Most Perfect
As-Salām: The Peace and Blessing, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Most Perfect
Al-Mu’min: The Guarantor, The Self Affirming, The Granter of Security, The Affirmer of Truth
Al-Muhaymin: The Guardian, The Preserver, The Overseeing Protector
Al-ʿAzīz: The Almighty, The Self Sufficient, The Most Honorable
Al-Jabbār: The Powerful, The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Most Lofty, The Restorer/Improver of Affairs
Al-Mutakabbir: The Tremendous
Al-Khāliq: The Creator
Al-Bāri’: The Rightful
Al-Muṣawwir: The Fashioner of Forms
Al-Ghaffār: The Ever Forgiving
Al-Qahhār: The All Compelling Subduer
Al-Wahhāb: The Bestower
Ar-Razzāq: The Ever Providing
Al-Fattāh: The Opener, The Victory Giver
Al-ʿAlīm: The All Knowing, The Omniscient
Al-Qābiḍ: The Restrainer, The Straightener
Al-Bāsiṭ: The Expander, The Munificent
Al-Khāfiḍ: The Abaser
Ar-Rāfiʿ: The Exalter
Al-Muʿizz: The Giver of Honour
Al-Mu’dhell: The Giver of Dishonour
As-Samīʿ: The All Hearing
Al-Baṣīr: The All Seeing
Al-Ḥakam: The Judge, The Arbitrator
Al-`Adl: The Utterly Just
Al-Laṭīf: The Gentle, The Subtly Kind
Al-Khabīr: The All Aware
Al-Ḥalīm: The Forbearing, The Indulgent
Al-ʿAẓīm: The Magnificent, The Infinite
Al-Ghafūr: The All Forgiving
Ash-Shakūr: The Grateful
Al-ʿAliyy: The Sublimely Exalted
Al-Kabīr: The Great
Al-Ḥafīẓ: The Preserver
Al-Muqīt: The Nourisher
Al-Ḥasīb: The Bringer of Judgment
Al-Jalīl: The Majestic
Al-Karīm: The Bountiful, The Generous
Ar-Raqīb: The Watchful
Al-Mujīb: The Responsive, The Answerer
Al-Wāsiʿ: The Vast, The All Encompassing
Al-Ḥakīm: The Wise
Al-Wadūd: The Loving, The Kind One
Al-Majīd: The All Glorious
Al-Bāʿith: The Raiser of The Dead
Ash-Shahīd: The Witness
Al-Ḥaqq: The Truth, The Real
Al-Wakīl: The Trustee, The Dependable
Al-Qawwiyy: The Strong
Al-Matīn: The Firm, The Steadfast
Al-Waliyy: The Protecting Friend, Patron and Helper
Al-Hamid: The All Praiseworthy
Al-Muḥṣi: The Accounter, The Numberer of All
Al-Mubdi’: The Producer, Originator, and Initiator of All
Al-Muʿīd: The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
Al-Muḥyi: The Giver of Life
Al-Mumīt: The Bringer of Death, The Destroyer
Al-Ḥayy: The Ever Living
Al-Qayyūm: The Self Subsisting Provider of All
Al-Wājid: The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing
Al-Mājid: The Illustrious, The Magnificent
Al-Wāḥid: The One, The Unique, Manifestation of Unity
Al-’Aḥad: The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
Aṣ-Ṣamad: The Self Sufficient, The Impregnable, The Eternally Besought of All, The Everlasting
Al-Qādir: The All Able
Al-Muqtadir: The All Determiner, The Dominant
Al-Muqaddim: The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
Al-Mu’akhkhir: The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
Al-’Awwal: The First (Alpha)
Al-’Akhir: The Last (Omega)
Aẓ-Zāhir: The Manifest, The All Victorious
Al-Bāṭin: The Hidden, The All Encompassing
Al-Wāli: The Patron
Al-Mutāʿali: The Self Exalted
Al-Barr: The Most Kind and Righteous
At-Tawwāb: The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
Al-Muntaqim: The Avenger
Al-ʿAfuww: The Pardoner, The Effacer of Sins
Ar-Ra’ūf: The Compassionate, The All Pitying
Mālik-ul-Mulk: The Owner of All Sovereignty
Dhū-l-Jalāli wa-l-’ikrām: The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
Al-Muqsiţ: The Equitable, The Requiter
Al-Jāmiʿ: The Gatherer, The Unifier
Al-Ghaniyy: The All Rich, The Independent
Al-Mughni: The Enricher, The Emancipator
Al-Māniʿ: The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender
Aḍ-Ḍārr: The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflictor
An-Nāfiʿ: The Propitious, The Benefactor
An-Nūr: The Light
Al-Hādi: The Guide
Al-Badīʿ: The Incomparable, The Originator
Al-Bāqi: The Ever Enduring and Immutable
Al-Wārith: The Heir, The Inheritor of All
Ar-Rashīd: The Guide, Infallible Teacher and Knower
Aṣ-Ṣabur: The Patient, The Timeless.

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