Meet the Cast: The Spire

The Spire is the central hero at the heart of Aspire. The tabletop campaign may focus on the group of heroes that come together, but in this world The Spire is the reason they’re coming together in the first place. While he is not the most powerful hero around, his dedication to justice has made him a symbol to the people of Azure City that, perhaps, Heroes can be trusted again.

Art by silhouettehouseart, commissioned by Jacob

The Spire’s real name is Neil Mallory. He’s an electronics and programming expert, but before he focused on this he was an athlete with a promising career before an injury caused him to drop out of his physical aspirations and focus on growing his knowledge in multiple facets of technology.

The suit that Neil wears compensates for his injury, allowing him not only walk without a limp again, it also gives a significant boost to his strength and stamina. As The Spire, Neil can jump up to 50 feet in the air and land without issue, run up to 50 kilometers per hour, and lift up to 1000 kilograms without issue. He can push past these limits but it increases the risk of damage to his body since the suit can only handle so much.

His helmet gives him an augmented reality Heads Up Display, its most notable feature being identifying firearms and displaying their predicted trajectory, giving The Spire a very high chance of avoiding gunfire. The suit itself provides protection as well, but any damaged sustained runs the risk of damaging the electronics that power the suit.

Despite his knowledge on technology, Neil did not make the suit. He has studied it extensively and is capable of repairing it, but duplicating or enhancing its features has thus far proven to be beyond his ability.

In the tabletop campaign, The Spire serves as your primary contact for what’s going on in the city and how you can help. In the comic the origins of the suit are explored as well as how he formed his team, the Guardian Angels.


What is Aspire?

Aspire is a Super Hero Tabletop RPG scenario being written by Jacob “Gunner” Finger. It is currently being created with the Hero System in mind, but the possibility of a custom system is being evaluated as well. Aspire started as a comic book series and is still planned to have one at some point, however until that can be a reality this RPG will be the first exposure of the project made publicly available.

The premise of the campaign is a world where super powers are a reality. The world is not Earth, but is still populated by humans. After an accident in a prominent city, super heroes are no longer commonplace. Heroes are hated for being symbols of uncontrolled, violent conflict and the accident was the tipping point. While most heroes have retired, those who use their powers for evil are still running rampant.

The International Bureau of Investigative Services (I.B.I.S.) and regional law enforcement are hard-pressed to keep villains in check. I.B.I.S. hosts the only heroes still acting in the open, and they are very few in number. Law enforcement refuses to allow super powered entities. People who do have powers are afraid to step out into the open to help.

This changed 6 months before the start of the campaign. A new hero, calling himself “The Spire” stepped up in Azure City and started making a positive impact on the city. The campaign starts with The Spire putting out a call for those who aspire to be a hero to join his team, the Guardian Angels.

Right now, the first chapter of the campaign is about 75% done. The plan is once the campaign has a few chapters completely ready the sessions will be live streamed on the NowLoading Entertainment Twitch channel and the campaign materials will be posted after the sessions for other people to host their own sessions.

Stay tuned, this is our first major project and we’re very excited about it!