Gestalt: The Hero WithinWhere Men Become Myth - and Myths Become Men
Available in Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition
and HERO System 5th Edition formats!
“Gestalt” is Scott Bennie's unique world of superhuman archetypes. Superhero
comic books contain worlds of Archetypes, individuals who represent important
symbols. They are populated by characters who represent concepts such as
Heroism, Strength, Speed, Cleverness, The Elements, Kindness, Cruelty, and
Ambition. All fiction deals in archetypes or symbols, but comic books apply them
more consciously than most fictional forms.
The Gestalt campaign takes the idea of "character as Archetype" one step
further. In this campaign world, Gestalt-Earth, the characters are the symbols.
A physically powerful superhero might not just be a strong guy - he could be an
embodiment of Strength. A Gestalt martial arts master isn't just a superb
fighter - he's also a human representation of his chosen art. The master lives
its philosophy at all times, getting into situations where he demonstrates his
art and its virtues, championing those who follow the art, and using the art to
advance his or her personal fortunes.
While characters in the Gestalt-Earth setting look and act like superheroes,
in many ways they fulfill the role of mythological gods, becoming the champion
of concepts and portfolios.
Read a special interview with Scott Bennie, see a preview PowerPoint
slideshow, or download a sampler or player's guide on the Extras page.
Listen to the Gestalt pocast.
Gestalt: The Hero Within
Size: 400 pages
Rules: HERO System