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Dare (A/a): She grew up in Project Dare's secret
Chicago headquarters, hearing tales of her father's bravery and mastering
the tools of the trade. A naturally-talented athlete and detective, Darcy
is now one half of the Summers and Dare Detective Agency. On the less public
side, she's the leader of the Chicago Dare Squad, one of dozens of secret
cells dedicated to keeping the world safe for junk food and good music.
- Carla Pretti (B/b):
Carla's gang and part-time rock band, the Methadrones, were duped
by priests of S.E.T. to be "instrumental" in the summoning of
an ancient evil . . . But when Darcy and Danni let her know that the lyrics
were ancient Kislochean for "rise from the beyond and devour us as
your morning snack," the 'Drones changed their tune and drove back
evil in a cacophony of rockin' justice. Since then, Carla's been a regular
agent of Project Dare and Darcy's right-hand girl.
- Bruiser (C/c):
Davey Jakes was a construction worker for one of Blue Star's puppet
corporations when he was tagged as a heavy - a story that'd ring familiar
for any of a hundred other strong-arms, palookas and goons employed by
the agencies of evil. If Darcy could lure him away from the corruptive
influence of his dozen identical teammates and give him a little self-esteem,
he'd probably be punching noses for the good guys.
- Klavos (D/d):
He claims to be 171 years old - a rogue member of S.E.T. who saw the light
when Darcy and Nira saved his daughter, Danni, from certain doom when his
own creation (the Jade Serpent Golem) ran amok near Pelotas. Now, he runs
the Apollo Coffeehouse near Oak Street, and works closely with Project
Dare to steal back many of his mystical inventions from the clutches of
- Danni (E/e):
The third human member of Darcy's regular crew, Danni provides the mystic
counterpart to Carla's rock-and-slam roughhousing. She's a wielder of the
Secret Rays of Stanos, an Ally of the Drunken Yeti Masters, and hooked
on high-grown Antigua.
- Agent of P.A.W. (F/f):
A masked P.A.W. operative can be anything from a violent thug to a Machiavellian
genius - their conspiracy has tracks in every corner of the global litterbox.
P.A.W. rejects magic and alien technologies alike, preferring to seek global
conquest with good old-fashioned ordnance.
- Detective Summers (G/g):
He turned the Summers & Dare Detective Agency into Project Dare
when his partner, John, died saving the world. His romance with Duchess
Salvo is a matter for speculation; his insistence on abandoning his desk
for fieldwork is a consistent worry for Darcy; his favorite pastime is
downing a seventy-foot battle robot with his old police revolver. Despite
rejecting his role as an administrator most of the time, he's still fast
enough and careful enough to hold his own as half of the revised Summers
- Goon of S.E.T. (H/h):
Under the rule of the mysterious Shadow Pharaoh, S.E.T. plunders
the ancient secrets of the world for greater and more dangerous sorcery
. . . but they're not above a little old-fashioned physical violence, either,
as their ubiquitous goons demonstrate, wielding sacrificial daggers, often
charged with mystical energies.
(I/i): On his native world of Lploqnik, Qurpl
was a run-of-the-mill Kloog Press Operator, Fourth Class. But when a Blue
Star experiment sucked him down to Earth, he became an ally of Project
Dare, helping them better understand the ancient World Gates. He runs a
record store in Memphis, but carries a Dare Signal Device in his oversize
belt-buckle, ready to answer the call - and maybe one day get home.
- Unit One (J/j):
Professor Incredulon's Mighty Robot Army consisted of two hundred massive
mechagorillas, but only Unit One, the army's general, was equipped with
a negatronic brain, making him capable of creative strategy and genuine
emotions. To Incredulon's horror, this included the capacity for pity,
empathy and love. Now, he's the fourth (and largest!) member of Darcy's
regular quartet, a hero with a heart of steel.
- Mrs. Humbly (K/k):
Project Dare's eyes-on-the street, this kindly busybody is Oak Street's
favorite little old lady, dispensing fresh peanut butter cookies and grandmotherly
advice while maintaining a constant vigil for the powers of good. When
her signal-wristwatch alerts her, she tells others it means she must return,
quickly, to her baking.
- Nira (L/l):
The Secret Temples of Miztaclán lie high in the mountains
along the border between Guatemala and Argentina, in the Chiapas/Andes
highlands. There, alkaloids in the soil can make men immortal, women beautiful,
and demons angry. The ninth World Gate is there, a hidden treasure
of Nira's people. While she was highly distrustful of Darcy when first
they met (the Miztacs had been attacked by everyone else who'd ever found
their civilization) she now joins the cause whenever Project Dare is active
in South or Central America.
Street Kid (M/m): Just as Mrs. Humbly
reports to Project Dare, "her" kids report to her - two dozen
pairs of eyes and ears, boys and girls eager to "grow up and be just
like Darcy." In large numbers, they can even take down a mechagorilla
in a flurry of skateboards and yo-yos.
- Cindy Wickers (N/n):
At age 16, Cindy's still too young to be a formal Dare operative,
but her knowledge of the dark arts rivals even that of Klavos. She's a
regular at Apollo's, paging through tomes that make the management nervous,
eager to help when she can. Darcy caught her necking with Hoggie, once;
he insisted he'd been bewitched. No one doubts it.
- Joey (O/o) and Teri (P/p) Yingshan:
Vietnamese/Chinese on their father's side and Korean/Japanese on their
mother's, the Yingshan twins are active agents of Project Dare, leaders
of the San Francisco Dare Squad and busy hopping the globe. They frequently
encounter Darcy's group for an action-team up, and Teri's romance with
the leader of Dare Detroit keeps her on the move in her rare spare time.
- Lorna Salvo (Q/q):
The Duchess of Mondrovia never expected to rule her country, much
less fund a secret project to save the world, but she's accepted the responsibilities
of Mondrovia's ancient secrets with the same grace, style, and wicked streak
of enthusiasm she applies to every sparkling facet of her life. She wishes
the Duke were still around, but she hasn't let herself go to waste: her
discreet romance with Detective Summers remains the favorite topic of giggled
gossip in Mondrovia.
- Mondrovian Intelligence Bureau
Representative (R/r): In addition to funding
Project Dare, Duchess Salvo has beefed up her homeland security agency
considerably. The M.I.B.s serve as her personal bodyguard, and useful allies
for Dare and company, keeping their little country safe from prying eyes
and invading aliens alike.
- John Tool (S/s):
When Darcy saved the world from the Vampire Kings of Detroit, an
action-loving mechanic was an unexpected wild card who turned out to save
the day. He's a fully-licensed private eye, fully-certified diesel specialist,
and fully crazy about Teri Yingshan. His own Dare Squad makes frequent
trips to the west coast when things are quiet in Detroit - which isn't
nearly often enough for John.
Portal Ninja (T/t): Occasional allies
of P.A.W. and S.E.T. but the bitter rivals of Blue Star for the favor of
alien "demons," the secretive Red Portal Clan are a newly discovered,
but apparently ancient evil headquartered in the hills between Anshan and
Maebashi. Their secret time-travel portal has already will have been a
serious headache for Darcy, and probably will be for many years ago.
- Collette (U/u):
The Mad Bomber of Dade County - Collette Shapiro - was wreaking
havoc in the streets of Miami with no apparent connection to the secret
war for the world . . . until Darcy and her crew found a link to all
four major syndicates of evil, with Collette conning them each for
money while they kept her in the dark about their plot to melt Miami
down to build a new World Gate large enough to bring the United States
beneath the heels of a massive otherworldly army. Darcy played all four
against the middle, and everyone lost except the forces of good. Collette,
astonishingly, both survived and escaped, and - now much wiser, a little
crazier and a lot angrier - is plotting to take vengeance on everyone involved.
- Dr. Geode (V/v):
He's refused several requests to become a formal part of the Project,
preferring to keep Geode Labs as an independent source of ultratech wizardry
and research. The kindly inventor seems to favor the good guys,
though - no mission is complete without a stop at the local Geode Labs
Enclave - but a secret from his past keeps his loyalties carefully neutral.
- Hoggie (W/w):
Oak Street's native slacker teen was dismissed by everyone, including
his parents, as a stoner who'd amount to nothing. But relaxed attitudes
aside, he's a good, smart kid, and Mrs. Humbly trusted him. That trust
paid off, and now he's one of the most important of the Oak Street Kids,
an expert in computers and stealth, and determined to become an operative
one day . . . preferably working with Cindy Wickers, who he flatly denies
his crush on.
- Trey (X/x):
Stunt driver, test pilot, and surfing champion, Trey Quattro is
the code name of Operative 34, a one-man Danger Squad dividing his time
between Hollywood and the Carolina coast. When Darcy needs a vehicle to
defy the laws of physics, Trey is there to save the day, flirt with Our
Heroine, and throw a signature thumbs-up as he rides an explosion to safety.
- Agent Blue (Y/y): The
dashing hero of Mondrovia, Agent Blue is a superspy's superspy, equally
adept at subterfuge, action, and personal grooming. He's got a thing for
Darcy, but Darcy hasn't nibbled, yet, torn between Blue and Trey. When
they were all involved in the Hong Kong Millennium Caper, the two men cost
the Project two perfectly good supersonic minijets in a game of Chicken
meant to impress Darcy. Neither one backed down, and a minute later they
were trying to outdo one another in paragliding acrobatics. Darcy was already
gone, getting lunch with Joey and Teri at the Mandarin Hotel.
- Vamp Ingenue (Z/z):
The Vampire Kings love nothing more than eternal youth, and Dalia
Stone was one of a hundred killer vampire high-school girls unleashed on
Detroit in an attempt to conquer the city. Unlike most others, Dalia fought
her inner demons and won (except the one urging her to wear her thrice-great
grandmother's dress). Now, she's a vital part of Dare Detroit, and John
Tool's plucky immortal sidekick.
The set doesn't stop there; not nearly! You get a handful of extra Darcy
sparks in alternate outfits, and fifteen "flats" to use
for maps and counters! The set even includes an early "test balloon"
version of the main Darcy figure, with less gear and a cute "okay!"
The Adventures of Darcy Dare is a Windows TrueType font.
It works on any modern Windows system, and on up-to-date versions of the
Macintosh OS (Mac began supporting Windows fonts in OS X). If you have
any doubts whether Sparks will work on your system (especially
if you're a Mac user), please download the Sparks:
Free-for-All sample font and test it on your computer. If the
Free-for-All works, this set will too.
Oops. Sparks will be unavailable for a week or
two as I move the entire library over to RPGNow
and DriveThruRPG. Keep an eye there,
or here, for this to change. But it won't take long, I promise! Sparks
will return (and there'll be new discount bundles and stuff, it'll