I’m trying to build a hero with telekinesis capable of creating a force field in an area for protection, like a wall or even a dome.
My first thought was to use Protection effect with Area (Burst), but, as described in the rules:
The Area modifier interacts with different ranges as follows:
Close: An effect must be at least close range in order to apply Area (personal range effects work only on the user by definition).
Protection has Personal Range, so apply Area to Protection would not be possible. I would need to increase the range to be able to use Area, but as described in Increased Range Extra, it would be needed to use Affects Others or Attack Extras:
Increasing the range of an effect from personal to close requires either the Affects Others or Attack extras (see their descriptions)
Since this is a defense effect, Attack does not apply. But, Affects Others has issues in its statement for the purpose of creating the force field as I required because:
- it requires that the user touches the others to work (but I think is possible to just assume that, if I combine Area with Affects Others, the Area “touches” everyone in the affected area)
- the affected individuals can control the power, which does not fit in the concept
AFFECTS OTHERS (+0 OR +1 COST PER RANK)
This extra allows you to give someone else use of a personal effect. You must touch the subject as a standard action, and they have control over their use of the effect, although you can withdraw it when you wish as a free action.
I saw that some people do combine Affects Others with Area. In addition to that, in DC Adventures Hero Handbook, Green Lantern has an effect called Force Bubble that was built in the same way (but using Immunity instead of Protection, although Immunity has Personal range also).
Considering that this is an official book from the same designers from M&M and that others have applied the same thing, I would like to understand if my reading of the rules is correct. The rules do not seem to work in a way that Personal range powers can be combined with Affects Others and Area Extras. Affects Others seems to me that is directed to build powers that you can “lend” to others.
Am I misunderstanding something here?