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Charles Phipps
04-29-2014, 10:56 PM
We'll be reviving this old setting for the new server.

I can't wait to see what people come up with for this!

Glad to see everyone here.

Original Thread: HED! I (http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=29792&p=496965#p496965)

Sequel Thread: HED II (http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35046&start=0)

Third thread: HED III (http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=40341)

Fourth thread: HED IV

(http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=43009)Index

The Steel Corps (http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?p=1036332#p1036332)
Halt Evil Doer! 2014 Campaign Setting (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=741&viewfull=1#post741)
The Transhumans (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=749&viewfull=1#post749)
Black Wing (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=785&viewfull=1#post785)
The Dissolution of SpartaCorp (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=814&viewfull=1#post814)
SpartaCorp's successor companies (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=814&viewfull=1#post814)
Dame Michelle Holmes (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=906&viewfull=1#post906) by Enigmatic One
Death Mask III (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=971&viewfull=1#post971)
Divinos (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=981&viewfull=1#post981)
El Vaquero (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=1180&viewfull=1#post1180) by Phrozen.
The System (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=1225&viewfull=1#post1225)
The House of Serpents (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12137&viewfull=1#post12137)
The Commander (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12151&viewfull=1#post12151)
The смерть Zone (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12315&viewfull=1#post12315)
Half-Life, Tyrant of the Zone (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12343&viewfull=1#post12343)
Divinity (Angel Girl 2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12639&viewfull=1#post12639)
Tomorrow Force (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12916&viewfull=1#post12916)
Tomorrow Corp (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12969&viewfull=1#post12969)
The Tomorrow Institute (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=12971&viewfull=1#post12971)
Athena (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=13980&viewfull=1#post13980)
Ku'Tu'Lu (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=14006&viewfull=1#post14006)
The Other Gods (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=14551&viewfull=1#post14551)
The Unnameable (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=14643&viewfull=1#post14643)
Black Dragon (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=14662&viewfull=1#post14662) by Enigmatic One.
Earth's Entry into the Confederacy of Allied Worlds (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=14971&viewfull=1#post14971)
The Rangers of the Universe (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=15069&viewfull=1#post15069)
Soldier Omega (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=15822&viewfull=1#post15822)
Lightrider (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=17370&viewfull=1#post17370)
Joshua Smiles (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=19083&viewfull=1#post19083) by Phrozen.
La Defense de la Republique! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=20347&viewfull=1#post20347) by Libra.
The Dark Undermaster (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=20453&viewfull=1#post20453)
The Vampire Nation (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22374&viewfull=1#post22374)
The Dark Undermaster and the Good Supernatural World (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22380&viewfull=1#post22380)
Dracula (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22387&viewfull=1#post22387)
Vampires and Legitimacy (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22509&viewfull=1#post22509)
Black Wing International Notes 1# (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22523&viewfull=1#post22523) by Libra.
Black Wing International Notes 2# (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=22703&viewfull=1#post22703)
The Midnight Man (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22574&viewfull=1#post22574)
The Black Dragon Brigade (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22606&viewfull=1#post22606) by Enigmatic One.
Superhero World Notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22832&viewfull=1#post22832) by Libra.
Joshua Fang, Vampire Hunter (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22851&viewfull=1#post22851)
Laura the Demon Slayer (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22909&viewfull=1#post22909)
Ultimatum (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22930&viewfull=1#post22930)
Hexweaver (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=22997&viewfull=1#post22997)
Frankenstein (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23014&viewfull=1#post23014)
The Forsaken (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23028&viewfull=1#post23028)
Soulhunter (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23139&viewfull=1#post23139) by Phrozen.
The Annihilators (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23420&viewfull=1#post23420) by greycrusader.
The Jewelmen (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23507&viewfull=1#post23507)
Why the Grigori need a good talking to (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23581&viewfull=1#post23581)
Tiberius Nero (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23588&viewfull=1#post23588) by Libra.
HED 3rd Edition Mood and Theme (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23683&viewfull=1#post23683)
Vlad Hemlock (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23689&viewfull=1#post23689)
Sao Marcos (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23831&viewfull=1#post23831)
The Lightning Gods notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23852&viewfull=1#post23852)
Dark Gatekeepers notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=23872&viewfull=1#post23872) by Libra.
Dark Gatekeepers notes part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24042&viewfull=1#post24042)
Dark Gatekeepers notes part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24052&viewfull=1#post24052)
The Sheriff (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24262&viewfull=1#post24262)
Germany in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24316&viewfull=1#post24316)
Halt Evil Doer! Fun Facts (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24420&viewfull=1#post24420)
The Transhumanists part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24440&viewfull=1#post24440)
The Transhumanists part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24453&viewfull=1#post24453)
German Superheroes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=24443&viewfull=1#post24443) by Libra.
Random German Hero thoughts (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24473&viewfull=1#post24473)
Argentina in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24615&viewfull=1#post24615) by Libra.
Romulus Nero notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24625&viewfull=1#post24625)
Romulus Nero notes part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=24752&viewfull=1#post24752) by Libra.
Argentina notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24635&viewfull=1#post24635)
South Africa notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24745&viewfull=1#post24745) by Libra.
Doctor Fenris notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24755&viewfull=1#post24755)
Doctor Morte, SCOURGE OF SOUTH AMERICA! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24767&viewfull=1#post24767) by Libra.
German Supervillains (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24814&viewfull=1#post24814)
The Blood Monk part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=24918&viewfull=1#post24918) by Phrozen.
The Blood Monk part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25189&viewfull=1#post25189) by Phrozen.
Ashley Morgan (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=25664&viewfull=1#post25664)
German Supervillain notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25108&viewfull=1#post25108) by Libra.
German Superhero Commentary part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25133&viewfull=1#post25133)
German Superhero commentary part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25686&viewfull=1#post25686) by Libra.
German Superhero commentary part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25726&viewfull=1#post25726) by Libra.
Brazil's Superhero teams (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=25997&viewfull=1#post25997) by Libra.
Brazil in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=26258&viewfull=1#post26258) by Libra.
Star Crashers part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=26960&viewfull=1#post26960) by greycrusader.
Star Crashers part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27507&viewfull=1#post27507) by greycrusader.
Ireland in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27544&viewfull=1#post27544) by Libra.
Population Density of Superheroes in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27565&viewfull=1#post27565)
Columbia in Heroic Earth part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27659&viewfull=1#post27659) by Libra.
Columbia in Heroic Earth part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27662&viewfull=1#post27662) by Libra.
Columbia in Heroic Earth part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27668&viewfull=1#post27668) by Libra.
Mighty Man (2014) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27866&viewfull=1#post27866)
Irish Meta Commune (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=27915&viewfull=1#post27915)
The Eight Tribes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=28390&viewfull=1#post28390)
The Eight Tribes Notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=28490&viewfull=1#post28490) by Libra
The Eight Tribes Notes part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=28508&viewfull=1#post28508)
The Eight Tribes Notes part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=28514&viewfull=1#post28514)
Strubb (Werewolf Tribe) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=28538&viewfull=1#post28538)
Austria in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=29409&viewfull=1#post29409)
Verminuus Hateform (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=29557&viewfull=1#post29557)
The Coming Together of the Star Crashers part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=30198&viewfull=1#post30198) by greycrusader
The Fraternity of Supervillains part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=30982&viewfull=1#post30982)
The Fraternity of Supervillains part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=31231&viewfull=1#post31231)
The Fraternity of Supervillains part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=31743&viewfull=1#post31743)
The Fraternity of Supervillains part 4 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer%21?p=31914&viewfull=1#post31914)
Top Hat (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31014&viewfull=1#post31014)
Arsene Lupin in the Fraternity of Supervillains (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31205&viewfull=1#post31205)
Fraternity of Supervillains notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31213&viewfull=1#post31213)
The Mournful Avenger and Law Poet (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31229&viewfull=1#post31229) by greycrusader
Charles Augustus Milverton in HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31257&viewfull=1#post31257)
Medusa (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31263&viewfull=1#post31263)
Storm Chancellor (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31550&viewfull=1#post31550)
Warlock (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31747&viewfull=1#post31747)
Larceny Lass (III) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31757&viewfull=1#post31757)
Fearless Faversham (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31771&viewfull=1#post31771) by Phrozen.
(http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31848&viewfull=1#post31848)The Fraternity of Supervillains notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31875&viewfull=1#post31875)
The Fraternity of Supervillains notes part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=31875&viewfull=1#post31875)
Vic Vegas (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=32041&viewfull=1#post32041) by Phrozen.
Villains of Victorian London (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=32249&viewfull=1#post32249) by Libra.
Victorian London Villain notes part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=32811&viewfull=1#post32811)
Victorian London Villain notes part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=32817&viewfull=1#post32817)
World War 2 Fraternity of Supervillains (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=33836&viewfull=1#post33836) by Libra
The Star Crashers (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=34218&viewfull=1#post34218) by greycrusader
The Tick Tock Man (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=34661&viewfull=1#post34661)
Hiss (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=34845&viewfull=1#post34845)
World War Fraternity of Supervillains notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=36142&viewfull=1#post36142)
Kane's Contemptibles (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=40200&viewfull=1#post40200)
Planet Destiny (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=47476&viewfull=1#post47476)
UTECH (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=47481&viewfull=1#post47481)
Deathstalker (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=48576&viewfull=1#post48576)
Dogs of War (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73252&viewfull=1#post73252)
Wraith (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73474&viewfull=1#post73474) (PHANTOM's successor organization)
The Foundation (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73488&viewfull=1#post73488)
2015 Notes for HED! (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73536&viewfull=1#post73536)
The New Patriots (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73580&viewfull=1#post73580)
The Secret Patriots
(http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73585&viewfull=1#post73585)Steel Commando IV (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73652&viewfull=1#post73652)(formerly Dawn Wing)
Patriots Academy (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73795&viewfull=1#post73795)
Neo-PHANTOM (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73847&viewfull=1#post73847)
Wraithlord (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73855&viewfull=1#post73855)
Black Wing III (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=73883&viewfull=1#post73883)
Jack Union and the Anarchists (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=74061&viewfull=1#post74061)
The Question of the Commander (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=74085&viewfull=1#post74085)
The Club of Evil (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=74099&viewfull=1#post74099) by Libra
The Highest Society (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=74109&viewfull=1#post74109)
Dogs of War Notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=74292&viewfull=1#post74292) by greycrusader
Atlantis (2015) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=75606&viewfull=1#post75606)
Patriots Alpha Team (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=76822&viewfull=1#post76822)
Battle Czar (2015) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=76829&viewfull=1#post76829)
JUSTICE (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=76845&viewfull=1#post76845)
Helios the Sun King
(http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=76851&viewfull=1#post76851)Helios the Sun King notes (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=76956&viewfull=1#post76956) by Libra
The All-New Futuremen (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=77007&viewfull=1#post77007)
The All New Futuremen roster (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=77626&viewfull=1#post77626)
International Crime League (2015) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=77727&viewfull=1#post77727)
Infamy (2015) (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=78086&viewfull=1#post78086)
The Marriage of Black Wing II and Angel Girl (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=81109&viewfull=1#post81109)
Michael Specter (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=81121&viewfull=1#post81121)
Khanate part 1 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83081&viewfull=1#post83081)
Khanate part 2 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83083&viewfull=1#post83083)
Khanate part 3 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83084&viewfull=1#post83084)
Khanate part 4 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83676&viewfull=1#post83676)
Khanate part 5 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83681&viewfull=1#post83681)
Khanate part 6 (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83713&viewfull=1#post83713)
The Disneyland of Doom (http://roninarmy.com/threads/41-Halt-Evil-Doer!?p=83906&viewfull=1#post83906)by Libra

MightyDavidson
04-30-2014, 03:20 PM
Glad to be here Charles. Glad to help with reviving Halt Evil Doer too. Please check out the Mightyverse thread, so we can get that revived too. :)

Voltron64
04-30-2014, 03:32 PM
(Sniffle.)

I already miss the old forum.

Enigmatic One
04-30-2014, 03:37 PM
Ditto. It would be good to pull everything back together for HED! so we can get ideas flowing.

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 07:40 PM
Halt Evil Doer! (2014)

Amazing! comics have been doing their very best to not succumb to the allure of reboot for their various property lines. This despite the Age of Wonders comics, Mightyverse, and Crinos comics lines have been giving it stiff competition. However, with the Freedomverse reboot, something had to give and they've been doing a "soft" reboot across much of their lines.

What does this mean?

Well, bluntly, it means there's a ton of changes going on in Heroic Earth. It has gone from the Golden Age to the Silver Age to the Bronze and Iron Ages before settling on the new Cyber Age. People are buying comics in digital format now and the old-school heroes are struggling to stay relevant.

This was done with Damnation Year, a vast series of crossovers that have worn the Patriots and Tomorrow Society out. The Kings of Hell, The Fall of Orkus, World War T (Tsavong), The Court of Black Wings, and Arise, Venom, Arise shook the forces of Heroic Earth to their core.
What does this mean?

The previous Patriots team has been smashed, the Tomorrow Society has been divided on ideological lines, and a dozen new teams have arisen in the aftermath. Countless new heroes fight to bring order to a corrupt world. It is also a world where the multitude of threats have turned on each other. Phantom wars on Phantom, UNITY wars on the House of Serpents, and the Foundation for World Harmony has been broken up into competing organizations.

Earth has also taken official "protection" over several worlds once belonging to its interstellar rivals.

Reality has gotten very...interesting.

Amazing! comics welcomes you, readers, and its many new authors as well as artists to contribute in shaping the new 42! Feel free to add your changes, ideas, and crossovers to a world which is more open than ever.

Crinos
04-30-2014, 07:48 PM
Can we make my Superior Splotch subplot from the crinoverse HED! Canon?

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 07:54 PM
Can we make my Superior Splotch subplot from the crinoverse HED! Canon?

And done!

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 08:00 PM
The Transhumans

They are half-political movement, half-superhero team, half-scientific organization. With the horrific fallout from the Geneticutioners and their extra-dimensional invasion on Genesis Island, things have never been more dire for Metamen across the glove. Denied their previous sanctuary, hundreds of governments across the globe have instituted stringent requirements for their immigration. Many have been rendered stateless as these requirements prevent them from passing. Others accept them, only to find themselves conscripted into the military or worse.

The Transhumans are an outlaw offshoot of the Tomorrow Society, which has split due to these horrible events. A teleportation-happy cult of genetic revolutionaries, the Transhumans conduct attacks across the globe against those forces who seek to oppress the superman. The Transhumans are an "open source biology" revolutionary movement which steals the research of aliens, megacorporations, and time-travellers to distribute it across the globe.

The Transhumans do not limit their activities to fighting either. They construct super-technology in impoverished nations, use their powers to actively assist the helpless, and even serve as counter-culture celebrities. If you are an enemy of "The Man" and believe that we are not meant to be limited by "baseline standards" then you might find an ally in the Transhumans.

There's only one slight problem.

Its leader.

Cassius Mass.

When his Omega-grade superpowers was revealed to his followers, Cassius was cast down from leadership in the Gene Nation and put to work as a Sub-Power slave in the labor pits of Gene Nation-controlled micronations. This proved to be a tremendous mistake as placing a highly charismatic and intelligent individual with an incredibly oppressed working class is a formula for disaster.

The majority of the Gene Nation's inner circle nobility were slaughtered by inferior powered superhumans under Cassius Mass' leadership as he claimed he'd seen the light. No longer would he work for an oligarchy created around who had the strongest powers but he would work to transform all beings into superior ones. Metamen were replaced by a broader spectrum of superhumans including super-minds, cyborgs, nano-enhanced humans, extraordinary aliens, and other categories that gave Cassius Mass a broader pool of recruits.

The thing is, so far, Cassius Mass seems sincere.

The newly renamed White King has embraced his status as an armored superhero and scientist, directing the team through hard-light holograms as well as massive VR-controlled robots. His new nano-enhancements have also made actual confrontations with the former Red King all but impossible as his headquarters are, literally, extensions of his present body. He also is capable of monitoring the entire human info-feed thanks to merging his intellect with an AI he calls "Alice."

While most Metamen are, rightfully, suspicious of Cassius Mass--the fact is, they're starving for leadership and his Kool-Aid has never tasted sweeter. It helps that many of his earlier, unfounded, predictions about genocide and mass-weaponization are coming true. With Serena Mass in a coma and showing no sign of recovery, another reason Cassius Mass claims to have seen the light, her brother is looking much better.

In addition to the Red King's nano-constructed castles across the globe, the Transhumans spend most of their time on The System. The System, created by Alexander Timons, is a fully-realized virtual world containing millions of residents including the digitized remains of a dead world.

Voltron64
04-30-2014, 08:01 PM
The bad guys are busy quarreling amongst themselves, eh?

So now is the time for some PCs to strike!

Enigmatic One
04-30-2014, 08:06 PM
I call Dame Michelle Holmes, Director Hepburn, the Foundation for World Harmony.... and the Reichenbach Trust: Dame Holmes' new and completely independent organization.

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 08:11 PM
I call Black Wing II, who is now retired.

UH OH!

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 09:06 PM
Black Wing II (2014)

It all began with a broken leg. It was an unfortunate result of pushing himself too hard during a fight with Mad Mike and several previous metamen thugs. Calling in a few favors to watch Falconcrest City while he recuperated, Alexander Timons was shocked to discover three months passed by the time he was done taking care of the massive amount of backlog which had accumulated at Raven Enterprises.

Throw in the fact Alexander Timons was the unwitting father of an entirely new race of AI in the System, a electronic world filled with the survivors of the destroyed world of Digitopolis and several million subscribers--Alexander Timons realized he had bigger responsibilities than the Cowl. It was a hard decision but Black Wing was simply no longer who he was anymore.

Having made this decision, George Timons and Alexander Timons, finally hashed out all of their differences over the past twenty-years. They discussed Alexander's willingness to kill, George's refusal to let go of the Black Wing mantle, the recently-deceased Twilight, and a hundred other topics. In the end, the big question has remained, "Who would take Alexander Timons place as Black Wing?"

The issue was complicated by Eugene "Brick" Wilcox-Timons having been rebuilt by a digitizing laser post an accident fighting The Digitizer. The accident gave the former Dawn Wing the long-since absent power of superspeed, the ability to glide, and other superpowers. Gene had become Lightrunner and developed his own identity. Given Black Wing was a symbol of what "normal" humans could do, he was also now inappropriate for the role too.


Something Gene would disagree with.

As a result, both George and Alexander are working together to try and see if they can create a probable successor for the Black Wing role. They have begun recruiting numerous candidates and putting them through Crow School. Crow School has, sadly, offended several of their long-time associates who feel they've been passed over for the mantle or they're trying to compress the training process to something too short. There may be something to their claims as a few of the students have turned out to be plants from the Black Hand.


Which both knew. They were trying to redeem them and had partial success.

Alexander Timons and George are neither putting on the cape of Black Wing anymore lest they get sucked back in. Likewise, neither is physically capable of doing the job anymore. Only their candidates and associates are filling in for them at Falconcrest City. The criminal element is starting to notice and the only thing which is preventing the problem from spilling over is, so far, the prisoners at Lovecraft Asylum have been mostly locked up safe and sound. Another of its infamous mass breakouts and the entire house of cards will come tumbling down.

The issue is further complicated by the destruction of the Raven Gem. The Sons of Father Raven, consisting of mad descendants and worshipers of the original 19th century heroes and Graywing, has decided it is time for them to "reclaim" the Black Wing mantle. Collecting pieces of the Raven's Gem, they have created numerous "False Black Wings" or Claws around the world and are using them to build an empire of superstitious terror. The two Black Wings are horrified by this group's existence, not just because it's a perversion of their predecessors, but also because they had no idea of its existence. The Sons of Father Raven have Murders in most cities of the world and warriors every bit the equal of the original Black Wings.

Sleep tight!

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 10:27 PM
The bad guys are busy quarreling amongst themselves, eh?

So now is the time for some PCs to strike!

Indeed, now it is.

However, unfortunately, this doesn't mean the bad guys are less powerful than they were. Merely, the world is now more Balkanized. The Big Goods are weakened and so are the Big Bad guy power blocks. This means there's a lot more variety in foes and off-shoot organizations with no one knowing WHERE the next threat is going to be coming from. On the plus side, the breakdown of these groups has also flooded the market with a lot of previously restricted technology so there's now been a huge boon in terms of tech, genemods, and more on the open market.

Lots of new heroes, lots of new villains, and plenty of people in-between.

MightyDavidson
04-30-2014, 10:54 PM
Just a random thought here. It strikes me as dramatically appropriate that the third Blackwing whomever he or she might be, should be empowered by a shard of the Raven Gem. I'm thinking somehow somebody decent was implanted by one of the shards and thus their effort to create a false Blackwing, the Sons of Father Raven actually managed to create a real one. Blackwing III would naturally be supported by his predecessor Batman Beyond style, with the Sons of Father Raven becoming Blackwing III's arch nemesis.

Also, I think Bloodwing should be involved in this mess somehow. Perhaps he's even one of the Sons of Father Raven, using the group to befoul his old enemy's reputation?

Charles Phipps
04-30-2014, 11:01 PM
Just a random thought here. It strikes me as dramatically appropriate that the third Blackwing whomever he or she might be, should be empowered by a shard of the Raven Gem. I'm thinking somehow somebody decent was implanted by one of the shards and thus their effort to create a false Blackwing, the Sons of Father Raven actually managed to create a real one. Blackwing III would naturally be supported by his predecessor Batman Beyond style, with the Sons of Father Raven becoming Blackwing III's arch nemesis.

Also, I think Bloodwing should be involved in this mess somehow. Perhaps he's even one of the Sons of Father Raven, using the group to befoul his old enemy's reputation?

Indeed, the various Blood Wings could be their psychotic agents as a means of testing or trying to destroy the "false" Black Wings. That would mean Father Raven might be the "real" Blood Wing all along.

Nice idea!

MightyDavidson
04-30-2014, 11:12 PM
Thanks Charles. Just seemed to be the sort of thing Bloodwing would try, given that all the members of the Sons of Father Raven are madmen and the group refers to their cells as murders.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 01:08 AM
SpartaCorp's Dissolution

The implosion of SpartaCorp was inevitable once the government finally got involved in looling at its finances. It took three decades of human rights violations, armies of lawyers working on a (literal) thousand lawsuits, and two recessions but the corporation has been dissolved as a legal entity.


It went something like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EGjuZPaZsY

An examination of the corporation's records has proven a massive scandal for the United States as the United Nations, amnesty groups, and human rights organizations are pouring over its millions of files to determine just how much of that corporation was involved in the world's trouble.

At present, they've already found out SpartaCorp's involvement in the following: illegal human testing, war profiteering, supplying arms to terrorists, creation of weapons banned by international treaty, raising the dead, zombie-plagues, creation of supervillains, aiding and abetting alien invasions, aiding and abetting Nazi remnants, aiding and abetting Satan, stockpiling nuclear weapons as a NGO, industrial espionage, bribery, election-rigging, price-fixing, cover-ups of untested medical treatments, ignoring of environmental regulations, awakening beings which resemble Godzilla from the bottom of the sea, illegal research, and slavery of sentient beings (both biological as well as artificial).

Even the massively inflated stock prices of SpartaCorp has come under fire as the organization's falsely reported earnings have sent shockwaves through the economy. Estimations for just how much SpartaCorp was really worth go from it being "just" the richest corporation in the planet to having to making something akin to a trillion dollars per year (akin to the United States itself).

Obviously, the half-measures of appointing power-mad CEO Jack Washington III proved to be insufficient for taming the engine of evil which the organization had become. Indeed, Jack took a perverse pleasure in making sure the company could no longer cover up its Saddam Husseinx11-levels of criminal activity. At present over 112 members of the corporation are on trial for crimes against humanity and that's not including the actual members of PHANTOM. An organization which, finally, is recognized as an illegal terrorist organization across the globe.

Unfortunately, the words "too big to fail" have never been more accurately applied. The destruction of SpartaCorp and nationalizing of its assets by every nation in the world has left the temptations of PHANTOM's resources in the hands of many less than honest men. Before SpartaCorp was destroyed, Kenneth Kane and Jack Washington III had access to horrific weapons and wealth. Now, every nation in the world has access to a Dionyssian feast of WMDs and illicit technology. SpartaCorp's scientists have scattered across the globe and brought tidbits of supervillainy to anyone who would have them.

The consequences of this are likely to be...severe.


"And now every state, group, and dotcom has their own version of Metal Gear."
-Hal Emmerich

Capitalism, sadly, has made the situation worse.


Admittedly, socialism and communism wouldn't have done much better.

The massive amount of accumulated PHANTOM data has since been lept upon by corporations which had otherwise been helpless in the technologies markets. Without their own supergeniuses like Kenneth Kane, Jack Washington II, or Alexander Timons, it took 100 guys a month to get done what they could do in an afternoon (in a cave, with a box of scraps). Now, they have "do it yourself puzzles" to build on the work of these geniuses as Kenneth Kane "dumbed down" the work of aliens and superscientists he stole from so his minions could build what he wanted. Knock-off versions of PHANTOM weapons, robots, mecha, power-armor, gene-therapy, death-rays, AI, cybernetics, and so on are flooding the markets or will be very soon.


This last act was orchestrated by the White King as part of his "reinvention" of himself as a techno-anarchist and freedom fighter versus his extended period as a Neo-Feudalist tyrant.

He also threw in all of his genetic research, thus making sure Metamen would be created as weapons in the future. He believes this to be a good thing.

The short-term consequences of this are obvious in a sudden upswing of guys wielding funny technology and lots more mooks with laser weapons. A long-term consequence of this is the United States, Russia, China, and the European Union no longer can make any real claim to superpower status. Any nation with access to SpartaCorp technology can potentially threaten another with a gigantic EMP cannon (like in Call of Duty: Ghosts), nanoplague, or army of Exterminators.

The world must make peace quickly or get a LOT more superheroes. Otherwise, things are likely to get very...dark.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 01:34 AM
SpartaCorp Successor Companies

While its trading has been suspended in many countries, successor companies using SpartaCorp staffs or technology have been running in the United States. Some of them are evil, others honest, and most are on the corrupt side but only in the context of making billions of dollars versus taking over the world.

* Leonidas Industries: Basically, SpartaCorp only smaller. Leonidas is managed by a bunch of mid-level PHANTOM goons who managed to protect their identities from being discovered. They do everything SpartaCorp did but smaller and are almost certainly going to get themselves arrested or trigger the apocalypse (depending on what heroes stop them first).

* B&C Technology: Bonnie and Clyde Company (most of its employees aren't aware of what the name stands for) is a software and computer firm. It makes bad but expensive products, steals the research of developers, and generally just behaves as a nastier hybrid of Microsoft and Apple's worst policies. It also manages a knock-off of Facebook which is alleged to literally make you stupider due to subliminal hynposis. Presently trying to gain control over the System and stolen "useful" SpartaCorp technologies.

* Energas Inc.: A ridiculously rich oil, light, and gas firm which is in serious trouble. Energas is one of the darkest of SpartaCorp's subsidiaries and has actually bankrolled as many crimes against humanity as Debeers. These include ones in Nestoria, Atlantis, and a few other nations with REALLY SCARY PEOPLE. Energas Inc's board is terrified of what PHANTOM will do to them if they don't keep doing what they've always done and almost as scared of what the world's governments will do since PHANTOM is no longer protecting them legally. So, for now, it's business as usual. Terrorism, arms trafficking, financing coups, and forcing natives off their land to get at the oil underneath.

* Pharmatron United: A bunch of guys bankrolled by PHANTOM who really should have belonged to the Gene Nation. Pharmatron is a Canadian medical company makes massive amounts of money selling things like Asprin but spends the vast majority of its profits researching how to create superhumans. Oddly, despite its unethical experimentation, all of its leadership are transhumanists who want to bring about the dawn of the Metamen. It's just they want to be part of it and kidnap Metamen to study or recruit. They also have zombie labs. They're not sure why but the fact they have something which can KINDA resurrect the dead keeps them from shutting them down.

* Pro-Human Securities: If the name didn't tip you off, this is just straight-up the most evil of the SpartaCorp successor groups. Pro-Human Securities manufactures Exterminators, anti-metaman weapons, control collars, superhuman prison-cells, and a bunch of other nasty bits of business. Pro-Human is an irony in name because its chief executives have all been lobotomized with nanotech and taken over by the Exterminator Executive Elective System (E.X.E.S). Exes is manufacturing hordes of non-Three Laws compliant robots to the governments of the world who want them. Exes is, unlike Master Mold or Nimrod, not particularly hostile to Metamen. He is, however, of the mind that the only way for his race to survive is the destruction of ours. Exes is currently in conflict with D.E.F.E.N who is a Executioner robot leading a bunch of other renegades who want to protect humanity.

So far, their war is secret due to their ability to disguise themselves as everyday machines.

* Lucifer, Beezlebub, and Satan Law Firm: Obviously, they don't call it that on the plaque but it's SpartaCorp's former legal division. About 90% of the staff are directly in the service of hell in one form or another. They also represent the worst slime of humanity for whatever rates they can afford (and donate the rest to causes which promote misery). Their loss of their biggest customer has hurt them badly but their hoping to expand. Its membership has a fairly high turnover due to Lucien Drake murdering them on a regular basis.

* Red Water Security: A massive PMC with almost half a million members. Bizarrely, Red Water Security is completely clean. The organization has done its best to purge its membership of PHANTOM sympathizers and is even has an equal-opportunity hiring process to Metamen (which hasn't been popular). Red Water Security guards a LOT of questionable stuff but would actually terminate its contracts with many of them if this were brought to light.

* Daylight Enterprises: A corporation devoted to the destruction of vampires and the creation of clean solar and fusion energy, in that order. Daylight Enterprises has long been a foe of the Vampire Nation but the financial protections (as well as more physical security) it offered its hunters came from unknown sponsors. The corporation is presently realing from the realization Kenneth Kane was using them as a catspaw against Dracula. It is likely to collapse unless someone takes it over and gets its house in order before Dracula or the IRS shut it down.

Daylight used to have good relations with the John Smith Institute but the latter is now (wrongly) suspicious of them.

* Mayhem Video Games: The makers of some of the most expensive Triple A games in the world. Mayhem owes its success to the fact Kenneth Kane believed they caused people to become more violent and fascist despite this being manifestly not true. Mayhem are pioneers in virtual reality interfaces and have downloaded many people into the System with their hook-ups. A direct competitor to Raven Enterprises, Mayhem's biggest problem is they're a bunch of nerds somehow fused with fratboys so they don't pay attention when they accidentally create AI or bring digital lifeforms into the physical world with their "much too advanced for them" technology.

* Siren Beauty: Siren may not be the most evil corporate subsidiary but it's still downright creepy. Controlled by a a woman cursed by Aphrodite to have no one appreciate her beauty, it's an organization which dabbles in Tsavong-body grafts, extreme plastic surgery, genetic therapy, mutation-inducing cosmetics, pacts with Cosmic Eternals, and mass-hypnosis to create the most beautiful models in the world. It also attempts to control fashion-trends around the world. Modeling, acting, plastic surgery, music stars, fashion magazines, advertising, Siren Beauty does it all.

Over a hundred of its employees are PHANTOM agents who were "rewarded" with a complete physical transformation (and some mental) to be beautiful. Few maintain their original loyalty given working for Siren gives them fame, sex, and money for a fraction of the terrorist activity. To keep it going, its head has taken to creating hordes of beautiful assassins and agents for whoever will pay the price. It hopes to end this so it can eventually make much more selling this service to the public. Side effects include becoming emotionally distant and possibly sociopathic but that already describes most of its clients.

Crinos
05-01-2014, 04:19 AM
Nice writeup, although Spartacorp was always my favorite evil corporation. Its a shame ot see em go.

Enigmatic One
05-01-2014, 07:47 AM
Dame Michelle Holmes

Every Holmes meets their Moriarty eventually. Dame Michelle's is different: not Kenneth Kane, or even Director John Hepburn - though one might say it is was Hepburn represents.

Hepburn's self-destruction in his tenure with the Foundation was not long coming. Foundation: Red Ink chronicled the breakdown of the Guns of Liberty superhumans and their vengeful near-assassination of Hepburn, his blithe empowerment of SpartaCorp, and all the other sordid mistakes and absurd plans he concocted.


Yes, John, you were that stupid enough to let SpartaCorp become the modern Dutch East India company.

Dame Michelle saw her chance to get him OUT, and unleashed a multi-prong campaign of exposure, and just outright recruiting the vast majority of the Foundation to her side.


Strikes and all if need be.

Jack Washington III, other villains, and frankly all the oiks in government did not want this, and Hepburn got so crazy enough to wage outright war with their support back at Dame Michelle. It ended on top of Niagara Falls, when Dame Michelle blew Hepburn's body to bits with a Thran plasma cannon and decided good riddance.

But the fact remained that after all that, John Hepburn was propped up as the Director still, with all the governments still sure in him as ever. House-cleaning provided all the scapegoats - and it snapped something in Michelle.


Yes, Hepburn died, no miraculous returns or anything. I'll explain it all soon enough.

All of her hard-fought successes were being ruined, because the Foundation was held hostage by a horde of terminally incompetent, short-sighted, self-serving, corrupted, bureaucratic - ok, the list of adjectives, polite or otherwise would fill a book. But her course was clearly. She couldn't answer to anyone but her own conscience.

With her charisma and popularity, it was child's play to practically bring the vast majority of the Foundation's personnel, resources, data and more with her into the shadows - crippling Hepburn's preserve at once. Tongue in cheek, she christened her new black ops organization the Reichenbach Trust.

And the Trust is if anything, more black than the Foundation. Forward defense, protection of the world, yes, but also, hackers stealing from SpartaCorp's offshoots to fund the Trust and charities.... assassinations against PHANTOM 'heads of state', Dame Holmes is taking her freedom of action to new levels.

The fact of course, that the Reichenbach Trust is distinctly similar in many ways to her great foes has not escaped her. Holmes fully expects her subordinates, and the superheroes she works with to keep her in line - or dispose of her if worst comes to pass.

But she will NOT play that old game any more. The governments and corporations are but sources of danger and she WILL change the world for the better.

Moriarty be damned.

Voltron64
05-01-2014, 09:19 AM
So what's happened to Kenny Kane and JW III now that Spartacorp is in pieces?

MightyDavidson
05-01-2014, 09:56 AM
Interesting, that sounds similar to an idea I had for Michelle Holmes in the Mightyverse. Might have to swipe some of these ideas.

Enigmatic One
05-01-2014, 10:02 AM
Interesting, that sounds similar to an idea I had for Michelle Holmes in the Mightyverse. Might have to swipe some of these ideas.

Glad to see you liked it. I'll have to look at your take.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 11:30 AM
Nice writeup, although Spartacorp was always my favorite evil corporation. Its a shame ot see em go.

Clearly, some enterprising evil doers should argue that its status as a megacorp brought stability and rebuild it!

But thanks!


So what's happened to Kenny Kane and JW III now that Spartacorp is in pieces?

Jack Washington III appears to have died after being killed by General Venom but not before unleashing all manner of new problems into the world, including the "The Children of Washington." Using a virus which provides mental and physical boons derived from Jack Washington, this spread across the globe unleashing a tide of supergeniuses and physical adonises. General Venom was presumed KIA during this battle but several cyborgs claim to be the "real" him and are attempting to gain control over his former organization for various reasons.

Kenneth Kane has meanwhile retreated to Ruritania which has collapsed economically and become a rogue state which has sealed its borders. No one is willing to go in, lest he nuke the rest of the planet but its governed now by his minions as he's "outgrown" PHANTOM. Having tasted godlike power from his brief merger with Orkus during the second's invasion of the planet, he's become obsessed with achieving godlike power and ruling not the planet Earth but the entire universe.

Worse, with his new tech and power, he's capable of doing just that. I'm happy to do more elaborate write-ups of any character if someone wants to do requests.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 12:01 PM
Death Mask III, Scourge of the Multiverse (2014)

Kenneth Kane defeated Divinos.

This is perhaps the darkest aspect of the Year of Hell. With the assistance of Orkus, Kenneth Kane successfully kidnapped Infernus from Hell-Earth, brainwashed him into believing he was the original, and switched the two on the Patriots. For the next year, Divinos was kept imprisoned in Abaddon and subjected to the most excruciating agonies imaginable. The Patriots, which had been severely impacted by the addition of dozens of new members, followed Divinos as he displayed more and more darker qualities. Kenneth Kane engineered a series of terrorist attacks across the globe to help explain these changes so, unlike the Psychotic Seven's coup, the rest of the world BEGGED Divinos to stand in judgement of humanity's worst.


It was doubly believable because Divinos lost several mortals he'd begun relationships with.

Athena and Black Wing curse themselves for missing it as long as they did, each distracted by their own emotional and physical traumas or powerless. In the end, it was the Red Jaguar, the new Moss Pit, and Aquarius who managed to stop Divinos' New World Order. The Justicars were seemingly killed preventing the release of the Mithran nano-plague, which would have killed 96% of humanity and left only a fraction of superpowered survivors under Kenneth Kane's control.

The real Divinos escaped, though, horrifically wounded and only able to continue fighting due to specialized technology manufactured by the Grigori. Kenneth Kane eagerly sacrificed SpartaCorp, brainwashed minions, and much of PHANTOM's reserve to weaken him as his return right before merging with Orkus and becoming a psychic plague that infected Infernus. The new entity, known as Triune, threatened all of the universe.

So Divinos broke his neck. Breaking his vow against killing for the second time.

It took everything Kenneth Kane had and permanently warped his sanity but he won. Divinos realized that he could not hold his ideals for a peaceful humanity where he never killed above them, that General Iblis' death was not a one-time event but something he could do repeatedly. This event wounded the superhero more than anything and has lead to his retirement.


Even worse, of course, was the fact the rest of the globe was so happy at his actions and cheered on the false Divinos--seemingly ignoring everything he's stood for.

Kenneth Kane's defeat of his longtime foe has freed him from what he considers, "lesser obsessions" but it was actually the merger with Orkus which has destroyed the Old Kenneth Kane. His original body is completely ridden with cancer and twisted beyond recognition due to the corruptive energies of the Entropic Master, so he's permanently fused with an alien-tech bodysuit that provides him strength equal to a Mithran. He is no longer interested in ruling humanity behind the scenes but desires to become a PL X entity which will dominate the universe. Godhood is his current obsession and power to rule over beings directly rather than corporations or secret organizations. He has begun plumbing the Multiverse for the secrets to doing so, visiting other realities and planets in order to experiment with methods of enforcing his will.

The Grigori have since listed him as an "Enemy of Sapience" and that their agents are authorized to utilize any methods or level of force to destroy him.


Little does Kenneth Kane know his victory over Divinos is less complete than he thinks. Divinos' breaking of his vow was not because Triune compelled him to anger but because Infernus asked him to do so--it was an act of assisted suicide because the former villain wanted his help to stop the horror he'd been exposed to. The dictator of Hell-Earth having been exposed to evil which made his look petty and small.

Divinos' felt keenly Infernus' loss but is recovering less mentally than physically. He's of the mind the Divinos icon has been compromised by Infernus and is trying to find someone who can carry the torch of Mithran's values even better than he can. As Bruce Boxleitner would say, he's looking for the new Tron.

In the meantime, Divinos is continuing to help the people of Earth as he can do so an hour a day--he just does so in secret under a variety of disguises.

Enigmatic One
05-01-2014, 12:04 PM
Ugh. HORRID. Any comments regarding Holmes and the Trust?

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 12:12 PM
Hopefully, the little box about what Divinos has been up to mitigates things a bit, Enigmatic One. Divinos is a great believer that tyranny thrives when good men do nothing and that people are naturally good but need inspirations to show them the way.

He's not lost his faith.

He just knows his work is cut out for him.

(Divinos also believes the redemption of the Red King and Justicars is sincere so he's giving them the option of helping fight the world's evil--whether this is smart or not)

A full commentary on your post next!

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 12:16 PM
Dame Michelle Holmes

Every Holmes meets their Moriarty eventually. Dame Michelle's is different: not Kenneth Kane, or even Director John Hepburn - though one might say it is was Hepburn represents.

I imagine Dame Michelle could deal with incompetence or evil but AGGRESSIVE incompetence in the service of evil but pretty damn unique.


Hepburn's self-destruction in his tenure with the Foundation was not long coming. Foundation: Red Ink chronicled the breakdown of the Guns of Liberty superhumans and their vengeful near-assassination of Hepburn, his blithe empowerment of SpartaCorp, and all the other sordid mistakes and absurd plans he concocted.

SpartaCorp's disintegration was brought about in part by Hepburn's gross mismanagement and doubly down on it when it was obvious that Kenneth Kane was less Norman Osbourne than Green Goblin.


Dame Michelle saw her chance to get him OUT, and unleashed a multi-prong campaign of exposure, and just outright recruiting the vast majority of the Foundation to her side.

Michael Specter was exposed during this time as well and has since gone into hiding--thankfully taking his agents of the House with him.


Jack Washington III, other villains, and frankly all the oiks in government did not want this, and Hepburn got so crazy enough to wage outright war with their support back at Dame Michelle. It ended on top of Niagara Falls, when Dame Michelle blew Hepburn's body to bits with a Thran plasma cannon and decided good riddance.

But the fact remained that after all that, John Hepburn was propped up as the Director still, with all the governments still sure in him as ever. House-cleaning provided all the scapegoats - and it snapped something in Michelle.

I look forward to seeing what the explanation for that is.


All of her hard-fought successes were being ruined, because the Foundation was held hostage by a horde of terminally incompetent, short-sighted, self-serving, corrupted, bureaucratic - ok, the list of adjectives, polite or otherwise would fill a book. But her course was clearly. She couldn't answer to anyone but her own conscience.

With her charisma and popularity, it was child's play to practically bring the vast majority of the Foundation's personnel, resources, data and more with her into the shadows - crippling Hepburn's preserve at once. Tongue in cheek, she christened her new black ops organization the Reichenbach Trust.

The fact the Foundation for World Harmony existed to stop the proliferation of WMDs and technology mankind wasn't ready to use, only for that to become incredibly prevalent is something which has really irritated her as well.


And the Trust is if anything, more black than the Foundation. Forward defense, protection of the world, yes, but also, hackers stealing from SpartaCorp's offshoots to fund the Trust and charities.... assassinations against PHANTOM 'heads of state', Dame Holmes is taking her freedom of action to new levels.

The fact of course, that the Reichenbach Trust is distinctly similar in many ways to her great foes has not escaped her. Holmes fully expects her subordinates, and the superheroes she works with to keep her in line - or dispose of her if worst comes to pass.

I'm not going to quote Harvey Dent's villain line but it is noteworthy how PHANTOM (Nazis) and the House (PHANTOM) all started this way. Can Holmes escape this destiny?

Or will she see herself become like them?

Impressive write-up.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 12:44 PM
Divinos (2014)

Divinos is getting too old for this...stuff.

Divinos is already late middle-aged by Mithran standards thanks to the extensive amount of time-travel, time-dilation dimension hopping, and so on he's done as Earth's greatest superhero. He's done a respective 1000+ years of service to Heroic Earth and he's finally starting to feel the miles. The fact his body is riddled with death-strike nanobots, Entropic radiation burns, and worse doesn't help matters.

Divinos is, presently, unable to leave his current stronghold in the northwest reaches of Canada for more than an hour every day. The healing chambers of Mithran and Golden-Healing Ray of Olympus (a gift from Athena) is about the only thing keeping his body's wounds in check. Despite this, he still dons his Grigori life-suit once a day to do as much good in the hour he has as possible. Strangely, though, he uses holograms to appear as someone other than Divinos during this time.

Why?

Because Divinos thinks he's failed us. The icon of purity and justice feels like he did us wrong by trying to be morally perfect. He felt, instead of inspiring humanity, he made us feel like we weren't capable of living up to his example. Worse, he thought that he'd made it seem impossible for the wicked to achieve redemption when that was always one of his goals.

This is, of course, nonsense and just a sign of how hard Divinos on himself. Still, Triune's sacrifice deeply affected Mikail and he's decided he needs to do something about the various fallen heroes, anti-heroes, anti-villains, and people who aren't quite as lost as Kenneth Kane. He's decided he's going to redeem them.

Divinos has since created Phoenix Rising, a team selected for missions by Ultramind 2 which is composed ot the Justicars, a General Venom, Cassius Mass, and numerous other supervillains Divinos has tried to give second chances. You're not allowed to kill, cripple, maim, or do any amount of other evil on the team and your only reward is a job well done. It's surprising how many villains hop to this chance.

The Phoenix Rising team has gone over like a ton of bricks with the rest of the world as governments refuse to believe these individuals are anything other than the monsters they are. The public also sees such team-ups as terrible. Even his fellow heroes balk at the belief Divinos is trying to reform people who have tried to kill him on hundreds of occasions.

He doesn't care. In his opinion, everyone deserves a second chance.

Or a third.

Or as many as it takes.

Voltron64
05-01-2014, 02:51 PM
So Divinos needs to get his groove back and Kenneth Kane's a day away from divine punishment that would make Ixion's and Sisyphus' look like a slap on the wrist.

That's cool.

Enigmatic One
05-01-2014, 03:10 PM
I imagine Dame Michelle could deal with incompetence or evil but AGGRESSIVE incompetence in the service of evil but pretty damn unique.

That's what's so great about John Hepburn as an antagonist. :D


I look forward to seeing what the explanation for that is.

To give you the short version: John Hepburn is deader than dead, no returns. Except JWIII had been keeping up a contingency plan - using stored DNA and mental backups of Hepburn to create an identical clone in every respect.

John Hepburn (Mark II) only lacked the memory of the confrontation at Niagara Falls. He was told that an emergency teleport saved him from the point of no return, but he'd undergone extensive hospitalization in order to be healed good as new.


The fact the Foundation for World Harmony existed to stop the proliferation of WMDs and technology mankind wasn't ready to use, only for that to become incredibly prevalent is something which has really irritated her as well.

Which is one of the panoply of reasons for her firm new anti-government/corporate stance. What's the point of having people watch the watchmen if the observers are taking bribes?


I'm not going to quote Harvey Dent's villain line but it is noteworthy how PHANTOM (Nazis) and the House (PHANTOM) all started this way. Can Holmes escape this destiny?

Or will she see herself become like them?

As I said, Holmes is Genre Savvy and most certainly aware of exactly that risk, hence the measures just in case to have the Trust and superheroes safeguard against HER. All the same, it's going to be a long battle, but Dame Michelle certainly has a fighting chance of keeping her moral core intact.

But it doesn't help that she's wondering if, in a way, Jack Washington Junior was right about extant democracies/international law being obsolete in the age of the superhuman.


Impressive write-up.

Thank you.

Phrozen
05-01-2014, 07:39 PM
El Vaquero II

The original Vaquero, Hector Sequera, died during the Fall of Orkus event as was his destiny fulfilling the stable time loop that was his life. With that Merlin packed up from the Rio Grande to a climate that was more congenial to his skin. That was until about two months after the Orkus' final fall. A new El Vaquero appeared in the old ones stomping ground. Cursing his bad luck Merlin hightailed it back to south Texas. You see all the other times that the loop completed there wasn't a second El Vaquero. That wasn't supposed to happen.

The new El Vaquero uses more subdued colors then the original, opting for plain black and silver. Though less hammy, which wasn't hard to do, the new El Vaquero is no less skilled then their predecessor. Using the same equipment from the Hector's desperado period and adding a blunted sabre to the arsenal as well as a more sneaky approach to crime fighting. So far not much is known about the new El Vaquero other than it is not the original as El Vaquero didn't shoot at the Last Ranger when Wyatt came down to Texas to investigate. In fact this El Vaquero seemed completely unfamiliar with Wyatt.

So far El Vaquero II hasn't made any inroads into the super hero community but that that is due that to the new hero of the Rio Grande only working for a couple months. Merlin hopes to contain this little stone in the flowing river of time before it can make anything but small ripples. Who knows what would happen if this new El Vaquero keeps operating and becomes more well known?

Crinos
05-01-2014, 07:55 PM
Well, since Orkus is getting killed in HED!, and one of my major crinoverse subplots I set up was Orkus was coming back, I guess next adventure in YA will be the war against Orkus.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 09:03 PM
If Jack Washington III ever returns, I am imagining his personality to be like Handsome Jack's.

Just to differentiate him from Dad.

He no longer has to wear the mask of likability now. Just the one of wealth and power.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 09:11 PM
El Vaquero II


I've always been fond of this character and it's great to see him continue on as a champion of the world with two-pistols, a hat, and a poncho. Great use of Merlin's ability to move to and from time too.

*thumbs up*

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 09:11 PM
Well, since Orkus is getting killed in HED!, and one of my major crinoverse subplots I set up was Orkus was coming back, I guess next adventure in YA will be the war against Orkus.

I'd love to see your take. Whether Orkus STAYS dead is the question. The power vacuum should be quite interesting.

Charles Phipps
05-01-2014, 09:52 PM
The System

When the Darkness Beyond Time struck the world of Mithran, it slaughtered the ancient people as if it was swatting flies. Even their immeasurable power was not capable of repelling the Darkness' probes and endless array of super-human heralds.

Rafael, brother to Mikael, and leader of the Archivists hit upon a daring plan to save as many members of their species as possible. Using the science of the nearby Cyborians, Rafael digitized the capital city of Celestia and transformed it into a energy-based replica of Mithran's home system inside the Klein Bottle. Rafael escaped the destruction of Mithran and sought a world where he could re-materialize his people, only to be callously murdered by Ultra-Mind who claimed the digitized world as his own.

Divinos eventually recovered the "Bottled Universe" and spent decades attempting to complete Rafael's work. Much social upheaval occurred in the newly restyled Digitopolis when Mikael's adventures were revealed to the world by Ultramind 2. While Mikael always saw himself as a traditionalist, his constant saving of humanity as well as deep friendships broke many a taboo with the old guard who believed less-developed species should be allowed to mature on their own.

There was also a time-dillation factor with the System's residents as Divinos could spend centuries within the System's walls but emerge with only a short-time having passed. The inhabitants didn't age but they could be killed, only for new births to result. Many of the residents allowed themselves to die, so that new life could emerge and Mikael watched his homeland slowly change into something far different.

The issue was further confused with the digitizing of 100,000 humans by Exes, who intended for them to be the sole survivors of Earth when he unleashed a purge of the planet by assisting in Orkus' invasion. The Klein Bottle was left alone by Infernus and when Divinos finally returned, he discovered that Mithran and human had been living together side-by-side for thousands of years. This, more than anything, made him start to re-evaluate his life.

At least, until Black Wing II figured out how to re-materialize the world and hook up the rest of planet Earth to the System. With the Klein Bottle failing due to damage sustained in Divinos' battle with Triune in his fortress, Black Wing had to plug it into a highly experimental Virtual Reality grid which drew power from the Otherworld. What happened was the rest of the world gained access to the surreal location and a physical Virtual Reality was created in the Far Shores of the Otherworld. It is possible for humans to digitize themselves and enter the System while it is possible for the inhabitants of the System to do the reverse.

For the most part, the inhabitants of the System have no desire to visit Heroic Earth even if they consider it a "mother land" much like Lost Mithran. Those inhabitants who do are Human-Mithran hybrids who usually possess one or more of Divinos' abilities but not all of them. The digitizing process can even bestow said abilities on visitors while they're in the System, though only rarely does the process not restore one's "defaults" when one returns. Millions of humans tap into the Grid now as its become a highly popular visitation spot with Raven Technology. Its tourist-potential has also had the strange effect of making humans less xenophobic as there are now aliens they can visit online. The Mithran-Human hybrids of the world have, curiously, helped humans set up vast pocket-dimensions for VR games and MMORPGs. It seems they may not want to visit Earth but find the reverse fascinating.

The interior of the System is difficult to describe to outsiders. It's filled with cities of light, vast dark wastelands, and simulations which are pocket-dimensions full of whatever sort of fantasy or idea the inhabitants want to conjure (through "High Programmers"). Unfortunately, social upheaval has resulted in the place becoming home to terrifying monsters, living glitches, and virsus designed by supervillains which make the world a beautiful but dangerous place.

Due to Raven II's modifications, the world is now "on par" timewise with the Earth and its inhabitants can procreate by visiting Earth and doing so only to bring their children back to Digitopolis. No one knows what the implications of this might be. The world is protected by Lightrunner and the Transhumans, the two not getting along very well.

Phrozen
05-02-2014, 04:46 PM
I've always been fond of this character and it's great to see him continue on as a champion of the world with two-pistols, a hat, and a poncho. Great use of Merlin's ability to move to and from time too.

*thumbs up*

The original was Booster Gold but more competent. The second is basically Batman but with Sherlock Holmes scooped out and more Zorro.

Charles Phipps
05-03-2014, 02:17 PM
If anyone is interested, I'm running a game in the Game forum: http://roninarmy.com/threads/68-Chaotic-Fiction-Shadowrun-3rd-edition?p=1718&viewfull=1#post1718

Enigmatic One
05-05-2014, 12:36 PM
If anyone is interested, I'm running a game in the Game forum: http://roninarmy.com/threads/68-Chaotic-Fiction-Shadowrun-3rd-edition?p=1718&viewfull=1#post1718

Sorry, not interested in that one. Now if you were running HED! .... :D

Charles Phipps
05-05-2014, 05:24 PM
Sorry, not interested in that one. Now if you were running HED! .... :D

Nah, not interested. I can't write superheroes and run them.

Don't know why.

:)

ultra8
05-09-2014, 07:14 PM
Hehe!! Been wondering what your take on the "Bottled City of Kandor" would look. As usual you upped the ante and made it quite as interesting.
Hell beats what DC eventually did to their's prior to the reboot.

Libra1010
06-07-2014, 04:46 AM
(Considers new and tragic absence of silver epidermis, then looks around at surroundings that seem to have a monopoly on 'shiny' for the time being).

Hmph, so THIS is what a reboot feels like - I don't know WHAT Wonder Woman sees in that sort of thing.

Well, I'm back!:D

(I'm also very glad to see that you gentlemen have been doing good work in my absence and hope that you will continue to do so for many years to come, even when I'm a presence and not absent).

MightyDavidson
06-07-2014, 12:02 PM
(Considers new and tragic absence of silver epidermis, then looks around at surroundings that seem to have a monopoly on 'shiny' for the time being).

Hmph, so THIS is what a reboot feels like - I don't know WHAT Wonder Woman sees in that sort of thing.

Well, I'm back!:D

(I'm also very glad to see that you gentlemen have been doing good work in my absence and hope that you will continue to do so for many years to come, even when I'm a presence and not absent).

Good to see you back Libra, eager to hear your thoughts on new HED and I also hope to see your input on Mightyverse 2.0 sometime as well. :)

Libra1010
06-07-2014, 01:42 PM
If I come up with something worth reading and worth ranking with the fine work you kind fellows have done, I shall do my best to set it down for your amusement.

. . .

No WINK smilies? goodness me, this is a raw and rough-hewn brave new world in which we find ourselves!

MightyDavidson
06-07-2014, 01:50 PM
Well I am quite sure you can come up with something worthy of writing down. You always have in the past after all.

Charles Phipps
06-10-2014, 02:47 AM
Hey guys, back.

What delayed me for two months?

3 book contract for Permuted Press Urban fantasy series - The Red Room series (James Bond meets Dresden Files)

Then a SIX Book Contract for Cthulhu Apocalypse - what happens AFTER the Great Old Ones arise and you're one of the Howardian He-Men (with She-women and Scientists aside) left to survive?

So I've been swamped getting the first three manuscripts in and studying all I need to do.

Quite a few reboot bits left to do, obviously, but I'm happy to take requests!

(MD has been filling a lot of my shoes in the meantime-great work!)

Libra1010
06-10-2014, 11:02 AM
Charles, I hope that you and Mrs Phipps remain well (has your good lady fully recovered from her injuries?), also that your work enjoys the success it deserves! (when you look back on your time with the Think Tank just remember than we, the unpublished, will STILL love you when you're the next GRR Martin - but only if you keep feeding us the best sneaky peeks).

(CURSE YOU LACK OF 'WINK' SMILIE!).

Oh wait, THERE it is!;)

Voltron64
06-10-2014, 11:08 AM
Charles, I hope that you and Mrs Phipps remain well (has your good lady fully recovered from her injuries?), also that your work enjoys the success it deserves! (when you look back on your time with the Think Tank just remember than we, the unpublished, will STILL love you when you're the next GRR Martin - but only if you keep feeding us the best sneaky peeks).

(CURSE YOU LACK OF 'WINK' SMILIE!).

Oh wait, THERE it is!;)

Jim Butcher would be more accurate IMHO.

MightyDavidson
06-10-2014, 11:57 AM
I'm inclined to agree with Voltron on that one, not being a fan of GRR Martin.

That said, I'd be happy to see what has happened to General Venom and the House of Serpents in the reboot, Charles.

Phrozen
06-10-2014, 06:56 PM
Yeah, with Martin something horrible happening to people is no longer surprising. Its when something good happens.

Also, I am not sure who I am supposed to be rooting for. Daenarys is showing all the faults of the Targs, Stannis is way to follow the rules to make a good king, the Greyjoys are well the Greyjoys. Jon Snow I guess if he decides to carve out a kingdom surrounding the wall.

Enigmatic One
06-10-2014, 07:13 PM
Congrats, Charles.

MightyDavidson
06-10-2014, 07:43 PM
Yeah, with Martin something horrible happening to people is no longer surprising. Its when something good happens.

Also, I am not sure who I am supposed to be rooting for. Daenarys is showing all the faults of the Targs, Stannis is way to follow the rules to make a good king, the Greyjoys are well the Greyjoys. Jon Snow I guess if he decides to carve out a kingdom surrounding the wall.

When it comes to Game of Thrones, I pretty much stopped rooting for anybody because the author successfully made me not give a toss. When I realized he was making the villains of the first two books into protagonists of the third, I just stopped reading and never looked back. Gonna stop there though, 'cause if I get started on a Martin rant it's gonna go on for pages and pages.

Voltron64
06-10-2014, 08:18 PM
Yeah, with Martin something horrible happening to people is no longer surprising. Its when something good happens.

Also, I am not sure who I am supposed to be rooting for. Daenarys is showing all the faults of the Targs, Stannis is way to follow the rules to make a good king, the Greyjoys are well the Greyjoys. Jon Snow I guess if he decides to carve out a kingdom surrounding the wall.

Something tells me it's up to Jon, Dany, and maybe Stannis (plus Tyrion and Sansa) to all work together to rebuild Westeros after the utter devastation the Others inflict upon it.

Which BTW, will probably have the same social purpose to the feudal structure of the Seven Kingdoms as the Black Death did to Europe.

Charles Phipps
06-11-2014, 09:00 PM
Yeah, with Martin something horrible happening to people is no longer surprising. Its when something good happens.

Also, I am not sure who I am supposed to be rooting for. Daenarys is showing all the faults of the Targs, Stannis is way to follow the rules to make a good king, the Greyjoys are well the Greyjoys. Jon Snow I guess if he decides to carve out a kingdom surrounding the wall.

I'm on Team Other. Why settle for the lesser evil?


Congrats, Charles.

Thank you very much!


When it comes to Game of Thrones, I pretty much stopped rooting for anybody because the author successfully made me not give a toss. When I realized he was making the villains of the first two books into protagonists of the third, I just stopped reading and never looked back. Gonna stop there though, 'cause if I get started on a Martin rant it's gonna go on for pages and pages.

I appreciated Jaime Lannister becoming a marginally less crap human being but grew testy with Martin with the realization that Cersei Lannister, a character with many more reasons to be the complete pile of refuse she is, WASN'T going to get any character development. No, the Golden Handsome Boy was getting a pass but she was just EVILLL.


Something tells me it's up to Jon, Dany, and maybe Stannis (plus Tyrion and Sansa) to all work together to rebuild Westeros after the utter devastation the Others inflict upon it.

Which BTW, will probably have the same social purpose to the feudal structure of the Seven Kingdoms as the Black Death did to Europe.

I'm interested in where he's going with this but, honestly, I think he made some narrative mistakes the TV show is fixing. Particularly, that no one gives a toss about the Greyjoys.

Charles Phipps
06-11-2014, 09:02 PM
Jim Butcher would be more accurate IMHO.

The Red Room series is very Dresden Files-esque with pop culture references (I describe Derek Hawthorne as "The world's handsomest geek") and a general exasperation at the bad guy's insane plans and the good guys being way-too-much like the Illuminati for their own good.

After Cthulhu is basically Fallout meets H.P. Lovecraft. Less cosmic horror than lovable ghouls and punching Wasteland Monsters in the face.

Really, after a 100 years, people have come to terms with the giant dragon-octopus god-thing not being so much evil as this guy you should really avoid falling underfoot of.

:cool:

Phrozen
06-11-2014, 09:16 PM
When are we going to see reviews of Mr. Torque's Campaign of Carnage and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt?

I found one to be the worst DLC and the other to be the funniest.

Also there is the Headhunter DLC with The Ravenous Hunger of the Wattle Gobbler and Sir Hammerlock vs. The Son of Crawermax the Invincible being the past with Bloody Harvest being the worst.

Charles Phipps
06-11-2014, 09:25 PM
When are we going to see reviews of Mr. Torque's Campaign of Carnage and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt?

I found one to be the worst DLC and the other to be the funniest.

Also there is the Headhunter DLC with The Ravenous Hunger of the Wattle Gobbler and Sir Hammerlock vs. The Son of Crawermax the Invincible being the past with Bloody Harvest being the worst.

Will start on the DLCs tomorrow!

:)

Charles Phipps
06-11-2014, 09:31 PM
The House of Serpents (2014)

The death of General Venom at the hands of his son and viceversa immediately exposed a gigantic ideological flaw in the organization. Specifically, the House of Serpents has always been very strongly based upon the idea of making America great again (by whatever value that stands for) but has always been fuzzy on the details. This was deliberate as General Venom co-opted racist ideologically-insane militias, working-class Americans, slighted minorities, Wallstreet executives, scientists, religious wackos, and even foreign nationals into the House of Serpents.

General Venom was a surprisingly cynical man for an individual motivated by genuine love of America. He knew there was no way in hell he could sell his mathematical formula about the escalating destructive potential of superhumans to destroy democratic society without potentially causing a race war between regular humans and Metas.

So, he basically played the role of politician and built the House of Serpents on his personal charisma mixed with feel-good but meaningless promises. General Venom was generally a left-of-center Rooseveltian with his political views but that never really mattered as much to his being a power-hungry megalomaniac.

So everyone was ready for the House of Serpents Civil War to break out the moment the dust settled.

So far, it hasn't.

The House of Serpents has largely remained intact and even started expanding despite the fact its members, by all rights, should be killing each other. Fascists, Anti-Fascists, Communists, apocalyptic Christian militia nuts, secular atheists, and so on are all working together in cell-based and hidden military base terrorist strikes. The House of Serpents has agreed to democratically elect a new leader (Supreme) and work together against the United States until said government is ashes--THEN settle things democratically (with assassins).

What HAS changed is that General Venom is no longer in charge is the House of Serpents no longer bothers with its previous restraints on behavior. As far as it's members are concerned, THEIR votes count but the rest of the world's democracies are no longer relevant. Chemicals weapons attacks, clones, robot armies, zombies, indiscriminate collateral damage, and doomsday weapons which are designed to take over the world in the same fashion as UNITY made look so ludicrous decades before.

So far, Supreme has shown precious little desire in reigning in the excesses of the organization's many constituencies. He makes use of the many (increasingly independent) General Venom robots to smooth things over but this has only resulted in variant models of the deranged ex-hero running their OWN businesses.

Too bad General Venom isn't dead.

Sort of.

Charles Phipps
06-11-2014, 11:27 PM
The Commander

General Venom is really good at robotics. How good? He was capable of creating android duplicates so similar in appearance to human beings they're capable of fooling the technology of the John Smith Society or Foundation that the subjects are human. He's created whole towns with these sorts of androids and learned to even transfer psychic-engram presences (read: "souls"--he's REALLY good at robotics) upon physical death.
You can see where this is going.

Jack Washington III was thorough in his desire to destroy his progenitor, though, so he eradicated the vast majority of General Venom's potential bodies. He also corrupted most of the memory copies with terrible viruses, so General Venom's transfer had to go to the prototype instead. He'd actually forgotten about it.

Which meant Jack Washington Junior woke up with the impression it was 1969. He was surrounded by outdated technology from his old hidden base and A.I. which had been shockingly advanced when he'd first created it. The discovery he was a terrorist now who'd murdered millions (including aliens) was a stunning blow to his system. Worse, he saw the organization he'd created was every bit the subversive force of anti-democratic fascism he saw infiltrating the United States--except it was better at it than PHANTOM.

Since then, Jack has been shot at repeatedly by virtually every single agency and terrorist agency in the world. The fact he looks like Jack Washingtion Junior in the late 1960s means people are doubly willing to unleash lethal force against him since they assume he's just another General Venom robot (which he is--after a fashion). All of this has lead to Jack Washington developing something he'd never had before: doubt.

Cobbling together an anachronistic suit of power armor, modified with what he's learned of modern technology, Jack Washington Junior has adopted the monikor of the Commander. He has remained stubbornly apolitical so far and spent most of his time investigating the sheer breadth of corruption the House of Serpents has spread across the country.

Ironically, the only person willing to give him the time of day is Stars and Stripes, the American-themed antivillain and long-time Steel Commando III love interest who is Jack Washington Jr's biological daughter. Having hated everything her father stood for almost the entirety of her life, Stars and Stripes finds the time-lost Jack Washington Junior a pain in the ass. However, she can't help but protect him anyway.

Jack behaves in a thoroughly anachronistic but respectful manner, coming off as excessively formal and polite. He is still interested in social justice but feels that he has no right to involve himself in anything resembling politics ever again. His opinion of his later self is not nuanced, calling General Venom, "The American Hitler."

So far, the House of Serpents considers the Commander to be a minor but growing threat. He's dismantled numerous operations in New England and has shown a remarkable ability to counteract their weaponry despite the antique nature of his equipment (it all resembles sketches he'd been working out the bugs for).
The individual who most wants to destroy him is The President, a psychic gestalt of all of the negative emotions and feelings Jack Washington Junior's androids have been recording for decades. This renegade robot, identical to General Venom as an adult, believes he can only become the REAL General Venom by killing the Commander. He would be a much worse foe, however, due to the fact that President is modified with Abaddon technology and has pledged himself to the "New Founding Fathers."

I.e. Orkus and his crew.

The fact Orkus and the other Anti-Gods are dead doesn't disturb the President in the least. The President, unlike the complicated if insane General Venom, is much-much worse than Hitler.

Voltron64
06-12-2014, 10:40 AM
So how do you plan to dish out the most fitting bouts of karma in JW3?

Voltron64
06-12-2014, 10:47 AM
Cthulhu Apocalypse is basically Fallout meets H.P. Lovecraft. Less cosmic horror than lovable ghouls and punching Wasteland Monsters in the face.

Really, after a 100 years, people have come to terms with the giant dragon-octopus god-thing not being so much evil as this guy you should really avoid falling underfoot of.

:cool:

So that's what the whole "free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy"-thing turned out to mean!

;)

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 12:01 PM
So how do you plan to dish out the most fitting bouts of karma in JW3?

Given JW3 was a soulless entity, I think he may well no longer exist!


So that's what the whole "free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy"-thing turned out to mean!

Lawless Mad Max Anarchy certainly goes along well with that. :-)

I also have a bit of fun with quite a bit of humanity now worshiping the Old Ones. Some go crazy, others are just in it because it seems about as rationale as anything in a gigantic warped-physics Wasteland.

Captain Booth, our protagonist, is less interested in that than his very personal revenge tale against the cult-leader who took his squadron. Much like his Cimmerian counterpart from distant Hyboria, he's got bigger problems than the doings of the gigantic gods of a primordial age. No, he's got his buddies to save (or avenge) and Shoggoths to cleave with his mighty thews.

Voltron64
06-12-2014, 12:03 PM
Given JW3 was a soulless entity, I think he may well no longer exist!

Remind me again how that happened? The whole JW3 getting his ass kicked into his insides business?

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 12:10 PM
Remind me again how that happened? The whole JW3 getting his ass kicked into his insides business?

Jack Washington III's plans to become President of the United States were thwarted by a plucky investigator from the Great Lakes region and his rather heavyset (but still lovely wife) who revealed all of his dirty-laundry and destroyed SpartaCorp. Jack Washington III, not programmed for failure, more or less launched an attempt to destroy America in a very literal sense. A team of superheroes, lead by a disguised and dying General Venom, broke into the main headquarters of the House of Serpents in the Rocky Mountains.

In the end, Jack Washington III was killed after being defeated by them, General Venom sacrificing himself to disable his wayward's son's super-robot mecha.

The death of both triggered an orbital ion cannon strike which the heroes successfully fled from but destroyed the 10 billion dollar base and ended the plans of JWIII to trigger world war 3.

General Venom's death


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IimjoFyUktY

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 12:13 PM
Alternative, the heroes of the never-published "ARISE, VENOM, ARISE" module could sabotage the ion-canon strike without the dead-man switch.

In which JWIII is taken by complete surprise (and General Venom stays behind to make sure he dies)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvOeQF_S-I

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 04:21 PM
смерть Zone

Known as the Zone, Area 35901 is considered the greatest ecological disaster in the planet's history and a living monument to the fact superheroes can't prevent everything evil. Coupled with the destruction of Olympiana, many individuals are starting to fear superhumans are more trouble than they're worth.

The Zone is the former separatist nation of Battle Czar, existing in an area close to the former territory of Chernobyl which was saved by his intervention in Heroic Earth. It was also transformed by his superior Mithran technology into a massive city called New Mithran and was considered by many to be a communist Utopia.

If you were politically and ideologically pure, that is.

Battle Czar's militant communist beliefs brooked no opposition, even when they were diametrically opposed to the ones which the Mithran as a whole held. Determined to create a utopia which would expand and eventually engulf the world, Battle Czar defeated the Russian Army when it attempted to retake the territory and expanded his borders into Eastern Europe.

Battle Czar made his mistake, however, when he started persecuting the Shadow Folk. The race of creepy pagans who dwelt on the far reaches of Russia and had managed to outlast the Czars, Mongols, and Teutonic Knights which sought to destroy them. Battle Czar ignored the warnings of General Venom, many former colleagues, and even Earth's Gatekeeper to leave the Shadow Folk alone.

He destroyed their villages, took their children away, and attempted to convert them from their heathen beliefs to proper Soviet atheism.

Their gods disagreed.

Ten point three million individuals were killed in the resulting plague known as The Fog with all the survivors fleeing overnight, leaving behind their possessions. They were the lucky ones. The dead from the Fog, previous centuries, and even other lands rose from the ground in the Zone as dimensional barriers dissolved. Hideous mutated monsters from other dimensions, quite possibly the Annihilation Zone, have since pushed their way through and required the Russian Army to work with superheroes against them. The Terror Beasts are a mixture of intelligent and unintelligent but all savage as well as damn near-unkillable.

Russia, one of the most staunchly anti-Metaman nations in the world, has rescinded most of its laws against their existence in hopes of attracting those who can help against them. The majority of them having fled to Genesis Island in hopes of better life (and infected by Cassius Mass' rhetoric) have been unmoved by Russia's plight. The Federation Guard is presently attempting containment with the help of Russia's best scientists as well as a near-unlimited amount of military support but they are hard pressed due to their unfamiliarity with the frankly supernatural forces around them.

Worse, the Zone is getting bigger.

Psistrike
06-12-2014, 04:49 PM
Now that is a scary result of an idiot's actions. The Fog and Terror Beasts sound like they come straight out of a Steven King story.

Phrozen
06-12-2014, 04:51 PM
So after Borderlands if Charles has time and given his love of post-apocalyptic stuff I recommend Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light.

Its Fallout.....In Russia basically.

MightyDavidson
06-12-2014, 04:53 PM
A bit darker then I like for a superhero setting, but still very interesting stuff Charles.

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 05:42 PM
A bit darker then I like for a superhero setting, but still very interesting stuff Charles.

The world is improving in other areas. Glittering spiral towers herald a potential new age of awesome.

And The Zone heralds what happens if it fails.

Sadly, a world without evil is a world which needs no heroes and HED! is far from that place.

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 05:44 PM
Now that is a scary result of an idiot's actions. The Fog and Terror Beasts sound like they come straight out of a Steven King story.

Yeah, there's also a LOT of super-technology the governments of the world want to get back and possibly survivors. That means there's plenty of potential for Singularity, Silent Hill, and other-style adventures to justify going in.


So after Borderlands if Charles has time and given his love of post-apocalyptic stuff I recommend Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light.

Its Fallout.....In Russia basically.

*scribbles down names* Will do!

I was also thinking of getting the Ghostbusters game.

MightyDavidson
06-12-2014, 05:59 PM
The world is improving in other areas. Glittering spiral towers herald a potential new age of awesome.

And The Zone heralds what happens if it fails.

Sadly, a world without evil is a world which needs no heroes and HED! is far from that place.

I know, I was merely commenting upon my preference. :)

I'm tempted to keep Battle Csar's separatist nation intact in the Mightyverse, possibly putting it right next to the Burning Protectorate of The Czar from Crooks to add to the mayhem. Two of the old regime's deadliest metahuman's battling it out to take the place over, it's a whole knew kind of fail. :D

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 06:06 PM
Half-Life, Tyrant of the Zone

Quite possibly the greatest threat which poses a threat to the world today.

Half-Life emerged from the Fog to slaughter an entire battallion of Russian troopers outfitted with the latest in super-technology and backed up by Foundation for World Harmony Villain-Busters. The figure had bleached white skin, no nose, ears, and a face which resembled a skull due to how deep his eyes had sunken.

He also radiated Annihilation Zone energy from every pour in his body and killed or mutated individuals when he approached them. Not even plant-life or animal-life was safe from his horrific aura. These creatures he learned to exert a kind of psychic control over and used to enslave the pockets of survivors protected from the Fog by Shadow People magic or being located in deep bunkers beneath the Earth Battle Czar had created to protect them in the event of nuclear emergency. Half-Life has since managed to reconstitute a small pocket of civilization in the Death Zone where he rules over a mixed population of mutants, Shadow people, and regular human slaves while delegating the vast majority of the work to the undead.

Half-Life does not practice magic but his science is so surreal and arcane that everyone who attempts to study it finds it incomprehensible or is driven insane (usually temporarily--but only if the offending knowledge is removed).

Half-Life has even managed to unleash the Terror-Beasts on neighboring nations using portals and attempts to destroy him have failed. Without the Patriots and the Tomorrow Society presently outlaws, the world is lacking "big guns" to go after him. Half-Life's goals seem nebulous as it's clear he has no particular interest in conquering the world or even genocide as he presently possesses the means to kill much of the planet but has not yet chosen to exercise this authority. He's as powerful as anything short of Orkus and has even killed the avatars of Cosmic Eternals which sought to win public favor by going after him.

Instead, he is mostly known for conducting bizarre experiments which consist of erecting insane physics-destroying machines at various parts of the globe or introducing his mutations into the civilian populace. The world wants desperately to know what Half-Life's goals are and if he can be stopped.


Speculation to who or what Half-Life is an on-going source of debate in the superhuman world with the following theories all having various bits of evidence.

* He's Battle-Czar, hideously mutated and driven mad by the exposure to the Annihilation Zone.
* He's an Annihilation Zone warlord who has wandered into this reality and is getting his bearings before returning/bringing his armies here.
* He's an avatar (or complete whole) of an Entropic Master who was imprisoned by Orkus but has since been freed.
* He's Divinos from an alternate reality destroyed by the Zone and/or Orkus and which has been living in the ruins for millennium.
* He's Dracula's age-old rival and enemy Count Orlock, who was at ground zero for one of the dimensional rifts and has absorbed all of the dark energy into himself.
* He's a Metaman with the power to absorb souls and has over ten million trapped ones in his head at present, all wanting to be restored to life.


Half-Life has kidnapped and dissected former aid-de-camp of the House of Serpents, Michael Specter before activating his latent metagenes before supercharging with them Annihilation Zone energy. As a result, Michael Specter has become known as the Man in Black and serves as his unofficial herald. The Man in Black can bend time and space to an unlimited level around himself, which has resulted in some very strange encounters with heroes over the past few years.

Including a few retroactive ones.

Michael despises his new master and is looking for a way to overthrow him but can't give a straight answer regarding his master's origins or weaknesses.

Other servants of Half-Life as known as The Mutates and they are, essentially, cybernetic Metamen in the vein of Apocalypse's henchmen from the X-men.


A time-travelling Doc Aeon has speculated that Half-Life is a "living singularity" and the Zone is actually a reflection of his irradiated presence. He believed that if he was defeated, either by death or proper imprisonment, the Zone might naturally heal itself and all of the horrific mutations inside shrivel up or return to their home dimension.

This is only an option, though, for Gamemasters who want an unambiguously triumphant ending for defeating Half-Life, though.

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 07:27 PM
I know, I was merely commenting upon my preference. :)

I'm tempted to keep Battle Csar's separatist nation intact in the Mightyverse, possibly putting it right next to the Burning Protectorate of The Czar from Crooks to add to the mayhem. Two of the old regime's deadliest metahuman's battling it out to take the place over, it's a whole knew kind of fail. :D

The Burning Protectorate and Battle Czar's New Socialist Union are pretty similar in their fates/lords. It might be interesting to have the cataclysm which befell the latter happen to the former with Battle Czar talked back from participating in the mad scientist experiment by Protonik.

So now its Battle Czar and Protonik versus the Russian Godzillas and Mutos coming out of the place.

MightyDavidson
06-12-2014, 07:41 PM
The Burning Protectorate and Battle Czar's New Socialist Union are pretty similar in their fates/lords. It might be interesting to have the cataclysm which befell the latter happen to the former with Battle Czar talked back from participating in the mad scientist experiment by Protonik.

So now its Battle Czar and Protonik versus the Russian Godzillas and Mutos coming out of the place.

That could work. Or perhaps Battle Czar and the Czar are allies and Red Spider is run out of the Burning Protectorate?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW7Op86ox9g

Voltron64
06-12-2014, 08:07 PM
My guess?

Half-Life is a future Micheal Specter.

Charles Phipps
06-12-2014, 08:11 PM
My guess?

Half-Life is a future Micheal Specter.

If only we had a crowbar-wielding John Smith Society member to beat both their asses.

Libra1010
06-13-2014, 12:34 PM
I suspect that the John Smith society would perish out of shame if one of their agents used something as primitive as a CROWBAR to beat the tar out of an opponent - they ARE however working on a very interesting Chrono-Crowbar with which to alleviate certain difficulties recently encountered in the field!

Charles Phipps
06-13-2014, 05:18 PM
Divinity

When one door closes, another opens up.

Gabrielle has finally dealt with her "problematic" situation of being perpetually stuck at the age of seventeen thanks to the near-immortality granted to her by the superpowers on her world. This was socially awkward enough, interfering with her relationship with Alex and contributing to their engagement's ending, but was especially problematic since it prevented her from ever achieving "full maturity" with her powers.

Divinos being crippled and presumed dead by the rest of the world left the planet without a champion. While Athena struggled to deal with her own present problems (being the new Lord of Olympus after overthrowing her father in a complicated set of circumstances), the Earth was effectively at a loss for a superhero to rally around. Deeply affected by her brother's "death", Angel Girl wanted to step in but found almost no one took her seriously.

Thus, she turned to Alexander Timons who created the Eternity Engine, which allowed Gabrielle to become turbo-charge with the COSMIC ENERGIES OF THE UNIVERSE. This resulted in a number of things: 1:] Gabrielle physically maturing to roughly the age of thirty. 2:] Roughly doubled her powers and made even more powerful as her brother. 3:] Opened up a world of new problems.

Renaming herself Divinity, Angel Girl has cast aside her previous mortal identity except as "public relations attache to Raven Industries." This means she sets her own hours and spends roughly 90% of her time zipping around the world and dealing with crises that threaten the world. These include Terror Beasts, Demon Invasions, Giant Robots FROM SPACE, and even an encounter with the Darkness Beyond Time which she managed to persuade to no longer feed on inhabited worlds.

In a very real way, Divinity is one of the few reasons the planet is still standing through this immense period of chaos. She's also finally getting the respect from the world which Gabrielle has always felt she deserved.

It's too bad she's NOT the moral paragon her brother was.

The first thing to remember is that she was once a member of the 90s anti-heroes lead by Dawn Wing and Serena Mass which did all manner of questionable stuff in the name of making the world a better place. This attitude was treated by the media less than someone becoming a professional soldier than a celebrity child-star rebellion.

Therefore, people aren't quite ready to wrap their heads on the fact Divinity has a far less strict status against killing than her brother. She's also still got the same temper she's also had, feeling there should be nothing preventing her from going into places like the Khanate and ripping their WMDs apart because the Iron Khan is bad. In the wake of the Foundation's near-dissolution, no one is watching her break international law left and right.

In fact, Alex is worried about his girlfriend (the two having resumed their relationship after decades of being apart). They don't get to spend much time together and he's aware that she's overusing the Eternity Engine to superclock herself so she doesn't have to sleep and can do even more good than Divinos ever did. Also, Gabrielle is far less prone to following Ultramind's suggestions than her brother and "improvises" in ways that have been somewhat troubling. Despite this, she's done an immense lot of good.

But there will be HELL to pay when she finds out her brother is alive and has been hiding from his closest friends.

Libra1010
06-14-2014, 10:11 AM
Yikes, poor old Divinos seems really does seem doomed to catch it from both sides AND in the middle!

Charles Phipps
06-14-2014, 11:42 AM
Present ideas peculating in my head:

* Athena (2014)
* Lightrider
* The Eyes of the Grigori ("Jewelmen")
* Earth's membership in the Confederacy of Planets
* The Dark Undermaster, Gatekeeper of the Multiverse
* The Boskone
* Kid Crow (a.k.a Black Wing III)
* Tomorrow Force
* Doc Aeon (2014)
* Bloodknight, the Vampire Hunter.
* The New Justicars
* Ku'tu'lu
* The Other Gods
* The Children of Abaddon
* The Sons of Orkus
* Abstract, Geometry Sorceress

Not sure which to do.

I'm always up for more suggestions and requests, though.

Psistrike
06-14-2014, 12:23 PM
Tomorrow Force or The Other Gods sound good to me. 3rd place to read would be the New Justicars.

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 04:13 AM
Tomorrow Force

The Tomorrow Society is a house divided. While the overthrowing of Cassius Mass and the establishment of a Human-Meta coalition government on Genesis Island was a big win for them, it came at a horrific cost. The present comatose state of Serena Mass, the deaths of several hundred Metas at the hands of Paragon, and more restrictions against Meta-rights being instituted worldwide than have ever before existed.

Persecution is at an all-time-high with many countries refusing to allow them to use their powers at all while others have begun instituting laws straight from the 1920s to restrict their population growth. This doesn't even begin to cover the large-scale drafting of Metas which have become de-facto law in countries ostensibly "friendly" to Metas.

It is a dark time for Metamen.

While Ymir and Alice presently run the Tommorow Academy and Tomorrow Corp, the "legitimate faces" of the Metas are being accused of being ineffectual. Unsurprisingly, Lucien Drake has decided those who set down their weapons invite attack and has created a paramilitary team to take the fight against Meta enemies.

Others say this is the opposite of what Serena Mass intended and only makes them a different sort of Gene Nation.

Tomorrow Force consists of Lucien Drake, Valkyrie, Hecate, Crimson Wing II, Russian Steel, Jane Hunter, Exterminator-Omega, and Dragonstar. The fact they have a former member of the Psychotic Seven amongst them, a machine once programmed to eliminate all Metas, a Soviet-Era "supervillain", and a former Foundation assassin has done little to allay the group's suspicions. The fact Valkyrie and Crimson Wing II have joined the group have also stunned others.

Tomorrow Force's present missions are the destruction of all Exterminator-Processing Centers everywhere, the eradication of the Knights for a Pure Mankind, the crippling of the Church of Humanity, and the end of Project: Icarus. The group has had some limited success in all of these endeavors and has rallied many former members of the Gene Nation to the Tomorrow Society's side. Unfortunately, they've also destroyed any chance of their being labeled anything BUT outlaws and Ultimatum is horrified his sister is now on a terrorist watch list.

The Foundation for World Harmony's temporary "replacement" as it deals with its meltdown, ORDER, has "shoot to kill" orders for all members of the organization and is not above hiring contractors to bring them down--some of which include supervillains. This has only hardened Tomorrow Force's resolve and convinced them they need to do more to make sure the future generations don't say things like, "Cassius Was Right."

MightyDavidson
06-15-2014, 07:59 AM
Cool stuff Charles. Sort of an HED version of X-Force when Cable was running things and since I liked that comic, I approve!

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 10:07 AM
When are we going to see reviews of Mr. Torque's Campaign of Carnage and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt?

I'm now working on Mister Torgue's BADASSITUDE DLC and just finished beating Motor Mamma. It has Moxxie AND Tiny Tina, so it's hard to dislike it automatically.

:cool:

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 10:19 AM
Cool stuff Charles. Sort of an HED version of X-Force when Cable was running things and since I liked that comic, I approve!

I kid you not, those were my first comics.

MightyDavidson
06-15-2014, 10:23 AM
I kid you not, those were my first comics.

Cool, X-Force was the first comic I started collecting seriously too. :)

Psistrike
06-15-2014, 10:48 AM
Yikes, the state of affairs is worse for Metahumans in the HED! setting than it is for mutants in the Marvel setting now. Always saw the Church of Humanity and Knights for a Pure Mankind as a terrorist group who just kept their illegal activities hidden and separate from the main Church. Can't say I blame the Tomorrow Force for their beliefs, if not the way they are going about it.

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 11:02 AM
Yikes, the state of affairs is worse for Metahumans in the HED! setting than it is for mutants in the Marvel setting now. Always saw the Church of Humanity and Knights for a Pure Mankind as a terrorist group who just kept their illegal activities hidden and separate from the main Church. Can't say I blame the Tomorrow Force for their beliefs, if not the way they are going about it.

"Those who set down their weapons invite attack."

It's not a philosophy the Futuremen or Serena Mass would agree with but there's perhaps some merit to the idea that "peaceful coexistence between humanity and metakind" will begin with shooting the humans who are shooting at them first. The fact 99% of the human race has nothing against Metakind except for a justified wariness of people who can level buildings with their eyes means it's really just the bad seeds who are the real problem. However, if the (presently crippled) Foundation can't reel these elements in--it falls to the Tomorrow Force to protect those Metas they persecute.

Or so the theory goes.

And yeah, the Church of Humanity is a gigantic scam designed to bilk millions from the public and funnel a large amount of that to its terrorist activities.

Voltron64
06-15-2014, 11:07 AM
"Those who set down their weapons invite attack."

It's not a philosophy the Futuremen or Serena Mass would agree with but there's perhaps some merit to the idea that "peaceful coexistence between humanity and metakind" will begin with shooting the humans who are shooting at them first. The fact 99% of the human race has nothing against Metakind except for a justified wariness of people who can level buildings with their eyes means it's really just the bad seeds who are the real problem. However, if the (presently crippled) Foundation can't reel these elements in--it falls to the Tomorrow Force to protect those Metas they persecute.

Or so the theory goes.

Well, what can I say? We are the 99%. ;)

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 11:14 AM
Hehe, good one.

Who would you like to see Voltron covered next?

FYI, I can edit the front posts and will be updating the index soon. Also, the original threads are back.

Voltron64
06-15-2014, 11:16 AM
Hehe, good one.

Who would you like to see Voltron covered next?

FYI, I can edit the front posts and will be updating the index soon. Also, the original threads are back.

Uh, Athena and Earth's membership in the Confederacy of Planets.

But really, anything on that list would be good.

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 11:51 AM
Tomorrow Corp

It has been a long-held truism that those who have wealth are above the law. Certain members of the Tomorrow Society are interested in seeing if this could be made to work for something other than projecting trust fund kids from drinking and driving charges.

Founded by the time-lost daughter of the Red King, Alice Mass, Tomorrow Corp is a company which attempts to make a profit from the physics-defying powers of Metakind. Construction, energy-supplies, extreme conditions exploration, environmental cleanup, and (of course) private security are just the beginning.


Alice Mass is, notably, a "Muggle" herself--not even possessing Cassius Mass' limited powers. However, she's a Muggle in the same way that Black Wing II is and is possibly smarter. Add the fact she possesses the same sort of ruthless mentality in SOME areas and she's taken large amounts of 20XX technology back with her to prevent the hellish future she comes from. Stuff which she's sold and bartered with to become a multi-billionaire.

She also has a "complex" relationship with her father and the Transhumans.

This, of course, went over like a bag of hammers in the business world and businesses moved to try to shut down Tomorrow Corp with lawsuits almost immediately. Surprisingly, the United States (known for an erratic Meta-rights record) came down on the side of Tomorrow Corp and while litigation will last years--Tomorrow Corp is allowed to operate on its soil and several other nations.

Much like Google, Tomorrow Corp has an established ethics clause and works on numerous beneficial projects under the belief that doing good as well as
making a profit do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Obviously, it employs a very large number of Metas and its hiring practices have made it very attractive to previous "closeted ones." Serena Mass may have been a saintly human being, for a half-evil god, but she tended to scare away more mainstream Metas with her haunted castle.

Tomorrow Corp's biggest contribution to human-meta relationships is in the Halls of Justice as their deep pockets are enough that it can focus on attacking countless anti-Meta laws while also proposing alternatives for legislatures. They've freed many wrongly convicted or draconianly-treated Metas from prison and provide free legal defense for any who aren't advocating terrorist action or are, otherwise, "evil metas."

The flagship Meta of Tomorrow Corp is Ultimatum, who they have managed to rehabilitate the image of completely--only for Ken Masters to screw it up again. Thankfully, it's a more benign screw-up as Ken Masters has turned his costume a Nascar-esque billboard of Tomorrow Corp products. It's always been his central defining trait that he's a well-intentioned lunkhead and you can't turn around without seeing his face on SOMETHING.

Underneath Ultimatum is Tomorrow Force's Rescue and Response Team, which is actually there to serve as a corporate-funded superhero team without all the hassle of being considered a paramilitary force. Composed of Protection (dropping the "Lass"), Mighty Girl, Diamond, The Unnameable, Kid Divinos, Robyn Hood, and Gwendolyn ni Cu Chulain--they're a colorful band of heroes who are about as Silver Age as Generation Y folk can get.


It should be noted Robyn Hood is much-much better at more or less everything but punching power on the team and serves as Ultimatum's 2nd in command in the field as well as their at-home instructor. By all rights, she should be team-leader and Ultimatum knows it. He believes he may be in charge simply because Robyn is a sympathetic "Muggle." He doesn't have the heart to ask and, instead, is focused on trying to be as good a leader as Robyn in-between photo shoots. The fact he's seriously crushing on Robyn doesn't help.

Take also note, Ken donates 90% of his proceeds to charitable causes or investments to make more money for said causes.

Tomorrow Corp is not as focused on fighting the traditional enemies of Metakind as Tomorrow Force, it should be noted. Instead, it's mostly found itself in conflict with The Vampire Nation of all things as the recent "coming-out" of that group has resulted in them trying to hijack the Metaman rights movement to make sure they receive the same level of protection.


This, despite the fact that most vampires are soulless murderers who desire only to prey on mankind.

Tomorrow Corp, as to be expected, is also in a cold-war with Paragon Industries and has participated in several covert missions in space against The Boskone.

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 12:19 PM
The Tomorrow Institute

In the darkest hour, the light shines brightest.

Ymir, despite being a relative newcomer to the Tomorrow Society, has come to embrace their cause as his own. The fact he's still maintaining his popularity despite being a long-time associate of the group (and now is a permanent member of the Patriots) has shielded him from having quite the same fatalistic attitude as his friends.

With Serena Mass' coma, Ymir has taken over the Tomorrow Academy and moved it to the free-floating island of New Valhalla which has taken rest over the North Atlantic sea. It is guarded by Valkyries, Einherjar, and a large collection of monsters who Ymir has managed to tame. The radioactive baby-World Serpent Snappy lives underneath them and guarantees no real harm will come to its students.

While no less surreal than Mass Castle, New Valhalla is a place most students love and has formed into a full-fledged city which is an alternative to Genesis Island for Metas fleeing persecution. The actual school, however, is the heart of the building and it is here that over a thousand juvenile Metamen are studying to master their powers. They've already opened a satellite academy on the West Coast of the United States.

The teaching of these Metas in how to use their powers, how to use their powers ethically, respect for other species (as well as humans), plus general education is what Ymir considers to be his chief responsibility. Activism, he believes, can wait and it's more important to safeguard the next generation than draft them into some kind of war. Ymir has also shown a great willingness to believe in the potential for redemption of other beings, which is why he's allowed those few Aesir and Vanir who survived Ragnarok to settle on the floating island.

Not everyone is pleased with Ymir's big-hearted ways, however, with the fact Red Jaguar, the seemingly sane Jane Union, Moss Pit, and Succubus are instructors being serious sticking points. Indeed, many are accusing them of using the Tomorrow Institute as a way to flee international law. Misty Weiss, Idun, and Ink (Splotch's brother) help round out the academy, though.

The Tomorrow Institute is a source of constant intrigue, danger, and surreal happenings despite the fact its staff don't go out of their way to have adventures. Many individuals are afraid of Metas who aren't living in fear of destruction and there have been attempts to subvert the school by Belial, Mister Hoppy (who just visits for kicks), The Cult of Ku'tu'lu, Thran and Tsavong invaders, plus even an attack by a Boskone giant warbot. Despite this, they've done pretty good in keeping casualties to zero.

Which is an accomplishment by itself.

MightyDavidson
06-15-2014, 12:32 PM
Refresh my memory, who are the Boskone again?

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 12:34 PM
A short guide for new characters

The Unnameable - A meta-member of the Merrow race. Despite looking like a 6ft tall Cthulhu, he's a fairly normal teenager and interested in video games as well as girls (despite human women being so unattractive). The Cult of Ku'tu'lu DO NOT like him wandering around topside. Amusingly, Great Ku'tu'lu himself seems to have blessed the Unnameable's efforts and lends him his power at various times.

Dragonstar - An alien bounty-hunter who is the daughter of one of the Great Noble Houses, the Human-Thran hybrid has precious time for the governments of the world's **** but is working off a debt she feels she owes to Lucien Drake. More or less looks like a crimson-skinned Samus Aran and dresses like Master Chief.

Gwendolyn ni Cu Chulain - The daughter of Cu Chulain and a demigod berserker with a magic spear. She is the intended bride of Ultimatum by Otherworld law and is here to help him sort out his problems (the entire human-Meta problem). The fact she's a lesbian and even less enthused about the marriage than he is doesn't impact her desire to get it over with.

Mighty Girl - The opposite sex clone of Mighty Man created by Project: Icarus, she's even less socially adjusted than Crimson Wing II used to be. Made to be a killing machine, Mighty Girl is mostly in Tomorrow Corp because otherwise she's a walking public relations disaster waiting to happen. In addition to her Paragon powers, she can also absorb and copy the powers of other metas for a short time.

Charles Phipps
06-15-2014, 12:35 PM
Refresh my memory, who are the Boskone again?

They haven't been introduced yet but I'll give a very-very easy summary.

The Thran, Tsavong, Confederacy, and Grigori have all put aside their differences to form an Alliance (which Earth has joined) out of pants-wetting terror of their arrival in this galaxy.

They're also the villains of the E.E. Doc Smith's Lensmen series. Which, like so many other public domain works, actually kinda-sorta will happen in this universe. They're the original Space Nazis controlled by Energy-Based Evil Beings. In HED!, E.E. Doc Smith had extremely talented (but impractical) psychic foresight and insight into the far-future.

The Boskone control the Andromeda Galaxy and have exterminated or absorbed all life there but their own.

Libra1010
06-20-2014, 01:59 PM
Just popping in to congratulate you on having secured a SIX-book commitment Charles; I hope that you enjoy writing them as much as I believe readers will enjoy devouring them with their eyes!:D

MightyDavidson
06-20-2014, 02:02 PM
They haven't been introduced yet but I'll give a very-very easy summary.

The Thran, Tsavong, Confederacy, and Grigori have all put aside their differences to form an Alliance (which Earth has joined) out of pants-wetting terror of their arrival in this galaxy.

They're also the villains of the E.E. Doc Smith's Lensmen series. Which, like so many other public domain works, actually kinda-sorta will happen in this universe. They're the original Space Nazis controlled by Energy-Based Evil Beings. In HED!, E.E. Doc Smith had extremely talented (but impractical) psychic foresight and insight into the far-future.

The Boskone control the Andromeda Galaxy and have exterminated or absorbed all life there but their own.

Something that just occurred to me: didn't the Grigori CREATE the Confederacy or have a big hand in it's formation? Why would they have issues with them? Is there a reason for this or shall we file this one under O for Oops? :D

Libra1010
06-20-2014, 02:24 PM
The Papacy technically created The Holy Roman Empire, but that doesn't mean the two parties didn't sometimes regret the inception of that particular relationship; for those students of History the submission of the Emperor at Canossa and the Sack of Rome by Mercenaries previously in the employ of Charles, King-Emperor and Grandson of the Catholic Kings (Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon) come to mind!

I believe that both parties (one a Galactic State, the other a species functioning as a Crusading Order) could have found PLENTY to disagree with over the lifetimes since their creation! (not least because one of the relatively-recent revelation that the Confederation's beloved retired-hero head of state was a pawn of Orkus cannot but have produced a certain amount of … difficulty in diplomatic relations).:cool:

Charles Phipps
06-20-2014, 02:57 PM
Something that just occurred to me: didn't the Grigori CREATE the Confederacy or have a big hand in it's formation? Why would they have issues with them? Is there a reason for this or shall we file this one under O for Oops? :D

The Confederacy has a somewhat "UK and USA" relationship with each other. The Grigori more or less united all of the original planets in the Confederation together through threat of superior force ('The Day the Earth Stood Still' could have been done with one of their agents) before the Mithran took over as the cosmic defenders of the organization.

While the Grigori still wielded vast power, the Confederacy is much-much-much bigger now and more relevant to day-to-day lives.

Grigori agents were given primary access to law enforcement and carte blanche to fight for justice but that was only when the Mithran were there. When the Mithran were destroyed, the Confederacy cut ties with the Grigori and the two powers became increasingly hostile. Bluntly, they needed intermediaries to work out things between them. The Mithran were uniquely suited to deal with both "cosmic" beings as well as regular ones.

The Jewelmen are the "substitutes" the Grigori have created for the Mithran as defenders of the universe and time will tell if they're capable of holding the position.

MightyDavidson
06-20-2014, 03:05 PM
I thought the Mithran, some of them anyway, had survived? I mean more then just Divinos, Angel Girl and that villain guy who's name I cannot recall at the moment. Am I mistaken or has that changed in reboot HED?

Charles Phipps
06-20-2014, 03:14 PM
Athena (2014)

Orkus' attack on planet Earth was one which was a massive multi-tier conquest attempt. This included attacks not only on the people themselves but the Otherworld, their allies, and even the gods which had a special relationship with the planet. This, unfortunately, included the Lord of Olympus.

While Zeus is most remembered for his more salacious elements and family troubles, he was actually a more complex individual than people gave him credit for. While a questionable father and husband, his wisdom as a ruler as well as personal power were without peer. A PL 20 entity, Zeus was capable of fighting all of the other Cosmic Eternals himself as well as defeating the Lord of Abaddon in hand-to-hand combat.

In this case, Orkus was able to play on the vanity of Olympus Lord and drew him in battle on Abaddon by feigning weakness. Allowing Zeus to capture him and hold him prisoner, Orkus let Zeus know that there was a weapon on his planet which would allow him to defy the Fates. Since it was his destiny to be overthrown by one of his children, the same way his father and his father's father were overthrown, Zeus set out to retrieve this item.

It was here Zeus found the Crown of Black Leaves. An item which had belonged to Kronos and his father Uranus, the item bestowed upon Zeus the perception of immeasurable power. It also bestowed upon him an arrogance and cruelty equal to that of his ancestors. Hercules, Ares, Hephateus, and Apollo formed a team to stop Zeus as he attempted to re-establish dominion over the Earth's religions.

Orkus, himself, escaped during this time and launched his assaults. Zeus, himself, defeated his children and unleashed the monsters of Tartareus under the belief he's mastered Orkus and the Entropic Master was reinforcing him. That was when Athena stood up to her father, despite the fact she was mortal. Unfortunately, for Zeus, the Crown of Black Leaves did grant freedom from the Fates. It made whatever Cosmic Eternal who wore it, mortal, which grants a limited power to defy fate.

And Athena killed her father.

While Orkus and his Entropic Masters were destroyed, this action was the perfect revenge upon his longtime foe. While Athena has ascended to the throne of Olympus and put the world to rights, she is also now under a terrible doom. As a kinslayer, the Furies have made it clear it is their intent to torment her to her doom. Athena fends them off every day in physical attacks and also has to deal with their corrosive influence. Worse, still, is the guilt she feels about slaying her father and how this has affected her relationship with her subjects.

There is also the fact, unlike Zeus, Athena has no children and her loss would see the breaking of the Olympian dynasty.


Zeus, himself, is being held in Hades' realm where his brother is attempting to burn the corruption out of his brother's spirit.

Athena, in the meantime, has dispatched several Olympian heroes and half-breeds to try to make up for her absence from Earth's affairs. Athena also restored her former sidekick Hecate's daughter and husband to life--though the price for this was the dissolution of her relationship to them as well as her promise to defend the world as before. A price she played gladly.

Charles Phipps
06-20-2014, 03:19 PM
I thought the Mithran, some of them anyway, had survived? I mean more then just Divinos, Angel Girl and that villain guy who's name I cannot recall at the moment. Am I mistaken or has that changed in reboot HED?

The Mithran have a small colony on their sister-world of Ashura as well as a few outposts. It's not a case of "extinction" but it's a case of being an endangered species which were once the most powerful race in the universe after the Grigori.

Phrozen
06-20-2014, 05:27 PM
*imagines The Renegades being dispatched to Abaddon to cause general havoc.*

......

*imagines them enjoying it way too much because it would be just like Doom.*

Charles Phipps
06-20-2014, 06:51 PM
Ku'tu'lu

Worshiped by the Merrow as the god Dagon, Ku'Tu'Lu is one of the many Entropic Masters venerated as a god on the planet Earth in the distant past. Unlike his fellows trapped in the Annihilation Zone, ancient Atlantean summoners successfully brought him forward in the distant past but accidentally resulted in the annihilation of the majority of that culture. Unfortunately, for the Merrow, the god was not surrounded by a sufficient source of mystical energy and physics which would allow him to operate normally. As a result, Ku'tu'lu fell into a dream-filled slumper at the bottom of the ocean.

Occasionally, he would spawn lesser versions of himself which would go forth to bring about terrible destruction on the world or serve sufficiently powerful wizards. These monsters include the Leviathan, Kraken, Formori, and the Merrow themselves. The Merrow have long worshiped Ku'Tu'Lu as a result and work terrible blood-sacrifices as well as pogroms in his name. They believe once he raises from the depths, he will destroy the world and lay waste to his enemies. Neptune, brother of Aquarius, has long been a high priest speaking this eschatological vision of Hell-on-Earth.

Ironically, H.P. Lovecraft's psychic-inspired writings of the Entropic Master are wrong.

Like all Entropic Masters, Ku'tu'lu is a god of destruction but he is NOT a god of evil. These qualities often go hand-in-hand but are not uniformly so. Ku'tu'lu is a deity which respects strength, chaos, change, and war but does not especially feel the need to inflict it upon the innocent. The degenerate inbred and cult-ish Merrow have perverted his religion into one of bullies as well as murder. The fact Cosmic Eternals consider all Entropic Masters to be pure evil doesn't help matters.

The recent changes in the world due to the flooding of the world with magic from the Otherworld, extra-dimensional energies from frequent border skirmishes with the Annihilation Zone, and hyperspace wormholes opened nearby have altered the laws of physics around Earth enough that Ku'tu'lu is now semi-awake. This has resulted in a flood of psychic waves which have driven some individuals mad, awakened many new sorcerers, mutated others, and surprisingly spawned priests who are NOT interested in destroying the world.

The Unnameable is the most prominent of these individuals, empowered with the strength of his forefather (roughly equivalent to the Juggernaut), and has made it an effort to use his deity's power to help others. Ku'Tu'Lu has little sympathy for the weak but has even less for those who prey on them. As the High Priest of the Darkness Beyond Time, he venerates destruction as a means of improving the world by clearing the old and challenging boundaries. This is not achieved by scavengers or bullies.

The Water Witch is also another Ku'Tu'Lu cultist who has struck out on her own, preaching a more peaceful version of their god's doctrine which is just as wrongheaded as the Merrows but more pleasant. The Other Gods give similar aid to Ku'Tu'Loo's new followers as they, themselves, have no desire to destroy everything (since that would destroy destruction). He has even lent his aid to Aquarius, who is stunned by the sudden fact he's considered one of his race's Devil's chosen (and unhappy about it).

These revelations about Ku'Tu'Lu have led to a serious split amongst the Merrow and Formor as a quarter of them have started to reconsider their human-hating genocidal ways. This has resulted in the other three-quarters deciding the best solution to this is to kill the "heretics" and redouble their efforts at eradicating humanity. Many Merrow and hybrids have thus fled to the surface world and caused an unusual refuge problem. Atlantis, itself, hates the Merrow and sees no reason to aid any followers of Ku'Tu'Lu.


Nevermind the spread of Merrow to the surface has also caused Ku'Tu'Lu worship to spread amongst humans.

Despite the questionableness of this, the Cult of Ku'tu'lu has started to grow. He rewards his followers with strength and protective blessings in exchange for shows of strength as well as perserverance. He also is willing to lend his magic out to heroes as well as villains. Despite this, heroes who worship the Dark Father of the Deep are likely to be looked at askance if they announce their deity.

Ku'Tu'Lu has decided his followers also need a protector and is looking for other heroes (or antiheroes or even noble villains) to empower.

Arthur Eld
06-20-2014, 07:49 PM
To be fair, I don't think Lovecraft ever really thought of his gods as 'evil', at least not towards humanity. Evil requires a certain amount of intent, and what was really supposed to be scary about Lovecraftian beings is that they were completely indifferent and alien to human concerns.

Probably the only consciously malicious one (and the most human seeming) was Nyarlathotep.

Still the idea of Cthulu being the Cyttorak to a heroic Juggernaut type is a cool one.

Libra1010
06-21-2014, 07:08 AM
This IS an interesting idea, but I worry that Ku'tu'lu is a bit too 'Kirby' for Cosmic Horror - I will admit in advance that I'm no expert on Cosmic Horror, but I believe that I know enough to record my reservations about combining Superheroes with a Lovecraftian Cosmology (or vice versa); on a very basic level Lovecraftian Horror is an unbeatable threat - you can survive it and you can make life more miserable for those seeking to facilitate it, but in the End the likes of Cthulu and his kin don't CARE because quite frankly you barely register to them.

They are the Elder Gods of this Universe and neither they nor the Universe give a **** about Humanity; Heroes and Villains don't matter in a Universe of Lovecraftian Horror, not to the Old Ones and not to the Universe because quite frankly they're only Human.

It's a bleak, terrible creation - vast and alien and incomprehensible to any sensible mind (not to mention well-able to reduce even the most robust or brilliant mortal to a raving wreck, especially when they tempt fate too often): it is therefore a Perfect Horror setting.


A superheroes' entire purpose in creation is to present two fingers to this worldview in a time-honoured gesture oddly reminiscent of the letter 'V' for by their very nature Superheroes and their Villains EPITOMISE the Good Vs Evil that Lovecraftian Horror dismisses and transcends; superheroes BEAT the unbeatable for their living every issue, they make a DIFFERENCE in the Grand Scheme of things, they are in essence almost the exact antithesis of Lovecraftian Horror (even down to 'Mere' Mortals being able to hold their own alongside 'demigods' and even by virtue of the fact that most of these 'demigods' think of themselves as pretty regular Dames and Joes according to their own superhuman standards).


To put it mildly these approaches to Modern Mythology are a wee bit incompatible on a fundamental level; 'Fantasy Vs Horror' would be fair encapsulation of the differences between them in my own individual opinion - and at this point I suppose I should bring my arguments to a close, as I may very well be repeating arguments with which you have previously been battered ad nauseum, since I suspect that your 'friendly' take on Cthulhu has been expressly tailored in order to sidestep this sort of Purist debate.

Put simply my attitude to this take on The Old One (which oddly enough strikes me as 'Olympian' rather than Lovecraftian) is identical to my attitude towards eating cephalopods - I don't really object to it in theory, I just don't have the stomach to practice that sort of thing!;)

Libra1010
06-21-2014, 07:13 AM
I hope I didn't sound too much like a grumpy old man crying 'Get those d--- tentacles out of my tights!' (or perhaps "Why is there Kirby in my Lovecraft?!?") for while I must admit that I'm something of a Purist, I do like to consider myself a progressive Purist (put another way I don't mind reinterpretation, but revisionism tends to bring me out in hives when applied to Fiction - "I didn't learn that story by heart for some scallywag to re-write it!" cries my inner GOM).

I should note here that I DO hope to have something beyond commentary posts before we're all very much older, but as ever prefer to avoid promising what I may fail to deliver (or worse yet write up to the standard you, my own good fellows, have a right to expect).

Libra1010
06-21-2014, 07:16 AM
Charles, might I please be so bold as to ask if you would consider adding an article concerning the various organisations incepted and still maintained by the Grigori? (I believe the Jewelmen are the new kids on the block, but that there are or were at least three predecessor organisations in existence at one point - The Galactic Guards, an organisation attempting to police Magic across the Cosmos and some sort of Time Police Task Force, all headquartered on Planet Eden - would that be correct?).

Stay well one and all!:D

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 10:17 AM
My response, Libra is simple.

http://www.qusoor.com/images/grundy5.jpg

Of course, the irony of Ku'Tu'Lu's presence as the god Dagon is that he has no particular relevance to a cosmic horror story. The Entropic Master who is from a race which has ALWAYS been a part of HED!'s world and traditionally have wanted to come into our reality to eat the universe has no display of any sort of Lovecraftian malevolence. Quite the contrary, he is a sign of just how strange things have gotten since the alien god of fishmen and goblins seems to be quite the cuddly sort in actuality. Or, at least, finds the idea of destroying all reality to be quite a bit different from his desires. I direct you, in fact, to the OTHER side of Lovecraftian creations which is the movie starring Bill Murray, the late Harold Ramus, and Dan Akroyd where a Lovecraftian abomination is introduced only for the superheroes to display humanity's QUITE relevance.

:)

"When someone asks if you're a god, you say YES."

Voltron64
06-21-2014, 10:20 AM
My response, Libra is simple.

http://www.qusoor.com/images/grundy5.jpg

I loved how they got Rob Zombie to play Cthulhu in that episode, couldn't have been a more perfect choice. ;)

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 10:30 AM
But yes, HED! is a land where Pulp stories and novels of the 19th century and early 20th are true before we get into the age of comic books.

Conan the Barbarian has his own EXPY just like Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter and the Lensmen and so on.

While writing Ku'Tu'Lu and the Other Gods, one does not need to worry the setting will go all cosmic horror. It's quite hard to do that when a God-figure explictly exists and is good plus has a few million associates who tend to flavor to the side of uprightness themselves.

And heck, the Devil being a child-loving bunny.

MightyDavidson
06-21-2014, 12:25 PM
I see where you're coming from Charles, and it's an interesting idea. I just prefer Cthulhu malevolent and villainous, if only so heroes have a truly apocalyptic threat they have to face from time to time. Also, certain plotlines in the Mightyverse kinda fall apart if Cthulhu is nice and cuddly. XD

Still, very cool idea.

Psistrike
06-21-2014, 01:15 PM
The idea of Great Old Ones [GOO] in hero settings isn't new, neither is one [or more] of them not being evil or even driven to destroy the human race. One setting, with numerous stories online and fanfics for it, is known as the Whateley Academy universe. The GOOs and Elder Gods are a part of the setting which is mostly background flavor for now, but also affects existing characters. There is even the son of Shub-Niggurath, Gothmog, who sides with humanity against the other GOO and has a daughter, his only child, who also sides with humanity. So the idea of one of their numbers granting powers to humans and having an empowered being like the Juggernaut connected to him is a great idea to me. Wonder who he has fought over misunderstandings and made enemies with due to his attitude.

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 02:09 PM
To each their own, the Other Gods will be revealing plenty more alien inscrutable deities.

Some good, some bad, some squishy.

:-)

They're up next!

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 02:10 PM
The idea of Great Old Ones [GOO] in hero settings isn't new, neither is one [or more] of them not being evil or even driven to destroy the human race. One setting, with numerous stories online and fanfics for it, is known as the Whateley Academy universe. The GOOs and Elder Gods are a part of the setting which is mostly background flavor for now, but also affects existing characters. There is even the son of Shub-Niggurath, Gothmog, who sides with humanity against the other GOO and has a daughter, his only child, who also sides with humanity. So the idea of one of their numbers granting powers to humans and having an empowered being like the Juggernaut connected to him is a great idea to me. Wonder who he has fought over misunderstandings and made enemies with due to his attitude.

Great points.

I'll be writing up the Unnameable soon!

;)

MightyDavidson
06-21-2014, 02:17 PM
Can't wait Charles. I already have some ideas on how to fit Unnameable into the Mightyverse without altering your ideas regarding him (at least the ones you've already mentioned) without making Cthulhu cuddly.

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 02:26 PM
Can't wait Charles. I already have some ideas on how to fit Unnameable into the Mightyverse without altering your ideas regarding him (at least the ones you've already mentioned) without making Cthulhu cuddly.

My idea was less cuddly than Squid Kali.

I envisioned Ku'Tu'Lu as an example of an Entropic Master which exists to change the world and destroy irregardless of good versus evil. This, naturally attracted a bunch of jerks to worship him but, even if they didn't, it's not exactly a doctrine which lends itself to peace or contentment.

I imagine he preaches something like the Sith Code.

http://sithchalice.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/url.jpg

Which is very easy to turn to the ways of evil but A LITTLE more complex than that.

MightyDavidson
06-21-2014, 02:28 PM
My idea was less cuddly than Squid Kali.

I was using cuddly due to a lack of more accurate terminology. I meant no offense.

Charles Phipps
06-21-2014, 02:40 PM
I was using cuddly due to a lack of more accurate terminology. I meant no offense.

Anywho, punching out Ku'Tu'Lu is a longstanding heroic tradition and I do not deny you it.

Just wanted to do something different.

:D

Can't wait to see the final results!

MightyDavidson
06-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Anywho, punching out Ku'Tu'Lu is a longstanding heroic tradition and I do not deny you it.

Just wanted to do something different.

:D

Can't wait to see the final results!

And you shall see them! Just have to get organized is all. Y'know, decide if I want to cover Santa Muerte or the Arsenal of Democracy or just dive right in to the description of the various ages of the Mightyverse and all that that entails.

Libra1010
06-23-2014, 10:28 AM
Mighty Davidson, I have to admit that I'll be interested in seeing how you rectify the competing timeframes and near-identical definitions of the 'Ages' in your forthcoming write-up of the Mighty-verse AGES (I admit that I did my best to avoid being obliged to pick and chose between FC & HED! as the primary Point of View, basically as a way of indicating the somewhat-subjective nature of any Historic Age).:)

I must admit that I'm a little sorry that I never quite got around to that series of articles through which I hoped to use the Reconstruction of Freedom City and the Iron Age of Heroic Earth as point and counterpoint (also as an excuse to write the Astro City/Wildstorm crossover that will never be and quite possibly never should be).


Charles, please be assured that while I'm an annoying purist by inclination, I am not a complete reactionary and am quite happy that you will go your own way; variety is the spice of life and not everyone favours them same mixture.:cool:

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 01:20 PM
The Other Gods
a.k.a The Elder Evils a.k.a The True Entropic Masters a.k.a "AHH! RUN AWAY FROM THESE GUYS!"

The death of Orkus at the hands of Divinos and the destruction of his Anti-God minions at the hands of Earth's heroes changed the fabric of the universe forever (or so it seems). The planet Abaddon now lies abandoned at the edge of the Sol system, hovering past Pluto in a distant orbit with an asteroid field of Grigori satellites preventing anything from lifting off. To Earth, it appears as a glowing red star which is a reminder of the terrible evils which no longer threaten the world or its peoples.
Or so it seems.

The Other Gods now a threat to the people of Earth. These are the spirits of the Entropic Masters, the Elder Evils, which Orkus came within inches of bringing into reality. Only the timely intervention of The Darkness Beyond Time allowed Earth's heroes to trap them in the dimensional barriers between reality. They are now like flies stuck in a web, forming the Life Wall between this universe and the Annihilation Zone.

What was the Darkness Beyond Time's motivation? The scene more or less took place like this between him and Black Wing II in a Chicago pizzeria.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhgHjswb1cw

Albeit, the Darkness was exaggerating a bit toward the end.

Not by much, though.

Anyway, a being LIKE THAT doesn't want to be bound to Orkus' service.


Orkus was biting off something bigger than he could chew when he attempted to deal with the being which was created when the First One split himself into two by saying, "Let there be light."

The Other Gods are powerless, so much so that the Annihilation Zone is actually becoming a much nicer place due to the absence of their nightmarish evil hate-waves radiating out across the Multiverse. They cannot even communicate with the outside on their own, merely speak blasphemies and horrific secrets to each other while swearing their various vengeance schemes.

Mortals can speak to them, however.

With the Book of Orkus's pages scattered across the world, there are countless human beings who see the potential power of the Other Gods to bestow upon themselves the riches and power they've long desired. Words cannot express how profoundly STUPID an idea this is as the first thing which happens to many such beings who touch the minds of the Elder Evils is they are instantly shattered beyond repair. The individuals who are unlucky enough to survive tend to become nihilistic omnicidal maniacs seeking to bring their masters into this world for the kind of Earth-shattering doomsday you see in Ghostbusters or more tradition Cthulhu adventures.

Other groups are more subtle and manage to maintain enough semblance of their sanity they can use the Elder Evils power for their own benefit. These individuals tend to become extremely powerful cult-leaders as well as sorcerers, planning their own domination of this astral reality or one of its many adjacent territories. A few of them are actually unwitting avatars for their masters, each spell they cast bringing them closer to full possession and the escape of their masters into this universe (or at least their master's consciousness).

The Other Gods and their situation is the reason Merlin arranged for his "defeat" at the hands of the Dark Undermaster and the transfer of the title of Gatekeeper to him. It was Merlin's belief the Dark Undermaster's viciousness and genre savvy selfishness would allow him to deal with the problem of the world's myriad cultists while the former Gatekeeper sought a more permanent solution. This has proven to be a mistake as the Dark Undermaster has rapidly solidified his hold on the title while ignoring the Other Gods activity on distant worlds.

Merlin also is, flat-out, not as smart as the Other Gods.

The Emerald Sign is the biggest threat the Other Gods presently pose to the people of Earth. A massive cult and network of Other God worshipers brought together by the internet and mass-marketed copies of passages from the Book of Orkus, the Emerald Sign is filled with destructive worshipers of madness. Count Reich II and several other wizards called The Sanctum Council. This group of serial-killing psychopaths is doubly dangerous because they're the only people capable of actually intimidating one of their deities to cooperating in a long-term plan.

The Emerald Sign is served by a variety of aliens and mutants which they summon with their powers. The group is internationally outlawed due to its terrorist activities and the fact it's absorbed the remnants of the Death's Head (which still exists as an independent organization but is also a part of the Emerald Sign). The apocalyptic power of the Emerald Sign attracts no end of sociopaths, disaffected loners, and individuals looking for meaning but willing to do unspeakable things in the process. It's an evil organization with a capital T and membership is only available to those willing to prove themselves by killing innocents.

A particularly notable minion of the Emerald Sign is the Shadowmen. These are humans who have their souls removed and stored in receptacles the Emerald Sign drains for mystical power. Shadowmen function a bit like the Heartless from Kingdom Hearts in they are completely amoral and subservient to the cause of spreading the Emerald Signs power. It's up to the GM's discretion if there's any hope for them or if they're beings which can be killed with impunity.

Notable Other Gods

The Black Jade Emperor: The shape-shifting master of evil, the Black Jade Emperor is more interested in tormenting humankind than evil. He has actually escaped the prison of the Life Wall already and goes throughout the world, giving advanced science as well as horrific magic to unsuspecting mortals. He is likely to attempt world domination as murder someone with his bare hands.

The King in Emerald: A Lich-like entity with no face and robes, the King in Emerald possesses any individual who writes down his name. Said individual's soul is then taken into his cloak and transformed into a soulless animate extension of his will. The King in Emerald provides "immortality" this way and his followers form a hive-minded secret society of necromancers as well as animate dead.

He has become Count Reich II's "patron god" for the time Orkus remains dead.

Quasimodo: The only survivor of the Anti-Gods other than Belial (who always survives), Quasimodo is trying and failing to become the new Lord of Abaddon. The fact he's imprisoned in the Life Wall and restricted to dealing with psychic sociopaths who instinctively can touch his mind makes this somewhat difficult.

Nah'carrr'ak The Destroyer: An unspeakable monster which seeks nothing more than to be summoned in a sufficiently horrific "giant monster" form so it can destroy the world. Nah'carr'lak isn't the most nuanced of gods but it's had a surprisingly good track record at escaping. So far, the heroes of Earth have sent it packing five times but it's only a matter of time before someone brings it back.

The Lady in Black: A woman who appears in mourning attire, the Lady in Black is has nothing but an endless void underneath her clothes. A sort of anti-Gatekeeper, the Lady in Black is the most committed to actually destroying the universe. This she does one soul at a time by handing out cursed artifacts to human beings which enhance their darkest qualities while fulfilling their most hateful desires. These artifacts are not "tricks" but nevertheless are extremely corrupting.

Zhulah, The Burning Eye: A sentient sun which travels around the universe burning habitable planets to ashes and sends forth fire-vampires to weaken resistance to his attacks. Zhulah isn't a very subtle deity and more or less functions as a kind of half-assed Galactus and god for pyromaniacs. Thankfully, it too is imprisoned in the Life Wall. Its method of escape is a bit different and more dangerous than most, however, as it doesn't possess people, it possesses STARS.

The Wendigo: Worshiped under a thousand names on ten thousand worlds, the Wendigo is kind of a half-assed Entropic Master. It's a bit like the Destroyer but manifests solely when people summon it through one of its rituals (which always involve cannibalism). It then turns individuals into werecreatures, ghouls, or some other form of hungry monster. The Wendigo is the weakest of the Other Gods and can be bound by an individual with sufficient magical expertise to reign in its hunger.

Psistrike
06-23-2014, 01:53 PM
Yikes! It seems they might have been better off with Orkus and his group than these new guys.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 01:55 PM
Yikes! It seems they might have been better off with Orkus and his group than these new guys.

The people of the Annihilation Zone are far-far better off but the universe would be so-so much safer if humanity would stop poking these things with a stick.

MightyDavidson
06-23-2014, 02:05 PM
Yikes! It seems they might have been better off with Orkus and his group than these new guys.

Pity the Mightyverse, who will have both.

Enigmatic One
06-23-2014, 05:10 PM
Nice work, Charles, but honestly, even with your attempts at bright spots, things overall at this point in 2014 seem to be really getting even worse.

Anyway, so we have a lot more people to look at. I'm thinking of trying something with Black Dragon.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 05:29 PM
Yeah, I started the reboot with the knowledge a lot of the worlds heroes would be sidelined to make way for the next generation. That has...reprocussions.

Can't wait to see your write-up of the Nasty Nimble Ninja!

Enigmatic One
06-23-2014, 05:53 PM
Yeah, I started the reboot with the knowledge a lot of the worlds heroes would be sidelined to make way for the next generation. That has...repercussions.

Can't wait to see your write-up of the Nasty Nimble Ninja!

I'll tease by saying that he is going to be part of that next generation. And there will be a ton of repercussions.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 07:27 PM
The Unnameable

No one likes the Merrow.

They're creepy, weird, inbred religious fanatics who dwell in compounds at the bottom of the most godforsaken parts of the ocean. The fact they've tried to destroy the world several times in the past, or at least their High Priests have, has not improved their reputation. Atlanteans kill Merrow indiscriminately in many places and the US Navy has bombed several of their cities in retaliation for the activities of Neptune.

The Unnameable is not exactly happy with the treatment of his people. Yes, he punches out more of them than anyone else on the planet but he thinks they're no less deserving of respect than other sentient species on the planet. He certainly doesn't think the Merrow deserve their reputation as "Sea Orcs" and "Deep Devils." He thinks there should come a time when Fish-man and Monkey-person can come together in brotherhood to beat up some other species!

Which is why he's joined the Tomorrow Society!

This went over like a ton of bricks because the only people on Earth LESS popular than Metamen were the Merrow. Most of the public's sympathy to nonhumans was taken up by their newfound acceptance of the vampire race as well as the 'sexy' alien races. Ymir, one of the nicest superheroes around, balked at giving a the Champion of Ku'Tu'Lu a chance to prove his people were more than just monsters.

So the Unnameable went to someone who was, at least, half-monster himself.

Lucien Drake.

The Unnameable explained his history to the half-demon in short. He was born the child of a couple of priests, both blessed and cursed to have a son "touched by Ku'Tu'Lu" which meant he looked like a a combination of the Blob and, well, Cthulhu. Raised to be the Great Destroyer of his race, he never quite fell into step with the doctrine the Merrow needed to be afraid of other species. So he used a captured Atlantean computer to plug into the World Wide Web to learn about humanity.

I'm serious, this is his origin story.

After surfing hundreds of hours of porn, pop culture, and trivia--The Unnameable decided he would have to bring the Merrow into the 21st century. Which, given they've been hovering around the Hyborean Age (12,000 B.C) was quite a leap. Judged to be a heretic, the High Priests decided they would capture and reprogram the Champion of their God.

Only for him to defeat their entire military force.

You see, Ku'Tu'Lu loves power, change, and destruction and setting yourself to alter your species' entire culture is a big invitation to all three. On normal days, the Unnameable is a good PL 12 Powerhouse who is still one of the most powerful beings on Earth and can trade punches with Ymir. When he gets REALLY mad, though, and enters a berserker rage--Ku'Tu-Lu has been known to lend him his immense strength and then nothing can stop the Unnameable (or something more copyright friendly).

"Unnam" as he likes to be called is a surprisingly genteel fellow for someone raised by a Doomsday cult and spends most of his time dressed in oversized stretch pants and Hawaiian shirts which do little to disguise the cosmic-horror-inducing nature of his features but do much to lessen it. Unnam is somewhat removed from the struggle for Metaman rights his fellows in Tomorrow Force are obsessed with, for obvious reasons, but still fights for them.

Shockingly, the Unnameable believes that in order for someone to be free--everyone must be free. He learned that from Optimus Prime and Yertle the Turtle. Great religious figures of humanity!

Phrozen
06-23-2014, 07:33 PM
Of course an alternate explanation for the Darkness Beyond Time saved Earth as represented by the character Khan from the Metro series:

"It appears that the devastation we brought upon ourselves was complete; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory were atomized as well. So when a soul leaves the body it has nowhere to go, and must remain here, in the Metro. A harsh, but not undeserved atonement for our sins, wouldn't you agree?"

MightyDavidson
06-23-2014, 07:38 PM
Ummm, I actually think Cthulhu is in the public domain these days Charles. Along with Randolph Carter and Herbert West. XD

Phrozen
06-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Yes but 'nothing can stop the Juggernaut' is not.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Of course an alternate explanation for the Darkness Beyond Time saved Earth as represented by the character Khan from the Metro series:

"It appears that the devastation we brought upon ourselves was complete; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory were atomized as well. So when a soul leaves the body it has nowhere to go, and must remain here, in the Metro. A harsh, but not undeserved atonement for our sins, wouldn't you agree?"

A great-great line.

Anyway, the Darkness Beyond Time has little patience for beings trying to accelerate the decay of the universe. It destroys worlds, dimensions, and suns to its own logic and time. A schedule not to be accelerated even by his worshipers (which he's never cultivated). Beings may fight for their right to survive but he does not have much patience for beings who would not give them that right.

Which may just make him a different kind of evil than Orkus but one which was allied to us for that time.

MightyDavidson
06-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Yes but 'nothing can stop the Juggernaut' is not.

Oh right, my bad.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 07:40 PM
Ummm, I actually think Cthulhu is in the public domain these days Charles. Along with Randolph Carter and Herbert West. XD

I should hope so given I have a 6-book series coming out about him.

:-)

Or more precisely the people beating up his minions and beings like him.


Yes but 'nothing can stop the Juggernaut' is not.

To make it fair use, he's actually stolen that tagline from the (fictional) Juggernaut in the X-men comics.

Disney-Marvel is not pleased and they're much scarier than some of the forces Tomorrow Force has faced.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 07:43 PM
Here's the music which inspired by the Death Zone btw.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUsa06vI7Oo&index=1&list=FLfWmu27KD5LKzzyS KDJidoA

Enigmatic One
06-23-2014, 07:59 PM
Black Dragon

If there's any sheer surprises out in 2014, it occurred - in driblets, and rumors and then events that were spun and that then eventually people had no choice but to acknowledge it, absurd and reality-bursting insane as it was:

Black Dragon had become a superhero. Or so he said. Hector is just quietly overlooking (or plain not aware somehow) that a legacy as the world's greatest assassin and uncounted criminal charges will taint any claims on his part. But honestly and seriously, Black Dragon is trying to be one. The excuse he gives everyone, "Because EO said so."

In fact, he isn't sure what reason exactly. It might have been the Children of Venom virus that infected him - except it did a complete 180 and cured his cancer arguably for good once and for all - having released him from the weight of the Reaper around the corner. It might have been seeing Alexander Timmons, the person he deep down owed a massive debt to, hang up the mask, and shiny Divinos losing his 'nicey shine' to the impostor. Or even it was when he stumbled onto the secret of Mr. Hoppy's patronage and realized that he was this close to getting stuck with the talking rabbit for all eternity.

"Which Rowan Atkinson does not need to tell you, is a heck of a long time."

Or maybe it was all of the above. Suffice to say Black Dragon has decided to at least attempt superheroism. And to be fair, if he is violent and rather over-the top, it's not really seriously worse than Divinity's current modus operandi. Hector certainly won't hold back in terms of injuring or even killing deserving people for it.

But no, horrors, he is not doing it alone. The B. Dragon Brigade, Black Dragon's team of heroes, aids him too, consisting of Agent Cowgirl, a press-ganged Duncemasque, ecstatic Super Ninja Kid Zero, and all of his ninja posse with their own powers, names, costumes and more.

They've battled the Emerald Sign, defeated a Merrow invasion single-handedly (henceforth referred to as the Friday Fish Fry) and rescued hundreds from the Zone. It is a mark of their nature that they still get no respect though.

Charles Phipps
06-23-2014, 08:12 PM
Awesome write-up, EO!


The excuse he gives everyone, "Because EO said so."

+1 Fourth Wall point.


It might have been seeing Alexander Timmons, the person he deep down owed a massive debt to, hang up the mask, and shiny Divinos losing his 'nicey shine' to the impostor.

Yeah, a lot of people aren't happy with Divinity and don't think she's worthy of her brother's legacy. This, of course, just enhances her already considerable rage issues.


Or even it was when he stumbled onto the secret of Mr. Hoppy's patronage and realized that he was this close to getting stuck with the talking rabbit for all eternity.

Mister Hoppy is sad!


But no, horrors, he is not doing it alone. The B. Dragon Brigade, Black Dragon's team of heroes, aids him too, consisting of Agent Cowgirl, a press-ganged Duncemasque, ecstatic Super Ninja Kid Zero, and all of his ninja posse with their own powers, names, costumes and more.

That's just awesome, right there.


They've battled the Emerald Sign, defeated a Merrow invasion single-handedly (henceforth referred to as the Friday Fish Fry) and rescued hundreds from the Zone. It is a mark of their nature that they still get no respect though.

They do, sometimes, get some DETAILS wrong about heroes after all. Like being hired to protect a diplomat from terrorists only to use him as bait to lure them out.

:D

Enigmatic One
06-23-2014, 08:28 PM
Awesome write-up, EO!
Why, thank you. :D



+1 Fourth Wall point.

This being Black Dragon, Fourth Wall references have been obligatory in all setting posts I've done using him.


Mister Hoppy is sad!

Tough. :p


That's just awesome, right there.

I will be making a full writeup of the B. Dragon Brigade later.


They do, sometimes, get some DETAILS wrong about heroes after all. Like being hired to protect a diplomat from terrorists only to use him as bait to lure them out.
:D

That reminds me. Technically, Black Dragon and the Brigade are still taking mercenary contracts, except they're either for relatively up and up things like you mentioned, or some of the more sordid but definitely for the good ops (usually from the Reichenbach Trust, Tomorrow Force or Alice Mass off the record).

As for the incident itself: "We totally knew what we were doing and he only got a few bruises from screaming and thrashing as we teleported him out!"

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 08:14 AM
Updated the index, folks!

Voltron64
06-25-2014, 08:16 AM
Hurray, we can still manage to do that! :D

Enigmatic One
06-25-2014, 08:23 AM
You left my name of Black Dragon. Look, I know I produce great ideas, but you just have to ask. Don't steal them and say you did it all. :p

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 08:26 AM
Fixed.

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 08:43 AM
Earth's Entry into the Confederation of Allied Worlds

It all started with the Boskone.

The massive attack on the Thran, Tsavong, and Confederation of Allied Worlds was unlike anything yet before seen in this galaxy. Billions died as faster-than-light missiles struck planets and destroyed them completely.

What followed was armies of trillions of enslaved troopers cooperating with vast numbers of robot as well as bio-mechanical clones joining the ranks of a military force determined to conquer the galaxy. When the rest of the galaxy attempted to communicate with this vast force, they were greeted by an image of an elderly man in a white robe who said these simple words: "I am Helmuth, I speak for the Boskone. You will become as we are."

Unknown to the rest of the cosmos and still a galactic-level secret, the Boskone were founded by the Eddorians. The Eddorians were members of the Grigori race which had been banished due to their experiments with the Evo-Lutionaries centuries ago. Dwelling in the Annihilation Zone where they had been stripped of their physical bodies, they learned to possess psychic humans in this reality and became their experiments anew on the people of the Andromeda galaxy.


In a bit of surreal meta-level twistery, the people of Earth know the Eddorians exist because of the writings of psychic E.E. Doc Smith. This, despite the vast majority of people in the Boskone galaxy, let alone this one, have no idea that Helmuth and his clones don't rule the Boskone.

It's a very DS9 "Founders"-esque situation.

Tens of thousands of species were enslaved by the Boskone, altered on a genetic level, and forced under the absolute dictatorship of their empire.Helmuth, part of a genetically-engineered diplomatic class, was created from a German man taken during the 1930s during a space/time accident. It was his abilities which allowed the Boskone to communicate with their empire and him as their horrific Metatron.

Earth's Blackjack and his Star Pirates, the Moon-based Rangers of the Universe, and Soldier-Omega's Devil Squadron contributed to fighting the horrors of the Boskone. Grand General Roh-Mal of the Thran reluctantly allied with the Tsavong Supreme to create an unprecedented military alliance.

The Grigori, recognizing the hand of their ancient enemies, combined all of their existing agencies together and revealed the Star Jewels. Created from studying the Regalia of the Universe, they bestowed a massive portion of the Grigori's own strength onto their champions and allowed psychics who possessed them to do cosmic feats heretofore undreamed of.

Thus, the Jewelmen were born.

The Boskone were not individuals unwilling to make use of the cruel, wicked, and greedy, though. Giving armies to local despots, they managed to transform the territories of Prince Low-Sum and Sawbones into satellite nations of their empire. EMERGCON the destructive enemy of all life on Earth and every other organic world, was upgraded by the Boskone, and made slavemaster for a hundred billion sentients.

The Star Empress, PL X entity, laughed at the Eddorians and their plans only to weep when they sacrificed millions of ships only to distract her long enough for their sorcerers to bind her. Thousands of the "Mother Goddess"'s world swere then placed under the Boskone's dread jackboot.

Earth's superheroes were troubled by their own struggles at this time and missed the entire conflict when the Tomorrow Society and Patriots were needed most. Dame Michelle Holmes still dispatched the Death Row Club to help slow down the Boskone's advance, figuring the Earth had nothing to lose and everything to gain should they all get slaughtered. Soldier Omega would, eventually, hijack the entirety of the Foundation for World Harmony's Space Force to join in the fight.

What followed were the bloodiest battles the universe ever saw and only the force-shields of the Grigori kept wholesale intergalactic genocide of the universe occurring as the Elder Species gave the people of the Milky Way doomsday weapons equivalent to the Boskone's own.

Then the Darkness Beyond Time ate the Boskone homeworld.

The Eddorians, themselves, were unaffected by this act but it caused them to rethink their strategy and propose a temporary-treaty until they could rebuild their attack forces. 10% of the Milky Way galaxy would remain under their brutal totalitarian dominion while the remaining would be allowed to continue onward, a Cold War simmering as their agents prepared for rounds of proxy wars everywhere.


The Evo-Lutionaries, having lost thousands of their people to fighting the Boskone, are shockingly now interested in joining the rest of the humanity in extremely uncharacteristic fear.

Earth, finally realizing what was happening, was invited to join the alliance against the Boskone and passed an international measure to join the Confederacy of Allied Worlds. Over the course of the next 100 years, the planet will be modified to galactic standards--if it's not destroyed first.

Enigmatic One
06-25-2014, 09:15 AM
Earth's Entry into the Confederation of Allied Worlds

It all started with the Boskone.

The massive attack on the Thran, Tsavong, and Confederation of Allied Worlds was unlike anything yet before seen in this galaxy. Billions died as faster-than-light missiles struck planets and destroyed them completely.

What followed was armies of trillions of enslaved troopers cooperating with vast numbers of robot as well as bio-mechanical clones joining the ranks of a military force determined to conquer the galaxy. When the rest of the galaxy attempted to communicate with this vast force, they were greeted by an image of an elderly man in a white robe who said these simple words: "I am Helmuth, I speak for the Boskone. You will become as we are."

Ironically, people like Dame Holmes put two and two and three more to make seven, as far as Lensman went, but have yet to figure out a good way to use the knowledge of his novels against the Boskone. Or rather apply what they know.


Unknown to the rest of the cosmos and still a galactic-level secret, the Boskone were founded by the Eddorians. The Eddorians were members of the Grigori race which had been banished their experiments with the Evo-Lutionaries centuries ago. Dwelling in the Annihilation Zone where they had been stripped of their physical bodies, they learned to possess psychic humans in this reality and became their experiments anew on the people of the Andromeda galaxy.

This is why the Grigori put themselves on such non-intervention limits and maintenance of the status quo. Because otherwise a slippery slope descends into universal nightmare very quickly.


Tens of thousands of species were enslaved by the Boskone, altered on a genetic level, and forced under the absolute dictatorship of their empire. Helmuth, part of a genetically-engineered diplomatic class, was created from a German man taken during the 1930s during a space/time accident. It was his abilities which allowed the Boskone to communicate with their empire and him as their horrific Metatron.

He was an ordinary guy, but a Nazi - to be fair, anyone who was someone at that time HAD to be a member. Like Doctor Destroyer from Champions, even though he found the whole thing hogwash beyond measure. Nevertheless, his knowledge provided the Boskone with some excellent political tricks and tactics to augment their oppressive rule.


Earth's Blackjack and his Star Pirates, the Moon-based Rangers of the Universe, and Soldier-Omega's Devil Squadron contributed to fighting the horrors of the Boskone. Grand General Roh-Mal of the Thran reluctantly allied with the Tsavong Supreme to create an unprecedented military alliance.

The Galactic Guardians collectively gagged in shock, before sighing in relief when they heard about the latter.


The Grigori, recognizing the hand of their ancient enemies, combined all of their existing agencies together and revealed the Star Jewels. Created from studying the Regalia of the Universe, they bestowed a massive portion of the Grigori's own strength onto their champions and allowed psychics who possessed them to do cosmic feats heretofore undreamed of.

Thus, the Jewelmen were born.

Splotch was restrained from making any comments about how diamonds are a girl's best friend.


The Boskone were not individuals unwilling to make use of the cruel, wicked, and greedy, though. Giving armies to local despots, they managed to transform the territories of Prince Low-Sum and Sawbones into satellite nations of their empire. EMERGCON the destructive enemy of all life on Earth and every other organic world, was upgraded by the Boskone, and made slavemaster for a hundred billion sentients.

The Star Empress, PL X entity, laughed at the Eddorians and their plans only to weep when they sacrificed millions of ships only to distract her long enough for their sorcerers to bind her. Thousands of the "Mother Goddess"'s world swere then placed under the Boskone's dread jackboot.

Remember when Saw Bones did horrors in Germany and the Director present tried to stall and let the Foundation get the glory? Multiply that by trillions, spread parsecs around......


Earth's superheroes were troubled by their own struggles at this time and missed the entire conflict when the Tomorrow Society and Patriots were needed most. Dame Michelle Holmes still dispatched the Death Row Club to help slow down the Boskone's advance, figuring the Earth had nothing to lose and everything to gain should they all get slaughtered. Soldier Omega would, eventually, hijack the entirety of the Foundation for World Harmony's Space Force to join in the fight.

What followed were the bloodiest battles the universe ever saw and only the force-shields of the Grigori kept wholesale intergalactic genocide of the universe occurring as the Elder Species gave the people of the Milky Way doomsday weapons equivalent to the Boskone's own.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A5XOIMs6D0
Or if you prefer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSHvgaUWc8


Then the Darkness Beyond Time ate the Boskone homeworld.

Black Dragon insists he talked it into helping out, but people find that too absurd to be possible, even for him..... ....right?


The Eddorians, themselves, were unaffected by this act but it caused them to rethink their strategy and propose a temporary-treaty until they could rebuild their attack forces. 10% of the Milky Way galaxy would remain under their brutal totalitarian dominion while the remaining would be allowed to continue onward, a Cold War simmering as their agents prepared for rounds of proxy wars everywhere.

It was their central command post, so they did kinda have to get a new one. But that's about the limit of the inconvenience to them.


Earth, finally realizing what was happening, was invited to join the alliance against the Boskone and passed an international measure to join the Confederacy of Allied Worlds. Over the course of the next 100 years, the planet will be modified to galactic standards--if it's not destroyed first.

A negative and unintended side effect is that Paragon and the Church of Humanity has gone into ranting mega-evil mode, seeing as this is supposedly the harbringer of their false, crappy dogma, and are redoubling on metas and aliens in response.

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 10:10 AM
Awesome thoughts, EO.


Ironically, people like Dame Holmes put two and two and three more to make seven, as far as Lensman went, but have yet to figure out a good way to use the knowledge of his novels against the Boskone. Or rather apply what they know.

It's provided some keen insights but this is one of those situations where it's not exactly a guidebook to defeating them. They know where some planets are, how the hierarchy works, and so on but his visions were of a culture several centuries away. Likewise, most Boskone would flat-out not BELIEVE it if told they were controlled by giant evil space ghosts.

Still, it allowed Holmes to cripple several major offensives.


This is why the Grigori put themselves on such non-intervention limits and maintenance of the status quo. Because otherwise a slippery slope descends into universal nightmare very quickly.

They're also revisiting the whole, "Imprison people in the only place in the Multiverse worse than Hell" policy. Not only is it not really doing much to reform the individuals put there but it's now looking more and more like a cardboard prison.


He was an ordinary guy, but a Nazi - to be fair, anyone who was someone at that time HAD to be a member. Like Doctor Destroyer from Champions, even though he found the whole thing hogwash beyond measure. Nevertheless, his knowledge provided the Boskone with some excellent political tricks and tactics to augment their oppressive rule.

Surprisingly, one of the big contributions Helmuth made was in the design of the uniforms for the Boskone's humanoid ranks. The fact they all dress like soldiers of the Galactic Empire kind of confuses Earthlings. Amusingly, the Thran have had major reforms to how their society functions because they need the common peoples' (and subject races') help to protect their ancient aristocracy.


The Galactic Guardians collectively gagged in shock, before sighing in relief when they heard about the latter.
The Galactic Guardians are not exactly feeling the fact they've been absorbed into a larger organization with a lot "looser" rules on things like killing, interfering with local laws, and so on. Like the alterations to the Book of Oa, this perhaps heralds something dark.

The Grigori are, unlike the Guardians, though not jumping off the slippery slope. Just sliding a few inches at a time sadly.

Synnar, the renegade Galactic Guardsman, has been freed from his imprisonment on Earth to fight the Boskone with the Death Row Club. He's rather torn right now because the Boskone kind of represent everything he was afraid the Grigori might become and 1% of a decent person is smart enough to know they're not the kind of folk you want around.


Remember when Saw Bones did horrors in Germany and the Director present tried to stall and let the Foundation get the glory? Multiply that by trillions, spread parsecs around......

Remember the Zerg? Yeah.


Black Dragon insists he talked it into helping out, but people find that too absurd to be possible, even for him..... ....right?

Black Dragon is the Darkness Beyond Time's best friend. They go drinking together every Thursday.


A negative and unintended side effect is that Paragon and the Church of Humanity has gone into ranting mega-evil mode, seeing as this is supposedly the harbringer of their false, crappy dogma, and are redoubling on metas and aliens in response.

Hilariously, if you look at it sideways, there's some merit to the idea of ancient evil aliens altering the genetics of pre-humankind to produce superhumans. They even have proof with the Evo-Lutionaries. They can't capitalize on this, though, because they're all ranting terrorists and psychopaths.

Phrozen
06-25-2014, 05:00 PM
Death Row Club = Dirty Dozen/ The Bastards in space?

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 05:04 PM
Death Row Club = Dirty Dozen/ The Bastards in space?

Also a bit of Suicide Squad mixed in.

A collection of mercenaries, supervillains, and hired killers thrown together against threats even worse than they are.

What's scary is, after their first few missions, they started doing stuff together because they liked the company.

:eek:

MightyDavidson
06-25-2014, 05:05 PM
I'd like to know more about these Rangers of the Universe and Devil Squadron too, not to mention Omega himself.

Voltron64
06-25-2014, 05:14 PM
Also a bit of Suicide Squad mixed in.

To be fair, the Suicide Squad pretty much is the Dirty Dozen.

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 05:36 PM
The Rangers of the Universe

A largely forgotten, on Earth at least, organization.

In the 1980s when Divinos more or less proved positive to the public at large the existence of aliens (not that the Martian invasion of the 19th century had left much doubt), there was a great sweep of humans wanting to become more involved out there. Unfortunately, the United States, European nations, China and Soviet Union all more or less agreed the existence of aliens made space travel MORE risky than less.

This didn't deter Divinos from lending his aid to the John Smith Society's Junior membership and a number of the Morris-Van Helsing clan. The group, purely through private funding, created their first functioning moon-base in 1988. Divinos "helped" by lending enough alien technology to make sure they'd never run out of funding any time soon.


The "Green Zone" on the Moon is an ever-expanding area of light, heat, plant, and animal life sustained by Divinos' technology as well as a
Shoggoth.

The latter is as friendly as a Lovecraftian monstroscity can be and hopes to eventually cover the entire moon in a livable atmosphere.

Things got complicated with a surviving group of Mithran who were from the low-gravity world of Mystros fled from the devastating assaults of Orkus' fleets. Possessing only a fraction of normal Mithran strength, the Mystros settled on the Green Zone and began sharing their cultural as well as technological achievements with the inhabitants.

This resulted in something...unexpected.

The Texas group and Mithran exchanged talk about how much the galaxy at large was a lawless place filled with either tyranny or anarchy. Hundreds of thousands of worlds unclaimed by either side had almost no protection against relatively minor threats like space-pirates or petty warlords. The Galactic Guardsmen alieviated some of this but they couldn't be everywhere and often found themselves drawn to "cosmic" problems over minor ones.

Thus, Divinos was stunned to find when he returned from his exile the people he'd helped had transformed themselves into the Rangers of the Universe. Armed with rocket-horses, energy shield belts, energy guns (stun or kill), indestructible lariats, and space-ships better than most of the galaxy--the RoU offer contracts with planets to serve as their security. The organization is relatively small (compared to larger groups--it's an army by Earth standards) but people from across the galaxy have come to join or worked to start their own chapters.

The group is presently recovering from losing a third of its active "Marshals" from fighting the Boskone war. Oddly, help has come from the strangest place in the White Lotus Society. Due to the overthrow of the Khanate dictatorship, they've sent many of their representatives up to help train new members as well as add their own help to the cause of galactic justice.

Thus, in addition to Space Cowboys, there's now Space Samurai and Space Kung-Fu Masters. The galaxy is a much-stranger place.


Earth's governments have only the barest inkling of what's going on due to Dame Michelle Holmes' influence and would do a giant spit-take to find there's a Pinkerton Detective-Agency meets Aragorn group of good-aligned mercenaries directly over their head.

Known members of the Rangers of the Universe are Soldier Omega (currently on leave), Angel Carter, "High Sheriff" Butch Morris, Po-Ji (alien swordmaster), Joshua Smiles, Lee-Anne Lu, Wind-talker (codename for Apache alien linquist John Stalkinghorse), Doctor Moonglow, Sarah Moonglow,and The Renegade.

Oh and Peabody, the talking dog from the Flower Power Crew who doesn't go on missions.

Psistrike
06-25-2014, 06:54 PM
Let me guess, Peabody is based on Peabody and Sherman cartoon and recent animated movie. :p I would have him talk to congress and see how many of them struck stupid from being talked to by a dog. ;)

Charles Phipps
06-25-2014, 06:57 PM
Let me guess, Peabody is based on Peabody and Sherman cartoon and recent animated movie. :p I would have him talk to congress and see how many of them struck stupid from being talked to by a dog. ;)

He's actually named for Peabody and Sherman but is the equivalent of Scooby.

;-)

He's a Tsavong trapped in dog form.

Libra1010
06-27-2014, 05:53 AM
I suspect that old Peabody would claim that he's not TRAPPED, he can quit this particular sensation of olfactory ecstasy ANY TIME HE WANTS!;)

I'm working away at some inspirations which might flesh out the Wolf Brigade (from the Iron Age) and if it comes to anything, you kind fellows shall be the first to know.:cool:

Crinos
06-27-2014, 08:00 PM
But yes, HED! is a land where Pulp stories and novels of the 19th century and early 20th are true before we get into the age of comic books.

Conan the Barbarian has his own EXPY just like Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter and the Lensmen and so on.

While writing Ku'Tu'Lu and the Other Gods, one does not need to worry the setting will go all cosmic horror. It's quite hard to do that when a God-figure explictly exists and is good plus has a few million associates who tend to flavor to the side of uprightness themselves.

And heck, the Devil being a child-loving bunny.

In that vein, in the crinoverse, HP Lovecraft was secretly a monster hunter, who based his stories on his actual real life exploits.

Of course, he wasn't a kick down the door gun toting monster hunter, he was more of a "Looks up obscure facts about monsters in a history book so he can tell the fighters how to kill it."

After his death, an evil wizard bound his soul to his skull to keep him as a slave, since then Lovecraft's ghost has bounced from owner to owner, usually owned by other monster hunters.

Psistrike
06-27-2014, 08:06 PM
In that vein, in the crinoverse, HP Lovecraft was secretly a monster hunter, who based his stories on his actual real life exploits.
Heh, in the Whateley Academy stories and universe, HP Lovecraft was an adventurer and his Mythos stories were actually his journals disguised as fiction. Wouldn't be weird and scary if that were the truth for our reality?

Phrozen
06-28-2014, 07:17 PM
I imagine Joshua Smiles talks almost completely in quotes from Tombstone. Mostly Doc Holiday. This confuses the hell out of almost everybody else in the galaxy.

Charles Phipps
06-28-2014, 07:47 PM
Soldier Omega

In one of the divergent time-lines created by Count Reich's brief acquisition of the Pyramid of Light, the entire world was covered in The Fog and endless hosts of the undead rose from the grave and destroyed human civilization. Not even Earth's Greatest Superheroes could stand against the endless waves of living dead (especially when they maintained their powers from before death).

Soldier Omega was once a man named Bill and he was an ordinary soldier, no real claim to importance, when the world ended. For years he struggled to protect his son, building a small township in the middle of the undead-inhabited lands. This town, Providence, MA was tiny but thrived despite the apocalypse.


Odd fact, this area was once the childhood hometown of the Masses. Just outside of Freeport.

Until his son was bitten by a stray corpse which wasn't found in time and became a monster himself. Bill's attitude was warped by this action and he became a repressive dictator. He robbed other bands of survivors, preyed on the innocent, and became obsessed with seeing the undead die in horrific spectacles. Bill named himself Soldier Omega and told everyone he was the last defender of the world against the supernatural.

Eventually, though, Bill found a group of survivors who weren't quite as willing to bend down as others were. They saw him as the tyrant he'd become rather than the savior he envisioned himself as. Providence burned as he wasted men, resources, and more trying to put a stop to them. His empire, little more than a few villages and towns, collapsed and his people turned against him.

No one knows what happened to them.

Soldier Omega wandered through the Wastelands of the world, a murderer multiple times over and one of the most evil men alive. He worked with numerous bandit gangs, most of which he betrayed, and became one of the most hardened and brutal killers alive. In the end, he became little more than a scavenger for hire on the West Coast of the United States where larger groups of survivors lived.

Strangely, despite the horrific things he'd done, he found himself bonding with a young girl he found. Emma. Emma was a Metaman with undefined abilities related to magic. Unbeknownst to Soldier Omega and Emma, he'd killed her original guardians and forced her on the run during one of his raids as Lord of Providence. She was also being hunted by other versions of Soldier Omega who managed to harness her powers to become Lord of the Fog-Ridden Earth.


This started happening because their timeline collapsed due to the Pyramid of Light falling out of Count Reich's hands and the timestream starting to unravel/shift to the Mirror Zone.

The two bonded as Soldier Omega ended up protecting her against a group of House of Serpents survivors who predicted that dissecting her brain would give them the ability to reverse the Fog's effects.

Soldier Omega killed them all.

Dying in the process.

Emma, perhaps making a mistake, used her nebulous powers to reverse time. As the descendant of Serena Mass, she had the same level of power to warp reality and did so--retroactively eliminating the monster Soldier Omega would become and placing the one who'd died back in time alive and well (but very confused). She attempted to eliminate all of the Soldier Omegas from the timestream so there was only her guardian but this failed and several, going on to become supervillains of immense evil and danger, would send assassins after her in the past.

Since his time-travel journey, Soldier Omega has served as the guardian of the infant Emma. The secret daughter of Serena Mass and unknown father who he is the guardian thereof. He is also a brutal mercenary who uses his foreknowledge of the future (badly garbled as it is) to hunt down the worst offenders in the world. He has an especial hatred of the undead and is one of the most prolific vampire hunters in the world but also despises Metaman hate-groups, considering them the worst sort of slime on Earth. As Earth's most experience soldier (possessing literal lifetimes of experience from all the other Soldier Omegas compressed into his mind), he has proven a decisive force in numerous battles.

Despite being an otherwise normal human being.

Obviously, Soldier Omega keeps his history secret from the majority of individuals he meets.

Charles Phipps
06-28-2014, 07:49 PM
Yes, I combined the Walking Dead, Last of Us, and Bioshock Infinite.

Voltron64
06-28-2014, 07:55 PM
Yes, I combined the Walking Dead, Last of Us, and Bioshock Infinite.

With some Terminator in there too.

(Oh don't tell me he won't end up pulling a Kyle Reese.) ;)

Phrozen
06-28-2014, 07:56 PM
More then a little Kincaid in there as well.

Charles Phipps
06-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Plus Cable!

:-)

But yes, the Devil Squadron is his band of Meta and Human mercs who do all manner of impossible missions.

Oddly, they DON'T get along with Tomorrow Force.


With some Terminator in there too.

(Oh don't tell me he won't end up pulling a Kyle Reese.) http://roninarmy.com/images/smilies/wink.png

*A LOT* of people want to kill Count Reich II.

Not many have quite such single-minded devotion and love of firepower.

Phrozen
06-28-2014, 08:12 PM
So the Devil Squadron is the Renegades but more spacey.

Charles Phipps
06-28-2014, 08:16 PM
So the Devil Squadron is the Renegades but more spacey.

I basically consider them a throwback to 90s EXTREME teams but actually treated seriously.

Which we'll find out is more or less Stormwatch.

:-)

Their primary employer, after all, is Dame Holmes.

Libra1010
07-06-2014, 03:52 AM
Keep up the good work you fellows! (please forgive me for failing to produce any of my own).

Charles Phipps
07-06-2014, 10:31 PM
Lightrider

Life has changed for Eugene "Brick" Wilcox. Not the least being he's started to realize he can just called himself Gene and not be ashamed of his first name. Other signs of his maturity is the realization that he doesn't actually want to be Black Wing II and thinks he deserved a much more prominent position at the "big boy's table" in the Patriots. His sudden acquisition of superpowers by the Digitizer was something that offered him all those chances and more.

Now an adult in his early twenties, Gene Wilcox is one of the most active superheroes in the world, filling much of the void left by Divinos' "death" and the occasionally questionable activities of Divinity. He's capable of moving across the globe every bit as fast as Divinos, faster even, since he's capable of traveling fast on foot or he can just jump a phone line like he's in the Matrix. This is in addition to the ability to become a living bolt of light and blasting all manner of digitized energy at his opponents.

Just don't ask him to hack anything, he's got nothing going there.

Despite having grown up in the spotlight due to being Alexander Timons adopted son and heir to his fortune, Gene played the dutiful son for much of his life. He'd been raised in an almost military fashion (with hints of Jedi padawanship) by Alexander. It didn't leave him much room for a social life and he was always quietly bemused by the fact Alex was such a party-animal. Gene preferred to patrol the streets of Falconcrest City or train when his guardian was enjoying the company of any number of interesting women (human, alien, or Metaman).

Gene still lives an almost completely straight-edge lifestyle, not intending to change his personal habits just because he's an artificial Metaman now. He has, however, developed a rather glory-hound nature which is feeding into his sense of being overshadowed for almost a decade. Gene wants to be the No. 1# superhero on the planet and, more importantly, have people acknowledge it. It's a flaw both his father and grandfather are irritated by as they never lost sight of the fact this wasn't a competition but a calling.

Really, as flaws go, it's a small one but Gene has poisoned a lot of wells with his fellow superheroes. Worse, he's developed some of the bad habits of professional athletes. These include commercializing his "brand", celebrity guest-spots on television, and trash-talking other superheroes (who aren't in the Patriots). Gene has, without putting too fine a point on it, become an insufferable jackass.

He's still a hero, though, one of the most effective on the planet. Gene would never consciously put the lives of his fellow beings on hold for a photo-op. He does, however, stop for a great deal of them after he's saved lives. The actual danger comes from the fact he's so eager to prove himself that he does a great deal more solo work than before and against opponents he could use help against. His desire for respect may potentially get him killed--a fact which would be a great loss to the world of superheroes.

In the greatest irony of Lightrider's career, Gene actually already has the kind of deified-like respect he craves in The System. The programs there revere him and think of him as their greatest champion. Gene, however, doesn't consider the System to be the "real world" and defends the place as much from obligation as anything else.

Charles Phipps
07-10-2014, 01:01 PM
Sorry for the delay in posting guys, I've been working my nose to the grindstone updating my blog so I have a bigger "web presence" (damn this social media phenomenon and marketing) and working on no less than two more books for Permuted Press. I'm 60,000 words into my sequel to my original Cthulhu Apocalypse novel so good progress there.

Some more updates coming today!

Phrozen
07-13-2014, 06:29 PM
Joshua Smiles

The fastest hand that the Ranger of the Universe has. Armed with a pair of red sandalwood energy pistols modeled after Colt Thunderers, Joshua wanders the galaxy mostly getting drunk and gambling. He is a Ranger of the Universe by dint of his friendship to Angel Carter and Butch Morris who seem to be his only friends in the whole universe and sometimes he strains on even them. Also for the simple fact that being on the other side of his energy pistols is a bad place to be.

Joshua Smiles is a slight man made worse by his venusian putrefaction syndrome which is slowly turning his internal organs into swiss cheese. His disease gives his normally light brown skin an unhealthy red tinge and his hair has turned bright white His disease leads to frequent coughing up of blood and bile. His death sentence has made him fearless allowing him to stand up in firefights and use his dead eye aim to its fullest effect even when two sheets to the wind as he often is. He usually dresses up in black and silver suits, the better to conceal his pistols and knives, with a bowler hat and a silver topped walking cane.

Joshua doesn't speak a lot of his past but it is obvious he is from Earth as he references Westerns almost continuously preferring the Spaghetti Westerns but even going so far as the early 90s. These references fly over the head of most of the aliens he encounters, they don't know what a huckleberry is or why someone would wish to be one. One thing that his enemies have picked up, and he make enemies on every planet he visits, has lead to his name. Joshua tends to smirk when he pulls his pistols.

Charles Phipps
07-14-2014, 01:54 AM
I love it! Awesome write-up, Phrozen!

And yes, I was inspired by the Galaxy Rangers.

Libra1010
07-18-2014, 09:37 AM
History

A fixture of the French establishment since the days of de Gaulle, La Defense de la Republique ('The Defenders of the Republic' to les Anglo-Saxons) have defied enemies both foreign and domestic, political and personal, popular disinterest and unpopularity, flattery and slander, disaster and triumph, glory and ignomy, as well as all the criminals, madmen and tyrants you might care to name (and that's just amongst their political bosses!) remaining the most singular proof of French self-sufficiency in the field of superhuman defence and an inspiration to those with the people skills of Inspector Javert the world over!

In all fairness to the team, they're generally quite popular with the French (barring the odd recurring outbreak of "The Military/Superhumans/Hugo Boss is EVIL/BORING/UNCOPERATIVE" thinking in the population) given that unlike the Government team-members are carefully vetted, well-trained and under stringent discipline all of which admittedly DOES tend to result in a team of superheroes more consistent than charismatic (with a number of extremely-popular exceptions).

As a paramilitary unit with a mandate demanding that they protect the territorial integrity of France first and foremost officially they couldn't care less whether you're a Hero or a Villain (still less whether you think yourself one or the other), once you cross the line into France under your own superhuman powers you are their number one priority and will be dealt with in an efficient, no-nonsense and stringently upright manner no matter whether you're a Paragon or Public Enemy Number One (at least in public - what happens in private tends to be a lot more fun to watch!).

To date no foreign or extra-dimensional or extraterrestrial superhuman, from Athena to Zaurlock the Surprising, has been able to last more than twenty-four hours on French soil without encountering The Defenders of the Republic (and few have been able to postpone the meeting for as long as that) and ALL of them have found the team equally efficient, as well as professionally impersonal to the point of insolence; As the French put it if you want local colour go look for La Fraternite de Justice et Liberte - if you want RESULTS call for La Defense.


Organisation

It's a point of Law that The Defenders of the Republic MUST field at least three members at the minimum, to be named Liberte or Egalite or Fraternite (each costumed in - respectively - blue, white and red although this is an UNWRITTEN law) with the names applied to the superhuman with the most appropriate powers only when the team membership is large enough to support such refinements and the gene pool of meta-humans holding unquestionable French citizenship is kind enough to co-operate.

While nomenclature for other members of the team is not quite so stringently mandated, but tends to revolve around similarly patriotic abstracts (Honneur, Patrie, Valeur and Discipline being frequently though not invariably used), since The Defenders of the Republic feel obliged to avoid controversy since it tends to cut into their operating budget and their life-expectsancy (bureaucracy-induced heart-attacks kill you know!).

At present La Defense is as busy as ever maintaining their noble tradition of standing sentinel over the borders of France against threats alien & foreign, blatant and insidious, with nothing but National Pride, their Team-Mates and Individual Excellence on their side (not to mention one of the largest Armed Forces in the World at their back ready to kick the **** out of anyone who fails to respect the long French tradition of beating up lesser nations for la Patrie and the geopolitical equivalent of lunch-money).


HQ

Somewhat to the surprise of those at all familiar with France, La Defense in NOT headquartered in Paris (probably because doing so would paint a nice, big target for all sorts of meta-human mayhem big enough to dwarf the Eiffel Tower across the beating heart of France); instead the Defenders of the Republic operate out of a base in the Auvergne (not too far from Cantal) on the understanding that since the area is volcanic anyway they can probably risk massive explosions erupting sooner rather than later.

At least that's the Central Government's understanding - what the locals think of this opinion is probably better left unwritten. To their credit, La Defense prefers to imagine that with them around, the chance of hideous volcanic death being visited upon the population is dramatically reduced.

Or it WOULD be if operations didn't usually keep them a long, long way from the sparsely-populated Auvergne and that rather snazzy dormant-volcano HQ of theirs (and working out of any number of local law-enforcement or Military Base-offices, each more intimidatingly impersonal than the last!).

Voltron64
07-18-2014, 09:40 AM
So what's their typical role, putting down riots aka France's national pastime?

Libra1010
07-18-2014, 09:41 AM
Amusingly I had intended to start fleshing out SOUTH AMERICA and somehow found myself taking no more than a brief hop across the English Channel! (although I do intend to take a flying leap to the left-hand side of the Atlantic and then points South, FAR South as soon as possible - metaphorically speaking, for which you may blame the World Cup).:D

If anyone has their own ideas for the French superhuman scene on Heroic Earth, I would love to hear them! (I actually have an idea for a FUN French superhuman team, sort of the Avengers to the Ultimates aka The Defenders of the Republic, but may take a while getting around to them).

Stay well everyone!

Libra1010
07-18-2014, 09:42 AM
Oh and keep up the good work too!;)

Enigmatic One
07-18-2014, 12:20 PM
Amusingly I had intended to start fleshing out SOUTH AMERICA and somehow found myself taking no more than a brief hop across the English Channel! (although I do intend to take a flying leap to the left-hand side of the Atlantic and then points South, FAR South as soon as possible - metaphorically speaking, for which you may blame the World Cup).:D

If anyone has their own ideas for the French superhuman scene on Heroic Earth, I would love to hear them! (I actually have an idea for a FUN French superhuman team, sort of the Avengers to the Ultimates aka The Defenders of the Republic, but may take a while getting around to them).

Stay well everyone!

Wait, aren't these guys supposed to be the Fun French team?

Charles Phipps
07-18-2014, 06:46 PM
The Dark Undermaster (2014)

The Dark Undermaster hasn't changed in the slightest. He's still the same duplicitous, power-hungry, bitter, hate-filled schlock author he's always been. The world, however, has changed and events have resulted in him temporarily being on the side of the angels. No, perhaps that's too much. With the Entropic Masters having invaded and the Other Gods waking up, it's better to think of the Dark Undermaster as being the lesser evil.

At least, until he's the greater evil.

Having been kicked out of fairyland, the Rhinegold destroyed, and even his books written out of existence, the Dark Undermaster seemed like he was defeated as a threat. The Otherworld was restored to the rule of the Fair Folk and he was left a penniless man who nobody remembered as a author let alone a villain.

Robert Kingsley, has never been so effective as when he's not successful. Being slightly unhinged from reality, the Dark Undermaster went against all of his traditional beliefs about seeking quick fixes to power and spent six months studying the secret archives of Khanate as a "guest" of the Iron Khan.


The Iron Khan kept him alive every as long as he could tell him stories. Amusingly, Robert's bloody and trite tales were the height of comedy to the Khan. Only a few times was Kingsley tortured and only gently for parts he didn't care for.

Particularly a mercy.

It was at the end of these six months, the Dark Undermaster promptly defeated the Iron Khan and sent him to Hell where he was turned immediately into a Yama King due to the accumulated amount of his evil. The Dark Undermaster claimed his choice of the Iron Khan's magical items and then fled, leaving the Black Hand to sort out who would rule the country instead and triggering a still-ongoing civil war.

The rest of the year was spent with Robert Kingsley trying to learn more magic "the old fashioned way" and blogging about his experiences, which was so damn surreal it deserves its own article. During several of these occasions, the Dark Undermaster defeated evil wizards like The False Loa, The Serpent King, and Thulsa Doom (yes, the wizard from the Hyborean Age). The fact he did the majority of this for the explicit purposes of looting their treasure troves of knowledge as well as magic did little to change the fact he was preying primarily on the evil.

So it was natural, if still surprising, when The Life-Pattern, chose him as the universe's new Gatekeeper with Merlin having been rendered incompatible with the position. The Life-Pattern recognized Robert Kingsley was a selfish and evil man but also that he was primarily motivated by a lust for power and acclaim--things he would get in abundance as Gatekeeper. Furthermore, he was NOT a coward or bully like 90% of all evil doers are. He'd do horrible things but not out of a need to validate himself.

No, he'd do them because he liked to.

Not everyone is happy with the Dark Undermaster as Gatekeeper. He's done an effective job, thus far, if not an admirable one in putting away the many demons and horrors unleashed by the Other Gods thus far. If this requires a human sacrifice or collateral damage, he's more than willing to do so and thus has done a very good job of going from Point A to Point B in resolving problems. He's also assembled a new team of Dark Gatekeepers consisting of a collection of supervillains, anti-heroes, actual heroes, and anti-villains which works like a supernatural Dirty Dozen to clean up his problems.

The balance of magic is out of whack, though, because of the Dark Undermaster's place as its guardian and many good-aligned magicians want to overthrow him in order to cease the mantle for themselves or ANYBODY else. This has led to a large number of conflicts between otherwise aligned figures as others believe the Life-Pattern can be trusted in its choice. This is in addition to all the usual suspects wanting to become Gatekeeper so they can dominate this dimension.


The Life-Pattern's motivations are also something which needs to be noted. The Life-Pattern is the universal spirit of life and thus the source for all "good" magic. It's the Force, more or less. However, it's also the source for "dark magic" which doesn't come from the Entropic Masters too. As long as life continues and is protected, this is fine by it.

That means rulership of the universe by a Dark Lord is every bit as valid as the reverse so long as it protects life. A lot of sorcerers do not realize this as the Life-Pattern tends to behave in a beneficent manner most times.

Due to the loss of the Rhinegold, the Dark Undermaster is no longer required to forsake love but having already lost the love of Morgana Le Fey to Bres the Beautiful, he's since turned to others for companionship. Having suppressed his ability to love for decades, he's become quite the soppy romantic and the number of women stunned to find themselves courted by the evil wizard is quite amazing.

He is currently in a somewhat unsteady relationship with Medea of Greek Myth as the child-killing avenger of women retains her curse from Aphrodite to fall in love with the wrong sort of men. They're both quite ready to kill one another and assault each others' homes regularly with magic, monsters, and evil but have also had a number of "war conclaves" which conspicuously resemble dates.

It's doomed because, again, the Dark Undermaster is the kind of jerk the Ancient Greeks loved but Medea has a type so...

Charles Phipps
07-18-2014, 06:58 PM
A very-very french team, Libra!

Bravo!

MightyDavidson
07-18-2014, 07:07 PM
I'm still thinking of how to fit this into the Mightyverse, since it already has a Gatekeeper. Granted he's a rather unimaginatively named fellow, calling himself the Gatekeeper and all but he would be the natural fit for that position due to his backstory and what not.

Charles Phipps
07-18-2014, 07:30 PM
I'm still thinking of how to fit this into the Mightyverse, since it already has a Gatekeeper. Granted he's a rather unimaginatively named fellow, calling himself the Gatekeeper and all but he would be the natural fit for that position due to his backstory and what not.

Well in the HED! verse, it's the fact a good man is the least qualified person in the world for the job. Which means SOMEONE has really screwed up.

:-)

MightyDavidson
07-18-2014, 07:36 PM
Well in the HED! verse, it's the fact a good man is the least qualified person in the world for the job. Which means SOMEONE has really screwed up.

:-)

Not sure I like that idea for a superhero setting, no offense Charles. The superhero mage should be the best person for the job in my opinion, unless the position is inherently villainous for some reason. Also I think the good guys trying to keep Dark Undermaster from taking the position has more story potential then him already have said position.

Just my opinion though.

Charles Phipps
07-18-2014, 10:29 PM
Not sure I like that idea for a superhero setting, no offense Charles. The superhero mage should be the best person for the job in my opinion, unless the position is inherently villainous for some reason. Also I think the good guys trying to keep Dark Undermaster from taking the position has more story potential then him already have said position.

Just my opinion though.

The Dark Undermaster being the Gatekeeper is about as right as Lex Luthor as President or Norman Osbourne head of SHIELD. The thing is, overthrowing is not the solution because there's something MUCH WORSE wrong with the world.

:p

The answer is...what? What spiritual sickness is affecting the world and how do the PCs stop it?

Basically the set up is an opportunity for them to become Master Mage/Sorcerer Supreme/Gatekeeper themselves. The PCs should always be the focus of the setting after all.

MightyDavidson
07-18-2014, 10:33 PM
Fair enough. Though since I absolutely abhorred the examples you mentioned, you'll understand why my version will probably be different then yours. I also hope you'll understand where I'm coming from.

Also my issue only pertains to the Dark Undermaster as Gatekeeper, not the rest of the write up. I was quite fond of that.

Charles Phipps
07-18-2014, 10:35 PM
Fair enough. Though since I absolutely abhorred the examples you mentioned, you'll understand why my version will probably be different then yours. I also hope you'll understand where I'm coming from.

Also my issue only pertains to the Dark Undermaster as Gatekeeper, not the rest of the write up. I was quite fond of that.

I understand. The reboot HED! may not be for everyone and it's always been a toolkit setting.

Honestly, I'd be interested in hearing what you do with the DU's dating Medea, Bres, and so on.

In the Mightyverse, where things are a bit less wrecked, I'd be half-interested in knowing whether the DU is trying to make a go of it as a superhero. Just for awful-awful reasons.

MightyDavidson
07-18-2014, 11:02 PM
I understand. The reboot HED! may not be for everyone and it's always been a toolkit setting.

Honestly, I'd be interested in hearing what you do with the DU's dating Medea, Bres, and so on.

In the Mightyverse, where things are a bit less wrecked, I'd be half-interested in knowing whether the DU is trying to make a go of it as a superhero. Just for awful-awful reasons.

Oh DU is going to be a wicked sod in the Mightyverse, simply because he makes such a good villain. Whether I have somebody else take the Gatekeeper position or leave it open for the PCs, DU is definitely going to be gunning for it or the position of Master Mage and the good guys will have to stop him. As well as the various baddies who'd like to "chat" with DU regarding his recent "kill them and nick their stuff" habits, which they rather understandably find objectionable. Also the baddies who want to kill him and nick the stuff he's already nicked, or kill him before he can kill them and steal their stuff.

As for DU dating Medea, let's just say that Dr. Stratos is REALLY not cool with that.

Enigmatic One
07-19-2014, 06:21 AM
Oh DU is going to be a wicked sod in the Mightyverse, simply because he makes such a good villain. Whether I have somebody else take the Gatekeeper position or leave it open for the PCs, DU is definitely going to be gunning for it or the position of Master Mage and the good guys will have to stop him. As well as the various baddies who'd like to "chat" with DU regarding his recent "kill them and nick their stuff" habits, which they rather understandably find objectionable. Also the baddies who want to kill him and nick the stuff he's already nicked, or kill him before he can kill them and steal their stuff.

As for DU dating Medea, let's just say that Dr. Stratos is REALLY not cool with that.

Right, so the Crime League is now the (Radioactive) Soap Opera League?

Libra1010
07-19-2014, 06:59 AM
So what's their typical role, putting down riots aka France's national pastime?

Actually no, that's what the Police are for (something La Defense has been VERY clear about over the years and which has been made very clear to them is that they're the protectors of the French People, not the second coming of the Eugenics Brigade) - as a note Europe tends to get very, very nervous when a Government-sponsored superhuman team starts trying jackboots on for size, so civilian crime-fighters tend to have a lot more freedom to operate against domestic threats than their government-sponsored peers (hence their increasing numbers and popularity since the end of the Cold War). As noted above the highest priority of La Defense is preventing foreign meta-humans from mistreating the La Patrie.

Please do forgive me for not answering your query sooner Voltron!:o



Wait, aren't these guys supposed to be the Fun French team?

Not when they're on duty!:cool:

(Put simply their everyday business is SERIOUS BUSINESS - although it must be noted that not all of them let that spring-steel poker aligned with their spine do all their thinking for them when they're off-duty, their default is either 'Comically Serious' or 'Deadly Serious' for they are at heart super-soldiers as much as superheroes).



A very-very french team, Libra!

I almost forgot to note that is that there's a popular rumour doing the rounds that selection for La Defense rests on a single test; applicants are searched for a birthmark saying "Made in France" - those bearing this birthmark are summarily kicked out of the application process because what sort of self-respecting Frenchman carries a badge of pride in his country written in ENGLISH?!?

(In all fairness team members aren't that bigoted - and selection is much, much harder than that - but they are very, Very, VERY French in their own subtle, no-nonsense fashion whether their individual ancestors were Gauls, Algerians, Africans or even BELGIAN).


Bravo!

Merci mon brave and please accept my congratulations on your own excellent article! (oh and if you have any notes on La France Heroique beyond those inserted into HED! 2nd edition I would love to read them!).

MightyDavidson
07-19-2014, 11:02 AM
Right, so the Crime League is now the (Radioactive) Soap Opera League?

Nope. That particular drama is limited to Dr. Stratos and Medea.

greycrusader
07-22-2014, 10:00 PM
First, I apologize for my absence from the setting's revival; I'm very glad to see HED! resurrected, and have been turning a few ideas over for contribution in the near-future. I've just been a bit preoccupied of late mentally, and my focus has been directed elsewhere (and non-focus, at times, unfortunately). Nonetheless, the HED universe will soon see my takes on the Red Lantern Corps (The Damned Nation) and Marvel's (admittedly short-lived) Annihilators (The Star-Crashers).

A few questions for the estimable Mr. Phipps and/or the other contributors"

1. What is the current status of the Galactic Guardsmen? While I would imagine many of their number fell in battle against the Boskone, have they been replaced entirely by the Jewelmen, or are the surviving members rebuilding their numbers? Are they still backed by the Grigori or were they abandoned as an inadequately executed project?

2.What is the status of Hell-Earth with the fall of Orkus? Have the Traitors fallen out among themselves, or hAas a new leader arisen with the power to force the others in line, as the now slain Infernus used to do?

3. Given the retirement of both Alexander and George Timmons from the role of Blackwing, and the rise of the Cult of the Claws, what are the activities of The International League of Blackwings? Are any of them in contention for the role of THE Blackwing?

4.What role did the Djinn and their Void Knights play in the galaxy-wide mayhem wrought by the Boskone Invasion?

5.What is going on with the other hero groups, given the retirement of Divinos and Blackwing, and Athena's self-imposed exile? How much slack is being taken up by the Junior Patriots, the Pride, and yes even the Lakeland Liberators?

6.How badly shaken up is the supernatural community by the ascension of Dark Undermanster? The Hierophant once served in the role of Gatekeeper in Merlyn's absence, and likely expected the role again; Misty Weiss and Madame Tomorrow must be terribly concerned about the situation, along with Ultimatum and Steel Valkyrie; and what about the various Gatesmen, who served under more benevolent Gatekeepers? Has the Dark Undermaster formed his own team of Gatesmen to serve under him?

BTW: Great to see you doing so well in your creative writing career, Charles. You deserve it. All my best.

Libra1010
07-23-2014, 12:08 PM
It's good to see you posting again Grey Crusader! (I'll do my best to answer Questions 3 & 5 & 6 when I can).:D

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 01:38 AM
The Vampire Nation (2014)

Perhaps one of the biggest changes to occur to the supernatural community in recent years is the Unveiling. Dracula has long been known to the world but the majority of individuals assumed he was just a supervillain in a theme costume, much like many thought Athena's villains were. The Vampire Nation was always able to cover up the majority of these events even if the Foundation for World Harmony and John Smith Society (look who one of the founders was) had ample evidence vampires existed. Other, smaller groups, like the White Lotus Society kept their secret for them so they could fight them without causing a panic.

Then Serena Hemlock "came out of the closet" and the Vampire Nation pulled off the greatest public relations coup in the history of them. The charismatic witch-queen and childe of Dracula had been laying the ground for the revelation since before the release of Bram Stroker's Dracula (the novel rather than the movie).

Introducing themselves as a subset of humanity with a condition which forced them to take "minute" quantities of blood, they made ample use of the media and their vast wealth in order to portray this event as one of a misunderstood minority seeking their rights as human beings. While their existence was outlawed in over 24 countries, the United States and European Union passed laws which allowed them to exist as recognized citizens.


Which is, in short, awful for the world.

Making ample use of mesmerism, bribes, black magic, intimidation, and covert assassinations--the Vampire Nation has secured their position in society. Where Metamen struggle for recognition or to avoid horrible laws being passed against them, vampire legislation is almost uniformly designed to protect them against "mundanes."

They don't even have to worry about the Exterminators being programmed to kill them. They've managed to usurp production of 70% of the devices through shell corporations (or even direct ones). The Vampire Nation has no use for rivals to its position as the new-found "darling subrace" of humanity and believes superhuman abilities threatens their position as humanity's dominant predator.

It gets worse.

The population of vampires around the world has doubled in the past year, undoing years of successful vampire hunting as people flock to be changed. This has given the Vampire Nation the ability to take over The Underworld network as well as two out of the eight tribes of werewolves. Other supernaturals have also come to work for the Vampire Nations, reinforcing their position of power.

The Magi have also signed a more or less permanent agreement with the Vampire Nation, creating a human-trafficking ring of epic scale to transport individuals who "won't be missed" to feed their discriminating clientele as well as provide security for them. The two parasitic organizations feed upon one another's excesses and have grown more powerful because of them.

The companies Pharmatron, Pro-Human Securities, and Siren Beauty have at least half of their stock owned by the Vampire Nation. While they don't make them "vampire companies", they have complete access to all of their discoveries and misuse their discoveries for their own use. Even Project: Icarus has been infiltrated with some of their infamous research now put to use by former Nazi Doctor Doctor Zachariah to create superpowered versions of the undead to hunt Metamen or White Lotus Society hunters.

Not all is right in the Vampire Nation, however. Inspired, in part by a certain TV show, Raven Industries and Pharmatron United created an artificial blood substitute which does allow vampires to live indefinitely without feeding on the living. This, along with a mystical quest by vampire hunters to destroy the Varnea the Blood God Entropic Master at the heart of the Spirit world, has resulted in a drastic reduction in the innate evil infesting their kind.


Varnae is presently imprisoned with the rest of his kind, which is preventing his essence from continuing to influence their kind. If returned, all new vampires would be affected like their older kin.

For most vampires, this is nothing but for others, it has caused them to question whether or not it might actually be possible to live in harmony with mortals. Even with the corruptive power of their condition reduced and alternatives to killing, resisting the temptations and abuses of vampirism is almost impossible but it IS possible now. Some death-related gods, Arawn, Hades, and The Morrigan have also taken undead as champions.

For vampire hunters, hunting the dead has never been more difficult due to the fact they can just call the police now. Without means of combating mesmerism or darker powers with the Foundation's present state of disrepair, mortal authorities often find themselves hunting the wrong side.


Daylight Enterprises is working with a breakaway from the White Lotus Society called The Cleansing Flame to fight the undead regardless of the legal situation.

Some have taken the new legal situation--quite poorly.

Count Ruthven, Carmilla, Lord Blackhold, Count Orlock, The Comte Saint Germaine, Baron Meinstein, Mircalla Karnstein, King Manuwalde,The Rebel Prince and other more "traditionalist" vampires are reacting to Serena Hemlock's decision to bring them out of the coffin with varying degrees of support. Some vampires are actually interested in faking the extermination of their kind and are working, in secret, with more extremist sects (including the Church of Living Humanity--a branch of Paragon's religion which actually might have a point) with plans to exterminate 90% of their kind to cover this up.

Known vampire "heroes" include The Stalker, Bloody Mary, and The Midnight Man.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 02:16 AM
Answers 1#


First, I apologize for my absence from the setting's revival; I'm very glad to see HED! resurrected, and have been turning a few ideas over for contribution in the near-future. I've just been a bit preoccupied of late mentally, and my focus has been directed elsewhere (and non-focus, at times, unfortunately). Nonetheless, the HED universe will soon see my takes on the Red Lantern Corps (The Damned Nation) and Marvel's (admittedly short-lived) Annihilators (The Star-Crashers).

Awesome! I can't wait to see them and I feel awful about not giving this as much attention as I should myself!


1. What is the current status of the Galactic Guardsmen? While I would imagine many of their number fell in battle against the Boskone, have they been replaced entirely by the Jewelmen, or are the surviving members rebuilding their numbers? Are they still backed by the Grigori or were they abandoned as an inadequately executed project?

Roughly 80% of the Galactic Guardsmen accepted the offer to become the (more powerful) Jewelmen. The Jewelmen had less restrictions in how they could operate, get more support from the Grigori, and possess more influence/respect in the wider galaxy. Those Galactic Guardsmen who did not accept the offer, which was not compulsory, were invariably those who were most committed to the GG's original mission of peacekeeping throughout the galaxy. They were also the most elite of the Galactic Guardsmen--which has irritated a lot of the veterans who did switch-over as they feel they were being insulted.

In general, it's noted the Jewelmen seemed to have a good deal more ruthless and brutal than traditionally allowed by the Guard and are spending almost all of their efforts in waging war against the Boskone (even though there's a peace treaty both sides regularly ignore). The difference between soldiers and police is the heart of their struggle and the GG are struggling to continue watching out for threats ignored by the Jewelmen in their monomania.

The Grigori are concerned by this because this is a rift which is getting worse rather than better. The Galactic Guardsmen are still recruiting but don't have the support needed to grow and are perhaps too cautious in taking in people (wanting only those capable of resisting the temptations they feel afflict them).


2.What is the status of Hell-Earth with the fall of Orkus? Have the Traitors fallen out among themselves, or has a new leader arisen with the power to force the others in line, as the now slain Infernus used to do?

Hell-Earth is in an interesting position as Orkus is no longer there to resurrect dead heroes or restore the world when it destroys itself with infighting. The thing is, he's not there to make sure that any attempt to improve the world fails either. The supernatural aura of evil around the planet generated by the Annihilation Zone and his (subtle) presence has left and heroes are actually scoring victories on the planet.

The Traitors are genuinely perplexed about this development as its become their version of an "Iron Age" given torture, oppression, crackdowns, and mass destruction is only inspiring more people to revolt. More superheroes are appearing every day and their attempts to kill or corrupt them all just aren't succeeding. Several countries have been "liberated" and resistance movements are everywhere. It doesn't help the Traitors infighting is worse than ever.

The Traitors are considering abandoning their world for greener pastures. Unfortunately, this means ours.


3. Given the retirement of both Alexander and George Timmons from the role of Blackwing, and the rise of the Cult of the Claws, what are the activities of The International League of Blackwings? Are any of them in contention for the role of THE Blackwing?

The International League of Blackwings isn't growing any larger at present but have all stabilized their positions despite attempts by the Cult of the Claws to destroy them. There's a bit of a misconception though about who will be THE Black Wing as several have fully taken up the mantle. There's a French Blackwing, a British Black Wing, a Japanese Black Wing, and a Black Wing in Khanate (!!) with others in training.
Quite a few think America's Black Wing is an unimportant matter and would see any "successor" who tries to join the Patriots over them as offensive.

The International League has done a number of team-ups, though, doing several missions which the Patriots would normally do but can't. The fact they've pulled them off despite their relative lack of firepower is a testament to their skill.


4.What role did the Djinn and their Void Knights play in the galaxy-wide mayhem wrought by the Boskone Invasion?

Prince Lo-Sum has allied fully with the Boskone and become ruler of one of their satrapys, covering an entire quadrant. He's also brought a third of the Void Knights with them but this is an alliance destined to fail. The Boskone consider the Void Knights to be tools and disposable ones at that. Furthermore, their masters lack the religious devotion to evil the Djinn do. They consider Lo-Sum and his kind to be useful tools but overly ambitious and treacherous (and they're right). Eventually, Lo-Sum will rebel against them and probably get crushed.

The Djinn are presently torn about the Boskone. The Djinn consider them to be sufficiently evil and embody many virtues like wrath as well as lack of empathy. Unfortunately, the Boskone tyranny is absolutely ruthless in its enforcement of the law. The Djinn have thus decided to undermine them whenever possible and fight them every bit as much as the Grigori. The problem is they don't like the Grigori anymore and would LOVE for the two sides to wipe each other out.

As for the other 2/3rds of the Void Knights, they mostly don't care as their own evil deeds are unaffected by the Boskone. Selfishness prevents them from involving themselves in the war too much as well as cowardice, ambition unwilling to serve the Boskone's interests for even a short while, or simple laziness.


5.What is going on with the other hero groups, given the retirement of Divinos and Blackwing, and Athena's self-imposed exile? How much slack is being taken up by the Junior Patriots, the Pride, and yes even the Lakeland Liberators?

The Patriots are effectively defunct with members of that organization showing up for emergencies and calling themselves the Patriots but not really working as a unit beyond that. This is a bad patch job on a REALLY bad situation and can't remain.

* The Lakeland Liberators have saved the world no less than TWICE since then, one of which they got partial credit for and which is an unexpected experience for them.

* The Junior Patriots have either gone on to become full-time superheroes under different names, retired, or gone their separate ways. Quite a few are ready to join the "A-team" but there's no A-team to join at present.

* The Pride of Lions has turned into a full-time security agency in the wake of the Foundation's Fall with A LOT of female agents signing up with them. They're mostly filling in for the Foundation where Ms. Holmes' organization can't.

* As mentioned, the International League has been doing a decent job as has a few often-overlooked non-American teams. Casualties have shown someone with the Patriots EXPERIENCE in these sorts of struggles are needed, though.

* Hero Force One is now joined by Hero Force Two and Hero Force Three which are Canada's international "rescue" divisions.

* The Transhumans have also been doing a lot, even though no one is really warming to them (I'll do their write-up eventually).

* The Steel Commando Corps is an established team now with a certain superhero torn between remaining its head, becoming the new head of the Foundation for World Harmony (the job is his if he wants it), and a rather seductive offer to run for President of the United States in 2016. Which he'd have to start campaigning for now. In at least a couple of timelines, it's confirmed he'd win.

This will get its own post.


6.How badly shaken up is the supernatural community by the ascension of Dark Undermanster? The Hierophant once served in the role of Gatekeeper in Merlyn's absence, and likely expected the role again; Misty Weiss and Madame Tomorrow must be terribly concerned about the situation, along with Ultimatum and Steel Valkyrie; and what about the various Gatesmen, who served under more benevolent Gatekeepers? Has the Dark Undermaster formed his own team of Gatesmen to serve under him?

This will get its own post.


BTW: Great to see you doing so well in your creative writing career, Charles. You deserve it. All my best.

Thank you! Much appreciated.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 03:01 AM
The Dark Undermaster and the "Good" Supernatural World

The Hierophant and Misty Weiss are the two superheroes who I was referring to (along with the often-overlooked Isis the Invincible) who flat-out do not accept the Dark Undermaster as Gatekeeper. Everyone in the White Lotus Society and other "white magic" aligned groups find his appointment horrifying or mystifying on some level but both are actively trying to overthrow him.

The Hierophant does not accept the Dark Undermaster's appointment less as a matter of pride than an awareness of the kind of awesome mystical power the wielder has at his disposal. He believes, correctly, the Dark Undermaster is grossly undertrained for the position (quick-study bordering on savant or not) and his ability to resist the kinds of temptations black magic provides borders on the nonexistent (again, completely accurate).

The Hierophant has thus become something he NEVER expected to: a False Gatekeeper. False Gatekeepers are like Baron Mordo or Doctor Doom, those folk trying to usurp the position from Doctor Strange (often with the support of supernatural patrons opposed to the Vishanti). They draw from the same magical wellspring of power and are mystical usurpers who weaken the position overall.

He's battled several of them himself and he HATES this but feels its for the greater good. The Hierophant has assembled his own team of Gatekeepers, mostly from the Midnight Group, and is performing the same functions he normally would--albeit less effectively given his lack of so many tools the Dark Undermaster possesses. He identifies himself "The" Gatekeeper and this has caused some confusion as to who it really is (like the situation with the Avignon Papacy).

Unfortunately, his attempts to seize the mantle have failed miserably as he's battled the Dark Undermaster three times. Two times he was forced to flee and the third, he was soundly BEATEN despite the vast differences in their experience level. Worse, the Dark Undermaster spared the Hierophant's life and basically said to keep doing what he was doing as it "lets me spend more time studying the Dark Arts. SLYTHERIN HOUSE FOREVER. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA."


I'm serious, he said that.

Misty Weiss, by contrast, hasn't got the mystical mojo to be Gatekeeper herself (though she may be underestimating herself). She's done her best to undermine him at every turn and work to build a coalition of supernatural heroes in hopes of taking a less singular approach to throwing the Dark Undermaster off his iron throne. She's one of the few individuals who knows that "Medea" is actually Circe and planning to take the mantle of Gatekeeper for herself by impersonating her niece. She's also begun a romantic relationship with Mordred, who has the weird idea the Gatekeeper position is a trap set by Merlin to avoid some horrible doom and is trying to "save" the Dark Undermaster from it.

Madame Tomorrow has no opinion on the subject since she's still in a healing coma and her mind is somewhere else. However, if she rose, she's one of the few individuals who COULD take the mantle of Gatekeeper from the Dark Undermaster with relative ease. Indeed, she was the first choice for the position after Merlin was tainted by the Other Gods and rendered unfit. It's just, as she was in a coma, the power sought the next person on the list who was ruthless, canny, as well as intelligent enough to protect reality.

The ONLY reason the Dark Undermaster is fit is because he's smart enough to have avoided tainting himself with the Entropic Masters' essence or Infernal Magic. The DU can "smell" the trap in both with his genre savv awareness of corruption tropes (which never end well for the corruptee). While he has numerous evil gods on his speed dial (Ares, Kronos, Wotan [when he's prickly], The Formori, Set, The Goblin King, the Winter Court, and the Aztec Pantheon to name a few), they're all Cosmic Eternals. As a result, mystically speaking, he's as pure as Snow White.


Hence, he was "loopholed" in. Very few wizards his power level have a *finger wag* spotless *fingerwag* track record like that. Lucien Drake is one of the few superheroes willing to work with the Dark Undermaster and his Dark Gatekeepers. The fact Valkyrie is on the same team with him makes the entire thing sort of surreal as Valkyrie has made it VERY clear there's nothing she'd like more than to straight up execute the DU for his crimes (including the murder of her parents). Worse, Valkyrie is now perfectly willing to do so and considers herself justified in doing so by fairy law (plus the fact Lucien's team isn't exactly subtle in their counter-terrorism efforts).

So far, he's avoided pressing her buttons but is hoping something will "take care" of the problem for him. Lucien's reluctant cooperation with the Dark Undermaster has saved the world on no less than four separate occasions as well as prevented the resurrection of Orkus. Indeed, without the heroes, its unlikely the DU would have been able to perform his "duties" properly. Sadly, he knows well enough to delegate to avoid being stripped of his position.

And he's growing stronger.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 03:25 AM
I'd personally be interested in hearing Libra's takes on all these too.

:-D

Particularly, the DU and how the supernatural world is reacting to his ascension to being their boss.

Dracula, of all people, finds the Dark Undermaster's ascension offensive on a personal level.

("This BABOON is not fit to be my nemesis!")

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 04:09 AM
Dracula (2013)

When Orkus died, Dracula felt it within his bones. While it was Orkus' son, Varnae, they were connected to--it was Orkus himself who Dracula was the chosen of. This action cleared Dracula's head for the first time in centuries and allowed the possibility of something other than endless eternal hate. When this happened, the Archangel Uriel descended from the Seven Heavens and offered Dracula salvation--a chance to repent his sins as well as join his wife in a peaceful afterlife.

Dracula, of course, refused.

This is doubly a pity because had Dracula accepted and allowed the Hidden Light into his soul, Orkus would have been killed forever. Orkus, you see, had made preparations for his death. When his physical body was destroyed, his spirit transferred itself to his Chosen and it was meant for Dracula to serve as his new vessel. Things have proven a bit more complicated than Orkus expected, though.

While Dracula's rejection of God and forgiveness is total, he's not enthusiastic about serving any other deity either. He allied with Orkus only so much as it allowed his rebellion against the Hidden Light. Against all odds, the Vampire King's prevented Orkus from taking over his body to resurrect himself.

For now.

Dracula has barely noticed the now-public Vampire Nation and has mostly locked himself in his Los Dios castle to brood. it requires every ounce of his will to keep the Lord of Abaddon suppressed. Even so, it is a battle he's steadily losing as there have been several occasions where Orkus has taken over for weeks at a time.

These have resulted in some truly horrific massacres and out-of-character attempts by Dracula to destroy humanity. The Vampire Nation is justifiably concerned their leader is going mad. Selena Hemlock, Dracula's Daughter, is doubly horrified over what's happened to her Father due to the fact she genuinely loves him (against all sanity and good taste).

Dracula is presently seeking some sort of remedy (which doesn't involve appealing to God) so that he might save himself. These range from an Ascension Ritual to transform himself into the new Dark Lord of Abaddon (which would become a "Castlevania"-esque planet of monsters and demons) to simply exorcising Orkus' spirit.


This would result in Orkus' spirit immediately possessing Count Reich II, destroying him forever, and returning the Lord of Abaddon to the land of the living.

Both the Dark Undermaster and Belial are willing to aid Dracula in this quest but he's not listening to eithers' counsel. This is unfortunate as the newly Gatekeeperized Dark Undermaster is one of the few individuals who COULD lock away Orkus safely while Belial has long coveted Orkus' power for himself. Instead, Dracula has been seeking a cure for his "condition" on HIS terms--and this is considerably more difficult than it sounds (and it sounds impossible).

Orkus, himself, is sick of this and has been subtly manipulating Dracula's closest associates to turn against him. He's also leaving a trail of breadcrumbs in hopes of drawing some heroes to destroy Dracula. For once, this would not result in his temporary banishment but perhaps Final Death. Such a Final Death, though, would free Orkus every bit as much as Dracula banishing him.

Voltron64
07-25-2014, 10:01 AM
Oh boy, a chance to lampshade and deconstruct the protaganist-centered morality of True Blood!

MightyDavidson
07-25-2014, 10:55 AM
My only issue with the Vampire Nation getting that sort of legitimacy is, wouldn't the John Smith Society and the Foundation of World Harmony be able to provide evidence that the Vampire Nation's claims aren't true? For that matter, Dracula tried to conquer Russia in HED didn't he? Wouldn't the Russians use that to show Dracula and those who serve him are evil? Why are they taking the supervillain's word on this, since they know he's a supervillain?

Sure the goth crowd would embrace him and his minions, but the religious set would likely oppose any effort to give undead any sort of rights and do so vehemently. Certainly can't imagine folks in the Bible Belt, for example, taking this at all well.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 12:26 PM
My only issue with the Vampire Nation getting that sort of legitimacy is, wouldn't the John Smith Society and the Foundation of World Harmony be able to provide evidence that the Vampire Nation's claims aren't true? For that matter, Dracula tried to conquer Russia in HED didn't he? Wouldn't the Russians use that to show Dracula and those who serve him are evil? Why are they taking the supervillain's word on this, since they know he's a supervillain?

Sure the goth crowd would embrace him and his minions, but the religious set would likely oppose any effort to give undead any sort of rights and do so vehemently. Certainly can't imagine folks in the Bible Belt, for example, taking this at all well.

1. The John Smith Society is really iffy about this whole thing because its a house divided. While there's plenty of people who find the Vampire Nation to be horrible (and formed the core of "Daylight Enterprises" using redirected SpartaCorp funds), the news of Ms. Van Helsing's condition came out during all this. Being the Utopian idealists they are, half of them would rather work on a cure or psychotherapy treatment than destruction. Much like the Doctor and Daleks, a lot of them think vampires are evil but find the idea of outlawing them as "people" problematic. A few John Smith legal scholars think that going "public" could also backfire horribly on vampires as it means vampires ARE subject to human laws now.

Ms. Van Helsings' own family is divided on the issue since she succumb to vampirism but has avoided falling to evil.

2. The Foundation for World Harmony's massive number of records regarding the Vampire Nation's involvement in disappearances and misdeeds were destroyed right before all this happened (during the administration of Director Hepburn). Their successors response has been to slowly start rebuilding it as well as go on frequent vampire-hunting missions. This has included destroying several Vampire Nation Lords and Ladies who didn't realize "going public" meant they were infinitely easier to track down.

The Center for Disease Control, of all people, have also privately diverted their massive windfall of new funds with help from the United States military to restructure a former House of Serpents base into a research facility for the Foundation's anti-vampire efforts. It's also a hidden black site for taking vampire prisoners. This is called Project: Hemoglobin.

3. Vampirism remains illegal in Russia, which is hilarious in a black sort of way given that was one of the nations they had the most influence over but who legalization attempts failed miserably (followed by a massive purge).

4. Dracula remains a supervillain the eyes of the public as no one is stupid enough in the VN to try and rehabilitate the image of one of history's greatest butchers outside of Romanian nationalists (the HED! version really did do all the things he was accused of). While it's now wildly accepted Dracula IS a vampire metaman (rather than a vampire wizard), he's disavowed publicly.

His recent massacres and attempts to take over the world while possessed by Orkus have actually threatened to get vampirism outlawed again--another reason why everyone is concerned.

5. Sixty-three new vampire and supernatural hunting groups have emerged worldwide in the meantime. Its also put some supernatural groups in a bind as well as Metamen supporters as plenty of them want public acceptance while KNOWING vampires are evil bastards (with rare exceptions even before the destruction/imprisonment of Orkus' son).

But yes, again, there's a divide even amongst people who "know better." As the people who DON'T want to kill all vampires include people who want to help vampires find salvation or consider it a disease or curse rather than something which turns them into Orcs. Black Wing II, of all people, has never been comfortable plotting destruction of everyone undead despite his relative lack of a problem killing in order to protect the innocent.

This is in part because while he helped kill Lucy Westerner, he was also aware that Mina Harker WAS a vampire but maintained her humanity long enough throw off the curse. He's also met folk like The Hanged Man (II) (a 2,000 year old Jew embraced by a time-traveling Dracula as a blasphemous joke who fed on the Eucharist and possessed healing powers--note: this may just be what the Hanged Man THINKS is true due to Dracula's mesmerism too).

This is why Alex helped develop the Not-True BloodTM substitute, which Ms. Van Helsing is currently living on despite her desire to see all vampires destroyed. While the majority of vampires are evil, the question of whether they ALL deserve to be destroyed is very much a moral issue up for debate. Also, whether vampires are DEAD or just cursed/afflicted.

I leave it for individual GMs to decide.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 12:41 PM
Oh boy, a chance to lampshade and deconstruct the protaganist-centered morality of True Blood!

Yep!

Also, vampirism CAN be cured by super-science and magic as opposed to perpetual DOOM like in V:TM.

The best part? This is actually based on what happened in my home HED! game (set in Freeport). Freeport legalized vampirism after Dracula turned close to a hundred citizens and the PCs had to deal with the consequences from hate groups to vampires who weren't evil to ones who WERE supernaturally evil.

It was a fun campaign which predates True Blood (around 2004 is when we first did it)

Libra1010
07-25-2014, 01:57 PM
3. Given the retirement of both Alexander and George Timmons from the role of Blackwing, and the rise of the Cult of the Claws, what are the activities of The International League of Blackwings? Are any of them in contention for the role of THE Blackwing?


The International League of Blackwings isn't growing any larger at present but have all stabilized their positions despite attempts by the Cult of the Claws to destroy them. There's a bit of a misconception though about who will be THE Black Wing as several have fully taken up the mantle. There's a French Blackwing, a British Black Wing, a Japanese Black Wing, and a Black Wing in Khanate (!!) with others in training.
Quite a few think America's Black Wing is an unimportant matter and would see any "successor" who tries to join the Patriots over them as offensive.

The International League has done a number of team-ups, though, doing several missions which the Patriots would normally do but can't. The fact they've pulled them off despite their relative lack of firepower is a testament to their skill.

Black-Wings International has indeed done better than not a few of it's founding members (paranoiacs and cynics aplenty, albeit not quite to a man) had expected at it's inception and has indeed done as much to fill the vacancy left in International Crime-fighting by The Foundation as one might expect from such a talented assemblage of gang-busters; the problem is that they can't fill the void entirely because quite frankly they lack the International Legitimacy and Government Funding of the Foundation - in the long run they're writing cheques that they won't be able to go on cashing, not least because that much money leaves a trail like blood in the water.

More to the point while they excel in fighting above their weight-class they simply CANNOT fill in for The Patriots by themselves; quite frankly brilliant strategy and dirty tactics can only carry you so far without superhuman power to offer you an infinitely wider range of options. The problem is that Black-Wing International has done so well for just long enough without consistent superhuman back-up for some of it's more hubristic members to start wondering if they actually NEED any sort of assistance from more individually-powerful caped crusaders.

The answer (as their wiser members will admit to themselves and sometimes even to their colleagues) is of course "YES" because while your common-or-rooftop Dark Knight doesn't ALWAYS need superhuman support, when they do need it they need it very badly indeed.


Concerning the bootleg Black-Wings of the World:-

- Black Wing of France, a gentleman more owl than raven but honest enough to cheerfully admit that he IS a 'cover version' of the American Hero (and just proud enough to take ill to anyone else trying to fly those colours too close to his customary perch, leading with curious inevitability to yet ANOTHER bout of Anglo-French Rivalry) has made his debut with the Fraternite de Liberte et Justice alias 'Le Frat' AKA "Those juvenile enthusiasts for anything American in a Cape" to a certain sort of French Chauvenist.

This is pretty much par to the course for 'Le Frat' (they're not exclusively staffed by 'cover versions' by any means, but such individuals do show up with curious regularity and tend to receive a warm reception); The Incorruptible, on the other hand, is more than a little amused but torn between amusement and a certain melancholy awareness that no-one ever apes HIM when trying to make a reputation.

As his friends hasten to assure him, that would be because he's truly one of a Kind (except the Bravest of the Brave, who just suggest that he employ the new kid on the rooftop as his muscle, so that he can make the boy's life miserable and so that The Musketeer can get the odd coffee-break).


- Black Wing of Britain met with a less gentle reception from The Londoner (who was torn between rolling his eyes and a scowl, producing a truly alarming facial expression) but hasn't let that stop him from putting his best foot forward and doing his impressive best to make 'British Black-Wing with an extra helping of Steampunk' look good.

Match-Girl (currently contemplating a name-change as she recently turned old enough to vote) and Robin Hood, on the other hand, are mildly impressed and mightily amused by the young man's cheerfully-cynical attitude to stealing another man's mantle; Corbie has considered suing the cheeky wee git for infringing on his public image, but finally shrugged and decided to let things lie until the kid tries heading North of the Border.


- Black Wing of Japan, the only female amongst the Young Pretenders, has taken to vigilantism with more than a little of the skill of Cassandra Cain and to self-publicising with all the relish of Booster Gold; if it weren't for the fact that she's genuinely useful in a scrap she'd be just a little bit insufferable. She and Resplendent Tigress are currently contemplating a team-up, but face an uphill struggle against the fact that they're just a bit too similar in terms of personality to make the 'Odd Couple' dynamic work for them.

- Black Wing of the Khanate is in DEEP trouble; not only has Black Dragon made it a point of personal pride to act as a mentor to this would-be revolutionary, Emerald Dragon has taken an interest in the fellow as well.

At this rate Black Wing (Kh.) will be able to count himself LUCKY if he dies young because between the former doing his best to kill him with kindness and the latter trying to mould him to her will with . . . well let's just say that the Emerald Dragon's idea of 'Gentle Persuasion' is anything but!



* The Lakeland Liberators have saved the world no less than TWICE since then, one of which they got partial credit for and which is an unexpected experience for them.

* The Junior Patriots have either gone on to become full-time superheroes under different names, retired, or gone their separate ways. Quite a few are ready to join the "A-team" but there's no A-team to join at present.

Despite the best efforts of Jump City, The Lakeland Liberators have finally established themselves as THE paramount local superhero team; thanks to the absence of The Patriots on the World Stage, some of their Junior team are actually considering associate membership with The Liberators - they can't quite decide if that's a sign of the End Times or if it just means that their Luck has FINALLY turned.

"Bad or Good?"

"Good question, Bad Idea to tempt Fate into giving us a test case!"



* The Pride of Lions has turned into a full-time security agency in the wake of the Foundation's Fall with A LOT of female agents signing up with them. They're mostly filling in for the Foundation where Ms. Holmes' organization can't.

A few of them are also being compelled, manoeuvred and otherwise persuaded by The Hierophant to lend him a hand in his struggles against The Dark Undermaster (much to their mutual embarrassment he really needs them to pull EXACTLY the sort of stunts he's always chastised them for, but will never ever ask them to pull because whatever his faults the Hierophant is NOT a hypocrite - even if he is a stickler, a martinet and a bossy, bossy man).



* As mentioned, the International League has been doing a decent job as has a few often-overlooked non-American teams.

Amongst them Le Fraternite de Liberte and Justice (the FUN French super-team), Union y Libertad (unappreciated Argentinians) and The Southern Cross Seven (champions of South Africa); while there are any number of other super-teams in the World, these are the ones who've earned acclaim rather than caused alarm as a result of their high-flying new media profile.



6.How badly shaken up is the supernatural community by the ascension of Dark Undermanster? The Hierophant once served in the role of Gatekeeper in Merlyn's absence, and likely expected the role again; Misty Weiss and Madame Tomorrow must be terribly concerned about the situation, along with Ultimatum and Steel Valkyrie; and what about the various Gatesmen, who served under more benevolent Gatekeepers? Has the Dark Undermaster formed his own team of Gatesmen to serve under him?


The Dark Undermaster and the "Good" Supernatural World

Mick Drake, John Milton Miller and the Morris Brothers are all less than impressed by the new state of affairs in the newly-altered occult underworld and have therefore come to the conclusion that they'd be much better off circling the wagons for their mutual protection (not least because Mr Miller is EXTREMELY helpful when it comes to keeping blood-sucking lawyers of the most literal kind from pressing a lawsuit against his clients/comrades-in-arms: on the other hand Mick and the Morris Bros make an unsurprisingly-useful team, given the abundance of Occult and Worldly firepower they possess).

Laura Morris is currently interning at JMMs law-firm, much to the indignation of 'Uncle Dad' and the amusement of 'Uncle Mom' (she insists on calling them that as a less-than-subtle way of persuading the former to finally get around to marrying his long-term Lady Love; John Milton thinks that she might want to work on refining her methods of persuasion just a little).


Stay Well one and all - please allow me to compliment YOU in particular Charles for your continuing and excellent efforts to post new delights!:)

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 05:54 PM
Midnight Man

The Midnight Man is an individual who feels like he's one of those minor B-to-C-list characters from the late 70s/80s who just happened to be John Byrne's favorite and now finds himself in everything.

This is a fairly accurate summation of history as the Midnight Man was last important during the 70s when he was one of the "supporting protagonists" of the old WOW! comic, Crypt of the Vampire King starring Cynthia Van Helsing. a non-costumed Alexander Timons (who was time-traveling and thus needed to avoid being identified as Black Wing), and Joshua Fang, Vampire Killer.

The frontman for Brothers of Wrath, a Goth before there was Goth rock band, Andrew Elder attracted the wrong sort of attention during an Australian concert. Enraptured by his personal attractiveness and musical talent, even if she'd be less enthused knowing what an enormous geek he was, Baroness Karnstein transformed into a vampire. The process was interrupted, however, by Ehrich Weiss and Andrew Elder became a half-vampire in much the same way as Cynthia Van Helsing.

Unfortunately, the nature of Half-Vampirism is that it is a temporary condition at best. Eventually, the transformation completes itself either through time or the subject killing an innocent. Andrew Elder was uninterested in dying but even less in killing, so he sought out individuals who could help him avert his dread fate. This included Lucien Drake, The White Lotus Society, and Merlin.

Converting to a mixture of Shinto and Zen Buddhism, the Midnight Man became convinced vampirism wasn't a condition which had to damn his soul. This belief system went over like a ton of bricks with the Western half of the White Lotus Society and he spent much of the 1980s on the run from their witch hunters even if the Eastern half was more accepting (having "good" demons as well as bad demons). The Midnight Man also spent much of his time attempting to thwart the efforts of the Vampire Nation as well as the Black Hand.

During the Nineties, at the height of the Iron Age, Andrew Elder finally succumbed to the curse and became a full vampire. For some reason, however, he seemed almost unchanged by the experience except for a greater willingness to kill irredeemably evil individuals. Brewing an alchemical potion created by Serena Mass, who he dated for several months, Andrew Elder started attempted to help other vampires "kick the habit" of killing humans.

Baroness Karnstein attempted to ruin these efforts as best she could. Andrew Elder was a "bit character" on the splash pages of the Battle for Washington D.C. on the side of Divinos' team despite being one of the original antiheroes. He then returned to his music and the Brothers of Wrath became famous again for a short-while, until Mick Drake turned to him. The two became like bickering brothers for almost a decade, even if Andrew didn't much care for all of his nicknames.


"Lestat", "Stupid Sexy Vampires", "Count Von Count", and "Sparkles" -- the last of which got Mick punched.

The Midnight Man's life changed forever, though, when Orkus invaded and Mick Drake led him a half-dozen other heroes on an epic quest through the Annihilation Zone. This resulted in Mick's human soul being returned and Orkus' own being restored to him (which made Orkus mortal). The heroes of Earth harnessed all the joy and goodness in the human race into an epic song and destroyed the Entropic Master along with all of banishing his gods. The Midnight Man, himself, used the Amateratsu-blessed Masamune katana "Dawnbringer" to decapitate Varnae the Entropic Master and unwittingly end 400+ years of ensured damnation to the vampire race.


To be fair, Varnae had been softened up by that time.

Since that time, the Midnight Man has been serving as a major player due to the shocking absence of so many major heroes across the globe. He's serving as one of the few genuinely heroic individuals on the Dark Gatekeepers, mostly to make sure they actually do their job of preventing the "End of the World as we know it" and has unwittingly found himself as a mentor figure to the Transhumans. A group which he's joined primarily in hopes Cassius Mass can find a formula to help vampires control their thirst.

The Midnight Man is appalled by the present state of the world, both in the lack of its major heroes and the fact vampires are "cool." He's doubly-horrified due to the fact this is in part due to him serving as a living argument against vampires being innately evil (and due to his fame is targeted CONSTANTLY by the Church of Living Humanity).


The Midnight Man is a vampire wizard and martial artist, whose particular form of magic manifests as sword-sorcery. In Mick Drake's words, "He's a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Vampire." Andrew resents this comparison due to the fact his swordsmanship style is bujutsu rather than Wudan. He is able to resist many traditional vampire weaknesses but suffers damage from sunlight, silver, fire, and non-Shinto/Buddhist holy symbols (the reverse of how it normally works with belief).

In addition to his fighting skills, he's also very good at banishment and alchemy related to vampirism. As one of Baroness Karnstein's few male childer, he has the same effect on women (and men) as she does. Given he was already ridiculously good looking and stylish, many heroes have many odd things to say about him.

At least until he opens his mouth and talks at length about how Spiderman and Luke Skywalker were his inspirations to stand up against evil.

Charles Phipps
07-25-2014, 06:18 PM
Awesome write-up, Libra.

Comments will be coming your way!

Enigmatic One
07-25-2014, 07:45 PM
And because this is long overdue...

The B. Dragon Brigade

Black Dragon's heroic accompanying team of friends, fans, n'er do-wells, meaning-wells and people dragged along for the ride - well, it is true that they are capable, but the collective bunch seems like such a train wreck of crazy that their very continuing survival (let alone any of their successes) appears to stand in defiance of the laws of the universe.


....Actually, it might just literally be, but that only makes it worse.

Yet somehow, the B. Dragon Brigade is greater than the sum of its parts. No, greater than that. Ok, the words cannot describe the reality, so let's spare you and focus on the parts.

Duncemasque: As ever, the dutiful Kenneth Kane clone and servant of Black Dragon is pretty much incapable of abandoning Black Dragon's crusade despite the fact that he is infinitely more sane than his master or anyone else in the lot. Nevertheless, putting aside the perennial distress, Duncemasque is a vital member of the Brigade: serving both as the voice of reason and the team's super-super-super genius techie (Kenneth Kane clone, remember). His preference is stay at base, or else stay in the back buffing/debuffing friend and foe as need be. On the rare occasions Duncemasque has directly fought, his reverse-engineered blend of Boskone, Mithran, Grigori and custom-brainstormed gadgetry has proven super-effective against pretty much everyone.

Agent Cowgirl: Betsy Bobbin has stayed on with her boyfriend and his posse (at least partially to help maintain the links between the Reichenbach Trust and Black Dragon). She is the Jenny Bond of the bunch, using just fists, guns, tricks and wits to keep pace with everyone else. Also, the only female of the team, very buxom even, and when more than half are red-blooded teenage males.....

.....she does not get bothered. This is because Duncemasque's sexual desires have been suppressed by the weight of life serving Black Dragon, and Super Ninja Zero is too innately devoted to Hector to even consider the concept. Oh, and the latter has beaten the tar out of the rest for even the hint of ogling his senpai's lady. They got the idea.

Super Ninja Zero: At 18, SN0 found it justifiable to drop the 'Kid' part of his title. Also, he's gleeful to finally get his idol's respect and comradeship. Meanwhile, his super-martial arts power training program has yielded fruit. That is to say, it has turned every respectable martial arts practitioner and master who has observed it in action into fruitcakes. Still, he has abilities to make the envy of any FISS, plus extensive energy blast outputs. Also, he combed the ranks of his followers for the best three worthy to join the B. Dragon Brigade.

Because Hector thought seven was an auspicious number. "Seven Samurai.... The Magnificent Seven..... it's our sign, baby!"

Yami Man: The first to hitch up with SN0, Manuel de Capanorra (from Venezuela) claims to have built on SN0's teachings to explore and master the "Way of the Void". This comes across as a bishounen Hispanic male teen dressed in what practically screams outright parody of the Goth fashion except he seriously believes it helps center his mind. Not to mention the melancholic brooding front. Yet somehow, he does teleport and exhibit control over darkness.

Divination Sage: Matthew Braveheart of Liberia positions himself as the wise warrior of the band. But only in comparison to the rest, as the African lad falls behind Duncemasque and Agent Cowgirl in levelheadedness. Overconfidence and pride aside, he IS fairly perceptive when it comes to sniffing out the weaknesses and tactics of foes, aided by his telepathy and short-term precognition.


Look at examples of Observation Haki from One Piece. He literally ripped that off for his own use.

Five Ghost Dunes: According to Raja Shivakulai, they take it easy in Bombay. Or at least that's his excuse for being very lazy and slothful. Duncemasque really is annoyed by him. But he bursts into White Sand Elemental Form and tends to get forgiven. He is arguably the most powerful of the team period.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 03:41 AM
Awesome characters, Enigmatic One.

More comments to follow!

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:02 AM
Hey Libra,

Comment time! Looking forward to your thoughts on the Dark Gatekeepers as I create them!


Black-Wings International has indeed done better than not a few of it's founding members (paranoiacs and cynics aplenty, albeit not quite to a man) had expected at it's inception and has indeed done as much to fill the vacancy left in International Crime-fighting by The Foundation as one might expect from such a talented assemblage of gang-busters; the problem is that they can't fill the void entirely because quite frankly they lack the International Legitimacy and Government Funding of the Foundation - in the long run they're writing cheques that they won't be able to go on cashing, not least because that much money leaves a trail like blood in the water.

George Timons was possessed of a great enough humility to know that while he was capable of solving 99% of the problems the Patriots faced (and Alex was capable of solving 99.2% of them), a great number of those solutions amounted to, "Get Divinos to punch it in the face a lot." Black Wing International is very good at juggling the balls in the air left by the Patriots but they're well aware of the Godzilla Threshhold on TVtropes.org. Human arrogance and pride prevent them from directly seeking out metamen, aliens, robots, and science heroes to all form their own Patriots branches, though.

Which would be AWESOME.


More to the point while they excel in fighting above their weight-class they simply CANNOT fill in for The Patriots by themselves; quite frankly brilliant strategy and dirty tactics can only carry you so far without superhuman power to offer you an infinitely wider range of options. The problem is that Black-Wing International has done so well for just long enough without consistent superhuman back-up for some of it's more hubristic members to start wondering if they actually NEED any sort of assistance from more individually-powerful caped crusaders.

One small benefit of the Patriot's (hopefully temporary) absence is this is giving a lot of room for other heroes to shine. The Patriots' almost Atlas-like handling of the worlds problems inhibited the development of several other heroes as they didn't feel they could reach the same level of greatness.

It's not a GREAT thing since dozens of heroes have died "stepping up to the plate" but power is a little less concentrated and more spread out--which is helping reach a lot of places only Divinos used to go to.


The answer (as their wiser members will admit to themselves and sometimes even to their colleagues) is of course "YES" because while your common-or-rooftop Dark Knight doesn't ALWAYS need superhuman support, when they do need it they need it very badly indeed.

Let's just say the recent laws against Metamens using their powers AT ANY POINT even to help people in many nations are staggering stupid.


- Black Wing of France, a gentleman more owl than raven but honest enough to cheerfully admit that he IS a 'cover version' of the American Hero (and just proud enough to take ill to anyone else trying to fly those colours too close to his customary perch, leading with curious inevitability to yet ANOTHER bout of Anglo-French Rivalry) has made his debut with the Fraternite de Liberte et Justice alias 'Le Frat' AKA "Those juvenile enthusiasts for anything American in a Cape" to a certain sort of French Chauvinist.

Black Wing (France) as he's designated on Superpedia a.k.a Peter Bologne is one of those Black Wing who would be entirely capable of making his own legacy but chose to honor someone he personally admired. A former member of the French Foundation for World Harmony, he has a military record which reads like something from a Mach Bolan novel but decided he'd had enough of killing.

He's also definitely a fan of "classic Black Wing" vs. Alex ("Black Wing vs. Black Wing" in front of the Louve was a great issue of Investigation Comics). He's also one of the first Black Wings outside of the original legacy. Despite being slightly older than Alex, he's taken a few less blows to the head over the years and still has 5 or 6 years left in him before retirement or finding a replacement.

He also has a French Muslim girl, Fatima Keene as his very own Dawn Wing (France). It's kind of a strange situation given she's NOT his adopted child or ward and he has to give frequent updates to her parents as to why letting her run around fighting terrorists is a good thing. She's also the only Dawn Wing with a head scarf (which she chooses to wear).


This is pretty much par to the course for 'Le Frat' (they're not exclusively staffed by 'cover versions' by any means, but such individuals do show up with curious regularity and tend to receive a warm reception); The Incorruptible, on the other hand, is more than a little amused but torn between amusement and a certain melancholy awareness that no-one ever apes HIM when trying to make a reputation.

As his friends hasten to assure him, that would be because he's truly one of a Kind (except the Bravest of the Brave, who just suggest that he employ the new kid on the rooftop as his muscle, so that he can make the boy's life miserable and so that The Musketeer can get the odd coffee-break).

One interesting thing about the Fraternity is that the French government and national pride has a bit of a love-hate relationship with their chosen identities. The Fraternity isn't a NEW superhero team by any stretch of the imagination and predates the end of the Iron Age.

Most of the original members were inspired by the Silver Age of superheroes and were all about do-goodery when the original sidekicks were all being EXTREME. While there's several original legacies, its the "elder statesmen" who are most often directly inspired. Not necessarilly as Divinos (France) like Peter, who did it as a way of disapproving of Alex's choices, but obvious inspirations in terms of color-costume and name.

In a very real way, the Fraternity aren't afraid to wear their fanboyism on their sleave since after 20 decades of saving France (and later the EU)--they have NOTHING to prove.


- Black Wing of Britain met with a less gentle reception from The Londoner (who was torn between rolling his eyes and a scowl, producing a truly alarming facial expression) but hasn't let that stop him from putting his best foot forward and doing his impressive best to make 'British Black-Wing with an extra helping of Steampunk' look good.

Match-Girl (currently contemplating a name-change as she recently turned old enough to vote) and Robin Hood, on the other hand, are mildly impressed and mightily amused by the young man's cheerfully-cynical attitude to stealing another man's mantle; Corbie has considered suing the cheeky wee git for infringing on his public image, but finally shrugged and decided to let things lie until the kid tries heading North of the Border.

Black Wing (United Kingdom) is something of an unusual example of this trope as he was originally, The Steam Thief. A rebellious anarchist sympathizing steampunk with anti-government leanings, the Londoner schooled him several times. After getting out of reform school, he was approached by PHANTOM to become a hardcore supervillain but turned his gadgetry brilliance against them.

No one is fooled by the Black Wing with goggles, a rocket-pack, and raygun but Ronald Potter (try growing up with that name at his age) is sincere in his reformation. He still doesn't much care for the government but has more than paid his debt to society. About his only problem now is his tendency to get tongue-tied whenever he's around Match-Girl or the older Robin Hood (or any superheroine at all of the slightest attractiveness).


- Black Wing of Japan, the only female amongst the Young Pretenders, has taken to vigilantism with more than a little of the skill of Cassandra Cain and to self-publicising with all the relish of Booster Gold; if it weren't for the fact that she's genuinely useful in a scrap she'd be just a little bit insufferable. She and Resplendent Tigress are currently contemplating a team-up, but face an uphill struggle against the fact that they're just a bit too similar in terms of personality to make the 'Odd Couple' dynamic work for them.

Kurasawa Rei is an interesting case of fangirlism as she is the only Metaman member of the group so far. Possessed of, more or less, the powers of Taskmaster (minus the amnesia) she was able to copy Black Wing II's acrobatic abilities just by watching him. A HUGE Alexander Timons fangirl, she followed him around forever and got into numerous throw-downs with Red Wing II over the years. Black Wing (Japan) got schooled during many of those early ones but is now almost as good plus has expanded her detective portfolio (learning from her Foundation-trained father) plus is studying hard on the science.

She's still "The Friendly Black Wing on TV" but deceptively DANGEROUS.

Her twin sister, Reiko is considering becoming a Black Wing herself but has a decidedly different power set. She can comprehend any scientific or technological process if she's lead through it. As a result, she's already building all manner of homemade robots, mecha, and devices in their basement using the leftovers from Kurasawa Rei's many battles with Japanese inventors.

Reiko is currently working on her fourth doctorate paid for by Alexander Timon's "Special Minds" scholarship program and private university lessons group.


- Black Wing of the Khanate is in DEEP trouble; not only has Black Dragon made it a point of personal pride to act as a mentor to this would-be revolutionary, Emerald Dragon has taken an interest in the fellow as well.

At this rate Black Wing (Kh.) will be able to count himself LUCKY if he dies young because between the former doing his best to kill him with kindness and the latter trying to mould him to her will with . . . well let's just say that the Emerald Dragon's idea of 'Gentle Persuasion' is anything but!

Number 10# may or may not be George Timon's child with the Emerald Dragon. The fact he's deadly serious and barely possessed of emotions makes his friendship (?) with Black Dragon all the more hilarious. No 10# wants to eventually meet George Timons because, true or not, he was raised believing it was true.

George Timons wouldn't know how to react were he to find this out, though it might involve going to hell to kill the Iron Khan again.

Notable fact, No 10# refuses to kill like his father but has little problem with his associates doing it. So he's not QUITE got his morality down pat. In addition to Black Dragon, he's also an associate of the Midnight Man who is yet ANOTHER person you don't want educating in morality but was far better than he had before.

Mick Drake calls him, "The Terminator who looks like Kid Bruce Lee."


Mick Drake, John Milton Miller and the Morris Brothers are all less than impressed by the new state of affairs in the newly-altered occult underworld and have therefore come to the conclusion that they'd be much better off circling the wagons for their mutual protection (not least because Mr Miller is EXTREMELY helpful when it comes to keeping blood-sucking lawyers of the most literal kind from pressing a lawsuit against his clients/comrades-in-arms: on the other hand Mick and the Morris Bros make an unsurprisingly-useful team, given the abundance of Occult and Worldly firepower they possess).

Mick Drake should have been a candidate for Gatekeeper-dom himself despite his relative weakness compared to the Dark Undermaster. Unfortunately, his soul is so weighed down by atrocities committed by Orkus that if he were to die then he would automatically go to the 9th Circle of Hell. Strangely, neither Mister Hoppy or Belial are precisely happy about this karmic imbalance since both possess an odd sense of fair play. It's why no demon lords can successfully predict their next move.

Belial has sent quite a few succubi and wicked tempters to thus get Mick to accept his evil demonhood and become an anti-hero. Mister Hoppy, by contrsast, is harrassing Mick Drake in a way which he hopes will lead to him somehow figuring a way to dump the massive amount of 'soul smut' off his aura (which would immediately turn into a MASSIVELY powerful demon with Mick Drake's personality but no scruples).

J.M. Miller is, hilariously, more in the courts these days than the reverse. He's at the heart of the Vampirism Legalization issue and also handling all the various predecents for overturning Metahuman law. The fact he'd rather be writing or solving mysteries tells you how well it's going.


Laura Morris is currently interning at JMMs law-firm, much to the indignation of 'Uncle Dad' and the amusement of 'Uncle Mom' (she insists on calling them that as a less-than-subtle way of persuading the former to finally get around to marrying his long-term Lady Love; John
Milton thinks that she might want to work on refining her methods of persuasion just a little).

Laura Morris' powers have recently hit a serious boost, giving her the ability to do all sorts of demon-like things which previously only Lucien Drake could accomplish. This has allowed her to become partners with Divinity and the two have teamed up on several occassions with Brainteaser in a group some comic book writers have called, "Ginger Justice." Quite a few teams are scouting her now including the Gatekeepers (formerly the Gatesmen), the Pryde of Lions, and the Tomorrow societies.

Sadly, she's already found herself in one and she's forced to hide it from her parents. Yes, she's the OTHER hero-hero member of the Dark Gatekeepers with Ultimatum (who she's dating after her relationship with another certain broody vampire failed).


Stay Well one and all - please allow me to compliment YOU in particular Charles for your continuing and excellent efforts to post new delights!

Aww, thanks.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:25 AM
While I intend to get to them as a whole, anyone who wants to get to them would happily be welcome to with the Dark Gatekeepers.

* Joshua Fang, Vampire Hunter

* Laura Morris, Demon Slayer

* The Midnight Man

* Ultimatum

* Hexweaver ("Think Wednesday Addams if she became a hot Christina Ricci-looking witch."-Mick Drake)

* Frankenstein

* The Forsaken

* Soulhunter

It's a roughly even mix of heroes, anti-heroes, anti-villains, and villains as one might guess. None of them like each other with rare exceptions and the Eight of them are pretty all resentful of the Dark Undermaster who keeps control over them through a combination of threats, bribery, intimidation, and emotional blackmail ("The world will end if you don't help us!").

I may do a write-up of the New Gatekeepers at some point too.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 09:06 AM
And because this is long overdue...

The B. Dragon Brigade

Black Dragon's heroic accompanying team of friends, fans, n'er do-wells, meaning-wells and people dragged along for the ride - well, it is true that they are capable, but the collective bunch seems like such a train wreck of crazy that their very continuing survival (let alone any of their successes) appears to stand in defiance of the laws of the universe.

What the BDB (as they have their huge initials in Superman's diamond symbol as their logo) really bring to the table is they're amazing monkey-wrenchers. With the Patriots currently indisposed and the Tomorrow Society broken and divided, it should be a field day for supervillains worldwide. Instead, the BDB have a wonderful way of wandering into the middle of their plans and throwing them into complete disarray for months. They're in no small part responsible for ruining Jack Washington III's Presidential bid, bringing down SpartaCorp, and causing the Black Hand's attempts at a ceasefire to go screaming into the abyss.


Yet somehow, the B. Dragon Brigade is greater than the sum of its parts. No, greater than that. Ok, the words cannot describe the reality, so let's spare you and focus on the parts.

They're a group of highly sought-after mercenaries. Sadly, this doesn't mean people want to HIRE them. Those that can, however, often get their money's worth.

"If you've got a problem, if no one else can help, and you don't mind your goal being accomplished in the most roundabout destructive way possible, maybe you can hire...The B-Team. NA-NA-NA-NANANA."
-Actual Quote from Black Dragon.


Duncemasque:
As ever, the dutiful Kenneth Kane clone and servant of Black Dragon is pretty much incapable of abandoning Black Dragon's crusade despite the fact that he is infinitely more sane than his master or anyone else in the lot. Nevertheless, putting aside the perennial distress, Duncemasque is a vital member of the Brigade: serving both as the voice of reason and the team's super-super-super genius techie (Kenneth Kane clone, remember). His preference is stay at base, or else stay in the back buffing/debuffing friend and foe as need be. On the rare occasions Duncemasque has directly fought, his reverse-engineered blend of Boskone, Mithran, Grigori and custom-brainstormed gadgetry has proven super-effective against pretty much everyone.

The Battle Butler has achieved no end of positive results as the Mission Control of the team and is one of the few people who knows how to manipu--err, ahem, herd them like cats to get their goals done right. If he had any ambition or remnant of his original DNA donor's personality, he'd be a huge danger but is more interested in servitude than domination.

He does, however, hilariously own several SpartaCorp groups due to investing the money Black Dragon literally forgot they had. He has restructured them to do nothing but good and generate enough profit to smooth over the worst of the team's screw-ups.


Agent Cowgirl
: Betsy Bobbin has stayed on with her boyfriend and his posse (at least partially to help maintain the links between the Reichenbach Trust and Black Dragon). She is the Jenny Bond of the bunch, using just fists, guns, tricks and wits to keep pace with everyone else. Also, the only female of the team, very buxom even, and when more than half are red-blooded teenage males.....

.....she does not get bothered. This is because Duncemasque's sexual desires have been suppressed by the weight of life serving Black Dragon, and Super Ninja Zero is too innately devoted to Hector to even consider the concept. Oh, and the latter has beaten the tar out of the rest for even the hint of ogling his senpai's lady. They got the idea.

Agent Cowgirl is pretty much exactly what people see and get. She's the most heroic and noble of the team yet JUST AS DESTRUCTIVE as Black Dragon. Really, it's a match made in Trinity, Nevada.


Super Ninja Zero
: At 18, SN0 found it justifiable to drop the 'Kid' part of his title. Also, he's gleeful to finally get his idol's respect and comradeship. Meanwhile, his super-martial arts power training program has yielded fruit. That is to say, it has turned every respectable martial arts practitioner and master who has observed it in action into fruitcakes. Still, he has abilities to make the envy of any FISS, plus extensive energy blast outputs. Also, he combed the ranks of his followers for the best three worthy to join the B. Dragon Brigade.

Super Ninja Zero, who got his name from his favorite AoW Comic Book character, is arguably the only person in the world WORSE at being a ninja than Black Dragon Zero. Somehow, though, his bright orange costume and ridiculously flashy jutsus ("Justus do not work that way!"-actual ninjas) are able to be ignored by people when he wants them to be.

It's...just not right.


Yami Man
: The first to hitch up with SN0, Manuel de Capanorra (from Venezuela) claims to have built on SN0's teachings to explore and master the "Way of the Void". This comes across as a bishounen Hispanic male teen dressed in what practically screams outright parody of the Goth fashion except he seriously believes it helps center his mind. Not to mention the melancholic brooding front. Yet somehow, he does teleport and exhibit control over darkness.

I am seeing the guy from the Sprint commercial.

http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2014/04/the-cure-sprint-ripoff.png

"It's pronounced Mon-Well."


Divination Sage
: Matthew Braveheart of Liberia positions himself as the wise warrior of the band. But only in comparison to the rest, as the African lad falls behind Duncemasque and Agent Cowgirl in levelheadedness. Overconfidence and pride aside, he IS fairly perceptive when it comes to sniffing out the weaknesses and tactics of foes, aided by his telepathy and short-term precognition.

Divination Sage really really would love to be a serene sensai and wise-sage but achieves it about as well as Master Roshi. In seven decades or so, when he can pull off the look, he'll STILL be a lecherous ill-tempered monk.

:-)


Five Ghost Dunes
: According to Raja Shivakulai, they take it easy in Bombay. Or at least that's his excuse for being very lazy and slothful. Duncemasque really is annoyed by him. But he bursts into White Sand Elemental Form and tends to get forgiven. He is arguably the most powerful of the team period.

The White Lotus Society *twitch* whenever they see him fight almost as much as the Orange Ninja since his martial arts mastery is a legendary Bodhisattva level--and he chooses to hang around with THEM.

Enigmatic One
07-26-2014, 09:13 AM
All well said Charles.

Phrozen
07-26-2014, 10:06 AM
I don't remember if Soulhunter has been named before but if they haven't, I will posit that Soulhunter is the Old Vulture whose dad gave him a bit more of his power after holding off hordes* of monsters during the quest to kill Varnae.


*The fact is that Cizin, the Mayan god of violent sacrifice and decapitation, fully manifested within El Viejo Buitre during that time has kind of rendered his soul into pieces

He is following the DU because the DU is one of the only people who can keep his father from further subverting his mind. The DU finds Alfredo useful because he is only one of the few on Earth that can read and translate the ancient Mayan codexes which are filled with blood magic that hasn't been seen on Earth for centuries.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 10:19 AM
Nope, Soulhunter is new and that's a great little bit of continuity there!

Consider it canon.

:cool:

Phrozen
07-26-2014, 02:44 PM
*Upon finding the Blood Monk's journals*

DU:"Why is it in Mayan?"
Soulhunter: "Humberto Caballero was a very devious vampire."
DU:"He was from Spain. How did he learn to write Mayan."
SH:"He came over from Spain and found the Mayans. He learned before he had the conquistadors purge all those who could and burn most of the codexes."
DU:"I thought the church did that."
SH:"Humberto was the church in Mexico during that time. He was called the Blood Monk for a reason."
DU:"So that explains the monks habit."

Libra1010
07-26-2014, 02:50 PM
Awesome write-up, Libra.

Comments will be coming your way!

Thank you very kindly Charles, for your commentary and your kindness, please be assured that I shall do my best to remark upon your own Dark Gatekeepers as and when you post them (but only if I can come up with something as good as I suspect your work shall be).:o



Which would be AWESOME.

The problem is that it takes a heck of a lot of work to CREATE a Team (as opposed to joining one that comes into being under it's own power) and no self-respecting Cape-and-Cowl Hero has that much time on their hands (heck, even GOVERNMENTS have more than a little trouble putting together a team of super-humans; it's not quite so bad as herding cats, but it does require a certain amount of serendipity over and above resources of Manpower or Material).



The Patriots' almost Atlas-like handling of the worlds problems inhibited the development of several other heroes as they didn't feel they could reach the same level of greatness.

Admittedly there have been other factors keeping Heroes (and heck even VILLAINS) across the World from fulfilling their potential; Brazil being a case in point, with the Murder of Sao Miguel sending the local superhuman community spiralling into guilt, self-doubt and desperate uncertainty eventually culminating in factionalising on the order of the Iron Age split between Patriots and Psychotics keeping the substantial Brazilian Superhuman community from achieving the prominence one might reasonably expect to see in the largest concentration of super humans in South America.

The problem, you see, is that the Government-sponsored Guardioes da Independencia has the prestige but not the legitimacy (somewhat ironically), whereas the Maravilhosa Heros under the tutelage of Periquito (The Parrot) has legitimate links to o Campeaos but rather lacks the prestige (The Parrot still being seen as more of a scoundrel than an agitator for social change, somewhat unfairly, as he was always rather less of a rogue than Robin Hood and even more of a trickster).

Thankfully Brazil has been able to avoid anything like The Psychotic Coup (the idealogical divide is more like that between The Justicars and the Psycotic Seven than that between the latter and the Patriots) and the divide between the following of these two teams has been well and truly bridged by the co-operation involved in safeguarding the recent World Cup from any Villains licking their lips at the prospect of so many potential hostage situations right in front of their snouts; it's quite possible that Brazils Greatest Heroes (even the Champions conceded that they could only ever come in second place to their footballing contemporaries) have saved their country from a great deal of pain even as it shares their heartbreak at their most calamitous defeat in well it's been a while.



Let's just say the recent laws against Metamens using their powers AT ANY POINT even to help people in many nations are staggering stupid.

Not infrequently it's more a show of wistful thinking; case in point would be Chile, one of the most peaceful and economically-stable nations in Latin America (with a dark superhuman history out of all proportion with the size of it's population thanks to Fuerza Condor - a team that sometimes made the Praetorian Guard look downright mild-mannered and waged a fantastically ugly private war across South America after declining to stand down alongside their patron Pinochet) whose official policy is 'No superheroes required' and whose unofficial attitude is 'No super-humans wanted' not least because between them Project Icarus and the Gene Nation have scared them stiff-necked.



Black Wing (France) as he's designated on Superpedia a.k.a Peter Bologne is one of those Black Wing who would be entirely capable of making his own legacy but chose to honor someone he personally admired. A former member of the French Foundation for World Harmony, he has a military record which reads like something from a Mach Bolan novel but decided he'd had enough of killing.

. . .

He also has a French Muslim girl, Fatima Keene as his very own Dawn Wing (France). It's kind of a strange situation given she's NOT his adopted child or ward and he has to give frequent updates to her parents as to why letting her run around fighting terrorists is a good thing. She's also the only Dawn Wing with a head scarf (which she chooses to wear).


To be precise she wears a very proper hijab with a domino mask and a somewhat more conventional super-suit beneath.

Pierre Bologna (he's French by nationality but Italian by ancestry, like Carla Bruni without the Sarkozy) would like to point out that Fatima frequently has more trouble explaining to her loving parents why she isn't running the rooftops with the second Faithful Defender (Le Fidele to the general public) instead of some copycat!

Oh and for the record the curiously-Irish surname is her fathers; Papa is a native Frenchman who married maman (the youngest daughter of immigrants) and derives a certain amount of amusement from pointing out that they were BOTH the descendant of Immigrants.



In a very real way, the Fraternity aren't afraid to wear their fanboyism on their sleave since after 20 decades of saving France (and later the EU)--they have NOTHING to prove.

The Fraternity for Justice and Liberty was actually founded when certain members of the European Bureau of the International Patriots decided that anyone asked to shift from The City of Lights to a ruined castle slowly being rebuilt in darkest Yorkshire who was daft enough to actually do just that deserved whatever they got - mostly, as it turned out, miserable weather and DIY duties coupled with plenty of teething troubles with their new HQ.

Having retained their cosy, familiar HQ in la Belle France and recruited (actually been flooded) with enthusiastic young Recruits 'La Frat' have yet to find cause to regret their choice at any point since (the same cannot be said of their former team-mates, some of whom may still be trapped in that wretched castle, having been obliged to decommission the place mere days after finally getting it up and running - rumour has it that Robin Hood returned to crime simply so that he could "dodge his next shift at Fawlty Towers").



No one is fooled by the Black Wing with goggles, a rocket-pack, and raygun but Ronald Potter (try growing up with that name at his age) is sincere in his reformation.

The cruel have also been known to point out that a rocket-pack and ray gun 'aren't very steampunk' a nagging complaint (and nit-picking besides!) to which some have ascribed his enthusiastic embrace of the Black-Wing identity.



Her twin sister, Reiko is considering becoming a Black Wing herself . . .

If only so she can finally get her sister to STOP BRAGGING about being THE Black-Wing of Japan! (in all seriousness once the nigh-irresistable impulse to beat sister at her own game subsides, she might actually adopt the 'Grey Wing of Japan' identity). The vexed question of why neither sister has yet contemplated adopting the identity of the late, lamented Zen Mater Raven can most easily be answered by pointing out that (A) his believed henchmen have kept themselves busy by rotating the identity amongst themselves but it should also be pointed out that (B) his corporation would SMOTHER anyone else bold enough to try using an identity so comprehensively copyrighted.



Mick Drake calls him, "The Terminator who looks like Kid Bruce Lee."

Mick keeps meaning to show Ten the movies but keeps holding back on the understanding that if he introduces the lad to Bruce Lee, Black Dragon will DELUGE the boy with 80s Action Movies and no growing boy could possibly survive such a surfeit of high-octane cheese with his moral or physical health intact (with Black Dragon as a would-be mentor the kid has more than enough incentive to blow EVERYTHING up already).



Belial has sent quite a few succubi and wicked tempters to thus get Mick to accept his evil demonhood and become an anti-hero. Mister Hoppy, by contrsast, is harrassing Mick Drake in a way which he hopes will lead to him somehow figuring a way to dump the massive amount of 'soul smut' off his aura (which would immediately turn into a MASSIVELY powerful demon with Mick Drake's personality but no scruples).

J.M. Miller is, hilariously, more in the courts these days than the reverse. He's at the heart of the Vampirism Legalization issue and also handling all the various predecents for overturning Metahuman law. The fact he'd rather be writing or solving mysteries tells you how well it's going.

Amusingly he keeps begging John and Ben Morris to fix him up with some 'Underworld Underground' adventures, but frequently finds the Morris Brothers holding out on him because quite frankly when it comes to ride-alongs JMM is the Founding Father of backseat drivers!



Sadly, she's already found herself in one and she's forced to hide it from her parents.

'Uncle Mom' has been in on the secret from the start, but has elected to keep it even from his big brother because quite frankly Ben Morris has made more than his fair share of boneheaded choices when it comes to associates over the years and has elected to let his niece make her own mistakes like the rest of the grown-ups (although he's also put a lot of effort into helping her survive the consequences and shown no scruples when dragging Mick or JM into trouble along with him).

John Morris has made some equally poor choices in the course of his career (he's grown a bit prone to doing his best to play them down in defence of his parenting skills since he started channeling his inner soccer dad), but somewhat-annoyingly has always had IMPECCABLE taste when it comes to his choice of company ("but you don't get to pick family" as he likes to put it when teasing his brother).



Aww, thanks.

I'm sure my fellow posters will join me in saying "Thank YOU Charles, for letting us play in your sandbox and everything that has followed.":D



While I intend to get to them as a whole, anyone who wants to get to them would happily be welcome to with the Dark Gatekeepers.

I suspect something will occur to me (you known what effect a nice, undeveloped selection of names has on my imagination), but I must admit that I'm hoping to work my ideas in with your own when you post them, rather than making a full-blown article of my own (since I'm working on some ideas for South America, amongst them a painstakingly-assembled number of names AND an article on Tiberius Nero, who was alluded to in the 1st and 2nd edition HED! sourcebook as a pupil of Erich Weiss but never yet developed - I basically intend to write him as an ageing Italian and Rome's resident witch-doctor).:cool:

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 03:23 PM
*Upon finding the Blood Monk's journals*

DU:"Why is it in Mayan?"
Soulhunter: "Humberto Caballero was a very devious vampire."
DU:"He was from Spain. How did he learn to write Mayan."
SH:"He came over from Spain and found the Mayans. He learned before he had the conquistadors purge all those who could and burn most of the codexes."
DU:"I thought the church did that."
SH:"Humberto was the church in Mexico during that time. He was called the Blood Monk for a reason."
DU:"So that explains the monks habit."

Haha.

I'm now imagining the Dark Undermaster trying to perform Mayan rites with him like he's following the stuff from a cook book.

(some poor guy tied up to the side)

"Don't worry, he's a child molester...or stole money from orphans or something. Where's that obsidian knife..."

Phrozen
07-26-2014, 03:48 PM
Haha.

I'm now imagining the Dark Undermaster trying to perform Mayan rites with him like he's following the stuff from a cook book.

(some poor guy tied up to the side)

"Don't worry, he's a child molester...or stole money from orphans or something. Where's that obsidian knife..."

"No, no. You draw it through your tongue. If you draw the rope with thorns through someone else's tongue the gods will ignore you."

Basically, my theory is the reason the gods of Central America had such a following despite the blood sacrifices, either yours or someone elses, was that after Atlantis fell the nasty uber vampires immigrated to Central America where they proceeded to enslave the population and do a whole bunch of nasty things. Then the cosmic eternals that would become the Olmec, Toltec, Mayan, and Aztec pantheons came. They crushed the ancient Atlantean vamps and bound them to sleep forever. Sure, they demanded blood sacrifice but it was so much lower then what the vampires did.

Also, the whole reason the Blood Monk came to Central America was to wake up and bind these ubervamps. He was also exiled from the European vampire courts because when the inquisition turned on the vampires embroiled in it he lead the charge, in fact snitched out 80% of them, and executed many of his brethren. All to secure his position as vampire lord of Iberia.

Enigmatic One
07-26-2014, 04:03 PM
The cruel have also been known to point out that a rocket-pack and ray gun 'aren't very steampunk' a nagging complaint (and nit-picking besides!) to which some have ascribed his enthusiastic embrace of the Black-Wing identity.

I'd expect a lot more Ravenclaw comments. :p

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 04:05 PM
Joshua Fang, Vampire Hunter

When Prince Mamuwalde found the reincarnation of his lost love, Luva, in the form of a woman named Tina Williams, their relationship culminated in the form of a child. Mamuwalde came back in time and turned Lisa, only for both of them to end up destroyed. Being the child of Dracula, Mamuwalde would return as Serena Hemlock has always proven to be an infectiously devoted necromancer to her adoptive family.

Joshua Williams was raised by Tina William's gay friends, Bobby and Billy, who Mamuwalde had fed upon (erroneously reported as dying in the movie due to Values Dissonance). Bobby and Billy researched the subject of vampires extensively after the death of their friend, worried that the curse would pass onto Joshua. Contacting the Morris Family, they met with Cynthia Van Helsings' "cousin" Trevor Morris.

Trevor Morris was not the sort of individual who had any of these warm fuzzy feelings towards vampires the rest of the John Smith Society was occasionally cursed with. Furthermore, he hated all supernaturals and had been exiled from the White Lotus Society for attempting to "mercy kill" his cousin. Realizing Joshua was one of the rare dhampyrs, he murdered the boy's guardians before taking him under his wing.


The Morris Brothers loathe their "uncle" almost as much as Cynthia does. He's the Dutch Elm Disease on their family tree.

Joshua was put through training from hell in multiple dimensions, causing him to already be a robust physical specimen by age 14. That was when he killed his first vampire and was sent by Trevor to attempt to kill Cynthia, his father, Dracula, plus the Midnight Man. Whether Trevor actually expected the dhampyr boy to do any of this or had grown to loathe his charge so much he sent him on a suicide mission is anyone's guess.

The psychotic teenager who already had the body of Wesley Snipes proved to be a complication Cynthia Van Helsing rarely needed during her quest to destroy Dracula during the Crypt of the Vampire King days. Dracula, himself, was more amused by the boy's actions than anything else. This, despite the fact he was capable of killing vampires a hundred years or older, including some of Dracula's Russian lieutenants. He and the Midnight Man collaborated on several occasions, Joshua attempting to kill his partner on most, in their shared vendettas against their makers.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Joshua Fang killed hundreds of vampires and other supernaturals. It didn't matter if you were a werewolf, witch, cursed, or demonic--Joshua Fang wanted to kill you. He would serve as an infrequent member of Lucien Drake's rogues gallery and often show up in other heroes books to be persuaded from harming some relatively innocent supernatural. Attempts to keep him imprisoned failed miserably since his powers only grew with time (as did his skills). Both the Black Hand and White Lotus Society essentially sent out missives consisting of, "Do not engage."

He was part of the Psychotic Seven's coup, having been persuaded to ignore Moss Pit and Hecate's supernatural nature on the promise they would use the United States' resources to destroy all vampires. He ended up killing several of his teammates, however, when they demonstrated they were supernaturals who preyed on "normals." After that, it was believed he was killed in a confrontation with Ehrich Weiss' ghost.


Which would have been hard since Ehrich Weiss isn't dead.

No, in fact, the rascally wizard exposed the now-vampire blood addicted Trevor Morris as the murderer of Joshua's guardians as well as the psychopath he was. Joshua Fang also discovered his mother's ghost was held trapped by his hatred of his father. Joshua was able to let go of about 50% of his hate and became more slightly discriminating in his targets. The first of which was Trevor Morris, who he's killed several times since then.


Trevor Morris, showing what an utter hypocrite he is, made a deal with Count Reich (II) which returns him from death so long as he keeps up with regular sacrifice of innocents--which he justifies as "collateral damage" to his war against the supernatural.

Abraham Whistler he is not.

Joshua Fang's membership in the Dark Gatekeepers is due to the Dark Undermaster having given a cure for the vampirism of Joshua stepdaughter as well as providing regular mystical support to Project: Hemoglobin. The Vampire Nation's mystical and political resources would have SQUASHED the group by now but, for some reason, they can't even perceive it exists. Joshua doesn't bother to hide the contempt he shows his fellow Dark Gatekeepers even if his friendship with Laura Morris and the Midnight Man is almost genuine now.

The Dark Undermaster is more than a little worried about Joshua since his attempts to befriend the man have backfired horribly due to unintentional racism and the fact he's an evil wizard/sociopath who doesn't realize people don't forgive offhand like people do on TV. To Joshua, this is an alliance of convenience--nothing more.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 04:24 PM
I'd expect a lot more Ravenclaw comments. :p

It gets worse when you realize the Match Girl (who he adores) LOVES the books and proudly has supplemented her costume with a Gryffindor scarf at times (and was in the crowd scenes at Hogwarts thanks to her saving the set from the Dark Undermaster). Ronald is torn between having been tormented for years over his name and his reflex dislike of the books and his desire to avoid ticking off the hot girl he likes.


"No, no. You draw it through your tongue. If you draw the rope with thorns through someone else's tongue the gods will ignore you."

Basically, my theory is the reason the gods of Central America had such a following despite the blood sacrifices, either yours or someone elses, was that after Atlantis fell the nasty uber vampires immigrated to Central America where they proceeded to enslave the population and do a whole bunch of nasty things. Then the cosmic eternals that would become the Olmec, Toltec, Mayan, and Aztec pantheons came. They crushed the ancient Atlantean vamps and bound them to sleep forever. Sure, they demanded blood sacrifice but it was so much lower then what the vampires did.

Also, the whole reason the Blood Monk came to Central America was to wake up and bind these ubervamps. He was also exiled from the European vampire courts because when the inquisition turned on the vampires embroiled in it he lead the charge, in fact snitched out 80% of them, and executed many of his brethren. All to secure his position as vampire lord of Iberia.

Great bit here, Phrozen.

A couple of things to note here.

1. If I ever get to writing up Varnae, Varnae the "Son of Orkus" isn't his biological son so much as the creation of Orkus from ancient Atlantis involving a mystical rite (Orkus' idea of sexual pleasure is a good deal more "baroque" than most entities). Varnae was embraced by a time-traveling Dracula and spent some 13,000 years doing evil before finally ascending to become a full-on Entropic Master. Which, really, means he passed the point of the Moral Event Horizon and kept running as even Mammorath on Mars hasn't done that.

(though this is more his lack of desire to enslave himself to ANYTHING--let alone Orkus)

He could well be one of these entities.

2. Human sacrifice gives a ridiculously large energy boon, albeit as a one-time thing, to supernatural entities who have it directed at them. Thus, the South and Central American pantheons had a "reason" for their actions even if they became drunk on the blood sacrifice. Quetzecoatl's acknowledgment this practice was self-defeating even when used against the Entropic Masters went unheard. These pantheons are not demonically or Entropic Master allied but their causal acceptance of blood sacrifice like the "enemy" has most pantheons shunning them.

Wotan, by contrast, thinks its mostly the EXCESS which they got to which was the problem. He loves an occasional blood eagle himself but there needs to be limits man. The Dark Undermaster, no stranger to human sacrifice, is not someone they particularly respect but "grok" in terms of his willing to do whatever it takes to do the job of Gatekeeper. They can get behind that--even if he's too irreverent for their tastes and would prefer one of their own.

3. I really like the Blood Monk character, btw. Sounds like an interesting guy.

Phrozen
07-26-2014, 05:46 PM
Central America was heavy on the blood sacrifice, the Maya for the most part just drowned people the actual cutting and things was a blood sacrifice but one you made yourself. Olmec and Toltec did practice human sacrifice but the specifics are not known.


South America it depended on the tribe and was a very occasional thing. The Inca preferred strangulation or death by exposure high in the Andes. The Mapuche in the very rare times they would sacrifice someone preferred drowning (their death god was also god of the sea). The Moche did practice human sacrifice often with at least one of those being sacrificed being exsanguinated.

The Blood Monk is dead, killed by the Old Vulture as one of his feats. I might do a full write up at some point.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 06:32 PM
Thank you for that info!

I defer to your superior knowledge.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:04 PM
Laura the Demon Slayer

Laura successfully managed to destroy the Anchorhead bonding the Inferno to a small California town and thus drastically weakened Belial's ability to appear on the Earth at will.

For a brief year and a half, Laura attempted to live a normal life away from all the monsters and critters of the world in New Amsterdam. It ended when a bunch of vampires ate her sorority, two boyfriends and a girlfriend turned out to be demons sent to seduce her, and the Orkus invasion required her help to destroy Varnae.


Laura self-identifies as straight despite an affair with her witch-best friend, heavy FoeYay with several female antagonists, and the fact her crush on Divinity is almost textual. Blame it on the Morris Brothers being ill-equipped to discuss bisexual leanings in half-demon girls.

Much to her disgust and horror, Laura discovered her demon side has reached full maturity and she's now both immortal and significantly more tempted by the dark side than she ever expected. While this initially just manifested as an intense party-girl streak and a little TOO much revel in slaughtering demons, she's had to struggle with the same urges her half-sibling Lucien has had to his entire life.


A reminder, of course, that Lucien lives a life of neverending sex and violence which was only interrupted by mystical slavery coupled with headlessness. A person who isn't so much resisting his diabolical side as very good at pointing it.

Developing the ability to conjure a hellfire scythe capable of killing anything short of a Lord of Nightmare (and she's killed *TWO* with a partial on Varnae), Laura found herself playing a far bigger role in the post-Orkus world than she ever expected to. Teaming up with Divinity, she's been a perpetual thorn in the side of the Other Gods and their cults. She's also come very close to kill Count Reich II forever on a couple of occasions.


"Undead Nazis, I hate these guys."

The recent "coming out" of the Vampire Nation has also kept her busy as she found herself a fugitive after killing old enemy Chastity Jones on national television due to said airhead vampires having slain a Dorm Room full of co-eds she was protecting. Laura is almost unique in the fact she doesn't think the vampire race is completely evil, thinking that would be the height of hypocrisy given her condition, but has been doing her best to kill the nobility of said species in hopes of freeing up the younger redeemable ones from their influence.

Laura was eventually cornered, drugged, and about to be dissected by Project: Icarus scientists working for the Vampire Nation when Belial directed the Dark Undermaster to rescue her. The Dark Undermaster offered her a position in the Dark Gatekeepers in exchange for mystically clearing her name as well as giving her a "master list" of all of Belial's offspring in the world who were unaware of their true nature but starting to master it.


Something like 113 souls. Laura suspects the number is more like 666.

Laura loathes the Dark Undermaster and hates how he runs things. Her naturally rebellious spirit chafes under the fact, at heart, Kingsley is an evil tyrant. She's begun a typically doomed relationship with The Midnight Man which has lasted longer than either suspected it would due to neither expecting the other to remain faithful (one needing to drink blood in an overtly sexual manner and the other being, well, Lucien's sister).

They both mock the stereotypical nature of a demon-hunter/vampire relationship but have a surprising amount in common. Laura gets along worst with Hexweaver, who resents her for reasons she doesn't understand. Almost like one was a put-upon Goth and the other was a California blonde Valley girl.

Voltron64
07-26-2014, 07:11 PM
Joshua Fang or if Blade was the son of Blacula is completely awesome, Charles.

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 07:14 PM
Joshua Fang or if Blade was the son of Blacula is completely awesome, Charles.

True, though not quite fair to Blade. He has his issues with the supernatural but he doesn't habitually try and slay every supernatural thing he comes across, Hannibal King was one of his best friends after all and he was a vampire.

greycrusader
07-26-2014, 07:17 PM
sleep to do more than a short post, but the roster of the Star-Crashers is:

The Aeon Engine (<*new character*>Earth's representative on the team, with an as-yet undisclosed relationship to the famous Aeon Family; scans as baseline human but has demonstrated abilities NOT explained by the reverse-engineered Abaddon power-armor always worn in the presence of the other members)

Bountiful Beryl (second-in-command; the former Patriots World Wide member and ex-Thran slave-marine has been outfitted with potent bionics to make up for the permanent injuries suffered in the campaign against Orkus and his brethren)

Finnegard the Negotiator(Tsavong representative and openly spying on his teammates for the Tsavong Hegemony; the wielder of the Axe of Infinities and the Power-Thran have no love lost)

Galactic Guardsman Mar-Ann (team leader the veteran Guardsman is now an independent operator, though like the others she was recruited into the Star-Crashers by one of her old "overseers", a rogue Grigori named Nod)

Kas-Mahk-Low-Man "(No-not Cosmic Lawman! Say my name right, blast it, not like that amphibious terran cre...my apologies, teammate, let us resolve our differences after assuring justice..."; the Paladin of the Spaceways is among the most formidable members of the team, despite currently suffering from a Mirror Realm induced illness)

Nephillos (<*new character*> a hybridized clone, with traits culled from numerous Confederacy races, along with a Mithran gene overlay obtained from biological samples of Divinos).

The Power-Thran (ultra-champion of the Thran Royal Courts, fallen into disfavor after a disastrous mission against the Boskone on a Thran colony world, when her ego-driven abilities failed)

More to come very soon....

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:20 PM
Thanks, Voltron!

Glad you liked him!

It gets more fun if you realize the Trevor Morris from my tabletop game is a thinly disguised Samuel Haight meets Connor from Angel's adoptive dad.


True, though not quite fair to Blade. He has his issues with the supernatural but he doesn't habitually try and slay every supernatural thing he comes across, Hannibal King was one of his best friends after all and he was a vampire.

Yeah, Blade was hostile to Hannibal King in the comics at first (I had the original TOD where they met--but it was destroyed in a flooding accident) but gradually warmed to him as they hunted the comic version of Deacon Frost. Blade had a relapse in the 90s because everything had to be EXTREME and turned into the Demogorgon during the Midnight Sons period.

However, he got better.

MUCH better.

:cool:

The current Joshua Fang just is a "Noble Bigot" against the supernatural and even original recipe Joshua didn't directly go out of his way to slay "good" supernaturals. He just tended to believe the worst of them out of hand.

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 07:22 PM
Thanks, Voltron!

Glad you liked him!



Yeah, Blade was hostile to Hannibal King in the comics at first (I had the original TOD where they met--but it was destroyed in a flooding accident) but gradually warmed to him as they hunted the comic version of Deacon Frost. Blade had a relapse in the 90s because everything had to be EXTREME and turned into the Demogorgon during the Midnight Sons period.

However, he got better.

MUCH better.

:cool:

The current Joshua Fang just is a "Noble Bigot" against the supernatural and even original recipe Joshua didn't directly go out of his way to slay "good" supernaturals. He just tended to believe the worst of them out of hand.

Yes well that explains it, now a days I tend to reject 90s EXTREME-ness out of hand. XD

Except Frank Drake's anti supernatural gun powered by magic nanites, because that's just plain awesome.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:27 PM
Yes well that explains it, now a days I tend to reject 90s EXTREME-ness out of hand. XD

Except Frank Drake's anti supernatural gun powered by magic nanites, because that's just plain awesome.

Double points for awesome because it's named Linda (for Linda Blair).

Hilariously, I think Alexander Timons is the Frank of this universe but I may just create a separate one because why not.

The Midnight Man is Hannibal King if Hannibal King was Andrew Eldritch of Twisted Sister.

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 07:37 PM
Double points for awesome because it's named Linda (for Linda Blair).

Hilariously, I think Alexander Timons is the Frank of this universe but I may just create a separate one because why not.

The Midnight Man is Hannibal King if Hannibal King was Andrew Eldritch of Twisted Sister.

Sometimes it was called The Exorcist, which makes it even cooler!

I'm tempted to have the Mightyverse version of Dr. Justice (though he won't actually be called that, cause he's not earned his doctorate yet) have a gun like that. Along with nanite based abilities due to being exposed to the Silver Storm and gaining his trademark tech control powers.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 07:40 PM
Love your Guardians of the Galaxy build!

That's a lot of obscure characters from our thread!

Bravo.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:02 PM
Updated Index.

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:16 PM
Ultimatum (2014)

Ken Masters feels a great deal like Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Minus, thankfully, the child-killing but keeping all of the exaggerated angst as well as the deal with the Devil aspect.

He's sold himself to the man he despises the most and the fact he's changed his bright red costume for one which is black with red highlights should tell you how much he considers himself to have gone to the Dark Side. Which is kind of ridiculous since he's as bright and decent a hero as he's always been. He's just added a boatload of extra-angst which annoys his teammates.

The reason for Ken Masters uncharacteristic servitude to the Dark Undermaster is due to the battle against Orkus where he and Jun's adoptive mother was killed thanks to a collapsing building in the fighting. It wasn't a deliberate target on her but the simple result of a lot of innocent people dying due to Orkus' attacks. Ken, however, felt responsible for this due to the fact he was in the Otherworld rather than protecting his hometown.

The Dark Undermaster, having lost the service of Mordred due to the latter partaking of the Holy Grail and deciding he needed to become a "true knight", saw an opportunity and offered Ken Masters a simple enough deal: he would resurrect Mandy Masters from the dead in exchange for four years of service. The Dark Undermaster even through in the caveats he wouldn't make Ken do anything evil or would do something unconscionable as part of it. Ken would be pointed like a gun at evil-doers the Dark Undermaster was afraid of.

Ken didn't even hear those clauses before he accepted.

For the past year, Ultimatum has been serving as the Dark Undermaster's Yojimbo. Ken's absolutely godlike power, strengthened to Divinos-levels due to Orkus no longer feeding on the Otherworld, has allowed him to smash into nearly every single problem the Dark Undermaster has pointed him at. It's also deflected all of the assassination attempts the Dark Undermaster would have been otherwise unable to thwart. He's saved the world many times but the Big Red Ball of Fun has never been more miserable.


Just how powerful has Ken become? He explicitly trounced the Unnnameable during their last fight despite him being "unstoppable." Ken then faced Ku'Tu'Lu when said god decided to destroy the world.

Then Ken knocked him back asleep by punching him unconscious.

The Dark Undermaster remained true to his word as well, resurrecting Mandy Masters before Jun was even aware she'd died. Likewise, he's kept Ken squarely aimed at the hopelessly evil. The Dark Undermaster still performs all manner of vile and evil things but keeps them out of Kenny's sight. He even encourages Kenny to superhero but no one can look at the fallen hero and not see the heavy burden he carries. Jun is aware Ken is a member of the Dark Gatekeepers but aside from determining he's NOT mind-controlled has no idea what's going on as he refuses to talk to her about it.

The Midnight Man and Laura are the only friends Ultimatum has got in their group, both of which are sympathetic to his situation and trying to figure out a way to help him. It's likely, without their influence, he would have gone completely over the Despair Event Horizon.


This may confuse readers as there is ALSO a Ultimatum, acting much like his old self, running around the Tomorrow Corp. Jun is as confused by this version as anyone else as the Tomorrow Corp Ultimatum has no idea about any of the past year's events and only remembers waking up after the battle against Orkus on a beach.

Dark Gatekeeper Ken thinks this version of himself is an imposter or a Changeling but he (erroneously) thinks it's a creation of the Dark Undermaster. One notable fact is this version is FAR weaker than current Ken, being only about PL 12.

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 08:27 PM
Awww, I thought Ken was running the Tomorrow Corps?

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:33 PM
Both are running around.

Which, to say the least, is confusing for poor Jun.

Who is the Second Original Recipe Cheesy Ultimatum and what's his tie to time-lost Alice, if any?

Edit:

Added a sidebar above. :-)

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:40 PM
Yes, this means I've created Captain Marvel Junior.

:-D

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 08:41 PM
Both are running around.

Which, to say the least, is confusing for poor Jun.

Who is the Second Original Recipe Cheesy Ultimatum and what's his tie to time-lost Alice, if any?

Edit:

Added a sidebar above. :-)

In the Mightyverse it's the one running Tomorrow Corps, but you knew that. :)

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:42 PM
My present theory is he's the Ultimatum of the year 2XXXX. His magic making him look like the Old One and muddling his brain when he traveled back in time to help his "hero" during a time of great distress.

:-)

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 08:46 PM
My present theory is he's the Ultimatum of the year 2XXXX. His magic making him look like the Old One and muddling his brain when he traveled back in time to help his "hero" during a time of great distress.

:-)

That works too. I was also thinking of the deal Ken made with Dark Undermaster, in my imagination Ken starts smacking DU with the nearest handiest vehicle until negotiations favor him.

By which I mean, Dark Undermaster says: "I'll raise your mom from the grave if you stop hitting me with the car!" :D

Charles Phipps
07-26-2014, 08:49 PM
That works too. I was also thinking of the deal Ken made with Dark Undermaster, in my imagination Ken starts smacking DU with the nearest handiest vehicle until negotiations favor him.

By which I mean, Dark Undermaster says: "I'll raise your mom from the grave if you stop hitting me with the car!" :D

It has been a REALLY crappy year for everyone, hasn't it?

Thank God we have the Mightyverse.

In the Mightyverse, I imagine Ultimatum may also be heading the Gatesmen. :-)

Him or Doctor Justice.

MightyDavidson
07-26-2014, 09:06 PM
It has been a REALLY crappy year for everyone, hasn't it?

Thank God we have the Mightyverse.

In the Mightyverse, I imagine Ultimatum may also be heading the Gatesmen. :-)

Him or Doctor Justice.

I do my best to keep things upbeat without sacrificing story potential. :)

I actually do like the idea of the Dark Undermaster forming his own team, it makes sense given the sheer number of folks he's pissed off. I just don't like the idea of Ken being a part of that team, since I like him as the Big Red Ball of Fun. Of course that doesn't mean that Dr. Justice or somebody else won't create a team of Gatesmen to fight Dark Undermaster's team. :)

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 04:28 AM
Hexweaver

Serena Hemlock, known as Dracula's Daughter, has always been a somewhat insane figure. Driven mad by her father in an attempt to forge a bond with her, she alternates between periods of ludicity and drooling madness.

Married to the perpetual rebel and Kiefer Sutherland lookalike, David a.k.a The Rebel Prince, Serena is a figure who wields disproportionate influence over the Vampire Nation. Unfortunately, this means that she's prone to all manner of oddball decisions. One of these decisions was that Serena Hemlock would make was to run away from her father for decades and create a "new" family in the creeptacular outskirts of Freehold's many Old Money families.

She entranced and ghouled multibillionaire Hector Alanz, created a flesh golem using her expansive knowledge of science to be her butler, created sentient hands to help around the house, and kidnapped a pair of local children to raise as her own. Eventually, she would be joined by a couple of her oddball relatives from the Old Country including "Grams" and one of her many brothers.

The future Hexweaver, the unfortunately named Castaspella Alanz-Hemlock (call her "Cas"), grew up a relatively normal child despite her diabolic circumstances. She was friends with the local friendly ghosts, the family of witches with their teenage daughter nearby, and even one of Doctor Frankenstein's perverse creations who'd built his own refugee family nearby. Cas' brother, Vlad, also developed an amazing talent for alchemy as well as eldritch engineering. They had much fun growing up trying to kill each other, their wounds always healed with a dose of vampire blood at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, the Vampire Nation has precious little time for vampires who wish to play house. The Rebel Prince came back to reclaim his bride and the Alanz family was slaughtered. The sole exceptions were the children since the Rebel Prince, despite being a monster, has always maintained some standards. The teenagers and their baby sister were set out onto the world with only a single mad "Count" (the incompetent Olaf the Unworthy) to hunt them.


Olaf the Unworthy was the brother of the original Renfield and equally toady. He wasn't nearly so fun to the Alanz-Hemlock siblings as he was to outsiders who underestimated him, though, since he killed several of their guardian families.

Whereas Vlad would go on to join the John Smith Society and be trained by The Midnight Man as well as Joshua Fang to become a professional spook hunter, time was not so kind to Castaspella Hemlock (having dropped the Alanz surname). After spending time in an asylum where she was briefly lobotomized (before her mother gave her expansive amounts of vampire blood to restore her), Cas broke and decided she would take her revenge on a world which had abused her most thoroughly. Selling her soul to Belial, though she'd eventually mortgage it back, Castaspella became one of the most formidable evil witches on Heroic Earth.

Hexweaver has made a career out of doing all manner of evil spells, curses, potions, and enchantments for supervillains willing to pay for them. She has an special fondness for anything related to revenge, for slights real or imagined. As one of Divinity's rogues gallery, she tried on numerous occasions to kill the pretty red-haired girl who seemed to have the family as well as adulation Cas had always wanted. Cas would also serve as a frequent enemy of Valkyrie and Ultimatum, hating the siblings for their close relationship (which she'd lost with her siblings). Hexweaver was one of the Psychotic Seven's allies during their coup, joining primarily because Jane Union reminded her of her mother, but their cause carried no real ideological weight with her. She would continue being a supervillain for the subsequent decade, working for anyone who would pay her price.

That was when Castaspella fell in love.

Encountering the Dark Undermaster when he was coming to kill her for her spellbook, the two ended up talking instead with the latter being an immense fangirl of his. Realizing his own powers had already grown back to the point he dwarfed her in might, if not knowledge, the Dark Undermaster made Cas his apprentice and put her in charge of assembling the Dark Gatekeepers.

Cas adores Robert for his carnage and sheer wickedness even if the latter is kind of off-put by her fangirlism. This is partially due to emotional maturity as, despite appearing to be in her mid-twenties, her experiences regarding love are no more advanced than your typical fourteen year old girl. Cas is not to be underestimated, however, as she is one of the most formidable upper-tier mages alive who is not in the running for Gatekeeper.


It should be noted in at least one iteration of 20XX's future, Cas and Ken have children named Shadow Thief and Ultimate.

Despite her mother being one of its rulers, Cas has no relationship with the Vampire Nation due to her hatred for the Rebel Prince and Dracula (who ordered her family's destruction).

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 04:57 AM
Thank you very kindly Charles, for your commentary and your kindness, please be assured that I shall do my best to remark upon your own Dark Gatekeepers as and when you post them (but only if I can come up with something as good as I suspect your work shall be).

I look forward to your thoughts on the vertible windfall harvest which I have posted since last night!


The problem is that it takes a heck of a lot of work to CREATE a Team (as opposed to joining one that comes into being under it's own power) and no self-respecting Cape-and-Cowl Hero has that much time on their hands (heck, even GOVERNMENTS have more than a little trouble putting together a team of super-humans; it's not quite so bad as herding cats, but it does require a certain amount of serendipity over and above resources of Manpower or Material).

There are plenty of superhumans, there are plenty of well-trained soldiers, and there's plenty of well-trained superhuman soldiers, but there is only so many heroes. It has always been a quality of Heroic Earth that while heroes are not by any means uncommon--they are often figures with feet of clay and only a rare few are truly able to excel to the top.

Every major world government has their own superhero projects but only a few are worthy of the mantle. Russia, at least, has finally gotten their Federation Defense Force off the ground. China, unfortunately, has stubbornly refused to make any team not part of the Army. Its treatment of Metamen hasn't helped since roughly half of Genesis Island's population was composed of Metamen refugees from said area (and why there was enough to form an island population in the first place!).


Admittedly there have been other factors keeping Heroes (and heck even VILLAINS) across the World from fulfilling their potential; Brazil being a case in point, with the Murder of Sao Miguel sending the local superhuman community spiralling into guilt, self-doubt and desperate uncertainty eventually culminating in factionalising on the order of the Iron Age split between Patriots and Psychotics keeping the substantial Brazilian Superhuman community from achieving the prominence one might reasonably expect to see in the largest concentration of super humans in South America.

Brazil is one of the few countries in the world which possesses the natural resources, economy, loose enough Metaman laws (at least to the point its population doesn't wholesale flee to Genesis Island like so many have in other parts of the world) and so on that it could actually rival the United States in terms of "Superhuman Firepower."

The Sao Miguel incident could have gone much worse in terms of persecution but it created a national wound which has yet to heal and there's a staggering number of superhumans who have a "conceal, don't feel" attitude to their abilities. Which is about as healthy as it was to poor Elsa. It's also why so many children end up joining the Death's Head. Violent Nihilism is almost a relief from the poverty and repression which are entirely social issues.

The fact Doctor Morte has nothing to do with Metamen and superpowers makes this all the more inexplicable.


Not infrequently it's more a show of wistful thinking; case in point would be Chile, one of the most peaceful and economically-stable nations in Latin America (with a dark superhuman history out of all proportion with the size of it's population thanks to Fuerza Condor - a team that sometimes made the Praetorian Guard look downright mild-mannered and waged a fantastically ugly private war across South America after declining to stand down alongside their patron Pinochet) whose official policy is 'No superheroes required' and whose unofficial attitude is 'No super-humans wanted' not least because between them Project Icarus and the Gene Nation have scared them stiff-necked.

The use of superhuman death squads are prohibited by law now. They're not in service anywhere.

*pause*

Yeah, right.


Pierre Bologna (he's French by nationality but Italian by ancestry, like Carla Bruni without the Sarkozy) would like to point out that Fatima frequently has more trouble explaining to her loving parents why she isn't running the rooftops with the second Faithful Defender (Le Fidele to the general public) instead of some copycat!

Black Wing-France, it should be noted, is a somewhat controversial figure in some circles as the National Liberty Party is still as powerful as it was before PHANTOM's recent troubles. The official Anti-Metaman, Pro-France Right-Wing military party (okay, they're Nazis, let's just get it out in the open) isn't too fond of foreigners either.

Pierre has ALWAYS loathed these sorts of people and won quite a bit of appreciation for his standing up for French minorities against them.

(PHANTOM under Death Mask has never been racist--it does, however, make use of them when it means more power)

The NLP are the guys who got PHANTOM legalized in the EU for the longest time, make the EU's Exterminators, and are generally the source of all the evil government conspiracy stuff the USA has the HOS and Project: Icarus for.


I suspect something will occur to me (you known what effect a nice, undeveloped selection of names has on my imagination), but I must admit that I'm hoping to work my ideas in with your own when you post them, rather than making a full-blown article of my own (since I'm working on some ideas for South America, amongst them a painstakingly-assembled number of names AND an article on Tiberius Nero, who was alluded to in the 1st and 2nd edition HED! sourcebook as a pupil of Erich Weiss but never yet developed - I basically intend to write him as an ageing Italian and Rome's resident witch-doctor).

I can't wait!

Daibhid C
07-27-2014, 06:09 AM
- Black Wing of Britain met with a less gentle reception from The Londoner (who was torn between rolling his eyes and a scowl, producing a truly alarming facial expression) but hasn't let that stop him from putting his best foot forward and doing his impressive best to make 'British Black-Wing with an extra helping of Steampunk' look good.

Match-Girl (currently contemplating a name-change as she recently turned old enough to vote) and Robin Hood, on the other hand, are mildly impressed and mightily amused by the young man's cheerfully-cynical attitude to stealing another man's mantle; Corbie has considered suing the cheeky wee git for infringing on his public image, but finally shrugged and decided to let things lie until the kid tries heading North of the Border.

Corbie has actually had his first teamup with the Black Wing of Britain very recently, after Ronald got a tip-off that one of the International Crime League splinters was going to try something at the Commonwealth Games. They worked together quite well, although Robbie amused himself by consistently referring to the Sassanach hero as "the Black Wing of England". (There's a sardonic sense of humour beneath his dourness.)

He gets on much better with the Black Wing of France and they've worked together on several occasions, a pairing the press have naturally dubbed "The Auld Alliance". He still has no intention of joining the group, but he's starting to wonder if he should casually raise the possibility of an "associate membership".

What he doesn't realise is that the Black Wings take the view that anyone with an avian-related costume who teams up with them regularly has an associate membership.

Daibhid C
07-27-2014, 06:18 AM
Hexweaver


An excellent portrayal of a deeply screwed-up character. (As anyone would be, if their childhood involved being Wednesday Adams and Violet Baudelaire.)

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 06:18 AM
Great bit, Daibhid C.

I imagine the International Group is quite friendly to any and all superpowers of a cowl persuasion too.

:-)

But especially avian themed ones.

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 07:19 AM
Frankenstein (2014)

Frankenstein's Monster came within inches of being free from his insidious father's cruel machinations and achieving a form of redemption. With the help of an unknown wizard, Frankenstein's Monster successfully divorced the soul of the cruel Doctor from his body and started waging war against the forces of evil. He was even able to fight against Orkus' forces during the conflict for the fate of humanity. He'd begun a relationship with Elohim and all seemed to be coming up roses.

Then he killed a hero.

To understand what followed next, one has to know the story of another hero.

Raging Justice was a relative newcomer to the superhero scene, blessed with too much hype and too little sense.

However, Raging Justice wasn't a nobody either.

In many ways, it would have been better if Raging Justice had been despite Divinos' belief nobody is nobody.

Raging Justice was a somebody.

Not a big somebody but someone people knew. Even if it was the guy they remembered from crowd scenes like Speedball or Firestorm.

The German superhero had a big mouth and an eagerness to prove himself, mostly due to his desire to graduate from being nothing more than the ninety-looking-sixty Red Knight's research assistant to being someone who might become a part of the Patriots Worldwide. Trained by Frost and Flame after he lost his family to Sawbones, he'd teamed up with the Junior Patriots on three or four missions. Kid Divinos and he used to have races with him as he tested his prototype RJ-Suit.

What Raging Justice wanted, though, was respect.

The Fall of Divinos should have united all of the superhero world behind his memory and created a new age of superheroics. However, it seemed to rip the heart out of the community so he tried repeatedly to organize everyone back. No one took Raging Justice seriously, though, when he proposed all of Europe's heroes gather together to form their own Patriots or ex-Patriots join together.

They just didn't take him seriously. Raging Justice deduced what he needed was a BIG victory that would propel him into the spotlight so people would LISTEN. Checking the Italian government's still outstanding warrant on Frankenstein, he decided to bring in the world's most dangerous behemoth.

Frankenstein's Monster.

Frankenstein's Monster had made no real effort to get his prior warrants cleared nor would have tried knowing the governments might want to dissect him for the secret of resurrection. Instead, he just ignored Raging Justice's attempts to arrest him. Then Raging Justice started yelling at him, taunting him, and calling him names. He called him a freak, a corpse-pile, and a maggot-infused piece of walking garbage. He even said that no one would ever love someone so ugly because, well, Raging Justice had run out of taunts.

That's when Frankenstein's Monster hit him.

Raging Justice, having assumed their fight wasn't going to happen, had stupidly lowered his shield.

And the Monster's blow broke Raging Justice's neck.

An outlaw again, Frankenstein's Monster found himself attacked repeatedly by B and C-listers who considered Raging Justice their friend. He lost control of his inhuman rage and crippled Midnight while putting his sister in the hospital. Others were also badly wounded and when the army moved against him--he left dozens dead. If humanity would not accept his redemption--Frankenstein's Monster decided of his own free will they would feel his damnation.

Sort of.

Crashing at the Rock of Oblivion where the Dark Undermaster is presently based from, Frankenstein's Monster isn't really giving much effort to his new role as a willing evil monster. He spends much of his time passed out from Ogre Ale in his furniture-less room and counting the gold paid to him by the Dark Undermaster. He kills anyone the Dark Undermaster tells him to and does his best to terrify any humans he encounters but really, he's just broken. The rage is still there but it's almost too much trouble to vent it.

Instead, he's slowly starting to realize he's happier with someone telling him what to do. That after a century and a half of resisting Doctor Frankenstein, he's unable to make a go at freedom.

He's even started answering to the name Frankenstein.

And that is the keenest cut of all.


It's made worse, unbeknownst to his teammates, by the fact both the Dark Undermaster and Hexweaver are nightmare fetishists who are undisturbed by his appearance as well as actions. It makes his service to the Dark Gatekeepers almost like a weird sort of Twilight Zone-esque hell.

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 09:37 AM
The Forsaken

Robert Timons is a study in how dark one can go before one's light is completely extinguished. In a group which is composed of villains, heroes, anti-villains, and anti-heroes, he is the only one of the group who might be irredeemably evil. Even the Dark Undermaster, if not redeemed, has abandoned the cause of evil in various alternate futures.

Robert Timons was George Timons' nephew. The son of his estranged brother. Robert's father was murdered by Montressor, the deformed gangster, while the young boy looked on. George adopted Robert and began training him as a successor who could bring order to Falconcrest City without the kind of violence that was becoming commonplace during the Iron Age.

Robert Timons was from the very beginning a great deal more antagonistic than Alexander ever was. He was brash, overconfident, and had no real desire to hold back when dealing with his enemies. Refusing to go by the moniker Dawn Wing, he became Twilight Wing first, and then just Twilight. Twilight was actively hostile to Alexander and did his best to make the split between adoptive father and son permanent (a cynical person might believe it was to protect his inheritance). Maggie Lee, daughter of the Mayor and part-time superheroine Crimson Wing, was driven away as part of Robert's attempts to dismantle the Wing Family.

Twilight despite all of his faults, wasn't a bad person. He merely was eager to be the foremost heir to George Timons. In the end, Robert died during a botched attempt by several amateur superheroes to kill a group of International Crime League engaged in a drug smugglers. He managed to get them to safety but was tortured for several days.

George Timons came close to murdering Gang Lord Gorilla in retaliation and took three months hiatus as a result. The fact all of the amateurs were lionized in the papers for taking a tough stance against crime was especially hard for him to take. A few later became members of The Elite, including Mighty Man.

Robert Timons was resurrected by the Iron Khan as a weapon against Gerge Timons and the deformed zombie found himself without any of the better qualities to his personality. Alexander Timons, with the help of Misty Weiss, restored Robert Timons to life completely and it seemed he would be able to return to his previous life.

Such was not the case.

The hellish torment he endured as a zombie as well as the horrible acts he committed against his family were less humiliating than the fact it was his eternal rival who saved him from eternal damnation. Worse, that almost no one remembered him as anything other than a B-list joke who wasn't remembered as a "real" Dawn Wing. The fact Alexander Timons had gone on to become Black Wing, inherit billions, and date multiple beautiful superheroines made him sick. The fact he'd reconciled with George Timons despite his career as an Iron Age vigilante was the final straw.

He returned to the Black Hand willingly.


Jason Todd, he is not. Ironically, Alex is closer to said personage in many ways.

George Timons made an attempt to talk his nephew back but was stunned to discover how completely he'd given himself over to evil. Twilight sent a resounding message to how far he was willing to go with his new path by murdering a school bus of Khanate refugees, most children, as a lesson to the CONTEMPT he held George Timons belief in redemption for all his villains. Robert pledged his soul to numerous evil forces and found something very interesting about himself when he finished murdering his first week of innocents.

He liked it.

Adopting a skull-mask and a black wrestler's attire, the former Twilight has equipped himself with cybernetic enhancements capable of transferring vampire blood directly into his body as well as various alchemical formula. He is capable of thus fighting individuals like Frankenstein toe-to-toe or just being a "street level" villain. He has trained himself mercilessly in every sort of battle-tactic, strategy, and fighting style possessed by the Black Hand while also sharpening his mind to superhuman levels. He has also done his best to hon his sadism, making sure that he will never hesitate to do whatever is in his best interests--unless those would help those he's abandoned.


George Timons continues to believe Robert's evil is a side-effect of the cursed resurrection process the Iron Khan put him through as well as the vampire blood but, so far, there is little sign anything decent remains in him.

The Forsaken, when not serving as the Dark Gatekeepers' strategist, is one of the leading contenders for the new ruler of the Black Hand. He is conducting terrorist operations around the globe, assassinations, and more not for any higher purpose but to simply reduce as much of civilization to a dog-eat-dog world survival-of-the-fittest hellhole as possible. The Forsaken believes everyone is evil at heart and it simply requires the right circumstances to let those feelings out--which he's determined to do.


The Forsaken is allied with the Cult of the Claw as well as Bloodwing's own psychotic fanclub. He is determined to stamp out the positive good done by the Raven Foundation too, targeting many of their causes for no other purpose than to spit in the eye of the good his father and cousin have done.

The Dark Undermaster is the only one aware of the Forsaken's true nature and activities, not caring in the slightest. However, he's also aware the Forsaken is plotting to overthrow the Dark Undermaster and seize his power for himself. The Forsaken believes it can be transferred to him and used to conquer the world.

The Dark Undermaster has a countermeasure for this day, should it come to pass, which is a glowing ball he keeps on him at all times. One which would force a conscience onto the fallen 'hero.' Time will tell if the Dark Undermaster overestimates the good the Forsaken might possess as the former Twilight's gotten very used to ignoring his own (if he ever had one).

Hexweaver, by contrast, is already planning to nip this problem in the bud by leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for Number Ten to follow. She believes that he will end their problem and serve as a suitable replacement. The fact, against all odds, Number Ten has decisively beaten the Forsaken several times also goes to show he is nothing more than a disgusting bully in the end. The Forsaken DOES NOT LIKE the rest of the Dark Gatekeepers either as not a single one of them is afraid of him.

This, ironically, keeps him from turning against them or plotting their deaths like he is the Dark Undermaster as he's discovered fear since becoming the Forsaken. Twilight had courage but abandoning that mantle so utterly has removed any claim to such a virtue. The man who has no morality has no strength to resist the darker urges which say he might die.

A lesson to all villains in the end that theirs is a self-destructive road.

Phrozen
07-27-2014, 09:54 AM
Soulhunter simply laughed at his skull mask.

Charles Phipps
07-27-2014, 10:35 AM
I think you should do Soulhunters write-up, Phrozen.

No one could do it better.

:-)

Libra1010
07-27-2014, 01:23 PM
I look forward to your thoughts on the vertible windfall harvest which I have posted since last night!

I have already taken a brief look through the articles and shall do my best to post something worth reading after I have re-read those fine articles.



There are plenty of superhumans, there are plenty of well-trained soldiers, and there's plenty of well-trained superhuman soldiers, but there is only so many heroes. It has always been a quality of Heroic Earth that while heroes are not by any means uncommon--they are often figures with feet of clay and only a rare few are truly able to excel to the top.

As a point of interest, I tend to believe that there's one superhuman for every million but that (A) not all of them qualify as superheroes or Villains because quite frankly most of them prefer to get on with their lives (B) the activities of various Heroes, Villains and other interest groups over the course of history mean that some nations have more or fewer meta-humans than one might expect.



Russia, at least, has finally gotten their Federation Defense Force off the ground.

Making Russia's neighbours very, VERY nervous as per usual (Winter Watchmen was actually asked to join and has yet to actually turn down the offer, news of which has met a mixed reception amongst his colleagues).



The fact Doctor Morte has nothing to do with Metamen and superpowers makes this all the more inexplicable.

Except, of course, for exploiting and manipulating those who possessed such power to achieve his own ends of course (not to mention eliminating those who rejected those ends AND kept throwing him in jail as punishment for the means he used to pursue those ends). Had he known that Death's Head would PROFIT from his actions he'd have been INTENSELY frustrated (protege of Count Reich Doctor Morte may have been but that just made him hate the organisation all the more in the end); fiercely vindictive machiavellian though he was, he was never a Nihlist.

If it weren't for the fact that he wanted the Villains to WIN more than anything (and wanted to be the one to lead them to that victory very nearly as much) Doctor Morte might well have been the most Silver Age Arch-villain of them all (if only so he could spite Count Reich and not merely equal but EXCEL the likes of Kenneth Kane or General Venom).



The use of superhuman death squads are prohibited by law now. They're not in service anywhere.

To be fair Chile no longer employs superhuman death squads - it's just that they retain quite a lot of the same kit AND maintain more 'conventional' paramilitary units well-trained in their use, not to mention a consistently unsympathetic attitude to supermen (most Chileans liked Fuerza Condor about as much as the average German-speaking citizen liked the Eugenics Brigade).

Heck, the Chilean Government is at present run by much the same sort of person Fuerza Condor was employed to grind under their jackboots.



Pierre has ALWAYS loathed these sorts of people and won quite a bit of appreciation for his standing up for French minorities against them.

As he always likes to put it "We immigrants have to stick together" (on another note, while M. Jean Reno and M. Pierre Bologna don't actually look very much like one another, they do seem to share the same curious ability to be more French than anyone else in the room anyway!).



I can't wait!

You might very well have to if you expect me to both Post and REPLY TO posts!;)

Libra1010
07-27-2014, 01:32 PM
One last thing before I go offline for the Night:-

There are precisely three nations in the World where Death's Head have been unable to establish any kind of enclave and can only operate at it's most basic (aka commit SUICIDE BY PROXY); these are Israel, Russia and Germany.

Put simply German Superheroes (and to an only slightly lesser extent every other native superhuman) make a point to take niceness to almost weaponised levels because (A) Deaths Head is a powerful incentive to do EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE THING and (B) otherwise people get very, very nervous thanks to race memories of Cold War skirmishes and that unpleasant period of history with all the nasty people wearing moustaches and Hugo Boss.

This doesn't mean that German Super-humans are any better or worse than any other sort, it's just that they tend to be under intense pressure to make Steve Rogers look like a budding Stormtrooper and even more intense scrutiny.