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Michuru81 wrote:I'm going to be trying something new for the foreseeable future: expanding the Oubliverse. For a while, we've been talking about the heroes who stand alone in the task of protecting their corners of the world. I thought I'd start with China, where Fenghuang reigns.
Fenghuang is a little bit of Darkhawk with a smidge of Batman tossed in for good measure. Basically, we've got a guy who turns into an anthropomorphic phoenix who's a pyrokinetic--and the Oubliverse has a serious deficiency in that department.
Arthur Eld wrote:Nice stuff, Mich! Can't wait to see more of Fenghuang's enemies.
Minor thing about Xiezhi (who is really cool, by the way), the first rank of Sneak Attack increases damage by 2, and all the rest by one, so with 5 ranks, his Sneak Attack damage with a knife is actually +8. Still keeps him in caps, though.
Arkrite wrote:A Darkhawk like character? I'm amused.
Of course I always liked Darkhawk back in the day ;~)
It does make me wonder how many other solo "heroes" there are out there.
Horsenhero wrote:I gotta say, I'm with AE and Arkrite here....these are cool characters and they do open up that can o' worms which is...outside the influence of the various New Vindicator Academies, and "mainstream" organizations, how many SPB's are running around the Oubliette Universe and how do they relate (or not) with one another?
Arkrite wrote:Like PMCs, bodyguard groups, blackops groups, criminal groups who's primary methods arn't smash and grab enough to attract the notice of the Vindicators...
Also leads to the question of if there are other official groups besides the Vindicators. I'd assume most countries would want their own Neo troops just in case.
Arkrite wrote:So basically the Vindicators are used in lue of a country having their own superpowered team on hand?
Michuru81 wrote:One of the reasons Rurouni Kenshin is my absolute, all-time, favorite anime is Watsuki Nobuhiro's uncanny talent for taking things that actually happened and putting a slight spin on them. Almost from the moment the Kyoto arc begins, Watsuki says, "I know this is what history said but... that's just because they didn't know about Seta Soujiro..." I try to do much the same thing on several occasions... such as this one...
Xing Tian comes from Chinese mythology, just like Fenghuang and Xiezhi do. There's going to come a day when a culture issues a cease and desist order that forever prevents me from raping their mythology for character concepts. Until that day comes, I'll continue doing things like this--making characters based on mythological figures minus nipples for eyeballs (seriously, China: what up with that?).
X.T. gets the Oubliette twist: his story begins in ancient history so there's no making him a Neo-Sapien and Aesir are out of the question so... we go to the old stand by: a wizard did it. Badda bing, badda boom, the Oubliverse has their very own Solomon Grundy ("Xing Tian wants pants too!").
The dangerous part about this little exercise is that... the more I work on the background for these characters, the deeper I want to explore this region. I knew what I began poking around in China that I would have to incorporate Cabal and Drake's families (hence Tianlong, who needs to be statted out now). I didn't want to hand-wave X.T. and give him immortality, making him revive after being defeated. I instead settled on the idea that he's basically a zombie who someone else could revive and like that Fenghuang had a magical villain to fight. Why would someone want to revive X.T. though? Practice! Dao Feng only delved into the arcane world because he wanted to resurrect his wife. From there, it was a simple connection of making her a victim of Xiezhi and suddenly, Fenghuang's world seems like something more than the Vindicators visited every other year or so...
Horsenhero wrote:Awesome, though in what I think is a rare mistake, you transposed Shennong and Huang Di, and gave Di and the sorcerer death, and Shennong rulership of China. I am liking this more and more though.