Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:03 am

Voltron64 wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Money and power to make folks believe otherwise?

Also, should Sierra Leone tread lightly due to the fact he'd be facing off against folks like the Organization, the Octagon, PHOBOS, and the Intelligence?

Or has he wisely just stuck to NYC?


His business is growing the mob nation wide with many starting to look to him and his agents as THE leader-which will bring him into conflict with the traditional leadership. So he's got the potential problem of the Mob as well.

However, given the sheer number of superpowered mercenaries working for him--any group which moves against him would take severe damage. Which no one feels like doing. He's not as strong as PHOBOS or the Organization but he'd be a tough problem to uproot.

He better hope the Divine Leader doesn't decide he NEEDS New York.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:03 am

Neo-Paladin wrote:May I just remind you of one of my additions to NYC back in the first thread, Pugnus Dei?


He was mentioned in the NYC article.

But yes, we'd love to see more about Pugnus Dei as we continue to discuss NYC.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:07 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Money and power to make folks believe otherwise?

Also, should Sierra Leone tread lightly due to the fact he'd be facing off against folks like the Organization, the Octagon, PHOBOS, and the Intelligence?

Or has he wisely just stuck to NYC?


His business is growing the mob nation wide with many starting to look to him and his agents as THE leader-which will bring him into conflict with the traditional leadership. So he's got the potential problem of the Mob as well.

However, given the sheer number of superpowered mercenaries working for him--any group which moves against him would take severe damage. Which no one feels like doing. He's not as strong as PHOBOS or the Organization but he'd be a tough problem to uproot.

He better hope the Divine Leader doesn't decide he NEEDS New York.


And The Divine Leader is even nastier than Leone.

(Sierra probably has the mental fortitude to resist his powers, but the Divine Leader could still do bad sh*t to him.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Neo-Paladin » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:37 am

The Gutter Saints

Underneath the grime and dirt and concrete of NYC, hope still blooms. In unlikely places, maybe, but it is often that there, the most precious things are found.

It has been about 3 years since the near-fatal head injury that turned a corporate shark into Pugnus Dei, the Fist of God, hero to the downtrodden and symbol of hope to those without any other recourse in life. Having no superpowers at all besides a lot of self-taught street fighting techniques and an iron will born from feverish, but benevolent certainty in the sacredness of his appointed task, the hero has nonetheless made quite a difference in the NY underworld.

The greatest would be the founding of the Gutter Saints, the unwashed angels of the street and the underground. Pugnus Dei had already begun to attract a few followers, simply by virtue of his good nature and his earnest desire to help. Mostly, those were homeless people like him, sharing his secret hideout in one of the old subway stations forgotten by the city planners. They were no heroes, mostly content to be left alone and to be safe under the care of a hero who would never let them down.

But among them was one who was not content. A young woman what face badly scarred and a crooked gait from bones never properly set, she was known among the people underground only as Little Leila. She never spoke of how she ended up maimed or without a home and down there, nobody bothered to ask.

From the moment she saw Pugnus Dei, she was fascinated by his courage and determination and decided to follow him, training herself to be tough and strong, as much as her warped body would allow. Once he found out she was secretly shadowing him, wanting to help, he forbade her to do so, being afraid she might get hurt.

Little Leila did anything but, which was only fortunate. For Sierra Leone, wanting to get rid of the guy who was starting to severely hamper the drug traffic on the street level, had hired the crazed mercenary Hero Killer, a madman specializing in hits on superheroes. Catching Pugnus Dei by surprise, the killer nearly eviscerated the hero and left him to die.

It was Leila who carried Pugnus all the way back to the hideout, over more than 10 miles, before organising medical aid from a sympathetic doctor. It took Pugnus six weeks before he was on his feet again and in that time, street crime flourished.

That was when Leila took action. Whereas Pugnus Dei had never asked anyone to help him in his quest, she began to gather those among the homeless who wanted to do good but had been denied the chance by the hand of fate. Showing remarkable skill in organising and training her 'recruits', she crafted the Gutter Saints, a group of unlikely heroes who have since kept watch on the streets, assisting Pugnus Dei and all those who cannot help themselves.

Grudgingly, Pugnus has even giving them fighting lessons, which has made life quite...interesting for all small-time thugs in NYC. After all, now they can not be sure whether the 'bum' snoring in the back alley is just that or waiting for them to pass by to lay down some good old-fashioned beatdowns.

Of course, there have been several casualties, not too few, to be exact, but now that the ball is rolling, more and more people flock to the Saints to the point where they can rival most street gangs when it comes to sheer size...

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:43 pm

Guys, I'd like to point that compared to Real Life, the various discriminatory laws against homosexuals in Russia have been halted or prevented thanks to pressure from various super-teams ranging from The Order to Projekt: Firebird of all people.

Projekt: Firebird were opposition of homophobic laws because they found the entire debate and laws to be stupid and that their government has more opponent things to worry about than quote "sexual morality."
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:37 pm

Good for superheroes and morally ambiguous secret society.

:D

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:37 pm

I love the Gutter Saints.

It's nice to imagine an army of heroes protecting those most vulnerable.

Kudos.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Neo-Paladin » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:56 pm

Thanks.

Also, while quite a substantial amount of them can and will fight, combat is not their first priority. The act as a support network for all those who cannot count on anyone else. If you are a decent person and lose everything, they will lend a hand to help you get back on your feet - if you don't mind said hand being rather grimy, that is.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:09 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Good for superheroes and morally ambiguous secret society.

:D


I'm guessing Dr. Justice, Silver Tiger and Professor Peril were amongst the folks who helped with that. :)

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:56 pm

MightyDavidson wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Good for superheroes and morally ambiguous secret society.

:D


I'm guessing Dr. Justice, Sexy Silver Tiger and Professor Peril were amongst the folks who helped with that. :)


There was much hacking of important government systems involved with those three.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:59 pm

Voltron64 wrote:
MightyDavidson wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Good for superheroes and morally ambiguous secret society.

:D


I'm guessing Dr. Justice, Sexy Silver Tiger and Professor Peril were amongst the folks who helped with that. :)


There was much hacking of important government systems involved with those three.


Well with Peril and Dr. Justice anyway. Silver Tiger beat up anybody who tried to stop them, not being the computer savvy type.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Libra » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:18 pm

Owing to my enjoyment of The Lone Ranger (a film guilty of some vices, but with no fatal flaw that I was able to see - possibly due to Overture-induced glee), should I manage to get myself back into a state fit for posting I shall probably produce something to do with The Protectors of the Nexus or some similarly Pulps-friendly material (so by all means please keep an eye on the new Aurora Pulps thread).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:22 pm

Awesome Libra, I loved The Lone Ranger too. That climax was simply awesome.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:48 pm

Commander Baseball

It's a difficult Trivial Pursuit question over who is the bigger disgrace to superheroes, Adonis or Commander Baseball. They've both crossed too many lines for anyone to consider them superheroes but they've got differing levels of commitment to evil. Also, Commander Baseball is still considered to be a hero by many--albeit he's moved on to the antihero level as a fraction of his misdeeds have come to the public light. Unfortunately, the Order's own rather ruthless elements means that he may well ride himself back to universal acclaim.

Antonio Goterelli was the brother of notorious mob boss, Sonny Goterelli known as the "Staten Island Butcher" for crimes best left undescribed. Antonio, however, refused to follow his brother into the family business and devoted himself to baseball. His story became a minor human interest story as his clean-living and decency lead many people to follow him on his rise to Major League status.

Toni's development of kinetic infusion powers on N-Day ruined his career but gave the man a new opportunity to prove himself. Able to shrug off bullets, create exploding baseballs that could harmlessly disable people, and knock people literally out of the ballpark--he decided to become New York's first official superhero. This was before the rise of Mayor Yage so he was able to get much public support and even arranged, through sympathetic politicians, to create the NYC Superheroes License.

Toni's brother was less than pleased by his brother's widespread publicity and attempted to shut him down in a profoundly stupid fashion. Commander Baseball smashed through his brother's property and made a public humiliation of the Staten Island Butcher--rocketing Toni to even further acclaim. His brother even vowed vengeance at his sentencing.

Soon, Commander Baseball was on the cover of Time Magazine and working with police on cases where he was called in instead of the SWAT team or Pendulum. His Pendulum handler, future Subdirector Saint Claire, was the only skeptic. "Professional athletes are very good at giving performances of being heroes--but very rarely able to resist the temptations involved."

Sierra Leone knew this fact to be true and proceeded to orchestrate The Long Hard Fall of Commander Baseball as one New York journalist wrote before the publishers were bought out and the manuscript pulped. Commander Baseball was sent an endless stream of jobbers by Sierra Leone as his manager was assassinated, only to be replaced by one of Leone's employ. The opposite of Daredevil occurred as a steady stream of parties, drugs, alcohol, and hookers made his fall sleazy rather than glorious.

The crowning moment was when Sierra Leone had professional escort, Amanda Keeting, who he'd paid tens of thousands of dollars to make Toni fall in love with her, killed in an obvious mob hit. Evidence was planted to implicate Sonny but the latter was behind bars, which meant he was untouchable. Sierra Leone arranged for Toni to be able to get his vengeance, breaking Sonny out solely for the purposes of Toni murdering him.

Since that time, Sierra Leone has owned Commander Baseball. Sierra Leone and Commander Baseball's 'arrangement' is the latter targets those businesses which stand against the former. Toni truly believes Sierra Leone is the lesser evil and keeping the streets of New York safe from violent crime. This is despite the fact Sierra Leone is a cancer making the mob more powerful than it's been in decades. It doesn't help Toni's drug abuse and guilt over his actions have resulted in a somewhat nasty downward spiral. Despite this, he's still a semi-beloved figure by the city.

They would be stunned to note he's actually killed numerous suspected criminals outright, having lost all of his faith in 'The System.' He's even, unwittingly, lead to the death of several superheroes as he's come to view the mobsters around him as friends rather than enemies.

Toni is not to the point of openly working as a mob enforcer like El Maestro but there are plenty of stories of him working with wiseguys as well as trashy magazine articles about his drinking or cocaine abuse. The current belief is he's willing to bend whatever rules it takes to get the job done--much like the Order--when it's actually simply him having lost his way. Toni hides behind the "Hard Man Making Hard Decisions" trope and uses it like a shield.

It also protects him from realizing that his drug abuse and reliance on mob information has lead to innocent deaths, either because he believes someone is evil whose not or as collateral, a fact he's in deep denial over.


Newcomers to New York may seek Commander Baseball out, either for his contacts in city hall, or simply because he's a beloved icon. This will immediately put them in the sights of Sierra Leone's gang and also expose them to Commander Baseball's toxic influence. Those who DON'T try to work with Commander Baseball may find themselves subject to his attempting to shut them down, having little tolerance for vigilantes interfering in 'his city.'

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:04 pm

Two things, Charles.

1. Is it possible to redeem Commander Baseball?

2. How would you suggest taking down Sierra Leone and making the people of New York look up to superheroes?
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