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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Victor)

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Crinos wrote:Also, great job on the day in the life thing Kreuz. I'm glad someone took care of that terrible Avengers Arena thing for me.
Eh, Avengers Arena was well written. It has problems, and I have problems with it, but it was well written. Plus it has what it probably my second favorite Namor moment ever.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Victor)

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indeed. it was one of the best horror stories I've read, and underground is already shaping up to be a worthy sequel

as for Arcade's new niche, it was just a matter of twisting it to Roulette's niche, and picking off supers in Empowered's general weight class, with rookie or obscure heroes/villains forced to fight to the death (the event was actually going to be the Stormfront underground fighting from Emerald City, but I needed somebody to kidnap sister Steel & heavy metal, and once I picked Arcade I knew he needed his own show)
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Victor)

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That's kinda how Arcade did it in the Avengers Alliance Facebook game in his Special Ops mission: he uses supertech to cordon off parts of NYC, and divvies up the team between Good Guys and Bad Guys (who are working for SHIELD and are player allies). The Player had to find and rescue/fend off the captives, find a way out of Murderworld, and help Nico Minoru (the Op's Unlockable Character).

EDIT: Spelling error, thanks guys.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Victor)

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You mean Nico Minoru?

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Victor)

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Crinos wrote:You mean Nico Minoru?
these days, I prefer to think of her as Nico The Black, myself.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Vortex)

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Vortex

Matt McDonald, Vortex, the Sentinels teleporter. Jokester, layabout, former villain.

Okay, yeah, calling Vortex a super villain isn't exactly fair. He committed about a grand total of five or six crimes, in which case he was tricked into stealing some hi tech equipment for Professor Zed, who had tricked him into thinking it was to save his life. Matt has never really had any criminal tendencies and he's actually a nice guy who would never hurt a fly. But man oh man, will the world never let him forget he was once a criminal; Whenever the media talks abotu Vortex, it is often with the title "The former thief" or "The former Villain". And in addition the more judgemental members of the super hero community have never stopped giving him flak over his past misdeeds, no matter how minor they are. You can also set your watch by how often super villains try to frame Vortex or mind control him or try to defame him, and how often those same judgemental supers show up to try and push Vortex's face in over it.

Needless to say, it can be frustrating for Matt to say the least. But he takes it in stride, mainly because his powers ARE FREAKING COOL. Vortex has enhanced his powers beyond his canonical stats started as (After all, when the other major hero team has the most powerful bulk scale teleporter there ever was on tap, you need to learn to step up your game), and Vortex can now teleport all over the planet if he wants. Needless to say he makes good use of this power during his off time. He's a guy who can jump to Tokyo for lunch, spend an afternoon jamming with a Peruvian street band, and go sun bathing in the bahamas all in the same day. And that doesn't even cover his ability to leap into other dimensions: Vortex has been to virtually every parallel world adjacent to Earth 409 (Except the ones that are overtly dangerous), and has met and made friends with numerous different versions of himself.

Another reason Vortex takes in stride is because he is probably the most thick skinned guy you will ever meet. Virtually no insult or threat phases him, which is why he's often so thoughtless with his own comments and quips. Most of the Sentinels have gotten used to Matt's tendency to put his foot in his mouth, and try to cover for him. Of course that doesn't help, and somehow he always ends up in front of a camera...

...Yeah, whenever the media needs a super hero punching bag, there is Vortex, the Sentinels walking talking Gaff machine. There is not a single time Vortex has talked to the media that hasn't ended with him embarrassing himself, the Sentinels, or super heroes in general. Every single time he appears on TV, every other Sentinel groans, facepalms, and says "Oh God what is he gonna say next?" Needless to say, Jon Stewart loves the guy, and he was a guest on the Daily Show three times before Rook told him he couldn't do it again (And by told him I mean shackled him to a wall.)

In spite of this, Vortex is a pretty okay guy, and is good friends with most of the hero community who look past his criminal past and his tendency to shoot his mouth off. He is an incorrigible prankster and loves seeing sights. he has entire rooms of Emerald Tower dedicated to souvenirs he's picked up from across the world and beyond.

In combat, Vortex is not a front line fighter. His primary job is transport and support. His job is to move the other Sentinels into battle, bring them equipment and supplies, evacuate civilians, and transport injured teammates away. Of course he is capable of using his powers for combat, but usually reserves that for the heavy hitters like the Dakuwanga fight.

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Sentinels: Of the Sentinels, Vortex gets along best with Rocky and Mongrel in the context of wild pranksters. He is also protective of Kid Robot, looking on him like a little brother (Seriously, when Kid was being targeted by a teleporting bully at PS238, Vortex got wind of it and helped set the little twerp straight). Most of the other Sentinels find him mildly annoying, but do get along with him well enough, and always know despite his obnoxious tendencies Vortex can be counted on in a pinch.

Charli: Of the Avengers, Vortex's primary counterpart is Charlene Brown. Vortex and Charli are friends and hang out, but Vortex has always been intimidated by his counterpart: The fact she is ten times stronger than he is in terms of teleporting power is bad enough (Although his distance has improved, he still can't teleport anything heavier than 200 pounds), but Charli has a giant robot. Despite this, Matt like's Charli's earnestness and her lack of pretensions, and the pair used to hang out all the time. Charli still sends her postcards from across the universe.

Xena and Gabrielle: Two other Avengers Vortex has struck up a friendship with is Xena the Warrior Princess and Gabrielle. This actually came about when Xena and Gabrielle were helping Vortex on a stakeout, and Vortex began humming a little ditty. When Xena and Gabrielle asked where he had heard it, Vortex explained it was something his hand used to hum when he was a kid, and it had been passed down through his family for generations, and he didn't even remember the words. At this point Xena yoinked off the mask, and upon seeing his face, both heroines broke down laughing. (Vortex was nonplussed. "Well, I may not be a Bruce Campbell, but I think I do alright with what I have.") Since then, Vortex has been good friends with Xena and Gabrielle, although he doesn't know why (Apparently he has a slight resemblance to Someone they used to know.)

Fandango: Finally, and this is obvious, Vortex hangs out with Fandango, the dimensional pirate, who shows him all the really fun places to hang out in the multiverse.

Gatekeeper: To steer away from Avengers for a bit, Vortex has another friend in form of the other major dimensional base Gatekeeper. The both hang out, and fight interdimensional horrors, and Gatkeeper laughs at Vortex when he keeps fumbling over himself when he accidentally says something about Gatekeeper's homosexuality. Vortex also spends time in Bay City trying to hit on the single Halliwell sisters, who are friends with Gatekeeper.

The Freedom Fighters: Vortex is no fan of the Vhanian empire, and is a wanted criminal in the empire for "Criminal mischief". (You moon the Empress of a billion dimensions at a dinner party, she tends to remember it.) Vortex is probably the only metahuman alive who can stay two steps ahead of V'han and his forces, and as a result he has made a lot of friends among her enemies. In particular the Freedom Fighters. The Freedom Fighters hail from a parallel Earth where the Nazi's won WWII (Not Edre, another one. Yes there are more than one, several in fact. Although if it makes you feel any better, the Nazi's only win in 15% of any worlds where they exist and participate in World War II). When Vha conquered the world and kept the Nazi's in power under her (With the caveat they reverse their racist policies and cease all genocide activities), the Freedom Fighters decided to start fighting against the Empire, seeing them as just as bad as the Nazi's they originally battled. The Freedom Fighters were the backup that were called in by Fandango to free Avatar Korra's powers, since their leader, Uncle Sam, is one of the few beings who fight Hyperion one on one and win.

So, how does Vortex factor in to this? Well he and the Freedom Fighters became friends during his travels through the Multiverse, and Vortex has pulled their fat out of the fire on numerous occasions. Vortex would like to do more to stop the Empress, or perhaps mobilize Earth's heroes against them, but he lacks the power of the clout to do either, so for now he just flits around helping her enemies out of the clutch and making the Empresses life a living Hell.

Okay, later tonight, we wrap it up with Vortex.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Vortex)

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Crinos wrote:
Charli: Of the Avengers, Vortex's primary counterpart is Charlene Brown. Vortex and Charli are friends and hang out, but Vortex has always been intimidated by his counterpart: The fact she is ten times stronger than he is in terms of teleporting power is bad enough (Although his distance has improved, he still can't teleport anything heavier than 200 pounds), but Charli has a giant robot. Despite this, Matt like's Charli's earnestness and her lack of pretensions, and the pair used to hang out all the time. Charli still sends her postcards from across the universe.
It probably helps that she can't teleport anymore. She only travels through the Terminus with Novendecim's inbuilt ability to do so.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Vortex)

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True, but even if she can't teleport, she still has the rep of "Lady who teleported SHADOW's entire base across the universe, effectively destroying SHADOW for all time."

Seriously, I'm pretty sure there's a tiny shrine to her somewhere on the AEGIS hellicarrier for that one. There certainly was a 21 gun salute for her following her disappearance during the Invasion.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Vortex)

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Crinos wrote:True, but even if she can't teleport, she still has the rep of "Lady who teleported SHADOW's entire base across the universe, effectively destroying SHADOW for all time."

Seriously, I'm pretty sure there's a tiny shrine to her somewhere on the AEGIS hellicarrier for that one. There certainly was a 21 gun salute for her following her disappearance during the Invasion.
Until Kreuz had to undo it all with Tellax and Overshadow. :P
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Xeno)

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And now we bring Sentinels week to a close with the last member of the team:

Xeno

Xeno, a woman torn between two worlds. Literally.

Xeno has often been described as the least approachable of the Emerald City Sentinels. While Rook is stern and serious, and Vortex is obnoxiously tactless, Xeno is flat off aloof and unreadable. It doesn't help that she looks obviously inhuman, with her skinny reptilian body, and her huge, the size of dinner plate eyes. Even the other stranger members of the Sentinels (Rocky, Kid Robot, and Mongrel) still look somewhat human. Because of this, most civilians are, if not mistrusting of Xeno, at least wary of her.

They may feel a bit better if they knew Xeno's cold and distant nature hid a very shy, insecure person who isn't even sure WHAT she is, much less who. To this day, Xeno is unsure whether she is a fusion of Malak Krin of Rulu IV, and Kim Kamala of Earth, or if she somehow absorbed the memories and body of an innocent Earth woman who died because of her, or if Kim somehow absorbed a dying Malak to save herself. Her memories of both her human life and her alien life are indistinct in places, with huge gaps in both sets of memories. The truth of the matter is the modified Grue biomatter which gave Malak her powers might have modified her body in any number of ways, so in truth she has no real way of knowing who she really is.

Nevertheless, Xeno has decided to make the best of a bad situation, and make Earth her new home. Determined to protect her new home while meanwhile trying to sort through the clutter in her mind.

As for Xeno's alien appearance, while it is possible for Xeno to modify her alien form to look more "presentable", Xeno patently refuses to do so. What memories she retains of Malak Krin are of a proud woman who loved her country and her people even as they slowly and inexorably became toadies of the Grue Unity. She has a deep love of her alien body and will not change it for anyone (Besides which, her physically appearance works with her powers: Her huge eyes maximize the power of her energy blasts, and her lean body is designed to be aerodynamic and maximize her strength).

Xeno is the resident spymaster of the Sentinels. Capable of shapeshifting and turning intangible, she can get into places even Rook can't get into (As for Vortex, well he has many talents, but stealth is not one of them). Vortex has gone undercover with numerous criminal organizations including The Sons of the Serpent, Overthrow, HYDRA, PHANTOM, MEDUSA, and others. She has also checked out Emerald's other heroes teams incognito; She actually checked up on the Avengers a few times following the Yeerk incident, although they were never aware of her presence.

Although she is usually silent, there is one area where Xeno is very vocal: Politics. A political dissident on her homeworld, Malak grew up on a world where an increasingly corrupt and gutless Government chose to submit to the Grue rather than fight them. Xeno was one of the loudest critics of the Hero act, and actually came close to quitting the team a few times over it (She considers the fact she didn't expose Dell Rusk as the Red Skull a personal failure on her part, compounded by the loss of her best friend Afterthought), Xeno also dislikes politicians who are corrupt or selfish, and has gone undercover to expose them time and again. As you can expect, a lot of people have problems with an alien who is so... politically motivated, especially one with Xeno's powers, so on more than one occasion she has clashed with Government supers who want her to back off and mind her own business.

Unlike a lot of the Sentinels, Xeno does not find any joy in her powers; Her strength and eye beams are natural abilities of her people. As for her shapeshifting and flight, she views it as a necessary tool and nothing more. That being said, she is very proficient in their use.

Currently, Xeno is still looking for a way to get back to Rulu to help free her people, she is also seeking out any aliens who may help her. Unfortunately, the galactic community is still reeling from the war with Darkseid, so there may not even still be a planet there.

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The Sentinels: Xeno prefers to stay in the background and follow orders with the other Sentinels. She rarely interacts with her team in a non professional capacity, and when she does she usually stays quiet. She actually has a deep respect for her teammates, in particular Ultramarine and Rook. Of the Sentinels, the one who has tried to reach out to Xeno the most to get her to open up more is Princess. Xeno likes Princess, but she is also somewhat jealous with how confident and personable the Demigoddess is.

Afterthought: Xeno's best friend, a fellow alien with telepathic powers. Xeno and Afterthought became friends after she joined the Avengers. Xeno was devastated by her death, and blames herself for not sniffing out Rusk in time.

Iron Angel: The half alien telepath of the Sentinels, Iron Angel has been helping Xeno sift through her alien and human memories in order to help her straighten them out. Through this, the pair have become good friends.

Pseudo: Most of the Sentinels thought that Xeno would hate Pseudo when they learned she was a refugee from a Grue ruled world. But in truth, Pseudo is the very reason Malak came to Earth. Even on Rulu IV, they had heard stories of Pseudo, the Grue infiltrator who had broken free of the meta mind and become its greatest foe. Pseudo has become something of a folk hero and a symbol of the rebellion in Grue space. And Xeno hoped he could help with freeing her planet. Since then the pair had met, become good friends, and in fact Xeno is more than a little smitten with the rogue Grue.

Alpha Prime: One of the ways the Grue managed to get the Ruluan government to roll over is by offering them advanced technology, essentially buying their way into control of the planet. Because of this, Xeno takes the Covenant very seriously, and has thus become one of the few superbeings on the planet to respect and actually admire Alpha Prime. Although she does feel Alpha Prime can be a bit... overzealous in her duties. Xeno's friendship with Alpha has done much to temper Alpha's more jerkish tendencies (if only a little).

And we are done. Okay, tomorrow we look at an organization I've ignored for quite a long time.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Xeno)

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Fine work, Crinos.

Anyways, here's my suggestion on how I think Jack Washington III should go out in the Crinoverse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... csctE#t=72

(And yes, his screams would sound exactly like Trey Parker's.)
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Overthrow)

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Okay, now that Sentinels week is over, we can move onto something new:

Overthrow

We are caged. We are wild beautiful animals who have been shackled and blindfolded. By Religion, by the State, by Corporations. They use the chains of patriotism and shame to chain us down and rape us, throughout the ages these institutes, run by frightened old men, have held us down. But fear not, for we are here to save you; we are entering a new age, it will be frightening to be sure, but it is for the best. Humanity will survive the coming war, but all those who seek to shackle mankind to their own whims shall burn to the ground.

I invite you all to join us on this adventure. Take to the streets, take up arms, tear down the chains that hold us back. Burn down the churches, hang the politicians, drag the corporate executives in the street and set upon them like wild dogs. Rest assured we will triumph in the end, we shall bring it all down...

...We will Overthrow them.


--Excerpt from Dominic Ashes "Overthrow Manifesto" which was posted to numerous file sharing sites following the 2014 Vatican attacks.

Overthrow. The ultra left wing violently humanist and secular anarchist terrorist cell. For years, Overthrow was regarded as, for the most part, small potatoes, most of the major law enforcement agencies, from UNISON to AEGIS to more mundane organizations, regarded Overthrow for what it is, a puppet organization used by Overshadow to distract his enemies from SHADOW's schemes, a small, barely trained cell of anarchist punks armed only with SHADOWs scraps. When SHADOW was disabled, it was assumed Overthrow would just wither and die.

This was wrong in every way imaginable. You don't even know.

Once SHADOW went down, Dominic Ashe and his organization went deep underground, and they began quietly picking up every piece of tech and weaponry they could get their hands on. During this time Ashe also made a powerful new ally: The Globalist.

The formerly insane vampire master of UNITY, cured of his insanity and abandoned by most of his former constituents, required new allies to help in his schemes. He found a kindred new ally in Ashe, in edition to giving him access to some of the bizarre and dangerous tech UNITY had access to, he also turned Ashe into a vampire himself, bumping him up from a PL 6 mortal with a bionic arm to a PL 10 Vampire with a bionic arm.

Armed with his new technology, The new overthrow was ready to make its move, but first they needed two things: A Target, and a weapon to attack with.

The Weapon was the Overshadow, a massive warship built by the Foundry, funded by the Globalist, and armed with stealth technology courtesy of Invisible Inc. The size of a small city, this invisible fortress is armed to the teeth and can lay waste to a small city.

The first small city on the list was Vatican City.

At 8 Am on Easter Sunday 2014, The Overshadow appeared over Vatican city and began attacking it, blowing up several city blocks. The attack came without warning and was massively devastating, causing countless deaths. After almost fifteen minutes of destruction, the caught off guard metahuman protectors of the Vatican, the Holy see, mobilized, and began their counterattack against the flying fortress.

It was at this point the hatch open, and Eurostar disembarked to join the battle.

Yes, Ashe had managed to form an alliance with the most notorious villain team in Europe. And they weren't alone, They were at the head of an army of metahumans, either recruited from various terrorist cells or created using Globalists technology.

By the time the Vanguard and other local European teams had mobilized, Over half the Holy See's numbers were dead and several city blocks were leveled. The Pope had been evacuated by teleporting metahumans as soon as the attacks had begun, but the damage had been done and the bad guys had gotten away clean. 48 hours after the attack the Overthrow manifesto appeared online, and now Dominic Ashe was the most wanted man in Europe.

Overthrow has declared their attention to attack several other targets, ranging from government institutions, to key locations in the Middle East, to the corporate headquarters of Omnitech steele and Sparta corp. Most nations are on high alert, and UNISON is looking for them, but with an invisible ship they could be anywhere at any time.

For the longest time, Overthrow was thought of as nothing, as a joke.

But no one is laughing anymore.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Overthrow)

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Awesome job,

I've always had an affection for Overthrow. It was the poor abused kid-brother of SHADOW or unwanted son so the fact they were treated as a massive joke in-universe made me automatically sympathetic to them. I always hoped they'd eventually become something more and that's probably why I created UNITY and the Globalist because it's interesting to see the warping of good ideas taken seriously.

(Also, Flag Smasher is so ridiculous he's awesome)

Bravo.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Overthrow)

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Charles Phipps wrote:Awesome job,

I've always had an affection for Overthrow. It was the poor abused kid-brother of SHADOW or unwanted son so the fact they were treated as a massive joke in-universe made me automatically sympathetic to them. I always hoped they'd eventually become something more and that's probably why I created UNITY and the Globalist because it's interesting to see the warping of good ideas taken seriously.

(Also, Flag Smasher is so ridiculous he's awesome)

Bravo.

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I actually used Flag Smasher in the first season of Avenger Academy. He was Dick Reed (AKA Mr. Extreme, AKA The Twist from Bedlam City), who had his powers removed and was recruited by Mastermind's Secret Society to create a new metahuman terrorist threat to help instigate his metahuman arms race (Basically he was doing the same thing they did with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3). In the end he participated in the attack on Washington DC, but had his neck snapped by Red Skull when he tried to chicken out. Legend has it they tried to throw his body into a manure pile, but the Manure came to life and tossed him away out of disgust.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Overthrow)

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Nice stuff with Overthrow. A new threat for my Vanguard game, to be sure. I like the idea of the various forces working together here, although you have to figure Fiacho is going to try and "overthrow" Ashe at some point.

Also, I had an idea for doing a post on the Crime League, sort of updating the status quo of the original team, maybe with a new member to replace Stratos. Is that cool with you, Cri?

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