Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:24 pm

Updated index.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:46 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Updated index.
Ah, the smell of interconnectivity.

It warms my OCD-raddled brain. :mrgreen:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:40 pm

The Trixsters

The aftermath of N-Day resulted in a hundreds of deaths, millions of dollars of property damage, and a massive spike in crime. It took awhile for superheroes to be able to deal with the situation, mostly because so many would-be-heroes were killed. El Maestro, Commander Baseball, Pugnus Dei, The Slayer, and Dragon are the heroes New Yorkers like to remember.

The Trixsters are the ones they would like to forget.

The Trixsters were something of the odd men out in the superhero teams of the modern era. They weren't antihero vigilantes like the Order or deliberately idealistic good guys like the Blue Centurions. Instead, they were more or less a collection of working-class stiffs who were as much a collection of friends as heroes.

Founded by Technopath, the sunglasses and shades wearing figure who regularly adopted the form of famous actors with his Doppleganger Booth, he and his cousin Getaway, were the leaders of the Trixsters. The two were foster-kids whose parents were possessed by Daemonites and attempted to create a cult of child-sacrifice before the teenagers shut them down.

Serving as independent heroes for a couple of years, they managed to get into fights with everyone from the mob to SilverCorp. Somehow, they survived the retaliation and even made an association with superheroic manager to the stars Benny Wilson (later friend to Driver and the Freelancer).
Who can't be Technopath and Getaway because that would be a Paper-Thin Disguise and **no one** would be that stupid.

Still, a few people have wondered at SOME connection.
Recruiting a superhero team from Coney Island, the trio proceeded to find a number of individuals willing to help them protect New York from the rising tide of organized crime. Glow Girl, the Human Rainbow, was their first recruit. An exile from Greenworld, she attempted to bring the same level of peace and happiness from her world to Earth-0.

Junkyard Dog and his brother Trash Can were a pair of Nexi freed from an intergalactic slavery ring. The teenagers had the power to turn into a superpowered werewolf and assemble a large amount of appliances into a Tony Stark-esque suit of armor. With Technopath's help, Trash Can went through numerous suits that were never terribly durable but capable of making the boy genius stand toe-to-toe with monsters many times more powerful.

Finally, there was Holiday, a woman who derived her power from the day of year. While always possessing superpowers, hers grew exponentially depending on whether or not there was a festival going on at the time. The six of them were a somewhat ridiculous collection of individuals but they saved thousands of lives. Because of them, New York City, one of the most anti-Nexus cities in the world, began to believe in superheroes.

That is why Sierra Leone had to destroy them.

The Allentown, NJ Massacre occurred with El Maestro betraying the team. The frequent associate of the team lured the superheroes to the town Sierra Leone's forces had taken hostage and proceeded to run them through a brutal gauntlet of traps in order to try and save everyone. The town was underneath a dome, much like Stephen King, and El Maestro had arranged it so the entire city would die if they didn't disable the heavily guarded energy generators within.

They did.

Then El Maestro detonated a small nuclear device to make sure they died anyway. Only Glow Girl survived, traumatized and taken into custody by General Stag. She remains catatonic in the Box to this day, drugged to her gills in order to punish her for her "failure."

The Trixsters name is now reviled throughout the country, the media treating them as the parties responsible for bringing death and destruction to Allentown by their very existence.

Only the Blues and Gutter Saints, their long-time allies, remember.
It was Benny's long-time association with the team which got him killed. Also, well, the fact that he'd been spying for Pendulum. His half-completed work had the potential to expose Sierra Leone's entire network to the FBI and, worse, IRS.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:46 pm

Awesome expansion on the Machine, Phrozen.

They're a terrifying group of individuals.

They also nicely fill the Organization and Scorpio's role in the city and give local heroes a "Cobra" or "Hydra" to fight.

They could also become a national movement given the right disaster.

Probably explains why alternate Earth-0s have gone to crud.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:48 pm

Age of Wonders has a new theme song.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:03 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Awesome expansion on the Machine, Phrozen.

They're a terrifying group of individuals.

They also nicely fill the Organization and Scorpio's role in the city and give local heroes a "Cobra" or "Hydra" to fight.

They could also become a national movement given the right disaster.

Probably explains why alternate Earth-0s have gone to crud.
They are kinda designed as a penultimate villain group. After the heroes have knocked out everybody else i.e The Machine's enemies, suddenly the brown shirts are marching down in Time Square. Heck, The Machinist could turn out to be the heroes police or city liaison, the professor that is mentoring one of the heroes, or just some random person they never met before.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:42 am

Anything we should be looking forward to next on your series about NYC in the Age of Wonders, Charles?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:45 am

Also, the last stand of Sierra Leone? :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6oQ_2-jh8
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:49 pm

Something I think best represents one of themes in Age of Wonders and superheroes in general.

http://www.abload.de/img/7d3bif.jpg
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:06 pm

Both the Sierra Leone bit and the comic thing are awesome.

Where's the second from?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:11 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Both the Sierra Leone bit and the comic thing are awesome.

Where's the second from?

:-)
I think it was a team-up starring Spidey, Daredevil, and the Punisher (who was going through a Big Boss/Solid Snake look, which I have to admit is both a very good and very fitting look for Frank).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:45 pm

El Maestro

What inspires some heroes? Loss? Glory? Ethics? If a hero is motivated by something evil or selfish, does that deprive him of being a hero? In the case of El Maestro, an evil motivation was concealed from his fellow heroes for years and resulted in a betrayal no one saw coming. What motivated the Master?

Money.

Blood.

Hate.

Born in Mexico, Miguel Cobra had his family murdered by corrupt lawmen as a child. In the end, he was adopted by Mister King and taught the secrets of how to be a killer. Their mentorship ended not because Mister King sensed something wrong with Miguel. Quite the opposite, Mister King hoped the boy still had the potential to escape the life he'd been condemned to live.

He was wrong.

Miguel became a gun-for-hire throughout Central America, killing all manner of lawless vagrants and outlaws. Like the Man with No Name, Miguel played the cartels against one another and had a three figure body-count by the time he was twenty-five. N-Day changed everything when one of his marks, a wannabe mad scientist, offered him an opportunity to trade up.

The scientist, a member of the Brotherhood of Enlightenment, traded his life for a suit of personal battle armor with a rocket-pack as well as sensor system. Realizing there was a change in the world's paradigm, Miguel re-envisioned himself as Mexico's premiere armored superhero. Iron Cobra stalked all of Mexico's criminals.

The government employed him like a tactical weapon, slaughtering whole swaths of their foes in exchange for bags of cash. If the cartels occasionally passed along large payoffs for him NOT to kill them or valuables disappeared from his victims homes, that was no skin off the government's back.

One doesn't question an effective weapon.

Mister King suffered one of his few conclusive defeats when he attempted to recruit his apprentice for the Order, only to find a sociopath in his place. Mister King only survived due to the fact Miguel buried his mentor alive as opposed to killing him outright--and should have known he'd get out of it eventually. Sensing Mexico was now too hot to handle, Iron Cobra changed his identity and moved up to New York City. He was the Master now.
The Cartels destruction by the Order, soon after, made his break nicely timed.
It was during this time El Maestro met the Trixsters and discovered something his life had been missing up until this point. Friendship. Camraderie. Even love. Building a firm friendship with Technopath and a romance with Getaway, El Maestro helped them through dozens of scrapes. He even switched to non-lethal ammunition as a means of illustrating he shared their values.

Right until Sierra Leone's men called him soft.

Realizing he'd let himself become weak, El Maestro decided to exorcise the tumor of his association with explosions. Destroying over a thousand lives and murdering the majority of the Trixster team--he killed everything which was human inside him. Worse, he managed to blame the Trixsters themselves, being on hand to describe their recklessness and stupidity while conveniently placed nearby a school bus he'd "rescued."

El Maestro is know well-known in the New York City underworld as a hired gun willing to work for anyone if the price is right. He's murdered whole families, cops, and reporters to protect his reputation. The public only knows him as one of Mayor Yage's approved of superheroes but the superhumans of New York are well aware that he's killed dozens of them for no other reason than a hefty paycheck from PART. Mister King has, so far, no idea that his former apprentice is El Maestro and perhaps doesn't want to believe it.

It wouldn't matter, though, either. El Maestro is smart enough not to face the Order directly. It'll take someone else to bring him to justice.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:09 pm

How did El Maestro meet Mr. King specifically? Simple, King had slain the cops who murdered Miguel's parents not long after they committed the crime.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:54 pm

Voltron64 wrote:How did El Maestro meet Mr. King specifically? Simple, King had slain the cops who murdered Miguel's parents not long after they committed the crime.
Indeed, this is the case. Mister King also adopted Miguel because his sister and her family had been killed in the massacre.

His atonement turning out drastically wrong.

Note: Any resemblance Between El Maestro's armor and Boba Fett's is purely coincidence. Even if it was made by giant nerds.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:11 pm

Charles Phipps wrote: Note: Any resemblance Between El Maestro's armor and Boba Fett's is purely coincidence. Even if it was made by giant nerds.
Ha! :lol:

Seriously though, would stopping El Maestro and revealing his true status as an assassin and mole? within the Trixsters be a major step towards toppling Leone?

(Much as I suspect stopping and revealing Hero-Killer would do the same to PART and The Machine?)
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