Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Neo-Paladin » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:17 am

It's obvious that Baron Dread's appearance and the number of abductions have the Gutter Saints up in arms. Unfortunately, there is little they can do at the moment except keep watch and damage control.

This has painfully reminded both Pugnus Dei and Little Leila that they lack superpowered help. Though Pugnus is currently working on a plan to infiltrate Dread's estate on his own, which might or might not work...

And provide a hook for heroes with connections to the street...getting PD back out will make for quite a harrowing trip...

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:23 am

DUN DUN DUN!

I like it!

The whole dungeon crawl in New York bit is awesome.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:23 am

The Wax Works

The Wax Works is an interesting example of the kind of evil which can grow unmolested in an environment without superheroes. It does not conduct its business in the CCG's embassy but functions due to a large amount of imported otherworldly tech. Its activities are illegal but low-key enough that regular police have no reason to investigate. Pendulum has an idea the Wax Works exists but only has the barest clue and too much on its plate to really investiagte. PART, of course, is utterly incompetent.

So, what does the Wax Works do?

They make people.

The Wax Works is the world's first fully customized cloning and people-creation business, specifically catering to supervillains. It is, officially, a division of the Netherworld but operates independently of that body. The Wax Works prefers to work with science, specifically, but "cuts corners" using necromancy and mind-magic to fill in the blanks. Clones, after all, would take years to educate if not for their use of psychics and spirit-binding.

The primary service the Wax Works provides is "Grunt work." They provide, for a very reasonable rate, customized people with minimal skill to a wide-audience of receptive individuals. Sex slaves, soldiers, skilled laborers, and the like fills the Wax Work's coffers. They have little love for this sort of labor as it can almost entirely be done by computer but it provides their clients with what they need.

Indeed, the Wax Works has developed an excellent client relationship with the Neo-Confederacy. That asinine body has paid the Wax Works billions to provide them with enough bodies on the ground and technicians to allow their reign to survive. Indeed, without the steady supply of slave-soldiers and souless engineers willing to maintain their equipment--it would have collapsed years ago. Other groups like the Organization and Octagon prefer to recruit their henchmen but many make special "bulk orders" as a mark of status.

The Wax Work's products very rarely break their conditioning and those that do often find themselves terminated by the neuro-toxin pills in their brain before they can get far. Those few who get away often find their bodies failing and need to resort to vampirism or organ replacements to survive long. Sympathizers to the wayward clones are looking for a cure but this isn't scientific, it's the result of a powerful Titan-based curse.

The "Special Orders" are the artistry of the Wax Works and what they live for. For seven figures, the Wax Works will create you a customized supervillain. If you have them on-hand beforehand, they will even raise one from the dead. Though, whether a copied mind and body counts depends greatly on the client. The Wax Works have been "spamming" the Order and other heroes with a wide-variety of uniquely fanatical assassins designed to cripple their ability to function. Many Special Orders have no idea they're clones as the Wax Works is fully capable of creating wholly fictitious backstories for them to remember.

The Wax Works is headed by Ant Queen and Doctor Drone who are a theatrical husband and wife team of geneticists. Ant Queen provides the magic while Doctor Drone the Doctor W-trained expertise. Both are fantastically rich but uninterested in the money element versus the "artistry." They seem to derive a perverse satisfaction from having near-godlike control over a large number of beings.

As befits the pair, the Wax Works has a massive underground lair made out of a subway station which was written off the grid after it was "destroyed" during N-Day. It is protected by hundreds of Stormtrooper-like guards armed with futuristic technology. So far, the main problem the Wax Works has run into is that they've had to kill and replace A LOT of officials to hide the sheer amount of slave-trafficking being done through New York's ports. Mayor Yage is finding it difficult to hide her benefactor's activities, even with all the bribes she pays.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:34 am

Quick question, is Mayor Yage an even bigger piece of scum than the criminals she secretly works for?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:46 am

Voltron64 wrote:Quick question, is Mayor Yage an even bigger piece of scum than the criminals she secretly works for?


You know how the Mayor of Freedom City during the Iron Age was corrupt but a true believer?

Yage believes in nothing but enriching herself at the expense of others.

Mayor Yage is a CE psychopath who just happens to be a smiling pretty politician.

She and Arthur Sterling used to date. He found her a bit extreme.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:48 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Quick question, is Mayor Yage an even bigger piece of scum than the criminals she secretly works for?


You know how the Mayor of Freedom City during the Iron Age was corrupt but a true believer?

Mayor Yage is a CE psychopath who just happens to be a smiling pretty politician.

She and Arthur Sterling used to date. He found her a bit extreme.


Jesus H. Christ, are you saying she's Transmetropolitan's The Smiler with boobs? :shock:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:52 am

Next up -

Torment: The world-conquering despot who is just hanging out in a New York penthouse in-between building doomsday weapons as well as marshalling his armies.

Slayer: Part time Outrageous Order member, part time Dark Jedi. He is determined to kill Mister Carnae's entire organization and is off to a good start.

The Spider: Evil Spiderman!

Hero-Killer: The enemy of all who do justice!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:52 am

Voltron64 wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Quick question, is Mayor Yage an even bigger piece of scum than the criminals she secretly works for?


You know how the Mayor of Freedom City during the Iron Age was corrupt but a true believer?

Mayor Yage is a CE psychopath who just happens to be a smiling pretty politician.

She and Arthur Sterling used to date. He found her a bit extreme.


Jesus christ, are you saying she's Transmetropolitan's The Smiler with boobs? :shock:


No.

But give her a few years to refine her craft and maybe an internship with Mister Carnae...

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:57 am

Charles Phipps wrote:No.

But give her a few years to refine her craft and maybe an internship with Mister Carnae...


Right, considering the Netherworld Cartel is headquartered in NYC, Mister Carnae would definitely would be a frequent visitor of the city.

Things just keep getting better for the Big Apple, huh? :roll:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:08 pm

Torment

"Darth Vader is hanging around New York City. It's weird."
-The Repairman

The Scourge of the Gods.
The Terror of 10,000 Realities.
The Dreadmaster.
The Evil Which Does Not Sleep.

Torment was originally a great hero. Known as Magistar, he was the sole-survivor of a reality of four-color superheroes which was eradicated by The End. The heroes put up a valiant fight but the final battle came down to a choice between whether Torment would sacrifice his life to stop the villains plan or not. Torment didn't choose his own life over the seven billion people on his world. Instead, he hesitated because he was worried that if he died the world would be left unprotected.

He's never hesitated since.

Magistar was so powerful that the destruction of his planet was merely a force to seriously injure him versus killing him outright. Journeying to his Pluto base, his robotic servants rebuilt him with extensive cybernetics. Armed with the advanced knowledge of the now-deceased Tuatha-De-Dannan, Magistar decided the chief problem in the universe was it had to rely on falliable superheroes to face against planet-destroying threats like the end.

His guilt having nothing to do with it.


Torment proceeded to conquer planet-by-planet, star-by-star, universe-by-universe with his endless armies of Torbots. Commanding these robots were cybernetic clones of the superheroes of his dead world, all reprogrammed to serve him unquestionably These Cyber-Heroes include many who have joined his vision willingly, swayed to his cause by his incredible personal charisma as well as the fact he is prone to supplementing his conquests with other means of warfare.

Torment is a massively rich sentient, controlling 1% of the CCG's assets. These he's used to buy worlds nonviolently by making their economies completely dependent on him.


Torment's Empire of Pain, which might have had less resistance if it was more cheerfully named, resisted attempts from the One-Above-All and numerous other parties to conquer it. It has even taken worlds from the larger empires and placed them under its control with the Republic considering it a serious threat in the making. Recently, though, it's been downgraded to a low-priority.

A grave mistake.

Torment made the mistake of challenging the Outrageous Order for control of a world and underestimated the level of damage they were willing to allow in order to lure him into a trap. Millions died solely so the Repairman and his crew could capture Torment and proceed to pummel the **** out of him. Torment attempted to flee but the Repairman sabotaged his teleporter beforehand and it appeared he was atomized.

The Empire of Pain's war machine has dulled as Torment's Torment-clones have since taken to administrating their lord's worlds in his absence. While most believe Torment will return, a precious few believe the universe-conquering despot is no more. They're wrong, of course. He's recovering in New York City.

The cybernetic Superman has regenerated on Earth-0 using the harmonic signatures of the Outrageous Order. As a result, he's set himself up as a massively powerful economic powerhouse in New York while making attempts to conquer the world using only the resources here. His defeat at the Order's hands has left him feeling vulnerablke and now he's wondering if he still has the power/will to conquer a world "from scratch."

So this is really a form of vacation for him.

Torment appears as a gas-mask wearing individual with a half-cybernetic body. He speaks in an extremely cultured accent and tends to wield a electrically charged sword. His powers come from his Tuatha De Daanan heritage and he is possessed of tremendous mystical might as well as scientific acumen. Most of Torment's devices incorporate these two aspects. Also, Torment is immune to pain and grows stronger the more damage he suffers. This is purely mental, however.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:18 pm

What's Torment and his empire's relationship with the other top players and empires in the Nexus?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:30 pm

Voltron64 wrote:What's Torment and his empire's relationship with the other top players and empires in the Nexus?


The Empire of Pain is considered to be something of a North Korea to the Nexus, albeit considerably better managed. It's an isolationist, idealogically-driven dictatorship that most of the major players ignore as irrelevant but potentially capable of flipping out and trying to kill everyone. Composed of roughly a hundred worlds, most people don't think it could seriously threaten the major players.

They're deeply-deeply wrong.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:41 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:What's Torment and his empire's relationship with the other top players and empires in the Nexus?


The Empire of Pain is considered to be something of a North Korea to the universe, albeit considerably better managed. It's an isolationist, idealogically-driven dictatorship that most of the major players ignore as irrelevant but potentially capable of flipping out before trying to kill everyone. Composed of roughly a hundred worlds, most people don't think it could seriously threaten the major players.

They're deeply-deeply wrong.


So is Torment a gigantic Wild Card in New York intrigue and is actually more of a "lesser evil" compared to Seirra Leone?

And why do I expect that it would be incredibly fitting for him to heroically sacrifice himself to save an untold amount of lives in a parallel of his origin? (Much like I see Dr. Doom either ultimately pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world or finally conquering it.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:48 pm

Torment could (and has) killed billions if provoked, so he's a much-much greater THREAT than Sierra Leone. Like Man of Steel's General Zod (albeit, Torment would consider superpowers an excellent trade-off for having a slightly different atmosphere), he's a great hero gone crazy. However, Torment does have a sense of ethics.

Just a twisted one.

Unlike Sierra Leone or Mayor Yage who are lesser threats but complete scum. And yes, a heroic sacrifice would be an excellent send-off for Torment. Another one is to treat him like a common criminal and lock him away.

Light or Dark Side endings. Both are good.

:twisted:

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Of course, Torment would abandon EVERYTHING to get revenge on the End too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVa8KYgFoLs

Doubly so if he knew his world was picked by Mister Carnae.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:53 pm

Three more questions about Torment, Charles

1. What are his resources on Earth-0?

2. What powers does he possess again?

3. Has he mentioned to reestablish contact with his empire?
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