Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:00 pm

Voltron64 wrote: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?
1. He's basically Cyborg Thor with the intellect and magical abilities of Doctor Doom. As a result, despite having no resources when he came to Earth-0, he's perfectly capable of creating a vast army of robots/clone warriors without much difficulty. Players who destroy his resources and armies will note it'll probably take him a week to a few months to build another one. He also has several billion dollars he uses to take care of the necessary purchases to build things like nano-assemblers and doomsday machines. This is all from day-trading and relies on none of his powers.

2. Super-Strength, Invulnerability, Super-Intellect, and Magic (Lightning + Rituals/Inventions). He can't fly on his own power but makes use of belt when he needs to. He prefers to fight with melee weapons when he has the opportunity, mostly due to his Tuatha De Daanan heritage.

(Note: He's actually a bit of a weirdo to them for fighting with a sword since the spear was their favorite weapon)

Torment has a self-destructive streak as the name implies and will hamper himself if he feels an opponent is "worthy" of a fair fight. This includes duels of honor, which he'll honor the agreement of if the subjects do the same. All duels will be to the death unless he either really LOATHES an opponent or really likes them.

3. He could do so very easily but wants to prove he's not lost his power. There's also the fact that Earth-0 reminds him strongly of his own world (albeit much darker). His world was more or less the Freedomverse with him as the Centurion.

He's tried to kill the Order (to get at Mister Arcane), the Innocent (which he would have succeeded at for but chance), and UTTERLY HUMILIATED Europe's team of super-gods--sparing their lives as a final insult. The Outrageous Order has yet to fight him, though they're aware he's in town. They just don't want to level New York to get at him. He had the time of his life battling Deathseeker, again, sparing his life because he was a "worthy" opponent.

Essentially doing the same action for two different reasons.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:05 pm

So, a spell-casting Paragon-type, huh?

He's an evil Captain Marvel! :D

(Though with DC's recent name change of him, your old theory that the ancient wizard is actually the future incarnation of Billy Batson has far more plausibility and credibility.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:07 pm

Voltron64 wrote:So, a spell-casting Paragon-type, huh?

He's an evil Captain Marvel! :D
No, he killed Captain Marvel.

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

:| :( :cry:

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:11 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:So, a spell-casting Paragon-type, huh?

He's an evil Captain Marvel! :D
No, he killed Captain Marvel.

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

:| :( :cry:
Of course, this now gives me the mental image of Kingdom Come Captain Marvel vs Injustice Superman. (Who Joker would laugh his ass off on how his successful his scheme against the Man of Steel succeeded.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:26 pm

Wax Works:

It is a good explanation for how global terrorist groups get their armies. As Stalin said "quantity has a quality all of its own." They don't have to be the best trained but competent.

Torment:

Torment could be one of the identities of The Machinist or an alternate version of the man, probably not gifted with the physical and mystical might but the charisma.

Torment is one of Earth's Adonis class threats where Pendulum will offer Adonis a full pardon to go fight him. Either alone or with a group of other Nexi, much to their disgust.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:47 pm

Slayer

A terror stalks the New York City Underworld, leaving large amounts of slaughtered bodies chopped into pieces and very little questions. All evidence seems to disappear, as if the figure in question is invisible. The Netherworld suffers similar losses, finding members decapitated or bisected as if struck with a flaming sword. Rumors wonder if the Big Apple is being protected by a wrathful angel.

Not quite.

He's actually a Jedi.

Kind of.

Thomas Walker discovered his powers on Nexus Day when he used his abilities to protect a bunch of New Yorkers from falling debris. Of course, New York not being the best place for superheroes, was almost immediately stoned to death. Escaping, he decided he would have to use a disguise to help himself.

Rather than put on a superhero costume, as most people did, Tom decided to create a model to his other favorite fandom. Putting on a brown Jedi's robe, he carried around a toy lightsaber he telekinetically enhanced so it was capable of slicing through the Hulk. The idea was so ludicrous, even in a world with superheroes, the NYPD dismissed stories of his activities outright.

It was during this time that "The Mysterious Jedi" met the Innocent. Marie Theresa and the two became close friends, cooperating to fight against the secret invasion of the Titans. Tom fell in love with the Innocent, though her feelings for him were those of a best friend. They cooperated against the Netherworld Cartel and soon the supernatural world came to revere their brown-robed hero.
He was a card-carrying member of the Wands during this time.
Then Slayer met Mister Carnae.

Mister Carnae was offended, grossly, by the innocence of a man who refused to kill and fought evil simply because a television show said so. He proceeded to subject Tom to unimaginable pain and sorrow, burning down his family home, and killing his parents. He tortured Tom for over a year--the worst part being no one missed him. The Innocent thought he'd moved away.

Finally, hanging on a hook in the middle of nowhere, Tom gave into the Dark Side. He proceeded to telekinetically free himself and slaughtered everyone who stood in his way. He is now systematically attempting to eliminate everyone who stands between him and Mister Carnae. He's eliminated almost 30% of the people the evil doer has made deals with and even followed him to another dimension to stop his destruction of a world.

Slayer, though, feels the corruptive influence of an evil power inside him and is losing control. He now has blackouts and occasionally returns covered in blood. He believes he may be influenced by the Titans and is debating suicide versus becoming a monster. Mister Carnae was certain all those would corrupt him but, despite how dark he's become, he's refused to willingly take an innocent life or destroy himself. A small sliver of love exists in his heart that won't take that final step.

Mister Carnae is searching for some way to complete his masterpiece.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:51 pm

Charles Phipps wrote: Mister Carnae is searching for some way to complete his masterpiece.
PC Hero to Mr. Carnae: "Dude if that's your masterpiece, then your art must be complete sh*t." '

:twisted:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:52 pm

So many ways to take that...

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:53 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:So many ways to take that...
I would find that villains would not take criticism (even the constructive kind) very well.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by greycrusader » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:22 pm

1. Is Torment's past and power level known to the top-tier heroes and organizations of Earth-0, such as The Order, The Octagon, and/or PENDULUM? If so, what sort of uneasy truce/detente exists between Torment and such figures as Victor Vanquish, Legendary of Star-Camelot, The Professor, and even Fuzion (during the rare times when Fuzion is lucid enough to recognize how serious existence can be for others)?

2. Were the Levelers allied with the Occupy Wall Street movement on Earth-0, and if so did this change the course of the "Anti-One-Percenters" at all? Either by bending it to their more "humans first" aims or keeping it free of the more anarchic elements? Are the breakaway faction Rising Tide active in NYC? The members are either super-normals (Lull Tiger, Mama Muscle) or non-costumed, non-Nexus-powered metahumans (Sons of Hemes, Plain Jane), so they would fit the profile of the city's heroes and vigilantes.

3.What is the level of baleful supernatural activity in the Big Apple? Have a reconstituted Esoterics teams or the Whisperers ever needed to intervene? After all, the Isle of Manhattan has faced everything from cannibal subhumans and giant alligators dwelling in the sewers to Zuul the monster-god springing into towering form to a certain hockey masked slasher making a day trip to the city...

4. Are any of the media-driven villains active in the city, given its' status as a mega-media hub?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:59 pm

Hey GC, welcome back.
greycrusader wrote:1. Is Torment's past and power level known to the top-tier heroes and organizations of Earth-0, such as The Order, The Octagon, and/or PENDULUM? If so, what sort of uneasy truce/detente exists between Torment and such figures as Victor Vanquish, Legendary of Star-Camelot, The Professor, and even Fuzion (during the rare times when Fuzion is lucid enough to recognize how serious existence can be for others)?
Torment is well known world-wide due to the fact he's attempted to threaten the entire world with rail gun satellites, nanomachine devourers, controlling the world's weather, and the kind of stuff Earth-0 had previously been spared but is common stuff in other settings. He's a world-beater and the Order has to marshall all of its strength to oppose him. Torment respects the Order and privately believes he could bring them around to his side as the threat from the Titans grows.

As mentioned, he's also fought the High Aeons and utterly humiliated him. In all three of their fights, he's defeated the gods due to their inability to work together and arrogance. The last time they fought, the High Aeons were rescued (inadvertently) by the Blue Centurions. This act REALLY irritates Torment as he considers the Blue Centurions "unworthy" and "joke" heroes. The High Aeons consider their defeat by Torment REALLY disturbing as it has shaken their confidence and also undermined their religion. If a regular mortal (and Torment considers himself one despite his fairy blood) can defeat them--it more or less makes a mockery out of their beliefs.

Victor and Torment have actually taken time to get to know one another. The two figures haven't actually fought at full-strength because they believe doing so would destroy the world. They're right in this respect. Victor is conspicuously non-violent with Torment as he understands the pain that his doppleganger is going through, having lost his world too. Victor and Torment have thus decided they would be alright with the other killing them but aren't eager to rush into that battle.

If that makes sense.
2. Were the Levelers allied with the Occupy Wall Street movement on Earth-0, and if so did this change the course of the "Anti-One-Percenters" at all? Either by bending it to their more "humans first" aims or keeping it free of the more anarchic elements? Are the breakaway faction Rising Tide active in NYC? The members are either super-normals (Lull Tiger, Mama Muscle) or non-costumed, non-Nexus-powered metahumans (Sons of Hemes, Plain Jane), so they would fit the profile of the city's heroes and vigilantes.
The Levelers predate the Occupy Movement but threw their backing behind it (along with the Anarchitect). As a result, the Occupy Movement is alive and well with its own leaders, Senators, Congressmen, and Lobbyists. It's about as powerful as the Tea Party and radicalizes the Left in ways that many Democrats are uncomfortable with. It also uses, much to the horror of nonviolent members, Occupy as a place to recruit members for their terrorist activities. Many Levelers have used their arrests to also recruit individuals in prison. The CCG's economic power in the world has also made the movement more popular as people believe, erroneously or otherwise, there's no reason everybody can't be rich now.

Great idea on the Rising Tide and consider it canon.
3.What is the level of baleful supernatural activity in the Big Apple? Have a reconstituted Esoterics teams or the Whisperers ever needed to intervene? After all, the Isle of Manhattan has faced everything from cannibal subhumans and giant alligators dwelling in the sewers to Zuul the monster-god springing into towering form to a certain hockey masked slasher making a day trip to the city...
The Netherworld and Wands are in a full-scale Cold War in New York City as Slayer alludes to. The whole place has a massive Mystical Underground unmatched in most other parts of the world. There's literally hundreds of magical duels going on every year, which confuses the city police completely, coming off like something out of Highlander or the Dresden Files. Demons, Fairies, ghosts, and so on are getting more and more prominent with the magical heroes just barely keeping a lid on it.

The Esoterrics are also considering setting up their new HQ in the Big Apple (Boston and Sleepy Hollow are the other choices).
4. Are any of the media-driven villains active in the city, given its' status as a mega-media hub?

All my best.
Oh yes, they're all over the place and conduct their business with impunity.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:08 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Hey GC, welcome back.
greycrusader wrote:1. Is Torment's past and power level known to the top-tier heroes and organizations of Earth-0, such as The Order, The Octagon, and/or PENDULUM? If so, what sort of uneasy truce/detente exists between Torment and such figures as Victor Vanquish, Legendary of Star-Camelot, The Professor, and even Fuzion (during the rare times when Fuzion is lucid enough to recognize how serious existence can be for others)?
Torment is well known world-wide due to the fact he's attempted to threaten the entire world with rail gun satellites, nanomachine devourers, controlling the world's weather, and the kind of stuff Earth-0 had previously been spared but is common stuff in other settings. He's a world-beater and the Order has to marshall all of its strength to oppose him. Torment respects the Order and privately believes he could bring them around to his side as the threat from the Titans grows.

As mentioned, he's also fought the High Aeons and utterly humiliated him. In all three of their fights, he's defeated the gods due to their inability to work together and arrogance. The last time they fought, the High Aeons were rescued (inadvertently) by the Blue Centurions. This act REALLY irritates Torment as he considers the Blue Centurions "unworthy" and "joke" heroes. The High Aeons consider their defeat by Torment REALLY disturbing as it has shaken their confidence and also undermined their religion. If a regular mortal (and Torment considers himself one despite his fairy blood) can defeat them--it more or less makes a mockery out of their beliefs.

Victor and Torment have actually taken time to get to know one another. The two figures haven't actually fought at full-strength because they believe doing so would destroy the world. They're right in this respect. Victor is conspicuously non-violent with Torment as he understands the pain that his doppleganger is going through, having lost his world too. Victor and Torment have thus decided they would be alright with the other killing them but aren't eager to rush into that battle.

If that makes sense.
So despite his attempt to conquer the world and battles with various superheroes, he's still something of an observer/neutral figure in the misadventures and madness occurring in Earth-0?

I honestly wonder how he's interacted with the local and worldwide villainous organizations? Not to mention if he's ever been to other superhuman-filled worlds like Earth-1938, Earth-1986, Earth-92 and Earth-Greenworld?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:29 pm

Voltron64 wrote:So despite his attempt to conquer the world and battles with various superheroes, he's still something of an observer/neutral figure in the misadventures and madness occurring in Earth-0?

I honestly wonder how he's interacted with the local and worldwide villainous organizations? Not to mention if he's ever been to other superhuman-filled worlds like Earth-1938, Earth-1986, Earth-92 and Earth-Greenworld?
Torment has his side in the various conflicts facing Earth-0.
His side.

He's powerful enough that he has no real need to team-up with organizations like, well, the Organization and the Octagon. They have nothing to offer him he can't create for himself. On the other hand, he has no particular hesitation about allying with or employing criminals. He's a bit arrogant about the Professor and Reverend Sung's chances of opposing him--which leaves him vulnerable to betrayal whenever they do make alliances.

Unfortunately, his power has resulted in him allying with One on occasion as the two are at a comparable power level.

Torment has visited other worlds and has varying opinions on all of them. As for the other worlds, he's visited them all with varying degrees of success.

Earth-92 is scared ****less of him.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:11 am

Charles Phipps wrote: Earth-92 is scared ****less of him.
How scared ****less of him?

Inform me why. :twisted:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:33 pm

Torment invaded their world, steamrolled them, and was in inches of burning the entire planet to the ground when he pulled back (because he was facing the Outrageous Order). It was one of the most impotent moments of the heroes ever.

They more or less think of him as Omega.

Despite, well, he wasn't actually even TRYING to take over. It was a minor invasion supervised by a clone with half his power.

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