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.