Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:07 pm

So Werewolf went and became Victor Vanquish's foe Grendel?
Grendel: Grendel is a werewolf with the powers of the Incredible Hulk. He's a beast of a man who did horrible things to women and engaged in drunken rampages before N-Day and he's worse since. Victor Vanquish got permission to slay him early on but Bokor proceeded to raise the monster from the dead soon after. Grendel, surprisingly, felt the experience enlightened him and has spent much of his time since studying. He now enjoys reading Sun-Tzu and Plato in his spare time time.

You know, in-between doing horrible things to women and drunken rampages.
Edit: Also, sh*t. Things got badder for the Esoterics more than I thought. :shock:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:15 pm

BTW, are Perfect Prosecuter and Mr. Objection either affiliated with or rivals to the firm of Kirk, Mason, and Wright?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:21 pm

Voltron64 wrote:BTW, are Perfect Prosecuter and Mr. Objection either affiliated with or rivals to the firm of Kirk, Mason, and Wright?
A planned update is "Superhuman Law on Earth-0" which will include numerous adventure hooks, heroes, villains, and oddballs for the legal system of the US of A (and a basis for other countries). Bluntly, a lot of people are actually working for a coherent legal system for dealing with superhumans.

And UNLIKE Marvel, it is not automatically fascist and evil....or unnecessary.

K,M, and W have a big role to play obviously.

So does the Netherworld Cartel (obviously) and the Wands.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:26 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:BTW, are Perfect Prosecuter and Mr. Objection either affiliated with or rivals to the firm of Kirk, Mason, and Wright?
A planned update is "Superhuman Law on Earth-0" which will include numerous adventure hooks, heroes, villains, and oddballs for the legal system of the US of A (and a basis for other countries). Bluntly, a lot of people are actually working for a coherent legal system for dealing with superhumans.

And UNLIKE Marvel, it is not automatically fascist and evil....or unnecessary.
You know I've wanted to tell you I have this fantasy of Agent Coulson verbally pwning Henry Peter Gyrich followed a good asskicking. :twisted:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by greycrusader » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:50 pm

Re the Esoterics:

1. Is the Lucien Drake from the Heroic Earth Unlimited universe still leading the team? And if so, actively seeking out new recruits?

2.Obviously my account of Red Riding Hood's betrayal of the team and subsequent attack on Grimsbooke conflict with your canonical account, but regardless, did Red actually kill any of the other Esoteric? Also (and again regardless how it went down) did she end up cursed and undead as the result of her attempted mass slaughter against Grimbooke?

3.You've detailed the various failures (Stagemagic, Werewolf, etc.) but have there been any successful new recruits to the team, especially since they "went off the grid"? Also, I cannot quite remember Druidess-is she a new character?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:19 pm

1. Part 2 will talk about their encounter with Lucien Drake and how Hell Dragon became the leader of the New Esoterrics.

2. I'm quite happy incorporating all of your elements into the work. The write-up for Red will eventually end where you left her.

3. Lucien is an obvious success story but we'll be seeing some new team-members with the write-up. Brigid Moonchild is now their "heavy hitter."

Druidess is listed in Mister Arcane's write-up, without her codename.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:06 pm

Speaking of changes in membership, what's the current roll call status on The Order?

I know that Earth-Greenworld's Aurelius is subbing for Victor Vanquish who's off waging a one-man guerrilla war against the Neo-Concordians in Middle-Zoth.

Not to mention Super Dragon Punch Zero is filling in for his niece Super Dragon Ten in the Outrageous Order as she formed a Dynamic Duo with Sailor Cosmos to fight evil on Earth-0.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:53 pm

Esoterrics Revised part 2

The betrayal of Red Riding Hood and the death of Doctor Laramis left the team disheartened to the point of dissolution. Zed and Witchbreed started living together, the now-teenaged (due to time dilation between universes) Pyrokinesis started studying magic under Mister Arcane as his chosen successor, and Final Girl took up a job guarding Arlington Cemetery from the various unpleasant spirits the Daemonites wanted to unleash upon it.

The disappearance of the Esoterrics did not immediately cause great distress around the world. The High Aeons were targeting Titan targets world-wide and the Order was able to stop many threats before they became a major issue. For a time, it seemed like the Esoterrics time had passed.

Then dragons attacked.

The Midgard Serpent was released from the The Endless Ocean of Blackness, only to give birth to hundreds of thousands of eggs which spawned reincarnated dragons leftover from the original war with the Titans. The High Aeons, Order, and other heroes were called to do battle with this massive horde of beasts but Mister Arcane believed that the solution lied in the supernatural rather than brute force.

Seeking the universe's greatest demon hunter, his summoning was interrupted by Super Dragon Punch Zero accidentally dropping his Headless Horseman 188# comic into the mix. As a result, Hell Rider was summoned into reality.

The Order didn't take him particularly seriously, right up until he slew a half-dozen dragons in a manner halfway between Dante and the Dohvakiim. Mister Arcane and Lucien butted heads tremendously, the two forming a Cyclops and Wolverine-like relationship, ending with them both deciding to form a team against the dragons.

Recruiting Brigid Moonchild, The Innocent, Final Girl, Pyrokinesis, Zed, Witchbreed, Druidess--they formed a nine to exorcise the evils of the world. Tracking the group to Nifelheim, they managed to locate the Alfstone and destroy it. The Midgard Serpent was promptly transported to a lost world of the Aetherium where a long-dead Donnar was resurrected long enough to kill it.

Mister Arcane, ultimately, determined he was too close to certain members of the group to properly lead it and formally resigned from the Esoterrics in anything but an advisory role. Instead, Mister Arcane sought out Talbot as a replacement with the help of a very reluctant Deathstalker. Talbot had been modified heavily to become a terrifying Frankenstein's monster by the Centre. Liberating him, the Esoterrics proceeded to destroy the evil organization's headquarters and weakened the Titan which fed on its essence.

The Esoterrics proceeded to take over a witch's mansion in Grimmsbrooke, MA and have been adventuring across the world ever sense. Under the newly rechristened, Helldragon, they've had tremendous success in taking the fight to the supernatural without Red Riding Hood's insanity. Unfortunately, their encounters with her have grown worse and worse with her Nightmares being a team determined to kill them.

The new team is tightly knit but professional, already developing new bonds to replace their old. In addition to Zed and Witchbreed's marriage, Final Girl has started a relationship with Druidess, and the father-daughter relationship between Pyrokinesis and Mister Arcane is complicated by her developing love for Talbot (looks don't matter to her but he finds the teenager's devotion troubling--irregardless of how wise and mature she is). Brigid Moonchild complicates things due to being an Aeon and enjoying playing the field every bit as much as Hell Dragon and the team's wizard head (having lead them both on at one point to her considerable amusement).

Indeed, the Esoterrics success has become so prevalent, they have started forming auxillary groups like the Order. There is now, The Esoterrorism Task Force X, Esotaken, and Esotixs.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:02 pm

Funny, I considered the Esoterrics basically an auxiliary group (unofficially at least) of The Order themselves.

Also, I thought Talbot had already been a member of the original Esoterrics?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:03 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Funny, I considered the Esoterrics basically an auxiliary group (unofficially at least) of The Order themselves.
It's basically the Avengers to the Defenders.

It's just the oddity of Doctor Strange being a member of both.

Except Doctor Strange is Fox Mulder.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:04 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Funny, I considered the Esoterrics basically an auxiliary group (unofficially at least) of The Order themselves.
It's basically the Avengers to the Defenders.

It's just the oddity of Doctor Strange being a member of both.

Except Doctor Strange is Fox Mulder.
By way of Dale Cooper. :mrgreen:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:05 pm

Voltron64 wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Funny, I considered the Esoterrics basically an auxiliary group (unofficially at least) of The Order themselves.
It's basically the Avengers to the Defenders.

It's just the oddity of Doctor Strange being a member of both.

Except Doctor Strange is Fox Mulder.
By way of Dale Cooper. :mrgreen:
:mrgreen:

Yeah, there's more turnover between hero teams in AoW than in HED!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:06 pm

Yes, now about Talbot... :wink:

(And the fact that he was modified by Dr. Xenograft, not the Centre.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:08 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Yes, now about Talbot... :wink:

(And the fact that he was modified by Dr. Xenograft, not the Centre.)
No, you're in fact wrong. Doctor Xenograft made him a monster.

The Centre made him worse.

He's now looking a bit like a certain moldly Order member.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:10 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Yes, now about Talbot... :wink:

(And the fact that he was modified by Dr. Xenograft, not the Centre.)
No, you're in fact wrong. Doctor Xenograft made him a monster.

The Centre made him worse.

He's now looking a bit like a certain moldly Order member.
Not anymore, with the help of El Grande's geomancy powers, Foxfire finally managed to finish the fusion process with Shan, going from walking corpse to Green Skinned Space Hunk.
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