Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:29 am

How To Handle The Bloody Damned:

(Warning, Language and Violence among other things)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo2JQ1v1zEU
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:41 am

Any heroes in particular who caught the eye or wrath of all these vampiric factions?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:53 am

Voltron64 wrote:Any heroes in particular who caught the eye or wrath of all these vampiric factions?


Well the Angel Twins' powers are the equivalent of sunlight, so I'm thinking they're not terribly popular with any vampires they meet. Given vampires are also vulnerable to fire I'm thinking Hot Shot and any other hero with fire powers are similarly disliked by the fangy crowd.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:04 am

Heroic and Villainous NPCs will be coming up!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:11 am

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Voltron64 wrote:Any heroes in particular who caught the eye or wrath of all these vampiric factions?


Well the Angel Twins' powers are the equivalent of sunlight, so I'm thinking they're not terribly popular with any vampires they meet. Given vampires are also vulnerable to fire I'm thinking Hot Shot and any other hero with fire powers are similarly disliked by the fangy crowd.


And of course, I imagine The Arbitrator has been quite the menace to the Bloody Damned. :twisted:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:13 am

Voltron64 wrote:
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Voltron64 wrote:Any heroes in particular who caught the eye or wrath of all these vampiric factions?


Well the Angel Twins' powers are the equivalent of sunlight, so I'm thinking they're not terribly popular with any vampires they meet. Given vampires are also vulnerable to fire I'm thinking Hot Shot and any other hero with fire powers are similarly disliked by the fangy crowd.


And of course, I imagine The Arbitrator has been quite the menace to the Bloody Damned. :twisted:


I'd imagine so, though I suspect every superheroes who cross paths with the Bloody Damned is a menace to the Bloody Damned.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:59 am

Vampires of Earth-0 part 4

The Order of Saint Uriel

With the majority of the Archangel's cultists and minions having been arrested or exposed as lunatics, leaving only the Four Horsemen and a few other empowered minions, it has turned to more subtle means of influencing Earth-0's populace. Taking advantage of the Titans and their brutality after Cologne, he contacted numerous individuals to give them visions of how to "save" the world.

The Order of Saint Uriel believes, bluntly, it is Armageddon and their job to save the world. For that, they believe every supernatural being on Earth must die. Hypocritically, they employ numerous supernatural methods to do so including the use of fake relics that bestow supernatural abilities upon themselves.

For an obvious example of how powerful this is. Hell Dragon vs. One of their Better Members.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYxSI0V4qXU


The Order of Saint Uriel's members generally start as well-meaning and decent people but contact with the supernatural relics of the Archangel has a One Ring-like effect. Members become paranoid, intolerant, sociopathic, and bloodthirsty the more they are used. Conversely, they also become more religious and devoted to the Archangel even to the exclusion of previous faiths they possessed.

The Order of Saint Uriel's leader is known as The Vicar, who has successfully transitioned himself into a being of pure light who lives in a suit of bio-mechanical armor created on Earth-1100, called "Crusader World." The Vicar is calm and ordered despite having an utterly alien mindset.

Beneath him, he has his Apostles that are individuals of great Archangel-granted supernatural power. These include Sister Innocent, who is a genetically-engineered clone of the Innocent with the ability to calm and soothe members of the Order. This prevents the order from self-destructing due to its members barely concealed psychopathia.

The Order of Saint Uriel's Retributors are the rank and file of the organization. They are armed with CCG purchased (with money seemingly from nowhere) futuristic weapons and are trained with mnemonic techniques to give them the discipline higher-ranking supernatural warriors don't possess.

Opposing the Order of Saint Uriel is The Deacon, who was a member of the Apostles who managed to overthrow the Archangel's influence. Unfortunately, the Vicar's punishment was to declare him Anathema and transform him into a first-generation vampire. The Deacon has adapted to this quite well and presently fights both evil supernatuerals as well as the Order of Saint Uriel.

The Dawnblade

The Dawnblade is an organization composed of normal individuals drawn from all walks of life who were united by a vision of an angel warning them of evil to come. Unlike the Archangel's minions in the Order of Saint Uriel, this angel came to people who were in desperate need of hope and a purpose. Furthermore, the angelic vision encouraged them to paths of mercy and forgiveness versus retribution. Some have reported speaking with a humble figure very strongly resembling Seal-Breaker.

The Dawnblade are vampire-hunters, primarily, often focused on the Hungry Dead, Family, as well as individual covens. However, unlike traditional hunters, they are as often interested in helping supernaturals rather than killing them outright. They have managed to free numerous souls from the grip of the Titans even as they've also destroyed numerous voluntary monsters.

Despite their much more traditionally good mission, the Dawnblade has run into just as many problems as solutions. With groups like the Order of Saint Uriel running around and as many antecedents, groups founded by 'visions of angels' tended to draw rather suspicious looks. Their explicit religious bias (despite being interdenominational) also tends to make people weary.

It doesn't help the Dawnblade's redemption quest is tinged with more than a little distaste for the supernatural. They may not believe it makes people automatically evil but they tend to view it as dangerous, corrosive, and probably something better left removed from this world. The fact that many members wield powers of an explictly supernatural natural also makes them hypocrites, even if there's a difference between the ability to heal the sick and turn into a 9ft tall werewolf.

The Dawnblade has made a number of allies in recent years despite this, including the Knights of Charming, Angel Twins (which is a very interesting story), and Gray Coven. The latter is an alliance between clenched teeth but one that has so far held.

The Blood Reavers

Vampire blood provides individuals who drink it superior strength, speed, senses, health, and a massive physical high. There are similar qualities to be gained from vampire ash, powdered bone, and even cannibalism depending on what the condition of the bodies remain. Thanks to the surgical efforts of the now-defunct occult division of PHOBOS, it was also discovered that grafting the parts of vampires to your body can bestow limited supernatural abilities without bestowing the curse of undead.

With PHOBOS having done some house-cleaning, only a few low-level lab-techs escaped. These individuals, however, proved just what sort of sleaze-bags they were by deciding to turn to drug-dealing as a result. The Blood Reavers are dealers in supernatural abilities, hunting those with inhuman powers before cutting them to pieces. They not only deal in parts from vampires but were-creatures, fairies, Nexus, and the Hungry Dead.

For the most part, the Blood Reavers empire is not sustained by this incredibly difficult hunt. Instead, the Blood Reavers mostly sell knock-off amphetimines they claim are parts of supernaturals. Only a rare few individuals get the TRUE benefits of their abilities, usually Blood Reavers themselves.

Blood Reavers tend to dress in raincoats, gas masks, and other surreal costumes that are designed to disguise their identies while they hunt their prey. The Blood Reavers have gone from being a part of PHOBOS to an associate group of the Organization.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:01 pm

Hmmm.

So would people like new NPCs first or reactions from existing heroes to the sudden upsurge in the Walking Talking Dead?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby MightyDavidson » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:13 pm

I'm good either way Charles.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:13 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Hmmm.

So would people like new NPCs first or reactions from existing heroes to the sudden upsurge in the Walking Talking Dead?


The latter with the former following soon after.

And is Grimmsbrooke the cause behind the sudden upsurge?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:15 pm

Plus, we're not talking about an upswing in just vampires, are we Charles?

We're talking a boom in every kind of humanoid undead mentioned in the Monster Manuals.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:19 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Plus, we're not talking about an upswing in just vampires, are we Charles?

We're talking a boom in every kind of humanoid undead mentioned in the Monster Manuals.

:twisted:


Yep, though NOT for the reasons people think.

The BIG secret about Nexus-powers is about to come out.

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And vampires are just one of the easiest ways to create them.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:23 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Plus, we're not talking about an upswing in just vampires, are we Charles?

We're talking a boom in every kind of humanoid undead mentioned in the Monster Manuals.

:twisted:


Yep, though NOT for the reasons people think.

The BIG secret about Nexus-powers is about to come out.

:twisted:

And vampires are just one of the easiest ways to create them.


Explain.

Because I already know that Nexi can become powerful enough to transform into Aeons or Titans.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:29 pm

The reason people develop powers isn't random, albeit not really vetting.

There's a system in place for giving people abilities in order to prepare for....something.

Yes, they're somebody's army.

And theyr'e taking note.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:42 pm

Well, the PF7 are pretty sure that Lucretia never visited Earth-0 but.........there are a lot more vampires now and she is the only one that know.


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