Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:59 am

Very good point, Voltron.

I was wondering if anyone would spot the evolution tie.

A picture, I think, which strikes me as very much like Dark Sun would look like when she's dolled up or visiting a vampire soiree.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:30 am

Hero Killer

The most prolific killer of capes outside of the Inner Sanctum of the Octagon, Mister Carnae, and antediluvian beings like the Lords of Death, Hero Killer has eliminated 32 individual superheroes. This has included half of New York City's costumed crime fighters, two teams finding their footing, and a variety of individuals spread across the world. The sheer amount of collateral damage this has done in terms of lives no longer saved is dwarfed by the destruction of hope it incurs.

In many places where there would have been heroes, the horrific deaths of champions breaks the spirit of those seeking to emanate them. The Hero Killer does "his" best to make sure that the individuals' families are harrassed, their reputations smeared, and the individuals found in humiliating positions as well. They are terrified of creating a martyr because they don't want to kill heroes, they want to kill superheroism itself.

The Hero Killer's true identity is Mia Wilson, former Colonel in the World Security Organization and later Deputy Director of PART. An African American woman, Mia Wilson is ironically a poster girl for PART's recruiting efforts as her skill in taking down superhumans is matched only by her sheer badassitude. People only have to take one look at the tough no-nonsense woman and they know she is one of the toughest individuals around.

Mia Wilson developed her Nexus ability on N-Day when she developed a weapon capable of removing people's superpowers from a bunch of scrap metal in her garage. Mia Wilson is upfront about her taste for "costumes" and relates the story that she built some equipment for a friend in the chaos following the imposition of superpowers. This friend debuted as a armored superhero, only to get horribly killed soon after. She claims this inspired her to become a professional soldier and that amateurs have no place in the business.

Strangely, this perfectly justifiable supervillain origin is complete ****. Mia Wilson built her superpower gun in the aftermath of N-Day for self-defense (and to kill her ex-boyfriend who had developed the power to turn into stone), went out into her neighborhood with it, saw someone levitating a cat from a tree and shot them down. It was an instinctual visceral loathing that something so SILLY and IDEALISTIC would intrude itself on a world Mia Wilson had long ago resigned to be complete garbage.

In a surreal way, Mia Wilson has a great deal in common with Eddie Blake in that she believed the world was a complete joke. A nihilist run down by life before she was thirty whose confrontation with people using superpowers for the benefit of others triggered a nervous breakdown. In her heart, Mia Wilson knew she'd have used her abilities for selfish gain and to avenge herself on the people who wronged her--so discovering there were people who didn't intend to was like flicking a lightswitch.

Not that Mia Wilson would ever admit to such a motivation. Killing the superheroine, "Float" before she ever got to do much good, Mia immediately ran away and hid for days. The murder was attributed to the chaos of the time and she ended up spending the next few weeks trying to rationalize her crime. In the end, she came up with the elaborate justification that superheroes took away from the good organized groups did and humiliated the "Common Man." As a way of feeding this lie to herself, she joined the military as a result and became the hardest person they had.

Unfortunately, the World Security Organization often worked or confronted supervillains in its global campaigns for order. Mia Wilson executed the Iranian superheroine, Redemption, before triggering an airstrike down on Captain Swift the Scottish Paragon/Satirist in Iraq. This last one further assisted her fall into insanity as she had to willingly kill a dozen fellow US soldiers to make sure he died.

Mia Wilson would have faced court-martial and execution if not for the intervention of Saul Patterson, who made sure the MPs investigating were discredited (one who went on to become Mister Tall, the hyper-competent plainclothes vigilante). Saul Patterson mistook Mia Wilson's attitude for human supremicism and promptly promoted her to major before sending her on missions to kill local Nexi in Africa. She was trained in the use of Zeus Power Armor which would have made Master Chief proud and given specialized training as well as mnenonic drugs to increase her intelligence as well as battle skill.

Mia didn't like killing Lord Scorpio's terrorists though and only really felt alive facing the local superheroes who thought the World Security Organization was a set of invaders. These, she gleefully murdered in ways that disturbed her fellow soldiers. In the end, Saul Patterson realized she was becoming a liability so he gave her an honorable discharge and sent her to his associates in New York City who were in dire need of a "hardliner" they could use to crush New York City Nexus dissent.

They got one.

Hero Killer uses her public position to brutalize and harass prisoners of PART in hopes of finding clues to any secret superheroes in New York City. Those who voluntarily turn themselves over to the system find Mia Wilson one of the most hateful wardens imaginable. She attempts to provoke those under her care into escape or violence so maximum force can be deployed. The soldiers under her command are mostly anti-Nexus racists even as Mia blasts them for this attitude. Frankly, it takes a very strange sort of person to comprehend Mia's hateful attitude to superheroes.

This is not enough to satisfy her utter hatred for superheroes, however, and she misuses PENDULUM resources to try to track down the secret identities of costumed do-gooders. This is why she invented the persona of the Hero-Killer, assassin-for-hire, so she could murder those who wore the costume for good. Several times, she's come close to being caught only for her to use her position to sabotage the investigation or claim she was going undercover in hopes of catching the Hero Killer. New York City's Chief of Police was murdered by her to cover up her activities and, unwittingly, resulted in the creation of the Blues. Hero-friendly cops who have a vendetta to settle with the Hero Killer.

Mia's role in the destruction of the Trixsters and the literally hundreds of people she killed to wipe out the relatively minor superhero team was her Moral Event Horizon. She is a terrorist who will cross any line to fill her goals and her rationalizations are almost irrelevant now. Ironically, she'd find a welcome home in the Octagon if she ever was exposed as they're perhaps the only people in the world who hate superheroes as much as she.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:06 am

The Professor will officially adopt her and name her his heir when all this comes out; THIS is the young woman he wants to bear his grandchildren. :(

Ms. Trix, on the other hand, is probably STILL trying to decide whether to assassinate her for killing the super-team she was trying so hard to turn into the thin end of a very broad wedge or thank her for the opportunity to embed herself with The Blue Centurions that resulted from this particular demolition job (whom I suspect would get on well with The NY Blues).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:21 am

If her identity is uncovered as well as her motives, will she become on of the hasted people in all of creation?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:22 am

I think it's mostly a question of whether the Order will crush her or one of her many victims.

I'm envisioning Victor Vanquish tossing her in the sun or bringing into space and splitting her like Carnage.

Image

*pause*

Dammit, Voltron, stop being a bad influence!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:23 am

I also suspect this will be the fate of Mia Wilson post-revelation thanks to either Mr. King, Fade or Pugnus Dei.

Edit: Maybe even Hera Lycurgus after Hero Killer possibly killed one too many of her students.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i7l6Mh6giE
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:29 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Dammit, Voltron, stop being a bad influence!

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Bad influence or better? :wink:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:58 am

When it comes to your taste for VIOLENT retribution I can only say you do your best to inflict the worst possible fate on Evildoers; to be honest I suspect that Hero-Killer's fate will depend on which Hero gets to her first but that it's unlikely to be quite as ... elegaic as that of The Comedian according to Cinema.

Quite honestly I hope that The NYPD Blues team up with the Blue Centurions to bring her down by The Book and prove that the sort of %^$% is NOT OK to those who might otherwise assume her treatment of Metahumans was positively merited were she to be handed out a dose of lethal retribution.

In all honesty were I writing the story of her defeat and ensuing consequences of all that Bad Karma, I would focus on The Blues of New York City bringing her to Justice - if only because there's a good deal of Vimesian satisfaction to be derived from such proof that (A) it's entirely possible, as well as extremely laudable for Cops and Superheroes to work together FOR JUSTICE even when they aren't working alongside one another in person (B) while there are people within Government and Law Enforcement crazy or desperate enough to facilitate Hero-Killer's actions, all the good people there will do their d------- to bring her down.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:58 am

Red Jade

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The Primordial War against the Titans is something which resulted in the vast majority of heroes either being returned to their time or elevated to the ranks of gods. However, for the Red Jade, it was an opportunity to do neither. A relatively minor swordswoman hero with some talent in magic, she saw the Primordial War as an opportunity to learn.

Studying under the greatest warriors in history and, later, magicians--she soon found herself developing an inexhaustible lust for knowledge. Becoming immortal, Red Jade turned to science after she'd mastered sorcery and began to combine them in strange and unreal ways. Really, the defeat of the forces of evil almost came as a disappointment because she was only beginning to reach her full potential.

Returned to Earth-17, a world stuck in Feudal China, Red Jade swiftly conquered the planet within three days with the assistance of many superheroes who returned with her. Instituting Chinese culture world-wide, she managed to avoid a lot of the casualties which would have happened if this attempt had been done by conventional means.

As a woman conqueror in a decidedly patriarchal time, Red Jade was forced to extreme measures to maintain her rule more than to actually take over. The allure of absolute power was as corrosive to her as to other heroes, though she kept it away for centuries. By the last century of her rule, the Red Jade Empire covered a thousand worlds and her courts were filled with a million Nexi bribed with riches and every sort of debauched pleasure imaginable.

Unfortunately, for Red Jade, success bred its own sort of diffculties. She deliberately designed her Interdimensional Middle Kingdom to be nonfunctional without her. Houses of Nexus-based royalty were set against one another with contradictory and overlapping duties while the military remained under the control of countless equally balanced generals who hated each other. Even her own royal family was a source of severe tension with The Four Roses, Queen Arachnia, Dominatia, and Lady Kali being just some of her scheming hateful childer.
The Red Jade's sexual appetite was noteworthy even in legend with only Victor Vanquish and a scant few other figures, mostly wizards or gods, capable of keeping up with her. She was omnivorous in her tastes and bore countless mortal children in addition to her immortal ones. These actually sent her looking into other dimensions for hero-lovers as she wanted no part of bedding relations, no matter how distantly.

The fact she was able to resemble a beautiful thirty-something woman even after a thousand years of existence helped her keep a steady supply of willing concubines. Why she continued to have children when she needed no heirs and affairs of state kept her so busy is anyone's guess but some she chose to bear herself while others she magically transferred to ladies in waiting.

Which REALLY screws with geneology on Earth-17.
Ultimately, the Red Jade Empire came into contact with the forces of One and the first multi-universes-spanning war since the Titans fought the Aeons. One badly miscalculated his chances as hundreds of his ecumenopolis worlds and forge-planets were destroyed due to the ridiculous number of Nexus-based soldiers she had under his command. His reign was close to an end with his primary-database endangered when salvation came at an unlikely source.

The Celestial Conductor, member of the Pantheon of the Aeons, believed Red Jade's massive overuse of magic was destabilizing the multiverse. Adding the efforts of hundreds of Aeons to the battle on One's side, the One-Above-All's annihilation was prevented. Even so, they were unable to actually turn the tide and only an uneasy truce was the height of the Conductor's accomplishments.

Stunned by the realization the Aeons still existed, the Red Jade promptly began stealing for a way to not only steal the immortality and godhood of the Celestial Conductor but to force her into humiliating slavery of a decidedly mature-rating nature. Due to the time-traveling nature of multiversal travel, she attacked the Conductor through her chosen successor. Mister Arcane was promptly assaulted by a dozen of Red Jade's assassins, femme fatales, and various evil dimension-queen plots. The entire Order ended up involved at various points with Victor Vanquish ending up enslaved to her bed at one point.
Though he could have escaped at any point. Victor has decidedly Pulpish ideas about how this sort of thing should work.
At one point, Red Jade within inches of destroying the Celestial Conductor, stealing the power of the World Tree, and dominating all of Creation. She'd even enslaved Mister Arcane as well, using him up until the time the White Rose and Red Rose helped release him.
The two putting aside their bloodthirsty sibling rivalry to remember the time they'd been Wuxia Magical Girls together.
The Celestial Conductor was permanently injured, her magical strength leaking out from an unhealable wound but Red Jade was knocked through a dimensional portal that left them believing she was destroyed. With the absence of their immortal demigod leader, the Red Jade Empire collapsed with the majority of its worlds converting to Islam and becoming part of the Caliphate. The Red Jade is not dead, however, and when the Eternal Empress remembers herself.

They'll see her true dark side.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:03 am

So was this what Red Jade looked like during her younger days?

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:04 am

Voltron64 wrote:So was this what Red Jade looked like during her younger days?

http://86bb71d19d3bcb79effc-d9e6924a039 ... n-hell.jpg
Oh yeah.

It also isn't far from what her two eldest daughters look like.

Which makes it a family of Asian Ginger Invincible Sword Princesses.

Fun family, Mister Arcane. Be glad you're marrying into it.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:08 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:So was this what Red Jade looked like during her younger days?

http://86bb71d19d3bcb79effc-d9e6924a039 ... n-hell.jpg
Oh yeah.

It also isn't far from what her two eldest daughters look like.

Which makes it a family of Asian Ginger Invincible Sword Princesses.

Fun family, Mister Arcane. Be glad you're marrying into it.
Yeah, apparently he's a bigamist now.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:10 am

Oh, did I fail to change that somewhere?

Originally, he was going to marry BOTH White Rose and Red Rose but I figured I'd filled the male fantasy-quotient of the thread even if it is a culture based on Medieval China.

So he was only marrying White Rose.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:13 am

Charles Phipps wrote:Oh, did I fail to change that somewhere?

Originally, he was going to marry BOTH White Rose and Red Rose but I figured I'd filled the male fantasy-quotient of the thread even if it is a culture based on Medieval China.

So he was only marrying White Rose.
That is a quotient that can never be filled, Charles.

Never!

:lol:

Edit: (And by Dominatia, I sure you mean The Deceiver.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:15 am

Also, this is Red Jade during her prime on Earth-17.

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs10/i/2006/ ... elUran.jpg
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