Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:28 pm

greycrusader wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:Guys, here are some genuine super-powered heroes in Earth-1938 who were active during WW2 that I'm sure could be expanded upon. (All of whom participated in the daring defeat of Japan after they stopped Hitler and his Aryan super-soldiers.)

-A direct Expy of Jay Garrick
-A direct Expy of Alan Scott
-A semi-direct Expy of Diana Prince/Donna Mason
-A semi-direct Expy of a certain pyrokinetic replicant.
-A teenage Master of Magnetism serving as the boy mascot whose family had fled Germany to escape the Nazis.

:mrgreen:
If Libra might like codenames to expand upon:

-The mystically empowered Native-American G.I super-speedster Fleetfoot.
-The Night-Diamond, who commands dark-matter using his cosmic gem.
-Gloriana the Ultimate Woman, envoy to Great Britain who hails from a secluded island founded by an ancient sect devoted to science and reason; first among equals of the society's clone population.
-The mad-science creation known as theRadium Brain, an atomically powered synthetic mind in a human body, who channels bursts of light and heat through fingers and eyes.
Sparky, the mis-nicknamed teenager who can warp metal with his mind.

All my best.
Make Night-Diamond into Dark Diamond and Radium Brain into just Radium and we're perfect.

Also, I was gonna mention Sparky aka Leonard Erichsen preferred to be just called The Spark but you've already taken care of that.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:38 pm

Grey Crusader, thank you kindly for the names (Voltron seems to approve of them, which means my task is set), although Voltron I fully intend to use the THE RADIUM BRAIN (since it has a much pulpier feel, more suited to the Golden Age) and Dash Thunderbolt! (if I might be permitted to indulge my appetite for melodramatic nomenclature a bit).

Thank you both for your suggestions!
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:19 am

Well whatever the names I certainly look forward to your upcoming creations, Libra.

Same with you, Charles.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:36 am

I think you have done a really good job of putting together all the information about LA and adding some details to it.

Really, it is getting to late 80s-early 90s levels of violence in the city and this time it isn't confined to South Central and Compton.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:54 am

Phrozen wrote:I think you have done a really good job of putting together all the information about LA and adding some details to it.

Really, it is getting to late 80s-early 90s levels of violence in the city and this time it isn't confined to South Central and Compton.
Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. You really provided a lot of the flavor for the city.

Poor Momentum!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:13 am

Los Angeles part 5 (New Villains)

The arrival of the King in Shadows has already started creating a substantive new number of ghosts, undead, and ghouls in the city with the most important new development being the undead. Heading up the undead in the city is Midnight Club sponsor Charles Chevalier, who rules as the self-styled "King of the Undead."

Charles is a SilverCorp CEO who was dying of cancer and figuratively sold his soul to survive. Using mesmerism almost constantly, he is attempting to gain control over both the organized crime in the city as well as corporate resources for the Midnight Club.

What nobody realizes but him, however, is that he's desperately out of his league and only playing at being a vampire lord. In the meantime, he acts like a cultured crime-boss meets French Dracula -- undermining his own subordinates as often as working against his enemies.
Significantly more dangerous is Devil Maiden, a Silver Corp vice President and lawyer turned magician who serves as Charles chief advisor. Anna Harris long-ago realized the Netherworld was small-time for what she wanted to accomplish and persuaded Charles to turn her into a vampire. Now as one of the undead, Anna has discovered her magical powers have tripled and is slowly manuevering Charles into a position where she can slay him and assume command of the city's undead.

She has been training with the katana under Antiki since then.
Assisting the King in Shadows in his "day job" are The Knights of the Abyss, who are a circle of six fallen heroes who have been recruited much the same way as their master. Not quite vampires, they're more-like superpowered Gothic versions of their previous selves. The team's missions vary from seeking powerful magical items or technology (to help the King in Shadow break free from the End) to large-scale terrorist attacks in order to appease the End until then. Their relationship to their master varies from adoration to hatred to indifference.

Weeping Jade, technically Magical Girl Weeping Jade, is their leader and a twenty-something scarlet-haired broken heroine with mystical powers. Her costume is drab and colorless despite being covered in ribbons while her wand is covered in black hearts. The King in Shadows and she are lovers but it is difficult to say whether each of them have any affection for the other since they are prone to betraying the other one day followed by risking their existences the next. Weeping Jade loathes the two prominent magical girls of the setting and is prone to sending all manner of spirits against them.

Other members of the KOTA are Champion Who Dwells in Grief, The Sword of Fallen Angels, The Cowl Who No Longer Serves Justice, Amazon Who Shatters Peace, and Lisa. Lisa, as one might guess, isn't particularly into the whole thing.

Underneath King Frost is the Cold Crew who serve as his chief enforcers. A collection of LA gangbangers of predominately Mexican or African American descent, the two getting along surprisingly well under King Frost's leadership, they are an eccentric mix to be sure.

Semi-Leading the group is Prince 7, a nineteen-year-old kid from King Frost's old neighborhood who was formerly possessed of incredible potential but has instead jumped feet first into the business of being a drug dealing gangster. King Frost doesn't want to believe it but 7 is already planning to murder his mentor and take his spot. Prince 7 constantly radiates an aura of people thinking the best of him and it takes a strong will to avoid it.

Leading the collection of Momentum's Rogues Gallery is The Tarantula, The Tar Man, Golden Eagle, AC/DC, Piston Boxer, Rampart, Sidewinder Steve, and Point Break. This is in addition to a bevy of costumes and powers rented out by The Creepshow Owner who more or less seems to have an unlimited supply of technological gizmos to give to wannabe supervillains. The Creepshow Owner is especially troublesome as Momentum notes that he seems to have no rationale motivation but is NOT a psychopath or supernatural entity.

As mentioned, Gong Xi, is head of the Shang-Di Corporation and a source of endless sorrow for the place. Appearing as a beautiful woman by day, she transforms into a hideous nightmarish ogre monster or a living tidal-wave of blood on command. This is in addition to her potent powers of necromancy. Gong Xi is an agent of the Titans and attempting to bring the Yama Kings into the world so Earth-0 can be destroyed. However, this is part of a larger gambit to save Earth-17 and her soul. To this end, she experiments in science and magic as part of a larger endeavor to gain power enough to challenge her masters (or at least protect herself from them).

She is prone to kidnapping supernatural and Nexus-heroes and putting them through lethal traps to test their abilities as well as releasing monsters created in her underground labs to test their skills. This sort of sadism feeds the Titans in addition to giving (semi)useful data.

Hilariously, the "Swan King" is her archenemy as the thief has stolen and ruined years of research by the evil corporation. Because she is a servant of the Titans, the End allows this even if it ostensibly helps people.
Gong Xi is assisted by "Buzz" who has provided her an unusually sweet deal, giving her wealth, power, immortality, and numerous other advantages at fairly minimal cost--steady human sacrifices and so on. Gong Xi believes it is because he has a terrible plan for her that she must avoid at all costs. In fact, he's just sweet on her.
Crushman is the 9ft tall armored robot behind the Brotherhood of Enlightenment offshoot organization known as R.U.R. Existing in an abandoned army missile silo they've taken over, Crushman and his followers create ever-greater and more dangerous chassis for his AI followers. The group is constantly attempting to steal resources and technology in-between grandiose plots at world domination.

Crushman is not afraid of leading his robotic army from the front due to the fact they are all "backed up" and don't see a difference between stored data and themselves, especially since they routinely merge and copy each others memories. They are possessed of stealth-technology which allows them almost unlimited skill at hiding but regularly decloak as part of their larger goal to reveal themselves to the world.

All of Crushman's followers have "Dolls" they can possess to allow themselves to disguise themselves as humans but they're just as likely to upload themselves into specially prepared vehicles for espionage.
And yes, Doctor W based them on THAT cartoon.
The Extreme Team is another gang which bothers individuals in Los Angeles, despite being long-time enemies of El Grande. A collection of UFFC wrestlers, martial artists, luchadors, and bodybuilders, they are outfitted with all manner of chemical or supernatural based superpowers. Mostly into drug-dealing, arms trading, and extortion--the Extreme Team is a source of major carnage in Los Angeles but too STUPID to pose a serious threat to the world. The exception is their leader, El Loco, which refers not only to his mental state but the fact he has the strength to throw-down with El Grande and win.

Underneath him is Mayhem, who can best be thought of as a Mexican version of Vaas from Far-Cry only with super-acrobatic stabbing skills (also near-invulnerability since his body has the kinetic quality of rubber). Loco and Mayhem may be lovers, best friends, brothers, or some combination but the two TERRIFY everyone who isn't a A-class superhero.

As servants of the Organization-controlled cartels, the Extreme Team has access to almost unlimited amounts of heavy weaponry they use profusely.
Both Big Dog and King Frost, ironically, consider the Extreme Team more an annoyance than anything else.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:15 am

Just like politics, all superheroics is local.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:23 am

Now, I am seeing Momentum recruiting Point Break to help combat Gong Xi. Gong Xi turns into a tidal wave of blood, Point Break uses his water control powers to surf her into containment or out of the way.....

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:25 am

Phrozen wrote:Now, I am seeing Momentum recruiting Point Break to help combat Gong Xi. Gong Xi turns into a tidal wave of blood, Point Break uses his water control powers to surf her into containment or out of the way.....
Off course Point Break will probably do it only if Momentum's willing to pay him first.

Dude's totally mercenary, as expected of a supervillian.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:26 am

Dude is a total beach bum just looking to ride the gnarliest wave. He robs banks and does crime so he doesn't have to get a real job.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:26 am

Phrozen wrote:Dude is a total beach bum just looking to ride the gnarliest wave. He robs banks and does crime so he doesn't have to get a real job.
Exactly, total mercenary. :mrgreen:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:29 am

Well, sometimes you've got to ride the wave man. Even if there's money involved.

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Fellows of the Freedom Ring (Golden Age)

Post by Libra » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:36 am

Dash Thunderbolt! (William McNulty): An affable college football stalwart who was smart enough to realise he'd never be a star and sensible enough to start looking for an alternative career track when the realisation hit him - thanks to the fact the amiable lunk-headedness with which he had pursued his college career was more the inevitable product of adolescence combined with inexperience than innate foolishness he was able to fall back on a grasp of science solid enough for his favourite professor to entrust him with monitoring a significant, but not overly sensitive experiment which was entirely successful (with the singular exception that one Bill McNulty somehow gained superhuman speed as a result of overnight exposure).

It was at this point that Bill McNulty began to discover his TRUE calling in life, which is to say he met the two ladies who would dominate the rest of his life: Miss Deborah 'Debbie' Powell (later Mrs William McNulty) and LADY JUSTICE - he also became a superhero, but it speaks volumes about his character that he remembers meeting his future wife more clearly than the precise circumstances under which he became a superhero.

Still, he would be one of the best - his people skills, indomitable (although not unshaken) optimism and sheer foot-speed contributing to the peace and security of The World (not to mention to making sure it's first superhero gathering failed to tear itself to pieces through sheer stubborn diversity), going on to become something of a keystone for the community of costumed adventurers by virtue of the fact that 'Uncle Dash' was one of the few superheroes who seemed to meet EVERYONE sooner or later (that foot-speed and the fact he took an INTEREST) and mentor half of them.

No-one was surprised (and many were saddened) when he killed himself saving the lives of every citizen in a town being fought over during The War of the Masks (so that his fellows could focus on saving their own lives rather than others); he'd always been a team player.


Dark Diamond (Joseph M. Webb): A self-made man who'd achieved a level of significance, verging on importance, that would keep him away from the battlefront for the duration of The Second World War Mister Webb was saved from the pangs of a conscience as upright as it was uptight by his astonishing discovery that the strange, ugly jewel that he'd uncovered during that period when he was first making something of himself and dubbed 'The Devil's Diamond' after he'd been unable to trade it for love or money was good for something besides a paperweight.

To be precise it gave him the power to DO something (actually quite a number of things) and what he did would fill an entire generation of funny papers; he fought crime, as well as those who would inflict injustice and suffering on others (some of them true monsters) with a verve and rectitude that intimidated the wicked and inspired those who needed that spark of hope most of all.

Also the most outlandish costume seen in the entire Golden Age (on permanent loan from a theatrical production never seen by the public, but put to good use never-the-less), kept from looking ridiculous only by the fact that it's wearer stood well over six feet in his socks and COMMANDING with it.

He would go on to enjoy a lengthy career as something of a paragon in E-38s superhero community and would fail to enjoy his career as husband and father for far too long, owing to an unfortunate series of events with consequences beyond even HIS power to heal.


The Ultimate Woman (Gloriana Nichols nee Pembroke): An emissary from an island civilisation which might very well have been a listening post established by The Star-Kingdom to keep an eye on the local version of Britain until it had made something of itself worth incorporating into the fabric of a Greater Britain, Gloriana seems to have taken one look at the sad situation in which the local Britons found themselves after Dunkirk and thrown herself into the fray with that peculiar combination of "jolly hockey-sticks!" enthusiasm and grand dame imperiousness which had made her first amongst equals on her home away from home.

The British Empire never quite knew what hit it; still The Ultimate Woman helped it survive one of the sternest tests in it's existence, by hook and by whacking any fascist sharks that took the bait into oblivion and that was far from a bad thing - the problem was that she'd also set a dangerous precedent for any agents of the Star Kingdom looking to lend a hand to the locals and few of them lived up to the stern standards Gloriana Pembroke had set for herself (and subtly imposed on anyone who happened to come in range by sheer force of character).

Even from the midst of a very lengthy retirement, Gloriana Nichols is planning to DO SOMETHING about all this mess - right after she rakes out the foul lot that mucked up the Neverwhen Kingdom and drove her husband ... well, first into the black and then into oblivion.


The Radium Brain (Mister P. Goodwin): A creation of peculiar science and a genius as yet unmatched in the modern era, Mr Goodwin (he prefers the title, since he had to fight for it in a court of law and was very relieved to win it too, but isn't too proud to be called 'Pavel' by friends) was born with strange abilities that defied even the ability of his creator to explain, much less control and this left him with a bad reputation, as well as a criminal record.

Despite this bad start in life he would go on to make something of himself, first as a superhuman defender of his fellow citizens (although he had to fight for THAT too, mostly because some unscrupulous businessmen wanted to take him apart to see what made him tick ... literally) and then as a full-blown superhero once people stopped screaming long enough to notice the fact that if he WAS a monster then he wasn't very good at his job (what with all that do-gooding).

Although always just a little too ... otherworldly for comfort, no matter WHICH chassis he cares to use today, The Radium Brain has enjoyed a good reputation and full membership of the Human Race for a very long time, since even before that day when he blasted his way to Hitler's door (even if Der Fuhrer beat him to the punch by a matter of moments; to this day nobody can be sure whether he was more afraid of being burned to death or captured by The Soviets).

In the decades since, Mister Goodwin has divided his time impartially between becoming a more fully-rounded human being and making life more difficult for the dastardly (in a wide variety of guises, some more robotic-looking than others - a secret identity is easier to keep when you can change your entire body with a little bit of work; well, a little bit of help and a lot of work).


Grace Terril (Grace T. Harlowe): Also known as 'Grace Under Pressure' after her memoirs were published, Miss Grace Terril (her middle name - she got especially sick of being asked if she was a relation of Jean Harlow when she realised that they didn't even spell their names the same way) was a bright young lady with a steady job as a secretary rapidly becoming a career stretching out ahead of her on the day when the circle of costumed adventurers, mystery-men and super humans who had been attempting to keep in touch and pool their efforts decided that they needed someone to keep their voluminous reams of correspondence straight so they could stop arguing about who had written what to whom and FINALLY start working out how to beat crime up but GOOD.

Contacting the appropriate authorities (to be precise those governing the public place where they had quietly gathered, out of costume but in at least some semblance of disguise), they were furnished with Miss Grace who proceeded to become their organising genius, most celebrated chronicler and Girl Friday in general; she swiftly forgave their little subterfuge, once she realised that they weren't planning to blow up this particular dam, but were in fact working out how and when those they aimed to stop would strike (all the better to be waiting there).

Sticking with The Freedom Ring in part due to native curiosity and partly because working for them made being a secretary even MORE fun, Grace proved herself to be a bit of a wonder even outside those periods of time when she actually possessed superpowers (The Golden Age was a pretty peculiar time, even by the standards of the Silver Age), not least by surviving everything thrown at her with that invaluable common sense and sense of humour firmly intact (no slight achievement when those projectiles include anathemas, bricks, bullets, curses, flowers, promises not intended to be kept and purple prose).


Sparky (Leonard Erichsen): A young man whose family made it out of Germany, but not in time to avoid some serious trauma, Leonard found himself headed for trouble thanks to his utter refusal to take **** from anyone and his ambition to spend the rest of his life kicking the oppressor closest to boot in the unmentionables even before his burgeoning powers over magnetism began to make themselves blatantly apparent. Had it not been for the good offices of The Freedom Ring, this unfortunate boy might well have become a terror - as things turned out he frightened people anyway, but usually for the right reasons.

He would go on to serve a long, complicated and remarkable career that did not invariably find him in The Right - no matter how much he might claim otherwise, his moral compass was never as infallible as his nose for real wickedness - but which saw him do a lot of good anyway (if only by teaching young super-humans how NOT to go about making the world a better place).
As a note, a major part of the reason so many costumed adventurers and mystery men took young sidekicks during The Golden Age was due to the simple fact that they were for the most part only human, most of them were hardly in the pink of health - they'd have been drafted otherwise - and most of the able-bodied were too busy with one sort of War work or another to be able to devote the sort of time needed to pursue a Crusade against Crime.

The fact that not every mystery-man of the Golden Age enjoyed or would ever be able to enjoy particularly cordial relations with The Police didn't help their difficulties when it came to finding suitable recruits.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:42 am

Pardon the relatively crude nature of this article; I wanted to answer this particular challenge as quickly as possible (any suggestions for improvements would be much appreciated). :D


By the way Charles, fine work on LA; I shall do my best to post something, once I work out something as well worth reading as the original article! (which is generally a bit of a tall order where a Charles Phipps article is concerned). :)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:43 am

Libra wrote:Pardon the relatively crude nature of this article; I wanted to answer this particular challenge as quickly as possible (any suggestions for improvements would be much appreciated). :D

By the way Charles, fine work on LA; I shall do my best to post something, once I work out something as well worth reading as the original article! (which is generally a bit of a tall order where a Charles Phipps article is concerned). :)
Bah!

Ridiculous.

(Though I would be interested in your thoughts on the new characters above)

I shall have my comments on your latest magnum opus to you today!

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