Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:48 pm

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Steve and Franz I'll hold off on until I can think of someone OTHER than Asuka and Shinji.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:01 pm

Commentary Comments part 1

There are still a few old hands with The Octagon who would resent this crew to the point of hatred (for reminding them of the days when they were going to break the masterminds, then fix the world in those days before the organisation was driven aways from one world then made a complete mess when it actually got it's hands on another), if only for living the sort of life they always believed they were living before being disillusioned by the realities of their professional conduct.

By the sounds of things Marcus might actually BE ex-Octagon (although that might be reaching just a bit).

It might be amusing if Victor thought he's the cartoon version of Victor Vanquish! :mrgreen:


I'm afraid, Libra, you are incorrect. In fact, there are THREE ex-members of the Octagon in the organization. Marcus, in fact, is a former Beetle/Boomerang-esque supervillain professional who realized that the costumed theatrics WEREN'T helping him. Victor, however, has his name come from Frankenstein as he's a put-together patchwork doll that Doctor Xenograft created--and LOVES IT.

Stevie, by contrast, is a man possessed with Matrix-downloadable skills via brain-computer and a massive debt to ShivaCorp (specifically corrupt men inside it) who thought he could do crime without getting sucked into supervillainy. He's since used his fellows to rob them blind and give himself the "complete catalog" of skills. He's one of the 1% who survive such an experience, though he didn't know it'd be dangerous at the time.

Penelope is a former student of Dakki.

"I'm building a collection."

"Yes, but what for?"

"To house all the artefacts I've collected over the years".

"Do you EVER give a straight answer?"

"You would like to know, wouldn't you?"


:grin:

One wonders if the latter's condition is related to the former or simply due to his mortal terror that he'll be revealed as a collateral of the 616-branch of the Summers family (which means he'll have to keep that kudzu plantation of a family tree straight or even worse, attend a family reunion!).


A little of both as he's unfortunately one of the few teenagers who working with two staggeringly beautiful women while FIGHTING WITH GIANT ROBOTS isn't necessarilly a deal-maker. Primarily because he'd like to live to see his eighteenth birthday.

I very much doubt she lacks for friends and very much suspect that she's prone to using 'shiny!' as an accolade.


Indeed.

"Mwa-hah-ha HO HO HO OH goodness me, I didn't see you there my little friend, just a good joke and not an evil scheme not at all - here, let me bribe (BLESS!) you with toys".


He and Doctor Niles Caulder have a little too much in common for the team's comfort.

For some reason it's hard not to imagine him as a little like a cross between The Hero of Big Trouble in Little China and Jack Burton (yes, Jack's the comedy ethnic sidekick in that film, so what?).


A most astute observation. He's got all of the skills but precious little of the stoicism for your typical Bruce Lee-esque protagonist. Indeed, his number of pratfalls (which are PAINFUL he reminds you) have caused some to think more of Jackie Chan.

Given the circumstances of her upbringing and the use to which her mother put her, one has to wonder why ... if only a little.


Weeping Jade Harmony was actually quite the benevolent mother, if not for using her as an assassin. Much like other members of the team, she was prone to keeping a Morality Pet. She just was very BAD at it.

So long as the police don't take issue with how they handled those bits of business, I don't think the Celebrators have anything to worry about (unless The Swan King in Shadows decides he fancies a date and specifies that he requires the most beautiful woman in the world rather than day from the calendar).


*scribbles down that plot hook*

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby greycrusader » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:41 pm

Charles, you really have to expand on Big Larry and the Celebrators, especially as with that name they HAVE to be a band as well as a security agency (hey, it IS a comic book style universe we're talking about here!)

Meanwhile, Libra and I have been busily PMing and developing a lot more details on the cataclysm the Octagon unleashed on Earth-86, the origins and current activities of the ex-Lamplighters, and some additional Octagon members' nastiness. All of which I'm certain our esteemed UK colleague will unveil when the material properly coalesces.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:55 pm

Will do, GC!

I can't wait to see what you've done.

I'd also love to hear your thoughts on the Abyssal folk. I think you'd do awesome to create a set of opposite numbers!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:20 pm

Charles Chevalier

The current Lord of Los Angeles undead is a figure who is something of an arrivalist in terms of the city's criminal and supernatural subcultures. The branch manager of the West Coast division of SilverCorp, Charles Chevalier was on Forbes and Time before he mysteriously stopped letting pictures get taken of him.

One of the few aware of his corporate head's time-traveling abilities and greater supernatural agenda, he took inspiration from his mentor and decided to use the Nexus to his benefit as well. Involving himself in all manner of illegal activity, he acquired countless patents on CCG acquired inventions that moved him from being a "mere" multimillionaire to be a billionaire five times over.

Which still wasn't enough.


Unfortunately, you get what you pay for when you work with unscrupulous people and Charles acquired inoperable brain cancer from using the "Future Teller Helmet." The name should have been a tip-off he was buying dodgy equipment but this was just one of MANY mistakes he'd make in the near-future.

Testing a variety of quack cures, he managed to lose a billion of his fortune. One, however, acquainted him with the Netherworld and he swiftly rose to the top of that evil body by virtue of the fact he wasn't a complete idiot. Master of the occult he was not but Charles knew something about contract law and quickly managed to acquire the souls of nearly all his competitors before bargaining them with collateral to several evil powers but a hold for a renewable amount of years.

This attracted the attention of Lord Ruthven, who was impressed with the "Annoying Solicitor turned Merchant Prince." Sending one of his bribes to seduce him, Charles Chevalier made his transition to undeath. He was cured of his inoperable cancer and his bride explained, upon his awakening, that he would help Lord Ruthven adjust to his new world and its intricacies. Charles nodded, had his security team load her full of wooden bullets, and then drained her dry. This act of cannibalism, accompanied by a Titanic rite, allowed him to absorb all of her knowledge and power.

Charles Chevalier proceeded to flee to Los Angeles and locked himself up in the fortress-like skyscraper of Chevalier Enterprises. He hired the best number of supernatural bodyguards money could buy and also turned a substantial number of ex-mercenaries he had experience with, depending on them to be his defense against Ruthven's vengeance. Charles, also, turned his son and sent him to South America to get out of the way of any fallout.

A month later, Ruthven pinned his son's head to the back of his underground concrete bunker's bed.

This rude awakening convinced Charles he would need significantly more power and information if he was to become a major player. Using his mesmerism and wealth, Charles has built a large network of pawns and minions across the city. He has also befriended corrupt Pendulum agent Robert Hayes, Fenris mercenary company head John Target, and his mistress Devil Maiden. Charles also gave a full-power transplant of a tortured shape-shifting alien to Fantasy, making her become fully in control over her powers.

And even MORE of a psychopath.


To seal the deal, he's acquired The Heart Eater, a Camazotz bodyguard. This creature he believes will provide the necessary muscle in order to make him a figure of quality. The Heart Eater believes that Charles Chevalier, ironically, attracts more danger to himself with such an intimidating bodyguard due to most supernaturals sensing it as a sign of weakness. The Heart Eater loves the wealth and slaves its job allows so it doesn't complain.

Charles Chevalier has spent the past few years attempting to force all of Los Angeles vampires under his bony thumbs. The majority of them have no idea why they need to acknowledge his authority or why they need a "leader" to begin with. The fact Charles just wants the status of being "King of California" without having any real plan for it is doubly frustrating to the undead. His "leadership" primarily consists of randomly ordering members of the society to run errands for him just to prove he can.

Charles Chevalier is more of a presence in Los Angeles' Underworld as he is a powerful broker in arms trafficking, superpowers, illegally imported CCG goods, and drugs. The fact he doesn't NEED to do any of this undermines that accomplishment too. Both Big Dog and King Frost think he's a white lunatic dabbling in something he has no real understanding of how the streets work. Nevertheless, he has too much power and influence to simply dismiss. Besides, both have made fortunes indulging his ego and believe he's some sort of criminal mastermind.

Charles is an interesting sort of villain because his failures are more likely to cause dangers than his successes. He still believes he can become one of the most powerful beings on Earth-0 but has no real idea of what sort of forces he's messing with. As a result, he may attempt to drain the power of a Titan or summon a godlike Kaiju monster from the depths not because he needs to do so but simply to prove he can.

The scary part is there's a small part of Charles Chevalier that understands just how much of a poseur he is. It's a part which was revealed when he discovered he was too afraid of Ruthven to seek revenge for his son. It's growing inside him with each passing day he denies it. Eventually, it will explode outward into an orgy of violence, revenge, and murder that will destroy every bit of the civilized demeanor he's cultivated.

It might also make him what Ruthven calls a "true vampire."

Ruthven only spared him because he actually thinks Charles needed to become more of a monster to be WORTH killing.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:29 pm

Would Chevalier be blacklisted by the CCG if his vampirism was revealed (due to its Titanic origins)?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:30 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Would Chevalier be blacklisted by the CCG if his vampirism was revealed (due to its Titanic origins)?


The CCG would immediately move him from "Local Rug Merchant" to "Preferred Customer."

The CCG is a very mercenary organization, after all.

Of course, they WOULD blacklist him for trading with Warmonger and subverting local regulations.

In short, doing exactly the sort of illegal short-sighted stuff that made him a fortune on Wallstreet (and helped collapse the economy Pre-Nexus).

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Does he have a rivalry with Byron over who'll be Vampire Kingpin of California too?

And upon further examination, wouldn't going feral honestly be for the best? (As in no longer a smug, greedy little wuss, but now a savage, cunning bloodsucker?)

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:37 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Does he have a rivalry with Byron over who'll be Vampire Kingpin of California too?


In quite possibly the only Crowning Moment of Awesome in Charles life, Byron's Family managed to occupy all of Charles bodyguards and security before confronting the vampire directly. The head of the Midnight Club and all its debauchery versus the head of the Family. Byron proceeded to deliver a No Holds Barred Beatdown on Charles, taunting him as a complete pretender.

Madcap, who was watching the whole thing from the room's ceiling fan, proceeded to make numerous suggestions to Byron about what to insult Charles with. When the subject turned to Charles' son, Charles had his first frenzy and ripped off Byron's arm before beating him into a coma with it. Charles then staked Byron to the top of his skyscraper, decapitated him, and let the sun do the rest.

Yes, Byron's (first) death was at the hands of a vampire everyone considers a complete loser.

Voltron64 wrote:And upon further examination, wouldn't going feral honestly be for the best? (As in no longer a smug, greedy little wuss, but now a savage, cunning bloodsucker?)

:P


Yes, yes it will.

Strange how the leader of the Hellfire Club equivalent is a MASSIVELY repressed vampire.

His Revolution (TV series) equivalent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lffX2z4Uywo

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:48 pm

This is a good approximation of what Charles would be like in combat once he lets himself loose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E7q0A1pArc

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Yes, yes it will.

Strange how the leader of the Hellfire Club equivalent is a MASSIVELY repressed vampire.

His Revolution (TV series) equivalent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lffX2z4Uywo


Ah yes, my Fantasy Comic Book Casting choice for The Analyst. :wink:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:59 pm

With all these new threats, King Frost might have to build himself a Rogues type organization of native Los Angelenos to step in when the heroes fail. If John Marcone can get his big damn villains moments, so can Hector. Lets see King Frost, Adonis, Screen King, Point Break, Dr. Xenograft, and Malady.

Not sure if they would be able to stand up to the Knights of the Abyss but might make them think twice.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:02 pm

Phrozen wrote:With all these new threats, King Frost might have to build himself a Rogues type organization of native Los Angelenos to step in when the heroes fail. If John Marcone can get his big damn villains moments, so can Hector. Lets see King Frost, Adonis, Screen King, Point Break, Dr. Xenograft, and Malady.

Not sure if they would be able to stand up to the Knights of the Abyss but might make them think twice.


Amusingly, the head of HANG has figured out King Frost was trying to be a hero. It's just...YEARS too late.

Still, it might be funny if King Frost ends up saving the city from crayzy folk enough he becomes one of the Gray Hats.

If not white.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Phrozen » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:04 pm

More like Captain Cold. Still pretty evil but more then willing to put the psychopaths down if he has too.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:08 pm

Phrozen wrote:More like Captain Cold. Still pretty evil but more then willing to put the psychopaths down if he has too.


Or Dr. Doom! :twisted:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:49 pm

King Frost, I suspect, would be much-much happier if he was out leading his Cold Crew versus being a gang boss.

One is stereotypical for a Hispanic man from a poor background with great intelligence.

One has STYLE.


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