Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:15 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Thanks for your comments as always, Libra!

They are MOST welcome.

As for the philandering, well, maybe it's because I think superheroes should have sex too!

I suppose SOME must be monogamous, though.

Hmmm.

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I'd like to think SPD0 as an example just to make things clear.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:17 pm

Voltron64 wrote: I'd like to think SPD0 as an example just to make things clear.
*waves ST wand*

So granted.

So is Mister King to his dead wife.

As are numerous-numerous others.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:22 pm

Sailor Cosmos will be monogamous once she actually finds the guy for her. She's still holding out for Jonny Tesla at the moment.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:31 pm

MightyDavidson wrote:Sailor Cosmos will be monogamous once she actually finds the guy for her. She's still holding out for Jonny Tesla at the moment.
Moonatic is heartbroken!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:31 pm

MightyDavidson wrote:Sailor Cosmos will be monogamous once she actually finds the guy for her. She's still holding out for Jonny Tesla at the moment.
What about Moonatic?

Edit: Forget I asked. :P
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:36 pm

Zed is devoted dearly to his wife, as is Final Girl to her girlfriend. The Big Answer doesn't play the field. The Bluejay is a one-woman sort of guy but has relationships trying to find her. El Grande has no sexual history anyone can find. Talbot is devoted to his wife and her divorce of him has left him broken-hearted as well as unresponsive to Pyrokinesis' attempts to love him. Torch is uninterested in dating PERIOD despite the advances of her teammates.

Phoenix Girl is technology-sexual, the Slayer only loved the Innocent (until recently), and the Innocent is a virgin (as to be expected). The Repairman isn't a player either, mostly holding a torch (small t) for his fellow teammate Big Ajax.

So really, it's just Mister Arcane, Victor, Moonatic, Pooka, and the swinging Phoenixes.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:23 pm

Charles Phipps wrote: Phoenix Girl is technology-sexual, the Slayer only loved the Innocent (until recently), and the Innocent is a virgin (as to be expected). The Repairman isn't a player either, mostly holding a torch (small t) for his fellow teammate Big Ajax.

So really, it's just Mister Arcane, Victor, Moonatic, Pooka, and the swinging Phoenixes.
Speaking of which, you might want to tell us a bit more about Phoenix Girl, Charles.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:35 pm

By the way, I think I figured out why in Earth-1938, China is a balkanized mess caught between the capitalists, communists, and Fiendish Oriental Masterminds/Warlords.

How, you may ask? Simple, blame on it on Dr. Tao's brief but ferocious unsuccessful campaign to conquer that reality back in the late thirties.
To be honest, this is how Dr. Tao, Reverend Sung and many others in Earth-17 viewed that inter-dimensional venture.

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Otto: "SHUT UP! We did not lose Vietnam, it was a TIE!"

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The National Pledge

Post by Libra » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:29 pm

In 1948 a collection of terribly-disappointed idealists, divided by whatever beliefs they held closest to their heart and somehow gathered together in the shadow of Lady Liberty by something ... perhaps intuition, perhaps a hunch, perhaps a gut feeling, but nothing they would ever be capable of explaining to anyone who had not been there with them to take heed of that hopeful, desperate summons.

Much to their surprise they were there to meet a youthful 'demigoddess' who alighted fully-formed from some unimaginable point of origin with all-too-familiar enemies in hot pursuit; to their astonishment, this rag-tag gathering of agitators, idealists and other rebels found themselves acting in unison to protect this young lady from the foot-soldiers of oppression, not to mention downright gobsmacked to discover that they had actually won their first Victory once the final flurry of combat furore was over and done with for the night.

Having become more familiar with the great charm of this young lady and the vulnerabilities that hid beneath her prodigious power overnight, this collection of individualists elected to follow her of their own free will for the simple reason that she had rapidly proven herself the most powerful spark of hope yet manifested to those that struggled against the ever-more-potent dictators working to achieve domination over their increasingly-dreary world - not to mention for more complicated reasons each individual to the members of a team which would carry many secrets close to their chest, all the better to keep their hearts from breaking and those of their fellows from being broken.

Sadly in this they did not greatly distinguish themselves from a majority of their fellow-citizens on that Earth where dominion lay in command over the lies and secrets of the Ages, Ancient and Modern.

The participants in this unlikely, but not entirely unplanned assembly would go on to achieve great things for the World that they called home, striking against it's many evils, seeking to end the dominion of those that sought to reduce it's residents to a bulk of compliant nothings, seeking to reveal lies and uncover secrets for the shadowy, insubstantial things that they were and not the source of power the masters of that planet had sought to make them - not to mention chin-check or face-wreck a great many indomitably despotic individuals and build an ever-larger network agitating for political change, social equality, as well as personal freedoms that would make E-632 a blessed commonwealth and no longer a dominion of the accursed (not to mention super-humans even more able to wreck wicked schemes and knock villains out of circulation than their inspirations).

They were beaten in the end when their most powerful enemy completely cast aside his personal pride and reduced his hopes for a better world to the simple desire for a daughter to call his own, a deeply personal sacrifice that in truth won him NOTHING; but it was only after this bitter end that the National Pledge utterly failed, when one of their last surviving members abandoned all hope of a better world and entered the time-stream with the intent of building one that could survive that bitterest of enemies, the man they called Pendleton.

God have mercy on him, for he succeeded and he would be only the first of many to pay the price.


Columbia: Calling herself 'Rebecca Chang' when she needed to be reminded that she was as much superhuman as 'demigoddess', Columbia was at the same time a very young, vulnerable lady passing through the difficult transition into adulthood and a budding 'demigoddess' without any time for the comforting security of a childhood if she wished to make E-632 the first of many worlds to benefit from her blessings.

Never quite finding the family she so keenly desired in The National Pledge, they were still her dearest friends and most devoted followers, not faultless but desperate to safeguard the spark of hope in something better to come with which she lit up her immediate surroundings, so that the promise of a torch that might illuminate the dark bitterness of their world might be fulfilled - not to mention willing and able to do great, as well as terrible things in pursuit of that goal (as well as many more short-term, some more personal, some less noble).

Columbia would remain ageless, yet not unchanged over the course of her experiences and never cease from her attempts to make the world a better place even when she found her course side-tracked into the oddest of digressions or passing through the most terrible desolation left in the wake of freedom's enemies and labelled peace - but no matter how powerful she grew, she never outgrew her desperate desire for FAMILY and in the end this was not a flaw, but it WAS a weakness that could be exploited by one ruthless enough to exploit it and powerful enough to survive the process.


The Detective (Richard R. Trahan): An ageing veteran of the military and law enforcement who had acquired a great deal of experience, though little else other than bad memories across the course of his long career through the ranks of those his country named Enemy - ranks that grew ever deeper and more afflicted, even as they grew less offensive on the whole, even to those required to enforce the fullest penalties of an ever less humane Law upon them.

In the end The Detective joined those ranks when his masters tried to placate the more enquiring minds amongst their subordinates by feeding them the vindication of their own vindictiveness in the guise of redemption and salvation; his hitherto-silent conscience finally reached a sticking point and his career within the Law reached an end as a result - escaping the immediate consequences The Detective's purposeless wanderings were brought to an end almost as soon as they began when Columbia entered his life.

He didn't buy into half of what she was selling, but The Detective still saw something in that little lady that he simply couldn't leave behind or do without; he would go on to be amongst her most devoted, rugged and ruthless followers, right up until the very end of Columbia.


The Randian (Terry Pointdexter): A very young man even younger than he looked, yet already old in experience, The Randian had experienced no other education higher than his creator's interpretation of the ardently-embraced philosophy of Ayn Rand and hard experience amidst the ruins of the Utopia in which that creator, along with far too many others, had been reduced to worse than ruin in their quest to curb the wickedness of man and the desperate struggle to survive that followed their failure.

Escaping with too much blood on his hands thanks to slavery under the commands of the wicked and without stain on his soul due mostly to the unexpected kindness he'd shown through the first and only chance to choose freely he'd been offered in the course of his entire existence, the young man in question proved dangerous to those that threatened his charges and almost unable to make himself comprehensible to the wider world when finally given the chance to speak on his own account.

Still, he had a good heart even if his education had been bad and he dreamed of something better, dreamed of freedom for himself and those for whom he had accepted responsibility, dreamed bright dreams that drew him to the advent of Columbia or perhaps drew her towards HIM and others whose dreams were equally-potent, if not always as bright.

Terry would prove one of the most exasperating members of the National Pledge to the other members of the team, forever the odd one out by virtue of his complicated, tragic and somewhat pathetic upbringing, but also because of his eternal desire to settle down and work more slowly towards a better world, all the better to make the best possible outcome more certain or so he said - a desire that in the end he had the courage to fulfil, despite the outcry amongst his friends, because as he put "I have been a slave once and never shall be again, not even enthralled by my friendship for you all".

Much to the amusement of those that were still around to look back from the better days that lay ahead, it was in his retirement that Terry had his greatest impact; his adoptive daughters whose bodies had once been petri-dishes for strange, powerful concoctions became mothers to a race of super-humans like none seen before, children who from their very birth would be taught a crucial lesson by the man who had become their grandfather - at some point everyone is offered a choice, so choose wisely because such choices can bring power and responsibility or just turn out plain objectionable.


Equality (Eric MacDonald) and Fraternity (Bill Francis): A strange, stubborn pair that sought to stand for the rights and dignities of EVERYONE in a world where most people were increasingly lucky to keep their health, never mind anything less tangible and more immaterial because quite frankly they could see that what freedoms they had were precious even BEFORE they were a thing of the past - they suffered for that belief, but did a pretty good job of making sure no-one else did, which makes it less than surprising that they were drawn to Columbia (or that she she was drawn to them, possibly even before she met them).

Perpetually dedicated to their ephemeral namesake ideals to the point where they rejected The American Eagle for the humble honeybee on the understanding that dandified vulture had been just a TOUCH imperial before the currency of that all-american icon as a symbol of high-flying freedom was ground into the dirt through the frequent misuse to which it was put in the interests of the Pendleton Despotism, Equality and Fraternity were burdened in the course of their quest by a secret that would undercut their message if it were ever made public.

It's hard to convince others of the fundamental equality of man when only ONE of you has superpowers.


The Singularity (Platon): A soviet cosmonaut who acquired superhuman powers, then proceeded to use and wilfully misuse them in the interests of progressing towards his end goal, The Singularity was forever reluctant to share anything with his colleagues beyond their adventures and the precise nature of this end goal (not to mention his real name and even his face, concealed behind the visor of that space-suit from which he could never be separated), all that is know is his method of pursuing that goal - build a power on Earth even more potent than President Pendleton in complete opposition to that b------- ambitions.

To that end he joined The National Pledge, although it's unclear as to whether this was his first choice or simply the last phase of a gambit intended to to stave off Pendleton's triumph long enough to build something that could survive even this calamity; owing to his time-travel peregrinations it's even hard to tell whether or not he picked up The Stone after the last defeat of The National Pledge or before he ever met Columbia, never mind just what he did or just what order he did all that he felt he had to.

In the end he failed to build a better world, but at least built a world he could live with - a world which killed him swiftly and without a second thought upon realising he existed.


The Repairman (Arthur Asimov or Lancelot 'Larry' Asimov): Given the family resemblance, it's hard to tell whether or not The Repairman who did his best to fix the problems of E-632 and failed in the end was the man we know best by that name or his missing-presumed-adventuring younger brother, but whatever the case the Repairman did a much less loopy job than usual while working with the National Pledge, as well as doing a lot of good just by doing his honest blue-collar best to keep Columbia grounded and the gang in better style than they had previously been accustomed to.

If he was ever Arthur, the fate of this Repairman following the destruction of his first team is well-known, albeit scarcely credible - if he was only ever Lancelot Asimov, then that fate remains unknown but likely lamentable given the tragedy of The National Pledge.

Liberty's Shadow (?): A hard-pressed team abandoned to their fate by a world that doomed itself to die unmourned in consequence, The National Pledge could still number their fair share of successes before being reduced to a state of chronic uncertainty and 'might have been' by the efforts of their old team-mate - arguably the greatest of their successes was earning the recognition across the Nexus that would result in one of their own becoming a member of the Everywhen's Mightiest Heroes The Aetheric Pantheon, a mystery-man wielding strange technology to good effect in the cause of Justice immortalised as The Living Shadow with a mighty myriad of benevolent consequences opened up as a result.

But then The Singularity severed all connection between this real, breathing man and his immortal shadow when that miserable commie excuse for a Doc Morrow kicked out the foundations of space and time in that part of the cosmos most crucial to keeping one of Realities most crucial wardens connected to reality - the consequences of that action have been even worse for the cosmos than those that would cause The Singularity himself to suffer and then spread that suffering across nearby branches of the World Tree.

In the end even that legacy of oppression known as The Sovius may yet pale next to the suffering spread by this inhuman shadow - especially if it were to reconnect with the deeply troubled young entity once known as Columbia and now caught in the crux of a crucial decision concerning who she should now become ....
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:33 pm

Well there's my vision of The National Pledge and I hope it's not TOO bad.


Voltron, you have a good point about Doctor Tao's actions and the consequences for China; I'd argue that it's dangerous, sorry, somewhat pitiful series of states may well be due to the fact that since the E-17 incursion which that dastardly doctor masterminded EVERYONE went out of their way to make sure that China never grew into that kind of threat on this particular world.

With consequences of which you are well aware (and probably a few we have yet to work out).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:38 pm

Libra wrote:Well there's my vision of The National Pledge and I hope it's not TOO bad.


Voltron, you have a good point about Doctor Tao's actions and the consequences for China; I'd argue that it's dangerous, sorry, somewhat pitiful series of states may well be due to the fact that since the E-17 incursion which that dastardly doctor masterminded EVERYONE went out of their way to make sure that China never grew into that kind of threat on this particular world.

With consequences of which you are well aware (and probably a few we have yet to work out).
Well, if there's any kind of plus to what happened, it was that Dr. Tao's forces (in particular Reverend Sung) put a major dent on the Imperial invaders.
Reverend Sung (to an IJA officer whose throat he's clutching): "Hmph, Japanese...we conquered and assimilated your stubborn kind ages ago."
Though honestly, it was like what happened when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union and how the conquered populaces thought the Nazis were saviors at first before realizing they were just as bad. :(
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:40 pm

Bravo, Libra.

Bravo.

I wonder what the final fate of dear Columbia will be.

It seems poor Elizabeth is on a downward spiral of evil no matter where she goes.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:31 pm

Well given who parents are, can you blame her?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:53 am

Well no, not really, especially given that she has been denied any kind of normal childhood thanks to her instinctive crusade, subjected to a psychic personality transplant by the shade of her own kinsman (not long after seeing many of those that had followed her massacred), been obliged to fight for headspace with the most horrible daughter of President Evil imaginable, then been left to marinate in limbo for far too long through the actions of one whom she had called friend THEN MINDWIPED ....

Well let's say that the kid needs Help (preferably from the Good Guys).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:25 am

Woah.

I just realized Captain Carpenter and (Comm.) Ellie Davidson are the two Shepards!

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