Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:55 am

The Jester of Jolly Justice, the Dark Trickster, and the Clown Prince of Cruelty is a figure who almost never leaves the Los Angeles area but has been known to turn up in the most absurd places like the surface of Mars or Wild West.
Also a version of Mars that looks a great deal like the Wild West with extra Barsoom AND extra MONGO (thank you Red Emperor of Mars-1938).

Already, his story was reading like a Batman comic when a vampire who may or may not have been Earth-Cabal's version of Alice Liddell transformed him.
Alice in Underworld? COMICS EVERYONE! :mrgreen:

Now on a more serious note Earth-Cabal seems to have been a crazy, crazy place - admittedly prolonged exposure to Titan-EVIL, publicised or not, will do that to the minds of an entire population, especially if The Titans and their local agents get bored at about the same time.

Madcap's transformation was accompanied by the dissolution of whatever sanity he had as well as the birth of an entirely new persona.
He is now MALKAVIAN JOKER (when he's in a bad mood) - or if you prefer just an unusually public Malkavian Vigilante (given the abscence of any kind of Camarilla, he might even survive his very, very public eccentricities!).

His control over the last is rather spotty, though, and can be disrupted with Super-Senses or contested checks when actively looking for him.
In all fairness if the Players sweet-talk the GM and Roll well enough just about ANY unlikely outcome can be brought about (something I do my best to keep in mind when writing for Age of Wonders et al, even if my precise understanding of RPG mechanics is miniscule).

Madcap does not actively "fight crime" on the street but tends to focus on the rich and powerful. The exception is when it involves vampires or the supernatural.
Vampires being vampires ("vy live an immortal liiife in ... discomfort?") I suspect that on average they don't represent a particularly sizeable exception. :wink:

One does suspect that Madcap would be just as uncomfortable working in Grimmsbrooke as it's residents would be to see him pass through the area because not only is he CRAZY, not only is he DISRUPTIVE, he's OUT! (of the metaphorical coffin).

If only because I suspect that the Rich and Hubristic are priority targets for Madcap, but far from the only ones he's willing to engage and outrage in the course of his particular career as a mooncalf.

Whereas Charles Chevalier sends out his monster for crimes against him, he is largely uninterested in anything resembling true justice.


One imagines that whereas Chevalier gets CRANKY whenever he has to put up with Madcap and may well react with homicidal indiscretion for obvious reasons (also he may very well still not quite GET the fact that this particular Vampire rival just eats up all the anger he sends his way as proof that he's doing what he loves most very well indeed), it amuses me to imagine that Lord Ruthven has a little more experience dealing with this sort of leech and can usually suppress his outbursts of sheer ANNOYANCE until after the maniac has left the Island Castle of Clan Ruthven (at which point he may well start breaking things - stakes, necks, enemies, onions).

Madcap has yet to make a point of bothering Lord Ruthven because ... well ... scottish weather SCARES him; if he wanted to live with the rain-fairies blubbering he wouldn't live in California!

He is a friend of Ghost Hunter Yoko, The Wands, and Dark Sun amongst several other people.


'Friend' in this case covering up a multitude of frustrations and a whole heck of a lot of "What the ILLICIT FORNICATION was that bit with the honey badger in the rubber adult entertainment outfit all about?!?"

Madcap's base is The Laugh House a nightclub which is home to all manner of psychedelic drug use, music, and an upstairs comedy show. Weirdly, no one has thought to connect the two.
... and this children, this terrible impact on the brain's ability to draw the shortest line between two points, this is why we don't do drugs! (except caffeine, chocolate and other medicinal pharmaceuticals, which are good for you so long as you eat right and brush your teeth).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:47 am

I wonder if Madcap and the Usual Suspects have ever teamed up?

And if they haven, no doubt one of their shared misadventures looked this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5lNSkVKmLo

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

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:55 pm

Sorry for lack of posting, have come down with the flu but it seems to be going through me fast. I now just feel awful after yesterday.

:(

Comments and other stuff tomorrow I hope.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:00 pm

Oh, sorry to hear that.

Get better, Charles. :wink:
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:22 pm

Gentleman, I give you an example of King Panda's CCG-approved zany Get-Rich-Quick Schemes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zwN5aJTY-Y

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by greycrusader » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:55 pm

Voltron64 wrote:Oh, sorry to hear that.

Get better, Charles. :wink:
Seconded. Rest up and get well, friend.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:47 pm

Thirded. Get well soon Charles!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:09 pm

I just would like to wish Charles and every other American contributing to Age of Wonders alongside other projects a Happy Turkey Day.

:)

(And may god have mercy on your souls if any of you are planning to participate in Black Friday.)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:42 pm

Maria Tesla

Often an overlooked member of the Phoenix Force Seven due to not standing out as much as more flamboyant teammates like Iron Phoenix or Doctor Justice. Those who underestimate Maria Tesla for that, or any other reason, usually end up regretting it before they're finished however for she's far more formidable then some people realize.
Professor Peril's manga and anime portrays her fairly accurately however. Having met Maria a few times while arching Doctor Justice, he knows full well that she's not a woman to be taken lightly.
Many people look at Maria and dismiss her because she's not as good a scientist as her son Alexander, nor as good a martial artist as her Jonny. What they fail to realize is that she was the one who trained them both and is also the reason for the improvement in Doctor Justice's fighting skills since he joined the Phoenix Force Seven. In addition to that, Maria Tesla is is a capable scientist and fighter in her own right, though teaching other is one of her greatest joys.

She's also the best shot on the entire team and her children delight in telling the tale of that time when she thwarted an undead invasion force by sniping the enemy necromancer with her mana rifle. From the walls of the Martian palace, from almost half a mile away.
Iron Phoenix: Maria is also very protective of the children....and their friends. Actually, just refrain from harming children anywhere in her vicinity, you'll end up regretting it dearly.
When she's not adventuring with the Phoenix Force Seven, Maria Tesla teaches the various children of the Phoenix Institute members at a school set up by the Institute for it's members and any people who wish to donate to various charities the Institute works with. Maria is by far the most popular teacher.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:33 pm

You know, I just keep forgetting that Iron Phoenix and Maria Tesla have a third kid. :P
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Phrozen » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:43 am

Well, the PF7 are a group of specialists that have sorted cross-pollinated after coming together. So while say Star Chief can do some basic engineering, its not going to be like what Dr. Justice or even Legendary Iron Phoenix can come up with. Maria's just happens to be teaching because you don't want to see LIP in a classroom. It's like BtAB Aquaman teaching particle physics.
I am seeing Dr. Justice as more of an engineer and Legendary Iron Phoenix as more of a pure science guy.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:25 pm

Mighty fine work Mr Davidson! :D


I hope that all the rest of you fellows are keeping well?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Phrozen wrote:Well, the PF7 are a group of specialists that have sorted cross-pollinated after coming together. So while say Star Chief can do some basic engineering, its not going to be like what Dr. Justice or even Legendary Iron Phoenix can come up with. Maria's just happens to be teaching because you don't want to see LIP in a classroom. It's like BtAB Aquaman teaching particle physics.
I am seeing Dr. Justice as more of an engineer and Legendary Iron Phoenix as more of a pure science guy.
Well Dr. Justice actually has doctorates in several types of engineering, as well as physics. As for Maria there's actually two reasons she's teaching: because she's really good at it and because she enjoys doing it.

She also has a noted distaste for sadist teachers, any of those who cross her path will soon come to regret it.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:44 pm

As in have those wooden rulers of theirs shoved up somewhere the sun don't shine.

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Edit: And their lashes? Well they can be wonders for marriages...
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