Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Libra » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:36 am

No, it's a fairly apt comparison Voltron - although I would suggest that The Cosmic Clan resembles a version of House Stark where the tone was set by Anthony Stark, rather than Lord Eddard! :wink:


As far as 'The God Without Eyes' and the Cosmic Clan are concerned, I was not suggesting that they are actually related (I believe that the Four that would be Free began their careers either very shortly before the demise of Rozarak's Immortals or some time after the Dreadful One weaselled his way into a triumph), only that The Cosmic Clan bear roughly the same resemblance to The Solo gang that 'The God Without Eyes' descendants bear to the Original Trilogy Skywalker clan:- by which I mean that there is a strong primary influence, but mixed with other influences like House Stark or the line of Dunedain Chieftains who followed Isildur.


As for Mrs Cosmic, yes, she certainly would if she could (although I'm not sure if Star Lion actually HAS a tail, since the Celestial Lions are more human-looking than leonine on the whole).
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:44 am

Libra wrote:As for Mrs Cosmic, yes, she certainly would if she could (although I'm not sure if Star Lion actually HAS a tail, since the Celestial Lions are more human-looking than leonine on the whole).


Fine, just make Star Lion ain't purty no more. :twisted:

On an unrelated note, I'm just glad her inspiration's relationship with her eldest son never got to the point where in case of her brother's death, the latter was asked to get undressed and "show mommy that handsome new body."

(And that kid was crazy enough as it was already.)

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Libra » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:58 am

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:02 am

Libra wrote:. . .

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You have to admit, it's very much in-character...

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Libra » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:11 am

The only comfort I can take from this is that Joffrey would almost certainly have his mother locked away for the unspeakable crime of trying to get jiggly with him while being old and wrinkly; in all honesty I think we can say this would be one of the more deliciously karmic fates for Cersei Lannister, even if it WOULD require that Joffrey 'Baratheon' continue to breathe for longer than is strictly necessary to prove himself an evil wretch whose existence can best be described as an unconscionable burden upon court and kingdom.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:57 am

The Great Resistance

Legendary has taken a leave of absence from the Order on the grounds of her home planet turning evil. As a result, she's done her best to try and warn as much of the military as well as intelligence services the Cyberplague is nothing more than a tool to control the minds of Camelot citizens.

With the assistance of Fade, she has set up a government-in-exile that is constantly moving and they are attempting to take the fight directly against One's influence. This means, of course, fighting her own people and she's sadly had to kill many friends since there is no cure for the Cyberplague yet.

It doesn't help the Cyberplague doesn't so much transform you into a soulless robot but simply exaggerates the character traits most pleasing to One. Thankfully, Legendary doesn't have to convince the majority of people their loved ones are turning into robotic servants of One, she just has to convince them the Star Kingdom has become a tyranny.

Amusingly, the Great Resistance thrives on Legendary's personal charisma as much as anything else. Had it been anyone else, the dark side of the Star Kingdom would have likely swallowed them up in a litany of pleasing but perfunctory explanations for the myriad atrocities being committed against the many.

Legendary has stood her ground so many times against impossible odds the majority of average citizens have decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. Recruitment has dropped considerably, conscription forms have been lost in the mail, cyber-terrorism (which shouldn't be possible against One's minions), and more have done more damage to the Star Kingdom than all of their military efforts so far.

Legendary is a symbol of all that's good in the Star Kingdom and if she's opposing King Liam, then the idea their monarch has been replaced by a mechanical monster along with Parliament is actually more believable. This forces One's puppet government to crack down more and, sadly, the atrocities are a necessary part to start wakening the citizenry up.

The martyrdom of the existing military hierarchy in a Stalinist-esque purge resulted in many old dogs of war running away as One, correctly, deduced these individuals would be the most likely to have outside geniuses inspect their Cyberplague injections. Not to mention would be so Churchillian stubborn as to just resist the brainwashing outright. Some of the finest tactical minds and the few non-corrupt politicians, nay statesmen, have found their way into the Great Resistance.

A group which, sadly, is still almost completely dependent on Legendary as the one figure who they realize can unite them--as well as Fade who can convince her to even TEMPORARILY bow to necessity over idealism. Which is a shot in the dark even for him.


Legendary's present strategy is to try and draw out the One-Above-All's forces into more blatant support of the Star Kingdom military. They're already equipping the Star Kingdom with more advanced weaponry than they've ever had before as well as covertly providing military strikes to wipe out their enemies.

If Legendary's forces were outnumbered before, they're hopelessly outmatched against the full might of the One Above All. Thankfully, though, Legendary has made contact with the Renegades and thus have inflicted crippling losses on no less than two of One's fleets. These losses are insignificant in the grand scheme of things but she's set to work the Star Kingdom's scientists to making countermeasures that, for the first time, may provide them with their enemy's weakness. Gwynfrr's use of magic has also exposed the One Above All to be extremely weak against eldritch forces. Technology against technology, the Star Kingdom is about as outmatched as TNG's Federation against the Borg but significantly less so with Merlin's might backing them up.

Legendary knows how to kill a dragon, you strike off its head or go through its soft underbelly. If she can defeat One, she can destroy the evil heart of the Star Kingdom outright. The only problem is that doing so may invoke a vast amount of collateral damage. Worse, she's conflicted about many of her potential allies wanting guarantees of political changes that she's not so much unwilling to give as completely ignorant of the context thereof. Only Fade's rather pragmatic handling of the matter so far has kept things going.

This includes accepting the Grand Republic's military aid and supplies, which has allowed the Great Resistance to get itself up off the ground. It also, however, is one of the major reasons the Free Brethren Alliance considers the Great Resistance nothing more than a puppet group.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:04 am

So is the CCG both supplying the Free Brethren Alliance and the Great Resistance?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:07 am

Voltron64 wrote:So is the CCG both supplying the Free Brethren Alliance and the Great Resistance?


The CCG has decided to throw their coin purse behind the pirates for the small fact Legendary, kinda-sorta, once decapitated one of their board.

The Grand Republic, on the other hand, is throwing Revolutionary levels of money and resources behind Legendary for the fact she's considered something of a Jean d'arc figure for saving them from a similar One-like invasion.

This could get...messy.

The two groups competing for resources, ideology, and allies is pretty much their major conflict though. You can already hear the gnashing about the People's Front of Judea.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:08 am

Charles here's a thought, what if the monarch of Camelot ends up not being Legendary or Julius but rather Gwyn of all people?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:09 am

Voltron64 wrote:Charles here's a thought, what if the monarch of Camelot ends up not being Legendary or Julius but rather Gwyn of all people?


That would technically make Fade King-consort amusingly.

:mrgreen:

Yes, it finally happened.

In any case, Julius formally abdicated his claim by taking a light cutlass and firing its blade to incinerate the crown resting on the head of the False King Liam (who survived due to a personal energy shield) before giving two broadsides to the (evacuated) Palace and escaping the First Fleet.

People have got the message he's uninterested.

Legendary, by contrast, is ready and willing to accept the crown if need be. She's also making sure that Gwyfrr and Fade are acknowledged as potential parents for any heirs as she's got the feeling she's not going to get out of this alive.

(One terrifies her--but she's willing to face her fears)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:12 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote:So is the CCG both supplying the Free Brethren Alliance and the Great Resistance?


The CCG has decided to throw their coin purse behind the pirates for the small fact Legendary, kinda-sorta, once decapitated one of their board.

The Grand Republic, on the other hand, is throwing Revolutionary levels of money and resources behind Legendary for the fact she's considered something of a Jean d'arc figure for saving them from a similar One-like invasion.

This could get...messy.

The two groups competing for resources, ideology, and allies is pretty much their major conflict though. You can already hear the gnashing about the People's Front of Judea.


The resistance movement against the One-controlled Kingdom is pretty much the current big project for both The Order and Outrageous Order, isn't it? 8)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:13 am

Voltron64 wrote:The resistance movement against the One-controlled Kingdom is pretty much the current big project for both The Order and Outrageous Order, isn't it? 8)


You can pretty much imagine the score cards and collector's edition for the year-long crossover.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:18 am

The big question is whether Legendary or Julius or Captain Carpenter (on behalf of both) will give the Sheridan speech.

(begins 1:02)

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Voltron64 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:18 am

Now of course, it'd probably be Mr. King who'd tell Legendary and Jules to stop bickering and get their act together, because their father would've wanted them to work together on saving the kingdom.

He should know, he'd met the man a few times, he was awesome. (Liam was one of the few people in creation who could handle the Reyes Family Mash Liquor.)

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Postby Charles Phipps » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:21 am

In the end, it'll be up to the PCs to be able to negotiate a peaceful settlement or flat out force one of the sides to back down to the other with minimal concessions. The Star Kingdom has done a great deal of good but the forces of history at work are a great deal bigger than either hero who has chosen to ally with one or another.

Clearly, the PCs will end up choosing the ending by pushing one of three separate buttons.

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And King Liam is almost horribly easy to know as an imposter. It's like if Brian Blessed started acting normal. Really, no one's fooled.


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