Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:38 pm

How about these guys?
Captain Ichthulu
Dreadstar (or Dredstar or however the fudge you want to spell it.)
Bloody Annie
Scarbrand
The Red Roger
XX-18230
Killer Mary
Justine Karl, the Boy Slavelord
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:54 pm

The Cyber Corsairs Extended part 1

The Royal Expeditionary Force: It doesn't pay to discuss the Cyber Corsairs without discussing the Naval presence of the Star Kingdom. A collection of those individuals which King Liam the False considered to be poor fits for his new regime but are too useful to dispose of out of hand, they are curiously well-motivated as well as under the distinctly wrong impression their actions are of vital importance to the Empire. The allure of suppressing the savages of Asteroid Cove as well as the elimination of its many piratical criminals is something that is every sailor's dream.

The Royal Expeditionary Force is currently working hand-in-pocket with the Cyber Corsairs to wage war on all the "lawless" forces of Asteroid Cove and impose His Majesty's will on the region. This means they wage war on the CCG, the Grand Republic, and anyone else who could possibly resist their power. Ironically, for such a stupid seeming plan they have managed to cripple the commerce of their enemies in such a way as to drastically increase the effectiveness of the Star Kingdom's imperialist ambitions.

An army fights on its stomach after all and that is nowhere more true than in a starship. Without the logistics trains the Expeditionary Force is allowing to travel through its myriad wormholes, King Liam the False's race to conquer as much as the Nexus as possible would grind to a halt. Indeed, were not for the fact the logistics of so many of the Star Kingdom's enemies were being hampered by the Cyber Corsairs and the Navy--Camelot would be bogged down in a massively slog war.

In the end, the war will not be decided over who controls Londonium but who controls the Cove.
The Expeditionary Force is a group which exists on a precipice as it is as likely to collapse on itself, turn into a fascist monstrosity, or perhaps turn into a force for good.

All depending on circumstance.
Grand Admiral Marie: Princess Marie ni Camelot has found herself receiving psychological help, including psychotropic drugs as well as therapy for her insanity. This has resulted in her undergoing a religious conversion to the Church of Camelot as well as reforming her behavior. Unfortunately, some people are just naturally hard to direct to the righteous path and she has simply reversed her position on the Law versus Chaos axis of behavior. Believing herself to be good simply because she is no longer a pirate, she has turned against those who engaged in such criminal behavior with a brutal fervor.

Marie wishes to purify Asteroid Cove of piracy, debauchery, murder, and plunder in order to make it a place for decent sentients. But, in the words of Jack Napier, decent people shouldn't live there and would be happier somewhere else. Likewise, her choice of allies to achieve these aims are questionable at best. Believing starkly "it takes a thief to catch a thief", she has allied firmly the Imperial Royal Navy with the worst freebooters and filibusters in the Nexus in hopes of turning them into a weapon against her enemies. She has also begun a romantic relationship with the Dread Pirate Dreadstar, having come to believe she's reformed him with their love.
Dreadstar's feelings regarding her are...less romantic.
What's tragic is that Marie's bizarre behavior is motivated by the belief she's reconciled with her father, who she has long wanted the approval of to an almost servile degree. She's unaware King Liam has been murdered by her brother and would be horrified beyond belief to discover he's wearing their sire like a suit. Indeed, this action might be enough to motivate her to turn her entire organization against the Motherland and try to seize the throne for herself.

Princess Marie, despite her cruelty and brutal suppression of natives in Asteroid Cove, has developed leadership skills she never possessed before. The Expeditionary Force of the Crown is a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits but curiously loyal to their deranged officer-in-chief. This is due to the fact she has come to view them in a familial way and provide them a purpose for their aimless lives. Princess Marie, formerly the black sheep of the family, now makes an individual proud to be an officer of the Empire even as they're working to conquer everything in their path. The fact she has re-instituted prize-money awards for capturing enemy ships and copious with rewards for "bravery" helps as well.
She also has instituted "Beach Thursday" and free swimsuit calenders for all of the Navy.
Grand Admiral Marie has no idea that Pirate X is her brother and, if she knew, would immediately attempt to take him alive. Likewise, she has endangered her forces in hopes of capturing her "sister." Legendary would be stunned to discover that Marie has it in her head they can all be a family again.

Captain Edgar Smiley: The roly-poly Captain of the Relentless, Edgar Smiley is a rare case of an officer promoted from the ranks in the predominately nobility and patronage dominated royal navy. Yet another reason for Marie's enduring popularity being that, despite being the ultimate example of nepotism herself, she rewards regularly on the basis of merit as opposed to heritage or politics.

Edgar Smiley, being a middle class working sailor who has somehow found himself in charge of one of the Empire's Dreadnoughts. Even more so, the father of three is now playing surrogate father and counselor to the occasionally insane Admiral. He's aware of her "eccentricities" but has found himself in the unenviable position of trying to run interference between the fact his commander is clearly mad and the fact he's decided he's quite willing to follow her into hell and back.

Part of this uncharacteristic loyalty is also the fact Marie causally exempted his children from conscription and thus saved them from a brutal death in one of the Prime Ministers many senseless military offensives. Thus, even though he KNOWS she's a mad commander out to oppress natives and probably get themselves all killed, he's willing to protect her to the best of his ability.

Ironically, this usually means that Edgar Smiley is called upon to provide wise counsel born from his decades traversing the Nexus and "re-interpreting" her orders as best he can. He has little enough influence when it comes to actually implementing policy, especially since Dreadstar holds just as much pull as himself. Still, his willingness to use practicality where ruthlessness and brutality usually hold sway have also increased the effectiveness of the Expeditionary force many times over.

God help them all.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:37 pm

It looks like it's up to the PCs to put Captain Smiley in charge of the Expeditionary Force so it can be turned into a force for good.

Also, what about the fates of Legendary's allies from the Star Kingdom? Are they helping her wage war against Percival and One?

And last but not least, what of Legendary's self-proclaimed archenemy Lancelot the Black? Where's he during all this?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:44 pm

Yeah, Smiley is the Captain Pelleaon meets Watson of the group. Except, instead of Sherlock Holmes they have Viletta Nu meets Admiral Daala.

Percival is serving as her primary military commander while Gwynfrr is running interference between her two siblings.

This is ESPECIALLY hard on her even if she's inclined to side with her husband and sister.

Lancelot the Black is conspicuous by his absence. Almost as if he's waiting (or is being held in reserve) for a dramatic moment.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:47 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Yeah, Smiley is the Captain Pelleaon meets Watson of the group. Except, instead of Sherlock Holmes they have Viletta Nu meets Admiral Daala.

Percival is serving as her primary military commander while Gwynfrr is running interference between her two siblings.

This is ESPECIALLY hard on her even if she's inclined to side with her husband and sister.
I thought Percy got his head chopped off and he invaded the mind of his father?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:17 pm

Voltron64 wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Yeah, Smiley is the Captain Pelleaon meets Watson of the group. Except, instead of Sherlock Holmes they have Viletta Nu meets Admiral Daala.

Percival is serving as her primary military commander while Gwynfrr is running interference between her two siblings.

This is ESPECIALLY hard on her even if she's inclined to side with her husband and sister.
I thought Percy got his head chopped off and he invaded the mind of his father?
I'm referring to Cornwallis of her allies.

There's no "One Steve Limit" and the Prime Minister was named after the Admiral.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:33 pm

Oh right...
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:45 pm

Curse my reusing of names!

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:11 pm

Charles, no doubt Earth-1938 has also been affected by the recent changes in the Star Kingdom considering the Purist Faction had been providing covert support to that world's Britain.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:03 am

The Cyber Corsairs Extended part 2

The Cyber-Corsairs are based out of Skull Asteroid that serves as a massive pirate base formerly belonging to the Armies of The End during the Primordial War. The eldrtich location has hundreds of kilometers of hallways, technology, interior parks, and mindless genetic-servants who wait on the pirates every whim. Despite having everything they could possibly want, the place is still regularly torn to pieces by the residents constant in-fighting.

The fact Skull Asteroid exerts a low-level psychic influence on the individuals involved, gradually bringing out their inner sociopath and encouraging bloodshed amongst them is an effect the Cyber-Corsairs are only dimly aware of. Its unlikely the members would care if they knew, however, since trading the lives of their fellows for comfort and wealth is already their chosen path.
Skull Asteroid, it should be noted, is more or less exactly what it says on the tin. The place is a gigantic-skull shaped metal asteroid that serves as the place's "theme." They all assume it's a novelty space station that just so happens to appeal to their sensibilities. They're wrong.

Skull Asteroid is actually the head of a gigantic Desolate-style Doomsday Machine. The Eldrtich Being is every bit as powerful and intelligent as Unicron or one of Mass Effect's Reapers. It's actually been slowly brainwashing select members of the pirates for centuries, sending small numbers to retrieve fragments of his body and start repairing them in other parts of the universe.

Sometime in the future, it intends to reassemble itself and begin its conquests anew. What's really scary is its not even doing this consciously. This is just the result of the dead god's dreadful dreams affecting the weak minded but visionary.
Skull Asteroid is a location where individuals can sell, modify, and equip massive numbers of starships for transformation into piracy. As a result, it is a gigantic market for arms dealers and a place the former One-Above-All often find themselves gravitating too. Their technological expertise means the Cyber-Corsairs are always well-armed if nothing else. Slavery and the fencing of stolen goods for armaments and ships is the most common sales here.

Captain Icthulhu: Captain Icthulhu is one of the few Cyber-Corsairs who maintains a level of dignity. The Gentleman Corsair has a strict Pirate's Code and while he's willing to "sink" ships that resist his piracy, generally leaves the crews unmolested if they surrender. He has also only dabbled in slavery a few times, selling members of the aristocracy into servitude or those who have particularly offended his sensibilities. Despite this, he is viewed as one of the more disgusting and repulsive members of their society.

A member of the Ostiliroth race, Captain Icthulhu refuses to adopt a more pleasing form to satisfy the tastes of other species. Instead, he maintains his Lovecraftian appearance at all times with only a slight shift to humanoid appearance in order to accomadate basic controls. He is proud of his true self and believes that his people have sold their dignity by choosing to adopt the form of animal men.
Ironically, in cartoons where he's depicteed as a "historical villain", Captain Icthulhu is usually turned into a Squidman or other harmless Undersea creature.
An antedeluvian member of the Cyber-Corsairs, he has been pillaging the Nexus and its myriad passageways for the better part of 13,000 years. He even remembers Captain Avery and the other founders of their organization, having been a part of their resistance against One. Captain Icthulhu mutineed against the elder pirate, however, because he believed his vendetta against the One Above All had become an obsession.

Captain Icthulhu has grown weary of his immortal life of pillage, however, and has started looking to find something more meaningful. He has decided this is in the relics of the ancient Ostiliroth people and their heritage. He believes, correctly, they were created as shock-troopers for the Primordial War and is seeking the artifacts of that time in order to shake his people from their apathy as a species of merchants. Ironically, this revelation might be far worse a thing than anything Captain Icthulhu has yet done.

Dredstar (a.k.a Dreadstar, Dreadstarr, and several variants thereof): The star-stealing despot has joined his forces to the Cyber-Corsairs and started himself on a road of universal galactic conquest. Dredstar made a massive fortune murdering billions of people and while the Repairman exploited time travel to save roughly half of his victims, he's still one of the most infamous figures in universal history.

Taking to enslaving the populations of the worlds he's devastated, strip mining their planets, and draining stars versus wholesale destroying them--he's actually become as powerful a warlord as Torment. Dreadstar has used this as a means to bargain himself a full pardon as well as a Governorship in the Asteroid Coves. This is in addition to his romance with Grand Admiral Marie, a princess who is both beautiful as well as a major political figure.

Too bad he doesn't care about any of this.

Dredstar finds the whole idea of "going straight" to be laughable and is already plotting the ways he can "send a message" to the Star Kingdom which can be counted in the billions. A sociopath among sociopaths, he finds the whole idea of being anything other than a bloodthirsty buccaneer who flouts all of society's norms to be ludicrous. Dredstar has adopted a "life should be bloody, brutal, and as long as possible."

Dredstar's massive dog kicking has won him few friends amongst the Cyber-Corsairs who are a bloody and evil lot but genuinely draw the line at mega-Hitler levels of evil. Still, the allure of absolute power and wealth has created a large cadre of psychopaths underneath him. Worse, he's become aware of how Skull Asteroid affects certain people and has learned how to turn it to his effect. Unlike the majority of individuals, he is intrigued by the possibility of siren song of the Eldritch Abomination.

He believes, perhaps, with the proper preparation that such a being might be caged.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:20 am

Is Skull Asteroid a dead Titan?

And I didn't expect the Ostiliroths to be a race of shock troopers given their previously established backstory. (Though their creator god is one of the Panethon...)
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:43 am

Voltron64 wrote:Is Skull Asteroid a dead Titan?

And I didn't expect the Ostiliroths to be a race of shock troopers given their previously established backstory. (Though their creator god is one of the Panethon...)
Everything is true.

Not everything is equally true.

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Figure that one out.

And no, it's not a dead Titan. It's one of the Things the Titans fear.

:twisted:

Seriously, though, it's a machine meant to kill and eat them.

Bad mojo.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:47 am

Charles Phipps wrote: And no, it's not a dead Titan. It's one of the Things the Titans fear.

:twisted:

Seriously, though, it's a machine meant to kill and eat them.

Bad mojo.
Much like Desolate, also gone horribly wrong?
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:01 am

Voltron64 wrote: Much like Desolate, also gone horribly wrong?
Like Desolate except completely sane and irrevocably evil.

Well as sane as Cthulhu meets Sovereign meets Unicron.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:05 am

Charles Phipps wrote:
Voltron64 wrote: Much like Desolate, also gone horribly wrong?
Like Desolate except completely sane and irrevocably evil.

Well as sane as Cthulhu meets Sovereign meets Unicron.
It really is like the Time War if that's the kind of thing that was used to fight Titans.

The Archons, Aeons, and Neo-Concordians probably have a lot of skeletons they're keeping buried in the closet...
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