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Libra wrote:Thank you for the kind words Charles. I'll have some ideas for the Interstellar political situation soon enough and I plan to post some ideas for the Golden Age thereafter. I'd appreciate any information you could give me about The Liberators, as they're the only element I can't quite fathom. Please?
Libra wrote:It did seem very reasonable. Depending on her age Zandar is probably Lady Grayhaven's uncle or first cousin. (I consider the former more likely.)
Libra wrote:(Please note that I'm assuming that each of the Twelve Tribes of Nestoria have an animal totem and certain traditions dating back to their pre-Christian animism.)
Libra wrote:I suspect that most of the racism would come from Nemo's people. Atlanteans aren't racist - They're just xenophobic. Anyone from outside their city and culture is an object of suspicion, given that until recently their only neigbours were Deep Ones or barbarians, Although suitable barbarians would be accepted into the City if they adopted the Proper Ways. It should be noted that part of the reason the Royal Family of Atlantis have retained such formidable physical abilities is due to their custom of sending their heirs out into the Seven Seas, ordered to return with a suitable consort or not at all.
The head of the Lion Tribe of Nestoria is also a semi-supervillain of the area, desiring to conquer surrounding Ethiopia, Somalia and maybe even Libya and Egypt to create a Nestorian Empire with him as God-King (ostensibly for humanitarian concerns). This, he believed, was the work of Satan that he briefly sold his soul to but was actually Set.
Libra wrote:The Stellar Khanate is bordered on all sides but one by the Republic, protected from the other Great Powers of the Galaxy by this - and utterly ungrateful. Ruled over by the Star Khan with an iron fist within a velvet glove, the Khanate is building it's strength for a second shot at the Lor Republic and intriguing with the Grue Unity - It's other neigbour - in order to so, although any aliens found within the Khanate without a permit are executed, spies are returned to their government (Not intact) and Invading Fleets are eliminated. Unsurprisingly it's left severely alone.
Libra wrote:The Lor Republic is certainly the largest power in Earth's area of the Milky Way, definately the most enlightened and almost certainly the toughest. While the Thran are more powerful, the Tsavong are more agressive, The Unity more efficient and the Stellar Khanate led by the greatest military mind in the Known Galaxy the Republic endures, partly out of sheer stubborness and partially because they're a Titan. They've beaten every bordering power in combat and only the Tsavong continue to face them in open combat and their resources material, mental and in terms of manpower are staggering.
Libra wrote:The Thran Allegiance, while still arguably the most powerful Star-Nation in Earth's galactic neigbourhood is limited in their attempted conquests by the Lor Republic, which has beaten them in three Interstellar Wars, although at considerable cost. The fact that the Star Knights protect almost every independant world which they might claim has further exasperated them. Their defeats at the hand of a That Planet of Primates have infuriated them, although the recent actions of the Grue and the discovery of their Serpent Men progenitors - although much seperated from them in blood, culture and technology a fassscinating link to the past of their species - have kept their attention on Earth, despite their tradition of ignoring and avoidng the sites of their failures.
Libra wrote:The Order of the Star Knights acts as protector of all Independant Worlds, thwarting Grue infiltration, Tsavong Raid, Thran 'Great Fang Diplomacy' and various pirates, slavers and sundry scum operating in the Pacific Zone at the borders of Lor space. Given their long-standing alliance with the Grigorii few dare trouble them openly when their Quests cross interstellar boundaries.
Libra wrote: M'Balla would like to note that his Great-Uncle, forever may he be accursed, usurped the title of White Lion by slaying his brother, the king's grandfather - Forcing the late King M'Zele, then serving with the Freedom League, to remain in America for some time and find employment as a teacher. (Incidentally meeting his future wife during this period of exile)
Libra wrote:Charles, might I ask your confirmation of my deductions concerning the Liberty-Men's bases of operation?
Libra wrote:Charles, I'd just like to point out that I believe that while New Amsterdam remains faithful to your vision, I'd probably use the name New York in the World of Heroes.
Libra wrote: I'd also like to state that I believe Freehold is Freedom City's sister city, not far from it. While Freehold was more important at first Freedom City has increasingly come to dwarf her 'Little Twin.'
Libra wrote:One last irksome question: Do you have any more information on the various tribes of Dakana/Nestoria? There's a Leopard clan - headed by the Quatermains, the former Rhino (Who I suggest have taken the name 'People of the Horn' in arabic, a play on their place near the Horn of Africa and their former tribal identity) and the Lion - technically the White Lion in World of Heroes - but that leaves at least 9 other tribes. Who are they?
If you lack for names, might I suggest Baboon, Vulture, Cobra, Crocodile and Hippo? (All rather Ancient Egyptian in character, but one suspects the influence of pre-Nestorian civilisation would be carried down the Nile. )
Libra wrote: Oh and your thoughts on my ideas for the Stellar situation would be aprreciated, when you can find the time. I'm hoping to purchase Paragons at some future point as well, so I'll probably be posting some ideas to help combine Heroic Earth with ideas from that book as well.
A couple of notes for Heroic Universe.
Overall, very nicely done.
Star Khan keeps all of his worlds subjugated with pillaging groups of space pirates and slavers while pretty much leaving each planet to govern itself. He doesn't actually do much ruling and manages to keep all of the various groups at each others throats by playing them off one another. Frequently, he employs mercenaries and levies from the other groups against other planets and makes them fight over the rest.
In one titanic note, this leaves the Khanate weaker than it might be.
Honestly, I also think the Lor Republic is a bit overconfident in its dealings with the Tsavong as well as the Grue.
While its primarilly Christianized, it's branches are pretty varied with the fact that it was already a mixture of Egyptian/African Shamanist/Jewish mythology (the closest thing would be Voudon)
The Red Jaguar is just a symbol, not a god to him.
To be honest, I was never all that pleased with New Amsterdam anyway. I just chose that to help highlight that Heroic Earth was slightly different from normal Earth. I might have renamed it something else if I could have.
Interesting and certainly fits that Freedom City is located where it is.
Libra wrote:I think that he should be as much Conan the Barbarian as Ming the Merciless. He's essentially a semi-benevolent autocrat.
Libra wrote:Probably true, but the thing you have to remember about my idea of the Republic is that it's collosal. Part of the reason it doesn't expand any more is that mentats and other savants have worked out that the Republic has reached the limits of what can be realistically governed.
Libra wrote:I'm interested to learn that the Tsavong raid as well as trade. That has the ring of Viking habits to it. I suspect that the Lor would keep track of which Tsavong groups have peacable histories and which have raided before. (A small list. You only have One Chance with the Lor.)
Libra wrote:Might one ask about how Alan Quatermain wound up married to the Nestorian royal family and what impact he had on that House and nation?
Charles Phipps wrote:dirkgentry2000 wrote:Charles - between working my way through HED and reading your threads on ATT - - I'm left with the distinct impression that you had to restrain yourself considerably to keep HED at a mere 147 pages. It looks to me like it could have easily been 200 to 300 without running out of good material.
Well I could write all day long about the setting without problem. I believe it's a responsibility of Superlink authors, however, to keep their material concise without rambling. Halt Evil Doer! is a setting that's got everything people really need at the start for it.
Everything else is optional.
How's the reading going anyway?
Charles Phipps wrote:That's because it was a random note that's meant to imply something funny in her backstory.
Specifically, Yes, the Liberty Men once visited Valhalla.
The story amusingly includes Thor trying to make Jenny his bride and getting his posterior kicked.
ah - cool. that explains it. I have to wonder how Sif or Járnsaxa would feel about that. But maybe they were in on the afore-mentioned posterior kicking.
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