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Libra wrote:Well, that's the major Golden Age hero teams done. I'll type up the independents and then try my hand at: The Golden Age villains!
(I may or may not post a bit about the Immortals of Earth-627 first.)
Charles, if you have any comments or remarks, please take it for granted that I want to read them!
Libra wrote: I must admit that given your brief mention of the Illuminati in the Moriarty and Holmes family sections I would be interested in learning a bit more about the Heroic Earth institution, particularly as it applys to the Second World War, please.
Any information on Golden Age villains of Heroic Earth which you feel can be posted would also be appreciated.
Libra wrote:Holy Moley! I'd have pegged Timothy Dalton as that sort of fellow. Did they blackmail him over being camper than a row of pink tents? (The movies, if not the man.)
Book of Villains wrote:
"The Minister fell into a tank of electric eels? I'm sure the experience must have given him quite a jolt."
Vincent Templar was the fourth man to sport the Foundation for World Harmony's Agent 13 status. When the second Jacob Hunter retired from his job and the third one was assassinated soon after his first mission, the Foundation tapped Vincent to take up the mantle. Vincent Templar gave up his own identity to become legendary spy, Agent 13, Jacob Hunter.
Anyone who knew the any of the previous Agent 13s would never mistake Vincent for him. The first was a middle class workaholic with a distaste for female foolishness. The most famous of the Agent 13's (the second) was a rugged man's man with an animal's charm. Vincent was much more an English sophisticate whom didn't seem to pose much of a physical threat. Fortunately, for the Foundation, this harmlessness was just an act. Vincent was excellent at disarming villains with his wit and then cold bloodedly murdering them when their guard was down.
Vincent Templar was Jacob Hunter for far longer than he probably should have been. He served in the role for nearly 27 years before they finally decided to retire him from the position. By that time, he'd fought a ridiculous number of P.H.A.N.T.O.M science fiction plots. He'd saved the entire world on at least two occasions and seen the end of the Cold War.
Retirement after a lifetime of beautiful women and vodka martinis didn't really appeal to Vincent. Unfortunately, his flippant manner had made him a lot of enemies at the Foundation for World Harmony. It was unlikely that they'd allow him to rise any
further in his rank. It was a troubling situation until Death Mask III came to visit him.
Vincent is still surprised that he said yes so readily. Defecting to P.H.A.N.T.O.M after spending so many years fighting it should have been far more difficult. The years had worn away any lingering feelings of patriotism that Vincent might have felt towards his country. Most of his heroic impulses had been set aside with the Jacob Hunter name. Vincent only spent three years as a Man in White before murdering his immediate superior and rising to the Inner Council.
As the Inner Councilman in charge of the United Kingdom and France, Vincent plays the part of P.H.A.N.T.O.M's velvet glove over the iron gauntlet. No country wants to be subject to terrorism and Vincent is willing to guarantee it, in exchange for certain concessions. He's not so blindly ambitious as Death Mask III or the Iron Khan. However, while the former spy is not so foolish as to believe that he could seize the organization from either of them, Vincent Templar is not above covertly aiding Foundation agents in missions against P.H.A.N.T.O.M's more destructive and militant plots. While a black hearted rogue and ruthless traitor to the Crown, Vincent still maintains some decorum. It also is an excellent way of undermining his least favorite people on the Council.
Despite being in his eighties, Vincent doesn't look that much different from his early spying days. Those believing he'd be an easy man to intimidate should beware that he's also prone to sporting a ridiculous number of devices on his personage. Many of these items can lay low even powerful Metamen.
* For his game stats, use the Dashing Spy archetype in Agents of Freedom on page 27.
Libra wrote:I imagine him as resembling Basil Rathbone, while his Uncle - and the supporting cast thereof - resemble the original Sydney Paget illustrations.
while I certainly appreciate the incredible stuff in this thread - -I have to note that I've actually paid money for Superlink products with less content than your average post here.
The original Jacob Hunter was meant to be something of a cross between Neyland Smith and the Ian Fleming James Bond (not terribly nice to ladies that one), so technically David Niven would probably be better but either works well.
I never wrote much in the way of notes about it but my idea was that there was a conspiracy that might or MIGHT NOT exist in Heroic Earth still that was handling most of the secret behind the scenes maneuvering behind most major superhuman events.
Yet another extremely well done write-up and one that I am anxious to see the results of.
I keep imagining Adrian keeps a certain lamp on his mantlepiece with a "Do not Rub" place card beside it for visitors.
His attitude towards his lost friend is one that must have been exaggerated by the fact that he's almost certainly been approached hundreds of times by people trying to villify him.
I can imagine that Athena and he probably softened their relationship over the decades, especially given the Centurion's encounters with his homeworld. I do suspect that the Centurion never quite got around to worshiping her, noting that he was as powerful as most of the Olympians if not stronger.
I'd love to hear about the encounter with the Headless Horseman sometime, a personal favorite of mine given his long history as a Demon Hunter in the place. However, Aquarius and the Patriot is a nice nod to the Invaders. Good choice.
Jenny Sprockets and the Centurion's date is just hilariously developed. I can see Athena throwing up her hands in disgust in dealing with a girl only slightly less virginal and homey than Vestia.
I keep envisioning Spitfire being the one to give Jet Boy the "Boy" moniker when he very much had been intending on the Rocket Man or the Jetstream Commander.
Poor Jolly Roger, if he didn't have a girl in every port then all these turn downs would be depressing.
It should be noted that while Yankee grated on people's nerves, he wasn't a total wash-out as a hero. Few took to defending the country with as much enthusiasm and it'd be wrong to dismiss him as an ugly American. I imagine he probably got along well with Reynard (being committed to freeing France and as bombastic as they come).
Libra wrote:In other news I'm planning to work out how the Silver Age of Heroic Earth mixes with the Iron Age of Freedom City on Earth-627, so any information on that period of Heroic Earth history would be very welcome Charles.
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