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Post by MightyDavidson » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:53 pm

Ecalsneerg wrote:
Charles Phipps wrote:Mar-vell and his various descendants take his codename (something he was very happy to let them use but they might have ASKED)
I was genuinely laughing at this one.
I liked it too, though I think Billy would've given Mar-vell a pass. He's not the sort who'd give a fellow grief over his given name after all, and the guy was a Captain at one point. The rest of them should've asked first. :lol:

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Post by Libra » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:06 pm

True, but Billy's still human. He must be a little ticked, at least privately.
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Post by MightyDavidson » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:26 pm

Libra wrote:True, but Billy's still human. He must be a little ticked, at least privately.
Oh certainly, just not ticked at Mar-Vell. After all, it would be silly to make the guy ask permission to use his given name after all.

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Post by heridfel » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:17 pm

It would only be better if "Bate-Sonn" were a word in Kree. Granted, Billy doesn't go by his real name on Earth, but if he were a refugee on another world, he might want to hold onto something from his old life.

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Post by Libra » Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:05 pm

:lol:

(That would just be a beautiful moment.

"So you are the son of the one they call Batman!" :mrgreen:

"Uhhh. . .no." :?

"Pity." :|
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Post by Libra » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:24 am

Cities of Adventure

Earth-777 is a busy place. Supermen walk – or more usually fly faster than a speeding bullet around – the Earth, everywhere from America to Zandia.

But everyone, his brother, father, mother, and best friend’s uncle’s nephew’s aunt’s sister’s cousin knows that the US of A is the heartland of costumed superhumanity on Earth.

From Coast City to New York America is stuffed to the bursting with superhumans and the surreal Fortean phenomena associated with them. It has more than it’s share of Heroes and Villains.

Here’s a few of the places where they like to hang out.

Coast City CA

Created in 1959 out of the small towns that had sprung up to service nearby Broom Air Force base – itself created as a base for the fighter squadrons intended to protect nearby San Francisco and Star City from the Japanese raids which the government feared would arrive in the wake of Pearl Harbour – Coast City has been a Flyboy’s town ever since and swiftly differed from it’s neighbours by becoming a stronghold of conservative, suburban values in a decidedly liberal area, largely attributable to the large numbers of ex-Air Force personnel who settled there with their families. (While Coast City may not have beaches it does enjoy all the advantages of a California climate).

It was this surplus of trained personnel that attracted Ferris Aircraft to the city and it‘s had the run of the town ever since and become a leading light in the production of Aerospace craft, with some of the finest test pilots on Earth – and boy do they know it.

That was before Coast City was destroyed in a holocaust that killed every single living thing in it.

While the City has since been reconstructed under mysterious - and almost certainly supernatural - circumstances since, few have wished to move back to a city with such a hideous event in it’s past. Still a lot of Coast Citizens who moved away before the Inferno have returned, unwilling to let their hometown die without a fight, the Air Force has resumed use of Broom Air Field and Ferris Aircraft is back in town. There have even been a few new faces in Coast of late, attracted by the attention – Of the Government and Media – given to the newly nicknamed ‘City without fear.’

Most old-time – four years and counting! - Coast Citizens think they’re pretty weird bunch, positively alien, and in many a case they’re spot-on right.

The recent carnage unleashed by the ‘Lantern Wars’ has made many a sentient homeless or cut them off from their homeworlds and they’ve been drawn to Earth – and more particularly Coast City – by the Green Lantern Corps' well-known commitment to the planet. One Green Lantern makes a sentient feel safe, four makes them feel positively placid and many a sentient has decided to settle. The Corps are quite happy to allow this, so long as these new Coast Citizens keep their true nature under wraps for the time being.

As Guy Gardner recently put it “It’s like Casablanca, only we’re the Nazis.”

Central City (MO) and Keystone City (KA)

The largest half of the famous Quad cities, these mismatched but harmonious twin burghs - set on either side of the Missouri River - serve as the foundation of the United States in it’s Heartland and all have profited by it. Unfortunately this includes criminals and the well-organised syndicate of ‘Rogues’ are deeply enmeshed in the cities’ underworld – making this one of the few locations in the United States where Intergang has gained no foothold.

Almost every day sees a super-criminal heist of some kind and often several, while the ordinary criminals go about their business amongst the ever-flowing rush of commerce and industrial production. It’s a hustling, bustling, at times dangerous twin city complex and the Police Department would often feel overwhelmed if it weren’t for the fact that the Fastest Men Alive - The Flash, in all his forms - have made their home in Central and Keystone since the 1940s.

Central City (Formerly no more than an offshoot of Keystone on the other bank) has been literally at the centre of the United States transport links since the mysterious disappearance of Keystone City in the 1950s, railroad tracks swiftly laid to make sure the engines kept running and goods kept flowing from one end of the continent to the other - from top to bottom as well. Since the equally-mysterious return of Keystone City a fair bit of the rail traffic has returned to the old routes – So Central City has become centre of a new web: Communications. It’s now one of the biggest telecommunications and internet hubs in the country, a centre for their development and prospering mightily by it. Some are even starting to call it ‘Silicon City’ for this and the shiny new buildings going up about town.

Keystone City, on the other hand, remains much as it always has: Blue collar, industrial and stubborn about it. It’s called Keystone because it served not merely as a keystone between East and West, North and South but as a centre of industrial production between the raw resources of the West and the hungry producers of the East. Business has gone down a little since the War – When Keystone was to America what the US was to the rest of the world; The Arsenal of Democracy – but plenty of companies stay in business, since the ongoing modernisation of its industry has resulted in increased production – and separation from the US economy means Keystone Citizens (or as they insist ‘Keystones’) will work cheap. But not too cheap. The old-fashioned architecture and charm of the city means a lot of Central Citizens are moving to their older sister, including Wally West the Fastest Man Alive.

Gotham City

There’s a – mostly good natured - debate between Metropolitans and New Yorkers for as long as the nickname ‘Cinderella City’ has persisted: “Who gets to be Cinderella?

Gotham City somehow never comes up as a potential candidate.

As old as New York, formerly a major industrial centre and port, Gotham City was always corrupt and crime-ridden – but the founding of Metropolis and Lex Luthor’s manipulations meant what was a significant slump became an economic depression which is nearing its thirtieth year. The hand of organised crime around the cities’ throat – and to an only slightly lesser extent government corruption – meant that the destitute became desperate.

Extremely disorganised criminals began to gnaw at the edges of Gotham’s mafia strongholds and the death of Carmine ‘The Roman’ Falcone meant that Gotham City was up for grabs. Various crime gangs squabble over the body of Gotham and it seems that more Freaks emerge every day.

Most of the Arkham headcases think they’re a “Natural adaption of mankind to the stresses of 21st Century living.” Everyone else thinks the chronic pollution of just about everything in Gotham might have a little something to do with it.

Even No-Mans Land and the Reconstruction didn’t change much. There’s been a bit of prosperity, but it’s a bubble and no-ones sure when it will burst. The freaks and the gangs are still there and there’s more on the way because now all of Gotham is up for grabs and there’s more to fight for. Corruption in Government is re-asserting itself more slowing, but it’s there.

Most think the only thing that keeps Gotham City from sliding into an ocean of $^*% is the Batman – and rumours are spreading that he’s dead.

Metropolis

The ‘Great Cinderella Debate’ generally revolves around Metropolitans arguing that the ‘rags to riches’ story of their city makes them a shoo-in. New Yorkers argue back that if that were true, Lex Luthor would be their prince. It’s at this point that the first punches start flying.

But it’s true that, while Alexander Luthor may or may not be a self-made man, Metropolis is his self-made city. Formerly composed of Fort Hobbs and whatever families cared to take up residence nearby, these small settlements were united in 1938 under the grand name of Metropolis – A name bestowed more in hope than expectation.

Luthor lived up to these hopes and beyond any expectations, turning sleepy Metropolis into a commercial and scientific juggernaught – by means both fair and foul and more often the former than the latter, as Gothamites will attest. He also ran it as his personal fief and the profits (and the cost) of that arrangement can still be seen in the skyline of Silver and Steel that climbs above New Troy, Lexcorp brands still nearly everywhere.

This state of affairs might have persisted for decades – but then Superman showed up.

Since then Metropolis has been the home-away-from-home for the Man of Steel and just about every extra-terrestrial tyrant, pan-dimensional despot and costumed crook who fancies a shot at the Greatest Superhero in Earth’s history – although New York will once again make loud noises to debate and ridicule this claim, though not too loudly – has shown up to cause chaos.

The eggheads in STAR Labs and on the Avenue of Tomorrow are still gloating about some of their finds amongst the wreckage.

Still, if Metropolis has the best in science, superheroes and civic resources they also have the best – most accomplished, at least - in Crime. Intergang began its long and bloody climb to power in the city and it maintains a substantial hold on the cities’ Underworld. The various invasions and the special projects on the Avenue of Tomorrow have produced many an oddity as well – and not all of them are friendly.

New York, New York

If a superhero can make it here, they can make it anywhere.

While other cities have superhumans in them – especially since the Stanford Registration Act passed into law – New York has been the Capital of the Caped and Cowled set since Namor the Sub-Mariner and the first Human Torch waged their now mythical struggle amongst the skyscrapers.

Since that day New York has been a hotspot for superhuman and paranormal weirdness, seemingly acting as a magnet for all the strange phenomena one can think of – and as much again. Other cities may – just may – be as weird or weirder in their own right (Gotham City, Metropolis, I’m looking at you!) but New York completely exceeds them in sheer scale.

Where else in the world can you find Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The First Family of Superhumans, The Oldest Superhuman institution in the World, the World’s only law firm dedicated to superhuman cases and one of its foremost Businesses on a single Island and there are rumours that the X-Men make their home not too far away from the Big Apple.

That’s without mentioning Urban Legends about Giant Pre-Adult Kung-Fu Reptiles in the sewers.

Star City

Star City was founded by a large collection of miners, lumberjacks, woodsmen and human odds-and-ends from all over the Pacific Northwest and California who’d got together and decided to make a place where they could live, love and drink as they pleased, without bosses and profiting by their own labours. It was a worker’s – and a drinker’s and a brawler’s – paradise, so the stories go.

Then an equally large collection of timber barons and tycoons got together, decided that all labour without anyone – well, besides the workers, but they didn’t count . . . – profiting offended their sensibilities, put their heads together with the local marshals and started smacking the workers around till they’d taken over the town. Their families and descendents have ruled Star City (for fun and family profit) and everyone else has been ticked ever since.

Basically Star City’s problems boil down to being run by an utterly corrupt administration bossed and staffed by families of nepotistic plutocrats and policed by Fascists in Blue. This has been the case for ages, but it only became obvious recently when the money started to go away and the men making the biggest profits became the only people making any profit.

It’s no Gotham, at least, but at least people are willing to admit that Gotham has an actual problem and they have guys – in the System, even! – trying to fix it. As far as the Man in Star City is concerned this ‘burghs problems are just business as usual and hang the workers.

Man it’s no wonder hippies stayed popular here: You need to ride the magic dragon to get through the &^*& this city puts you through.
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Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:47 am

Well done descriptions, Libra.

I'm going to add it to the main page as one of the many things that are part of the heart of this write-up.

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Post by Libra » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:50 am

Thank you! :mrgreen:
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Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:09 am

Updated Norman Osbourne's entry to accommodate Dark Reign.

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Post by Libra » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:38 am

I thought Norman couldn't get any nastier. It looks like I was wrong. :shock:

So Charles, do you have any requests you would like me to handle?
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Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:43 am

Knowing what I do of your talents, it'd be interesting to see you come up with a write-up of Fictional Nations.

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Post by dirkgentry2000 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:50 am

Ak - more to get caught up on.

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Post by Charles Phipps » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:29 pm

Loki

You're the best of the worst around
Oh, Ratigan
Oh, Ratigan
The rest fall behind
To Ratigan
To Ratigan
The world's greatest criminal mind!

-The Great Mouse Detective

Magneto would be disgusted if you ever suggested that he was nothing more than a criminal or a terrorist. Loki would bow before you and then humbly say thank you. He'd then turn you into a Donkey if you didn't specify that he was the GREATEST criminal and terrorist in the *Multiverse*. Concepts like morality, right and wrong, or justice really aren't things that register terribly well with the Self-Styled Rightful Lord of Asgard. He's not a sociopath. Norman Osbourn and the Red Skull qualify for that title. He's not even a megalomaniac like Doctor Doom or Lex Luthor. He's certainly not a full blown psycho like the Joker.

No, Loki is a god. That means, what he says goes, puny mortals. Once you understand that, everything else falls into place.

People tend to underestimate the God of Mischief because he's rarely interested in taking over the planet Earth. Honestly, why should he care about it? It's an insignicant speck of dust that exists in a tiny minute portion of one dimension. Loki has always had his sights set upon Asgard and the Odin-Force, a power that would render him the most significant deity in the Astral Dimensions. Really, playing for stakes any less than total domination of the Multiverse are not really all that interesting to the Lord of Jotunheim.

Loki is happy to deal with some of Earth's more peculiar weirdos. Doctor Doom is as powerful as the Sorcerer Supremes of several dimensions that he's met (and by that, Loki means *PUT TOGETHER*), so its permissable for Loki to treat with him as a peer. Note that we don't say equal. The rest really are just interesting little distractions that he's happy to play with. Almost everyone else that Loki deals with is a god or a being of equivalent power. Usually, these plots will be to seize some peculiar relic or source of magic for Loki to reign over Asgard with. Other times, like the Tri-Sentinel or Acts of Vengeance, Loki is honestly just trying to mess with people.

One might question why mighty Odin put up with Loki as long as he did. Or, in particular, why Thor puts up with him. Familial ties can certainly go a long way to explaining things. But, honestly, it mostly boils down to the fact that neither God fails to understand what would surprise most of Asgard's multitudes. Loki isn't actually malicious. As much as he's ROUTINELY shown himself capable of overthrowing Odin or Thor, he's not actually interested in destroying them. Were Loki interested in destroying Odin or Thor then both gods would almost certainly be dead. Much like Gotham City's Riddler or Mister Mxyzptlk, the various challenges he throws Thor's way are just to keep himself amused.

Indeed, Loki is actually someone that Odin and Thor have often been glad to have at their back. Oh, while Loki is there, he'll certainly try and stab you there. But he's also a lightning rod for OTHER plots against Asgard. Loki has betrayed Mesphito, Set, and countless other more serious figures over the centuries. There's peculiar sense of loyalty that while he wants Thor and Odin grovelling at his feet, it'll be him who makes them do the grovelling. Loki will never be courageous by Asgard's standards, but he'll always be sly enough to deal with its enemies. Roughly half of Loki's 'defeats' were engineered by him because he had gotten bored with the plot.

There's also the small matter that Loki is not nearly as ineffective as people think he is. Loki rules Jotunheim, though you rarely see him in his kingdom. That means he has an entire DIMENSION at his beck and call. While the Dread Dormannu may pretend to be a god with his mighty magical powers and Fallanti abilities, Loki could still swat him. Much like Thor, you really need to realize how much Loki holds back for the sake of the Great Game. If rulership was what Loki craved, believe me, there's plenty of realities he could take without much difficulty.

Favored targets of Loki's wrath are Superman (though this usually leads to conflicts with Mister Mxyzptlk that invariably becomes pranking contests), Wonder Woman (who has difficulty seeing the "good" that Thor does in his activities), Captain Marvel (who is a genuinely good sport about his pranks---which annoys the Hell out of Loki), and Darkseid. The later isn't Loki being sporting, he actually knows Darkseid wants a universe without Chaos and that is no universe Loki can exist in. Bizarrely, as a consequence, Loki is honestly welcome on New Genesis. Or would be were it not currently destroyed.
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Post by Psistrike » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:20 pm

Nice reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Libra. And great detail on Loki, Charles. Everyone always stats him at PL 15 or so, while in truth he is probably more powerful and most of the time just holding back.

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Post by Libra » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:51 am

Thank you Psistrike, I thought it appropriate. :D

Charles, the very idea of Vincent Price being associated with the role of Loki is just too much fun! :D

Loki seems so formidable that I feel a strong urge to shout for help. I hope The Mighty Thor shows up soon! 8)
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I shall see what I can do. Any you would particularly like to see me try my hand at? There are so many of them in DC and Marvel, I may need a shortlist. Please?
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