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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by RomLoneWolf23 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:33 pm

Nice. Although considering the general jerkassness of the Guardians, I don't know how far they'd allow the GL Corps to work alongside the Nova Corps. Not that I imagine Worldmind would have a problem with it now.
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by dirkgentry2000 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:45 pm

RomLoneWolf23 wrote:Nice. Although considering the general jerkassness of the Guardians, I don't know how far they'd allow the GL Corps to work alongside the Nova Corps. Not that I imagine Worldmind would have a problem with it now.
well- the Guardians might have a problem. But, I'm not sure if that would stop the Earth-based GLs from cooperating with the Nova Corps. And if there's a Sinestro Corps onslaught against Oa -- I think it's just good manners to accept the help of anyone who wants to pitch in.

Of course, I don't think the Blue Lanterns would have any problem cooperating. But I'm skeptical whether any of the new Skittle Corps will survive past Darkest Night

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Charles Phipps » Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:10 pm

The Green Lantern Corps

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There's no real lack of interstellar police forces in the galaxy. The Space Knights of Galador, L.E.G.I.O.N (which is more akin to a Blackwater-esque organization of mercenaries), the Darkstars (a small number of survivors operating despite the fact that Controllers abandoned them), the Nova Corps, and a few other similar organizations exist. While Earth is a cradle for heroes, most planets really have to rely on these intergalactic bands of do-gooders in order to hold down the fort against supervillainous threats. One group stands above them all in the universe. In fact, it was the inspiration for most of them. I, of course, speak of the Green Lantern Corps.

The GL Corps was founded by the Guardians of the Universe something akin to one hundred million years ago. For a race whose lifespan extends into the range of the billions, this is not particularly a long time but makes the GL Corps older than the vast majority of civilizations in the galaxy. The Skrulls are the only interstellar race that had crawled out of the primordial soup by that point. Unemotional and cold, the Guardians of the Universe have occasionally been accused of being fascists seeking to impose their own order over the galaxy. In truth, the Guardians of the Universe are largely a benevolent force. It is only in the face of truly terrifying threats like Galactus, Imperiex, or the Darkest Night that they break their usually stellar track record of morality.

In most parts of the cosmos, the Green Lantern Corps are legendary figures who are seen as symbols of endless courage. Until the most recent century, the idea of a Green Lantern being anything other than a stellar champion of good was nonexistent. Unfortunately, the most recent century has been literally the worst period in the entire organization's history. In fact, one may argue that all of the previous millions of years have not added up to just how much recent events have devastated the Corps. Not only has the organization been compromised physically but also ethically and spiritually. It is indeed the Dark Times for the Green Lantern Corps and when the universe's light flickers, it is a sorry thing indeed.

The start of this collapse really boils down to the actions of the fascist Sinestro. On his home planet, the Green Lantern symbol still has connotations similar to a swastika. His later genocidal actions against underdeveloped species made the entire universe aware that sometimes Green Lanterns could go bad. Worse, his endless attacks against the Green Lantern Corp have exposed the organization as more vulnerable than anyone could have imagined. It was the crippling of the Green Lantern Corps by its wayward son (no less than *twice* counting Sinestro's role in Parallax's rampage) that allowed Operation: Galactic Storm to spiral completely out of control. Without the Green Lantern Corps to stop the Nega-Bomb, trillions of Kree perished. The Imperiex War and Annihilation Wave also showed that the Green lantern Corps is simply not strong enough to stop the threats it used to be the first (and last) line of defense against.

This situation has forced the Green Lantern Corps to do something they've never done before: Ask for help. Green Lanterns are now encouraged to make alliances with local groups of heroes in order to be able to more effectively police their sectors. Whereas once, a single Green Lantern could effectively police hundreds of worlds, every sector now has two. Even now, the existence of groups like the Sinestro Corps means that the Guardians may soon start outfitting everyone who can qualify with power rings. Given that the structure of the GL Corps and its long history of tradition is one of the major reasons that it has avoided corruption by the awesome power its members possesses, this is not good news.

Really, the Guardians have removed most of the restrictions that were originally meant to keep its members humble. The prohibition against yellow was a result of Parallax corrupting the Central Power Battery but the Guardians used it to prevent individual members from becoming too arrogant. Its members were also forbidden to kill under any circumstances. Now, GL Corps members are authorized to use lethal force against anyone they feel warrants it. They also have been taught how to overcome the yellow weakness. From the Kree Star Empire to the Rann Confederacy, this is an alarming development.

Still, it is unlikely that the Green Lantern Corps will fall to evil any time soon. The sentient planet Mogo was long ago selected by the Guardians to choose individuals for the rings to power. It is quite literally the wisest judge of character in the universe and possesses a humanity the Guardians lack, which is ironic given it is a being whose only peer is Ego. It is to Mogo's eternal shame that he missed the quality in Sinestro's heart that eventually developed into evil. A fear for his people's security that ultimately ate away at his once genuinely good good. He has vowed to never repeat the mistake.

The planet Earth, in particular generated a list of no less than twenty individuals who qualify for Green Lantern status. Hal Jordan, Guy Gardener, Alan Scott (though he possessed the mystical Starheart), the superheroine Jade, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Steve Rogers (initially passed over due to the trauma over his lost sidekick Bucky), Clark Kent the Kryptonian-American of Smallville (who has refused the honor), Matt Murdock (near the bottom of the list due to personal problems), and a number of others. Indeed, much of the galaxy is starting to get jealous. The Guardians have forbidden any new recruits from the planet Earth as a result. At least for the time being. Humans are notoriously difficult to control anyway.

One final note: It should be noted that Green Lanterns aren't welcome everywhere in the universe. The Gordanian, Kree, Skrull, and Dominator Empires have always considered them to be security risks. It seems the more likely that a culture embraces paranoia and selfishness, the less likely they are to tolerate a Green Lantern amongst them. It is tragic that many cultures on Earth feel that the Green Lanterns may be a Fifth column built around subjugating them.
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by RomLoneWolf23 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:52 pm

Nicely done, Charles. As for Steve Rogers' potential... Well, considering he personally handed over his Shield to Bucky, there's just one thing left to say...

"Steve Rogers of Earth. You have the ability to Instill Hope.
You have been Chosen as a Blue Lantern.
All will be Well."
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by dirkgentry2000 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:14 pm

RomLoneWolf23 wrote:Nicely done, Charles. As for Steve Rogers' potential... Well, considering he personally handed over his Shield to Bucky, there's just one thing left to say...

"Steve Rogers of Earth. You have the ability to Instill Hope.
You have been Chosen as a Blue Lantern.
All will be Well."
Man, Steve would be one Kick-ass Blue Lantern,

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Voltron64 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:14 pm

RomLoneWolf23 wrote:Nicely done, Charles. As for Steve Rogers' potential... Well, considering he personally handed over his Shield to Bucky, there's just one thing left to say...

"Steve Rogers of Earth. You have the ability to Instill Hope.
You have been Chosen as a Blue Lantern.
All will be Well."
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by dirkgentry2000 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:38 pm

Perhaps not the Ultimate Steve Rogers though. Just saying.
Scene from the Ultimate Universe:
Ultimate Bruce Banner: "Christ. And they say I'm crazy. Do you know what Captain America did the minute he got a Blue Lantern ring?"
Ultimate Nick Fury: "I don't know, what?"
Ultimate Bruce Banner:"He materialized 65,447,374 blue fists that punched every man, woman and child in France in the junk. Hard. Two times."
Ultimate Nick Fury: "That's my boy."

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Charles Phipps » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:42 pm

Guy Gardner

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Guy Gardner is easily the most irritating superhero in the entire world. No one has quite the ability to get the goat of the world's most respected and saintly individuals. If there was a poll, he'd be ranked just below Booster Gold in terms of people that you'd least like to have a team-up with. This doesn't bother Guy, he's always marched to the beat of a different drum. Plenty of superheroes would be exasperated to find out that he says and does half of the things that drive other heroes to distraction just to see their reaction. He'll discuss skin magazines while fighting alongside Wonder Woman, make Master Race and Sieg Heil jokes while fighting alongside the X-men, and has an entire book of hippie put-downs for whenever he meets with Green Arrow.

But he won't make fun of Captain America or General Glory. Even Guy has standards.

Even Guy doesn't really know why he loves screwing with other people as much as he does. If you get past his ridiculously offensive personality [Note: He has a Charisma of 6 in M&M Superlink terms] he's really not that bad of a guy. For all of his jerkass comments, Guy is always there when you need him. He was there when Metropolis fell, cleaning up rubble. He was there when Stamford was burned, transporting the wounded. Hell, he even takes to underprivileged children on Christmas. There are also lines he won't cross. Guy will make fun of every topic under the sun but is never racist or homophobic (though he maintains the right to make fun of the masculinity of men using various obscure terms).

So why is Guy like....well Guy?

Boiled down to it, Guy feels you only really know who your friends are when they're willing to look past surface impressions. Having grown up with an alcoholic and abusive father, Guy had it rough from the very beginning. He managed to make it through college on a football scholarship and pure determination to escape his origins, only to lose everything when he was injured. Even his chance at greatness, becoming Earth's first modern age Green Lantern, was stripped away from him by an accident of fate. Guy Gardner was the first pick of Mongo for Abin Sur's ring, it was just Hal Jordan was physically closer.

If you're willing to look past the fact that Guy is one of the most obnoxious men you'll ever meet, if you can forget he has a ridiculous haircut, and if you're willing to accept that he never shuts up then you'll find that you have one of the most devoted friends imaginable. It's why Guy fell in love with the saintly Tora Olafsdotter, who recognized the pain that lied underneath his braggart's exterior. Just don't be surprised if he tries to screw with your head by claiming brain damage that alters his personality every time he takes a punch. That's just Guy's idea of funny.

Guy Gardner is currently one of the Green Lanterns assigned to the planet Earth. Whereas John Stewart handles most of Justice League level threats, Guy pretty much just goes around the globe trying to do good. Earth probably doesn't need as many Green Lanterns as it has, but the Guardians feel that humans tend to function better with a reasonable amount of contact with their home-world. The Guardians oddly have nothing to say regarding Guy's caustic personality, perhaps recognizing it as the defense mechanism it is (telepathy has its advantages).

Guy currently lives in a Los Angeles apartment with his dog-man roommate, G'nort.

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Avaron » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:05 am

Steve Rogers as a blue lanter works so well and unlike many who might be chosen for that role the fact the blue ring isent terribly useful without a green lantern around wouldent really hinder him hes used to fighting super powered opponents without the ring.

This thread is wonderful One request mabye how about a few write ups on some of the spell slingers of the universe, Dr. Strange, Dr. fate, Zatanna.

ohh and Jason Blood/Etrigan I can easily see banner and blood finding common ground in there duel nature both bound to monsters. Jasons own immortality could have also brough him into conflict with mandarin and some of the other long lived heroes and villians. a WW2 team up with Captain america against demon summoning nazi mystics seems fitting as well.

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Charles Phipps » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:30 pm

Green Lantern Power Rings

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The Green Lantern Rings remain the most powerful weapons in the universe. They are items with nearly unlimited ability to the mind that can properly imagine something, calculate the necessary force, and proceed to generate enough willpower to fuel its creation. The Green Lantern Rings are limited to generating force fields, energy blasts, and simple constructs like boxing gloves or gigantic hands for the most part. This is due to the fact that most GL Corps members lack the artistry, intelligence, or willpower to create much more. In times of extreme duress, it is known that some Green Lanterns have been able to surpass what should theoretically be possible with a ring to create whole cities or use the ring as a tool to transform matter. These actions are believed to be the work of the subconscious working in tandem with the Green Lantern Ring interior computer and cannot be readily repeated.

In addition to its primary function, Green Lantern Rings generate life support fields around its bearers automatically. They can also send a Green Lantern through hyperspace at x1 force speeds, allowing travel across the entire galaxy in the span of a month. The rings can also generate wormholes that can take a Green Lantern directly to Oa but only at pre-calculated points in the Green Lantern's Sector. This allows the Green Lantern Corps to have ready access to the Guardians of the Universe but prevents them from automatically fleeing to their home world when times get rough. All Green Lantern Rings contain an extra-dimensional "pocket" where skintight space uniforms are kept along with the Green Lantern's Power Battery.

All Green Lantern Rings contain a super-computer containing a vast intergalactic encyclopedia created by the Guardians of the Universe. While not nearly as expansive as the Book of Oa. It is possible for Green Lanterns to familiarize themselves with nearly all known worlds and cultures of the galaxy if they have time to examine the ring's contents. Most Green Lanterns do not have time for this sort of scholarship and simply ask the ring's basic artificial intelligence for answers to whatever questions are currently relevant to the case at hand. The ring A.I. can be annoyingly obtuse sometimes but will usually answer the Green Lantern's questions to the best of its knowledge.

Despite their awesome power, Green Lantern Rings have weaknesses. The first and foremost weakness is that they cannot affect items that are the color yellow. Senior Corpsman can overcome this flaw by summoning something they fear and overcoming it. It is a painful process though that most Corpsman do not like undergoing. The second weakness is that Green Lantern Rings carry a 24-hour charge that is usually enough to handle most business. Recently, the Central Power Battery of Oa lost most of its energy reserves and the charges inside the ring are no longer unlimited. They can be overwhelmed by attacks from similar emotion based weaponry and too powerful exertions of will. It should also be noted that the energy fields generated by the rings are only as powerful as the will of the bearer. Sufficient force can shatter the constructs and kill the wearer. These do not usually have an effect on the ring's life support function, which is an automatic effect of the ring.

A Green Lantern's Ring cannot usually be stolen. When a Green Lantern is killed, the ring automatically makes psychic contact with the sentient planet Mogo in order to have the cosmic being scan the Sector for the nearest individual of suitably moral fortitude and willpower to wield the ring effectively. Usually, this is no farther than the nearest inhabited planet itself. A Green Lantern Ring can be temporarily stolen from an unconscious Green Lantern but it is usually useless to his opponents. Stolen rings are usually recovered by a team of Green Lantern Corps members dispatched within a week of loss. Loss of a power ring is considered grounds for suspension or even termination if achieved through carelessness.

Traditionally, the Green Lantern Rings are forbidden from lethal force. Any attempt to use lethal force causes the ring to immediately shut down unless the Green Lantern is in dire peril. Afterward, they are usually summoned to Oa for disciplinary action. The rings ultimately answer to the Guardians and cannot be used against them. Attempts to do so will simply have the ring shut down and occasionally turn against its wielder.

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by Libra » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:24 am

Avaron, I'm willing to fulfill your request for Mystic characterisation - although I must ask you to please be patient (I'm not a very quick typer and I like to mull over my characterisations for a while before I post them).

Charles, keep up the Good Work on the Green Lantern Corps! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by tm80401 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:45 pm

I thought it was Mogo. Mongo was Flash Gordon.
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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by dirkgentry2000 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:55 pm

tm80401 wrote:I thought it was Mogo. Mongo was Flash Gordon.

Good catch. Think it was just a typo in one entry. It's spelled write in the power rings entry (IIRC). Mongo was also in Blazing Saddles.

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Re: The Combined DCU-Marvel Universe thread

Post by RomLoneWolf23 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:10 pm

While we're talking 'bout Mogo, is there a connection between him and Ego, the other living planet?
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Post by dirkgentry2000 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:13 pm

RomLoneWolf23 wrote:While we're talking 'bout Mogo, is there a connection between him and Ego, the other living planet?
For some awful reason, I'm picturing Ego and Mogo with a cosmic Big Lebowski-esque asteroid bowling rivalry.

Clearly, something's wrong with me.


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