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Michuru81 wrote:Jude's fairly straight forward: initially, he's just a nerd who can teleport and turn insubstantial. After his expulsion, he came back with a level in badass. With a little more training, he could actually be a devastating opponent but for now, he's still fairly inexperienced.
Arthur Eld wrote:That's not supposed to be till like next year in game right? The way we play, it'll be 2013 before they show up.
Michuru81 wrote:Black is a character I can see going places. The finger blasts (stop giggling) are a nod to the X-Men's Cyclops, as I think Black has it in him to become an effective leader as he grows and matures.
As a member of the freshman class, Black has a lot of growing to do: his abilities will likely be raised down the road, as will his saves and a little more combat experience...
Michuru81 wrote:Therianthrope is the father of one of the PCs in my PBP game--Tattooedman's Jack Rexroth, Greystone, who I frequently slip up and call Jack Rexton or Greyskin for reasons even I don't really understand. Regardless, so much of Therianthrope's character evolved out of TM's information so really, he deserves the credit on this...
I think there's a bit of a stigma on Papa Rexroth: we frequently get reminded that he was abusive to his son and that said abuse was the catalyst behind Jack's flight from Ohio. What most overlook is that bit in Jack's biography where Dale is painted as a loving father before his wife was killed. Rightly so, too! No one else was there but Jack and, really, what is Jack most likely to focus on? Regardless, I took the two pictures of the same man and tried to paint this from those. Dale's abusive nature surfaced out of pain and from alcoholism. Remove those and you have someone who's a loving father. I view Dale as being this father figure to the kids in Laputa: he looks at them as children in need of his protection and kicks himself for having failed the kid who needed it most.
Further, Dale's abilities are Jack's abilities, amplified a teensy bit. I didn't want them to be the same character--hence Dale's adoption of thematic forms: most often, he'll shift into something out of mythology. The dragon form is probably his favorite and the one he most frequently takes (as it's essentially just raw power), while the lychan form grants him speed, leaping and senses--focusing more on tracking and following anyone anywhere; the merrow form, meanwhile, is his aquatic form: it's not as strong as some of the others but if he takes on someone in the water who's not accustomed to being in the water (not Vlad or Lex who really don't like the water but... say Otso?), he might come out on top. Lastly, the chimera form is just him adopting whatever animal traits he needs to get the job done. Again, if he needs power, he'll go dragon but the chimera form gives him numerous tricks the dragon form doesn't allow.
Tattooedman wrote:Nicely done Mich, you caught what I was aiming for Dale's personality dead on.
Horsenhero wrote:Really nice Therianthrope build. I like the way his powers jive with Jack's, but manifest slightly differently. His write up also almost...almost makes me sympathize with him. Almost.
Michuru81 wrote:Not too long ago, Elemenoh hijacked my story and, rather than vague teasers of the next chapter, he elected to post some builds. This is me... getting around to copying them over here for posterity.
There's not much to be said about Toro. He's a simple bruiser with little else going for him. In a fight, he might get a punch or two in but he's going to be too much of a challenge to anyone with any versatility. Then again, given that he's been handed the janitorial chores at the NVAE, he shouldn't be too effective of a problem solver or the PCs would never really get to see any action.
On the other side, his presence as the school's janitor has to make one wonder what happened to whoever filled the position from 2002-2007--but that could be said for a lot of the positions at the NVAE...
Michuru81 wrote:This may have been mentioned before but... way back in 2006, when I started to build the Oubliverse, I wanted the Vindicators to be an allegory for the Justice League, with every character serving as a counterpart of them. It should come as no surprise to anyone with a few functioning braincells that Wayne here is basically Batman.
Fast-forward five years and I'm left wondering if that's really a necessary fixture in my world. So, my Batman gets a bit of an overhaul: rather than being obsessed with fighting crime, Detective is a businessman who wears a mask to battle corruption... which doesn't really sound too terribly exciting when you think about it.
Michuru81 wrote:As Detective is a Batman-knockoff, Gumshoe is Robin. Here, we have two builds for the guy: one as a teenage sidekick and another as a sidekick-turned-cop.
Players in my PBP game will notice that Gumshoe only "seemingly" skilled Avi Shavit. They can take what they want from that. ;)
Michuru81 wrote:When Elemenoh hijacked the narrative and invited readers to request builds, Manintights asked for Nor'easter. Ironically, Nor'easter was the subject of the fifth annual (which I really should finish...) and will begin to play a role in the events to come.
Regardless, I like Nor'easter (just not to fond of the name at this point): he's has the potential to be a threat without being a direct threat. As I've said, paragon characters can be boring--nothing is exciting about trading blows back and forth. Nor'easter, however, has the potential to be a fun fight...