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Let's create a superhero setting!!!:

 126 Archereon, Mon, 26th Nov '12 8:27:38 PM from Everywhere.
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It's fine to use my character as long as you ask before doing something without me.

On the topic of characters, I'm putting up a bio on the docs for another character of mine.
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I think it'd be really fun if we were able to write for each other's characters, with the original authors approval of course.

Anyone who wants to use any of my characters is welcome to. Actually, if anyone here's got time to do some research I'd gladly give Asofalinda to them, African politics and culture is not my strong point.
 
 128 Archereon, Wed, 28th Nov '12 7:45:21 PM from Everywhere.
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Sounds cool. I really won't be able to start writing anything for this in earnest due to me being in the final stretch of this semester of college and needing to get tons of work done.
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 129 Archereon, Sat, 1st Dec '12 6:41:37 PM from Everywhere.
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Where did everyone go?
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 130 Sijo, Sat, 1st Dec '12 7:37:10 PM from Puerto Rico
I'm still here, just waiting to see what we do next. The others probably are too.
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 131 nrjxll, Sat, 1st Dec '12 7:57:52 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Like I said before, I was always in this just to throw out ideas - when it got to this stage, I intended to drop out, because I just don't have the time for a full-scale worldbuilding project.

I have another character in mind, but I haven't had the time to write anything yet, I was kinda hoping someone would start first so I could get a feel for the world and style.
 
 133 Archereon, Mon, 3rd Dec '12 9:43:53 AM from Everywhere.
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I'll do that some time later this week hopefully. I'm quite busy right now I'm afraid.
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 134 Archereon, Thu, 6th Dec '12 4:10:26 PM from Everywhere.
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Alright then, I'm writing up that so called "intro" to the setting that a lot of people requested. Hopefully I'll be able to post it by the weekend.

edited 6th Dec '12 4:11:24 PM by Archereon

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 135 SKJAM, Fri, 7th Dec '12 8:05:06 AM from Minneapolis Relationship Status: Cast away
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I'm releasing Mister Teak to the group for writing purposes, with the following caveat. He should not be used for negative "deconstructive" purposes. That is, he shouldn't be used to illustrate how superheroes couldn't work in the real world, or idealism is for suckers, that sort of thing.
I know we're all probably tired of character ideas by now, but I can't help myself.

Basically my idea is for a villain. Ten years ago, various people in Washington State were killed by a mysterious sniper. The one thing that seemed to connect all of the victims was that they were all suspected of child abuse. The public named the sniper, the Spirit of Vengeance (yeah, I know this is a stupid name, its a work in progress)although he was never identified. Then, after a year of scattered incidents, the attacks escalated dramatically. Hundreds of people throughout the west coast began to be killed, from violent school bullies to corrupt businessmen and politicians. Although these actions were highly illegal, they gathered a lot of public support because of the unpopularity of their targets. Despite countless attempts to find and capture the people responsible for these incidents, no one has ever been arrested.

The Spirit of Vengeance is actually David Johnson, an unassuming man of 29 years who lives in Seattle Washington. A small, short man, he was no threat to anyone until he attained the power to read minds when he turned 15. His powers, which allow him to read minds at long distances and feel complete empathy when right next to a person, showed him how much suffering there was in the world. He made it his mission to get revenge of those who caused suffering to others, using his mind reading powers to identify his victims. Over time, disaffected youth inspired by his killings found David and pledged their loyalty to him, creating a gang whose sole purpose is to kill those who cause suffering to others.

The main strength of David and his gang is their pragmatism. Their not the sort to make big statements, nor are they particularly interested in attaining honor. They prefer to kill they're victims quietly, and are not above fighting dirty so long as innocents are killed. They usually wear ski masks to hide their identity and have various escape routes planned. David uses his mind reading powers to both gain and ensure the loyalty of his gang, who he has become something of a father figure to after several years fighting together.
 
 137 Sijo, Sun, 9th Dec '12 7:13:44 AM from Puerto Rico
I say the more characters the better, it helps build the setting. And that was a perfect example of what I meant about how a superpower like telepathy can affect a person's very life. I like the character a lot. [tup]
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 138 danna 45, Sun, 9th Dec '12 8:42:19 AM from Wagnaria Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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Random Idea:

Agath Falsetto: A young private detective who believes that he's an ally of justice, capturing criminals and handing them over to the police. He views 'superheroes' as criminals who try to justify their actions with the word 'justice'. Wrong Genre Savvy, basically. He has a very strong, but very flawed sense of justice, and acts upon it often, but he truly is a good person in heart. His smart intellect and skill at using random household objects as weapons make him a somewhat formidable opponent. His name Agath comes from Agatha, as in Agatha Christie, an author if I remember correctly. His last name Falsetto pretty much shows that he's a 'false' hero, not a true hero. Storywise I guess he's a foil to other villains in that he's truly a man who believes in justice, and he's a foil to superheroes in that he's not doing his deeds because of 'justice', he's doing it because of self-satisfaction in that he's fulfilling his own sense of 'justice', but not 'justice' itself.
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 139 Sijo, Sun, 9th Dec '12 2:28:30 PM from Puerto Rico
[up]Nice idea, I think he'll fit in well.
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 140 Archereon, Tue, 11th Dec '12 8:03:36 AM from Everywhere.
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Yeah, sorry about leaving you guys hanging on that intro story thing. I'm really busy.
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 141 Archereon, Tue, 18th Dec '12 3:18:50 AM from Everywhere.
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Just a small bump and update: It's finals week for me, so I have no time at all to do anything. I got really sidetracked because that, but I should be able to get the stuff done later this week, after Thursday.
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 142 Sijo, Tue, 18th Dec '12 7:04:41 AM from Puerto Rico
It's OK, I have this thread under watch so I'll see any updates. Good luck with the finals.
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 143 Archereon, Wed, 26th Dec '12 8:20:40 AM from Everywhere.
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Okay, I'm done with finals and done with the Holidays, so I should be free to get some writing done for this project. Right now I've got two stories I'm thinking of telling:

An expanded version of Marisa Silva's origin story or a story told from the point of view of an engineer working at the orbital elevator (he'd serve as an Audience Surrogate, at least as far as the high tier metahumans go)

Wait no, now I've got three, the third being the account of a SWAT officer who ends up going head to head with a mercenary souped up with xenotech cybernetics.

edited 26th Dec '12 9:18:15 AM by Archereon

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 144 Sijo, Wed, 26th Dec '12 2:02:14 PM from Puerto Rico
Those sound like good ideas, particularly about the elevator... you just know it's going to figure in something major at some point. wink
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 145 Archereon, Fri, 28th Dec '12 7:22:52 PM from Everywhere.
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Yep, right now, I'm thinking of combining the story about the Audience Surrogate with the one including the cyborg mercenary villain.

Here's a brief description of the guy (the cyborg)

Standing at just over 2 meters in height and weighing nearly a metric ton, to say that the mercenary known as Lash is an imposing figure would be an understatement on par with saying that the ocean is wet. All four of his limbs are mechanical, and the remainder of his body has been extensively altered; what's left of his musculoskeletal system has been fortified extensively by armor plates made from xenotech derived materials all but impervious to conventional firearms, and enhanced with high density synthetic muscle grafts. In a similar fashion, most of his internal organs have either been enhanced or replaced with cutting edge cybernetics, to the net effect of him being largely immune to inhaled or ingested poisons, able to breath underwater and survive in a vacuum with an air supply, capable of enduring extremes of temperature and pressure, and effectively immune to pain.

The already impressive strength and durability granted by his implants are augmented by a custom built powered exoskeleton and life support suit. Lash's most iconic piece of equipment however is a pair of grapnel launchers integrated into housing in his wrists, which launch lines with edges honed down to nearly monomolecular blades, enabling them to be used as highly lethal weapons. While such an edge would dull far to quickly to be practical on weapons made of ordinary materials, his lines were made from a nearly indestructible, but highly flexible material recovered directly from the CV Impact site.

I haven't thought much about Lash's backstory (and haven't even come up with his real name), but as of now, I'm thinking he'll be one of the more successful (but less cooperative) results of a Super Soldier program which created another character of mine in this setting. Personality-wise, he's all but devoid of emotion, empathy, and remorse, being solely concerned with his own survival which most people assume is the result of having a good portion of his brain replaced with cybernetics. In universe, I'd say the belief that Getting To Many Brain Implants Removes Your Humanity would be quite widespread, particularly among less educated populations.
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 146 Sijo, Fri, 28th Dec '12 8:58:54 PM from Puerto Rico
Yikes, that's more a living tank than a man. However he'd make an opponent that would take most of our characters working together to defeat, which might be a good thing.

edited 28th Dec '12 8:59:11 PM by Sijo

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 147 Archereon, Sun, 30th Dec '12 11:23:08 AM from Everywhere.
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Alright, I've put together a summary of the short story I'm writing that will set the tone for the setting, and have one page of it written (though not edited) already.

Hey, I can't seem to access that google doc that Kevlar gave a link to, any idea why that is?
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 148 Sijo, Sun, 30th Dec '12 6:54:43 PM from Puerto Rico
Nope, the link works OK for me (though there's only one paragraph there.)
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 149 Poisonarrow, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 4:16:24 PM Relationship Status: In love with love
I'm a little late to this, but I would like to know if I could contribute.

Also, I had a question about the teeks. If I wanted to make a medium powered telekinetic, but with a high degree of control, what would be a good limit to the weight that he could lift and manipulate? And are there any teek and teap combos? I would like to give him a minor ESP ability as well, but I can't decide. Probably something random.[lol]
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 150 Archereon, Wed, 2nd Jan '13 5:17:10 PM from Everywhere.
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Well, the way I figured it, telekinetic is something of a misnomer: teeks (sadly we can't use that since I just realized I accidentally it from Babylon5) basically cover anyone with powers that don't come from cybernetics, xenotech, or other related technology.

People with both "teek" and "tep" powers do indeed exist, but they are exceedingly, exceedingly rare, and often powerful enough to be a major strategic resource.
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