okay (note that I haven't read past the OP and so have no idea about what's been decided), I reckon a world shared with ancient Celtic Mythology
(because everyone knows about Norse and Roman/Greek mythological figures, but no one knows of celtic ones past the leprechaun), but pushed forward to the modern-ish era (1900s, I suppose. The Roaring Twenties
? or maybe full on twenty first century).
The Fair Folk
and Gods and the like exist, but are largely extinct due to a war between them and humans, in which the humans won and all of the mythic creatures died. Those who remained hide as superheroes of a sort, but all must be at least somewhat similar to the original mythological versions of them (i.e. banshees simply cry to warn people of an upcoming death rather than the scream being an actual weapon).
The main focus of the setting is the son of some dead God (maybe the Dagda, or maybe someone like Lugh) who lives as a normal person until his powers (research into feats of Celtic heroes to decide what exactly) draw the attention of some rather dodgy figures from the mythos (the Morrigan could make an excellent Chaotic Neutral
(slightly more literal than others), or one of The Fair Folk
) who seek to recruit him to a gang of sorts.
The main villain would be some Eldritch Abomination
(the dullahan, the dearg due, Balor the demon King, Carman the witch, lots of things like that), but some sort of modern-day witch hunts seeking out these mythic figures would be a huge hindrance to the morally dubious gang of 'superhero' mythological figures who are fighting their own secret wars whilst resorting to crime to survive. They're all criminals, but they're fighting WORSE criminals who seek to rise to power and kill all humans. All deaths are final, excepting more powerful gods who can come back if they have a significant sacrifice dedicated to them (like in American Gods) and those who were only thought dead. B Oth
of those are really, really rare.
Set in Dublin, maybe, because superheroes seem to forget that there are english-speaking cities outside of New York, and that the U.K. isn't the only country in Europe that speaks English. The ancient mythological figures would also reference ancient irish language to add some air of ancientness. Other religions do not exist (could get messy otherwise, saying THIS religion is true but this one isn't) so people tend to worship some of the celtic figures who fought alongside humans but ultimately died out all the same (e.g. the fir bolg)
edited 9th Jun '13 7:38:10 AM by VincentQuill