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It is an age of heroes. From the day the Saint was first seen in newsreels back in '39 all those years ago, there have always been heroes. For decades, they've protected the world from superpowered criminals, mad scientists, nazi nitwits, alien invaders, and even the odd incursion from other dimensions. Regardless of their origins — whether they received their powers in some sort of accident, were born with their abilities, used tech to get by, or relied purely on their training and hard work — they have long vowed to protect the world and make it a better place.
However, in recent years, things have changed. In times gone by, most heroes began their careers well into adulthood, with only the occasional sidekicks being the exception. But as the decades went on, more and more young heroes began receiving their powers or beginning their careers younger and younger, often without the proper training or maturity to properly use them or not get themselves hurt. Or worse. And so a solution was reached. Founded by Saint Solutions, a series of schools for young heroes in training was established across the globe. Now, any young whippersnapper who wishes to become a hero or even just learn to control their powers goes to one of these schools. Staffed largely by experienced, older heroes, they're the perfect place to go for anyone who wishes to hone their skills and learn what it truly takes to become a hero.
But the best of them all is is none other than Saint Academy, located right in Super City, California. And it's President is none other than the original Superhero himself, The Saint. Blessed with great strength and speed as well as extended longevity, he still has a reputation as the world's greatest hero despite retiring a decade ago, but he nonetheless does his best to make the world a better place in his own way. And that includes molding brave new heroes that can help continue to protect the world in his absence.
However, the Saint’s absence on the world stage has caused a rift. While his retirement helped ease the transition into a Saintless world, it hasn’t been easy. More villains have come out of the woodwork, seeing the perfect excuse to cause havoc. Relations between humans and other races have become strained, turning what was mutual coexistence into an uneasy truce. Other heroes have tried to fill the void, but the most prolific have advocated a harder stance. Many care less about standing for something greater and more about protecting innocents, no matter the cost. What’s left is a world that’s stable, but could swing either way in a flash. Which way it goes depends on the next generation of heroes, and what they choose to stand for. What sort of world will the next age of protectors usher in? And what will they leave in their wake?
Assuming there's a world left standing.
Hey, everyone! In case you haven't guessed, this is a Superhero Highschool RP, inspired by such series as My Hero Academia and Avengers Academy. It's a full reboot of a couple old RP’s with the same name, so you don't need to have played the others to jump into this one.
Long story short, you are a new student attending their first year at Saint Academy (boarding school,) as a member of Class 1, with your goal to get a full license and learn how to be a Superhero. The school used to promote a very specific sort of hero, but as the mood of the Superhero community has changed, so has the school. These days, it’s more about giving you the tools and knowhow to become the sort of hero you want to be. Whether that’s a virtuous paragon who stands for a better tomorrow, a pragmatic bruiser who cares more about getting the job done, or anything in between. Some staff may advocate for one sort of hero or another, but what you choose to be is ultimately up to you.
Much of the school year will involve taking classes as well as attending various activities. Anything from field studies, to supervised missions, to even community service. But it won’t be a cakewalk. Various villains and anti-heroes have their eyes on the city and even the school with their own agendas in mind, and will stop at nothing to accomplish them. So you'd better be prepared.
There are also several types of students. First you've got those who got their powers in some sort of accident or experiment. These are some of the most common sort of students or heroes you'll see. Next up, you have those who were born with their powers. These can come with a physical mutation such as green skin, four arms, etc. The sky's the limit. Some students belong to another race, anywhere from demons to one of the numerous races born out of the Chaos Wave in the ‘40’s. Many of these come with innate powers and abilities that put them above most humans, even if it’s second nature for them. Then there are those who rely on tech. You might have someone who wears a suit of Powered Armor, or you could have someone who invented a belt that makes them shrink. And finally, there are those without any powers or real tech at all who make up for it with grit, gumption, and lots and lots of training. (Think Batman.)
Last but not least, some extra information about the world for your perusal.
MSA’s world resembles our world in a lot of ways, but differs in others. The big difference is in WWII, Hitler summoned a bunch of demons to Earth in a last-minute bid for power. This backfired and unleashed a Chaos Wave, tearing through the planet and turning roughly 10% of the population into nonhuman beings. Anywhere from werewolves, to cat people, elves, vampires, etc. Saint and the other heroes managed to calm the initial chaos and wave of riots, largely from Wavers who refused to accept their situation. But over the decades, the dozens of new races became an accepted if contested part of the world. Some of them went and created their own subcultures and communities, but many chose to remain in human society for better or worse.
What most people don’t know is even before the Wave, there had already been different races lurking about in secret, but they were so few in number that most didn’t notice them. Since then, they’ve been lumped together with the Wavers, with most not bothering to correct anyone or a vocal minority. Nowadays, about 80% of the world is still fully human, but the other 20& is either fully or partly nonhuman to some extent.
MSA's world isn't the same as the one we know. Thanks to a combination of refugees from other dimensions, visitors from other planets, and once seemingly mythical races becoming distinct realities, non-humans have gradually become commonplace. At first, most races after the Chaos Wave were subject to mass discrimination and dehumanization, but over the years, there's been a lot of progress. Largely thanks to Superheroes of all different sorts popularizing freaks and weirdos over a grand total of 80 years. (And counting.)
Today, what was once the Supernatural is now simply natural, and the very term itself is seen as an offensive slur. It's not too uncommon to see an alien working at a supermarket or a demon flying overhead in the suburbs, or for a werewolf to be acting as a nature guide. There have even been whole new laws enacted to support and protect non-humans after Mc Carthy and HUAC sought to strip away their rights, though this does raise concerns from more conservative groups from time to time.
Of course, not everyone feels the same way about non-humans. There are still those who see such beings as unnatural. Unholy abominations that go against their very way of life. Others still live in isolated communities, largely kept away from the more fantastical parts of their world and being less receptive to anything that isn't 'normal'. With roughly 20% of the world's population having some Waver DNA, here are enough of them that every so often, some crazed group of radicals pops up, intent on returning things to the way they were before the Saint ushered in a new age. But as much as they want to, it's not so easy to turn back the clock, and Wavers are here to stay.
Additionally, the existence of Superheroes, Wavers, and ridiculously smart individuals has dramatically advanced the world’s technological standing. Towering skyscrapers, flying cars, and large blimps dot the world. Food and resources are much less scarce, and numerous non-lethal sources of energy have been discovered. Technology and discoveries previously undreamt of are now commonplace, and there's even a moon colony and spaceports to go with it. For better or worse, this world is much stranger and more advanced than our own. But maybe that's not such a bad thing.
Think that’s it. Let me know if there are any questions about the RP you have, and I'll do my best to answer them. Here's the Sign-up sheet:
Anyone can join at any time pending GM approval.
Here's the RP.
Here's the Discussion thread. But most worldbuilding and discussions will probably be on the Discord.
And here's the Discord link. It's the main way to communicate, or talk about future arcs, so it's a must. If you don't have it, then I'm afraid I can't accept you.
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Real Name: Mako Azuz
Superhero Name: Calamari
Race: Human Mutant
Appearance: Outside of costume◊ Daniel is a tan lanky young man of average height with curly black hair and bright green eyes. His costume is a light blue sleeveless super suit with pink and white lines running down his sides and legs meant to evoke the image of simplified squid tentacles, with a pair of matching blue goggles to protect his eyes.
Personality: Mako is the embodiment of gesturing to your chest and saying the phrase "I keep all my emotions right here, and one day, I'll die." He is the uncontested master of compartmentalization. He's not monotone or robotic by any stretch of the imagination, he's just seems very low key and relaxed, able to shrug off almost anything like it's no big deal. He's all about staying mellow, but wonders occasionally whether or not he should try to be more invested in things. So far though he's decided it's probably fine to just not think about things though.
Gear: Mako doesn't really carry and gear other than his costume.
Backstory: Mako's parents were both real estate agents in Florida specializing in beach front property, and together the two of them had the local beach house market completely cornered. Which meant they spent a lot of time showing houses, and despite having no shortage of money, they were both pretty cheap. And that meant that Mako as a young kid spent a lot of time poking around the shore a little ways off from whatever house was on the market that day. It was one of these days that he saw a squid that looked like it was trapped in some sort of bizarre oily goo. He knelt down to poke at it and try to get it out, but when he did his mind was filled with memories of the ocean, and he woke up in the sand an hour later with new powers and no idea why. As it turned out some company was working on reproducing the results of the chaos wave that created all the new races, and they had dumped a batch of flawed solution in the ocean that ended up fusing Mako's dna with that of the squid's. Getting superpowers from a magic chaos squid wasn't exactly on his bucket list, but he figured he might as well do something with it. Working a regular job sounded like it would bore him to death, so just like that he shrugged and decided he'd try to become a super hero, much to his parents' (who planned for him to take over the family business') chagrin.
Miscellaneous: I was really lost on how to justify his squid powers and went through several backstory variation to explain it away, so hopefully this one is fine.
Kind of undecided on a thing or two backstory-wise and probably going to make changes to it. If I need to make adjustments elsewhere though just let me know.
Edited by TheRealWren on Feb 17th 2021 at 10:56:03 PM
After reading the history of the setting, I'm honestly intrigued, still on the fence but considering joining.
When you mentioned the part about the aliens interfering in the 50's it made me consider signing up as one of those two species of aliens, either a Godon rebel/outcast, or a young Boffon super. Neither race was really described other than that the Godon are "parasitic." So what are the two races like? In case I wanted to sign up as one.
The Godons are dictators and conquerors, but mostly out of necessity. They're green, hairy, bug-eyed insectoids who live through sucking the life out of other living beings or natural resources, and their very means of survival led to many of them becoming parasitic and self-centred by nature. After they sucked their own world dry, they had to look for other worlds to inhabit. Possessing ships and machines capable of laying whole worlds to waste and storing their nutrients for their own use, they scoured the cosmos for new worlds to consume, eventually landing on Earth. It was only with the help of the Boffones were they fended off. In the aftermath, the Godon's fleets were decimated and many of their machines were smashed to bits. With much of their power still gone, they scrounge the cosmos for whatever scraps they can find. They refuse to make an alliance with the Boffones, other races, or even Earth, purely out of stubbornness and pride. Even if their very survival is in question.
By contrast, the Boffone are much friendlier and eager to help others, though this too was born out of necessity. After a series of disasters such as global warming, overt pollution, and overpopulation, the different nations of the Boffones went to war out of desperation, near destroying each other in nuclear armageddon. It was only through the help of a more powerful and ancient race that they pulled themselves out of the ashes. Not much is known about this race, as any records or stories about them have been lost to the ages. What little details survived quickly transformed into legend and myth, as the devasted Boffones worshipped them like Gods.
Regardless of the details, they assisted the Boffones, giving them the means to pull themselves out of the mess they found themselves in and rise to new heights. The presence of these saviours and their subsequent deification led to the Boffones adopting their ways, devoting themselves to helping and saving others as they had been saved. By the time they got to the 20th century, the Boffones had raised themselves up, becoming one of the most benevolent and technologically advanced races in the cosmos. Their appearance had also changed dramatically, evolving from slimy humanoids to gelatinous blobs. They can take on a humanoid appearance, but they mostly get around by filling themselves into small mech-suits. Their default models are unarmed, but a fully armed suit can take out a whole battalion singlehanded.
When the Godons invaded Earth, it wasn't long before the Boffones got wind of it. Instinctively, they rushed to Earth's aid, and Earth was in no position to argue. With their help, Earh fended the Boffone's off, and the Boffones continued to lend their aid in rebuilding the planet and advancing it's tech to a level closer to their own. Humanity and the Boffones quickly established regular diplomatic relations, with some Boffones even immigrating to Earth out of curiosity.
Does that help?
Edited by kkhohoho on Feb 17th 2021 at 8:46:52 AM
Let me know if any of that is too much and I'm happy to scale down.
Nah, it's good. Accepted.
Edited by kkhohoho on Feb 17th 2021 at 8:53:07 AM
Ah, I see. So it seems like the Godon are fundamentally incapable of being good while the Boffones are shapeshifters, and we already have a shapeshifter character. Never mind then.
I'm considering joining; what sort of tone do you think you'd be going for? I ask because I think I ended up dropping out of your other RP because I went into it with the wrong expectations and made a character who didn't really want to be there, which bogged me down. Bit of a recurring issue for me in general. I do have an idea, but their character might be too silly if you're going for something more serious, so there's that as well.
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