Setting Creation.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
 GM, 4 posts
Mon 7 Jan 2013
at 05:37
Setting Creation
Silver Age comics were almost always set in the US, and in 'modern times'. So naturally, our heroes will be based in a major metropolitan area. I want to do this 'DC Style' and make ours a fictional city. I'm also a big fan of cooperative setting creation, so as players check-in, please answer the first unanswered question below. Post your answers in this thread. There will be more questions later. :)

Player One: Unknown Blitz:
Is our home city on the East Coast, the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, in the Midwest, the Southwest, or somewhere else in the US?

Player Two: rewright1971:
Every city has it's focal point, it's most famous tourist attraction, it's iconic building or monument; what's ours?

Player Three: Grimmshade
What is the Mayor's name, and what is the Mayor like, both as a person and as a politician?

Player Four: CaptVideo
Superheroes interact with the police all the time. What is your character's relationship with Metro PD? How has that affected Metro PD's general attitude toward superheroes?

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:14, Wed 16 Jan 2013.

Unknown Blitz
 player, 3 posts
Mon 7 Jan 2013
at 20:08
Re: Setting Creation
Home City: Well, in respect to the character I rolled up, I am going to go slightly outside the box. If it sounds ok to everyone what about...

Lighting the Way of Luau Liberty. The Masks of Maui.The Island ICONS. The Heroes of Hawaii.

Thinking a higher-tech version of one of the Hawaiian cities, remarkably eco and tourist friendly. Would allow for all sorts of Pacific Rim adventures from Asian crime syndicates, to threats from the deep, to mystic dangers, and everything in between.
rewright1971
 player, 2 posts
Tue 8 Jan 2013
at 03:53
Re: Setting Creation
In reply to Unknown Blitz (msg # 2):

The Grove

the the center of the city's activity.

It is part shopping center, part cultural center.

great restaurants, shops, the library, a museum, and a few theaters (live shows) are at the grove.

The center is cutting edge in green technology. Using both solar power and water reclamation to reduce the massive carbon footprint that such a place would create.

The Grove has tried to use much of the islands natural beauty.  Most of the restaurants have naturally shaded dining areas.
Greenery, water and rock formations give the center a feel of being both modern and ancient.

Hawaiian culture is celebrated here in the shows, the museum and on certain weekends in summer luaus.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:55, Tue 08 Jan 2013.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 5 posts
Tue 8 Jan 2013
at 06:33
Re: Setting Creation
Love it, love it, love it!
Grimmshade
 player, 2 posts
Tue 8 Jan 2013
at 16:34
Re: Setting Creation
(Oops, I didn't notice the city was Hawaiian, so I edited this a bit)

Mayor Michael Arakawa always wears a smile on his round face. He's been the mayor of the city for as long as most younger people can remember. Perhaps some peoples memories are confusing him with his father Big Mike Arakawa who was mayor before him. Despite seeming aloof to some of the major problems of the city he is much beloved as mayor and everyone knows he loves the city like a son. He never married or had a family of his own but treats his sister's family like his own. He's charming, friendly, and funny but can be prone to fits of anger if provoked. His recent city beautification program has had much success.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:38, Wed 09 Jan 2013.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 8 posts
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 09:20
Re: Setting Creation
OK, here's a synthesis of the ideas so far, along with my contribution to the setting:

On March 1st, 1954, the Castle Bravo nuclear test was conducted at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. The largest nuclear detonation ever, it spilled Strontium-90 particles and radiation across hundreds of miles of ocean—but the largest concentration was of course, among the coral reefs that formed Bikini Atoll. The mutagenic effects of the radiation on the polyps that make up living coral were profound. Massive, sudden growth spurts, combined with a higher than normal biochemical communication between polyps led to the birth of the massive colony creature later dubbed ‘Brain Coral’.

Brain Coral followed the U.S. Navy ships that conducted the test back to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and attacked! The U.S. Military, the scientific division of the recently-formed Multinational Investigation Bureau, and a group of superheroes were able to combine forces and defeat Brain Coral.

The now-lifeless mass of coral collapsed, forming an atoll in the shallow waters approximately twenty miles west of Molokai. Named Aumakua (a Hawai’ian word meaning ‘ancestral spirit’) the atoll was initially occupied by the Navy. In 1970, the land was turned over to the state government, which engaged architect Paolo Soleri to design a cutting-edge ecofast ‘arcology’ to house the ever-growing population of the island chain.

Akamai City is laid out as an elegant overlapping pattern of circular streets surrounding the Grove, the city’s cultural and retail center. Great pains were taken to bring the natural beauty of Hawai'i to the Grove, even though it is surrounded by urban development. Today, most of Akamai City’s buildings are solar or wind-powered, and (since the ‘soil’ of the atoll is pure coral sand), roofs and balconies are given over extensively to green space and the cultivation of plants. The Pacific Rim Headquarters of the Multinational Investigation Bureau are located near Nimitz Harbor, in a tower faced with energy-absorbing black solar cells.
Ty'daal
 player, 4 posts
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 01:11
Re: Setting Creation
Such an awesome idea, Dain!

Absolutely dig the 'Brain Coral' idea and the city being built on top of it. It totally makes me paranoid that we are going to see that storyline come back to haunt us in the game. :)
Nereid
 player, 3 posts
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:07
Re: Setting Creation
In reply to Ty'daal (msg # 7):

the origin of the city is pretty awesome.

I also love how we are all tied to the water (even though my character just loves it...she can't breathe it like the guys)

this game is shaping up to be cool.
CaptVideo
 player, 3 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2013
at 03:43
Re: Setting Creation
In reply to Ty'daal (msg # 7):

I've been gaming with Dain for years.  He loves a plot-point that can come back to haunt his players!  Especially one they've forgotten exists!
Angelfish
 player, 4 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2013
at 02:42
Re: Setting Creation
Looks like I get the question about the police...

Metro PD, huh?  Well, it's like this...  missiles are not exactly a precision weapon...  Aaand, I've had a few run-ins with Skate that have had some, well, side effects.  Property damage.

Metro PD does not approve of property damage.

I don't think the "Boys in Blue" actually know who I am --  the armor is pretty distracting that way.  Which is good. Keep the two halves of my life separate.  The others don't seem to have stirred up any ill will with the cops, and I think we should keep it that way.  One "known trouble-maker" in the bunch is enough.  Besides, you never know when we may need backup from law enforcement.   

DainXB - GM
 GM, 12 posts
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 22:54
Re: Setting Creation
And now, I get to assign a few more setting creation questions:

Unknown Blitz:
 Every city is famous (or infamous) for something in it's history. What happened here that drew national attention?

rewright1971:
 Every city has a seamy side, whether the Mayor admits it or not. What's the 'bad part of town' like, and why do the cops only travel there in pairs?

Grimmshade:
 Some of the characters already have villains associated with their backgrounds, but Akamai City must have a villain that even other villains respect--or fear. What do we know about the person who sits at the top of Akamai City's villain food chain?

CaptVideo:
 Hawai'i is relatiavely isolated, but there are other superheroes out there. Who is the most publicly-respected superhero in the Honolulu/Akamai region, and how do they respond to that acclaim?

Xrayzed
 Who is the wealthiest person in Akamai City, what is the source of their wealth, and what are they like both privately and publicly?

Once these are answered, and the team decision is made, I'll post your first scenes!

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:27, Wed 16 Jan 2013.

Ty'daal
 player, 7 posts
 Stamina: 12
 Determination: 3
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 23:10
Re: Setting Creation
It was the sight of the summer games. It was chosen due to its philosophy of Pacific Rim inclusion, its forward thinking ecological technology, and its fantastic culture. The event saw several sports venues built that still exist today and are widely used by teams and individuals training for future games.

It was the first time the nation looked at Akamai City as more than some strange addition to the state of Hawaii that was built on the remains of a huge, destructive creature or a tourist location. It secured the city as a true gem of the country.
Amm-Fibian
 player, 7 posts
Mon 14 Jan 2013
at 22:20
Re: Setting Creation
During the Summer Games, one of the spectacles was to be a visit from beloved children's pet superstar Cassie, the collie dog, star of the Disney TV series "Honolulu Hot Dog."
No-one knows, or at least is saying what happened to Cassie during that visit, but many people and internet conspiracy theories say that the Cassie that now appears on the TV show is not the same dog.
Conspiracists also note that the crime boss "Top Dog" showed up in Akamai around that same time. Is this crime boss really a dog as some say? No-one but the criminal inner circle has ever seen him. Did Cassie indeed fall down a well as rumor suggests, and fall victim to a cover up when he was not able to be located or rescued? Did he indeed learn from the brain coral that lies everywhere under the city? Or is that just crazy talk...
Ty'daal
 player, 8 posts
 Stamina: 12
 Determination: 3
Mon 14 Jan 2013
at 23:19
Re: Setting Creation
Top Dog...man that is so awesomely Silver Age.
Nereid
 player, 7 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2013
at 01:29
Re: Setting Creation
DainXB - GM:
And now, I get to assign a few more setting creation questions:


rewright1971:
 Every city has a seamy side, whether the Mayor admits it or not. What's the 'bad part of town' like, and why do the cops only travel there in pairs?



The Shoals

No one really remembers why this northeastern side of town has gotten that name. defying the stereotype, The Shoals is not the "slums". In fact, the most impoverished part of town is very safe...especially compared to this area.

But, whereas the city has worked hard to be clean, green and friendly. The bars and restaurants of the Shoals shine signs of bright neon and the smoke from their wood and coal burning stoves gives the place an older feel.

Here the presence of Pan-Pacific crime is felt as Tongs, Yakuza and Polynesian gangs operate almost openly. Hidden in plain sight are brothels, gambling dens, and opium houses.

This means that the Shoals is always crowded. Both natives and tourist looking for an exciting trip to the wild side of life come here. A cramped 5 block by 5 Block grid that is the Sin City of the island


This also means that Metro PD tries to not  interfere, and when they to have to go into that part of town, they wait for backup.

Also, the Shoals is near a stretch of road that is perfect for illegal racing.

And there is the mystery of the area. How did such a different type of place emerge when the rest of Akamai City is so well planned and cutting edge. How can such a place not not exist but thrive in the "City of Tomorrow" ...
DainXB - GM
 GM, 23 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2013
at 03:20
Re: Setting Creation
In reply to Nereid (msg # 15):

Nice! Lots of juicy stuff, and not just the typical 'slum district'. :)

And here's the answer to your mystery: Back in the '70s, when Akamai City's grand architecture and green plan were first laid out and construction began... well, the construction workers had to live somewhere. Local Hawaiian natives, Polynesians, Chinese, and Japanese laborers came in droves to create Soleri's perfect, eco-fast design, but nobody paid much attention to how they lived.
Angelfish
 player, 7 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2013
at 19:02
Re: Setting Creation
The only thing David Latu ever wanted was to be a hero -- a sports hero.  In high school he played on every team that would have him -- baseball, soccer, football...  A mediocre student, he was still able to attend college on a football scholarship; there was even talk of the NFL until an injury sidelined him.  While waiting for his physical therapist, David happend to see a TV interview with Takaiyama Daigoro - an American born sumo wrestler, and coincidentally an ex-football player.  As soon as he was able, David sought out a heya to train him, and embarked upon his life as a sumo.  However, early in his career, his life would take a decidely sureal turn...

It was supposed to be an exhibition to promote the newly-formed "Hawai'ian Sumo Federation"; a meet-and-great banquet at the famous Volcano House Hotel on the evening before the tournament.  Nervous, David had a bit too much to drink...  Late in the festivities, he began to insist that the tournament needed the blessings of Pele, the Goddess of the Volcano.  He staggered drunkenly out into the brewing storm, clutching a half-empty bottle of Champagne in one hand and a decorative fruit basket in the other...

Witnesses disagree about what exactly they saw that night...  Some saw David talking to a beautiful young Hawaiian girl; others claim there was an elderly woman walking in the storm; some say David was talking to no one but himself.  Whatever happened that night, David Latu would miss the tournament...

When he did reappear a few days later, David was wearing an ancient Hawaiian feathered war helmet and cloak and calling himself "Haikili - God of Thunder".  The press took it as a stunt -- until he threw an opponent out of the doyho -- without touching him!

"Haikili" has taken it upon himself to protect the Islands.  He is capable of producing a deafening clap of thunder, together with a resualtant pressure wave, by clapping his hands or stamping his feet.  He is immensely strong and seems to be nigh invulnerable -- as long as he is wearing the mahiole and 'ahu'ula.  Without them, he is merely David Latu.


(David Latu is of Samoan descent)
Xrayzed
 player, 3 posts
Thu 17 Jan 2013
at 00:26
Re: Setting Creation
Who is the wealthiest person in Akamai City, what is the source of their wealth, and what are they like both privately and publicly?

Jason Holt, arguably the world's most brilliant geneticist, and owner of the island's two largest companies, is easily the richest man on the island.

A third-generation Hawaiian from, the 28 year old is the founder and brains behind Attis Agricultural Biotech and Epione Pharmaceuticals, world leaders in the appplication of the so-called "new-wave genetics". It's rumoured that there is a third "black" company, although nobody can agree what it does: military R&D, genetic modifications for secret space exploration programs, new illegal drugs, strange experiments involving science and magic, bioenhancements for supervillians, or a private crime-fighting organisation.

Holt keeps a relatively low-profile, and seems to be a serious, private young man, preferring to focus on his business instead of dabbling in politics or the fame-circuit. His most notable quirk is a partiality to surfing - the papparazzi occasionally capture not-very-interesting shots of him in the waves off the coast of his private beachfront mansion - and his sponsorship of the Akamai City Pro surfing championship.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 102 posts
Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 08:29
Re: Setting Creation
Now, I get to assign another setting creation question:

jamat:
 Akamai City already has a number of colorful personalities mentioned earlier in this thread. Who is Akamai City's most famous non-superhero/supervillain, and are they a hometown favorite or a notorious celebrity?