Character Creation.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 9 posts
Sat 29 Aug 2020
at 19:37
Character Creation
Here is a thread to introduce the characters and work on the collaborative bits like who has influence over whom, the 'when our team first came together' story, team dynamics and like.
Shade
 player, 2 posts
 Legacy
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 03:21
Character Creation
You all have influence over my character.
Plasti
 player, 2 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 05:45
Character Creation
And I'm the opposite - I give influence to no one.
Hound
 player, 2 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 05:52
Re: Character Creation
Plasti:
And I'm the opposite - I give influence to no one.


Ooof. All business, huh?
Kick Chick
 player, 2 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 05:56
Re: Character Creation
Three people have influence over me - probably the three with the most awesome powers (<watches fight break out>).
Aaron Eagleheart
 player, 3 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 05:57
Re: Character Creation
Oh, I also give influence to everybody, you can all change the future!
Hound
 player, 3 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 06:07
Re: Character Creation
Two of you get influence over me. I'm thinking maybe one of those is going to someone I knew before the doooooooom, and one to someone who I think might be able to help me save myself.
Plasti
 player, 3 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 06:47
Re: Character Creation
In reply to Hound (msg # 4):

Yeah.  I decided my mentor was the fun one in our pair.

In reply to Kick Chick (msg # 5):

I'm pretty sure that will be Aaron, Echo, and Hound.  Looks like Shade has decided to be Robin, and I'm a stretchy detective.  Though, sounds like Hound has settled on Doomed, and might not have any showy powers.  What say you, Hound?

In reply to Hound (msg # 7):

Well, I'm a local and a high school senior, for whether or not we know each other.  And likely not much help against supernatural foes.
Echo
 player, 2 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 12:50
Re: Character Creation
I give influence to one person. My thought is that it's probably Plasti, who, because of her mentor, knows more about Echo's situation than any of the others (she's currently the ward of another hero in the city as well. Alternatively, it could be Shade.

Echo is junior or senior in highschool age, but she's just returned to school after . . . a long absence. She's very out of place.
Kick Chick
 player, 3 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 14:40
Re: Character Creation
In reply to Echo (msg # 9):

Kick Chick is similar. She's back in the US after mostly growing up in Thailand.
Hound
 player, 4 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 15:48
Re: Character Creation
I'm thinking Hound's a junior. Kick, you do school athletics at all? I figure that's a good connection point if so.
Aaron, where you at when you're not doing the time-traveling-hero thing?
Kick Chick
 player, 5 posts
 The Beacon
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 18:08
Re: Character Creation
Kick Chick would likely be doing athletics; I agree that sounds like a good connection.
Shade
 player, 7 posts
 Legacy
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 19:33
Re: Character Creation
@Echo, I'll take you up on that if Plasti doesn't. Maybe one of my older legacy members helped get you out or helped shut it down, then introduced you to me.

A few other questions if we want to keep spitballing.

When our team first came together...
All things considered, we did well and impressed an established hero. Who was it?

Relationships
You once got caught doing something that shames your legacy with ______________.
You trust ______________ and told them an important secret of your legacy.

Does anyone want any of these relationships? Or an idea for one of the Exemplars we may have impressed.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 19:33, Fri 04 Sept.

GM
 GM, 12 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 19:57
Re: Character Creation
I'm going to update the influence thread and the Halcyon City thread with names of characters which have emerged in backstories thus far. There will be a couple of Exemplars floating around in there if you want to use one of those or feel free to make up another.

Also worth considering if you want to start off with your team having it's own name or if you want that to be sorted out in play.
Hound
 player, 6 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 20:07
Re: Character Creation
TELL ME THE SECRET OF YOUR LEGACY!
I won't tell anyone else. Promise.

(If you'd rather give that to someone else, that's cool. The caps were just for effect. :D )


When our team first came together...
We paid a high cost for victory. What was it?


Relationships
You told _______________ all about your doom and the danger youíre in.
Youíd love to kiss ________________ before your doom comes
Shade
 player, 8 posts
 Legacy
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 20:19
Re: Character Creation
@Hound - Maybe I'll tell you the secret when I (in-game and out fo game) figure it out myself. lol.
I'll take that you told me your Doom.  I can see them taking a moment to share some secrets. Like real peers.

Hound:
When our team first came together...
We paid a high cost for victory. What was it?

I'd vote that the cost was that maybe another young hero was there with us and died.

Shade:
When our team first came together...
All things considered, we did well and impressed an established hero. Who was it?

We can wait on the update from the MC for other heroes floating around.
Aaron Eagleheart
 player, 4 posts
 Oh, that's just the flash
 light installed in my eye
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 22:35
Re: Character Creation
Hound:
What does Aaron do when not time traveling?

Aaron is probably already a graduate by the standards of his time, but at 18 he's trying to fit in as "Running-Start" senior at the high school. So he'd be at the school part of the time but mostly he's trying to test out of college courses to give him more free time to be of help to the group. Basically if others are in track, he'll try to be there too, if math-letics are someone's forte' he's going to try that too.

AARON'S BACKSTORY
  • How did you travel from the future to the present day? The Chronotransmat is one of my implanted devices which allow me to jump across time periods, it was created by a member of the Mask Underground of my time, I can't remember who it is yet...
  • What keeps you from returning to the future? There are burnt out components of the Chronotransmat that I do not currently have the ability to create, and I don't think my job is done here yet...
  • Why are your memories and knowledge of the future scrambled? The 'Mat is closer to an art than a science, and though most of me suffered no 'transmission errors', there is the possibility that this is what happens to the human psyche when one uses the 'Mat.
  • What is the most important part of your future that you want to avert? The destruction of the Mask Underground and if possible, alter the course of the man responsible for my terrifying future, Mustang Jack.
  • Why must you join this team specifically to achieve your mission's goals? The team is pivotal to future events that will play out across the world and directly with the Mask Underground and Mustang Jack. Either through some mishap or victory, they changed everything...

WHEN OUR TEAM FIRST CAME TOGETHER...
-- We averted a disaster from the future's history books. What was the disaster? What effect do we hope it had on the timeline?
Plasti
 player, 4 posts
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 01:35
Re: Character Creation
Hmm, I'm not sure on athletics.  Looks good on a college application, but that whole risk of being exposed as a super...  KC and Hound, sounds like that's something you want to do in your civilian time?  That suggests a Fact* for our setting, that it's easy enough for us to compete in high school sports and not be discovered/called out for cheating.

Hmm, maybe cross country for Plasti - low contact, solo sport, and superheroes run around almost as much as Doctor Who.



*Actually, is there a term for when we decide something about the setting in our game?  I think I'm getting Fact from Exalted, while FATE would call it an Aspect.



Shade, what can you tell us about your predecessor?  Like, are/were they an Exemplar, or a solo vigilante?
Echo
 player, 4 posts
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 01:57
Re: Character Creation
Echo isn't even remotely athletic, but she'll be at the school. As for relationships,

  1. You hang out with _____ all the time to blow off steam.
  2. You once hurt _____ when you lost control of your powers.


I'm thinking that I need someone "relatively" normal as a touchstone. Maybe Kick Chick? We have nothing in common, but Emily just wants a friend and is probably awkward about trying reach out.

As for the power incident, that could be anyone, but if Shade came with his Mentor to pick Echo up at the direction of the hero who's now taking care of her, she might have reacted . . . aggressively at first and hurt him.

Alternatively, she's a pretty locked down girl, emotionally distant because her outbursts are accompanied by telekinetic maelstroms, so anyone who pushed her could have been on the receiving end of her abilities.

As for the incident that brought us together, anyone have any ideas?
Shade
 player, 10 posts
 Legacy
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 02:20
Re: Character Creation
How far in the future are you from Eaglehart?

Yeah, I was actually about to bring that to the table. Iím thinking that the Legacy is called the League of Wardens. They are a very old order of people who have dedicated their time and bodies to the fight against evil in all its forms. But itís a pretty secret group that most people in the world donít know about.

But in Halcyon, a few heroes were actually part of the League before they became heroes and adopted hero names that are thematically similar to kind of symbolize this. There is Shadow who is current and active. Heís probably part of the Exemplars. Then thereís Dusk, his mentor who is retired but still kicking.

Legacy
Your legacy is an important part of Halcyon City.
Name the different members of your legacy (at least two):
Shadow is still active and prominent in the city.
Dusk is retired and quite judgmental.
NA is the next possible member of your legacy.
Hyperion is the greatest opponent your legacy ever faced...and is still at large.

You guys have any comments or suggestions?

@Echo - Iíll take being hurt by you.

Echo:
As for the incident that brought us together, anyone have any ideas?

Demon invasion, bank heist, someone trying to take hostages at the school, due to some weird time travel stuff, dinosaurs come back or forward in time with Eagleheart.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:41, Sat 05 Sept.

Aaron Eagleheart
 player, 6 posts
 Oh, that's just the flash
 light installed in my eye
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 03:09
Re: Character Creation
Reply to Shade:

I was going with 40-50 years into the future.

 As for the Event, I'm not sure. My initial idea for my time machine was that it was inside me, and burnt out because of my trip. Part of the reason I can't jump home. So dinos could be crossed off the list.

 What about a situation where the top of a building is detonated over a group of civil rights marchers? We manage to arrived just prior and perhaps we lost a teammate in the ensuing incident, but ultimately we save lives...maybe it was demons that begin the attack.

Feel free to riff on this if we want to use it to get started.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:23, Sat 05 Sept.

Plasti
 player, 6 posts
 Protege
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 04:07
Re: Character Creation
Relationships
You and ____________________ teamed up a few times before the rest of you came together.
Your mentor is cautious; they asked you to keep an eye on __________________.

Well, I'm supposed to be keeping an eye on somebody.  Is that you, Echo?  Or is it time-travel-boy? ;)

And it sounds like Shade and Kick Chick are the most established heroes besides me?  So I probably teamed up with one of you.  Any preferences?

Also, what can you tell me about Shadow?  Does he have a dog named Interceptor?  I've likely met all the Exemplars through my mentor.
Aaron Eagleheart
 player, 7 posts
 Oh, that's just the flash
 light installed in my eye
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 04:14
Re: Character Creation
Plasti:
Relationships
Your mentor is cautious; they asked you to keep an eye on __________________.

Well, I'm supposed to be keeping an eye on somebody.  Is that you, Echo?  Or is it time-travel-boy? ;)


I'd be cool with that!
Plasti
 player, 7 posts
 Protege
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 04:26
Re: Character Creation
WHEN OUR TEAM FIRST CAME TOGETHER...

Shade:
All things considered, we did well and impressed an established hero. Who was it?

Hound:
We paid a high cost for victory. What was it?

Aaron Eagleheart:
-- We averted a disaster from the future's history books. What was the disaster? What effect do we hope it had on the timeline?

Echo:
We destroyed our surroundings in the fight. Where was it? What did we destroy?

Kick Chick:
We found signs that this incident was just the start of something bigger. What were the signs?

Plasti:
We stuck together after all was said and done. Why? Howíd we keep in contact?



Putting all of these in one place for convenience.

I have to say, some of these team meetings work together nicely.  For example, Shade and Plasti, on who we impressed, why we're staying together, and the team resources I get from my mentor.  Or Echo and Hound - high cost for victory and collateral damage.

What do you think about us impressing Rubbermaid, and we're sticking together because of her offer of a base?



Aaron, do you have a superheroic identity?  Ya know, cause one of these names is not like the others... :)
Aaron Eagleheart
 player, 8 posts
 Oh, that's just the flash
 light installed in my eye
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 04:31
Re: Character Creation
Yeah I didn't come up with it for my RtJ, my codename in my time is 'Traveler'.