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Are there Heroes and Villains in the Champions universe who use SONIC-damage types attacks?

Last month I started a discussion about a potential Sonic damage powerframe, in an attempt to raise the community's interest about Sonic damage attacks as well as getting feedbacks

one of the things I asked in the original post was
@ CO Loremasters is there any Hero/Villain in the Champion universe who is using Sound Waves as primary power?

This was answered after a while from an user who mentioned a Super Heroine under the name of Howler
http://www.writeups.org/howler-champions-rpg/
Howler-Champions-RPG-a.jpg

Howler’s sonic powers derive from the alien amulet she wears (a communications system central processing link, normally worn by a starship’s pilot or communications officer). It has merged with her human body and in the process granted her the ability to:
  • project powerful blasts of focused sound
  • disorient others with a perfectly-pitched screech
  • protect herself with a sonic force field
  • use sonic projections to propel herself through the air

She can absorb sound and use it to increase many of her own abilities as well.

Excuse my complety lack of knowledge about Champions' Lore and Universe but Sonic damage characters really fascinates me and I would like to learn more about them, especially if they can be proven potential ingame heroes/bosses for future updates

Are there any more Super Heroes and/or Villains in the original Pen and Paper RPG who use Sonic powers as primary attack?
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  • bulgarexbulgarex Posts: 2,096 Arc User
    edited August 2017
    Nothing to excuse -- that's what this forum is for. :)

    Howler is actually a supervillain, one of the oldest in the IP. Interestingly, two of the official Champions characters I can think of with sonic powers are connected to Howler in some way. A veteran member of the renowned Sentinels superhero team, Dr. Vox, gained a wide variety of sonic powers after being exposed to a brief burst of radiation from Howler's alien amulet. The powered-armor master villain, the Warlord, whose own technology is based on equipment salvaged from the same aliens who created Howler's amulet, recognized it from news footage of Howler. He surgically implanted alien com tech in one of his followers, who also gained sonic powers from the procedure, albeit less versatile than either super mentioned above. Warlord's follower is now code-named Warcry.

    The leader of the supervillain team, Deathstroke, is called Requiem. He's a genetic mutant who commands formidable vocal sonic attacks, although they have no applications beyond offense. A French member of the European super-terrorist team, Eurostar, is a brilliant but blind inventor, who developed an armored battlesuit with sonar to compensate for his blindness, and gauntlets firing several types of sonic blasts. He's known as Ultrasonique.

    All of the characters above are written up in the Champions Villains trilogy, except Dr. Vox who appears in Champions Universe: News Of The World.
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  • bulgarexbulgarex Posts: 2,096 Arc User
    BTW if you're interested in brushing up on Champions lore, and you haven't seen it before, this free downloadable PDF Champions Online Lore Primer is a great introduction to the setting. It only skims the surface of what's available - the setting is detailed in literally dozens of books - but it will greatly help you get up to speed on who's who and what's what.
  • avianosavianos Posts: 5,549 Arc User
    bulgarex wrote: »
    Nothing to excuse -- that's what this forum is for. :)
    ...

    All of the characters above are written up in the Champions Villains trilogy, except Dr. Vox who appears in Champions Universe: News Of The World.
    Thank you very much, this was very informative and interesting :smiley:

    This gives me hope that there are possibilities for a Sonic poweframe in CO after all since there is already in the Lore, I honestly wasn't expecting to find more than 2 characters
    I can only hope DEVs will utilitize those characters in the future

    Now im curious about the alien race which produce Sonic technology, this also sounds worthy material for new game content
    bulgarex wrote: »
    BTW if you're interested in brushing up on Champions lore, and you haven't seen it before, this free downloadable PDF Champions Online Lore Primer is a great introduction to the setting. It only skims the surface of what's available - the setting is detailed in literally dozens of books - but it will greatly help you get up to speed on who's who and what's what.

    I will definatly check it out​​
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    An Introvert guy who use CO to make his characters playable but farms way to much to archieve that
    Playing as EVERYTHING but Superheroes (BUT they are my Heroes) Eternal Silver since 1 February 2011
    Currently playing with 86+ Characters (7 ATs, 79 FFs) Loving all of them, ALTitis for Life but I'm running out of unique FF builds!
  • pantagruel01pantagruel01 Posts: 7,003 Arc User
    Eurostar's sonic character used to be Le Sone, I wonder why it got changed.
  • bulgarexbulgarex Posts: 2,096 Arc User
    edited August 2017
    avianos said:


    Now im curious about the alien race which produce Sonic technology, this also sounds worthy material for new game content​​

    It's not so much that they produce sonic technology, as that their technology has had that effect on a few humans exposed to it. That needn't be its only effect. A while back I created a thread describing some of the many official alien species in the Champions IP which I believe have the most potential for PC toons or RP plotlines in CO. The actual thread is here for anyone who's interested; but I'll excerpt the part directly addressing your curiosity.


    Hzeel

    Those of you who have read the first post on my Champions Universe: Unique Character Origins thread have some notion of the Hzeel; but they are perhaps the greatest alien threat Champions Earth currently faces, even though no one on Earth knows it yet. For years before the Champions IP sale to Cryptic Studios, Steve Long was building to a major Hzeel invasion event in Hero Games books. Then Cryptic decided they preferred to develop the Gadroon and Qularr as contemporary threats, who until then had been little more than passing references from the setting's past. The Hzeel receive an entire chapter in Champions Beyond; I'm only going to draw a small taste from that here.

    As mentioned upthread, the Hzeel have been aware of Earth since 1990. Earth lies about midway between Zeel, their home world, and Dorvala, the home of Ironclad's race. The Hzeel have been at war with the Dorvalans since 1997, although since Ironclad left Dorvala before it started, he's unaware of it. The faster-than-light ship drives possessed by both races aren't that fast compared to some other galactic civilizations, so the war has been a drawn-out affair. The Hzeel want Earth as an advance staging area for their fleet, which would give them a significant tactical advantage. At present they're holding back to watch Earth's conflict with the Qularr and Gadroon, gathering intelligence and awaiting the optimal moment to strike.

    The Hzeel are short (average 1.2 meter height) humanoids with bluish-grey skin and large red eyes. Their skeletons grow knobs and spurs as they age, giving older Hzeel a rather gnarled appearance. Here is a pretty accurate fan drawing of an Hzeel based on illustrations from Hero books; although they only have four digits on each hand. Despite their smaller size, the average Hzeel is as strong as an average Human, and more dexterous. They heal from injuries much faster than a Human, and can even regrow lost limbs. Their eyes are very keen and see well in low light. OTOH they only live around 60 years on average. No Hzeel has been known to possess super-powers (although I'll address such possibilities below).

    Hzeel as a whole are tough, aggressive, and determined. They're very ambitious and work hard to get ahead in life. Those qualities have helped propel them to forge a small interstellar empire with several conquered races. Hzeel are also greedy, deceitful, and treacherous. Government on Zeel, while nominally a democracy, is by Human standards deeply corrupt. Bribery, theft, and extortion are rife in Hzeel society, from the lowest to highest level. No one tries to hide this; it's accepted and even encouraged behavior, as the ways things are and should be done. There are laws against such activities, but they're there to be used by clever people to keep their wealth and power, or to take them away from those who have them. But these traits don't prevent Hzeel from being loyal to their families and clans (the basis of their society), or their people as a whole. They are often brave and even self-sacrificing when the greater good of Hzeel-kind is at stake.

    Females are generally second-class citizens in Hzeel society. They're expected to stay home and raise their (typically very large) families. Hzeel tend to have a lot of children, and Zeel is in fact over-crowded. Population pressure is a major factor behind the Hzeel expansion to the stars.

    As I described on my Character Origins thread, mingling of Human with Hzeel biology -- whether their partly-biological technology, or actual tissues from the Hzeel themselves -- can have super-origin-generating effects. A human just touching the wrong piece of Hzeel tech might result in super-powers. A few official Champions supers gained their powers from this contamination. At least two Hzeel scout craft have crashed on Earth over the years, and other crashes might have occurred or will occur. Although there are no official examples of Hzeel gaining powers from Human tissues implanted in their bodies, as has been the case in the reverse, the possibilities are intriguing. The Hzeel might try it if they became aware of the effect in Humans. And there's obvious potential in a Human-Hzeel hybrid; the Hzeel have been coming to Earth long enough for such a hybrid to have grown to maturity. (Hzeel sex is mechanically similar to Human, although Hzeel aren't mammals and their females lay eggs.)


  • bulgarexbulgarex Posts: 2,096 Arc User

    Eurostar's sonic character used to be Le Sone, I wonder why it got changed.

    Probably because Steve Long, who used to be Hero Games' "Line Developer," preferred "Ultrasonique." ;) His name was changed for the villain compendium book, Conquerors, Killers, And Crooks, the first villain book published under Steve's oversight. Ultrasonique is otherwise almost exactly the same person and origin as Le Sone.
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