No, that title isn't a typo.
I see many CO players running alien PCs, but most of these are either some variation of Qularr or Gadroon, or else completely original species of their own creation. This is natural and understandable for players who are only aware of those alien races shown to them in CO. But the published PnP part of the setting includes a very large and diverse array of official alien races, with their own distinctive appearances, attitudes and cultures, technologies, and often physical abilities beyond what Humans normally possess. Moreover, many of these races can manifest super-powers just as Humans can; although almost always less often, at a lower average
power level, and/or over a narrower range of abilities, than Humanity. This maintains the convention from comic books that Earth's superhumans are our equalizer against alien invaders, whose median level of technology can be significantly higher than Earth's (outside of some superheroes and villains). But a few alien civilizations are advanced enough to deliberately induce super-powers in themselves if they wish -- or even in other species.
The setting has benefited from Hero Games having published a number of setting books and supplements for its official non-super science-fiction game line, detailing the future timeline of the universe shared by all their games. That material wasn't originally part of the IP sale to Cryptic Studios, but Hero Games suspended the sci-fi line due to flagging sales. When Steve Long wrote the source book dedicated to the "spacey" side of the Champions Universe, Champions Beyond
, he decided to adapt and incorporate most of that fallow info, greatly enriching that aspect of the CU.
It was my desire in starting this thread to make more of this alien lore accessible to interested people who were not aware of Champions Beyond
, or are unwilling or unable to purchase it. But I have no right or intention to transcribe all that material here piecemeal. So I decided the most efficient course would be to summarize details about some of the official races already in Champions Online, and Champions outer space as a whole, most relevant to character creation and role playing; and to post descriptions of some of the other alien races I've found most interesting and useful for PC backgrounds and origins, or as NPC villains or Nemeses. Where I was able to find them, I'll include links to illustrations of these races, from published Champions sources.This thread represents only a small fraction of the races and lore in CB, but it should help apprise you of the potential in the Milky Way and beyond. If the topic intrigues you enough to pick up CB yourselves, I'm sure Hero Games will appreciate your business.
I'm also throwing the topic open to all of you. If you have a concept for an alien PC or NPC that you didn't know if an existing official race would fit; or if you're looking for an alien-based origin for one of your Terrestrial characters; or if you want more background info about aliens in the setting, generally or for any specific civilization, including ones already in the game; you can ask here. I will do my best to offer info and suggestions (within the limits of Fair Use of the IP), and I welcome anyone else familiar with the lore, or with creative ideas of their own, to add their input. It's my hope that as the discussion builds up over time, this thread will become an inspirational resource for folks wanting to add more ET to their CO experience.