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  • Champions Universe p. 60 mentions a speedster named Roberta Yelnofsky who founded "Yesterday Delivery" in New York City. Her corporate motto is, "When you need it there yesterday!" in Heroic Finances! Comment by bulgarex April 28
  • The majority of paranormals on Champions Earth either don't have the type or magnitude of powers to compete in the Superhuman World subculture, or just want to live normal lives. People with minor powers, such as enhanced reflexes, unusual durabilit…
  • Well, there are quite a few superhumans who are employed full-time by national governments or UNTIL, and are therefore paid a regular salary and other benefits. Others supers with a history of working with such groups, like the Champions, may receiv…
  • Is Scott in a place now where it would be possible and appropriate to send him messages of encouragement, like before?
  • Thank you very much for highlighting that, dialamx. I will definitely peruse it once I get the chance.

    FWIW I still use the version of the original CO online wiki archived in the magnificent Internet Archive, accessed through their Wayba…
  • To me, the perfect way for this game to show it was committed to turning a corner, as well as establishing Dr. Destroyer's bona fides, would be a series in which DD turns the tables on Shadow D, captures him, and kills him. It wouldn't have to have …
  • "Much lore?" Massive understatement. Book of the Empress is a 240-page volume detailing V'han's entire history, her motivations and methods, her cam…
  • I agree, but V'han is as big a deal as it gets in this setting, in many ways an even greater threat to Earth than Dr. Destroyer. Doing her justice in a game event would probably require more resources than Perfect World is willing to apportion to th…
  • For tech dealers, please see the Champions Universe: Unique Character Origins thread, and scroll …
  • Although no one on Champions Earth knows it yet, the Qularr and Gadroon are at war, and they both want Earth. That could blow up quite epically. Particularly since they're both being manipulated by Istvatha V'han, to test and degrade Earth's defense…
  • Yes, just a filler with no lore behind him. This thread has led me to conclude that's all many of the characters in CO were ever intended to be. Emphasis on enemies to fight, not NPCs to role play with.
  • Thank you, squirrelloid, for very interesting background information. :) I do need to provide several disclaimers in…
  • Many thanks, epelesker. I'd been concerned by the long silence, and didn't know whether to celebrate, grieve, or something in between.

    Since Scott's condition seems to be improving, I thought it acceptable to send an email of encourageme…
  • The problem with archaeology in this context is that it necessarily digs up things buried in the past, to better understand that past. Often the archaeologist can't anticipate what they're going to discover. In the real world this is rarely problema…
  • When Dr. Ka berated Osiris and the other Egyptian gods for using mortals as pawns, Osiris was unmoved; but one of the gods, Ma'at, who represents the Egyptian conception of order, truth, and justice, began considering whether it would be in the best…
  • In 1938 a young American doctor named Robert MacDonald was a tourist in Egypt when the god Osiris appeared to him and granted him powers of darkness with which to combat evil. MacDonald became the Golden Age hero, Dr. Twilight. But Osiris was lying.…
  • Interesting questions.

    The part of the paragraph about Dr. Khalseran that I excised mentions Dr. Ka as one of the mystics who might be motivated to consult him about the legacy of Egyptian magic, since that's the source of Ka's own power…
  • Cool.

    I did think of one relatively benevolent person from the setting who kind-of fits, but it's not simply that he studies or practices archaeology, but more that he IS archaeology.

    Dr. Ibrahim Khalseran: When the Naz…
  • FWIW there are Champs heroes who stumbled across relics and gained powers thereby, such as Vanguard the setting's Superman analogue, Myrmidon of UNTIL's official superteam, UNITY, and Corrente a hero of Portugal. But they weren't archaeologists as s…
  • Not to toot my own horn :3 , but if any thread started by me is to be made an Announcement, IMHO this one has the mo…
  • Well, to the best of my recollection there's only one archaeologist super in Champions Online right now, but I could easily be forgetting. But there are quite a few on the PnP side, although most if not all of them are supervillains. in Archaeologists in CO? Comment by bulgarex March 24
  • This suggestion has been added to the main list above.

    Mythic Forces: Under the entry for "Divine" Intervention, above, is the story of how circus strongman Johnny Hercules received the Hercules Force in an amulet bestowed by Zeus.…
  • If nobody dies on the track, I doubt it will last.

    EDIT: The chapter on Malvan culture in Champions Beyond makes it clear that most Malvans are supremely jaded and frequently bored, always looking for some new diversion: sports, a…
  • One thing to be learned from Dr. Destroyer's history, is that when he's been quiet for awhile, that's when you should be scared.

    These aliens on Earth have been static in CO for years. I agree there needs to be movement on that front. Pa…
  • SD may be popular with the developers, but I question whether he has that much support among the fan base. I know that when the true Dr. Destroyer returned during Resistance, I saw quite a few player comments along the lines of being glad to finally…
  • Nope, not a word. I've seen the theory floated in the CO community that John Devil had something to do with the change to Kevin's powers, maybe some sort of "deal with the devil." If so, that strikes me as very out of character for Poe who's more sc…
  • Hey, if that background satisfies you and is fun, that's all that matters. :) There are some alternative possibiliti…
  • Other people are better qualified than I to give build advice, but I do wonder if, for role-playing purposes, you have an origin and backstory for Pisces? If you'd be interested in basing the character on lore from the official setting, I could offe…
  • Among the Parterres, Faerie, aka the Land of Legends, is the dimension holding the gods and creatures from myth and folklore, each abiding in a portion of Faerie resembling their legendary homelands. Elysium is a mosaic of all the Heav…
  • That is a HUGE subject, beyond my capacity to do justice to here. If you want the full lowdown on how all of this works, I would heartily recommend The Mystic World, which delves in depth into the supernatural side of the Champions Universe. …
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    My apologies, Ansem, I missed this question before my last answer. :s I'm not sure which wer…
  • No issues with getting back, I know life goes on. It's not like I'm sitting by the 'phone waiting for your call. ;)
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    I dunno. Feminism has moved beyond that aggressive, hostile stage. Most contemporary feminists, female and male, find that attitude rather embarrassing.
  • Of that group, Shrinker and Pulsar are still official, and aside from their updated character stats are mostly unchanged. Icicle was replaced with a very similar character called Snowblind. Dragonfly is also official, and although his origin is diff…
  • No offense taken, and your clarification is appreciated. :)
  • Seeker is an orphaned country bumpkin Australian trained in ninjutsu by a survivor from a Japanese ninja recon team from WW II hiding in the Outback since the war, who wears blousey white karate pants and a bare chest and likes to swing from chandel…
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    Well, as someone with six decades under his belt, twelve years certainly doesn't seem old to me. :'(
  • I suspect the Black Aces, in the original Millennium City source book, were supposed to be black, although it was never specified. The CO devs may have wanted to avoid any appearance of identifying black people with criminals, even where that…
  • I remember Steve Long once remarking that he wanted to write up the 5E example Champions characters himself, because he just liked making characters. But if you look at his 5E example Champions roster vs the 4E one, it wasn't a very big departure. B…
  • FWIW I agree that the supernatural in VB could have been spread around more. The PnP gangs aren't devoid of the paranormal in one form or another, it's just not pervasive, and is definitely much more low-key. I'm bothered by gangs of werewolves and …
  • Ogre is as old-time tabletop as it gets. He was one of a handful of sample villains included in the first edition of Champions, from 1981. His latest write-up is in CV3.

    Years ago Jack Stevens was among a group of people kidnapped by ARG…
  • There are several examples of cliche dialogue in the early phase of CO development that seem like attempts at humor, but just come across as cheap and cheesy. Like the werewolves in Vibora Bay that keep saying, "Dibs on the fire hydrant." But in the…
  • That's a great contribution, Panta, thank you very much. :+1: Looking at what's not yet crossed off from that list, I…
  • Many supernatural elements in CO were added, or changed from their precedents, by the Cryptic devs. That includes most of what you see along those lines in northern Canada, in order to create an adventure zone there. Necrull in the PnP game is much …
  • BTW Land Shark above has the lamest cliche origin imaginable. The devs didn't even try with him.
  • A question on the "Heroes and Villains Discussion" thread next to this one reminded me of another example, the Drifter. Jonathan Keyes was a district attorney in New York City in 1938, when he was framed by a mobster he was investigating and …
  • Of this last batch, the only one who's from the PnP game, and has any lore about him, is the Drifter. He's also perhaps the most extreme example of Cryptic devs warping an existing Champions character. in Heroes and Villains Discussion Comment by bulgarex March 16
  • Well, the definition you're giving for what you want is pretty broad, which a number of different things from the setting could fit. Let me throw out a few extant examples, and you can tell me if you'd like more details about any of them. One thing …
  • BTW out of curiosity I looked up the meaning of "shinryoku." It seems to usually be translated as "new greenery" or "fresh green leaves," often as the name of a color. Which would appear to have nothing to do with the CO character by that name above…
  • (Rolls up sleeves)

    Okay. All of these are original Cryptic creations. A few are mentioned in Champions PnP sources, which I'll describe below. The rest have no information about them.

    The Fiend and Morticus are fully develope…