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  • Cool. B) And yeah, that's exactly how Zerstoiten operates, except he usually leaves the people he backstabs dead. Reinhardt was lucky to get away with his life. Does he still go by "Dr. Victor Reinhardt," or does he use a superhero code name?
  • Dialamx, mind if I ask the character concept? I mean, the person, not the build.
  • Why does he want to "erase existence as we know it?" What motivates him? Is he a person? A robot? Something else? How was he created? How did he end up frozen in ice? How and why was he awakened? Memorable villains aren't just lists of what they can do. "What" can be a start for a character, but "who" and "why" are at…
  • For anyone who is curious about who kjames91 is asking about and who doesn't have the PnP Champions Universe source book, Champions Beyond (which describes the space/cosmic side of the CU), I recommend going to "The Alien Thread" near the top of this sub-forum, and scrolling down to the second-to-last post. kjames91, the…
  • Fantastic! Thank you so much. =)
  • I'm afraid not. There's just a bare-bones verbal description to go with his write-up: "Percy is a thin, frail man who appears older than he is even in his early thirties, with stooped posture and a bit of a pot belly. As Vita-Man, he wears a gold and red suit cut to show off his impressive physique with a bright yellow…
  • There's no mention of another Vita-Man, so II appears open. After all these decades, though, I don't think numbering is really required. It's more for supers nerds like us to keep track of them. ;) The first of Percy Yates's relatives to use his treatments to become a superhero, and the only one specifically mentioned, was…
  • If the Project Stargazer angle doesn't work for you, and you'd be willing to confine your overseeing authority to the United States government, I did think of another alternative. The Department of Superhuman and Paranormal Affairs (DOSPA) is an American cabinet-level agency responsible for dealing with all supers-related…
  • To the extent that any official organization on Earth is focused on monitoring the activities of aliens, that's one of the mandates of UNTIL's Project Stargazer. It pays particular attention to alien supervillains like Firewing, and presumably, alien menaces like the Gadroon and Qularr; but also maintains good relations…
  • As far as close analogues to those tokusatsu alien heroes, not so much. The extraterrestrial races in the CU tend to be a little more "realistic." ;) The largest and most physically powerful race are the Korundar, who can reach a height of up to eight meters. They're silicon-based organisms whose bodies resemble smokey…
  • Well, here is the link to the Hero Games website store, publishers of Champions. Other online retailers also carry Champions PDFs (and hard copies), but I personally prefer to purchase from Hero Games so they get all my money. ;) For books related to the official setting that CO is based on, you can click on "Champions"…
  • If you mean "Liberty Guard," he's actually a Cryptic creation himself. He gets a mention in the background to the Soviet Guard of Red Winter, but otherwise doesn't appear in PnP books. The "series of flag-suited government heroes" in PnP continuity are called "the All-American." I guess Cryptic preferred to create their…
  • The Sidekicks are all game additions AFAIK, and aren't mentioned in the PnP lore (although that doesn't mean some of them couldn't fit, they just aren't noted in the books). Duratok was actually a CO PC character who won a contest to be adopted into CO officially. His race has no book lore behind it, but again, they aren't…
  • I'm kind of curious about what you find "very bad," but also kind of scared to ask. :#
  • What is fun for you about this game is what you should do, and what isn't fun is what you should avoid. B) Obviously my response to the depth of Champions lore is different from yours, and judging by the questions and reactions of other CO players I interact with, I'm far from the only one. But diversity is what keeps life…
  • Because Dr. Yin Wu is so connected to all of the above background, you might have a use for him in your stories. This thread would be a good starting point for his basics, although there are other (very cheap) sources to give you much more.
  • I certainly am not going to tell you that you need to follow Champions lore if diverging from it will better serve the stories you want to tell (despite your being a self-described "lore-whore.") ;) After all, Cryptic themselves have diverged on numerous occasions. I also don't expect or demand that everyone buy the books…
  • Since you were also interested in the Tournament of the Dragon, there might be a way to work that into your stories as well. For example, the servants of the Dragon were never able to successfully infiltrate the Tournament before, but perhaps the spirits of the celestial dragons would be enough to mask the aura of the…
  • In considering the scenario for Hanlong's demise you outlined in your first post, I think one could work it more naturally into what the Red Banner is all about. It would be reasonable that Hanlong was losing his fight with the Death Dragon, which is what prompted the other dragons to join him in the battle, combining…
  • Fair enough, but keep in mind that Hi Pan would not see himself as a "devout servant of his own undoing." The cultists serve with the expectation that the Dragon King will make them rulers, and it's no concern to them if Earth becomes Hell for everyone else. (Not an uncommon attitude for the fundamentalist "chosen people"…
  • I just noticed the implications of this comment, and thought I should address it, because information on the Cult of the Red Banner was greatly expanded since Cryptic Studios created Hi Pan (a pun on the name of the main villain in the movie Big Trouble in Little China, Lo Pan). Lore-wise the Cult has an international…
  • I'm glad you think this could be useful. :) The Tournament of the Dragon is held in a hidden temple in the mountains of China, conducted by a small but eclectic group of warriors, wizards, and scholars called the Watchers of the Dragon, dedicated to keeping the Death Dragon out of this world. The Watchers invite the known…
  • Doctors, plumbers, and me. Always on call. ;) Hmm... Well, while very little of what you describe has been spelled out in Champions source books, it isn't wholly incompatible with what has been established. First of all, Oriental dragons exist in the Champions Universe, like every other mythic creature. The only named…
  • It's getting close to Halloween. Maybe the gremlins are getting restless.
  • Eh, I'm old. Maybe my esthetic taste was just developed in a bygone era. :/
  • Bulky, yes, but also sleek. The subsequent armors looked more like traditional superhero costumes with a metallic sheen.
  • The concept itself fits pretty neatly into the official setting. Heaven and Hell exist -- in fact, all Heavens and Hells exist. The Kings of Edom and other major entities from the Qliphoth are this setting's analogue to H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old Ones. A simple name change -- say, from Azathoth to Vulshoth -- and pretty…
  • It's funny to me that people might think older comic-book armor has to look bulky and clunky. If you look at comics over time the reverse tends to be true. The older stuff usually looked sleek and elegant. Nowadays the artists hang so many plates and cables and ports and glowy bits on armors, they look like Tim Taylor's…
  • Ditto. It's intermittent for me, though. Sometimes the first thread/post listed is old, other times it's up to date.
  • Good point. Ditto Gigaton's helmet. In setting history, both predate the debut of DD's latest armor.
  • BTW here's a good rendition of the color scheme for Fourth Edition Destroyer's armor. I'm afraid I've never seen a colored version of DD's original armor.
  • BTW in the source book for Dr. Destroyer, Book Of The Destroyer ;) , those earlier images are treated as "generations" of DD's armor upgrades.
  • The cover you found was for the very first appearance of Dr. Destroyer in that adventure "module." His original armor looked like this: When the Fourth Edition of the Hero System (game engine for all Hero Games) came out, DD was revised, with this look: That was his appearance until his redesign for the current game. As…
  • When the Lemurian Empire kept Human slaves they used them for music, drama, handicrafts, and other artistic entertainments, but Lemurians no longer have that resource. Mole-Men are great laborers, and more mentally sophisticated than the Lemurians realize, but they have little artistic talent.
  • House Krax is a really interesting case. This is the House that Zorran the Artificer belongs to. Zorran was exiled by King Arvad after attempting a coup, "and since his exile Krax has dwelt under the stigma of Zorran’s treachery. Most of Zorran’s supporters came from this House, and few of Arvad’s followers trust Krax even…
  • "Captain Lemuria." Cute. :3 There is in fact quite a bit of data on this subject. The essential features are covered in the book, Hidden Lands, which discusses present-day Lemuria in great detail, along with other regions of Champions Earth. Additional data and examples are in Monster Island, while The Atlantean Age…
  • Another possibility is for a superhuman to have a power that allows them to produce wealth on demand. The "Midas Touch" is the classic example, but there are others in Champions. The supervillain called Geothermal was once a geophysicist who was transformed into a powerful being of living rock and magma. Even though he's…
  • Quite right, one doesn't. The story of Der Totenkopf illustrates that point. The original WW II American "Haynesville Project," aka "Project Rainbow," studying superhumans, employed mystics, notably the pulp-era magician Max Pendragon, mostly to research ways to counter Axis magic. Of course whenever one of those…
  • While on the subject of Lemuria, another lore incongruity involving it was brought up elsewhere on these forums, so it might benefit the curious to link to the question and answer: https://www.arcgames.com/en/forums/championsonline#/discussion/1215555/whats-up-with-khusor
  • Pursuant to the issue of Arvad's title, those Lemurians unhappy with his rule might refer to him privately as "Prince," which as noted above would be his Empyrean rank, rather than acknowledge his status as their king. Arvad never hid his contempt for his subjects, although in CO he claims to have had a change of heart…
  • I can give you answers drawn from the lore detailed in the latest edition of the pen-and-paper Champions RPG that this MMO setting is based on. Note that Cryptic Studios/Perfect World Entertainment own the Champs IP, and can change and have changed said lore in any way that suits the stories they want to tell, including…
  • Huh. I thought nipple-buttons went out of style after Joel Schumacher stopped directing Batman movies.
  • Just a reminder that there's an official Champions supervillain named Warpath, a Native American archer(ess) who's a member of the Warlord's War Machine supervillain team. No acronymic capitalization or abbreviation, though, so it's still distinctive and the CO system may accept it.
  • I'd also like to mention one other asset in the Champions IP. When the current official setting was rebooted for the Fifth Edition of the Hero System, the PnP game engine (most recent edition is Sixth, but otherwise the setting is mostly unchanged), the write-ups for every superhero, supervillain and villain group,…
  • The thing is, more magic, medieval fantasy, elves, there are already tons of games based on that. The niche Champions Online is supposed to occupy is superheroes. If it's just watered-down fantasy, it can't compete with games built around that genre. What sets supers apart is that, while it is its own genre with its own…
  • Really? That seems... anticlimactic. Did you at least get more Zorran?
  • 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!" ;)
  • 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 durability, or precognitive flashes, may not even realize they have them. However,…
  • 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 receive some degree of financial and material support. It's not uncommon for…