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  • Thank you, spinnefuchs. :) While that Jaguar isn't a character in the current official setting, the idea of a shape-shifting curse becoming more dilute over time, and therefore controllable, is a solid rationale for an origin, especially if you'd e…
  • (Quote) To be completely fair, there are quite a few elements in the Champions Universe which are analogous to those from DC and Marvel, although they almost always have a distinctive spin to them. That was a deliberate choice. The CU authors weren…
  • (Quote) Well, the Champions PnP RPG was first published in 1981. Over the following decades it was contributed to by scores of authors, and has gone through six editions of the rules of play, as well as several iterations of the Champions Universe.…
  • The cultists who serve the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca learn to utilize an interesting variation on therianthropy. They can project their astral selves in the form of a nagual, an animal-shaped spirit from Aztec mythology. A nagual on the Astral Plane is…
  • Perhaps I should add that in the Vibora Bay source book the Dogz are mostly just a fairly typical street gang, and Guy Sweetland is a clever but otherwise normal organized criminal. CO makes the supernatural in VB more widespread and higher-profile,…
  • Therianthropy (the general condition of transforming from human to animal, or humanoid-animal, forms) is well established in the PnP game, and extends around the world, with several official "super" representatives. The range of possible f…
  • Touching on the other side of the equation for a moment, Everyman, a copious compendium of diverse "normal" NPCs (as in "non-superhuman," because they're often anything but normal) includes a write-up for Rodger Bright, an archit…
  • I see. Rather like the version of Adrian Toomes/Vulture and his crew from the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. The main company involved in cleaning up after super-battles, particularly in Millennium City, is Trans-City Construction, detailed in the b…
  • Well... there are various organizations that fit some parts of what you're asking for, but nothing that checks off all the boxes. And nothing mentioned about disposing of scrapped robots specifically. Despite how Millennium City looks sometimes, rob…
  • Well, the thing is, the robots used by Japan's Bureau 17 to help defend Monster Island aren't artificially intelligent. They're essentially sophisticated drones, used as expendable firepower and sometimes for heavy labor. So the first step would be …
  • (Quote) I've thought about and read about that disconnect with current superhero popularity a fair bit. I think I'm inclined toward the theory that the great majority of contemporary fans of these characters and stories today have become aware of t…
  • There have certainly been enough major supernatural terrors in the past of Champions Earth to cause many people PTSD, including the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca manifesting on Earth in 2007 and rampaging across southern Texas slaughtering thousands of peo…
  • There is one other PnP detail which may be relevant to the Blood Moon. Before the IP sale, Hero Games published a supervillain compendium which included a mysterious supernatural villain called Rictus, whose main power is reanimating the dead as zom…
  • The Blood Moon is a concept that Cryptic Studios developed independently of the PnP setting's history. However, it very much fits the pattern of Takofanes' activities since he arose in the modern world in 1987. He appears at seemingly random times a…
  • Actually, I'd call that a pretty successful pen. I've certainly had pens that weren't. ;)
  • After CO went online, former Hero Games line developer Steve Long went looking for characters created by Cryptic devs which he could adapt to the latest edition of the tabletop game. He found worth in a number of those peripheral characters, e.g. Ca…
  • Wow... forgot this was an Internet discussion for a minute there. Thanks for reminding me.
  • (Quote) A failure is also a falling short or giving out, as a failure of a water supply; a breaking down in health, strength, action, or efficiency; nonperformance of some expected or required action, as in failure to obey the law; becoming insolve…
  • Indeed you are. As I posted earlier, whether this game is a "success" or not depends on your definition, and protolight has provided a thorough and reasonable one. The tabletop RPG on which this game is based has presented a superhero set…
  • (Quote) Probably so; but you don't have to completely abandon some other features that are reminiscent of Lovecraft. For example, the unnaturalness of the Thane induces instinctive fear and horror in natural life forms that see them, like us. Thane…
  • Obviously, enough like your toon that the connection occurred to me. ;) Here's their description from Champions Beyond p. 224: "The average Thane is about 1.8 meters tall with disproportionately long arms and fingers. His moist, leathery skin…
  • Okay, this is what came to me, based on the kind of character you suggest you're looking for, and how his background and appearance resonates with established Champions lore, primarily what's detailed in the book, Champions Beyond, which focuses on …
  • I believe most of the player base would welcome that -- the point has been brought up many times -- but it's become clear that the game's owners are not prepared to devote the resources to make that happen. It's a shame, too; there are certainly are…
  • Well, how important is it to you that this entity be the Hastur/King in Yellow? If you'd be satisfied with it being just a "Yellow King" evocative of the original source material, there are a number of ways you could present it both build-…
  • The designation, "God of Shepherds," could also imply controller powers, given the implications of a flock of sheep. ;) That would more easily reconcile the "benevolent" aspect of Ambrose Bierce's Hastur, with the more malevolen…
  • Agreed that it would be cool, and that it's unlikely. There are official Champions characters who utilize such powers, notably Displacer and Tesseract, members of Professor Paradigm's "Paradigm Pirates." (See Champions Villains Volume On…
  • Kind of a five-gun salute to the Twelfth? ;)
  • Well, besides Pruglor, above, the only other individual named Gadroon I could find in Champions Beyond is another of their super-class operatives, code-named "Sky-Knight," whose real name is Rongeep. Family names aren't given, so one must …
  • "One Malvan gladiator" is actually a pretty big deal, considering that Malva recruits super-powered fighters from across the galaxy, and sometimes augments them or even creates new supers; and by definition, they're trained to be skilled c…
  • There are a few answers to that. The Gadroon soldier named Pruglor was chosen by the Gadroon high command to become an inspirational symbol to his people. He was conditioned to the peak of Gadroon physical perfection; intensively trained in a range …
  • The only relevant entry I could find in the PnP books is in Champions Beyond, which details the sapient inhabitants of the Milky Way Galaxy and their present and past interactions with Earth. This is from p. 17: "The turning point in the war ca…
  • Bumping for general utility. EDIT: I don't know why this is now an Announcement. I didn't set out to make it so, and don't know how to change it. Any moderator who wants to alter that is welcome to do so.
  • I think I should bump up The Alien Thread, which I created here several years ago as a resource for folks looking for alien character inspiration. It does have general utility IMHO. You'll find info about the Gadroon on the fourth post in that threa…
  • This sub-forum is often used for inquiries about, not just the PnP game and specific books, but Champions Universe lore in general. If you ever have questions or want to brainstorm about any of that, please feel free to post. :)
  • There are a few other setting-related books. Hidden Lands has sizeable chapters on Lemuria, Atlantis, Arcadia the home of the Empyreans, plus shorter chapters on the underground cities of Shamballah and Agharti, Beast Mountain the original community…
  • Cool. B) If you're really interested in the core setting, I would suggest adding The Mystic World to your wish list. It deals in detail with the nature of magic, supernatural entities, the Champions Multiverse, the major factions and power players…
  • Welcome to this side of the game, kojirohellfire! I hope you enjoy the experience. :) Mind summarizing your wishlist, so we can suggest anything else?
  • City of Heroes, of course, and Marvel Heroes, both come to mind.
  • Splashier, more hyped superhero MMOs have fallen by the wayside since Champions came online. I think it depends on how you define "success."
  • (Quote) As does Andromeda, the other giant spiral galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies. In the Marvel Comics universe, the Kree Empire controls the Large Magellanic Cloud, fourth-largest galaxy in the Local Group and a satellite of the Milky Way.
  • (Quote) For my part, overall I don't disagree with you. To be honest, I tend to think of CO as the red-headed stepchild of the PnP Champions Universe. Some of the former just doesn't make as much sense as the latter. In that vein, the giant monste…
  • (Quote) Humans actually know little about Sirian society or culture. Their caste distinctions appear quite rigid, but that could just be a feature of their military. Some of their captured records refer to a "Great Green" in a leadership …
  • (Quote) If you want your character to be a "little green man," that raises some ironic possibilities re the Sirians. As described in Champions Beyond, the majority of the Sirian invaders resemble the "Greys" from popular UFOlogy…
  • BTW if you would like to add a little extra "oomph" to your character, Dr. Yin Wu has armed his "Four Sons of the Dragon" with enchanted weapons of one sort or another. From their names, Copper Spear's and Golden Axe's weapons ar…
  • I can think of a few who are still alive. No few currently active supers are the children and successors of others who have retired or died. If you include "creators" of supers through artificial means, rather than the traditional one, in …
  • Ah, I see. The character's from an alien race of your creation, then. So you just wanted an idea of who would shoot his ship down. The rest of the setting's alien info isn't really relevant. Got it. :) Incidentally, according to Champions Beyond, A…
  • Did you intend for your character to be a Sirian? If so, have you read any Champions references about them? If not, there's a significant amount to unpack. ;) Also, what role did you want the character to play in the setting?
  • BTW per official Champions Universe history, the Qularr first became aware of the human race in 1964, so it's unlikely the Roswell ship was one of theirs, although not impossible. The Gadroon are also possible, but their first invasion of Earth occu…
  • Ah, I see. Shang-Chi's adventures mostly involved fighting normal humans with training, sometimes gadgets, rather than "four-color" supervillains. If you want your character's activities to be similar, IMO you'd be better off using a real-…
  • I looked at every Champions source I thought might mention Roswell, without indication that it's part of official CU history. But you have to remember that said incident wouldn't have the same resonance on Champions Earth that it has on real Earth. …