Explicit Emerald City Knights (OOC)

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  1. Corinthi

    Corinthi A Charming Monster

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    Search Thread: http://www.a-new-horizon.com/index.php?threads/emerald-city-knights.1943/
    Character Thread: http://www.a-new-horizon.com/index.php?threads/emerald-city-knights-profiles.1978/
    In Character Thread: http://www.a-new-horizon.com/index.php?threads/emerald-city-knights-act-1-the-silver-storm.2026/

    First post is a repost of the opener for the Search thread. Then I'll follow with Setting Info.

    Welcome to the City of Destiny!

    Emerald City has many nicknames, but you might know it best as “home.” The world is a place of heroes and villains, but Emerald City has seemingly lacked both for most of its storied history. While Freedom City on the east coast is teeming with costumed characters, Emerald City has been bereft of them. The city simply hasn’t seemed to need heroes before.

    That is changing.

    A recent upswing in unexplained events, crime, and unusual happenings has drawn the attention of heroes looking for a new place to hang their cape. As well, new heroes are trickling into Emerald City—and local citizens are finding their own powers or heroic spirit. It remains to be seen if Emerald City will suffer a similar increase in villain population… or if the unexplained incidents of late are a sign that they’re already here.

    Find your destiny! Become the hero Emerald City deserves!

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    World


    The world of Emerald City is one very like our own. It has many of the same places, the same languages, and the same history, but it also has many differences. The main one is the existence of super powers and heroes or villains possessing such powers. Such people have existed since ancient times, though the civilizations of the past often called them “demigods,” “wizards,” “demons,” or other supernatural labels. There has been a significant surge in the numbers of these colorful characters since the turn of the 20th century, and the numbers increased yet further after World War II.


    Starting in the 19th century, it became common practice for heroes and villains alike to mask their identities in order to avoid retribution for their actions, either from their enemies or from the local authorities. The 1920s and 1930s in America saw these masked vigilantes become known as “mystery men,” while the post-war era dubbed them “superheroes.” Some cities (such as Freedom City on America’s east coast) have many heroes and villains, while some (like Emerald City on the west coast) have none that are known publicly.

    There have been periods where costumed vigilantism has been more or less acceptable in various parts of the world. One notable time was during the period of the Moore Act, from 1984 to 1993, when it was actually a federal offense to perform acts of vigilante justice in costume. The act was nationally unpopular, and was repealed in the wake of the Terminus Invasion of 1993, when the world’s costumed population—hero and villain alike—banded together to save the world from a deadly incursion from another reality.

    Super Powers

    Every hero and villain has something that makes him or her extraordinary. Whether a genetic mutation, magical abilities, or training that pushes the bounds of human skill, there are nearly as many origins of super powers as there are people possessing them. Some of the more common origins of superheroic ability are discussed below.


    Genetic Mutation

    There have always been people who were “born different,” but the quantity and power of such individuals has been growing steadily since the discovery of atomic weapons. While there is little solid scientific evidence linking radiation and super-powered mutations, the anecdotal links are widely accepted as fact. These “mutants” frequently carry deformities along with their powers, and even heroic ones are often hated and feared by the people they seek to protect.


    Magic

    Magic is real, though it is a power that few can even begin to claim to understand. Magical beings—creatures almost human but suffused with magic—have existed since time immemorial, as have sorcerers, mortal men and women capable of wielding magic to alter reality in various ways. The magic-users of ancient times also sometimes crafted powerful artifacts, objects of magical power with abilities that did not diminish over time—and in a few rare cases, grew more powerful. A magical hero could be a descendant of a mystical race with inborn powers, the inheritor of a legacy of magic, a sorcerer, or even just the latest wielder of a magic item.


    Super-Science

    While scientific thought has progressed largely at the same rate in the world of Emerald City, there have always been geniuses who were ahead of their time. These “super-scientists” are often capable of creating wondrous devices whose workings seem almost magical, but which are simply based on scientific principles not widely understood by the community at large. Frequently, the inventions of such people are so advanced that no one else can adequately maintain or repair them, making their inventions singular wonders rather than industrial advancements.


    Super-science heroes and villains can further be divided into heroes who gain their powers through scientific means (like a super-soldier serum or experimenting with one’s own genes) and those for whom science and invention are their powers (like an engineer who wears a suit of power armor or a villain with a mind-control helmet).

    Psionics

    Sometimes known as “psychic powers,” abilities of the mind are often poorly understood by modern science. Efforts have been made by major governments to pin down the exact nature of psionic ability for over fifty years, and some limited successes have been made in training, refining, and inspiring psychic talent. Still, psychics are something of a wild card.


    Cosmic Powers

    The universe works in mysterious—and occasionally maddening—ways. Some heroes or villains are the focus of various cosmic-scale entities or principles, from being a living embodiment or order or chaos, to being the former herald of a world-eater, to just being a human who somehow bonded with a black hole. Cosmic powers are often inexplicable and just as often quite amazing to behold.


    Training

    Humans are beings of nearly limitless potential. Even “normal” people who push themselves to their physical and mental limits can often go toe-to-toe with traditionally super-powered individuals with nothing but skill, talent, and a healthy dose of luck. Physically and mentally conditioned heroes and villains can frequently pull off almost supernatural feats through sheer determination.
     
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    Emerald City Timeline


    Prehistory: The area around what is now Emerald City and the Atlas Mountains have been inhabited by the Tokiwa Indians since ancient times.

    1743: A Russian expedition, led by Nicholas Branovsky, makes landfall to replenish supplies. Archaeological evidence suggests the Russian group remains in the area for a few weeks to a couple of months at most.
    1809: The Stanley-Mallory party discovers the mouth of the Albian River.
    1810: Before the explorers can return east, Charles Stanley is found dead amidst accounts of “strange lights.”
    1818: Steven Mallory returns to the Albian River region and founds Fort Emerald.
    1846: A long-standing border dispute between British Canada and the United States is resolved, with Fort Emerald being left on the US side of the border.
    1853: Gold is discovered in the Atlas Mountains and diamonds are found in the Red River, starting a rush for prospectors.
    1857: Fort Emerald is officially incorporated as Emerald City.
    1864: A Confederate raiding party steals a haul of gemstones from the Red River Diamond Exchange. Though they make good their escape, neither they nor their loot are ever heard from again.
    1850s-1880s: Large numbers of Asian immigrants make their way to Emerald City due to the area’s reputation for tolerance.
    1882: The US bans immigrants from China.
    1907: The US bans immigrants from Japan.
    1938: L. Frank Baum’s classic Oz novels are made into a movie, The Wizard of Oz, popularizing “Emerald City” in American consciousness.
    1942: President Roosevelt authorizes the relocation of Japanese-American citizens to internment camps.
    June 1942: A Japanese submarine shells Fort Breckinridge, causing massive panic. The damage is largely contained due to the intervention of a group of costumed “mystery men” called the Victory Squadron.
    1942-1944: The Japanese army includes Emerald City among the cities terrorized by coastal submarine attacks and incendiary balloon bombs.
    1945: The Victory Squadron officially retires following VJ-Day (September 2, 1945).
    1947: The first “UFO” is spotted near Emerald City in the Pacific Northwest.
    1971: Starbase Coffee opens its first coffee shop in Emerald City. By 1987, it has become the most recognizable coffee chain in America; in 1996, the chain goes international and quickly becomes one of the most popular coffee shops in the world.
    1984: The Moore Act is passed, outlawing costumed vigilante activity. Emerald City barely notices, as its last major costumed vigilantes retired in 1945.
    1991: “Grunge music” becomes popularized as a genre due to Washington-based band Moksha. The tragic suicide of their lead singer, Krist Novoselic, three years later only cements the style’s popularity among the disaffected youth of America. His bandmate, Kurt Cobain, largely left music afterward and is active today as a Washington State committeeman and political activist.
    1992: The game designers Sorcerers of the Summit release their new collectible card game, Mystical: The Conclave. Though denounced by parents’ groups as Satanic, the game rapidly becomes a worldwide hit, putting Emerald City on the map as a major hub of geek culture.
    1993: Earth suffers invasion by the Terminus, an alien reality seeking to dominate this dimension. The brunt of the invasion is suffered by Freedom CIty on the East Coast.
    1994: The Moore Act is repealed, largely to honor the sacrifice of many costumed heroes who perished during the Terminus Invasion.
    1995: Billionaire industrialist Maximillian Mars reinvigorates Emerald City’s slumping economy by choosing the city as the location for his corporate headquarters. MarsTech attracts other high-tech businesses to the area, pushing Emerald City to the forefront of computer engineering.
    1997: Sorcerers of the Summit buy out famous but destitute gaming company SEL (Strategic Emulation Logistics), makers of the original tabletop roleplaying game, Caverns & Creatures. Their subsequent remake of the game and its properties draw criticism from “old school” fans, but proves popular among younger audiences.
    1999: Emerald City plays host to the World Trade Organization for its yearly summit, leading to clashes between protestors and police.
    2002: USNet Stadium opens, becoming home to the Emerald City Bulldogs.
    2005: The upscale shopping district on Royal Hill is repaved in gold-colored paving stones and officially renamed Yellow Brick Row.
    2010: Amanda Talbot is elected mayor. She easily wins reelection in 2014.
    2015: The present.
     
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    Emerald City Locales

    Emerald City is centered on the sheltered inner peninsula jutting into the Albian River, with access to Malory Bay and the islands beyond. The city is built upon three main hills, modest in size compared to the mountainous terrain in the surrounding area, but still fairly steep. The city has since spread across the inlet to the western or outer peninsula and along the south of the riverbank eastward as well as pushing south towards the mountains.


    The downtown area of the city is towards the waterfront, the early center of Emerald City’s livelihood and activity. Royal Hill, the northernmost of the city’s three main hills, lives up to its name with some of the most expensive real estate in E.C.. To the south rise University Hill, home of Emerald City University (ECU), and Sunset Hill, bordering the Red River. As the hills level out into a broad valley, the neighborhoods give way to the Eastern District and Lakeside, curving around Lake Vallee.

    Downtown

    Emerald City’s downtown area runs from the riverfront and slopes up and around Royal Hill. A main highway runs along the waterfront, connecting up with the two main bridges, crossing the Albian and Red Rivers to the north and west, running along the Albian River towards the east.


    The Riverfront

    Emerald City’s Riverfront is still quite active as a port; much of the shipping has shifted eastward along the river and westward towards the outer peninsula, leaving much of the downtown waterfront area to piers dedicated to shopping, pleasure craft, and tourism. Smugglers ply their trade in some parts of the Riverfront, and heroes can find informants and suspects in some of the dockside dives.


    The Cannery

    An old fish cannery along the Riverfront has been converted into a multi-level shopping mall and local tourist attraction, the perfect place for a date or family outing, as well as an unexpected super-battle! The Cannery is surrounded by pedestrian shopping and high-class urban housing.

    Yellow Brick Row

    Emerald City’s most famous shopping area; it is paved in yellow-painted brick, forming a large pedestrian mall along the north-facing slope of Royal Hill. Yellow Brick Row is the place where the city embraces its Oz connections most deeply, with every third shop in the area making subtle (or not-so-subtle) nods to Baum’s classic.


    Crown Heights

    The summit of Royal Hill is known as the Crown Heights neighborhood, expensive real estate commanding a good view of Emerald City (although not quite so good as it was before the soaring towers of the downtown area were built). The Crown Tower hotel, a local landmark, is found in Crown Heights, along with some high-class condos.


    The Undercity

    Emerald City suffered early flooding problems, which led to the city administration literally covering over and building on top of the old central part of the city in the lowlands. This created an “Undercity” where buildings and even streets from the 1800s are preserved beneath the current downtown area. The Undercity is connected to various tunnels and underground structures, but the rumors of habitation by “morlocks” or other mythical monsters are purely urban legend.


    The Eastern District

    Although southwest of downtown, the city’s Eastern District is so named because of its largely Asian population. It is located in the broad valley between and below Sunset and University Hills. The Eastern District used to have a reputation as the “shady side” of Emerald City, tucked away and hidden by the hills from Downtown, and a difficult walk from there, but in the present day, the District is a bustling tourist area with a thriving local culture.


    Jadetown and Little Osaka

    The neighborhood known as Jadetown is primarily Chinese, and you can see a good deal of Chinese writing, art, and architecture there. Local schools teach students Chinese languages, culture, and history in addition to the lessons they learn in public school. Jadetown residents are quite proud of their heritage. Jadetown is home to the Jade Arch, its official “entrance” and a major tourist attraction.


    Little Osaka is the Japanese area of the Eastern District. It has a more subdued style and character, featuring a renowned Japanese Tea Garden and some hotels that make it a popular place for Japanese visitors to Emerald City to stay, as well as tourists to visit.

    Southern Shore

    The southern shore of the Albian River, running westward from Downtown, goes from the urban structures and zoning of the center of the city to more suburban and residential areas. Southern Shore properties are prime real estate, centered around riverfront marinas, coves, and similar properties. The presence of the highway and rail line along the Southern Shore causes building to cluster around the transportation arteries, thinning southward towards the forest and mountains.


    The Islands

    The islands of the Albian River are broadly considered part of the Southern Shore, although technically they’re a district unto themselves. Some of the islands are set aside as parks and nature preserves, while others are inhabited, connected by narrow bridges and ferry service. A home on the Islands is a sure sign of success in the area, as they feature some of the most expensive real estate in Emerald City.


    Sunset Hill

    The south- and westernmost of the three hills occupied by Emerald City, Sunset Hill is named for the vista of the sun setting over it, seen from the other (eastern) parts of the city. It was once the site of stately turn-of-the-century homes a reasonable distance from both Crown and University Hills, affording residents a degree of privacy. More and more, as the city has expanded, Sunset Hill has become urbanized, and many of those stately homes are now businesses, apartments, or condos, although some have been restored to their original condition and remain private homes.


    Overlook Park

    A broad western portion of Sunset Hill forms a pleasant park overlooking the Red River. The Overlook Park neighborhood extends into the area around the park, which includes a variety of homes and small businesses serving the largely residential community.


    University Hill

    The southeastern hill of Emerald City is named for the placement of Emerald City University near its summit. It and the surrounding area are part of the city’s youth culture and more artistic neighborhoods. “U-Hill,” as it is sometimes known, is home to various cafés, trendy boutiques, thrift shops (equally trendy among the right crowd), theaters, and businesses serving the student community as well as local residents.


    Lakeside

    The area bordering the lake to the south of the Eastern District, Lakeside is a relatively new district of the city and its character reflects a blending of Emerald City’s 19th and 20th century heritages with an eye towards life in the 21st century.
     
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  5. Corinthi

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    So... what's the game? In essence, Emerald City is a place that hasn't had a big hero presence, and they need one now. I'd hoping to see a group of heroes come together to save this city from chaos and destruction.

    The World has a long established superhero history that you're welcome to define as you see fit in your character's backstory. Want to be a legacy character, taking up the mantle of a long lost hero? Do it. Want to be University Student who just happens to be the child of two well known heroes? Do it. Want to be someone new looking to forge their own legend? Groovy.

    Because of the initial plotline, there's another option. Maybe you're just a regular, everyday person who was caught up in the Silver Storm that will kick off the campaign. Instead of being killed like so many others, you survived and were granted incredible powers that you hardly understand and now need to use.

    I'd like the characters to be heroes. Flawed heroes sure, but ultimately heroes. For Power Level, think Avengers level (minus Thor, he's a bit OP when you take it all into account. Sure, the Hulk's powerful, but he can't fly, shoot lightning, travel dimensions, and whatnot).

    I'll create a profile template and an example character to give you an idea of the sort of thing I'm looking for. I will not be playing a single POV character for this game. Instead, I'll be NPCs, Villains, and the City's environs to give your heroes things to do.
     
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    This looks like a really cool and well built game. Any chance I can join?
     
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    You totally should
     
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    I like TechWitch. Could you do me a favor and list out some of her standard gadgets. I know she has a Rocket Broom (you didn't say rocket, but I'm totally picturing a rocket powered riding broom, because that's rad), but I'd like an idea of what other tricks she has as go-tos. You'll still be able to invent other stuffs, and there's probably going to be another super scientist in the group, so it'll be fun to see the two of you riff.

    'Alright, we clearly need a sonic cannon for this baddie.'

    'Oooh! Let's make it look like a big twisted horn that you blow into and it goes, baaahhhwoooogaaah!'

    'Or, we could make it look like a sonic cannon.'

    'You're no fun.'
     
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    I wonder if Mercury would seem fascinating to her lol
     
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    Or even better. "I got this one."

    "That's steel! Against a sword!"

    "I know. Thermokinetic module. Trust me."
     
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    Alrighty, with HarperMadison (No relation to Ashley) joining in and the mysterious 4th person who owes me a bio, I think we're good to go.

    So, Corinthi, how's this game going to work?

    I'm glad you asked, voice in my head.

    Each time I post in the IC Game thread, there will be a Corresponding OOC Post here in the aptly named OOC thread. In the OOC Post, I will have information related in the IC Post, as well as questions for you wonderful players. Please do not reply to the IC post until you read the OOC post. I'd like you to answer those questions in your posts. Sometimes the questions will just be informational. Other times they will be very leading.

    Informational Question Examples:

    @Miss Wood, does Alessandra have any of her father's goons watching over her as she goes shopping?
    @Johanna, what does a telephone conversation between Tshi and her mother sound like?
    @HarperMadison, if Morgen is in public and shit goes down, what sort of access does he have to Techwitch's gear?

    Leading Question Examples:

    Miss Wood, Death Magnetic, unsurprisingly, has Magneto like powers. What happens when it turns out that Death Magnetic's powers work just fine on Mercury?
    Johanna, when Jagermeister opens up on you and the crowd with his rotary cannon, how do you save the civilians? Are any of them badly wounded?
    Harper, what happens to Junkpile when he punches your Newton Shield with the force of a loaded semi crashing into Techwitch at 70 miles per hour? How's your shield hold up to that sort of Force?

    There aren't wrong answers to these questions. They're meant to be creative prompts that gently guide the story. I'm not trying to take away your to write your characters as you see fit. If you don't like a question, just say so.

    From time to time, I may ask if I can have a villain do something to your characters. Typically, I'll phrase it as a question you can answer. Like, How does Techwitch get injured in this battle?

    It's ok to lose. A classic superhero trope is the hero gets taken out in the first confrontation, then comes back properly prepared to school the villain in the second act. The exception being our first scene. I want you folks to be awesome. You're going to save people, smack around villains, and inspire hope in a shell shocked people. Your characters will become the Heroes Emerald City needs, even if you never expected to.

    Questions?
     
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    This is more of a statement.

    This is going to be fucking awesome
     
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    I concur.
     
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    Primary self defense is gonna be that stasis rifle. Otherwise, she's gonna have to get to a place where she can call her broom.
     
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    First In Character Post is up: http://www.a-new-horizon.com/index.php?threads/emerald-city-knights-act-1-the-silver-storm.2026/

    This first round of posts will determine the posting order moving forward.

    Those of you who are gaining your powers in the Silver Storm (aka Stormers) need to place your characters on the Yellow Brick Road. There are lots of shops and restaurants along the road. You could be eating with friends, shopping for tiny delicate cogs at an old fashioned clock maker's shop, buying art supplies, whatever. Entirely up to you.

    Those of you who aren't getting your Powers in the Storm will /not/ be on Yellow Brick Road.

    Questions for everyone to be addressed in your posts:
    It's a /beautiful/ Saturday around lunchtime. What are you doing? Are you with anyone? Do you have any friends or family who might be on Yellow Brick Road today?

    @Johanna
    As a receptionist for your mother's fortune telling business, seems like Tshilaba might be at work today. Is she? If not, why? If she is, what does that look like and how does being there cause Tshi stress?

    @Miss Wood
    What was the last service Alessandra performed as part of the 'Family' business, and how does she feel about it?

    @HarperMadison
    It's Morgen's day off. How does she spend it? If she's tinkering, does she have a personal laboratory for her 'Off Books' experiments? Does she go and use her business lab during off hours? Is she just out having lunch somewhere with friends? I want a better feel for how she spends her off time.

    @Ree
    It's been about a year since Annie's father disappeared. Is that anniversary weighing on her? What's drawn her out from her Sanctuary today?
     
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    Versus who posts first, why don't we just go alphabet order for poster names? So, Harper, Joanna, Miss W, then me?
     
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    I don't necessarily have a problem with that. That said, I thought just letting people post when they were ready for the first go around was appropriate, since no one is necessarily interacting at this point.

    Once an Action Scene starts, we could do it alphabetically, or we could do it in order of character Speed. That would be:

    Johanna
    Miss Wood
    Harper (Rocket Broom! Sure it says Ion drives, but in my heart, it's a rocket.)
    Ree
     
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    Ah! I must have misread it! Action speed sounds good
     
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    Action speed works. Interesting opening. Not gonna be much use for the particle cannon.
     

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