December 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm #153492
Here is a new character whom I am calling, at least for now, Polarity. Admittedly, I do not have a backstory yet. Any ideas?
He has the power to manipulate metal (basically magnetism combined with telekinesis.
December 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm #153658
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I have no intention of entering this week’s contest, but I was inspired by it. This is my superhero version of the Nutcracker (I deliberately gave him somewhat nutcracker-like facial features, and thus, yes, he is supposed to look a little creepy).
The Nutcracker is from an alternate dimension, where he leads a resistance force against his nemesis, the Mouse King. Every Christmas Eve at midnight, his avatar in our world, a wooden nutcracker doll, springs to life, and the Mouse King comes through as well, and their forces fight until the morning, when they return to their own realm.
The main reasons I’m choosing not to submit this one are a) “The Nutcracker Suite” is instrumental, and I think the contest was asking for songs with lyrics and b) the contest calls for literal interpretation, whereas I decided to go the superhero route.
Anyway, I will get back to my normal universe eventually.January 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm #153875
I made this character for a recent CDC (the public domain magic one) but I forgot to post him. Here is Dr. Miracle (not in my universe)January 28, 2019 at 11:06 am #154089
Merlin (just for the CDC, not in my universe.February 3, 2019 at 9:50 am #154153
Reupload of an old thing for the current CDCFebruary 4, 2019 at 8:38 am #154198
Okay, I freely admit that this character is kind of a Rocketeer ripoff, at least in design.
Well, technically, I got the idea from one of various golden age costumes featured in a recent CDC entry. It had a seemingly Rocketeer-inspired aesthetic (though I could be wrong) and it made me realize that my universe has two problems (well, it has a lot of problems, but it only made me think of two of them):
1. Not enough golden/silver age characters. I always hate it when universes have 99% of their super-powered characters show up in the 21st century, when that makes no sense. Heck, I’ll probably try making some characters who fought crime before the 20th Century, because that just makes sense to me. My next several pieces will probable be characters who existed in the 1960s or earlier.
2. Not enough tech powered characters. I also realized that very few of my characters fought crime with technology.
Thus, I decided to create a golden age character powered by technology.
Presenting: The man of the future.
Charles Futuri was going to be just an ordinary air force pilot during World War 2. Then, in mid-1941, he was placed in a special government program dedicated to creating a flying man. Although the U.S. didn’t enter the war until December of 1941, they did secretly authorize the program just in case. They had already built the jetpack, they just needed a test subject. Thus, he became the world’s first flying man to not have superpowers.
He adjusts the power of the jet pack using the button on his belt, and he steers simply by moving. He does carry two specially designed guns that shoot out small bursts of energy, manufactured by the government using alien technology, but they are not pictured because I forgot to give him weapons, so let’s just say that this was in the early phases of testing.
Though he was not a founding member, he did become an All-Star when the team was recruited by the military to fight the Nazis. In fact, the military tried to prop him up as being the team leader, although he himself never pretended to be, and was very vocal that the true leader was the Warrior.
The program shut down after the war, because it only took one man for them to realize the project’s impracticality, but Futuri was allowed to keep the tech. He put away the jetpack in the late ’40s, although he continued using the pistols to fight crime on the streets of Pine city, now under the name of Blaster. He retired from crime-fighting in 1954, when the anti-superhero sentiment reached its peak. He died in a plane accident just one year later. His jacket, jetpack and twin blasters are on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
I’ll probably make some more historical characters soon to develop the history of my universe.February 8, 2019 at 3:04 am #154256
I have to say that I’ve always preferred names of underwater places to be converted to whale song rather than English from their original languages. Much less is lost in translation. That would be my suggestion for an alternate to Atlantis. You could transliterate it as [MMOORRRRyuuuuuuUUHHHmmmmm] (that’s ‘the,’ but who’s gonna know, right?)
As for Polarity, since he flies, it would be neat if he had a name based on some aspect of Antarctica, like ‘Byrd,’ and could only be at full strength if he faced parallel to latitude lines facing west. His poles, after all, should be aligned, right? You could call him Ferrous Bluer?
February 8, 2019 at 11:30 am #154275
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Great story behind Man of the FutureFebruary 10, 2019 at 10:51 am #154324
@HerrD Thank you for the suggestions on Polarity. The lining up with the earth idea is pretty good, and while I’m not going to call him Ferrous Bluer, I actually might adopt Ferrous as a last name.
@robm Thanks! My idea with Man of the Future was to make him someone who could easily be a legacy character. I might even have versions of Man of the Future from before the 20th century.
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