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
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
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.February 25, 2019 at 10:11 pm #154695
For this weeks CDC: Tezcatlipoca, the Smoking Mirror. This is based on Tezcatlipoca, the Aztec god of fate, conflict, wind, and mirrors, among other domains. He also has connections to the jaguar. My version has the power to see into the future, can shroud himself in a cloud of darkness using the symbol on his chest, can manipulate wind, and can turn into a jaguar (as well as simply manifesting jaguar attributes, such as claws.) He lost his foot a while back, hence why one is mechanical.March 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm #154793
This is the silver age version of the Man of the Future (what should his name be).
He was a billionaire who made his fortune on technology, and who grew up loving stories of the original Man of the Future. He had already been working on a suit that could make someone a one-man army when his headquarters was invaded by Soviet agents seeking the prototype. To drive them away, he donned the suit, thus becoming the second Man of the Future (1960).
He spent the rest of the decade collaborating with other heroes and fighting the Soviets and Chinese. Then, in 1970, his entire company crashed. He lost all of his money, and thus his suit, and fell into alcoholism. Eventually, he was able to rebuild some of his lost wealth, but not enough to recreate the suit, and even if he could afford it he was no longer fueled by the optimism he had once had. He also had witnessed poverty and other societal problems first hand, and thus he became the vigilante “Whisper,” so called because of his favored weapons: darts and arrows, hence criminals he shot heard nothing but a whisper and saw nothing but a blur as they died.
This Man of the Future can fly, has enhanced strength, and can shoot bullets from his wrists, and has other tools as well (he’s basically a flying, weaponized, high-tech Swiss army knife.) In 1964, he upgraded his suit with alien technology to shoot beams from the hands and be able to fly into space.April 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm #155739
I just realized that I never actually posted this guy. I don’t have a name for him yet, but I do have a backstory.
When he was five years old, he realized that he had somehow been born with a superpower. Unfortunately, that superpower was that he could summon into his hand objects of less than one square foot that were less than a meter away from him. Nevertheless, the fact that he had a superpower made him fascinated with the idea of superheroes, and he spent his youth obsessed with comic books, often being bullied because of it.
The bullying only worsened when he found his second love in seventh grade: sewing and fashion. He became obsessed with clothes, and sewed by hand all of the costumes for his high school plays.
When he went off to college, he ended up in the same room as Aiden Ignatius (Captain Blaze) and they quickly became friends. One day, he happed to walk in on Aiden while he was still in his Captain Blaze costume, but unmasked. He quickly got over his initial shock, and began recommending a change of costume. When Ignatius was recruited by the Warrior, he brought his roommate with him, and he is known as the top superhero costume designer in the world.May 15, 2019 at 6:33 am #156925
For this week’s CDC: Seth.
The Egyptian mythology book Jack Zee found was a bit… different. Attached to the front cover was a gem with magical properties, which drew Jack to the book and specifically to the myth of Seth. When he decided to create a personal based on Seth, Jack decided, he thought on a mere whim, to place the gem in the collar of the mask. As it turns out, the gem was actually posessed by an entity claiming to be Seth, who has given Jack Zee immense power while also making him insane.
When the entity is partially in control (basically anytime Jack is wearing the mask) , Jack has enhanced speed, strength, agility endurance, intelligence, and combat skills. When the entity completely takes over, Jack is completely unkillable, and has the powers of shapeshifting, telekinesis, and some degree of mind control.May 15, 2019 at 6:35 am #156927
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. Jack’s uncle is a former college professor who was fired for his weird experiments, and then he became a full time mad scientist. Jack enlisted his uncles help to build a device for his right hand that would allow him to summon jets of flame. He then chopped off his own hand and had his uncle build a powerful robotic replacement.May 15, 2019 at 2:08 pm #156929
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