Here are the details.
Everyone starts out as "beginning" heroes. That isn't to say that you just began, although you could, but you are at the level where you could hold your own in a solo world, but would probably do better with a partner. Similar to Spider-man (in fact, think of the Spectacular Spider-man to get my drift).The Justice League is a council of various superhuman cultures and organizations throughout the world (Kheran survivors, The Blue, Mutants, etc.). Through several highly-controversial policies set forth by them, they have taken to “policing the world” and defend the innocent from evil forces (sometimes accused of stopping those they perceive as evil, but which is subjective).
Stormwatch serves as the cosmic defense element of the world, stationed aboard Skywatch and launching missions into space through Stargate-like portals. They are funded by the United Nations and take orders from that body.
The Avengers came together after mutant terrorists devastated New York City’s twin towers. After their first mission, conducted in the heart of the Middle East, they began coordinating with other governments of the world, but not truly following any of them, despite its members all being American.
The Xavier Institute of Higher Learning formed to teach those born with superpowers, whether it be from mutation, alien parentage or any other origin, to deal with their powers and learn responsibility for their consequences. A number of students were convinced to leave the institute and skirt the line of law. IO calls them “WildCATs”.
International Operations is a spy network put up in the ’70’s and serves as the eyes and ears for the American government in all corners of the world. At their suggestion, SHIELD was created in the late ’90’s as an organization to combat and secure superhuman criminals. Since the inception of SHIELD, both groups have been at odds with one another over the way each conducts themselves during operations. The biggest argument between the two is the Weapon X Project, which was instituted by IO but cancelled soon after due to inhumane treatment of its subjects. SHIELD has since secretly reactivated the Project.
The streets of New York are protected by the Dark Knights, a family of vigilantes who serve under the rumored Batman. Daredevil, another rumored vigilante who operates in Hell’s Kitchen, he and his group, known only as The Hand, are reported to be in a shadow war with the Dark Knights. Meanwhile, a menacing criminal figure, known as the Kingpin, is enjoying unusual success in the realm of organized crime as the two vigilante groups fight amongst each other. His only concern is an arachnid themed vigilante who has come on the scene in the last few months.
In the realm of rumors, the League of Shadows, which operates in the Far East, have trained some of the deadliest assassins in the known world, including Daredevil and, if rumors are to be believed, the Batman. Their founder, Ra’s Al Ghul, is the only male trained Coda in history, and for that “crime” is hunted by the female assassins.
The Coda appeared on the scene thousands of years ago and greatly influenced Grecian culture. They are a band of all female immortals who train their bodies in the fires of combat. They are the foremost martial artists and assassins in the world. Many were naturally born on the destroyed Kheran homeworld.
The Kheran homeworld, destroyed several millennia ago, was the homeworld of many powerful beings. Since their arrival on Earth, many Kherans have mixed into human history, though some have created organizations to command and carry out their wills.
Beneath the seas, the fabled city of Atlantis (ruled over by a race known as The Blue) is locked in a race war with The Black, an oceanic race from Khera.
I'd like to keep the team diverse, as in Justice League Unlimited or Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes diverse.
Everyone starts out at the Spectacular Spider-man level (but as diverse a team as you want, dependent on the fiction in the opening post) and then grows into larger roles. Instead of a linear increase in PL, though, I was thinking of mixing the increase in power into the story. Choosing one or two characters per adventure, I would have an event tailored to them (so the number that improves in a single story depends on power origins) that ups their power level. Everyone else would remain wherever they were until it's their turn to go up. This gives every player the chance to shine as the "awesome hero" once in a while, but everyone else will catch up.
Martial artist focused characters could undergo special instruction during an adventure (or in the downtime between, according to the fiction), magic characters could receive an artifact that boosts their power, a mutant might further a mutation as a result of an enemy's DNA morphing attack, etc.
This idea works very much like how the comic books work in terms of power creep.
If you want to have ties to an existing character let me know which one first. I've been working on a list of them and what they're doing/involved in. If its not directly listed on the opening post, ask.
And remember, no existing characters as PC's. You must be custom characters.
As for level, lets start with 10 (150 points) and go from there.
No former Justice Leaguers, as they are too powerful, and no Avengers "Prime" (core team) members, although Avengers was part of a larger movement to strike back at terrorists so they would have lots of reserve members that you guys can draw from.
Warren Wagner - Maya (EnigmaticOne): Mutant Illusionist
Jason Marsh - Voth (Hound): Powerhouse
James Mason - Advent Arcana (Zen_Gypsy): Mage Paragon
Hybrid (Walking Dad): Psionic shapeshifter
Xolotl (Evolución): God of fear and death
Conduit (Bladewind): Teleporter/Spatial Controller
Impervious: Make resistance checks normally but, if the effect rank is less than your Impervious rank, reduce any degree of failure by one; zero degrees of failure counts as one degree of success.
Initiative: Doesn't exist. Actions take place as they are posted. In combat, no one is allowed multiple posts/actions between GM posts unless they spend a Hero Point to Surge. Villains are the same, unless they give a Hero Point to whoever is supposed to go next for a Surge.