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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by Libra » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:49 am

Thats a nice personality wrinkle for him thanks Libra will add a line or two to include it.
Thanks guys, and thanks for responding to my thread it really spurs me on.
It is not a problem and definately a pleasure to be of help. :D
Oh I will be expanding on Astoman hugely in time to come especially his supporting cast and rogues gallery.
By the way, I can hardly wait to see the products of this expansion, when it gets under way! :D
The Greys are actually very much based on my extensive Conspiracy X material and will expand on this with the Saurians and Atlanteans (although im calling them the Immortals).
I don't know much about Conspiracy X, in fact, so I may have to do some research.
I am keeping the big three (Astroman, raven and Lady Amazon) out of the Homage universe's golden age so i don't give myself some continuity problems as I really want them still quite young at campaign start of 1975.
Fair enough, I'll keep this in mind.
global peace is the last thing on her mind, shes a very warlike character with an ancient times mind set, she sees villains as things to be conquered not sent to jail!
Her attitude probably varies with the Villain, with the most monstrous-looking aggravating the traditional "kill 'em, skin 'em and take the hide as a trophy" impulse, quite possibly inherited from Herakles.
Yes great Idea i'm toying with the idea of having either two or three Lightning's or maybe Kid Lightning as the third and having at least one of them serve on multiple teams at the same time.
I'd suggest that you leave any partners for your players to flesh out, as highly suitable starting PCs!

Besides, as a Super-Speedster Lightning II can probably work with ALL of those teams, if he really puts his mind to it. :D
yes i envisage the birds of prey happened without the Raven's knowledge and consent and he has had to come round to the idea even though he is not happy, really its his own fault for training so many young supers over the years!
Doubtless even he feels a bit relieved that the old partners in crime-fighting now have their own sources of income, independent of his own from time to time!
He uses his fortune as he sees no difference with that money and the money he puts to good use once he "recovers" it from criminals.
I thought that suggesting he actually REJECTED that immoral fortune of his ancestors would help distinguish him from The Raven and the Prideful conception of his own honour that would suggest seems to fit reasonably smoothly with the hauteur suggested by the comment below:
He has got a bit of a feud with Rocket Man and his employer (my Iron Man homage) as he sees that huge company all too often letting weapons technology fall into the hands of those unworthy.


As this is your thread and your setting, I am quite willing to attempt to follow your characterisation if you insist upon it, but I wanted to defend my own interpretation, in case I might persuade you to agree with it.

Well I like it and it never hurts to Try! :mrgreen:
That's interesting, I have a few groups which could maybe ally with Atlantis especially in its more warlike moments when controlled by Sea-Devil.
By the sound of things the Atlantean throne-room should have a revolving door . . . :wink:
Oh Star knight IS the one and only true Green Lantern of my universe with the guardians much more a Rom like police force at a much lower power level.
Perhaps they're a little like blue-collar cops ... In Space! compared to him then, using starships and blasters, instead of elegant weapons from a more sophisticated era?
p.s: More to come at a later date!
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Atom family finished now the Sentinels

Post by djday45 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:09 am

I have just finished the Atom family entry please have a good look and comment away! now on to the Sentinels my Avengers homage.

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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by Libra » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:24 pm

I noticed and will, in all likelyhood, get around to posting - eventually. :wink:
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The Sentinels Core Membership

Post by djday45 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:31 am

The Sentinels - Formed in 1963 in response to a plot by the Greek god of the underworld Hades to kill his hated arch enemy the Greek god Apollo. The heroes Apollo, Rocket-Man, the Hornet, Queen Bee and Uncle Sam after defeating the mad Greek god decided to stay together and form the Sentinels. the group quickly established itself as a credible and powerful alternative to the Pantheon, but run in a much more formal, some say military way by its usual leader Uncle Sam. The Sentinels soon proved themselves enough to forge strong links with AEGIS and the US Government and to this day are the maybe the most trusted super group on earth as far as earth's agencies and governments are concerned. The five founding members have remained core and strong presences on a team which has expanded its membership so it usually has a core current team of at least ten members at any one time. Heroes that have since joined and become core members include, Fleetfoot, Witchcraft, the Scarlet Archer, Hercules, the White Lion, the Wraith, the White Knight and recently Dr Silverback.

Apollo Light of the Sun - Apollo is without doubt the most powerful of the Sentinels and one of the most powerful of the new breed of heroes with him going toe to toe over the years with Astroman, Captain Thunder and the Behemoth due to his martial and competitive nature. For he is actually the real god Apollo from Greek myth and legend bought back to the modern earth by his fathers will in 1962 to combat and defeat the evil machinations of the Greek god of the underworld Hades. Apollo had a series of battles with Hades culminating in the formation of the Sentinels to finally defeat his plans at that time. Becoming a core member of the group
and the one hero that literally saved the team from defeat on many occasions, Apollo has struck fear into both his own and the teams enemies ever since. Having vast super strength and complete power over light in all its forms means Apollo is one of the most versatile of heroes allied to this his sometimes forgotten powers of healing, millennia of experience and his godlike weapon the powerful discus Discobolus he is a power to be reckoned with. Apollo's return has also acted as a gate to this dimension and time which in the years since has seen a literal floodgate of beings from that mythic age step through into the modern world. Apollo since his return has also rediscovered his one weakness to love and has formed a hugely passionate and close relationship with Lady Amazon, which both sets of their foes has seen to exploit with nearly terrible results for both heroes. Despite his initial mission being complete Apollo has ignored his fathers requests to return and has decided to stay on modern earth both to romance his lady love and also aid his team-mates of the Sentinels. Where else but earth could he find such foes, such, combats, such romance, such music and such sport! Apollo is here and here to stay!

Goliath/Hornet - Perry Henderson is one of the most well regarded and respected scientists of the modern age specifically in his specialisations of biology, robotics and micrology the science of size. One of the core scientists at Astro labs Henderson was fearless in his pursuit of new scientific knowledge in his field even going so far as to experiment with his new size technology on himself. Soon realising that he had somehow been changed by the experiment he was able to shrink himself down in size to the size of an insect and at this size was able to fly and control his insect friends. Days later his size changed again unexpectedly and then he shrank again and his size remained in flux for the next few days. He eventually learned to control this somewhat but even now years later this is a real problem especially in stress situations. After establishing himself as the Hornet he was soon joined by his partner as the Queen Bee after she also used his size technology and they both joined as founder members of the Sentinels.Henderson has become the groups resident scientific expert and despite his mood swings has been a real core member of the team. He alternates between his Hornet and Goliath code names and costumes and Goliath is his current one. At this size he is considered one of the most physically powerful beings on the planet at his top height of one hundred feet.

Queen Bee - Diana De Jayne had it all, she was faboulously wealthy, high on the Freedom City social ladder and by any account was outrageously beautiful. She had aquired in her young life a reputation as a social butterfly and terrible flirt although her detractors would not have phrased it so kindly.
It was fair to say her life lacked direction though as it seemingly consisted of one empty social occasion after the other. This all changed after she was introduced to Dr. Perry Henderson at a Lunch at a ASTRO Labs luncheon to attract new funding. For some silly reason she thought she was smitten with him, he was a good twelve years older than her, stuffy, serious and quite unlike any other man she had ever met and simpl entrancing! The sill boy didnt see it of course! but she would soon change that. Henderson had recently become a leading light at Astro forging brilliant cutting edge research on his subject of size technology but had recently ran into funding trouble as his projects although scientifically valuable had in fact not yiealded any scientific advance. As daddy owned GBN the globe broadcasting network it was a cinch to get him to see the value of Perry’s research and his funding problems disappeared! Within months the couple had started to date although Henderson himself seemed almost baffled how this charismatic young heiress had become so important in his life. Diana for the first time was happy but everthing changed for her, she would argue for the better! Henderson was conducting his most ambitious set of expirements yet on his size changing research with Diana in attendance. At the most critical juncture, suddenly there were explosions and gunfire as a large group of Viper agents burst into the labs attempting to steal Henderson’s research. It didnt take long for a stray laser rifle shot as Henderson vainly attempted to shut down the expirement to totally fry the expirements equipment bathing both Diana and Perry in a strange energy emiting from the damaged equipment. They were both knocked unconcious from the energy and when they came too, they were captured by the local Viper nest and its leader was beginning an interrogation! Within seconds of realising the situation they both found themselves in, miracoulous changes occured in both their bodies, Perry and Diana both started to shrink to tiny proportions. After finding out in the ensuing combat that glossamar insect like wings that had sprouted from her back enabled her to fly and that she was able to fire blasts of unknown energy form her hands, herself and Perry made short work of the Viper nest and is leader.
Diana wanted to put these new found powers to good use, following the example of the new heroes springing up around Freedom city and the rest of the country, Perry was reluctant however and the forceful young woman almost had to push him into his Hornet identity and costume, while she could not wait to be the Queen Bee! After a few minor adventures they joined together with the Apollo, Rocket Man and Uncle Sam to stop the mad Greek god Hades from taking over Freedom City. After the adventure the five heroes decided to band together and it was Diana who coined the name the Sentinels.
Queen Bee and Goliath become core long term members of the Sentinels as the team grew in status and power. Diana has taken leaves off absences but has alwas returned to become one of the teams stalwalts and even led the team as its chairperson for a long period of time.
Throughout many up and downs her and Perry have remained together and eventually married, despite his depressions and sometimes violent temper over his work and superhero role and Diana’s flirty nature and long term affair with the Raven. Despite faults on both sides the couple have remained commited to each other and also remain stalwalt members of both the superhero community and the Sentinels.

Rocket Man James Harlington was born into one of the richest families in America his father Paul Thomas Harlington founded the Harlington corporation which in thirty years had become one of the biggest richest companies in the world rivalling other such monoliths as Panstar. Young James grew up both privileged and utterly spoiled by his upbringing and was a thoroughly horrible boy until tragedy stuck at the age of nine when he was struck down by polio and made a cripple for life. This fundamentally changed James who as he grew up slowly saw others worth and instead he made proper use of his education becoming a hugely intelligent young adult then man and decided to go into the family business into the defence division. Working closely with Alexander Atom who oversaw his initial designs and work, James dreamed of creating and manufacturing the first prototypes of a new kind of personal armour for the US army, saving many soldiers lives.
However his designs had also been secretly given to the Chinese super criminal Doctor Sin who wished to profit from James technology. On the day of the first unveiling of the project to the US defence department and during Harlington's first test flight of the new armour, Doctor Sin attacked, killing and injuring many but failing in his aim to steal the prototype armour by James himself.
Realising that the armour was far too dangerous and valuable to mass produce James Harlington decided that day to keep the armour for himself to ensure some good came from it and to protect the world from such menaces as Doctor Sin, that day Rocket Man was born. becoming one of the most popular of America's new breed of hero he quickly established himself as one of the most powerful of the new heroes with his amazing armour, ever changing and growing more powerful and versatile with each new upgrade to his arsenal of weapons.
he quickly became a founding member of the Sentinels and also there main source of funds, he has often served as chairman after Uncle Sam. becoming Rocket Man has given James back his self worth as he can walk run and fly within the armour and is no longer a prisoner of his wheel chair it has also taught him to be even more selfless towards others as their some things only Rocket Man can accomplish!

Uncle Sam - Sam Andrews was a very proud black man when he was accepted for the top secret military "Perfection Program". They tested him remorselessly again and again, unknown to him all the other test subjects failed and his superiors were left with a difficult decision, to make the first and maybe only super soldier of America a black man! Their desperate need drove them forward and Andrews was given the Perfection serum which changed him totally into the perfect human specimen of achievement. He was as strong, fast, agile and enduring as any human had ever been and was then trained constantly in secret for over a year until he was deemed ready, given his patriotic costume and code name and finally was given his shield one of the most powerful weapons ever created. He soon became one of America's foremost champions in the war but created controversy in both races wherever he went. He was soon accepted as the de facto leader of the Freedom Squad and led that team throughout the war with distinction. With the rest of his team mates he mysteriously disappeared in the aftermath of world war two and only resurfaced in 1963 the first of the Freedom Squad to do so just in time for him to found another team of heroes the Sentinels. Uncle Sam has become a legendary leadership figure for the new generation of heroes and his unsurpassed combat skill (greater even than such martial arts masters as the Pugilist and the Raven) has allowed him to train and advise many of the new generation. He had been obsessed with tracking down each and every one of his former team mates of the Freedom Squad and using his new team mates the Sentinels has been largely successful slowly putting back together his old team and serving both teams with distinction as leader. He has also become closely allied with AEGIS and its director Harry Powers and despite how turbulent the sixties were for America for race relations Uncle Sam stood out as a beacon for what America stood for and what it could achieve.
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Uncle Sam supporting cast and rogues gallery

Post by djday45 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:05 am

Uncle Sam - Sam Andrews was a very proud black man when he was accepted for the top secret military "Perfection Program". They tested him remorselessly again and again, unknown to him all the other test subjects failed and his superiors were left with a difficult decision, to make the first and maybe only super soldier of America a black man! Their desperate need drove them forward and Andrews was given the Perfection serum which changed him totally into the perfect human specimen of achievement. He was as strong, fast, agile and enduring as any human had ever been and was then trained constantly in secret for over a year until he was deemed ready, given his patriotic costume and code name and finally was given his shield one of the most powerful weapons ever created. He soon became one of America's foremost champions in the war but created controversy in both races wherever he went. He was soon accepted as the de facto leader of the Freedom Squad and led that team throughout the war with distinction. With the rest of his team mates he mysteriously disappeared in the aftermath of world war two and only resurfaced in 1963 the first of the Freedom Squad to do so just in time for him to found another team of heroes the Sentinels. Uncle Sam has become a legendary leadership figure for the new generation of heroes and his unsurpassed combat skill (greater even than such martial arts masters as the Pugilist and the Raven) has allowed him to train and advise many of the new generation. He had been obsessed with tracking down each and every one of his former team mates of the Freedom Squad and using his new team mates the Sentinels has been largely successful slowly putting back together his old team and serving both teams with distinction as leader. He has also become closely allied with AEGIS and its director Harry Powers and despite how turbulent the sixties were for America for race relations Uncle Sam stood out as a beacon for what America stood for and what it could achieve.

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All American Boy - Ricky Simon was a raw eighteen year old recruit when he was selected to become Uncle Sam's sidekick in the US Army in 1942. Originally intended to be more a home front symbol for young boys to look up to before they joined the war effort, this soon changed due to Ricky's bravery and insistence he be part of the real war effort. A school track star prodigy, he was chosen for his great athletic prowess and Uncle Sam despite huge misgivings trained him hard and well. He performed many dangerous missions with Uncle Sam over the next three years, bravely and with great skill and became a symbol of young America. This all came to a tragic end in 1945 when he was callously murdered by Uncle Sam's great nemesis the feared Iron Cross.
His body was returned to the US terribly maimed and mutilated and he was mourned by a country that was in shock over the young man's terrible death. None more so than Uncle Sam who to this day is haunted by the boys death and the obsession of bringing Iron Cross to justice. Ricky's memory has driven Uncle Sam onward for decades to preserve his memory and be worthy of his legacy.

The Patriot - Jack Simmons the Patriot is Uncle Sam's current partner but he has been a troubled hero, often doubting his worth and place among the heroic community. Hand picked by Uncle Sam after rising through the ranks of Aegis he was trained to perfection and given new rocket pack technology allowing him to fly with great speed and control. This and his mini throwing energy shield added to his great combat training and agility a formidable opponent. After being a hero only a year Simmons was forced via Aegis onto a new roster of the Sentinels causing much resentment due to displacing former members of active membership. He had a particularly bad relationship with the Scarlet Archer who disliked intensely the thought of Aegis choosing Sentinels members. He stayed for a year then headed back to where he was more comfortable, fighting crime in the streets and making a difference at a more local level in the Fens in Freedom City, operating out of that area and building a reputation as a very effective young hero. He still has a very close relationship with Uncle Sam and helps him often on cases, but he is also becoming his own man and finding his confidence as a hero.


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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by Libra » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:11 pm

I shall doubtless get around to doing just that at some point. :D
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The Freedom Squad

Post by djday45 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:28 am

The Freedom Squad The legendary first super hero team of the thirties and forties has recently returned to the world to much rejoicing as Uncle Sam the first member to escape the time stream has succeeded in his slow quest to ensure the other members were saved and restored to their rightful places in the team.
Formed in 1937 due to the growing numbers of masked mystery men and superheroes to originally combat the ever rising power of the Mob and the new super criminals arriving on the scene. They were originally a very loose organisation of heroes that came together to help each other out on various cases.
This changed in 1941 with the entry into world war 2 of the US. The squad soon saw the need for a more formal group to help the war effort and combat the frightening number of Axis powers supers that seemed to be wreaking havoc every week both at home and abroad. Expanding their membership greatly they soon lived up to their name of the Freedom Squad and were vital over the next four years in winning the war.
In 1957 at the height of their fame they were plucked from their time era to face the both the Sentinels and the Pantheon in a huge cosmic time game between Tyrannon the Conqueror, The Curator and the the Immortal Man.
something went horribly wrong and they were lost in the wastes of time for nearly thirty years before one by one they were saved by Uncle Sam in the Infinity Quest.
With typical energy and gumption they quickly reformed the team, taking their place among the modern super teams as the originals, the parents, some would say the best of the superhero community. However their has one problem that their powers cannot overcome. In their absence many of their children had taken up their legacy in the Next Gen a group of young heroes sworn to uphold the memory of what came before and train young heroes for the common good. Relations are strained and emotions confused on both sides by the sudden re-emergence of the heroic parents How this will effect both teams remains to be seen.

The Beacon - Alan Allbright was a wealthy radio exectutive in the late 1930's when he was chosen by the powerful mystical artefact the Meteor Ring to become its owner, guardian and champion. The intelligent ring which had been thought lost for decades had chosen well, Allbright had great mystical potential within him and was also a very good heroic man exactly what the white light power of the meteor ring needed.
Once Alan put on the ring he was transformed into the Beacon a powerful mystical guardian who was able to use the white light of his ring to form powerful shapes and objects from his imagination. The ring spoke to him and taught him how to use and harness its power and the Beacon became one of the most powerful supers of his day.
Alan soon became a founding memeber of the Freedom Squad and often served as its chairman during the war. He served with distinction until he was one of the members spirited away into the time stream thought lost forever.
In his absence his two children struggled to grow up and deal with their own powers they had inherited from their father. Both the Dark Man and Emerald would both become important super beings in their own right in the years to come although on opposite sides of the law.
When he vanished the Meteor Ring remained in this time epoch but disappeared from known history and remains lost .
So when he returned after the Infinity Quest Allbright was both surprised and delighted that he still held the power of the ring but without needing its physical presence. He had somehow internalised its power due to his long guardianship.
Deciding to resurrect his career as a hero he decided to return as the Beacon as now white mystical light poured out of his body when he used his powers. He rejoined the newly formed Freedom Squad and has also recently joined the Circle to advise younger heroes on mystical matters. He is considered a legendary veteran in the heroic community and has recently also founded the Allbright institute a scientific and mystical institute with the goal of helping super humans understand and come to terms with their powers as well as help them with any problems or medical issues they may have.
His relationship with his children however could be called strained at best he has again and again attempted to reestablish contact with very mixed results.

Officer Prometheus
in the mid 1930's Hudson City Jim Davis was one of the first black cops on the beat. He was a well respected officer, strong, tough and fair and he enjoyed the job despite the racism he had to endure.
That all changed on a cool summer night when a strange burning red meteor hit the city. Davis was the first on the scene and bravely entered the blast area. He was immediatley overcome by the alien like gases of the flaming rock and was taken to hospital unconscious.
He awoke months later his body changed seemingly fused with the strange fiery rock. He now had an amazing power over heat and flame and could will his body to become a fiery furnace!
Deciding to continue to fight crime he dubbed himself Officer Prometheus and became one of the first superheroes, but not a popular one due to his skin colour and the suspicion and fear aroused by his fiery form.

When the Freedom Squad was formed at the end of the thirties he was a founding member and served throughout the war with distinction. He disappeared however late in 1944 and his team mates searched for him in vain before disapearing themselves into the time-stream.
Jim Davis almost became a forgotten hero apart from to one man. His close friend Uncle Sam never forgot about him and restarted a modern search for him once the Freedom Squad had reformed.
He eventually found Davis in suspended animation deep in a German underground bunkerlab that was being used by Viper. The Freedom Squad rescued him from the clutches of Iron Cross and his Viper scum and spent months trying to revive him eventually finding success with an experiment conducted by Tom Thumb, Amazing Man and using Johnny Blazes fiery power he was literally reignited!
Since being freed Davis has retaken his Prometheus identity and taken his place back amoung his close team mates of the Liberty League. He has recently taken to have a series of friendly wisecracking duels with his modern fiery superhero counterpart Johnny Blaze of the Atom family.
Davis is a very quiet almost introspective hero and is finding it hard to readjust to modern live in this new era he had also become something of a legendary lost talisman for his ethic community which he is almost embarrassed about and does nothing to encourage.

Pan and Belle - The boy hero who could fly only known as Peter Pan appeared mysteriously in Freedom City in the mid 1930's. He claimed and many witnessess support this to be the actual Peter Pan of the stories, which he claims are actually just reports of his adventures in Never-land. Pan very quickly became a hero to the downtrodden children of Freedom City and he has always protected them fiercely from any evil or harm.
When Peter said the word "Neverland" he was able to summon the pixie tinkerbell who is actually a sprite from Neverland of immense power who is able to bend reality itself with her magical "Wishes".
The two of them soon joined the Freedom Squad although they very rarely ventured outside of Freedom City during the war years due to Peter saying he had a mystical connection to the children of the city that he would not break. Still, they became popular members and were more than once instrumental in saving their team mates due to their powerful mystical powers.
Pan and Belle retreated back to Neverland more and more after their teammates disapearance. As Peter was immune to the ravages of time he was instrumental with Uncle Sam in bringing them back into the present day and both him and Belle were overjoyed to see their friends again after so long.
Both now remain steadfast defenders of the youth of Freedom City and members of the Freedom Squad.
Peter has recently become hugely popular with the youth in America who basically worship him especially teenage girls of his age group, due to his never ending youth and vitality he has an ever growing fan base of older generations of females who in their eyes he can do no wrong. Peter however is more deadly than others often realise when children are threatened. More than once he has used his lucky powers to accidentally use lethal force to leave an opponent in quite a bad way. He may be the most popular child in the world but he is still a wild boy at heart.

The Pugilist
Rocky Dempsey was the most successful world heavyweight champion of all time with 35 successful defenses of his crown throughout the late 1920's to 1930’s. He was unmatched as a fighter in boxing history with his speed, skill, power and durability legendary. When the call went out in 37 from Lightning to form the Freedom Squad Rocky accepted without hesitation and become a founder member under the public identity of the Pugilist.
When world war came a calling Rocky didn’t think twice. He strongly pushed for the team to be expanded so they could operate on both the home-front and the front lines. He was instrumental in training many of these new recruits and became the groups de-facto drill sergeant and combat leader of the team. He was particularly
important to the training and development of Uncle Sam. By the end of the war he had become one of the most popular heroes of world war two. It was only after many adventures he was discovered to be one of the worlds first mutants albeit a low level one. He continued to serve with distinction until like the rest of the Squad he disappeared in 1957 into the time stream.
He reappeared as one of the first of the Freedom Squad to return in the 1960’s rescued by Uncle Sam and promptly became a training guru for a new generation of heroes such as the Raven, Crusader, Alley Cat and many others who have learned there craft as fighters at his feet.
Recently he has rejoined the new revitalized Freedom Squad as he has realized he has never been affected by age no doubt a side affect of his many cronal adventures with the squad.
Pugilist is one of the most loved of the squad as his rough and ready but warm nature and New York blunt sensibilities make most people warm to him immediately. He is the toughest taskmaster in the business though as his extreme, gruelling traditional boxing training and regime he has followed all his life to make himself champion is passed on to others. His one weakness had always been a pretty dame and the multiple consequences of this have only recently started to come to light and show themselves. In his own eyes and in the eyes of the world he remains the undisputed heavyweight champion.
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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by Libra » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:28 pm

Excellent work! :D
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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by TheManagement » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:46 pm

Great work! I always like stuff like this, because it allows you to simply grab what you like from your favorite characters, and present the core concept of the character without all the nagging continuity. I've done something similar, though I've "amalgamed" some of the characters to make it easier on myself, like combining Thor and Superman into the character Stormbringer... a Kirbyesque cosmic-god type that, when facing the extinction of their race, his father tethered his life-force to the soul of a new born infant on a backwater planet called Earth.

Back to the topic at hand... I really like the way that you put characterization and backstory into your heroes, so it is clear who they are supposed to represent, yet they are their own characters. I'm interested in seeing you get into villains... like what's your take on an homage to Darkseid/Thanos? Green Goblin? The Mandarin? You've already touched on Hades filling the role of Loki... is your Greek pantheon similar to Kirby's sci-fi Asgard... or Simmonson's more mystical interpretation?
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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by djday45 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:34 pm

TheManagement wrote:Great work! I always like stuff like this, because it allows you to simply grab what you like from your favorite characters, and present the core concept of the character without all the nagging continuity. I've done something similar, though I've "amalgamed" some of the characters to make it easier on myself, like combining Thor and Superman into the character Stormbringer... a Kirbyesque cosmic-god type that, when facing the extinction of their race, his father tethered his life-force to the soul of a new born infant on a backwater planet called Earth.

Back to the topic at hand... I really like the way that you put characterization and backstory into your heroes, so it is clear who they are supposed to represent, yet they are their own characters. I'm interested in seeing you get into villains... like what's your take on an homage to Darkseid/Thanos? Green Goblin? The Mandarin? You've already touched on Hades filling the role of Loki... is your Greek pantheon similar to Kirby's sci-fi Asgard... or Simmonson's more mystical interpretation?
I have kept characters apart in the vast majority of cases unless the concept was so clearly the same or another character was basically a homage of the original such as Catwoman/Black Cat, or Plastic Man/Elongated Man for example.
i am going to start doing some supporting casts and rogues galleries soon both for teams and individual heroes, so the bad guys will be up then. I'm going to try and do at least a one hero to every two villains to make the universe a pretty forbidding place for heroes and too partially explain why despite so many heroes running around the world is still such a dangerous place. Then eventually I will get to things like organisations, places and geography and objects of importance.

Yes, Hades is Loki for sure as Apollo is Thor. I will be going into great detail on the Greek Pantheon as they are my premier Gods in the homage universe, as well as the whole Greek mythology which will provide many enemies in the universe. It is much more a magical place than a science fiction take on it.
Anything or anybody you want to see me tackle soon? i quite like requests as they narrow my focus and get me working on it.

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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by TheManagement » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:44 pm

A Thanos/Darkseid homage would be great.
Your take on Astroman's rogues would be cool to see... who is his Luthor, his Brainiac... does he have a Bizarro? Is there an Astroboy (or to avoid copyright infringement) a Young Astroman, or Astrogirl?
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8th July Update

Post by djday45 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:17 pm

Updated the Sentinels entry with Apollo also expanded Lady Amazon's entry in the Pantheon.

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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by djday45 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:20 pm

TheManagement wrote:A Thanos/Darkseid homage would be great.
Your take on Astroman's rogues would be cool to see... who is his Luthor, his Brainiac... does he have a Bizarro? Is there an Astroboy (or to avoid copyright infringement) a Young Astroman, or Astrogirl?
Their is for sure a Darkseid/Thanos analogue and one of those cases where the originals are so similar that I combined them into one being.
Ok, I will expand Astroman, his rogues and supporting cast next. And yes their are an Astroboy and Astrogirl!

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Re: The Homage Universe

Post by TheManagement » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:26 pm

Sweet
Thank you,
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Astroman Rogues and Supporting Cast

Post by djday45 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:52 am

Astroman - The most famous and possibly the most powerful superhero on earth. Joe Essex is a roving crime reporter but secretly he is the leader of the Pantheon, Astroman. Arguably, the strongest man alive with amazing powers of endurance, durability and speed. Astroman also possesses the amazing ability to fly and project a powerful unknown energy from his eyes. Astroman is most famous however for being the most noble and self sacrificing of all of earth's heroes.

Joe Essex is a very broad muscular man of about 6'3'. He is very handsome in a masculine square jawed way with black hair cut into a short neat style. He still looks to be in his early to mid thirties. His eyes are blue and seem to hold a depth of knowledge, understanding and kindness within them.His Astroman costume is an all white, bright bodysuit, with a picture of a flaming space ship roaring across his chest. His gloves, boots and cape are black with swirling patterns of stars across them. He wears no mask as his identity is known throughout the world. When Astroman flies he leaves a trail of sparking bright energy which looks like a trail of stars twinkling brightly in his wake.
Joe Essex is the ultimate responsible individual. Level headed, reliable and very, very brave. In fact sometimes he is seen by his team mates in the Pantheon as too serious and a little uptight. With his wife Linda Essex seems to relax much more and becomes almost playful. It's here we see the real man without the responsibility of his immense power weighing down on him. Sometimes peoples expectations of him are so huge he often feels it would almost be impossible to live up to both his name and reputation.
John is motivated by his overwhelming feeling of responsibility to his country and to ordinary people everywhere. Even as an astronaught he was always a man of action and sees the power he was given as a clear way to make a difference to people's lives.
Joe Essex was one of the first of a new breed of astronauts created by the fledgling NASA in the early sixties to combat the lead in the space race taken by the USSR. Essex a former test pilot and engineer was chosen for the first US manned space flight. This made him world famous overnight and as the event was due to be broadcast live on television excitement grew to a fever pitch across the whole country. The launch and early flight went off perfectly and all seemed well until during the flight the sun gave off an explosion of solar flares and energy bombarding Essex's craft with its energy emissions. the NASA space craft was not designed to protect Essex from such little understood energy and the astronaut was barraged with the solar energy changing him for ever. In that instant he ceased to be just Joe Essex and instead became Astroman. maybe the worlds most powerful superhero.Once Essex flew from his landing craft as it broke up on reentry on national tv their was no hiding from the world what he had become in fact the country celebrated as they realised one of thier national heroes had become something even more a symbol of hope and good in a world becoming ever more dark and shadowy.Astroman soon became one of the most famous and celebrated men on the planet saving the counrty and sometimes the worls from various threats from both space and our own planet. Later he helped form the Pantheon and has been their respected leader on countless occasions. He has also worked although much less frequently with the Galaxy Legion in helping them ward off cosmic threats.More recently his wife and fellow astronaut Linda Lane (Her self a famous celebrity the first US woman astronaut) had a similar experiance in space giving her strange powers over heat and light. the press soon called her Astrogirl (although as an established career woman in her thirties Linda took offence at the "girl" part of her name).
During Joe's space accident he was bombarded with huge amounts of solar energy which changed his body in many ways giving him immense strength and durability, he has become effectively immortal and almost impossible to kill. He has the power of flight and due to the storage of solar energy in his body is able to project beams of light and heat of great power from his eyes. Astroman is still despite all his years of experiance a little tactically naive. He tends to rely heavily on his overwhelming strength to solve problems and although he has received much combat training from the Raven over the years he tends to go back to tried and tested methods instead of really learning the lessons of his Pantheon teammate. He is always painfully aware of how easily he can hurt normal individuals and this on occasion tends to effect and dominate his mindset as any damage done to innocent bystanders tends to ensure he holds back and makes him literally pull his punches.

The strange simularity between Astroman's origin and that of the Atom Family has intrigued and bedeviled Alexander Atom for over a decade now, Essex has been kind enough for Amazing Man to perform a huge amount of tests and expiremnets on him over the years which has yealded valuable information and has bonded Astroman to the family quite tightly, he has often helped them on their space exploration missions and
he counts them amoung his most trusted allies.
After the first thrill of being a super hero faded essex soon found he still needed an income, unwilling to trade on his heroic identity he instead turned back to his other college major of journalism. Become a reporter for the Daily Sun in Freedom City he has turned his adventures and battles into an ever exciting body of news reports being careful always to be totally truthful and unbiased and to protect the names of the innocent. This has made Astroman even more popular as it clearly shows the man behind the costume.

Astroman is meant to represent the ultimate superhero. He is a classic example of the "Superman" archetype in all its four colour glory. He is kind, wise, powerful and should serve as a glowing representation to the PC's what being a hero is all about. In the campaign universe he is probably the most famous and also most powerful hero on the planet and has been since the early sixties. He has a long list of powerful dangerous foes but always seems to triumph over sometimes seemingly impossible odds. He has saved the world and even the universe countless times and the world would be a far poorer place without him.

Supporting Cast

Centurion - Marcus Lucius the Centurion, champion of New Rome was discovered by Astroman on his first visit to the Lost World a huge hidden land which mixes many time periods of Earth. The Centurion was the city of New Rome's eternal champion and protector against the dangers of the outside world. Centurion first saw Astroman as a danger to his city and the too fought to a standstill. However the two soon became firm allies and Astroman helped Centurion end dangerous threats to the city while on his adventures in the Lost World.
Centurion was later given the task by the cities senate to go make contact with the outside world and learn about the the world beyond. He came to Freedom City and became an ally of Astroman, although this became strained when Centurion became romantically attached to Linda Essex and decided to fight Astroman for her hand. Stephen Stone has also tricked the Centurion into using him in his schemes against Astroman on one occasion although the Centurion made him and Panstar pay bitterly for it. Centurion is a vastly powerful hero some would say nearly on a par with Astroman in strength and durability. He also uses a magical sword and shield given to him by the senate of New Rome and he is vastly experienced in using them. Recently he returned to his city in the Lost World to fight new threats to its people and remains its champion but has promised to come to Astroman's aid when he is called.


Rogues Gallery

The Atomic Brain - The mysterious psychic entity now known as the Atomic Brain is a strange alien intelligence which first came to earth in the late 50's. Possessing vast intelligence and technological advancement the being thirsted after knowledge and power over all other things and had been attracted to earth due to its huge proportion of super beings compared to other planets. Using his alien ship technology the intelligence shrank down a whole earth city, the city of San Angelo and teleported it back onto its ship. Then attempting to do the same with Freedom City he was confronted to Astroman who despite the beings vast psychic powers defeated it and sent it and its ship hurtling back into space.
However the intelligence was soon back and calculating it had to have a powerful physical body as well as its intellect it searched the earth looking for a suitably powerful host and found one in a former version of the mechanical monster Mechanon! Travelling mentally to one of the mad robots secret bases it then fused its brain onto the former discarded shell of the robot, creating a new body for itself one that was powerful enough to defeat Astroman and then experiment on the earth and its teeming population at will. going on a violent rampage to draw out Astroman he was soon christened the Atomic Brain by the press due to his mechanical body and clearly seen alien brain being surrounded by a strange green almost radioactive like glow when he used his mental powers.
Again defeated by Astroman and alter also fighting Mechanon to a standstill the Atomic Brain has become one of Astroman's most deadly and merciless enemies, seemingly without any human like emotion for his victims just a scientific need for knowledge which knows no bounds or moral limits he will literally stop at nothing to experiment on the earth and his seemingly hated for Astroman is the only feelings that can be detected, the poor citizens of San Angelo are still missing somewhere on his alien ship shrunk like some huge ant hill and Astroman has vowed to save these poor people from the clutches of the inhuman Atomic Brain.

Death's Head - created by Omega as his ultimate fighting assassin. Death's Head is an almost unstoppable force of death and destruction created solely to defeat and kill Omega's two greatest foes Astroman and Apollo. Created in the evil vats of Omega's planet and given part of Omega's essence and power Death's Head may be the most powerful destructive force in the universe. Able to adapt to any foe or power and unable to b harmed with truly frightening power in his fists Death's Head was responsible for Astroman slipping into a coma like state wear all thought he was dead and also banished Apollo into the Dark place another dimension of strange physics and beings. He has only been able to be defeated by the whole Pantheon and Sentinels working together and is seemingly impossible to kill. Long since breaking free of his masters control and seeking revenge on all that oppose it Death's Head is a true walking nightmare of death and destruction.

The Leech - Ray Williams was just a janitor at Panstar a totally unimportant nobody in a dead end job until one day he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was caught in a crossfire between a Viper assault force attacking to steal the latest Panstar experiment and the defending Panstar security force. Within minutes he had been wounded and had two strange vats of chemicals dumped over him. Ray Williams ceased to exist at that moment the strange monstrous being known only as the Leech took his place. Of diminutive stature but transformed into a leech like purple humanoid. the thing lashed out and left both the Viper agents and the Panstar security force withered husks and itself much stronger, faster and more powerful.
Somehow the Leech has a need to feed on humans and the more powerful the better as with each life force attacked he becomes more powerful and stronger and can sometimes leech away a super beings powers for a period of time. Astroman has attempted to stop his rampages but with limited success as the Leech has often taken his powers making him very hard to stop. One attempt was made to restore Ray Williams but this backfired and made the Leech more powerful. The Leech's intelligence level is little more than an animal and his need to feed has resulted in many innocent Freedom city citizens losing their lives.

Mechanon - Although originally and primarily one of the Sentinels arch enemies and deadliest foes (especially Goliath, Mechanon's "creator"), it has been into battle with Astroman more and more over the years. The deadliest machine on the planet was only capable of being stopped by the most powerful of heroes either alone or banded together and Astroman has saved the earth more than once from the mad machines plans to terminate all organic life. He sees Astroman as one of the few "Fleshlings" worthy of his time and effort in combat to eliminate him.

The Mockery - The strange twisted mirror iamge clone of Astroman has been called a modern day Frankensteins monster by the press is one of Astroman's strongest foes. created by Stephen stone and his scientists cbal at Panstar to be a controllable being on astroman's power scale. Made from waste body parts and genetic material the project went wrong from the start, creating a monster with only one thought, to kill both Astroman and his hated creator Stone. Possessing the powers of Astroman but often in reverse he was a pwer to reckon with some say luckily he only had a animal or child like intelligence so was easily duped and defeated. But not before he had caused much destruction and carnage. He has since become also an enemy of the Behemoth as the two child like titans enjoy clashing. He reserves his most hate though for Stone who has had to employ an army of mercenaries to keep the creature away from him.

Stephen Stone - The founder and owner of the most powerful corparation in the world Panstar, Stone ever since Astroman's debut been his most deadly and nastiest enemy. The emnity stems from Astroman's public exposure of the terrible corruption that Panstar had created withing its lucrative defense and space contracts with NASA. Stone suffered great financial loss and his reputation was nearly in tatters. Stone has hated Astroman with a passion ever since and done everything he could to destroy both him and all that he holds dear.
Possibly the richest, most connected and some say the smartest man on earth, he is a scientist, and buissnessman without peer and with Panstar behind him has huge resources in which to make Astroman's life sheer hell. astoundingly good since that first debacle in keeping his reputation pristine clean despite his many criminal plots and connections. He has been involved heavily in various incarnations of the Crime League as his hatred of astroman spilled over to the Pantheon. His plots have resulted in the creation of Astroman foes such as the Mockery and also allies such as the clone like being Astroboy. He usually stays in the background plotting but on one celebrated occasion had a powerful suit created based on Rocket Man's designs and battled Astroman himself. Overall stone is considered one of the deadliest threats to the world and his power and influence with Panstar only seems to grow each year.
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