The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Crinos » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:40 pm

And here we go, the start of Hidden Lands week. And we're starting off with...

The Aerie

The home of the Avians, the Aerie is a place of winged humanoids and mysterious secrets.

Although the Avians are relatively primitive by human standards, around hunter gatherer level, there are hints of greater levels of technology amid them. At the location of their original homeland (Which they were driven off of by the actions of Grant Conglomerates) is the wreckage of a massive space ship, inaccessible to outsiders, only the Avians could enter it, and considered doing so to be taboo, since they considered the place to be the temple of the sky gods. After the Avians evacuated, the Labyrinth sent agents to investigate (Indeed, this had been Taurus' plan all along), however the only survivor of the expedition was half mad and half dead, rambling about a two headed monster which guarded the ship from intruders. When the Greenland Vanguard team investigated years later, they discovered the creature, a hulking android by the name of Bi Beast, which fought them to a near standstill. After that, the ship was labeled off limits to outsiders and the property of the Avians. Good news abounds, as with the recent destruction of the Labyrinth, Grant Pharmaceutical is no longer able to keep poisoning the skies around the original Aerie location, and with aid of the Vanguard the Avians are beginning to clean it up.

Concerning the Avians themselves, they are still sticking to their isolationist tendencies, and still tend to be contemptuous of "Ground bound" (As they call them). However recent events have begun to sway opinion towards the Aerie becoming more active on the world stage. Namely the actions of Vohl Turr, The Black Vulture. News of the cannibalistic Avian and his ilk have reached word of the Aerie, and have incensed them, in particular the young firebrand Talona, who believed that Black Vulture's actions may be the smoking gun the groundies need to wipe out the Aerie once and for all. To whit, Talona led a small force to try and bring The Black Vulture down.

It... did not go well. As vile and arrogant as Black Vulture is, he is technically in the Cryptid clans, and the Sky Clan looks out for its own. Talona and her soldiers found themselves overwhelmed by an army of pixies, griffins, Sylphs, and tiny sentient UFO's armed with, not kidding, rays which inflicted night time stuffiness on their subjects. Most of the invading Avians didn't survive, and Talona herself was critically injured. She was left badly wounded, with a broken wing and amnesia, before she was found and taken in by the Sentinels, who nursed her back to health and aided in her recovery. When Vohl-Turr came back to finish the job, Talona regained her memories and helped the Sentinels fight him off.

Afterwards Talona returned to her people, a bit more humble and a bit more mellow for the experience. Talona is now considering convincing the Avian's to take up UNISON on their long standing offer for a Vanguard team (Or at least she will join the Greenland Vanguard team, or the ís vörður (Ice Guard) Greenland's official superteam).

Regarding Avian's and super powers. Avian's have a much lower rate of developing super powers than humans, probably due to their small numbers and lack of exposure to pollution and radiation that causes metahumans to be born. However, with the recent exposures to Grant Pharmaceuticals toxic run offs, the next generation may show new powers being developed. Most Avians who do develop powers generally have enhanced flying power, claws and the ability to communicate with birds like Talona. Some have mystical abilities, but nothing to write home about. There are also several air benders among the Avians. And the recent release of the Celestial Exalted has brought forth at least one Solar Avian.

In any case, next time we look at the big guys: Ultima Thule.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Phrozen » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:08 pm

Greenland has a superteam? The largest city has less then 16,000 people and the total country is less then 57,000.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Crinos » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:32 am

Phrozen wrote:Greenland has a superteam? The largest city has less then 16,000 people and the total country is less then 57,000.

Well, they kinda cover both Greenland and Iceland. And its probably just like three or four guys.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Arthur Eld » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:39 am

Also, Greenland is both A: technically part of Denmark and B: a huge area of land mostly uninhabited, right for villain bases. The world can spare a few supers to help out.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby SilvercatMoonpaw » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:56 am

Crinos wrote:....and tiny sentient UFO's armed with, not kidding, rays which inflicted night time stuffiness on their subjects.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Crinos » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:48 am

Arthur Eld wrote:Also, Greenland is both A: technically part of Denmark and B: a huge area of land mostly uninhabited, right for villain bases. The world can spare a few supers to help out.

Yeah, the major villain in that area is Mammoth (Who I described in European enemies), An Icelandic mad scientist who crossed his genetics with that of a Wooly Mammoth. But many villains have hideaways in Greenland: PHANTOM, The House of Serpents, the Pact, The Foundry, Plus abandoned SHADOW and Death's Head facilities.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (The Aerie)

Postby Arthur Eld » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:51 pm

If I recall my 9th grade Fictional Geography right, it might also be dangerously close to Thule as well.

Of course, dangerously close for them means 'at all reachable.'

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby Crinos » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:06 pm

Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule, the home of the Ultimen, a colony of some of the most powerful superhumans on the planet. Which kind of make everyone nervous.

Of course, it wasn't always like this. Mainly because nobody actually KNEW about Ultima Thule, save for a few super hero teams. Unfortunately, Doctor Destroyer made a major attack on the land in the early 2000's. The direct result of this attack being that Ultima Thule came to the awareness of the world at large.

Lets get a few misconceptions out of the way: The Ultimen are not racists or Nazi's. Yes, the Ultimen are a geneocracy, where status is determined by genetic potential, but they do not believe that any single race is privy to genetic superiority; that sort of thing is determined on a case by case basis. Its part of the reason for the Ultimen's low birth rate (Plus the fact they are immortal and don't really need to reproduce), is that they do incredibly thorough screening of potential parents to make sure their kids have the best genes available.

Oh, and they certainly don't approve of trying to destroy those with weak genes. That sort of thing is a quick way to get on their bad side. Those with genetic defects are to be pitied, not hated, to be helped and protected, not destroyed.

Of course, that being said, there aren't really any genetically inferior Ultimen, mainly because of their low numbers, low birthrate, and the fact they live in conditions that could kill just about anyone not as invulnerable as they are.

So yeah, despite these, most people don't really trust the Ultimen. It doesn't help that the two Ultimen best known to outsiders are Kal Zed (The villain Superior) and Quo-Dis (The former Gene Nation member Ultiwoman). Kal Zed was probably one of the only Ultimen who was outright malicious, and he pretty much soured public opinion of the Ultimen as soon as someone made the connection he was from there.

As for Ultiwoman, it seemed to be shaping up that she was gonna be the next Superior, until it was shown she was just naive, as opposed to evil; She legitimately thought the Red King shared the Ultimen's philosophy, and as soon as she realized different, and just how crazy Red King was, she helped bring him down. Of course, joining the Tomorrow Society has done little to repair her reputation, even with their recent exoneration follow the defeat of the Red Skull. It doesn't help that Ultima Thule actually did have friendly relations with Genesis Island prior to Red Kings exposure.

But their political policies are one thing, they fact they are a race of immortal, super strong telepaths with powerful cosmic abilities is what worries most people. One could say that the average Ultiman is as powerful as an average superhero, but the truth is there are no "Average" Ultimen. Each one has lived for several centuries (Quo-dis, the youngest of the Ultimen, is over a century old), and most of them have powers on par with a Mithran. UNISON has run the numbers, and if the Ultimen do decide to conquer Earth, there would be very little they could do to stop them.

Luckily the Ultimen have no interest in conquest or destruction. They are very peaceful people, preferring to use their powers for their own endeavors and pursuits. Kal Zed was a conqueror by nature, but he was the exception that proved the rule. As for Quo Dis, her famous temper mainly came from her frustration with humanity, and being a target of bullying at Claremont for her lack of comprehension of human culture.

Alliance wise Ultima Thule has a few friends: They are of course old allies with their "poor relation" in Utopia, and have opened up friendly talks with Atlantis. They are also close friends with Arcadia, their closest neighbors.

Along with that, the Ultimen have some powerful enemies. Ultima Thule hates Thule for usurping their name, and not a day goes by where Kreuzritter doesn't think of how he can bring the Ultimen under heel. Ultima Thule also has a rivalry with their old enemies at High Lemuria, still remembering the scars from their wars with the Celestial Dragon's and their numerous slaves before their banishment at the hands of the Grigori.

Power wise, the Ultimen have the same basic powers: Super strength and durability, regeneration, cosmic energy control, telepathy and immortality, but each Ultiman has trained their powers so that virtually any variation of these powers is possible.

Anyways, next time I go on to Utopia, then we crack open the Champions book and look at some new stuff. Starting with Lemuria

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby Crinos » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:15 pm

Well, since the old board is closing down, I'm gonna hold off to wrap up hidden lands week. So it looks like Anniversary month will be ending a bit early.

See you all on the new board.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby Yeoman » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:11 pm

Well, since I still can't post on the new forum, and We've still technically got a bit more of anniversary month, thought I'd take the time to do updates for Ali and Star:

Ali Power

Alison Montgomery is pretty much the odd one out when it comes to the former Avengers. And doesn't quite fit in with most of the powers set. She's not a cape, and not quite a sideliner. That is, she's got powers, and isn't a super-hero or villian, but she's not quite sitting out of the super set either.

But the illegitimate daughter of Fandral the Dashing has more or less come to terms with her life. She mostly just wants to live with her girlfriend (and as of the last few months, fiance) Ilsa, and play her music. But she keeps ending up involved with the cape set. So mostly she just tries to grin and bear it when it happens anymore so she can go back to her regular life.

Musically, her life never really took off. Mostly because she's not that good. Not bad, but not really professional level. But powers and a little fame have gotten her a few jobs. Playing with meta-bands, opening for Priss and the Replicants.


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Star, meanwhile, is dealing with far more notoriety. Her execution of the Red Skull in his prison cell has led to all matters of legal trouble.

At first the authorities wanted to treat her like any other rogue robot as most artificial life forms still are not considered living beings in most countries, the United States included. However, the combination of her linage and that the authorities have been willing to treat Cybertron as a foreign state leaves this in more of a legal quagmire.

At this point the most likely outcomes would be that she's declared a machine and attempts will be made to dismantle her, or if not, either deportation or attempts will be made to try her on Earth. Attempts to contact Primus himself for some sort of comment have been met with Alpha Trion shrugging his shoulders.

At present, until the matters are settled, Star continues to adventure with the Bay City Sentinels, though her actions have strained her relationship with her other teammates.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby EnigmaticOne » Thu May 01, 2014 7:11 am

Yeoman wrote:Stargirl

Star, meanwhile, is dealing with far more notoriety. Her execution of the Red Skull in his prison cell has led to all matters of legal trouble.

At first the authorities wanted to treat her like any other rogue robot as most artificial life forms still are not considered living beings in most countries, the United States included. However, the combination of her linage and that the authorities have been willing to treat Cybertron as a foreign state leaves this in more of a legal quagmire.

At this point the most likely outcomes would be that she's declared a machine and attempts will be made to dismantle her, or if not, either deportation or attempts will be made to try her on Earth. Attempts to contact Primus himself for some sort of comment have been met with Alpha Trion shrugging his shoulders.

At present, until the matters are settled, Star continues to adventure with the Bay City Sentinels, though her actions have strained her relationship with her other teammates.


Question: why would anyone remotely care, much less us Bay City Sentinels? :?:
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby kenseido » Thu May 01, 2014 7:33 am

Heroes taking the law into their own hands is a very bad thing, especially to the point of executing criminals.

Plus, all the anti-robot groups out there would definitely be stirring the pot.

It's WHAT Star did that bothers people, not who she did it to.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby EnigmaticOne » Thu May 01, 2014 7:53 am

kenseido wrote:Heroes taking the law into their own hands is a very bad thing, especially to the point of executing criminals.

Plus, all the anti-robot groups out there would definitely be stirring the pot.

It's WHAT Star did that bothers people, not who she did it to.


Times like these make me wonder why they haven't re-instituted the death penalty in a universe with super-villains galore. It seems to be the only possible explanation for why the only default legal system punishment for convicted super-villains are to be locked up in cardboard prisons despite so much of their collective destruction and body count.

But why people haven't railed for its return baffles me.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby Yeoman » Thu May 01, 2014 8:47 am

EnigmaticOne wrote:
kenseido wrote:Heroes taking the law into their own hands is a very bad thing, especially to the point of executing criminals.

Plus, all the anti-robot groups out there would definitely be stirring the pot.

It's WHAT Star did that bothers people, not who she did it to.


Times like these make me wonder why they haven't re-instituted the death penalty in a universe with super-villains galore. It seems to be the only possible explanation for why the only default legal system punishment for convicted super-villains are to be locked up in cardboard prisons despite so much of their collective destruction and body count.

But why people haven't railed for its return baffles me.


Even if they did, there's a huge difference between the death penalty and having a criminal killed in their cell by an artificial intelligence acting on what she claims is revenge and the divine word of her robot god.

While in character, Star needs to see consequences for her action, both legally and her own emotional state. Now, if Cryo wants to be cool with it because of what the Skull did to him and your personal beliefs, that's absolutely fine, but I suspect at least a few of the other Sentinels would be put off by it.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Ultima Thule)

Postby kenseido » Thu May 01, 2014 8:53 am

Yeah, even with Troy's liberal views on AI and AI rights - and knowing what a complete monster Red Skull is/was, he is very disturbed by Star's actions.
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