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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby Libra » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:28 pm

That depends on The Chief, I suspect (also on the discretion of the listener). :mrgreen:
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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby EnigmaticOne » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:52 pm

I like this too... I need to give it some thoughts.
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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:22 pm

The Shadow Dragon

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Satoshi grew up in the Upper Left side in the point's classically described "Small Tokyo". It was here that he tried his best to take care of his ill mother, who had steadily grown sicker and sicker ever since his father had died. With mounting debt and hospital bills, it appeared that no matter what Job Satoshi took, there was no way the 15 year old boy was going to be able to save his dying mother and stay out of the poor house for the rest of his life. Luckily: fate gave Satoshi a helping hand when a medallion with a dragon emblazoned on it fell into his hands one day, and he mistakenly activated its power.

The Medallion not only turned Satoshi in a full-on adult, but also gave him the power to blend into shadows and teleport short distances. With this power in his hands, he turned to the only thing he knew would save him and his mom: burglary. Satoshi would be the cause of several break-ins of museums across all of Star City, where only those that were obviously expensive or valuable (but might not hold much historical significance) were stolen. Things like gold baubles or bits of old jade items, which in turn would be pawned off onto the black market to help give Satoshi more money to help is cascading social life.

Once he made enough money to ensure his mom's health and their house's security, Satoshi found the thrill of robbing museums to be too much to pass up. As such he started to become a lot more... dramatic about it. Leaving calling cards at various museums, he would tell the police of his name "The Shadow Dragon" and would gleefully sneak under police's noses as he'd take some of the most well-guarded and well-kept items in all of the museum. There has only been a few pictures of Satoshi taken when in his adult form, which he doesn't mind cause, what police officer in their right mind would suspect a kid of being a world-class thief?

Satoshi keeps his new valuables hidden in an alleyway only he knows the secret entrance to, and has done a relatively good job of keeping his secret from his mom, who finds his "new job" curious as to how he's suddenly able to support her and the house they're in. But her worrying has mostly kept her in bed.

A few things still worry Satoshi though. Specifically: where did the Shadow Dragon amulet come from? Is there another one like it? Could whoever owned it come searching for him? All of these things plague Satoshi's mind in private but the rambunctious boy isn't about to give up on his one-way ticket to super-powers!

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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby Libra » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:34 am

Which doesn't mean he'll be able to hold onto it for half as long as he'd like to!
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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:49 pm

Sheriff Blackstar

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Back during the period of exploration, Star City's history books talk of an old west town that was set up on the upper-right end known as Block City. Though not an actual "city" by modern standards, it was one of the first major settlement on (what was at the time) called Star Island. And the one who ran Block City was a hardass sheriff known only as Blackstar, riding his stallion Rudy across the open plains, he hunted outlaws and rustlers who tried to exploit the good people of his city. The only thing he trusted was his horse, a good cigar and his gun, and his legend went down into Star City history. It ended when it told the tale of how he chased a group of rustlers into the mountains of the centre point and was NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.

... that was until years later. When his body was found, not only perfectly preserved in ice, but by a team of scientists who were conveniently experimenting with the process of reviving the dead. In a matter of days, his frozen corpse was placed under various scientific experiments and he soon came out of his eternal sleep to find himself in a very different age.

Sheriff Blackstar was amazed to hear it was the future and he had been dead for hundreds of years. Normally you'd think adjusting to such a radical shift would leave a man confused and hopeless, but Blackstar managed to take it in stride and adjusted to the modern period with a stoic ruggedness only he could muster. But his biggest shift was trying to get out from what those pansies in labcoats wanted from him. They just though he'd be a window into the past and give them cultural details while being a spokesperson and head of their lab, when all he wanted to do was get back on a horse and deal with crime again. Luckily he made a friend in the Chief of Police for a certain precinct of Star City, who offered him back his old title and said if he wanted to go out guns-blazing he could. Blackstar was more than happy to accept, and he since took up the badge of an official cop (but not the uniform, he says the damn thing looks super uncomfortable to wear).

The city hall is nervous about letting a literal old west sheriff be a modern day cop, but the Chief of police has mostly got his back (not that it'd change much) and he's since become a regular star on the force. Sadly he's often seen more as a novelty than an actual officer by many of his fellows, which is soon dispelled when you get on his bad-side. Blackstar is, basically, a protagonist of any spaghetti western movie you care to mention and he behaves exactly like one. A revolver in his holster, a trigger finger that's trained to shoot first ask questions later, a 5 o'clock shadow that looks like it's been shaved with a rusty knife, and a voice that sounds like it's gone through seven layers of sand. Blackstar simply oozes the rough and tumble nature of the old west, which makes him somewhat of a fish out of water in this modern age.

He's found it rather tough to transition from cattle rustlers to grand theft auto, but he figures crime is crime no matter how you look at it. Either way a gun in someone's back's a murder, and murderers gotta be taken down. Although one thing is still problematic with him: his racism. Oh he doesn't HATE black people or anything, he's still just still kind of confused as to the idea that they're no longer treated like property and are (generally anyway) considered equals. Different times, after all.

Along with the Sheriff is his rag-tag team of supporting cast member- contacts.

Chief Django: The chief of the precinct that took on Blackstar. He sees great potential in the rough and tumble nature of the man, and he's constantly of the opinion that sometimes the best way to tackle crime is to get dirty yourself, and Blackstar has no issue getting dirty.

Rudy II: A horse Blackstar found who had apparently injured someone at a circus. He was going to be put down, but the sheriff took pity on the beast and he managed to earn its trust, allowing Blackstar to ride it in certain areas. Although horses are still an uncommon mode of transportation (and people just tell him to get a goddamn motorbike) the sheriff is quite content to point out that a good horse is all he needs.

Cynthia: A dancer girl at one of the seedier clubs. Blackstarr offered to take her in after watching her get roughed up by her pimp, but she declined saying she "didn't need no old man's help". Blackstar has since taken a liking to the girl and has done his best to keep an eye out on her, he knows the girl's got a past behind her and a rep a mile long... but he's got the feeling there's a poor girl in there who just wants help and dammnit he's gonna do his best. 'Course it turns out he's wrong and she really is scum of the earth? Well it wouldn't be the first time he's had to shoot someone he cared about.

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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby Libra » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:35 am

It would be amusing if, owing to his attachment to Rudy the Second, Officer Blackstar were mainly employed on Mounted Police duties; given that these tend to involve PR opportunities or crowd control duties it should come as no surprise that his trigger finger is itchy (out of sheer boredom if nothing else). 8)
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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:03 am

Libra wrote:It would be amusing if, owing to his attachment to Rudy the Second, Officer Blackstar were mainly employed on Mounted Police duties; given that these tend to involve PR opportunities or crowd control duties it should come as no surprise that his trigger finger is itchy (out of sheer boredom if nothing else). 8)


Yes.

That doesn't stop him from occasionally walking into bars to start brawls or chasing down purse-snatchers on horseback.

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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:08 am

Wow it's really been a whole year huh?

Well might as well get back on track here!

Princess Death

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Princess Katherine Illandi of the far off land of Janessia was a beautiful, elegant and kindhearted girl who lived in Star City as a foreign diplomat. She was known to like cats and cute animals, play the piano, and be the charm and toast of the town to everyone.

Katrina Morbo was a female bounty-hunter who was incredibly skilled at her job, staying out of the limelight, accepting jobs and payment through anonymous mailboxes/online registries and killing her targets with brutal efficiency. She could repair a gun in under 10 seconds, know just where to shoot to cripple, torment, and then kill someone in the quickest way possible and could murder someone with an extra sharpened fingernail.

Two girls who couldn't be anymore different... and yet wound up intertwined in the worst way possible.

One night, while Princess Katherine was taking a bath in her palatial house, Katrina snuck in through the ventilation with the explicit order to kill the princess. Little did she realize that her "client" wasn't as trustworthy as she assumed and had planted a bomb under the Princess's bed that would trigger just 15 minutes after she rested on it. When the Princess went to sleep and Katrina got in position to kill, both her and the Princess were completely taken in a giant ball of fire as their now mangled bodies collapsed and fell down on top of one another.

Doctors were quickly called in and both bodies were rushed to the hospital as quickly as possible. One was pronounced dead soon after but another, who was believed to be the princess due to the royal ring on her right hand merely suffered from a face and upper body burnt beyond recognition. Thankfully one of the worlds foremost experts on reconstructive surgery was present in the hospital and instantly went about using photos of the Princess to return her to her natural state. He did his job more than admirably as well! As after 30 long hours of grueling work and grafting he was able to completely restore the Princess's face with nary a tell what had happened to her.

The body of Katrina was assumed to have been the one who planted the bomb and it merely backfired in her face. Her body was discarded with nary a thought given to her... but those who knew Katrina (which were very few) would know one key element about her: she would always take something from her victims for a keepsake. In the Princess's case? This was her diamond ring. The ring that she took BEFORE the bomb went off.

Yes, the pronounced dead body of "the intruder" was in fact the body of the dearly departed Princess. And the scarred beyond recognition Princess was in fact Katrina herself. It was by sheer coincidence that both shared a similar basic body structure and hair color, but it was enough to fool everyone into assuming that the Princess had survived and would return fully healed.

Katrina was obviously confused when she woke up, and her fist couple hours of reaction were simply played off as her mind adjusting from the Trauma. But Katrina was sharp and soon caught on as to just what exactly had happened when the doctors explained everything. Forced to keep her cool despite everything, Katrina had to make a splitsecond decision: tell the truth and reveal that not only was the darling of the royal family dead? But she was assigned to kill her and her client obviously betrayed her (a story that was most likely not going to be accepted). Or: she could keep up the lie and try to find out who her client was and why did he/she want her dead as well as the princess. The choice in her mind was pretty obvious, she always did like to play a dangerous game.

And so Katrina now lives a double life. Trying her best to appear as dainty and maidenly as possible on the outside, while hiding her advanced and often skilled and deadly abilities on the inside. She has manged to convince her suitors and maids that she is merely taking up riflery as a sport, but her inherent skill with them has caused several eyes to be raised.

Katrina still returns to her mailbox/private account to accept jobs. Except now she has to make excuses for how she gets out and she ALWAYS wears a mask. She's found that political assassinations have at least become a lot easier for her, as the goodhearted Princess is the last person anyone would suspect of being trained killer. But this has come with the drawback of it being a lot harder for her to kill people like drug lords or random civilians without having to pull a lot of unnecessary strings with her underlings.

Her primary goal is still to uncover who her attempted killer/client was. Due to the anonymous nature of her own dealings however, this is a bit hard.

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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:53 am

The Falco Family

When Alfonso Falco adopted a group of orphans, fellow street punks and various other criminals into his organization, he opted to stop referring to the "Noble Falcons" as a simple gang under his command and more of what he considered to be a true and honest family. This was the start of perhaps the most internally divided yet oddly well meaning organization in all of Star City.

The Falco Family is by all appearances your stereotypical Italian flavored mafia. Snappy suits, clever slang, money laundering, hits, concrete shoes, the whole shebang. Each and every one dresses and acts like some self-styled badass and hero when truthfully the majority of them are as petty and ignorant as any other random street thug. They just have the privilege of looking nice while doing it.

Because of the Family's unusual origins however, people are sometimes amazed to uncover that the Falco Family is actually fairly racially diverse, having several elder members who're black, Asian and even Hispanic or Indonesian. One had to hand it to Alfonso, he did not discriminate and accepted practically everyone into his little "family".

It sadly would not last however. The Death of Alfonso Falco is a great mystery and superstition among the family to this day. What is known for certain is that one night Alfonso Falco was called up by what he claimed to be "an old acquaintance" and immediately left his house with two bodyguards trailing him to go and meet with said acquaintance. Both bodyguards were found dead the next morning, and Alfonso himself gone for two whole days before his body was uncovered in the back of an unlicensed car somewhere in the Lower Left. To this day nobody knows who did it and like hell the Cops are gonna bother to find out who did him in. All they could find on Alfonso's body was a single bullet wound in the chest and a bit of ripped blue cloth in his right hand.

To this day theories and speculation abound as to who did him in, from the leader of the Yakuza to Malcolm Wilson come to take his revenge, to any number of people who could've double crossed or turned on Alfonso. The list of suspects is practically as long as the list of people who knew him and the Family is offering a substantial reward for anyone who could pinpoint just who did him in. Obviously a lot of fakers came and went and some halfway decent theories have surfaced but to this day nobody really knows who killed Alfonso. It's considered bad luck to mention Alfonso by name, as it's a common superstition that those who say his name out loud in the presence of other mafia will draw his ire from beyond the grave. As such whenever he is mentioned they quickly follow it up with a "God rest his soul" and a sign of the cross.

Marco Meana (the current leader of the Family) was the last man to see Alfonso alive and hopes to keep the spirit of his friend alive in the family that's under him. Still, Marco has more than his fair share cut out for him. For one thing: Marco isn't anywhere near as charismatic or forceful as Alfonso. For another thing: Marco is a bit TOO suggestible as far as leaders of major crime organizations go. It's growing more and more apparent that the Falco family is being run by committee and those who wish to do their own thing need not run it by Marco first as they can easily justify their actions later.

The Falco Family hoped to unite the gangs and criminals of the Lower Left into their own police force, and what's interesting is that the Falco Family are perhaps the only organization in the Lower Left who actually stand by that ideal. True they're far more violent and dirty than even the most unscrupulous cop, but they do a semi-good job at making sure there isn't complete Anarchy in the Lower Left and that some semblance of order remains. If one group goes too far or causes too much havoc the Falco Family will usually get involved long before any Cops do, and will usually be quite indiscreet in their methods. While they usually only care about the death or murder of more high-profile figures they also aren't ones to completely leave a blind eye if enough murders go down with a common enough pattern. The Family has made it a personal motto that crazy psychos won't be tolerated in their territory. It's bad for their image.

If you're not born into the family directly, you can only join the Falco Family in one of two ways: either Marrying into the family, or being adopted. Both methods are a bit tricky. First of all being Adopted means you'll need to do something to get a Senior or Elder member's attention. Either performing with ruthless efficiency, cleverness, skill or being the biggest suck up you can possibly imagine. From there the Senior or Elder member will name you as his "son" and give you full status as an official member.

Marrying into the family is likewise tricky but not as much as say, marrying into the Yakuza. The Falco Family is much more accepting of the idea of "marrying for love" and having arranged weddings is something they see as being about as practical as bringing a knife to a gun fight. If a Family member falls in love with someone they simply have to run their relationship past Marco or one of the Elders and ask for their direct permission. If they agree (and usually they do) then the wedding is given a date and the two have a nice romantic dinner in a palace. The only time a wedding is called off is when it would be incredibly problematic for one of the engaged party to live their life and they refuse to change.

For instance if the son of a Cop were to want to Marry the Daughter of a Falco elder then that boy better be willing to turn in his badge or go really crooked fast or else there's GOING to be trouble. And like hell if the daughter's going to go straight. Entering the family might be simple but leaving it? Not so much.

When a member of the family has reached the ripe old age of 60 he may politely ask to retire from the business and the rest will generally honor his wishes. Any younger than that and the guy's obviously a chicken (or worse, a squealer) who needs to be kept tabs on or worse: put on ice immediately to keep them safe. Once a member over 60 has retired officially he's allowed to simply stay inside his house and live out the rest of his life in what is basically luxury. Still there's nothing stopping him from being called back to doing ONE LAST job cause he still owes more than a couple hundred favors.

No member of the Falco family has ever gone over and joined the cops without entering into some kind of protection program.

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Re: Star City (my own dumb setting)

Postby DragoonDarkfire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:54 pm

Gulliver Protest

Before we get into THE BOOK we should discuss the nature of Star City before the collapse of the Lower Left.

Before the collapse, the Cops had no real hard set guidelines they were suppose to follow. If anyone was suspect of a crime they were morally obligated to allow the Cops full access to their personal information to uncover leads or information. This was the mandate of Malcolm Wilson, who trusted his men fully and believed in the complete unobstruction of Justice. If there was a crime, nothing would prevent his men from taking them down. If there was a clear culprit he'd see them taken in. It didn't matter if you were rich, influential, or anything in between, if you did the crime you did the time.

At least this was his desire in theory. In truth it was anything but. Because Police had little to no actual laws preventing them from doing whatever they wanted as long as there was reasonable suspicion, it was particularly easy for them to simply bully, steal and take whatever they wanted, especially from the poor and the downtrodden.

The rich could pay off almost any cop, and the influential could guarantee a raise or a more cushy position. Of course while there were a few standout officers to took their freedoms to the fullest and prosecuted everyone, poor or rich, corruption was steadily becoming more and more an issue, especially to the poor immigrant workers and minorities that lived in the upper left. Corruption in the force was becoming more and more of an issue, and one person sought to end it: a man by the name of Sam Gulliver.

Sam was a black immigrant from a foreign nation who saw the police brutality among him and sought to end it as well as raise the position of his people in the status of the world. Working peacefully with others, he sought to raise awareness of Malcolm Wilson's policies and the brutality of the police therein. Gathering together a large group of people, they all proceeded to hold a massive protest outside of the Police HQ of the Lower Left. Men and women, young and old, black, Hispanic, white and Asian all came together under the banner of correcting social injustice... but it was not meant to be.

On the third day of the peaceful protest, the incident occurred. The official statement given was that Police Officer Kevin Murgen acted on his own volition, but several rumors remain. One states that Malcolm Wilson believed the protest could prevent them from reaching particular crime scenes or areas and thus count as an obstruction of Justice, as such he took extreme action in the hope of dissipating them. Another states that he merely ordered Kevin Murgen to try and get them out of the way and they the officer interpreted his order in the worst way possible.

All that is known is that 3 innocents were shot to death by Kevin Murgens gun. The protesters panicked and dissipated but now they didn't want to discuss things rationally, they wanted blood. With the assistance of the staged crimes by the soon-to-be Robbers the people now wanted Chief Malcolm Wilson's head on a platter and it was only a day or so more that the HQ was fully under attack from a riotous mob. Using weapons and explosives that shouldn't have legally been in any of their possessions (hint hint) they were able to cause the HQ a massive amount of damage, kill several officers (including Murgen, the trigger man himself) and cause the building to collapse into itself.

Sam Gulliver would survive the collapse of the lower left, but would go on record as bemoaning everyone involved for letting the situation escalate to such an extent. He continued to protest the Police's actions after this, which eventually caused Malcom Wilson's forced retirement. Sam Gulliver would go on to become an outspoken advocate of the little man in this big city, and when he died a state was built in the Upper Right dedicated to all of those he helped in his struggles to improve Star City.

Malcolm Wilson did not have so happy of an ending. Rumors persisted that he tried to continue his career as a vigilante after his retirement, but what is know for certain is that he was last seen alive in his suburban home in the Upper Right, after calling up an 'old friend' to discuss having dinner with. He was found the next morning with a bullet in his head, that was fired from his own gun. It was determined to be suicide by most investigators and he was given a small gravestone in the local cemetery. Neither hailed as a hero or reviled as a villain, simply dead as a normal man.

Still despite all he might've done wrong, Malcolm Wilson's legacy does live on in the Cops. In the form of what his mistakes created: The Book.


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