(Un)Retired Superheroes THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN For over a decade, a team of young heroes called the League of Heroes has protected Fortress City and the entire planet from the forces of evil. With their leader, Strong-Arm, and his second-in-command, Silhouette, they have taken down any and every villain that dared to cause trouble on their watch. They were seemingly impossible to beat, saving the earth from meteors, alien invasion, even a highly advanced race of subterranean humanoids that made a bid for world domination. One by one, they all fell under the might and cunning of the League of Heroes. But the impossible has happened: the League of Heroes has been destroyed. On Monday, there was a huge explosion at the Stronghold, the League's headquarters in the middle of Fortress City. A ferocious battle seemed to be raging inside, but in less than thirty minutes all went quiet. The police and the ambulance arrived on the scene much too late, finding the mangled bodies of their beloved heroes among the wreckage of the Stronghold. The mayor made an announcement on the news that the League was no more and a public funeral was arranged. Thousands of people flooded the graveyard and the surrounding streets to pay homage to the fallen heroes and a pall of depression fell over the once vibrant, bustling city. A RAY OF HOPE The only ray of hope in the aftermath of such a horrific event is that one heroine's body was not found along with the rest of the League of Heroes: the body of Silhouette. Silhouette is an extremely skilled fighter, trained by an ancient master of Kung Fu, capable of taking down a dozen men with just her bare hands. She has a dislike for guns, preferring to use her hands and her surroundings to defeat criminals, but will use a gun if absolutely necessary. Her name, Silhouette, comes from the fact that she is as quick and stealthy as a shadow, and when she sneaks into the territory of foreign enemies, all they see of her when she leaves is her distant silhouette as she makes an escape. But some people believe that just because her body is missing, doesn't mean she's alive. It could be that she was completely obliterated in the explosion and that there was no trace left of her to find. Still, more hopeful individuals chose to believe that she somehow got away, that she was probably hurt during the battle and that she is in hiding, recuperating until she is well again. However, as time goes by, this theory seems less and less likely, as Silhouette has yet to reappear. THE MYSTERY KILLER No one knows what or who is responsible for killing the heroes and destroying their headquarters. The newspapers have dubbed the culprit the 'Mystery Killer' and everyone is looking out for whoever might be responsible. If it was a known supervillain, no doubt he or she would have stepped forward and bragged publicly, but no one has done so. The silence is almost more terrifying than if a spandex-clad psychopath had flown over the city shouting that he had murdered the entire League in one fell swoop. And as time passes, the suspense and horror only builds. Unanswered questions swirl through the minds of concerned citizens: Who is responsible? Where are they? What powers do they possess? And what do they have planned for the rest of Fortress City? THE BEGINNING OF OUR STORY You are a retired superhero. At one time you patrolled the streets, protecting the innocent and striking terror into the hearts of villains, but for whatever reason, you gave it all up and you are currently retired. It could be that you lost hope or that you simply got too old, but you have watched with pride and joy as the League of Heroes was formed and kept a vigilant watch on Fortress City and beyond. But now the League is gone, brutally murdered. You watched firefighters digging through the smoking carcass of the Stronghold on the news, watched them find the corpses of the young heroes, and watched the massive parade of civilians crowd the streets as they made their way to the public funeral the very next day. Just three days after the incident, an email was sent to each of your computers: 'MEET ME AT THE RUINS OF THE STRONGHOLD AT MIDNIGHT. IT IS TIME TO TAKE UP YOUR CAPES AGAIN. EVIL WILL NOT WIN. -S' You are impassioned by the email and decide to accept the call to arms. Our story begins as you get ready to head to the Stronghold and begin hunting down the Mystery Killer. Send your Character Templates to the GM (me) for approval before you make your first post. GAMEPLAY/RULES When creating your character, please be mindful that their powers must relate to each other. For example, if you can summon fireballs it wouldn't make since that you can also breath ice. If you have a fire power, your other powers must also be fire-related. You are allowed to have up to three powers and one weapon. Also, be very specific when describing your powers. If you're super strong, just how strong are you? If you're super fast, are you faster than a speeding bullet or just faster than a normal person? What are the limitations of your powers? Can you only use them under special conditions? That kind of junk. (You can have a non-powered superhero if you wish: non-powered heroes can have up to four weapons/equpiment. List all of them and what they can do in your template.) Make your superhero realistic. You can't be good at everything. In the skills category, make sure to include anything other than powers that your hero can do: hot-wire a car, kick-boxing, computer hacking, etc etc. Halfway through the story, you can't suddenly reveal your hero is a black belt in karate or can fly a helicopter if it is not included in your template. Follow these guidelines and you should be fine. Once approved, create your first post and get ready to kick some ass. SUPERHERO CATEGORIES These are the categories that the League of Heroes use to classify heroes. Your hero must fall into one of them: Superhuman - A regular human with extraordinary skills, such as extreme fighting prowess or a genius-level IQ. Enhanced - A regular human who obtained super powers through a scientific experiment. Mutant - A human who was born with the mutant gene, passed down from one or both of their parents. Mystic - A human who can control magical forces. Some mystics have a natural talent for using magic, while others have to train and study for years to learn to use it. (If you choose a mystic, instead of listing three powers list three spells that you can use. Detail exactly what the spells can do.) Divinity - A being from another dimension that was once worshiped as a god by early humans. Any god/goddess from mythology falls into this category. Usually Divinities only come to earth during times of great need, but some choose to live on this dimension to protect humanity. TEMPLATE (EXAMPLE) REAL NAME/ALIAS: John Snow Knows Nothing, aka The Prince of Promise AGE (30 & up): 32 GENDER: Male CATEGORY: Mutant POWERS: 1) Freezing Touch - The ability to freeze objects with his touch. The bigger the object, the longer it takes to freeze, and the longer he holds it the thicker the ice that covers it. 2) Ice Conjuring - The ability to create almost any weapon out of ice. The larger and more complicated the weapon, the longer it takes to form. 3) Blizzard - The ability to create a blizzard in an area of five feet around his body. The temperature within the blizzard is -12° Celsius (10 Fahrenheit). When he creates the blizzard, it blasts back anyone standing too close and anything that tries to penetrate it will be blown away by fierce winds. He can only hold the blizzard for up to three minutes.SKILLS: Sword-fighting, horse-riding, fairly good at hand-to-hand combat, military strategist, getting in trouble. APPEARANCE: John Snow is hella good-looking, with curly raven hair, wide shoulders, pale skin, a slim, fit body, and the saddest brown eyes you ever did see. He likes to wear a huge wolf pelt that weighs him down and is not very fashionable. WEAPON/S (If any): Just the ones he can conjure with ice. OTHER: John Snow has a pet Dire Wolf named Ghost, but there's no telling where it is half the time.