Ten years ago, the world changed forever, when mankind was introduced to the Superman. Making his presence known to mankind in response to a world-threatening crisis, the Kryptonian who had lived in secret among humanity emerged from shadows and by his actions declared himself their protector. While the cataclysmic circumstances that forced his debut cast him in controversy, over time Superman became not just a champion of the defenseless, but an exemplar for others who wielded incredible power such as his. Less than a year after the Black Zero event, researchers in a branch of STAR Labs in Central City accidentally unleashed a cascade wave of extradimensional energy that swept across the world, causing unexpected mutations in an unknown percentage of the population. These people, dubbed Metahumans by the scientific community, gave birth to a new and extremely powerful generation of protectors such as the Flash, and dangerous criminals and terrorists like the Rogues. Years before the events that thrust Kal-El of Krypton and the Metahuman Race onto the world stage, there were stories of garish vigilantes who tackled the forces of evil, half-believed folk tales of 'mystery men' who worked in the shadows. A mythical 'Wonder Woman' who fought for freedom and justice when Europe descended into madness and war. The powerful but elusive 'Justice Society of America' who kept the peace back home when the United States went to war again. The 'Bat-Man' who was the stuff of nightmares for the criminal underworld of Gotham City and beyond. The legacy of these vigilantes and 'mystery men,' brought into the light of day by the arrival of Superman and the Metahumans, were the foundation of a new idea, something that would guide the course of events in the years to come: the Superhero. Not merely a crimefighter or a monster-hunter, a Superhero was a bringer of hope in a world fraught with danger and uncertainty, a light in the dark for all to see. With the eyes of the world upon them at all times, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest would slowly but surely define what being a Superhero was.....and their opposites-- Lex Luthor, the Joker, the Cheetah, and countless more--would provide the response in the form of the Supervillain. Conflict between the two ideals was inevitable, and over the years the clashes have been too numerous to count. It has been ten years since Superman's arrival and the Battle of Metropolis. Nine since the advent of the Metahumans. Eight since the creation of the Justice League. Seven since the First Crisis. Six since Superman's death at the hands of the monster Doomsday. Five since the forming of the Titans and the War of the Light. Four since the reign of the Justice Lords and the resurrection of Superman. Three since the schism that split the Outsiders away from the Titans. Two since the Flashpoint Crisis. One year since the Earthquake that rendered Gotham City a No Man's Land. The world has indeed changed.....and it is far from done changing....... Ultimate DC Universe: REBIRTH Sign-Up/OOC Thread Here RULES: 1: Players are allowed a maximum of three characters, from within the DC Universe. Continuity is player-created, so please check the approved character roster to make sure there are no conflicts in the agreed-upon 'canon.' 2: Players are expected to post at least once every two weeks with each of their characters. Failure to do so will result in being removed from the active roster, and their character goes up for grabs. 3: Player-controlled characters are not to be killed without explicit permission from the player. This extends to high-profile NPCs such as Lois Lane or Jim Gordon. 4: You can travel anywhere you like, on Earth or even off-planet if it is within your character's means. Time travel, however, is prohibited without special permission from the GameMaster. 5: Several storylines are expected to go on at once, and participation in them is strictly voluntary. If someone doesn't want to be involved in your story arc, they don't have to be. Conversely, it is considered a breach of etiquette to 'butt in' on an existing story without permission from the other players involved. Communication and respect are paramount to good role-playing. 6: Respect the GameMaster and the other players. If the GM makes a request of you, it is expected for you to either comply or to politely attempt to convince the GM otherwise. Being uncooperative or disrespectful will result in your expulsion from the game. 7: Superman would totally kick Goku's ass in a fair fight. Pretending otherwise will result in your expulsion from the game. 8: Stop looking at my butt. Seriously. Don't think I haven't noticed. It's creepy and weird. 9: I don't care if it's physically impossible to look at my butt from a computer screen halfway across the country, I know you're looking at it in you mind. Don't give me that; you're all a bunch of freaks. 10: Ummm......have fun and enjoy the game?