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If I'm in it'll just be with Moon Knight, work has been stomping my face in of late.
Character Name: Harold "Hal" Jordan; The Green Lantern
Alignment (Hero, Villain, or Walking The Line): Hero
Character Speech Font and Color: 00FF7F
Powers and Abilities: Hal has an iron will and the ability to push himself beyond his limits. While he may seem to be lacking in raw intelligence, his drive enables him to see a way to reach any goal, from getting up in the morning to ignoring exhaustion to forcing his way through college. He also is one of the planet's greatest pilots and is trained properly to man a stellar shuttle.
With his Green Lantern ring, Hal is able to manipulate Green Light. He can due numerous things with it, such as creating a personal atmosphere, generating hard-light constructs, or sending out raw bursts of it as an attack. Also worth noting, the ring has an advanced AI computer with dozens of programmed functions. The ring, in order to expend hard light, must either be charged with a Lantern-Battery, or be exposed to a steady amount of white or green light.
Origin/Backstory: Hal Jordan was born in Wichita, Kansas, by his mother and father, who worked at Boeing. Hal watched his father test aircraft countless times, even seeing him pull through after being condemned by doctors as inoperable after a crash. With the greatest of faith in working class heroes instilled in him, he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. So he studied exceedingly hard and managed to get on a career path for piloting the only thing his dad didn't: spaceships.
After demonstrating his skills in front of a skeptical judge in simulations, he was recommended for a position at Ferris Aircraft. In order to fill the position, he moved to Coast City, leaving everyone he'd ever known behind. It was here that he met the only two women he'd ever had an emotional attachment to. Carol Ferris, the boss who instantly rejected him for professional reasons, and Sue Storm. In order to avoid any unnecessary drama, especially from her ex-boyfriend and coworker, Reed Richards, they kept a cap on their relationship.
Despite the greatest of effort on their part, Reed slithered his way into their relationship and had Hal replaced with Ben Grimm on the nearest shuttle. With a great distrust in Reed, whom he personally believed to be a spineless worm, he betrayed his upbringing to seek comfort, going to a psychic. He visited The Black Hand, a clairvoyant local to the Coast City area in hopes of being reassured of Sue's safety. A deal was made that she would live, so long as someone else, not of his choosing would die. Hal accepted.
Days later, the shuttle launched and the four pilots were lost to the depths of space. Distraught, Hal entered a deep depression before being told his father, who was secretly nursing a stranded and wounded Abin Sur, had been overcome by cancer overnight. Hal briefly visited Wichita to deliver a speech at his father's funeral before visiting the emptied house in which he was raised. In the garage, he found the dying body of Abin Sur, who he was initially disturbed to see.
Abin Sur explained he belonged to The Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic military/police force. Hal settled down and shortly after explained the deal he had made and how he had sacrificed his father unwittingly. But, Abin explained that he, not Hal's father had been chosen for death, and Martin had actually died naturally, assuring him that Susan was certainly still alive. With that, he passed away, his ring flying only a few feet, onto Hal's finger.
What Makes This Version "Ultimate:" His dad died of cancer well after his childhood, and an initial distaste for superheroics, a retooled rogues gallery and the alternate origin.
What Can You Bring to The RPG: Excuses for poor roleplaying etiquette as well as some puns. Someone else for EB and Carnage to play with. A flashpoint inspired take on Jordan, too, I guess. But the best my efforts will allow. I'm using a Windows Mobile Phone (I know phone posts are infamous, but Ive never played from a computer, persay).
"Now we'll have a word from Martin's oldest son, Harry Jordan," the speaker stepped away and off stage to make room for yours truly, bomber jacket and all.
Stepping up to the microphone, I looked sternly at the chairman, shaking my head and warning him "Don't ever call me Harry, again." Rolling my shoulders, I coaxed myself into speaking, slapping a leaf of paper against the podium. I sized up the audience, everyone from my brothers, sis, cousins, and dad's coworkers, to mom, who I hadn't seen in years. Oops. "Well.. here we go."
"When I was seven years old, I watched my dad at the airstrip every day. Gee, that was somethin'. No matter how many times he jumped in that cockpit, and took off to the skies, my heart always fluttered right up with him. When he'd hop out, I'd run over and pounce onto his knee. I loved my dad and every second I'd ever spent with him.
My brothers, and mom were always worried when he'd be up in the air. He tested the most advanced flight machines of his day. While the nerds who drew up the specs, n' the stiffs who paid for the things had time n' money on the table, my dad was the one who put his life on the line every single day. My dad was so stubborn and strong someone, don't do it to be worshipped. Do it because it's the right thing to do. If my dad had crazy superpowers, he'd step up and end all the wars on this planet. He'd clean the gulf. He'd help the elderly cross the street and do it without breaking everything in sight. M-m-my dad was the greatest man that ever lived. A real hero, the last of a dying breed. And no one will ever be able to replace him. Thank you for your time," I stepped down, but took the time to throw my blank sheet of 'script' paper at the chairman's face first. Loser
Surprised it's taken this long for the game to get a Green Lantern.
I was actually thinking of taking a run at it. I was going to have Carol Danvers, the long-time friend, sometime lover, and flight partner of Hal Jordan that had watched him crash (body unrecovered) and developed a fear of flying as a result. You know the rest: Abin Sur, overcome great fear, power lantern, poozers.
I'll be interested to see what you do with Hal. It'll be great to have a GL in the game.
Hal is APPROVED
Xavier and Superman will be up tomorrow.
I, too, love the idea of Carol Danvers as a Lantern - so much so, in fact, that I played exactly that (for a small handful of posts) in the last iteration of One Universe. Great minds, eh?
In any case, I've been deliberately vague about the "Lanterns" as Star-Lord, so hopefully I haven't set any unwanted precedents, Misfit. Though it sounds like you're taking more liberties with Hal himself, rather than the Corps.
I've built charcter bibles before like Bounce's or Batman's, but it has never worked out for me yet, because I end up focusing on everything but the writing. I appreciate your vagueness, Jones & EB, but I was thinking of just going with the modern set up, perhaps with a different amount of GLs or reworking the sector concept. I was thinking that the other Corps could be based off the GLs with a difference in power equivalent to DVD and Blu-Ray.
Well, I still haven't gotten to the Captain America post I've been planning, but I can at least keep up my end of the FF/Star-Lord interaction. I won't permit myself to move forward with Spidey or Flash until I've got Cap in order, so expect that one next - though when? I couldn't quite say.
Well maybe I'll track those posts down and read them. Maybe you won't be able to stop me.
I was with you up until this point and then you lost me. What do you mean?
Having watched people pick up the GL's and flame out with them repeatedly, I think part of the issue with them is that people go too big with them too soon. Because of how ground-breaking some of the work with the Sinestro Corps and all the other Corps has been over the past decade it seems like people rush into getting into all of that and forget it took years for that to happen. There's so much good stuff to cover on the way there and it sucks seeing people rush into it and leave it half done.
I think it can happen with cosmic characters. Everything's so grand that the temptation to get into it all pulls people away from the most important part: telling human stories.
Mechanically speaking, one of the outstanding differences between a DVD player and a Blu Ray is that the DVDs have a red laser, or ray, that reads the disc. When a blue laser is applied instead, you get a different result. I'm definitely guilty of blowing up the various Corps like balloons, though.
I came to a conclusion on the difference with the GLC. Not everyone who has a gun is in the military, and not everyone with a ring is in the Corps. The GLC is comprised of experienced ring-bearers in submission to the Guardians of Oa, who have used the Green Light far before the rings were crafted.
Byrd, you lazy frikkin' southerner, POOOOOOST! (Ive been waiting on the opportunity say that since I was fourteen)
I was writing through the next GL post when I realized its a perfect opportunity for some interaction. Anybody interested in investigating the emerald aurora. I left open how widereaching it is, and was going to have a certain cosmic character investigate.
Okay, posts will definitely be up tomorrow.
My posts are coming soon, too. I've actually started writing ahead for Cap, but, you know, I've gotta actually write the next post first. Oops.
Got a lot on my plate at the moment, but I'll pooooooooooooooost when I get a chance. Got a problem? Well,
Virgil Ovid Hawkins
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Powers and Abilities
As a result of the "Big Bang", Virgil's DNA has been torn apart and remolded by Quantum Juice, granting him the incredible ability to tap into the electromagnetic spectrum.
Due to the mutagenic properties of "Q-Juice", Virgil's physiology has adapted in a way that allows him to act as a living battery, capable of storing and expelling vast amounts of electrical energy.
What Makes This Version "Ultimate"
To be honest, I don't really know? I mean, besides a severe change to his origin, which'll come to light during the RP, I don't understand many changes I've made to Static and his cast. I've never read any of the original Milestone Comics or DC appearances, and I've only read a couple issues of his New 52 series. Because of this, I don't fully understand his character outside of the handful of Static Shock episodes I've seen and the information I've read up on Wikipedia. However, because of this, I feel as if it kind of gives me free reign to mold and change him in a way that's more original than if I was guided by an array of source material. For instance, while I want to maintain him as the wise-cracking "Spider-Man" of Dakota, I also want to make him a more thoughtful, gritty, emotional character, something I feel is a lot more reminiscent of his Milestone run. So, besides a connection to a certain race of moon inhabitants, and a handful of new additions to his supporting cast and rogues gallery, I don't see a clear image of what's "Ultimate" and just plain old original.
What can you bring to the RPG
Another player, and a whole new cast of characters and arcs to introduce. I also want Virgil to be one of those characters influenced by the actions of others and his connection to those people, meaning that I'm also open to a lot of collaborations and crossovers if people want that.
It's bare-bones, I just had to get something up while I had the time
All right, rather than hold on to a character that I pretty clearly don't have the motivation to play, I'm going to drop Doom-- I had some cool ideas for him that I may revisit, but ultimately, most of what I was doing was sitting around twiddling my thumbs, and that's something I don't feel like a good villain should be doing.
That said, y'all might want to get your umbrellas and batten down the hatches.....
......because a storm's comin'.
Andy made me realize, I'm truly without drive for Firestorm, but I do have another idea I'd like to use. Two actually, a certain Atlantean from the Golden Age, and a villain.
So I've been pretty terrible the last few weeks.
About 1/2 way through a Batman post, and then I'll get cracking on an Xavier post.
I'm at a bit of a dead end with Superman. Might end up dropping him, I'm not sure.
Oh, you bastard. Don't you tease me like that.
Are we apologizing for our RP shortcomings? If so, then y'all might want a pee break before I get started on mine. February has not proven to be a productive month, but I'm looking to change that.
Andy, I'm sorry to see your Doom go. I had hoped he and Cap could cross paths someday - though at my current pace with the Sentinel of Liberty, I'd be racing to get my contribution to that collaboration up before the heat death of the universe. I'm excited to see what you have in store for the Odinson. Now we just need an Iron Man...
Carnage, I'd be sad to see your Superman run end, but I'm sure many of us know how draining it can be to try and juggle so many tentpole characters. You've been doing admirably so far.
Broken record time, but that Captain America post is coming. Maybe tonight, definitely tomorrow at the latest. Once I've broken through that wall, I'll return to Spider-Man and Flash. I'll also find time, obviously, to throw a Star-Lord post in the mix.
This can't be said enough, I've been really impressed by the people spinning so many plates in playing multiple, high-profile characters to keep this game going. It's really impressive.
So Batman/Joker post will be up tomorrow. Xavier on Saturday or Sunday. Finally getting back into the swing of things.
Basically, my problem is I know where I want to go, but not how to get there.
Dude, that could be the Cliff Notes for my Flash and Cap runs. (Speaking of which, I've started work on the next installment of the former.) Of course, that's just my writing style in general. I'm a gardener, not an architect.
I tend to write out the dialogue of posts I have in mind and then write around them. It's helpful because I can write pretty far ahead, rely on the dialogue as a skeleton for the post of sorts, and then fill it in when I eventually get to it.
The only problem is that writing that way all but rules out interacting with people. As great as it is having everything planned out, it's sad when it comes at the cost of interaction.
Aaaaaaaarrrrgh, now that I've dropped Doom I'm getting motivation to play him again. Is it cool if I un-drop him?
Because now I've got ideas that totally jive with me picking up a certain royal warrior-god.