World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by Shock » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:33 pm

The only reference I got was the Parr Ruling but that one was fairly obvious

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by Davies » Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:31 pm

Correct.

The two different Manhunters are a reference to the two different characters of that name who existed in DC's Golden Age, as well as to the computer games Manhunter: New York and Manhunter 2: San Francisco. The mention of a hero named Defensor is a nod to the single-appearance Marvel character of that name, relocated from Argentina to Catalonia.

The most involved and obscure reference is the Alvarado case. The 1980 film Times Square, about a pair of troubled young women (Trini Alvarado as Pamela Pearl and Robin Johnson as Nicky Marotta) who embark on a punk musical career, was originally supposed to feature a song entitled Shadows of the Night. This song would later be recorded by Pat Benatar, and be featured in a music video where Ms. Benatar portrayed a factory worker who dreams of being a member of a flying squad of World War II resistance fighters, with her plane labeled 'Midnight Angel', which term also features in the song's lyrics. (The 1956 date for the original Midnight Angel's death is when the Captain Midnight TV show went off air, for maximum obscurity.)

Yeah, that one would have made the Ellery Queen writers accuse me of being unfair. Then again, I am the guy who made First We Take Manhattan into the basis for a bunch of supervillains.

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by greycrusader » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:30 pm

My attempt at squaring my version of Helen Wainwright used in The Super-Team Handbook with that depicted inc this setting:

Years after going missing during Project Freedom's mission in the Oblivion Zone, the prototype inter-dimensional gateway the team once used to access that apocalyptic plane of reality suddenly crackled with energy, re-activating long enough for a woman in the battered remnants of a Japanese power-armor suit to stagger forward, before burning out entirely. That woman was Helen Wainwright.

Except she wasn't the SAME Helen Wainwright.

While retinal scans, fingerprints, and brainwave analysis also corresponded with Ms. Wainwright's medical records, this Helen Wainwright appeared to be an Asian-American woman; though apparently of the same chronological age, her bio-markers were that of a woman ten years younger, a result of a anti-aging drugs and a more rigorous exercise regime. For obvious reasons, her claims were viewed with great suspicion at first, but given that all testing showed her to be a baseline human with no special powers, along with what appeared to be genuine confusion and a desire to comply with authorities, the ultimate determination was this was the Helen Wainwright of a close parallel world, one nearly identical but with a few small scale differences.

Through extensive debriefing (and a consensual telepathic scan), it was confirmed this Helen Wainwright's memories and personality traits largely jibed with those of her counterpart, though certain aspects of her personal background and her world's Project Freedom differed markedly; figures such as Panda and Raccoon and The Commander apparently never existed in her timeline, or at least were never empowered. Their place in Project Freedom's exploits were taken up by entirely different individuals-Vindicatrix and Vibron (NOT the late David Lawson) were wife and husband mainstays of the team in its early days, and ex-cult member,ex-U.S. super-solider Mr. Magnum served an analogous role to The Commander. Their foray against the forces of Oblivion were largely confined to a series of running skirmishes, mostly engaging hordes of Omegadrones and oblivion troopers, though they also managed to defeat a couple minor Annihilists.

Helen Wainwright II (no, she doesn't care for the designation) had never encountered the artifact of Tomen the Archiver, and hence never gained the enhanced intellect of the Wainwright who was MIA; still, since crossing over into the latter's timeline, she had somehow gained a near encyclopedic knowledge of the all the pertinent AEGIS personnel, villains, and heroes which that Wainwright had encountered over her time with Project Freedom, though it was all of a "textbook" type knowledge, with none of the emotions associated with actual memories. Still, this allowed her to rapidly acclimatize herself and prove her worth to the PF personnel of this world. To this end, she has been (tentatively) allowed to integrate into the ongoing PF, and is actively assembling files on a new team of promising recruits. Her existence has yet to be revealed to the public.

How'd I do, Davies?

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by Davies » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:18 am

I like it!

Toxic will hate it, and so will the original Wainwright's daughter, but I like it!

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by greycrusader » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:06 pm

A bit more elucidation on THIS version of Harriet Wainwright:

She isn't particularly keen on the current situation either; she has a daughter of her own-same age, strong resemblance, similar personality-but not identical. Not even as close as she is to the Harriet Wainwright who inhabited this world prior to her arrival. She had been running Project Freedom-her version of the program-for close to another decade past her counterpart's ill-fated mission in this timeline. Harriet-nicknamed "Etta" by the AEGIS and PF staff, much to her annoyance-was even dating again, for God's sake! She expected to either go home to her own world or not at all when she led the Freelancers expedition into the borderlands of Omega's territory, the first time she had seen field action in over seven years.

(The above is meant to explain "Etta" Wainwright's background more-very similar up to 2008, but there was NO mission against Omega until late 2016-the power armor she came through the portal in was proportionately more technologically advanced, further verification of her tale. Her mainly administrative and advocate duties help explain why she has poorer combat abilities, despite being in slightly better shape than the Wainwright who went MIA while still only in her fifties. )

A story that may help bring some closure and healing to Toxic is that in Etta's timeline, it was discovered the chaos-goddess Eris had laid a curse down on the family of MorphoGenic Man, in retaliation for key role in their Freedom League's defeat of a coalition of her father Ares. This affected her mother, brother, and Toxic herself (codenamed "Caustic" there but otherwise the same person). It is entirely possible the same might be true here as well.

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by Davies » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:12 pm

greycrusader wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:06 pm
It is entirely possible the same might be true here as well.
<flat> Nope.

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Re: World of Freedom 3.2 Setting Detail

Post by greycrusader » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:36 am

Davies wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:12 pm
greycrusader wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:06 pm
It is entirely possible the same might be true here as well.
<flat> Nope.
As stated, Etta never got to see a page from Tomen's Archive. She's fallible.

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