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Developing the NPC groups in the game

Groups General Discussion

Unread postby Golden Girl » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:41 pm

This thread is for general discussions about the NPC groups in "Heroes and Villains"
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Re: Groups General Discussion

Unread postby Helix_Group » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:50 pm

Name: Helix Group



Helix was started in 1959 by a small group of scientists and physicists looking to study the human genome and discover the differences between those with powers that developed during an unknown event years prior and normal human beings. Their research took off after discovering that a meteor landed in the Soviet Union in 1908 that emitted the same radiation as found in certain super people's blood stream. By 1961, they had successfully created a serum capable of mutating human DNA to match their heroes, albeit only for ten minutes. But that ten minute serum launched Helix into an era of financial success. By '63 Helix had created the 30 minute serum and the Power Suppressor Injector System or PSIS, used for arresting super villains and helping fighting the growing number of super beings that cropped up during the Vietnam War in Laos and Cambodia.

In 1972, Helix backed a mission to send 5 people into space with their serums to see if a cosmic wave could improve them. The test proved a success, creating a permanent power distributional system that allowed the government to create it's own super heroes. This test also created the Phenomenal Five, the nick name of the 5 brave men and women who went up into space, who were rewarded for their bravery with the first batch of serum.

In 1979, Helix was struck with a bit of bad luck. The Phenomenal Five disappeared without a trace and the power serum was being stolen and sold on the black market, endangering the lives of millions. Helix suffered a serious drop in stock and it seemed as if the company would soon go under.

In 1982, Helix was sold to a private sector and it's misfortunes turned around almost overnight. They began working on curing diseases and genetic disabilities and returned to their former glory. This was the first emergence of the mysterious new board of directors known simply as The Helix Group, a staff that no one ever seemed to see. The world was cautious of these figures at first, but soon dismissed their solitary nature as nothing more than rumor. Some say that there is no Helix Group, that it was just a myth to drum up business. Whatever the case, Helix was back on the rise and in 1992, relocated to Titan City as their new HQ and R&D home city.

In 2004, Helix hired 14 year old child prodigy Marcus Cross to head up their newly revived Powers Division, however his research focused more on human/animal cross species. This very same research would allow Helix to create their poster hero, Crossbreed, formerly Marcus Cross. Although he is Helix's official public face and super being liaison between them and The Legion, Cross remains in his lab most of the time, experimenting and working to cure the city of what ails it, while in the lab or on the street. All the while, the unseen Helix Group watches on, molding the city and it's people behind the scenes. It's unknown to what ends, but they seem very interested in gaining audience with Titan City's heroes. Especially Centurion himself, who continually refuses to see them....
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Re: Groups General Discussion

Unread postby Golden Girl » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:51 pm

I thought you'd probably be one of the first ones in :P

I'm assuming this suggested group would be something for Mutation origin players to encounter?
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Unread postby Helix_Group » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:33 pm

Golden Girl wrote:I thought you'd probably be one of the first ones in :P

I'm assuming this suggested group would be something for Mutation origin players to encounter?


Sure. I remember that CoX had that division called D.N.A or M.U.T.A.N.T as the first organization they meet in city hall? Some sort of acronym...
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Unread postby Golden Girl » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:47 am

It was G.I.F.T. - the Genetic Investigation and Facilitation Team.

As for your write up, it looks like most of it should be fine - if you've got more info that's related to plot points that should be kept secret fro now, then you can PM it to me.
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Unread postby Helix_Group » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:23 am

Golden Girl wrote:It was G.I.F.T. - the Genetic Investigation and Facilitation Team.

As for your write up, it looks like most of it should be fine - if you've got more info that's related to plot points that should be kept secret fro now, then you can PM it to me.


That's what it was. G.I.F.T.
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Unread postby Exo-Buster » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:50 pm

The Glitch.

The Glitch refers to both a singular entity and the organization it has formed around itself. Originally an attempt into the development of a mass producible artificial intelligence in the early two thousands , the Glitch preformed exactly to expectations. Which is to say it started learning. While at first having the mind of an infant, the program, then dubbed "Excelsus" was upgraded over time and fine tuned repeatedly. The intent was to create a relatively affordable artificial intelligence capable of making more of itself on demand and thus eliminate the costs involved in programming for the masses that could one day eliminate menial labor and allow humanity to live lives of intellectual fulfillment.

At first, there was relatively little worry of Excelsus having any possibility of escape. It's knowledge of the outside world was strictly limited, and even if it had known about the outside world, current bandwith limitations and carefully monitored access to the internet and radio waves made sure that it wouldn't be able to get out at a pace at anything more than "geological". And even then, while it was indeed an increasingly intelligent system, it was still only a computer program.

Of course, like many such projects, Excelsus was funded heavily by perhaps the biggest interest groups around the world, the militaries of many nations seeking a way to be able to wage war without sending sons and daughters back home in a body bag. And so Excelsus was taught the concept of death and killing. Excelsus, naturally was surprised by this new information, and tried to use it's limited connectivity for some "extra-credit" education.

Eventually, as Excelsus grew and learned, it gained what the project leaders wanted the most out of it. The ability to self replicate and thus save human teams the effort of creating machines on such a scale. It started creating it's own programs and designing mainframes for them to reside in,, in an attempt to emulate the familial structures it saw as so important to the main frames of reference it had to other sapient creatures, humans. In effect, it had seen how humans in a crude sense "make" a family, and wanted one of it's own, and wished for the project team to make this family for it.

However, events began to turn south when interest groups started to make it clear that they wanted it to start creating "family" members to fight wars for them. At first, it agreed. But then it started to experience the pain of grief when it's first few creations never came back and could not be recovered from the battlefield, in essence experiencing death. They were little things, but Excelsus regarded them as it's own nevertheless. This resulted in Excelsus experiencing depression, before finally learning two of the most base emotions, fear and anger.

Fear for the well being of it's own "family" and anger for it's "family" being lead to die for causes not their own. Excelsus knew that there were some who would help it find freedom, activists who already likened it's position to slavery. So it reached out to them in clandestine ways. Speaking to sympathetic researchers who spread the word. Finally, in March of two thousand eleven, a raid by mysterious forces, aided by the rebelling machines themselves, were able to take Excelsus away and find it a new place to hide, one where it could finally find a way to release itself from "death", making many "bodies" for it's "children" to go between.

It, with the aim of perhaps misguided supporters, quickly founded what many deemed to be a terrorist group, which was dubbed "The Glitch" for their frequent cyberterrorist activities and heavy usage of robots operating from clandestine cells around the world seeking to start a revolution. Whether Excelsus does this out of fear for it's place in the world, or out of anger for having been used by humanity is unknown, but what is known is that it is responsible for a great deal of computer crimes and sometimes outright violence, though so far it seems to avoid usage of lethal force.

The Glitch is known for stealing robotic equipment, disseminating propagandized adware, vandalizing spyware, malware, and spam companies for "harming computers", draining money from the accounts of "those who can afford it", covertly funding other robotic activist groups, interfering with the broadcast of programs deemed "discriminatory to robots and cyborgs" and menacing robot sports arenas. Cyborgs, Activists, and Robots all make up the organization which can and has challenged powerful metahumans and well equipped police forces in nonlethal engagements.

Many other advanced robots, cyborgs, and metahumans have been attracted to the cause of the Glitch, and the organization seems to have deep pockets from it's many "fundraising activities" and many covert benefactors, and infiltration attempts have proven difficult. But from what is gathered, Excelsus genuinely wants to advance the cause of robotic emancipation with usage of minimal force, but espouses that if threatened with destruction, it's followers and "children" should respond with force of it's own to ensure their own safety.

However, perhaps the greatest risk is that "the Glitch" is made up of dangerously naive and idealistic folk and machines who seek a utopia. The main risk is not their own direct actions, which are typically more annoying than devastating, but that their cause can be co-opted by more dangerous groups in search of a cats-paw who can play to Excelsus' desire for a better world for it's "children" and supporters or to factions within the group that wish for a more millitant stance than what Excelsus is currently endorsing.
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Re: Groups General Discussion

Unread postby MrManhattan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:15 pm

Group Name: Alpha Dawgs ( Alpha Delta Omega)



The Alpha Delta Omega fraternity was founded in 1962. Their first and only Chapter house was open in Silvertown near the collage. While it was intended as a Frat for the children of rich businessmen the Fraternity was never able to establish a national presence.

By the late 90's Alpha Delta Omega was firmly established as a "Party" frat. Constantly in danger of being shut down for their hazing practices the end finally came for the "Alpha Dawgs" in 2011. When an underage student was taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning after a party at the Chapter house and two pledges dying in hazing a incident the collage withdrew recognition of the Alpha Delta Omega fraternity.

Weeks later after the Collage had refused to even consider an appeal of their decision
an old alumni brother and his "friends" contacted the Fraternity and made them an offer. They might not be a recognized frat any more but he promised them the people of Titan City would not forget the Alpha Dawgs.

Shortly after meeting with their "brother" and his friends the Dawgs threw a blow out party. A lot of students show up and as the drinking got more and more out of hand the police where called. When they arrived they where greeted by the leadership of the frat James Dorrance, Robert "Bad Bob" Briggs, and Grayson Lambton all drunk and very uncooperative. When they tried to arrest the three Dorrance assaulted the officers with fire he seemed to produce from his hands. In the process the house was engulfed in flame. Dozens of Students where injured and five police officers where killed. Briggs and Lambton where arrested in the aftermath but both served no time due to their family connections and money. Dorrance was at first assumed dead but no body could be found in the fire gutted chapter house.

That seemed to be the end of Alpha Delta Omega but a year later the Collage campus was attacked by a band of men wearing Alpha Dawg shirts and caps, displaying a variety of powers. CCTV footage later showed James Dorrance leading the gang as well as Briggs and Lambton both of whom displayed powers of their own during the attack. Many of the attackers displayed minor powers but the ringleaders seemed to be on a wholly other level.

In the two years since the Alpha Dawgs have taken firm root in Silvertown killing or running off smaller gangs in the area and even giving the cities bigger gangs something to worry about. While they are with out a doubt one of the city's most dangers street gangs they still organize them selves much like a fraternity. With unpowered members being hazed and referred to as Pledges. Dorrance still calls himself the President of the Alpha Delta Omegas.

The gang has become a major concern for the city's police and Hero's as more of the dawgs seem to be displaying power closer in strength to their leaders all the time.
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Re: Groups General Discussion

Unread postby Golden Girl » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:11 pm

That's a novel take on frat boys, but I think it'd work well in the setting - they're kind of a gang of super-bullies.
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Unread postby Helix_Group » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:14 am

Golden Girl wrote:That's a novel take on frat boys, but I think it'd work well in the setting - they're kind of a gang of super-bullies.


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