"Over the last six years, I've watched Engine City merge with Chase Chemical, and surrounding metropolitan neighbors to form Mega City in the southeastern United States. Chase Chemical is the largest privately owned chemical plant and lab facilities in the world with over one hundred and twenty thousand employees including it's own police forces and fire houses. The region was officially named 'Mega City' once the population hit the ten million mark. To think the nation's capital is less than five hours away and only home to a little more than six hundred and seventy thousand people. For all these people, at least two percent of the population is superhuman. I tried going the powerless vigilante route for a few years, but I can't compete with people who can knock over skyscrapers or run across water. Lately though... I've noticed a few dead superhumans showing up in my neighborhood as well as a staggering amount of missing persons reports. It's happening in the corner of Mega City called the Highlands that are up in the Appalachian Mountains. The more recent victims were twenty years old or younger.... I've come out of retirement to try and find out who's killing these kids. The only way I know how to protect them is to gather them. Train them. And maybe together we can figure out who's trying to kill others like them.
My name is John Blake, and I'm just a guy with a bow. For awhile the papers called me... Arrowcaster."
Blake is around 40 years old, is going gray, and will get hurt early on taking him out of the field for more of a mentor role. He'll be a frequent NPC. Somewhere in the middle of Oliver Queen on the Arrow tv series and Old Man Bruce from the Batman Beyond future. He'll train us in a former enemy's underground base of operations he shut down early on in his career.
(think Brooklyn with the addition of mountain terrain, dirt roads, etc., something of a borough)
Welcome to Mega City obviously takes certain cues from the Arrow tv series. However, aside from the mentor character being a Green Arrow knock-off and the time jumps that's about as far as the connection goes. Everyone's characters except for maybe one or two will need to be superhuman. During the course of the first arc we'll introduce our characters being approached by Arrowcaster, train with him at the HQ, fight a couple minor villains and stop day to day crime here and there, while also teasing the future one year later with the big bad in the occasional time jumps. From there sky's the limit.
Essentially the RP is meant to be the best of two worlds. On one hand, we're RP'ing as rookie heroes with little to no training with Arrowcaster as our mentor. On the other hand, we also tease a darker future where we're facing off against the big bad as more seasoned heroes yet still getting our asses kicked in different ways. Eventually the stories will lead into one another and the time jumps will cease. I mainly just wanted everyone to be able to have their cake and eat it too. The darker future and plot will also make it easier to write out any drop-outs who could simply fall victim to the person or persons taking out superhumans. More on that if we make it to an IC/OOC. As far as the other enemies we'll face, I figure it could be up to the group to come up with some of the superhuman criminals and situations our noob heroes get themselves into. It's a big city, with the addition of mountain terrain, so there's not much we can't do. Wanna fight against a small population of vampire like creatures hiding in the caves? We could do that. Maybe there's a particular cop who's got beef with Arrowcaster who's giving us a hard time? Maybe one of YOU could be the superhuman killer?!?
This will be my first RP in months, so if there's enough interest I'll throw up a character sheet model. Likely won't be like the standard stuff in my RP's, as there will be bits for your heroes in the present as well as the one year later future. Arrowcaster recruiting our heroes will likely be part of a sample post at the end of the CS.
So who's down for an original universe of heroes not tied to DC or Marvel? Anybody out there?!