Hey guys! We are currently seeking ONE new character to fulfil the role of The Wildcards Heart! Take a gander!
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and the front line of defence against all threats to humanities safety, be it extraterrestrial or purely Earth-bound in origin, the team of Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Bruce Banner and Doctor Strange deal with it all...all villains seeking world domination, Earthly destruction or just general chaos and anarchy have to deal with them in order to succeed in their plans...and to date, nobody has been able to take them out permanently. No matter how hard they get hit, they always come back stronger. No matter how long the odds, they always pull out a Hail Mary in the end and secure victory oftentimes from the very jaws of defeat. Many people view them as indestructible, invincible, unbeatable...they see the team as a beacon of hope and a symbol that somebody out there is looking out for them, even when things look to be their darkest. Even when the villains are winning and nobody seems capable of saving humanity, The Avengers always manage to pull something out of their hats. At least, that's the perception....or rather, it was, until very recently.
Only a few months ago, Avengers began to drop like flies; it wasn't some world-destroying Superpower that eradicated them. It wasn't some climactic battle or an overwhelming foe or some reality warping magic that erased them from existence. It wasn't Galactus or Apocalypse or Thanos who managed to finally defeat The Avengers...it was just a string of bad luck. Everybody has bad days, everybody has moments where things don't go their way. Alas, with superheroes...days like those can easily be your last. One wrong move, one foot falling flat and suddenly everything you knew and valued and cared for is disappearing in the blink of an eye and you're falling from your place as Hero to a cold box six feet beneath the ground...if you're lucky.
It started with Wasp; during a routine patrol in her general neighbourhood, she activated her shrinking suit...and never reappeared, her belt apparently having malfunctioned to the point where either she can't grow back to normal size, or – more worryingly – she's continuing to shrink even now. Next was Doctor Strange who, when visiting The Dark Dimension in pursuit of a trans-dimensional being who had taken to stealing away mothers newborn children, was ambushed by agents of Mephisto himself, and was somehow defeated and taken prisoner in Hell. Thor followed, when – for some unexplained reason - during a battle he suddenly lost the ability to wield Mjollnir, and lost it over the side of the ship that he was standing on, losing it to the depths of the ocean. He is still Asgardian and therefore super strong, but he is no longer Thor. Either he doesn't know why he was suddenly deemed Unworthy...or he does, and simply won't tell anybody. Hulk simply...went missing. Scarlet Witch was hit by some kind of magical attack when hunting a new supervillain that culled the majority of her Reality-Warping powers, leaving her a shadow of her former self...and, most tragically of all, when trying to track down whoever had caused Banner to go missing, Captain America himself was struck and mortally wounded, dying long before he could reach civilisation. Tony Stark, who had been accompanying Rogers on the mission, blamed himself and quickly spiralled into a drug and alcohol-fuelled haze of depression, self-loathing and Survivors Guilt.
In one fell swoop of bad luck...The Avengers were neutralised.
They weren't the only team protecting the innocent, of course, but they were among the biggest and the remaining teams quickly found themselves overwhelmed trying to deal with the overflow of villains that came out of the woodwork on The Avengers fall. More and more nefarious schemes were hatched, more innocent bystanders endangered and more crimes committed in the vacuum left behind by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, to the point where nobody was entirely certain how to handle the new spike in criminal activity. Until certain individuals had an idea. The Illuminati, the council of Earth's Great Minds who guide humanities development for the greater good, decided to encourage several of the existing hero teams to grant their support to a new team that would be created in order to protect the innocent in The Avengers absence. The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Defenders and many others almost unanimously voted for Kitty Pride, a proud X-Man and Professor at Xaviers School For The Gifted, to create her own team of superheroes...but not just any heroes. She was to gather together strong, righteous pillars of justice and hope, who could live up to the symbol that the Avengers became. She set about creating her team, assembling heroes that were symbols in their own right of the core principles of what heroes should be; Truth, Justice, Mercy and – where necessary – the willingness to fight to the death to protect the Earth and its innocent inhabitants.
But at the same time, Nick Fury of SHIELD had a slightly different idea; many hero teams are idealistic and often suffer because they don't make the hard decisions when they should...The Avengers were effective, but they were taken out because they had blind spots. They couldn't think like their enemies, they couldn't anticipate dirty tricks and weren't capable of making the “shady” choice, even when it would have been more sensible to do so. So, as Kitty was beginning to create her own team, Fury decided to sanction his own superhero squad. They would be indirectly funded and supported by SHIELD personnel and equipment, much like Kitty's team would be supported by the teams that voted her leadership if she needed it, but would be given autonomy and only covert assistance from SHIELD in order that SHIELD be able to maintain plausible deniability if anything should go wrong. He placed his newest agent – a veteran of war, and a man he knew he could neutralise if it came down to it – in charge, and ordered him to gather like-minded heroes who could – if necessary – kill to protect the innocent. Flash Thompson, codenamed “Agent Venom,” was given command of his own public superhero team, though with the clear understanding that if he even started
to go off the reservation, SHIELD would put a bullet between his eyes without warning or hesitation.
So the stage is set; Kitty Pride has managed to assemble her “New Avengers,” and Venom his “Wildcards.” They both know of each others existence and, through a couple of incidents where they revealed themselves to the world, both are now publicly recognised in the media, and neither of them overly like the other. The New Avengers distrust the members of the Wildcards due to their chequered history and their questionable methods, and The Wildcards dislike the New Avengers self-righteous, naïve moralising and their – as they see it – unjustified distrust of The Wildcards motives. They don't like or trust each other, and both find themselves in an intense rivalry to fill the space left by The Avengers fall...but a new danger lurks in the shadows; a new team of supposed Superheroes has arisen, calling themselves “The Protectors,” but something seems off about them...wherever they go, crime seems to follow – as opposed to the reverse, which you would usually expect – and whilst they stop crimes, they seem to do so almost begrudgingly...and they seem to take orders from an as-yet unseen leader, hiding in the shadows behind the group. Who is this shadowy figure? Who are The Protectors, really? Was the fall of The Avengers and the subsequent crime wave really just a string of unconnected coincidences, or is there more to this than anybody suspects? Can The Wildcards and The New Avengers set aside their differences to figure it out before it's too late, or will their rivalry blind them until they, too, fall like their predecessors?
Welcome...to Marvel: After The Fall.
So! Now that we have the backstory out of the way, it's time to tell you what this is all about!
Basically, it's a Marvel game. Duh. My vision is to have a semi-large group split into two teams who are playing in a semi-sandbox environment. Basically, there are a number of non-plot-essential threads that you can do what you like in with the other players, but the idea is that your characters are in the team “Full Time.” So little to no solo adventuring. You get to play around on your own, and then every so often a Plot Thing will happen and you will be required to move into the game thread to advance the overall plot. I want between 3 and 5 players per team, plus the leaders, who will interact within their team and oftentimes with people outside of their team to create friction and drama and Plot Stuff on their own; the best drama is caused when two people who want the same thing disagree or distrust each other, after all!
So here's how this works:
I want two teams of 3 – 5 people (plus the “Team Captains”). Some of the players will be under Kitty's leadership in The New Avengers, and the rest will be under the command of Agent Venom in The Wildcards. To be in The New Avengers, your character needs to be more “Straight Laced,” more “optimistic” and “idealistic” a hero. So people like Spiderman, Captain America (an example; in this universe, he dead!
), Captain Britain, Miss Marvel, etc etc. To be in The Wildcards, you need to be more of a “pragmatic” hero, the kind who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty in pursuit of The Greater Good, and who tend to be viewed as less trustworthy. EG, Punisher, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Ghost Rider, etc etc. And yes, before anybody asks, you have
to be part of one of the two teams when you start. The teams have already been assembled at this point. Reformed villains are an option,
but unlikely to be accepted unless you can give a good reason (EG, Agent Venom IS a good guy in the comics right now).
– I want the teams balanced. This means that if I get three for TNA's and none for The Wildcards, I will temporarily close applications for TNA's.
– I want the sexes to be roughly balanced...no seven females and two males. I want it roughly 50/50, if at all possible. This is more for ease of balancing and the fact that, being on E, there is going to be sexy time. This way is just less messy for everybody
– There are some restrictions to the characters you can pick;
- Only a maximum of one from each team (EG, Fantastic Four). I'll let two X-Men be in the game to start with (possibly increasing as the player pool gets bigger), though NOT any of the Big Four: That is, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops or Xavier. That's the Leadership of the X-Men, so no way they would abandon their team. [NOTE: This Cap Has Been Reached! ]
- No members of The Illuminati.
- Keep a restriction on “reformed villains.” If they didn't have an extended “Face-Run” in the comics, they're illegible to play as heroes in this game. The GM's have the right to say “No” to any proposed character.
- No Super-powerful characters like Xavier, Phoenix, Vision, etc etc. If a character is more powerful than every other member on their team, what exactly is the point? If your heart is set on an extremely powerful character because you like the character itself, consider finding a reason to depower them to a more “team-based” level so they don't overshadow the other members of the team. I know that a lot of characters are going to be objectively stronger than others – The Black Knight or Taskmaster are obviously stronger than Black Widow or Hawkeye in terms of strength, at least – but try and keep it relatively balanced, please. Also, I would like some fairly obscure characters, if at all possible. Make it interesting! Choose people who don't tend to get picked for this sort of thing!
– This is an AU, so alterations to their history are allowed and even encouraged, but try to keep them relatively close to their Canon self; that is, don't change the history so that it's basically an OC with a CC's powerset. Try...changing the timeframe, or altering certain key events so that they developed in a slightly different way.
– If your character chafes at being in a team, then unless you can think of a good reason for them to be IN a team, they may not be the best fit. Try thinking of somebody else
– The game takes place fairly late in the future; that is, when Peter Parker and Flash Thompson are 30, so Parker has been Spiderman for fourteen years-ish. Please age your characters appropriately.
– NONE of the major arcs have happened; House of M, Infinity War, Civil War, etc etc, none of them have happened. Minor arcs have, of course, occurred, but nothing paradigm shifting yet. So please structure your characters background appropriately. Please and thank you!
– To begin with, ONLY one character each, please.
– The game will take place in a handful of specific threads; you won't be allowed to create new ones unless I specifically give you permission...just to keep the thread count down. I will be instituting a posting order of sorts to keep everybody up to date
So! This is just a general interest check! I will be your GM for this game, and I shall be controlling Agent Venom. Alixandre is my 2iC and Co-GM, and will be helping me with basic management stuff as well as controlling Kitty Pride so we can guide both teams along a general plot direction; after all, it's hard to direct two teams with only one writer! She's a GM too, so has just the same amount of clout as I do. So please be pleasant to her. And of course, be excellent to one another, too.
So, below is the code to the bio I would like you to fill out, please; Faceclaims are encouraged, but not compulsory. Include as many pictures of your character as you'd like, and please give an exhaustive account of your characters flaws, powers, limits and weaknesses, and how they came to be part of their respective team. These details can be altered later, of course, but this is just your pitch.
Below, you will notice that one of the categories is “Team Role.” This is here to split the teams into loose archetypes and character roles to better define what they do in the team and what character types we're looking for in terms of filling vacancies. Obviously roles can overlap – Bruce Banner and The Hulk could easily fit into two or three categories – so it's up to you which role you slot your character into. As long as it fits, it should be fine.Roles:The Leader:
The “Boss,” the one who directs traffic and gives the team their direction.The Tactician:
The one who is more strategically savvy. Usually comes up with the intricate plans and is usually the de-facto 2iC.The Techie:
The Tech-Savvy member, and the one who builds and maintains the teams toys.The Brute:
“The Big Guy,” the one who hits the hardest and takes the biggest blows. The Sorcerer:
“The Weird One,” the one to go to if you have questions or issues of a magical nature. Can be a practising sorcerer, or maybe just has a large working knowledge.The Sneak:
“The Spy,” the one who collects information, is specialised in stealth and infiltration and the one to go to if you need somewhere broken into, a bug planted or a fortified area slipped into without incident.The Heart:
“The Priest;” the emotional center of the group; the one who tends to be more empathetic and moralistic, and the one who also tends to patch up the other members wounds, be it physical or psychological.The Specialist:
This character relies on one specific trait or skill to get their shit done, rather than an obviously aggressive superpower; be it their extraordinary brains, their compassion and empathy, their special gadgets, their detective skills, their extreme accuracy with ranged weapons or a special affinity in spycraft and disguise, they use their skills to make up what they might lack in sheer physical power in order to be a valuable asset to the team. They might not have powerful eyebeams or super strength...but they're just as dangerous in their own way.
So! Please consider which role your character might fill best, then fill in this Skeleton:
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My bio for Agent Venom and Alix's bio for Kitty will be posted below...once they've been posted...go ahead and apply! I look forward to hearing from and playing with all of you!
Current Roster:= The New Avengers: =The Leader:
Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat [Alixandre]The Tactician:
Scott Washington / Hybrid [Marie Reynolds]The Techie:
Molly Hayes / Power Princess [Elven Sex Goddess]The Sorcerer:
Ananym / Witchfire [Re Z L]The Sneak:
Ben Reilly / The Scarlet Spider [Deathnote]The Heart:
Sam Wilson / Captain America [Writersblockade]The Specialist:
Cessily Kincaid / Mercury [AmandaWho]= The Wildcards: =The Leader:
Flash Thompson / Agent Venom [Vergil Tanner]The Tactician:
James Barnes / The Winter Soldier [Cuchulainn]The Techie:
Khalidah Janneck / Callisto [Kuroneko]The Sorcerer:
Illyana Nikolievna Alexandria Rasputina / Magik [persephone325]The Sneak:
Eric Brooks / Blade / Ronin [MasterOfMyFate]The Heart: The Specialist:
Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke [Freeko]= Reserved Characters: =
We are currently looking for a female character to fill the role of the Wildcards Heart! Take a look, and if you like what you see, please help us out with the vacancy. Please and thank you!
We look forward to seeing what you have for us! Thank you for reading this far...and thank you for applying! If you decide to. If you don't, well, screw you! No, we're kidding, please come back...