RISE OF A HERO[Young Superhero and Paramour] [Genders: Any] [Adventure] [Romance] [Mystery]Notes
: I want to open this by saying that I'm really not
looking for any established comic book characters in this story. I'm fine with pastiches, homages, gentle parodies, and "Iron Man with the serial number filed off." What I'm NOT interested in are stories "with like a Peter-Parker meets Power Girl only could you make her boobs bigger?"
OK, that being said, here's my idea for the story. Three generations ago, the Epics came. Gifted with powers and abilities far beyond mortal men, they exploded into popular awareness without explanation or herald. Some have attempted to use their powers to make the world a better place. Others saw their gifts as means of settling old scores, or enriching themselves at the expense of a populace they saw as like unto insects. These heroes and villains have battled back and forth since then, resulting in great devastation, loss of life, and fear among the people.
Eventually, the governments of the world united against the Epic menace, and rolled out a series of reforms and control over the Epics that make martial law seem like anarchy. The disastrous battles and ruin of previous ages has been abated, the majority of the Epic Villains of yesteryear have been killed while resisting arrest, or tombed within the darkest, deepest prison ever devised. At the price of freedom, peace in our time has been achieved.
My character is a young Epic about to turn 18, and therefore apply for a registration to take up a superhero alter ego and engage in the regulated bounty and crimefighting activities allowed to civic-minded Epics under the Regulations. My character is eager to prove herself a hero, and not just because she sees it as the right thing to do. Secretly, MC is the daughter of two famous epics, incarcerated years ago for refusing to register themselves with the Epic Regulation Board, and who famously and publicly defied the new order. MC wants to redeem the family name and appeal to public opinion to reconsider the way Epics are treated, and her parents' case in particular.
Where does that leave your character? There are several roles I see you could slip into:
- As part of her superhero license, MC is assigned a handler; a combination social worker and parole officer, to monitor her activities and bring the hammer down if she steps out of line.
- You play a reporter, who happens to witness a fine bit of hero-ing that MY takes part in on her first night out, and becomes determined to uncover the story about this new player and help promote her to the blog-reading public...or tear her down as a power-crazed menace.
- YC is a member of an established and storied superhero group, the
Justice League Superfriends Avengers Amaze-Pals. My character has always idolized the group, and your character in particular, for your stance for justice and defense of the underdog, and you are assigned to scout MC as a potential new recruit.
- Your character is a low-level villain, part of a criminal syndicate MC busts on her first big case. For unknown reasons, MC allows you to escape, and from then on our story grows as star-crossed lovers whose affair is as tantalizing as it is forbidden...
And more besides. I haven't written out the exact role I'm looking for you to fulfill because this sort of story needs to be a collaborative effort, and I don't want to begin things by straightjacketing you into a role. Use the full force of your creative abilities to help me build the setting and people in it, and let's see what happens!