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Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« on: May 11, 2017, 12:01:35 AM »
Immediately following Winston's recall, both Overwatch and Talon's plans were accelerated across the world. With the underlying tensions between omnics and humans being stoked across the globe, things seem more dire now than they were right after the Omnic Crisis.

Well, the world could always use more heroes...


Timeframe
This takes place immediately after the animated shorts, where Winston's initiated the recall, Mondatta has been assassinated, Genji has revealed himself to Hanzo, and Sombra's booped Katya Volskaya.

The starting point for the players will be for them to travel the world and recruit members for Overwatch, new and old, canonical and OC. You could play a recruiter or a recruitee. During all of this, hotspots will pop up around the world allowing for players to do heroic things and such.

Format
I will likely make a number of threads based around 'maps', some seen in game and others not. For example, I am imagining that Pharah, Mercy and Symmetra are all in Oasis. The first as a security contractor, the second as a scientist, and the third as an agent for Vishkar. Both 'casual' RP and important events will occur in these threads.

The game will be freeform, but character strengths and weaknesses will be determined by role and/or 'counters'. If you play an OC, keep that in mind as if you were making them for the game. I will trust my players not to make someone totally overpowered and also for you guys to reasonably adjudicate who will win in a fight. Then again, Winston beat Reaper in one of the animated shorts because the plot required it so... *big shrug*

We're all adults here, that's all I'll say about 'PvP.'

Canons or OCs
For the most part, I'll play the canonical characters. If I have a lot of trust in you, I may allow players to take the role of canonical characters. One of the most important things to me will be a consistency with lore. OCs of course are the 'chaos element' of the equation.


Sample Character Sheet
Codename: Tracer
Real Name: Lena Oxton
Age: 26
Nationality: English
Occupation: Adventurer, Pilot (Formerly), Overwatch Agent (Formerly)
Base: London, England
Affiliation: Overwatch (Formerly)
Relations: Emily (Girlfriend)
Description: Brown hair, yadda yadda yadda, butt.
Biography: Former pilot, yadda yadda yadda, Overwatch.
Strengths: Very fast and damaging, can take on bigger or slower targets with ease.
Weaknesses: Fragile, reliant on her Chronal accelerator. Can't handle very accurate tracking attacks or disruptors.
Ons/Offs: FxF, maybe FxM if I feel like it... Spanking, yadda yadda yadda, latex? This is just a sample, you know the deal.

« Last Edit: May 11, 2017, 12:04:22 AM by Inerrant Lust »

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 12:16:34 AM »
I had a perfect idea for this as I was walking home from work today. I was thinking of someone who was abducted and subjected to heavy chemical testing-think the comic version of Bane, who gets hopped up on Venom. Many of the others in the program hulked out and lost their minds, while he was able to keep his mind centered by thinking of his family outside, and that he was going to return to them. One day, the experiment went out of control as the roided up mutants started smashing everything-him included, but he had enough presence of mind to get out. After escaping, he found that his wife and child had been killed. He doesn't know who did it, but he blames Talon because it gives him something to focus his rage (natural and chemical induced) on. Strengths would be everything the Tank class focuses on (takes a ton of hits), weaknesses would include low mobility, and a tendency to rage. And he would be one of the recruitees, he sure as hell isn't seeking out Overwatch on his own.

I was thinking that a now defunct Pharmaceutical company was behind the experiments, now defunct because the mutants blew up the main building and therefore people found out what was happening. But before I go any further, this sound cool to anyone who ISN'T me?

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 12:33:55 AM »
Sounds reasonable enough. :P Consistent with the setting too, as Talon evidently did something to Widowmaker, since her blue skin comes from having a much slower heartrate and whatever other physiological changes they made to her. Could even tie in with her...

Edit: Or even some kind of messed up version of the super soldier serum used on Jack and Gabriel...
« Last Edit: May 11, 2017, 12:35:09 AM by Inerrant Lust »

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 12:45:49 AM »
Sounds reasonable enough. :P Consistent with the setting too, as Talon evidently did something to Widowmaker, since her blue skin comes from having a much slower heartrate and whatever other physiological changes they made to her. Could even tie in with her...

Edit: Or even some kind of messed up version of the super soldier serum used on Jack and Gabriel...

I was figuring something like that. Maybe a serum meant to make a person's cells regenerate naturally, as a way to combat wasting illnesses and disease-and hopefully without the risk of cancer (cause cancer is, well, cells multiplying out of control). Well, cancer was the least of their worries, and how rare of a sentence is THAT?

Another weakness would be him losing control in the middle of a fight and just going ham on whatever's in arm's reach. So when it gets to that point he'll be screaming for his allies to run-basically, get the fuck out of the way, he's going in!

Offline Ron Don Volante

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 07:08:27 AM »
If you're allowing canon characters I would love to play D. Va who has semi-retired from mech fighting and become a true K-Pop star who turns in her skimpy outfit and microphone for a mech once again. Just kidding, she's definitely not turning in her skimpy outfit when she goes back! ;) Seriously, a D. Va -esque character would also work for a true OC but something along those lines would be a lot of fun to write.

Offline TotesRider

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 07:22:33 AM »
I'd be down. Just dunno which one of my Ocs to use. My wise cracking slime, or my mercenary whose body is essentially a giant furnace with flames and shit.

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 11:14:40 AM »
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I was figuring something like that. Maybe a serum meant to make a person's cells regenerate naturally, as a way to combat wasting illnesses and disease-and hopefully without the risk of cancer (cause cancer is, well, cells multiplying out of control). Well, cancer was the least of their worries, and how rare of a sentence is THAT?

Another weakness would be him losing control in the middle of a fight and just going ham on whatever's in arm's reach. So when it gets to that point he'll be screaming for his allies to run-basically, get the fuck out of the way, he's going in!

I suppose I should expand the premise to be able to include 'wildcard' characters not directly affiliated with Overwatch or Talon, like Sym, D.Va, or Trashmouse and Streetpig. In part, if he's so dangerous... I don't know if Tracer and Winston (who I imagine are at the head of the recruitment effort) would be so eager to get him to join. Though, of course, he can certainly end up at the same place and time as some Overwatch/Talon operation goes down.

If you're allowing canon characters I would love to play D. Va who has semi-retired from mech fighting and become a true K-Pop star who turns in her skimpy outfit and microphone for a mech once again. Just kidding, she's definitely not turning in her skimpy outfit when she goes back! ;) Seriously, a D. Va -esque character would also work for a true OC but something along those lines would be a lot of fun to write.

I find D.Va exists in kind of a vacuum and it's hard to say how she would be involved. She seems like a prime candidate for recruitment into the new Overwatch... but I don't know if she'd so quickly abandon her duty to protect South Korea. An early goal of the newly reorganized Overwatch could be to go to the bottom of the sea and defeat the giant Omnic threatening Korea once and for all. Seems only natural from there that she would join Overwatch once her task is complete.

I'd be down. Just dunno which one of my Ocs to use. My wise cracking slime, or my mercenary whose body is essentially a giant furnace with flames and shit.

For some reason I'm imagining a literal slime. Which, you know, in a world of talking Gorillas and flying dragon tattoos... isn't so crazy.

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 01:05:11 PM »
I suppose I should expand the premise to be able to include 'wildcard' characters not directly affiliated with Overwatch or Talon, like Sym, D.Va, or Trashmouse and Streetpig. In part, if he's so dangerous... I don't know if Tracer and Winston (who I imagine are at the head of the recruitment effort) would be so eager to get him to join. Though, of course, he can certainly end up at the same place and time as some Overwatch/Talon operation goes down.

I think a better comparison would be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He had some ability to control it, but on occasion he would just straight lose it. At the start, he'll be more inclined to "lose it" a lot more often, but since the "losing it" is triggered by the buildup of a chemical in his blood, I'm sure someone can come up with some sort of "regulator" to help him not "lose it" as often.

Am I making any degree of sense? Anyway, once I get the details hashed out, character sheet incoming.

Offline ShadowFox89

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 02:08:29 PM »
Popping in quick during a break at work to put my idea forward,  a tanky sniper girl who uses special shells to provide cover for allies.

Offline TotesRider

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 02:19:54 PM »
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For some reason I'm imagining a literal slime. Which, you know, in a world of talking Gorillas and flying dragon tattoos... isn't so crazy.
Zeke Duvalk it is then. The average, maybe slightly sadistic, new jersey native who was tossed in a bar of chemicals when Talon raided the facility he worked at. Through what he calls "weird science shit" his body was turned into a gelatinous form. After a few days his "brain" was formed allowing him to mold his body into a humanoid shape. He's generally a melee fighter with the ability to shape his limbs into blades, hammers and spikes.

Offline Neysha

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 02:20:55 PM »
I might be interesting in participating.

Not sure as what yet... most of the obvious archetypes seem to have been taken by that dastardly game already.

Still it's appealing because to understand the story I only need to watch a bunch of shorts on Youtube... which is win-win for me!  ;D

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2017, 02:52:22 PM »
I might be interesting in participating.

Not sure as what yet... most of the obvious archetypes seem to have been taken by that dastardly game already.

Still it's appealing because to understand the story I only need to watch a bunch of shorts on Youtube... which is win-win for me!  ;D

Read this too: https://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-us/reinhardt-dragon-slayer Because Reinhardt is awesome.

Offline Premier

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2017, 02:57:34 PM »
Up for a former Overwatch agent who went rogue when they gave it up to keep fighting the fight and has gone a bit Junker native now. She's finally coming in from the heat!

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 02:59:24 PM »
There should be at least a few OW agents that are still out there somewhere, and have yet to respond to the recall. Just cause Tracer jumped at the call doesn't mean everyone did.

Offline TotesRider

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 03:06:32 PM »
Hm true.  Maybe I can reconfigure Zeke to be an ex-overwatch agent.

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2017, 03:18:17 PM »
I think a better comparison would be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He had some ability to control it, but on occasion he would just straight lose it. At the start, he'll be more inclined to "lose it" a lot more often, but since the "losing it" is triggered by the buildup of a chemical in his blood, I'm sure someone can come up with some sort of "regulator" to help him not "lose it" as often.

Am I making any degree of sense? Anyway, once I get the details hashed out, character sheet incoming.

That makes sense. I was just guessing without knowing the whole concept in full. A regulator would be pretty fun if we have less overtly combat-oriented characters.

"That's my secret, Soldier 76. I'm always angry."

Popping in quick during a break at work to put my idea forward,  a tanky sniper girl who uses special shells to provide cover for allies.

Do the bullets pop out shields in midair or something? :P

Zeke Duvalk it is then. The average, maybe slightly sadistic, new jersey native who was tossed in a bar of chemicals when Talon raided the facility he worked at. Through what he calls "weird science shit" his body was turned into a gelatinous form. After a few days his "brain" was formed allowing him to mold his body into a humanoid shape. He's generally a melee fighter with the ability to shape his limbs into blades, hammers and spikes.

Heh, either idea works; a slime or human furnace. Makes me think of a male Inque from Batman Beyond, who herself was a successor to Clayface... Also great fun for smut!

I might be interesting in participating.

Not sure as what yet... most of the obvious archetypes seem to have been taken by that dastardly game already.

Still it's appealing because to understand the story I only need to watch a bunch of shorts on Youtube... which is win-win for me!  ;D

There's a compilation of them all and it's about an hour long or so. Most of them are pretty disparate and unrelated but they're pretty good. My favorite is probably 'The Last Bastion' even though it doesn't add anything to the story... it quintessentially sums up the themes of the whole setting in a beautiful and touching little self-contained story.

The roster is pretty good, yeah. I have long hated the aesthetic Blizzard's 'Worldcraftian' character design but I love Overwatch's cast. There's over two dozen of them now so I don't mind if players take the reins. Especially since you're right- a lot of the archetypes have been taken. Ninja Cyborg, Female weightlifter, Cowboy, Grumpypants Soldier, Angelic lady, ect.. :P

In my solos thread, I have a number of one on one scenes that I've pitched and I might be interested in writing them with people here, as 'shorts' that elaborate on backstories. In part, it may just be so I can fool around with the incredibly handsome Jack Morrison and the incredibly gorgeous Ana Amari while they were in their prime... but I may also use these shorts as a way of auditioning the canon characters to people..

Read this too: https://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-us/reinhardt-dragon-slayer Because Reinhardt is awesome.

Reinhardt is one of my favorite characters because he was born before the Omnic Crisis and has every reason to hate Omnics but is still a swell dude that just wants to Don Quixote around the world, serving justice wherever it's needed.

Up for a former Overwatch agent who went rogue when they gave it up to keep fighting the fight and has gone a bit Junker native now. She's finally coming in from the heat!

More Aussies? In truth, I would love a character that could tie Trashmouse and Streetpig to the main cast. The only connection we have to the Australia wasteland is in some skins- D.Va's junker skin and Ana's wadjet implies that they've been there at least...

There should be at least a few OW agents that are still out there somewhere, and have yet to respond to the recall. Just cause Tracer jumped at the call doesn't mean everyone did.

A lot of in-game dialogue implies that most members aren't thrilled to get back out there. I believe Mercy says that it might be for the best that Overwatch left in the past...

Hm true.  Maybe I can reconfigure Zeke to be an ex-overwatch agent.

Doesn't have to be. I imagine the recall is also looking for new members, not just old ones.

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2017, 03:24:32 PM »
Yeah, if we went this whole thread without the Avengers movie reference, I was going to kill someone.

Side note: Since I'm basically creating the company that did this to my character, I'm throwing in some parallels to Vishkna (is that how you spell it?), because conflict with Symmetra would be fun if it ever comes up.

"A company wanting to 'build a better world' did THIS to me. Do I look helped to you?"

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2017, 03:35:18 PM »
I may or may not have my own plans for Vishkar... but I don't think they are involved in anything overt like that. They seem to be primarily a real estate and development company... maybe with shades of law enforcement since they apparently used Lucio's sonic technology to 'control the populace'

But I don't think they're the type to go full-blown human experimentation and the like. Talon and any of its front companies, though...

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2017, 03:54:49 PM »
I may or may not have my own plans for Vishkar... but I don't think they are involved in anything overt like that. They seem to be primarily a real estate and development company... maybe with shades of law enforcement since they apparently used Lucio's sonic technology to 'control the populace'

But I don't think they're the type to go full-blown human experimentation and the like. Talon and any of its front companies, though...

You have it backwards, Lucio jacked the sonic tech to fight Vishkar off.

And the comparisons will be more of how the company presented themselves to the world-both proclaimed to be building a better world or a brighter future, but there's sinister agendas beneath the surface...Dean also isn't one for "better world" talk to begin with. To quote him, "you say you're building a better world, but did you stop to ask people if they wanted it? Maybe they like what they have, warts and all, and don't want some jag-off coming in and telling them they suck."

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2017, 04:06:53 PM »
Yeah, that's what I meant regarding the sonic tech.

But really, I think Vishkar is its own thing. It might have some connections to Talon but I don't think it's intimately involved in whatever global conspiracy the plot seems to be building towards...

Offline Premier

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2017, 04:12:22 PM »


More Aussies? In truth, I would love a character that could tie Trashmouse and Streetpig to the main cast. The only connection we have to the Australia wasteland is in some skins- D.Va's junker skin and Ana's wadjet implies that they've been there at least...


I see her as an attempt by Overwatch to get in with the Junkers and finally bring about some peace to the rad strewn wastes of Australia, a move that didn't work out super great because the Junkers are a bunch of lawless robot hating psychopaths who think civilized society is for losers. Still she did like the idea of traveling and maybe if someone gave a shit about the Junkers they'd get a real portiion of their homeland back someday.

She knows Pig and Rat because she used to hang out with them back when they were weeeee and has a very complicated relationship with them in that she lets them get away with things and they in return got her into so much trouble Overwatch had to eventually kick her out.

But hey now they might let her back in! Second chances!

Also Mech Battles are the national sport of Junkertown, which is why D.Va has the Junker skin, she wanted to play!

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2017, 04:15:18 PM »
Ah, just, the way you wrote it made it sound like Vishkar stole Lucio's tech. Which would honestly be kind of funny, but anyway.

I think a big part of the plot is Order, Chaos, and the Balance in-between. Vishkar represents the iron-fisted version of Order, while Talon represents ultra-destructive Chaos. Meanwhile, you have characters like Zenyatta (big into Balance and harmony, also big into getting people together and Unity) or Tracer (mostly Chaotic in the whole free-spirited explorer, but also has a bit of Order as she is a member of Overwatch, a military organization) that represent Balance, or other characters like Lucio that represent the more positive aspects of both sides of the coin. Really, if you asked me, I would say the central conflict of Overwatch's plot (such as it is) is the battle between Order and Chaos and the balance that needs to be struck in-between. You can ALSO say that I'm reading way too much into it, or I'm totally off base, and that's fair.

Offline Angie

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2017, 04:30:08 PM »

Starting ideas
Codename: None
Real Name: Harold Dean
Age: 32
Nationality: German
Current Occupation: None
Former Occupation: Forensic Scientist
Base: Berlin, Germany
Affiliation: None
Relations: Carolina (Wife), Sarah (Daughter)
Description: Dean is a hulking mass of muscle every since the Titan-Slayer experiments, and would not look out of place on the set of DOOM. Since his cells are constantly regenerating, his black hair is forcibly short-almost buzz cut levels. He constantly looks angry or in pain, due to the restructuring of his facial muscles from the Titan-Slayer experiments. He has little to no body hair on the rest of him. He has blue eyes.
Biography: Dean was originally a simple guy. Forensic Scientist during the day, family man by night. His work wasn't going to cause any breakthroughs, but it helped solve many murder cases with solid lab work. He was respected by the police department and loved by family and friends. This changed when he was abducted by Wholesale Pharmaceutical. The company made their fortune by shipping such incredible quantities of common medicines that most competitors were pushed out, but they had a little project of their own...

Specifically, a chemical dubbed "Titan-Slayer". Super Soldier Serums were nothing new-after all, Jack and Gabriel were well known for having gone through a super soldier program. Titan-Slayer was supposed to create even stronger warriors with less subtlety. Yes, the hulking monstrosities that most people turned into when injected with the chemical was considered a feature, not a bug. However, Wholesale forgot to include any way of actually CONTROLLING the hulking monsters. Most subjects lost their minds. Dean didn't, as he clinged to the hope of his co-workers or his family finding and saving him. As his body grew in size and strength, a new hope emerged: Escaping and returning home.

Eventually, the mutants got out, as horrifically mutated test subjects with no mental abilities tend to do. Dean was able to escape as the Wholesale headquarters was brought down around his ears. He worried how his family would react as he made his way home, and soon realized, he didn't have to.

He showed up to find them dead. He came home to an empty house, a bunch of messages on the voicemail, and then went to the police. DNA proved he was who he said he was, even if he looked nothing like his old self. His boss informed him that his family had been killed in a terrorist attack. Had Dean not dived out the side of the building at that moment, his boss might be dead right now. As it stood, all that happened was the dumpster was torn to shreds.

See, the Titan-Slayer chemical is produced by the subject's own bone marrow, meaning it's tied to the subject's blood, whether he likes it or not. The chemical promotes the growth of muscle, as well as causing a constant supply of adrenaline, which can be "vented" by causing destruction (the company realized that a constant build-up of adrenaline would lead to short lived super mutants). The longer a subject goes without breaking something, the angrier they get until the subject goes completely insane and starts rampaging. A lot of condemned or abandoned buildings in Berlin no longer need to be demolished because of Dean and his need to break things. The chemical also stimulates cell growth and repair, causing wounds to heal incredibly quickly and allowing a Titan-Slayer to shrug off minor injuries.

Then Talon decided to show up in Germany one day. This was a very bad decision, as Dean was happy to demonstrate by showing up and ripping their operatives limb from limb. Their weapons struck true, but the Titan-Slayer chemical prevented Dean from going down and just made him angrier. The scene became a bloodbath of gore, just like Talon usually wanted...but it was their own operatives supplying the gore, which is what they didn't want.

Now, Dean has devoted himself to finding and destroying anything even remotely related to Talon. He blames Talon for the deaths of his family, whether or not this is true has yet to be seen. He is no fool, though: He knows he's no hero to the people, and his method of fighting Talon frightens them as much as Talon does.
Personality: Depends on how much the Titan-Slayer chemical is affecting him. When it's mostly under control, he's a very eloquent speaker, and while his dialogue is peppered with swears, he tries his best to smile no matter how bad the Titan-Slayer is getting. He has a deep disdain for corporations and most organized groups, believing that the mere concept of organizing leads inevitably to corruption. He believed this before the Titan-Slayer experiments, and only worked for the police because he felt that the constant public attention and the pursuit of justice slowed or potentially stopped such corruption. Even if he is to ally with Overwatch in some capacity, he will likely not ally with "Overwatch" itself but with specific people in the organization and always consider himself to be more "freelance".

As the Titan-Slayer builds up, he gets, well, angrier. His sentences get shorter, his word choice gets simpler, and he starts growling more than speaking. When he fully loses it, he loses the capacity to speak at all and instead just makes noises. He becomes a pure ball of destructive rage and will not calm down until many things-living or otherwise-are broken.

Weaponry: Dean's swiped a few weapons from Talon. They weren't using them, after he broke the man's spine. His preferred weapon is a large combat shotgun. His other preferred weapon is his FISTS! AHAHAHAHA! Ahem.
Strengths: Incredibly durable, very strong.
Weaknesses: Slow as molasses going uphill in January. Low range. Doesn't play well with others...
Ons/Offs: Tends to be rather asexual, as he's kinda still mourning his dead wife. With respect, can I skip this one?


Wholesale Pharmaceutical
Wholesale rose to prominence in 2026, using new manufacturing techniques to ship incredible quantities of common medicines to the world. With small manufacturing costs, they sold for cheap, and profits were big. Eventually, as they grew bigger, they began conducting research into cures for common problems that had remained "uncured". Things like Tinnitus and such. These research campaigns were announced, with a tagline of "let's build a better world by curing what hasn't been cured before".

The Titan-Slayer experiments were an offshoot of these programs that began in 2056. At first, it was only animal testing. Human abductions and experimentation (as no government would fund this shit) began in 2063. Dean was abducted in 2070. The massive mutant uprising occurred in 2073,
and Belgium (the company they were headquarted in) froze their company assets, effectively killing the company by 2074.

Wholesale's manufacturing techniques have been made mainstream, and without them around, pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to get as much of the pie as possible, including buying as many of their old factories and processing centers as possible. Why build up what you can buy out, right?

It's possible that Angela Ziegler knows about Wholesale and the Titan-Slayer experiments, as the truth about them came to light in the official investigation that led to the 2074 asset freeze. Symmetra DEFINITELY knows, as Wholesale probably had a deal with Vishkar to supply medicine to areas that Vishkar controlled, or at the very least, they had some talks going on. Similar corporate cultures (though dissimilar agendas) would lead to the two companies likely working together. Other canon or OC characters may know depending on their own interest in corporate scandals.

This stuff is first draft level, what do people think?

Offline TotesRider

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2017, 06:54:57 PM »
Zeke Duvalk take 1
Codename: Blob
Real Name: Zeke Duvalk
Age: 27
Nationality: American
Occupation: Wanderer, Odd Job taker, Smasher of Talon Skulls (self employed)
Base: N/A
Affiliation: N/A but may join Overwatch later
Relations: Alan and Diane Duvalk (Mom and Dad), Steven "FuckFace Mc'ShitHead" Duvalk (Brother)
Description: Large green gelatinous body. Two yellow eyes and a purple 'brain' at the end of a tentacle. X/X/X
Biography: Sadly until the 'Incident', Zeke's life had been uneventful. An average guy from an average town in average ass New Jersey. Well for the most part anyway. He used to be the scrawny kid. Always picked on, weak and paled in comparison to his quarterback star brother. Due to being the town's punch line, he always fantasied about finding ways to get back at them. Most of them involving chainsaws, flame throwers and reenacting old horror movies. However as he got older he more or less just accepted his place in the world and moved on with his miserable life. Luckily he managed a pretty decent gig as a night security guard for a chemicals facility. It was pretty awesome honestly. He got to just hang around, drink beer, play his video games and blast music over the speakers. It was boring ass Newmont, New Jersey. Nobody would want anything from this town. Or so he thought...
On the night of June 15, it was an average shift. Old hip hop playing through the speakers as Zeke spent his time playing the latest Dragon Fantasy Wars. He never even noticed the men in black armor carrying guns entering the facility. After finally noticing. He grabbed a pistol and made his way to try and figure out what was going on. Howevever he was grabbed by couple of the soldiers and was tossed into a large vat. As his body began to melt and disintegrate. The last thing he could hear were bombs being set off.

The resulting blast made the headlines as several nearby apartments and stores were destroyed in the blast. With a few casualties, the news began to blame it on then deceased Zeke Duvalk. As clean up began, a bizarre blob of jelly was stirring to life underneath some of the rubble. It began to slither around aimlessly and escaped into the forest. With an almost animal like instinct, it began to wander the woods while eating and absorbing whatever organic life it could. Within a few days, a bizarre glowing crystal began to form and soon a conscience and with it's first words "The Fuck Happened?! What the shit am I?!" Zeke was officially reborn.
After getting his footing, he began to investigate what had happened at the facility. He managed to find out that a group known as Talon had been the culprits.
"So these are the guys huh?" Years of abuse and tormenting had finally caused the newly formed slime to snap. "Guess I gotta find these shit snacks and make them into meat jelly!" With this in mind he began wandering the world trying to hunt down any traces of Talon. And the few times he had managed to find them... it ended in some pretty brutal, albeit somewhat comical, violent battles that would make someone queasy.

Despite his... violent temperament. He has started to show signs of compassion and the makings of a 'Hero'. Due to his past, he doesn't tolerate those who prey on the weak.
"Oh heavens look at the time... It's wreck-your-shit-o-clock!"
Strengths: Can take a lot of hits due to his slime body. With his shape shifting ability, he can adapt to almost any situation. Also his Assholeishness CHARM gives him a cool head.
Weaknesses: Constantly needs hydration especially after a battle. Extremely weak to extreme cold and heat. And if his gem brain is broken then he's dead for good.
Ons/Offs: Considers himself Bisexual. In his words "Dude i'm a fuckin' ball of goo. Can't really be picky." But after some 'encounters' in the past, he's learned how to put his abilities to good use.

Offline Inerrant LustTopic starter

Re: Gauging Interest: The Return of Overwatch
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2017, 12:26:40 AM »
Premier: For some reason, I'm imagining the recall got sent out to your junker and Tracer/Winston are like, "Oh... oh no, we didn't, um, mean for that to go out to EVERYONE..." but they kind of have to take whatever help they can get.

Angie: I get the impression that the theme of Overwatch is that this beautiful world full of grandeur and hope and idealism is only possible when a concerted effort is made to preserve it. The Last Bastion seems to exemplify it- with the adorable murderbot making a conscious decision not to kill people. Everyone else in the world has to make a conscious decision to improve and maintain the world or else everything great about the world will wither away...

That's my take on it, at least.

As for Dean, does Wholesale have an umbrella for their logo? ;) In more serious settings, I always laughed at the idea of turning people into monsters to make them into weapons for war. There's... like, no chance that could get out and cause a huge PR scandal!

In any event, Dean seems like the kind of character Mercy could help...

I should note, while death and murder are not unusual in Overwatch, I feel like scenes of gore would be a bit against the spirit of the setting. Even in Soldier 76's short, in which at least one Los Muertos most definitely gets killed (by helix rockets), it isn't shown outright and every other goon struck by his bullets ends up hit bloodlessly in the shoulder or in the gun or something like that... granted, this is a game on E! There will be sex, most assuredly... but I feel like a lot of blood would be a bit contrary to the tone of the setting. It's fine for a backstory (Junkrat and Roadhog are murderers, after all...) but I request to keep all blood and gore 'off-camera' unless it's to be used for VERY poignant dramatic affect. :P

Asexuality is fine!

TotesRider: I'll always encourage players to have a backstory that drifts away from 'wrong place and wrong time' and towards actively being involved or responsible for the events that led to their transformation. It also gives me a little bit more to work with in terms of creating plot hooks.

For example, Tracer got all timey wimey wibble wobbled thanks to her being a test pilot. Gabe got reaped up presumably as a result of the injuries he sustained when Overwatch HQ blew up and Widowmaker was kidnapped and modified explicitly because she was married to the Overwatch agent investigating Talon.

But that's just my preference. I think it makes it easier to tie characters and plots together as well.

Strengths and weaknesses are interesting from a fluff perspective but they're a little... obtuse if we were trying to figure out how Dean would fare in a 1v1 fight against Talon operatives like say, Reaper or Widow or Sombra. That was the primary reason I wanted people to list their strength and weaknesses was so that we could avoid any confusion about the freeform combat that will inevitably occur. :P

Also ...I'm down for gooey smut!