Champions Online has a huge amount of backstory incorporated into the
game. In fact, there’s so much lore in the game,
it’s a wonder that the game doesn’t burst open from
containing so many characters, organizations, and events that have
shaped the present day atmosphere of CO. Unlike other MMOGs, Champions
Online has the ability to draw from almost 30 years of stories and
development, as that the game is based upon the Champions RPG released
way back in 1981. Yes, that’s right; most of you playing the
online game weren’t even born when the original pen-and-paper
game was released!
The many distinct personalities and places in Champions Online were not
created by the fevered brain of a dev, but rather of a group of guys
sitting around a kitchen table rolling dice. Villains such as Doctor
Destroyer and Foxbat, places like Millennium City and Monster Island,
super groups such as the Champions and StarForce, and foul
organizations such as Viper and PSI were created long before computers
had stereo sound or non-text graphics.
Even with the sheer amount of lore already in the game, there is a
great deal more that has not yet been incorporated. What interesting
tidbits that have been in the pen-and-paper game that might make an
appearance in Champions Online? We know that Cryptic has already
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(a city in Florida that is a mix of modern and mystical, guarded by the
heroine Black Mask) in the upcoming year, but what else could show up
in the future?
To that end, we’ll look at some various places
and entities that could add some intrigue and adventure to
everybody’s favorite superhero MMOG.
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There are a few more places in the current IP (intellectual property)
that could make for some interesting places to adventure in. First,
there is Mount Everest, which is home to, not one, but two centers of
martial arts disciples. There is the city of Shamballah, a secret city
hidden within Mount Everest and is home to many of the
world’s greatest martial artists. Coincidentally, a few miles
below Mount Everest is the city of Agharti, a city of evil martial
artists. Just think of the kung-fu adventures that you could have
there! You might even get a cut scene with a villain telling you that
his kung-fu is better than your kung-fu, just like in the old movies!
If you get tired of Lemuria, you could always travel to Lyonesse, a
mystical realm that exists off the coast of Europe and is also situated
in another dimension. If players get tired of watery adventures, they
could head over to Ravenswood Academy, a training ground for teen
superheroes, to enjoy the angst of being fifteen and having purple skin.
As for villainous organizations, there are a few that have not yet made
an appearance in CO. First there is COIL, a group comprised of mutated
agents and led by King Cobra. Then there are the Sylvestris, a group
whose sole purpose is to serve the Dragon, the personification of the
evil that can be found within men. These groups work to gain power and
absolute control of the world. If they weren’t enough,
there’s still plenty to fear from alien races such as the
Hzeel, who are scouting Earth for invasion, and other-dimensional
entities such as Tyrannon the Conqueror, who can manifest himself into
888 bodies at the same time, while his true self remains in his home
dimension of Thulkos. Not to be outdone is Istvatha V'han, also known
as the “empress of a billion dimensions.” This
villain has tried on several occasions to conquer Earth and its
dimension, but has failed to do so. Not only can she travel from one
dimension to another, but she can also travel through time.
Last, but not least, is Kanrok the Acquisitioner, a foul kidnapper of
superheroes. He takes his captured prey to his home world of Malva,
there to fight in their arenas. All of these villains can provide
opportunities for heroic adventures, especially those from other
planets and dimensions. Imagine journeying to Malva to free some
comrades from their chains of servitude or traveling to another
dimension to beat back the advances of Istvatha V'han. The
possibilities are almost endless.
Don’t forget that there are superhero and supervillain groups
that have not yet shown themselves in CO. Heroes can meet and work
alongside superhero groups such as the Tiger Squad (China’s
team of superheroes), the Trismegistus Council (mystical group
dedicated to protecting our planet), and the Star*Guard (an
intergalactic group of cosmic cops). In addition, there are superhero
groups associated with various cities or locales, such as the
Peacekeepers (Chicago), Bay Guardians (San Francisco), the Justice
Squadron (New York City), the Capital Patrol (Washington D.C.), and the
California Patrol (California).
To face off against our mighty heroes, various supervillain teams can
be introduced into CO from the pen-and-paper game. These can include
the Ultimates (led by Binder), the Crimelords (led by Dreadnaught),
Eurostar (European villains seeking to rule Europe), GRAB (a group
dedicated to theft), the Devil’s Advocates (a mystical group
led by the Demonologist), and the Cirque Sinister (led by Amnesia). All
of these villains can be used to populate the world of CO and provide a
fitting match against the players’ heroes.
The world of Champions Online has incorporated many things from the
lore of the pen-and-paper game of Champions, but there is much more
that can be used to expand the game. From new areas to adventure in
such as Mount Everest, Lyonesse, alien planets such as Malva, and other
dimensions, there is a staggering amount of possibility for new zones.
Populating those zones will be many new faces, some friendly, and most
hostile. Superhero groups such as the Star*Guard and the Trismegistus
Council can work as springboards leading heroes to new missions, while
new villainous groups, ranging from the COIL down to individual groups,
such as the Crimelords and the Cirque Sinister, will serve as evil foes
to the players. As you can see from the examples listed above, there is
a wealth of possibilities available to make Champions Online even
bigger and better.
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