Manticore (mantlcore) wrote,

It must be Christmas

Or I must be unemployed because I am writing things! I am, as ever, working on my super hero universe (let's call it "Justice.") Recently I've been going through old notebooks, and have found literally dozens of pages of notes, ideas, and characters that I am transferring to both a single notebook and to my computer.
One of the things I found is a brief history of the original premiere Super Hero Group, the Justice Corps (name is still under construction.) This isn't really a story about them so much as a synopsis of their falling out and a bit about why things are the way they are. Read on, enjoy, as ever comments are welcome.

The Justice Corps was originally founded in the mid 1940s as a response to the growing number of super powered beings. A group of five main members they aided the police, preformed civic services and tried to make the world a better place. Their motto, “Concerned Citizens for a Concerned America,” implied a lack of desire to become a police force, or a government subsidiary. The role they placed upon themselves was more of a neighborhood watch than it was vigilante police force.

Stalwart defenders of justice and the inalienable rights of humanity, in all flavors, the Corps was eventually forced into a corner. They were unable to legitimize their original mantra without clashing with a government that was more and more regularly infringing on our rights. Finally the U.S. government tried to take the decision out of their hands. They insisted that all masked “vigilantes,” were to remove the mask and that anyone exhibiting at least beta levels of power were required to go to government testing facilities for documentation.

This government mandate divided the Corps. Several members could not stand the idea of being forced to submit to government testing and, some believed, indoctrination. They took a vote. Two voted to use their examples, status as quasi public figured, and ultimately their abilities, in a more active display protesting the Governments attempts at control and attempts to remove their rights. Two voted to remove themselves from the public eye instead of submitting to government control, and one abstained. Divided and scared they separated, losing the support and protection they provided for one another.

The Black Fox, who voted to fight the government’s new laws, gathered together a small contingent of fellow super powered individuals and began an open protest that eventually turned into a physical rebellion against the government and its current administration. His march on the capitol was met with soldiers, some supers who were loyal to the government and others who were paid mercenaries. Neither side gave quarter and there were numerous casualties, including the Black Fox himself. Once the Fox was defeated his rebellion fell apart and those few remaining freedom fighters fled the scene.

Dr. Radiation also started a rebellion against supers registration and testing. He, however, fought his campaign in the media, and courts, trying to win over support for his cause in the public eye. For a time it seemed to even be working. Until, that is, the Fox marched on Washington and Dr. Radiation’s hand was forced: stay loyal to his long time friend, or denounce him, criticize him, and do it publicly to keep from losing all his hard work. Radiation tried to stop the Fox, tried to talk with him, reason with him, but failed. His mere presence at the Battle for Washington Hill garnered him house arrest, ostensibly for the rest of his life.

More a slap on the wrist than a real punishment with “vigilantism” outlawed, and the Doctor a publicly known figure, and identity, he was locked away in a retrofitted nuclear silo where he was given supplies to invent, communication with the outside world, and anything he cared for or needed, he was simply never allowed to leave. Once locked away he continued his campaign for rights and the law to appear for registration and documentation was repealed rather rapidly. However it was some time before the laws against heroics, and vigilantism, were abolished and even longer before the laws prohibiting organized groups of vigilantes was repealed. Despite the limited actual severity of his punishment something changed in Dr. Radiation over the years and even after the Anti-Vigilante Law was repealed he never returned to work his life of crime fighting, instead finding himself content in his underground tower, as an inventor and retired hero.

Hierophant, the unofficial leader of the Corps, abstained when the group took it to a vote. However, seeing the Fox march on the capitol his feelings of fellowship outweighed his indecisiveness and he too joined in the fight. Unfortunately Hierophant was the first to die in the Battle for Washington Hill. He was struck by an early laser cannon that was intended, based off of Dr. Radiations research and designs, to stun large crowds. The cannon overloaded his own numerous technological devices and atomized his entire body. Every molecule suddenly, and violently, separated from every other one Hierophant was little more than a cloud of radiation in the first few seconds of the fight. A radioactive clouds that Dr. Radiation (present in an attempt to stop the struggle before blood was shed,) unknowingly, absorbed. Something unique about Hierophant allowed him to survive, after a fashion, and Dr. Radiation still feels his presence and sometimes can even communicate briefly with him. Hierophant’s accidental, perceived, death triggered the fighting and caused the tragic battle that cost so many others their lives. This truth has come to light relatively recently as a rumor, and conspiracy theory, though few believe it. Dr. Radiation could corroborate the theory however he chooses to keep his and Hierophant’s joint condition a secret for reasons only he knows.

((Hierophants name is no mistake; he was the leader and the moral compass for the group. He was skilled at predicting what would happen next in the political climate and was very well versed in ethics. This is why his abstinence from the final vote of the Corps is so important and poignant he no longer knows where, or how, to lead the group.))

The Dreamer, a shape changer, chose not to reveal his identity to the government, instead taking on a new shape (or perhaps many shapes over the year) and disappeared from the world’s radar. No one is entirely sure what happened to him. However, recently, a new hero, named Nightmare, has appeared on the scene who shares Dreamer’s shape changing abilities and seems more experienced than his alleged age would indicate. Only a telepath would be able to tell for certain if they are the same man and since Nightmare is a proficient telepath himself no one has yet managed to get deep enough into his mind.

Penguina also voted to disappear from public, choosing not to reveal her secret identity it is rumored she made a home for herself everywhere from California to the Ant-arctic. The reality is, currently, unknown and she seems uninclined to reveal it. Once the Anti-Vigilante law was repealed she resurfaced with a new, more modern, look as both a heroine and a travelling teacher of sorts. Between acts of heroics she began showing several of the budding new heroes the ropes, as both mentor and friend. On the 60th anniversary of her life as a hero she became an icon of American Homes as the then President held a celebration in her honor and gave her several awards as a recognized, living, breathing American Hero.
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