- Episode One: Trapped in the Airplane Graveyard!
- Zero, Year Three
- WEC Action News, December 2008
- Issue #13 - High and Low
- OOC Question - When Are We?
- Troupe Play, Datafiles, and Picking Sides
- Issue #12 - He's No Gentleman
- Known Victims of the Gentleman
- Message from T.O. Morrow
- Issue #11 - Future Tense
Building Empire City
In the Legacies arc we're going to focus on Empire City, a fictional location in the DC Universe and the home for our characters. It first appeared as the location Paul Kirk, the Manhunter, came from, but there's not been a lot of detail given to it in the comics. This is good, because it means we can fill those blanks in with our own stuff!
Here's some basic assumptions we're going with:
Empire City is located on the Eastern seaboard of the United States, somewhere in the vicinity of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Its closest neighboring cities are Boston and Providence. It was founded in the 17th century by early English colonists, probably Puritans or some similar religious sect. Its modern population is around 2 million people; around half the size of Boston and a little bigger than Providence.
At some time in the 1950's, a group of costumed heroes called the American Crusaders appeared on the streets of Empire City. Their membership included Shield, Captain Commando, Firefly, Black Witch, and Blackjack. They were briefly popular but never rose to the prominence of the likes of the modern Justice League of America. The team disbanded and faded from the public eye after questions were raised about their loyalty to American interests, most notably by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.
...and that's about it.
When we meet for our first session to pin down characters and supporting cast, we'll also spend a little time detailing some more facts and history for Empire City. Here's the main things I think we should cover:
Pre-Crusaders History: We don't want to get bogged down in detail here, but we'll probably want 4 notable events or personalities from the 17th to early 20th centuries. These can be famous battles from the Revolutionary War, renowned patriots (or traitors), and urban legends related to some local disaster.
Post-Crusaders History: While I've got some ideas about what happened to the Crusaders, we should come up with 4 events that didn't involve them between the 50's to the present. Given the region, maybe these could involve the Civil Rights Movement, technological and industrial development, or post-industrial crime.
Neighborhoods: I'd like to have 4 (or 5) neighborhoods or districts identified in Empire City. They should each have a unique flavor and feel to them as informed by racial, religious, or business ties.
We'll discuss this more at the first session, but be thinking of ideas for ways to make Empire City unique and fun to play in. If you can tie those ideas into your own characters' backstory or legacy, all the better.