Thursday, April 12, 2018

E is for Earths

...of the parallel variety, that is.


I'd love for Light City to be accessible for all sorts of supers gaming.  I also just love a good, wacky multiverse.  Here's a little sample what's been discovered so far by the fringe physicists of Light City:

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Earth-Alpha:  The "prime" Light City universe.  In my head, anyway.  Heck, maybe every individual game world is its own Earth-Alpha.  That's the beauty of a prime universe: It's forever malleable, ready to be retconned, revised, and updated for the present time!

Earth-Beta:  The first parallel universe to be found, when Nature Man traversed the elemental planes and found his counterpart from this alternate Earth.  The boom in superheroics occurred much earlier here (in the 1940s...folks with masks and powers were a huge part of the Allied victory in World War II).  Some heroes, like Black Lion, are fairly similar between Earths Alpha and Beta, aside from age.  Others, such as the Flame, differ enough that it's hard to even trace how they're connected.  Still others have no known counterpart on the other Earth.

Earth-Beta

Earth-Gamma:  An Earth where The Assembly is the premier superhero team rather than The Association.  Cities don't all have the word "City" in their names.  And the movies tend to be a lot better.

Earth-Theta:  Here, an aged Black Lion came out of retirement in the 1980s to clean up his beloved Empire City after it had fallen deep into a crime wave.  He ended up facing off against his old pal Wonder Man, who has become a tool of the American government.

Earth-Mu:  A world of anthropomorphic cats.  And superheroes.  So, yeah, superhero cats.

Earth-Mu

Earth-Nu:  This universe has many of the same figures as Earth-Alpha, but the age of heroes began in the mid-1950s.  There are lots of apes, and Wonder Man is kind of a dick who spends a lot of time making his girlfriend look like an idiot.  Scholars of the Multiverse aren't quite clear on whether or not this is actually the same world as Earth-Theta.

Earth-Xi:  Pretty much everything on this world appears to be made out of toy bricks.

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There are a lot more of them out there!  (You might even say they're infinite...ba dump bump.)  I'm definitely interested in knowing what sorts of parallel Earths you would want to encounter in a superhero multiverse!

15 comments:

  1. Earth Zeta (otherwise known as Earth Zed) will be my big Halloween release this year.

    I'd love to see a Light City/Six-Shooters crossover.

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    1. Can't wait for Earth-Zed, and I very much agree on the crossover! Could go the Justice Riders route...have a Gaslight twist...stick to the more Jonah Hex-style 'grounded' characters in Light City's past...really a lot of directions it could go. (Oh! Mentioning Hex also makes me think that the similarities between Westerns and post-apoc probably mean that Six-Shooters is hardly a tweak away from handling Mad Max easily.)

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    2. Have you read Jonah Hex's 80's post-apocalyptic series, Hex?

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    3. Not all of it, but enough to know I like it quite a bit. :) I actually did a mini-review on here last year...! http://www.monstrousmatters.com/2017/01/wasteland-wednesday-hex.html?m=1

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    4. I have an awful memory sometimes.

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    5. Ha...I'm pretty sure mine's worse! (Also, encyclopedic knowledge of my prior posts is not necessary for discussion on this blog!)

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  2. Also, what about a post apocalyptic earth as one of the alternate earths?

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    1. I think there should be one! Could have heroes, like the one in the Infinite Crisis video game, or just be a Kamandi or future Hex styled Earth. I actually hesitated slightly in naming the one I did Earth-Gamma in case there was a better idea that involved a post-apocalyptic setting...!

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  3. Very egotistically, I'd propose an Earth-Kappa linking to the Earth where you'd find Knight City (the cosmic antithesis of Light City) ;-)

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    1. Sounds good to me! I was actually thinking Knight City would be fine on the same map, but maybe a parallel world fits better...and you've officially got dibs on Kappa!

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    2. Thank you. In my headcanon, the multiverse isn't so much parallel alternate earths as a web of alternate Earths... so Earth-Kappa, while a parallel of Earth-Alpha also has its own parallels (which are at a kind of cosmic tangent to Earth-Alpha et al).

      I scribbled something about these here: https://heropresstwo.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/rpg-crisis-of-infinite-fleas.html

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    3. Ah, I gotcha! (I think, anyway. Multiverses are weird in a wonderful way.)

      I do love that post on the Flea(s)! And it reminds me how great of a name The Gauntlet is for your British team...

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    4. Thank you! I can't take credit for The Gauntlet - that was Steve (our great GM back in the day).

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  4. I would like to throw in maybe an Earth-Psi, with a secret war of psionic warriors and super soldiers that just got revealed to the public. Think 90s Iron Age comics but with a bit more hope.

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    1. I like it! I knew Psi needed something that could play to the implications of the letter...and 90s comics need some repping in the multiverse too...!

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