Wow, I did not expect such a strong response. Thanks! Okay, here goes:
names for Jean and Rachel.
First Among Daves I want to give Rachel the Phoenix name in my fic, because she has the phoenix force, and I do intend to use her. The fic would be a series of small installments building up to one major conflict, ala Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s season-structuring. The central storyline of the series would be Apocalypse trying to utilize increasing human/mutant tensions to fully achieve his goal, and obviously Rachel and Cable will be playing key roles later on. I’d thought about grabbing another word for Phoenix for one or the other, but Suzaku or FengHuang were the best names I could come up with along those lines, and they aren’t related to rebirth.
As for your suggestions; I really like Bryan Ekers’s “Cycle,” and while I’m sure it’s already used, if it’s not an X-character (I can’t think of one), then it doesn’t matter for my purposes*. I also really like Askia’s suggestion of Demeter. Her association with marriage and sacred law works for Jean too (I always saw her and Cyclops as being something like the Apostles of Xavier’s Dream). Karma’s the name of an Xavier Institute faculty member, so that’s out. Jayjay’s Tabitha would be good (especially in light of my aforementioned view of Scott Summers being the Peter of the story), but I do want to use Meltdown/Boomer/Boom Boom, so again, bit of a name overlap. Little Nemo you know, in searching Wikipedia for reincarnation themed stuff, I ran across Svava’s story, and I can’t quite make up my mind about it. Rennaisance is pretty cool though. Good work guys, now I’ve got a few good ones, I just need to pick.
*the name thing: I honestly did not know that it was used. From what I can dig up on Marvel’s database , etc., it looks like one of them is something of a one-off villain, and doesn’t have anything to do with the X-comics, so I don’t really care too much about that one. What’s the second one? I guess the real question is, since I’m not worried about breaking continuity and establishing my own in places (what superhero writer is? ), does it really matter? Would it be too jarring for readers to accept a third Halflife?
Lol, Balance… Y’know, that’s almost exactly the same outline I’d come up with for her powers. Oh, and I’m definitely using your idea for the flight-loss scene. You will be getting credit for that, it’s brilliant. BTW, you got my other idea exactly. To use another GitS:SAC comparison, much like Tokusa is the valuable rookie through whom we learn about Section 9’s world, Half-Life is the newest recruit to the X-Men, fresh off the boat from Japan (?, this may change).
I don’t think I’ll go through with it, but another idea I had was for her to be an illegitimate child of Mariko Yashida and her former lover, Wolverine. This would serve four functions:
1.) She had to leave Japan because she got involved in trying to save her Yakuza step-father from law enforcement officials. She didn’t know why the sinister men in suits were after him, having not been aware of the nature of her parent’s business.
2.) She is introduced to the X-men by her mother’s cousin and former X-man Sunfire.
3.) It gives me a less creepy way to use that “Wolverine becomes close with a troubled teenage girl and thus we see he isn’t completely heartless” plot device without him seeming like a pervert .
4.) Lastly, it sets up a brilliant scene early on where Jean chews Logan out for not supporting his child, to which he responds about not knowing what to do with an almost fully-grown kid popping up out of nowhere, and Jean giving him a “you don’t know the half of it” response. And yes, I think I’m very clever.
Lastly, on the Summers’ powers:
I definitely intend to rewrite their powers. I want them all to be an undefined emission of concussive energy that gives off visible light (because, honestly, have you read the scientific explanation for Cyclops’ power? It just doesn’t jive). My idea is that they all have different manifestations of the powers: each has unique strengths, and a unique catch. But I thin I’ve got something for Vulcan already:
Cyclops fires a continuous beam that can have extreme range and power, plus it’s hyper accurate (it fires exactly at whatever he looks at). He can’t stop it and see without special equipment though.
Havok can fire from both hands, radiate blasts outward from his body, and even fire shotgun-like spreads of blasts. He has the potential for very high power, and can sustain rapid-fire blasting for short bursts. He needs to wear special equipment to avoid random misfires.
Vulcan, my version of Vulcan, can fire low-power, continuous, beams from his hands at medium-ranges (like a fighter-jet’s “vulcan” gun). He can also slowly charge up a ball-shaped blast and fire it at extreme ranges to unleash large explosions on impact (akin to Vulcan forging lightning for Jupiter). However, he needs to wear special equipment to enable him to discharge the energy at all, otherwise when he tries to charge, he just begins to shudder violently, projecting shockwaves that pick up force as they radiate out from him, before losing strength again.
So that would make it: Cyclops’ is always on, Vulcan’s is always off, and Havok’s is random!
1.) Arch-Angel was apparently given the power to super-heal others (ala Wolverine) by shedding his blood for them (on them or giving a transfusion). This noble self-sacrifice element definitely fits the angelic theme, but I also think it’s kinda gross (and would probably make any medical expert balk, given the potential risks for infection by improper transfusions). I can’t decide whether to keep it in or dump it. I know I’m gonna have AA keep his metal wings, because he’s kinda useless in a fight without them, but I’m ditching the blue skin. I just can’t decide what to do about the blood-letting power. Do you think I should go for it?
2.) I need a character to fill a spot in an X-Team, preferably a psychic, or a teleporter (the team’s got blasting and melee covered). Jean, Psylocke, Gateway, the Stepford Cuckoos, Moonstar, Karma, Xavier, Cable, Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler, and Blink are all either already being used in my story, or I don’t want to use them. So can you suggest an under-used Mutant, or perhaps an original character that you wouldn’t mind me using? My stand-by for this group is Wind Dancer, but since I want Storm to lead the team, she feels kind of redundant.
3.) I’d like Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen to be a mix of races/genders/creeds. Particularly, I’d like a “four corners of the world” feel for them. Any suggestions for War, Death, Famine and Plague? I’ve already got a Pestilence outline that would act as kind of a sidekick to Plague (either a relationship like Full Metal Alchemist’s Lust and Gluttony if Plague is a chick, or something like Snively Ivo’s sycophantic devotion to Robotnik if Plague’s a guy).
4.) While I have no intention of making a lemon (pornographic fanfic), should I have serious, mature depictions of romantic relationships, or skirt around the issue? On a related note: Would it be inappropriate to play a gay relationship between Shatterstar and Richter for humor?
5.) If Longshot shows up, doesn’t pursue Dazzler (with whom he was married, and who presumably suffered a miscarriage while pregnant with their baby), but instead starts to develop a relationship with Domino (Cable’s perpetually almost-but-not-quite girlfriend), does that make him a cad?
6.) Would it be creepy for Multiple Man, in his early thirties, to pursue a relationship with an early-twenties Stepford Cuckoos? The triplets’ powers do revolve around becoming a collective consciousness, and Jamie Madrox can split into separate bodies to date each of them…
Damn that’s a long post… :eek:
That’s all I got.
PS. Yes, I’m establishing “world details” way beyond anything I could fit into one story, because I’m not entirely sure where I wanna go with the stand-alone stories, and this let’s me keep my options open without having to make stuff up on the fly later on.