’From below the dragon, dark comes forth,
Nithhogg flying from Nithafjoll;
The bodies of men on his wings he bears,
the Serpent bright - but now must I sink.’
--from the Voluspa of the NornsSo Fear Itself, huh? What’s that about?
Fear Itself is a site-wide plot for With Great Powers, inspired by the Marvel Comics arc of the same name. With the strife over the Sokovia Accords having provoked the Earth’s level of fear to a fever pitch, the demon D’Spayre - having long remained an enigma tormenting the metahumans of New York - reveals his true identity and summons forth a diabolical plot that threatens to consume the Earth in a shadow of eternal terror. His greatest weapons against the heroes are twofold - the unchecked spreading of the world’s fear, and some of their own number, corrupted by his eldritch mastery.Who can take part in this event?
Everybody! We particularly encourage characters with an interest in the following:
-Asgard and Asgardians
-Magic, the supernatural, and other planar shenanigans
-Saving the city from an army of demons
-Becoming an unstoppable runic juggernaut powered by ancient magics and destroying everything in your path (more on this later)
-Fleeing all kinds of terrible destruction and chaos
-Killing D’SpayreWait, I can kill D’Spayre?
If you play your cards right. Somebody’s definitely at least going to get to punch him in the face.What kind of roles are available?
There are three major positions a character is eligible for:
. Obviously! Kick ass, take names, slay demons, save the day.
. Get put in tremendous peril, and give the heroes something to rescue.
. Get mind controlled! Serve D’Spayre! DESTROY EVERYTHING
.....Go back to that last one.
Several participants will get to take on a very important role that has a lot of responsibility to it - characters who are controlled by an evil spell and ordered to go on a rampage. These characters, AKA the Worthy are critical to the plot and will get to have a big impact on thread events - essentially, they’re a license to go hog wild and do all the crazy supervillain stuff you couldn’t do otherwise. Imagine if the Black Order had accomplished literally anything in Infinity War, and you begin to get the idea of what the role is like. For the duration of Fear Itself, you get to be a crazy berserk ass-kicker with a magic hammer on par with Mjolnir. What’s not to love?
On the other side of things, hero characters will have to deal with the Worthy as best they can. Fighting a horde of faceless demons is one thing - fighting your teammate who’s turned into an unstoppable warlord and knows how best to hurt you is quite another.Wait, if I volunteer a character to be a Worthy, does that mean they’ll die or be evil forever?
Nope! Once the event is over, they’ll be returned back to normal and be totally in control of their actions. There may be some consternation over what they’ve done while mind-controlled, but hey, drama is our lifeblood here at WGP.Okay, I’m interested. How do I sign up?
Just post in the thread and mention what characters you’d like to use in the event. (You can
use more than one, if you want.) Additionally, and this is very important, specify whether you want to offer a character up as a possible Worthy
. Once submissions are in, the admins will pick a couple people to fill those roles based on diversity, character balance, and possible plot hooks. Don’t worry if you don’t get chosen for one of those spots - it doesn’t reflect badly on you as a writer or a person, and generally it means we have something equally cool and heroic for you to do instead.
If you have somebody you’d specifically like to share a thread with, mention that too! The admins will do their best to sort everybody out in a way that works for them.
There will be a commencement thread to start with, featuring a single group of characters, and then the event itself will properly begin and multiple threads will be available for their assigned groups to participate in. Have fun and go crazy.When does it start?
At present we’re looking to let recruitment run for about two weeks so everything can get sorted out, and start the event sometime around mid-June.Anything else I should know?
Two minor things. First, please make sure to try to post in a timely fashion in event threads. You don’t have to be insanely fast, but remember that other people are depending on you for their fun as much as you’re depending on them for yours - it’s courteous not to make them wait any more than necessary. (This is especially true for the Worthy, who will get to drive a great deal of the action.)
Second, this will be sort of a stress test for the event framework. We’ve already proven with the Stark Expo that we can handle a reasonably decent-sized event - with Fear Itself, the WGP team plans to further examine our logistical ability to run events. The implications on the scope and breadth of other events in the future (read: Infinity War) will be greatly informed by the data and experiences we gather running Fear Itself. Keep that in mind and provide any feedback you can to help the event along - it’ll be great research.PLANNED THREAD LIST
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Thank you Xeper for putting all of this together!
- Ky & Ruth