Update 59

by David Meadows 7. September 2018 23:14

Issue 26 of Heroes finally gets to the great sea monster hunt that's been foreshadowed for a while. What are they? Are they real? Does the team find them? Well, you won't get the answers until issue 27 because it's a two-part sory, but it starts here in Under the Boardwalk.

Elsewhere we have...

  • A biography for Marvin Ford who you've probably never heard of.
  • A gazetteer entry for San Francisco, where all kinds of interesting stuff happens (and we haven't even scratched the surface yet).
  • And an encyclopaedia article on The Mine, a fairly important part of the Troll Rock culture that seems to keep cropping up in the story.

Next week will be a scheduled skip week because of stuff, so next update should be 21 September.

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Update 58

by David Meadows 31. August 2018 22:21

Strikeforce have been trapped in an alternate future timeline for six entire chapters, but now we're at the nail-biting conclusion, the final (?) confrontation with the Warscout, with the whole future at stake! Who lives? Who dies? Is there going to be a universe left at the end of it? I don't want to worry you with the title, but the answers are in a chapter called End Times.

And just on the off-chance the universe does survive, I'd better add some encyclopaedia entries too:

  • A key part of the 20th-century superhero scene is the Defense League of America
  • Recurring in the 21st-century world of the Heroes is the subculture known as Trolls (not to be confused with Atlantean Trolls or Bavarian Trolls, which I'll get to in time). 
  • Of absolutely no relevance at all is something called a Green Industries T-50.
  • And this is an old file, but I've updated it to include new characters we've learned about in recent weeks: the Special Police from the 24th century.

 

Next update should be next Friday, and may be a Heroes chapter or may be something else entirely if I get it finished in time.

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Update 57

by David Meadows 24. August 2018 22:15

It's a new issue of Heroes but if you're expecting James, Fred, Sara, Chi-Yun, Jerome, or even Don, you'll be disappointed. NONE of the regular cast appear in this story. Instead, we're looking at their arch-nemeses: the K-Men. I call the story Patriots, and by the end I hope you'll understand why.

 

Then there's the usual eclectic cluster of background files, describing the seen-once-and-never-heard-of-again locations of Joseph Swan's house and the 24th-century Kelley Medical Center, and, God help me, the Unified Wrestling Federation. I'm so sorry.

 

Next update will be a new Strikeforce chapter, due on Friday 31st if all goes to plan. (When does it ever go to plan?)

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Update 56 - Atlantis!

by David Meadows 17. August 2018 22:48

A year ago I started writing the Atlantis story, but stuff intervened and I never got past chapter one.

The story of the fall of Atlantis was something that began to take shape over 30 years of Strikeforce/Heroes, as I slowly crystallised my ideas of magic, demons, and so on. Starting about five years ago, I began to properly plot it, and make it a proper part of the Heroes universe.

If you read the chapters published so far, you will have no idea how or why it relates. But hopefully the links will unfold in time and begin to make sense.

And if not, I hope it's at least interesting as a story in its own right.

So this week I've added 13 new files to the site, all relating to the story of Atlantis. The main piece of fiction is Chapter 2 of The Last Days of Atlantis, but as it's been a year you might want to read chapter 1 again.

Some key historical events have been put into a timeline which you can find listed on the Historical Overview page.

The area that the story primarily takes place in is documented in The Peninsula, including a map! (Fantasy stories always have to have maps.)

And finally, an encyclopaedia page which explains all about Atlantean Magic.

 

Next week's update will be back to a regular Heroes issue. 

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Update 55

by David Meadows 10. August 2018 21:50

Strikeforce, the 24th Century Resistance, the Star Guard ... just how many heroes does it take to defeat one extra-dimensional invader? If they can stop fighting each other long enough, we might learn the answer, as Strikeforce rushed headlong towards The Point of No Return.

Three more new files this week, in addition to the Strikeforce chapter. In the Who's Who we have entries for the villainous Hellfire and the Star Guard's Starquake. In the Gazetteer we have the Warscout's nuclear bunker.

Next update will be one week away, and will be something a bit different. (I hope. If I can't finish it in time I'll just do a Heroes script, I've got loads of those stockpiled.)

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Update 54

by David Meadows 3. August 2018 22:00

Harry is a hard-boiled private investigator from the 1950s who has suddenly found himself living in the 21st century. What does that feel like? He tells us in his own words in issue #25 of Heroes, Gumshoe.

Last update included a timeline for 1974. Typically, as soon as I'd uploaded it I discovered two other events that took place in that year. So I've updated it slightly and you can now learned what happened on the 1st and 30th July.

Finally, an Encyclopaedia entry for the Canadian Special Operations Division, who will probably never appear in Heroes again but will eventually turn up in an earlier incarnation in Strikeforce at some point in the future. I mean, past. Confused? Good, so am I.

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Update 53

by David Meadows 27. July 2018 22:29

It's here at last! After too many delays, the hotly-anticipated (well, one person asked about it) next chapter of Strikeforce. I call this Swan Song (Remastered), for reasons that I hope are obvious.

And as usual a handful of background articles. Continuing the new style of timeline, I've added a couple of events 1974, and in the encyclopaedia I've added Señora Azul. There's no particular reason for these, they're not important to current events and they're not foreshadowing anything, they were just there on the list.

Strikeforce chapter 25 is already half written, so I'm fairly confident that I'm back on a regular schedule (famous last words).

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Update 52

by David Meadows 14. July 2018 00:36

A funny thing happened while reading Strikeforce chapter 24. First I decided to re-write the last third of it. Then I decided the action in the first third didn't flow very well, so I changed that a bit. Then I realised it didn't have a middle third at all, so I had to write a whole new scene.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, this is why you're not getting a new Strikeforce chapter again. 

Instead I've added an encyclopaedia page for the Fraternity (remember them from Heroes #15?) and a gazetteer page for the Fraternity's mansion (ditto).

Proper update coming soon...ish.

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Update 51

by David Meadows 6. July 2018 21:10

No Strikeforce chapter this week, sorry. As a consolation, there are two new encyclopaedia entries:

It's probably safe to say that Cygnus X-1 is the whole reason for Strikeforce existing, so it seemed time to write something about it.

And at the other end of the scale, a short piece on Hailey Hotels, which aren't important at all but it's Sara's favourite hotel chain so it seemed worthy of an article.

Next update will be 13 July. And there will be a Strikeforce chapter for definite. Maybe.

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Update 50

by David Meadows 22. June 2018 22:06

This week we have a new issue of Heroes, issue #24 "Sparks". Our heroes go up against the Electric Raider, and we take the opportunity to have another look at James's past. And if you don't get the surprise twist(s) at the end, you need to go back and re-read the last few issues. It's all quite clear, really.

Not a lot more this week. A gazetteer entry for Chicago and an encyclopaedia entry explaining the Atlantean calendar. Why am I explaining the Atlantean calendar? What's that got to do with anything? I dunno, I just thought it was interesting.

Next update will hopefully happen next week ,but it's a not a firm commitment as I may have other things going on.

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