Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Making of: Icarus & Daedalus: 1st short story, Part 4.

Taking longer than last entries. I’ve had less time to work on this project lately. But I have been productive. Here are a couple of entries for our heroes ala The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (sort of).
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ICARUS SNEED

Real Name: Icarus Sneed
Aliases:
Occupation: Thief, vigilante, revolutionary
Known Relatives: Mary Lou Sneed (mother)
Group Affiliation: Partners w/ Daedalus Scott, aka.the Oni Brothers. Mentored by Ogun Thoth
Education:
DOB:
Ht: 5'10"
Wt: 170 lbs.
Eyes: blue
Hair: light brown
Skin: caucasian
Appearance: Lean, handsome, trendy.
Abilities: Combat skills focused around his speed/agility, superspeed, enhanced dexterity, thief skills (streetwise, fast-talk, B&E, stealth, climbing), acrobatics, parkour.
Equipment: Lots of B&E equipment.
Personality: The Promoter ESTP, charming, impulsive, materialist/hedonistic, realist, optimist, improvise, flashy, actor/the gas pedal, spytech/technophile, Gray Mouser, Lancer, The Charmer, Loveable Rogue, Chaotic Good, Fragile Speedster, Badass, Roguish Male, Wise Guy.
Interests: Women, good food/drink, helping the little guy as long as he's pretty well off financially
History: Born and raised on the streets of Optimus, TN by his single mother, a transplant from Mississippi. Got in/out of trouble by getting into Parkour. Petty street criminal for years. Graduated high school and joined Schwa Balice’s cat burglar crew, going into higher tech and magical techniques. He learned ninja-ish skills. Sticking with Balice, Icarus was able to advance to higher-grade jobs. he learned the criminal and law enforcement subcultures of Optimus, TN.

Icarus struck out on his own and has become a favorite instrument of Ogun Thoth, a Pawn Shop Owner with a hand in both the black and ordinary markets. Icarus was caught during a daring robbery on Hugo Lamb’s estate (CEO of Mondrian Industries). Off to prison.

Icarus met a quiet, oddly out of place man in prison, named Daedalus Scott. While Icarus already knew and was friendly with a large number of folks in prison, Daedalus was practically unknown to the inmates, until he recognized him from the news as that fellow that had ended up beating up a large number of cops during an Occupy Optimus protest outside of Mondrian Industries HQ. Intrigued and rather bored in prison, he became friends with Daedalus. Icarus found him calming and trustworthy in a sea of scheming and posing prisoners. Icarus had always been apolitical but found himself sympathetic to Daedalus' left-wing enthusiasm. He didn't buy it all the way, but he was sympathetic.

After a particular discussion Icarus realized they were both screwed by Hugo Lamb and Icarus proposed a Robin Hood approach, once they got out of jail. Daedalus thought it was a good idea and was released early from prison. Icarus killed some time until oddly enough Ogun Thoth pulled some strings and got him out on a reduced sentence six months after Daedalus. Ogun Thoth clearly implied he will call in a favor later as repayment.

Icarus found Daedalus, after hitting one of his stashes to get some more money and a new outfit. Daedalus was living in a horrible apartment in a poor neighborhood and working multiple shifts at fast food joints and working as a bouncer at night clubs. Icarus, brought Daedalus to his place and they'd be roomies as they planned their revenge on Hugo Lamb, and got rich in the process in Icarus'mind.

They settled into a warehouse in an industrial part of town with a large office looking over the warehouse floor that's been converted to a bedroom apartment. There they began to plan thei Robin Hoodery upon Hugo Lamb.

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DAEDALUS SCOTT

Real Name: Anthony Daedalus Scott
Aliases: Daed (usually pronounced Dead), Blue Oni
Occupation: Thief, vigilante, revolutionary
Known Relatives: Ronald David Scott (father-English/Art Teacher), Michelle Sarah Scott (mother-Math Teacher), Isaac Ulysses Scott (2 yrs older brother), Nicole Oshun Scott & Olivia Isis Scott (the twins 4 years younger)
Group Affiliation: Partners w/Icarus Sneed, a.k.a. the Oni Brothers. Mentored by Bantu Ochoa
Education:
DOB: 4/24/87
Ht: 6'
Wt: 220 lbs.
Eyes: dark brown
Hair: brown-black, short cut, goatee
Skin: brown
Appearance: Burly, tends to wear earth tones, and loose fitting comfortable clothing. Right shoulder Black Panther Party tattoo. Left shoulder Black Star tattoo (references to anarchism and Black Star Line).
Abilities: MMA, well rounded education in the liberal arts, arcane knowledge, enhanced strength/endurance, beginner level space/time magics.
Equipment: Until Icarus, lots of books and himself.
Personality: The Counselor INFJ, quiet/shy, patient, altruistic/ascetic, idealist, pessimist, planner, subtle, reactor/the brakes, magic-centered, Fafhrd, Hero, Nice Guy, The Reliable One, Neutral Good, Mighty Glacier, Badass Bookworm, Noble Male, Straight Man.
Interests: Zen Buddhism, Revolutions, anarchism, socialism, The Black Panthers.
History: Grew up in working class suburbs of Atlanta, child of 2 teachers. Scholarship to the Ascension Academy, a rather well respected school in Optimus, TN. There he excelled in his studies as well as a talent for mind/body magics based upon yoga, meditation, martial arts, and the philosophies behind them. At the age of 18 he was greatly impressed by a presentation by Bantu Ochoa a guest speaker and soon after a humanities professor (focused on history and sociology) at the Ascension Academy. Prof. Bantu liked Daedalus and they engaged in extensive after school discussions. Daedalus became involved in the social justice movement under Prof. Ochoa's guidance. Prof. Ochoa also attempted to train Daedalus in time/space perceptual magics but Daedalus wasn't a natural at it.

During a particularly large Occupy Optimus protest in front of Mondrian Industries, Hugo Lamb sent in a large contingent of Pinkertons to bum rush the show. The cops followed up and Daedalus attempting to protect the protesters as they fled, assaulted a large number of Pinkertons and then the cops jumped in against him. He was subdued and eventually sent to prison.

While in prison he met and slowly became friends with Icarus Sneed. He realized Icarus was typically apolitical, but intelligent

After a particular discussion Icarus realized they were both screwed by Hugo Lamb and Icarus proposed a Robin Hood approach, once they got out of jail. Daedalus thought it was a good idea and started to work on plans. Pressure from social justice movements and good behavior while in prison enabled Daedalus an early release.

Daedalus wishing to live in Optimus had minimal support. His family was still in the Atlanta area. He applied for jobs, but the economy was rather horrible. He ended up working at fast food joints and night shifting as a bouncer at several clubs on weekends.

One day Icarus showed up and brought Daedalus to his place and they'd be roomies as they planned their revenge on Hugo Lamb.

They settled into a warehouse in an industrial part of town with a large office looking over the warehouse floor that's been converted to a bedroom apartment. There they began to plan their Robin Hoodery upon Hugo Lamb.
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Next time I’ll be tweaking the plot and just diving into the writing. Remember I’m mostly doing this on my lunch hour after I’ve eaten, so fast, I am not.

Until next time, true believers!

Nick.

2 comments:

Budd said...

hmm, not sure about calling it occupy optimus as it is in a future/alternate reality setting. As the story is already a robin hood story, it seems like overkill to have the occupy movement present in the story. It also makes the story political on the face as opposed to being metaphorically political, or having political undercurrents.

Nick said...

It's actually set in an 2012 alternate Earth that's just more advanced than us technologically. So Occupy and/or Tea Party movements could be reasonable. But it is an alternate universe and so could easily not exist.

My premise is pretty much intentionally overtly political. The whole lefty Robin Hood thing.

However, I do not want to have any characters give any long political diatribes and I don't want to present any right wing straw dogs. There will be some exaggeration in villains as would befit something Pulpish, e.g. Lex Luthorish perhaps, but he will view himself as the hero of his story as we all do.

If you or anyone else thinks I'm veering too caricature-like, I can reel them back in on a re-write.