The Maximum DC Universe RPG | IC
In the 20th century, the then Green Lantern of sector 2814—Alan Scott—became the center of a plot by a shadow organization to make the “metahuman conflict” seen as a threat to the then President of the United States, Richard Nixon. The shadow organization was headed up by Adrian Veidt as he led along several high profile heroes (Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, Albert Pratt, Rex Tyler, Ted Grant, Lee Travis, Gregory Sanders, Ted Knight, Ted Kord and Terrence Sloane) through acts of subtlety to form a organized effort that the government would deem threatening for years. The shadow organization succeeded when the heroes formed the Justice Society due to shadow society-funded supervillains working together. A detective named Walter Kovacs began to connect the dots by the nineteen eighties but by then it was too late and the United States Government became aware of the conflict of interests as the Justice Society operated outside of the law (despite having the full support of the people). Kovacs deduced the shadow organization which he dubbed “Checkmate” was already in stage two of their plan. The details from there become riddled in cover-ups and fades as the Justice Society disbanded in 1987 for their benefit. Many JSA members went into retirement, but Kovacs wouldn’t rest until he knew the truth. “Checkmate” had succeeded in their plan to make the government aware and cautious of superheroes - eventually founding S.H.A.D.E, the D.M.A, as well as Project: Cadmus while the heroes of old sacrificed their coalition. Things got worse from there when the then president of the United States, George H. W. Bush, signed a bill (The Dickerson Act) sent from Congress to “outlaw superhero vigilantism”.
The truth was that Veidt and his organization plan wasn’t to remove superheroes and vigilantes from the public eye but actually to appropriately set up counter-measures for when they went rogue or against government mandates. However, the damage was done. But Kovacs wouldn’t quit and he continued to operate to pick apart the truth; moving his investigation of “Checkmate”. He grouped together with like-minded characters such as ex-JSA member Edward Blake; a self-proclaimed genius, Adrian Veidt; a son of a banker who had superhero envy, Daniel Dreiberg; a brilliant scientist, Jonathan Osterman; and the offspring of an ex-JSA member, Laurel Juspeczyk. Together they formed a group to peel apart the anti-superhero agenda and the political machine that ultimately had created a dark age in the history of vigilantes and metahuman’s alike. They called this group The Watchmen. At the end of it Veidt admitted to Kovacs of his position as a member of “Checkmate” and told him of how this was how the world had to be; give and take. Kovacs threatened to expose the truth and is confronted by the rest of the Watchmen; realizing that Veidt had "convinced" everyone else he tells them that they'd have to kill him to stop him from revealing the truth and he is subsequently killed. Osterman, guilty of this action goes into exile in space while Veidt goes back to his society, and in the end Dreilberg/Juspeczyk disband the Watchmen due to the cost it held.
Thus began the dark age of superheroism.
But the world has a funny thing about repeating history as the rise of superheroes become evident just around the corner. The government frightened of significant powers running independently have designated Slade Wilson and King Faraday to be tasked as part of S.H.A.D.E to understand—predict—and prevent a superhero crisis. As the government watches, who watches the government? In this world many secret societies such as the Court of Owls, The Sacred Order, and the League of Shadows exist to keep their agenda moving. Will the anarchic League balance their world with chaos? Will the Sacred Order kill all those who are deemed evil? Or will the Court maintain their power through any means?
As NASA travels to Mars… they would unknowingly awaken something in the near future that they would regret.
But as that looms in the future... men and women have donned their illegal cape and cowls all over the United States such as Batman, Nighthawk, Superman, and others like them as they begin their crusade on the criminal state of the world.
Even with Deadeye's retirement into the shadows since 1991 and the Dickerson Act, Empire City has seemed to thrive and grow. A critical turning point came ten years later when genius Brian Durlin installed his company into the city and discovered a major breakthrough in cybernetics and robotics, pushing Empire City to the height of technology - if just barely. Unfortunately, it resulted in separating the lower class and the higher class while cutting the middle class in half; those who could afford the more expensive luxuries and those who couldn't - split by Zone Gates. However in spite of the apparent peace that has befallen uptown, away from gangs, a corruption grows without any check since Deadeye's absence. There are whispers of a night bird scaring the lower gangs and trying to root out this unseen corruption.
Once guarded by the original Black Canary, Gotham City has since the Dickerson Act transformed and evolved with the technology of the world. Without a superhero to fight them back and keep them constantly in check they have gone generally unbridled in their development. Within the last year, The Batman has appeared and constantly fought crime both small and large as the Roman Empire begins to slowly crumble as Batman begins to unravel the corruption connection between them and the police department. This Batman, the Dark Knight of Gotham has been operating for seven months now and continues his crusade diligently.
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