Kamen Rider, anyone?
If you don't know what Kamen Rider, is, fear not. I will post links to clips of the show on Youtube to give you an idea of what it's like. But the basic description is that it's a superhero show, where ordinary people use special devices (usually a belt) to transform (or Henshin, as it's called on the show) into armored heroes with advanced fighting capabilities. Now, the motif for the heroes changes with each series. Sometimes it's magical powers, other times it's purely technology. In the case of this RP, it would be technology. The plot is different for each series, so each one is essentially in it's own universe. Here's a brief summary of the plot I have in mind for the RP:
In the distant future, mankind has all but abandoned its home planet, in favor of orbiting space colonies. There are several of these colonies, one for each major nation. In the past, these colonies have fought violently for control of what was left of the planet. After a bloody war, a treaty was put in place that would establish the Rider Royal. This was a competition in which the colonies would pit chosen fighters against each other in mock battles, after which the colony whose fighter emerged victorious would get to control Earth, with the competition being repeated every ten years. Over the years, discrimination against those still living on Earth have caused a massive rift between the Colonists and the Earthers to form. It's time again for another Royal, but this time, a Rider claiming to represent Earth has entered. Will this shake the Royal to its core or will this so-called Rider of Earth be snubbed out by the competition? Only time will tell.
It borrows heavily from Mobile Fighter G Gundam. I used to love that series, and thought doing a Kamen Rider style take on the premise would be interesting. Oh this may seem like I'm copying G Gundam's plot, but I assure you it's only the premise, the actual storyline has a very good chance of being vastly different as a secret plots and conspiracies are uncovered during the Rider Royal.
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Some Henshin examples
Some examples of weapons, fighting styles, etc
So is there any theme or gimmick?
And how will fights be handled?
Themes and gimmicks depend mostly on the individual. Chances are, the Riders will have some kind of motif that indicates the colony they represent, such as having the same colors as the flag or being based on that colony's national animal or something.
The fights are where I essentially left off in the planning department. I'm still working out the kinks on how that will work.
I have one other question as well. Should the Henshin Devices all be the same, or somehow unique to each Rider? On one hand, having them all be the same makes sense in that the Royal is like an official brand (such as the NFL, NBA, etc) but on the other hand, it would also make sense for each colony to develop their Rider weapons and such individually, and thus each one is radically different from the others. Thoughts?
Either direction sounds cool, but if you go full G gundam there needs to be certain amount of uniqueness in belts and rider costume