What does it mean to be a hero?
What separates a hero from a vigilante? What sort of sacrifices do you need to make?
I'm interested in the mind-set of these heroes rather than their abilities.
The humanity of super-powered individuals has always drawn me towards them.
The idea I have is that one, two, or (at the most) three individuals have the potential to be these heroes or vigilantes. But just because they have abilities and/or skills that set them apart that doesn't make them heroes.
The RP would require someone to play a sort of mentor to these would-be-heroes. Perhaps a mentor in the shadows, or one-time hero. It would also require those that play these up and coming heroes to play them with defects, normal people coming to grips with abilities, trying to live a normal life, deal with real-life issues and weighing them against what they may feel as their greater destiny.
There is, of course, room for discussion and what exactly the RP will all entail. I have no problem playing the mentor/GM if that's whats needed. Some things I'd like to throw at characters may seem cliche, but are staples of some things that heroes have to deal with. Examples are as follows.
-Balancing friends/love life, with your abilities.
-Decisions where you have to decide between saving one person and letting another die.
-Does your character kill? How does he cope with taking a life?
-Becomes public enemy #1.
-Actions of your super-hero identity accidentally injure the ones you love.
-Loss of abilities at some point.
-Many, many other ideas.
Like I said, this is just an idea and could take place in a Marvel, DC, or separate universe all together. Still kicking around ideas so far.
I just don't want this to be another 'super-hero' people running with abilities RP. Yes you'll have fantastic powers, but you will be held responsible for how you use them. Will people fear you, love you, or even know you exist? The possibilities are endless.
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Side-note. This will be a casual to advanced RP.