So, in the past I posted lengthier notes, and they’re frankly a bit of a mess, so I’m going to give a “bird’s eye view” as I sort out what’s important.
Still exists, we decided, House of Lords and Alliance Congress still exist. The Grand Army itself is a shell of its former self, though. (We did talk about having this “space rangers” group potentially running around…remember?)
No one is Generalissimo now, though various prominent characters and military figures are on the Soldierly Council.
So during the White Cell War, the Tasnicans mass-produced a robot army (the Janissaries, because I’m not subtle), and also technology as as cybernetic replacements and cloning became more common and developed as they desperately tried to find a way to win the war against an overpowering opponents. Although these technologies existed in Tasnica in the Proper Era, they’ve now gone mainstream. So Tasnica is now even more cyberpunk.
Oh, and the robot army was issues “Emancipation Protocols” after the war. So there are a bunch of combat droids running around with PTSD. And Tasnica’s pre-existing robot population (who were not part of the robo army, and probably fought as free ctiizens) is probably a bit nervous at how quickly mechanical life was devalued when the chips were down. The organics think that that was totally a long time ago, and they never enslaved any robots, so why don’t you just get over it, man? Can’t we all just get along?
The other big change is that Tasnica lost a number of countries form its empire. White Cell had promised places like Carrion and Ticondera independence, Kenny cuts a deal with a bunch of them to side with Tasnica now in return for a vote on independence later after the war. Most places vote to leave the Republic.
Former Tasnican Possession Roll Call!
Space Colonies - Inside Mana, mostly corporate-owned these days. Outside Mana: smuggler havens, pirate ports, and other lawless hives of scum and villainy, using Tasnica as a “flag of convenience” to keep anyone from doing anything else about it.
Carrion - Independent, as the Federal Kingdom of Carrion.
Tasnican Moogle States - Free, as the Principality of Kudel.
Veldt - Overrun by horrifying Rinsterical monsters. Technically they haven’t voted on the matter of independence.
Winlan and Prima - So the Tasnicans some gerrymandering chicanery here by making their Dragon Dimension possessions vote together, and “Remain” narrowly prevails, largely because the rest of the Dragon Dimension has REALLY gone to hell.
Tasnican-Ticonderan Territories - This is a bit messy, because during the White Cell War the mercenaries Tasnica was using to secure the area turn out to be all White Cell and it becomes a major stronghold for them. There’s considerable fighting in Ticondera between White Cell and FTSR/Scandian forces. It’s possible the Abdilene area emerges as an independent, democratic Ticonderan state, but it’s possible that it gets carved up by the other Ticonderan Successor States. (…depending on whatever happens in Ticondera…)
BUT - Tasnica did survive the war with its essential democratic institutions intact. And they remain in their traditional role as the Web’s moneymen, though the somewhat more complicated political situation in the Web means they are not the Great Power they once were. They have a much more low-key approach on the Web stage, now; and domestically the slogan is very much “a return to normalcy.”
Corporations Go On
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I kind of want to do something with Kakkara, and although I have a longer write-up I need to revise, the key points are (1) It’s a great vacation spot and (2) Kakkaran mercenaries are now A Thing, sort of like the Swiss Guard.
Eblan suffered mightily as the first major battle of the White Cell War, but the country has risen phoenix-like under the leadership of its new King and Queen to prosper economically and culturally. There is still significant debate over the role the country should play in the politics of Crystal (and the Web.)
Gods, this place has gone to hell.
So, if you recall, the White Cell War ends with the climactic battle of Dragonspace as the combined space fleets of the Web try to prevent SAGA from nuking the whole planet from orbit. They didn’t save everything.
Travin Rumanski is dead. The Scandian League is in tatters as various warlords and party higher-ups fight for scraps.
Though there are countless smaller petty warlords the important players in the dimension are the Aradia Sultanate, the United Clans (meaning Forest Clan, they’re like a werewolf biker gang), and remnants of the Scandian League. Bleak is basically a free city run by the Vory y Zakone criminal group. Actually, I’m thinking the Vory may be much more prominent in the Web’s underworld in Reborn-era, mirroring the rise of the Russian mafia after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The Scandian League itself is run by a shadowy, secretive group called the Presidium. They’re planning to resurrect the Dark Goddess, Tyr, not because they are worshippers, but because they believe they can use the power of the goddess to Make Scande Great Again.
Characters - Where are they now?
Rhodes Palmerston - is dead. PROBABLY he died before the White Cell War started, or in the middle of desperate, last minute peace negotiations.
Travin Rumanski - dead. Nuked alive in his bunker.
Celiose Cole - History records that Celiose Cole died as he lives: saving the Web. In the climactic battle, he sneaks on board the Executor and initiates the self-destruct of the monstrous ship.
Torstensson Lenart, Model Steinmetz, Rimmel Coward, most other “old breed” GA generals - All dead. This was a GA Civil War, after all.
Kenny Brackhaven - After reading the above names…I don’t think I have the heart to kill Kenny. After making a bunch of incredibly difficult and controversial decisions in the war to save the Republic, he resigns. Leave him alone. He just wants to go fishing in peace.
Damien Gavalian - Alive, still Kuat CEO, still has a ton of money. It’s good to be the King. (Isn’t it funny how tremendous wealth and privilege allow you to weather world-changing events without major consequences?)
Halder Skalice - Serving in the new GA Soldierly Council, though he was sort of “kicked upstairs” by the Presidium to avoid meddling in Scandian affairs. (Like, he probably would not be down with resurrecting Tyr.)
Sheila Sporr - Working as a mercenary, probably joined by other mecha aces as part of a unit. But not…
Jendon Fel - Still loyal to the Scandian League.
Praxer Riose - Decent people shouldn’t think too much about that.
The City of Heroes Cast!?
So, it’s important to remember that City of Heroes is a “Proper-era” story, and takes place about ten years before Reborn. At this time, I don’t want to spoil or restrict future CoH developments by having these characters appear in the Reborn era, unless I have a great idea or good reason to do so. In fact, City of Heroes partly exists because I wanted to do “spunky young heroine” Fara Somers instead of “wise warrior” Fara Somers.
However, their exploits have inspired a new crop of heroes.
It’s also why CoH is with set more-or-less in Kupopolis “as it was”, with Great Powers, a big Grand Army, a not-dead Celiose, etc.