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In 1959, DC introduced the Green Lantern Corps, a superpowered  interstellar police agency.  Later we learned they were successors to a robot police force known as the Manhunts and Marvel brought in first the Accuser Corps and then the Nova Corps.  Of course DC's Green Lanterns owe a largely unacknowledged debt to Doc Smith's Lensmen who also provided inspiration for the Jedi Order.

 

I know there's got to be a Champions universe pastiche of the Lanterns, so what is it and what's their equivalent of the rings?  

 

 

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The Star*Guard has an entire chapter devoted to it in the book, Champions Beyond, which describes in great detail the "space" side of the Champions Universe -- alien races and civilizations, individual NPCs heroic and villainous, cosmic entities, and the like. That chapter details Star*Guard history, structure, technology, major enemies, and types of StarGuards (the term "Star*Guard" refers to the organization as a whole, while "StarGuard" designates an individual operative).

In many ways the Star*Guard is analogous to the Green Lantern Corps from DC Comics. It exists to protect sapient life in the Milky Way Galaxy from all manner of threats, to foster cooperation between civilizations, and to help integrate species into the wider galactic community; but doesn't involve itself in "local politics" (which can even include interstellar wars, depending on the circumstances). Individual StarGuards may be recruited from any sapient species in the Milky Way. They're intensively trained on the Star*Guard's home base, the planet Odrugar, and given an extraordinary technological weapon, the Star-Staff. Once their training is complete a StarGuard is assigned duties, most often as the guardian of a particular "sector" of the galaxy. The current StarGuard for Earth's sector is a Human, a Spaniard named Andre Almena. Almena is featured on the center of the cover of Champions Beyond: https://content.invisioncic.com/s285913/packages-0614345001387422035.jpg

 

A million years ago the Odrugarans were the most advanced species in the Milky Way. At that time their greatest genius and hero, Gloran, was born. Gloran used his gifts to become a superhero, battling evil both to protect his people and other worlds in the galaxy. He created an incredibly sophisticated AI computer, called CONTROL, to assist him, and recruited other heroic individuals to fight alongside him. That was the genesis of the modern Star*Guard. When Gloran died his knowledge, memories and personality were downloaded into CONTROL -- this has become the pattern for preserving other notable StarGuards and Odrugarans after death.

Over the eons Odrugaran society has shaped itself to support the work of the Star*Guard, and CONTROL became the benevolent ruler of the planet and director of the Guard, assisted by an appointed Council of Overseers (many, but not all, former Guards themselves). CONTROL possessed telepathic systems enabling it to communicate directly with StarGuards anywhere in the galaxy, and to scan minds to find worthy recruits. However, an attack on Odrugar by the treacherous former StarGuard, Mordace (more-or-less an analogue for Sinestro) in Earth year 2009 left CONTROL severely damaged, forcing the Guards to become more self-reliant. Based on the notes in Champions Beyond it may be that repair efforts on CONTROL still have not returned it to full functioning.

 

The majority of StarGuards are assigned to protect specific sectors of space, aided by one to five Marshals they recruit as assistants and companions. However, others are inducted into specialized units within the Guard and sent to wherever they're needed. These groups are the StarScouts, trained in reconnaissance and diplomacy, whose Star-Staffs and other tech are optimized for rapid travel and communication; StarAvengers, whose staffs have greater offensive powers; StarKnights, more heavily armored, whose priority is protecting threatened innocents; and Anodynes, who carry medical equipment and aid in disaster relief. If considered desirable, a new StarGuard may also complete their training by being sent to "apprentice" to a veteran Guard.

 

A standard Star-Staff can fire potent offensive blasts of energy in various configurations. It can also telekinetically manipulate large masses at a distance. It surrounds its Star-Guard with a protective force-field, and can also raise a "wall" of energy to protect other beings. The Star-Staff allows its wielder to fly very rapidly through atmosphere or across space, even to other star systems. However, a StarGuard can't use all these powers at their full strength simultaneously. The staff's reserve of energy requires direct exposure to the light of a star to recharge. A Star-Staff can also be used as a hand-to-hand weapon, and all StarGuards are trained in staff fighting techniques.

Every Star-Staff is "attuned" to its designated wielder and its powers can only be used by him/her/it. The golden alloy a Star-Staff is made from is extremely durable; and a StarGuard can mentally summon it to his hand if it is taken away, as long as it's fairly close by. Should a StarGuard die his staff will fly back to Odrugar of its own accord, to be "cleansed" and given to a new Guard. If a StarGuard's species lacks the anatomy to handle the traditional staff, the Odrugarans build its powers into a helmet, suit of armor, or whatever would be appropriate.


The standard StarGuard uniform is armored for added protection, and also allows them to survive in extreme environmental conditions including space. Star*Guard training enhances their resistance to mental control or influence.

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There are room for various "galactic justice" organizations in the CU. The Star*Guard protects the universe as a whole, welcomed or not. They are not involved in governments. Galactic empires might have their own police force, and their elite agents (much like Marvel's Sh'ar Imperial Guard or Marvel's Nova Core). Indvidual planets might be protected from invasion by a group like Marvel's SWORD. 

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Well, me and Major Tom has created The T.E.D. (Tempral Enforcement Directive) to be a time cop organization, policing time matters. While they are headquartered in orbit above Earth, Earth is not there only beet.

 

Here is a link to the *Paradox Timely* thread to give you some ideas. Note: while the TED are police, they are not nessisary "heroes". They are concentrating on the flow of time being 'correct', and that means disasters happen and evil events happened and they stay idol, while they might punish your player character for giving 13 cents to a homeless man. 

 

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1 hour ago, archer said:

@Lord Liaden

 

How do you pronounce Odrugar?

 

Is it Od-rugar (like odd rugby)?

O'droogar (with the emphasis on the O like some Irish name)?

O'droo-gar (with a pronounced emphasis on either the droo or the gar)?

O'drug-ar?

 

You'd best ask Darren Watts about that. He wrote 'em, I just read 'em. :whistle:

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L.E.G.I.O.N 

Legion of Super-heroes

Green Lantern Corps 

The Sinestro Corps 

The Star Sapphires (plus other rings)

Darkstars

Nova Corps 

Black Nova Corps 

Guardians of the Galaxy (original)

The Shi'ar Guardsmen  (*cough* Legion*)

Darkhawks 

 

[Yes I included the Legion of Super-Heroes. They,at times, have the backing of the UFP and work with the Sci-Police]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, HeroGM said:

L.E.G.I.O.N 

Legion of Super-heroes

Green Lantern Corps 

The Sinestro Corps 

The Star Sapphires (plus other rings)

Darkstars

Nova Corps 

Black Nova Corps 

Guardians of the Galaxy (original)

The Shi'ar Guardsmen  (*cough* Legion*)

Darkhawks 

 

[Yes I included the Legion of Super-Heroes. They,at times, have the backing of the UFP and work with the Sci-Police]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weren't the darkhawks pirates (Except for the kid from earth)? 

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They've written the Darkhawks to be the guardians of the Shi'ar in a way. They're the ones who control the empire and what happens to ir behind the scenes according to their "song"....if I'm wrong please correct me. 

 

The Reign of Kings and after has screwed so much up. 

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1 minute ago, HeroGM said:

They've written the Darkhawks to be the guardians of the Shi'ar in a way. They're the ones who control the empire and what happens to ir behind the scenes according to their "song"....if I'm wrong please correct me. 

 

The Reign of Kings and after has screwed so much up. 

Was out way before Reign of Kings.  I don't even know who the Dark Nova Corps are.  I was surprised to see the Sinestro Corps considered space cops, but I know the various ring slingers have been allying a lot, figured DC might be using them for a "Bad cops" type of thing or something....

 

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