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  1. Hasn't tried to kill you... yet.
  2. Never had a snake try to kill me either, but I still wouldn't poke one with a stick.
  3. Aside from Texans.
  4. The biggest issue with writing such books is: what is important? It wouldn't be all that hard to pad out a bunch of pages with Wikipedia-grade fluff, and then stick a bunch of characters at the back. (If I was feeling uncharitable, I could say something unkind about the Champions International chapters here.) Writing about culture, what visiting PCs might notice as different, and how not to create offensive stereotypes is the hard part. And then, if you want to incorporate the book into the Champions Universe setting, you have to navigate the already existing material, some of which is likely to be a bit off. But that's part of the point of the book. --- Specific glitches in the existing material about Australia: Walkabout's name. Brigade having been deputized by the Mayor of Sydney, which gives him the authority to issue parking tickets in a few inner city suburbs. (Watch out, Foxbat!)
  5. Points at Texas, and snickers. --- In area, Texas is smaller than Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales. It's only bigger than Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Alaska is smaller than Western Australia and Queensland.
  6. The worst thing about clerical domains is it encourages "portfolio" gods. God of Something, rather than God of Somewhere. The God of Somewhere might be a Sun God, for example, but they are also likely to have a far more general role, perhaps in conjunction with a small pantheon.
  7. Legion Of Super Enhanced Renegades.
  8. I'm sure if somebody was lame enough to pay up, Eurostar would take the money, and mark their targets as soft. What's Eurostar's relationship with Monaco? Why hasn't Monaco slipped into the sea?
  9. Boring targets: power stations (and distribution grids). Dams. Bridges, road and rail tunnels, mountain passes... There are some really interesting examples of all of these in the Alps, in particular. It goes: "pay us Buckets of Money or we will destroy Target". "We don't negotiate with terrorists". "Good". Destroys Target.
  10. Doctor Scorpious, I think.
  11. Maybe. He's horribly overpowered and doesn't have any obvious "go home" buttons to push though.
  12. I'm considering using Brangomar in an adventure set in New Zealand. Because of the LOTR movies, of course.
  13. The original horse scarers were steam engines. Traction engines operating in the streets were the reason for laws about vehicles having to be preceded by people carrying red flags. Speed limits, too.
  14. Which was mad beyond belief.
  15. Gygax himself played at least a couple of magic users to high level. Mordenkainen was the most notable of them.
  16. Although there's no mystic element, it would be worthwhile to look at John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Bertolt Brecht's Die Dreigroschenoper for insights into Elisha Mulraven. Of course he could be a mix of Peachum and Macheath.
  17. Looking at history: the transportation of convicts to New South Wales was still going during the 1840s, so it is likely that the followers of a "Beggar King" would be present there. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Police had been formed in London in 1829, resulting in policing in London becoming more professional and organized. It's not hard to see why the Beggar King would flee to New South Wales. That's the mundane side. The other question is the mystical one. Now that I think of it, it could be coincidence that he settled in the area that would become Canberra, and that his house would be suitable for the purposes of the Edomite. If Mulraven House hadn't existed, another location, perhaps in a different city, or in no city at all, could have been chosen. No foresight or mystical conspiracy needs to be involved. Mulraven House was there, and suitable. But still, how deeply involved was Elisha Mulraven with the occult? He would have had some involvement, I think, purely on narrative grounds.
  18. Also not news: Scott Morrison filmed performing bizarre dance after HMAS Supply twerking scandal
  19. "Mr Morrison said Australians had become used to recording days of zero community transmission but that would need to change. "If we were to lift the borders and people were to come, then you would see those cases increase," he told 6PR radio. "Australians would have to become used to dealing with a thousand cases a week or more."" Australians warned to prepare for ‘1,000 virus cases a week’ if international borders reopen
  20. What do "veteran officers" actually do most of the time? How often do they get into violent conflict situations, as opposed to how much of their time is spent doing entirely routine things? Most police officers aren't Special Forces grade combatants. Digression: many years ago I worked as a civilian computer programmer for a law enforcement agency. We had police officers attached to us to work as intermediaries between us civilians and the people out doing the job (and, in some cases taking the bribes - but that's another story). Anyway, at lunchtime one day, one of these officers arrested someone - a drunk who had collapsed on the ground in front of a pub near Police headquarters. The Computer Branch officers were uniformed, although many were older than the usual street cops, but stashed their guns in their lockers. Apparently most of them did wear their guns to and from work, "just in case". And in the case I described above, while going out to buy lunch. So, put these guys into a violent situation, and what happens? Well, they weren't American cops, so ..., but the death rate of Black people in police custody in Australia is a long term cause of political activism.
  21. That depends on which substance they were using.
  22. Overwhelmingly, superheroes do work outside the system. That's what all the masks and stuff are about. Otherwise they would be cops - or super-soldiers.
  23. Mulraven House is a location mentioned in DEMON - Servants of Darkness. It's described as "a mansion built by Elisha Mulraven, the Beggar King of London, after he fled England in 1843". Sometime after that it came into the possession of Prince Blackwell, one of the identities of the Edomite. It's located in Canberra, Australia. What is interesting is that the city of Canberra didn't exist in 1843. It was founded and formally named in 1913. There were Real World(tm) buildings in the area before then, some of which have been preserved. Clearly, in the Champions Universe, Mulraven House was one of these. The obvious question is: was its location in what would become the capital of Australia coincidental, or did someone foresee what Canberra would become? Coincidence is possible - it was probably the obvious choice for a home base for the Edomite in Australia. But why did the Beggar King build his mansion in the area that would become Canberra, rather than in the many other possible places? Or was the location of Canberra chosen because Mulraven House was there? Or, perhaps most likely, Canberra and Mulraven House were located where they were because of a common factor. Correlation, rather than causation. Maybe there is something of mystical significance about the location. In any case, the thought that DEMON has (or had, before 2012), a major stronghold next to the centre of power in Australia is interesting. How much influence does/did it have on Australian federal governments? What mystical influences are still at work, after DEMON's big "Oops!"? I'm ignoring Champions Online canon here, and sticking to the written game text. Some of the online canon might be applicable, potentially. I'm also ignoring the satirical potential of Australian federal governments being riddled with the followers of bizarre religious cults. It's too easy.
  24. Nice. I may actually have a use for this character. I might drop the UNTIL connection, and put him in Nouvelle-Calédonie - on the other side of the Coral Sea from Australia.
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