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#44913
Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
I've been toying with this idea for a few years now . . . setting the basic pantheon of DC Universe superheroes in the fantasy world. I give you . . . Justice League Greyhawk!

Here's the setup:

This is a tale of an ongoing struggle for power between two noble houses in the Kingdom of Greyhawk.

House Apocalypse is led by a would be despot whose ambitions have led him to the study of necromancy. Sir Alexander Luthor was once a Knight of the Realm, but was cast out from the Knighthood when he first announced his studies of the dark arts. His once proud armor has been defiled by the basest of magicks, which he uses both to ensure his own safety and to strengthen his hold over others. His chief lieutenant is the Laughing Vampire, whose fickle madness Sir Luthor hopes one day to control. For now, Luthor is content to allow the commoners to cower in fear before his fortress, watching the sickly green lights at night that indicate Luthor's latest experiments, waiting to see if his pet abomination has been loosed on them again. . . .



The Laughing Vampire, also known as the Fool, is often thought to be the oldest inhabitant of Greyhawk. Tales of his exploits have been passed from generation to generation, and how much is fact and how much legend has long been forgotten. It is clear that he was not always a member of House Apocalypse, but disagreement persists over whether his reign of horror has been lesser since Sir Luthor's appearance. The Laughing Vampire seems to have no goals beyond the sheer delight he takes in causing suffering, and consequently his allegiance to House Apocalypse is constantly in doubt. He may not even be loyal to his paramour, the Harlequin.

The Mind is a sinister abomination from another dimension, an Ithilid. Whether Sir Luthor summoned the Mind during one of his necromantic experiments, or whether The Mind brought himself to this dimension, it is not known. Some even suspect that Sir Luthor's own descent into madness and degeneracy has been caused by the Mind, and that Sir Luthor might have remained a valiant member of the Order had it not been for the Mind's influence. Few doubt that the Mind's membership in House Apocalypse is but a ruse, as it is difficult to imagine that such a being would settle for anything less than personal dominion over all. It is but a matter of time.



House Krypton is led by a knight whose past is known to few, if any. Sir Kalel appeared one day as if sent from the heavens themselves to protect the people from Sir Luthor. He keeps a modest fortress to the south, merely to house those in need from Sir Luthor's most potent strategems, he collects no taxes, and he keeps no social company. He seems, by all accounts, to spend the entirety of his life in communion with his gods, placing the needs of Greyhawk above all. His house is not named, as is Sir Luthor's, for family, for Kalel has no family. Instead, Sir Kalel's utter dedication to the needs of others has inspired six fellow would be heroes to join him, forming House Krypton.

Prince Arthur hails from the Isle of Atlantia, though whether he is welcome there still is not known. He has shown remarkable abilities involving the ocean and its inhabitants, leading some to believe he is part Sahuagin or sea-elf. Others suspect his powers come from the golden trident he is often seen wielding, a supposed gift from Poseidon himself. Whatever the source of Prince Arthur's powers, he has been invaluable in restraining Sir Luthor's ambitions to the central continent of Greyhawk. Sir Luthor has only once attempted to send armies overseas, and refering to the venture in his presence is an excellent way to come to a quick and violent end.

Bartholomew the Quick was once a petty thief and rogue, until on one adventure he stumbled across a strange red cloak. While wearing it, his natural agility is increased a thousandfold, and his accuracy with a dagger unparalleled. The streaks of gold that fly from his hands when he sends a blade through the air make it seem as though Bartholomew can summon lightning to do his bidding. Few know that he has given his entire fortune over to Sir Kalel in tithe, and spends his night in prayer, searching for redemption for his past misdeeds.

Diana is known simply as the Amazon. Little is known of the land from whence she hails, or how word of Sir Kalel reached her ears, but she appeared one Spring on the shores of Greyhawk and marched straight to Kalel's fortress as though she had known it all her life. Many of the commoners fear Diana almost as much as Sir Luthor, her manner is so cold and her strength so fearsome. Though her dedication to Sir Kalel is fierce, few are confident that a woman of such proud and strong bearing can resist the allure of a man like Sir Luthor for long.

Hal the Fearless is a sorcerer whose power in magic has been crucial to keeping Sir Luthor's power at bay. No spell of Luthor's has ever managed to overcome Hal's wondrous abilities. Hal himself is the first to admit that he had always been a mere novice in the workings of magic, whose progress had been a disappointment to his teacher, a master from the east known as Al bin Sur. Bin Sur had never shown any particular affection for Hal nor confidence in his power, until the day he was assassinated. Sir Luthor poisoned Al bin Sur at a banquet, and as the great master lay dying, he bequeathed to Hal a powerful orb of magic that he claimed could be used by Hal alone. Because Hal has always used the orb without fear for his own safety, in an earnest desire to prove worthy of the great gift, his powers with it have never encountered a limit. It is commonly believed that their shared appreciation for magical items has led to the enduring friendship between Hal and Wallace.

J'onn appears to many as a massive ogre, perhaps with some orcish blood. He towers over the other House members, and his strength is undoubtedly unmatched. Many who have seen him engaged in the pitch of battle wonder at his meek and humble demeanor at rest, baffled that such a force of nature can be so unassuming and even shy. Some suspect that he is in the thrall of Hal the Fearless, reaching the natural and plausible conclusion that only the strongest magic could tame the temper of such a savage. Others have claimed that if you gaze at J'onn when he is not aware of you, he will appear in his true form: a bookish gnome or halfling, quietly gazing at flowers or eating chocolate honey cakes. But as these stories are largely told by children, they are not given credence by most.

The Dark Knight is the one hero feared by the commoners of Greyhawk as much as Sir Luthor himself. It is said that he has even disrespected the Amazon, he is so incapable of human emotions like fear or shame. Though his loyalty to House Krypton has never been in serious doubt, so fiercely does he fight alongside it, there are those who remain convinced that he cannot be human. Some suspect, further, he is some kind of apparition summoned by Sir Luthor himself and sent as spy into the heart of the House. This belief no doubt arise from the peculiar relationship between the Dark Knight and the Laughing Vampire, who seem to share a history, so closely do they attend each other's movements.

Behold . . . Justice League Greyhawk!









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#44914
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
More pics...






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#44915
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Some hastily assembled comparison shots... and, for those of you who don't know the JLA and their various foes, a quick set of bios:

Superman - An alien from the planet Krypton, Kal-El was sent to Earth by his biological parents to save him from his planet's imminent destruction. Arriving as a small child, he was adopted by a farm couple in rural Kansas, who raised him as their own, naming him Clark Kent. Clark developed a strong sense of right and wrong under the loving care of his adoptive parents. When he discovered that due to his Kryptonian biology, his proximity to Earth's yellow sun imbued him with superpowers, he decided to use those powers helping those in need. He was not an original member of the Justice League, but once he joined, he was forever associated with it.


Batman - Bruce Wayne inherited his family's vast wealth upon the death of his parents when he was a young boy. Once he came of age, he used the inheritance to assist him in his plans to avenge their deaths by becoming a crimefighter. Compensating for his lack of superpowers with a keen intellect, a knack for strategy, and a vast array of impressive technological tools, Batman is viewed by the citizens of Gotham as a supernatural force for justice.

Aquaman - Born to the Queen of Atlantis, Prince Orin was abandoned to die by a people who believed him to be cursed. He was adopted by a kindly seafarer who named him Arthur Curry, and quickly learned that his Atlantean heritage provided him with phenomenal strength and stamina, as well as an ability to communicate with all the creatures that live in the sea. Though he views himself as the ruler of the oceans and King of Atlantis, he occasionally ventures to the surface to help humanity face danger, frequently as a member of the Justice League.

Wonder Woman - On the mythical island of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta was unable to bear children, so she gathered clay and prayed to the gods to bring the clay to life. From this humble origin came the proud and strong Diana, Amazonian princess. Wanting to visit the world beyond Themyscira, Diana participated, in secret, in a series of challenges. The victor would be chosen as ambassador to the world, to bring peace. After winning, Diana revealed herself and was allowed to accept the honor. She brings peace to our world, but her proud manner and incredible strength are fearsome to behold.

Green Lantern - Hal Jordan was a military test pilot known for his fearlessness. When the alien Abin Sur, officer in the Green Lantern Corps, crashed on Earth, his Ring sought out a replacement member. Jordan was chosen, and inducted into the Corps, where he learned of its mission. The Guardians of the Galaxy sought to protect peace and order in the galaxy, and to that end, created special Rings that are powered by the will of their wearer. The rings are the most powerful weapons in the galaxy, able to do anything the wearer wishes, so long as he has the strength of will to make it so. As a Green Lantern, Jordan's primary loyalty is supposed to be to the Corps, but he frequently rebels against his masters' orders, unable to shake his humanity and his dedication to the good of Earth.

The Flash - Barry Allen was a police scientist, working in his lab when an accident resulted in him being doused with electrically charged chemicals, placing him in touch with the Speed Force. He donned a red suit, called himself the Flash, and used his spectacular speed to fight crime.

Martian Manhunter - Summoned to Earth by a scientist experimenting with a teleportation beam, J'onn J'onnz discovered that on our planet he possessed great speed and strength, an ability to fly, an ability to change his physical appearance, and telepathic ability. Curious about humanity, he decided to walk amongst us disguised as a human detective named John Jones. He is, in many ways, the most powerful member of the Justice League.








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#44916
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
And the last ones....

Lex Luthor - A wealthy son of wealthy sons, Alexander Luthor is easily the most powerful man in Metropolis, if not the world. He has been President of the United States, but that office afforded him not much greater power than he enjoys due to his wealth, ambition, and seemingly limitless resources. His desire to rule may have some benevolence at its core, but his ruthlessness and amoral nature have led him to commit countless heinous crimes in his ceaseless thirst for power.

The Joker - No one knows where the Joker came from or why he does what he does, perhaps even the Joker himself. His peculiar appearance may or may not be make-up, but there is no doubt that he delights in anarchy and suffering. He seems to have no goals beyond the sheer pleasure his antics provide himself, but with the Joker it is never wise to make predictions.

Harley Quinn - Once a prominent psychiatrist with a specialty on the criminal mind, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was brought to Arkham Asylum to study, and perhaps help, its most notorious patient: the Joker. After many hours of therapy, the staff of the Asylum was beginning to hope that perhaps Joker's murderous insanity could at least be curbed, if not cured. That hope vanished when the Joker escaped, and it was discovered that Dr. Quinzel had assisted him. At some point during their time together, the Joker's madness had infected Quinzel, who took to calling herself Harley Quinn and found the Joker's psychopathy to be irresistible. Still a sweet girl at heart, Quinn does what she does for love. Sick, sick, sick love.

Braniac - A Kryptonian android, Brainiac is the most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever devised. He is also cruel, arrogant, and unpredictable. It is difficult to say what motivates Brainiac, beyond his hatred for Superman, contempt for humanity, and sheer sadism. But whatever his motives, his abilities and his intellect make him a formidable foe.






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#44936
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
The attack on House Apocalypse has begun!

The fun of having Justice League Greyhawk, of course, is being able to set up a battle at the Legion of Doom. (or, alternatively, the Hall of Justice -- though if this were the HoJ, I wouldn't have used the demon arch)

I wavered on using the sci-fi consoles, since in other respects I've done a full-on fantasy version of these characters. But I figured it would make sense for Luthor, Superman, or Batman to have some kind of access to future tech, even in this world.

Attack!!!








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#44937
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hi Law!
As usual your way with words is extraordinary! Very nicely done and narrated. Did you know that back in the beginning of fantasy settings there was no distinction between fantasy and science-fiction? If you take a closer look at the original D&D world (e.g. the one called Mystara) or the setting with the City State of the Invincible Overlord you will noticve a lot of elements from what is commonly referred to as sci-fi today.

Please keep up the nice stories and especially the cool pics with DF stuff.


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#45102
Re:Justice League Greyhawk 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Really cool! :D
And thank you for the background stories, just awesome!
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