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“Dreams Die and People Lie… But, by my love and hope I beseech you! Do not throw away the hero in your soul. Hold holy your highest hope!”
short hand notes
- ALTERNATE UNIVERSE; 1940s, DEPRESSION ERA. FORMERLY NICE ART DECO ARCHITECTURE , BUT RELATIVELY RUN DOWN DUE TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE
- NO MASKS/COSTUMES.
- THINK FILM NOIR. LOTS OF TRAINS
- ALSO THERE IS A MAFIA
- COLLAB WITH CHADDIECAKES@TUMBLR
- The world of DDPL is a highly technologically advanced, with 1940s film noir and Art Deco styling. Due to a crippling neural epidemic that killed millions and millions of people across the world, every country experienced a Great Depression and the world’s economy collapsed onto itself.
- A vaccine was eventually developed, but each country must still take the time to recover. Most people focus on cheap utilitarian clothing, as resources (AKA the ability to accumulate resources and man the machines to refine the resources) has greatly diminished.
- The focus of the story is on a city that looks suspiciously like Chicago!
- At this place, life was swell prior to the collapse. There are still remnants of a better, brighter time— the the epic skyscrapers, the rumbling trains that run through them, and, of course, the overall high level of technology. But, everything is undermaintained, and is far grittier than it is slick.
- The government itself is very, very powerful, but seen as a relatively benign force due to extensive propaganda, the Average Joes’ own usually very nationalistic viewpoint and its emerging use of super powered beings to keep crime rate down (see below).
- As noted above, the government has been using super powered beings to keep the crime rate down.
- These super powered beings came about due to a side-effect from a certain strain of vaccine centered conveniently around the area. The government, seeing potential in super powered beings banded together to pass a series of laws in order to (1) monitor all new babies for super power potential (2) buy these babies off families (3) send them through special training/care (4) use them as a highly lauded police force. Most families gave up their babies because of DUTY TO THE COUNTRY, and NATIONALISM. The compensation in form of social services and monies are also quite substantial.
- The existing mafia see potential in these babies as well. (EXTRA $$$$$$$$) So, they decide to step in and act as middlemen between government officials and regular people families! IN OTHERWORDS, THEY USE EXTORTION/BLACKMAIL TO FIND FAMIRIES WITH SPECIAL BABIES AND THEN TAKE THOSE BABIES AWAY, AND THEN SELL TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR GREAT PROFIT. they keep some of the babies themselves for manpower too LOL.
- There are rumours of government agent ties with mafia men, and actual mafia men in the government…
- There are also rumours of a third party with their own set of superpowered individuals out to eliminate corruption from all sides.