Monday, August 27, 2007

The History of Supers

This is another post about my setting about supers.

Historians go back and forth calling various historical figures supers. Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Buddha, etc., are all tossed around as potential historical supers. The first supers for certain were born around 1900, and came into light when they reached their mid-teens around WWI.

In both World Wars, supers fought and died, but their actions largely canceled each other out. Each side of the war had roughly proportional super forces. Since a tank shell could take out most every historical super, they weren't able to run rampant on the theaters of war.

During the Cold War, supers had a more important part to play, since a man with nearly undetectable abilities has great value in a war of shadows.

With the fall of the USSR, the super world had a general feeling of relaxing. CoCMH regained some symbolic power, and El Campeador led a movement to make supers known to the public, less intrusive, and more scrupulously ethical. This attitude earned the super community some criticism after 9/11, although accusing a super of "letting" 9/11 happen is a good way to get punched in the mouth. Or disintegrated.

Now, our world is in an eternal war between abstract concepts. There is a new wave of secrecy and paranoia in the super community. It's thought that there are super-terrorists, but there is nothing known about them, if they exist.

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