Wow, seriously, my one and only post about Champions Online was done back in January 2015 — over 2.5 years ago! That’s a little bit crazy.
Star Trek Online seems to be hitting a slow/low spot lately; other than the Martok episode there hasn’t been a lot of notable new content. Instead they’re recycling stuff like Arena of Sompek with a bad twist: the original Sompek was 3-runs-over-the-weekend for an account-wide reward, but now they turned it into a 14-day, per character slog for a lousy gun. So…. 14 runs per toon, Koyabashi-style queue, ground STF, for a ground weapon.
Yeeeeeaaaaah…. no, thanks. I’m not doing that. Did they actually think any player would enjoy that change? Because if they did, boy do I have some bargain waterfront property for sale in the Gobi desert!
It’s somewhat timely then that a friend wanted to try out Champions again, and invited me along… I thought what the hell. Champions only gives you two free character slots (both of which I have previously used); I am El Cheapo and don’t want to spend actual money to buy more slots, I went ahead and deleted level 18 Flashfreeze to make room. And now I have a new Champion toon: Ghosteye!
P.S. Why can’t I use my Zen from STO on Champions? I wish I could. I have a nice little stash on STO that can really help on this game, but now I’m stuck with no money.
Since I’m a free player (Silver) I am still limited to a small number of preset archetypes; that suits me just fine since I don’t plan on delving too deep into Champions’ stats and systems. This is just for fun and time-wasting so using a simple preset makes things a lot simpler for me.
Ghosteye is, as you can probably imagine, a “Blade”, in other words someone who pokes people with sharp objects. She’s obviously a ninja — I spent more time slapping her appearance together last night than playing, so I don’t even have much of a background for her yet. Is she like Elektra, a Greek woman inexplicably trained by Hand ninjas? Or like Karai, daughter of Shredder, leader of the ninja Foot Clan? Hmm. I wonder what is with all these ninja clans named after extremities. Are there other extremities that are currently unused? Er, I probably shouldn’t go down that path.
Going with the popular TV Trope, I’d just make her a ninja assassin trained by some shadowy Japanese criminal organization called the… er… let’s call them Zuijin, headed by… uhm, future nemesis The Scarlet Shogun! Look out level 25 (if I ever get that far with her)! Infused with mysterious hokey spiritual energy, Ghosteye has almost superhuman abilities that allows her to stand up to robots, aliens and super-villains! She broke free of her ninja-conditioning due to some traumatic event, either she discovered the ninja clan murdered her real family or she was rescued/redeemed by some great hero, and turned to the side of angels while trying to settle her bloody past.
Wow, this stuff just writes itself. I kid you not, I’m just making this up as I type.
If memory serves there is a series of early missions in Millennium City that involve an Asian-mystically-themed criminal gang, so that might play okay with Ghosteye’s prior affiliation with some fictitious Yakuza/Ninja clan.
I figured I’d drag Fungi along for this round of time-wasting, and what would he come up with to go with a ninja girl? As it turns out, its….
….Nurse Chthulu is not a superhero! She’s a Freak! The kind that you have nightmares about, like waking up on an operating table to find her looking down at you. Who kind of demented mind would come up with something like this?
I also brought out my other Champions toon to play a bit, the goofball Fire-Ant. Level 25 is right around the corner for him, which means he can have his first-ever nemesis. Once I get that set up, I’ll probably write a long, long overdue update for the guy. Stay tuned!