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"Hey, you've reached the voicemail of Billy Kaplan. Sorry I couldn't reach you, I'm probably off doing something awesome. So leave your name and number and I'll get back to you. Oh yeah, also the reason you called would be nice."
soulshardwiccan: (Beat down)
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soulshardwiccan: (Unbelievably pissed)
"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

PART THE FIRST: HELL

Very few people have made it into the realm the demon Mephisto calls Hell and have come out unscathed. It is his world, and he very nearly always knows who walks through it. That said, the realm of Mephisto is the very definition of wicked. Lit by its own infernal hellfire, the dimension seems to expand out into eternity in every direction. It's derelict, earthen, and at places the ground seems more fragile than the wings of a butterfly. The realm is cut with the kind of landscape one would expect from a Gothic horror story, or if someone had taken the most terrifying depictions of the nine levels of Dante's Inferno and twisted them to make them somehow worse.

Men and women of various species populate the land, some still in the forms they'd been in before losing their souls. Still others have been twisted into classic caricatures of the demonic or something completely inhuman and entirely Eldritch in appearance. Nothing here is pure. At least, no longer. Though they may hate their master, the only thing any of them are capable of doing is obeying.

Somewhere within this world is Billy Kaplan, his body flayed relentlessly while images of betrayal flow before his eyes, taunting him, trying to get him to break in order for Mephisto to claim he and his twin that much more easily. These children were borne of him, and he swears he shall have them back.

The dimension shifts and changes with the turning of the winds or the moods of its master. A group together may in an instant become separated. The best of friends may be beset upon by each other. Nothing in this dimension is as it seems, but above all else, one thing may be certain.

The greatest enemy one has in hell is one's self.

PART THE SECOND: HOMEFRONT

Wanda Maximoff and Tommy Shepherd are currently indoors at Wanda's home in Jersey City, behind several very strong wards she's erected. Already, Mephisto's forces have located this spot and are currently trying to break through the wards of the Scarlet Witch. With time, perhaps they will actually accomplish this feat, especially with the increasing worry of the creator.

Included now in the attack is one who would want the power of the mother for himself, Mephisto's own son, Blackheart. It's only a matter of time before this area breaks down and they claim their prize.
soulshardwiccan: (Alter reality)
Just a quick overview of Billy Kaplan and his tangled family tree.

A long time ago, in a continuity far, far away...



YOUNG AVENGERS

EPISODE IV:
A NEW DORK



STRIFE HAS TAKEN A STRANGLEHOLD UPON
BILLY, CASSIE, TEDDY, ELI, AND KATE AS THEY
MUST DEAL WITH THEIR GREAT FOREBEARS-
THE AVENGERS! THREATENED BY THE
OLDER HEROES TO REVEAL THEIR SECRET
IDENTITIES TO THEIR PARENTS, OUR
STALWART HEROES INTEND TO TELL THEIR
PARENTS WHO THEY ARE BEFORE THE AVENGERS
CAN DO IT FOR THEM. UNFORTUNATELY, A
SURPRISE ATTACK FROM AN AGE-OLD FOE,
THE SUPER-SKRULL,, HAS RESULTED IN
THE CAPTURE OF BILLY KAPLAN'S LOVE,
TEDDY ALTMAN, BETTER KNOWN AS HULKLING!
IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THEIR LOST
COMPANION, THE TEAM RELUCTANTLY TURN TO
THE AVENGERS IN HOPES OF MOUNTING A
RESCUE EFFORT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE...

The Young Avengers head to Stark Tower, hoping to find Tony or Steve, so they can better attempt a rescue, instead, they find Vision and Jarvis, who agree to help find Tony. As soon as Jarvis leaves, Vision isable to reveal a fact about his programming.

Built into his system is a protocol known as the Avengers Fail-Safe Program, capably of locating men and women who would be able to take the mantle of Avengers if and when the main team should ever fall. This was how he was able to find Eli, Billy, and Teddy. Hoping to find more heroes, Vision and Billy begin sifting through the information, until they find...



Before Billy can completely shut him down, Vision and Kate point out that he's also capable of blowing shit up by vibrating molecules to the point of violently separating. Billy listens to reason, and they go to find him.

Only problem? He's locked up in super-powered juvie, where they're experimenting on Tommy, trying to turn him into a living weapon. The search-mission turns into a rescue one, with Billy, Vision, and Cassie heading in, due to size-changing and shape-shifting capabilities. They make it in with little difficulty, and are very nearly able to release Tommy when this happens.





And then The Parent Trap Syndrome occurs when Billy and Tommy discover...



Shit hits the fan, fights happen, and people discover Tommy's a sociopath with little regard for human life- not something they were expecting. After they extract an oath that Tommy won't kill unless absolutely necessary, they head off to find the Super-Skrull. They do, only to have their party crashed by the Kree. Seems Teddy's half-kree, half-skrull. On top of that, he's the child of Captain Mar-Vell, better known as Captain Marvel, former hero of Earth. And both races want him to come back to their respective empires.

They save the Super-Skrull, and he's thankful for everything.



And now we go down retcon soap opera lane.



Obvious you're a fanboy?



That interrupt happened because the ship they were on was hit by a surprise Kree attack.

But thus begun the road to finding the Scarlet Witch, and indeed, finding out that Billy and Tommy are indeed William and Thomas Maximoff, concluded in the Children's Crusade, which I may write about in the future.
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To bring you some awesome news.

I've been in a rage spiral ever since Allan Heinberg effectively ended the Young Avengers. Great stories, great team dynamics, etc etc. Then, they decided to pick on Avengers and Avengers Academy with this whole stupid Avengers vs X-Men.

Then they were telling me that they were gonna cancel one of the most fun series in Marvel, Journey Into Mystery, killing off Kid!Loki and with it his amazing character development by bringing back adult Loki.

And then, something amazing happened.

Image under the cut )
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Apparently they can be hot, even with beards.
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First off, I hope it's an ongoing because these guys apparently have an enormous fanbase and stringing the fanbase along is a terrible idea, Marvel.

But.

With Vision, Stature, and Patriot dead or AWOL, roughly 50% of the team is gone. For this to happen, there are three, possibly four positions that need to be filled on the team before it happens. So, without further ado, here are my top three picks for who I think should be on Young Avengers.

Fan picks ahead! )
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((I have no clue how to format this to look like a newspaper article, but hopefully you won't mind.))

It's been almost seven years since I'd first had the opportunity to interview him, but it feels like it was just yesterday... )
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Kinks and permissions here. Anything not on the list, just ask.
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PLAYER

NAME: J
LJ USERNAME: [livejournal.com profile] needagasmask
CONTACT (EMAIL, AIM, MSN, PLURK, ETC.): PM me at my main journal. I'll provide alternate means of contact later.
CURRENT CHARACTERS PLAYED AT PROMENADE: None

CHARACTER

NAME: William "Billy" Kaplan (Wiccan)
SERIES: Marvel Comics- Young Avengers
HISTORY: History for Billy here.
TIMELINE: I'm taking him slightly ahead of the current storyline he's in right now.
PERSONALITY: Billy is definitely a nerd. Growing up, he's been nothing if not passionate about various forms of entertainment, his favorite being the comic medium. In Marvel, most comics are stamped by a government department known as the "Comics Code Authority", basically accepting these printings as historical documents. Because of this, Billy has often pointed out, mid-battle, inconsistencies regarding the behavior of various heroes and villains.

Billy is a bit of a hard-head. More often than not, he'll run into a dangerous situation with little more than a half-baked plan and a hope that things will come out okay. He's passionate about what he believes in, and becomes disappointed whenever a hero he's idolized doesn't live up to expectations. It's also shown in his insistance to the people he works with that he and fellow team mate Tommy Shepherd are the reincarnations of Wanda Maximoff's children, which until recently, had only a small rumor made for it to be true. This insistence led to the quest for Wanda, which led to not only finding her, but a manhunt for Billy and Wanda, his temporary depowering at the hands of Doctor Doom, and the near death of Wanda at the hands of one of their team mates.

His passionate personality also leaves him a bit sensitive to the issues around him. During a time that he and his boyfriend were captured in such a way that Billy was unable to use his powers, he was forced to watch the repeated attempts of vivisection on his boyfriend. Even though his powers were rendered useless, his attempts to knock out their captor eventually turned into attempts to outright murder him. He loves his blood family dearly, and tries as often as possible to reconcile his life as a superhero with the peace his family wishes. He tries to hide this behind a wall of snark, but can be compassionate when needed to be.

ABILITIES/POWERS: Billy is a mutant with the inherited abilities of his mother, the Scarlet Witch, spanning more to the manipulation of Chaos and reality than true probability manipulation. He uses this by casting various "spells", focusing his intent and repeatedly stating his wish until the desired effect takes place. However, it isn't always necessary for him to do this. Lately he's been able to occasionally cast spells without stating intent, and other spells don't need to be spoken at all for him to cast them. The most common of these nonverbal spells are flight, lightning generation, and projection of energy.

The limits of Billy's powers are, as of now, unknown, but it's been postulated that his scale of power might equal those who have been able to shift an entire dimension's paradigms. As of now, he's been seen to create forcefields, teleport either himself or others, transfigure objects and people, induce sleep in those around him, unintentionally summon other magical beings, and warp reality at a minor scale.

Billy's power, however, does have a weakness. If he's unable to hear himself or otherwise unable to talk, he's unable to utilize any of his powers, whether they need to be verbally spoken or not.

TIME OF ARRIVAL: Let's go with night.

MASK DESIGN: http://www.scavengeinc.com/images/Product/medium/forum/superhero-black-mask.jpg
PLACE OF SOLACE: The Young Avengers hideout, a warehouse owned by team mate Kate Bishop but open for use by any member of the Young Avengers.

SAMPLES

FIRST PERSON: So it's finally come to this. And, to be honest? It's not that bad. I mean, seriously, I've had to fight Norman Osborn's goon squad and their junior sidekicks, the world's most deranged time traveler, Doctor freaking Doom, and let's not forget that lovely interlude involving the warring Kree-Skrull armadas who wanted my boyfriend. Compared to that? I'm ready for a little bit of rest and relaxation in....whatever this world is. My only gripe? What's with the masks? I know, something really lame to complain about, but I'm a bit of a pessimist. Sue me.

Anyway, as I was saying, this isn't really that bad of a deal. I mean, the people seem happy, everyone's helpful, and most importantly, there isn't a robot or monster or robot-slash-monster of the week ruining my plans. This is a nice little twist of fate, to be honest.

So, when can I go home?

THIRD PERSON: It was impossible. There was no way that any of this could be going on, yet no matter how much Billy unconsciously willed himself to wake up, he wasn't suddenly gasping awake in his bed. Besides, the fact that he was sore, bruised, and likely bleeding in various spots kind of told him this wasn't a dream, no matter how much he wanted things to be different. He watched, in shocked amazement as the landscape of Avengers mansion shifted and warped around him in a sort of Bosch impression on the world around them. Statues and grave markers popped up from the gnarled lawn, the grass shrinking in on itself until it was a meticulously-tended area. The mansion itself went from a half-destroyed monument of what the Avengers once were to an undamaged, pristine building. A look at the graves quickly told Billy that some of the Avengers he knew were presently alive, were now buried under these headstones.

All of this was happening because of the green-and-purple suited man standing before he and his friends. Kang the Conquerer, a man whose sole wish in life was to conquer every man, woman, and child at all points in time, come to save the status quo that his younger self was inadvertantly destroying. The same boy who found him and told him that his powers could be used for good, who helped train him to become what he always wanted to be: a superhero. He demanded the boy return to his own time, but Billy didn't know what side to take. On the one hand, saving what he knew would be his best option. On the other? Nathaniel, the young Kang, quickly became one of the few friends he had. This was more than he could decide on his own.
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