The immortal Loki released five nano-viruses, two of them by accident. Meta, Para, and Arcanus viruses, plus the Nosferatu and Lycanthropy viruses. The last being a mutation of the Nosferatu. In the wake of this release, humans began developing abilities they’d only dreamed about. Superhuman individuals began to appear, and in the dark places whispers began of the undead, as well as creatures living in the storm sewers.
Parahumans are simply humans with advanced physical or mental abilities. Enhanced strength, speed, intelligence, agility, and/or some combination thereof.
Metahumans manifest strange abilities. They’re generally a little stronger and tougher than an ordinary human, but their power generally lies in some other department, many following standard superhero tropes. Some 05% of them are turned into ‘trolls,’ freakishly twisted humanoids—usually much larger and stronger than the norm.
Mages are those who were infected by the Arcana virus, the one that reversed what the Cen’s nanviruses did to the humans. (Little did anyone know that the Ghost Dance only failed because the epidemics that spread through the native population had been designed to strip them of their power).
Vampires are infected by the Nosferatu virus, which was created when Loki tried to recreate the (for them) rather fortunate accident that turned him and his 200 some companions into immortals rather than simply killing them outright along with most of the rest of the population of their homeworld.
The first lycanthrope came to be when the fledgling later known as Raven drank his first blood from a wolf and became the Lord of Dogs, prompting him to leave the wolf alive but weakened. Even as the wolf fought the virus it savaged Ben Dalmas in defense of its new alpha.
The virus changed him, creating an amalgamation of wolf and primate, capable of shifting forms but not having any of the pure cellular fluidity that marks a vampire. Any cell in a vampire’s body is capable of mimicking or becoming any other cell. Which makes them very hard to kill. But a lycanthrope is so physically dense that knives and bullets and small air to surface missiles barely leave a mark. Yes, both new vampires and new lycanthropes have to “eat” a lot in order to help their new bodies adapt to their change in circumstance.
Vampires aren’t human. They’re a human brain atop a colony of active biosculpted cells that can mimic any cell in the human body at will, requiring only the simplest nourishment, oxygenated blood, in order to survive. And even that fades in time as the nosferatu virus gets better at being a vampire. Only destruction of the brain or brain stem can kill a vampire. Same goes for a lycanthrope. This
Some vampires acquire special powers. All are stronger and faster than humans, but some can perform great tricks of mind or body. Raven can remain undetected from anything he chooses, from human eyes to a dog’s tracking abilities to technology to psychic powers and magic. He is one of the initial few and might have acquired a great deal more power than subsequent generations.
It took a few years for people to catch on to what had happened to their world, but when superpowers and preternatural beings began showing up, it became clear that something had gone wonky.
At this point the other immortals start getting involved. Deryk Shea, a well-known industrialist—as well as the Captain of the ship that initially carried the immortals between universes—offers to help the government fund a special agency dedicated to policing the preternatural and superhuman community.
The Paranormal Affairs Commission creates two subdivisions. MAD (The Magical Activities Division), colloquially known as the MAD Squad, and the Law Enforcement Officers of the Preternatural Action Response Division. “LEOPARDs,” as they’re also known.
Tacoma, Washington becomes the center of superhuman and preternatural activity. (Why? Because I live there, it’s a port, and it’s a good out of the way city to place something important like that). It’s also known as Freak City.
We recognize some of these names. Thor, Athena, Sif, Thanatos, Hecate, Gabriel, Loki. Hermes, Odin, Nemesis. Hades. Kali. Others you will come to recognize. Raven, Jasmine Tashae, Nyx Deathweb, Artificer, Bonedance.
Maybe you’d like to create your own. Feel free. I would love to see others’ interpretation of how my world might look in their environs. Australia, Europe, Japan, S. America? How would the war and the aftermath effect your region of the world?