Preface: The Infinity Bible

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Loki’s Sin

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?

Settings

Infinity: Earth

This particular setting has a lot going for it.  You can go all the way back to the beginning, in the first few years when mortals didn’t really known anything, or work forward from there.  As long as you don’t write anything that impacts the main storyline (avoid killing immortals, or inconveniencing them, and this takes care of itself).

Infinity: Earth  (The Cen War).

I’m not good at war stories.  Imagine what it would be like to have an army of human animal hybrids, as well as gengineered insects and spider troops, up against a coalition of humans, superhumans, vampires, were-folk, and mages.  If you have inclination to write in this era, drop me a message and I’ll give you a rundown on what I have for the war already.

Infinity: Earth (Aftermath and the Reunification Wars).

The age of new colonialism.  But now the competing groups aren’t different human phenotypes, but humans, preternaturals, and alien creatures struggling for some kind of elbow room together.  The former United States is broken up into several different regions (still drawing the boundaries) ranging from the highly religious, very insular Republic of Texas and its closest neighbors.  The Northeast coast is gone, devastated by the nuclear attacks the Cen attackers launched.  Mages on the west coast had defended their territory, but scared politicians had chased them all away from DC… so no one was there to repel the bombs.

The same is true for the Southeast as far as South Carolina.  People are starting to return to the areas to the north, but slowly.  No one is sure how long the radiation will last in isolated pockets.  Sales of Geiger counters are hot.

I have included no real details about any other area on the planet.  It’s an open field.  I write about areas with which I’m familiar.  I ask that other people do the same.

Infinity: Prime:  This is the hardest to explain.  Let’s try this.  Our earth is only one of an infinite variety of worlds… some barely a step away, others with countless variations.  The base of operations for the various interworld agencies is Starhaven, a massive construct that counts as a small universe of its own.  No one knows how large it is, nor how long it has existed.  There are new areas discovered all the time.

The web of worlds, different aspect Earths that are each different from another, created by some historical turning point that pivoted the direction history took.  A world in which the Roman Republican never became an empire.  A Rome that never fell.  Aztec conqueror invading Europe.  A Celtic empire that spans the globe.  Where the French colonized N. America, where the American Revolution failed, etc.. etc.. and it can go back eons.  Epochs, even.  In fact, there are universes that birthed other intelligent creatures than man.  Procyon Lotor Sapiens, for example.  Ursine Erectus.

On Starhaven exists a civilization that tries to police as many of these different worlds as it can reach.

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