Meta's Verse: My Vindicators
By Shannon Doyle (Leliah), OnRPG Journalist
For the last month City of Heroes’ P.E.R.C (Player Event Resource Committee) has been running what I would say is the most interesting competition to come to City of Heroes in its history. The idea was to give the Vindicators a makeover. And while there were a ton of great responses to the competition I never got the chance to put in entries of my own. The rules were simple, give the members of the Vindicators a makeover using only what is available in the costume creator. The Vindicators are a group of heroes who is lead by Ms. Liberty and happen to all be the sidekicks of the members of the Freedom Phalanx. So since I didn’t get to show off my creations I’ve decided to cheat a bit this week and share my creations with all of you.
Ms. Liberty is the leader of the Vindicators and has taken the mantle in Independence Port where her Grandfather, Statesman once stood. Her original costume is a tribute to her mother Miss Liberty. I took some basic elements from that outfit, the dress, boots, gloves, shoulder pieces and belt and added them to a modified version of Statesman’s outfit to create a tribute to two great heroes who have left us while giving Ms. Liberty a more grown up look.
Aurora Borealis was the sidekick of Sister Psyche. But it is safe to say she went above and beyond the call of duty when she housed Psyche in her mind. It was only with the help of her husband that she was able to return to her normal self. The loss of her friend has prompted her to update her look, making herself more colorful by accenting her outfit in gold instead of silver.
Infernal is a master of demon binding and summoning. He comes from an alternate Earth where his order binds demons to their armor and weapons. He’s been in the same armor for years now. As a gift for her close friend, Numina had new armor custom made for Infernal.
The original Luminary was a man. When he retired Positron presented him and his wife an Andriod who was modelled after her with powers similar to his. In the near decade she has been activated she has seen a lot of action. And though she was easy enough to repair the dents were really starting to show. With the help of Positron and her dear friend Citadel she was given a redesign.
Mynx is the result of a Crey experiment and the aid of Synapse who helped her develop control over her new abilities. She has always been described as a girl, now she is all grown up and though she’s still fond of her old look she’s changed the shade of blue she wears while at the same time getting new ears and a tail.
Swan has been Manticore’s faithful sidekick ever since he saved her and offered her a chance to fight at his side. After having grown tired of being told that she practically looks naked for years now she’s decided it is time for a makeover. I also thought that she was a bit freakishly tall so I made her shorter. No story reason for that.
Valkryie was once an archaeologist until she was injected with nanites and her personality was changed completely. She came to Paragon City to help her come to terms with who she is now. When she first started out her armor had to be bulky to stand up to the abuse she gives it in combat. Now though technologies have advanced and she doesn’t have to wear all the heavy armor she once did to get the same protection. Once again, like with Swan I felt she was a bit freakishly tall so I made her a bit shorter.
The Woodsman is the conact for my favorite task in all of City of Heroes, the Eden Trial. He also happens to be one of my favorite heroes as far as costumes go. So when it came time to change him I didn’t want to change him too much. Though I did, like with the last two make him shorter.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations as much as I enjoyed making them. Who knows, maybe in the coming weeks I will do some more makeovers. When the winners of the actual competition are announced I will be featuring them. I think we can be expecting that in the next week or two.