Origins of a World

Back in the late 90s, I was a student at San Francisco State University. I had started out as a film student and switch over to the theatre program about 2 years in. The 90s is the time I came up with the original concept for many of the characters and organizations that make up the world New L.A. inhabits. And it was in the late 90s a short conversation came to my head that provided the seed for this world.
Hero (typical comic booky overdramatic): I’m here to stop your nefarious plot to take over the world!
Villian (staring blankly at Hero): Why would I want to take over the world? I already control it.
It was from this conversation that I started creating what I have named “PCU World”. I originally envisioned it as a campaign setting for the Champions Role-Playing Game that I hope to one day run my friends do. On a side note: I did eventually run a one-shot adventure in this world, and have made a minor reference to that one-shot in the book. I envisioned a world where my players would be constantly on the run, fleeing an organization that controlled the world behind the scenes, while trying to come up with ways to thwart that organization. That organization became the PCU.
I spent the next couple of years creating characters (or adapting old characters) for this world. As I created characters, ideas would come to me as to how they were connected. And I would come up with questions that needed to be answered. How did the PCU control everything? How was the PCU organized? How did Paranormals come about? And as these questions were answered, character backstories came to mind. Who are these individuals and why are they doing what they are doing?
In the spring of 2000, the world was fairly fleshed out and I was between jobs. So, I started writing the first story that took place in this world. I have never finished that story, though I still have what I did write and I knew what was going to happen. I knew Los Angeles was going to be destroyed.
Fast forward to 2015. Over the years, I have tried to revisit that world, but I was always going back to that moment in time in the late 90s to 2000. So, how about advancing the timeline to now. What happened? And that was the genesis for New L.A. Now, I see a lot of possibilities of where to go from here and developing and building upon the ideas I had some 15-20 years ago. I hope you will join me for the journey. In the meantime, I will leave you with my terrible drawing abilities (some of the forms may be traced in some drawings), and show some early character drawings of some characters in the book.

PCU glower in gear.
PCU agent in combat gear.

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