The origins of Superpowers should be clear by now. Once triggered, the sleeping power within an individual will awaken and may be used by its detentor at any time.
Obviously, while some would use their powers to help others or just to enhance their life quality through unconventional ways (some people in the middle age were known to be able to turn stones or copper into gold, which was cleverly masked as the “Philosopher’s Stone”), others would use their powers to do crimes and get away with them. Murders, theft, whatever one may think of.
This wasn’t common until the first World War, where a boom of “Super Criminals” was registered all over the world, in Europe mainly. To ensure the numbers of Super Criminals wouldn’t raise even more, some people devoted themselves to protect others, first with the name of Protectors, later with the name of Heroes. After the numbers were evened and the criminals either caught or killed, the Heroes quickly disappeared, changing identities or fleeing from their home country.
During World War 2, another boom of Super Criminals happened and a new crisis ensued. Again, the Heroes rised up. Often it would be the children or grandchildren of the Heroes from WW1 to rise up and fight against the criminals, but many of them were young soldiers who triggered their power during the war. Once again, the Heroes helped catching the criminals and saving people from even further despair.
This time, however, the Heroes didn’t disappear. They decided to remain vigilant and to keep an eye on the situation, always ready to catch a new criminal or just help those in need. They divided into two categories at the end of May 1945: Guardians, who would devote themselves to protect children, war wounded and any other hopeless or alone person, and Heroes, who would stay on the field to fight against criminals and Super Criminals.
They still do their duties nowadays, and have kept their names. They’re commonly all referred to as Heroes, but they refer to each other with different names. They also collaborate well with police departments, something that was almost impossible back when they first stared working.
Guilds, Headquarters, Pillars
To make sure they had most of the world covered under their protective wings, Heroes and Guardians started creating smaller headquarters all over the states, more or less of them depending on how large the state was. These places would be commonly called Guilds, as Heroes and Guardians would all meet there to either share informations or even just chill. Among the many little guilds scattered there would be one for each state that would be considered the state’s Headquarter. The most important Headquarters in the world are:
- Glory City (USA, Cyan)
- Torre Vittoria (Italy, Red)
- Tokyo (Japan, Yellow)
- Sydney (Australia, Green)
Very important are also considered Moscow and London, but not as much as the other four, which would be the Four Pillars.
Each Pillar has a colour and a Mascot. The Mascot will have the colour of the Pillar.
Each Guild and Headquarter would have the colour of its Pillar. Guilds and HQ’s in North and South America all refer and report to Glory City’s Pillar, Europe and Africa’s refer to Torre Vittoria’s, Asia’s and Antartica refer to Tokyo’s and Australia’s all refer to Sydney’s.
It is common for Heroes to move around from a HQ or Guild to another, therefore sometimes changing Pillar they belong to.
Aedan is originary from Glory City, but was sent to Torre Vittoria to collaborate with the local Heroes, therefore he changed Pillar.
Glory City’s Pillar - Location
GC’s Pillar is an underground base which spreads below the water surface and beneath the seven sectors. The base is large enough to make a Hero get lost even after having lived or frequenting the base for months.
It has training rooms, a few VR (Virtual Reality) rooms, dorms for the trainees and several Top Security rooms to which only selected personnel can have access. There are seven main entrances, one for each sector, and a few smaller ones scattered through the sectors. Most of them seem to be located in The Middle.
Its colour is Cyan.
Torre Vittoria’s Pillar - Location
Torre Vittoria is a city located about 100 kms east of Turin (located where Alessandria is. It pretty much substitues the existing city, and is 100% like it).
The Pillar is located in The Citadel (known by the locals as La Cittadella), and just like GC’s it’s an underground base that spreads beneath the town and the Citadel itself. It’s considered to be the third most important Pillar, after GC’s and Tokyo’s. The main entrance is The Citadel, and there are several smaller, hidden entrances scattered throughout the city of Torre Vittoria.
Its colour is Red.
What’s a Headquarter or Guild for
HQ’s and Guilds are places for the Heroes and Guardians to meet, share their informations, investigate together, team up and so much more. Basically, it’s like a control room: from the guild or HQ they can keep everything under control.
These places also serve as a shelter for children who have lost their parents because of criminals, who are in danger or who have triggered their superpower at a very early age (before 10 years old) and are too dangerous to be left with their parents alone (imagine a kid who can cover himself in fire. If he can’t control it, he could be extremely dangerous.).
The HQ’s and sometimes even the Guilds are also known to be the training grounds of future Heroes and Guardians.
The Pillars obviously serve all of these purposes, being the largest headquarters.