Monday, June 19, 2006

Meet the Gang (part one)


...she's our point of view character. She's funny, quirky, clever, insecure. Nice gal. She's a PR, but don't hold that against her. Up till now she's dealt with low-rent sportsmen and bottom-rung celebrities. She's about to start working at Powers That Be Inc, which is the promotional agency for the superhero set. She has no idea what she's let herself in for.

Here's her first big client: Reginald Thorpe, AKA SKY-KNIGHT

He should be the coolest superhero out there: he flies a fantastically souped-up biplane called Tempus Fugit and following a sorty against a German pilot during WWI, was granted eternal life and the sword Excalibur, from myth. He went on to become a hero, and was considered by many to be the greatest fighter pilot of WWI. And that's just the problem, he was the greatest, and he can't quite leave those halcyon days behind. As a result, he spends most of his time impersonating a washed up nobody, who hangs around the George and Dragon - a shabbily-appointed "English" pub in the worst part of The City - like a bad smell, and occasionally threatens to smite his landlord using his magic sword.

To make ends meet he works as a janitor, and uses a magically altered Excalibur as a mop. But he's grown to hate his pale excuse for a life and so, fed up of smelling faintly of beef and having no money, he's decided to sign himself up with PTB Ltd. Maybe it's not too late for this old warhorse - maybe he can convince the world that there's a place in the 21st Century for gallantry and moustaches. But he'll need help - and that's where Ms. Harper comes in...

But Powers That Be Ltd. believes in making the most of their employees, and Alison quickly finds she has more than one difficult customer on her books...



Blogger Peach said...

I am bowled over by this stuff - especially Alison's quirky look, very cool. And you'll get neverending mileage out of mixing the extraordinary with the mundane i.e. Excalibur the mop. Well done. Can't wait to see what happens...
One question - Powers That Be Inc. or Powers That Be Ltd?

12:59 AM  
Blogger Dan McDaid said...

I think maybe "Inc" as that's more American... although I like Ltd as it sounds friendlier. Does America even have limited companies?

Thanks for your thoughtful appraisal of the work so far - there'll be more soon!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Miss McC said...

I actually thought 'Powers That Be Limited' was a subtle play on words...
It's exciting to see this project with its own site - gives it a real sense of momentum.
Alison Harper is a great name choice and she looks excellent: very likeable. For some reason I have a picture in my head of her rolling her eyes in exasperation...
I like the final version of Sky-Knight's back story, too. The War Hero idea works a treat, as does his motivation for joining the agency. Nicely worked out!
Looking forward to Dynamito's story!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Gary Dunion said...


You'll all be delighted to learn that some US states do indeed register LLC (limited liability companies) as Ltd. Texas is one such example.

Since The City is, no doubt, in The State, I'd say sub-federal companies law is open to Danny's artistic license.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Dan McDaid said...


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