So, this is an intro document to my new Romverse M&M setting, which I'm using as the backdrop to my current Claremont Academy campaign, which started recently on Roll20. I've attempted to build “Romverse” Campaign settings before, but usually end up abandonning them as too ambitious projects, because I was constantly trying to cram in multiple redundant things I liked from other settings, or got bent out of shape trying to figure out how to adapt something else. So this time around, I'm taking a more relaxed approach, focusing on things I can actually use for my game first and foremost.
Now, this setting begins with a few core concepts:
1- This is a Furry setting, where nearly everyone on Earth is an anthropomorphic animal, as are most of the “human-like” aliens. Degree of Anthropomorphism is “Petting Zoo People”, though some of the aliens do go into “Catgirl” territory. These Furries do co-exist with ordinary animals, however, so no questions about what the carnivore furries actually eat, please. Also, this is different from Canon Ani-Earth, as I'm using less puns and less cartoon physics.
2- The core of the setting uses Earth-Prime, with the addition of my favorite furry characters from various sources. This is a world where Scrooge McDuck is the unquestionned Richest Anthro in the world, where Sly Cooper has recently become the world's most notorious Thief, and the historical Robin Hood was indeed a fox.
3- On top of this Core, I will add elements from some of the following Universes: Champions; Heroes Unlimited; Super Powered Legends; Halt Evil Doer!; META-4; GURPS International Super-Teams; GURPS Cabal; d20 Urban Arcana; My Hero Academia; Digimon; Pokemon (although that one’s got a big twist).. ...others may be added as inspiration strikes me.
4- The world is basically like our Earth, except that a) every humanoid is a Furry, and b) Paranormals and Superheroes have been around throughout history. Despite this, the history and geography of the world are relatively similar: most nations and cities are the same, and the influences of superheroes on different sides of historical events canceled each other out. Despite this, some elements from Earth-Prime will be altered from the main universe. For example, rather then have the Nazis, I'm just going to have SHADOW itself be the instigating organization behind World War 2. And SHADOW itself has more of a focus on Social Darwinism then “racial purity”.
6- Tone of the setting and campaign will be relatively light-hearted and rather NSFW. Combat between superheroes and supervillains is now rarely lethal for either party due to an uneasy “peace treaty”, though defeated heroes generally end up captured for the villain's “entertainment.” Rumors that some heroes take advantage of defeated villains in such ways are still investigated. While still an evil act, it's seen by most heroes as a preferable compromise to the lethality and cruelty displayed during the Iron Age.