My other Universe, The VIGIL-Verse

While I work on conceptualizing my overarching multiverse and stories, I would like to introduce another universe in the making, the indie industry has been rising up and introducing new worlds of superheroes. From Timothy Lim with his USA Super-Bunny Black Hops and his satirical heroine Kamen America, so I decided to conceptualize my own world of superheroes, which will begin at the end of the Victorian Era, and rise upward thereafter

This is The V.I.G.I.L-Verse

Inspired by the DC Animated Universe I grew up with, Batman The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited combined with Tokusatsu and works of Shotarou Ishnomori

For those who do not know. Shotarou Ishnomori was a manga artist and an assistant to Osamu Tezuka in the mid 1950s and had created countless of works such as Cyborg 009, Inazuman, The Skull Man, and even created Kamen Rider and Himitsu Sentai Goranger which would be adapted in the 1970s respectively as the first of the Kamen Rider Series and Super Sentai Series which the latter we would adapt as Power Rangers starting from from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, and Metal Hero Series which we would also adapt some of its shows into Big Bad Beetleborgs and VR Troopers. His stories I have enjoyed in my life and I still think its criminal how underappreciated he is outside of the world of manga, anime, and a considerable amount of modern mythology is owed to this man. But that is a story for another post for another day.

Now Tokusatsu is a genre of Japanese film and television, the word literary means “Special Effects” and technically can be applied to almost any show or film that uses them. But technically, it falls into the lines of what Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Metal Hero would be, all three belonging to Toei, but there have been other companies who competed against them and at least one still does to this day, Tsubraya with its Ultraman Series.

But the main motifs of Toku shows is there would be a hero that transforms, or in some cases summons the hero, and usually, with a device, an evil organization that had a “Great Leader”, an elite, a monster of the week, an army of grunts, and incredible theme songs, most of it I say was started or at least perfected by Shotaro.

The VIGIL verse follows just that, setting in an alternate Earth to our own, and starting off in the UK at the near end of the Victorian Era, New York and Mexico during the Gilded Age, and Japan in the Meiji Era with a history of Tokusatsu-esque heroes.

A sinister secret society working to supplant humanity with a race of monsters, lead by the mysterious “High-Leader” this organization is known as Verum. With it’s branches in each respected country, kidnapping the vulnerable of society and recruiting those willing, sacrificing them to a mysterious heathen god they simply call “The Secret God” who in turn gives them the souls of those sacrificed to be turned into “Monster-Men”

Which brings us to our seven heroes will be the seeds of a legacy that will come to fruition through their children, grandchild, and their allies. These heroes being of an owl, a rabbit, a fox, a spider, golem, and a pumpkin.

Anslem Godwin – The Owlman – A Kajin created by Verum’s western branch, The Circle of Stolas. In his past life, he was an orphan taken it by the cult only to be sacrificed and reborn as an adult monster.

Ichabod Crane – The Headless Hosreman – A former school teacher who fell to the curse of Sleepy Hollow and became an American dullahan but through battling with his personal demons, has learned to wield its power for good

Aina Natsuki – The Jade Rabbit – A Gyokuto, A Moon Rabbit Youkai, skilled in medicine, and a mallet, who leaves her home in order to pursuit the mysterious forces laying waste to her village and spreading pestilence throughout Japan

Miyako Momoka – The Pink Fox – A Kitsune and close friend of Aina who accompanies her in her crusade as well as flirting with men who she finds attractive, mostly out of unresolved feelings of loneliness.

Berko Chidubem – The Yellow Spider – A spidermorph who lives in a village in Ghana as a Tailor but his peaceful life comes to an end when villages are terrorized by monsters of unholy origins

Adam Stein – A Golem created by Joseph The Wandering Jew who worked in Israel with his creator as a traveling Merchant until the city of Israel is haunted by creatures of Mesopotamian mythology

After they deal with their own threats, they are each invited by agents of an organization that deals with with satanic and occult threats, and had been in an underground war with Verum for the soul of the world.

The Order of St. Cyprian which is run by an eccentric cardinal of the Holy See

The five serve the order and join the fight that stretches to the 1980s which they have made ties to other heroes in other countries.

From there, in an alternate 1990s, new heroes will spring up all over the globe, and the children and grandchild of the original five will bring them together in an international organization that will serve to combat threats of humanity

Vigilantes

Internationally

Guarding

Innocent

Lives

AKA V.I.G.I.L.

What I hope to create is in this superhero universe is something that DC and has lost thanks to he-who-shall-not-be-named and the movement pushed by the “True Art is Angsty” crowd who I personally believe have too much influence along with other “subversive” movements, but that is for another day.

This will be a superhero universe that will have what the youth need and want. Heroes with happy personal lives, that have happy marriages and families that are legacy characters who live those things as well, Aspirational Heroes, everything that the once iconic universe of two letters were.

Enough with the angst

Enough with the subverting

Enough with this insecure and arrogant need to be dark to fuel fabricated feelings superiority and a nebulous and narcissistic idea of “maturity” or the infamous and irritating buzzword, or “Buzz-saying” “That’s life, crap happens”

I am not certain if I should make this a website of its own or simply tag the difference. I will consort with my peers to come to a decision.

The Loreverse: Umbarias, Loremistress of Shadow

“Thou art Umbarias, The Holy Undertaker, Dancer, Weaver, and Judge of The Dead. You shall be The Patron Saint of Undertaking, Dancing, Courage, Sewing, Prophecy and Empathy. You shall weave the night sky and bead them with stars and your shadows shall conceal the righteous and innocent from the wicked. You shall judge the dead and bring the innocent and righteous home to Paradisio and comfort those who mourn their passing like the gentle moonlight. You shall inspire courage to those who face their fears, and you shall bring my word to my prophets”-Omnibus

With hair like stars in the night sky and eyes like the moon, dressed in purple, black, and silver, Umbarias The Loremistress of Shadow is one of the Six Cherubim, wife of Solarax, and Embodiment of the world Nokenpad and the element of Shadow which conceals, shrouds, and shields. Solarax takes on the likeness of a woman dressed in clothes best described like a Romani Fortune Teller with a veil hiding her lips which are said to be pure silver, only allowing them to be seen and kissed by her husband.

Compassionate, soft spoken, and somewhat seductive and flirtatious, Umbarias uses her power through dances and weaving. She also carries out Omnibus’s judgements over the moral dead and provides comfort to souls that are passing and those who mourn as well as whispering Omnibus’ prophecies to The Loresages.

However when it comes to prophecies in other worlds, she also needs aid of her fellow Creati and often needs assistance when guiding departed souls of worlds outside her own as well. Her other ability is her very being is like a spinning wheel, her dances are what spins the threads of the night sky and bead them with stars. Her last ability is she can see wherever shadows are cast and often uses the shadows of the Deo Electi to track and report their progress.

In the world Nokenpad she is known as Mother Midnight and it is said when the wicked act on their evil desires, they get a haunting feeling creeping up behind their back only to look at the shadows to find countless of silver piercing glares. When one is mourning, she will manifest to the mourner’s shadow to embrace and comfort them, whispering words of comfort into their ears, and often appears to a mortal’s moment of death to retrieve their soul to swaddle in her robes as she brings them home.

She loves to tease and flirt her husband, often using her dances and/or seductive glances

Animals that she is associated with by mortals are foxes, bats, and spiders

Her inspiration comes from The Zorya Sisters of Slavic Myth along with the Valar Varda(with her roles deriving from bits of Mandos, his wife Vairë, and Nesse), Morticia Addams(notably Anjelica Hutson), Esmeralda from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ahri from League of Legends, and La Muerte from The Book of Life.

The Loreverse: Solarax, The Loremaster of Fire

“Thou art Solarax, The Holy Smith and Architect, and Loremaster of Fire. Thou shall be the Patron Saint of Passion, Music, Smithery, Masonry, and Architecture. Thous shall craft the weapons of my Deo Electi, you shall be a radiant example to metalworkers, builders, and musicians. Your joyous zeal will be like a blazing sun and shall inspire mortals with your powerful songs.”-Omnibus

With hair like glowing black coals and eyes like the sun, and clothed in maroon, gold, and brown, Solarax The Loremaster of Fire is one of the Six Cherubim, and the Embodiment of the world Decotropolis and the element of Fire which helps crafts, melts, burns, fuels, and purifies. He is also The Loreverse’s Patron Saint of Musicians, Architechs, Masons, Metalsmiths, and Ironworkers. Solarax takes on the likeness of a cross between a Blacksmith and Roaring 20s New York Dandy

Passionate, merry, and ingenious, Solarax works with a bright smile on his face. Solarax sings while he works, crafting weapons for the Deo Electi, creating sketches for architecture for the inspiri to teach mortals for various worlds who in turn are inspired to create their own works, or conducting his orchestra of Inspiri to play songs written by mortals.

What makes Solarax different from the others is he seems to hum to himself and writing down songs, doodling designs for weapons, and architecture. Also when it comes to music, it requires him to work with the others when it comes to creating hymns of respective worlds. Alone, Solarax can only create types of Jazz, he must work with his other Creati in order to create different forms of music

With his wife Umbarias, he can create Classical Crossover music

With Fulgrom, he can create Eurobeat

With Aquitas, he can creates Oriental music

With Silvine, he can create Celtic Rock

With Ventix he creates Country

Not only that, when it comes to making weapons suited for Deo Electi, he requires essence of other elements provided by his fellow Creati

Now in his world he has a nickname that passed around in legends known as Smokey Joe and he likes to manifest vague images of himself in fires from restaurants, foundries, or even fireplaces in homes of mortals and it is said when anywhere in the Loreverse musical instruments are played, they echo the sound of the Solarax’s hammer colliding with his anvil which is said to be a beautiful and passionate harmony of bells, gongs, cymbals, trumpets, organs, and other forms of music.

Now his love for his wife Umbarias is one that fuels his work as well, and often he shows affection by often embracing his beloved and peppering her with kisses. His love is like one described like a roaring flame and searing desire.

Animals that he is often associated by mortals are wolves, lions, and condors

For his inspiration for being an embodiment of fire and smith, I took inspiration from Svarog the Slavic God of Smithery but his other influences are Gomez Addams(notably John Astin and Raul Julia) and Cab Calloway

The Loreverse: Aetherius, Loremaster of Aether

“Thou art Aetherius, The Divine Fool, The Holy Harlequin, Loremaster of Aether and Seraph of The Creati, thou shalt be the Patron Saint of mirth, tricksters, laughter, optimism and humor. When Evil is law, thou shalt be a trickster unto them, when Good is law, thou shalt be a Lawman, thou art mighty as your brother was in his former glory, and thou shall deliver my word to your kin”-Omnibus

With brilliant wings of six and donning the appearance of a jester with brilliant colors of orange, brown, and white, and wielding a scepter of pure ivory, Aetherius The Loremaster of Aether is the Seraph(Leader) of the Creati and one of the 7 rulers of Avalon and was created along with his brother Netherius before he fell, was created to be the embodiment of Aether, the element that begets and masters over the other six. He is also the Loreverse’s patron saint of comedy, laughter, mirth, optimism, and trickery

Aetherius as the Seraph is the one who personally receives word from Omnibus of what actions to take and relays word to his fellow Creati who then instruct the Inspiri.

Witty, clever, and hopeful, Aetherius when not busy governing Avalon or conversing with his cohorts, sends an avatar of himself to explore the worlds of Lore and bring good luck to good people whoever crosses his path. Often appearing as an dancing orange apparition following with the sound of ghostly jingles and laughter, often serving as a harbinger of eucatastrophe in a conflict.

The unique thing about Aetherius is his tripartite archetypal nature, he is a trickster, a detective, and a frontiersman. When the wicked and cruel are in power, Aetherius acts as a trickster to break the shackles put upon the worlds by the reign of tyrants, then he acts as a lawman/detective in restoring the intended boundaries and thus restoring that world to its rightful state of glory, and a frontiersman to maintain that state of glory to keep the peace. Now his cohorts share these traits as well, but some characteristic are more predominant than others depending on the nature of that world. One example is Ventix and the Western-Fantasy world Range he oversees and embodies, they are more of a dual nature of trickster and frontiersman over detective, or Solarax and Decotropolis as they are mostly detective in nature than trickster and frontiersman.

Now Aetherius does have a wife, who I am still trying to conceptualize, but unlike the others, she is not a Creati but in fact an Inspiri. For Omnibus told him he too was meant to have an significant other from a humbler beginning to replace his brother’s spot “For Six become Three, and One becomes Two, and thus Seven becomes Five and balance is maintained, this is the way of Lore.” as Omnibus decrees “And only the truly humble and faithful can be wed to the divine, that too is the way of Lore.” So Aetherius looked in Avalon to find among the Inspiri one who would be faithful to him, as he would be faithful to her, and found one, a woman who laughed as his jokes and felt a connection with him and thus became his wife.

He goes by many names in the worlds of Lore, The Jester of Justice, The Orange Imp, The Snickering Spark, The Righteous Rodeo Clown, The Tittering Toon, The Cackling Klabautermann, and of course The Lord of Jesters and Jester of Lords

My primary inspiration for him came from the Slavic god of Light and Goodness, Belobog, and followed Manwe Sulimno from Tolkien’s Legendarium, the stock character Harlequin and St. Michael the Archangel

Mostly because tricksters seem to be used as the harbringers of tragedy and misery, there seems to be very little stories where they bring fortune to the innocent and righteous. So I decided to create one as a response.

The Loreverse: Introduction to the Creati

“Lo and behold, you are the holy embodiment of the elements, paragons of virtue and patron lords and ladies of my worlds, as I used you to create them. As you and your servants, The Inspiri, guide the mortals bellow, they shall ascend to glory and wield powers you give unto them, made from the power which I had given unto you”-Omnibus

The Creati(Individually Creatus) are the “Top Brass” so to speak, they are the holy personifications of the elements of the Loreverse as well as the sub-creators of this multiverse. Most inspiration of them come from Tolkien’s Valar but also like them, they are not gods. Like the Valar, they can create constructs, but they lack the ability to truly create something outside the assistance of Omnibus who can breathe life into them. They are basically living instruments Omnibus uses to create and govern the Loreverse.

The realm Paradisio is also a lot like Valinor, a dwelling place for both the Creati and Inspiri which they overlook the progress of the mortal realms of Lore and only intervene as subtly as possible in order not to harm the free will and autonomy of the worlds and the souls that inhabit them. This is why they were sent the Inspiri down to establish holy orders, to connect and guide these worlds in a way that is not forced or contrived. “Good things come from within not without” Omnibus had decreed “This is the way of Lore”

Now there are Seven Creati, “For Seven shall be the number of Luck and Balance” Omnibus had decreed “Three on one side, Three on another, and One in the middle to hold both in place, this is the way of Lore.”

Now among the Creati there is the Seraph, Aetherius, who serves as the leader of the Creati ambassador of Omnibus, he personally ascends to Paradiso to recieve word from the mouth of Omnibus and delievers it to his peers, as well as serving as a regulator of the six other elements of the Loreverse, Fire, Water, Air, Thunder, Forest, and Shadow, with his own, Aether. As a Seraph, he is blessed with Six Wings.

Now the six other Creati are Cherubim, they stay strictly in Avalon and each serves a unique purpose, however all of the seven worlds were created in a way that in uniquely theirs along with their leader, thus the element and characteristics each world may be predominant over depending on the realm which Creatus that world is overseen by. They are blessed with wings of four.

Now the Creati are paragons of virtue, the highest aspirational beings next to Omnibus himself, as such they are the epitome of the Four Loves, they all are equal in amount, but each aspect is unique than the others

Storge(affection)-The Creati adore all of the Loreverse, every world, with unrelenting love. The type of love that parents have for their children, or siblings have for each other, or the love animals in a pack feel for each other. They helped Omnibus will these worlds into existence, and and grateful that Omnibus created each world in the likeness of each specific Creati, and are also admiring of each other’s worlds. And they have endless compassion for each soul upon these worlds, just as Omnibus has, and have endless affection for the Inspiri who look up to them and serve them.

Philia(Friendship)-The kinship that the Creati have with each other is the ideal friendship that is not bound by many restraints that mortal races might have, and they endless enjoy each others company and the company of others, it is this fellowship the Deo Electi are modeled after

Eros(Romance)-Now the married lives of the Creati are ones that are also ideal, they absolutely love each other selflessly, always putting their significant other before themselves, supportive in each other, as well infinite in affection in what I call the Five Types of Romance which I will go into another post. They are grateful that Omnibus created this bond between them and they celebrate it in any form possible.

Agape(Unconditional)-Collectively they are embodiment of love for every effort they make is in the intent of helping the souls living and dead find salvation and salvation for their civilizations, for they know every soul has the right to dignity and every world has the right to their full potential

Now for my next post, I will go into first the highest and leader of the Creati, Aetherius The Holy Fool and Loremaster of Aether