Gentle Readers ...
I can't count the number of times I've been called that.
I've said it many times; Superheroes are our modern myths, the legends of our times. They, like their counterparts of old, represent the best intentions of our society. To understand them is to understand what we wish we were and what we strive for, both as communities and as individuals. They show us how to use power selflessly, how to face danger and evil relentlessly, and how to overcome ourselves courageously.
Post-apocolyptic settings are a strange combination of fear and hope. We fear the uncertainty of our future, and especially the possibility that this apparently permanent society we have built around us could be swept away with just a few bad choices. We hope, on the other hand, that no matter what happens, we will persevere, survive, and some day thrive again.
Another fearful vision of the future is the cyberpunk genre, this one of what may lie just around the corner. Building social anxiety, the growing power of faceless corporations, and the massive increase in the flow of information alongside the decline of meaningful personal relationships could easily bring about a whole new order of things. The question is, how will we still find our freedom surrounded by seemingly impassable walls of money, numbers, and red tape?
Visions of fantasy have filled our imaginations since time unrecorded. Myth, magic, and the power of the unknown draw us to amazing new lands where familiar heroes face incredible dangers alongside us in the name of all we hold dear in our own world. They say that things change, but people do not; what better way to learn about ourselves than to see what holds true when faced with the impossible?
Alternia is a world I created many years ago to fill with my own superheroes. This community began as my way of sharing it. It has since expanded to include as much of my creative pursuits as I can imagine a way to insert into what is now a multi-era, multi-dimensional continuity. The mission of this community, now, is twofold: first, to have a place where creative energy from all our members can build on these worlds, making them more complete and diverse. Second, it is to be a source for those who want to write stories about Alternia that they can use to become more familiar with the characters, places, events, and themes.