While life, particularly work-related life hasn't let up any, once in a while, I still find a stray moment of creativity. The other day, I was listening to an episode of the classic radio show "Suspense," an episode called "The Black Fedora," which I realized, was a great name for a pulp hero.
Today, I got my hands on a physical copy of The Villainomicon, for ICONs, the first game book (or any non-ebook for that matter) that has my name on the cover. I won't lie to you, Marge, it's a damned cool feeling. As a result, what little bit of my brain that isn't consumed by multiple massive IT projects is currently home to ICONS and superhero stuff.
This afternoon, I was mulling over that whole Black Fedora thing when the name Fedora Noir popped into my head. And while that's not a great name for a real pulp hero, I happen to think it's a monumentally cool name for a second-generation pulp inspired hero. This evening, I sat down with the ICONS Character Folio (a great program; worth every penny), and banged out Meridian's newest heroine and proprietor of the Midnight Detective Agency.
Area Expert - Meridian
Blast Device 3 (Blasting) - Phantom .45
Danger Sense Device 4 - The Haunted Hat
Resistance Device 6 (Mental Attacks) - The Haunted Hat
Connections : Detective Lt. Walt Levinson, MPD (Boyfriend)
Identity : Deborah Black, Crime Beat Reporter
Motivation : Justice
Catchphrase : "Sometimes, the Black Hats are the good guys."
Epithet : The Midnight Detective
Enemy : Little Augie Caesar
Personal : Acrophobia
Social : Haunted Hat*
Point Total 45
Last modified 7/8/11
Weight: 120 lbs
First Appearance: Meridian By Moonlight #1
From an early age, Deborah Black was steeped in her family lore. The granddaughter of The Black Fedora, Meridian's original Midnight Detective, she was instilled with a fascination for crime and justice at an early age, which led her to a career as a crime beat reporter for the Meridian Star. Six months ago, she received an anonymous gift: her grandfather's hat. On a whim, she tried it on, only to discover it was haunted by his spirit, a spirit that drove her to continue his mission. Assuming the identity of "Fedora Noir" (it just sounds more stylish), she opened the Midnight Detective Agency, which allows her to fight crime when she's not reporting it.
*Haunted Hat: When Deborah dons Black's Fedora, she is haunted by the ghost of her grandfather, The Black Fedora. In unguarded moments, she's been known to converse with him. This sets some people on edge.
I have no idea what I'll do with her, but it was fun to flex the muscles a little.