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“Meet EdenTech!” Promotional Interviews

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To: Elizabeth R. L. Harris, Chief Operating Officer

From: Ellen Allenby, Public Relations

RE: “Meet EdenTech!” Promotional Interviews

Liz, here is the latest draft of the “Meet EdenTech!” sound bites we discussed last week. This is turning out to be much harder than I thought. The copy at the opening was easy enough to write, but I think we should maybe consider interviewing some line employees, like a member of a Hazard Environment Action Response Team (HEART) or a regular scientist, or even just someone who lives in one of the condos at the BioCampus. I’ve included some notes on the interviews in brackets after each blurb.

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MEET EDENTECH!

EDENTECH! At EdenTech, we bring you wonders for a better and greener future! Our antipollution and environmental cleanup services are second to none, but there’s so much more of us to see! We’re pioneers in clean, efficient energy production for a new millennium. Our advanced medicines help save lives around the world. Our next-generation, self-contained habitats, including our arcological Corporate BioCampus and the planned Hollybriar Lifescape Community (living units leasing now!) set a new standard in living in harmony with our neighbors and our planet. And, of course, EdenTech remains the world leader in socially responsible business operations, with extensive environmental and sociological surveys preceding each project we undertake. EdenTech cares!

EdenTech: A Better World. Better for You!

But don’t take our word for it! Here’s what some of the valued members of our corporate family had to say when we asked them, “What do you like best about working for EdenTech?”

Stephen Workham, CEO: EdenTech is my life. It is my opportunity to atone for the wrongs we have all done to the planet while bringing a new appreciation of green-friendly lifeways to everyday people. By shifting the paradigm of human interaction with its environment, EdenTech takes us out of the unenlightened, smog-filled darkness of our forefathers and into a better future. [I’m afraid people are going to read what Mr. Workham says here as corporate double-speak. You have to meet him to realize that he actually talks like that.]

Dr. Robert Graachs, Chief of Research and Development: EdenTech is a bright light leading us to the future. When I started my scientific career in the Fifties, I ended up creating a lot of hazards by accident. You know, pollution, radioactive waste, giant monsters, that kind of thing. It’s nice to make up for that; to be working with antibiotics and antipollution scrubbers and not huge, mutated plant-critters. (Pause.) Well, I guess I still work with a huge, mutated plant-critter. But he’s on our side now. [I’m not sure Dr. Graachs understands the “public” part of public relations.]

Elizabeth Rachael Laliekuleila Harris, COO: I like meeting a new challenge every day and working alongside my friends. And the child care and work-life programs are great. [No complaints, and not just because you’re my boss.]

Madog ap Rhys, Head of Corporate Security: My brothers and sisters of EdenTech have welcomed me with open arms into this age of wonders: carts without horses, talking machines, unflickering lamps to light the darkest night, and best of all, ale that pours forth from secret reservoirs! I delight in calling on the powers of brook, glen, and flame to destroy any who would harm my brethren. Tremble before the druid Madog, the son of Rhys, you evildoers! [I’d be happy to go out partying with Madog any time, but he may not be the best choice for this promo. He still doesn’t quite “get” the twenty-first century. It was all I could do to keep him from painting his face blue for the interview.]

Josh Zeukias, “Agent Earth” (actor): I’m not a superpowered hero, but EdenTech lets me play one on TV. It’s great to have steady work, and it’s fun hanging out with the kids and signing autographs and such. (Josh deepens his voice into Agent Earth’s.) “Remember, kids, it’s your capability!” The blue and green makeup kinda itches, though … [Josh is great! I wish I knew him better!]

Goo-Baar the Gargantuan, “Special Consultant”: Greetings, puny PR human! Goo-Baar does not understand “sound bites.” But Goo-Baar will still protect the mighty Dr. Graachs and Goo-Baar’s friend Madog. No one can stand against Goo-Baar the Gargantuan! [Goo-Baar’s sweet, but I really don’t think a mutated Arachis hypogea from the 1950’s projects quite the image we want here.]

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If you have any further comments or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for giving some of your valuable time.  

-Ellen

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    1. Wanders on

      It may not be intended as a villain group, but I agree that, storywise, that is a better fit. A group that wants to change the world in a way that we (or some segment of we, or whatever) might like, but which decides to nudge or force that change, is definitely a supervillain-friendly backstory. A group that wants to change the world and -doesn't- force it, on the other hand, is not supervillainy, but is also kind of a weak source of storylines. It seems like they would just end up being lovable contacts at best or would end up having to have some sort of contrived enemies (much like the referenced Captain Planet's often were) at worst.

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      Wyatt Holland on

      Definitely sounds like a villain group run by someone like Al Gore. Lots of arrogance...feeling they know what is best for the planet. Lots of elitism...feeling they should be in charge since they know what is best for everyone. There would need to be some doomsaying in there somewhere as they insist we are all doomed if we don't do what they say. I see some of them already are pretending everything in the past was "unenlightened".

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      mrinku on

      Dr Graachs sounds priceless. Pure Emmett Brown.

      The comments actually reminded me a little of the memos annotated by Adrian Veidt at the back of Watchmen issue 11. A lot less dark, but the similarity is there.

      What I actually hope is that the group has basically good intentions, but is a source of Plot rather than Villany. But any direction is cool.

      Oh, and if Goo-Baar does NOT look like a '50's Kirby monster I shall be vastly disappointed ;)

    4. David Guillot on

      poor Goo-Baar is still adjusting

    5. Andrew White on

      On the other hand, if this writing is a 'front' for something more like OCP from Robocop then that is something I could get behind.

    6. Andrew White on

      This writing reminds me a bit of CO. I hope the tongue and cheek theme is not too prevalent throughout the game. It is good in short doses but too much and the whole thing becomes a joke. Right now, it is really hard to imagine its implementation into the game so it may come across completely different. Just my initial impression.

    7. Flimflamberge on

      Oh! And I'm willing to bet HEART is another nod to Captain Planet, to complement the 'Agent Earth' pastiche.

    8. Flimflamberge on

      I'm thinking this is more like Portal Corp: Well-meaning science corp that keeps on unintentionally exposing the city to strange new threats that they constantly beg for heroic assistance with.

      Which would be excellent.

    9. Kathy Grantham on

      I laughed myself silly after looking up Arachis Hypogea. Goo-Baar indeed!

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      Jason King on

      Hmm. Sounds like a mixture of Crey and the Devouring Earth. LOVE it! NO villain is worse than the one who thinks they are doing what they do for their victims' own good!

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      Kenneth Kestner on

      A villain group like this brings to mind a lot of possibilities:

      1. "Solynent Green" type plans - bringing recycling to a whole new level
      2. Monitoring devices employed by the govt - to see who is wasting energy, and take the
      "appropriate action".
      3. Some kind of Hamidon type creature created by these people ( accidentally? )

      Sounds like the perfect setting for the "mad scientist" type villain.
      Is this intended to be the replacement for Crey?

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      Riff Devin on

      I just hope you get Rob Brydon to do the voice of Madog, isn't it?

    13. Izzy on

      Ok.. I want Flying Cars now! ;)
      Roads, Who Needs Roads!?!

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      snate56 on

      I wouldn't be so quick to call it a villain group, could be a case of the right hand doing good deeds while the left hand is indeed sinister. ;)

    15. Craig E Ransom on

      "O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! .... O brave new world. That has such people in't!" -- Prospero, The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

    16. Michael Davenport on

      Great! Starting to get a feel for the atmosphere of the game.

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      Antipersonnel Mime on

      Assuming EdenTech is a villain group, dropping the 'Action' from HEART's name allows the long name to 'flow better' & it gives a much more obvious connection to what HERT will do to the players if they're not careful.

      Good effort regardless, looking forward to fighting a pollution monster that (was created by/actually is) the CEO.

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      Bob Satori on

      I dig everything about this... except the stage directions in parentheses. Hopefully that sort of bad-fanficism will not make it into actual in-game text.

      Otherwise, the concepts and levity here are the perfect tone, and Edentech looks like lots of fun.

    19. John Lenart on

      I like :) A touch of lore that just sates the tongue. And its a pretty cool idea, with pretty cool characters among them :D Can't wait to see it in-game!

    20. Darren Stalder on

      Very amusing. I like background bits like this, especially Dr. Graachs.