How To Design A Memorable Enemy Group
*Please keep in mind that everything seen here is subject to change before the game launches*
One of the key ingredients in creating good stories is creating good characters to have roles in them!
While working on the various villainous factions that will be found in City of Titans, we wanted to abide by three main guidelines; they had to be memorable, they had to be menacing, and most importantly, they had to fit with the overall style we were going for.
When you think about the comic book world and the many different themes its inhabitants have, one that often comes to mind is organized crime. This leads us to one of our primary villain factions: the Black Rose.
Inspired by the classic Italian organized crime syndicates of the 1950s, the Black Rose was founded in Titan City. They have their hands in organized crime across the United States, dealing in everything from theft to terrorism. Even though they are considered criminals, they view themselves as men of honor and follow a strict code. When seen on the streets, they can easily be identified by the sharp and stylish business suits they all wear.
However, how would standard gangsters thrive in a world populated by superhumans? Having your average mobster participating in fisticuffs with a super being capable of bench pressing a car seems unlikely. Not to mention that attempting to control crime in an entire city would undoubtedly make them the target of both law enforcing heroes and rival villains.
The answer was simple; this old school mob needed to adapt to the times! The Black Rose began using their influence, connections and resources to gain power and seek an advantage over their super powered competition. They accomplished this by purchasing advanced weapons and technology specifically designed to fight superbeings. They enhance their enforcers and hit men with illegally obtained cybernetics. They provide funding for new research in various scientific fields, allowing them to create anything from designer drugs to power inducing serums.
Of course, no organization is complete without people to lead them. The Black Rose is no exception and has different mob bosses leading its various departments. People such as Baldassarre Montalcini, head of the enforcers, also known as “Red, the Butcher.” With his cybernetic arms, legs and spine, he is more than capable of handling “capes” in a bare knuckle brawl. There is also Professor Federico Semezin, nicknamed “Professor Headrush,” who is in charge of drug manufacturing. Federico’s fierce determination has pushed him to conduct testing on himself, which explains his mutated and slightly reptilian appearance.
The end result is a criminal element capable of standing toe-to-toe with today's superhuman population.
Hope you enjoyed this small peek at one of our factions! Watch our official website, as we will have many more to share in the coming months!
- Patrick “Ozmosis” Osborne, Staff Writer MWM Composition.