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We present City of Titans, a spiritual successor for the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, being developed by Missing Worlds Media.
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Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

Posted by Missing Worlds Media (Creator)
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Our original schedule for post-Kickstarter updates was thrown to the wind, quite literally, when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Our first update was, of course, on the Atlas Hurricane. We have since put that on hold, and have picked up with the next update, on the Firefighters memorial.

Sitting next to the headquarters of the Titan City Fire Department in Alexandria, is a small, unassuming memorial. Small when compared to the physical size of most memorials, the meaning of the Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial is titanic in size. This memorial bears the names of the members of the Titan City Fire Department that have fallen, either in the line of duty, or as a result of illness or injury secondary to their performance of that duty.

The original memorial, which was completed in 1921, was constructed of a circular reflecting pool that had a small fountain in the middle. The exterior of the reflecting pool was covered by small dark-marble slabs, same as it is now, that bear the names of the fallen. During Hurricane Atlas in 1998, the fountain and some of the parts of the reflecting pool and fountain were damaged beyond repair; a few of the marble slabs were also broken, and needed to be replaced, which was seen to immediately. The chiefs of the fire department decided that, instead of just replacing the fountain and all of the associated components, they would like a statue to better honor those for whom the memorial was built. Rather than commissioning professional artists to draw up possible ideas, they would have the residents of the city (and surrounding locales) create their own ideas. Eighteen months were allotted for residents to submit their designs, after which it took nearly 6 months to choose the best statue, as there were a large number of excellent submissions. Another 6 months later, not wanting to work through winter, the construction of the statue finally began, beginning with a metal framework, over which the design was placed. Construction was finally completed another 2 years later, in the spring of 2002.

All of the marble slabs that encircle the base bear the names of the fallen, save two. The first features the logo of the Titan City Fire Department, along with a few simple words:

There is an unknown in every fire.  
You do your job.  You follow the plan.  Yet still, something can go wrong.   

We honor here, those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

On the adjacent slab to the right, the inscription reads:

FIRE FIGHTER’S PRAYER

When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage
Give me strength to save a life
Whatever be its age.
Let me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
To give the best in me,
To guard my friend and neighbor
And protect their property.
And, if, according to your will,
While on duty I must answer death’s call;
Bless with your protecting hand
My family, one and all.

Now, for more direct updates. To handle the add-ons, we are adapting the storefront system we plan on eventually using for the post-KS sales/cash store. Once we have validated that it works without issue, we will be opening this up for you all.

In addition, for the upcoming anniversary, we are coordinating with the Titan Network's #SaveCoH plans. For other anniversary activity, we are excited to see the arrival of Valiance Online's pre-alpha release. The Valiance crew have worked hard to get to this point, and we all should celebrate this milestone.

In the past few weeks we first took a vacation, to let our brains unwind, before we did anything. Since that ended, we have spent the time setting up our licenses, getting ourselves set up with Autodesk, Adobe, Epic, and more. We are unable to give the most exciting news just yet, but it will be forthcoming. And that is what I must leave us with tonight. If things go well, perhaps before the holiday, a mini-update might be going up.

Nate "Doctor Tyche" Downes

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      umbralwarrior - Phoenix Rising on

      One of my Alts (Obsidian) is a Fire Fighter. I loved this update. The prayer is poignant. Loved it.

      @ Mina, love the time travel idea... :)
      @ Daniel. That's how I read it as well.

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      mrinku on

      Probably a slightly better wording re the "save two" point would have been "All of the marble slabs that encircle the base, save two, bear the names of the fallen." But it's clear from the following sentences that the line was referring to slabs without names, not names missing from the slabs.

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      Jason King on

      Totally agreed, Voldine. Mina, that is an awesome idea, and I hope they do take inspiration from it. Good catch, Daniel; I believe you are perfectly on target. On the other hand: Bryan, that could make for at least one really good story, explaining two missing names. An "Unknown Soldier" thing? A firefighter who died on duty and was resurrected? Or is Undead now? Or...? You see what I mean? Endless possibilities. :)

    4. Dreamcatcher of Phoenix Rising on

      @Daniel, your contextual interpretation is accurate; it's not a commonly used phrase, so that's impressive if English is only a 2nd or 3rd (nth) language for you.

      @Mina, it's probably meant to be symbolic rather than significant, although now you may have planted the seed of an idea, so who knows?

    5. Lady of Ysgard, Voldine. on

      That prayer...wow.

      If that is original writing from a staff member, they deserve to be credited. If not, please find out the original writer if possible.

    6. Mina Kitsune - Kitsune of Phoenix Rising on

      Makes me wonder if the reflecting pool is the entrance to a time travel quest where you can go to help save the city. You aren't changing the future, just placing yourself in it's past, because of course you were already there to begin with.

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      Daniel de Vincenzo on

      Bryan, I believe you have misread. Though I'm not a native English speaker, it seems to me that in "All of the marble slabs that encircle the base bear the names of the fallen, save two", the "save two" is not referring to names, but to marble slabs.

      That is, all the marble slabs contain names of the fallen, except for two: the one that contain the fire department logo with a few words and the one with the Fire Fighter's prayer. There are marble slabs for all the names, none missing, plus two additional slabs for the logo and the prayer

    8. Bryan A. Ellis on

      In addition, I'm curious. Why are there two names missing from the memorial?

    9. Bryan A. Ellis on

      Thanks for the update, Doc. I hope everyone at MWM, and all the backers as well, have a happy & safe holiday, wherever your homes & hearts may be.

    10. Craig E Ransom on

      The best fire fighter statue I ever saw was of a fireman cradling a toddler with his right arm. The toddler is awake and sitting upright in the fireman's grasp with his right arm around the back of the fireman's neck. He's looking in the same direction the fireman is and waving his left hand with a happy smile on his face. The fireman's left hand is helping to support an injured comrade who is still clutching his fire axe in his left hand.