Titania: You wish to see the distant realms? Very well. But know this first: the places you will visit, the places that you will see, do not exist. For there are only two worlds — your world, which is the real world, and the other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide escape. Provide a dream, and power, provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters.
—Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic, Vol. 1, Issue 3 (1991)
Coreth (formerly known on VV1.0 as Ebon Storm) started out messing around in the MMO world with Star Wars Galaxies in 2005, with his main character Coreth Landwalker, a Master Ranger/Master Rifleman...at least, until the hated New Game "Enhancements" which removed his main profession entirely, trashed the game interface and combat system, and drove off a very large chunk of its playerbase-including him. He'd gone back a couple times after a year passed and having heard of design changes that made it tolerable...but the damage done to his friends lists and the continuing direction of the devs there finally permitted him to leave it behind forever.
Okay-that's enough with the third person.
In that bleak year, I spent my time in World of Warcraft using Coreth as a Protection Spec Warrior. I actually enjoyed my time there, but the raid-centric attitude of the game at maximum level and an inability to get into a guild that I felt comfortable in eventually led me to exit that game too. I bummed around a bit in Lord of the Rings Online as well, poked my head into EVE Online, but none of them really seemed to offer what I was looking for.
Enter City of Heroes. I'd been playing CoH for a while before September-ish '07, having spent most of my time on the Protector server with a villain. At about that time, I was interested in trying out life in the "unofficial RP server", I rolled up a hero and started playing-and haven't spent any time on Protector since! I've had a blast on Virtue-enough so that I transferred my main villain from Protector to Virtue to continue his villainy here!
I've always been a big fan of the wiki concept, and wasted no time in starting to make use of Virtueverse. I became a sysop for the site on August 8, 2009 and immediately went to war on the spambots that had been invading at the time.
At this point, I've got a number of different heroes and villains on this server, some of whom are tied together in different ways. All of them have been fun to play, and I don't anticipate leaving Virtue, much less City of Heroes, anytime soon!
At the Top of the Food Chain
Agent Repulse is the Chief of Security of Action Enterprises; he was formerly an agent of a secret organization, the details of which remain classified.
Force Fields / Energy Blast / Power Mastery
The Armored Battalion is the prototype for a new generation of armored warfare for the United States military forces, designed to withstand any attack.
Invulnerability / Energy Melee / Energy Mastery
Dracofire is a self-proclaimed representative of the Conglomerate of Worlds, who professes to be evaluating Earth's value; whether or not he expects the Conglomerate to welcome Earth into its organization or to conquer it is something he's sidestepped.
Fire Blast / Thermal Radiation
A mercenary hoping to cash in on the reputation of a lost villain, Ebon Thunderbolt is out to garner as much cash as humanly possibly-and he doesn't care if the pay comes from the depths of Arachnos or the heights of Atlas Park!
Ninja Blade / Super Reflexes / Soul Mastery
A veteran of the First Rikti War at the Battle of Fort Benning, the Old Ranger's archery skill, future-tech equipment, and his skills as an Army Ranger make him one of the most dangerous men in Paragon City.
Archery / Devices / Munitions Mastery
One of the many Crab Spiders of Arachnos, Operative Rostov has risen to become a power in his own right, leading the Arachnos Black Ops Brigade against the enemies of Lord Recluse. He is one of the constant irritants in the designs of the Arbiters, who dislike him nearly as much as he dislikes them.
Crab Spider Soldier / Crab Spider Training
Cutting edge technology; cutting edge attitude. Professor Dredd was hoping for an easy life on the bleeding edge, until he got dragged into a world of excitement. Dredd will use any means necessary to keep himself on the forefront of advanced technologies, even if he has to steal them.
Robotics / Force Fields
Skyshade has quietly fought for the Warshade cause ever since his injuries in a aerobatics show. Now he's out into the open in hopes of increasing acceptance of the Warshades by the Peacebringers.
Umbral Blast / Umbral Aura
Bonded to an alien weapon created millennia ago, Stellar Protector is the first human to bear the name. By virtue of his Stellar Gem, he has become a key player in the seemingly endless conflict between the Kheldians and their Nictus enemies.
Luminous Blast / Luminous Aura
Winter Tornado is a force of nature unto himself; a Lord of Winter, he wrested a portion of the immense power of Lord Winter itself away from the entity and claimed it for his own!
Ageless, deathless. Once upon a time, Baron Craven could have been considered a vampire. But now that he has awakened in this modern age, he has been evolving into something far more than a simple vampire-and perhaps something less.
Dark Melee / Willpower
The Devil's Chamberlain claims to be the right hand of the Devil itself, returned from Hell to serve his Master's bidding. True or not, his magical power over the mind and his knowledge of ancient spell ritual make him a potent threat to heroes everywhere.
Mind Control / Psionic Assault
Gatewarden-perhaps one hero, perhaps up to five-is one of the Points of the Pentacle, a Warden to the Gates of Infinity, utilizing magic and knowledge passed down from the First Days to prevent beings from the Outer Darkness from accessing what most humans view as "reality".
Illusion Control / Radiation Emission / Soul Mastery
Master of the Shadowy Arts, Nyctomancer has come to Paragon City in order to show the forces of darkness that the night isn't necessarily on their side.
Darkness Control / Dark Assault
Stellar Abyss bears a weapon created by alien Crafters and tainted by the power of the Nictus; in doing so, he puts himself front and center in the war between Kheldian and Nictus, even as he seeks to expand his own personal power.
Umbral Blast / Umbral Aura
A Roman Centurion. A barbarian. A knight. A hoplite. A Vanguard soldier. Each aspects of the same man, in different eras of time, bearing aspects of the Aegis and the Sword of Hades-and each appearing in the present time. Timelost is more than willing and able to put his shield between the innocent and those who would do them harm.
Broadsword / Shield Defense
The Amazing Kane is a stage magician extraordinaire! But what most do not know is that he is also an Adventurist, who specializes in mental influence and time travel.
Mind Control / Time Manipulation
The Fighting Wolfman is, shockingly, a werewolf, in full control of his mind and body. With his fighting skills and lupine nature, he's willing to wade into the thick of the fight no matter how bad it looks.
Street Fighting / Regeneration
General Retaliation, former Army Ranger, is now a mercenary operating in the Rogue Islands. His driving mission: to overthrow the regime of Arachnos before Lord Recluse and his ilk strike against the United States.
Mercenaries / Traps
The Gray Huntsmaster was an infiltrator, spy, and assassin for the Praetorian Powers Division, assigned to learn all he could about Resistance cells...and destroy them.
Archery / Trick Arrow
An inventor by nature and by choice, Invictar expects to push his talent to its limit-by constantly improving a remarkable set of powered armor.
Beam Rifle / Energy Melee
Aaron Richardson is the Occult Explorer; a daredevil, tomb raider, treasure hunter, seeker of lost places and artifacts. Wielding a small arsenal of mystic talismans that the world has forgotten, he seeks out the secrets that black magicians would rather not have known.
Kinetics / Dual Pistols
Qi'Lar is the reluctant leader of the alien freebooters known as the Null Division. Trapped on Earth after failing to stop the Shivan strike on Galaxy City, she tries to locate the survivors of their battle so they can continue the battle with the Shivans.
Super Strength / Energy Aura
Spectral Fighter carries a legacy from that most rare of prizes: the history of a hero in the Rogue Islands. Armed with his wits, fighting skills, and his mutant power of vanishment, Spectral Fighter is very much a crusader of the night.
Martial Arts / Ninjitsu
Sunpulse was created when a particle physics experiment went horribly wrong. Now a living radiator of an exotic energy, he must determine for himself if he is still truly human.
Radiation Emission / Radiation Blast
Gone But Not Forgotten
Agent Counterforce was a ruthless operative for an unnamed Agency; his training ground was the whole of the Rogue Islands-and his twin impervium blades spared no one.
Dual Blades / Willpower
Ebon Thunderbolt was the foremost assassin of Protectorate Earth; an accident sent him to Primal Earth where he would continue his trade in death until he was finally defeated and sent back to that parallel Earth!
Ninja Blade / Super Reflexes / Soul Mastery
Is he a mad scientist, or is he all-too-sane? Professor Dredd isn't telling, but his genius is undeniable. With his advanced robots and his exotic technologies, Dredd was interested in expanding his knowledge of technology-and he didn't care who got hurt as he did so!
Robotics / Force Fields
Shadesworn was bound to the Oblivion Blade, a cursed weapon as old as time. With it in hand, he could protect himself by virtue of the void's power-but the cost of wielding the Blade was eventually his life.