Under the Mask

Game Setting Inspiration

Literary Inspiration

When writing about fictional characters in history, there are a few go to experts that can be quickly consulted. While working on Under the Mask, we went to the best we could think of. In addition to all of the great DC and Marvel inspired characters that appear in the game, a good number of them are also heavily influenced by my good old friend Bill- but I’m sure most of you would recognize him more formally by his pen name- William Shakespeare. 

So far- here is a list of plays that have inspired many of the renaissance personalities in game; 

  • As You Like It
  • Measure for Measure
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Othello
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • The Winter’s Tale

Heroic Inspiration

Under the Mask is a superhero story wherein all of the heroes are based on a variety of popular heroes and villains from Vertigo, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics. The heroes in Under the Mask are all derivative- so you won’t see Luke Cage or Clark Kent appearing on the Who’s Who. 

Here is a sampling of heroes that have inspired the characters and plots in our story.

Ant ManColossusMartian ManhunterThor
AquamanCyclopsPolarisWasp
BatmanDr. DoomProfessor XWolverine
Black PantherDr. StrangeThe PunisherWonder Woman
Black WidowHarlequinScarlet WitchZatanna

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