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City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

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Overview

Currently, the Luddites faction can be found in City of Villains only. The leader of the Luddites is Martin Henri. Henri used to work for Aeon Corp, before he started having dreams about the evils of technology. A familiar old man frequents his dreams who tells him that his destiny is to destroy the Power Transfer System in Cap Au Diable. Henri's dreams have both given him superpowers to recruit new followers as well as driven him mad. The Luddites can usually be found wandering the various areas of Cap Au Diable protesting technology and Dr. Aeon's Power Transfer System.

Background

Luddites official info (Copied from the City of Heroes Official Website [1] ):

Predisposed to distrust technology of any kind, the futuristic technological advances brought to Cap au Diable by Dr. Aeon have sent the Luddites into a frenzy. Originally a ragtag band of unorganized activists, the Luddites have coalesced around a cause, prompted by the construction of Dr. Aeon’s Power Transfer System. Convinced that all advanced technologies are dangerous, the superstitious Luddites make the wild claim that the PTS actually draws its energy from a demon entombed in Mount Diable!

The leader of the Luddites is an eccentric and charismatic man named Martin Henri. Once a low level programmer for Aeon Corp, Henri quit when he suddenly began having vivid dreams about the evils of modern technology, tormented by thoughts of Dr. Aeon in league with demons and monsters. Henri’s nights are also haunted by spectral images of a familiar old man, encouraging him to become the leader of the Luddites, telling him that he is destined to destroy the PTS before it can unleash ruin upon the island. These intense nightmares have caused him to manifest minor superpowers based on his impassioned charisma, helping him recruit followers and allowing him to imbue them with a healing purity of spirit.

Unfortunately his dreams have also driven him mad, and Henri now spends his time babbling entrancing but disjointed sermons to his growing number of followers. Some of these supporters are former IT workers who have grown to hate Dr. Aeon. Others are street thugs and vagrants longing for a cause to believe in.

Without a formal base of operations, Henri’s followers can be found wandering the streets, alleyways and forests of Cap au Diable. Able to blend in with the homeless population, the Luddites use their anonymity to further their anti-technology agenda. Whether openly protesting and passing out fliers to raise awareness, secretly destroying parts of the PTS in darkened alleyways, wandering Vagabond Hills listening to an inspirational speech by a Luddite friar, or even attacking those who interfere with their plans, the Luddites endlessly struggle to bring down Dr. Aeon. Desperately hoping to protect the innocent citizens of the Rogue Isles, Henri and the Luddites will stop at nothing to destroy the PTS, even if that means resorting to violence against those who aid Aeon and his benefactor, Arachnos.

Villain types

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Minions

Luddite Brawler

Luddite

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Brawl Melee, Smash
When all else fails, use your own 2 fists.


Luddite Hacker

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Axe Melee, Lethal, Moderate damage, Foe -Defense
The Axe deals moderate damage and can decrease a target's defense when it hits.

Luddite Slasher

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Machete (Melee, Lethal) Foe -Speed
The Machete has slowed your movement speed.

Luddite Smasher

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Sledgehammer Melee, Smash, High Damage, Foe Knockdown
This heavy, but unwielding and slow Sledgehammer can knock down foes.

Luddite Torch Bearer

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Torch (Melee) Damage over Time, Fire
The Luddite has set you on fire with a Torch.

Lieutenants

Luddite Friar

Luddite Friar, preaching

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Crossbow Ranged, Lethal, Low Damage
A small rapid fire Crossbow.

Shillelagh Melee, Smash, Medium Damage
Smash them in the head with Shillelagh.

Heal Other Ally Heal
Heals a single targeted ally. You cannot use this power to heal yourself. Recharge: Fast.

Fortitude Ally +Defense, +Damage, +Accuracy, +Resistances (Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Fear, Confuse) +Perception
Luddite Friars can greatly increase an ally's powers as well as increase their perception and resistances.


Bosses

Luddite Crusader

The Luddites believe technology is leading to ruination of civilization. Most believe Dr Aeon and his magnificient city are to be admired, but the Luddites crusade against it, and even make ludicrous claims that Aeon's advances are at the behest of demons and other dark forces.

Powers

Aimed Shot Ranged, High Damage, Lethal
The Luddite can shoot a bolt with great precision for high damage.

Flaming Arrow (Ranged), Damage over Time, Fire
You are on fire!

Fistful of Arrows Ranged, Cone, Moderate Damage, Lethal
The Luddite can fire a fistul of arrows at all foes in front of them.

Slash (Melee, Lethal) Foe -Defense
The Luddite has lowered your Defense with his Broad Sword.

Slice (Melee, Lethal) Foe -Defense
The Luddite has lowered your Defense with his Broad Sword.

Parry Melee, Minor Damage, Lethal, Self +Defense
You can use this power to Parry incoming melee attacks. The Parry itself does minor damage, but every successful hit will increase your Defense against melee attacks for a short while

Whirling Sword (Melee, Lethal, Damage over Time Lethal) Foe -Defense
The Luddite has lowered your Defense with his Broad Sword.

Tactics Point Blank Area of Effect, Team, Resist: Confuse, +Accuracy, +Perception.
While this power is active, your Accuracy and that of all your nearby teammates' is increased. Your advanced Tactics also protect you and your team from Confuse effects, as well as your Perception so you can detect Stealthy foes.

Named Enemies

  • Punchcard Perkins (Crusader)

Real life company refrences

Some of the Luddites may speak of "Does this mean I have to throw away my PSP?" when another says they need to throw away electrical items because of their goals. This is a refrence to Sony's Playstation Portable, also called PSP.


This article uses material from the "Luddites" article on the City of Heroes wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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