SW10/WWW: Superhuman World Wiki: Toledo Torpedo!
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Wed May 20 20:05:31 PDT 2020
On 5/19/2020 9:58 PM, Scott Eiler wrote:
> This one is for the guest star in the Powernaut 2008 series. I'd given up
> superhero gaming by 2008, but I still wrote in public. So one night, the
> bartender shared his concept.
Ooooooh, nice! That's really cool for Patrick. Let's see...
> The title "Toledo Torpedo" roughly translates as "Shadow Warrior of Generations". The original
> Toledo in Spain was known as "City of Generations". The original "torpedoes" in the U.S. Civil
> War were land and sea mines. Those were rightfully termed as "shadow warriors".
> Patrick's grandfather was a Toledo Torpedo before him; he passed on the oral history as it
> exists. Toledo Torpedoes go back at least two millennia. Patrick's grandfather told of a Roman
> hero called "Toledus Torpedus".
I love the trope of saying "No, this straightforward and kinda goofy
English-language name *actually* has a deep and ancient meaning" - but I don't
think Toledo was around two millenia ago, and I know torpedoes weren't!
> He was accused of killing a little girl by a slurpee machine in a 7-11 store, while he was
> robbing it. The girl was later found alive and well, outside the store. (Similar to many "Amber
> Alert" situations.)
Oof, gotcha. That's Extremely Real.
Drew "gotta get around to Reality House soon" Nilium
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