A City of Heroes fan comic & fictional work


I started playing City of Heroes in February 2005 on the Protector server, when I was thirteen years old, after being introduced to it by one of the kids in my neighborhood. It instantly captivated my sense of creativity and I found myself doodling my hero, Zasz, on the blank areas of my assignments in class and on my homework without even thinking about it; On those margins my characters lived out their adventures.

On October 28th, 2005 during the City of Villains head-start I created Karonax, who would become the character I would spend the majority of my time in the game on. I started more seriously developing the fiction surrounding him and the other characters I had made in the game, drawing him constantly on any paper that made its way into my hands; I began to spend more time within the online world than I did outside of it; This would be the game that ultimately defined the majority of my childhood, and I spent any spare moment I had playing it.

Fast forward many years; I'm now in college, I still played City of Heroes, but was unable to dedicate as much time to it as I did when I was in grade school; Now twenty-two; But still very much Karonax. It was this year in November 2012, that NCSoft would announce City of Heroes' shut-down; And like many others, lost the place I had called home for so long. An unexpected casualty of losing the game was the diminishing of my creative fire: Without even realizing just how crucial the game had been to me, in its absence I found myself having a hard time drawing like I used to; And so, I entered an inactive period where art/creativity was no longer a part of my life.

In January 2014, I purchased a digital drawing tablet and attempted to push myself to create a webcomic about the characters I had created in City of Heroes to keep the game alive in my own way. This comic would be Paragon Wings, my proto-webcomic, which only ran for two-months and had fifteen pages completed before deciding to discontinue work on it; Primarily due to workload involved and it being painful as a reminder of a game I assumed was lost forever.

Fast-forward to April 2019; The moments will forever be etched into my memory; Reading as things developed, and suddenly, I was able to play City of Heroes again. This renaissance birthed a spark that would reignite that creative flame in me once again; This time, nothing holding me back, I decided it was time to create that webcomic, with a new leading character, Nayreia; Leaving my old mains and their tales as the foundational fiction this new work would be built upon.

Now happily married, working full-time as an IT professional, and playing the game I loved once again; I've re-entered into the City of Heroes universe as Nayreia, together with her accompanying comic, Fragmentary Veritas; A new chapter for me, my creative endeavors, and the game I hold dear is being written today, nearly a decade and a half after I was shown an MMO that would alter the course of my life.

My in-game global is @Nayreia, character name is Lady Nayreiaand I play on Everlasting and sometimes Excelsior servers on Homecoming: City of Heroes.
Anyone who doesn't fit all the above criteria is not me if they claim to be.

Other than City of Heroes, webcomics, and creative writing; I am a big Nintendo / JRPG fan, lover of video game music, and watch a fair amount of anime.

My favorite game of all time, CoH aside, is Mega Man 2 and I pride myself at having a 'pretty okay' time in the no-zip speed run category!
Some other games I love include, in no particular order: Mother 3, Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mario Land 2, Bomberman 64, Wario's Woods, Sonic Adventure 2.
This fan work, Fragmentary Veritas, is my web comic project to engage with the creative elements of the City of Heroes video game.
This is a City of Heroes comic for City of Heroes fans first and foremost.

I want to use this comic to dive into the incredible world created by Cryptic/Paragon Studio's legendary super hero MMO and tell the stories of the characters I created as a player.

I'd like to also include community City of Heroes character cameos (with permission and properly crediting their creators) in comic pages vs. using generic characters to give the world within the comic a more vibrant and alive feel.

Ultimately, I want this comic to be a living project that engages the City of Heroes community and players.

This comic project is wholly unaffiliated with Homecoming: City of Heroes or Homecoming Servers LLC.
City of Heroes is a super hero themed MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that was launched on April 28th, 2004. In the game, players created super-powered player characters that could team up with others to complete missions and fight criminals belonging to various gangs and organizations in the fictional Paragon City. The official servers were closed on November 30, 2012.

In April 2019, source code capable of running a City of Heroes server was distributed widely. This made it possible to create City of Heroes servers outside the direct purview of NCSoft.

City of Heroes on Wikipedia