One of our community's members, @Vastarus, recently expressed concern in the Shoutbox about the limits of her(?) current lore knowledge impacting how much role-playing responsibility she should take on. I sent her a Private Message offering assistance, which evolved into a fairly substantial discussion of background for her new PC. I thought if that could be transcribed to the public forums it might be of interest and use to others in the community, and provide an opening for others to contribute, or ask further related questions inspired by it. Vastarus kindly gave me permission to do so.
In the following posts Vastarus's input will be in green text, while my responses will be in blue.
I noticed your remark in the Shoutbox that as a newcomer to CO you don't feel well versed in the lore of the MMO. To help you rectify that, I want to point you to this free downloadable PDF Lore Primer for the setting, providing an overview of its main history, ground rules and major players. It was created by someone with impeccable credentials for the job, Scott "Thundrax" Bennie, a veteran the CO community who's also one of the leading authors for the tabletop pen-and-paper Champions RPG that the MMO is based on.
Admittedly, the primer only scratches the surface of available lore. Champions has been around since 1981, and the current official setting is detailed in literally dozens of books. But it will greatly help you get up to speed on who's who and what's what. I should also mention that Champions lore is kinda my thing around here, so if you ever have any questions I'd be happy to answer to the best of my ability (and the limits of Fair Use of the IP), or to point you to where you can read more on any subject.
And may I add, welcome to CORP! 😀
Thanks for the warm welcome, I have bookmarked the pdf and have been reading through it quite a bit now. There is -way- more lore than I had anticipated, but it's all very interesting and offers a lot of freedom.
I do have a question regarding lovecraftian entities, since they've been somewhat reformed to fit the game as 'the kings of edom'. There is a creature, Daoloth, in the lovecraftian lore that's basically neutral, and is only destructive if he's not contained, he will not himself try to destroy things at a whim. Can I use him/her/it in form of a backstory and partial source to my character's magical ability? I have toned down what it can do tremendously, so it's not lorebreaking or too strong from the get go, as I wish to progress the character overtime.