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The Heroic League Project: Timeline and Soundtracks

25 Mar

The Heroic League Project is a series of stories that begin in 1970 and run right up until today.  Along with the stories, they have their own soundtrack that equals the year of events.  This is broken down into it’s basic descriptions of each year and the event taking part in that year.  At present, this is just getting thoughts down in a quick format, and eventually these will be expanded to include small descriptions of locations, clothing styles, attitudes, and even political belief.

It’s long, and currently ends in 2004, though there is more to it than that.

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1970

American Woman – The Guess Who
Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor
You Me and Mexico – Edward Bear
One Tin Soldier – Original Caste
Up On Cripple Creek – The Band
Me & Bobby McGee – Gordon Lightfoot
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young

The formation of the group the media would dub The Heroic League; made up of Mannekin, Britannia, Free Spirit, Yellow Jacket and Canadien, the five are brought together in order to stop a shipment of weapons heading to a splinter group of the FLQ.

1971

Sweet City Woman – The Stampeders
Stay Awhile – The Bells
If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
One Fine Morning – Lighthouse
Signs – 5 Man Electrical Band
Where Evil Grows – Poppy Family
Lonesome Mary – Chilliwack
Oh What a Feeling – Crowbar
Fast Train – April Wine

The five come together again, as Free Spirit tries to stop a human trafficking ring.

1972

Heart of Gold – Neil Young
You Could Have Been a Lady – April Wine
Sunny Days – Lighthouse
Old Man – Neil Young
Running Back to Saskatoon – The Guess Who
Bad Side of the Moon – April Wine
Rock and Roll Song – Valdy
(Make Me Do) Anything You Want – A Foot in Coldwater

The first true super villain comes to light, as an old comrade of Britannia’s tries to capture the remaining four members in order to make Britannia surrender.

1985

Never Surrender – Corey Hart
Crying Over You – Platinum Blonde
Run to You – Bryan Adams
Black Cars – Gino Vannelli
A Criminal Mind – Gowan
Situation Critical – Platinum Blonde
At the Feet of the Moon – Parachute Club
(You’re a) Strange Animal – Gowan
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Tokyo Rose – Idle Eyes
Lovin’ Every Minute of It – Loverboy
We Run – Strange Advance
Storm Before the Calm – Luba
Anything You Want – Helix

It’s been several years since the five were active. Each decided it was best to concentrate on their private lives. Jean Pierre (Canadien) and Monique are married. Richard Hargrove (Yellow Jacket) has a successful p.i. career and has married his long time love. Regina Morgan-Simms (Free Spirit) and her husband Philip are raising two children. Only Melanie Cooper (Britannia) and Donelda Stewart (Mannekin) remain somewhat active. But Britannia discovers something is not right in high orbit around Earth, and calls the group together to see what is happening.

1986

Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger
How Many (Rivers to Cross) – Luba
Patio Lanterns – Kim Mitchell
Thin Red Line – Glass Tiger
Feel It Again – Honeymoon Suite
Bad Bad Boy – Haywire
Angel In My Pocket – One to One
Boy Inside the Man – Red Rider/Tom Cochrane
Soul City – Partland Brothers
Song In My Head – M+M
Alana Loves Me – Kim Mitchell

The secret uncovered, the five are the first to learn that humans are not alone in the universe. An alien species bequeaths amulets of great power to four individuals on Earth (all from Saskatchewan). The four call themselves the Galactic Warriors (calling themselves Emerald, Hydro, Prairie Fire and Tiger Lily [after the provincial emblem]), and show they are here to help defend mankind. But the Mannekin is suspicious.

1987

Wild Horses – Gino Vannelli
Moonlight Desires – Gowan
Pop Goes the World – Men Without Hats
Closer Together – The Box
Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous) – Eight Seconds
Teenland – Northern Pikes
I’m an Adult Now – Pursuit of Happiness

Agreeing for increased security, Donelda Stewart and Gerald Stewart hire a personal body guard. Lewis Morgan (Regina’s younger brother, and a full time career as a linebacker with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders) is brought on board. The Stewarts move from their location in Vancouver to Regina, Saskatchewan. Britannia continues to reside in Vancouver. Lewis discovers Donelda’s secret, and after a heated argument, he joins her in her fight becoming the Bowhunter. The Galactic Warriors, meanwhile, continue to assist with global emergencies, as well as more localized events like flooding, storms, and even finding peaceful solutions to uprisings. Donelda is still suspicious.

1988

Diamond Sun – Glass Tiger
Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) – Sway
Love Changes Everything – Honeymoon Suite
Voodoo Thing – Colin James
Something to Live For – Barney Bentall
Round and Round – Frozen Ghost
Dream On – Blvd
My Song – Glass Tiger
Lookin’ Out for Number One – Honeymoon Suite
Thinkin’ About the Years – Haywire
Endless Night – Eye Eye
Crying Out Loud for Love – The Box

An old adversary of Jean Pierre Turgeon’s escapes from a maximum federal prison. Angus McIntyre, an arsonist and sympathizer with the FLQ, kidnaps Dominique, Jean Pierre and Monique’s two year old daughter. Mannekin and Bowhunter begin the search, and even Free Spirit and Yellow Jacket come out of retirement to aid in whatever way they can. Meanwhile, Emerald confronts Britannia, proving Mannekin’s suspicions.

1989

Good Times – Tom Cochrane
Rock ‘n Roll Duty – Kim Mitchell
Diamond Mine – Blue Rodeo
Giving Away a Miracle – Luba
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
If a Tree Falls – Bruce Cockburn
Hard Sun – Indio
One More Try – Brighton Rock
Misguided Angel – Cowboy Junkies
Watcha Do to My Body – Lee Aaron
Victory Day – Tom Cochrane
Do You Believe – One 2 One
Rockin’ the Free World – Neil Young
So Hard – Sass Jordan

As Jean Pierre and Monique are reunited with Dominique, the news reports of an epic battle between Britannia and Emerald, and it seems as though the three remaining Warriors are ever watchful for the remaining five heroes of the Heroic League. Not to sit idly by, Mannekin and Bowhunter work to stop the other three as Yellow Jacket, Canadien and Free Spirit work to cause a diversion. The battle moved slowly to the high Arctic (a plow by Britannia in a way to avoid injuring innocent civilians), it’s the first time she’s never held back with her powers. Mannekin soon learns the amulets have a program that acts like a virus to the host. With Free Spirit’s help, they are able to ‘rewrite’ the program, freeing the four Warriors. Emerald, together with Britannia, makes an assault against the alien craft, discovering they had ravaged hundreds of worlds in the galaxy. To make a story completely happy, Lewis Morgan (Bowhunter) hoists the Grey Cup to end the year.

1990

More Than Words Can Say – Alias
Lover of Mine – Alannah Myles
Just Came Back – Colin James
She Ain’t Pretty – The Northern Pikes
Dangerous Times – Sue Medley
When a Heart Breaks – Rik Emmett
Little Salvation – Luba
Let Your Backbone Slide – Maestro Fresh Wes
Sun Comes Up – Cowboy Junkies
Honest Man – Partland Brothers
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jeff Healey Band
Still Got This Thing – Alannah Myles
Still Beating – World On Edge
What Was Going Through My Head – Grapes of Wrath
Carry Me – Ray Lyell & the Storm
Haunted Heart – Alias
Hands On – Lee Aaron

As news spreads of the standoff at Oka, Jean Pierre makes a decision. Leaning heavily on his Mohawk heritage, he joins the standoff. Standing with the other Mohawk warriors, and wearing his uniform as Canadien, he reveals he is Metis, something he has always known but never openly shared. The others in the Heroic League and the Galactic Warriors seek to convince Jean Pierre to leave the standoff, but he refuses. Britannia becomes a negotiator between the two sides as Mannekin and Bowhunter prevent any crime related activites and any hate crime activities from spreading in the area of Kanesatake. Yellow Jacket reveals he’s gay. We are briefly introduced to Naomi Running Cloud, who becomes important years later.

1995

I Wish You Well – Tom Cochrane
Hand in My Pocket – Alanis Morissette
Insensitive – Jann Arden
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead – Crash Test Dummies
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
Let It Rain – Amanda Marshall
I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
She’s Not in Love – Kim Stockwood
Believe Me – Moist
All Uncovered – The Watchmen
On and On – Crash Vegas
If I Were You – k.d. lang
Nautical Disaster – The Tragically Hip
Life, in a Nutshell – Barenaked Ladies
Hina Na Ho – Susan Aglukark
The Bazaar – The Tea Party

An explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia at a five star hotel makes the headline news for several weeks. For Bowhunter, Free Spirit, Yellow Jacket, Canadien and Britannia, this is directly affecting. Gerald Stewart was killed in the explosion, Donelda Stewart lay in a coma in hospital, and Derrik Stewart’s fiance was killed. Derrik, being the only son, uncovers the secret lair Donelda had constructed and takes up the mantle of the Mannekin. Bowhunter has his hands full as he tries to prevent the new Mannekin from going all out revenge. Meanwhile Jean Pierre, Richard, Regina and Melanie attempt to uncover anything about the organizations called the Sisterhood and the Red Hand.

1998

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Thank U – Alanis Morissette
Adia – Sarah McLachlan
One Week – Barenaked Ladies
Poets – Tragicallly Hip
You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt
Desire – Sass Jordan
Everywhere – Bran Van 3000
Under the Lighthouse – Big Wreck
I Love Myself Today – Bif Naked
You’re a Superstar – Love Inc
Do What I Can – Sass Jordan
The Oaf – Big Wreck
The Spirit of Radio – Rush
It’s the End of the World – Great Big Sea
Any Day Now – Watchmen
This Mourning – Wide Mouth Mason
Hands – Chantal Kreviazuk
Gasoline – Moist
Shine – Junkhouse
4AM – Our Lady Peace
Shine – Junkhouse
Spaceman – Bif Naked
The Scene – Big Sugar

The reach of the Sisterhood is great indeed. Police begin investigating the disappearance of Raven Running Cloud and the death of her mother Miranda Running Cloud. Meanwhile, Maxwell Running Cloud finds the process too slow and begins to devise his own plan. With some help of a university colleague, he develops a wing harness, anti-gravity belt, and a mask that can create ear deafening sounds. Calling himself Hawk’s Scream, he looks into every corner he can find. His investigation often runs into Britannia, Emerald, Hydro, Bowhunter, and with bad results, the Mannekin.

2002

Nothing Could Come Between Us – Theory of a Deadman
Soul Breaking – Tea Party
Marry Me – Amanda Marshall
Complicated – Avril Lavigne
Dear M.F. – Big Sugar
It’s a Good Life – Tragically Hip
Tribal Mania Maghalenha – Grand Menage
Innocent – Our Lady Peace

9-11 has struck. The world has changed. But something’s remain the same. Hawk’s Scream continues his search, this time assisted by his sister, Lt. Naomi Running Cloud. Now a member of CSIS Paranormal Division, she calls herself the Grey Kestrel. Together, and with help from Britannia, Canadien, Yellow Jack and Free Spirit, they come closer to finding Raven. A side trip to Columbus, Ohio has Maxwell and Naomi help a cell of the Red Hand leave the organization. John Walker, Montgomery Watt, Isabella Giamatti, Joseph Chen and someone with a familiar name, Chelsea Morgan, leave the Red Hand behind. As the year comes to a close, a young woman begins training to take over the mantle of her father. Her name is Dominique Turgeon.

2003

All Hell For A Basement – Big Sugar
Someday – Nickelback
In a World Called Catastrophe – Matthew Good Band
Make Up Your Mind – Theory of a Deadman
Legal – Snow
Anger as Beauty – Hawksley Workman
Where Have All the Good People Gone – Sam Roberts
Just Like Ali – Tom Cochrane
Waitin’ On Me – Emerson Drive
Still Waiting – Sum 41
Every Inambition – Trews
I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace

Maxwell and Naomi find a hidden installation in Northern Saskatchewan. Assisted by a doctor, Fadra Englen (a Palestinian Canadian who is an expert in genetics), the new Canadienne, and a heroine calling herself Acadia, they search through the installation, and eventually run into Mannekin, Bowhunter, and another new hero named Moquette. Raven is found, along with an agent of CSIS Paranormal Division. It’s later found out Moquette was once a member of the Sisterhood whom Mannekin took and tried to rehabilitate. It was Bowhunter who helped her fight her brainwashing. As the year closes, Britannia is called in to help stop what is first thought to be a rocket, but turns out to be a person wearing a rocket pack. Nikki Hargrove, daughter of Richard Hargrove, becomes the new Yellow Jacket.

2004

Fallen – Sarah McLachlan
My Happy Ending – Avril Lavigne
Follow the Waves – Melissa Auf Der Maur
Stargazer – The Tea Party

The End is Nigh. A new villain steps into the light, as a man calling himself Trinity begins a vicious crusade. Saying he is “doing God’s work” he targets anything that is seen as an abomination against God. Especially targetting Mannekin, calling him a brother in arms, Trinity’s death count reaches into the hundreds as he kills without remorse. Things come to a head when he goes after Canadienne and Acadia (as they are both lesbians), Dr. Fadra Englen (calling Islam ‘of the Devil’), and the new Yellow Jacket (a transwoman). The Galactic Warriors assist in an all out battle in which the Earth becomes the prize. Three heroes die.

Creative Commons License
The Heroic League by Tim Holtorf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at https://taholtorf.wordpress.com/c-o-s/.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at https://taholtorf.wordpress.com/.

 

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