I used to love Sapphire & Steel as a kid. This was a UK TV show which, back in the day, ranked right up there with Doctor Who as being guaranteed to scare the bejeezus out of adult and child alike. The two central characters – the lovely Sapphire and enigmatic Steel of the title – were agents of an unnamed organization charged with correcting errors in Time. The show’s premise could have fit straight into the Doctor Who continuity like a glove (indeed, many fan-based stories did just that) but instead it stood alone, yet another quirky testament to we Brits’ ability to produce stunning and original TV series when we put our minds to it.
Sapphire and Steel were occasionally teamed up with other metal and gem themed allies including Copper (an annoying prankster, as I recall), Silver and Lead. Each had their own special talents and the overall impression was that we only get to see a tiny part of the action, that the organization behind it all is far larger in scale than just the precious few agents we see on screen.
Which leads me, in a roundabout way, to my new campaign idea for DC Adventures. What if you combine Green Lanterns with Sapphire and Steel? The colour-based heroes live on, but their rings no longer find replacement Lanterns when the old guard dies. A new breed of heroes arise – Gold Lanterns, Silver Lanterns, Bronze Lanterns and more. No longer are they kept apart, but expected to work together as a team with cadres of Metalanterns allocated to a sector and able to call on (or be assigned) additional Lanterns as required.
Unlike the original Green, Red, Orange, Yellow, etc Lanterns, the Metalanterns do not so much embody all-too-human emotions but instead characterize concepts on a much larger and generalized scale. More on that another time though.
This is where the heroes come in. The Green Lanterns are the last of their kind, left to die and be forgotten among the pages of history as new Lanterns arise to take their place. The Guardians – original creators and keepers of the Lantern at Oa – do not know what is causing this, but feel there is something even larger than their own considerable egos at work.
The heroes are the new Lanterns for Sector 2814. Earth.
Welcome to a new dawn.