I’m writing a series of my own idea of RHatO, and here is my basic set up in the series chronicle order:
1) Team One/The Beginning: Jason is still 18 in this, so this takes place directly after UtRH. In this universe, right after the fight with Bruce Jason leaves Gotham and has no intention of ever returning to it or the Batfam. He has seen what happened in his absence, and as fearful as he is for Tim’s life, he can not mentally handle being around a Bruce who no longer loves him because he’s too caught up in a memory to see his present self.
When the explosion happens at the end of UtRH, Jason manages to make his way to the docs bleeding out from his neck and severely wounded still from the explosion. He ends up sneaking on a boat, discovers it’s a smuggling boat for nuclear weapons and takes it down. Kori rescues him from the water and she and Jason save Roy from execution same as the comics.
The difference is, I keep the cannon of Roy and Dick being friends, but they became estranged after Roy became a bit more radical than the Titans cared for, and Kori and Roy are still friends who remember each other. (Kori also still remembers meeting Jason when he was first adopted, but at first does not recognize this as the same Jason. Neither does Roy, and he grew a friendship with Jason when Dick would have to drag him along and to his knowledge that Jason is dead).
In this version Roy’s character doesn’t get absolutely botched and Lian exists but he doesn’t know about her yet. A good portion of this story is a three of them running towards their own futures together that doesn’t involve their past (no Batfam, Oliver or saving Tamaran, just their own character growth as a found family away from their past).
Jason and Kori help Roy through recovering from drug/alcohol addiction. Jason and Roy help Kori find her footing on earth as an alien and as a survivor of her trauma. Kori and Roy realize who Jason is and help him overcome the Lazarus rage and redefine himself as he wants to be without Bruce, Talia or Ducra’s influences.
This is much more a story about survivors overcoming their trauma together and learning to be happy with their little found family than it is a story about a group of Antiheroes looking for redemption.
2) This is about a year and a half after the first team started. Kori has to go off world for the Tamaran plot and Roy is overseas trying to figure out the situation with Lian who he just learned exists. Jason is left alone again with just the promise that their small family will get back together. I actually have no problems with the Rebirth team, so they basically get together same as they did in the comics.
Found family trying to break away from the image of “The Dark Trinity” to be themselves and their own heroes. They aren’t Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman but dark. They are Jason, Artemis and Bizzaro. They care for each other and do their jobs as anti-heroes.
3) The second Outlaw team has to also do a temporary dispan of the team with their Justice League counterparts chasing after them. During this time, 22 year old Jason accidentally runs into two familiar faces from his past who are also on the run, but from the Titans.
Rose and Eddie has run away from the Titans after Eddie took up Neron on becoming a sort of protege of his instead of signing his soul away and Rose broke the no killing rule (again). Eddie and Jason were best friends as kids, and Jason and Rose has become friends behind Dick’s back while he was training her as a hero.
Together they team up while on the run, making it into a sort of mercenaries/heroes for hire gig while also being a child hood friend reunion.
4) This is where the All-Caste and Untitled plot comes into use (because I actually loved that bit of New-52 Jason and hated how under used it went). Kori is back on world with Artemis and Biz safely hidden on her island. Jason and the third Outlaw team make their way to the island to hide out with them after a mission gone wrong revealed their position. Essence appears to Jason and tells him aboyt Ducra’s death soon after he arrives, and he leaves with her to go see for himself.
Jason and Essence go on their crusade against the Untitled together as sort of sibling figures to each other. It’s them against the last remaining members of the Untitled, taking them out once and for all.
During their crusade they run into Cass (who is Jason’s cousin with her mom and his dad being the children of Ma Gunn in this). She helps out for a little bit, and convinced a Jason to finally let the Batfam into his life when this is all over before parting ways.
Another person they run into is none other than Joseph Wilson. They put their crusade on hold to help him straighten out his mind. Joey ends up coming to trust them and when he hears that his sister is a good friend of theirs, he tags along and helps with the rest of their crusade.
5) Generation Outlaw and Ma Gunn happens somewhere? I’m not sure it will be before or after the four teams combine.
6) The teams converge into one wth Roy returning to the island with Lian. They end up building an actual base underneath the island that safely houses all of them (including Generation Outlaw who they are raising as anti-heroes instead of villains). Roy rarely works in the feild anymore, instead becoming a sort of Oracle/Man in the Chair for the Outlaws who makes their weapons, fixes up the ships and all that other stuff that keeps him safe so that he can be there to watch Lian grow while still making a difference.
I forgot to mention, in each story both Kyle and Sasha will be making guest appearances.
Kyle is sent out by the JL every story in the series to capture/stop the Outlaws and keeps “accidentally” letting them get away. (He May not agree with their methods, but he’d have to be blind to not see the positive results).
Sasha is basically the young girl Jason adopts right after UtRH. She’s much younger in this (around nine at the start so that Jason can legally adopt her), but her story plays out about exactly the same. In the first story she pops in a few times but is kept safe in the island for the most part while she traines as Scarlett. Begrudgingly by story two Jason sends her off with Ducra to be under what he knows is safe protection and good training while he’s on the run. In story three Sasha is running around in her own adventures following the same Overnight Crime Lord path that Jason took right after his All-Caste training, checking in with Jason on the phone at a set time every week so he knows she’s safe (at first Rose judges his parenting style, but realizes upon her first in person meeting of Sasha that he is doing just fine with his tiny Russian crime lord). She’s there for some of the Untitled crusade, but for the most part she knows she would only get in Jason and Essence’s way if she wasn’t on the island because they would be constantly worrying about her.
The ships will be Jayroy, and possible parings with the others I haven’t decided on, but the romances will always be very much background things going on. This series is first and foremost about platonic love among a found family of individuals who find healing and safety in each other. In my opinion that’s what a RHatO story should really be about.
I saw someone say that the entire run of RHATO puts Roy down to elevate Jason who verbally abuses him and like…I haven’t read it yet but I’ve seen a lot of panels and I don’t understand, Jason practically worships the ground Roy walks on, he’s absolutely fucking pining after him, and the “verbal abuse” thing is just teasing and it’s mutual, except for when he intentionally lashes out bc of trauma in order to hurt himself, which I’m pretty sure Roy is familiar enough with to recognize. Can’t make everyone happy though, I suppose.
And I’m finally going to start reading the comics now, I am Prepared
im actually ready to get clowned by geoff johns if he brutalizes jason and babs or he’s gonna piss all over my crops by trying to make jaybabs happen in the 3 j*kers even when ive been waiting for jayrose all this damn time
“So what do you like to do?” Steph asked, sliding into a booth and then quickly spreading out her stuff so neither of them could sit next to her. Jason looked distinctly unimpressed as he and Tim sat on the opposite side.
The three of them were at the cheapest diner they could find near their school, which was hard because their school was in a ritzy area that seemed to think milkshakes should cost at least ten dollars a pop. Jason always paid for her because his new dad gave out twenties like they were quarters, but they both still preferred to eat somewhere the prices didn’t give them gray hairs.
She hadn’t asked Tim if he liked milkshakes before coming here because of course he did, everyone liked milkshakes, but he was slowly picking up the menu and staring at it like it was in a foreign language he was trying to translate.
“I don’t know,” Tim said, eyes flitting up to her, then back to the menu. “I like things. Cool kid things.”
Jason snorted and tried to hide it in a cough. Steph put both hands over her heart. “Oh, Tim. You think we’re the cool kids? I’m so sorry.”
“No, I need to know,” Jason said, clearing his throat and holding his hand up in a stop-right-there position. “What are these cool kid things you like?”
Tim’s eyes flit up and down again. “Stuff. Skateboarding. Parkour.”
“You do not like parkour,” Steph said while Jason laughed too hard to hide in his second round of coughs. She tried to imagine Tim’s scrawny little butt doing flips over low walls and had to push her lips together to keep from laughing herself. They’d finally gotten Tim to hang out with them. She did not want to immediately scare him away.
“I do,” Tim insisted, finally putting the menu down. “I used to sneak out every night and climb buildings.”
“You used to sneak out,” Steph repeated. “At night. To do parkour.” He nodded and she leaned forward to put her hand over his. “I think you might be the cool kid, Tim. It’s you.”
He flushed and pulled his hand away, returning his full attention to the menu.
His version of ‘sneaking out to parkour’ was probably more like going into his villa courtyard and walking along the garden walls, but it was cute that he was trying to impress them.