The Oz-Guardians

Session 31 - Lies & Revelations
October 5th, 2017

Having rescued Mobius the team regroups at the Tower to check on their families while they discuss what's happened and where to go from where they are.

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx 
  • Eric – Mechastar 
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone – Absent – Was busy talking with his kids about what had happened.

NPCs of Note:

  • The Families of all the Heroes
  • The Sentinels

 

Recap:

  • Mobius is thinking of going public with his identity.  His mother, Martha, laid a lot of guilt on him but agreed ultimately it was his decision. While Sarah asked for a few days to think on it.
  • Mechastar asked Ultramarine if there was any follow-ups on Trident's activities and possible connections with the sudden surge in power armored foes in Emerald City.
  • Mechastar showed the new Tessaract to the team, and the associated AI "Tess." 

    • While there he revealed his identity to Max Mars, who in turn revealed that he was at one time the original "Commander." A villain who retired after the Terminus invasion, or at least tried to before the Chamber in Emerald City essentially forced him back in. From which he tried to get information while building the Tower as a bastion of hope and base for a team he planned to recruit.
  • Qing's parents were worried about her "new" boyfriend, which then got revealed to the team. This is complicating matters as Dragon Eye and Qing have been hoping to keep their relationship quiet, but Dragon Eye couldn't just disappear so that Larry could show up.  Onyx picked up on the face that the two were still together, and Qing not knowing this asked Onyx to go and tell her mom that the "new" boyfriend had been moved to another safehouse. Onyx barely succeeded. 
  • Onyx received a phone call from Dante (Silver Sorcerer), calling her Elvina. Then apologizing and saying he had a wrong number after asking if it was Onyx he was speaking to.
  • The team were given a new shuttle, this time capable of space flight and hyperspace. It also was armed with a small laser pulse cannon.

    • While on the test flight they decided to find some debris to fire at on the dark side of the moon. Once there they were hailed by "Farside" and asked what they were doing there. After the initial confusion was set aside Farside explained for future travel in their space they would need to clear it through the Atom Family first.
    • Farside then politely provided targets, three slow moving missiles, for the team to fire at.

 

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Session 30 - Rescue Operation
October 5th, 2017

With Mobius captured the Oz Guardians hurry to make sure family and friends are secure, unsure if RipJack will be able to crack Darren and get any information from him.  Rescue becomes a priority!

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx 
  • Eric – Mechastar 
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

 

 

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Session 29 - University Blues
October 5th, 2017

Reports of armed men entering the Parker Science Building at ECU prompts the Oz Guardians into action. Who they find waiting for them is literally a blast from the past!

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx – Testing the new dimensional hopping abilities she has opened up in her nano-tech.
  • Eric – Mechastar - Stuck in a boardroom meeting that he could not escape. 
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

It was just before 1 PM when Melissa in Dispatch called out to available Guardians, "We have at least two dozen armed men entering the Parker Science Building at ECU. One of them reported to be in some kind of Power Armor."

It was lunch time on a college campus, the risk of civilian hostages or casualties was real. What kind of target, or person, would demand this blatant an assault?

The team arrived at the building, covering the three main entrances to the building's ground floor. As they looked in they saw students, a little more than a dozen, standing still. Qing spotting among them a person in fatigues, in her full dragon form she pushed open the doors and let loose a column of fire. The magical flames avoiding all the students and striking the man who had reached for a side-arm.

As soon as he crumpled the girl beside him started to yell for him as he was screaming in pain on the ground. It turned out he was a member of ROTC still wearing his uniform during lunch. The holster empty.  

Even after the flame burst the students didn't budge. The heroes yelled in asking them what was going on, the students replied that men showed up with rifles and told them to stand still before taking the faculty upstairs and then rolling what looked like grenades everywhere. With that the Guardians saw the little canisters with what appeared to be blinking motion detectors.

Mobius risked running at high speed and grabbing one, throwing it outside. It didn't explode but instead started hissing smoke and making a high pitch sound. That's when men burst through the doors behind Mobius and opened fire. Only a few bullets struck him and shortly after Mobius would make short work of them.

Qing flew upstairs on the outside of the building to look for the faculty and staff. She found them corralled into a single room watched over by two soldier-types.  When they started to gas the staff she flew through the window, transforming into her Half Dragon form she punched them into unconsciousness.  With the window now shattered the sleeping gas started to disperse and Qing started ferrying people to safety of the Police parameter.

Stone used his ability to swim through the ground to grab the grenades he saw and leave them in the earth. Setting them off in the process, but safely inside the ground under the building.

Then men opened the office door directly across from Mobius, two of them with grenade launchers. The hallway around Mobius erupted, and in his quick maneuvers to avoid shrapnel and debris he lost his ear piece. 

He and Stone dealt with the four-man squad as Qing was notified of sniper teams on the roof using heavy artillery. They had started to fire on approaching law enforcement vehicles and making them inoperable, or proving that they wouldn't provide cover against the heavy .50 caliber sniper rifles. Flying over the lip of the roof she was able to fly quickly from group to group as she beat them all with her martial arts. In seconds that threat was over.

On the first floor Mobius started ushering people out of the building, trying to get them to safety, while doing so some of the students motioned towards one room, "They went in there."

Stone burst through the wall and towards the last of the soldiers. In clinical room was what appeared to be a technician on the floor taking boards out of a massive MRI looking machine, watching over him was RipJack in some kind of new armor. A newer version of the Guard drone hovering nearby.

Stone threatened him, then was shocked as his hammer was pulled away. RipJack responded with "Thanks for bringing it back."  A grim reminder that it was originally RipJack's. That's when Stone noticed the six men in the control room for this machine with a hostage: Lance Carter.  The very same doctor at ECU who had originally studied the Stormer DNA months earlier.

The fight was on.

Sometime later Qing and Stone heard Melissa say there were now reports of a break in at the Richards Computer Sciences Building across campus. Stone volunteered to take care of that, possibly shaken with how poorly the fight was going with RipJack and his men.

Mobius volunteered to stay behind and take care of it with Qing.  Qing beating the hostage takers and freeing Lance flew him out quickly. Mobius however was having trouble. Between the Guard and RipJack's armor being electrified the two were becoming equally injured.

Stone found TenFold, last seen when the oil rig sank from when Tellax rose from the deep. His eyes silver, indicating he was still being controlled by some outside force. TenFold was trapped behind rubble, and trying to get free.  Stone came up from behind and was able to grab him in a full nelson. 

As TenFold was offering to help Stone be part of the conformity. To escape his troubles and help bring the world into a proper control. Then the water started to drip in through the rubble. The other options were let TenFold go or drown.  Stone beat TenFold till TenFold was knocked out.

Water still rushing in, threatening Stone he grabbed TenFold and retreated. Taking them both to the surface.

Stone yelled for help in the comms drawing Qing to aid him. Mobius, now hurting continued to pair off against RipJack. Both suffering as the second drone came in to fight along with RipJack's first.

Qing was able to heal TenFold as silver liquid streamed from his eyes. He was confused, unsure what was happening, his last memories being from June 10th, months earlier.

Back at the Science building Mobius had forced RipJack to attempt to escape by blasting through a wall, and flying off. Mobius jumped on his back. Suffering the electric shocks of the armor the two flew upwards, the two guards going with them. Nearly a half minute later the two were well over a few thousand feet in the air before Mobius was able to knock out RipJack and disable the jets by reaching into the armor and starting to tear out parts.

The guards, after prompting from Mobius, flew under RipJack's form and cushioned his fall. Slowing them both. Mobius held on as he realized they were taking them away from the ECU.  As they got closer to downtown Mobius heard RipJack start to rouse just before the electrified shell powered up again knocking Mobius out.

Mobius is now a captive of RipJack.

Back at campus the technician was stopped as he was wrapping up transmitting the data from the machine.

When speaking to Carter it was revealed that the machine was an advanced medical scanner that had been used on dozens of Stormers, and non-Stormers alike. They were trying to unravel what exactly the Silver Storm did, and how it altered the people affected. The mainframe that was hit was a DARPA machine used to take that data to work out possible universal neutralizer beam weapon, or more, to deal with Stormers. 

The Guardians have realized that these medical related attacks are being orchestrated with the goal of creating or easily neutralizing Stormers. And that the female Commander may be somehow involved.

 

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Session 28 - Medical Malpractice
September 20th - Extra Power Point

A monster rampages across a little community shopping district. Already causing massive damage, the Guardians may have met their match!

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx – Testing the new dimensional hopping abilities she has opened up in her nano-tech.
  • Eric – Mechastar 
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

Roughly 2:35 PM on a quiet Wednesday afternoon a small community in West Vallee was shaken by the abrupt appearance of Chevron. The hulking monster was hit, accidentally, by a semi-truck. The creature lashed out by ripping the container of fuel free and throwing it nearly a mile away into a residential neighborhood.

In the few minutes it took for the news to start pouring out, police and AEGIS bands to flood with traffic and the Oz Guardian's Dispatch to call up all active Guardians and Sentinels, Chevron had already caused massive damage to several buildings. In particular a corner of a building had collapsed into the street. 

Mechastar took time to make sure people were safe from the fires spreading across the Avalon Springs sub-division while Mobius was the first on the scene. He saw Chevron tearing a car in half trying to get to a young boy. Mobius was able to save the boy. Chevron angrily flung the now vacant car into an apartment building.

As the Guardians and Sentinels showed up individually their attacks seemed to have little to no effect.  Mechastar and Mobius concentrated on getting civilians to safety, and beyond the cordons setup a few blocks away, while the other heroes on scene focused on trying to take down Chevron.

As the fight continued they realized they would have to focus their attacks at once to possibly defeat the monster. Chevron, confused as the heroes seemed to make a circle him, jumped with a rolled up car towards a nearby roof. Throwing the destroyed car at one of the nearby news station's helicopters. Qing Long interposed and took the hit, it glancing off her fully dragon form. The helicopter contained Esteban Garcia.

Seeing how far the monster had jumped, carrying a multi-ton vehicle that it tossed like nothing, everyone knew it was now or never; Chevron was looking to escape this fight.  Combining all their firepower the team caused the now vacant building to collapse as Chevron gave a violent howl.

The assembled heroes, including Kid Robot, started pulling the monster from the rubble. AEGIS started wrapping it in large nullifier bands and were bringing in a flatbed to transport the unconscious beast.

Dragoneye and Qing stayed on the street level healing and repairing what damage they could while the others followed the path of destruction to a "Beer Chute" style elevator.  Following it down they found what appeared to be an abandoned bomb shelter.  The doors showing no sign of use, and were ripped outwards by Chevron as it tore through this sub-basement.

Once inside the bomb shelter they found a much more modern medical and research facility. Destroyed in the center of a large tiled room was a vessel labeled "C.E.R.V. – One  (Containment, Exposure and Research Vault)." The womb of what was now Chevron.

Nearby was a tunnel that had obvious use and appeared to go deep into 'The Maze' hidden under the city.  In a nearby room was one of the missing Nano-Assemblers from Red Shift Technology.

The teams worked tirelessly into the night to recover any people that were trapped and help repair what damage they could. Dragonstar showing off his healing ability, but it only seemed to work on objects that preferred their original state. (So he said).

Garcia, on his new late-night, spot did a rousing dedication to the assembled forces that contained the threat to a few blocks. Then unlike many other teams have displayed they didn't fly off, but stayed behind with the common people to help clean up the mess.

 

- Meanwhile - 

* Break in during "The Big Boom Theory" at 9:33pm*

I'm Chad Conover and this is a special bulletin from the Channel 7 news room here in Emerald City.  We have received a report that the giant creature calling itself "Chevron" that terrorized the town this afternoon …

cut to chopper video of the fight

… and was taken into custody by AEGIS the Oz Guardians and Sentinels …

cut to AEGIS + Guardians pulling him out of the rubble

… has broken free and escaped while being transported to a holding center …

* cut to what looks like cell phone footage of a truck, smoke pouring from the cab, agents firing standard weapons and/or some sort of green particle weapon at Chevron, who is ripping chains off himself and throwing the remaining half of the nullifier through a nearby billboard.  Nothing the agents are doing seems to even draw Chevron's attention, but after rolling off the flatbed he stumbles over to the side of the road and "dives" into the ground, leaving a tunnel.

… Near the western side of the Red River Bridge.  Citizens near that area are encouraged to stay in their homes until AEGIS and the Emerald City Police signal all clear.   Oh, yes, ok, it seems we have contacted AEGIS and have one of their
agents on the phone…

* The anchor goes silent and the audio flips over to a phone call with another reporter *

Reporter: What do we need to tell citizens right now, agent Nguyen?

Nguyen: *sounds of commotion, people yelling, most likely she is near/at the incident site
Right now, it seems like Chevron wasn't as badly hurt as it seemed, or he heals rather quickly.  In any case, he was able to break free of control and tunneled away.  We tracked him for quite a distance, but lost the lock as he left Emerald City and he went too deep.  We believe that, for the time being, he's run off.  Agents are currently searching and are deploying seismic sensors to detect him if he returns, but for now it looks like the danger has passed.  We're in contact with the Guardians to assist in tracking him down.

Reporter: Thank you, is there anything citizens need to do right now?

Nguyen: No, takes a deep breath we're in cleanup mode right now, and calling in the DoT to get the road back in service before the morning commute.  Luckily nobody was hurt past a few bruises, but there's quite a mess here.   We ask that
you DO NOT approach the scene, there are still damaged vehicles that have not been extinguished and the area is still dangerous.  The area has been cordoned off and you will be subject to arrest if caught inside the area…

* back to anchor

… We'll do our best to get footage of the scene as soon as possible and will provide an update on the situation during the 11pm news.  For now, we will return you to your program, already in progress.

* News 7 logo spins up from the banner at the bottom, jingle plays *

*cut back to laugh track
"Jenny?" Knock, Knock, Knock, more laugh track

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Session 27 - Moral Grays
September 9th - 11th, 2017

What happens when a hero may have killed a villain? What if it was an accident? On purpose? Maybe both?

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx
  • Eric – Mechastar 
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

  • Agent McKenzie – Part of the investigative team from AEGIS
  • Agent Nguyen – Part of the investigative team from AEGIS
  • "The Interrogator" – Conducted the questions with Stone at AEGIS HQ
  • "Legal" – Came to personally let Jake know AEGIS wouldn't be going forward with legal action
  • Brad Elway – Was brought in by the team when it looked like they were getting into legal hot water, bro.
  • Caleb Gardner – Called the team after they left the Moore Estate to let them know that some people were asking what happened to Abracadaver. Was he in custody or had the Oz Guardians killed him, or worse?

The team received a call from Caleb letting them know, off the record, that the police and some press were starting to question what happened to Abracadaver. Had he been defeated? If so where was he?  The team decided to go talk to AEGIS, since they were always saying that they were there to help the Guardians interface with government and police agencies.  However, AEGIS was busy and made an appointment for Monday to do the debrief.

In the meantime:

  • Jake told JJ all about what happened. Jake confused asked his dad, if he killed Abracadaver and heroes don't kill people… even though his daddy wasn't a bad guy what does that make him?
  • Onyx called Melanie, and much to her surprise answered. Happy to hear from her. Talking about how she looked forward to seeing her again.
  • Qing spent long evenings and days with Dragon Eye in their civilian identities. However, she explained, again, that she could not consummate their relationship fully unless they were married. He, again, said he understood.
  • Mechastar followed up with Erika and made sure she was okay after all the events. And, also worked to make his civilian identity seem like a rich spoiled snob by harassing the cops about his Lamborghini. He is concerned about a picture on one of the news programs showing him running towards his car, as that same camera might have caught him changing into his armor when he was defending the house.
  • Mobius took Josh Jones, the power stealer, out into the woods and revealed himself. Letting Josh steal his powers and told him. "Don't sell the power, sell the legend." Implying that becoming a villain would only last so long.  Then Sunday took Sarah, his girlfriend, to the dinner Mechastar arranged. They enjoyed it, but after someone tried to mug them to which Darren using his normal martial prowess stopped

 On Monday the team went to AEGIS, built over the old Chamber, and explained everything that happened. McKenzie explained that unfortunately there are laws that cover this. And, a lot of what Legal chose to do was based around intent and the results of the an interrogation. Once Stone consented he was taken away to the chamber.

There he was asked a battery of questions ranging from those related to Abracadaver, to those about his personal life. At the end he was released and told that Legal would review the findings and he would be notified.

The team reached out to their legal rep, this totally awesome guy Brad Elway. So, he comes upstairs right? And, lays down some good sagely advice that would have covered their asses if the time came, bro.

The following day he was notified when a man arrived with the interrogator at his garage, asked to go to Jake's office. The interrogator asking as his assistant: opening doors and pulling chairs.  The man told that AEGIS had finished reviewing the available information and determined not to press charges. And, that they would interface with other law enforcement agencies to explain the situation.

When he rose to leave Stone asked his name and the man simply answered, "Legal."

When Jake told the team the news they were elated. When asked about "Legal" Elway explained they often anonymize their legal and other non-field departments to protect them from vengeful people.

<If I left anything out let me know>

 

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Session 26 - Grave Peril
September 8th - 9th, 2017 - Extra Power Point

Abracadaver finds his way into the Moore's Attic, then the vault. The protectors of Emerald City must stop him from gaining the knowledge to unleash untold doom into the world.

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx
  • Eric – Mechastar - Stayed in the real world to ensure the manor, and Melanie were safe.
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

  • Abracadaver – After using the corpse of Dr. Spectre to gain access to the Attic he forced his way through to the vaults where the final confrontation with the Oz Guardians occurred.
  • Erika Swarthout – Fled the estate once it was cleared of zombies.
  • James Singer – At the end took Melanie Moore to see Eldritch, and the Circle of Light about receiving training.
  • Melanie Moore – When the attic opened her mind appeared to unlock lost and hidden memories. She provided the required ways into the Attic Vaults, but also could not go in herself. Asking for a particular item to be brought out, its' purpose unknown.
  • The Moore Estate  – Creaking and bowing to the unleashed mystic energies it stood resolute as it has for decades. It sighed, as the conflict ended, knowing that it would not be sold. Most, if not all, its' possessions returned.

 

 

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Session 25 - House Warming
September 8th, 2017

The Moore Estate was host to one hellava swinging party! Even the party crashers came in their ghoulish best.

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx
  • Eric – Mechastar
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

  • Abracadaver – Assaulted the estate sale trying to find the true key to the "Attic." Could not acquire it so used his backup, the corpse of Dr. Spectre.
  • Erika Swarthout – Went with Mechastar, as James Bridges, to the antique dealer portion of the Moore Estate sale.
  • James Singer – Was taken out of commission with a powerful magical assault that was used as a distraction by Abracadaver.
  • Max Mars – Was honest and upfront with the team about why he's been distant, guilt over closing the gate. Started trying to make emotional ammends.
  • The Moore Estate  – Was host to a swinging zombie party.

 

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Session 24 - Medical Madness
September 7th, 2017

The team's research into mystic threats is interrupted by a distress call of a merchant ship by Medtech. The company owned by MechaStar in his civilian identity.

Players:

  • Eric – Mechastar
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius

NPCs of Note:

  • Erika Swarthout – Owner of Prospero's Book Club. Can help get Mechastar into the early estate sale.
  • James Singer – Helped make a salve to cure the last bit of a petrification, in doing so addicted the person to nicotene
  • Josh Jones – Revealed to Mobius, as Darren, that he can steal powers from other "Enhanced"
  • Max Mars – Spoke with Qing about why he's been avoiding them the last month or so. Guilt over abandoning them in space.
  • The Moore Estate 

 

Early in the morning of the 7th James Bridges, or Mechastar as he is known by his team mates in the Oz-Guardians, is awoke by his assistant with news that a ship carrying advanced imaging equipment on the way over from manufacturing facilities sent a distress call about 40 minutes ago.  There is already a security team en route.

Mechastar gets the information on last known location and radios the dispatcher on duty and asks for assistance.  In a matter of minutes he, Mobius and Qing are on the Chariot heading west over the ocean.  When the arrived at the ship they found the radio and radar masts destroyed. Some obvious hull damage. Blast marks. And littering the deck the forms of several people.

After a full recon of the ship it was found that only two people were dead, the Captain and Quartermaster. However, one person had been petrified into stone.  The remaining crew had mostly been subdued with non-lethal weapons, like stun blasters.  They described a woman who looked like a red snake with white and black stripes, like a coral snake. There were two other people in charge, both in power armor. The rest were people in boiler suit style uniforms and all had a trident like symbol on them.

They had unloaded all the medical equipment, and loaded it all onto their giant submarine that was made up to look like some kind of serpent crossed with a whale.  While they described this Qing was able to pull most of the infection from the stone man letting him move again, but he was still gray and sluggish.

Mobius went through the ship and found some water spraying from damage below the waterline. He closed those bulkheads but the team weren't sure if the ship would make it back to port so decided to put the crew on the Chariot and take them home. On the way Mobius thought he saw a green haze in the water north of them, near the horizon.

On the way they were intercepted by two Brande Security helicopters, the security force hired by Medtech. One continued on to the ship to secure it and bring to harbor while the other escorted the Chariot to Medtech.  On the way Mechastar received a phone call from his assistant telling him what was related to her from the security teams.  Then asked him to be there to greet the survivors and thank the Oz-Guardians.

Mechastar told the team he was going to fly off to research that green haze, then quickly flew back to the city to switch to his civilian identity.

When the Chariot landed a large team of Medtech people were there to help get the wounded off loaded and over to the medical facilities.  After all the hand shaking and formalities were over the team retired to the tower, except Mechastar who went home to get some sleep.

Qing went to exercise to burn off some energy; the team's trainer saw Mobius had just finished his high speed version of a work out and got him to do one but at normal speed along with Qing.

Then Mobius went to his gym, as Darren, and met up with Josh Jones. Josh was excited and said he thought he figured out what his actual enhancement was; that he can bother other people's powers. He showed off by borrowing Ally, Lady Chain, powers. She didn't seem to notice but did scratch her arm.  Darren then challenged him to borrow his strength, which was a product of the college experiments years earlier, and he was able to. Josh said he was excited because someone would definitely pay for him to do something with these gifts. Darren asked him to take that slow and made plans with him to meet outside town on Saturday.

The team then gathered at the base where Mechastar had completed the Zombie Grenades, which in theory should destroy or heavily damage the energy that is animating them.  They also discussed how to handle the estate sale since they can't seem to find the key to the attic, and it could be almost anything.

That's when Mechastar revealed himself and said that he could just buy it all, he just needed a way to get in to the early dealer exclusive times on Friday. Mobius and Qing revealed their secret identifies to Mechastar to return the trust they showed them.

That's when Mobius said that he could reach out to Erika at the Prospero's Book Store to get him in.

Now with a start of a plan they decided to break until Onyx and Stone could show up later that afternoon.  Darren called Erika and confirmed that whoever this mystery bidder was should pick her up around 4 from her shop.

Max came up to talk with Qing while she was cleaning up the Italian food she'd brought in for everyone. He explained that he hadn't been trying to avoid them all like he had. He just felt this horrible guilt over stranding them, and the doubles. Wasn't sure how to move forward with that.  She recommended he just talk to the team about it, and he agreed.

He then asked about her relationship with DragonEye, how it was doing since she came back. When she said it was kind of over he asked if they should start talking about the surveillance ideas they had talked about previously Qing answered yes. But, then Max asked if she was seeing anyone in her real life and quickly saw through her attempted deflection. Not wanting to cause problems Max said he couldn't move forward with that then.

 

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Session 23 - Leg Work
September 6th - 7th, 2017

Members of the Oz-Guardians continue their detective work following leads on the Moores and Abracadaver.

Players:

  • Eric – Mechastar
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Richard – Stone

NPCs of Note:

During the previous day, during the attack on the museum, he had been dealing with Brett Reynolds at his garage. Brett had gone to high school with him and Vicky, Stone's wife. Now he was some big-wig at All Star Technology, the company that owns All Star Muffler a sponsor of Jake's Garage.  The meeting between the two didn't end well with Stone leaving to help the team.

The group recovering from the continued press of Abracadaver decided to investigate the Moores and see if there was any other artifacts that he may be looking for to gain access to the "Attic."

Mechastar began maneuvers that would make his corporation a major investor in a local media company, the end goal being to make Esteban Garcia less a threat to the group.

Stone and Qing went to her library to research as much as they could, while James left to try and find any more artifacts that may have a connection to Dr. Spectre.   

That night Sally, Stone's daughter, had her nightmares again.

The following morning Qing received a call from an officer at District 3 that James Singer was there and had her be the phone call. When she arrived they let Qing Long, the hero, walk out with the obviously hung over Singer. He admitted to getting into a bar fight with someone who was trash talking Manchester United.  However, he was pretty sure a lead was pointing him to Prospero's Book Club in town.

Qing and Singer went there while Mechastar and Stone did guard duty. Singer owed about 1.5 thousand to the owner for a tome he had lost previously, once the Oz-Guardians paid that for him the owner gave them a diary hand written by Dr. Spectre.

They were also told that someone that made the owner feel "wrong" came in asking for relics the previous day. She had lied and said she didn't have the book, but the creep had also said he was going to seek out some antique dealers for any other memorabilia. He did however leave a card, which she provided to Qing.

The Oz-Guardians have now retreated to tower and read the book, analyzing the materials and memorized it. Apparently Dr. Spectre did get in touch with an ancient Lemurian Magus who was trying to use Dr. Spectre as a channel to release something horrible. Offering dark power in return.  Dr. Spectre was expressing, both in words and the writing, a loosening grip on self as time went on. The last entry was hope that Donald Moore could help.

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Session 22 - History Lesson
September 6th, 2017

"Were the heroes schooled by a new villain and his horde of undead at the city's Historical Museum, resulting in at least one death?" ~ Esteban Garcia

 

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx
  • Eric – Mechastar
  • Kellie – Qing Long
  • Matt – Mobius

NPCs of Note:

  • Abracadaver – Assaulted the history museum trying to gain the costume of Dr. Spectre. In doing so he injured several people and killed at least one. 
  • James Singer – Was protecting the clothing of Dr. Spectre behind a mystic fire shield. But, it took all his concentration and he couldn't do anything to help the innocents.  He explained to the Oz-Guardians that "Morty" was trying to find a back door into a place called "The Attic," a dimensional vault where the Moore's kept some powerful magic.

 

In the Moore mausoleum several generations of males back to the 1800s were disturbed.  Ransacked and searched.  The team identified that several of the family members had a symbol of a flame within a circle. The symbol was missing from John, the most recently interred and Melanie Moore's father.

DNA was collected from those that had been searched by Abracadaver and sent to the research team to try and find any missing family members or a an unknown male line.  Quick research also identified that the symbol was for the Circle of Light a group of mystics who work together to defend the earth from dark supernatural threats.  The Moores until recently were likely members.

The group went to the massive Moore Estate situated among other old money homes in the Royal Hills. They found Melanie busy with planning the estate sale planned for Saturday and Sunday.  She thought that perhaps the villain was after her father's book that he always had with him.  When asked what she did for a living she divulged that her family has been in the gem trade, from the Atlas Mountains, since the 1800's when the arrived in this area from "back East."

The team searched the estate and in the attic they found a set of physical and metaphysical runes that act as a dimensional anchor.  It appeared to have multiple wards, including against good things; though the strongest were against malicious evil entities.  When asked about it Melanie seems confused, or distracted, for a moment and says that she doesn't go up there. When asked to go up with her she says she would but she's busy.

The team goes back up to review the portal some more when an alert comes across that there is another zombie attack, this time at the The Emerald City Historical Museam. The team arrives to find zombies dressed in cheap Halloween costumes of Native Americans chasing and attacking people, using real hatchets, in the preserved original colony. 

After a few moments there are some loud screams from inside. Mobius tells the rest of the team to go deal with them, and then literally runs through the zombies.  Meanwhile, with Mechastar holding the door for the others they find the interior filled with zombie cowboys and World War II costumed zombies, this time using sabres against the people in the museum. 

There are chants and a piercing scream from deeper inside the museum so Onyx and Qing go to find out what was happening, leaving MechaStar to deal with the zombies which he does by reversing his anti-gravity flight system to crush all the zombies against the walls. He then starts to triage the injured. Mobius makes sure that emergency services have been contacted.

The most interior room is the World War II display, along with a large collection of memorabilia related to the "Victory Squardron" the local supers group from that era.  There was Abracadaver holding a woman hostage, with his zombies pinning two children down, a dead woman at his feet.  By the costumes of the "Victory Squardron" was a man with shaggy red hair and a trench coat, later introduced as James Singer, holding up a defensive field protecting Dr. Spectre's outfit.

Abracadaver stabbed the woman and dropped her to the ground after that negotation failed and reached for the next child. The heroes were able to pull the one child from zombies and the woman who was gurgling on the ground with a stilleto in her jaw.

"Morty," as Singer called him, realized he wasn't going to get what he wanted and bargained the child's life for free passage.  

Singer then burned Dr. Spectre outfit, thanking the heroes for showing up when they did.  While Qing and Onyx took Singer to the base to grill him about what's going on MechaStar was able to stabilize the stabbed woman, luckily the blade had moved forward rupturing sinuses and not her brain.  Then he and Mobius talked to Aegis and the local PD.

Singer explained that he had heard that Abracadaver found out that Dr. Spectre had been contacted by the spirit of a powerful Lumerian magus, the snake people from pre-history.  It was something he couldn't get away from, and this spirit kept telling him secrets on how to gain a lot of dark powers.  Spectre had gone to Donald Moore, Melanie's great-uncle, to remove the memories. People in the know think they may be in "The Attic," this extra dimensional pocket that no one should be able to get in unless they are a Moore.

At the site Aegis asked to interview MechaStar at his earliest convienance, and said they would work on getting some kind of supernatural support here. However, when it comes to magic their resources were not as broad.

MechaStar started working on the Zombie Neutralizer again with Rebecca and Morgan, the base's AI.

Contributors:

  • Kellie
  • Tom

 

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