The Oz-Guardians

Session 37 - Hanchu Brothers
October 23rd - 24th, 2017

After investigating "Other Onyx" breaking out Lord Etheric from prison transport, the team pay a visit to some local media and news personalities. Just as their evening is wrapping up DragonEye calls out for help dealing with "The Claws of Hanchu Wang."

Players:

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

NPCs of Note:

  • Doughboy
  • Lord Etheric
  • Eddie Pollard
  • Caleb Gardner
  • Esteban Garcia
  • DragonEye
  • The Hanchu Brothers

 

  • As Etheric was leaving the tower, after his Theta Wave testing, he looked at Stone then the rest of the team before saying with a sarcastic smile he was sorry for the backup plan. But, Blackstone needs to succeed. She went easy the first time.
  • The team were discussing the recent assault by "Other Onyx," who is calling herself Blackstone, when AEGIS calls for help.
  • By the time they get their the conflict is already over, inside the armored van are injured AEGIS field agents and security footage showing Doughboy appearing from a portal and quickly charging to Etheric and taking him back out the portal while causing as much harm and destruction as he could in just a few moments.
  • A quick investigation revealed some tar mixed with gravel on the floor of the van, likely from Doughboy. Mobius scouting the rooftops found some cigarette butts and a couple cans of Red Bull on the roof of a building that would have good lookout position over the two most common AEGIS prisoner transport routes.
  • Stone, worried for his family's safety, went and picked them all up to go to dinner at Fat Robin's Burgers. There he was talking to them about going out of town, to the aunt's cabin in Washington State for a few days. His fear is this Onyx was going to use whatever leverage she could against the team, and she knows all their buttons.
  • Vicky refused, she sent Bonnie and the kids up north, but she was tired of running. Her job and personal life were in danger due to the constant hiding. She instead took Stone's emergency transport key to the Tesserect and promised to use it if she was attacked.
  • Meanwhile Qing Long and Mobius were discussing options on how to handle their own relatives and information that Onyx knew about them. Wondering how much this other her knew, and how far she was willing to go. The main concern seemed to be Stone's children though.
  • Both visited Max Mars; Qing invited him to Thanksgiving with the team. Mobius asked him if he could help expunge connections between people. Max, after a few probing questions, ascertained it was Mobius's girlfriend he was talking about and agreed he could help if that's what they wanted.
  • Mobius, Qing and Stone regrouped to go over their collective notes and went to visit Eddie Pollard their newspaper reporter  contact with the "Wall of Weird."
  • Eddie admitted he didn't know much about the female Commander, other than her name was Domo, possibly a robot, and that she was defeated when Reynolds/Cauldron was captured.  
  • The conversation then went to the current conflict between the Yakuza and Triads, which he said he was working on assembling and would be happy to share. He told them that earlier that day there had been a hit on one of the Chinese brothels, all the merchandise went missing while the handlers were killed. In retaliation the Chinese had arranged for a newspaper article to be published the next day exposing two of the Japanese brothels.
  • Eddie asked if the rumors he heard were true, there was another Onyx in town. His evidence was a photo rejected by Yellow Brick Gossip because it was too grainy. But, it showed what appeared to be Onyx with slightly different hair kissing a guy that wasn't Melanie. Eddie knew Onyx was seen with a female companion recently, and this guy wasn't her. The team recognized the man as Silver Sorcerer. He gave them the pictures.
  • As the group was getting ready to leave he asked Qing to wait a moment. He asked her to confirm something for him. He looked for a picture and found it. It was her and DragonEye in civilian identities holding hands and walking down the street. Eddie explained it came to his attention as an oddity, someone said they recognized that shop owner from Yellow Brick Road and wasn't odd she was seen with this A/C repair man. He didn't think anything of it till some other papers covered the tops of their heads and suddenly they looked like Qing Long and DragonEye holding hands in civilian clothes. Then the connection of Qing Long being one of the first people on the scene of the Silver Storm even though she's not a Stormer meant she was near there already.
  • Qing admitted to him it was her and DragonEye, after he swore to keep their secret.
  • The three left his run down, rent-controlled, building and went back to the Tower where April was waiting with Caleb Gardner and Esteban Garcia. They let April leave when they realized it was after midnight and gave her the next day off.
  • To both they asked for information around the gang war brewing in Eastern District and they both promised to provide what they could in the following days.
  • Then Mobius promised an exclusive to Caleb on Oct 30th. And, the three made a promise that at least those three would have a sit down panel interview with Garcia after that.
  • Just as the team was breaking up for the night DragonEye called to Qing Long through their recently established psychic link and asked for help dealing with some Lesser Oni that were stalking towards a brothel. "The Claws of Hanchu Wang" also called The Hanchu Brothers
  • They arrive to find the alley behind the Japanese brothel/hotel covered in at least 30.. what appear to be lizard dog men about 3 feet tall in fine robes and clothes carrying various implements of death. They all moving quietly and slowly towards the door as if waiting on a signal.
  • The heroes didn't wait for the signal. Unfortunately the leader of the Brothers, Hanchu Wang himself, had a crystal that made his clutch invisible and they flooded into the hotel.
  • Qing went around to the lobby to warn the madam to get everyone out. After a moment's pause the madam/hotel manager started yelling at plain clothed men to start clearing the place.
  • In the lobby a young man, or teen, speaking a mix of English and Japanese that looked like a Fox appeared. He asked Qing if she was there to help, because so was he.
  • In the back hallway Mobius failed to hit any of them and was tagged from behind by Hanchu Wang. Stone came into the hallway, as did Qing with Kitsune.  The "mystics" who had drugged Stone in the alley were no where to be seen.
  • That's when things started to look bad for the group of heroes, the Kobolds dog piled all of them and started to pin them down, or at least restrain them somewhat, while choking them.
  • DragonEye stepped in from the alley, said he was sorry to everyone, then released his Dragon's Roar. The building rattled as ear drums burst and Kobolds were dropped to the ground knocked out.  The bellowing assault on senses also disabled Kitsune and Qing. But, did not disable Hanchu Wang itself.
  • Mobius hit Hanchu, then Stone tried to threaten him. Hanchu Wang responded by saying that if they came to an arrangement, let him and his family leave, they would be known in many kingdoms for defeating them and his agents that were in the hotel already would not complete their mission.
  • Begrudgingly the heroes agreed, letting the Hanchu Brothers collect their wounded and flee into the alley and beyond.
  • While searching the hotel to make sure no one was injured Mobius found some of the missing girls from the Chinese brothel. They were handcuffed to bunk beds in a secret room on one of the upper floors. The madam agreed to let them go, "After all how would she stop them? She was merely a mortal."
  • Only a few of the ten girls spoke any semblance of English. But, all expressed they had come here for various jobs other than prostitute.
  • Harrison, the team's trainer who happens to live at the Tower, flew a Van over to pick up the girls and take them away to await the ECPD and INS to pick them up to help them stay safe, and possibly get home.
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Session 36 - Double Trouble
October 23rd, 2017

Doughboy attacks a garage near Yellow Brick Road on a busy Monday afternoon. It quickly becomes apparent it is a setup. But who is pulling together these villains rocks the team to their core.

 

Players:

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

NPCs of Note:

  • Doughboy
  • Trix - A new speedster, faster than Mobius, who shunts through solid matter
  • Silver Sorcerer 
  • Lord Etheric
  • Blackstone – Another Onyx that says she is the original and needs to prove it to the team at any cost.

 

  • Team arrived to Doughboy tearing up the garage, causing damage as if to tear it down.  On the second floor was scared civilians trapped, on the third was the speedster waiting for the arrival of the team.
  • When Mobius tried to help the lady and her kids get out Trix attacked him from behind. Then when he tried to out maneuver her she caught him and bound him up in his clothes to a degree.
  • Onyx was able to effect Doughboy with her distraction powers, he was held powerless to act for a few moments until a portal disk similar to hers appeared under him and teleported him away just as Trix ran off. 
  • At the same time there was reports of a Gem Exchange being held up by a super criminal. Onyx opened a portal for everyone to go there, except Mechastar who stayed to make sure the building was held up.
  • At the Moore Exchange was Lord Etheric and Trix. This time the team did much better, they were able to over power Etheric and Stone was able to body slam Trix after she was slowed momentarily.
  • While outside Trix was teleported away, like Doughboy had been, and Stone was able to jump through to the same portal disk.
  • On the other side was Onyx, dressed differently. She was there with Doughboy, Silver Sorcerer and Trix who was being held by Doughboy. While Stone was trying to make sense of there being another Onyx, Silver Socerer stepped over and turned Stone's clothing into chrome plated steal apologizing as he did so.
  • They then left him there like that, though Stone was able to figure out where he was and Mechastar came to help get him to the Tesseract. 
  • The team then took Etheric, with Aegis in tow, to the tower to scan for Theta wave emissions to make sure he wasn't future tech enhanced like Onyx. 
  • Why they were doing that though "other Onyx," referred to as Blackstone by Etheric was in the Tesseract gathering her sweats and a few other personal items from her room. She found Stone there, still bound up, and explained that she was sorry for what happened next. Today had to be canceled, and was going to be so much easier the way she'd planned it.
  • Blackstone's goal is to get Onyx alone for some reason.
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Session 35 - Double Date
October 21st, 2017

The team recoups from the recent battles while Erica, James (MechaStar), Onyx and Melanie go on a double date. Dealing with paparazzi and social commentary in the hours and day to follow.

 

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Session 34 - The Vault
October 20th, 2017

What happens when a local news personality opens another vault under the city? He claims it's a villain lair from the 60s. What could it possibly hold, and why are there explosions all the sudden?

Players:

  • Elizabeth – Onyx 
  • Eric – Mechastar 
  • Kellie – Qing Long – Absent – Working on Arcadian Academy with Max Mars
  • Matt – Mobius
  • Richard – Stone 

NPCs of Note:

  • Esteban Garcia
  • Robots from the 60s that had been left in the bunker by "The Mad Machinist"

    • Giant Spider Bot with tentacles for arms and a death ray
    • Rob-E the Robot fashioned foot soldiers with pincers and "Lasers"

 

  • Team discussed not returning the heart to the Cryptids, concerned that they may not be able to protect it again. This was shelved until Qing Long was available to be part of the discussion.
  • Plans were ironed out for the double date for the following evening.
  • Dispatch brought to the team's attention that Esteban Garcia was doing a special broadcast at noon about opening another vault under the city. This time hinting it might be a villain lair.
  • The team using MechaStar's connection to the station were able to find out the location. Downtown under a bank complex that had been built in the 80s.
  • During the tease part of the show Garcia postulated that the bunker was one of three villains, his belief was it was that of the "Mad Machinist" a villain who disappeared in the late 60s or early 70s depending on who you ask.
  • They positioned themselves nearby in case something went wrong, and of course it did. 
  • Due to the delay between the live transmission and broadcast the explosions a few blocks away reached them just as Garcia's "What's that?" reached them.
  • When they arrived they found a giant sphere with 8 leg/tentacles smashing a car and firing death beams. Around it were sixteen of the smaller robots that looked like they were fashioned after the one in "Lost in Space."  The smaller ones were fanning out and tearing apart machines and buildings as if looking for something.
  • Working together the team were able to reduce the effectiveness of the death beam and destroy all the smaller bots. All filled with vacuum tubes, gears, pistons and simple actuators. Nothing more advanced that what would be high tech for the 60s.
  • Towards the end of the fight Mobius's vibrating and Onyx's light barrage was able to start tearing chunks of the armored hull off the spider sphere. At that time a projector screen turned on in the chest of the bot showing the Machinist taunting them with pre-recorded messages.
  • After finally disabling the sphere the team stuck around to help with cleanup operations. The street was strewn with robot parts and debris from the fight.
  • Stone stole an arm from one of the Rob-Es for his son.

 

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Session 33 - Over & Done
October 16th, 2017 - Extra Power Point

A week later with AEGIS, ECPD and FBI coordinating to shut down several safe houses and minor manufacturing facilities ran by the rogue Brett Reynolds. Until at one site there is a distress call due to heavy resistance.

Players:

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

NPCs of Note:

  • Cauldron
  • Domo – The female Commander, who was revealed to have been a robot desiring order in the world.
  • Robot Endo-Skeletons Wearing Power Armor

 

  • Team was called to assist with a site where AEGIS and others were meeting more resistance. When they arrived they were able to push their way into a warehouse that had been converted into a factory building endoskeletons and armor components. 
  • Also in the warehouse were Cauldron and Domo. In Domo's hand was the Silver Heart from the Cryptid's tree, and behind her were screens saying that a massive upload was in progress.
  • MechaStar was able to determine that Domo, the female Commander, was in fact a robot and not a person in power armor.
  • Domo explained that soon she would be able to create another storm and control the stormers using the Silver Heart, creating an army she can use to impose order.  Cauldron and the others in power armor were a means to an end, to help acquire the required technology without exposing her own operations.
  • Needless to say Brett Reynolds, Cauldron, had exposed a facility that she was actually located at.
  • A protracted battle ensued, during which Cauldron's armor began to charge up and he was "rewarded" by becoming a Stormer.  Similar to Stone however with some kind of internal fire combusting inside him. Still with massive strength and ability to generate energy as he was in the armor, his 'birthing pod.'
  • During the battle Domo attempted to use the Silver Heartstone to take control of both Mobius and Stone, failing against both.
  • Ultimately Cauldron was defeated, and when knocked out he reverted back to flesh and bone. When Domo was disabled Qing Long jumped on top of her and tore her to pieces.
  • The team then took Domo's remains to the tower for study while Cauldron was carted off by AEGIS, now fully under their domain as a metahuman.
  • Stone and his family went home to find that someone had been staying there without their permission, the most likely culprit based on the evidence was Mongoose. 
  • Qing Long and DragonEye continued to hide their relationship and make dates.
  • MechaStar with Erika, from Prosperio's Bookstore, and Onyx and Melanie Moore agreed on a double date.
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Session 32 - Boiling Over
October 10th, 2017

With information from Ultramarine, plus their own recon, the Oz Guardians start to search an area. Mechastar's ground penetrating vision reveals a base hidden under a suburban neighborhood filled with power-armor wearing villainy!

Players:

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

NPCs of Note:

Recap:

  • Stone met with Mongoose to discuss if anything was happening in the underground. She said that she's currently working protecting an electronics person, and that they can't keep some stuff in stock. Like Micro-Gyros. Also, when pressed about anything related to someone trying to create another storm she admitted it might not be a bad thing for it to happen, let everyone suffer the way she has. But, yes, some stormers have gone missing in the maze with the rumors of someone called Dr. Shock being battered around like a boogie man.
  • Tatsu went to the salon with her mom in the Little Osaka, the primarily Japanese part of Eastern District. There was a drive by while they were there from a Chinese gang called "The Red Monkeys." Tatsu chose to remain in her civilian guise than risk exposing her identity in the crowded place. Her mother's comment was, "If only there was something someone could have done."
  • Onyx made a date with Melanie Moore, who will be in town for a few days and Mechastar made a date with Erika owner of Prospero's Books. The four have agreed on a double date, in part setup by Mobius.  What could go wrong?
  • The team were then discussing their options, and Ultramarine came into their conference room to inform them that someone they had found rolled over and gave some information on the Trident and their operations and these tech heists. One of their heists they had to help move a shipment inland. Was able to give a rough area where the exchange occurred and saw what direction the shipment was taken.
  • The Oz-Guardians loaded up on "The Goose," their Chariot, with Mechastar taking point outside the vessel. Scanning the area as they progressed they finally saw the base. Mechastar saw that they were prepping for a fight, people finishing putting on armor, one person wearing a one-of-a-kind suit putting on his helmet after barking orders.
  • The team landed the craft and were discussing options, as well as making a call for assistance after doing a quick head count and finding 17 opponents. This delay gave the enemies the time they needed to escape the base using three exits. One was disguised as a storm drain down the hill, wide enough to move large supplies in and out of, the other two were maintenance hatches between houses.  The fight was on.
  • Quickly Qing Long was the focused target of many strikes, taking a beating and was nearly taken out when Stone was able to jump in front of what might have been a killing blow. Just after a wall was kicked out from the second story of a house and a suit of armor decloaked and started firing explosive armor piercing rounds into "The Goose" destroying it with Mobius and Onyx in it. Though neither were hurt, Mobius escaped, while Onyx was pinned in the wreckage.
  • Then the leader of the operation stepped forward calling Stone "Half-Jack." The same nickname given to him by a bully in High School, Bretty Reynolds, the same man who had been coming around Vicky and also trying to weasel his way deeper into Jake's garage business by using All-American Mufflers, a subsidary of All-American Technologies Unlimited. Then fired an intense cosmically infused blast of raw energy that ripped into everything it touched, which happened to be Jake Stone.
  • Jake reacted by hammering away buzzers that were threatening Qing and then burrowing under the ground and hiding under Cauldron/Brett to infuriate him.
  • Mechastar took position in the sky and started to fire down at the enemy forces. This drew the attention of the Fire-Stars who took flight and began a three on one aerial dogfight.
  • Swath then made her presence known by skimming past Mobius and attempting to cut up his Achilles Tendon. From that point forward she continued her hit and run tactics.
  • The fight continued, somewhat stalled with the minions slowly being whittled away then the fight seemed to surge in the direction of the Guardians when a few key things happened.

    • Cauldron stepped forward to try and press the attack, Stone came up from behind and knocked him straight up and followed up by knocking him across the street and into a house.
    • Swath grabbed Qing Long, then threw her on the ground and told her to stay down. She knew who and what she was, and didn't want to kill her. 
    • Dreadnought's continued use of area based attacks against the speedster and teleporter who avoided his attacks with the most ease.
  • Stone heard a loud noise, then a woman scream followed by creaking and moaning; all from the house that Cauldron had been knocked into.  When he rushed in he found a woman clutching a child while pinned under a wall, which had obviously been pressed down onto her. With the building about to collapse Stone jumped onto them to shield them the best he could with his body.
  • Qing started to talk with Swath, explaining that she could tell she was an honorable woman and that this fight was not that. Doing anything she could to keep her out of the fight longer, and to stand still to give others a chance to fire on her. Since whenever she chose to hide she seemed to confound sensors and even vision naturally.
  • Cauldron had fled through a tunnel he had ripped through the floor of the house that collapsed around Stone and his passengers as he tunneled out to safety. The woman's child though was still not responsive, Stone asking on coms for help!
  • The Sentinels arrive in time to help with mopping up what was left of the power armored mercs.
  • Mobius ran up to Dreadnought and tried to grab him after the punch failed horribly. The grab stuck, but out muscled Mobius stood there unable to budge him. Dreadnought then grabbed Mobius and flew straight up. Mechastar who had been in a dogfight with all the remaining Fire-Stars up to that point pealed off to chase after the two of them.
  • While Onyx and Stone worked to resuscitatethe young boy one of the Rippers turned the corner and tried to fire on them, almost hitting the kid. When Stone relayed this on the radio Swath reacted asking Qing if that was true, then stated that if her employer and then his other employees would endanger a child her contract was ended and walked away. Qing then went to heal the child and teammates.
  • Dreadnought told Mobius that he didn't want to kill him, so they were just going to fly off for a bit. Then Mechastar gets there and plays tug of war for Mobius, and wins. Dreadnought flies off while Mechastar and Mobius tumble, at first, then fly back to the fight.  Mobius is dropped onto the head of the last standing Ripper who collapses under the strike.
  • The team then stick around as ECPD, FBI and AEGIS swarm the place. Dragon Eye already working hard to restore as much as his restorative powers will allow him.

 

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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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