Heroes Anonymous

Week 5 (Session 26)
Mission 'like totally' Not Impossible

Grem and Lizbet are on the scene first, appearing for their massage “spying” appointment at the Day Spa in the same building as the lawyers’ office.

Lizbet: Ooo spinny glass doors. She seems to be referring to the rotating door entryway into the building.
Gord gives her a strange look: Yes, spinny.

Groups of people are exiting the building through the rotating glass doors. The other doors are locked due to high winds. The entrance to the spa is on the

bottom floor through glass doors, as well as a small Micky G’s cafe. It’s lunch time for most folks.

Lizbet: Uh how do you use those? They’re rotating fast…
Gord: Well, unless they did something weird like power the doors, you just walk through. They’re only going that fast because of how quickly people are

rushing through.
Lizbet: I’m going to wait until people stop going through… it might be a trap.

Apparently the security guards are on lunch too, as it seems the building is emptying, and none of the armed guards that the goblin reported are there.

Lucas: Gord is content to wait for Lizbet to go first, just to see what happens.

Once there is a lull, she steps in, but does not push, apparently waiting for the door to go on its own. When it doesn’t she looks frustrated and taps the

metal push bar. She turns to give Gord a “Huh?” look when someone goes through on the other side, thwapping her in the face and causing her to be pushed

backwards. You hear a shrilly scream as it pushes her out the other end, where she jumps to safety.

Lucas: Gord laughs out loud and follows her.

A woman sitting behind a desk runs up to where Gord is standing over Lizbet, who waves him off, panting from her fright.

Woman: Is she okay?
Gord: It’s not the first time she’s walked into a door.

The woman nods and goes back to her desk. Lizbet jumps to her feet and brushes her jeans down.

Lizbet: Okay let’s go!
Gord: Alright, let’s check the building directory, see where we’re going.

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Week 5 (Session 24-25)
Of Aliens and Rabbits

In the morning, Grem receives a call.

Phone: Hello, Gremliminator? This is Carol Heights.
Grem: Hello, Carol. Got any news for me?
Carol: Yes, and no. I haven’t been able to locate our alien friend, but I did locate someone who met him, so I have a general description.
Grem: Lay it on me.
Carol: Small, no taller than 4 feet, quite hairy, long feet. I found the cab company that he used and located the driver that took him. Apparently, he dropped the alien off at a government building in downtown. I checked the place out. It’s an embassy.
Grem: Embassy for who?
Carol: Extraterrestrial embassy. He went there, and that’s where the trail runs cold.
Grem: Well, yes, that makes sense. He does probably have a good amount of political weight to throw around….
Carol: I really am not sure about this. I asked around the embassy and was escorted out. I think he might be a political refugee, or some kind of official.
Grem: The information I have points to him being royalty. Part of the ruling class of a galaxy.
Carol: Ruling class? Weird, he didn’t have any luggage or servants. Don’t those nobility types usually have people to do things for them?
Grem: Maybe it has something to do with why he’s so upset he’s going on a killing spree?
Carol: Do you have any evidence that he is the one we’re looking for?
Grem: Just a lot of circumstantial evidence all pointing in his general direction.
Grem: Thanks for all the help, Carol. Let me know if you hear anything else.
Carol: Will do, but I’m getting pressured to tie this up and get a story out of it soon. Any other leads you think I might be able to follow? I ran some background checks on the other aliens, and haven’t gotten anything.
Grem: Most of the stuff I can think of would probably get you killed if you tried to pursue it.
Carol: I’m a big girl with strings all over the city. Try me.
Grem: We’re up against an alien that can use psychic music as a weapon, Carol. You sure you want to take that risk?
Carol: I’ve already been involved.
Grem: Not to a point that you know anything dangerous, though that’s probably luck as much as anything….
Carol: Please do not patronize me, Mr. Gremliminator. I’ve been actively pursuing criminals in this city for ten years, and will continue to do so until I retire at a golden age, or die bringing the truth to the light.
Grem: Well, if only I had half your drive….

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Week 5 (Session 23)

Back at the Police Station, Taimi’s phone suddenly rings in the middle of her conversation with Chief Inspector Denny. It rings a second time.

Denny: Lady Gaga, really?

Taimi checks the caller ID. It’s the Gremliminator’s cell!

Taimi: This is him calling now, one sec. SZ here.
Gord: Hey, Sapphic Zephyr. I just got back from interviewing those aliens. Did you know the Farzan also have an instrument called bagpipes? Their version is hydraulic, though, really beats ours.
Taimi: No, I didn’t. But, did you find out anything useful?
Gord: Always business with you… Well, our own Diva is a member of a shapeshifting species called the Arzali that uses telepathic music as a weapon. I wonder if she declared that at customs?
Taimi: I don’t think she ever declares anything. But unless you found out anything about any other Arzali on Earth, I’m not sure that helps us all that much.

Gord: Well, if you think there’s a lot of aliens out there that use telepathic music – like the sort that’s causing these dancing deaths – then that doesn’t tell us much. But Arzali are the rulers of the Ululala Galaxy, and Carole found info that there’s another alien from that galaxy running around BC with no official information about him or what he’s doing.
Taimi: Well, that’s something to work with. But finding a shapeshifter, if that particular alien is the same type, might be difficult.
Gord: I suppose it’s a start. I suppose we could either go to Diva directly for help on this, or we could alert some actual authorities and let them do the work for us.
Taimi: Well, fortunately, I’m standing in the office of an actual authority right now. Maybe she could help us out.

Denny is going through her drawers… “Aha!” She located a full box of Strawberry Pocky.

Taimi: Well, I’ll pass on the info, and see if we can get something going. I’ll let you know what happens.
Gord: Thanks. Later.
Taimi: Later

Taimi hangs up.

Denny: Got something?

Taimi relays what she knows to Denny.

Denny: I see, I see. She’s a high profile individual. I’ve tried to get her into court before, but her lawyers are more slippery than the ones from The Firm in a room full of ice.
Taimi: Well, I’m pretty sure it isn’t her. Analysis of the recording that inflicted Landice with the problem indicated the ‘singer’ was male. Of course, I don’t know if Arzali can change their voices, either.
Denny: So, two individuals from this Ululala Galaxy… Diva and this… “Saucheroro Bororo”.

Denny pronounces it impeccably. She then pops another Pocky into her mouth.

Taimi: Yeah, it’s the second one that’s my top suspect.
Denny: Give me three days and I’ll have him or her in an interrogation room, diplomatic immunity or no.
Taimi: I dunno if Landice, she’s the one that’s been afflicted, will last that long, but I don’t think we have any other choice.
Denny: I recommend bringing her to BC General. They’ve dealt with many cases such as hers. As for the Queen of Pop, you might have to find a way to talk to Diva yourselves. If you can’t pull strings, maybe get an official interview through a periodical. She gives weekly interviews to press types, I believe.

The chief inspector sits on her desk with her legs crossed, her hand under her chin, Pocky extended from her mouth.

Jefferson: Perp in 2, ma’am.
Taimi: Well, maybe Grem can take care of the official interview with Diva, he’s good at these acting things. And it seems like he’s really wanted to meet her, recently.
Denny: Well, good luck. I have some interrogating to do. Like I said, give me 3 days and I’ll have that Saucheroro Bororo in custody, on way or another.
Taimi: Alright, let me know when you do. In the meantime, I’ll let you know if we find out any more.

Denny grabs her hat from the table as she jumps down. “Alrighty, Miss Sapphire. Keep in touch!” She goes through the door and down the hall.

Jefferson: Need anything else?
Taimi: I don’t think so, thanks for your help.

Jefferson nods, and then leaves. Taimi heads back the way she came, towards the ‘hero entrance’.

Fara: Later, dearie.

Back to the underground lair!
Gord: So how were things with the authorities?

Taimi relays what Denny told her.

Gord: Wait wait wait, the hospital has actually treated people with this problem before? And they lived? Well, that changes things.
Taimi: Of course, how we get her out of here and to the hospital without her dancing herself to death.

Previously sent to investigate the building in the financial district, MGob returns with a report.

MGob: Gob, big base-gob, much gob gob. Shiny cars, gob. Gob massage, gob.

MGob stretches, showing it is now more relaxed.

Gord: So, shiny cars and massages. Sounds like my kind of office.
MGob: Gob, BIG, gob. Much Hummies-gob.

MGob hands Grem a piece of paper.

It’s an overly elaborate sketch of the building, with expensive cars in front of it, and guards with electric prods and automatic rifles. The flip side has a picture of the roof with a helipad. Gord whistles: Wow, that’s some serious security. I’m guessing the first hint of trouble has the bigwigs scrambling to the roof with a chopper coming in from somewhere else.

Gord: I’m also guessing, based on how heavy the security is, that these guys are the only guys in the building.
MGob: Gob, gob!

MGob shakes its head.

MGob: McGob! Massage, gob! Toof-gob!
Gord: Thanks for the work.
Gord: SZ, you wouldn’t happen to need your teeth cleaned any time soon, would you?
Taimi: Hwe~h?
Gord: The office building where the bigwigs from Sovereign Storage go, it’s got a toothgob in it. I mean a dentist. Also a masseuse, but I already called dibs on visiting them to get a look around the building.
Taimi: Well, I don’t really need to visit a dentist…
Gord: For someone with a holographic disguise machine, you really aren’t much into the whole “going undercover” thing, are you?
Taimi: I’m more of the ‘building stuff’ thing
Gord: Pfft. You build stuff, then you blow up. No permanence. Now, a good undercover personality….

So, Gord locates an interview where they ask her about her homeland, where she basically speaks in super generic terms and doesn’t ever mention it. Apparently, she is really closed-lipped about her origin.

Taimi locates the lawyers’ office… and it turns out to be the same as the Financial District building… Duh Duh Dun!

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Week 5 (Session 22)

Goblins are sent out to investigate the three locations that Torturess ringed out of the mercenary prisoner. There’s police sources, since Toro was arrested.

Gord: Honestly? Big Toro never struck me as all that intelligent, so I don’t know if he’ll even know anything. But since you have a license, the cops might let you see their notes on the investigation, at least.

Taimi goes to meet Gord’s crush, Chief Inspector Lilea Denny, aka Sherlock, Gord goes to the night club owned by aliens to check it out. It’s currently day time, so he might be able to contact management if he calls, tho it’ll likely be closed during this hour.

Taimi arrives at the police station parking lot, and parks her motorcycle. It’s a large building, three stories and looks about 100 years old. Taimi enters the police station. She enters a waiting room that is closed off from the rest of the building. There is an entry door, and an exit door into the main facility. There’s a front desk behind bulletproof glass where a man is sitting looking bored.

Taimi goes to the bored-looking man, shows her hero ID, and says, “I need to speak to Chief Inspector Denny if she’s available.”

Man: Hero entrance is in the back. You don’t look like a hero…
Taimi: “The bad guys don’t expect me that way.”

She goes around back where a door is clearly marked “Hero Entrance”. A card reader sits beside the door… Good thing Taimi’s card is valid.

Inside of the hero entryway, is a hole in the roof, a sewer access point, a teleporter pad, and a runed circle. Beyond all the magical entryways is a receptionist, who unlike the man in the front who didn’t seem to give a damn, is an elderly woman. Otherwise, she’s filing her nails and talking on the phone, so she doesn’t appear bored either.

“Wait a second, Patty, we got a hero coming in. I’ll call you back in a minute.”

“Right this way, dearie. I’m Fara. How can I help you?”

Taimi: I need to speak with Chief Inspector Denny, if she’s available.
Fara: Ah, she’s in Interrogation Room #1. The Chief is interrogating a suspect right now, so you can wait in her office. Just go down that hall, take a right, a left and its the next door on your right.
Taimi: Thank you, Fara.
Fara: You’re welcome, dearie. Just let Fara know if you need anything else.

As she walks down the pathway, she walks by a room marked “Interrogation Room #1” Through the glass she sees Denny interrogating Taro… who is sitting next to a man in a suit that looks like it costs six digits worth of cash. She continues down to Denny’s office. Taimi walks into a room full of detectives, where on the right as Fara said, it a very large office with the words “Chief Inspector Lilea Denny” on a nameplate.

A large male detective stands in Taimi’s way.

Detective: Who’re you?
Taimi: Sapphire Zephyr, I need to talk to Inspector Denny when she’s done with her interrogation.
Detective: Hero, huh? She did mention a hero where she picked the perp up. Can I help you at all? I’m Detective Hammer, of the Villain Crime desk.
Taimi: I wanted to know if she found out anything about the big guy. Who he was working for, why he was looking for someone at the cafe, that sort of thing.
Hammer: Oh, looks like she’s done. You can ask the woman herself.

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Week 4 (Session 21)
If only alien technology had an instruction manual

Lizbet wakes up and stands up. “Whoa.”
Taimi: Well that was… different
Lizbet: So… it plugs into people? That was really weird.
Grem: That box the goo girl was in is designed to handle a lot of power, isn’t it? Maybe there’s a connection.

Grem starts pulling out the box again, since Taimi and Lizbet recover from their crystal posession. Lizbet watches closely as Grem drags the device, more an electric child’s coffin than a high-tech storage device.

Lizbet: Looks like a refrigerated box.
Gord: That’s the basics of it, yeah. But if you look here, you can see it’s built to regulate a good amount of power, applying a selected amount to the contents.
Lizbet: Ah, yeah.
Gord: So does the chip it was in actually do anything, or was it just a box for the crystal?
Taimi: I believe it just made it compatible with modern technology. I should be able to put it back together again.
Gord: If you do that, I might be able to scrounge up some old computer hardware I don’t need any more to hook it to. Some simple I/O, no networking, maybe we could talk to whatever’s in the crystal.
Lizbet: Make sure you have a huge surge protector.

Taimi rubs her fingers where she touched the crystal. A little static charge shocks between her thumb and forfinger, leaving them tender. It gives her a thought as to the true reason behind the chip housing. Perhaps rather than just to make it connect to devices, it also regulates the energy resonating from the crystal itself? She begins to put it back together like a whirling dervish of electronics.

Gord brings out some outdated, unused, totally-disconnected-from-any-networks hardware lying around to be salvaged for sensors and detonators PC that might be considered a PC in 1989. Gord special orders them with overnight shipping for some random parts for regular the energy and also repair the box, and then offers the young ladies a bed in the lair (but only one) if they want to wait at his safehouse. They accept. After a night of Taimi staring up at the ceiling uncomfortably while Lizbet hogs the covers, they get back to work as their special orders arrives.

Lizbet: Alright, looks like the part fits. Let’s put the chip in the box? Or did you want to try this with the jello girl in it?
Gord: Getting her back in might be a lot of work. Should we do a dry run without her, just to see what happens?
Taimi: Might be safest.

They begin experimenting the electrical systems of the device. When it doesn’t explode, they decide to move onto stage two.

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Week 4 (Session 20)
Common Sense, so rare, it's a super power

In the aftermath of the Cosplay Cafe invasion, the police enter and begin to sort out the mess. Chief Inspector Denny arrives and begins interviewing people. Taimi keeps her head down, but eventually Chief Inspector Denny comes over to her. She questions her about the incident and advises her to tell her friends to become certified BC heroes. In addition, she asks the out-of-costume hero about her father’s whereabouts, though Taimi had not seen him for a while.

The Gremliminator heads back to his lair, and en route calls Torturess. She claims to have been taking lunch at the cafe, but was unable to help as it would have broken her cover. Grem tells her about Big Toro attacking him at the Cafe. After he voices his concerns, she reminds him about the PI he has hosted at his sewer headquarters.

He arrives back at his lair where he finds Lilly telling a story to the goblins about a time when she was caught witnessing a super villain murder someone, and she had to escape. When she catches Grem watching her, they talk about the events that lead to her capture. The only evidence she uncovered was about a building on 24th St and Maple Ave, but she was captured before she managed to investigate it. Afterward, she leaves to lay low with her friends.

Meanwhile Taimi returns home. Lizbet calls Taimi the second she’s off work. They get together and go to Grem’s hideout without their disguises for the first time. Gord too meets them at the front door of his apartment without his disguise.

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Week 4 (Session 19)
Heroes Anonymous, now chalk full of cheese (aka plot)

At the Gremliminator’s lair, the night after Gord’s kidnapping.

Taimi and Lizbet check out the tech Grem originally called her to look at. Occasionally they hear screaming in the background… sometimes hysterical laughter. Grem unveils his pile of stolen tech from the villains at the mall. Taimi starts looking over the nifty gadgets and gizmos.

Lizbet: (to Taimi) Does Grem buy stuff from papa’s store?
Taimi: I dunno, why? Does this stuff look familiar?
Lizbet: This is a project field stabilizer cuff link. I worked on it last year before we scrapped the project as being too costly. It’s part of a suit that creates a highly portable and extremely powerful mono directional force field.
Taimi: What would you need that for?
Lizbet: Not dying when people shoot you.

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Week 4 (Session 18)
Out of the kettle and into the ice storm

We left off with Sapphire Zephyr leaping in midair from her bike to land on the P.I., Lilly Kane’s car.

The car shudders as SZ lands on the trunk of the vehicle, causing the rear of the vehicle to suddenly fall low. She keeps control and can move quickly if she wants. The car’s weight distribution has now violently torn apart the vehicle’s suspension. She moves up onto the roof, which crumples under the suit’s weight. It starts bending violently inward as she steps onto the car cab.

Merc D: Oh well, Indigo is probably going to kill me anyway.

Considering she has no internal oxygen supply, or waterproofing, she has no choice but to hop off and hope Gord can get himself out. She jumps off right before the car goes off the tall dock.

Gord braces for impact as the vehicle goes over the dock and falls 10 meters into the water. All of the others fall forward into the windshield in slow motion. The vehicle crashes into the water hard! Gord feels stunned as he smashes forward against his seatbelt.

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Week 4 (Session 17)
Jumping the Shark...

It’s a work day for Taimi. She needs to be at work 5 minutes ago…

Pochi: Sorry, Mistress. Time travel is not in my programming.

She flings herself out the door towards work. Taimi has the morning/lunch shift. She arrives expectantly late, but not wrath invoking late. Jennifer is working the morning shift with her, and greets Taimi as she enters the restaurant.

Jennifer: Good morning, Taimi. It’s pretty slow, this morning, if you need a few to wake up mentally.
Taimi: Thanks Jennifer, I’ll be out in a minute.

Taimi (to herself): I think we’ll go with Maria maid outfit today.

It’s eight minutes until noon.

The Gremliminator shows up at the cafe eight minutes before noon. When he enters, the hostess looks at him funny, her mouth a bit agape. “Uh… how many?”

Gord: “Two today. My guest should be arriving soon.”
Hostess: Alright, right this way.

The brunette hostess leads him to a window table. It’s the table that he and Torturess were at when her stitches broke open and she started bleeding out.

Hostess: Your waitress will be right with you.

She hands Gord two menus. Gord sits, takes the menus, and mutters, I always love having a table with memories…"

Taimi, in her Maria outfit, wanders up to Gord’s table, “Hi, welcome back to The Cosplay Cafe.”

Gord: Thanks, glad to be here.

He keeps looking at the menu.

Taimi: Anything I can get you? Or would you prefer to wait for your friend?
Gord: I’ll have a root beer while I’m waiting, thanks.
Taimi: Hai, goshujin-sama.

Gord puts down his menu, since we all know what he’ll be ordering anyway, and checks his watch.

The hostess just seated a teenage girl with white hair at the table next to Gord. She looks strangely familiar, in a “I-saw-you-last-five-years-ago” sort of way. Her hair is pure white, aside from the tips that have been dyed red, though it has faded to more of a dark shade of pink.

Gord suddenly remembers the crazy teenager girl who would loiter in the back of half of his engineering classes from time to time. She was weird, like some kind of fungus who just giggled and played with her phone the whole time. She might have been 13 or something then. He suddenly recalls that she kind of inserted herself into one of his study groups too… tho the group tried to ignore her when she immediately solved all of their problems within seconds of showing them to her.

After delivering Gord’s Root Beer and Water, she moves to the next table: “Welcome to The Cosplay Cafe can I geh… (she stammers a bit as she notices who it is, but recomposes herself) get you anything, goshujin-sama?”

Lizbet: TAIMI!!!

Glomp! Taimi finds herself on the floor with Lizbet on top of her again.

Lizbet: I found you!

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Week 4 (Session 16)

Taimi wakes up with a sound of a door slamming. She had a rough night… Between the wiggly, glomping and snoring, cover-stealing Lizbet, and well do you need another reason?, she fell asleep only after exhaustion set in. The bed suddenly bounces and Taimi feels weight on her.

“Breakfast!”
Taimi: Hweh?

Taimi opens an eye to see two wide, bright eyes staring back down.

“I got take out!”

The weight goes away and the bed stops bouncing. Taimi sits up, and I imagine her looking like an even bigger mess than she usually does in the morning. The smell of eggs and bacon fills the room. Taimi has trouble remembering the last time she had eggs and bacon for breakfast. Lizbet apparently hasn’t created an instant food device yet, as she brought in two bags of take out from a restaurant.

Taimi, through a stifled yawn: G’morning.
Lizbet: Yay, you’re up. I tried waking you a few times, but you sleep like a rock.

Lizbet is wearing her Jojo disguise. Lizbet grabs one of the bags and pulls out a takeout container. Taimi finally notices Lizbet is back in her male disguise, and kinda looks away red-faced, despite her knowing who it is. Or maybe because she knows who it is now.

Lizbet: I don’t know what you like, so I got you one of everything.

Lo and behold, the second bag is full of small containers, with hashbrowns, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles and an omelet. Fortunately, Taimi likes all the choices in the offered box.

Lizbet finishes her meal and begins cleaning up. “So, when ya wanna go to the lab?” Taimi feels surprisingly better after she eats. Considering Taimi has the day off, this is a surprisingly nice day so far.

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