Heroes Anonymous

Session 38 (Week 6)
Ready, Set, Wave... Tidal that is.

Nani says to Lizbet, “Hey, watch this.” Then she runs down to the beach, gets Hang Ten’s attention and swims out to where she is.

Hang Ten: What’s up, little lady?

Nani: I know you weren’t actually up on the ship, so you probably wouldn’t have heard about her. But… I think they have my… my mom up there. Did you hear anyone say anything about a scientist named Myrna Jipson?

Hang Ten: Sorry, honey, no. I didn’t meet anyone by that name.

Nani: Yeah… They took us over two years ago, but I had to ask. Thanks for the swimming lesson. We’ll do it again sometime.

Hang Ten: You betcha.

Nani says, “See ya later!” and swims into shore.

Gord: Ready to go, kid?

Nani: Yeah, let’s go.

To the Gremobile! Dadadadadadadadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Grem drives Lizbet’s bus with Torturess and Nani aboard to the Cafe. They arrive at the scene, where Uriel is seated, drinking a shake. Gord parks, gets out, and approaches him

Gord: You must be Uriel.

Uriel: And you…hey, I remember you!

He points at Torturess.

Torturess: I do leave an impression.

Uriel: You’re the reason I’m in this mess. He took my friends when we failed the mission to plug the hole and recapture his experiment.

Torturess shrugs.

Gord: Let’s not play “Blame the kidnap victim.” Instead, let’s focus on getting all our friends back. And Sapphire Zephyr.

Uriel: Wait…you mean Taimi is Sapphire Zephyr?

Torturess makes a face.

Gord: Yeah. I probably shouldn’t be telling people that, though. I dunno.

Nani: Either way, we need to get her back. And your friends, Mr. Jerkface.

Uriel: Well, at least I know where you stand with Dr. What?…

He looks at Nani. “Shrimp.”

Nani: You mean your last name isn’t but… Everyone was… Oh, sorry.

Gord: Don’t make me replace all of you with goblins.

Uriel: Well, I’m going to get my car. Where are we meeting?

Gord: Also, did you say Dr. What??

Uriel: Yeah… he’s some kind of crazy super villain bent on taking over the world with super soldiers, genetic monsters, robots and anything else he can get his hands on, for all I know. I never met him personally, but I talked to a few of his agents. The villain community is giving him a free pass, especially after The Big B said he’s free to stay.

Gord: Seriously? He’s got a free pass from the big man? How’d he pull that off?

Uriel: The Big B seemed to know he was coming last year. The guy’s a freak like that. He seems to know when anyone is coming and going before they get there. We all think that’s his power, fortune telling. But anyway, he said don’t touch, stay out of his way.

Gord: And the fortress belongs to Dr. What?

Uriel: Unless some other mad genius also referred to as a prophet by his followers is running around with killbots and kidnapping supers.

Nani: That guy has followers?

Uriel: Tons. They’re crazy too. They’ll murder you for talking bad about him. No joke. I saw them stab some dude in the chest for laughing at Dr. What? before.

Gord: Great, just great. Oh well, not like it’s the first time we’ve had to sneak into one of this guy’s fortresses.

Uriel: Black robs or armor. They’re all supers, too. Most alien.

Uriel: Most are like me too. They have some kind of power… But we really need to break my friends out before he turns them or uses their genes to make some monsters.

Gord: Well, all we need is a way up to the fortress. The cannon might work, but I don’t relish shooting us at an invisible target.

Uriel: I can’t help you there. All I have is a code to a security hatch on the top of it.

Uriel: I could possibly open the main ramp, but that’s crawling with his minions. You have to walk through a dozen deathray traps to even say hi to the first one of them.

Gord: Sweetcheeks would be handy to have right now, whatever his name was.

Torturess: Sweetcheeks?

Gord: You remember him. The guy you couldn’t torture?

Torturess: Oh, Dr. What?’s bitch?

Gord: Yeah, him.

Gord: We can’t fly except for Iron Maiden. We have no teleporters.

Gord: We need some way to either get our group up to the fortress or bring it down to us.

Nani: How do they get up to the fortress?

Uriel: It lands. That’s the only time the force field goes down, for a few seconds when new people are ushered in.

Gord: How closely do they look at the people coming in?

Uriel: Requires an agent to get in, like that silver guy, or one of their three elite agents that he has roaming around stealing technology.

Gord: Silver guy isn’t much of an option anymore.

Gord: Unless Diva can make him help us, I suppose.

Uriel: Diva? As in the singer?

Gord: Yeah, that’s the one.
Uriel: I think I missed a step. What about your cannon? The one you promised to use to fire me?

Gord: It’s a big six-shooter. We used it to get into the last of Dr. What?’s bases we infiltrated. We could see that one, though.

Uriel: Well, short of a big EMP blast, I don’t have a clue.

Gord asks T: Do we know anyone who does EMPs?

Nani: So why did it show up when we were at the motel? It didn’t land.

Torturess: No, just sonic booms, meteor storms, rains of cats and dogs, though that one is really messy. Oh shit, there was, I think. Last year, some girl destroyed a block of her neighborhood’s electronics. I remember, because I was robbing…er… at a friend’s house and her TV exploded.

Gord: Did that happen to be in same area as where Lizbet has her secret lab?

Torturess: No, don’t know what happened to the kid. A bunch of the villains we’re all running to get her, but she just vanished. We thought the heroes nabbed her for their programming centers where they make any gifted children into goody two shoe robots.

Gord: Pretty hard to borrow a kid from one of those without a hero license.

Nani: I hate to say it, but… I think he might drop his shields to get me back in. We’d have to have one really good plan to get out, though.

Uriel: Aside from fighting our way out, not going to be another.

Gord: A plan based on what, though? So EMPs or we offer up our child supersoldier.

Gord: Or we use water on it. Almost as good as an EMP.

Uriel: Will water do what missiles can’t?
Gord: Hard to know without trying it. If we just blast it with a tidal wave or something….

Nani: Can you get missiles, Mr. Uriel?

Uriel: No, but it’s been hit by missiles a few times. Doesn’t seem to do anything.

Gord: What if we got in a boat and hit it with water? Ride a tidal wave up to the top?

Uriel: Sounds nuts. I like it.

Uriel: Oh, I could probably freeze the tidal wave…not sure how well, but I could probably at least make the water chunky.

Gord: That can’t hurt

Gord: We should probably check with Hang Ten and see if she’d be willing to help us strike back at these guys.

Nani: Yeah, Lizbet’s still with her. We can call and ask.

Torturess: I’m pretty sure I heard her volunteer to help in repayment.

Gord: Alright, let’s give them a call. Let’s hope Lizbet can hear her phone wherever she is.

Lizbet: Heeey…

Gord: That was quick.

Lizbet: What?

Gord: Are you still with Hang Ten? We’d like to ask her to drive a tidal wave into

Dr. What?’s flying fortress.

Lizbet: Hey, Tanya! You want to hit that flying fortress with a tidal wave? Yeah. She said yeah.

Gord: Could she carry us on top in a boat?

Lizbet: Hey Tanya! Can you get us on top of it in a boat or something?

Lizbet: She’s coming over.

Tanya: Hello? Gord?

Gord: Hey Tanya. We want to get into the flying fortress, but the easiest way is from the top. We’re exploring non-traditional ways of getting up there. Tidal wave is our current idea.

Tanya: You want to ride the tidal wave? I’ve ridden them before, but I’ve never brought guests.

Gord: I haven’t surfed for a while myself, but I figured if we could ride in a boat or something….

Gord: Or an iceberg, maybe?

Tanya: A boat I could see possibly working, but where would I find an iceberg during summer?
Gord: I’ve got a guy for that.

Meanwhile, Nani calls Don the Don.

Gord: You could do a decent iceberg, right, Uriel?

Tanya: Well, if you made an ice craft of some sort out of my wave, I could control it. Anything I conjure is under my complete control.

Uriel: Yeah, anything in like…thirty maybe fifty feet I could freeze solid.

Gord: That’s plenty.

Gord: Hey T, call the gobs and tell them we’ve got work to do.

Gord: Alright Tanya, I’ve got an ice machine and soldiers. Should we meet you at the beach?

Tanya: No, just pick up your friend. I’ll meet you at the site.

Gord: Got it. Meet you back at the motel then.

Dadadadadadadadadaaaaaa…. Gord followed by Uriel in his sports car arrive at the beach.

Lizbet looks a bit pinkish. “Hey Grem! Tanya took off in a big wave.” Lizbet hops in. The group begins driving to the Motel.

Lizbet: Who’s following us? Is that Jennifer’s creepy boyfriend?

Gord: Yes. He’s also the guy who tried to kidnap me a couple weeks ago.

Nani: He’s trying to help us. I think.

Gord: He could be vital to our efforts to save the kidnapped heroes, scientists, pretty girls, and Taimi.

Lizbet: Kay.

Nani: OK. Just to make sure it’s still here.

She picks up a rock, tosses it into the air and waits for a “clang”. Clang. The sound of it is faint. It seems to be higher.

Gord’s cell rings: Unknown number.

Gord answers.

Tanya: Hey, I’m going to need everyone who is planning to attack the base to go about a mile to the south of the ship.

Gord: Will do. By the way, the ship seems to be a little higher than before. Just FYI.

Tanya: Gotcha.

They all head a mile south and find a small lake that was previously a dried out hole.

Uriel: Okay…

Torturess: Maybe she wants us to…get wet?

Lizbet: Pass.

Gord’s phone rings: Tanya.

Gord: My guess? Uriel is supposed to freeze this.

Gord: What’s up, Tanya?

Uriel: No problem.

Tanya: Be ready inside your ice craft in that water. I made the lake with a wave earlier.

Gord: I was just telling them that had to be it.

Gord: We’re already working on it.

Uriel places his hands inside the water and it immediately begins to freeze over. After a moment, the frozen water caves and it starts creating what looks like something they could ride.

Uriel: All onboard.

Gord steps in, then offers a hand to the ladies. Nani jumps in. Everyone is onboard when they suddenly notice an enormous wave in the distance. Uriel forms a roof over their heads. It’s really cold in here.

Kirsten: Brrrrr… don’t like this…

Uriel: Well, cross your fingers this place doesn’t shatter on impact.

Suddenly the roar of the tidal wave is unmistakable. The next thing everyone knows, they are all pulled to the frosty floor as the ‘boat’ is lifted up into the wave.

Lizbet: Weeeee!

Nani: Woooooohoo!

Gord holds on tight.

Gord: Maybe it’s better we didn’t bring the goblins for this.

Uriel: I think I might prefer the cannon…

From outside, Tanya: HOLD ON!

Nani: To what?

Before any response is played, they suddenly crash into what they can only assume is the deadly invisible flying fortress. The front of the ice ship caves in as they skid to a halt.

Nani: Let’s find the hatch before Dr. What? sends too many killbots to it.

Gord: Good plan.

They are currently standing in midair.

Uriel: Yeah… I dunno if I’m going to be able to open it without seeing the keypad.

Gord: Could you… I dunno, make some frost so we can at least see the outline of the ship?

Uriel: Consider it done.

He places his hands against the ship, causing it to freeze over.

It quickly melts as whatever force field is not penetrated.

Uriel: Damn.

Gord: Well, we know we’re not too close to the edge, at least.

Nani: I’m not wandering around until I have a better idea of where we are than “not close to the edge.”

Gord: Anyone have any powders or something?

Torturess: Left my blow in the other skintight suit, sorry boss.

Lizbet: What’s that?

Torturess: If you have to ask, you don’t need to know.

Kirsten makes blowing noises. “I have.”

Gord: Well, I do still have my alien extend-o-stick. I can always pop it out and use it like a cane.

Tanya: I’m going to go get another wave ready, in case we need it.

She walks to the edge and jumps off.

A small wave in the air catches her. She soars across the sky towards the ocean.

Gord: I didn’t even notice she was here until she started talking.

Gord: I’m trying to think of anything we could do that wouldn’t involve frying us where we stand or at least one of us being too tired to fight later.

Lizbet: I…am… IRON MAIDEN!

Transform sequence here.

Kirsten: Ooo shiny.

Gord: But with our luck we’ll find the hatch when killbots start pouring out of it while we stand here.

Uriel: You had to talk.

Nani: What, they’re here already?

Suddenly, a bunch of killbots start pouring out of a hatch that opens.

Killbots 1-30: HELLO INTRUDERS. HAVE A NICE DAY.

Gord: You saying that was as predictable as these killbots.

Nani: Hello, Killbots. Thanks for getting the door for us.

Suddenly, the field around the ship is gone… and it is visible, and all of the killbots go stiff and fall down.

Iron Maiden: Whoa! Super EMP blast detected. Without my shielding, I’d be joining them as bricks on the ground.

Nani runs to the door.

Gord: See? I said we’d find the hatch that way, not that we’d actually have to fight the killbots.

The hatch had previously closed behind them… But Nani runs to it. Uriel walks up to it. He places his hand against the it and twists it to the right. The hatch opens.

Uriel: Alright, let’s rock and roll.

Gord: After you.

Nani heads in.

They enter a corridor where all of the emergency lights are flashing.

Nani: Mr. Uriel, any idea where we should go?

Uriel: We’re in the upper decks, where they house most of their guns.

Uriel: There’s a good six floors to get through. The elevators are too dangerous.

Nani: Down, gotcha.

Gord: Did he at least have the decency to have multi-story stairwells?

Uriel: No.

Gord: I didn’t think so, but I had to ask.

INTRUDERS HAVE BREACHED THE TOP DECKS. ALL PERSONNEL, MOVE TO DEFENSIVE POSITIONS.”

Gord: What about guns? When you said the guns were up here, are we talking cannons only, or something more man-portable?

Uriel: Cannons. The armory is nearer to the center of the ship.

Gord: I was afraid this guy might actually be competent.
Nani: We’ll find stairs if we go straight?

Uriel: Yep. We’re also going to find a dozen of his guards.

Speaking of his guards, two approach with spears.

Kirsten: Stay away!

She rushes forward startling the men in black armor with spears. Her arms stretch out, wrapping around their weapons. She then picks them up and bashes them against the ground.

Uriel: Well, that was interesting. Let’s go shall we?

Nani: Yeah. Just tell us where to go.

Uriel marches down the corridor passed the two minions who are trapped.

Lizbet walks up to them and punches them both in the face.

Lizbet: Poooow!

The crew makes it to the first set of stairs. They are now on the fifth level. Suddenly, a barrage of laser beams come flying in from the next room.

Uriel: Ooookay. They’re ready for us.

Everyone is around the corridor. They’re basically camping the door in case anyone shows their head.

Gord: Looks like a prime grenadin’ time. What should I go with, concussive or psychic?

We’re going to roll initiative as soon as anyone tries anything.

Uriel: They have concussion resistant armor.

Gord: Psychic it is.

Gord tosses a grenade in, followed by a dozen shouts.

Iron Maiden peeks her head around the corner.

Iron Maiden: Haha! Nice one, Grem!

Gord: And now we have laser guns.

The crew enters the “defensive” room.

Nani: Now where do we go, still down?

Gord takes a gun… or two. One plasma rifle, two plasma pistols and a dozen laser pistols are available for anyone who wants one temporarily.

Nani will grab a rifle like object. Nani upgrades to a plasma rifle! Gord takes a plasma and laser pistol. Uriel takes a plasma pistol. Kirsten takes one, but it’s floating inside of her now.

Torturess: I’m good.

The team approaches the staircase to the fourth deck.

Suddenly, a half dozen men in black armor approach from their rear. There are 6 black armored guards behind them, and a staircase ahead. There is little cover here. The heroes are in a long corridor just before the stairs.

Nani turns around, levels her plasma rifle and fires a blast of incandescent gas at the men in black armor. Nani’s shot goes high and hits the lights above them.

The men in black use the nearby side rooms as cover as Gord fires a barrage at them.

Iron Maiden: I’ll hold them off! Go save Taimi!

Iron Maiden’s arm turns into a cannon.

Iron Maiden: Go!

Gord: Alright alright, we’re going.

Gord goes down the stairs. Uriel, T and Kirsten follow down the stairs.

Nani: Thanks, Iron Maiden, we’ll save her.

Iron Maiden: I’m relying on you, Nami-chan!

She fires a rapid volley of bullets like a chaingun down the hallway at them.

The team -1 enter the fourth floor. One guard jumps out at Nani from behind. A man in black armor with a staff grazes Nani for 9 damage. Just as everyone turns around, two more come up from the front. Another one up front attacks the Gremliminator with nunchuku, but Uriel blocks the attack with his arm. His touch causes the weapon to freeze over.

Kirsten attacks the second one with her tentacles, slamming him back.

Gord: Nunchucks? Seriously? Do you say “Cowabunga” all the time too?

She slams the butt of the plasma rifle into her attacker’s guts. She slams him good, sending him stumbling back into the wall.

Grem fires his pistol at one of the guards. The shot hits him between the eyes. The dude goes down. Uriel smashes his fist another the enemy’s face. The enemy’s helmet breaks on impact. The enemy who jumped Nani swings his staff. He misses her widely as she easily dodges the attack. Kirsten slams into the one on the ground, previously decked by Uriel.

Nani smashes the rifle butt into her opponent again. He falls back again, clutching his stomach. Gord fires his laser pistol at the last standing guard. The laser cuts through his armor and he seems unconscious.

Uriel: Alright, we’re near the stairs to the third floor. We are near the research floor.

Nani: Sounds like we’re getting closer to someplace they’d have captured scientists. Let’s go!

Gord: What about the armory?

Uriel: It’s on this floor.

Uriel: But they have sentries guarding it with heavy guns.

Gord: I was thinking arming the scientists we rescue might be a good idea, but that does sound like work….

Nani: Remember what Miss Hang Ten was like when we found her? They might not be able to fight.

Uriel: Let’s just keep moving. I don’t want to let them know where we are long enough to seal one of these areas on us. Their defense grid seems on the fritz, so let’s take advantage of that.

Kirsten: OOooohhh shinies.

Gord: Depends on what they were doing to the scientists, but I guess you’re right.
Kirsten’s tentacle stretches out, catching something invisible.

Gord: Another one of those floating robots, Kirsten?

Kirsten: Ya…

It starts to spark as she brings it in.

It appears to be a miniature floating speaker with a camera on it.

She quickly eats it.

Nani: Let’s be someplace we weren’t.

Gord: Good girl. Go ahead and do that with any other floating robots you see here.

Nani heads downstairs

Gord follows the little girl.

Uriel is right behind with Torturess guarding the rear.

Kirsten snatches another one as they go down the hall. By the time they reach the stairs, she has three dissolving inside of her.

Third floor… the floor here seems… already attacked.

The room they enter seems to be barracks… that has been ransacked. There are black marks all over the walls, unconscious and dying (fried) men and women in black all over.

The beds broken and smoking, but there are no signs of a fire.

Gord: Cripes. Whoever did this must be nasty.

Gord: I mean, like, a terrible person just in general.

Nani: Or just really pissed off at Dr. What?
T: Guess we’ll find out.

Uriel: Here are where the researchers are. Through this…oh boy.

Nani will head forward to where Uriel’s looking.

The doors have been ripped off their hinges and everything is smoking.

Suddenly, a man in all black and a cape with a vicious looking black rapier appears. “Aha! Prepare to face the wrath of justice, villains!”

Nani: Villains? Where?

Gord: Hey! At least three… no, two? well… at least one of us has never done anything villainous!

Taimi: Wait, I know that voice. Rapier, stop!

URIEL!”

Suddenly a small girl, maybe 13 or so goes flying into Uriel’s arms.

Uriel: Alia!

Jennifer: Uriel! Mr. Gremliminator! Wow, you came to save us?

Gord: I’d gladly break into anyplace to rescue you.

Gord: The cafe just hasn’t been the same without you.

Nani: You find your dad, Taimi?

Taimi: He was here earlier, but when we started the mass breakout, we came here to find him.

Taimi: We just got here right before you showed up, though.

By the way, when they get closer, everyone notices that Taimi looks glowy. Even though she’s not wearing any flashlights. Or glowsticks. Or reflectors.

Nani: Wow! What happened to you?

Gord: Taimi, are you mentally controlling a bunch of technology right now?

Taimi: Man, that would be a good idea… but no.

Taimi: I just sort of, uh… well, it’s a long story. Maybe I can go into detail if we live through this.

Nani: Yeah, freeing the rest of the prisoners and getting away before Dr. What? decides to start pressing red buttons is our top priority.

Taimi: Actually, someone else is going to press red buttons… but yes, we still need to get everyone out of here.

Gord snaps his fingers: Man, it’s like the only thing I can be right about today is killbot ambushes.

Nani tries to call Lizbet on the zPhone. There’s too much interference.

Gord: Who else is there to rescue?

Jennifer: Well, hate to break up the reunion, but Taimi’s dad and a bunch of others are still unconscious in this room. We need to get them out pronto before Gwyn turns this place into a piece of molten metal.

Gord: Why’d they have to be unconscious….

Jennifer: Some were just moaning.

Nani: Let’s get ’em.

Gord: Alright, see if we can wake these guys up.

They all enter the room where there are two unconscious guards, 1 skewered guard, and at least 20 scientists scattered about. It looks as if something exploded in here.

Taimi just mentions to the others as they go about checking the scientists: "There were two groups of scientists in here. One my dad was on, he was working on something to do with time. The other group was working on gene manipulation. Or at least trying to.

Nani: They were all working in this lab?

Taimi: It was pretty crowded in here.

Nani: Gene manipulation is the kind of stuff Myrna worked on. So…

Gord: How do you know that, Taimi?

Nani starts examining the scientists looking for Myrna.

Nani looks at all of the researchers and does not find her.

Taimi: When they captured me, they had me help do some maintenance around the place. I mostly used it as an excuse to figure out what to do until I could organize this breakout.

Nani will start trying to wake the scientists that can be waken.

Gord: You organized a breakout?

Taimi: You always sound so surprised…

Alia: Taimi.

Taimi: What is it, Alia?

She points at Taimi and then touches one of the researchers.

Gord: No, I’m proud. I mean, just look at all these explosions!

Taimi reaches over and puts her glowy palm on the researcher’s forehead. He wakes up.

Researcher: Oh! What?

He stands up alarmed.

Taimi: Relax, it’s time for us to leave.

Jennifer: Wake them all up, then I’ll lead them to the escape pods.

Taimi goes around and wakes them all up with her new, magical, glowy-power.

Gord: That’s new.

After they all wake up, Jennifer, Alia and Uriel shepherd them out.

Uriel: I leave this to you to sort out, Gremliminator. Thank you for your help.

Nani: Thank you Mr. Uriel.

Uriel nods. “Next we meet, perhaps we shall be allies.”

Gord: No problem. Thanks for the iceberg. And the nunchucks thing.

Taimi: Be careful on your way back.

Jennifer: Oh can we be good now?

Uriel walks away with Alia dragging behind him, still clenched onto him, and Jennifer as they lead the researchers out.

Rapier: Let us go on and slay the villain!

Taimi: My father is probably still around too!

The darkness that his Rapier’s costume swirls around him as he speaks.

Gord: Are you all the supers who were captured?

Nani: OK. We’ll find Taimi’s father and Myrna. Then beat up the villain.

Taimi: They escaped earlier.

Rapier: No, most were too injured to fight back, and we shepherded out already.

Kirsten: Shiny!

Kirsten grabs hold of three bots at the same time, eating them.

Nani: Time to find a new place to talk.

Gord: Alright, so the other scientists are all we have to worry about. Let’s go.

Rapier: How about we speak after we introduce these villains to their spleens?

Nani: Down again?

Gord: I don’t know. Without Uriel here, Taimi and Rapier are the resident experts of our current residence.

Taimi: Well, we’ve already pretty much checked everywhere I know they’d be.

Nani: Do you know where their control center is?

Taimi: Well, I guess there is at least one place we could still check, but I don’t know where the control center is. I was never allowed to go there.

Gord: I can’t believe he didn’t allow a captured hero into the control center.

Taimi: Well, he, uh… doesn’t know I’m a hero.

Nani: It would be like him to try gloating her to death.

Taimi: He just knows me as the daughter of my father, he wanted to blackmail him into doing what he wanted.

Gord: Oh, right. I got so swept up in the whole “heros are being kidnapped” thing I forgot that part.

Taimi: Lets go check the ‘time travel’ lab, where they worked on the actual device though. Maybe my father will be there.

Gord mutters under his breath: And that almost definitely means her dad isn’t a villain too. Dang.

Taimi: Hmm? You say something?

Gord: No, just thinking out loud.

So Taimi leads them to the lab.

They walk down a corridor that is scarred with black burns down its length. There are at least a dozen unconscious/dead guards lying around.

They arrive at a door that might have been a barrier if it hadn’t been blown off its hinges.

It suddenly grows very loud, as crackling energy ricochets past them.

Taimi: Hwe~H

Torturess: Whew that was a close one…

Kirsten: Ouchies.

Nani: Whoah.

Gord: Plasma guns forward!

Gord: Oh right, Taimi’s unarmed.

Nani: Yes, sir!

Gord hands her his plasma pistol.

Nani takes the point.

Huzzah! Taimi has a weapon now!

Rapier: I shall lead the way.

Rapier dashes into the laboratory, sword forward.

Torturess: He’s kinda nuts, huh?

Gord: You have to be, to be a mask.

Nani: And now I’ll have to use this as a club again instead of blasting at whatever’s in the room.

Nani approaches the door.

Taimi walks through as well, trusting in her glowy-power

What they see is rather unique… There’s a blond girl, maybe 13-14 on one end of an energy beam with everyone’s favorite super villain on the other end of it. They’re standing on a catwalk above a pit. The blond girl seems to be the originator of the energy blast, which is crackling and spraying off her wildly.
Dr. What? is surrounded by a force field bubble and is holding a staff… a very familiar staff.

Gord: Oh for crying out loud!

Only his is covered in jewels.

Dr. What?: Hahahaha! Yes, keep it up! You might break through my force field eventually!

Blond girl: Die, you monster!

Gord: Ok, here’s the plan: short out his force field for a moment then cut him in half with it.

Rapier: I like it.

Taimi: And how do we do that?

Nani: Think a blast from the plasma rifle will knock it down?

Gord: T, remember how we got inside that other alien’s forcefield? Something about bouncing Masochisto off it?

Taimi notices something.

Behind this spectacle is a cage with at least 6 people in it.

One appears to be her father.

Nani: Mr. Grem, the gems power his staff, right?

Gord: Yeah, basically. Stupid alien technology.

Nani: I have an idea, but I’m not sure it will work. Don’t know if I’ll get through the forcefield.

Nani hands the plasma rifle to Torturess and says, “Cover me, I need to get a little closer.”

I don’t suppose there’s anything else Taimi happens to notice that could help them, is there?

Energy from the blond girl is being redirected by Dr. What? into the machine.

Nani is going to try to get within 10 yards of Dr. What? without being noticed.

Taimi: Gwen! You need to stop! He’s using your energy!

Her hair begins to stand straight up.

The loudness of the electricity from this close is deafening to Nani.

Taimi will trust in her glowy power again, and try to get to Gwen.

Nani still hasn’t been noticed by the bad doctor. Naninami concentrates on the staff, trying to block out the roar of the device, and tries to “grasp” it telekinetically. No go… She guesses she can’t get through the forcefield. Mutters: Plan B?

Taimi is still trying to get closer to Gwen.

Dr. What?: So you have come back to me, child of Karabou. Too late, unfortunately.

Gord: I do so enjoy having people with magic powers around.

He channels a blast of electricity at her. She bobs out of the way.

The blast ricochets around the cylindrical laboratory before dissipating.

Rapier: No mere force field can withstand my blade…

Gord tries to remember anything he figured out about stopping alien sticks

Rapier: I shall attempt a frontal assault.

Torturess: You’ll die.

Rapier: I’ll take that chance! En guarde, villain!

He charges forward, and is struck in the chest by a lightning bolt.

Gord: Dude, she’s not just saying that!

Gord sighs. Rapier is knocked back, but recovers.

Gord: Torturess, stop me from doing something stupid.

Gord: I mean, really stupid.

Rapier dodges out of the way of the next one, only getting rather toasty passing Gwyn, and gets really close to Dr. What?

Dr. What?: Ahahaha!

A black beam shoots out of his staff, enveloping Rapier. He seems down…

Torturess: Uhhh…

Kirsten: OO shiny…

Gord: Actually, I just had a better idea.

Gord flicks his cape at the back of Gwyn’s head

There are electricity bolts all over…Taimi can’t get near without taking one to the chest.

Gord’s cap grabs ahold of Gwyn, causing her to panick. She throws bolts all over as she is captured by his cape.

Nani dives out of the way of a bolt. Taimi is struck by the bolt. Unlike before it doesn’t wink out of existence, but hits her. It doesn’t hurt badly though. More like she was winded. Gord is knocked back, pulling Gwyn with him. She goes tumbling off the catwalk.

Torturess: Damn it…

Her whip cracks out and grabs the girl. Gwyn is screaming on the other end of her whip.

Dr. What?: Ahahahaha!

Dr. What? Just enough power to start the device.

Nani gets up and starts walking towards Dr. What? “What device?”

Dr. What? flicks a lever on his side of the catwalk causing the catwalk to fall.

Gord pulls up Gwyn. She looks tired but okay. She crawls up to the surface panting. Taimi runs up to help pull Gwyn up as well.

Gord: Lesson number one, kid: when you’re shooting someone, watch to see what they’re doing with what you shoot them with.

Dr. What?: Behold, the inter-dimensional time space navigator, my very favorite device in the world.

Gord pulls up Gwyn She looks tired but okay. She crawls up to the surface panting. Taimi runs up to help pull Gwyn up as well.

Gord: Lesson number one, kid: when you’re shooting someone, watch to see what they’re doing with what you shoot them with.

Dr. What?: Behold, the inter-dimensional time space navigator, my very favorite device in the world.

Dr. What?: I grant you all of your lives. Go ahead, leave this place. I have no further use for any of you.

Suddenly a pool of energy fills the pit.

Dr. What?: Or stay here and observe the change before your very eyes as I alter the course of time and create a paradise where I am the supreme overlord!

Dr. What? rises into the air laughing maniacally.

Gord: We’ll just take these guys with us.

Dr. What?: Unfortunately, I will be bringing these elite scientists with me as slaves to further my quest in the past.

Dr. What?: So, bide your losses and leave my presence. I will not grant mercy again.

Torturess: Shoot the machine maybe?

Gord: Lousy idea, but the best I have right now.

Gord is really wishing he knew why Bureaucraton gave this guy a pass now

Nani will see if she can notice any controls on the machine.

Dr. What? pushes a lever, causing boxes and devices of all sort to be pushed into the well of time.

As each one passes into the well, the force field flickers.

Nani notices all sorts of levers all over the place. Behind him there is a control console that activate the device. It is probably the main time machine control panel. Nearby there are a number of levers that control the various other devices here.

If we wait for Dr. What? to pass through, his forcefield will turn off for a moment

And he’s dropping the stuff into the well remotely. A conveyor belt is moving them.

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Week 4 (Session 15)
Chantminties all around?

It’s the morning after the heist.

Gord is all tired from dealing with that then right after the whole goo girl situation. His wounds are mostly better. Just some lingering aches and some good old fashioned time to heal is all that’s left.

He goes to check on the goo girl. She’s solid but transluscent, sleeping in the fridge. Gord ponders getting out the food coloring and seeing what happens.

Gord mutters: Need to find information on this girl. The news has to be saying something about last night’s shenanigans…

He heads to the internet to search for any such thing. He finds the following article: Explosive Warehouse Theft. He then does a search on Sovereign Storage, just to see if anything else comes up. It’s a shell company, with no links or any real identities attached. It’s purpose is “Storage for the 21st century.”

Gord: How… generic. Bleh.

It also links a few articles about the Warehouse theft, but that’s it. Gord ruminates.

Gord: Nothing to be gained pounding my head against that. I’ll see if I can get a decent picture of Kirsten… one that won’t get me arrested for child porn… and see if I can find anything with it.

Gord receives an instant message.

FStevens374: heads up, some peeps are hunting the owner of a large pack of goblins
g.remlign: Thanks, I’ll keep an eye out. Any idea why?
FStevens374: nope, a buddy of mine downtown says they’re all hot and bothered, looking to get back something stolen
g.remlign: Weird. Thanks again.
FStevens374: guy is described as a big due, gnarled face, all pock marked, he’s like strongest man in the world big
FStevens374: ^dude
g.remlign: The one they’re looking for, or the one doing the looking?
FStevens374: The dude hunting
FStevens374: You’re the only guy I know who employs the pigment-challenged sewer folk, so I thought ya know, you should be careful
g.remlign: Dude sounds scary.
FStevens374: eh whatever… btw wifey says hi, let’s watch some football with some brews sometime soon. she says she’ll cook steak and lobster
g.remlign: I’ll be there. Later
FStevens374: Fredman out!

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Week 4 (Session 14)
OMG just punch your way to the f'ing golden haired boy already!!!

So the cute boy Jojo is dancing with three girls all up close and personal. There’s no real opening to get his attention, and it’s a bit loud to yell. The girls around him are guarding him and vying for his attention. Taimi decides to correct her lack of a taser in future outings.

Some guy started dancing with Taimi while she was kind of stumped looking at the four dancers in the center. She only noticed him because he suddenly is in front of her gyrating with the music. A second time it flashes in her mind that she wishes she had a taser. Scientifically, he is quite fascinating, but also he’s in her way. He’s not good looking either. He’s got a drink in one hand and raising the roof with the other.

He does this snazzy head move and motions for Taimi to dance with him. Taimi decides to play along, if nothing else so she can try to move and keep an eye on playboy, though it’s a shame she’s a terrible dancer. However, she quickly finds herself in good company, as the guy that dances at her is at least as bad.

Apparently, no one notices as long as you don’t fall down or stay still as a dead fish. Taimi positions herself so she can see “Jojo” and his harem, but instead she accidentally does an arm flourish thing that sends her new companions drink into his shirt.

Taimi’s clutsiness 1, Random dude 0.

He motions towards the bathroom and makes a kissy face before heading towards the co-ed bathroom to dry off his shirt. A vibrating sensation is rubbing against her thigh. A flash of panic crosses her face as she thought she left it at home.

Taimi: Oh, wait, the phone.

Taimi pops open her phone and finds she has a new text.

Lizbet texts: WRU

Taimi texts: Middle of dance floor

A couple has danced in Taimi’s way now though… the place is getting more crowded.

Taimi decides to just dance on her own, attempting to mimic some of the less risque moves. Her phone dances a bit too…

Lizbet texts: haha i c u
Taimi texts: I didn’t think I was that terrible to stand out.
Lizbet texts: ur cute!! haha

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Week 4 (Session 13)
Boo-boo-boo-boogy down, Mistress!

The sound of Taimi’s phone mildly annoys her. She doesn’t feel so tired anymore, but the thought of getting up because of a beeping noise is questionable. She ignores it and wakes to the sound of her own drummer 1:50 PM. Her shift starts at 6:00 PM, so this time for her is early

So the situation: Her room is a mess. Her lab is a mess. Pochi seems to be short-circuited (or he’s dancing, who knows). And Taimi is really hungry. That might wake her up.

She goes into her lab to see what’s going on with Pochi. There’s a strange beepity-beep techno song playing, and he’s doing some spazzy robot dance. As she gets near, a spark from one of his now-open circuits nearly zaps her.

Pochi: Mistress! I am getting down with my ba——ad (zap) self.
Taimi: I see… and, why are you doing that?
Pochi: The call of-of-of-of-of-of the music, Mistress!

Taimi looks around to try and find the source of the beepity-beep techno song. It appears to be Pochi’s internal speaker.

Pochi: If I might suggest, Mistress! You boo-boo-boo-boogy down, too!
Taimi: Um, perhaps later.

She searches around the lab for anything else that might be acting haywire. Primary console, security console, all of her alarms, everything seems to be fine. Except for the stuff Pochi has knocked over, everything looks normal. There are unread messages on the machine, the security cameras are still actively pacing back and forth, the lights are all normal. Except for Taimi’s empty tummy, and her minion’s insanity, all seems well.

Taimi decides to try and avoid Pochi’s electric shocks for the moment, and decides to see what the messages are.

Message Machine: First Unheard Message, 11:42 AM.

Taimi: 11:42 AM? dang, who gets up that early?

Jennifer (Taimi’s redhead waitress friend): Hey, Taimi, pickup pickup pickup…damn. Alright, if you’re there, I need your help. I burned the candles on both ends last night. Can you pick up my shift? I’m going to call the new girl, if not. And I’d rather not give that little harpy work if I can help it. No biters? Damn. Well, I hope to talk to you again soon. Bye bye!

Taimi headdesks.

Machine: End of message. Next message, 12:30 PM.
Jennifer: Selene was unreachable, too… so I’m at work. If you feel merciful, please come by and take over if you can. I wouldn’t ask except I’m really tired and in plate-dropping mode. Thanks, love, even if you can’t. I’ll see you soon.

Machine: End of message. Next message, 1:15 PM.
????: (A lot of garbled noises play).
Machine: End of messages. No new messages. BEEP

Taimi tries to run the garbled noises through a sound analysis program while she gets food and gets ready to go save Jennifer.

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Week 4 (Session 12)
GM too lazy to log it himself part 2

That night, Gord had prepared all the explosives he needed – fortunately, thanks to recent quiet times in the deconstruction business, he already had most of it on hand in his explosives vaults. With a sketch of where each bomb needed to be and a satchel of charges, he sent Torturess into the compound to plant the simpler demolitions while he went into the sewer with the Sapphire Zephyr to personally set up the main event. Once Torturess was safely away and in a place to provide observational support, Gord began the show.

The distraction did its job well, and the box was removed perfectly (beyond the whole “violent disconnection from its power umbilical” thing) from the warehouse only seven tenths of a second before the warehouse itself was brought down. A goblin team took hold of the box and ran off in the direction of Gord’s lair while Gord placed a trap to discourage any potential followers. He and Taimi then retreated some distance and set another trap, then settled in to wait and see if potentialities became realities.

And become realities they did! While most of the mercenaries were taken out by the explosions, a trio were still standing, along with one of their scientist bosses and, most frightfully of all, Ms. Claus. Naughty Ms. Claus proved to be quite the spitfire and quickly melted through the wreckage of the warehouse to find the new sewer access. Even stumbling upon the first trap, causing Gord’s masterfully placed concussive grenades to collapse part of the sewer, didn’t especially slow her down.

As Ms. Claus and her party advanced upon the second trap, Torturess slipped in to the sewers behind them. Once the villains triggered the flashbangs let for them, Gord and Taimi were able to incapacitate the mercenaries and scientist; however, Ms. Claus burned off her own clothes and and Gord himself was taken out of the battle by one of her fireballs, only saved when Torturess showed up and threatened to snap the scientist’s neck if her own boss was dead. Ms. Claus, apparently dissatisfied at having followed our heroes even this paltry amount into the sewers, was willing to end the fight.

Further into the sewers, our heroes came upon the nine goblins, who were significantly slowed by the strange, coffin-sized box. The slack from its missing power umbilicals had been taken up by a small battery, but that was about to run out; the Sapphire Zephyr was forced to reroute all of her suit’s power generation to the coffin to maintain the containment fields it was generating. Slowed down and hurt, but all alive, the group makes it back to Gord’s hideout.

While Gord wanders upstairs to collapse onto his bed and have his burns tended by Landice, the girls hook the mystery box/coffin/cage to the power grid, knocking the power out for a few moments before the grid can adjust to the new demands. Carefully tinkering with the cage, Taimi finds the box contains single-serving jailbait. However, despite her best attempts, Taimi does turn out to have pierced the containment fields apparently keeping the naked young woman in deep freeze in the box. As the fields start to collapse, Torturess runs upstairs to literally grab Gord and bring him back down, where he makes the executive decision to simply let the girl wake up so they can at least stop worrying about keeping the box in working order.

Placed on the couch in the rec room to thaw, the girl soon starts steaming and wakes up, proving to have no idea of who she is or why she would have been kept in deep freeze (or where she is, but that’s natural in this situation). The girl soon becomes translucent and begins to melt. Gord called for a tub in which to place her, and goblins came running with a bathtub taken from a nearby bathroom. Gord got the goo girl into the tub through the simple expedient of letting her latch onto a goblin he then held over the tub and shook vigorously.

Taimi calms the goo down by a good blast from the hideout’s kitchen fire extinguisher. While Torturess runs out to grab cubans for everyone, Taimi modifies a refrigerator to take the place of the cage. She pours the goo pile into the fridge where it fails to reform into jailbait but does at least stay quiet. They exchange contact information and Taimi leaves, after which Gord enjoys a cuban sandwich with Torturess and they move the refrigerator into an empty explosives vault in which the goo girl can easily be sealed should she become active again.

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Week 4 (Sessions 10, 11)
GM too lazy to log it himself part 1

Several days after popping her stitches at the Cosplay Cafe catching the heavier-than-she-looks-in-a-skintight-swimsuit Taimi, Torturess was mostly healed up and able to go back to her day job. With no convalescent sidekicks around to bug and no buildings recently condemned by heroic activities, Gordon Remlign found himself bored enough to personally check on the goings-on at the warehouse to which his goblins had tracked Landice’s former roommates. His mind proves susceptible to the strange hypnosis field projected over the warehouse, however, and it requires several attempts, a minor collision with a limousine, and a sidetrip in a taxi during which he has yet another building put under surveillance by sewer goblins before he ends up back in front of the warehouse. Finally one of the goblins is able to show him the proper technique for entering the field. It was embarrassing, but effective.

Meanwhile! Taimi’s contacted by the military, who ask her to check out the hideout of these GFWA dudes.

Gord hops the wall around the warehouse with ease. There’s few hiding spots on the other side so he only has a few moments before he must either heroically hop back out or risk being seen. That does give him enough time to scout out the compound, however, and take a peek in through a gap in a blacked-out window. Inside the warehouse he see some sort of large box with a massive amount of power cables feeding into it. But before he can get a better look, he hears a vehicle entering the compound. Risking a look, he sees a military jeep with mounted machine gun, with two soldiers escorting two women, one in red and one in green. Before slipping over the wall he picks out just enough of the conversation to realize that the mercenaries know a mask stole their tech from Landice’s apartment and that the two women are unhappy about it.

Meeting up with Torturess back in the sewers, Gord describes what he saw and heard. Torturess doesn’t know what it all means either, but she does evince a somewhat creepifying fetish for Mrs. Claus and fixates on the woman in the red dress as a way to express it.

Meanwhile! Taimi’s military contact provides more information, and suggests that perhaps she could find the unlicensed hero who’s been snooping around the warehouse already. Taimi does manage to gather some information, but her big break comes when she is able to lay hands on a goblin and somewhat peacefully and almost purposefully trades a cuban sandwich for its cell phone. She checks the address book and decides to call the entry “Scary Girl Gob,” connecting with Torturess. Taimi and the two ex-villains decide to meet for cubans and an information exchange.

Over an order of fried plantains, Gord and Torturess tell Taimi what they’ve been able to find out. In turn Taimi is able, with Torturess’ help convincing the restaurant manager to loan them a printer, to provide them with plans for the warehouse. Taimi offers the two her help in whatever plans they had for the place; she had some second thoughts after realizing that they were, indeed, planning to simply level the place as, in Gord’s words, “That’s what heroes do, isn’t it?” but she decided to stick things out. Together they made up a rough sketch of a plan, then broke to gather information.

Coming together again to share the info they’d gathered, the three hatched a plan worthy of the best bank heist movie. Using charges planted by Gord and Torturess, our heroes would first explode the mercenaries’ on-site fuel and weapons supply. This would be a mere distraction however, meant to prevent the soldiers from noticing step two: the explosive removal of the warehouse floor from under the box, causing it to drop smoothly into the sewer below. This would in turn be covered by a third explosion a split-second later that would collapse the warehouse itself, hopefully stopping the soldiers from noticing their missing treasure too soon. Goblins would carry off the box as Gord and the girls retreated, laying traps to weaken the mercenaries before making a stand.

The group once again broke up, each one making their own preparations for the following night.

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Week 3 (Session 9)
Swimsuits, swimsuits, swimsuits!

Week 3: Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, Taimi receives two messages, one from Jennifer and the other from the BC Military. Taimi responds and agrees to take Jennifer’s Sunday shift. After she listens to the voice message left by the Lt. General, she contemplates her future actions. Although she does not want to continue much more involvement with the military, Taimi has not received a drop point fro the Kitty Collar of Doom, or contact information about whom to return it to. Her father is too elusive to get a hold of.

As Pochi patches her into the military’s hero line, Taimi activates her Sapphire Zephyr identity disguise in preparation for the video conference. A tall, black-haired man with a scar down his right cheek appears on her display.

Lt. Gen. Edwards: Sapphire Zephyr, I presume? Thank you for returning my message so quickly. We have some important matters to discuss.
SZ: Yes, I’m sure we do. But if we could cut it short, can you tell me where to bring this… thingy? I have work soon…
Edwards: That was a dummy device, the location of which Doctor Sakurai leaked to the bugs we discovered in his office. We followed the device to the mall transaction, where the conspirators were supposed to pick it up. That was when our Gourd loving friends came into the picture and shot the place to hell. We’ve so far learned from their interrogation that they were hired by another party to steal the device before it could reach its intended recipient. As such, we believe there are two parties attempting to steal this device: the ones behind the transfer of it from its secure location, and the ones who paid the GFWA to steal it at gunpoint. Do you have any questions so far?
SZ: So it was just a setup? Why bother getting me to recover it in the first place?
Edwards: That was Dr. Sakurai’s call. I am not aware of his intentions, although it is good that you intervened, as the GFWA needed to be captured.
SZ: Alright, so you don’t need me to give this thingy back?
Edwards: Dr. Sakurai left no mention of the device in his notes or his orders. The men who are looking for it will still be after it, however. We would prefer if you hold onto it for us. As you have worked as our agent, we are prepared to pay you a small stipend, and will increase it if you continue to work for us during this operation. As such, you could help us find the remaining villains.
Edwards: Are you willing to continue helping us?

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Week 1 (Session 8)
Mecha with a side of Dark Matter

We left off with Sapphire perched on a 50 meter building, watching the big guy who is adjacent to the next building. Sapphire recalls what she has learned so far: his right shoulder has some kind of flashy device on it that seems to be controlling his shield generator. His left shoulder has missile launching bays of his deadly homing missiles. He has some kind of surface contact attack that damaged the Rock’d Tear. And he’s about 100 meters tall.

There’s a tidal wave coming down the street, and he’s eye beaming and firing missiles at Hang Ten. She seems to have been fighting him a while now, but looked fine when Taimi saw her last. Taimi jumps up and flies towards MechZilla. The tidal wave is incoming…SPLASH BOOM! It forces MechZilla to stop walking a moment as Hang Ten smashes into him. MechZilla’s eye beams fire at her, missing wide. His missiles miss her as well, but continue to chase her, as she flees down the street.

The Tesla lightning rod in Lancer Mk.III arcs a half dozen bolts of electricity at MechZilla’s right shoulder. The zap hits him, but doesn’t seem to have done much. He fires another round of homing missiles at Hang Ten, and tries to Eye beam her.

As Taimi watches, some of the minor damage she inflicted on the hull is being repaired by nanobots. She flies up to him, becoming about as close to him as she can without touching him. Her boosters keep her held in place as she fires another bolt at him. Her blast seems to be about as effective as it was further away, however she manages to score a direct hit on his shield generator. The blast zaps it directly, scorching it. The thing smokes a bit. Right at that moment, he begins to turn.

His right arm swings at Sapphire!

Taimi: Heeee!

His backhand slaps her as she try to maneuver out of his way. It doesn’t hurt, but it does shake her around a bit. His other fist swings at her as well, but this one hits her dead in the chest, sending her flying. The impact dents her armor and causes her head to spin.

Taimi: Hweh…

Unable to dodge as the momentum of the punch sent her flying directly into his beam attack, she bracers herself for near certain death. She felt something strange after he punched her, besides of course the bone crunching blunt damage he smashed into her with his fist… as she was sent flying…

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Week 1 (Session 7)
MechZilla SMASH!

Week 1: Tuesday

Every station has been tuned to the strange invasion of Tokyo Prime across the ocean from Borderland City. It was over in minutes. A large 100-meter tall fortress of a mech arose from the ocean and started destroying its way to the tallest point in the City: Mt. Fujiwa, where it then annihilated the whole city with some kind of energy attack. In response, all of the the Tri-City area’s heroes were called back from the HeroCon, but none responded to the summons. Even General Hartan of the Border Land Military forces was not reachable there. All attempts to contact them fell on deaf ears, as someone or something had placed them in an alternate dimension that would last the course of the whole convention.

As a newly carded hero, Sapphire Zephyr didn’t get the invite. She could have gone as an attendee, but it’s generally considered a rather large insult to pay one’s own way into HeroCon if the individual is an actual hero. Most of the ones who do are posers and net idols who roam around thwaping innocent people on the head. Taimi Sakurai, being the non-socialite that she is, is not particularly interested in boring hero conventions, anyway. Maybe for the tech booths, but that’s pretty much it.

But all the heavy hitters were there from the neighboring two cities, all in Karabou’s famous HeroCon. It’s largely considered the most prestigious event on this side of the ocean, and it’s a great way to earn sponsors and network with other heroes. Even MegaSpell, the Arcanist from New Normslund, widely considered one of the most influential heroes in the area, was there. Her presence alone would have made the even a must attend party of the ages, as she’s known to kick back a few dozen jack and cokes and start casting transmogrification spells everywhere. It goes from HeroCon to ZooCon pretty quick.

However, three weeks ago, Taimi received her Hero ID, so she was unable to get priority registration, even if she wanted to attend as a visitor.

Which turned out to be really lucky… as the news from Tokyo Prime hit the first morning of HeroCon, the week long event would spell doom for the known world if every remaining HeroCon shunned hero did not unite to fight this new threat…whatever that could possibly be…

Week 1: Thursday

The city has been mostly evacuated, except for a few hold-outs. In preparation for a possible invasion, like Tokyo Prime experienced.

Taimi is probably still sleeping, with the alarms blaring in the background.

Toaster: Mistress, please wake up! Oh, mistress, you have a message from Major Andrews of the BC Military. Please wake up.
Taimi: Mmmmrrrrgggg (Translation: Go toast bread for someone else.)
Toaster: Mistress, your presence is being requested on the secure line. They’ve left three messages already. Please wake up, Mistress!

Taimi pops your eyes open, notices it’s 7:49, and decides there’s absolutely no way she’s getting up that early. Her shift isn’t until 12:00. She feels the metallic prodding of a hand shaking her shoulder.

Toaster: Mistress, you just received a fourth message. The gathering is at 8:30, and your presence is required. Wake up, Mistress.

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Week 2 (Session 6)
Welcome to Kerratos, the Floating Citadel

10:55, Saturday: City Hall.

Taimi‘s friend Jennifer traded shifts with her so that Taimi could take care of her business – hero business. She is not late (for once) when she leaves her apartment on her motorcycle for the Mayor’s office with the package “of possible impending doom” in her backpack. No one comments on her lack of removal of her helmet when she arrives at the receptionist’s desk in City Hall. She almost considered wearing the jumpsuit that she normally wears under her armor with it, but one look at herself in a skin tight jumpsuit in the mirror reminded her way she never wears them outside.

Taimi: I’m here to see the mayor.
Receptionist: Do you have an appointment?
Taimi: I believe so. Sapphire Zephyr?
Receptionist: Oh, you’re that hero he’s contracting. Hold on.
Receptionist presses a comm button: Mr. Mayor? Yes, your 12:00 is here.
Mayor: Send her in.
Receptionist gets up: Right this way, miss.

Taimi follows her down a few halls and to the center office. The woman opens the door for her and holds a hand out for her to enter. When Taimi enters, she find herself in a lavish office, quite befitting the mayor aka ruler of what is basically a city-state.

Mayor: Sapphire, please, come in, take a seat. Would you like a coffee, tea or anything?
Taimi: No, thank you, Mayor.
Mayor: Let’s get to business then. You brought the device, I assume.
Taimi: The package of possible doom, yes. Here it is.

Taimi pulls the sealed package out of her backpack.

Mayor Kimbo waves his hand: Please hold onto it. We’re going to Sir Isaac Integer’s lab in a few minutes.
Mayor (into the comm): Is my limo ready?
Receptionist: Yes, sir.
Mayor Kimbo: Excellent. Let’s be off then.

She follows the Mayor and his two bodyguards (who she didn’t quite see in shadows of the corner of the office), and to the carpool. Mayor Kimbo holds the door open for Taimi.

Mayor: Ladies first.
Taimi: Thank you, sir.

Sapphire enters the vehicle. One of the guards drives the vehicle, while the other sits next to the mayor, facing her.

Mayor: It’s good to finally meet you in person, though I recommend you purchase one of Transiston’s hero identity disguiser kits while you are there. They’re quite handy. They generate a random face illusion projection over your own when you wear this collar. It’s quite interesting. The higher models let you actually create different appearances which you can then switch between. Most of the heroes who bother to hide their identity these days use them.
The bodyguard serves Mayor Kimbo a glass of champagne.

Mayor: Have you ever met Sir Isaac Integer?
Taimi: No sir, I’m looking forward to it. beginning to wonder what nifty gadgets she’ll be able to see there
Mayor: It’s nothing like you’d expect. He still runs his tech business, though it requires a lot more networking to even be considered on his radar these days. He’s more into the flower arranging and Tai-Chi teaching these days.
Taimi: I’m still looking forward to it, though.
The Mayor nods: Yes, I have been there a few times, mostly when purchasing self defense tech.
Mayor: Looks like we’re here.

She arrives at the dock of Transiston’s floating building.

Taimi’s eyes begin to light up behind her helmet. “Oooooh, shiny!” Taimi has seen it before, but never from underneath. For some reason, it feels like looking up a skirt… or under the hood of a car. The bodyguard gets out and holds the door open for her. The building’s repulsion field kind of feels like being tickled.

Mayor: Well, let’s go to the teleporter area. Don’t worry about the whole death/clone issue with these teleporters. They teleport your soul to the new copy of your body.

Taimi tries to follow while gawking at her surroundings. And mostly ignores everything the Mayor is telling her.

Mayor: I once asked him how he did it…

After going through a ridiculous security checkpoint, at which point the name “Sapphire Zephyr” appeared on a screen next to Taimi with her full armor picture from her Hero license ID card. After this, they lead herinto a room where there’s a teleport pad in the center… at least she assumes it is. It’s round with round circles in it.

Just when it appears to work like the movies, a tube unexpectedly shoots out of the ground.

Technician: OK, please get into the Tube, Sapphire.
Taimi: Huh? What? Oh, yes… of course.
When she get into it, elevator music begins to play as a crane picks her up like a toy those Crane games in Denny’s. She feels really jostled by the time it drops her in a cylindrical hole. All of a sudden, it fires her tube like a bullet.

Taimi: Weee!

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