Heroe S Journey

AGE OF APOCALYPSE 1 - HEROES' JOURNEY

Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 2, 2006, 0:11

Quick recap. Angel has gathered the heroes together. They are on a mission to go to the ruins of the Daily Bugle building, and recover Downfall's brother, a comatose Dil. Dil seems to be the key of fixing this whole mess.

Unfortunately, Swelter and Partisan have overheard these plans, and have a head start in taking off after Dil.

Rose punches a hole in the wall, and leads the others on a chase. Sephula covers their exit with a blast of blinding light. Angel is pretty concerned about how he's going to cover up that hole…so much for an inconspicous meeting.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 18:47

The heroes emerge from the alleyway to find someone waiting for them. It is Blight, standing over the broken bodies of some humans.

Blight smiles at them wickedly, raising his staff before him. He seems to be whispering to the skull. The heroes look at each other. Phase says, "That's Blight. He's bad news…." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 18:48

Killing humans? I don't really know them, but I'm prepared to throw down if he decides to lengthen the menu. Of course it might be better if we don't get to that level, so I'm going to hold off until someone else says to go.

I check out the environment briefly, trying to decide on the best angles for my trash can lid and/or brick. Then I go back to making sure no one's coming up from behind. It could be a trap.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 18:50

"Get behind me!"

Anticipating an attack…Casey begins to focus his powers…his hands start to glow…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 18:52

"What do we care if he kills humans? If this guy's such bad news, do you really want to start a fight with him?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 18:54

I turn and glare at Torment.

"Might want to reconsider that, present company taken into account."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 18:54

"Blight is very unpredictable…to say the least. Until we know his intentions…it's best to be safe" With that Casey turns to Blight.

"Blight, we're on an important mission for Angel. We'd prefer you let us pass in peace. But, if you need encouragement to do so…." Casey's fists begin to glow brighter.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 18:55

Torment returns the glare.

"Well he clearly hasn't killed you, so I repeat the question…"

Torment gets into his fight or flight stance. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 18:59

"Save your animosity for when it's actually needed…"

I again turn to Blight..wondering if he's ignoring me…or focusing for an attack.

"What I do know of Blight is that without warning he could injure or kill almost all of us in one fell swoop."

With that Casey focuses the air directly in front of us into an ultra hard shield. Since it's air, it's by no means invulnerable…but since it's invisible any mild attack Blight launches should be repelled.

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Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 18:59

Blight chuckles at Phase, "Apocalypse and your boss made the deal to keep me out of your little place. There was nothing said about out here. It's a free country, right?" Blight laughes at his own joke. "I could stop all of you. I wouldn't even have to break a sweat to do it. You know that, Phase." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:02

"Don't overestimate yourself..or underestimate us. Especially me."

"So what's it going to be….."

"Then again..maybe you'd like a challenge. A chance to be in the fly of Apocalypse's ointment. I know you don't exactly have any love lost for him…"

"You could take us out..or at least try to..or you could listen to what we have to say"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:07

Blight thinks about it. "Nah."

The ground beneath the heroes crumbles suddenly. Apparantly Blight had been dissolving it slowly the entire time. It happens so quickly that even the heroes that could fly don't have a chance to respond They drop into the sewer system. The fall is only about twenty feet, and into muckish water, so no one is hurt.

Phase's eyes dart around the sewers suddenly. All around them, giant stone men are standing. In the distance, a grey girl with long horns is watching them wide-eyed. She screams, and runs off. The stone men start to close in on the heroes. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 19:09

Stone men, eh?

"I've got a message from your brother."

I sling the brick I picked up right at the nose of the closest one, and immediately start moving with the follow through. I know it will probably live through this, my goal is a distraction long enough to get me out of the circle.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:10

"Crap…and this is a new suit"

Almost nonchalantly Phase, grabs the two closest stone men and makes them so brittle that the next step they take (or will take) will almost certainly cause them to fall apart.
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Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:13

Torment flings rocks.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:13

The brick crumbles the head of the stone man that Hunter hits. This version of Roxie has been hiding in the sewers and never really learned to solidify her powers. Though, headless doesn't matter much to a creature like this. Hunter tries to dodge out of the circle and takes a nasty blow to the chest from the headless rock creature.

Phase is easily able to dispatch two stone men, but is grabbed from behind by a third. The creature squeezes suddenly and Phase feels the air rush from his body. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:14

Torment's rock throwing does some minor damage, but mostly just gets the creatures attention. One of them starts to move towards Torment, swinging a massive hand at him.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:19

"Fantastic. Well, I may as well see if this thing's got a brain…"

Torment sends out a mindblast, attempting to make the creature get horribly depressed. He doesn't expect it to work, but it's apparently either that or horrible bloody death.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 19:19

"You're going to have to do better than that, rocky."

It's time to start using the garbage can lid defensively, and look for an opening to do more. And get closer to the guy who's actually doing some damage (Phase). Silly me, thinking that these things needed eyes to see. Anyway, I know the lid alone won't defend me enough, so I need to make sure to move with it and react.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:19

«Two attacks was probably a bit much…so I deleted the second attack»

"Arrgh" Casey feels as if his ribs are going to break. Out of breath he desperately reaches out and tries to touch the creature's arms. Not having much time before he passes out…he tries to make the arms elastic hoping that will surprise the creature enough to allow him to easily slip out.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:21

Torment's mindblast is ineffective against the mindless rock creatures. Torment is hit by the blow and knocked to the ground. Thankfully, it didn't hurt as badly as he was expecting. But he is lying in sludge.

Roxie is watching all of this from a distance. She looks terrified. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:22

Phase slips out of the creature's grasp. The creature's arms sag to the ground uselessly. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:25

Torment looks at Roxie.

"Hey kid… You seem to be pals with these things… think you could talk them into NOT killing us today?"

«I'm trying to make it seem like he knows Roxie has some connection to the monsters since she would have no other reason to be down in the sewers with them, but he wouldn't know she specifically made them»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:25

«Torment beat me to it :P»

Casey runs over to Torment to see if he can dispatch the stone man engaging him.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:26

Roxie is waving her hands frantically, "I haven't quite figured that part out!!!" Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:27

«Yeah, I think you did a nice balance, pestorment»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:30

Casey takes down the stoneman. The rest of the golems seems to be backing off. The little girl rushes over, "I'm so sorry!!! You guys scared me! I thought it was more men coming for me!!" The heroes notice broken bodies of Apocalypse's soldiers lying in the corners of the room. "Uhm…you're not here to hurt me, right?" The golems look at the heroes with what seems to be a scowl. Tough trick for something with no real facial features. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:30

Even though she's trying to kill us, I don't want to drive a little kid insane. She's kind of cute, in that insane little demon girl way.

"Think happy thoughts!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:31

She looks at Torment, with a pout that only an eleven year old girl can master, "I LIVE IN A SEWER AND PEOPLE KEEP TRYING TO KILL ME! WHERE EXACTLY CAN I FIND THESE HAPPY THOUGHTS??" Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:35

Casey laughs out loud then says "No, kid. We're not here to hurt you. In fact we wouldn't be here had I accepted my initial instinct."

He looks up at the hole in the "ceiling". "Speaking of which…I wonder where Blight ran off to…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 19:35

"I suppose the happy thought is that no one's managed it yet."

I shrug, looking around at the things that could easily kick my ass.

"It's been pretty much my happiest thought for about ten years now."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:38

«You know, it's actually kind of fun to have a toybox full of characters to play with ;) »

Roxie cringes at the mention of Blight and slings back deep into the shadows. "If Blight's here, I am gone. He hurts my statues, and makes my head hurt." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:43

"Well you're alive, so you clearly have a better time with him than we have."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:48

Roxie's eyes grow sad, "He doesn't want to kill me. Causing me pain so he can laugh is enough for him." Roxie slinks into a side tunnel.

Downfall is getting annoyed, "Enough play time! We have to get to my brother before they do!"

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Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 19:53

"Well we dont' really have time to hang around, why don't you come with us? You'll get to beat the crap out of Apocalypse's goons, you seem to enjoy that."

But is he doing this for her benefit, or for his? MMMMM… delicious ambiguity!Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:53

"Well Ms. Cheerful…seeing as how we're now stuck in a sewer we could probably convince the nice little girl here [Casey looks towards Roxie] to lead us through it. Despite my bravado up there…I really don't feel like going a few rounds with Blight..especially not knowing what most of you can do."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 19:55

Roxie nods, "I can lead you through the sewers, but that is as far as I take you." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 19:59

"Sounds good to me. Any objections? [Before anyone can respond] No? Good let's go. "Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 20:03

The other heroes look at each other, with some slight annoyance at Phase's attitude, but they remain silent for now.

Roxie leads them through the sewers. They are surprised to find a whole community of mostly humans living down there…a more literate person might be reminding of the creatures from the Time Machine….what were they called again…hmmm…it's on the tip of my tongue.

There is a obviously crazy guy sitting on the ground pointing to a rock and yelling, "WHY WON'T YOU CHANGE???" Roxie points to him, "He calls himself Max. He thinks he has powers, but no one has any idea what they actually are supposed to do." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 20:11

"Maybe his power is mental hallucinations, and he's actually screaming at a cactus."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 20:13

Roxie leads on. The heroes notice that they are attracting a lot of attention. Several of the humans seem to be following them. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 20:15

"Torment..you're a telepath right? Why don't you see what's the deal with these guys?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 20:16

"Not a telepath so to speak. I can make people hear certain things, and I can influence their emotions mentally. I could drive them completely insane if you like, but I can't read minds."

Torment turns around and makes eye contact with the nearest follower.

"Hey! What's the deal with you guys?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 20:23

"Umm..yeah that works…"

«FYI I, heatckerr, that is, knew you weren't a telepath..but based on what Casey's seen so far…he'd probably think you were. ROFL @ "hey! what's the deal with you guys"»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 20:25

"Hey, I appreciate a sewer safari as much as the next guy, but I really think that the more time we waste figuring out how these people really feel, the better head start certain other people get."

«Love the Maxwell's Demon shot, if that's what it was.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 20:30

«yes it was»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 20:31

«Was wondering who it was supposed to be. I thought maybe Maximus of the Inhumans…now I see how stupid that was.»

"I agree, but I don't want anymore surprises. As far as we know these guys are about to attack us «I don't know if we'd know they were just human» or they could be spies"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 20:32

«Be back in a few minute»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 20:35

"They're living in the sewers you know, they're probably just curious about us. To them, we're the freaks."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 20:46

[Back like Moses.]

"I can see where they'd get that idea." I stay at the back of the group, feeling over this cut on my side where one of the rock monsters got lucky. "Hey, kid, how much farther? Not that I don't love playing in the sewers or anything, but…"

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Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 20:47

"Whatever. They live here, right? So a burst of light should scare them off?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 20:50

«Hmm… I thought that you had some form of invulnerability, last.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 20:51

"If it doesn't throw them into a blind rage, thereby convincing them to tear us limb from limb, then devour our hearts, then yes it will probably scare them off."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 20:51

[I do. They just got lucky. It's not a big gash or anything, just a scratch. Even the Hulk bleeds sometimes.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 20:56

"They aren't giving off any specificly varying heat signatures… and I could scan them, though it wouldn't be easy… but based on this, I don't think that they have any powers. I may be wrong, though."

«Don't get me started on Hulk bleeding ;D.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:20

"As it is, just assume we have a fanbase."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:23

"Not for long if they don't keep their distance…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:26

"What do you care, it's not as if they can do anything to you. On the other hand, I'll just assume you're doing your best to protect little old me."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 21:30

Annoyed by the convo…Casey heads to the front.

"Excuse, Roxie was it? How much longer to the end of the tunnels? And would you have any idea how close we are to a building called "the Daily Bugle"?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:32

"Believe me; just because you think somebody can't do something to you, doesn't mean they can't. I like to be prepared." A question that's been bubbling under my head finally makes it to the surface, and I whisper it off to the others so our 'fans' won't hear. "Hey, you know, I was thinking…I don't understand much about the time travel thing, but how exactly does it stay straightened out? I mean, for instance, say we go back and, miracle of miracles, actually manage to do Apocalypse in and make things good. Everything changes, right? The way things are now, it'll never happen. But if the way things are now never happens, then how do we go back into the past and change things? We won't even exist like we are now, so…" Headaches coming on now. "Eh, forget it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:34

"Actually, that's a good question. I once asked my old… teacher… a similar question about time. He said something along the lines that each time somebody interferes with time, an alternate timeline is created right there. So it's not that our Super Happy and Fun existance was erased, but this existence would have been created just as Apocalypse deviated from the original timeline. Of course, that's assuming you believe all this."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:37

"Though the fact just occured to me: If we did somehow manage to be Apocalypse, it probably wouldn't do any good since he's already pissed all over the timeline. Best case scenario would be we don't do any further damage to the timeline. Worse case, you people try to go back in time to stop Apocalypse before he damages the timeline, and wind up screwing it up worse. If we were able to stop him in this timeline, then we could at least stop him from screwing things up further."

"Think of it this way: Apocalypse is a worm, the timeline is an apple. By stopping the worm after it's eaten through half the apple, you only save the last half of the apple. You have to prevent the worm from entering the apple in the first place if you want to actually repair the damage, so to speak."

<They still have lots of apples, right? Or is it like Firefly where most everyone eats bars of protein?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:40

"I really don't think we could screw up this world any worse than it's already screwed up. Short of Galactus stopping by a quick bite, it doesn't get much worse than this."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 21:40

"To be honest with you, I really don't care too much about the end result and whether anything gets fixed or not. For a chance to punch him in the face, I'm willing to work with it. It's not the kind of thing you get to do super often."

I think about it a little.

"It really sounds like something that involves a lot of math or something, in the end, I think it's better to just take it on faith that it could work, since most of us are willing to play the odds that it doesn't."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 21:41

"You guys ALMOST sound intelligent. But you're in over your heads. Warren already has that figured out. Just remember your place as hired help and try not to think too hard. I wouldn't want any of you having an aneurysm or anything…….at least until you've served your purpose."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:43

"Say, Casey, was it? I wasn't paying much attention during the fight. Is being a dick your only power, or do you actually do something useful?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:44

«Wait a minute, I'm supposed to be the dick!»

:-[Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 21:44

"Yeah it's obvious you weren't paying attention, if not for me you'd have worse than that little boo boo you've been whining about"

«Nah Casey's got the dick role down in spades»

«There's a joke there but it's too easy…even for me»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 21:45

"I'm with Hunter." Sephula paused for a moment. "However, my plans for Apocalypse are slightly more extreme than punching him in the face."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 21:46

"Casey, put up or shut up. And don't dare to call me 'hired help' again."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:46

"I think we need to clarify something here. I don't give a rat's ass what you people want, and I don't expect you to care what my motivations are. So rather than re-enact a very freakish episode of The Brady Bunch, feel free to shut up and walk."

«Apocalypse took over in the 80's, right?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 21:47

"You all talk the talk about what you're going to do to Apocalypse when we're not in front of him. Frankly I'll be surprised if none of you shit yourselves when the moment actually comes".

Casey laughs and smiles at Stoic. "Sure…ok".

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Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:49

"ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE???" Torment shouts louder than he meant to. "You expect to take him down standing right the fuck in front of him??? If your plan is to actually confront him face to face, then God rest your soul little man. Good luck with all THAT!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 21:51

"Personally, my plan is to take him down with Casey standing right in front of him. Apoc will enjoy shredding his little big boy ego for several minutes, enabling the rest of us to come up with a plan B while he's distracted."

«IIRC, the thing said 30 years ago Pooky shot X, so 20 years or less for actually getting into true power sounds about right.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:52

«Long as my Brady Bunch reference stands supreme, I'm all good.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:52

I'm just about to come back at Casey with a snippy, sharp, scathing comeback that would surely leave him stunned - really - but I feel my phone vibrate, an incoming call. Rochelle.

"Hey, Roach." I keep my voice low; nothing more annoying than a guy yelling into a phone.

"Carmen, hey-" A pause from the other end, followed up by a sigh. "Roach?"

"Yeah, Roach. Nickname. Not like it's any worse than 'Abacus'."

"At least I've got a codename." She made it sound like it was something to be proud of. "Where are you?"

"In the sewers. Made some special new friends."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 21:52

"We don't have time to see who has the biggest dick….going by the looks of her…Rose has us all beat anyway. Let's just get to the damned Bugle!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 21:54

"Trust me, Phase, I don't posture. If I say I'm going to do something, I'm damned well going to do my best to do it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 21:54

Torment chuckles. "You know, that still doesn't really make us look very good."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 21:54

I will not kill my teammates, I will not kill my teammates, I will not kill my teammates…

"What was that? I heard something about a dick. What kind of friends did you meet?"

"Long story…long, irritating story…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 21:57

Sephula turned to Rose. “You know, I wouldn’t mind if you made these two slightly less of men, if you understand me. Not that it would be too difficult.”Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 22:00

"Yes, ask the resident woman to do your dirty work. How manly of you."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 22:03

"Well, I'm not particularly bothered either way. She's the one you're getting to, and I figure it'll be something to entertain me for now."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 22:04

Taking a look at her: "If I were getting to her, you'd be talking to a puddle of grey matter."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 22:05

"Well… actually, I can't really argue with you there."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 22:07

"Let me get this straight…here we are, noble heroic journey to save the world, blah blah blah, and everyone's just focused on who's better endowed? Seriously, aren't there better things to think about right now than the comparative size of each other's genitalia? I, for one, think that maybe we might want to worry about the EMF. We know they know we're up to something, and I think we should try to get prepared for it. I mean, if you seriously think defending your self-image of having an enormous weiner is more important than figuring out how to survive this, you've got the most fucked up sense of priorities ever. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR TOOL."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 22:09

«And somewhere, Blackmore shudders at the depths his game has sunk to»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 22:09

"Well, I'm just here listening to them make idiots of themselves."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:11

"I'll explain things out to you in a few, once we get settled down. It's complex. Later." I pop off the cell, shoving it back in my pocket. "I'm not hitting anybody who doesn't hit me first, that'd be a waste of time. I just wish some of us," I look Casey's way, pointing an elbow. "would kind of turn the snob-meter down a few notches. I get that's the sort of attitude you need to get by these days, but if we get to Apocalypse and we're all just watching our own asses, we're going to get flattened. Gaurenteed. That's what I'm worried about."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 22:12

"And that's just as bad. We need to come up with a way to figure out a rough plan of how to deal with them, stat. Which means we kind of need to know what everyone can do. I'll start out, since I'm the easiest. I can't do anything, powerwise, but I'm pretty good at punching people and stuff. Probably won't have much chance to do that, but I've been taking care of people bigger and stronger than me for a while, so if there's an opening, I'll take it."

«The first part was directed to Sephula.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:12

"And Steve's right, stop talking about your junk. Have some class."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 22:13

"For the record…the comment about who has the bigger dick, or genitalia if that term offends you, was just a figure of speech. I seriously hope none of these guys, Rose included is about to whip it out. So calm down guy before you give yourself a stroke. Wait on second thought….DON'T calm down…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 22:13

"You seem to be more of a team player than I'd have given you credit for."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 5, 2006, 22:15

"Look, if you guys want to get all touchy feely…don't let me stop you. But when it comes to kicking ass….I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I do isn't very nice"

«sorry couldn't resist»

"And as loathe as I am to admit it, I wouldn't have a shot without the rest of you guys of rescuing this invalid, no offense Downfall, so you can count one to watch your backs."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:16

"I'm strong, and I can take some pretty heavy damage, but that's about it. Nothing special. Really don't think I'll last too long against Apocalypse, but you all might be able to get some free hits while he's caving in my skull."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 22:17

"I'm only a team player because that's the only way we have a shot at winning. If we weren't trying to find a way to get rid of big blue, I would have taken a left back there when all of you took a right. Thing is, acting solo right now, it would get all of us killed, and that gets us no closer to what we want to do. So you're all going to start talking about what you can do in a fight, continuing with you."

I point at…Sephula, just for sake of argument.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 5, 2006, 22:20

"Hnn… Okay, fine. I have biokinesis. That means that I can heal myself or anyone else I choose from most sorts of damage. I can make myself, or any one of you stronger, faster, more agile, boost my reflexes and even think faster, so long as I have a source of heat or light. I can do almost anything that a cell can do, to me or to you. I can release bursts of light, or manipulate it as hard light. I can teleport within short ranges. I can steal light or heat from areas, and I can track and analyse heat signatures. That any use to you?”Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 22:20

*sigh*

Viola was getting pretty fed up with her "teammates" First they continued rambling on and on about time-travel (which was something they clearly didn't understand..not that she did either, but Dillan did…at least…a version of Dillan did) Then that whole thing about their junk was just taking it too far.

She had half a mind to ditch them all because as far as she was concerened, she COULD beat Apocalypse without their help. She had been planning it for years, it's why she had taken the mutant-name of Downfall, because she would be En Sabah Nur's.

She wouldn't bother telling them about her powers unless she was asked directly.
Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:23

The others go on, but I notice the girl up front - Violet or Viola, I think - been keeping pretty hush. I speed up a bit and catch up with her, hoping for a talk that won't involve people making fun of what body parts I do or don't have…

"Hey, you have super-speed, right?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 22:25

I look at Sephula for a second.

"It's better than what I can do, and it sort of proves my point. If one of us suddenly got quicker or stronger or whatever mysteriously, would they be able to effectively cope with it and use it to their best advantage? Now that we know you can do that, it gives us a better ability to react to it and use it well. Sure, knowing your enemies is good, but knowing your allies is even better."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 22:29

Viola turns to Carmen. She hadn't really noticed it before but she was incredibly pretty. Was she the kind of girl Dillan would have dated? She couldn't stop asking herself that kind of question, not since seeing that in somewhen her brother could've lived a healthy normal life.

"No, but I can alter a person's perception of time along with completely changing the flow of time around an object or person." she paused. "Too be honest, that last bit is why I look as old as I do."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:34

"Huh." Never could tell with people these days. "How old are you really, if you don't mind me asking?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 22:35

«Gotta go. Torment is a nice boy while I'm gone.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 22:35

"Well, if you promise not to tell the others…" she whispered as she leaned. "…Tweleve…but I'll be thirteen soon."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 22:40

"Twe-" My hand comes to my mouth, stops me from blurting it out. I'd have guessed eighteen or seventeen, maybe, from the way she was being tough earlier. Hard to peg, but she can't be much older than the girl that's leading us. "Wow. Sorry, but wow. That's a cool power, though." And not the only one, either; from what I'm hearing behind me, it sounds like I'm surrounded by a bunch of people who could kill me pretty easy if they wanted to. "Think you can turn Apocalypse into a fossil when the time comes?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 22:52

"That's always been the plan." smiled Viola. "But I mean…it's not like I really want to or anything. Does that make sense to you? I'd be happy if we could just fix the world without killing Apocaplyse. There's already been so much death…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:04

"…and one more death isn't going to hurt it much more." I kind of hate talking to a 'little' girl like this, but if she can do what she what she says she can, it might just come down to her finishing off Apocalypse. "Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do with your powers. But I know if I had Apocalypse's neck in my hands and all I had to do was snap his neck and save millions and billions of people from dying…I'd snap his neck. It only took one guy's death to make this hellhole, and it's only going to take Apocalypse's death to fix it. So if you see a chance to make a difference, you should take the chance. I think. Nobody'll hold it against you, promise."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:06

«Sorry for the delays. As I told Hav earlier this morning, my daughter has been having some waste management issues. I have pretty been on the phone with her doctor and wife back and forth all day, not to mention redoing a website for my boss (which I also mentioned to Hav ;) )»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 23:07

«I just took it as a pre-emptive payback for turning your game into smut :P»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:09

[Yeah, it's all Torment's fault.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 23:11

"I know you don't really know him or anything, but do you think my brother would've been able to do it? Kill Apocalypse I mean. I couldn't really tell from that video we saw of him but I don't think he could have…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:17

Roxie looks back at the heroes, "The Bugle is just ahead. Next tunnel, head up the ladder and you will be just behind the building." The humans are still following, but hanging back. They might have been scared about all the talk of mutant penii. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:18

"Depends. My history's a little off, but I'm guessing Apocalypse hadn't done anything near the scale he's at now before he pulled his little time stunt, so maybe your brother wouldn't have felt it was right to kill him. But if Dillan knew that Apocalypse would do all this, that he'd put his sister through the crap you've probably had to go through, and that he'd get used by Apocalypse to make it all happen…yeah, I think if he knew that Apocalypse was that much of a bastard, he'd do it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:20

I head over to the direction Rock Girl pointed out, spotting the ladder. "God, finally. And I thought New York smelled bad from the outside…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:30

The heroes climb the ladder. It seems longer than they would have expected, but it's hard to judge distance from the ground. They emerge in the back of a building. Another alleyway. There is a door in front of them, hanging off the hinges. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 23:35

Either my sense of proportion is off, or this isn't necessarily where we want to be. I look around for any kind of clarification that this is, indeed, the Bugle building. Wait…we have the clarification right here.

"Hey."

Addressing Viola with my astonishing people skills.

"This the place?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:39

Viola looks at the building. As far as she can tells it is…but most of these wrecks look the same. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:40

[Doesn't the Daily Bugle have a giant sign that says 'Daily Bugle' at the top? Not trying to make Hunter look dumb or anything, as the sign would most likely be trashed if it did still exist, but more of curiousity than anything.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 23:41

Yeah. I'm not gonna trust that shit. This place used to be a newspaper, it's going to have a logo or something on it somewhere. I sneak up to one of the building's corners and peer around, looking for identifying marks on it.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 5, 2006, 23:41

Tiger stares up at the building. "This is where we find the savior, this is where it all begins to fray and come undone." He turn to his side, (where nobody is standing), and says "Watch for Time's Arrow, he will visit us again I'm sure."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 23:43

«Carmen's hitting on my point exactly. There were a lot of phrases that indicated to me that we WERE NOT where we should be, and nothing that indicated that we were except for "*shrug* Dunno." I need a little more than that, as a player and a character. My Hunter sense is tingling.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:44

Hunter looks around the corner and there is a large mob of humans standing there waiting for you guys to come around. Hunter ducks back and is not spotted. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:45

Crap, I almost forgot crazy guy was around. It was pleasant.

Anyway, Viola's word's good enough for me, and the thought of finding deodarent, or air freshener, or anything that can get the sewer stink off me sounds good. "Well, lets go."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 5, 2006, 23:47

«I'm calling you on that one, lasthero ;) »

Rose walks through the door, and a club smashes across the back of her leg. The lights come on in the darkened buildings, and many more humans are rushing towards the heroes. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 23:49

Crud. Is this even place? It looks like where I live but…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 5, 2006, 23:50

Damn it all to hell.

Approximately 5 seconds before I was able to let everyone know we had incoming, someone goes and screws it up. Guess I'll get in the mix as best I can, but our goal has to be moving away from this place. Underground won't work either, for obvious reasons.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 5, 2006, 23:51

«brb gonna eat»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 5, 2006, 23:54

Torment broadcasts a message to the group attacking us:

"Stop what you're doing, and we promise not to kill you where you stand. If we were working for Apocalypse we wouldn't be running around in the sewers, and you'd be dead by now."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 5, 2006, 23:58

Ooo, an angry mob. You always hear about people turning into an angry mob, but you never actually see it. Cool, in a way.

"I know what you guys are thinking, and no, I'm not a Jehovah's Witness." My humor gets lost in all the screams and yells; don't know what got these guys so riled up, but I do know I don't want any part of it.

Hands up, fists clenched. "If that's how we play it…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 0:00

“Cover your eyes!” Sephula shouts to his team-mates, just before releasing a burst of light.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 0:04

"How the HELL did all of you live this long? We've got someone who doesn't even recognize the place they live, someone who likes to just open doors and waltz in to whatever they end up seeing, and someone who very clearly announces their intentions to both their teammates AND THEIR OPPONENTS. Seriously. What the HELL good does it do to yell 'cover your eyes' when it does our opponents just as much good as it does us? Did you all eat stupid for breakfast this morning, or are you naturally this way? Seriously. Way to get us all killed, folks. Way to get us all killed."

Nonetheless, I shield my eyes briefly with the trash can lid, and then go back to work after the flash.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 0:04

«So are we in the Bugle or just a random building?»

After shielding his eyes, Casey liquefies the floor under a large group of humans…after they drop down (assuming I succeed) he solidifies it, trapping them in the floor.

«oh btw guess who almost got into a fist-fight at work? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count :)»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 0:07

«I'm thinking a random building, but it isn't clear yet. I'm going home and my home computer has a lovely virus on it, so you won't be seeing me until tomorrow. Hunter will punch things and be mean.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 0:08

"Yeah, yeah, dumb move, I get it." I cover my eyes, ready for the flash. "Being fair, every bombed out building in this city does look a lot alike…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 0:09

"You could try shutting the hell up for once, Hunter! At least this way I can get some of them! It's the only way I could do that without blinding all of you!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 0:14

As her teammates argued Viola used her powers to slow down time (at least in the eyes of the angry mob)

"Let's move guys, the effect of my powers that won't last for long."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 0:21

"Got that." As fun as it would be to knock the crap out of them in slow motion, there a much, much better things we could be doing. "And sorry about busting off like that; not my style to wait around too long. " It's not my style to apologize, either, but that was a pretty dumbass move, even for me. Should cop to it. "I'll get better about it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 0:22

"They act out of fear and ignornace We can't allow this nuissance to interfere." He uses the opportunity Viola gave him to lock eyes with as many of the mob members as he can as he walks by, filling their senses with whatever inner demons haunt them. Hopefully it'll keep them out of comission long enough for them to do what they have to.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:22

A few of the crowd stop looking to see where there sound came from.

A loud human voice rings out, "Even if you aren't with Apocalypse, we can turn these chumps in to Apocalypse. They are probably some of Magneto's ilk. Reward on them could feed us for weeks." The crowd continues closing in. It looks like they raided Hunter's weapon case. Trash can lids, sharpened broom sticks, is that a pitchfork??

«And this ain't the Bugle»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 0:25

[What about Viola's time-sludge?]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 0:29

«What about my floor trap?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:32

«Whoops, some stuff snuck past me while I was posting.»

After shielding his eyes, Casey liquefies the floor under a large group of humans…after they drop down (assuming I succeed) he solidifies it, trapping them in the floor.

Casey is pretty successful with this technique. Viola manages to slow down the rest of them. The team starts to move out. Once out on the street, they realize they are even further from their goal then they were before. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 0:32

«What about my bringing their worst fears into reality?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:34

It was successful, too. But you guys didn't stick around to see how that played out ;) Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 0:36

"Okay so we're not at the Bugle…damn it. If we could get an arial view of the city or something I bet we could pick the place out."
Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 0:38

"Good point. Can any of you fly? Or jump really high?"

[<cough>Rose<cough>]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 0:41

"One sec."

I lean down, lock on to the nearest building…jump. Locking on to another building…jump. I jump from roofttop to rooftop, getting as high as I can, digging my fingers into the wall of the tallest one and climbing to the top, leap as high as I can and take a bird's eye view of the city.

Damn. You really can't appreciate just how crappy a place it is until you're about a thousand plus feet above it…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:46

Okay The Bugle is on 39th Street and Second Avenue.

You guys are pretty much around where Uptown meets Midtown. So you have about 20 blocks you need to travel.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 6, 2006, 0:46

In the far distance, a shadowy figure sat, calm. Blight looked on as the ragtag group made short work of the humans.

Of course he did not interfere. If they were incapable of dealing with that, they weren't worthy of the High Lord's designs at all, were they?

But…..

But, what?

He shook his head, silencing whatever stray thoughts he had. Again he raised his staff, leaning the skull to his ear.

And, he smiled. A vicious, horrible smile, as he looked to the remnants of the human marauders.

"…..of course not, my friend. Once they move on, why would I object if you wish to feed?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:47

From Rose's perspective, she can see that several of Apocalypse's troops are in the streets. They seem to be looking for someone.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 0:50

Dec 6, 2006, 0:46, Michael "Chi" Placio wrote:
Okay The Bugle is on 39th Street and Second Avenue.

You guys are pretty much around where Uptown meets Midtown. So you have about 20 blocks you need to travel.

Sure punish the people who've never been to New York. You may as well said "It's on Apple Lane and you guys are on Banana Blvd". Although I guess 20 blocks is a decent enough estimation. :PRe: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:52

«yeah, that is why I said twenty blocks instead of saying exactly where you guys were. Figure about a mile of travel ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 0:55

I make my way down as gentle as I can…which isn't too gentle, really, but the sound doesn't travel too well with all the buildings. "Good news: I saw the Bugle. Still in one piece, so I guess your brother's all right." I give Viola the thumbs up. Lame, but one of the nicer gestures I know. "Bad news: It's a pretty far walk. Say about a mile, mile and a half. Worse news: There's some troops between us and there. Looking for something. Maybe us."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 0:57

"Neither the walk or the soldiers are really and issue. If worse comes to worse, some of us can take the soldiers and the rest of us can go get my brother. Afterall, he's the real priority here."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 0:58

«Sorry I meant to try something to slow your descent Rose»

"We won't split up unless we absolutely have to. No sense dividing our strength if it's not necessary. Which way Rose?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 0:59

«South» Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 1:00

"South." I point the way. "If you guys want, I can make some noise. Knock over a few walls, scream, cause a commotion. Might get them all to group up and clear the way. Not sure how I'd ditch them, though…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 1:01

«Are they that close to us? Anyway to head to our destination and still avoid them?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 1:03

«They are fairly scattered. The nearest team is a few blocks south of you. No reason you could not go around that one, but it would be hard to keep track of all of them.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 1:06

"Well here's our dilema. If we take out the first group they could

a)radio for backup before we take them out
b)alert the other groups if they fail to report in or anything

If we avoid them and eventually run into a group…they (the first group) could end up being the reinforcement the second group calls for.

Personally, I'm for kicking ass as it comes. But I understand that might be too much for some of you."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 1:08

"Battle or flight, always a perplexing question."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 1:11

"I'm all for kicking ass, too, but we really need to be getting a move on with this; the longer we stretch it out, the less chance our plan actually works." I look around the group, try and make an inventory of things. "How about this: Half of us goes ahead to the Bugle, the other half goes off and makes some noise. The guards come and check out the noise, and the other group slips in while they're busy. We lead them away, Seph does his light blast thing, we make our way out and join up at the Bugle."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 6, 2006, 1:18

"My brother."

Downfall's words echo up through the skull in Blight's grip, to his ears.

"Her brother….?"

Images flash through a broken mind, like shattered glass. And slowly, they piece into one, vivid image.

Himself, but not. Another life, another life, a life ended, yet life never ends, does it? Not for us, no, not for either of us. Torment and hellfire, entropy and decay. Forever and ever, amen.

"…….no you don't," he spits at the assembled mutants in the distance. "No you don't!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 1:19

"I'm HIGHLY against splitting up. As confident as I am in my own abilities…who's to say that either team won't be overwhelmed. We've potentially got those 3 guys that were outside of Heaven, Blight, and a whole army of Infinites. What if one group gets triple teamed? Here's what we'll do. We simply CRUSH all in our way to the Bugle. That takes down on the number of remaining potential obstacles."

"The thing is…we can't afford to pull any punches. It's kill or be killed. If you have something against killing…then I suggest you stick to the rear or make sure that whomever you do end up facing…you put them out of commission for an EXTENDED amount of time. If an Infinite recovers and radios ahead….we're screwed."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 6, 2006, 3:23

"Or, we could actually use our FANTASTIC common sense, and use the one person here who specializes in misleading people in the use of sound. Now who would that be?"

Torment takes a look around.

«I'm thinking I make them hear a voice over their headsets that tells them to centralize in a specific location. Torment's got a very long range with this power, but it helps (not necessary, but it helps) to know where the target is. Also, I don't know where he'd tell them to go, as torment is not of military background.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 3:33

Not so much about common sense, just wasn't aware he could do that. "Well, if you can do it…do it."

[You wouldn't have to tell them any place specific to go, I'd think. If you said, for instance, that Magneto was spotted around the heart of the city, they'd haul as there (or haul as away from there, if they had any sense.)]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 6, 2006, 3:40

"Well…" He looks down and digs his toe into the ground.

"Where should I send them? The middle of the city?"

All units, head immediately to the corner of 8th Avenue and West 14th Street! There you will await further instructions, while maintaining complete radio silence! This is an order of the highest priority, ignore any and all distractions along the way! Move now!

«I live in Queens and go to school in Manhatten. But to deflect the accusations of cheating, it would make some sense that my character would be knowledgable about the area.

And for the record, I wasn't personally attacking anybody. Torment is a dick, remember?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 16:01

From the rooftops, Rose sees the troops responding immediately. Infinites are not all that bright, and the know not to question orders.

But bad news, the bad guys have a huge head start on you guys and cleared their first obsticle pretty quickly. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 16:58

"We must move quickly, or else Time's Arrow will catch up with us." Tiger picks up his pace, regardless of who's keeping up with him.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 18:00

"…what he said." I follow after him, hoping that times not as big an issue as he think he's implying.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 18:10

"Yeah let's haul ass. Viola, how widespread is your time slow down effect? Couldn't you theoretically speed up our progress? As a matter of fact if you and Stoic Heart used your powers in conjunction…we'd get a HUGE speed boost, so to speak."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 20:01

I'm all about the ass hauling. I consider the irony of the person who spoke completely out of turn and stupidly telling me to shut up, but I don't think it'll do any good, so I run silent.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 20:12

«Do we know we're behind the "bad" guys?Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 20:17

[With all the stuff we've waded through, it's a pretty safe assumption.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 20:26

"Well, I can do that, if she thinks it'll work with her powers."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 20:34

"My powers don't work that way, I'd wind up aging you all."

«Don't mind if I'm logged in but not posting. In the school library and I'd get kicked out of the librian caught me»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 20:38

"Yeah, figures." Nice idea, but no way we get that lucky. We're running and making decent time, but I'm getting the bad feeling it might not be good enough. "Could you do your speed thing and just blitz over to your brother ahead of us, bring him back here? Hate to push, but if those creeps get to him before we do…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 6, 2006, 20:38

Torment gives everybody a very slight maddening, which boosts adrenaline and causes us to run faster.



Yes, he can do that.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 20:41

"No." I sigh. "I can't make myself faster, I can just make it appear to others by altering their perception that I'm moving at super-speed."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 20:44

"Okay, I'm going to give you all a boost. It'll boost you in all physical aspects, and you'll be able to think faster also, as well a boost in your reflexes. Hell, it'll even form a slight connection between all of our cells… We'll be able to 'talk' to one another's cells without other people hearing it. Just giving you a heads up so that you can utilise it, and so you won't be alarmed when it happens. Everyone agree?"

«Pre-emptive action here. Anyone who wants it done say so - it'd be a little strange for anyone to say no, though.»

Sephula acted on his words, boosting himself and everyone who agreed considerably.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 20:45

"That should help us get there a little faster."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 20:46

Viola nodded, although the thought of anything being done to her body alarmed her.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 20:47

"Oh. Yeah. Right. You told me that. Duh." I smack myself upside the head for my Idiot Moment of the Day. "Damn…"

Seph's power up hits me all the sudden; I feel faster, stronger, better, and the pace kicks up a bit, probably slicing our time in half. "Yeah, it's a start."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 20:51

"There, Hunter. That'll also serve to keep enemies from knowing about our plans when one of us have to tell one of the others a plan."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 21:03

"Yeah, it sounds great, but the only person who gets to be in charge of my body is me. It's a trust issue. Don't worry, I won't be a lot slower than the rest of you, and I pick up on things quick enough without my cells talking, whatever the hell that means."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 6, 2006, 21:14

«Heh, I thought you'd decline.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 21:25

"You wish to go rapping, rapping on my chamber door? I tell you this and nothing more: If you look into this chamber, you may not be able to deal with what you see."

So, um, that might be a no? Might be better that way too, you probably don't want to talk to Tiger too closely.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:29

I keep running at a modest pace, but Tiger's rhyming seriously makes me consider leaving the others behind. "Seriously, do you even understand what you're saying?" If anything, it's great motivation for me to going through with this whole plan, though. If killing Apocalyspe meant I'd never have to hear this guy again, it would be worth the pain.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 21:35

"Not always no. Can any immortal hand or eye frame my fearful symmetry?"

He prounounces the last word 'sim eh try.' As in "rhymes with eye."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 21:35

Pester's "maddening" and Sephula's speed boast get them moving through the streets pretty quickly. They arrive at the Bugle soon enough. They do not see the bad guys, but it is hard to tell if they are too late or somehow managed to beat them there.

«BTW, information Downfall would know. Dil is in one of the upper levels….I am thinking, where JJJ's office would be ;) There are a few other people using this building as refuge, but none of them are all that dangerous» Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 21:38

"I know we're against splitting up, but this may not be a horrible time to split up. Stairways are pretty much blinds for people waiting to ambush us, and it might be best to give us the greatest odds of someone making it up there. Minimum two man teams, though."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:41

"I'm all for whatever we do, just so long as we do it fast. Getting anxious." Would really love nothing more than to just burst in the building, run to wherever Viola's brother is, and poof of to the past…but running in fast didn't work out so well for me last time. I'll hold back for this one.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 21:41

"Good idea. If Carmen can carry me and make one of those big jumps we could reach Dil in no time" she stated.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 21:42

«How many obvious stairways are there?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 21:43

«*sigh*

What have I missed?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:44

"Fair enough." I look up, judging the distance. Big building, but not too big. "Just tell me the floor, I can take you right up."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:45

[Not too much, Marisol. Mostly just talking, really. It looks like the serious stuff is about to go down now, so your timing's good.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 21:46

"Again, let's let up on the daily intake of stupid for a minute. There's not really a vertical open space in this building large enough to jump up, except the elevator shafts, and those will be kind of difficult to land properly. The problem with using a space that isn't vertically open is that you have no idea how solid those floors are. If they're not solid enough, all of us on lower floors are dead. If they're too solid, you'll lose momentum and fall on your ass. In that case, I would chuckle."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 21:48

"We'd jump from the outside." snapped Viola. "Our room is pretty close to roof so assuming Dillan didn't move, we'd find his as soon as we got down the first stairwell." she stated, wondering how Dillan could possibly have moved.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 21:51

Uhm…I will go with four stairways. Honestly don't know how many the Bugle has…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:53

"Okay, I won't jump." Notice Steve seems a little bit more irritable than before, but I can't say I blame him. It's been one of those days, for sure. "Lets just go up and get him. Like, now. It's a miracle those other guys aren't here yet; we've only got a couple of minutes before they show and it all goes to hell."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 21:54

«So far, the heroes have been ambushes by Blight, dropped into the sewers and fought some of Roxie' Golems. Tricked by Roxie into a human ambush. Had to sneak past Infinites, and finally just arrived at the building.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 21:55

«Thank God for filler.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 21:55

"But jumping from the outside has the same problems, if not more. Think of the impact of Rose jumping and landing somewhere, especially on a load baring wall. It could, quite literally, bring the whole building down. We've seen her punch a hole in a reasonably solid wall with little effort and no momentum. I really think the jumping strategy endangers us all, and Dillan. Look at this building…it's falling apart, and hasn't been maintained in any noticeable way in twenty years. Do you want to just toss a wrecking ball at it and see if it stands up to it? I don't."

"As for teams…let's see, we've got Rose, Downfall, whoever the other girl is, Casey, me, Seph, Tiger, and Torment. Four groups of two. Downfall's most important, so I think she goes with Rose. I'll take Tiger since no one else seems to appreciate him. Casey gets the other girl, and Torment and Seph make the last team. Objections?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 21:56

«Filler???? Sheesh. I thought I threw some cool things in this one ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 21:58

"Whatever." viola refused to admit that he was right.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 21:59

"This is a very silly thing to argue over," declared Marisol gently, "Such a simple task shouldn't be such a surmounting problem. Let's just walk in. I'll walk ahead and keep you safe."

She smiled slightly.

"And my name is Marisol," she added for Steve's benefit.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 21:59

[I thought the Roxie guest shot was nice…but then, I would think that. >_> Right now I'm kind of a mind to get to the meat…though, it should be noted that, for all the arguing we do, it's really not all that worse than the arguing the 616 New Mutants did when they first met…]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:00

"Agreed. Loving the 'just walk in and get him' plan."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 22:04

«I modified my post to put in the team ideas, but I think that I modified it at a point that people had already moved past it.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 22:06

«Yeah, I tried to do some cool guest shots. Maxwell's Demon, and of course, Stryker is a major character in the other…much slower moving…topic. And yes, I do have a reason why he's wearing that outfit, and no, it will probably never be revealed ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 22:07

Teams:
Downfall and Rose
Tiger and Hunter
Phase and Solidity
Torment and SephRe: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:08

I walk over to revolving door entrace, peering inside and thankfully not seeing an angry mob looking back at me.

I see a lot of newspapers that say "MAGNETO: MUTANT MENACE', though. Christ, someone had an obsession.

I look over to Viola, letting her lead the way. "After you."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 22:10

«No such thing as Spider-Man in this reality, Rosey ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 22:10

«Just getting back for a bit.»

"Well that idea sounds fair enough. The only objection I have is that with that pairing….Steve and Tiger won't have anyway to contact us if anything comes up. I think that both of you two should be on a team where at least one member is hooked up to this whole "group mind" thing."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:12

[Really? What kind of messed up world is this?!]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 22:13

«Peter was killed at a young age. Damn that Apocalypse. Also, no FF, no Thor, no Punisher, a bunch others»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 22:14

«Peter Parker never went to the science exhibit…as it probably didn't happen. I think he was part of the human resistance movement though. I know Gwen Stacy was.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 22:15

«Petey died, Gwen lived though.»

Viola led Rose through the building towards one of the stairwells.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 6, 2006, 22:15

<Don Blake was still around though, having dreams about flying around with a hammer. And more or less dating Gwen :P >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:15

[That bites. So much for the whole destiny-totem thing.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 22:18

«So umm no thoughts on the "objection" I had ?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 22:18

"Sure. I'll trade Tiger to new girl so I can pair up with my best friend Casey."

Whether or not he takes me up on that, I start heading for a stairwell.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 22:22

"Aw, you did that on purpose," Marisol called out after him. She didn't really mean it. She wouldn't mind teaming with Tiger Burning Bright, even if she would have liked someone she could have conversed with meaningfully.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 6, 2006, 22:22

"Sigh. Fine, that's what I get for being the intelligent one in the group."

With that Casey follows Steve.

«Sorry Born…I just have a feeling the ___'s about to hit the fan and without being able to call for help…we would've been screwed :P»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:24

I grab one of the newspapers as we head up the stairs, reading over it as we go along.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 22:27

«brb gotta catch a bus»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 22:27

"Well, we should get going too," said Marisol. She grabbed her vacant-looking partner's hand and dragged him into the building with her, heading for one of the stairways.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 6, 2006, 22:33

"I suppose I'll take point. If I hear anybody where we're supposed to be, I can make them look the other way while you (Sephula) kill them, or eat their hearts, whatever it is you do."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 22:42

«The Hunter/Casey Odd Couple lays claim to the awesome color of maroon.»

Once we get about a floor and a half up the stairwell, I bring it to a stop.

"I think we should hold off for a second and let someone else trigger the first trap."

I pat my pockets a little, come up with a small bag of beef jerky.

"Want some?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 22:43

«Grabbing a quick lunch, BRB»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 6, 2006, 22:48

I also give the two of us a quick maddening complex. It makes us move quicker, we'll just be a little more pissy than usual.

«I read somewhere that Peter Parker's house was destroyed by a Sentinal culling when he was around 5, so he and his family are already dead.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 22:52

Marisol let go of her companion when it started looking like he was properly following her. The walk was very awkward, and she kept looking back and throwing glances at him. She really wanted to talk to Tiger, but was at a loss of things to say. She hated when that happened.

Even better would be if HE spoke to HER, even if it was just more enigmatic rhymes… Well, she still decided to try.

"So what exactly are your powers," she asked him carefully. She felt a bit weird doing so.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 22:57

"I bring the specter of fear to the forefront," Tiger says softly. He follows her quietly, and says, "What is it that you fear?"

Well, it's a conversation at least…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 22:59

I toss the paper over the railing, bored with it already. Should've gotten the funnies.

"You ever wonder what's going to happen to you if this all works out?" Kind of an odd subject to bring up, but something that's been nagging me for a bit. "Like, what you'll be doing if all this crap changes."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 23:06

Marisol had the feeling she should be a lot more… creeped out than she was. Tiger certainly made her inquisitive, but not as blatantly afraid or disgusted as she would have thought. She slowed down her pace to fall beside him.
"I'm not sure," she answered him truthfully, "I've never really thought about my fears. It's not the pleasantest thing to spend your time on…"

She didn't really know what "bringing the specter of fear to the forefront" meant, but she didn't want to press the matter.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 23:13

"To deny your fear is to let it control you," Tiger said. He maintained a decent pace, but enough to remain cautious. He looked to the walls, expecting surprises in every shadow. "To walk side by side with fear—see it in every corner, that is courage. That is how you grow."

His lips curl into a slight smile, it's been a while since he's talked to someone. "To look at a world—this world, and not think on your fears? I couldn't imagine such an existence, where danger lies in every corner. The world is too much with us, late and soon."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 23:24

There was a moment of silence while Marisol thought.

"I couldn't actually imagine being very afraid of… uh, danger. Its always just seemed like there could be so many things worse than being hurt… or dying. I'm just not sure what they are."

It seemed weird now. What was she afraid of? She should have known… The matter was very important, now that she thought about it.

"What are you afraid of?" she asked him.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 23:26

Viola tried not to think about Rose's question but it had been bothering her also. In the other world, she could be dead but maybe her parents and Dillan were alive.

"I…well if what one of the guys were saying ealier was true, we'll still be here in a branching whatever, and everything will be fine in the main time thingy. If it's the otherway, where everythings goes to how it's supposed to be, maybe I'll be dead, but same's true for you I guess. If Dillan could talk he'd probably be able to answer this." she sighedRe: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 23:29

Hunter suddenly turns around and punches Phase in the throat. Hunter's eyes are completely glazed over

Solidity and Tiger are around the halfway point when a homeless looking guy staggers out onto the landing in front of them, "Rations?"

Torment and Sepula fight themselves facing Partisan about 3/4 up

Rose and Downfall are about at the same distance when the staircase starts to get extemely hot. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 6, 2006, 23:31

"So…this world, our world…we might not actually really change anything?" I let that sink in for a moment; creating one world, a happy world, but this place still stay as a hellhole. "Man, that bites."

"You know, if that's the case, I think I might just stay over there. I'd have to leave some lose ends here, but other than that I don't see any big hang-up." It sounds a little selfish, now that I've out and said it. "You get what I mean, right? If this is all we have to come back to…why come back?"

The floor starts to heat up all the sudden; don't know why, but if these stairs melt, I won't have enough time to care. "Crap, keep moving!"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 23:34

«Sigh. Stop hitting yourself, Hav. Stop hitting yourself.»

Well, if willpower and all that doesn't work out, I guess there's not much I can do. I'll try to do whatever I can to break the mental control, but there's nothing I can do.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 6, 2006, 23:35

[[Yikes. School related commitments ate up my time for the past couple days, which is why I wasn't on. Just got caught up. Upcoming: retroactively adding Vaughan to a team - if that's alright. >_> <_< ]]

The possibility that their upcoming time traveling antics would do nothing to change their current reality disturbs me. I'm in on this specifically to try to undo what happened to my extended "family" when we raided the pens. Would it still be worth it if nothing from that miserable debacle would be undone? Would it be worth it to create a reality where they had the opportunity to live their lives, never having to even know what a breeding pen is? I follow silently behind Downfall and Rose, thinking this over and trying not to look as sulky as I feel. Then things get hot… really hot. Following Rose's example, I speed up.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 23:38

Marisol stopped abruptly when the bum appeared. Not even thinking about it, she stepped closer to him.

"I'm sorry, we don't have anything for you…" she told him, then turned towards Tiger, "Or do we? I mean…" No, she couldn't force Tiger to give up his food even if he had any…

The worst part was that her pained expression was genuine.

«There's some kind of trap here, isn't there? We can't be the only ones not under attack. Also, I wonder if the mysterious third bad guy is Gerald, or something… *cough*»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 23:41

«It was revealed that mystery bad guy was Gerald in the other thread ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 6, 2006, 23:43

Viola doesn't bother running as fast as Rose and Vibe do, she simply attempts to use her powers on the stairs. While she had rarely had an oppurtunity, she could use her power to slow down time around an object. If she was successful the stairs would hold.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 6, 2006, 23:44

Tiger rummages through his robes, but finds no food. "I have no sustenance for you, pauper." He turns to Marisol. "What I fear? What every Poet-Prophet fears. The enslavement if the imagination. I see my fear all around us, every day." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 6, 2006, 23:44

«You have to make that call, born. I know the answer already»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 6, 2006, 23:50

Maybe I have enough willpower. I think I could probably overcome whatever this is. I'm trying to figure out where the guy controlling me would be in the minutes between now and when Casey kicks my ass. If I get a shot at the guy doing this, I'll make a big effort of will and then give him some dental work with the trash can lid. Telepaths tend to have glass jaws.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 6, 2006, 23:57

«Uh… what call? If he's the enemy or not?»

"I'm sorry," she repeated to the bum, "Hey, do you know anything about an old man? He should live somewhere around here, and we're looking for him."

Tiger's reply didn't seem all too important anymore.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:00

«if you think he's an enemy, trap, etc.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:00

«Just because I do, doesn't mean Marisol would.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:02

The stairs don't seem to be melting, but sweat is pouring down the three of your face's, and you feel yourself getting weaker in response to it.

Hunter seems to have no effect at resisting Stryker at first. He hits Phase in the stomach, doubling him over.

The bum mutters something incomprehensible and points up the stairs. But, he is still kind of in the way. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:02

«I understand that. Fine, Marisol and Tiger need to make that decision…better ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:05

"Shoot." Getting dehydrated fast; the last thing I had to drink was cheap bear, and it's not coming out too well. "Somebody's got to be doing this, but…" I peek over the railing, look about, try to see if anyone's watching us. They'd pretty much have to be in order for this to work, I'd think, but I've been wrong before.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:05

The hobo seemed to act pretty odd, but that didn't really have to mean anything. These things happened to people in his position…

"Thanks," said Marisol warily, "I'm sorry, could you move please?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:07

The hobo staggers forward reaching for Solidity, seemingly for balance. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:10

Marisol easily caught hold of the guy, and held his shoulders to support him.

"Is everything all right?" she asked.
Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 0:10

Times like this Viola wished she had enhanced senses, then finding their attacker wouldn't be much of a problem.

"We've got to keep goings guys." states Viola, getting faint. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:11

Rose is looking around when Swelter bursts through the stairway door directly below them. He focuses on Downfall and unloads one hell of a blast on flames towards her.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:12

The hobo nods at Solidity and walks past her down the stairs. «Ruined all of my fun there, borny ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:14

"It's the asshole from the bar!" And that's about all the time I have to make an observation, as he's opening fire with a huge plume of flame the next, heading straight Viola. Maybe she can just use her superspeed to blitz away…and maybe she can't. Doubt I'll make it in time, but I try and leap in the blast's way.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 0:15

Ugh. My first instinct, as always, is to try to vibrate away from the offending source but that doesn't really work with heat. I a little better when there's something before me to hit. I consider trying to rock the entire stairwell to catch our attacker if he's ahead of us, but I'm doubtful that this old place could take it. Luckily (or not, depending on your outlook) our pursuer makes himself known. He's focusing on attacking Viola and I hope that she can take care of herself as I generate a vibroshock blast in the newcomer's direction.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 0:16

<here, catching up..on page 17»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 0:17

In the split second she has to decide what to do Viola isn't sure if her powers can stop a flame so she attemtps to dodge and then readies a blast of energy to fire at Swelter.

Flame tossing bastard, hope you enjoy being a senior citizen.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:17

Marisol looked at the figure sadly until he turned a corner and diappeared. She sighed, then realized they were wasting time.

She grabbed Tiger again and resumed their trek upwards. She felt kind of embarrassed about it a few seconds later, and released him. He wasn't a child that needed to be carted around…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 0:21

nevermind :P

Casey takes the last punch then yells "What the hell is your problem?!?!"

Knowing that Hunter is not stupid enough to challenge him head on….he realizes it's got to be some sort of mind control. HE could trap Hunter in the floor…or even in the air around him…but then he'd be stuck that way for at least an hour. He then tries to dodge Hunter's next punch (most mind controlled people move/react somewhat slower than they normally do) and counter with a punch of his own. Hopefull it's strong enough to KO Hunter without doing any serious damage.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:21

«I can catch you up quickly Phase…Hunter is beating the crap out of you….Stryker mind control. BTW, that was not intentional, I just picked which "threat" for which team in advance…and then you guys switched on me»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:22

[Just highlight, it then click on the dropbox that says 'Color', and pick one.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:25

«I usually write it all out in the Quick Reply box…<_< »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:25

The fire doesn't hurt Rose, but does splash around her, hitting the walls and stairs. It is an old building, and some small fires break out, but nothing major. Swelter realizes what Downfall is doing and dives at her. Vibe's attack catches him right in the air, and slams him back against the steps. A loud creaking sound is heard. Between Downfall effecting time, the heat, the fires, and the impacts, cracks start appearing the the stairs beneath them. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 0:25

«Crap that means I probably would have gotten the Hobo Solidity and Tiger lucked up on. Me and my big mouth…»

«O.o bright light! bright light!»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:26

«Problem is that not all the colors are working right…I think it's the background.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:27

(Nope, you would have been the one who got mind controlled, and it would have been against Solidity. Only reason I picked Hav instead of you, was because I wanted to see how he would react to…himself.)Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:29

My shirt's on fire, so I toss it off, let it fall down the stairs, just in time to notice that we're not exactly standing on solid ground. Running on them's probably going to make them worse, but it's not like they're going to heal up if we stand here.

I start running up, dehydration be damned. "Shit, run!" Not like Viola and Vibe need to be told, but it comes out anywayRe: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 0:29

Torment sees himself facing Partisan.

From down the hall, Torment stuffs his hand in his pocket and activates the tiny, familiar device he had before.

«I'll just say what it is now, since it's more or less relevant: It's a modified Mutant Inhibitor. If you want to speculate on what it is or how he got it, feel free because I'm not telling :)»

The current setting of the device is that it powers up the mutant ability of Torment for a short time. Torment concentrates hard, and uses the most powerful insanitizing he can muster. The intent is to make him suicidally depressed, anything but anger or schizophrenia.

Hopefully, Sephula is also going to attack. I don't mention him though, perhaps he can get the drop on Partisan.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:30

[HIISSSSSS! THE LIGHT, IT BURNS!]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 0:33

«So Rose is topless?»

Casey tries to survey the area…."Most telepaths are line of sight" he thinks to himself.

"So……where are you?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 0:35

I know it's not really the time, but as I run behind Rose I notice she's not wearing much of a bra.

I clear my head. Gotta get run, gotta get to Dillan.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:35

Dec 7, 2006, 0:33, Curt "Reflex" Camden wrote:
So Rose is topless?

[Nope. She's got that weird power that keeps superheroes who are prone to losing their clothes (She-Hulk, Hulk…really just about every superhero who doesn't have a special suit) from ever being naked.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 7, 2006, 0:36

Tiger resumes following Marisol. "This stillness is not right. Something isn't as it ought to be…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 0:37

Quote:
[HIISSSSSS! THE LIGHT, IT BURNS!]

«Heh. I had that reaction as well.»

The stairwell isn't going to last. Damned rickety building. Bad place to fight. I swear, I'm going to kill Swelter one of these days. I take off after Rose, though I keep turning back to see if he's on us again.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 0:40

«No one caught my "light" joke? :(»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:42

[Sorry, I don't get it. :/ Sounds familiar.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:43

«BTW, Torment ran that by me earlier, he did not just pull that out of his ass»

The stairs cave in below Swelter. Thankfully, he only drops about twenty feet before landing on the stairs underneath. But between his sudden rapid aging and the impact. He is not feeling all that great. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:44

Really wishing I had a camera. Kodak moment, right there.

I take a moment to look over my shoulder and smile, and then head on up.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:46

Torment's powers are boosted. Unfortunately, Partisan can mimic the powers of someone around him. He starts using the same effect on Stoic Heart.

Phase can't seem to find where that damn telepath is. Incredibly long range power? Or just using his telepathy to make Phase not see him? Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 0:47

I linger for a moment to commit the image to memory. I think of finishing him right here for the sake of closure but come back to the fact that these are really unstable stairs. Satisfied with the image for now, I head up.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:48

Team Rose and team solidity reach their destination. They burst into "Jonah's office," to find Blight standing over Dil's unconscious self. "Hello. Take one step and he dies. I have some things to tell you…" Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 0:49

«So uh… what's Partisan doing? Is he just psychoticking out where he is? Can I order Sephula to decompose him to mulch while he's preoccupied using my power on Stoic?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:50

<Unfortunately, you guys are in To Be Continued…mode. Even more unfortunately, I will not be around tomarrow to continue this. Taking my family to New York City (hopefully it won't be in as bad a shape as the one you guys are in) to see the decorations and the real Santa. I still have to thank him for my cute little daughter)Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:51

«Sephula is Stoic. Yeah, he's pretty much just psycho-outing in the same spot»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:52

Thinking two things.

First, how much this really blows. We're attacked rock monsters, dragged through the sewers, attacked by a mob, come all the way up here, nearly get fried, nearly get knocked off a stairwell, and have to endure poetry - poetry, for God's sakes - for most of the way, and now it might all be for nothing thanks to this guy who looks like a Scooby Doo reject [No offense, Wreck! :P]

Second thought…a shirt. I really want a shirt.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 0:54

Marisol tensed. She was ready to stretch and snatch the old man, but she refrained for now.

"Talk," she said. She thought she sounded inhumanly neutral…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:54

«LOL! I hope that "How much this really blows" wasn't directed at me in reference to the quality of the writing ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:55

Dec 7, 2006, 0:54, Michael "Chi" Placio wrote:
«LOL! I hope that "How much this really blows" wasn't directed at me in reference to the quality of the writing ;) »

[Perish the thought. 8-)]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 0:56

« :o Not a tbc! Just when we hit the juicy part. Have fun in NYC!»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 0:57

«::chuckle:: To be honest, the main reason you guys are To Be Continued is because Blight/Wreck had some things he wanted to do/say here, and I loved his idea.» Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 0:57

[[You enjoy haunting us with dramatic cliffhangers, don't you… DON'T YOU? I only suggest it because I know that I would >_> ]]

Hoping that it doesn't count as a step and taking a brief moment to commit this image to memory as well, I take off and hold out my coat to Carmen.

"Sewers, mobs, fire wielding ass wipes… I knew it couldn't be so easy."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 0:58

«Stoic? So, he's just kinda hanging out? I'd much prefer him to kill Partisan before he regains his sanity.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 0:59

"Oh, gentleman." I take the coat and zip it up quick, no longer having to worry about slippage on top of other things. "Thanks."

Back to business.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 1:00

«LOL! Yeah, I love trying to end on cliffhangers when I can. What's was is that I know how this all ends, and I am not quite sure all the twists are going to get shown before it does end ;)»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 1:02

«Hang on, clear up for me what you were trying to do. I read it as you used your powers on Partisan to drive him nuts, and my response was that Partisan pretty much did the same thing to Sephula/Stoic» Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 1:03

«Since I was confused by exactly what happened, it was hard to respond….your battle with Partisan and Phase/Hunter's battle with Stryker is still active. If I don't get a chance to finish it today, maybe Havy or lasthero can do it»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 1:03

«OHHHH!!! I didn't realize Sephula was Stoic. I'm slow. So uh… can I just pull out Partisan's sword and murder him with it? I'm assuming he's just laying there weeping or something non-threatening.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 1:04

Realizing that I probably wouldn't be able to see the telepath if he was using his powers on me…I quickly grab Hunter with one hand and touch the floor with the other. A bit of concentration and I turn all the floor around us (except for a small area that we stand on) to a gaseous state.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 1:06

«I am headed out. I will do an update when I get home to try and finish up the two remaining battles»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 3:01

Partisan, still dazed, clenches his head, until he finally drives the forced insanity out of himself. He stood in silence, staring blankly at the ground for awhile, relaying and rethinking plans up in his skull for a few brief seconds, until his gloved hands unsheathed his sword and clenched it with a strong might.

Channeling the speed he had leeched off of Quicksilver earlier, the dark armored assasin lungded towards Torment with much ferocity, until he managed to drive his blade deep inside of the mutant's leg, making sure it was stuck in the body part like an axe in a tree. Soon after, Partisan threw a staggering fist into Torment's head, which caused the mutant to spin on the sword as if it were an axel at a blazing speed.

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Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 4:17

«OUCH!!!»

A psychotic Sephula throws himself at Partisan. Partisan turns around and impales him, but in the process he's left wide open.

I am going to give heaty the benefit of the doubt here, but in my eyes, that piece of stairs they are on has nothing to support them and they should fall. Instead, thanks to comic science, it floats. Stryker suddenly appears about ten feet away from them, shocked to find the floor dropping under him. He hits the stairs below, his leg twisting with a sickening snap. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 4:27

Wiping off the debris and stray pieces of plaster from his helmet, Partisan looks around to see all of his opponents and allies still groggy and just now waking.

Here's my chance. It's the right time to… No, Partisan. Think clearly. You've got other work to do.

His sword still at the ready, Partisan begins to stalk around the premises, the shadows his ally, until another foes face resurfaces.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 4:31

«Stryker would be on stairs on the other side of the building….the teams had split into four seperate teams each taking a stair case.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 4:35

Swelter pushes himself up off of the stairs he fell on. He looks at himself in a broken peice of glass, noticing the wrinkles and that he is clearly old.

"Damn it all to hell, she aged me. Stupid bitch." «No offense Dillan!»

Swelter heads down the stairs from where he was, trying not to fall. That's just what I need, break a frickin hip.

Assuming he makes it down ok, he'll pick another stairway and head up.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 4:37

Swelter staggers up the stairs to find Stryker on the steps, clutching his shattered knee.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 4:38

"Brilliant. What happened?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 4:39

«Sorry. Fixed it.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 4:50

Partisan makes his way around the building, and hears the voices of Stryker and Swelter in the stairwell.

Torment is in a lot of pain, but still mobile enough to continue up the stairs. Eventually, he makes it to the top, along with Phase and Hunter coming up the other direction. They find themselves facing off against Blight with the rest of the team. Except for Stoic Heart, who is lying on the stairs after having a sword spill his guts.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 4:51

«It's okay. Lots going on in this one, four different teams inside, not to mention four different opponents on the other side»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 4:55

As Partisan joins Stryker and Swelter, Swelter is helping Stryker off the floor.

"Ah, Partisan. There you are. I'll leave this desicion up to you. Amputate this failure's leg now, or find some way to help him up the stairs?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 5:04

"Amputation is for amateurs. If your a real warrior, you'd take your own life," he muttered, spying the fallen Madri on the floor below him. "If he wants to die, let him. It's not your or my call."
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Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 5:05

"I suppose you're right. Lets move along then, we should probably get upstairs." Swelter responds, letting Stryker fall back to the floor. He begins to walk up the stairs. "My back is killing me, damn that bitch for aging me."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 5:08

"I didn't notice. You always look constantly revolting in my view," he muttered, as he begin to stalk up the stairs, still under a blanket of thick black shadows.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 6:00

«okay, just because I am amused by the fact he keeps getting called a Madri, and that there is no way to fit this in. Stryker is not really a Madri…obviously ;) I had wanted to write this as a side story, but my schedule has been crappy and that will never happen. When Stryker was brought in to have his brain removed (psychics don't fair well in AoA), Apocalypse was impressed by him stubbornness. The Madri who was trailing Apocalypse that day kept warning Apocalypse that keeping Stryker alive would be a bad idea. So stryker made his head explode…but he did keep the robe ;) »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 6:09

«And just so I don't forget, it's time to move the last player onto the board»

Charge had been closely following the events of the day. Soldiers hunting down the X-Men in the streets…which had resulted in Quicksilver and Quicksilver being shot down in the street. The infinites are claiming responsibility, but in all actuality it was Stryker, Partisan, and Swelter leaving them laid out on the street that had caused this.

Dozens and dozens of humans were dead. The heroes had left them dazed, and some of them stuck in concrete in their escape. Blight, who had been following the heroes progress from above ground, had drained them dry in order to make his grand teleporting entrance.

Also, many infinites were also killed. Apocalypse found out that these Infinites had been tricked and many of them left their patrols. Sinister ordered his Factor X forces to destroy them…anything to keep the boss happy. Besides, it was always fun to try to build a better Infinite and Beast would be happy to reuse all the genetic material.

Current shakes his head at all the chaos caused by a few simple mutants on a mad quest for "Angel." Current makes a decision and makes his way to the Bugle building…which seems to be where all this action was leading to today.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 6:36

It occurs to me, facing off with Blight, that there's something I might need to do right about now. We can't have Dillan killed, come all this way for nothing.

But I don't think he's going to kill him. Yet. I'm going to give him a little while to be talky talky, then I might play the ace I've been keeping up my sleeve.

"So, Blight, what's all this you want to jaw about?"

«And I totally picture convenient flames, bannisters, et cetera in the previous Rose scene. Just like Rogue in Genosha.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 7, 2006, 7:02

«Heh, I know. I was saying it as an insult in a sense.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 7:08

«Oh, I got that. But I had been asked it a few times, and I was trying to work it in someplace. Shame that I could not figure out why.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 7, 2006, 7:15

<Alrighty, computer's finally on a brief reprieve from being stupid. Gimme a sec for this big dramatic speech ;) >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 7:16

[Ooo, and I get first looksies! Knew staying up would be worth it.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 7:30

«Pfft. Your not so special. Convienient timing for the win.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 7, 2006, 7:33

Blight eyes the assembled mutants.

"Alright, gentlemen," he says while tossing a glance at Rose. "I suppose I'll only get one chance at this big, dramatic speech, so I'll make it brief."

He stares down at Dil in disgust, pointing the sharp side of his staff at his throat.

"As you all know, this fellow down here is likely responsible in some fashion for the entire mess of a world we're in. So I imagine you're all here in some hope of using him to time jump or whatever the hells he does and bail all of your own sorry selves out of the fire."

He throws the group another glare.

"Well, I have news for you. Should you do that, my dear friend here….."

Blight motions the skull towards the mutants, much to most of their confusion.

"……has informed me that, in the reality you're all so eager to recreate, I am confined to an eternity of damnation. That is to say, one even worse than the one I find myself currently in. There's no way out of this."

He shakes his head.

"He's usually right about these sorts of things. I have no reason to doubt him. And so, it is of course in my own best interests to finish off the man here. You all can't restore the other reality, and in return, while I may be stuck here for eternity, at least I don't get pitchforks rammed in my nether regions."

He looks down again, smiling bitterly.

"And it's probably in my own best interests that I do it before you come up with something clever to thwart me, isn't it?"

And with that, he quickly raises his staff. It glows with a sickly energy, and he plunges it down into Dillan's chest.

<Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :P >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 7:37

« :o »

"SON OF A BITCH!" shrieks Viola as she lunges at Wreck firing as much energy as she can muster at him, but at the same time, trying to slow down time around Dillan. He'd still be dying, there's no doubt about that, but maybe…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 7:40

Viola takes the words right out my mouth. I've known this Blight guy for all of two minutes combined, and I already hate his guts.

He killed him. He actually killed him. All that effort, all that hope, an actual chance to make a difference…and he killed him

I charge, running behind Viola; only fair that she’d get first hits on this creep, but I wouldn’t mind a few licks, too. They’re going to need tweezers to put him back together, I swear…
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Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 7, 2006, 7:44

No… this invalid was to be our saviour. It was hinging on him. He could help us remake this world… save my friends. Possibly atleast. There was hope. And now it was all gone. All gone.

They say he recovers from anything. Convienient. I can rip his heart out a thousand times over and it wont get old.

Running at him from the side as Rose and Downfall dash straight at him, I direct a vibroshock blast at this abomination.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 14:51

The heroes begin to feel very hot as Swelter and Partisan reach the floor thay're on, they can feel their very blood getting hot. Swelter enters the doorway.

"Blight, you took all the fun out of it. I wanted to kill him. Oh well."

He contiues to heat up the heroes, one hand on his katana just in case one of them tries something stupid. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 15:21

And that was it. She wasn't even fast enough to think of doing anything. She decided to save up her sorrow for later. Right now, they all had pressing concerns.
And old man and a guy in armor had apporached, and she felt their effects. It was terribly hot. She couldn't respirate, and would die a lot quicker due to the heat than others. She had to be fast here.

"How about some of that fear now?" she whispered to Tiger. Then she jumped, straight up to the ceiling, latching onto it. At the same time, several dozen tentacles burst from her back, and she directed them towards Apocalypse's monkeys. She didn't know which one of them had the heat powers, but it would be faster to attack the guy with no armor. Yes, that was it… Stab him into the chest a few times, grab hold of the other one.

In passing, she remembered this was the first time her companions saw her powers. Hopefully, they wouldn't be too grossed out…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Almond "Current" Quimby on Dec 7, 2006, 15:28

Meanwhile, still back on the ground floor, Charge was also busy. While walking in the main hall nonchalantly, his cane released torrents of lightning every time it touched the ground. He was trying to set the walls on fire, just a little bit… or not trying. He wasn't really paying attention.

He was nonchalantly wondering whether the elevator still worked. He walked up to it in slow, steady steps and pressed the "Call" button.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 15:31

The razor sharp tentacles slam into Swelter's chest, he can feel them peirce his heart and lungs. He knows he's dying, there's no way around it. If I'm going down, so are they. As Swelter hits the floor he draws what will surely be his last breath.

"All of you will burn!"

He sends a large blast of fire at the wall, it catches fire. The fire is spreading quickly inside the old building. With that, Swelter is no more.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 15:56

«Hate to be retcon-a-licious, but blackmore knew I was about to do this.»

And with that, he quickly raises his staff. It glows with a sickly energy, and he plunges it down into Dillan's chest.

And then it stops glowing before it plunges down. It's still going to hurt him, maybe even kill him, but whatever extra whammy was about to happen, doesn't happen.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dhaara "Naga" Falodiya on Dec 7, 2006, 16:53

Following Marisol's suggestion, Tiger turns to Partisan, and leaps closer to him than is probably smart, locking eyes. "Apocalypse's drone, what lurk's in your heart, waiting to come out?" Partisan's senses are suddenly filled with a horrible vision—his usefulness to Apocalypse has run out, and an army of Infinites approaches him, ready to drag him to Sinister's lab for use of raw materials in experiments.

A hollow, echoing voice accompanies this vision. "What now?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 18:15

«Yep, no entropy effect. Dil's ribs are crushed, and he is probably not long for this world. But, he's still alive. Maybe not for long with all the bad guys arriving, but that is okay. I always keep a backup plan in my back pocket….hmmm…sweatpants with no pockets…that could be a problem.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 18:24

Okay, there's a number of problems here. The place is on fire, the person we came to save just had his ribs crushed, and we've got three dangerous baddies wandering around.

"Order of priority people! Take Blight down fast, get Dillan out the window, and the next priority is Sephula out there to heal him. Then, the rest of us make it out as best we can. Strategic withdrawal, and I'm not opposed to jumping now…I could give a flying crap if the building comes down at this point."

Then I prepare to hold the door as long as it takes to evac.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 18:32

«Protoman stole my idea of a fire… and ruined it.»

"I- I can take him… all the way down, safely," wheezed out Marisol to Steve. She tried to stay as far from the flames as possible, but was nevertheless shaking from the pain. She was kneeling on the floor and writhing, but she knew her powers wouldn't fail her.

Oh, God, it hurt…

But Blight was still there, and she was rapidly losing her usefulness. The others needed to take him down before she could do anything.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 18:36

«Personally, I think with Rose, Downfall, and Vibe all hitting Blight right now, Dillan can be gotten clear with little Blightness. Just personal opinion. And I'm pretty sure Blight is going to go down hard…it's Partisan and Stryker I'm more concerned about.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 18:41

«Shouldn't Partisan be running around like a headless chicken at this point? I guess it depends on the visor of his armor…»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 7, 2006, 18:42

«Yeah, I tend to agree…especially since Blight's powers are turned off…sorry to let the cat out of the bag, Hav…but I think it is kind of necessary at this point.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 18:42

[If it'll help, I can have Rose do the whole 'Hulk clap' thing. She's not powerful enough for it to actually hurt anyone with it - though you might want to cover your ears - but the rush of wind might ease away the flames enough for Marisol to get Dillan to safety.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 18:48

«I agree.»

I look back over my shoulder, making sure everything's working out okay.

"Hey guys, there's something I kind of forgot to tell you. When I said I had no powers, what I meant is that I have powers that say 'no'. I can cancel other people's powers when I need to, which is what our buddy Blight is coping with even as we speak."

I look at Casey real quick.

"Sorry, but at the moment, it seemed like relevant information, so they could take the kid gloves off of Blight. I don't think they're going to turn on us at this point, and even if they could, there's jack all we can do about it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 18:50

«Damn it, why did I kill Swelter? Of course, with Null in the picture I'm sure he'd be pretty much useless so it doesn't really matter. Curses….»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 18:52

«The way I see it, alternate universe stories are made for senseless deaths.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 18:55

Okay, lots of problems, lots of problems.

Viola's brother's not doing too good…he's alive, which is better than I thought, but he doesn't look like he's got long. Marisol's brought out this freaky-weird tentacle powers, and while it does look kind of gross, there's no denying she's good with it; killed that flaming jackass easy. But she didn't do it fast enough, because the building's on fire, and it looked like it was ready to crumble before that happened. Turns out flatscan Steven isn't as flat as we all thought he was, which is good; whatever this freak with the skull staff's power is, I don't want any part of it.

But all in all, it's a situation that could go for 'okay' to 'really bad' in a number of ways. Got to do my part.

I break off my assault and step back, stretching my arms out. "Cover your ears!" Realize what Hunter said about giving out a warning still holds true, but what I'm doing isn't an attack.

I clap as hard as I can, hoping to make enough wind to ease off the fire and buy some time.

[Here-here to the words of Marisol. GO senseless deaths!]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 19:15

The wave of soundwaves made her feel even more umcomfortable, but at least the maneuvre gave her an opening. She was still shaking, but dragged herself to her feet and jumped to Dillan. She couldn't tell his condition in the darkness and smoke very well, but it didn't matter. If he wouldn't survive what she was about to do, he'd never have been of any use anyway. She grabbed him as gently as she could, and pushed his form into herself. She was a bit bigger now…

She gave him enough space not to suffocate, but also not enough to be killed by the impact that would soon follow. She jumped towards the window, and broke through the already-broken glass with ease. No matter how polluted the air was, it was cool and the wind around her when she reached terminal velocity made her feel great, despite the pain she was still in.

She reached out another tentacle, straight down. It reached the ground before her, and touched down softly. Using it as leverage, she eased her fall gradually until she landed herself. It was simple, really. «I only have a very rudimentary knowledge of physics, but hopefully I could describe what I intended effectively.»

She let Dillan out immediately and put him on the ground. His torso was bleeding. She placed her hands on it, and made sure he wouldn't lose more blood.

Now she couldn't help but wonder how the others would get out…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 19:19

"I'm going to hazard a quick guess that Sephula can get out on his own, which he should do RIGHT NOW. Next up, Rose is taking Casey. And then…I guess the rest of us cross our fingers. I'm pretty sure Apoc is a little too heavy for my powers to affect, so I'm pretty sure I'm expendable."

With Blight down, I hold off on canceling anything until I can make sure Pooky's boys want to stay in the Flaming Inferno of Doom. I'm not convinced they do, especially with some of us already outside.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 19:20

«Couldn't Marisol have just made herself into a parachute of sorts? Also didn't they leave Stryker in the stairwell on a bum knee? Lastly, does Partisan have his helmet on or not? :P»

"FOLLOW ME!!" Casey shouts as he decides to try a trick he'd done before…but never from this height. It probably looked like suicide to his "teammates" but it was the fastest way out the building.

Casey leaps out the window head first. With his outstretched hands he continuously solidifies the air under him to make a hard air ramp. He's careful to adjust the angle so that he doesnt slide down too fast…but also that the "ramp" doesnt become too long and tax his powers.

Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 19:21

[Physics? In the Marvel Universe? Ha!

Seriously, it looks fine.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 7, 2006, 19:59

«I didn't mean the "realism" per se, but whether or not I managed to properly depict WHAT I was doing, and how. I don't think its very clear.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 20:12

Well, if Casey's going to do this funky slide thing, I should probably follow him down.

"If you end up getting us killed on this thing, I'm going to kill you."

Keeping an eye out for potential issues to power cancel on my way down.

"And you know what? As of right now, I'm wondering if losing an ear for all this was really worth it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 20:16

[Bah, missed Casey's post.]

It's no skin off my knee if this thing works or not, but I'm a little worried about the others. "You guys go ahead." I cough, fanning away some of the smoke as the fires start back up. "I'll go last."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 7, 2006, 20:36

«Isn't Sephula dead? Partisan kinda slashed his guts out….»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 20:40

«If he did, I was too busy trying to figure out how to time my reveal to notice it. I dunno. It's very easy that Null got confused in the Raging Inferno of Doom and doesn't know that Seph's dead.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 20:50

«Y'know Carmen… you shouldn't have mentioned the Hulk…»

Torment uses what power he has to drive Carmen temporarily insane. She's just sane enough to see friend from foe, but at this point I'm thinking she's something along the lines of a Hulk-Lite, freakishly strong and nigh immune to pain, but more or less cognizant (SP) of her actions. If it takes, it should last a couple minutes.

«This will all be worth it if you refer to someone as a Puny Flatscan. Though if you have something specific in mind that you actually want to do, just assume it didn't really do anything from my lack of blood. I'll be in class for the next few hours, so I figured I'd try to have some kind of lasting effect.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 21:47

«Hmmm, I'm an idiot. Sephula is dead, and I was just kind of not realizing it. But that's, I guess, in character. Can we get a status report? It doesn't need to be official, but if anyone wants to go through and figure it out, it'd be awesome. So far, I have Dillan and Torment beat up real bad, Swelter and Sephula dead, and Blight at the very least out of comission.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 22:02

Steve Hunter – Alive, sliding down Casey’s slide.
Casey – Alive, also going down the slide
Carmen – Alive, but waiting for the others to go ahead before she does, possibly about to do a Hulk impression.
Marisol – Alive, on the ground, trying to keep Dillan alive
Dillan – Comatose, beaten by Blight, old as hell, but alive for the moment
Viola – Alive, presumably beating the crap out of Blight, which should be easier now that he’s temporarily powerless
Vibe – Alive, presumably helping Viola beat the crap out of Blight
Sephula – Had a sword shoved through his stoic heart, is most likely dead.
Strkyer – Presumably still injured on the stairwell. If he’s not dead yet, he will be soon.
Swelter – Very much dead…finally…
Current- Taking the elevator, which means his life expentancy might even be shorter than his 616 counterpart
Partisan – Gone temporarily nuts thanks to Tiger Burning Bright
Tiger – Making Partisan go temporarily nuts
Torment - Screwing with Carmen's mind

I miss anyone?

Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 22:08

«Nah, Last I think that's it. But couldn't Seph heal himself? I mean I was hoping he could heal Dil as well…if he's dead…then we're fucked.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 22:14

[Maybe, but…well, we just need him to wake up, right? Maybe Torment could use his powers to give Dil a jumpstart.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 22:20

«True, but he's already old and weak, now he at the very least has broken ribs. It might be a bit much to expect him to be able to send at least some of us back in time ;)»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 22:22

«YAY DIL'S ALIVE!»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 22:30

[Yeah. It'd be sweet if Dill's crazy time-traveling girlfriend showed up. <_<]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 7, 2006, 22:30

«Oh dear. I died, and I wasn't even here. I was online all of yesterday afternoon, but I was actually in bed, asleep. His hyperactive cells can heal some damage, but I don't know the extent of the damage, and I wasn't here to heal it actively, so I guess I'm dead.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 22:32

«Errr…..who's Dil's girlfriend?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:35

«Time for a retcon!!!»

Torment used his modified Mutant Inhibitor on Sephula, which sped up his healing. He's in much better shape, and will likely live. He did it in a real condescending way though, like it's a lot of trouble. Because Torment is a dick. Also, Torment just left Sephula down there to heal, because he didn't feel like dragging him up all those stairs. I assume Sephula would be staggering into the party right about now.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 7, 2006, 22:35

«From 616? The one who can go back in time? It's from one of the fan fics - I can't remember her name.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 7, 2006, 22:36

[Addison, from New Mutants #15 (I'm too lazy to link…go see for yourself! :P) She's this crazy chick that spazzed out in the main timeline, but she has the ability to go into the past.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Damien Lupe on Dec 7, 2006, 22:38

«Except she hasn't spazzed out yet. Though I'm probably wrong.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:38

"Go ahead. If you can stop me from bleeding to death, that would be nice as well. But yknow, whatever's easiest for YOU…"

«I'm really gonna miss this storyline when I go back to being Pester.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 7, 2006, 22:39

Dec 7, 2006, 22:36, Roxanne "Madrock" Madison wrote:
[Addison, from New Mutants #15 (I'm too lazy to link…go see for yourself! :P) She's this crazy chick that spazzed out in the main timeline, but she has the ability to go into the past.]

«Hey, it's not Addison's fault the machinations of a Future Dillan drove her insane»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Curt "Reflex" Camden on Dec 7, 2006, 22:41

«Damn I didn't know I was that far behind in fan fics to read. I haven't even started on the AoA ones….»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:44

«Yeah, Gambit put his sword through my leg, then punched me hard enough that I went flying around the goddamn thing. I guess it was my own fault for making him insane, and therefore strong enough to do that… Or at least that's how I'm making sense of his apparent superstrength.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:47

«Think of it this way. He jammed a sword all the way through my leg, then spun it around in the wound in such a way that there was well over 180 pounds of force moving the blade all around the wound. But considering your powers are boosted a little, it should heal quickly.»

"Yes, now we may continue."

«And now you know the rest of the story!!!»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:52

«Is this taking place before or after the battle with the guys up in JJJ's office? I was thinking I healed you and you healed me, then I ran up to the battle with you close behind, then we teleported. If we make it too confusing, Blackmore will beat us :-[»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 22:55

«No offense, but we now have massive retconness, which blackmore's going to have to be the arbiter of. There's a lot of things that may have fallen differently with that retcon. Let's put it on hold.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 7, 2006, 22:57

«I was trying to do it in such a way that it wouldn't disturb too much, I.E. Sephula is alive and just joining the battle. I've gotta get to class anyway, so I can't fuck up continuity any worse.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 7, 2006, 23:26

«I'd say wait for blackmore clarification, personally.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 8, 2006, 1:24

«It's only two characters that weren't really doing anything anyway, it doesn't really seem like a game killing error.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 1:25

Laying on the ground, a powerless Blight rapidly loses consciousness as Vibe and Viola thrash him.

Oddly enough, he smiles as his teeth-eyes shut.

"You're too late. I have seen the future…..and you…..you……"

And he passes out, still clutching the skull headed staff in a deathgrip.

Then, the eyes of the skull begin to softly glow…..Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 8, 2006, 2:47

«Wait… What? When did I become headless?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 4:48

An outpouring of energy suddenly floods from the staff still clutched in Blight's grasp. It begins engulfing the room, causing the walls to shake and crumble, as Blight steadily withers, growing less substantial.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 5:02

«just want to point out that is is very hard to have game breaking moment in this RPG. I haven't read the mission, and I probably won't get to until tomarrow morning, but I just let the art flow over me and adapt as we go. I don't write anything in stone, typically. The twists and turns of this mission made me miss out on a few things I had planned on including, including Reflex and a few other cameos. I wanted to work Rogue it, but that didn't go as planned either.

There are a few people to blame for that, and most of them don't even realize it ;) It is not a bad thing. It makes things much more fun for me when I have to work this hard. »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 5:09

«I have to read everything to make sure, but I am going to say that most likely what will happen is they healed each other, and teleported upstairs pretty much after all the fun happened….from what I skimmed, things are a wreck up there, with fires and all kinds of stuff…it will be hard to teleport out of that. I am trying to get an update up now, but the baby just fell asleep, and might wake up again.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 5:34

Partisan, Swelter, and Stryker are on stairs. Partisan and Swelter decide to leave Stryker there, as his snapped his knee thanks to Phase.

Null, Phase, Rose, Vibe, Solidity, Tiger, Downfall, and Torment arrive to find Blight in JJJ’s office, standing over a comatose Dil.

Stoic Heart and Torment are on the stairs. Stoic Heart was sliced open pretty good in the gut, and Torment’s leg was ripped up pretty nasty. Stoic Heartm, unfortunately didn’t make it (sorry, but I really needed to kill at least one good guy. Pretty much all the bad guys bit the big one…don’t worry too much, you’ll be back for the sequel ;) )

Blight had attempted to use his entropy powers to wipe out Dil, but Null turned him powers off. BUT, the impact of the staff on the chest of a dying old man did put Dil’s condition on the edge of death. Not a good thing, when the heroes need him alive to fix all their problems.

Vibe, Rose, and Downfall take their aggravation out on a powerless Blight. Poor guy managed to get killed in both sides of this Apocalypse situation.

Partisan and Swelter arrive on the scene. Solidity ambushes Swelter, impaling him, and leaving him dead, but not before Swelter sets the whole room ablaze. This old building can’t take much more of that.

Charge chooses that moment to arrive, heading up to the top floor via elevator. Probably not the safest mode of transportation, but this is comics, people ;) Logic need not apply.

Tiger uses his powers on Partisan, making him think of the horrors it would be like to end up turned into one of Apocalypse’s Infinites. (you didn’t literally lose your head…but the constant mental manipulations have probably left you none to stable right about now…I can definitely see the running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off thing J )

Rose uses a super powered clap, to clear a section of the flames, and Solidity carries Dil to the ground. It is a hell of a distance, but they make it in relatively one piece. Problem is, moving Dil with the crushed ribs has not helped his condition. His breath goes from shallow, to gasping chokes by the time he hits the ground.

Torment boosts Rose into a Hulk like state, and Phase creates a slide to get the rest of the team out of there (I have to get rid of the Torment/Stoic ret-con, just because it doesn’t fit too well, since you had Torment doing stuff on the top floor). Blight fades away, his staff releasing a final burst of entropic energy. Unfortunately, Rose and a dazed Partisan were still on the floor at the time, and their bodies ends up as tattered as Rose's old shirt. More casualties. «Damn, I am blood thirsty in these last two missions. Gotta make up for it next time. Candy canes for every one. Oh wait, my holiday mission has HIM showing up…no candy canes…probably a even higher body count…»

Charge finally arrives on the top floor, just in time to miss the entropy wave, but finds himself facing a wall of flames, which seems to be engulfing the entire building. He sighes…this just won't do. He begins to make prepartions for his grand entrance.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 5:35

Final status: Rose, Partisan, Swelter, Stoic, and Blight are dead. Stryker is crippled in the building stairs, and will probably die in the fire.

Downfall, Solidity, Phase, Tiger, Torment, Null, and Vibe are on the ground, shaken by alive. Dil is lying on the ground. After one final convulsion, he suddenly stops breathing.

Charge is alive, but you guys don't even know he exists….which should make things interesting tomorrow when we bring this bad boy in for a landing,Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Sid "Voltage" Lime on Dec 8, 2006, 6:11

«Heh… Well there goes that whole entire storyline I was working up for that defined my character. Plus me and Swelter never got to are much discussed sword fight. Ah well ;)»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 6:54

«don't worry, we'll revisit AoA sometime in the future…a divergent timeline where this never happened. I had too much fun with this one not to have us revisit these characters down the road»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 11:30

«Hmm, Charge doesn't exactly have much to do up there with everybody gone or dead.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 8, 2006, 15:59

"Alright people, I have a plan that may be really stupid, but it's better than not doing anything. Marisol's a shape shifter, and Dillan needs to live. Here's the plan. I perform CPR, being careful with the bruised ribs, someone else actually cuts him open. Marisol shape shifts into him, manually filling whatever holes in his vitals the impact caused. This won't be ideal, you guys will have to live sort of symbiotically for a little bit, and it won't be easy on you, but it's what I see as our only possible option."

Without listening to feedback, I start the CPR, being careful to avoid the bruised/broken ribs.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 17:23

[Aw, I'm dead. ;_; Oh well. I get to write up a cool death scenes, so it's a win. ^_^ Shall get to it as soon as my fingers thaw.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 17:31

"The others didn't make it, did they?" asked Marisol quietly. She shook her head sorrowfully, as he fingers extended into long, sharp blades.

"I'll do what I must, but… but don't be too hopeful."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 17:49

Rage. Pure rage.

I don’t know where it’s coming from, can’t control, can’t understand it, but all the sudden I’m consumed by this anger, this hatred, this need to do more damage than I’ve ever done before. I lash out, not even sure who I’m wailing on; punches fly, blood splatters, bones break and I just keep going swinging away…

I see the light. I feel the pain. Then…nothing.

[Okay, that was kind of lame…meh…I feel so naked without a character…;_;]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 8, 2006, 18:58

«Figures….that day I'm gonna be here ALL day, my character is dead.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 20:19

<Yeah, I got killed before I could do a fanfic explaining why Blight's staff was functioning even with him powerless ;) >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 20:24

«Since when do fanfics have to be in real-time, hmmm? -_- »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 20:29

[Never, says I! I'll probably do another fanfic with Carmen…*sniff*…]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 8, 2006, 20:38

Torment grabs Blight's staff for his own insane uses. I doubt it'll be functioning for long, but it couldn't hurt to carry around a non-functioning staff with a skull on the tip :)

Of course, he does it very very slowly, in case a bunch of spikes fly out of the handle or something.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 8, 2006, 20:43

I don't bother objecting to Null's plan. I've got a feeling it won't work anyway. Dillan was going die and everything they had worked for would be lost.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 20:52

«I got the feeling blackmore wanted Dillan to die real badly…»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 8, 2006, 21:08

«It's pretty sad that like 96% of our group is here and blackmore isn't… *cries*»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 21:11

[That's how it rolls sometimes. :/ You're dead, though, so it's not like you could do anything…but, then, so am I…]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 21:19

<You said it. Shouldn't have fought Blight outside of VR ;) >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 8, 2006, 21:22

«How would you like your corpses to be buried? Any specific preferences?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 21:23

[I don't think there is anything to bury. Pretty much got vaporized, it looked like.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 8, 2006, 21:24

« Part of me is really scared about getting back to 1982. Blackmore seems a little too trigger happy (both in the murder and crazy plot twists), who knows what it'll be like when we get back? »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Protoman on Dec 8, 2006, 21:26

«He already said that anything that happened during the Pooky mission will stay, and get on AIM»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 8, 2006, 21:28

Dec 8, 2006, 21:26, Protoman wrote:
«He already said that anything that happened during the Pooky mission will stay, and get on AIM»

« I was hoping that was a joke. I mean Dil's depowered (which makes his future self helping him leave this message for the AoA team confuzzling. Didn't Reflex have a broken neck too? »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 21:29

«I can't wait to get back into regular continuity… because I finally want to write some Zephyr-Marisol romance. Damnit.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 21:33

Dec 8, 2006, 21:29, Marisol "Solidity" Morales wrote:
«I can't wait to get back into regular continuity… because I finally want to write some Zephyr-Marisol romance. Damnit.»

[<_< Likewise.

But I wouldn't worry too much on Reflex's neck being broken or the Dil thing…I'm sure Blackmore's got it planned out.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 21:39

Nothing happens as Torment takes the staff. The lights in the eyes have died out.

As soon as he takes a step though, he begins hearing a whispering in his head.

<Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun, part 2>Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 21:40

«The fact that there really is something weird with the staff lessens Blight's value in my eyes.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 8, 2006, 21:43

<There always was. He wasn't quite as nuts as he appeared ;) >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 21:48

[Gah, did watching Aladdin teach me nothing? I should've went for the staff!]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 8, 2006, 21:50

«That's a very mysterious edit, lasthero… Very mysterious.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 21:52

[<_< I felt kind of self-indulgent saying all that. Like I was going 'look at me' or something.

I still intend to do what I said, though.]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 8, 2006, 23:52

«Really sorry I was not on today. Ended up playing security guard all day. As for going back to the 1982 universe, I will say this much: there is not going to be a huge drastic reset. What happened to certain characters will stick, BUT, it will be two weeks later (much like the real AoA was), so things won't quite be as drear as they seemed. I am running out the door, but I will be back on to post as soon as I get home» Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 8, 2006, 23:57

[So, about the two weeks thing…will we remember what happened with the universe phasing out, or will it be like…the universe changes, and suddenly we find ourselves sitting in the Wreck Room, and we remember what happened with Apocalypse, except we don't remember the part where we fazed out of existence?]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 9, 2006, 0:02

« I figure it'd be like the last part, only Dillan should remember the AoA >_> C'mon, it'd help me write this great fanfic I've got in my head »Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 9, 2006, 0:50

<Funnily, I was thinking the same thing about Blight. That he'd remember every time he died, but like usual, everyone would just think he was crazy >_> >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:01

Dec 8, 2006, 23:57, Roxanne "Madrock" Madison wrote:
[So, about the two weeks thing…will we remember what happened with the universe phasing out, or will it be like…the universe changes, and suddenly we find ourselves sitting in the Wreck Room, and we remember what happened with Apocalypse, except we don't remember the part where we fazed out of existence?]

To a certain extent, yes…but I don't want to spoil too much…Hmmm…this is what I can say. If things work out like I originally planned, then you guys will not even know that Apocalypse tried to go back in time. BUT, if we go with Plan B, then things will be a little different. Right now, I can go either way.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:04

«as for Dil dying, I had every intention for him to live. Then Wreck suggested killing him, so I wrote a back up plan in case he didn't make it. Then Hav stopped that. So right now, it can go either way.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:06

Hunter and Solidity's plan seems to be working well enough to keep Dil alive, but he's not making much progress. Phase pulls the device from his pocket, "So….should we try it?"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 1:12

She tried not to think about what she was doing.
As it stood, she was currently literally inside the old man. He was supporting his ribcage, massaging his heart, gently pressing against some of his organs and trying not to break them, keeping his flood from flowing out…

She didn't have eyes to see or ears to hear, but she could feel it. It was flowing all around her.

Blood…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 9, 2006, 1:18

"Should we?" shouted Viola "What other choice do we have!? Do it."Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 1:19

«I must have missed that plan.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:45

«It was part of the original message from our Dil.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:46

«And since Phase the one the who remembered to take the device, plus he's Warren's lacky, you know that he would have been the one to remember to do it.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:52

Since no one else seems to have any objections, Phase tosses a glance to Null. Null nods. "He's stable enough for transport. Want me to call the boss?"

Phase shakes his head, "Change in plans, Null. Warren is wrong this time. We are not going to do this his way."

Null doesn't look surprised, "Yeah. I kind of knew you were going to say that. All right, we'll do this the right way. I just hope my life is a lot better on the other side…"

Phase is setting up the device and talking to the others at the same time, "Sorry, Viola, but Warren never really planned on using the device at all. He was trying to capture your brother and use him as leverage with Apocalypse. But, after everything that happened here…Seph's dead. Rose is dead. And besides, if this all works…Warren will never know that we betrayed him." Phase turns on the device and holds it in front of Dil's face, "Here goes everything…"Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 1:54

«Oh, THAT device.»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 1:54

Dil's body ratchets up like a bolt of electricity ripped through his body….pretty much because it just did. A portal opens up before the heroes. Dil is fading fast…it is now or never. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 2:00

Marisol would have screamed if she could have. Something had hit her - them both, and it hurt like a bitch. She was starting to shake again, and knew she couldn't keep being there safely. With considerable difficulty, she flowed out of him.
It must have looked rather strange… A human torso reaching out from a man's chest.

As soon as she could see, she looked around for what had attacked them. Her vision was still blurred from the hurting.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 9, 2006, 2:02

It's portal time, baby. Without even a second thought.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 9, 2006, 2:04

Too many died for this, not to go now. Hello En Sabah Nur. Here we come. I leap through the portal without saying a word.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 9, 2006, 2:15

Viola stepped towards the portal but hesitated. What if they failed? Could she really just leave her brother there? She turned to look at her crippled older sibling. Maybe it was just her mind playing tricks on her but she swore that he was faintly mouthing the words "Go on."

She didn't give it a second thought after that. Destiny awaited her.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 9, 2006, 3:30

At this point, Torment weighed his options. He'd been through too much in the last few days to not follow through on it. He actually grew attached to the peasants he fought alongside, despite his best efforts, and they were killed in front of him. It could just as easily have been him, and there must have been some reason he was still alive. And if there were no other factors, scientific curiosity would always prevail over human cowardice and pain. He had to see how this would all end. Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 3:56

The team of heroes emerges in a familiar scene:

Circa, 30 years ago. Apocalypse crouches down in the shadows of an alleyway. Sitting at the table of a little ourdoor cafe, it's Magneto. And Charles Xavier! Apocalypse is fading fast, but he knows this plan of his will work.

Our heroes appear right in front of Xavier and the man who would become Magneto. They turn quickly to see Apocalypse coming towards them, his hand raised poised to fire an energy blast. This isn't the proud emperor that rules their world…this is a battered Apocalypse, who has been through an entropy field himself. But, he still might be more than they can handle…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 9, 2006, 4:09

Logic leaves Viola's body as lunges at Apocalypse, enegery flowing through her hands. She was going to age him to dust.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 9, 2006, 4:28

Yesterday. It was just yesterday that I last saw him. Or maybe not. Time travel and all. That day wouldn't come for decades. Irrelevant. Thae fact is the last time I saw him, he was godlike. Forget that. He was a god, for all intents and purposes. But now? He doesn't carry a quater of the presence his possible self did. But still can we take him?

I step off to the side, clearing a path between myself and Apocalypse, without Downfall in between. Still wary of what Apocalypse can do to a person once they get close, I let loose a focused vibroshock blast towards his head. On a more normal person this level of attack ought to be fatal… on Apocalypse I'm just hoping to rattle him enough that he can't counter Downfall.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Wreck on Dec 9, 2006, 4:38

As Torment steps through the other side of the portal, he finds that Blight's staff is mysteriously gone.

<Yes, this will turn out to be a fairly important plot point ;) >Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 9, 2006, 5:08

«Oooh! I love that wierd inter-continuity stuff. Does Torment remember the staff?»

I don't see my powers working on Apocalypse, but I aim my strongest Psychosis blast at him.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Roxanne "Madrock" Madison on Dec 9, 2006, 9:10

Dec 9, 2006, 4:38, Wreck wrote:
As Torment steps through the other side of the portal, he finds that Blight's staff is mysteriously gone.

<Yes, this will turn out to be a fairly important plot point ;) >

[Any chance it might said plot point might let me ressurect Rose? <_< Just asking…I feel weird not participating…kick Apocalypse's ass!]Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 11:45

First things first.

Marisol enlarged her her hands to near-comical size, and jumped towards Magneto and Xavier. She grabbed them both by their chests and transported them a bit further up the street with a few long strides.
"This man is your enemy," she said as calmly as she could, "and he would kill you if he could. Please don't die."

She released them and gave them what she hoped as an encouraging look. With that, she jumped back towards the battle. By the time she arrived, she was already a wolf-like monster the size of a truck.

«They'll help out a bit… right?»Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Almond "Current" Quimby on Dec 9, 2006, 16:44

Charge floated towards the ground at an alarming speed.
He looked calm, but he was quite excited. For the longest time… well, a day or so, he had hoped to meet these people and do unspeakable things to them. He had thought up a great introductionary speech for himself.

He was there.
"Let me introduce myself…" he theatrically called out, trying to keep his voice clear and pleasant. Then he noticed nobody was there. The area was illuminated by the soft glow of a portal of time-travelling, and an old man lay twitching on the ground… but there was a distinct lack of do-gooders.
"Fast little bastards, hmmmmm," he said to no one in particular, and twirled his cane in his fingers moodily.

He stared at the portal for a few moments, then turned his eyes on the bloody Dillan.
"I know your pain," he declared with a soft smile, "But take heart! 'That which does not kill you…'" He laughed a bit to himself and stepped through the portal.

The first thought that entered his mind on his arrival was how easy it was. There wasn't really any grand experience, or a pshyedelic journey. He had travelled to the past between two beats of his heart. He held it for more than just a little bit anti-climatic. He just lived for these sort of things…
Before his eyes, a battle was taking place. And what a weird battle it was… An eclectic group of heroes was taking on a weathered looking world-conqueror. Most of the people on the street had already escaped. Well, anyway, it looked quite hectic, and not very epic at all, but Charge still couldn't help but think he'd like to give a smootch on those big, blue lips of Apocalypse's. He'd thought the same thing every time he'd seen a poster of him. A part of him told him to burn all of them and see what would happen, but that seemed like so much work.

The circumstances of events that had led up to this point had been extraordinarily complex, and it would have taken a genius to figure everything out from nothing. Of course, Almond had always thought of himself as one. From what he could tell, Angel's lackeys had came to a pivotal point in history to stop Apocalypse's reign from ever happening. The ripple of changes for the entire world would be unforeseeable, and he thought to himself that he quite enjoyed existing. Yet, he didn't feel like defending Apocalypse either.

With a rueful smile, he turned around and walked away. The portal had disappeared, and it seemed like none of the combatants had noticed him. (He was just a poor, old man, after all.)
When he thought he was sufficiently out of sight, he grabbed on to a streetlight. Immediately, torrents of electricity began streaming out of it and into Charge. He grinned wickedly as tendrils of energy began swirling at his sides. He could feel every light in the city block going out. Every light in the city… Every light in the whole powergrid.

He was starting to feel a little woozy, but he had every faith in his success. After all, he only needed to generate enough energy to bend time-space a little.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 17:59

Downfall begins to age Apocalypse. But Apocalypse has been around a long time, and would be around a lot longer. Aging him is just allowing his body to start to resconstruct itself faster. Apocalypse nods a thanks to Downfall, "I don't know who you are, but thank you. You will serve at my side once I dispatch of the rest of these fools."

Vibe's blast hits Apocalypse, and Downfall amps up her efforts. Apocalypse is finally seems to be showing signs of aging. His shoulders are slumping slightly. Deep bags are appearing beneath his eyes. His raises his hands and fires a blast towards Downfall. Downfall staggers backwards, but keeps pouring it on. His is about to do it again, but Torment begins to mess with his mind.

Apocalypse looks from side to side and starts firing at imaginary targets, "Come at me from all sides? You will still kneel before Apocalypse."

Xavier smiles at Marisol before she turns away, "Thank you, young lady." He turns back to Eric and says softly, "Eric…there is something I have to tell you." Eric chuckles at Xavier, "I think I suddenly understand all your interest in mutations, Charles." Eric flicks his hand at a nearby car and it hovers off the ground, "Shall we help them?"

Xavier watches the heroes go to work, and smiles. Telepathically he says, sending into each of their minds, "No. We would just be in the way. They seem to know what they are doing. It would be rude for me to get myself killed in the process of helping them save my life." Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 18:14

Marisol reconsidered her approach once she had joined the battle. She had always been much better with surprise attacks.
She dodged Apoalypse's field of vision as well as she could, and shrunk herself down to her bare minimum. She always felt very weird doing it, but it was necessary. She paddled closer to Apocalypse on her four tiny paws, until she was close behind his back.

Then she returned to her previous size in an instant. Lacking better ideas, she tried to bite off his head.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Michael "Chi" Placio on Dec 9, 2006, 18:32

That was…a disturbing technique. Apocalypse had faced many many attacks in his long life, but he'd never had something try to bite his head off. Marisol's teeth clamped down, and a nasty, brackish fluid squirted out of Apocalypse's neck. But, you have to give Marisol a lot of credit. She kept going. Apocalypse dropped to one knee.

Torment, Downfall, Vibe and Solidity keep pouring it on, and soon Apocalypse falls down, releasing a final burst of energy in the process, knocking Downfall and Solidity to the ground. From down the block, Eric tosses a look at the fallen Apocalypse and strokes his chin thoughtfully.

The heroes look at each other in triumph. But they don't expect to have much time to celebrate. Apocalypse has been defeated, Xavier has survived. Doesn't that mean their reality never happened?Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Marisol "Solidity" Morales on Dec 9, 2006, 19:00

Marisol kept lying on the warm pavement. She didn't bother standing up again, or even reverting back to her real form. She remained a beast. A monster, whose jaws were too wide apart to be possible by any margin. A creature too impossible to exist. She spent so much of her time in such forms, but… she just didn't care. She never had, and this was an extraordinarily stupid time to start.

Her "team-mates" were realizing what had happened. They seemed happy, yet so uncertain all the same. She felt exactly the same way. The bitter taste of Apocalypse hadn't left her.

For the millionth time, she wondered what what she would become, what she had been… what she was. Would she be swept out of existance? Did she just exist because of a fluke coincidence with various DNA strands? She never cared for her well-being, or her health or her whole LIFE, but… not ever having existed at all… seemed a horrible thought. And what if she was completely different? A human, a man, or… evil. She couldn't bear the thought.

No matter how hard she tried to push these thoughts away, they remained. She was so afraid.

And she felt kind of… Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Dillon "Time-Hopper" Drummond on Dec 9, 2006, 19:40

Viola wasn't sure what would happen next so she turned to Professor Xavier and Magneto.

"One day you're going to teach a young man named Dillan Drummond. Please make sure he knows how much I love him. I get the feeling that no matter what the world's like, I'd never get a chance to tell him that."

She was resolved to her fate. Would she cease to exist soon? Maybe, but at the very least she might end up wherever Rose and the rest of her fallen teammates did. Teammates. She didn't feel uncomfortable calling them that. It's not everyday a random group of strangers got to save the world.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Dec 9, 2006, 23:54

We… did it. We took down Apocalypse. Yeah… I was right. This man certainly wasn't the god that ruled our world. Not even close. But now what? I look over to this Charles Xavier and the man I recognize as a younger Magneto. This one bald man is supposed to be the difference between the world staying, well, like this and the Age of Apocalypse that we come from? Could it really be true? Did we save my friends? Did we… whoa. It hits me that I think we just saved the world. The world.

I guess I finally got to be part of making an actual difference after all…Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 10, 2006, 3:07

"I guess there's no need for me, here, after all."

I make sure Apocalypse is down, then just look around, confused.Re: Heroes' journey
Post by Pester/Freaktada on Dec 10, 2006, 7:07

Wow. So I helped take down Apocalypse. Even in my wildest dreams I didn't see myself becoming that important. I'll admit this to myself, I never thought I'd be instrumental in something so important. My only prayer is that the "original" me is as valuable as this version.

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