Tales of Justice

Right to the Bone, Chapter 9
The Original Copies

Greetings True Believers!

Meanwhile, while the SAFEGUARD team explore the hidden room beneath Wewelsburg, Germany, a private jet wings its way through the sky over Europe. Aboard, the Wyldfire team settles in for a long flight after the Brussel’s job with a copy of the medical procedure. A job well done.

But there’s no rest for our heroes today, True Believers! An urgent call comes in from Dr. Gironde. After the auction, AIM robbed the man – Simon Kincade – who won the auction for the antique journal that concealed the formula. They left the flash drive but took the antique journal!

Even more odd is that there was an encrypted data feed out of Wewelsburg, Germany using AIM’s encryption codes! Both the stolen journal AND the data feed were received by an AIM cybercommando team.

Gironde tells the team to divert and recover both that journal and a copy of that data feed. AIM is up to something, and it won’t be good! They had also better hurry, CASTLE has left Brussels and is already on his way to meet the AIM team!

It’s a heist on the move, True Believers! Let’s get moving!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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Wyldfire!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 8
Turning Point

Greetings True Believers!

After regrouping, our heroes devised quick plan to get in and track down the rest of the journals in the castle. Cypher knew where to start looking.

But there was the matter of what AIM scanned. AIM technology is extremely advanced … and cryptic … but nothing our heroes couldn’t handle. It was a painting on top of another painting!

Splitting up, one group went for the journals while another went to examine the painting.

It was as if the painting had been waiting for them. The outer image, oil and paint turned to sand! It rolled away like water, revealing the true painting underneath! It was a group of men standing next to one Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the Society of Thule in the 1940s! Elektra grabbed a quick phone picture and the sand recovered the hidden painting.

As for the other journals, they were where Cypher remembered. But in all the searching, there was more! Someone had inked hard to see germanic runes, but even more interesting was a hologrpahic message in Egyptian to ‘seek the Pharoah of Macedon’ so they can find ‘the path’.

The Pharoah of Macedon was Alexander the Great, but what is the path? And most important, where did almost the entire team vanish to when they ‘de-rezzed’ into an AIM Cybercommando disk?

Looks like X might not mark the spot on this treasure hunt, True Believers, but Egyptian heiroglyphs might!

If they can escape the Hammer Empire!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!
CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 7
The Driver

Greetings True Believers!

With the Wrecking Crew in the hands of the Wewlsburg police, our heroes can now stop and take a breath of relief.

Or can they?

Hammer Empire and AIM were the immediate threats and they retreated. The Wrecking Crew were nothing more than hired thugs, if Simon Kincade’s message is to be believed.

But! What of the albino driver? Was he just a coincidence? Or the AIM scanner? Just what were they looking for? And then there was the museum curator’s ring with the heiroglyph of Kepri, the Egyptian god associated with rebirth?

There’s more questions than answers! But those are just the questions our heroes have regrouped to ponder, True Believers!

Let’s see if they’ve dug up any answers!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!
CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 6
The Runes

Greetings True Believers!

When last we left off, the team was in the small town of Wewlsburg, hunting down the journals of Dr. Hans Adelberg. Journals that were supposed to hold information about this mysterious Project Bell.

No sooner had they arrived in town, than they went to dig up information so they could to follow the trail. Not only did they find clues to the journals, but a running slugfest between AIM and Hammer Empire!

Talk about local wildlife!

Caught in the crossfire, our heroes have scattered across town but are quickly racing to each other’s rescue. But will they arrive in time? And will the rescuers themselves need rescuing?

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!
CAPTAIN AMERICA!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 5
The Journal

Greetings True Believers!

Leave it to Wyldfire to bring down the house! Or in this case, at least the front door to a finance building. I suppose it can be said, Castle and those AIM troopers weren’t chump change!

Meanwhile, back in the old US of A…

Holy Arrested Development, True Believers!

After being accosted by Captain America, The Shadow, and the rest of the SAFEGUARD recovery team, the Trenchcoat Brigade is – from all outward views – arrested!

Back at the plane, the two teams are brought in to an out of the way location and interviewed. Information exchanged and the real prisoners … the Hammer Empire team and the mysterious albino commando … are questioned.

Did they get any answers to those questions? Or were they just answers they didn’t want to know about! Lets listen in and see!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 4
Brussel Shuffle!

Greetings True Believers!

When last we left, Wyldfire had been sent to Brussels to recover a copy of stolen medical research being smuggled in an antique book. They approached the Meyer and Stubens Auction House with a cunning plan in mind!

But no one expects a Brussels Beatdown!

Now, the team is separated. Thunderstrike is carrying Puma, a mountain lion-human mercenary, while chasing down the curator’s daughter. One Fiona Haske who just so happens to have the antique book the team is after. Only they’re not alone! They have eighty thousand of their closest tourists with them as Fiona dives into the crowd watching Brussel’s holiday parade!

Back at the auction house, Doc Reynolds is escorting a mysterious woman from South Africa. An albino woman who is part of the group here to bid on the antique books. Someone whom the team suspects is up to no good!

Its hard to tell since she is caught in the same smoke grenade as Doc Reynolds. But then again, just where did the woman’s brother go?

Then there is Feral, after discovering a small swarm of bronze-gold scarab creatures running around, she gives chase. And she caught one, only to have it spit out a flash drive and drop it at her feet?

And last would be Feral’s husband, Blackjack, international thief. After getting an emergency phone call, he meets with a latecomer to the team.

Perhaps Martin Prinz, also known as Amethyst, can help sort things out!

Let’s check in, True Believers, as our heroes get caught up in the Brussel Shuffle!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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Wyldfire!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 3
Ever'day I'm Brusselin'

Greetings True Believers!

Captain America, the Shadow and the SAFEGUARD field team made it just in time! While they extract their allies, I’m wondering about those strange machines. Those scarabs…

Just what are they? Where did they come from?

Most important, are they friend? Or Foe?

While SAFEGUARD and Sahara work through that, half a world away in Belgium’s capital of Brussels, members of Wyldfire are handling a different problem.

Tasked by their employer, Dr. Jean-Claude Gironde, the team has been sent to intercept the last copy of a genetic therapy process invented by one Dr. Magnus Corado that can regenerate various damage to the eye!

Color blindness, even many forms of eye disorders, all gone without surgery! Amazing!

What’s even more amazing, and deadly, is that they aren’t the only ones after it. Hammer Empire, AIM, and more have arrived for the auction. A deadly assortment is in attendance!

Now all Wyldfire has to do is figure out which antique book holds the missing data. After all, it’s only an estate sale for a two hundred year old personal library! How hard can that be?

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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Wyldfire!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 2
Home Alone

Greetings True Believers!

Well, it seems there’s less and more to this ‘ghost’ business than anyone knew!

But what has an old World War 2 Nazi science experiment have to do with Tibet? Or ancient Egypt? Or even the project that produced Captain America?

And that’s the big mystery isn’t it, True Believers? It’s also what SAFEGUARD is out to solve.

But for starters, what about those missing sailors? And why didn’t the US Coast Guard get involved? Something’s fishy about that, I tell you.

Let’s see if SAFEGUARD has reeled anything in about it!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!

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Right to the Bone, Chapter 1
Harbor Hijinks

Greetings True Believers!

It’s evening in the Big Apple, and like always, it proves New York City is the city that never sleeps! People and vehicles are busy moving on their way around and across New York.

In the harbor, ships move through the waterway or sit quiet at the docks. All save one.

That ship, the Hershaw sits quiet with her lights dimmed. Until two dock hands run from her deck. Eyes wide they scream about glowing runes! A dead crew!

Jinkies, True Believers! A ghost ship! But could it be real ghosts? After all this is the real world, not some made up fiction!

SAFEGUARD’s curious about this, too! Which is why they’ve activated …

THE TRENCHCOAT BRIGADE to investigate! So grab your proton packs and Tobin’s Spirit Guides, True Believers! It may prove to be a ghastly good time!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

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The Trenchcoat Brigade

Guest Starring

SAHARA!

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TED-Meta 4
The High Seas

Yo ho! Yo ho! A Villain Life For Me!

Two hundred fifty people try to prepare the largest island in the Nomanisan Bay archipelago for the inevitable attack by Murder World Security forces.

Well … actually … eight of those 250 are prisoners. They are not going to help.

Two of those 250 are Murder World contestants,who may have decided to switch sides in the name of piracy, but are not necessarily going to help the civilians.

Five of those 250 were at the convention as “drivers” (bodyguards), and they probably WOULD help except most of them got injured in the big fight against The Astrologer and his minions.

Dr. John Evans, one of the convention attendees, is drafting some people from the 200 convention attendees to help him treat the new injuries AND to figure out who among the civilian population are at special risk because they are definitely not metahumans. Can we do that without advanced technological equipment? Dr. Evans acts under the supposition that a majority of this population are likely to be metahumans, whether they know (and admit) it or not, because of what Vicious and Mirabelle Sinjin told everyone earlier in the morning.

Easily two thirds of the remaining 220 are “preparing” by desperately trying to get some sleep.

That leaves 73 people, only 15 of which have experience in managing group survival on this island, plus the 4 Wyldfire members. Defenses need to be contructed. Food needs to be gathered. Water needs to be desalinated and stored. Weapons need to be recharged. Prisoners need to be more permanently secured. Fire pits need to be dug, reinforced, given chimneys to redirect the smoke into a smokehouse (which needs to be built), and large amounts of supplies need to be laid in. Nets need to be woven and deployed.

Mirabelle Sinjin says it cannot be done. It is not possible to keep alive a group this large. She says, quietly but firmly, that if anyone is going to survive then more than three quarters of the group needs to be left to fend for themselves, with an expectation that they will not stand much of a chance. She looks haunted when she glances at the crowd. She says Wyldfire is not The Watchmen, and you cannot save everyone.

Killer Croc offers to solve the prisoner problem by eating them.

Bitsy Klein, Convention Organizer, looks very unhappy about this. She starts trying to figure out who has the best chance of survival, and how to manage this. She keeps looking at the teenage ushers from her Convention Center staff.

Doug Miller, Palmer Tech Representative, is quietly furious. “We WILL save EVERYBODY,” he insists, “because that’s what Palmer Technologies does!” Doug Miller is not an engineer. He is not a scientist. He is a Public Relations flack. He looks like he is ready to invent a laser gun out of coconuts, using sheer determination and motivational speech to make it happen.

The members of Wyldfire, last the GM heard, intended to leave the NPCs to it, while heading for the shorter “volcano” to infiltrate the engine room and take over the entire floating island.

Is that still the plan, gentlemen?

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