Tales of Justice

Harvest of Dust
A most unusual beginning ...

Thrilling Tales of Wonder present Wyldfire in … Harvest of Dust!

Greetings True Believers!

It’s winter in Metropolis! And with the season comes winter break at the Gironde School for the Gifted. Most students return home to visit family and friends for the holidays. Meanwhile, the staff gets a well-earned break from the rigors of teaching the minds – and heroes – of tomorrow.

This time, this isn’t a vacation for the members of Wyldfire. Now that the team has recovered Jarissa from the clutched of Mr. Sinister, its time to focus their efforts in recovering his daughter, Mirabelle. Meeting in the team’s War Room, they review information gleaned from Sinister and other sourced available to Dr. Gironde. Mirabelle is held by the hitman known only as Arcade. They have multiple possible locations of his ‘murderworld’ … but only one is authentic.

But first they might want to something about the whirling blue dimensional gate that is ripping open in the back of the room!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Medkit
Fehral

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The Sculptor of Death! Part 2
Terracotta Two Step!

Thrilling Tales of Wonder present … Knight’s Vigilant in … The Sculptor of Death, Part 2!

Greetings True Believers!

A riot in Chinatown! The Fall festival broken up by ninjas? But who were they? And what could they possibly want with a temple dog statue, an ancient circlet associated with insanity and death, and all the other items that were stolen?

Most important, what happened to Taki? She vanished, leaving only Kara there to help the team!

Using a map created by Moon Knight’s mini-bots, the Knight’s Vigilant race after the ninjas through the storm drains under Chinatown. Hopefully, they’ll find the ninjas and the answer to their questions!

It looks like they’re digging in to get to the bottom of things, True Believers! Lets look in and see how they’re doing!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

The Knight’s Vigilant!

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The Sculptor of Death!
Big Trouble in Little Chinatown!

Thrilling Tales of Wonder present … Knight’s Vigilant in … The Sculptor of Death!

Greetings True Believers!

With summer passing into memory and temperatures starting to dip, there can be no doubt that fall is in the air! And with that comes fall festivals!

All across New York, celebrations of the fall season are underway. Such as the new Halloween Festival in Chinatown! With fireworks, performers, and food it’s a feast for the senses. One that even the local criminal element has taken steps to protect!

But while criminal gangs from the Disco Boys, Jade Falcons, and even the Golden Lotus declare a truce during the festivities, something still does not sit right. Sensing that there is a disturbance in the air, Fu Qiang Xue – otherwise known as ‘Apothecary Fu’ – has contacted the Knight’s Vigilant to enlist their aid.

While it could be nothing, just the worries of a retired crime fighter. But with this many of the local criminal element in one space at one time? Who knows what might happen!

Grab some dim sum and get ready, there may be fireworks yet to come!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

The Knight’s Vigilant!

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Launch Code: The Conclusion!

The Masked Avengers thought they had this dastardly plot cleaned up! They have knocked Robert Megalos unconscious. They have defeated Blockbuster through fantastic team efforts.

But outside the underwater base, arriving early, are the two rented trucks full of the PPZ’s remaining members.
And the creature called “Summon”.
And some sort of four-armed clay creature.

Also there are people in yellow armored suits, with personal jetpacks, blasting away with yellow-beamed ray guns.

Also there are other people firing back in colors like green, blue, and red!

No, the Trenchcoat Brigade’s work is not done … not just yet!

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Launch Code part 8
You are a WEAPON, and you belong to ME!

Roland Desmond of Blüdhaven is a happy man. He has a nice shipment of incoming mutagenic pharmaceuticals and their antidote coming his way. He has an easily floodable base full of this new, rare drug’s creators. He has a new chef, and not just any chef, but the one some criminals call “Chef” — it’s like combining Mercy Graves with Anthony Bourdain!

So what if his shoes got a little damp when he boarded the submarine?

He already has secret control of several neighborhoods in Blüdhaven’s walled section, and today’s work may be just what he needs to increase his power to half the criminal underworld of New Jersey.

Just in time for Mother’s birthday!

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Launch Code part 7
What's the best tuna? CHICKEN OF THE SEA!

“One after one by the star dogged moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang
And cursed me with his eye
Four times fifty living men
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one.”

- Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Nine in the morning approaches on a late winter’s day in New Jersey. On the shoreline a short way north of Blüdhaven, the brightening sky is mildly overcast. The tide is coming in.

The masked mystery men are going to go down, down, down…..

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Launch Code part 6
Now listen here, Larry Duberman!

Among local Greek organizations associated with New York City colleges and universities, Psi Phi Zeta has a reputation as The Most Tight-laced, Boring Frat Ever. They don’t have scandals. They don’t have wild parties. They don’t have nerve-wracking Rush Week traditions. They don’t raid the Dean’s office or play pranks.

They are “staid” if you talk like they do.
“Lame” to everyone else.

Until now!

Something mysterious has lit a metaphorical fire under them. Members are making inventive, amateur forays into several metahuman fields at once. Some research ancient legends of artifacts that granted godlike powers. Some visit Chinatown, asking specific questions about rare, old herbal remedies. Some seek out psychics for very unusual queries. And some … some make suspicious deals on the black market, involving mutagenic “enhancers”. Not just the latest edition of Silent Dreams, either, now called Star Gate.

Last night, the Trenchcoat Brigade disrupted several pieces of a dangerous plan. In the wee hours of the morning, they infiltrated the PPZ frathouse through an ingenious plan and surreptitiously collected a lot of information, which they now take the chance to examine more closely at an undisclosed location.

Interrogating PPZ fraternity brother Larry Duberman ….

The hour is past six in the morning. Many citizens begin their normal days. Others go to rest after a long night.

The Shadow interrogated the young man who organized the supplies, shipments, and assignments for this highly dubious PPZ project. Larry Duberman, Keeper of the Checklists, has given all the information that can be coaxed out of him. Now it is time to dispose of him and plan the next step.

Sahara and Chameleon lurk nearby, just out of sight. They are ready if the Shadow needs backup; also they continue to look through the commandeered materials for any further clue, or for possible lines of further inquiry.

Psypher used the credit card swiped from the PPZ to arrange a future date with the alien visitor Summon: a tuxedo, two tickets to the Broadway production of Aladdin, even a prepaid cab ride. He then disposed of the credit card and traveled to deliver his invitation personally. He had to deactivate his comms for an hour, but the otherworldly being certainly had something to say! Psypher has intelligence to share with his colleagues, and should be brought up to date by them on what he missed.

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Launch Code part 5
Blue means "poisonous" in nature, right?

Among local Greek organizations associated with Campaign City colleges and universities, Psi Phi Zeta has a reputation as The Most Tight-laced, Boring Frat Ever. They don’t have scandals. They don’t have wild parties. They don’t have nerve-wracking Rush Week traditions. They don’t raid the Dean’s office or play pranks.

They are “staid” if you talk like they do.
“Lame” to everyone else.

Until now!

Something mysterious has lit a metaphorical fire under them. Members are making inventive, amateur forays into several metahuman fields at once. Some research ancient legends of artifacts that granted godlike powers. Some visit Chinatown, asking specific questions about rare, old herbal remedies. Some seek out psychics for very unusual queries. And some … some make suspicious deals on the black market, involving mutagenic “enhancers”. Not just the latest edition of Silent Dreams, either, now called Star Gate.

Earlier this evening, the Trenchcoat Brigade disrupted a cobbled-together ritual in a New York University park. They have wrecked a three-way drug deal in the alley behind Tony’s House of Ribs. They investigated several university professors, including one whose connections to these problematic young men was too noteworthy.

They infiltrated the PPZ frathouse through an ingenious plan and surreptitiously collected a lot of information, some of which will have to be examined once the Trenchcoat Brigade has safely withdrawn.

Their investigation continues, undetected.

At the PPZ frathouse ….

The hour is VERY late.

The pizza has been eaten. It has to be cleaned up, all detritus properly disposed, and the kitchen made very tidy again, all by a certain fraternity pledge.

Sahara has searched the 4th floor room of Larry Duberman, an undergraduate in charge of the “squad lists” and particularly in charge of the checklists for what tasks have been completed and what still needs doing on The Project. Larry keeps his list in a metal clipboard box thing just like ( https://amzn.com/B0000225AQ ), and keeps that with him at all times, but he did put it down behind him while he ate his share of pizza.

Chameleon continues to impersonate PPZ pledge Milton Glavis, whom The Shadow has interrogated at length. He’s gotten some quick photos of Larry’s checklists, and he managed to palm one of the not-yet-sorted ritual objects from the study.

Psypher scouted out the not-so-typical defenses arranged on the exterior of the rowhouse, reporting his findings of mixed traditions and Macgyvered solutions to his teammates.

In the basement, they found a room labeled as the “central heating and air” room, with strict signs ordering unauthorized personnel to keep out. Inside, the Shadow and Psypher and a still-gaseous Sahara see what might be an alchemy lab, or a drug lab, or some kind of chemical lab; but it is ringed by supernatural ritual of some kind.

Also, there is a blue woman-looking creature, with wings, looking back at the people who just opened the door.

“Hello there!” she said at them in a cheerful, chirpy tone. She seems to be waiting expectantly.

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Launch Code part 4
Haunted Nerdy Frathouse Edition!

Among local Greek organizations associated with Campaign City colleges and universities, Psi Phi Zeta has a reputation as The Most Tight-laced, Boring Frat Ever. They don’t have scandals. They don’t have wild parties. They don’t have nerve-wracking Rush Week traditions. They don’t raid the Dean’s office or play pranks.

They are “staid” if you talk like they do.
“Lame” to everyone else.

Until now!

Something mysterious has lit a metaphorical fire under them. Members are making inventive, amateur forays into several metahuman fields at once. Some research ancient legends of artifacts that granted godlike powers. Some visit Chinatown, asking specific questions about rare, old herbal remedies. Some seek out psychics for very unusual queries. And some … some make suspicious deals on the black market, involving mutagenic “enhancers”. Not just the latest edition of Silent Dreams, either, now called Star Gate.

Earlier this evening, the Trenchcoat Brigade disrupted a cobbled-together ritual in a New York University park. They have wrecked a three-way drug deal in the alley behind Tony’s House of Ribs. They investigated several university professors, including one whose connections to these problematic young men was too noteworthy.

Now it is time to take the investigation to the fraternity’s headquarters!

At the PPZ frathouse ….

The hour is late.

Not all is silent! But most of the house’s twenty residents are settled in place: five in the study that other fraternities might have used for a gaming room, three in the kitchen, seven in their beds on the top 3 floors, one in the 4th floor bathroom, and the remaining four work together in the front room to sort some data, or possibly to play some sort of complex miniature battle.

One of the trio in the kitchen gathers up three bulging garbage bags. He checks that his fancy watch is securely in place on his right wrist. Then he heads for the back door.

He is certainly going to the alley that runs behind Fraternity Row, heading for the dumpster at one end of the alley. He will have to pass behind three other frat houses, cross the alley, and unlock a tall iron gate that bars casual entry to the dumpster.

He looks like a pledge: exhausted, always hyper-aware of his posture and clothing, always looking around for higher-ranking members of his organization. He wears chinos, a safety-yellow long-sleeved polo shirt with the fraternity logo on each collar point, a bow tie (with a polo shirt!), and THIS APRON.

(Which is not spotless.)
(And shows some signs of fading in previous washes.)
(And does not fit him well.)

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Launch Code part 3

On campus at the Steinhardt School, The Shadow and Nathan Borne see the end of Bryn Oh’s speech. There is an odd feeling in the air, a faint prickling on the skin. Is a storm front coming through? Or something far more unnatural?

At Rise and Grind, or rather behind the Rise and Grind, criminal dealings fair poorly against Sahara and Psypher. Sahara stands atop a fire escape, holding the duffel bag full of ill-gotten gains. But don’t count Tar Pit out just yet! He is running down the alley, with a goal of some sort in mind, while pointing a threatening finger at the sand-shifting masked crusader.

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