Tales of Justice

North by North Korea, Part 1
Making Friends ... and enemies

Greetings True Believers!

Heading North, our heroes soar through the sky making their way to the wilds of North Korea! Land of culture, mystery and a possible location of one of Mr. Sinister’s dimensional portals!

But our heroes may find more than just a portal, and perhaps even a strong clue as to where Mr. Sinister has taken their teammate Jarissa. Even now strange events are taking place in North Korea, hidden from the eyes of the world. Events our heroes may have to confront if they are to free their friend!

It’ll be a deadly mystery for sure! Lets see how they’re doing …

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Martin Prinz, “Amethyst”
Sergei Kravenov, “Kraven the Hunter”
Dr. Steven Reynolds, “Medkit”
James Adison, “Monkey King”

Guest Starring
Lady Jessica

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Perils of Wundagore, Part 3

Greetings True Believers!

Slave labor mining copper for another dimension! A portal that delivers Mr. Sinister’s Marauder Drones! Madam Mayhem versus Amethyst! Marauder Drones against our heroes! Romanian bandits versus everyone!

Get ready for a battle royal, True Believers! Will our heroes find out how Madam Mayhem knows about Amethyst and his Kryptonian ring? Will Dr. Reynolds discover how his father knows Michael Archangel?

Above all, will Madam Mayhem’s portal help our heroes recover their kidnapped teammate?

It’s that one-two punch we’ve all been waiting for, True Believers!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Martin Prinz, “Amethyst”
Sergei Kravenov, “Kraven the Hunter”
Dr. Steven Reynolds, “Medkit”
James Adison, “Monkey King”

Guest Starring
Lady Jessica and the Knights of Wundagore!

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Perils of Wundagore, Part 2
Baltic Rumble!

Greetings True Believers!

Welcome Back! Kidnappings in Serbia? A mysterious copper mine? A band of raiders led by a former KGB assassin? A pack of drones that look very similar to Mr. Sinister’s Marauder drones?

Looks like our heroes dug down to the motherlode on this one!

Can they withstand the assault from the mysterious drones, Iron Maiden and her partner, Madam Mayhem? And what was that strange message referring to Amethyst as a ‘Guardian’? And most importantly, will our heroes find a way to rescue the kidnap victims from the forced labor camp?

Also … will they find out how Iron Maiden and Madam Mayhem have technology so similar to what is used by the nefarious Mr. Sinister?

Stay on the edge of your seat, True Believers, there’s more answers, excitement and mystery to come!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Martin Prinz, “Amethyst”
Sergei Kravenov, “Kraven the Hunter”
Dr. Steven Reynolds, “Medkit”
James Adison, “Monkey King”

Guest Starring
Lady Jessica and the Knights of Wundagore!

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Perils of Wundagore!
Trail of Dr. Essex, part 1

Greetings True Believers!

It’s said that flying is the safest means of travel. That is certainly true today for our heroes! Right now, the cloaked Wyldfire quinjet streaks through the clouds over the collection of Southeastern European nations known as the Baltic states.

But, this isn’t just a simple vacation, True Believers! Our heroes are hot on the trail to rescue their missing teammate, Jarissa, otherwise known as “Feral”!

Their current clues point toward what might have been a dimensional rift in North Korea. But! To get there undetected, they need assistance. First, would be Kraven the Hunter, who was asked to go along to help as a personal favor to Jarissa’s husband, Blackjack. Second, would be logistical information and possible means to enter North Korea.

This means a visit to mysterious Wundagore Mountain on the Romanian – Serbian border! There they hope to ask for assistance from the enigmatic Michael Archangel, creator of the “NuMen” and the Knights of Wundagore!

But all may not be as it seems, True Believers. Serbia is a land plagued with its own troubles, and the welcome for our heroes may not be as cordial as they hope.

Let’s check in and see how they are doing!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Martin Prinz, “Amethyst”
Sergei Kravenov, “Kraven the Hunter”
Dr. Steven Reynolds, “Medkit”
James Adison, “Monkey King (Formerly known as Caliope Cries)”

Guest Starring
Lady Jessica and the Knights of Wundagore!

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The Fixer Upper Job, Part 5
Jinkies! More clues than you can shake a snake at!

Greetings True Believers!

You made it! I wasn’t sure you’d be here, what with what happened at the old military base!

Surely you remember? Our heroes had a plan! Don and Martin got jobs with Cavanaugh construction to dig up some clues as to what was going on. And boy did they turn over the right rock! Workers acting odd, secret scans of mysterious blue chemicals, and worst yet they were caught by Hammer Empire’s science division … HYDRA!

Talk about finding a snake in the grass!

Meanwhile, Doc – with some help from Silverwing – uncovered the mystery of the taser beetles. Alone, they are dangerous as Doc Reynolds found out! But together, they form a complex hive mind that could communicate miles away. But to where? Well, obviously far enough to get the attention of a black helicopter and armed soldiers! Thankfully, Doc and Silverwing beat feet and raced out of there with what they could manage!

While Doc Reynolds and Silverwing are racing away from a helicopter of bad news, Rebecca has shoved up some bad news of her own. Using her contacts and her wits, she tracked down the mysterious EPA investigator … and uncovered dire deeds that may be linked back to the matter at hand! Including one missing EPA lab technician!

Whew! What will they do? Will Don and Martin escape the scaly clutches of HYDRA? Will Doc be able to maintain his telekinesis of the car to get himself and Silverwing to safety? Will Rebecca ever get Doc to answer his cell phone? And most of all …

Will they find out what is really going on and put a stop to it!

I don’t know about you, True Believers, but I’m on the edge of MY seat! Let’s take a peek in and see how they get out of this one!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Doc (aka Medkit)

Guest Starring
Gremlin

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The Fixer Upper Job, Part 4
Drone, Drone on the range!

Greetings True Believers!

Welcome back! When last we left our heroes, Don Blake and Martin Prinz had gone to the construction site to apply for a job. What better way to see what is going on, but from the inside?

And wow did they get to see a lot. Mysterious android drones, a highly secret and secured medical building for injured workers, and then there were those construction crew members checking and scanning for some mysterious residue in the buildings?

As for Doc Reynolds, he had uncovered his own mysteries with the soil, crystal and chemical samples. A modified version of the serum developed by Dr. Victor Fries! With some help from Silverwing, they were going to dive into the full mystery of the beetles themselves. Who knows what they will find there.

Now for Rebecca, she only added to her list of mysteries. People involved with the EPA testing suddenly not available? How odd!

Then there was the accident … was it an accident? Or was it just too convenient?

Looks like their up to their necks in it, True Believers! They’d better be careful! Let’s check in and see if they’re still all right!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Doc (aka Medkit)

Guest Starring
Gremlin

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The Fixer Upper Job, Part 3
The game's a'foot! So keep an eye peeled for clues!

Greetings True Believers!

What a strange night! At least the deputy made it out of town safely thanks to Thunderstrike and Amethyst!

But … then there are those beetles … or should I say robotic swarm? Amazing technology. There can’t be more than what … a handful of brilliant minds that could create something like this? But which one? And why would they want to listen in on our heroes? And where are those unknown chemicals coming from?

There’s more going on here than meets the eye, True Believers. Between ghosts, mystery sabotage, and a fake EPA report … the game’s afoot!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Doc (aka Medkit)

Guest Starring
Gremlin

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The Fixer Upper Job, Part 2
A not-so-sleepy town of Bench Creek!

Greetings True Believers!

Welcome back! Can you believe it True Believers? The intrigue! The mystery! And that their Marriott has a complimentary breakfast!

Bench Creek certainly isn’t just another sleepy little town.

Reports of ghosts at the old airbase? Mysterious deaths back in 1950? And also sabotage of a delivery truck? And then there is the mysterious report Rebecca got from the Deputy Calvin.

There has to be a logical explanation for all this! Perhaps, its just haunted?

Don’t split up now, True Believers! There’s more clues to uncover!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Doc (aka Medkit)
Calliope

Guest Starring
Gremlin

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The Fixer Upper Job
Just some paint ... a few throw pillows ... and haunted airbase?

Greetings True Believers!

Just another warm, spring day along the eastern seaboard. There we find some of our favorite Counter-espionage team Wyldfire out for a drive!

It seems a bit out of their way … south of Blüdhaven would be a bit of a drive for a vacation. The only thing out here is the old, abandoned Richboro Nike Base outside the little town of Bench Creek.

Jinkies! Could this have anything to do with the construction work there by Cavanugh Construction?

There’s been odd reports of strange lights and sounds from the old base. Ghost pilots on the airfield. Silent, but glowing aircraft seen only in the dead of night near the base’s airfield.

Zoinks! It could be our heroes are running headlong into yet another mystery!

So huddle up gang and grab your Scooby Snacks, True Believers! This looks like a good one!

This is Not Stan Lee saying … EXCELSIOR!

Starring

Amethyst
Thunderstrike
Doc (aka Medkit)
Calliope

Guest Starring
Gremlin

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Meanwhile at Millie's Coffee and Bakery in Metropolis ...

Meanwhile at Millie’s Coffee and Bakery in Metropolis, one of the best coffee and bakery shops in the ‘City of Tomorrow’ …

Millie’s Coffee and Bakery was one of those rare establishments in the world of fast food, clothing and information. It was family owned, and had been so for at least two generations. A small cafe, it had precious few seating inside or out, but that did not seem to deter the flow of customers. Despite how busy it was, the atmosphere was calm and subdued. The time-worn wood paneled walls dotted with antique photographs from the 1930s and 40s aviator days contributed to that. So did the light strains of soft jazz music that leaked from a well-hidden sound system. They were part of the reason Dr. Jean-Claude Gironde was a regular here.

That and the vanilla-coconut-caramel dark roast was practically zen enlightenment in a single cup.

Dr. Gironde looked across the warm cup of his usual at his table companion. She looked tense. Almost as if she expected her own cup of hot cocoa was intent on biting her fingers. She looked away to send worried glances out a nearby window.

“Ms. Cummings, you were telling me about Cavanugh Construction?” he prompted her gently.

Theresa Cummings jumped slightly. Her nerves were raw. “Yes. I’m sorry. It’s just been … you just don’t know.”

Dr. Gironde gave her a warm smile. “You are safe here. You have my word. Whatever, or whoever, you’re worried about will not enter this building. I promise you that. Now what about Cavanugh Construction?”

Ms. Cummings nodded. Worry and fatigue had taken its toll, but she had not given up yet. “Like I said, I manage the books for Cavanugh Construction. I also double as their I.T. person.”

The doctor took a slow sip of his coffee. “I see. Go on.”

“Cavanugh Construction does refurbishing of buildings and locations. Recently, they refurbished an old mining operation for re-use.” She stopped for a brief sip of cocoa.

Dr. Gironde nodded. “I’ve heard of them. From what I understand, they do good work. Promote a ‘clean’ means to refurbishing. Environmentally friendly.”

Theresa gave a derisive, quiet, laugh. “Yes, they do. They good at ‘cleaning’.”

The doctor caught the tone. “How do you mean?”

“I found some … discrepancies in the books. Minor things. Small items that would normally can be explained away or resolved through the end of month balance. I got curious and looked into it. I found that the ‘clean’ practices aren’t so clean. Workers are exposed to unsafe work conditions and chemicals. The workers are paid just below standard, enough that they can feed their families, but not enough to leave. If anyone experiences severe medical problems, they can make use of the company ‘medical incentive programs’. They send just enough to a real doctor to mark on the books. Most are treated by a medical staff kept on site.”

Dr. Gironde frowned at the unpleasant direction this took. “Then what is the ‘medical incentive program’?”

“I don’t really know. The most I know is that rumor has it that people unable to work in the yard get a chance to train up on the larger equipment. It’s supposed to keep them out of the more caustic environment. Workers recovering get that chance, too.” She paused for a moment. “I knew a man … Philip Jackson … he got accidentally exposed to some diluted chlorine. After he was treated, he signed up for additional training to use one of the construction bots Cavanugh purchased from Oscorp.” Ms. Cummings gave the doctor a stare so cold and afraid, he had to suppress an urge to shudder. “He worked harder than ever, and yet … he hasn’t shown any signs of his accident. Nor have I seen any disability payments go out to his family. In fact, he signed a form to saying he willingly refused the payments.”

“I see,” Dr. Gironde replied. “You think he was coerced?”

“I think he might have been.” Ms. Cummings replied. Her words were tumbling out of her now, like water in a waterfall. Like it was a relief to speak to someone who listened. “And the chlorine spill? Nothing was mentioned. Nothing on the records of it ever happening! All that I did notice was at the same time we unexpectedly upgraded out network hardware. I cleared out the old machines, but they were gone faster than you’d blink your eye! I asked Michael Cavanugh about it … the owner … and he told me not to worry about it. I mentioned the other items I had discovered and that I was concerned. He had an odd look but again said not to worry about it and that the end of month accounting would clear it all up.”

“Is that when the ‘accidents’ started that you mentioned to me on the phone?” the doctor asked.

“Yes,” she replied in a small voice. “I nearly died in one, if it hadn’t been for a local lawyer. She saved me. Encouraged me to get help.”

“A lawyer? Who? If she told you to get outside help, she obviously isn’t working with Cavanugh.”

“No. Her name is Rebecca DuPree.”

Dr. Gironde recognized the name. She was a mutant, and so is on her ‘watch’ list. He had considered approaching her for his team, but fate interfered. Before they could speak, Ms. DuPree fell victim to a deranged researcher from Oscorp who subjected her to ‘experimental’ drug treatments for her ‘mutant affliction’. Between her own efforts, and the efforts of the FBI, she managed to be free of the lunatic.

Afterward, Dr. Gironde kept his distance, since the young woman needed time to mentally heal. The last he understood, she had returned to school and gotten her law degree. She specialized in corporate misconduct cases and environmental cases, with interesting wins against the likes of LexCorp and others.

He nodded. “I’ve know of her. She’s helping you?”

“Yes. She’s convinced something is wrong at Cavanugh Construction. She’s convinced the company isn’t as ‘clean’ as it says it is and that they are siphoning money off that should be paid to disabled workers.” Ms. Cummings paused to get her breath. She visibly shook. Her recently experiences had taken their toll on her. “But, Ms. DuPree did say we were being stonewalled. She sent me to Dr. McCoy for help and to put me someplace safe. I’ve not dared call her, as I think Cavanugh has been trying to find out where I am and track down the both of us.” She fixed Dr. Gironde with another look. “Dr. McCoy sent me to you. He said you were the only one who could help.”

Dr. Gironde raised an eyebrow. I must speak with Henry about this love of drama he’s been enjoying lately. It’s a bit much. The doctor gave the nervous woman another smile. “Ms. Cummings, as dramatic as Dr. McCoy is, he is also correct. There is something I can do.”

“I … I don’t have much, but I can pay if its money you need,” she said desperately.

The doctor shook his head. “Ms. Cummings, there’s no need for your money. It sounds like Cavanugh Construction has had its own way for some time. In fact it sounds like they have been doing so at the expense of others, their workers, perhaps even the people they are ‘helping’.” He leaned forward, conspiratorially. “No, Ms. Cummings, what is needed now is for the people that work for me to provide you and Ms. DuPree with a bit of … leverage … against Cavanugh. Now, tell me about this decommissioned U.S. military base Cavanugh has been contracted to refurbish. It was used for chemical weapon research wasn’t it?”

While Theresa Cummings took a grateful drink of her cocoa before outlining the details about Cavanugh Construction’s current project, Dr. Gironde lifted the cup of coffee to his lips. He didn’t drink, as his mind was busy sending a telepathic message.

:: Thunderstrike, Medkit, Amethyst, and Calliope. If you’re not otherwise occupied, I need you four to assist a lawyer named Rebecca DuPree in dealing with a company called ‘Cavanugh Construction’. It seems they have been mishandling employee medical benefits and misleading people with chemical hazards. We’re going to teach them why this is a bad idea. You’ll need to meet with Ms. DuPree at your earliest convenience. She is in a small town called Bench Creek not far outside a decommissioned military base south of Blüdhaven. ::

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