Silver Age Seattle

Death, War and Hope
The only thing more powerful than death is life...

Drawn by reports of a mysterious island off the coast of India that matches the coordinates of an island given to the JCD by Wonder Woman, Diana Prince of an alternate dimension, Hippolyta leads the Amazons and the JCD to trials to regain her birthright as the Amazon Queen.

Prior to the trip, Hippolyta shared a moment of tenderness with Stars – Commander Roger Brinks, and had a vision of the goddess Hera who told of the coming of their child and the soul of that child that dwelt within the Well of Souls on the island she was to soon find. With sadness, Hippolyta and Stars parted, he to join the Stars and Stripes team in a fight against a possible scouting force from the Ka’Hadan Empire. Stars was not told of his impending fatherhood.

Through a glass, darkly – The Hadian Universe

Earlier, the death and evacuation of a dying universe had gone badly when Hippolyta had broken the magic circle of Milo Farley, resulting in them both being shunted to the Stygian Underworld, where Milo was enslaved by Hades, and Hippolyta was split into an enslaved, undead version of herself called Dark Hippolyta and a spiritual echo of her former self, living on borrowed time. This spiritual echo, ‘a soul given form’ was, after a bargain proposed by Content Not Found: persephone left free to seek her heritage on the Isle of the Amazons. Persephone perhaps knew that her husband Hades had terrible plans for the power unleashed by the heat death of another universe. With the help of Aries, God of War, he used his own divine power to taint a mirrored universe with death and war, creating a zombie-filled version of earth, with it’s epicenter in Seattle.

In this alternate world, new heroes arrived to stem the tide of Hades’ undead, a former Special Forces soldier called Flashbang, an assassin called (???) a ‘ghost buster’ named Dana Barrett, and a hacker capable of becoming pure electricity, Gremlin. These newcomers worked with the surviving JCD to collect survivors and get to the bottom of the undead apocalypse. None of these heroes were initially aware of the true nature of their universe.

Several events defined the time of the JCD in the Hadian Universe:

Jenny Crowley discovered she could control the undead for a time, but it took a toll on her appearance, making her appear pale and gothic.

Soul Shadow – Nathan Geo was killed when he was infected by the necrotic virus that was turning the population into zombies.

Flashbang found his sister and daughter amidst the rubble of Seattle. His sister was infected by the Hadian Virus and was killed before she could do harm to the rest of the group. His daughter survived, and had been carrying the Gate Key of Seattle within her dolly.

(NINJAGIRL???) was killed when a zombie leapt from a helicopter cockpit and infected her. Before she fully turned, she requested that Flashbang kill her. He did.

Mastermind discovered a cure for the Hadian Virus, and innoculated the team. He tested it on Binary, who was bitten, and another survivor. It successfully reversed the necrosis of the virus. Throughout the course of his investigation he discovered that divine magic corresponded to a type of energy called Omega Radiation and arcane magic corresponded to a type of energy called Alpha Radiation. Later he would also discover that divine magic inherently caused increased decay and ossification of normal matter and energy, while arcane magic had a natural renewing effect.

Eve Donahue made her first appearance when she hid from the zombie apocalypse. Eve is the only remaining original resident of the Hadian Universe. A copy of her was sent to Earth Prime, and due to an interaction with the goddess Memnosyne, she ‘remembered’ both universes simultaneously until the eventual destruction of the Hadian Universe.

As before, most of the events that occured in this alternate universe were not known by most of those in the ‘real’ world, though the JCD had no way for most of the time to know which was which, or even that the other existed.

Enemies of the Hadian Universe

General Undead:

Hadian Virus Zombie (Common)
Hadian Virus Zombie (Cerberus)
Hadian Virus Zombie (Slasher)
Hadian Virus Zombie (Brute)
Hadian Virus Zombie (Infant Crawler)
Hadian Virus Zombie (brainwhip)
Hadian Virus Zombie (Tentacle)
Hadian Blade Maiden (Poltergeist)
Hadian General (Acheron)

Hadian Parahuman Undead:

Dark Alistair
Dark Hippolyta
Dark Memnosyne
Dark Mistral
Dark Lazlo
Dark Peregrine

Trials on the Isle of the Amazons

The volitile electromagnetic nature of the island of the Amazon’s caused the JCD’s plane to crash on the island, though due to some heroic quick actions by the JCD, most of the Amazons survived, and though the plane was damaged many of the supplies they had brought to the island were salvagable. Within moments of their arrival they heard noises in the jungles of the island indicating there were giant creatures on it.

Enemies on the Isle of the Amazons

Athenian Raptors
Dogs of War
The Drakon
Heketonhecteres
Bronze Minotaurs
Medusa
Scylla
Sons of Aries

As Hippolyta and the Amazons landed, conflict brewed among the JCD. The Amazon high-priestess, Nesathra of Ur (now going by the name Antiope) disagreed with the direction that Hippolyta had chosen for the Amazon nation. The group split, some exploring the island, others staying on the beach. Many conflicts would sprout up between the leader of the JCD, Inferno – Jeremy Stroum and Hippolyta while on the island.

Important events while on the island.

An Indian naval ship was seen fighting off pirates off the coast of the island. The JCD rushed to assist, saving the vessel. Survivors from a previously attacked marine archeology vessel, The Oddessy included a classically studied historian and archeologist named Henry Chase.

The remains of another flight was found on the island, a small commuter plane from the 1930’s carrying the father of the historian/archeologist, indicating that planes were likely to crash if they travelled too close to the island.

At first it was common for the JCD to temporarily lose their powers. For Jeremy Swift / Slipstream this meant losing the loss of his legs. Over time he regained some use and feeling in them and was able to stand on his own.

Several ruined temples dotted the island. Many contained ‘trials’ for Hippolyta and the Amazons to complete. Some of the trials contained traps that appeared to have been tampered with after their construction. The trials often offered more mysteries or led to other trials, or contained iconic artifacts meant for Hippolyta or the JCD.

Artifacts found on the Island of the Amazons

Black Ambrosia
The Armor of Demeter
The Bow of Artemis
Golden Apples
The Gorget of Hestia
The Helm of Hera
The Aegis
The Sword of Peleus
The Veil of Nox

Statuary dotted the island as well. These were victims of Medusa’s glare. Medusa was defeated by the JCD when Hippolyta took her head in combat. The head was later used to turn the island titan Heketonhectares to stone.

The Temple of Nox: A temple containing a balance trial on beams above a pit based on a chart of the stars seen only when wrapping The Veil of Nox around ones eyes. After successfully traversing the difficult balance trial, the opposing side of the pit held a pool of black ambrosia, and a symbol indicating that there was more beyond. The symbol was only activated when the statuary (of the Historian) was placed on it’s pedestal. The wall behind it opened and led to the Scylla.

A group calling themselves the Sons of Aries was maintaining a mostly prefabricated modular military presence on the island, looking to capture the Amazonian artifacts for themselves. Throughout their investgation of the island, the JCD encountered and defeated many of them. They had found The Aegis, a shield which led them to the lair of The Drakon. Mastermind snuck into the Aries camp and stole the shield.

A tree that grew Golden Apples lay at the center of a deep impression guarded by Athenian Raptors and The Drakon, a creature of myth, said to have been fought (or snuck around) by Heracles. Mastermind and Inferno fought the raptors and the Drakon, and upon realizing they were largely outgunned by the mythig beast, Inferno ‘went nova’ to destroy the Drakon as a last resort. Wounded, Mastermind discovered the golden apples had healing properties, and ate some to sheal himself, gathering Inferno’s ashes for his eventual ressurection. The Bow of Artemis lay beneath the apple tree. (The caldera in the earth was later revealed to been formed by a single strike of the titan Heketonhectares’s fist.

An arena filled with Bronze Minotaurs fought to protect the Gorget of Hestia

Alchemy appeared on the island via submarine and appeared to be supporting a group of militant cultists known as the Sons of Aries who were clearly worshiping the Greek God of War. They were possessed of modern military equipment and training provided by the young Blackstones.

Four Icon Tiles were hidden within a vertically stacked set of temples, defended by traps. Those tiles would later be used by Alchemy to activate the titan heketonhecteres. The Icons bore the symbols of Zeus, (a ligtening bolt) Hades, (a skull) Posidon (a trident) and Aries (a ram).

The three Gorgon sisters Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale stalked the JCD through a ruin of statuary and columns. Each was eventually defeated, though the historian Henry Chase was turned to stone by Medusa after he killed one of her sisters. The statuary of the historian was then used to open the way to Scylla’s grove. Five Amazons gave their lives to distract the Gorgons, posing as silent stone guardians before they turned fully to stone. Hippolyta and the other Amazons swore to care for the statues and venerate them as heroes. Smyrna, Ephesua, Sinope, Androktones and Paphosia were the names these women chose when they had joined the Amazon nation. With the statue of Henry Chase in tow, the JCD and Amazons opened the way to Scylla.

Scylla lay at the base of a cliff and defended the Helm of Hera. Without the augmentation of the gods, the JCD would have been easily defeated by the multi-headed hydra, (a contest that was witnessed in the reflecting pool on Mount Olympus.) Fortunately the gods decreed that at that time it was acceptable to intervene in mortal affairs. The JCD dreamed of the debate between the gods, each taking on the part of one of them in their dreams. The JCD learned of a schism between the gods, led by Hades and Aries, with opposition by Hera and several other goddesses including Athena, Artemis and Persephone, with Zeus and Posidon presiding over the conflict. At the close of the debate, the terms of the gods ability to augment and ‘choose champions’ were set by Zeus.

The JCD investigated the Sons of Aries base again to find they had more equipment and expanded armaments, and had built train-tracks the went deep underground. Eve Donahue made her first appearance on Earth Prime, her hybrid landing on the train tracks and being chased by the Alchemy supply train until she was saved by Jeremy Swift / Slipstream Alchemy defended the train, and the Icon Tiles they had stolen and raced to activate the titan!

The island moved. It ceased to be in the Indian ocean and ended up somewhere in the Eastern Pacific. There is evidence for the JCD to suspect that the island moves often enough to remain hidden from normal navigation.

With the titan active, the JCD set about revovering the Icon Tiles, defeating members of Alchemy, undead spilling out of the Hadian Universe, Minotaurs and other dangers. Hippolyta, Soulshadow and Slipstream recovered the Armor of Demeter almost completing the Artifacts of the Amazons, needing only the pearl containing her unboarn child’s soul.

As the endgame approached, each had visions of the gods and goddesses that had championed them in order to help prepare them for the battle beyond with the titan’s hundred heads, the sons of Aries, the leader of Alchemy Plasma and Dark Hippolyta. From atop Pegasas with the head of Medusa, Hippolyta turned Heketonhecteres to stone.

When the storm of war was over, Soul Shadow – Nathan Geo was dead crushed to death by the powerful jaws of the titan. Plasma surrendered. Dark Hippolyta was no more, leaving behind the True Soul, the soul that lay hidden within the Well of Souls in the Stygian-Underworld that would give fated life to the daughter of Hippolyta and Stars.

The goddesses Hera, Athena, Artemis and the god Hermes spoke to the Queen of the Amazons, telling her that she had a choice – give up her unborn child’s soul to give the newborn universe life instead of death and war, or give her soul to the child while the Content Not Found: the-hadian-universe grew in power. Hippolyta chose a third option, giving her own soul to fuel the rebirth of the fledgeling universe – named ‘Hope’.

As a reward for her sacrifice, Hermes showed Hippolyta how to use the Black Ambrosia, the ‘blood of the titan’ to reform the titan into the temples of the Amazon nation. The temples and trials are as good as new, and are no longer in ruins.

The rebirth of ‘Hope’
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Immediate Aftermath

The Hope Universe contains no gods or gates. It is therefore cut off from the multiverse. Within it is a decidedly earthlike world unaware of it’s true origins, or the sacrifices made for its existence (shown below in the finale video)

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The events of The Hadian Universe were pulled backward through the singularity the dying universe that had spawned it had left behind, essentially ‘rewinding time’. Those that were killed in those events supposedly live on, though due to the nature of the Hope Universe, they would have no Parahuman powers or abilities, and no memory of the events that had occured before the Content Not Found: hadian-virus was released.

Jeremy Swift / Slipstream collected Soul Shadow – Nathan Geo’s locket and he and Eve Donahue sped off to China.

Mastermind – Martin Tenbrooke went to the beach of the Isle of the Amazons to watch the dawn.

Soul Shadow – Nathan Geo’s lover finds out that she is pregnant with his child, implying that the legacy of the Nephilim may live on.

Antiope becomes the leader of the Amazon Nation.

It is implied that the Amazons on the island will become immortal upon the birth of Diana, daughter of Hippolyta, formed from the clay of the island itself and given life by the True Soul.

Alternate Ending

Had Hippolyta chosen to leave the alternate universe to Hades and Aries, they’d have gotten their universe full of war and death. The remainder of the JCD in that would would have fought wave after wave of enemies neverending until the inevitable nuclear strike promised by the army to FlashBang earlier.

I had this clip planned for after a long protracted fight with the surviving heroes being overcome by wave after wave of undead, snatching any victory from an eventual ‘sole survivor’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb7TJAyJJ0M

The Hadian Universe would have eventually tried to conquer their own Earth.

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Tales of the FarArch
What will the memories of a lost story reveal?

Last time on Silver Age Seattle, Jet City Defenders

A winding road through a Washington Forest. A gravel road leading to a weathered sign: Woodhaven Sanitarium. The shadow within a half-opened door to a dark house, with peeling white paint.

SS (voice over): “I have to go. You don’t have to come with me, but I have to know.”

Cut to: MASTERMIND, speaking softly to MILO FARLEY at King Street Station

MiloF: “I’m not sure this is a good idea.”

MasterM: “No, he needs to do this. It’s family. I understand.”

A shadowed shed in a sun-dappled yard swing open, revealing rusty tools, and the silhouette of a man. A WEATHERED MAN stands at the shed door, while a flash of speed whisks by, revealing the blurring speedster, SLIPSTREAM and the rest of the JET CITY DEFENDERS.

SLPSTRM: “Over here!”

Focus on SOUL SHADOW.

SS: “Dad?”

Cut to: Interior, weathered house.

WM: “I ain’t your real father kid. Your mother and I divorced.”

Cut to: Interior, weathered house, INFERNO speaks to Weathered Man.

INF: “You did something right for Nathan.”

WM: “No I didn’t.”

Cut to: Exterior the front lawn of Woodhaven Sanitarium

SS: (voice over) “Where is mom?”

WM (voice over): “She’s at Woodhaven now.”

Cut to: Interior, Dr.’s Office. DR standing precariously on a chair, only his legs seen.

Cut to: FLASH of a young boy with a RED BACKPACK running along a darkened trail and coming upon the dangling legs of a hanged man beneath a crossing walkway.

DR: “Hello there.”

Cut to: Interior, Dr. Harper’s Office. DR getting down from fixing the crumbling ceiling.

DR: “Welcome to Woodhaven”.

Cut to: FLASH of Hippolyta’s panicked PSYCHIC VISION of beetles falling from her own mouth, followed by her REACTION, grasping her mouth and forehead

DR: “Most of our patients are non-functional.”

Cut to: NURSE MAGGIE peeking her head out of a nearby office.

DR (voice over): “Your mother is here. Maggie? Show them to the cafeteria, will you?”

Cut to: Winding hallway to a cafeteria where insane patients wander – camera follows up to a woman’s back in a hospital gown looking out of a window.

Cut to: Soulshadow’s expression, a mixture of hope and dread.

SS: “Mother?”

Cut to: Woman turns around, revealing herself to be fully dressed in an evening gown, pearls, make-up, and is SOUL SHADOW’S MOTHER.

SSMOM: “Welcome! So good to see you.”

Cut to: Shoulshadow’s expression as SSMOM sprinkles him with glitter catching in the light. The glitter gives him a strangely angelic look.

Cut to: FLASH of SOUL SHADOW falling through HELL DIMENSION and growing BLACK WINGS.

SS (voice over): “What? What do you mean?”

SSM (voice over): “The Silver City! Don’t you remember? I’ve kept it hidden! (whispered) I knew you’d return one day.”

Cut to: Pages of a children’s storybook, showing a small boy with a RED BACKPACK running along a wooded trail.

Cut to: A very disturbed SSMOM tearing at her hair and wringing her hands.

SSM: “Of course I remember the kingdom. Why are you doing this to me? Is this a test?!”

Cut to: A scrapbook full of drawings and pictures, strange flowers pressed into the pages and a grainy photograph of a knight.

Cut to: Dr, handing over a SCRAPPBOOK and FILM REEL to SOULSHADOW

DR: “There was a children’s book… Far Arch I think. Your mother talked about it all the time like it was real.”

SSMOM (voice over): “Why don’t you remember who you ARE!?”

Cut to: BLACK with TITLES:

Delving into the past, who knows what the future will bring?

Cut to: Dust being wiped from the cover of a CHILDREN’S BOOK with a picture of a child with a RED BACKPACK.

Cut to: Pages of a book being flipped, showing flickers of writing and pictures, finally resting on an image of a DARK FIGURE.

Cut to: SOULSHADOW holding a LANTERN, walking up to a cave entrance wearing a RED BACKPACK.

Cut to BLACK with TITLES:

Silver Age Sentinels: Jet City Defenders – Tales of the FarArch

This Wednesday, August 11th, The Adventure Continues…

Cut to: SOULSHADOW from behind, as black wings burst from his back. An over-the-shoulder shot as he turns left, then right, revealing the JET CITY DEFENDERS poised for a fight. SOULSHADOW is looking FORWARD at a sunny green field, then up as a BRIGHT LIGHT appears high in the sky and then bursts into a cascade of color and light. The BLACK WINGS shimmer, as if about to change color.

SS: (Labored, excited breath.)

(FIN)

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Loose Ends
Ur-worlders unite under two banners

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Olympic Triumphant
Lugers never prosper

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Aftermath and Olympic Mystery
Ur Refugees and the Olympic Dream Shattered

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A Ten Year Itch
Two days. One decade. No one survives unscathed.

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Doom Train to Crazy-Town
The Jet City Defenders go on Tour

After being sucked into a portal in Seattle’s undercity while attempting to defend Jet City, the Jet City Defenders awaken in a blasted hellscape next to a church that’s surrounded by a glowing green field. They see what look like dragon-riders in the distance coming for them, and run through the green veil into the building and begin fortifications.

Meanwhile, Mastermind has lost all communications from his base in the MasterWorks (unknowingly because the team is no longer in 616-Seattle). He knows his equipment can’t be at fault, and so (with Raul’s help) begins experimenting on the Egyptian Gate, to see if he can tune it to the life-force frequencies of the rest of the team.

The plan to board themselves in the church, behind the Jell-O like green shield, seems like a good one, until the green squid-like terror breaks through the floor. A mad rush for the exits ensues, and new member Inferno starts a chain reaction of explosions as a last-ditch effort to cover their escape. Six brave SWAT members lost their lives, but Standley and the rest of the Defenders made it out of the fire and into the frying pan, as the Wrak-riders land next to them and demand they surrender as outlander slaves.

Mastermind is joined in his efforts by the rest of the team (except for Milo), which he finds amazing, since he thought he had lost contact with them. They act as if nothing had happened, and by all accounts are themselves.

The team is rounded up and herded onto a lightning-demon-powered train, fitted with restraining collars and headed for the Urshothga capitol, but a rogue Wrak-rider working for the resistance explains that he intends to use them as assassins against their cruel leader who has destroyed their world. The party is taken into the slums of Lower Crazy-Town, where they meet the rest of a resistance cell and agree to make their way to the Imperial palace. On the way, the group is stopped by a caravan of guards, who they dispatch with little trouble.

Mastermind, meddling with forces even his considerable intellect cannot comprehend, activates a chain reaction that starts an explosion that throws him across the lab…

...and lands him next to the party, on the Urshothga homeworld. Hastily disguising himself, Mastermind (who does not have one of the restraining collars) moves with the party, headed to meet with the Urshothga world’s overlord.

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Urshothga Assault
The Hallow war begins.

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Undertown 2: Alchem-o-lectric Boogaloo
The Problem With Mr. Butler and other Tales Beneath the Earth

Soul Shadow – Nathan Geo returns from an exploration of the Undercity of Seattle to report that they have found a splinter group of scholars who protect the remaining knowledge of the Library of Alexandria. Milo Farley, meanwhile, has been studying Raul’s unfortunate scarification after his abduction and subsequent rescue from The Young Blackstones and recognizes the ancient symbols as beyond his own knowledge – but he knows enough to know it isn’t good. Raul is a ticking time-bomb, slowly losing energy as it seeps out due to the uncompleted ritual.

Milo asks Soul Shadow to take him to the Undertown, along with Hippolyta to request assistance in rescuing Raul from his fate. Meanwhile, Mastermind works on dissecting and learning the secrets of the Urshothga that are stealing children in the city and using them to build an army of super-soldiers to wage war from the Shadowfell.

Once the three of them (Milo, Hippolyta and Soul Shadow) make it to the entrance, they are greeted not by scholars but warriors who are upset at Soul Shadow’s deception, but with a good amount of barter and conversation, can be persuaded to answer the question of how to save Raul. Their eldest scholar allows the trio into the inner sanctum of the library, where they behold an ancient spectacle – a giant orrery, apparently accurate and updated with every astral phenomenon imaginable. The endless scrolls of the Alexandrians, however, do not include the new levels of data available from a simple iPad with Wikipedia on it, and they trade their knowledge of the situation for it.

Raul is in trouble. The ritual cannot be reversed, but a new body can be constructed for Raul, and his essence transferred into it, giving him at least a chance.

While all this is going on, Dreadnought does a surprising amount of field work, tracking down the patterns of the Urshothga’s habits and narrowing the SPD’s search to just three houses, all connected by a single underground retired subway station. He alerts Detective Special Liason Arland Standley to the most likely result, and then proceeds to butt heads with SPD, who wants to evacuate the families, which would cause the attack to be called off. Reluctantly, Standley simply posts police escorts in the house, but allows the families to be used as bait. Dreadnought spends the rest of the day reinforcing his position, waiting for nightfall…

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Down to Undertown
Beneath where you tread lies darkness and dread...

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