Silver Age Seattle

The Escape from Capetown
Biomechanoid Terrorism

After the events of the prison, the group gets back together and plans an attack on the central hub of Brainiac’s miniature creation. With Dominion Door tagging along, the party descends into the depths of the prison and deeper still into the tunnels that run under the artifice as a supply line and access route for Brainiac’s minions. In the darkness of the underground hundreds of Brainiac bots stand motionless, waiting for orders or for alarm. Thankfully, the team is able to make it past the stationary sentinels and find the main control hub.

At the control hub the group encounters bionic engineers in charge of keeping the diagnostics of the miniature town in order. Quicksilver subverts the system, cutting off the engineers from communication, while Guardian makes an attempt to save the human side of one of the cyborgs. Red Ronin, and Starborn are ready when the healing goes wrong and unleashes a protohuman monster of Brainiac’s creation. The beast is taken out in short order along with its two other unconscious companions.

Meanwhile, Dominion Door and Quicksilver are in a battle of wills. Eventually Dominion Door presents a case that is convincing enough to grant him the ability to assist the computer genius in his work. After some masterful computing and a lot of psychic interference, S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. is able to make it out ot Brainiac’s trap, escape his ship, and make it back to Earth.

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Bureaucratic Abduction
The Comet, Brainiac, and other reasons to stay home.

The team started a new day, the previous day’s exhaustion washed away by the first good night’s sleep in awhile. Crisis does not take days off however, and as soon as everyone was up, a new problem was making its way to the public eye. The city of Cape Town in South Africa experienced a mass exodus of its inhabitants in the wake of the comet flying across the sky overhead, every man, woman, and child lifted from their homes in a green glow that stretched to the sky. It became up to the team to decide how to take care of this new mission: Take it and travel half way across the globe to solve a mystery that could very will be linked to the group, or give it to Paragon and let them sort things out.

After a lot of back and forth SPECTRUM decides to take on the case themselves. In a jet provided by Agent Black, the group heads into South Africa with Dr Kismet to investigate the situation. They are received with fanfare in Johannesburg and are soon directed toward the problem at hand.

In Cape Town they find a deserted landscape with domesticated animals searching for their masters, unattended food and electronics, and all manner of debris. Those of the team with superhuman senses could tell that something was very wrong however, and it was soon apparent to those without them as well. The grid was too stable, the patterns too precise, powered down devices looked fabricated and incapable of proper function, and there was something above the city that only Starborn could perceive.

The true problem was realized when Kismet brought an interesting find to the groups attention.

Every computer generated text throughout the city had been translated into Kryptonian.

Just as soon as the team puzzled together what was going on, everything changed. Life returned to the city, people walked about everywhere, and Kryptonian became nothing more than a momentary glitch in the system. Unfortunately, life had not really returned to Cape Town in that moment. Instead, SPECTRUM found themselves transported inside the trap they had just realized was around them.

With the city at siege, the citizens ignorant of their plight, and the officials trying to keep everyone calm, our superheroes must do everything within their power to release Cape Town from the alien display they have been cast into.

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Enter Eric Sin
The "taco truck" incident.

The Washington State Patrol says a fatal, fiery crash on Interstate 405 south of Lynwood near the I5 exit was caused by a northbound van that crossed the median and collided with two southbound vehicles.

Trooper Guy Gall says both southbound vehicles caught fire this evening, as well as the van due to a dangerous fuel leak. One woman in the van was able to walk away before it burned and attempted to flee in another damaged vehicle, but was stopped due to an unknown parahuman who witnesses say tore the door off of the car and physically removed her, then ran down the i5 exit after asking the carjacked victim where the nearest hospital was. The victim directed him south toward a local clinic.

Gall says the van driver did not appear to be impaired, however the van appeared to have been opened like an over stuffed burrito and how this occurred or why he crossed the median remains under investigation.

The mid-evening crash near Everett is currently backing up southbound I-405 traffic and is expecting to continue most of the evening and northbound traffic slowed as well.

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The Dark Alliance
Villains prepare to make their moves

Lex Luthor – YOU FOOL! The police have 7 in custody and 13 is completely unaccounted for.

Blood Red Sorceress – Another failure due to the genetic ‘technological chicanery’. Magic would have solved this issue entire. No genetics to track back to your labs.

Ultimus – My code is sacrosanct and blessed by the queen herself heretic. The puny human mortal code is inferior to the materials I am used to working with, and it is

Muzks vanity that is to blame. The worlds don’t need more of his Ilk.

Evan Musk – One of me is worth ten of you in this world genengineer. If it weren’t for me you’d have been branded a war criminal by your refugee amazon defectors a

decade ago.

The Oberst – Silence all of you. Our transmission vectors have aligned and our new business partner has a few words to say.

KSSSSHHHH

Darth Crimonius: Gentlemen, lady. It is time. I have the equipment you requested and a new shipment of material from the Rebel scum within our brig. Soon your cloning

technology wil be aboard my battle station and our deal will be complete.

Ultimus: My Cloning technology Darth Crimonius.

Lex Luthor: Made with Lexcorp resources.

Elan Muzk: Incomplete resources since your agents failed to aquire the Kryptonian ship. And don’t forget my money and government connections. Not to mention a generous

donation of genetic material for testing.

Blood Red Sorceress: You egotist. Your genetic material is a gift only to that Ego. Besides, your assorted monstrosities would be nothing if they weren’t enhanced with my

infernal magical pacts.

The Oberst: And masterminded by me.

Crimonius: Yes, very well. We all have done our parts as per the agreement. The combination of our powers is unprecedented in all the galaxies.

The Oberst: Soon my faithful compatriots. Soon our combined strength will shake the worlds. Soon all will tremble at our might. Hail! Hail the Dark Alliance.

ALL: HAIL THE DARK ALLIANCE
HAIL THE DARK ALLIANCE!
HAIL THE DARK ALLIANCE!
Hail!
Hail!
Hail!

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Rise and Fall of Heroes

Our heroes have been through much in the last few weeks.

Asa’s mother was kidnapped by Black Water mercenaries in a bid to take the strange ring that seems to be the source of many of Sam’s magical powers. During the conflict, Black Water mercenaries set a bomb off in an area full of civilians. Many died but it would have been much worse if not for the timely intervention of The Guardian, Asa’s angelic form. The Guardian was able to save dozens of lives and caused quite a stir by his public display of healing powers.

Our heroes made a new ally in the legendary hero The Red Ronin. The Red Ronin is a legacy hero and the mantle now falls on the shoulders the former Red Ronin’s son. Will he be able to continue in his father’s footsteps with all the honor and fury of his predecessor?

Quicksilver further developed his amazing suit technology and even designed a basic suit for Domino. Quicksilver also continued his relationship with the enigmatic White Hat and developed a new fallback just in case the worst should happen.

The group discovered that many of their new troubles revolved around a power struggle within the Dragon Syndicate of Seattle. The group managed to stop an assassination attempt on Hwang Jiang, the honorable and righful heir of the former Ha-Sing of the syndicate. A quest began to locate the Sword of Bravery and deliver it to Hwang, but every lead proved to be a distraction created by Hwang’s infamous brother and contender for the title of Ha-Sing, Wu.

During the investigation into the Dragon Syndicate there was a bombing attempt by the Four Brothers. Though the group was able to disarm the bomb due to the efforts of Starborn, Sam, and Quicksilver the bomb squad of the SPD had to be informed and through them, federal agencies. The group encounters the para-human team known as The Order. The group now found themselves on the radar of federal authorities.

The mystery of Sam’s powers was explored when the group visited Thornewood Castle and discovered a secret cave beneath it. The cave was impossibly deep and defied conventional thought with it’s layout and statues taller than the statue of liberty. The cave eventually led to the realm of dreams where the party met an avatar? dream? memory? of Merlin the legendary wizard. Every question asked simply led to yet more questions and left the castle with little to go on. While there a strange otherworldy force was felt by Domino, similar to the presence of Asa but with a darker tone.

Still confused about his powers and the conspiracy he found himself wrapped up in Sam decided to take a trip to San Francisco to learn more about his powers from the famed Mr. Mystic.

The young heroes discover that the power struggles in the International District are being capitalized on by remnants of the parahuman gang known as Fear Factory. With some detective work the group tracked Fear Factory back to an abandoned house. A conflict with the para-human gang ensued. The heroes faired well in the fight until the Hemogoblin possessed the body of the hemophobic Quicksilver by flowing into his veins. In an attempt to free Quicksilver from Hemogoblin’s influence Domino made a terrible mistake and attacked Hemogoblin’s mind and rendered him unconscious. As Hemogoblin passed out his body began to solidify while still within the body of Quicksilver. With nowhere to go within the armor the bodies of both hero and villain were utterly destroyed.

Luckily the failsafe that Quicksilver had developed kicked in and his mind was downloaded into a back up drive in his suit and he became electronic intelligence able to travel from machine to machine.

Domino still could not come to terms with the accidental slaying of both Quicksilver and Hemogoblin and attempted to turn himself in to the police to be put in the Paragon gulag where he felt the world could be safe from his repeated irresponsible uses of his powers. This attempt was temporarily thwarted by Agent Zero of The Order, and Domino was manipulated into sticking with the team for one final mission to end the troubles in the International District.

A final showdown with the agents of Wu Jiang began at the festival in the International District. Our heroes handily subdued Wu’s minion with the aid of local monks and Hwang’s agents and finally bring the power struggle to an end. Other information gathered by the party paid off as a simaltaneous robbery attempt at a local bank was foiled by local police and agents of Black Water that would have intervened in an unknown way were taken down by The Order.

With the power struggles in the International District finally resolved, our heroes take a deep sigh of relief and hope for some well earned rest.

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The S.A.M. Setup

Game Date: Sunday, January 3rd 2015

Having successfuly made their debut with the defeat of Jester Pockets and his gang, our fledgling heroes; Starborn, Keruvim, Domino, Quicksilver, and Sam; each go their seperate ways. With the efforts of Starborn and Domino the heroes regather at the diner “Beth’s”, Sam’s place of employment. Starborn has a lead that the Seattle Art Museum’s visiting artifact known as The DaVinci Codex may be at risk. While it takes time to convince Sam to participate, it is agreed that the group should meet at the Seattle Art Museum.

The group is greeted with incredulity by the museum personnel. Considering they look like a bunch of high school kids, no one can really blame them. They are given a brief tour and explanation of the security systems. Quicksilver shows particular interest in one of the statues of Celtic kings across from the DaVinci codex. This is not Quicksilver’s first encounter with this statue. Shortly after the museum closes down, the pieces begin to fall into place.

A fairly regular mechanical failure on one of the cargo doors is discovered. Sam decides to go assist with the broken door. The damaged door leads to the guards on the other side of the museum leaving their posts to help repair the broken door. Domino’s mind reaches out and discoveres two intruders. All but one guard begin making their way toward the intruders. Quicksilver leaps into action, swift and easily subduing two intruders of Chinese descent. This is not Quicksilver’s first encounter with these men.

Meanwhile back at the cargo doors, an engine roars to life and a van crashes through the partially opened door. The one unfortunate security guard left their is crushed against the door as the van breaks through. The guard is severely injured, but is luckily alive. Sam does the sensible thing and attempts to call the police. Several armed men rush out of the van and take him captive, taking and destroying his phone. Two of the men tie him to a handcart and strangely begin wheeling him toward the DaVinci Codex’s display room while the rest run ahead.

Domino alerts the rest of the team to the new intruders and connects with their minds to learn their plans. Starborn rises from his normally crippled form. Keruvim raises a forcefield to protect himself, Domino, and the book. Much to everyone’s surprise, the forcefield slices through the intervening display cases. While the collective facepalm from our heroes is heard for miles, the Davinci Codex and its pages luckily remain unharmed.

Starborn detects a strange magnetic signature around the head of the Celtic king statue across the room the DaVinci Codex and prepares to intercept the incoming gangsters. Quicksilver tries to rush to the aid of Sam only to faceplant into the invisible forcefield erected by Keruvim. A now unconscious Quicksilver crumples to the ground. Truly a shot for the blooper reels. Domino whinces is sympathetic pain and delves into the depths of the criminals’ minds. Learning two very important things. One, they are here for the statue and the book. Two, they are also here for Sam. They were set up. But by who?

Domino erects an illusionary maze to stall the gangsters from reaching the exhibit room, causing them to run into the security guards rushing back to the cargo area. A firefight ensues. In the surprise of encountering each other, neither group harms the other. Domino provides Starborn directions to the fight and he joins the fray. Keruvim momentarily lowers his forcefield and collects the injured Quicksilver. The two men wheeling Sam forward come into range of the gunfight just in time to watch the rear gangster produce a hand grenade and fumble his attempt to throw it, causing it to bounce back toward them. The men abandon Sam to his fate to avoid the blast. Luckily, Sam was able to use his strange new powers to shield himself with rock and also free himself in the process by rolling over one of his would-be kidnappers. The rest of the criminals were easily subdued or scared off with effective illusions. The team decided to cut the head off of the strange statue in the confusion, believing it was a counterfeit. But they did not have time to examine the removed head in depth for the cause of the strange magnetic field.

The exhibit was saved, mostly. While the director the museum was upset over the damage, it was cosmetic aside from the counterfeit statue. A job well done and another layer of conspiracy revealed, our heroes retire for the night.

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New Beginnings

Session Date: Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013
Game Date: Saturday, Jan 2, 2015

A desperate young man stands on the edge of a bridge and looks down at the pavement below, searching for answers. He doesn’t see any. He jumps.

A studious man looks up at a bridge, someone is on top of it and about to jump. He is running calculations and knows that if his suit were done, he could stop this. But it isn’t, and he can’t. A body hits pavement.

A slumbering mind in a hotel bed is jerked awake by the reverberations of a young man taking his own life…and returning. The mind has questions, first and foremost among them, where the hell did he leave his pants?

A herd of nerds gather around a fire and share drinks and stories. They just got done telling stories and smacking each other in the face with foam bats. Good day. A young man stares into the fire and tries to figure our why the fire has god damn runes coming out of it.

A glowing orb of energy floats in a lab and ponders its situation. It’s not dead, and isn’t entirely sure it’s alive. But hey, it can still think and that’s a good sign, right? Another man in a suit walks into the lab and plops into a chair, heaving a heavy sigh. He says he’s sorry. The orb responds.

The first two young men talk about the miracle that just happened. One tries to play it off, the other remains practical and insists the lucky survivor visit an emergency room after a fall like that. Their names are Asa and Luke. A curious mind named Clay silently follows them.

The young man by the fire named Sam concludes, after much todo, that he must have been drugged. Now everything has runes. Clearly a visit to the emergency room is in order.

The orb of energy has a conversation with a butler. There was a lab accident, now a cover up. The orb wills himself to be John, the man he was yesterday. To everyone’s surprise it works. Now the man named John has to play his part and go to the emergency room.

Five extraordinary men each walk into the same emergency room in their own time. Each for their own reason. But this morning they will all learn the same lesson. The right people, in the wrong place, at the right time, can be exactly what the world needs.

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The not so merry Christmas

Last session found the party, accompanied by Nikola Tesla, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and his grandson who will become a famous Gatekeeper, in a graveyard. They had chased a mysterious man from the house of Charles Dickens on the night of his Christmas party in 1860. This man was caught by Echo trying to poison the wine the famous author was drinking. Thorn, dressed as the ghost of Christmas present due to her power backfiring and now looking like a pine tree, detected the poison, switched the cups, and tossed the bad wine out.

After seeing Echo run out the door, the party quickly decided that it had been a bad idea to attend the party and exited. At the graveyard, Steve, who had been causing both the Ratcheteer and A.I.D. much consternation by eating and drinking when he was expressly told not to, started to disappear. One or two jokes were made to the effect of Steve eating himself out of the future. Echo managed to communicate with the newly christened Invisible Steve and it was determined that he was still around, just not visible or touchable.

Seeing what was happening, it was suggested by multiple members to return to Tesla’s time machine as soon as possible so that the Disciples could get back to their own time. On the way and into the house, discussions on what the possible ramifications of actions taken in the past effecting the future caused much distress through the party. The ignorance of time travel and the power to do much damage to a future already doomed caused a great row. It ended up being that everyone pretty much agreed to the letter what they should do and not do, but not everyone understood.

After people walked away and cooled off, the Ratcheteer and Nikola Tesla went into his work garage in order to charge the Disciples time machine. There they discovered El Machanico on the floor out cold with a bump on his head and the time machine missing. Thorn revived him with smelling salts while Kid Rawr, Echo, the Ratcheteer and the rest of the party went to track down Tesla’s time machine. A button, the smell of cherry flavored pipe tobacco, track marks in the snow and the emotional resonance felt by Echo led the party to deduce that Jules Verne’s nephew had stolen the time machine and loaded it on a train to use for his own nefarious purposes.

A.I.D. translated the motto off of the button that was left behind as belonging to a secret religious organization with roots in the middle ages. Immediately, everyone set chase to the train by flight and by horse drawn carriage. What followed was a harrowing fight on the train and a sudden stop at the still under construction Kings’ Cross station. Filing the station were at least a hundred men in black bowler hats carrying swords. Jules Verne was shot in the knee by his nephew who was perched on scaffolding. A.I.D. healed Jules Verne’s knee, saying that he would always walk with a limp. He copied Kid Rawr and in mid-leap transformed into the werewolf-like Kid Rawr form, then he grappled with the nephew on the scaffolding in the station.

Kid Rawr activated his gate key.

A gate opened onto the visage of woods and old stone ruins.

Three figures with long crooked black daggers emerged from the ruins and came toward the gate and what can only be described as a wave of sheer terror engulfed the station. Most of the men with bowler hats sped off. Much of the party was also terrified.

Echo closed the gate, killing instantly two figures while one retreated. A.I.D. intimidated Jules Verne’s nephew into submission. Meanwhile, Thorn, in a trance-like state walked to were the gate had been. In the stillness of the underground station the weeping of a boy could be heard. A.I.D. went to the Jules Verne’s grandson and told him everything would be ok. The boy held up his hand, upon which sat a ring with glowing words and a crown inscribed around the edges. He replied that no, everything was not ok. The boy then got up and walked toward where the gate had been. He was at once terrified and enraptured. He described feeling the gate, the world that lay beyond it.

He ran his hand with the ring over the gate and the gate opened. The last figure in an instant stepped through and plunged the long crooked black knife into Thorn. She instantly collapsed unconscious, turned completely white and black started moving through her veins underneath her skin. In the next moments A.I.D., Kid Rawr, Echo and Magnetron all moved to attack the figure and protect Thorn. Magnetron dropped a full metal box car on top of the creature and it was supposedly done away with. A.I.D. went over to Thorn, assessed her injuries, and pronounced her beyond his healing abilities. She needed Elvish magic to save her. Hearing this, Kid Rawr, instantly swooped down and plucked Thorn up and leaped into the gate, leaving everyone else on the other side.

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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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