Twin Cities Marvel SAGA Campaign

3/12/11 - What A Long Strange Trip It's Been...OR...Assault On Precinct 13

- Upon returning to the Twin Cities Haven was shook by the revelation that his teammates had been declared ‘dead’ by the local media after a “failed expedition to Prof. Steele’s Space/Time Zeppelin”. He didn’t have much time to grieve as his sister, Detective Janet Hayley asked for his help in her investigation into a M.G.H. ring in the U.C.F.F. She feared that the revelations that her source, disgraced former U.C.F.F. fighter G.I. Bro aka Albert Jackson, were about to bring a very real threat to him, to the department, and to her. Jackson had threatened on a local sport’s radio program, ‘The Lake Show’ w/ Henry Lake, to “Name Names” in the investigation after having his U.C.F.F. contract terminated by the parent company Baintronics. Haven promised to be there in a ‘watchdog’ capacity.
- Unknown to him Jackson had contacted a U.C.F.F. buddy, the mutant Atomic Anvil, to watch his back since he thought, “someone is gunning for me.” He also let him know that he had collected that ‘damning’ information and had mailed it to him for ‘safe keeping’.
- Meanwhile back in the Negative Zone The Protectors realized they were drifting towards a rift. The Half took over for Jonni Steele in the attempt to help Dr. Walt from bleeding out, as Steele headed to helm the ship. Dr. Walt responded by pulling a laser pistol and shooting The Half in the chest before himself perishing. When the body expired two apparitions floated free of the body. One a human form of Dr. Walt that then jumped into Jonni Steele’s body & the other a ghostly form the post mortem version of the corpse; A Skrull!
- Back on Earth, Haven attended the press conference, as did the disguised Atomic Anvil. Detective Haley let the media in on the progress of her investigation including the fact that the U.C.F.F. had been placed on an indefinite hiatus while the investigation carries forward, the ‘Capes’ division was looking into information Jackson had given them regarding a shadowy person known simply as the ‘Power Broker’. Jackson was then invited to take the mic along with his legal council, Stephen Hammer. He began by refuting the claims that he was a lone M.G.H. abuser who was dragging the sport down with him. He then launched into an accusatory diatribe before a group of bald headed thugs began throwing things. The situation began quickly escalating. Both Haven & the Atomic Anvil fought off subtle mental attacks spurring them to act in a fear induced homicidal rage. The crowd became whipped into frenzy, with civilians attacking each other with improvised weapons, cops brandishing fire arms against not only other but themselves, and Albert Jackson choking himself.
- The Skrull ghost jettisoned its self out of the Kree ship, while Jonni Steele fell to the ground, eyes rolled back into her head, spouting the same word “stuck” over and over and over again. Detritus quickly convinced Tenebrae to cover The Half in his Darkforce form to hopefully stabilize him while he immediately went to work on Jonni Steele. Agent Orange & Momentum Man quickly tried to find out how they got to the Negative Zone, how they were going to get out, and just why there was an insectoid ship quickly approaching them.
- Haven immediately shook off the mental fear assault and rapidly descended from his rooftop viewpoint to save his sister who was beginning to draw her weapon. Haven was able to disarm her without doing any real damage. It took the Atomic Anvil a few more minutes to shake off the effects of the attack, when he regained his faculties he found himself being charged by a raging mother, her two children, and two cops brandishing their guns as clubs. He rose the occasion grabbing the woman and, as gently as possible, tosses her into the children and one of the cops. The last cop drew a bead on Atomic Anvil’s head. Just as Haven noticed the Atomic Anvil’s predicament and launched himself in an effort to prevent the cop from firing, gun shots rang out and rioters began to fall prone to the ground. A rubber electrified bullet dropped Detective Hayley to the ground leaving her dazed, unarmed, and alive.
- Without someone being capable of piloting the vehicle The Protectors where effectively ‘dead in the water’ to the insectoid vessel which was rapidly approaching in a course that seemed as if it was preparing to ram them.
- While in mid-flight Haven exerted every iota of his will and power to not only use his force shield to defend the cop, put a barrier between the gunshot and the Atomic Anvil, but he managed to wrap the bullet in his shield rendering it inert. He and the Anvil then scanned the scene as the shooter on top of the building continued to drop the manic masses. As Haven then re-scanned the area he noticed Stephen Hammer had picked up his sister’s gun and was preparing to shoot the still choking himself Albert Jackson, another ‘CRACK’ rang out and Hammer took a electrified rubber bullet to the skull dropping him. The mob was starting to dwindle significantly.
- The insectoid ship slammed into the side of the Kree ship. A faint sound of locusts hummed as a bright ring of melting metal indicated that The Protector’s ship was about to be boarded. With Tenebrae keeping The Half alive, Detritus trying to revive the possessed Jonni Steele, this left Agent Orange & Momentum Man to stave off the not-so-secret invasion. As the locust like beings began flowing into the ship Agent Orange transformed himself into DDT gas, while Momentum Man used his built up speed to windmill his arms in an effort to push the gas towards the boarders.
- Just as the scene had seemingly cleared the bald headed instigators all drew out syringes and injected themselves. Before the last could succeed Haven’s keen eye allowed him to recognize a car that was out of place. He used his force shield to grab the last instigator in mid-injection and hurl him through the back window of the car. The now M.G.H. powered thugs renewed their attack, just as a hooded figure in purple and green emerged from the wrecked car with a control box. He directed its power at the Atomic Anvil & Haven, bringing them to their knees. “BOW BEFORE THE FEAR MONGER!”
- Agent Orange’s gas form began eating through the chitinous hide of the insectoids as well as poisoning them. The invaders quickly retreated. As Momentum Man began to celebrate their success he realized the ship was hurtling headlong into the rift. The two attached ships, shuttered & groaned as they were pulled forcibly through into the unknown.
- The Fear Monger’s Emotion Board had Haven & Atomic Anvil in the midst of a fear induced coma state, where the Anvil had to watch as two M.G.H. Aryan thugs began brutally beating Albert Jackson to death. Than another shot rang out and the Emotion Board fizzled and malfunctioned. Seeing the tide turning and the two heroes recovering the Fear Monger ran for it and called for a general retreat by his thugs.
- As the two ships shuddered to a stop Momentum Man realized that the ships were now in ‘Real Space’ again, drifting through a debris field that the computer recognized as the remains of the Kyln prisons. The turbulence had shook the Insectoid ship free of it’s boarding jaws and the atmosphere of the Kree ship began spilling out. Agent Orange instructed Momentum Man to just start pushing buttons as fast as possible. By a stroke of luck he was able to activate the shields and retain the ship’s dwindling atmosphere. Just then a blast destroyed the Insectoid ship.
- The Atomic Anvil leapt to his feat, hurdling a car, to reach the steps area. The two Aryan thugs never had a chance as he crushed their heads together, saving his friend and rendering them unconscious. Haven quickly came to the side of Detective Haley, making sure his sister wasn’t in dire peril. He looked up to find the mysterious shooter was no longer in his viewpoint. Haven & the Atomic Anvil pulled some of the wounded into the police precinct. Detective Hayley tried to examine Mr. Jackson and realized he wasn’t breathing. She wasn’t strong enough, both because of his enhancements & her broken ribs, to give him CPR so she had to instruct the Atomic Anvil on how to perform the skill.
- Unable to fire up the engines the Kree ship floated adrift while the hulking hodge-podge ship that had obliterated the Insectoid’s ship loomed closer. Realizing just how much they needed Jonni Steele coherent to affect any type of escape the group convinced Tenebrae to ‘jump’ into her mind to gather her skills & use her body to pilot the ship. Upon entering her psyche Tenebrae found himself back in his long ago thought expired physical form on an empty desert plan with Dr. Walt & Jonni Steele sitting in recliners.
- As the Atomic Anvil struggled to keep Al Jackson alive the military forces from ‘The Deep Freeze’ finally arrived. Two Sentinel Mark II’s rounded up the strangling M.G.H. enhanced Aryan thugs, and an advance unit made it’s way inside the precinct where they were openly hostile with Haven. Haven used his contact, Agent Smith, to clarify his clearance and prevent the situation from escalating. Eventually advanced medical care came in to take over the care of Jackson, Det. Hayley, and any of the other serious injured individuals that the two heroes had brought inside. General Ryker intervened & made some cryptic comments about Haven’s people in ‘High’ places ALL having someone they had to answer to eventually. The Atomic Anvil and Haven decided it would be best to leave out the back, and grabbed two trench coats to hide their identities as they exited. The two discussed their plans and decided on a place to meet back up with in a few hours to discuss their options. At that time a patrolman noticed them, came over and thanked them vigorously. Then inquired why they were sticking around with the big news going on, he pulled out his I-Phone and showed them the ‘Stamford Disaster’.
- On the Kree ship the hailing screen finally became active and the heroes were confronted with Blastaar of Baluur. He demanded their immediate surrender and began using a tractor beam to pull them onto his massive vessel.
- Meanwhile deep in Jonni Steele’s psyche Dr. Walt explained that this predicament was his fault. Back in 1957 he’d been investigating a series of disappearances when he was shot, he immediately ghosted into the nearest body, that of his shooter. His ‘killer’ was a Skrull advance scout. He was able to over time assert some control over the body and continued his existence as the Ghostronaut. Upon his visit in 1983 to the Space/Time Zeppelin the Skrull re-asserted control. He’d been a prisoner in his own body since, hence the disastrous effects of his ‘hopping’ bodies. In order to hopefully pull Jonni out of her trauma state Tenebrae decided to make another ‘jump’ this time into her form on her own psychic plane. In doing so he found himself walking into a sparse laboratory where a 12-year-old Jonni Steele was attempting to solve a complex puzzle box while being loomed over by a large, fatherly shadow.
- The Atomic Anvil ducked the assembled crowds and swiftly made his way to his condo. Once there he found that his apartment had been ‘tossed’. He checked his cell phone to find U.C.F.F. management, Baintronics representatives, and even his personal manager had called. The messages ranged from pleading for him to ‘come in’ to veiled threats. Finding nothing missing ‘Anvil’ grabbed some clothes and headed out of the building to go meet Haven. On a whim he checked his mailbox, in it he found the package Albert Jackson had sent him.
- Haven made his way to the Clock Tower and began trying to filter through the situation, but mainly to check on the status of his sister & Steven Hammer. He then went to meet the ‘Anvil’ at the Uptown Bar.
- Tenebrae struggled to find a way to communicate with the young version of Jonni who seemed obsessed with solving her puzzle. As he became more frustrated Tenebrae started to feel a presence hovering over his own shoulder. The young Jonni inquired why there was a flaming pumpkin headed shadow behind him. After re-doubling is focus Tenebrae took the puzzle from Jonni fashioned it into a key and threw it over his shoulder where the flaming pumpkin headed shadow was leering. Jonni erupted into consciousness, puking out a viscous black material, Tenebrae, and ejecting Dr. Walt from her physical form. The heroes rushed to help her.
- The ‘Anvil’ and Haven met up in the back of the bar and began discussing the situation from earlier in the day. The ‘Anvil’ also told Haven of the document he had in his possession. At that point a third man made his way to their table carrying a beer in each hand. He saddled up to the table and explained that he was the guy from earlier he was The Shooter.
- Agent Orange, Momentum Man, and the shadowy form of Tenebrae stepped off the landing ramp of their Kree ship onto the deck of Blastaar’s vessel. Slaves lay prostrate on the floor while armed troops lined the corridor. A large gong like noise sounded and the various alien forms crawling on their hands and knees shuffled across the floor carrying a large platform on which sat ‘King’ Blastaar pulling a full set of chains attached to various scantily clad female aliens. “Bow before Blastaar Of Baluur!”
- The man referring to himself as The Shooter relayed his part in the day’s events, and proceeded to give his unasked for opinion on the ‘Stamford Disaster’. After much debate Haven decided to take both of these new comers to the Clock Tower.
- Agent Orange attempted to parlay with Blastaar who demanded that they serve him in his war against Annihilus, in the process showing the heroes the extent of the Annihilation Wave, as soldiers NOT slaves. Blastaar then declared that the heroes’ ship & all within it was now his. As willing to negotiate with Blastaar as Agent Orange was he would not allow one of Blastaar’s alien mind probe to attach itself to him in order to find out if he was telling the truth. Having had enough Agent Orange went to gaseous form, and the twitching Momentum Man detonated his kinetic build up leveling all within the room.
- Upon reaching the Clock Tower Haven attempted to contact Doktor Koncept about his ‘dead’ friends. Koncept answered with a visual hologram that continued to change age and gender in a somewhat schizophrenic response that they were alive. He stated that he had to secure his Endless Mansion for the upcoming ‘events’ and then abruptly signed off. The group then watched some coverage of the ‘Stamford Disaster’ and The Shooter declared he had to go ‘out on patrol’. Haven & ‘The Anvil’ sifted through Albert Jackson’s evidence and were shocked to see just how high the M.G.H. scandal went. S.H.I.E.L.D. was implicated; the Hulkbusters were implicated, as was Baintronics. The M.G.H. was being harvested from incarcerated mutants and was being field-tested to give to soldiers as a temporary ‘Super Soldier Serum’. When used in conjunction with certain radiation studies showed that they could cause the ‘symptoms’ to become permanent with an acceptable number of side effects and casualties. Haven attempted to contact Agent Smith, but instead was left speaking to Agent Roderick, who informed him he had ‘replaced the reassigned’ Agent Smith. He wished to meet with Haven, in person immediately to discuss the changes. Haven agreed to meet him on top of the IDS Tower in an hour, and to come alone.
- Momentum Man was shocked to see Blastaar saunter out of the smoke and debris with only a bleeding nose. Just as Agent Orange was trying to coalesce his form, Blastaar lived up to his name as the Living Bomb Burst. Realizing how futile the situation was becoming Tenebrae ‘jumped’ into Blastaar in an attempt to control him. In the process he saw the full extent of the Annihilation Wave and the danger it posed the universe as a whole. This gave the ‘team’ just enough time to flee to their ship while Tenebrae struggled to mentally restrain the raging Blastaar.
- Haven met with Agent Rodrick who informed him that his countries, & S.H.I.E.L.D., were calling in their ‘marker’. He gave him a dossier detailing his ‘task’. Agent Rodrick let Haven know that he was to convince The Protectors to ‘take out’ the now deemed renegade Captain America. Haven also noticed that his powers would no longer work. Agent Rodrick informed him that they would be ‘turned on’ during the mission. At that point a bullet penetrated Agent Rodrick’s eye!
- As Agent Orange & Momentum Man hustled onto the Kree ship they had Jonni Storm blast her way out of the cargo hold and set course to escape. Blastaar mentally forced Tenebrae out which allowed him to escape onto the fleeing ship. The Kree vessel scampered away as the massive warship righted itself and attempted to follow. Jonni informed the group that she couldn’t coordinate a destination to make a hyper-spatial jump since she had NO idea where they were, the group said it was either ‘jump or die’ so she initiated the jump.
- Haven looked across the skyline to see The Shooter waving at him. Upon looking down he noticed that Agent Rodrick’s form had changed, he was a Skrull. Immediately Haven grabbed the S.H.I.E.L.D. flight car, threw the body in the back, and picked up the giddy Shooter.
- The Kree ship shuddered and stopped in a field of oppressing black. After failing to navigate the apparition of Dr. Walt informed the group they were stranded in the ‘Dark Dimension’, and according to Jonni the engines were shot.
- While Haven was admonishing The Shooter they both realized to flight cars were now in pursuit. The Shooter prepared a package out of one of his pouches, had Haven land the car and then they fled. Once out of site The Shooter detonated the car, and the two fled into the sewer. Using an unknown device The Shooter told Haven he thought he could get them back to the Clock Tower from there.
- The group aboard the Kree ship weighed their options. The only possibility of escape was an alternative fuel source, namely Momentum Man. The plan as laid out by Jonni Steele was to build a makeshift cyclotron to convert the Momentum Man into self-perpetuating energy. After prepping and Calvin dealing with the possibility of his demise the team was set. Momentum Man entered the chamber, began running in place, & was turned into pure energy.
- Upon reaching the Clock Tower The Shooter attached some electronic devices to the walls around it’s sewer base and deemed that they would be ‘impossible to follow now’. He then surmised after some study that the base was an illusion and that he and Haven could enter there. They proceeded into the Clock Tower.
- Momentum Man’s gambit paid off as he was turned into atom sized versions of himself all running at his full capacity all skirting the edge of Space/Time launching the ship to it’s one in-laid destination, Lake Superior on Earth.
- Finally getting to the operations center of the Clock Tower Haven continued to both work through what had just happened and admonish The Shooter for destroying his evidence.
- The team escaped the slowly sinking Kree ship & were greeted on the shore by Doktor Koncept declaring “What have you done to MY ship?!” He then invited them into his Endless Mansion to recover. There he limited them to ‘Jonni’s old wing’ of the mansion. She immediately brought Momentum Man to a containment room stating that he was leaking ‘chronatons’. Agent Orange relaxed with a bottle of scotch, while The Half & Dr. Walt were then put into the care of Doktor Koncept. During his Chronal Decompression Momentum Man had a series of flashes seeing an anvil at the center of the universe being struck repetitively giving birth to new universes all of which lacked Momentum Man, Agent Orange, & Haven. His visions narrowed and he saw a myriad of futures for himself, Darla, & his teammates. Then his visions concentrated on the Annihilation Wave decimating the universe, Captain America at odds with Iron Man, a hero’s funeral, and a dark future. After he was given a relatively clean bill of health the group decided it was time to get back to the Clock Tower. Doktor Koncept teleported them all there where they were reunited with Haven and introduced to the Atomic Anvil & the Shooter.
- Jonni Steele changed clothes told Momentum Man to find her tomorrow for the money she owed him and let herself out. Immediately The Shooter & Agent Orange butted heads. Momentum Man grabbed a change of clothes and took off to go see Darla. Haven relayed all that had happened, including the ‘Stamford Disaster’. Agent Orange & The Shooter agreed that some type of nanotech was being used to shut down his powers. Haven offered The Shooter membership into The Protectors if he could ‘cure’ him. He responded by asking for three pots of coffee, use of the ‘big computer’, a pizza, and 16 hours.
- As Calvin made his way up the steps of his apartment building a limo pulled up and beckoned him. The window came down and a woman’s hands offered him a briefcase full of cash. He reticently took it, surmising it must be Jonni Steele. He was shocked by the massive amount of cash inside. Regaining his focus he headed to his apartment. Inside he found Stephen Ahrs sitting at his kitchen table eating. Calvin and Stephen exchanged a terse thinly veiled dialogue. Darla came out and immediately was shocked to see Calvin. Eventually Stephen left, not before letting Calvin know that he was after Darla. After a heartfelt reunion Calvin decided to come clean about being Momentum Man. Darla was shocked, but pulled out a box with Momentum Man’s name on it an said, “I guess then this is for you….”


Wow, great memory! Very detailed write-up of pretty much everything! Although you didn’t mention that Momentum Man has a new time travel power (you mentioned the visions of the future but not the power, unless I missed it).


Damn, you’re right. I knew I missed something, I think I’ll chock it up to the fact that he hasn’t actually ‘used’ the power yet. I’m glad you enjoyed the write-up though, and I hope that it did what I thought was a great session justice.


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