The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

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Post  Admin on Thu Mar 22 2018, 19:52

Future Haunt paused in thought for just a heartbeat before shouting "Dr P's part of the serum worked! It was the rest of them, and their DNA, that messed things up! Curing Dr P DOES work... but turns the serum into a vir..."

He faded from view, and the words were lost with a bright flash and a roar, with the trailing words. "As for becoming rich and famous... HA! I remember when I thought those things were..."

Then Future Haunt was gone!

Yeoman grinned "No name in lights, huh? Can't say he was especially helpful, but he did give us a way to get Catalyst out! Let's go!"

The pair smashed their way through the supposedly bulletproof glass into an adjacent observation room (empty) and crashed through the steel reinforced door from there into a corridor. Racing down its length, they came to a crossroads, ignoring doors set into the walls.

"We need to go down!" muttered Yeoman.

Haunt saw an elevator at the end of a corridor. Whatever was in these other offices might or not be important - probably full of admin type staff or supplies. Who knew? All Haunt knew was that the EMP effect wouldn't last, and he had a simple choice to make:

Bull in a China shop or Cautious and steady?

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Fri Mar 23 2018, 18:00

"Down the elevator shaft, ignore the elevator," the Haunt says as he approaches the doors and force them open.
[If the elevator is there, move it up out of the way. If not there, stretch down along the side of the shaft.

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Wed Mar 28 2018, 08:34

The pair, both able to toss battle tanks through the air, have no trouble prising open the lift shaft doors and plummeting down into the darkness.

Yeoman fishes out a torch from his utility belt. "Your buddy really did a number on this place. For the time being it looks like we have the run of it. When the defences kick back in though... "

Haunt glanced at the inactive sentry guns in alcoves set in the walls of the lift shafts. Cut outs for steel shutters were also in evidence, as well as scanners and occasionally, an emitter of some kind.

"Power nullifier" said Yeoman, to the unspoken question. "When the power comes on, we need to be out of its reach or we'll be in for a bad day!"

Down, down they went. There were floor stop offs, but the pair knew the prison itself would be at the lowest level, away from the street and if worst came to worst, able to be sealed up in case of emergency. It was eerily quiet - even the alarms were disabled!

Finally, the top of the elevator could be seen and it was a simple matter to open it and exit onto the corridor of the prison wing.

It was pandemonium

A 7' tall, grey skinned woman in tattered prison orange jumpsuit had pinned a guard against a wall, several feet off the floor. The guard was gasping for breath and the woman was laughing.

"Dammit." muttered Yeoman. "She-Rhino. Some of them obviously recover their powers a lot faster than the others."

As yet Haunt and Yeoman hadn't been seen. They looked through the gap in the elevator door and saw a blur skid to a halt beside the towering woman. Who was swelling in size, becoming thicker of limb, even greyer and her forehead was starting to 'grow' a horn.

The blur was a black man in prison orange. "Yo! Rhino gal! We're gettin' em all together in th' mess hall an decidin' what ta do next! Dr Devil says we need ta work together on this ta get out."

The woman squinted through rapidly changing eyes "Fleetfoot? Devil ain't my boss. Or yours. You give 'im an inch, he'll take a mile."

"Together there's nearly fifteen of us. Some of 'em ain't recovered their powers yet and are stayin in their cells. The rest of us agree, Devil is the smartest guy and most likely ta get us outta here. An' he says he's got a job lined up. He says not ta kill any guards yet though, or the clowns will come chargin' in regardless ta get us."

"Pffftt! Bring 'em on!" she snarled.

Yeoman whispered "Fleetfoot is fast, and heals quick. He's more annoying than anything else. If she completes her transformation she'll be harder to take down. What's the play?"

OOC The villains are twenty feet away down the corridor which bends to the right afterwards. The unfortunate guard doesn't have long left, judging by how blue he's turning.

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Wed Mar 28 2018, 14:24

Causing the fog to swirl around his feet, for affect [effect? Always get those two mixed up], not to do actual hiding in it, the Haunt cries out in his spooky voice, "Criminals! Scum! Return to your cells or face ... THE HAUNT'S JUSTICE!!!!"

Hit 'em with the Fear power, exclude the good guys. Forget what the range is, if too far away for these two, move up and do it.

ooc: Wonder if there is a spooky voice power or special effect that gives out low level fear or shivers? Or is it just a matter of his Acting ability to do that? Can Acting be used to bolster the Fear affect/effect?

Just had a tooth pulled on Monday, in some pain and ready to lay all villains low to make them pay for my real pain!!!!!! tongue

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Sun Apr 01 2018, 11:30

OOC Ouch! For the tooth... As for the acting, it's the power that affects super types. The skill will affect mooks/normal goons for the most part (they'd stand no chance against the power)

Stan Laurel steps from the mist, with a spooky voice and exuding the fear effect. At first the villains laugh...


OOC Then we'll see what they do...

Roll(2d10)+0: 9,2,+0 Total:11 + AoF 9 (20) vs TN 11 + Int 6 (17). +2 EV 11Ev vs 8RV... 3 RAPs.

Roll(2d10)+0: 3,4,+0 Total:7 + AoF 9 (16) vs Tn11 + Int 8 (10)= Fail


She Rhino shrieks, then turns tail and sprints off down the corridor!

Smarter, and with a stronger will, Fleetfoots face straightens and he calls out "What the hell?" He sees 'Oliver Hardy' step from the mist and his eyes narrow. "This... you..."

Then he turns tail and vanishes!

Yeoman turns. "Hey, nice trick... just... they know we're coming now."

He pauses, then shrugs, popping his knuckles and rolling his neck. "Prefer a straight up scrap anyway."

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Sat Apr 07 2018, 04:36

"Yep," the Haunt replies laconically. "Easier to round them up too since they will now tend to bunch up. Let's keep moving, we got a crook to break out of jail."

actions continue to where we need to go, expecting to be attacked at any moment. Too bad I can't use the Fog in here since it would blind Yoeman too.
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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Thu Apr 12 2018, 08:14

"Another fine mess you've gotten me into Stanley." muttered Yeoman with a smile.

The pair moved down the corridor. Interestingly there were cell doors that contained occupants. Some were drugged, asleep or simply not interested in the fact that the door had clicked open and emergency lighting lit up the place with an occasional flicker as it struggled with the residual effects of the EMP bomb.

Yeoman glanced into each, shaking his head at some of the occupants. "You know..." he muttered "When some of this lot get their powers back they are seriously... oh."

He stopped at a doorway. Haunt was about to call him to hurry up but when he saw Yeoman push a door open slightly his interest was piqued.

Inside was an athletic looking black woman, sat in a Lotus position and with eyes closed.

Quite simply, she was beautiful, breath taking even, and familiar.

Haunt wracked his brains, then figured out where he'd seen her before. She was a catwalk model, or had been. What was she doing in here?

Yeoman glanced at Haunt. "She's..."

The woman looked up at the pair. "You are clearly not guards, nor are you inmates, judging by your attire and expressions of surprise at seeing me here." Her eyes were bright blue, and even in prison clothes she was stunning to behold.

"You're Alexandra Belmont, the model. What are you doing in here?" asked Yeoman.

A slight smile formed at the corner of her mouth. "Your voice is familiar. The timbre of it, your height, build and bearing suggest to me you are a Vigilante I am familiar with."

"You know me?" asked Yeoman, surprised.

She frowned slightly, then looked up. "You are... Yeoman?"

Yeoman was taken aback!

Haunt wasn't sure what was going back, but saw the woman turn her attention to him. "In case you are wondering why I am in here, I am, or was, the Vigilante known as Stygian."

Haunt was unfamiliar with the case until Yeoman took his arm and led him outside. In a hushed voice he whispered "Stygian is one of us! A good guy! Her methods were pretty brutal, which some disagreed with, but she went after the worst case bad guys out there! If I remember right, she came across a crime scene so brutal she disregarded her own personal code and slaughtered the scumbags responsible, then handed herself into authorities. I ... wow. She's a model in real life? I never knew! The press were silenced. I'm telling ya man, she can help us!"

'Stan' and 'Oliver' turned to look at the woman in the room. Only when they looked closely did they notice she was hovering an inch or two off the bed she was 'sat' on...

OOC Sorry about the delay David, have been working non stop for 3 weeks and finally (FINALLY!) got some days off. I thought Freight was bad, but Passenger work isn't exactly personal life friendly...

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Thu Apr 12 2018, 13:24

"Well, since you know her, tell her what we are doing and see if she wants to help," the Haunt decided. "She can always go back to her cell after it is all over."

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Post  Admin on Tue Apr 17 2018, 09:53

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Tue Apr 17 2018, 11:28

Yeoman frowned. "Well... the UKChampions brought her in, if I recall. More likely she surrendered. She's smart, a good fighter, super powered... and despite killing the bad guys, she's one of us."

He turned to Stygian. "You want to help us? We're springing a bad guy. I... uh... know how that sounds."

"By definition I am a 'Bad Guy' and you two breaking into this facility are 'bad guys'. Knowing that you are a long standing well respected member of the super heroic community who has often skirted or broken the law to ensure that justice is done has left you on many government watchlists, including that of the UKChampions."

"I'm on a watchlist? the Champions think I'm a threat?"

She continued. "However, your past history, as much as I can ascertain, has you on the side of right, if not legal. Your companion here must share your views unless you are under the control of some external force, or being forced to do something against your will."

"Well, I can see why you might think that but I'm not..."

"I guessed you were not because you would fight this with every fibre of your being, as would someone else in your position with your background and moral structure. Therefore I deduce that you are on... a 'life or death mission'? Knowing the inmates in here from what I have been able to glean, you seek someone with a specific power or skillset that can help you. narrowing that down, I think a superhuman ability is what you require. That would suggest being able to achieve something not normally available to science. One of your known associates is Wandafar, a noted genius even in the scientific and superheroic community. If he cannot achieve your aim, he is either unavailable or the task is beyond him, hence the need for a superhuman ability."

Yeoman blinked. "Erm...." he muttered.

"I shall help you."

She stood, and Haunt was struck how tall and graceful she was, like an athlete. She frowned, then gestured with her hands. Darkness seeped out from the fingertips, the type which absorbed light and was impossible to see through!

Darkforce!

"My powers are returning, but I have not yet fully recovered." she said. She turned to Haunt. "Who are you, or should I refer to you as 'Mr Laurel'?"

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Tue Apr 17 2018, 14:26

"I am the Haunt," he replied to the lady. "A Spirit of Justice brought back to life to make up for an evil past."

He bows.

"A friend of mine, has been changed into a giant power duplicating or absorbing monster that is pretty much mopping up every hero and hero team available. He is here in London and the town if not the world is in danger of being destroyed by him. We have a formula to change him back to normal but need someone to make it in large quantities that we can inject or have him swallow. So that's why we are here. To break this man out and get him to help while also making sure none of the others break out as well. So time is of the essence in many ways."

Looks over at Yeoman to see if he has anything to add. After that, he moves back into the hallway.

"Coming?"
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Stygian listens, then nods. "Mass produce enough, instantly and with 100% accuracy? I suspect the criminal known as Catalyst aka Frederick Burton. His power could have made him rich but he preferred to duplicate things like precious metals and minerals. The authorities considered using him but decided to destabilise world markets by flooding them with  gold and the like would be too dangerous."

Yeoman piped up "That's the guy."

"I shall help you." declared Stygian. She passed a hand over her clothing, which was coated with a black substance that clung to her body like glue! "There seems little need of a mask right now, but I shall concoct a new identity when the opportunity arises."



Yeoman added "Hey, what about the other guy? Even creepier than you. Future Haunt? Remember what he said?"

Stygian seemed intrigued but waited for Haunt to answer.

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Post  DavidMcMahon on Wed Apr 18 2018, 13:21

"What? You mean the bit about my future secret ID life will not go the way I'm planning on," the Haunt asks with a bit of humor in his voice as they move slowly down the corridor. "Or the confusing bit about we have to save him but not cure him and save & cure him at the same time? I'm thinking it means we have to cure him to the extent that his mind regains control of his body, still allowing him to have his powers."

"Then again, I do not believe in predestination. Man was created with Free Will and the Future is just that, the Future, and many Futures lie before us depending on the decisions we make in the Present and none are really real until they become our Present. So I choose to save my friend, stop the death and destruction as quickly as possible."

"Boy! Have I been watching too much Science Fiction! And maybe "future" me wasn't "future" me at all but the Mirror Universe me? Just like in Star Trek."

"Letting someone paralyze us with vague warnings or herd us into making a decision we normally wouldn't when we know nothing about them, sounds like a "Bad Thing" to do. Let's just go with saving lives and saving my friend and see how it goes."
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"it all sounds quite bizarre." stated Stygian.

"Well he DID save our bacon up there. We were kinda trapped in a force field. And he disabled the power in this place. Maybe he was on the level?" muttered Yeoman.

Just then, some way down the corridor, the man known as Fleetfoot reappears, as if from thin air!

"Oh boy! Three of ya now!" he calls out. "No matter, we got an army, an' you best get outta our way or we're coming through!"

There were sounds from around the corner suggesting there was indeed a group heading in this direction, though only Fleetfoot was visible.

OOC And he's around 50' away. bear in mind Haunt hasn't seen anyone this fast since Lionheart...



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ooc: What's the range of my Fear affect again?

"OOOh! An Army!," the Haunt mocks as he strides forward. "Okay, here's the plan, you two stay behind me and I will take out most of them, you mop up the rest."
A fog start to billow around the pure white early 20th Century comedian he is disguised as, just enough for visual affect but not enough to actually obscure the vision of his allies as he strides confidently down the corridor [he is an ACTOR! He is NOT going to make it known he is bit under confident about facing down the most powerful villains that have ever been captured.]

actions: Okay, here's My Plan: make sure I can cover most if not all of the facility with my Fear power. Get in range and let loose the Power of Fear with HP put into it to hit and to for effect, if it will change any of those rolls. While yelling out, "Return to your cells now and stay there or face my WRAITH!!!!" Twisted Evil
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