The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

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Post  Admin on Wed Sep 26 2018, 08:10

Forming his body into a sphere, Haunt makes a false mouth (he doesn't really want to swallow this gunk...)for Stygian, Yeoman and Catalyst to pour the black ooze into the hole he made.

"This is weird" mutters Yeoman.

Stygian looked out across the rooftop. "There ARE some flying, jumping and running people still after the creature... but the armed forces are finding it difficult to keep up. It's moving at a superhuman speed and unleashing something from its body... like shrapnel. At this range, I can only estimate its 50 storeys high."

Yeoman stopped. "What the... This is ridiculous! We're throwing everything we have into this gunk, but that thing is beyond us, beyond this now! It's gonna take... a Nuke!"

"Nuke London?" spluttered Catalyst.

Yeoman frowned "Yeah. That's not gonna happen. Get pouring creep."

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The creature that was Dr P raised a huge fist and smashed it down on a building that more or less destroyed the entirety of the top five floors in one hit, and rendered the rest of it unstable.

Luckily this was uninhabited as the Police, ineffectual against the behemoth. No gun, gas, bomb, special weapons or technology seemed effective. It adapted to everything. The superhuman community had rallied, both heroes and villains, to form an army against it. With every battered and beaten superhuman, the creature got stronger and more powerful as it adapted and copied their powers.

Those it could not readily copy were ignored whilst the vast array of other powers were brought to bear on whoever resisted more than a few moments.

Along the trail of shattered buildings and mashed vehicles were strewn bodies of the fallen. Most clinging to life, others broken in mind and body, and some who would never rise again. This was a game changer, and life in Britain - if it continued at all - would never be the same.

First though, Haunt and his friends would have to stop it. Could he do that without killing his friend?

As he filled up with gunk, getting bigger and bigger, he suddenly recalled the words of his 'future self'...

"Praetorious must not be cured! Not fully... stopped, yes, but the cure will mutate into a virus. In my time there is..."


The creature turned, distracted by a bedraggled figure in tattered rags. Even if the group were able to get close enough to see Majestics' un-masked face no one would be able to recognise him for the bruises and blood on it. Remarkable given that nothing less than a small nuclear device could even give the man pause. He was almost as powerful as Adjutant... speaking of which...

Haunt looked about. If anyone in the British Pantheon of heroes could make a dent in Dr P, it would have been Adjutant, but there was no sign of him. He'd been AWOL for months now.

The trio continued to pour and suddenly there was a huge crash that made everyone look.

What seemed to be fragments of stone, bone or chitin flew from the body of the beast in EVERY direction, like a porcupines quills... but these were blunt, sharp, odd shaped... and ranging in size from marbles to a small car! Thousands of them, in every direction!

It flattened the remaining superhumans around the beast and punched holes clean through the other side of every building within 400 yards!

Yeoman shouted "DOWN!" and covered Catalyst with his body. Stygian gasped, then concentrated and vanished! Haunt had to reform his body in an instant, and lost a whole load of black gunk as it sprayed out.

Just in the nick of time. The building was pelted with the projectiles like a mini gun would spray its target! The noise was deafening, but it passed in moments amidst smoke and rubble.

Haunt reformed into the balloon, then looked to Yeoman, Catalyst, and Stygian who'd reappeared on the roof. Stygian gasped and ran to Yeomans' side, then helped the hero lean back. Haunt gaped as his friend grunted in pain. A six foot long shaft of razor sharp bone jutted through his back and angled down through his hip. Blood poured from the ruins of his body, and he was already turning pale.

"Unnnh." he grunted. "You better... appreciate... this... ya punk..." he said to Catalyst.

Haunt looked up. The creature would be here in moments!

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Tue Oct 09 2018, 15:07

"Pour into me what you got," the Haunt yelled. "Reload! And then get out of here! Catalyst! Make sure the authorities know how to make more of this stuff if I fail!"

The Haunt using his stretching, shapeshifting and Omni-arm to make tentacle hands, grabs whatever containers survived and still had the potion in them, and pours them down his "stomach" while he waits for Catalyst to make a last few more gallons of the stuff and have it poured into his fake stomach.

Once done, he flattens himself from a sphere shape into a giant amoeba-like form and tries slithering/oozing up to Doc P, hoping his flattened state would make him less noticeable instead of a bouncy ball shape.


ooc: current plan of action is to get close, using stretching to swing/climb up monster Doc P's blind side - back most likely - then swing around to his mouth and either squirt the potion into his mouth or jump into his mouth and then squirt it down his throat.

And just for S&Gs, I wonder if Acting would help him be less noticeable in his approach and climbing? Doubt it but always trying to figure interesting ways to use skills. Very Happy
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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Fri Oct 19 2018, 10:03

Despite being somewhat noticeable (being pure white tends to do that in the shadows) Haunt sticks to cover and moves closer to the leviathan that was both Dr P and the other gathered scientists that formed the horrendous amalgam of rage and destruction currently terrorising London.

Closer. Closer still. He was within several hundred yards now.

The creature had paused to address the attention of several superhumans. They had tried their best to surround it and were pouring on fire, a green coloured energy and what seemed to be diamonds from their hands, eyes and in one case, his backside. Haunt grimaced. The bad guy who could 'emit diamonds' from his posterior was a joke in the superheroic community, especially as the diamonds didn't last, but they were razor sharp, ultra hard and came out in a torrent that allowed him, of all things, to take off like a jet. Unfortunately his powers seemed limited to how much he'd eaten the night before, and the torrent slowed.

Dr P/The Beast wiped showers of tiny glittering diamonds from its face even as it ignored the other energy beams. By now the most powerful heroes - and villains, that had decided to pitch in - were exhausted, unconscious or worse. What was left were the desperate, amateur attempts of relative unknowns, including 'Diamondcrack'. A joke in the villain AND hero community, he'd decided to try anyway - and fail - to slow down the beast.

His failure was compounded by a truck sized foot squishing him into the floor, leaving a red smeared puddle in the crater that was left.

Haunt winced.

He kept moving and got within 100 yards of the beast, who then started moving away. The green energy blaster, a woman in her mid forties from the looks of it, cowered in the ruins of a building as she gasped for breath, clearly exhausted by her efforts. She looked drained, and had 'pushed' beyond all previous limits to blast at Dr P's leg. Unfortunately by now the beast had adapted, and the powerful blast hadn't even left a mark on the bone encrusted chitinous exterior that would surely shrug off nuclear weapons by now!

The fire emitter flew about Dr P's head, blasting eyes, ears, into the mouth, anything he could to slow the beast down. He was fast too, and eluded the annoyed swat Dr P sent his way. Unfortunately he'd gotten the beasts attention too well, and a look from the huge red orbs for eyes lit the fiery mans form up, illuminating his skeleton briefly with a radioactive blast that, a heartbeat later, reduced the superhuman to ash. Dust fell from the sky in a light cloud over a small area, and Haunt grimaced. This had to end!

He climbed up a building, dragging his gunk filled form behind him. An onlooker would have though it a bizarre sight.

On a flat rooftop he gathered himself. He saw his target spin, catch an air-ground missile fired from a distant helicopter, then scrunch it in a hand with a muffled explosion. The eye beams lanced out again, and the helicopter dropped to the ground as smoking ruins. Everywhere he looked, Haunt saw fires, spiralling smoke, shattered buildings, a trail of devastation and death the likes of which he could not imagine!

Just then he looked back... and the creature was looking at him. Then it moved. How could something so big be so fast! He was in trouble... it reached for him... then paused.

With a bellowing voice it roared "RRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"

The hand hovered in the air only a dozen or so yards away, ready to squish Haunt but it had stopped. For how long, he couldn't tell, but could this be his chance? What was that his future self had said though?

OOC Go for it, pump all the gunk into Dr P's mouth as he utters Rush, or try something else. This is the first time the creature has given pause to anything...

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