The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

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Post  Admin on Fri Jun 02 2017, 17:31

Lady Luck is taken aback "Wait! I ... uh... guys?" she muttered into her throat mike wondering what to make of an opponent that didn't want to fight!

Haunt blasted away from the scene and towards Dr P's home. He could only imagine the damage his unwitting fried had caused by now, and winced when he remembered the death of the -albeit arrogant- superhero.

Waiting for the attack to come, he could only breathe a sigh of relief when it didn't. That presented the next problem. Lady Luck was following him, and doing a great job of keepin up! As luck would have it, she was faster than he was!

That meant he either had to lose her, and lose time in the process, or head straight for Dr P's house and put not only Dr P's identity in jeopardy, but his own! After all, Rush King was Dr P's best friend and it might not be a stretch of the imagination to connect the Haunt and Rush King together!

Another glance over the shoulder. Lady Luck was keeping her distance. If she lived up to her name, chances were he'd not lose her without a big dose of luck, and he expected that to go all her way! Decision time!

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Thu Jun 08 2017, 15:41

Lives are at stake even spending a few minutes to lose her or try to scare her away could result in the death of dozens of people, the Haunt decided. Let her follow him. Maybe she could even help putting together the antidote.

actions: turn off fog, moving too fast for it to keep up anyways.
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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Tue Jun 13 2017, 19:29

Haunt swooped down and at his approach a skylight hatch swished open, one of several entrances to the old Victorian house that Dr P had provided for his friend, activated whenever a small transmitter on his belt told the house he was heading in at speed.

Swivelling in the air he landed in the expansive loft onto a trio of mattresses - ever Dr P's style, old skool with new! Turning, he heading for the hatch into the top floor of the house which popped open with a tug on a spring loaded door and paused.

Sure enough, floating at the skylight hatch, Lady Luck peeked in. "Hey! You! I mean... is this... um... this your house? I..." she fumbled with her belt and turned off her throat mike, pulling earpieces from her ears. "Uh... can I come in?"

Haunt simply dropped through the hatch onto the landing and sped down the stairs, time of the essence!

Stepping up to an innocuous looking door on one of the middle levels of the house he moved a picture on the wall aside to look into a retinal scanner.

The door swished aside - it was for show and at an inch thick constructed of an experimental impact absorbing plastic, it would slow down all but the most determined intruders. It has frustrated Haunt for a short time before he'd presented a mangled lump to Dr P who'd shrugged and made the door half an inch thicker.

He considered closing the door behind but Lady Luck had already followed him to the house. Just deal with that later. He needed to save his friend!

Lady Luck peered in. "Wow!"

Wow indeed. The floor had been converted into an open plan laboratory, one of several in the house but this was the largest. He moved to a computer and logged in. Putting the code book under a scanner he turned. "Praetorius. I need to turn the recipe you wrote into a serum."

His friends' voice, automated, answered. "Certainly R... Haunt. I take it the lady inn here, who scans as a superhuman, has been invited and does not need forcibly ejecting?"

"Proceed." rasped Haunt.

Recalling the hours spent trying to wrestle the artificial ectoplasm that formed up Dr P's 'Guard Dog' that would be used to eject intruders, and the endless changes and tweaks made to create a challenge for Haunt, he looked at Lady Luck. Her power doubtless would make a challenge but he figured if they were going to fight they'd have started by now.

"So, what do you need from me?" she asked.

"Praetorius, are there ingredients missing?"

"Indeed there are. Some of these are considered dangerous and illegal. I am listing the locations of places nearby where they may be obtained. One requires military clearance at the highest level." answered the computer.

"I'd have to go through proper channels." muttered Lady Luck. "I'm kind of one of the new kids on the block. I can get these other things on the list, but that? "

Haunt looked at the address. 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A quantity of a precious metal rumoured to have come from a meteorite handed as a gift by an African dignitary. Where the criminals had gotten their ingredients from, he didn't know, but in order to counteract that serum, Dr P had determined this was a vital part. This might be tricky.

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Wed Jun 21 2017, 13:27

"I'll handle the PM's place," the Haunt rasps out, "you get the ingredients you can. And no, this isn't my place. It's the home of a retired scientist whose life I saved and helps me out in gratitude when I have problems of a scientific nature. Rather you didn't spread that fact around too much, it could easily get out into the criminal world or the press and his life would be in danger, once again, like it is now."

acting to try to make her believe this story.

"Get ahold of your super-team, whatever it is called, and have them either help gather ingredients or help restrain the doc from doing more damage to London. Lives have already been lost so time is of the essence. And tell them to be careful, he gets stronger the more damage he takes or absorbs."


ooc: Do I know if the PM is at Downing or is he making a public appearance somewhere? Depending on answer, first plan is shapeshift into the PM and just walk in and ask where we put the meteorite. Second plan is ooze in the cracks in the building and try to find it. Either way, fly close to Downing and look over the place unobserved.
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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Mon Jun 26 2017, 15:23

Lady Luck considered the words "I'm one of the UKChampions, albeit a newer member, and I don't have that much say in the way things are done, but I'll see what I can get done. I respect what you've said about your friend, had some experience with that myself." she adds, with an edge of sadness to her voice.

Haunt knew the Prime Minister would have been evacuated to a safe location with the city under attack, as was usual in these cases. There would be staff at 10 Downing street however, and it may seem strange to turn up without a security entourage. In these days of superhumans possessing a wide range of powers along with amazing technology that could alter minds and appearances, dealing with security often became the role of superhumans suited to that purpose.

Haunt checked the lab, glanced at Lady Luck as she left, then locked the place up with his unique voiceprint and retina scan.

Time was of the essence!

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Getting to Westminster from Dr P's didn't take long.

Getting into Downing street would be tricky indeed. Armed police watched the place with it in lockdown and Haunt counted twenty he could see down on the street and on opposing rooftops. He had a choice. Attempt to bluff his way through the checkpoints on the street or sneak up to the house itself without being seen then knock on the door expecting to be let in. The back ways in were guarded too.

Another way in presented itself. The sewers would be guarded, as would the municipal supply routes (gas, electric, water) in pipework under the

street, but he might be able to use his incredible powers to manipulate himself through tiny pipework to appear in a sink or toilet.

Or he could simply land and persuade the guards that he needed something from the house! He almost chuckled at the prospect!


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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Thu Jul 06 2017, 13:26

ooc: don't know why but I came up with a mental block on what to do. How large an area does my fog cover? I was thinking a city block but not sure about it.
Was thinking of using the fog to walk up unseen, okay, slither along the ground unseen and then just oozing through the keyhole but they probably have guards inside the door or cameras facing it. So that probably won't work.

Let's try the pipes into the sinks in the place and see if that works. Send up an eyestalk before oozing out to make sure the room is empty.
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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  Admin on Mon Jul 10 2017, 15:10

Haunt created fog to surround him and misdirect as several guards switched to infra red goggles and hand held devices - which Haunt expected to be sonar like equipment - whilst the man himself posed as a guard and walked in open view appearing to be checking out the fog.

Taking the opportunity to slink down a drain, he noted that a number of the sewers down here had heat sensors and possibly more besides. It took patience, incredible agility and flowing like an eel on ice to carefully circumvent the sensors. Even then he couldn't be sure he'd not been detected.

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No one said being a hero would be glamorous. Or sweet smelling.

Getting into the pipework was easy enough, but would need some repairs afterwards he figured. With such vast superhuman strength it was difficult to be delicate. Cringing at the pipe tied into a bow he slinked up the other end and and slooped into a sink in a bathroom. In. Except the door was locked and an alarm was going off. Great.

He could hear running footsteps, slamming doors and shouts as guards moved through the building. Haunt only had moments. The next door to be opened was this one by one of the guards in here and he had only seconds to act!

OOC Get out of this one and I'll move you forwards a bit. Won't all be plain sailing of course - this is the Prime Minister of Great Britains' residence after all, but I'd expect the White House to be even crazier in an era of superhuman abilities.

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Thu Jul 13 2017, 15:59

ooc: Well considering I remember reading a year or so back some guy climbing into the Queen's Bedroom window to talk with her for, what was it? Half hour? Hour? Before guards realized they had an intruder. Very Happy

Okay let's get creative!!!!

The Haunt slips out of the sink and ...

[not sure which is easiest to do or how the bathroom is laid out, pick the one that is and we will go with it]

a. changes himself into a sink right next to the one he came out of, with connecting counter tops, extending over the other counter top to make it all white.
b. changes himself into a toilet stall with toilet next to the other toilet stall - using part of his body to ooze along as part of the baseboard and then changing the extending part into a stall wall.
c. changes himself into a toilet, if there is no stalls, next to the other toilet.

"I am NOT putting this on my acting resume," the Haunt thinks to himself while changing form.
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Post  Admin on Thu Jul 20 2017, 07:28

A female agent came in, dressed in a dark suit and looking all business with sunglasses on.

Notably her eyes seemed to shine through the darkened lenses and her eyes were glowing slightly. A super, then.

"This is Agent Echo. I'm in the toilet. What am I looking for?"

Haunt couldn't hear the exchange in her earpiece but she seemed confused, then turned to the row of mens urinals. "What? Someone entered here and changed into ... a urinal? What kind of super power is that?"

Haunt stifled a curse. Of course, even in here there were cameras and sensors for security. Part of the job, your every move monitored 24/7!

"Well, if you're sure..." muttered the agent. She moved to the first urinal, shouted "SURRENDER! THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING!"

Then she placed a hand on the side of the porcelain and it shattered into minuscule fragments!

Behind her the skirting board of the room seemed to swell somewhat before Haunt finished flowing along its length then under the door and out into the corridor. He adopted the same tactic to move along the corridor. Whoever was on the cameras would be looking for ... someone. At the moment he was part of the decor. How long that would fool them was ...

He heard the door crash through behind him. Not long then!

Just then the agent stopped and shouted "What? There's an intruder, you can't just..." With a curse she spun and ran down the corridor. Haunt wasn't sure what had happened but ... was that the floor shaking? Dr P? Possibly getting closer or big enough to shake the foundations of buildings in London!

The cameras were hidden, no way to find them and avoid them all. There would be other agents in here and Haunt realised he had to make a choice. Throw caution to the wind and reveal himself or try his best to remain hidden! The building was larger on the inside than it seemed on the outside, and he'd need to check a number of rooms before he found the right one. Time was running out!

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Re: The NEW Vanguard! Haunt Issue #6

Post  DavidMcMahon on Tue Jul 25 2017, 14:44

"Hmmmm," thinking to himself, "walls usually are not solid. There are spaces between them for joints and struts and wiring and such Granted, these walls may be armored with a coating of plaster over them, but they should still have a small space in-between. Let's try drilling through the wall and get into those tiny cramped spaces and move through there, drilling eyeholes when I want to check a room."

"Last thing I want to do is get in a fight with these folks. They're doing their jobs and right well from what I can see. Now what I need to do is go down to the super-secret sub-basement area and look there. That's where they would hold something like what I'm looking for."

actions: drill small hole in baseboard and squeeze in-between and go down and look.
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