The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

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Post  Steeple_jackuk on Thu Jul 13 2017, 13:40

Admin wrote:Steph turned as Frostbite paused. His sentient program gave him two clear paths. Follow the slow sure way to the bridge or head off to this nearby restricted section with the highest of top secret clearance.What could possibly be in there that prompted Frostbots' alarm call?

Inwardly Frostbite groaned, not wanting to give anything away to Steph. She, and in fact this whole mission was probably more than anyone sane could cope with. The thought they could leave something crucial behind was something that bothered Frostbite, especially as it might come to rear its ugly head if they took the ship that contained it. Whatever this top security 'it' was.

Although Steph was probably fully jacked up on energy, nonetheless they didn't need to be sidetracked by what was now being contained, already their hope of pulling together a scavenger force was in tatters as so many of the ships were already destroyed. But if they could get and keep this ship, with its secrets might they have some leverage to work with? Frostbite wasn't about to have a game of 20 questions to work it out. First priority remained taking the ship, then they could take a look at what was stowed aboard after.

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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Admin on Mon Jul 17 2017, 07:44

Progress slowed and the pair made their way as best as they could without setting alarms off.

Eventually of course they were discovered thanks to the missing status of staff from their posts after Steph used every opportunity to top up her life energy. Following Frostbots' suggestion they diverted from their course to divert security forces to different sections of the ship. When they got to the access tubes and tunnels that could lead to the bridge, the place was in lockdown with sensors and blast doors in place.

Not a problem for frostbite as his 'ghost in the machine' Frostbot had already embedded itself in the computers of the ship and that saw every hatch swish open at their approach.

"So far so easy." whispered Steph as the pair looked through a mesh grill down onto the bridge. The huge ship had taken something of a battering but smashed through the opposing forces. Now it held station to stop the rebel forces from amassing and was joined by other ships that slowly created a foothold.

The bridge was manned by dozens of crew. All humanoid, no clones as these were all officers with ranks.

Frostbite was about to make his move when the bridge door swished open. Two hulking War Cyborgs clomped in, flanking a smaller human looking figure dressed in a white smock. He walked on unsteady feet but batted away the hands of technicians who offered support. The bridge crew looked surprised at first and the Captain indignant, but the mans eyes widened at the presence of the newcomer.

"Who's that?" whispered Steph.

Frostbite couldn't immediately answer. The man walking through the door on unsteady feet was without his costume but there could be no doubt.

it was Richard King, the superhero known as Lionheart!

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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Steeple_jackuk on Tue Jul 18 2017, 11:51

Admin wrote:"Who's that?" whispered Steph.

Frostbite couldn't immediately answer. The man walking through the door on unsteady feet was without his costume but there could be no doubt.

it was Richard King, the superhero known as Lionheart!

Frostbite was momentarily stunned, either what he was seeing was some kind of clever rouse or something much worse was afoot. One thing was sure, Richard, Lionheart would not be siding with this monstrous empire.

"Steph that is either some sort of doppelganger or our problems just got worse. I want you to drain him as soon as you get close. If it is Lionheart, then this will be over quickly as we cannot stand against him. His power levels are off the chart and even together we're simply no match for him. Still, this doesn't make sense..."

Frostbite had to wonder what was going on, but standing around wasn't going to reveal it. With a few short comments to Steph, Frostbite readied himself for action.

OOC: Wow talk about a twist in the tale. Ok so I'll slip into the room, either phasing or going liquid form and slipping through the grate, then I'll cause some sort of diversion so as to draw the Cyborgs towards me, and then allow Steph to slip in and try and target Richard King if she can. However, my suspicion is that this is Timmy's work and that 'Richard' is some sort of clone body that he is occupying? I could be wrong but there is no doubt that our enemies are up to something - perhaps an old nemesis trying once again to model themselves on Lionheart to gain a semblance of his power?

Anyway, Frostbite when in position will release Frostbot and then go on the offensive against the Cyborgs, trying to take them down with a multiple attack if I can.


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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Admin on Tue Jul 25 2017, 08:20

Frostbite oozed into the room and formed into a humanoid form, causing surprise and outrage in the room!

The officers scrambled for the weapons locker even as Cyborgs clomped forwards to shove them away and bring weapons to bear!

The man in the medical smock laughed out loud "Ha! You have made a grievous error 'Hero'! We have cloned your friend and are currently turning out an army of superhumans!"

'He is mistaken.' said Frostbot. 'From what we know of Lionheart, he is a perfect physical specimen - for a human - but the majority of his powers come from his training and mental abilities. Until Timmy Jones finds a way to activate the latent abilities he can rely only on the physical capabilities that Lionheart himself would be able to use were his mental powers not available.'

Steph rushed out and thrust a hand out "There's no chance this will work but here goes anyway!"

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"Told you!" shouted Steph but she added "is it me or is he nowhere near as fast as he used to be?"

That occurred to Frostbite too. Lionheart at his usual levels could mop the floor with him and his fledgling team without breaking sweat, but the man in the smock in front of him was a pale imitation! Still, he could be toying with him...

The cyborgs snapped his attention back to the present.

OOC How are you attacking them? One at a time, both, increase the attack to encapsulate Lionheart/Timmy and some of the bridge crew?


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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Steeple_jackuk on Thu Jul 27 2017, 19:56

Admin wrote:OOC How are you attacking them? One at a time, both, increase the attack to encapsulate Lionheart/Timmy and some of the bridge crew?

OOC: Sorry for the delay, lots of stuff going at the moment and to be honest not had the mental space to think so as to write.

Frostbite wasn't going to take any chances and put his powers out as widely as he could to encompass the Lionheart imposter. Although he might not have Lionheart's full range of abilities, with the Cyborgs backing him up and Steph's hesitant aim, Frostbite needed to make sure that he got his best in first.

OOC: Ok so let's try and take Timmy/Lionheart down first and then worry about the others after. I'm concerned that this is going to be a more difficult fight if we don't get him, followed by the Cyborgs.

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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Admin on Sun Aug 06 2017, 21:42

OOC Apologies here - BIG exam this week to pass and need to focus on that. Once out of the way I can relax somewhat. Well, compared to as I am now!

Frostbite levelled an arm and wondered how much power to use.

Without Lionhearts training and mental prowess chances were the body Timmy was wearing was simply a mortal man, albeit at the peak of physical human prowess!

OOC Roll(2d10)+0: 1,1,+0 Total:2 Erm. Oh. Energy Blast BURNS OUT!

Frostbite grinds his teeth in frustration as his powers fail him when he needs them most!

'Lionheart' runs forward to deliver a flying karate kick!

OOC Roll(2d10)+0: 10,1,+0 Total:11 + Dex 9 (20) vs TN11 +Dex 9 (20). EV5 vs RV11. No damage.

Frostbite watches as 'Lionheart' bounces from his chest but lands acrobatically on his feet! "Curses!" snarls the combatant! "Why don't I have THE POWER?!?!"

The Cyborgs charge forward and Frosty sees one grapple with Reflex whilst the others surround Frostbite.

'Lionheart' grins and laughs "Ha! Surrender or BOTH of you die! If this body will not give up the powers that I have seen it display, perhaps your two forms will!"

'It is possible that the longer this battle takes place, the more chance that this being will arrange for the scanning of your and Reflexs' DNA! He may seek to draw the battle out.' said Frostbot inside Frostbites' head.

The Cyborgs seemed prepared to wait for the order to attack!

OOC you have no Energy blast at the moment so may have to fall back on something else - fill the area with ice, use superhuman strength, or skedaddle before Timmy can arrange for your DNA to be used to create a new army of superhumans!

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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Steeple_jackuk on Sun Aug 06 2017, 22:23

Admin wrote:OOC you have no Energy blast at the moment so may have to fall back on something else - fill the area with ice, use superhuman strength, or skedaddle before Timmy can arrange for your DNA to be used to create a new army of superhumans!

Frostbite was aware that somehow his unique structure was being scanned and used for some form of replication, the use of his powers only gave more for his enemy to work with and more opportunity to grow stronger. But his powers were all he had, if only he could disable the devices that would seek to scan him then he might be able to fight back without giving his enemy the advantage he so desperately needed himself.

OOC: wow so now I've got Timmy acting like some kind of super power parasite, I guess the only thing he can't replicate is Frostbot! Anyway, if there is a way by which Frostbot can take down the scanning devices then I suggest we go that route before I open up on these guys. Failing that I was thinking about using my almost totally forgotten list of skills - like Martial arts, something mundane enough not to pique Timmy's interest but sufficient to fight back the cyborgs until we can get another angle in this fight. Failing that then I'll have no choice but to unleash my ice power to try and see if we can't get a handle on things. If by some chance whilst Frostbot is trying to disable the recording devices instead he could falsify the information or plant some sort of counter bug in the system that would also be good. I am aware that Reflex and the others were captured and there is no telling what powers Timmy has duplicated from them also.

As regards delays and stuff, no worries got to do what you got to do. Take your time I'll still be here, albeit somewhat slower at the moment than normal ;-)


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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Admin on Mon Sep 04 2017, 18:35

OOC Timmy is essentially a disembodied spirit who can leap from body to body - so long as said bodies are manufactured or created in some way. He used to make his toy soldiers come to life and when he was killed found out that death only slowed him down whilst he looked for another unliving form to control, albeit with his mind and soul inhabiting it.

With that in mind the clones come from this empire - it can churn out thousands, millions of humanoid soldiers (as encountered in the very first encounter Lionheart had after the reboot - the base he discovered which then disappeared... No, it just shrank back down to subatomic size!)

It has the technology to scan and create clones of new subjects... hence their desire to get their hands on superhumans! However, cloning a body is one thing... a mind quite another! If they figure that out... imagine a clone army of Lionhearts!


'We are indeed being scanned. How rude.' said Frostbot.

'I shall send them a scan back... but not one they will make much use of!'

Without his energy blast available Frostbite accessed his Ice Production, ramping it up to its upper limit!

OOC Adrenaline Surge on Ice Production...

Roll(2d10)+0: 4,3,+0 Total:7 + AS15 (22) vs TN11 + IP9 (20). Success +2. AS15+2 vs IP9 = +8. Ice Production is boosted to match Adrenaline Surge of 15.

You have 15APs of Ice Production which can make an extremely durable wall, for instance, or be used to attack the Cyborgs, Timmy or both (but attacking multiple opponents makes things very tough indeed!). Over to you. And Frostbot is 'on the case' with regards the scan.

Oh, and an update on the computer as it was one of my moans from last time. New hard drive, new windows install. No worries so far! Fingers crossed... (previously it would randomly do stuff like dance the cursor across the screen or click back without me doing anything and losing posts...)









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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Steeple_jackuk on Fri Sep 08 2017, 13:47

Admin wrote:OOC Adrenaline Surge on Ice Production...

Roll(2d10)+0: 4,3,+0 Total:7 + AS15 (22) vs TN11 + IP9 (20). Success +2. AS15+2 vs IP9 = +8. Ice Production is boosted to match Adrenaline Surge of 15.

You have 15APs of Ice Production which can make an extremely durable wall, for instance, or be used to attack the Cyborgs, Timmy or both (but attacking multiple opponents makes things very tough indeed!). Over to you. And Frostbot is 'on the case' with regards the scan.

Oh, and an update on the computer as it was one of my moans from last time. New hard drive, new windows install. No worries so far! Fingers crossed... (previously it would randomly do stuff like dance the cursor across the screen or click back without me doing anything and losing posts...)

OOC:Ok is it possible to wall up the cyborgs so I can take care of Timmy alone? Or even have him and then be boxed in so we can get access to the controls and make good on our slim advantage to leverage things a little more in our direction. I shall have to worry about cloned Lionhearts later, or would like to if at all possible.

Good to be back, been a while, need to go back and reread what has been going on. Hope you are ok mate.


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Post  Admin on Wed Sep 13 2017, 20:32

OOC Attack the cyborgs is your best bet then.

Roll(2d10)+0: 5,10,+0 Total:15 + IP15 (30) vs tn11 + multi attack +2 + OV8 (21). Hit, +4 Effect. 19EV vs 9RV= 10 damage

Both Cyborgs go down!


With a searing blast of intence cold from each hand, cold enough to rival that of space itself, Frostbite froze the two Cyborgs on the bridge and much of the surrounding area!

Shocked, 'Lionheart'/Timmy took a few steps back. "You think you've won? This is just the start! A ... mark 1 if you will! I have more power now than I EVER had, and I intend to use it!" he screamed, shaking a fist. "If I can't make this body give me the power I need... then NO ONE shall have it!!!"

And with that, the body of Lionheart simply... exploded!

Reflex screamed, covering her mouth as a dark purple liquid, presumably what passed for blood in the artificial body, dripped from the walls and ceiling.

Frostbot calmly announced 'The bridge crew...?' to draw Frostbites attention back to those gathered in the room.

Reflex recovered too. "Want me to drain them boss? I don't know where the pyschopath went after he made that... mess... but if he's gone we can capture this ship and turn the clone crew over to our side. Only problem is that the bad guy knows we're here now... and..."

Suddenly alarms started blaring on the ship!

One of the bridge crew shouted something in their alien tongue. Frostbot translated 'It appears we are being targeted by the other Empire ships... using nuclear grade missiles!'

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Post  Steeple_jackuk on Fri Sep 15 2017, 23:08

Admin wrote:One of the bridge crew shouted something in their alien tongue. Frostbot translated 'It appears we are being targeted by the other Empire ships... using nuclear grade missiles!'

Turning to the bridge crew, Frostbite quickly spoke so that his meaning even if his words were understood.

"Its join us or die, they don't care, but we do!"

With that Frostbite spoke to his artificial companion, 'What are our options?' Even as he waved Reflex back from draining the others, he wanted them to know that they had a choice and hoped they'd make the right one.

OOC:Boy not even time to catch one's breath, ok with Frostbot feeding me options, I am wondering if we can mount a sufficient defence without being totally reduced to ash? Or if our better option would be to cut and run? Our original intention was to win this skirmish and collect these ragtag bunch and strike further, but so far it's turned more into a war of attrition, with so few ships to salvage from what you said in the previous posts, it makes me wonder if this strategy is a bust. I think we had intended to go raid supplies, but can't see us doing that now. So beyond saving our selves, I am wondering what our longer-term strategy might be?

Thanks for your patience re replies, life is been really busy and even when I've been around not had the time to really think and I always need to think even if I post only a few lines ;-).


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Re: The New Vanguard! Frostbite Issue #7 - Cold and Afraid!

Post  Admin Yesterday at 08:49

The crew looked aghast, but the Captain straightened his uniform. "If my people deem we are to be destroyed! Then so be it! We will gloriously expire full in the knowledge that..." WHACK!

The first officer smacked the Captain over his head with the butt of his gun, which he then looks at, glances at Frostbite and tosses his weapon to the floor. "Helm! Plot a course away from here! The nearest system! Emergency jump! Now!"

The first officer turned back to Frostbite. "I am not a traitor. You are my enemy but I recognise when we are beaten, and concede that there is a choice of either surrender and comply or die. I think not of myself, but of my crew. That's bother Empire and clones..." he said with a warning glance at the crew around. "First officer Drekt. When we are safely away I will submit myself for arrest and court martial. The punishment is death, which I accept. What I do not accept is the death of this fine crew who have followed orders to the best of their abilities and do not deserve death as a reward. I expect all bridge crew members who do not wish to comply to step forward now and make themselves known."

He looked around. There were a lot of bridge crew, but no one moved. "Very well." added the First Officer.

"Jump ready sir." said the helmswoman. "Sir. Incoming missiles..."

The first officer turned to Frostbite. "I surrender control of the vessel to you, sir."

Reflex seemed about ready to burst "We need to go!" she shrieked, being in no doubt that a multitude of nukes would not be something they would walk away from!

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