Toronto 2011

Saturday. February 2nd 2011

25 Days Remain

Early morning hours of Saturday would slowly build the stage for the sudden events to come. A mysterious cloaked figure moves cautiously but with little effort through a protective spell and low tech security system. One goal to infiltrate the Bishop Cottage and retrieve a special piece of technology while everyone slept. Accomplishing this mission said individual remained to observe and record what would next transpire but nothing in his life would prepare him for what he was about to see. Perhaps the cost for spying is knowledge that you aren’t the only “special” person around.

Awaking slowly the inhabitants of the cottage started their Saturday off with routines and some with visiting friends from inside of bracelets. The emergence of a actual holographic representation of Avalon had Val wondering just what kind of programming late night television was about. Dressed in a queen’s white outfit Avalon made no visible actions to keep this information from spilling out over into the kitchen. Q-B getting her morning coffee and Sarah emerging from her room in penguin slippers and pajamas were shocked to find a new face waiting for them. That was when Harvey emerged from his room talking about someone had stolen his suit. That was when some investigation proved that the front door knob was broken and the perimeter security system had been effectively killed. The origins of this “intruder” under everyone’s noses as they searched the property. Duncan Harrison, the private investigator who was rescued previously awoken to first wonder who the hell Harvey was and than look outside to see the car missing. Sarah using her scent of the wolf learned that it was something from another dimension that had taken it away. Investigating with scent and common sense helped the team to learn that they might not be alone but still unable to perceive the invisible person nearby it was he who got to see what would happen next.

The rift made in the protective shielding around the cabin had been punctured affording easy access for Crimson Lee, Shamrock, Blackie and August Siren onto the property. They had come intending to one and for all defeat the supers and be done with them as part of the equation. Moving into position in front of the house they planned a little “illusionary” mischief before their attack but it all went wrong progressively from there out. Crimson approached the door as a girl scout and it was Sarah who realized that no one should know that the house was there. Closing the door as fast as she could it wasn’t fast enough before the doors exploded in sending Val and Sarah jumping out of the way. The moment after a strange android emerged from seemingly thin and and back handed Crimson Lee off the porch knocking her to the snow 7 feet away and than gone. Watching the invisible person was now aware of who had been chatting to him or was it that simple. Shamrock not seeing how only that Crimson was down retreated into the trees to locate his crossbow and with murder building inside him. Following their cues Blackie emerged from his hiding place in the master bedroom but not before August emerged from the back bedroom leading to the patio deck only to first be charged at by Sarah who missed and than have her head put in a force bubble by Q-B who’s powers seemed to take a “new” turn. Knocking her out with a reduction of breathing air it was Blackie who tried to grab Q-B only to fail at the attempt. The front doors gone and Duncan and Harvey hidden in Harvey’s room proved a good vantage point to see what was going on. Using his Nemesis Rifle to fire at what the team believed to be someone there invisible proved strange when a long purple arm made of energy emerged to point at something unseen. Meanwhile something else unseen stood just outside and watched, stood outside recording every detail for his employer or perhaps for his own personal “kicks” Val leaping into mid air than vanishing for a few moments gave him pause as he closed the gap to observe Crimson closer and see what her status was. Fading her life force slipping away was not observed by the figure’s lack of medical knowledge. Turning to see Shamrock now returning after his first arrow missed both Sarah and Val with his crossbow aimed at Harvey who’s Rifle let out a new burst of force doing something amazing. Turning Shamrock to stone it wasn’t clear to Harvey that his gun had interference but its end result was effective in stopping further aggression.

Aware that Blackie was about but unaware where he had gone the team gathered quickly to retrieve the spanner store-boxes from the basement and show Harvey as well as another undiscovered pair of eyes the strange boxes they each possessed and to explain that these items were tracking strange inter-dimensional demonic like monsters right to them. It was than that they discovered strange dark purple and black discs inside each box which crumbled like charcoal upon touch. Val asked Avalon to scan these objects to learn that they were breaking down due to being inside of a different dimension for so long might be causing a decomposition of sorts. Moving again back outside of the west bedroom where the figure was hiding and spying. Duncan who had feinted at the sight of Avalon suddenly appearing was now coming to so Val replaced her true form with a hologram of the pink haired girl visage. It was than that the Faux Brian McArdle was observed emerging out of nowhere its mask sliding open to reveal two strange holes for eyes and powerful outburst of energy building up. The figure safely unseen was able to watch this all happening as if in slow motion. Spotting the incoming threat now moving quickly toward the property. Val first than Achiah, Harvey and Q-B managed to take refuge inside the nearest bedroom. Generating a box around the entire group, Q-B was just in time as a wide energy came crashing through the walls and did massive damage to the front wall of the house.

Coming out of hiding at the worst possible moment Blackie emerged from hiding near the sofa to investigate and was struck broadside with the strange dark blue-purple energy and horribly mutated into a multi headed creature with slick black skin and body like a gnarled tree. An invisible spectator had narrowly missed being struck himself and was first to see this change happen. Continuing it’s assault the Faux Brian McArdle entered the house and proceeded to attack the cube protecting the party. Emitting a horrible shriek the now mutated Blackie also began attacking it as well. His cry causing Harvey and Val to become confused momentarily. Sickly purple ooze began to spill out of the multiple mouths of the mutated Blackie but it was not strong enough to deter Q-B who maintained her box with concentration. Suddenly some type of tremor caused the android to topple losing its footing and wether intentional or purely a lucky coincidence some of the purple acid spilled onto its head creating a large cavity and effectively destroying the Faux Brian McArdle for good. Formulating a plan, the group decided to let Val distract the remaining threat with her agility while Harvey used his Nemesis gun on it to hopefully stop it cold. The plan worked perfectly and the rifle’s response to the threat was to revert Blackie to his original state. So freaked out by all of what transpired he vanished into the shadows fleeing the property for his life. Things had calmed down and the group was able to take somewhat of a breather and relax. Duncan Harrison the private investigator who was on the edge of a nervous breakdown by this point. Finding the first bottle of whiskey in the kitchen cabinet he had a seat and began drinking. Meanwhile Brian McArdle approached the limp and lifeless body of Crimson Lee and picked her up from the snow where she lay. His body wracked with sobs and uncontrollable grief he slowly and clumsily carried her away but stopping briefly to notice he was being observed and copied by someone lurking near the house. Exchanging words with Harvey Daniels he told him to meet him later that evening at the north side of Blackberry Park and picking up Crimson’s body walked away. Little did Harvey know that another stealth minded individual was hiding near by taping the whole meeting.

Figuring out that this location was no longer secure the team gathered some provisions, their many pets and via Q-B’s portal decided to go and visit Max Everson on the Masonforth Estate. Arriving they weren’t there for more than a few moments before a strange man in a powder blue suit with dark hair and sky blue eyes walked in through the front door. Announcing to them all that he is employed by a Mister Gray sends Max into a sudden panic, pushing Q-B into making a new portal anxious to escape this stranger now unaware that the group is about to leave him there. Meanwhile sleeping soundly in a nearby dining room chair is Duncan Harrison soon to be lost. This stranger’s speed isn’t enough to stop the group from porting out of the house to a new location. There is little pause before “Chipper” the Estate AI notifies this stranger than he will have a location fix on Max Everson soon to just be patient. The team than moves to Q-B’s house for a brief respite and Q&A session with Max who tells them that his wife was taken away by Tommy through use of his powers but the location is coming up as North Scotland which has been uninhabitable for a very long time. He gives a small device to Harvey asking if he can modify it and successfully reveals the location on his GPS to which town they are currently in. Max moves off to use the restroom and moments later there is a knock on the front door of the house. Val proceeds to the door while Harvey moves off to the back of the house and goes into hiding to guard Max should he be attacked. Max returning from the bathroom bid the party leave and uses a portal to exit before the stranger sees him there. Val guesses by the scottish accent that it is the same man from Max’s house. He convinces the party if he were truly an assassin he wouldn’t be this polite nor would he knock first and what just happened before was just a misunderstanding. Taking a risk the ladies allow this stranger into Abi’s house and after removing his shoes he takes a seat upon the sofa. Dressed now in a black suit he looks more dignified. That is until he opened his mouth and managed to insult both Q-B and Achiah in record time while Val not fully understanding a lot of what was being said waited to answer questions she was asked over the “debating”. Once everyone calmed down they allowed Colin a short demonstration of his “abilities” of super speed, strength and returning to Abi’s place they took an overdue rest. Sarah who had missed her meeting that morning with Queenie at Blackberry Park was left yet another blue envelope on her door re-scheduling her appointment for that evening at 9:00 PM. Time passes a bit faster now and before long it is nearly 6:00 PM

Colin returns to the Estate to have a meeting with Charles and is given a new assignment. He and Douglas Veratti are to intercept Shamrock that evening before his meeting with Harvey Daniels at Blackberry Park and “deal” with him with a strange device that is given to Colin and attached to his arm like a bracer. Strange in design and feel, Colin wonders just what type of “powers” this strange little device has. Preparing to carry out his employer’s wishes he retires to his new home on the estate and admires his “trophy collection” Night time came swiftly and while Harvey made plans to meet up with Brian McArdle and get some answers to exactly what was going on, why he was after the rest of this group and what the hell in general. Working out of house he fixed the strange goggles he found in the storage room of the Ministry of Defense Building. He also procured a set of useful tools there that have the ability to create raw material from seemingly out of nowhere. Leaving via cab to arrive at Blackberry Park on time he seems reluctant to enter the grounds just yet.

Meanwhile Val disguised as Sarah again meets with Queenie in the woman’s restroom to learn a bit more about how she knows Sarah and the “Helix Sun” project is first mentioned. Outside Colin and Douglas close position on Shamrock as he makes his way south toward the North entrance to the park proper. Harvey too has arrived but is moving to not be noticed. Concluding her brief meeting with Queenie who seems ill at ease and after handing the component of a disc of some sort off to the phony Sarah. Queenie informs her that this will answer a lot of her questions and than leaves. Val and Sarah meet up nearby to exchange the strange disc and while Sarah leaves Val goes into camouflage and begins to track down Shamrock and see what his meeting with Harvey will entail. It’s sudden but both Harvey and Val see an intense blue light illuminate a section of the woods. There Douglas has seemingly set up Colin and missing with two somewhat silenced bullets, tried a knife instead but was not fast enough and paid the price as the bracer given by Charles disintegrates the assassin from Mister Gray where he stands. Shamrock true to his word leaves a black duffel bag of intel for Harvey and proceeds south. Val observing this decides to follow Brian further as does Harvey. Sarah, Val and Q-B return to the Estate with Colin and Harvey returns to Q-B’s house. Colin introduces Val, Q-B and Achaiah to Peter Mason who explains he knows a lot about Helix Sun and shows his arm tattoo not before showing his ability to change his physical size at will. More and more questions seems to be presented now to Sarah who struggles to learn the truth about her past.

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