Childhood's End

1.03 - Gang Wars

The warehouse is ripe with the smell of salt water and day-old fish. The lights seem to be in need of replacing, along with several other repairs that could stand to happen. The boys look around, guns at the ready as Miguel walks towards the table at the center of the room.

Sitting at the table is a man who, in Miguel’s opinion, could stand to lose a few pounds. The huge white man known as Angelo sits casually in his newest Armani suit, with a lit cuban between his fingers. Seeing Miguel, the white man immediately smiles and spreads his arms wide.

“Miguel, I’m so glad you agreed to this sit down.” Nodding, Miguel sits at the other side of the table as Angelo passes him a glass of whiskey. Taking another drag off of the cigar, Angelo looks at Miguel and smiles as he offers the Hispanic gangster a cigar.

“Want a cigar? I figure that you and the other wetbacks in your crew didn’t get a chance to smoke one of these beauties before your mommas smuggled you here in old tires.”

One of Miguel’s boys moved to draw his gun before Miguel motioned him to hold still. Returning a cold smile of his own, Miguel accepted the cigar. “You called this meeting, gringo. So, what do you want?”

Taking another drag of his own cigar, Angelo smiled again. “I’ve come to offer you a deal, Miguelito. Here’s my offer; you and your boys get to keep running things the way you like down here on this end of town, and in exchange for me allowing this, you’ll pay me fifty percent off the top.”

Miguel choked on the cigar he’d been smoking. “What did you just say?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Should I have brought someone to speak that muck of yours?” Angelo smiled as another insult was thrown in. “Look, it’s a simple proposition. You pay me fifty percent of your income, and in exchange, I allow you to keep working here.”

Miguel looked coldly at his long-time rival in the gang world. “Let me get this straight. You want us to pay you money to keep doing what we’re already doing?”

Angelo smiled. “Of course. Look, the fact of the matter is that the different gangs have been separate for too long. They need a central authority to make sure we don’t bump into each other. And, I’d rather have you lead your unwashed masses than have to send in one of my boys to do it.”

Miguel barely hid the shock of what was being said. “So, you come into my part of town. You insult my boys and me. And then you have the cajones to tell me that we’re working for you? Vato, you in my turf. What make you think you gonna walk outta here alive?”

At that last sentence, guns were drawn and cocked, all of them pointed at Angelo “Snapps” Provologne. Seeing the fifty-plus guns pointed at his head, Angelo smiled. “I think you’ll find things have changed a bit, Miguel.”

“You know what? I’m tired of listening to your crap. ┬íM├ítenlo!”

It took Miguel a second to realize that nothing had happened. Looking around at the boys, he saw that none of them were moving. They were stone still. Turning around to Angelo, he stared in surprise to see three guys he hadn’t seen before. Moving to whip his pistol around to shoot, Miguel yelped in surprise as a large tentacle came out of the shadows and took the gun away from him. Turning in that direction, he saw the most horrible thing in his life. A man with six tentacles where his arms should’ve been. The man smiled as he passed the gun from tentacle to tentacle, each one slowly disarming the weapon.

Turning back towards Angelo, he saw the huge Italian stand up. “You really should’ve taken my offer Miguel.” The bigger of the other three men’s hands started to glow.

“You really should’ve.”

Synopsis
Following a lead, Stealth checked out the warehouse slaughter. There he met up with Eddie Pollard, who told him that gangs had been dropping left and right in recent weeks.

Hitting the streets, Stealth found a thug, one of the last surviving members of the Tres Cruzes, who told him about Angelo “Snaps” Provolone, who had been meeting with Miguel Diaz. He thought that Provolone had something to do with the murders.

Tracking Provolone to his restaurant, which served as his headquarters, Stealth was able to get inside the building and sneak into the back. There, dressed as a waiter, he walked into Provolone’s office, but was caught. Trying to make a run for it, Stealth was confronted by two of Provolone’s new men, Tempus, Master of Time & Octaman. Stealth changed into his outfit, in front of the villains, and swooped into the air.

Circling, he tried once again to sneak into the building, after discovering that Provolone now had footage of Stealth’s real face. Making it to the computer room, Stealth disabled the computer and burned all the recordings.

Walking out of the room, he ran into Octaman, and the two had a drawn out battle before Stealth dropped the super-villain. However, on the way out, he met with Tempus again, and the master of time turned out to be too much for Stealth. He was captured and put in a holding forcefield in Maria’s basement.

Awarded 1 Power Point to Stealth. He will also start next session with an extra Hero Point.

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1.03b - The Power Source

The wooden doors slammed open as Susana stormed out of the meeting. Following in her wake was her assistant, Content Not Found: herschel-simpson.

Dr. Rosario. Do you really think you should’ve called the board members ‘incompetent blogs of fat’?

Susana Rosario turned on Herschel with an eye full of hate and loathing.

Of course I should have, you incompetent idiot! Do you have any idea what my research into the creation of black holes could produce? do you? We could have limitless energy! End famine! Explore the stars! But NOOO! Those idiots in there would rather sit on their fat hind-parts and just let science chug along doing nothing.

Finishing her rant with her finger pointed in scorn at the doors she had just walked through, Susana turned in a huff and continued her dramatic exit, with Herschel following closely behind.

One Month Later…

Dr. Susana Rosario worked with a socket, getting that one last bolt into place. Finally, she stood back, wiping the sweat from her brow, and looked at her work in appreciation.

It’s done. Finally, it’s done.

Looking up towards the top, even Dr. Rosario had to admit that her robot looked fantastic.

Android 3

Game Notes
After nearly two weeks working with Stealth, Push and All-American Man are sitting down to breakfast in the Stealth Cave when the cave warns them of someone standing outside the ship. A young woman looks directly at the security camera, having figured out the location of the Stealth Cave. She even bypassed the locks and got inside. Push and All-American Man figured that she must be decent, because the cave allowed her in.

Later on, the heroes were at the science convention called, “The Future, Today!”. Benjamin and Sara were having fun being around other geeks and science nerds. Doph was busy with a security side job. Everyone was enjoying themselves for the most part when a presentation started by Dr. Susana Rosario on the future of robotics. The robot ended up going rogue and attacking the pavilion. Our heroes sprung into action, eventually taking the robot down when Gadget Girl broke past its firewalls and turned it off. During the fight, a new hero was discovered, Content Not Found: raven.

Back at the base, the group tried to decipher what was going to happen with the robot, and what to do about the new heroes joining their ranks. A few days later, a news report by Caleb Gardner reported that another robot was attacking the city. Gadget Girl received a phone call from Detective Buckner, having given him her number at the previous robot fight. The heroes rushed to the scene.

Arriving each in their own way (All-American Man burrowed his way, erupting dramatically from the ground), the heroes set into motion to take this second, more powerful robot down. Push stayed airborne, shooting from the sky. All-American Man picked up sewer piping and smashed the robot. Gadget Girl tried to hack her way in again.

However, it was Raven, becoming a shadow and sneaking through the robot’s chassy, eventually blowing the head off from the inside. However, as she stood on top of the headless robot, it’s gravity-engine began to overheat. Gadget Girl realized the engine was about to go and yelled for Raven to get out of there. Push dove down at full speed, trying to make it in time, but was too late. The robot exploded, taking Raven with it.

However, Doph found Raven, a few days later wandering the streets. So, now the question is, how did she survive?

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1.02 - Trails

In the wake of the Silver Storm, the Galleries are buried in rubble. The news media have been making reports over the past 24 hours about the emergence of super humans. Caleb Gardner of the evening news reported from the scene of the battle about the destruction and asked the question, “How did this happen?” This seems to be the big question on everyone’s lips.

However, over the radio waves, shock-jock Colin Hoke asks, “Is this the end of it, or the beginning of our problems?”

After arriving at the Stealth Cave, Stealth and Push began to settle in the for the night, with Push practicing the use of his powers.

All-American Man arrived at his own apartment, in need of new clothes after destroying most of his in combat.

That night, Stealth went on patrol, looking for evidence at the Galleries as to the arrival of super-humans in Neumond. He found All-American Man’s security pass for the Gold Club, where apparently he worked as a bouncer.

Returning by morning, Stealth went to bed for the night, while Push went home so his parents wouldn’t be suspicious of his disappearance. Sneaking into his basement bedroom, he changed into his real clothes and walked out for a mid-afternoon breakfast. Here we met Push’s parents Katheryn Christy Fields and Amos Ismael Fields. Katheryn asked young Benjamin if he wanted some breakfast while Amos asked him if he’d finally gotten laid.

Later that night, when Push had returned to the Stealth Cave, both he and Stealth agreed to go on patrol. Push found trouble first, seeing a man and a woman trying to break into the offices of Red Shift Energies. Using his new comlink, Push called for Stealth to come help out. Landing near the would-be thieves, Push announced his presence and quickly discovered that the man was a size-changer, much like All-American Man. Growing to thirty feet, the giant criminal knocked Push into a nearby strip club, the Gold Club. Dolph happened to be working that night and realized that trouble was afoot.

Quickly grabbing some stripper clothing, Dolph turned into All-American man and entered the fray. Push and All-American Man fought against the giant, who grew another thirty feet, for some time before finally taking him down.

Inside the building, Stealth snuck up behind the woman and saw her downloading some files from the main computer before trying to head back out the building. A small battle ensued between Stealth and the woman before Push arrived and helped to take the criminal down.

Handing the would-be criminals over to the police, Stealth and Push lifted off to fly back to base, carrying All-American man in tow. Arriving at the Stealth Cave, All-American Man was given his own room and accommodations.

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1.01 - The Silver Storm

Everyone was in the Galleries of Neumond shopping for the holidays when a storm of silver energy erupted from a nearby van. The storm granted everyone in the area superpowers.

Stealth, who was already a hero, donned his suit and sprung in to help out with the disaster.

Push and All-American Man discovered their powers and began to help out as well.

Three of the people caught in the storm began to terrorize the Galleries. The heroes sprung into action and put each of them down in turn. These people were Death Magnetic, Lord Etheric, and The Mongoose.

After the fight, Stealth returned to the Stealth Cave, only to discover that Push had followed him. Stealth decided to let him enter the Stealth Cave and join forces with the new hero.

All-American Man was still on his own at the end.

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