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  1. Alrighty, Mike stabilizes and stays conscious as his healing factor gets a chance to work, and Richard notices some oddities: 1) The lair doesn't have a "doorbell" or any kind. 2) Mike was shot in the side, not in the front. 3) He's definitely lying and trying to protect the identity of whoever attacked him. 4) His story is clearly made up on the spot, at least as regards the attack, given the gunshot in a quiet stadium and an assassin who just leaves without followup. The rest of the story seems true, after a cursory check of the lair.
  2. Can absolutely take 10 on the checks, but for the sake of the fictional stakes can only take 20 on the Medicine, let's say fixing up Mike requires a LOT of concentration and Richard can't keep track of multiple things like he used to?
  3. Okay, Medicine at DC 10 to stabilize Mike (thanks to his powers and some medical equipment in the base, it's relatively easy), DC20 to keep him both stable and awake, otherwise he falls unconscious again. Wisdom or Sense Motive checks at max DC20 to figure any problems with his story.
  4. GM The many advances in supersuit technology since 1963 made removing the armor and its underlayers a cinch, and revealed what could only be described as a super-bullet hole in Michael's left ribs. That the truly horrific tangle of bones and flesh wasn't yet fatal was probably thanks to Mike's augmented physiology, but his sheet-white face, staring blue eyes and trembling mouth suggested he wasn't exactly grateful for being spared this long. When asked about his attacker, Mike flinched and looked away. "Didn't...see..." he mumbled, "Been here...all day, fixing...fixing gadgets. Bowling-" he stopped, shuddering at the pain of breathing. Squeezing his eyes shut and gritting his teeth he whispered "Bowling balls. Heard doorbell. Answered. Shot before it...opened. Fell. Crawled. Pass...passed out." Suddenly he looked up at Richard with wild hope. "Uncle Dick! Got...got my call! You...coming...getting Lizzie...getting her away from...us?" With what must have been considerable strength when not lacking so much of his blood, Mike gripped Richard's shoulder with a huge hand.
  5. GM Speeding through the maze of hidden passageways was like a (less complicated than usual) trip back in time. The network had been built in segments over decades, judging by the fleeting glimpses of where electrical and electronic pieces had been installed, torn out and reinstalled. Each had a distinctive style and mood borrowed from their designer, from the stark and glowering Brutalism of Dr. Devastator to the fluid and heroic Art Deco of Wind Wizard, the elegant irregularity of Madame Zero's Modernist sensibilities, and of course the hodge-podge of "lifted" technology and materials obtained and assembled by Invisible Inc. The ones "donated" by local corporations were much less personalized and much heavier on the logos and ads. Some of the equipment was even still of the vintage from when he'd been on the other side of the law, with more than a few of the more outdated speakers and flickering green-text monitors sending cheerful welcomes and wishes that he, their good friend Richard Cline, enjoy his stay in Emerald City. If nothing else, it was amazing how many ways you could shake up the routine of "rectangular tube with some doors". As well, with his altered perception Richard could tell that things were shifting around him, rearranging to bring him where he wanted to be. As he ran, he kept catching glimpses of other figures passing on their own errands, until with a last wrench of a handle he emerged on the second floor of the Memorial Stadium. This late on a Monday it was practically empty. Finding the janitor's closet was a snap, and the hidden panel with the door controls might as well have been in full-view to someone so long in the game. But as the wall slid open and the lights clicked on to reveal the winding staircase, Richard saw (and smelled) something unexpected: blood. A thin trail of dark liquid led downstairs, with small puddles at the landings and smears on the wall. The source wasn't hard to find, lying face-down on the floor under the glare of pitiless fluorescent lights: Michael Richard Joseph Cutler, dressed in fearsome armor reminiscent of both a hockey player and a futuristic super-soldier, which had a small red hole in the side. At first glance the young man looked dead, but at Richard's footsteps he twitched and spoke weakly through the vocal amplifiers of his fearsome, hockey-mask like helmet, "Finishing...the job?"
  6. GM "They wouldn't dare! We're the home team here, protected by every-!" for a second the old Preston, fiery and sneering, stood before him; then the older man was back, quieter and thoughtful, "No, you're right. They can't risk the exposure, we'd be dead this time tomorrow." "Well, you didn't see him, so he probably didn't stick around..." Preston rubbed his chin, squinting at a painting of a storm-tossed sailing ship inexplicably dominating the sitting room, then suddenly stepped closer and tapped the "C" in its name, Cornwall, "...hey 'Deez, how's the transmitter working?" The painting slid aside to reveal an LCD screen, which switched on to show Diomedes and a read-out of computer data. Without missing a beat the old archer said "Master Michael's brain implant is working perfectly, and indicates he should be at his usual spot in Slapshot's old lair below the hockey rink at War Memorial Stadium, downtown Emerald City on the Washington bank." As he spoke, a map appeared, threading a cold red line from Sunset Hill to the inner city. "Huh! Now that was a softball. Thanks, 'Deez, keep me posted." Tapping the screen so it was once again concealed, Preston flicked the map onto one of the other walls, where it neatly expanded and showed a list of directions. Very few of them had anything to do with streets, and much of the route was underground. Logos showed corporate territory holders, and their boundaries were clearly marked. "Best thing about this town, Rich," Preston gestured to the map, "it's all for us. We can go anywhere we like, and there's always a lair or a cache or a secret passage handy. Slapshot's pad is pretty basic, but it's low-tech too, so easier to hide. Just head through the janitor's closet on the second floor, you'll know what to do when you see it." "Do you mind heading in first? I gotta break this to Josie and the kid, could take a while."
  7. GM For a few seconds Preston looked baffled, staring back at Richard as he visibly tried to work out what he meant. Then, a dawning realization and horror flashed in his bright blue eyes. Then he plastered a great big smile on his face. "Josie!" he called back to a middle-aged brunette done up like Lady Liberty, helping hand out food with conspicuous long white gloves, "Rich needs some quick insurance advice, I'll be right back. And turn that music up! This is America, and our pal is free again!" Slightly disappointed, but curiosity placated, the guests turned right back to what they'd been doing before, though slightly louder thanks to the cranked-up volume. The woman, Preston's wife Josephine, the former Poison Princess, smiled a smile as pretty as her touch was deadly and waved gracefully to Richard. Stepping quickly, for a normal human, into an adjoining room, Preston faced Richard, visibly paler even in the warm golden glow of the lamps. "Rich, I...I know who did it. My son, Michael. I gave him my gear before he left. If he's hurt your family, it's on me too."
  8. GM "Oh, the humdrum operations of a comfortable family, sir." Diomedes led the way through a tangled maze of lavishly-appointed rooms packed with photos of both the owning family and their infinite constellation of relatives and criminal chums, hallways crowded with photos of Josie's more famous thefts and newspaper clippings of Preston's triumphs. "Mr. Cutler's brother, Simon, was just here to thank the mistress for her help in getting him that state Senate seat. His predecessor's health took a rather sudden turn for the worse, forcing her to resign." This far in, Richard could hear the laughter and music coming from the backyard, and smell the barbecue smells mixed with one of Preston's beloved cigars. For what felt like a longer time than it hopefully was, Richard and Diomedes walked past shelves and display cases packed with trophies, from mundane kids' leagues to (stolen) Olympic statuettes. "Young master Michael has recently completed his apprenticeship, and embarked on his solitary journey to manhood. It is the fond hope of his parents that he follow in their footsteps, but alas," Diomedes shook his old head, sighing, "there is a scourge of youthful rebellion these days." That had to be a joke, coming from a man who had killed his own father for trying to get between him and a target. Abruptly, the two turned a corner and stood on the threshold to a large flag-wreathed patio, where a grill was set up being manned by a pair of servants. Around the long tables circling it, dozens of other familiar faces smiled, ate and talked and laughed. Children raced back and forth, or played around the jungle gym stretching perilously over the diners. In the centre of the centre, pale and thin as death, the genius inventor of the Devastoids kept her eyes down and sipped at an iced tea. With a light cough, Diomedes caught the attention of a tall middle-aged man with bright blue eyes in a polo shirt and khakis, smoking in a lawn chair in a huddle of other men, who quickly excused himself and hurried over. "If you could, tell Miss Devas how well she looks. Her time of confinenment was hard. Ring if you need anything, sir." With a bow, the butler vanished. It was an impressive standing jump into the rafters, most people couldn't have caught it even if he hadn't clicked on his invisibility watch. "Rich! You got my invite! Two home runs in one day, how are you doin'!" the smoker was on him now, Preston Cutler beaming from ear to ear as he grabbed one of Richard's hands in both of his. Unlike his butler, the former sports-themed supervillain hadn't retained all his vigor, but he was still strong. Suddenly taking in his guest's look, Preston's face tensed. "I...wait. Rich, has something happened?" Several of the other guests had started to take notice, watching curiously from the tables.
  9. OOC thread for this thread with @Avenger Assembled's Fast-Forward visiting a family of supervillains. For starters, Notice (min DC 15, max DC 30), for clues in the house At a glance, Richard notices that the son he's met, Michael, quickly changed from a gentle, normal, if unusually athletic child into a glowering pinnacle of physicality that rivals Jack Simmons' propaganda art. Mementos of his life events, especially sports trophies, are displayed prominently throughout the house. There was also a daughter the Cutlers never mentioned, introduced or even hinted at, named 'Melissa', with much sparser and less-obvious tokens of her life. per 5 DC increments: 15 - Both appear to have attended the same Claremont-esque (but much larger, more modern and more thickly-populated) private school. Michael is surrounded in his photos by various flunkies and hangers-on and toadying faculty members, while Melissa is largely alone in hers. The one that isn't, showing her and a small group of other teens, has been vandalized and repaired. 20 - The clutter is so profuse that a slower eye wouldn't have noticed it, but several of the largest photos have been removed from the walls very recently, and smaller ones spread out to take up the space. Of particular interest is the one at the centre of a series showing Michael's rapid physical changes and increasing feats of strength and agility. 25 - Also removed are one of Preston's prized gimmick baseball bats, crossed with its twin over a mantlepiece, and replaced with an obviously normal one. The difference in dust makes clear that this didn't just happen recently, but today. 30 - There's a lavish, full-scale cross-section of the Liberty Dome in one of the sitting rooms, with a tiny 'X' drawn on the model's wall exactly where the real Dome was attacked.
  10. July 4th, Monday, 2022, 4.33PM Sunset Hill, Emerald City, Oregon, USA One hour after a giant bowling ball almost crushed the Liberty Dome... Fort Cutler was well-named, a broad, square, red-brick mansion shouldering its way between other, milder mansions clustered at the top of Sunset Hill, overlooking the grey Pacific Ocean and the glittering twin Emeralds below. It was an open secret in the contacts that the Clines maintained that some of the most successful supercriminals in the world, retired by reason of age or injury, lived behind these handsome doors. Richard Cline was looking for two in particular, Preston Cutler and Josephine Sherman. A few decades back, they'd done crimes as the masked duo of the Sportsman and Princess Poison. Tony played the Robin Hood gimmick by robbing sports events and showing up world champions at their specialties (barring a spectacular defeat at the hands of Bruce Lee), while Josie prowled the society circuit for daring (and deadly) jewel thefts. Both had been pals and accomplices of Richard's in his youth, and they'd eagerly kept in touch well into their current age, even asking him and Paige to be godparents for their now-grown son, Michael. And, very recently, a giant bowling ball exactly like one of Preston's had nearly crushed the Liberty Dome where Richard, Paige, and their children had been. The Cutlers hadn't picked up the phone when called, and somehow couldn't be contacted by less mundane means. And so, here he was. In answer to his knock, the door emblazoned with a stylized 'C-S' swung in, and a trim old man with a neat black suit, a bristling mustache and great wings of white hair peered out. It took a second before his resemblance to Diomedes, one of the deadliest assassins of the 20th century and vicious rival to the second Bowman, sunk in. "Oh!" he blinked, smiling warmly, "Young Mr. Cline! What a pleasant surprise! Mr. and Mrs. Cutler are in the garden, hosting an Independence Day party. Dr. Devastator just got out of prison, they thought it fortuitous. Shall I show you to them, sir?" He stepped partly aside, silently acknowledging that Richard knew the way and could get there *very* quickly.
  11. Sorry Tiff, Heritage. So the lineup at the start is: Miracle Girl: Unharmed, 2HP Stone Heads: Unharmed(x6)-GM Triakosia: Unharmed, 2HP Ku Tu the Eternal: Unharmed-GM Heritage, take us away.
  12. Okay, THAT was a waste of time. Back to this! Analytical is definitely the way to go, I'd agree. So: Super-Senses 3 (Magic Awareness(Visual Sense; Acute, Analytical)) [3PP] should do the trick.
  13. "What? Oh, yeah, mostly they're from around here. I mean, Earth." Rainshadow indicated the Gala's grand hall with the trident "Not 'here', here. And yeah, good people. Helped me get home once when I'd got @&%-faced and near fell in the river." Following Copycat's directions, he blinked in surprise at the Deep One. "Huh! Looks a dead ringer for the Christmas Frog," he thought aloud, gathering up the accoutrements and nodding gratefully to the masked stranger, "Thanks buddy!" Floating again into the air with a whoosh, he skimmed across the Gala's floor, the mongoose on his shoulder spitting out gems and throwing them in random directions.
  14. "Hey!" whispered a hoarse voice behind Set, accompanied by a rush of air. A towering man in brilliant, billowing blue-green robes and ornamental gold armor, inlaid with images of Chinese dragons and fantastical fish in dazzling jewels, had suddenly appeared behind the divine influencer's shoulder. A shining, bearded gold mask scowled benevolently over his true face, dominated by dark eyes the picture of bewilderment. In one hand was a mighty, curvéd trident crackling with lightning, and in the other he held a miniature pagoda wreathed in a rainbow. The pagoda had an articulated door, which had somehow come off all but one hinge. Behind Set's other shoulder a mongoose's head popped up, spitting out a diamond onto the floor when it saw Copycat and Predator. The man in the golden mask, likewise, did a double-take before turning back again. "Look, I can't get a goddamn straight answer outta none'a these, an' they don't believe me when I say as I'm not Pishamentian, I just got this getup from the ghost of a guy I met and had one conversation with. So-!" Though of a great stature, it turned out some of it had been thanks to the man flying, as he came heavily to ground and took a seat facing the other three, setting the pagoda down with great care. "-who the f$)# is this guy? What is with his house? And how's he know who I am, I never told nobody that I'm Rainshadow!" "I figured as I should ask you, since, I've had good luck with furries, you're good people." He gave Jean and Ashley a shaky thumb's up. "And you, uh, Set? you're supposed to be a god, so maybe you know as what's goin' on in this weird-ass place?" The mongoose shook its head, letting loose a stream of rubies as it chirped "I've tried to explain to our young seat-filler here, but alas, not all are blessed with the wisdom of Tian. I am Gen, his guide for the evening, and ask your humble pardon for his rough speech and uncouth manner. This, as you just learned, is Rainshadow, Storm-Prince of the Dragon's Eyes and Prophet of Doom of the Emerald Cities! Also known-!" The mongoose's entire head was engulfed in one of Rainshadow's hands. "-as a guy new to this s#)@," he said angrily to the mongoose as Gen slipped free with an indignant look, "but not that dumb."
  15. Added +1 to Fortitude and Will, added a Snare power to the Array, fixed the Grapple scores.
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