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For Bee and Miracle Girl, it turned out pretty quickly that the Mega Society was not an on-campus club, but instead a society for those who scored in the 99.9999th percentile of intelligence, literal ones in a million. As smart as you could get without being literally superhuman like Terrifica was, with only 27 members in the entire world.

 

However, they were stopped by a young South Asian woman with deep bags under her eyes and ratty hair. She looked as though she might be pretty under more normal circumstances, but stress had made her face greasy and her expression tired. Her t-shirt was stained, and her jeans were similarly in disarray. She was wearing worn flip flops.

 

“Hey,” she said softly. “…You guys are superheroes, right? Are you tracking the people who hurt my brother? Mohinder?”

 

Her voice wavered slightly, and there was both hope and fear in her eyes. This girl had clearly been through the wringer.

 

 

For Corona and Sandman, the first crime scene was located in the universitys greenspace, marked by a cordoned off section near a tree surrounded by police tape. The students seemed to give the area a wide berth, making it seem particularly isolated. Though it had been some time now, there was at least one sign of a struggle in the form of a slash in the bark of the tree.

 

They were now left with an option to either investigate here, or move onto one of the other attack scenes. The scene was the oldest, but perhaps it would turn up something, yet there was a chance newer attack sites would turn up something more fruitful.

 

 

Terrifica found herself near the special care centre, which was ominously flanked by two armed guards. Professor Xiu had given her a pass, but the guards did seem fairly done with things, with stony, almost unpleasant expressions.

 

The sound of frustrated screaming emanated from inside, almost sounding like an argument between a child and an adult, except the child’s voice was that of a grown woman.

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Melissa was really, really smart, but she wasn’t smart enough to make it into a club like Mega Society, not that she was worried about it she was always busy happily working on her various science projects. One thing she did have was a really good emotional intelligence, which she was pretty sure some of those on the list lacked a little.

 

So with the poor girl losing it she did what she always did when she saw such things, giving the woman a massive hug.

 

“We’ll do what we can to help find him I promise!”

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Terrifica had clipped the pass to her longcoat, and so she didn’t hesitate. Not that she would, of course. She walked right up to the two armed guards with the confidence of someone who knew she didn’t need their cooperation to get what she wanted. “Gentlemen. As you can see, Professor Xiu has granted me permission to enter.” No reaction. Were they chosen for their deafness? “I understand that it has been a…difficult shift for you both. Allowing me to pass is the first step towards easing their distress and yours.” Silence so stony and cold for a moment she wondered idly if the guards were disguised frost giants. But no. That was a ridiculous thought. Focus, Professor. “Is either of you going to react at some point, or are you just going to stare at me from now until the end of eternity?” Perhaps a bit sharp tongued, there, but 1) it was her trademark and 2) they were being extremely annoying.

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One of the guards finally broke, and looked over at Terrifica, frowning. He sighed, working his jaw, then looked down at her badge again, before something of a smile spread across his face. Unfortunately, there was no good humour there.

 

"Ah, yeah, Professor Xiu. Yeah, well, the school actually heard about her bringing in your types, and they ain't happy. On strict orders to keep her friends from snooping, even."

 

His smile grew wider.

 

"So why don't you do me a favour and go somewhere you're wanted."

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Terrifica was pleased. Now she had no reason to be nice. “You do realize how suspicious that makes them sound? Goodness, I certainly hope they aren’t hoarding the stolen intellect in the basement.” She smiled sweetly. “Well, not to worry. I’m sure ‘just following orders’ will work just as well as a defense as it always has.” She turned and walked out of their sight lines, then pulled out her Chameleonic Field Projector and disappeared from view. It was not, however, the only thing she pulled out of her utility belt. She so seldom had a chance to use the Permeation Field Projector. And of course, she’d need the Blood Oxygenator. It was effortless, with these three items enabled, to simply walk past the two goons and literally through the front door. Now, to find out what was really going on in here. Were they merely being obstructionist, or did they actually have something to hide?

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Upon their arrival Sandman began to survey the site.  He glanced at the gash in the tree and shook his head forensics were not his forte.  "Can you make out anything from that?"  he inquired of his companion uncertainly as he began to gingerly examine the rest of hte scene trying to feel any tears or slits in the veil.  "Something terrible happened here."  he mused almost to himself as he traced out where the aftershocks of the attack were strongest.  He crouched to examine the ground and drifted toward the tree as well, "Nothing crossed over here but the attack has left it's mark,"  he sighed heavily looking for a moment tired, "Whatever did this brought great terror to it's victim."  This was a vicious attack, no simple ambush or crime of necessity.  "Unless you can make more than I from the physical evidence we ought examine a more recent site."

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The young woman sighed as Bee hugged her, and she forced some measure of composure onto herself. She looked at Bee and Miracle Girl, rubbing at her eyes, but took a moment to speak, as if gathering her thoughts.

 

“Mohinder was so smart,” she said. “I don’t… I can’t… imagine why anyone would do this. Everyone liked him. And his poor girlfriend, too, she had to watch as his brains got…Got…”

 

She broke again, crying into her hand.

 

 

The guards blinked, then started to scrambling. “Hey! HEY!” they cried, turning and looking around them. One of them snarled. “☠☠☠☠ing supes, man!”He looked at his partner. “You check inside there, I’m gonna go look down the hall.”

 

He pulled at the radio on his chest. “Hey, we might have a security breach in here. Might wanna keep an eye out for a young woman, about 5’5”, 5’6” in height. Blue costume, orange T on her forehead. Hard to miss.”

 

Inside the room, it was surprisingly colourful. The floors were coated in multi-coloured foam, while the walls were painted a warm and inviting blue. Light filtered in through the big windows, but it was marred somewhat by the white metal bars over-top them. Small benches sat around grey, long tables, many of them covered with flash cards and puzzles.

 

There were two kinds of people inside the room. The first, and more numerous, were young men and women dressed in plain grey sweats, many of which were stained, wearing velcro shoes. The other were men and women, looking very tired, wearing all sorts of different clothes. The most interesting of these two was a normally-dressed man sighing and staring down at a young blonde woman in sweats, whose face was redder than a cherry tomato.

 

“Maggie, I get it,” he said in a soft voice. “We don’t have to do any more flash cards, but I need you to calm down.”

 

“NO! I DON’ WANNA CALM DOWN! I WANNA BE SMART AGAIN!” she bellowed.

 

The little scene was interrupted when the guard burst in, hand at the taser on his belt. He looked around, frowning.

 

“Any sign of a woman in a blue costume in here?” he asked.

 

“No, and close the door before one of th-- HEY! Ruthie, away from the door! Yeah, I see you!” Replied one of the normally dressed women.

 

The guard frowned. “Well, tell me if you see anything,” he said, closing the door.

 

 

It seemed as nothing else would happen, until Sandman got too close to the Scar. Suddenly, within the dream realm, an echo of the material world formed.

 

A great, swirling black form took shape, marked only by white eyes that flashed like lightning storms, looming over a young, brown haired man who brandished a pocket knife in his hand. “Stay away from me!” the young man cried, swinging the blade wildly and cutting into the tree. The black humanoid form watched, seeming to grow larger.

 

“Gustav Ingleson… You have wasted your mind…” the form replied, its voice intermingling with psychic static. It reached out, and placed its hand on the young man’s temple. Then, suddenly, everything became fuzzy, less defined.

 

 

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Hmm. So they weren’t as dumb as they looked. Interesting. Terrifica watched him go, being completely invisible as she was. Tell me if you see anything. If ever there was a straighter line…more’s the pity. Well, whatever. She wasn’t here to talk to the victims, tragic as they were. She put away the Permeation Field Projector and Blood Oxygenator for now. What she needed was a few scanning devices. One for magic. One for psionics. They were basically fancy goggles that fit over her cowl. A fine place to start. Ruthie was the furthest from everyone in the room, so Terrifica would start with her. Step one was finding out what kind of attack had done this.

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Melissa held the hug for just long enough to be comforting before stepping back and giving what she hoped was a reassuring smile.

 

“It may not be anything personal, apart from he was very smart, and we’re going to try very hard to fix this situation.”

 

She reached out and touched the girls hand reassuringly, this was she knew a rough time for the poor thing.

 

 

“I know it rough right now but we need to know what was going on just before this all happened. Anything you can remember could really help us find who did this.”

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Sandman froze as the vision overtook him seeking out every detail he could place.  When it came to a close he ran a hand along the gash, "Inflicted by the victim"  he stated quietly.  He paused considering the creature he'd seen and let out a sigh, "I've seen entities like this but not with this sort of targeting."  he mused aloud and nodded to his fellow hero. 

 

"Whatever this is isn't just attacking randomly or feeding."  he revealed, "It's almost vengeful and it is intelligent."  the mystic guardian frowned deeply considering the implications and possibilities.

 

"We should see what can be found at the more recent sites."  Sandman suggested, "I'll brief you on what I saw on the way."

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As soon as Bee released her hug, Miracle Girl stepped in and offered one of her own. "It's going to be alright, miss. I promise you thst we will do everything in our power to restore Mohinder to his old self." Then she reached down and pulled out a reporter's notebook and a pen. "So for starters, can we get your full name, and Mohinder's as well? And then, if you could tell us the time and place the attack took place. Oh, and if his girlfriend was a witness, we'll need to speak with her as well. Any bit of information could be helpful."

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The young woman sniffled, and rubbed at her eyes. The hugs seemed to have worked to some extent, calming her down. She stepped back, and nodded at the two women, straightening up as much as she could as she gathered herself.

 

“I am Naisha Chaudhary, and my brother is Mohinder Chaudhary. The attack, it was… About a week… Maybe a little longer, ago. It was around noon, I remember because I got the call when I was just about to sit down with my boyfriend. It had been in his room, apparently. He was taking a nap after morning classes. His girlfriend, Joanne… She saw it climbing out through the window, and my brother was just… staring with these… empty eyes.”

 

She rubbed her temples, and then fished something out of her pockets. “Here are the keys to his dorm. I… Hung onto them for him. For when he gets better. And here’s Joanne’s number, she’ll be able to talk to you.” She hastily scrawled down a number, and handed it off.

 

 

What Terrifica discovered was that there was no magic, but there was plenty of psychic residue. It took the form of glowing blue fingerprints, ebbing with ethereal psychic ‘smoke’ off of her temples. It had faded some, but was still pleasant. Looking around, she could see it on all of them. It was potent, too, coming from something that clearly possessed potent capabilities.

 

 

The next area brought them to an area around an on-campus drinking establishment, for those students who were of age. The foot traffic was, at the moment, fairly relaxed, but there was no obvious sign of a struggle here, either. The pub itself seemed to have a fair few people inside, mostly eating and relaxing.

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