An interesting week as the player of The Eye took over GMing for the first half of the session before running out of plot. Luckily, I had my own plot that was just enough to fill out the remainder of the issue. For the first half I played as The Vampire.
Issue #7: Ghosts
The Eye's dancing class is finished for the evening, and he decides to walk back to the Bastion. As he walks past a nearby alley he's blind-sided and dragged away into the dark...
A sunny Monday morning in Liberty city. Jared misses most of it, finally getting out of bed at 11:30 when his grandfather shouts him out as the dog needs walking.
The Vampire, meanwhile, is sunbathing on the roof of his appartment, alongside Lucy. He hears sirens from a fleet of emergency vehicles and turns around, noticing a rising column on smoke in the distance. Grabbing a jacket, he heads off to help.
Jared also notices the column on smoke, and finds somewhere safe to leave Bucky tied to while he goes to help.
They arrive at the bank, which is surrounded by police cars, fire engines and ambulances. The firefighters are struggling to get the fire under control as Vampire notices someone stood inside the building. Vampire and Defender sneak around the back and use the smoke for cover as they enter the building.
Inside they find The Inquisitor, ranting about the evils of the modern world having burnt someone to death on a cross made of fire. Vampire and Defender attempt to subdue him, double teaming him and sending him flying out into the front of a police car.
As they talk to the police sargeant outside, The Inquisitor gets back up and starts ranting again, fireballing the heroes, who are unharmed. The sarge, however, isn't. Vampire carries him off to a nearby ambulance while Defender blasts a nearby fire hydrant, using the spray to dampen the villain's fiery aura, allowing Vampire to drop-kick him into the pavement.
Gadgeteer calls, telling Vampire that the Inquisitor reputedly cannot be stopped while his foci is intact. Ripping off the Inquisitor's robes, Vampire finds him wearing a small gold cross which he takes and hands to Defender, who crushes it. The Inquisitor's wounds stop healing and he is taken into custody.
Defender uses his super-bike to outrun the news chopper following him, while Vampire goes to buy ice cream for Lucy.
Jared heads home after picking up Bucky, and gets grilled by his grandfather on what took so long.
In the afternoon, they team have the usual weekly meeting, but there's no sign of The Eye. Gadgeteer hasn't been able to reach him by mobile phone or commlink. Also, she found a book that may be useful if Inquisitor shows up again.
Realising they need to find The Eye, they split up. Jared goes to see if he can track down anything outside the dance school while Vampire goes to see a man about a book before heading to inquire about Michael at the dancing school. The Eye was there, and hasn't been seen since. Outside, they find blood and evidence that someone was attacked and dragged off. The use satellite images to track across the town where they find evidence of a super-powered fight and a bum who (after suitable bribing) mentions seeing a fight involving The Eye and someone else, along with a lot of light and noise.
They run out of leads and head back to the Bastion where Gadgeteer has made an interesting discovery - a suppossedly dead minor hero recently performed at a local music venue. Defender and Vampire investigate, finding her and a companion, and track them to a warehouse, where they have prepared an ambush, telling them that The Eye is gone and they should just leave it.
Defender discreetly plants a tracking beacon on the male, which they follow to a summer home just outside of town. They house is deserted but the beacon is coming from downstairs. They find Spotlight and Nightingale (The two who ambushed them earlier) waiting for them, and after some brief and tense exchanges, violence ensues. Nightingale tries to blast Vampire with a burst of sonic energy but loses control, hitting everyone but Vampire, who proceeds to surge and knocks her unconcious. Defender, meanwhile, grabs Spotlight and throws him through the door, before picking up Nightingale and doing the same to her, but not before Spotlight is able to knock out Vampire using a powerful beam of light.
Gadgeteer shows up with a device to help Vampire recover - she'd tried to get in touch but her comm-signal was being jammed.
Stepping through, they find a man of unassuming appearance carrying a flamethrower and a pair of pistols, known as The Doctor (no, not that Doctor, a different one). He steps aside, realising that he really doesn't to go through what his teammates had just been put through. He lets them through into the main chamber...
...where The Eye is suspended in the middle of three concentric rotating rings, and his former associate Paranoia is operating the machine. Paranoia explains that during his resurrection, The Eye was tainted with some of the essence of Set, his patron's nemesis. They built the machine to remove the taint, but it has a chance of killing The Eye. Paranoia also reveals that he didn't see fit to tell anyone, seemingly oblivious to the fact that others might want to help.
The machine works, and The Eye is released, albeit a little confused. The team return to the Bastion, before Vampire leaves as he has "some people I have to talk to." Jared goes home. The Eye retires to his room, and Gadgeteer spends the night playing Doom III on the Bastion's supercomputer.
A letter is published in all the newspapers.
"Tonight, a ghost dies." Miss M.
The Eye contacts Wraith, now back in town, and offers the team's assistance. Wraith declines but suggests he be on the look out for Miss M's associates, who are sure to show up.
The Eye takes Tamara out to a Chineese restaurant, while Jared returns home and Vampire goes back to his appartment to spend time with Lucy.
The day passes uneventful. However, in the evening Gadgeteer gets a call and puts the news on. Saber is back, acting openly and having taken a bank full of hostages and rigged them with explosives. They contact Jared, who races to the scene as The Eye teleports in...
...and finds himself snared in a net, rendering his powers useless. Saber simply waits for the others to show up.
Defender tries to sneak in through the back, using the remote control on his superbike to crash it through the front. Saber notices him come in and casually throws a sharp object at him, which ends up embedded in the wall. Defender pulls it out, notices a flashing light on it, and throws it back at Saber, but it explodes harmlessly in mid air.
Defender goes for the net holding The Eye, damaging it enough to allow The Eye to regain use of his magic. Saber draws his sword and uses it against Defender, taking off the shoulder pad from his battlesuit. The Eye snares Saber with the Bonds of Horus, but Saber escapes and launches a small shaped-charge device at The Eye and Defender, who both dodge it. The Eye uses an improvised spell to pull the explosive belts off the hostages. Defender tries to go for Saber, but misses and Saber retaliates by striking Defender in the chest, creating a tear in the armour and exposing Jared's chest.
Defender realises that Saber is holding back and toying with them, right before Saber throws an object in the air that fills the room with a sickening gas and starts to run, throwing another object as he leaves. Defender catches it, sees the timer and throws it back...
...the timer hits zero...
...and an EMP pulse hits the room, frying cellphones, comm-links, battlesuits and superbikes. The Eye teleports Defender back to the Bastion before he starts to suffocate, while Vampire shows up to help with the clear up.
The Eye goes after Saber while Jared prepares to try and find Wraith, having realised that Saber was a diversion. Gadgeteer gives him a facsimile of his battlesuit, it doesn't have the equipment but should protect him. He borrows one of Gadgeteer's supercars and heads off to Northern Reach, using Wraith's comm-link signal to track her down...
...The Eye finds Saber, driving off in a van and heading out of town...
...Defender tracks down a heavily injured Wraith, who is just about holding off Miss M's assault as they duel, each using a sword. Both are cut and bleeding, but Wraith is worse off. He uses his snare launcher, which escaped the EMP by being mechanical rather than electronic, to try and hold down Miss M, but she escapes his hold and stabs Wraith through the chest. Defender tries again, getting a better hold and free-running around the scenery to tie her up. She escapes the bonds using her sword, just as Gadgeteer shows up to help out. They manage to overpower Miss M and capture her...
...The Eye uses the Bonds of Horus to crash Saber's van but he has a motorbike prepared and evades a second attempt. The Eye hears him laugh as he pulls to a halt and Cronus appears to teleport him away. The Eye returns to the city, but even his magic cannot restore Wraith.
The team regroup briefly at The Bastion, before separating. Jared goes to
"Emo point" to think, Gadgeteer pulls out every bottle of alcohol she has in storage, Vampire returns to Lucy.
The Eye: "I think...this means war."
Jared proves himself a hero by going to the rescue of Wraith even with his battlesuit trashed and most of his abilities gone with it.
Vampire's revenge for being ambushed takes out his assailant in one round of combat.
The Eye proves he's back to his old self by taking his ex-girlfriend out to dinner.
"I like my demons. I consider them close, personal friends" - Chance