THe many-headed Hydra...
Joesphy Chapman thought to himself that this was just another in a long line of dangerous, border-line suicidal missions for the Crown. Handed to him by the always smarmy Pete Wisdom, it seemed a challenge to, but within, his talents. Sneak into Hydra's new London base, do what damage he could, and get out. Rumors were flying that Madame Hydra, aka Viper was heading this particular chapter, although if anyone knew why, they hadn't told him. And odds are they know about as much as me, which is why this mission is so damn hasty,
He thought, slipping inside an abandonded sewer tunnel which he had been told led into the base's bathroom. From there, it was a matter of moving stealithly, which, although he was clad in armor and carrying a fair amount of weapons, was rather easy for the experienced agent. In just a few moments, he had reached a room that looked quite promising.
Some distance away was Viper herself, in front of a large map of London, specifically the Underground. Nearby were ten men clad in HYDRA uniforms, cradling guns and looking about rather non-chalantly. Unsuspecting, and so much easier the pickings for it...
Sneaking quietly into the room, the third bearer of the name Union Jack hid behind a metal support column, hands on his SA80. Letting out a slight breath, he clicked the selector lever to automatic. And that was all it took.
Trained ears alert for danger, even here in her current seat of power, Viper turned, ready for combat. Behind a pillar she could see a blue-clad form, clearly not one of hers. Deciding to shoot first and ask questions later she drew a force blaster from her hip with a speed that would make Anny Oakely herself proud. The bolt of concussive energy slammed Chapman's shoulder, but most of it hit the column and the rest was harmlessly dissapated by his armor.
Acting quickly, the flag-clad man dashed out from his cover, drawing and arming a grenade with practiced precision, letting the projectile fly in one smooth motion. With a soft thunk it landed near the emerald-haired woman's legs. There were shouts from her followers just before it went off, sending shrapnel throughout the room. More screams erupted as the ten men fell in various poses of agony. A piece of hot metal dug itself into Viper's side, but she merely grimaced, an expression that soon turned into a scowl of anger. "I'd like to kill you myself, fool, but I'm not adverse to having witnesses for your demise."
With those less than kind words, she fired at him again, reaching down to her belt as she did so, finger depressing a small, red button. The bolt deflected off of Union Jack's chestplate as a great bleating alarm began to sound. This cannot be good...
thought Chapman, taking a calm step towards her and letting fly with a short burst from his rifle. Despite the fact she wanted him dead, he still found a certain grace in her movements as she contorted her body, letting his bullets sail by ineffectually.
Viper smiled as she drew a slender sword, letting fly with a blaster shot that caught UJ in the shoulder, in a gap in his armor. Feeling a surge of bruising pain, he bit back a grunt of pain under his mask and let loose with his gun, emptying his clip with a deafening dakka-dakka
sound. She was still upright afterwards, but he saw blood on her shoulder, so she had to be hurt, at least.
And hurt she was, and angry besides. Her anger pierced the viel of pain in her mind like a foglight as she dashed towards him, dropping her pistol to get a better hold on her sword. Letting his rifle fall form his hands, Chapman drew his silver dagger, parrying the blow and stepping inside her guard, brushing her blade aside as he cut at her head. He thought he nicked her temple, so great was the gout of blood that resulted, but she just seemed angrier. Still, he was confident in his chances.
And that's when things really
He couldn't count how many men entered the room, next, so great were thier numbers, but he knew all too well what they would say, the wankers.
Distracted a tad by these new arrivals, Chapman was unable to move out of the way of Viper's swinging blade, which slashed his throat, missing his vital arteries but drawing a gasp of pain from him nonetheless. He tried to bring his arms up into a guard position, but also kept a wary eye on the soldiers, the nearest of whom opened fire. Bullets wizzed by the two, and Chapman felt pain radiating from his back. Still, he narrowed his eyes and focused, stabbing at Viper's hip, the blade biting into her muscled thigh before he pulled back.
With a shout, nearly a scream of rage, she swung at him again, the narrow blade seemingly like quicksilver in her hands as she cut a winding snake-like gash down his arm. Someone shot Chapman again, and he knew that he was in serious, if not fatal danger. He had one chance, and even that might not help him.
He stepped forward again, knowing her longer reach made staying at arm's length deadly for him. With a surge of strength Union Jack swung again, hitting Viper square in the chest with all the might of the Pendragon that flowed through his body. With a crash, the lithe woman gasped and nearly flew back from the impact, sprawling into a HYDRA soldier and collapsing into her heap. Which was, despite being supremely satisfying to watch for UJ, actually bad for him. Because he was still surrounded, only now they didn't have to worry about hitting their leader when they opened up on him. He reached for a grenade, knowing grimly this was likely his last day on Earth, when he heard a voice, weakened by pain but still coursing with venom.
"Hold your fire!" Incredulously, he watched Viper on the ground, unable to stand but looking no less dangerous for it. "Let him walk out of here, unharmed
for any man who robs me of killing this one shall soon follow him into the grave." Fixing each other with determined stares-Chapman's for justice, Madame Hydra's for vengance, they remained locked with the other's eyes as Chapman slowly exited, dagger in hand and arms in a high guard stance.
After he was gone worried HYDRA soldiers informed their mistress that medical help was on the way. Seemingly ignoring them, she spoke to her senior henchman. "Find him when I am well again, and then bring him before me, beaten but unbroken. That is a pleasure I want for myself."
•Okay, you know what? 100 minions may be a bit much. Regardless, I liked this fight. It was brutal, and although at first I thought there shouldhave been more feinting and stuff like that, I realizied that both combatants were busy doing something besides just attacking. Switching weapons, moving around, and plus, it was a short fight. If UJ hadn't taken her out with that last hit, he would've been dead. D-E-D, dead.
•This is definitely not over, either. Not only is UJ gonna yell at Pete Wisdom for a few days or so, while in hospital, but Viper now has a score to settle. Sabretooth v. Punisher will be up tomorrow, cause its late here, and then after that, I'm thinking Viper and Baron Strucker against UJ and either Wisdom, or Barnes. Suggestions?
Union Jack is sneaking into HYDRA's lair I'm gonna say three successful Stealth checks will get him into Viper's main room. He gets a Stealth check of 24, then rolls a natural 20, then an adjusted 34. Against the HYDRA agent's untrained Notice rolls, I'm gonna say he makes it.
Viper and UJ are 50 feet apart, he's hiding behind a pillar. Viper has ten Hydra Agents with her. The others can arrive in, let's say, three rounds. UJ makes a stealth check to get surprise. He rolls a twenty-three, Viper gets a natural 20, for 29 total. She sees him and they roll for initiative. Her Agents somehow get a 20 as well, but are still surprised.
Round 1.-Roll for Init Viper gets a 21, Union Jack a 9.
Viper will draw her blaster pistol and take a shot at him. He's behind cover, but flat-footed, so his Defense is a 19. She rolls a 17, for a total of 30 and hits. Save against DC 20...he gets a 21 and makes it. UJ will then move from cover and throw a frag grenade. Under Area Attack rules, I'm gonna say he can accurately target her, so her and her goons will roll Reflex saves. DC 15, and Viper rolls a 3, for a total of 12. Her surprisingly flat-footed minions are out. Viper, Toughness DC 20, gets a 16, fails by 4, Bruised, Injured. UJ is also in the radius, barely but he makes his Reflex save, and at the furthest reaches of the Explosion, passes the DC of 16 by one.
Viper-Bruised 1, Injured 1,
Round 2. Viper shoots again and takes a move action to hit an alarm button she carries with her. Rest of her terrorists (90 strong) will arrive at the beginning of Round 5. She hits him with a 24, he rolls Toughness and makes his save with a 25. UJ will move about twenty feet closer to her and fire his rifle. 9+12, that's a 21, and he misses by 1.
Round 3. Viper draws her sword in her off-hand and fires her blaster pistol again. She hits with an adjusted 28, UJ fails by two, bruised and Injured. He shoots again, this time Aiming as a Full action, +2 to hit, and gets a 3. HP to re-roll, and rolls a 4. Luckily, that's a 14 thanks to the Hero Point, plus 12 and 2 for Aiming, so that's a 28 and he hits. Since its Autofire and he hit by 6, that's +3 to damage, for a DC of 23. At -1 to her save, Viper rolls, gets an adjusted 18, fails by 5, is Stunned, Bruised and Injured. Fiat to act next round, HP for UJ.
Viper-Bruisedx2, Injured x2
Union Jack-Bruised, Injured
Round 4. Viper drops her pistol, moves into melee and attacks with her sword. She misses. UJ drops his rifle, draws his dagger and attacks. He gets a 3, HP to re-roll, hits with an adjusted 29. Viper saves at -2 against DC 22. She fails by 5, is Stunned, Bruised, and Injured. Fiat to shake off Stun. HP to UJ
Viper-Bruised x3, Injured x3
Union Jack-Bruised, Injured
Round 5. Viper's terrorists arrive, get a 17 for their initiative, so they'll go between Viper and Union Jack. Viper Aggressively Power Attacks for 2 and 3, respectively, is at -1 to hit, +3 to damage. Gets an adjusted 30, hits, UJ rolls save against DC 24, at -1, fails by 7, Stunned, Bruised, and Injured. He'll use his HP to recover from Stun. The terrorists (who are armed with SMGs and armored jumpsuits) are stacked 5 deep, in ranks of 18, so that's 18 Aggressive (+2 ATK/-4DEF) attacks UJ, -4 for shoooting into melee, and they need 18 or better. Four hit, UJ saves against DC 19, makes three of his saves, fails the last one by two, is bruised and injured. UJ attacks Viper Accurately for 2, gets an adjusted 26, hits, Viper rolls save at -3 against DC 20, fails by 4, Injured, Bruised.
Viper-Bruisedx4, Injured x4
Union Jack-Bruisedx3, Injuredx3
Round 6 Viper will Power Attack for 3, rolls a 1, Fiat to re-roll, hits, UJ rolls save against DC 24 at -3, fails by 5, Stunned, Bruised, and Injured. He'll again use his HP to recover from Stun. 18 terrorists fire again, four hit him again. He makes all but one again, fails this one by 4, another Bruised and Injuerd. He's gonna go for broke here, Aggresive for 2 and Power for 3 (-1 to hit, +3 damage, -4 to defense), gets an adjusted 23, just hits Viper, who has to roll Toughness against DC 25, rolls an adjusted 12, fails by 13, she is Staggered, Disabled, and Stunned. Knockback will send her into a terrorist, which is a hardness of let's say 4 (that's their toughness anyway) so she has to make a save against DC 19 at -5. Fails by 6, she's stunned, brusied and prone. UJ is in no condition to fight her minions, so I'm gonna call this a draw.
Viper-Bruisedx5, Injuredx4, Staggered, Disabled
Union Jack-Bruisedx5, Injuredx5