A month and a half after the bank robbery Purcell is finally set to go to trial. His gang have all turned witness against him, seems they aren’t too happy with their leader getting them all in this mess. The Midnight Wiz, Bronze Fist, Seraphim, and Eagle are all contacted via news media, billboards, etc to come forth and testify as well. However after the charges are read off (a rather extensive list including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and on and on) the court is stunned when Purcell pleads guilty to everything. After a short deliberation in her chambers the judge returns and sentences to a maximum of 50 and no less than 25 years in Oregon’s Meta-Human maximum security facility at Castle Rock. Purcell is lead away in heavy manacles with a smug, self satisfied look on his face.
Bronze Fist, sensing something peculiar about the proceedings asks for a “visitation” with Purcell. “Wolfman” agrees to the visit and sees Eagle, Seraphim, and bronze Fist in an interrogation room at the courthouse. Purcell glares at Bronze Fist as he enters and demands to know who the hell he thinks he is anyway. Seraphim turns on his “awe” inspiring glow in an attempt to cow Purcell into admitting what he is up to. Bronze Fist tell Purcell that he is the one that will stop evil doers like him from terrorizing Portland. At this Purcell snaps the steel ring that has been holding his hands down to the table and yells at him, “You think your going to stop me?!?” At this action the PPD bursts into the room and hits Purcell with electrified batons, stunning him and drags him out of the room and back to his cell. The next day Purcell is loaded into an armored car and begins the journey to Castle Rock.
In the week following Eagle spots a strange metallic orb following him as he and Seraphim patrol the city. They contact Bronze Fist and Midnight Wiz about the incident and the group devises a plan to find out if anyone else is being similarly followed. Bronze Fist puts on a display while on top of a parking garage while the rest take up positions to spot the orb/orbs. It turns out that each of the heroes has a “tail”. The orbs appear to have some sort of camera lens on the front and are watching the heroes as they move about. As soon as Bronze Fist notices one and try’s to look at another the orbs all flee at high speed in different directions.
Meeting at Bronze Fists abandoned railway car in North Portland, the group devises a plan to try and capture one of the orbs. The first stage is to try and feed whoever is watching a little misinformation about Bronze Fist. Eagle disguises himself in street clothes while The Midnight Wiz uses an illusion to disguise himself as a pickpocket. At a pre-arraigned time Wiz pick pockets Eagle and then flees down the pathway at Waterfront Park. Bronze Fist leaps into action to chase the “pickpocket” and accidentally collides with a metal lamp post. At this he begins to act as if the steel post is grounding him out and draining his energy. The “pickpocket” drops the wallet and runs away at this. Eagle picks up his wallet and goes to thank Bronze Fist who is still “reeling” from his “energy drain”. Bronze Fist warns him off and after about five minutes begins to “recover”. He leaps away from the scene as Eagle fades into the crowd. Several days later an argument is staged between Seraphim, Midnight Wiz, and Bronze Fist at a railway yard on Swan Island. Seraphim and the Wiz yell at Bronze Fist, claiming that he has put them all in danger with this heretofore undisclosed “weakness”. Eagle is standing by, invisible, with a sack to try and capture one of the orbs if it shows up. One does indeed and Eagle manages to snag it in the first attempt. The Midnight Wiz throws a force-field around the orb as Eagle becomes visible once more. A loud crackling of energy is heard and smoke begins to pour out of the captured device. It seems that a self destruct mechanism was built in to the orb.
The group decided to take the orb to the PPD special ops unit for study. Captain Jared Derbin Escorts the group to the units lab and introduces them all to a woman he calls Sharon. She examines the device and the remains of a scorched business card are found inside. The only printing on the card that is still legible reads “ixie M”. The heroes ask Sharon if she can try and run the partial words against known business names in the Portland Metro area. She agrees and tells them that it may take a few days as this is not much to go on.