Heroic Portland

Villain revealed...... Sort of

The heroes return to the PPD lab to find out what Sharon has discovered. They meet a new hero named Ion, who is there asking about the robberies in the Nob Hill area. It seems the neighborhood association has offered a substantial reward for the capture of the party responsible.

Sharon has come up with a possible name based on the partial business card found. The Dixie Mattress company. Ion, overhearing the conversation, offers to accompany the other heroes as they investigate the company. After a brief discussion Seraphim, Bronze Fist, and The Midnight Wiz agree to give Ion a shot. The four heroes make thier way to the Dixie Mattress Company to investigate.

The building appears deserted, dust covers everything in site as the heroes peer through the windows. They check out the roof to see if there may be an access point but don’t find one. Bronze Fist decides to rip the back security door off of it’s hinges and access the building in that manner. The rest of the group follows him inside. There doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary inside the building but it is obvious that the building has a basement. In lieu of looking for a way down Bronze Fist bash’s the heavy security door against the floor timbers to make a hole. Seraphim and Ion find a trap door in a back corner and proceed downstairs. Bronze Fist finishes breaking the floor he is standing on and drops into the basement. The heroes spread out and begin searching the basement. Bronze Fist rushes into a room and spies a security camera with an active light, he crushes the camera in one hand and bars spring up from the floor, trapping him in the room. After a few seconds a hidden panel opens in a wall, exposing a lcd screen. An elderly looking bald man appears on the screen and begins to talk with Bronze Fist. He apologizes to Bronze Fist, explaining that he normally “takes care of” people like him before they get a chance to get into the public eye. He continues by offering Bronze Fist the option of either working for him or dying. At this point Bronze Fist smashes the lcd screen. A powerful sleep gas begins to fill the basement, knocking Ion unconscious. The other heroes manage to resist the effects. After attempting to bend the bars, Seraphim and Bronze Fist figure out that by pushing the bars back down into the floor they can overcome the traps hydraulic mechanism. The bars are slowly forced down until a line bursts and then they fall back into the floor. The rest of the basement is searched, revealing a workshop with spare parts for the floating orbs that have been following the heroes and a “barracks” of sorts with three bunks and a tunnel leading outside. Ion, awake finally, hears a beeping noise and the heroes evacuate the building just before an incendiary device goes off. Ion uses his weather control ability to make it rain inside the building, keeping the fire from spreading to adjacent structures.

The heroes decide to scavenge the metal from the trap as it was so strong the combined efforts of Seraphim and Bronze Fist couldn’t bend it. Taking a sample of the metal and a canister of gas found in the basement to the PPD lab, Sharon immediately recognizes the metal as adamantine. She gets to work on the gas but that could take quite some time to figure out all of its components.

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Who is watching the Heroes?

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.

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Who the Heck are you Guys?!? Part Two

Bronze Fist head towards the front door but is called back by Sergeant Lewis before he makes it very far. He thrusts the note at him, “You better read this first.” The note is scrawled on a deposit slip and reads; “You have half an hour to get an APC from the Gresham armory up to the front door. The APC door will be left open and the driver will get out, leaving the vehicle running. Don’t try and get anyone into the bank or I will kill the hostages. Oh, and in case you try anything funny, I have enough explosive inside with me to take out a city block. Don’t fuck with me!”

A darkly dressed figure approaches the police line and asks to be let in, he says his name is The Midnight Wiz and the he has talents that can help. After radioing the sarge he is allowed through. As the heroes gather around the sergeant they discuss ways to get inside. Bronze Fist spotted an access hatch on the roof earlier and leaps up to check it again, he pries it open easily then returns to the group. Eagle outlines an idea, he can cast a spell to open a pocket dimension, he will then use another spell to become invisible and sneak inside before letting the rest of the team out of the pocket dimension. The other heroes agree and they set their plan into action.

Once inside Eagle does a quick recon of the bank, he lets the other heroes out and sketches the layout for them. “I was unable to find any explosives but the hostages would appear to be locked in the vault. There is one thug guarding the vault with a shotgun, the rest of the gang is in the lobby next to the front door. There is a wall between the vault and the lobby so the rest of the gang can’t see what’s happening there.”

Bronze Fist asks, “How close can you get us to that guard with your pocket dimension spell?” “Right next to him, what’s your plan?” “You get us next to him, open the dimension and we take him out quickly.”

Within moments the guard is slumping unconscious after being quite surprised to see costumed heroes appearing out of thin air in front of him. Seraphim and Bronze Fist grab a hold of the vault door while Midnight Wiz weakens the hinges by partially transmuting them into oxygen. They manage to tear the door off of the vault. Bronze Fist holds the door over his head as Seraphim talks to the hostages. James “Wolfman” Purcell Bursts through the security door from the front room as Eagle begins leading hostages out a back door towards the police. Wolfman tries to tip Bronze Fist backwards by shoving on the vault door but misses it. Bronze Fist drops the door, forcing Purcell to try and tip it away from them both or be crushed. As he deflects the door, Bronze Fist grabs a hold of Purcell by the shoulder and shocks him with his lightening powers. Wolfman takes quite a jolt but manages to stay on his feet. Midnight Wiz erects an invisible force field in the security door’s frame just in time for one of the thug’s to bounce off of it as he tries to come to his bosses aid. The other two would be bank robbers dive over a counter to try and come at the heroes from another direction. Seraphim erects a force field of his own that shimmers in the air, blocking off the remaining thugs from attacking the heroes. After pummeling Wolfman a few more times, Bronze fist throws him up the flight of stairs and through a second story window to the parking lot. He leaps after his opponent only to find him unconscious. News Teams have arrived on scene and all look on in amazement as Seraphim comes flying out the window with a thug in either hand. The Midnight Wiz drags the remaining bad guys around via the front door and they are all piled in a heap as the Portland Police Special Operations Unit finally arrives on scene.

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Who the heck are you guys?!? Intermission

Two officers with riot shield’s rush forth to grab the girl as she collapses to the ground. Just before they get to her a figure materializes, kneeling next to her. He wears a feathered head dress and cloak. A soft glow emanates from the figures hands as he reaches out to her ravaged back. The wounds slowly fade away under the glow from the man’s hands. He picks up her still unconscious form and carries her back to the police line and the paramedics who have rushed forward with a stretcher. As he sets her down on the stretcher she looks up and asks him “Who are you?”

“You can call me Eagle,” is his reply, “lay back and let these men check over you, you will be ok.”

The police sergeant rushes over, “Just a minute please, excuse me miss.” He reaches in and draws the note out of her shirt pocket. He reads it and begins to swear. “Damn it! Where is that PPD squad!”

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Who the heck are you guys?!? Part One
enter the heroes

A petty thug by the name of James “Wolfman” Purcell decided to up his game and stage a bank robbery. He rounded up his biker gang and charged into the Chase bank in Gresham. One of the teller’s set off the silent alarm, also triggering a vault closure.

Bronze Fist arrived first on the scene, leaping to the top of the two story building to survey the situation. Shortly thereafter several other heroes were arriving on scene, albeit without such a grandiose entrance. A winged hero landed next to the GPD sergeant in charge of the scene and offered his assistance, he names himself as Seraphim. Bronze Fist decided to jump down and join the winged hero. Sergeant Lewis quickly sketched in the situation. Purcell, along with four of his gang members, have at least nine hostages inside the bank. All the blinds have been closed so no one can see inside. The situation is tense and the sergeant remarks that this is very out of the ordinary for Wolfman and his gang.

About this time Purcell appears at the door of the bank pushing a hostage in front of him. One of the bank tellers with her hands bound behind her back. He yells out the door, “Hey PIGS! I got something for you!” With that he shoves a note in her shirt pocket and pushes the girl towards the police barricade. With all eyes on the terrified, stumbling girl no one notices Wolfman as he raises a sawed off shotgun and proceeds to shoot the girl in the back.

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