Icarus sends a message telling me he’s received multiple instances of the evil badguy signal. Well no kidding. I tell him to hide and record. Map the locations of signals if possible. Cellular reception went down with the power.
Stay calm? No kidding. The room goes into lockdown.
Outside, the bad guys appear. They are suited up in different outfits. This is the SWAT version of one of the evil Nazi pedophiles. Damnit. Why don’t they wear flags?
Cyrillo gets a flashback. He recognizes the uniforms as people he used to train with and escaped from. Some of them are powered.
The classroom is an exciting place to be. People are panicked and either silent or screaming. Yay. Only a few have attitude. Windows are facing the quad and we can see the bad guys storming the buildings. They have guns, but I cannot tell what they are. One guy in each group of 5 has some sort of detector. Peter recognizes the power/nanite nullifier guns.
I modify Icarus’ holoprojector to project images of us milling around the windows and the corner. I hide him. He can continue recording audio for the sake of potential monologuing. I maintain a link with him through wireless. (no access to cellular, STARK satellite)
Peter bleeds the light from the room. The panicked masses huddle closer.
Cyrillo stealths himself and takes off the vent cover so we can make our escape. We drop down in the corridor right outside the room and costume up. We head to the roof for the combat.
I try to pick the lock with my mind. That totally did not work. Nor the second time. And Elli fails to pick it manually, as do I. And Cyrillo, Mr. Espionage himself, cannot pick a lock for crap either. So Peter slices the door open with his laser ability.
Now we’re on the roof. Group of 5 guards guarding escape and another 3 at the front door, 1 at back door, 1 at side door. Other 3 teams are probably inside of the building. The single guys probably have powers. I switch over to be able to communicate with cybernetics.
I bet Cyrillo’s nanites are transmitting.
So the plan is for me to open a gateway and jump off the building. Wow. I love this plan. The guard gets distracted by the shiny gate as I leap from above. I miss, but the rest of the group stomps on him. Synergy swings, but he blocks and takes a swing at her. He hits her with his rifle. Ooh. Apparently they sent the A team this time. (CCF = Cyrillo Capturing Freaks)
Equinox lasers his rifle and it zarks. Nice. Yosono tries to turn him into a column of ice, but he dodges. Adaptive bad guys suck. Helix swings and smacks CCF1 like the bitch he is. 25 points later, he’s still standing. I open a gateway to Fort Igloo and spin kick him through. I call Icarus and tell him to contact Stronghold to tell them we need to send them bad guys. It does not work. Crap. Nor can he send a signal through the electrical system.
Unfortunately, the bad guy was able to contact his people and let them know where we were. The convergence begins.
More head back and Synergy takes out one of the guys coming from the side. Equinox takes out another one with a laser beam. Helix throws a crystal block and hits one of the guys. They target him as he phases out. And now the bad guys go. One shoots at Helix and it goes through him since he’s phased. One misses Equinox and Synergy leaps in front of the bullet which nullifies her powers. Crap. I shoot brick-face and he goes down. I try and TK his comm unit and fail, right before realizing I could use it to communicate through them.
Synergy runs and swings at one of the guys. She slams him, but he sucks it up like the hard-core he is. Equinox takes out his friends’ weapon. Helix bricks another dude, who comes after me and tries to grab me. I evade and try to counterattack but wiff horribly. The rest of the guys come around, one shooting at Helix. I shock the idiot who tried to grab me and he goes unconsciousness. I transmit a message to Stronghold: Attack at Richard Saunders. Need to send bad guys to containment unit. Elektra.
Bang on the door. One foot of ice holds them back really well.
Equinox lasers another guy, the one behind, and he goes out. There are apparently a number of students watching us with their phones. Synergy tried to knock her guy out and misses. Helix throws a brick at a new dude. He drops after leaping into the shot. Ouch. Random CCF shoots at Helix. Squeek on the miss. Another guy tries to grab Synergy. She evades. Woot!
Uh oh. Powered armour guy descends on the battlefield. Blue power armour. That’s not good.
I take out the other dude, leaving only powered armour guy and Synergy’s special friend. She barely misses booting him in the head. Bummer.
Mr. Power Armour leaps to land right in front of Helix. He tries to grab him but Helix dodges and kicks him. Equinox fires his laser beam and damages it. Yosono throws an ice ball at it. Helix phases out. Bad guy tries to grab Synergy, again, but misses. I speed over and knock him out with electricity. Now she needs to remove the power-nullifier. I wonder if we can fire the guy or if it will explode?
It does not appear to be a technology I’m familiar with. Not alien, but not Stark or Hammer either.
“Powers observed and acquired.” Oh. That sucks. He flings an ice ball at Equinox. Yosono shoots an ice ball and the new and heavily loaded and out of breath dude, but he dodges. Wow. He’s agile. I speed over and take him out. Now we just have Mr. PA and the guys inside to worry about. (I really hope this is not Adrian).
Synergy takes off the power nullifier but nothing happens. So she runs and throws one of the guns at him. Wiff. Equinox goes invisible and sneaks behind him. Then the armour guy goes. “Observation acquired.” He phases. Ooh. A laser beam shoots out at Helix in the phase-space.
Well, we can’t do crap against the bad guy now. So I begin tossing bodies through a gateway to Stronghold. Get the three near me.
Mr. PA states that Stronghold is inbound so a strategic retreat is in order. He gtfo while still phased. Damnit. Equinox could have attacked him this round through the power armour. Ah well. He’ll be back.
Stronghold arrives in a blaze of invisible glory. Citadel gets there right behind them.
Apparently the bad guys left behind an explosive device on the door trying to get through the ice. He asks if we can help evacuate the building. I take our classroom and modify the program so “we” walk along behind everyone else. Icarus has “us” carry on a conversation.
A Stronghold chick finds the source of the jamming. I run after them so I can take a look at the device. I get a good video of it for later 3d reproduction. Everyone else went to the Sanctum. I join them there and then we go back to the dorms. The school is on lockdown, which means I cannot go home.
Icarus is exhausted and radiating heat. He overworked himself, but did an amazing job by projecting a conversation from last week and modifying the holograms to adapt. Nice. I really need to work on that new drive technology so I can give him is TB drive back. Kimyee cools him off.
Time to create a new energy cell. (Yellow FEAT)
Peter plays and gets lots of positive feminine attention. He gets a tonne of phone numbers and an offer for an evening of fun and frolic. Wow, school rules suck. The evening ends and we split. School still locked down, so I crash with Elli and her new cushy carpet.
Tuesday, March 15th. The next morning…
Classes have been canceled for the day and we have meetings in the dayrooms, required attendance.
· At approx. 1pm those of us who live off campus are free to go home. Do not broadcast. We will need to be picked up by our guardians.
· Classes will not resume until new security features in place.
· After school activities are suspended as well.
· Try and restrict movements to main places and be with at least 2 other people to go across campus.
· Sign in and sign out
Kimyee and Ellie drag me to the gym with them.
I take a look at YouTube and find 6 original posts of X-Factor videos of the fight yesterday. I send them to Minerva and ask her to create a 3d model of the battle. +2 Hero Popularity
Continue working on the energy cell. (Red FEAT) And I ogle Jack. It’s nice to multitask.
Around 1, Mom opens a gate to come get me.
I go home and brief my parents before going to work on Icarus.