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Richard Stowe was a dead man. This news broadcast said so. Showed so. The fact wasn't so much of a shock as how the news was conveyed. A hacked bulletin with a full on disclaimer warning the parents of children and the weak of stomach. Following was the gory, messy, fantastic flaying of a man with seemingly enough power and money to stop himself from being the intended target of and recipient thereafter of said gory, messy, fantastic flaying.
Grimoire watched on with a look of surprise and wonderment, followed by a gleeful grin stretching ear to ear. "That... was... AWESOME!" he said to himself. The television he was watching illuminated the small, abandoned apartment that he had taken up residence in for the past decade. The electricity was courtesy of some 'helpful neighbors' down the street who had no idea why their electric bills were so high, and so far hadn't been able to get an electrician to stick with them for more than a week to check into things.
"Looks like there are people out there with a more... decisive mentality toward people like Stowe. I should see what I can find about them. Now... How to contact them...?" he asked himself. When the idea finally came to him, he jumped up out of his old, far-too-well-worn recliner and giggled a little to himself. On his way out the door he grabbed his best wears, consisting of a long black duster jacket, thick soled boots which were just a little too big, and his favorite weapons - a pair of lever action shotguns, chambered in 12 gauge and loaded with buckshot. Each had had its cocking lever loop widened and rounded, its underside and magazine tube reinforced with more steel, its handle lengthened and positioned to hold the weapon more upright, and a bladed hook affixed under the end of each barrel. These weapons were hung on each hip and hidden under his long coat as he exited the door.
Hours later a high ranking member of a local gang had come into a highly unfortunate situation. Dead by account of missing hands and a face looking more like a bowl of jello freshly stirred with a power drill, he was hung from the side of a building and left to swing and drip the rest of his fluids. Naked from the waist up, a message was carved into his chest: The word 'Stowe' inside a circle with a line through it. Below this was a smiley face. "There. That should get their attention." Grim said proudly as he slunk back to his apartment, using alleys and rooftops to stay out of the public eye.
After everything wrapped up with Richard Stowe, the hacker offered to help everyone out again. Once the archer got the contact, Tiger Claw proceeding to get it as well. This person will most likely come in handy. The warrior was already gone. He couldn't even sense her presence anywhere nearby. Oh well. He had a feeling they'd run into each other again.
[H3 A few hours later...]
Tiger Claw arrived at his clients' home and delivered the rings while remaining hidden in the shadows. He kept the package in view so he can confirm the right people grabbed it. If not, he'd quickly knock them out and get them out of the way. However, that wasn't necessary…
His clients found it. They were visibly perplexed at first over the random unmarked package. Yet, clarity took over shortly after once they opened it. Tiger Claw had soaked the rings in solution to clean the blood off for the family's safe viewing. The child's surviving parents sobbed with such peaceful expressions on their face despite the remaining pain and anguish underneath.
His job was done. Now, it was up to them to wire the rest of the money. If they didn't, well, they were already warned of the penalty. They had 48 hours to make that transfer. Tiger Claw was beyond ready to go home and eat something.
[h3 Kwan Wilson]
When he got home, he hopped right into the shower. He wasn't a fan of using blood as cologne. It didn't usually work out with the ladies, at least, not the sane ones. After drying off and getting some of the water out of his hair, he tied his towel around his waist and went to the kitchen to see what he had to snack on. He wanted something with some crunch to it, so he decided to go with an apple. It wasn't long before he was finally in his bed and turned on the TV. He was asleep before an hour had even passed.
The following morning arrived soon enough. He started his morning routine with the TV still on in the background. He had the news playing to stay up to date with what the public knew. Midway through his morning workout, there was a drastic change on the network. He switched what he was doing with his dumbells to basic bicep curls as he walked over to the TV.
Chaos, the hacker from the previous night, took it over to broadcast Stowe being skinned to death. The rings he delivered even made it onto the broadcast. If his clients had any doubts, this was one way to confirm the job was done. The broadcast wasn't for everyone's taste. However, there was plenty of time with the disclaimer and it was artistically well done. This could cause some backlash from more traditional heroes, but one step at a time. Right now, that was a job well done.
Once the broadcast ended, Kwan received a notification of the payment. Definitely, a job well done. He then proceeded to message Chaos, [#6b7f94 "Who's next?"]
Chaos happily handed over the number of one of her burner accounts on request, but also went a step further by adding it to the phones of her new friends who did not ask under Chaos. A benefit of being the foremost hacker in the world and a technopath. They were all quick to go their separate ways though as the others had concerns about a police presence, but Chaos had no concerns over that since she had been redirecting local calls to a false 911 dispatch center. Her drones were the last to leave once they had collected all the computers and wiped away some of the extra evidence that might be used to track her new friends.
They reconvened at a van that claimed to belong to property management. Those that looked closely might wonder why the drones were carrying computers, but there was never a concern for why the drones were out and about in the first place. An area this expensive it was a common sight to see drones doing property inspection. One thing Chaos had learned was that marked vans tended to draw less attention than unmarked ones during these operations.
Once they were all safely in the van it drove away with a human replica behind the wheel. It would drive a few miles outside of town before being teleported back to her base thanks to some technology her mentor had replicated. While her proxies worked to bring everything home; she filmed the scene that would be shown all across the world tomorrow. Along with doing a bit of work to make sure that the subtitles would be area appropriate all over the world.
[h3 [center New Day]]A benefit of her advanced brain was that Molly was made for multitasking. One part of her brain focused on getting her broadcast out all over the world, one focused on filtering the money she drained from Stowe's accounts through other accounts to clean it, one focused on social media to see the reaction the public had to her latest achievement, and one focused on the raid that her guild was going through. The public at large had a mixed response as expected, but the groups that she managed all had positive reactions as expected. She would have to hope that the overall positive response would get her new friends to get in contact with her. Although the announcement that the Justice League would be releasing a statement on it could put a damper on that.
Any doubts in her new companions courage disappeared though as she picked up the phone to archer praising her camera angles before asking about some of the names. She made sure to confirm that the call was covert before she replied, but it did not take long enough for there to be a noticeable delay. [b “Well when I said it was a mile long I meant it. Working through all the code and I can confirm there are dozens of targets deserving of your brand of justice. The three that I bet would most appeal to you would be Floyd Dahrk, Danielle Sinclair, and Peregrine Abernathy. They all have some ties to human trafficking and worse; especially given their connections to Stowe.”]
She went into a bit deeper details into the three to make the decision on a target easier for archer. Molly would be happy to take out any of them as their next target just as long as they were as vicious as they had been with Stowe. That was all that mattered to her here. Well that and the positive feelings of a job well done that would come with taking out any of these trash existences.
Atlan sat in the bar by the sea. It was the same bar his father used to frequent when he was younger before he became king. Atlan was drinking a tall glass of beer contemplating what to do next. He had just been banished from the sea, from his home. He felt comfortable on the surface land. In fact he liked it. This was the only thing he and his father had in common. He had been the crown prince and leader of the Atlanean military. How could it all be gone now? He needed a distraction from his new reality on the surface. He eyed down a woman at the bar and had a drink sent to her before he went and joined her.
[+blue “Well hello beautiful. I couldn’t help but notice you in here alone.”] As he continued to talk sweet things to her, all of the televisions seemed to malfunction in the bar. The channels all changed to a gruesome flaying of a deprived man. The woman with him was horrified but Atlan thought to himself that the bastard deserved it and this was the evil that surface dwellers had. He was interested in whomever was doing this. He liked that they took justice into their own hands.
He whispered to his now date, [+blue “Don’t worry, I’ll keep the boogeyman away from you. Why don’t we get out of here? I have a very safe abode within walking distance.”] He was going to first bed her then use her to make a very complicated locator spell. Normally you would have to have something belonging to the person but since all he had was a picture of her hands he would have to use very dangerous magic, forbidden magic. He took her back to his place and had his fun with her. When he was finished he revealed his wand and drew a magic circle around the woman. He began chanting and poured octopus ink on her hand. It branded her and he stopped chanting.
[+blue “I am sorry but I must find the woman who did that on TV. I’ve linked an evil tracking spirit to you who will posses you until it finds her.”] The woman screamed and objected right up until the point here the spirit entered her body. Atlan grabbed another beer [+blue “It’s time to go hunting my friend.”] The very next day the spirit led Atlan to an old auto shop with a hose built onto it across the country. Tracker spirit pointed at the place and said “Here” And un-possesed the woman. Atlan gave the woman a gold bar for her trouble and walked into the house.
Using his magic he opened the doors and walked right in to find her crafting arrows. He laughed greeting her as she shot him in the chest with an arrow.
Helena replied to Chaos [+green “You know what, I like that idea. Give me a number to reach you on.”] Helena cleaned off her knife and began retrieving every arrow she had shot.
[i Can’t leave evidence that says i was here. Besides, these things cost an arm and a leg to make.]
After every arrow was accounted for, Helena walked to her Harley, which she parked a quarter mile away, and headed home. [pic http://i.imgur.com/V5ICOd1.jpg]
[H3 The next day]
Helena was at home binge watching Downton Abbey when Chaos plastered her work over the channel. Helena shrieked in excitement and watched as only her hands were shown carving up that depraved man. When it was all finished Helena didn’t even finish her episode of Downton Abbey. She called Chaos.
[+green “Hey that was awesome, I love that you got my hands in there. So about this list. Why don’t you tell me some of the juicy names that needed to be brought to justice.”]
Helena said standing up and walking to the edge of her living room where she overlooked her garage. Helena purchased an old auto shop and renovated it building a house attached to it keeping an open concept to the garage.
[+red “I see this dog has some bite,”] the meta said as he continued to up the gravity around Zonian Knight as she still tried to push forward. [+red “Oh, no you don’t.”] He perked up a smile, [+red “Sit girl.”] The pressure increased again. Her pride was the only thing that kept her moving. It was even more strained as she was almost to a crawl, but the warrior refused to give the guy the satisfaction. Her relentlessness wiped the meta’s smile away and was replaced with frustration. The others were on the move now as she kept him occupied. On top of her pride, if she succumbed to this gravity, all of this would have been pointless. She just needed to hold out a little longer. [+red “Bitch! Why won’t you go down!”]
Without warning, a dagger pierced right through the meta from behind his rib cage through his lungs. The man behind him being Tiger Claw, [b[#6b7f94 “Maybe because she’s not just some bitch.”]] Honestly, Tiger Claw was impressed. He was pretending to be down as he inched closer before. However, he still wasn’t able to move as much as she could when the pressure was on him. Once the warrior woman took the attention off of them, that was another story. He made his way to the big guy without alerting him or Dick. The hacker’s broadcast also frantically captured Dick’s attention for a moment.
The meta choked on his own blood and drowned in it. The hacker said his name, but at this point it was pointless to remember. He was a dead man. Soon after, the archer took out Dick and began skinning him. More drones appeared during this process. Tiger Claw was going to take Dick’s pointer finger as proof of his death for his client. However, with it skinned like that, it would be pointless. So, after the drones dispersed, he put on a glove, took the rings off of each bare finger on the corpse, and put them into a bag.
Michelle had to catch her breath once the meta’s powers abruptly came to a halt. The others wrapped everything up. Even Chaos got the computer data. She wasn’t gifted in technology like her father or Uncle Lucius, so it was kind of useless to her. She was great with mechanics and forging though. So, that was something. When Chaos proposed they all work with each other again, filling in that gap was an honest consideration. Oh well. It was time to get out of there before the cops showed up. So all she said was, [#981f52 “I’ll think about it.”]
[h3 Michelle Wayne - the Following Day]
The next day, Michelle took a ride on her motorcycle to pick up some new parts for some enhancements she was thinking about. After bobbing and weaving through the forming traffic, she finally arrived at the shop. As she went by the garage she spotted one of the mechanics wiping some oil off his hands. [#5a72d8 “Hey Jimmy. Are you working on anything interesting today?”]
[+blue “Nah, nothing like that. Just a 4-cylinder needing a tuneup.”] He looked so bored. [+blue “How about you, Michelle? Anything interesting?”]
[#5a72d8 “Hopefully. We’ll see once I start.”] Looking up at the TV posted on the wall, she noticed he had a motocross race showing. [#5a72d8 “Do you have any stake in this one?”]
[+blue “You already know. That bike there,”] he pointed at the screen. An excited grin emerged and he playfully added, [+blue “and I’m feeling real lucky with this one.”]
[#5a72d8 “I’d hope so.”] she replied with a smile. That smile faded rather quickly as the screen changed and a familiar altered voice took over the station. Michelle heard an echo from her phone too. It took over that screen as well. Before long she relived the estate and that bastard being skinned. She relived it while who-knows how many people were witnessing it. Luckily she wasn’t anywhere in the video, but that archer’s hands were… There was no way to avoid that… Was this hacker trying to get the Justice League after them? There’s no way her parents or the rest of the League would overlook what transpired… and for it to be released to the public like that… What was Chaos thinking? The League had enough resources to figure out who was there with this. Though that archer was really the one in danger. Just great…
After it was over, the race resumed and Jimmy’s racer won… Despite that, there was nothing but silence. Heavy silence. [#5a72d8 “Hey Jimmy. Did that just happen? Please say the race has been on the whole time.”]
[+blue “You know that’s not the case… Though I can’t believe what I just saw either…”] Of course he couldn’t. However, that was for different reasons than Michelle’s. Could Chaos really be that careless to broadcast what they did. Superman didn’t tolerate that, so Michelle always avoided leaving evidence of the criminals she’s killed. Knowing him, he’d start a witch-hunt to send them to the Phantom Zone… It didn’t matter to him that it was the serial killer who did that to mere children. That boy scout was always preaching against taking a life, let alone torturing someone to death. This was a headache. She needed to get Chaos’ attention before something else was leaked…
[#5a72d8 “Well, you were right… You were lucky. Congratulations…”]
[+blue “Yeah, thanks…”]
Shuriken man and Zonian Knight finished off the handling of the last two empowered guards and freed the archer to handle Dick. She did a wonderful job at that by dropping him to the ground in a single move. An act she followed by pinning him to the floor with an arrow into each shoulder before she took a seat on top of him. None of them could see it given she was telecommuting, but her grin was a mile wide as they turned his taste for dominance around on him.
Molly made sure to record the scene as best she could with at least a couple of additional drones providing alternative angles. Although she did not have much experience with hunters; she trusted what the archer said as she went to work proving her skill in skinning the man alive. Not that the alive part lasted long as he died of shock before she was done. The archer stuck to her word though and made sure to continue the job to completion.
[b “I promise to share you work with the world, but only once we are all safely out of here. While I might be a bit mad even I do not want to risk getting involved in another fight after all of that.”]
She had to ponder what her next words would be as her extra drones made direct connections to the computers in the room. While the wireless would probably be enough it was always safer to guarantee she got everything the old fashioned way. It also gave her time to think about how to proposition the trio of heroes in the room. Whether they were as aware of it as her or not; there was no denying that they made a decent team once they actually started to work together. Combined with her preference for working through proxy and it made a great deal of sense to try to get a reunion in the future.
[b “It looks like I have quite the list of scum suckers to deal with down the road thanks to these computers. I know not everyone here might agree, but I think this mission went rather well. If any of you have interest in working together again I would be happy to provide the necessary tech support to the team. Just consider me your friendly neighborhood hacker.”]
[h3 [center Tomorrow's Broadcast]]The scene cuts off to show Chaos' costumed face in front of a starry night background. Pleasant music plays quietly in the background as she confirms that she has control over all of the major contact points.
[b “Hello everyone! Chaos coming at you today with some great news! Dick Stowe is deceased thanks to the work of a few lovely people I got to meet the other night. You want proof? I promise I have more proof than moonshine for you friends!”
“Now those of you who have children may want to usher them away from the screen, or if you are a child watching this on your phone shut it off. Also those weak of heart or stomach should probably skip the rest of this. Those that are looking forward to the justice though please do enjoy the following.”]
There was a ten second delay as a content warning plastered the screen before it cut to a lightly cropped video of Stowe being skinned. Thanks to the angles used there was minimal risk to the identities of her fellow criminal heroes. Although the best part of their work was sure to be seen by just about every person on the planet who had any interest in it.
[b “Now wasn't that just lovely? We are not going to stop there though as I have a list a mile long of garbage like Stowe that needs to be taken out. If you are innocent just relax in the knowledge that the world is a better place. If you're not...you should probably get your affairs in order. Until next time everyone! Mwah, Chaos signing off!”]
Being the foremost hacker in the world meant that she could guarantee it would take over broadcasts, but thanks to the emergency alert system she was also able to broadcast it to just about anybody in front of a screen at the time. It took a few extra proxy servers to make sure she could not be traced doing it, but she made sure that all the major news times would see it rebroadcast. She needed to be sure to make a good impression on her newest friends after all.
Helena angrily watched as Zonian Knight took the attention away from the rest of them. As the gravity meta focused harder on Zonian Knight, he focused less on the others. It became easier to move as the gravity began to return to normal. The assassin man moved quickly and ran the gravity meta through. Helena Jumped up and swept Richard’s legs. While he was on his back, She fired an arrow through each of his shoulders pinning him to the ground. Helena startled him and sat on his waist.
[+green “Oh I am going to have fun with this. Tell me Richard, how much pain can you take?”]
Richard spat at at her face [+red “Fuck you bitch!”]
Helena wiped her face off and pulled out a ten inch stainless steel hunting knife. [+green “Now that’s no way to treat a lady. Now be honest with me. Did you molest those children as well? Be honest with me Richard”] She said while cutting off his shirt. [+green “If you tell me the truth I’ll make this quick.”]
[+red “Please no I, I, Ok I did. Please just do it quickly.”]
Helena smiled like a proud mother and then said [+green “Thank you for your honesty.”] She then dismounted him and wiped her face off. She then put on goggles and turned back to him [+green “Did you know that good hunters pride themselves on being able to skin an animal with minimal cuts?”]
Richard began screaming as she started cutting from his clavicles down through his belly. [+green “That’s right, minimal cuts and they try to get the skin off in one big piece.”] When she got to his arms he stopped screaming and Helena checked his pulse.
[+green “Damn, He died of shock already.”] She continued cutting and carving his body, removing the arrows from his shoulders. While she was finishing up she addressed the others.
[+green “Hey Xena warrior princess, good freaking job, you too assassin boy. Hey robo chick, his computers are all yours just do me a favor and take a picture of my finished work and plaster send this to every news network. I guess the speedster couldn’t stomach things.”] She pointed out as the girl ran off after the gravity meta was taken out.
Before she had the opportunity to give guidance to her newest friend an even newer friend appeared with a couple of interesting weapons that tore through some of the guards. They were even able to drop a meta with those bladed instruments. Despite the initial protests it seemed that this mismatched group of heroes might just be able to work together after all. She would just have to wait for them to clear a path inside and wait to get a hold of the computers.
When the opportunity presented itself all of them moved into the mansion with haste, but with the archer in the lead position. Despite the obvious trap she rushed headlong into danger and showed why you should not do that. Just a step into the room and she was dropped to the ground as the meta guarding Dick demonstrated their manipulation of gravity. Her drones were less impacted thanks to the materials used in their design, but they were also not combat oriented enough to deal with such a high level meta.
Zonian Knight thankfully seemed to be strong enough to power through it, or at least enough to damage the partner of the gravity meta. Unfortunately that just drew the focus of his power onto her. This was where Chaos would prove her worth to the group and make sure that they could succeed in their goal to take down Dick. Especially if it would turn out that archer would skin him alive as stated.
[b “Just remember what I told you all earlier.”]
One benefit of getting her drones in such close proximity to Dick's office was that she could get a hold of some of his computer information even though he had turned off his wireless connections. Since they still had the device to connect it only took a bit of technopathic effort on her part to make it happen. Combined with getting enough of a view of the two metahumans to do some facial recognition to identify them and she could get the team an opening. They would have to pounce on it though as without being there in person there was little she was going to be able to do to these two.
[b “Isaac you are a professional who prefers to be paid in cryptocurrency, but now that Dick's accounts have been drained by Chaos are you sure you want to keep fighting?”]
Her announcement was accompanied by all the accessible screens demonstrating that she had robbed Dick of all of his available cryptocurrency. It probably would not buy the team much of an opening, but it should provide a few seconds. After it clicks that Dick could always buy more then Isaac will be sure to put the pressure on them all again. She would bank on one of them taking the opening though as she prepared in case they did not.
Shortly after the arrival of more security personnel, someone else showed up to either aid or join their undeniably ragtag crew… However, from the reckless archer to the chatty droid, they were making real progress. It wasn't long before they all had a clear path into the mansion. Michelle preferred working alone, but if they make use of their strengths, this could go a lot eas— the archer just proved why Michelle preferred to work alone.
She decided to dash into the obvious trap without a thought. [#981f52 "Hey! Wait a second!"] Zonian Knight ran after her, hoping to get her to withdraw. But, no. The girl charged into the room and immediately took her shot at Stowe. Of course, the arrow failed to even get near him. Another meta increased the gravity around them and the archer dropped to the ground as quickly as the arrow she launched. This caught Zonian Knight off-guard and dropped her to a knee.
It took a second, but she managed to adjust to the change enough to stand. There was a female meta that formed a knife from her own skin, and she was heading her way. Zonian's movements were slowed and strained, but at least she could move rather well, considering. She pulled out her sai in order to counter the chic’s blade, making it in time. Fighting under this gravity was truly an interesting learning curve, especially when up against an opponent who wasn’t also under that meta’s pressure. She needed to deal with him, but this skin blade chic was in the way. As Zonian Knight parried the lunging knife with one of her sai, the meta tried to form another blade. She was ready for that delay. With her other blade, Zonian Knight used the increased gravitational force to slash downward at the femoral artery in the meta’s leg. The chic screamed bloody murder. Zonian calmly said, [#981f52 “Put pressure on that if you don’t want to bleed out.”]
She then moved on to the gravity guy, since the others would have more trouble with him. After seeing her swiftly take his partner down under his pressure, he intensified it around her. Zonian Knight tried her best to fight it, but he kept multiplying the gravity around her. As she was finally brought down to her knees, she saw the others finally starting to move.
Helena watched as the warrior woman destroyed the earth meta. She had to admit that this woman was definitely useful. Another guy popped up and began attacking the security guard as well. [+green “Great the more the merrier I guess”] Helena said as she began moving up and taking out more security personnel. It would seem that only a few of them are meta humans. Taking out the regular soldier was proving to be an easier task than she originally thought. Helena broke through the lines with ease and it seemed that they all entered the house all at the same time. There was a halfway lit with lights leading to an open room. She knew it was a trap and despite warnings from the others she charged in. When she got to the room she saw Richard and two more guards near him, a man and a woman. She immediately went to fire and arrow and the man twitched his hand and Helena collapsed.
[+red I can multiply gravity. An archers worst nightmare. You look so much better face first on the floor, grovelling like a dog.”]
Helena yelled as her body felt like it was being crushed. Richard laughed saying [b “You’re all going to die. His ability has an effective range of 100 yards. All of you are going to die now and i’m going to watch. Do you want to know a secret? I’m going to enjoy this almost as much as I enjoyed those kids' screams.”] The woman pulled a blade from her skin. She began walking toward the warrior woman first.
[+green “I’m literally going to skin you alive Stowe!”]
[b “Oh shut up and wait your turn.”]
Kwan remained silent and unmoving as the broad in front of him angrily balled her eyes out. Honestly, her kid did die in a sloppy, messed up way. No matter how many times he witnessed this kind of scene, the look in their eyes was always the same. But hey, those desperate emotions were the reason why he stayed employed.
It took a while, but the lady eventually calmed down. His assignment was to kill Richard Stowe. He was recently acquitted on all counts including serial murder and torture of children. Since one of those was hers, she hired Tiger Claw to satisfy her need for justice, or more accurately, vengeance. He didn't judge it though. The system failed her just like it failed many before and will continue to fail many after. It sucked, but again, that kept him in business. His client was the judge and jury. He was just the executioner.
Being the executioner this time led him to the Stowe estate. When he got there, everything seemed to go as planned as he made his way up to the mansion. Then, out of nowhere, the whole place lit up like a prison break. Tiger Claw remained hidden in one of the trees as he assessed what was going on, and how he should move forward from it. From what he could hear, there was a commotion in another part of the estate.
This was the perfect chance to get inside the mansion. Most of the guards were all heading in that other direction like idiotic moths, leaving only a few where he was. Parkouring his way among the trees, the assassin worked his way to the roof. From up there, he could see what had everyone's attention. There were three supers and a drone. Oh, they were killing their opponents. They definitely weren't the typical heroes then. The one with the dark hair had just made a meta's face a permanent part of the earth.
More metas made themselves known to the group below. Tiger Claw felt like he should help, but they were the perfect distraction for him to get in and finish the job. However, if there were this many metas outside, Stowe's last line of defense would probably be a pain. Unless he was an idiot who sent his last line outside with the others… Oh well. They were obviously against Stowe. Worst case scenario they could be another distraction indoors.
Tiger Claw unlatched two large double-edged daggers from his back. With a click, they each extended to a 4 bladed shuriken. He sent them flying down to cull their opposition. As his shuriken came flying back he grabbed them at a different point and sent them down again.
Molly was about to make a witty retort when the blonde attacked the facility before she disabled the security system. Thus alerting every guard to the fact that there was an actual siege and not just a prank going on. Also making sure that they focused all of their attention on the trio of super heroes and the one odd drone out front. Perfect.
[b “This is exactly what I had hoped to avoid new friend. If the computer is of no importance to you then please just do not destroy it as I know our types tend to cause collateral damage. You do that much for me and I promise to help you out at least!”]
Of course Molly would help them out anyway as otherwise her drones would not be able to get in through the security system Dick had in place. Even if it meant she had to change her plans to accommodate their reckless behavior. Thankfully the third person seemed more cheerful than the first two were and so she hoped at least one of them would be agreeable to her presence.
[b “Hello other new friend! In case you did not hear my earlier introduction I am Chaos and I have currently hacked a large amount of the surrounding area. I intend to help deal with everything on the tech side and maybe even some of the security guards if I can. However it would be greatly appreciated if you could leave the computers of our target alone for me. If you promise to do that I'll even make you a special offer of being your guide through this heavily guarded facility. Sound good?”]
While her initial drone reached out to the third arrival over a dozen other drones flew in doing just what she had said earlier. Blasting Ride of the Valkyries to ideally spread out their defenses some. Her control of the security system dimmed the lighting so that while they all had room to react that they were no longer at risk of waking up the whole neighborhood. Combined with her redirect system for outgoing messages and she could be sure there would be no cavalry coming in to help Dick.
Coordinating all of them was a bit of a chore, but once one of her new friends spoke up to ask for help she was more than happy to provide it. These were not her best combat robots, but they packed enough firepower to help provide some cover. She would trust Zonian Knight to handle the heavy meta that was causing the quakes and just try to keep the rest of them off of her with hit and run tactics. They would become fast friends for certain!
[#981f52 “I never disagreed with that. However, you never know what type of people these guys hire,”] Zonian Knight glared back at the girl in the green outfit. When the drone appeared, she didn’t want to agree with her, but the drone really did spout a resume on an assassination mission... This was about stealth. If one more person showed up, there was no way they wouldn’t attract attention, assuming they hadn’t already. [#981f52 “I’m with green blondy here. This isn’t an interview or the time for an advertisement. Also, his computer is of little importance to me.”]
After that, the half-Amazonian was ready to separate before her position was exposed. Yet, of course her concern happened. Another person showed up and it became a party. That was just wonderful. Before making her own exit, the blonde made a reckless one. She shot up a few floodlights, alerting the whole mansion to their presence and set off countless other lights… There went her hope for any subtlety. Zonian Knight felt the ground shake and pinpointed the meta causing it. She took flight once more to balance herself.
She charged towards the meta and ended up dodging some icicles mid air sent from another meta somewhere around 2 o’clock. [#981f52 “Hey Chaos, Greeny, do you have anything to take care of those? Speedster, the meta’s around my 2 o’clock. You got it?”] Hopefully the drone had lasers to take care of those flying icicles. Zonian Knight could then take out the quaking meta and allow everyone to have solid ground again, especially since she and the drone were the only ones airborne. From what she’d seen, the speedster would probably be best against an ice meta.
Unsure if it was because of the others, but she didn’t have to dodge as many icicles as she got close to the targeted meta. The meta put up a solid rock dome around him, however that was futile. Zonian Knight punched right through that dome and grabbed him by the neck. As she squeezed, the dome crumbled. She lifted him up and slammed his head into the ground. Once that amateur was silenced, other metas began to show all around the area.
Helena looked at the woman intensely. She began to lower her bow. [+green “Don’t tell me what to do. I need to get into that building. He must die.”] Just then a drone approached them and a voice began speaking about wanting a laptop.
[+green “Listen I couldn't care less who you are or about your resume. You aren’t even here, so keep that thing out of my way. I am not your friend.”]
Just then another woman popped up and Helena rolled her eyes and jumped over the bush she was hiding behind and fired arrows at the floodlights. She then took cover behind a tree when the shooting started. Being this outnumbered wasn’t in the plan. Once again she had been too reckless and emotional. Some trick arrows would have been nice in the situation but she swore off non lethal arrows, not wanting to be like the rest of the arrow squad. She moved from that location firing arrows at the men while taking cover again.
[b “Great, at this rate I’ll never get in that house.”] she thought to herself. Then she felt the ground shake and saw a man with his hand on the ground. [b “Oh great, they employed metas too.”]
This was going to be a long night. To make matters worse, she had only blown out a few of the lights and the area she was in now was as lit as a christmas tree.
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