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This will contain mature scenes of violence.

20 Years after the death and revival of Superman, most of the original Justice league members have retired. Only those heroes with longer lifespans like Superman, Wonder woman and Martian Manhunter are still active from the old regime. Those who were once young heroes such the teen titans are the new face of the League.

This story follows those who were castoff from being the "Hero". They did't fit the mold because maybe they were to brutal or didn't follow rules well. These Castoffs do what they want without a care for what anyone thinks. They don't submit to any authority.

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For story purposes we are not doing lanterns, speedsters, martins or kryptonians

Antiheroes accepted



Controller: Mikeymickeymike
Character name: Atlan
Codename: N/a
Powers/abilities: All the abilities of an Atlantean with a strong affinity for magic
Backstory: Oldest son of Aquaman, Atlan was banished from Atlantis and now seeks retribution.
Age: 26
Parents: Aquaman


Controller: Mikeymickeymike
Character name: Helena Queen
Codename: Green Canary
Powers: Excellent Marksman with any weapon and has the canary cry
Backstory: Disowned by her parents for killing criminals and those who wronged her. Helena believes in being jury, judge, and executioner.
Parents: Black canary and Green Arrow
Age: 19


Controller: Yoruneko
Character name: Michelle Wayne
Alias: Zonian Knight
Powers/abilities: weaker version of Wonder Woman (enhanced strength, durability, reflexes, senses, agility, etc., omnilinguist, & flight) & gadget mastery
Very Short Backstory: Grew up in Themyscira until she was about 7 years old. Met and trained under her father afterwards. However, she found the Bat's rules too domineering and constantly leaving his enemies up to law enforcement was ineffective.
Age: 24
Hero/villain Parents: Daughter of Bruce Wayne (Batman) & Diana (Wonder Woman)
Damian's half younger sister


Controller: Yoruneko
Character name: Kwan Wilson
Alias: Tiger Claw
Powers/abilities: Deathstroke genes with training as an assassin and martial artist from his Lady Shiva
Very Short Backstory: His dad wasn't around much, but would show up randomly during different times of his life. The focus was on his preexisting family. However, his mom expected this of Slade and he became indifferent rather than angry over the years. This indiferrence allowed him to become the skilled, yet unforgiving martial artist he is today
Age: 24
Hero/villain Parents: Son of Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) and Sandra Wu-San (Lady Shiva)


Controller: Tesla
Character Name: Molly Mason
Code Name: Chaos
Powers/Abilities: Unique Physiology (Superhuman Robot), Psionics (Precognition, Technopathy, Telepathy, Telekinesis), Superhuman Intelligence, and Technological Engineering.
Backstory: The daughter of the Tomorrow Woman ran away at a young age and was raised by Anarky. There she developed skills as a hacker and sought to help the world in a much different way than the superheroes that came before her.
Age: 21
Parents: Tomorrow Woman


Controller: Phytocanis324
Character name: Grimoire
Code name: N/A
Powers/abilities: Cognitive Dilation (can perceive stimuli in slow motion), Above-human strength, 5ft prehensile tail, durable skin, longevity (due to demonic heritage),
Very Short backstory: Birthed of a twisted ritual, Grimoire broke free of the cult that caused his conception when he learned of their motivations for his creation. Finding purpose in correcting injustices, he feels that the best way to permanently stop a criminal is to kill them rather than punish.
Age: 27

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Helena watched on her phone as the jury announced the verdict of Richard Stowe.
[+green “Tch, not guilty. Typical. Why should I even be surprised that this rich prick got off?’]
Helena was furious. Richard Stowe was on trial or the kidnapping, torture, and murder of dozens of kids.

The kids were found in one of his houses outside of Star City. The reports were that the scene was too gruesome to make public. The children had been beaten, mutilated and crucified. Helena hacked into the police database to read the report and see the pictures for herself. There was no way this man should have gotten off. But because this was a rich prick who was the owner of one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, he could afford the very best lawyers to get him off.
Apparently the evidence was inadmissible in court because the damn justice league didn’t have a search permit to enter his property. And when the questions arised about it taking place there he claimed to have no knowledge and that the day he was caught was the first time e had been at that house in a year. Everybody could see it was a lie but the good ole justice system is a joke.

Helena grabbed her gear and suited up. At night the bell would toll for good ole Dick. When night fell she approached his mansion. He had turned it into a military compound. He hired military contractors to defend him. Just then Helena felt someone behind her and she spun around and saw a strong looking young woman with a sword in her hand and daggers on her boots.

[+green “Who are you and how did you sneak up on me?”]

Michelle turned off her computer after reading the headline on the latest court scandal. It finally happened. Based on her research, the attorney had too high of a probability of getting Richard Stowe off on all counts. So, she had been getting ready for this moment. The half-Amazonian took off her blue light blocking glasses and walked over to a stand to pick up a long, shiny blade and took it with her to another part of her base.

She had the place built while she was still funded by Wayne Enterprises, and somehow she managed to still have it, despite her dad having to know about it. Most likely since it was outside of his typical jurisdiction… Either way, she'd keep using it. She had her computer and monitors, arsenal, furnace, smithing station, motorcycle for when she wasn't going to fly, and a few other things. It wasn't the batcave, but it worked well enough.

Once again, she was out in order to correct the oversight in the justice system. The irony, it just so happened that the Justice League was the one who created the opening in their trusted system. They did their lawful duty halfway and that cost everyone the case. If they were going to intervene, they shouldn't just hand the culprit to law enforcement. The criminals always got off or got out. The system wasn't reliable; and Stowe was just the latest case.

Michelle donned her fightware that included slots for darts on her arm sleeve, sai on each boot, and a little pouch of fun. With her sword ready, she took flight and headed to Richie’s stronghold. As she arrived, she let her altitude drop to almost ground level in order to avoid detection. There was a small breach in security and she didn’t hesitate to utilize it. Everything was going well so far. She made sure to memorize the layout prior to his exoneration. It definitely proved useful.

Further in, she sensed killing intent ahead of her. As she approached, she remained upright with her sword ready. However, it turned out to be a girl dressed in green with her focus on the mansion. Apparently, the girl didn’t notice the half-Amazonian’s presence at all. Although she wasn’t planning to attack anymore, the blonde should have noticed something at this distance. The girl then spun around, wasting no time to ask questions. [#981f52 "The name's Zonian Knight. That can happen when I'm busy taking out trash,] she eyed the rest of the compound and making sure they weren’t even close to earshot, [#981f52 especially, when I don't want the target or those soldiers to be alerted. I'm assuming you're also here for that serial child killer."] Zonian Knight's expression turned from serious casual to one more matter of fact. [#981f52 “You should do something about your killer intent. It’ll give us both away."]
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Richard Stowe. A depraved criminal who was on trial for doing unthinkable things to dozens of children and of course he got off on account of being a well connected piece of rich garbage. Just another complete failure of the system to protect the innocent. Molly had seen it often enough that she was not at all surprised as she watched the feed from the court room on her wall of monitors.

Unlike most heroes of her sort the facility she used was brightly lit and decorated in a variety of colors. Even her keyboards were lit in all the colors of the rainbow to complement the eclectic colors that made up the rest of the room. Similar to the Batcave though it did have a monitor wall of sorts, although hers was made up of almost a dozen monitors instead of one large screen. Another quirk of her facility was the small army of robot vacuums that happily whirred around under foot. It worked well for Molly though and she had done a great deal of work in the environment.

This would be the work she was most proud of she hoped as Dick was undeniably the worst criminal that she had targeted thus far. She had caught onto him from one of her other targets that bought a snuff film from him. The fact that the Justice League of all people would go in and ruin her work irritated her to no end, but she would clean up their mess nonetheless. Just like always she would also be sure to brag about it after the fact.

When she sat down with her hot chocolate and candy to begin her operation though the security system picked up a few people who did not belong. None of them belonged to the security services that Dick employed. They also did not seem like the kind of monsters that would work with Dick which left one simple conclusion that they were likely people like her. People who wanted real justice in place of the justice the system handed down. That she could work with well enough.

A benefit of her drones already being in position made it much easier to reach out to them via any nearby available speaker. Whether it be a cellphone, hearing aid, or some other utility belt item. [b “Nice to meet you new friend. My name is Chaos and you might know me from such classics as sending unionization materials to every LexCorp employee, deleting billions of dollars worth of student debt, or that time I used Wayne Enterprises money to pay for a national free ice cream day. Pretty sure you and I have the same goal in mind so let me offer some quick tips before you go in all guns blazing.”]

She made sure to keep the volume low enough that only her targets would pick up on it, although she was less worried as she knew the guard rotation well enough to account for that. [b “I am currently the one in control of Dick's security system and I have plans for it to be useless in less than two minutes. You'll be able to tell because my drones will fly in blasting Ride of the Valkyries to distract the guards once it happens. After that you will be free to do as you please to Dick. All I ask for in return is that you leave his computer stuff alone so I can download all the pertinent information on his companions. While I was planning on taking him out myself I am happy to just help out as long as I get the information I want on the next batch of people I need to ruin. Does that sound fair to you new friend?”]
cookiecookie524Kyra Allen   2y ago

[center [+maroon "Called it!"] Kyra sat in front of her monitor watching the case with her newly dyed hair, Kyra had already known what the verdict was going to be before the case had even started. [+maroon "Looks like someone owes me fifty bucks."] Kyra settled down as she knew that this wasn't something to get loud about. [+maroon "This is what money can do for the world sometimes."] Kyra had researched the case when it first came about. Anyone that wasn't stupid could have predicted what was going to happen just by knowing the name. [i [+maroon Richard Stowe.]]

Kyra couldn't help but laugh at the justice system sometimes. There was justice alright, but not for the people who deserved it. It was the reason Kyra didn't hand anyone over to the justice system without checking them out first. [+maroon [i Its not the first time this has happened. And it sadly won't be the last.]] Kyra had memories of the one of America's most hated criminals, John Gren, got away scot-free just because he had a load of money. Kyra put her thoughts aside, knowing that she had better things to do then think about the past.

After some consideration, Kyra figured out where she was going next. She knew others would be heading their way, but not many as far as she could tell. Kyra got suited and ready to go, grabbing some gear such as a few weapons, and headed out.

Turn after turn after turn, and Kyra had made it there within seconds. She stopped at the heavily guarded mansion and smiled. [+maroon "Well isn't this just going to be a blast?"] Kyra was going to continue on until she heard talking ahead of her, causing her to run behind them cautiously. [+maroon "I see I'm not the only one here then."]

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.

[#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.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

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!

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.

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.”]

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.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

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.

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.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

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.

[+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]
[pic http://i.imgur.com/Zknzssq.jpg]
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…”]

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.
MikeymickeymikeAtlan   2y ago

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.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

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.

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]
[Pic http://i.imgur.com/7uOayLD.jpg]

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?"]
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

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.

Helena heard the list of names Chaos was rattling off and said [+green “Abernathy, I know that name. He used to be a business partner of my fathers until my dad cut him off. I never knew why he got rid of such a bright businessman. I guess I know now. Alright get back with me on the details later.”]

Helena decided to go get some work done in her garage. Helena was in the garage putting together new arrows and refurbishing old ones. She was jamming to Jinjer and all of a sudden heard a man's voice behind her. Helena spun around and fired an arrow into the stranger. Helena then began to pace back and forth now. Her alarms should have gone off. How the hell did this guy get in and who is he? She walked over to his body and he took the arrow out of his chest and sat up. Helena freaked and hit him with her bow and began kicking him.

[+green Who the hell are you? How did you get in here? How did you find me?”]

Atlan who now had enough of the violence said [+blue “If you stop hitting me I can tell you.”]

Helena backed up and grabbed a crossbow and aimed it at him. [+green “You better get to talking or this will be in your head!”]

Atlan stood up and said [+blue “Well I guess that could have definitely gone better. You really swing first huh? I like that”]

[+green “Talk!’]

Atlan let out a laugh and said [+blue “I am Atlan, prince of the sea and heir to the throne of Atlantis. To answer your next two questions, magic. I am the most skilled magic practitioner in Atlantis. But never mind me, you’re the one who skinned that surface trash. I came here to meet the hands that did that.”] Atlan raised an eyebrow. [+blue “I never imagined those hands belonging to such a beauty. Tell me now, are you sing…”]
Helena shot him in the chest with the crossbow. The force from it at such a close range propelled Atlan backwards. Atlan pulled the arrow all the way through while getting up.

[+green “What the hell does it take to put you down? Atlantean’s aren’t invulnerable. What the hell?”]

[+blue “I’ll take that as you are definitely single. I’ll have to change that soon. Oh, that’s simple. I put a protection spell on myself before walking in here. So this is your home huh? Not bad but doesn’t a billionaire daughter have a more luxurious taste? Oh and I bet your parents don’t know what you do. There is no way in hell canary is going for this.”]

Helena threw her hands up [+green “I can’t even believe this. An annoying man crashes my place, knows who I am, criticizes my house and to top it all off I can’t kill him. Wait, how do you know who I am?’]

[+blue “Oh come on, You probably didn’t remember but i met you when we were kids. My dad took me everywhere when he thought it was time for me to learn to be a man. I even went to that watchtower. If I haven’t met I should know all the heroes and their families. But you know,”] He said caressing her shoulder, [+blue “You were but a girl then. Now you’re a woman, and a very beautiful one at that.”]

Helena grabbed his arm and threw him. [+green “Hands off! Ok you’ve found the person responsible for Richard Stowe, now leave!”]

[+blue “Oh come on now. I can’t leave without at least treating you to lunch. Come on I’m not going to leave without a yes.”]

Helena shouted and reluctantly agreed. [+green “Ok but you leave after.”]
[pic http://i.imgur.com/PRbGQG9.jpg] Helena changed her clothes and left with Atlan. They chose a restaurant that had patio seating outside. When they sat down and ordered Atlan flirted with the waitress. And turned his attention back to Helena.

[+blue “So you never answered my question earlier. Why do you live in such a low standard place? It can’t be the best option for suiting your needs with this line of work. You need a proper workshop.”]

[+green “It’s all that I could afford. When I left home I was cut off from the family fortune because of my approach of dealing with villain. Mr. Queen can’t finance something so unethical.”] She said, mocking her dad.

[+blue “Well I feel you on that. I got banished...for now. But I am still as rich as I want to be. I use magic to make gold. We should look into getting you a more suitable hideout.”]

Helena scoffed [+green “You can’t just show up and buy me.”]

[+blue “Call it an apology for my rude entrance earlier. Had I known it was you that I’d be meeting, I would have never barged in. I can make the gold when we get back.”]

[pic https://i.imgur.com/eFdhaYc.png]

Michelle rode back to her house after leaving the shop. She wanted to tweak a new mod on her bike before heading to Tampa to send a message to Chaos and the others. She needed to make a statement that’ll go viral quickly. Luckily, that was always easy to do in the streets. Since Sarasota’s housing laws were lax, Michelle was able to expand her home the way she wanted and needed to. It being on the other side of the country from Gotham was a big perk as well. None of the main league members even lived in her state. It was beautiful.

After finishing up in the garage, her bike was ready to head out. After some bobbing and weaving through on the interstate, she arrived in one of the shopping districts. Michelle had her gear hidden in a compartment in her bike so that she could switch to being Zonian Knight once she found her target. In the meantime, she’d get a feel for the area and most likely grab something to eat. There was no rush since most activity happened at night and the day was still young.

As she browsed through, she was passing a cafe that looked promising. Casually looking through the glass walls, she pondered if she wanted to eat there. Then Michelle noticed a familiar face sitting with a blond. He shouldn’t have been there. Why wasn’t he in the ocean… or at least along the North Atlantic. This was the Gulf of Mexico. Yet there he was, now flirting with the waitress. Michelle rolled her eyes at his typical behavior never ceasing to change in any way. However, his magic could help her track down Chaos and them. Guess that’s where she was going to eat.

On her way in, her phone buzzed. Apparently a picture of a maimed gang member was trending. He had the crossed out name Stowe and a smiley face on him. [i [b Well this person has a fun personality with it. Very nice.]] She’d have one more thing to mention to everyone when she found them. First things first. She walked up to the guy as there was a break in conversation with the blond.

[#5a72d8 “Hello, Atlan.”]

[+blue “Well if it isn’t my favorite Amazon goddess.”]

[#5a72d8 “As if it isn’t the ever flirtatious prince of the sea.”] She looked over at the blond, [#5a72d8 “Do you mind if I borrow your date for a moment?”]

Helena scoffed. [+green “I would never date this pig.”]

Atlan then retorted, [+blue “Come on baby. Give it a try. You never know, you just might like it.”]

[#5a72d8 “One woman to another, I’m glad to hear you have standards.”] Back to the said pig, Michelle leaned in and whispered in a volume only those with enhanced hearing could pick up, [#5a72d8 “Atlan, I need your help finding the person who made that broadcast, or at least the woman with her hands in it.”]

Atlan’s ears perked up and his eyes opened up. He said, [+blue “You're looking at her. Michelle, meet Helena Queen. Helena, meet Michelle Wayne.]

[+green “What the fuck. You just gave away my identity.]

Michelle rested her palm on her forehead and shook her head. She lowered her hand and glared at Atlan. [#5a72d8 “You’re just as careless as ever. Can you at least respect other people’s choice not to flaunt their real name everywhere they go?”]

Atlan responded, [+blue “Oh whatever. All of our parents know each other. You would have found out in the next 10 minutes anyway.”]

[+green “This is getting too personal. We’re about to head back to my place anyway. We can talk there.”]

[#5a72d8 “Let’s.”]
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Molly raised a brow at the archer willingly outing herself like that, but shrugged it off as she realized the woman probably realized it was pointless to try to hide your identity from the world's foremost hacker. She was already decently well aware of who she was after all. Despite this her tone was level as she gave her response. [b “Peregrine Abernathy. I'll have a plan ready in a few days.”]

It would not be easy to deal with him thanks to his smart investment in a new Steranko Security System. The setup he had rigged would probably keep Martian Manhunter out long enough for Abernathy to make an escape through the safe room. Luckily Molly was quite a bit better with technology than Manhunter, and she would make sure to be in control of it before they made their siege. Just like Stowe though he also had hired some serious super powered mercenaries to keep himself alive. If she were alone she would almost certainly have to go in person if she was to have any chance of success, however now that she had friends to work with she could trust them to handle some of the harder parts.

Well friends might have been a bit of a stretch if not for a message from ninja man asking who was next. Not as verbose as Molly, but she could respect a man who was to the point. Especially when he had such a good point to his weapons. [b “Peregrine Abernathy. We'll have a plan sent to you in a few days, but keep your blades sharp in the meantime.”] She considered including some emojis with the message, however decided against it as they had not had as much time to get to know each other yet.

Several hours of work towards gaining control of Abernathy's Steranko system later and a different news alert popped up across her screen related to their recent case. A higher up of a gang had gotten on the wrong side of a particularly creative killer. Lost their hands, their face was left looking like it was rendered on an Amiga, the word Stowe was inside a circle with a line through it was carved into his chest, and most importantly a smiley face carved just below it. Molly could not help but to grin at the sight of a potentially nice new friend to join their cause. Although the communication was a bit lacking in the details department; she was sure she could make up for that with her superb sleuthing skills. Worst case scenario she makes another broadcast to get their attention, however that last resort would surely be unnecessary.

She could not guarantee that the person who made such a wonderful introduction for themselves was on social media, but with all of the groups she managed she could be sure if they were social at all that she could get in touch with them through that. Just a few messages from Chaos written in the form of a missed connections ad was all it took to get her followers to keep an eye out for any means of contact. That was not the only method she used to attempt to track the perpetrator down though as she also hacked into every local camera to see if she could get a look at who was last seen with the gang member. While also being kind enough to them to erase the footage once she had secured a copy of it. Odds are there were detectives working the same leads she was, but a benefit of her position meant she did not have to concern herself with warrants. The Justice League did not concern themselves with that either, but they would have to contend with her hacking skills to get to it before she could.
MikeymickeymikeAtlan   2y ago

Atlan left enough money on the table to pay his server's rent. The trio headed back to Helena’s place.When they got there he said, [+blue “So bat lady, what do you think of this lair.”] He laughed at his own joke and Helena hit him and he stopped. [+blue “You know I find it hot when you get violent.”]

Atlan walked over to her kitchen and returned with a bottle of whiskey and glasses for them all. He poured Helena a drink first. He knew she definitely needed it after this wild afternoon.
[+blue “So what made you two decide to go all vigilante psycho? Don’t get me wrong the guy definitely deserved punishment but why you two? Your parents would flip if they found out.”] He turned to Michelle [+blue “Especially yours. I can’t believe you would do that with the set of psychos that raised you.”]
He chuckled and took his drink to the head and said [+blue “It’s almost like you’re becoming like your brother. How is the demon’s head anyway? It’s been a while since I've seen him. That’s right it was when I stole an ounce of water from him after he wouldn’t trade for it. I wonder if he still wants me dead. Anyway, back to the original question. I want to know what was going through each of your minds.”] He said pouring himself and Helena another drink and sitting down.

A message from Chaos arrived soon enough. [#6b7f94 "Peregrine Abernathy. Got it."] With the target identified, he could then search for people requesting for that man's demise and capitalize on this. Before getting started, Kwan finished up his workout and got cleaned up. Now fresh, he spent the next couple hours sorting through individual requests and managed to find some offers. Having a target first was a bit out of order, but he still made it work. He'd contact them within a day or two since Chaos would seemingly need a few days to prep.

Wondering who else was popular in requests, Kwan compiled a list of his own targets. He prioritized the highest paid to the lowest and sent the file to Chaos as 'More Suggestions'. If they were going to work together, they needed to do jobs where they could all make a profit from it and not just get scraps or a job well done. Speaking of which, he had a good chunk for that archer girl from his last job. He couldn't just keep all of it since they all contributed and she was the one who killed the bastard.

After sending that file, Kwan received a notification about a mutilated ranking gang member. The work was well done and unique. This greeting to them was worth checking out. He then sent that photo to Chaos and asked [#6b7f94 "Can you find out the location and send it to me? I'll answer it."]
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

Grimoire didn't have a phone. Well... He did have a phone, it just wasn't his phone. His television at home wasn't exactly a fossil, but it also wasn't capable of watching him while he slept. Knowing this he had 'requisitioned' a cellular device from a 'willing' donor. He didn't have hands anyway, so what was he going to use it for anyway? Fortunately for Grim the 'upstanding citizen' didn't have the wherewithal to log out of his social media before 'donating' his phone.

In a hellishly cheeky act of camaraderie-to-be, Grimoire posted a new status update to the gang-member's wall. [+orange "LOL I'm so fucking dead, died like a little bitch. If you're looking for the one who did it, find my phone. Name should be in the news by now. If not follow the bad tattoos."] Good advice to give, since the poor bastard didn't have fingerprints. Or a face. Or teeth.

With a feeling of pride in his heart and in his grin he began to make his way home. It was a little bit different traversing the concrete jungle when the sun was still up. Though, he was never against going out in the day time. It was everyone else that freaked out after all. But maybe that would be changing. Probably not, but at least now he might have a few people to be openly abhorrent with. Getting back into his apartment he took off his shoes and coat, strode whimsically to his recliner and fell into it with a contented sigh. [+orange "Ahhhh... And now? We wait."] He switched the phone over to high volume and vibrate and turned his TV on.

Helena punched Atlan when he dissed her place again. [i Why is he so carefree?] she thought to herself. She was still taking in everything that had transpired in the past few hours. What was happening? She never anticipated seeing the warrior woman again much less the prince of Atlantis. When he offered a refill she took the bottle after he poured his second drink. She drank straight from the bottle and got ready to give her life story.

[+green “Yeah I just don’t believe that the justice system actually serves justice. People with money get off scot free. People tend to get a slap on the wrist because of who they know. I want to change that. Our parents had the power to serve true justice but refused to do it. They said that they couldn’t cross that line and it was illegal but vigilantism is illegal as well. There is no line. That’s an imaginary fairy tale that they tell themselves to take the moral high ground. There is scum on this planet and it’s going to take extreme measures to get rid of it. My extreme measures will make people realize that nobody is untouchable and to think twice before being a shitty person. I will do what my parents wouldn’t do and when the time comes. I’ll take care of the boyscout too if need be.”]
Helena sat back like a guy and took another swig of whiskey.

[+green “So you keep asking all these questions when you’re the one who broke into my house. How about answering a question then. Why are you here and not sitting on a pretty throne mister prince? And also, what can you do? What are the extent of your abilities?”]
Yoruneko     2y ago

Michelle glared at Atlan as he brought her into his making fun of Helena's place. [#5a72d8 "You know I don't answer to bat lady."] Did her place need work? Yes, definitely. However, Michelle wasn't joining him in his nonsense when he had the nerve to call her that. Bats were her dad's thing, far from hers.

Although she was there with the archer she had just met within the last 48 hours, it was weird meeting her as Helena Queen. Since when did the Queens have a kid? Most of the league children knew each other, even Damian and her, as secretive as their father was. However, Mr. Queen never really got along with her father. So, that actually did make sense.

Helena shared her piece first when it came to Atlan's questions. At the end, she mentioned taking down the boyscout. She must have been a lightweight. THE boyscout wasn't a target one just takes care of. Regardless, she was done. So, Michelle announced, [#5a72d8 "My turn."] Michelle stepped up to Atlan's face with a harsh look, [#5a72d8 One. Don't call my parents psychos. They have their extremes, but so do most people. Two. I'm not Damian, nor am I becoming like him."] She took a step back and relaxed with a smile before continuing, [#5a72d8 "Though, he is doing well by the way. And yeah, I highly doubt he's changed his mind on that."]

[+blue "You get so emotional. I only speak the truth from an outside observation but fair enough. I'll avoid insulting your father."]

[#5a72d8 "And mother."]

Michelle walked over to and leaned on a nearby wall. Taking her time with her drink, she then took a sip from her glass of whiskey. [#5a72d8 "Now, back to your actual question. Along with what Helena said… Villains can't come back and cause more trouble when u take care of them in a more permanent manner. My father's countless battles with the same people cost him a sidekick and many innocent lives. All he did was send them back into the system they kept being freed from. Even Amanda Waller couldn't keep them in check for long, and that was only with the threat of death looming over them."]

Archer girl decided to then send the questions back at Atlan. So, she added [#5a72d8 "And from what curiosity are you asking these questions? I doubt it's mere concern."]

Atlan walked over to Helena and leaned over and kissed her. Helena swung and missed trying to punch him for that. She was already intoxicated. [+blue "I'm here for two reasons. The first being is that I currently hold a different vision than King Arthur does. The second is to make sure what was promised is kept safe. Now as for my abilities, I am the most adept magician in my kingdom. I'd like to say the world but we have a few lords of chaos and order still running around. The only thing stopping me from being the most powerful user is the trident that only the ruler of Atlantis has. Until he steps down and gives me the throne, I won't have it. I am also a great drinking buddy."]

He then looked toward Michelle [+blue "And as far as your question, part of it was already answered and i'll go into it in time but for now let's just say I'm deciding if I want to stick around or not. From what I see at least one of you could use my help. Now who wants some beer?"]

[#5a72d8 "I'll take some, thank you."] Michelle then addressed Helena since she wasn't going to get anymore information from Atlan at the moment. [#5a72d8 "Helena, before you get any more drunk… I don't remember you in our generation's inner circle. Did Mr. Queen keep you out or have you met others? But more importantly, have you heard from Chaos?"]
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Whoever did the deed of killing that gang member made it easy enough to track them as they boasted about it through the gangster's social media account. Luckily Molly caught the message early and set it to private just to be safe. There was still the possibility that someone else saw the alert to find the phone, but a quick change to the database of the phone service saw to it that anyone else would be tracking the second in command of the gang. After that it was easy enough to get coordinates on the location of the actual perpetrator, although she waited until they were stopped before she jumped to further analysis.

An abandoned apartment building was an appropriate hideout for someone capable of such an act. Molly had used something similar before she established her much more high tech main base of operations just a couple of years ago. There were also a few other young aspiring heroes on either side of the killing divide that had done similar that she had encountered. Now she just had to go down and find out whether this person truly was friend or foe.

While she was mapping out her approach she received another message from the ninja with a file about more suggestions. Since he was kind enough to provide them she was kind enough to cross reference their two data sets. That way their next target could be more befitting for his needs; whatever those needs might be. However it was the follow-up message that drew more of her brainpower as he asked her to find the location of the person she was already tracking for herself.

A moment of thought later and she sent a reply with coordinates to a nearby building. [b “Meet me on the rooftop tonight and I will take you to them. Since you are not on the footage I think it would be best if I make the approach, however I would welcome you having my back for the meeting.”]

She knew from their one mission together that he was the stealthiest of her new friends and that was enough for her to trust him the most in a support position. Not that the others kick in the door style disagreed with her flamboyant nature. An operation like this one though where they were uncertain of the nature of the target meant that more care was necessary. Her telepathy would mean they could more easily discover the nature of the target and his stealth meant she would be in good hands if things went south.

She made sure to memorize not only the layout of the apartment building, but they layout of the surrounding city blocks before the meeting time. Additionally she saw to it that all cameras in a mile radius that might spot them were on a stable loop. It took an enormous amount of effort which meant her computers would be tied up for the duration, but thankfully she could control her custom Hush Tube that would teleport her there quietly Stealth was key when working with a ninja and she was happy to do her part even if her costume did not exactly help.
MikeymickeymikeAtlan   2y ago

Atlan went to fetch some beer from the fridge. Helena looked to Michelle and replied [+green “Dad was never a big fan of the league. He only joined to be a watchdog to them and he and my mother eventually left when it was found out that the bat was doing things behind the scenes. They never brought league business home and from what I’m told, they quit when mom was pregnant with me. Mom eventually went back to be a part time psychologist for them after I was born. Dad did hero work within the city but that slowed up as he got more hands on with Queen industries. They both taught me to fight that way I could defend myself and archery gave me an outlet. I was a tomboy growing up. I went hunting with a bow with him frequently. I never knew of any other second generation kid. I only just was reminded that Atlan and I met. I know that my parents were still really good friends with Aquaman but I didn’t remember Atlan.”]

Atlan walked back in with three bottles of bud light. [+blue “Not a bad selection of beer Helena.”] He said handing them their drinks. Helena got back to answering the question by picking up her phone and saying, [+green “Chaos gave me her phone number. We talked earlier about the broadcast and the next target. I told her we should target Peregrine Abernathy. He was an old business partner of my dads. I never knew why my dad broke off business with such a brilliant man. I guess my dad had a hunch that he was a rotten human being. Chaos will be getting back with me on the details later.”]

Atlan smiled and said [+blue “Great, now I can see the powerful and beautiful green canary in person. By the way,”] Atlan sat next to Helena and looked her in the eyes showing compassion, [+blue “Did you inherit your moms ability?”] Helana looked away and blushed. She noticed Atlans eyes and thought they were pretty.

She replied [+green “It’s complicated. I did but I can’t use it. My mom’s eardrums are covered and protected by a thick membrane that protects her from her sonic screams. I wasn’t lucky enough to be born with them. So if I use the ability, I will render myself deaf.”]

The room grew quiet and Atlan gently touched her face, turning her head and said, [+blue “I can help you with that. If I read up on it I can use my magic and create that membrane for you.”]

Helena stood up and slapped him. [+green Don’t fucking touch me.I don’t need your help.”] She walked away and walked to her garage and began tinkering with the arrows again. Atlan looked at Michelle [+blue “Now come on. I was only trying to help her.”]

[#5a72d8 "Only help? Even you don't believe that."] Michelle raised up her bottle and said, [#5a72d8 "You're not the only one who knows the game, Atlan."]

Helena was crafting arrows when she heard a bump in the other room. She quietly began walking toward it and opened the door to see her father standing in the doorway. She put the knife away [+green “What do you want dad? You kicked me out and cut me off. What reason could you have for breaking into my house.”]

Oliver pulled a phone out of his suit pocket and showed a screenshot of the skinning video. [+green “What? Are you accusing me of this?”]

[b “Those are your hands Helena, I see that arrow scar underneath the blood. The same scar that you got from your first hunting accident.”] He took a deep breath, [b “We tried to keep you out of this. I wanted more from you. You are brilliant. You were meant to take over queen industries not end up like this.”]

[+green “You don’t get to tell me how to act. You and mom did this for a decade and never did what as necessary to end crime.”]

[b “And you think this is the way? What gives you the authority to decide who lives and dies.”] He screamed [b “We don’t cross that line. If you wanted to fight crime there is a way to do it. This isn’t it.”]

[+green “Oh yeah then what is it? Your own former business partner, Peregrine Abernathy is running around committing heinous acs. Human trafficking and experimentation, and illegal drug testing. Why didn't you do something about that.Oh because you couldn’t because of the quote unquote right way.”]

[b “Baby girl, I’m warning you. Stay away from him. That is a very dangerous and well connected man. What happens if he hurts you? What happens if the league catches onto you huh? In case you don’t remember there’s still a kryptonian and static up there. What will you do if they come after you?”]

[+green “Dad I want you to leave. They won’t come after me. We are better than that and won’t be caught.”]

[b “We!?”] He said running upstairs to the living room. Atlan saw Oliver come up the stairs and said [+blue “Mr. Queen, How are you?”]

[b “Atlan, Michelle? You two are a part of this? What happens when your parents find out? Do you think they will let it slide if they found out you were responsible for what was shown?’]

[#5a72d8 "Hello, Mr. Queen. I just wanted him dead. I'm also concerned about the League... and that's why I'm here, sir."]

[+blue “I just got here today like you.”] Oliver shook his head and walked out of the house and Atlan followed him. [b “Protect my daughter Atlan. Please guide her back to the light. She won’t listen to me or her mom.”]
[+blue “I will pops. That’s why I have decided to stick around.”]
[b “I remember the promise your father and I made to each other. I know what it looks like but I raised her to not be a part of this life. Bring her back Atlan.”]
[+blue “I will and I know of the promise you two made each other. I won’t let her down.”] Oliver got in the back of his Rolls Royce and drove off.
Atlan walked back in and said, [+blue “Well that was eventful. I guess all that’s left is to prepare for when Chaos calls back.”] He said as he went to a corner by himself to reflect.

[#5a72d8 "Nope. You're not going to get all broody after that just happened."] Michelle then grabbed Atlan by the arm and dragged him to where Helena was. She then addressed Helena, [#5a72d8 "Before all emotions go everywhere, what just happened is why I wanted to find everyone. We need to agree and tell Chaos no more videos or any other evidence. None."]

Kwan got a quick reply from Chaos about meeting up and Chaos taking point. As long as they investigated this call to them, it didn't matter who took the lead. Looking at the location, Kwan replied, [#6b7f94 "I'll be there."]

[H3 Tiger Claw]
The meet-up spot wasn't exactly in his backyard, but he managed to finish his day and get to it by nightfall. He couldn't fly naturally. However, it paid off to have a close buddy with a few private jets and planes. He decided to get a lift this time, dove from the plane and parachuted at the last moment to safely do so.

When Chaos arrived, Tiger Claw was surprised to see an actual human and not a drone. [B “Good evening friend. I am happy to see you here healthy. So they are in the abandoned apartment building two doors down and once there I can direct us to the specific room. Given I am the face of our little endeavors and my costume is more heavily armored I think it best if I take point. You are welcome to follow along close behind or at a distance whatever you prefer.”]

[#6b7f94 [b "Evening. I'll stay hidden until you've made contact or there's a threat."]] Chaos intended to take over his television and phone with a message, alerting him that Chaos was just outside and was interested in having a chat with him. Once they came to an agreement on the plan, they headed out.
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

Grim sat in front of his television for a few hours, all-the-while getting messages and notifications that were less than happy to know that the original owner of the phone was dead. Each new notification gave him a little chuckle, but he did keep tabs on the social media page to see if anyone had decided to speak to him in a more friendly tone. The hours came and went as did the shows he was watching. A few trips to the bathroom, a snack here and there... And a slowly mounting sense of anticipation. It made him want it more. To meet new people. To have new friends. All things he'd been missing out on because of what he was.

The sound of a plane overhead was new though. Not something that happened often since he didn't live anywhere near any airports. He turned his TV down and just listened for a little bit. He couldn't prevent the oncoming grin from sweeping its way across his face in a crusade of manic glee. His heart pounded. His breathing hastened somewhat. And he nearly jumped out of his skin when his phone made a sound he'd never heard a phone make before.

Pulling the phone out revealed Chaos' message to him. [i [+orange 'A chat, you say?']] he thought to himself. How could he refuse? Grimoire moved to the door and tried to calm himself a little bit but ultimately ended up nearly throwing his door open. His orange eyes were heavily emphasized by his smokey skin tone. [+orange "You must be Chaos, I hope."] His grin was still stretched across his face. He was clearly very excited to be talking to her. [+orange "Come in, come in! Its not much, but its home."] he said while doing everything in his power not to pull her into his apartment.

[+orange "I love your work, and I'm so glad you seem to like mine."] he said with a somehow-sultry tone. He was completely unaware of Kwan's presence.

Helena pointed an arrow at Michelle saying, [+green “Don’t tell me what to do. I listen to no one. I serve no one but myself and my own interests.”] She stopped pointing the arrow at her and grabbed her bottle saying, [+green “Look, I agree with not leaving evidence however, I will still show the bodies of those who have been punished. That is how criminals will be afraid of me. Criminals are not afraid of being arrested. They know that if they are well enough connected they can get off. Nobody will get off if I'm after them.”]

Helena then walked over to the piano in the other room and put the liquor down and began playing the one song that always brought her comfort. Her dad had taught it to her and whenever she played it, she would feel at peace. While she began playing Atlan looked up in disbelief. That was the song of the royal family of Atlantis. He couldn’t believe that she knew it. That was a secret tune, never to be learned by anybody outside of the royal family. It was a song with magic imbued in it’s notes to calm one's souls and heal wounds. Of course since Helena wasn’t part of the royal family and couldn't use magic she couldn’t use the latter of the effects.

Atlan touched his necklace and it turned into his bone wand. He waved his hand over it and it took the shape of a guitar. Atlan began playing the song with her using its full magical effects. Everyone in the room would feel all wounds, aches, and pains disappear. After they finished the song, Atlan said to Helena [+blue “Looks like you’ve calmed down now. Where did you learn that song?”] He wasn’t going to tell her or Michelle its significance. [+green “Yeah, I’m good now. I learned it from my dad when I was younger. Those were happier times.”] She then turned to Michelle.

[+green “Now that all that is finished, I will gladly text chaos and tell her to contact you Michelle. Wow I can’t believe Bruce Wayne had a daughter. Now If you two don’t mind getting out of my house.”]

Atlan complied and walked out. When He and Michelle got out he said, [+blue “Do you think she’d be mad if I bought this whole block? She deserves a better home and a base befitting a Queen.”]

Michelle gave Helena a serious look when she pointed that arrow at her. She was two seconds away from side-stepping and snatching it out of her drunk hands, hopefully without injuring her. However, Helena lowered her bow and chose to pick up her drink instead. She then became more reasonable. [#5a72d8 "I get what you're saying about the criminals. They need to know they can't just do whatever and expect no one to truly punish them. I agree. That's why I was there in the first place.

However, that video is about more than you. Atlan and your own father easily found you merely because of Chaos capturing your hands and not just the corpse. What about next time? Especially now that the League has seen the broadcast too. Better yet, everyone with a working screen has. If I end up working the same target as you all, I don't want such recklessness repeated."]

Needing a moment, Helena went to her piano and started playing. Atlan apparently knew the song and they had an impromptu jam session. There was a magical effect when he joined. Michelle could feel it. After that whole thing, Helena was willing to cooperate by letting Chaos know to reach out to her. In the same breath, however, she shared how Atlan and Michelle needed to leave. [#5a72d8 "Thank you. Same with Oliver Queen. We'll head out now. "] Michelle stopped for a moment and gave her a card with her name and number on it. [#5a72d8 "Just in case it comes in handy."] She then proceeded to make her exit.

Once they did such, Atlan asked Michelle for advice about Helena. She was surprised. Atlan never asked for girl advice. He would just do whatever he felt like to win one over, bed her, and move on. Cycle. Repeat. [#5a72d8 "Oh. You're serious about this one."] What did he and Mr. Queen talk about then? Michelle doubted he would tell her. Did he ask to date her or something? He seemed emotional when he came back…

[#5a72d8 "Are you trying to marry her or something?"] Mr. Queen would have nearly killed him if he came to him without some solid intentions, especially after what he just found out… Or at least, that's how she perceived Mr. Queen. But this was Atlan… Maybe he threatened that he'd tell Mr. Curry if he didn't look after Helena… but he was still acting weird, like he genuinely wanted to know rather than being obliged.

Michelle put her hand on his forehead. [#5a72d8 "You don't have a fever…"] She was back to thinking about his question though… [#5a72d8 "Either way… I'd be surprised if she didn't get mad, but if you buy it, she can't stop you from what you do on your property. I'm sure she'll grow to at least appreciate it, if not enjoy it. And she really does need an upgrade… desperately."]

Michelle thought about how hers blended in with her community from the outside, but the interior was fitting for who she was and what she did. There was even a secured hidden lift that went from her underground base to her garage floor… Helena's was a little too humble… However, no one would guess a Queen was living there, let alone the heiress herself.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Chaos gave a nod of approval to Tiger Claw's plan of being the stealthy support unit of the team. Their stealth skills were more than good enough for her to trust him there and if she played up her performance she could be sure to draw attention away from him. She did so right from the start by levitating over to the abandoned apartment building first.

Before they went inside she made sure to scan the building for any potential security systems or security vulnerabilities. There was nothing noteworthy relative to her level of technological defenses and so she proceeded with standard caution level. Just as discussed she took point and was the first to reach the apartment where she could detect the cellphone of the dead gangster. Instead of knocking she positioned herself to be visible through the peephole with a bit of levitation before delivering messages through the cellphone and television. A flair for the dramatic was one of her calling cards after all.

Chaos did not have to wait long for the door to be thrown open to reveal an apartment in less than ideal condition and what looked to be its demonic resident. A figure that would be imposing if not for her armor and levitation. Their countenance could be considered frightening if not for the massive grin that they wore despite the strange situation they were in at the moment. It made Chaos more confident that they were friend rather than foe.

[b “I am indeed the foremost hacker of the universe Chaos. Thank you for welcoming me to your home,”] she had to cut herself off there as they had not yet introduced themself. She did as requested though and steadily levitated into the apartment where she made use of her psychic powers to detect any potential dangers. [b “I love fans, but I have to say I am not used to inspiring work like yours. It was quite interesting.”]

A benefit of the armor was that there was nothing that could be told of her facial expressions, although her body was relaxed as she floated inside. Given the levitation though she was unsure if that would put her host at ease or not. [b “That work is why I am here as we may have an opening in our group. Given the risky nature of our work though you have to be cautious about who you work with you know. While I know about my other new friends; I don't have any data on you to defend your recruitment. If that interests you we could go about one of two ways; a formal interview process like any other job, or I can be given a tour of your thoughts with my telepathic talents.”]

Chaos did not pause before explaining why the options were being presented. [b “While I might be the foremost hacker I consider consent when it comes to matters of the mind to be of the utmost importance. Especially when it comes to someone I expect to get along with long term. So if you are uncomfortable with someone rummaging around up there I am happy to handle things the old fashioned way. Just let me know what you prefer.”]
MikeymickeymikeAtlan   2y ago

Atlan laughed when Michelle took his temperature. [+blue “Ha! No, not marrying her. Señor Queen asked me to keep an eye on her and try to keep her out of trouble. I’d like to have someone like him owe me a favor. Besides, I’m the biggest playa in the sea. By the way, when's the last time we hung out together? It’s been a while.”]

Atlan looked up at the sky and lit a cigar. [+blue “It’s funny how it’s the pleasures of this world that ultimately lead to our demise. Say could you help me with finding the building owners? I plan on taking the gold from the stockpile back home to purchase and destroy/renovate the block.”] He said blowing a ring of smoke in the air and throwing away the cigar after only two puffs.
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

[+orange "Oh, please Chaos. The pleasure is mine. My given name is Grimoire, but you can call me Grim."] he said with a devilish grin. A grin that showed that his canine teeth were longer than normal, and sharper. [+orange "Your show was so... informative. I couldn't just sit back without sending in a resume. Did you like my cover letter? Doesn't matter, you're here!"] he said with an almost child-like excitement behind it. His eyes glinted while remaining affixed to where he assumed hers were under the helmet.

[+orange "An interview? I've never had one of those! Lets do that! Besides, [i I] don't like rummaging around up there. How could I let a new... friend? ... subject themselves to that kind of self-torture? One as understanding and accepting as you are shouldn't have to deal with that."] His words implied a couple of things. Firstly that he would like to consider Chaos and the presumed rest of her group as friends, or at least friends-in-the-making. Secondly, that he considered dredging up his own past and experiences could be considered torturous to the person attempting to do so. And thirdly, that perhaps the memories and experiences in question [i involved] self torture. All said with a never-ending smile.

He held up a finger as if to ask for a moment before pulling up a chair and his coffee table, ushering her toward the recliner while sitting in the other chair positioned across said coffee table from it.

Michelle laughed right back. Still laughing, she replied, [#5a72d8 "I know right? That makes a lot more sense. Imagine you even thinking about anything serious. You don't even know how to date one person for more than a day. In fact, if my guess was actually right, that’d be the day I accept a date from Jakob Adam, and he’s almost as arrogant as his dad. That’d be some twisted dimension."]

Both were impossible in this one. Jakob has had this weird crush on her for who knows how long now. However, his dad was Black Adam and Jakob definitely got his ego from him. Oversized egos were such a turn off for her. So, just like Atlan being serious, there was no way. What was she thinking? Her deduction skills must have died in a corner somewhere. He just wanted an IOU from her dad. That’d be tempting for anyone. Michelle knew one of them must have gone crazy. It turned out she was the one who needed her temperature checked. [#5a72d8 "It has been a while... at least a year, right? We’re also even more overdue for a sparring match."]

[#5a72d8 "Are you done shooting your dramatic scene?] Having his two puffs of a random cigarette and speaking all philosophical was too much not to mock. [#5a72d8 “So, Biggest Playa in the Sea, we can sort out those details at my place. We'll be there in less than an hour. That way we'll have my setup to search and draw up some blueprints."] It was so weird how close the two of them lived. Out of all places in the entire country, the two heiresses lived only an hour away from each other when they were away from their parents.

Michelle picked up her helmet from her bike and put it on. [#5a72d8 “Can you go ahead and manifest a helmet with your magic? There’s no need to get a ticket trying to explaining why we don’t need them.”] Like most people, Michelle didn’t drive the speed limit. However, because of her enhanced reflexes, she did more bobbing and weaving through the cars than the average person on a motorcycle. It wasn’t anything dangerous or illegal, but it attracted attention and would be illegal without a helmet. It’d be so idiotic and embarrassing to have been doing what she did at night, but then ended up caught with a traffic ticket during the day.

She got on her bike, turned, and patted the seat behind her as she waited for Atlan to get on. It was an understatement to say Atlan wasn't too thrilled to ride like that. She laughed and tapped the seat again, [#5a72d8 "Come on. Sit, Atlan. You want to buy that property, don't you? Just hold onto me until we get there and lean as I lean."]

The ride was smooth and quick. When they arrived, they entered through her garage. She instructed him how to get off and she dismounted the bike too. Michelle then activated the entrance to her underground base. The floor around them shifted and began to descend as another flooring sealed up the entrance now above them. [#5a72d8 "Welcome to my knight base,"] Michelle said once they hit the ground. She then went to her computer area in order to start the search for the owners and get ideas for the new architecture.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Grimoire. That raised an eyebrow behind her mask as her modified mind brought up all the memories of her mentor discussing magic with her. He had a fair amount of experience with it thanks to taking control of Blasfemy to talk to Etrigan. Unfortunately that story was all that he had shared with her during her tenure as his apprentice, and so she would have to be sure to talk to him more about magic later.

[b “Thank you for the honor Grim.”]

Their response to the interview option caused her to bite her lip to keep silent. Her body remained loose as it levitated in place though while Grim explained their circumstances as to why they preferred the interview. It seemed their outward appearance was not the only thing about them that could be scary. Although Chaos was happy to go along with the interview process as it would be more beneficial for the spy among them anyway.

[b “I appreciate the consideration, although I admit hearing that just makes it a more appealing option to me. Just as I said though I will respect your privacy and keep this to a professional interview.”]

Before she could say anything more Grim raised a finger to request a moment before rearranging the furniture. Bringing up a chair to a coffee table and leaving her with the option of the more relaxing looking recliner. Always a good house guest Chaos gave a nod as she reduced her telekinetic barrier to be armor tight before taking a seat. She had to be cautious of course, but did not want to appear impolite by just hovering above the chair.

[b “Thank you very much. Now let's start with an easy question then. Given the brazenness of your cover letter I think it safe to say that was not your first time. Do you remember the others? More importantly are you willing to share about them?”]

This question would serve a couple of purposes by establishing Grim's experience level for these kinds of jobs. While also allowing her to see what kind of people they had targeted in the past. Best to know early where someone draws the line after all. It was also a common occurrence in her circles to have to prove oneself capable of the crime they intend to commit and having more examples the better. There was a reason she occasionally introduced herself with a resume of her accomplishments after all, and it was not just for self-aggrandizing.

Atlan laughed and said [+blue “You’re right, it’s about time. This time I’ll win more than one round for sure.”] He looked at her bike and felt hesitant Atlan was only accustomed to cars on the surface world. Just looking at the bike made him nervous. He made the helmet and got on the back holding on tight to her. The ride was unpleasant and adrenalizing.

When they arrived at her place he stood there impressed. [+blue “I imagine it’s nothing like your dad’s creepy lair. I like it. It’s spacious enough and secure. You’re doing well for yourself. So let’s find somewhere that I can parlay gold into whatever currency you people use here. And I guess that I’ll have to open a bank account as well.”] He Said all of this while walking around her hideout and picked up a bo staff. Atlan smiled puting it doan and used his magic to change his clothes.

[+blue “So where are we going to spar? Same rules as usual right? Magic only for physical enhancement so it’s a level playing field.”] They had a rule with their sparring that he was not allowed to use spells on her. It was hand to hand combat and to close the gap between their skill level Atlan wold make himself stronger, faster, and more durable.
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

[+orange "True to your word. I like that. And who knows? Maybe I'll give you a little insight after we get to know each other a little more."] Grim let Chaos sit in the chair and get comfortable before listening to the questions she had.

[+orange "The others? Well, that would need some expanding on. Do you mean my very first kill? My first killings since coming to this city? Or perhaps the first kill I even remember doing? How about I just tell you about all of them?"] He leaned back in his seat until the front legs came up off the ground. [+orange "Hmmm... Lets start at the very beginning then. My first kill ever... Its hazy, I admit. That happens when you're angry enough, I suppose. I don't remember doing it, but I remember finding her afterward."] He leaned forward again to look straight at Chaos again. [+orange "I know she was the first because she was closest to where I first lost time in a blind rage whose context I will keep to myself for now. I found her face-down, and she had a dagger in her back. Long one, too. I couldn't roll her over at first. The blade had gone all the way through, from spine to sternum and was stuck in the floor."] He spoke about the whole thing with an anecdotal tone, as if a fond memory.

[+orange "As for my first since coming here, it was a couple years since my arrival. Got here by ferry, stowed away of course, and had taken to stealing food from people at night to keep from starving to death. Ahh, good times. Anyway I'm trying to get into this building down by the wharf and I see a group of these guys, they're all waving around guns and yelling at this [i other] guy who owes them money or something. The leader of this little gang grabs the other guy and they all start ganging up on him. Now, I won't go into too many details, but extorting and using people for personal gain hits a little bit of a nerve for me. So I wait til their deed is done and follow them back to their little hideaway, in which you now sit."] He motioned around to the building for a little bit of dramatic flare. "The last guy in the pack, he lags behind before coming inside. I think he was supposed to keep guard or something because he has a shotgun on him. So I set up a little distraction and jumped him when he went for it. Broke his arm, got the gun, and when he started screaming I put the gun to his stomach and blew a hole the size of a baseball in it. I won't bore you with the rest of them, just know they didn't try hard enough to live."]

[+orange "The first kill I ever remember doing though? It wasn't too long after the first woman, and presumably a few others."] he said with a chuckle. He closed his eyes and smiled widely. [+orange "I felt myself starting to wake up, and I had something in my hands."] He kept his eyes closed and outstretched his arms toward Chaos, curling his fingers and pressing his fingertips together like he had them wrapped around something. [+orange "When I could see again, I had this kid pinned to the floor, my knees on his arms and my fingers tightly wrapped around his throat. I could see the fear in his eyes, the pain on his face... and my blood on his chin. I had locked his bastard father in that little cell in the room, too..."] His smile stretched wider and became toothier. [+orange "I don't know what finally killed him: asphyxiation, the pain, or when I finally crushed his little windpipe."] He sighed a little and opened his eyes, relaxing his arms. [+orange "Oh, but dont worry about me killing kids too much. I was a year younger than he was when I did it. Little 11-year-old me."] He smiled warmly at Chaos.

[+orange "So... Any more questions?"] He cooperated fully throughout the interview, answering any other questions Chaos may have felt the need to ask. Grim was hopeful that he was the man for the job.

As Atlan complimented her place, Michelle realized she really had put it together well. It was hers and it showed. Yes, she learned some basics from her dad, but hers had life to it. It was clean, bright and open. The best part… it was all hers. [#5a72d8 "Thank you. The currency here is dollars. Yeah, the next places we go to can be a refinery and a bank. I know a really good one."] She paused a moment. [#5a72d8 Speaking of going places, wasn't riding a bike exciting?"]

[#5a72d8 "Over this way."] She left the computer and guided the wandering Atlantean to a modest fighting arena. After Atlan listed his normal restraints, Michelle added hers as she took off her leather jacket, [#5a72d8 "and no flight."] Their matches were always hand to hand. It was a mutual understanding that that was the type of combat they'd be doing ever since they were little. She placed her leather jacket off to the side. [#5a72d8 "I usually use practice dolls and obstacles in this space. It'll be nice to use it against a person."]

Five rounds later, Michelle reigned undefeated. It was really nice to spar with another person. Although he didn't win, he gave her a challenge she didn't get to have in a respectful setting outside of it. [#5a72d8 "Maybe next time."] She stepped out of the ring. [#5a72d8 "Also, I have a saltwater pool for us to cool down in. It's irrigated from the gulf."]

Michelle directed him to the pool area and told him she'd be right back. Unlike Atlan, she couldn't change her clothes with magic. So she went to go change into the swimsuit she kept in her little locker room. Atlan just got his ass whooped after his first ride on a bike while going at her normal speed, she wasn't worried about him following. When she came back, she dove into the pool. She surface all refreshed, [#5a72d8 "This was needed."]

After some time, they were out of the water and ready to head out. Hopefully, the time in the water would help Atlan feel relaxed enough to enjoy the ride more. After collecting his gold and precious materials, Michelle and Atlan rode to BMX Metals to exchange them. It was good that they were going from place to place like this. Michelle couldn't wait for him to get used to riding.
TeslaMolly   2y ago

Once the actual interview got underway Chaos was able to see that this Grim was far different than she would have guessed at first glance. The way he spoke was far more pleasant than she anticipated. It was also nice to see the energy he brought to the table as someone who seemed to get similarly gleeful over punishing the wicked. Compared to some of the fuddy-duddies on her team who just seemed to feel it a necessary job it was quite welcome.

The actual answers were a bit more cause for pause though as Grim's memory of his firsts was not what she expected based on the lead up to the interview. His initial iterations of the stories left several questions unanswered. Since she agreed to leave his mind untouched meant she had to be careful in navigating the interview questions in such a way that she could research these individuals on her own. One lobe of her brain was dedicated to that throughout the extensive interview process.

Grim shined through the back nine hitting par or better as far as Chaos was concerned on all the questions. All while giving her time to see just what those filthy creatures did to deserve Grim's ghastly response. It seemed his struggles started far earlier than hers and in far greater earnest given his unique existence. Chaos' runaway story paled in comparison, but it was good to have teammates from different walks of life.

A thought of the time came up just as Grim finished answering the last of her most important questions and so she decided it best to call things there. [b “I must say I am impressed by you Grim. Your enthusiasm after going through so much is downright refreshing and I do hope to bring you aboard. Much as I might consider it a dictatorship though; our team is a democratic affair which means the others will be given the right to comment before we make things official. That said you have my full support and I am confident I can convince them of the value that you bring to the table.”]

Chaos stood up at that and returned to her levitation. [b “That and even if they are not as keen on working with you as I am; I believe you and I could make a few good partner projects for us on the side at the least.”] With that line she offered a handshake as it felt the appropriate custom at the end of an interview.

She also sent a telepathic ping to her ninja friend in case he wanted to reveal himself and lend his support. [I “If you agree with my assessment that this person provides a valuable talent to us then you may want to reveal yourself here. Since we are currently a little four piece we would have a split vote at worst, and as the backer of this operation I am confident the tie break would go to me. Now if you have any hesitation you are welcome to share them over this channel if you would prefer, however you could also ask a question of your own here. Grim's response to your demonstration of stealth would certainly be a good one to measure by, and given your talents there may well be a question you have that I did not anticipate. What do you say?”]

Atlan finished up sparring and as to be expected, Michelle won every round. Though he was getting better at hand to hand combat his forte was magic. After they were finished sparring Michelle mentioned a saltwater pool. Atlan ran to the pool and dove right in. The saltwater felt incredible to him. After rejuvenating in the pool They were off to the refinery. Atlan still held tight during the bike ride. He hated this contraption. When they arrived, Atlan opened a mall portal to Atlantis where all the seized treasure was held. Before long he had four treasure chests full of pure gold. The appraiser couldn't believe it. They cut a 43 million dollar check to Atlan. They headed to the bank. Being a dual citizen had its perks. Atlan opened an account and deposited the check. When the bank teller told him that it would be weeks before the funds would be available. Atlan asked to speak with the manager and used his magic to have the system overridden.

Feeling accomplished Atlan said to Michelle, [+blue “All right let’s go buy some property.”] During the course of the next few days the two of them contacted the owners of the building on the block and made them offers too ridiculous to pass on. Atlan then paid for a construction company to come demolish the whole block. [+blue “Hey Michelle, How do you suppose we tell Helena that I own her house and I'm tearing it down?”]

[#5a72d8 "Can you cast a telepathic spell? Though, I think in person is the most respectful. I'll go with you for emotional support."] Michelle totally planned to record the whole thing for laughs.

[+blue "Nah thats too impersonal. I want to do it in person. Crap I didn't think about where shed stay until the new place was built."]

Michelle suppressed her enthusiasm over being able to record the whole thing. She needed to bring her bulletproof bracelets she forged. [#5a72d8 "Not a hotel?”]

[+blue "Oh I guess that could work. I'll get her a room next to mine."] He said grinning. [+blue "Come on, Let's go tell her."]

[#5a72d8 "Do you want to have her slit your throat if your protection spell dispels in your sleep? No. Plus, she wouldn't be able to craft her arrows there. It needs to be a place where she could do that..."] After she said that, a place came to mind... [#5a72d8 "Shit."]

Seeing how this whole encounter panned out, Grimoire was far different from what he assumed. However, Chaos was starting to act like the ringleader of the whole operation. Dictatorship? He didn't like that even being an idea. Tiger Claw worked solo for the most part. So, he didn't need others to lead or be led. He'd work with another every now and then, but on a very temporary basis. However, that group they formed had potential. It was just a matter of will it stick or not. If this mindset continued, he'd be out.

[#6b7f94 [I "No. A tied [b vote] would mean we would need to deliberate until there's a majority. I'm here to collaborate with everyone and maximize our profits. I said you could take point on this mission, not take control over the collaboration."]]

[I "Allow me to clarify friend. A tied vote would mean that we have to deliberate yes, however my position as our primary researcher gives me a strong edge in any negotiation that we might have as an ensemble. That said if it is profits that are your concern then I can happily pull some money from the funds I took from Dick for you. Normally I earmark most of those funds for charitable purposes, but I have no problem spreading some of his wealth to you if that is what you are after my dear.”]

This mission was proving to be more insightful than he thought. He needed to learn even more about Chaos, and that wasn't going to happen in a telepathic chat. [#6b7f94 [I "I'll pass. I have my honor. Now, get out of my head."]] Tiger Claw didn't take money from his kills, only his clients. Donating the money to those that need it was the best thing to do. However, if Chaos was donating the money, why wasn't it done yet? There shouldn't have been money to offer from that.

Once Chaos left his head, Tiger Claw decided to appear. Positioning himself in plain view and no longer blending his presence with the environment, he did this at a safe enough distance to not come off as a threat, but be ready to defend himself if needed. [#6b7f94 "Hi. I'm Tiger Claw. Like Chaos said, this is a democracy. We're all partners in this. You already have the tech's vote. You'd still need my vote as an offensive part in Stowe's assassination. You'll also need them from another vital asset in killing Stowe and/or the one who took his miserable life. Neither of them are present at the moment."]

As laconic he could be, Tiger Claw wanted to make the point that Chaos did not act alone or did the majority. Everyone played key roles to Richard Stowe's demise. He especially wanted to clarify that Chaos was not the one who did the actual killing. This wasn't to downplay Chaos' contribution, but to even it out properly.

There would be no pawns in their group. So, he wanted to make sure that everyone got their recognition they rightfully earned. That way Grimoire would be able to interview them as well since even there being a group was unofficial. Chaos said four of them, so that warrior woman must have been contacted, right? That was a question he'd have to ask later. Right now, he was interviewing both Grimoire and Chaos.

[#6b7f94 "You've proven your skills and experience, but why do you kill?"] He paused for a moment, [#6b7f94 "Should I call you Grimoire or Grim?"]
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

Grim smiled from ear to ear when Tesla sounded so positive about having him join the group she was in. [+orange "I'm so glad to have made a good first impression. I only hope that I can make a similar one with the rest of your team."] It was going to be so nice to have more people to talk to. [+orange "And even if I can't, I'd be more than happy to take you up on your little offer."] Chaos seemed to understand him at least somewhat which was more than a little refreshing, and he figured that the rest of her team would have similar mindsets. Little did he know that he would be meeting another member of her team that night, and in his own house.

When Tiger Claw appeared to him, before he could speak at all, Grim's eyes began to glow brightly. They followed Tiger Claw intensely while his hands hovered readily over the guns on his hips. He wanted to be as ready as possible for what may come. And then, almost as quickly as it had happened, Grim relaxed. Had this person wanted to cause any real harm, they'd likely have done so from the comfort and anonymity of the shadows. When Tiger Claw began talking it was that much more evident that there was no harm to be done, at least not yet. [+orange "Well Tiger Claw, you seem like you've been hanging around long enough to have heard our little chat and how I like to do things and that I do [i like] to kill things. As to why?"] He closed his eyes and put his hand on his chin, crossing his legs to make an almost dignified pose of reflection and contemplation.

[+orange "Because people have a hard time changing. Lock up a killer and let him out, they could kill again. Set free an extortionist and see if they're not still vengeful and greedy. And I hear you asking yourself, 'What about innocent people? The one's caught up in the scheming and pain-mongering of the truly cruel and disdainful?' I try not to kill when it doesn't [i need] to happen, but one can't exactly excuse lethal opposition, can they?"] He asked the questions back to the both of them, eyes first landing on Tiger Claw and shifting over to Chaos. The glow behind them was gone, but there was a sinister sense of inquiry behind them. Were they willing to do the same if their lives were threatened? He was confident of Tiger Claw's answer, but Chaos was a mystery. He wasn't to be the only one being interviewed this day.

[+orange "That aside, how do you vote?"]

Helena was restringing one of her bows in a shirt and underwear, when she heard a bunch of loud noises coming from outside. When she looked out of her window, she saw construction crews everywhere. [i What the hell is going on?] She wondered to herself. There was a loud bang on the door. She put on a pair of boy shorts and answered. There was a man in a hard hat from the construction crew there. [b “Excuse me miss, but we have orders to demolish this house along with the rest of the block.”] Helena went off [+green “What the hell do you mean!? This is my house.”] [b “Look I’m just following orders. There's a new tycoon that just bought this whole block and is tearing everything down to make a giant complex of some sort. Here's the paperwork.”] Helena Looked at the paper and saw that it was signed by Atlan Curry. In a rage she slammed the door and started breaking things.

An hour went by and another bang on her door. She went to it with a bat in hand ready to tell off the construction foreman again. When she opened the door she saw Atlan and Michelle. She was infuriated and yelled, [+green “You! How dare you!?”]

Atlan smiled and said, [+blue “Surprise! I bought this whole block and I’m tearing it down to build a base of operations suited for a Queen. You come from money. Honestly you shouldn't have been living in this…”] Helena cut him off and began beating him with her baseball bat until the wood shattered. She then began kicking him in the balls while he was down.

[+green “You asshole! I never asked for your help. I was doing fine on my own. You can’t control me. You’re acting like my father.”]

When she tired Atlan stood up and said, [+blue “Look I’m concerned for you so I decided to take initiative. Anyway Get your bike ready to go. I have
them working on an expedited schedule. I’ve put out millions of dollars to have about twenty major construction crews to work around the clock to have this finished.”]

[+green “Go where? You’re destroying my house?”]
Michelle was having fun recording Atlan's beating when Helena asked where she was going to go. He didn't answer. She had to.... Michelle stopped the video and put her phone away. [#5a72d8 "That's where I come in. You'll be staying with me."]

Atlan then said [+Blue I said that i would get us adjoining hotel rooms but Michelle thought it better to let you stay with her.”] He looked her up and down and said, [+blue “By the way, you have a sexy pair of legs on you.”]

Helena then said [+green “Thank you Michelle I would love to be a guest in your home. I’m definitely not staying anywhere near him. Atlan I
better have a say in what my part of the base will look like.”] She went inside and changed.The garage opened and she walked her Harley out.

[+green “How are my clothes getting there?’]

[+blue “Does nobody own a damn car!? Ugh I can Teleport them with a
portal spell. Leave it to me.”]

[#5a72d8 "No problem, Helena. Nothing good would come of that."] Michelle laughed at Atlan's outburst. [#5a72d8 "I guess not. Now whose bike are you riding bitch on this time?"] Atlan looked at the both of them and sighed. Atlan looked at the both of them and sighed. [+blue “She’s gonna kill me so I’ll ride with you Michelle. And I’m not a BITCH. I just don’t see why nobody has a car. This mode of travel is terrifying.”]

[#5a72d8 "I don't doubt that for a moment. No, but you'll be riding as one until you buy a car. Your convenience won't be coming out of my paycheck. And it is not terrifying, it's a thrill. You might not understand unless you drive."] Michelle went over to her bike and turned it.

[+blue “Fine by me I’ll wire you the money to go buy a truck with three rows.”] Atlan said, making his helmet. Helena pulled up and smirked, saying [+green “How you gonna buy a car if you can’t drive fish boy.”] Caught off guard he stuttered, [+blue “Erm, um, I uh, How did you even know that?”] [+green “Sense. You traveled here from Maine and you showed up on foot. If you could drive you would have driven not walked to my house.”] Atlan stood dumbfounded and got on the bike without saying another word.

[#5a72d8 "I'm glad someone pays attention,"] Michelle said before putting on her helmet. Noticing that Atlan wasn't holding on properly, Michelle did a quick wheelie. [#5a72d8 "Make sure you hold on."]

After almost falling off, Atlan hugged tightly around her waist for the entire ride. He noticed Helena weaving in and out of traffic and shootin the occasional bird at him. When they got to Michelle’s place, Atlan jumped off the bike and was on his hands and knees thanking Neptune that the experience was over. He walked into the house and ran to the kitchen to drink straight from her faucet. After he felt recovered he said, [+blue “Alright where am I putting these clothes?”]

[#5a72d8 "Are you sure you don't need another moment? Neptune might need more praises. Wait, doesn't your father pray to Poseidon?"] Michelle had been debating on if she should keep Helena in the main house or down in her base. The guest bedroom in the main house won. That way she still controlled who went in and out of her base. [#5a72d8 "Bring her clothes this way."] She led them to a room down the hall. [#5a72d8 "Just lay them on her couch at the bottom of the bed."] Michelle turned to Helena. [#5a72d8 "Here's where you'll be staying. There's a tv on the wall, and a mini-fridge over there. Your closet is on that side. Your bed is a queen like you. There's a bathroom across the hall… and if you need access to my base, I'll let you in. You'll be able to construct your arrows and string your bows down there. I'll give you a tour later."]

Atlan wiped his face off and said, [+blue “We don’t really pray to anyone anymore. Dad changed that when he became king. If there is a Posiedon or Neptune why haven’t we seen him? Why hasn’t he made himself known? Because he doesn’t exist. We hold the power. Me saying that is just a saying. Kinda like how americans talk about Odin like he’s real or saying they will go to valhalla.”] Although she hadn't met any Americans that did that, his explanation made enough sense for her not to comment at the moment. Atlan moved into position and conjured up three candles. He lit them on the floor and sat down and began chanting.

A strong barrier was put up and a small portal opened up behind him, Helena looked at Michelle and asked, [+green “Um why did he just put up a barrier?”] Michelle facepalmed, figuring nothing good was about to happen. Clothes began falling on the couch until it was full. Then the portal moved as he kept chanting. It was above his left hand and a second appeared over his right. Then panties began falling into his hands and he began to laugh maniacally. Helena now both embarrassed and infuriated began pounding on the barrier. [+green “You fucking lecher! Put down my underwear!”] They finally stopped and he stood up dropping the panties on top of the clothes. He turned around with a thong in hand. [+blue “Will you model these for me? I just have to see you in them.”] Helena screamed and Atlan dropped the barrier. Helena went in for the attack and Atlan sidestepped her and let her land on the bed, He jumped on the bed next to her and held the thong in front of her. [+blue “You should really calm down. It’s bad for your skin.”] She snatched the thong out of his hand and Atlan jumped up and walked out of the room.

[#5a72d8 "I'm sorry about that, Helena."] Michelle followed him out of the room and slapped him upside his head. [#5a72d8 "What the hell, Atlan. She just lost her home. I supported that because it needed to happen. But now you're messing with her clothes? When you're supposed to be helping her transition, you decide it's a good idea to mess with her underwear?"]

[+blue “I couldn't help it, Michelle. She’s just so pretty and when I thought about her wearing those, I couldn’t help it. Besides, I need to make her get used to me. I’ll be sticking around her for the foreseeable future. And, I just might be getting her back for all the assault. Even if I earned it.”]

[#5a72d8 "Earned? You're continuing to earn it, constantly. Normally, I'd brush it off. You know that. But you just took over her home. At least give her 24 hours. She'll have plenty of time to get used to your nonsense after that."]
TeslaMolly   2y ago

[b “Agreed Grim and I am glad to hear it.”]

A benefit of wearing a mask was that no one could notice your raised eyebrows or your mouth dropping open. It was of particular use here as ninja boy responded far differently than expected. Apparently he misunderstood what she had meant when she said she would win a split vote between the four of them. That would be easy enough to clear up though.

[i “Allow me to clarify friend. A tied vote would mean that we have to deliberate yes, however my position as our primary researcher gives me a strong edge in any negotiation that we might have as an ensemble. That said if it is profits that are your concern then I can happily pull some money from the funds I took from Dick for you. Normally I earmark most of those funds for charitable purposes, but I have no problem spreading some of his wealth to you if that is what you are after my dear.”]

Not exactly short and concise, but an honest offer of her ill gotten gains. The response this time made her thrice as thankful for her mask though as it revealed the vast difference in their morality. She did as requested though and rescinded their telepathic link. Just in time for the man to reveal himself to Grim and announce himself as Tiger Claw.

The widened eyes turned into a widened grin as Tiger Claw spoke though. She kept silent throughout his piece on how she was not the member of the group responsible for the killing of Dick. It was true after all that she was support more than anything else. Support that could have been a great deal more valuable had anyone bothered to listen to her, but support was where she drew the line. It was a well crafted argument for why she should not be considered the head of the team.

When Grim gave his response and turned his attention to her she was quick to respond herself. [b "It seems our opinions differ on motivation, although not by enough for me to be concerned. My stance is once someone has done something unforgivable they have forfeit their right to life. There are those who successfully change who I welcome, but people like Dick whose crimes are so abhorrent do not even deserve the opportunity to prove themselves capable of that change. Regarding your question presuming I understand it correctly; someone trying to kill me is unforgivable as far as I am concerned."]

After listening to Chaos' response to Grimoire, Tiger Claw gave his own reply. [#6b7f94 "I'm just a man who enjoys my line of work. I try to avoid casualties. But if someone tries to kill me, they should be ready for the reverse."]

Tiger Claw paused a moment before revealing his vote, [#6b7f94 "You pass, Grim."] He then looked to Chaos, [#6b7f94 "We need to meet the others. Can you reach them?"] Chaos definitely had the archer's contact information, but he wasn't sure if Chaos was in contact with the warrior already. If not, he was sure it wouldn't be hard to do. He was looking forward to this meeting. However, there was no telling what part of the country they were in. He already flew from Las Vegas to New York to meet Grim. He wondered where they were going to go next. Oh well, [#6b7f94 "Grim, do you have green tea?"]
Phytocanis324Grimoire   2y ago

Alas, Grim did not have green tea. Or a water pot. Or a stove.

Just one short week had passed. An agonizingly exciting week. With the thoughts of two up-votes for his joining this new group, Grimoire was walking on air. His nightly hunts had become more unnerving and brutal as the week had drawn closer to a close and authorities were starting to triangulate where it was that he was centered at. This was for naught as on the day they would have possibly found him, Tiger Claw came to him and uttered those words: [#6b7f94 "It's time."]

He had appeared to Grim in his apartment just after one of his "outings" and managed to make him jump if only for a moment. He seemed more on edge and excitable than ever before. There had been a real threat of being caught until now. He'd gotten a little bit sloppy, but would not anyone when given the promise of new friends? New experiences?

A quick explanation and an even quicker ammoing up later, Grim had taken to the rooftops with Tiger Claw and begun to follow him to Chaos' rendezvous point. When they had arrived, Chaos greeted them and gave them a quick rundown of what was going to be happening. They were going to theoretically have their atoms pulled apart so that they were essentially disintegrated, their atoms sent at close-to-light-speed to a separate location, and then reintegrated in the exact same structure as they had left in. She assured them that it shouldn't be too painful, but that she couldn't promise anything. She told them both to stay as still as they could, started the activation sequence and after a short delay they were off.

Tiger Claw and Chaos found themselves suddenly before the gazebo in Pullen Park, a small amusement park in Raleigh, North Carolina. They did not, however, find Grim to be with them.

A while later Grim found himself inside of a small, dark room with what looked like someone in pastoral clothing in the same room unconscious on the floor. While attempting to discern exactly what had happened a door opened in the adjacent room to him, which was separated by a metal grate covered with a screen. A man on the other side spoke, saying "Forgive me father, for I have sinned." Grim chuckled a little bit and pulled the screen away, smiling a gleeful smile through the grate and responded. [+orange "Me too."]

Shortly thereafter everyone who had a phone began getting news bulletin messages explaining that there had been a "Mass Demon Sighting at Pullen Memorial Catholic Church", which happened to be a short distance from the park.

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