Exiting Robert Jones’ ransacked office, the party encountered a wandering superhero on the streets. His name was The White Album, a musical super who channeled the power of John Lennon through his guitar. His team, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was one of the most powerful in the Battle of the Bands, but the Killer Queens exploited a moment of weakness and crushed them, sending the surviving members into the subway to deal with Pagliacci. Naturally, he was angry and joined the party for revenge.
The White Album also displayed two drawings which had been given to him in a vision: The first of a mysterious villain he called “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, the second “Fool on the Hill”. “Lucy” would attack very shortly, but “Fool” was far more powerful.
The journey to Industrial Aquatics was short, but interrupted by the aftermath of a battle between the Killer Queens and the West Side Pigeons. A section of road had been completely destroyed in a fiery inferno (which the White Album traversed by teleporting party members across with him), and a farmer’s market had been interrupted and destroyed. It was at the Farmer’s Market that Bicycle Race, the Killer Queens’ drummer, attacked with a posse of minions.
The Wraith, in an attempt to intimidate the group, called himself “Mister Fahrenheit” and his group the “Princes of the Universe”, but it enraged Bicycle Race, who smacked the Wraith fifty yards into a quilt shop. The Descendant’s expert shooting knocked out Bicycle Race, however, and the party stole his bicycle.
Entering through a secret underground passage, the team found a group of IA employees tied up, along with the Mariner’s personal assistant Ishmael and a huge pile of dynamite and C4. According to Ishmael, a large number of IA employees were acolytes of Mercury and changed sides by the command of Bohemian Rhapsody. The group untied the employees, who quickly escaped, while the Mariner expertly defused the bomb.
Soon, Sheer Heart Attack arrived in one of the elevators, along with several engineers who attempted to rewire the bomb. The Mariner used the sonic stunners in his suit’s arms, which dazed the engineers but were completely ineffective against Sheer Heart Attack. Knowing that his powers were useless against the Mariner’s armor, SHA briefly left and returned with a hostage, saying that unless the Mariner let them reconnect the bomb he would kill the innocent bystander. (Sheer Heart Attack is kind of dim.)
As usual, the party wrested the hostage away and the Mariner grabbed Sheer Heart Attack, carrying him up to the penthouse. There, Radio Gaga awaited, along with six crack troops who were in the middle of playing a hot game of Settlers of Catan. Robert Jones was tied up in the corner (the Killer Queens had a lot of leftover cables). While the rest of the party waited in the elevator, the Mariner beat Radio Gaga over the head with his teammate. Unfortunately, Radio Gaga’s heart was strong, and as the team came in through the elevator Sheer Heart Attack escaped and ran to kill the White Album.
The White Album soon displayed his full power, deflecting hundreds of bullets with his guitar while firing freezing tears at Sheer Heart Attack, freezing him completely. Meanwhile, the Mariner grabbed Radio Gaga, injured after a shot by the eagle-eyed Descendant, and threw him into the tank containing his pet ray, Wayne. As a last resort, Radio Gaga activated a sonic explosion that destroyed the tank, leaving him unconscious. The Mariner quickly placed Wayne into a backup tank and the Wraith untied Robert Jones.
It was then that the true nature of the Platinum Record was revealed. Much like Marvel’s Thor, the record contained the divine power of a rock god. If his chosen user came in contact with it, he would become an avatar, an earthly being with all the power of his patron. And as it turned out, the Platinum Record belonged to Jones.
In a flash of blinding light, Robert Jones transformed from a nebbish accountant to an androgynously beautiful being, floating an inch off the floor. Radio Gaga revealed the Killer Queens’ hand: It had all been a ploy to get the Record to Jones, the fifth member of the Queens.
Ziggy Stardust has returned, and it’s going to take a lot of fighting to get him to leave.