Save Metro City!

All I Hear Is...RADIO GAGA!
Under siege by the Killer Queens!

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.

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Facing down...the Felony Department!
They have tenure!

After the attack at the bank, the Mariner brought the Platinum Record to Industrial Aquatics to have it analyzed. Doctor Pescatore ran it through the science machine and discovered that, although its energy levels were off the charts, it was unknown how to access its power. Running it through a conventional phonograph revealed that it operated at a speed far higher than most conventional record players.

Pescatore recommended the team consult with Robert Jones, Metro City’s most prominent music historian. However, he lived in the Neon, which was across the city from where they were, and with an artifact this powerful every gang in the city would be on their tail. After consulting their options, the team decided to take a zeppelin from SuperCon to their destination.

Because of his minor success as a voice actor, Dominion was given the star treatment and was pulled out of the long line for passes by con staffers. In the guest lounge, the mysterious Age of Aquarius appeared and offered a reading, but the distrustful Wraith denied her request. After the interlude, the team boarded a zeppelin and set off.

For many of the characters, it was the first time seeing the new Metro City from the sky. Smoke and fire raged everywhere, and some mysterious things were happening in certain parts of the city–in particular, Feng Shui was burning some auspicious characters using Old Metro City’s buildings, and the Industrial District was covered with a toxic yellow fog. To console themselves, the team helped themselves to free frozen yogurt from one of Lady Steampunk’s gear-covered carts.

Their snack was interrupted when a huge impact caused the zeppelin to make an emergency landing on a nearby building. The Felony Department, enraged by Clubsport’s loss, had decided to go after the Platinum Record themselves. Though the Bard was a great swordsman, knocking Dominion’s frozen yogurt out of his hands, he was swiftly dispatched by being blasted into a railing. The Mariner fought the Mathemagician, easily stunnning the frail wizard with his harpoon. Noticing his ally in need of help, Doctor Headbutt lived up to his name and headbutted the Mariner into the adjacent Metro U medical building.

The Unseen Hand lifted the Descendant easily, flinging him into Dominion. This normally innocuous supervillain move caused immense damage to Dominion, however, as he ricocheted into the pointy gear-covered frozen yogurt cart. As he lay bleeding on the floor, Doctor Headbutt set his shiny head at the Wraith. In the team’s darkest hour, the Wraith saved the day by creating the illusion that the Platinum Record shattered into a hundred pieces as he was being headbutted. The Felony Department fled, but not before the Mathemagician summoned dwarven soldiers from a faraway land.

After the Wraith quickly dispatched the dwarves with his illusion powers, the team focused on Dominion. He would live, but barely, and his face had been heavily scarred. As he lay safely in the hospital, the team took an uneventful bus trip to the Neon. However, they found Robert Jones’ apartment ransacked. Radio Gaga revealed his hand: While the team had been fighting the Felony Department, the Killer Queens had kidnapped Jones, taken the staff of Industrial Aquatics hostage (along with the Mariner’s pet bat ray) and planted explosives in the basement. If the team doesn’t show up within twelve hours, carrying the Platinum Record…

Another one bites the dust.

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In the clutches of...CAMERA X!
A unlikely new superhero team...THE TETRA FORCE!

The city of Townsville It was a peaceful Mother’s Day in Metro City, much like any other. Four unrelated people were at the First International Bank of Thomson and Thompson. A wealthy investor was withdrawing a trophy from the bank’s widely renowned superhero souvenir vault. A down-on-his luck fellow was casing the joint in preparation to rob it later. A semi-famous voice actor was opening a checking vault. And a mysterious figure with a coat and mask was simply milling around.

Suddenly, the peace shattered as the security cameras began to fire lasers. Quickly herding the few civilians who hadn’t escaped into a corner as hostages, the cameras blocked the exit and carved open the vault door. Hypnotized security guards started flooding in as Camera X revealed his hand. Surely nobody would be able to stop him from robbing the bank.

Even more suddenly, shit got real. Lewis Turner quickly illusioned his clothes into those of ♥THE WRAITH♥. Jonah Lethbridge slapped a button on his chest that caused him to gain the armor of ♦THE MARINER♦. The mysterious man, known only as ♣THE DESCENDANT♣ turned invisible and started smacking around guards. And a camera fired a laser ripping a door off its hinges to reveal the just-changed ♠DOMINION♠. Bonded by necessity, these brave superheroes defeated the guards (in the case of Dominion, by flinging couches into them), rescued the hostages, and destroyed the cameras. The only casualties suffered were by The Wraith, who quickly bandaged himself up later.

One of the security guards, freed from Camera X’s control by The Wraith’s scary illusions, described the situation: While the guards were making fun of badly-dressed people in the security room, Camera X took over the whole security system and hypnotized all the guards! If only there were a team of four superheroes that could stop it!

The elevator ride took a long time, enough time for the four to become slightly better acquainted with each other. Originally condescending to his former enemy, The Wraith, The Mariner was shocked to find that he was only robbing stores to buy food for orphans. The Descendant revealed his face–a gray alien–and mentioned he was a time-traveller from THE FUTURE, but no more than that. Dominion was oddly secretive, only complaining about his bad day.

The security office was on the twelfth floor. Stepping out, the party found that a big section of cubicles had been burned off, creating a convenient boss arena. Suddenly, Clubsport burst through the window on his horse! Believing that the heroes were below him, he talked about why he was there: Now that the Lawyer is missing, his trophies, stored in a Time Vault inside the regular vault, were starting to reappear. The one item that had showed up was giving off humongous energy readings, and he had been sent by the Felony Department to retrieve it. A fierce battle ensued, and while Dominion protected the party with a force field, The Wraith was shot up by Clubsport’s hired mercenaries and The Mariner received a drill shuttlecock to the wrist, causing him to drop his harpoon. The Descendant quickly ended the fight by shooting Clubsport in the chest. Bucephalus, only slightly shaken from being thrown into the thugs by Dominion, grabbed his unconscious partner and escaped through the window.

As The Mariner entered the security room, he found that all the monitors were under control by Camera X. Feeling his mind start to fall under its insidious control, he expertly hacked the console by unplugging it. Meanwhile, Camera X manifested itself around a camera phone, but The Wraith asked a question…a bullet question. Injured, Camera X placed The Wraith under mind control as Dominion ranted about he was only there to open a savings account and why the hell did this all have to happen, etc. The Mariner smashed the central screen with his harpoon and Camera X disappeared.

The monitors in the security room turned back on, revealing that strange minions in white hazmat suits were stealing some kind of record from the vault. The Mariner immediately recognized them as minions of the Killer Queens. Dominion manifested a bubble of energy around the three as they jumped through the 12th-story window and began the chase.

Fruit carts and small dogs barely slowed down the heroes, and the three minions were stopped through an illusory hardware-store explosion and The Descendant’s expert shooting. Though they knew nothing about why they were sent to steal it, the party is now in possession of the Platinum Record. What is so interesting about this record? What power does it hold? For answers, tune in to the next episode of…

TETRA FORCE!!

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