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…