Future Proof

Session 2

We open up in the netherspace, at the Lighthouse. 

Jane has taken over a space towards the top of the tallest spire of the Lighthouse. She has a window seat, with her trinkets and stuff. It's the observation chamber.

The team is gathered there, to figure out what to do next, plan their next move and investigate the ring.

There isn't a huge amount of detailed information in Lighthouse databases about smaller Halcyon City events and villains.

Greenlight puts on the ring and sees a scintillating aura around everyone. Kelem's aura is different from Jane's and Mason's. Emi, playing with the ring, makes Jane euphoric, and the feeling persists even after Emi takes off the ring in shame. 

Silverlight arrives to lambaste us, making Mason feel inferior, and criticizing Greenlight for using the ring, instead of researching it intensively first. The team decides to get more information about the ring from Mount Justice. They fling themselves across netherspace, which allows you to exist indefinitely (there is not a vacuum there, so you can breath). 

 In Mount Justice, they find that all of Mount Justice's trophies and villain gear have been taken. The case for the Helm of Destiny was shattered the hardest. The team tries to find its way to the control center of Mount Justice to find more information. (Fact: Mount Justice is powered by a collapsing dwarf star at its heart, which is also the power source for Kelem's security complex.)

Jane disguises us as members of the Exemplars to hide. In particular, she disguises Mason as Bonecrusher, a really big dude, obviously enhanced, super strong, a biker, cleanshaven; Greenlight as Raptor, an immortal bird lady who wants to right injustice; Jane herself as Sable, someone with illusory powers like Jane's own, whom Jane looks up to; and Kelem as Gargoyle, a Batman analogue who wears a suit jacket with a domino mask, classic rat pack style, looks like The Shadow. Thing is, it doesn't work with Kelem, so Kelem gets attacked by security. Jane and Mason spoof the security measures while Greenlight helps get Kelem out of the tentacles, and the four run into the main control room, where the main screen is smashed to look like a clock.

They manage to pull up information that suggests the thief is Destiny, a tall imposing figure in a white gold suit. Destiny normally has to wear a chronal stabilizer to keep him synced up with the current timeline, but on the security footage, a hoard fo Destinies are stealing from Mount Justice, all of them looking different, some with chronal stabilizers in the form of a glowing belt or armband, and some without. All have the Helm of Destiny. 

In our world, Destiny is totally dead. Killed in a clash with the Exemplars, which is what triggered registration and sanctioning. Destiny was shot in the head by the Shield, kind of a military themed hero, who is now no longer a hero.

These Destinies are from scattered timelines and dimensions.

With the new information, and the security systems updated to accept the team as Exemplars, they depart and head through the teleportal to a default location—Mason's family estate, referred to as Stonehenge. And they arrive in the midst of a mass of giant plants. The carefully sculpted topiary and trees are smashing around. Giant thorny vines wind their way out of the soil. Maya, Mason's sister, is suspended by such a vine in mid-air.

Kelem rescues Maya but winds up throwing his glaive. When Mason goes to engage the vines with his stone-tech glaive, he gets a leg impaled by a massive thorn, even after Jane tries to stop the vine with a giant psychic crane. Then, Ragevine, the villain controlling these plants, rises up right behind Jane and punches her in the back of the head.

Ragevine has a golden torc around his neck, he's clearly using it to control the vines. Greenlight cuts it off his neck and pins it to the ground using Kelem's and Stone's glaives. Ragevine dives for the torc, while the plants go crazy; he wraps his fingers around the glaives' blades to try to get at it, cutting himself.

Mason tries to neutralize the poison in his blood with a soporific from his tranq bombs. He frees himself from the thorn, thanks to remembering what Jane taught him when she forced him to sit through a Dougie Howser marathon.

Kelem, taking Maya to safety, meets Ulysses Stone and is exhorted by the older hero to be a hero himself, and save Mason. Kelem leaves Maya with Ulysses.

Greenlight flicks the torc away and gets Ragevine to surrender. Then Kelem stomps over, messing everything up, and smashes the Torc under his heel, releasing a torrent of green energy that completely surrounds him in a whirlwind. Ragevine flips out as Kelem is completely unaffected.

Bradford shows up to take Ragevine into custody, but he disses the team the whole while. Greenlight creates a portal to go away and stun Bradford. Jane and Greenlight go through, while Mason and Kelem stay at the manor. Jane goes to get the team booze.

Session 1

There had been a series of break-ins, only at pet shops. The scene opens on one such break-in, with animals running amok, cats & dogs out, the front door ripped off its hinges, the alarm blaring.

Mason Stone arrives to the scene in downtown Halcyon, Pet City on Main (Northside), on his hoverboard. Stone pulls out a smoke bomb with animal sedatives to put the animals out. They all conk out except for a large dog, which starts growling. 

The mist clears, and a woman is standing there with her hand on the dog's head, a ring on her hand. "There is no way I'm putting them back in their cages," she says. 

Cut to Jane and Kelem, at a bar, hearing Mason's summons and heading over on their own, while Greenlight steps through a teleportal from the Lighthouse to get on the scene. They find Mason there, acting animalistically. Jane makes a toilet paper roll look like a bone, but it goes awry, and Mason really wants it. Jane runs around shelves to dodge Mason. Greenlight starts dodging animals. Kelem wades in and pinpoints sedatives Mason might have to put the animals out.

Kelem grabs the sedatives, puts the animals out. Mason comes back to himself and is normal, but he doesn't remember what happened. Greenlight finds security footage of the woman, and bursts of light from her ring driving animals nuts and making Mason feral.

The cops show up and try to arrest Jane. Kelem threatens them, while Mason goes to talk them down. 

Greenlight consults her accumulated knowledge to pinpoint Jack Corey, the Mindthief, who used a crazy alien tech ring to bring out instincts and feral behavior in victims. It seems similar to the one that this lady (Den Mother) is using. Mindthief just wanted money, but he was caught, and his ring should be in Mount Justice. (The Exemplars live in orbit, in the Watchtower, now.)

We examine Den Mother's patterns and determine she's working in a particular radius, and Stone figures out when and where she is going to strike next. We go to that pet store, and Jane breaks into the back door with a spoofed security card, while Greenlight and Kelem lie in wait outside.

Jane tries to make the animals invisible, but her powers go haywire and she thinks she can see them and no one else can, while they're perfectly visible. 

Den Mother pulls up in a hydro-electric car. She steps out in a hat and coat, and goes to step inside. She flashes red light from her ring into the shop. Jane and Mason keep their shit together against the howl that plays in their heads—an image of a howling wolf, and the desire to answer that call.

Mason keeps rational. Jane vanishes, and they keep their shit together.

Kelem goes to kick Den Mother, but she puts him in mind of a doe, like he's being hunted. Greenlight tries to keep the lady's attention away by taunting her. She, enraged, fires at Greenlight.

Jane creates predator illusions to calm the animals inside, so they can take advantage of the woman's rage.

Mason goes to tase her, and she runs into a bar across the street, smashing into it. She uses her power to make everyone in the bar go crazy, but Mason locks down the whole bar.

Greenlight talks down Kelem (with the help of pizza scent from Jane), and Kelem in a rage charges at the bar. 

Mason sweeps out of Kelem's protection to engage the enraged guys, cuffing them to stuff, taking them out Sherlock style. Den Mother flees out the back. Jane starts creating an illusion of a lullaby. Mason throws a smoke bomb full of sedatives into the bar to help. Jane uses a lullaby that's really familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

Den Mother runs to escape Kelem who has chased her out back, and Greenlight and Kelem corner her and get her to surrender. She collapses when she hands over the ring, but Greenlight agreed to let her air her grievances to someone who matters.

HCPD shows up, including their Supers Division (Meta-4). The people in the bar are pretty messed up. 

The HCPD forces use Rook Industries technology, and are led by Lieutenant Bradshaw, who is not in love with us.

When our team first came together...

With the Exemplars gone in space, the Vor took the opportunity to have Kelem launch their assault on Earth.

Kelem, following orders, turned on the Vor security complex beneath Mount Justice. The complex was designed to eat the planet and convert it to dust and constituent particles. A huge mountain of buried technology woke up, then, and started eating Halcyon. The effect generated natural disasters, like an enormous tidal wave to crash on Halcyon City. Meanwhile, it showed projected casualties to Kelem, and he was horrified by what he saw. He had not realized that everyone would die horribly and painfully—he'd been able to delude himself into thinking of it as a number until then.

The other members of Future Proof (not yet with that name) gathered to stop the crisis. They all knew each other, except for Kelem. Kelem was honest with them, told them that he turned on the device. The other members of Future Proof fought him, but he explained he needs help, and they agreed. 

The team successfully managed a crazy working that dumped the whole of Mount Justice into the netherspace, the space between spaces. That's where Silverlight's Lighthouse was. Everyone was pretty unhappy about it.

But the Network thought that we did good work. The Network, an Oracle style myth of a hero who facilitates heroic acts, was impressed with us, and kept contact the teammates to stick together. In particular, Emi helped push the team together, despite their own interests pulling them apart.

Someone found out it was us who made Mount Justice disappear, thanks to Twitter and viral content. No one was covering exactly what happened in the major news networks. We received a huge amount of attention in particular from the viral Millennial Twitter account. 

We are now an officially sanctioned team, with Greenlight as the publicly acknowledged leader.

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