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Post by SicilianDragon December 19th 2022, 11:27 pm

Night in New York was far from quiet. When other cities sleep is when the reconstructed city truly thrives and on this night it was no different. The moon definitely shown through the murky sky like a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas as criminals and heroes alike lurked the streets silently as others walked to the various bars and clubs deep in the city. Streetlights and Neon signs shown down on the streets, revealing those foolish enough to come and go in one of the less frequented areas: the docks. Tonight was like so many others, with Shuriken, the neighborhood ninja, was on one of her various stealth missions. Staying still as a statue on top of a nearby brewery, the girl’s remarkable eyes effortlessly spied into the building’s windows. Behind a gated fence, protected by various armed guards, was a makeshift lab constructed inside one of many abandoned warehouses. Inside goons were in the process of unpacking something. Whatever it was, Shuriken got the distinct feeling that it wasn’t going to be good. Young and impatient as she was, she began creeping down slowly and methodically from her roost, taking action into her own hands rather than wait or call for help. She was a complete badass, what could possibly go wrong?

Chie stalked the alleys as she made her way toward the gate. She watched the two guards carefully, wanting to make sure that taking them out wouldn’t cause any notice. Finally, feeling secure in taking them out, she leaped to the top of the fence, hopping once more to the window of the warehouse as their attention turned to where she just was. Shuriken dangled by her fingers as the two goons watched the fence shake where she had been merely a second ago.

“What the hell was that?” One of them whispered, doing his best to conceal his fear with a gruff, deep voice.
“I don’t know… Think we should call for backup?” The other one asked calmly.

Chie held her breath as she listened to them, begging that fate not get her caught just yet. It would be bad enough to deal with the guns and whatever else these gangsters had, but all of them at once was a death wish. Fortune smiled on her today as the first guard spoke.

“Nah, not yet. Don’t want to get the new guy angry” He replied nervously.

His partner didn’t seem to respond, and while Chie could not see them from her awkward position, she could only assume he agreed with the other guard from his silence. Relieved that they were not going to catch her, the girl dropped to the ground, landing low without the slightest sound. Peeking around the corner, she saw the two guards scanning the peripheral, each of them with a pistol at their side. The nervous one, a tall lanky man with a long, scruffy beard, had his hand on the grip, anticipating a surprise attack at any moment. Chie knew it was time to strike. Pulling out her shuriken and a smoke bomb, she decided to make her move.

The guard's hand on the grip was abruptly impaled by a shuriken, and before the man could let out a cry of pain, the two of them were engulfed in smoke, and instead of a scream he instead sucked a mouthful of smoke into his lungs, beginning to hack and cough as his body protested. Chie charged in, and the fight was short and sweet. As the smoke dissipated, she was the last one standing, no worse for wear.
“Seems like the new guy might get angry with you guys, sorry” She chided the unconscious duo now laying before her. Chie was about to start studying the lock on the door when she heard footsteps to her left. Another guard appeared to her side, evidently guardian the back. He had his pistol raised and pointed right at Chie.
“Hands ups, girlie,” He said as the two of them locked eyes. Chie begrudgingly did as she was asked, slowly, so as to not startle the man.
“Isn’t it a little past your bedtime?” The man continued to mock, and Chie couldn’t help but feel the irony in this situation. Things weren't going well already. Already, Chie was beginning to run the options she still had through her head. Another smoke bomb? It was risky to say the list? Perhaps an attack when he got in close. If he got in close that is. To her dismay, she saw the goon take a walkie-talkie from his side, his gun’s barrel still staring her down as he began putting it up to his mouth.

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Post by ProwlerKnight December 20th 2022, 6:51 pm

When the guard went to radio for reinforcements, he stopped, as sound of gunfire erupted from the other side of the warehouse, accompanied by shouting, and some screams.  

Suddenly, one of the other guards was hurling towards them, screaming, as they had been thrown from the other side of the warehouse by something.  

Before they met their untimely demise at the hands of gravity, however, a figure clad in blue and red appeared, catching the man in his arms.  

Frontline looked to Chie, seeing that she wasn’t dressed in the same uniforms as the guards. He gave her a heroic smile. “Hello there.” He tossed the now unconscious guard on to the ground.  

Before he could continue conversing, the sound of the gun being leveled and aimed at his back drew his attention towards the guard behind him. “I would strongly recommend putting that down, before you get hurt.”  

Panicking, the guard didn’t even think, as his finger instinctively started to squeeze the trigger.  

Suddenly, the hero turned into a blur, and was now directly in front of the guard, holding his gun hand by the wrist, as the pistol fired up into the air.  

The guard cried out, as Frontline squeezed the wrist some, forcing him to drop his gun.  

“I told you you were going to get hurt...” Frontline stated, in a rather lecturing tone, like a father scolding his son. “Now go to sleep.” He gave the man a very slight tap on the forehead with his free hand.  

While it looked too light to do anything to the rather large man, it seemed to be enough to render him unconscious, as he fell limp against the hero.

“There there...” Frontline laid the man on the ground, turning back to Chie. “So, suppose you’re here for the bomb as well??” He looked her over. “I do hope you’re not thinking of using it for anything nefarious.”  

Again, before he could get a response, the front door of the warehouse opened, a few more guards, each taking aim with rifles, and one aiming a mounted light machine gun.  

Suddenly, the entire block roared with the sound of gunfire, as the turret ripped through everything it touched.  

Except for one hero, as he dashed in between Chie and oncoming fire, standing firm as each bullet pelted his body, only smash against his skin, and fall to his feet.  He didn’t stumble or flinch, as he marched forward, letting the rounds ricochet off his body. As the LMG fired its last round, Frontline grabbed the gun, ripping it off the mount, and tossing it into one of the other gunmen, hitting him just hard enough to knock him out.  



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Down below, one of the many guards stepped up to a large monitor. “Sir, Heroes have breached the warehouse.”  

On the monitor, Vulcan gave the guard a cold stare, which was hidden behind the mask. “Prepare the device for extraction!!”  

The guard nodded, stepping away, as he signaled his men to move.  

Vulcan then turned his attention to another figure in the room. “Revenants mercenaries may be frail, but they work hard for their money...” He paused. “Make sure these heroes are stopped, or delayed long enough for my device to escape...” He leaned in some. “I am counting on you, Crimson.”  

"Oh, and make sure to grab me a sample of their blood, for research."

With that, the stream cut off, leaving the figure alone.
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Post by Nate6595 January 8th 2023, 11:56 pm

The city above was a dark place. The lights from the tall, looming buildings betrayed the streets and cast out long shadows that veiled the alleyways, the abandoned buildings, the playgrounds just out of sight, and everywhere else you would want there to be light. And it was dark in the corner where someone waited. The buzzing light of monitors provided some light along with the old bulbs overhead, but in that corner, one could only make out the faintest bit of an outline a large presence. It was the crimson red cloak that made that form tangible; without it, it’d be mistaken as a ghost or something not there.

Throughout the evening, this shape was unmoved there. The few guards who passed by didn’t dare look too closely or take a step that crossed the figure. There were rumors around this figure, some from long ago, some that were just made up tonight, but none of them seemed to add comfort to his presence here. Only a tension that weighed onto the air and manifested in every other dark shadow of the lower level.

Victor Redfield. Faust, the Crimson Reaper, felt it before the news reached them.

It wasn’t an ability or part of his enhanced senses. It was just…a feeling he got. People always talked about the calm before a storm or a battle, but for him, he could feel the start of it. Those first shots, thoughts, and emotions that coursed through the air as everything began all at once. The fear, the terror, the exhilaration, and the excitement. All of them coursing all around all at once in all who stood here on the battlefield. He had felt it a thousand times before and he knew he’d feel it more in the years to come.  

He didn’t move that spot in the shadows.

Not as felt that tension and emotion in the air. Even as the others down here went about their duties, carrying out tasks, unaware of what was just starting, he did not move or speak or do anything to betray the stillness he held there.

He waited there, his grip tightening over the hammer that was nearly his own in height. Soon. It would all be starting soon. And it was only when he was addressed that his eyes opened. Piercing dark red eyes that glowed through the dark. He looked to the monitors as the voice spoke, the coward that he was. Running, hiring others to do his work. This was fine. This money, this was a job. Waiting was his job. Waiting there in the dark and quiet was his job.

What he was about to do upstairs, up in that warehouse, fighting those heroes…that was his passion.

“Oh, don’t you worry, Vulcan. There will be plenty of blood.” Most villains would’ve used a dark and serious tone to carry that, but Faust said it was a strange sense of casual confidence. He lifted the massive hammer and brought it to rest on his shoulder. He moved with heavy steps to the staircase, the hammerhead igniting in red-hot flames and he ascended upward. As he went, that first sense of dread would begin to pour out from him, stretching out and covering the grounds of the warehouse.

(Using Dread (permission-based) level 1: A moderate sense of anxiety, a feeling that something is wrong although one cannot actually place it. It can afflict any within a range of one hundred and twenty feet. In closer proximity to Victory, however, this feeling grows as they can see him and fear begins to take hold. )
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As he reached the top of the stairs he would slowly walked towards the center of the warehouse and wait, listening to the sounds of the heroes approach.
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Post by SicilianDragon January 10th 2023, 1:56 am

Shuriken looked less than impressed by Frontline's display of power. She waited patiently as he single-handedly took out the goons. She felt cheated, this was her job! He had helped her out of a bind, sure, but it stung to be upstaged. When he spoke of a bomb, however, Shuriken couldn't help but let her steely glower change to a look of shock.
"Bomb?" She asked in genuine concern.
"Of course, why else would I be here" She quickly added, trying to save face.

Truthfully she had no idea what was inside, and hearing it was a bomb was almost a relief. It beat dealing with metal gears or mutants. And it seemed like she had back-up now, whether she liked it or not.
"A word of advice, if the opponent doesn't know you're coming you're less likely to die in this line of work" She said gruffly, returning her harsh gaze on him. Her eyes glowed in the dark like a cat, shining like the moon.

Walking past Frontline, she moved to check the unconscious men, picking up a set of keys from one of them. Fumbling with them for a moment, she finally found one that would get them through a nearby door. Unlocking the door, looked back at Frontline.
"I've got this covered, why don't you head off and find something else? Plenty of trouble in this city" She added before heading into a corridor. A couple more goons came rushing forward, but just as they rounded a corner she swung her shurikens towards them, and the two of them would find the sharp edges embedded in their hands, dropping their weapons in the process. She couldn't help but grumble in anger. The whole place would be on high alert now. She could already hear more coming her way.

Two more men came at Chie, and as one threw a knife at her, Chie narrowly dodged it, letting it sink into the wall beside her. As the thug charged her, she quickly yanked the man forward by his shirt, driving his head into the pummel of the knife, further embedding it in the wall. The second raised a pistol and looked for a clear shot, only to have his friend flung into him, sending them both sprawled against the ground in defeat. Feeling her confidence bolstered,
Shuriken reached the end of the corridor with a swagger until reaper's dread kicked in. Stopping dead in her tracks, Chie felt the goosebumps rise on her arms and legs and she let out a sharp gasp at the unexpected sensation. Whatever was down there meant business. Maybe she didn't want to go down there alone after all.

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Post by ProwlerKnight January 11th 2023, 5:27 pm

Frontline raised a brow, chuckling lightly as he followed her into the corridor. “I appreciate the concern...” He watched her dispatch with the attackers. “But when you’re bulletproof, like me, it’s faster to take the more direct approach.”  

As she finished off the last two guards, throwing one into the other, he rolled his eyes at the sudden swagger in her walk.  

When she got to the end of the corridor, her tone suddenly shifted, and her heart rate increased, indicating a clear sign of fear.  

“You okay??” He approached her cautiously, not wanting to startle her in any way. “You look like you seen a...” His tone suddenly shifted, no longer giving off the friendly, playful demeaner, feeling the wave of dread wash over himself. “Ghost...” His attention turned to the room in front of them. “Stay behind me.” He stepped forward, moving between Shuriken and the room, as he closed his eyes, concentrating on the noises ahead of him.  

Fear wasn’t anything new to the young hero, he remembered the times before he got his powers. When he was nothing more than a helpless nerd, sitting in the nurses office at school, either for multiple bruises, cuts, or even broken bones.  

He hadn’t felt this kind of fear in a long time, his powers making him near impervious to physical harm. Oddly, he kinda missed it, this feeling of being vulnerable, it reminded him of why he decided to use his power to help others.  

After a second, he heard them, slow, calm footsteps, not like the others from before. Whoever they belonged too, must either be immune to the wave of dread, or the source, for their heart rate was steady and calm, as was their breathing.  

His eyes snapped open, as there was a quick burst of air, as he was gone from Shurikens sight.  

He reappeared in front of Reaper, posturing up as he locked his sights on the villain. “Whatever he is paying you, I can assure you, it isn’t worth it...” He spoke firmly. “Please, stand down, this isn’t a fight you want to have, trust me.”
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Post by Nate6595 January 15th 2023, 3:49 pm

If the sudden appearance of a hero surprised Faust, his expression gave no hint of it. There was no change in his posture, there was widening of his eyes, there wasn't even a move to attack. He stood still, the only movement was from his cloak which billowed slightly in a wind that wasn't there. He kept his eyes on the hero, reading him, never wavering in that cold stare of his.

He remained silent for a long moment, waiting to see if the hero had anything else to say. Surely there had to be more. If that was all this hero had to put out there...if that was his idea of a threat. When it became clear that was all he had, Faust let out a soft chuckle, which gave way to a booming laugh, throwing back his head in glee. There was a deep, menacing tone to it, but it also seemed genuinely amused by the statement, like he had just heard the world's funniest joke. When he finally settled from the laugh, there was still an airiness to his expression, at ease. He made a small gesture to the man, "Are you new to this? The bickering and threats? The offers? The monologuing? If that's all you have, you have a long way to go before you can truly call yourself a hero. There's a history to all of this, tradition and values and gimmicks, and yet you have seemingly ignored all of them. After this, if you're still alive, we could meet for lunch and I could give you a history lesson in all of this."

He paused for a moment, setting his hammer down on the floor, sizzling coming from the cement floor as it seemed to melt into the ground. "What's your name? I would normally address you as hero, but we've established that's not the case. My name is Faust, the Crimson Reaper, and, to be honest, I will be going by a new name soon enough. If you're here to stop me, I welcome you to try. But perhaps I can persuade you to back down. You see..." He left his hammer where it rested, still slightly sinking into the ground as it melted it away. "I've been at this for a long...long time. In my thirty or so years as a supervillain I've crushed men of steel...I have broken the sharpest of minds...and I have caused those who can defy gravity to fall. And you...you who can move so fast won't be able outrun what I will do to you if you continue." He stopped several feet from the man, staring at him. "Whatever you choose is fine, boy. There will be no judgement from me." That almost sounded encouraging, or...parental.
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Post by SicilianDragon January 19th 2023, 7:58 pm

While Chie had previously found Frontline's overconfidence grating, she was more than happy to hop behind him, giving herself an ample few yards to let her namesake shuriken do the hard work. The man who appeared before them was rather intimidating, she had dealt with dangers of various magnitudes before, sure, but this man gave her a bad feeling she couldn't shake off. When Frontline moved from his spot in front of her she moved to call out to him, warn him to stop, but she was too late. His threatening tone and foolish warnings almost left her exasperated, but Reaper was quick to pick up on the new kid's fault as well.

Chie's fear turned to annoyance as the two of them bickered amongst each other. For all of reaper's prattling about their lack of Je ne sais quoi he had completely neglected the woman in the room. It dawned on her eventually that he might even have noticed her with the brute in his face, and as Reaper locked eyes with Frontline she decided to give him a rude reminder as to why you don't underestimate a woman. Chie threw two shurikens, one at reaper's head and shoulder and the other bouncing off the wall to fly at his leg. It had been remarkably useful against the various goons she faced, and with her expert aim she had no worry about hitting Frontline. She doubted it would do much harm to such a powerful hero anyway.
"I choose to hurry this up! I've got a tight schedule here!" She proclaimed as she held up a fistful of more shurikens to show her foe what he might be in store for. Despite the ambitious fervor in her voice, she didn't dare step forward. She'd let Frontline deal with that. He seemed to think he was invincible, why not put it to the test?

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