On the return flight to New York, the storm that had begun a few hours ago has grown into a swirling maelstrom blanketing the city. Grey Mist attempts to use his weather control abilities to stop the storm, but he is only able to affect the storm in a small, localized area (which the jetcopter pilot appreciates tremendously!).
Wanting to investigate the storm, the heroes look to drop the Greater Good into someone else’s custody temporarily. Not wanting to lose the Center City group to an expedited bail process, the Cleaner contacts MEDUSA for assistance. Agent Artis Shannon begrudgingly give the heroes directions to a dilapidated [[MEDUSA HQ – East Coast | warehouse]]. Agent Shannon takes the prisoners out of the copter and tells the Vanguard that he can hold them for 48 hours before turning them over to local law enforcement.
While the Greater Good is being carried off to their cells, the Vanguard rushes out to investigate the storm. While they fail to find a supervillain above the clouds directing the storm, they do spy a section of the shopping district where a fire is raging out of control.
Flying over the scene of the fire, they discover two things: First, in a 2 block bubble the storm is not falling and Second, a giant serpent-like creature is undulating through the street. Landing the copter, the heroes encounter Firefighting crews outside the bubble area who express gratitude that the heroes have arrived since a ‘bunch of loonies’ are in there destroying everything!
As the Grey Mist, Astrid, Xue Zen, the Cleaner, MagLev, Enerjon, and Tank enter the bubble and move to engage the serpent, two masked figures emerge from a burning jewelry store to attack. The first is a man in a skin-tight black jumpsuit with a carved jack-o-lantern mask. His form is wreathed in flame. The second is dressed in a worn pair of overalls and a red checked flannel shirt with a porcelain clown mask. He is carrying an oversized chainsaw.
The heroes engage the villains. Grey Mist realizes that his telekinetic ability is suddenly gone! Tank blasts the serpent with a sonic blast and discovers that the beast is made up entirely of animated garbage. Enerjon knocks out Pumpkin-Head with a single well placed power blast before turning to join Grey Mist, Xue Zen, and Astrid in attacking Manslaughter (the chainsaw-weilder). Maglev and the Cleaner join Tank in attacking the serpent.
Suddenly, a figure leaps from the mouth of the serpent and splatters on Astrid’s force field – it is the former Errant Scuz! Remembering that Scuz is unaffected by energy attacks, Grey Mist disengages with the chainsaw wielding villain and directs his mace at Scuz. A single blow from the mace incapacitates Scuz into shapeless ooze.
Meanwhile, a filthy, disgusting, rancid man walks from a nearby alley. He is wearing what arguably may have once been a City Garbage Man uniform. Recognizing this foul being as the antithesis of everything he stands for, the Cleaner immediately rushes to battle his foe while the rest of the team knocks out chainsaw. Elated at finally facing his opposite, the Cleaner taps some unknown, primal energy and unleashes the most powerful blow that he has in his short superhero career. The single shot from his mop handle drives the Garbageman back through the air and into unconsciousness. With the defeat of the Garbageman, the giant serpent collapses back into its individual components.
At the same time, Grey Mist feels a very familiar punch in the back of his head – it is his old nemesis Parasite from the South Carolina group Recon – and Parasite has attacked him in the exact same way that he did previously – while standing on the back of Grey Mist’s neck! Unfortunately for the villain, Grey Mist is not knocked out by the blow as he was in South Carolina. Enerjon sees the tiny villain and peppers him with energy blasts which seem to have little effect. More effective, however, is Astrid’s paralysis ray and the tiny villain disappears. Tank’s pet monkey leaps over to the teen hero and as if grooming, plucks the tiny villain from his uniform.
Realizing that the bubble is still up, Enerjon and Astrid begin searching for another villain, but within seconds, the bubble vanishes and the rain starts to fall. Firefighters and Police rush in to fight the fires and deal with civilians caught in the burning buildings. The heroes are certain that another as yet unknown villain has made his escape. Grey Mist realizes with relief that his telekinesis has returned.
Grey Mist encases Parasite in a ball of metal and in one of the nearby buildings MagLev locates a large jar which they use to transport Scuz before he washes down the gutter. The Vanguard takes the captured villains to the MEDUSA warehouse where Agent Shannon (again begrudgingly) agrees to hold them for 48 hours.
The heroes verify that the members of the Greater Good have been separated from their equipment and revive Fahrenheit 451 for questioning. The interrogation is brief and conclusive: either the suspected mind control is far stronger than thought to be, or 451 is not being mind controlled and is exactly what he appears to be – a normal citizen working with a citizen’s patrol group!
A junior agent rushes into the main room and turns on the local news… The Governor of Maryland has issued warrants for the arrest of the super-terrorists that have kidnapped the valiant members of the Center City hero group, the Greater Good as well as caused significant damage to the Center City Mall. Further, the authorities have contracted with PITs to capture the wanted criminals. Specifically mentioned in the warrant are Xue Zen, MagLev, Astrid, Grey Mist, and the Cleaner. Enerjon is aghast that the majority of his team is now considered to be wanted supervillains. He immediately requests a transfer to ‘a hero group that acts like heroes!’. His request is flatly denied.
Agent Shannon says that he won’t turn them in, and he will still hold the Greater Good for the rest of the 48 hours on their word that they are indeed villains, but they need to leave the MEDUSA warehouse immediately. As they prepare to leave, Astrid asks Agent Shannon if MEDUSA can exert influence to transfer Stanislaw to a New York City hospital.
Enerjon attempts to call Lee Sung, but is told that their benefactor is ‘unavailable’. Taking that as an ominous sign, the heroes decide to go into hiding while they decide what to do next. After a quick debate, Enerjon calls White Star to join them. She utilizes her teleportation powers to return the unconscious Greater Good members to the Center City Mall.
Enerjon and White Star return to the Aerie while the remainder of the team gets a series of hotel rooms under their secret identities.
Both groups of heroes have nocturnal visitors. At the Aerie, a PITs squad of a dozen mercenaries arrives at the penthouse via helicopter. Gonzo watches the incursion invisibly from the next rooftop while White Star, Enerjon, and Tree Brother allow the agents to search the Aerie for their absent companions. Finding none of the wanted heroes, the PITs team leaves as quickly as they came.
At the Hilton, the Heroes are awakened by a knock on the door. Astrid scoots astrally down the hall to get a look at the visitors and sees Sun Ye with some members of the usual ‘breakfast crew’. They are carrying a variety of boxes (including one that says ‘PS3’. Grey Mist lets them inside and immediately starts setting up the video game system. Lee Tan apologizes for the continued inaccessibility of ‘Uncle’ and hopes that they are not intruding. Uncle keeps well aware of their location and is aware of their predicament. Sun Ye helps the heroes recover from the recent battles, and the visitors leave.