The Eclipse

Historical Timeline

The Historical Timeline for the Campaign can be found here

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The First Month
The adventure begins

On August 1, 2009, a diverse group of heroes was assembled in Center City from across the country and were installed as the Government Sanctioned Hero Group – The Vanguard.

Through their first month of activity, the Vanguard encountered numerous threats to the law-abiding citizens of Center City, Boston, and Charleston.

• An Area of dense fog has developed 3 miles off of the coast of Maryland. The fog does not burn off or diminish in any way during the heat of a Maryland August – in fact meteorological data indicates that the fogbank is steadily (if slowly) growing. Vessels that enter the fog do not return and wreckage of other vessels has been discovered in the vicinity. Xue Zen investigated the fog bank in his astral form and was surprised by the emergence of a huge undead dragon from the fog. Following this incident, the Vanguard have made arrangements with the Navy to set up a perimeter blockade to keep all civilian traffic away from the fog. There have been no further sightings of the beast since that encounter.

• The team’s first encounter is with a gang of street thugs that were trashing the Center City Mall. The team handily defeated the majority of the gang – although super-powered member Freddy escaped. The remaining members of the gang are later battled in the midst of a payroll robbery. They had acquired powered armor and weapons. They also had special weapons that appeared to be attuned especially to Astrid. Once again, Freddy escaped.

• In the aftermath of the Mall battle, the team discovered a revolutionary USAF microchip among the loot from the mall Radio Shack. The team handed the chip over to GEMINI for analysis. Major David Burnside USAF arrives to take charge of the chip. As he is leaving Center City, his helicopter is destroyed and the chip is stolen again. The chip is revealed later to be a missile guidance chip that is capable of taking commands from a human brain.

• Following the rescue of a small passenger aircraft by Grey Mist, the team began encountering a strange phenomenon where citizens were inexplicably entering a zombie-like state (known in the media as ‘going fuzzy’). After a period of time, these civilians manifested uncontrollable superpowers. The team has connected the ‘fuzzy’ people to a villain calling himself Dr. DNA

With the help of a villain group known as the Errants, Dr. DNA planned the genetic manipulation of genetic material stored in the Center City sperm banks as well as the introduction of his DNA Serum to the water supply of the City. Following the failure of this plan, Dr. DNA attacked Center City with a giant Spider Robot, but he was again defeated by the Vanguard. During this attack, the remaining Errants were all jailed. The Vanguard has since discovered and raided his lair (following a chain of electronics robberies) – only to see him teleport to safety. He remains at large. Dr. DNA has also exhibited mental control over the ‘fuzzy’ civilians. At present, three of them have been captured and hospitalized. One died as a result of her transformation. One died as the result of the attack of White Star. There remains 6 fuzzies that have manifested and are in police custody, and 11 known fuzzies that have not manifested powers yet.

• The group also investigated a strange series of murders. The victims have all been linked to the criminal trial of Dr. Ivan Kolneziewski – including: The prosecuting D.A., the court reporter, A state Senator who at that time was the judge, and a CSI that testified at the trial. An intended victim saved by the Vanguard is Sgt. Harris Ralk (homicide). The murderers were all normal civilians that had apparently been affected by a synthetic memory which temporarily gave them the knowledge, desire, and skill to commit the murders. Walter Frank (the court reporter) was killed by a single mom who apparently had the skills of the Sentinel Kick Fight.

The Vanguard tracked Dr. Kolneziewski to Hopewell Sanitarium in Seacaucus NY. They interviewed the Doctor and heard his tale that he was framed by a mysterious character named Zed. He and Zed worked at SysGen together on a team to develop synthetic memories. When he objected as to the ethical application of the research, he was afflicted with synthetic memory that impacted his sanity, framed for murder and incarcerated. Shortly after interviewing the doctor, he called the Vanguard – warning them that Zed is coming. Immediately following the call, he was attacked in his cell. Blood that was confirmed to belong to the doctor was found in copious quantity throughout the cell. The body was not recovered.

• The think-tank GEMINI developed a revolutionary Gene Sequencer for use in genetic research which they promptly put up for auction. Before the sale is finalized, a huge battle takes place outside of GEMINI between the Vanguard, Dr. DNA’s fuzzy forces, the members of the Reavers, and an unknown force in technological armor similar in appearance to the GEMINI guardsmen – as well as a flying Headhunter.

• A lot of questions have arisen regarding the background of Astrid. A murder victim resembles her exactly – and the super-being Devea identified her as being “5 of 12”. She has been revealed to be a clone of some kind following the murder of another ‘Astrid’ at the docks. A chance encounter with an actor named Trevor Bannister brought some concrete details. White Star and Astrid have recently gone on a fact finding mission to California proving that her remembered background is false.

• The non-sanctioned hero group in Charleston – Recon – has proven to be troublesome. The team is not sure whether to trust them or not.

• A series of bank robberies has been perpetrated by villains wearing technological powered armor. The Vanguard was able to defeat several of them, but before they could be questioned, they were bailed out and disappeared.

Astrid was kidnapped by the Reavers and saved in Harrisburg by the team (with the assistance of the Medic. Following the revelation of the Reavers as a front for a RAT terrorist cell, MEDUSA opted to install a new group of Reavers in the city – drawing from the ranks of the Vanguard to fill the roster.

• An Art-Loving villain in Boston named Guf has been stealing artwork with his ghostly servants/compatriots. After humiliating the Vanguard in combat, the team has opted to leave the villain alone. In the interim, Guf has sent his ghosts to Center City to deliver captured villains from the Boston area (including the White Rabbit from RAT, and the Hippo). Grey Mist and the Unknown Soldier have recently interviewed Guf again. He appears to have ceased his overt criminal activity – and they thanked him for his assistance in fighting crime.

• The group encountered a new group of villains calling itself Magnetscher Norden. The group appears to have some kind of psychic link so that they have the ability to pool their energy to work more closely as a unit. One of the members, Soundwave – a teenager caught up in events beyond his control, has been captured and is currently in the care of Stanislaw and Devea.

• Bishop Charles Fairwell has consistently broadcast his criticism of the Vanguard on his weekly radio show.

Cadecus – the eventual winner of the Gene Sequencer auction – has provided the Vanguard with much needed technological help in the form of state of the art server systems.

September dawns with half of the team in Harrisburg with their new assignment, the rest of the team combing over Dr. DNA’s laboratory, and White Star in jail for the willful murder of a mind-controlled civilian.

The list of first-month subplots handed out during gaming can also be found here

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Charleston News - Sept 3

Another Technology Robbery Reported

CHARLESTON, SC— A string of robberies in Charleston continued Tuesday night when the Emerson Electronics Offices were broken into.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the robbery appears to be the next in a series of high-tech robberies that have been occuring for the past week.

The Emerson Electronics incident is the fourth robbery in the series.

The previous robberies happened at the Star Tech Labs, Millenium Corp, and GEMINI, Charleston.

They Charleston Police Department is treating the cases as separate incidents, although all of the robberies have followed the same method of operation.

If anyone has information on any of the robberies, they are urged to call the Charleston Police Department at 800-555-1313.

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September 3 through 7

September 3 dawned with White Star in jail for murder and the rest of the team cleaning up after the raid on Doctor DNA’s Laboratory.

In the lab, the team discovered the following items of note:
  • A fully functional and stocked pharmaceutical lab where the Doctor was apparently creating his DNA altering drugs
  • An unusual electronic device with a satellite dish on top and what appears to be a neural input station.

Three days pass while Grey Mist and Xue Zen patrol the local banks in response to the string of bank robberies that have been occurring.

During these three days, the team gets word that three more of the ‘fuzzies’ have mainifested their abilities:
  • Sid Herbert – manifested Disintigration abilities
  • Antonio Green – transformed into a slimy/winged insectoid creature
  • Marie Baldrick – manifested both Devitilization Powers as well as a Health Drain. She inadvertantly killed two nurses and a doctor and is currently being held in solitary confinement
Updates on the previously manifested fuzzies include:
  • Hal Debbins (transformed into a humanoid/pteradactyl) has escaped from police custody by smashing out through a window and flying away
  • Kelly Palmer (whose brain expanded to approximately 2x size along with illusiory capabilities) has gained some control over her abilities and has accepted an offer to join the reavers
  • Mark Suit (invisibility and Sonic powers) has ‘disappeared’
  • Spencer Franks (revivication and death touch) is currently still in police custody
  • Thomas Prest (stretching) has left police custody and has returned to his ‘normal life’

On September 6, White Star is visited in her cell by the victim in her murder trial! He is accompanied by Spencer Franks, who used his abilities to bring Hart back to life. Now that her murder no longer has a victim – her case has entered a ‘grey area’ of the law, and given her past services to the city, she is released on her own recognizance (a fact that Bishop Charles Fairwell is quick to denounce on his weekly radio broadcast!)

Later that day, the team hears an explosion and quickly assembles at the source – the Police Impound lot. White Star, Grey Mist and Xue Zen do battle wih the bank robbers Steele and Curveball. Steele quickly knocks out White Star and hurts Xue Zen badly with some well paced disintegration blasts – but is quickly knocked out following pinpoint blows from Grey Mist and Xue Zen. Curveball, seeing the battle turn against him, runs to Steele’s unconscious body and activates Steele’s teleportation device and the two villains escape. Grey Mist determines that the robbers were probably after the SAM Armor that has been impounded here following the villain’s arrest. Grey Mist takes custody of the armor and delivers it to Cadecus. Xue Zen takes White Star to the hospital.

Returning the the Vanguard Base from Cadecus, Grey Mist is surprised to find Guf amusing himself on the Base PS2. Guf brings news from Boston before taking his leave. Grey Mist takes special note of Guf’s unimpressive score – “At least I’m better than that guy at SOMETHING!”

White Star and Xue Zen both wake up at the Hospital fully healed to the amazement of the hospital staff. Notes on their charts read, “After a short nap, the patients should both feel much better. Dr. Guf”

The team takes special notice of a news report out of Boston. An unknown person has successfully broken into GEMINI (Boston branch) and killed Dr. Lars Kopernik. Nothing appears to have been stolen from the lab.

On Sept. 7 the team is resting comfortably at their base when they hear an explosion from their front parking lot. Rushing to investigate, they see Strahlung and Gletscher in front of the base preparing to attack. Strahlung announces that they have come for Soundwave.

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September 8

The Vanguard quickly responded to the impending threat on their doorstep. Xue Zen, Enerjon, Grey Mist, Unknown Soldier, and Astrid exited their headquarters and engaged Gletscher and Strahlung in combat.

The team remembered that the Magnetscher Norden pool their energy resources – and wisely chose to concentrate their combined firepower on Strahlung. Unfortunately, the two villains were not alone.

Shortly after the battle began, Bastion using his super speed, ran past Astrid into the headquarters. Astrid abandoned the battle outside to give chase and discovered the villain ransacking their living quarters (as well as the smashed Plasma Screen TV!). She successfully paralyzed him – but was suddenly overcome with an unreasoning hatred of the Grey Mist.

Meanwhile, outside the battle is not going well for the heroes. They notice a blue nimbus periodically appearing around Strahlung – and they realize that somewhere around the battle the Wisp is regenerating her compatriot’s armor. Also, magnetic blasts begin pummeling the heroes meaning that Døkkálfar is also somewhere around the battle. The only sign of hope for the Vanguard is that the villains display absolutely abyssmal aim (nothing but 18, 19, and 20’s!) – however – their aim is still good enough for Gletscher to kock out Grey Mist.

Forgetting about Bastion, Astrid destroys GM’s PS2 and runs outside with it – where she spike it on the head of the unconscious Grey Mist. After her attack on the helpless teen hero, she comes to her senses and returns to confront Bastion while also looking for his accomplice. Bastion has shrugged off the paralyzation and has resumed his search of the headquarters. Astrid successfully paralyzes him again. She opens a window in preparation of throwing the villain out when again she is overcome with an uncontrollable hatred – this time of Enerjon. She again leaves Bastion to return to the fight and attacking Enerjon.

Outside, the battle has turned. Enerjon spies the Wisp and engages her in combat – preventing her from helping Strahlung and Gletscher. Xue Zen displays considerable skill with his Sai, and the Unknown Soldier begins connecting for significant damage with his power blast. Enerjon is able to knock Wisp unconscious and Xue Zen and Unknown Soldier are able to bring Strahlung to the point of defeat.

Bastion completes his search and runs out of the headquarters at super-speed. Seeing the tide of battle turn, Døkkálfar is able to teleport Strahlung away – returning shortly for Gletscher. The battle ends with Wisp captured.

The Vanguard decides to take Wisp to Stanislaw and Devea to have her mind-scanned to see if she is truly evil. The mind scan is successful and Stanislaw tells the team that she is not evil – but also that it might be a good idea to keep her and her twin brother apart as he does not know the extent of the power of the psychic connection that they share. (Xue Zen notices something unusual, but does not share it with the team).

The team decides to take Wisp back to their headquarters – and they offer her a chance to prove her trustworthiness by healing them. Wisp agrees and heals Grey Mist, Xue Zen, and Enerjon (Unknown Soldier refuses the healing). As they leave the Georgetown townhouse, Astrid lets out a laugh.

A phone call to Cadecus informs the team that Colonel Alexander Myles (AOFSI) wnats to talk with them about the armor that Grey Mist delivered. The Colonel instructs the team to meet at Andrews Air Force Base for additional (Classified) information.

At Andrews, Col. Alexander reveals that the armor is from a top secret Air Force project known as SAM. The armor had been stolen by a former marine Harwood Heydon. The Air Force is grateful for the return of their property, but would greatly appreciate Vanguard’s assistance is capturing the perpetrator. They are also told that Heydon is a metahuman with the power of Weakness Detection. They discover thatwithin 2 hours of his booking, Lt. Col. Heydon was released on bail. His attorneys were with the firm of Thompson, Everly, Carter, and Harper.

Upon their return to HQ – the team is met by Tree Brother who had been attacked while on patrol. He had been patrolling with White Star until he irritated her and she abandoned him. He continued his patrol and was attacked by Curveball and another figure. The other figure wore a kevlar vest as well as pieces of Steele’s armor/devices. Tree Brother also described this man as being ‘uncannily accurate’. The pair demanded that he tell them ‘where the armor is’. TB insists that he did not tell the villains anything about the armor (which is probably true because he didn’t KNOW about the armor).

There is also a message from Captain Keer – there has been a number of High-Tech break ins in Charleston. Recon is not making much progress and has been resistant to the idea of calling for assistance.

Wisp takes over as switchboard operator.

The team receives a call from HooverDam – one of the members of the High Rollers. They have encountered a person of interest taht they believe crosses over into one of Vanguard’s cases—the man identifies himself only as Zed. They woudl like to send one of their members over to discuss the situation. FlightTime arrives a few hours later. He is pleased to meet the group and noticably does a double take when he sees Astrid.

Astrid boldly asks him if he ever knew Annamarie Kurz—he staggers, stares, and excuses himself. He bolts out of the office and flies away. He returns after a half hour or so, apologizes, and explains.

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September 9th

Following FlightTime’ssudden revelation regarding Astrid, he returned to the reason for his visit. A person named ‘Zed’ has applied to them for asylum since he is being hunted by someone. All they can get out of him is that ‘Ivan is dead…. Kopernik is dead…. I will be next!’ Some research on his rantings has lead The High Rollers to believe that he is related to some of the Sentinal’s activities (namely the deaths of Ivan Kolnieziewski and Lars Kopernik which occurred in the Sentinal’s jurisdiction). FlightTime offers to deliver Zed to the team.

The next day, the team is visited by a pair of heroes from Atlanta Georgia: Amaya Kibatsu and Maglev. They are a subordinate group to the Crusaders – and in fact were partially responsible for the rescue of the Crusaders from their arch-nemesis group – the Crushers. They are in town because one of their members – the Bat – has wandered off and they have tracked him to Center City (the Bat is what they call ‘mentally challenged’ and requires vigilant supervision).

The team gets an alert from the Center City Prison – the fuzziesare attempting to break out of the hospital wing – and have injured or killed several police personnel in doing so. The heroes arrive in time to find that Hal Debbins(the pterodactyl humanoid) has returned and is attempting to free the others. The group enters battle with Debbins, Sid Herbert, Antonio Green, Spencer Franks, and the newly manifested Veronica Dumars (gravity control/invulnerability). They also face the invisible Mark T. Suitwho attacks from ambush. The Vanguard easily overpowers the fledgling metahumans and return them to custody. The fuzzies seem to come out of a trance and Franks assists in reviving the slain officers.

Following the battle, one of the guards comes down from the solitary wing with a trenchcoated figure in tow – the elusive Doctor Delane! He seems groggy and incoherent. He claims that he was in his lab when he saw a flash of light – and suddenly he found himself in that jail cell. He insists that it is July 28th.

The guard also reports that the inhabitant of that cell – Marie Baldrick– has disappeared. The only clue in the cell is a small pile of ashes…

When the group returns to their headquarters, Wisp informs them that they have a telephone message from Charleston… Captain Keerhas disappeared. Recon is not showing what the department believes is a sufficient sense of urgency.

FightTime returns in the afternoon along with Hoover Dam in a VTOL Transport. They deliver Zed and return to Vegas. Zed is nearly hysterical with fear and keeps repeating, ‘Ivan is dead.Kopernik is dead. I must be next. It must be Pastor! After a period of false starts and threats to abandon him – the group finally hear Zeds story.

After hearing the story, Astrid enters the room from having been on patrol. She sees Zed and immediately lunges for him. He has time to scream, ‘NUMBER EIGHT!’ when he is hit with the death touch and collapses. “Astrid” is killed during the ensuing brawl and the group figures out that she is the missing Amanda Kellar from Boston.

Wisp is able to revive Zed – he says that Number 5 must be in the NY lab – and that he can get them in undetected.

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September 10

Zed tells the Vanguard that he can give them directions to a rear entrance that will be lightly guarded, but that they will need to neutralize the guards quickly before the alarm is sprung. Then, by following simple directions, they should arrive at the lab where #5 is being held.

Amaya Kibatsu offers to accompany the Vanguard on their mission while MagLev decides to stay behind and search for the Bat.

Before leaving, the team instructs Flame, Tank, and White Star to take Wisp, Zed, and the dead body of #8 to Jackson Mississippi (in a ‘Mr. Freezie’ truck) for asylum with the Crusaders while they are away. The team takes the train to NYC and quickly locates the alley entrance to the SWORD labs.

Enerjon and Kibatsu attempt to disable the security camera (unsuccessfully) while the rest of the team plunges down the alley and through the door. Fortunately for our heroes, only one of the bored guards was paying attention to the security monitor and he was quickly felled by Xue Zen. The remainder of the guards were disabled without an alarm being raised.

The heroes follow the directions and burst into the lab where they are confronted by a number of lab technicians and scientists alomg with several supervillains including the Headhunter, Silent Rage, and another villain that brings back suppressed memories in the Unknown Soldier – his former arch-nemesis the Desert Nomad. Upon seeing the heroes, the Headhunter immediately turns and bolts down another corridor where he escapes behind a force field. The remainder of the villains enter battle with the Vanguard while the majority of the scientists and lab techs either stand paralyzed with fear – or begin throwing switches and turning knobs hastily. One of the scietists reveals himself to be the supervillain Longarm. Also during the fight, heroes begin feeling paralyzing bursts of fear indicating that their old friend the Wild Boar is also present in the room.

The heroes easily vanquish the assorted villains capturing Longarm, Silent Rage, and the Desert Nomad. They also stop the techs from wheeling out a large ‘chest freezer’ from the room. Opeing the freezer, they discover that it contain the body of one of the ‘Astrid Clones’. Fearing that this is the body of Spinal Tap, Grey Mist uses his magnetic powers to cable the chest shut and they take it with them. Enerjon intimidates the lab techs into dropping the force field so that they can pursue the headhunter.

Running down the hall, the heroes run headlong into the Headhunter, the Beholder, a group of significantly better armed guards, and one of the lab techs blocking the hallway. A momentus battle erupts in which Kibatsu is knocked unconscious and several other heroes are badly battered. During the battle, the lab tech is revealed to be the Wild Boar—the first time that any of the heroes has ever seen his face!

The group succesfully captures all of the guards and the Beholder – but not before a low rumbling sound can be heard in the distance. After that sound is heard, both the Wild Boar and the Headhunter turn invisble and flee.

In searching the lab, the Vanguard discovers signs of a hastily performed evacuation. There is not a lot of valuable information left to glean from the lab. They also discover a ‘shrine’ to Spinal Tap. A discolored section of carpet indicates where her ‘freezer chest’ stood. The size of the anomaly is different than the size of the chest that they carry with them. The last thing that they discover is a high speed rail system that appears to have been used for the escape. The tunnel leads to a private airfield outside of the city.

Upon their return to Center City the team discovers that it had probably been a good idea to send the ladies away with Zed. Their headquarters was attacked in their absence—apparently by the members of Magnetscher Norden. A significant amount of damage can be easily attributed to Strahlung.

Grey Mist contacts Stanislaw and Devea to see if she can identify the body in the freezer chest. The pair makes arrangements to stop by around 9:30 that evening.

He also calls the girls and tells them to turn around and come back.

The news media is full of stories about the Police capture of Dr. Lee Delane. Dr. Delane continues to maintain his innocence.

When Stanislaw and Devea arrive, Devea easily identifies the body as being that of Astrid – #5. The team immediately begins the awakening process. Stanislaw also reveals that he had been asked to perform a mind scan of Dr. Delane—it appears that the Doctor is telling the truth, he has absolutely no memories of the past month, and zero memories of acting as Doctor DNA.

The night ends with Grey Mist weeping over the destruction of his brand new Plasma Screen TV and PS3 while the team wonders what to do with their headquarters and its radiation poisoning.

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Center City News September 11
Gas Main Leak Leads to Evacuation

CENTER CITY—A gas main leak in Parkingdale Road in Center City forced several businesses and an Apartment Complex to evacuate Thursday. A portion of the Center City Prison Hospital Ward was also evacuated.

A construction crew was working in the area and hit a gas main.

Parkingdale Road has been shut down in the immediate area as well.

The Center City Tribune is following this developing story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Charleston News - Sept 11

Police Captain Missing

Charleston, SC. – Police are searching for a decorated Police Captain who has disappeared mysteriously.

Detectives said 51-year-old Albert Keer has never gone missing before, and there was no indication of why he has vanished. Captain Keer was last seen leaving his home in Clover Hollow at around 6.30am Tuesday morning. He never arrived at the Downtown Precinct.

Officers investigating the disappearance had no comment as to reasons for the Captain’s disappearance – However, an anonymous source has indicated that the Captain was exploring connections between the hero group Recon and the growing issues with Organized Crime in Charleston. He is rumored to have called on the Vanguard for assistance.

A spokesman for Charleston Police said today: ‘We are concerned for Captain Keer as this behaviour is completely out of character, and it would appear he has not made any attempt to contact friends, relatives, or colleagues.

The members of Recon could not be reached for comment.

Hijacked Armored Truck Disappears

Charleston, SC. – Police are searching for a gang of robbers who held up an armored vehicle Wednesday afternoon killing the driver and two guards.

According to police, unknown assailants somehow got into the truck and forced the driver to take them to an area at S.E. 17th and Clinton.

Once there, the guards’ and the driver’s bodies were left on the side of the road.

The armored car was carrying cash and drugs seized during this past weekend’s Narcotics raid which were being delivered to the Police Central Evidence Locker. The truck has not been recovered.

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