Vanguard

An Apocalyptic Day

Two is Company, Three is a Crowd --- Five is Overkill!

The Secret Service quickly bundles Marc Sebastian into an ambulance and leaves the scene. The heroes of the Eclipse assist the local police in crowd control following the battle at the political event.

The following day, the Eclipse receives a visit from Agent Michaels of MEDUSA. Accompanying the former superhero are two members of the Secret Service and another man introduced only as Crimson (that’s ‘Mr. Crimson’ to you!!). Crimson is an agent with the AMEA – the American Metahuman Enforcement Agency. The AMEA is a secretive government agency affliated in some way with MEDUSA. None of the heroes had ever heard of it.

Crimson quickly takes charge of the meeting. He informs the heroes that this situation has been classified at Security Level 2. Any disclosure of the facts they are about to learn to an outside agency will be considered treason.

Crimson tells them that Congressman Sebastian is indeed not human. Their labs, in the brief time that they have had, have determined that the Congressman is actually a biologically-grown android — not fully a machine, but not fully biological either.

Sebastian has passed a physical in the past during his enlistment into the US Army indicating that the Congressman at one point was human and was swapped out for the android at some time in the past. Sebastian is not married and no girlfriend at present.

The Secret Service will handle the job of tracking the Congressman’s past movements to determine when a switch could best have been made. The heroes are tasked with locating the source of the android.

Agent Micheals chimes in that MEDUSA’s databases reveal that there is only one person they are aware of that has the capability of growing this kind of android — Dr. Orson Mayfair – a scientist with BIO-Deen. BIO-Deen is a highly secretive (paranoid!) corporation located just outside the town of Beaumont Utah.

The meeting breaks up and the visitors leave. Agent Michaels is the last out the door. As he is leaving, he stops, turns in his chair and says, “Don’t mess around with that guy (Crimson) — he is dangerous”.

The heroes begin discussions on how to invesigate BIO-Deen when their minds are assaulted by a very powerful mental contact from Doctor Apocalypse.

INSECTS! YOU HAVE DESTROYED YEARS OF PREPARATION WITH YOUR MEDDLING. YOU HAVE FORCED ME TO LOWER MYSELF TO DEAL WITH YOU PERSONALLY. PREPARE YOURSELVES, FOR NOW I WILL CRUSH YOU LIKE THE INSIGNIFICANT BUGS THAT YOU ARE. YOU HAVE 24 HOURS And then the contact is gone.

The heroes divide their forces:

  • The Messenger scours Pacifico looking for an area that is in need of a little ‘urban development’. With the help of the police, he has the area evacuated in anticipation of a battle.
  • Photon Wave, the Valkyrie, and Flower Power travel incognito to Beaumont where they discover the typical small western town. The only odd things that they find are a large complex of dormitories (BIO-Deen employees make up a large percentage of the town’s population), and a decided evasion from the locals any time the BIO-Deen campus is mentioned.
  • Iron Wind contacts her friends at Pinyin Properties and travels to their metal working shop to repair her armor.

The following day, the heroes gather at the site that the Messenger selected for the battle. MEDUSA agents have the area closed off so that civilians are unable to interfere. 24 hours to the second after Apocalypse’s contact, he flies into the battlefield. The fight commences, but to the heroes’ dismay, Apocalypse separates himself into five smaller versions of himself — and they all come equipped with a power blast.

The Eclipse manage to knock out one of the five doctors – but they sustain heavy losses as the Messenger, the Valkyrie, and FireBug are all knocked unconscious and Iron Wind suffers heavy damage to her armor. As the remaining heores (Photon Wave, Iron Wind, Still Hammer, and Flower Power prepare to continue what they feel to be a hopeless fight – the cavalry arrives in the form of a large Duesenberg. The antique car roars up and disgorges the Red Fedora, Agent Alpha, and Pandora Chase of the Paragon Society.

The hero teams join forces again and successfully knock out a second Apocalypse – but the remaining villains concentrate their fire on the powerful Paragon members and they are quickly neutralized.

All again looks hopeless as Photon Wave and Iron Wind are also knocked unconscious leaving Still Hammer and Flower Power to deal with three Apocalypses. The Doctor laughs at their pitiful resistance and begins to monologue. Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light and all of the members of the Eclipse find themselves fully healed (the Messenger quips that this is the first time in weeks that he has been healthy).

Revitalized and rejuvenated, the heroes of the Eclipse are able to successfully defeatthe remaining Apocalypses. As the last Doctor falls unconscious, they all shimmer and fade back into one full-sized Apocalypse. MEDUSA agents swarm in and place a Neural Dampener on his head to prevent him from accessing his powers. He is bundled off in MEDUSA custody and the Paragon members are taken to the hospital.

It is only then that the heroes discover a surprise in the rubble – a small (3 year-old) polynesian boy unconscious in the rubble. All eyes turn to Flower Power.

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