Maelstrom disappears, reapearing on Goliath's shoulder and buries his first as far as he possibly can in the brown material covering Goliath's ear, punching through the material and past the safety border beyond which doctors are in agreement that Q-Tips should never cross. Surprisingly to Malestrom, Goliath is much tougher
, then Maelstrom had expected.
Goliath makes a near-deafening
scream in response, which Mal takes as, relatively speaking, a good thing. Before he can do anything else, however, the Beetle reappears,
|Another 10 damage - total 68 - Mal is HURT |
into Mal and knocking him off Goliath's shoulder. The Aegis coating ripples and waves momentarily, revealing the face of a somewhat started Beorn underneath. Apparently, the Beetle's turning tail was only intended to gain him enough distance for a flying charge.
Goliath staggers momentarily, allowing the now thin-and-horizontal Rad his first glimpse of light and breath of fresh air in a few seconds. Oops. That was it. Now they're gone again.
Sunstoke pulls on his mask (yeah, that would be the first thing I'd go for...). Now he's a mostly naked man in boxers and a white mask.
Tiger Shark uproots a tree - d@mn impressive to see - and appears to be readying it as a missile weapon.
Klaw generates two pink demonic-looking bat creatures out of solid sound and sends them flying towards Beetle and Mal.
Rampage wanders around on the ground, watching the battle above him. Like an idiot.
Beetle, flying in contact with Mal, throws a punch at him. This time, Mal's now very ticked Aegis (the Aegis
is ticked?) manages to protect him from any damage. As the two combatants fly away, Mal can see Manta Man arriving on the scene, dive bombing Goliath.
, Manta Man thinks to himself,
he's harder han I expected...
|That's pretty much the general concensus of anyone physically attacking him. |
Manta Man does, however, manage to stagger the Big Brown Giant for a moment as, several stories below, Rad gains yet another momentary glimpse of light and breath of air before everything goes black again. Rad gets the twisted impression of being danced upon.
Overhead, an Avengers' Air Car speeds towards the park; it's passengers taking in the chaos below. Hank Pym, behind the machine's controls, gets up, turns to his companions, and in a calm voice, says "someone take the controls"
, before stepping over the edge of the Air Car and plummeting to Earth.
Cap, Bubbles, and the other heroes inside instinctively jump up, started and lunge for the controls while pearing over the edge of the Air Car to learn Hank's fate. They see a rapidly decending Hank Pym rapidly increasing in size and heading directly for Goliath.
The resulting collision is quite impressive.
Sunstoke pulls on his boots and is scrambling for his gloves. Regardless of the course of this battle, you are fairly certain he will never live this down. Maelstrom silently wonders what this villian will look like and be calling himself next time they meet.
Tiger Shark, looking around for an adequate target for his new missile, shift his attention from Mal to spot the just arrives Air Car, and lets the tree fly. It
strikes the car
|20 points of damage to each hero inside, reduced by whatever force fields or body armor you have |
, but does not knock it from the air. Those at the controls manage to land the vehicle, quickly but safely, in the park a short distance away.
Klaw sees the heroes rushing to the scene of the battle from the downed Air Car and redirects the two flying pink-bat creatures to attack them instead of Mal. Both of the creatures "concentrate fire" and attack Cap.
Rampage spots the newly-arrived heroes as well and rushes towards them, charging into the Captain...who quickly proceeds to trample Rampage and run past him, leaving him laying on the ground. Like an idiot.
Cap attempts to hit both of the attacking sound creatures by bouncing his shield off of one and into another. As his shield strikes each creature, they make a deep ringing sound, like a large bell, and disappear. The shield returns to the hand of a rather confused looking Cap.
The other heroes from the Air Car rush forward as well, following the trail Cap blazed that leads directly over Rampage's bruised ego. Unanimously considering him to be the least threatening ("didn't Blackbird say he destroyed his exoskeleton just yesterday?"), the other heroes race to the battle.
A dejected and very upset looking Rampage, a small wooden stick stuck in his hair, sits up to watch the heroes rush off. "They insult me. They think I'm a joke. But I'll show them. I'll show them all. I'm make them pat for their...their...ignoring of me...ness...!"
At this point, Rampage hears a loud "CLICK" as the barrel of a very large gun is pointed to the side of his head.
, the man holding the gun says, "get in the van."
Here, the man gestures to a van parked a short distance away, near some bushes at the edge of the park. It's color can best be described as "primer". "Dontkillmedontkillmedontkillme..."
a mewling Rampage pleads as he puts his hands on his head and heads towards the van, under the direction of the guy with a gun, dressed all in black, with a large white skull on the front of his shirt. The man gets into the van after Rampage and the van pulls away.
About a block or so later, the van is passed by a yellow van, driven by Blackbird, going the opposite direction (towards the park). Blackbird's somewhat reckless driving causes this primer-colored van to swerve slightly to avoid a possible collision. Looking in his real view mirror at the yellow van speeding towards central park, the driver says to himself "Reckless drivers endanger lives. They should be Punished..."
...and the primer-colored van disappers among the streets of New York.
Before progressing to the next round, Malestrom, Bubbles, Radical Warrior, Pulsar, and Jim may all make actions this round (if their players are present!)
After that, Beetle is up.
After his turn, all heroes (including the newly arriving Blackbird and EnergyStar) may go.