Mutants and Masterminds - A Tale of Two Cities

Freedom City - Damn Dirty Apes

The heroes are going about their day on a Friday. The city is set to host a concert on Friday night as well as basketball game between ECU and FCU on Saturday.

Around mid morning, the news begins coverage of a strange hurricane like storm circling around Pyramid Plaza in the shopping district. The heroes communicate and converge on the skyscraper.

The Pyramid Plaza is a unique skyscraper, formed with 3 sides and 100 stories tall. The very top floor hosts luxurious shopping and the floor below a world class restaurant. As Dr Tempo and Dapper Dan fly up the side of the large building, they spot the hurricane storm circling the top levels as well as a likely source of it. They recognize her as the Weather Mistress, a member of the Thieves Guild. Neptune, Red Phoenix, and Mojito enter the lobby when a security guard grabs their attention. “They’ve locked down the top three floors!”, while spinning the CCTV monitor around. They can see some hostages laying in frightened positions near the elevator banks at the center of the top floor.

Using Mojito’s telepathy, they decide to meet on the 60th floor and begin planning. Dapper Dan astral projects himself into the top floor and begins a closer surveillance. He seems the rest of the members of the Thieves Guild looting, while Mad Maple and The Bolas watching over the hostages. Mad Maple is giving a diatribe over the supremacy of Canada and it’s healthcare system. Beginning to work out a plan of action, the heroes quickly act due to Firebug torching the the remaining goods. They take the elevator to the top floor and unload upon the villains. Firebug and The Bolas are quickly taken out as the heroes face a barrage of mirrors and ice blasts near the elevator. Once the villains see their teammates drop, they begin trying to escape themselves. Mad Maple escapes creating an ice bridge down the large building, Weather Mistress flies away, and Looking Glass almost escapes to be knocked unconscious after activating her jet pack. The heroes notice in the horizon, Blackstone Prison, has an unusual presence of black clouds near its top. The heroes quickly hand over the villains to the police after Mojito determines using his mental powers that these two events are unrelated. The police offer the use of their boat for the heroes to get to Blackstone.

Dapper Dan approached Blackstone before the police show up, scouting the area. Soon the clouds begin to lift and show an bipedal ape and a prisoner still in his garb atop the battlements where the first incarnation of the prison stood. As the others arrive, Dapper Dan takes two strong hits of whirling air and sand from the ape, knocking him unconscious towards the water. The ape begins talking about strange things like “Apegypt” and ape kind while blasting the heroes. After fighting it out for a few brief moments, the ape whispers to the prisoner and both disappear. Red Phoenix recognizes the prisoner as one of the “plagues” that had impacted the city ten years ago. He has control of darkness and uses shadows to weave powerful magic.

They begin investigating the rest of the prison as the lights and power are off. Upon entering the checkpoint near the top of the prison, they smell a cigar burning and a strong scotch. Seated behind the guard’s position watching a CCTV feed and a New Channel 5 feed, sits Dr. Simian. Dr. Simian is also a bipedal ape with human level intelligence, known for his attempts to coerce human kind into slavery or at least submission. He greets the heroes cordially, much more friendly than one would expect. “Well, I have watched the destruction they have wreaked. I can help you fight them as I know their weaknesses. All you need to do in return is to let me walk away free afterwards.” The heroes contemplate how this would impact their reputation and ultimately decide against it.

They search the rest of the prison, attend to guards and the Warden who was knocked unconscious and learn that 12 other villains had escaped after their containment fields had been disabled.

Without a trail to follow or much information about the mysterious ape that seemingly rescued the prisoner Chosech, they turn to research. While researching, they spot on News 5 that a reporter is on site from their battle at Pyramid Plaza, surveying the damage. On the live broadcast they notice the appearance of Chosech and the mysterious ape appear in the shadows. The ape begins searching through containers and file cabinets, shelves, looking for something desperately. They once again decide to meet at the skyscraper.

When they arrive, they detect he is now on the 95th floor, and appears to have been searching each floor working his way down. Dr. Tempo speaks with the reporter and his cameraman, asking to borrow their strong light used for their night time camerawork. 3 heroes take the elevator to the 95th floor, while 2 others run down the stairs. They surprise the villains and begin attack with all their might. Mojito appears to be unable to mind control Chosech as his mind is already under the influence of another. Dr. Tempo drenches the area in bright light, appearing to weaken Chosech’s ability to manipulate shadows. Dapper Dan spots a mysterious necklace on the ape looking to be Ancient Egyptian in origin. As they battle shadow minions, Mojito uses telekinesis to rip the necklace from the ape’s neck. They soon render Chosech unconscious and focus their efforts on the ape. They quickly subdue him as well. As they are catching their breath after such an intense fight, a bright light forms a portal in the middle of room. Out of it steps 5 bipedal apes who are costumed. They introduce themselves as the “Primate Patrol” and apologize for Professor Victor (mysterious ape) gaining control of their device to move between universes and offer to take him back to their universe. They exchange introductions and say if they ever happen to be on Ape-Earth, they will find any help they can offer. Asking what Professor Victor was looking for, they explain he had attempted to gather numerous Apegyption artifacts on their planet which were taken away after he was captured. He may have come here looking for more that weren’t guarded as fervently. The Primate Patrol and their prisoner return through the portal after once again thanking the heroes.

Dapper Dan begins looking for a magical artifact of power and does sense it in the building. They are unable to locate where it is exactly but may return later to continue its search.

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