You're in the midst of an important exam in Organic Biology when the knowledge of the Master Mage's demise flashes through your mind. You have a brief vision of an unassuming brownstone building, the address indistinct other than the street name, Ditko St. You know that something is happening there, but you are unsure as to what. Plus, this exam is worth a substantial percentage of your grade...
You were at Fourth and Tenth Bank of Freedom City when the vision hit you. Flashes of visions overcome you... zombies commanded by top-hatted liches, bikers circling around a hooded figure, the flames of Hell erupting around them as the end of the world approaches, a spear transfixing an oversized human form who is clutching a book sized to it while a figure with flashing white fangs reaches forward to twist the spear... and above it all, you see a looking demonic figure that looks strangely familiar, reaching to pluck away the book and body and spear...
You awake from the vision to find that you've reflexively reached out to seize the book, hand glowing with power, except before you is a terrified teller, who has their hands up, and is glancing nervously down and then back up at you.
"I don't want any trouble," the teller babbles, "Please, what do you want?"
The Cursed Conjurer
After having put in a significant morning's work, you've decided it was worth taking a bit of break from things by fixing a good lunch and relaxing with a bit of TV. As you settle down with a plate of air-fried mini-tacos (you know that Abuela would scowl mightily at you for cutting corners like this, but sometimes, a man deserves a little easy life) and a Coca-Cola, you turn on the TV in preparation for something mindless. As the TV comes up, a break news report interrupts your attempt to queue on a streaming service.
“This is Jenny-Lynn James reporting live from Ditko Street, outside the police line now surrounding the former home of the late Adrian Eldrich, rumored by some to be the so-called Master Mage. Earlier this evening, notorious Crime League members Medea and Tom Cyprus arrived here, and after what witnesses called an “incantation,” entered the property. Perhaps a dozen other super-villains arrived moments later, fighting each other to be the next inside. Police are currently overwhelmed. The mayor is calling on all available heroes for help.”
A swirl of ghastly green and black vapor washes over the reporter. It parts to reveal a lifelike stone statue of Jenny-Lynn, face frozen in fear. After a moment of tense silence, a corpse-grey face leans into frame. Garbed like a birthday stage magician, his face fixed in a rictus grin, he speaks in a deathly rattle.
“Sorry, folks at home, but I don’t do ‘live’ television. If you want to see my command performance, roll on down and pick yourself up a ticket for the show. I still need plenty of audience volunteers.” He levels a black wand at the camera and the feed abruptly… dies.
OOC wrote:This is your cue to act. Everyone starts with 1 HP. Gunmir and Aeon start with an additional Hero Point for invoked Complications.