Outside the shattered ruins of C-Dawg’s house, HuBot quickly set about healing all of the injured people he could find (mostly C-Dogs, including Hound and C-Dawg). Then the police arrived and, to avoid complications, Shadow Stalker teleported the away with Thorn, Frostbite, C-Dawg and Hound. HuBot and Flicker remained on the scene to search for Agent Gibbs.
Back at the base, the two villains were quickly stuffed into separate holding cells before Thorn dug the information they needed out of C-Dawg’s mind. Francis Fabien had visited C-Dawg and had, after a brief tussle, left to investigate a certain warehouse. The warehouse was where C-Dawg had met with the people who had paid him to hit The Toadstool (though he didn’t know exactly who his backers were).
Back at the ruined house, HuBot was running into problems with authority as they were a little leery about him being around a whole lot of devastation (stories of Merton were still fresh to most people). Flicker had been unable to find Agent Gibbs and HuBot’s method of searching the rubble (by chopping it apart with his chainsaw) was a bit unsettling. Then Shadow Stalker returned and HuBot retreated (to chop up a fallen phone pole) while the police and EMS began picking through the rubble in earnest. In short order Shadow Stalker was able to discover Agent Gibbs with his ESP, so HuBot was back on the case with his chainsaw. With Agent Gibbs freed, HuBot shot the gibbon with his medi-shot… only to have the police begin shooting at him (and then a confused Agent Gibbs disarmed him and ran off with his multi-gun). Luckily the situation got sorted out before anyone except HuBot was hurt and then Shadow Stalker took the other two heroes back to base before more mayhem could ensue.
From the base Shadow Stalker is able to ESP the warehouse and (having found no sign of anything (or anyone), he is able to teleport the group. The warehouse looks new, practically unused. They find computers that have never been fully installed, empty desk draws (and fridges, much to Agent Gibbs frustration) and no sign of the building ever being used for a legitimate purpose. They did find signs of a pitched battle in the actual warehouse area (bullets hole and scorch marks). Frostbite was able to determine that Francis Fabien and the Stirling City Irregulars had been all over the place, but he could find no trace of them leaving the warehouse.
While Thorn attempts to contact Professor Atom (who doesn’t answer his phone, see Captain Awesome #5 for details) and then The Arc-Angel for help on detecting whether a portal was used in the warehouse, Flicker went off and did some quick research on the warehouse (on a nearby computer network). He was able to find, with a bit of digging, that the warehouse was owned by Dynamic Solutions!
Before the Stirling Heroes could decide on their next course of action, they all (except Thorn) hear the deep tolling of a chime in their heads.