Having defeated the Sand Warriors, the Stirling Heroes were unsure as to whether they had found all of the missing children. They had received no official count of those missing and the children themselves were too upset to help with out (and all of the Legion bodies were quickly dissolving into dust, so they couldn’t help either). So Frostbite went back to tracking the bus trail (as it lead somewhere else after leaving the warehouse), while HuBot told Detective McLardy (who was still at Felldale Elementary) where to find the children they had rescued so far. The detective told HuBot that they have received a report of a hostage situation don at the Southbay Arena.
Returning to the fishy warehouse, HuBot told Thorn and Agent Gibbs (and a hung over Shadow Stalker, who Thorn had finally been able to contact) where they were headed next. After the emergency services had shown up (with news crews, who were very interested in talking to HuBot and Agent Gibbs) the heroes quickly teleported down to Southbay Arena (and Shadow Stalker went and located Frostbite, who was still tracking the bus trail), where a SWAT team was only just assembling.
The heroes quickly found the missing school busses at the arena (they were parked right next to it) and (after HuBot had checked with his chainsaw to ensure that they were empty) the heroes moved on and into the arena (except for Agent Gibbs, who had been distracted by a nearby sports bar). While Shadow Stalker used his ESP to scout the stadium’s playing area (and then used his teleportation to take care of any guards he found there), HuBot (and Flicker), Frostbite and Thorn all proceeded inside where they encountered armed resistance from several more groups of Legion duplicates. They couldn’t find any sign of children though. Then, as the SWAT team moved in to make sure the heroes hadn’t missed anything (which they hadn’t), one of the police officers passed on the news that the Chief of Staff of the United States Army had just been assassinated, near Stirling Park!
Shadow Stalker immediately teleported the Stirling Heroes to the scene, where they were able to gather that another member of the Sand Warriors, Death Scarab, had managed to attack the official and kill him before disappearing into the park. Frostbite swiftly picked up the villain’s trail and within moments they had cornered Death Scarab where he stood in a child’s sand pit. The heroes attacked with a vengeance, but he was no easy target and chances are he could have evaded them for some time. Shadow Stalker tried softening him up a little by dropping him from 1000 feet, but the villain was able to angle himself to hit Frostbite as he came back down. Then Frostbite managed to grab Death Scarab and his fate was sealed. As the villain continued to struggle (in vain, caught as he was within the massive alien’s arms) Sand Scorpion and Nisr raml suddenly appeared in the sand pit. After a brief extra struggle, these two new villains could see that the day was lost and so vanished again in short order.