Stirling City Stories

Shadow Stalker #1
One Intruder Too Many

Night had fallen and, as was Shadow Stalker’s habit, he had decided to avail himself of a random house’s refrigerator for sustenance. True, often he would help himself to Thorn’s food, but not tonight. He chose a house who’s window’s were already dark and, after quickly scanning the inside with his mighty psychic ESP, he teleported into the kitchen and began nosing around.

He’d been there no more than a few moments when he was startled by the sound of a strange gasping noise coming from nearby. Spinning around he was able to catch sight of a dark figure, apparently made from shadow, pass out through one bedroom door, move down the hall and then pass in through the next bedroom door. Becoming a little alarmed, Shadow Stalker quickly teleported into the second bedroom catching the shadow figure with its hand inside the chest of the sleeping occupant. After a moment’s stunned silence, the shadow figure stepped backwards into the deeper shadows in the corner of the room and disappeared, leaving a confused Shadow Stalker to wonder what was going on.

Finding that both occupants of the house were having difficulty breathing, Shadow Stalker called for an ambulance before going in search of his companions. Maybe they could help with this…

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Stirling Heroes #12
Strange Visitors: Part One

While the heroes were trying to relax on a cool Saturday afternoon while helping Nick get accustomed to living in the modern world, they were interrupted by an unexpected explosion in mid-air above the Redspring River which, aside from creating some kind of electrical interference, sent several river boats careening out of control. As one of the unlucky boats began to sink, The Arc-Angel sprang into action to save those on board. Soon HuBot and Thorn were following his example in aiding in the rescue or ensuring that the local authorities had been alerted to the situation. Although Nick tried to help he found himself lost at the bottom of the river and became quite disoriented.

Late that same evening, Thorn received word from her superiors to take her companions to the Southside Morgue where there was a body they should see. When the heroes arrived there they were taken to see a dead man with coal black skin and silver eyes, a mysterious figure that seemed to have drowned in the Redspring River around the time of the explosion earlier in the day. He had been found wearing a charcoal grey scuba-suit with a Nazi swastika on the left shoulder. Confused but intrigued, the heroes arranged to copies of the coroner’s reports when they were done.

On Monday morning Thorn was alerted by her superiors that there was some interesting video surveillance footage from a break in at the Stirling Water Treatment plant. Upon viewing the footage at the local police station, the heroes were astonished to see that there were more of these figures clad in scuba-suits with swastikas on their shoulders. Apparently these strange figures had stealthily broken into the water treatment plant and wandered around without taking anything before disappearing. The heroes of course then sped to scene of the break in, but were similarly unable to deduce where the mysterious figures had gone or even why they had broken into the plant in the first place.

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The Arc-Angel #1
Endings and New Beginnings

As the heroes gather to help The Arc-Angel clean up his destroyed secret base, a local police officer, Sergeant Dennis approaches them to break the bad news that two of the villains (Wrackit and Hound) had to be released as they didn’t have anything to charge them with. He commends the heroes for their good work and thanks them for helping to try and make the streets safer.

As the sergeant leaves, Scarlet Streak speeds up and tells the heroes that they are invited to a “special hero event”, hosted by The Heroes’ League. Although Shadow Stalker decides he has better things to be doing the others agree to go along and are immediately teleported (by the master elemental sorcerer, The Eagle) to the steps of the House of Mists in Boston, where they are met by Water Sprite and Blur. Within the mysterious House of Mists the heroes are greeted formally by Darkblade, who prefers to be called Sir Darkblade, who offers them the hospitality of his house and reassures them that no matter how long they seem to be within the House of Mists only a matter of moments will pass in the outside world.

The heroes settle into the master ballroom of the House of Mists where they find themselves amongst a large gathering of costumed adventurers. Having received refreshments from one of the house wraiths, Thorn makes her way over to the Silver Samurai, who she has long admired, to introduce herself and to speak to the famed warrior. Meanwhile, The Arc-Angel is approached by Professor Atom who has heard about the destruction of the former’s base and offers the use of his specially made Constructobots. As this would speed up reconstruction of his hideout immensely, The Arc-Angel accepts this aid gladly. While observing the party from a reserved distance, Captain Awesome is approached by a figure who introduces himself as Shiva’s Son, a fellow Demi-god who can identify divinity by smell alone (apparently). Finally, after finishing her talk with the Silver Samurai, Thorn finds herself confronted with the impressive cybernetic figure of Freedom Fighter, who has heard that she is in the armed forces. They end up spending quite some time talking about shared experiences and mutual acquaintances. Then Claw stands on a raised dais at one end of the ballroom and thanks everyone for coming before announcing his retirement from the hero business. Strong-Man then stands on the dais to ask everyone to help him welcome Scarlet Streak into The Heroes’ League. Scarlet Streak looks a little embarrassed to be standing up in front of everyone, but he accepts everyone’s congratulations (Claw is one of the first to shake his hand). Eventually The Eagle begins taking people outside to teleport them to their respective home cities and the Stirling City contingent is joined by Hawthorne, a respected member of the Meta-Human Response Corps. He mentions to the heroes how he has recently been posted to the MRCs new Stirling City office and how he is particularly interested in anything they hear about Roboteka. He also invites both The Arc-Angel and Captain Awesome to join the MRC, but they both politely decline.

Days later, The Arc-Angel is on his way to meet with Professor Atom when he has to pause to prevent a vicious mugging. Arriving a few minutes late to his appointed meeting, he then learns how to operate the Constructobots that Professor Atom is loaning him. While the two scientists see to making sure the industrious robots are properly installed in their new temporary home, Professor Atom enquires as to whether The Arc-Angel knows where the C-Dogs might have gotten their advanced cybernetics from. To this, The Arc-Angel can only say that Thorn was following this up with her military contacts.

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Stirling Heroes #2
Clowning Around: Part Two

With the Killer Clowns defeated, the heroes awaited the arrival of the police. As the authorities arrived Shadow Stalker did his usual vanishing trick, leaving HuBot, Thorn and Captain Awesome (and shortly Dr Alek Tron) to answer the police officers’ questions. Although Thorn’s military connections were enough to get her out of any trouble over the unfortunate death of one of the clowns, her superiors cautioned her to take better care in future as they could ill afford any further bad publicity.

The group split up at this point. HuBot and Dr Tron returned to The Arc-Angel’s secret lab while Thorn and Captain Awesome continued to aid the police. When the latter two couldn’t find Dr. Tron at Tron Laboratories later they decoded to turn in for the night and recuperate.

Independently, The Arc-Angel and Shadow Stalker were able to find out about a strange new circus that was supposedly coming to Stirling City; but they could find no evidence of the circus itself.

Thorn, having read the minds of several captured clowns on the previous day, had managed to get an image of the mysterious Ringmaster as well as images of several streets in Felldale. With Shadow Stalker’s assistance she went to check out the location only to run into more clowns. After taking care of them (and unfortunately allowing one to escape), the police were able to supply the heroes with the registration details of the van they’d impounded earlier; it belonged to a certain Charles Barnum. With a quick phone call, HuBot and The Arc-Angel were quickly dispatched to check out Barnum’s address, only to find it inhabited by Killer Clowns (and automated gun turrets).

Thankfully HuBot was able to “track down” the elusive Captain Awesome so that the following morning the whole group could descend upon the secret base of the Ringmaster!

With cunning the heroes assaulted the hideout, dispatching Ringmaster’s minions until Shadow Stalker could nab the villain and teleport him into the open where they could make short work of him, finishing him off with a mighty “power chord” from Captain Awesome.

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Stirling Heroes #1
Clowning Around: Part One

The five heroes independently encounter groups of clowns attempting to kidnap innocent civilians off the street. The Arc-Angel was able to scare off his assailants, as were Thorn and Shadow Stalker with their opponents. HuBot and Captain Awesome, however, both suffered grievous injuries, which allowed their opponents to escape.

Shadow Stalker tried getting information about the clowns out of Thorn, but she was unforthcoming (not having any to give) and so did some research on his own, which led him to stake out Tron Laboratories to find out about HuBot.

Thorn’s superiors soon sent her to team up with HuBot (and, inadvertently, with The Arc-Angel) to get to the bottom of the whole clown situation. The three heroes soon meet up with the newly recuperated Captain Awesome. From the outset, Thorn and Captain Awesome didn’t get along, but eventually the decided to move on as a group to further investigate the clowns. Shadow Stalker continued to follow them from the rooftops.

After getting the names of the two kidnapped civilians, the four heroes went to look around the apartment of Mike Selinger (one of the kidnapped people). Captain Awesome was able to convince the landlady to let them into the apartment where they searched, but couldn’t find any reason for the kidnapping. HuBot (who had been checking on security cameras at the site of the kidnapping) spotted a group of clowns loitering in the alley next to the apartment. With the flare of rockets, HuBot attacked and was soon joined by the other three heroes (including the now transformed Arc-Angel). With the start of combat, Shadow Stalker also joined the fray. A brief bitter struggle ensued before the heroes were victorious and the clowns were defeated. The somewhat battered heroes then awaited the arrival of the authorities…

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