Having decided to observe the intruders and see what they did next, the heroes settled in for the long haul at The Arc-Angel’s hideout. As she was still dressed in her civilian clothes from her meeting with Carlos the Shark, Thorn took the time to return to her apartment to change.
After several hours of watching the enemy’s base, Shadow Stalker realised that Thorn hadn’t returned from getting changed. A quick ESP reconnaissance of her apartment revealed that she wasn’t there and that the door was open. Although puzzled (and a little alarmed), the heroes unfortunately couldn’t spare any time to discover where their companion was as the strange intruders had left their hideout.
As Shadow Stalker watched the strangers travelling eastwards, Nick made his way to what seemed to be their next target: the Southbay Dock. Finally, when the strangers paused to make their plans the heroes moved into action!
The Arc-Angel managed to catch the enemies’ attention with a dazzling sheet of lightning, allowing Shadow Stalker to capture one of the strangers just before HuBot began laying down a devastating barrage of rocket fire. With the strangers firmly on the back foot, Nick then charged up to help ensure that things would end quickly. Seeing how the battle fared, the leader of the strangers gestured dramatically and they all disappeared.
Back at The Arc-Angel’s base, Shadow Stalker hastily put the prisoner into a holding cell. Despite being captured, however, the prisoner resisted their questioning and so they returned to observing the others. While doing this, Shadow Stalker hit upon the brilliant idea of stealing the map he’d seen earlier. With deft grace he then teleported behind the leader and lifted the map out of the leader’s pouch without being noticed. From the map they were able to see the five targets that these strangers were aiming for. They’d been prevented from reaching the Southbay Dock, but the next two targets were the City Hall and Stirling University.
Returning to their observation, they found the strangers in the midst of moving to a new hideout. Shadow Stalker attempted to return the map without being seen, but was seen. Luckily the leader assumed that Shadow Stalker had only just been stealing the map and the hero was able to escape.
After observing the villains’ new base (situated only a few blocks from City Hall) for a few hours, The Arc-Angel put in a call to the police to alert them to the possible terrorist cell they were observing. Within the hour a SWAT team arrived, but the “terrorists” noticed this and gunshots ensued. To prevent the leader from simply teleporting his minions out of the combat, Shadow Stalker whisked him out from the middle of his men to a place where everyone was able to lay into him at once. Although the villain tried to affect them with his dark magic (and even managed to teleport away briefly, before being fetched again) the heroes were able to quickly subdue him.
While The Arc-Angel and Shadow Stalker placed the leader in one of the base’s holding cells, HuBot (and later Nick, who was recovering from being magically blinded) leapt into the combat to help out the outgunned SWAT team. With HuBot’s powerful rocket launcher leading the way it took no time at all to pacify the remaining strangers.
With all done and dusted, The Arc-Angel and Shadow Stalker returned to the scene and took stock. The Arc-Angel zeroed in on HuBot and flew down next to him to find out what had gone on (while keeping a cautious eye on the now burning building that had housed the “terrorists”). No sooner had this happened than the whole building, having been well and truly weakened by HuBot’s rockets, came crashing down, burying Nick, The Arc-Angel and HuBot beneath a ton of rubble!