West Coast Avengers (MCU)

Kate Bishop Needs Our Help, Again
This Looks Bad

Several weeks pass. 

Ambassador Mar-Vel has stopped by. He looks very odd in a suit and tie, especially since he prefers shades of green.

Weekly briefing, Monday at 8:00 AM. Aide comes in. Message coming in for the Captain, Eyes Only. Carol goes into a private room. Close-up and blurry image of Spider Man. "Not much time before this hits the rotating blades. SHIELD thinks Kate killed somebody. She might be heading to you. Don't let the SHIELD guys know."

When she can pull the team (minus Jessica) aside privately, she tells the rest of us. "We need to keep her safe from SHIELD." Some discussion, Jack is more willing to trust SHIELD than the rest. Communication comes in from Nick Fury.

Fury: "We have reason to believe the younger Hawkeye has committed felony breaking and entering, grand larceny and second degree (or worse) murder. At the Metropolitan Museum, one of the curators was found dead with one of young Hawkeye's arrows in her heart. The missing artifact is Hodd's bow.  This next part does not leave this room. The curator was Bertram Marks – Baldur."

Razorblade: "If it's Baldur, why not just think it's Loki?"

Fury: "There is security cam footage of someone looking like Kate. I know this looks like a set-up but I've got people breathing down my neck. We need to bring her in at least for her own protection."

DF: "If we bring her in, are they likely to stick her in a nice color-coded box whether shes' guilty or not? Or maybe the shape-shifter who has been known to use this MO and has a grudge against Baldur?"

Captain Marvel and Razorblade remember a way we might get ahold of her. Razorblade and Frankenstein debate as to whether we are SHIELD agents or just work with them. RZB: No way. DF: When it's to our advantage for us.

Cut Scene:

Kate Bishop wakes from a strange dream. She remembers fighting someone. There was art and artifacts around her. She took what looked like her bow from a display case. When she wakes she is not in her room on the Tri-Carrier. Not sure where she is, but it's dingy. And she's tied up.

Kate: "I am NOT going to be the damsel in distress!"

(Aileen OOC: That is also a Hawkeye trait though).

She appears to be in an empty apartment – moved out but not cleaned. The blinds are shut, little sunlight coming in. Hands, feet, arms tied with silk rope, lying on the floor. Using a wall, she wobbles to her feet. By lurching and hopping she manages to make it into the kitchen. Kitchen seems empty, not even a refrigerator. Smells a bit. Works her way into a bedroom; one wire hanger. A half hour of work, and she gets her hands free using the wire hanger. Quickly gets herself completely untied. Realizes she is in her uniform, without her bow and arrows. "And here I am feeling naked."

By the skyline, she sees she is in Los Angeles. (Is there a fire escape, probably not. You could go out the door. It's against my Hawkeye nature to go out the door!). Able to leave the apartment though the door. One of the low-rent parts of LA. Morning. Full sun. And she's in costume. Starts walking around, but doesn't really know where she is. She finds someone who will lend their phone and calls Carol.

Cut back

The team is flying on the quinjet headed for New York. "Moon Knight: "She's going to call me. We bonded." Captain Marvel's phone rings. Kate's at India and 3rd.  "Wait at India and 3rd. Run if anyone looks police-y. (What are you wearing? Hey what kind of call is this?)" Carol (using a Stunt) projects her emblem onto the bottom of the quinjet.

We pick up Kate and head for our secret location in Siberia. SHJ tries to disable the quinjet's tracking device.

Went to bed on the Tricarrier in my pajamas; woke up in an abandoned apartment, tied-up, in my costume. Dreamed about fighting someone in a business suit who seemed very strong. Yeah, that was Bladur.  DF: "All evidence points to possession. Congratulations, you are officially a Hawkeye now."

Research Hodd's Bow. No separate entry, but just information on the mythological character of Hodd — not confirmed that he was actually an Asgardian. The artifacts were on loan from the kingdom of Asgard. Talks about the story in Norse mythology where Hodd was tricked into killing Baldur. 

Maria Hill confirms that the arrow is one of Kate's broadheads that was dipped in mistletoe extract. 

Have Kate send an email to Clint, asking him to get ahold of Thor.

Touchdown in Siberia before we receive any response. It's night time.  "Siberian summer" so it's above freezing and snow is only on the highest mountains. 

Carol flies a few hundred miles away and sends Fury a text letting him know we have Kate and secretly secured. "Picked up package. Secured package in a safe place. Be in contact later."

Night and cold. But we have kept the base supplied — in secret.

[Good news: it's a full moon!]

Moon Knight takes Kate for some sparring; to let her blow off steam and to sharpen her hand-to-hand skills. (Kate: "Punching him makes it better." DF: "Yes, we all feel that way").

Kate notices "our" bear hanging out watching us. Captain Marvel grabs some food and lays it out for him. 

Kate gets email from Clint: "According to Goldilocks, Hodd's Bow is art object, not actual combat weapon." Carol gets email from Fury: "Second Hawkeye victim. Bill Manheim, counsel for Bishop Publishing. Found 10:30 AM in his home in NY. Same MO. TOD not yet established."

Not seeing the connections. But we ask Fury to keep an eye on Willy Evans (the kid from San Francisco) incase someone is targeting our old cases. Taskmaster, Mordred and his group of B-listers? Maybe, we still have no leads. 

Decide to disguise Kate as a boy and head to NY to investigate.  Moon Knight, Razorblad and Spring-Heeled Jack go to the Museum crime scene. Frankenstein, Kate and Carol go to the body.

Thor arrives and confirms that it is Baldur. DF finds she can't cut the skin of the body. Zero signs of decay — some clearly due to being in cold storage, but not all of it. Only sign of injury is the wound. Frankenstein washes  out the wound and seals it with glue and has Captain Marvel try chest compressions to restart his heart.  No good. Fortunately no other signs of Ragnarok.

Thor: "The last time this happened… It took a few years but he did wake up again."
Frankenstein: "Well I've closed his wound, so maybe he can still recover. Take him home and put him in a corner for awhile, see if he comes back."
Thor: "The bow is not the one that was used when Loki tricked Hodd into shooting Baldur. It would probably break if someone tried it."
Frankenstein: "What if a human tried it?"
Thor: "I hadn't thought of that; don't know if a human could draw it. It was forged by the dwarves and presented to Asgard as a gift during a treaty."
Frankenstein: "Why would anyone steal that among all the other artifacts? There was an awful lot of planning that needed to happen to take Baldur out; this wasn't a casual thing."

Examine Bill's body. He's human and dead. No indication of other medical issues — beyond being 40-something and a bit corpulent. Frankenstein collects the information he needs. Captain Marvel is absolutely certain there is no connection between Bill and the museum.

Museum: display case was smashed. Display case is about 20 yards from where Baldur was found. Did any security guards respond: no. Odd that Mr. Marks would be there at that hour. No record of the alarm going off. Log says alarm was on. Camera footage shows Kate shooting Baldur with her own bow with Hodd's bow slung over her shoulder. Does not capture the smashing of the case (panned by at that moment). No point of ingress, museum was not broken into. She came in, took the bow and walked out the door, which also should have been alarmed. No indication why Baldur was here at that time. Appears Baldur's stuff has been recently "gone through" but nothing appears to be out of place. One of the locks on his desk has been forced. Razorblade grabs his journal (written in Asgardian). Baldur was not in his office when the break in occurred. The camera goes from nothing to everything happening in about 10 seconds.

Manheim's VERY nice apartment. Security footage: shows nothing. No indication of anyone coming into or leaving the apartment building. Found in his chair at his desk. Attacker shot over the desk at him, standing roughly at the door of his office. No splatter, great deal of leakage.  Pinned to the chair. Someone walked down the hall from the living room, faint foot impressions – Kate sized foot impressions. Living room, high-quality wood flooring. No way for the person to have gotten to the living room in the first place. Captain Marvel determines there was a lot of energy in the living room in the last 24 hours.

MK Financial forensics: Bishop Publishing has been involved in a hostile takeover by Caravaggio and Finch — a front for the Mafia. Their main obstacle has been the legal maneuvering of William Manheim. Kate remembers that Madam Masque is involved with the Mafia. 

Captain Marvel asks for Thor to help with translating Baldur's journal. "Mostly talking about the objects… this section is about the bow. It was the real bow? I can't be the dwarves would… Baldur suspected the dwarves made the bow but it wasn't a recent creation, it was the bow of the orignal Hodd. On Hodd's death they reclaimed it. It might have been Hodd's actual bow… He mentions several private collectors, including Derrick Bishop approached him to purchase the entire collection." 
DF: "Why would The Enchantress want Baldur dead?"
Thor: "They used to date."

Don't know if anyone else can draw the bow; Hodd was an old man when he used it. 

Enchantress working with Madame Masque. Oh boy. Or is the Enchantress actually Madame Masque?  Derrick Bishop may be completely under the Enchantress's spell, doing everything at her whim. Manheim was super-gay — likely since the Enchantress couldn't control him he had to be done away with. 

We pull everything together and send it, Eyes Only, to Fury.

Try to develop a plan. Suggest having male SHIELD staff go on furlough. Turn her over to SHIELD. Make it public that she declares she has been framed, she knows everything and is going to reveal all. This should make the Enchantress appear and either try to kill Kate there, or abduct her. Need to have Doctor Strange help us: either prevent Enchantress from porting out once she shows up, or keep the portal open so we can follow if she gets away. Also put tracker(s) on Kate so we can be sure to follow her.

Ready to execute the plan.

 

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The Pursuit of Baron Mordo
Yet Another Origin Story

Back at the hotel we rested up.  In the middle of the night we hear that SHIELD has spotted Baron Mordo in Latveria. We get up and get moving.

[Note: all WCA quinjets come equiped with coffee makers.]

Razorblade tries to get ahold of Doctor Doom. Spring-Heeled Jack can't break his security though. 

We land at the border and have Captain Marvel fly in at top speed with a white flag. They shoot at her the whole way, requiring her to stop often when the flag catches on fire. She is in the city before the shooting stops. 

She finds Doom standing on top of one of his towers, drinking wine and looking exactly like we last saw him. "I apologize for the overzealousness of some of my officers. Can I offer ypu wine?" "…uhhh…coffee, please "  Doom shows us the firstof several Regency-era tables with a hologram projector built in and orders up coffee service. 

Captain Marvel-"We have become aware that a certain sorcerer has entered your country. "

Doom-"A sorcerer you had problems with involving his face? Baron Mordo, hmm? We can't have a noble of another nation violating our sovereignity."

He allows the rest of the team to join him at the  castle. We are greeted by a robot (resembling a shorter K-2SO) named Richard who escorts us to Doom.  The castle looks like it's been in a time capsule for 600 years, except for all the electricity flowing through the walls.

Doom talks with us from his throne in an audience chamber. "If you are here in any official capacity I can't help you." We come up with an acceptable explanation of the situation and he agrees to let us pursue Mordo as long as we do not pose a threat to his people or country. He provides a frequency we can use to contact him with our comms.

Moon Knight asks about castles. Doom provides a list of half-a-dozen ruins that Mordo might be using. Captain Marvel gets an energy reading as we pass castle 2.

Moon Knight sneaks in, finding a couple dozen zombies there. He finds Mordo, in his armor, on the top floor, casting some form of spell; probably to charge his armor.  

After calling in the others, Moon Knight charges, throwing crescent darts to draw his attention and then slamming him with a flying kick. Mordo goes flying i to the wall, breaking his spell casting. 

Captain Marvel flys in and grapples him.  Razorblade and Dr Frankenstein attack with little effect. Moon Knight watches the ladder to protect from zombies. Spring-Heeled Jack kicks him for little effect. Mordo sets off a magic blast that has minor impact. Spider Woman shoots a venom blast that doesn't hurt Mordo, but allows Captain Marvel to charge up her energy absorption.

Carol hits him with Unearthly Strength, slamming him into the wall again and leaving him seeing stars.  Dr Frankenstein is able to take advantage of the moment and remove his mask, revealing a Mordo scarred and very beaten up. Mordo utters some arcane words, there is a purple flash… and nothing happens, to everyone`s surprise. Spider Woman webs his mouth shut.

Captain Marvel- "Time for you to make proper introductions to the soveriegn of this country." "There will be no need." Doom floats in the window, wearing his own armor, much like Mordo's. "Thank you Avengers. And thank you Baron for testing the prototype." He shuts down Mordo's armor with a gesture and throws him out the window where drones grab him and fly off.

Dr Frankenstein- "We have apprehended a criminal and turned him over to this country's proper authorities. Time for us to go. " I wish I could allow that,  but I'm afraid ypu know a bit to much." He seta off an explosion. Most of us dive for cover but Spring-Heeled Jack an Dr Frankenstein take the worst of it. Captain Marvel flies in to grab Spring-Heeled Jack. Doom levels a gauntlet at Dr Frankenstein and lets loose a taser beam. Dr Frankenstein barely keeps conscious. 

Moon Knight, having dived you the lower level for safety,  grapple guns up,  charges across the room to grab Dr Frankenstein, and jumps out the window.  Spider Woman webs the two of them and brings them to safety.

We all jump on the quinjet, where Jarvis informs us Stark has authorized him to take us "the hell" lot of there. Five minutes of intense aerial acrobatics later  (and lots of vommitting) and we are safe in Estonia. Razorblade calls Drake to inform him of Mordo and Doom's collusion. Razorblade also kept her comm set to Doctor Doom's frequency. 

At least Doom has shown his hand. His highly technologically metal-gloved hand.  

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Return of Baron Mordo
Our Pigeons Come Home to Roost

A couple months of routine later…

Jessica Drew has been working on iterations of her Spider Woman costume and developed the ability to glide. With Jessica becoming an agent, Doug Dugan has stepped up as our SHIELD liaison. And Doctor Strange has taken off to lead the uprising against Dormmamu in the Dark Dimension.

In the middle of a training session, Dugan calls us to the situation room.

Frankenstein: "That doesn't sound like donuts."

Dugan: "Tim, get us donuts…and coffee."

He informs us that Baron Mordo has escaped.

After our last encounter, Mordo has been wearing a mask and has recovered his sight. He was in a prison in Transylvania but has escaped. SHIELD is not welcome by the monarchy, so our ability to act is limited. Moon Knight suggests that Steven Grant has some investments in the country — giving us a reason to be there — and the rest of the team can travel as his entourage.

We arrive in Bucharest and the SHIELD agents there present us with a locked room mystery. Mordo is in the room and then he isn't. Traveling to the scene, we realize the tape was looped. Carol notices a wear pattern on the floor where he paced and some magical energy centered around the wall. Quick research reveals a on-in-a-hundred-and-eighty-years planetary alignment at the moment of his disappearance and it becomes obvious he opened a magical portal and stepped through.

With no other leads, we head to Baron Mordo's castle in Transylvania. Razorblade is able to sense residual magical energy in the second highest room — Mordo's old laboratory, so that's where we start. The room has been ransacked, some things overturned, others missing.

At the same moment, Moon Knight's ankh begins to glow and Captain Marvel senses an energy sink in the doorway to the room. Moments later a mist forms and out of it steps a very handsome man with black hair dressed in an immaculate black suit, scarlet, patterned tie and a sun-burst symbol medal.

Stranger: "I suppose I should be honored to receive a vist from the famous Avengers."
Frankenstein: "Oh we aren't the <u>famous</u> Avengers…"

Captain Marvel: "And you are?"

Stranger: "I am Mordo's lord. This is his barony, but my county. Call me… Drake."

Razorblade: "You probably know where he is but won't tell us."

Count Drake: "I am as in the dark as you."

Razorblade: "Are you going to kill us?" (A question which makes Doctor Frankenstein appoplectic)

Count Drake: "That would cause more of an international incident than I am interested in. We can talk about this further. I will meet you at the restaurant of the Grand in Bucharest." And he departs back through the mists.

Doctor Frankenstein: "Razorblade, you just insulted a Count who could have us all terminally vampired!  You all would not have survived 1930s Germany."

Reserach reveals that Mordo has a thing for old castles — he's even rebuilt a few — and has several throughout Europe and Western Asia.

We meet the count. The wine is quite good and he drinks along with us. Frankenstein subtly tries to get as drunk as possible

Moon Knight: "We apologize. We Americans are quite boors."

Count Drake: "Your self-deprication does you credit"

Moon Knight: "Oh, I'm quite good at that."

Drake proves to be a gracious host. He knows America quite well, having attended Columbia University. The dinner is both Halal and Kosher, with Drake openly acknowledging Spring-Heeled Jack's dietary restrictions, and he eats with us. Both Jack and Frankenstein are left wondering how he knows Jack is Muslim and that Frankenstein was Jewish.

Razorblade asks about Drake's relationship to Mordo. "Occasional collaborators, occasional adversaries. The baron lacks long-term vision, concerned more with immediate results. His disappearance does concern me. left to his own devices he can be a very dangerous man."

Razorblade: "Looks like you could be a dangerous man too."

Count Drake: "You could say that. But there are rules. Mordo has breached his social contract."

Razorblade: "Can you lend aid in finding him?"

Count Drake: "There is no extradition between our countries. If he was tried in another country there is nothing I could do to stop it. It is in everyone's best interest if he is out of Transylvania, which my network indicates is the case. Here is my card. My people will give you what information we have on Mordo, that is the best I can do."

Is he a vengeful man? Yes.

Doctor Frankenstein: "Is he going to be upset about me scarring his face? (I think I drank more than I should have)."  Yes

After dinner Moon Knight does a bit of patrolling.

The next day we travel to G'Dunsk to follow up at Mordo's facility there. Carol (rolling 00) confirms something was in the laboratory half an hour before.

We are interrupted by the sounds of gunfire and body impacts. We rush into the hall to see a hooded, green-cloaked figure choking out the last SHIELD agent in his metal fist.

Razorblade kicks him in the back and knocks him to his knees. Captain Marvel takes him the rest of the way to the ground and Moon Knight and Spider Woman secure him. An explosion knocks us away (and hurts!). The next round, only Spider Woman lands a decent blow. Frankenstein tries sitting on his head, which ends when the figure levitates and turns to face us.

Our opponent wears grey, Iron Man-like armor, crafted to look medieval. He is bedecked in a green tunic with a large letter Psi on it and large shoulder pauldrons. The mask… is made into the visage of Baron Mordo!

Razorblade stabs him in the eye, Marvel uses her flash and Moon Knight slams him with a baton. Jack slams into him with no effect. Frankenstein tugs on his cloak and pulls him back to the ground. "Somebody get me a screwdriver!"

Mordo knocks Jack and Frankenstein back. Razorblade can't do much. Captain Marvel fuses his gloves together. Moon Knight goes for a stunning blow (gets 00, but his Endurance check is a 91!).

Baron Mordo, having the tables turned on him, vanishes in a flash of light.

Spider Woman: "Why was Mordo in the 'tank' suit?"

Frankenstein: "Because I messed up his face and he decided to go for a second origin story."

Moon Knight calls Dugan and has SHIELD check out Mordo's other properties. "Do not engage. If Mordo is there, call Thor!"

Razorblade gives Drake a call.

 

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Training Day
Minus Several Million Points for Setting Yourself on Fire

We hear that SHIELD tech teams disassembled the one Dreadnaught we defeated and the pieces taken to various labs.

The next morning the WCA assembles as a quinjet arrives. Nick Fury walks out.

Moon Knight thinks: "Am I getting fired? Three out of four Moon Knight personalities want to get fired right now."

Fury: "I'm here to see to some training for you people"

Spider Man is with him. He presents Jessica Drew with a set of web shooters.

We head to the training room.

First event is everyone vs. Captain Marvel. Carol is trying to take down a pillar, the rest of us are trying to stop her. Doctor Frankenstein tells the team she has a couple doses of a heavy tranquilizer; the only problem is the only place we could insert a needle would be Carol's eye. 

Jack hits Carol in the face with a tangler grenade, Jess web shoots her, while Frankenstein and Moon Knight move to higher vantage points. Captain Marvel burns off the webbing and tangler, and it is painfully obvious we aren't going to be able to stop her. Spider Man swings in and stabs her in the eye with a needle. Captain Marvel goes down.

Second event is capture the flag. Razorblade as captain one selects Doctor Frankenstein, Moon Knight and Nick Fury for her team. Spring-Heeled Jack as captain two selects Spider Woman, Spider Man and Captain Marvel for his. Both teams quickly strategize.

Spring-Heeled Jack tangles Moon Knight. Razorblade jabs Jack with a Captain Marvel tranquilizer; he goes down. Nick Fury disappears, the teams advance. Razorblade cuts Spider Woman's web line. Captain Marvel tags Razorblade. Nick Fury appears on the far side of the field and ices Spider Man. 

Moon Knight drops a napalm grenade to detangle himself, his suit blocks some of the damage but he is still badly burned; Frankenstein grabs our flag to make sure it doesn't burn. Captain Marvel grabs Frankenstein and the flag and heads for the goal. Fury already has the other flag and is on the way to the goal. Moon Knight grapple guns Captain Marvel to try and slow her down. Spider Woman venom blasts Moon Knight, hitting Carol and Frankenstein too; Jessica's webshooters explode.

In a photo finish, Fury crosses the line first and Razorblade's team wins.

Razorblade is named second in command for her strategic sense.  Fury suggests Moon Knight's name should be changed to "Red Lobster".

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