West Coast Avengers (MCU)

Jormungander! But That's Just the Warm Up
Aaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Reconvened in Asgard. Time for the final… whatever it is.

When the 'party from Hel' comes back, Bladur shakes off the whammy Hela had put on him and becomes himself again. Looks around at his travelling companions. "I remember you and you, and of course him. Who's she? She's new." Hawkeye: "Just for the record, I'm not the one who killed you. That was Hela in disguise." Doctor Frankenstein: "There's been so much people running around as other people it's hard to keep track anymore."

Gremlin is out of the fight, but pretty much everybody else is okay and Odin has reclaimed the throne of Asgard. Carol is back up — Asgardian healing technology; gotta love it. Gremlin is healing but there's not much a two-foot human can do, especially in a place where the janitor is ten-times stronger than him.

"What's going to blow up next?" "There's a prophesy with a timeline in it; anyone read it recently." All three conditions of Ragnarok have been fulfilled — the sun has been nibbled down to a gibbous. "I give it an hour." 

"What does the propehsy actually say?" Odin: "All the enemies of Asgard will unite against us."

Odin: "We can expect armies of the dead, armies of Jotun, armies of Surtur. Vanaheim will stand with us." Razor Blade:"What about Midgard? We have lots of great heroes." Odin" "Midgard is supposed to be crushed by Jormungander." Razor Blade: "Could we stop that?" Captain Marvel: "Fenrir took me out easily."

Doctor Frankenstein: "Maybe we should bring all the Avengers in on this?" Spring-Heeled Jack: "Maybe I'm not thinking big enough but I don't think the Hulk and Iron Man can stand up to a world-crushing snake." 

Spring-Heeled Jack: "Would we consider a Noah's Ark solution here? Evacuate Asgard to Earth?" Doctor Frankenstein: "Sure, we've got a moon you could probably move onto. Or Siberia's nice." All the Soviet supers look sideways at her. "With THEIR technology they could make ANY place pleasant."

Odin: "The prophesy says they are coming to destroy Asgard and slay the gods. On the other hand…" To Loki, "…does that only include those of us who were WORSHIPED as gods?" We could evacuate the general population. Around 100,000 people. Moon Knight: "But where? Dropping them on a nation is probably going to cause problems." Red Guardsman: "What about asking Norway, Sweden or Denmark? They might love having Asgardians among them."

Moon Knight: "Well there's still the matter of the giant snake." Razor Blade: "We can take them down the bifrost." Captain Marvel: "We'll need to talk to the countries first." Send Captain Marvel on the diplomatic mission, take Odin with you? Moon Knight: "Yes, but we still have to deal with the giant snake!" Captain Marvel: "I'll come back." Moon Knight: "He's not coming HERE. He's going THERE! Where we're talking about taking these innocent people!"

Spring-Heeled Jack: "Who's better prepared to repel an invasion of Asgard? Us doofs or the Asgardians?"  Doctor Frankenstein: "So, we tale the civilian Asgardians to Earth, leave the gods and soldiers to fight, WE deal with the snake and if we win, we come back and help." Razor Blade: "We don't have time for diplomacy." Doctor Frankenstein: "Carol, fly ahead of us, and ask if they can look after some refugees for a couple hours; the rest of us find Fury, have him call all-hands on deck and then go looking for the snake."

Heimdall opens the rainbow bridge and sends us through to the Avengers HQ in New York. The evacuation will follow as it will take awhile. 

We arrive at the landing pad. Tony, Sam and Thor are both there. Captain Marvel: "Hi guys, Jormungader is about to rise. Let's go." Thor: "Oh, of course!" Sam looks to Tony, "Do you know what they're talking about?" Shrugs Captain Marvel: "Snake coming to eat the world." Spring-Heeled Jack: "And a wolf has been eating the sun. Not metaphorical." Tony: "Sam, get on the horn to SHIELD. I… am going to call Veronica." The Hulkbuster armor drops and he gets in.

RG looks around, "Where is Gremlin? I thought he was with us?" We might have left him in Asgard. 

Doctor Frankenstein: "Call everybody. And I do mean everybody. Spider-man, Squirrel Girl, Deadpool. (Eben: The Mole Man! Call the frickin Mole Man!)" 

Those of us who can't fly jump into a quinjet. We all take off to follow Thor."

Fury (through communicator): "Attention all Avengers, we have eyes on the Midgard Serpent. Repeat we have eyes on the Midgard Serpent. The head is off the southern coast of Iceland. The Helicarrier is there, convene here."

Lots of folk are at the Helicarrier: Dr. Banner, Thor, Dr Strange, Iron Man, all of us, Ursa Major, Red Guardian and Dark Star, all the X-Men, Magneto and the Brotherhood, and other mutants, Spider-Man's team (including Iron Fist), Dr. Doom just shows up (cause that's what Doom does). 

The snake's head fills the sky, it's eye is as big as the Helicarrier. Doctor Frankenstein: "I'll stay here and heal people." Razor Blade: "What about Hodd's Bow? You can pull it better than all of us." Doctor Frankenstein: "Okay, I'll stay here, shoot arrows and heal people. Everyone, coordinate in you own teams, because no one is going to listen to a single leader here." (Eben: The battlefield… IS the target).

Moon Knight: "I'm having a very Moon Knight idea. (Ailene cringes). I'll need some remote-detonated explosives." Doctor Frankenstein: "Are you going to FEED yourself to it?" Moon Knight: "Not exactly. How big are it's nostrils?" Doctor Frankenstein: "Well, while you're out there, could you collect some of it's venom? I'm pretty sure we're going to need me to cook up some antivenin."

As we are collecting on it's head, from a drone feed we can see that it's turning toward the Hellicarrier and opening it's jaws. Thor, Hulk Buster, the Hulk, Wolverine, etc. are hitting it's head. Thor's lightning is causing some actual damage and his blows crack the occasional scale.  Carol tries to strike the same places. Spring-Heeled Jack and Razor Blade are trying to pry up scales and stab or drop grenades under – with help from Colossus. Kate is slicing with swords. Blood is being drawn; the blood of Jormungander is quite noxious and black.  

Moon Knight: "Kate, flash arrow the starbord eye. Carol, pick me up and flashburst the port eye.  Once you stun it, take me to the nostrils" It's reaction is to "twitch", but it's twitch is verrrry slow.

Doctor Frankenstein fires Hodd's bow at the snake's mouth. It takes a loooooong time to get there, but it does hit and draws blood.

Moon Knight crawls into the beast's nostril (Y, Y, G) plants the explosives and crawls back out (G, G, R). 

Doctor Frankenstein: "Fury, have you got any vibranium or adamantium tipped arrows? I've got this special bow, some special arrows to go with it would be good." Fury: "I'll see what we've got."

Captain Marvel grabs one of Kate's explosive arrows and drops it into the gap.

Doctor Frankenstein realizes, it is opening it's mouth, exposing its soft pallete. Doctor Frankenstein: "Captain Marvel grab Thor and attack the soft pallete. Try to drill a hole into it's brain."

The snake's blood begins to animate, forming blobby creatures that begin to attack. One attacks Kate; Kate throws out her hand to see if she has ice powers. Nothing. the blood entangles her wrist and she yanks free; unharmed. Spring-Heeled Jack, throws a grenade at one (98!) and explodes one into a fine mist.  Razor Blade and Colossus are facing a couple; Colossus is punching to no effect. Razor Blade swings her sword, the energy searing the blood creature. 

Captain Marvel is drills her way into it's brain and fries it.

Fliers pick everybody up and takes them to the Hellicarrier. The head sloooowly crashes into the sea. 

Thor builds up a huge charge in his hammer and throws it down on it's head. Smashing it. Doctor Frankenstein, worried he has been poisoned, looks him all over. He seems okay. Doctor Frankenstein suggest Thor head to Asgard.

Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom are weaving magic trying to keep the giant crashing body from destroying too much, acting like doctors consulting together on an operation. 

Back to Asgard. There's a lot of fighting going on. Dudes fighting dead people. Dudes fighting giants. Dudes fighting people who are on fire. Let's fight.

Captain Marvel, "Nothing against you, Kate, I'm fighting the frost giants." Kate: "Um, don't care, just go!"

Doctor Frankenstein: "Be sure to tell them you just killed the Midgard Serpent; that should impress them."

HWK: Slashing the dead, takes down several. Captain Marvel: going after the fliers (00!) kicks ass. Moon Knight: punches things, Spring-Heeled Jack: does poorly, Razor Blade: slashes around (yellow) and Doctor Frankenstein: shoots Hodd's Bow again and again. Moon Knight, HWK and Razor Blade take some scrapes.

Moon Knight and Kate are taken behind lines for healing. Doctor Frankenstein, Captain Marvel and Spring-Heeled Jack notice, Hela, Surtur and Ymir are in the rear, leading the forces. With eyes on the leaders, they think this could be the key. Captain Marvel flies after Surtur. Razor Blade, Spring-Heeled Jack and Doctor Frankenstein focus on Ymir. Spring-Heeled Jack: "Good, because I don't want to be thrown against Hela." Moon Knight: (from several feet away) "I do!"4

Surtur, towering 50 feet tall with his 30 foot sword and raining fire down with his other hand. Captain Marvel flies at him, aiming for the base of his skull. (93!) He staggers, more like it caught him by surprise.

Razor Blade strikes Ymir, Spring-Heeled Jack drives at his knees (93!). It's like kicking an iceberg, but he does make him buckle… a little. Doctor Frankenstein shoots an arrow, which manages to stick but not seriously hurt.

Surtur swings and misses. Captain Marvel tries flashing him in the eyes (03) – no good. Ymir swings his giant club against Razor Blade, hitting for 200 points and taking her out. Surtur blasts Captain Marvel with heat, Captain Marvel dodges and takes 50 points. She realizes she can absorb his energy.

Spring-Heeled Jack goes for a disarm (93 again!) and somehow gets Ymir to drop the club. Doctor Frankenstein gets Ymir in the face. A runner brings flaming arrows to Doctor Frankenstein. Captain Marvel absorbs energy off of Surtur. Surtur hits her with the sword, forcing her to channel the energy into healing. Ymir makes a frost blast at Spring-Heeled Jack, which he dodges. Doctor Frankenstein fires a flaming arrow at Ymir's eye.

Moon Knight asks Thor to fly him to Hela, and tells Kate to try commanding the undead once he has Hela engaged. Thor "Tis a bold plan. I don't think it will work but, what the hell!"

Spring-Heeled Jack grabs some flaming arrows and jabs them into the frost giant. Doctor Frankenstein, misses this time. Captain Marvel draws more energy from Surtur, who misses her on this attack. Ymir swats at Spring-Heeled Jack knocking him off. (ow!) Doctor Frankenstein shoots for his head again, getting the other eye; now he can't see.

Moon Knight (feeling powered up as under the full moon) "Round 2, bitch!" attacks Hela and she feels it. Hela materializes a spear but misses.

Captain Marvel blasts Surtur (95!) with Unearthly intensity – it doesn't stun him, but it does hurt him. 

Kate tries ordering the army of the dead, and to a range of about 10', turning them to fight the other dead, bringing more aboard as they move.

Ymir is flailing about wildly. The frost giants in the rear are rallying to Ymir's defense. Spring-Heeled Jack launches himself at the giants, and misses. Doctor Frankenstein shoots again (91!)l; he is hurting. Doctor Frankenstein's strategy changes to setting as much of Ymir on fire as possible.

Kate keeps commanding the undead. 

Razor Blade regains consciousness. When she gets up, Gremlin is there. "Where have you been?" "I have been investigating the vault. I need you to come with me." He leads her down into the vault and points to a circlet of gold under a cover. "I believe that is the device Loki used to control the Destroyer. If you can get it out, we could use the Destroyer against the armies." Razor Blade charges her blade and begins to cut.

Moon Knight continues punching Hela; and she keeps missing. (Clearly frustrated; "I have killed armies of Asgardians. Why can't I hit you?" "Anubis." "Damn him!")

Carol confronts Surtur, "Are you ready to concede?" He gives no answer, she continues to absorb energy from him. Surtur backhands Carol, taking her out. 

Spring-Heeled Jack charges one (00!) and sends him flying; Jack grins at the others. 

Razor Blade keeps cutting the glass. Moon Knight keeps punching the bitch; she keeps missing. Kate extends her area of influence, more of the dead coming under her control.  Spring-Heeled Jack, knocks down another giant. Doctor Frankenstein, with one more shot, takes Ymir out of the fight. The frost giants turn and run.

Doctor Frankenstein. "Are you all right?" Spring-Heeled Jack "I will be. Nothing against you but, he hits hard! I mean, I've been shot and that hurts!" 

Razor Blade completes the circle and pulls the control device out. She puts it on and activates. She finds herself looking down at herself and Gremlin from within the armor. "Ooh, I like this." Razor Blade sits down and takes the armor for a walk.

Moon Knight punches him again, and Hela ("I have just rolled the fourth ought-nine in a row for her!") still misses. Spring-Heeled Jack and Doctor Frankenstein realize they will have to engage Surtur and head in that direction.

The Destroyer comes onto the field, sees Hela and Moon Knight fighting and charges that way.

Spring-Heeled Jack and Frankie realize, fighting Surtur is not going to do much good. "What is that?" "I don't know but it came out of Asgard; let's hope it's on our side." "Well it's charging Moon Knight and Hela, so let's see which one it attacks and then figure out our next move."

Destroyer punches Hela and slams her! She flies, lands, tumbles. Razor Blade: "Do you like my new ride?" Doctor Frankenstein: "Honey, where'd you get the big robot? And are there any more?"

Moon Knight assesses the situation. "Frankie and Spring-Heeled Jack, fight some of the dead guys. Razor Blade, take Surtur, none of the rest of us have a chance against him. I've got Hela."

Spring-Heeled Jack (93!) and Doctor Frankenstein (92!) take on the army of the dead very well. The Destroyer charges Surtur, and slams into his leg. Moon Knight punches again. Hela manifests another spear and this time pierce's Moon Knight's chest. (100 points!) 

Surtur hits the Destroyer with the sword, hurting, but not horrible. Destroyer hits Surtur with a ball-shot. Surtur screams and falls. Moon Knight pulls himself up the spear and tries to punch, but misses. Hela rears back and punches him, nearly taking him out.

Destroyer switches targets, charging at Hela this time, knocking her down, reeling. Moon Knight walks up and punches her into oblivion. 

Frankie immediately runs over and treats Moon Knight, keeping him alive.

Spring-Heeled Jack hears a voice "Jack! Jack! Catch!" He doesn't see anything but sees a box flying at him. It is a box, very cold. "Use it on Surtur!" Jack opens the Cask of Winter" and Surtur's flames go out and his body freezes solid. Jack closes the casket and… Man! was that cold! The fire giants see the Cask of Winter and retreat.

Kate extends her control over the rest of the undead army, sending them home. The Asgardians take Hela to prison.

All those who came to the defense of Asgard, Odin declares that we may come to Asgard at will.

For Kate in particular, he places Gungnir on her shoulder and the blue skin and red eyes recede. "While it may one day come back, your frost giant heritage is dormant. For all intents and purposes, you are human. When your body begins to age, it may reassert itself. And you may live for several centuries, but most of it will be as a frost giant" Loki: "Well it works for me." Kate: "Loki, thank you for good grand-parenting back in Nifleheim." Loki: "Oh, you are welcome." Carol: "Are you going to make him pay in bacon, like you make me?" Kate: "No, I'm going to make him pay in magic lessons."

Odin asks Moon Knight to accompany him. "I thought you might want to see this." They travel by rainbow bridge to a house in Norway. and Nills Borrson answers the door. "Oh, you're back" "You did me a great service. If ever you have need, you may call upon me for a boon. Just speak my name and I will hear it." Nills: "….really?"

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We're Going to Hell

Doctor Frankenstein successfully patches Moon Knight back together. Moon Knight has a vision of Anubis and K'honshu; the time is coming where he and his friends will need to fight in the realm of Odin and K'honshu cannot follow there. So Anubis will hold Marc's heart and make it so he won't die — to a limit of 20 revolutions.

In a couple days he regains consciousness. "I'm smelling ammonia and not cardamom." "Do you want cardamom? I've got some Earl Gray tea. Probably shouldn't have tea right now though. The fact that you're speaking in complete sentences is astoundingly epic." "That's me, 'astoundingly epic."

Moon Knight recovers, the team gets some warm-water fish together and prepares to fly to Siberia to meet with the Soviet Super Soldiers. Moon Knight dresses as Moon Knight – Investigator — since no one wants him punching anyone ("yeah, but you're going to GET punched dressed like that).

Greeted by two large dudes, a petite woman, and a homunculus (about two-feet tall, most of it head). Ursa Major, Red Guardian (Nikolai), Dark Star (Vanya) and Gremlin. Doctor Frankenstein becomes fascinated with Gremlin — they strike it off famously. ("You look very good for your age." "It's the height".) 

We retire inside the base for coffee. There is much debating about giving Kate coffee, particularly Russian coffee. Gremlin sits in his specially proportioned chair, which legs extend and bring him to correct table height. Gremlin is a genius and engineer – "I built the Titanium Man suit. Very comfortable and makes me feel… capable in ways this body does not." (Yeah, he went there.) Nikolai (Vanguard/Red Guardian) looks like a Soviet recruiting poster. "We all still work for the Russian Army, but they pretty much leave us alone." 

"So, you are like Avenger's 'farm team' yes?" "No! We're the West Coast Avengers." "We only have ONE person on our team who can take down a building on their own (Carol), and three idiots — Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and one of the three of us, depending on the day. We do have them outnumbered with women three to one." Darkstar: "What is up with that? Every team — only one woman. We even had six members on our team once, still just me."

Red Guardian, not super – just trained and fit. Ursa Major and Gremlin you know. Lanya generates an energy force that is impenetrable to light – hence Darkstar. The West-Coast Avengers introduce themselves as well. "In Soviet Russia you need to make fun of everything or else you go mad." "Same on the West-Coast Avengers."

We discuss the coming of Ragnarok. Kate tells them about her parentage. Gremlin takes a blood sample from Kate and analyzes it: completely human genome. So are Asgardians the same species, or is Hela's lying? Lots of discussion. Suggest Kate try out Hodd's Bow (though did Hela REALLY give her Hodd's Bow or…?).  About a 200 lb test, very hard for her to pull, but she can do it; the arrow explodes against the tree. Carol tries and has difficulty drawing, but her's explodes the tree (with the arrow striking around Mach 3). Spring-Heeled Jack can't make it budge Dr Frankenstein has no trouble drawing it. There is something VERY weird about this bow. We can't figure this out. 

No idea where to go next. There have been no other indications of end times.  

All of a sudden, Carol notices the solar radiation decreases. Solar eclipse. Fury calls us: solar eclipses are happening in all parts of the world simultaneously — scientifically impossible. We contact Heimdall who says it is also happening in Asgard. 

We quickly recruit the Russians as "The Russian Avengers" (deemed so by Hawkeye) and Heimdall transfers us all to the Rainbow Bridge in Asgard. Everyone is gathering in the main hall. (Moon Knight: "Do all the colors look just a little over saturated?" Gremlin: "Maybe a bit, but we did just come from Siberia.")

Sif stands on the dias. With her sword drawn and the Warriors Three and the others looking as though she has lost her mind. Odin is on the floor — like Sif just dragged him out of the throne and thrown him there. "WHERE IS HE?" "Let me explain." 

"Is there a problem?" "Let him explain it." Odin stands up… and is Loki.

"Are you responsible for this?" "No, she's my daughter, not my lackey." "Can you use your magic to tell if Kate is of your bloodline?" "Yes, but there is a point of order. Odin is on Midgard, which means I am STILL the king. And I would like EVERYONE to find him; he will know what to do."

"Okay, now that that's dealt with, can you check on Kate?" He places Gundnir on her shoulder, and her flesh turns blue. "I am so very sorry." 

"Is there anyway we can stop this?" "Last time, father was able to keep Baldur alive. I am not father, Baldur is actually dead. His soul is in Niflheim" So, we need to drag Baldur's soul back from Nifleheim and find Odin, and we have an hour. Impossible.

Can we slow down Fenris? Captain Marvel could probably do it. Split the party.

Fight Fenris — Captain Marvel and Titanium Man

Find Odin on Earth — Moon Knight, Razor Blade, Spring-Heeled Jack, Ursa Major and Vanguard

Get Baldur's soul from Niflheim — Doctor Frankenstein, Hawkeye, Loki, Dark Star

Moon Knight makes Loki hand the seat over to Sif.

Midgard — Heimdall puts everyone on horses and we ride down the Bifrost. Gremlin goes running into the base, and comes back in the Titanium Man armor. He and Heimdall flash out again.

The rest of us board the jet, Razor Blade piloting the quinjet; Moon Knight changes into his armor. Fly to NY to find Doctor Strange and ask for his help. We know Loki put Odin in a nursing home in Jacksonville Florida. Strange is waiting for us. Strange opens a portal to Jacksonville, there is a vacant lot, where the nursing home once was. Spring-Heeled Jack confirms it is not an illusion. Strange casts about. "Odin was here, not for very long. The buidling hasn't been here in about four years." Spring-Heeled Jack goes on a computer and tracks down the patient, checked in as "O Borsson". Had a distant relative living in Oslo. 

Moon Knight asks Fury to have a quinjet and team waiting in Oslo. Strange transports us — to a place where it is about 40 below. Residence of Nills Borsson. We knock, "Oh thank god, I've been waiting for someone to come and tell us what's going on, come in."

An old guy with an eye patch is sitting watching soap operas. Razor Blade tries to get him to pay attention. Moon Knight turns the TV over to the news. He sits up, flexes his hand "I'm missing something… Where's my mead?" Odin to Moon Knight: "Where is your heart, young man?" "It's in safe keeping." Spring-Heeled Jack: "Your son, Loki, put you here. He is on your throne and is  in over his head." Odin: "I choose to trust you, though I don't remember anything." Spring-Heeled Jack: "Do the words 'Heimdall, open the rainbow bridge mean anything to you?" Odin:"Heimdall, open the rainbow bridge." It does. Drenched in the energy his memory returns. We travel to Bifrost, where he calls Sleipnir, orders Heimdall to summon whoever he can, and we charge for Asgard.

Meanwhile, Titanium Man arrives on Bifrost and joins with Captain Marvel. They take off for the sun. Asgard physics being different that anywhere else, they reach the sun - about the size of the great pyramid - in about 15 minutes to find a genuine giant wolf eating it. Captain Marvel whistles to draw its attention and they charge into combat.

Captain Marvel slams into the wolf, which bites back. Captain Marvel sets off a flash in its eyes, but does not blind it. Titanium Man sets off tangle cord missiles, which tie its legs. He breaks the bonds easily. Captain Marvel has Gremlin fire energy for her to absorb. She puts it into a punch and hits the wolf solidly. The wolf hits her, but she stops it from eating the sun. Titanium Man is flying around Fenris, plinking at it. The wolf bites at Gremlin, sending sparks. Carol realizes she can absorb energy from THIS sun and powers up. She grabs the wolf by the tail and yanks (to spin him around). Instead the tail breaks off.  The wolf howls. Titanium Man suggests a plan: he will fly into the sun and she can throw the suit into the wolf's mouth. Unfortunately Fenris bites back and hits Carol hard enough to make her pass out. 

She wakes up in Asgard under medical care. Gremlin is there, badly burnt. He got the suit burning and launched it at Fenris. He angled his escape pod to knock Carol to the ground. They could not stop the wolf, but they did slow him down.

Hawkeye's team rides for Niflheim. Garm guards the gate. "You can go in. I won't let you back out again." Loki: "We'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it. Right now going in is more important." 

They cross into the gate. Loki: "Normally this trip takes nine days." Doctor Frankenstein: "Can you speed it up?' Loki: "I'm trying." About 5 minutes later they exit. Loki: "I did not do that." A woman in armor (Modgood) is there "welcome to Niflheim. Enjoy your stay, as you will not be leaving."

There is an enormous, evil looking castle in the distance. Snowy tundra everywhere and not much else. And it's <u>COLD. </u>With no where else to go, they head for the castle.

They reach the evil looking gates of the evil looking castle, and the guards drop to their knees, welcoming "your highness". Giant, dark, smoky mideval castle as opposed to the grand mead hall of Valhalla. There are tens of thousands of people, extending out into the darkness. Kate calls out "Baldur" but no one replies.

Loki's flabbergasted looking at this place. They ask people, "where do the new guys go?" One gestures vaguely. "Weren't there four of us?" Lanya has gone missing. Doctor Frankenstein calls out for her and hears a faint response. They find her sitting at the table, trying not to eat the food. Loki puts his finger on her forehead and she drops the spoon and rocks back. "I hope that never happens again." Loki has put a small barrier on Dark Star and does the same for Doctor Frankenstein. 

Kate (rolling 100) sees Baldur. They go to him and Loki tries to touch him. Baldur elbows him in the solar plexus and Loki goes flying back 50 feet, breath knocked out of him. Hawkeye commands him to come with her, we need you back. "As you command" and he steps up, moving rather like an automaton, to follow them. 

As they walk toward the entrance, Kate and Doctor Frankenstein realize they are not heading toward the entrance, they are going deeper in. Another attempt and still, heading the wrong way. They remember Alice in Wonderland and try walking backwards. Dark Star falls on her keister, so they pick her up and link arms as they continue. Darkstar is singing "We're Off to See the Wizard" in Russian.

Loki: "I think we need to turn around now." Hela is standing there. "Hello father, daughter, mortals." Loki: "I don't suppose you'd do a favor for your father and just let us walk away." Hela: "Of course, as long as Baldur returns to his seat." Kate: "Would you trade him for someone?" Hela: "Certainly. (Craig: Alex Rodriguez?) If you stay with me daughter they can take him. It won't stop Fimbulwinter. The world is going to end." 

Hela: "If they wish to take Baldur, you must stay and never leave." Loki: "We accept;" he turns around and says "Silence mortals.This is a matter for the gods" But is not looking at Kate. Kate realizes he has made her look like one of the generic dead. She realizes she can slip away at her leisure. Doctor Frankenstein does not have the same realization. Loki turns to "Kate" "You are doing this of your freewill?" Nods. Doctor Frankenstein "Katie?" "Just go." 

Frankie, Dark Star, Loki and Baldur leave the castle, mount their horses and ride out of sight of the castles; where Loki pulls them to a halt. "And now we wait." Kate, real Kate, arrives and they realize the extent of the deception. "Now let's ride like the wind because she won't be fooled for long."

They ride to Modgood and prepare to fight. Darkstar envelops herself in this black cloud that lifts her from the back of the horse. She is glowing with darkness and shooting beams of anti-light. (Rolls a 98) Bolt hits Modgood square in the chest and knocks her back. Loki casts a blast of pure frost and traps her in a block of ice. 

They charge down the tunnel. It takes more than five minutes this time. Close to an hour. And then you see Garm. Loki casts a blast at Garm; it hurts but not a lot. Doctor Frankenstein dives at the dog and grabs onto it. Plans to be a chew toy. Darkstar disappears, and then reappears behind the dog. Casts a dark beam of energy (100!) creates an enormous clamp around Garm's muzzle. Garm shakes and Doctor Frankenstein barely hangs on. Kate grabs one of Baldur's swords and tries to pin Garm's foot to the ground (97!). It goes in like butter to the hilt. Pinning his foot. He howls.

Darkstar gathers everyone up in a darkforce construct and they find themselves outside the gate. "Sorry, didn't have time to explain. Run like hell!"

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Decidedly Not Canon
What the Hel do you mean she's your mother?

Picking up at East Coast Avengers Tower:

Captain Marvel asks Heimdall if she can set up a way to get ahold of him when she needs to. Heimdall locks eyes with her; she experiences a moment like when she connected with the engine, only it's like she is feeling and experiencing everything at once. It's only a moment. He: "You, uniquely among your companions, are worthy of this attention. It will be so."

What next? Start with Derek BIshop? Captain Marvel will look into the current CEO of Bishop industries. Razor Blade suggests stocking up the Siberian base; Steven Grant provides the funds for food to store at the base. Razor Blade, Spring-Heeled Jack and Dr. Frankenstein take supplies to Siberia and scout the location out. Moon Knight and Kate Bishop hang back, fighting petty crime and keeping SHIELD's attention away from the rest of the team.

Captain Marvel investigates the CEO, Jim Schultz, and doesn't think she's seen anyone so "average". Bland as fuck: 40's, average looks. Done nothing of any note outside of making his way up to being the nUrsa Majorber 2 guy, pretty much just by being around that long. Utterly forgettable. Mousy brown hair, charcoal-gray pin-stripe suit, blue tie. Captain Marvel also researches Madam Masque, but comes up with nothing.

The Siberian base is pretty much the same as it was, including the bear. They brought some fish for him to keep him happy and friendly. Razor Blade explores for any secrets. Explanation: this is a small outpost, maybe run by three people; three buildings: Ops, Mess Hall, Barracks. There doesn't appear to be anything in the immediate area they would be posted here for, so it appears to be the proverbial "outpost in Siberia."  However, there is a basement in the Ops building, and Razor Blade discovers a secret door down there. They have Dr. Frankenstein open the door, no trap. There's a downward sloping hall that turns to the left. They go down with flashlights. Steep, but not dangerous. It circuits around a few times and comes to a metal door; unlocked. Beyond they come into a fairly large room. Normal height: size of a open floor cubicle farm — dusty and stale air. (Razor Blade sends word to the rest of the team… just in case). Dr. Frankenstein finds a knife switch for the lights, but no power. Razor Blade figures out how to hook up the quinjet's generator to the base. Few lights come on, but still, a few. 

Walking back to the quinjet they come across a guy standing there. Rasputin-like beard, short hair. "So, you are setting up shop here." Razor Blade: "Who the fuck are you?" "My code name is Ursa Major. Thank you for the fish." Razor Blade: "Who are you working for." Ursa Major: "Technically I am with Russian army, for a long time. But Russian army pretty much leaves me alone. It seems to me you significantly lack organizational skills." Dr. Frankenstein: "We're the West Coast Avengers, organizational skills is not one of our prerequisite skills." Razor Blade: "Do you want to join the West Coast Avengers." Ursa Major: "Join may be too strong a word." First visit, his presence was an accident, but he left a transmitter to know if we came back. He is not planning on telling Russian government about us. But wants to set up information exchange. Dr. Frankenstein: "Are you part of a Russian super hero team that hasn't been active in far too long?" Pretty much: Red Guardian, Dark Star, Gremlin. "I hear Gremlin has built suit he calls 'Titanium Man'. Think he has Tony Stark inferiority complex." Razor Blade: "We all have that." 

Razor Blade suggests two teams meet up. Bring everyone from both groups together. Everyone thinks this is a good idea. Group shares information about Ragnarok and the Enchantress with Ursa Major. We think we stopped it but… Spring-Heeled Jack: "So keep your eye out for… endless… winter… uh… yeah." Razor Blade: "Maybe a wolf taking a bite out of the sun would be more significant."

Share their powers with Ursa Major – Mikhail. Mikhail asks them to bring warm water fish with them next time. (Razor Blade and Dr. Frankenstein argue about whether or not they should or could bring the fish alive. Mikhail tries to keep from laughing. "You've seen us do this before." "Yes, always entertaining.")

Back in LA: Kate Bishop and Moon Knight, working together, fighting crime. (Moon Knight: "Nothing makes me so happy as something I can punch ONCE!"). We hear a scream and go running to the scene of a woman menaced by three hoodlums. With arrows, darts and a punch we bring them down. The victim reaches into her bag… and pulls out a golden mask!  That's when Moon Knight gets hit with a sap and Kate Bishop gets hit with a tranq dart. 

Moon Knight calls Captain Marvel, "get down here and look for a heat trail." Moon Knight looks for clues: the thugs who were netted are gone but the nets weren't cut. Captain Marvel sees a bunch of energy expended, but no trail. She's got teleportation magic working for her? Or maybe: Enchantress? Baron Mordo — got fried by Doom. Doom — doesn't really work with anyone.

Captain Marvel lets the rest of the team — flying back from Siberia — know. Razor Blade: "Who decided Moon Knight would be a good babysitter?"

Magic or mutant? Can't be sure. All we know is stuff happened and we don't know what. (Craig: Sounds familiar) And Kate is gone again (Craig: Also familiar). 

The team tells Captain Marvel and Moon Knight about the Soviet Super Soldiers. Dr. Frankenstein: "You know the bear? Turns out he's more were-bear than bear-bear so…" We need to get Kate back and be there in a week.

Spring-Heeled Jack tries to track Kate's phone. Shows her in NYC. Moon Knight finds a surveillance camera and finds Madam Masque opening a magical portal on her own. The thugs disappeared as though they were never there.

So Madam Masque is a sorceress? More likely a sorcerer is using Masque's identity. Loki? Sounds likely. Head to NY — Brooklyn in particular.

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Kate wakes up. No bow, but not tied up. She's lying on a cot and in a chair is… her mother? "I thought you…" "I know. And I am." "Where am I?" "You're still in the realm of the living. It's complicated." "I've heard that before, Like when dad told me you were dead." "I know, he certainly tried to kill me. But I can't die." She pulls out the Masque. "Do you like this mask? With it I can look like anyone I want to. But this is my true face."

She pulls the mask aside; on the right side it looks like her mother, on the left: a corpse. Kate's mother is Hela!

"This is why I have been trying to get you by my side. I've set it all in motion, the end of all things. I don't want you to be consumed by Jormungander. You need to come with me to Nifelheim. When Asgard falls, when Midgard is consumed and the other worlds destroyed, only Nifelheim will survive. We can rebuild from there."

"Are you serious." "Think about your proficiency with weapons" "What about my friends?" "If they are dead, they are mine, they will come to Nifelheim." "But will they be themselves?" "Of course. But you don't have to suffer death to come to Nifelheim, being of my blood."

"Why did you have me kill Balder?" "Oh no, I did that; the mask, my dear." "Can I have my bow?" "Of course" [pop] "Or would you prefer to have Hod's bow?" [pop] She takes both. "Can you show me Nifelheim?" "But of course."

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Dr. Frankenstein constructs sub-dermal trackers for everyone (major effort getting it into Carol). And a secondary, active transmitter with a panic button.

We locate Kate in Brooklyn. Tracked to an office building. Razor Blade commands. Captain Marvel scouting from air. Moon Knight on a roof nearby. Spring-Heeled Jack recons from the inside. Razor Blade watching the back door. Spring-Heeled Jack hacks the security to get inside and stealth's his way upstairs listening for voices. 

Spring-Heeled Jack feels something, odd.  An un-echoic feeling, an absence, from a particular direction. Senses NOTHING there. Calls it in. Captain Marvel tries to look in at that area. It's pitch black. Captain Marvel picks up Moon Knight and hovers outside the location. The other three go in.

It's so black it hurts your eyes. Dr. Frankenstein reaches in, it seems… okay? Moon Knight comes in, attaches the grapple and hooks the other end to Dr. Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein walks through…

…to see Kate and Hela; Hela forming a portal. "Kate, time to go!" Hela zaps him.

Captain Marvel (hearing Dr. Frankenstein on the comm link) comes in through the window projecting light. Sees what's happening, tries to grab Dr. Frankenstein (then Kate). Razor Blade charges in; throws a shuriken at Hela's eye. It causes Hela's blast to miss Dr. Frankenstein and dissipate in the blackness (though on Moon Knight's side, it blasts off half of the building). Spring-Heeled Jack leaps in toward Kate. Kate yells "STOP!" Moon Knight races in, takes in the scene and punches Hela. As he charges in, his ankh begins to glow and he feels greatly empowered (+4 shifts!). His blow draws blood! And sounds like a hammer falling on an anvil!

Captain Marvel tries talking to Kate who says "You're coming in way too fast!" Moon Knight punches Hela again. Razor Blade kicks her; can't say if it hurt her. Hela rakes Moon Knight with her "talons of death"; shreds his armor, but with his boosted, Unearthly, Endurance she can't kill him! Spring-Heeled Jack, "What do we need to know?" Kate Bishop: "She's my mother. She wants me to go with her to Nifelheim" Dr. Frankenstein: "Do you want to go?" Kate Bishop: "I'd rather I could take you all with me." Dr. Frankenstein: "Say what?" 

Captain Marvel: "How do you know she's your mother?" Kate Bishop, thinks. Moon Knight hits her again (damn it!). Hela, vexed by Moon Knight "You have no place here sand-lover!" manifests and transfixes him with a wicked looking sword; which hurts bad, but still doesn't kill him. Razor Blade: "I don't care who she is." and tries to get in under her guard, failing. Spring-Heeled Jack "Let's go anyway." Kate: "Okay." Dr. Frankenstein guides them out through the darkness.

Captain Marvel guards the rear. Moon Knight calls "Carol, we could use another God here!" and hits her again. Hela grabs for Moon Knight's ankh to rip it off, but it explodes with energy outward. Hela is thrown on her back; making a slight groan. Hela brings her hands together and vanishes, along with the darkness and silence.

Captain Marvel calls to Heimdall, and is taken to the rainbow bridge. Moon Knight's ankh loses its energy, and Moon Knight collapses (heavily into the negative on health). Dr. Frankenstein begins to resuscitate Moon Knight.

Captain Marvel to Heimdall, "Is there any validity to Hela's claim?" "I cannot see the past but based on what I currently see, it is possible." Odin might know, but isn't going to talk with Carol. Captain Marvel is sent back. 

We get on the quinjet and fly back to LA; to a hospital for Moon Knight and a med lab for Frankie to analyze Kate.

"Kate, how are you doing?" "I'm in relative shock." (Mark: "I'm the daughter of the Goddess of Death; I'm in relative shock.") 

Okay, so we put off Ragnarok for, like 30 seconds. What are we going to do now? Should we tell SHIELD about what happened?  Probably Fury. What next?

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The Return of the Enchantress
The WCA Wear Down Their Foes

Next day in New York.

Fury puts everything in place; assuring us he will oversee personally so Ms. Bishop doesn't get misplaced.

Captain Marvel, Razorblade and Doctor Strange escort Kate as she turns herself over to SHIELD in a very public location (press invited). SHIELD lawyer ("public defender") "My client is not guilty, framed…" etc. They look to Kate for a comment "The only thing I have to say is I know everything and I'm going to tell everybody". She is escorted into the police station, where she is swapped with a decoy who is put into a jail cell. (Aileen: "Poor, poor decoy." Eben: "But the pay is great and the benefits are awsome" Aileen: "Still, we should send her cookies or something.")

One of the SHIELD escort reveals himself to be Dr. Strange. He reports no signs of scrying or other mystical energy. We seem clean. During pre-flight, a portal opens in the quinjet. DF tackles Kate. Standing in the portal are Amora and Skurge. Dr Strange does something at Kate to protect her. Carol passes Kate to MK, (Craig: "Kate McGuffin"); MK, DF, SHJ run for it. Skurge comes after the guys. The girls and Dr. Strange turn to take on the Enchantress.

Dr Strange invokes the Vishanti, Serpahim and some others and throws a beam of light at the Enchantress, which doesn't appear to do anything (but it was a good one!). RZB preps her throwing stars and throws one into Amora's eye.

(Eben loses his red die in his red shirt. "I'm a red shirt today". Mark is also wearing a red shirt. Brie: "Dad, you're doomed." Eben: "No, that's a <u>maroon</u> shirt." Craig: "Maroon Knight?")

Kate fires an explosive arrow at Skurge, hurts him, but no stun." Enchantress curses out RZB and casts at her, but RZB dodges. DF jumps to get in front of Kate. Skurge swings his axe at Kate, hitting DF (for 50), it hurts, but he holds himself together. MK punches Skurge with his cesti. SHJ does a jump kick charge on Skurge. CM absorbs energy from the quinjet.

Dr Strange wraps Amora in the Crimson Bands of Cytorakk. RZB throws some more shuriken at her. Kate shoots another explosive arrow. Amora strains herself but fails to break the bands. DF continues to intervene between Skurge and Kate. Skurge again strikes DF, stunning him (You had the air knocked out of you… the hard way). MK wraps his cape around Skurge's head to interfere with his vision. SHJ grabs his arm. CM punches Amora in her face (80 damage! "Puny Enchantress!"). Dr Strange plinks her to knock her out.

Kate shoots Skurge with an electric arrow (99!), though it doesn't stun him ("Why does this electricity vex me so"). Skurge grabs MK by the shoulder, hurting him. SHJ kicks Skurge, and snatches his axe away, falling back with the axe on top of him (it weighs almost as much as he does!).

Kate shoots Skurge with a net arrow, wrapping him. Skurge is now axeless, covered in a net, with a cape around his head and holding Moon Knight by the shoulder. SHJ is flailing on the ground under the axe ("Is he hurt? No, I'm a doctor, not a power lifter"). DF slams into his legs. Skurge snaps the net (by 1 point). MK jumps and kicks him in the kidneys. 

Kate runs to get Carol. DF runs after her. Skurge throws MK into a wall. MK throws darts, with no effect. SHJ gets out from under the axe!

Kate and DF wrestle. Skurge punches SHJ and grabs his axe. MK interposes himself between Skurge and Kate. SHJ tries an upper cut, but misses.

Kate loads a blunt arrow, but it only annoys Skurge. DF jumps onto him. Skurge throws him against the wall. MK punches him in the face. SHJ slams him. 

Kate jumps into the fray to try to throw him, but fails. RZB and CM show up. RZB does a flying kick that is ineffective. DF slams into him. Skurge grabs his axe. MK grabs Kate pulling her out of the line of fire. SHJ hits the ground. Skurge looks up in time to see CM flying into his face. 

RZB kicks him with no effect. He hits Carol with his Axe. MK slips in and punches him. SHJ kicks him. CM wrestles the axe away from him. 

RZB kicks him again. Skurge punches Carol. MK keeps punching him. CM boosts her strength and hits him with his own axe. 

RZB kicks but misses. Skurge grabs the axe. MK keeps punching ("Go… down… my… hands… are… hamburger"). CM triggers a blinding flash.

Skurge is blinded, in pain, surrounded by flies who won't leave him alone. "I give up. Just stop, damnit." CM: "Good, your mistress is down." Sk: "Of course she is, I wasn't there to protect her." CM: "Why is she trying to frame Kate?" Sk: "How in Niffleheim would I know? She points, I hit, it's the nature of our relationship." CM: "What happens the next time she points at me?" Sk: "I'll hit you. I won't be looking forward to it though."

We secure the two of them in SHIELD cells. CM interrogates Amora.

CM: Why set up Kate? En: She was there. CM: Why? En: You will probably figure it out yourself… when the Fimbulwinter begins. CM: You're trying to bring about Ragnarok. En: And then Fenrir will eat the moon; and Jormungand will kill Thor; and Loki will kill Odin. CM: What will you do next? En: It's already done; Baldur is dead. It's just a matter of time, dear heart.

CM: (at MK prompting) If your part is done, why come after Kate now? En: Loose ends.

DF: She's just a tool — like her lackey he points, she hits. She doesn't have anything worthwhile to tell us. We're done. Call Thor.

Calls Avengers tower. Gets ahold of Sam Wilson. Gives a quick recap. "We think you should be on the look out for giant wolves, eternal winters and what nots. We need to let Thor know." Thor has left for Asgard with Baldur's body; hoping his mother can help. Wilson lets the team know and invtes us to meet with the East-Coast team. 

We make sure everything with Kate is cleared up. Spider-Man shows up to talk with Kate. Kate decides to stay with the WCA.

A little later, at Avengers Tower.

We are met by Stark and Captain America. Both in civies, Tony with a drink. "Captain." "Captain." DF to Stark: "Doctor", "Doctor". SHJ to Sam: "Dude", "Dude."

We go inside. There's a huge spread. MK is impressed by how well the crew responds to being fed like this and talks to Tony about it.

Before Thor left, he said if anything out of the ordinary happened, there's a way to get to him. He placed a magical rune on the roof. If any of us say the magic words, the guy on the other end will hear us.

There seems to be so many easier ways to do this. Why control Kate? HOW did she control Kate? Where's Fenrir? CA: "SHIELD has dealt with more than one Asgardian. Your Joe Blow Asgardian could tie me into a pretzel. Are you sure you want to go to Asgard?" SHJ "Not really, but we need to tell them what's going on." BW: "One of us should probably go ask Heimdall if Thor can talk to us. I'll take care of that."

(Major difference between the West Coast Avengers and the East Coast: The East Coast beat up their enemies; the West Coast wear them down).

A few minutes later Natasha returns with Heimdall! (His presence fills the room). We fill him in (of course he has "seen" a lot of it).

How did she use Kate like this? He: "I wouldn't put it past the Trickster; he has been missing for several years." Are we sure Fenrir is still chained? "Yes, he is still there." Where were Amora and Skurge prior to attacking us? Were they in Asgard? "No they were not." MK suggests that turning them over might not be the best idea; Loki's plan might have been for Amora's attack to result in them being imprisoned in Asgard.

We protect all the nine realms as they all have their place and their purpose, even the ones we don't like. Can us on Midgard do anything to prevent Ragnarok? The signs of Ragnarok are as vague as they are well known. 

We decide to keep the Enchantress and Skurge on Earth, but in separate locations.

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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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Welcome to your campaign!
A blog for your campaign

Wondering how to get started? Here are a few tips:

1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

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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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Follow the Money
Everything's easier with a sorcerer on your side

The team comes up with a plan: cut paper into stacks of "money". Have DS enchant it to look real and be magically traceable. Distribute the magic bills to the store owners to give to the crooks shaking them down.

DS and MK do poorly (bad rolls) in lining up shop-owners to help, but it's not a COMPLETE failure. One in three accepts, which proves good enough. Plan to fly above the neighborhood and follow the goons from the air.

Carol suggests using Tarsheed's phone to set up a meeting with Yao. SHJ arranges to meet with him in Little Tokyo. Yao gets RZB to come with him.

The meeting with Yao gets a little heated, RZB intercepts and confronts SHJ: "If you have dealings with my brother you have dealings with me." SHJ tries to talk his way out of it "I got the phone off a guy, beaten up in an alley". Carol flies down behind RZB and tries to talk her in to joining them and help. "We are dealing with bad energy tech. — That is energy-based tech that is being used for bad things."

RZB agrees to help and leads Carol, SHJ and DF to the large house she tracked the goons to. MK and DS follow the collected money to the same house. There is no sign of any weapons.

RZB leads the way as the team sneaks into the house. DS goes with DF to find the computer room. The rest of the team head for the money room. We learn the gang acquired the weapons by accident. They grabbed the Chitauri weapons, thinking they could use them. "They are idiots. We are so NOT dead." The gang has been distributing Hydra weapons. No mention of Ziro.

The gang waits for the money to move, which it does about 2 AM. 

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