The Warlock yelled, “Crimson Coven! Now! Strike as one at the Avatar of the Pantheon, and the promised reward shall be yours!”
The Black Dragon glanced in the Warlock’s direction.
The Witch cried “Mine!” through bloody broken teeth!
The Fallen hissed “Mine!” from inside that terrible helm!
The Golem roared unintelligibly.
Sentinel saw the Wraith hesitate for a moment.
“Mine,” said the disembodied voice of a man.
Superstition, from beneath the bloody jaws of the wolf, cried, “Mine, curse you all!”
Avatar, with the speed of winged Mercury, circled behind the Warlock to place the shielded sorcerer between him and the ravenous occult creatures of the Crimson Coven! The Warlock turned to face him as the last son of Olympus crashed his sword once more into the cyan shield! SKRAASH! The shield flickered and went out, gone from existence! The Warlock braced himself. “To me, my Coven!”
The Black Dragon, his ebon flame extinguished from his hand, leapt forward, tumbling impossibly through the air! He landed next to Avatar and in one fluid motion, struck at him with all his momentum intact! POW! (16 points of damage! Roll with 3. Take 13 from Hits) Avatar flew back thirty feet away from the Warlock, who chuckled: “Yes. Break him for our master!”
The Fallen’s terrible attention had turned to Avatar now!
Talon saw his chance and clawed at her helm! SKASHHH!!! The bestial birdman’s strength tore the black helm open, revealing unnatural pitch darkness within it, and two cold glowing eyes!
The Fallen shrieked and flapped up and away from Talon, and then dove headlong for Avatar, hurtling down at the heir of antiquity with that black, unholy sword! KRANG!! The Fallen’s attack was parried by Avatar’s Hephaestus sword! Avatar was unharmed, but his sword was knocked from his hand somehow!
Superstition, meanwhile, had wriggled out from under the large wolf and levitated toward Avatar!
Soldier evaded (with his action) and moved to help Zephyr into the center of the perimeter. "Clone, can you spare a body to give me hand?!"
Zephyr whispered to the patriotic powerhouse, “Thanks Matt, you’re so sweet, but I’m okay. I can sense objects and their movements by the way they displace air currents! Come on! Avatar’s in trouble!” Shelley flew toward Avatar, with Soldier following her and covering her. Then Zephyr blasted the Fallen with a hurricane force wind blast that crashed the winged wrongdoer into the ground a second time to the sound of crumpled iron! “Gruesome, I could do this all day!” Shelley said.
The Witch was filled with hate for Soldier! The spiteful crone pointed at the star spangled superhero with her withered left hand and began to recite an incantation and… could not! Her speech was impaired by the Soldier’s taser round! The harridan screeched like a harpy in impotent rage!
Lightning Strike left the defeated Demonoid and raced back to the battle! Standing alongside Talon and Symbiote, he blasted lightning at the Warlock’s back! SHAKOW! With his energy shield destroyed, the Warlock took the full force of the extranormal electricity, crying out involuntarily! The wicked wizard turned and growled, “I curse you and your loved ones, Lightning Strike!”
With that, he hurled another lightning bolt at the malevolent martial artist from alongside Lightning Strike! SHAKOW!
VOMMMmmmmm BOOM!! Blue energy exploded out from the Warlock’s forehead again and blasted the demigod of destiny! (15 points of damage! Roll with 3, take 12 off Hits!)
Avatar was knocked back another thirty feet, across the broken marble terrain!
Menagerie, in his Wolf form, raced after Superstition and pounced at her from behind! His jaws caught her right leg, biting hard and pulling her to the ground again! THUMP! She was badly hurt and cried out! “Help me, Warlock!” Menagerie could smell her fear.
The Warlock, if he heard her, gave no sign of it, his avaricious eyes focused entirely upon the Avatar!
Sentinel flew on across the misty wasteland, tracking the mysterious energy source! The Wraith had stopped pursuit and turned back toward the site of the unseen pentacle and the battle, and was no longer in range of Sentinel’s senses! Sentinel knew Slingshot was far ahead of him. Then, in the distance, rising above the moonlit mists, Sentinel saw a pale silhouette. It seemed to be the soaring towers of a mighty city! The energy trail led directly to it!!
Slingshot hurtled through the air toward that mysterious city and Baron Samedi! He tried his communicator and found there were no satellites in whatever place this was!
Slingshot moved within range of Baron Samedi and stretched out a big hand at the voodoo priest and grabbed him, saving his wretched life! Scott reeled him in by reducing the length of his malleable arm and the vulgar houngan of the underworld said, “Ha! I knew you were no *@#$%! killer, boy! You haven’t got it in you!” Samedi was without his stick and voodoo doll of Slingshot, but he still had his hat.
Scott gazed at the city they were hurtling towards. The elastic engineer did not recognize its silhouette. The architectural style was different than anything he’d seen before, even at the Lost Lands or on the Star Giant. But entwined within it were elements that reminded him of Hellenic Greek architecture!
The wind rushing at them, the city growing closer. Baron Samedi laughed, “You have no idea what you are getting into, do ya boy?! Ha! Hahahahaha!”
To be continued!
Replies/Actions for one round of combat please.
*Avatar gets three attacks, due to Heightened Speed and the fact that I held your second action this ish since your situation was so changed, what with your human shield phalanx thanks to Clone. Next issue will be your second turn from this issue, then your two turns for next issue. The first two actions will be concurrent.
To follow is the 'End of Issue' Map, with continued thanks to Tom!
The map marks your placement at the end of Issue 124, but not which way you are facing.
Sentinel, Slingshot, Baron Samedi, and Demonoid, are off the map, to the “north.”
Okmenhotep, the Wraith and Mirage’s placement are unknown to almost everyone.
Demonoid, Le Fou, and Superstition are unconscious!
Avatar: Hit Points: 25, Power Points: 29, Manifesting: Heightened Strength and Speed
Clone: Bodies: ,Hit Points: 1 ,Power Points: 29, Hit Pool: 12
Lightning Strike: Hit Points: 36, Power Points: 56
Menagerie: Hit Points: 14, Power Points: 47, Form: Wolf
Sentinel: Hit Points: 19, Power Points: 18, Shields: 28, Creation Points: 36, Evading til 126
Slingshot: Hit Points: 44, Power Points: 73, Invulnerability: 8
Soldier: Hit Points: 19, Power Points: 64, Invulnerability: 8, Evading til 126
Talon: Hit Points: 38, Power Points: 44
Zephyr: Hit Points: 13, Power Points: 58, Charges: 9, Armor: 25, Blind!
If the Fallen is low enough to the ground to reach, the Menagerie will move and attack the Fallen. He will use the same method as before, try to bite an extremity and use his momentum to knock the Fallen down.
If the Fallen is not a viable target, then Menagerie will run over to attack Warlock. He will leap in the attack to strike Warlock in the torso with his bite.
If the Fallen and Warlock are not viable targets, Menagerie will turn into an Eagle. He will fly over to Plague using his wings to generate wing in an effort to preventing him from forming, if flying through Plague wouldn't cause damange to Menagerie then he will do that to keep Plague from forming.
If the Fallen, Warlock, and Plague are not viable targets, Menagerie will turn into an Eagle. He will fly around Black Dragon's head attempting to distract or block his vision from attacking.
If the Fallen, Warlock, Plague, and Black Dragon are not viable targets, then Menagerie will run over to attack Witch. He will leap in the attack to strike Witch in the torso with his bite.
If none of these are viable actions then Menagerie will pick up Avatar's sword and bring it to him. If Avatar already has his sword then he will move to help protect Avatar and hold his action.
OOC: Seeing that Clone’s actions usually take place towards the end of the turn, I’m going to give my ICC Response in a way similar to Tom’s response.