Sentinels

#1 – The Horns of Hades – San Francisco city manager Jeremy Braddock encourages Psilight to form a team in the Bay Area, and the city donates a closed down fire station in the Tenderloin neighborhood for use as a base.  He calls in Chronovator and Contagion, and new superhero Rejuvenator offers his services as well.  Psilight’s contact Miles Jefferies texts him, alerting him that the Horns of Hades biker gang, at the Lucky 13 bar, are the ones responsible for the disappearance of prosecutor Conner Mattheson.  Psilight races to the biker bar by foot while the other three fly in Chronovator’s ship, the L’Engle.  Psilight finds out little by questioning patrons, so Rejuvenator starts a bar fight by blasting a man.  The ten men and women of the Horns of Hades attack the heroes with knives and chains, but the adventurers make quick work of them all.  Suddenly Rejuvenator becomes accusatory and shoots Psilight, so Contagion swiftly renders him unconscious.  Chronovator and Psilight take the gang’s leader, Anglo, out behind the building, and Chronovator creates a portal, threatening to strand him in prehistoric times.  The biker immediately spills, revealing that his group didn’t take the man, but that they were asked to do so by the supervillain Mammoth, who is holed up at a home in Pacific Heights.  Psilight confronts Rejuvenator, who explains that he inadvertently switches between two personalities.  The teammates pledge to try to work past their differences.

#2 – Mammoth Problems – After a short rest, the quartet fly in the L’Engle to the multi-story home in the north part of the city.  They make their way inside, where they are assaulted by Chris Temba, a man amped up on the drug ‘body’.  Meanwhile, Contagion races upstairs and finds Mammoth and his right-hand man “Heater” Jenkins with captive prosecutor Mattheson; he quickly downs both criminals.  The others take down Temba and move to the upper floor, where Jenkins awakes.  Contagion misses with a neurotoxin attack, and it strikes Rejuvenator, knocking him out.  Mammoth and Jenkins each come to numerous times, only to be repeatedly dropped again by the heroes.  Psilight gets Mattheson to safety outside.  When Rejuvenator wakes up, he is confused and belligerent, and doesn’t recognize his companions.  Chronovator attacks him, and in response, believing that he is on the opposing side of the conflict, Rejuvenator wakes up Mammoth.  The villain is taken out again, and Rejuvenator leaps out the upper window and hides nearby.  Chronovator contacts F.I.S.H., and when their agents and police arrive there is much confusion, as Rejuvenator describes his teammates as supervillains.  The group debriefs at a local F.I.S.H. office, and the agency suspends Rejuvenator’s license; he also agrees to undergo further testing.

#3 – Welcoming Party – Hundreds gather at Union Square as the Sentinels hold a press conference to explain their intent to protect San Francisco.  Rejuvenator is called away right before the monstrous Gargan makes his way through the crowd toward the stage.  A young man intercepts the brute, then transforms into the new superhero Raijin.  Battle is soon joined, with Psilight and Raijin slugging it out with powerful villains Gargan and Talus Baum.  After a massive battle, Talus Baum reveals that their attack was a message from someone unknown, and that the city is contested territory.  They exit the area with Raijin unconscious and Psilight barely able to stand.

#4 – The Hero Within – Chronovator, Rejuvenator, Raijin, and Psilight respond via the L’Engle to a break-in at a Medynamics warehouse south of San Francisco.  They attempt to apprehend intruder Omega Girl, but the powerful paranormal escapes with some stolen items.  The team follows her trail north in the L’Engle into the Dogpatch neighborhood, where they spot black-clad operatives guarding a building.  They subdue a number of Tic-Tac-Toe agents, then blast their way into the abandoned warehouse the men were protecting.  Inside they interrupt a meeting between Omega Girl and Mindlynx, flanked by two more agents.  Battle is joined, and the vigilantes take down everyone inside.  Later, they hear that Omega Girl claims to be a former police officer forced to work for the research group that gave her superpowers.

#5 – Like a Thief in the Night – After the sabotage of numerous industrial facilities on the West Coast by radical environmentalists from the E.P.F. (Environmental Protection Front), authorities receive a tip from a reliable informant on where they will strike next. With paranormals apparently involved, they ask the Sentinels to be ready for them. Raijin, Psilight, and a visiting Wraith ambush and take down Geist, Riot, and a half-dozen masked E.P.F. members as they assault an S.A.C.C. (Sino-American Chemical Corporation) shipping terminal south of San Francisco. Afterwards Lazarus Stone, the president and CEO of S.A.C.C.’s parent company, Titan Industries, makes the most of a live press conference with lots of media attention, where he rewards the three heroes with a large check to the charity of their choice.

#6 – Rising Sun – Days later, while the three heroes are joined for lunch at the Pinecrest Diner by Contagion and Rejuvenator, they oversee breaking news about a major strike by supervillains on an S.A.C.C. processing plant just outside the city. The five race to a scene straight out of a war zone. News and police helicopters hover overhead while emergency personnel attempt to contain the situation and rescue trapped and injured plant workers. Smoke fills the air, several chemical storage tanks burn uncontrollably, and chemicals leak and spill everywhere. Psilight and Wraith race into the chaos and rescue civilians, while Raijin, Rejuvenator, and Contagion engage Divine Right in the gravel parking lot north of the carnage. Raijin duels Tetsuronin while the others battle Boufuu, Inabikari, Oni, and Yamakuzure. Wraith and Psilight join their companions, and together the vigilantes begin to get the upper hand. When their teammates go down, Oni leaps away, and eventually Tetsuronin flees as well. The adventurers aid police, fire, and emergency crews as they help the many casualties and extinguish the fires.

#7 – Battle at Sea – A U.S. Navy submarine and experimental military satellite provide the location of the Rising Sun’s submersible transport, the Sea Dragon, as it heads east. F.I.S.H. flies Contagion, Psilight, and Raijin out over the Pacific Ocean, after the Sea Dragon was brought aboard the high-speed catamaran, the Daisuke. The trio parachutes down, but Raijin and Psilight land in the water and are forced to scramble aboard near the anchor of the large boat. They search the lower levels of the vessel and take out one crewmember. Contagion makes his way into the secure bridge near the top, disabling the captain and first mate, then changing the ship’s course to slowly return to the States. Unable to find the supervillains, the three make their way to the open upper deck and call out the enemy; Tetsuronin and Oni arrive soon after. The heroes drop Oni instantly, but Tetsuronin proves difficult to defeat, parrying away most of their attacks. An exhausted Contagion is hit and sent flying overboard, soon tragically lost to the ocean depths. Soon after Raijin is also knocked into the sea, so Psilight disengages and disables the boat’s engines. By the time he rescues Raijin, Tetsuronin has escaped again via the Sea Dragon.

#8 – The Freak Show – When Psilight and Raijin respond to a low-income tenement fire in Bayview, they are joined by Hotshot, Omicron, and newly arrived The Chosen. Working separately, they rescue many people, and Psilight is able to get the sprinkler system working. The southeast section of the building collapses, but the heroes assist in getting most civilians clear, saving scores of lives. Psilight’s friend Dr. Grant Berns calls and tells him of a terrified patient, Jackson Paynter, who stumbled across strange technology and believes someone is after him. Later a phone call with Paynter is cut off, so the five champions rush to the man’s upscale apartment in Presidio Heights, where they find Mammoth and many criminals. The adventurers take down the villain, along with ‘Heater’ Jenkins, Chris Temba, and other thugs, some amped up on the drug ‘body’. The unusual tech leads them to a closed-down brewery containing a lab, sophisticated equipment, and some sort of gateway. The group attacks and fights Lady Bloodbath, but swiftly learns it is extremely difficult to hurt the large, intelligent gorilla, Silverback, who is protected by his ally, Jelly. Beaten back, the vigilantes grab their fallen and retreat, Silverback rationalizing his motives to The Chosen before they depart.

#9 – Asphalt Pirates – Psilight and Raijin are joined by Wraith and Deschutes at a team building seminar downtown. All four head back to the Sentinels’ base, where retired detective (and current cold case volunteer) Marcus Sampson warns them about increased activity in the Bay Area by the Tatsu (Dragon) Tong. A call comes in and the heroes respond to an alley in North Beach, where the Asphalt Pirates, a gang of bikers dressed like pirates, have robbed and assaulted other criminals. As the vigilantes make quick work of the thugs, the invisible villainess Mind Mauler, using astral projection, mind controls Deschutes and commands him to attack the others! The trio battles the powerful Native American warrior, and eventually Psilight is able to convince their ally to cease hostilities. Mind Mauler, having learned much about the vigilantes, returns to her physical body, where she records her observations.

#10 – Ronin – Chronovator returns with Alchemist, a companion from Victorian England. Psilight calls a team meeting, and the time-travelling pair join him, along with Revivicator (the alternate personality of Rejuvenator), Wraith, Raijin, and novice hero Shadowfist. Liaison Braddock asks the team to participate in a civic parade, and the adventurers ride a float representing the Sentinels, with the L’ Engle flying above. Police contact Sampson alerts them of a potential murder happening that night, so the group switches to civilian guises and stakes out the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown. Armored villain Ronin enters, but is magnetically stopped by Wraith. Ten ninjas ambush from hiding places in the ceiling and from outside, but the vigilantes swiftly take them out. Ronin appears to be a reluctant hired assassin, but the ninjas all have a tattoo on their forearm identifying them as belonging to the Tatsu Tong.

#11 – Femmes Fatale – Responding to a local bank robbery in the L’Engle, Chronovator, Rejuvenator, and Alchemist confront blue-skinned paranormal ColdSnap. After initial mistrust, all soon realize they are on the same side. The four enter the bank and incapacitate Amazon and her ocelot Kazai. Surrounding the powerful but exhausted Supersonic, they convince her to surrender. As they begin to call the authorities, the adventurers are besieged by Mukadé unit assassins Kamikaze, Black Tiger, Preying Mantis, and Phantom Strike; the ninja-like foes explain that the Tatsu Tong have ordered their deaths! A furious skirmish ensues, and Supersonic makes a quick deal with Rejuvenator, agreeing to aid the vigilantes in exchange for her freedom. The battle is tough and long, and multiple heroes are knocked out, only to be revived again moments later. During both fights, Rejuvenator switches back and forth with his Revivicator identity numerous times. Eventually, as law enforcement draws close, Phantom Strike and Black Tiger flee. Unconscious Supersonic is found to be dead. The captured Mukadé agents have the dragon tattoo on their left forearm and a centipede one on the right.

#12 – Revenge of the Yakuza – Chronovator and Alchemist leave as Raijin and Shadowfist arrive. Unable to meet up with friends, Revivicator invites Dr. Drake Ramoray and Andrei Vladimirescu to the police station where the Mukadé operatives are interrogated. ColdSnap stays outside and the others observe as the police question the pair; Japanese Kamikaze refuses to speak, but American Preying Mantis does not take long to talk. The assassin squad was sent on the direct orders of the Ichiban Sama via someone named Naginata, who told them in the Tokyo offices of Hachiji Scientific. Ramoray departs, and after the team secures power dampening equipment from F.I.S.H., Vladimirescu arranges for a private jet and sets up a meeting with Hachiji. Significant modifications are made to the craft to accommodate a sedated ColdSnap, then Vladimirescu, Raijin, Revivicator, and Shadowfist fly to a C.H.E.S.S. base in Tokyo. ColdSnap stays at the base while an Agent Kenzu accompanies the other four, all disguised as businessmen, to the famous upscale Ginza District. On the top floor of the Tokyo Memorial Trade Building they enter the offices of Hachiji Scientific, where executive Masatake Hachiji gives them a brief tour and meeting in his office. Shadowfist observes that their host is upset about something, and Raijin finds a tabloid article about his father not being seen for some time. Vladimirescu offers help, but the businessman declines their offer and hurries them out.

#13 – Rendezvous with Revenge – ColdSnap tells C.H.E.S.S. psychologist Shahzaib Miller how he was recovered from Antarctica years ago; she also helps him begin to control his powerful cold field. Shadowfist accompanies a Rook and two Knights to investigate a lead on the outskirts of Tokyo, while C.H.E.S.S. teleports Psilight in from San Francisco. Exotic extradimensional princess Midna also arrives at the facility to lend her assistance. Raijin and Vladimirescu stake out Hachiji Scientific from a nearby park while Psilight (as a civilian) and Midna try to ascertain more about the Tatsu Tong by visiting a high-end casino. Their foes remain elusive, and C.H.E.S.S. archives on Naginata also reveal very little. The group meets up outside Hachiji, but are quickly chased away by protective security guards. Stymied by their lack of progress, Psilight turns to Rook Kenzu, who suggests returning to Hachiji and challenging Naginata’s honor. The six heroes return to the Tokyo Memorial Trade Building again, this time in costume, and call out the gangsters. Security retreats inside as passersby begin recording the public confrontation. Shi-Kaze comes to the door and implores them to back off, but the challengers remain resolute. The two sides agree to a duel with an equal number of combatants, and soon after Yamaguchi paranormals Kabuki, Phantom Strike, and Swiftblade arrive via car. Naginata, Shi-Kaze, and android Negatron come downstairs to join them outside and the battle begins.  Vladimirescu joins his friends, revealing that he is the paranormal Final Pulse. During the fight, Revivicator discerns that Shi-Kaze is executive Masatake Hachiji, and is intentionally holding back.

#14 – Terror in Tokyo – As the fight rages, the heroes begin to gain the upper hand. An exhausted Kabuki flees, followed by a fatigued Swiftblade, and eventually only Naginata remains. The champions overwhelm the samurai, then some rush over to the onlookers, where the Hachiji security guards try to suppress the crowd’s recordings of the battle. Naginata arises and contests the team again, but is finally subdued. Shi-Kaze orders security to return to the building and informs the Sentinels that he was under Naginata’s thumb, a crime-fighter forced to work for the Yakuza as they hold his father Iyeyasu captive. Phantom Strike awakens and floats away into the ground. C.H.E.S.S. arrives and arrests Naginata and Negatron. Shadowfist’s group returns and explains that the Tong kidnapped renowned scientist Haruzo Torinaga. Revivicator promises Shi-Kaze that they will rescue his father, and their former enemy takes them back upstairs to the top floor. With help from C.H.E.S.S. they search Naginata’s bedroom and office and recover six vials with clear liquid labeled Y-12 and X-12; Shi-Kaze believes them to be a drug and antidote.

#15 – High-Tech Horror – A Hachiji pilot spills the location of two southern island complexes. Psilight decides that they will strike first against the one they know more about before assaulting the likely main headquarters of the villains. The following evening Psilight, Midna, and Shi-Kaze assist C.H.E.S.S. with a raid on another Hachiji office building in Yokohama while the main group parachutes into different spots of the Hachiji compound on Tanegashima. Raijin coerces a technician into shutting off all electrical power, then blows the backup generators. Shadowfist chases away a radio operator from a communications shack. Final Pulse searches the top floor of the largest structure, while Revivicator and ColdSnap take out a security guard and grab some experimental weapons from a building with high-tech armaments. As he moves across the grounds, Shadowfist encounters a large kirin, a celestial dragon-horse of Japanese mythology, and is knocked unconscious by the beast and an invisible foe. Raijin comes to his aid and knocks out the creature, which changes back into a woman as it goes flying. Invisible Shadow Dragon scoops up his sister Kirin and flees. ColdSnap and Revivicator move over to the Simulations Building and drop another security guard before running into Final Pulse there.

#16 – Climax at the Castle – C.H.E.S.S. and Japanese authorities descend on Tanegashima and help detain workers and rescue captive scientists and engineers. Kirin and Shadow Dragon alert Ichiban Sama at the main Dragon Tong headquarters on Yakushima. After resting and healing, the next morning the team makes their final assault on the island. Their C.H.E.S.S craft is warned to stay away, so drops below radar until over Yakushima, and it dodges laser fire after the squad parachutes onto a dormant volcano. They travel through jungle to the compound, which has a moat and high stone wall. Raijin and Shi-Kaze challenge the Yamaguchi from outside, but Ninja Master leaps to the wall and cautions them that they face certain death if they continue. Shadowfist grows large and teleports onto the wall, while Raijin and Rejuvenator (towing ColdSnap) leap over, where they fight Ninja Master, Kirin (again as a dragon), and a ninja. Kirin is felled, and when Shadowfist forces the drawbridge down, Shi-Kaze, Psilight, and Final Pulse also enter the courtyard. Surrounded, Ninja Master drops a flash grenade, temporarily blinding Raijin and Shi-Kaze before he flees into the feudal Japanese castle. The heroes enter through the front door and engage Kabuki, Shadow Dragon, Phantom Strike, Swiftblade, Ninja Master, Ichiban Sama, and many elite ninjas inside. After a furious battle, Phantom Strike flees, and the rest of the villains are defeated. Ichiban Sama takes off his mask, revealing that he is Iyeyasu Hachiji! He congratulates his honorable opponents, reveals his disgust that son Shi-Kaze chose the wrong side, and commits seppuku by blowing up himself and his magical rings via a powerful explosion! Dr. Torinaga is rescued, and many records are recovered that lead to the end of the Dragon Tong.

#17 – We Are Not Our Brothers’ Keeper – A person dressed as Rejuvenator hosts a party in the old garage portion of the Sentinels’ base, welcoming ColdSnap to the team and making Final Pulse a junior member. Amongst the loud music and alcohol, a tattoo artist inks guests in one corner. The festivities also serve as a recruiting drive, and numerous paranormals attend, alongside many ordinary people. Midna watches as newcomer Solomon Kane expresses mistrust about magical Flashbot. Hired by the host, blue-skinned Frostgem slips away with ColdSnap into a back room for his first intimate encounter. Alarms sound, causing Rejuvenator to clear the regular people from the facility. Final Pulse drives a Marauder with Midna, ColdSnap, Flashbot, and Kane to a nearby police precinct, where there is a large hole in the wall and numerous casualties. The vigilantes race inside and fight the powerful Dreadnought and hired thugs with energy blasts, who all have glowing tattoos. Flashbot’s light flash inadvertently blinds Final Pulse permanently! The hirelings flee, as does a temporarily blinded Dreadnaught, who is chased down and captured by ColdSnap. As the glow from the tattoos fades, the villain shrinks down into a troubled 12-year-old boy. He had gotten tattoos that act like an addictive drug, but also give powers. Flashbot drives them back to the Sentinels’ base, where in the former garage they see Rejuvenator (actually Revitalizer) guarded by four minions and getting tattooed by the Artist. Revitalizer and the Artist wield experimental Dragon Tong weaponry. When confronted, Revitalizer shoots his hirelings, which causes them to mutate and grow claws. Another flash of light from Flashbot blinds ColdSnap and Revitalizer, and the latter is taken out by Kane. The Artist mind controls the Puritan hunter, who then drops Flashbot. One by one the heroes fall in a fierce battle, until Kane snaps free and dispatches the Artist. Again all of the thugs get away. The heroes learn that Revitalizer is Trey, a third personality of Rejuvenator/Revivicator! He was the mastermind behind the tattoos, which were an attempt to perpetually subdue the more noble personas within himself.

 

 

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