Monday, September 10, 2012

Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: New Runaways #7

This post should really be much shorter than it turned out to be, since most of Saturday's session involved training montages for our various characters. It didn't work out that way. In any case, this should definitely be the penultimate session this time, as Doc promises next week will be the finale.

The Cast
Alex Murphy (played by Blair) – Formerly the school’s resident drug dealer, Murphy is now attempting to establish himself as team leader in the fight against the forces of evil. He has the ability to manipulate air.
Chad Hudson (played by Heather) – Earth manipulating jerkass jock.
Jenny Darkholme (played by me) – Orphan with a strong sense of responsibility and potentially destined to be one of the guardians of the multiverse. She has the ability to teleport, and to manipulate energy. She is also currently sharing head-space with the 'ghost' of a reformed evil (and much older and more experienced) version of herself. 
TE Lawrence (played by Anna) – An undercover life-sized decoy robot sent by SHIELD to track down the source of MGH being sold on the Midtown High School campus. As of episode two, his memory banks have been erased except for his cover identity and a single directive: ‘Save as many as you can.’
Disclaimer: The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The Doctor and Chad were outside on this planet made of weird metal, and then the Doctor said: 'Oops.'

That was when a big worm-like creature burst outta the ground. Thought for sure Chad and the Doctor were worm chow, but before we could all rush out to the rescue, it turned out this thing, and its six buddies who showed up soon after, recognised the Doctor and were friendly. They had earth manipulation powers like Chad, and he spent some time meditating or communing or something like that with them. It was very un-Chad-like.

After that, the worms took Chad to see an 'Earth-bending' master: a twelve-year-old blind girl called Toph Beifong. Don't let the blindness fool you, though, this girl's tough as nails. Of course, Chad didn't realise she was blind for almost a week. Watching her train Chad was hilarious, on account of her throwing boulders at him and stuff. Within four days, Toph had taught him everything she could, and he came out of it with a 'second skin' of that weird liquid/solid metal the planet was made from.

While Chad was busy with that, we all spent a bit of time preparing ourselves for the big battle that was to come. Murph went off to train in his Gundam, learn how to pilot it and such. The Doctor took Lawrence under his wing to teach him 'some stuff', in the Doctor's own words. He was very mysterious about the whole thing. Whatever he was teaching him, I know it included flying the TARDIS...and Lawrence got pretty at that good, too. As for Blaine...I'm not sure, I wasn't there for it, whatever it was.
[OOC Note: Amy discovered that Lawrence was a robot and told the Doctor, who sat Lawrence down and explained the truth to him. This led to Lawrence experiencing a system reboot, allowing him to remember his true nature and purpose. The Doctor decided to teach Lawrence that even though he was a robot, that didn't mean he wasn't a person too. At the same time, he also spent time teaching Lawrence how to use some of his hidden functions and fly the TARDIS and stuff.
In Blaine's case, I really don't know what his 'training montage' involved, because Elliot wasn't in the game this week.]

See, Toph had mentioned about this sword her friend had lost. A 'space sword' she described it as. Apparently it was made of the same stuff this planet was. Because of its unique properties, it had cut its way through several universal barriers and got lost somewhere in the multiverse. Anyway, they'd encountered the Doctor a while back, and in exchange for their help, they'd asked him to recover the sword for them, which he hadn't done yet. Head Jenny thought we might be able to find it though.

Turns out that while Head Jenny was under The Enemy's control, she had been in possession of this sword, and had been using it to cut holes between universes which The Enemy's assembled fleet could pass through safely. Just before arriving in our universe, she hid it somewhere. But she had forgotten where.

A couple nights later, it came back to her, and she helped me find my way to the place where she'd left the sword. She warned me not to interfere in the course of events, despite what I might see there.

It was really a hard warning to follow. We were somewhere underground, with all these girls - most not much older than I was, some a bit younger - armed for battle. There was a hoard of creatures climbing out of a pit to attack the kids. 'Ubervamps', Head Jenny called them. The girls were fighting hard, but a lot of them were dying. There were two women there with them as well, and one of them looked a lot like me except, well, older. Her name was Faith. I went to her, and she was surprised to see me, but not for the reason ya might think. Apparently, she thought I was 'just a dream'. Anyhow, she had been given the sword to put somewhere safe, and had dropped it down the pit. I thanked her and teleported down into the pit to get it. The sword was in the middle of a circle of Ubervamps, so I teleported in and grabbed it.

It felt just the right weight in my hands as I was fighting off the Ubervamps, and I discovered a new ability: I could teleport things - like, say Ubervamps - away from me, without touching them.

I fought them off and teleported back up to where Faith and the kids were still fighting off the hoarde, but the tide seemed to have turned, and a piller of light burst to life around this peroxide blonde guy wearing some kind of tacky medalion. The cavern was collapsing, and the girls were fleeing. That was my cue to leave too. I gave Faith a nod before teleporting out and returning to the TARDIS.

The Doctor and everyone seemed to be having a meeting as I arrived. He was just saying something about 'having to go ahead with the plan without her' when I appeared. I had just enough time to notice how relieved they looked to see me, before I passed out. I guess that battle and all the teleporting I'd done really took the wind outta me.

When I woke up, the Doctor told me I'd been gone for two weeks. We only had a matter of days until the Phoenix Force was due to arrive, and we still had to go to the universe where they'd been able to contain the Phoenix before, in order to figure out a way to deal with it and keep it out of the Enemy's hands. The Doctor noticed the sword, and figured we could use it for our 'plan'. I'm not sure what plan that would be, I thought we were just making stuff up as we went? Anyway, I guess Toph won't mind if we hold onto it a bit longer, what with the fate of the multiverse hanging in the balance and all. We'll need every edge we can get in order to stop the Enemy's plans. Heh...'edge', get it?

I used the sword to cut a hole for the TARDIS to travel through, and we arrived just in time to witness the first arrival of Galactus and the Silver Surfer on this version of earth. At which point the Doctor fainted on us. The Surfer sensed us watching through the scanner somehow, and started blasting the TARDIS. While the rest of us hung on tight as the TARDIS started flying wild-like, Murph took his Gundam out for a spin. Kicked the Silver Surfer right off his board. Lawrence managed to bring the TARDIS back under control, and  we watched on the scanner as Murph addressed Galactus, telling him that bigger things than Galactus were afoot, and that if he didn't spare this earth so that the Phoenix could arrive and find its host, even he would perish.

I was impressed...and not a little horrified. Fortunately, Galactus called a pause on destroying the world. We decided to wait in the TARDIS for the arrival of the Phoenix. Except the Doctor realised that we were about seventeen years too early. So we fast forwarded a bit, and then alarm bells started ringing and the Doctor went 'Oops' again. Turned out we weren't so early after all, because there on the monitor was a giant flaming bird flying straight towards the screen. Kinda hope that doesn't mean it's headed right for us, but then, with our luck so far...

To be continued...

New Runaways #8 will be online next Monday @ 6:00pm. Stay tuned!

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