Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Episode 11: Meeting of Mines

Jack Flash and Ashley Morganthal take a much needed romantic vacation away from Freedom city.
Torrent descends into the gritty world of gang crime, as she tries to end the cycle of violence and protect her secret identity.
Marduk learns of a new Television program - Incredible Journeys, that will throw him into dangerous situations to provide a viewpoint never before available to television cameras.
Steel Dragon spends a couple weeks at Cromwell Labs at Site One working, mostly unsuccessfully on the pheromone weapons used by the Super Mandrill.
At a meeting with Cromwell scientists, Steel Dragon and Strobelight (Cromwell's hired Super) a small earthquake is felt, signalling a mining accident. They respond to the emergency, Steel Dragon and Strobe calling Marduk to assist them in the dark tunnels of the Cromwell Mines. They succeed in rescuing several miners trapped in various places of the vast underground complex. At one point they discover a melted smooth passageway, and wonder at its creations.
In the ongoing search they rescue a strange figure, another Super in the form of a lost miner whose body has transformed into clay like mineral. His months of lonely isolation and dramatic transformation appear to have wracked the poor man's mind. But before they can remove him to the surface another tremor is felt.
Just then, boring through the solid rock a strange wormlike creature whose body consists entirely of molten metal, mostly EVA, pouring into the room and examines the group. Steel Dragon tries to commune with the creature unsuccessfully, Marduk attempts to peacefully interact with it, but ultimately it is Strobelight who begins a violent confrontation. After a prolonged battle the team manages to subdue the creature long enough that although not dead, it slinks off.

They follow the strange creature and it leads them to another part of the underground complex. Here they discover a remarkable clockwork scene of wind up automatons and life like homes and buildings. Steel Dragon is entranced by the scene and vows to study the wonder. With some trepidation, he tells Marduk he will have to reliquish his membership in the Immortals for the time being. But he promises to keep in touch and remain at their service.

As they begin to leave the area, they encounter the strange albino-like miners who were excavating the scene. They seem unpleased to see their site disturbed, and unsure how to deal with this discovery. The team moves on. Marduk agrees to take Odd Deveraux, aka C4 back to the academy in hopes of helping the man deal with his transformation, and rescue.
So the Immortals lose one trusted member, but gain another.


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