Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Episode 9 : I Sing the Body Electric

A typical night for the Immortals - Marduk is hobnobbing with celebrities at the new Planet Hollywood, Jack Flash is out on a date with Ashley at Octoberfest in Freedom Park, Steel Dragon is at the Academy working on his latest project, Torrent is out patroling the dangerous streets of West Franklin.

At 11pm the TV screens around the city flash and all change to the image a rather pleased looking Super Mandrill. He speaks in his slow careful language.
"Greetings humanity. I apologize for over-riding your electronic teat. I know how fussy it makes you to miss a drop of your precious celebrity milk. But hungry you shall go, for it is time to pay for your greedy suckling. I give you one hour to organize yourselves and show your steady hands on the controls of the ship of state. After that I will plunge this city back into the dark ages of chaos and mayhem. Unless of course, you can exert some self control, you will descend on each other like dogs, no offense to my canine brethren. You have one hour."
That speech was followed by a cartoon monkey counting down one hour. The population began to panic, that is the population aside from those revellers in the park who are unaware of the Villain's threats.

The team leaps to action and is called to the mayor's situation room to plan a strategy. They all surmise that the Super Mandrill's plan is to attack the city's power grid. The logical target is the main sub-station just outside of town. In fact the sub-station was not responding to calls. Another person not responding was Torrent, for whatever reason she was unavailable to help the team.

The team rushes to the scene, with Ashley in tow, and arrives to find the sub-station quiet. Seeing that time was of the essence they landed nearby and ran to the scene. First on the scene was Jack Flash who surveyed the crime scene spotting several gorillas working mischief at the site. Marduk rushes in and begins to combat the Gorillas. Steel Dragon sends in his miniature Jade Dragon in to survey the scene.

They discover the Super Mandrill had his minions install a strange device to the main power distribution tower. It was unclear what the device would do, but it was clear it had to be stopped. Marduk focused his attention on thrashing the massive cybernetic gorillas. Although the challenge proved a more difficult task than it was when he first encountered the apes. At one point in his rage Marduk summoned a mighty sword to his hand and severed head of the cybernetic ape, causingsparks and blood to fly.

Steel Dragon maneuvered his mini-dragon to examine the strange device and then into the control room to disable the systems. Meanwhile Jack Flash harried the apes and began to pepper the strange device with stones. Steel Dragon's Dragon encountered a strange Television Headed Gorilla with the face of Super Mandrill on it. Some sort of remotely controlled construct with his intellect controlling it.

The TV-Headed gorilla flipped a large switch and the Device outside began to energize. The team redoubled its efforts to disable it. The fight continued and Marduk finished off the Super Mandrill's minions. Meanwhile the TV-Headed Gorilla was trying to make an escape. Steel Dragon and Jack Flash succeed in shutting down the entire power station. Jack Flash alerted Marduk to the villain's escape plans, and Marduk rushed forward to stop him. As he got there, he was mesmerized by the strange images on the screen. As Jack Flash tried to free him from the thrall of the sinister screen, he barreled into the beast, injuring them both. That seemed to jar Marduk out of his daze, and when the creature tried to grapple him, he hurled him across the station into the tower, discharging the last of the energies in the tower.

Jack Flash meanwhile was searching for Ashley who had disappeared from the Osprey. He found her smoking unconscious form in the grass near the fence. He grabbed her and moved her to the plane for transportation to a hospital.

The cyber-ape was destroyed. But in the last few seconds of power the TV screen revealed the Super Mandrill congratulated the team for its success in finishing his job. He told them his plan was about to reach fruition while they busied themselves at the sub-station.

The team grimly boarded their plane to confront the Super Villain's nefarious plans for the city.


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