The Wire while doing his thing at HQ surfing the web for more data on the recent happening here in Freedom City was approached by Hard Line and L33t, which are part of the Cyber-Crimes division at HQ. Orders have come down the chain to recruit The Wire for a mysterious Cyber Crime in The Emerald City.
Nothing marks Emerald City newcomers more than making a Munchkin joke in public. They think it’s clever, but to longtime residents they’re just being punch-ably obvious and annoying, so of course The Wire did the obvious when meeting the police chief, but of course that didn’t stop him from making more puns at the city’s expense.
The chief asked Freedom City’s Cyber Crime’s division for their help being a longtime old friend with the director at OHMA HQ. Strange things have been happening. A riddle was left after several banks were hit “When the money is scrambled to the very last cent, riots and hatred soon will commence. You may well ponder, while all your magnetic cash is squandered. To stop this horrible twisted trick, just exchange the poles of old Saint Nick.”
Soon after reading the riddle The Wire sprang into action his mind racing searching every variable he could think of on the internet when he was hit by a horrible mind numbing blast of energy that ripped through his skull like a hot knife through butter, scrambling him and leaving him in a dazed state.
Rushing to his side L33t and Hard Line picked their friend up and sat him down to rest. The Wire telling them he felt this very pain before when he faced off with his arch nemesis Fever Pitch, a Cyber Villain who had powers that also were Data Link in nature, but could be be used to hinder machines, and cause a powerful viral energy burst that could drain someone hit by it.
While it may only be a theory L33t and Hardline confirmed that Fever Pitch did indeed escape his prison cell and fled Freedom City. It looks like he had set up shop here, but the riddle is not his type of style. What did that all mean. Hardline and L33t hit the books the old-fashioned way and began investigating while The Wire recovered. It took most of the day, but by nightfall, the trio was back in action.
An alarm sounded off as the Second National Emerald City Bank was hit. By the time the trio arrived on the scene whoever did this was long gone, suspecting Fever Pitch, but what they didn’t expect was to see the doors to the bank all twisted and bent, and upon entry to the bank seeing the bank vault door ripped from it’s hinges and twisted like warped wood from being in the water too long. Fever Pitch cannot do something like this the group agreed. He must have help.
L33t and The Wire looked over the computers and noticed that anyone who had an account with the bank their funds were drained and accounts closed, or deleted. Several high profile people, and business dealt with this bank among them were tech boom companies like MarsTech and USNet. Their stock options tanked horribly after this devastating Cyber Crime attack. Hard Line felt strange something tugging at him, as he looked closer at the bent vault door, but couldn’t put his finger on it.
The trio unsure of what to do next decided that a nights rest may do them good, but The Wire was not sleepy. He has not been sleepy for a while just getting a few hours of rest is good enough for him usually. His mind went racing again, this time being more careful. He accessed Emerald City’s Criminal Database and Cross-Referenced it with OHMA’s Database for anything that could do what they had witnessed at the bank.
Hard Line awoke watching The Wire in his internet search trance moving unseen windows with his hands and talking to himself quietly. Hard Line, more muscle than brain, but still no slouch he figured it out. The pull he felt was that of a magnet. Whatever that had twisted, the doors and the vault like that had incredible powers of magnetism. Walking over to The Wire and trying to get his attention telling him what he had discovered. The two agreed and it fits the riddle. The Wire refined his search to list any local masters of magnetism, one name appeared to him and he said it aloud “DEATH MAGNETIC.”
The rest of the night and greater part of the morning he pulled up any resources he could on her to create a report while L33t still slept and Hard Line made a coffee and breakfast run. He compiled a profile on Death Magnetic and sent it to everyone’s portable device in an email.
To: Hard Line; L33t
Subject: Death Magnetic Profile
REAL NAME: Chelsea Lincoln
OCCUPATION: Information technology specialist (Former, now criminal)
She’s got all her wits about her, and has turned them all over to her dark side, guys. She seems like a handful.
Flight, Magnetism Control: Magnetic Energy Blasts, Magnetic Manipulation, Metallic Armor
She wants it all, and wants it now. She has hit banks, art shows, charity events, and auctions before.
She has quite a temper according to a psych profile.
~ Believe You Can and You Can! ~
That afternoon the trio meets back at the first precinct and speaks to the police chief learning of a gran event happening at Emerald City’s Museum that night. They are showing off the Grand Emerald of The Lost Pharaoh King Hetepsekhemwy. They all agree that this may be the place they hit tonight as all proceeds and donations are going to The Emerald City’s Children’s Wish Foundation. Several high profile guests will be there and local celebrities. The team makes a plan to be there in disguise.
Night approaches and the trio are all dressed as the wait staff in the event handing out drinks, and hors d’oeuvres as they watch closely the meets and greets, the conversations, all the way up to the unveiling, and that is when the unexpected happened. With a thunderous roar a herd of mechanical dinosaurs from another wing of the museum crash the party, literally and physically crash the party. Floating above in the air controlling the mechanical beasts of magnetic destruction is Death Magnetic as she attacks the crowd of people with her T-Rex chomping down on some innocent bystanders. From the same direction on the back of another dinosaur rides in Fever Pitch charging through on a triceratops. Announcing their arrival and they have come here for the emerald, and the donations.
The group spring into action Hardline going for the rampaging triceratops and Fever Pitch and L33t going to try and usher out people quickly as possible, The Wire charges for Death Magnetic and the tyrannosaur. The Wire knowing he could easily disable what is going on here with his newfound power, but that would also probably take out the entire city block. So he tries to wrestle control of the beast with his powers vs Death Magnetic’s magnetic grip over the beast. The beast twists and turns and the sounds of iron wrenching and twisting as they duke it out for control.
Hard Line stands in front of the rampaging triceratops and digs in being violently pushed back as the two clash, but with his might he grapples the beast trying to toss it to the side failing as Fever Pitch begins firing his virus blasts at him distracting him.
L33t continues to help people out quickly as he can aiding the people that need the help.
Death Magnetic tosses out something from her armored gauntlet a strange cloud of silvery shimmering mist blankets the surrounding area. Just as panic and flight are about to take hold, the cloud begins to swirl and it whips itself into a cyclonic mass of tiny blades caching some people in it whirling fury giving them hundreds of paper cut like gashes on their exposed flesh leaving the dead and injured. The fleeing panicked crowds charge for the doors trampling over L33t in an effort to get out rendering him unconscious.
Hard Line managing to shrug off a few of the blasts from Fever Pitch overturns his mount pinning him underneath the beast. The weight of the robotic dinosaur takes him out of the game as he can’t free himself allowing Hard Line to assist The Wire in his fight against Death Magnetic.
The Wire grabs hold of the tyrannosaurus for just a moment long enough to head butt Death Magnetic so she loses concentration on her tornado of tiny blades. When she becomes very angry blasting The Wire full on with a wave of magnetic fury causing him to flu backwards even in his intangible state. His brain feels scrambled like using a magnet on a hard drive he yells out to Hard Line.
Hard Line throws a chair at her striking her with it turning her anger on him for just a moment. Gaining control of the tyrannosaur again, she uses it to swipe at him knocking him down from the mighty tail sweep. As she tosses another cloud of silvery shimmering mist towards Hard Line.
The Wire shaking off his stunned condition begins to hatch a plan in order to stop her. He calls it fight Fire with Fire. Summoning his inner strength as he has done before to generate electricity, this time he completes several complex calculations in his head weighing on the probability of being able to accomplish this power feat and concentrates to try to turn his energy form into a magnetic one.
Hard Line puts up his arms to try and block the shimmering cloud as it picks up speed pelting him like a sharp rain of needles cutting him and biting into his exposed flesh as he tries to scramble to his feet.
Death Magnetic uses the dinosaur to take out any remaining bystanders’ that may be trapped using the beast’s weight to create a giant shockwave as it stomps on the ground tripping them up and knocking them down.
The Wire analyzing the situation watching Death Magnetic tilts his head to the side and smiles taking two steps forward and brings his arms together in a clap interlocking his fingers together and forming a double pointer finger barreled gun. With a bit of an educated guess he uses the same magnetic pole that Death Magnetic is using causing a tremendous magnetic knockback of force to her as she hits the wall behind her after flying a few feet knocking her out for the count. The Giant mechanical tyrannosaur shudders and collapses with a loud THUD onto the floor. The rains of tiny blades fall away harmlessly from Hard Line onto the ground.
The battle is over, and soon the paramedics arrive to assist the injured and help cart away any of the not so fortunate who died in this attack. Hard Line uses the power nullifying handcuffs and collar on Fever Pitch and Death Magnetic to take them into whatever prison Emerald City may have like Freedom City.
While it is a victory, it doesn’t feel like one, but at least the bad guys were stopped on their rampage. The Wire, Hard Line, and L33t gather their things and head for home the next day.