|By preventing the plans of the Nazi super criminal, The Aryan Ape, the Freedom Five are experiencing a bit of notoriety. They’re on the front page of all of the major newspapers, and Time Magazine has contacted them to do an interview and photograph them for the issue’s cover. As exciting as this is, the heroes would much rather continue on their mission to save their world.|
|The unexpected element of time travel has them worried. Will they be able to find the world that is assaulting their own earth, and if they do, will they arrive in time? How do they even find that world? Paul has told them that the element they use is rare so it should increase the statistical probability of locating the correct world, but he doesn’t know how to compensate for the chronological variance.|
|Their most immediate task is to speak to Envoy, a member of the Liberty League. He has a weapon that appears to be made of the same metal that might be able to power their trans-dimensional travel. After a few days, he manages to recover consciousness. He is very reluctant to discuss the nature of his weapon, but your heroic actions convince him that you are trustworthy individuals (well, most of you).|
|He explains that although he refers to the baton as his Orichalcum, orichalcum is actually the name of the metal that it is made from. He tells you that his real name is Sarlyn. He was a diplomatic emissary from a secret island nation known as Utopia. The Utopian people have lived in self imposed isolation for centuries. They nation is populated by the descendants of refugees from the lost city of Atlantis.|
|Thousands of years ago in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, the island continent of Atlantis was the home of genetically superior humans. Some theorize that they were enhanced by extra terrestrials that may have visited our world long ago. Others suggest that their strength and genius were gifts from ancient gods.|
The Atlanteans created an advanced civilization far beyond anything else on Earth. They were explorers with visions of uniting the world, and made contact with other lands as legends of the fabled island-continent and its powers spread far and wide. They were known for their skills in metallurgy. They developed an alloy known as Orichalcum. It is stronger than steel, yet can be as flexible as an archer’s bow. It can also be made into a powerful conductor or capacitor for various forms of every including heat, electricity, light, and magic.
In time, the Atlanteans came into conflict with Lemuria and the ancient Empire of the Serpent People, descendants of a previous saurian empire that ruled the Earth millions of years previously. Although the Serpent People had become largely degenerate, they were led by cunning and powerful sorcerers and worshipped now forgotten cosmic entities. The war between Atlantis and Lemuria lasted for generations. The Atlanteans were ultimately victorious, but in the end their arrogance became their undoing, as they sought to understand their foes’ alien sorcery. They combined their own mastery of metallurgy with powers granted to them by the unknown gods. However, in so doing, they triggered a disaster that destroyed Atlantis, sinking the entire continent below the waves.
When Atlantis sank, a small number of Atlanteans survived, having been away from the homeland when disaster struck. Some of these survivors scattered to different parts of the world, becoming known as heroes, wizards, and legendary figures in human mythology.
Most of the refugees made their way to a remote outpost in what is now the Caribbean. They settled on an island situated in the midst of a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle, shielded from the outside world. It became known as Utopia; literally “a place which is nowhere”, and the Atlantean survivors created a small, self-contained civilization focused on peace, equality, and personal achievement. They abandoned any interest in the mystic arts, believing such things led to the downfall of Atlantis, and focused on the sciences instead. They achieved tremendous advances and enjoyed millennia of peace and prosperity, shunning contact with the outside world.
Today, they still know their ancestors’ secrets of metallurgy, but instead of empowering the metal with magic, they use science.
Sarlyn examines your watches and determines that they have been powered by dark magic. Although he cannot recharge your devices with dark magic, he believes that he might be able to use the same alchemical energy that powers his baton to trigger the devices, but he doesn’t have the equipment here to do it. He will have to return to Utopia to get the supplies and then bring them back to America.
The heroes offer to travel with him, but he explains that normally it would be difficult to get authorization to bring outsiders to Utopia, but even if that were to happen, the moment they arrived, the power within their watches would be discovered and they would all be put taken and destroyed.
|After two weeks, Sarlyn returns to Freedom City, but he is not alone. He has brought with him an American archeologist named Adrian Elder. Adrian was searching for the ruins off Atlantis when he encountered an artifact that imbued him with the ancient powers of the lost city. Since then he has been a guest of the Utopian people while trying to learn control of the struggling forces of good and evil within him. Sarlyn believes that Adrian should be able to use the watches as a grounding rod that will simultaneously free him from the evil magic from him, while also recharging the devices.|
|After hours of meditation and the casting of protective spells, Adrian takes a deep breath and upon exhaling, a dark viscous substance exudes from him and flows toward the devices. A large amount of it is absorbed, but there is too much and it begins to pool on the hero’s feet.|