The Silent Guardians!

Sneaky Snakes Go Dancin'

Jaguarleaped up on top of the roof of Guthrie Mansion. Black Mamba sneered at him.

“You’re a fool for coming here,” she said. “All of you are fools!”

Diamondbackthrew a narcotic poisoned dart at him, hitting Jaguar and envenoming him with hallucinations. Jags managed to shake off the poison, and Black Mamba attempted to fool Synapsiswith an illusion of Brian Jackson. Synapsis wasn’t impressed, of course.

Jaguar ended up on the ground, though, and charged Black Racer, who had peeked her head out the kitchen door. The pair of them ended up in the kitchen, where Anaconda wrapped herself around Jaguar and kept him busy for awhile. Synapsis and Dr. Decibel took care of the two Serpents outside before going into the kitchen, where they helped Jaguar take out Bushmaster, Anaconda, and Black Racer (who fled the battle, by the way).

The Silent Guardians explored Guthrie Mansion, searching for whatever it was that the Mad Thinker had sent the Serpent Society to retrieve. Synapsis played several challenging pieces of music on the grand piano, and they tangled with the rest of the Serpent Society: Princess Python, Rock Python, Rattler, Black Racer (again), Death Adder, Cottonmouth, and Fer-de-Lance. The Silent Guardians apprehended the majority of the Serpent Society, except for Black Mamba, their leader, and Princess Python, who begged the group to let her join. The Guardians were split on whether or not to trust the Princess, but Dr. Decibel convinced them that she was trustworthy. For now, anyway…

With Princess Python’s help, the Silent Guardians discovered what exactly the Serpent Society had been sent here to find—the updated plans for the OrBot, an orbital space station/weapons platform that the Mad Thinker obviously wanted to use to increase his own power. The plans in Guthrie Mansion featured a correction to a flaw in the original plans. The Mad Thinker needed these new plans so that he could build the thing with no Death Star exhaust port weakness.

While investigating Guthrie Mansion, the Silent Guardians found a humanoid robot. The thing did not present a threat; in fact, it seems to be a blank slate as the only words it would say were, “awaiting programming.” Dr. Decibel was like a kid on Christmas morning, and he took the robot back home with him. He named it Alludium, and plans to tinker with it extensively in the future.

After the Guardians left the Mansion, Princess Python asked Dr. Decibel if she could stay with him, since she had nowhere else to go. He politely declined, and told her to friend the Silent Guardians on Facebook when she asked for his number. Evidently, despite all her promises of wanting to turn over a new leaf, the good Doctor still didn’t quite trust her. Pythagoras, her 25’ long python, was relieved to see that this punk wasn’t trying to take his lady away.

Later that night, Ayumi returned to her dorm to find her roomy, Mary Matthews, in some sort of trance. The room was full of candles, and the book Confuto Tractus Vox was open in her lap. Ayumi tried to wake Mary from the trance, but she couldn’t get any kind of response. She called Dr. Decibel to explain the problem, who in turn contacted Jaguar. Mez’s parents are archeology professors, and so he figured Mez might know somebody with knowledge of European history. Indeed he did, and Mez agreed to talk to Prof. William Banner the next day. Ayumi finally managed to wake Mary, who assured her that nothing was wrong and told Ayumi to mind her own business. Shy quiet Ayumi agreed, but with obvious misgivings.

The next day was pretty busy for the Silent Guardians, or at least for their secret identities. Prof. Hughes was called to a meeting of the engineering department where it was announced that Prof. Sally Mae Thurman from MIT had agreed to take over as head of the department. The other teachers in the room weren’t happy about this, but Prof. Hughes took it with grace. It didn’t hurt anything that Prof. Thurman is a very beautiful woman, and that he caught her checking him out as he left the meeting.

At football practice, QB Lance Bishop was acting sick. He wasn’t sure what was wrong with him, but he said his muscles were sore and he was dizzy. Back up QB Cody Howard was put in. Cody is a young kid, just out of high school with a cannon for an arm, but without a lot of pocket awareness. Mez got a bunch of other players together to try to help him before the game Saturday.

Ayumi received an unexpected and unwelcome phone call: her parents were coming for a visit! They were in New York, and would be in Kingdom Falls on Sunday! Swearing to herself in Japanese, Ayumi went to her music class where she met the new music professor, John Glaceau.

Saturday finally arrived, the day of the postponed football game against the K State Wildcats. Since the KFU field was still messed up due to the giant robot attack, the Dragons were able to use the Kingdom Falls White Knights field (the White Knights are the local semi-pro team). Lance Bishop was still suffering from his mysterious illness, so Cody Howard got the start. The Dragons took the field to chants of “Mez Em Up!” and Mez managed to score just before half time. The game was finally won by the Dragons’ defense on the last play of the game, as a fumble was recovered and run in for a TD.

After the game, Ayumi ran into Brian Jackson, who had recovered from his own sickness. They talked for a little while, and Brian offered to teach Ayumi about football over some tea. She agreed, and that’s when her parents showed up!

“So, this is why you do so bad in school!” shouted Mr. Hirugashi. “You spend all you time at American football game!”

Ayumi protested her innocence, saying that she didn’t even like football, and in fact, her tutor was here! She introduced her parents to Brian Jackson, and when Mrs. Hirugashi shook his hand, Brian grabbed her and held a gun to her head!

“Alright, Synapsis,” Brian said. “The Mad Thinker wants his plans back. And you’re going to give them to me!”

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The Mad Thinker

The Silent Guardians spring into action, determined to have better results against this giant robot than they did against the last one. Unfortunately, this one is fifty feet tall and covered with thick metal armor…

Sysnapsisestablishes a mental link between the three of them, and Dr. Decibel informs them that there is a secret hatch located between the monster’s “shoulder blades.” Jaguarjumps up on the monster, only to be attacked by the robot’s guardians—six spiderbots! Jaguarfinally manages to claw his way into the robot, but only after having a hell of a hard time against the spiderbots (who also manage to vex Synapsisand Dr. Decibel quite effectively). Dr. Decibel joins Jaguarin the robotand find a control room in its head. They work frantically to take control of the thing while Synapsistries to contain the remaining spiderbots and avoid the attacks of the giant robot monster.

The heroes manage to gain control of the robot and use it to neutralize the remaining spiderbots. It is then that the Mad Thinker appears on the screens in the control room. He taunts Dr. Decibel for a few moments, then retakes control of the giant robot. The thing burrows back down beneath the football field, returning from whence it came.

During his talk with the Mad Thinker, Dr. Decibel noticed that the room the villain was broadcasting from did not resemble any sort of prison cell he was familiar with. The group decided that they would need to visit the Bros. Grimm Day Care Center to make sure that the Mad Thinker was actually there.

They decided that they would talk with the police chief, Chief Barney Owens. They went to his house and after a tense moment he invited them in.

Chief Owens told them in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t crazy about the idea of vigilantes in long underwear running around in his town, but he also understands that his men aren’t equipped to deal with the sudden rash of super villains. They asked how they might get into the Bros. Grimm facility, and he told them that they should talk to Frankenhammer, a guard from the facility that would be transporting Amalgamation Man there on Monday (Time Bat had escaped some time earlier, naturally).

The Silent Guardians also learned that Guthrie Mansion had been broken into during the battle with the giant robot monster, but they (the culprits) had set off an alarm and fled before they were able to do much.

That night, the heroes decided that they would go on patrol. At a Break Time, they interrupted a robbery by members of the 241 Mafia, a local gang. Although they managed to apprehend all six of the gangbangers, they had to work hard for it (and were pretty embarrassed by what they felt was a subpar performance). The clerk at the Break Time, Antoine Jefferson (“call me Ace”) is actually the former Firebreather, a super hero whose career was ended when Amalgamation Man stole his powers. Come to find out, Ace is the Silent Guardians’ biggest fan.

On Sunday, the heroes went to the Kingdom Falls Police Station to talk to Frankenhammer. The big guard didn’t do much talking, but the Silent Guardians did speak to Wardonkey, warden of the Bros. Grimm Day Care Center, on the phone. Wardonkey told them they could ride with Frankenhammer on Monday and then visit with the Mad Thinker when they got there.

Naturally, the rest of Beethoven’s Five tried to break Amalgamation Man out on the way to St. Louis. Vile Violinist ripped part of the road up to create a wall, which Frankenhammer promptly crashed the van into. After a furious battle, the Vile Violinist and Tiny Tornado managed to flee yet again, but the Silent Guardians captured Time Bat (again), Amalgamation Man(again), and Aquatic Tesla.

After being mistaken for the Quiet Watchers by some passing motorists, the Silent Guardians finally made it to Bros. Grimm. They were chewed out by Warden Wardonkey, but they did get to talk to the Mad Thinker. During the interrogation, they discovered that he is actually an almost perfect robotic replica of the real Mad Thinker. This one had been created by that villain, and had spent its entire existence in this prison cell.

They were now determined to figure out what the Mad Thinker is up to. But first, back to school. Heatherhad been worried about Mez (and it seems also has a crush on Prof. Hughes, just like most of the young women at KFU), and Brian Jackson, Mez’s roommate, seems to be developing feelings for Ayumi (and she isn’t sure how she feels about that). Prof. Hughes, meanwhile, was informed by the dean that Prof. Harrison would not be returning to the university. He would make an announcement within the next couple of days as to who would be taking over the engineering department. Prof. Hughes was almost drooling with anticipation; he’d been coveting that position for as long as he’d been at KFU.

That night, the Silent Guardians went to investigate Guthrie Mansion to figure out what significance the place had. They went to sneak in the back way, and Jaguarsaw some movement on the roof over the back door. He leaped up to the roof, only to be confronted by a pair of beautiful women—Diamondback and Black Mamba, members of the Serpent Society!

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The Silent Guardians!

Mez Cooper, Professor Dominic Hughes, and Ayumi Higurashi met and discovered that they all have super powers. They decided to join together to fight crime in Kingdom Falls MO as the Silent Guardians!

Their first action as a team involved several large spiky robots. All three of the heroes were out on the town in their secret identities (Mez was on a date with his girlfriend Heather, Ayumi was going for a pizza for her roommate Mary Matthews, and Prof. Hughes was going to get a burger). Suddenly, they noticed a spiky robot chasing a man down the middle of the street. The heroes managed to slip away and don their costumes, and then engaged the robot in battle.

The battle didn’t go well. The first robot was joined by two others, and the heroes were forced to retreat and watch them from a distance. The robots smashed the cornerstone of the Guthrie Mansion, and took the metal box within it and dumped it into the fountain in Buchanan Park. The robots then returned to the Overton Storage Facility.

Jaguar (Mez) and Synapsis (Ayumi) investigated the box, but found it empty. Meanwhile, Dr. Decibel (Prof. Hughes) flew to the Overton Storage Facility to watch the robots. He discovered that the place was on fire. The fire dept. and police showed up, and Dr. Decibel fled the scene.

Later investigation turned up that there had been a total of five of the robots, and they had been shipped from St. Louis. They did some research on Guthrie Mansion and learned that the place had been owned by the Mad Thinker until his incarceration 13 years ago. The Mad Thinker was being held at the Bros. Grimm Day Care Center, a super max super prison in St. Louis.

Before the Silent Guardians could follow up on this information, they had a run in with a group of super villains called Beethoven’s Five. B5 had broken into the Something Special jewelry store, and the heroes arrived before they could escape. During the battle, Time Bat opened a gateway sending Synapsis to the Kingdom Falls Bridge—a long run back to the fight! Jaguar managed to knock out Time Bat, but was hard pressed by Aquatic Tesla and Amalgamation Man. Dr. Decibel contributed to the fight, more in spirit than effectiveness. The Vile Violinist, leader of Beethoven’s Five, and the fifth member, Tiny Tornado emerged from the jewelry store and took to the sky to escape. Jaguar and Dr. Decibel knocked out Amalgamation Man, but Aquatic Tesla managed to escape. Synapsis got back just in time to see the cops arrive, and she raised a forcefield so that the Silent Guardians could make their escape.

The next day in his office, Prof. Hughes notices that his academic rival (and head of the engineering dept.) Prof. Donald Harrison is limping and looks to have been in a fight. Prof. Harrison notices the same thing about Prof. Hughes. The two eye each other warily during the tense discussion about the goals of the engineering department at Kingdom Falls University.

Meanwhile, Ayumi notices that the violin that normally hangs on the wall in her music class is missing. Also, the music teacher, Miles Weston, suddenly changes the song that the class is to play, from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to Fur Elise.

Mez has football practice, and he and Lance Bishop, the quarterback of the KFU Dragons, argue as usual. Mez knows that this is only because Lance is jealous of Mez’s skills and his girlfriend.

Later, Ayumi notices that her roommateis acting strangely. More strange than normal, even. Maryleaves the room and Ayumi copies down the title of one of the strange books Mary has been reading—Confuto Tractus Vox. She plans to have the title translated later.

Finally, the first football game of the season. Mez and the rest of the Dragons are eager to get underway, and Ayumi and Prof. Hughes are both in the stands. The game goes normally for the first possession of the K State Wildcats, but as soon as the Dragons offense takes the field, a giant robot monster erupts from the middle of the field!

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