Specter, Chapter 9: Dire Villainy and the Deep Blue Sea
GREETINGS TRUE BELIEVERS!
Following the data trail from Atlantic City, then using a cunning plan, our heroes made it onto the Oscorp Industries Offshore Research Platform. But! They soon discovered that offshore platform was exactly what it claimed to be… an offshore research station devoted to legal, scientific research and engineering.
But, that can’t be said for what was below the waves!
Down in the deep blue sea lay a hidden underwater base and laboratory. Off the books and undetected, this high-tech mystery contained at least one surprise to the team: it seemed to be staffed by the Kryptonian terrorists… the Society of Rao!
Yet, during the thick of battle to stop the Society and their nefarious plans, events took an unexpected turn. AIM Cybercommandos invade using the sea base’s airlocks!
It’s a dire turn of events, True Believers! Our heroes find themselves caught with AIM Cybercommandos on one side, the Society of Rao and Oscorp on the other. They’ll need luck, and another cunning plan, to work this one in their favor!
Meanwhile! On the other side of the base, a haggard Oscorp scientist watches the battle over a hidden security system he installed in the lab. Visibly shaken, he frantically completes the mixture for the prototype serum, which is his own personal, and top secret, project: a mutagen to alter and perhaps even inhibit meta-powers permanently.
He transfers the serum to a portable vial and readies it for immediate use…
This could spell trouble with a capital ‘T’, True Believers!
Who is this mysterious scientist? And who does he intend to use this mysterious elixir on?
Let’s find out!
This is Not Stan Lee saying ...
Strange rumors send the Wyldfire team to investigate a modest and nondescript Oscorp Lab building on the southern edge of the Metropolis Research Park. Sources suggest Oscorp has some connection between five missing ooze victims in New York and a shadowy bio-genetic “special project” for “life enhancement”.
This is compounded by the fact that Oscorp is one of the companies studying the mutagenic ooze from the New York.
Once they arrived...
The plan, to use a "Bloodmobile" and administering company sponsored vaccines to the employees, went off without a hitch. Medkit and Dr. Blake provided cover, while the others searched the building. In no time, the search turned up:
Fortunately, the plan worked… mostly…
The team has liberated one of the missing kidnap victims, research samples, copies of research report data, and a Kryptonian Tri-comm being used by Oscorp! As a bonus, they recovered a mysterious ‘replicant’ type android made from a mysterious polymer.
They know from a surprise ally in the form of an Oscorp Field Tech, that the other kidnap victims have been taken to a location in Jersey, an off-shore platform, or both!
And then, there is this “Dr. Joara Zarn-Del”, a scientist from New Krypton who seems to be the silent partner in Oscorp’s current escapades. What is her stake in this? The team doesn’t know, but the clues suggest something sinister.
A little tech help from ShadowStar pointed the team at a mild-mannered data center in Atlantic City, owned by Paragon Networks Ltd. This unassuming location was not only housing several actively used servers by Oscorp Industries but also was renting warehouse space out to Oscorp!
After the clever use of false IDs, the team has made their way inside the building. Using their clever ruse, they have uncovered that Oscorp Industries is renting the warehouse for their own nefarious purposes.
Also, Oscorp is not alone! They are working with an extra-terrestrial threat. The mysterious, and fanatical, Society of Rao! Kryptonians bent on returning to the “Kryptonian Way”. A philosophy that caused the doom of their original homeworld!
In Atlantic City, things got dicey!Card Shark, in a desperate bid to steal the valuable high tech designs stored in Paragon Networks, staged an ‘office invasion’. A desperate move since all other digital methods of theft had failed.
But he didn’t count on Wyldfire being on the scene!
Quick as a flash, the Wyldfire team took the bad hand dealt them and turned it around! With a little help from SAFEGUARD, they stopped the digital designs of Card Shark all the while freeing another captive from Oscorp’s clutches.
But wait! There’s more!
As a bonus, thanks to the quick thinking of Dr. Adel Urda-Na, the team has a lead on where Oscorp and their Kryptonian allies might have sent a copy of the meta-power research. The same location where the rest of the missing meta-humans might be held!
They gained no new information about how deep Dr. Zarn-Del is involved. She could just be a silent partner. But she could also be an active participant in this ill-advised science!
And last, but never least…
Using a clever plan, our heroes have infiltrated the Oscorp Industries Offshore Research Station Gamma. They hope to track down the last of the missing meta-humans, recover the data, and derail the possible twisted schemes already in motion by Oscorp and the Society of Rao!
They have uncovered a way down to what may be a secret location under the platform! Does it lead to below the waves? Or to the ocean floor itself?
However! Our heroes' work is not done!