Origins: Savage Defenders
Our gaming group meets quite regularly, about once or twice a month, and we soon got into the swing of playing the new Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game. Here are my best attempts to condense are play sessions up to the buildup for Civil War. At the beginning of our game the players were playing the following Heroes;
- Iron Man
Prelude: Nick Fury’s Secret War
Our disparate band of Heroes save New York from a sinister terrorist threat after being roped into a covert operation by Nick Fury.
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Friction between Namor and Tony Stark caused the latter to abandon any connections with Fury’s kill squad. The sixth member of the clandestine group, Quicksilver, recovers from his severe beating at the hands of the Crimson Dynamo. Deadpool acquires a taste for paid agent work in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D. and joins the world peacekeeping organisation.
With a disciplinary record as long as the river of verbal effluent that spouts from his mouth, everybody’s favourite “Merc with a Mouth” is forced into a post as a guard at the Raft penitentiary. Whilst serving on the island Deadpool learns of billionaire Ed Gross’ private collection of super-villain memorabilia and the Asgardian artefact it contains. A combination of boredom and psychosis leads Deadpool to believe he is worthy of the title God of Thunder. Hoping to recover the lost hammer of Thor, Deadpool has his associate Bob Agent of Hydra hack into the S.H.I.E.L.D. database to retrieve the location of Gross’ mansion. As he retrieves the data the Raft suffers a catastrophic power loss caused by a violent explosion. Believing he has caused the incident, Deadpool stalks off into the darkness searching for a way to escape.
Meanwhile in a separate part of the prison, Quicksilver meets with his friend and psychiatrist Leonard Samson. Quicksilver is falling to pieces after failing to come to terms with the betrayal and breakdown of his sister Wanda. Samson believes that there is an inmate on the island going through similar experiences and that the two can help each other to overcome their problems. Quicksilver and the doctor head deep into the underwater levels of the Raft to meet with Robert Reynolds, the Sentry. Robert is a recent arrival to the Raft after turning himself in and asking to be imprisoned for killing his wife. Before the pair can reach their destination the power cut causes the elevator they are riding in to halt unexpectedly.
Elsewhere, Namor attends a meeting with the lawyer of the Fantastic Four at one of Reed Richard’s pier-front properties. The Avenging Son has become driven by the corruption and irresponsibility of S.H.I.E.L.D. and surface world governments. He is determined to create an Atlantean embassy in every major nation in order to learn more about the Earth’s political systems and garner enough evidence to bring down corrupt organisations. Reed Richards has agreed to sell his former warehouse to Namor for one dollar to use as a location for the New York Atlantean Embassy. As Namor’s pride and quick temper causes him to refuse the perceived insulting offer the meeting is cut short by a deafening explosion on the landing docks of the Raft. Seeking to improve his reputation with the surface dwellers, the Sub-Mariner swims out to help with events on the Raft.
Deadpool makes his way through the dark corridors of the prison to the mess hall where a riot between two warring bands of super-criminals has broken out. Revelling in the chaos, Deadpool is content to let the prisoners take care of each other until one amongst them blasts his way out into the open night air. Determined to halt Count Nefaria’s escape, Deadpool unsheathes one of his katana and hurls the weapon at him. The deadly blade strikes its target impaling the villain through the chest. Mortally wounded Nefaria doubles his efforts and flies off at top speed. Deadpool escapes the grasp of the oncoming mob by teleporting onto his quarries back in mid-air. Off balance and disorientated Deadpool is thrown to the landing deck hundreds of feet below allowing Nafaria to flee.
Namor arrives at the landing deck to find a squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents besieged by a chained together Tiger Shark and Armadillo. A gruesome battle ensues with the Prince of Atlantis and the desperate villains. Namor manages to buy the agents enough time to regroup but is eventually overcome by Tiger Shark’s savage assault. Armadillo makes a bid for freedom, breaking his bonds with his revenge driven partner and diving into the waters surrounding the Raft. Not content with knocking out his victim, Tiger Shark claws and rends at the fallen body of Namor causing severe physical trauma. Overcoming his fall, Deadpool recovers in time to teleport himself and Sub-Mariner to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Forcing the doors of the elevator open, Quicksilver and Samson find theirselves in the subterranean maze of tunnels beneath the Raft. Before the pair can repair the elevator they are ambushed by the psychotic Carnage. Quicksilver survives a brutal assault by the symbiote powered madman thanks to the support of Doc Samson. Thinking swiftly, Quicksilver orders the good doctor to rip one of the facilities gas mains from the ceiling. Grabbing hold of Carnage and stretching his foe’s shapeshifting potential to its limits, Quicksilver uses his superhuman speed to create a potent backdraft and a spark causing the leaking gas to explode. With Carnage defeated, Quicksilver and Samson make their way to the generator room to bring the prisons defences back online. After doing battle with the energy-being Zzax, the duo manages to repair the systems and get the backup generator working. With the power restored the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are able to bring order to the Raft and prevent any further escapes.
In all forty six inmates escaped the Raft and our Heroes saved New York City from being overrun by villains.
Into the Wilds . . .
- 2 new Heroes join the group,
- A friend meets a violent end,
- And the Heroes learn the truth behind the Breakout.