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GCPD downtown - The Roof
The GCPD building downtown was built like a bunker. It wasn't pretty in any sense of the word, but it was solid and more importantly, very defensible. Years of weathering Gotham's particular breed of nightlife had proven a veritable crucible to shake out the building's vulnerabilities and the end product had proven to be an unforeseen godsend in the middle of the Hell Gotham had been transformed into.

The roof of the structure was the primary point of interest at this moment. From this vantage point, one could see smoke rising in columns across the crimson skyline of the city and there was a view of the smoldering ruins of the main bridges that once lead out of Gotham proper. On the roof itself, dozens of hapless uniformed officers lay unconscious in the wake of the arrival of the building's most recent interlopers. It couldn't be helped. Robin consoled himself with the silver lining that there had been no fatalities. Considering some of his temporary 'allies', that was a fairly impressive accomplishment.

It was a fairly simple matter to hook up the propane powered emergency generator to the large tarnished spotlight. Even so, time was a precious commodity now and the shrieks of Darkseid's Furies echoing in the streets of Gotham reminded Robin that every second they stayed in one place left them vulnerable. He was regretting the inclusion of Cicada and Bane into their group a little less right now.

"Okay, this should do it."

Putting one foot on the clunky machine for leverage, Robin pulls the starter cord in one even draw and is rewarded as the machine sputters to life.

"Hit it!"

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From: soulful_mamzer Date: October 27th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
From the streets around a mile away, Ragman looks up from the shadows to see a bright "R" illuminate the dark sky. He smiles from behind his mask, and he feels far more heartened than he was several minutes before, when fighting a brainwashed Maggie Sawyer.

The reprieve of hope and optimism is short-lived however, as lights flicker on in the shop on the opposite side of the street. What fool turns their lights on whilst maniacs are wandering the streets? And who has power running to their store anyway?

Ragman slopes around the block, taking a circular route in case anyone else was drawn by the light, and enters the store through the back entrance which is wide open. He frowns as he sees the cause of the illumination. A hand-cranked generator covered in Christmas lights and with a kettle on top, which is starting to whistle to say that the water is boiled.
jla_extras From: jla_extras Date: October 27th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Ah, I see a guest has arrived. Tea for two, methinks?" The Mad Hatter steps literally out of a cupboard, with two teacups on saucers in his hands. He looks very much the worse for wear.

"Such a rough journey across these lands. I just discharged myself from the hospital, the good ship Arkham, and was waylaid at every turn! But did they want tea? Dear me, no. They wanted my hat! And they were not entitled to that!" Tetch shakes his head most furiously, and puts the cups on a small table, picking up the kettle.

"My, what a motley garment you're wearing. I do not believe we've met."
From: soulful_mamzer Date: October 27th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Ragman." Rory Regan doesn't move from his position in the doorway, more concerned about the people assembling outside the shop window than the deranged little man with his tea.

"Sorry to cut this short, Hatter, but we're going to have to take tea somewhere else. It looks like you've drawn a crowd."
jla_extras From: jla_extras Date: October 27th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tetch looks up from his teacups, and frowns as he sees the mindless drones beginning to walk slowly towards the illuminated shop. "Oh dearie me. Those are the frightful savages I just told you about. They didn't want my tea! Not a bit of it! If they think they can just show up at a tea party unannounced after being so rude before, well... They've got another thing coming!"

The Mad Hatter switches the generator off and the store is suddenly plunged into darkness. "Now, maybe they will go away."
From: soulful_mamzer Date: October 27th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The window shatters as one of the brainwashed civilians put his arm through it.

"I don't think they're going away." Ragman reaches out for Hatter. There's no way he can fight them all, but he might be able to save this harmless (for the moment, anyway) maniac.

"I know a brilliant place where we can have all the tea we want," Regan grabs Tetch by the hand, "but you've got to come with me now before the water gets cold. Come on!" He yanks the little man backwards.
givesgoodcape From: givesgoodcape Date: October 27th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the shadows behind them perks its head. In a manner that's not reflective of either of the two, it also lengthens and stretches out to a more appealing shape.

And then its face is revealed. "Tough crowd! Come along boys...I've got your way out." The shadow solidifies, revealing Phantom Lady, who turns an opaque beam on the two, turning all three transparent at first, then invisible.

shiva_wusan From: shiva_wusan Date: October 27th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shiva has been taking the time to catch a nap, of all things. They're not being attacked, they're a little stationary and she's not feeling her best. So, she's been sleeping, though she's doing so lightly in case something goes wrong. The sound of the machine kicking in causes her to lift her head and look over.
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: October 28th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
As the spotlight fires up, the traditional 'Bat' is not what is being projected onto the murky clouds above. Instead, the stylized 'R' on Robin's tunic is what illuminates Gotham's sky.

Bearing a satchel of M.R.E.s he liberated from the GCPD emergency stores, Robin comes over to his fatigued teacher.

Selecting some food for himself he offers the bag over to Shiva.
"Here. I don't know when we'll get another chance to eat."
shiva_wusan From: shiva_wusan Date: October 28th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shiva takes the bag and pulls something out. The chances she'll actually enjoy eating it are small but it will be what she needs to keep going so, she will eat it. She takes a brief moment to look at Robin before she opens up the package.
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: October 28th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Robin is a professional, but Lady Shiva is more than an average observer.
She knows him well enough to see that there is much more than the current crisis upon his shoulders.

Mechanically opening his own meal, Robin eats it without really tasting the food. His masked eyes scan over the darkened city all the while. Watching for motion. Looking for the slightest of warnings. Searching for someone who isn't there.

"Bane says Batman is dead."
uncommon_sensei From: uncommon_sensei Date: October 28th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dragon is perched nearby on one of the gothic gargoyles that decorate the building, turning at Robin's comment.

"I heard something of the kind from Cassandra, when we were on our way to look for you. I'm very sorry to hear it."
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: October 28th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tim's lips tighten to a white line.

"He's not dead."
uncommon_sensei From: uncommon_sensei Date: October 28th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I said I was sorry to hear it, not that it was necessarily true. I know as well as anyone that rumors of one's death can be greatly exaggerated. I recommend that you don't focus on it for now - you can't have all the facts until you talk to someone who saw it happen."
azure_avenger From: azure_avenger Date: October 28th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Robin's signal draws a response, a distinctly Beetle-shaped echo of the Bat-Signal, visible from the outskirts of Bludhaven.
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: October 28th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
First good news all day.
Robin cracks a smile and goes back to refitting his belt equipment. Their journey to the GCPD building allowed him to stop my one of the secreted caches strategically placed throughout the city over the years by Batman and his various allies. Tim had made sure to pick up the heavier arsenal. He had a feeling they'd need it.
From: jla_villains Date: October 28th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cicada calls from his lookout position.

"The voices are getting louder! We may have to fight soon. I don't see anything yet though."
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: October 28th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nodding to Cicada, Robin snaps the belt back into place and shakes the kinks and soreness out of his body.

"Ok! Get ready everyone. Don't get to far apart unless you have to. They may try to divide and conquer."

The fighting staff comes out as Tim gets his game face on.
shiva_wusan From: shiva_wusan Date: October 28th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shiva gains her feet quickly and does her best to limber up. Ah, this should be interesting.
From: jla_apokolips Date: October 28th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a deafening *boom* followed by a rumbling, and incredibly loud cracking noise, as the foundations of the GCPD building begin to give way.

"HAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!!!" Stompa stands down the road from the building, pointing up at the signal in the sky. "They are up there, my fellow Furies! Those who would resist the rule of Darkseid!"
lanterns_light From: lanterns_light Date: November 3rd, 2010 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Perspiration coats the features of the first Green Lantern as he tries to keep the GCPD headquarters from toppling. "Is the building completely clear?" he asks tensely. "I doubt this will stand much longer."
From: masks_we_wear Date: November 3rd, 2010 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Johnny Sorrow looks completely nonplussed as the building strains, held together only by Sentinel's will. Sorrow takes a moment to enjoy Alan's strain before answering.

"The 'innocents' are evacuated," a touch of sarcasm in his voice. "I believe you will have to convince your colleagues to retreat."
From: jla_villains Date: November 3rd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Neither Bane nor Cicada have the agility to follow Shiva and Dragon, leaving them little recourse then to take Sorrow up on his offer. Bane hears Sorrow's comment to Green Lantern.

"Like his mentor, you'd have to drag him kicking and screaming from this place." Bane said with finality.
From: masks_we_wear Date: November 3rd, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
If Johnny could grin, he would.

"I can do that," In an instant, the three vanish from the rooftop.
beware_my_power From: beware_my_power Date: November 3rd, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
And Alan won't have to hold the building up much longer - well, not by himself, at least. Another Green Lantern has finally arrived on the scene, adding his emerald energy to Alan's own.

"Sorry I'm late - I can support the main structure, if you can take away the crumbling pieces one at a time, we can make sure nobody's inside and keep the building from making a mess of whatever it falls on."
lanterns_light From: lanterns_light Date: November 3rd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
The older man's relief is obvious immediately, and he lets go, gradually, to make certain that nothing crumbles unexpectedly. "Good to see you," he notes with a half-smile.
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