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Life vs. Anti-Life - JLA Watchtower RPG
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Life vs. Anti-Life
Deacon Joseph Blackfire has lived for far more years than any man should live. He was born centuries ago to a Hotethk Native American tribe under a blood red moon. It was seen as a sign that he would amount to become a leader of men. Blackfire became that leader time and time again, always gaining control, always to eventually lose it. Each time he lost the power, it was to the fabled King of Beasts. One century it was the man known as Walks-With-Mountain Lions. Another it was a great American hunter known as Hugo Wayne. In the 20th Century it was a vigilante known as the Batman.

Blackfire was determined to change things for the 21st Century. No longer would the power be stolen from him. Blackfire was resurrected in the 21st Century by technologies foul and unusual, futuristic yet also ancient. Devices unknown to him, buried deep beneath Gotham, worked on his body and on his soul and brought him back more powerful than before. He sought out the creator of these wonders and found the terrible Darkseid. Somehow he persuaded the god of Apokolips that his skills of manipulation and persuasion were better than Glorious Godfrey's, and that with Blackfire in his power, Darkseid could finally launch a successful invasion of Earth.

The ancient gate beneath Gotham was activated by the belief in Darkseid and in anti-life, channelled through Blackfire's soured soul. Darkseid stepped through the gate, not knowing that Blackfire was not only channelling this belief, but taking it for himself. At least half of the justifiers in Gotham are as fanatical about Blackfire as they are about Darkseid.

Blackfire stands, arms apart and legs astride the entrance to the gate. He looks like Da Vinci's diagram of a man, except his skin is charred, the Apokoliptian power coursing through his veins. He forces a smile on his face as the blue lightning runs through his body, and he finally steps free. "I am become a god, and even Darkseid will kneel before me."

The gate hums and shuts down like an old computer. The way back to Apokolips is closed.

The chant of anti-life on the surface, not that far above Blackfire's head, permeates the air. The heroes and villains around the circumference of anti-life only have one chance to disable both Blackfire and Darkseid, and that's to strike now, before the Deacon can use his new godlike ability.

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Current Location: Gotham City, NJ

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From: grodd_is_king Date: December 6th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Goodybe Anti-Life, Hello Free Will

Grodd just finished uploading the advanced mathematical equations into Calculator's Mother Box. The sheer complexities of Green Lantern's comrade were fascinating. Grodd lamented the fact there was not more time to study it.

"That should be it. Sorrow, prepare to teleport us as close to the source of the Anti-Life Equation as you can." Grodd turns to Calculator. "Noah, if you'd care to do the honors of activating the synthesized Life Equation?"
From: masks_we_wear Date: December 6th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Goodybe Anti-Life, Hello Free Will

"With pleasure, Grodd. Anyone going to Gotham had best get in close or you'll be left behind when I teleport us out!" Sorrow called out to any hero or villain nearby who had elected to stay in Bludhaven. He then whispers to Dr. Phosphorus at his right side. "Whatever happens to us when we arrive. go kill Blackfire. I don't trust these 'heros' to do the job so I'll need you to do what's necessary. Use them as meatshields until you get a clear shot. In the meantime I'll go where I'm asked until Darkseid arrives and then I'll kill him. Understood?"
From: jla_blackgate Date: December 6th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Goodybe Anti-Life, Hello Free Will

"Absolutely." The villain seems to glow a little brighter at the prospect of the intended murder. "Then we can finally get back to 'changing the world'. The sooner we leave these capes in the dust, the better I'll feel."
From: masks_we_wear Date: December 6th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Goodybe Anti-Life, Hello Free Will

"Indeed, Alexander." He replied, answering both statements. "Indeed."
azure_avenger From: azure_avenger Date: December 7th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Goodybe Anti-Life, Hello Free Will

Beetle is ready to go in with the Life Equation team - now that the calculations are done, he'll be acting as cover - brawn, not brains - while the job is done.
uncommon_sensei From: uncommon_sensei Date: December 7th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Kanto Hardly Wait

Dragon doesn't need to own a Justice League communication device to sense the moment - the energy in the city shifts noticeably, to those who can sense it. He is in the forefront of the rag-tag team working inside Gotham, moving towards one of the greatest dark disturbances he has ever sensed.
From: i_am_bane Date: December 7th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kanto Hardly Wait

"Dios mio." Bane gasped aloud. The aura of evil was damn near palpable. The fact that they were no affected by it was a miracle. "I've never felt anything like this before."
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 7th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kanto Hardly Wait

Kanto doesn't need to try to hide; he is shadow itself when he wants to be. The shift from anti-life to life does not bother him. All it means is a fight with more unpredictable outcome. Well, Kanto is bound to win, but how long his opponent lasts is unpredictable.

Smiling, he gently drips poison onto his handful of shurikens, and then hurls them at the group approaching the Kubrick District; one shuriken for every man.
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 8th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kanto Hardly Wait

"I ... urg, know, this is just wrong." Scarab said, grunting from the exertion it took to permanently maintain the shield against Anti-life. As the shuriken streak forward, the suit immediately locks on to them, and he immediately creates an energy shield around him and those nearest to him. "Look out!" he shouts to those who were too far.
shiva_wusan From: shiva_wusan Date: December 8th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kanto Hardly Wait

Shiva makes a soft sound at the shuriken as she avoids it. He will certainly have to do better than that. She moves more quickly, needing to close the distance between them before he can throw any more toys. It probably says something about her that the darkness doesn't bother her as much as it seems to the others, though she still doesn't want to step into the anti-life effect itself.
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redrubberballs From: redrubberballs Date: December 7th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)

2 Fast, 2 Furies

And the third team moves in on the forces of Apokolips, preceded by twin red beams that streak through the air, changing their paths in tandem - always parallel, moving at strange angles towards one hapless parademon, where they emerge into .. jazz hands.

"Behold the Fosse Effect!"

Two stretchable digits lunge forward to follow the 'Fosse Effect' with a classic 'Moe Howard maneuver'.

From: jla_apokolips Date: December 7th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 2 Fast, 2 Furies

Mad Harriet would be bewildered if she weren't so utterly insane. The psychotic Fury laughs as Plastic Man bounds into view, and decides to meet him head on with axes in hand. With an ear-piercing scream she leaps and on her descent attempts to cut the hero in twain.
redrubberballs From: redrubberballs Date: December 9th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 2 Fast, 2 Furies

Plaz lets his fluid form flow around the cuts - not that dismemberment really affects him in the long-term, but it still hurts like hell.

"Hey, guys? When did the Creeper start going around in drag? I mean, I remember the feather boa thing, but this seems a little out there, even for him."
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 9th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 2 Fast, 2 Furies

Harriet laughs, probably not for the right reasons, and leaps for Plastic Man with the intent of biting the freaky hero's head from his shoulders.
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 9th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 2 Fast, 2 Furies

"Mmm leave some for me, Harriet." Twirling on the spot, Lashina seems to appear from nowhere as a tangle of cracking whips and whirling blades, ending with multiple strikes being aimed at Plaz.
From: aflyinggrayson Date: December 17th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
His chest feels like it's on fire - for that matter, so does his throat - but damn, it's good to see that group that showed up to help save his ass. Coughing, a hand to the fried symbol on his breastbone, Nightwing leverages himself to his elbow and croaks, "Get him before he gets any farther from us. Dunno how long we have. I'm fine."

He is, too. Fundamentally. Just give him a minute to catch his breath.
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: December 17th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dick sees an open and genuine smile from Robin.

"You hear him! Take him down! Stay at range if you're feeling the Anti-Life effects!"

Robin hurls one of his bird style batarangs at Blackfire and makes a dash at the white haired villain, intent on taking him out at the knees with a sliding kick.
_bird_of_flame_ From: _bird_of_flame_ Date: December 17th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Flamebird has a bit more time this time to charge the bola electrically before she throws it, trying to close the distance between herself and Blackfire. She doesn't want to get closer but, well, they need to stop him. Maybe, if she can get close enough, she can use her flare lenses and blind him for a bit.
From: krypton_or_bust Date: December 17th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Conner staggers to his feet with Scarab's help. Heat vision bursts from his eyes as he lends his own power to the combined effort of his friends' assault.
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 17th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I'll try to hold him!" Scarab said, creating an energy chain that extended from his hand. He whipped it towards Blackfire, hoping it would hold him.
From: aflyinggrayson Date: December 22nd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Superboy's save is certainly not lost on Nightwing, neither is Phosphorous' intended deed.

"Let's get both of these jerks somewhere secure," he comments, rubbing the scorched mark on his chest. Itches. "And if anyone else out there has some thoughts about taking down Blackfire permanently, forget it. He's going to rot in jail. That's how we do things in Batman's Gotham, damn it."
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: December 22nd, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Superboy could take these two to Blackgate. I hear Arkham has Scarecrow trouble right now."

So freaking glad Dick is here. So many things to ask and say, but now isn't the time.

"My intel says Darkseid and Desaad are at Gotham Square. What's the call?"
From: masks_we_wear Date: December 22nd, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
"The call is this.." Sorrow appears at the gathering, eyes blazing. "You can have the snake, but Alexander leaves with me."
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 22nd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"Back off" Scarab said, stepping in front of Sorrow. He knew this guy was probably more than he could chew, but the suit was already working on countermeasures. it had simulated 3,249,329,001. So far, none had worked.
kidflash2 From: kidflash2 Date: December 22nd, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
"I can have them both at Blackgate or anywhere else, in under a minute. Just make the call, Nightwing."
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