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The Absence of Anti-Life - JLA Watchtower RPG
The Absence of Anti-Life
Darkseid is bored. Watching Desaad's systematic torture of hundred of Gothamites can only remain interesting for a while. He's just waiting for his power to reach its zenith through Blackfire and then...

Darkseid finds himself looking at his hands, as if expecting to see something flowing out of them. "Something is wrong." He glares at Desaad. "Toad. You are in communication with the Deacon. Have him report."

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Current Location: Gotham City, NJ

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From: jla_apokolips Date: December 20th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
"But of course, your glorious malignantness." Desaad kicks a kneeling lady away and pulls out an Apokoliptian comms device. After a minute of trying, and apologetic looks to Darkseid, he puts the device away.

"My master. I am not fit to dwell in the faeces beneath your heel. I am not fit to speak with breath so impure in your presence. I dare not speak and mayhap offend your beautiful ear with my-"
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 20th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid cuts him off by clenching his fist and raising it. "Speak plainly, insignificant scum."
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 20th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Desaad wrings his cloak in his hand. "The thing is my lord... I cannot reach the Deacon. He is uncommunicative. My readings of his life signs show that he is in fact no longer conscious, and-"

Desaad is about to continue, but the crowd have stopped chanting. He has only just noticed. "My lord... Something is amiss."
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 20th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid stands up and strides heavily towards his master torturer. "I can see that, you worthless piece of sputum!"

Darkseid casts his gaze over the people now regaining their faculties, and his voice booms across the plaza. "All kneel before me!! ALL OF YOU KNEEL!!"

His words achieve nothing. Someone throws a rock at Darkseid. It hurts when it hits his knee. Pain is something that Darkseid is not familiar with. "I command you to kneel, else you will feel my wrath!!"

No reaction.

The city begins to get very loud as people begin to awaken from their mind-controlled stupors, and Darkseid narrows his eyes. "I have been betrayed by that snivelling human. Desaad, you deal with this rabble. I shall see to Blackfire."

The New God begins to walk calmly from the plaza, but upon being pelted by more improvised weapons he hurries his pace until he reaches an exit. He's about to advance when he sees a mob of Gothamites, clearly not under his control, advancing with torches burning.
10xspeedoflight From: 10xspeedoflight Date: December 20th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
And running through that crowd of torch-wielding mutineers?

The Flash stops steadily several feet in front of Darkseid. "I suggest you head the hell back to your own planet right now."
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 20th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid sneers and folds his arms. "You do not scare me, human. Neither does the mob behind you. I could crush them with my Furies, my Parademons, my own hands, if need be."

Of course Darkseid knows that without the gate, he cannot get back to Apokolips. He's not advertising this however.

"If you are all that stands in my way, I suggest begging for mercy right now." Darkseid stares cold and hard at the Flash.
10xspeedoflight From: 10xspeedoflight Date: December 20th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I'm not alone, Darkseid." The Flash gestures as his fellow heroes and even some villains begin to enter Gotham Square. Barry can't help but look slightly smug.

"Your disciple is pacified and this city no longer belongs to you. But it's not my place to tell you this. I'll let some of the residents get their words in." The Flash blurs backwards so that the others can advance.
redrubberballs From: redrubberballs Date: December 22nd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
"Howdy there, Rocky Top. And guest."

Plaz delivers the last two words like a society matron discovering her daughter had brought home a homeless man for a dinner party - sneering at Desaad.

"Say, can I get Mad Harriet's digits? I'd hit her up on YouFace, but I bet she drools on the keyboard."
From: krypton_or_bust Date: December 22nd, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Hey Dorkseid!"

...always wanted to say that.

"CATCH!" a dump truck comes sailing out of the sky right at the Lord of Apokolips. Superboy, flying a good fifty feet above follows it in to come toa hover near the assembling heroes.

"Isn't getting kicked off our planet becoming a theme for you?"
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 22nd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scarab gulped, nervous as all hell to be matching up against the biggest baddy this side of the universe. He didn't say anything, since he was pretty sure he would vomit, but he simply morphed every weapon he could from his arms and shoulders. After a minute he was ready and added, "You can't win pendejo, so get out of here so we won't have to waste an hour beating you to pebbles."
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: December 22nd, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tim swings down form a nearby rooftop, landing slightly behind Scarab and Superboy. He says nothing as he watches, but underneath his cape he has a brace of batarangs with high-explosive charges readied.

He share's Scarab's trepidation but you wouldn't now it looking at his face.
From: grodd_is_king Date: December 22nd, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another quiet form was Gorilla Grodd. Like Nightwing he was keeping silent, but was keeping out of sight. For a massive gorilla he knew how to be stealthy and kept to the shadows. He had no intentions fighting Darkseid head-to-head and Darkseid was known for having a formidable will so telepathic assault was out. Rather he'd pick his spots, let the heroes take the brunt, he'd strike when the dark god least expected it.
From: aflyinggrayson Date: December 24th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like he did with Blackfire, Nightwing is taking a less conventional approach, the high and shadowy path.

Only he's changed costumes again.

With Tim out there, with the Titans out there, with his friends and with his city out there, Batman is needed. And in the arsenal of his utility belt are more things to combat Darkseid than Nightwing might carry in his costume anyway.

Besides, Dick still feels a pressing urge to do some physical damage to the bad guys.
From: jla_apokolips Date: December 30th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid roars angrily and focuses his telepathic power solely on destroying the minds of the heroes and villains around him. He's not aware of the Batman creeping towards his position, but with a sneer he brings down a mental boot on the weaklings in his vicinity.

These protectors of Earth truly are foolish to try and combat a god.
From: aflyinggrayson Date: December 31st, 2010 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid is distracted. That much is clear. And like his predecessor/mentor, this Batman knows how to combat enemies with powerful psionics: interrupt the neural pathways. In this instance, for Batman, it means sending a high-powered dart toward a vulnerable spot on the back of Darkseid's neck.

If that dart should strike true - and it's certainly aimed and fired as accurately as can be managed - the power of a handful of tasers should be sent directly into Darkseid's nervous system.

If it doesn't strike true? Batman needs to move, because he's just revealed both his plan and his location.
From: i_am_bane Date: December 31st, 2010 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The last time Bane had observed Grayson in the Batsuit had been from a distance. This time he was close enough to read the man's body movements. He was good, most anyone who saw him action would assume Wayne was under the cowl, but Bane could tell. Grayson was a bit leaner than his mentor, his movements a slight more based on agility rather than power. Plus there was a general..discomfort about the man. He clearly did not enjoy wearing his mentor's mask.

Bane sees the dart flying toward Darkseid. If it misses, the dark god would certainly discern Grayson's location.

'The Batman's legacy must survive.'

Bane darts from his location, relatively close to Dick's. He moves in a manner that allows him to be seen, but to fool any viewers into thinking he was trying not to be seen.

'Hopefully this will bye him time.'
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 31st, 2010 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Scarab felt another mental dagger pierce his mind before the suit adapted. He shuddered, losing control of his flight for a moment before leveling out. "Superboy! Try hitting him with your heat vision! Blue Beetle, if that suit has any long range weapons let 'em off the chain, we gotta slow this bastardo down!" Scarab shouts, wondering where the whole JLA and JSA were.
azure_avenger From: azure_avenger Date: December 31st, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
"Long range weapons? You better believe it."

His warsuit has psionic dampers built in, else Ted would be bringing up his breakfast for an encore about now - fortunately, it also has a hell of a punch and a remote control for the Bug. In a coordinated assault, the Bug fires its plasma cannons with pinpoint accuracy, fire-linked to the warsuit's sonic cannons, all aimed for Darkseid's torso.
From: bluebeetle3 Date: December 31st, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Scarab grinned as his arms turned into photon cannons. He unleashed a storm of accelerated photon blasts at Darkseid, leaving the gods face open for Superboy's heat vision
redrubberballs From: redrubberballs Date: December 31st, 2010 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Plastic Man's inorganic brain doesn't respond conventionally to psychic stimuli, so Darkseid's oppressive mental force doesn't have quite its usual effect.

"Feels like I've got an ice cream headache, and it's rocky road! I'll be a good boy and share."

Slinging himself around two upright poles, Plaz uses himself as a slingshot to fire chunks of debris at the dark god.
tim_drake_robin From: tim_drake_robin Date: December 31st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
A grapple-line gets Robin some distance from the immediate fight. He's no good up close in the face of Darkseid's psionic assault, so he changes the terms of engagement.

From his vantage point atop a gargoyle on the side of a nearby building, he retrieves a remote and begins inputting instructions.
From: krypton_or_bust Date: December 31st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Superboy follows Robin's lead and with all his concentration begins to lift out of the psionic perimeter and into the air. As he continues to climb, the disorienting effects of the mental offensive begins to lessen. When his focus returns he hears Scarab's call.

Looking down a the Lord of Apokolis, he cuts loose with heat vision.
10xspeedoflight From: 10xspeedoflight Date: January 1st, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even the Flash is struggling to overcome the telepathic attack from Darkseid, but seeing his grandson trying to fight the disruption to his superspeed he's compelled to grab Bart and push him into his speed force slipstream.

"Darkseid-is-going-to-lash-out-at-everyone-with-his-death-throes-we-need-to-clear-the-city-come-on!" He sprints through Gotham and out and back again, each time fetching as many people as he can to evacuate them from the danger zone.
From: jla_apokolips Date: January 1st, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darkseid's eyes track Bane and he lets out blasts of raw energy from them towards the muscled man. The distraction from the former crimelord and Darkseid's focus on unleashing his psionic power over a wide area rather than specific targets allows the attack from Batman to ring true. He actually howls as the heavy-duty dart pierces his spinal cord and the telepathic attack peters out through the air.

He's unprepared for the concerted efforts of Superboy, Robin, Scarab, Plastic Man, Mr. Miracle and Blue Beetle and falls to one knee as he's attacked from all directions. With a roar he hauls himself up and just throws his weight into crushing the first opponent in sight; the Beetle in his warsuit. He brings a fist down towards the hero's head with the raw strength of a pained god.
From: bluebeetle3 Date: January 1st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Oh my go-" Jaime barely has time to say before he is gets a fist to the face at Mach 3. The armor faceplate cracked under the dark gods fist, and he flew backwards, crashing through 3 buildings. He hits a fourth, nearly going through the wall, but he bounces off, falling to the ground. His jaw was nearly broken, his nose was, and it was gushing blood. He didn't feel any pain, but he had heard from his mom often enough to know that was really bad.
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