LocustRear alley outside secret lair
The Vibro-blade jams deep into Metallurge's skull and causes something to spark and smoke violently; both his cybernetic eyes blow out. The mad scientist seizes up and convulses for a long moment as critical systems are damaged. "SysteSysteSysteSystem Error," he chatters, then slumps into the ground. "Tactical retreat! Tactical retreat! You've won yourself a lucky reprieve, louse," he snarls, hideously alive even though his head is split in two and smoking. "But the Four Generals shall yet teach you the meaning of fear. Wait till you next meet Iron Maiden!"
He cackles knowingly, as if at some inside joke. Then he flips a switch on his arm and teleports out, vanishing with a flash of blue light and an acrid chemical scent in the air.
All is quiet for a while. Then, gradually, residents creep out from behind locked doors and parked vehicles, looking warily out of windows and through shutters. This is not a wealthy neighborhood, and for many of those living here their homes are all they really own. The slowly-growing crowd looks at the crater left by Metallurge's landing and worried faces melt into expressions of relief and gratitude one by one. An old woman stands out from the onlookers. "We owe you so much," she says, holding out trembling hands to shake yours. "Thanks for saving the place, Mr --"
Then they take a good look at your costume and looks of fear dawn all over the crowd. "It's Locust!" "He's back!" "Get the police!" "Get the heroes!" The crowd scatters as if being hounded by wild animals.
The shrieks and panicked shouts fade, leaving you standing there looking at the backs of the people you saved. And in a moment of cold truth you realize: if you are to reclaim your father's good name, this is the only way it can be done: with rejection and distrust at every turn, and fear and loathing at every corner.
In the crater left by Metallurge you spy something small, metallic, crackling with voices. A communicator -- it must have been left behind when he fled. It gleams in the light, like a taunt left by fate. Dare you?
I fiat and Metallurge escapes even though he should be unconscious, gain 1 HP.
You can take the communicator.