Valor Unlimited: Issue 5, A Different World

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 2, Midnight City

Postby flynnarrel » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:23 am

Split Second

Before the actual authorities get there...

Dereks lips purse together in anger as he rises to his feet in a blur and, in an instant is by the still-conscious King Lizard. His hand hover's an inch over the villain's chest.

"Listen to me you scaly murderous son of a b***ch. Right now I'm sharing time with your heart, just your blackened shrivelled heart, mind you. Can you feel it? - An extra second's pump here, a flutter of arhythmia there. Slowly at first but gradually speeding up. I can keep this up until your heart is pumping like a hummingbird's, going so fast your body can't handle it. They say a heart attack is not a painless thing - the tingling in your extremities, the feeling of suffocation as your blood rushes by too quick to give oxygen, and the pressure, OH MY GOD, the pressure that builds up behind your eyes feels like they will pop out of their sockets like overripe grapes and it become a race between that happening and your heart bursting forth from your chest like a alien fetus in a shower of gore."

"You wanted to send us a message? Upstarts playing in the Big League? Take this as a warning and a promise - if you somehow escape the death penalty for your crimes, if you somehow have a chance to break out of jail, think it over, because jail's the only place you're safe. It doesn't matter where on this planet you go, it doesn't matter how many stupidly dressed lackeys you surround yourself with, I can be on you in a heartbeat, in a blink. Maybe a string of fishing line hitting your neck at 50,000 miles per hour, maybe the next vehicle you're in shoots forth in a sudden burst of speed into a brick wall, I dunno. But if you're ever tempted to escape whatever prison or looney asylum they stick you.... then know you are a marked man... already out of time, cuz time's kinda my thing, y'know? And if I ever see you not incarcerated, your last few seconds will be mine. You hear me? MINE!"


With that, Derek takes his hand away from the scaly chest. He'll leave the helpless killer to wonder if Derek was really manipulating his physiology or if it was just the intensity of the exchange that sped up his heartbeat.

Derek doesn't make eye contact with anyone and walks, at a normal pace, into Valor Unlimited.


couldn't let him go without *something* happening

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby RedBstrd » Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:02 pm

Issue 3: Passing of an Era

Three weeks have passed since the death of Jack Flash. His service was small but attracted a more colorful crowd than the average man of his age could expect. In addition to his family and a number of his friends, the slain hero drew Cecil Stedman, Night Boy, and the fellow hero Rex Splode, who had met some of the members of Valor Unlimited at one of the team's parties not long before. A few other members of the costumed crime fighter community sent warm messages of condolence but failed to appear at the funeral itself. Before the ceremony, Stedman took the opportunity to warn the members of Valor Unlimited that Jack Flash's family was taking the news rather hard and that some of the members of the family that survived him might blame Valor Unlimited for the disaster. Jack's younger brother indeed hast a handful of hateful glances in the direction of some of the members.

In the subsequent weeks, Mainframe did his best to step into the role of facilitator for the team, deploying members where they needed to be and providing logistic support from the headquarters. While not on duty, the young hero spent most of his time trying to upgrade defenses for the building and constructing robots to help guard it from any further attacks. With all of his attention on his work, his grades have been suffering and his relations with his family are even more strained than usual. His dedication to the team has been unquestionably high, though, and his drive to work constantly hasn't distanced him from anyone on the team.

The fortunes of Valor Unlimited are still up in the air in the aftermath of the Lizard League's attack. Stedman is thankful for the work the team performed in Midnight City and the public feels sympathy for the team. At the same time, the death of the founding member called into question the ability of the team and no one likes a loser. Business has been unpredictable of late.

OOC wrote:What would everyone be doing in the few weeks since Jack Flash's death, both on the team and off?
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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Neo-Paladin » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:12 pm

Justitia

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Condition: Normal

After the rather harrowing moments of their first true mission and the terrible aftermath, it is probably no surprise that Justitia sought solace with her family, spending most of her free time with Silvia, her brother or visiting her parents. Now playing in the bigger leagues increased her stress and the amount of experiences she'd rather forget and at times, her relationship with Silvia became somewhat strained, since the life of a superhero tended to be far removed from the everyday cares of a novelist.

Nevertheless, Justitia was determined not to let these setbacks destroy the life she had build and, most surprisingly, her brother helped smooth the waves a bit. In return, she helped him with the divorce as much as she could, though once again, beating people up and getting slammed down in a courtroom were two very different things...

She did not speak much to anyone during the funeral, which she attended in costume, to protect her identity. It was not the first time to have lost a comrade...in the force you got used to the thought sooner or later, when all it took was one bad day and a crook with a gun and a bad temper to end the life of a fellow officer.
Not that it lessened the impact Jack's death had made. King Lizard could count himself lucky she was still a cop at heart...

On the team, Justitia volunteered as team leader whenever someone was needed to do so, trusting in her abilitiy to get the job done. Lately, however, she resigned for a brief time from that duty when her powers suddenly acted up, especially her strength, failing her a few times before suddenly increasing beyond the levels she was used to.

After getting a specialist to check her out, however, she found out that the influx of otherworldly energies from the Shadowverse had triggered a hypermutation inside her cells, her body subconsciously adapting to the new threat level by increasing her muscle mass.
Her strength returned to reliable levels eventually and she rejoined the active roster.
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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby CaptainChaos » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:23 pm

Nova

Stacy went home as soon as she could after the fight, police reports, and obligatory paperwork. Once inside the apartment, she locked the door, sat on the floor, and started to cry. She had been in shock when Jack Flash had been killed by the Lizard League. At the time, she felt she had to be brave and keep her emotions in check for the sake of the team. Now that she was alone, she could release her pent up emotions. Eventually she fell asleep in the hallway. When her roommate Brittany came home from work, she gently woke her up.

Brittany asked what happened. She told Stacy that she had heard about the fight on the news. Stacy related the events in Midnight City and the attack on the team's headquarters including the death of Jack Flash to her friend.

To add to her troubles, Stacy found out that things at school were not going as well as she had thought. During her time in Midnight City, she had missed an important exam in one of her classes. On top of that, a fellow student had accused her of cheating to the Dean. With everything that had happened in the last few days with the team, she really didn't need any more problems.

She sent a letter to the school, dropping out of the Masters degree program for now. That would save her a significant amount of money. She still had some income from being a superhero and from working at the club when she could. Hopefully it would be enough to pay the rent, utilities, and groceries.

She attended the funeral with the rest of the team. It was a somber affair and it was clear that some of the attendees did not appreciate them being there.

Stacy made a few appearances at the team headquarters. Since not much was going on with the team, she took the opportunity to practice using her abilities and make small talk with the rest of the team when they came in.

Stacy and Brittany made a few trips out to the woods so Stacy could use her powers in secret. She discovered a new ability she hadn't known about before. It might have been the result of her exposure to the shadow energy in Midnight City. She would have to remember to check with the rest of the team to see if they had any changes to their powers from the exposure.

During one of her shifts at the club, she saw Derek in the crowd. She did her best not to attract his attention. He had hit on her more than once but she wasn't sure how serious his intentions were. Jackson seemed to be more mature than Derek was though. Maybe she should give him a call and invite him over for dinner. That sounded like a good idea.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Lord Fell » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:05 pm

Smart Patrol

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Reading about the aftermath of the battle with the Lizard League put Darren into a long meditation. He took the time to process the death of their founder on a more intellectual level. Perhaps his biggest failing as a human being, was that his emotions were just... too in-check. He didn't need to grieve, so much as just... think it through. Fortunately, this put Darren in a position to take on administrative tasks that other members of the team weren't prepared to deal with, or weren't aware needed dealing with.

As Mr. DNA, Darren contacted the team's Lawyer, and started to make discrete inquiries into the legal status of the business, specifically ownership and stewardship. Also, to better protect his teammates' interests, he speed-read his way through a few books on Law and Corporate Law, and challenged the Bar.

While he was working to protect the teams' professional interests, he always supported Justitia's work as a field leader. Nominating her to take the position whenever there was a question of who would take that position, or smoothly operating as if she were the field leader when there wasn't. Working closely with Justitia, he was naturally privy to her concerns about her fluctuating power levels, and was able to discern the cause and assure her that everything was alright.
Neo-Paladin wrote:After getting a specialist to check her out,
This kind of thing smacks of Super Science, and there aren't a lot of people around that can handle that kind of work... but Mr. DNA is, even more so than Mainframe. It's logical he'd be the one she'd turn to here.

With an uncharacteristic insight, he took the time to speak with Split Second about the leadership of the team. Mr. DNA's position on the matter was simple; he believed that Split Second would make for an excellent "face" for Valor Unlimited, but given his similar power-set to the departed Jack Flash, for him to step into that role would perhaps be a morbid reminder. Perhaps after a respectable time had passed, Split Second could perhaps start taking on some of Justitia's duties, or step into a Public Relations position.

Darren was also concerned about Mainframe. He could see that the younger man was driving himself hard, and did his best to assist Mainframe with his security work, helping with the designs and the building of the various tech Mainframe wanted to build and install in their head quarters. He felt that the Operations work that Mainframe was doing was important... but also that he couldn't step on the man's toes there. Sticking his nose in there would just muddle the good work Mainframe was doing... but still, Darren worried that he was stretching himself too thin.

Of course, Mr. DNA also worried how his alternate self was handling things...

Mr. Kamikaze
After the need for physical action against the League was over... Kristian definitely deflated and withdrew. Perhaps after Split Second, he had been the closest to Jack Flash. Of course, that is the luxury of being in his position... Mr. Kamikaze had no real obligations, he could devote himself to the pursuit of happiness, and such luxuries as friendship.

Over the next few weeks, Kamikaze was seldom at Head Quarters. He would come in without any apparent reluctance if he was called in. Although, now that Jack Flash is no longer facilitating things, an odd glitch has become apparent. Sometimes when attempting to call Mr. Kamikaze, the call goes through to Mr. DNA, and vice versa.

Kristian Karvellos attended Jack's funeral, but not in costume. Members of Valor Unlimited, even those who hadn't met him out of costume easily recognize him -he has a distinctive look, build and way of moving. "Civilians" also have a pretty easy time recognizing that he must be Mr. Kamikaze. He wore a dark grey, single-breasted suit. The garment is obviously tailor made, but perhaps a year or two old. Somewhat inappropriately, he is also wearing a wing-tip tuxedo shirt with the collar unbuttoned. On his arm, is a rather plain young woman wearing a nice, but simple dress in pale green which sets of her reddish brown hair nicely. He introduces her as Dora; and to members of Valor Unlimited quietly adds that she's Mr. DNA's sister which perhaps explains why he seems so very deferential to her.

Kristian seemed to want to speak with Jack's family, but the barrage of flinty looks deters him, and he seems saddened by their animosity. He does not attend the reception after the ceremony. With his eyes downcast, Kristian stumbles into an ambush of the press. He stares at them, with seeming incomprehension for a moment, before Dora nudges him and whispers into his ear. Finally, he shakes off his stupor long enough to say simply, "I just wanted to pay my respects. Jack Flash was a great man and we will miss him." He refuses to be dragged into any further statement, simply repeating "please let me through," until he manages to extricate himself and Mr. DNA's sister from the melee.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Kaisius » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:35 am

Jackson Wright
The weeks following the death of Jack Flash were hard for Jackson. He'd always been reluctant about "super-heroics" and the casual, almost afterthought fashion in which King Lizard had killed Jack made him question if it was worth the price. Attending Jack's funeral, he wasn't sure which made him more uncomfortable, being one of the few in the "super" section in a suit instead of costume or that was clearly a separate "super" section at all. Cecil Stedman had warned them that Jack's family was taking his death hard, but Jackson's conscience demanded that he say something. He approached the Walkers as a penitent, ready for a blow from on high.

"Mr. and Mrs. Walker, I am deeply sorry for your loss. We all are. I didn't know Jack long, but in that time he was a good friend. He saved a lot of lives by sharing himself, his gifts, with the world. That we weren't able to save him is a regret we will carry with us, always."

Jackson waited a moment, accepting whatever scorn, accusations, even blows they may wanted to level on him, until they dismissed him. He spent the next week thinking seriously about quitting the team, even moving away, when he received a package. A package from Jack, care of Rosenbaum's Alterations, sent a few days before his death.

Jackson,
I know you've been hesitant about being a "cape", but I'm glad to have you on the team. Elephant may have taken away your choice about privacy, but the choices you've made since have been good ones, and I'm glad to know you because of them. I know its been hard adjusting to a very public life, but I've got a idea that might help. If you give the public a brightly colored SUPER-JACKSON, you might be able to slip out as normal Jackson once in a while. I know you're not the spandex-type, so Art suggested something like a motorcycle set. I knew you'd like the colors. Go Roadrunners!. -- Jack.


Jackson laid out the jacket and pants, deep red with blue trim, and stared at them for a long while. They're never going to stop. Idiots like Elephant, madmen like Lizard. They're never going to stop. And I'm one of the few in a postion to stop them. Jack thought it was worth it. Do I?, he thought picking up the jacket.

Yes. I do.

With the decision made, Jackson became one of the most active, visible members of the team. He also works diligently to improve his strength and fighting skills, and find new applications for his telekinetic abilities. He also has an unexpected and wonderful evening with Nova, when she invited him to dinner.
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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby flynnarrel » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:34 pm

Split Second

When Margo Foxten, Derek's PR agent, didn't hear from him after the first day, she cancelled his appointments, siting the recent incident to backers. She knew they would lose the new software company that just signed on, but it couldn't be helped. Some people were more forgiving of a world-shattering death than others. She checked the GPS on his phone and it pinged in the middle of the Sahara Desert. She panicked a moment. If Derek had collapsed from heat stroke in the middle of a freakin' desert in a different country she had no idea what she would do. When she checked again and the ping came from Egypt she sighed in relief. She paused a moment, then took out a calculator and punched some quick numbers. She ogled at the results.... over 30,000 miles/hour! She had to make some calls.

Derek had never threatened someone with death before, hadn't even considered that lethal use of his powers until just then. Hatred is the mother of invention, more technologies are developed in wartime than in peace, it's a fact. He never wanted to use his time like that, ever.

He was there for the funeral. Dressed in a crisp black suit, freshly shaved and very presentable. It only took Margo 4 threats of flaying alive, and 2 death threats. He declined to speak either to the assembled supers or media which would have been a red flag to anyone who knew that Derek quite liked the sound of his own voice and would take any opportunity to be in front of a crowd.

It was a few more days until Derek was back to work at Valor. He came in with smiles and split-top muffins for everyone. Anyone talking to him for extended lengths of time will find him.... actually okay. Certainly he feels appropriate loss for Jack Flash but he's eager to continue in the man's legacy. For some people it can be jarring that Derek seems fine after only a few weeks.

Derek talks about that on his forum in CapeWatch.com

'It's hard to convey what it is like when I fully speed up.' Derek writes. 'I can follow entire lines of thought from beginning to end in a breath. If I had Spores downloaded into my brain I could go from single-celled critter to intergalactic civilization to declining years in the length of a meal. S'R'S'ly! I'm okay. I was in denial, and angry, and bartering, and depressed, obsessing over it and rethinking it if only I had been quicker, if only I had not been wiped from that stunt I pulled (which a few physicists want to talk to me about, by the way). But I accepted it. I rethought my personal universe without Jack Flash in it. It's a sadder place, fer sure. But there are always heroes to carry on the good fight. And I'm one of them. Gotta keep the dream alive.'

So he seems genuinely okay around the office.

He actively praises Wright's new look (he hasn't found out that Wright and Nova went out on a date yet) and has a list of suggested names for him.

He acknowledges the idea that a speedster in charge of the team might be insensitive to the world's perceptions but makes it known he's still interested.

In short, he carries on.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Project Icarus » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:45 am

Flare

Brian attended the funeral as Flare. He'd thought about wearing something else, since the bright red spandex seemed inappropriate for a funeral, but he decided that was how Jack probably would have wanted it. He kept an eye on a few of the team members that seemed to be taking it roughly, but he had his own issues to work through. He hadn't been as close to Jack as Kamikaze or Split Second, but seeing him murdered had taken its toll nonetheless. Plus, he noticed Ben at the funeral, hard at work interviewing whatever prominent attendees would give him a second. Flare made sure to give his friend a wide berth as he left.

Brian spent the next few days at home, thinking about what had happened. Of course, he told his dad about what had happened, and though his mom could see that something was wrong, he did not tell her what it was. Letting her in on the secret would too dangerous for her, he had decided. Not to mention the stress and nagging that would result!

Brian slipped away when he could to practice in an old abandoned warehouse he had found, and unexpectedly, he discovered a new application of his powers. He still had some way to go towards mastering it, but it was a start at least. When he went back in to Valor Unlimited, he mentioned the development and found that he wasn't the only one to experience some changes in their powers.

Helping out on the team where needed helped him keep his mind off what had happened to Jack Flash. He didn't have the scientific prowess, leadership or PR abilities that some of the others had, but he had never really wanted to be in charge anyway. Knowing that he doing some good was good enough for him.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby RedBstrd » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:19 pm

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Despite Justitia's attempts to back away from her active role in Valor Unlimited, circumstances conspired to force her professional life and her private life into one and the same. Along with the rest of the police force, she found herself listening to a briefing by the captain on a new kind of stimulant on the market - apparently something designed from blood samples of a superpowered individual. Injecting the stuff did some funny stuff to the DNA of the person using it, giving measurable but short term boosts to the strength, durability, agility, and athletic abilities of those using it. Only a half-dozen instances of the stimulant were known so far, but three of them were in the past three weeks. In other words, word was getting out about the stuff and people were willing to pay the high monetary cost to shoot it up. It was just a matter of time, the captain warned, before the stuff hit mass street production.

Normally, drug business was not something that would cause Justitia's two professional lives to cross. This time, however, the captain sent a pair of detectives over to Valor Unlimited to broach the subject of hiring the team to look into the substance's distribution. They couldn't pay as much as private customers for the work, but the mayor promised to mobilize whatever resources and pull he could to ensure that Valor Unlimited got good press, subsidized rent, and other perks in the future.

Equally troubling was the other bit of news: Robby Morris, the current boyfriend of Justitia's brother Juan's ex, found himself in the hospital in a coma after a brutal beating from an apparent mugging gone wrong. The thing that didn't fit, according to the officer who discreetly let Maria in on some of the confidential details of the case, was that the beating was serious enough to have been done with weapons but was apparently done with superhumanly strong fists. In other words, they were looking at a powers-related crime. Juan's ex-wife wasn't slow to accuse him and Maria's fellow officer let her know that while Juan wasn't an official suspect, detectives would want to speak with him, they would want to know if he'd been using the "powers" substance, and that it probably wouldn't be a good idea for him to leave town without informing the officers on the case.

The whole situation sat uneasily with Justitia, as her time as a detective made it hard to overlook the fact that Juan had been acting strange of late. He was a little distant and perhaps more secretive and paranoid than usual.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby RedBstrd » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:01 pm

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While Nova's life was hitting a number of speed bumps - her academic career was in shambles, she was confused about her prospects for her love life, a teammate died, and the funeral went over poorly - one thing was working out. Specifically, her father was working again at a decent job. She'd rarely seen him happier in recent years. Busy as she was, she still heard the details from her dad, while sitting in a TGIF sports bar of all places. Her father was going to be doing warehouse management, assisting a scientist by cataloging things, accepting deliveries, doing some easy bookkeeping, and training and overseeing guys doing the heavy lifting and using the forklifts. According to her dad, her employer was an alright guy. Better yet, he was a scientist. Her dad's implication was clear: maybe he could get Stacy a job working with the guy too. Obviously he'd been talking to his boss about her. Stacy didn't tell her dad everything about her problems in school, and what he did know, he surely didn't pass along to Dr. Levy.

Since starting work, her dad was able to fill her in on even more. Dr. Levy was working on "alternate realities stuff" and had "some really fancy" monitoring gear. He suggests that she should visit him at work some time so that she can bump into his boss and get to talking.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby RedBstrd » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:20 pm

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Mr. DNA's inquiries into the legal status of Valor Unlimited resulted in pleasant news. Jack Flash left the ownership of the team to a board consisting the other founding members. Since the company doesn't have any publicly traded stock or really any assets, control of the company name, property, and payroll was legally in the hands of the members of Valor Unlimited. Of course, the fine print stipulated that any outstanding pay for Jack Flash go to his family, while the board members assume responsibility for paying the payments for the team's headquarters.

OOC wrote:Bam! Comic book law for you!


The peculiarities of contacting Mr. DNA and Mr. Kamikaze was not lost on Mainframe, who has vowed to figure out what the circuiting problem is with the communications system. As with all of his recent undertakings, he has been eager to lose himself in the work.

The other side effect of Mr. DNA's dual persona is that the funeral was a lose-lose scenario. Jack Flash's family had a visual target of whom they'd like to blame for the late hero's death. By being there, Kristian got lumped in with the others as someone due of blame. Though much less obvious, Mr. DNA's absence didn't go unnoticed either. The clearest sense of what was going on in the heads of Jack Flash's family was the way that the speedster's brother looked at Dora. His eyes displayed some malevolence as if the young man had plans for her.

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby RedBstrd » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:52 pm

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Perhaps surprisingly, Jack's family doesn't say much to Jackson. On some level, they probably understand that the members of Valor Unlimited aren't to blame for the death of the speedster. Most of the hostility lurks just under the surface. Jack's dad just nods to Jackson, saying nothing. His brother Blake, not yet focusing his attention on Dora, walks over to the grave and drops in a note. On it is a poem by William Blake, which served as partial inspiration for the classic song by the Rolling Stones. Unknown to his teammates, Jack had been impressed by the song because both his own name in it, plus the link to his brother's name - via William Blake.

The poem read: She binds iron thorns around his head, and pierces both his hands and feet, and cuts his heart out of his side, to make it feel both cold and heat.

OOC wrote:I don't think I ever disclosed Jack Flash's real persona. I'll run with your idea and call them the Walkers. Jack Flash's real name is Jack.

Not a lot is brewing the background for Jackson at the moment. I'll try to plant the seeds for some plots centered on him throughout the course of the current scene.

Btw, I finally watched Chronicle (on the flight over here at the beginning of the month).

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Lord Fell » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:37 pm

Mr. DNA

The boardroom had, to Darren's knowledge, never been used. The room needed a dusting and a vacuuming, but some of the fine particulate was probably sawdust from the original construction. Darren checked with one of the secretaries to arrange for cleaning and catering. He'd have to arrange to determine what the petty cash protocol was, or write a new one, but in the meantime, he passed the girl cash to cover expenses. He also reminded himself to determine whether she was hired for looks or ability; by his estimation she had looks to spare.

A quick mental communication with Mainframe put all the players in motion, Mr. DNA wanted to meet with the original members of the company to discuss the state of Valor Unlimited. The word was out, and he was expecting all the charter members; Justitia, Flare, Jackson Wright, Nova, Split Second and Mainframe to join him in the boardroom at Three. He looked at the list of Founders and frowned. He added a note to his Meeting Minutes; he would have to discuss with the others exactly who Smart Patrol was.

He prepared meticulous packages for the meeting. Plain red folders for all the Founders, minutes, a copy of the pertinent section of Jack's Will, financial statements, current sales projections... everything he thought he might need to discuss. This kind of work always came more quickly to Mr. DNA than he budgeted time for, and he found he had time to kill, and spent it sketching plans for a team transport, while regularly checking his watch.

He rises to greet each of the charter members of Valor Unlimited as they arrive, asking them to take a seat and be patient. Once everyone arrives, he rises and begins. He doesn't have a red folder himself, as he has a photographic memory, he doesn't require it.

"Alright, charter members of Valor Unlimited. Thank you all for coming. Mr. Kamikaze will not be joining us, but I'll address that in a few minutes. I have called a meeting to define the current state of the company, and to determine the future direction of the company. During the last two weeks, I've acquired a copy of Jack Flash's last will and testament. You will find a copy of the portion that pertains to Valor Unlimited on page 6. Jack did not name an executor in regards to the company, so I have taken it upon myself to chair this meeting in that capacity. Acting as executor does not give me any special privileges in regards to the content of the will." Mr. DNA glances around to make sure everyone has digested the information, and isn't planning on voicing an objection.
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"Alright. Jack Walker, better known as Jack Flash, has left control of the company 864727 Colorado Ltd, operating as Valor Unlimited to his surviving charter members, in equal portion. They are Flare, Jackson Wright, Justitia, Mainframe, Nova, Smart Patrol, and Split Second." The name Smart Patrol should be entirely unfamiliar to everyone at the table, and Mr. DNA observes your confusion, and holds up a hand to belay questions. "All charter members are accounted for, and can legally accept these terms under their costumed persona, as per the Heroic Identities Act of 1999 and the Colorado Caped Community Clause of 2005. Now then... I need to address the unfamiliar name on the list, as well as the omission of Mr. Kamikaze and myself. Those things, as well as Mr. Kamikaze's absence are actually tied together. In point of fact, Mr. Kamikaze and I share a locus in time and space -which is to say only one of us can be around at any given time. When discussing our unique circumstance with Jack, I referred to us as Smart Patrol and that is how we appear in his official roster. In Mr. Kamikaze's absence I cast a single vote, and vice versa. We aren't each considered a founding member, we are collectively a founding member."

"In regards to the company's future, each person here is an equal partner in Valor Unlimited. I've prepared two different agreements for your consideration. The first assumes that you will want to remain an active Partner in Valor Unlimited, it details your rights as a Co-Owner, a salary and dividend structure based on our current financial documents and sales projections. The financial documents you'll find on pages 8 through 10, and the Partnership agreement on pages 11 and 12. On page 13, you'll see a buy-out agreement. Anyone who doesn't want to be an owning Partner in Valor Unlimited can sell their entitlement to the company, and I've detailed a buy-out package on this page. On the following page is a standard employment agreement, should anyone wish to abdicate as an Owner, but wish to remain as an employee -the terms of that agreement are virtually identical to your current employment agreement." Mr. DNA seems to be winding down, and your red folder is just about out of documents.

"And now, I think we should discuss the future of the company." He glances behind him, centers a chair and sits in it. "If no one is interested in taking on the responsibilities as an Owner, we may wish to dissolve the company and liquidate the assets. This is an important decision, and I don't want anyone to feel pressured. We should begin with a non-judgemental discussion, so everyone can make a decision in their best interests. I don't necessarily think decisions made at this point need be binding; if someone decides today they want to opt out, but changes their mind, I want us to be flexible enough to allow for a change of heart."

"On behalf of Mr. Kamikaze and myself, I will state that we intend to act as Partners in Valor Unlimited, and would welcome others to do the same."

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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby Hound » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:19 pm

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It had been two weeks... or was it three? Maybe it was four...

Either way it had been quite some time since Jack's death, and since his return from the funeral, Conner had completely immerse himself in his work with Valor Unlimited. Conner sat hunched over his work table, soldering the last few connections. The teen, who was now only a few months from being twenty, was dressed in a pair of powder blue boxers and a wife-beater shirt that at some point had been white.

Various stains littered his clothes, indicating it had been some time since he had last changed. Deep, dark bags under his eyes indicated it had been days since he last slept so much as an hour, and his scraggy, poorly kept beard indicated it had not shaved since the funeral. For a man who had spent most of his life following a daily grooming schedule, down to how many strokes per tooth he must brush, treating it like a religion, it was quite the odd sight to see him in such a state.

With mild satisfaction Conner completed work on the left gauntlet of his new armour and rose from his chair. He walked over to the mannequin dressed in his armour, and slipped the completed gauntlet onto, completing the set. The boy young man stepped back and whistled, admiring his work.

After the death of Jack Flash, Conner had realised how flawed his original design was and just how unprepared their team was.

For most, it was a time of mourning, yet Conner treated it as a simple software beta-test failure. Something that could be fixed with the right upgrades.

"Sir, there is an hour until the meeting Called by Mr. DNA." The voice of Aya the Artificial intelligence created by Conner spoke through the rooms intercom. Formally housed within his old armour, Conner had since transferred her to the computer system of their headquarters to run the day to say work, and created a wireless connection with his armour for seamless transfer.

Conner sighed as his bare feet walked across the cold workshop floor, making his way for the nearby sink. "I told you to let me know a day in advance so I could be properly rested." He growled in response.

"Sir, you are well aware I have informed you of the impending meeting every fifteen minutes for the last twenty four hours, yet you have refused to acknowledge it." The female computer voice snapped with a surprising amount of underlying emotion.

Conner sighed again and poured a glass of water before downing the entire thing in a single gulp. Already incredibly thin, Conner was now boarder line dangerously thing, taking in only the minimal amount of calories to live for the last few weeks.

His ribs stuck out in a horribly obvious way, which made him say at his own appearance. Conner reached up and pulled on his unkempt long and greasy hair. No time to cut it, barely enough time for a shower, a shave, getting dressed, and making his way to the board room.

Conner frowned and took a step for the door when suddenly a new idea crossed his mind. A new way to divert energy to maximise his flight drive. Tossing the plastic cup into the sink, Conner dashed over to the mannequin, removed the chest piece and dropped it on top of the work bench, "Remind me in another fifteen minutes. With my helmet, I don't need to shave." He ordered the Artificial intelligence. With an eerily human sigh, Aya acknowledged.

As he worked,. Aya suddenly beeped, and incoming call from Conner's mother. With the deepest sigh yet, the young man allowed the call to be punched in. Working away at top speed, his Mother's voice filled the work shop.

"Conner, what's going on? I received a call from one of your professors today. They say you haven't been to class in weeks. What have you been doing?" Her voice was full of concern, yet all Conner could imagine when he hear that voice, was all the guild that woman magically was able to force upon him.

Conner groaned, "Mum, listen. I've been busy consulting and earning money for my tuition. I've been handing in every assignment, and taking every test, exam, or quiz, since they are all hosted online. I've only missed a few in class assignments were less than 0.3% each. It will hardly effect my grade average." He tried to explain in a way that would end the conversation quickly.

His mother however seemed unconvinced, "You've lost your number 1 position, you know that right? I thought you wanted to graduate with top grades."

"I'm sorry mum." Conner replied, rolling his eyes as he continued his work, "I am doing some really important work, but I signed a non disclosure agreement so I can't tell you the details. The good news is, this job will set me up for live in the private sector."

His mother sighed, and Conner could just imagine her frowning face, "You need to have the best grades possible if you want to run your own company some day."


Conner gave a small dry chuckle, "I may be running my own company sooner than either of us dreamed..." He hung up with out waiting for a response and continued his work.

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Five minutes to the meeting Conner hastily dawned his armour. To this day, no one had yet to see him out of his armour. He was wearing his new armor.

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He was one of the last to arrive and take his seat as Dr. DNA explained the documents and control of the company. When Dr. DNA was done with his speech, Mainframe spoke up, his helmet modifying his speech to make his voice unrecognisable. "I am more then willing to fulfil my role as a part owner of the company. I refuse to see Jack's death be just another random statistic. Even if I have to carry on alone."
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Re: Valor Unlimited: Issue 3, Passing of an Era

Postby flynnarrel » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:44 pm

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Derek hastily scribbled a note and passed it to the walking pile of tech that identified itself as Mainframe.

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Dude.  You look like a villain from the kid's show 'Multi-Colored Power Morphers'.  Just Sayin'.  :)


Derek listens to the shpeil. "Ah, so that's why Kamikaze was there..." He stopped before reminding all of the fight with the Lizards

Derek scans the document a few dozen times, occasionally pausing to look up something on his smartphone.

"So, you have in here where personal finances are independent of Business finances, just in case, say, collatarel damage exceeds gross earnings on any given assignment. They can't hold the individual owners liable for the damages performed by the group under normal duties. I'd hate to have to pay for it if Double-K sneezes and a small European car nearby flips over." He says glibly


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