Issue 05 – June 23 1947
Where the heroes learn about the bad-guys:
The Ox. A strong-man.
Jin-ja handsome guy. He is very hard to hit.
Yan-Ru, The gentle cloud. He turns into a weakening gas. But he must become solid every 30 seconds or so.
Cha-Ming, a sorcerer. He can do anything. His skin is cracked and his inner light is visible.
And, of course, he has hordes of thugs.
The train should arrive at midnight and someone will remove the last car from the train and leave it there.
We walk to the train yard.
Emilio brings Stacey’s costume – so she’s wearing the coat, hat and mask.
A group of knife-wielding thugs show up (11 of them), hold up in a warehouse along-side the train track, then break out the dice and start to gamble while a few others keep watch. They speak among themselves in Mandarin.
We arrive at the yard. Stacey talks to the guard, while the rest of the group sneaks by.
As we’re waiting, Rosy gets pretty anxious; determined to do something. Anything.
We sneak up towards the warehouse. Emilio notices there’s a new guy that’s at the warehouse. He’s probably Ox; the biggest Chinese man he’s ever seen. He’s wearing a black half-mask with two horns. When he arrives, the other thugs put on simple domino masks.
Mark takes control of two of the oncoming bull’s flashlights, and knocks them out. They turn around and head back to base to get new batteries. The few hobo’s that escaped capture, are content to remain in their train cars. Most of the rail workers are going on their lunch break. They are converging on a common house from which music is playing.
A small diesel locomotive is coming down the tracks. It goes up to the empty car and pushes it towards the warehouse. The driver is a sweating black man in his 50s. The empty car gets pushed to the warehouse. The driver jumps down, unhooks the car, and gets back into this locomotive. He takes off as fast as he can.
Ox comes out and bows to the car. His men pushes it into place, further along the tracks. Sunlight streams out of the car as a dozen people come out of it. Three other masked men come out with them. A darkly robed figure that glides out. A man dressed in white pajamas with a pale gray mask and a shock of white hair, and a man who is truly beautiful.
Cha-Ming notices Stacey hiding Jin-ja’s beauty from Chrysanthemum. He orders Ox to be on alert. Meanwhile the workers are moving 30 bales out of the train into the warehouse. They are going very quickly as Jin-ja threatens them. The thugs start moving out. Yan-Ru is becoming a cloud, and it approaches us. We re-position.
Emilio tries to move the opium out-of-sight.
Mark flies up over the box-car we were using for cover and tries to thin-out the herd. “Eat lightning Dick-bags.” and one falls to the ground unconsciousness, smoking as he hits the ground.
Stacey re-positions and tries to keep an eye on the cloud.
Ox grabs an oil drum and chucks it at Mark. Mark is able to dodge it.
Bright blood moves his hands in a particular fashion, and he moves and the lights glow and expand – making a field of force that grows to encapsulate the van and the front of the warehouse.
The cloud takes out Mark despite Stacey’s attempt to stop it.
Rosie is keeping the box car between her and Jin-ja. She jumps out of the shadows at the tong.
Scaring them all, 3 fall unconscious.
Chrysanthimum fires off three knives at the thugs, taking one out.
Foo-master calls forth a spirit who knocks a goon in the face with a clay spear.
Emilio keeps moving the drugs.
Mark/Dynamo Flies out of range of the cloud.
Stacey/Domino manages to move the cloud 250’ away.
The energy field drops. Bright blood moves his hands; like he’s squeezing light from his palms and writes glyphs on his palms. A flame dragon shoots out and it heads out beyond the warehouse. The flaming dragon runs into Emilio/El Nino; knocking him over.
Ox snorts. He lowers his head and tries to grab Chrysanthemum, but she successfully dodges.
The thugs charge forward and fight Foo-Master’s warriors, but are unsuccessful. Two starts throwing things at Foo-master and miss.
One of the fallen thugs charges forward and misses Chrysanthemum.
The doors in China are closing, the light fades, and once more the box car is empty.
Rosie jumps forward and tries to attack several thugs and the big boss. She screams and they are harmed.
Foo-master takes out an infinite spool of rope, it drops down and tries to encircle Ox. Ox just flexes and the rope breaks. The clay soldiers don’t do well this round.
Chrysanthemum flicks out a two-handed knife and attacks Ox. She missed.
Emilio continues moving the drugs a bit more by 150 ft.
Mark/Dynamo throws a lightning bolt at Mr. Handsome. Hits.
Stacie makes 2 versions of Chrysanthemum.
Mr. Handsome tries to inspire two thugs, but they fail spectacularly at responding. Mr. Handsome throws three little knives at Mark/Dynamo; One hits him. One thug finds Noh and throws a knife at her. He hits!
Rosie/Noh takes out the thug that threw a knife at her. Then she disappears.
Foo-master uses a fire-cracker against two thugs; blinding them.
Chrysanthemum tries to hit Ox and fails.
Emilio/El Nino causes a sonic boom in the train yard.
Mark/Dynamo again fires lightning at Mr. Handsome, who has just stepped on a rail. He is dazed and hindered.
Stacey/Domino reshuffles the illusions of Chrysanthemum.
Mr. Handsome orders another minion to get back up, and he does. Handsome goes into the warehouse.
Bright Blood talks to Noh, saying he’s seen her before; but a man had you. Noh responds that vengeance will be hers. Never again will it be held by a man. It was his undoing.
The Thugs attack Foo-Master. Hurting him slightly.
Ox steps backwards, and lets loose a sonic blast. We hear someone running in the distance. Then gunshots. Seems Cloud ran into some bulls.
Rosie/Noh jumps to the far side of the fight, and when she screams, everyone but Ox reacts to the fear. She then disappears.
Foo-master and Chrysanthemum begin to untangle themselves.
Emilio/El Nino attacks Bright blood with a flurry of blows.
Mark/Dynamo Goes after and fries Mr. Handsome.
Stacey/Domino tries to dazzle Ox.
Mr. Handsome pulls out a gun and fires at Dymano; misses.
Bright blood disappears. And Ox runs away.
Rosie/Noh goes into the warehouse and attacks Mr. Handsome. He collapses.
Foo-master and Chrysanthemum get up.
Emilio/El Nino runs after Ox, and hits him; but Ox takes his time and back-hands him again.
We meet back up in the warehouse.
Chrysanthemum approaches Mr. Handsome and suddenly there’s a knife in her hand. Mark/Dynamo fires off a warning shot.
Stacie calls Detective Lebonits to come pick up Jin-ja, Yan-Ru, and their 13 thugs. Stays with Yan-Ru in the bulls office.
A female reporter shows up. Florabell Muir.
Take Lebonits note book and pen out of his pocket and add the details of this case to the notebook. When she puts it back, she makes sure Lebonits feels it.
When the reporter asks, Dynamo and Domino credit the police with the bust. They stick around until they are no longer needed.
Foo-Master and Crysanthimum are gone. Rosie/Noh leaves with them.
A black sedan pulls up. Someone offers Rosie/Noh a lift. It’s Mr. Woo Long. Rosie explains what happened.
Emilio leaves the discarded cutlery back on the desk. The ghost comes forth again. Emilio slaps her as he screams. She says “you’re hurt”. She touches his face and the pain is gone.
The cops bring a nurse to drug gentle cloud and handsome jack.
They also call the military to deal with the marvels.
Mr Long takes Rosie home, saying the drugs are magical and will take a lot of money to develop.