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Dawn Roberts ([personal profile] im_a_librarian) wrote in [community profile] nextgenerationmarvel2016-04-13 08:23 pm

Defenders - 6 Months Later

They weren't supposed to be a real team.  That had been the deal.  They'd come together when they were needed, but nothing more than that.  And that had happened a couple of times.  Dawn was still pretty much a mess, still utterly confused by the voice in her head, about the powers and skills it gave her, but she had to admit, they'd managed to do some good as well.  Maybe even saved the world.

But they definitely weren't supposed to have been a real team.

And yet that's what they'd had to become. 

First, it had been the Ultron-Kang invasion of New York City.  That had pretty much been an all hands on deck operation for the heroes of NYC.  Even if, she felt, the Avengers had gotten a bad rap from it.

But as more supernatural threads had begun to arise, more threats to the city in general too, they'd been forced to step up their game.  Just like the FF and the X-Men, everyone was having to do more of their share.  But it had become increasingly apparent something had stirred up the supernatural world.

The pieces of an artifact called the Evil Eye had been scattered across the Earth.  And someone or something was after it.  In fact, it seemed like the whole supernatural world was after it.  Vampires, werewolves, demons, monsters...

There were six pieces.  They had two of them, and they'd failed to prevent a coven of vampires from getting a third.  And that still left three pieces out there to be found...

Vesper, at least, had set them up with something of a headquarters, so they could meet and plan. 

Dawn was working on her swordwork.  Even with a Valkyrie in her head guiding her actions, she wanted it to become more natural.  She still felt torn between the instincts the soul fused to her was providing, and her own natural inclination to panic.

vesper_verde: (Winged Vesper)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-14 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
Vesper winged across the dark Bronx sky toward the corner of West 167th Street. There was a formerly abandoned three story building tucked behind some one story shops. There were numerous chimneys and dormer windows rising from the roof. The two store fronts on the ground floor were vacant.

The building had been picked up by his alter ego for an easy amount. A little research had netted him the small fact it had been a former parsonage for a church three blocks away and moved to its current spot sometime in 1925. The Defenders had made some noise about having a place to meet. He had offered the use of this building.

Vesper landed on the roof and silently folded in his wings. He crouched low and scrambled in one of the dormer windows. Hopefully nothing more scary than a squeaky floorboard jumped out at him.
hellkitten: (New Costume)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-15 12:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Liza had approached carefully, using her ability to sense demonic activity to check the building and area surrounding it. "Seeing" a real demonic threat had gotten a lot harder lately, with the uptick in activity. She quietly walked up the stairs.

"Watch the sword, Warrior Princess. I like my head still attached."
vesper_verde: (Vesper Wingless)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-16 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
This is why Vesper came in from the roof. Less getting beheaded that way. He saw the two Defenders and paused. Then he leaned against the wall and hoped he didn't go through it.

The building needed some renovations still. He wasn't sure which walls were done and which ones were going to eat him.
hellkitten: (Eyebrow)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-16 10:57 am (UTC)(link)
"No big thing. Mom always told me never sneak up on someone with a sword."

Liza walked out into the middle of the room.

"Nice place. It could use some more lighting. Maybe a microwave and a coffee maker. And some high level magical wards or protection runes."
vesper_verde: (Vesper Wingless)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-17 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
The costumed vigilante shook his head. "Nothing in the part of the streets I patrol in. Outside of the occasional make babies with female demons cults."

He pushed off the wall and almost put his elbow through it. Definitely needed some contractors in soon.

"If we can get Sofia's attention maybe she can put some wards, runes, or whatever up."
hellkitten: (New Costume)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-18 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
"Nothing definite. There's a lot, and I mean a whole lot of demon trails out there, so many crossing each other that it's hard to follow just one. They might be doing that on purpose. Or maybe they're just all excited. I dunno."

Liza eyed the rickety wall.

"Wards. And maybe a contractor. Does Sofia do drywall?"
vesper_verde: (Vesper Wingless)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-20 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
He chuckled dryly. "I know more about contractors than magical anything. Contractors are coming but somebody else has to provide supernatural knowledge."

Though he certainly freaked out less than the sometimes sword-wielding librarian.
hellkitten: (Eyebrow)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-20 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Don't look at me!"

Liza felt they were definitely looking at her.

"I mean, I know some dem... something about demons, sure. But I don't know that much about magic."

A voice deep inside her head whispered to her.

But I do.
vesper_verde: (Vesper Wingless)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-21 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
Vesper may have been quirking an eyebrow, but neither woman would be able to tell with his mask on. He liked the mystery that way.

"We'll see who does when the others show up here. Hopefully. I'm as mundane as this group gets, and even what I do normally isn't safe. At least demons haven't noticeably infested drug-running gangs." It would have to be very noticeable for him to catch it. He thought the ignorance was bliss.
hellkitten: (Looking Up)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-21 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
"Little-E evil is what you do with it. Fire can burn your city down, but it can also cook your food and keep you warm. And sometimes people and things can be both at the same time. I don't know exactly what this Evil Eye is supposed to do... and we should keep trying to find out, for sure. But I do know that we need to be really, really careful about who gets a hold of the whole thing."

Liza quirked an eyebrow back at Vesper's eyebrow that she hadn't seen.

"That you know of."
vesper_verde: (Vesper Wingless)

[personal profile] vesper_verde 2016-04-27 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Vesper glanced at Liza. "I'll send you in when I do."

He looked over at Dawn. "Anything you want for researching here? Outside of a fast interest connection."
hellkitten: (Eyebrow)

[personal profile] hellkitten 2016-04-27 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Gee, thanks. Demon infestation problem? Send the cat in! Demons are just big, scary, interdimensional mice after all..."

Liza muttered, and kicked a pile of old insulation near the wall, sending a small rat scurrying towards Vesper.

"Look! There's one now!"