September 23, 2018 at 11:15 am #152642
[The following story contains some potentially more adult content than some of my other stuff. Much blood and death ahead so if you’re of a younger age or just don’t like such things, maybe give this one a skip.]
For years now, the shadowy organisation known as Evolution Inc has been abducting people and performing experiments on them against their will, turning them into human-animal hybrids. The Web, Throwback and Deathstalker are just some of the known results of Evolution Inc’s genetic tinkering on their unwilling victims.
Hardly anything at all was known about Evolution Inc for the longest time. They guarded their secrets from all prying eyes and hid behind shell corporations and all manner of shady tactics. It was almost entirely by accident that the secrets behind Evolution slowly began unravelling.
During a seemingly unrelated investigation, the hero Airborne broke into a hidden lab full of Evolution Inc personnel. He was taken aback when he encountered fellow hero and former teammate Milo Ryder (a.k.a Hybrid) in the facility, seemingly working with the scientists.
A fight broke out and Hybrid escaped, setting the lab to self destruct in the process and killing those who didn’t evacuate in time. Airborne barely managed to escape with his life but was in critical condition for days.
While many of the scientist Airborne encountered at the lab were later found dead or mysteriously vanished, apparently ruining any chance for them to be tied to either Evolution Inc or Hybrid, an investigation into Milo Ryder himself slowly began to reveal more of the so called heroes connection to Evolution Inc. At first it was suspected that Ryder was just working with Evolution Inc. Perhaps he was employed by the mad scientists as a base subject for their experiments. Ryder did, after all, possess the ability to shift into all manner of human-animal hybrids, which seemed to be what Evolution Inc wanted to do to others. Their sick “gift” to humanity. Further investigation into Ryder later revealed that he wasn’t just involved. He may actually be running Evolution Inc. Everything pointed to him trying to spread his ability to others with the eventual goal of turning everyone into hybrid creatures, with himself as some modern day Dr Moreau.
While the authorities and superheroes conducted their investigation, Ryder went deep into hiding. Unbeknownst to everyone though, while some of his former friends and allies were questioning his involvement with Evolution Inc, he was doing the same.
The more he thought about it, the less it made sense. Even he didn’t fully understand why he was doing the things he was doing. He didn’t really want to turn people into hybrids…did he? He used to love helping people but the things he had done for Evolution Inc were far from helping anyone. Experimenting on people against their will? Tossing their dead bodies aside when the genetic reshape didn’t hold? That wasn’t help–“You’re helping them.”
The words rang in his ears again “You’re helping everyone.” His assistant, Piper, had entered the room with some papers for him to sign. The young french woman had apparently seen him lost in thought and picked up on his self-doubt. The simple words of encouragement that Piper had given him seemed to lift the fog of confusion in his mind and he understood his mission again. He was helping everyone. He was going to make them better. He was going to make them more than human.
Milo Ryder was again firmly in control of Evolution Inc…Or so everyone thought. Questions still remained in his mind. Questions about Piper. Why did he only feel better when she was around? Why did he question things when she wasn’t? Why did it only take a word or two of encouragement from this young woman to set him back on course? There was something not right here.
It took months of leaving himself notes (Liar!) to find in places where Piper wouldn’t see them (She’s manipulating you!) to even begin to break free (You’re hurting people!) of whatever whammy that had been put on his mind but eventually (You need to remember!) Milo Ryder remembered everything. He remembered all of those people. He remembered their screams. He remembered the whispers in his ear and the atrocities they had made him commit. He remembered that he had just been a puppet and a fall guy. Piper was the real brains behind this abomination of an organisation.
Unfortunately for him, Piper was faster on the uptake than he was and she realised that her powers of persuasion were losing their effect on Ryder and she had been preparing.
Before Ryder had time to truly break free, he was sedated and bound in thick chains strong enough to hold even his hybrid forms. Piper planned to restrain him for as long as it took to indoctrinate him all over again.
She hadn’t counted on the level of his rage though.
As Piper, overconfident in her own abilities, began once again whispering in the ear of Milo Ryder, he was also being bombarded with memories of everything she had made him do and he was furious. Rage triggered a change in him no one had ever seen. He became a hulking, raging wolf-man driven entirely by his own anger. He broke free of his chains, killing two of his guards almost instantly and sending Piper fleeing from the cell in terror.
The rampaging beast that had once been Milo Ryder was now a wild animal. All muscle and teeth as it tore through the Evolution Inc complex, killing everyone in it’s path as it pursued Piper, intent on revenge. Piper locked herself and several scientist in the complex’s control room but even that wouldn’t stop the big bad wolf. He didn’t huff or puff. He simply battered the heavy metal doors with an incredible strength until they broke open.
Ryder barely remembers the next few moments beyond a hazy red blur of blood and screams as he slaughtered everyone in the room. He remembers slashing at Piper’s throat and he distinctly remembers the blood that spurted from her body as she screamed without sound.
Everything went black.
Ryder awoke, still in the facility but now back in human form. He was surrounded by what remained of the scientists, which wasn’t much, but he noted that Piper was nowhere to be seen. Had she somehow escaped? Ryder wasn’t sure but he knew that he was horrified by what he had done here. He once again set the base to self destruct and left, hoping that the ensuing fire and explosions would be the end of Evolution Inc.
Milo Ryder was finally free of Piper’s corruption but he couldn’t just go back to his old life. He had still committed all manner of crimes, whether he had been manipulated or not. He wouldn’t hand himself over to the authorities yet though. Not until he had dismantled everything that remained of Evolution Inc.
What Ryder failed to realise was that Evolution Inc was far from finished. Piper had survived…barely. She had scurried away in the confusion of Hybrid’s attack and managed to make it to a nearby safe house where she was soon whisked away to another location for medical treatment. Half an inch to the right and Ryder’s claws would surely have killed her. After she was stitched up and could string a few sentences together with a raspy voice and damaged throat, Piper was brought before her superiors to report in this unmitigated failure.
Hybrid believes Piper is the brains behind Evolution Inc but even she is being manipulated from behind the scenes. There is seemingly no end to the mysteries behind Evolution Inc.September 26, 2018 at 1:30 am #152655
Hi Anarch!! How are you old friend? Great to see you are still around on these pages! I have been away for a long time but have come back to brush up on my character creating skills! Loving some of your creations dude!!September 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm #152686
Hi Anarch!! How are you old friend? Great to see you are still around on these pages! I have been away for a long time but have come back to brush up on my character creating skills! Loving some of your creations dude!!
Hey, it’s been a real long time.
How you been?September 29, 2018 at 5:50 am #152691
Teenage hero in training and Vespa’s sidekick, Stinger.
Stinger has the potential to become a great hero and has received training from Vespa and Dragonfly and has been gifted a lot of tech from Static,, including his wing frame and his taser stings.
He has also formed a close friendship with fellow teen hero Salamander but he’s often upset by how much better Salamander seems to be at the whole hero thing. Stinger’s self-doubt is perhaps the one thing holding him back from being a potentially great hero.September 30, 2018 at 7:50 am #152721
Hypernova served as Gamma Ray’s most ruthless assassin during the Preserver invasion of Earth and took great delight in cowing the populace, making examples of many of them. Despite being the weakest of all the Preservers, Hypernova was still much stronger than any human and he was more than a little excited to show them. He was responsible for the deaths of a number of heroes including Mister E and Springboard.
After the invasion was repelled, the few Preservers that were left fled. Only two remained. Eclipse had seen the error of her ways (and the growing insanity of Gamma Ray) and switched sides in the final battle, helping the forces of Earth to win the fight. She had chosen to try to atone for her past sins by emulating Earths heroes and helping people.
Hypernova wanted no such atonement. While he too had noticed Gamma Ray’s growing insanity…he didn’t care. He thought nothing of killing humans and he truly believed in Gamma Ray’s plan to subjugate humanity and set themselves up as gods.
Of course after the invasion ended and Gamma Ray was defeated, things changed. His cohorts had fled back to the stars but Hypernova stayed. He actually liked it here. He liked being strong. He liked being feared. He liked french fries and ice cream and those terrible dramas on TV. Humans may have been disgusting and stupid but they knew how to live. His other option was to return to the stars and ascend to a higher plain of existence again. While that had seemed like a grand goal the first time, he now knew that floating through the cosmos as a disembodied consciousness for eons was soooooooo boring. At least here on Earth he could have some fun for a but.
Problem was, while he liked living, he may not stay that way for long if he kept killing off humans let, right and center. Those idiot do-gooders would never leave him alone. The worst of them all were those traitors, Comet and Eclipse. They would no doubt be coming after him regardless but at least if he didn’t kill anyone, they might go a little easier on him. As much as he hated to admit it, they were both stronger than him and he probably couldn’t take either of them in a fight.
Hypernova still has the potential to be a truly terrifying threat but he’s smart enough to try another way and for now just sticks to trying to steal as much money as he can to live comfortably.
If Gamma Ray and the other preservers ever come back though, Hypernova is more than willing to sign back up…if he thinks they can win this time.October 14, 2018 at 10:21 am #152869
Sophia O’Connor is the granddaughter of the original Freedom Eagle who fought the Nazi’s during the war and the daughter of former mayor Michael O’Connor who was praised for being largely responsible for pulling Freedom City out of a particularly dark period, rife with crime and corruption.
Sophia was always aware of the legacy her grandfather had left and the advanced wing-frame that her father kept locked away n a secret room with the rest of her grandfathers Freedom Eagle equipment. As a teenager, she had toyed with the idea of breaking into that room and using those wings to soar the skies. She liked the idea of being a hero and helping those in need. She always heard her fathers words in the back of her head though, warning her away from that life. It was a silly dream after all.
Sophia put her dreams of becoming a superhero like her grandfather aside but as she grew into an adult, she became a different kind of hero. She became a lawyer representing the poor and downtrodden, getting them the justice they deserve. She loved her job and barely ever thought about those wings anymore.
At least until the day her father was attacked by a madman and almost killed. Michael O’Connor Jnr was in critical condition in hospital for weeks as the investigation into his attack was conducted. Everyone knew who had ordered the attack. “Grinning” Giole Tocco. An angry old mob boss who had crossed paths with O’Connor back when he was mayor. The problem was, no one could actually prove his involvement.
Frustrated by the inability of official law enforcement to do anything, Sophia finally put on those wings that had been calling to her for her entire life and became the new Freedom Eagle.
She set out to destroy Tocco by bringing down what remained of his empire and was surprisingly successful until the mobster decided to put a hit out on the new hero as well. Rather than backing down in fear, Freedom Eagle upped her game and tried to attack Tocco directly. She may well have killed the old man if not for the intervention of the Scarab. The Scarab, in one of his previous lives, had known Sophia’s grandfather and knew that he wouldn’t want her to seek revenge using his name. That wasn’t what the Freedom Eagle stood for. That name and those wings represented something better. Justice. True Justice. Not vigilante brutality.
Sophia, though admittedly still conflicted, decided that he was right. This wasn’t the way. She had trusted in the rule of law and justice her entire life and she wouldn’t stop now. She would find another way to prove Tocco’s guilt.
Afterwards, Sophia had planned to hang up the wings and return to her normal life but the Scarab saw potential in her and suggested she join his newly formed team of legacy heroes that also included Invictus, Superstar, Knockout, Starborn and Arcane.
Sophia agreed…hesitantly. All of he other heroes in this group were in their teens and early twenties (Scarab’s current body included) and with Sophia in her mid thirties, she now finds herself in the unenviable position of being both the oldest person on the team and the rookie.October 16, 2018 at 9:14 am #152918
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