|Dates run:||May 7th, 2007 - May 14th, 2007|
|Run By:||Jen, Frito, Tapestry, Azzy, asst. from Alicia and Alasdair|
|Read the logs:||Ahab|
"Release the Hounds"
Rory Campbell is chasing his great White Whale. Namely, Moira MacTaggart. Ever since Kevin MacTaggart decided that "Uncle Rory didn't need his leg anymore" he's been obsessed with trying to make himself safe from mutants, and he believes he has found a way to do so. Hounds. Rory doesn't quite have a perfect process yet, but he's got some new targets in mind. One that will strike back at the object of his obsession and the people who stole her from him. Her students.
Kyle, Jennie, Marius and Crystal go into the city for a nice dinner the day after prom, only to be ambushed by a bunch of hired mutant mercenaries. They attack the kids, who are able to fend them off with their powers, until one of the mercenaries steals their powers. Marius is able to flip it back on the mercs, rendering them powerless as well. However, these being trained mercenaries, they very quickly hand the kids their asses. Marius and Kyle are knocked out, Jennie's arm is injured and Crystal's leg is broken. All of the teens are fixed with a tracking device which allows for teleportation, but Crystal's is not securely fixed, so she escapes capture.
After a frantic phonecall, Pietro comes to Crystal's rescue and the school receives the panic signals from the kids's phones and springs into action to find the missing teens. Meanwhile, the captured kids meet their abductor, one Rory Campbell. Former employee of Moira Mactaggart and current looney tune. He manages to hit every nefarious villain cliché while ranting at the kids, before hinting ominously at his plans for them.
Days go by and both the school and Snow Valley hunt for leads. They come in the form of notes Rory has sent to Moira to taunt them, now calling himself "Ahab." Because Rory's nuts like that. Nathan recognizes the handwriting and siccs Snow Valley on it, who very quickly dig up a broker that Rory has used to hire mercenaries. After Nathan and Ororo "persuade" the broker to fork over the information, Pete Wisdom contacts one of the mercs, "Gorgeous" George Blair. George did not sign up for this crap, and wants out, and rats on his fellow mercs and on Rory, adding a warning about what's happened to the kids. And it ain't pretty.
Using George's information, a team consisting of Storm, Cable, Nightcrawler, Siryn, Sunfire and Rogue go to Rory's lair, an abandoned hospital in New Jersey. What they find horrifies them, as Rory has played at being Mr. Mad Scientist and spliced specific mutant traits between the three teens before telepathically brainwashing them, creating his "Hounds." All three have Kyle's claws, fangs and enhanced senses, Marius's yellow eyes and mutant sense, and Jennie's ability to read probability. They attack on Rory's command, but Jennie causes a lucksnap during the melee, which gifts her, Marius and Kyle with a moment of temporary clarity, and they turn on their captors and shred them. Kyle manages to divest Rory of another body part even. They are then tranqed, and the mercs and Rory taken into custody.
However, because Rory sucks at genetics, what he's done to the teens is slowly killing them. Thinking they have no other recourse, Forge turns to Pete Wisdom and they contact Dr. Nathaniel Essex in the hopes that Essex can undo the damage Rory has done with a bastardized version of his work. Essex is able to reverse the process, and shortly thereafter Xavier is able to undo the telepathic brainwashing on both Marius and Kyle, with David Haller assisting to repair Jennie's mind. A week later, their physical changes fade as well, returning the teens to normal.
Trivia and Meta
Kyle tried to bite Rory three times. On the third attempt, he was successful.
In order to keep the remaining kids from going insane, the staff opened up the Danger Room and retrofitted it for a game of laser tag.
This plot was an experiment in delegating plotrunning duties. Nothing blew up completely, aside from a couple of the plotrunner's heads, so it could be considered a success.
Rory's lab is set in New Jersey as a nod to "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
The Nasty Boys were used as mercenaries simply because Azzy was going through uncannyxmen.net and wanted to find the "lamest villain team for our mercs ever." It was then the challenge to make them not-lame.
This was completely Indiana J's fault.
The events of this plot still occurred in Phase 2, but specifics, such as which characters were involved, remain fuzzy for the purposes of not breaking the world. ;)