|Dates run:||April 18-26, 2010|
|Read the logs:||Lakshmibai Raj|
Part 9 of the Imperium Stratagem.
“I hear him all the time. In my head, whispering new plans for my country, Americans. This will be India’s century, even if it requires burning a few cities to ash to make it happen. Even if it involves a few of my own cities suffering the same fate.”
D. Ken Neramani's plans move towards their culmination and and everyone has a role to play.
Indian and Pakistani media report an earthquake in Kashmir, which devestates the border region. CNN would then report two explosions in New Delhi, with responsibility being taken by Lashkar-e-Taiba who call for the withdrawl of Indian troops in the Kashmir region. The Professor agreed to send Red-X and other volunteers to assist at the refugee camp in North Pakistan. D. Ken and Lilandra Neramani discussed the current position of India, and D. Ken's plans for the future. Realizing that his plans involve war, Lilandra is able to get a message out to General William Bastion who passes the information on to the school. Jubilee makes a post on the X-Force comms, requesting for further info on India; Charles receives an email from William Bastion regarding Lilandra Neramani's arrest and her brother's plans to occupy Pakistan.
Guided By A Signal In the Heaven
The first group of Red X, Elpis and Staff arrive in Pakistan, and are ferried to the site of the earthquake; The New Mutants and the rest of the volunteers arrive at the refugee camp under the eyes of Hank, Emma and Adrienne; The X-Men meet at a secret location with Bastion to discuss the impossible strategy of stopping an invading army; Callisto and Cammie start the work of trying to restore an engine to working order; John and Jean-Phillipe play crowd control to a desparate group; Farouk and Angelo meet the local bigwigs, and Farouk provides a little practical experience to the process; Jean-Paul, Kevin and Yvette apply some elbow grease to try and refit the train cars to carry as many sick and wounded as possible; the Frost sisters meet with the Administrator, and show what resources they can really access when necessary; Doreen and Sooraya work to help document the refugees, but cultural issues lead to an ugly confrontation; Nico and Fred help expand the wells for the water supply in unique fashion; Klara and Laura take a trip to the fallow fields near the camp for a little support to the camp food supply; Hank and Laurie join in the fight to save as many of the injured as possible; Meggan and Megan help out raising more tents to shelter refugees, to the surprise of the normal volunteers; Catseye and Nick make an unusual contribution by driving away the feral dog population from the camp.
Guided By This Birthmark on my Skin
The train starts moving but trouble begins when a group of mutants attack the train as it reaches close to the India-Pakistani border; John and Jean-Paul attempt to stop efforts to derail the train; Callisto and Yvette face the first invaders on the train, and Yvette nearly gets bested by Mini!Warstar before Kevin steps in; Kevin and Cammie rescues Farouk from a Templar ambush and together they fight off Pulsar; Angelo and Jean-Phillipe attempt to stop the attacks and impending riot on the train and come face to face with Neutron and Magique; Callisto faces the larger half of Warstar, who is trying to destory the engine.
Guided By The Beauty of our Weapons
The first X-Men team goes out to meet the incoming Indian Naval Fleet, as Storm and Buttercup start by slowing them down; Hamster and M deal with the two aircraft carriers while Iceman and Cannonball take on the submarine elements; on land, Polaris, Lazybones, and Husk develop a strategy to disable as many tanks as possible and slow the charge; Nightcrawler and Meltdown disable the oncoming armor; Caldera and Pants on Fire's powers prove to be a highly effective anti-tank weapon as they take their part of the line; Wolverine leads Dominion and Wildchild behind the lines to sabotage the Indian artillery and logistical train; Wasp and Angel provide the aerial recon for Wolverine's team on the ground, and decide to even the odds as attack helicoptor units come into the area; ; the camp is attacked and Fred and Nori find themselves facing down Titan and Whitenoise; Laurie arrives in time to stop Fred from killing Titan; Adrienne takes charge of helping Laura and Klara against Hardball and Blacklight and has a barn dropped on her; Emma uses Nick to track down Mentor, the leader of the attack, and Voyager, with Emma killing Mentor after a difficult fight; Meggan and Megan are ambushed by Quake, but with Catseye's intervention, they manage to knock him out; Husk, Nightcrawler, Lazybones and Pants on Fire halt an attempt at an air invasion by taking out the planes; Meltdown, Caldera and Polaris take out the command helicopter; Angel directs Wolverine through the convoy to the command center and is disturbed at the deaths that ensue; Wasp, Dominion and Wildchild attack a fuel depot and just avoid blowing themselves up; in the naval battle, M and Cannonball take out the firing ability of several ships and Storm unleashes their final plan, using Buttercup and Iceman to create a vortex of static electricity which Hamster and Storm use to create an electromagnetic charge that knocks out the electrical systems of the entire navy and halts the ships completely.
First, We Take Manhattan
X-Force infiiltrates new Delhi, intent on assassinating D. Ken; Remy, Sarah, Wanda and Amanda go in by helicopter, with Remy kicking Amanda out above New Delhi and hoping her powers catch her before crashing the helicopter onto the lawn of the Secretariat Building and creating a large diversion; Wanda takes on the guards while Amanda, merged with New Delhi, takes on Gladiator and Remy and Sarah head for D. Ken's office; Jubilee, Sofia and Doug sneak in the back way of the Secretariat Building; Marie-Ange, Bishop and Vanessa go in the side way; the two teams meet and separate again; Marie-Ange, Doug and Sofia secure the sitution room, to avoid India's nuclear arsenal being implemented; Jubilee and Bishop help Vanessa rescue Lilandra; Remy and Marrow fight off Commando and a squad of guards in the halls; Wanda has a tough time with Oracle while Amanda enjoys beating up Gladiator far too much; Doug, Sofia and Marie-Ange have a stand off with Nightside and Manta; Zenith and Electron intercept Lilandra, but come off the worst of Jubilee and Bishop; Remy and Sarah reach D. Ken and find he is utterly insane, using the crystalised brain of his mutant father to psionically freeze the would-be assassiuns; the hold is broken by Amanda hurling Gladiator through the wall and Gladiator seeing the insanity of his leader; Sarah smashes the M. Corn Crystal and Gladiator walks out, leaving D. Ken defenceless; Remy kills D. Ken.
Then We Take Berlin
Lilandra is announced as India's new leader, the military use of mutants is disavowed, and India is voted into the UN Security Council, part of the deal to bring India to peace.
Trivia and Meta
Ororo, unable to reconcile putting the school in danger by their involvement on the world stage, left and stayed with Remy for a time. She later joined X-Force.
The plot section titles come from the song "First We Take Manhattan" by Leonard Cohen.
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. ;)