XP – 8
Sergeant Serge begins to teach the team about CAPRA, the basic situational system for dealing with on-the-job situations. Biistaagen says that Amazon isn’t the only place that has drones.
To apply the lessons learned, the team is brought down to the training facility below Ft. Dufferin Dorm, where they are housed. Here, they are put into the VR training gear and begin running a recent criminal case (with some fictionalization).
The Scenario (Biistaagen is Primary) begins with the team at a command post van, speaking to a negotiator, Inspector Pritchard and Sergeant Ken Swailes. A metahuman, Jared “Nitro” Whitten, powerset: Self-Detonation, Radiation Beam, Force Field has taken a busload of people hostage taping newspapers to the windows to conceal activity inside. . He has made his living as a handyman, no criminal record, with a history of depression. Before the team got there, they had been negotiating for about an hour and a half, speaking to him through a seized cellphone from one of the hostages. Jared has demanded to speak to members of the Flight program.
Biistaagen approaches, using his Bubble Vision to see inside the bus. He opens the front doors and begins negotiations. Nitro begins ranting about the people in the floor boards, demanding that he be transported to the UN to address the Council about fluoridation in soft drinks and other paranoid fantasies. Through that, Biistaagen is able to make arrangements for a helicopter with a plan to get him while transferring from bus to copter. Double Trouble’s clone will take the place of the pilot; on a signal, DTC will get any hostages out and Glacia will surround Nitro with Ice to contain any explosion, with Biistaagen shielding the other hostages.
the other members of the team are able to secure hidden positions. When the copter lands 15 minutes later, the hostages are led out of the bus, with Nitro in the middle.
Nitro does detonate, though Glacia’s ice is a hair too late (Gaming note: Rather than initiative, I should have had you guys to Stealth and Slight of Hand checks; I’ll try to think of those things) it absorbs some of the explosion and Biistaagen’s bubbles protect the other hostages though he is virtually blown back and injured.
Nitro’s body converts to a air form after detonating which Glacia can track through her IR vision, though he’s invisible to the naked eye. However, she’s still getting used to the VR setting and misses a few times and Nitro’s able to resist, but he is eventually subdued. The regular police put Power Suppressors on him.
Back at the station, the Police Medic, Dr. Alexa David, consults with his known primary Dr. Jillian Wortman, and he’s voluntarily taking anti-psychotics. He’s calm, though listless and depressed.
The team interviews him and he claims to have no idea why he took hostages or said the crazy things he did. His memory of the last year or so are spotty, and the one thing he knows is that he wanted to tell somebody in authority something important. Also, he keeps having recurring images of a dismembered woman (not bloody) over the head of somebody he can’t see. As the team tries to get him to think harder on it, he screams “ The Anthrophage! The real Anthrophage was never caught! He’s still out there! Still out there! He tried to make me join him.”
This was a metahuman serial killer from about 4 years ago who was caught and sent to Stronghold North, subsequently to be killed by another inmate. The sequence of events of the previous case is here.
The team investigates Whitten; his father is revealed to be an anti-mutant bigot and his doctor confirms that psychosis like this is not usually related to his particular power set, that would be depression which he’s suffered throughout his life. Whitten had complained of psychotic episodes and lost time throughout the last year but not before.
Possible leads for follow up:
Case Officer at Department H,