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#936292 - 08/20/17 11:24 PM The Outlaw Sodam Yat [Re: razsolo]  
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MEDICUS ONE
Earth Orbit

ROLL CALL
Color Kid aka Ulu Vakk:
color manipulation
Fire Lad aka Staq Mavlen: fire-breathing
Matter-Eater Lad aka Tenzil Kem: can eat inorganic matter in all its forms


In a crowded waiting room with Matter-Eater Lad on one side of him and a large green crocodilian alien on the other, Ulu Vakk glanced down the corridor at the sound of a door opening for the seventh time in as many minutes.

“You’re gonna give yourself whiplash if you keep that up,” Tenzil Kem joked.

“I’m just worried about Staq,” Color Kid’s head dropped. “I wish Brainiac 5 hadn’t gone on that interstellar mission; we’d have an answer by now.”

“Maybe if his multi-lab wasn't completely trashed,” Matter-Eater Lad bumped his teammate’s shoulder playfully. “Dr Gym’ll is no slouch though, Kid. He was our primary physician for a long time when the Legion were on Earth, you know. He may take a little longer to come up with results than our resident 12th level genius, but he’ll be able to confirm if Fire Lad really does have a micro-organism inside of him like the Heavensent say they used to create Arqiia. And he’ll even have the same cheery bedside manner that Brainy would!”

The two men heard someone clearing their throat and turned to see the aforementioned Dr Gym’ll standing behind them with Fire Lad by his side. “My patients don’t pay me for my bedside manner, Legionnaires. As long as they continue to pay however, they can badmouth me as much as they like. Your friend’s in no immediate danger, and we can even remove the parasite from his system. You two might have better luck talking him into that than I did though. I’ve got other patients to assist, patients who hopefully have more common sense than this young man.” Without waiting for a response, Gym’ll spun on his heel and left.

“Staq!” Color Kid leaped to his feet and faced his friend fully. “What did he mean? There really is some kind of microscopic organism mutating you? I guess the important thing is he can remove it, right?”

“I guesss,” the flame-crested hero hissed.

“But..?” Matter-Eater Lad prompted.

“It’ss regresssive gene therapy,” Fire Lad replied glumly. “If I want to remove thiss thing insside of me, then I remove my powerss too. I’d be a normal Sshwarian again…

...I’d have to leave the Legion of Ssuperheroess forever.”

**********
DEEP SPACE
Unnamed planet in the globular cluster Valstan C5

ROLL CALL
Brainiac 5 aka Querl Dox:
12th level intelligence, team leader
Element Lad aka Jan Arrah: elemental transmutation
Mon-El aka Lar Gand: Daxamite physiology
Mwindaji: tracker infused with White Lantern energy
Shadow Lass aka Tasmia Mallor: darkness generation
Zoe Saugin: infused with Green Lantern energy


The Legion’s two newest recruits stood before their teammates on the bridge of their cruiser; Mwindaji was consumed in the task he’d been set, leading the Legion of Superheroes across the galaxy in search of the ancient Daxamite Sodam Yat. The emerald headset he wore upon his brow enhanced his innate tracking abilities exponentially.

The hardlight headset had been provided thanks to the imagination of Zoe Saugin, the former Green Lantern who now held the legendary power of a Green Lantern ring within herself. Unlike Mwindaji she was very aware of the other Legionnaires around them, and their eyes on her made her nervous. While Zoe generally liked being the centre of attention, she liked it on her own terms. “How are we going, Mwindaji?” she asked.

“Your power compliments my own easily as well as Universo’s had,” the youth replied in his rich baritone. “I can scarcely believe that such wonders exist outside my small world. Our quarry approaches the fifth planet in this cluster; once we have reached planetside my own power will close the distance unaided.”

Brainiac 5 had devoted part of his colossal intellect to analysing these two ever since the team had left Mars. Mwindaji’s tracking ability was clearly not the equal of Dawnstar’s, but he seemed utterly confident that he’d be more effective within planetary range. Considering the difficulties Dawnstar faced tracking her quarry within heavily populated areas, Brainiac was already seeing how their powers might compliment each other. Though he was from a world which by UP standards was hopelessly primitive, Mwindaji didn’t seem at all overwhelmed or unsure of his place here. His naivete might be a problem though, as it was largely that trait which Brainiac 5 felt had led to Universo’s ascension to the White Lantern and Kara’s fate in the first place. Querl Dox decided he was going to keep a close eye on the Kirinyagi teenager.

The Green Lantern on the other hand had shown herself to be a capable powerhouse. Brainiac didn’t know why she was displaying such anxiety in her microexpressions and her tone of voice, she had nothing to prove to the Legion of Superheroes and in fact had been accepted into the team’s ranks by a much larger margin than her fellow recruit. She was one of Dragonmage’s oldest friends, she’d saved the lives of Legionnaires and innocents alike on multiple occasions and her control of the Green Lantern energy made her one of the most resourceful members of the team. As annoying as her nervousness here was, Brainiac supposed it was part and parcel of dealing with lesser intellects. He was certain she’d overcome it, he just hoped it was sooner rather than later.

While Mon-El flew under his own power outside the cruiser, Element Lad and Shadow Lass piloted the vessel. With their course adjustments made as per Mwindaji’s last update though, there really wasn’t a lot for Jan and Tasmia to do right now. “What do you think of the new kids?” Shadow Lass leaned across and asked her co-pilot in a hushed voice.

“Green Lantern’s going to be a great asset once she settles in,” Element Lad replied after giving it a moment of thought. “She was trained to operate as part of a larger group so we already know she’s a good team player. Mwindaji...Mwindaji is more of an unknown quantity. I know Shrinking Violet vouched for him, but it’s not as though she’s always shown the best judgement in the galaxy. It does seem like he really wants to do good though, and we don’t need another tracker on the team but his healing ability will definitely come in handy.”

“I never really subscribed to the Legion’s silly regulations on power duplication,” Shadow Lass waved her hand. “I mean having a handful of people on the team who can tear down cities has only ever worked in our favour, I don’t see why more esoteric powers should be treated any differently. It is strange that Brainiac put them both forward for membership though, don’t you think? I mean we’ve seen Green Lantern’s heroism, but considering Mwindaji’s role in what happened with Supergirl--”

“No offence Shadow Lass, but I’m not really comfortable gossiping about our teammates like this. I’m sure the last thing Brainiac needs right now is to know his friends are talking about him like he was a character in a holodrama.” Without waiting for a response, Jan turned his attention to the ship’s controls. “Entering the atmosphere now,” he announced to the entire team. “Where to now, you two?”

“I thank you for your assistance,” Mwindaji bowed his head toward Zoe and removed the emerald construct from his head. “From here, I can sense him clearly. Sodam Yat is there, over that volcanic landmass.” He pointed toward an island far far below them in the world’s green-tinged oceans.

“Green Lantern, Mwindaji, I’d like you two to exit the cruiser and align yourselves with Mon-El,” Brainiac 5 instructed. “You’ll be able to move faster and we’ll be close behind.”

A confused Mwindaji was about to ask how they could exit the ship in mid-air when Zoe grabbed him by the arm and they were both enveloped in a green glow. “You’ve got it, Brainiac!” She gave him a mock salute and phased herself and Mwindaji through the vessel. “Man, I’m glad to be out of there,” she confessed as the duo sped toward Mon-El to their right. “Did it feel like he was staring us out from the nano we got on the ship or was it just me?”

“Brainiac 5 is the leader of the Legion of Superheroes,” Mwindaji responded diplomatically. “It is his responsibility to be sure of the capabilities of all of his team.”

“Well yeah, but-- hey there, Mon-El!” Zoe grinned as they caught up with the broad-shouldered Daxamite. “Okay Mwindaji, show us the way!” Zoe retracted her glow from Mwindaji and after a dramatic lurch he remembered to activate his own flight ring. Not terribly gracefully, he led the others above the planet’s sparse cloud cover and toward the verdant island he’d identified.

Before too long, the cloud cover vanished altogether to be replaced by something far stranger. At first there were only a few of the odd spheres dotted here and there, but soon the Legionnaires were surrounded by countless scores of floating orange puffballs. Each one was roughly the size of a basketball, and collectively they seemed to possess at least a basic form of intelligence as they cleared a way for Mwindaji, Zoe and Mon-El to fly through. “What do you think these things are?” Zoe asked Mon-El. She spared a quick glance behind them to make sure the weird objects weren’t closing off their escape route, and just to be on the safe side she reinforced her protective aura.

“I don’t know,” Mon-El admitted. “I’ve never seen anything like them. They don’t appear to be dangerous...still, maybe we should steer clear of them anyway. Mwindaji!” he shouted. “Change course, we’re going to fly around whatever these things are!”

“Sodam Yat is just ahead!” Mwindaji returned. “Just through this--” He never completed his statement as a flash of red filled their field of vision. Mon-El had reacted swiftly, darting ahead to shield Mwindaji with his own body.

Where there had been a field of harmless puffballs stretching ahead as far as the eye could see there was now just a formless cloud of ash dissipating throughout the atmosphere. In place of the puffballs hovered a muscular man in a green and black bodysuit, his jet-black mohawk whipping against his scalp in the high altitude winds. Zoe Saugin recognised him instantly.

Sodam!

“You shouldn’t be here!” Zoe’s former mentor railed. “How did you find me? I hid myself from the Green Lantern Corps!”

“There is no Green Lantern Corps anymore!” Zoe retorted. “You killed the last Corps member, remember? I’m still here though!” Her anger overcame her and a battering ram of pure force slammed into Sodam, knocking him back hundreds of feet.

Mon-El quickly saw that he needed to take charge before things turned any uglier. “Mwindaji, you did well to get us here but your powers aren’t suited for a confrontation of this scale. Stay by Green Lantern, she can keep you safe.”

“Sprock that!” Zoe snapped. “He killed my friend! He let us all down! I haven’t even begun to--”

Mon-El interrupted the teenaged girl. “And if we don’t all work to our strengths, he may kill again. Once Brainiac and the others arrive you’ll get your chance to help bring Sodam Yat to justice, but until then you can shield Mwindaji far better than I can.”

Zoe felt a rush of blood to her cheeks and was glad that her emerald glow prevented the men from witnessing her furious blush. She knew Mon-El was right and it galled her. She began to utter an apology when her eyes grew wide and she flung an opaque dome around herself and Mwindaji. At the same time she cried out a warning to Mon-El, but the sealing of the dome muffled her almost completely.

Still, it was enough notice for Mon-El to spin in place and it was enough notice that when Sodam Yat slammed into him at supersonic speeds he could roll with the impact so that the two Daxamites skimmed across the surface of Zoe’s construct rather than smashing through it. “Why have you come here?!” Sodam raved. “How did you find me? How??” His eyes were twin pits of emerald energy, burning red embers at their centre. The man was completely manic.

“The how isn’t important,” Mon-El grunted, using his own power of flight to arrest their careening path through this world’s atmosphere and the swarm of puffballs which populated it; the last thing he wanted was to put a target on Mwindaji. “As to the why...you’ve crossed a line, Sodam. If you need help we’ll make sure you get it, but you’re too dangerous to be allowed to roam freely.”

“Do you think I don’t know that?” Sodam roared. “Why do you think I came here to this world?!” He spun Mon-El around in midair and used the momentum of the movement to fling him away. Before Mon-El could make a countermove, Sodam Yat’s arms stretched out before him and a green glow just like Zoe’s surrounded his entire body. As Zoe had earlier struck him, Sodam hit Mon-El with a beam of light powerful enough to send him rocketing straight into the ocean more than a mile below.

“Exercise caution, Legionnaires.” Brainiac 5’s voice drew Sodam Yat’s attention upward, where the Coluan hero hovered alongside Element Lad and Shadow Lass. “Despite the destruction of every remaining Green Lantern ring, Yat clearly retains access to the Green Lantern energy. I surmise that like Larfleeze, his centuries of exposure to the Green Lantern energies allowed him to metabolise--”

“Get out of here! Do you fools have no sense of self-preservation at all?!” Sodam Yat charged the trio, only to bounce off of the previously unnoticed impenetrable forcefield surrounding them all.

“I’m not normally a sadistic person,” Shadow Lass intoned coldly, “But as if it wasn’t bad enough you’ve put that poor Zoe girl through the wringer, now you’ve hurt the man I love. So I hope this hurts, Yat.” She gestured while he was still reeling in confusion and inky blackness seeped into his pores, his mouth, his eyes. It built up around him until the Daxamite was hidden in a formless cloud of shadow and then dramatically an explosion of emerald light ripped the darkness to shreds. Shadow Lass recoiled from the assault on her senses, but she didn’t cry out.

“You may be able to leech the solar energy from my cells,” Sodam sneered, “But your power is no match for the green light, Shadow Champion.”

“We didn’t really think it would be,” Element Lad subtly positioned himself between Shadow Lass and their glowing enemy while she caught her breath behind her cloak. “Shadow Lass was just buying me enough time to increase the lead content in the atmosphere enough to disable you without killing you. I’m sure you can appreciate it’s a task that requires some delicacy.”

“Don’t you fools understand?” Sodam Yat railed, completely unaffected by Element Lad’s gambit. “The green light protects me from lead poisoning! It protects me from every form of injury my own invulnerability cannot! None of you possess any capability to harm me!”

“Yeah, I don’t know about that.” Zoe Saugin had joined the gathering, Mwindaji suspended in a hardlight dome behind the glowing green girl. “The Green Lantern energy is powered by will, right? That’s what you taught me anyway. How strong do you think my will is to make you hurt for what you did to my friend, Sodam?” Without waiting for an answer, she created an emerald replica of the Legion’s cruiser and slammed it straight into Sodam Yat. The simulacrum pushed him down through this planet’s clear skies, following Mon-El’s path toward the seas below.

With his bare hands Sodam Yat tore the construct in half but before he could mount a counter-attack, Mon-El had returned to grab him in a full nelson hold. “Give up,” Mon-El commanded, maneuvering his fellow Daxamite in mid-air so that Sodam Yat couldn’t target any of the others with a ranged attack. “We don’t want to hurt you, but you need to face justice for what you’ve done, Sodam.”

“The only justice left to me is that of the grave!” Sodam protested. He phased through Mon-El’s grip, turned solid once more and flung the hero at Zoe. Mon-El was taken by surprise, but he recovered in time to veer away from his newest teammate.

The two Daxamites faced off once more, but before either of them could make a move Sodam Yat roared in pain and doubled over. “You were right, Brainy.” Element Lad’s face wore a look of intense concentration. “The Green Lantern energy protects him from external atmospheric changes, but it’s not much help when I’m converting trace elements which already exist inside his body.”

“Of course I was right,” Brainiac 5 answered simply. “Green Lantern, I will need your assistance to boost the power reserves of my forcefield belt. Alone I do not believe either of us possess the power to restrain Sodam Yat physically, but together we should find success.”

“This is just...an inconvenience,” Sodam grimaced. “Already the green energy is...ngghh...flushing the lead from my system.”

“Excuse me, Legion of Superheroes?” Mwindaji asked politely. As the only member of the team not directly involved in the battle with Sodam, he was also the only one to have noticed something peculiar. “...The puffball creatures who had surrounded us earlier? They are back and there are many many more of them.”

Mon-El scanned the atmosphere quickly. The creatures were keeping a safe distance from the violence, but the sky was congested with them and with his telescopic vision Mon-El could see hundreds of thousands more arriving from outer space. “Maybe you should keep that forcefield for yourselves,” he advised Brainiac 5. “There seems to be an endless supply of these puffball creatures and now that Sodam Yat’s riled them up they might not be so harmless, Brainy.”

“That was my goal all along!” Sodam yelled. He was still feeling the effects of Element Lad’s lead poisoning, but it was fading fast. “Individually, these creatures possess the barest sliver of intellect but as a collective they are the strongest-willed creature in this sector! They once served as part of the Green Lantern Corps, but now they carry the only thing that can end my suffering...I provoked this response on purpose, you fools!”

“What the sprock are you talking about?” Zoe demanded, getting in his face. “How is getting a bunch of floating cotton balls mad going to help you in any way?”

“The collective are not the only former Green Lanterns in this sector,” Sodam ignored the forcefield Brainiac 5 had enclosed him in. “Within their divided mind they contain Dkrtzy RRR! Without a Green Lantern ring Dkrtzy RRR cannot harm me physically any more than any of you can, but it can destroy my tortured mind!”

“So this is some kind of insane suicide attempt?” Shadow Lass curled her lip in disgust. “For pity’s sake, why?”

“You don’t understand!” he whined. “None of you can know what it is like, what I have been through in this long life! I should have been dead a thousand years ago, but the Guardians cursed me with eternal life that I might watch everyone I have ever known and loved waste away! And now I have caused the death of one under my command? I do not deserve this maddening existence but the green energy won’t let me die! Dkrtzy RRR is my only--”

Surprising everybody present, a scowling Mon-El charged forth and slammed into Sodam Yat. “I’ve heard enough!” the Legionnaire bellowed. “You think you’re the only being in creation to outlive friends and family?” Mon-El sped up as they approached the sandy shores of a small island, peripherally aware of his teammates following closely and the puffball collective in turn following them. “Try spending a thousand years in the Phantom Zone, helpless to do anything other than watch your loved ones die!” The two men slammed into the island with a tremendous boom, a flock of birds taking flight on the other side over a mile away. In the crater their impact had made, Mon-El grabbed a fistful of Sodam Yat’s bodysuit and slammed the former Green Lantern face first into the exposed rocky crust. “The Guardians didn’t curse you, Sodam! They gave you the power to make a real difference in the universe! In all this time you could have helped the Green Lantern Corps blossom into an unparalleled force for good, and instead you chose to sulk on a dead world for a millenium! You’re pathetic!!” A dazed Sodam Yat climbed to his feet, and Mon-El threw a punch that would have knocked him straight back down again if not for the translucent forcefield which met his fist instead. Instantly, Mon-El recognised it as the handiwork of Brainiac 5.

His features still contorted by fury, Mon-El turned. Shadow Lass was the first person the angry Daxamite saw, her own face a mix of concern and the slightest hint of fear. “Mon, love.” She placed a hand on his chest. “I know why you feel the way you do and you’re not wrong, but we don’t have time for this. Look.” With her free hand, she gestured above. The other Legionnaires weren’t far behind, with only an emerald wall keeping them from an atmosphere crowded with untold puffballs.

“What is Dkrtzy RRR?” Brainiac asked Sodam Yat as he landed by Mon-El’s side. The Coluan didn’t give his angry teammate even a sideways glance, trusting that Shadow Lass’s presence would soothe her lover. “I need to know precisely the danger we’re in, Yat.”

Sodam Yat gingerly touched the forcefield Brainiac had erected around him. “You can still leave,” the Daxamite instructed. “The collective will not follow you Legionnaires, and none of your powers will be proof against Dkrtzy RRR at any rate. Certainly this forcefield will be no obstacle.”

“Oh for--” Zoe lost her temper, throwing her hands up in the air. “Can you just answer one question directly??”

“Dkrtzy RRR is a biosentient mathematical equation,” Sodam replied calmly. “Once upon a time it was a Green Lantern, and it mindwiped the enemies of the Green Lantern Corps. But the equation is a degrading one...670 years ago, its sapience was finally lost and it was left only as a formula which indiscriminately destroyed the minds of all those it touched. Those of us Green Lanterns who still remained in the Corps at that time combined our rings to imprison Dkrtzy RRR within the segregated mind of the puffball collective. Each individual puffball is not sufficiently advanced to comprehend the nature of the entity, but together they possess the will to contain it...and I had gambled that they would be able to direct it as well if sufficiently provoked. I suppose we shall find out soon enough.”

“No, we will not.” Brainiac 5 turned to face the approaching army of puffballs. “If you’d not been so eager to isolate yourself from the rest of the universe, you might know that recently three Titanian scientists created what they termed a conceptual virus. I myself fell victim to this virus and once I recovered, I set to investigating what exactly it was that they had done. Their own artificial lifeform drew heavily from the centuries old work of a scientist named Timph Rye, and while history did not retain the name Dkrtzy RRR it is clear to me now that Dkrtzy RRR is indeed his creation.” The Legion’s leader floated up toward Zoe’s emerald wall. “Green Lantern, dissipate your barrier please.”

Zoe arched an eyebrow and looked at the elder Legionnaires for guidance. “Uhhh….”

“Brainiac, what are you planning?” Element Lad asked calmly.

“I possess the most advanced intellect in known space,” Brainiac 5 answered. “I am going to decode this entity before it has a chance to hurt anybody, and then we are going to take Sodam Yat into custody and leave this place.”

“You can’t--” Sodam exploded.

“Oh shut up,” Zoe rolled her eyes and used her own power to both reinforce and soundproof Brainiac’s forcefield around her former mentor. “Brainiac, are you sure about this?”

“That conceptual virus incapacitated you as much as anyone else it affected!” Shadow Lass protested. “If it was based on this...Dirkzy thing...what makes you think you’ll fare any better, Brainiac?”

“In recent days, I have rededicated myself to intellectual pursuits,” Brainiac 5 explained dryly. “If there is one thing that I can rely on, it is the power of my mind. Green Lantern; please.”

Zoe wasn’t sure she was doing the right thing, but she supposed she had to trust that the leader of the Legion of Superheroes did. She allowed the wall separating them from the puffballs to vanish, and soon Brainiac 5 was swallowed into their midst. They passed over him en route to Sodam, and it was only Zoe’s quick wit that had her extend a sheath around herself, Mwindaji, Element Lad, Shadow Lass and Mon-El to protect them from the wave of placidly moving creatures.

“Mon, I don’t like this.” Shadow Lass clung to her lover’s arm.

“I don’t either,” Mon-El agreed, having once again calmed down. “Judging by my x-ray vision Brainy seems fine in that ocean of puffballs, but if this is a purely psychic entity I won’t be able to see it anyway.”

Mwindaji cocked his head, visibly confused. “There was something else there,” he muttered, “Some presence of spirit which my tracking power recognised, but now...now that seems to be no more.”

Brainiac 5 appeared hovering just beyond Zoe’s bubble, and she expanded it to allow him entry while puffballs streamed around them. “Brainiac...what did you do?” Element Lad asked.

“It was an artificial construct,” their leader answered, “And I deconstructed it. The threat is over, Legionnaires. Let us gather Sodam Yat and depart this world.”

**********
MARS
Husband Hill, Nine Planets Ice Cream Parlor

ROLL CALL
Dragonmage aka Xao Jin:
dragon magic
Zoe Saugin: infused with Green Lantern energy


Several hours after Zoe and the others returned from their mission, Xao Jin watched quietly bemused while she tucked into a monstrous multi-tiered ice cream concoction called The Nine Planets Solar System Special. As long as Xao had known her, Zoe Saugin had been able to eat food which would turn the stomach of half a dozen different alien races. He wondered if it was a result of her childhood spent tagging along with her archeologist mother to dozens of different worlds with their own unique cuisines.

“Are you sure you don’t want some?” She offered him a spoon of something frozen but paradoxically aflame. Outside of their Legion costumes, they looked like any other teenagers sharing a frozen treat together. “You gotta taste the Sunny Sol at least, it’s sprocking awesome!”

“No, thank you.” Xao smiled and held a hand up. “While I’m deeply impressed with your ability to out-eat anyone this side of Bismoll, I’m happy with my green tea shake.”

“Suit yourself,” she shrugged. “So anyway, after the thing with those weird puffball creatures Sodam kind of lost steam...it’s weird you know, I thought I’d never stop being angry at him for what he did to Neon but Mon-El was right; in the end he’s just kind of pitiful.”

“You’ve never been someone who holds on to anger,” Xao complimented his friend after he dabbed at his mouth with a napkin. “It’s a good trait to have; Madame Chu used to tell me that prolonged anger is a disease of the soul.”

“Still...I kind of wish we knew exactly what happened with Brainiac 5 and that Dkrtzy RRR creature.” Zoe gulped down a heaped spoonful of three different flavours mixed together. “Brainy’s not very forthcoming, is he? I mean I get he’s like a hundred times smarter than the rest of us put together but it’s kind of creepy how much like a robot he is.”

“Everybody follows their own path in their own way,” Xao deflected. “You should be proud of yourself, Zoe. You achieved what you wanted in bringing Sodam Yat to justice, and Green Lantern completed her first mission as a Legionnaire. We’ve had a lot of negativity occur recently, it’s nice for the Legion to have an unqualified success.”

“About that…” Zoe stepped away from her seat for a moment and there was a brief flash of emerald light which drew gasps from the other customers in the ice cream parlor. Her sleeveless modern pantsuit was replaced by a costume, though it wasn’t her Green Lantern costume. Her freckled face remained unmasked, and while her bodysuit retained a green and white color scheme her iconic Green Lantern symbol had been replaced with a glowing green star which seemed to revolve slowly in the centre of her chest. “You know, I don’t have the best association with the name Green Lantern. Sodam Yat wound up being a massive disappointment, and everyone I was friends with in the Green Lantern Corps died as collateral damage in Universo’s crazy scheme. There’s a legacy I want to carry on, but it’s not the legacy of the Green Lanterns….if there’s one name I’d be proud to carry on into the future with me, it’s my friend’s name who gave me this power. Can you call me Neon from now on?”

Xao Jin beamed. “I think I can do that. Welcome to the Legion of Superheroes, Neon!”

**********
EDITOR'S NOTES: Dkrtzy RRR and the Puffball Collective are both existing Green Lantern characters, check out the links for more info!

Also, for those who are unfamiliar with Sodam Yat's recent GL history in my fic...he had been creating a new GL Corps which included Zoe, but the Thunderers of Qward wiped out most of the new Corps and Sodam himself accidentally killed Celeste Rockfish aka Neon. Neon gave her own power to Zoe before passing away


Last edited by razsolo; 08/21/17 12:46 AM.

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#936301 - 08/21/17 01:17 AM Re: The Outlaw Sodam Yat [Re: razsolo]  
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cool beans raz!

excellent characterization all around.

Xao 's indirectness in answering and directness in complimenting, Brainy deconstructing the math equation, Jan politely but firmly stopping the gossiping Tasmia, Tasmia's calming of Mon and stance against the no-power-duplication rule, Mon's righteous anger at Sodam Yat being such a whiner. Mwindaji's inexperience compared to Zoe's temper yet much greater team experience, which showed in battle (show, don't tell! you do that so well, having Brainy and Jan comment on her abilities and then show how capable she is in battle)

your use of two minor Green Lanterns brought a smile to my face, I always thought those two were among the more interesting GLs

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Haha Sodam Yat is SUCH a whiner...I mean Atmos may be a dumpster fire of a person but at least he's entertaining; the only time I've ever seen Sodam Yat in a comic he's complaining about how hard life is for an immortal Superman with a Green Lantern ring, cry me a river tongue

I kinda fluctuated on whether I should make this a big epic confrontation or not, but like Xao said I think it's time for the heroes to get a relatively easy win. Thanks for commenting IB! laugh


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So, you know when you've had a tough week and you just want to kick back in an infinity pool overlooking St Tropez and be fed grapes and mochitos in equal measure by studly staff, but then you remember you didn't buy a lottery ticket and haven't had any billionaire relatives die recently to leave you obscene amounts of money so you need to regain your equilibrium in another less lavish way? Yeah? You know that feeling? So, that's where my head is today and, instead of luxury holiday fantasies, I decided to catch up with the Bit's Forum and discovered that there another superb post I hadn't seen before to dive into - hoorah! Who needs pools in St Tropez? Not I when there's a great instalment to get sucked into...

Great start, you love the usually minor characters and give them such respect its really enjoyable to read. And you write Tenzil better than anyone else Raz, take a bow. The line about Gym'll having the same bedside manner as Brainy was a hoot. Poor Staq tough, I assume the parasite has potentially dangerous side effects (other than turning people into semi-dragons, of course), and hat's why Gym'll suggested removing it?

M'Windaji's naďve confidence and Zoe's uncertainty are well doe, as is Brainy's realisation that Gahiji's abilities compliment Dawnstar's. There easily is room on the team for two tackers, I believe. Bainy's thoughts on the faults of lesser intellects was fun, he's such a snob at heart smile Shady trying to gossip with jan was cute, she's used to having Tinya close by to do that to, and loved Jan closing down that conversation so smartly. Also nice that it's mirrored by Zoe and M'windaji.

The orange puffballs...I get he feeling they aren't so sweet.

Zoe's anger and Mon El's professional outlook were well highlighted, showing that even the best team player needs support sometimes. I knew the puffballs weren' t just there to be decorative - Dkrtzy RRR, okay, that's another first for me, I really don't know the GL corps at all so thank you for introducing me to all these new characters and concepts. Mon El reminding Sodam that he wasn't the only one t spend a thousand years alive was a great moment, and really highlighted the difference calibre of character between the two Daxamites. Sodam Yat whined - yes, he does that a lot. smile

Bad Ass Brainy saves the day again - I do love your take on him, so aloof and pragmatic appearing but with a subtle intellectual understanding of and consideration for his teammates.

Nice epilogue with Zoe and Xao eating out at an ice cream shop, like normal kids. Your Zoe is very mature taking on the name Neon, well done.

Great stuff Raz, looking forward to more, more, more!



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Good installment Raz!
Poor Staq! i wonder what he will do? give up everything or continue to change?

I liked the mission to find Sodam Yat. he is super whiny and i agree with everyone about how M'onel handled it. others have suffered and at his hands.
Loved the idea of the puff balls and all the green lantern stuff you've thrown in. You've shown so much about its mythos that i have never known about. i wonder if we'll ever see Dkrtzy RRR is a biosentient mathematical equation reconstituted? Imagine this and the conceptual virus together. or what if it regained its sapients?

Glad Zoe is sticking around and taking on the name Neon is a great way to honor her fallen friend.
Zoe and Xao are really good friends and it was a great way to end it.
Can't wait for more!


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Thanks y'all, I am glad Zoe taking Neon's name was well received...I think it suits her personality more anyway, it's got a bit more pizzazz laugh

Mon and Sodam really are kinda like two sides of the same coin (especially considering how Mon-El got made a Green Lantern in the last Legion series as well!)...I have been waiting for an excuse to have them interact like this!

Thanks for your kind words re: Tenzil, Harbinger! He's definitely the most challenging to incorporate into a lot of standard combat stuff but I think his personality makes up for it...and we'll see very soon what one particular Legionnaire thinks about having two trackers on the team wink


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El Dorado Dunes, Jym Grell Memorial Running Track

ROLL CALL
Supergirl II aka Laurel Kent:
Legion intern, invulnerability
Sun Boy aka Dirk Morgna: heat and light generation


Wearing only a two-piece strapless bikini, Laurel Kent’s indestructible body was covered in a sheen of sweat as she completed her fourth lap around an oval track. While the Legion of Superheroes’ headquarters was being repaired from a series of recent attacks, they’d needed to find somewhere else to continue their physical training and they were fortunate enough that the Jym Grell Memorial Track was only a minute or two away with their flight rings.

This running track was unique throughout all of Mars in that each of its ten running lanes had individually adjustable gravity fields for the benefit of athletes from different worlds. Laurel currently had her own track set at 1.25x Earth standard; with her invulnerability it never made her more than uncomfortable, but it meant she had to work harder for results.

“Hey, fancy seeing you here!” a familiar voice called out in greeting, and Laurel glanced to her left to see Dirk Morgna jogging up to meet her. He wore a yellow pair of shorts with red trim and a matching singlet, his instantly recognisable Sun Boy icon outlined in red on his singlet.

“Yeah, fancy that,” Laurel replied snarkily. “Since when do you like any physical exercise where you have to keep your clothes on?”

“Ouch!” the red-haired lothario gave an exaggerated expression of pain. “You wound me! You think I keep this bangin’ bod purely from bedroom gymnastics, Kent? There’s a lot of actual work that has to go into it too, you know.”

“Lotta cellular trim-ray treatments maybe,” Laurel rolled her eyes. She turned back to face her ex-lover with a cheeky smirk. “Race you to the finish line. Loser has to buy stimbevs later.”

“I hope you’ve got pockets in that thing,” Dirk grinned back, “Because I don’t think sass counts for currency on this planet.” He put on a burst of speed and bolted ahead, Laurel pushing herself to catch up.

**********
Half an hour later, both freshly showered and dressed, the man better known as Sun Boy and the teenager who would be Supergirl sat in a cafe filled with flowering plants from various worlds.

“Just so you know,” Laurel said grumpily, “My track was set to a higher gravity than yours.”

“Don’t voiceprint cheques you can’t cash,” Dirk replied smugly as he sipped at the drink Laurel had just paid for. After a moment of mutual silence, he spoke again. “So...Supergirl, huh?”

“Ugh, is that why you came to find me?” Laurel groaned. “All you Legionnaires have your own codenames, now you wanna take mine from me?”

“I’m not here to take anything,” Dirk Morgna answered. “I’m curious though, why did you choose that name?”

“Well it’s not being used anymore, is it?”

“Laurel.” Dirk’s tone grew more serious. “I know you like making waves, but Supergirl...the real Supergirl was more than just a teammate, she was a friend to all of us and a lot of Legionnaires have known Kara since we were younger than you. You’re going to piss a lot of people off with this, not least of all your teachers and Brainiac 5.”

Laurel sighed. “I know. I know that. And I know that she and I never really had anything to do with each other when she was here and I know how hokey this sounds, but she inspired me. I’ve been doing a lot of research into the superheroes in my family tree lately; Supergirl was the most powerful fem in the Legion but that’s not why people loved her...everyone loved her because she was such a good person. And then, the way things went at the end...the whole Satan Girl thing...you know, Superman has a whole sprocking museum dedicated to him, and the last thing anyone’s gonna remember now about Kara Zor-El is that she went bad and tried to kill all her friends. And it’s not fair, you know? I’ve seen the history holos. I know she’s gonna die in her own time before she ever has a chance to make her own legacy, but don’t you think she deserves a legacy?”

Dirk Morgna regarded Laurel with a thoughtful expression for a moment then had another drink of his stimbev, the slightest smile curling his lips.

“What??” Laurel demanded. “What’s that look for, Morgna?”

“Nothing,” he replied nonchalantly. A second later, he broke out into a full smile.

“...Good answer, Kent.”

**********
ZUUN
Somewhere over the Ebonene Sea


ROLL CALL

Cosmic Boy aka Rokk Krinn:
magnetism
Dawnstar: translightspeed flight, interstellar-range tracking
Lightning Lass aka Ayla Ranzz: electricity generation and manipulation
Timber Wolf aka Brin Londo: super-strength & super-agility
Wildfire aka Drake Burroughs: anti-energy being



Led by Dawnstar, five Legionnaires soared high over the roiling black waves of Zuun’s Ebonene Sea. A hundred feet below the heroes in waters which looked far too grease-slicked and violent to bear life, the occasional megashark fin or a school of vibrant fish broke the surface as though to remind these visitors that as strange as it may be, life did thrive in the polluted waters here. The sun rose over the horizon, turning the hazy skies almost blood red and erasing the few stars bright enough to shine their dim faraway light all through the Zuun night. Dawnstar’s power had brought them all here on the hunt for a rare genesample which had been stolen recently from the far off world of Cadmu, but now that they were actually within Zuun’s atmosphere she found she needed to concentrate a lot harder to keep the sample’s trail.

“Are you okay, Dawny?” Wildfire asked, noticing the tightness in her elegant features. “If you’re having trouble with the smog, your transuit might--”

“It’s no trouble,” Dawnstar replied perhaps a little bluntly. “I can survive in the vacuum of space, Drake - atmospheric pollutants are not going to harm me. Still, it doesn’t make this world any less vile to navigate.”

“Yeah, times like this I don’t miss having a human respiratory system,” Wildfire responded. “I can see how toxic it is, yeesh.”

“If you’re done disparaging Timber Wolf’s homeworld, Legionnaires--” Cosmic Boy began to chastise his teammates before Timber Wolf cut him off.

“Don’t sweat it, Cos.” Brin Londo seemed utterly nonplussed. “This place has always been a dump, I’m not gonna start being precious about it now.”

“I’m just annoyed our mystery thief is here of all places,” Lightning Lass muttered. “I didn’t exactly have the time of my life last time I was here, let’s finish tracking down this nasshead and get out of here!”

“You may have the opportunity to vent your frustration sooner than expected, Lightning Lass.” Dawnstar pointed toward the horizon with an elegant gesture. “It seems we have company, Legionnaires.”

Following Dawnstar’s lead, the heroes soon saw two slender missiles rocketing toward them. “Well I guess that confirms we’re on the right track if there was ever any doubt,” Lightning Lass remarked. She flew ahead slightly and waited for the missiles to come within a couple hundred feet before she unleashed a bolt of lightning at one of them. The armament exploded instantly, the shockwave sending Ayla tumbling through the crimson skies.

“Ayla!” Timber Wolf cried out with instinctive concern.

“Wolf, she’s just a little dazed,” Wildfire reassured him. “Still, let me take care of that second bad boy.” He left a blazing trail behind him as he flew straight into the second missile, unleashing anti-energy from outstretched fists just before impact and careening unscathed through the resulting explosion.

“Show off,” Lightning Lass teased as she righted herself and joined the others once more. “Can you tell where they came from, Dawny?”

“Of course,” Dawnstar answered immediately. “In fact, we should be grateful. This attack has helped draw my focus to our quarry more clearly. Legionnaires, follow me.” She veered down at an acute angle with unnatural grace and flew toward a chain of small islands. Most of them were uninhabited by anything more than Zuun’s hardy animal life, but one of the larger rocks housed some kind of heavily fortified windowless structure.

“I don’t think that’s meant to be there,” Timber Wolf observed.

“You think?” Ayla mocked him. “It’s the only building we’ve seen since we cleared the equator, Brin.” As she spoke, a panel opened up in the roof and two more missiles rocketed toward them. “And there’s our final proof.”

Her fists once again crackled with electrical energy, but Cosmic Boy interjected before Ayla could fire. “They may have sent something more powerful this time, let me take care of these. Can you and Wildfire work on getting us inside, Lightning Lass?”

Work on it?” Wildfire parroted. “Grife Cos, you make it sound like it’s gonna be difficult.” While Cosmic Boy’s magnetism latched on to the missiles and sent them zooming high into the Zuunian stratosphere, a two-fisted blast of anti-energy from Wildfire trashed the base’s missile platform and gave the team a convenient entry point.

“Now you’re just being obnoxious,” Lightning Lass poked her tongue out. “You want to leave something for the rest of us to do, Drake?”

“Ask and ye shall receive,” Wildfire retorted dryly. “Check it out.” As he set foot on the narrow island’s shore, a horde of faceless humanoids poured out of the building from the hole he’d made. They were salmon pink and each one of them were devoid of any individual features.

“Androids,” Timber Wolf growled, launching himself into the throng of artificial foes. “I hate androids!” He bowled a couple of the closer automatons over and grabbed the head of one with both hands. When he tried to yank its head off though, Brin Londo was surprised to find that it simply stretched like putty in his grip.

“They’re made of some kind of rubber or something,” Lightning Lass noted. “My blasts aren’t slowing them down at all!” To illustrate her point, electricity arced harmlessly over two of the giant pink fighters.

“There’s not nearly enough ferrous material for me to be able to affect them either,” Cosmic Boy added. Both his arms were stretched out before him, but he might as well be trying to shoot lightning himself for all the good it did. “Give me a second though and I can use the metal in this place’s walls to corral them.”

“I think not,” a raspy woman’s voice opposed the Legion founder. Before Rokk could see more than a glimpse of his new opponent, he was enveloped in a cocoon of hyper-elongated limbs. He felt a rib crack under the crushing pressure and cried out in pain, struggling to find anything metallic in his foe’s costume that he could use against her.

“Who the sprock are you?” Lightning Lass demanded. The woman currently squeezing the life out of Cosmic Boy was clearly a Jaquaan. She had the same enlarged cranium, warty complexion and three arms as the few other Jaquaans Ayla had met, but her skin was a deep red color rather than the standard purple. Ayla had considered blasting her away from Rokk but she could see only one of two outcomes; either the woman’s natural elasticity would protect her, or she’d conduct any electrical attack through to Cosmic Boy as well.

The woman’s bald head twisted on a serpentine neck around Cosmic Boy’s torso to face Lightning Lass. “You can call me Ruby Rogue,” she grinned wickedly. Ayla winced as she heard Rokk groan from beneath inches of red flesh. “I see your friends are engaged with Gar Lao’s plastoids, and you’re about to become acquainted with my fellow Forever Soldiers Medulon and Silverback.”

The hairs on Ayla’s neck stood on end as she became aware of a presence floating above her. She looked up to see what seemed to be an oversized brain floating inside a transparent sphere filled with mucous liquid. Thin hair-like tendrils grew out of the sphere, waving in the breeze like seaweed in an ocean current. “Which one are you?” Ayla challenged the hovering brain.

<For the benefit of my allies, I have assumed the name Medulon> a shrill telepathic voice echoed through Ayla’s skull. <It is within my power to reduce you to my mind-slave for the rest of your miserable existence, but the resourcefulness of the Legion of Superheroes is well known to the Brain Globes of Rambat...best to simply end you!>

Ayla prepared to fire upon the bizarre alien, but an animalistic roar distracted her. Lightning Lass turned to see an enormous chrome gorilla coming straight at her, using the mob of plastoids as a launch pad. Her eyes widened in fear, but before she could make a move there was another more familiar growl and Timber Wolf tackled the primate in mid-air. The two careened back into the sea of plastoids, soon lost in a sea of pink synthetic men. Lightning Lass turned back to Medulon and was utterly confounded when her power simply refused to be unleashed.

<My vastly superior cerebrum has removed your access to the only advantage you possessed> Medulon bragged, <...and now while Silverback and the plastoids defeat the one named Timber Wolf physically I will destroy your mind, Lightning Lass!>

Ayla Ranzz screamed between clenched teeth as her world exploded into spasms of pain.

**********
Of all the Legionnaires, Wildfire was having the least trouble dealing with his foes. Though they were strong the plastoids couldn’t come anywhere near his own might, and their elastic nature was no defence against anti-energy. Drake Burroughs had to admit he was even enjoying the opportunity to unleash against unliving opponents for a change, but he realised that the longer they delayed him here the more chance their true target would have time to escape. “Dawny, are you having any luck finding our guy yet?” Wildfire asked as he tore another half-dozen of the artificial army apart with a wide blast.

“No,” she admitted from her vantage point floating above the reach of the plastoids. “The genesample is within this complex, but I cannot isolate its location any more precisely than that.”

“Too bad that Mwindaji kid’s not here,” Wildfire remarked casually between anti-energy bursts. “Maybe the two of you working together--”

“Tracking is not a group activity,” Dawnstar said coolly. “There is no more I could accomplish were some untested newcomer present, Wildfire. Fortunately for me I suppose, I have uses to this team aside from just finding things.”

Wildfire recognised instantly what he heard in Dawnstar’s tone and couldn’t help but laugh. “Dawny, you’re not jealous are you? Feeling a little territorial, huh? ...Dawny?” She’d already left his presence and he shook his head in frustration. “...Ah, crap.” He blasted another wave of the seemingly endless plastoids, wondering how it could possibly be that blowing things to pieces was always easier than being able to just have a civil conversation with the woman he loved.

For her part, Dawnstar was already focused on the next task she had set herself. She had noticed Cosmic Boy had overcome his initial disorientation at Ruby Rogue’s assault; he’d found metal fibres somewhere and was now engaged in a fierce face-off with the Jaquaan villainess. A hastily patched together net of wires surrounded him and kept her at bay, but this wasn’t a natural use of Rokk Krinn’s magnokinesis. This kind of fine control didn’t come easy to him, and any observer could see that it was only a matter of time until Ruby Rogue overcame his constantly shifting defences. Indeed, she had had just found an opening and she drew one of her arms back whip-like to take advantage of it. Before she could strike, Dawnstar grabbed her extended forearm and flew off at incredible speed. By the time Ruby Rogue had even noticed the tugging sensation, Dawnstar had knotted her arm several times around a group of plastoids.

“You--” the Jaquaan began, forming a fist with one of her two free hands. Dawnstar plucked that out of the sky as well and lassoed another group of the artificial warriors in less time than it took Ruby Rogue to utter her next word.

“Thanks for taking some of the heat off me, Dawnstar.” With less of the plastoids swarming around him now, Timber Wolf grabbed Silverback by the scruff of his neck and flew high enough to clear the synthetic mob.

“You should be more scared of Silverback than plastoids!” the gorilla raged. He reached up with long powerful arms and gripped on to Timber Wolf’s shoulders, flipping himself around so he was straddling Brin Londo’s back. With frightening speed, massive teeth closed on the nape of the Legionnaire’s neck.

Just as quickly, Timber Wolf sent one elbow flying back to smash his foe’s jaw. “You know, you’re almost as fast as me,” Brin complimented him. “And you’re almost as agile and almost as strong...but you know what they say, almost only counts in moopsball and plasma grenades.” While Silverback reeled from the blow to his face, Timber Wolf used his flight ring to abruptly spin to the left. The sudden motion unseated the gorilla, and Brin Londo grabbed him before he could fall more than a few inches. In a blinding motion, the Legionnaire swung his enemy around in a circle and launched him straight at Medulon.

Silverback hit Medulon with enough force to send both villains flying back several metres, and the effect on Lightning Lass was dramatic. With Medulon distracted, his assault on Ayla ceased and her face contorted now in anger rather than agony. “Let’s see how you like your brain being fried, creep!” She let loose with a bolt of lightning that arced across both Silverback and Medulon, and both of them were reduced to unconsciousness almost immediately.

Whereas Medulon hung motionless in the air with his fibrous appendages laying limp against his outer casing, Silverback dropped like a rock. Timber Wolf grabbed the falling gorilla and hurled him into the few remaining plastoids, scattering them even while they cushioned Silverback’s fall. “You okay, Ayla?” Brin Londo asked.

“I haven’t had a headache like this since Validus,” Lightning Lass gripped her temples, “But I’ll survive.” She spared him a weak smile. “Thanks for the save.”

Timber Wolf took on an uncommonly sheepish expression, but before he could say anything a tremendous crashing noise from below caught the attention of both of them. An enormous humanoid robot had crashed through what was left of the island base, closing on Wildfire faster than one might presume something so large could act. The construct was easily twenty feet tall, composed of a charcoal grey metal punctuated by glowing red lights across its torso. One round crimson lens glared menacingly from its head like that of an angry cyclops.

Wildfire squared up against the newcomer without hesitation. “Are these guys called the Forever Soldiers because they keep on coming?” he asked sardonically. “Not that it matters, this bucket of bolts can go down just like its plastic buddies did.” He swung both arms around to face the robot and unleashed a dual gauntlet blast of anti-energy that would have decimated most foes. Surprising all of the Legionnaires, the robot didn’t even break stride.

“Your power might impress others,” the mechanical behemoth’s harsh voice boomed, “But my casing is composed of self-regenerating inertron, Legionnaire. Even if you had a chance of penetrating my defences, they’d heal before you could do any real damage. Let’s see if the same can be said of you!" Swiftly the robot reached out with one three-pronged hand, grabbed Wildfire by the torso and squeezed.

“Wildfire!” Dawnstar’s eyes grew wide as she cried out his name.

“It can’t hurt me, Dawny!” Wildfire struggled valiantly against the grip of his stronger opponent. “You all better clear out of here though, it just might be strong enough to rupture my containment suit!”

“No!” the winged heroine circled the construct, making sure to keep out its reach. “Wildfire, now that I am this close I can sense it clearly...the genesample I have tracked here, it is inside that thing! Whoever this villain may be, they are in some sense alive in there!”

“Of course I am alive!” the metallic monstrosity threw its head back and laughed, an inhuman sound. “I am Immortus, and I had already lived far beyond the limitations of any flesh when I learned that Cadmu possessed the one thing which could extend my lease on life even further! This DNA which has been combined with my own was sourced from a long dead metahuman with the rare gift to turn his own mortal body into metal shrapnel...it was the final key I needed to become a truly unstoppable galactic conquering force!” While he crowed, Immortus simply ignored further energy blasts from the Legionnaire still held tightly in his grip.

“Well, you’ve already got the exposition part of being a supervillain down pat,” Lightning Lass quipped, “Let’s see if we can help you with the part where your stupid plan inevitably fails.” Realising that she’d have no better luck than Wildfire in trying to directly harm Immortus, Ayla decided to try something else. Her face screwed up in concentration as tendril-like branches of electricity snaked forth from her fingers and danced over Immortus’ armour. She knew Wildfire’s own containment suit was insulated enough that this wouldn’t damage it, but she was hoping that she’d be able to short circuit something within his assailant’s inertron shell and shut down Immortus where he stood.

“Internal alarms sounding,” the villain noted with casual curiosity. “I don’t actually think you’d be able to penetrate my protective measures fully, but why take the risk?” He swung wide the arm that held Wildfire, flinging Drake Burroughs into the Winathian heroine and knocking her out instantly.

“Ayla!” Timber Wolf bellowed her name, charging the inertron beast. Predictably, he bounced off of Immortus’s casing without even grazing it.

Immortus turned and took a step toward the fighting mad Legionnaire, then abruptly froze in place. “What the--how are you doing this?!” he exploded.

“He’s not,” Cosmic Boy’s voice joined the discourse. “I am.”

Naked from the waist up, the Braalian hero descended to land between Immortus and Timber Wolf. Further away, Ruby Rogue struggled fruitlessly against webbing Rokk had constructed from the metallic fibres of his own costume while she simultaneously tried to free herself from Dawnstar’s earlier ensnarements. “Ruby Rogue’s a tricky one,” Cosmic Boy continued, “But once Dawnstar helped me gain the advantage it was only a matter of time till I defeated her. And you, Immortus...you might be a juggernaut of destruction but you’re a metal juggernaut of destruction. You never stood a chance.”

“Damn you, Legionnaires!” Immortus ranted impotently. “You’ve not heard the last of Immortus and his Forever Soldiers!”

In Wildfire’s arms, Lightning Lass stirred. “...Izzat new costume, Cos..?” she slurred. “...I like it.” She gave him a giddy thumbs up and immediately passed out again.

Cosmic Boy blushed a furious crimson shade and cleared his throat. “Come on Legionnaires…

...Let’s go home.”

**********

EDITOR’S NOTES:
* Y’all may remember that the genesample in question was stolen by Atta a very short while ago
* Jaquaans of course are the same race that gave us Dr Gym’ll and Variable Lad
* I based Silverback on an idea of Set's, so thanks! laugh


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Raz, This was another really good installment and good small mission for the team.

I liked how you show case Laurel and Dirk's past just through how they interact. Both still attracted to each other but knowing it wouldn't work. they are playful in a different way than some of the other couples/former couples. Also i find it funny just how clear you make it that both of these characters have always kind of been sex symbols of the Legion. good work.

Also good work explaining why she chose Supergirl as her code name. still not thrilled but good answer!

The mission to Zunn is good and each team member worked well.
I like that Brin didn't care about his world being dumped on. its nice to see that he's like most people and hates where they grew up. although i know its for much more than just growing up on Zunn. Immortus was a fun villian. If he was a little smarter i could have seen it turning into a much bigger battle.
Are his soldier's immortal as well?

Dawnstar's reaction to another tracker was exactly what i expected from her. i honestly have never liked her and you continue to up hold that and not for your stories. From what i've read here and in the comics your characterization is spot on. i just don't like her.

Ayla and Brin's banter was really well done.

In Wildfire’s arms, Lightning Lass stirred. “...Izzat new costume, Cos..?” she slurred. “...I like it.” She gave him a giddy thumbs up and immediately passed out again.

Cosmic Boy blushed a furious crimson shade and cleared his throat. “Come on Legionnaires…

That part made me laugh out loud. loved it.

Can't wait for what comes next.

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What a nice, fun, done-in-one outing! heh, new costume. I like that Cos' costume is metallic - of course it is.

Dawny IS jealous!

Laurel gave a good answer for taking the Supergirl name. Laughed at her quip about Dirk's physical activity

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Thanks y'all! The Forever Soldiers will pop up again probably sooner rather than later so you'll get to find out a little more about them smile Immortus himself is taken from the last volume of Legion comics, but the others are my own creations (though to be fair Silverback was really Set's character that I stole)

Omni, I totally get you on your dislike for Dawnstar too....she was always one of my least favourite Legionnaires, but I have found a new appreciation for her since writing her; I have got some long term plans coming up for her that should hopefully give her a bit more depth as a character. I think of her as the Legionnaire with maybe the most undeveloped potential to be honest, there's so much about her that's never really been touched on which could be rich story material.

I am glad you liked Laurel and Dirk too...their circumstances do kind of lend themselves to having a fairly unique relationship among the various couples and ex-couples of the Legion smile


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Hey Raz, that was another great post.

I really enjoyed the Dirk and Laurel scene, as you said, their history and characters make them quite unique within the team to have these flirtatious/serious conversations. And I agree that Laurels answer was good, nice to see she isn't just being a brat but has a real reason for taking on Kara's name.

The second story was good but I felt a little bit disappointed at its quick resolution, but then when you have someone on the team who can track across space it doesn't leave much room for bait and switch storylines. Loads of good character moments, from Brin announcing he hates androids to Ayla's painful experience at the hands (tendrils?) of Medulon but being tough enough to react when she had the opportunity. I think Rokks new look is a natural extension after his bustiere from back in the day.

All good stuff Raz and I'm looking forward to more, more, more!


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Meant to say, your Dawnstar is great. Her focus and snobbery/insecurity are very well done with just the right amount decency to stop us from warming to her.


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Originally Posted by Harbinger
I think Rokks new look is a natural extension after his bustiere from back in the day.

I was actually trying to come up with a way to have his partially unravelled costume look like his famous fashion-forward bustiere but it's kinda hard to describe its gloriousness without visual accompaniment so I just went with leaving him shirtless laugh laugh


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It's good to see a forgotten character like Iris Jacobs transformed into a viable personality. I wonder if there will be any longer-term effects from the hole in her heart.

I don't know if Elastic Lad is worse than Grava, but he's right up there with best taken in small doses!

Arquia's confusion is well presented. I really had a sense of her panic at not knowing what was going on.

Love the little touches like "the annoying one who eats things", Shady's gossip and Jan's rebuff.

Dirk and Laurel's scene established their good friendship; Dirk is the perfect one to ask her directly about the Supergirl name. It's interesting that she said she wanted to honour the legacy rather than emulate the goodness; Laurel will still be Laurel, but working to embody the ideals of Supergirl.

I liked that Dawnstar is not impeded by pollutants. IIRC, in Legion Lost II, the pollution confused her tracking powers to some degree.

Medulan disrupted Ayla's power; I don't recall that Saturn Girl ever did that in the comic, but it makes so much sense.

Looks like those puff-balls may be riled up over Sodam Yat! Looking forward to the rest of the story!


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Thanks for the comments, FC - and good pick-up on Laurel, hopefully I can show how she approaches being a hero without just making her a 2nd rate Kara smile

I didn't know that about Dawnstar, I only really got the first couple issues of Legion Lost though - it's interesting that pollutants would bother her, though I guess her tracking power has never really been super well explored in general...

Re Ayla's fight - I had Saturn Girl do the same thing with Lightning Lord once as well...if I was a telepath, I'd be blocking bad guys' power access left, right & centre lol


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