This thread is the continuation and next chapter of The Light Fades Away, a story by @foodforpigs, @Wytchfinder, and @Sir Pinkleton. The first thread (Chapter 1) can be found here: The Light Fades Away (Retired Superheros) The second thread (Chapter 2: Shadow of the Dragon) can be found here: [IC] The Light Fades Away Chapter 2: Shadow of the Dragon Food, Pink, and Wytch Prod. Presents The Light Fades Away Chapter 3: Duke Be With Us The world had been plagued by the supervillain known as Remnant, an aspect of the Third Reich that persisted years after Germany had surrendered to the Allies. Remnant was unstoppable, able to drain the life essence of countless victims to increase his power and intellect exponentially. His schemes couldn't be stopped through simple head-on combat, as Remnant was patient, biding time in the shadows to enact his plans for the most devestating effect. World War II had officially ended, but another War had taken its place solely under his control. The superhero group known as the Freedom Five, combat veterans from World War II, powerful as they were, could only suppress Remnant, but never decisively defeat him permanently. It was only at the mythical Battle at Hoover Dam that Duke, leader of the Freedom Five, gave up his own immortality as a sacrifice to banish Remnant into another dimension. There was still a Freedom Five after the original team had disbanded. Most people call them the 'New' Freedom Five, to distinguish them from the original team of superheroes of Duke, Dragon, Nightwatch, Dr. Nucleus, and Sacrifice. The new Freedom Five, though capable, didn't have their mettle tested in war, nor faced an enemy as terrifying as Remnant. The only beings that seemed to compare in this new age were assassins Aftershock and Roche, independent assassins who had built a reputation of assassinating superheroes to fulfill contracts that, upon completion, had a rippling effect on crime syndicate and shadow government activity of a world recently torn by war. These people fought on a battlefield the new Freedom Five had a difficult time engaging. It was then something unthinkable happened. Aftershock stabbed into the heart of America by assassinating Dragon in her own home. "Dragon is Dead" was the headline of every paper, shattering America's quiet peace completely. There was a new prayer now, "Duke Be With Us", America's desperate plea for the return of their savior. As though responding to the prayer, the last three remaining members of the original Freedom Five brought themselves out of late retirement and out of their prime, to bring justice to Dragon's killer. They quickly found themselves at the mercy of Aftershock, a female changling who could morph her external body as an amalgamation of attributes belonging to any animal, on top of her extensive experience as a trained killer. It was only through luck that Roche, master martial artist, powerhouse, and archenemy of the original Freedom Five, had intervened to claim the kill on Nightwatch, fighting Aftershock long enough to buy the original Freedom Five enough time to build their final trap, a magical obsidean teeth shooting shotgun that accelerated the teeth through a virtually friction-less barrel. The buckshot was enough to pierce the hide of Aftershock's monstrous form and kill her. Yet, even with the death of Dragon's killer sealed, the new war was still far from over. Roche was still alive. He had been denied his kill when he realized that his quarry Nightwatch was now a cripple bound to a wheelchair, so instead of killing the original Freedom Five members, he revealed that he had a contract against one of the members of the New Freedom Five. This was his way of setting out to show how powerless Nightwatch had become, that even with Roche's contract in plain sight, he would not be stopped. The contractor for either Aftershock and Roche hadn't been found out either, a threat consisting only of unknowns. Now the New Freedom Five have entered the home of a former war-zone, destroyed beyond repair, with the gross corpse of the assassin upstairs. Here is the team roster. "Wyvern". The hot-headed son of Dragon, and the most vocal of the team; it is primarily because of these factors that he is seen by the public as the leader of the new Freedom Five. Like his mother Dragon, he can move at incredible speeds, but the full extent of his power has been largely left undeveloped due to lack of self-discipline and impatience. The scientist Dr. Nucleus called the part of his untapped power 'Beyond Bullet Time'; in a sense, it seems that Wyvern blurs time itself around him, moving to different spots and striking several targets, all at the same time. His signature technique mimics a multi-armed Shiva, his two arms become a stream of arms on each side, attacking all at once. "Eagle Eye". The daughter of Dragon, America's Sweetheart, and Roche's intended kill. It has been confirmed that she has super sight. The exact number of maximum yards for clear vision has yet to be confirmed, an uncertain estimate thrown about is 1000 yards, but its use has been clearly demonstrated in aiding her savant talent of wielding virtually any firearm. Though she didn't genetically inherit super speed from her mother, she makes up for it in terms of military trained reflex and dexterity, able to draw, fire, and reload her trademark handguns in the span of seconds, shooting targets with pinpoint accuracy. "Artillery". A man of super-strength, living artillery, weilding weapons that normal people aren't strong enough to carry or use on their own, such as gigantic rocket launchers, miniguns, lugging around boxes of ammo strapped to his back. He is a man of action, always willing to fight for the right cause. He is often associated with Duke and although he takes it as a compliment, he aspires to build an image of his own, to show the world that he isn't a Duke clone, but a hero all his own worthy of separate respect. He also continues Dragon's mission in sealing public perception that people of any color are equals, but more so, capable of acheiving great feats. "Pharoah". The de-facto leader of the new Freedom Five, who takes up the image and personality of a Pharoah: calm, collected, and logical. He can control the elements, most notably fire, water and lightning to his whim, though he cannot create it, for which he needs external sources. Though he doesn't intervene much in public affairs, his input is highly valued within the team itself, where he is more vocal about the courses of action the team should take. "Wolfmoon". An Iroquois descendant and the meekest member of new Freedom Five, whose shyness is criminal in public and within the team itself. Her input to a fight is usually overlooked because of how small she looks and acts, keeping away from the main fight as much as possible. She can call spirit animals to aid in combat, an unknown element to most combatants unable to fend them off with normal weapons. She is rumored to have other shamanistic abilities as well, but they aren't known by the public. Together they form a team that has only seemed to be a placeholder for the team that was before them, an unsatisfactory copy from the glory days. They receive limitless adulation and praise from the crowds of people that gather around them in the spotlight, but behind closed doors the same people will continue to pray "Duke Be With Us". The beacon of light has dimmed, darkness approaching all around to choke the last of the flame as the last of the oil is burned up. Though the team has done much to clear the streets of crime, their deeds are passed over, disregarded simply because they don't meet the high standard set up by their predecessors, of those great deeds that separate supers from true heroes. The members of the new Freedom Five have a long and arduous path before them, but they understand that becoming veterans is a gradual process. The new Freedom Five aren't discouraged. They understand what needs to be done, and they'll do it. Their nation needs them, even if their nation doesn't ask for it.