~ The Ultimate ~ ~ Comic Book ~ ~ Roleplaying Universe ~ Dark Reign Greetings true believers, and welcome back to the Ultimate Comic Book Roleplaying Universe! Or, "Earth-1212" if you want to get technical. However, things have changed quite a bit since the last time we peered through these pages. Allow me to recap! The year was 2014. A mysterious figured hired Max Dillon (Electro) to assist in a mass-prison break at the “Amadeus Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane” (known more commonly as Arkham Asylum). Killing his escort from the Mess Hall and eviscerating the electrical system, Electro managed to open all of the previously active containment cells. Now freed from their imprisonment, thousands of dangerous super-criminals managed to escape from the Asylum, but Electro recruited six of the inmates for a special job. The six inmates were; Flint Marko (Sandman), Morris Bench (Hydro-Man), Carl Creel (Absorbing Man), Shylene French (current host of The Thousand), Fritz von Meyer(Swarm), and Johnathon Ohnn (Spot). Why had Electro chosen these specific inmates? These seven criminals all had two things in common; they all shared powers/abilities that were artificially created in a lab (primarily due to OSCORP), and a deep hatred for one very specific web-slinger. Their mysterious ‘boss’ had instructed Electro to unite that specific team for a specific task: to infiltrate the OSCORP Research and Development Building in downtown Manhattan and steal two highly-classified projects. The first project was a device known as the ‘Ganali Device’, designed by Dr. Otto Octavius, while the second was a sealed Vibranium container which contained a symbiotic alien-life form. Also abducting the man responsible for creating the Ganali Device, the ‘Synthetic Seven’ took to the streets of New York to continue with their plans. As payment for their actions, their mysterious benefactor would allow the team to finally get their revenge on the man who put them in Arkham: Spider-Man. They easily over-powered the Web-Slinger, only to be met by the peacekeeping force known as S.H.I.E.L.D., led by current director Steve Rogers (Captain America). S.H.I.E.L.D. drove back the Seven, but the criminals managed to escape before they could be recaptured. While Spider-Man and Captain America teamed up with some fellow heroes (Wasp, Iron Man, Batman, X-23, The Punisher, and Wonder Woman) to track down the Synthetics, the super villains combined samples of their blood to create a serum that would work with the Ganali Device. Using the device, the Synthetics could create a gas-cloud over New York that would modify the DNA of every living creature, transforming everyone in New York into a ‘Cross Species’ like them. However, their plan was thwarted by the heroes combined strength and the villains were detained. The stolen alien creature could not be found, but it was believed to have been delivered to whoever hired the Synthetic Seven Two years have passed since that event, and the world faces yet another threat. While they had been doing their best to track down the remaining super villains, the heroes of Earth-1212 were suddenly apprehended. By who? The very villains they had been trying to capture. Led by a terrorist organization known as COBRA which had been secretly operating out of OSCORP, the world’s super villains took the planet by storm, slaughtering countless meta-humans in coordinated attacks across the map. Although the remaining heroes fought back with help from the governments of the world, it was all for naught. The villains had won at last. To celebrate their victory, they performed a public execution of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. First to go was Wonder Woman; hung by her own Lasso of Truth by Ares. Second was Captain America; impaled by his own shield at the hands of the Red Skull. Third, Superman; forced to swallow raw chunks of Kryptonite by Lex Luthor. Fourth, Ant Man and the Wasp; both of them were squashed and eaten by the Blob. Fifth, Iron Man; obliterated by his own suits turned against him by the Mandarin. But the worst of all, was the sixth member of the Avengers; Spider-Man. Gordon Greene, otherwise known as the Green Goblin, had been at the forefront of the conflict right alongside the Cobra Commander. As the newly declared ruler of ‘the Goblin Nation’ (what used to be the northern Americas), Gordon demanded that Spider-Man be sentenced to a slow and agonizing death. Everyone he ever faced came to take on the Spider in his last fight, brutally breaking bone after bone, rendering the masked hero a bloodied mess. But whenever Spider-Man would die, he was simply revived by Morlun (or resuscitated by Electro depending on the damage), only to be assaulted over and over again. This trend continued for 4 days, until everyone had taken a stab at the young hero. Then, only by the Goblin’s hand did Spider-Man finally pass on, ending his torture. Once the Avengers were dead, the villains tracked down any surviving heroes and slaughtered them. However, some heroes pledged themselves to serve the Cobra Commander and were spared. Nearly four years passed since that fateful day, and anyone who tried to oppose the ‘Dark Reign’ was brought before the Cobra Commander and killed. Nobody dared to fight against them… That is, until the tables slowly began to turn. Having initially chosen to follow his fellow villains into battle, Reed Richards (The Maker) and a group known as the Cabal (comprised of Harley Quinn, Emma Frost, Red Hood, Sue Storm, Amazo, Doctor Octopus, The Flash, and the Hulk) eventually came to dislike the world they had created, believing at the time that they would be making a better world on their own. But, Cobra Commander and his Dark Avengers (Doctor Doom, The Baroness/Black Widow, Green Goblin, Killer Frost, Magneto, Black Adam, Loki (female form), Ares, and Lex Luthor) had divided the world up amongst themselves and ruled with an iron fist. Freedom was a luxury that nobody apart from the Dark Avengers would ever see again… So the Cabal decided to act. Using the combined intelligences of The Maker, Doc. Ock and the Hulk (who had absorbed ‘puny Banner’ to make himself smarter), the Cabal created a time machine, which would send them back approximately six years into the past so they could prepare the World’s Heroes for the upcoming war. But as the Cabal was about to step through the time-vortex, the Dark Avengers, led to the base by Sue Storm, ambushed the Cabal. Sue had betrayed Reed after Loki promised he could resurrect Johnny Storm with the Tesseract, which was powering the time machine. Knowing they had little time left, the Hulk decided to stay behind and held off the Dark Avengers, destroying the time machine, Reed’s notes, and the Tesseract, after the Cabal was safely through. With his sacrifice, the Hulk had prevented the Dark Avengers from using the machine against the heroes... But that won’t stop them from trying to build another. But now, having arrived in 2016, the Cabal makes their way to the Avengers Tower in the hopes of preventing the horrific future from ever coming to fruition. ------- Yikes! That’s quite the build-up, huh? Well, now that you know what’s going on, let’s get on with the registration! Excelsior! ------- RULES Things to Consider Character Roster Story Arcs Character Sheet My Sheet 1. No GMing. We don't want any Mary-Sues or Gary-Sues 2. Maximum of 3 Active Characters per person. Any more needs approval by a GM 3. Characters can and probably WILL die, but please ASK somebody before you attempt to kill their character rather then just say "Your guy is dead." 4. Keep it PG-13!! Romance and Lovey-Dovey stuff is fine, as well as the occasional innuendo, but take smut scenes to PM, please. Also, violence is allowed, but please don't rip out a guys entrails and hold them above his head while he slowly dies. We're not monsters (well, not all of us) 5. Some scenes will be time skipped if they drag on too long/get too boring, but most of the time we will RP things through. 6. Every player-character will be joining ‘The Avengers’, no matter what. 7. Your character cannot have any GM abilities. GM abilities include: Character Manipulation (mind control/puppetering), Insta-Killing other player's Characters, etc. We all know what these are so we should be good. 8. Post at least two paragraphs each time (more is fantastic) 9. GM posts will be announced (these include plot movers, special events or even the death/introduction of a new character) 10. If you got this far, here's a cookie *hands cookie*. Also, include the words "EXCELSIOR!" in your "Other" section so I know who's read the rules. 11. Please make PvP combat fair. It really sucks when somebody unleashes their ultimate power and freezes the other person's foot to the floor, then proceed to just punch the crap out of their immobile opponent. In addition, GM moves will NOT be allowed inside PvP combat unless approved/announced in a GM event. 12. Enjoy the RP to the best of your ability!! The franchise list for characters and the overall setting of the RP is countless: Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, Independent Comics, and more! Now, in terms of characters, we will all be playing rebooted franchise characters. This means that any characters who previously existed in comics either don't exist, or have not become their hero identities just yet. This allows for some unique and interesting opportunities. While creating your character, you can consider some of these options: • If your character is a villain in the mainstream comics, you are allowed by all means to turn him/her into a hero/"line walker" and visa versa. • If you desire to play a gender bent version of the canon character, feel free to go ahead (Felicia Hardy becomes Felix Hardy, Bruce Wayne becomes Brianna Wayne, ect) In the end, how you make your character is up to you. I’m fine with you playing characters straight out of the comic book, but you’re always welcome to put a unique twist on them if you want. I encourage that! We'll be accepting up to eight players. You may have up to three characters (if you can handle it, that is). You are also allowed to play either a Hero, Reformed Villain, or somebody Walking the Line between Good and Evil. We may be allowing more people to join later on, but 8 is our starting cut-off number. 1.) Matthew Anderson / Spider-Man - mr_pibbs 2.) Christine Baston / Miss Thunder - CursedDawn 3.) Laura Kinney / X-23 & May Day Anderson / Spider-Girl - Ravenbelle 4.) Bruce Wayne / Venom & Howard the D.U.C.C. - Razilin 5.) Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch & Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier - sleepingxdragon 6.) 7.) 8.) ------- Waiting List: For those who wish to join, but all spots are taken at the time. 1.) Hospes 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) Those arcs highlighted in Green are completed, while those highlighted in Red are the arc we're currently doing, and those highlighted in Yellow are arcs we haven't gotten to yet, but are planning for the future or are up next. Footnote: Each page we reach in the IC counts as an "Issue" for the story arc (ex. If it takes 12 pages to finish the first story, then that story will be comprised of issues 1-12. The next issue will start at 12 and begin the cycle again) ~~ Descriptions by Stan Lee! ~~ ... impersonator Egads! There's nothing here just yet! Check back later, true believers! **Note: "Walking the Line" pertains to characters who act like heroes sometimes, and villains other times. Examples of this would be Deathstroke, Punisher, Rorschach (well, virtually all the Watchmen) and Wolverine (they all kill when required, but normally work for the good guys).** Name: (First, Last. Middle name and Nicknames are optional) Alias: (Self explanatory) Hero, Walking-the-line, or Villain: (Hero, Villain, or Undecided/Walking the Line between Good and Evil) Age: (12-78 for humans/mutants. 12-300 for Aliens.) Appearance: (Put any images of them here: the costume they wear, their face, even what they look like as a civilian if you really want. I’d prefer everyone use real images for their Faceclaim, but I’m fine with drawn/cosplay images of their super-suit!) Background and Hero/Villain Origins: (Info on your character’s life and a run-through of their origin story. Should be three paragraphs minimum). Powers/Abilities: (Can be made-up, or posted from Wikipedia. Try to stay true to the character though, don't give somebody like The Hulk the ability to fly) Weaknesses/Tragic Flaw: (For every power, there is a weakness. Tell us about the things that make your character vulnerable) Occupation: (Optional, if your character has an alternate identity. If their hero identity has a job, put that here.) Other: (include any additional information here) Sample Post: (can be from Civilian POV or Hero/Villain POV. Must be 3 paragraphs minimum) Civilian Looks He also wears a set of bulky black-framed glasses. He wears them all the time, except when in costume (but his eye-coverings are made with prescription plastic lenses) Costume: Name: Matthew “Matt” Felix Anderson Alias: Incredible Sensational Ultimate Bombastic Superior Mysterious Traditional Radical Unlimited Avenging Exceptional Extraordinary The "Amazing" Spider-Man Hero, Walking-the-line, or Villain: Hero, bordering Vigilante status. Matthew's super hero persona is also considered a "menace" by the Media thanks to a certain newspaper. Age: 19 Background and Hero/Villain Origins: ~~ Matt’s's Life ~~ Matthew Anderson is from New York, but more specifically, he was raised in a small townhouse in Forest Hills. He had a relatively normal childhood growing up. His father, Thomas, was a scientist who had been working on some kind of research dealing with cross-species mutation at OSCORP. Apparently, the project was supposed to create new medicines and health-aids (ex. growing back limbs with the help of Lizard DNA), but Thomas always warned Matthew that his work could make bad men show up. He told Matthew to never let them near his work and didn't even allow his son to glance at his progress, despite the young boy's love of science and learning. Most of the time, Thomas was off working at the OSCORP Building, so his family rarely saw him except on weekends. Matthew's mother, Vanessa, was a local dentist. She was also constantly working, but whenever the family managed to get extreme periods of time off work, they would spend it together to try and make up for lost time. He also has a little sister, whom he feels very protective of. Matthew wasn't the most popular kid when it came to school, but he wasn't a nerd either. He fell into his own sort of social group along with his other friends, whom they decided to call "Inbetweeners", meaning they weren't popular, but they also weren't outcasts. He has a small circle of friends he really trusts that have been with him since he was 6 years old. They all had various interests and opinions on certain things, but somehow they worked well as friends. Together they formed a sort of odd friendship that most people would think was absolutely strange. They all had their places in the group: there was the "pretty one", the "super nerd", the "sports enthusiast", and so on. Matthew fell into the category of the "smart-ass" for his opinionated views and takes on various things. Plus, Matthew had always been able to make humorous remarks about almost everything, so it seemed fair to give him a new trait category. Matthew graduated from Midtown High School about a year ago and currently works full-time at the Daily Bugle as both the website designed and a reporter, where he earns a decent enough salary that helps pay for rent and groceries. Sometimes stuff goes right for him, sometimes things don't. He's just your average teenage guy with spider-like superpowers trying to make it in the Big Apple. ~~ Origin Story ~~ When he was 15, Matthew was involved in a serious accident. His high school was taking a field trip to the world-renowned OSCORP Research and Development building, the same place where his father worked. During the tour, a security officer approached the guide and ordered the group to leave the premises, claiming that the building was shutting down prematurely because of a safety drill. While the rest of the school started to leave, Matthew and a group of students hung around in order to figure out what was going on. Matthew's father hadn't alerted him of a drill, so he suspected something was going on. They managed to find and disguise themselves as lab-assistants before they were forced down to the lower labs by a security team. The teens were (re) informed that "Project: OZ" was about to commence and they were supposed to be in the control booth monitoring the event. When they reached the lab, Matthew was met with the sight of his Father and a group of men working on a half-human half-reptilian creature with completely pale skin (they called it "The Chameleon", given it's ability to change appearance). The experiment seemed to be going well, with sedatives being given to the creature in order to soothe it. At one point, it even began to speak, asking the researchers for food (a live mouse), which it consumed in one gulp. The experiment ended with extremely positive results, showing that the hybrid creature had grown properly and showed no signs of violent tendencies... Unlike previous test subjects, that was. At this point, the experiment was concluded and the building ended its lockdown. Then, Matthew's father realized that his son and three students had broken into the lab after the proper lab-assistant's showed up, having previously stepped out for pizza before the experiment began. Thomas scolded his son and the others, explaining that they had witnessed highly classified information and could get him and the rest of the researchers in serious trouble if they revealed what had happened there to the world. (What actually did happen was that The Chameleon had been genetically created by combining the DNA of multiple South American reptiles with a human being, successfully creating a creature that could be just like a human. The American military was funding the project so OSCORP could create the perfect espionage agent, one who could expertly blend in with the enemy and take them out from the other side). Using a military developed device, a few researchers wiped the memories of the other teenagers, but Matthew (being the son of a researcher) was allowed to keep his. The other teens were sent home immediately, while Thomas reluctantly agreed to keep Matthew around until he left. Just as the father and son were going to leave, the doors sealed shut and a deafening alarm began to echo through the lab. Security officers ran over to the inner sanctums and told the scientists to get out, but it was too late. While the Chameleon was being escorted to its containment chamber, it had apparently turned violent and murdered its escorts. After stealing the identity of one of the soldiers and transforming itself, the Chameleon unlocked the security cells of the "Other Hybrids", releasing the highly dangerous test subjects that had survived the gene-construction process. These hybrids, however, were extremely violent and had been scheduled for gene-recycling that day (a process that completely disassembles the particles in a creature's body, destroying them permanently and "humanely"). As the sentient ringleader, the Chameleon orchestrated the breakout of the experiments in hopes that they could seek revenge against their creators (as the Chameleon claimed, they were nothing but freaks). The Seven experiments (aptly named after their creatures of origin: the Arachnid, the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Wasp, the Piraña, Vermin, and the Chameleon) wrecked havoc upon the research facility, slaughtering scientists, security officers, and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the brawl. Matthew hid in the observation room, Thomas and his partner, Gordon Greene, tried to access the ventilation system and flood the lower laboratory with a deadly neurotoxin (designed specifically in the event of a breakout). However, just as the neurotoxin flooded the lab, one of the creatures, the Arachnid, managed to enter the observation room and attacked Matthew, sinking it's teeth into his neck in an attempt to drain him of any bodily fluids. The venom in the Arachnid’s fangs paralyzed Matthew, who was unable to defend himself while it feasted. However, a new security team (equipped with gas masks) arrived on the scene and shot down the Arachnid to rescue Matthew. When the team arrived at the control room to try and rescue Thomas and Gordon, they discovered that Thomas had been murdered by a previously unknown experiment and Gordon was later found unconscious with signs of physical trauma. Only the Chameleon was unaccounted for, so it was assumed it escaped as a desperate last attempt to save its life. A few days later, Matthew woke up in the hospital, surrounded by his family and friends. He had no idea that the venom in his system forced him into a comatose state for days, but he also learned of his father's gruesome murder at the hands of a previously unknown hybrid creature. Thomas had apparently been disembowelled and partially eaten by the beast, but nobody knew exactly what creature it was. Based on a bloodied footprint left behind, it resembled some kind of creature with taloned-feet. None of the hybrids had talons, so the authorities thought it must've been the Chameleon taking on an unrecognizable form to throw off anyone who might've followed it. As compensation to the families of those who died in the break out, OSCORP shut down Sector B and paid for all of the funerals. In the weeks that followed, Matthew began to notice some strange occurrences. During a gym class in which he was required to play dodge ball, Matthew discovered his reflexes had enhanced overnight by 100%. He was faster, stronger, and more agile. He also felt this strange feeling in the back of his skull, almost like a tingle. Matthew soon realized that the tingle told him when something negative (such as being hit) was about to happen to him. After a dodge that forced him into a wall, he opened his eyes to see the students staring at him with disbelief. Matthew thought he had seriously hurt himself because he was seeing things as if he were lying on the floor sideways. Then, he glanced to the floor and saw that was apparently stuck to the wall, hanging onto the padding like a frightened cat. He quickly dropped off the walls while the students begged him to teach them how to hold onto a flat surface like that. Immediately after discovering these advancements to his body, he decided to test out his new skills when he got home. After some more tests, Matthew discovered he could also fire a thin, sticky substance that resembled thread from his wrist. Upon further inspection, he discovered that the threads were actually webs, like that of a... Spider. Matthew it was then that he realized that "the Arachnid" had somehow transmitted its DNA to his body. It might've been the venom, which was slightly irradiated as the doctors in the hospital told him. The radiation wasn't enough to kill him or even affect him negatively, but it had clearly given him some kind of genetic enhancement. But then… Things got really weird. He started having odd dreams about a pale woman with black hair dressed in a black lace dress. She would always call to him, begging her ‘web warrior’ to awaken, but Matthew always woke up before he could ask her what she meant. These dreams continued for a few months until finally, the woman appeared before him in the real world. She explained that she is Arachne (the same woman from Greek mythology who challenged Athena and was turned into a spider) and that Athena has tasked her with training Matthew to become a ‘Web Warrior’, an ancient hero tasked with preserving the ‘web of life’ (the Web Warriors weave the web and those who would destroy it will ultimately destroy the natural order of all things). Unsure whether or not he had gone insane or was simply hallucinating, Matthew refused to join her, until she explained that his powers were a tremendous gift and to not use them for the preservation of his world would be selfish. In that moment, Matthew recalled the famous words of his father, a man of science who worked every day to ensure the betterment of mankind: “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility…” Having changed his mind, Matthew accepted Arachne’s offer to become a ‘Web Warrior’, knowing now that he could not sit by idly and withhold his unique abilities. For his father’s memory, Matthew would fight for the good of mankind. He would become… The Amazing Spider-Man. Powers/Abilities: Wall climbing, web slinging via web cartridges and web shooters, enhanced speed, agility, strength and eyesight (including night vision). He also harnesses a "Spider-Sense" ability that allows him to detect whenever danger is near or something is wrong in his surroundings. On top of being able to fire webs from his web shooters, his body can also produce natural webbing that is about 10X stronger then the artificial stuff, but he rarely uses it for two important reasons: 1. It requires him to squeeze down on his wrist with his other hand, applying pressure depending on how far he wants the webs to go. On top of the pressure, he needs to continuously press down in order to keep the webs coming. 2. The webs that are produced naturally come directly from an area in his wrists (like the way they were produced in the 1st Spider-Man movie) and as they are fired, they cause a massive burning and painful sensation in his wrist, which usually drains him of energy. He only uses his natural webs when needed (ex. Pinning down the Hulk or gargantuan villains so they can't squash the Spider, creating an extremely durable temporary shield that will hold a falling building so he can try to rescue as many of its residents as possible, etc.) Weaknesses/Tragic Flaw: Bullets, Knives, Mind Control, Having his power's sucked from his body, Explosions, and pretty much anything that would kill a normal human being. He's also a bit cocky. His wise ass remarks normally get himself and those he cares for (of his teammates) into trouble, but aside from that he's not immune to anything (except maybe small doses of radiation) Occupation: Has a freelance job at the Daily Bugle as a photographer and Web designer. Other: • Matthew has contact lens, but often chooses to just wear his bulky prescription glasses. • In a sheer act of boredom one day, Matthew invented his own "Spider-Man" theme song, which got some serious headway after an Internet band performed it on their channel. The Internet. Michael Buble even covered it once for charity, and the band went on to make a nice profit from the song. Although 'Spider-Man' himself has not received any of the songs earnings, Matthew gets a monthly cheque for $2000 from the band in royalties. • Spider-Man may have some supporters across the city, but for the most part, people hate his guts. It also doesn’t help that the Daily Bugle keeps printing slanderous content that does nothing but damage the web-head's reputation. Despite all the hate he gets, Matt still finds a reason (most of the time) to protect the people of New York City and ensure their safety against super villains and criminals. • Matt was given the knowledge on how to create artificial webbing via a genetic trait passed on from the Arachnid’s DNA fusing with his own (much like how regular spiders know how to create webbing of their own). EXCELSIOR!!! Sample Post: CHU-CHUNK "Now then, are we gonna cause 'nother issue or is we gon' cooperate now?" The armoured thug asked as he held the shotgun at the bank manager. "Whus the combination on da security system?" The terrified balding man shook with fear and began to cry. "T-The c-combination I-is... 3…8…5...6...4...2...9..." he cried out in between terrified gasps. "N-Now p-please... L-let us... G-g-go..." The armoured thug looked at his associates, who nodded and let out a laugh. The thug pointed his shotgun into the air and fired off a warning shot, which was followed by the screams of many terrified citizens who were held hostage during the bank robbery. "ALRIGHT!!" he yelled, "AIN'T NOBODY TRY SOMETHING FUNNY, OTHERWISE YOU'S ALL GON' DIE!! GOTS IT?!?" The horrified crowd of bankers, customers and children nodded silently as the echoes of the shotgun still rung in the hollowed ceiling. The thug motioned for one of his companions to enter the combination into the keypad and with many loud clicking sounds, the massive metallic door swung open and exposed the approximate $12,000,000 in cash that rest inside the bank. "We're rich, Scruff!!" one of the criminals exclaimed with a cheer and a holler as she grabbed a gym bag they had brought, starting to fill it with money. Scruff and the others stayed behind to watch the hostages and prevent them from trying anything funny. Just as Scruff was about to reload after the warning shot, he noticed a bizarrely horrified look on the bank manager's face. As if getting robbed wasn't enough to make the frail old man frightened, now he looked as if he had seen a ghost. "EH?! WHAT'RE YOU'S STARIN AT, FOUR-EYES?" Scruff shouted at the man before he heard it. RATTATATATATATATATAATATATATA! "SON OF A-AAAAAAGH!" THIWP-THWIP-THWIP! "NUFF! MIIMRRMUN'S HRR!!" (muffled for "Scruff! Spider-Man's here!") Scruff turned around and looked at the man who had rushed into the vault. He was now strung up and muffled by what appeared to be webs. Having seen this type of object before, Scruff realized almost instantly who the silk-like webbing belonged to. "THE SPIDER'S HERE!!" Scruff yelled, aiming his gun towards the roof. "HE'S LURKING AROUND SOMEWHERE IN THE SHADOW'S! FIND 'IM, AND KILL 'IM!!" The others nodded their heads as they went in search of the Web-Slinger. To ensure himself a bit of extra protection, Scruff ran over to the bank manager and grabbed him by his shirt, aiming the gun at his head. "GET OUT NOW, SPIDER! YOU'S GOT NO BUSINESS HERE! IF ANY OF MY MEN SEE OR HEARS YOU, THEN THE OLD MAN GETS IT! Great... Just my luck. Spider-Man thought as he looked down at the crime scene from the shadows of the roof. The 18 year old superhero shook his head in annoyance as he slowly crawled along the roof. Spidey fired a web towards the thug directly below him and strung him up like the others, muffling him before he could scream. Alright, the big one has a shotgun. He's obviously the leader and by far the most dangerous person in this room... Aside from me. He's scared, so I can use that to my advantage. The only thing I have to worry about aside from being shot, is getting the hostage to safety. I'll take out his buddies silently, than save the old guy, then go for ‘Scruff’. If playing all those Assassin's Creed games has taught me anything, it’s that darkness combined with good stealth skills makes for a powerful weapon against your enemies... And they say video games don't reach people stuff. Ha! Spidey nodded as he agreed to proceed with the plan and slowly crept along the walls of the bank, moving closer to another thug before he strung her up like her buddies. During this time, Scruff backed up into the vault and seemingly forced the old man to pack the money for him. Spider-Man continued to cycle around the room and pick off the thugs, quickly zipping out of sight when somebody saw him. The second time this happened, the thug shouted and Scruff fired his shotgun as a warning. Spidey quickly directed his attention into the vault at Scruff to make sure he hadn't killed the manager. Thankfully, he didn't, but it was clear Scruff was terrified. Spider-Man knew that Scruff was a thief, not a murderer. If he could play to this weakness, then Scruff might go willingly. If not... Then things might get complicated. After Spider-Man finally strung up the last of the thugs, Scruff looked around the room and saw his friends had been all been abducted. Immediately, the thug panicked. Adjusting the shotgun so it was positioned at the old man's left temple, Scruff shouted "SPIDER!!! YOU COME ANYWHERE NEAR ME AND I'LL SHOOT! HIS BLOOD WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS!" His eyes darted around the room, desperately looking for wherever Spider-Man may have crawled. Little did he know, Spidey was positioned on the wall a few feet behind the criminal. "HERE'S HOW ITS GONNA WORK: YOU'S GONNA LET MY BOYS GO, THEN ESCORT US OUTTA HERE! I'M NOT GOING BACK TO JAIL 'CUZ OF YOU!" Scruff continued shouting, still looking around. As his eyes landed on the wall behind him, Spidey had already flung himself back to the roof. Scruff's face was now getting red from fear and panic, which told Spider-Man he needed to act quickly. A desperate man could do unspeakable things to get his way. "SAY SOMETHING, SPIDER!" "CROTCH!" Spidey replied, kicking himself off of the wall and opening his legs to wrap around Scruff's head. The thug shouted in fear and reacted too late. By the time he had aimed his shotgun at Spider-Man, the hero already had a tight leg-grip on his neck. Ripping the gun away from Scruff, Spider-Man heaved with all his strength and pulled himself backwards, forcing Scruff into a downward spiral. The force of his pull was so powerful; it flipped Scruff onto his back in mid air, forcing him to land with a loud thud. As the dazed thug lay on his back paralyzed in shock from the attack, Spidey didn't hesitate to act. Clicking away at his Web-Shooters, Spidey began spraying Scruff to the floor with webbing. When he regained himself both physically and mentally from the attack, Scruff struggled to free himself from the webs, but to no avail. "AAAGHHHH!! SOMEBODY HELP ME! GET AWAY!" Scruff yelled as Spider-Man started to go around and check on the hostages. With a fake gasp of surprise, Spider-Man ran over to the criminal and began caressing his face. "Shhh... Don't cry little baby. Look, Uncle Spidey found your pacifier." he whispered in a mocking tone. In a lighting quick motion, he fired a web at the man's mouth and muffled his cries for help. Spidey then reached into his utility belt and pulled out a small knife. Poking a hole in the webbing around Scruff's mouth, he felt a small blast of air as the thug began breathing rapidly again. "Aaand, that’s Jenga." Spider-Man mumbled to himself as he shoved the knife back into its portable state, then shoved it into his belt. Spidey looked towards the bank owner and gave him a thumbs up. "I think that takes care of your problem then, sir. Go ahead and alert the authorities, the webbing will hold these guys for about an hour." he explained before giving the man a small wave. As he turned to leave, the bank manager got up and ran over to Spider-Man. In one swift motion, the older man took the masked hero's hand and shook it vigorously, smiling with relief. "Thank you Spider-Man! If it weren't for you, those ruffians would've gotten away and we all might have been dead right now." Spidey nodded thankfully and gave the man a pat on the back before he fired two webs close to the open window he had entered from. The man watched him with an awe stricken expression, before Spider-Man proudly chimed out "Think nothing of it, sir. Just another good-deed from your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man!" Tipping an imaginary hat, he backed up, using the webs as a slingshot and launched himself out of the window. Flying into the busy streets of New York, he aimed at a nearby building and fired another strand. As he swung into the afternoon air, he heard a roar of applause coming from the bank. With a sigh, he smiled contently under his mask. Another job well done, Spidey. Now then... Where's a good place to have lunch in the Bronx? the young hero thought as he swung off into New York City, his stomach growling from a hard day's work.